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From page A8 | December 17, 2012 | 46 Comments

I asked Daily Republic readers last week to please explain why 38 Republicans in the Senate voted down a United Nations treaty that would ban discrimination against people with disabilities.

There were no comments in response on the Daily Republic website, but I did receive one email that talked about the United States yielding its sovereignty. Some Republican lawmakers said they voted “no” on the treaty because they were standing up for home schooling and against abortion, invoking magic words used to explain the unexplainable while warding off attacks from far-right fanatics.

The most interesting comment I saw in the Daily Republic blogosphere last week was from frequent contributor, RLW. There was a letter to the editor that mentioned America had re-elected a “fiscally responsible Congress.” RLW responded:

“I assume Mr. S means the Republicans held on to their majority in the House of Representatives. That can be attributed to shameless gerrymandering by Republican-controlled states after the 2010 elections. There were more Democratic votes for the House than Republican nationwide, but gerrymandering allowed the Republicans to lose ‘only’ eight seats and retain their majority. Imagine what would have happened if the entire country had gone to a redistricting commission like California? Instead, we get results like in Ohio and Pennsylvania, two states Obama carried. Because of complete Republican control of the state houses and legislatures, and their skills at gerrymandering, both states returned large majorities of Republicans to the House: 12 out of 16 seats from Ohio and 13 out of 18 seats from Pennsylvania.”

RLW makes excellent points. Besides Ohio and Pennsylvania, Michigan, too, had its districts gerrymandered by a Republican-run state house. Democrat Barack Obama beat Republican Mitt Romney by 10 percentage points in Michigan and Democrats running for the U.S. House of Representatives got more votes than Republicans, but due to gerrymandering, the Democrats will only have five representatives going to Congress, versus nine Republicans.

Wisconsin Republicans also play this game. Most Wisconsin voters voted for a Democrat to represent them in Congress but, due to gerrymandering by a Republican-controlled state house, they will be sending five Republicans to the House of Representatives and only three Democrats. Now add Florida, Virginia, Texas and North Carolina to this list of shame.

The bottom line is this: Nationwide, the Democrats got almost a million more votes than Republicans for the U.S. House of Representatives, yet Republicans hold 55 percent of the seats. Maybe we should call it the House of “Representatives.”

Next on the Republican agenda is to have their states’ presidential electoral votes be parceled out by using their gerrymandered districts, rather than winner-take-all, further removing the popular vote from the election of our president. It’s as though Republicans know they can’t win a fair race. We’ve discussed Republican voter suppression tactics in this column before, but gerrymandering is different. It is a blatant, shameless, quantifiable violation of the values Americans hold dear. Most Americans believe in “one man, one vote,” and assume our one vote will count the same as our next-door neighbor’s.

In many states, it doesn’t.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is currently pushing for national voting rights reform. Good luck getting that through the Republican-run House. Last Tuesday, Mr. Holder said, “This nation has come too far, and its people – from all races, religions, creeds, backgrounds and walks of life – have sacrificed too much not to finish the task of ensuring equal voting rights for all Americans.” I would respectfully add that in addition to equal voting rights for all Americans, the right for every vote to be equal for all Americans is just as important.

Mike Kirchubel grew up in Fairfield and is the author of “Vile Acts of Evil – Banking in America.” He can be reached at mikirch@comcast.net.

Mike Kirchubel

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  • rlw895December 17, 2012 - 1:03 am

    Thanks for the plug, Mike. Voting rights, using your expanded definition, should be a national discussion and a front-burner issue for 2013. Anything later gets too tangled in the 2014 elections.

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  • mike kirchubelDecember 17, 2012 - 6:17 am

    You wrote about 25% of my column, so you can expect to get paid 25% of my pay. It's only fair.

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  • rlw895December 17, 2012 - 11:52 am

    Mike: I'd rather you buy me a cup of coffee;-). A lot of odd comments below. I'll stick to this string.

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  • Mike kirchubelDecember 17, 2012 - 12:01 pm

    The cup of coffee would cost me a lot more.

