Sunday, March 31, 2013

America/Sodom/Gomorrah ... J. D. Longstreet

A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet


I began writing this piece on "Good Friday," the day upon which we Christians remember the crucifixion, death,  and entombment of Christ.

Christians have waited since for the sun to rise on this Sunday, Easter morning.

Today, Easter Sunday, we rejoice as we celebrate Christ's resurrection, his victory over death, hell, and the grave. The Christian faith is founded upon the events of the period from Christ's arrest until his ascension.

Sadly, today the tenets of the Christian faith have been turned and are now being used by those of little or no faith against the Christian Church.

Where are the Christian warriors?  (Maybe we need a modern day Knights Templar organization to confront those who have turned America on its head.  Just a thought.)
America used to be a Christian nation.  She can not lay claim to that title any longer. 

Look.  The very word "Christian" means "Christ-like."  There is very little in America that could be classified as Christ-like today.  In fact, America reassembles Sodom and Gomorrah more than a nation that subscribes to the teachings of Christ.

The scriptures tell us that God destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by raining
fire down from heaven  and incinerating both towns -- and all within them. 

As I write, America is under a threat from North Korea to rain down fire from the heavens upon our nation.  You don't suppose there is a connection  -- do you?

America's culture is a carbon copy of the wicked culture of Sodom and Gomorrah.  The leaders of our nation have sanctioned the very same culture, for which Sodom and Gomorrah paid the ultimate price.

Let's be clear.  Those two ancient cities were NOT destroyed by God because of bad hospitality (inhospitality) .  They were destroyed by God for the sin of practicing every kind of vice imaginable -- including the practice of homosexuality.  The scriptures are exceedingly clear about that.

 "America, is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality, and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within." ... Joseph Stalin 

Uncle Joe was spot on with that assessment. His accuracy is evident all around us today.  America is, indeed, collapsing from within.  Practicing Christians know this.  They see the evidence, they recognize it for what it is, for they live, like everyone else, in the muck and mire of the degenerate decadence that is modern America.  It is all around us day in and day out. America's indulgence in sensual pleasures, its excessive and immoral activities involving sex, alcohol, food, and drugs has swamped our beloved country much like a tsunami embracing a beachfront village.  We are awash in hedonism. We have created a society that values the pursuit of pleasure as the highest good.  

The perversions of Roman Emperor Caligula can barely hold a candle to the "egalitarian" hedonistic escapades of we Americans.  We have even gone so far as to urge our Supreme Court to decree such behavior as constitutionally protected.

This behavior by a people, a nation, is nothing new.  Thousands of years ago a prophet wrote:   "The look on their faces testifies against them; they parade their sin like Sodom; they do not hide it. Woe to them! They have brought disaster upon themselves." -- Isaiah 3:9 .  Read that short piece of scripture again and then turn on a TV news channel and observe as "they parade their sin as Sodom."

I ask you:  How much farther can America fall before she hits the bottom.  Instead, maybe the question ought to be how much farther MUST America fall before she hits the bottom.  I pose the question because our arrogance, our stubbornness, will not allow Americans to recognize and then accept our enslavement to a death wish.  For, believe me, it is a death wish.

No less an authority that the Scriptures tells us flat-out that:  "The wages of sin is -- death." (Romans 6:23 -- The Bible)

There has been a complete moral breakdown in American society.  Since the 1960's there has been a spiraling descent of Americans into the depths of hedonistic squalor.  "Moral relativism," in my opinion, has greased the rails leading to chaos, ruin, and eventually, to  perdition for our once great country.   We know it by another name today -- political correctness --and -- at least SOME of us can see the hefty price tag.

Social conservatives championing "family values" were mocked and shouted down just a bare few years ago. It was reminiscent of those who laughed at --and derided -- a fellow named Noah as he sweated profusely to build a huge float-able barge in the heat of a dry, dry, desert.  The laughter and derision ended abruptly when the water began to rise.  By then, of course, it was too late.

Thomas Huxley once said: "It doesn't take much of a man to be a Christian, but it takes all there is of him."   In America today Christians are fighting a holding action.  We hear often of the war on Christianity. It IS real and no quarter is given by the opponents of Christianity.

I had not intended to deliver a sermon when I began this piece. It just sort of evolved into, well, whatever you may chose to call it.

To America's Christian community, I offer encouragement.  But -- we MUST take a stand.  In fact, those are our instructions: "Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm."  (Ephesians 6:13 -- The Bible)

As we look around us, there can be no doubt THIS is the EVIL DAY.

As Brother Martin Luther, the Great Reformer, was on trial for his life, he refused to recant and he left us with words that echo down through the ages.  As he refused to recant he said:  "Here I stand, I can do no other, God help me. Amen."

So, I would call upon my fellow Christians to "stand".  Don't give an inch. And may God help us.  Amen.

© J. D. Longstreet

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A Very Bad Idea--Redefining Marriage ... Alan Caruba

By Alan Caruba

An America that abandons thousands of years of tradition and common sense is an America that has set itself firmly on a path toward decline. That is the central issue of gay marriage that the Supreme Court will struggle to determine. A similar experience in social engineering gave us the federal protection of abortion and the murder of an entire generation of the unborn.

What we are witnessing is the tyranny of a determined minority, gays, lesbians, and transsexuals in America, barely three percent of the population, demanding that their particular sexual orientation should be codified in law by redefining marriage for everyone else. This isn’t about equality. It’s about special privileges and the destruction of marriage as solely between a man and a woman.

