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Walmart Closures for Plumbing Repairs? Is This Coincidence?

Walmart Closures for Plumbing Repairs? Is This Coincidence?

Walmart Closures for Plumbing Repairs? Is This Coincidence?

Dave | Red Pill Reports

Walmart Closures for Plumbing Repairs? Is This Coincidence?

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Some interesting facts about the Walmart closure of 5 stores for “plumbing repairs”

Tulsa, OK

Tulsa is home to a respectable airport for a town its size. It’s not the largest airport in the nation, but its airline maintenance facility is. In fact, it’s thought to be the largest one in the world.

Owned by American Airlines, this maintenance facility services the world-wide fleet of American Airlines. German-based Luthansa Technik Component Services provides maintenance for other airlines, including its own. Spirit Aerospace and other manufacturers have facilities on the property as well, producing aircraft sub-assemblies for Boeing, Gulf Stream and others. In yet another of the many buildings on this 4,000 acre site, the IC Bus Corp assembles school buses.

The Tulsa International Airport is designated for use as both civil and military. It is home to one of the largest Air National Guard operations in the US, not to mention the USAF support it provides. Approximately 13% of daily landings/takeoffs involve ‘military’ aircraft.

Within a ‘stone’s throw of this airport lies the Tulsa Port of Catoosa, one of the largest inland river ports in the nation, connecting Tulsa with the Gulf of Mexico via the Arkansas and Mississippi Rivers.

There is an ICE detention center nearby.

Closest Walmart?

It’s at the corner of Admiral and Memorial Blvd, just a few blocks away. The store has been closed for “plumbing repairs”.

Tampa, Florida

More accurately, the suburb known as Brandon, Florida, is home to the main entrance of MacDill AFB, one of the largest AFB’s in the nation. It is no less than home to both the US Central Command (CENTCOM) and US Special Operations Command (SOCOM).

Closest Walmart?

1208 E Brandon Blvd. The store is closed for “plumbing repairs”.

Livingston, Texas

What do you know… The small town of Livingston, Texas is an interesting place. Unquestionably a “prison town”, Livingston is home to an ICE detention center known as The Polk County Secure Adult Detention Center. It’s operated for profit by a private contractor, Community Education Centers, Inc. This “education/detention” center has a capacity of approximately 1,000 inmates and is operated for the benefit of the Polk County Sheriff’s office, along with the Houston Field Office of ICE.

Next door, sits the Alan B. Polunsky Unit, operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. With over a half-million square feet, comprised of 23 buildings, this high-security prison has a capacity of nearly three thousand inmates. The prison has a reputation for extremely violent and “troublesome” men. Most notably, it now houses Texas’ death row. Across the road, the Livingston Municipal Airport boasts a modest 3,700 ft. runway, but just 30 miles to the southwest, the Lone Star Executive Airport, operated by Montgomery County provides a runway twice that length. The airport sees an average of 162 landings/takeoffs per day of both civilian and military aircraft – jets, props and helicopters. The airnav.com website, a data base of information for pilots, warns of “extensive military helicopter activity” at this airport.

The Walmart store being closed in tiny Livingston, Texas is the only one in town – a “Super Center” at 1620 W Church St. It’s being closed for “plumbing repairs”.

Midland, Texas

Aside from its notoriety as a former home of the Bush family, this oil rich town is also home to another ICE detention center, serving the El Paso, Texas field office. Known as the Midland County Central Detention Center, it is operated in collaboration with the Midland County Sheriff’s Department. After a 30 minute drive to the east you’ll find the town of Big Spring. Aside from it being listed as a staging area for Jade Helm, it is also home to not one, but two federal prisons, along with a large, regional Veterans Hospital.

Aside from the numerous prisons and detention centers in and around Midland, another prominent feature is the Midland International Air and Space Port serving the Midland/Odessa Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). It was the first civilian airport in the US to be approved for the launch and support of private space missions, courtesy of Xcor Aerospace, Inc. Considering the modest population of this MSA, the size of this airport seems odd; by any standard, it’s big and can handle the landings and takeoffs of virtually any jet aircraft, military or civilian.

The closest Walmart to both the prison/detention centers of Big Spring to the east, and the ‘state of the art’ air/space port just west of Midland, is the store at 200 W Interstate 20 It’s closed for “plumbing repairs”, but of course no one believes that.

Pico Revera, California

This Los Angeles suburb has an interesting history.

Once regarded as a hub of southern California’s aerospace production, it was home to a 160 acre manufacturing facility for Northrup-Grumman, employing some 13,000 workers. The site was most noteworthy for its black box development of the B2 (Stealth Bomber) and other classified projects. Its close proximity to the Port of Long Beach, served the location well and is easily accessible through multiple transportation modalities.

But in 2001, the entire 160 acre complex was razed, reportedly because of an “air quality” issue with the State of California. The land was then developed into a massive retail center.

The closest Walmart?

It lies directly over the Northrup-Grumman site, but it’s closed. Its windows are blacked-out, and its ingress and regress are guarded by law enforcement because of a “plumbing issue”. Really?

These five Walmart locations – Pico Rivera, CA, Midland and Livingston, TX, Tulsa, OK, and Brandon, Florida appear outwardly to be rather obscure places, but they have been strategically chosen.