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  • rlw895December 17, 2012 - 12:29 pm

    I know!

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  • Mr. PracticalDecember 17, 2012 - 6:26 am

    It's a credit to Daily Republic readers that they did not respond to your obvious bait and switch question regarding the UN treaty.

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  • mike kirchubelDecember 17, 2012 - 6:32 am

    Actually, it's more obvious that there was no legitimate answer.

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  • MothyDecember 17, 2012 - 8:55 am

    This column is mothy, it has some holes and contradictions in it. OK so you want 1 man, 1 vote, but do not want popular vote or proportionment of electoral college votes for the Presidential elections. In CA roughly wasn't it about 43% Republican, 55% Democrat. But CA has 55 electoral votes that all went to Obama? How does this equate to one man, one vote, and why should this not be changed?

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  • Mike kirchubelDecember 17, 2012 - 11:08 am

    The article showed how state houses rigged the elections for one political party, against the actual vote of the people. In California, the people voted And Obama won.

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  • Moot You Old Coot (just kidding)December 17, 2012 - 11:42 am

    Sad to say but the point is kind of moot, since both parties are controlled by the Globalist Bankers. But I think you should concede my point because then about 43% of CA voters voted Republican and their votes for President then did not count for anything. How does this count towards one man one vote? Also I do think Identification should be required to vote. Yes doing this immediately before an election is bad, but for future elections this is very valid. If a person is not involved enough to get an ID that is readily available then maybe the person should not be voting. Are you mad yet? All I want for Christmas is for you to get mad.

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  • Mike kirchubelDecember 17, 2012 - 12:08 pm

    I am mad at the bankers who continue to take our money. If you read the book, you would know that both the Shiffs And Rockefellers were funded by Rothschild. It's all just one family.

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  • Time for me to play cute....December 17, 2012 - 12:19 pm

    So ask me what I want for Christmas....OK?

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  • rlw895December 17, 2012 - 12:22 pm

    Everyone who's thought about it much realizes the way we elect presidents is an aberration of the democratic idea of “one-man-one vote.” So is the U.S. Senate. The only reason either is constitutional is because they are actually IN the Constitution. They are a relic of our history as a nation made up of what had formerly been relatively independent colonies and states. To get the U.S. Constitution out of convention and ratified by the states, the Founders made compromises to the small states, which thought they would lose too much with a stronger federal government if it was dominated by the larger states. So we got equal representation in the Senate and the Electoral College. Then you have the nod to the slave states, which got to count 3/5 of their slaves in their population for purpose of the number of Representatives they would get in the House. That number added to their influence over the presidential elections due to the Electoral College. Slaves didn't get to vote, naturally, but neither did women and, in some states, neither did men who did not own land. Then throw in the requirement that Senators be elected not by the voters of a state, but by the state legislatures, and you had a country where we were VERY far from the idea of one-man-one-vote. In addition to our history of relatively independent colonies and states being a cause of all this, it's because many of the Founders feared democracy. It was like putting our future in the hands of a rabble, and they wanted nothing of it. But we’ve been getting better ever since. We can’t do much about the Electoral College (although there are some creative ideas for getting around it) or the equal representation in the Senate (which was so important to the small states and their slave state allies that it was one of the only provisions put out of reach of amendment), but we can do something about the problem of shameless gerrymandering. California did the best any state can do by creating an independent commissions to draw district maps, and by all indications it did a good job. Mike is right on calling for other states to do the same. It’s really unfair for some states to effectively ban gerrymandering, while others do it with gusto. And it is true that in our most recent history, the Republicans have been the worst abusers. But then, they also have been active in using voting rules to suppress the Democratic vote, which I believe is an even greater offense. That’s why I have called for a new voting rights act to put an end to the worst abuses. The people in Ohio responsible for what they tried to do there should be in prison.

