GILAD ATZMON: The Most Extraordinary Jewish Writer of Modern Times…..he calls himself a “Hebrew-Speaking Palestinian” and I am very proud to know him…

Controlled Opposition –From Goldstein to Soros and Beyond, Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 1:29PM

Gilad Atzmon

http://www.counterpunch.org

By Gilad Atzmon

Jewish power is the unique capacity to stop us from discussing or even contemplating Jewish power.   It is the capacity to determine the boundaries of the political discourse and criticism in particular.

In his new book, “The Invention Of The Land of Israel”, Israeli academic Shlomo Sand, manages to present conclusive evidence of the far fetched nature of the Zionist historical narrative – that the Jewish Exile is a myth as is the Jewish people and even the Land of Israel.

Yet, Sand and many others fail to address the most important question: If Zionism is based on myth, how do the Zionists manage to get a way with their lies, and for so long?

If the Jewish ‘homecoming’ and the demand for a Jewish national homeland cannot be historically substantiated, why has it been supported by both Jews and the West for so long?  How does the Jewish state manage for so long to celebrate its racist expansionist ideology and at the expense of the Palestinian and Arab peoples?

Jewish power is obviously one answer, but, what is Jewish power? Can we ask this question without being accused of being Anti Semitic?  Can we ever discuss its meaning and scrutinize its politics?  Is Jewish Power a dark force, managed and maneuvered by some conspiratorial power? Is it something of which Jews themselves are shy? Quite the opposite – Jewish power, in most cases, is celebrated right in front of our eyes. As we know, AIPAC is far from being quiet about its agenda, its practices or its achievements. AIPAC, CFI in the UK and CRIF in France are operating in the most open manner and often openly brag about their success.

Furthermore, we are by now accustomed to watch our democratically elected leaders shamelessly queuing to kneel before their pay-masters. Neocons certainly didn’t seem to feel the need to hide their close Zionist affiliations. Abe Foxman’s Anti Defamation League (ADL) works openly towards the Judification of the Western discourse, chasing and harassing anyone who dares voice any kind of criticism of Israel or even of Jewish choseness. And of course, the same applies to the media, banking and Hollywood. We know about the many powerful Jews who are not in the slightest bit shy about their bond with Israel and their commitment to Israeli security, the Zionist ideology, the primacy of Jewish suffering, Israeli expansionism and even outright Jewish exceptionalism.

But, as ubiquitous as they are, AIPAC, CFI, ADL, Bernie Madoff, ‘liberator’ Bernard Henri Levy, war-advocate David Aaronovitch, free market prophet Milton Friedman, Steven Spielberg, Haim Saban, Lord Levy and many other Zionist enthusiasts and Hasbara advocates are not necessarily the core or the driving force behind Jewish Power, but are merely symptoms. Jewish power is actually far more sophisticated than simply a list of Jewish lobbies or individuals performing highly developed manipulative skills. Jewish power is the unique capacity to stop us from discussing or even contemplating Jewish power. It is the capacity to determine the boundaries of the political discourse and criticism in particular.

Contrary to popular belief, it is not ‘right wing’ Zionists who facilitate Jewish power, It is actually the ‘good’, the ‘enlightened’ and the ‘progressive’ who make Jewish power the most effective and forceful power in the land. It is the ‘progressives’ who confound our ability to identify the Judeocentric tribal politics at the heart of Neoconservatism, American contemporary imperialism and foreign policy. It is the so-called ‘anti’ Zionist who goes out of his or her way to divert our attention from the fact that Israel defines itself as the Jewish State and blinds us to the fact that its tanks are decorated with Jewish symbols. It was the Jewish Left intellectuals who rushed to denounce Professors Mearsheimer and Walt, Jeff Blankfort and James Petras’ work on the Jewish Lobby. And it is no secret that Occupy AIPAC, the campaign against the most dangerous political Lobby in America, is dominated by a few righteous members of the chosen tribe. We need to face up to the fact that our dissident voice is far from being free. Quite the opposite, we are dealing here with an institutional case of controlled opposition.

In George Orwell’s 1984, it is perhaps Emmanuel Goldstein who is the pivotal character. Orwell’s Goldstein is a Jewish revolutionary, a fictional Leon Trotsky. He is depicted as the head of a mysterious anti-party organization called “The Brotherhood” and is also the author of the most subversive revolutionary text (The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism). Goldstein is the ‘dissenting voice’, the one who actually tells the truth. Yet, as we delve into Orwell’s text, we find out from Party’s ‘Inner Circle’ O’Brien that Goldstein was actually invented by Big Brother in a clear attempt to control the opposition and the possible boundaries of dissidence.

Orwell’s personal account of the Spanish Civil War “Homage To Catalonia” clearly presaged the creation of Emmanuel Goldstein. It was what Orwell witnessed in Spain that, a decade later, matured into a profound understanding of dissent as a form of controlled opposition. My guess is that, by the late 1940’s, Orwell had understood the depth of intolerance, and tyrannical and conspiratorial tendencies that lay at the heart of ‘Big Brother-ish’ Left politics and praxis.

Surprisingly enough, an attempt to examine our contemporaneous controlled opposition within the Left and the Progressive reveal that it is far from being a conspiratorial. Like in the case of the Jewish Lobby, the so-called ‘opposition’ hardly attempts to disguise its ethno-centric tribal interests, spiritual and ideological orientation and affiliation.

A brief examination of the list of organisations founded by George Soros’ Open Society Institute (OSI) presents a grim picture – pretty much the entire American progressive network is funded, partially or largely by a liberal Zionist, philanthropic billionaire who supports very many good and important causes that are also very good for the Jews. And yet, like staunch Zionist Haim Saban, Soros does not operate clandestinely. His Open Society Institute proudly provides all the necessary information regarding the vast amount of shekels it spreads on its good and important causes.

So one can’t accuse Soros or the Open Society Institute of any sinister vetting the political discourse, stifling of free speech or even to ‘controlling the opposition’. All Soros does is to support a wide variety of ‘humanitarian causes’: Human Rights, Women’s Rights. Gay Rights, equality, democracy, Arab ‘Spring’, Arab Winter, the oppressed, the oppressor, tolerance, intolerance, Palestine, Israel, anti war, pro-war (only when really needed), and so on.

As with Orwell’s Big Brother that frames the boundaries of dissent by means of control opposition, Soros’ Open Society also determines, either consciously or unconsciously, the limits of critical thought. Yet, unlike in 1984, where it is the Party that invents its own opposition and write its texts, within our ‘progressive’ discourse, it is our own voices of dissent, willingly and consciously, that are compromising their principles.

Soros may have read Orwell – he clearly believes his message – because from time to time he even supports opposing forces. For instance, he funds the Zionist-lite J Street as well as Palestinian NGO organisations. And guess what? It never takes long for the Palestinian beneficiaries to, compromise their own, most precious principles so they fit nicely into their paymaster’s worldview.

The Visible Hand

The invisible hand of the market is a metaphor coined by Adam Smith to describe the self-regulating behaviour of the marketplace. In contemporary politics. The visible hand is a similar metaphor which describes the self-regulating tendency of the political-fund beneficiary, to fully integrate the world view of its benefactor into its political agenda.

Democracy Now, the most important American dissident outlet has never discussed the Jewish Lobby with Mearsheimer, Walt, Petras or Blankfort – the four leading experts who could have informed the American people about the USA’s foreign policy domination by the Jewish Lobby. For the same reasons, Democracy Now wouldn’t explore the Neocon’s Judeo-centric agenda nor would it ever discuss Jewish Identity politics with yours truly. Democracy Now will host Noam Chomsky or Norman Finkelstein, it may even let Finkelstein chew up Zionist caricature Alan Dershowitz – all very good, but not good enough.

Is the fact that Democracy Now is heavily funded by Soros relevant? I’ll let you judge.

If I’m correct (and I think I am) we have a serious problem here. As things stand, it is actually the progressive discourse, or at least large part of it. that sustains Jewish Power. If this is indeed the case, and I am convinced it is, then the occupied progressive discourse, rather than Zionism, is the primary obstacle that must be confronted.

It is no coincidence that the ‘progressive’ take on ‘antisemitism’ is suspiciously similar to the Zionist one. Like Zionists, many progressive institutes and activists adhere to the bizarre suggestion that opposition to Jewish power is ‘racially motivated’ and embedded in some ‘reactionary’ Goyish tendency. Consequently, Zionists are often supported by some ‘progressives’ in their crusade against critics of Israel and Jewish power. Is this peculiar alliance between these allegedly opposing schools of thoughts, the outcome of a possible ideological continuum between these two seemingly opposed political ideologies? Maybe, after all, progressiveness like Zionism is driven by a peculiar inclination towards ‘choseness’. After all, being progressive somehow implies that someone else must be ‘reactionary’. It is those self-centric elements of exceptionalism and choseness that have made progressiveness so attractive to secular and emancipated Jews. But the main reason the ‘progressive’ adopted the Zionist take on antisemitism, may well be because of the work of that visible hand that miraculously shapes the progressive take on race, racism and the primacy of Jewish suffering.

We may have to face up to the fact that the progressive discourse effectively operates as Israel’s longest arm – it certainly acts as a gatekeeper and as protection for Zionism and Jewish tribal interests. If Israel and its supporters would ever be confronted with real opposition it might lead to some long-overdue self-reflection. But at the moment, Israel and Zionist lobbies meet only insipid, watered-down, progressively-vetted resistance that, in practice, sustains Israeli occupation, oppression and an endless list of human rights abuses.

Instead of mass opposition to the Jewish State and its aggressive lobby, our ‘resistance’ is reduced into a chain of badge-wearing, keffiyeh-clad, placard-waving mini-gatherings with the occasional tantrum from some neurotic Jewess while being videoed by another good Jew. If anyone believes that a few badges, a load of amateur Youtube clips celebrating Jewish righteousness are going to evolve into a mass anti-Israel global movement, they are either naïve or stupid.

In fact, a recent Gallup poll revealed that current Americans’ sympathy for Israel has reached an All-Time High. 64% of Americans sympathise with the Jewish State, while only 12% feel for the Palestinians. This is no surprise and our conclusion should be clear. As far as Palestine is concerned, ‘progressive’ ideology and praxis have led us precisely nowhere. Rather than advance the Palestinian cause, it only locates the ‘good’ Jew at the centre of the solidarity discourse.

When was the last time a Palestinian freedom fighter appeared on your TV screen? Twenty years ago the Palestinian were set to become the new Che Guevaras. Okay, so the Palestinian freedom fighter didn’t necessarily speak perfect English and wasn’t a graduate of an English public school, but he was free, authentic and determined. He or she spoke about their land being taken and of their willingness to give what it takes to get it back. But now, the Palestinian has been ‘saved’, he or she doesn’t have to fight for his or her their land, the ‘progressive’ is taking care of it all.

This ‘progressive’ voice speaks on behalf of the Palestinian and, at the same time, takes the opportunity to also push marginal politics, fight ‘Islamism’ and ‘religious radicalisation’ and occasionally even supports the odd interventionst war and, of course, always, always, always fights antisemitism. The controlled opposition has turned the Palestinian plight into just one more ‘progressive’ commodity, lying on the back shelf of its ever-growing ‘good-cause’ campaign store.

For the Jewish progressive discourse, the purpose behind pro-Palestinian support is clear. It is to present an impression of pluralism within the Jewish community. It is there to suggest that not all Jews are bad Zionists. Philip Weiss, the founder of the most popular progressive pro-Palestinian blog was even brave enough to admit to me that it is Jewish self -interests that stood at the core of his pro Palestinian activity.

Jewish self-love is a fascinating topic. But even more fascinating is Jewish progressives loving themselves at the expense of the Palestinians. With billionaires such as Soros maintaining the discourse, solidarity is now an industry, concerned with profit and power rather than ethics or values and it is a spectacle both amusing and tragic as the Palestinians become a side issue within their own solidarity discourse.

So, perhaps before we discuss the ‘liberation of Palestine’, we first may have to liberate ourselves.

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Easter, 4/20, Hitler’s Birthday, and the Sheeple’s search for a Good Shepherd—Christos Anesthe! Alithos Anesthe!

Today I am writing from Beverly Hills California.  Palm Sunday and every day of the Holy Week triduum (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Eve Saturday) I attended services at All Saints Beverly Hills to listen to the sermons of the Reverend Barry Taylor.   So now I return to a theme about which I wrote something last year: http://charleslincoln3.com/2013/04/23/saint-george-the-anarchist-420-meditations/

A year ago today, on Sunday 4/21, it was already “Good Shepherd Sunday” (Fourth Sunday in Easter) and I was in New Orleans, and that day I attended Evening services in the Chapel of Trinity Church on Jackson Avenue in the Lower Garden District, the day after 4/20.  One of the hymns played and sung that Sunday a year ago was  #522, a well-known string-quartet composed by Franz Haydn which became the National Anthem of Germany and Austria.  (The Episcopal Hymnal text attached to this stirring tune is: “Glorious things of thee are Spoken”—522 is a dull, kind of uninspired hymnal text, at least to my mind and ears, but “Deutschland uber Alles” is inspiring and stirring….).

I thought it then worthy of note, and I think it today worthy of note, that this day 4/20 then, especially when celebrated with songs of leadership on days remarkable for their claims of world salvation, that the rules of Christ and Hitler should be compared.  Very few people read or take much comfort if they do read the writings of Adolf Hitler these days, but for about a dozen years he was considered by many millions to be the Savior of Germany (and they did so consider him until Hitler or, at least, the war he had as much a hand in starting as anyone else, if not more, all-but-totally destroyed Germany).  There are those in the world today who believe that the US and the UK both “backed the wrong dictators” in World War II, and that the modern world would be better if Stalin had been destroyed and Mao never allowed, while Hitler’s Germany guided Europe much as Angela Merkel’s Germany does today…. 

Guidance, leadership, rulership and power granted by or deriving from God, divine inspiration, Shepherding.  Those words are constant themes of Christianity on Easter and every Sunday, but I suppose, especially Good Shepherd Sunday.  

Yet, at least among people of a conservative mindset in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, Patriotic ideologues speak scornfully of the “sheeple”—the people who follow leadership like sheep, implicitly to their slaughter.

So on Good Shepherd Sunday last year, falling as it did on 4/21, and today Easter Sunday, falling on 4/20—I cannot help but reflect on the contrasting and possibly contradictory, and quite possibly irreconcilable human desires for Salvation, Leadership, and Freedom.  

Jesus was a genuine revolutionary, there seems no doubt of that.  Christ’s Gospel preachings were aimed at the Pharisees and Sadducees, the “powers that were” in his day in early First Century Jerusalem—and they seem eerily relevant to critiques of the “powers that are” today.  So were Hitler’s speeches and writings.  So were Karl Marx’ and Friedrich Engels’ texts.  More people know the Gospels today than any writings by Engels, Hitler, or Marx, but more people in the world today live under regimes which adhere to Marxist teachings and doctrines than to any version of Christianity or Christ’s lessons and parables.

Jesus taught, however much he preached about sheep and compared himself and his leadership to a Shepherd, about freedom from oppression, freedom from illegitimate power, but also about Freedom from Lies and Deception.

So how I have to ask: how can sheep ever be free?  How can we pray both to be guided and herded and responsible for self-determination?  How is free will compatible with leadership?  I suppose “free will” is generally understood to be the freedom given to Adam and Eve to choose to eat of the forbidden fruit or not…. and they had no Shepherd, but only a disinterested and experimental God watching over them.  But later generations that (presumably) either had Shepherds or at least had access to such people created Sodom and Gomorrah, and Babylon, and Beverly Hills, California.

Of course 4/20 has another widespread meaning to many people around the world, as Bob Marley’s birthday, it is “World Weed Day” or International Smoke Marijuana Day…..So I also have to ask, are wine and weed conducive to freedom or to compliance with power, to passivity or assertiveness?  Are stoned sheep likely to rebel?  I suspect that is why alcohol and drugs are tolerated in the west… and all around the world—they make people into better Sheep.

The purpose of Sheep’s existence is to be sheered and ultimately slaughtered.  I had a delicious lamb roast at the King’s Head Tavern in Santa Monica after Church…. it was almost as good as used to come from my Louisiana-born grandmother’s kitchen in Highland Park, Dallas, Texas….. But I insist on asking: Is it a really such a good thing for Sheep to have a good Shepherd which makes certain that none ever get away?  Or is it a bad thing to do anything other than the which “the powers that be” want you to do?  

Is this a problem with the Religion of Love which teaches us all to follow “The Good Shepherd?”  Or should we, as the Reverend Barry Taylor at All Saints BH seems to preach every Sunday, choose to reject the conformist “sheep” and “shepherd” analogies all together, and assert the freedom of sarcastic and cynical Englishmen to live and love as their core religious mantra?  Should we love Jesus the Good Shepherd, or the Rebel Jesus, the champion of the poor, the friendless, and the enemy of the money changers and lawyers in the Temple?

IS the IRS Attacking Ron Paul? the Campaign for Liberty? On Obama’s Orders?

I would not normally  republish a campaign letter like this, but (a) it’s from Ron Paul, (b) it’s from his “Campaign for Liberty”, (c) it’s about the IRS.  I used to regularly attend Ron Paul’s annual birthday party down by the Gulf Coast when I lived in Texas…. but I haven’t done that in several years now… I still think he is one of the greatest men involved in modern American politics….

Campaign for Liberty

Dear Charles Edward ,

This is one of the toughest letters I’ve ever had to send.

For years, people have joked that the three most feared letters in the English language may well be these . . .

I – R – S.

But today, I’m not laughing.

Just days ago, the IRS handed Campaign for Liberty a hefty fine and DEMANDED we turn over sensitive contributor information.

If we don’t comply with the IRS’ outrageous demand for sensitive donor information, I’m afraid we’ll face additional fines that could cripple Campaign for Liberty and perhaps even force us to shut our doors.

But, Charles Edward , I’m not naïve. I know where this is headed.

The statists at the IRS know I’ll NEVER EVER turn over confidential information about Campaign for Liberty’s donors without a fight.

Instead, this is likely just the first in a long line of UNCONSTITUTIONAL and likely ILLEGAL “excuses” this rogue government agency will use to try to shut us up and shut us down by FINING us to death.

So I have a decision to make – a critical decision that could affect Campaign for Liberty’s very survival in the months ahead.

Do I fight on? Do I risk everything? Do I tell the statist IRS to go fly a kite?

Or should Campaign for Liberty just pay up, keep our head down, and hope this never happens again?

Charles Edward , I need you to tell me what to do today.

In just a second, I’m going to give you a link to a Campaign for Liberty Supporter Ballot.

As you’ll see, there will only be two choices on the form – the only two choices I’m faced with today.

But before you decide, please let me explain everything that’s at stake . . .

As I mentioned, what the IRS wants is contributor information on Campaign for Liberty’s top donors, pointing to a rarely enforced and unconstitutional bureaucratic rule.

You see, as a 501(c)(4) organization under IRS law, all Campaign for Liberty contributor information is supposed to be confidential.

This is a critical protection I wholeheartedly support.

Privacy and liberty go hand-in-hand.

In fact, when Thomas Paine published his pamphlet Common Sense in 1776, he did so anonymously.

Forcing organizations like Campaign for Liberty to publicize donor information would have an incredibly chilling effect on political speech.

Many liberty-loving Americans would silence themselves for fear of becoming targets of political “retribution.”

And after the Obama IRS was caught red-handed targeting pro-limited government groups for harassment and intimidation, these fears could not be more well-founded.

So there’s no way I would ever just hand this kind of information over to these government bureaucrats. That’s not an option.

So when we filed annual reports with the IRS as required by law, we left this information off.

The IRS now claims that’s the reason we’re being fined!

But the truth is, years ago, after the NAACP complied with IRS demands and promptly saw their donor information publicized, the IRS has only occasionally sought to “enforce” their ridiculous rule.

Charles Edward , the real reason they’re coming after Campaign for Liberty I’m afraid is something far more sinister.

After all, there’s no denying our Liberty Movement is growing.

Only a few years ago, you and I were barely a “blip” on the political screen.

But there’s no denying things have changed, when you consider:

*** Today, we see a growing crop of new Liberty Movement supporters like Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Ted Cruz (R-TX) in the U.S. Senate;

*** In the U.S. House, there’s Congressmen Justin Amash (R-MI) and Thomas Massie (R-KY).

*** My son, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), is now considered a frontrunner for President in 2016!

*** Audit the Fed is now a top issue in American politics;

*** The bipartisan National Internet Tax Mandate and the National ID database scheme were supposed to sail through Congress, but you and I have so far held them both off;

*** More and more Americans now oppose radical federal government spying programs and – as we saw with Syria – are more skeptical than ever of foreign military adventurism.

Liberty-minded Americans’ efforts are at the heart of all this success.

I’m convinced these are just the beginning stages of a massive nationwide R3VOLUTION that can usher in a new era of liberty and limited government in America.

Charles Edward , that’s why we’re being targeted.

That’s why the statists in BOTH parties want so much to shut us up and shut us down.

I’m afraid, without your support today, they could very well get their wish.

I have no doubt if these ridiculous demands made it to court, Campaign for Liberty would win, hands down.

But I’m afraid that’s not what this is about.

Campaign for Liberty is run on a shoestring budget. We don’t have millions lying around in the bank.

This is about draining us.

This is about forcing me to take resources off of other critical programs just to keep our doors open.

That’s why I want so badly to just say “NO!”

But without an IMMEDIATE influx of funds, I’m afraid we’ll be sitting ducks.

I just won’t be able to pay for everything . . .

But the alternative could be worse.

Paying this outrageous extortionist fine – just to exercise our rights as American citizens to petition our government – may even be cheaper in the short run.

But it’ll just embolden an alphabet soup of other federal agencies to come after us.

Charles Edward , this is the price you pay for daring to stand up to a federal government that wants to keep taxing, spending, and printing every American into the poorhouse.

So what do I do?

Won’t you please fill out your Campaign for Liberty Supporter Ballot right away?

 

I’m going to ask my staff to tally up the votes, and I will proceed as C4L’s generous members and supporters tell me to.

The decision is in your hands.

But Charles Edward , if you tell me to fight, please realize this is serious.

Any potential legal fight is going to take money – money Campaign for Liberty does not have lying around.

So I must ask you to be as generous as you possibly can.

I must ask you to please agree to an emergency gift of $100 or more.

I know that’s a lot.

But this is the IRS we’re talking about. This is not a game.

As I mentioned, this is one of the hardest letters I’ve ever had to send.

I have to ask all Campaign for Liberty supporters to go above and beyond what they’ve done in the past.

But if $100 is just too much, won’t you please agree to chip in $10 or $20?

 

I’m anxiously awaiting your response.

This is not something I can just put off for a later day. I need to hear from you right away.

So please fill out your Campaign for Liberty Supporter Ballot and agree to chip in whatever amount you can afford today.

For Liberty,

Ron Paul
Chairman

P.S. Just days ago, Campaign for Liberty received a letter fining us and DEMANDING we turn over sensitive contributor information to the IRS.

The statists’ goal is to cripple Campaign for Liberty and perhaps even force us to shut our doors.

So I need you to tell me what to do.

Below you’ll find a link to your Campaign for Liberty Supporter Ballot. Please tell me how I should respond to this new IRS threat.

Because of Campaign For Liberty’s tax-exempt status under IRC Sec. 501(C)(4) and its state and federal legislative activities, contributions are not tax deductible as charitable contributions (IRC § 170) or as business deductions (IRC § 162(e)(1)).

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There will be NO Private Property in America until we Stamp out Bank/Servicer Mortgage Fraud

I only VERY rarely recommend a website, but without hesitation or reservation I recommend “Mortgage Servicing Fraud” 

http://www.msfraud.org/LAW/lawarticles/lawarticles.html

and “Deadly Clear”: http://deadlyclear.wordpress.com

IF the United States Congress were in truly in the service of the people, instead of the service of the Banks, Congress would be holding non-stop “Committee of the Whole” hearings about why Americans are losing their homes.  But Congress does not in fact represent the people, but only the vested special interests which Congress helped to create.  

The American people should stand up and elect members of Congress who swear their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor, on the Bible, to the people that they will investigate and punish the continuous, massive Mortgage Servicing Fraud which has been ongoing to greater or lesser degree since at least 1989 (Bush I).  We forget that Bush I was the President who earnestly pushed for Nuclear War and the rule of the United Nations in a “New World Order.”  In other words, Bush I (and Bush II) lived and worked in the service of World Communism while disguised as “Conservative Capitalist Republicans” endorsing central banking practices that trace their origins to Karl Marx, Frederich Engels, and Mayer Amstel Rothschild.  

Congress created the national banking associations monster (working closely with the banks and the Federal Executive, of course, since at least 1912).  Now to redeem American Democracy, Congress should force disgorgement of each National Banking Association’s wealth and compel divestiture and reconveyance to the Bank’s primary victims of all wrongfully foreclosed property.  I calculated, as did April Carrie Charney, in 2004-2006, that 80-90% of all Florida and Texas mortgages were held and serviced illegally.   In California, the figure cannot be less than 99.999%, allowing only for the tiniest fraction of “hard money” loans and mortgages with notes lawfully held by REAL private lenders.   I lack sufficient familiarity with practices in any other states to be certain of an exact figure.  Impressionistically, Louisiana and New Mexico seem to have a much greater number of hard money loans than any other states, from what I have seen and experienced.  New Jersey probably comes  close to California’s numbers.  Massachusetts and Arizona more likely approximate Florida’s.  

But the bottom line is obvious: nationwide, probably 90% of all mortgage foreclosures conducted since the late 1990s were and are illegal.  Undoing these is beyond the capacity of any state or federal court system at the present time.  Congress may need to create and appoint a special set of courts to unravel the mortgage mess created and growing exponentially ever since 1989-1994.

I would certainly push for the creation of such a special Court system carefully and properly to investigate the mortgage servicing and securitization fraud of the past quarter century, and to begin to restore the Fourth and Fifth Amendment guarantees of private property to reality.  

We are actively soliciting contributions to make such political reform possible.  Please send to Lincoln-for-Congress or the VINDICATIO TRUST ℅ Michael Lenaburg at 3579 East Foothill Boulevard, #544, in Pasadena, California 91107 or ℅ Charles Lincoln at 287 South Robertson Boulevard, #476, Beverly Hills, California 90211 (Fax 310-492-5342). 

Imagine America without Banks or Other Government Chartered Monopolies, with real freedom, justice, and security for a lll

This is my Father’s world. I walk a desert lone.
In a bush ablaze to my wondering gaze God makes His glory known.
This is my Father’s world, a wanderer I may roam
Whate’er my lot, it matters not,
My heart is still at home.  (Maltbie D. Babcock, 1901)

Mark 11: 15 Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves; 16 And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple. 17 And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves. 18 And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, because all the people was astonished at his doctrine.

What if we were to drive the money changers out of our homeland, our world which is the Temple of North America? At least all the Federally chartered money changers? Would the world end?  

I say that the time has come to redeem our birthrights, to restore integrity and self-reliant freedom to America and the American people.  I call this a program of “National Vindicatio” after the Roman legal action for the restoration of real property and res mancipi (the means of production) to their rightful owners.  

I propose that the best (and probably the only) way to do this is to abolish all government-chartered and federally-funded monopolies, including the national banks, thus restoring some semblance of America as it existed during the apogee of freedom and Democratic-Republican Society, for the 32 years of about 1829-1861 (Andrew Jackson and Martin van Buren through James K. Polk and Millard Fillmore to James Buchanan).  

Thomas Jefferson and John Adams had both died on July 4, 1826, exactly fifty years after the signing of the declaration of Independence, so the new nation had formed and reached a stable maturity.   They died roughly halfway through the one-term presidency of John Quincy Adams, the first son of a President to become a President, but most regrettably: NOT the last….nor the worst, by a long shot….

This was the time before internecine warfare caused half a million brothers and cousins to slaughter each other in the name of freedom, before the Income Tax, gigantic corporations, and unified paper currency became the symbols and arbiters of economic life in this land.  Andrew Jackson, for all his faults, abolished the Third and last Bank of the United States, and his memory is sacred for that achievement.  There were NO national corporations, only state or regional enterprises.  There was nowhere either a corporate or prison culture anywhere in North America.  There was no standing army, except on the frontier.  Imagine America with no national or multi-national Corporations, no greenbacks, and no permanent army.  It was not the Garden of Eden, there were Indians who were forcibly and violently dispossessed of their land and slaves who existed as the chattel property of others.  But, as Alex de Toqueville observed our ancestors, their world in the third of a century prior to Abraham Lincoln’s war was probably closer to an earthly paradise than anywhere in recorded history since Adam and Eve first transgressed God’s commandments….

What would it look like if we tried to recreate that world today by trust-busting (corporate breakups, using the antitrust laws, but in particular breaking up the banks)?  Does it matter that the nation is population roughly 8 or 10 times what it was in those halcyonic three decades 1829-1861?  Does it matter that we have grown accustomed to a world defined by corporations and prisons and government financed and sponsored monopolies, including the Federal Reserve Banking system and the eternally standing army, the largest prison system in the world, and a structured economy carved up between corporate chains whose trademark logos and stores look exactly the same whether you find them in the suburbs of Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Richmond, St. Louis, San Diego, Seattle, Tampa, Tucson, or Washington D.C., itself.  

I submit to you that it could be done based on certain principles of redistribution—not the redistribution of credit-welfare and tax-credits that we have now, but a real redistribution of the material wealth of nation?  Could we effectively restore North America’s land and resources directly to the people, instead of insisting that these be held in the Corporate “Industrial Armies” which Marx and Engels first envisioned in February of 1848?

I submit to you that we could have a SUBSTANTIVE, rather than merely formal redistribution of the wealth out of communal “corporate” hands under government sponsorship and back to the people, starting with a guarantee of a homestead (including productive farmland) to every American resident citizen or family who petitioned for such a thing.  (Obviously we cannot invite the whole world to our redistributive feast, but there’s no reason why 1% of the population is hogging all the food, drink, and party favors for themselves with the express protection and consent of the government).    

This is “Huey Long” style substantive redistribution of property, not Franklin D. Roosevelt-style formal redistribution based on credit.  We need to drive the money changers from our midst so that they can no longer control what we do with our property.  We must guarantee to every family a home, to each individual healthcare, and we must endow these trusts with the Wealth of the Nation, not with credit-based entitlements which may be withdrawn or canceled at any time.  

Strange to say, by putting all property in the hands of private individuals and families, we will not be perfecting communism through this substantive redistribution of wealth.  Rather, we will be restoring the means of production to the people, and taking it entirely away from the collective communistic institutions created by the government and “national sponsorship” through tax policy and a banking system which holds all our wealth and only gives us “credit” in return.  

Once property is back in the hands of the people, there will always be the risk that greedy individuals will try to create new monopolies and new systems of fraudulent money through the expansion of private banks.  But once destroyed, the people will possess the information concerning the truth about banking as a function best carried out in private rather than by government stooges, and it will be incumbent upon the government constantly to remind and reeducate the people regarding the fact that their liberty is only secure if their property remains securely in their hands.  

Monopolistic Patents on things like money (the banking system), the expression and transmission of ideas (the educational and legal system), the use of force in self-defense (the army and police systems), and even on the chemical resources, minerals, crops and animals on which we depend to live (i.e. Pharmaceuetical combinations and “GMOs” = Genetically Modified Organisms) are unnatural and incompatible with human freedom.   We can exist without such monopolies and we can still guarantee that every person within our boundaries can have a fair share of the wealth of Our Father’s World…. and never gain allow our Father’s World to be turned into a Den of Thieves….

For further information on the Nation Vindicatio of America’s property rights herein proposed, please call Michael Lenaburg at 626-639-7037 or Gonzalo Diaz at 424-239-4627.

Bravo Buffy! Sarah Michelle Gellar is disgusted with Vogue, and so am I—I say Sarah’s is the Classiest Tweet I have ever heard of—I SALUTE YOU, SMG!!!! (Fortune and Love Really DO Favor the Brave…)—Vogue has really now Gone to the Dogues….

All I can really say about the Kardashian family is that they appear to epitomize EVERYTHING that’s wrong with the United States, culturally, socially, and economically.  Joss Whedon’s Buffy-the-Vampire Slayer, by contrast, stood as a mythic allegory, bulwark and decently fighting but above all honorable symbol of “truth, Justice, and the American Way” with deep integrity.  Buffy came at the final tail end of “the Good Old Days” of the American Middle Class as it existed in the 20th Century.  The series was known for wonderful dialogue, unique plot situations, memorable characters, but above-all for well-described and portrayed dynamic situational discussions and dissections of moral ambiguity, consistently resolved in favor of right and fair outcomes.  The Buffyverse, although created by a self-proclaimed atheist, was a place where forgiveness and sacrifice and other Christian values (as well as abundant Christian allegory and symbolism, integrated into a world anthropological mythic inventory) were paramount in a world of liberty and self-determination.  The Buffyverse of Sunnydale in Southern California was a deeply troubled place fraught with literal and metaphoric demons who seemed to symbolize both alien invasion and local degeneracy.  The iconic part of the cheerleader turned vampire-slayer Buffy Anne Summers was played by Sarah Michelle Gellar from 1997-2003.  She was among the greatest of all TV heroines…. filled with spunk and saucy character, a truly “All American” girl…. Buffy was particularly popular in the Southeastern United States where violent resistance to invasion and degeneracy has a long and well honored tradition, which apparently appealed to the New England born Joss Whedon who celebrated the same Confederate Rebel tradition in his short-lived Firefly series and its movie sequel Serenity.  Whedon also analyzed the dark depravity and degeneracy of modern Southern California in his Buffy spinoff Angel and the also short-lived Dollhouse (like Angel, set in modern Los Angeles).  These portrayals of Southern California, starring Buffy veterans David Boreanaz and Eliza Dushku, are morally equivalent and in large part indistinguishable, except for magic and paranormal phenomena, from Veronica Mars’ world in the mythic “Jupiter” California.   But earlier this week, Sarah Michelle Gellar came out swinging against degeneracy again, this time with well-pointed sharpened words on Twitter rather than pointed stakes aimed at the hearts of the undead…. although characterizing Kim Kardashian as “undead” would hardly be a stretch of the moral or ethical truth……IMHO……

‘I’m cancelling my subscription!’ Sarah Michelle Gellar slams US Vogue decision to feature Kim Kardashian on its cover

By BOBBIE WHITEMAN

PUBLISHED: 18:45 EST, 21 March 2014 | UPDATED: 10:00 EST, 22 March 2014

Sarah Michelle Gellar has slammed US Vogue for featuring reality TV star Kim Kardashian and fiance Kanye West on the cover.

The 36-year-old actress blasted magazine’s editor Anna Wintour’s controversial decision and tweeted: ‘Well……I guess I’m canceling my Vogue subscription. Who is with me???’ 

The Buffy The Vampire star joined a slew of other celebrities and fashion fans who have registered their discontent on Twitter at the choice of the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star for the front of the upscale publication’s April issue.

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'Who's with me?' Sarah Michelle Gellar threatened to drop Vogue after it featured Kim Kardashian and fiance Kanye West on the front cover of its April edition

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‘Who’s with me?’ Sarah Michelle Gellar threatened to drop Vogue after it featured Kim Kardashian and fiance Kanye West on the front cover of its April edition

 

Opting out: A disgusted Sarah Michelle tweeted that she was cancelling her Vogue subscription over the Kimye cover

Opting out: A disgusted Sarah Michelle tweeted that she was cancelling her Vogue subscription over the Kimye cover 

Many question whether the celebrity couple are relevant to the readership.

Influential blogger Bryanboy wrote: ‘Twenty four years of loyalty to American Vogue and then this.’

Outspoken entertainment journalist Nikki Finke also took to her twitter to chime in on the cover, writing: ‘I’m loving the big backlash aimed at Anna Wintour for putting Kim Kardashian on Vogue cover. Issue should come with barf bag.’

But that didn’t seem to bother Anna, who must have counted on a reaction.

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I would just personally add that I think there are few human beings more disgusting than the Kardashians and I write (from the Eastern Edge of Beverly Hills) that this town, this State, this Country would be a LOT better off with out them and all the corrupt cultural and social perversion they represent.  When the class war comes—I hope theirs are the first heads off….. but seriously, ALL HATS OFF TO SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR!   On this occasion, she has spoken for me and I hope also for millions…..

Divergents, Outlaws, and Rebels: the Vigorous Dissident Essential to Social & Political Health

The tense struggle between law, justice, and freedom was not the subject nor even a significant sub-theme  of Homer’s Epics the Odyssey and the Iliad, nor of Vergil’s Aeneid nor the Epic of Gilgamesh, nor of the Ancient Maya Popol Vuh.  

Justice and Fairness/equity vs. Law and Order, however, very much forms a core subject of the new movie Divergent and up to a point the movie Veronica Mars which I have already just recently mentioned on these pages.  I find myself comparing these movies to The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, but I cannot say that this competition defines movies, which concern mostly naked law and oppression divorced from any but the most cynical pretense of law or fairness—even the laws of probabilistic statistics being ridiculed in the refrain, “May the Odds be Ever in your Favor”…which is so patently false that a graffiti artist in one of the “Districts” writes more accurately: “the odds are NEVER in our favor.”

Veronica Mars, set firmly in the modern world of Southern California, indicts the police state as producing “the best justice money can buy” and similarly the prosecutorial system as responding more to the demands of “the court of public opinion” than anything else.  It also (and very accurately) belittles the world of “big money law” as serving no purpose but squashing the little man and his “frivolous lawsuits” against Fortune Five Hundred Clients…. 

Divergent, however, focuses our attention on other aspects of the current struggle.  In both Veronica Mars and The Hunger Games, family is portrayed as both natural and essential to survival, but the dystopian tyranny of the (current modern and future) American Dictatorships has not turned itself against the family, or dedicated itself to the destruction of human nature.  Indeed, in the Hunger Games, the future dictatorship of Panem capitalizes on human nature and human weakness, including family ties, to maximize its own power and control over the subjugated people.  

The three movie franchises have different regional roots and reflect their origins.  The Hunger Games is distinctly Southern, Confederate, and Appalachian in its cultural theory, including the matriarchal family structure and themes of tendencies towards racial segregation (Districts 11 vs. 12) fraught with intimate friendship (Katniss and Rue).  Veronica Mars expressly screams its California setting and cultural roots in almost every scene and dialogue sequence.  Divergent is set in the ruins of Chicago (which strangely look a lot like the current city of Chicago WITHOUT a major civil war).  (This just has to be the future American Civil War described/predicted by the propagandists for Chancellor Adam Sutler’s English Dictatorship in V-for-Vendetta).

I could be wrong, but I think that the association of Chicago with Divergent is very well thought-out and correlated with the socialist-communist background of the largest city in “the Land of Lincoln” (Abraham, that is, the Sixteenth and arguably the first covertly Marxist President of the United States, and a worthy forerunner to the current 44th President, also associated with Chicago and Illinois).  

The futuristic “Brave New World” of Divergent’s Chicago is a quasi-caste based society (divided into five broadly functional “factions” emphasizing not so much specific jobs or professions as “approaches” or “attitudes” in life—not entirely different from the Indo-European tri-functional society with subdivisions of each function, but not at all expressly Dumezilian in the way that Buffy or The Lion King were).  

In the “Divergent” world, the nuclear family still exists as the key reproductive unit but is frowned upon generally and entirely forbidden after puberty.  Life begins for “Tris”—the heroine of the movie, at a ceremony where she voluntarily chooses which to which functional faction she will belong.  This aspect of the future Chicago is much more benign than the Hunger Games, to be sure—there are no automatic annual sacrifices contrasting with great “movie-sports star” wealth in latter day Chicago…..  The only articulated motto of the Status Quo Establishment in Divergent is “Faction before Blood”, although the Dictatrix strongly suggests that suppression of human nature is the primary goal of government….

(Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World vision of a world totally without families, especially without mothers [aside from the State as Ur-or-Uber-Mutter], remains, thankfully, far in the future—although my former friend Jon Drew Roland, a false-flag, former freedom riding, and fear mongering “Libertarian” residing Texas, also with a Chicago connexion, assured me many times that “eu-social” social insect-like “Queen Bee” reproduction through the State apparatus is entirely foreseeable).   

The tension between law and justice, rules and fairness, legal and equitable values, seems to have arisen primarily because of the pronouncement of a vast inventory of laws Hebrew Bible, and the need for resolution of all doubts in favor of equity and fairness was first and perhaps best articulated by that noted Ancient Rabbi, thought by hundreds of millions around the world to have been the Messiah: Joshua ben Josef, aka Jesus Christ.  

The Kingdom of Israel & its secessionist spinoff, Judea, to both of which Jesus was allegedly the direct lineal heir, through the House of David, grew up in the southwest corner of “The Fertile Crescent” of the Ancient Near East, near the border of Egypt in northeast Africa.  The Nile and Tigris-Euphrates, with the Levant in between, were the two “cradles of civilization” in the Western World.  The Ancient Near East is famous for its early law codes, over which the Sun God Shamash (Sumerian Utu) presided, as an antecedent to Apollo in this role, but the division between rules and fairness seems to have only occupied a minor part of the Ancient Sumerian and Semitic Consciousness….at least until Jesus’ final year on earth. In Greece and Rome, “laws” were seen as the tools of the elite, while equity and fairness were seen as the pleas of the weak and defeated.  This is as apparent in Thucydides Melian Dialogue as in Cicero’s orations.  It was this world that gave birth to Jesus, of course, and his “equitable revolution” in thinking about Justice and Right.

In the history of world epics, after the Four Gospels, Dante’s Divine Comedy is the first to articulate the primary of law in the world, tempered with the concept of Justice, but Dante seems to have viewed Hell as a very legalistic place, with only the levels of hell discerning or distinguishing “levels” of fair or equitable punishment.  Ironically, it is hard to see the role of Christian forgiveness in Dante’s writings at all when he writes, in the Fourth Canto of Inferno:

Per me si va ne la città dolente,
per me si va ne l’etterno dolore,
per me si va tra la perduta gente.

Giustizia mosse il mio alto fattore:
fecemi la divina podestate,
la somma sapienza e ‘l primo amore.

Dinanzi a me non fuor cose create
se non etterne, e io etterno duro.
Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch’intrate.

“THROUGH ME ONE GOES TO THE CITY OF SORROW,
THROUGH ME THE PATH TO ETERNAL PAIN,
THROUGH ME IS THE ROAD OF THE LOST PEOPLE.

JUSTICE MOVED HE WHO IS MY HIGH CREATOR.
I WAS MADE BY DIVINE POWER,
SUPREME WISDOM, AND PRIMAL LOVE.

BEFORE ME NOTHING WAS MADE,
SAVE ETERNAL THINGS, AND I ENDURE ETERNALLY.
ABANDON ALL HOPE, YE WHO ENTER.”

What kind of Comment is this: “I, Bernie Madoff, did not betray the Jews”? Sometimes you just have to wonder what people are thinking….

The case of Bernie Madoff is not something I find particularly important or interesting for this simple reason: he may have been famous, but he was not alone, unique, or even particularly bad by comparison with his peers.  ALL SECURITIES AND INVESTMENT MANIPULATION UNDER THE FEDERAL RESERVE BANKING SYSTEM and/or SECURITIES and EXCHANGE COMMISSION (YES, EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THEM) IS INHERENTLY FRAUDULENT, BECAUSE THERE IS NOT MATERIAL OR SUBSTANTIVE BASIS IN REALITY FOR THE PAPER-PUSHING FORMAL TRANSACTIONS which today amount to what we call “wealth” in the so-called “Developed World”.  So to me, Bernie Madoff is not significantly better or worse than Bernanke or Yellen or their predecessors….and probably nowhere near as bad as, say, “national heroes” like Joseph Kennedy….  How and why does it matter whether he betrayed “the Jews” or not—this is seriously food for thought….

http://forward.com/articles/194925/bernie-madoff-says-he-didnt-betray-the-jews/

Bernie Madoff Says He Didn’t ‘Betray the Jews’
Ponzi King Speaks Out on Religion in Jailhouse Interview

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By JTA
Published March 20, 2014.

Bernie Madoff Scam, Fires and Fraud Cost Jewish Non-Profits Dearly
Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff said in a prison interview that he does not feel he “betrayed the Jews.”
The scheme — believed to be the largest of its kind in U.S. history — affected a disproportionate number of Jewish individuals and organizations.
Madoff, 70, is serving a 150-year prison sentence at the medium-security federal prison in Butner, N.C.
“Religion had nothing to do with it,” Madoff told Politico in an interview published Thursday.
“I don’t feel that I betrayed the Jews, I betrayed people. I betrayed people that put trust in me — certainly the Jewish community. I’ve made more money for Jewish people and charities than I’ve lost.”
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Bernie Madoff Scam, Fires and Fraud Cost Jewish Non-Profits Dearly
Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff said in a prison interview that he does not feel he “betrayed the Jews.”
The scheme — believed to be the largest of its kind in U.S. history — affected a disproportionate number of Jewish individuals and organizations.
Madoff, 70, is serving a 150-year prison sentence at the medium-security federal prison in Butner, N.C.
“Religion had nothing to do with it,” Madoff told Politico in an interview published Thursday.
“I don’t feel that I betrayed the Jews, I betrayed people. I betrayed people that put trust in me — certainly the Jewish community. I’ve made more money for Jewish people and charities than I’ve lost.”
Madoff told Politico that he attempted to recover money for his victims, and it has largely gone unacknowledged.
He said the information he shared with Irving Picard, the trustee charged with overseeing the recovery and distribution of money lost in the Ponzi scheme, has been critical to Picard’s ability to collect the money.
“Everybody thinks the worst of me,” Madoff said. “The only thing I’m happy about is I was able to help people recover.”
Madoff, who sees a prison psychiatrist once a week, said he has “nothing to repent for. I already knew what I did was wrong.”
He said he suffers from kidney disease and not cancer, as has been reported, and takes about 14 medications, which he did not do before entering prison. Madoff had a heart attack over the winter; a stent was inserted to open a blocked artery.
“I don’t believe I’m a bad person,” he said. I did a lot of good for people. I made huge sums of money for some people. It wasn’t just for money. I already had huge amounts of money. It wasn’t to buy yachts or homes. I had that from the beginning from legitimate money I made,” he said of the scheme.
The investment advice he offers is to not invest in the stock market.
Madoff said the loss of his family, who have had nearly nothing to do with him since the scheme became public, is |”more punishment than being incarcerated.” His son Mark committed suicide in December 2010 at the age of 46.

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Veronica Mars: Movie Surprise for March 15—bravo to another seriously subversive flick

I long ago confessed to my heroine addiction…. From Boadicea (“Boudica”), Hypatia, St. Joan, and Queen Elizabeth I, through Scarlett O’Hara to Dorothy Gale and Lucy Pevensie and culminating with Buffy Summers and Katniss Everdeen, I have lived my life studying and admiring strong, heroic women.  I suppose this is all in not so subconscious tribute to my grandmother Helen Lucy Eugenie.  She raised me on a quirky combination of history and Gospel readings together with science and geography through travel and experience.  My mother Alice was rather tragically less of a heroine in my eyes and day-to-day life, making only irregular and certainly never daily appearances the way my grandmother did.  But the earliest thing I remember my mother teaching me was the Song of Mary—the “Magnificat” of the Mother of God who became the World’s perhaps most victorious of all tragic heroines…. 

I had not even heard that a movie about Veronica Mars was in the works, but upon my arrival in Los Angeles on Friday March 14, I discovered that a Veronica Mars movie had indeed premiered that very day.  I have already been to see it twice now, on Saturday and Tuesday nights, and the crowds, of course, very thin: certainly the audiences, even in Santa Monica, where part of the movie was filmed (on the Santa Monica Pier) were nothing compared to the first week of either The Hunger Games or Catching Fire.  

But this is really and truly unjust, because the new Veronica Mars movie is absolutely stunning and excellent, and every bit as original and politically subversive and anti-establishment as the Hunger Games — except all the more explicitly because it is set in present time and directly criticizes both the stupidity and apathy and oppression of modern American culture.  It even makes the express prediction that “when the class war comes [coastal Southern California] will be Ground Zero.”  THAT, my friends and countrymen, is a bold and very apt prediction.  Whether it is accurate or not—as an historical of futuristic prediction—remains to be seen of course, but I for one agree that the cultural, economic, and social inequalities in California are harbingers of terrible things to come—and the only get worse every day.

I suppose I find Veronica Mars particularly (personally) appealing because she expressly eschews and rejects the life of a high paid Manhattan (aka “Wall Street”) lawyer (working against ordinary people for Fortune 500 companies—in the true spirit of corporate law) to return to California to fight injustice—expressly framed as police incompetence and brutality.  I LOVE THE PREMISES OF THIS MOVIE!!!!   It certainly doesn’t hurt that Kirsten Bell is deliciously beautiful.  The now 33 year old Veronica/Kristen Bell has indeed “aged well” as one character puts it in the movie.  It seems impossible and incredible that over a decade has passed. But, indeed, the TV Series Veronica Mars was a critical component of my “Post-Buffy” life. It ran from 2004, after the end of Angel through 2007, my final departure from Texas.   Since leaving my home in the Hills and wandering the earth like either TWJ Ahasueras or Captain Vanderdecken, I have watched only very little television.  I managed to catch a few seasons of Dexter and The Tudors—almost between everything else and by chance, but hardly anything else.

Anyhow, without running any spoilers, I certainly can say that EVERYONE who cares about cultural politics and social perspectives on the criminal justice system in America SHOULD see Veronica Mars.  It is comparable to American Hustle in both tempo and quality of musical soundtrack (for ME, American Hustle WAS the best movie of 2013—the Academy of Motion Pictures Oscar politically motivated, almost Stalinistically, and “White” House command-and-controlled pre-determined award to “Twelve Years a Black Duck” be damned).  

All the people in the movie are beautiful even though the society portrayed is shallow and ugly.  Is there a more important message to convey about American values and what our society has become?  I think not.  God Bless Rob Thomas and a strong “thank you” to all who made this movie possible.  

Obama’s Ukrainian Power Grab, Sanctions and the Boomerang Effect, by James Petras

James Petras

 jpetras@binghamton.edu

Introduction

            In the biggest power grab since George Bush seized Eastern Europe and converted it into a NATO bastion confronting Russia, the Obama regime, together with the EU, financed and organized a violent putsch in the Ukraine which established a puppet regime in Kiev.[1]  In response the citizens of the autonomous Crimean region, fearing the onslaught of cultural and political repression, organized self-defense militia and pressured the administration of Russian President Vladimir Putin to help protect them from armed incursions by the NATO-backed coup regime in Kiev.[2]    Russia responded to the Crimean appeal with promises of military assistance – effectively halting further Western absorption of the entire region.

Immediately following the proxy putsch the entire US-EU propaganda machine spun into high gear.[3]  The nature of the Western power grab of the Ukraine was ignored.   Russia’s defensive action in Crimea became the focus of media and Western government attacks.  Unconditional support for  the for the violent seizure of the Ukraine by the US and EU-backed coup was broadcast by the West’s entire stable of journalistic hacks and accompanied by screeds calling for measures to destabilize the Russian Federation itself through a full-scale economic and diplomatic war.  The US and EU convoked meetings and press conferences calling for trade and investment sanctions.  Threats emerged from the White House and Brussels calling for a “freeze of Russian assets” in Western banks, if Moscow did not hand over the Crimea to the coup regime in Kiev.  Russian capitulation became the price of mending East-West ties.

            The Obama regime and a host of US Congress people, media pundits and policy advisers called for, or engaged in, imposing sanctions on strategic sectors of the Russian economy, including its financial assets in the West.  Opinions in Europe divided over this issue: England, France and the rabidly anti-Russian regimes of Central Europe (especially Poland and the Czech Republic) pushed for harsh sanctions, while Germany, Italy and the Netherlands were more measured in their response (Financial Times, 3/5/14, p. 2).

            The Washington-based advocates for imposing sanctions against Russia view this as an opportunity to: (1) punish Russia for acceding to the Crimean autonomous government’s call for defense against the Kiev putsch by activating Russian troops stationed  in the region; (2) weaken Russia’s economy and isolate it politically from its major Western trading and investment partners; (3) legitimatize the violent seizure of power by neo-liberal and neo-Nazi clients of the US; and (4) promote destabilization within the borders of the Russian Federation.  At a minimum, economic sanctions have become an aggressive tool for energizing the corrupt pro-Western elites and oligarchs in Russia to influence the Putin government to accept the de-facto regime in Kiev and deliver the autonomous Crimean nation into their hands.

            “Sanctions” are seen by the White House advisers as:  (1) projecting US power, (2) securing the Ukraine as a strategic new base for NATO, (3) ethnically cleansing this diverse and complicated region of its Russian-speaking minority and (4) opening the Ukraine for the whole-sale plunder of its economic and natural resources by Western multinational corporations.

            The Obama regime cites the “success” of the financial and economic sanctions against Iran as a ‘model’ for what can be achieved with Russia:  A weakened economy, diminution of its trade, destabilizing its currency and provoking consumer scarcities and mass unrest. (FT 03/05/2014 p.2)  Secretary of US State John Kerry is pushing for more extreme forms of economic reprisals:  trade and investment sanctions, which obviously could lead to a break in diplomatic relations. (FT 03/05/2014 p.1) 

Impact of Sanctions on Russia, the US and EU

            Energy and financial sanctions on Russia, assuming that they can be imposed, would have a severe impact on Russian energy companies, its oligarchs and bankers.  Trade and investment agreements would have to be abrogated.  As a result Europe, which relies on Russian oil and gas imports for 30% of its energy needs, would slip back into an economic  recession (FT  03/05/2014 p.2). The US is in no position to replace these energy shortfalls.  In other words, trade and investment sanctions against the Russian Federation would have a ‘boomerang effect’ – especially against Germany, the economic ‘locomotor’ of the European Union.

            Financial sanctions would hurt the corrupt Russian oligarchs who have stashed away tens of billions of Euros and Pounds in European real estate, business investments, sport teams and financial institutions.  Sanctions and a real freeze on the overseas assets of the Russian billionaires would curtail all those profitable transactions for major Western financial institutions, such as Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan-Chase and other “giants of Wall Street” as well as in the ‘City of London’.  (FT 03/05/2014 p.2)  In “punishing” Putin, the EU would also be “spiting on itself”.  Sanctions might weaken Russia but they would also precipitate an economic crisis in the EU and end its fragile recovery.

Russia’s Response to Sanctions

            Essentially the Putin Administration can take one of two polar responses to the US-EU sanctions:  It can capitulate and withdraw from Crimea, sign an agreement on its military base (knowing full well that NATO will not comply), and accepts its own international status as a quasi-vassal state incapable of defending its allies and borders; or the Putin Administration can prepare a reciprocal set of counter-sanctions, confiscate Western investments, freeze financial assets, renege on debt payments and re-nationalize major industries.  The Russian state would be strengthened at the expense of the neo-liberal and pro-Western oligarchical sectors of Russia’s policy elite. Russia could terminate its transport and base agreements with the US, cut off the Pentagon’s Central Asian supply routes to Afghanistan.  President Putin could end sanctions with Iran, weakening  Washington’s negotiating position.  Finally, Russia could actively support dissident anti-imperialist movements in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America while strengthening its support for the Syrian government as it defends itself from US-supported violent jihadists.

            In other words, US-EU sanctions while attempting to undermine Russia could actually radicalize Moscow’s domestic and foreign policy and marginalize the currently pro-Western oligarchs who had influenced the heretofore conciliatory policies of the Putin and Medvedev Administrations.

            The EU and Obama might consolidate their hold over the Ukraine but they have plenty to lose on a global scale.  Moreover, the Ukraine will likely turn into a highly unstable vassal state for the NATO planners.  EU, US and IMF loans for the bankrupt regime are conditional on (1) 40% cutbacks on energy and gas subsidies, (2) 50% cuts in public sector pension payments, (3) major increases in consumer prices and (4) the privatization (plunder) of public firms.  The result will be large-scale job loss and a huge jump in unemployment.  Neo-liberal austerity programs will further erode the living standards of most wage and salaried workers and likely antagonize the neo-Nazi ‘popular base’ provoking new rounds of violent mass protests.  The West would move forward with ‘agreements’ with their Ukraine clients ‘at the top’ but face bitter conflicts ‘below’.  The prospect of Brussels and the IMF dictating devastating economic policies as part of an austerity program on the masses of Ukrainian citizens will make a mockery of the puffed-up nationalist slogans of the far Right putschists.  Economic collapse, political chaos and a new round of social upheaval will erode the political gains assumed in the power grab of February 2014. 

Conclusion

            The unfolding of the US-EU-Russian conflict over the Ukraine has far-reaching consequences, which will define the global configuration of power and foster new ideological alignments

            Western sanctions will directly hit Russian capitalists and strengthen a ‘collectivist turn’.  The Western power grab of the ‘soft underbelly of Russia’ could provoke greater Russian support for insurgent movements challenging Western hegemony.  Sanctions could hasten greater Sino-Russian trade and investment ties, as well as military cooperation agreement.

            Much depends on Obama and the EU’s calculation of another weak and pusillanimous response from the Russian government.  They are confidant that the Russian Federation will once again, as in the past, ‘bluster and object’ to Western expansionist moves but will ultimately capitulate.  If these calculations are wrong,  if the West goes through with financial and energy sanctions and President Putin makes a robust riposte, we are heading into the eye of a new political storm in which a polarized world will witness new class, national and regional conflicts.


[1] The pro EU-US putsch regime in Kiev is a product of nearly 25 years of planning and enormous funding by political agencies of the US government.  According to William Blum (Anti-Empire Report#126, 03/07/2014), the self-styled National Endowment for Democracy bankrolled 65 projects involving political indoctrination and the formation of political action groups.  Under-Secretary of State Victoria Nuland boasted that the US government had spent over $5 billion dollars preparing the ground for the putsch in Kiev. 

[2]  The Crimean people had excellent reasons for organizing self –defense militias and calling for Russian military aid.  According to analyst Brian Becker(“Who’s Who in Ukraine’s New Semi-Fascist Government”, Global Research05/09/2014), prominent neo-Nazis and right-wing extremists occupy key positions in the Kiev junta.  Fascists hold the two top positions in the National Defense Council (controlling the army, police, intelligence and the judiciary); head the Ministry of Defense; control the Prosecutor General; and include one of the Vice Presidents.  The Prime Minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk (‘Yats’), was ‘hand-picked’ by Washington, (as revealed by a secretly recorded conversation between US Under-Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and the US Ambassador to Kiev).  He is the ‘front man’ of Ukrainian fascism and NATO penetration.

[3]  ’News’ reporting became indistinguishable from editorials in all the major media outlets.  The corporate and state media’s rabid support of the violent seizure of power in Kiev by US-funded clients was equaled by their hysterical claims of a Russian “take-over” of Crimea.  See the coverage from the Wall Street JournalNew York Times , Financial Times , Washington PostBBC News and CNN from  03/01/014 to 03/10/2014.

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The true level of mortgage fraud is largely unknown…..STATEMENT OF CHRIS SWECKER, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIVE DIVISION, FBI

Charles Edward Lincoln III:

Although there is no specific statute that defines mortgage fraud, each mortgage fraud scheme contains some type of material misstatement, misrepresentation or omission relied upon by an underwriter or lender to fund, purchase or insure a loan. The Mortgage Bankers Association projects 2.5 trillion in mortgage loans will be made this year. The FBI compiles data on mortgage fraud through Suspicious Activity Reports filed by financial institutions and HUD Office of the Inspector General reports. The FBI also receives complaints from the industry at large.

A significant portion of the mortgage industry is void of any mandatory fraud reporting. In addition, mortgage fraud in the secondary market is often underreported. Therefore, the true level of mortgage fraud is largely unknown. The mortgage industry itself does not provide estimates on total industry fraud. The industry provides incomplete or inconsistent fraud data. Based on various industry reports and FBI analysis, mortgage fraud is pervasive and growing.

The potential impact of mortgage fraud on financial institutions in the stock market is clear.  If fraudulent practices become systemic within the mortgage industry and mortgage fraud is allowed to become unrestrained, it will ultimately place financial institutions at risk and have adverse effects on the stock market. Investors may lose faith and require higher returns from mortgage-backed securities, which will result in higher interest rates and fees paid by borrowers, limiting the amount of investment funds available for mortgage loans.

Often mortgage loans sold in secondary markets are used by financial institutions as collateral for other investments. Repurchase agreements have been utilized by investors for protection against mortgage fraud. When loans sold in the secondary market default and have fraudulent or material misrepresentation, loans are repurchased by the lending financial institution based on a repurchase agreement. As a result, these loans become a nonperforming asset, and in extreme fraud cases, the mortgage-backed security is worthless. Mortgage fraud losses adversely affect loan loss reserves, profits, liquidity levels and capitalization ratios, ultimately affecting the soundness of the financial institution itself.

More INFO on Attorney Chris Swecker.

See the interview with Chris Swecker on CBS This Morning from 7/11/12. Click here.

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TESTIMONY OF CHRIS SWECKER BEFORE CONGRESS in 2004:

STATEMENT OF CHRIS SWECKER, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIVE DIVISION, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION

Although there is no specific statute that defines mortgage fraud, each mortgage fraud scheme contains some type of material misstatement, misrepresentation or omission relied upon by an underwriter or lender to fund, purchase or insure a loan. The Mortgage Bankers Association projects 2.5 trillion in mortgage loans will be made this year. The FBI compiles data on mortgage fraud through Suspicious Activity Reports filed by financial institutions and HUD Office of the Inspector General reports. The FBI also receives complaints from the industry at large.

A significant portion of the mortgage industry is void of any mandatory fraud reporting. In addition, mortgage fraud in the secondary market is often underreported. Therefore, the true level of mortgage fraud is largely unknown. The mortgage industry itself does not provide estimates on…

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REMICS | DID THE IRS CAUSE THE FINANCIAL CRISIS?

Originally posted on Justice League:

As the dust from the financial crisis begins to settle, we learn that the lack of IRS enforcement of themortgage-backed securities industry bears blame for the financial crisis. The financial crisis began when lenders started making bad loans on a large-scale basis in the late ’90s and early ’00s. Big banks purchased these bad loans, bundled them into trusts, and sold interests in the trusts to investors worldwide. The interests in the trusts are mortgage-backed securities. The investors (financial institutions, pension and retirement plans, insurance companies, state and local governments and individuals) did not know the loans were bad, and paid inflated prices for the mortgage-backed securities. Now that the practices of lenders and banks are coming to light, borrowers and investors are seeking to recover losses through lawsuits. And it is obvious that better practices, as required by tax law and enforced through IRS audit, would have prevented or mitigated those losses.

Mortgage-backed securities are a vital part…

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No, Americans Are Not “All To Blame” for the Financial Crisis: Exposing the big lie of the post-crash economy

Charles Edward Lincoln III:

ECONOMY MARCH 9, 2014

The simple truth is that the Banks planned and consciously marketed the preconditions for the Mortgage Meltdown much more carefully designed, planned, and consciously marketed than any other destructive event in American History. The purpose was simply to fulfill the primary plank of the Communist Manifesto: to abolish all individual, family, and personal private property interests in real estate.  We have to get passed this whole notion that “we the people” are to blame.  We are the victims—let the perpetrators pay (and not live to be old rich men like those who marketed cigarettes knowing about the carcinogenic effects—or individual cars understanding the dangers both to individuals and the environment).

Among my favorite anecdotes of the mortgage-industry decadence that preceded the global financial crisis is the one about Ameriquest’s wind machine. A motivational tool for managers, it made its appearance in the late ’90s at an executive conference at Las Vegas’s MGM Grand Hotel, where the future subprime leader hooked up a powerful fan to a plastic tent. Inside, exuberant branch managers jumped around amid a cascade of cash, allowed to keep as many swirling bills as they could grab.

That was how it went at mortgage-firm retreats: Here, a money-grabbing contest; there, a round of ritual chanting—“The power of yes! The power of yes!”—at a 2004 Washington Mutual gathering that was like the high ceremony of some bizarre money cult. Before long such incentivizing was part of the daily culture, if not official policy. Countrywide, for example, had a marketing program called the “High-Speed Swim Lane” that linked the bonuses of sales reps working in football-field-sized call centers to the volume of loans they originated. Compressing the programs initials—and cutting to the chase—employees nicknamed it “The Hustle.”

Mere excess was never enough for these companies. Though we’re all aware, by now, of the crookedness that infected the mortgage business last decade, the particulars are still striking. Did you know, for instance, that WMC Mortgage Corporation, owned by General Electric, hired former strippers and an ex-porn actress to entice brokers into selling their mortgages, according to a report by the Center for Public Integrity? Or that Wells Fargo gave its mortgage stars all-expense-paid vacations to Cancun and the Bahamas and treated them to private performances by Aerosmith, the Eagles, and Elton John? Or that New Century sent top loan sales reps to Porsche driving school?

The upshot is clear enough: With Wall Street’s demand for mortgages unending and some loan producers managing to book up to 70 loans per day, the system didn’t just crash. It was brought down.

But we’ve also been made to understand that subprime lenders and their Wall Street funders didn’t act alone. Instead, they were aided by the avarice of the American people, who were not victims of the crash so much as accomplices in it. Respondents to a Rasmussen poll done during the throes of the crisis overwhelmingly blamed “individuals who borrowed more than they could afford” (54 percent) over Wall Street (25 percent). To this day, the view is widespread and bipartisan: Main Street was an essential cause of the meltdown. The enemy was us.

“It all goes back to the increase in the tolerance for debt,” David Brooks wrote a couple of years ago. The Brookings Institution, meanwhile, has argued that of all the possible crisis narratives, “ ‘everyone was at fault’ comes closest to the truth.” The “wider society” must face the music, it said in a 2009 paper. “People in all types of institutions and as individuals became blasé about risk-taking and leverage.”

Or, as Michael Lewis, our financial-writer laureate, observed: “The tsunami of cheap credit … was temptation, offering entire societies the chance to reveal aspects of their characters they could not normally afford to indulge.” Reveal themselves, they did, and it wasn’t pretty. Writing for Vanity Fair, Lewis quoted at length Dr. Peter Whybrow, a British neuroscientist at UCLA, who posited that human beings have “the core of the average lizard.” Lewis, running with the analogy, relayed Whybrow’s conclusion, which was that “the succession of financial bubbles, and the amassing of personal and public debt” were “simply an expression of the lizard-brained way of life.”

Is that not the truth?

Originally posted on Justice League:

No, Americans Are Not All To Blame for the Financial Crisis: Exposing the big lie of the post-crash economy

 

mong my favorite anecdotes of the mortgage-industry decadence that preceded the global financial crisis is the one about Ameriquest’s wind machine. A motivational tool for managers, it made its appearance in the late ’90s at an executive conference at Las Vegas’s MGM Grand Hotel, where the future subprime leader hooked up a powerful fan to a plastic tent. Inside, exuberant branch managers jumped around amid a cascade of cash, allowed to keep as many swirling bills as they could grab.

That was how it went at mortgage-firm retreats: Here, a money-grabbing contest; there, a round of ritual chanting—“The power of yes! The power of yes!”—at a 2004 Washington Mutual gathering that was like the high ceremony of some bizarre money cult. Before long such incentivizing was part of the daily…

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On April 10, the 208th Anniversary of the Birth of His Grace, CSA General Leonidas Polk, the First Episcopal Bishop of Louisiana

In thirty days, that is, on April 10, it will be the 208th Anniversary of the Birth of His Grace, General Leonidas Polk, the First Episcopal Bishop of Louisiana.  

OK, the Anglicans were clearly latecomers in Louisiana.  The RCs got here a long time before….although their Bishopric only preceded ours by a scant 48 years.  The RC ARCHDIOCESE OF NEW ORLEANS (NOVÆ AURELIÆ) was only erected on 25 April, 1793, as the Diocese of Saint Louis of New Orleans; raised to its present rank and title of Archdiocese on 19 July, 1850.  Amazingly enough to contemplate, the RC Bishop of New Orleans’ original territory comprised the entire original Louisiana purchase plus both East and West Florida, being bounded on the north by Canadian, on the west by the Rocky Mountains and the Rio Perdito, on the east by the English-speaking RC Diocese of Baltimore, and on the south by the Diocese of Linares and the Archdiocese of Durango.  The present boundaries of the RC Archdiocese include the State of Louisiana, between the twenty-ninth and thirty-first degree of north latitude, an area of 23,208 square miles (constantly shrinking due to bad hydraulic and wetland management, but that is a different story).

So it is no surprise that the political and ecclesiastical history of Louisiana are inextricably intertwined.  But Bishop Polk was, as they say, something completely different from any other prelate of local or even national memory.  He was a fighter.  I think it is important to remember and celebrate his 208th birthday this year because we have the opportunity to combine this celebration with the sesquicentennial memorial of his death and martyrdom on June 14, 2014, the hundred and fiftieth anniversary of his death from enemy cannon fire atop Pine Mountain in Cobb County, Georgia.  Cobb County’s county seat is Marietta, and it is the last county guarding the northern suburbs of Atlanta (Marietta is now, pretty much a northern suburb of Atlanta, but in the historical metaphor for Scarlett O’Hara’s mythic reality, it was separate.

And it was there, in the 32nd year of Cobb County’s creation out of the Cherokee nation, that General Leonidas Polk died defending the “Old South” (was it really old when it had only existed for 31 solid years—by it’s 32nd Birthday on 2 December 1864—Cobb County was occupied by Sherman’s troops and thus under the heals of the most brutal enemy any Americans had ever known.  Yes indeed, to Southern Partisans and Confederate Patriots, General Leonidas Polk died a hero to right and Constitutional Government, every bit as much as, perhaps more even, than King Charles the Martyr in January 1648/9.  Oliver Cromwell was probably a lot like Sherman, in his self-righteousness, but he lacked the technology and strength of force to be as savage and brutal.  And oddly enough, I doubt Cromwell would have used his power as brutally against his own people (Roundheads or Cavaliers) even if he had had it.  I could be wrong.

There is a Society of King Charles the Martyr (SKCM) to which my devoutly Anglo-Catholic Father belonged.  I have considered joining it.  And there SHOULD be a Society dedicated to the memory of His Grace, General Leonidas Polk of Louisiana.  If I could find any “fellow travelers” I would certainly organize such a society, and you’d think I’d have an easy time of it.

When in New Orleans, on most Sundays (and on this immediate past Ash Wednesday) I attend services at Christ Church Cathedral on St. Charles & Sixth Street, the seat of the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana.   His Grace, General Polk, has a magnificent tombstone inside the Cathedral, just to the right of the altar (when facing the Cross) and behind the elaborately carved, elevated wooden pulpit. On other Sundays, more rare in the past but perhaps soon to be more commonly, I attend Holy Eucharist at Trinity Church on Jackson Street, built under the direction of Bishop Polk in the 1850s, with an auditorium called “Bishop Polk Hall.”

And yet everyone in the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana is totally embarrassed by General Leonidas Polk.  “He was a villain” said Christ Church Cathedral Dean David A. duPlantier on Sunday, 20 October of last year (2013), just before delivering a sermon on the Parable of the Unjust Judge (Luke 18: 1-8), which just happens to be one of my favorite texts in the Bible.  And yes, I thought the irony was delicious: that Dean DuPlantier so harshly and unjustly judged the founder of the Church where he preaches….  I have become much colder in my feelings towards Christ Church Cathedral ever since.  How can they dishonor their founder?  How can a people so viciously toss away and condemn their own heritage?  My grandmother was baptized in a Church (Holy Trinity) built by Bishop Polk in Nachitoches, Louisiana even before Trinity on Jackson here in New Orleans.  Holy Trinity in Nachitoches is, I think, the oldest standing Episcopal Church west of the Mississippi.  It may well be the oldest Protestant Church West of the Mississippi.  Trinity on Jackson is, to be sure, East of the Mississippi although only by a few blocks.

I grieve for the disregarded and disrespected heritage of my Southern Ancestors who fought for freedom.  I certainly do not grieve for the passing of slavery, but I think the price was much too high: in no other nation on earth did it require a bloody “civil war” to abolish slavery.   Nor was the War of 1861-65 really either a Civil War nor a War to End Slavery—it was the first experiment in self-righteous Yankee Imperialism by a powerful centralized government designed for world conquest for the benefit of the few, not the many, and above all for the occult purpose of instituting a form of government which can only by called, somewhat ironically, “Corporate Communism”—an oligarchy of institutions sponsored by the government and sponsoring the government, who protest and proclaim that their purpose is to redistribute wealth and grant equality to all people.  

To all people except those who remember and respect history, of course.

 

Reflections on Love and Pride in Lent

To all my Brothers and Sisters in Christ, a Blessed and Deeply Reflective and Repentant Lent.Above all we should reflect on God’s love for us, and the nature and extent of all love here on earth among us mortals in the course of our Salvation.Without the three species of love, the world is a desolate place indeed. But Agape, Philios, and Eros are not and have never been equal or easy to understand and relate to one another.

During Lent we should all reflect deeply on the things inside us that destroy and build up love of all types, but especially Agape, the love and charity of God Himself towards us all.

Pride is considered one of the seven deadly sins, for example, but is loving Pride sinful or Godly? 

And how can parental pride in their children or a child’s or a group.of children’s pride in his or her parents be considered as anything other than an expression of love?

Pride is love, but it is obviously neither eros nor philios, although it is certainly in some contexts similar to and compatible with brotherly love, and the pride of a man in his beautiful wife or of a woman in her successful husband is equally compatible with eros, and seems virtuous in all ways rather than sinful.

I simply cannot accept that all pride is sinful.  In her song, the Magnigicat, the Blessed Virgin Mary articulates a series of emotions which can only be called pride, pride in the Glory of God, pride in God’s justice, pride in her own inheritance as a daughter of Abraham, and pride above all in her unique and special relationship with God and her unique and special role in His plans for the salvation of the world.  I think it is fair to say that Mary’s expresdions of pride are filled with Agape, the love and charity of God. 

Pride is an issue for many of us in America, Europe, Australia, and South Africa as we confront the demands of the Church of England and its Anglican Commmunion and Episcopal affiliates abroad that we apologize for our own Christian parents, grandparents, and ancestors for their sins, real and imaginary, such as Slavery, Segregation, or belief in the righteousness of White Supremacy.

I, for one, refuse to believe that family pride is sinful, or that the extended family pride we might call pride in our bilogical, constitutional, cultural, ethnic, legal, national, political, racial, or social heritage is sinful either.

I suggest that deeper study and understanding of history are critical to the analysis and comprehension of all the elements of our heritage.  Historical study and reflection seems like a good appropriately reflective and potentially penitential activity which might constitute a good sacrifice of time for Lent.

Bishop Morris K. Thompson in his Ash Wednesday homily yesterday (March 5, 2014) suggested that such a sacrifice of reflective time was a much more appropriate item to dedicate one’s demonstration of commitment to Lent than giving up chocolates or candy bonbons.  

I believe that there is room for both Godly love and Godly pride in Lent, and that we can and should love our families, both near and far. It was with great happiness and pride, for example, that I followed the example of Saint Paul in addressing this letter to my “Brothers and Sisters in Christ.” 

Oscar Night Semantics, Semiotics, and Black and White Semaphores: Oscar Integrity is indeed GONE WITH THE WIND….

I don’t know whether you watched the Academy Awards last night but it made me ill to see that “12 Years a Slave” won best picture and that “Dallas Buyer’s Club” was second runner up after “Gravity“….  All the world is indeed a stage, but  WHO ARE THE PRODUCERS?
Who exactly arranged for “12 Years a Slave” to (a) be produced and (b) win an Oscar exactly the same year that the Episcopal Church is deepening its commitment to “Racial Reconciliation”?  As much as I loved Cate Blanchette’s  acceptance speech, I do not think there was anything “random” about the Oscar for Best Picture or Best Supporting Actress for “12 Years a Slavealthough “subjective” is much too kind an adjective for “fixed.”
Does it have anything to do with Michelle Obama appearing magically at the end of the program last year to announce Best Picture?
Was it not eerie that Ellen DeGeneres, of all people, said right at the beginning of the ceremony:
“Possibility number one, ‘12 Years a Slave‘ wins Best  Picture. Possibility number two, you’re all racists,” said Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres, returning after seven years, as she ended her opening monologue. Well the Academy’s 6000 voters went with possibility number one.
In any other context, this would be recognized and denounced immediately as a “fix”—but not in modern America, apparently.
And the people at the Oscar Party I was attending CHEERED that comment (which I’m sure was just a surprisingly frank disclosure of Academy “insider” politics).  But nobody cheered Matthew McConaughey when he thanked GOD for the blessings he had received in his life.  And yet his speech was the sole mention of GOD all night…..
The Academy and the Anglican Church are pillars of the Establishment—representing, respectively, the New and the Old varieties of American Power.  During Barack Obama’s fifth year in office, why is it so important to be beating the dead horse of Old South Chattel Slavery?  Is it, could it be because the current political establishment needs to cover for the fact that they are planning a deeper, more permanent, and more everlasting slavery for all of us?
The worst aspect of the Oscars, in a way, for me was the “Oscar Party” I attended—which I attend every year—at the Prytania Theatre in Uptown (Audubon Park area) New Orleans.  This audience of Uptown New Orleans Sheeple cheered every time “12 Years as a Slave” was mentioned— I personally find the  cause of the success of the movie 100% political and less then 10% cinematic.  It is not exactly a BAD movie…. but the only good things about it are….emotional effect without basis in truth.
Oh, and finally, there was a 75 year anniversary tribute to The Wizard of Oz, and even a passing mention of the Special Oscar given to Judy Garland.  But no one at the Academy  (at least no one on the Televised Program) last night made absolutely ANY MENTION of Gone with the Wind, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (very early but classic Jimmy Stewart), Stagecoach (very early but classic John Wayne),  Wuthering Heights (Laurence Olivier, David Niven, Merle Oberon), Of Mice and Men (Burgess Meredith and Lon Chaney), and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (with Mickey Rooney), ALL of which films (among many others in any basic Film History “must see” library) came out the same incredible cinematic year.
1939 could be described as the Zenith of “Early Hollywood’s” Glory, and the year in which it achieved its greatest triumphant status as the shaper of American mythology and representation of life and history, both distant and recent.  The movie repertoire produced that year was largely a White Anglo-Saxon Protestant, and entirely a Pro-White, pro-European,  pro-Christian, value laden year and positive year.  (Note what small if any role religion plays in 12 Years a Slave  compared, for instance, to GWTW, even though, realistically, Christian religion was at the heart of both Abolition and the Black Slave-Emancipation experience—though indeed Christian education was a major part of slave life, as recent studies of the Louisiana Episcopal Diocese and the life of Bishop Leonidas Polk have revealed).  But there were very few signs of cynicism or morally enigmatic gray areas in these movies. Even the dark shadows of early Cine Noir were two full years away from their full manifestation in Orson Wells’ Citizen Kane and The Maltese Falcon (with Humphrey Bogart) which both debuted in 1941. 
And, even more stunningly, perhaps, in the “Obituaries” department, only the most passing and ephemeral memorial was made on March 2, 2014, of America’s darling Shirley Temple Black.  In that same incredible 1939 Shirley had starred in (for her) a rather grown up, syrupy and melodramatic (but very quietly antiwar) movie, The Little Princessabout a little girl in Victorian England who searches army hospitals for her father, rumored to have died in the Second Boer War (1899-1902), which just happened to be one of the blackest and cruelest marks on Great Britain’s Imperial (and, only somewhat coincidentally, Sir Winston Churchill’s personal) escutcheon barely 40 years before the beginning of World War II.  The Little Princess was a 1939 critical and commercial success with Temple’s acting at its peak.
But of course, “commercial success” is all relative.  In addition to critical acclaim, in spite of the very tough competition in 1939, and despite its incredible length at 238 minutes, Gone with the Wind was and remains the most commercially successful movie OF ALL TIME.   GWTW won more Oscars than any movie in recent memory, including: 
“Academy Award for Best Picture, Academy Award for Best Actress, Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role,Academy Award for Best Director, Academy Award for Best Writing Adapted Screenplay, Academy Award for Best Cinematography,Academy Honorary Award, Academy Award for Best Film Editing, Academy Award for Best Production Design, New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress, People’s Choice Award for Favorite All-Time Motion Picture, Satellite Award for Best Overall DVD, Academy Award for Best Screenplay”
And even Wicked Wikipedia still acknowledges:
All Titanic phenomena aside, David O. Selznick’s adaptation of Margaret Mitchell’s sweeping Civil War romance is still king of the movie world.
So this, you see, is the way they alter and eradicate our memory—and the memory of our world the culture which raised us all…  They remember the Wizard of Oz because it is non-threatening (at least as interpreted by most people, but 12 Years a Slave is a cultural, historical, and moral lie utterly incompatible with the realpolitik of Gone with the Wind
There is a great need for change, and reform, and a NEW WIND to be blowing—right through the Academy’s Hometown….

