I know this is an old joke, but I’ll update it. It’s still funny, and always will be. The characters change, but you can’t fix stupid.
This time around, there are three men on Air Force One when the unthinkable happens. A Homeless Guy, Al Gore and Barack Obama are stunned for a moment. On the left wing, one engine just falls off, and the other catches fire. As the flames spread and the fire streams off the edges of the wing, the pilot announces that they will have to bail out. This immediately starts an argument between Gore and Obama, as the Homeless Guy calmly pulls a banana that he scrounged out of his coat pocket and peels it. Of course, there are only two parachutes available.
Obama :” I’m the most important man in the world ! I’m the President of the United States ! I’m bringing America Hope and Change ! This is my damn plane and my damn parachutes !”
Gore:” I’m the smartest man in the world ! I invented the Internet and Global Warming ! I’m going to Carbon Tax the world to death. With all due respect, Mr. President, you had better Hope you can Change your shorts, after this is over.”
With that, Gore straps on and dives out the escape hatch. Obama begins to give the Homeless Guy the speech of his life.
Obama : “The last ‘chute is mine. Gore just showed the world why he can never be President. There will be a Predator drone outside his bedroom window, tonight.”
Homeless Guy : “Not to worry, Mr. President. The smartest man in the world just jumped out of the plane, wearing my backpack. When we land, we can do lunch. I know a good place. I’ll buy.”
8 September A.D. 2011
This is the second one of these types of re-igniting the email circulation of this “birther” position information this author has received in about a week’s time. It is this author’s goal to cause the cessation of this “discussion” thread. The method of accomplishing that goal is competent, efficient, credible information and perspective. A word (or perhaps, one more word) to the wise should be sufficient. What comes into the Inbox, there’s not much control over. What we recirculate, we have a lot more control over. (Where the email address book is hacked, then, there’s not much control. Aside from that, it’s a very conscious activity.)
The obama-nation’s “investment” of right at a million dollars in legal fees to keep from public view certain allegedly “public” documents is good information to have if one intends to participate politically, e.g., by “voting.” Thus, on the one hand, it should be obvious that there’s at least political smoke there, if not a political fire, or why would that cover-up program exist? Everything was “transparent” in this one, huh?!
Of course, and on the other hand, there is no political solution, for there is no political problem. (There are a very limited number of exceptions, the existence of which solidly prove the general rule.) The problems are commercial; hence, so are the solutions. Thus, the mere perpetuation of this “eligibility” issue continues to promote the myth that the present “governmental” system, at the national level, was created by, and is, therefore, controlled by, the language and concepts popularly referred to as the “constitution.” It should be more than obvious by this stage that the national system of “government” exits in spite of, and to spite, the language and concepts referred to as the “constitution.” Aside from structural and procedural Due Process, there are precious few additional similarities. A “constitutional” system would be quite limited, starting with and including the authorized medium of exchange. This present “federal” system is haughtily braggadocios about its unlimited nature, especially regarding its authorized medium of exchange. Successful self-government can’t happen where the people are not self-limited. Leadership is always a reflection, a clear identifier, of the community being led.
Key to this particular note is the perpetuation of this non-sense about Kagan, the Court, the obama-nation, and the “birther” cases. The “birther” cases are, of course, the ones in which the obama-nation’s eligibility to hold the “office of president” in the “federal government” has been challenged on Art. II grounds. This author is not aware of even one legal challenge that has done anything except ruin the party (and counsel) advocating in-eligibility. There’s a reason for that. Legally speaking, the location of the obama-nation’s birth is 100% irrelevant.
Thus, while it’s screamin’ mimi obvious that there’s a cover-up as to the reality that the obama-nation is a Kenyan (i.e., a Brit) (actually, it comes with credible support that Kenya was so named about two years after the obama-nation’s stated date of birth), it’s even more thunderously obvious that it just flat out makes not one stinkin’ bit of difference WHERE he was born, given our present legal reality.
What tends always to happen with “patriot”-type thrusts with well-meaning but ill-based, ill-formed “constitution-based” legal positions (yes, this author contributed, once, to that problem; the learning from that once was sufficient; he didn’t make a habit or practice of it), is that where the main objective is clobbered, the same ideas are applied in collateral areas and pressed through side, and even back, doors. The “birthers’ ” point, very, very sound factually, very sound factually, has been made for quite some time now, by all kinds of people (who should have known better), with no legal headway anywhere in sight. (As should speak for itself, if the applicable law were to find those ungainsayable facts relevant, the legal results would be quite different. But, if those facts were relevant in today’s legal environment, then this author gives sufficient credit to the DNC’s legal counsel to say that this issue would never have come up in the first place.) We’ll see what develops from the angle that what was disclosed as a “birth certificate” was, in fact, a genuine document or something concocted with the intent of dispelling the matter. Solid positions exist that it was just another “photo-shopped” document, and, that door’s being kicked wide open by the obama-nation and his staff assigned to “handling” that matter, it’s very clear it did nothing but add fuel to that fire. So, that effort boomeranged, in at least both of those ways, and while this author expects nothing else to develop from that, it’s the sort of “information” that is relevant to those still stuck in the myth of a “constitution” and in the dream world that a “vote” actually matters, these days. (The pre-programmed Diebold voting machines don’t care what the individual participants in that exercise of futility think, say, or mark. What was all the dispute over the “hanging chad” designed to do? Justify the use of pre-programmed Diebold “voting” machines.)
