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Guest Post: The Emperor’s New Clothes - The Naked Truth About The American Police State

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Submitted by John W. Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute,

“The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for himself…Almost inevitably, he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, and intolerable.”—H.L. Mencken, American journalist

It’s vogue, trendy and appropriate to look to dystopian literature as a harbinger of what we’re experiencing at the hands of the government. Certainly, George Orwell’s 1984 and Animal Farm have much to say about government tyranny, corruption, and control, as does Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and Philip K. Dick’s Minority Report. Yet there are also older, simpler, more timeless stories—folk tales and fairy tales—that speak just as powerfully to the follies and foibles in our nature as citizens and rulers alike that give rise to tyrants and dictatorships.

One such tale, Hans Christian Andersen’s fable of the Emperor’s New Clothes, is a perfect paradigm of life today in the fiefdom that is the American police state, only instead of an imperial president spending money wantonly on lavish vacations, entertainment, and questionable government programs aimed at amassing greater power, Andersen presents us with a vain and thoughtless emperor, concerned only with satisfying his own needs at the expense of his people, even when it means taxing them unmercifully, bankrupting his kingdom, and harshly punishing his people for daring to challenge his edicts.

For those unfamiliar with the tale, the Emperor, a vain peacock of a man, is conned into buying a prohibitively expensive suit of clothes that is supposedly visible only to those who are smart, competent and well-suited to their positions. Surrounded by yes men, professional flatterers and career politicians who fawn, simper and genuflect, the Emperor—arrogant, pompous and oblivious to his nudity—prances through the town in his new suit of clothes until a child dares to voice what everyone else has been thinking but too afraid to say lest they be thought stupid or incompetent: “He isn’t wearing anything at all!”

Much like the people of the Emperor’s kingdom, we, too, have been conned into believing that if we say what we fear, if we dare to suggest that something is indeed “rotten in the state of Denmark,” we will be branded idiots and fools by the bureaucrats, corporate heads, governmental elites and media hotshots who have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo—or who at least are determined to maintain the façade that is the status quo. Yet the truth is staring us in the face just as surely as the fact that the Emperor was wearing no clothes.

Truth #1: The U.S. is on the brink of bankruptcy, as many economists have been warning for some time now, with more than $16 trillion in debts owned by foreign nationals and corporations. As one financial news site reports: “Internationally, the world is fed up with The Fed and the U.S. government’s unabashed debt growth. China, Russia, Iran, India and a host of other countries are establishing trade relationships that are bypassing the U.S. dollar altogether, a move that will soon see the world’s reserve currency lose purchasing power and status. In anticipation of this imminent collapse gold is being hoarded by private and public entities from Berlin to Beijing in an effort to preserve wealth before the Tsunami hits.”

Truth #2: We no longer have a government that is “of the people, for the people and by the people.” What we have now is a feudal monarchy, run by wealthy overlords and financed with the blood, sweat and labor of the underclasses who are kept in check by the increasingly militarized police. This sorry state of affairs is reinforced by a study which found that average citizens have “little or no independent influence” on the policy-making process. A similar study published by the Political Research Quarterly revealed that members of the U.S. Senate represent their wealthiest constituents while ignoring those on the bottom rung of the economic ladder.

Truth #3: Far from being a benevolent entity concerned with the well-being of its citizens, whether in matters of health, safety or security, the government is concerned with three things only: power, control and money. As an often quoted adage says, “Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” Unfortunately, the master-servant relationship that once had the government answering to “we the people” has been reversed. Government agents now act as if they are the masters and we are the servants. Nowhere is this more evident than in the transformation of police officers from benevolent keepers of the peace to inflexible extensions of the military hyped up on the power of their badge.

Truth #4: Our primary use to the government is as consumers, worker bees and bits of data to be collected, catalogued, controlled, mined for information, and sold to the highest bidder. Working in cahoots with corporations, the government has given itself carte blanche access to our phone calls, emails, bank transactions, physical movements, even our travels on foot or in our cars. Cybersecurity expert Richard Clarke envisions a future where data about every aspect of our lives will be collected and analyzed. Thus, no matter what the U.S. Supreme Court might have said to the contrary, the government no longer needs a warrant to spy on your cell phone activity or anything else for that matter. As the Washington Post recently revealed, 9 out of 10 people caught up in the NSA’s surveillance net had done nothing wrong to justify such intrusions on their privacy. Clearly, the government now operates relatively autonomously, answering only to itself and unbridled by the courts, Congress, the will of the people or the Constitution.

Truth #5: Whatever problems we are grappling with in regards to illegal immigrants flooding over the borders has little to do with the fact that the borders are porous and everything to do with the government’s own questionable agenda. How is it that a government capable of locking down roads, open seas, and air routes is unable to prevent tens of thousands of women and children from crossing into the U.S. illegally? Conveniently, the Obama administration is asking Congress for $3.8 billion in emergency funding to send more immigration judges to the southern border, build additional detention facilities and add border patrol agents. The funds would be managed by the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, State and Health and Human Services, the very same agencies responsible for bringing about a rapid shift into a police state.