Last Year Michelle Obama, this year “Vote for Slave Movie or your a Racist?”, Next Year….?

Possibility number one, ’12 Years a Slave’ wins Best  Picture. Possibility number two, you’re all racists,” said Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres, returning after seven years, as she ended her opening monologue. Well the Academy’s 6000 voters went with possibility number one. 

http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/academy-awards-2014-coverage-stay-tuned-for-updates

It was no coincidence that Academy Awards producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan booked a record ten black presenters, from Tyler Perry and Sidney Poitier to Samuel L. Jackson and Kerry Washington, a welcome change that one day will hopefully not be worthy of note. Will Smith presented Best Picture, while fragile Poitier leaned on Best Director co-presenter Angelina Jolie.

[Sidebar: Is it a coincidence that the admittedly quite lovely Lupita Nyong'o is from Kenya?  Is any of this timing related to Michelle Obama appearing by surprise last year?  Seventy five years ago, the Best Supporting Actress was from England---and Obama hates England….and the memory of that movie and all it stood for (GWTW]

Did Michelle Obama choose her?

What an odd coincidence that she’s from Kenya, Obama’s Paternal Homeland…..

“12 Years a Slave” producer Brad Pitt thanked director Steve McQueen, the first black producer to win the Best Picture award, for bringing the movie together. “Without Brad Pitt this movie would not have been made,” McQueen responded. It did take a village to make this film, which was not supported by a studio, but by a hodgepodge of backers: New Regency, Bill Pohlad, Plan B, and Film Four, before it was picked up by distributor Fox Searchlight, who fought a long and hard awards campaign, stressing the message, “it’s time.” McQueen added, “I dedicate this award to all the people who have endured slavery and the 21 million people who still suffer it today.”

Jared Leto

“I think it’s important, the film deals with our history,” said Pitt backstage, “so that we can understand who we were so we can better understand who we are now, why we’re having the problems we’re having and who we’re going to be. At the end of the day I hope this film remains a gentle reminder that we’re all equal, we want the same dignity and opportunity for ourselves and out family. Another’s freedom is every bit as important as our own. That’s everything.”

[Sidebar:  Ok, Brad, WHO exactly ARE we going to be?  Oh, I get it, you mean we're all going to be a Nation of Slaves????]

“It’s a mark of development,” said McQueen, “how we see that particular time in history, the background characters are in the foreground, their lives are being recognized, more than they ever have been before. People are ready for this narrative. It was quite painful. They want to embrace their history.”

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

“12 Years a Slave” took its first award in the most competitive race of the night outside of Best Picture, supporting actress. “12 Years a Slave” discovery Lupita Nyong’o, a Nigerian Yale Drama School grad, beat out “American Hustle” star Jennifer Lawrence. Nyong’o had celebrated her 31st birthday Saturday, the day she accepted her Indie Spirit award, and won over Academy voters’ hearts not only by playing slave Patsey but by donning one stunning red carpet outfit after another. “It doesn’t escape me that so much joy in my life came from so much pain in someone else’s,” she said accepting her award. “So this is for Patsey. This has been the joy of my life.”

Backstage Nyong’o said, “I’m a little dazed, I can’t believe this in my hands, this is real life, I’m really overwhelmed. I feel that Steve McQueen has really honored a people who really have been unsung for a long time through doing this film. I feel their spirits have been honored.”

“What I have learned,” she continued, “is that I don’t have to be anyone else, that myself is good enough. When I am true to myself I can avail myself of extraordinary things like this that I didn’t think was necessarily possible, but I didn’t cancel it out. You have to allow the impossible to be possible… I am so happy to be holding this golden man.”

Nyong’o credited her parents for giving her a level head, from her famous diplomat father to her pioneer mother.

[Note from Wikipedia: Peter Anyang' Nyong'o, born 10 October 1945, same birthday as my Undergraduate Advisor E. Wyllys Andrews V, albeit 2 years younger, is a Kenyan politician. He is the Secretary-General of the Orange Democratic Movement and was elected to the National Assembly of Kenya in the December 2007 parliamentary election, representing the Kisumu Rural Constituency.]

At the end of the day it is my deeds that are more important than my fame. I feel like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.”

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

John Ridley, the second black screenwriter to win the adapted screenplay Oscar (“Precious” writer Geoffrey Fletcher was the first), accepted the second Oscar of the night for “12 Years a Slave,” saying, “all the praise goes to Solomon Northup. They were his words.” Solomon Northup’s public domain memoir is now on the bestseller list and the film and the book are being widely added to school curricula around the country. Ridley hoped that the film’s message was not buried in the past.

THE DANGERS OF A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION, by JERRY O’NEIL, STATE REPRESENTATIVE & FORMER STATE SENATOR, MONTANA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, DISTRICT 3, COLUMBIA FALLS & KALISPELL, MONTANA

AGAINST AN AMENDMENTS CONVENTION Montana State Representative Jerry O’Neil of Columbia Falls, Wednesday, 26 February 2014—4:05 PM (1 hour ago) Central Standard Time

I am against an “Amendments Convention” as called for by Mark Levin, Rob Natelson and Tim Baldwin. I do not take this position lightly.

Under the United States Constitution, as interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court, our President and Congress have taken over our banking, unions, businesses, communications, and education. They have created a secret police/national police (TSA, ICE, Border Patrol, etc), and instituted ObamaCare by which government will control all our health care. They have failed to turn over about 25% of the land area of Montana as was agreed to when we became a state. 

I agree freedom could be advanced with the proper amendments to the U.S. Constitution. As a state legislator, I have attempted several times to amend the U.S. Constitution in order to place some control over, and limits on, the federal government. 

In 2003 I got a bill to repeal the Seventeenth Amendment out of the Senate Judiciary Committee – but it was defeated on the Senate Floor. In the 2005 legislative session I attempted to accomplish close to the same thing by having the Montana legislative caucuses nominate our U.S. Senate candidates to be on the general election ballot. 

In the 2013 legislative session, with Senator Verdell Jackson’s brilliantly executed motion for reconsideration in the Senate, I got House Joint Resolution 3 passed. This is a request for a constitutional amendment to put some sideboards on the “Commerce Clause” of the U.S. Constitution. I presently need some help to get other states to advance this concept. 

Then why am I against an Amendments Convention? Because I don’t believe the majority of the citizens of the United States currently understand or appreciate Freedom. It is not adequately taught in our schools or churches. Even the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church seems to be ignorant of the fact that capitalism has lifted far more out of poverty than socialism and communism ever have. 

Vaclav Klaus, the former Premier of the Czech Republic stated: 

“The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.” 

While many of us in Montana have known what is happening for many years, we have not hollered loud enough to wake up our neighbors. We have not always supported the candidates who understood the basics of freedom when they were running for our school boards, city councils, county commissioners, state legislatures, judges, congress and president. We have not sent enough letters to the editor speaking up for freedom. 

We have been complacent, attending churches where the preachers would not take a stand on Biblical principals of freedom because they were afraid they would loose their parishioners’ monetary support and their federal tax exemption. Many of these churches would not even mention it to their congregations when they knew a political candidate was in favor of government supported abortions. 

For years we have watched the Supreme Court put forth immoral, anti freedom and statist decisions , including the Dred Scott decision, the Slaughter House Cases, Wickard v. Filburn, Garcia v. San Antonio Metropolitan Transit Authority, Gonzales v. Raich, Roe v. Wade, and Lawrence v. Texas. We have allowed the bigs, such as AIG, General Electric, Bank of America and Monsanto, to choose the likes of McCain and Romney to be our presidential candidates. (Will they choose Chris Christie for us this coming election?) 
We have known for years deficit financing as advocated by Keynesian economists constitutes theft from our seniors’ retirement accounts and supports the big banks. Yet the public supported the Federal Reserve Act in order to “furnish an elastic currency.” 
We have supported our universities where the professors of economics are beholden to the Federal Reserve System as consultants, board members, or for having published their masters or doctors thesis in one of the fed’s magazines. 

We have seen the evidence of how the “bigs”, including the pharmaceuticals, banking industry, insurance, unions and other protected industries and professions own the political establishment, but we have not supported the repeal of the Seventeenth Amendment to lessen the bigs’ power and return some semblance of states’ rights. 

We have seen socialism advance but have not challenged the expansion of Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, federal intervention in education, food stamps, ObamaCare, and a whole plethora of other government programs. 

We have seen the installation of the Real ID act, the Patriot Act, and the National Defense Authorization Act, but, because we were afraid, we kept silent. We accept airport screening and government eavesdropping. We take off our shoes at the airports like good comrades. 

The people of Montana believe government can pass laws to make them more affluent. 
In 2006 we 72.7% of the voters passed Initiative I-151 to increase the minimum wage. By so doing we devalued the dollar and deprived many Indian children on our reservations, where unemployment is over 50%, the opportunity to get their first job. The minimum wage effect on those whom age out of our foster care system is similarly devastating. At the age of 26, 46.8 percent of participants responding to one study were unemployed. We need to make it easier to hire the needy, not remove the bottom rung of their ladder to prosperity. 

In our last Montana election we passed initiative I-166 by a 3 to 1 majority. The fuzzy catch phrase with which it was sold to the public was “Corporations are not People.” That was what appeared on the ballot. The rest of I-166, which did not appear on the ballot, called for a repeal of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution! The intent was to abolish the freedoms of speech, press and association that Congress is presently not allowed to interfere with. If I-166 is successful, these freedoms likely will be replaced with statutory rules as Congress sees fit. 

While the public remains asleep to the concept of freedom it is too dangerous to make it easier to change the Constitution. 
Our Constitution contains negative rights, stating what government can’t do to us or take away from us. We are too likely to throw away these “negative rights” contained in the Constitution and Bill of Rights and replace them with “positive rights,” such as a right to: free health care, free child care, living wages, and government controlled food prices. 

Maybe the chance to amend positive rights into our Constitution is the reason George Soros, Common Cause, the Move to Amend coalition and hundreds of other progressive organizations are also pushing for an Article V amendments convention. 

What are we going to do to save freedom for our progeny? When are we going to stop bowing to the socialists, fascists and communists? When are we going to demand our schools and churches teach and advocate for freedom? When are we going to join freedom fighters holding up signs along the highways criticizing the big government statists and asking for freedom? When are we going to stand up in church and speak up for political candidates who will fight for the Biblical truths and freedoms that our founding fathers fought and died for? 

Until the majority of the public understands and believes in freedom an Amendments Convention is more likely to enslave us than to free us. Therefore I am against having one at this time.

STALIN’S GERMAN-NATIONALIST PARTY—an interesting Footnote to World War II History, K.R. Bolton in “Inconvenient History”

Spring 2014 issue | Inconvenient History (online revisionist magazine)

http://inconvenienthistory.com/archive/2014/volume_6/number_1/stalins_german_nationalist_party.php

At a meeting between Joseph Stalin and leaders of the Socialist Unity Party (Sozialistische Einheitspartei Deutschlands: SED) in the Soviet zone of occupied Germany, held on January 31, 1947, Stalin asked what percentage of Germans (in all the occupation zones) were “fascist elements,” and “what influence did they retain in the Western zones”? Otto Grotewohl replied that it was a difficult question to answer, but that he could give Stalin lists of former National Socialist party members “in leadership positions in the Western zones.” Stalin had not asked the question with the view to purging Germany of “fascists,” but with the possibility of re-forming former National Socialist party members into another party, which would promote nationalism and socialism within the context of a Soviet Germany. He was also interested in the possible voting patterns of “fascist elements” should there be a plebiscite on German unification. Grotewohl’s view was that they were “all reactionaries.” Stalin’s view was different. Would it be possible to organize the “fascists” in the Soviet zone under a different name? He pointed out to the SED leaders that their policy of “exterminating fascists” was no different from that of the USA, stating: “Maybe I should add this course [of organizing a nationalist party] so as not to push all of the former Nazis into the enemy camp?”1

While the Western zones sought to ban any political re-manifestation of National Socialism, Stalin was exploring the possibilities of integrating such elements into a new Soviet Germany. The reticence he received from the Socialist Unity leaders was based on a typically Marxist reaction. However, one uses Marxism to tear down a nation and a state, not to construct one. Stalin, as Trotsky correctly lamented, had “betrayed” the Bolshevik revolution2 by reversing possibly every Marxian program that had been erected by Lenin, Trotsky, Zinoviev, Kamenev, Sverdlov, et al, who had for the most part been purged or liquidated by Stalin.3

Grotewohl objected that if the “fascists” were reorganized into their own party, such a move would be “incomprehensible to the working masses” in the Western zones. Presumably he was so naïve as to believe that the proletariat in the Western zones were so eager to forsake twelve years of almost miraculous social and economic achievements under National Socialism, and embrace doctrinaire Marxism, that they would feel betrayed unless all the leaders of the former regime were routed and lynched. Stalin had other thoughts. Stalin replied that showing the “Nazis” in the Western zones that their comrades under the Soviets were not being purged would provide a positive impression that “not all of them will be destroyed.” Pieck regarded the idea as “impossible,” while Stalin saw no reason why it should not be achieved. He wanted to recruit “patriotic elements” to a “fascist party” especially among “secondary figures of the former Nazi Party.” There would be nothing reactionary about establishing such a party, as many “Nazis” had “come from out of the people.”4

Ulbricht thought Stalin’s idea entirely plausible by focusing on the socialist aspect of National Socialism, especially among idealistic youth, who had regarded the NSDAP as Socialist. Stalin explained that he did not aim to integrate “fascist’ elements into the SED, but to encourage them to form their own party, in alliance with the SED.5 Former “Nazis” were voting for the bourgeois conservative parties in the Soviet-occupied zone, fearful that the establishment of a Soviet state would mean their liquidation. Stalin wanted to demonstrate that their situation under a Soviet Germany would be otherwise. He also did not share the preposterous view of the German Communist leaders present that the “fascist elements” were all bourgeois. He stated that “there should be relief for those who had not sold out” to the Western occupation; and that “we must not forget that the elements of Nazism are alive not only in the bourgeois layers, but also among the working class and the petty bourgeoisie.”6

Ulbricht’s particularly positive attitude among the SED leaders towards Stalin’s plans for a nationalist party as part of an SED-led “national front” had a personal precedent. While the Hitler-Stalin Pact of 1939 had caused a crisis of conscience among Communists throughout the world, Ulbricht had been particularly enthusiastic towards the alliance between two “socialist” states, writing in the Comintern newspaper, Die Welt, published in Stockholm:

Many workers, who desire socialism, welcome the pact particularly, because it reinforces the friendship with the great country of socialism. … Both the German people and those peoples who are admitted to the German multinational state7 must make the choice: not together with English high finance in favor of the extension of the war and a new Versailles, but together with the Soviet Union for peace, for the national independence and the friendship of all peoples. The working-class, the farmers and the working intellectuals of Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia and Poland will be the strongest guarantee for the Soviet-German alliance and the defeat of the English plan.8

It should be noted that Ulbricht saw the Hitler-Stalin pact as an alliance against plutocracy headed by England. Ulbricht also played a prominent role in Stalin’s purge of the German Communist party leadership that had fled to the USSR after Hitler’s assumption of office. Some of these were extradited from the USSR back to Germany, such as Margarete Buber-Neumann, who was sent to Ravensbrück.9 While Hitler executed five members of the Politburo of the German Communist party, in the USSR seven were liquidated, and 41 out of 68 party leaders.10

Pieck, presumably assuming that the projected party would be called “National Socialist” or “Fascist,’ objected that that the Allies would not allow the reconstitution of such a party. Stalin laughed in response, and explained that the party would be called a name that was less obvious, such as “National Democrats.”11

Another major objection from the party leaders, again naïve, was that the “fascists” are an “aggressive party” and want “living space.” Stalin pointed out that Germany was defeated, its army was no more and that the “fascist elements” were not concerned with such matters.

Otto Grotewohl

Otto Grotewohl, Prime Minister of the German Democratic Republic, delivers keynote speech during the celebration of the 71st Birthday of Josef Stalin held in the Berlin State Opera on the evening of 21 December 1950. The inscription reads “Long live J.W. Stalin, the best friend of the German people!”
Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-09039-0001 / CC-BY-SA [CC-BY-SA-3.0-de (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/de/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons

Indeed, a significant faction of diehard post-war German National Socialists were committed to a neutralist position, if not being overtly pro-Soviet. They had just fought a war against the USSR, and many were not eager to do so again in the interests of American hegemony over Europe, which they regarded as culturally and spiritually lethal, and therefore a more pervasive threat than Russian military occupation. Furthermore, the plutocracies had fallen out with Stalin when he declined to become a junior partner in a post-war new world order based around the United Nations General Assembly, where the USA could readily buy votes and outmaneuver the Soviet bloc with ease; and the Baruch Plan for the “internationalization of atomic energy,” which the USSR considered to be a euphemism for American control.12 In fact, it was the USSR that pursued a national course, including a campaign against “rootless cosmopolitanism” in the arts, which the Stalinist leadership condemned as “internationalism,” while promoting a revived Russian folk culture; while the USA was committed to internationalism, and a cultural offensive in which abstract expressionism and jazz took leading roles in trying to subvert nations.13

Given this post-war realignment, it should not be too difficult to see why Stalin would regard ex-Nazis as potential allies, and vice versa.

The largest post-war National Socialist formation in the Western zone, the Socialist Reich Party, under the leadership of Major General Otto Remer, was quickly suppressed by the Allies when it made considerable electoral progress. Most worrying of all was the Socialist Reich Party’s “neutralist position,” at a time when the USA had reversed the Morgenthau Plan for the obliteration of German nationhood and nationality,14 and sought to rebuild Germany as an ally against the new foe, Stalin. Sir Oswald Mosley, commenting on the arrest of Dr. Werner Naumann, designated by Hitler as Goebbels’s successor, and a few others, for allegedly plotting to infiltrate the Free Democratic Party, remarked on the West’s post-war policies towards Germany that “Years after the Russians were offering German scientists every material prize that life can hold, the allies were making such men sweep rubble in the streets on account of their past political affiliations.”15

Nationaldemokratische Partei Deutschlands (NDPD)

In February 1948 the Soviet Military Administration (Sowjetische Militäradministration in Deutschland:SMAD) announced the end of denazification. In March 1948 the prosecution of Germans for alleged “war crimes” was formally ended. The same month the Nationaldemokratische Partei Deutschlands (NDPD) was formed. The German Democratic Republic (Deutsche Demokratische RepublikDDR) was announced in 1949, from elections in the Soviet occupied zone, after the failure of the USSR and the Western occupiers to agree on terms for elections on the reunification of Germany.

With the NDPD’s creation, Stalin stated that the party would “erase the line between non-Nazis and former Nazis.”16 On March 22, a newspaper was launched to pave the way, National-Zeitung, announcing: “while in other areas there remains the atmosphere of denazification of Germany, in the eastern part the people’s eyes light up again. Simple party comrades no longer have to be timid and fearfully look around as if they were pariahs.” The party was founded three days later, under the chairmanship of Lothar Bolz, who held the post until 1972. Bolz had been a member of the pre-war German Communist party and was one of the few German Communist leaders to have survived Stalin’s hazardous hospitality towards Communist refugees.17During much of the time Bolz served in the government of the DDR, including the position of Foreign Minister (1968-1978), the vice chairman of the NDPD was Heinrich Hohmann, who had joined the National Socialist party in 1933, and was a co-founder of the League of German Officers, which formed the initial nucleus of the NDPD.

The NDPD program was stridently nationalistic; as much as the Socialist Reich Party which was being outlawed in the Federal Republic:

America violated the Treaty of Potsdam and plunged us Germans with malice into the biggest national distress of our history. … But the American war may and shall not take place! Germany must live! That’s why we National Democrats demand: the Americans to America. Germany for the Germans! The Federal Republic of Germany is a child of national treason… That’s why we National Democrats demand: German unity over the head of the government of national treason in Bonn, as a basis for peace, independence and prosperity for our entire German fatherland.18

The party reached a peak of 230,000 members in 1953, and during the 1980s still had a significant membership of 110,000. In 1948 the party sent 52 members to the DDR parliament, the Volkskammer. One of its primary aims was German unification, and the party drew on ex-NSDAP members and army veterans to support its campaigns. One such appeal from the party issued in 1952 included 119 names of officers from the Wehrmacht, SS, Hitler Jugend, League of German Maidens (BDM) and German Labor Front.19

Hess’s Meeting with DDR Leaders

Interestingly, also in 1952, Lothar Bolz, then deputy minister-president of the DDR; the minister of trade and supplies, Karl Hamann, and Otto Grotewohl met with former deputy Führer Rudolf Hess, to discuss whether Hess would be willing to play a leading role in a reunified and neutral Germany. German historian Werner Maser states that Otto Grotewohl told him of the meeting on the understanding that it would not be mentioned until after Grotewohl’s death.20 Wolf Rüdiger Hess (Rudolf Hess’s son) states that in March 1952 “Stalin proposed a peace treaty and free elections for a neutral and unified Germany to prevent the Federal Republic of Germany from joining the West’s defense organization, which he considered a threat to Soviet security.”21 A neutral, reunited Germany was precisely the policy of the Socialist Reich Party.

Hess had been taken from Spandau to meet the DDR leaders when the USSR assumed its monthly jurisdiction over the prison fortress.22Professor Maser records that Stalin wished “to temper justice with mercy in the Germany matter and to grant Hess a prominent position within the framework of reconstruction and the efforts towards the reunification of Germany.”23 Maser stated that he had the impression from Grotewohl that the NDPD, the Liberal Democratic Party and the Democratic Farmers’ Party, all part of a “National Front” bloc in the DDR, had moved their party programs “suspiciously close to the 25-point program of the NSDAP of 1920.” It was proposed that Hess would serve as “a vehicle for the introduction of the New Policy,” according to Maser. In the longer term, Hess would play a part in the leadership of a reunited Germany. If Hess would state that the DDR policy was the same as the “socialism” to which he had always adhered, he would be immediately released from Spandau. Hess rejected the offer, although he “welcomed… the efforts of the DDRand the Soviet Union to preserve German patriotism, and had listened attentively to what his interlocutors had to say on the programs of the political parties referred to…” But he regarded the acceptance of such an offer as a betrayal of Hitler’s memory. Grotewohl found it hard to understand why Hess rejected the offer to help rebuild Germany as a free man.24

Wolf Rüdiger Hess remained skeptical as to the reality of the meeting and the offer. He has not explained why. The alleged meeting took place precisely when the USSR called for a plebiscite on the unification and neutrality of Germany, which reflected a policy that was likewise taken up by war veterans and former NSDAPmembers led by Major General Otto Remer in the Federal Republic.

The Socialist Reich Party (SRP) was founded in 1949, and promptly had two members in the Bundestag, who defected from other parties when the SRP was formed. Remer was not only deputy leader, but also the most energetic campaigner, receiving enthusiastic responses to his condemnation of the American democratic imposition and praise for the achievements of National Socialism.25 Remer was soon banned from Schleswig-Holstein and North Rhine-Westphalia, where the SRP was most popular. The US occupation authorities not only noted the “Nazi” style of the SRP but also its opposition to a Western alliance, and advocacy of united Europe as a third force, led by a reunified Germany. The SRP attracted 10,000 members, and organized auxiliaries for women, youth and trade unionists. Its paramilitary Reichsfront was formed mainly among the British-run German Service Organization barracked at British military bases, which were reportedly covered with SRP propaganda. In 1950 SRP members were banned from state service, the US State Department fearing that the party could democratically assume power.26 SRP meetings were violently broken up by police, and a pro-SRP newspaper, Reichszeitung, was banned. Remer increased his denunciation of the US occupation and the Western alliance, while refraining from condemning the USSR and the DDR. The US State Department noted this, with the comment: “The party is suspected of willingness to effect a large compromise with Russia in order to unify Germany.”27 When the USA decided on a policy of integrating Germany into the western defense system, Remer launched a campaign with the slogan “Ohne mich!” (“Count me out!”), which drew a ready response from war veterans resentful of their post-war predicament under the Western zone. Remer went further and stated that in the event of war, Germans should not cover an American retreat if the Russians drove them back. He stated that he would “show the Russians the way to the Rhine,” and that the SRP members would “post themselves as traffic policemen, spreading their arms so that the Russians can find their way through Germany as quickly as possible.”28

Leaders of the Socialist Reich Party

The leadership of the SRP (Socialist Reich Party); Chairman of the SRP Dr. Fritz Dorls, the former Major General Otto Ernst Remer, 2nd Chairman of the SRP and the former SS and Hitler Youth leader Count von Westarp. Photo: 14 August 1952.
Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-15845-0010 / CC-BY-SA [CC-BY-SA-3.0-de (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/de/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons

In 1952, the year of the meeting between the SED leaders and Hess, and Stalin’s call for free elections for a neutral and united Germany, Remer, who had the previous year been sentenced to four months’ jail for slandering Bonn officials, invoking the Treaty of Rapallo as a symbol of Russo-German co-operation, endorsed Stalin’s proposals. The US felt obliged to offer the Adenauer government the pretense of sovereignty over German affairs under the “Contractual Agreement” of May 1952. SS veterans were now permitted to join the army. The US remained suspicious of how reliable West Germany would be in a conflict with the Eastern bloc, but preferred the risk of rebuilding the Western zone to the possibility that Germans would respond to Stalin’s call for a united, neutral state. It was also tacitly accepted that the purpose of NATO was to contain Germany as much as the USSR.29 The pressure from the SRP and from Stalin’s call for a neutral, united Germany, had forced the end of denazification in the Federal Republic.

At this time, the American philosopher and activist Francis Parker Yockey, in calling for the liberation and unity of Europe was, like Remer et al, prepared to collaborate with the USSR to purge the “holy soil” of Europe of US occupation, which he regarded as the enforcer of Jewish “culture distortion.” Yockey, who until apprehended in the USA in 1960, had kept ahead of military intelligence, Interpol and the FBI, and travelled the world organizing a “fascist” revival, was an adviser to the SRP. Working with a few colleagues within Mosley’s Union Movement in 1947, Yockey, contrary to Mosley, took the position that a Russian occupation of Europe was the lesser evil. This was noted by the FBI, which in summarizing Yockey’s activities in a 1954 report stated that Yockey and his colleagues left Mosley and founded the European Liberation Front in 1949 having published his magnum opus, Imperium, the previous year. During a planning meeting for the ELF in London, Yockey stated that an aim would be to create a partisan organization which would collaborate with the USSR against the Western occupation powers in Germany. The FBI report states that Yockey went to Germany, where he spread anti-US material of a pro-Soviet nature, and contacted the SRP.30 Yockey wrote a sequel to ImperiumDer Feind Europas, as an instruction manual to for the SRP, although the document was suppressed by the occupation authorities.31 During 1955 to 1957, the “missing years,” Yockey is thought to have travelled through the Soviet bloc. In a letter to this writer, by Yockey’s primary US contact, Keith Thompson, registered US agent for the SRP, it was stated that Yockey served as a courier for the Czech secret service. His “fascism” was obviously regarded as no impediment to the Soviets, and it might be conjectured that he earned a living writing anti-Zionist propaganda in the Soviet bloc, having undertaken this for the Nasser regime in Egypt in 1953.

DDR Rebuffs Zionists

In 1952, the Bonn regime announced that it would begin paying reparations to Jews. Meanwhile, the trial began of Rudolf Slansky and other mostly Jewish leaders of the Czechoslovakia Communist party, who were charged with a wide-ranging “Zionist conspiracy” in collusion with the USA and Israel;32 an event that was seminal in the thinking of Yockey and other rightists vis-à-vis the Soviet bloc.33  The trial was noted by theSED Central Committee:

Sailing under the Jewish nationalistic flag, and disguised as a Zionist organization and as diplomats of the American-vassal government of Israel, these American agents practiced their trade. From the Morgenthau-Acheson Plan that was revealed during the trial in Prague it appears unmistakably that American imperialism organizes and supports its espionage and sabotage activities in the people’s republics via the State of Israel with the assistance of Zionist organizations.34

The “Morgenthau-Acheson Plan” referred to in the SED statement was an allegation that an agreement had been reached “according to which American support for Israel was promised in exchange for the use of Zionist organizations for espionage and subversion,” of the Soviet bloc states.35

Furthermore, in the same statement, the SED Central Committee condemned the German communist Paul Merker as a Zionist agent who had who acted “in the same way as the criminals in Czechoslovakia.” Merker, who had spent the war years in exile in Mexico, advocated reparations for German Jews. The SED leaders stated:

It can no longer be doubted that Merker is an agent of the US financial oligarchy, whose demand for compensation for Jewish properties is only designed to infiltrate US financial capital into Germany. That is the real reason for his Zionism. He demands the displacement of German national wealth with the words: “The compensation for the harm that has been done to Jewish citizens will be given both to those who return and to those who want to stay abroad.” Merker illicitly transformed the maximum profits squeezed out of German and foreign workers by monopoly capitalists into alleged property of the Jewish people. In reality “Aryanization” of this capital merely transferred the profits of “Jewish” monopoly capitalists to “Aryan” monopoly capitalists.36

As with the Soviet purging of Zionists and Jews in Czechoslovakia, Merker was condemned as being part of a world apparatus in which Zionists served as agents for subversion by foreign capital.

The DDR did not at any stage establish diplomatic relations with Israel. The DDR also adamantly refused to pay any reparations to Israel or “Holocaust survivors.”

On September 18, 1973, Yosef Tekoah, Israeli ambassador to the U.N. General Assembly, stated that:

“Israel notes with regret and repugnance that the other German state (DDR) has ignored and continues to ignore Germany’s historical responsibility for the Holocaust and the moral obligations arising from it. It has compounded the gravity of that attitude by giving support and practical assistance to the campaign of violence and murder waged against Israel and the Jewish people by Arab terror organizations.”

The East German regime never accepted the war guilt that was the foundation of the Bonn regime, and hence it was not morally hindered in pursuing an anti-Zionist policy. Interestingly, the first comments on Bonn’s intention to pay reparations to Jews and Israel were published three days after the publication of the indictments against Slansky, et al for “Zionist treason.” An article in Neues Deutschland described the reparations agreement as a deal brokered between “West German and Israeli capitalists.”37 With the death of Stalin in 1953, Israel hoped for a change in direction, including on the matter of reparations, but the DDRrefused.

In 1968 Simon Wiesenthal claimed that the DDR news service was far more anti-Zionist than that of any other Soviet-bloc state, and that this was because of the number of ex-“Nazis” employed there.38 The NDPD was the focus of Wiesenthal’s allegations. Dr. Richard Arnold, who had been an official in the Ministry for Science and Public Education (1939-1945), and had written of eliminating every trace of the “Jewish spirit” from the cultural life of Germany, was in 1968 general editor of Der Nationale Demokrat, the newspaper of the NDPD, and recipient of the Order of Merit for the Fatherland. Kurt Herwart Ball, who had been editor of the SS journalHammer, in the DDR was a journalist for the NDPD and an official in the propaganda bureau of the regime.

In a 1951 report the Anglo-Jewish Association urged the Bonn regime and the Allied occupiers to start a vigorous campaign against the revival of National Socialism and any admittance of war veterans into the political realm, alluding to the threat of an accord between “Nazis” and the Eastern bloc:

In Germany as elsewhere the political pendulum has swung far since 1945. The increasing sharpening of the cold war has, among other things, resulted in a certain tendency among parties, not always entirely disinterested, to label those who draw attention to the neo-Nazi revival as Communists and fellow-travellers. The facts revealed about new Nazi groups in this booklet, and the strong suspicion held in many German quarters that some of their leaders, at any rate, are not above coming to a working arrangement with the totalitarians of the Eastern Zone, should help to expose such views. Too frequently they are expressed by people whose professed dislike of Stalinist dictatorship is merely a cloak for their own totalitarian aims.

It should be clearly realized that the neo-Nazis are in no sense allies against Communism. Even before the leading neo-Nazi group —the Socialist Reich Party— was founded, Drew Middleton, senior correspondent of The New York Times in Germany, wrote:

“It is high time that the United States, Britain and France awoke to the danger, the very real danger, that the rise of the right-wing in Germany represents the best chance of a Soviet-German rapprochement… anti-Communism is not enough. (The Struggle for Germany, Allan Wingate, 1949)”

The new Nazis draw their inspiration direct from Hitler’s Germany, and those who learn from the lessons of history will keep firmly before them the memory of the Hitler-Stalin Pact of 1939. They will remember that it was this pact that signaled the unleashing of the German armies against Poland and later against the West. Similarly, it should not be forgotten that the history of the ill-fated Weimar Republic is dotted with examples of co-operation between the Nazis and Communists against the democratic parties. What happened before can well happen again.39

The DDR integration of “Nazis” and Rightists had its precedents, as mentioned by the Anglo-Jewish report. Karl Radek, the anti-Semite’s stereotype of a “Bolshevik Jew,” attempted to appeal to the nationalism of German workers to win them over to the Communist party and away from the NSDAP, by agitating for opposition to the French occupation of the Ruhr, in the name of the martyred Freikorps fighter Albert LeoSchlageter, who had been shot in 1923 by the French for his resistance activities. Radek’s speech urged the Communists to tap into, rather than oppose, the nationalist sentiments of the German workers. Radek stated in words that were thirty years later reflected in Stalin’s aim of reintegrating the NSDAP and military veterans into the DDR, that “those who have turned to fascism in their despair over the social ills and enslavement of their nation” should no longer be regarded with anathema by the Communist party. 40 Towards this end leaflets advertising Communist Party meetings honoring Schlageter were adorned with the red star and the swastika.41 A pamphlet on Schlageter included Radek’s speech, and articles by conservative-revolutionary Moeller van den Bruck, Count Ernst zu Reventlow of the NSDAP, and Fröhlich of the Communist Party.42

The “National Bolshevik” current within the German Right during the Weimar era regarded the USSR as a natural ally of Germany vis-à-vis the plutocracies. They advocated an eastward direction for German diplomacy, which had been reflected in the Treaty of Rapallo. The primary “National Bolsheviks” were Ernst Niekisch and Karl O. Paetel, around whom gravitated not only radical nationalists and revolutionary-conservatives such as Otto Strasser and Ernst Junger but also the Communists Bertolt Brecht and Ernst Toller.43 Even Oswald Spengler, the conservative-revolutionary philosopher-historian, who warned of the possibility of Russia’s leadership of a “colored world revolution” behind the banner of Bolshevism,44 had also seen the possibility of another Russo-German alliance.45

The USSR sought out Rightists via several organizations: The Association for the Study of the Planned Economy of Soviet Russia (Arplan), included Reventlow, Junger, and several National Bolsheviks.46The League of Professional Intellectuals (BGB) included Junger and Niekisch and, according to Soviet documents, was a means of attracting “into our orbit of influence a range of highly placed intellectuals of rightist orientation.”47

Hence, the line taken by both Remer and the DDR was by no means a historical aberration or paradox. On October 23, 1952, the SRP was banned48 after winning 16 seats in the state parliament of Lower Saxony and 8 seats in Bremen. The SRP was succeeded by the German Reich Party of Colonel Hans-Ulrich Rudel, and the National Democratic Party (NPD), not to be confused with its Soviet-sponsored namesake, the NDPD.

Remer, like Rudel, and the commando leader Major Otto Skorzeny, undertook their own versions of German diplomacy, Rudel and Skorzeny both advising Juan Peron in Argentina, while Remer was said to have maintained close links with the Nasser regime, and lived in Egypt and Syria. Martin Lee writes that a Russo-German accord remained the basis of Remer’s policy as the only means of liberating Europe from the USA. Remer believed that a united Europe should include Russia,49 which would welcome such a union as a bulwark against an encroaching Asia.50

In 1983, back in Bavaria, Remer launched the German Freedom Movement (Die deutschen FreiheitsbewegungDDF), dedicated to Russo-German accord, under the chairmanship of Georg Bosse. Their manifesto, The Bismarck-German Manifesto, is subheaded “German-Russian Alliance Rapallo 1983.” The movement published a periodical, Recht und Wahrheit (Justice and Truth). The DDF manifesto Der Bismarck-Deutsche continued the neutralist line from Remer’s SRP days three decades earlier. The manifesto, echoing Yockey’s ideas on the “culture-distorting regime” of Washington and New York, states “The American way of life is for us synonymous with the destruction of European culture,” and that Germany “would not be used as the tip of the NATO spear… We will not participate in a NATO war against Russia.” Remer explained to Martin Lee “We have to realize and act accordingly, like Bismarck did, that Russia is the superpower in this gigantic Eurasian continent, to which we belong geographically, geopolitically and economically, and even culturally… We are, like Bismarck, for a close collaboration with Russia in politics, economy, culture, science, technology, and research.”51

US Army intelligence, still monitoring Remer, feared that his neutralist, and even “pro-Soviet” line was making headway among the German Right, and noted a “trend towards neutralism” and “a rise in anti-Americanism.” In 1985 a West German secret service officer opined to a Reuters newsman that, “the Soviet Union is seen as a potential friend and, in some cases, even an ally.”52

It is an interesting aside that in 1962, during the “Cuban Missile Crisis,” Castro purchased 4,000 pistols through Remer and Ernst Wilhelm Springer.53 The latter had been a member of the SRP who, like Remer, settled in Egypt in 1953, supplying guns to Arab clients.54 It is perhaps indicative that Remer was serious when he had ventured that the SRP would assist the Russians in Germany in the event of a conflict with the USA.

Why pro-Russian, anti-NATO or neutralist positions should be regarded by US and German intelligence agencies as sudden new trends among the Right is difficult to explain. Even the comparatively conservativeNPD of the 1960s, during which time it reached its electoral high point under Adolf von Thadden, rejected NATO.

