Obama's Final Loophole: The "Catastrophic Emergency" Clause?

Tyler Durden's picture

Politico's Ben White has pointed out something interesting, namely that while the 14th Amendment may or may not be practical under the current situation (especially not without a full blown constitutional crisis), one potential loophole that Obama may have comes from none other than former president Bush, in the form of the Homeland Security Presidential Directive-20, one which deals with such trivia as "Catastrophic Emergency", "Continuity of Government", "Continuity of Operations", and lastly, and perhaps somewhat ironically, "Enduring Constitutional Government." Considering the amount of doom and gloom spun by the government is bigger than anything seen even under Hank Paulson, could this "crisis" be interpreted by the constitutional scholar as one that merits the invocation of Homeland Security privileges? Is America's maxing out its credit card comparable to a nuclear or terrorist attack on the continent? We may find out in less than 48 hours.

So, for your reading pleasure, here is National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive 51/20



Subject: National Continuity Policy


(1) This directive establishes a comprehensive national policy on the continuity of Federal Government structures and operations and a single National Continuity Coordinator responsible for coordinating the development and implementation of Federal continuity policies. This policy establishes "National Essential Functions," prescribes continuity requirements for all executive departments and agencies, and provides guidance for State, local, territorial, and tribal governments, and private sector organizations in order to ensure a comprehensive and integrated national continuity program that will enhance the credibility of our national security posture and enable a more rapid and effective response to and recovery from a national emergency.


(2) In this directive:

    (a) "Category" refers to the categories of executive departments and agencies listed in Annex A to this directive;

    (b) "Catastrophic Emergency" means any incident, regardless of location, that results in extraordinary levels of mass casualties, damage, or disruption severely affecting the U.S. population, infrastructure, environment, economy, or government functions;

    (c) "Continuity of Government," or "COG," means a coordinated effort within the Federal Government's executive branch to ensure that National Essential Functions continue to be performed during a Catastrophic Emergency;

    (d) "Continuity of Operations," or "COOP," means an effort within individual executive departments and agencies to ensure that Primary Mission-Essential Functions continue to be performed during a wide range of emergencies, including localized acts of nature, accidents, and technological or attack-related emergencies;

    (e) "Enduring Constitutional Government," or "ECG," means a cooperative effort among the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the Federal Government, coordinated by the President, as a matter of comity with respect to the legislative and judicial branches and with proper respect for the constitutional separation of powers among the branches, to preserve the constitutional framework under which the Nation is governed and the capability of all three branches of government to execute constitutional responsibilities and provide for orderly succession, appropriate transition of leadership, and interoperability and support of the National Essential Functions during a catastrophic emergency;

    (f) "Executive Departments and Agencies" means the executive departments enumerated in 5 U.S.C. 101, independent establishments as defined by 5 U.S.C. 104(1), Government corporations as defined by 5 U.S.C. 103(1), and the United States Postal Service;

    (g) "Government Functions" means the collective functions of the heads of executive departments and agencies as defined by statute, regulation, presidential direction, or other legal authority, and the functions of the legislative and judicial branches;

    (h) "National Essential Functions," or "NEFs," means that subset of Government Functions that are necessary to lead and sustain the Nation during a catastrophic emergency and that, therefore, must be supported through COOP and COG capabilities; and

    (i) "Primary Mission Essential Functions," or "PMEFs," means those Government Functions that must be performed in order to support or implement the performance of NEFs before, during, and in the aftermath of an emergency.


(3) It is the policy of the United States to maintain a comprehensive and effective continuity capability composed of Continuity of Operations and Continuity of Government programs in order to ensure the preservation of our form of government under the Constitution and the continuing performance of National Essential Functions under all conditions.

Implementation Actions

(4) Continuity requirements shall be incorporated into daily operations of all executive departments and agencies. As a result of the asymmetric threat environment, adequate warning of potential emergencies that could pose a significant risk to the homeland might not be available, and therefore all continuity planning shall be based on the assumption that no such warning will be received. Emphasis will be placed upon geographic dispersion of leadership, staff, and infrastructure in order to increase survivability and maintain uninterrupted Government Functions. Risk management principles shall be applied to ensure that appropriate operational readiness decisions are based on the probability of an attack or other incident and its consequences.