Truth #6: The U.S. government is preparing for massive domestic unrest, arising most likely from an economic meltdown. The government has repeatedly made clear its intentions, through its U.S. Army War College report alerting the military to prepare for a “violent, strategic dislocation inside the United States,” through its ongoing military drills in cities across the country, through its profiling of potential homegrown “dissidents” or extremists, and through the proliferation of detention centers being built across the country.

Truth #7: As Gerald Ford warned, “A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.” Too often, Americans have fallen prey to the temptation to let the government take care of whatever ails them, whether it be financial concerns, health needs, childcare. As a result, we now find ourselves caught in a Catch-22 situation wherein the government’s so-called solutions to our problems have led to even graver problems. In this way, zero tolerance policies intended to outlaw drugs and weapons in schools result in young children being arrested and kicked out of school for childish behavior such as drawing pictures of soldiers and crying too much; truancy laws intended to keep students in school have resulted in parents being arrested and fined excessively; and zoning laws intended to protect homeowners have been used to prosecute residents who attempt to live off the grid.

Truth #8: The U.S. is following the Nazi blueprint to a “t,” whether through its storm trooper-like police in the form of heavily armed government agents, to its erection of an electronic concentration camp that not only threatens to engulf America but the rest of the world as well via NSA surveillance programs such as Five Eyes. Most damning of all is the Department of Homeland Security’s self-appointed role as a national police force, a.k.a. standing army, the fundamental and final building block for every totalitarian regime that has ever wreaked havoc on humanity. Indeed, just about every nefarious deed, tactic or thuggish policy advanced by the government today can be traced back to the DHS, its police state mindset, and the billions of dollars it distributes to police agencies in the form of grants.

Truth #9: Not only does the U.S. government perpetrate organized, systematic violence on its own citizens, especially those who challenge its authority nonviolently, in the form of SWAT team raids, militarized police, and roaming VIPR checkpoints, but it gets away with these clear violations of the Fourth Amendment because the courts grant them immunity from wrongdoing. Expanding its reach, the U.S. also exports its violence wholesale to other countries through armaments sales and the use of its military as a global police force. Yet no matter how well trained, well equipped and well financed, America cannot police the world. As history shows, military empires, once over extended, inevitably collapse into chaos.

Truth #10: As I make clear in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, the United States of America has become the new battlefield. In fact, the only real war being fought by the U.S. government today is the war on the American people, and it is being waged with deadly weapons, militarized police, surveillance technology, laws that criminalize otherwise lawful behavior, private prisons that operate on quota systems, and government officials who are no longer accountable to the rule of law.

So there you have it: facts rather than fiction, so naked that a child could call it for what it is, and yet so politically inconvenient, incorrect and uncomfortable that few dare to speak of them.

Even so, despite the fact that no one wants to be labeled dimwitted, or conspiratorial, or a right wing nut job, most Americans, if they were truly paying attention to what’s been going on in this country over the past few decades and willing to be truthful, at least to themselves, would have to admit that the outlook is decidedly grim. Indeed, unless something changes drastically for the good in the near future, it looks like this fairytale will not have a happy ending.


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Wed, 07/09/2014 - 22:29 | 4941937 TeamDepends
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Papers please, niggah....

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 22:32 | 4941947 Zirpedge
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Argumentum Ad Nazium, warning racism reported.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 22:34 | 4941960 Hugh G Rection
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If you are the correct ethnic/religous background there is an entirely acceptable vernacular: KOOSHIM!

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 22:43 | 4941985 NoDebt
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"Something's rotten in the state of Denmark"... from Hamlet, I believe.  Just a reminder this kinda stuff has been going on for along time.  Lest you think our dear leaders have no play book for what's coming, you're wrong.  There is a play book.  It's got a fair coating of dust on it, but there IS a playbook for this.

They know the current situation is unsustainable, same as we who prefer tinfoil headgear (or bread helmets- take your pick).  But the difference is, they know what comes next and after that.  We're just guessing.

My guess?  It involves a lot of blood.  But it's just a guess.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 22:48 | 4942006 RaceToTheBottom
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A cheese hat is the only acceptable headwear....

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 23:39 | 4942165 toady
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Damn cheeseheads.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 07:19 | 4942565 max2205
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I need a happy ending about now

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 08:26 | 4942728 GetZeeGold
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So my town of 300 in flyover country just get a new tank....not sure what the hell we're gonna do with it.....but we've got one.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 09:27 | 4942920 Hooter Shaker
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I bet he has a pretty big tootsie roll...

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 13:24 | 4944054 XitSam
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Jericho? Came in handy when the next town attacked.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 00:50 | 4942288 OldPhart
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I prefer my old, tin, colander.  It's green, well sorta, paint has flaked off from over the years, and the handles are handy for the chinstrap.  The holes make it much cooler than wrapping aluminum around my noggin, the heat generated within the foil made me sweat a lot. Cooler still is that, while wearing it, I can change channels on the cable box just by waving at it. Wife had a real problem when I wore it to the Independence Day festivities, though everyone I encountered had huge smiles; I expect she'll be home from visiting her sister anyday now.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 01:36 | 4942360 Libertarian777
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flying spaghetti monster FTW!

