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Snowden Bombshell: Seems he downloaded entire roster of U.S. government – all names, home addresses and other personal info of **all** officials and gov’t employees — including law enforcement — plus bankers, corporate boards of directors and more!

February 18, 2014 Leave a comment

Edward Snowden is, without doubt, the single biggest headache for the establishment.

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February 6, 2014 — (TRN) — Edward Snowden, the former contractor at the National Security Agency took with him multiple “Doomsday” packages of information when he departed the country and began revealing how intensely the US Government is spying on its own citizens. He has the personal home info for all Elected Officials, Law Enforcement, Judges, Bankers, Corporate Boards of Directors and more!

At a classified briefing for members of Congress which took place on Wednesday, members found out that Snowden took with him:

  • a complete roster of absolutely every employee and official of the entire US Government.
  • The names, home addresses, unlisted personal home telephone and personal cellular phone numbers, dates of birth and social security numbers of every person involved in any way, with any department of the US Government.
  • The files include elected officials, Cabinet appointees, Judges, and **ALL** law enforcement agency employees including sworn…

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[Tru Blu Tuesday] The Thing About Justice

July 23, 2013 Leave a comment

Have you ever thought to yourself how wonderful the world would be if every criminal was brought to justice? I certainly have. Just imagine: would-be thieves afraid to steal, violence virtually non-existent, and even jay walking would occur quite seldom. Potential criminals would know that they would be punished for their various offenses according to the law. Sounds great doesn’t it?

Bringing every criminal to justice could almost be reality. All that would need to be done is to convict every single person suspected of and charged with a crime. That would get us very close to putting all criminals behind bars. None would slip through the cracks of the system, able to return to their evil ways once again. Just think, O.J. Simpson would have been locked up. So would George Zimmerman. Even those punk kids would finally be fined for trespassing on your lawn! Whoever was suspected of a crime, would get the time. I can smell the utopia!

Of course, it wouldn’t be all that great for the innocent people. It sure would be a bad day for them, getting punished for something they didn’t do, or did on accident. It sure would be tough for them. Actually “them” would technically become you and I since, after all, everyone would be guilty in only a matter of time. I’d imagine that under a system of automatic guilt, all it would take is for your neighbor to press charges on you for some cockamamie offense and just like that – you’re sitting in your own cell in the state penitentiary.

You see, the thing about justice is that it is not simply the application of punishment to those who break the law. It also applies to the protection of the innocent. Consider the opposite of justice: injustice. We could all agree that a criminal getting away with a crime is an injustice. But also consider that penalizing a person who did nothing wrong is equally, if not more, unjust. The application of justice is a delicate balance of integrity and fairness that must err on the side of caution – should it err at all.

As one of our founding fathers put it:

“It is more important that innocence be protected than it is that guilt be punished, for guilt and crimes are so frequent in this world that they cannot all be punished. But if innocence itself is brought to the bar and condemned, perhaps to die, then the citizen will say, “whether I do good or whether I do evil is immaterial, for innocence itself is no protection,” and if such an idea as that were to take hold in the mind of the citizen that would be the end of security whatsoever.” – John Adams

Before John Adams was our second President, he was the defense attorney for the British soldiers who were charged in the Boston Massacre of 1770. While most of the colonials called for the heads of the soldiers who fired on and killed 5 Bostonians, Adams believed that even they deserved a fair trial. If you think the O.J. Simpson trial was a big deal, just imagine the heat and passion behind the proceedings in pre-Revolutionary War Boston. (Six of the eight soldiers charged were acquitted. The other two received reduced sentences.) You might say Mr. Adams is an expert on controversy.

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEveryone wants justice – that is undisputed – yet so few truly understand it. Consider the feminine figure chosen to represent justice. She holds a scale in her hand – the icon of the justice system.  The scales represent how justice is fair and balanced, relying only on logic and fact, as it weighs evidence. This is because justice is not revenge. It vehemently resists emotional reactions and feelings. The lady is also blindfolded, consistent with the adage that “Justice is blind”. This is because it is to be applied equally to all persons, regardless of their ethnicity, gender, political background, social status, wealth or class. Balanced and fair; those are the most vital attributes of true justice.

