Saturday, August 24, 2013

The Last Shovel Maker: Harvey Ward, age 87, carves beautiful grained shovels with a double edged axe.

Via The Daily Timewaster


Have archaeologists discovered the grave of Alexander the Great? Experts find enormous marble tomb fit for a king under a massive mound in Greece

Via Knuckledraggin' My Life Away


Archaeologists have uncovered what could be the grave of Alexander the Great

Archaeologists have uncovered what could be the grave of Alexander the Great at a site near ancient Amphipolis.

The warrior king - who ruled in the 4th century BC - was thought to be buried in Egypt. But experts have now become excited after they uncovered a marble-faced wall dating from the time.

The structure measures an impressive wall measuring 500 metres long and three metres high, which archaeologists believe could contain a royal grave.

The site near ancient Amphipolis lies 370 miles north of Athens.

Pool Hustlers

Via Ninety Miles From Tyranny

A Beautiful August Day for Flagging

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Tuesday, August 13th was a warm day on the Boulevard, but the clouds moved in to cool the Flaggers off a bit and many good conversations were held with residents and visitors to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. 9 Flaggers were in attendance and CBS 6 visited us on the sidewalk for interviews regarding the I-95 Battle Flag.

Evidence U.S. bribed Muslim Brotherhood officials

 

A  question apparently being raised in next week’s trial in Cairo of Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leaders facing criminal charges is this: Was the Obama administration paying bribes as large as $850,000 a year to the Morsi government that were distributed by top ministerial level officials to Muslim Brotherhood leaders, with the direct involvement of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo?

WND is in possession of an official document from inside the Morsi government that lends credibility to a report published in Arabic by an Egyptian newspaper in Cairo that lists the charges brought by the current military-controlled government against Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leaders.

As seen above, WND has obtained official records from the deposed Morsi government in Egypt, with signatures, documenting monthly “gifts” paid to Muslim Brotherhood leaders in Egypt by the former prime minister and foreign minister of Qatar, Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor Al Thani.

The document was seized from Egyptian government offices in Cairo when the Morsi government was deposed by the military July 3.

As translated by former PLO member and native Arabic-speaker Walid Shoebat, the monthly “gifts” listed in the document amount to bribes paid by the Morsi government to leading Muslim Brotherhood members in Egypt, including an annual payment of $750,000 to $850,000 in U.S. dollars.

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Hamp, but a few years ago........:)

Voter frustration with government hits critical mass: Pent-up anger over leaders' actions produces talk of secession


While the move by residents in several Colorado counties to secede from the state has been described as frustration over recent moves by the legislature in Denver, a retired political scientist and author says the move actually is a symptom of a much larger undercurrent of frustration that Republicans are in a prime position to tap into in 2014 and beyond.

“What is happening in Colorado is a little bit different than what we have seen elsewhere,” Charles Dunn a retired political scientist with Regent University said. “What we’re seeing is a manifestation of the frustration and distrust by the people in Weld County who are angry at what their state government and leaders are doing and this has caused them to be distrustful of them.”
 
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New Obamacare Lawsuit May Reach Supreme Court & Deem Obama/IRS Actions Unconstitutional

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 Last year, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare, was upheld to be constitutional as a tax. Though it’s been three years since Obamacare has been the law of the land, problems have arisen (we all knew they would), and costs have skyrocketed from their projections (we knew that too). As a result, some parts of Obamacare will be delayed by one year. However, it looks as if the Supreme Court may just get a second hearing on the unpopular, and in many of our opinions unconstitutional law.

How’s that? Well, when constructing the sweeping legislation, apparently lawmakers, specifically Democrats, made an error by allowing states to decide whether or not they would set up their own insurance exchange, which they would control. If a state chose not to set up an exchange, then the federal government would establish one. States establishing an insurance exchange under Obamacare would tax employers who did not provide insurance under the employer mandate. The money would be returned to employees to purchase insurance through the state’s insurance exchange.

The problem comes because more than two dozen states have chosen not to establish state insurance exchanges.

Barack Obama and the Democrats didn’t place a tax in the bill for states that opted out of the state insurance exchanges. Therefore, they cannot be taxed. So much for setting up federal exchanges in the states.

So what about all of that? How does it make the issue unconstitutional? In order to correct the glaring problem, Barack Obama bypassed Congress and had the Internal Revenue Service re-write the law. I know, you are shocked, right? Obama and the IRS, once again involved in criminal activity against the people of America. This is not a scandal, it’s criminal.

The United States Constitution, Article 1, Section 1 reads:

Bathroom wars: Transgenders get flushed

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A well-organized coalition of pro-family and civic organizations in Miami-Dade soundly defeated a measure that would have given transsexuals access to public restrooms and locker rooms used by the opposite sex.

The Miami-Dade Commission gave initial approval in May to adding “gender identity and expression” to the county’s anti-discrimination law by an 11-1 vote but the measure stalled after intense lobbying by opponents – led by the local Christian Family Coalition.

Bill sponsors withdrew it on August 14 because they lacked the votes to get it through committee.
The victory in liberal Miami-Dade “is really landmark,” said Christian Family Coalition executive director Anthony Verdugo of the win 36 years after singer Anita Bryant led the successful repeal of Miami-Dade County’s homosexual rights law.

