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Tea party adherents unwitting shock troops of plutocrats

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From page A8 | March 10, 2014 |

Anyone who has met Murray Bass knows him as a fine man and true gentleman. No one doubts his patriotism. But I can’t understand how he thinks.

His most-recent column put the finger on the IRS as the prime agent of oppression and main operator of the massive loss of liberty that we see all around us. What’s that? You don’t see any loss of liberty? Look around! See the jack-booted police kicking in doors down the street? You’re next! Wake up, people!

Oops, I digress.

Murray’s column spoke of the IRS’s new rules regulating tax-exempt “pubic interest” groups, 501c4s. Public interest used to mean things like soccer leagues, Esperanto clubs, vegan enthusiasts, flying saucer spotters and the like. That was until the nation’s prime political pirate, Karl Rove, found them. He palled up to them because they don’t require the publication of donors’ names.

What a find that was. Using 501c4s, he could hide the names of big conservative donors like Freiss, Adelson and Koch.

So Rove drove a truck through the intent of the law, and now the IRS is trying to return things to normal.

You know, if you want to run political ads, you have to form a committee and identify your donors. Horrors, sez Mr. Bass and our local tea partyers. That’s a loss of liberty – especially for our billionaires who are ever so shy.

Karl is probably right. If you hear Koch, Freiss, Adelson too much you might get the idea that our political process has become warped by Big Money. People might get the notion that a small clique of billionaires and corporate money has bought the US Congress outright. Why, that would give the whole game away. Some flaming pinkos might even begin calling the U.S. a plutocracy – government by the rich. You and I know that Big Money plays only a small part in politics today, right? Everyone knows that.

But the aspiring plutocrats certainly don’t want you to suspect it. Their funding of every method of keeping their names under wraps and waging jihad on government in general works well for them.

Government, you see, is the only power that can control Big Money. So the idea is to discredit it early and often. Thus we have oil spills that are the government’s fault, credit meltdowns that are the government’s fault, poverty that is the government’s fault, lack of jobs that is the government’s fault.

You get the idea. And our good, patriotic tea partyers are the shock troops of the plutocrats. They just don’t know it.

Jack Batson is a former member of the Fairfield City Council. Reach him at jsbatson@prodigy.net.

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  • Rick WoodMarch 10, 2014 - 6:04 am

    Good letter. I agree 100%. The IRS is merely trying to do its job properly in the post-"Citizens United" world. You see, Big Money has even infiltrated the Supreme Court. The justices are not "bought" the same way as politicians, but they are selected through a political system that has been corrupted. If people need to wake up, it's not over the IRS, but over the people who want us to lose faith in our government because it helps them preserve and enhance their wealth at our expense.

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  • CD BrooksMarch 10, 2014 - 6:41 am

    Putting Rove and the Koch bros in the same sentence should alert any clear thinking American that something sinister is at hand. Their time is coming, it has been costly and the resulting mayhem will be quite painful. If ignorance is truly bliss, the GOP must be ecstatic!

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  • Rhee MedboyMarch 10, 2014 - 5:45 pm

    Don't forget to mention George Soros!!

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  • Rhee MedboyMarch 10, 2014 - 5:57 pm

    Well, Jack, if everything is the government's fault, might it be wise to get government out of the way? Just let them set the standard to achieve and then get out of the way. Maybe that way big government won't be the problem. Hmmmm, maybe those tea partiers have a point....

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  • Mike KirchubelMarch 11, 2014 - 6:05 am

    RM, not sure how your comment fits-in with Jack's article. Could you elaborate?

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  • The MisterMarch 10, 2014 - 6:54 am

    The IRS are, literally, lawless thugs. Read the law... there is no law requiring you to pay personal income taxes in almost every case. Fact. The Grace Commission reported that every nickel of personal income tax that people pay goes to interest on the debt... not to roads, the military, welfare, or anything else. Fact. You spend 3 to 6 months (or more) of your working life to pay tribute to the Federal Reserve. If you don't, the Federal Reserve's band of thugs, the IRS, will punish you and imprison you. The Federal Reserve is not a part of our Government... it is a private, for-profit corporation... and as with any corporation, its prime objective for existing it to make money for its shareholders. Now the IRS is the band of thugs enforcing compliance with Obamacare... for the benefit of huge medical corporations. Murray is right... we should see the IRS for what they really are. And for Jack Baston, you don't think that giving 3 to 6 months of your labor every year under threat of the IRS is a loss of liberty? Not long ago we called that slavery! You are saying that slavery and liberty are the same thing! In your mind, Jack, maybe 2 + 2 does equal 5.

