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10/04/10

Government Snooping in Your Trash

Somebody could be snooping in your trash . . . and you're paying for it!

In a growing number of cities across the U.S., local governments are placing computer chips in recycling bins to collect data on refuse disposal, and then fining residents who don't participate in recycling efforts and forcing others into educational programs meant to instill respect for the environment.

In at least one city, Dayton, Ohio, this invasion of your privacy is paid for by federal "Stimulus" funds.

Worse, there is evidence that recycling programs actually HARM the environment
!

Dayton's recycling subsidy is just one of thousands of examples of misspent Stimulus funds, and another piece of evidence that the Stimulus should never have passed.

So please send another letter telling Congress to rescind all remaining Stimulus funds using DownsizeDC.org's Cut Spending Campaign.

You may borrow from or copy this letter . . .

The Stimulus was advertised as putting money in "shovel-ready" projects that would create jobs. But it is a gigantic waste and you must rescind all remaining funds.

For example: $500,000 went to the city of Dayton, Ohio to snoop in people's garbage and rearrange trash bins! http://www.whiotv.com/money/24513951/detail.html

This isn't job creation, it's social engineering.

Dayton's trash disposal policy is Dayton's concern, not mine or yours. The Constitution does not authorize the federal government to give aid to states or cities, which means federal funding of this program violates the Tenth Amendment.

There are 99 similarly wasteful projects listed in a report by Sens. McCain and Coburn that you should read. http://coburn.senate.gov/public//index.cfm?a=Files.Serve&File_id=a7e82141-1a9e-4eec-b160-6a8e62427efb

I resent my dollars paying for projects like these. Rescind the Stimulus!

END LETTER


You can send your letter through DownsizeDC.org's Educate the Powerful System
.

And if you are as outraged by government waste as we are, please forward this to friends and "like" our Facebook page.

____________________________________________________________

GOD'S WORD FOR TODAY

Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. Matthew 6:8 (KJV)


IN THE NEWS

OBAMA NATION

Obama’s Grab for New Spy Powers
http://bit.ly/sKu8e

POLICE STATE NEWS

Why death rates INCREASED in 20mph zones... and getting rid of cameras reduces accidents
http://bit.ly/dsHDt2

Stop-sign cameras catch Calif. drivers off guard
http://bit.ly/d3oeQM

The Truth Police
http://bit.ly/byXfyQ

Google CEO: We Know Where You Are. We Know Where You’ve Been....
http://bit.ly/ap7134

New website lets citizen spies snoop on thousands of CCTV cameras – and get cash rewards for spotting ‘crimes’
http://bit.ly/aUEKMV

Police Brutality: Oakland Police Leave Note To Family ‘We Killed Your Dog’
http://bit.ly/dzvMmn

POLITICS & GOVERNMENT

Ga. federal judge arrested on drug, gun charges
http://yhoo.it/d57zrj

Gun case defying feds heads to appeals court
http://bit.ly/9D3FKb

Schwarzenegger vetoes bill seeking companies' WWII roles - Why hold them accountable for their terrible actions
http://bit.ly/b91NEo

Ford and GM Scrutinized for Alleged Nazi Collaboration
http://wapo.st/11j4tD

Eye-popping power grab: Licensing of U.S. colleges
http://bit.ly/bCF13E

McCain's Jail US Citizens Indefinitely Bill In Committee
http://bit.ly/bexhZq

Read McCain's US Citizen Detention Bill S 3081
http://bit.ly/dC8Ueh

US Government, Corporate Media Hatch “Irritating” And Unfounded Terror Plot
http://bit.ly/bd8f3t

October Surprise: Terror Hysteria Recycled In Election Ploy
http://bit.ly/cnZY5S

ECONOMIC NEWS

New Yorkers hit with nearly 5% state clothes tax
http://bit.ly/cwqpqF

BofA suspends foreclosures in 23 states
http://yhoo.it/9C43NY

Wall Street Sees World Economy Decoupling From U.S.
http://bit.ly/9BjxQK

IMF admits that the West is stuck in near depression
http://bit.ly/diAVVX

Report: Verizon to Pay $90M in Customer Refunds
http://bit.ly/c5wuIo

HEALTH NEWS

The boy of three trapped in the world of Thomas The Tank Engine after watching show for five hours a day
http://bit.ly/b4ilHt