Imagine if the court had agreed with the early Mormon Church and established polygamy as the law of the land? In 1890, the Supreme Court ruled in The Late Corporation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints v. United States that “the organization of a community for the spread and practice of polygamy is, in a measure, a return to barbarism. It is contrary to the spirit of Christianity and of the civilization which Christianity had produced in the Western world.”

The Tenth Amendment states that “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.” If the Supreme Court strikes down the decision of voters in California to prohibit gay marriage, it will have to ignore the Tenth Amendment. At this point in time, 41 States have passed laws protecting traditional marriage.

As one observer noted, if gay marriage is deemed legal by the Supreme Court, what would prevent the North American Man/Boy Love Association from demanding that their claim that sex with children is valid?

A rational society must have rational laws and the Constitution, which limits the powers of the federal government, makes it clear that the states have the right to determine their own response to such issues. Throwing overboard centuries of English law and the Constitution to favor gays and lesbians opens the doors to an “anything goes” society.

As a March 27 Wall Street Journal editorial noted, “The Supreme Court wrapped up its second day of oral argument on a pair of gay marriage cases Wednesday, and the Justices on the left and right seemed genuinely discomfited by the radicalism of redefining the institution (of marriage) for all 50 states.” Make no mistake about it, the demand for gay marriage is radical and would transform our society from one that has respected thousands of years of tradition and practice to one that abandons a religious and cultural norm to one that undermines society.

The cases before the Supreme Court arrive at the same time the nation has reelected a President who made clear that his objective is to “transform” our society from one that became a superpower based as much on its moral leadership as on its military and economic strength. The result thus far has been to impose a huge debt that will impact generations to come, undermines our ability to project strength, and threatens the value of the dollar. The Obama administration is currently trying to deprive Americans of the Second Amendment right to own firearms in the event a tyrannical government should occur.

The result, not surprisingly, has been an increase in the use of nullification by the states as they pass laws making it clear they do not intend to implement Obamacare as in the case of Indiana, South Carolina, and others. Six state legislatures already have bills filed that would prohibit cooperation with any attempt to indefinitely detain people without due process under a provision of the NDAA.

Several states, including Wyoming, will consider blocking any federal actions violating the Second Amendment. Florida, Indiana, and Missouri will look at legislation prohibiting spying by domestic drones. The Tenth Amendment Center has developed a legislative tracking page on its website because of this growing movement to resist federal mandates.

Sexual mores, the devaluation of our currency, and the general decline of moral values has plenty of precedent in history, most notably the decline of the Roman Empire. America fought a Civil War over the moral issue of slavery, ending it. It granted the right to vote to women. It stumbled badly with Prohibition, but abandoned it. All central governments tend to over-reach.

The Supreme Court’s decision on abortion is now being resisted as states begin to pass legislation to limit this practice in order to protect the lives of the unborn.

The President and other politicians who favor gay marriage, supported by a liberal media, will not have the last word. This is not about equality. It is about fundamental morality and, should America abandon that, it will cease to be a great nation no matter what path other nations may take.

© Alan Caruba, 2013

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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Pagan America ... J. D. Longstreet

Pagan America
Creating God In Our Own Image
By:  J. D. Longstreet
As socialism wraps it’s cold, icy, fingers around freedom’s throat  As I think back, the most obvious of the “warning signs” was/is the so-called “Green Movement.”
in America many Americans have slowly come to the realization that the socialist takeover of America did not happen overnight. There were plenty of warning signs over the past few decades.

Those who follow the Green Movement, the acolytes of the Global Warming “religion,” are easily identified by their unbridled compulsion to bow down to the false idols of science, to socialist politics, and, let us not forget… M O N E Y!  You find them everywhere these days. Turn on a TV and there they are straining to burden you with a guilt trip about the damage YOU have done to the planet and how YOU must atone for your wickedness in order to be redeemed from your sins against the “Earth Mother.” 

Go to church, and there they are, often in the pulpits, railing about YOUR sins NOT against God, but your sins against the Earth, the climate, the Polar bears, etc, etc. 

In America’s schools YOUR children are being indoctrinated in the world’s newest religion and they are instructed to act as missionaries taking the message of the new salvation back home to their parents and family and friends and neighbors.  They are made to sit through propaganda movies by Nobel Prize winners which scare the living daylights out of them and help mold those malleable mental crucibles into warriors of the LEFT armed with lies, deceit, and more propaganda. 

Spreading the Green Gospel ain’t easy.  If the Greenies get them at birth, and all the way through 16 to 20 years in our public education system, they are lost.  The Green cult has got them… unless there is an “Intervention.”

Our politicians sold out, longs ago, to the "greenies.They preach energy independence and then refuse to allow America to become energy independent by using the oil and coal we have right here beneath American soil or under American waters or in the rocks that litter some of America’s landscape. And now we have a President absolutely committed to the green religion.  

Back to the new/OLD religion.  (That was not a misprint, or an editorial screw-up.)  See, that’s what this new Green religion is… O L D!  It is out and out paganism.   