“When we caught wind of it, we had three weeks to organize,” said Verdugo. His team exhaustively researched the issue, developed a communications strategy and filled a hearing room with nearly 300 opponents when the commission took testimony on July 8.

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Racial Results of Reconstruction

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The Radical Republicans greatly harmed the black man who had to live as a neighbor to Southern white people.  In 1930 author Robert Penn Warren argued for “the general and fundamental restoration” of relations between white and black, and that “Inter-racial conferences and the devices of organized philanthropy, [are only palliatives] in comparison with this major concern.” Mutual understanding and respect was needed rather than external meddling.
Bernhard Thuersam, Chairman
North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial Commission
"Unsurpassed Valor, Courage and Devotion to Liberty"
"The Official Website of the North Carolina WBTS Sesquicentennial"

Racial Results of Reconstruction

“The Reconstruction did little to remedy the Negro’s defects in preparation [as a citizen].  Certainly, he discovered himself as a political power, but he was also to discover that the fruits of his power were plucked by someone else, by the friends who gave him big talk and big promises.  Sometimes he got an office out of it all and smoked big cigars in the chair of a legislature. 

The political training which he received, however, was the worst that could possibly been devised to help him; it was training in corruption, oppression, and rancor.  

When the earth shook and the fool, or scoundrel, departed after his meat, leaving his bankrupt promises, the Negro was to realize that he had paid a heavy price for the legislative seat and cigar. He had been oppressed for centuries, but the few years in which he was used as an instrument of oppression solved nothing. 

Instead, they sadly mortgaged his best immediate capital; that capital was the confidence of the Southern white man with whom he had to live.  The Civil War had much to show the Negro’s character at its best, but, so short is human memory, the Reconstruction badly impaired the white man’s respect and gratitude.  The rehabilitation of the white man’s confidence for the Negro is part of the Southern white man’s story since 1880.

Some people in the North thought that the immediate franchise carried with it a magic which would insure its success as a cure-all and fix-all for the Negro’s fate.  [A more] realistic view [was] that the hope and safety of everyone concerned rested in the education of the Negro . . . 

The most prominent man in Negro education of the past [has said]: “I am constantly trying to impress upon our students at Tuskegee – and on our people throughout the country, as far as I can reach them with my voice – that any man, regardless of color, will be recognized and rewarded in just proportion as he learns to do something well – learns to do it better than someone else – however humble the thing may be.”

The most urgent need was to make the ordinary Negro into a competent workman or artisan and a decent citizen. Give him whatever degree of education was possible within the resources at hand, but above all give him a vocation.  This remains, it seems, the most urgent need.”

(The Briar Patch, Robert Penn Warren, I’ll Take My Stand, Twelve Southerners, LSU Pres, 1977, pp. 248-250) 

Myopic Milbank

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Dana Milbank’s recent op-ed in the Washington Post titled The Weakest Generation? is a telling, though myopic, view of Generation X.  As a good nationalist and proponent of state action, Milbank thinks that sacrifice to a state led cause—war or social justice through unconstitutional expansion of central power—defines the mettle of a people. “When we were prepared to sacrifice for the country after the 9/11 attacks,” he writes, “President George W. Bush told us to go shopping….The effects on our politics has been profound.

Without any concept of actual combat or crisis, a new crop of leaders — Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Paul Ryan, Sarah Palin — treats governing as a fight to the death, with no possibility of a negotiated peace. Without a transcendent social struggle calling us to seek justice as Americans, they substitute factional causes — Repeal Obamacare! Taxed Enough Already! — or manufactured crises over debt limits and government shutdowns.”  It appears that Milbank firmly believes that those who wish to avoid bankruptcy and press liberty (neocons like Ryan excluded) are somehow un-American.  Only “combat and crisis” can forge good, honest calls for an expansion of government power.  He is right about that.  Nationalists on both the Left and Right never miss a chance to expand central authority.

Al Sharpton: Murder Wasn’t Racially Motivated; “Nothing to Protest”

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That's another, Yeah right..........

 Al Sharpton’s weighed in on the senseless killing of Australian baseball player Chris Lane. He said there’s no reason for conservatives to be up in arms over the slaying, because “the system worked.” 

And besides, there’s nothing to protest since the killing obviously wasn’t racially motivated: 

“That doesn’t stop my friends over at Fox and Donald Trump and others saying, ‘Why isn’t Al Sharpton protesting this?’ I protest when I’m called in and when there’s an injustice. The three were arrested, there was nothing to protest, the system worked there. And racial? Not only did the police not say it was racial, one of the three were [sic] white.” 

Regarding the skin colors of the thugs, looking at the mug shots gives us a pretty even spectrum of color from dark to light. James Edwards was the darkest, Michael Jones was the lightest, and Chancey Luna was right in the middle. By now, we know that Chancey was certainly of mixed race, since his mom is white, and his dad is black. People are saying (like Al above) that Jones is a white guy. But when you look at his mug shot, he looks like he also is of mixed race. Not that it really makes that much of a difference. Just saying. And if Luna and Jones are both of mixed race, that means that both of them are as black as Obama.