Among the common threads that run between them is the fact that all of them are located in close proximity to major international transportation hubs, whether by water, by rail, or by air. They may be obscure locations on the surface, but when you look closely, you discover they’ are well connected.

Another thread can be seen in the ICE detention centers that are close to them, along with Federal and state prisons which operate in these communities, or lie within a short distance by Interstate Highway.

Finally, and most disturbing, is the fact that at least four of these five locations have a connection to military installations, and/or suitable access to military air traffic. Each store chosen for closure is the closest one to that installation.

Plumbing problems? We all know that’s absurd.

The real question is whether these five stores will be re-purposed into detention centers, or re-fitted as staging areas for Jade Helm, or both.

One thing is certain. These five stores are not being closed for six months because their toilets are leaking.

Something else is going on.


By Dave from Texas, independent investigator, Red Pill Reports’ listener.


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Victim of Castro Round-ups ‘Worried Immensely’ About Jade Helm

Victim of Castro Round-ups ‘Worried Immensely’ About Jade Helm

Victim of Castro Round-ups ‘Worried Immensely’ About Jade Helm

By Paul Joseph Watson | Infowars

Concerns sparked by Fort Lauderdale video of troops interning citizens

Victim of Castro Round-ups ‘Worried Immensely’ About Jade Helm

A victim of Fidel Castro’s mass round-ups of dissidents in Cuba has expressed alarm about the upcoming Jade Helm exercise, writing that he is ‘worried immensely’ about the military drill set to take place in nine U.S. states this summer.

In a letter to the editor of the Corvallis Gazette-Times, Larry Daley remarks that he was shocked to see video out of Fort Lauderdale which features military and police training together to arrest citizens and take them to internment facilities.

“It has been more than 55 years since 1961 and the Castro-ordered round up suspected resistors in Cuba. According to some press reports in excess of 200,000 were arrested during the Bay of Pigs,” writes Daley.

“My youngest sister and I were arrested and taken to improvised holding facilities. We ended up in the huge Blanquita Theater. We tried to sleep under lights on the theater seats for days on end. There were bodies on the floor. The sanitary facilities overflowed with sewage.”

His memories were stirred after reading about Jade Helm, a “realistic” military training exercise, which will involve the Green Berets, Navy Seals, and the 82nd Airborne Division, and is set to take place from July 15-Sepember 15.

Some fear that the drill is an escalation of preparations for martial law in America, plans for which have been in place for decades. During the exercise, troops will operate “undetected amongst civilian populations,” to see if they can infiltrate without being noticed.

The issue attracted controversy after Texas and Utah were labeled “hostile” territory in documents related to the exercise.

“That horror is still with me,” writes Daley, referring to his internment under Castro, adding, “Now I hear of operation Jade Helm. I read the official denials of such intent here, but I also saw a horrendous video shot in Fort Lauderdale, Florida purporting to show this training.”

“I worry immensely,” he concludes.

Mainstream media coverage of Jade Helm has poured scorn on concerns about the exercise and merely regurgitated Army talking points that the drill is purely designed to prepare troops for overseas combat.

However, that scenario has also prompted speculation as to whether the exercise represents a simulated invasion of the Middle East.

An analysis of the drill highlighted how the “hostile” states of Texas, Utah and a pocket of southern California could easily be transposed onto a map of the Middle East to represent Iran, Syria and Palestine, with other “friendly” states representing Turkey, Jordan and Israel.

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Chicago Police Fighting to Keep Cellphone Trackers Secret

Chicago Police Fighting to Keep Cellphone Trackers Secret

Chicago Police Fighting to Keep Cellphone Trackers Secret

By Frank Main | Chicago Sun Times

Chicago Police Fighting to Keep Cellphone Trackers Secret

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The Chicago Police Department is fighting to keep a lid on how, when and where officers have used covert cellphone tracking systems — with an outside law firm billing the city more than $120,000 to battle a lawsuit that seeks those secret details.

Since 2005, the department has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on cell-site simulators manufactured by the Harris Corp. in Melbourne, Florida, records show. The devices — with names like StingRay and KingFish — capture cellphone signals.

Cops can use the technology, originally developed for the military, to locate cellphones. Police agencies in other states have revealed in court that StingRays and similar devices have been used to locate suspects, fugitives and victims in criminal investigations.

But privacy activists across the country have begun to question whether law enforcement agencies have used the devices to track people involved in demonstrations in violation of their constitutional rights. They also have concerns the technology scoops up the phone data of innocent citizens and police targets alike.

The Chicago Police Department uses the devices in investigations of kidnappings, murders and other serious crimes, police sources say.

Activists wonder whether a StingRay or a similar device was used to track protesters during the NATO summit in Chicago in 2012. Demonstrators were suspicious that the batteries in their cellphones seemed to become quickly depleted during the protests — something caused by cell-tower simulators. Indeed, the Chicago Reader reported last week that the police have opened at least six investigations involving spying on citizens, including NATO protesters, since 2009.

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Donald Trump Reportedly Launching Presidential Exploratory Committee

Donald Trump Reportedly Launching Presidential Exploratory Committee

Donald Trump Reportedly Launching Presidential Exploratory Committee

By Warner Todd Huston | Breitbart

Donald Trump Reportedly Launching Presidential Exploratory Committee

Donald Trump speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland on February 27, 2015.. Image credit: Gage Skidmore [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

An insider is reporting that Donald Trump is on the verge of announcing that he is launching an exploratory committee for the 2016 GOP nomination for president. The real estate mogul will also end his role as host of the TV series “The Apprentice” in anticipation of that effort.