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  • mescMarch 10, 2014 - 9:13 am

    Agreed. Cover for the Terrorist in the White House, Lie to the American People, Take the 5th. Something wicked this way comes is no longer true. It is here. It is the IRS.

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  • rlw895March 10, 2014 - 9:55 am

    TM: There are a lot of data dots there with no connecting lines. The alternative reality is the correct one.

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  • FDCMarch 10, 2014 - 7:02 am

    Jack Batson is a simple tool of the Democrat National Committee. The usual "me too" crowd of Democrat toadies have already begun to rush to try to get to the head of Jack's parade. Silly people. Again: go to Open Secrets and you will see that the real "plutocrats" in the political process are UNIONS, not the imaginary boogeymen conjured up by Batson and his fellow propagandists. And do a little simple research and you will find that the IRS has become the "enforcer" for the Administration. The only thing missing is that the IRS hasn't yet begun to wear brown shirts. By the way, CD and Rick, you don't need to respond, we all know what you will say before you say it.

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  • mescMarch 10, 2014 - 9:08 am

    Agreed. He forgets he was voted out of local office. He now inflicts his uber liberal rants on readers of the d.r. The IRS is out of control and abusing power. If it is such a good and wholesome service run according to the US Constitution, why would anyone need to 'Take The 5th" ?

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  • Mike KirchubelMarch 10, 2014 - 9:14 am

    I would like to be there, Crutchfield, when you wake up. Batson's column is right on the money. Tea partiers have formed local groups of concerned citizens who believe in "freedom." Little do they know that their national leaders get their money and talking points from a few wealthy men who are only interested in "freedom" for their corporations, not "freedom" for the people. Freedom for these guys means freedom to pump out any cheap, shoddy, dangerous product, freedom to pollute, freedom from lawsuits, and freedom from government regulations and taxes. This corporate freedom rides on the backs of the tea party's "true patriots" who, for the life of them. can't understand why progressives continue to argue with them. Them seem oblivious to the big money agenda. Try this, tea partiers: when you speak and write about the freedoms you espouse, identify and classify them as pertaining to American citizens and/or corporations, realizing that corporations are not really people, no matter what the Supreme Court says.

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  • Will OzierMarch 11, 2014 - 6:13 pm

    Mike, both you and Jack Batson are right, 100%. Most of the TP's are driven by fear and low information or, at best, misinformation. For a while, about a couple of months, I got on the TP Dlist and was amazed at the utter lack of factual information and distortion, slander, ad hominum attacks, not to mention the outright shilling for 'donors' they published. Most of the 'donors' were pedaling anything from survivalism fearmongering to medical quackery. Anyone reading the TP's message who ever bothered to read objective sources would be entertained/amused by the low level of drivel presented. I note below the preponderance of schoolyard name-calling commentary from those who support the TP's twisted agenda.

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  • Mr. SmithMarch 11, 2014 - 7:40 pm

    Wow, Mike and Jack. You now have no less than Will Ozier in your fan club. If my you and my fellow-conservatives don't follow the Vacaville Reporter "Letters to the Editor" section, you will be unaware that Mr. Ozier is without a doubt the most ardent fan and purveyor of left-wing, progressive propaganda and spin in Solano County. Congratulations, Mike and Jack!

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  • CD BrooksMarch 11, 2014 - 7:45 pm

    But Mr. Smith, we have you and FDC along with SO many other purveyors of our own right here! NOBODY can deflect, obfuscate and spin like you folks. Why go anywhere else? :)

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  • Mr. SmithMarch 11, 2014 - 8:05 pm

    Thanks, CD. Just keep it right here on the Fox channel. Fair and balanced.

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  • rlw895March 11, 2014 - 10:56 pm

    Welcome, Will!