Plane with sick child held at gate in Colorado
http://bit.ly/93dV1B

GLOBAL WARMING

Splattergate: ‘Oh well, we live and learn….’
http://bit.ly/ajONmw

Get ready for new big chill as forecasters predict back-to-back ‘white-out’ winters
http://bit.ly/cffof2

IMMIGRATION & BORDER NEWS

20 kidnapped in Mexican resort city of Acapulco
http://bit.ly/aAa57l

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Ottawa moves to protect government computer systems from hackers, cyber attacks
http://bit.ly/aGy3XW

Hacker infiltration ends D.C. online voting trial
http://wapo.st/csaqW4

Internet monitoring plan threatens privacy
http://bit.ly/csNB8m

Hackers Inject Univ. of Michigan 'Fight Song' Onto System During D.C. Internet Voting Scheme Tests
http://bit.ly/bocSMG

Iran says it has defeated computer code which attacked its nuclear power plants
http://bit.ly/a8qLQF

Cheap costs for hackers may lead to thousands in consumer credit card debt
http://bit.ly/aG7FCw

Cyber-thieves hit town fund
http://bit.ly/9NkTpo

48 hackers charged so far with stealing $12.5M from banks
http://usat.ly/anxMGE

FBI Arrest Over 100, Uncovers Cyber Crime Ring
http://bit.ly/dy5Mpq

Ottawa moves to protect government computer systems from hackers, cyber attacks
http://bit.ly/aGy3XW

Another Voice: Privacy vs. security on the Internet
http://bit.ly/dsfSeD

DUMBED DOWN AMERICA

Are we raising a generation of nincompoops?
http://bit.ly/9tDgeF

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10/01/10

More Victories in the Fight to Preserve Liberties

Quote of the Day: "Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little." -- Plutarch (c.45-125 A.D.)

There's a good chance we've defeated the cumbersome food safety bill. "The Hill" reports that Congressional leaders pulled the bill even though they had the votes to pass it.

Now why on earth would they do that? It's because . . .

Pressure works!

We and our allies stirred up enough dust to make the politicians nervous about passing this bill before the election. And they'll no longer have the votes once the people fire the Democratic majority. The final danger is that the Dems will try to force it through during a lame-duck session. We'll have to be on guard against that. Meanwhile . . .

We can celebrate another success.

Plus, in other good news . . .

Rand Paul invokes "reading the bills," and "downsizing the government" in his latest TV commercial.



And, I'll be traveling through Florida next week, promoting Downsize DC, and speaking at the NullifyNow conference
.

This last item has forced a change in our work schedule. We're going to have to delay, by one week, showing you the new home page for the new website for the Downsize DC Foundation, which is the educational arm of Downsize DC. Meanwhile . . .

There are bills to pay, and we've only sent one fundraising message all month. We got our head above water with the assistance we received in August when we had to shut down for a day, but we want to keep it that way. Today is the first day of October. Can you help close out September by making a contribution, or starting a monthly pledge?

Thanks in advance for your help, and have a good weekend.

Jim Babka
President
DownsizeDC.org, Inc.

____________________________

GOD'S WORD FOR TODAY
Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Proverbs 4:26 (KJV)

IN GOD WE TRUST VIDEO


IN THE NEWS

OBAMA NATION

Veteran's family denied WH tour because of shorts
http://bit.ly/bTlDdw

Obama: “It Took Time To Free The Slaves”
http://bit.ly/c6fiqx

Obama announces Emanuel's exit as chief of staff
http://bit.ly/crc3ho

OBAMA CARE

McDonald's denies report of dropping health care
http://bit.ly/b9oazr

MODERN DAY SLAVERY

Blood, sweat and tears: the truth about how your sportswear is made
http://bit.ly/9IpKtb

POLITICS & GOVERNMENT

Prop 23 battle heats up in California as Schwarzenegger comes out fighting
http://bit.ly/9xqLKr

New Internet Censorship Bill Introduced
http://bit.ly/cnVfeg

Senate votes to turn down volume on TV commercials
http://bit.ly/aANXe9

And they're out! Congress flees DC to campaign
http://bit.ly/aY87eN

Stop the Internet Blacklist
http://huff.to/aOlcAv

Israeli cyber unit responsible for Iran computer worm – claim
http://bit.ly/boB5Jp