Oklahoma suspects 'on same track' as Trayvon

 IfSon

Bestselling author and renown investigative reporter Jack Cashill believes there are strong parallels between the Trayvon Martin case in Florida and the Duncan, Okla., case where black teens are accused of killing Australian baseball player Christopher Lane.

“The drugs, the racial animosity, the violence, the attachment to the hip hop culture – if Trayvon was the son of Barack Obama, they were his brothers,” Cashill commented to WND. “They were on the same track that Travyon was.”

He was referencing Obama’s comment that he made in the Trayvon Martin case, that pushed the conflict into the national political scene. Obama said, “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”

Cashill has a new book coming out in just a few weeks, Sept. 1, in ebook form, and on Oct. 29 in hardback, “If I Had a Son: Race, Guns, and the Railroading of George Zimmerman,” that covers the Trayvon Martin case and how it escalated racial tensions across America.

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In Search of Mr. Jefferson’s Liberty

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I was asked to prepare a talk on the topic of “Jeffersonian Liberty” for Brock’s October PATCON.  I decided to publish ahead of the gathering. 

 Read and reflect at your leisure, as I may abstain from doing a formal talk.  I don’t enjoy public speaking, but I do plan to be in Tarboro on Saturday.

 Permission to republish is granted IF AND ONLY IF the References list is retained in its’ entirety.  This paper is a novel presentation of thoughts assembled from various authors.  There is very little original content, but it is absent traditional formal footnotes to the sources in the References list.
The welfare state and rules ‘malum prohibitum’ chafe upon our life, liberty and property.  We seem to find easy agreement regarding things that offend us.

The question “What binds us together” has been more difficult to address.  Prior to the Spring PATCON, a small group of us met and failed to agree upon a formal explanation for the purpose of an armed Muster.

That discussion led to conversation about the absence of an agreed description for a vision, a desired end-state that could be embraced by all in the liberty movement.

The meeting broke down over my proposal to adopt Jefferson’s’ definition of Rightful Liberty as the goal, the compelling vision for Patriots.

“Rightful Liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others.  I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.”   
~ Thomas Jefferson

Rightful Liberty received more challenge than constructive debate.  Objections were raised: the definition of liberty has evolved over time; our society is no longer a moral Christian people.  While these observations are valid, they are a distraction.  We cannot enforce the definition of a word any more than we can dictate religious doctrine to our neighbors.  We must look for a solution that can work within our current circumstances.

We are individuals engaged in an outreach program – ‘organizers’ in the Patriot community.  We are dealing with people who struggle to balance autonomy and community.  A very real antagonism exists between liberty and authority.

Recently, a question arose over whether to include or exclude a particular ‘group’ at the PATCON.   

There was no clear criteria by which a decision could be made.  Both the attendees and organizers wish to exercise free choice regarding associations.

Freedom, for a man in nature, is action according to his will regardless of outcome or consequence.  Liberty is different.  Liberty is action disciplined within a social context.

In conducting my research on Mr. Jefferson’s concept of liberty, I learned some things that were unexpected.  I reached some conclusions that are hard to dismiss.

Situation:

Disunity and lack of cohesion is a survival problem for the Patriot community.  Our isolationism is a natural consequence of “individualism”.  Collectivism and tyranny are our ‘common enemies’.  Attempts to “restore the Constitution” have failed to restore liberty.  A compelling vision for a desirable end-state is absent.

An individual is a natural person, a human being, as opposed to a legal person (e.g. a corporation).  Fundamental human rights are implicitly granted only to natural persons.

Prior to the American Revolution, John Locke, the philosopher of individualism, created “a passable explanation – perhaps one may call it a myth – to account for the existence of individual rights” (Russell Kirk).  “All men are created equal” was a conclusion from postulating the existence of ‘mental substance’, or soul, which accompanies the ‘material substance’ of each human body from conception.

Rights attach to the individual and are recognized as pre-political in character.  Locke’s’ prescription for human interaction derives from natures laws and describes liberty in ‘negative’ or restrictive terms.  This created limits upon monarchial or democratic principles for the purpose of protecting minorities – preventing tyranny of the majority.

 “… each man joins in society with others for the mutual protection of his life, liberty and estates…”  “The … chief end … of men uniting into common wealths, and putting themselves under government, is the preservation of their property.”   
- Locke

Locke’s philosophy was embraced in our Declaration of Independence.  He influenced the checks and balances in our Constitution.  His concept of unalienable rights led to a ‘charter of negative liberties’ which formed the first  ten Amendments – our Bill of Rights.

What should be the real goal of our “restoration” effort?  Should our effort be defense of the Bill of Rights, restoration of the original intent behind the Constitution, or reclamation of our Rightful Liberty as understood in the Declaration of Independence?

Jeremy Bentham, an English contemporary of the American Revolution commented on law, stating: “Every law is an infraction of liberty”.