While I admit that a world without crime sounds wonderful, the reality is that no such thing could be accomplished without harming the people unfairly. The appeal of an honest living in our society is only possible if there exists protection for those who pursue it. That is why it is so important to understand true justice in world with so much turbulence.

An excerpt of the definition of justice from Webster’s 1828 Dictionary:

JUST’ICE, n. [L. justitia, from justus, just.]

1. The virtue which consists in giving to every one what is his due; practical conformity to the laws and to principles of rectitude in the dealings of men with each other; honesty; integrity in commerce or mutual intercourse.

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Fresh Take: Individualism v Collectivism

July 15, 2013 Leave a comment

An obviously intelligent friend of mine wrote this, and it was so perfectly on point I just had to share it. Please enjoy:

George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin, why is everybody missing that it’s individualism vs collectivism all over again? People generally fall into two camps. You are probably an individualist if you value people’s right to self-defense, if you believe that success comes to those that work hard, if you think America is great because it has provided the most freedom for people to choose their own destiny, and admire strength and success. You are probably a collectivist if you think people’s destiny is largely the result of societal forces over which they have no control, if you think America has major problems and should be more like Europe, and do not believe people should be allowed to take matters into their own hands, viewing strength, independence, and success with suspicion. The George decision probably has no direct impact on your life, but many other decisions based on these basic worldviews have a huge impact; not only in when you can have guns and use them but also in the rest of life.

An individualist believes each person should have the right to make his own decisions and deal with the results, while a collectivist believes decisions should be made by the community and enforced upon all. Individualists despise programs like government-run health care and social zimmTrayvonsecurity, while collectivists adore them. Individualists would be quick to point out that you cannot depend on government for protection, that every break-in, rape, and murder happens while the police are nowhere to be found or waiting for them to arrive, and does not want to hand more power to the government, which is ultimately untrustworthy and ripe for abuse as power corrupts. Therefore, the having the freedom to own guns and having the rights of self-defense are important. Collectivists meanwhile recoil in horror and are quick to point out murders and suicides where people misused the power of guns as a reason to tightly regulate and restrict them.

If you are an individualist, you might view your less successful peers as those who did not study hard in school or work hard in business, did drugs, or otherwise are generally reaping the results of their own bad decisions, while you admire those who have risen to the top of the game, whether that is in business, rank, or sports by their own smarts and hard work. If you are a collectivist, you probably view the poor as those who have been exploited, while the rich, strong, and successful probably inherited their silver spoon or got there through corruption, abuse, and steroids. And so a collectivist wants the government to tax the rich at a far higher rate to take back their ill-gotten gains and give it to the poor, while an individualist believes the entrepreneurs, doctors, and lawyers should reap the results of their long hard-working journey to get where they are, and anyone who wants their wealth should ask them for it but is not entitled to it.

I do not think it is a surprise that individualists dominate in very sparsely populated areas while collectivists tend to dominate in densely populated big cities. If you are the stereotypical farmer in the middle of nowhere, you get exactly what you have cleared, planted, taken care of and harvested. If you want to get from point A to point B you get there exactly as fast as you drive yourself. While if you are in a big city, you cannot get from point A to point B without wading through traffic or public transportation, stuck with everybody else in a slow moving mass of people you have no power to control. You cannot make or obtain just about anything by yourself.

Well, I tried to be fair, and I’m mostly apathetic about the Zimmerman verdict since I wasn’t there and don’t know what happened, but you can probably guess which side I’m on in the larger debate. I don’t think you are entitled to anything that someone else worked hard for. A collectivist mentality treats average people like helpless children, powerless victims, or bumbling idiots that can’t be trusted to run their own lives, and it inevitably subsidizes laziness, rewards failure, and leads to greater crime, corruption, economic failures, and worse injustices. Freedom flat out works better; an average person has always been demonstrably better off in freer countries. If you fail, you probably want to believe that it was society or everybody else’s fault and have success handed to you, but it will be better for you and everybody else if you stop blaming everybody else, man up, get back in the game, and make something of yourself.

-written by Matthew Weeks

 

[Tru Blu Tuesday] Enough!

