I sure don’t endorse this attack, but most “flag flyers” turn my damn stomach, as flying a piece of cloth is the ONLY thing that they do to defend liberty. It is you and I that defend liberty, not “the troops” fighting illegitimate foreign wars for dubious purposes.
It also is my observation that flying pieces of cloth is not a very effective way to retain our liberties, but education is:
“An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people.” often attributed to Thomas Jefferson
No truer words have ever been uttered IMHO.
Like I said I do not endorse violence as a response to someone’s free speech, as I have personally experienced this past year, from both a thug in a blue costume, (here) (thug Mullins was his name) and a business owner in Seymour MO. Unfortunately in my case there will be no justice in either case.
Update: The world is going nuts. Today I thought I was going to have to defend myself against a priest of all people. Even the clergy it seems are not immune from this mental illness. Father Dennis J. Cooney ( email me if you want his phone number) of St Raphael Catholic Church likely had never had anyone rebut his dogma. Organized “churches” demand unthinking submission to their dogma, and it enraged him to the point of near violence when he encountered someone that could actually think, and rebut him. He then began an irrational straw man attack on myself… then the ad hominem attacks. It was a far cry from the adult civil discussion, that I envisioned, nor the help with a critical personal crisis that I was trying to adress.
This man has a reputation for “having a temper”. No one is willing to confront him, ( I tried to get an involved party to do so) so his despicable behavior continues for decades, as I understand, after all he’s is a sinner, and God will forgive him so he has zero motivation to change. There are no repercussions for “a man of God” The most ludicrous thing happened as I was leaving the man had the unmitigated gall to say “God bless you” after this behavior.
Has the DSM listed the mental illness of attacking people for their speech yet? I would not hold my breath.
In closing to quote the late Joyce Riley one must do the “right and honorable thing”, regardless of the consequences, and when you speak “Truth to Power” (here, here & here) there are usually violent consequences. I humbly ask that you pray for MFP, and just as importantly, perhaps even more that you take action.
An elderly man is proving to be unflappable after his neighbor allegedly raged on him because of the American flag flying in the man’s front yard.
The (Florida) Citrus County Chronicle reports on the Christmas Eve attack:
Lucille Blanchard, 50, of South Spice Wood Terrace, Lecanto, at 1:48 p.m. Dec. 24 on a felony charge of battery on a person over the age of 65 and a misdemeanor charge of petit theft.
According to her arrest affidavit, “Blanchard is accused (of) grabbing her 69-year-old neighbor by his shirt and pushing him backward, then stealing his American flag valued at approximately $15.”
She was reportedly “upset that her neighbor had a flag in his front yard and came over to remove it when the altercation occurred,” the paper reports.
Thank you Dave Hodges!
Great minds as they say great minds must think alike. I have spent all morning trying to put my thoughts together on what passes for “Christianity” today.
I want to say pick a side people. Good or Evil. At best riding the fence is going to get you an arse full of splinters, and quite likley a lot worse.
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me. ~Pastor Martin Niemöller
“Join or Die” ~Benjamin Franklin
“We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang” ~Benjamin Franklin
As this Sunday comes and goes, I will not be attending my former church. With a scant few exceptions the church has been invaded in the same manner that our Constitution has been obliterated. Why won’t I be attending my church? Because I want to save my soul for eternity.
Refusing to Stand Up to Evil
As the country struggles to come to grip with the unscreened immigrant invasion, which includes the importation of an unknown amount of Muslim terrorists, our economy is threatened like never before, our collective health and our national security is at extreme risk, and yet, we are unable to look to our churches to provide the leadership needed in this time of crisis. Most concerning is the fact that our country is being overrun by unscreened Muslims from areas of the world that hate Americans. Our FBI says 10% are likely terrorists. As a result, we are staring down the real possiblity that we are going to be facing multiple San Bernardino incidents. Yet, your pastor is silent. Christians are not being admitted as immigrants under the refugee/resettlement program from the Middle East. Christians are being beheaded, yet the Obama administration has condemned our Christian brothers, in certain parts of the Middle East, to a certain and brutal death, often by beheading. We admit many of the executioners to our country, but not the persecuted. In some parts of the world, being a Christian is a death sentence. If your pastor does not speak about this on Sunday. he is complicit with his silence….. Read More
If you own or rent a home, you likely feel a need to have insurance on it. Even though the probability of needing it is extremely slim. I have lived in “homes” (including tents and vehicles) for going on 60 years, and have yet to experience a fire. It is prudent to prepare for things that can happen or are likley to happen. I wish I could say as much for the preparations of the American public for what it looks like is about to befall them.
