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But in North Carolina, this is supposed to be healthier than a turkey sandwich?

March 16, 2012
Two chicken nuggets

Chicken nuggets


Schools can opt out of ‘pink slime’ beef | Fox News:

But guess what?

At Hoke Elementary School, at Raeford, NC, Diane Zambrano’s 4-year old daughter had her lunch sent back home (and the parent charged for the school lunch):

The lunch Zambrano packed for her daughter? A cheese and salami sandwich on a wheat bun with apple juice. The lunch she got in the cafeteria? Chicken nuggets, a sweet potato, bread and milk.

Yeah, and in the school cafeteria, they serve pizza, donuts, soda, fried potatoes. Real healthy.

And Zambrano’s brush on the wrong side of the Food Police comes shortly after another girl’s experience got attention. And get this, they replaced the turkey and cheese sandwich with chicken nuggets!

Sara Burrows from the Carolina Journal explains:

The girl’s turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, potato chips, and apple juice did not meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines, according to the interpretation of the agent who was inspecting all lunch boxes in her More at Four classroom that day.

In a backwards sort of way, in the Zambrano case, the principal by denying it, admitted they are doing a “lunch bag police” sort of thing:

“We are not the lunch bag police,” Barnes told McClatchy. “We would never put a child in any type of embarrassing situation. But we are responsible to see that every child gets a nutritious meal.”

What useful blankety-blank put this into law?

And now, the heavy-handed food gestapo is denying having any such agents, even after the principal fingered them, and the principal in the letter sent home to the parent with the bill for lunch, said, they were going to direct the students to pick up any missing “food groups” from the cafeteria and they would be charged for them.

Some of us have joked about the food police following the smoking police, and by golly looky here.


Homeland Security Tracks These Keywords on Twitter and Facebook VIDEO

March 6, 2012

God bless EPIC, they keep on keeping on, fighting the hegemony’s urge to monitor everything you say or do on the Internet. Now we find out the DHS has hired a company to monitor all activity for given keywords.

That’s a blatant assault on the 4th and 5th amendments, but they’ve been ignoring the US Constitution for generations now. Like the IRS prying into free speech content of corporations applying for 501c3 or 501c4 status.

“The agency has demonstrated no legal basis for its social network and media monitoring program, which threatens important free speech and expression rights,” EPIC said in a Feb. 22 letter submitted to U.S. Congress.

EPIC says the surveillance of social media networks, public forums and websites violates the First Amendment and the Privacy Act of 1974.

George Will on Why Ron Paul is Right About Foreign Policy and Mitt Romney is Wrong

February 12, 2012

George Will on Why Ron Paul is Right About Foreign Policy and Mitt Romney is Wrong | Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign Committee:

Writes George Will:

Few things so embitter a nation as squandered valor, hence Americans, with much valor spent there, want Iraq to master its fissures. But with America in the second decade of its longest war, the probable Republican nominee is promising to extend it indefinitely.

Mitt Romney opposes negotiations with the Taliban while they “are killing our soldiers.” Which means: No negotiations until the war ends, when there will be nothing about which to negotiate…

The U.S. defense budget is about 43% of the world’s total military spending — more than the combined defense spending of the next 17 nations, many of which are U.S. allies. Are Republicans really going to warn voters that America will be imperiled if the defense budget is cut 8% from projections over the next decade? In 2017, defense spending would still be more than that of the next 10 countries.

Do Republicans think it is premature to withdraw up to 7,000 troops from Europe two decades after the Soviet Union’s death? About 73,000 will remain, most of them in prosperous, pacific, largely unarmed and utterly unthreatened Germany. Why do so many remain?