While Yockey’s plans were cut short with his death in a San Francisco jail in 1960 while awaiting trial for passport fraud, his militant stance was assumed by a new generation led by Michael Kuhnen, who founded the Action Front of National Socialists during the late 1970s and the 1980s. Under the name of the Werewolf Northern Cell,55 in association with Wiking Jugend, a raid on a NATO base in the Netherlands was organized along with others against NATO and US bases in West Germany.56

This is not to say that Remer and others had become Stalinists. As articles in Recht und Wahrheit show,57Remer and the DDF remained critical of Stalinism, the USSR and the DDR, and welcomed the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany. It is unclear to this writer what Remer et al, expected Europe to gain by the supplanting of Soviet control over Eastern and Central Europe and the obliteration of the Warsaw Pact, by a power that was “synonymous with the destruction of European culture,” as Remer had put it. His views at the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall seem at odds with the avidly anti-US, pro-Soviet statements during the early 1950s. Perhaps he had considered the USSR to have progressively decayed after Stalin, which it indeed had. The “colour revolutions” organized and funded by George Soros’s network and the National Endowment for Democracy, in association with the US State Department, have been rampant across Europe since the days of “Solidarity” in Poland and show no signs of abating. Nonetheless, when the USSR remained a factor in world power politics, Remer was still insisting in 1983 that “I want to make an agreement with the Russian people, we have to move out of NATO, and out of the European Community. We want to be a neutral country, then we can reunify. The Americans, not the Russians, are the aggressors!” Remer stated that the Russians were “very interested.”58

Origins of the NDPD in Wartime USSR

As is well known, some such as General Reinhard Gehlen, head of the Bonn regime’s espionage apparatus, became avid Cold Warriors on behalf of the USA. The relationship between the Nationaldemokratische Partei Deutschlands, the USSR and the leaders of the DDR and Socialist Unity Party reflected a willingness of other war veterans and ex-NSDAP members to embrace Soviet hegemony while remaining German patriots.

Those who formed the NDPD had been prisoners of war held by the USSR. While many Russian soldiers who had surrendered to the Germans sought to join an anti-Soviet army under German auspices, there were Germans in Russian captivity who were persuaded that they could play a role in postwar Germany.

NDPD co-founder and first chairman (1948-1972), Lothar Bolz was one of the few Communist party members who had survived liquidation by Stalin when party members had fled to the USSR. There he taught at an ideological school for captured Germans.

A primary co-founder of the NDPD was Colonel Wilhelm Adam, a veteran of both world wars, whose nationalist politics went back to membership in the Young German Order in 1920, and the NSDAP in 1923, and his participation in the Munich Putsch. He was a member of the conservative German People’s Party (DVP) during 1926-1929. In 1933 he joined the Stahlhelm and the SA. Captured in 1943 at Stalingrad, Adam joined the National Committee for a Free Germany. Returning to the Soviet Zone of Germany in 1948, he was an adviser to the state government of Saxony. In 1952 he became a colonel in the Kasernierte Volkspolizei(KVP), which became the DDR People’s Army. He was honored in 1968 with the Banner of Labor, and with the title of Major General in 1977.

Vincenz Müller, a veteran of both world wars, with the rank of lieutenant general, was captured at Minsk in 1944. He joined the National Committee for a Free Germany, in which he was particularly active. In 1948 he returned to Germany and joined the NDPD, serving as deputy chairman during 1949-1952, and as a member of the Volkskammer. In 1952 he was given responsibility for reorganizing the DDR armed forces, headed the Ministry of the Interior, organized the KVP, and was appointed first chief of staff of the National People’s Army. However, his loyalties were often suspect, perhaps because he maintained contacts in the West in regard to promoting relations between the Federal Republic and the DDR, He retired in 1958.

Heinz Neukirchen, a naval commander stationed in Norway, was held in the USSR during 1945-1949. In 1949 he joined the NDPD and served as a party political department manager until 1950, and then as deputy chairman of the party Board for the Berlin District. During 1954-1956 he served as chief of staff for the Sea Police, and was appointed rear admiral in 1952, and later as chief of staff of the People’s Navy.

Rudolf Bamler was a section head of the Abwehr, German military intelligence. Achieving the rank of lieutenant general, Bamler was captured on the eastern front in 1944. He served as an officer in the DDR’sStasi secret police during 1946-1962, and held the rank of Major General in the KVP.

Arno von Lenski served in both world wars. Promoted to lieutenant general in 1943, he was captured at Stalingrad, and joined the National Committee for a Free Germany in 1944. Returning to Germany in 1949, he became a council member of the NDPD in 1950. He worked with the Berlin municipal administration, joined the KVP, and became a major general of the National People’s Army. In 1952 he served as a member of the Volkskammer, for the NDPD.

Major General Kurt Haehling, returning from Russian captivity in 1951, served with the NDPD as district chairman for Dresden (1953-1960).

The final electoral performance of the NDPD, by then apparently keen to rid itself of “right-wing” tendencies and appear “liberal”, rebuffing efforts at entryism by the National Democratic Party (NPD),59 was in the local elections for Helbra, Mansfeld in 1990, where the party obtained 2%, then disappeared into the Free Democratic Party.

Conclusion

The NDPD seems to have mostly disappeared down the “memory hole.” Yet right up to the final days of theDDR the party was an important constituent of the governing National Front bloc. According to one of its last office holders, Dr. Ludwig, the party had accrued a considerable amount of assets.60 NDPD officials, and particularly high-ranking military officers from the Third Reich, many with the most distinguished military awards of that regime, were propelled to the top of the DDR in politics, police and military. While the NDPD is distinct from the NPD that was founded in West Germany, when Germany was reunited, the German radical Right, such as the NPD and others, received an influx of especially young recruits from the East. It might be asked whether this was because the youth in particular, having lived under a nominally “communist regime,” would naturally turn into the most avid anti-communists? However, an alternative explanation might be offered: these youth had lived under the Spartan discipline of the DDR, its militarism, duty, unencumbered by “war guilt,” schooled in anti-Zionism and anti-liberalism, even if with Marxian rhetoric, where the state youth organizations for boys and girls seem strikingly similar in form to the Hitler Jugend and the BDM. If these youth had rejected their past under the DDR their tendency would surely have been, once freed from the discipline of the old regime, to embrace the liberalism, commercialism, and American pop culture that was the basis of the Bonn regime and, now, reunited Germany. Instead, many have chosen another “authoritarian ideology” and have still eschewed democratic-liberalism. With the eclipse of a liberalized NDPD in 1990, theNPD, heir to the Socialist Reich Party, garners its highest votes from former DDR states: Saxony, Thuringia, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and Brandenburg.

Notes:

1  Historical and Documentary Department, Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The USSR and the German Question. 1941-1949. Documents from the Archives of the Foreign Policy of the Russian Federation, M. “International Relations,” 2003, pp. 244-253.

2 Lev Trotsky, The Revolution Betrayed (1936). See especially chapter 7, where Trotsky laments the restoration of family life as particularly un-Bolshevik.

3 K. R. Bolton, Stalin: The Enduring Legacy (London: Black House Publishing, 2012).

4 Historical and Documentary Department, op. cit.

5 Ibid.

6 Ibid.

7 That is, the states that had been incorporated into the Reich.

8 W. Ulbricht, Die Welt, February 9,1940.

9 Margarete Buber-Neumann, from what can be discerned from a brief biography, had some typical psychological traits of Communist leaders, growing up in a dysfunctional family, and displaying a more nebulous love for “humanity’ than for her own family. She became a leading agent for the Comintern. She and her husband Heinz Neumann fled to Moscow in 1933, and he “disappeared’ in 1937. Shortly after, she was sent to a labor camp in Siberia, and with the Hitler-Stalin Pact, she was deported back to Germany in 1940 where she resumed her work at “hard Labor.” See: “Margarete Buber-Neumann,” Fembio, http://www.fembio.org/english/biography.php/woman/biography/margarete-buber-neumann/

10 K. R. Bolton, Stalin: The Enduring Legacy, op. cit., p. 8.

11 Historical and Documentary Department, op. cit.

12 K. R. Bolton, Stalin: The Enduring Legacy, op. cit., pp. 125-136.

13 Ibid., pp. 28-54.

14 James Bacque, Crimes and Mercies (London: Little Brown & Co., 1997).

15 Oswald Mosley, “Dr. Naumann,” The European, March 1953; in Mosley: Policy and Debate (Euphorion, 1954), p. 126.

16 Historical and Documentary Department, op. cit.

17 The entirety of the Central Committee of the Polish Communist party in Soviet exile was liquidated. See K. R. Bolton, Stalin, op. cit., p. 8.

18 NDPD program, June 1951.

19 NDPD appeal for German unity, 4th Party Congress, 1952.

20 The event is described by Wolf Rüdiger Hess in My Father Rudolf Hess (London: W. H. Allen, 1986). Note 6 for the chapter “Special Treatment,” states that Maser left a typewritten note on his meeting with Grotewohl when Maser was working at the Institute for Research into Imperialism, East Berlin Humboldt University, which was directed by the pre-war “National Bolshevik” Ernst Niekisch, who was present at the meeting between Maser and Grotewohl.

21 Wolf Rüdiger Hess, ibid., p. 251.

22 Spandau was administered by the Four Powers (Britain, France, USA and USSR) on an alternating monthly basis.

23 Ibid.

24 Ibid., pp. 252-253.

25 Martin Lee, The Beast Reawakens (London: Little Brown and Company, 1997), p. 49.

26 Ibid., pp. 50-51.

27 Ibid., p.58.

28 US State Department report, June 22, 1951; cited by Lee, ibid., p. 65.

29 Ibid., pp. 80-81.

30 L. O. Bogstad, “Francis Parker Yockey,” FBI Summary Report, July 8, 1954, pp. 11-12. See K. R. Bolton, “Foreword” to F. P. Yockey, Imperium (Abergele, UK: The Palingenesis Project, 2013), p. xlviii.

31 Alex Kurtagic, “Yockey Chronology,” Imperium, ibid., p. lxxviii.

32 Paul Lendvai, Anti-Semitism in Eastern Europe (London: Macdonald, 1971), pp. 243-259. Others mentioned together with Slansky et al included French colonial minister Georges Mandel, “a Jewish nationalist;” “Jewish nationalist Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter,” and “Titoist Jewish ideologue” Mosha Pijade, as well as US President Truman, Secretary of State Dean Acheson, former Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau Jr., [who gave his name to the infamous plan to exterminate the German nation]; and Israelis Ben Gurion and Moshe Sharrett. Lendvai, ibid., p. 245.

33 Yockey wrote an analysis of the trial, “What Is behind the Hanging of Eleven Jews in Prague?” (1952), which was republished in Yockey: Four Essays (New Jersey: Nordland Press, 1971).

34 Lehren aus dem Prozeß gegen das Verschwörerzentrum Slansky, Beschluß des Zentralkomitees der Sozialistischen Einheitspartei Deutschlands, December 20, 1952, p. 13.

35 Czechoslovak indictment cited by Lendvai, op. cit., p. 245.

36 Lehren aus dem Prozeß, op. cit., p. 55-56.

37 “Reparations for Whom?, Neues Deutschland, November 25, 1952.

38 Simon Wiesenthal, The Same Language: First for Hitler – Now for Ulbricht, (Vienna: Eine Dokumentation der Deutschland-Berichte. Jüdisches Dokumentationszentrum, Simon Wiesenthal Centre, September 6, 1968).

39 Germany’s New Nazis, The Anglo-Jewish Association, London (Jewish Chronicle Publications, 1951), “Conclusion,” p. 72.

40 K. Radek, “Leo Schlageter: The Wanderer into the Void,” speech at a plenum of the Executive Committee of the Communist International, June 1923, online: http://www.marxists.org/archive/radek/1923/06/schlageter.htm

41 Michael David-Fox Doing Medicine Together: Germany and Russia between the Wars (University of Toronto Press, 2006), p. 136.

42 Bernice G. Rosenthal, New Myth, New World: From Nietzsche to Stalinism (Penn State University Press, 2004), p. 378.

43 Thomas R. Nevin, Ernst Junger and Germany: into the Abyss, 1914-1945 (Duke University Press, 1996), p. 106.

44 O. Spengler, The Hour of Decision (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1934, 1963), pp. 204-230.

45 O. Spengler, “Two Faces of Russia and Germany’s Eastern Problems,” speech to Rhenish-Westphalian Business Convention, Essen, February 14, 1919.

46 K. R. Bolton, “Junger and National Bolshevism,” in Troy Southgate, ed., Junger: Thoughts and PerspectivesVolume 11, (London: Black Front Press, 2012), p. 18.

47 See ibid.

48 Martin Lee, op. cit., p. 84.

49 Lee’s interview with Remer, April 16, 1992, cited by Lee, ibid., p. 193.

50 For the view that China will eventually conflict with Russia, regardless of historically inorganic alliances such as BRIC and the Shanghai co-operation agreement, see: K. R. Bolton, Geopolitics of the Indo-Pacific(London: Black House Publishing, 2013).

51 Martin Lee, op. cit., p. 194.

52 Ibid., pp. 194-195.

53 “Fidel Castro Recruited ex-Nazis to Train Troops during Cold War,” The Economic Times, October 16, 2012, online: http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2012-10-16/news/34499057_1_bundesnachrichtendienst-bnd-german-secret-service

54 Martin Lee, op. cit., p. 127.

55 An obvious allusion to the “Werewolf” guerrilla movement established during the closing days of the Third Reich, which harassed the Western occupation authorities and their German collaborators for several years thereafter. See SS Werwolf, Combat Instruction Manual, Translation Michael C. Fangan (Colorado: Paladin Press, 1982).

56 Martin Lee, op. cit., p. 198.

57 Recht und Wahrheit archives, online:http://www.vho.org/D/ruw/Archiv/index.html

58 Thierry Lalevee, “The Revival of the Nazi-Communist Pact: Soviets Foster Worldwide Terrorism,”Executive Intelligence Review, Vol. 11, No. 1, January 3, 1984.  This article, from a LaRouche source, contends that 1983 was the year for a Soviet-based international Nazi terrorist offensive that would allow the USSR to assume world control.

59 According to Dr. Christian Dirk Ludwig, who had been NDPD Berlin District Board member, September 4, 2007, Online: http://www.wahlrecht.de/forum/messages/42/804.html?1191478580

60 Ibid.

Source: Spring 2014 issue of Inconvenient History

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Gilad Atzmon on his support for Dieudonne—interviewed on Al Jazeerah—I had the honor and privilege of meeting Gilad Atzmon last week in New York

I have been following Gilad Atzmon’s writings and advocacy for about six years now, and I consider him one of the foremost cultural, ethnic, socio-historical and political philosophers of our time.  Gilad is traveling in the United States and, if you get a chance to listen to his lectures or music, I urge you to do so.  I have NEVER met anyone quite like him.  I met him last week in New York City when he was staying as the guest of Michael Santomauro on the Upper East Side.  The several days spent with these two were one of the most intense intellectual experiences of my life, fully comparable to any seminar discussion on historical formation or cultural process, micro-or-macro evolution and ethnic identity or politics that I ever had in Anthropology, Biology, or History at Harvard or in Law at the University of Chicago—the level of feverish debate was (in my personal memory anyhow) closest to in chambers meetings between law clerks and Externs for the Ninth Circuit between clerks for Stephen Reinhardt and Alex Kozinski….  Everyone concerned with American, European, or Middle Eastern Culture, Economy, or Politics today needs to read Gilad Atzmon’s latest book The Wandering Who?

Al-Jazeerah: Cross-Cultural Understanding

Opinion Editorials, February 2014




Dieudonné, Alain Soral, and Zionism:Gilad Atzmon Interviewed By Alimuddin UsmaniAl-Jazeerah, CCUN, February 24, 2014

AU: What led you to offer Dieudonné such support in his struggle against the French government?

GA: Dieudonné is the true meaning of resistance.  Being cogent and coherent, he has managed to expose in France the corrosive bond between contemporary Zionised socialism and Jewish political power.

For some time now, many of us who, in the 60s and 70s, were inspired by Left thinking have been confused by contemporary ‘progressive’ politics. For some reason, the so-called ‘New Left’ was very quick to compromise on crucial issues to do with labour and working class politics. Instead of siding with the workers and those struggling in society, the post-68 Left  adopted an identity-politics discourse that was actually aimed at breaking up society and the working class into isolated marginalisd groups. This led to political paralysis which in turn prepared the way for the invasion of big money, monopoly culture and globalization. It is this that Dieudonné, has managed to expose. He has also identified the power of the Holocaust religion and Jewish lobby power at the very heart of political establishment. Being the author of The Wandering Who - the book that took apart Jewish identity politics, I see Dieudonné as a continuation of myself. He is my twin and I stand up for both him and his cause.

AU: Dieudonné’s detractors accuse him of antisemitism and as evidence they offer that in his show, (now banned) he said this about a prominent Jewish radio journalist: “You see, when I hear Patrick Cohen speak, I think to myself : Gas chambers…too bad”. His supporters explain that Dieudonné was simply responding to a provocation from this journalist who said that Dieudonné must be blacklisted from mainstream media and that people with “mental illness ” shouldn’t be invited to comment publically. What do you think? Did he go too far or do you think he had the right to respond to someone who wished for his social, economic and professional demise?

GA: Those Jews who insist that the Holocaust become our new state religion must accept that such a claim comes with a price. If you choose to identify yourself with gas chambers, Auschwitz and victimhood you must also accept that you will be identified as such by others.  I have no problem with Dieudonné’s reaction to Cohen. Dieudonné is an artist, his duty is to reshape and revise the vision of the world around us. Accordingly, placing a mirror in front of Cohen was a most appropriate thing to do.

AU: The only main political party in France who didn’t join in this “Dieudonné bashing” is the nationalist National Front founded by Jean-Marie Le Pen. What is your explanation of that?

GA: It obviously means that in terms of tolerance and multi-cultural/ethnic openness your Nationalists are way ahead of any so called ‘progressives’ and the Left. But this does not surprise me. The Left has always found it difficult to bond with working people, in fact, the entire ‘progressive’ ethos is elitist to the bone. And again, this should come as no surprise. After all. identifying oneself as  ‘progressive’ surely means that someone else must be ‘reactionary’ – and that someone else is the working man or woman. This may explain why being ‘progressive’ is so attractive to so many Jews – it offers a godless alternative to their traditional choseness. It also explains why the workers generally stay away as far from the Left as they can. They much prefer identifying with the whole, the grand collective narrative, with the flag and with the language. rather than be progressive, they prefer to be patriotic and nationalist. And the outcome is clear: The  left eventually drifts away into a state of total detachment which is the exact state of the French socialist at the moment.

Now, Dieudonné, has managed to galvanize this Left detachment. Here we have a black person who enjoys the support of the National Front and is cheered on by a massive popular movement consisting of migrants and White working class – and all this has now matured into one giant Left collective neurosis. How amusing is this?

AU: Thanks to Nicolas Anelka, the British Media started to talk about Dieudonné. According to Alain Soral, the  BBC conducted quite fair interview with him : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8gdbXHsVks

Can you explain to us why the French media seem unable to give the same fair treatment to this story?

GA: To start with, let’s not delude ourselves. It is easy for Brits to mock French kosher totalitarianism but believe me, no one in the BBC dares discuss the embarrassing fact that 80% of our Tory MPs are Conservative Friends of Israel. No one in the BBC has ever been brave enough to delve into the embarrassing fact that when Tony Blair took us into an illegal war in Iraq, his chief fundraiser was Lord Levy and the LFI (Labour Friends of Israel). But let me answer your question as concisely as I can.

Jewish power is the capacity to control and limit the discussion on Jewish power. CRIF and BHL are not the essence of Jewish power, they are just symptoms of this power. The real Jewish power is the capacity to silence all discussion of the Lobby, CRIF and HBL. So Alain Soral should carry the ban against him as a badge of honour. It only reaffirms that the media doesn’t find within itself the intellectual capacity to challenge him and his work. This is hardly surprising, I’ve now begun to realise that George Orwell might well have been the last thinking person in the Left. The contemporary Left is a soundbite culture far removed from any dialectical thinking or intellectual exchange. It is indeed a tragedy.

AU: In our last interview you told us that you “learned that most Palestinian NGOs are funded by liberal Zionist George Soros’ Open Society Institute.”  A French cartoonist named Joe le Corbeau, who was briefly arrested over a photo of a quenelle http://www.crescentcityjewishnews.com/man-arrested-over-photo-of-quenelle-in-front-of-toulouse-jewish-school/, suggested in one of his cartoons that Femen are funded by Soros : http://judeologie.com/2013/05/28/the-femen-powers-prostitutes-par-joe-le-corbeau/

Do you think that may explain why these women perform only in mosques and churches and never in synagogues?

GA: Obviously, I don’t know whether Femen is funded by Soros but it wouldn’t surprise me if they are. Soros’ philosophy, as far as I understand it, is very simple. He is a Liberal Zionist who funds a lot of ‘good causes’ – causes that just happen to also be ‘good for the Jews’.

Now, let me address Femen’s preferred choice of ‘artistic’ venues. As you probably know, Post-Structuralism is pretty much a French philosophical school of thought and may be  defined as an attempt to dismantle all ‘grand narratives’ except the Jewish one. In concert with the spirit of the 68 students’ revolution and the Frankfurt Yeshiva, Femen are more than happy pull apart every French cultural heritage – except the Jewish ones. Just follow the money trail, those people who facilitated their move to France – the record label and the ANR who signed them. Surely, you’ll find the answers within just a few minutes.

Here is an interesting anecdote that may throw some light on the topic. It was recently pointed out to me that in spite of the fact that Jewish radicals despise the Talmud and the Rabbinical culture and have been caught burning many religious congregation houses, mainly churches in Spain and the Ukraine etc.,  they have never burned a single synagogue.

AU: People who support the right of Femen to blaspheme are often the same people who call for the banning of Dieudonné’s shows. Don’t you think that these kinds of double standards will lead people to rise up against the elite?

GA: No doubt at all, and as we see, it’s already happening.

AU: Former Israeli minister Shulamit Aloni, who recently passed away, once said that accusation of antisemitism is a “trick” used to shut down critics of Israeli policy:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLbtu0-mgvw  How do you explain the current weakness of the Israeli left?

GA: ‘Weakness’ is an understatement. The Israeli left is non-existent and for a good reason: Jewish Left is an oxymoron. While ‘Left’ is a universal concept, Jewishness is a tribally driven ideology. Even Aloni,  whom I admired, wasn’t exactly a ‘universalist’. She didn’t really campaign for the return of the Palestinian refugees to their homes and villages, she was mainly concerned with Israel being a ‘Jewish civilization’ as opposed to a universal one.

It is not a secret that the so-called ‘Jewish Left’ is in practice, a form of National Socialism. Those ‘radical’ Israeli leftists support a racially-driven ‘egalitarian’ philosophy – which applies to Jews only. In other words, they are full of contradictions so it’s hardly surprising that they are now pretty much extinct. On the other hand, right wing Israeli politics,  is as consistent as it is crudely unethical. It postulates that Jews are entitled to return to Palestine, and it draws on a vile, militaristic ideology and practice that aims to maintain this  Jewish hold on the land. Right-wing Zionist  leaders admit daily to not being ethical – but they justify their national project in terms of survival. Since Israel defines itself as the Jewish State, it is only natural for Israelis to identify with a consistently tribal right-wing ideology instead of some half-baked, convoluted and totally inconsistent (but always kosher), socialist clap-trap.

The Wandering Who? A Study Of Jewish Identity politics and Jewish Power in particular – available on Amazon.com  Amazon.co.uk

Interview: Atzmon on Dieudonné, Alain Soral and Zionism

http://www.gilad.co.uk/writings/interview-atzmon-on-dieudonne-alain-soral-and-zionism.html

Interviewed by Alimuddin Usmani

http://www.egaliteetreconciliation.fr/

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Gilad Atzmon on his support for Dieudonne—interviewed on Al Jazeerah—I had the honor and privilege of meeting Gilad Atzmon last week in New York

I have been following Gilad Atzmon for about six years now, and I consider him one of the foremost historical revisionists and political philosophers of our time.  He is traveling in the United States and, if you get a chance to listen to his lectures or music, I urge you to do so.  I have NEVER met anyone quite like him.  I met him last week in New York City when he was staying as the guest of Michael Santomauro on the Upper East Side.  It was one of the most intense intellectual experiences of my life, fully comparable to any seminar I ever had in Anthropology, Biology, or History at Harvard or in Law at the University of Chicago—closest to in chambers meetings between law clerks and Externs for the Ninth Circuit between clerks for Stephen Reinhardt and Alex Kozinski….  Everyone concerned with American, European, or Middle Eastern Culture, Economy, or Politics today needs to read Gilad Atzmon’s latest book The Wandering Who?

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Dieudonné, Alain Soral, and Zionism:Gilad Atzmon Interviewed By Alimuddin Usmani

Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, February 24, 2014

AU: What led you to offer Dieudonné such support in his struggle against the French government?

GA: Dieudonné is the true meaning of resistance.  Being cogent and coherent, he has managed to expose in France the corrosive bond between contemporary Zionised socialism and Jewish political power.

For some time now, many of us who, in the 60s and 70s, were inspired by Left thinking have been confused by contemporary ‘progressive’ politics. For some reason, the so-called ‘New Left’ was very quick to compromise on crucial issues to do with labour and working class politics. Instead of siding with the workers and those struggling in society, the post-68 Left  adopted an identity-politics discourse that was actually aimed at breaking up society and the working class into isolated marginalisd groups. This led to political paralysis which in turn prepared the way for the invasion of big money, monopoly culture and globalization. It is this that Dieudonné, has managed to expose. He has also identified the power of the Holocaust religion and Jewish lobby power at the very heart of political establishment. Being the author of The Wandering Who - the book that took apart Jewish identity politics, I see Dieudonné as a continuation of myself. He is my twin and I stand up for both him and his cause.

AU: Dieudonné’s detractors accuse him of antisemitism and as evidence they offer that in his show, (now banned) he said this about a prominent Jewish radio journalist: “You see, when I hear Patrick Cohen speak, I think to myself : Gas chambers…too bad”. His supporters explain that Dieudonné was simply responding to a provocation from this journalist who said that Dieudonné must be blacklisted from mainstream media and that people with “mental illness ” shouldn’t be invited to comment publically. What do you think? Did he go too far or do you think he had the right to respond to someone who wished for his social, economic and professional demise?

GA: Those Jews who insist that the Holocaust become our new state religion must accept that such a claim comes with a price. If you choose to identify yourself with gas chambers, Auschwitz and victimhood you must also accept that you will be identified as such by others.  I have no problem with Dieudonné’s reaction to Cohen. Dieudonné is an artist, his duty is to reshape and revise the vision of the world around us. Accordingly, placing a mirror in front of Cohen was a most appropriate thing to do.

AU: The only main political party in France who didn’t join in this “Dieudonné bashing” is the nationalist National Front founded by Jean-Marie Le Pen. What is your explanation of that?

GA: It obviously means that in terms of tolerance and multi-cultural/ethnic openness your Nationalists are way ahead of any so called ‘progressives’ and the Left. But this does not surprise me. The Left has always found it difficult to bond with working people, in fact, the entire ‘progressive’ ethos is elitist to the bone. And again, this should come as no surprise. After all. identifying oneself as  ‘progressive’ surely means that someone else must be ‘reactionary’ – and that someone else is the working man or woman. This may explain why being ‘progressive’ is so attractive to so many Jews – it offers a godless alternative to their traditional choseness. It also explains why the workers generally stay away as far from the Left as they can. They much prefer identifying with the whole, the grand collective narrative, with the flag and with the language. rather than be progressive, they prefer to be patriotic and nationalist. And the outcome is clear: The  left eventually drifts away into a state of total detachment which is the exact state of the French socialist at the moment.

Now, Dieudonné, has managed to galvanize this Left detachment. Here we have a black person who enjoys the support of the National Front and is cheered on by a massive popular movement consisting of migrants and White working class – and all this has now matured into one giant Left collective neurosis. How amusing is this?

AU: Thanks to Nicolas Anelka, the British Media started to talk about Dieudonné. According to Alain Soral, the  BBC conducted quite fair interview with him : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8gdbXHsVks

Can you explain to us why the French media seem unable to give the same fair treatment to this story?

GA: To start with, let’s not delude ourselves. It is easy for Brits to mock French kosher totalitarianism but believe me, no one in the BBC dares discuss the embarrassing fact that 80% of our Tory MPs are Conservative Friends of Israel. No one in the BBC has ever been brave enough to delve into the embarrassing fact that when Tony Blair took us into an illegal war in Iraq, his chief fundraiser was Lord Levy and the LFI (Labour Friends of Israel). But let me answer your question as concisely as I can.

Jewish power is the capacity to control and limit the discussion on Jewish power. CRIF and BHL are not the essence of Jewish power, they are just symptoms of this power. The real Jewish power is the capacity to silence all discussion of the Lobby, CRIF and HBL. So Alain Soral should carry the ban against him as a badge of honour. It only reaffirms that the media doesn’t find within itself the intellectual capacity to challenge him and his work. This is hardly surprising, I’ve now begun to realise that George Orwell might well have been the last thinking person in the Left. The contemporary Left is a soundbite culture far removed from any dialectical thinking or intellectual exchange. It is indeed a tragedy.

AU: In our last interview you told us that you “learned that most Palestinian NGOs are funded by liberal Zionist George Soros’ Open Society Institute.”  A French cartoonist named Joe le Corbeau, who was briefly arrested over a photo of a quenelle http://www.crescentcityjewishnews.com/man-arrested-over-photo-of-quenelle-in-front-of-toulouse-jewish-school/, suggested in one of his cartoons that Femen are funded by Soros : http://judeologie.com/2013/05/28/the-femen-powers-prostitutes-par-joe-le-corbeau/

Do you think that may explain why these women perform only in mosques and churches and never in synagogues?

GA: Obviously, I don’t know whether Femen is funded by Soros but it wouldn’t surprise me if they are. Soros’ philosophy, as far as I understand it, is very simple. He is a Liberal Zionist who funds a lot of ‘good causes’ – causes that just happen to also be ‘good for the Jews’.

Now, let me address Femen’s preferred choice of ‘artistic’ venues. As you probably know, Post-Structuralism is pretty much a French philosophical school of thought and may be  defined as an attempt to dismantle all ‘grand narratives’ except the Jewish one. In concert with the spirit of the 68 students’ revolution and the Frankfurt Yeshiva, Femen are more than happy pull apart every French cultural heritage – except the Jewish ones. Just follow the money trail, those people who facilitated their move to France – the record label and the ANR who signed them. Surely, you’ll find the answers within just a few minutes.

Here is an interesting anecdote that may throw some light on the topic. It was recently pointed out to me that in spite of the fact that Jewish radicals despise the Talmud and the Rabbinical culture and have been caught burning many religious congregation houses, mainly churches in Spain and the Ukraine etc.,  they have never burned a single synagogue.

AU: People who support the right of Femen to blaspheme are often the same people who call for the banning of Dieudonné’s shows. Don’t you think that these kinds of double standards will lead people to rise up against the elite?

GA: No doubt at all, and as we see, it’s already happening.

AU: Former Israeli minister Shulamit Aloni, who recently passed away, once said that accusation of antisemitism is a “trick” used to shut down critics of Israeli policy:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLbtu0-mgvw  How do you explain the current weakness of the Israeli left?

GA: ‘Weakness’ is an understatement. The Israeli left is non-existent and for a good reason: Jewish Left is an oxymoron. While ‘Left’ is a universal concept, Jewishness is a tribally driven ideology. Even Aloni,  whom I admired, wasn’t exactly a ‘universalist’. She didn’t really campaign for the return of the Palestinian refugees to their homes and villages, she was mainly concerned with Israel being a ‘Jewish civilization’ as opposed to a universal one.

It is not a secret that the so-called ‘Jewish Left’ is in practice, a form of National Socialism. Those ‘radical’ Israeli leftists support a racially-driven ‘egalitarian’ philosophy – which applies to Jews only. In other words, they are full of contradictions so it’s hardly surprising that they are now pretty much extinct. On the other hand, right wing Israeli politics,  is as consistent as it is crudely unethical. It postulates that Jews are entitled to return to Palestine, and it draws on a vile, militaristic ideology and practice that aims to maintain this  Jewish hold on the land. Right-wing Zionist  leaders admit daily to not being ethical – but they justify their national project in terms of survival. Since Israel defines itself as the Jewish State, it is only natural for Israelis to identify with a consistently tribal right-wing ideology instead of some half-baked, convoluted and totally inconsistent (but always kosher), socialist clap-trap.

The Wandering Who? A Study Of Jewish Identity politics and Jewish Power in particular – available on Amazon.com  Amazon.co.uk

Interview: Atzmon on Dieudonné, Alain Soral and Zionism

http://www.gilad.co.uk/writings/interview-atzmon-on-dieudonne-alain-soral-and-zionism.html

Interviewed by Alimuddin Usmani

http://www.egaliteetreconciliation.fr/

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MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL: The Episcopal Clergy Indicts the Dead and seeks to Smear the Memory and Silence the Voice from the Tomb behind the Pulpit at Christ Church

On this Third Sunday in Advent, two and a half months after addressing my letter to the Bishop of Louisiana (where Bishop Leonidas Polk is buried) and the Clergy of Christ Church Cathedral on St. Charles Avenue and Trinity Church on Jackson Street in New Orleans (whose largest meeting and banquet room is called “Bishop Polk Hall”), I have received not even a whisper of a written response from any clergyman.  http://charleslincoln3.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/1-october-2013-letter-to-bishop-thompson-of-louisiana.pdf

(The Dean of Christ Church, Dean David A. DuPlantier, simply and summarily refused even to speak to me about the topic, saying my perspective and thoughts were unworthy to be discussed and that Bishop Polk was “a villain”.  This all happened on Sunday October 20, 2013, I believe.  After dismissing me and my letter “embracing slavery” and condemning Bishop Polk, Dean DuPlantier then, with a truly remarkable lack of self-consciousness, I think, having just judged me, my culture, my race, and my personal family heritage and historic inheritance as unworthy of discussion, then proceeded to deliver a fine sermon on one of my favorite Bible Passages, the Parable of the Unjust Judge in Luke, 18: 1-9.   I myself found the irony quite delicious.  Dean DuPlantier himself had become the Unjust Judge, and he was passing judgment on the man and the spirit entombed directly behind the pulpit from which he spoke.

But plans move ahead towards this historical travesty and insult to socio-cultural reality, as was just published on Friday the 13th, St. Lucy’s day, by Ms. Orissa Arend, a “New Orleans Mediator, Psychotherapist and Freelance Writer” (who has written a book about the Black Panthers in New Orleans, and their 1970 shootout  and other standoffs with the New Orleans Police, just for example: http://www.uapress.com/titles/sp09/arend.html).  

I find it more than a little ironic that the University of Arksansas advertisement asserts that “Orissa Arend has forced us to see these self-defense militants from every point of view imaginable”, adding that these “self-defense militants . . . creat=[ed] survival programs.”  Now what would Ms. Arend say if I told her that if she studied the history and origins of the Ku Klux Klan, she would discover that (honestly) the (original, 1860s-1870s) Klan MUST BE described in exactly the same terms.  

In any even, Ms. Orissa Arend’s enthusiastic article endorsing the Episcopal Church’s Mass for Racial Reconciliation can be found at: http://www.atthreshold.org/2013/12/13/a-service-of-healing-january-18-2014/.  I maintain that there is neither healing nor reconciliation to be found in distorting history and vilifying our ancestors, but my full response (which I submitted on her blog, but which is “awaiting moderation” and so, she may or may not publish it) follows (in full) herein below:

Dear Ms. Orissa Arend:
I speak for the First Bishop of Louisiana, Confederate General, and War hero in the service of his people and their liberty, whose untimely death in Northern Georgia you celebrate. I speak for the man and the spirit of the Lost Cause buried behind the Pulpit at Christ Church Cathedral in New Orleans.

I ask you, and for all Episcopalians in New Orleans, Louisiana, the South, and the United States of America, to give voice to those with whom you supposedly propose reconciliation: Indeed I ask you—how can there be any reconciliation at all if the White Anglo-Saxon Protestants of the South are given no voice to speak to the honor of their ancestors and their cause in this supposedly momentous “Mass of Racial Reconciliation.”

President Jefferson Davis died in New Orleans after the opening of Confederate Memorial Hall, attended by Howard, Tilton, and many of the other great leaders of the City. James K. Polk was President of the United States and he often visited his cousin Bishop Leonidas Polk in Louisiana.

Where are the descendants of those who made the South what it is in this whole plan of reconciliation? Are you as happy that half a million Southern Soldiers died in 1861-65 as you are about the death of Bishop Polk? Should Bishop Polk’s remains be disinterred and his bones burnt and scattered in Lake Pontchartrain?

If so, I want nothing more to do with the Episcopal Church, because it will have betrayed the very reasons, the very traditions, which have always caused me to adhere to it.  I  am writing to you in part to ask that you circulate to your readership the letter I wrote to the current Bishop of Louisiana on October 1: http://charleslincoln3.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/1-october-2013-letter-to-bishop-thompson-of-louisiana.pdf.

To this letter I have so far received no reply whatsoever from the Bishop or anyone else although I published it on-line and circulated it to other members of the Diocese of Louisiana, especially here in New Orleans.

I personally can think of nothing more futile and repugnant than a Mass for Racial Reconciliation which falsifies the truth about the origins, nature, and history of Black African Slavery on the one hand, and treats my ancestors, and other people descended from or who may admire the founders of the Episcopal Church in Louisiana, as criminals, outcasts, and victims. Leonidas Polk was a hero and a visionary, as were many if not most of the Confederate leaders.

Ironically, the Confederate vision was one of a free and constitutional government. Even more ironically, the people of America today suffer from multifarious and complex forms of corporate and governmental oppression which portend of a universal slavery for all mankind.

I submit to you that the Presiding Bishop’s proposed Mass for Racial Reconciliation is a sham designed to distract Americans from certain grim realities including the fact that we are headed towards a very dark future, without freedom, without lawfully constituted or ordered government which depends for its authority on a high tech set of chains and whips which make the instruments of chattel slave ownership in the Old South look like the Palaeotechnic toys they were.

In Barack Obama’s America—more blacks will spend a year or more in prison than were ever slaves. More people (white, black and hispanic) will pass through the so-called criminal justice system than were ever black in America. This is the most imprisoning nation in the world. Is it a coincidence that the 13th Amendment which abolished chattel slavery authorized slavery or involuntary servitude as a punishment for a crime? Or that the standards of due process of law have declined while the likelihood (or now near certainty) of conviction after arrest has risen exponentially in America since the adoption of the 13th Amendment? Does it matter that there really was NO “prison culture” to speak of in America prior to 1861, but ever since 1865, Prison Culture has grown and grown and grown? 

I think the Proposed Mass for Racial Reconciliation should be scrapped until it can be redesigned to address historical truth and present socio-cultural and economic reality. I would submit that THERE CAN BE NO RECONCILIATION UNLESS ALL PARTIES, INCLUDING THE DESCENDANTS AND ADMIRERS OF THE CONFEDERATE GOVERNMENT AND ARMIES AND THEIR CAUSE, ARE ALSO PRESENT AND SPEAKING. ANY RECONCILIATION WITHOUT US WILL BE FALSE AND EPHEMERAL AT BEST, DECEITFUL AND DISHONEST AT WORSE.

St. Lucy’s Day and Night, the 13th of December: To My Mother Alice, to my Grandmother Helen, and to Professor Cleanth Brooks

I come back to John Donne’s “Nocturnal” poem every December 13, because it is the greatest Calendrical Celebration written in the English Language, though Eliot’s Wasteland and Four Quartets, and Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream have obvious, explicit, and implicit calendrical significances.  I dedicate this year’s nearly annual republication to my mother Alice, my grandmother Helen, and to Professor Cleanth Brooks, the three people who first taught me to appreciate and love the 17th Century by the time I was 16.  