July 9, 2013 Leave a comment

Howdy y’all!

I haven’t had much time to write this weekend, although plenty has been on my mind. So I’d just like to leave you with a simple question to consider. A question that I’ve been thinking about for a while.

When will you have had enough?

When will your privacy have been molested too much? How much is too much debt? How many soldiers lives are too many to sacrifice for “national security”? How much currency inflation is too much? How many lies from a public official will it take before you don’t trust a word he or she says? How much longer can you believe the mainstream media? How many of your personal liberties will you give up? At what point will you say to yourself, “This has gone too far.”?

That was more like a handful of questions all rolled up into one. My point though, is to get you to consider where you draw the line. We all know there are problems, and we are all very good at complaining about them. Yet how far are you willing to let them go? How much abuse are you willing to endure?

How much, before you say ENOUGH!

I, for one, have had my fill.

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Ben Swann’s “Truth in Media Project”

July 9, 2013 Leave a comment

Ben Swann has broken free from his job as anchor for Fox News in Cincinnati to bring you his fully independent Truth in Media Project. But he needs your help to make this a reality. I have already thrown my support behind this project, and I hope you will too!

[Tru Blu Tuesday] A Nation Is Born

July 2, 2013 Leave a comment

Independence Hall - Philadelphia, PA

Independence Hall – Philadelphia, PA

Allow me to tell you a story. You may have heard it before, but it bares repeating…

Two hundred thirty-seven years ago today, a middle-aged man sat in a stuffy room in Philadelphia, sweating in the oppressive July heat. The temperature could not whither his mood however, as Mr. John Adams of Massachusetts flitted his eyes across the room repeatedly. Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, all ready to move forward. He thought to himself, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia on board. Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware all in agreement. New York will not be able to formally join us today, not until their own convention irons itself out, but they will not oppose. This can finally happen!

Mr. Adams was excited about the vote to be taken that day on Virginian Richard Henry Lee’s resolution. It was a culmination of several months of hard

Lee's Resolution. Click to read it on ourdocuments.gov

Lee’s Resolution. Click to read it on ourdocuments.gov

work. As the war with the mother country raged on in not-to-distant battlefields, it became more and more clear to him that there was no going back to the old days. The colonies, in their defiance, had efficiently destroyed their good standing with Great Britain with each drop of blood from the king’s soldiers, and every protest of usurpation prior to the conflict. Still, it had taken some convincing over the last few months to gather his fellow rebels to his side. Many had hoped that the wounds inflicted could be healed and the colonies could reconcile with their distant aggressor. However, it became apparent to more and more of the delegation assembled at this convention, that there was no going back. Also, foreign assistance was desperately needed to combat the powerful British armies and their German mercenary cohorts. Yet it was unlikely that assistance could be garnered if other nations viewed the conflict as an internal affair of Great Britain. Sovereignty was necessary, and John Adams knew this.

That is why less than a month earlier, June 7th to be exact, Mr. Lee had introduced his resolution to the Second Continental Congress. His resolution called for a declaration of independence from the crown,  a call to form foreign alliances, and “a plan for confederation.” However, the delegates had not been approved by their respective colonies to vote for such a radical measure and they wished to return to their homes to weigh the matter with those whom they represented.

While they did so, three committees were formed to address the three different sections of Lee’s resolution. One to create a plan for confederation, one to develop a plan for forming foreign alliances and one to write a formal declaration of independence. The latter task was assigned to Roger Sherman of Connecticut, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, Robert Livingston of New York, Thomas Jefferson of Virginia and Mr. Adams. These five were given the job of putting into words the causes which impelled the colonies towards their separation from Great Britain. The world would have to know why this dysfunctional group of glorified territories felt the need to dissolve the political bands that connected them to the worlds greatest super power. And the committee had done so admirably. After developing the outline for the document the group had tried to decide who should write the first draft. At first they had pressed John Adams to do so, but he deflected the responsibility. “Long Tom” Jefferson, he knew, was a much better writer than he. Upon much insisting, the others agreed with him and Jefferson was set to the task. When Tom had returned to committee with his work, they vetted the document together. Mr Adams was glad that part was over.

