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War on our War on Poverty continues

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From page A8 | January 13, 2014 |

I really enjoy reading the “Today in History” section of the Daily Republic.

On Jan. 8, it reminded us of the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s declaration of America’s War on Poverty; but that was the only article I saw commemorating this event. I find that odd, because there are more than 100,000 people right here in Solano County who should be thankful he started that war, the main features of which still remain as major safety nets in today’s fragile economy.

The Social Security Act of 1965 created Medicare and Medicaid, and the Food Stamp Act of 1964 was the precursor of today’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly knows as food stamps. While consistently mocked by the right for the past 50 years, Johnson’s War on Poverty was instrumental in reducing the number of Americans living in poverty from about 26 percent in the mid-1960s, to about 15 percent today. It has proven most effective in protecting those who can do little to protect themselves: America’s children and our elderly. While there is significantly less hunger and suffering in America than there was before the War on Poverty, I think there’s still a heck of a lot more than there should be.

Looking back a few years, to the depths of the Great Recession, our nation’s economy is in much better shape than it has been. There are currently only three unemployed people looking for work for every job opening, compared to nearly seven applicants per job in 2009. But the fact remains that while there still are more workers than jobs, America will have willing workers who are unemployed and while we can support Wall Street to the tune of $85 billion a month, money seems to be running out for Main Street’s out-of-work workers.

In the past month, we have seen the radical right-wingers in Congress awaken from their “do-nothing” stupor to cut “food stamp” and unemployment benefits for our nation’s poor. Why? Because, according to their convoluted logic, these safety nets encourage people to stay at home and not look for work. But if you view the big picture, the plain math of available jobs versus job-seekers destroys the defective foundation of their tawdry, sound-bite theory.

This right-wing narrative belongs in their trash heap of failed ideology along with their time-worn War on Poverty narrative.

The prevailing wind from the right in the 1980s was that President Johnson’s “welfare” programs had destroyed traditional American values and led to the dissolution of the family along with rising crime rates, unemployment and urban decay. This right-wing, feel-good, I’m-better-than-you theory, like today’s similar hypotheses, ignores relevant data and plays to our basest gut fears and prejudices.

A more factual view of the 1970s would show that skyrocketing oil prices, inflation, sky-high interest rates and recessions with declining employment led to large swaths of urban blight and crushing poverty. To the discerning mind, poverty and lack of opportunity are the real villains rending our American social fabric, not the bugaboos of unemployment insurance, food stamps or Medicare.

Believe it or not, our nation’s elderly needed medicines, hospitals and hip replacements even before there was Medicare.

Before Medicare, one hospital visit could easily wipe out a lifetime of savings, and then, about half of our nation’s elderly, perhaps your own grandparents, suffered in poverty until they died. Medicare coverage is a big deal – just ask anyone over 65 – and it’s no freebie government handout; it’s insurance, just like unemployment and Social Security.

My employers and I have paid about $100,000 into Medicare since 1965 and even though my card is in my wallet, I still don’t consider myself a “taker.”

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.

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  • Tax PayerJanuary 13, 2014 - 6:50 am

    Good for you Mike. I see some many folks out there that have been on the government dime for generations. I only ask that the program establish limits on how long they can be on the program. Seniors I believe should be exempt, but put some limits to the rest as it goes from generation to generation.

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  • Mike KirchubelJanuary 13, 2014 - 6:54 am

    TP, do you "know" a lot of those people, or do you believe a lot of those people exist? There is a difference.

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  • Mike KirchubelJanuary 13, 2014 - 6:51 am

    "formerly knows as food stamps." It only took you five words to mess it up.

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  • The MisterJanuary 13, 2014 - 6:59 am

    Mike... we've had a war on drugs and have more drug problems. We've had a war on cancer and have more cancer. We've had a war on terror and now we have more threats of terror. Guess what, Mike... we've had a war on poverty ever since LBJ declared it and we have more wealth-transfer payments than ever before. Please let us have no more wars on anything because, by definition, a war on something means the government will take our tax money (sometimes our bodies via the draft) and spend it in such a way as to perpetuate the problem. If there's a problem that you might believe needs a war to fix, and we've tried it many times with no success, then next time let's try this... just say no to government involvement. That's it. Simple. A step towards freedom.

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  • DanielJanuary 13, 2014 - 7:08 am

    Kirchy drive down the street look at the number of homeless, under Obama they've increased by tenfold even while the feds are blowing through $17 trillion which doesn't only include military spending. You "solution" just doesn't work.

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  • Mike KirchubelJanuary 13, 2014 - 10:48 am

    Danny, could you please provide us with a number? Grown ups try to use facts. How many are homeless in America? Let's do year by year from 1980 to now.

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  • Mike KirchubelJanuary 13, 2014 - 8:31 am

    TM, ok, i'll put you down in the "let's just give up and go back to our oldsters dying in poverty' column.

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  • The MisterJanuary 13, 2014 - 10:47 am

    Mike, that's the only option?

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  • Mike KirchubelJanuary 13, 2014 - 10:52 am

    Let's discuss your options.