Trump is headed to New Hampshire on Thursday to visit with military veterans and business owners. He will also be in the Granite State next month to appear at the state GOP’s “First in the Nation” Republican Leadership Summit to be held in Nashua on April 17-18.

But ahead of that appearance, a source close to Trump tells the New Hampshire Union Leader that the TV celebrity and political gadfly is on the verge of launching an exploratory committee for a run for the White House.

Trump has already made moves showing he is seriously considering a run. At the end of February, Trump had hired Corey Lewandowski of Windham, New Hampshire, as his senior political adviser. He has since hired several more staffers that would help him develop a campaign.

This week, Lewandowski told the media that when “The Apprentice” producer Mark Burnett asked Trump to host yet another season of the reality show, the real estate tycoon turned the TV show down.

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Update: ATF Calls Ammunition Ban ‘Publishing Error’

Update: ATF Calls Ammunition Ban ‘Publishing Error’

Update: ATF Calls Ammunition Ban ‘Publishing Error’

By Joshua Cook | Ben Swann

Update: ATF Calls Ammunition Ban 'Publishing Error'

In February, we reported that the ATF was banning a popular ammunition, M855, calling it “armor piercing.” That rule change, the ATF said in a statement, was due to a “publishing error.”

Here is the full statement:

On Feb. 13, 2015, ATF released for public comment a proposed framework, including legal and technical analysis, to guide its determination on what ammunition is “primarily intended for sporting purposes” for purposes of granting exemptions to the Gun Control Act’s prohibition on Armor Piecing Ammunition. This proposed framework is posted for public comment only; no final decisions have been made as to its adoption. Media reports have noted that the 2014 ATF Regulation Guide published online does not contain a listing of the exemptions for Armor Piercing Ammunition, and concluding that the absence of this listing indicates these exemptions have been rescinded. Please be advised that ATF has not rescinded any Armor Piercing Ammunition exemption, and the fact they are not listed in the 2014 online edition of the regulations, was an error, which has no legal impact on the validity of the exemptions. The existing exemptions for armor piercing ammunition, which apply to 5.56 mm (.223) SS 109 and M855 projectiles (identified by a green coating on the projectile tip), and the U.S .30-06 M2AP projectile (identified by a black coating on the projectile tip), remain in effect. The listing of Armor Piercing Ammunition exemptions can be found in the 2005 ATF Regulation Guide on page 166, which is posted here. The 2014 Regulation Guide will be corrected in PDF format to include the listing of Armor Piercing Ammunition exemptions and posted shortly. The e-book/iBook version of the Regulation Guide will be corrected in the near future. ATF apologizes for any confusion caused by this publishing error.

According to The Blaze, “Despite this correction, several observers noted that the ATF is still considering a ban of this popular ammunition, as outlined in their proposed framework.”

Apparently, the ATF is strongly considering a new stance that would get rid of a decades-old exemption that allowed the sale of the M855. They are currently taking public comments on this proposal.

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Gitmo in Chicago

Gitmo in Chicago

Gitmo in Chicago

By Stephen Lendman | Global Research.ca

Gitmo in Chicago

What London’s Guardian reported on Tuesday is shocking, disturbing, yet unsurprising given the scourge of neocon fascist governance in America.

Washington’s war on humanity at home and abroad should be a wakeup call for everyone. Wars without end rage against one nation after another.

Independent ones are targeted for regime change. Washington’s goal is total colonization of planet earth, stealing its resources and enslaving its people.

US cities are virtual battlegrounds like never before. America is unsafe to live in.

Washington provides police nationwide with enormous amounts of combat weapons, related equipment and supplies – making them virtual military units.

The line between cop and combat ready soldier is less clear than ever in US history. Militarized police wage war on freedom. It’s a hair’s breadth from disappearing altogether.

When cities become battlegrounds, ordinary people risk being treated like enemies – losing all constitutional protections mattering most.

The alarming state of today’s America should scare everyone. Fundamental rights don’t matter. Anyone can be targeted, arrested and disappeared. Perhaps never heard from again.

This writer’s home city Chicago may be ground zero for some of the most disturbing practices. London’s Guardian broke the story demanding world coverage and outrage.

On February 24, it headlined ”The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden ‘black site.’ ”

It’s an “off-the-books (Homan Square) interrogation compound,” said the Guardian – some miles west from where this writer lives.

A “nondescript warehouse (is) the domestic equivalent of a CIA black site.” People are lawlessly arrested, detained, denied access to lawyers up to 24 hours, and tortured during secret interrogations.

Detainees are kept off “official booking databases. Some young as 15 are painfully shackled for long periods, beaten and terrorized.

Homan Square is in Chicago’s west side North Lawndale district. It’s home to the original 1905 Sears, Roebuck and Co. property.

Many of its buildings are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Perhaps Gitmo in America will be included one day. More on the Guardian’s report below.

Chicago police have a longstanding reputation for brutality. They have virtual carte blanche authority to operate with impunity.

They take full advantage. From 1972 – 1991, detective Jon Burge got away with torturing over 200 detainees. Instead of dismissal and prosecution, he was promoted.
Dozens of victims complained. Suits followed. Finally, after 21 abusive years, he was fired.