Since 2001, the United States has waged war in three nations, and some Republicans appear ready to bring the total to five, adding Iran and Syria. (The Weekly Standard, of neoconservative bent, regrets that Obama “is reluctant to intervene to oust Iran’s closest ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.”) GOP critics say Obama’s proposed defense cuts will limit America’s ability to engage in troop-intensive nation-building. Most Americans probably say: Good…

Romney says: “It is unacceptable for Iran to have a nuclear weapon…” (Leon) Panetta says Iran acquiring nuclear weapons is “unacceptable” and “a red line for us” and if “we get intelligence that they are proceeding with developing a nuclear weapon, then we will take whatever steps necessary to stop it.”

What, then, is the difference between Romney and Obama regarding Iran?

Osama bin Laden and many other “high-value targets” are dead, the drone war is being waged more vigorously than ever, and Guantanamo is still open, so Republicans can hardly say Obama has implemented dramatic and dangerous discontinuities regarding counterterrorism. Obama says that even with his proposed cuts, the defense budget would increase at about the rate of inflation through the next decade.

Republicans who think America is being endangered by “appeasement” and military parsimony have worked that pedal on their organ quite enough.

January 18: Internet-Wide Protests Against the Blacklist Legislation | Electronic Frontier Foundation

January 18, 2012
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This is NOT good.

They want to nibble away at the free exchange we have on the Internet.

Preemptive crime is itself a crime. These things have built-in slippery slopes. Shut down file-sharing sites instead of prosecuting actual violators is like putting you in jail because somebody committed murder on your front lawn.

Here’s an activist platform from the Electronic Freedom Foundation:

Presdential Candidate Issues Matrix – How They Voted

January 16, 2012

Cutting through the hype, you can find a candidate vote matrix at the following link that lists out how the various Republican candidates have voted on several issues:

Ron Paul: “Golden Rule Government”

December 28, 2011

Glad to see a fellow believer supporting Ron Paul. In my opinion his political philosophy is the rational application of Christ‘s love and commandments than any other.

I call it “Golden Rule Economics”: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. If you would have your neighbor leave you to decide what you should think, do, say, and how to spend your own money, then do the same to the neighbor. You have no right to do any more than this to your neighbor, and it is no more right for good intentions or even if you are the majority!


Ron Paul: First they ignored him, then they laughed at him, and they are not laughing anymore

December 18, 2011

Young India (23 September 1924) Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi, vol.29 …..

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win!

Ron Paul:

First they ignored him.

He came up first in half a dozen straw polls, second in the first statewide Iowa poll, and they still pretended he didn’t exist. They kept him away from interviews, avoided mentioning him, the media pretending for the audience that he was nothing to be concerned about.

Then, they laughed at him.

But he kept going. Then between 2008 and 2012, suddenly the economy started acting just like Ron Paul had predicted to everybody. Gingrich is caught during the 2012 campaign interview cycle saying that no one could have predicted the severity of the housing bust or the financial collapse, but someone put that clip on YouTube right next to the clip where another network character interviewing Ron Paul is acknowledging that Ron Paul predicted it completely.

So as the 2012 campaigns got up into gear, they now started laughing at him. He is such a perfect gentleman, even with politicians on the polar opposite end of any of his positions, so they couldn’t catch him in personal insult exchanges. Although he is much aware of the total damage to the country done by the private banking cartel currency monopoly of the “Federal Reserve Bank”, he never used the word “traitor” to describe its chairman like Perry did. He has not lied or engaged in exaggerated hyperbole, so they can’t get a sound bite where he was actually wrong on facts.

So they still called him unelectable, and in between nervous laughter, said his ideas were nutty, like the CNN anchor who told the reporter, “heh heh, Hold the Ron Paul stuff”, while they kept the lie going about the “three front-runners” for the #1, #3, and #4 winners in the Iowa Straw Poll, skipping the obvious “surprise” of Ron Paul, #2. Nervous laughter indeed.

Okay, so with the polls as they were, they were flummoxed because RP was in the top-tier, so now they had to fill the podium with way too many presidential contenders in the debates among the candidates.