If time travel were ever to be truly invented, that is the century I would most want to visit and into which I would travel and deeply explore.  I would start, I think, from Athens, Greece, to see the Parthenon before its final destruction by gunpowder.  Then from Athens up the Adriatic coast past Dalmatia and the east Coast of Italy Venice, Modena, Milan, and then job back east to Vienna, travel through Austria (still then the last outpost of Christendom against the Turks invading from the Southeast) and southern Germany to Paris in the time of Louis XIV and the foundation of Versailles.  After exploring the Northern Italian, Southern German, and French Countryside I would to the lands of both my grandfathers’ ancestors in London, Essex, East Anglia, Lincoln and Yorkshire.  But then from there I would follow their descendants to Jamestown and explore the earliest tidewater settlements, perhaps visit the early Lees and Madisons, before turning north to Maryland, Philadelphia, New York Boston and Cambridge.  In that latter small town by the Charles River, I would visit the fledgling Harvard College, the only such institution of higher learning north of Mexico and the Caribbean, and ask to have a look at their library and sit in on some classes.  From Cambridge and Boston I would go first up to visit my grandmother’s ancestors in Quebec and Montreal, and then canoe down the echoing stillness of the Mississippi River to the realm of the Natchez and Caddo, where my grandmother’s ancestors would later move.  And then I would take off across Texas through Comanche country to Santa Fe and Taos.  Finally I would go all around 17th Century Spanish Mexico from Querétaro and Guanajuato to Mexico City, Cordoba, and Tlaxcala, and back to beautiful Mérida, Yucatán and especially Izamal, Motul, and Valladolid.  From these outposts of civilization I would like to visit the last free and independent Itzá Maya of Tayasal by Lake Petén, the direct descendants of the rulers of Chichén Itzá, and watch their use of hieroglyphic books contemporaneous with, as Michael Coe pointed out, Cotton Mather reading theology at Harvard and preparing to burn witches at Salem.

A Nocturnal upon St. Lucy’s Day

BY JOHN DONNE

‘Tis the year’s midnight, and it is the day’s,
Lucy’s, who scarce seven hours herself unmasks;
         The sun is spent, and now his flasks
         Send forth light squibs, no constant rays;
                The world’s whole sap is sunk;
The general balm th’ hydroptic earth hath drunk,
Whither, as to the bed’s feet, life is shrunk,
Dead and interr’d; yet all these seem to laugh,
Compar’d with me, who am their epitaph.
Study me then, you who shall lovers be
At the next world, that is, at the next spring;
         For I am every dead thing,
         In whom Love wrought new alchemy.
                For his art did express
A quintessence even from nothingness,
From dull privations, and lean emptiness;
He ruin’d me, and I am re-begot
Of absence, darkness, death: things which are not.
All others, from all things, draw all that’s good,
Life, soul, form, spirit, whence they being have;
         I, by Love’s limbec, am the grave
         Of all that’s nothing. Oft a flood
                Have we two wept, and so
Drown’d the whole world, us two; oft did we grow
To be two chaoses, when we did show
Care to aught else; and often absences
Withdrew our souls, and made us carcasses.
But I am by her death (which word wrongs her)
Of the first nothing the elixir grown;
         Were I a man, that I were one
         I needs must know; I should prefer,
                If I were any beast,
Some ends, some means; yea plants, yea stones detest,
And love; all, all some properties invest;
If I an ordinary nothing were,
As shadow, a light and body must be here.
But I am none; nor will my sun renew.
You lovers, for whose sake the lesser sun
         At this time to the Goat is run
         To fetch new lust, and give it you,
                Enjoy your summer all;
Since she enjoys her long night’s festival,
Let me prepare towards her, and let me call
This hour her vigil, and her eve, since this
Both the year’s, and the day’s deep midnight is.

New studies: ‘Conspiracy theorists’ sane; government dupes crazy, hostile (aka—I’m not crazy, everybody really does hate me….)

http://www.veteranstoday.com/2013/07/14/whatabout7/

Is this building falling or exploding? If you say “falling” you need to take your meds…..

 by Kevin Barrett

Recent studies by psychologists and social scientists in the US and UK suggest that contrary to mainstream media stereotypes, those labeled “conspiracy theorists” appear to be saner than those who accept the official versions of contested events.

The most recent study was published on July 8th by psychologists Michael J. Wood and Karen M. Douglas of the University of Kent (UK). Entitled“What about Building 7? A social psychological study of online discussion of 9/11 conspiracy theories,” the study compared “conspiracist” (pro-conspiracy theory) and “conventionalist” (anti-conspiracy) comments at news websites.

The authors were surprised to discover that it is now more conventional to leave so-called conspiracist comments than conventionalist ones: “Of the 2174 comments collected, 1459 were coded as conspiracist and 715 as conventionalist.” In other words, among people who comment on news articles, those who disbelieve government accounts of such events as 9/11 and the JFK assassination outnumber believers by more than two to one. That means it is the pro-conspiracy commenters who are expressing what is now the conventional wisdom, while the anti-conspiracy commenters are becoming a small, beleaguered minority.

Perhaps because their supposedly mainstream views no longer represent the majority, the anti-conspiracy commenters often displayed anger and hostility: “The research… showed that people who favoured the official account of 9/11 were generally more hostile when trying to persuade their rivals.”

Additionally, it turned out that the anti-conspiracy people were not only hostile, but fanatically attached to their own conspiracy theories as well. According to them, their own theory of 9/11 – a conspiracy theory holding that 19 Arabs, none of whom could fly planes with any proficiency, pulled off the crime of the century under the direction of a guy on dialysis in a cave in Afghanistan – was indisputably true. The so-called conspiracists, on the other hand, did not pretend to have a theory that completely explained the events of 9/11: “For people who think 9/11 was a government conspiracy, the focus is not on promoting a specific rival theory, but in trying to debunk the official account.”

In short, the new study by Wood and Douglas suggests that the negative stereotype of the conspiracy theorist – a hostile fanatic wedded to the truth of his own fringe theory – accurately describes the people who defend the official account of 9/11, not those who dispute it.

Additionally, the study found that so-called conspiracists discuss historical context (such as viewing the JFK assassination as a precedent for 9/11) more than anti-conspiracists. It also found that the so-called conspiracists to not like to be called “conspiracists” or “conspiracy theorists.”

Both of these findings are amplified in the new book Conspiracy Theory in America by political scientist Lance deHaven-Smith, published earlier this year by the University of Texas Press. Professor deHaven-Smith explains why people don’t like being called “conspiracy theorists”: The term was invented and put into wide circulation by the CIA to smear and defame people questioning the JFK assassination! “The CIA’s campaign to popularize the term ‘conspiracy theory’ and make conspiracy belief a target of ridicule and hostility must be credited, unfortunately, with being one of the most successful propaganda initiatives of all time.”

In other words, people who use the terms “conspiracy theory” and “conspiracy theorist” as an insult are doing so as the result of a well-documented, undisputed, historically-real conspiracy by the CIA to cover up the JFK assassination. That campaign, by the way, was completely illegal, and the CIA officers involved were criminals; the CIA is barred from all domestic activities, yet routinely breaks the law to conduct domestic operations ranging from propaganda to assassinations.

DeHaven-Smith also explains why those who doubt official explanations of high crimes are eager to discuss historical context. He points out that a very large number of conspiracy claims have turned out to be true, and that there appear to be strong relationships between many as-yet-unsolved “state crimes against democracy.” An obvious example is the link between the JFK and RFK assassinations, which both paved the way for presidencies that continued the Vietnam War. According to DeHaven-Smith, we should always discuss the “Kennedy assassinations” in the plural, because the two killings appear to have been aspects of the same larger crime.

Psychologist Laurie Manwell of the University of Guelph agrees that the CIA-designed “conspiracy theory” label impedes cognitive function. She points out, in an article published in American Behavioral Scientist (2010), that anti-conspiracy people are unable to think clearly about such apparent state crimes against democracy as 9/11 due to their inability to process information that conflicts with pre-existing belief.

In the same issue of ABS, University of Buffalo professor Steven Hoffman adds that anti-conspiracy people are typically prey to strong “confirmation bias” – that is, they seek out information that confirms their pre-existing beliefs, while using irrational mechanisms (such as the “conspiracy theory” label) to avoid conflicting information.

The extreme irrationality of those who attack “conspiracy theories” has been ably exposed by Communications professors Ginna Husting and Martin Orr of Boise State University. In a 2007 peer-reviewed article entitled“Dangerous Machinery: ‘Conspiracy Theorist’ as a Transpersonal Strategy of Exclusion,” they wrote:

“If I call you a conspiracy theorist, it matters little whether you have actually claimed that a conspiracy exists or whether you have simply raised an issue that I would rather avoid… By labeling you, I strategically exclude you from the sphere where public speech, debate, and conflict occur.”

But now, thanks to the internet, people who doubt official stories are no longer excluded from public conversation; the CIA’s 44-year-old campaign to stifle debate using the “conspiracy theory” smear is nearly worn-out. In academic studies, as in comments on news articles, pro-conspiracy voices are now more numerous – and more rational – than anti-conspiracy ones.

No wonder the anti-conspiracy people are sounding more and more like a bunch of hostile, paranoid cranks.

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For All Souls Day (aka “Day of the Dead” and/or Feast of the Faithful Departed): Human Sacrifice in Africa Today

Should we be surprised that Human Sacrifice, Slavery, and Cannibalism are Prevalent All Over Africa, today in late 2013?  In Colonial Mexico and Central America, after the Spanish Conquest, there is good evidence that Human Sacrifice persisted in many rural areas for at least 200 years after the Spanish Conquest despite continual Spanish Rule and the violent and often brutal suppression of the Native Mesoamerican priesthood, the tragic burning of ancient libraries, and the systematic destruction of temples.  There are many parallels between the practices of Human Sacrifice, Cannibalism, and Slavery in Africa and Mesoamerica, as Sir James G. Frazer noted in the Golden Bough, and as in fact was apparent even to the Spanish Conquistadors themselves, as in for example the writings of Bernal Diaz del Castillo.  

Child sacrifice, reported as widespread and common in Africa up through the present day (and even as a “thriving commercial business” in Uganda and Nigeria), was common among the prehispanic Mesoamericans.  There are relics surviving at least until the 1980s (by my own personal observations) of the importance of live children “bound with ropes and croaking like frogs” under the table of the Cha-Chaac, the modern Yucatec Maya Rain Ceremony, during years following the discovery of massive offerings of childrens’ skeletons under the altar of Tlaloc (the Aztec raingod) in the Templo Mayor excavations of Aztec Tenochtitlan in the heart of Mexico City.  Habitual child sacrifice was recorded at least as far north as among the Natchez of the Mississippi Valley up through the final obliteration and extermination of the Natchez by the French in the late 1720s.  Vestiges of Child Sacrifice (including the Sacrifice of adult children, such as the sons of the Kings of Israel and Judah who were made to “walk through the fire” in the Books of Chronicles and Kings) occur throughout the Bible, and legends of Jewish cannibalism of children are part of the “blood libel” that persisted at least through 15th century throughout Europe (consider the story of “Little St. Hugh” of Lincoln, which was one of many stories which led to the expulsion of the Jews from England in the 1320s.  (I had an uncle named “Hugh”, who now counts among the “Faithful Departed”).   As highly prejudicial and undocumented as the charges against Mediaeval European Jewry may be, the archaeological evidence recovered at by Harvard archaeologists at Carthage in Tunisia and by many excavations throughout Syria and Lebanon all document the ubiquity of child sacrifice among the Phoenicians  (most closely related by their alphabet and other customs to the Israelites) and all other Western Semitic peoples of the Bronze and Iron Ages.  Whether this heritage could support the legendary evidence that the Jews carried child sacrifice with them after the diaspora into Western Europe is, without archaeological evidence, a matter of mere conjecture.

Leaving Aside Slavery and Cannibalism, and considering only Human Sacrifice and Ritual Killing (including child sacrifice throughout Africa, and leaving aside the highly controversial questions of racially or politically motivated murders in, for example, Liberia, Sierra Leon, and above all in post-Apartheid South Africa, as of fourteen months ago, the United Nations Commission on Human Rights made this rather timid, cautious, almost apologetic report, allowing as how human sacrifice might violate the UN Charters on Individual Human Rights even if it infringes on the rights to freedom of religion and exercise of human conscience: http://hrbrief.org/2012/09/the-practice-of-ritual-killings-and-human-sacrifice-in-africa/

The Practice of Ritual Killings and Human Sacrifice in Africa

September 6, 2012 By \\

Despite the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights’ that provides an individual is entitled to respect for his life and integrity of his person, ritual killings and the practice of human sacrifice continue in several African countries. These practices entail the hunting down, mutilation, and murder of the most vulnerable people in society**, including people with disabilities, women, and children. Reports indicate that killings of this nature occur in Nigeria, Uganda, Swaziland, Liberia, Botswana, South Africa, Tanzania, Namibia, and Zimbabwe. Because of the secrecy involved in ritual sacrifices, a majority of these incidents go unreported and uninvestigated. Anti-sacrifice advocates face an uphill battle in combating these rituals because the practices are largely denied and touch on cultural underpinnings, resulting in an ideological conflict between protection of human rights and respect for the beliefs and practices of other cultures.

Those who practice sacrifice and ritual killings believe them to be acts of spiritual fortification. Motivations to carry out these acts include the use of human body parts for medicinal purposes and the belief that human body parts possess supernatural powers that bring prosperity and protection. In Uganda, reports indicate that child sacrifice is a business where the wealthy pay witch doctors to conduct sacrifices in an effort to expand their fortunes. In Swaziland and Liberia, politicians allegedly commission ritual killings to improve their odds in elections. In parts of South Africa, ritual killings are culturally accepted, and the practice is often not reported by community members.

Questions of cultural relativism may arise with respect to ritual killings because they may be linked with religious beliefs. Article 8 of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights guarantees freedom of conscience, the profession and free practice of religion. The article also states that “No one may, subject to law and order, be submitted to measures restricting the exercise of these freedoms.” While a broad reading of Article 8 guaranteeing the right to religious freedom could theoretically permit ritual killings for religious reasons, the “subject to law and order” clause may be invoked to limit the free practice of religion with respect to ritual killings. Furthermore, reading the Charter in its entirety supports a prohibition on ritual killings. For instance, Article 5 states that every individual shall be “entitled to respect for his life and the integrity of his person.” If ritual killings were permitted as an acceptable exercise of religious freedom, the door is opened to many of potential human rights violations on the basis of religion.

In response to recent reports of ritual killings allegedly conducted by some traditional healers, other healers have spoken out against ritual killings, arguing that those practices are a disgrace to the history and culture of African medicine men and healers. In March 2012, Sierra Leone’s union of traditional healers met to put forward their campaign against ritual killings. Since the union’s founding in 2008, their mandate has always been to stop indiscriminate killings and afflictions of the innocent.

Activists rallying against ritual killings are calling for stronger protections, including legislation that would allow for the regulation of traditional healers. Some countries, such as Uganda, Rwanda, and Nigeria have taken steps to begin regulate traditional healers, but regulation is not widespread. Appropriately regulating traditional healers could provide necessary protection for individuals seeking care from traditional healers and could hold healers accountable for unlawful acts, such as ritual killings. Furthermore, regulation could provide protection for traditional healers, for example, with respect to intellectual property rights.

As they have done for centuries, traditional healers continue to fulfill an important role of providing beneficial medical services to communities. However, the practice of ritual killings and human sacrifice goes against the fundamental human rights norm of ensuring respect for an individual’s life and integrity of person. Although the African Charter guarantees the right to freely practice one’s religion, ritual killings are not permissible on this basis. The positive contributions of traditional healers to many African societies should not be compromised by the practice of ritual killings. Activists and governments can ensure respect for the human rights of all individuals by working to ensure transparency and accountability among traditional healers.

**CEL III Note Added: is it even worth mentioning that the minority Whites in post-Apartheid South Africa, not to mention any whites foolish enough to remain in Zimbabwe or Namibia, are among the most vulnerable members of society?

New Jersey Foreclosure Fraud: “a new hope” litigation saga (and a 28 letter to Magistrate Lois H. Goodman)

At Trenton and Monmouth, in 2013-2014, as in December 1776-June 1778, middle class Americans are fighting against fundamentally foreign, oppressive, bank-based elite wealth and power for their freedom, fortunes, honor, and integrity, their ability to maintain their homes and private property.  Please read the four court attachments here starting with Dara Leigh Bloom’s 19 October 2013 letter to U.S. Magistrate Judge Lois H. Goodman of the United States District Court, District of New Jersey, Trenton Vicinage.  The docket through this date has no text content and is attached only for historical framework and reference.

19 October 2013 WELLS FARGO BANK NA V MASTORIS ET AL

10-19-13 Letter to Judge Goodman0001

08-21-2013 PRO SE Lincoln’s & Mastoris’ Joint Notice of Civil Rights Removal

FINAL 09-25-2013 Lincoln’s & Mastoris’ Complaint for Civil Rights Declaratory & Injunctive Relief (Recovered)

Russia Warns Travellers US Cops Are On “Unprecedented” Killing Spree

Shocking Travel Alert Warns US Cops Are On “Unprecedented” Killing Spree

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A shocking report prepared by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) for the Federal Assembly (FA) is urging a new law be passed giving to all Russians traveling to the United States a “warning” that American police officers have entered upon an“unprecedented killing spree” that in the past decade has seen nearly 5,000 innocent civilians gunned down without benefit of either charges being filed, or being convicted of a crime.

Two of the worst American cities for police abuse likely to be visited by Russian citizens, this report says, are Chicago, which was condemned by the United Nations for its practice of widespread police torture, and New York City whose government paid out over $1 billion between 2000-2010 in lawsuit claims related to police abuse, and last year, 2012, had to pay out another $131 million to settle civil rights and police abuse claims too.

Grimly to be noted, this report continues, are that the statistics for the nearly 5,000 people killed by American police officers in the past decade, including 587 killed in 2012 alone, may not even be the true total of these deaths as a study of killings by police from 1999 to 2002 in the Central Florida region found that US national databases included only one-fourth of the number of persons killed by police as reported in the local news media.

To the types of people being targeted by these US police “killing machines,” this report says, are many with disabilities and mental illness, including:

Down Syndrome patient Robert Ethan Saylor, 26, who was brutally straggled to death by 3 Maryland sheriff’s deputies on 12 January and whose last words were cries for his “mommy” to come help him.

Mentally ill patient Bobby Bennett, 53, brutally shot by Dallas Texas police officers on 14 October while standing in the street in front of his house not threatening anyone. [See video HERE]

To the “kill first” mentality of American police officers this report cites the 29 November 2012 public execution of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams by Cleveland Ohio police officers, who for daring to flee from police after a traffic stop were chased by 104 police officers for 25-minutes and then gunned down in a hail of 137 bullets.

Even though 63 of the 104 Cleveland police officers were suspended for the execution of Russell and Williams, this report says, no officers in the killing of Saylor or the shooting of Bennett have been charged.

In fact, this report states, the lack of American authorities holding their police officers responsible for killing of innocents is virtually unheard of in the United States and has caused this unprecedented “explosion” of police violence.

Equally to be blamed, this report continues, are America’s wars over the past 12-years that has filled its police departments with veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan who have yet to acclimate to civilian life and are, in essence, still in “combat mode.”

Two of the many examples cited in this report of this “combat mode” mentality held by American police officers include:

Allen Hicks, in 2012, who was arrested by Tampa Florida police officers for “not following orders” and was thrown into a jail cell where he was later found to be having a stroke, and which a few months later he died from in hospital.

Elliott Williams, in 2011, who was arrested by Tulsa Oklahoma police officers on a minor charge and was left in his jail cell for 5 days until he died, all the while being neglected and his health ignored.

What’s even worse, this MFA report warns, is that this unprecedented “killing spree” US police officers are now on is only going to get worse as these once honored guardians of the peace have become more militarized.

And as further warned about the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU): “American neighborhoods are increasingly being policed by cops armed with the weapons and tactics of war.”

To if the Obama regime will attempt to stop this police “killing spree,” this report concludes, it does not appear likely as President Obama has just nominated as his new Homeland Security Secretary former Pentagon lawyer Jeh Johnson, and who has said, “US citizens do not have immunity from assassination when they are at war with the United States.”

And to whom these Obama regime leaders feel they are “at war with, the MFA says, was recently revealed in US Court documents relating to a lawsuit against the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) which shockingly revealed that the invasive personal searches conducted by them upon their own citizens has nothing to do with preventing terrorism, but is, instead, designed to make these people as compliant to police authority as possible.

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The Judicial System in the United States is TOTALLY BROKEN—time to restore trial-by-combat

Rather like Ebenezer Scrooge’s endless chains in Hell, shown to him by his late Partner Marley as those he forged in life, as described in Charles Dickens’ “Christmas Carol” (yea, folks, it’s almost that time of year again), the docket report for Liberi v. Taitz had to be split into three Parts even to be stored by the Federal Courts online.  And here they are, for those with seriously pointless sado-masochistic tendencies who might want to study this whole pointless case from start to finish: LISA LIBERI ET AL V ORLY TAITZ ET ALLISA LIBERI ET AL V ORLY TAITZ ET AL-1LISA LIBERI ET AL V ORLY TAITZ ET AL-2

Cases that go on for four and a half years without ever reaching a jury trial or other final conclusion strongly suggest that some people in the United States have too much time or too much money on their hands, and that the courts serve no important function in our society whatsoever.  My solution is simple: restore trial-by-combat, make sure that every American over the age of 14 knows how to use firearms and swords (or bazookas and laser guns, I don’t care) and disputes will be settled quickly and at much less cost in both monetary and emotional terms. “Bang-bang, you’re dead” resolution of disputes could also assist in such critical matters as population control, ironically cause people to value the fragility of each human life more than they now do, and generally improve the morale of our civilization.

I was very peripherally involved in the monstrous, marathon and essentially pointless litigation that started in May 2009 when Philip J. Berg, Lisa Liberi, and Lisa Ostella filed suit against Orly Taitz for libel and slander.  (If there had ever been anything real or sincere about Orly Taitz she would have apologized, paid a nominal amount of damages, published a retraction, and walked away).  I have no earthly idea how the Plaintiffs can afford this litigation (no insurance coverage, no nothing—I know I couldn’t afford to stay involved with private funds only).  I am reasonably certain that Barack Obama is backing Orly Taitz (who else?) for the simple reason that Orly Taitz, by her shear spectacular incompetence, whether that incompetence is sincere and accidental or a carefully orchestrated stage act of “simulated litigation,” has done more to uphold Obama against the very real charges of lack of bare constitutional qualifications to seek or occupy the office of President of the United States than Obama ever could have done by defending himself.  (This could be called the “Saul Alinsky School of Stalinist Show Trial litigation.”)  But the Judge in Orange County, Andrew J. Guilford, is apparently under orders not to interfere with or restrain Orly’s reign of error, as shown in this recent order clarifying “There was no Finding by this Court that Taitz never lied”:

635 06/20/2013 MINUTE ORDER IN CHAMBERS BY JUDGE ANDREW J. GUILFORD: ORDER RE SANCTIONS.THIS COURT THEREFORE DECIDED NOT TO SANCTION TAITZ FOR MISREPRESENTATIONS ABOUT SANCTIONS AGAINST HER, HOPING THAT THE PARTIES WOULD BETTER FOCUS ON THE SUBSTANTIVE ISSUES IN THIS LITIGATION. THERE WAS NO FINDING BY THIS COURT THAT TAITZ NEVER LIED. (TWDB) (ENTERED: 06/21/2013)

So this preposterous, pointless case will just go on and on and on, apparently.   The proceedings just since April 1 of this year exemplify  the operation of a broken, pointless litigation in a broken, anchorless and rutterless judicial system, more concerned with formalities than ever addressing any issue.  Orly Taitz is now appealing, for a Second Time to the Ninth Circuit, Judge Guilford’s denial of her anti-SLAPP Motion to Strike.  Otherwise it looks bad for Philip J. Berg:

DOCKET PROCEEDINGS (621)

Entry #: Date: Description:
656 09/19/2013 MINUTE ORDER IN CHAMBERS BY JUDGE ANDREW J. GUILFORD: ORDER RE REQUEST FOR ADDITIONAL ORDER. THE COURT THUS REFUSES COUNSELS REQUEST. (TWDB) (ENTERED: 09/23/2013)
655 09/18/2013 NOTICE OF FILING TRANSCRIPT FILED FOR PROCEEDINGS RE TRANSCRIPT 654 THERE IS NO PDF DOCUMENT ASSOCIATED WITH THIS ENTRY. (PADDOCK, DENISE) TEXT ONLY ENTRY 09/18/2013 654 TRANSCRIPT FOR PROCEEDINGS HELD ON 061713 DCCD GUILFORD 10D LIBERI CT. COURT REPORTER/ELECTRONIC COURT RECORDER: DENISE PADDOCK, PHONE NUMBER WWW.OCRECORD.COM. TRANSCRIPT MAY BE VIEWED AT THE COURT PUBLIC TERMINAL OR PURCHASED THROUGH THE COURT REPOR TER/ELECTRONIC COURT RECORDER BEFORE THE DEADLINE FOR RELEASE OF TRANSCRIPT RESTRICTION. AFTER THAT DATE IT MAY BE OBTAINED THROUGH PACER. NOTICE OF INTENT TO REDACT DUE WITHIN 7 DAYS OF THIS DATE. REDACTION REQUEST DUE 10/9/2013. REDACTED TRANSCRI PT DEADLINE SET FOR 10/19/2013. RELEASE OF TRANSCRIPT RESTRICTION SET FOR 12/17/2013. TO ORDER TRANSCRIPTS: WWW.OFFICIALCOURTTRANSCRIPTS.COM(PADDOCK, DENISE) (ENTERED: 09/18/2013)
654 09/18/2013 TRANSCRIPT FOR PROCEEDINGS HELD ON 061713 DCCD GUILFORD 10D LIBERI CT. COURT REPORTER/ELECTRONIC COURT RECORDER: DENISE PADDOCK, PHONE NUMBER WWW.OCRECORD.COM. TRANSCRIPT MAY BE VIEWED AT THE COURT PUBLIC TERMINAL OR PURCHASED THROUGH THE COURT REPORTER/ELECTRONIC COURT RECORDER BEFORE THE DEADLINE FOR RELEASE OF TRANSCRIPT RESTRICTION. AFTER THAT DATE IT MAY BE OBTAINED THROUGH PACER. NOTICE OF INTENT TO REDACT DUE WITHIN 7 DAYS OF THIS DATE. REDACTION REQUEST DUE 10/9/2013. REDACTED TRANSCRIPT DEADLINE SET FOR 10/19/2013. RELEASE OF TRANSCRIPT RESTRICTION SET FOR 12/17/2013. TO ORDER TRANSCRIPTS: WWW.OFFICIALCOURTTRANSCRIPTS.COM(PADDOCK, DENISE) (ENTERED: 09/18/2013)
653 09/09/2013 MINUTES (IN CHAMBERS): ORDER BY JUDGE ANDREW J. GUILFORD: GRANTING 650 MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT. THE COURT HAS REVIEWED THIS MATTER AND FINDS IT APPROPRIATE FOR RESOLUTION WITHOUT A HEARING. SEE L.R. 7-12, 7-15. DEFENDANT’S MOTION IS GRANTED. THE HEARING SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 23, 2013 IS VACATED. (SEE DOCUMENT FOR FURTHER DETAILS) (DG) (ENTERED: 09/09/2013)
652 08/07/2013 AMENDMENT TO MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT AS TO ENTIRE ACTION AS TO PLAINTIFF BERG 650 NOTICE OF CORRECTION OF DATE FILED BY DEFENDANT TODD SANKEY. (COLEN, MARC) (ENTERED: 08/07/2013)
650 08/05/2013 NOTICE OF MOTION AND MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT AS TO ENTIRE ACTION AS TO PLAINTIFF BERG FILED BY DEFENDANT TODD SANKEY. MOTION SET FOR HEARING ON 9/2/2013 AT 10:00 AM BEFORE JUDGE ANDREW J. GUILFORD. (ATTACHMENTS: # 1 MEMORANDUM MEMORANDUM OF POINTS AND AUTHORITIES BY TODD SANKEY AND THE SANKEY FIRM, INC., # 2 SUPPLEMENT SEPERATE STATEMENT OF UNCONTROVERTED FACTS AND CONCLUSIONS OF LAW, # 3DECLARATION DECLARATION OF TODD SANKEY, # 4 PROPOSED ORDER PROPOSED ORDER)(COLEN, MARC) (ENTERED: 08/05/2013)
651 07/30/2013 ORDER BY JUDGE ANDREW J. GUILFORD: GRANTING 647 REQUEST TO SUBSTITUTE ATTORNEY. ATTORNEY RANDY ALAN BERG AND STEPHEN H MARCUS TERMINATED. (TWDB) (ENTERED: 08/05/2013)
648 07/26/2013 MINUTE ORDER IN CHAMBERS BY JUDGE ANDREW J. GUILFORD: ORDER DENYING REQUEST TO LIFT STAY AND FILE A MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION. (TWDB) (ENTERED: 07/29/2013)
647 07/26/2013 FIRST REQUEST TO SUBSTITUTE ATTORNEY PHILIP J. BERG IN PLACE OF ATTORNEY RANDY A. BERG FILED BY PHILIP J. BERG PHILIP J. BERG. (ATTACHMENTS: # 1 PROPOSED ORDER PROPOSED ORDER)(MARCUS, STEPHEN) (ENTERED: 07/26/2013)
649 07/24/2013 MINUTE ORDER IN CHAMBERS BY JUDGE ANDREW J. GUILFORD: ORDER GRANTING REQUEST TO FILE MOTION TO BE RELIEVED AS COUNSEL. ON JULY 22, 2013, STEPHEN MARCUS AND RANDY BERG REQUESTED LEAVE OF COURT TO FILE A MOTION TO BE RELIEVED AS COUNSEL FOR PLAINTIFFS PHILIP J. BERG AND THE LAW OFFICES OF PHILIP J. BERG. (JULY 22, 2013 LETTER.) (TWDB) (ENTERED: 07/29/2013)
646 07/17/2013 NOTIFICATION BY CIRCUIT COURT OF APPELLATE DOCKET NUMBER 13-56253 9TH CCA REGARDING NOTICE OF APPEAL TO 9TH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS 643 . (DMAP) (ENTERED: 07/18/2013)
645 07/17/2013 NOTIFICATION BY CIRCUIT COURT OF APPELLATE DOCKET NUMBER 13-56250, 9TH CCA REGARDING NOTICE OF APPEAL TO 9TH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS 642 AS TO DEFENDANT DEFEND OUR FREEDOMS FOUNDATIONS, INC. (CAR) (ENTERED: 07/18/2013)
644 07/17/2013 REPRESENTATION STATEMENT RE NOTICE OF APPEAL TO 9TH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS 643 . (CUNNINGHAM, JEFFREY) (ENTERED: 07/17/2013)  
643 07/17/2013 NOTICE OF APPEAL TO THE 9TH CCA FILED BY DEFENDANT ORLY TAITZ. APPEAL OF ORDER ON MOTION TO COMPEL ANSWERS TO INTERROGATORIES,, ORDER ON MOTION FOR HEARING 632 (APPEAL FEE OF $455 RECEIPT NUMBER 0973-12413880 PAID.) (CUNNINGHAM, JEFFREY) (ENTERED: 07/17/2013)
642 07/16/2013 NOTICE OF APPEAL TO THE 9TH CCA DEFEND OUR FREEDOMS FOUNDATIONS, INC.. APPEAL OF ORDER ON MOTION TO COMPEL ANSWERS TO INTERROGATORIES,, ORDER ON MOTION FOR HEARING 632(APPEAL FEE OF $455 RECEIPT NUMBER 0973-12412304 PAID.) (TAITZ, ORLY) (ENTERED: 07/16/2013)
641 07/12/2013 MINUTE ORDER IN CHAMBERS BY JUDGE ANDREW J. GUILFORD: ORDER DENYING PENDING REQUESTS, RE MINUTE ORDER 227 . (TWDB) (ENTERED: 07/15/2013)
640 06/26/2013 MINUTE ORDER IN CHAMBERS BY JUDGE ANDREW J. GUILFORD: ORDER RE PENDING REQUESTS AND NOTICE OF DISCIPLINARY ACTION (TWDB) (ENTERED: 06/27/2013)
639 06/25/2013 OBJECTIONS TO RESPONSE (NON-MOTION), 637 OBJECTION TO PLEADINGS, DEFAMATORY STATEMENTS FILED BY PHILIP BERG AS AN ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFFS AFTER HIS LAW LICENSE WAS SUSPENDED FOR TWO YEARS FILED BY DEFENDANT DEFEND OUR FREEDOMS FOUNDATIONS, INC.. (ATTACHMENTS: # 1 DECLARATION DECLARATION BY ORLY TAITZ REGARDING TRUE AND CORRECT RECORDS OF BERG’S SUSPENSION PROVIDED BY TAITZ, # 2 DECLARATION DECLARATION BY LIBERI REGARDING SENDING LETTERS TO THE CLIENT, WHICH WERE NEVER SENT, # 3 APPENDIX BERG’S RESPONSE TO THE DISC. BOARD CLAIMING SENDING LETTERS TO THE CLIENT WHICH WERE NEVER MAILED, # 4 APPENDIX PP 186, 187 TRANSCRIPT REGARDING FABRICATED LETTERS BY LIBERI, BERG)(TAITZ, ORLY) (ENTERED: 06/25/2013)
637 06/24/2013 RESPONSE FILED BY PLAINTIFFS PHILIP J. BERG, GO EXCEL GLOBAL, LISA LIBERI, LISA M. OSTELLA, THE LAW OFFICES OF PHILIP J. BERGTO NOTICE OF DECISION BY OTHER COURT, 636 ; TABLE OF CONTENTS; DECLARATION OF PHILIP J. BERG, ESQUIRE; AND CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE (ATTACHMENTS: # 1 TABLE OF CONTENTS, # 2 DECLARATION OF PHILIP J. BERG, ESQUIRE, # 3 CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE) (BERG, PHILIP) (ENTERED: 06/24/2013)
636 06/21/2013 NOTICE OF DECISION: DECISION BY THE SUPREME COURT OF PA TO SUSPEND LAW LICENSE OF PHILIP BERG FOR 2 YEARS FILED BY DEFENDANT DEFEND OUR FREEDOMS FOUNDATIONS, INC.. (ATTACHMENTS: # 1 EXHIBIT ORDER BY THE SUPREME COURT OF PA TO SUSPEND LAW LICENSE OF PHILIP BERG FOR 2 YEARS)(TAITZ, ORLY) (ENTERED: 06/21/2013)
635 06/20/2013 MINUTE ORDER IN CHAMBERS BY JUDGE ANDREW J. GUILFORD: ORDER RE SANCTIONS.THIS COURT THEREFORE DECIDED NOT TO SANCTION TAITZ FOR MISREPRESENTATIONS ABOUT SANCTIONS AGAINST HER, HOPING THAT THE PARTIES WOULD BETTER FOCUS ON THE SUBSTANTIVE ISSUES IN THIS LITIGATION. THERE WAS NO FINDING BY THIS COURT THAT TAITZ NEVER LIED. (TWDB) (ENTERED: 06/21/2013)
634 06/20/2013 NOTICE OF APPEARANCE OR WITHDRAWAL OF COUNSEL: FOR ATTORNEY PHILIP J BERG COUNSEL FOR PLAINTIFFS PHILIP J. BERG, GO EXCEL GLOBAL, LISA LIBERI, LISA M. OSTELLA, THE LAW OFFICES OF PHILIP J. BERG. FILED BY PLAINTIFFS LISA LIBERI, LISA OSTELLA, GO EXCEL GLOBAL,. PHILIP J. BERG, ESQ., AND THE LAW OFFICES OF PHILIP J. BERG. (ATTACHMENTS: # 1 CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE)(BERG, PHILIP) (ENTERED: 06/20/2013)
633 06/19/2013 NOTICE APPEARANCE OF STEPHEN H. MARCUS, ESQ. WITH GITTLER & BRADFORD FILED BY PLAINTIFFS PHILIP J. BERG, GO EXCEL GLOBAL, LISA LIBERI, LISA M. OSTELLA, THE LAW OFFICES OF PHILIP J. BERG. APPEARANCE OF STEPHEN H. MARCUS, ESQ. WITH GITTLER & BRADFORD ON BEHALF OF PLAINTIFFS LISA LIBERI, LISA OSTELLA, GO EXCEL GLOBAL, PHILIP J. BERG, ESQ., AND THE LAW OFFICES OF PHILIP J. BERG (ATTACHMENTS: # 1 CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE)(BERG, PHILIP) (ENTERED: 06/19/2013)
632 06/18/2013 MINUTES (IN CHAMBERS): ORDER BY JUDGE ANDREW J. GUILFORD: RE PENDING MOTIONS AND REQUESTS: DENYING 618 MOTION. DENYING 578MOTION TO COMPEL RESPONSES TO INTERROGATORIES; DENYING 579 MOTION TO COMPEL. (RLA) (ENTERED: 06/18/2013)
638 06/17/2013 MINUTES OF MOTION HEARING HELD BEFORE JUDGE ANDREW J. GUILFORD RE DEFENDANT ORLY TAITZ MOTION TO STRIKE PLAINTIFF’S FIRST AMENDED COMPLAINT PURSUANT TO CA CCP SECTION 425.16. COURT AND COUNSEL CONFER. MOTION TO STRIKE IS DENIED. COURT REPORTER: DENISE PADDOCK. (DB) (ENTERED: 06/25/2013)
631 06/11/2013 OBJECTION BY DEFENDANT, ORLY TAITZ TO UNTIMELY DECLARATION OF PHILLIP J. BERG RE ANTI-SLAPP RE: MOTION FOR HEARING ANTI-SLAPP618 FILED BY DEFENDANT ORLY TAITZ. (CUNNINGHAM, JEFFREY) (ENTERED: 06/11/2013)
630 06/07/2013 DECLARATION OF PHILIP J. BERG, ESQUIRE RE OBJECTION/OPPOSITION (MOTION RELATED),, 623 , DECLARATION (MOTION RELATED) 625 IN SUPPORT OF PLAINTIFFS REQ. TO AN EXT. OF TIME AND IN RESPONSE TO TAITZ’S DECLARATION FILED BY PLAINTIFFS PHILIP J. BERG, GO EXCEL GLOBAL, LISA LIBERI, LISA M. OSTELLA, THE LAW OFFICES OF PHILIP J. BERG. (ATTACHMENTS: # 1 CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE)(BERG, PHILIP) (ENTERED: 06/07/2013)  
629 06/06/2013 AMENDMENT TO MOTION FOR HEARING ANTI-SLAPP 618 NOTICE OF ERRATA RE DEFENDANT ORLY TAITZ’S REPLY TO PLAINTIFFS’ UNTIMELY OPPOSITION TO ANTI-SLAPP FILED BY DEFENDANT ORLY TAITZ. (CUNNINGHAM, JEFFREY) (ENTERED: 06/06/2013)
628 06/06/2013 SUPPLEMENT TO MOTION FOR HEARING ANTI-SLAPP 618 TABLES OF CONTENTS AND AUTHORITIES OF MEMORANDUM OF POINTS AND AUTHORITIES IN REPLY TO PLAINTIFFS’ UNTIMELY OPPOSITION TO ANTI-SLAPP FILED BY DEFENDANT ORLY TAITZ. (CUNNINGHAM, JEFFREY) (ENTERED: 06/06/2013)
627 06/06/2013 OBJECTION BY DEFENDANT TO PLAINTIFFS’ UNTIMELY REQUEST FOR JUDICIAL NOTICE RE: ANTI-SLAPP OPPOSITION RE: MOTION FOR HEARING ANTI-SLAPP 618 FILED BY DEFENDANT ORLY TAITZ. (CUNNINGHAM, JEFFREY) (ENTERED: 06/06/2013)
626 06/03/2013 OPPOSITION IN OPPOSITION TO PLAINTIFFS’ MOTION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME RE: MOTION FOR HEARING ANTI-SLAPP 618 FILED BY DEFENDANT ORLY TAITZ. (CUNNINGHAM, JEFFREY) (ENTERED: 06/03/2013)
625 06/03/2013 DECLARATION OF DEFENDANT, ORLY TAITZ IN REPLY TO PLAINTIFFS’ UNTIMELY OPPOSITION MOTION FOR HEARING ANTI-SLAPP 618 FILED BY DEFENDANT ORLY TAITZ. (CUNNINGHAM, JEFFREY) (ENTERED: 06/03/2013)  
624 06/03/2013 REPLY IN SUPPORT OF DEFENDANT’S MOTION MOTION FOR HEARING ANTI-SLAPP 618 FILED BY DEFENDANT ORLY TAITZ. (CUNNINGHAM, JEFFREY) (ENTERED: 06/03/2013)
623 06/02/2013 OPPOSITION OR IN THE ALTERNATIVE A MOTION FOR A 3 DAY EXT OF TIME UNTIL 5/31/13 TO RESPOND TO AND OBJECT TO TAITZ’S MTD AND RJN OPPOSITION RE: MOTION FOR HEARING ANTI-SLAPP 618 ; AND TAITZ’S NOTICE OF NON OPPOSITION 620 FILED BY PLAINTIFFS PHILIP J. BERG, GO EXCEL GLOBAL, LISA LIBERI, LISA M. OSTELLA, THE LAW OFFICES OF PHILIP J. BERG. (ATTACHMENTS: # 1 DECLARATION OF PHILIP J. BERG, # 2 DECLARATION OF LISA LIBERI, # 3 CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE)(BERG, PHILIP) (ENTERED: 06/02/2013)
622 05/31/2013 OBJECTIONS IN OPPOSITION TO DEF. ORLY TAITZ’S REQUEST FOR JUDICIAL NOTICE RE: MOTION FOR HEARING ANTI-SLAPP 618 ; CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE FILED BY PLAINTIFFS PHILIP J. BERG, GO EXCEL GLOBAL, LISA LIBERI, LISA M. OSTELLA, THE LAW OFFICES OF PHILIP J. BERG. (ATTACHMENTS: # 1 CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE)(BERG, PHILIP) (ENTERED: 05/31/2013)
621 05/31/2013 MEMORANDUM IN OPPOSITION TO MOTION FOR HEARING ANTI-SLAPP 618; REQUEST FOR JUDICIAL NOTICE; PROPOSED ORDER; AND CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE FILED BY PLAINTIFFS PHILIP J. BERG, GO EXCEL GLOBAL, LISA LIBERI, LISA M. OSTELLA, THE LAW OFFICES OF PHILIP J. BERG. (ATTACHMENTS: # 1 PROPOSED ORDER, # 2 CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE)(BERG, PHILIP) (ENTERED: 05/31/2013)
620 05/29/2013 NOTICE OF NON-OPPOSITION TO MOTION FOR HEARING ANTI-SLAPP 618FILED BY DEFENDANT ORLY TAITZ. (CUNNINGHAM, JEFFREY) (ENTERED: 05/29/2013)
619 05/10/2013 REQUEST FOR JUDICIAL NOTICE RE MOTION FOR HEARING ANTI-SLAPP618 FILED BY DEFENDANT ORLY TAITZ. (CUNNINGHAM, JEFFREY) (ENTERED: 05/10/2013)
618 05/10/2013 NOTICE OF MOTION AND MOTION FOR HEARING ANTI-SLAPP FILED BY DEFENDANT ORLY TAITZ. MOTION SET FOR HEARING ON 6/17/2013 AT 10:00 AM BEFORE JUDGE ANDREW J. GUILFORD. (CUNNINGHAM, JEFFREY) (ENTERED: 05/10/2013)
617 04/01/2013 ORDER FROM 9TH CCA FILED RE: NOTICE OF APPEAL TO 9TH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS, 238 , NOTICE OF APPEAL TO 9TH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS 285 F CCA # 11-56079 11-56164. APPELLEE’S OPPOSED MOTION TO TAX COSTS IS GRANTED IN PART. COSTS IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,051.50 ARE TAXED AGAINST APPELLANTS. APPELLANT’S TAITZ’S CROSS-MOTION TO TAX COSTS IS DENIED. THIS ORDER SERVES TO AMEND THE COURT’S PRIOR MANDATE. ORDER RECEIVED IN THIS DISTRICT ON 4/1/13. (CAR) (ENTERED: 04/04/2013)
616 04/01/2013 NOTICE OF CHANGE OF FIRM NAME AND ADDRESS BY MARC STEVEN COLEN ATTORNEY FOR DEFENDANT TODD SANKEY. CHANGING FIRM NAME TO THE COLEN LAW FIRM AND ADDRESS TO 2828 COCHRAN STREET, STE. 490, SIMI VALLEY, CA 93065. FILED BY DEFENDANT TODD SANKEY. (COLEN, MARC) (ENTERED: 04/01/2013)
615 04/01/2013 SUPPLEMENT TO MOTION TO COMPEL RESPONSES AND RESPONSIVE DOCUMENTS TO PLAINTIFFS REQUEST FOR PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS FROM DEFENDANTS TODD SANKEY AND THE SANKEY FIRM, INC.; TO BE HEARD BEFORE JUDGE GUILFORD PURSUANT TO COURT ORDER 579 , MOTION TO COMPEL ANSWERS TO INTERROGATORIES OF DEFENDANTS TODD SANKEY AND THE SANKEY FIRM, INC. TO BE HEARD BY JUDGE GUILFORD PURSUANT TO COURT ORDER 578 SUMMARY OF ARGUMENTS IN OPPOSITION TO MTCS FILED BY DEFENDANT TODD SANKEY. (COLEN, MARC) (ENTERED: 04/01/2013)
614 04/01/2013 PLAINTIFFS’ ARGUMENTS IN SUPPORT OF PLAINTIFFS MOTION TO COMPEL TODD SANKEY AND THE SANKEY FIRM, INC. TO PROPERLY RESPOND AND PROVIDE RESPONSIVE DOCUMENTS TO PLAINTIFFS REQUEST FOR PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS; FOR ATTORNEY FEES AND COSTS; AND FOR SANCTIONS RE MOTION TO COMPEL RESPONSES AND RESPONSIVE DOCUMENTS TO PLAINTIFFS REQUEST FOR PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS FROM DEFENDANTS TODD SANKEY AND THE SANKEY FIRM, INC.; TO BE HEARD BEFORE JUDGE GUILFORD PURSUANT TO COURT ORDER 579 ; AND CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE FILED BY PLAINTIFFS PHILIP J. BERG, GO EXCEL GLOBAL, LISA LIBERI, LISA M. OSTELLA, THE LAW OFFICES OF PHILIP J. BERG. (ATTACHMENTS: # 1 CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE)(BERG, PHILIP) (ENTERED: 04/01/2013)
613 04/01/2013 PLAINTIFFS’ ARGUMENTS IN SUPPORT OF PLAINTIFFS’ MOTION TO COMPEL TODD SANKEY AND THE SANKEY FIRM, INC. TO PROPERLY RESPOND TO PLAINTIFFS’ INTERROGATORIES; FOR ATTORNEY FEES AND COSTS; AND FOR SANCTIONS RE MOTION TO COMPEL ANSWERS TO INTERROGATORIES OF DEFENDANTS TODD SANKEY AND THE SANKEY FIRM, INC. TO BE HEARD BY JUDGE GUILFORD PURSUANT TO COURT ORDER 578 ; AND CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE FILED BY PLAINTIFFS PHILIP J. BERG, GO EXCEL GLOBAL, LISA LIBERI, LISA M. OSTELLA, THE LAW OFFICES OF PHILIP J. BERG. (ATTACHMENTS: # 1 CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE)(BERG, PHILIP) (ENTERED: 04/01/2013)