The first time I heard a minister preaching on the merits of environmentalism from the pulpit, I nearly burst out laughing!  The man was obviously educated beyond his abilities!  There was a man, supposedly a man of God, speaking from a sacred spot in a building set aside for the worship of God, endorsing paganism, which, itself, is the world’s OLDEST religion!  I ask you, how is it possible for any reasonably educated individual NOT to recognize the Green Movement for what it is… pure Paganism, the worship of Gaia, the “earth mother, or “Mother Earth”.  

Many believe that paganism died after Constantine in the third century.  Not so!  It DID recede but the practice of paganism continued in the jungles of Africa and right here in what we now call America, and even in Europe where the practice went, for all intents and purposes, underground. 

Paganism has survived into the 21st century.  Not much about it has changed except the name by which it is known today…. environmentalism. It is the worship of the earth.  It is the deification of the planet and raising it up above that which Christians and Jews refer to as God, Jehovah, and Yahweh.  It is, for Christians and Jews, a violation of the First Commandment:  “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” 

Even now, as I write this, I envision modern day Americans bowing down to trees and rocks and rivers and oceans paying homage to Gaia the “earth mother”. How utterly disgusting it is to see grown men and women make complete fools of themselves in pagan worship services on Earth Day.  What makes it truly disturbing is that these same men and women who, on Earth Day bow down to the idols of a false god, a pagan god, Gaia, will rush to church or temple or synagogue on Saturday, or Sunday, and keep a straight face while they go through the motions of worshiping the creator of all this is, seen and unseen.

Yes, the pagans are back from the fringes of society and the shadows of civilization to take advantage of mankind’s deep yearning for something to worship that he, or she, can see and hold and touch and pay tribute to in order to, somehow, redeem himself/herself from whatever his/her, darkest fears happen to be.  They call it environmentalism, but those of us who recognize it for what it is call it by its real name… paganism.

It is important to understand the link between paganism and socialism. Here in America we now have a socialist government, as does much of the rest of the world.  Here’s the link…socialism is the incubator and the nursery for paganism.

You see, America is now in it’s “Post-Christian Era.”   We are no longer a Christian nation. America, today, is, at best, a Socialist/Pagan nation. There is a price America must pay for her failure to live into her promise, to live up to her role as the leader of the world.   

Make no mistake, America forsook her leadership role and joined the mob.  If you have been surprised at the rapidity with which America has crumbled, then you have not been paying attention. Stand-by, for the worst is yet to come. We are only at the cusp of the troubles and tribulations this nation must yet suffer. 

Already, today, I chafe under the yoke of socialism.  The knowledge that the burden is only going to grow heavier makes the chafing even worse. Watching America desperately seeking redemption through the pagan worship of the earth, this oldest of old religions, it occurred to me that, at least here in America, we have finally succeeded in creating God in our own imageand it is an abomination! 

J. D. Longstreet

Friday, March 29, 2013

Sound Of War Drums Grows Louder ... J. D. Longstreet

Sound Of War Drums Grows Louder
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet


North Korea's bluster has been an incessant noise in the background of our lives for so long now that nobody really pays attention anymore.

That may be a mistake.

North Korea today is about as unpredictable as a two-year old with a loaded -- and cocked -- revolver in his hand. 

If the DPRK's new leader, basically a kid, is not soon gagged by North Korea's number one sponsor, China, he may well talk himself into doing something utterly stupid and bring a world of hurt down on himself and the people he holds in abject slavery.

On the other hand, he may suffer an, uh, untimely demise, (The tried and true "brain hemorrhage" ... usually caused by a 9mm round administered just behind the left ear.)  and at such a tender age.

We expect his replacement would be a more, shall we say ... moderate ... dictator.

Tensions are way high on the Korean peninsula these days and a single misstep could touch off a raging war that the US is bound to take part in. 

The US has 30,000 combat troops on the ground in South Korea today.  That is not counting those US troops taking part in the war games underway today. We have had a rather large garrison of troops there since 1953 when a cease fire was signed between the Koreas -- with the US included. 

Understand:  A state of war technically exists between North Korea and South Korea and the United States.  The agreement in 1953, was only to stop shooting at each other.  Since then we have, all three, stood at the border and glared across the 38th parallel at each other with our "war faces" on.   There have been incidents in which lives have been lost on both sides.  Almost all those incidents have been directly caused or triggered by the North Koreans.

So.  Like it or not, once again the United States is staring down the barrel of a North Korean artillery piece while the chubby kid with the bowl haircut tightens the tension on the trigger lanyard.

One has to ask how big a part Iran is playing in North Korea's bombastic diplomacy toward the US and its sister state to the south.  Is it outside the realm of possibility that Iran has offered North Korea something of value to create a disturbance and divert America's attention away for Teheran 's bomb making efforts?  We know the North Korea and Iranian nuclear experts have been colluding for some time now in a scientific-cooperation pact.  The official agreement was signed by the two rogue nations last September.  But their military cooperation dates back to the Iran/Iraq war in the 1980's.  Since then, North Korea has been the number one supplier of missile parts and technology to Iran.

Consider this:  "North Korea could provide Iran with a range of supplies for its nuclear program, including uranium ore, centrifuge machines and enriched uranium, according to these officials."  SOURCE:     

Even more troubling is the possibility that North Korea might be supplying Iran with the the technology needed to place an atomic warhead on a missile.