Computer worm attacking Iran's nuclear facilities 'includes Biblical link to Israel'
http://bit.ly/dkRuOn

“Firing Squad” for Pennsylvania Homeland Security Director
http://bit.ly/a3MNeB

POLICE STATE NEWS

Police surveillance of Muslims set up with 'no regard for law'
http://bit.ly/9hg0aV

GPS and the Police State
http://bit.ly/dAU0Ra

Tickets from L.A.'s red-light cameras often go unpaid
http://lat.ms/ck7zMX

Authorities Plan To Trawl Phone Calls And E Mails For Signs Of Resentment Toward Government
http://bit.ly/aJEwAL

Fort Hood soldiers told to list private weapons
http://bit.ly/bHDY4T

Feds Use Pre-Crime To Target Disgruntled Veterans
http://bit.ly/cyQcr3

REAL ID & PRIVACY NEWS

D.C. brings HIV testing to the crowd at the DMV
http://wapo.st/9fF2jv

Spate of Lawsuits Shows User Discomfort With Latest Innovations in Online-Tracking Technology
http://yhoo.it/bSGVpv

ECONOMIC NEWS

Rate board denies Postal Service price increase plea
http://bit.ly/9Gb5Qk

Americans tread water in gulf between rich, poor
http://yhoo.it/9dwvkW

Meredith Whitney Predicts 80,000 Layoffs for Wall Street
http://bit.ly/9Mn3rc

Truck drivers pushed to the limit
http://bit.ly/a24z9y

Economy loses speed in spring; more weakness ahead
http://yhoo.it/cDge9t

Mortgage rates match low of 4.32 percent
http://yhoo.it/caRTs8

CHRISTIANITY NEWS

Former USAF Academy Professor Slams Christian Bigotry
http://bit.ly/cD6TZX

CORPORATE INFLUENCE

In 1932, Fox Helped Make Propaganda Films for Hitler
http://bit.ly/c75g30

HEALTH NEWS

Baby sleep positioners 'are too dangerous to use
http://bit.ly/aOuxYu

How can vaccines actually be used to reduce world population?
http://bit.ly/bFgZlT

Scientists: 40 Times More Cancer-Causing Toxics in Gulf than Before Spill … Dispersants to Blame
http://bit.ly/c7scKP

Chemical pesticides linked to ADHD in children
http://bit.ly/a2Xcee

HI Gov Candidate Backs Flu Shots But Won't Take One
http://bit.ly/c4dmR4

Child nutrition bill stalls in House
http://yhoo.it/dq30h1

IMMIGRATION NEWS

Rupert Murdoch Calls for Amnesty for ‘Law-Abiding’ Illegal Immigrants
http://bit.ly/acCgiT

RECALL NEWS

Fisher-Price recalls more than 10M kid products
http://yhoo.it/abnThl

FDA exec: agency too slow to order J&J recall
http://yhoo.it/aqeGWN

GO GREEN OR ELSE

'Go green or we'll kill your kids' says Richard Curtis eco-propaganda shocker
http://bit.ly/9ZFPoZ

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

VoIP Abuse Project lures hackers with honeypot then blacklists them
http://bit.ly/drFHCJ

Dozens charged in NY in global computer virus scam
http://bit.ly/cOWjrk

Comcast Roundup: Stephen Burke will lead NBC, Comcast.net hackers sentenced and more
http://bit.ly/djv4aZ

Delaware courts: Turkish man gets prison for 'mobile fraud service'
http://bit.ly/95Ko8u