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  • StRDecember 17, 2012 - 12:36 pm

    rlw...So you think that we should be a "Democracy" and not a Representative Republic? Like I said at this point it really does not matter unless people elected representataives that are not tied to either party Dem or Repub since both are bought and paid for already. I was reading Mother Jones and they had some ideas for helping to take money out of the elections. But sad to say I think we have already reached the tipping point and the United States as we know it is done for. Are we really so gungho to give up our sovereignty to the UN and the New World Order which is coming into view and it will ect...ect...

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  • rlw895December 17, 2012 - 2:33 pm

    StR: No, but there are republics that are more democratic than others. We've become more democratic over time. That's undeniable. As for the tipping point, we have little choice but to not give up. That means we must learn to unify and pull together over economic issues. We must not let social "wedge issues" divide us. We must become better educated using sources of information that have not sold out to moneyed interests. We must learn to recognize when someone is trying to bamboozle us, so they can spend all the money they want and we still won't be fooled. I was encouraged by the last election. Maybe we are worthy of more democracy. We're (or at least some of us) are still capable of electing an Elizabeth Warren. There is reason to hope. I think the country is transforming. If it is, the Republican Party of today will change or die. And most everyone prefers it changes.

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  • Yesterday on InfowarsDecember 17, 2012 - 9:04 am

    Today on this live Sunday, December 16, 2012 edition, Alex Jones focuses on the coordinated moves from the gun control lobby to seize upon the tragic shooting in Connecticut in order to restrict the 2nd Amendment. Sen. Dianne Feinstein has vowed to introduce new legislation in Congress for an Assault Weapons Ban immediately when the new session begins, while a wide spectrum of media pundits and political figures are demanding gun rights be curtailed. Shockingly, social media outlets like Twitter have flooded with calls not only to target gun ownership, but to actually murder gun owners themselves. Your calls and comments are welcome.

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  • This is IMPORTANT peopleDecember 17, 2012 - 9:12 am

    wwwinfowarscom.......Right NOW Monday....On the Monday, December 17 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex will run down the renewed efforts by anti-Second Amendment advocates in the wake of Friday's mass shooting to ban assault weapons. He'll also break down the crafty rhetoric in Obama's Sunday speech as he vowed to use “whatever power this office holds in an effort to prevent more tragedies like this,” and analyze the new direction the Sandy Hook investigation has taken in labeling gunman Adam Lanza's mother a “survivalist.” On today's show, we'll hear former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura's take on the school massacre and also get the latest updates on his TV show Conspiracy Theory.

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  • Are we entering Revelation?December 17, 2012 - 9:30 am

    Supposedly as the result of genetic experiments Humanzees have been produced, part Human part Chimpanzee. I don't think God will allow this type of thing to go on much longer. Part of the reason for the Biblical Flood was that the Nephalim had mated with humans. This type of genetic manipulation is evil and will be punished.

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  • So people ask, if it's already a done dealDecember 17, 2012 - 10:15 am

    Read Revelation....If it's already a done deal why resist? A lady at a meeting I went to had an interesting answer......Because it is our duty if you are a Christian to stand our ground and occupy the land as best we can until Jesus returns, and basically you are not doing it for yourself, you hopefully are already saved, you are doing it in the hope of saving others. Unfortunately maybe we should read the Book Tortured for Christ by Richard Wurmbrand to prepare. Also do not trust any government....be it Republican or Democrat.

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  • Genetic ExperimentsDecember 21, 2012 - 8:59 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljprKbNgOIQ

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  • MonovisionDecember 17, 2012 - 10:34 am

    Monovision, The Democrat party will save us.....Monovision 911 was not (and it was)an inside job and the Republicans/Dems will save us from the terrorists. Both parties Democrat and Republicans are controlled by the Illuminati. The United States is currently involved in 14 countries in overt and covert wars supplying arms and special forces whether they be regular military or contracted Black Ops mercenaries or programmed Delta drones, sometimes supplying both sides of the battle. In Libya at least 60,000 have died. Why did we go to war with Libya?