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  • CD BrooksMarch 11, 2014 - 7:41 pm

    Will, been telling folks that here for years. FDC will come a calling, count on it! :)

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  • Jason KnowlesMarch 10, 2014 - 9:35 am

    Franklin, looking at the Open Secrets data, labor is hardly a plutocracy. Their contributions pale in comparison to the banking/financial services industry. Is your problem with labor maybe have to do with the fact that they support Democrat candidates and not GOP ones? Open Secrets' charts only shows hard money contributions from organizations and PACs. Their charts that show soft money overwhelmingly shows that wealthy individuals contribute more money to GOP candidates. Based on the data, that disproves what you are saying.

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  • FDCMarch 10, 2014 - 3:14 pm

    Where on earth do you get the hard facts to support your claims? Your statement about who buys political influence is just plain false. No way around it, you are spinning falsehoods.

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  • Jason KnowlesMarch 10, 2014 - 7:33 pm

    Uh, I went to Open Secrets and looked at their charts. You know, the website you told us to look at?

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  • FDCMarch 10, 2014 - 8:28 pm

    Now I see, Jason: you applied Common Core mathematics! Or your adding machine is busted. Or you just don't want to admit you are blowing smoke. In any case, the Open Source "soft money" charts don't begin to support your position.

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  • Jason KnowlesMarch 10, 2014 - 8:58 pm

    Franklin, you're right about the total contributions using the years you stated. I was speaking about the last election. But, the money listed is the money donated by Koch Industries and their employees, not by the Koch brothers themselves because thanks to Citizens United, they can hide their soft money contributions because their recipients are 501c4 organizations that THEY founded which do not have to disclose donors. Brilliant strategy on the Koch brothers' part. As a result, we may never know how much they actually donated.

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  • Rick WoodMarch 10, 2014 - 10:01 am

    Yes FDC, the plutocrats hide their contributions well don't they? Even a hard-nosed, objective investigator such as yourself can't find them. And the IRS is just doing it's job. They can't get away with anything in that fishbowl. They real threat comes from those who work in the shadows, and that's not government.

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  • FDCMarch 10, 2014 - 8:34 pm

    Aha! When you can't support your position with facts, then make some phony charges and proclaim their "truth." And if the IRS is "just doing it's [sic] job" then I guess the Inspector General of the Treasury was just kidding when he testified before Congress. Did he commit perjury?

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  • Jason KnowlesMarch 10, 2014 - 9:07 pm

    Koch Bros. Industries and their employees were 59th, but that is spin. How much have the brothers' own money have they hidden in 501(c)4 organizations that they created? We'll never know thanks to Citizens United, but you can bet it is in the hundreds of millions. You were right in contributions on the years you stated. I was looking at the charts for the last 2 elections. I think it is important to distinguish between Koch corporate contributions and those which they legally do not have to disclose.

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  • rlw895March 10, 2014 - 11:21 pm

    FDC: Does that mean you can support "Jack Batson is a simple tool of the Democrat National Committee?" The IRS IS just trying to do ITS job in the post-"Citizen's United" world. They had a misstart, and you see what happens then in the fishbowl. The controversy proves my point. The IRS doesn't get away with ANYTHING. Your conspiracy theories are nonsense. My proof will be the future. What you predict won't happen. My fear is the IRS will give up on enforcing the law, not that it will become a tyrant's tool.

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  • JohnMarch 10, 2014 - 11:44 am

    Hello Mr. Batson (I don't know you well enough to call you Jack). I thought that your column was absolutely right on. Getting elected and re-elected is the name of the game for our politicians and money is what buys media necessary for that process. Allowing secret money and misguided (but active) groups to control the election process really does play into the hands of the rich. Thanks for writing the column. I wanted you to know that there are DR readers who appreciate your efforts.

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  • Another Lawyers ViewMarch 10, 2014 - 12:06 pm

    I too agree with Jack's conclusions. Neither the IRS nor the government are enemies. They're just organizations necessary for the furtherance of a civilization. Both typically do a good job, but sometimes not. However, the wholesale throw-the-baby-out mentality belongs almost entirely to the Tea Party. There is no logical reason why the identities of people (including nowadays corporations) who contribute money to political candidates or causes shouldn't be made public. Yes, money is speech and is protected. No doubt! But speech only has value when the hearer can judge the credibility of the speaker. I may have one opinion of the Kochs' credibility and you may have another, but shouldn't we both know who's talking so we can make an informed decision for ourselves? Jack's right. It's those who would have little credibility with the electorate who want to protect their identities.