"North Korea and Iran both have strategic reasons to mislead and conceal from the West the true status of their nuclear and missile programs. They intend that the U.S. and its allies will underestimate those programs, fail to act in time to stop them, and be strategically surprised when North Korea and Iran become nuclear super-powers, and progenitors of a dystopian new world order."  SOURCE:

Then there is the strong possibility that North Korea already has the technology to lob a relatively small nuclear device and have it explode high above the continental US creating an electromagnetic pulse that would, for all intents and purposes,  completely shut down the US.  No electricity anywhere in the country, no electronic devices, including computers, no cars, no trucks, no nothing.  The US would effectively be thrown back into the 19th century where the horse will be the number one mode of transportation -- all in the twinkling of an eye.  

Look.  This is science ... not science fiction.  We have the technology and it is readily available to the North Koreans -- and the Iranians.

The US is as vulnerable, as she as ever been, maybe more so.  All the while our government is busy cutting back on our military.

As difficult as it may be to get one's mind wrapped around our vulnerability today, it is becoming clear that we Americans are one button push away from playing out the script of the movie "Red Dawn" -- in real life -- on our shores any day now.

You know, all those armed-to-the-teeth American citizens could turn out to be one hell of a partisan army in waiting.

Problem is ... that is a fantasy.  After an EMP attack,  all the enemy has to do is wait.  Science/experts tell us that within three to six months the population of the US would be decimated by hunger and disease.  Soon, our enemies could just walk in and take over.

Horrifying?  Damn right it is!  But such is the world we live in today. 

The United States finds itself at a point in its history where it is, for all intents and purposes, leaderless.  In our entire history, there has been no time in which we were as vulnerable to our enemies as we are today, this very minute. 

The last time the US came this close to baring its chest to our enemies was during the Carter years.  Reagan quickly built the US defenses and military up again as fast as was possible.  There is no Reagan on the horizon today.

Just as the barbarians gathered around Rome when they sensed she was vulnerable, so our enemies are gathering their forces.  Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, plus the terrorist armies around the globe, and every little piss ant nation with a beef against us are biding their time.

"Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum."  Translated from Latin it means:  "If you want peace, prepare for war."  Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus  (Usually shortened to Vegetius) is given credit for having said this in his book  "Epitoma rei militaris."   The book, itself, is a plea for army reform; it vividly portrays the military decadence of the Late Roman Empire.

One would hope an insightful American writer of modern times would pen such a warning today.  Trouble is, about as many modern Americans can actually read as Romans of Vegetius' day!  One must consider, too, that apathy amongst American citizens today far exceeds that of the citizens of ancient Rome.

There is no "high note" upon which to end this commentary.   There just isn't. 

These are perilous times for America -- extremely perilous.  Even more troubling, is that an old swamp pundit finds himself compelled to direct the country's attention to the existential threat posed by a loud-mouthed, semi-sane, testosterone challenged, pip-squeak, rogue nation -- WITH NUCLEAR WEAPONS!

You have heard it said:  "Elections have consequences."  Well, it's true.  THIS is one of them.

© J. D. Longstreet

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Note To The World ... J. D. Longstreet

Note To The World
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet


Note To The World:  Please try not to blow yourself up for the next four years while America takes care of a little business here at home.

See, America is at one of those critical points in her history where she has to decide what she is going to be for a while.  This one is a bit more complex than many of America's  past dilemmas have proven to be.

America is currently split between freedom-loving citizens and slavery-loving citizens.  That may be a bit crude for a description of the facts on the ground in America today, but it IS accurate.

The US of A is split right down the middle as I write.  Roughly half her citizens want to remain free while the other half is hell bent on the slavery of socialism. 
Our government is in ruins.  Oh, I'm not referring to our "form" of government, I'm referring to the mechanics employed and the philosophy of those supposed to be representing US citizens in the Oval Office and the Congress -- and yes, even our screwed-up Supreme Court. The whole thing is an accursed mess ... and THAT is putting it mildly.

Not to worry.  America has been here twice before and we managed to pull it out both times.  Mind you -- both times required shooting wars on our shores to sort things out, but fortunately for us, and for the remainder of the free world, we Americans are nothing if we aren't warriors.

As I write,  the socialist side of our little disagreement are stocking up on ammo and combat weapons and even heavy armored equipment which they are attempting to conceal by spreading it around amongst the various government agencies.  (Please see:  "DHS To Buy 360,000 More Rounds of Hollow Point Ammunition" at: )

See, the government already knows it cannot depend upon the US military to take the government's side in any future conflict that involves the US government siccing the US military on the citizens of the the US.

One must also understand that the freedom loving citizens of America, too, are armed to the teeth and continue to lay in supplies in preparation for the day the balloon goes up and it becomes necessary to take to the fields, the swamps, the mountains, the streets, and the barricades to defend freedom and the Constitution. 

Many have questioned how such a force of citizens could hope to withstand a government military.  Well, there's only about 150,000,000 armed citizens, many, many, already trained by the world's foremost military.  I'd say they have a better that even chance of bringing any opposing force to a stand still, at the very least.  Look at the success of the small forces in both Iraq and Afghanistan against the US Military.  THEY are still there and the US is either gone or leaving.

The feeling that a conflict between Americans is coming is growing in intensity among America's citizens -- and the government.  The political atmosphere  rivals that of the period just prior to the American Civil War in the 1860's.  It resembles two freight trains rushing at full speed toward each other on a single track.  A collision is inevitable.
Now, you readers in parts of the world other than the USA ought to be aware that those glowing reports on Obama, appearing in the American-based mainstream media, do not accurately reflect the facts on the ground in America today.  You should understand that the "Fourth Estate," the press, has utterly abandoned impartiality and adopted a position of advocacy for the Obama administration.  In doing so, they have become a "Fifth Column" undermining the nation. 