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  • Mind ControlDecember 17, 2012 - 10:45 am

    ****************http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNzT1HxVaHk

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  • Drones kill innocent civiliansDecember 22, 2012 - 11:01 pm

    Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich team up to oppose drones...... Saturday, December 8, 2012........... The use of combat drones overseas divides Congress, but not in the usual partisan way..... Supporters of the “war on terror” in both parties tend to support the use of unmanned aircraft that often try to assassinate terrorism suspects. But libertarian Republicans have teamed up with civil liberties-backing Democrats to oppose the drones........ Now, the partisan trenches have been crossed by Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D – Ohio, and Rep. Ron Paul, R – Texas, in order to force the administration to release its legal justification........... The two mavericks who are leaving Congress at year’s end have introduced a resolution of inquiry — legislation that is used to compel specific documents from the administration, and must be considered by the committee of jurisdiction, or on the House floor, within 14 legislative days........... Since the legislation was introduced on November 28, it could come before the House this year, which means that the administration will be forced to turn over the legal justification it uses for the strikes, including any memos from the Office of Legal Counsel........ “Thus far, the administration has refused to release the memo or any documents, despite multiple requests from members of Congress on both sides of the aisle. Intelligence operations that have virtually no transparency, accountability or oversight raise serious legal questions, particularly when such programs may constitute possible violations of international law or the Constitution of the United States,” Kucinich said in a press statement............. Both Kucinich and Paul oppose the use of drones “because they increase radicalization among the population of the countries we use them in, violate the U.S. Constitution, kill innocent people and stain our nation’s moral consciousness.”.............If we citizens do not protest these wars we are as morally responsible as the evil war mongers currently running the military/industrial/"defence" establishment. Remember 911 was an inside job, used to give plausible acceptability via a staged "war on terror" on peoples that DID NOT ACTUALLY ATTACK the US. Never ending wars for never ending gore, Satan delights, when we fight, not much of a fight really more of a slaughter. We marched in, we can march back out.

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  • MaleficentDecember 17, 2012 - 10:56 am

    Maleficent....sinful and evil. The Democrat party is the party of abortion, they are so proud of killing babies. I was watching the Boxer/Fiorina debate and I was thinking that Boxer basically came off better and then at the end for no good reason to trumpet it Boxer started talking about abortion that the Dems would always make sure that abortion was celebrated. I would not vote for either of them Boxer or Fiorina.....why? Both are Illuminat pawns.

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  • Mad MoneyDecember 17, 2012 - 11:19 am

    Are the Democrats/Obama going to reform the Federal Reserve in any meaningful manner? NO NO NO Obama is controlled by the Illuminati. People read Secrets of the Federal Reserve or The Creature from Jekyll Island or No More National Debt or Google The Rothschilds own the Fed........The Four Horsemen of Banking (Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup and Wells Fargo) own the Four Horsemen of Oil (Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch/Shell, BP and Chevron Texaco); in tandem with Deutsche Bank, BNP, Barclays and other European old money behemoths. But their monopoly over the global economy does not end at the edge of the oil patch. According to company 10K filings to the SEC, the Four Horsemen of Banking are among the top ten stock holders of virtually every Fortune 500 corporation.[1] .......... So who then are the stockholders in these money center banks? ........J. W. McCallister, an oil industry insider with House of Saud connections, wrote in The Grim Reaper that information he acquired from Saudi bankers cited 80% ownership of the New York Federal Reserve Bank- by far the most powerful Fed branch- by just eight families, four of which reside in the US. They are the Goldman Sachs, Rockefellers, Lehmans and Kuhn Loebs of New York; the Rothschilds of Paris and London; the Warburgs of Hamburg; the Lazards of Paris; and the Israel Moses Seifs of Rome. CPA Thomas D. Schauf corroborates McCallister’s claims, adding that ten banks control all twelve Federal Reserve Bank branches. He names N.M. Rothschild of London, Rothschild Bank of Berlin, Warburg Bank of Hamburg, Warburg Bank of Amsterdam, Lehman Brothers of New York, Lazard Brothers of Paris, Kuhn Loeb Bank of New York, Israel Moses Seif Bank of Italy, Goldman Sachs of New York and JP Morgan Chase Bank of New York. Schauf lists William Rockefeller, Paul Warburg, Jacob Schiff and James Stillman as individuals who own large shares of the Fed. [3] The Schiffs are insiders at Kuhn Loeb. The Stillmans are Citigroup insiders, who married into the Rockefeller clan at the turn of the century.