So cue more laughter, call him an isolationist, and then start merging into the next phase, and get angry about rogue states like Iran that are a clear and present danger to the United States. Yes, that’s right, you are hearing that right, ladies and gentlemen, we cannot let Iran get ahold of one nuclear bomb because then it will be too late and what will we do? We only have about a zillion nuke warheads we could rain down on them after all.

And shush, don’t tell anybody we could just let Israel loose off the leash and cut off all the aid to the region, where we give twice as much aid to Israel’s enemies as we do to Israel. God knows with half the Republican candidates calling for a war on Iran, we don’t know why they would want to arm themselves with nukes. How dare somebody suggest they might simply want to defend themselves?

O’Reilly does an Internet poll, and Ron Paul and Herman Cain place first and second (he didn’t say which) so of course he disqualifies them because they cheated. How does he know they cheated? Because they won 1st and 2nd place of course. Then he names the winners: the other guys. So now O’Reilly officially joins the informal Propaganda Cartel.

But his numbers kept going up. He wins the CPAC poll, and all of a sudden the usual media oligarch-picked “experts” (ha ha) say it doesn’t matter.

Then he won the California Young Republicans straw poll, but they skipped over covering that.

Then he won the 2011 Values Voters poll, in a conservative gathering, showing that conservatives are hearing the message. So Oligarch Media sent out a memo to their talking heads: it doesn’t count, because Ron Paul voters cheat. By actually voting. Not fair.

Now, they’re fighting him.

So his numbers kept going up. He wins the CPAC poll, and all of a sudden the usual media oligarch-picked “experts” (ha ha) say it doesn’t matter. Then he wins the California Young Republicans straw poll, and they skip over covering that. Then he wins the Values

So now they’re starting to fight.

For example, I heard Rush Limbaugh tell a whopper of a lie to try to stop him, saying he has no chance to beat Obama. Rush knows he has no basis at all to say this, because every poll and every indication is that he is the one with the BEST chance of beating Obama, and wins over more independents and self-identified Democrat Party respondents than any of the other Republican candidates.

So now when they call him isolationist, instead of snickering, they’re growling like bit dogs. It’s the hit dog that howls.

By now they ALL know he is NOT isolationist, in fact, Ron Paul believes in engaging with more countries than they do.

And they know he is a non-interventionist and is not isolationist, and explains that his position on foreign affairs is like Thomas Jefferson’s, and worked pretty good for about 150 years or so for us:

Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations — entangling alliances with none.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

Mark Levin went ballistic on one Ron Paul caller, shouted him down and wouldn’t let him talk, yelling the same old tired mantras about Nine-eleven, and terrorists and national defense. And of course telling his call screener, on the air even, to nix all the Ron Paul callers.

But see, Ron Paul is not pandering to the oligarch’s media scripting. We are supposed to all be good team players, and just line up on the Robin Hood side (“tax the rich”) or the Neo-Con side (no cuts to defense, join the “Occupy the World” movement).

A growing number of we the people are tired of going along with the Big Media idea of what we’re supposed to do.

He doesn’t pander to audience popularity or saying something to get elected either.

Like the Limbaugh said, Ron Paul does not just say what people like to hear, he just tells it like it is, tells it as he sees it –no teleprompter necessary, by the way– even when his audience doesn’t like it. And he obviously knows his subject every time he says something.

The more people are able to hear from Ron Paul himself, and hear what his ideas really are, the more supporters he gathers. And the ones who understand his ideas never go back, because his candidacy is riding completely on his ideas. In other words, it’s not just a matter of getting rid of Obama now, it’s not just voting against the other guy, here is somebody with ideas you can actually positively support who obviously knows what’s going on in the economy, the lone voice of warning that told us what would happen, and for thirty years never wavered from consistent positions and never compromised his vote. Finally. Maybe they’ll do a movie somebody, “Incorruptible”. My Dad told me never to say never, but thirty years is a pretty long time for a politician.