Kanye Cancels This Week's "GOOD Friday" Due To Hackers
http://bit.ly/d1rEtj

More spam on Twitter, Facebook
http://bit.ly/a02gp2

Facebook security team zeroes in on Koobface hackers
http://bit.ly/bRsY4y

Hackers Arm Themselves With Malware
http://bit.ly/aiEqEJ

Pssst! Wanna Buy a Dangerous Security Hack?
http://fxn.ws/aLdO4V

Restaurant News Bites: Hackers, Darden, Pizza Hut
http://bit.ly/aNRs2H

Hackers blamed in BexarMet theft
http://bit.ly/agiYpl

Hackers Target Mobile Banking
http://bit.ly/coT2sZ

Kanye Hates Hackers, Cancels GOOD Friday
http://bit.ly/djMcSD

Pirate Bay User Database Exploited By Spammers
http://bit.ly/9a99xF

DA: Global Cyber-Crime Scheme Yields 15 Arrests Locally
http://bit.ly/aqu0F8

Authorites Charge 60 People in Computer Hacking Scheme
http://bit.ly/b7OlD4

FBI take down dozens of cyber criminals in $3million computer virus scam
http://bit.ly/bLrXiw

U.S. Charges 37 Alleged Mules and Others in Online Bank Fraud Scheme
http://bit.ly/bs01TJ

Hackers to continue media company attacks until no longer angry
http://exm.nr/clWOd0

Pentagon's New Cyber Command Misses Deadline to Be Fully Operational
http://fxn.ws/dzLiCD

Adobe readies critical Reader update
http://bit.ly/doEJ91

Students plagued by Internet fraud
http://bit.ly/c6v3Xf

09/29/10

Stimulus Funds Used to Chip Children

It is clear that the Stimulus failed to curb unemployment. Even worse is how the money is being spent. The letter below illustrates just one place where your dollars are being misused.

That's why we're asking you to tell Congress to rescind all remaining Stimulus funds.

Our hard-wired letter says simply "Please cut federal spending."

In addition to this you may borrow from or copy these additional comments . . .

Specifically, please rescind all remaining stimulus funds. It adds to the national debt but has not reduced unemployment.

Even worse is how the money is being spent.

For instance, the stimulus paid for RFID chips implanted in jerseys that Head Start preschoolers are required to wear in Richmond, CA. This Orwellian precedent scares me!

* RFID is an unproven technology vulnerable to hacking - actually making children less safe from kidnappers
* It's unknown how much private data is being collected, and for how long it will be kept, meaning . .
* It's an assault on the privacy and dignity of these children and their low-income parents. http://www.eff.org/files/filenode/rfid/RFIDletter_full.pdf

I know this program was not specifically mentioned in the Stimulus bill. That's the problem: even if you had read the bill, you wouldn't have known about this.

That's why you should rescind all remaining stimulus funds. Don't steal taxpayer money if you don't even know how it is being spent.

END LETTER

You can send your letter using DownsizeDC.org's Educate the Powerful System.
------------------------------------

GOD'S WORD FOR TODAY
Galatians 6:6 Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things. (KJV)


IN THE NEWS

OBAMA NATION

Barack Obama says he is 'a Christian by choice'
http://bit.ly/at0oMy

Obama Refers to Illegal Aliens as ‘Us’ As He Renews Call for Amnesty
http://bit.ly/brChb4

Obama: Yes to 2011 climate bill push
http://politi.co/aZbScZ

Obama: D.C. schools don't suit daughters
http://bit.ly/aruS1D

POLITICS & GOVERNMENT

Distrust in U.S. Media Edges Up to Record High
http://bit.ly/9ljxbp

Fort Hood reports record number of suicides
http://bit.ly/cKs2ob

Did CBS Use Justin Bieber to Paint Tea Party as Violent, Anti-Government Extremists?
http://bit.ly/al9G5F

Poll: 71% of Republican voters back tea party
http://politi.co/9xaPNg

Liberty on Lockdown
http://bit.ly/9aJQXh

Fox primary: complicated, contractual
http://yhoo.it/bCwdIO

Riots Grip East Jerusalem
http://bit.ly/d33SFU

Courage, Liberty, Guns and Weed
http://bit.ly/c4By5h

POLICE STATE NEWS

New Database Tracks Purchase Cold & Allergy Medicine in Real-Time - Why not just ban pseudoephedrine?
http://bit.ly/bDk5KF