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  • Misinformation NOT reference for aboveDecember 17, 2012 - 11:29 am

    ***********http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-federal-reserve-cartel-the-eight-families/25080

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  • End the Fed have US Treasury isssue US moneyDecember 17, 2012 - 9:59 pm

    The solution....How important is this issue worldwide? Having private banks create money is the root cause of all world poverty, hunger, disease and misery. And until we fix it, we will never be able to make a dent in these other issues........... We can fix this. We can fix it in a matter of months -- a year at most. We can make our government the most financially sound in the world -- nearly overnight. The government can loan out all the money any state needs to build roads or schools or hospitals – interest free. Approximately half of a state’s infrastructure cost is from interest on borrowed money! When the money is repaid by the states it will all come back to the federal government, preventing inflation. All we have to do is to take back the power to control the quantity of money and put that power into the hands of the federal officials closest to the voting public -- namely the Congress of the United States.............. Some say, “Well, those crooks in Congress will create too much money once they get the money power.” But Congress now “creates” all the money it wants! It just creates it as DEBT, which never gets paid back, and which we the people have to continually pay interest on. Instead of creating bonds -- or debt -- the government could and should be creating DOLLARS, interest-free............... More money for people. Others will say Congress isn’t responsive to the people as it is......... Well of course not. Politicians are responsive to those with the power. Right now, the banks have the power. We have to take back the ultimate power of any nation – the power over its money. With the power of banks diminished, politicians will become responsive to the voters once again............ Do you know that only one zip code in this country provides nearly half of all the lobbying money to Congress? Guess what that zip code is? It’s 10028, the upper east side of Manhattan – the Golden Ghetto. That’s where the Mayor of New York lives. That’s where the Wall Street bankers live. They control the money, they control Congress............. Some will say that these solutions are something radical like socialism or worse. They are not. This is the most basic historic struggle for human freedom running back to the beginnings of time............. If we value the Founding Father’s dream of freedom -- an escape from serfdom by political self-determination --we have to conclude that creating our money is too important a function to be put into private hands. History has shown time and time again that that leads to nothing but plutocracy – rule by the rich – and ultimately slavery........... This privately-owned debt-money system has gotten so far out of control at this point that probably only a Biblical Jubilee year will save civilization from collapse......... Imagine in your own world. What if tomorrow you were told that all your mortgage debt and credit card debt was cancelled. That would certainly be more money for people, less money for banks. After the Jubilee, then we could take the money power away from the banks and change the Constitution to put it permanently into the hands of Congress...........

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  • ContinuedDecember 17, 2012 - 10:03 pm

    But what about the banks? They are already failing? Let them fail. Government can issue it’s own money and credit. We don’t need their hyper-expensive compounding interest system. Banks or banking won’t go away. Everyone will still need loans and checking accounts. Some one will step in and provide those services. You’ll still go down to your corner bank to deposit your check. Your bank will still be there. Only the guts – the bank’s accounting system – the part you never see anyway – will change.......... Jesus chased the moneychangers from the temple in his day. We should certainly do the same in our day.............. Is that fair? Come on, big banks already own every large building in every city in the world. That should be sufficient! Let the people of the world have some money for a change. Give us some incentive to build a better world.............. There is hope, especially here in America. History has shown that America has fought to create it’s own money for the last 300 years. In fact, in no other nation on earth has the population fought for it as successfully and with such determination over the centuries as America. All we need in the face of this oncoming first depression of the 21st century is a little education. We can make this the new civil rights movement – the new human rights movement. The big bankers now stand more exposed than ever before. Let’s use history to guide our path today............ This hasn’t been an issue since the time L. Frank Baum wrote the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Why? Because after the William Jennings Bryan era, the bankers learned that in order to put the lid on this issue they had to buy up the nation’s press. And they did. But this won’t work in the Internet age. Television commentators are now asking just what is the Federal Reserve and where does their money come from? The answer is they make the money up out of thin air and then have the audacity to loan it to us. The interest that the government has to pay is where our income taxes go. That was the deal the Fed made with the government when the Federal Reserve Act was rammed through Congress on Dec. 23, 1913. And what about the principal? The principle is never repaid, but the interest just keeps compounding. And it’s that interest that’s killing us. We’ll never be able to repay it. No nation ever has been able to do so – except for President Jackson in 1836..........Buy the Book..No more National Debt by Bill Still