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  • G-ManJanuary 19, 2014 - 8:24 am

    Let's discuss your options..first get dressed then know that median income is down as of 2010 and we're at the lowest poverty level wise since 1993.this is from the Liberal CNN so talk to them for rebuttals..talk to me for the fact that obama has not done one thing during his presidenbcy that he hasn't messed up to one degree or another...I dare you to name one thing he's done...As for your phantom war on the war against the war on poverty one need only do the math...50yrs 18Trillion $ and we've gotten abolutely nowhere save for the explosins of gov't hand outs..I'd say get smart Mike but we all know that ain't happening in this lifetime.

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  • Mike KirchubelJanuary 20, 2014 - 2:44 pm

    Gary, I am dressed. Along with jeans and running shoes, I'm wearing a crisp, clean, white tee today; it's over 70 here in sunny Fairfield. How's the weather back there? In response to your "$18 trillion" spent statement, I'm sure that you know Social Security has been running a surplus all these years, a couple trillion dollars, last time I looked. B.T.W., while you were gone, we've tried to keep away from meaningless right-wing talking points devoid of truth. We found they don't add anything to the subject matter and the posters just end up feeling bad when they can't back up their statements. Try to catch up.

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  • G-ManJanuary 20, 2014 - 3:00 pm

    The weather is relevant to the poverty discussion?..Perhaps only that it's easier to be poor in a warm climate than in a cold one..Yes it's cold in Pittsburgh..happens every winter..we should do a study on it..If Liberal sources like CNN and just about every other link one can find about poverty levels over the last 30yrs in this country are devoid of the truth then you'd be right...sadly you're left

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  • G-ManJanuary 20, 2014 - 3:17 pm

    Mike K says the Right Wing Posters can't back up their statements..If I were him I'd be more concerned that the Left can't back up their statements..just a small sampling by anyone caring to go beyond the hype and misinformation of Mike's lame attempt at left wing chest pounding..".Us Poverty on Track to rise to highest levels since 1960" Huffington Post......"30 years of. Failed Economic Policies" Common Dreams.Org....." Poverty Rate Rises in US"..CNN....I agree that there's income inequality.. obama's lavish vacations and lifestyle on the taxpayers dime drive that fact home every day..Mike it's you that should "catch up"

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  • Laci Pantees @ GaryJanuary 20, 2014 - 6:47 pm

    So sweetness please explain to us where all the jobs have gone and the evil deeds that transferred our manufacturing capabilities overseas......Explain why we can not make our own tennis shoes and underwear in our own country....You know I started to figure out what equipment it would take, and it really could be a win win for both China and the US, in that China also makes the industrial sewing machines, that they could still sell to us so that we can make our own consumer goods.....actually sweetness you probably have better things to do with your time and should probably take rlw's advice and go away, these people are just too darn annoying to deal with, they are not what I would call amusing, especially rlw he has no sense of humor like you do.

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  • G-ManJanuary 20, 2014 - 7:01 pm

    Well I certainly don't like the fact that a lot of the "green jobs" were farmed out over seas..don't like the fact that the new healthcare web masters are doing the same...Apple,Microsoft,even my beloved LL BEAN boots I see are made in China...I guess it goes to the prohibitive regulations,taxes and Union demand for unrelalistic wages in this Country...For some companies it's greed,for some it's merely survival..beyond my pay grade..and as for RLW..well I just don't see much of a party there...

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  • rlw895January 13, 2014 - 9:19 am

    If we've done all this "wealth transfer" how come the wealthy keep getting wealthier?

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  • Mike KirchubelJanuary 13, 2014 - 10:40 am

    Good point, RLW. These guys only know about one kind of wealth transfer, the little one.

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  • Bob LivesayJanuary 13, 2014 - 7:16 am

    Mike it is not the right wing as you say. It is the very Liberal Left Wing or as I might just say the Liberal Socialist. Everyone on both sides of the aisle wants to help those in need. But at the same time the left must learn that full employement is the answer. Not social programs that become a way of life. S/S and Medicare {most of it } are supported by employees and employers. You pay for it so it is not an entitlement as Obamcare looks like it will be for many folks when we already had Medicaide. Or as we call it in California Medical There are parts of Obamacare that good and should have been put into an expanded Medicaid program. Putting blame on the right when for over forty years the House of Reps was controlled by the liberals and in many years also the Senate. Sorry Mike I am not buying your blame game. When I see that Harry and the rest of his clan say the Republicans block everything they want to do. Try Obamacare, not one Republican vote. The Liberals call a bi-partisan way only when its what the Liberals want. Well you got Obamacare and are going to have to go down with it big time. Shifting your messages to Christie and other issues will not save you this time. For sure when you a President that has lost trust of the voters in all three groups.

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  • Mike KirchubelJanuary 13, 2014 - 10:58 am

    Bob, i dont understand your point, if there is one. The column is about medicare and food stamps. Where did obamacare and christy come from? Can you rephrase?

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  • rlw895January 13, 2014 - 11:05 pm

    If you depend on "social programs" for your "way of life," you don't have much of a life. Few would want it. Many would take it if they have no choice but die. That's about as it should be.