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 05:30 | 4942479 kurt
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Thoughts on Tinfoil Hats and Brainscanning and Voice Projection thru Resonant Conductivity:

If you really need to screen an electrical signal, wifi, blue ray, micro or near microwaves, and  vibrations, it presents a real technical problem. Antennae tech took a tremendous leap when they discovered a way to fold it. Remember original cell phones had a dorky antennae? I'd line your colander with aluminum window screen, doubled, with mu metal and then finally lead. Each layer needs to be insulated from the next. The layers can be pierced for airflow, or ribbed. I would continue the unit down the neck to protect the cerebrum and connect it to a similar chest plate for beams that attempt to short cicuit the vagus nerve. Fans, coolers, and dehumidifiers as well as a cleaning procedure will be needed. It needs to interface with a gasmask and chem/bio/rad suit and footwear. Keep flexiblilty in mind. You need to shunt the received signals and EMF contamination to ground or dead sink of some kind. Perhaps a deep capacitor vs a groundwire? Perhaps you could harvest all day and charge the helmet itself from the ray energy as well as your built in google glass. Something like a welder's mask would be needed for photonic attacks as well. A white color and emergency overheat protections should be built in, like little self activating rain sprinklers but personal, perhaps compressed nitrogen. Don't use flammables or toxics. I suppose a breathable mix would be smart if they try to suffocate you or they put you in cement galoshes.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 06:41 | 4942525 Dental Floss Tycoon
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The humour gets blacker but still helps to keep me sane.  Thank you.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 07:28 | 4942591 General Decline
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I didn't take that as humor

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 08:12 | 4942694 Frankie Carbone
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Your concept of using multiple layers of high conductivity material, of differing  electrical properties, separated by low dielectric layers, creates more boundary conditions, resulting in increased reflections, and hence greater RF isolation. Bravo

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 23:01 | 4942052 Greenskeeper_Carl
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I've been leaving my tin foil hat off lately. Since they can just read what we write on here, they really have no need to use their crazy CIA brain scanner to find out what we that thing gets hot.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 00:54 | 4942296 Never One Roach
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dys·to·pia noun \(?)dis-?t?-p?-?\ : an imaginary place where people are unhappy and usually afraid because they are not treated fairly

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 11:38 | 4943484 Overfed
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I wonder what it's called when it's not imaginary.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 22:35 | 4941963 bunzbunzbunz
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This article brought to you by old farts who don't undertand technology, change, or progress. Get angry at something. Bitch about something. Another distraction. The dollar is getting replaced by bitcoin. Get some free at

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 23:42 | 4942173 bunzbunzbunz
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Downvotes give me erections :)   ......twats.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 23:57 | 4942209 NOZZLE
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We thought you watching the Obama ovulate while you pretend to work out video did that.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 00:05 | 4942225 bunzbunzbunz
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You obviously used Google Translate to try to insult me. God damn....are most of the users of this site non-english speaking? Aren't the articles posted in English? Why are non-English speaking people using this site? Hmmmmmm....I wonder.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 00:20 | 4942243 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Made me laugh hardly as volcanic eruptions, sudden and the violents.

At the same time, but also at your loss for words to face the many some of the hypocrites, bandits, wolves, is an absolute coward.

But the fairy tale of the many growers, pork traffickers, fishmonger recently put down his job went straight to the people stunned and appalling.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 00:54 | 4942297 bunzbunzbunz
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Thu, 07/10/2014 - 08:28 | 4942731 GetZeeGold
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Downvotes give me erections


If that lasts more than 4 should probably go see a doctor. Did you get to keep your old doctor?

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 00:22 | 4942250 NOZZLE
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We thought you watching the Obama ovulate while you pretend to work out video did that.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 00:50 | 4942289 OldPhart
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What did YOU CALL ME!?

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 00:56 | 4942300 bunzbunzbunz
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Thu, 07/10/2014 - 07:21 | 4942569 sessinpo
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bunzbunzbunz   This article brought to you by old farts who don't undertand technology, change, or progress. Get angry at something. Bitch about something. Another distraction. The dollar is getting replaced by bitcoin. Get some free at


What is the value of something free? Zero

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 00:31 | 4942265 Government need...
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The wacist whambulance is here, seeking to censor speech and thought.  When it all blows up, I'll be hunting these people down.  I hope they taste like chicken.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 04:47 | 4942459 Dublinmick
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You know zirp, your eyes are kinda close together.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 05:35 | 4942478 Frankie Carbone
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Invented concept, a true logical fallacy, invented for the useful idiots, like you, to mutter mindlessly like a macro being executed in cache memory, and to be triggered reflexively when anyone mentions the word "nazi" and America in the same phrase. 

Pavlov is the media. You are the dog, and your muttering of this phrase is the salivation. 

Useful idiot indeed. 