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  • Tuesday on....December 18, 2012 - 7:40 pm

    wwwinfowarscom.........On the Tuesday, December 18 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex confronts a tidal wave of anti-Second Amendment propaganda flooding out of the corporate media as the government ramps up its assault against legal firearms. He also covers the link between mass shootings and antidepressants and talks about the latest surge in firearms purchases after the Sandy Hook shooting. On today's worldwide broadcast, Alex talks with the executive director of Gun Owners of America, Larry Pratt, about the government push to ban firearms and the Democrat effort in the coming year to pass anti-gun legislation. Alex also talks with Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) about Obama's unconstitutional effort to involve the United States in a possible Syrian intervention under the guise of preventing the use of chemical weapons.

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  • Thursday onDecember 20, 2012 - 8:31 pm

    wwwinfowarscom......On the Thursday, December 20 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex continues his coverage of the push to harm the Second Amendment following the Sandy Hook massacre. He also talks about the orchestrated effort by the establishment media to propagandize the American public into believing firearms are a grave and serious national security threat. On today's show, Alex talks with former federal prosecutor and a former member of the United States House of Representatives for Georgia's 7th congressional district, Bob Barr. He was the Libertarian Party nominee for president in the 2008 election. Mr. Barr sits on the NRA board and will talk with Alex about the effort to disarm the American people.

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  • NDAA = Go along w/the plan or get disappearedDecember 20, 2012 - 8:44 pm

    “The decision by the NDAA conference committee, led by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to strip the National Defense Authorization Act of the amendment that protects American citizens against indefinite detention now renders the entire NDAA unconstitutional,” said Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul. “I voted against NDAA in 2011 because it did not contain the proper constitutional protections. When my Senate colleagues voted to include those protections in the 2012 NDAA through the Feinstein-Lee Amendment last month, I supported this act,” Sen. Paul continued. “But removing those protections now takes us back to square one and does as much violence to the Constitution as last year’s NDAA. When the government can arrest suspects without a warrant, hold them without trial, deny them access to counsel or admission of bail, we have shorn the Bill of Rights of its sanctity. “Saying that new language somehow ensures the right to habeas corpus – the right to be presented before a judge – is both questionable and not enough. Citizens must not only be formally charged but also receive jury trials and the other protections our Constitution guarantees. Habeas corpus is simply the beginning of due process. It is by no means the whole. “Our Bill of Rights is not something that can be cherry-picked at legislators’ convenience. When I entered the United States Senate, I took an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution. It is for this reason that I will strongly oppose passage of the McCain conference report that strips the guarantee to a trial by jury.”*******http://www.infowars.com/detention-protection-provision-stripped-from-ndaa-bill/

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  • Today Friday onDecember 21, 2012 - 10:40 am

    wwwinfowarscom.......On the Friday December 21 edition of the show, Alex continues his coverage of the unfolding drama behind the exploitation of the Sandy Hook shooting and the full-court press by the government to disarm the American people by hook or by crook and the continued brazen manipulation of the story by the establishment media. Alex also talks about Obama's impending cybersecurity executive order and he covers other important news items. He also tracks the 2012 doomsday hoax. On today's show, Alex talks with British writer and public speaker David Icke. David is the author of numerous books, including Love Changes Everything and Remember Who You Are: Remember 'Where' You Are and Where You 'Come' From.