If we turn to legislative action to restore liberty, how are we different from “statists” and tyrants who coerce others to adopt their preferred culture, norms and behaviors?  People who resort to statutory law and regulation are using force to manipulate other people for their own purposes.

Task:

Accept the facts of our current reality and ‘engineer’ a solution.  Begin with the individual as the fundamental unit of human value.  Work to diminish the power and control of the collective and the tyrant.  Abandon legislative action as a means to guarantee liberty, as legal structure is only a mechanism to control others.  Establish conditions that encourage a desired end-state.

“Force and conquest, in England as elsewhere, constituted the actual cement of society …”  - Russell Kirk, intro to Lockes’ 2nd Treatise on Civil Government

At the conclusion of the American Revolution, the “cement” of the English monarchy had been eliminated and the “bricks”, the former Colonists, embraced a philosophy of individual sovereignty within the governance of their 13 independent Republics.

But if every human is an independent and sovereign entity, to what or whom do we submit?  

And WHY ?

In the United States as in England, the common law derived its legitimacy from obedience to a sovereign.  But in the States the people were sovereign.  They consented rather than submitted to the common law.  Courts transformed from being instruments of a single, distant, authoritative voice, into institutions belonging to the people, and operating by their consent.

Americans, more than the English, understood the common law to be the product of natural law and reason.  In the hands of the people it was no threat to liberty.
(Constitutional Rights in Common Law World – Tvrdy)

James Madison, however, (architect of the Constitution) believed that liberty required more than the mere absence of coercive authority.  His vision of Liberty as a personal, social, and political ideal was dependent upon the existence of certain affirmative social and political conditions.  For Madison, freedom required a social balance between diverse, often competing, social interests.  (Federalist Papers 10 and 51)

Positive liberty was a form of collective regulation for a social and political world.  The Madisonian concept of democracy was a ‘popular government’ in support of ‘popular sovereignty’, but was fundamentally in opposition to individualism.  The distribution of power across groups and citizens was envisioned to check the influence of minority factions.  

Consequently the rights of the “smallest minority”, the individual, were at risk.

The Constitution was designed to not operate directly upon individual persons.  Most ratifying conventions hoped the “more perfect union” would be a minimal structure, to facilitate Jefferson’s’ procedural and instrumental legislation among the several States.

The first ten Articles of Amendment to the Constitution attempted to guarantee that natural rights of individuals would not be violated by the newly created general government.  The language in the preamble to the Bill of Rights made this very clear:

THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: …”

Liberty was doomed by the time the Convention of 1787 had concluded.  This statement may seem to conflict with the adoption of the Bill of Rights in 1791, but in fact the BoR was an attempt to breathe liberty back into the corpse of a confederation subsumed by the new national government.

The initial influence of the new “general government” was small, however, and at the local level the people lived their lives under common law and enjoyed their “rightful liberty”.

Jefferson dismissed the “overarching social interest” expressed by Madison, stating “The rights of the whole can be no more than the sum of the rights of individuals.”  From Jefferson’s’ perspective the Constitution made no provision against the destruction of liberty by factions.

What might the product of the convention of 1787 have looked like if Jefferson had not been exiled to France?  What do we need to live more like Jefferson?

Action:

Articulate a vision of liberty for free minds and free markets.  Embrace individual sovereignty and act in a consistent manner.  Reject all collectivism and repel coercion from any source.  Withdraw consent from legislative jurisdiction.  Seek voluntary collaboration with other free men.

At the time of Jefferson, common law was the form in which Natural law was expressed and presented in the courts.  It was the ‘operational’ basis of John Locke’s’ formal and abstract statements of political philosophy.

Jefferson integrated a Lockean description of negative rights into his understanding of common law and social interaction.  He grouped rights into two categories:  natural and unalienable – inherent in man, derived from natures’ laws; and procedural or instrumental –to preserve free government, issuing from affirmative law.  An example of the first is freedom of religion; an example of the second is freedom of the press.

“Affirmative” legislation evolved to become a mechanism to provide benefits to those who consented to participate in society.  Legislative law however should never violate natural law.  Any positive law that violates natural law is a void law, regardless of the excuses or arguments made for its’ need. [Note]

An unconstitutional statute, though having the form and name of law is in reality no law, but is wholly void and ineffective for any purpose.  No one Is bound to obey an unconstitutional law and no courts are bound to enforce it.  (16 Am Jur 2d, Sec 177 late 2d, Sec 256)

The ‘bad seed’ of affirmative legislation had been planted.  A few generations after the introduction of positive liberty came the Progressive idea that rights did not need to be regarded as pre-political checks on democratic process.  Rights could be generated by affirmative legislation.

After 200 years of progressive, affirmative legislation, we live in a world of entitlements where the government expects you to believe that individual and unalienable human rights are subject to legislative enactment.  Once the transfer from faith in God to reliance on the State had been accomplished, natural rights are no longer relevant.