Community outrage stopped a March 1993 Fraternal Order of Police plan to honor him with a float in Chicago’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade.

On October 21, 2008, he was indicted on two counts of obstructing justice and one count of perjury. On June 28, 2010, he was convicted on all counts. He’s the exception proving  the rule.

It took decades for partial justice. Few police are prosecuted –  almost never one of high rank. Burge rose from street cop to detective commander. Over two decades, he got 13 commendations and a Justice Department letter of praise.

His crimes were well-known. A code of silence hid them. He was honored until his luck ran out. He got off mildly.

He received four and half years in prison. His crimes and similar ones committed by other rogue cops should never have been allowed in the first place.

This writer personally knows a Chicago cop torture victim. He committed no crimes. Yet he was lawlessly arrested, detained and brutalized for being Black in the wrong place at the wrong time.

He remains justifiably outraged. Rogue cops weren’t punished. Nor their superiors. During Chicago’s May 2012 NATO summit, Chicago police viciously assaulted peaceful protesters.

Dozens were hurt. Victims had head injuries, broken bones and teeth knocked out. Many required hospitalization.

In Black and Latino communities, police brutality rages. Cracked skulls, arrests and brutality in detention reflect longstanding practice.

Chicago is a mini-police state. Last year, a Chicago organization called We Charge Genocide produced a report charging city police with “systematic horrific & punitive police violence against Black and Brown youths on a daily basis.”

ACLU human rights program director Jamil Dakwar says

“(i)t’s time for systemic policing reforms and effective oversight that make sure law enforcement agencies treat all citizens with equal respect and hold officers accountable when they cross the line.”

Chicago police lie saying

“CPD abides by all laws, rules and guidelines pertaining to any interviews of suspects or witnesses, at Homan Square or any other CPD facility.”

“If lawyers have a client detained at Homan Square, just like any other facility, they are allowed to speak to and visit them.”

“It also houses CPD’s Evidence Recovered Property Section, where the public is able to claim inventoried property.”

The Guardian report explained systematic abuse of power and denial of fundamental constitutional rights.

“At least one man was found unresponsive in a Homan Square (so-called) ‘interview room’ and later pronounced dead,” it said.

Brian Jacob Church was one of the 2012 NATO Three protesters. He was arrested and held incommunicado at Homan Square for nearly 24 hours before being booked at local police station.

He commented to the Guardian as follows, saying:

“Homan Square is definitely an unusual place. It brings to mind the interrogation facilities they use in the Middle East.”

“The CIA calls them black sites. It’s a domestic black site. When you go in, no one knows what’s happened to you.”

“…I wasn’t allowed to make any contact with anybody.”

He was painfully shackled for about 17 hours.

“I had essentially figured, ‘All right, well, they disappeared us and so we’re probably never going to see the light of day again.”

Lawyers seeking access to Homan Square are routinely turned away. According to Chicago attorney Julia Bartmes:

“It’s sort of an open secret among attorneys that regularly make police station visits, this place – if you can’t find a client in the system, odds are they’re” at Homan.

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Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can b reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.” http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network. It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs. 

 

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Legislation Would Create a Mechanism to Review and Block Federal Acts

Legislation Would Create a Mechanism to Review and Block Federal Acts

Texas Legislation Would Create a Mechanism to Review and Block Federal Acts as Unconstitutional

By Michael Boldin | Tenth Amendment Center

Texas Legislation Would Create a Mechanism to Review and Block Federal Acts as Unconstitutional

AUSTIN, Tex. – A bill up for consideration in the Texas legislature would create a mechanism for the state to review and reject any federal order, law, police, rule, mandate or agency regulation that is found to violate the Bill of Rights of the Texas Constitution.

Introduced by Rep. David Simpson (R-Longview), House Bill 1751 (HB1751) would set a formal process for the state to not only stop providing material support for federal acts deemed a constitutional violation, but would also authorize the legislature to “interpose itself between the federal government and persons in this state to oppose the federal government in the execution and enforcement of federal law.”

If passed, the state legislature would be able to declare any federal act to be a violation of Article I of the Texas Constitution, the state’s Bill of Rights, with a two-thirds vote of both chambers. No action would be required from the Governor, fully bypassing what has often been a long and contentious veto override process.

Once such a determination has been made, no state agency, political subdivision or employ may “execute or enforce a provision, penalty, or sanction” provided by any federal act under that determination.

Such a withdrawal of support follows the advice of James Madison, who wrote in Federalist #46 that a “refusal to cooperate with officers of the Union” in multiple states would create “obstructions which the federal government would hardly be willing to encounter.”

“Madison gave us this strategy for individuals and the states at a time when the federal government was tiny in comparison to today,” said Mike Maharrey of the Tenth Amendment Center. “In modern times, as the feds have gotten involved in nearly every facet of our lives, this strategy is even more effective because they simply don’t have manpower to get the job done on their own.”

In a discussion on similarly-based legislation last year, Judge Andrew Napolitano agreed, suggesting that even a single state refusing to enforce a federal act would make it “nearly impossible” to enforce. And in late 2013, the National Governor’s Association noted that the “states are partners with the federal government in most federal programs.”

“A partnership doesn’t work too well with half the team saying no,” said Maharrey. “The feds are going to have an extremely difficult time violating the rights of Texans without the help of the state of Texas.”