Do you know what the nastiest, worst posture that another human being can have towards you? It's not anger, it's not even disgust. It's contempt. When I think of contempt, the concept of "useless eater", or "human cockroach" comes to mind. It means that your existence, in my world, only matters in that you are mindless, dronelike, and thought controlled. Which makes you dangerous, in that you are needlessly consuming the remaining precious resources of my world, and worse, most likely breeding. 

I am contemptous of you. 

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 00:30 | 4942260 Surging Chaos
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"Papers, please" will really rear its ugly head when the US border patrol will be instructed to stop people from leaving the country rather than keep them from entering.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 05:42 | 4942487 Welder
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It's happened in my country for 45 years. People were shot if they were trying to cross the border. Unfortunately there are more similarities. DHS and Chertoff remind me of the dreaded "Securitatea Statului", STASI in East Germany or AVH in Hungary. I bet you 10 dollars that there are family connections between the founders and leaders of those secret police organizations and the key men (and women) in DHS. In fact, the Hungarian uprising in 1956 began as an anti-Jewish uprising.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 10:32 | 4943164 TuPhat
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Actually, the border patrol doesn't keep them from entering that's just part of their job to pretend that they do.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 16:46 | 4944881 IdiocracyIsAlre...
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That is exactly my reply to the many morons I encounter saying "we need to build a (bigger) fence"  Fences can be used as much to keep people in as out.  Think of a dog - only now you are the dog and you won't be roaming on your own any more.  It unfortunately doesn't register to the average 'murican, though.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 22:31 | 4941938 Hugh G Rection
Wed, 07/09/2014 - 22:33 | 4941949 Zirpedge
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No I am not clicking that link. You racist little devil. Hate monger reported!

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 22:35 | 4941965 Hugh G Rection
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Oy Vey! It's a reportacaust!

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 22:41 | 4941988 Zirpedge
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There is no way to use the suffix -caust in any way that is not disrespectful to the real deal. REPORTED!

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 22:49 | 4942012 Hugh G Rection
Wed, 07/09/2014 - 23:31 | 4942135 nailgunnin4you
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There is no way to use the suffix -caust in any way that is not disrespectful to the real deal. REPORTED!

are you real? holocaust wasn't even real in the first place

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 23:45 | 4942177 bunzbunzbunz
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:) youre so cool. You think in a way that is different that most people. You must be so smart. Congrats bro.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 00:06 | 4942226 TheFourthStooge-ing
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There is no way to use the suffix -caust in any way that is not disrespectful to the real deal. REPORTED!

Clealy your neo-grammarian histrionics are anti-semantic. I hace reprorted you to the UGAA (Usenet Global Administration Authority) for your rascism on the world wideweb.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 00:18 | 4942236 Hugh G Rection
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I'm a self avowed anti-Semenic.

Worst ski resort in Romania.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 05:47 | 4942493 Welder
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:)) Try Bansko, in Bulgaria. It's awesome.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 00:55 | 4942298 OldPhart
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Member for
13 weeks 2 days

Have you read any other articles, and the associated comments, prior to getting your panties in a knot?  You're on Zero Hedge, articles and comments may be found offensive...get over it, twat waffle.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 02:07 | 4942393 paddyirishman
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fuck off you hasbara troll

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 09:26 | 4942913 jimmytorpedo
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I think zirpedge is trying to do a PC MDB.

He is kind of funny, no?

Who does he think he is reporting to?

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 09:40 | 4942970 BigJim
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 There is no way to use the suffix -caust in any way that is not disrespectful to the real deal. REPORTED!


Methinks Zirpedge is having a laugh. No one would seriously cry 'I'm telling on you!' on Zerohedge would they?

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 22:37 | 4941974 w1LE.e
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"If LA were Baghdad, we'd be Iraqi"

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 23:58 | 4942210 F0ster
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"We are all Palestinians now"

This is so true. We the Gentiles and non zionists must stop our Zionist overlords. They have surreptitiously taken over and destroyed 'America'. True Americans are at war with the Zionist regime.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 01:22 | 4942340 Hugh G Rection
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All we can do is try to spread the word. I have spoken with my County Sheriff and presented him with evidence about 9/11 and DHS.  He was more receptive than I expected.  Network and get the word out locally...If you live in a large metro, Zio owned city...move.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 15:07 | 4944493 Demonoid
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My guess is he put a transcript of the whole convo in a dossier and forwarded it to DHS, thus moving his department up four places on the grant priority list.



Wed, 07/09/2014 - 22:35 | 4941955 ebworthen
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Feudal kleptoligarchy.

If you obey, you have nothing to fear.

Safety is freedom.