The contemporary result is that men are now forced to pay for “social benefits’ (e.g. Affordable Health Care Tax).  We are bound in involuntary servitude, even though such action is expressly forbidden by the Thirteenth Amendment to our Constitution. [Note]

The decision whereby Chief Justice John Roberts declared Obamacare a “tax”, and therefore ‘constitutional’, puzzled me greatly until I discovered a passage in an obscure Senate publication from 1933 (Contracts Payable in Gold, top of pg 13):

“The ultimate ownership of all property is in the State; individual so-called “ownership” is only by virtue of Government, i.e. law, amounting to mere user; and use must be in accordance with law, and subordinate to the necessities of the State.”

This short passage exposes the perverse logic of how governments extract rent called “property tax” from people who hold no mortgages.  And by extension, the tax called “Obamacare” is justified as a form of rent for the continued use of our physical persons – a property ultimately owned and operated by the State, not ourselves.

I am not sufficiently knowledgeable to provide advice regarding how to withdraw consent and challenge legislative jurisdiction.  But I am persuaded from my research that there are no legislative bodies in America that have any authority to make laws, rules, or regulations that can be forced upon any free individual – absent his consent.

Any tacit consent that violates the rights of individuals is the result of fraud and deception. [Note]  This is the point of departure from which we must reclaim liberty

Result:

Recover Rightful Liberty through restoration of common law.

The common law is understood through “maxims of law”.  These are foundational principles which cannot be lawfully violated.  They are statements grounded in logic, reason, common sense, and truth.  Lists of maxims are published and available.  A few examples will suffice here: [Note]

  • A man cannot give any thing, power or authority he does not have
  • No one has the right to force an obligation on another with impunity
  • The people, as individuals, in America are sovereign
  • In America the government is the servant of the sovereign people
  • Truth is paramount and the objective of the rules of law
  • Might does not make right
  • Thou shall not steal
  • Thou shall not bear false witness
  • A person is innocent until proven guilty
  • All presumptions of law are rebuttable
  • Written law cannot lawfully or morally violate rights of a free man
  • Force, perjury, or subornation of perjury, voids all
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The third Maxim has been a source of much debate over the years.  Is sovereignty an attribute of an individual, the people as a body politic, a State as a member of the Union, or the general government?

Article IV, section 4 of the Constitution states: “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence.”

A Republic is a government in which supreme power is held by citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by elected officers and representatives governing according to law.

Our guarantee of a Republican form of government does not ascribe sovereignty to the States.  Sovereignty was not delegated to the general government in the limited grant of powers enumerated in Article 1 Section 8.  The supreme power, sovereignty, is retained by the people to be exercised through delegation to officers.

A citizen, as an instance of ‘the people’, has placed himself in the service and legislative jurisdiction of a government in return for protections and benefits.  This involves an explicit or implicit consent which allows for encroachment or infringement upon rights.

Ultimately all powers derive from the sovereignty of the individual who may at any time withdraw consent and resume the direct enjoyment of all rights and prerogatives.

As a consequence of the first Maxim, a man at liberty under common law should be able to directly exercise the same powers that he delegates to government.  No officer in our current governments would acknowledge this possibility or tolerate the act.

At liberty under common law, with a strict adherence to natural law, an individual may do with his actions, possessions, and persons, anything he may see fit, without the consent or approval of any other individual, government, or human power.  [Note]

The laws of nature only constrain him insofar as he may not create damage, violate the liberty or possessions of other, or create an obvious danger.  This is known as living within the common law of the land. [Note]

DHS and local law enforcement have labeled men at liberty “sovereign citizens” and claim they are a threat to peace and order – enemies of the state.  The label is an oxymoron as a citizen has ceded sovereignty, and a sovereign is not bound by the obligations of citizenship.

LEO warns of anarchy and attempts to scare people from seeking and achieving Rightful Liberty.  

People must be educated to understand that anarchy does not happen because people violate statutory or positive law – regulation and malum prohibitum.  Anarchy only happens when people violate natural law.  [Note]

Logic dictates that when the maxims of law are followed, truth, justice and fairness prevail in a high percentage of cases.  It is virtually impossible to manipulate maxims of law in order to create fraud or injustice in the way an attorney can manipulate statute and regulation to cause confusion and create injustice. [Note]

So let us reflect on the problems facing our Patriot community.

What is the primary difference today between the ‘community organizers’ who are collectivists and our efforts as individualists to organize the Patriot community?  Collectivists embrace legislative force to achieve their “ends”; individualists rely upon voluntary cooperation.

Voluntarism among individuals may result in a loss of certain liberties (sovereignty), but voluntarism is elective and reversible.  The Constitution was ratified by voluntary actions of representatives of nine States and, at the time, none believed their decision was irrevocable.

Can patriots learn from community organizers to achieve our goals without intrusion upon rightful liberty?  Any contemporary statist, whether they call themselves Republican, conservative or constitutionalist, who endorses the use of force by the state to deliver goods and services or otherwise achieve social / political / financial outcomes, is using collective power to enslave individuals.

Over the course of the 19th and 20th centuries, government and the courts have engaged in silent judicial encroachment.  They presume that all citizens have submitted their private lives, affairs, and property to the domination of government.  By this presumption of law men are obligated to abide by, and be obedient to, legislation. 