My good procyonid friend here just does not understand humans—(especially lawyers) do you blame him?

It's All I REALLY miss about Living in Lago Vista, though

Humans are INCOMPREHENSIBLE, especially lawyers….

New Orleans’ Top Federal Lawman came here to Confiscate Guns in Louisiana, and to change the psychology of the people…. and to go to schools to ask children to sign a Pledge to inform on their parents and friends who have guns…..

(1) Night before last, Wednesday, 9 October, for the second time I attended a lecture in a lecture series “Voices of Hope” at Trinity Episcopal Church at 1329 Jackson Avenue in New Orleans, about five blocks from where I’ve been living since March 8 of this year.  The program for last night had not been announced in advance (apparently for security reasons), but last week I attended a presentation by Clancy DuBos, political editor for the New Orleans Gambit and it was just interesting enough that I wanted to follow up, especially given the delights of the children’s choir at the 5:30 Wednesday Eucharist and the Wednesday dinner that follows.  (Mr. Dubo’s great message of hope for the people of New Orleans on October 2 was that the city’s two biggest problems were, “Crime and Keeping Water out of the City”; he apparently spent 40 years as an alternative press journalist to reach this conclusion…..but curiously, it was a fairly good lead in to the October 9 presentation)
(2) Kenneth A. Polite, Jr., is a good-looking, articulate, very “polite”, and friendly African American lawyer of impeccable establishment (Eastern Seaboard) credentials who claims (at 37) to be the second youngest U.S. Attorney currently serving in the United States.  He as born in New Orleans in 1976 when I was a Freshman/rising Sophomore at the College of Arts & Sciences at Tulane and attended De la Salle High School uptown on St. Charles—a world away, as he said, from the world into which he was born and raised “mostly” by his mother.  13 years after I graduated Tulane in 1980, K.A. Polite followed the common path of so many of the best and brightest everywhere from De la Salle in 70118 to Harvard 02138, where he graduated in 1997, and then attended Georgetown U. Law Center, where he received his J.D. in 2000 after editing an American Criminal Law Review.  Since then he has served with several major law firms in Delaware, New York, and New Orleans, in addition to serving for three years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in New York 2007-2010. He was interested in criminal law and “gun violence” from childhood, because his father was a New Orleans (NOPD Second Police District, 4317 Magazine Street Across from Casamento’s Restaurant, right by St. George’s Episcopal School) police officer and, perhaps more significantly because his older brother was killed in a street gunfight in New Orleans when Kenneth was a teenager.
(3) Kenneth A. Polite, Jr., (do people just naturally conform to their surnames, like the long-time Yale archaeologist “Frank Hole”, the distinguished New York Court of Appeals Judge “Learned Hand”, the New Orleans Civil Rights Enforcer “John Minor Wisdom”, or my stodgy Trust officer, after my grandfather’s death, when I was in my first and second years at Harvard, “James Dullworth?”), Kenneth A. Polite, Jr., defines his primary mission in the 13 Parishes of the Eastern District of Louisiana as “to stop Gun Violence, and that means disarming the most heavily armed state in the union”, and specifically to overcome and invalidate Louisiana Amendment 2, which passed last year with 74% of the popular vote, and guaranteed “Strict Scrutiny” for any and all restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms.  Amendment 2 gave Louisiana gun-owners the strongest possession rights of any state, and Judge Darryl Derbigny, a fellow-Tulanian undergraduate (Columbia Law School, who formerly taught at Loyola Law school next door to Tulane) and self-described “Cajun-Jeffersonian” black Judge in New Orleans, ruled on March 25 of this year that the protection even extends to convicted felons who have served their time and been released, invalidating one of the particularly discriminatory aspects of gun control laws, which is that, once charged with (never mind convicted of) any felony, or any crime of “domestic violence”, no matter what the nature of the crime, a person loses his Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms FOREVER, not subject to restoration except by special Presidential or Gubernatorial order (under the Executive Pardon Power).  
(4) Kenneth A. Polite, Jr., made sure to specify that the arrest and conviction of all beneficiaries of Louisiana Amendment 2 was among his top priorities, but far beyond that, that he wanted to “stamp out the culture of guns” in Louisiana “once and forever, because this state is too dangerous.”  
(5) “The Louisiana Courts’ exemption for convicted Felons is subordinate to Federal Law and must not be allowed to prevail, and I have directed the 55 attorneys under my direction to use the full extent of our prosecutorial discretion to make this one of the top priorities of our enforcement program.  Saving lives by confiscating guns is more important than any other of the four pillars of justice to the justice department program.  This is part of the war on terrorism, this is part of the war for helpless victims, this is part of remaking America.”
(6) To my mind, one of the more amazing proposals Kenneth A. Polite, Jr., ever so politely made was effectively to enroll every child as a Federal agent against guns. “We want to implement here the program started in South Carolina schools, and that’s the second most heavily armed state in the Union, where we ask every High School Student to sign a detailed pledge and promise to report all gun ownership, whether it’s their friends or family, to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and to reward those who participate in this program.  There will be age-appropriate simplified versions of the pledge for Middle and Elementary School students because we simply cannot afford to leave any stone unturned in emptying our streets and homes of the guns that killed my brother and kill 41 people every day in America.  That means that every 100 days, more people die of gun violence than died on 911, so yes, this is about fighting terrorism as our first priority in the United States, of making this country safe and secure in every way.”
(7) I am reminded of the “alternative history” movie “Fatherland” where a “Good Nazi” and officer of the SS discovers evidence of mass murder and seeks to defect to the United States to report it, but is reported to the Gestapo and murdered when his very young son follows his schools’ directives and reports his father’s activities as evidence of “mental illness.”  Of course, the use of child informers and reporters is well-documented in the former Soviet Union, by the East German STASI, and throughout the “Cultural Revolution” until today in the People’s Republic of (Red) China.
(8) During the comments period, several members of the audience approvingly commented on the need to psychologically manipulate children and otherwise “treat the psychopathy of guns”.  “There is too much prestige and pride associated with gun ownership and gun use” said one, “we clearly aim at education to turn that around” said Kenneth A. Polite, “we have to develop alternative sanctions to jail, jail is one of the places where the culture of gun use and gun violence is taught among the inmates and passed on from generation to generation; the cycle needs to stop.”
(9) One member of the audience, a psychologist from Santa Barbara, California, recently moved to New Orleans, made a fairly extensive statement about the biological predisposition that can be detected even in small children to the psychopathy of the gun culture and how simple tests should be administered to determine who is “at risk” and to treat these “pre-criminals” to avoid future crimes, to reorient their psychological framework and cultural ideology.  The new U.S. Attorney, Mr. Polite, shook this fellow’s hand afterwards and agreed to meet him “very soon” in his office downtown.
(10) I spoke to Mr. Polite after the meeting and asked him about corruption and in particular the massive foreclosure fraud committed by the banks.  Mr. Polite once again mentioned “prosecutorial discretion” and said that yes, “many desperate people faced with foreclosure have resorted to scams and alternative, illegal programs of resisting foreclosures and that this was a major target of the Justice Department White Collar Crime program Nationwide… It is really terrible when you see people resorting to crime to save their homes, it is so sad.”  I pressed him about the Banks fraud, fraud in the financial service sector and he said that obviously when such issues came up they would be investigated, but that gun related crime took priority over the relatively minor and rare issues of bank and financial institution fraud, “We saw a lot of that when I was an AUSA in New York, but I haven’t heard that’s much of an issue down here,” he said, “our priority is to keep people alive by rooting out gun violence and that means disarming this state and ending the iconic cultural status that guns have in our population; I dream of a gun-free Louisiana, where only law enforcement will ever be able to use deadly force.”
(11)  Kenneth A. Polite, Jr., presents a fine picture and articulate eloquence to the Upper and Upper Middle Class Audience at Trinity, built in 1847 and so the oldest standing Episcopal Church in the entire Louisiana territory purchased from France in 1803 (Christ Church Cathedral, although the congregation was founded in 1805, is housed in a gothic revival Church building begun in the 1880s, and Trinity in Natchitoches, the Second oldest standing Episcopal Church, where my grandmother Helen was baptized and once served as organist, was built in the 1850s).  The audience in Bishop Leonidas Polk Hall (named after Confederate General and Martyr General Leonidas Polk, the First Bishop of Louisiana) was 95% white, with Black maids, nurses, and companions to the elderly constituting the sole representatives of Mr. Polite’s race.  The one black lady to participate in the discussion period questioning complained that her brother was trying to have her “interdicted” (the Louisiana Civil Law Equivalent of civil commitment for mental incompetence)(she had to leave shortly thereafter because it “was her mistress’ bedtime”).  
(12) Upper Class White people fear crime.  White people fear being shot.  Father Mitch Smith described his time in the hospital over the past 8 months visiting a member of the parish perpetually hospitalized after being shot while gardening just a few blocks from Church.  Upper Class White people meeting in Leonidas Polk Hall may not realize the irony of their endorsement of governmental programs of gun confiscation.  The Second Amendment, prior to 1861, was a sure guarantor of the right of the Southern People to Secede, but since the Second Amendment did not carry with it a corresponding duty to keep and manufacture cannons in each state, the South was “outgunned” and ultimately (as Father Mitch recalled) led to the martyrdom of His Grace, General Polk).  
(13) I have previously written about my discussions with New Orleans policemen about the Second Amendment.  Their ambition is to “make sure we are not outgunned.”  Should the people or the Police hold the balance of Power?  In New Orleans and Louisiana, at the present time, there is widespread governmental fear that the government is outgunned in this state, and that the people hold the balance of power.  It is a “clear and present danger” to Federal Supremacy that Kenneth A. Polite, Jr., has come back to his hometown to wipe out forever.
 

Charles Edward Lincoln, III

“Ich bin der Geist der stets verneint, und das mit recht

Matthew 10:34-39
Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.
He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

Evidence surfaces of Severe Mental Illness in 5% of the US Population…

Psychiatrists Deeply Concerned For 5% Of Americans Who Approve Of Congress

NEWS IN BRIEF • Politics • Politicians • Mental Health • ISSUE 49•41 • Oct 9, 2013

WASHINGTON—Noting that the individuals in question may be extremely mentally disturbed or suffering from a serious psychological illness, the nation’s psychiatrists announced Wednesday that they are deeply concerned for the estimated 5 percent of Americans who were found in nationwide polls this week to approve of the U.S. Congress. “With numerous members of Congress refusing to negotiate an end to the shutdown in the face of widespread federal furloughs and a looming deadline to avoid defaulting on government debt, we are extremely concerned for the mental health of those Americans who responded, ‘Yes, we think Congress is doing a good job,’” psychiatrist Dr. Donald Levin said in a press conference this morning, telling reporters that the estimated 15.5 million Americans who approve of Congress are likely “very troubled” citizens who may in fact be experiencing psychotic episodes or delusional thoughts. “We’re not entirely sure who these people are or where they come from—perhaps they are psych ward patients, or unstable recluses living in remote huts on the outskirts of society—but what we do know is that they are extremely disconnected from reality and in need of immediate attention if they are not already receiving it. We need to find these people and get them the help they need before their illnesses get worse.” Psychiatrists added that because a number of mental health services are currently furloughed, many respondents would just have to “sit tight and hang in there” until the shutdown is resolved.

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Are Cultural Behaviors Genetically Programmed or Learned? Can Crime be Genetically programmed if Law is Culturally Determined?

Posted on August 30, 2013

Genetically Tamed?

John Engelman, American Renaissance, August 27, 2013

http://www.amren.com/features/2013/08/genetically-tamed/

Kneeling
Are we declining for the same reason as the Romans?

InThe Roman State and Genetic Pacification,” published in 2010 in Evolutionary Psychology, Canadian anthropologist Peter Frost presents a fascinating new explanation for the fall of the Western Roman Empire and the rise of Christianity. This explanation provides insight into why the different races have different crime rates. It can also explain why most whites have come to accept the immigration of less civilized races, and why they are willing to make excuses for blacks. Finally, it offers a way to understand some of the ways white Americans differ from Europeans.

Evangelical Christians blame the fall of the Roman Empire on Roman paganism and decadence. In Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Edward Gibbon blamed Christianity. People often blame public misfortunes on what they privately dislike. Dr. Frost offers a biological explanation.

In Paleolithic and Neolithic societies all men participated in war. The best warriors had several wives and more sons, who inherited their aggressiveness. With civilization, the military becomes a professional specialty, and most men have no experience of combat. As governments increase in power, those who are submissive to authority have more children than those who defy it.

Dr. Frost’s argument is that by crushing rebellions and by executing criminals, the Roman government removed physically aggressive men from the gene pool. He points out that variation in physical aggressiveness is heritable, and cites figures of 40 to 69 percent, depending on the study. Over a period of centuries, as aggression was weeded out, rebellions became rare in the Roman Empire, the crime rate fell, and a genetically pacified population became receptive to Christianity, with its emphasis on gentleness and submission.

Dr. Frost does not mention this, but while the Roman Army killed some aggressive men, it also attracted others into service, thereby reducing the number of descendents they would have. Enlistments in the Roman Army were usually for 20 years. When soldiers were discharged they were often given land to farm, but many were too old to begin families, and it was next to impossible for an enlisted man to raise a family. The children some of them may have had with prostitutes, bar maids, or an occasional rape victim probably had a high infant mortality rate and a short life expectancy

Too busy for families.

Meanwhile, the same male population that became less inclined to revolt and commit crimes became less willing to join the Roman Army in order to defend the Empire from external enemies, especially the Germanic and Hun barbarians to the north. These enemies had not been genetically tamed, and the Roman Army became increasingly dependent on barbarian mercenaries, whose loyalty could not be taken for granted.

Eventually, marauding barbarians crossed the borders of the Roman Empire. They looted, raped, and killed a population that lacked the ability to resist effectively.

Destruction by Thomas Cole (1836).

Does that sound familiar? Whites in Europe, the British Commonwealth, and the United States increasingly lack the will to exclude, or even control more violent alien populations. Whites have been genetically tamed by centuries of capital punishment and long prison sentences, which also prevent aggressive men from having children. The two world wars also killed off millions of the more aggressive Europeans before they had a chance to reproduce. Whites have become innately civilized, and no longer need a draconian criminal justice system. Unfortunately, many of them lack the ability to understand the mentalities of other races. They keep trying to rehabilitate criminals from races that are only a few generations removed from an environment where the most skilled killers had the most children.

When the Roman government acquired a monopoly on the legitimate use of violence, the kind of men who had previously been most prolific were bred out of the population. Selective fitness was achieved instead by those who were more peaceful. Some violent men joined the military or became rebels, while those with less integrity became bandits or pirates. In each case they had fewer children.

Dr. Frost does not point this out, but the Roman Empire also selected for superior intelligence. Intelligent men became merchants, money lenders, government officials, artists and so on. These men were more prosperous than peaceful but less intelligent men, and more likely to pass on their genes to future generations. During most of history, prosperous people have tended to be more prolific than poor people. It was an empire-wide case of “revenge of the nerds.”

As time went on, literate Roman citizens noticed they were different from barbarians—both those beyond the borders of the empire, and barbarian immigrants. The barbarians were seen as having such traits as “crudelitas (cruelty), feritas (wildness), immanitas (savagery), inhumanitas (inhumanity), impietas(impiety), ferocitas (ferocity), furor (fury), and discordia (discord).”

Soft Romans

Although the Romans generally attributed barbarian characteristics to living in a colder climate, we can see that these characteristics had survival value in an areas with no government and no law enforcement. We can also see that the same characteristics could create problems in a state where rebellion and criminal behavior were severely punished.

Dr. Frost’s explanation for the fall of the Western Roman Empire can also explain why whites in the United States have lower crime rates than blacks and Hispanics, but have higher crime rates than whites in Europe.

Americans tend to be more individualistic than Europeans, more suspicious of government, more insistent on the right to own firearms, more willing to defend themselves from criminals rather than to rely on government law enforcement, and more willing to fund and join an expensive military.

Benjamin Franklin wrote in a letter, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” A poll on this statement would almost certainly find that a higher percentage of whites in the United States agree with it than whites in Europe.

Europeans who crossed the Atlantic tended to be poor, and were sometimes economically desperate. They wanted better economic opportunities. It is also likely that most were by nature more adventuresome, and less willing to submit to traditional authority, especially absolute monarchs and hereditary aristocracies. Aristocrats would not have tolerated physical aggressiveness, whereas it paid off on the frontier, where the government was weak or nonexistent, and a man had to defend himself and his family against Indians and outlaws.

TheRescue

During the 20th century it became fashionable to attribute character, personality, and even intelligence to childhood upbringing, and to factors governments could improve through social reform and welfare. The Nazi movement increased this tendency. After World War II, fewer people wanted to believe that innate individual and racial characteristics were important, or that they even existed.

More recently there has been a tendency to give genetic factors more credence. The civil rights legislation and the war on poverty did not cause most blacks to behave and perform as well as most whites. Increased spending on public schools has not improved academic performance. No Child Left Behind left millions of children behind, especially blacks and Hispanics.

The fall of the Soviet Union represented the failure of an ambitious effort to create a “new Soviet man,” who would be motivated by altruism rather than self interest.

Coal miner Alexey Stakhanov was held as an example of the "New Soviet Man" after setting mining records. He was featured on a December 1935 cover of TIME.

There are still taboos against recognizing the biological contribution to ability, personality, and character. However, the taboos are weakening as World War II fades from memory, and as the evidence for biological influences increases.

In “The Roman State and Genetic Pacification,” Dr. Frost provides a plausible explanation of what happened 2,000 years ago and of what we see today on the six o’clock news.

Happy Birthday, Robert Rivernider, of Wellington, Florida! Lessons about Never Giving Up, and Fighting no Matter how much they lie about you…..

My friends and former allies Bob Rivernider and Robert J. Ponte are now in Federal Penitentiaries, sentenced (respectively) to 12 and 7+ years plus five years supervised release.  For men near my age, this is a virtual death sentence.  LOTS of people die in American prisons….that’s a reality not everyone knows.  I did not always agree with these two gentlemen, did not always (well, actually, never) understand their business plans, but one thing I am pretty sure: they are not and never were dangerous criminals.  The real question is whether they were criminals AT ALL, in any sense.  It seems to me that they are part of a growing universe of white men in white collar positions who are being punished for making bad business decisions.  In essence, business failure, like poverty itself, is now a crime in America.  In terms of their personalities, Bob Rivernider was gruff and cantankerous—perhaps why he got a 144 month sentence.  Robert J. Ponte was much smoother and sweeter—perhaps that why he “only” got 7 1/2 years….  

The names “Rivernider” and “Lincoln” have for a long time been hyper-linked in Google Searches, especially if paired with two other search terms: “Palm Beach” and “Orly Taitz.”  Ok, we all know that anything that Orly touched in my life was a fricking disaster…. But Orly was not responsible for Bob Rivernider’s troubles—although the real power behind her, namely the lying and deceitful, treacherous American Executive Branch, certainly was.

The Orly phenomenon originated and found extravagant sponsorship in the local Washington, D.C., branch of the Globalist government by financial-military-industrial cartel.  This Cartel, official leaders Larry Summers, John Shepard Reed***, Jacob Joseph (“Jack”) Lew, and their crowd of corrupt financiers, designated Orly as their “Clown Princess” and Jester extraordinaire to the Courts in defense of Obama’s qualifications to serve as Chief Executive after having been elected by the Bilderbergers.  Orly, as a movement and phenomenon, was created in the brilliant “reverse logic” (Kafkaesque, or more to the point, positively Saul Alinskyesque) defense of Barrack Obama’s citizenship by absurdist attack.  Only Orly Taitz’ ludicrous behavior could have made the world safe for Obama, the most Constitutionally unqualified and inappropriate president imaginable.  Only Orly could have turned strict construction of the Article II Presidential eligibility clause into the laughing stock of the entire nation, and the world which once again had to endure the shakes of the 6 billion heads who live outside of the boundaries of “E Pluribus Unum” to wonder how Americans could possibly be so stupid and gullible.

This same cartel, for less obvious reasons, apparently found in Robert Rivernider an extreme threat and made him a “high value target” even before I first met Bob in 2008-9 at one or more of Bob Hurt’s seminar/conferences in and around the Tampa Bay Area, Florida.   Bob Rivernider now wears an ankle bracelet and has a 7:00 curfew as he awaits final sentencing pursuant to a plea bargain he probably never should have entered.  I know a thing or two or three about the U.S. Government’s ability to coerce plea agreements out of innocent people:  “you agree to this or you’re going away for life while we impoverish your family” is extremely persuasive, no matter what the truth may be.  But in Bob Rivernider’s case—they talked him into going away for life, or something pretty close to it, AS his plea bargain, after he had already started a trial.  Since Bob was certainly never going to be subject to the death penalty, it was hard to see how he had struck a good deal here…..so I was anxious to hear his story.  I had known and celebrated his birthday with him in 2009, but had forgotten all about it in the intervening years—but right now I can say I am only hopeful that (if there’s anything at all to Astrology, though frankly I doubt there is) my son will turn out to be a man of half the fighting character and spirit of resistance I see in Bob Rivernider.  I would like to see Bob Rivernider on his birthday again, maybe before another four years have passed.  It would be a bad thing, and a great loss to society, for him to be locked up for the next 25 or 30 of his birthdays.  It would be a major miscarriage of justice….

Partly in Honor of my son’s 21st birthday, which I could not share with him because of choices apparently made either by him or his mother, and otherwise partly because of a frivolous motion filed against me in a case in the 15th Judicial Circuit Court in and for Palm Beach County, I came back to my old haunts in beautiful Palm Beach 33480 for the first time since just after Easter 2010.

Nobody would say that this is the best, or even a pleasant, time to come to South Florida.  Late August is the heart of hurricane season.  But even without any hurricanes, South Florida is hotter and more humid than New Orleans, and nowhere near as pleasant as Yucatán, México, in this season.  This is true only because it rains so much more in South-pointing Florida’s North-pointing Southern opposite Peninsula just across the Gulf.  The greater daily rainfall and cloudcover in México means that the full tropics of Southeastern México are actually cooler than the Florida subtropics just to the north in the USA.  

It has turned out to be one of the best and most exciting weekends I’ve had in a very long time, primarily because I met my new lawyer, my new partner and representative, Dara Leigh Bloom, for the very first time when I arrived here Saturday evening, and other my new partner and expert witness in securitization and pooling analysis—Mario Kenny, on Sunday afternoon.  It occurred to me while here that although I have worked hard, been worried, and been angry from time-to-time in Palm Beach County, this is one part of the world where I can truly say I have never been really unhappy or deeply depressed. 

Sunday morning I got up early and went to 8:00 Holy Communion and Eucharist at Bethesda-by-the-Sea—a Parish Church significantly grander than Christ Church Cathedral in New Orleans, though not even half as old and lacking the same amazing direct connexions to Southern American history.  Located just south of the Breakers at 141 South County Road, Bethesda-by-the-Sea is the Church where my son Charlie was Baptized on the Feast of the Epiphany in 1993.  It was an honor and privilege to return here, and to sit a while in Bethesda’s beautiful gardens after the 8:00 service was over, contemplating the Rector’s sermon on Sabbath being a time for thinking, reflecting, and doing nothing.

Doing nothing, of course, was not a significant part of the plan for coming to Palm Beach.  Just after 10:00 a.m., Bob Rivernider arrived at the Bradley Park Hotel at 280 Sunset, across from Publix and just five very short blocks from our old home here on the Island, where my son Charlie spent just over the full first year of his life, after being born on the eve of Hurricane Andrew while I completed my term as Judicial Law Clerk to Kenneth L. Ryskamp of the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida.

Bob Hurt of Clearwater, old friend, frequent recent critic, whom I had not so long ago written that I disowned writing, “I know thee not old man”….came down with his charming wife Maria to visit for the weekend and argue some more.  I had walked to Bethesda before the morning service but by the time it was over, it was too bloody hot to walk back and Bob Hurt did me the courtesy of picking me up.

We arrived back at the Bradley just as Bob Rivernider was pulling up.  And then Bob began to tell us his story…. to a small audience consisting of me, Dara Leigh Bloom, and Bob Hurt.

For two and a half hours, Rivernider expostulated to us regarding the devious, manipulative stratagems and trickery that the U.S. Attorneys’ Office (and his own CJA Attorneys) in Connecticut, used to get him, his former partner Robert Ponte, and his sister Lorraine Seneca, to plead guilty almost a month into a jury trial in Hartford, Connecticut.  

I can’t say that I really understood Bob’s business before or now.  It may have been a good business plan, it may not have been, but what it fairly clearly was, was an honest business plan, even if “high risk” was written all over it.  Robert Rivernider and Robert Ponte somehow planned to generate high returns on investments in real estate and foreign exchange swaps to their clients, who invested hundreds of thousands, in some cases millions of dollars.

So far as I can tell, the great sin that Ponte & Rivernider committed in all this was to try to piggy-back on the real estate speculation in which the major banks of the world were so famously engaged in the middle of the first decade of the new Millennium.  Because they were doing this, they were apparently “high value” targets to be designated “fall guys” for the fallout and collapse of this speculative roller-coaster.  Everyone over the age of 14 knew that ONLY real estate speculation of the wildest and most absurd nature could have driven the market as it climbed up to its peak in 2007, triggering the collapse of 2008-9.  

In 2008 the banks of the United States, along with other major industries (e.g. the automobile industry, especially the “Big Three” GM, Ford, & Chrysler) were effectively nationalized—although nobody important or “in control” used that term or word publicly, or if they did, not very much or very often, at least on prime time TV.   Yet it was precisely at the end of the W. Bush’s term and the beginning of Obama’s that full scale Socialism was instituted in the USA.

Among the significant but lower profile announcements of the new Obama administration was that the Department of Justice would be going after “White Collar Crime” involved in and relating to the banking collapse.  And it was then that Robert Rivernider, Robert Ponte, Lorraine Seneca, and so many others suddenly crossed over from being “the managers of distressed businesses” to “high value targets of criminal investigation.”

As a practical matter, targeting failed business enterprises like the Ponte-Rivernider-Seneca group was a way of declaring war on the White Middle Class which Obama so clearly despises.  Ponte-Rivernider-and-Seneca were accused, among other things, of a “scheme to defraud” under 18 U.S.C. §1343 (“Wire Fraud”) of a scheme to manipulate real estate appraisals unrealistically high to obtain greater extended credit leverage from banks.   Again, as every person who was at least 14 after 2000 must have known—well over half the population was playing Real Estate Roulette at this time (2000-2007)—not merely with the full cooperation and collusion but egged on by the banks and, for that matter, State and Federal lawmakers and regulators.  

Scapegoats are always necessary in such situations—you can’t very well sacrifice the real criminals like Lawrence Summers, John Shepard Reed, and Jacob Joseph  Lew, so you look for “little people” like Ponte and Rivernider.

After listening to Rivernider’s story, all I can say is this: (1) the U.S. Attorneys in Connecticut were prosecuting to cover up Bank misconduct and justify bank losses, (2) the C.J.A. (government-paid-defense) attorneys appointed to defend Rivernider at least (he told mostly his own story), were not accidentally incompetent, but active members of the prosecutorial team.  Listening to Rivernider, it seemed that his defense team chronically and repeatedly failed to make proper and warranted objections, failed to offer well-founded affirmative defenses, and above all, pushed Rivernider, Ponte, and Seneca to plead guilty BEFORE the U.S. had even rested its case.  The defense team did this after announcing that they would put on no defense whatsoever (and hence waiving what could have been a very strong defense on the part of the three defendants).

The U.S. District Court seemed to have cared much more about the jurors’ time and length of trial than whether the Defendants had full and fair opportunity to challenge the facts alleged against them.  It seemed that the Prosecution’s consistent strategy was one of deception, disguise, and dissimulation ranging from willfully misrepresenting the obvious meaning of words and phrases in e-mails up to making outbursts in Court which we were taught in law school and bar review courses, and saw as practitioners, would have been grounds for immediate motions for mistrial (e.g. the prosecutor calling out “He’s Lying” during a witnesses’ testimony in front of the jury and later apologizing to the Court).  It seemed that the Defense strategy was to meekly accept all prosecutorial misconduct and not to object.

Among the most disturbing direct quotes that Bob gave us were that his attorney told him, “I was hired to get you the best sentence possible” and the prosecutor admitting to the Court that certain behaviors alleged in the indictments forming the basis for a lengthy sentence recommendation were “not per se illegal.”

Bob Hurt chimed in at this point, “what does “not per se illegal” mean?”  I opined that “not per se illegal” could be reasonably translated out of prosecutorial lingo into English as “not illegal at all”, i.e. “legal” meaning “the Defendants conduct was in fact lawful and therefore unimpeachable.”

Bob Rivernider says that his PSI “number” is 41, and that the prosecution is seeking a 25-30 year sentence, quite plausible given what I know of the Federal Sentencing guidelines (I think my PSI number was 5-6 when I agreed to give up my law license in Texas in August 2000 but I can’t remember exactly anymore).  Bob said that Monday, August 26, 2013, was his 48th birthday.  He looks a lot older than that, closer to 58 to me—and he’s significantly grayer than when I last saw him in the Spring of 2010.  

Listening to Bob talk on Sunday and then again on Monday, seeing the obvious rage in his face and heart, I tend to think that his cause was just and that he should probably try to withdraw his guilty plea (even though that’s very difficult to do) or do an appeal, conditional or otherwise, on the constitutionality of the proceedings.  I think that 18 U.S.C. §1343 has been stretched beyond its reasonable limits.   Any law or statute becomes “void for vagueness” if stretched too thin, and “fraud” means very little if it is said that every business deal that turns out bad was “fraudulent”—although this is an argument consistent with Obama’s communistic hatred of free enterprise, which always implies reasonable assumption of risk, even in the simplest and most honest businesses.

To hear Rivernider talk, the government’s case against him sounds flimsy and borderline insane, justifiable only by deep-seated hatred and anxiousness to make him (and Ponte and Seneca) suffer for the government-sponsored, bank sponsored rampage of speculation that led to the financial collapse of 2008-2009 AND (not coincidentally) the election of Barack Hussein Obama.  

Bob asked me to try to help him promote “the truth” and all I can say is, that’s the best present I know how to give him, and this little write-up is about the best I can do based on the state of my knowledge at this point.   I have not defended Bob’s business plan, but I do not think it was inherently or even tangentially fraudulent,  because “fraud” implies (and requires) “intent to deceive as to material facts.”

My only truly analytical thought is this: I wonder whether Bob (& Ponte & Lorraine) would have been prosecuted if he (they) had taken out “business liability insurance” which would have covered all losses, like the Government’s FDIC and similar programs, TARP, for instance, to bail out the banks.  Does purchasing insurance against likely losses make one more honest or more obviously aware of the likelihood of loss?  Would anyone be willing to ensure real estate practices such as those in which the Banks engaged OTHER than the U.S. Government?    

Are we so afraid of the “failures of freedom” and free enterprise that we would or should require every business to carry “loss insurance”, or stay out of business?  Is that a productive and constructive way to advance science and industry, or to create new wealth?   Or should we point our fingers at the banks, as Rivernider, Ponte, and Seneca, were given some sort of authority to do in February 2013, shortly before the pled guilty.  

Rivernider says that his defense attorneys hired a psychiatrist to convince him that he did not understand the wrongfulness of his own conduct, due to a psychological “executive function deficit” of some sort, and that he could receive lenity at sentencing by acknowledging his condition.   This, again, is a rather extraordinary element of Rivernider’s story.  I had never heard of “executive function deficit” before (although it sounds fairly applicable to about half a dozen recent Presidents I can think of, and several dozen current and recent bank Presidents and high officers).

I strongly doubt, however, on listening to him, Bob Rivernider’s “Executive Function” operates at a lower level than, say Orly Taitz’ or Barack Obama’s—unless surviving and doing what you were assigned to do (e.g. Keep Obama immune from Constitutional attack, in Orly’s case, dismantled the U.S. Constitution as a whole, then institute communism, in Obama’s case) is the SOLE test.  