(5) The following NEFs are the foundation for all continuity programs and capabilities and represent the overarching responsibilities of the Federal Government to lead and sustain the Nation during a crisis, and therefore sustaining the following NEFs shall be the primary focus of the Federal Government leadership during and in the aftermath of an emergency that adversely affects the performance of Government Functions:

    (a) Ensuring the continued functioning of our form of government under the Constitution, including the functioning of the three separate branches of government;

    (b) Providing leadership visible to the Nation and the world and maintaining the trust and confidence of the American people;

    (c) Defending the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and preventing or interdicting attacks against the United States or its people, property, or interests;

    (d) Maintaining and fostering effective relationships with foreign nations;

    (e) Protecting against threats to the homeland and bringing to justice perpetrators of crimes or attacks against the United States or its people, property, or interests;

    (f) Providing rapid and effective response to and recovery from the domestic consequences of an attack or other incident;

    (g) Protecting and stabilizing the Nation's economy and ensuring public confidence in its financial systems; and

    (h) Providing for critical Federal Government services that address the national health, safety, and welfare needs of the United States.

(6) The President shall lead the activities of the Federal Government for ensuring constitutional government. In order to advise and assist the President in that function, the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism (APHS/CT) is hereby designated as the National Continuity Coordinator. The National Continuity Coordinator, in coordination with the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (APNSA), without exercising directive authority, shall coordinate the development and implementation of continuity policy for executive departments and agencies. The Continuity Policy Coordination Committee (CPCC), chaired by a Senior Director from the Homeland Security Council staff, designated by the National Continuity Coordinator, shall be the main day-to-day forum for such policy coordination.

(7) For continuity purposes, each executive department and agency is assigned to a category in accordance with the nature and characteristics of its national security roles and responsibilities in support of the Federal Government's ability to sustain the NEFs. The Secretary of Homeland Security shall serve as the President's lead agent for coordinating overall continuity operations and activities of executive departments and agencies, and in such role shall perform the responsibilities set forth for the Secretary in sections 10 and 16 of this directive.

(8) The National Continuity Coordinator, in consultation with the heads of appropriate executive departments and agencies, will lead the development of a National Continuity Implementation Plan (Plan), which shall include prioritized goals and objectives, a concept of operations, performance metrics by which to measure continuity readiness, procedures for continuity and incident management activities, and clear direction to executive department and agency continuity coordinators, as well as guidance to promote interoperability of Federal Government continuity programs and procedures with State, local, territorial, and tribal governments, and private sector owners and operators of critical infrastructure, as appropriate. The Plan shall be submitted to the President for approval not later than 90 days after the date of this directive.

(9) Recognizing that each branch of the Federal Government is responsible for its own continuity programs, an official designated by the Chief of Staff to the President shall ensure that the executive branch's COOP and COG policies in support of ECG efforts are appropriately coordinated with those of the legislative and judicial branches in order to ensure interoperability and allocate national assets efficiently to maintain a functioning Federal Government.

(10) Federal Government COOP, COG, and ECG plans and operations shall be appropriately integrated with the emergency plans and capabilities of State, local, territorial, and tribal governments, and private sector owners and operators of critical infrastructure, as appropriate, in order to promote interoperability and to prevent redundancies and conflicting lines of authority. The Secretary of Homeland Security shall coordinate the integration of Federal continuity plans and operations with State, local, territorial, and tribal governments, and private sector owners and operators of critical infrastructure, as appropriate, in order to provide for the delivery of essential services during an emergency.

(11) Continuity requirements for the Executive Office of the President (EOP) and executive departments and agencies shall include the following:

    (a) The continuation of the performance of PMEFs during any emergency must be for a period up to 30 days or until normal operations can be resumed, and the capability to be fully operational at alternate sites as soon as possible after the occurrence of an emergency, but not later than 12 hours after COOP activation;

    (b) Succession orders and pre-planned devolution of authorities that ensure the emergency delegation of authority must be planned and documented in advance in accordance with applicable law;

    (c) Vital resources, facilities, and records must be safeguarded, and official access to them must be provided;

    (d) Provision must be made for the acquisition of the resources necessary for continuity operations on an emergency basis;

    (e) Provision must be made for the availability and redundancy of critical communications capabilities at alternate sites in order to support connectivity between and among key government leadership, internal elements, other executive departments and agencies, critical partners, and the public;

    (f) Provision must be made for reconstitution capabilities that allow for recovery from a catastrophic emergency and resumption of normal operations; and

    (g) Provision must be made for the identification, training, and preparedness of personnel capable of relocating to alternate facilities to support the continuation of the performance of PMEFs.