We have been conditioned since birth to accept and consent to some form of man made authority.  Our founding fathers never dreamed that the people of today would accept feudalism without concern. [Note]

The question each of you should be asking yourself at this moment is: “Given the American proposition that sovereignty resides in the people, as individuals, from where did any legislature acquire the supreme right to make laws that can force obligations and violate the rights of private people?” [Note]

The act of withdrawing consent removes the obligation to submit to legislative authority.
Withdrawal of consent restores all that was compromised or aliened by the former social compact, parts of which were clearly implemented by fraud.

In so doing, men become morally free to resist all forms of coercion with retaliatory force – in all domains of life.  To the extent of one’s courage, any man may once again enjoy rightful liberty.

“Rightful Liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others.  I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.”    
~ Thomas Jefferson

The law that is often “but the tyrant’s will” is that affirmative legislation and regulation enacted to wrest control our lives, liberties and estates and fix them under legislative jurisdiction.

A return to common law is a necessary prerequisite to restore Rightful Liberty, the object and desired end-state of all free men.


Our task is to learn and practice common law among ourselves, and in defense of encroachments by collectivists and their presumption of law.


A focus on common law and Rightful Liberty will direct our attention toward what we value, and minimize “division” within the Patriot Movement.

I may continue to pay tribute /taxes to the governments that claim jurisdiction over me – but I do so at present under protest and duress.

I have begun to withdraw my consent …

Hans Mentha
on a quest to live in Rightful Liberty in the NC woods
24 August 2013

Quotes in closing:
“One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation.” 
 – Thomas B. Reed

“Anarchy does not happen because people violate written or positive law.  Anarchy only happens when people violate natural law.”  
– Robert Hart

“I am free, no matter what rules surround me.  If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them;if I find them too obnoxious, I break them.  I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.”   
 - Robert Heinlein


REFERENCES

Of Civil Government – 2nd Treatise, John Locke
Gateway Edition, 1955, 1971 – Introduction by Russell Kirk

Challenge Jurisdiction: Shifting the Burden of Proof
http://famguardian.org/TaxFreedom/Instructions/5.9ChallengeJurisdiction.htm

Citizen / Slave: Understanding the American Sovereign Spirit – Robert Hart
http://www.amazon.com/Citizen-slave-Understanding-American-Sovereign/dp/0805998780
[Note] I have used numerous sentences from this book, and paraphrased others, as their inclusion suited the theme of this paper.  I believe my excerpts are legitimate under “fair use” and create no damage in common law to the intellectual property or the economic well being of the author.  Full credit is given and the absence of traditional detailed footnotes should not be construed as intent to plagiarize.  The commercial link below the book title is a good faith gesture to strengthen the economic interests of the author.
Common Law and Uncommon Courts
http://archive.adl.org/mwd/common.asp

Common Law Court – Rules of Procedure
http://www.civil-liberties.com/commonlaw/rules.htm

Common Law Practice
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Oatmealo/Common_law_practice

Constitutional Rights in a Common Law World
http://academiccommons.columbia.edu/download/fedora_content/download/ac:161556/CONTENT/Tvrdy_columbia_0054D_11398.pdf

Contracts Payable in Gold – George C. Thorpe, US GPO 1933
http://www.famguardian.org/Subjects/MoneyBanking/History/SenateDoc43.pdf

Defining Liberty and Authority
http://ashbrook.org/publications/respub-v5n1-grubaugh/

Favorite Jefferson Quotes
http://www.famguardian.org/Subjects/Politics/ThomasJefferson/jeff4.htm

Forced Consent – Lysander Spooner
http://ncrenegade.com/editorial/reflections-on-tyranny-140-yrs-ago-vs-today/

Is The Founders’ Intent Gone Forever?
http://iiipercent.blogspot.com/2013/08/is-founders-intent-gone-forever.html

Freedom and Liberty Defined
http://www.history1700s.com/articles/article1123.shtml

Henry Thoreau and ‘Civil Disobedience’
http://thoreau.eserver.org/wendy.html

John Locke: Natural Rights to Life, Liberty and Property
http://www.fee.org/the_freeman/detail/john-locke-natural-rights-to-life-liberty-and-property#axzz2b9VNhJsZ

John Stuart Mill – On Liberty
http://www.sparknotes.com/philosophy/mill/section3.rhtml

Lockes’ Political Philosophy
http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/locke-political/

Malum Prohibitum: The Evil Legal Language of Progressivism
http://www.lewrockwell.com/2013/01/william-l-anderson/malum-prohibitum-the-evil-legal-language-of-progressivism/

Maxims of Law – 1852 Law Dictionary, John Bouvier
http://famguardian.org/Publications/BouvierMaximsOfLaw/BouviersMaximsOfLaw.pdf

Path to Freedom
http://famguardian.org/index.htm

A Quest to Pursue Rightful Liberty
http://ncrenegade.com/editorial/a-quest-to-pursue-rightful-liberty/

The Provenance of Liberty and the Evolution of Political Thinking in the United States
http://lamar.colostate.edu/~grjan/provenanceliberty.html

Sovereignty Education and Defense Ministry (SEDM)
http://sedm.org/

A Third Theory of Liberty: The Evolution of Our Conception of Freedom in American Constitutional Thought
http://www.hastingsconlawquarterly.org/archives/V29/I2/Hill.pdf

What Would Free Men Do ?
http://ncrenegade.com/editorial/wwfmd-2/

Who Are We ? What Holds Us Together ?
http://ncrenegade.com/editorial/who-are-we-what-holds-us-together/

What Animates Barack Hussein Obama?