What is obvious that still fails to prevail within the “community” that should have long since stopped circulating this outrageous “buying of the Court” perspective within the emotional (and mindless, legally speaking) “birther” position context is that the named Solicitor General, in this case Kagan, has his/her name on EVERY case before the Supreme Court in which USOA, or any of its officers, agents, agencies, or employees, is a party.
Let’s see. Kagan had that office from 19 March 2009 to 17 May 2010. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Solicitor_General>;<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elena_Kagan>. During that time, according to the very same Supreme Court Records relied upon in the note below, as well as additional credible sources, Kagan’s name appears as the attorney in charge, i.e., the first named counsel of Record, some 5,000 times (5,033 by one rather detailed count).
So, whatever is or isn’t talked about at snopes.com is hardly “the” source of information that matters for something like this. “The” starting place for a matter of this sort is with the job description of the Office of Solicitor General. It shouldn’t take a rocket scientist to voice in on the matter for the vast majority of people interested in this study to come to a reasonable conclusion and understanding that it’s the JOB of the Solicitor General to represent USOA, and any and all of its officers, agents, agencies, employees, and all other people and entities acting in the name of USOA, in all litigation matters before the Supreme Court of the United States. It’s just that much more of a no-brainer to find the Solicitor General’s name on any and all papers filed in all such cases pending before the Supreme Court. It’s her JOB to be the attorney in charge of all such litigation.
We don’t have to like or approve or support the life-style she’s been associated with. We don’t have to like or approve or support her political views. We can take an hour and list all the things she thinks, says, does, and refrains from thinking, saying, and doing, and fully satisfy ourselves that we don’t have to like, approve, or support any of it. Now, to focus on that which is directly relevant to this issue, it’s OUTRAGEOUS to limit the scope of her JOB as Solicitor General to that extremely narrow part of it that involves “birther” cases that would never have existed in the first place but for a rash of well-meaning but unthought, flagrantly incorrect legal “analysis.” This takes the lesson learned from story of the five blind men describing the elephant way over the top. Conclusions about the obama-nation, Kagan, the Court, and the applicable law, are based on massively un-thought review of what, 10 cases? And, the “birthers” think that such blatant self-indulgent myopia benefits their position and cause?
What we have, then, is this. That officer within USOA did her JOB, in cases where the petitioners were well-meaning, but legally, even facially, incompetent, and yet now there’s some sort of alleged skulduggery in/with the Supreme Court because that’s where we now find Kagan. Wow! It’s super easy to argue to a conclusion that is first presumed true. The reality is that the Supreme Court were diplomatically handling all kinds of “stuff” regarding the “birther” cases long before Kagan showed up. The law hasn’t changed from the time she assumed the JOB of Solicitor General to the time she accepted the JOB of Supreme Court Justice. The law in this area won’t be any different between the time those cases first started showing up in Washington and the time Kagan may retire, or between now and the time God remanifests in His Resurrection Body, i.e., between now and Kingdom come.
Because the initial Art. II thrust was repelled, in the way that Superman repels BBs, that “effort” has now shifted over into collateral matters. At the base, the presumption is still wrong that there’s relevance in the facts of the location of the obama-nation’s birth. One more time. There’s no question that the facts are true that the obama-nation was born in the place presently called Kenya. No question at all, whatsoever, about the validity of those true and correct facts. The problem is that they are irrelevant. What determines relevancy? The applicable law. Thus, despite the manifest irrelevancy, that position is now snowballing by collecting up in the “birther” concept all kinds of additional matters as it continues to move forward; well, move. It’s hardly moving “forward.” In this snowball analogy, this author has turned the hockey rink into a huge hot plate with the intent of melting that snowball.
We’ll know when the reality has soaked in when this nonsense with snopes, the obama-nation, Kagan, and the Court has finally stopped circulating, at least among those interested in our present legal reality.