America is a giant pressure cooker today.  The pressure within continues to build.  At some point the pressure valve will not be able to manage the pressure and there will be an explosion. The higher the pressure the more violent the explosion.

Like a silent game of chess each side moves its pawns, rooks, knights, and bishops  around on the board taking care not to divulge it's strategy.  Even so, occasionally one side or the other tips its hand.  Those of us intently observing the game grasp these little tidbits and mine them for any information we can glean and make every attempt to decipher what we can in order to inform our readers of the REAL state of affairs in America.

So.  While the facade of placidity serves, to some degree, to camouflage the inner turmoil in America today, it is quickly crumbling. 

Open confrontation IS coming.  It is only a matter of time. 

Understand:  No one else is invited to the party.  It will be an American only affair.  It is OUR problem and it is we who will have to solve it, else it will NEVER be solved.

OK, world.  So now you have had your "heads-up."  All we ask is that you maintain some level of "cool" while we sort through our, uh, difference of opinion reference freedom and slavery here in America.  If "freedom" wins, then America will be back!  If "slavery" wins, well,  good luck!  You're on your own!

© J. D. Longstreet

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A Carbon Tax Would Destroy America ... Alan Caruba

A Carbon Tax Would Destroy America

By Alan Caruba

If you want to know what a carbon tax on emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) would do to America you need only look at the destruction of industry and business in Australia, along with the soaring costs for energy use it imposes on anyone there.

“The carbon tax is contributing to a record number of firms going to the wall with thousands of employees being laid off and companies forced to close factories that have stood for generations”, Steve Lewis and Phil Jacob reported in a March 18 issue of The Daily Telegraph, a leading Australian newspaper.

“Soaring energy bills caused by the government’s climate change scheme have been called ‘the straw that broke the camel’s back’ by company executives and corporate rescue doctors who are trying to save ailing firms.”

The passage of a carbon tax in America would have the exact same results and it remains a top priority for the White House and Democrats in Congress who see it as a bonanza in new funding for the government.

As Paul Driessen says in a commentary, “More rational analysis reveals that dreams of growth are nothing more than dangerous tax revenue hallucinations. They would bring intense pain for no climate or economic gain.”

Too many Americans still believe that CO2 is causing global warming, but CO2 plays no role in climate change and is barely 0.038 percent of the Earth’s atmosphere. More to the point, there is no warming and hasn’t been for the last seventeen years as the Earth is in a natural cooling cycle that has prolonged the advent of spring with severe snow storms throughout the nation.

There is no scientific justification for such a tax, but those advocating it don’t care about the science. They care about raising revenue for an ever-growing government to spend and waste.

Driessen points out that “Hydrocarbons (coal, oil, and natural gas) provide over 83% of all the energy that powers America. A carbon tax would put a hefty surcharge on everything we make, grow, ship, eat, and do. It would put the federal government in control of, not just one-sixth of the economy, as under Obamacare, but 100% of our economy and lives. It would make the United States increasingly less productive, less competitive globally, less able to provide opportunities for our children.”

The case for a carbon tax simply doesn’t exist, but there are powerful forces in Congress and the support of the White House to impose such a tax. The power of the environmental movement and its long history of lies about the climate, primarily the global warming hoax, cannot be dismissed or ignored.

In Australia, “The Australian Securities & Investments Commission reports there were 10,632 company collapses for the 12 months to March 1—averaging 886 a month—with the number of firms being placed in administration more than 12 percent higher than during the global financial crisis.” It represents “a record high…led by widespread failures in manufacturing and construction, which accounted for almost one-fifth of collapses.”

Greg Evans, the chief economic economist for the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said that “It defies logic to adopt a policy which even the Treasury acknowledges will lower our standards of living and be harmful to national productivity.” Adding to Australia’s struggling companies, the carbon tax and one on mining were showing up as “sovereign issues” in discussions with foreign investors.” Who would want to invest in Australia if these two taxes were destroying the economic strength of the nation?

Politics in Australia is no less a battleground than here in America. Australia’s Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, who introduced the carbon tax, just beat back a bid by her Labor Party’s dissidents to reinstall former leader Kevin Rudd who lost to her in 2010 and 2012. Much of the opposition to her comes from the harm being inflicted by the carbon and mining taxes.

Marlo Lewis is a senior fellow in energy and environmental policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. During the 2012 campaign, he described a carbon tax as “political poison for the Republican Party.” Mitt Romney opposed it, but ‘the big attraction of carbon taxes these days is not as a global warming policy but as a revenue enhancer. In both parties, deficit hawks and big spenders (often the same individuals) are flailing for ways to boost federal revenue.”

That is precisely the problem afflicting a nation whose Congress and President could not find a reason to cut anything from the federal budget. The result was the “sequestration” that imposed cuts neither party could agree upon.

In a Fox News article, “Here comes Team Obama’s carbon tax”. Phil Kerpen, president of American Commitment and author of “Democracy Denied” reported that “The Treasury Department’s Office of Environment and Energy has finally begun to turn over documents about its preparations for a carbon tax in response to transparency warrior Chris Horner’s Freedom of Information Act request. The documents provide solid evidence that the Obama administration and its allies in Congress have every intention of implementing a carbon tax if we fail to stop them.”