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  • Today Monday on InfowarsJanuary 13, 2014 - 9:18 am

    On this Monday, January 13 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex breaks down the latest on the West Coast radiation and the tensions flaring in the South China Sea. China is preparing to take Philippine-occupied Thitu Island by force with an invasion which will likely start a regional war at the very least. From the other side of the Pacific, physician and chemical expert Dr. Richard Davis, M.D. joins the show to discuss the dangers of Fukushima's high-level radiation which is now on the West Coast. On the scene at the Golden Gate bridge, Jakari Jackson and the Infowars crew report on the public's reaction to how the local media is downplaying this radiation. Alex also takes your calls throughout the broadcast. wwwinfowarscom....prisonplanet dot tv

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  • GoogleJanuary 13, 2014 - 9:20 am

    Neocons Call for U.S. Military Action Against Al-Qaeda in Iraq Neocon faction pushing for war again Kurt Nimmo January 13, 2014

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  • https://wikispooks.com/ISGP/organisations/JASON_Group.htmJanuary 13, 2014 - 9:24 am

    Everybody should download this and print it off if possible, in case it gets yanked off the net.....remember do not pay attention to any mention of aliens there are no aliens.

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  • Wikipedia....Le CercleJanuary 13, 2014 - 9:30 am

    Le Cercle....Le Cercle is a foreign policy think-tank specialising in international security. Set up after World War II, the group has members from twenty-five countries and meets at least bi-annually, in Washington, D.C., United States................. The group's current chairman is Norman Lamont, former British Chancellor of the Exchequer.................................At some point in the 1950s, Le Cercle was established by former French prime minister Antoine Pinay and French intelligence agent Jean Violet under the name Cercle Pinay.......................... In later years, the British took over the chairmanship of Le Cercle. Leading members included the ex-MI6 officer Anthony Cavendish, the British Tory MP Julian Amery. and Brian Crozier............................ Alan Clark the British Conservative MP and historian stated in his diaries that Le Cercle was funded by the CIA....................... Le Cercle has operated in anonymity since its creation, with only a handful of articles having been written about it. The Cercle was mentioned in the early 1980s by Der Spiegel in Germany as a result of the controversy surrounding Franz Josef Strauß, one of the regular attendants of the Cercle. In the late 1990s, the Cercle received some attention after a scandal had broken out involving Jonathan Aitken, at the time chairman of Le Cercle. Members that were contacted by newspapers refused to answer any questions.....................

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  • http://lecercle.lesechos.fr/economistes-project-syndicate/autres-auteurs/221183878/china-untapped-growth-potentialJanuary 13, 2014 - 9:44 am

    Don't we all just adore evil Think Tanks, whose thoughts in the end revolve around Financial Control and Military Adventure!....Very Couched Info here?....Do not know if this relates directly to THE THINK TANK...Echoes of the Circle

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  • https://wikispooks.com/ISGP/organisations/Le_Cercle_membership_list.htmJanuary 13, 2014 - 9:53 am

    ? Membership list

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  • On this list see...January 13, 2014 - 10:12 am

    Cecil, Robert Gascoyne (7th Marquess of Salisbury)....... ties a lot of things together....back to the Venetian Black Nobility

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  • See Cecil, Lord MichaelJanuary 13, 2014 - 10:29 am

    August 4, 2011, Vanity Fair, 'Washington Dropped the Ball on a Secret Afghan Wireless Communications Company that Might Have Prevented 9/11': "Vanity Fair contributing editor David Rose reveals for the first time that in 1999 the Taliban had granted license to an American company, Afghan Wireless Communications, to construct a cell-phone, and, Internet system in Afghanistan. Had the secret deal, named Operation Foxden, been completed, the U.S. would have had complete access to al-Qaeda and Taliban calls and e-mails in a matter of months. “The capability we would have had would have been very good,” a former N.S.A. official tells Rose. “Had this network been built with the technology that existed in 2000, it would have been a priceless intelligence asset.” But, as Rose reports, “at the critical moment, the CLINTON ADMINISTRATION PUT THE PROJECT ON HOLD, while rival U.S. agencies—the F.B.I., the N.S.A., and the C.I.A.—bickered over who should control it.” This “was one tool we could have put in Afghanistan that could have made a difference,” says a former C.I.A. official. “Why didn’t we put it in? Because we couldn’t agree.” According to Rose, Ehsan Bayat, an Afghan-American telecommunications entrepreneur, who was also a counterterrorism source working for the F.B.I., had built close relationships with senior Taliban officials, including foreign minister Wakil Ahmed Muttawakil. Bayat was in the habit of giving his Taliban friends satellite phones as gifts—phones that Rose believes may even have been used by Osama bin Laden and Mullah Omar. Through his connections, and with the aide of British partners, Bayat brokered a deal to set up a company called Afghan Wireless. The Afghan Ministry of Communications would hold 20 percent of the company and Bayat would retain the majority share. According to details of the deal outlined in Vanity Fair, “not only would the new phone company be the sole cell and landline provider in Afghanistan, it would also control the “gateways” out of the country—all voice and data traffic, including that carried by satellite phones and the Internet.....See the Clintons were very much in on setting up 9/11