Rivernider’s prosecutors seem to have twisted facts and misrepresented circumstances and presented an altered, fractured, reality consistently enough to the Court as to constitute actual “witness tampering” and obstruction of justice (and only coincidentally, I guess, thereby effecting a denial of due process of law).  Orly also has twisted facts, misrepresented circumstances, and presented an altered, fractured, reality to MANY courts.  Orly has done so quite incompetently, although as noted above, her monotonously consistent incompetence appears to have been her intentional modus operandi and raison d’etre, and Rivernider’s defense attorneys seem to have done something quite similar, or aided and abetted the prosecution to do so.

My friends, as I have written on these pages many times before, do not judge harshly anyone you know or hear of who is prosecuted these days.  “Everybody knows that the system’s rotten.”  Good people go down every day, and the American jails are filled with innocent people, whom you might be proud to know and happy to have to your home as guests.    The American Criminal Justice system is BROKEN, CORRUPT, and needs to be torn down to the ground and rebuilt from the bottom up—if at all.  

Perhaps the power to identify, prosecute, and punish criminals should be returned to the people, as it was throughout history, essentially until the 20th century, everywhere.

***”There’s no clearer example of the collusion between government and corporate finance than the Citicorp-Travelers merger, which — thanks to the removal of Glass-Steagall — enabled the formation of the financial behemoth known as Citigroup. But even behemoths are vulnerable; when the meltdown hit, the bank cut more than 50,000 jobs, and the taxpayers shelled out more than $45 billion to save it.”  http://billmoyers.com/segment/john-reed-on-big-banks-power-and-influence/

Aside

A broken family and broken souls and spirits seems to be the goal of all family or domestic relations judges and lawyers, everywhere in the United States of America, and possibly elsewhere.  I don’t think many fathers were closer to their sons as children than I was to my son Charlie.  I sometimes feel that the story of my life, and my son’s disappearance, could be entitled, with very little exaggeration, “I married Medea.”  All those social workers, all those guardians ad litem, all those lawyers and judges–this is the fruit of their work—spiritual death and destruction.  Is there any hope of rebirth?  Of resurrection?  I have been very sad and depressed….  I go to a psychologist twice a week to discuss it all….. I go to Church as often as I can to pray…. Nothing helps.

In some ways, I suppose, Medea is the idealized mother of the Brave New World…which will simply not tolerate the family as an institution or tradition which might someday challenge or question the all-powerful secular humanist, social-welfare state….. But in the meantime, I do miss my son.  It will be hard to walk along the streets and beaches of our old neighborhood in Palm Beach 33480 without him.  In a happier time, his mother and I started him swimming at three months old….

On the eve of your 21st

Charlie Lincoln <charles.e.lincoln@gmail.com>
1:16 PM (6 hours ago)

to charlieealincolniv
 Charlie-my-Whelp, my Son:
          On the Eve of your 21st: 
I want you to know that I love you and miss you, and am very worried about your life, your future, your heart, and your soul.  
         I know absolutely nothing real and true about your life for the past two years, although I have certainly heard some interesting stories.  Stories that you were in France, Greece, or at Harvard, none of which I have ever quite believed.  Your wonderful Aunt Alex told me in June that your grandmother Nina had just come back from Cambridge to watch your graduation at Harvard.  If true, that would have been wonderful news indeed, although I couldn’t imagine it was possible.  Naturally, I couldn’t confirm that with Harvard—it’s not like I don’t know the Registrar’s office and a few others there.   Why so much mystery and disinformation?  Why would your grandmother report such a thing to Alex if it weren’t true?  Alex and Lisa are the only members of your Greek family with whom I have any lingering relationship….
         You surely would have sent postcards to grandma Alice at least if you were in France or Greece, wouldn’t you have?  
         But whatever the past was, we have only the present and future. Let us let this day today be the first day of the rest of our lives, no matter how corny that sounds.
         I leave on Saturday for Florida and I wish you would just join me in revisiting first your birthplace in Palm Beach and then go with me to Dragon Con in Atlanta.   It would be so great to see you, to have fun together like we always used to do, and give us a really good chance to get to know each other again and wipe away the stale air and cobwebs from the past two years of silence.  
         21 years since Hurricane Andrew blew you into this world early, let’s blow away all the bad things,  how about it?
From my Android phone on T-Mobile. The first nationwide 4G network.
Very nice message. Any response?
Barbara


From: Charlie Lincoln <charles.e.lincoln@gmail.com>
To: charlieealincolniv@yahoo.com
Sent: Thursday, August 22, 2013 1:16 PM
Subject: On the eve of your 21st

Charlie Lincoln <charles.e.lincoln@gmail.com>
6:24 PM (1 hour ago)

I sent it by both email and text, nothing whatsoever yet by way of response.    
Lisa Cook
7:08 PM (27 minutes ago)

to me
Hi Charles
that is a very beautiful and heart felt message.  I pray you hear from Charlie. I would truly love to see Charlie also as he is as close as I’ve ever came to having a child and I love him dearly. 
Please let me know if you hear anything at all.  Also maybe if you don’t hear from him it might be a good idea to hire a private detective.  If he is against you I’m sure I can bring him around to appreciating the love you have for him and his life.  I hope he comes in from the rain before he is all wet, I don’t want to see what happened to my George happen to him.  Now I’m about to cry so I will email you later.
Love you
Lisa

The American Dream: a 30 minute introduction in two parts (the role of Communism Omitted)

Watch and enjoy—especially if you have small children or newly arrived Martians in the family, school, or office—this is the story in a clean and easily digestible nutshell.  My thanks to Ellyn Trayne for pointing these out to me—she is truly a Diamond…..vivamus atque vincamus.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExBE651_vOY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kx7HDTDDopA

The above two short highly “sanitized and family friend” video pieces provide a short introduction to the current American reality—skipping two major steps—the role of Abraham Lincoln and the destruction of the South (“Dixie”land of private banking and true freedom), on the one hand, and the role of Communism in Reconstructing America for the past 165 years, from 1848-2013, from the first refugees from Germany after the failure of the Revolutions of 1848 to the First Year of the Second Term of Chairman Barack Hussein Obama.  

Abraham Lincoln did not really free any slaves, but he DID pave the way for all Americans to become slaves, regardless of race, color, or creed….and now Barack Hussein Obama presides over the final destruction of our constitution—if we let him (and his sponsors).

Who are the Americans? And what does it mean to BE an American?

Matthew Contessini, American Renaissance, July 31, 2013  

NoRace
History and national character explain a lot.

One of the most perplexing differences between whites who are native English speakers—whom the French call Anglo-Saxons—and continental Europeans is their attitude toward white nationalism and the rights of whites.

In the United States, which is home to more whites than any other country, freedom of speech and association are constitutionally protected rights, but meetings of American Renaissance and other pro-white organizations are disrupted by people who hate us. Even traditional supporters of the First Amendment, such as the ACLU, libertarians, the Heritage Foundation, and Cato Institute take absolutely no interest in the trampling of our rights.

Protesters threaten violence outside the 2013 American Renaissance conference. The ACLU is silent.

In Britain as well, pro-white organizations are attacked by radicals, vilified by the media, and shunned by the mainstream. Canada and Australia are no different.

In continental Europe, on the other hand, pro-white organizations are thriving. In France, the National Front is an influential and popular party, while the Bloc Identitaire is a rising youth movement. In Holland, Austria, and Switzerland, the Party for Freedom, the Freedom Party, and the Swiss People’s Party, respectively, are very strong. In Greece and Hungary, ultranationalist pro-white parties are surging. Since these movements are supported by millions of people, attempts by fringe groups to silence them would not be tolerated.

Fabrice Robert, leader of Bloc Identitaire, spoke at the 2013 American Renaissance conference.

Why are continental Europeans more racially aware and much more resistant to the destruction of their heritage than whites from countries that were founded by the British?

There are many differences between the two groups of nations that influence their views and behavior about race. The most obvious difference is geographic. Because Britain, North America, Australia and New Zealand are geographically isolated, they have not been the victims of conquest by alien invaders, whereas the history of continental Europe is the story of endless conquests, often by savage Asiatic and Middle-Eastern tribes such as the Huns, Mongols, Tatars, Arabs and Turks.

Conquest and oppression in Europe lasted throughout the 20th century. European ethnicities suffered endless turmoil that is forever etched in their collective memories, whereas the last successful invasion of an Anglo-Saxon nation was in 1066.

This scene from the Bayeux Tapestry depicts mounted Normans attacking Anglo-Saxon infantry at the Battle of Hastings.

These different experiences resulted in different attitudes toward alien intruders. While Europeans are instinctively suspicious of foreigners that have brought them so much horror over the centuries, Anglo-Saxons, who did not experience the same fate—but were often conquerors themselves—have not developed that same defensive traits.

Continental Europeans have a profound knowledge of their neighbors, who are often traditional adversaries. Americans, who do not have a similar historical experience, have relatively little knowledge or interest in either Canadians or Mexican re-conquistadors.

Thus, when Americans see millions of Mexicans streaming across the border, the alarm does not go off, as it would for continental Europeans. White Americans see intruders as people who are “like us,” just looking for a better life. The invading Mexicans, on the other hand, see their misguided hosts as people who “stole” the Southwest from their fledgling nation in the 1840s. While Mexicans dream of recapturing the mythical Aztlan, their white hosts see no further than the fact that Mexicans do inexpensive yard work. For most whites that is all that matters.

The European nations that are the most ethnically aware are those that were most savagely conquered most recently, such as the Balkan nations that were victims of the Ottoman Empire, Mediterranean nations that were targeted by Arabs, and, of course, the Eastern Europeans, who were in the path of Asiatic hordes, the German war machine, and the brutal Soviet Union.

To this day, the Hagia Sophia stands as a symbol of Ottoman conquest.

There are other differences between Anglo-Saxons and continental Europeans. For example, land is plentiful in sparsely populated North America and Australia. White settlers took over vast tracts of land that they put to good economic use, but to which they had limited emotional attachment. Consequently, Americans respond to the influx of nonwhites into their neighborhoods and communities by moving to the suburbs, exurbs, countryside, or out of state. The territory they are giving up to alien races is not important to whites as long as they are able to find some other place where they can live in peace.

Europeans have a completely different attitude toward their ancestral lands, where families and communities may have lived for centuries. In densely populated parts of Europe, ownership of as little as a few acres of farmland meant the difference between surviving as a family and dying from starvation. Centuries of often bloody battles between indentured peasants and their feudal landlords forged emotional ties between white Europeans and their land. That’s why they have much lower tolerance for alien people who take treasured real estate that generations of their ancestors may have died to protect. Also, because many Americans move often during their lifetimes and live in several different states, this weakens the ties to their family roots.

Americans often do not know the names of their ancestors beyond their grandparents. Families often represent a mix of several European ethnicities, which complicates efforts to maintain family traditions. American family histories are often fuzzy, sugarcoated stories, often involving Ellis Island, and occasionally an elusive Indian princess. Not surprisingly, white Americans often have little interest in maintaining family traditions once their ancestral Irish, Polish, or Italian family ties weaken through assimilation.

We don't know how we got here, but the Statue of Liberty was probably involved.

In Europe, ethnic and family roots run deep. In rural areas, families have often lived in the same communities for hundreds of years. Strong ethnic ties, forged over centuries of joint struggle for survival, have created a sense among continental Europeans that their ethnicity represents their extended family. That defensive mechanism, the strongest bulwark against alien encroachment, seems to have disappeared among white Americans, which makes the United States more vulnerable to alien invasion.

In Europe, property stays in the family, often for many generations. In Mediterranean nations it is not uncommon for families to live in the same stone houses for centuries. This tradition reinforces the sense of kinship and allegiance to the family, region, ethnicity, nation and race. Americans, on the other hand, seem much more interested in their share of the money from liquidating grandpa’s estate rather than keeping his pocket watch.

Recently, Jason Richwine was fired from his position at the Heritage Foundation because of his studies of group IQ differences and what they mean for immigration policy. The American public and their elected representatives are apparently not allowed to have an interest in the quality of their immigrant population, even though ignoring quality has catastrophic consequences.

Unlike Americans, continental Europeans have a keen interest in differences between races and ethnicities. Every European ethnicity has a well-deserved, widely-known reputation. Consequently, when German author Thilo Sarrazin published a book in 2011 which concluded that Turks and other nonwhite immigrants are “dumbing down” German society due to their low average IQ, he started a national dialog on the quality of immigrant population. While he was eventually forced to resign from his position at the Bundesbank, Mr. Sarazzin remains a popular, respected, and influential public figure in Germany.

Dr. Sarrazin's is the most popular German book on politics in over a decade.

Several years ago, when Turkey was negotiating entry into the European Union, its bid was strongly supported by the governments of Britain and the United States. Germans, however, are painfully aware of the consequences of the Turkish presence in Germany and since Ottoman Turks have a horrible reputation among the Europeans that had a misfortune of interacting with them over the centuries, Turkey’s entry was effectively blocked.

American elites and many whites view the United States as a boarding house that is open to masses of Third-World immigrants. They apparently believe that this gigantic social experiment will somehow be successful despite all the evidence to the contrary.

For continental Europeans, the concept of a nation is inextricably tied to ethnicity. Even within a multiethnic nation such as Belgium, the ethnic lines are sharp. The idea that welcoming millions of nonwhite immigrants would somehow “strengthen” ethnically homogenous European nations, such as Poland, Slovakia or Finland, by fostering “diversity” would be considered completely preposterous.

In European nations that are exposed to massive third world immigration, such as Holland, Italy, Greece, and France there is a strong backlash against intruders among the native populations. Immigrants are not accepted and are instead confined to separate ethnic enclaves.

The United States gives citizenship to any child born on US soil, regardless of the citizenship or legal status of child’s parents. Pregnant Mexican women customarily sneak across the border to give birth, and there are organizations that bring pregnant Chinese women to the United States for the sole purpose of getting citizenship for their newborns.

In European countries, citizenship is not a birthright, but is tied to ethnicity. Italian-Americans and Irish-Americans can obtain citizenship from the countries that their ancestors came from, while children born to legal immigrants residing in these countries usually cannot.

White Americans seem to have no interest in protecting their own culture. In the current immigration debate, not a single politician highlighted the need to protect traditional American culture and heritage. The level of disdain that white Americans have toward their own heritage is demonstrated by the fact that US citizens can get ballots in many different languages. Los Angeles County, for example, was required to print ballots for the 2012 elections in Spanish, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Khmer, Thai and Hindi. How can someone who can’t even speak English be considered an American citizen?

In continental Europe, candidates for naturalization that have no ethnic ties to the nation have to pass extensive tests of their level of cultural assimilation. In Switzerland, this includes unannounced home visits by pedantic government officials who check, among other things, the level of cleanliness of the applicant’s bathroom. The Swiss do not believe in granting citizenship to applicants who cling to Third-World notions of hygiene. We can only imagine what would happen if someone suggested similar screening in the United States.

American policy-makers insist that Islam is no obstacle to assimilation, despite countless examples of Muslim hatred of America and Muslim violence against Americans. In continental European countries with large Muslim populations such as Holland and France, the Party for Freedom and National Front are fully aware of the irreconcilable differences between Christianity and Islam. They have made elimination of Muslim immigration a centerpiece of their respective platforms.

They do so despite laws that make it a crime to belittle Islam. Dutch politician Geert Wilders was put on trial for speech-crimes against Islam, but was acquitted in June 2011. Marine Le Pen was stripped of immunity in the European Parliament in July 2013 to open the way for her trial on charges of racism over comments she made comparing Muslim street prayers to an occupation of French territory.

Geert Wilders on trial for "hate speech."

While courageous European dissident politicians are willing to risk their freedom by telling the truth, American politicians are neither dissidents, nor interested in telling the truth, let alone in saving White America—even though all of those things are perfectly legal in the United States!

To understand fully the differences between Anglo-Saxons and continental Europeans we must also analyze the differences in mentality, views, and behavior of ordinary people. The individualistic traits common among Anglo-Saxons generally foster multiculturalism and integration, while a greater community orientation among continental Europeans supports ethnocentrism and segregation. The differences in constitutions, electoral and court systems, and the level and protection of personal liberties also have racial ramifications.

These differences are also a promising area of study.

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What if New France had Survived long enough to really connect Quebec & Louisiana? North America would have more genuine ethnic diversity to celebrate, that’s for sure…..

http://www.amren.com/features/2013/08/quebec-for-quebecers/

Quebec for Quebecers!

Jared Taylor, American Renaissance, August 9, 2013

StJeanBaptisteDay
A conversation with a comrade.

Rémi Tremblay is the spokesman for a patriotic Quebec organization known as Fédération des Québecois de Souche. Earlier this summer, the group invited Jared Taylor to speak near Montreal. In the following interview, Mr. Tremblay explains the work of the federation.

AR: First, how would you translate the name of your organization, Federation des Quebecois de Souche, and what are its goals and activities?

I think the best way to translate our name would be Federation of Old Stock Quebecers. “Old stock” emphasizes that we are a distinct people, and want to stay that way. Before the so-called “Quiet Revolution” of the 1960s, we used to be called French Canadians, which applied to a distinct ethnicity. That term was replaced by an inclusive one, “Quebecer,” which is like “Canadian” or “American.” If anyone can be a Quebecer we find that the term is meaningless. Others have tried to define what a Quebecer is, with definitions ranging from “anyone living in Quebec” to “anyone who likes Quebec.” This does not represent us; Québécois de souche describes who we really are.

"Now or never! Masters in our own house."

Our goal is to preserve our people and defend its interests. Living as a minority on a continent mostly populated with English-speaking people, Quebecers are intuitively conscious of their ethnic identity and interests. However, we differ from most Quebec nationalist groups because we think that the greatest threat to our survival is not our Anglo-Saxon neighbors, but immigration and multiculturalism. So our concrete objective is to end immigration and to stop multiculturalist nonsense.

Our activities range from demonstrations to lectures, with a great emphasis on spreading our message. Our activists hand out thousands of flyers each year explaining our goals on specific issues such as immigration.

Please tell us a little about your background and why you started FQS.

The FQS was started in 2007 when our province was shocked by religious accommodations granted to minorities. All major universities started opening Muslim prayer rooms, and a gym in Montreal had to blacken its windows so young Orthodox Jews could not see the women. Sikhs were allowed to wear their turbans as police officers or while they played sports, etc, etc. All these religious measures—called “reasonable accommodation”—angered the population, so the government set up an investigative commission. The people heading the commission were Charles Taylor, an avowed Marxist, and Gérard Bouchard, a devout multiculturalist who coined the term “interculturalism” to replace the hated term, multiculturalism. They defended the minorities, and were very rude to anyone opposing such accommodations. People were angrier than ever.

The Quebec Soccer Federation recently placed a ban on players wearing turbans, but reversed it after outside pressure.

It was in this context that we founded FQS. Originally it was only a web forum where people could express their anger. Since then, it has evolved into a website that has become a reference for the activist and nationalist movement in Quebec and into a real organization with activists all around the province. We now publish a magazine, we have organized demonstrations and lectures, and every week we continue to attract new people to our cause.

Does Quebec have its own immigration policy, and if so, how does it operate?

We are the only province that has its own immigration policy, which means that since 1991, Quebec chooses most of its immigrants. Because we are French-speaking, our selection of immigrants revolves around language. We can also decide how many immigrants we want to accept in the province. Right now we are accepting about 55,000 a year, which is a lot for a province of seven million. Of course, anyone who immigrates to another Canadian province under the federal immigration policy is free to move to Quebec.

What is the percentage of non-whites in Quebec, where are they concentrated, and what countries do they come from?

Most of the immigrants live in Montréal, Laval, or Quebec City. There are very few outside these urban centers. Montreal is one of the three main Canadian destinations for immigrants, and is where the great majority of immigrants coming to Quebec end up. According to our elites, language is what defines us as Quebecers, so most of the immigrants come from Haiti, North Africa, and South America (Spanish is close to French). There are also many Chinese immigrants.

Quebec Immigrants

In 2006, 89 percent of the population of the province was still white, but high levels of immigration are changing this rapidly. French speakers are already a minority in Montreal schools. Ethnic Quebecers and French speaking immigrants were less numerous than non-French in Montreal schools!

How can this be, if most immigrants come from French-speaking countries?  

The of immigrants are said to speak French, and the majority come from French-speaking countries, but others do not. Of course, immigrants from China, Iran or the Philippines usually don’t speak a word of French, and it is unlikely that their children will learn French. It is entirely possible to live and survive in Montreal without speaking French. You must then add to these immigrants who don’t speak French, the immigrants who arrived in other provinces and decided to move to Montreal after landing in Canada. And of course, we accept a lot of refuges who are not screened for language. So the result is that non-French children are the majority in Montreal schools.

How do opinions about immigration differ among Quebecers by region, by age, social level, etc?

I would say that in what we called the “regions”–everything outside of Quebec City and Montreal–there is strong opposition to immigration. I remember we were handing out flyers in a small town against immigration and a local resident saw the word “Immigration” on the flyer. He did not read it and started insulting us because he thought we were promoting immigration!

So outside the urban centers, Quebecers are much closer to their roots and are more nationalistic than in Montreal or Quebec City. Political correctness has never made its way through Quebec’s rural areas and we are often surprised by the things we hear people say.

As for age and social level, there are no studies on the subject, so I can speak only from personal experience. I would say that older people tend to be more critical of immigration, but most of the activists we have are young. As for social level, I would say that people who attended university are less likely to support us. These people can live in rich areas where they don’t need to cope with multiculturalism, so the only thing they know about it is the utopian description they were given by their professors.

Older Quebecers are more likely to oppose immigration.

Do you have a better chance of achieving your goals if Quebec remains part of Canada, or would you prefer independence?

We do not advocate independence for its own sake. Most of the independence movements just want to copy the Canadian multiculturalist system. I would say that Quebec’s major separatist party, the Parti Québécois, is very similar to the Scottish Nationalist Party: left leaning, pro-immigration, etc.

Nevertheless, we lean toward promoting independence. Because of its unique situation, Quebec has always been more nationalistic and conscious of its ethnic interests than the rest of Canada, where multiculturalism is more accepted than it is here. Our country exemplifies the destructive relationship two European people can have. Instead of working hand in hand with English-speaking Canadians, our peoples are divided by what Tom Sunic calls reactive nationalism. Very often our interaction is based on opposition rather than cooperation, which does not make sense because we both face the same problems.

We do think it could be easier to preserve our people and our culture if we were independent, but it is very late. In 1995, when we had a referendum on sovereignty, the federal government fast-tracked thousands of immigration applications because they knew immigrants would vote against an independent Quebec. They literally stuffed the ballot boxes with immigrant votes. As our premier, Jacques Parizeau, said after the loss, we lost “because of money and the ethnic vote.”

Are you in contact with French nationalists and identitarians? If so, please tell us about them.

Yes, we are and have been in contact with several French organizations. Because Quebec is a very small nation, most of the nationalist/identitarian books and movies available in French come from France. So, of course, we are in contact and work with several organizations. There is very strong pressure on some of the organizations we work with, however, and I would prefer not to name them.

In France there is repression against everything nationalist. Activists have been arrested on trivial charges and organizations are dismantled by the government.

Is there is a strong “anti-racist” movement in Quebec? Can you hold meetings openly?

There is an “antifascist” movement in Montreal, but it is simply a code word; these are anarchists and they are basically anti-everything-that-is-not-them. In Montreal, left-wing radicals are extremely violent and have committed all the terrorist attacks that occurred on our land over the last 10 years or even more if we go back to the FLQ (Liberation Front of Quebec) of the ’60s. They are so violent that there is a special police unit, Gamma, to monitor their activities.

During the October Crisis,

They oppose us but they also oppose populist radio hosts, conservative journalists, etc. I think they want to silence everybody who does not think as they do. They never debate; their motto is, “We don’t discuss with Nazis.” Of course, for them, everyone is a Nazi. The media are Nazi, the government is Nazi, the police are Nazi, so of course, for them we are Nazis. I tried to find one single politician who has never been labeled a Nazi, and even the far-left Amir Khadir (of Québec Solidaire) has been labeled a Nazi by English-speaking anarchists.

Over the years they have threatened us quite a few times over the Internet and have confronted us on the streets a few times, but there have been no major disturbances. Our demonstrations are held openly, but our lectures are usually private. “Antifascists” like to make bomb calls or threaten the owner of the rooms we rent, and when we invite foreign speakers, they call the border agency to try to prevent them from coming into Canada (however, the border agency is Nazi when it arrests illegal immigrants). Most of the time their actions give us free publicity and a chance to reach a broader audience.

Please tell us anything else you think Americans should know about your movement.

We invite you to communicate with us. Most of our staff speaks English and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have. We want to encourage a more pan-European approach.

Also, it is important to keep being active. We cannot sit and watch our countries being destroyed. No act is in vain; every small action counts!

Do Securitization Audits Ever Work to regain lost homes in California? YES? Maybe?

CEL NOTES: this looks good—I cannot verify the terms of the final disposition or settlement of the case but it appears to be real—I will update if I can confirm.  The Federal Docket for the case number provided in the article does not show a final disposition of the case.

The Shelley Report – Foreclosure Press

by Deadly Clear

Los Angeles Man Wins Property Back After Foreclosure and Eviction [[[http://justiceleaguetaskforce.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/los-angeles-man-wins-property-back-after-foreclosure-and-eviction/]]]

Los Angeles, CA — (SBWIRE) — 08/07/2013 – Homeowner Mike Cohenshad lost his investment home to foreclosure and was also evicted. A securitization audit company and Pasadena law firm helped him get it back.

Mike Cohenshad lost his investment home in foreclosure and also lost the accompanying Unlawful Detainer Hearing. He was then evicted from the investment property which was sold to a 3rd party at bank auction. Cohenshad hired the Law offices of Art Hoomiratana, a foreclosure defense firm in Pasadena, to seek out damages for wrongful foreclosure. Mr. Hoomiratana’s office immediately hired Paladin Securitization Auditors to conduct a securitization audit to investigate the lender’s standing to foreclose.

The securitization audit found that there were grounds for a Fraud and Wrongful Foreclosure Case based upon statutory violations, promissory estoppel, negligence, negligent misrepresentation, and violation of Business and Professional Code 17 200. Using the securitization audit as evidence, The Law Offices of Art Hoomiratana litigated on these matters and won the home back, post-foreclosure, from the third party who purchased it. The judge found the foreclosure to be illegal and a wrongful foreclosure thanks to Paladin’s audit. The bank was forced to rescind the Trustee’s Sale and agreed to settle out and restructure the client loan including $188,000.00 in deferred principle reduction. His monthly mortgage payment was reduced from $4,981.43 to $2,492.59 and the interest rate was also reduced from 6.75% to 4%.

For reference, the court case is US. District Court Case No. CV13-00722-R (FFMx).

Or visit their site at www.securitizationauditservices.com

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2013 WL 597283 (C.D.Cal.) (Trial Pleading)
United States District Court, C.D. California.
Mike COHENSHAD, Plaintiff,
v.
CITIMORTGAGE, INC., Vericrest Financial, Inc.; US Bank, National Association; and Does 1-100, Inclusive, Defendants.
No. CV13-00722 MMM(FFMX).
February 1, 2013.
Diversity Jurisdiction
Demand for Jury Trial
Notice of Removal
Russ M. Fukano (SBN 114166), Email: rfukano@troygould.com, Annmarie Mori (SBN 217835), Email: amori@troygould.com, Troygould PC, 1801 Century Park East, 16th Floor, Los Angeles, California 90067-2367, Telephone: (310) 553-4441, Facsimile: (310) 201-4746, Attorneys for Defendants Vericrest Financial, Inc. and US Bank Trust, N.A., as Trustee for Vericrest Opportunity Loan Trust 2011-NPL2 (erroneously sued as US Bank, National Association).
TO THE CLERK OF THE ABOVE-ENTITLED COURT:
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that, for the reasons set forth below, Defendants Vericrest Financial, Inc. (“Vericrest”) and US Bank Trust, N.A., as Trustee for Vericrest Opportunity Loan Trust 2011-NPL2 (erroneously sued as US Bank, National Association) (collectively, “Defendants”) file this Notice of Removal pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §§ 1441 and 1446, requesting removal of this action from the Superior Court of California in the County of Los Angeles to the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
STATEMENT OF JURISDICTION
This Court has original jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1332 based on diversity of citizenship and removal is therefore proper under 28 U.S.C. § 1441. The plaintiff in this action is Mike Cohenshad, an individual who is domiciled in the State of California. The defendants are as follows:
1. Vericrest is a Delaware corporation with its principal place of business in Texas;
2. US Bank Trust, N.A. is a national banking association, with its principal place of business in Delaware;1
3. US Bank Trust, N.A. is acting as Trustee for Vericrest Opportunity Loan Trust 2011-NPL2, which is a trust. In the Ninth Circuit, a trust has the citizenship of its trustee. Johnson v. Columbia Props. Anchorage, LP, 437 F.3d 894, 899 (9th Cir. Alaska 2006) (For purposes of diversity jurisdiction, “a trust has the citizenship of its trustee or trustees.”); Wells Fargo Bank v. Mayes, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 35344 (C.D. Cal. Mar. 15, 2012) (citing Johnson, supra, to explain that trust has citizenship of trustee). Therefore, Vericrest Opportunity Loan Trust 2011-NPL2 has the citizenship of US Bank Trust, N.A.; and
4. Defendants are informed and believe and thereupon allege that CitiMortgage, Inc. (“CitiMortgage”) is a New York Corporation with its principal place of business in Florida.
The matter in controversy exceeds $75,000.
GROUNDS FOR REMOVAL
In support of the Notice of Removal, Defendants state as follows:
1. On or about December 3, 2012, plaintiff Mike Cohenshad (“Plaintiff”) commenced an action against defendants CitiMortgage, Vericrest and US Bank Trust, N.A., as Trustee for Vericrest Opportunity Loan Trust 2011 -NPL2 (erroneously sued as US Bank, National Association) in the Superior Court of California in the County of Los Angeles entitled Mike Cohenshad v. CitiMortgage, Inc., et al. with a Civil Action No. of BC496711. True and correct copies of the pleadings served on Defendants are attached hereto. A true and correct copy of the Summons (which was not served on Defendants but a copy of which was obtained online) is attached hereto as Exhibit A. A true and correct copy of the Complaint served on Defendants is attached hereto as Exhibit B. A true and correct copy of the Notice of Lis Pendens served on Defendants is attached hereto as Exhibit C.
2. Pursuant to a Notice and Acknowledgement of Receipt, Vericrest was served with the Summons and Complaint on January 2, 2013.
3. Pursuant to a Notice and Acknowledgement of Receipt, US Bank Trust, N.A., as Trustee for Vericrest Opportunity Loan Trust 2011-NPL2 (erroneously sued as US Bank, National Association) was served with the Summons and Complaint on January 28, 2013.
4. Defendants are informed and believe, and upon that basis allege, that CitiMortgage has not been served with the Summons and Complaint.
5. This Notice of Removal is being filed on or before February 1, 2012, and is therefore timely pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1446(b).
6. Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1332(c)(1), “a corporation shall be deemed to be a citizen of any State by which it has been incorporated and of the State where it has its principal place of business.” No defendant is therefore a citizen of California:
(a) Vericrest is a Delaware corporation with its principal place of business in Texas;
(b) US Bank Trust, N.A. is a national banking association, with its principal place of business in Delaware; Vericrest Opportunity Loan Trust 2011-NPL2 has the citizenship of US Bank Trust, N.A.
(c) Defendants are informed and believe that CitiMortgage is a New York Corporation with its principal place of business in Florida.
7. Plaintiff is an individual domiciled in California. Plaintiff is therefore a citizen of California.
8. In the complaint, Plaintiff alleges that his home was improperly sold at a non-judicial foreclosure sale. Plaintiff seeks a judgment quieting title back to him. His also seeks general, special and punitive damages in connection with causes of action, including fraud and negligence, relating to the purported wrongful foreclosure and related causes of action alleging an improper refusal to modify Plaintiff’s mortgage prior to the foreclosure sale. Plaintiff alleges the loan in connection with the purchase of the property was in excess of $500,000.00. The amount in controversy is therefore greater than $75,000.00.
9. As there is a complete diversity of citizenship, and the amount in controversy is greater than $75,000.00, this Court has jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1332.
10. Therefore, this action is removable pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1441(a), which states that “any civil action brought in a State court of which the district courts of the United States have original jurisdiction, may be removed by the defendant or the defendants, to the district court of the United States for the district and division embracing the place where such action is pending.”
11. As required by 28 U.S.C. § 1446(d), a copy of this Notice of Removal will be filed with the Clerk of the Superior Court of California in the County of Los Angeles, and written notice of the filing of this Notice of Removal will be given to counsel for Plaintiff.
WHEREFORE, Defendants respectfully request that the action now pending in the Superior Court of California in the County of Los Angeles be removed to this Court and that this Court accept this Notice of Removal for filing in accordance with the provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 1441.
DEMAND FOR JURY TRIAL
Defendants hereby make a demand for jury trial.
Dated: February 1, 2013
TROYGOULD PC
By: <<signature>>
AnnMarie Mori
Attorneys for Defendants Vericrest Financial, Inc. and US Bank Trust, N.A., as Trustee for Vericrest Opportunity Loan Trust 2011-NPL2 (erroneously sued as US Bank. National Association)
Appendix not available.

Footnotes

Plaintiff erroneously sued US Bank Trust, N.A., as Trustee for Vericrest Opportunity Loan Trust 2011-NPL2 as “US Bank, National Association.” Plaintiff alleges that “US Bank, National Association” is a Delaware corporation with a principal place of business in Oregon. Complaint, ¶ 4.

A Harvard Anthropologist’s Thoughts about Race in America between Barack Obama, George Zimmerman, Bob Hurt, and Jared Taylor—I

I just about have to disown my friendship with Bob Hurt.   Even before today I had written to him, in King Harry’s words to Jack Falstaff, “I know thee not old man, fall to thy prayers; How ill white hairs become a fool and jester!”  

Twice in the past day, Bob has published two articles on “Lawmen”, Numbers 5472 and 5476, 10-11 August 2013, ” with the phrase “Negro Thuggery in the title.  I disown this sort of writing.  It is not only not mine, it is nothing I want to be associated with.  Bob Hurt has been a friend, faithful and true to me (sometimes) but I cannot tolerate his hypocritical, ignorant, mish-mash of quasi-Neo-Nazi racist and pro-Constitutionalist ravings.  Bob wrote recently that the post-War of Secession “Reconstructed” period of 1865-1914 was the best period of American history.  Really Bob?  You’re a southerner and you think this?  REALLY?  You believe that the era of the Robber Barons when our grand-daddies could press down upon labor a crown of thorns and crucify mankind upon a cross of gold were the BEST years in American History?  The old man in Clearwater has clearly lost at least a few of his marbles…..

Writing about “Negro Thuggery” amounts to throwing out fighting words in Obama’s America and are about as likely as Al Sharpton’s speeches or Charles Manson’s rantings from prison to produce any positive effect.  Neither Jared Taylor nor anyone writing for American Renaissance write or speak this way, even as they aspire to awaken a sense of “racial realism” in America—whether they have achieved anything or not being a totally separate issue.

First off, such phrases as “Negro Thuggery” amount to rude, crude, and uncivilized writing.  I do not endorse censorship or doctrines of “political correctness” by any stretch of the imagination, but I do not think that using these kinds of labels in public makes it any easier to engage in rational dialogue about either race or crime in America in August 2013.  And I do agree we need rational dialogue about crime and race in America.  But, whether Bob Hurt or I like it or not, we have a half-white (“Mulatto”) President whose father was an anti-White, anti-British, pro-Communist terrorist in Kenya, either a member or an ally of the feared and despised “Mau Mau”, and whose mother was, like me, an anthropologist, but unlike me was also a weak-minded communist who used her relationships with men, apparently, to promote her revolutionary anti-white agenda (at least if the movie “Obama 2016″ is to be believed).

Obama’s 50% mix of white and “Negro Blood” is probably about the same as Trayvon Martin, a fact on which the President, to his own MASSIVE discredit, has been trying to capitalize on politically.  The President has a more debased and corrupted sense of justice and constitutional authority that I would ever have dreamt possible in any holder of high office in this country.

Second, Bob Hurt is just being a terrible hypocrite here.   I have known Bob personally and he has black friends and black relatives (in-laws mostly, I believe) who would probably be deeply offended by his use of such epithets.   Bob Hurt is utterly unqualified to be a racist on personal grounds, and he lacks the academic background in either law or anthropology or biology to realize how wrong he is about eugenics and his advocacy of forced sterilization and controlled reproduction as solutions for any of the problems he describes.  Jared Taylor and some of the writers at American Renaissance seem to be tiptoeing on the edge of endorsing eugenics or forced sterilization.  I would never endorse or tolerate any such governmental interference with individual human life or liberty.  I could not possibly do so—I have seen too much of the stupidity of government, and too much injustice and error in the courts.  

As I have learned, observed, and seen first hand from personal experience, ordinary civil and criminal process in the courts simply result in MUCH too much inequity, injustice, and downright horrible outcomes to permit the Courts to go any farther than they already do interfering in people’s lives.  We need to cut WAY back on government, perhaps abolishing the current government all together and starting over.  But we should never think of empowering it be allowing anyone in government to try to play God and supervise or guide the course of human biological evolution.  They have made enough of a hash out of their social engineering attempts, most if not all of which I totally oppose and despise.

I have previously criticized and tried to distance myself from Bob Hurt’s bigoted and downright reprehensible advocacy of 1920s-30s style forced sterilization as a solution to what he calls the “Negro Crime Wave”—I have sat outside jails with Bob in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties waiting for one of his dark-skinned nieces to be released from custody for her criminal cavortings with people of even darker skin.  Should not this close proximity to the people he condemns make Bob more sympathetic rather than critical and sanctimonious?

There are many causes of high crime rates among African-Americans—but the basic cause was the abolition of chattel (property-based) slavery and its replacement with the 13th Amendment which only permitted slavery “as a punishment for a crime.”  Americans have to own up to themselves as a nation of Bob Hurts who want slavery badly—they just want to pretend that it is just.  The high (one could say “mass” incarceration rates of black males results directly and consequentially from the successive abolition of slavery and segregation.  

I do not accept or believe for a moment that black people are more criminally inclined than whites.   In not so ancient U.S. and U.K. history, it used to be accepted and common knowledge that the Irish, Italians, and Jews were chronically criminal and deviant, but nobody seems to remember or believe that anymore, and even people like Bob Hurt (including Bob Hurt himself) acknowledge that Jews have superior “group average” scores on IQ tests than non-Jewish whites, for whatever that is worth, at the same time as he says that blacks should be sterilized on account of their low IQs and criminal tendencies.

There are direct correlations between IQ and socio-economic status, within ethnically homogeneous groups (such as the Nazi High Command, as tested at their trials at Nuremberg, for example, running from 143 (the financial and banking genius Hjalmar Schacht), and 142 (the equally brilliant Austrian lawyer and jurist Arthur Seyss-Inquart) to poor old Julius Streicher at 106—the most like Bob Hurt of the lot, a vulgar anti-Semite who run a couple of news rags for the NSDAP and never knew when to shut up.

To the degree that there are inter-ethnic group differences in IQ, I still believe that this is cultural, because after many years of considering the question I consider it inconceivable that there is such a thing as “untutored innate human intelligence”, i.e. any intelligence which is NOT created by parents primarily and/or educators in their children.  I have recently discussed this question at length with a New Orleans psychologist (Dr. Robin Chapman), and the reason that IQ tests correlate well with success in school is that IQ scores test school-taught subjects.  Manual dexterity, the earliest use of the human brain which distinguishes us from animals by our envisioning and creation of tools as “extrasomatic adaptations to the environment”, is certainly not a matter of IQ, for example.  So the key survival techniques to exist in the “uncivilized” human societies of palaeotechnic prehistory (i.e. Stone Age chipping stone tools, making good fires, fletching straight and sharp arrows, and later forging and using swords and spears of iron and fitting out good Phoenician or Roman ships and Viking longboats, for example) are completely outside the realm of Intelligence Quotient testing.  