President Obama’s nominee to be the next Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz, is on record wanting to double or triple the cost of energy, much as his predecessor wanted.

A carbon tax, if enacted, would totally undermine a nation that has a debt climbing toward $17 trillion and millions unemployed in an economy that is struggling to inch its way out of the depths of the financial crisis.

If you wanted to destroy America, you could do it with a carbon tax. Australia is reeling from the cost to its economy and the higher energy costs its people are paying. We don’t want that here.

© Alan Caruba, 2013

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Sun King ... J. D. Longstreet

The Sun King
Obama le Roi-Soleil
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet


The record of the legacy of America's own Sun King is being written today by those of the left who feel compelled to maintain the "official" record of the United States' history.

With apologies to the people of France,  we have chosen to describe our President Obama as their Louis the XIV.  At least the official description of him in history books of tomorrow will glow with our Obama's  radiance.

See,  it makes no difference if the Obama Administration is an abject failure, the history books will present him in much the same way as the Cult of Lincoln does the American tyrant -- Abraham Lincoln.

Look.  I'm a southerner, and a student of history ... not an expert on history, not a history "scholar," just a student of history.  As such, I have actually been exposed to the painful truth of our history on many occasions -- and it ain't pretty. 

The propagandists who write our history books are almost entirely from the leftist sector of the political spectrum. It is the leftist narrative (story line) they will protect and it is from the point of view of that narrative they will write of President Obama for future students of history.

The truth be damned!  The narrative is the thing!

To be sure -- Obama is THEIR Sun King.

It matters not that Obama has been one of the worst, if not THE worst President America has ever had ... period.  But you will never find any hint of that, or ANY of his short comings, in future history books.  Heck, it is nigh on to impossible to find any mention of Obama's less than sterling leadership abilities or his mediocre talent for governance  in the leftist press, (otherwise known as the Mainstream Media) today. 

One would be hard pressed to think of another president of modern times who enjoyed the life of a "jet-setter" while in office, especially when the country is in such perilous shape.  The only other playboy, jet setter, president who comes to mind -- in fairly recent decades -- is JFK.  But then JFK came into office riding on a cushion of money from his father's former bootlegging business.  (Hey!  That's not a put down.  MY family had its share of bootleggers, too!  Mine even made the stuff they sold! In fact, I'm sorta partial to bootleggers.)

As I said above, I am a southerner.  I grew up under an imposed cloud of lies and, even to this day, we southern folk are compelled to defend our families from the stench of the lies surrounding the so-called American Civil War.  The REAL history of that war and the reasons for that war bear almost no resemblance to the "official" history of the same event. 

Consider this:  "Much of Civil War history is untrue.  The story is told that millions of southerners went to war over an issue that only affected some 6 percent of the population.  Such absurdity is readily seen. 

There was no shining Northern force fighting a moral battle for the sake of ending slavery.  There was no oppressive southern force fighting to preserve slavery, either.  After the south declared its independence, the Union ruthlessly invaded, leaving Southerners no choice but to defend themselves. 

Unfortunately the south lost that struggle and has suffered for a century and a half because of it."
(Taken from the book "The South Was Right" by James Ronald Kennedy and Walter Donald Kennedy published by Pelican.)

It riles me to think, as I sometimes do, that the South contains approximately one-third of the American people.  Yet the southern states, even to this day, enjoy less freedom than the remainder of the so-called "United" States.  Even our elections, in a number of southern states, are governed by the US Federal Judiciary.  And consider this.  Only one justice on the US Supreme Court is a southerner.  I take great pride in the fact that HE is a southern black man. (You may recall the terrific fight we had getting Clarence Thomas of Georgia seated on that court.)

(As of 2010, the Court has a majority from the Northeastern United States, with seven justices coming from states to the north and east of Washington, D.C.. The remaining two justices come from Georgia and California, respectively.)

The "Cult of Lincoln" has so obscured the deviousness of the man, that modern Americans will never actually know who Lincoln really was -- a lying, two-faced, back stabbing, racist, politician who's mental elevator didn't go all the way to the top.  Now, however, he is celebrated as an  American demi-god.

We can expect a "Cult of Obama," as well.  He cannot be allowed to fail, you see, for the historical record. No matter that our history is, for the most part, revisionist history.  But, then again, nearly ALL official history is "revised."  Practically all real, un-revised, history (with warts, hairs and all) is deeply hidden.   A student of history today MUST be an accomplished researcher.

So, the historical record of America's Sun King will be written in glowing accounts of his accomplishments with no mention of the lasting damage to the constitution and to the generations of Americans yet unborn.

© J. D. Longstreet

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Why is DHS the Biggest Prepper in America? ... JB Williams

Why is DHS the Biggest Prepper in America?
By JB Williams

Since Barack Hussein Obama seized command and control of the most powerful government and military on earth in 2008, literally hundreds of “prepper” groups have sprung up all over the country stockpiling weapons, ammo, food, water, building safe zone shelters and plotting bug out routes.

Is it because Obama is part Black African, making all preppers some new breed of racists? Or is it because despite Obama’s moderate campaign rhetoric, people are witnessing the fastest demise of an economic and military superpower in world history?

If preppers are just backwoods nutty racists, what does that say about DHS and our federal government?