(12) In order to provide a coordinated response to escalating threat levels or actual emergencies, the Continuity of Government Readiness Conditions (COGCON) system establishes executive branch continuity program readiness levels, focusing on possible threats to the National Capital Region. The President will determine and issue the COGCON Level. Executive departments and agencies shall comply with the requirements and assigned responsibilities under the COGCON program. During COOP activation, executive departments and agencies shall report their readiness status to the Secretary of Homeland Security or the Secretary's designee.

(13) The Director of the Office of Management and Budget shall:

    (a) Conduct an annual assessment of executive department and agency continuity funding requests and performance data that are submitted by executive departments and agencies as part of the annual budget request process, in order to monitor progress in the implementation of the Plan and the execution of continuity budgets;

    (b) In coordination with the National Continuity Coordinator, issue annual continuity planning guidance for the development of continuity budget requests; and

    (c) Ensure that heads of executive departments and agencies prioritize budget resources for continuity capabilities, consistent with this directive.

(14) The Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy shall:

    (a) Define and issue minimum requirements for continuity communications for executive departments and agencies, in consultation with the APHS/CT, the APNSA, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and the Chief of Staff to the President;

    (b) Establish requirements for, and monitor the development, implementation, and maintenance of, a comprehensive communications architecture to integrate continuity components, in consultation with the APHS/CT, the APNSA, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and the Chief of Staff to the President; and

    (c) Review quarterly and annual assessments of continuity communications capabilities, as prepared pursuant to section 16(d) of this directive or otherwise, and report the results and recommended remedial actions to the National Continuity Coordinator.

(15) An official designated by the Chief of Staff to the President shall:

    (a) Advise the President, the Chief of Staff to the President, the APHS/CT, and the APNSA on COGCON operational execution options; and

    (b) Consult with the Secretary of Homeland Security in order to ensure synchronization and integration of continuity activities among the four categories of executive departments and agencies.

(16) The Secretary of Homeland Security shall:

    (a) Coordinate the implementation, execution, and assessment of continuity operations and activities;

    (b) Develop and promulgate Federal Continuity Directives in order to establish continuity planning requirements for executive departments and agencies;

    (c) Conduct biennial assessments of individual department and agency continuity capabilities as prescribed by the Plan and report the results to the President through the APHS/CT;

    (d) Conduct quarterly and annual assessments of continuity communications capabilities in consultation with an official designated by the Chief of Staff to the President;

    (e) Develop, lead, and conduct a Federal continuity training and exercise program, which shall be incorporated into the National Exercise Program developed pursuant to Homeland Security Presidential Directive-8 of December 17, 2003 ("National Preparedness"), in consultation with an official designated by the Chief of Staff to the President;

    (f) Develop and promulgate continuity planning guidance to State, local, territorial, and tribal governments, and private sector critical infrastructure owners and operators;

    (g) Make available continuity planning and exercise funding, in the form of grants as provided by law, to State, local, territorial, and tribal governments, and private sector critical infrastructure owners and operators; and

    (h) As Executive Agent of the National Communications System, develop, implement, and maintain a comprehensive continuity communications architecture.

(17) The Director of National Intelligence, in coordination with the Attorney General and the Secretary of Homeland Security, shall produce a biennial assessment of the foreign and domestic threats to the Nation's continuity of government.

(18) The Secretary of Defense, in coordination with the Secretary of Homeland Security, shall provide secure, integrated, Continuity of Government communications to the President, the Vice President, and, at a minimum, Category I executive departments and agencies.

(19) Heads of executive departments and agencies shall execute their respective department or agency COOP plans in response to a localized emergency and shall:

    (a) Appoint a senior accountable official, at the Assistant Secretary level, as the Continuity Coordinator for the department or agency;

    (b) Identify and submit to the National Continuity Coordinator the list of PMEFs for the department or agency and develop continuity plans in support of the NEFs and the continuation of essential functions under all conditions;

    (c) Plan, program, and budget for continuity capabilities consistent with this directive;

    (d) Plan, conduct, and support annual tests and training, in consultation with the Secretary of Homeland Security, in order to evaluate program readiness and ensure adequacy and viability of continuity plans and communications systems; and

    (e) Support other continuity requirements, as assigned by category, in accordance with the nature and characteristics of its national security roles and responsibilities.

