The Children and the Chasm

This essay (originally written in 1995 or 96) became a part of my book: The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other Misfits. 

by

Dr. Jimmy T. (Gunny) LaBaume

“War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The ugliest is that man who thinks nothing is worth fighting and dying for and lets men better and braver than himself protect him.” John Stuart Mill

In September of 1969 I arrived at a place called An Hoa, the same combat base made famous by James Webb in his epic Vietnam war novel, Fields of Fire. I was a wet, cold, scared, young Marine.

If I live to be a hundred, I will never forget my first sight of that place. Just across the road from the north end of the perimeter there was a Buddhist orphanage surrounded by a high barbed wire fence. Each time a convoy passed, the children would come running across the compound to greet the Marines. “Souvenir me chop chop GI.” (Give me food.) “Souvenir me ciggimo.” (Give me a cigarette.)

Of all the small faces, one in particular captured my attention. I can still see it today as vividly as I did then. He was a round faced little boy, probably 3 or 4 years old. That particular sect of Buddhists shave their children’s heads except for a small patch on top of the crown which seemed to make his face look even more round and chubby. He came running out, big grin, giving us the “peace” sign.

From that first day forward for the next year, almost, I would see that little boy each time I entered or left the fire base. He would always be flashing the peace sign with that incessant smile. The thought entered my mind to check into adoption. I even wrote my wife about it and she agreed. However, over the course of taking care of the immediate business of war, I just never got around to checking on such a possibility.

Toward the end of my tour, someone decided that An Hoa should be turned over to the ARVN (Army of the Republic of Vietnam) so we began to abandon the base in phases. I was one of the last “round eyes” to leave. There was only one Battery (Delta, 2nd Battalion, 11th Marines) of us left on the far north end of the perimeter–just across the road from the orphanage. The South Vietnamese were manning the remainder. We were pretty up-tight and watching our backs closely. This is because, as anyone that was there will likely tell you, the ARVN were some of the most worthless soldiers the world has ever seen.

Then, the night before we were to pull out the next day, the Viet Cong came into the orphanage and massacred every living thing in it –the children, the priests, everything! We sat in our holes and bunkers, just meters away and helplessly watched. Still today, over 25 years later (this was originally written in 1995), I can see the green tracers cris-crossing the compound in the dark. I do not recall feeling much emotion at the time, just sort of an abstract detachment. By that time, I suppose, there were no more tears left. I was just numb.

I don’t recall, but I suppose that many of the younger and less experienced Marines wanted to try to do something to help. If so, our commander would not allow it. In retrospect tempered with age, I now realize that, if this were indeed the case, he was correct in his judgment. In all probability it was simply a ploy to suck us out of our well defended perimeter and into an ambush in the open. It was us that they really wanted to annihilate.

My tour was almost over by then and, in the slang of the time, I rotated back to “The World” (our term for anywhere but Vietnam) shortly thereafter. After a very brief stay on Okinawa, we arrived at Edwards Air Force Base in California. In order to avoid the anti-war protesters, the guys out front calling us baby killer, arrival time was scheduled for the middle of the night, 2 or 3 AM. We were brought into the terminal via the back way. Protesters or not, it made little difference to me at the time. That numbness had permeated my entire soul. All I wanted was to get home to my family and get on with my life. It wasn’t that simple.

At the time I did not recognize that I was not representative of my generation. It took years for me to slowly realize that I represent only half of a generation, those of us who went as opposed to those of us who didn’t. As Robert Timberg points out in The Nightingale’s Song, there is a huge chasm between these two portions of this generation. It will likely be closed only when the last one of us is dead.

How could it be any other way, when you consider the facts? For example: between 1964 and 1973, sixteen million, or 60% of the 27 million men to come of draft age, escaped military service through an elaborate structure of deferments, exemptions, legal technicalities, and noncombat military alternatives. That’s sixteen million! That’s 60%!

All of these shenanigans took background, wit, and/or money. While 58,000 blacks, Hispanics, and working class whites were dying, these people were getting head starts on their careers with deferments for graduate school. I may slap the next one that says to me, “I wish I could have gone but…” Hey, the thing lasted 10 years. If you missed it, you had to have wanted to have missed it.

Where is that sixteen million today? They are our senators and congressmen. They are our business leaders, our public administrators, our University professors and our public school teachers. One became our vice-president. Then, of course, there is the most famous anti-war protester and draft-dodger of them all, Bill (Slick Willie) Clinton.

Did you know that during the 10 day period from December 31, 1969 through January 10, 1970, 172 of my brothers, and one sister, were killed or missing in action in the service of our country in Southeast Asia? Did you know that during that same 10 day period Slick Willie was on a trip to Moscow? Do I trust my government? We are being led by a (half) generation of cowards. What do you think?

I simply cannot express it politely, so I will put it in more vernacular terms. Each time I see old “Slippery” on the tube and hear him tell us how we should support our government, for example criticizing the National Rifle Association for its “inflammatory rhetoric,” I want to puke!

It is hard to put into words what I feel each time I hear him lament the deaths of “all those poor children” in Oklahoma City. Do I not feel compassion for these children? Of course I do, but no more or less than the compassion I feel for the orphaned children of Quang Naghi province, no more or less than I feel for Randy Weaver’s children. Where are the monuments to them? Why did the innocent children of Oklahoma City receive so much attention, while the equally innocent children that died in the fiery hell of Waco not receive much more than “honorable mention?”

Those questions are mostly rhetorical because I am terribly afraid that I may already have the answers. It is quite simple, really. The protesters of the 60s and 70s relied on the freedoms of speech and assembly, protection from unreasonable search and seizure and all the other protections of the Constitution and Bill of Rights to get what they wanted. But, now that they are in power and want to stay there, they are finding it expedient to deny that those same protections apply to everyone, even those whose views or lifestyles differ from their own.