The FED has become the biggest prepper in America, stockpiling billions of rounds of ammo, assault weapons, military armored assault vehicles marked and designed for domestic use, while stockpiling food, water and shelter for federal authorities and marking every American who owns a Christian Bible or a pocket Constitution as a “potential domestic terrorist?”

Despite calls from congress to explain all of these prepper purchases, Obama’s DHS is refusing to answer those questions.

 “I’ve got a list of various questions of agencies about multiple things. Far from being the most transparent administration in the world, they are the most closed and opaque,” Congressman Huelscamp said. - Huelscamp added that it wasn’t just he who has been raising the issue. - “They refuse to let us know what is going on, so I don’t really have an answer for that. Multiple members of Congress are asking those questions.”

It doesn’t take a PH.D in economics to grasp the reality that no individual, business or nation can continue to spend resources it does not have, once there is no one left to borrow it from. In fact, PH.Ds and so-called “scholars” seem to be the only people in America having trouble grasping this reality.

The Obama administration has driven our national debt up nearly 70% in little more than one term. That makes this administration by far the largest deficit spending government in world history and we are fast running out of folks to borrow from.

Seven trillion in new debt has not stimulated a single dollar in new commerce or economic growth, with the exception of record gun and ammo sales. A video produced by Western Journalism accurately depicts a looming financial apocalypse and Obama’s intention to keep the political elite afloat by robbing the savings of millions of American citizens.

Farfetched? What did the EU just do in Cyprus? “Cypriots rushed to pull their money out of banks and ATMs before the tiny Mediterranean nation’s government could finalize a plan to seize depositors’ funds to satisfy euro zone leaders, sparking a run that prompted banks to be closed until at least Thursday.” According to FOX News

Not only has the Obama administration set the world record for increasing national debt in a single term, they are continuing to drive the nation further and further in debt at a record pace, with the stated intent of continuing deficit spending for at least another twenty-years. There is no nation on earth capable of loaning the United States that money and most nations have already cut-off money supply to what is now rightfully referred to around the globe as the world’s greatest parasite nation.

The only place left for Obama to grab cash is the American people themselves, money sitting in 401(k)s.

According to, Americans have approximately $3 trillion invested in 401(k) retirement accounts, now only 17.6% of our current national debt. “In plain English,” said Gingrich and Ferrara, “the idea is for the government to take your retirement savings in return for a promise to pay you some monthly benefit in your retirement years.”

If these reports are true, and there is almost no chance that they are false, then the Obama administration and their friends in congress are going to need all of those guns and ammo to defend themselves from American citizens once they rob them of their life savings.

In addition, the Obama administration is continuing to import Jihadists (aka Muslim refugees) from around the globe and resettle them in American cities. They are arming known terrorists all over the globe while attempting to strip all law abiding Americans of their inalienable Second Amendment Rights.

While Obama has his DHS tracking Christians, Veterans and Constitutionalists across the country, more than seventy known Jihad training camps remain on U.S. soil undisturbed by federal, state or local law enforcement.

Even worse is the reality that Obama has placed known traitors like John Kerry or known Muslims at the helm of every major federal agency.

As if rushing America into a European version of Marxist economic collapse isn’t bad enough, Obama is dismantling the American military with homosexual experiments and defunding national security while continuing to arm terrorists.

American Schools and Air Traffic Control towers are closing by the hundreds all over the country due to disastrous Obama economic policies. But billions in American tax dollars are still flowing to Obama’s Muslim Brothers all over the world.

Even for the most diehard American Democrat, the Obama strategy for destroying America should be quite clear by now.

Destroy the American economy

Import Jihadists

Place known traitors at the helm of U.S. policy

Dismantle the American military

Destroy national security

Turn law enforcement against average Americans

Protect and fund Jihadists everywhere

Rob Americans of their resources and rights

Arm the FED for Civil Disobedience

Disarm all law-abiding Citizens before they figure out what’s happening here

Obama has already accomplished nine steps in his fast-track ten step plan for destroying America. Seizing American weapons and savings is all that’s left to accomplish.

But the most alarming part of all is the fact that the American people still sit in silence, appearing to be none the wiser. At some point the American people will wake up and the longer it takes for that moment to arrive, the more violent their backlash.

This is why DHS is the biggest prepper in America today. It’s only a matter of time before the wheels fall off of this wagon. When people like Obama aim to create chaos, at some point, they lose control of that chaos.

The FED is clearly prepping for that eventuality, even as most Americans remain dead asleep and completely unaware. They never saw it coming because it could never happen here…

JB Williams


JB Williams is a writer on matters of history and American politics with more than 3000 pieces published over a twenty-year span. He has a decidedly conservative reverence for the Charters of Freedom, the men and women who have paid the price of freedom and liberty for all, and action oriented real-time solutions for modern challenges. He is a Christian, a husband, a father, a researcher, writer and a business owner. He is co-founder of action organizations The United States Patriots Union, a civilian parent organization for The Veteran Defenders of America. He is also co-founder of The North American Law Center, a citizen run investigative legal research and activism organization preparing to take on American's greatest legal battles. Williams receives mail at:

Monday, March 25, 2013

Happy Passover!

Are We All Metaphorically Jewish? ... Alan Caruba

By Alan Caruba

Are We All Metaphorically Jewish?