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  • Book suggestionDecember 21, 2012 - 11:08 am

    People of the Lie M. Scott (Morgan Scott) Peck and the Road less traveled. Hostage to the Devil: The Possession and Exorcism of Five Contemporary Americans by Malachi Martin. When pigs move in by Don Dickerman.

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  • mike kirchubelDecember 21, 2012 - 11:25 am

    Ah, so that's the reason they voted against it. The devil made them do it.

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  • Bah Hum BugDecember 21, 2012 - 12:17 pm

    May the Bluebird of c(r)appiness make frequent deposites on your favorite vehicle.

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  • Jan Peerce - "The Bluebird of Happiness"December 21, 2012 - 6:56 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IERLMXtMZag

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  • I'll NOT post to Ms column its a silly placeDecember 23, 2012 - 9:44 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGvxoWytMig

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  • Anarcho-syndicalism is.........December 23, 2012 - 9:55 pm

    A branch of anarchism which views revolutionary industrial unionism or syndicalism as an appropriate vehicle for subjugated classes in capitalist society to regain control over the course of their own destiny. Syndicalism is viewed both as a strategy for facilitating worker self-activity and as being an alternative co-operative economic system upon which to base a democratic regime of production for the satisfaction of human need once the injustices understood to be inherent to capitalist society have been overcome. Adherents view it as a potential force for revolutionary social change, combining general defense of rights and advance of interests in the present with longer term strategies designed to facilitate development in workers of the class consciousness and capacity for self-activity necessary before capitalism and the state can be replaced with a new democratically self-managed society. VOTE MIKE KIRCHUBEL FOR PRESIDENT !

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  • Heaven And Hell [Lyrics]December 21, 2012 - 10:21 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUjUIP2ugG4

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  • Andrea Bocelli & Mary J Blige - What Child Is ThisDecember 21, 2012 - 10:24 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wix14BuE09o

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  • St Francis PrayerDecember 21, 2012 - 10:59 pm

    Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is despair, hope. Where there is darkness, light. Where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love. For it is in giving that we receive. It is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.............When in Italy visit Assisi (Kind of in the middle of Italy, I have been there and it is lovely)

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  • Prayer of St. Francis w/vid of AssisiDecember 21, 2012 - 11:02 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZI1Gst7pEqc

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  • Did I read that right?December 21, 2012 - 9:16 pm

    "TOILET OUT OF ORDER. PLEASE USE FLOOR BELOW".......... In a Laundromat: AUTOMATIC WASHING MACHINES: PLEASE REMOVE ALL YOUR CLOTHES WHEN THE LIGHT GOES OUT.......... In an office: WOULD THE PERSON WHO TOOK THE STEP LADDER YESTERDAY PLEASE BRING IT BACK OR FURTHER STEPS WILL BE TAKEN.......... In an office: AFTER TEA BREAK STAFF SHOULD EMPTY THE TEAPOT AND STAND UPSIDE DOWN ON THE DRAINING BOARD.......... Outside a secondhand shop: WE EXCHANGE ANYTHING - BICYCLES, WASHING MACHINES, ETC. WHY NOT BRING YOUR WIFE ALONG AND GET A WONDERFUL BARGAIN?.......... Spotted in a safari park: ELEPHANTS, PLEASE STAY IN YOUR CAR........... Seen during a conference: FOR ANYONE WHO HAS CHILDREN AND DOESN'T KNOW IT, THERE IS A DAY CARE ON THE 1ST FLOOR......... On a repair shop door: WE CAN REPAIR ANYTHING. (PLEASE KNOCK HARD ON THE DOOR – THE BELL DOESN'T WORK)..........*****http://www.realityzone.com/currentperiod.html

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  • Sunday on InfowarsDecember 23, 2012 - 3:39 pm

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