There are at least two ways to contribute to the advancement of our present legal reality. The P&L reports show positive inclinations by both of two means. Obviously, the P&L goes up when there are more profits. By analogy, one way to advance the understanding of our present legal reality is to do what this author does: state affirmatively the reality. Here, as is the case in many of his notes, the reality is that we do not now have, and have never had, a “constitutional government.” That’s the approach likened to the increase in profits. Those not quite comfortable yet with applying the affirmative assertion approach have an alternative. The P&L also goes up when expenses are reduced. In this side of this analogy, then, it advances the legal reality simply to stop circulating the non-sense. One doesn’t have to assert the affirmation position to make a very substantial contribution. One makes a huge contribution by just not recirculating non-sense. Where the non-sense is simply no longer advanced, over and over and over, then the non-sense takes a quiet exit out of stage left.
In other words, we’re applying some basic free market economic principles to this “market” of information. What we’re applying is the basic “supply and demand” concept. Where our collective demand for non-sense stops, then so will the supply. Where we keep “buying” the nonsense that others are “selling,” then the supply will remain. Once we stop “buying” it, the supply will dwindle.
Economically, everything about the “birthers’ ” efforts has proved to be a 100% waste in time, “money,” and energy. Everything about it has been flushed down the drain. IF there’s a value that derives from this enormous investment, THEN let it be the comprehension of our present legal reality. If that learning takes place, then, while it’s an extremely expensive lesson, at least it will be one learned. To learn it is then to be able to apply it, and time, “money,” and energy may be more economically invested in future endeavors.
Speaking of economics and investing sound thinking and analysis to future endeavors, why is the obama-nation of focus, at all, anyway? Or Kagan? How many of these “birthers” have been compelled by the obama-nation into any of their existing “gotcha agreements,” by which they agree, commercially, to be regulated by the “federal government?” Similarly, how many of these “birthers” have been compelled by Kagan into any of their existing “gotcha agreements?” It matters not who’s in what office, because all that really matters is what we sign. To understand “federal” is to understand this reality. As was circulated what may be a few months ago, now, the idea expressed was that author’s hope that this nation would be saved not “through” politics but “from” politics. Politics is merely the bread and circus distraction played out for the masses, and, given our present legal reality, in which the political voice of the people is almost never heard, for it’s almost always irrelevant, those committed to political activities are truly wasting their very limited resources of time, “money,” and energy. If there’s a saving grace in all of that, it’s the remote possibility that the active “party” participants recognize that such activities are 99% just that: parties, as in enjoyable social functions. Those who genuinely expect more than that are truly being played.
To those who have already stopped recirculating this “constitutional” “stuff,” especially the original “birther” position and now also these collateral “birther” positions, Congratulations! And Thank You!
Harmon L. Taylor
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The Island of Uncle Sam
The background information for this article is in “The Spirit of Dr. Moreau”. I’ll add the link for that, at the end of the text. Between now and then, we’ll examine what corporations are and what they do.
Debt vs. Security
The functional parameters of the concepts Debt and Security are black-and-white opposites. The contrast is so sharp that the use of the word “Securities” in investment circles is a fraudulent misrepresentation for the purpose of commercial promotion. There is nothing secure about paper. Ask Bernie Madoff’s investors. Read the rest of this entry »
These days, we have so many influences bringing out glaring contrasts between Bureaucracy and Humanity. The hot spot today is the Federal Budget debate. This is nothing new. We’ve been watching people threaten each other with poverty since forever. It is during these bouts of confusing numbers and inflammatory ultimatums that we are reminded that turning on floodlights in a crowded bar, at midnight, can expose a lot of surprises.
It is in the contrasts, brought out it all their naked glory, that we see the behavior that causes us to cringe at admitting that we are associated with any of this mockery of all things American. Yet, we need this. We need to understand that Bureaucracy is anti-human. It is cannibalistic. Even in it’s most commercial context, it is impossible to find any compassion or grace for the behavior of Bureaucracy. Something happens to people when they gain auspicious titles and put on a suit and tie. In reality, they are no less human. They just act as predatory animals.
There is one thing that we can be sure of. Those who gain by this unreasonable facsimile of a reality show called government will not be found in line when the inevitable next step down in the currency collapse is taken. None will admit complicity in the Ponzi scheme that is the Federal Reserve. There won’t be a deal good enough to persuade the world to buy U. S. Treasury debt. The situation will become institutional looting and piracy.
This is the point when the masks come off and the wolves devour the sheep. The turmoil and protest in other countries will be seen in the United States. Bureaucracy believes that it is a law unto itself. The human common sense response would be to admit that there is a higher court than any institution of Man. But then, Bureaucracy ate of the forbidden fruit and bought into the original lie, long ago. No, the men of renown have not become gods, and their pride is going before destruction.