By Alan Caruba

America is rightly called a Christian nation. The new Pope Francis represents 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide. There are 1.5 billion Muslims. There are more than 959 million Hindus and more than 467.5 million Buddhists. The world’s Jews, however, are a scant 14 million or so. The two main locales of their population are Israel and the United States with about six million each.

So why does it feel like I live in a society and a world where the imprint of Judaism is so large?

One obvious reason is that Israel looms large in coverage by the U.S. news media for a multitude of reasons that include the large evangelical Christian support for Israel, the presumed attachment American Jews have for it (some do, some do not), and because it is regularly threatened by its neighbors in the region. While President Obama was there, the Iranian Supreme Leader was threatening to destroy Haifa and Tel Aviv. There were rockets from Gaza.

On Monday evening Jews around the world will begin the celebration of “pasach” which is also known as Passover. The Jewish lunar calendar dates this year as 5,773. In general terms, Judaism is about 3,800 years old, dating back to Abraham. Rabbinic Judaism which arose after the destruction of the temples in Jerusalem and subsequent exiles is about 2,000 years old. The influence of Judaism, however, began when Moses went up Mount Sinai and came back with the Ten Commandments. For Western civilization, they have been enduring moral guidelines ever since. 

I doubt that most Americans and others are aware of the enormous imprint on civilization, religion, science, physics, medicine, technology, the arts, and virtually all other aspects of our lives that has been made by Jews. Christianity, of course, has its roots in Judaism and even Islam borrowed some of its precepts from it.

In the West we live in a metaphorical Jewish world.

Passover is a good time to contemplate such things. We know, for example, that Albert Einstein developed the Theory of Relativity, an enormous contribution to physics and our understanding of the universe.  Or that Jonas Salk developed the first polio vaccine for polio and that Albert Sabin developed the oral vaccine for polio. Two generations ago it was a dreaded disease. Selman Waksman discovered Streptomycin and every time you say “antibiotic”, you are using a word he coined. I won’t list all the names of Jews who advanced medicine because it is long. The same holds true for various Nobel Prize categories.

Do you like those sexy or just plain denim jeans you wear? Levi Strauss, a Jew. They were sewed on a machine invented by Isaac Singer, a Jew.

For Americans, the impact, influence and participation in our popular culture is so hugely Jewish that whole books could be written about it. George Gershwin composed the Rhapsody in Blue, starting it with a clarinet solo that is straight out of the Klezmer tradition of Yiddish music.
The American theatre has been peopled with Jews from playwright Arthur Miller to the team of Rogers and Hammerstein that created iconic musicals. Movies were transformed by Jewish directors such as Cecil B. DeMille, Billy Wyler, and Woody Allen. It’s a long list.

As for actors and actresses, it’s also a very long list. Born in the 1920s, there’s Mel Brooks and Lauren Bacall, Jerry Lewis and Carl Reiner. Move ahead to the 1930s and we have Dustin Hoffman, Alan Arkin, and, for Star Trek fans, there’s William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy. The decade of the 1950s gave us comedien Jerry Seinfeld, actor Richard Dreyfuss, singer Bette Midler and music legend, Bob Dylan, born Robert Allen Zimmerman. From the 70s generation, younger fans will recognize Sarah Michelle Geller of “Buffy” fame, Gwyneth Paltrow, Joaquin Phoenix, and Maya Rudolph from Saturday Night Live. Born in the 80s, there’s Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, and a bevy of talent on the big and small screens.

In my lifetime, six million Jews from throughout Europe were murdered during the Holocaust and one must wonder at the loss of physicists, physicians, chemists, artists and others who might have contributed to our lives. The Iranian threat of a nuclear weapon to be used against Israel is described as” existential”, but it is so real that it must never be allowed to occur. No nation or group of nations can “contain” a nation determined to kill millions and dominate, not just the Middle East and Africa, but the entire world.

A recent Wall Street Journal commentary, “Israel’s High-Tech Pipeline to the U.S.” by Michael Eisenstadt and David Pollack examined the extraordinary role in high tech played by Israel where its computer and communications geniuses have already developed much of the technology we take for granted; “applications such as instant messaging, Internet telephony, and data-mining.” The authors note that Israelis “have helped the U.S. preserve its military edge.” Microsoft’s Bill Gates says “innovation going on in Israel is critical to the future of the technology business.”

And now you understand better, after enduring four years of Arab intransigence, turmoil, and the threat of jihad—holy war—why President Obama began his second term with a visit to Israel. It was a global platform to warn Iran against going ahead with its nuclear ambitions and threats. No nation in the Middle East wants that to happen, but especially Israel.

On Passover 2013, Jews as they have for centuries will gather at the Seder table and repeat the story of having once been slaves in Egypt and of how, with the help of God, they escaped to the promised land. “They tried to kill us, they failed, let’s eat” is the joke they tell, but the story of the Jews over the centuries is perhaps better reflected by what a founder and Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, once said, “To be a realist in Israel, you have to believe in miracles.”

Consider the empires that tried to destroy the Jewish people--ancient Egypt, Philistines, the Assyrian Empire, Babylonian Empire, Persian Empire, Greek Empire, Roman Empire, Byzantine Empire, Crusaders, Spanish Empire, Nazi Germany, and the Soviet Union. None of them exists today.

On Passover, you too might want to bow your head and say a prayer for Christians throughout the Middle East and parts of Africa who are being killed or driven from their homes, just as Jews have experienced from the days of ancient Egypt.

© Alan Caruba


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