Feds Radiating Americans At Internal Checkpoints
http://bit.ly/bGU6wt

Cyber bill would give U.S. emergency powers
http://reut.rs/bBVxpd

Army judge tells officer: Shut up and be punished!
http://bit.ly/czstWq

FBI agents seek the right to tap texts, emails and websites
http://bit.ly/d0CEmC

Report: Significant cheating by FBI agents on exam
http://yhoo.it/awD4wL

Americans living in a police state?
http://bit.ly/9ZBkvP

REAL ID & PRIVACY NEWS

DMV licence fee snafu costs Hayward driver more than $1,000
http://bit.ly/ancktv

‘Snippets’ of Patient Data Are Accidentally Posted
http://nyti.ms/dhV0nF

India Launches Project to ID 1.2 Billion People
http://bit.ly/adpPQm

ECONOMIC NEWS
J.P. Morgan Chase Temporalily freezes 56,000 foreclosures
http://bit.ly/a8N3G2

Stocks slip as European protests worsen debt fears
http://yhoo.it/abuDhf

Plundering the middle class
http://bit.ly/cm2Zxm

Is The Federal Reserve Out Of Control?
http://bit.ly/8ohSa1

John Paulson’s Scary Speech: Double Digit Inflation By 2012, Gold At $4,000
http://bit.ly/cuAqdZ

US Mint Runs Out Of Buffalo Gold Coins, Will Not Restock
http://bit.ly/a78j83

Despite economy, Americans don't want farm work
http://bit.ly/cbgZ1g

J.M. Smucker to close 2 plants, cut 150 jobs
http://bit.ly/aVrhnu

85 Minnesota jobs experts bounced from jobs
http://bit.ly/buYyjD

Sour economic mood in living room and boardroom
http://yhoo.it/ckhQVI

Consumer confidence expected to dip in September
http://yhoo.it/bsIifW

Toys R Us to hire 45,000 workers for holidays
http://yhoo.it/9Aky2y

HEALTH NEWS

More reports of flesh-eating bacteria in the Gulf — 12 y/o dies after only his feet touched the water
http://bit.ly/cV0c5N

Meat tainted with deadly bacteria is being sold to consumers; government forms 'work group'
http://bit.ly/byyFLi

CHRISTIANITY NEWS

Survey: Americans don't know much about religion
http://on-msn.com/a0DYGl

MORAL DECLINE

Sex party booked for fire hall is canceled
http://bit.ly/alDnAO

Miami federal prosecutor arrested after swimming in his boxers
http://bit.ly/ck55M5

Rage, love offered as murder-suicide motives
http://bit.ly/d0TFb0

FALSE FLAG TERROR?

How Did UT Shooter Tooley Get Mohammed Atta's Eyes, Eyebrows?
http://bit.ly/cNbJdN

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Stuxnet Worm: Iran Deny Nuclear Power Station Was Hit By First Cyberweapon Of Its Kind
http://bit.ly/9doF5j

Millions Stolen form UK Bank Accounts by Hackers
http://bit.ly/b0u6Yy

DDoS attackers line up new targets
http://bit.ly/bLGvrs

What to Do If Hackers Steal Your Online Accounts
http://nyti.ms/arGd6l

Computer Hackers Steal Millions from British Bank Accounts
http://bit.ly/cKfYxI

Facebook hacking on the rise
http://bit.ly/9HnPo4

Chinese hackers to target games site
http://bit.ly/cHtaxw

SIM card crime ring arrested, is your phone safe?
http://bit.ly/9L4co1

09/23/10

URGENT: DISCLOSE Act Vote Likely Today

The Senate will likely vote on the DISCLOSE Act again TODAY. That's why we're sending this message earlier than normal. It's urgent that you act quickly.

Incumbents banded together in 2002 to make it effectively a crime, punishable by jail, for a non-profit group like DownsizeDC.org to broadcast issue ads during the final days of an election campaign.

The Supreme Court fixed this problem earlier this year, getting something right for a change. In the Citizens United case they restored the right of non-profit corporations like DownsizeDC.org, Inc., to broadcast issue ads during elections.

The name of the case fits. Non-wealthy CITIZENS are UNITED in organizations: They band together using their First Amendment rights of association and press to publish and broadcast their opinions. Bad laws have forced we citizens into a legal cul de sac, where WE NEED CORPORATIONS LIKE CITIZENS UNITED AND DOWNSIZE DC TO HELP US ACHIEVE OUR GOAL OF BEING HEARD. But . . .

In this year when most Americans want to fire Congress, the incumbent politicians are making a last ditch effort to protect incumbency -- by chilling dissent. Here's what's at stake . . .