By including a provision to authorize the legislature to include ways to interpose between the people of Texas and federal government in a determination of unconstitutionality under the act, the mechanism set by the bill would also allow the state legislature to keep options open beyond such non-participation as advised by Madison.

LEGAL BASIS

Refusing to participate with federal enforcement is not just an effective method, it has also been sanctioned by the Supreme Court in a number of major cases, dating from 1842.

The 1997 case, Printz v. US serves as the cornerstone. In it, Justice Scalia held:

The Federal Government may neither issue directives requiring the States to address particular problems, nor command the States’ officers, or those of their political subdivisions, to administer or enforce a federal regulatory program. 

As noted Georgetown Law Constitutional Scholar Randy Barnett has said, “This line of cases is now … considered well settled.”

NEXT STEP

HB1751 will first be assigned to a state House committee, where it will need to pass by a majority vote before the full House can consider it. Supporters are encouraged to contact their Texas state representative today and urge their support of HB1751.

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Black Middle Schooler Slams Barack Obama in Epic YouTube Speech

Black Middle Schooler Slams Barack Obama in Epic YouTube Speech

Black Middle Schooler Slams Barack Obama in Epic YouTube Speech

Olaf Ekberg | The American Mirror

President Obama may enjoy the approval of 84% of blacks, but don’t count CJ Pearson among them.

Pearson, a 12-year-old middle school student in Georgia, has more informed opinions than many adults.

The student posted a YouTube video yesterday in which he seeks to “applaud Mayor Rudy Giuliani for his comments about President Barack Obama.”

“Here’s the truth of the matter: I don’t want to be politically correct. I don’t care about being politically correct at this point.”

“President Obama, You don’t love America. If you really did love America, you would call ISIS what it really is: an assault on Christianity, an assault on America and downright hate for the American values that our country holds. Freedom of speech, freedom of religion and every single thing that our country stands for.”

He adds, “I hope that one day people will get enough guts to speak out against your downright hatred for this nation.”

Referring to ISIS, he said, “When they kill innocent Americans that have done no wrong except report on what is their constitutional right as journalists and you do nothing about it, you don’t care about their lives. You could care less!”

“But here’s what you need to realize: here in America, we don’t back down to terrorists. We fight them on their own battleground and we annihilate them till the very end.”

“Here in America, we don’t allow the government to take away what we work for but we continue to work harder so that we may continue to succeed.”

Pearson is executive director of a group called “Young Georgians in Government.”

His Facebook page says he is “committed to fighting for conservative principles and engaging young people in the political process.”

“Most young people really don’t have an interest in government or politics, but we need to pique that interest, we need to make sure that they know, the decisions politicians make are going to affect them,” the student told ABC 6 in a profile story last December.

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Bill Would Allow Concealed Weapons Across State Lines

Bill Would Allow Concealed Weapons Across State Lines

Bill Would Allow Concealed Weapons Across State Lines

By Tim Devaney | The Hill

Bill Would Allow Concealed Weapons Across State Lines

A horsehide pocket holster with a Taurus Millennium PT145. Image credit: Hustvedt [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0] via Wikipedia

Gun owners would be allowed to carry concealed weapons around the country under new legislation introduced in the Senate.

The Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act would allow gun owners who have a concealed carry permit in their home state to bring their firearms in any other state with concealed-carry laws.

“This operates more or less like a driver’s license,” Sen. John Cornyn (Texas), the second-ranking Republican in the upper chamber, told The Hill. “So, for example, if you have a driver’s license in Texas, you can drive in New York, in Utah and other places, subject to the laws of those states.”

Cornyn, a Texas Republican, said this would “eliminate some of the ‘gotcha moments,’ where people inadvertently cross state lines” with guns they are legally allowed to carry in their home state.

The National Rifle Association endorsed the bill Thursday, calling it a “much-needed solution to a real problem for gun owners.”

“The current patchwork of state and local laws is confusing for even the most conscientious and well-informed concealed carry permit holders. This confusion often leads to law-abiding gun owners running afoul of the law when they exercise their right to self-protection while traveling or temporarily living away from home,” said Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action.

“Our fundamental right to self-defense does not stop at a state’s borders. Law abiding citizens should be able to exercise this right while traveling across state lines,” Cox added.

Gun control groups say the bill poses a significant danger for society at a time when lawmakers should be strengthening background checks to address recent shootings.

“Federally imposed concealed carry laws interfere with states’ fundamental right to determine who is too dangerous to carry hidden, loaded guns in public,” Everytown for Gun Safety President John Feinblatt told The Hill.

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Sheriff Stands Up to IRS, Cancels Land Sale

Sheriff Stands Up to IRS, Cancels Land Sale

Sheriff Stands Up to IRS, Cancels Land Sale

By Priscilla Jones | Ben Swann

Sheriff Scott London Stands Up to IRS, Cancels Land Sale

Sheriff Scott London says he learned more about the Constitution in the year he spent campaigning for his job than in all of his years of schooling combined.

The first Republican elected sheriff in Eddy County, New Mexico, became the first sheriff in 25 years to stand up to the IRS. He physically stood at the gate of a troubled citizen’s property while US Marshals threatened his arrest. The landowner filed an appeal with the court and expects his case to receive due process before his land is publicly sold. The sheriff agrees. The judge does not.