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  • http://truthandlife.us/The_Rothschild_Cartel.htmlJanuary 13, 2014 - 10:45 am

    I haven't had time to look through this one, but looks interesting......Another goose Chase would be to ID existing Rothschild/Luciferian/Globalist power structures in China and Russia....ie try to ID who are the Luciferian players in these countries...have to ID the political, financial, corporate, also important the Media heads who do the PSYOPS on the citizens of any given country. and military heads that do the Luciferian bidding in these countries.....can't do a real good job of this unless you speak the native language....point being the Illuminati is in all countries with indigenous operatives ( who may not even know they are operatives in some instances )

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  • rlw895January 13, 2014 - 11:07 pm

    Go away.

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  • MadelineJanuary 13, 2014 - 11:08 am

    People have been trying to take over the world since the beginning of time and have failed. Why? Because their associates are equally as untrustworthy and they eventually turn on each other. Satan wanted to be God, we all know how well that worked out for that jerk, he's never going home to luxury and death waits for him. Bin Ladin is dead. All those who worship money and kill citizens for land, business or even genome will wind up like the money they worship. Green, wrinkled and lifeless. 'As for me and my house'..for those of you who know the rest of that line then you know why I am at peace and can say. Peace Out!

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  • patrickJanuary 13, 2014 - 12:10 pm

    The Quote of the Decade: "The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that, 'the buck stops here.' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better." ~ Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006

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  • Mike KirchubelJanuary 13, 2014 - 12:24 pm

    Thanks for that. It's good to see that Obama had a good understanding of the problem as it existed at that time. I would agree that going off to wars when it was unnecessary and cutting taxes when the budget was not balanced were wrong choices by Bush II. What would you have done given Obama's much different circumstances? What would you have cut?

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  • NO no no....Mike Kirchubel,,,Mike KirchubelJanuary 13, 2014 - 12:34 pm

    Obama is just another puppet of the NWO. Would it hurt your feelings if I did write some letters to the Editor and directly rebut you? Cause when your bad, your so so bad.

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  • So Y won't this post...Last Chance...Last DanceJanuary 13, 2014 - 12:44 pm

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xmfFdY1Rtg

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  • Well...No Answers guess it is time to Zen out 4 A wile By ByJanuary 13, 2014 - 1:03 pm

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSWfgpfN3qU

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  • Mike KirchubelJanuary 13, 2014 - 1:05 pm

    StR, you are certainly welcome to write letters to the editor praising my work, but if you want to rebut me saying obama is not part of the grand conspiracy to take over the world, what would you rebut? I dont think ive ever said that he was part of it or not. If you can find a quote, by me, not yourself, that says he is or is not part of your conspiracy, i would be greatly surprised.

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  • CD BrooksJanuary 13, 2014 - 3:45 pm

    Mike, she moved. If she was still in CA she'd be safe. But wherever she landed probably won't have the same sense of humor. The white coats will round her up and the enforcer will ignore the calls. Let her write!

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  • How did you know that I have actually done time in the Psych Ward?January 13, 2014 - 5:22 pm

    Now you have hurt the feelings of anybody that has ever been committed.....Quite a common experience actually for experimental subjects, and yes me being "rounded up" is a very real possibility, which is why I don't want to be taken alive......I have never found the phrase....Candy little girl?....very funny either.

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  • and NO LIE Black Helicopter over the House twice todayJanuary 13, 2014 - 6:45 pm

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIUZbA1bxnE

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  • Tinsley Ellis ~ To The Devil For A DimeJanuary 13, 2014 - 6:49 pm

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQw5ROty_f4

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  • U have to claw your way back to your Happy Place! TINSLEY ELLIS - Feelin'no painJanuary 13, 2014 - 6:55 pm

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XE9gySdG1Ns

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  • SHOUT OUT TO SATURDAY NIGHT LIVEJanuary 14, 2014 - 7:14 am

    You should put this Tinsley Ellis guy, seems to me he has paid his Blues Dues.......

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  • I need to proof...SHOUT OUT TO SATURDAY NIGHT LIVEJanuary 14, 2014 - 7:17 am

    You should put this Tinsley Ellis guy on your show, seems to me he has paid his Blues Dues.......

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  • Google....January 16, 2014 - 2:43 am

    Mon Jul 07, 2008 Transcend the Pain: Techniques for Enduring Torture, Part Two dailykos

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  • http://www.globalresearch.ca/enduring-torture/998January 16, 2014 - 2:59 am

    Google....Enduring Tortuer By Ghali Hassan Global Research, September 25, 2005.......and remember 9/11 was an inside job by these same Republican NEOCONs with the help of the Clintons and the top Democrats and that Bin Laden was actually a CIA asset that was set up as the patsy....the Afghan, Iraqi, Libyan now Syrian...? Iranian people...the citizens of these countries did not attack the United States.also that we used depleted uranium on Iraq...and gulf war syndrome could have been caused by this also.