General Provisions

(20) This directive shall be implemented in a manner that is consistent with, and facilitates effective implementation of, provisions of the Constitution concerning succession to the Presidency or the exercise of its powers, and the Presidential Succession Act of 1947 (3 U.S.C. 19), with consultation of the Vice President and, as appropriate, others involved. Heads of executive departments and agencies shall ensure that appropriate support is available to the Vice President and others involved as necessary to be prepared at all times to implement those provisions.

(21) This directive:

    (a) Shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and the authorities of agencies, or heads of agencies, vested by law, and subject to the availability of appropriations;

    (b) Shall not be construed to impair or otherwise affect (i) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budget, administrative, and legislative proposals, or (ii) the authority of the Secretary of Defense over the Department of Defense, including the chain of command for military forces from the President, to the Secretary of Defense, to the commander of military forces, or military command and control procedures; and

    (c) Is not intended to, and does not, create any rights or benefits, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by a party against the United States, its agencies, instrumentalities, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

(22) Revocation. Presidential Decision Directive 67 of October 21, 1998 ("Enduring Constitutional Government and Continuity of Government Operations"), including all Annexes thereto, is hereby revoked.

(23) Annex A and the classified Continuity Annexes, attached hereto, are hereby incorporated into and made a part of this directive.

(24) Security. This directive and the information contained herein shall be protected from unauthorized disclosure, provided that, except for Annex A, the Annexes attached to this directive are classified and shall be accorded appropriate handling, consistent with applicable Executive Orders.


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narnia's picture

it would be as fast tracked as Obamacare.

tom a taxpayer's picture

Obama was talking about going to the 14th Hole, not the 14th Amendment.

Zero Govt's picture

yes let's not forget the Presidency is a 'figurative' post, or puppet for short. The Presidents main role is to wine, dine, play golf and attend the odd pre-approved Press questioning or deliver the odd pre-scripted speech. Obumma has surpassed even Bush in golf rounds played despite the historic seriousness of the recession (no hard work for slacker socialists)

what's remarkable for Obummas Presidency is Bush's Vice President Dick Cheny actually did some work.. Joe Biden does absolutely fuk all

So in addition to the 2 clowns at Treasury and The Fed, the US Govts 2 most senior posts are in effect 'filled' by two vacuums 

SilverIsKing's picture

You forgot to mention the esteemed and honorable Eric Holder. He has done so much since he's held the AG post. I'm just sure he has. Can anyone tell me cause I'm drawing a blank? Thanks.

trav7777's picture

Place Holder is there to ensure none of "my people" get prosecuted

StormShadow's picture

Project GunRunner? Fast and Furious?

Oh, wait, he knew nothing about those

slewie the pi-rat's picture

this is one of the countless thousands of pages that bush and the staff legal equivalent of fuking roberto gonZo-leZ (can you believe two z's?) cranked out as "signing bonuses for fascists" as part of his religious doctrine of the Unitary Executive aka Cheney's Law

now, prez0 has this "power" whick prezBummerooski added to the laws he signed

er, make that cheney, thru his puppet, the prezBummerooski

with his superhero powers, cheney could make tall builings fall

what "catastophic emergency"?????  the one about the militia?  i know of no other imaginable, at this point, constitutionally

i-dog's picture

As is referenced in "(22) Revocation", this is simply a re-statement by Bush of the "Continuity of Government" directive issued by Clinton in 1998 -- with some tightening. In fact, most of the provisions go back to Executive Orders signed by Kennedy in the early 1960's.

I can't see how any of these "Presidential Directives" or "Executive Orders" can be constitutional when they so obviously trample on the Bill of Rights.

slewie the pi-rat's picture

hey, i_dog! 