WASHINGTON, February 7, 2015—New Mexico’s Eddy County Sheriff Scott London notified the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) via letter that the sale of county resident Kent Carter’s property is canceled until Carter receives due process of law and his appeal is heard. The certified letter dated February 4 received an immediate response from the Undersecretary of the Treasury’s office. According to the Treasury’s website, however, the public auction is still slated for February 19.

“Many officers have stood up over the years for the rights of citizens being victimized by the federal government,” said Sheriff Mack, founder of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association, “But Sheriff London is the first one to stand up to the IRS since the early 1990s.” Mack said, “His actions show courage and humility. London is setting a good example for the rest of our sheriffs.”

Approximately ten days before Christmas, U.S. Marshals broke in the door of Carter’s rental property with their guns drawn. The tenant was a young mother with a new baby—home alone while her husband was at work. Sheriff London was called to the property to intervene. He advised the Marshals that Carter’s case was in appeal and he deserved due process. They threatened to arrest London, but he stood his ground and they backed off.

Carter has battled the IRS for decades over taxes on the earnings of his modest construction business. One court document listed his debt at $145,000, a figure Carter says an assessing agent “pulled out of thin air.” Every time he challenged them, his bill would shoot up a few hundred thousand dollars. His legal complaints state that the IRS failed to adhere to its own tax code, did not use proper accounting methods, and that the collection activity was unlawful because no notices of deficiency were given. Carter says his private and confidential information, including his social security number, was filed in public records and given to third parties. The IRS countered that it can publish and disperse the private information of Americans if it is trying to collect their money or property. A judge agreed.

Carter says the IRS is currently claiming he owes $890,000, a figure that “doubled with the stroke of a pen.”

The Taxation & Revenue Department ordered Carter to cease “engaging in business in New Mexico” until his arbitrary tax debt was paid. Carter appealed this injunction on the grounds that it was both unconstitutional and vague, as it deprived him of his right to make a living and also prohibited him from, “carrying on or causing to be carried on any activity with the purpose of direct or indirect benefit.”

“The IRS fabricates evidence against citizens by pulling numbers out of a hat and adding fees,” said Mack, “They wear people down emotionally and financially until they can’t take it anymore. No citizen should ever have to fight the IRS for decades in order to keep his land.”

“The IRS is a lie. The income tax is a lie,” said Carter. “Why should they be able to take anything? They’re worse than the mafia.”

The Carter properties have liens placed against them. A locksmith was instructed to change the locks. The IRS authorized the United States Marshal Service to arrest/evict anyone found on the premises. London, however, physically stood in front of Carter’s gate until the Marshals backed down. A public auction on the front steps of the Eddy County Courthouse is scheduled, but the local county sheriff—trained in the Constitution—resisted.

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Pentagon Spent $504,816 on Viagra Last Year

Pentagon Spent $504,816 on Viagra Last Year

Pentagon Spent $504,816 on Viagra Last Year

By Elizabeth Harrington | Free Beacon

Pentagon Spent $504,816 on Viagra Last Year

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The Department of Defense (DoD) spent more than a half a million dollars on the male enhancement drug Viagra last year, according to government contracts.

The Pentagon issued 60 contracts worth $504,816 for the drug in 2014. All 60 contracts were awarded to Cardinal Health Inc., a pharmaceutical distribution company based in Dublin, Ohio.

Last year DoD also ordered $3,505 worth of Levitra, and $14,540 of Cialis, other popular erectile dysfunction drugs.

The contracts were filed under “Troop Support.”

DoD began offering Viagra to soldiers as a medical benefit in 1998, when the drug cost $10 a pill. Due to inflation, one pill now costs $25. At the time the military’s policy only allowed for six pills a month per patient, and the DoD said they would “not replace lost or stolen pills.”

“Defense guidelines allow military physicians to prescribe Viagra only after a thorough evaluation indicates the medication as the optimal regimen for the patient,” a release outlining the Pentagon’s policy said. “Patients prescribed Viagra also receive careful guidelines for taking the medication. According to defense health officials, Viagra side effects may include headaches, flushing of the face or chest, indigestion, nasal congestion and mild vision impairment.”

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Columbine Student Proposes Concealed Carry in Schools

Columbine Student Proposes Concealed Carry in Schools

Columbine Student Proposes Concealed Carry in Schools

By Janelle O’Dea | Craig Daily Press

Columbine Student Proposes Concealed Carry in Schools

Rep. Patrick Neville, R-Castle Rock, believes if teachers were allowed to carry concealed weapons, more of his friends would still be alive.

Neville was a student at Columbine High School in 1999 when Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold carried explosive devices and firearms into the school and killed 12 students and one teacher, injuring two dozen others.

On Jan. 29, Neville introduced HB15-1168. It proposes the repeal of a part of Colorado’s concealed carry law.

Currently, the law does not allow permit holders to carry weapons on school property and Neville’s bill would allow it. Concealed carry permit owners must be at least 21 years of age, a Colorado resident and not precluded by federal or state law from owning a handgun. There are several other requirements as well, including a background check with fingerprint verification and firearms training.

Permits can be obtained through county sheriff departments. The permit and photo identification must be carried with the firearm at all times, according to the Colorado State Patrol website.

All of the concealed carry requirements would remain the same for faculty or staff, Neville said.

Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid said he supports the bill and “puts particular credence” in it because it comes from a Columbine student.