Via WiscoDave


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Guaranteed.
Is it possible that Obama really hates America........?

In a 2013 fund-raising letter, Allen West wrote that "Obama's completely incoherent foreign policy is putting our strongest allies in grave danger.  His extreme ambivalence is simply unacceptable."


But is it really incoherent?  Obama's mentors have long taught him to despise America.  In fact, these "mentors and allies were marked by hatred of the United States," and Obama was "marinated" in a "visceral hostility to the West" via the influence of Frank Marshall Davis, who had a long history of anti-American, anti-white beliefs.  Other mentors include Rashid Khalidi and the late Edward Said, spokesmen for Palestinian terrorists.  That Christians in the Middle East as well as Israel, the Jewish homeland, should be put at grave risk is an idea that has swirled in this president's mind for a very long time.  Thomas Sowell maintains that "[w]hat many regard as a failure of Obama's foreign policy, especially in the Middle East, may well be one of his biggest successes."


Obama's actions are creating  an end result where the United States no longer plays a large role internationally.  In July 2011, Douglas J. Feith and Seth Cropsey cogently explained that calling Obama's actions in Libya "vacillating and aimless" misses an important point: that "Barack Obama has declared that he wants to transform America's role in world affairs."  Thus, under Obama, there will be less focus "on the American people's particular interests, and less concern about preserving U.S. freedom of action."  The Obama Doctrine is about weakening America's place and function in the world.


13 Southern Pictures 1865 - 1961

 
1957. Robert and Norma Norton of Houston, Texas, with their family, illustrating life before and after having the house air-conditioned. Includes photos of the family at a drive-in restaurant having cool air piped into their car” — a Cadillac sedan that already has air conditioning.

More @ NamSouth
 

Paul Sheehan’s The Race War of Blacks Against Whites

Via Billy

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Statistics seem to point out that blacks have been targeting whites since the 1960s.

The ongoing racial tension is being exacerbated by a media which refuses to truthfully and faithfully report details about crimes occurring between and/or against the races. The race war of blacks on whites is being denied. Remembering just how much detail was foisted upon us (as well as dutifully ignored) during the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman tragedy and seeing how often the media ignores or downplays the crimes by blacks against whites is enough to make a sensible and intelligent person question the media’s motives. Of course, those on the left question nothing except why people like me are bringing it up in the first place.

Blacks-Beating-WhitesSome years ago, an Australian by the name of Paul Sheehan wrote an article called “The Race War of Black Against White” and it appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald (1995). Mr. Sheehan’s opening statement was, “The longest war America has ever fought is the Dirty War, and it is not over. It has lasted 30 years so far and claimed more than 25 million victims. It has cost almost as many lives as the Vietnam War. It determined the result of last year’s congressional election.”

Exactly which war is he referring to here? “No matter how crime figures are massaged by those who want to acknowledge or dispute the existence of a Dirty War, there is nothing ambiguous about what the official statistics portray: for the past 30 years a large segment of black America has waged a war of violent retribution against white America.”

Friday night memorial planned for Delbert Belton - Murder suspect transferred, second suspect wanted

Via LH
The two suspects are African American. Yet, Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub said it was not racially motivated. He stated that the two suspects were looking to commit a robbery on Wednesday night........instead the suspects beat Belton with a flashlight outside of the Eagles Ice-A-Rena.
  Yeah, right, you're going to rob an 88 year old man, but need to beat him to death with a flashlight. 

                        

 A memorial outside the Eagles Lodge in North Spokane grew Friday for the World War II veteran who was beaten to death Wednesday night. 

More @ KREM

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Delbert Belton murder suspect transferred, second suspect wanted 

Police transferred one of the suspect’s accused of killing a World War II veteran on Friday.

KREM 2 News received the first look at Demetrius Glenn, 16, in police custody as he was transferred from a juvenile detention facility to the main Spokane County Jail campus. Authorities said Glenn will be charged as an adult and booked at the main campus. He will later be transferred back to the juvenile detention facility for the weekend. 

More @ NWCN

NC: It’s Time To Build Trust


We are working on breaking down NC into regions to be serviced by a preppers’ barter network. The concept will be to arrange face to face meetings between members of different prepper groups in each region so the beginnings of a level of trust between groups can be reached and lines of

communication and a barter network established well before a collapse should, if, when it comes.
Meetings have already begun and are being spread to different areas. Far western NC has already had a meet up and one was held this past weekend in the Winston-Salem area and two more regions have been set up covering Buncombe County east to approximately I-77 and another for I-77 east with the eastern boundary to be determined.

Meetings will soon be scheduled in each of these new regions.

More @ NC Renegade

9th Circuit blasts Montana Buckaroo rifle plan

Montana32

The famously left-leaning 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit against the federal government over its gun restrictions, ruling the plaintiffs failed to state a claim.