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  • Vermont town meetings voted overwhelmingly to support a state-chartered, state-owned bank.March 10, 2014 - 12:12 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVEPOx-sRVs&feature=em-uploademail

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  • Today Monday on InfowarsMarch 10, 2014 - 12:14 pm

    On the March 10 edition of the Alex Jones show, Alex welcomes the founder and host of Freedomain Radio, Stefan Molyneux, to discuss the future of human freedom, the global awakening to tyranny thanks in large part to independent and alternative media sources, and what the future holds in store for true libertarians. Alex also talks with constitutional lawyer, conservative activist, author, and founder of the Eagle Forum, Phyllis Schlafly. She will talk about so-called immigration reform and the influx of illegal aliens in the United States.wwwinfowarscom

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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Wv6lgyOUGk&feature=em-uploademailMarch 10, 2014 - 12:18 pm

    The Enemy of My Enemy..........We've seen the rollout of the MSM propaganda using over-the-top hyperbole and flat-out lies to try to demonize Russia in the lead up to the "new cold war." But is this just part of the dialectic, trying to get us to buy into one side or the other in a rigged game? Should we devolve into mere spectators choosing sides in a squabble between #TeamObama and #TeamPutin? Join us this week on The Corbett Report as we explore whether the enemy of our enemy is indeed our friend.

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  • FDCMarch 10, 2014 - 3:10 pm

    Here we go again: To answer the Democrat toadies who are compelled to spin and mislead, To set the record straight and rebut misleading “facts” presented by Jack Batson and his commenting allies, the Inspector General of the Treasury, J. Russell George, reported to Congress that 292 groups identified as “Tea Party, Patriot, or 9/12” were “flagged, stalled, and bombarded with inappropriate questions.” Of that 292, all, repeat all, 100 percent, received that treatment. At the same time, 20 “progressive” groups were identified and only 6 were flagged for further inquiry, only 30 percent. Subsequent to issuing that report, Mr. George has been smeared and severely scolded by his Democrat party “colleagues.” I guess it’s not nice to tell the truth about Democrat skullduggery. As for the newest plan by the IRS to stifle the freedom of speech for conservative groups, please note that unions, organized labor, are specifically exempted. They are free to pay all they want to try to influence elections. For information, for the period 1989 to 2014, 12 of the top 20 donors to political causes were unions and all of their money went to Democrats. The bête noir of the Democrats, the Koch brothers, came in 59th in the list. Interestingly, Democrats (particularly those facing reelection_), led by Senator Charles Shumer, are urging the IRS to crack down further on conservative groups and to severely limit their political activity of any sort. Again, unions are exempt. Why should unions be allowed to spend and buy politicians but no one else can do the same? So spin and mangle words all you want, the record is clear: Democrats will stop at nothing to stifle any opposition.

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  • Mike KirchubelMarch 10, 2014 - 5:23 pm

    There you go again. Cut and paste.

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  • Mr. SmithMarch 10, 2014 - 5:39 pm

    Mike: Are you disputing what FDC wrote, or just being critical the "cut and paste" job that you accuse him of?

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  • FDCMarch 10, 2014 - 8:37 pm

    At least I didn't deliberately misquote anyone then call it "paraphrasing" as you did. Gotcha.

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  • Mike KirchubelMarch 11, 2014 - 6:22 am

    Crutchfield, you are the only one who didn't get that joke. It's simply sad that slightly differing opinions on the use of the word "paraphrase" is the best "gotcha" you got. It seems to be festering and decaying, but keep exhuming it whenever you need a self-supplied ego stroke. I don't mind , it's actually kind of funny and points out to others the fact that you have nothing to argue against Jack's excellent article.

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  • Rick WoodMarch 11, 2014 - 9:22 am

    My thought too, Mike.