Furthermore, consider that our mainstream mass media is the most censured on the face of the earth. Add to that a gullible American public that will believe just about anything it sees on the evening news and viola, we, as a nation, have fallen easy prey to the sales pitch that we simply must give up many of the rights guaranteed us by the constitution in order to protect all the “poor innocent children.” Bullshit! Wake-up people!

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Border official points gun at Boy Scout

Charles Vonderheid with the Mid-Iowa Council Boy Scouts of America said Troop 11 learned a valuable lesson.

“We want to make sure they follow the rules. A Scout is a good citizen. It would be a great lesson in civics for that young man and that troop,” he said.

Vonderheid looks like a little boy molesting fag if I ever saw one. He needs to share the same gallows with the border patrol puke. — jtl, 419

By

DES MOINES, Iowa —A central Iowa Boy Scout troop just returned from a three-week trip they will likely never forget.

Boy Scout Troop 111 Leader Jim Fox spelled out what happened to him and the Mid-Iowa Boy Scout Troop 111 as four van-loads of Scouts and adult volunteers tried to drive from Canada into Alaska.

Fox said one of the Scouts took a picture of a border official, which spurred agents to detain everyone in that van and search them and their belongings.

“The agent immediately confiscated his camera, informed him he would be arrested, fined possibly $10,000 and 10 years in prison,” Fox said.

Fox said he was told it is a federal offense to take a picture of a federal agent.

Not wanting things to escalate, Fox said he did not complain.

Another of the Scouts was taking luggage from the top of a van to be searched when something startling happened.

“He hears a snap of a holster, turns around, and here’s this agent, both hands on a loaded pistol, pointing at the young man’s head,” Fox explained.

Fox said that had them all in fear.

Ultimately no one was hurt or arrested, and after about four hours they were allowed to continue their trip into Alaska.

When he thinks about what happened to them and the fact there are people streaming across the southern border, Fox is outraged.

Charles Vonderheid with the Mid-Iowa Council Boy Scouts of America said Troop 11 learned a valuable lesson.

“We want to make sure they follow the rules. A Scout is a good citizen. It would be a great lesson in civics for that young man and that troop,” he said.

The Scouts arrived home late Sunday from their 23-day trip.

There were 17 other Scouts and three other volunteers on the trip. As of now KCCI has not been able to make contact with any of the Scouts.

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THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU CALL THE COPS

If the criminals don’t get you, the police will. Among cops, there are only the criminals and their accomplices.  – jtl, 419

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Did Esequiel Hernandez Jr. Die in Vain?

Here is what happened the last time we “militarized” the uS border with Mexico. Apparently the answer to the question is, yes. — jtl, 419

by Dr Jimmy T (Gunny) LaBaume

This obviously irritated, frustrated and angered him. He demanded, “Just answer the question! How long? A couple of days? A week? How long?” Persisting for the sake of preserving my privacy, “Well, I don’t know–a couple of days maybe (actually it had been 3 weeks). Why do you want to know all of this?”

Now, most any prudent man would realize that anyone (in his right mind) doing something illegal is not likely to stand up to authority in this manner. Why would he want to attract such unwanted attention? I believe this Customs Agent is a prudent man, but I had challenged his authority. How dare some common, low-life civilian question his authority to ask anything that he wants to ask! He was determined to make me pay for my insolence and blatant disrespect. “Pull right over there to one of those tables and step out of the vehicle.” I stepped out of the vehicle with a copy of a little booklet entitled The US Constitution and Interesting Facts About It.

One of the agents that approached the vehicle ask the same question again, “How long have you been in Mexico?” I said, “Look, I am a United States Citizen. I am not carrying anything taxable or illegal. I have not been any place that is illegal to be. I am not going any place that it is illegal to go. I do not do anything for a living that is illegal to do. And that is all you need to know about me. That is because I believe if mankind has ever set his hand to a truly divinely inspired document, this is it (holding up the Constitution booklet)!”

I continued, “ I frequently hear people say, ‘if you don’t have anything to hide, then you shouldn’t mind.’ I don’t buy that–not for a minute! The average law abiding, hard working, tax paying citizen has sat idly by while his rights have deteriorated to the level of those of a police state. While, at the same time, violent criminals are roaming the streets because they know how to demand their rights. It is high time, beginning here and now, that those of us who have nothing to hide also begin to stand up for our rights. So again, why are you asking me all of these personal questions?”

The only reply I could get was that such questions were a routine part of their “investigation.” What investigation? Was I a suspect being questioned? If so, do I not have a right to have an attorney present? Is the answer to that question not clearly found in the Fifth and Sixth Amendments to the Constitution? Was I not supposed to be informed of that right before questioning? Did the Miranda case not clarify that?

These are all rhetorical questions with two answers: (1) constitutionally, as our founding fathers intended, yes or course; (2) according to generally accepted “investigative” procedures currently being employed by law enforcement (and upheld by corrupt judges),  no way!

When the two agents began to search my vehicle, I inquired, “Are you guys sure you don’t need a search warrant to do this?” The inspector answered directly and without hesitation, “Yes, we’re sure,” and continued his search, uninterrupted. What ever happened to the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution?

At some point prior to this, the same inspector had told me that “A lot of people don’t know this, but you are really not in the United States right here (in the port of entry). This actually ‘no man’s land.” That’s when I ask, “Are you telling me that, as long as I am standing right here, I have no rights?”

