Sunday, August 7, 2016

The Sunday Edition (.014)

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Welcome to North Texas Drifter Sunday Edition where your host, TommyBoy, compares our local corruption to that of both state and federal levels. It looks like we're well on our way to Armageddon, folks, so just sit back and enjoy the festivities. You earned it.

• Have you ever seen the movie Red Dawn (1984) with Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen, Jennifer Grey, C. Thomas Howell, and others you will recognize. The story takes place in mid-western America when a group of teenagers bands together to defend their town, and their country, from invading Soviet and Cuban forces. In 2012, Red Dawn was upgraded to a version starring Chris Hemsworth, not as good as the original but definitely worth watching.

• The Rio Olympics got wound up this past week with an ironic lovefest for political correctness, global warming, and multiculturalism. Ironic because all that stuff was definitely not going on outside the Olympic Stadium. The first medal winner was a gold that went to a female American shooting competitor. That's right, a firearms competition

In Brazil, all firearms are required to be registered with the minimum age for gun ownership being 25. It is illegal to carry a gun outside a residence, and a special permit is granted to certain groups, such as law enforcement officers. To legally own a gun, an owner must hold a gun license, which costs BRL R$1000, and the owner must pay a fee every three years to register the gun, currently at BRL R$85. Registration can be done online or in person with the Federal Police. Until 2008, unregistered guns could be legalized for free.

It is estimated that there are around 17 million firearms in Brazil, 9 million of which are unregistered. Some 39,000 people died in 2003 from gun-related injuries nationwide. In 2004, the number was 36,000. Brazil has the second largest arms industry in the Western Hemisphere. Approximately 80% of the weapons manufactured in Brazil are exported, mostly to neighboring countries; many of these weapons are then smuggled back into Brazil. Some firearms in Brazil come from police and military arsenals, having either been "stolen or sold by corrupt soldiers and officers."

• Obama pays $400 million ransom to Iran for hostages. Well, he's president and he can give all of America's money away if he wants, I guess.

"It is not at all clear to me why it is that cash, as opposed to a check or wire transfer, has made this into a news story." -- President Barack Obama, Pentagon Press Conference, August 4, 2016

Thus did President Obama scold those who are now asking why his administration secretly airlifted $400 million worth of cash to Iran this past January, just as Iran was releasing four American prisoners. By Obama's account, there's nothing to see here. Not only did Obama deny, despite the striking coincidence of timing, that the payment was a ransom. He also mocked anyone who might see the story of the cash itself as troubling news, or newsworthy at all. Obama dismissed such reactions as "the manufacturing of outrage in a story that we disclosed in January."

Welcome, once again, to the vertigo of the Obama "narrative," in which the priority of his "most transparent" administration is not to deal honestly with the American public, but to spin a web of half truths, enmeshed in complexities, to cover up highly questionable uses of power -- and then, if caught red-handed, use the bully pulpit to deride and dismiss the critics.

• The national polls for the presidential election are all over the place which only further indicates the ongoing obfuscation by our current government and media. The presidential election is fixed. In fact, there's not much about government that is not fixed these days. From the clerk down at the county clerk's office to the county commissioners to your local police department, to our representatives at both state and federal levels, the fix is in and corruption reigns. These are exciting times, eh?

• President Obama says if you’re not too happy with the way this whole thing panned out, perhaps you should go to a country where government doesn’t work.

• The federal government announced plans Thursday to lift a moratorium on funding of controversial experiments that use human stem cells to create animal embryos that are partly human.

The National Institutes of Health is proposing a new policy to permit scientists to get federal money to make embryos, known as chimeras, under certain carefully monitored conditions.

The NIH imposed a moratorium on funding these experiments in September because they could raise ethical concerns.

One issue is that scientists might inadvertently create animals that have partly human brains, endowing them with some semblance of human consciousness or human thinking abilities. Another is that they could develop into animals with human sperm and eggs and breed, producing human embryos or fetuses inside animals or hybrid creatures.

• If you asked a typical American about conspiracy theories, he or she probably wouldn’t have any trouble rattling off an extensive list of theories ranging from the Kennedy assassination to 9/11. But if there’s one potential conspiracy that most Americans are totally unaware of, it’s the supposed CIA plot to kill UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld.