Because DownsizeDC.org is un-willing to expose its list of supporters (your name) to the Federal Election Commission we would be PROHIBITED from running ads exposing a candidate's record.

We explain, in greater detail, how this law would affect the groups you love most at the web page opposing the anti-First Amendment DISCLOSE Act.

To create artificial demand for this terrible bill, numerous politicians, including the President, have lied about the Citizens United decision. It's time to call them on it -- literally.

First, send them a letter RIGHT NOW. Here's what I wrote using DownsizeDC.org's Educate the Powerful System:

There has been a massive disinformation campaign designed to push through this anti-First Amendment bill.

* Some Representatives and Senators have said that the Citizens United ruling overturned 100 years of law, when it fact it merely overturned a 20-year old decision. http://tinyurl.com/2f9c4qq

* Many of these same incumbent politicians claimed that now major corporations, like BP, would be able to buy our elections (one of your members even said bribery was now legal!).

* Which is richly ironic, because . . .

a) The DISCLOSE Act only restricts regular-sized non-profits while exempting behemoths like the NRA and AARP, and . . . http://tinyurl.com/2vxe23w
b) Major commercial corporations have always held tremendous sway over our government, and any pretense that they don't insults my intelligence. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regulatory_capture

Face it: The DISCLOSE Act is about NOTHING MORE THAN CHILLING DISSENT.

And I'm in on the secret.

If you vote for this bill then it means you want to disenfranchise the little guy for the benfit of yourself and big special interests.

There's a better alternative. As James Madison said Federalist No.10, the best way to counter the influence of tremendous wealth, and the concentrated benefits that big corporations seek, is to foster the freedom for many voices to join the political fray. That's why the First Amendment reads, "Congress shall make no law," that even "abridges" (remotely infringes) on my rights of association and expression -- NO LAW.

I emphatically urge you to work and vote for a filibuster, and failing that, to work as hard as you can to defeat the DISCLOSE Act.

END LETTER

Second, because the vote is occurring today, PLEASE ALSO CALL YOUR SENATORS ON THE PHONE. Their numbers are provided on the same page where you send your letter to Congress, if you're logged-in to your account.

Remember to tell them you're a constituent of theirs, and to be brief, polite, but forceful.

Please pass this message on to others, removing the information below my signature so no one accidentally unsubscribes you. Also, if you have a blog, please repost this information.

Jim Babka
President
DownsizeDC.org, Inc.

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GOD'S WORD FOR TODAY
And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? John 11:26 (KJV)

IN THE NEWS
OBAMA NATION

Obama’s Aunt: ‘If I Come Here As An (Illegal) Immigrant, You Have The Obligation To Make Me A Citizen’
http://bit.ly/9vyevj

Key Obama economy adviser to quit
http://bbc.in/afMoVx

'I'm exhausted defending you': Middle-class mother confronts Obama at meet-the-voters event
http://bit.ly/d2ydTK

Campaigning Democrats turn against health care reform and Barack Obama
http://bit.ly/b5gEWN

Shut down! Question about back taxes Press secretary bypasses 2nd-most senior reporter on beat
http://bit.ly/cstdjz

POLICE STATE NEWS

Real-Time Security Cameras Link NYC Subway Hubs
http://bit.ly/99hD53

Bill would let feds block pirate websites worldwide - Copyright enforcement as censorship
http://bit.ly/8Z7zH3

Database of suspicious activity going live with little attention
http://bit.ly/dd9eY2

Pittsburgh's FBI field office comes under scrutiny
http://bit.ly/9PrZyW

State senator Tom Duane to reintroduce mandatory flu vaccinations for healthcare workers
http://bit.ly/dpULsw

Inspector General clears FBI in Miami protests
http://bit.ly/bhrPlt

Cop breaks neck of 84-year-old WWII vet
http://bit.ly/a4628S

POLITICS & GOVERNMENT

3rd woman says 'sexting' Calumet County DA harassed her - Yet he is not being fired
http://bit.ly/c4fMrp