What Someone Else Wants
Why do we seem to be pushed, pulled, compelled, coerced, bribed and threatened into a system of revolving slavemasters? Is it that we secretly crave the opportunity to exert power over another human being, IF our turn comes? Could it be that we are just as corrupt as the people we resent?
It is very obvious that fiat currency systems are cycles of abuse. The effort that people make in defending their bankers, attorneys, financial advisors, and media analysts is truly amazing in it’s dedication. Regardless of the wrongs that are inflicted on people, they still love their abusers.
I remember an incident that took place, about 10 years ago. In the place where I got my coffee every morning, on my way to work, I had a thought. As I handed the cashier the paper note in tender of payment, I asked her.
“Do you know why this is worth something?”
Her answer was, “No. Why?”
I replied, “It is worth something because you believe it is. You gave me something real, a cup of coffee, in exchange for debt that you and everyone else promised to repay to a private bank. When these notes are used, the user is borrowing debt.”
If I knew this, 10 years ago, why doesn’t everyone else know it, today? If you could go back in time and show Christopher Columbus a “$?” 100 Federal Reserve note, he wouldn’t know what it was or where it came from. You would have to admit that it wasn’t anything but paper, in his day. You would have a very rough time with the authorities of that day, obviously acting as an agent of a foreign power that doesn’t exist yet. You would know that Columbus wouldn’t sell you a rowboat for a wheelbarrow of FRNs.
In this phase of the currency collapse, everyone is expected to grab a bucket and start bailing. If you are in an ocean of debt, you can’t stay afloat with the Federal Reserve and the U. S. Treasury producing and taking on more debt than you can keep up with. Abdication of conscience leads to exactly what we don’t want.
Knowing the history of the bureaucratic hardship imposed by the state of emergency in Agriculture didn’t help ease the reading of the article on the front page of the June 3rd, 2009 Denver Post. That state of emergency was declared in 1934 and is in effect, today. The article, titled “More farmers losing hope”, by Miles Moffeit told the story of financial hardship, stress from uncertain markets and of all things, a suicide prevention hotline for farmers. A study of agricultural history in the U. S. specifically, and the world in general, details the Corporatist seizure of the ability to produce food. When power and control override independence, we see this stress become the norm. At one time, farms were profitable and didn’t need the banks for anything. With the consolidation of the past 75 years, farmers are now the odd group on the outside, looking in. This is why farmers are under so much stress. Just as on every other inhabited continent, the corporate war is against them. The first action of tyrannical governments is to seize control of food production and use it as a weapon. As agriculture goes, so goes the nation. Forget General Motors.
The National Organization for Raw Materials (N. O. R. M.) http://www.normeconomics.org compiles a yearly table of production data, by area of production. It is a very good history of economic activity. The numbers are certainly very down in these days. With farmers being squeezed out and forced of the land, the work that should be the strength of the nation is under severe attack. While the urban public fails to defend their rural neighbors from corporate commercial attack, they should stop and think about where their food comes from. We must get past ignoring issues until they become a crisis. People will certainly take notice when food either is in short supply or costs twice what it did, a year ago.
Obviously, local independence is in our best interest. When the bottom lines of the banks became more important than the natural order of production and local distribution, the war was on for control of markets and land. This is why we must support farmers markets and local barter systems for goods and services. When we began accepting the paper Ponzi scheme, we became enslaved and exploited. We must understand that the fate of our neighbors is inseparable from our own. Looking for toll – free numbers to call or grant applications to fill out is a dead end in the same debt swamp that caused the original problem.
After decades of sowing debt and reaping poverty, the lesson should be clear. All of the experts with defective educations have led us to the edge of economic conquest by foreign interests. Consumers and farmers must defend each other from the attacks of the Globalist invaders. For too long, the combination of business and politics has invited invasion. Only by direct, local interaction can the outside oppression be excluded. Before Corporatist foreign agendas put farmers out of business and take food off the tables of America’s families, repudiation of the bureaucratic corporate structure must come.
We make choices, every day. At some point, our daily lives must surely must give rise to the need for better results. When do we question the logic of relying on institutions that don’t produce the required results? Delegating personal judgment to representation vulnerable to questionable influence is a recipe for disaster. The upside down and inside out Corporatist structure of this society and world creates more problems than it solves. Not only are decisions made according to private agendas of corporate global interests, but we are saddled with the burden of regulation toxic to local independence. Our neighbors are far more likely to have interests in common with us, than some convened body of public policy makers. That is the bedrock defense of a community against invasion by any organization. Certainly, those who believe the debt economy is a valid business model would not miss us, if we were gone. Being at the mercy of such treacherous mentalities is not an option, if we are to maintain civility and tranquility in our local relationships. We would do better to let the Globalist interests drift out to sea, without our support.
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