If you have been paying attention to what is going on in the world, you know that the deep state (2) is in a panic. They have lost political power, and if they do nothing people like Hillary Clinton are going to jail for the rest of their lives. They are desperate, they pulled the false flag of 911 to get you into a panic, and allow them to take your God given rights. Since 911 there have been a least a dozen other false flags. They are desperate, and know no bounds in their efforts to regain control to enslave, control and subjugate us.
This is the reason that they brought in a fifth column of illegal immigrants in the US that is poised to reign terror down upon all of us. That is the reason that they have allowed tens of thousands of terrorists into this country. That is the reason that we have FEMA prison camps in every state. That is the reason that our churches, and Christianity have been infiltrated, and adopted Satanic principles. (2, 3MFP article ) That is the reason that the Deep State is openly threatening to kill President Trump.
That is the reason that we have CIA operatives in all of the mainstream press newsrooms. That is the reason that the bio-weapons labs that are all over this country have pathogens that are contained under ridiculously inadequate security. That is the reason that we allow North Korea to orbit two satellites (2) over us in the perfect orbit to kill 90% of us with an EMP strike. That is the reason that treasonous factions in the government allowed Communist Chinese troops to participate in the US military’s electrical grid down drills. That is the reason that we are forced to have centralized water that can be cut off. That is the reason the cell network was not allowed to be free market, and use spread spectrum technology. That is the reason the government has mandated kill switches so that they control on all of our media and news sources. That is the reason why your gasoline is designed so that you can not store it long term. That is the reason that we have out of control militarized police. That is the reason that we have brainwashing government schools. That is the reason that the NSA knows what you order from Amazon, (2) and from your cell phone every person you have called, what you have said, and where you have been. That is the reason that small farmers hands are often tied and must sell to big agriculture rather than to you the consumer. That is the reason that fluoride is put in the water and the dosage can be increased at any time. That is the reason why they have purposely destroyed our economy. All of the above are not examples of your government doing it’s legitimate job but rather it working to enslave the population.
And finally there are literally thousands of other “regulations” that are designed not to protect us, but rather to control us.
They have left behind a thousand dead man switches to take us down in the eventuality that they lost political power, and now they have lost power.
With many of them facing long jail terms, and possible execution, what do you think the probability is of them throwing one or more of these dead-man switches? Clearly hundreds of times higher than the risk of your home burning down, yet no one seems to be willing to do anything at all to either prepare for what is very likely coming, nor to speak out in order to either stop this or to mitigate the death toll and violence that is coming.
What does scripture say about criminals, time and time and time again? It says to act. It says to demand that they be forced to make things right by paying restitution. Not to sit in your churches with your thumb up your ass doing nothing. Modern day US Christians are doing exactly what the Christians in Nazi Germany did. Nothing to stop the evil! Even though scripture is replete with directives for us to demand justice. The greatest Commandment says to love one another. Is allowing Satanic forces to make this world a living, unjust hell, “loving one another?” You be the judge….he is watching, and I don’t think he is too happy with the human race’s apathy and walk with evil.
Considering all of the above , I like Albert Einstein have a very low opinion of the human race:
“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.”
Considering all of the above, I like Gandhi have a very low opinion of modern day Christians:
“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”
No one but God knows that is going to pass. But I do know with absolute certainly that the Satanic Deep State is going to try to hold onto power and use the tools that they have embedded into our sytem. Anyone with the slightest bit of discernment, would have to recognize that the probabilities are high enough, that to not act is a decision of incredible stupidity. You had better act soon, logic and reason say that the next false flag is going to be a big one, and a lot of us are going to die if we do not act.