The answer was some sort of incoherent mumble. Due to the “heat of battle” it is very difficult to remember the exact sequence of events, but I think this was about where he disappeared only to reappear a short time later with his supervisor in tow (that’s the way all good “Fourth Branch” bureaucrats keep their ass covered). The supervisor said, “I understand that you have some questions about our procedures.” I answered, “No, I don’t have any questions.” He thanked me and promptly left. I chastised the officer, “What did you go get him for? He ain’t nothin’ but just another (expletive deleted) bureaucrat–you of all people should know that!” That elicited a smile–we had began to communicate.

It was along about this point where I informed the inspectors of my having been around the United States Marine Corps, off and on, for 35 years (since 1962) and that I am a veteran of two wars (Vietnam and Desert Storm). Consequently, there should be no doubt in anybody’s mind that I love my country. However, I recently quit the Marine Corps less than two years short of retirement–I simply got to the point that I could no longer, with a clear conscience, support what my country’s government has evolved into. A mockery has been made of the Constitution. It has been drug through the mud, folded, spindled, and mutilated until it is no longer recognizable–and I simply can not support that.

One of the inspectors had also been a Marine. So as any two “Jarheads” will, we promptly entered into an exchange of opinions about the myriad of current problems besetting the Corps (as well as every other branch of America’s military) mostly in the name of “political correctness.” That is when and how I learned of the tragic murder of Esequiel Hernandes Jr.

Jesus Sanchez’ letter to the editor in the May 29 issue of the Presidio International called for “the Marine murder (of Esequiel Hernandez Jr. to) be condemned and spend his life in jail.” It also implies that this tragic event has some sort of racial overtones. Yes Jesus, a heinous crime has been committed. But it was not a crime against any particular race. It was a crime against all races–all men who aspire to be free–and the young Marine at the scene did not commit it! How might this be? Although all we can do at this point is speculate, let’s take a look at how each of the players might have viewed his particular circumstance.

It is easy to imagine how Esequiel might have perceived the situation. He is tending to his own business, on private property, then suddenly he comes face to face with strange intruders. Most all of us who grew up in rural areas are quick to defend our lives, our families and our property. Perhaps that is what was in his mind. Or, perhaps he was shooting at a rabbit and didn’t even realize that he was shooting in the direction of well camouflaged Marines.

On the other hand, one of the “intruders” is a young Marine (who is also of Hispanic decent) and only a couple of years older than Esequiel. He is only where he was ordered to be and doing what he was ordered to do–and he simply reacts as he was trained to react. It is also easy to imagine that he too may be a victim. Regardless of the legal outcome, he will surely bear a heavy burden for the rest of his life.

As a Vietnam veteran I know how it feels to be held personally responsible for crimes resulting from stupid decisions made by incompetent and corrupt politicians and “leaders.” This case is reminiscent. Just like the Vietnam war, the war on drugs is one of the biggest con jobs yet to be pulled on the American people. Just like the Vietnam war, the Marine had no business being where he was in the first place. Just like the Vietnam war, the tactical approach to the war on drugs is not working and is actually making the situation worse. (The drug problem is one of decadent moral values stemming primarily from the disintegration of the family. It is not one of supply side economics.)

After 10-15 years and zillions of dollars, you would think that our “leaders” would have figured all this out. Are they stupid? To the contrary, corrupt politicians, judges, and especially high ranking “Fourth Branch” bureaucrats have no desire to see the war won. One reason is that there is simply too much pork in that barrel. In addition, it conveniently provides the excuses they need to enact more and more draconian measures to circumvent the constitution and gain total control over the people.

The mere existence of Joint Task Force 6 (JTF-6) is not only blatantly unconstitutional (not that that matters much anymore), it is causing our founding fathers to thrash in their graves. Just the thought of our employing our military against our own people was revolting to them.

So who is responsible–who should be held accountable? Unlike in the Vietnam war, we should leave the warriors alone–they are as much victims as the rest of us. We should start with the first layer of supervisors–both civilian and military. From there we should work our way up both the civilian and military chains of command through the Border Patrol Chief and the Commandant of the Marine Corps and right on up the chain all the way to the President of the United States. Will this ever happen? Probably not–just like with Vietnam, rats get fat while good men die.

As long as we let them, they will continue their flagrant abuses of power, and the corrupt political and judicial system will continue to allow it. If the death of Esequiel Hernandez Jr. contributes to the re-taking of our beloved federal republic-turned police state, he will not have died in vain. May he rest in peace.

A Handbook for Ranch Managers

A Handbook for Ranch Managers.  In keeping with the “holistic” idea that the land, the livestock, the people and the money should be viewed as a single integrated whole: Part I deals with the management of the natural resources. Part II covers livestock production and Part III deals with the people and the money. Not only would this book make an excellent basic text for a university program in Ranch Management, no professional ranch manager’s reference bookshelf should be without it. It is a comprehensive reference manual for managing the working ranch. The information in the appendices and extensive bibliography alone is worth the price of the book.

Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference ManualPlanned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual. This is the ideal squeal to A Handbook for Ranch Managers.  Although the ecological principles remain the same, what was originally known as “The Savory Grazing Method” now answers to a multitude of different names: ranching for profit, holistic management, managed grazing, mob grazing, management intensive grazing, etc. Land & Livestock International, Inc. uses “Restoration Grazing” under its “Managing the Ranch as a Business” program.” No mater what you call it, this summary and synopsis will guide you step by step through the process and teach you how to use it as it was originally intended. No more excuses for failing to complete your grazing plans.

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The Stealing of America by the Cops, the Courts, the Corporations and Congress

By John W. Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute

“What the government is good at is collecting taxes, taking away your freedoms and killing people. It’s not good at much else.” —Author Tom Clancy

Call it what you will—taxes, penalties, fees, fines, regulations, tariffs, tickets, permits, surcharges, tolls, asset forfeitures, foreclosures, etc.—but the only word that truly describes the constant bilking of the American taxpayer by the government and its corporate partners is theft.