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  • Mike KirchubelMarch 11, 2014 - 11:04 am

    Is it just me, or does anyone else feel like the right wing has pretry much been doubling down on losing hands for the past five or six years? I get the feeling that all hot air has escaped from the repub balloon and it is in a tumbling free fall. Even the usual suspect bloggers have dried up here. Maybe i should do another i.r.s. or Benghazi article next week. Does fast and furious have any traction on the right? How about that lonely "Black Panther" that almost stopped all the white voters from voting at that one polling station, that one rime? Should i write about obama's vacations in Martha's Vineyard? What's left in the right wingers' "trophy case" that i can crush? Anybody? Is there any right wing god still standing?

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  • Mr. SmithMarch 11, 2014 - 1:41 pm

    Right, Mike: We "right-wingers" have gone silent under the sheer weight of your laser-like liberal comdemnation of all things we think or say here. That's one theory--yours. Here's another: Why should we "right-wingers" want to respond to your columns when we can get all the liberal garbage and spin we choose to hear from PROFESSIONALS in the mainstream media or MSNBC any time we want? We shouldn't. We should be still from time to time and employ watchful waiting. Like today, for example.

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  • rlw895March 11, 2014 - 10:58 pm

    Mr.S: Nice try, but it sounds like a cop-out to me.

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  • Puddin TaneMarch 11, 2014 - 10:39 am

    So Crunchy-Bunch, do you really believe that all the organizations with "Tea Party," "9/12," and "Patriot" in their titles were really "operated exclusively for the promotion of social welfare" as the IRS sepcifies for 501(c)(4) organizations, and not as political groups? (Spoiler: they weren't really social welfare groups). It seems pretty clear that they were applying for tax exempt status under false pretenses and got caught with their hands in the proverbial cookie jar. This include the liberal groups that were busted, too. I think it's rather telling that so many Tea Party groups attempted to falsely claim 501(c)(4) status...

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  • Rick WoodMarch 11, 2014 - 10:55 am

    PT: That's right. Any objective observer is no surprised at all the tea party groups that rushed in to take advantage--read "exploit"--Citizens United. That's what today's conservative groups would do--exploit government while complaining about it. They would also, more than liberal/progressive groups want to hide their donors, exactly because their donors are plutocrats. And because they tend to be more paranoid than the liberals/progressives. It all adds up. The numbers are and indicator of THAT, and a rational effort of the IRS to respond. Perhaps politically naive; no criminal conspiracy. As for "tax exempt status," that's not really it. What "it" really is is being legally able to hide donors.

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  • B. ThiemerMarch 10, 2014 - 5:05 pm

    "Government, you see, is the only power that can control Big Money". What if government is the entity that creates 'Big Money'?

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  • Mike KirchubelMarch 10, 2014 - 5:21 pm

    Excellent point. The wealthy have always used government to their advantage, by getting contracts, subsidies, tax loopholes, favorable judicial decisions, or monopolies and cartels. In return, the wealthy fund compliant politicians, like the tea partiers.

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  • Rick WoodMarch 11, 2014 - 9:58 am

    BT: If so--and it is to some degree--it's simply an indication of how desperately we need to engage and wrest our government away from the plutocrats. Because the Republicans have totally sold out, and the Democrats less so, our only hope is to kick the Republicans out until they rehabilitate themselves.

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  • B. ThiemerMarch 11, 2014 - 12:02 pm

    Why do you two feel that the misuse of the ‘system’ is isolated to Republicans/Tea Partiers? Even when you admit that “Democrats to a lesser extent” are complicit in this manipulation, they are given a pass. Your ‘only right wingers are guilty’ undertones belie the fact that the threat to the people is not a left-right paradigm, it is a top-down paradigm.

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  • rlw895March 11, 2014 - 10:55 pm

    PT: So what's YOUR solution, keep voting for Republicans? In an uncorrupted world, Elizabeth Warren would be running the new Financial Consumer Protection Bureau. But she got blocked, primarily by Republicans, but also by Democrats who were too unwilling to fight. The silver lining is she ran for the Senate and won. Watch what she says and does and then see who opposes it.

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  • ArtimusMarch 10, 2014 - 11:35 pm

    You know that you are in trouble when your name is going to refer to a gentlemen or patriotism. The but is a but…It ignores the rest of the gentlemen and patriotism. Jack how can you compare with the federal government in relationship with the Police kicking at the door? If you were a City Councilmen then are you aware of a Search Warrant or an Arrest warrant. The IRS has not an arrest warrant or search warrant. This is not a comparable example. What is why you have not the mind of Mr. Murry Bass a true gentleman and true Patriotism and I have including the “but”.