Wed, 07/09/2014 - 23:18 | 4942095 Otto Zitte
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Yeah, clap those chains on yourselves, you stupid cattle.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 22:34 | 4941956 nostromo17
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Fascist Police State isn't it? Not to worry, they try to squeeze all the gun owning Americans and innovative types able to make simple explosives and gasoline, they will all be toast, but not quite as pretty.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 13:29 | 4944072 XitSam
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I'm starting to think they will leave gun control basically alone and just ratchet up all other tyranny.  There's decades of history showing Americans won't take action with a gradual down slope.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 22:34 | 4941957 nostromo17
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Fascist Police State isn't it? Not to worry, they try to squeeze all the gun owning Americans and innovative types able to make simple explosives and gasoline, they will all be toast, but not quite as pretty.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 22:34 | 4941962 kchrisc
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“The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for himself…Almost inevitably, he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, and intolerable.”—H.L. Mencken, American journalist"

It is almost like Mencken was my daddy or something, as he knows me so well.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 13:32 | 4944077 XitSam
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The most dangerous man is the one with nothing left to lose.  --Joe Stack

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 22:35 | 4941964 Zirpedge
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Government is here to serve the poople. All this anti-government busniess is negative and distracting.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 22:46 | 4942002 TeamDepends
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Zirpe, if you report to the border, Sheila Jackson Lee will hand you a lollipop.  Will you shut up then?

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 23:18 | 4942096 americanreality
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Why don't you go jump in front of a bus.  

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 23:28 | 4942121 TeamDepends
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This is, perhaps, the greatest post,.......  okay, we're going to say it, that has "appeared" EVER, in the history of  Huffington Post.  Lithium scholar....

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 00:11 | 4942231 bunzbunzbunz
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Right, because your rhetoric was deserved of so much respect. We should all worship your glorious thought formations. GLOW ON YOU MAGNIFICENT LIGHT OF JUSTICE. Please keeping talking about borders. That harbors so much intelligent thought. You probably know everthing about immigration, so I thourHOLY respect you.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 00:22 | 4942248 TeamDepends
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Landmines!!!!  If you junk him he gets an erection!  Tyler, what is happening to this site?  Ah yes, we are all just trying to enjoy the final moments.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 07:27 | 4942587 DaddyO
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Careful, everytime I point out the degradation, I get junked to hell.

The very thing that brought and kept me here is being degraded.

The articles, the sharp investigative edge of Tyler Durden is gone.


Wed, 07/09/2014 - 23:38 | 4942158 motorollin
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Wow, a member for 13 weeks. Couldn't possibly be a troll account...

Fuck off. If you truly signed up to this site to post comments like that, you're a blind fuckin idiot.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 00:12 | 4942228 bunzbunzbunz
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...........its irony you fucking idiot. You are so caught up in your own bullshit, you can't tell when people are being sarcastic or ironic. You have no individual thought. You are a trained monkey.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 00:36 | 4942275 Government need...
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A more truthful statement would be 'I am a trained monkey.' Stop the shilliness, and maybe see if you can get a G-12 status with a pissant car and 9-5 hours.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 23:42 | 4942174 WillyGroper
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They're serving poople alright!


Wed, 07/09/2014 - 23:46 | 4942180 bunzbunzbunz
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I like the downvotes here. The mentally handicapped zealots that use this website are too slow to tell you are being ironic.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 23:55 | 4942205 nailgunnin4you
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Government is here to serve the poople. All this anti-government busniess is negative and distracting.

Agreed. Quiet down slaves
Thu, 07/10/2014 - 02:47 | 4942413 smacker
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"Government is here to serve the poople."


Thu, 07/10/2014 - 05:18 | 4942474 Memedada
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That is true – you just have to be a little more precise in your definition of ‘the people’. I’m convinced (otherwise would indicate some kind of brain damage or other mental illness – unless, of course, you’re either a hired propagandist or a sheeple who got lost on the internet) that you’re referring to:

“The people” = “The oligarchy”/”Owning class”

More importantly. There is no government (that would imply that ‘governing’ was taking place). The so called ‘government’ have long past been usurped by the financial institutions = they should rightly be called ‘the government’ since it’s them who governs…


Thu, 07/10/2014 - 07:08 | 4942547 aleph_0
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Yes, yes. Here is as fixed to there as curves which converge to irrelevancy.


Nothing like a distraction to service group think brain inversions.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 22:41 | 4941983 atomicwasted
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The same could have been written in 2006.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 23:10 | 4942077 Shizzmoney
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Or 1996.  Or 1986.  Or 1976.  Or 1966.

This shit has really been going on for years; it's just the tenticles are longer now.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 23:19 | 4942097 OpenThePodBayDoorHAL
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I'm a former 'Murkan who lived there 40 years, you guys have no idea just how much of a police state it is until you leave for another 1st world country. Bummfock Ohio has it's own SWAT team, random stops, border stops hundreds of miles from thje border...let alone the TSA...the local cops reading your text messages...arrested just for "resisting" when they can't even find a crime you were supposed to be doing in the first's a crying crying shame

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 23:33 | 4942147 Hugh G Rection
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If you live in a smallish city/rural area and contribute to the Sheriff's campaign it helps.  Being white helps also.

but ya, it's fucked.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 23:49 | 4942187 bunzbunzbunz
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.........................So what country did you move to? And how is it different? And why is it that I have lived in cities over 300,000 population my entire life and have never been stopped by the police except when I was speeding by 20 MPH at night?