“By the time the police get there, it’s all over,” Kinkaid said. “It would be better to stop a violent criminal who’s intent on harming kids sooner rather than later.”

The Columbine survivor wants to protect future generations from experiencing the kind of tragedy he lived through. He also wants to give Colorado parents more security when sending their kids to school.

“I just wake up every day and take my daughter to school with blind faith, and it’s scary,” Neville said.

Moffat County School District Superintendent Brent Curtice said he agrees with the law as it’s currently written.

“The current law says no guns on school property unless they are used for educational purpose and administrators on site are told,” Curtice said.

But Neville thinks current policy is falling short and the number of school shootings in the United States over the past decade prove it is lacking.

“I’d say we’ve tried it their way for quite some time now and it’s just gotten worse and worse,” Neville said. “I’m worried because internationally terrorists target schools so I think this is even more needed now.”

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U.S. passports on verge of elimination?

U.S. passports on verge of elimination?

U.S. passports on verge of elimination?

By Jerome Corsi | WND

U.S. passports on verge of elimination?

Biometric Passport signature page. Image credit: Public Domain

NEW YORK – A Soros-funded group arguing to replace the U.S. passport with a North American passport appears ready to take up the mantle of championing the concept of a European Union-style regional government to supersede the sovereignty of the United States, Mexico and Canada, fulfilling the dream of the late American University professor Robert Pastor.

The future of the U.S. lies in North America, not in the United States as a sovereign nation, contends the New America Foundation, a Washington-based leftist think-tank with ties to Jonathan Soros, son of famed leftist billionaire George Soros.

Appropriately named “New America,” the foundation believes the U.S. passport should soon become obsolete and replaced with a European Union-style passport issued for all citizens of the U.S., Mexico and Canada. Citizens would be redefined by their regional identity as “North Americans,” echoing President Obama’s claim in Spanish in his Dec. 17, 2014, announcement of his executive actions to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba, “Todos Somos Americanos,” or, “We are all Americans.

“The United States, Canada and Mexico are bound by a shared economic, environmental, demographic and cultural destiny. How we move forward together is key to our success,” wrote André Martinez, an editor with New America and a professor at the Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University; and Daniel Kurtz-Phelan, a fellow at New America and a former adviser on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s policy planning staff, in an article titled “Why we need a North American Passport,” published by CNN.com.

“In recognition of our shared destiny, the three countries should create a North American passport that would, over time, allow their citizens to travel, work, invest, learn and innovate anywhere in North America. Work, tourist and student visas are necessities in the modern world to regulate the flow of people between sovereign states,” Martinez and Kurtz-Phelan declared.

“In the North American context, much like within the European Union, our economies and societies are far more integrated than our immigration system recognizes – and a North American passport, much like the EU passport, would align our laws with reality.”

The article authored by Martinez and Kurtz-Phelan provides additional support for the argument reported by WND for the past decade that globalists seeking to create a “North American Union” realized the EU stealth model could be replicated in North America. It can be accomplished, they believe, through establishing free-trade agreements such as NAFTA and transforming them incrementally into a regional government.

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Biometric Passport data page. Image credit: Public Domain

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Nationwide Ban On Personal Body Armor Proposed In Congress

Nationwide Ban On Personal Body Armor Proposed In Congress

Nationwide Ban On Personal Body Armor Proposed In Congress: 10 Years Imprisonment For Possession

By By Mac Slavo | SHTFplan.com

Ban On Personal Body Armor Proposed

In the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting politicians from coast-to-coast attempted to push through legislation that would ban a host of guns, magazines and accessories. Though their efforts failed for the most part, those who would take away our ability to defend ourselves always have another tyrannical card up their sleeves.

The latest efforts to attack personal defense as a natural birthright comes from distinguished Congressional representatives Alcee Hastings (D-FL), Robin Kelly (D-IL) and Danny Davis (D-IL) and takes aim not at your ability to possess a firearm, but rather, to protect yourself from criminals who own them.

HR 378, dubbed the Responsible Body Armor Possession Act,  would make it illegal for civilians to own “enhanced body armor” such as helmets, shields or armor plates that meet or exceed Type III protection. The bill would exempt law enforcement officers and other government officials.

The co-sponsors of the bill believe body armor in the hands of private citizens to be so dangerous that they intend to impose a 10 year federal prison sentence on those found to be in possession of the contraband.

The new law would still allow Americans to own Type I and Type II protection, which are designed to stop calibers ranging from .22 caliber to .357 Magnum respectively. Type III body armor is designed to stop higher velocity hand gun rounds like a high-velocity 9mm or .44 magnum and rifle rounds like the AK-47′s 7.62x39mm. Type IV, often reserved for special law enforcement response teams, is capable of stopping even armor piercing rounds from rifles.

Should such a law be passed, Americans would no longer have the ability to determine for themselves which type of body armor is best suited for their needs. Instead, we would be limited to protection from only a handful of calibers. And, as we well know, as soon as criminals with ill intent get wind that their victims probably won’t own body armor that’s able to stop a .44 or high velocity 9mm round, they’ll quickly switch to new weapons capable of ripping through “legal” protection.

Portions of the bill are posted below:

To prohibit the purchase, ownership, or possession of enhanced body armor by civilians, with exceptions.

This Act may be cited as the “Responsible Body Armor Possession Act”.