No demagoguery. No shilling for corporate cronyism. He doesn’t cover up for the Fed, just blows off their cover. No isolationist.

With grassroots supporters doing unpaid enthusiastic groundwork for him, and explaining directly to voters, ever more people support him. As it becomes OBVIOUS that they cannot stop the message of radical freedom, more people gather round.

Now, he is much more than just “electable”. Representing his ideas that Americans have always loved, he is much more than the one who can do best against Obama. For the first time, people of all kinds and from all professions and lifestyles are joining in realizing that here is a candidate they can support.

Because for a change, he is not just “the least bad”.

He is not just somebody who is “better than the other guy”.

Finally, here is somebody who you can enthusiastically support. Somebody that the crony capitalists are actually afraid of, the ones who laugh in private meetings about left-leaning candidates who say they are going to stick it to them. Both crony capitalists and phony Robin Hoods.

Even Rush Limbaugh is even nervous. That’s the guy who said he was even almost relieved that Obama was elected because he didn’t “have to carry the Republicans’ water anymore”.

Rush lied, I’m sure of it, when I heard him say that Ron Paul is the only one who cannot beat Obama. Because if he’s been paying attention to anything on the subject, if he’s been keeping himself updated on it, if he knows anything at all about what he’s talking about, he knows that Ron Paul is the one with the BEST numbers, the BEST indications, in a matchup against Obama.

In fact, he’s probably the ONLY one, because the Republicans are acting like they believe this stuff oozing out of rotting media about them all having a poor chance against Obama. They aren’t even using their best openings. Americans STILL HATE socialized medicine. They STILL HATE the raid on the Treasury.

Except the thing that raises Americans’ hackles the most, is the giveaway of trillions of dollars given away to prop up European banks, both private banks and the private cartels they call “central banks”. Trillions for corporations, for Wall Street.

The other Republican candidates are getting millions for their campaigns from big banks. But Ron Paul has forced them to TALK about the Fed and housing bubbles and Fannie Mae (keep sweating Gingrich) and socialized medicine’s attack on health (keep sweating, Romney)!

The message is clear.

Ron Paul is the ONLY candidate we can trust to avoid these endless wars.

He is the ONLY candidate to REFUSE to go to war without a constitutional declaration.

He is the ONLY candidate we can trust to immediately strengthen national defense, by bringing home the troops from the 130 countries where they are scattered around the world, and put them on our soil where they can actually defend against any threat, and concentrate on strengthening them instead of this thinning them out. Oh yeah, borders? Yeah, on the borders.

And he won’t sell guns to violent criminal gangs like the guys in Obama’s ATF that were promoted after they were exposed. Now that’s bold-faced. In my opinion, the only reason they were promoted would be because they were following boss’s orders. It’s a one way to keep whistleblowers quiet, I suppose.

And he will do all possible to stop the endless printing of money, now done by just entering numbers in computer screens.

End crony capitalism.

End the Fed. Restore real money.

That will restore the economy quicker than anything. Sure, government is limited if it can’t print money, how’s that working out for ya?

Against abortion? He proposed a CONSTITUTIONAL method to in effect “repeal” Roe v Wade without needing a constitutional amendment, and he was appalled (me too) at the way the Right-to-Life organizations ignored it, and did not push it. Instead they got the Christian audience all giddy about Bush saying he was kind of in favor of a constitutional amendment. Give it a break!

But lots of abortion supporters are in favor of him. Remember too that opposition to abortion has penetrated among atheists too.

And gays support him in great numbers too, although is openly a Bible-believing Christian. The reason is, he is for the same freedom as Christ is. Remember the “adulterous woman”? Jesus told her “Neither do I condemn thee. Go and sin no more”.