Modern day “Christianity” may be more than a little misdirected. In 200 years of liberty, Christians by their silence, have allowed to happen to this country what Christians allowed to happen in Nazi Germany.
Consider the following observations of John Whitehead:
“Two thousand years later … the memory of the revolutionary zealot who walked across Galilee gathering an army of disciples with the goal of establishing the Kingdom of God on earth, the magnetic preacher who defied the authority of the Temple priesthood in Jerusalem, the radical Jewish nationalist who challenged the Roman occupation and lost, has been almost completely lost to history.” ― Reza Aslan, religious scholar
The Christmas narrative of a baby born in a manger is a familiar one.
The Roman Empire, a police state in its own right, had ordered that a census be conducted. Joseph and his pregnant wife Mary traveled to the little town of Bethlehem so that they could be counted. There being no room for the couple at any of the inns, they stayed in a stable, where Mary gave birth to a baby boy. That boy, Jesus, would grow up to undermine the political and religious establishment of his day and was eventually crucified as a warning to others not to challenge the powers-that-be.
But what if Jesus, the revered preacher, teacher, radical and prophet, had been born 2,000 years later? How would Jesus’ life have been different had he be born and raised in the American police state?
Consider the following if you will.
Had Jesus been born in the year 2015…
Rather than traveling to Bethlehem for a census, Jesus’ parents would have been mailed a 28-page American Community Survey, a mandatory government questionnaire documenting their habits, household inhabitants, work schedule, and even how many toilets were in their home, etc. The penalty for not responding to this invasive survey would have resulted in a fine of $5,000.
Instead of being born in a manger, Jesus might have been born at home. Rather than wise men and shepherds bringing gifts, however, the baby’s parents might have been forced to ward off visits from state social workers intent on prosecuting them for the home birth. One couple in Washington had all three of their children removed after social services objected to the two youngest being birthed in an unassisted home delivery.
Once in school, Jesus would have been drilled in lessons of compliance and obedience to government authorities, all the while learning little about his own rights. And if he dared to challenge school officials, he might have found himself suspended under a school zero tolerance policy that punishes minor infractions (such as doodling or talking in class) as harshly as more serious offenses (such as bringing a weapon to class).
According to scripture, Jesus, at the age of twelve, wandered the temple courts in Jerusalem alone and unsupervised. Today, had Jesus disappeared for a few hours let alone days, his parents would have been handcuffed, arrested and jailed for parental negligence. Parents across the country have been arrested for far less “offenses” such as allowing their children to walk to the park unaccompanied and play in their front yard alone.
Rather than disappearing from the history books from his early teenaged years to adulthood, Jesus’ movements and personal data—including his biometrics—would have been documented, tracked, monitored and filed by governmental agencies and corporations such as Google and Microsoft. Incredibly, 95 percent of school districts share their student records with outside companies contracted to manage the data.
Had his travels taken him from community to community, Jesus might have been reported to government officials as “suspicious” under the Department of Homeland Security’s “See Something, Say Something” programs. Many states, including New York, are providing individuals with phone apps that allow them to take photos of suspicious activity and report them to their state Intelligence Center, where they are reviewed and forwarded to law-enforcement agencies.
Perceived as a dissident and a potential threat to the government’s power, Jesus might have had government spies planted among his followers in order to monitor his activities, report on his movements, and entrap him into breaking the law.
Assuming Jesus used the internet to spread his radical message of peace and love, he might have found his blog posts infiltrated by government spies attempting to undermine his integrity, discredit him or plant incriminating information online about him. At the very least, he would have had his website hacked and his email monitored.
Had Jesus attempted to feed large crowds of people, he would have been threatened with arrest for violating various ordinances prohibiting the distribution of food without a permit. Florida officials arrested a 90-year-old man for feeding the homeless on a public beach.
Had Jesus spoken publicly about his 40 days in the desert and his conversations with the devil, he might have been labeled mentally ill and detained in a psych ward against his will for a mandatory involuntary psychiatric hold with no access to family or friends. One Virginia man was arrested, strip searched, handcuffed to a table, diagnosed as having “mental health issues,” and locked up for five days in a mental health facility against his will apparently because of his slurred speech and unsteady gait.