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  • Today Tuesday on InfowarsMarch 11, 2014 - 9:16 am

    On the powerful, LIVE Tuesday, March 11 broadcast of the Alex Jones Show, Alex explores the strange disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 and the varying degrees of mystery surrounding its apparent vanishing. Alex also examines the situation unfolding in Ukraine and the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, and breaks down details on the armed march taking place tomorrow in Austin, Texas, in support of the First and Second Amendments. On today's show, Alex welcomes software developer, software freedom activist and founder of the Gnu Project Dr. Richard Stallman to discuss Edward Snowden's NSA revelations and his recent SXSW appearance, the extent of the NSA's snooping techniques as well as where technology is heading in the near future. We'll also cover other pertinent news items and take your calls.wwwinfowarscom

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  • The Stone that Brings Down Goliath? Richmond and Eminent DomainMarch 11, 2014 - 9:40 am

    In a nearly $13 billion settlement with the US Justice Department in November 2013, JPMorganChase admitted that it, along with every other large US bank, had engaged in mortgage fraud as a routine business practice, sowing the seeds of the mortgage meltdown. JPMorgan and other megabanks have now been caught in over a dozen major frauds, including LIBOR-rigging and bid-rigging; yet no prominent banker has gone to jail. Meanwhile, nearly a quarter of all mortgages nationally remain underwater (meaning the balance owed exceeds the current value of the home), sapping homeowners’ budgets, the housing market and the economy. Since the banks, the courts and the federal government have failed to give adequate relief to homeowners, some cities are taking matters into their own hands.................................... Gayle McLaughlin, the bold mayor of Richmond, California, has gone where no woman dared go before, threatening to take underwater mortgages by eminent domain from Wall Street banks and renegotiate them on behalf of beleaguered homeowners. A member of the Green Party, which takes no corporate campaign money, she proved her mettle standing up to Chevron, which dominates the Richmond landscape. But the banks have signaled that if Richmond or another city tries the eminent domain gambit, they will rush to court seeking an injunction. Their grounds: an unconstitutional taking of private property and breach of contract.

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  • http://ellenbrown.com/2014/03/03/the-stone-that-brings-down-goliath-richmond-and-eminent-domain/#more-7263March 11, 2014 - 9:44 am

    We need Public Banking...... Vote for Ellen Brown and support her campaign for California Treasurer. Read Web of Debt and the Public Bank Solution by Ellen Brown.....So instead of all this chatter DO SOMETHING PEOPLE...... Get Ellen elected Treasurer of California.

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  • I have a Brilliant Idea !March 11, 2014 - 11:08 am

    Someone in every California County should ORGANIZE A TOWNHALL at the County Seat to Educate people on Public Banking and start a petition to support Public Banking....There are 58 counties in California....It would be wonderful if Ellen Brown/ her organization could train 2 People from each county to speak and organize on the topic of PUBLIC BANKING..... In other words we need lots of people trained to speak on this topic......SHOUT OUT TO ALL RIGHT MINDED ACTIVISTS....The first step is to read Web of Debt and The Public Bank Solution by Ellen Brown.....and No More National Debt by Bill Still.....As a background for this read The Creature from Jekyll Island by G. Edward Griffin and Secrets of the Federal Reserve by Eustace Mullins and Vile Acts of Evil by M. Kirchubel ( try to ignore the Democrat bias, both parties are guilty of manipulation by the Banking Powers ).....DO WE WANT TO JUST CHATTER LIKE A BUNCH OF MONKIES OR TO ACTUALLY FIX THE PROBLEM ? [ Problem being that everything is actually controlled by the International Banking Powers that have the power of Capital creation, they control the central bank in most every country, including our US Central Bank The Federal Reserve, and the power to manipulate currencies world wide and control oil world wide and start wars world wide ]

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  • https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2002/06/offi-j21.htmlMarch 11, 2014 - 11:23 am