"cheney's law" is a term from 1987 when cheney was doing something-or-other for prezRaygun, before either bush he worked with/for were prezziez


  • "when it was revealed in 2005 that the Bush administration had been illegally spying on Americans, [Vice President Dick] Cheney responded: 'If you want to understand why this program is legal…go back and read my Iran-Contra report.' In that report — authored in 1987 — Cheney and aide David Addington defended President Reagan by claiming it was 'unconstitutional for Congress to pass laws intruding' on the 'commander in chief'."—Charlie Savage, October 2007.[1]

and here's the link, altho there are many and this is not the most "neutral" about this shit:

Unitary Executive Theory - SourceWatch

i don't disagree that this goes back a long ways, since it concerns article 2, i believe, of the constitution, and so on.  and yes, it is just bragging, really, except where "defense" is concerned, which explains cheney's fondness for this type of "doctrine" which totally ignores any sane limitation of goobermint powers under the very same law/constitution 

imagine that?

i-dog's picture

Thanks for that link, Stewie. Another piece of the jigsaw falls into place!

Cheney is a protege of Daddy Bush and the neocons (including Perle, Wolfowitz and Kissinger) that switched from the Democrats to the Republicans to assist Nixon's election in 1968. The neocons have been in every Democrat and Republican Administration ever since. Cheney is 17 years younger than Daddy Bush and Kissinger and was merely carrying the torch forward for them within the Republican party.

BTW, Executive Order 11051, signed by John F. Kennedy in 1962, "gives authorization to put ALL executive orders into effect in times deemed to be of increased international tension, economic crisis, and/or financial crisis".

EO 11051 was superceded by EO 12148, signed by Jimmy Carter in 1979, which established FEMA and defines all of its powers during those same circumstances.

So any time the president "deems" we are in a "financial crisis", he can effectively institute martial law. And he will, too ... when he is ready.

slewie the pi-rat's picture

again, i'm not arguing with you (even tho i think that is the 2nd time you have called me "Stewie"  L0L)

that is what i tried to approach in my first post (which i understand you did not respond to) with (Paste): "what "catastophic emergency"?????  the one about the militia?  i know of no other imaginable, at this point, constitutionally"

we can have no end of "predicting" all kinds of horrible things which can happen "legally"

now, if the debt ceiling isn't raised, it could be deemed a financial crisis and martial law could be declared, but prez0 is not ready yet, and so on

or, we could stop spending more than we collect, and selling iou's like they were funnel cakes at the state fair

they're really not funnel cakes!  they are IOU's.  really! 

so i'm so fuking thick, and near-dead,  that i actually think the real legal issues around the ginormous pile of stinking,  putrid,  exponentially-increasing debt right now are much more important and necessary to grasp than anything which might happen if some "opinion" deems we don't have enough debt so we need martial law

and if we don't ass-u-me that the system must devolve to some kind of widespread anarchy simply b/c we don't raise the damned debt limit,  we might be reaching a point where we can actually think more or less straight

i'm an eternal freaking optimist, tho

TSA Thug's picture

Ah Stewie. This place is great! No other site on the net presents itself with so many fine suspects.

Carry on. Fish in the barrel.

Don't worry I will remove dirty sox and underwear from your luggage for your constitutional DNA profile.


--You WILL Obey!

i-dog's picture

My humble apologies for the "Stewie", Slewie! And I didn't intend to argue with you, nor take it that you were arguing with me. LOL.

That "Cheney Doctrine" is totally in keeping with the various Administrations passing unconstitutional Executive Orders all the way back to FDR, or even earlier. They only started publishing them in 1907 ... prior to that they were "secret", though primarily intended as a means of relaying the Administration's policies to the few Federal Departments. The constitutionality of many of these Orders has often been questioned, but never settled ... as is usual in Washington.

IMO, there is no way that the Federal Government will - or can - limit their spending on the military, corporate subsidies, or social handouts. The only hope to save the Republic at this late stage is for a number of States to secede and for the whole country, or a good part of it, to wake up and fight the Federales -- town by town, county by county, and state by state. The county sheriffs and state attorneys general are the last line of defence against the ongoing federal takeover of every constitutional institution. A few county sheriffs are working on it but, without the support of at least a core of citizens, they are fighting an uphill battle.

IMO, the only way the country will devolve into some kind of anarchy is if:

1. The Federales fail in their takeover (otherwise they will introduce martial law nationwide and they are more than capable of achieving it); AND,

2. A secession movement fails and there are no longer any local law enforcement officers being paid to keep the local peace by local counties/communities raising local funds from local citizens. The 'Wild West' was not that wild (contrary to Hollywood propaganda) because local communities are very capable of quickly organising themselves to address their local concerns. A well-armed society is a very polite society.