Israeli police storm Jerusalem mosque compound
http://bit.ly/bauwxD

'Don't ask, don't tell' repeal goes down in flames
http://bit.ly/c45yUZ

Taxpayers to subsidize referrals to Planned Parenthood
http://bit.ly/dxQESU

Ohio Dem chair drops F-bomb - Tea party 'f---ers'
http://politi.co/aELs5e

Take-action Senate Scheduled to Vote on anti-Free Speech Bill
http://bit.ly/aEMND

Jefferson prosecutor hopeful calls U.S. 'fascist police state' in clip filmed 3 years ago
http://bit.ly/9xzAzW

N.Y. Appellate Court Panel Suspends Lawyer/Law Judge for Ex Parte Contacts
http://bit.ly/a8YfnK

Landmark Day Hailed as More Nations Ban Use of Child Soldiers
http://bit.ly/bOfHge

Howard-Bush defence treaty passes hurdle
http://bit.ly/9ujjul

US House puts oceans, coasts under UN: Senate vote will seal the deal
http://bit.ly/cHR3dS

Prepare To Be Betrayed
http://bit.ly/cNMAPo

Ex-city manager among 8 arrested in Calif. scandal
http://yhoo.it/cEVXch

University bans political e-mails
http://bit.ly/9cylZJ

ECONOMIC NEWS

Forget $1,300, Gold Is Heading To $11,000 On Dollar Collapse
http://bit.ly/c8wzm7

Homebuilding industry years away from recovery
http://yhoo.it/cJdW1J

21 communities to plan 'Promise Neighborhoods'
http://yhoo.it/9IFnaZ

HEALTH NEWS

Latest Vaccine Propaganda: It Prevents Heart Attacks
http://bit.ly/9ZZNWJ

Unusual illnesses: Curiouser and curiouser
http://bit.ly/a8GnL9

MORAL DECLINE

Cops: Indiana kids died after 10 hours in closet
http://bit.ly/ayXvYk

KFC pays college women for ad space on buns
http://usat.ly/9N0Xxp

CRIME NEWS

Woman in acid-attack hoax charged with theft
http://bit.ly/bfwa6u

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09/17/10

Choose Freedom: Ignore DC

by Michael Boldin

There’s plenty of federal holidays for Americans to celebrate. On July 4th, there’s independence from King George’s England. On the first Monday in September, a holiday was dedicated to the “social and economic achievements of American workers.” Other days throughout the year celebrate autumn harvest, soldiers who died in the civil war and even a person who sailed to this continent nearly three centuries before the country was “founded.”

When there’s no federally-sanctioned holiday to call upon, protesters and activists across the political spectrum often pick “important” dates to schedule events to bring attention to their cause. We’ve seen protests on Tax Day, Independence Day, May Day, Earth Day, and more. And, in the past few weeks we saw great importance placed on days that doesn’t even have a letter in their name, 8/28 and 9/12.

But nowhere to be found on these great lists of “federal holidays” or “protest days” is a celebration of the document that defined the principles of liberty that this country was supposedly founded upon – the Constitution.

LIMITING POWER

The Constitution was signed on September 17, 1787, and every year that date passes by with hardly a sound. Sure, now that it’s considered a day of “federal observance” you’ll find government schools around the country including it in their lesson plans. But these discussions generally focus on “Constitution Trivia” instead of what’s really important. While it may be good to educate our young on how many years a Senator serves, or how Supreme Court justices are appointed, it’s not enough. Seriously lacking in the public discourse is the actual purpose of the Constitution – its underlying principles.

When the Constitution was being considered for ratification, there was strong opposition from famous American figures that included George Mason and Patrick Henry. One major reason for this was a fear of too much power. The founding generation spent their lives toiling under a tyranny – a government without limits. But, when the Constitution was written, it was done to codify in law that the powers of government would be limited to those which had been delegated to it – and nothing more.

The entire system was created under the principle of popular sovereignty – that ‘We the People of the Several States’ created the government, and all powers not delegated to it, were retained. But that’s not something you’re likely to hear from politicians in Washington DC, political pundits, schools, or just about anywhere else. It’s generally not in their interest, either.

If politicians and their backers were promoting such crazy ideas as “originalism” and “limited government” they’d never be able to convince you that they have the power to tell you what kind of health care plan you’ll be getting, how big your toilet can be, what kind of plants you’re allowed to grow, where you’re allowed to exercise your “right” to free speech, whom you can buy and sell from, and even when you must send your children to die for them.