Dag Hammarskjöld
Dag had been the Secretary General for eight years, but died in an accidental plane crash in 1961, while en route to a cease-fire negotiation in the British protectorate of Northern Rhodesia. But, over the years, there have been multiple claims that the plane was shot down, and that he was actually killed in an assassination plot that involved some combination of the CIA, a Belgian Mining Company, a South African paramilitary unit, and British intelligence. Why? Because he was pushing for Congo’s independence, which would have hurt the interests of any of those forces.

Adding fuel to the theories, was a copy of a secret government document that surfaced in South Africa 18 years ago, which suggested that the CIA, MI5, and the South African government were in on Dag’s death. They presented statements from CIA director Allen Dulles, saying that “Dag is becoming troublesome … and should be removed.” Unfortunately, the original documents couldn’t be found, so there was no way to verify the copies. But last year the South African government claimed to have found the original document, which has led the UN to reopen their investigation into Hammarskjöld’s death. The CIA has, of course, has dismissed these claims as “absurd and without foundation.”

• UN Backs Secret Obama Takeover of Police. International org calls for federalization of U.S. law enforcement to be 'beefed up,' cover all of America.

“The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice has provided oversight and recommendations for improvement of police services in a number of cities with consent decrees. This is one of the most effective ways to reduce discrimination in law enforcement and it needs to be beefed up and increased to cover as many of the 18,000-plus local law enforcement jurisdictions.”

That was United Nations Rapporteur Maina Kai on July 27, a representative of the U.N. Human Rights Council, who on the tail-end of touring the U.S., endorsed a little-known and yet highly controversial practice by the Justice Department to effect a federal takeover of local police and corrections departments.

The Obama administration has been pursuing the federal takeover of local police right under Congress' nose — and Republicans in Congress were apparently unaware it was happening.

The consent decrees are already being implemented in Newark, New Jersey; Miami, Florida; Los Angeles, California; Ferguson, Missouri; Chicago, Illinois; and other municipalities. Here's how it works: the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice files a lawsuit in federal court against a city, county, or state, alleging constitutional and civil rights violations by the police or at a corrections facility. It is done under 42 U.S.C. § 14141, a section of the 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, granting the attorney general the power to prosecute law enforcement misconduct.

The municipality then simply agrees to the judicial finding — without contest — and the result is a wide-reaching federal court order that imposes onerous regulations on local police. The federal court orders are designed to undo Rudy Giuliani-style policing tactics that were effective at reducing crime in big cities in the 1990s and 2000s.

In short, the much-feared nationalization of local police departments is already being initiated by the Obama administration's Justice Department. And somehow nobody noticed. Federal requirements include how searches are conducted, what constitutes legitimate use of force, the mandatory use of on-body cameras by the police, and so forth. The agreements impose years-long compliance review regimes, implementation deadlines, and regular reviews by federal bureaucrats. This makes local police directly answerable to the Civil Rights Division at the DOJ. 

• I saw an article this week that claimed black holes (yes, the astronomical kind) could be portals that connect to other parts of the universe. Well, maybe, but the thing is, the scientists and the clergy and all the amateur astronomers and physicists don't really know. The portal thing? It's just a guess. My guess is that if we could survive a trip through a black hole, we might end up in Wonderland sipping tea with the Mad Hatter. Point being, my answer is just as good as theirs.

Our government is not run by honest men and women. Isn't it past time to do something about it? Real change, not just words and arranged social events. American patriots must rise to take the country back from the extremists, from the communists and the socialists, and from those who would destroy the American Constitution. It's too late for the lawyers, now we need the force of physical confrontation. Do not cooperate with the unlawful authorities. Set up special courts for trying our treasonous leaders and establish a fifteen minute limit for case proceedings. Arrest and drag those to justice who have subverted the Constitution and have switched allegiance to China or Iran or their own pocketbooks. Go after those at the top and their followers will disperse to the wind.

One last thought for this edition. If someone in your community rips you off, don't let them get away with it. Broadcast it. Let their own actions destroy themselves. Don't do business with known con artists, used car dealers, building contractors, socialists or Democrats (same thing).

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