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 22:43 | 4941991 Groundhog Day
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like the truman show...everybody wants to does it end

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 22:48 | 4942009 SillySalesmanQu...
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This means that most ZH'ers must have DNA from Mencken.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 23:04 | 4942059 Greenskeeper_Carl
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Are you saying this guy banged my grandma or something? I d kick his ass!!!

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 22:51 | 4942020 zorbathefreak
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Serf's up, brah!

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 01:33 | 4942355 OldPhart
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Serf's, UP!  Get your ass to work.


Wed, 07/09/2014 - 22:59 | 4942034 WhackoWarner
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Come on.

Let's quit being all clever here. Time has come.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 22:59 | 4942041 ramacers
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it all spells (the need for ) BLOOD,  which "the folks" still can't (and maybe never will) get their heads around.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 22:59 | 4942044 A Lunatic
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Somebody should do something about all of this........

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 23:40 | 4942168 AdvancingTime
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When it comes to interesting comments on how society is changing. In mid July of 2008 an article by James Grant appeared in the Wall Street Journal titled "Why No Outrage?". In the article Grant writes about how the turmoil and problems in the financial sector would in the past created a huge outpouring of anger from the public.

Now it seems that we are numb and powerless to respond, words like stupid and lazy come to mind. Silent and safe within the the huddled mass it is more comfortable to move with the crowd. More on this subject in the article below.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 01:16 | 4942335 potato
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Everyone is too busy fvcking around on Facebook, reading celebrity tweets, and commuting from one part time job to another to even entertain the notion that there is more insight to current events than CNN and the 10 o'clock news.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 16:19 | 4944813 r0mulus
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There is a very important psychological concept called "learned helplessness". Marty Seligmann came up with it. I believe it is at least part of the national media brainwashing equation that either keeps people distracted, afraid to do something, or unable to formulate a response. I have to believe the rise of the "Nanny State" is directly in line with this objective: keep people dependent on government so that they have no practical experience doing these things for themselves. The bottom of US society is severely lacking in "institutional knowledge"...

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 23:45 | 4942178 toady
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Somebody please!

Think of the children!

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 23:06 | 4942067 hooligan2009
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i wonder if there will be a similar speech post any new revolutionary war,remember this anyone?

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.


But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 00:18 | 4942238 Thought Processor
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It could be argued that the US Gov. / FED has been waging a civil war (911 anyone) for some time now.


And the other side is finally waking up to this fact, albeit slowly.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 04:29 | 4942451 Bazza McKenzie
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That fine speech was of course given by the president who over-rode states' constitutional right to secede, in order to build the power of a centralised government.  Like most politicians, his behavior was totally at variance to his words.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 05:10 | 4942472 22winmag
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Thank you sir. May I have another?

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 23:09 | 4942073 Shizzmoney
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Orwell and Huxley predicted this correctly, but they missed out on one key part; they thought that people would accept it because the tech would be so daunting and above the rim that they, in an evolutionary sense, would be forced to comply.

What is insidious about that's police state tech, especially surveilliance, is the fact that it is touted as a highly profitable and growing BUSINESS model.  Any industry that is subsidized by government will always be the focus of corporate raiders; that cash will be gotten AT ANY COST.  Including eliminating human rights.  Think THX1183, not 1984 (at least they gave you shitty beer.  Robert Duvall character had EVERY part of his life controlled by the corporate governance).

We are in a capitalist world however, and anything that makes money is considered virtious and good by the masses, even those who are "religious" (despite not knowing what the sin of usury is all about).   .

Profit at ANY Cost *is* the Golden Calf.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 05:10 | 4942464 22winmag
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Don't even get me started on the whole "we can't win because they have advanced technology, smart-weapons, and so on" line.

Just about any tech can be hijacked, hacked, circumvented, or simply shot full of holes.

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 23:21 | 4942103 delacroix
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up arrow for the reference, but that's thx1138

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 23:26 | 4942117 BOPOH
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In america you guys have never had even these basic rights:

-run national referendum

-vote for "non of the above"

You guys became irrelevant

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 23:38 | 4942156 AdvancingTime
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Thanks to information leaked by  Edward Snowden we know the "black budget" last year was a massive 52 billion dollars. This is the money used in "secret" spy operations, and it is enough to send shivers down the back of those that cherish privacy.

This is beginning to look like the society we have read about the totalitarian society of Oceania described in George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. In Orwell's novel, all citizens of Oceania are monitored by cameras and are fed fabricated news stories by the government. More on this subject in the article below.


Thu, 07/10/2014 - 00:22 | 4942249 Thought Processor
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The secret Gov. long ago superseded the 'public' Gov.



Thu, 07/10/2014 - 01:28 | 4942346 OldPhart
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Try reading the fuckin' book instead of posting links.

It was required reading when I was in ninth grade.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 00:00 | 4942216 tlnzz
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The end is near. One way or the other. An attempt at gun confiscation will light a fuse that will not be extinguished until one side prevails unequivocally.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 00:41 | 4942280 Government need...
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Lining roadways with staked heads has been an effective deterrant for thousands of years.  May it soon come to pass that 'former tyrants' receive the reward they so richly deserve.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 01:29 | 4942350 OldPhart
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Our roads are now lined with street lights.  Rope is still relatively cheap. And the deterrent factor is just as effective.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 04:51 | 4942461 22winmag
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I read somewhere that the mere use of Roman roads by non-citizens was punishable by the aforementioned penalty.