MORE OF THE SAME

Throughout history, even kings and queens have often failed to survive such acts of hubris; but, in “free” America, the major parties that produce all the presidents continue to receive approval through tens of millions of votes. And where has that gotten people?

Well, let’s take a look at some major issues.

  • If you were opposed to war in the Bush administration, you’ve still got the same wars and threats of wars under Obama.
  • If you were opposed to national health care under Clinton, you got a massive expansion of government health care under George Bush, which laid the groundwork for an even bigger expansion under Obama.
  • If you didn’t like the federal government passing the Patriot Act without even reading it, you’re still getting the same (or worse) failure to read legislation today.
  • On the other hand, if you liked the Bush bailouts, you’ve gotta love the ones that Obama has given you!

No matter what side of the political aisle you sit on, the federal government is not your friend. It’s not a friend to the Constitution, and it’s certainly no friend to your liberty. For years and years…and years, people have yelled “vote the bums out!” “Call Congress now!” “March on DC!” But, in the long run, little to none of this actually works.

If you oppose this national health care plan, they’ll give you that one. If you oppose one war, you’ll get another one. If you oppose today’s bailout, they’ll find a different one tomorrow. Decade in and decade out, the government keeps growing, and your liberty keeps shrinking. And it doesn’t matter if the person in charge is named Obama, or Bush, or Reagan, or Clinton.

The bottom line? Looking to the federal government – whether it’s though elections, or protests, or lawsuits, or rallies – is a failed strategy. So how about trying something new?

A DIFFERENT PATH: NULLIFICATION

People around the country are recognizing that there is a different path, and one that has a chance of working on a big scale, too. Already nearly a dozen states have passed 10th amendment resolutions reaffirming the proper role of government under the Constitution. 25 states have stopped the real id act dead in its tracks in most of the country. 8 states have passed firearms freedom acts – to nullify some federal gun laws and regulations in their state. 5 states have already passed laws to nullify federal health care mandates – with more on the way. And, fourteen states now have medical marijuana laws in direct opposition to federal laws..

In Jeffersonian-speak, this all falls under the banner of “nullification.” When a state ‘nullifies’ a federal law, it is proclaiming that the law in question is void and inoperative, or ‘non-effective,’ within the boundaries of that state; or, in other words, not a law as far as that state is concerned.

While some in government and the media would like to paint this essential tool for resisting federal tyranny as solely aligned with the South in the War Between the States – and nothing more, they’re missing some essential history. It’s been used in efforts to advance free speech, help runaway slaves, resist high taxes and more.

And recently, the Bush-Era Real ID Act is now virtually dead in the water, not due to elections or rallies, or calls to Congress – but instead, due to state-level resistance. In the past three-plus years, approximately two dozen states simply refused to implement the law. The result? The law is still on the books in Congress. It’s never been overturned by a federal court. But yet – in most of the country – it’s virtually null and void.

Even better, this is no single-issue movement. Legislators in over 20 states are considering legislation to nullify some federal gun laws, and another 20 are looking at ways to nullify national health care. 15 states are weighing legislation or ballot initiatives that could turn them into medical marijuana states by next year, and activists in over a dozen states have been pushing for legislation that would require their governors to bring national guard troops home from Iraq and elsewhere. On top of it, a national tour has been launched in support of these efforts – something that may have been impossible just a few years ago

LIBERTY BEGINS WITH YOU

Issue by issue, law by law, the best way to change the federal government is by refusing to comply with it on a state and individual level. Withdrawing our consent for unconstitutional “laws,” acts, regulations….and mandates…has a much better effect than begging or demanding that DC limit its own power.

Over the years, wise men and women warned us that the Constitution would never enforce itself. I believe it’s time for people to recognize this as fact, and bring that enforcement closer to home.

Whether you’re on the left, or on the right, or even somewhere in the middle, the path to freedom, the path to your political goals lies not in Washington D.C. Instead, it lies in Madison, and Jefferson (City)…and other state capitols around the country.

So this Constitution Day take a new pledge. Ignore and nullify the federal government. When it refuses to follow the Constitution year in and year out, it becomes as worthless as it is dangerous.

Michael Boldin [send him email] is the founder of the Tenth Amendment Center.

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