Rather than having armed guards capture Jesus in a public place, government officials would have ordered that a SWAT team carry out a raid on Jesus and his followers, complete with flash-bang grenades and military equipment. There are upwards of 80,000 such SWAT team raids carried out every year, many on unsuspecting Americans who have no defense against such government invaders, even when such raids are done in error.
Instead of being detained by Roman guards, Jesus might have been made to “disappear” into a secret government detention center where he would have been interrogated, tortured and subjected to all manner of abuses. Chicago police “disappeared” more than 7,000 people into a secret, off-the-books interrogation warehouse at Homan Square.
“PRISM” lets the NSA access emails, video chats, instant messages, and other content sent via Facebook, Google, Apple and others. “Upstream” lets the NSA worm its way into the internet backbone—the cables and switches owned by private corporations like AT&T that make the internet into a global network—and scan traffic for the communications of tens of thousands of individuals labeled “targets.”
Under Section 702, the government collects and analyzes over 250 million internet communications every year. There are estimates that at least half of these contain information about U.S. residents, many of whom have done nothing wrong. This information is then shared with law enforcement and “routinely used for purposes unrelated to national security.”
Mind you, this is about far more than the metadata collection that Edward Snowden warned us about, which was bad enough. Section 702 gives the government access to the very content of your conversations (phone calls, text messages, video chats), your photographs, your emails. As Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., warned, “This is not just who you send it to, but what’s in it.”
Unfortunately, Big Brother doesn’t relinquish power easily.
The Police State doesn’t like restrictions…… Read More
People are so sick in large part because they do not cook, healthy food from scratch any longer (look into the Weston A Price society https://www.westonaprice.org/)
It is close to impossible to buy healthy foods, or to find them at a restaurant. You have to take real foods as your starting point and spend an hour or two a day cooking.
That is unless you have the money to hire a cook. 🙂
My Garmin Vivosmart HR+ says that I burn quite a few calories dancing around the kitchen for that hour. It’s good exercise and I often listen to podcasts or audio books while in the kitchen. I have also been know to stretch or practice martial arts forms while waiting on something to finish up.
Today was a “cook day”, with 4-5 hours in the kitchen.
This was dinner.
Right bowl: Asparagus soup with a dollop of homemade sour creme
Left bowel: Italian Sausage and kale soup (no Cathy I did not raise nor butcher this hog, I’ll leave that to you)
Plate: Almond bread and butter. Hand crafted crackers, topped with avocado and kale pesto. Kimchi. Roasted buttered pecans
There was more later, but I don’t want to write a tome here.
Two more lessons learned from the school of hard knocks:
1.) Get on a good nutritional supplement program, and that includes taking care of your gut. This is as important or more than all of the above. Our soil is depleted and you can not get everything you need from your food.
2.) Lastly put your body into nutritional ketosis (keep your insulin levels very low by diet) You are likely to remain overweight if you don’t do this.
If Americans did this. this country would look like a different planet the change would be so noticeable
Spread the word. Eat like your great grandfather and great grandmother ate, and you will be a heck of a lot healthier! That prepackaged food is adulterated folks. If food is in a box, you should throw it in the trash.
Did you know that after working your entire life and being forced to pay into the government “insurance” pyramid scheme (i.e. Social security/Medicare), that hospitals are refusing to do surgery for those that can not come up with cash up front?
Many, if not most on Social Security have a hard time making ends meet to start with. They must pay property taxes before they buy healthy decent food, or take care of their dental needs. People on social security become shop lifters out of necessity. Yes it’s a fact people.
So here at the very last minute, the hospital just called me and told me that I MUST come up with more cash that I can possibly come up with, or no operation. One that FWIW is needed very badly as the condition is disabling.
This is not new to me. A few years back I lost most of my chewing teeth because I could not afford to go to the dentist. I had to pay my property tax, car insurance (mandated by the state) and there was not enough left to go to the vastly overpriced dental monopoly that is the only choice in the land of the free. The state “protected” me so well that I could not afford their protection racket. How does not being able to afford a vital health service like dentistry protect anyone?