SEC. 2. BAN ON PURCHASE, OWNERSHIP, OR POSSESSION OF ENHANCED BODY
ARMOR BY CIVILIANS; EXCEPTIONS.

(a) In General.–Chapter 44 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

Sec. 932. Ban on purchase, ownership, or possession of enhanced body armor by civilians

(a) Except as provided in subsection (b), it shall be unlawful for a person to purchase, own, or possess enhanced body armor.

(b) Enhanced Body Armor Defined.–Section 921(a) of such title is amended by adding at the end the following:

(36) The term `enhanced body armor’ means body armor, including a helmet or shield, the ballistic resistance of which meets or exceeds the ballistic performance of Type III armor, determined using National Institute of Justice Standard-0101.06.’

(c) Penalties.–Section 924(a) of such title is amended by adding at the end the following:

(8) Whoever knowingly violates section 932 shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both.

(Full text)

But not to worry, says Dan Cannon of Guns Save Lives, because there’s probably no chance such a bill will make it into law. The audacity of the bill’s co-sponsors, however, is clear :

Fortunately, with the GOP solidly in control of both houses of Congress this bill will likely never see the light of day.

That said, it’s a great insight into how little some members of Congress care about the personal safety of their constituents.

(via The Daily Sheeple)

Though proponents of such legislation say that it protects police officers, the fact of the matter is that there were 126 police officers killed in the line of duty in 2014. This fatality rate is actually quite lower than jobs like being a fisherman or garbage collector.

Though tragic, it is inconceivable that this fatality rate should be use to justify a nationwide ban on body armor for 300 million Americans. Thus, the motivation must be either symbolic, or part of a greater plan to disarm and neuter the rights of the American citizenry.

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Koch Brothers to Spend Nearly a BILLION DOLLARS on the 2016 Presidential Election

Koch Brothers to Spend Nearly a BILLION DOLLARS on the 2016 Presidential Election

Koch Brothers to Spend Nearly a BILLION DOLLARS on the 2016 Presidential Election

By Melissa Melton | The Daily Sheeple

Koch Brothers to Spend Nearly a BILLION DOLLARS on the 2016 Presidential Election

Who says you can’t buy politics?

Wait, that’s right, no one says that. Ever. Especially not in America where 91% of the time, the candidate with the most money (not who does the best job, who has the best policies or who even gives the most charismatic speeches) wins.

The New York Times is now reporting that the Koch Brothers plan to spend $889 million dollars on the next presidential election.

The political network overseen by the conservative billionaires Charles G. and David H. Koch plans to spend close to $900 million on the 2016 campaign, an unparalleled effort by coordinated outside groups to shape a presidential election that is already on track to be the most expensive in history.

The spending goal, revealed Monday at the Kochs’ annual winter donor retreat near Palm Springs, Calif., would allow their political organization to operate at the same financial scale as the Democratic and Republican Parties. It would require a significant financial commitment from the Kochs and roughly 300 other donors they have recruited over the years, and covers both the presidential and congressional races. In the last presidential election, the Republican National Committee and the party’s two congressional campaign committees spent a total of $657 million…

Now the Kochs’ network will embark on its largest drive ever to influence legislation and campaigns across the country, leveraging Republican control of Congress and the party’s dominance of state capitols to push for deregulation, tax cuts and smaller government. In 2012, the Kochs’ network spent just under $400 million, an astonishing sum at the time. The $889 million spending goal for 2016 would put it on track to spend nearly as much as the campaigns of each party’s presidential nominee. [emphasis added]

Nearly a billion dollars does a lot more for than merely “influence” anything! There are whole countries on this planet with GDPs smaller than a billion dollars.

The Koch Brothers puppets this year include Scott Walker, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, and Mike Pence. A couple of those guys are mentioned here:

In the end, we all know they’re set to throw Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton at us whether we like it or not, then use phony polls, more propaganda than your brain can scream at, and the tried and tested “well, it’s the lesser of two evils approach” to force us under the thumb of another fascist oligarch puppet controlled by the same megabanks and megacorporations as the last guy and the guy before him and the guy before him and… wash rinse repeat.

But let’s lie to ourselves and just keep pretending the rich people (who keep getting richer due to the record-setting and ever-widening wealth gap in our country) aren’t straight up buying federal elections. Let’s keep pretending our vote in the presidential election even matters at all.

Face it. We live in a country where billionaires like Bill Gates are buying and pushing vaccines and a hearty population control agenda, Warren Buffett is testing out multi-million dollar smart grid enslavement, George Soros buys pretty much everything including civil unrest by the millions, and Michael Bloomberg is buying gun control legislation.

Sure, the elite can bet on and essentially buy whatever they want, from horse races to presidential elections, but remind me again why we should consent to being governed by the elite’s tool of choice when it’s quite obvious (and has been for some time) our elections are a paid-for sham and we the American people have little say in the matter whether we vote or not?

Hey, I know! What would they do if NO ONE SHOWED UP? If we all turned our backs on the entire corrupt, phony system?

(Gee, there’s a thought…)

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Melissa Melton is a writer, researcher, and analyst for The Daily Sheeple and a co-creator of Truthstream Media with Aaron Dykes, a site that offers teleprompter-free, unscripted analysis of The Matrix we find ourselves living in. Melissa also co-founded Nutritional Anarchy with Daisy Luther of The Organic Prepper, a site focused on resistance through food self-sufficiency. Wake the flock up!

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