We’re operating in a topsy-turvy Sherwood Forest where instead of Robin Hood and his merry band of thieves stealing from the rich to feed the poor, you’ve got the government and its merry band of corporate thieves stealing from the poor to fatten the wallets of the rich. In this way, the poor get poorer and the rich get richer. All the while, the American Dream of peace, prosperity, and liberty has turned into a nightmare of endless wars, debilitating debt, and outright tyranny.

What Americans don’t seem to comprehend is that if the government can arbitrarily take away your property, without your having much say about it, you have no true rights. You’re nothing more than a serf or a slave.

In this way, the police state with all of its trappings—from surveillance cameras, militarized police, SWAT team raids, truancy and zero tolerance policies, asset forfeiture laws, privatized prisons and red light cameras to Sting Ray guns, fusion centers, drones, black boxes, hollow-point bullets, detention centers, speed traps and abundance of laws criminalizing otherwise legitimate conduct—is little more than a front for a high-dollar covert operation aimed at laundering as much money as possible through government agencies and into the bank accounts of corporations.

The rationalizations for the American police state are many. There’s the so-called threat of terrorism, the ongoing Drug War, the influx of illegal immigrants, the threat of civil unrest in the face of economic collapse, etc. However, these rationalizations are merely excuses for the growth of a government behemoth, one which works hand in hand with corporations to profit from a society kept under lockdown and in fear at all times.

Indeed, as I point out in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, the real motivating factor behind erecting a police state is not to protect the people, but to further enrich the powerful. Consider the following costly line items, all part of the government’s so-called quest to keep us safe and fight terrorism while entrenching the police state, enriching the elite, and further shredding our constitutional rights:

$4.2 billion for militarized police. Almost 13,000 agencies in all 50 states and four U.S. territories participate in a military “recycling” program which allows the Defense Department to transfer surplus military hardware to local and state police. In 2012 alone, $546 million worth of military equipment was distributed to law enforcement agencies throughout the country.

$34 billion for police departments to add to their arsenals of weapons and equipment. Since President Obama took office, police departments across the country “have received tens of thousands of machine guns; nearly 200,000 ammunition magazines; thousands of pieces of camouflage and night-vision equipment; and hundreds of silencers, armored cars and aircraft.” While police departments like to frame the acquisition of military surplus as a money-saving method, in a twisted sort of double jeopardy, the taxpayer ends up footing a bigger bill. First, taxpayers are forced to pay millions of dollars for equipment which the Defense Department purchases from megacorporations only to abandon after a few years. Then taxpayers find themselves footing the bill to maintain the costly equipment once it has been acquired by the local police.

$6 billion in assets seized by the federal government in one year alone. Relying on the topsy-turvy legal theory that one’s property can not only be guilty of a crime but is also guilty until proven innocent, government agencies have eagerly cashed in on the civil asset forfeiture revenue scheme, which allows police to seize private property they “suspect” may be connected to criminal activity. Then whether or not any crime is actually proven to have taken place, the cops keeps the citizen’s property. Eighty percent of these asset forfeiture cases result in no charge against the property owner. Some states are actually considering expanding the use of asset forfeiture laws to include petty misdemeanors. This would mean that property could be seized in cases of minor crimes such as harassment, possession of small amounts of marijuana, and trespassing in a public park after dark.

$11,000 per hour for a SWAT team raid on a government dissident. The raid was carried out against Terry Porter, a Maryland resident who runs a welding business, is married with three kids, is outspoken about his views of the government, and has been labeled a prepper because he has an underground bunker and food supplies in case things turn apocalyptic. The raiding team included “150 Maryland State Police, FBI, State Fire Marshal’s bomb squad and County SWAT teams, complete with two police helicopters, two Bearcat ‘special response’ vehicles, mobile command posts, snipers, police dogs, bomb disposal truck, bomb sniffing robots and a huge excavator. They even brought in food trucks.”

$3.8 billion requested by the Obama administration to send more immigration judges to the southern border, build additional detention camps and add border patrol agents. Border Patrol agents are already allowed to search people’s homes, intimately probe their bodies, and rifle through their belongings, all without a warrant. As one journalist put it, “The surveillance apparatus is in your face. The high-powered cameras are pointed at you; the drones are above you; you’re stopped regularly at checkpoints and interrogated.” For example, an American citizen entering the U.S. from Mexico was subjected to a full-body cavity search in which she was subjected to a variety of invasive procedures, including an observed bowel movement and a CT scan, all because a drug dog jumped on her when she was going through border security. Physicians found no drugs hidden in her body.

$61 billion for the Department of Homeland Security, one of the most notoriously bloated government agencies ever created. The third largest federal agency behind the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense, the DHS—with its 240,000 full-time workers and sub-agencies—has been aptly dubbed a “runaway train.”

$80 billion spent on incarceration by the states and the federal government in 2010. While providing security, housing, food, medical care, etc., for six million Americans is a hardship for cash-strapped states, it’s a gold mine to profit-hungry corporations such as Corrections Corp of America and GEO Group, the leaders in the partnership corrections industry. Thus, with an eye toward increasing its bottom line, CCA has floated a proposal to prison officials in 48 states offering to buy and manage public prisons at a substantial cost savings to the states. In exchange, the prisons would have to contain at least 1,000 beds and states would have to maintain a 90% occupancy rate for at least 20 years. This has led to the phenomenon of overcriminalization of everyday activities, in which mundane activities such as growing vegetables in your yard or collecting rainwater on your property are criminalized, resulting in jail sentences for individuals who might otherwise have never seen the inside of a jail cell.