We have no freedoms. Our leader are criminals. When the hell are people going to start speaking out? I, like HL Menchen have become a cynic….the root cause of this is that Americans are not too damn bright or moral.(that is Menchen summed up)
240 years ago, Dr Benjamin Rush, who was as well known and liked as George Washington, warned us of exactly what is happening to us today:
“Unless we put medical freedom into the Constitution, the time will come when medicine will organize into an undercover dictatorship to restrict the art of healing to one class of Men and deny equal privileges to others; the Constitution of the Republic should make a Special privilege for medical freedoms as well as religious freedom.” ~Dr. Benjamin Rush
In closing, this is the hospital that begged me to donate blood (and I have several times this year) treats it’s customers. I think that my blood donations to this hospital, or any place is going to stop. If they need blood they can go to bloody hell. I suggest that you too quit donating blood if the health care industry is going to treat people this way.
My state psychopath, I mean representative, has me the tax payer pay for his phone, but he uses it to tell me that he does not take phone calls, and that you must fill out a form online. This from the criminals that have created this monopoly in the first place. I think TJ was right after all:
“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.”
This book should come with a warning label. It is surely one of the most bracing books on politics in the history of the English language. There is more truth in these pages than most Americans are willing to face. What Mencken delivers here is probably the most scathing attack on the idea of mass rule that has ever been written.
Mencken is known as the chief heretic of the American civic religion, and this book shows why. Your eyes will pop out at not only his dazzling prose but, and most especially, at the thoughts that he dares put in print, almost as a revolutionary act.
Here is a slight sample, passages sampled nearly randomly:
What does the mob think? It thinks, obviously, what its individual members think. And what is that? It is, in brief, what somewhat sharp-nose and unpleasant childrern think. The mob, being composed, in the overwhelming main, of men and women who have not got beyond the ideas and emotions of childhood, hovers, in mental age, around the time of puberty, and chiefly below it. If we would get at its thoughts and feelings we must look for light to the thoughts and feelings of adolescents.
When the city mob fights it is not for liberty, but for ham and cabbage. When it wins, its first act is to destroy every form of freedom that is not directed wholly to that end. And its second is to butcher all professional libertarians. If Thomas Jefferson had been living in Paris in 1793 he would have made an even narrower escape from the guillotine than Thomas Paine made.
What the common man longs for in this world, before and above all his other longings, is the simplest and most ignominious sort of peace: the peace of a trusty in a well-managed penitentiary. He is willing to sacrifice everything else to it. He puts it above his dignity and he puts it above his pride. Above all, he puts it above his liberty. The fact, perhaps, explains his veneration for policemen, in all the forms they take—his belief that there is a mysterious sanctity in law, however absurd it may be in fact.
A policeman is a charlatan who offers, in return for obedience, to protect him ( a ) from his superiors, ( b ) from his equals, and ( c ) from himself. This last service, under democracy, is commonly the most esteemed of them all. In the United States, at least theoretically, it is the only thing that keeps ice-wagon drivers, Y. M. C. A. secretaries, insurance collectors and other such human camels from smoking opium, ruining themselves in the night clubs, and going to Palm Beach with Follies girls…Here, though the common man is deceived, he starts from a sound premise: to wit, that liberty is something too hot for his hands—or, as Nietzsche put it, too cold for his spine.
Politics under democracy consists almost wholly of the discovery, chase, and scotching of bugaboos. The statesman becomes, in the last analysis, a mere witch-hunter, a glorified smeller and snooper, eternally chanting “Fe, Fi, Fo, Fum!” It has been so in the United States since the earliest days. The whole history of the country has been a history of melodramatic pursuits of horrendous monsters, most of them imaginary: the red-coats, the Hessians, the monocrats, again the red-coats, the Bank, the Catholics, Simon Legree, the Slave Power, Jeff Davis, Mormonism, Wall Street, the rum demon, John Bull, the hell hounds of plutocracy, the trusts, General Weyler, Pancho Villa, German spies, hyphenates, the Kaiser, Bolshevism. The list might be lengthened indefinitely; a complete chronicle of the Republic could be written in terms of it, and without omitting a single important episode.