What a fucking unconstitutional and inhuman mess DC is creating ... with less than a few percent of the population even noticing!

sangell's picture

It'd be one thing for the son of a former president to try it and quite another for a guy from Indonesia with only a quasi-legitimacy to push the bounds.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

True power springs not from the King himself but rather from the King's court. As long as The Big O serves the elite's agenda he will be supported. When he does not, well..................

Let's not kid ourselves any longer about where power lay here in the USA. It is no longer a Constitutional State and hasn't been one since at least 09-11-2001.............and most likely longer. I wrote about this in Nov of 2010.



redpill's picture

Every dictatorship is actually an oligarchy, not that much different than a "democracy" in which the leaders are always chosen from the same cadre of financial elites.

Long-John-Silver's picture

15-AUG-1971 was the date America lost it's real money. The 40th anniversary of that event is rapidly approaching and should be duly noted.

cosmictrainwreck's picture

duly noted; maybe we should alert some of those spin-doctors @ MSM

ISEEIT's picture

Yeah CD. You have invested much into this blog/site. I value what you have shared very much. Not even sure if I really am on the same page as you, but I do recognize you as an honest person who call's 'em like they see 'em. I respect that and appreciate your input.

Wouldn't it be nice if politics worked like that? Instead of youtube video wow'em, then plow 'em bullshit: What if we had real in your face government. Government like what happens in your family. People are actually responsible for something. Accountability?


Juan Wild's picture

When are we going see some more of your articles, CD? The dissonance has grown around here since you stopped writing. There will always be critics. Although I understand you before I read your articles it is still refreshing to hear your voice. It's an affirmation that there is indeed a hidden spring hidden beneath this parched and desolate landscape.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture


When are we going see some more of your articles, CD? The dissonance has grown around here since you stopped writing.

Where have you been? Three essays in the month of July with another ready to go Sunday or Monday, which will make it four. I wouldn't call that stopped.




Vic Vinegar's picture

If I read Juan Wild's sentiment correctly it is this:

it is still refreshing to hear your voice. It's an affirmation that there is indeed a hidden spring hidden beneath this parched and desolate landscape.

It's still good to have you in the comments section daily, however :-)

I hope for a day where me, Juan Wild, Cog Diss and Dick Cheney are dancing on edge of the Hollywood sign.  Maybe that day is never going to come :-(


Cognitive Dissonance's picture

I appreciate the kind words from everyone. I really do.

But I don't understand the word "still" as in......"It's still good to have you in the comments section daily, however :-)"......and......"it is still refreshing to hear your voice."

I am writing no less and no more essays than I have on average since I became a contributor over 21 months ago. And as you said I am in and all over the general comment section every day. And no other contributor other than Banzai7 can say that.

Vic Vinegar's picture

Good observations dude.  Have a nice night.

Juan Wild's picture

I think because there are more contributors I keep missing your articles along the top. I'll pay better attention from now on.

Hulk's picture

Dude, CD can only type 15wpm and therefore a week (60 hours) minimum between articles...

Cognitive Dissonance's picture


When I go back to correct the spelling, it drops to 4 wpm. I'm a terrible speller.

But seriously, I doubt many understand how much work goes into my essays. They are all carefully thought out and extensively modified until they read the way I want them to read. The average piece has 4 or 5 main versions and at least 5-7 revision in between each version. And I don't write short. Most contributors put up 1 to 3 pages at most. My shortest pieces are more than 10 pages and they average over 17 pages.

My total posted work on ZH is over 37 essays, which is equal to two books of over 300 pages each. And this doesn't cover nearly an equal amount of unpublished fiction and non fiction as well as other essays that are posted on other sites under different aliases. 

Hulk's picture

Actually, it is quite apparent how much work goes into those essays...

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

I wasn't including you in my "many" comment Hulk. Your comments and responses to my essays over the past year plus speak quite clearly.

Hulk's picture

Craftmanship always crosses my mind when I read your works, fine craftsmanship...