Look how far we've fallen. Non-citizens who use American roads and drunkenly run over citizens are treated with full legal rights.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 04:39 | 4942457 22winmag
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My money is on the citizens. Wanna bet?

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 00:44 | 4942284 European American
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Armed Citizens and a Fascist Police State cannot coexist.


Well, we're pushing that envelope in America.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 01:06 | 4942319 potato
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Armed is not enough. People need to train regularly. Too many pussies think being armed is sufficient. WE ALL NEED TO TRAIN and make personal connections with prepared, like-minded people.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 05:13 | 4942471 22winmag
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Armed with ideas or guns? Stalin said the fomer was more dangerous than the latter.


Like I've been saying for years... "Never in the brief history of facist police states have has the citizenry been so well armed or well informed."

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 00:52 | 4942293 Never One Roach
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<< How is it that a government capable of locking down roads, open seas, and air routes is unable to prevent tens of thousands of women and children from crossing into the U.S. illegally? >>


The essence of the article.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 16:23 | 4944823 r0mulus
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Obviously, if it can, but isn't, then it doesn't want to.

Cheap labor is always in demand. Why should things in the USA be any different?

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 01:04 | 4942310 potato
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We can expose and revile the war crimes of the Israeli state without blaming "the Jews." There is nothing wrong with racism, but it is inaccurate to blame the Jews. Yes, they look weird and smell, but blaming "the Jews" is another elitist tactic to divide us. The true enemy are the elitists. Let's not lose sight of that.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 03:06 | 4942421 jaxville
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And what do the vast majority of elitists have in common? Don't be disingenuous.


Thu, 07/10/2014 - 04:37 | 4942456 22winmag
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They've ditched their Jewish names for friendly-sounding Anglo names? Just a guess...

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 04:57 | 4942465 Dublinmick
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But the elitists look weird and smell also.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 01:12 | 4942327 potato
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Much more effective than stockpiling food and weapons, exposing people to the truth and promoting critical thinking through effective argumentation should be a part of daily life for us. If you can convert just one person every week to see the truth, and each of those do the same, in half a year there will be 60 million people thinking and voting the same way.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 01:31 | 4942351 OldPhart
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I've given up on 'converting'.  Most just look at you with slack jaws and drool.    You're lucky if it's only peanuts they throw at you.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 07:30 | 4942594 shovelhead
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If you could do that you'd be making a fortune in AMWAY.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 01:57 | 4942384 fishwharf
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The last time I flew TSA goons confiscated my toothpaste and mouthwash because they were not "travel size."  They can kiss my ass.  I'm getting ready to go on a trip that takes three hours by plane and 49 hours by train.  I'm taking the train.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 02:03 | 4942389 enloe creek
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why should I as an average asshole with a job house and family feel the need to battle for some ideal reformation. no one cares anymore it's just over there is no going back you know. the future is not going to be so great if you have anarchy for a few years it will just result in a different system of repression. better to plan to avoid trouble rather than stir up shit

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 03:22 | 4942427 jaxville
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 You will feel the need when you loose your job, your unemployment benefits for one month buy a little more than a roll of toilet paper, you wife is arrested and taken to an internment camp for telling an antisemetic joke, Gov't goons kick in your door and search (loot) your home with neither warrant nor reason......


  Enjoy things as they are while you can because a cognitive dissonance causing event will occur in your life in the not too distant future.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 07:33 | 4942603 shovelhead
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My welcome mat covers a punji stake pit.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 12:23 | 4943700 optimator
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....And find out your money has lost half its value -- oops, already happened.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 05:03 | 4942469 william114085
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best article I've ever read on ZH.  Bravo.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 05:04 | 4942470 22winmag
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"The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers"

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 05:24 | 4942476 PhilofOz
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US Government = ZOG Organized Crime Syndicate .... just one of many on the planet now, but certainly the biggest.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 05:48 | 4942495 Magooo
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Here's the thing.   


America was built on the backs of the countries from which it installed dictatorships - overthrew democracies --- and stole the resources.


And Americans were more than happy to go along with that - because that meant they could live large.


Few if any stood up and said 'hey - fuck this shit - I am living large at the expense of the world - on the backs of people who live under despots because of America'


Nope - not a fucking peep.   You embraced the beast - so long as the beast delivered.


And guess what - now the beast can no longer deliver because it's sucked the world dry - guess what?


Yep - the beast is looking at you and licking its chops.  


That is what happens when you do a deal with the devil - he'll go along with it while it suits him - but eventually he will turn on you - because he is not your buddy, he is a voracious, murderous, monstrosity.


And like he has chewed up and spit out much of the world - he will do the EXACT same thing to you.