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Yesterday, July 1st, a Monday, the congress had reconvened, having returned from their colonies. John Adams remembered how relieved he felt as most of the delegates revealed their approval of independence. In the back of his mind, there was the fear that some of the colonies would strongly oppose the measure. With limited resources available to the rebels, unity was a crucial asset. Still, despite the general agreement, some delegates voiced their concerns with the proposition. Adams did not want there to be any votes cast against the resolution, so the vote was pushed to Tuesday.

So here he sat on July 2nd, excited and nervous at the same time. The debates wound closer and closer to agreement. He did not dare gloat for fear of upsetting the progress made. A bead of sweat rolled down the side of his face before he wiped the perspiration off his brow. This could be it!

2ndcontinentalcongressIf Lee’s Resolution passed, it would mean a world of difference. Already considered traitors, the men who put their names in with this declaration would be direct targets of the crown. It would mean they would be alone, out from underneath the umbrella of Great Britain. They would have to fend off enemies themselves. An entirely new system of government would need to be constructed. And that assumed they would win the war in the first place, something far from certain.

Mr. Adams did not even blink at the troubling thoughts. He was too sure of this. There was no other way to move forward. It was all or nothing. The king had made his moves, had shown his true colors. They could not go back to the terms of tyranny. Not now. Not after all that had been sacrificed to get this far.

At last a vote was taken to pass Lee’s Resolution.

With twelve colonies approving and New York respectfully abstaining, the resolution passed!

John Adams slunk back into his chair and exhaled a sigh of relief. Smiling he reached across the table and shook the hand of this good colleague, Mr. Franklin. His friend Tom Jefferson gave him a hearty pat on the back. This was really happening!

The Declaration which the Committee of Five had drafted would be further edited over the next two days and ratified on the fourth. It would go on to become one of the most important documents in world history as it carried an impact even John Adams could not foresee. The waves made on that hot July day would send ripples across the globe in due time.

There was still much heartache yet to be experienced by these men and the people they represented. There are still heartaches experienced even today. Yet, just as Mr. Adams grinned in the face of imminent adversity over two hundred years ago, we can smile while under the great challenges we face today. We can carry on against all odds because we have the liberty to do so. We can achieve great things because we stand independently. We can change the world because we are FREE!

Happy Independence Day!

Liberty, according to my metaphysics is a self-determining power in an intellectual agent. It implies thought and choice and power. – John Adams

[Tru Blu Tuesday] A Tru Blu Thank You!

May 28, 2013 Leave a comment

There is a short list of things that consistently populate my thoughts at least once every single day. One of them is how fortunate I am to live in the United States of America. Another, more sobering thought, is how grateful I am to every man and woman that has given their life to preserve it. I would like to reserve my efforts today just to express this gratitude for what they have done.

Since the first few militia men fell at Lexington, to the soldiers coming home from distant sands tomorrow in a coffin draped with Old Glory, there have always been brave souls willing to put their own lives on the line to keep in tact what we all hold so dear. The vast majority of them voluntarily offering their services, we owe so much to these fallen heroes. If not for them, the fruits of freedom might not be tasted still today. Yet, here we stand, with life and liberty in our own two hands, savoring the sweet, delectable flavors of independence.

Among the millions of those succumbed to the cruel blade of death, is such a wide swath of people unlike the world has ever known. The various ethnicities, having fought together since the Revolution, have also died together since that painful beginning. The wealthy, and the impoverished, the business man and the ranch hand, the teenage rebel and the old sage have laid next to each other on the battlefield in eternal slumber. Together, this conglomerate of saints and sinners has proven that defending home is a passionate desire held by all walks of life.

There are several factors that have melted together in order to create and preserve the miracle that is America. Our Constitution, resolution, ingenuity, generosity, and boldness come immediately to mind. Still, the most precious ingredients of all are the lives that do not get to enjoy what they fought for. Their invaluable sacrifices hold us up everyday.

I will remember what they have done, each and every day for the rest of my life. I will honor that memory by doing anything and everything I can to ensure their sacrifice was not in vain. To all who have so sacrificed, with every fiber of my being, I wish to say: Thank You!

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 It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

-from the Gettysburg Address by President Abraham Lincoln

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