$6.4 billion a year for the Bureau of Prisons and $30,000 a year to house an inmate. There are over 3,000 people in America serving life sentences for non-violent crimes. These include theft of a jacket, siphoning gasoline from a truck, stealing tools, and attempting to cash a stolen check. Most of the non-violent offenses which triggered life sentences were drug crimes involving trace amounts of heroin and cocaine. One person imprisoned for life was merely a go-between for an undercover officer buying ten dollars’ worth of marijuana. California has more money devoted to its prison system than its system of education. State spending on incarceration is the fastest growing budget item besides Medicaid.

93 cents an hour for forced, prison labor in service to for-profit corporations such as Starbucks, Microsoft, Walmart, and Victoria’s Secret. What this forced labor scheme has created, indirectly or not, is a financial incentive for both the corporations and government agencies to keep the prisons full to capacity. A good portion of the 2 million prisoners in public facilities are forced to work for corporations, making products on the cheap, undermining free laborers, and increasing the bottom line for many of America’s most popular brands. “Prison labor reportedly produces 100 percent of military helmets, shirts, pants, tents, bags, canteens, and a variety of other equipment. Prison labor makes circuit boards for IBM, Texas Instruments, and Dell. Many McDonald’s uniforms are sewn by inmates. Other corporations—Microsoft, Victoria’s Secret, Boeing, Motorola, Compaq, Revlon, and Kmart—also benefit from prison labor.”

$2.6 million pocketed by Pennsylvania judges who were paid to jail youths and send them to private prison facilities. The judges, paid off by the Mid Atlantic Youth Service Corporation, which specializes in private prisons for juvenile offenders, had more than 5,000 kids come through their courtrooms and sent many of them to prison for petty crimes such as stealing DVDs from Wal-Mart and trespassing in vacant buildings.

$1.4 billion per year reportedly lost to truancy by California school districts, which receive government funding based on student attendance. The so-called “solution” to student absences from school has proven to be a financial windfall for cash-strapped schools, enabling them to rake in millions, fine parents up to $500 for each unexcused absence, with the potential for jail time, and has given rise to a whole new track in the criminal justice system devoted to creating new revenue streams for communities. For example, Eileen DiNino, a woman serving a two-day jail sentence for her children’s truancy violations, died while in custody. She is one of hundreds of people jailed in Pennsylvania over their inability to pay fines related to truancy, which include a variety of arbitrary fees meant to rack up money for the courts. For example, “[DiNino’s] bill included a laundry list of routine fees: $8 for a “judicial computer project”; $60 for Berks constables; $40 for “summary costs” for several court offices; and $10 for postage.” So even if one is charged with a $20 fine, they may end up finding themselves on the hook for $150 in court fees.

$84.9 million collected in one year by the District of Columbia as a result of tickets issued by speeding and traffic light cameras stationed around the city. Multiply that income hundreds of times over to account for the growing number of localities latching onto these revenue-generating, photo-enforced camera schemes, and you’ll understand why community governments and police agencies are lining up in droves to install them, despite reports of wide scale corruption by the companies operating the cameras. Although nine states have banned the cameras, they’re in 24 states already and rising.

$1.4 billion for fusion centers. These fusion centers, which represent the combined surveillance and intelligence efforts of federal, state and local law enforcement, have proven to be exercises in incompetence, often producing irrelevant, useless or inappropriate intelligence, while spending millions of dollars on “flat-screen televisions, sport utility vehicles, hidden cameras and other gadgets.”

In sum, the American police state is a multi-billion dollar boondoggle, meant to keep the property and the resources of the American people flowing into corrupt government agencies and their corporate partners. For those with any accounting ability, it’s clear that the total sum of the expenses being charged to the American taxpayer’s account by the government add up to only one thing: the loss of our freedoms. It’s time to seriously consider a plan to begin de-funding this beast and keeping our resources where they belong: in our communities, working for us.

The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsThe Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other Misfits. Although woven around the experiences and adventures of one man, this is also the story of the people who lived during the period of time in American history that an entire generation was betrayed It is the story of the dramatically changing times in which this personal odyssey took place. It is the story of the betrayal of an entire generation of Americans and particularly the 40% (of the military aged males) of that generation that fought the Vietnam war.

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Where’s Eric Garner’s Amargosa?

via Center for a Stateless Society

In the city of Amargosa in Brazil, citizens took to the streets after a stray bullet fire by a local police officer struck and killed a one-year-old girl. But they didn’t stay in the streets. They quickly took the police station, freeing prisoners, jacking state-owned weaponry and burning the station and police vehicles to the ground.

In the end, no one was seriously harmed and the message was sent: We won’t accept your institution’s “collateral damage” any longer. We are taking it, we are burning it, we are taking the weapons of the police for ourselves. Eventually, this “riot” was quelled by neighboring police forces, but in the Battle of Amargosa 16th of July 2014, the victors were the citizens. And what of the state officials most likely to face the wrath of these fierce, enraged individuals? Like the cowards they are, they held up inside a local hotel. Take note,

The very next day, in a very different city, in a very different country, Eric Garner gasped out his last breaths as gang members repping the New York Police Department colors piled on and choked him after he broke up a scuffle the NYPD were slow in responding to.

His crime? Garner was a known holder of contraband, which you might know as loose cigarettes. Despite no evidence that he was selling or even had said contraband on his person, after a brief verbal quarrel between Garner and the police, he was put into a chokehold, held on the ground and pounced on by several more NYPD gang members. His last words, the words of an innocent family man to these “peace officers?” “I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe.”