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  • IT'S NOT MY CROSS TO BEARJanuary 13, 2014 - 7:08 pm

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZN1No_83gY

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  • G-ManJanuary 20, 2014 - 3:33 pm

    Obama called Afghanistan the "good war"...so let's give that one to him OK...It's 5 yrs into this failed presidency..way past time to own up obama and quit blaming everyone but yourself for your total lack of experience and over abundance of incompetence..labor participation rate is the lowest in 40yrs...and Medicare and Food Stamps have plenty in common with obamacare all three are government programs that are collapsing under theiir own weight....only difference I can see is that obamacare is collapsing light speed faster than the other two and is playing more havoc with our economy than a Bull in a China Shop...what's obama's approval rating now?..The Bush you denigrate with every other word actually had better numbers...actually all his numbers were better...Miss him yet?

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  • CD BrooksJanuary 13, 2014 - 1:01 pm

    “The shortened quote now attributed to him is a verbatim capture of the opening and closing paragraphs of his remarks of 16 March 2006. (The Senate vote held later that day on a resolution to increase the debt limit passed by a 52-48 margin, with Senator Obama voting against it.) President Obama has undergone a change of position regarding raising the debt limit. In a 15 April 2011 Good Morning America interview, President Obama said this of his reasons for doing so: I think that it's important to understand the vantage point of a senator versus the vantage point of a president. When you're a senator, traditionally what's happened is, this is always a lousy vote. Nobody likes to be tagged as having increased the debt limit — for the United States by a trillion dollars. As president, you start realizing, you know what, we, we can't play around with this stuff. This is the full faith and credit of the United States. And so that was just an example of a new senator making what is a political vote as opposed to doing what was important for the country. And I'm the first one to acknowledge it.”

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  • Mike KirchubelJanuary 13, 2014 - 1:10 pm

    Plus, the circumstances were completely different. Bush was simply spending and cutting taxes willy nilly. Obama was handed a trashed economy with the feds bei g the only entity that could keep the wheels from coming completely off.

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  • rlw895January 13, 2014 - 11:17 pm

    Right Mike. So why didn't Obama say that when asked? 2006 was a world apart from 2009 when Obama took office. This country has to learn to run surpluses during the good times so it can afford to run deficits during the bad times. I don't fault a senator for voting "no" in protest as long as he knows he's going to be on the losing side so his vote doesn't count. I even respect it during good times.

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  • G-ManJanuary 16, 2014 - 1:47 am

    We've had surpluses?

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  • Mr. SmithJanuary 13, 2014 - 2:02 pm

    Mike: If you don't AGREE with StR in writing, that makes you a denier. Thus, she can rebut you in letters to the editor. By her rules, you are guilty as charged. You are so screwed!

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  • Mike KirchubelJanuary 13, 2014 - 2:20 pm

    Got it. I was trying to weave a very thin line between her posts.

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  • G-ManJanuary 13, 2014 - 4:05 pm

    Ol Mikey..Same shirt same song..20 Trillion spent on the war on poverty since LBJ and we have more people in poverty than ever....and RLW still moaning about the rich..If we had a billion dollars for every time you boys espoused socialism we'd beat the war on poverty..or probably not the government would just waste that too..any of you take a 100 Million dollar vacation lately?..Will any of you make a 100 Million in say 100 years..the obamas blow thru that in two weeks...get a grip..

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  • Mike KirchubelJanuary 15, 2014 - 10:51 am

    Gary, When have i ever espoused socialism? And when did you get out?

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  • G-ManJanuary 15, 2014 - 12:56 pm

    Not quite out just yet..in a half way house they let me use the PC for 20min/day..Did I say "espoused socialism?.I meant to say your spouse is a socialist...would progressive suit you better?...C'mon M..you say Johnson's programs alieviated rising crime rates,unemployment and urban decay?...Been to Detroit lately? Been to America lately?..And as for your numbers on Americans living in poverty I suggest all good readers here just Google % of Americans in poverty..Liberals like NPR and CBS as well as the Right present some figures that totally dispute yours...but let's stay official 92million people are unemployed the labor participation rate is at it's lowest since ppint since 1978..it's been awhile can't remember..who was president then?...The left moan about the current state to increase handouts...the right moan about the current state to stop the handouts...the political environment in this and most every other country that hasn't sunk in to anarchy is the closet think to perpetual motion I can think of..As for the cold hearted conservatives of which I am a member..I pay over a 1000/mo for health insurance (just me),I have pre existing conditions..but I'm st pragmatic enough to say...the transgressions of the Insurance Industry could have been dealt with with regulations..just like the credit card transgressions were dealt with...and as for everything else please get big government out of the way and let the private sector and the ingenuity and spirit of the American entrepreneurs and the American Workers do what they do best PRODUCE...Gov't produces nothing except frustration.

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  • Mike KirchubelJanuary 16, 2014 - 11:37 am

    Gary, you keep saying that i said things i never said, then you argue against a person that doesnt exist. I imagine, in your mind, you win a lot of arguments.