The expected decision now clears the way for a battle that could end up in the U.S. Supreme Court over state sovereignty, alleged regulatory overreach, the right to self-defense and even the compact under which Montana became a state.

“This was about as good of a ruling as we could have expected from the Ninth Circuit. We must get to the U.S. Supreme Court to accomplish our goal of overturning 70 years of flawed Supreme Court rulings on the Interstate Commerce Clause,” said Gary Marbut of the Montana Shooting Sports Association. 

More @ WND

'Is this George Washington's America, or Joseph Stalin's Russia?

 crying_child

Few people doubt that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie hopes to become president in 2016. Unfortunately for him, he may have just signed away any chance of that.

On Monday, Christie signed A3371, a draconian piece of legislation that bars licensed therapists from helping children overcome unwanted same-sex attractions, behavior or identity. This law bans help for minors even when – as is so often the case – those same-sex attractions arise from childhood sexual abuse by the likes of a Jerry Sandusky.

This law will prohibit minors and their parents from receiving counseling they desire and will force counselors to violate ethical codes because they will not be able to help clients reach their own counseling goals. This law would enslave children – whether abused or not – to a subjectively determined sexual identity that they reject.

The connection between homosexual abuse and “gay identity” is undeniable. Consider this:

Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have found that homosexual men are “at least three times more likely to report CSA (childhood sexual abuse)” than heterosexual men.

 More @ WND

Obama at NY Town Hall: ‘I’m a Testament’ To Racial Progress

 
Dingdong.
 
Braindead.

This weekend in Washington, DC, thousands will march to recognize the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Just prior to that historic celebration, President Obama touched on the issue of race today at a town hall meeting in New York at Binghamton University. Responding to a question about educational opportunities for minorities, Obama acknowledged the progress America has made in race since Martin Luther King, Jr.'s momentous 'I Have a Dream' speech on August 28, 1963.
"Obviously we've made enormous strides -- I'm a testament to it, you're a testament to it, the diversity of this room and the students who are here is a testimony to it."

More @ Townhall

Is there no END to liberal stupidity?

Via WiscoDave


NO THERE IS NOT!!!!

This week, like the previous weeks and just as it will be in future weeks, liberals and socialists just keep raising the bar on their insipid activities.

This week, Bradley Manning got busted down to private before he was sentenced to 35 years in a military lock up and now, he wants his clusters removed.

That’s right…Bradley now wants to be CHELSEA and begin hormone treatments…PRESUMABLY at TAX PAYER EXPENSE because, I suppose, having a little cloud of glitter behind you every time you fart just isn’t a good thing when you’re cellmate’s name is HANK.

The government has awarded a $78 THOUSAND DOLLAR grant to a bunch of HALF BAKED researchers to find out if GLOBAL WARMING caused the downfall of the MAYAN civilization.
Exhibit A) MAYAN…SUV’s.

And…The without A=CLU(E)…Which uttered not a single word of displeasure when a U.S. District Court Judge threw out OKLAHOMA’S BAN ON SHARIA LAW…Now is DEMANDING a STATUE of the 10 COMMANDMENTS be REMOVED from the lawn of the OKLAHOMA CAPITOL!!!

Tell me again how socialists don’t want all notions of our JUDEO/CHRISTIAN values BANISHED to be replaced by the IDEOLOGY of ISLAM!!!!!

It’s Friday my fellow Patriots and…

I’m fuming.

In Paper War, Flood of Liens Is the Weapon

Via Cousin Colby

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“It must be a mistake,” he said, when the loan officer told him that someone had placed liens totaling more than $25 million on his house and on other properties he owned. 

But as Sheriff Stanek soon learned, the liens, legal claims on property to secure the payment of a debt, were just the earliest salvos in a war of paper, waged by a couple who had lost their home to foreclosure in 2009 — a tactic that, with the spread of an anti-government ideology known as the “sovereign citizen” movement, is being employed more frequently as a way to retaliate against perceived injustices. 

More @ NYT

Walking the line between human and animal

 

As many long term reader or members of my survival course know, I like to talk about important but some maybe call “not so spectacular” part of survival that is not so much fun like for example talking about latest guns and gadgets.

Today I want to talk about dignity and what it means in survival scenario. Before I talk from own experience, read the extract below from the diary of Lieutenant Colonel Mervin Willett Gonin who describes what happened after his unit freed the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp during second world war.

At the moment of his writing every day hundreds of people still died and it was place of pure horror.

More @ SHTF School

Population Distribution By Race

Via Daily Timewaster


In the Shadow of Death

Via John


David Yeagley

Good bye, brave son, we shall follow shortly.

Libertarian, Confederate, writer, composer and fighter.

See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand. Deuteronomy 32:39

This past spring (2013) I was diagnosed as having “low-grade, extra-nodal lymphoma.” In July, I was also diagnosed with mesothelioma. Two kinds of cancer, in the lungs. I had lung surgery on my left lung in July. I am presently on chemotherapy.

Most of my friends know that I have had cancer all my life, since I was eleven years old.

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