DoChenRollingBearing's picture

Cognitive Dissonance and FOFOA share a common characteristic in their writing:

A careful, at length explanation of their logic and reasoning in building their case.  Their works are not for everyone, both authors pretty much demand a careful reading or two.  If you can do that (read them carefully and absorb what they say), then all of us grasshoppers (shrimps) who go through the effort benefit from what they say.


+ $55,000 Hulk!


Serial greens above!  Does that make me a serial greenie?

Vic Vinegar's picture


You are smart dude.  Don't get too serious about this shit.


trav7777's picture

and you look at this like it's a virtue?

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Slow night for ya Trav? 

You just can't help being the asshole for very long, can ya? Something inside you just compels you to be insulting and flippant just so people will respond. Sort of like how you tie a pork chop around your neck so the dog will play with you.

Too funny and utterly transparent. Keep up the good work Trav. You make ZH special.  XOXO

TSA Thug's picture

"My total posted work on ZH is over 37 essays, which is equal to two books of over 300 pages each. And this doesn't cover nearly an equal amount of unpublished fiction and non fiction as well as other essays that are posted on other sites under different aliases."

Weird. Our profile for CogDis shows his self description "Financial Money Manager".

CD is a fulltime ZH suspect and we've traced him on at least 3 other subversive sites.

Malpractice? Or does he just trade tips from his Yahoo Finance friends.


--You WILL Obey!

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Forget all that.

All I want to know is when are you going to start groping me and will you promise not to stop?

SymforniX's picture

Things just aren't the same when you're an incorporated entity - and your 'shareholders' are unaware of that to which they pledge 'allegiance'...


The REAL united states of America is out there...

Edit: see here for an explanation http://dev.republicoftheunitedstates.org/what-is-the-republic/history/

ISEEIT's picture

They are scared as hell to pull the trigger. The plan was to wait until the currency collapse. This shit was not intended to happen until after B.O had secured its second term. The risk they perceive today is that if the trigger is pulled now, B.O. might not fulfill his mandate. If a true Conservative/Libertarian has control at collapse time, 50+ years of leftist maneuvering goes to waste (imagine that?).


Open the zoo & fuck you!

HungrySeagull's picture

I already pulled the trigger.

I own gold and silver. It matters not which way the markets go.

Now Government Confisication or other extreme orders? Well.... I would have a decision to make or it will be made for me.

Long-John-Silver's picture

The only thing this government will confiscate from me and my rebel friends will be bullets with ballistic velocity.  

HungrySeagull's picture

I feel the same way.

The real question is will our own Kin obey orders to march onto the towns and counties?

They did it before in '68 on the east coast.

indygo55's picture

Yup. Everybody I know has guns. And they have ammo too. And the last few weeks they ALL have gotten more guns, ammo, silver, gold, food and heaven knows what. Been at Walmart at 2 am and people are stocking up on canned foods and beans and all kinds of things. I like the beans myself, and all the other stuff too of course. But this is gonna be truely different. There's gonna be a real revolt because people are getting ready and they are pissed off. Ticking time bomb. That's my report from the street. I'm telling you and I'm telling everyone else. GET READY!

sschu's picture

They are scared as hell to pull the trigger.

I tend to agree, they were not expecting the "stalemate" we have now.  Politcally speaking, not sure how they reconcile without one side losing serious credibility.  And the next election.

It could get very dicey, long before they expected.


i-dog's picture

"This shit was not intended to happen until after B.O had secured its second term"

It was never intended for Obomber to secure a second term! It was not necessary. All of his election "promises" in 2008 were to ensure that he got elected, so that he could do exactly as he has done -- break every single one of them!

This is also what his role-model Lenin had done in Russia in 1917 to overthrow the Tsars and moderate Bolsheviks, and secure absolute rule by an oligarchy (Lenin never intended for the workers to have a say!) ... it's straight from the Marxist playbook of "whatever it takes; the ends justify the means". FYI, the Russian KGB knew back in 1990 that "Barack" was their communist plant and that he would become a future president (see here and listen to this interview).

I agree with you that they didn't intend for this to happen right now (and I still expect a "kick the can" compromise at this time) ... rather, they intended to bring on the final collapse later next year and cancel the 2012 election -- after the full force of the police state had been completely assembled (troops returned from the ME; more Mexican illegals recruited to the military, TSA and state police forces) and the citizens completely trained to submit (via DHS, TSA, ATF, State Police, VIPR, etc).