Most preachers miss the big point there. It’s “Neither do I condemn thee”. He did not join the rock-throwers. We are all sinners. Ron Paul should mention that story of the adulterous woman. We need to stop throwing stones, start telling sinners Jesus loves them, he does not condemn them, we will not send out big guns and laws against them, so that way they might actually listen when we admit we’ve sinned too, we drop the stones and say “Go and sin no more”.

A good number of the links below show that now they are getting scared that Ron Paul might actually win the nomination AND THE PRESIDENCY, so the conservative talk show hosts are unleashing both barrels with the only thing they THINK they can get him on with voters that want to stop runaway rogue government, what they call “national defense”.

Now on national defense, keep in mind that the guys that are on the battlefield, who actually put their own lives on the line for “national defense”, our men in uniform, the ones who know our international enemies better than anybody, they have said with the loud voice of their own money and their own numbers that Ron Paul is their man. He beats out all the other candidates including Obama in numbers and total amount of donations from active military.

Instead of spreading them out so thin all around the world in 130 countries, he would bring them home. Why should we spend money on bases where they are not needed and no longer needed, especially Europe and the Middle East.

They would be HERE and ON OUR BORDERS protecting national defense, instead of scattered, and the budget for those bases would be spent HERE where we NEED it instead of “over there”. Michael Savage’s rants about “borders language and culture” would even be buttressed. Protecting the border, especially on our southern border now with a major cartel war going on just south of it, is the best national defense possible.

That, and the fact that an economy that is about to collapse in the most dramatic fashion cannot continue to sustain this military infrastructure around the world. We can’t afford it. A weak economy cannot support submarine building, space defense.

Black tea partiers

September 26, 2011

Liberal Reporters Vs. Conservative Black Leaders at Press Conference (False Racism — Andre Carson) – Home – The Daily Bail:

Rep. Andre Carson thinks Tea Party-aligned lawmakers view blacks as “second-class citizens” and would like to see African Americans “hanging on a tree.”

I wonder if he thought about these Tea Party guys, along with Alan West, want to see them hanging on a tree:

Rep. Ron Paul sparks sensation at CA GOP convention, says media misreported Tea Party

September 18, 2011

Presidential candidate Texas Rep. Ron Paul – followed by cheering crowds at the California State GOP convention today — said the media “twisted” the Tea Party reaction at the last presidential debate, and argued that the conservative position on health care is both Constitutionally sound and ”compassionate.”


Presidential candidate Texas Rep. Ron Paul – followed by cheering crowds at the California State GOP convention today — said the media “twisted” the Tea Party reaction at the last presidential debate, and argued that the conservative position on health care is both Constitutionally sound and ”compassionate.”e
We asked Paul after his speech to the Lincoln Club whether health care or welfare are appropriate expenditures of the federal government. “Follow the Constitution,” he said repeatedly.
And we asked if he thought it appropriate that, at the the last Tea Party debate, cheers and applause followed a question about an uninsured 30 year old man left to die in the streets.

Here’s our award-winning SFChronicle/SFGate Shaky Hand Productions capture of his answer:

Click here for the article to watch Ron Paul’s answer the question:

Paul is causing a sensation at the California Republican Party convention in Los Angeles, followed by hoards of chanting supporters as he makes his way around the JW Marriott at LA Live where 1,000 state party activists are convening in a three day meeting.

The Texas Congressman was met by a parade of sign-bearing supporters on the street when he arrived at the hotel, and they have followed him adoringly around the venue. T-shirts on display proclaim the “Ron Paul Revolution” and “I’m voting for Peace.”

By contrast, Tea Party darling Michele Bachmann’s reception

Friday looked cool and anemic indeed — as was the general reaction to her keynote speech Friday night (with the exception of one or two applause lines about standing up for Israel.)

No so, Paul, who was cheered at the Lincoln Club event. And the crowd around him is so raucous that Paul, a physician, was actually turned away from the convention’s health care forum when he showed up with a chanting mob; a volunteer freaked out and barred the door, keeping him out.