No riots occurred that day. Passersby did thought of their self-preservation and looked the other way. No agitators, no dissent . Just another dead black man on the New York City streets … only this time with a video. With the power of these images, of Garner’s last cries for mercy, the proud American people who value independence so highly were capable of summoning an Internet outrage. I even hear that Al Sharpton is involved. As of now Daniel Pantaleo, the officer who initiated the chokehold, has been relieved of his gun and sentenced to the harsh world of desk work. Meanwhile a few miles away, a mother and six children deal with the sadness, the horror and confusion of having their husband and father taken from them.

Eric Garner is dead and nothing will change because of that. At most, we will see a policy shift discouraging chokeholds (will of course not be abided by). Tomorrow or next week, there will be another Eric Garner. There will be another Eric Garner because there is still an NYPD precinct that wasn’t razed.

One might object to a comparison between these situations. The Amargosa police department has four patrolling officers, the NYPD thousands. The weaponry of the Amargosa police department is meager, that of NYPD military-grade. Surely the best way to remember Garner is the slow burn of policy change, of educating a mass movement which is uncooperative with the police, of anything but immediate and direct response.

I might have to forlornly agree with you, that any thought of a battle with the NYPD is doomed from the start. But make no mistake, to be radical on this matter is to encourage a spirit of rebellion like that of Amargosa. Violence and conflict is inevitable on the scale of the individual, the community, city and country. There will not be a true movement against police until we’re ready to assert the value of our loved ones’ lives over those the claims of cops, whose daily plots always involve harassing you and treating you as hostile until proven otherwise.

It’s time we treat the police with the same hostility they treat us with – and more! It is time to end them. It is always time to end your subjugation – by any means necessary. Amargosa’s people understood this. They may have been up against a less imposing department of uniformed killers, but they still faced death and imprisonment and chose to act rather to write angry letters. It took community, it took anger, it took a disregard for the safety or dignity of officers as equals. They are not equals. As is becoming ever more clear, modern police departments in America and around the world are occupiers, violating communities with every bullet, with every badge. It is time to burn them all to the ground, to take their arms and to free those they imprisoned. Don’t just do it for Eric Garner. Do it for yourself.

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A Handbook for Ranch Managers.  In keeping with the “holistic” idea that the land, the livestock, the people and the money should be viewed as a single integrated whole: Part I deals with the management of the natural resources. Part II covers livestock production and Part III deals with the people and the money. Not only would this book make an excellent basic text for a university program in Ranch Management, no professional ranch manager’s reference bookshelf should be without it. It is a comprehensive reference manual for managing the working ranch. The information in the appendices and extensive bibliography alone is worth the price of the book.

Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference ManualPlanned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual. This is the ideal squeal to A Handbook for Ranch Managers.  Although the ecological principles remain the same, what was originally known as “The Savory Grazing Method” now answers to a multitude of different names: ranching for profit, holistic management, managed grazing, mob grazing, management intensive grazing, etc. Land & Livestock International, Inc. uses “Restoration Grazing” under its “Managing the Ranch as a Business” program.” No mater what you call it, this summary and synopsis will guide you step by step through the process and teach you how to use it as it was originally intended. No more excuses for failing to complete your grazing plans.

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Whither Israel? The Road to Ruad

by Fed Reed via Fred on Everything

I first heard the phrase in Phnom Penh during the siege: “The situation is hopeless, but not critical.” As Israel and the Moslem world claw at each other unendingly, I wonder whether the same diagnosis doesn’t apply. Perhaps I am wrong. I don’t see how.

To begin at the beginning: The Jews had long wanted a country of their own and, after Germany, understandably really wanted one. The problem was that all the countries were already taken except maybe Antarctica, so they conquered parts of Palestine by force of arms.

There was nothing Jewish about this. Most of history consists of groups conquering each other’s territory. When you do this, the conquered people hate you, and begin to resist. To control them you resort to the rifle butt, the torture chamber, the air strike, and the secret police. This makes them hate you more, world without end. Consider the occupation of Jewish Palestine by the Romans, the Jewish resistance, and Rome’s murderous responses.

The neighboring Moslem peoples, and indeed all Moslems, came to hate the modern Jews like poison, and the Jews, now become Israelis, soon returned the sentiment. Historically, this was business as usual. Christians, Jews, and Moslems have spent a phenomenal amount of time hating each other. It doesn’t seem to have gained them much.

Anyway, a vaguely possible modus vivendi was the Two-State solution, now dead, if it ever wasn’t, because Israel is absorbing the occupied territories. So many Jewish settlers now live on occupied Moslem land that no Israeli government could force them to come back, even if it wanted to, which it emphatically doesn’t. So much for modus vivendi.

In what amounts to Greater Israel, the Jews came to have custody in Israel proper of about 1.7 million Moslems, in Gaza of over a million and a half who hate Israel and, in the West Bank, pushing toward three million more, who hate Israel. Why Israel wants additional Moslems isn’t clear—I don’t want any at all, as they seem to be nothing but trouble–but it does seem to be collecting them.

This means that Israel can never be a democracy because, if the Moslems had the vote, Israel would stop being a Jewish state and just be a country with a lot of Jews. Worse, the moment Moslem voters, who breed faster than Jews, outnumbered these by one vote (if they ever did), Israel would become an Islamic republic, like Afghanistan. I do not think the Israelis have this in mind.

How a First World people can live as keepers of what appear to irremediably primitive Third Worlders is not clear, even without hatred.

There is worse.  The Moslems cannot be allowed much commercial success, since it would translate into political power. And intermarriage must be prevented at all costs, since Jews, of whom there are not many to begin with, could be bred out of existence. Is this not Alabama in 1900?