It was long ago observed that the plain people, under democracy, never vote for anything, but always against something. The fact explains in large measure, the tendency of democratic states to pass over statesmen of genuine imagination and sound ability in favour of colorless mediocrities. The former are shining marks, and so it is easy for demagogues to bring them down; the latter are preferred because it is impossible to fear them.
There is much more. Much more. Murray Rothbard didn’t share Mencken’s pessimism but he sure liked his mode of thinking, his writing style, and his love of liberty.
Even if you think you have read it all, this book will rattle you to the very core, for it causes a rethinking of the whole structure of the political system. But Mencken also shows that he is more than a cynic, contrary to his reputation. What shines through this treatise is a deep attachment to liberty and a search for some way to protect it from the attack of the mob, which he regards as liberty’s greatest enemy.
If there really were a banned book list in the annals of American statescraft, this would surely be on it. It is not for the faint of heart. Read it, and pass it around, as a revolutionary act.
The new edition includes an introduction and extensive annotations by noted Mencken scholar Marion Elizabeth Rodgers and an afterword by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Anthony Lewis.
Published in 1926, with only 235 copies printed. Another printing appeared later that year, and it vanished until 1977, when it was published by Octagon before vanishing yet again..
It features an introduction and annotations by Marion Elizabeth Rodgers, the great Mencken authority, as well as an afterword by Anthony Lewis.
“You gotta remember, establishment, it’s just a name for evil. The monster doesn’t care whether it kills all the students or whether there’s a revolution. It’s not thinking logically, it’s out of control.”—John Lennon (1969)
Militant nonviolent resistance works.
Peaceful, prolonged protests work.
Mass movements with huge numbers of participants work.
Yes, America, it is possible to use occupations and civil disobedience to oppose government policies, counter injustice and bring about change outside the confines of the ballot box.
It has been done before. It can be done again.
For example, in May of 1932, more than 43,000 people, dubbed the Bonus Army—World War I veterans and their families—marched on Washington. Out of work, destitute and with families to feed, more than 10,000 veterans set up tent cities in the nation’s capital and refused to leave until the government agreed to pay the bonuses they had been promised as a reward for their services.
The Senate voted against paying them immediately, but the protesters didn’t budge. Congress adjourned for the summer, and still the protesters remained encamped. Finally, on July 28, under orders from President Herbert Hoover, the military descended with tanks and cavalry and drove the protesters out, setting their makeshift camps on fire. Still, the protesters returned the following year, and eventually their efforts not only succeeded in securing payment of the bonuses but contributed to the passage of the G.I. Bill of Rights.
Similarly, the Civil Rights Movement mobilized hundreds of thousands of people to strike at the core of an unjust and discriminatory society. Likewise, while the 1960s anti-war movement began with a few thousand perceived radicals, it ended with hundreds of thousands of protesters, spanning all walks of life, demanding the end of American military aggression abroad.
This kind of “power to the people” activism—grassroots, populist and potent—is exactly the brand of civic engagement John Lennon advocated throughout his career as a musician and anti-war activist.
It’s been 37 years since Lennon was gunned down by an assassin’s bullet on December 8, 1980, but his legacy and the lessons he imparted in his music and his activism have not diminished over the years.
All of the many complaints we have about government today—surveillance, corruption, harassment, political persecution, spying, overcriminalization, etc.—were used against Lennon. But that didn’t deter him. In fact, it formed the basis of his call for social justice, peace and a populist revolution.
Little wonder, then, that the U.S. government saw him as enemy number one.
Because he never refrained from speaking truth to power, Lennon became a prime example of the lengths to which the U.S. government will go to persecute those who dare to challenge its authority.
Lennon was the subject of a four-year campaign of surveillance and harassment by the U.S. government (spearheaded by FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover), in an attempt by President Richard Nixon to have him “neutralized” and deported. As Adam Cohen of the New York Times points out, “The F.B.I.’s surveillance of Lennon is a reminder of how easily domestic spying can become unmoored from any legitimate law enforcement purpose. What is more surprising, and ultimately more unsettling, is the degree to which the surveillance turns out to have been intertwined with electoral politics.”… Read More