And even more interesting: long lines of mostly young people are snaking around the halls, signing up to register in the party and vote in today’s California straw poll. We think we know who might come out ahead here.

Europe Rules Out Stimulus, Shuns Geithner Plea – Bloomberg

September 18, 2011

Oh this is really something. Timothy Geithner is telling Europe they have to spend more money, aka “stimulus” and printing money:

European finance ministers ruled out efforts to spur the faltering economy and showed no signs of taking up a proposal by U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to increase the firepower of the debt crisis rescue fund.

Get this gem:

Geithner preached the lessons of the emergency banking support provided by the Treasury and Federal Reserve in reaction to the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., mixing it with criticism of Europe’s crisis-management coordination.

What lessons? That none of the central planners in DC had a clue? That nothing they have done has helped? That money printing hasn’t helped either?

How about the real-world lessons? Europe’s money changers are at least admitting the obvious, sort of, even if they will never accept that everything they can do to interfere with the free market does anything to stimulate wealth? All they can do is create illusions by “spreading the wealth around” to their friends, with a few crumbs to the poor for cover.

Another Bush might not be quite as bad as the almost openly declared Marxist mole Obama, but that won’t help either.

The Gullible Idiots Media sectors keep trying to say Ron Paul doesn’t have a chance. They know it’s baloney. In spite of all the voluntary self-censorship by the government-media complex, anybody can see that Ron Paul’s predictions in 2008 have come true beyond all Americans’ fears, and that he is a fully serious contender, and that his supporter base is growing in leaps and bounds.

The only excuse anybody can give who is disgusted with the present Big Government cartel, is that he “doesn’t have a chance”?

The only barrier left now is the illusion among the evangelical faithful that somehow they must empty what’s left in their pockets to fight Islam. The country cannot afford any more wars, they can’t even afford the wars they’re already in, and the Bush-Cheney-Obama-Clinton-Soros foreign policy in the Middle East is literally killing us. Literally.

And the fiat currency regimen is killing us too, and dragging us into economic oblivion. Without fiat currency, Congress could not get away with a debt for present and future liabilities that push close to exceeding the entire worldwide money supply. They would have to spend real money that carries independent value. If it had independent value, they couldn’t steal from the poor by pumping out more fiat dollars, by engaging in what amounts to fraud.

Because even the payouts to the poor that are financed by loans, whether directly or indirectly by fungible budgets, are a stealth tax (aka theft) that robs the very same poor the programs are supposed to help by what’s called “inflation” which might better be called a “currency value tax”.

That tax by inflation is what the politicians that like to call themselves “progressives” call a “regressive” tax, meaning it takes a bigger percentage chunk from the poor man’s income that it does from a rich man’s income.

So why are all the Democrats, and almost all the Republicans, including the presidential candidates, ignoring the biggest private corporate monopoly in the country, the Federal Reserve, with only one who has consistently warned us all about them for over 30 years?

Fiat currency is a false balance, a false scale for value. It’s against the law for supermarkets to rig the weight scales in the supermarket to give you a false reading of the value of the produce on that scale. And yet we allow the Congress, the Executive to tip the scales.

How do they do it? You know that dollar in your pocket? The same two dollars that bought five pounds of potatoes ten or twenty years ago, and only buys four pounds today. The Federal Reserve robbed you of the difference with their fiat money magical computerized dollar printing.

No wonder the famous banker patriarch Rothschild said he didn’t care who sat on the king’s throne if he had control over the currency.

But now, thanks to the fact that Ron Paul’s candidacy has pushed the issue into the minds of the electorate, Americans are beginning to realize that there is no such thing as “free money”, and even elite Establishment Republican candidates and Lap Dog Gullible Idiots Media has been forced to recognize the Federal Reserve as an issue, Americans are beginning to realize that there is no such thing as “free money”.

Fiat money is a “false balance”, a false measure of value:
Proverbs 11:1 A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.