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  • G-ManJanuary 16, 2014 - 1:28 pm

    My bad.. can only do so much in 20min..my post was based on a CBS/NPR blog..you didn't say that..not trying to win any arguments..

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  • CD BrooksJanuary 15, 2014 - 2:43 pm

    HA! HA! Mike, I like that! G-man, when DID you get out??

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  • rlw895January 15, 2014 - 11:53 pm

    Is accusing someone of moaning supposed to be an argument? Oh, wait a minute, it's G! To him, insults ARE arguments. Go away.

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  • G-ManJanuary 16, 2014 - 1:39 am

    RLW you always had a low insult threshhold..quit moaning

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  • Danny BuntinJanuary 13, 2014 - 7:05 pm

    Some of what STR writes is correct. Unfortunately she ends up just muddying the waters with info war/you-tube links, to were I just scroll to the next comment.

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  • Well to say that I am not exactly feeling the love here , is an understatementJanuary 14, 2014 - 7:12 pm

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFe0XV9MA_Q

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  • french and saunders dr quimn pt1January 14, 2014 - 8:01 pm

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cb5sJ5Hih4I

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  • What kind of man are you ?January 14, 2014 - 8:29 pm

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYM2tARYm90

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  • Today Wednesday on InfowarsJanuary 15, 2014 - 9:27 am

    On this unprecedented Wednesday, January 15 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex breaks down the definition of a modern dictatorship as Obama destroys the American system of checks and balances. Obama has now openly usurped power from Congress, saying that he won't wait on Congress to pass laws and will instead write and enforce his own through executive orders. He's been doing this before by enforcing non-existent provisions of Obamacare but now he admits it publicly. Alex talks to human consciousness expert Dr. Nick Begich about social engineering, which is what politicians like Obama are using to manufacture consent from the American people for their brazen power grabs. Alex also takes your calls throughout the broadcast.wwwinfowarscom

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  • Book SuggestionsJanuary 15, 2014 - 10:47 am

    Controlling the Human Mind: The Technologies of Political Control or Tools for Peak Performance Paperback by Nick Begich...................................... Angels Don't Play This Haarp: Advances in Tesla Technology by Nick Begich and Jeane Manning (Sep 1995).................. Earth Rising: The Revolution, Toward a Thousand Years of Peace by Nick Begich, James Roderick and Shelah J. Slade (Jan 2, 2000)

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  • But rememberJanuary 15, 2014 - 10:53 am

    READ REVELATION IN THE BIBLE

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  • http://washingtonexaminer.com/republican-party-eyes-cruz-31-others-for-president-in-2016-in-straw-poll/article/2542251January 15, 2014 - 11:57 pm

    Google...GOP mulls 32 candidates for president in 2016--so far By PAUL BEDARD | JANUARY 15, 2014 washingtonexaminer........

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  • Today Friday on InfowarsJanuary 16, 2014 - 12:54 pm

    Alex Jones covers a wide array of topics on this Thursday, January 16 edition of his worldwide broadcast. He examines alarming reports that the Chinese military is mobilizing troops for a possible crisis on the Korean Peninsula. China, which holds a record $1.3 trillion in U.S. Treasurys, has increasingly flexed its military might, particularly in regard to Japan and territorial claims. Alex also looks at a plan by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein to produce a film attacking the right of Americans to own firearms, as guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the Constitution. Alex takes your calls and runs down other developing news stories on today's show.wwwinfowarscom

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  • Meant Thursday on InfowarsJanuary 16, 2014 - 1:48 pm

    Google....New Evidence Implicating Globalist Kissinger in War Crimes Kurt Nimmo January 16, 2014........ Elder globalist known for his Colbert comedy routine, not his avid participation in mass murder

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  • GoogleJanuary 17, 2014 - 9:07 am

    Think Tank: “Extraordinary Crisis” Needed to Preserve “New World Order” Paul Joseph Watson January 17, 2014 ......... Author of ‘shock and awe’ doctrine says elite threatened by non-state actors like Edward Snowden

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  • http://investmentwatchblog.com/leaked-german-government-warns-key-entities-not-to-use-windows-8-links-the-nsa/January 17, 2014 - 9:21 am

    LEAKED: German Government Warns Key Entities Not To Use Windows 8 – Links The NSA August 21st, 2013 investmentwatchblog................According to leaked internal documents from the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) that Die Zeit obtained, IT experts figured out that Windows 8, the touch-screen enabled, super-duper, but sales-challenged Microsoft operating system is outright dangerous for data security. It allows Microsoft to control the computer remotely through a built-in backdoor. Keys to that backdoor are likely accessible to the NSA – and in an unintended ironic twist, perhaps even to the Chinese....................... The backdoor is called “Trusted Computing,” developed and promoted by the Trusted Computing Group, founded a decade ago by the all-American tech companies AMD, Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, and Wave Systems. Its core element is a chip, the Trusted Platform Module (TPM), and an operating system designed for it, such as Windows 8. Trusted Computing Group has developed the specifications of how the chip and operating systems work together.....To me the interesting thing is the admitted Chinese ability.......See the Globalists are building up China because the Chinese Military? and the Central Banks of China have been controlled for a long time by Rothschild plants in China and Hong Kong......See why was there no fuss about giving Hong Kong back to China......Why was control of the Panama Canal basically given to the Chinese?......Why did the Clinton Administration supply important secrets to China? Remember it is the Banker controlled Government Military operatives that we should fear....not the Chinese people themselves, these people have suffered greatly under the Banker Sponsored Communism they have endured.