So what can Israel do with its internal Moslems? Logically it can (a) shoot them all, which even Netanyahu probably wouldn’t do, or (b) exist forever with a huge and perhaps growing number of hate-filled subjects, or (c) push them across the borders at bayonet-point. Is there another choice?

Since the Moslems both internal and external hate the Jews, Israel must constantly fight them off, often militarily. Just now it is invading Gaza again, which has been firing rockets into Israel. The Moslems are always doing something, such as blowing up buses full of Israelis, so Israel is always bombing Gaza, invading Gaza, killing Turks, bombing Lebanon,  invading it, bombing Iraq, killing Iranian scientists, and so on. There is the usual political posturing and kindergarten yelling about you started it, no, you started it, but underlying the noise is that the two sides bitterly hate each other.

If there is any reason to believe that it will ever stop, I am unaware of it. Does anyone seriously foresee a multi-culti, Koom Bah Yah amity, with turbans and yarmulkes back-yard barbecuing together and swapping dirty stories? Anybody who thinks this possible must be smoking Drano. The two flavors of Moslem are murdering each other in droves, and they have the same faith. They’re going to learn to love Jews?

Any day now.

No military solution is possible. Israel’s First World, heavily armed, high-tech forces can defeat, usually easily, any forces arrayed against it by its Third-World enemies. It just can’t keep them defeated. Nor can the Moslems decisively defeat Israel. The only remotely plausible approach would be to force Israel to mobilize and stay mobilized until its economy collapsed, which for a lot of reasons isn’t going to happen, and anyway the US would intervene.

The beat goes on.

Meanwhile, Israel depends utterly on America for its survival. Yes, it is an advanced, highly educated, commercially astute nation, and if it lived in peace would be a small roaring success.  But it doesn’t live in peace. And it is too small to buy or build the forces it needs to repel its neighbors and keep its supply lines open. It cannot field a large army other than briefly because it just doesn’t have the population. A garrison state, it very much needs US support.

Said support is not just military and economic.  If votes in the UN are an indication, Israel is detested by most of the planet, which would endeavor to do all manner of anti-Israeli things if the US didn’t veto all of them. Israel has a PR problem. In Gaza we see the now-common spectacle of a national military fighting a non-state enemy of barely armed militants. The result is dead children, recorded on cell-phone cameras. Image-wise, not good.

In America politics regarding Israel are often bitter and even more confusing. For example, I know feminists hostile to Israel, which doesn’t mistreat women at all, yet well disposed to Moslems, for whom mere misogyny would be a great step upward. Many Jews of my acquaintance are ambivalent or confused, wanting Israel to survive yet loathing its government.

How firm is American support for Israel? Very—for now, anyway. This is due in part to the immensely powerful Israel lobby in Washington, in part to a certain lack of enthusiasm for Moslems after 9/11, and in part to the lack of strong anti-Jewish sentiment in America. The United States isn’t Poland. In fact there is a lot of pro-Jewish feeling, seldom mentioned because it doesn’t fit the journalistic template of the eternally endangered Jew on the raw edge of extermination, sieg heil.  Of course, pro-Jewish and pro-Israel are different categories.

If there is ever a threat to American support, it will be not from anti-Semitism but from indifference. There is a potential softness in the support. When Netanyahu gets 29 (was it?) standing ovations in Congress (which he did) it is not because all Congressmen are wildly enthusiastic about Israel.  God himself would not receive such unanimous enthusiasm. Electoral politics screens out principle, and politicians will vote for whatever they think in their interest. If congressmen spoke honestly (yes, I know) I think you would find a small neo-Nazi group virulently against Israel, a substantial Christian group strongly for—and a majority who just wanted the question to go away.

There are powerful forces—Big Oil, companies that want to do business in Iran—that would happily abandon a small, petro-dry nation with no resources. Thus the crucial importance of the lobby.

All in all, it seems to me that Israel has gotten itself into a horrible situation, hated within, hated without, and hanging by a lobby. What can the Israelis do? Emigrate to New York? Undertake an absolutely horrific ethnic cleansing? Exercise the Antarctica Option? Spend all eternity ducking rockets and bombing neighbors? Live as herdsmen of unwanted Moslems that they have to avoid assimilating?

I don’t see a happy ending. Or any ending.

The Essence of Liberty: Volume I: Liberty and History: The Rise and Fall of the Noble Experiment with Constitutionally Limited Government (Liberty and ... Limited Government) (Volume 1)The Essence of Liberty Volume I: Liberty and History chronicles the rise and fall of the noble experiment with constitutionally limited government. It features the ideas and opinions of some of the world’s foremost contemporary constitutional scholars. This is history that you were not taught at the mandatory government propaganda camps otherwise known as “public schools.” You will gain a clear understanding of how America’s decline and decay is really nothing new and how it began almost immediately with the constitution. Available in both paperback and Kindle versions.

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Why Ranchers Should Care About The Documentary “Cowspiracy”

So what’s new? Our destroyers have been blaming everything from the Crucifixion of Christ on down on the cow for a long, long time now. — jtl, 419 

By  Amanda Radke in BEEF Daily

A new documentary entitled, “Cowspiracy,” paints the beef business in a very negative light, citing cattle as the sole reason we have sustainability issues on our planet. Ranchers will need to”beef” up on their beef production facts to help balance out the conversation about sustainability and animal agriculture.

I haven’t seen the documentary “Cowspiracy” yet, but after viewing the trailer and reading some of the publicity for it, I’m sure it won’t be one any cattle producer will enjoy watching. The trailer points to a dark “sustainability secret” which is the “one single industry destroying the planetmore than any other.” According to the trailer, this industry is responsible for global warming, water shortages, methane emissions, species extinction, and the ocean dead zones. “Cowspiracy” places the blame on livestock production.