    People operatives of BOTH PARTIES LIE TO US.... Google .......Air Force officer disciplined for saying Bush allowed September 11 attacks Hijacker attended US military school By Jerry Isaacs 21 June 2002 .................A US Air Force officer in California recently accused President Bush of deliberately allowing the September 11 terror attacks to take place. The officer has been relieved of his command and faces further discipline. The controversy surrounding Lt. Col. Steve Butler’s letter to the editor, in which he affirmed that Bush did nothing to warn the American people because he “needed this war on terrorism,” received scant coverage in the media....................... Universally ignored by the press, however, was that the officer was not merely expressing a personal opinion. He was in a position to have direct knowledge of contacts between the US military and some of the hijackers in the period before the terrorist attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center and damaged the Pentagon................... Lieutenant Colonel Butler, who wrote in a letter to the editor of the Monterey County Herald charging that “Bush knew about the impending attacks,” was vice chancellor for student affairs at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California—a US military facility that one or more of the hijackers reportedly attended during the 1990s......Read this one you will learn something people..........Moral of The Story....9/11 was an inside job with the help of both Republicans and Democrats in implementation and cover up...set up with the Israeli Mossad, MI5/6, Saudi and Pakistani Intelligence and elements of our own FAA, NIST, Media, CIA, FBI, Military that have gone bad.

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  • continuedMarch 11, 2014 - 11:28 am

    The issue is a particularly sensitive one for the Pentagon and the Bush administration. While many people believe that the Bush administration viewed September 11 as a priceless opportunity to implement an ultra-reactionary program of militarism and repression, Butler is different. His military assignment brought him into contact with at least one of the alleged hijackers. Shortly after September 11, several US news outlets reported that Saeed Alghamdi—named as taking part in the hijacking of United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed in western Pennsylvania—had taken courses at the Defense Language Institute, the US military’s primary foreign language facility, where Butler was a leading officer overseeing students (essentially, dean of students). Alghamdi, a 41-year-old Saudi national, was one of several alleged hijackers, including accused ringleader Mohamed Atta, who reportedly trained at US military facilities, according to a series of articles published between September 15 and 17 in the Washington Post, Newsweek magazine, the New York Times and several other newspapers. On September 15, Newsweek reported: “U.S. military sources have given the FBI information that suggests five of the alleged hijackers of the planes used in Tuesday’s terror attacks received training at secure U.S. military installations in the 1990s.” The magazine said that Saeed Alghamdi was among three who had taken flight training at the Navy Air Station in Pensacola, Florida—known as the “cradle of US Navy aviation

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  • http://www.infowars.com/was-the-price-of-ukraines-liberation-the-handover-of-its-gold-to-the-fed/March 11, 2014 - 9:57 am

    Was The Price Of Ukraine’s “Liberation” The Handover Of Its Gold To The Fed? Zero Hedge March 11, 2014 ....The article lists Gold Reserves of various countries....I would find it difficult to believe this much gold is present in the US....Remember the Federal Reserve is not really owned and controlled for the interests of American citizens...it is privately owned and controlled by City of London/Rothschild Bankers...so any Gold that the Federal Reserve would hold is actually City of London Gold reserves not American Gold reserves.

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  • http://www.globalresearch.ca/americas-advancing-empire-putsch-pillage-and-duplicity/5372688March 11, 2014 - 10:10 am

    America’s Advancing Empire: Putsch, Pillage and Duplicity By Prof. James Petras Global Research, March 09, 2014 ............The Obama regime, in coordination with its allies and proxies, has re-launched a virulent world-wide campaign to destroy independent governments, encircle and ultimately, undermine global competitors, and establish a new US – EU centered world order........................ We will proceed by identifying the recent ‘cycles’ of US empire-building; the advances and retreats; the methods and strategies; the results and perspectives. Our main focus is on the imperial dynamics driving the US toward greater military confrontations, up to and including conditions which can lead to a world war........................Recent Imperial Cycles..........Remember Obama is just another puppet of the NWO, conducting wars and clandestine operations for the NWO Bankers and Corporatists....and remember the Agenda is also to disarm the American public...Hence the continuing Democratic push on Gun Control Feinstein and Pelosi and Reid and Schumer are all Corporatist NWO shills....How many of you have actually read the Constitution and Bill of Rights? Democrats have been subverted into collectivists...THEY WANT US TO COLLECTIVELY SUBMIT TO THE NWO RULE OF THE CATTLE HERDERS.........DO NOT BE HERDED BY THEM PEOPLE............WAKE UP

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  • rlw895March 11, 2014 - 11:05 am

    Oh, for Pete's sake, GO AWAY.