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  • Wikipedia....Trusted Platform ModuleJanuary 17, 2014 - 9:33 am

    The Trusted Platform Module (TPM) is an international standard for a secure cryptoprocessor. The TPM technical specification was written by a computer industry consortium called the Trusted Computing Group (TCG). The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standardized the specification as ISO/IEC 11889 in 2009.[1] The Trusted Computing Group continues to revise the TPM specification. They published revision 116 of the TPM specification version 1.2 on 3 March 2011,[2] while draft of the TPM specification version 2.0 is undergoing review as of November 2013.[3]..........Starting in 2006, many new laptop computers have been sold with a Trusted Platform Module chip built-in. In the future, this concept could be co-located on an existing motherboard chip in computers, or any other device where a TPM's facilities could be employed, such as a cell phone. On a PC, the LPC bus is used............................. TPM microcontrollers are currently manufactured by Atmel, Broadcom, Infineon,[13] Intel,[14] ITE,[15] Nuvoton (formerly Winbond), Sinosun, STMicroelectronics and Toshiba.

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  • Today Friday on Infowars.....This is IMPORTANT WAKE UP PEOPLEJanuary 17, 2014 - 9:28 am

    On the Friday, January 17 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex breaks down how "non-state actors” like Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning are derailing the “new world order,” as an Atlantic Council writer warns that an “extraordinary crisis” is needed to preserve it. Alex also reports on the NSA's continued evisceration of the Fourth Amendment with impunity, while Obama performs his usual routine of feigned frustration and ignorance. On today's show, Alex invites expert weather forecaster Piers Corbin, the owner of WeatherAction.com, to analyze the causes of extreme winter weather conditions seen throughout the U.S., and to discuss how the “global warming” agenda, or “climate change” as it's increasingly being referenced, is losing steam. We'll also examine other hard-hitting news items and take your calls on this worldwide broadcast.wwwinfowarscom

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  • http://truth11.com/2013/03/23/so-you-dont-believe-in-chemtrails/January 17, 2014 - 9:44 am

    Weather Modification is a real NWO operation people......In the 1990s, people began to notice that the contrails normally emitted by aircraft were lingering in the sky, forming cloud cover and blocking out the sun. Some of these people could see that they were being sprayed with some substance, so in order to understand what it was, they had their rainwater and soil independently tested. The tests consistently found exceedingly high levels of aluminium, barium and strontium in areas affected by spraying. These tests have now been carried out in many countries around the world with the same results. Some of the countries in which tests have been done include the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Britain, France, Germany, Spain, France and many others. You can view some of these test results at the followinglink........Google.....So You Don’t Believe in Chemtrails? by ishtarsgate truth11 com........also remember to Google...PNAC report 9/11 PNAC perps still whining for US to fight Israel's wars | Veterans ...

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  • So everyone does realize that at this point in time.....January 17, 2014 - 10:06 am

    Money worldwide is a completely gossamer concept.....Because whoever the ultimate Financial Dungeon Master is can really input any amount into the money system that they want?.....Because some of the tech stuff is so expensive this has to be the case.....it is just the "fairy tale" indebtedness of countries and the control of the population that the digital digits represent that is the important concept here? and the ability to fund the worldwide Black Projects?.....really the computer aspect is very important here, that and the control of the oil.....what I want to know is,,,,,is there a centrally located Dungeon Master Computer....it would seem to be whoever controls the Computer Coding that manages the transfers between Banks?....Remember they control everything....Gold price....stocks, bonds....Commodity futures markets....oil prices....the major corporations......the currency exchange rates....WAKE UP all you insiders, the people at the top will collapse us and you will go down too. Is this really the case is what I am asking.

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  • Eisenhower Farewell Address (Full)January 17, 2014 - 10:16 am

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWiIYW_fBfY

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  • http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2540712/Hugging-massage-fantasy-listed-explicit-acts-ways-express-sexual-feelings-MIDDLE-SCHOOL.htmlJanuary 17, 2014 - 10:50 am

    Yes the Sexualization of children is very important to the Luciferian NWO agenda....remember anything goes with that group, there is no moral standard, no absolute, do as you will shall be the whole of the law.....abusing children is an evil bonding ritual with demons and spiritual entrance gateway for the demonic....Google....Parents' fury as list of explicit acts is posted in MIDDLE SCHOOL classroom By Ashley Collman 16 January 2014

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  • http://english.pravda.ru/hotspots/crimes/16-08-2010/114615-sexual_magic_ancient_slavs-0/January 17, 2014 - 10:56 am

    Founder of School of Sexual Magic of Ancient Slavs Put on Federal Wanted List 16.08.2010 pravda

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  • http://www.whale.to/c/insider.htmlJanuary 17, 2014 - 11:29 am

    Insider Exposes Famous Satanists July 30, 2011 Aloysius Fozdyke ........................... Crowley constantly stressed attracting significant and successful people into the occult world and Satanism certainly did. Prior to the 1960s many Freemasons were recruited internationally. These well placed, professional connections are still paying dividends today, particularly in Ireland, but Australia was no different. Aristocrats (particularly those with strong Norman ancestry), politicians, bureaucrats, media glitterati, social workers and even Christian clerics now worship at the altars of Satan.