In the trailer, the creators insinuate they are taking a big personal risk, even endangering their lives, by making this film. In fact, they claim that the livestock industry is so nefarious, so powerful, that the major established environmental organizations are afraid to take it on. But the film’s creators don’t have any problem painting ranching as the world’s worst environmental villain in the first 10 seconds, and it only gets worse from there.

Of course, Cowspiracy just appears to be regurgitating the common myths the beef industry has worked hard to correct over the years. For example, the Cowspiracy website claims it takes 660 gals. of water to make one hamburger, or the equivalent of 2 months’ worth of showers.

However, according to Facts About Beef, “In reality, it takes 441 gals. of water to produce 1 lb. of boneless beef. Farmers and ranchers are committed to water conservation and have reduced the amount of water used to raise beef by 12% compared to 30 years ago. In comparison, 441 gals. of water is a fraction of what is used to produce other everyday items. It takes over 713 gals. of water to produce one cotton t-shirt; 39,090 gals. to manufacture a new car; and 36 million gals./day is leaked from the New York City water supply system.”

So if we really care about water conservation, we should stop wearing clothes, driving cars and using water altogether in our homes and businesses.

An inflated estimate of water use in beef production is just one of the myths being perpetuated by this film. It’s clear the film’s producers are anti-meat and anti-food animal. The documentary debuts this summer, and I’m sure it will make more than a few viewers feel guilty about consuming their beloved cheeseburger. That’s why it’s up to us to share the factual information about beef production and the environment.

I encourage everyone to visit reference sites like FactsAboutBeef.com or check out ourEarth Day page for resources on this topic.

Will you go view Cowspiracy? Do you think the documentary is something ranchers should worry about? How would you respond to being painted a villain by a couple of guys with a video camera? How can we show our consumers how the beef industry has decreased its use of natural resources while producing more beef? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

The opinions of Amanda Radke are not necessarily those of Beefmagazine.com or the Penton Farm Progress Group.

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CNN Confirms – Israelis Cheer as Civilians are Murdered in Gaza [VIDEO]

And this is the same bunch of heathen bastards that the uSSA government supports (with as zillion dollars a year in “military aid”). Oh well, “birds of a feather…” or so it is said. No wonder the Arabs are pissed off. I’d be pissed off too (and so would most Americans) if the shoe was on the other foot.  – jtl, 419

If this video doesn’t make your blood boil, there’s something seriously wrong with you.

You know something has gone terribly wrong in culture when you see people cheering as women and children are being blown to bits (see video below).

This scene caught by CNN in Israel isn’t unique, but it is the highest profile report of this kind of psychotic behavior that has made it out of the region so far. In our last video exposing what’s really going on in Gaza we showed a short clip at the end of another crowd of Israelis who had gathered to watch the bombardment as well.

This also further validates the image that Danish journalist Allan Sørensen tweeted on July 9th which he claimed depicted the same activity.

Israelis Cheer as Civilians are Murdered in Gaza
“Sderot cinema. Israelis bringing chairs 2 hilltop in sderot 2 watch latest from Gaza. Clapping when blasts are heard.”

There is lots of talk about the war crimes being committed by the Israeli government, but what we’re seeing in Israel now isn’t just political. This is the worst kind of cultural depravity. Consider the video below, which shows lynch mobs in Israel out in the streets hunting Arabs.

This is the kind of thing we saw in Nazi Germany.

So far over 300 people have been killed in Israel’s latest rampage, most of them civilians, about half of them women and children. The IDF is currently in the middle of a ground invasion of the Gaza strip, but there are reports indication that artillery fire is continuing.

Let’s remember what those people were actually cheering for.

Child injured in Gaza

Gaza explosion

Child casualtiy in Gaza

Gaza devastation

Gaza child bleeding

Dead children in Gaza

Burned child Gaza

Believe it or not these images are tame compared to what I’ve seen in the past week. And let’s not forget the real reason why this mass slaughter is happening in the first place:

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Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference ManualPlanned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual. This is the ideal squeal to A Handbook for Ranch Managers.  Although the ecological principles remain the same, what was originally known as “The Savory Grazing Method” now answers to a multitude of different names: ranching for profit, holistic management, managed grazing, mob grazing, management intensive grazing, etc. Land & Livestock International, Inc. uses “Restoration Grazing” under its “Managing the Ranch as a Business” program.” No mater what you call it, this summary and synopsis will guide you step by step through the process and teach you how to use it as it was originally intended. No more excuses for failing to complete your grazing plans.

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Edward Snowden Towers Over His Enemies

by John Rubino via Dollar Collapse

The Guardian just ran an interview with Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who blew the whistle on perhaps the most extensive secret spying program in human history and is now a man without a country, very much in danger of assassination or rendition or any number of other nasty things should Washington get ahold of him.

It’s a short interview, just 14 minutes, but by the end it is clear that this guy is vastly smarter and more interesting than the politicians and bureaucrats who would like to hang him. See it here:

Snowden July 2014

To understand what, technically, Snowden has done and why it matters, a great piece of background material is This Machine Kills Secrets by Andy Greenberg. Beginning with Daniel Ellsberg, who photocopied the Pentagon Papers in the 1970s, the book chronicles the technological progress that has made it possible for governments to invade their citizens’ privacy while also making it easier for a growing number of whistleblowers to expose those crimes.

This machine

Greenberg profiles the big names in the modern leaking movement including Bradley Manning and Julian Assange but, alas, stops just before Snowden’s emergence. So read this book and then go straight to the early Snowden articles by the Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald to understand both what’s at stake and why technology gives the forces of freedom at least a fighting chance.

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