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  • http://www.wbresearch.com/capitalcreationeurope/attendees.aspxMarch 11, 2014 - 11:49 am

    Google.....Private Equity & Venture Capital Conference - Capital Creation 2014 wbresearch...........Now in its 13th year, Capital Creation has established itself as the most intimate boutique event on the Private Equity calendar. It presents a key opportunity to discuss the drivers and challenges in today’s market with over 350 top LPs and GPs.......... Each of these limited partners have been carefully selected and profiled before being given an invitation to attend this event. These are representing all major classes of institutional investors (including pension funds, family offices and sovereign wealth funds) ............. Here are a few examples of their current priorities: “Allocations are increasing, and we are prioritising making new commitments.” Partner, NorthSea Capital .......... “I’ll be doing more due diligence today than in the past on the GP’s ability to deploy the capital and return money regularly.” MD, OFI Asset Management.... “Evidence of operational value creation will be a key focus for due diligence.” VP, Private Equity, Bank Gutamman AG..............Look at the list here....MORE OF THE PEOPLE THAT REALLY RUN THE WORLD....Hint Private Equity Funds

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  • Today Wednesday on Info wars.....Check it outMarch 12, 2014 - 5:53 pm

    On this action-packed Wednesday, March 12 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex breaks down more attacks on our liberties while also showcasing Americans who take a stand for their rights. In Connecticut, a gun activist who exposed a pro-confiscation cop is now receiving threats for his brave action. Down in Texas, Infowars reporters and crew join the show live from SXSW in downtown Austin where armed Texans are open carrying in front of an international audience to reassert both their right to peacefully assemble and their right to keep and bear arms. Also joining the show is Kathleen Willey, the former White House aide who alleged on 60 Minutes in 1998 that Bill Clinton sexually assaulted her. Willey exposes how Hillary Clinton is engaged in a "war on women" by attacking women who Clinton believes are standing in her way. You do not want to miss this unprecedented broadcast!.....Posters Note....Remember....Just say no to Rahm Immanuel and Mitt Romney also.... anyone associated with the Bushes or Clintons are dangerous...JUST SAY NO...start now to tell them you will not vote for them......But in the mean time who can we trust? Maybe Jesse Ventura with Cynthia McKinney as running mate for Vice President? Cruz I have doubts about cause Dark elements of the Mossad really did 9/11 with help from our own US dark elements so I do not trust anyone that will not say anything bad about Israel ( the dark ops of Israel, not your average Israeli citizen )

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  • Google this.......March 12, 2014 - 6:10 pm

    Obama, Biden to Meet Central Banker Aligned with Ukraine’s Fascists ............ Kurt Nimmo March 12, 2014 .... Arseniy Yatsenyuk was handpicked by the U.S. State Department and the color revolution NGOs....... Just us/US doing the bidding of the International Bankers again..... helping them set up the Blood wars that are so profitable to the Banking Cartel....

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US / World

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Bush officials gave CIA wide latitude

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Opinion

Yes, Virginia, the Santa wish list has gone digital

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Editorial Cartoon: Dec. 20, 2014

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If you want to help the poor, fix the safety net

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Living

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Children from wife’s first marriage put father’s ashes in coffin

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Entertainment

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Sports

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FIFA will not reopen 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes

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Howe’s family reports rapid improvement

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2 Armstrong associates settle lawsuit with Landis

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Vanden girls open Nike TOC with win on Arizona

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Rookie receivers making their mark in NFL

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Gold medalist Phelps pleads guilty to DUI, avoids jail time

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CIF football bowl games headed to Sacramento

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This date in sports history for Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014

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Business

California unemployment rate dips to 7.2 percent

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Marian Kay Zutz

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Comics

Baldo

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Wizard of Id

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Zits

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B.C.

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For Better or Worse

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Home Seller 12/20/14

Real estate transactions for Dec. 20, 2014

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