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  • http://www.nwotoday.com/the-new-world-orders-history/the-socialist-review-american-politicians/lyndon-b-johnsonJanuary 17, 2014 - 4:33 pm

    Democrat/Republican same same Globalist Banker Puppets....The political winds again began to shift leftward by the 1960s as the pressure of the rising Civil Rights movement expanded and Johnson focused on the New Deal reforms that had begun in the 1930s. The Economic Opportunity Act that followed established the Office of Economic Opportunity which coordinated among other things family planning and community health centers as the New Deal Coalition remained Washington’s modus operandi. President Johnson created the ‘unified budget’ in the late 1960s to disguise the real cost of the Vietnam War.............................. Johnson didn't want to ask for income tax increases to pay for ambitious government programs of that era (the Vietnam War, the Great Society War on Poverty, the NASA Space Race) so he placed Social Security overwithholding “on budget” and added them to the general operating budget of the United States Government so the overwithholding could be used to pay for other government programs and would make the federal budget appear balanced. The resulting debt to Trust Funds would be presented “off budget.”................................... Concerning Executive Order 11110 that was signed by John F Kennedy with the authority to strip the Federal Reserve Bank of its power to loan money to the United States Federal Government at interest. This Executive Order was never reversed by President Lyndon B. Johnson and it remained on the books until President Ronald Reagan issued Executive Order 12608 on September 9, 1987. This Executive Order specifically revoked the sections added by E.O. 11110 which effectively revoked the entire Order. The Federal Reserve had won and was free to loot and pillage the national wealth of America.

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  • http://cnsnews.com/mrctv-blog/mike-ciandella/obama-picks-soros-crony-lead-nsa-probeJanuary 18, 2014 - 8:21 am

    Obama Picks Soros Crony to Lead NSA Probe January 17, 2014 By Mike Ciandella cnsnews com.........So Mike Kirchubel, Mike Kirchubel.....please if you are a man of honor read this piece and then still tell me that the Democrats are any better than the Republicans.....Staying on message Democrat/Republicans all are bought and paid for by the ruling elite power structures and Billionaires the Illuminati has set up to finance the NWO power structure Agenda.

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  • Still Report #165 - Nigel Farage @ EU Some GOOD NEWS!January 18, 2014 - 8:56 am

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psr1ZxCdodI&feature=em-uploademail

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  • Duane Eddy - LONESOME ROAD - Stereo 1959!January 19, 2014 - 5:26 am

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRZ2gaNgJTU&list=PLEDE925894311438E

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  • http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/195899-feinstein-metadata-program-here-to-stayJanuary 19, 2014 - 2:23 pm

    Google.........January 19, 2014, Feinstein: Metadata program here to stay By Justin Sink thehill .................................. Feinstein is evil she should go away. So who is going to do this....List all the Senators from worst to best and the reasons why they are the worst or the best......We need a list, we also need GOOD proper thinking Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, non-Declared, Independent....Candidates to run against the incumbents........So is it till Mid March that is the Deadline to pull papers to run?.......Go pull your candidacy pepers now people.....if nothing else you get to put your Campaign statement on all the sample and real voting ballots.

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  • http://vaticproject.blogspot.com/2012/11/so-who-is-diane-feinstein-you-will-be.htmlJanuary 19, 2014 - 2:35 pm

    Google....Diane Feinstein Illuminati

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  • http://www.jeremiahproject.com/newworldorder/nworder04.htmlJanuary 19, 2014 - 2:41 pm

    Meant Google....dianne Feinstein illuminati.......Dianne Feinstein is a Bilderberg......she should be sued for treason.

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  • Today Sunday on InfowarsJanuary 19, 2014 - 2:25 pm

    On the LIVE Sunday, January 19 broadcast of the Alex Jones Show, Jones dissects Obama's promises to reign in the NSA, and compares them against the body of lies that have already spewed forth from the executive branch. Alex also examines increased tensions in the Middle East, the latest Obamacare news and Obama's most recent attempt to label his opposition “racists.” On today's show, Alex gets legal activist Larry Klayman's take on Obama's touted NSA reforms. Previously, Klayman was attacked by the mainstream media after winning a lawsuit against the NSA, which led a U.S. District Court Judge to declare monitoring of Americans' phone calls likely a violation of the Fourth Amendment. We'll also cover other news items and take your calls on this worldwide transmission.wwwinfowarscom

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLEaWNGDgxA

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