USA! USA! USA!  >>>>  guess what ---  you been cheering for the devil all along --- and now you he's lining up against you --- and you are about to find out what it's like to live in Gaza.

Boot to neck.



Thu, 07/10/2014 - 07:36 | 4942616 shovelhead
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Living in Gaza?

Dude, we were wearing shiny polyester shirts back in the 70's.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 06:09 | 4942504 NuYawkFrankie
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re The U.S. is following the Nazi blueprint to a “t,” ...Indeed, just about every nefarious deed, tactic or thuggish policy advanced by the government today can be traced back to the DHS


Ch dear - why do I keep on seeing this same mistake????

The US is following not the Nazi but the BOLSHEVIK blueprint.

Look no futher than DHS creator, scumbag Chertoff  - the spawn of Soviet Zio Bolsheviks as well as (as his name traslates in Russian) the "spawn of Satan".

Thats why he brought in his best buddy Marcus Wolf - the former  Head of the E. German STASI - to set up the blueprint for the USSA gulag.

Its in the blood.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 06:21 | 4942514 Welder
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Vote up ! Best comment on this thread !

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 12:41 | 4943784 TeethVillage88s
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Stasi is what I came up with years ago.

Stasi did come after the Nazis fell. Stasi is under the USSR.

Okay, Bolsheviks became the communist party and "Majority of One", they represented the workers. The Bolshevik party was started by Vladimir Lenin and Bogdanov.

Usually the Intellectuals are controlling peasants and workers in any government(Bolsheviks).


Leon Trotsky was born Lev Davidovich Bronshtein the fifth child of eight of well-to-do Jewish farmers. Attended German School in Odessa. During periods of exile and imprisonment, he gradually became a Marxist. Instead of pursuing a mathematics degree, Trotsky helped organize the South Russian Workers' Union in Nikolayev in early 1897.

Julius Martov or L. Martov real name Yuliy Osipovich Tsederbaum a Russian politician, leader of Mensheviks, born to a Jewish middle-class family in Constantinople

Georgi Valentinovich Plekhanov a founding father of Russian Marxism and a philosophical thinker. Georgi's father, Valentin Plekhanov, was a member of the hereditary nobility of Tatar ethnic heritage.

Fyodor Ilyich Dan, one of the founding leaders of Menshevism. Fyodor Dan was born to a Jewish family in St. Petersburg. His original surname was Gurvitch. in 1915 when he agreed to serve in the Army as a surgeon.

Irakli (Kaki) Tsereteli, a Georgian politician, one of the leaders of the Russian Social-Democratic Labour Party and later the Georgian Mensheviks.

Irakli Tsereteli, born in western Georgia, in the family of a radical writer Giorgi Tsereteli, of the noble family of Tsereteli, and Olympiada Nikoladze, sister of the journalist Niko Nikoladze. He studied law at Moscow University

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin; born Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, Lenin's father, Ilya Nikolayevich Ulyanov, came from a serf background but had studied physics and maths, Lenin's mother, Maria was the daughter of a Russian Jewish physician

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 07:22 | 4942572 shovelhead
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You want some Dystopian literature?

The Queen Mum gives me the horn.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 07:40 | 4942628 orangegeek
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too much doom and gloom this early in the morning


the US system is well designed and contains communists like Barry


enforcement of the US system is in question right now, but Barry has enemies and they are quite happy to smack Barry over the head, even if it's just for fun

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 08:00 | 4942670 papaswamp
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The ONLY reason all of the above is occurring .... Complacency of the people. We the people failed to maintain the government. We continue with our 2 party nightmare that seeks to divide the sheeple over petty things. Probably the greatest scam ever pulled upon a people.
We have failed to follow the guidance, words and warnings laid forth by the founders.

Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. -B.F.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 08:28 | 4942726 AdvancingTime
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Big money is being made by looking under every bed for a terrorist. To the horror of the White House many Americans have come to view Snowden as more  of a whistle-blower rather then as a traitor. Interestingly a gender gap emerges on how people see the government’s anti-terrorism programs with men being more inclined to think the government has gone to far, it also seems that younger voters, those in their twenties are appalled by the intrusions into our privacy.

Will terrorists kill innocent civilians in the years to come? Of course. They did so more than 100 years ago, when they were called anarchists—and a responsible nation-state must take reasonable measures to protect its citizens. But there is no way to completely eliminate terrorism.The challenge that confronts us is how we will live with that threat. We have created an economy of fear, an industry of fear, a national psychology of fear. Al Qaeda could never have achieved that on its own. We have inflicted it on ourselves. More on this subject in the article below.


Thu, 07/10/2014 - 08:42 | 4942763 messymerry
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Whistleblower?  BS!  He's a gorram hero.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 10:36 | 4943171 Pee Wee
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Americans "truthful?"  Is this some kind of joke?

There are no Americans left - look at Congress for hell's sake!

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 11:54 | 4943556 TeethVillage88s
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"..traced back to the DHS, its police state mindset, and the billions of dollars it distributes to police agencies in the form of grants." From #8 above.

I saw some of these Grants under the Federal Government Data base for Domestic Assistance Programs.

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