African cultures up through and until the 19th century dawn of Colonialism had achieved just as high levels of proficiency in iron age technology as had their European Counterparts up to and including the early phases of pre-Roman society in Italy or “mainland” Germanic or Viking society (although the native Africans did engage in some fairly extensive coastal and riverine trade by boat in precolonial times, especially in East Africa on the Indian Ocean side, influenced by Arab sea-farers).   

Literate Civilization never independently evolved in Sub-Saharan Africa, and in pre-Colonial times never even extended further south than Ethiopia by diffusion. This lone fact, probably more than any other single historical reason, explains why blacks do not score so well on IQ tests—literate schooling in the Western tradition neither formed part of their cultural nor evolutionary heritage—but that doesn’t make them criminals or stupid, it makes them DIFFERENT.

And it is the study of the function and meaning of human differences which concern us today in America.

I have a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Harvard University, and the title-subject of my doctoral dissertation was “Ethnicity and Social Organization”. I was and remain interested in the question of the reality of ethnic differences and the dynamics of interaction between groups.  “Ethnicity”, across the world, operates largely a mythological construct and ethnic conflict operates as a metaphoric system whose sole purpose, in a virtually monolithically homogeneous society, to maintain social hierarchy.   “Ethnicity” in Europe denominates cultural differences based on  linguistic-nationality, as between French and German, German and Czech or Polish, English and Irish, Italian, Spanish, Yugoslav and Greek.   Looking at the maps of Europe, the Near East, and Latin America today, I think this operational, functional approach to ethnicity as mythology still works.  In short, “ethnicity” and “class” match each other more closely than “ethnicity” and “population biology” in terms of human genetics.

In the United States, we have something called “Race” which both sounds simultaneously deeper in terms of genetics than “ethnicity” and harder to miss on the surface, because “race” implies skin colour.   World culture has evolved into a fundamentally global phenomenon.  Based on what people wear and use, in terms of material culture (a subject on which I focused in my doctoral dissertation, which focused on artistic and historical portrayals of different groups—whether ethnic or not), it is hard to distinguish the “races” of North America.

In North America, our 21st century usage of the term “race” implies fairly strong dividing lines between (1) how people identify themselves, (2) how other people identify them, (3) patterns of behavior, (4) social and cultural values, (5) residence.

In the aftermath of Time Magazine’s cover Story “After Trayvon” (nearly a special issue devoted to the subject of George Zimmerman’s Acquittal, dated July 29, 2013) showing his ghostly “hoodie”, I think it is critical to address the subject of race, which is everywhere in the news and commentary on America.  

Most of what I see is unadulterated hogwash from ALL sides of the debate.  I will start off with the very simple stuff which will permit you to classify me as your ally or enemy, depending on how you feel.  In addition to my Ph.D. from Harvard, which I do not use professionally except to think, I have a J.D. from the University of Chicago, which I also do not use professionally except to think.  

My legal, academic, and personal background lead me to the inescapable conclusion that George Zimmerman’s acquittal was completely proper, George Zimmerman acted in self-defense, and Trayvon Martin was a punk kid, neither the best nor the worst of his kind, who may not have deserved to die for anything he did but really has no complaint (under the circumstances) about being shot when he pinned down a guy on a sidewalk with something less than humanitarian intent or expressions of Christ-like sympathy for his victim….. In my opinion, George Zimmerman also, was neither the best nor the worst of his kind, something slightly better than a punk kid, possibly a failed cop and aspiring neighborhood bully who never quite made it. The battle between Zimmerman and Trayvon was hardly worthy of inclusion in any heroic series about Achilles, Hercules, or Odysseus, but one COULD get confused on that point, reading the news both in print and on-line these days.

But George Zimmerman committed no mortal sin in shooting Trayvon, and the fact that this is all not just news but DIALOGUE on an EPIC PROPORTION in America is symptomatic of a very sick, disturbed society.

Up one minor notch on an increasing scale of complexity, from the discussion of Zimmerman’s acquittal is the question of whether there is too much violence in modern society. The acquittal was exactly as simple as the jury made it: self-defense, justified under the circumstances including but not limited the fact that he was attacked and had no duty to retreat under the laws of the State of Florida—NO HUMAN BEING SHOULD EVER HAVE A DUTY TO RETREAT WHEN ATTACKED, in my opinion).  So now, must we discourage violence?  I think the answer is NO, we must train people how to prepare for and engage in duels to resolve their disputes—observed by, but not carried out by, society as a whole.

As a lifelong student of Anthropology, Biology, Classics, Economics, Geography, and History, I know that violence is an essential aspect of the condition known as “animal life”, generally, but especially “human life” in particular.  As a strictly theoretical matter, but also in practice, I strongly favor personal violence over group violence.   From a biological standpoint, personal (individual-on-individual violence is so much easier to understand and situationally justify).  

Imagine trying, if you will, what it would take to convince a group of Male and Female Lions, for example, that the Death Penalty makes sense: Scar killed Mufassa, so to retake his father’s kingdom, Mufassa’s son Simba kills Scar.  Lions could probably understand that story.  But what if Simba had died in the stampede or the jungle?   Should Rafiki the Baboon Priest somehow have assembled Sarabi (Mufassa’s widow), Nala, and enough other female lions and possibly other “food” animals to arrest, pass judgment on and execute Scar for Mufassa’s murder?   (Priestly and judicial roles are closely related, from an evolutionary standpoint—even today, Priests and Judges are united in wearing anachronistic black robes in public for ritual purposes).

I will come back to the “Lion King” plot-line later, but from the standpoint of non-human animals who NEVER operated that way, the human “justice” system looks pretty ridiculous and frankly, unnatural and counterproductive.  After substantial experience in the law from the perspectives of both judicial chambers and litigants, I question how much sense it makes for humans to operate that way: personal knowledge and experience are a much more reliable index of who deserves to live or die.  No less an authority than my grandmother taught me this, although she phrased it in terms of kinship, “If close relatives don’t know who deserves to live or die, nobody else does either.”

Personal justice is better than, morally superior by far to collective social justice in my opinion, and accordingly, personal violence should be encouraged.  This is true because, if lawful, the credible threat of immediate retribution will actually make for a more peaceful, cooperative society.  That was why murder led to feuds among the Vikings and Scots and their descendants in the Blue Ridge Mountains and Appalachia generally: death by intentional violence was so rare that everybody knew who was responsible and why it happened when it did.

But does Trayvon’s Ectoplasmic Hoodie Really Rate a Full Cover Treatment on Time Magazine?  Does Trayvon Martin really belong among the  ἀθανάτοι θεοὶ?  (the “deathless Gods” as described in Homeric idiom)?   At least seven contributors to the July 29, 2013 issue seem to think so.  I do not intend to join them.  

As a matter of fact, I think that what our so-called President and his propagandists (and I suppose I have to include Time Magazine in this list) have done to try to promote race conflict and racial tension.  It makes me ill.

A Ghostly Palimpsest “by Consent of the Governed”—Just a spoonful of sugar helps expropriation go down–Little Illusions as the Way of Life in 21st Century America

Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal was famous for operating by “three letter bureaucracies” (the “NRA”, the “TVA”, the “FBI”, the “IRS”, “OSS”, etc.).  Things are decidedly more complex under Obama and the RMBSWG is both typical and symptomatic of this complexity.   Four letter projects such as “HARP” and “TARP” from 2009, the First Year of the Obama administration, just haven’t cut the cheese…. And SO, the Residential Mortgage Backed Securities Working Group is now trying to reform the Securitized Mortgage business—NOTE THE WORD, REFORM.  
Why should anything as destructive, confusing, and complex as securitization be reformed, you might ask?
Securitization is the high road to the Final Perfection of Communism. ****
Securitization operates by the transformation of debt into wealth, of contractual obligation into ownership.  Securities are simultaneously both contracts for performance and titles of ownership.  Securities operate very much in the same manner as title of ownership to a slave.  This is why securitization is so important to Obama and the Brave New World (Order).
A dedicated Patriot friend, Frederick M. Fox (startgate11@cox.net), writes from Orange County:
You cannot enforce an eviction based on a fraud of this nature. I would use this to file an appeal.
Semper Fi and Sic Semper Tyrannis!
Frederick/FMFox  
Sadly, this shows NO understanding of what’s going on.  The purpose of the RMBSWG is to perfect Caesar, not to bury him, to exalt and improve his dictatorship and usurpation of the Republic, not to end it. Almost exactly parallel to the 9th Circuit decision I published here on these pages yesterday (Corvello v Wells Fargo Bank NA), the work of the RMBSWG is designed to force the “Industrial Armies” (i.e. large corporate/bureaucratic instrumentalities of the Centrally Planned Political Economy) to operate better, more efficiently and more properly.  The 9th Circuit Shows no intentions, nor does the Obama Administration, to curb the power of the Banks at all, but rather to make them operate more correctly, smoothly, and thus to permit MORE expropriations, MORE evictions, MORE eviscerations of the right to private property, until literally nothing is left in private hands anywhere.
JUST A SPOONFUL OF SUGAR HELPS THE MEDICINE GO DOWN—
The goal of this Obama RMBS “Working Group” first to put on a show for the easily entertained masses, to make it appear that the Government cares about Corporate Crime, but second and most importantly TO MAKE IT ALL WORK (securitization and hence communism).  That’s the irony of it all.  
Much of the (very limited) “relief” that’s being granted to occasional homeowners right now operates by way of political “show trial” to punish the banks for not quite getting the Government’s centrally planned programs right—”for failure to implement the party line according to the highest ideals of the Marxist-Leninist State and the Soviet Socialist Internationale.”  
“Industrial Armies” like JP Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo are being punished for failure to follow orders or for failure to execute plans flawlessly.  They were not following the Central Committee’s/ Supreme Soviet’s/ Politburo’s guidelines on how to expropriate property perfectly…..  Communism is triumphing in the US 24 years after the Collapse of the Berlin Wall.   The careful planning and sophistication with which all this is being done is simply breathtaking….  Marx’ plan was very general, vague, and imprecise about how expropriation of land and communal ownership was to take place.  But the pathway to abolition of private property could not be more clearly demarcated….
 
         The Marx-Engels 1848 Manifesto outlines the basics—hyper-Centralization of the Central Banking systems, the institution of Industrial Armies to unify and control all industries (those Industrial Armies are what WE now call the “Mega-Corporations,” DuPont & Monsanto through Tesco and Walmart, and the use of liberal extensions of credit—but Marx never delineated exactly how ownership and control were to be transferred from individual to communal ownership.  It turns out that’s the big difference between the Soviet and Chinese Experiments in mass expropriation vs. the Western Experiment in Fabian Gradualism, of which the Securitization Process is the perfection.  As John Stormer pointed out long ago in “None Dare Call it Treason”—it was agreed after World War II that in the West, the expropriation of private property would be carried out, so nearly as possible, under the guise and cover of apparent “due process of law.”

Obama Financial Fraud Task Force Takes on Banks Too Big to Fail

Friday, 09 Aug 2013 07:31 AM 

The criminal investigation of JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s mortgage-backed securities practice is evidence a U.S. Justice Department task force set up to investigate causes of the financial crisis is finally getting some traction against banks blamed for ruining the economy.

The probe, disclosed this week in the bank’s quarterly filing, is the latest enforcement effort to emerge from the Residential Mortgage Backed Securities Working Group. It was set up last year on orders of President Barack Obama to coordinate prosecutions of fraudulent underwriting activity by banks that contributed to the financial crisis.

Declassified: 

The JPMorgan probe, which is also looking at possible civil violations, grew out of the working group’s efforts, said Lauren Horwood, a spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner in Sacramento, who is leading the investigation and is a member of the group’s parent, the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force.

“Over the last year and a half, the RMBS Working Group members have been aggressively investigating multiple cases across the country and the public is only beginning to see the results,” Associate Attorney General Tony West, the No. 3 ranking official at the Justice Department, said in an e-mail.

The JPMorgan Chase investigation, which may not lead to criminal charges, follows parallel civil lawsuits filed earlier this week by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Attorney Office in Charlotte, North Carolina. U.S. officials claim Bank of America Corp. failed to disclose risks embedded in $850 million in mortgage-backed securities issued in 2008.

First Case

In February, as the government’s financial fraud task force started what would become a series of financial crisis-related cases, the Justice Department filed a civil suit against Standard & Poor’s, a ratings company, alleging that the firm committed fraud by blessing a series of mortgage-backed securities with top-quality ratings in 2007. Federal and state investigators alleged S&P should have known that the securities were well below investment grade. The government has asked the firm to repay $5 billion in losses.

Last October, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman brought the first case on behalf of the RMBS working group, accusing JPMorgan Chase of fraud stemming from the actions of its Bears Stearns Cos. subsidiary.

“The President’s Working Group continues to meet and make progress in its efforts to hold banks accountable for the crash of the housing market and the collapse of the American economy,” Schneiderman, who co-chairs the working group, said in a statement Aug. 7.

The Team

The RMBS group’s director is Geoff Graber, who was also the lead Justice Department lawyer in the investigation of New York-based McGraw Hill Financial Inc.’s S&P unit. More than 200 federal and state attorneys, investigators and analysts have played a role in the group’s work, according to the Justice Department.

Graber’s coordinating team, composed of eight members, is based in Washington and made up of criminal prosecutors, civil attorneys and analysts. As part of its work, it conducts daylong meetings every two months, the most recent of which occurred on July 12, according to the Justice Department.

The meetings, which include staff from the SEC, Justice Department, representatives of Schneiderman’s office and other state attorneys general and the FHFA’s inspector general, are centered on current investigations, identifying new targets and coordinating strategies.

Faced Criticism

The group has faced criticism from lawmakers and consumer advocates for its failure to live up to the promises President Obama made when he announced its establishment in his January 2012 State of the Union address. The pace of the group’s work drew early complaints from lawmakers, including California Representative Maxine Waters, now the top Democrat on the Financial Services Committee.

It took the group nearly four months to create a website, name its executive director and hire a staff of attorneys, analysts and FBI investigators. The group didn’t announce its first action until October 2012, when Schneiderman filed his suit against JPMorgan over misrepresentations related to RMBS put together by Bear Stearns.

The group took on a mix of continuing civil and criminal investigations and new probes into misrepresentations by securities originators and underwriters on the quality of mortgages backing the securities, failures to repurchase problematic loans and failures to transfer ownership of collateral into the securities in question.

Broad Mandate

The group has a broad mandate to investigate “any harm suffered by American consumers” related to misrepresentations or failures in agreements related to the securities, according to a Jan. 27, 2012, memo by Attorney General Eric Holder.

The uptick in the group’s work has mostly been on the civil side, as the department’s attorneys have begun to focus on and use a 1989 statute that allows the government to seek civil penalties for losses to federally-insured financial firms that occurred as long as a decade ago. Standard securities-fraud cases need to be brought within five years.

Declassified: 

The Bank of America suit was brought under that law and the civil charges being weighed by prosecutors against JPMorgan are being crafted through that statute too.

“This is the RMBS Working Group’s most recent legal enforcement targeting misconduct in the RMBS market, but it will not be our last,” said West, who is also vice-chairman of the task force’s steering committee.

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[****I should clarify that I define Communism as a completely integrated system political economy.  The Communist political system is merely the means by which to plan, and then by regulatory bureaucracy "command and control" (as Obama's "right hand man") Cass Sunstein used to say back at the University of Chicago Law School) the entire economy, down to the most minute details of household life.  
 
The Communist state is a completely integrated but  highly complex conglomerate system of political and economic "corporations" (aka "bureaucratic systems" or "Industrial Armies"), but integration is achieved by and through a central banking system which holds all capital [allegedly] on behalf of and for the benefit of the politico-economic conglomerate “state” and the population at large.  But the Population at large, under communism is powerless to change the system or influence the decisions made by the directors of the central banking system or any of the implementing “industrial armies” or subordinate instruments of the completely.  
 
The key to understanding communism is that its mythology of economic and social equality is entirely illusory—it is designed to create government and economic operation by and through a new, highly intellectual, “rational” elite, and so to entirely obliterate the real power of the worker-proletariat in whose name communism was created, along with all competing elites.]

Fraudulent Flim Flam: Wells Fargo’s Modifications are Self-Contradictory and Make No Sense “Wells Fargo Drafted this document, and Wells Fargo must be held responsible for it”

Corvello v Wells Fargo Bank NA (full text of 8 August 2013 Opinion from 9th Circuit, in re: California Foreclosure, attached in word.doc)
CONCLUSIONS
*7 The district court’s judgment granting Wells Fargo’s motion to dismiss is REVERSED and REMANDED.
NOONAN, Circuit Judge, concurring:
Read as a whole the TPP between Corvello and Wells Fargo makes no sense. It is self-contradictory. Page one promised Corvello in two places that if his representations were accurate and if he were in compliance with the Trial Period Plan, the Lender “would provide” him “with a Loan Modification Agreement.” Paragraph 2G stated: “the Loan Documents will not be modified unless and until (i) I meet all of the conditions required for modification; (ii) I receive a fully executed copy of a Modification Agreement and (iii) the Modification Effective Date has passed.”
Wells Fargo drafted this document, and Wells Fargo must be held responsible for it. The document promises a substantial benefit to Corvello if he meets its terms. The document then makes these benefits illusory because they depend entirely on the will of WellsFargo. To say, “I give $100 for your watch but I will decide whether I pay you $100” izs not to make a contract but to engage in a flim-flam or, in plain words, to work a fraud. You promise so that the other will perform. You reserve your promise so that the promise is empty while you have gotten what you wanted from the promisee.
No purpose was served by the document Wells Fargo prepared except the fraudulent purpose of inducing Corvello to make the payments while the bank retained the option of modifying the loan or stiffing him. “Heads I win, tails you lose” is a fraudulent coin toss. Wells Fargo did no better.
According to the Lucias’ complaint, their dealings with Wells Fargo were oral. Ms. Lucia “was interviewed by phone and pre-approved for the [HAMP loan] modification.” She was informed that if she and her husband “sent in all the required documents and made all their payments on time, their reduced monthly payment would become permanent.” The Lucias allege that they made their “trial period plan payments as scheduled.” The bank foreclosed. These allegations are sufficient to make the Lucias’ position analogous to Corvello’s.
Confined as we are to the pleadings before us, I concur in the judgment of the court.
End of Document © 2013 Thomson Reuters. No claim to original U.S. Government Works.

It is always refreshing and surprising, even astounding, when Federal Judges speak plainly and call a spade a spade.  Of course, some of the Judges of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals have a reputation for straight speaking: Alex Kozinski, Stephen Reinhardt, Harry Pregerson, and John T. Noonan, Jr.

Of course the SOBRE and solemn side of me wants to add that the real problem, the root of all evil, is securitization, and until Congress or some court somewhere addresses securitization head on, the perversion of the American Constitution through the destruction of private property will continue.  But in the meantime—I have read through dozens of these modifications and they are all the same meaningless gobbledygook.   In re the frank and direct concurrence:  BRAVO JUDGE JOHN T. NOONAN, JR.!

JUDGES OF THE NINTH CIRCUIT 

  Name Initials Status Chambers Appt. Date Appointed By
1. Alex Kozinski AK Chief Judge Pasadena 11/07/85 Reagan
2. Alfred T. Goodwin ATG Senior Circuit Judge Pasadena 11/30/71 Nixon
3. J. Clifford Wallace JCW Senior Circuit Judge San Diego 06/28/72 Nixon
4. Procter Hug, Jr. PRH Senior Circuit Judge Reno 09/15/77 Carter
5. Mary M. Schroeder MMS Senior Circuit Judge Phoenix 09/26/79 Carter
6. Jerome Farris JF Senior Circuit Judge Seattle 09/27/79 Carter
7. Harry Pregerson HP Circuit Judge Woodland Hills 11/02/79 Carter
8. Arthur L. Alarcon ALA Senior Circuit Judge Los Angeles 11/02/79 Carter
9. Dorothy W. Nelson DWN Senior Circuit Judge Pasadena 12/20/79 Carter
10. William C. Canby, Jr. WCC Senior Circuit Judge Phoenix 05/23/80 Carter
11. Stephen Reinhardt SR Circuit Judge Los Angeles 09/11/80 Carter
  Name Initials Status Chambers Appt. Date Appointed By
12. John T. Noonan, Jr. JTN Senior Circuit Judge San Francisco 12/17/85 Reagan
13. Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain DFO Circuit Judge Portland 09/26/86 Reagan
14. Edward Leavy EL Senior Circuit Judge Portland 03/23/87 Reagan
15. Stephen S. Trott SST Senior Circuit Judge Boise 03/25/88 Reagan
16. Ferdinand F. Fernandez FFF Senior Circuit Judge Pasadena 05/22/89 Bush
17. Andrew J. Kleinfeld AJK Senior Circuit Judge Fairbanks 09/16/91 Bush
18. Michael Daly Hawkins MDH Senior Circuit Judge Phoenix 09/15/94 Clinton
19. A. Wallace Tashima AWT Senior Circuit Judge Pasadena 01/04/96 Clinton
20. Sidney R. Thomas SRT Circuit Judge Billings 01/04/96 Clinton
21. Barry G. Silverman BGS Circuit Judge Phoenix 02/04/98 Clinton
22. Susan P. Graber SPG Circuit Judge Portland 03/19/98 Clinton
  Name Initials Status Chambers Appt. Date Appointed By
23. M. Margaret McKeown MMM Circuit Judge San Diego 04/08/98 Clinton
24. Kim McLane Wardlaw KMW Circuit Judge Pasadena 08/03/98 Clinton
25. William A. Fletcher WAF Circuit Judge San Francisco 10/09/98 Clinton
26. Raymond C. Fisher RCF Senior Circuit Judge Pasadena 10/12/99 Clinton
27. Ronald M. Gould RMG Circuit Judge Seattle 11/22/99 Clinton
28. Richard A. Paez RAP Circuit Judge Pasadena 03/14/00 Clinton
29. Marsha S. Berzon MSB Circuit Judge San Francisco 03/16/00 Clinton
30. Richard C. Tallman RCT Circuit Judge Seattle 05/25/00 Clinton
31. Johnnie B. Rawlinson JBR Circuit Judge Las Vegas 07/26/00 Clinton
32. Richard R. Clifton RRC Circuit Judge Honolulu 07/30/02 Bush
33. Jay S. Bybee JSB Circuit Judge Las Vegas 03/21/03 Bush
34. Consuelo M. Callahan CMC Circuit Judge Sacramento 05/28/03 Bush
35. Carlos T. Bea CTB Circuit Judge San Francisco 10/01/03 Bush
36. Milan D. Smith, Jr. MDS Circuit Judge El Segundo 05/18/06 Bush
37. Sandra S. Ikuta SSI Circuit Judge Pasadena 06/23/06 Bush
38. N. Randy Smith NRS Circuit Judge Pocatello 03/19/07 Bush
39. Mary H. Murguia MHM Circuit Judge Phoenix 01/04/11 Obama
40. Morgan Christen MBC Circuit Judge Anchorage 01/11/12 Obama
41. Jacqueline H. Nguyen JHN Circuit Judge Pasadena 05/14/12 Obama
42. Paul J. Watford PJW Circuit Judge Pasadena 05/22/12 Obama
43. Andrew D. Hurwitz ADH Circuit Judge Phoenix 06/27/12 Obama

A GLOBAL CONSPIRACY—Houston Sues LIBOR Cartel 23 July 2013 for Price Fixing and other Antitrust Violations

For Complete Text of this Major, Historic, Complaint: CITY OF HOUSTON – Plaintiff v BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION – Bank of America NA – Ba

2013 WL 3810496 (S.D.Tex.) (Trial Pleading)

United States District Court, S.D. Texas.

CITY OF HOUSTON; Plaintiff,

v.

BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION; Bank of America, N.A.; Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd.; Barclays Bank PLC; Citigroup, Inc.; Citibank, N.A.; Coöperatieve Centrale Raiffeisen-Boerenleenbank B.A. (Rabobank); Credit Suisse Group Ag; Deutsche Bank Ag; Hsbc Holdings PLC; Hsbc Bank PLC; Jpmorgan Chase & Co.; Jpmorgan Chase Bank, N.A.; Lloyds Banking Group PLC; Hbos PLC; Royal Bank of Canada; the Norinchukin Bank; Societe Generale, S.A. the Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC. UBS AG; Portigon AG; and Westdeutsche Immobilienbank AG, Defendants.

No. 4:13CV02149.

July 23, 2013.

Jury Trial Demanded

Plaintiff’s Original Complaint

Richard Warren Mithoff, Texas Bar # 14228500; Fed. Bar # 2012, rmithoff @mithofflaw.com, Sherie Potts Beckman, Texas Bar # 16182400; Fed. Bar # 11098, sbeckman@mithofflaw.com, Warner V. Hocker, Texas Bar # 24074422; Fed. Bar # 1133732, whocker@mithofflaw.com, Mithoff Law Firm, One Allen Center, 500 Dallas Street, Houston, TX 77002, Telephone: (713) 654-1122, Facsimile: (713) 739-8085, Attorney-In-Charge.

Of Counsel: David M. Feldman, City Attorney, State Bar # 06886700; Fed. Bar # 2994, Lynette K. Fons, First Assistant City Attorney for Litigation, State Bar # 13968100; Fed. Bar # 10562, Judith L. Ramsey, Chief, General Litigation Section, State Bar # 16519550; Fed. Bar # 1124189, Malinda York Crouch, Senior Assistant City Attorney, State Bar #22165000; Fed. Bar. # 2095, City of Houston Legal, Department, 900 Bagby, 4th Floor, Houston, Texas 77002, Telephone: (832) 393-6468, Facsimile: (832) 393-6259.

Of Counsel: Joseph W. Cotchett (Cal. SBN # 36324), jcotchett@cpmlegal.com, Nanci E. Nishimura (Cal. SBN # 152621), nnishimura@cpmlegal.com, Frank C. Damrell, Jr. (Cal. SBN # 37126), fdamrell@cpmlegal.com, Aron K. Liang (Cal. SBN # 228936), aliang@cpmlegal.com, Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP, San Francisco Airport Office Center, 840 Malcolm Road, Burlingame, CA 94010, Telephone: (650) 697-6000, Facsimile: (650) 697-0577.

Of Counsel: Felix Chevalier, Texas Bar # 24035767; Fed. Bar # 32810, fchevalier@chevalierlaw.com, The Chevalier Law Firm, PLLC, 1330 Post Oak Boulevard, Suite 1600, Houston, Texas 77056, Telephone: (713) 893-0500, Facsimile: (713) 513-5530, Attorneys for Plaintiffs.

Plaintiff City of Houston (“Plaintiff” or “Houston”), hereby brings this action for damages and relief against Defendants Bank of America Corporation, Bank of America, N.A. (the “BofA Defendants” or “BofA”), Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UJF Ltd. (“Tokyo-Mitsubishi”), Barclays Bank, PLC (“Barclays”), Citigroup, Inc., Citibank, N.A. (“Citigroup Defendants” or “Citigroup”), Cooperatieve Central Raiffseisen-Boerenleenbank, B.A. (“Rabobank”), Credit Suisse Group AG (“Credit Suisse”), Deutsche Bank AG (“Deutsche Bank”), HSBC Holdings PLC, HSBC Bank PLC (“HSBC Defendants” or “HSBC”), JPMorgan Chase & Co., JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (“JPMorgan Defendants” or “JPMorgan”), Lloyds Banking Group PLC (“Lloyds”), HBOS PLC, (“HBOS”), Royal Bank of Canada (“RBC”), The Norinchukin Bank (“Norinchukin”), Societe Generale, S.A. (“SocGen”) The Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC (“RBS”), UBS AG (“UBS”), Portigon AG, and WestDeutsche ImmobilienBank AG (“WestLB Defendants” or “WestLB”) (hereinafter referred to collectively as “Defendants”) for violations of federal antitrust laws (the “Sherman Act” and the “Clayton Act”), Texas antitrust laws (“Free Enterprise and Antitrust Act”) (Texas. Bus. & C. Code § 15.01, et. seq.) as well as for violations of Texas state common law. Plaintiff complains and alleges upon information and belief except as to those paragraphs that are based on personal knowledge, as follows: COMPLAINT

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

I. INTRODUCTION ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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II. JURISDICTION AND VENUE ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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III. PARTIES ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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A. Plaintiff ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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B. Defendants …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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C. Unnamed Co-Conspirators ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

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D. Agents and Co-Conspirators …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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IV. FACTUAL ALLEGATIONS …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

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A. The London Interbank Offered Rate Defined ………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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B. Defendants’ Widespread Conspiracy to Manipulate LIBOR is Supported by Substantial Evidence ..

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C. Defendants Had Financial Incentives to Conspire to Manipulate LIBOR ………………………………………………

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D. Defendants’ LIBOR Manipulation Harmed Numerous Types of Financial Investments …………………….

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E. Defendants Colluded with Each Other To Suppress USD LIBOR ………………………………………………………….

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1. Each Defendant Knew Other LIBOR Member Banks Were Manipulating LIBOR ……………………………….

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2. Defendant Member Banks Manipulated LIBOR Collectively in “Packs” ………………………………………………

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3. Defendants’ LIBOR Manipulation Succeeded as a “Pack” by Sharing Confidential LIBORs ……………

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F. Defendants Conspired to Manipulate LIBOR To Benefit Individual Trading Positions. ……………………

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1. RBS’ Role in LIBOR Manipulation ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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2. UBS and Thomas Hayes’ Role in LIBOR Manipulation ………………………………………………………………………….

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3. Barclays’ Role in LIBOR Manipulation ……………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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G. Defendants Conspired to Manipulate Yen and USD LIBOR. …………………………………………………………………..

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H. Government Investigations Reveal the Global Scope of the LIBOR Manipulation Conspiracy by Defendants and Unnamed Co-Conspirators ………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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1. Public Documents and Regulatory Filings Reveal Defendants’ Involvement in LIBOR Manipulation ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

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2. Barclays Settles Criminal and Civil Claims In Exchange for Cooperating with Prosecutors and Regulatory Authorities in the United Kingdom and United States ………………………………………………………………

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3. UBS Settles Criminal and Civil Claims In Exchange for Cooperating with Prosecutors and Regulatory Authorities in the United Kingdom, United States, and Switzerland ……………………………………..

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4. The First Individuals Face Criminal Charges And Arrests ……………………………………………………………………….

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5. The Royal Bank of Scotland Refuses to Comply with Order to Produce Documents on Its Involvement in the Global LIBOR Manipulation Conspiracy ……………………………………………………………………….

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6. The Royal Bank of Scotland Settles Criminal and Civil Claims In Exchange for Cooperating with Prosecutors and Regulatory Authorities in the United Kingdom and the United States …………………………..

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7. Evidence Disclosed to Date in Canada and Singapore Confirms that Certain Defendants Conspired to Manipulate Yen-LIBOR ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

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a. Canadian Investigation ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

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b. Singaporean Legal Action ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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I. Independent Analyses By Consulting Experts Indicate Defendants Artificially Suppressed LIBOR ….

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J. Empirical Analyses Indicate LIBOR’s Artificial Suppression …………………………………………………………………..

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1. The Discrepancy Between Defendants’ reported LIBOR and Their CDS Spreads Indicates the Banks Misrepresented Their Borrowing Costs to the BBA ……………………………………………………………………………………….

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2. Cross-Currency Discrepancies in Defendants’ LIBOR Submissions Indicate They Suppressed USD-LIBOR. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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3. The Frequency With Which at Least Certain Defendants’ LIBOR Submissions “Bunched” Around the Fourth-Lowest Quote of the Day Suggests Manipulation ………………………………………………………………………..

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4. LIBOR’s Divergence from its Historical Relationship with the Federal Reserve Auction Rate Indicates Suppression …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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5. LIBOR’s Divergence from its Historical Correlation to Overnight Index Swaps Also Suggests it Was Artificially Suppressed ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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6. Additional Data Suggest LIBOR May Have Been Manipulated as Early as August 2006 ………………….

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K. Defendants Faced Difficult Financial Circumstances Which Were Not Reflected in Their LIBOR Submissions …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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1. Defendant Citigroup …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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2. Defendants RBS, Lloyds, and HBOS ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………

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3. Defendant WestLB …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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L. Defendants Made Material Misrepresentations and Concealed Information They Had A Duty to Disclose to Plaintiff Houston. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

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V. PLAINTIFF DID NOT KNOW, NOR COULD IT REASONABLY HAVE KNOWN, ABOUT DEFENDANTS’ MISCONDUCT UNTIL AT LEAST MARCH 2011 …………………………………………………………..

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A. Defendants’ Unlawful Activities Were Inherently Self-Concealing ………………………………………………………….

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B. The British Bankers’ Association and Defendants Deflected Concerns Raised by Market Observers and Participants About LIBOR’s Accuracy ……………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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C. Plaintiff Could Not Have Known or Reasonably Discovered-Until at Least March 2011-Facts Suggesting Defendants Knowingly Colluded to Suppress LIBOR ……………………………………………………………….

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D. The Statute of Limitations is Tolled by the American Pipe Doctrine ……………………………………………………

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VI. PLAINTIFF HAS SUFFERED SIGNIFICANT INJURY AS A RESULT OF DEFENDANTS’ LIBOR MANIPULATION CONSPIRACY ……………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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A. Defendants’ Manipulation of LIBOR Broadly Impacted LIBOR-Based Financial Instruments and Investments ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

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B. Plaintiff Transacted LIBOR-Based Financial Instruments That Paid Artificially Low Interest Rates or Charged Artificially High Interest Rates ………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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C. Plaintiff Suffered Antitrust Injury ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

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D. Specific Examples of Plaintiffs LIBOR-Based Financial Instruments ……………………………………………………..

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VII. CLAIMS FOR RELIEF ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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FIRST CAUSE OF ACTION VIOLATIONS OF SHERMAN ANTITRUST ACT (15 U.S.C. §§ 1, ETSEQ.) …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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SECOND CAUSE OF ACTION VIOLATIONS OF TEXAS FREE ENTERPRISE AND ANTITRUST ACT (TEX. Bus. & COM. CODE §§ 15.01 et seq.) ………………………………………………………….

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THIRD CAUSE OF ACTION FRAUD AND DECEIT (AFFIRMATIVE AND CONCEALMENT) ..

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FOURTH CAUSE OF ACTION NEGLIGENT MISREPRESENTATION …………………………………………….

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FIFTH CAUSE OF ACTION INTERFERENCE WITH ECONOMIC ADVANTAGE ……………………….

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SIXTH CAUSE OF ACTION BREACH OF THE IMPLIED COVENANT OF GOOD FAITH AND FAIR DEALING …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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SEVENTH CAUSE OF ACTION UNJUST ENRICHMENT …………………………………………………………………….

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VIII. PRAYER FOR RELIEF ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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IX. JURY TRIAL DEMAND …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

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I. INTRODUCTION

1. This case is about the global conspiracy to manipulate the London Interbank Offered Rate (“LIBOR”), a benchmark interest rate that was once viewed as one of the most trustworthy foundations of the global financial system. It was because of that trust that LIBOR became one of the central benchmark interest rates used to set the rates for a vast array of financial instruments worth trillions of dollars, from Credit Default Swaps (“CDS”) to variable rate fixed income instruments to consumer loans including home mortgages. In the simplest terms, LIBOR is intended to represent the interest rate that a Defendant LIBOR member bank could borrow from other LIBOR member banks on any given date, depending on the currency and the duration of the loan. This rate is set by the LIBOR member banks each day and is intended to reflect the true cost of borrowing in any given economic environment, representing the amount of interest that one financial institution would charge for lending money to another financial institution in an arms-length transaction.

2. Because LIBOR was believed to represent the true cost of borrowing, it could be and was used as a benchmark for setting interest rates for many types of transactions. LIBOR is one of the most commonly used benchmark rates in the world, impacting everything from complex billion or multi-million dollar derivative contracts involving institutional investors, corporations and public entities, to simple bank loans for small businesses and individuals, to home mortgage loans taken out by individual American citizens. Variable mortgage rates, for example, can be pegged to LIBOR. Interest rates on variable rate instruments are often expressed at LIBOR plus X number of basis points, where a single basis point represents one one-hundredth of a percentage point (0.01%).

3. Defendants are global financial institutions involved in setting LIBOR each day, also referred to as LIBOR member banks. Defendants manipulated LIBOR, as well as other global benchmark interest rates that negatively impacted Plaintiff and, in doing so, deprived Plaintiff of the rate of interest that Plaintiff should have received from its investments or financial instruments. At various times, Defendants manipulated LIBOR by both inflating and suppressing the interest rate at which an individual LIBOR member bank could borrow funds from other banks. Defendants manipulated LIBOR to increase their own revenues, and suppressed LIBOR artificially low to create the illusion of creditworthiness by suggesting that if their borrowing rate was low they were not a credit risk. By acting in concert to knowingly overstate or understate their true borrowing costs, Defendants caused LIBOR to be calculated artificially, and reaped hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars in illegitimate gains.

4. From at least as early as August of 2007, the Defendant banks conspired to, and did, manipulate LIBOR by misreporting to the British Bankers’ Association (“BBA”) the accurate interest rate at which each expected they could borrow funds from the other LIBOR member banks. In the case of artificially suppressing LIBOR, Defendants were able to significantly reduce, for example, the amount that should be paid to counterparties, including Plaintiff.

5. LIBOR is the benchmark interest rate used for a vast array of commercial and consumer financial transactions worth trillions of dollars annually. LIBOR rates are set for ten different currencies for 50 different maturity dates, covering millions, if not hundreds of millions of transactions. The fact that trillions of dollars in financial transactions can be linked to LIBOR demonstrates the confidence that has been placed on the reliability and trustworthiness of LIBOR and the banks that set LIBOR. It also explains, however, why the financial institutions at the heart of this conspiracy chose to manipulate LIBOR. In the midst of one of the worst economic crises in world history and with billions of dollars at stake, the financial institutions engaged in improper and illegal LIBOR rate manipulation in order to deceive the public and to reap massive profits to the detriment of institutional and individual investors.

6. The Defendants are members of the BBA. LIBOR is set based on information provided by each member bank to the BBA on a daily basis regarding their interbank borrowing rate. This information is used by BBA and Thomson Reuters to calculate approximately 150 different LIBOR rates for the ten different currencies and 50 different durations. From all of the interest rates reported by the BBA member banks to BBA and Thomson Reuters, the highest and lowest quartiles are removed and the middle two quartiles are averaged to reach the benchmark LIBOR rate. This is done in an effort to prevent isolated incidents of deception. By removing the highest and lowest quartiles, the BBA sought to prevent a single financial institution or even three or four, from manipulating LIBOR. LIBOR could not be manipulated without the knowing involvement of most, if not all of the BBA member banks.

7. Since being publically made known in 2011, investigations into the manipulation of LIBOR have been ongoing in the United States, United Kingdom, Switzerland, the European Union, Japan, Canada, and Singapore. In the United States, several government agencies are involved, including the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”), U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”), and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”).

8. In March of 2011, government regulators and prosecutors from many different countries announced that they were investigating LIBOR rate manipulation at financial institutions around the world. Plaintiff, like so many others, relied on and believed in the trustworthiness of the BBA, its member banks and the LIBOR rate calculation system. The announcement of government investigations into potential widespread collusion amongst the BBA member banks to manipulate one of the bedrock benchmark interest rates used by everyone from investors, lenders, banks and pension funds to value and price financial instruments has shaken the global financial system, with the global economy still on rocky ground. Revelations of such a wide-ranging scandal have raised serious questions about the integrity of LIBOR and other global benchmark interest rates.

9. Barclays and UBS were two of the first financial institutions to acknowledge the existence of the LIBOR rate manipulation conspiracy and their involvement in it. In a settlement deal announced on June 27, 2012, Barclays agreed to pay £290 million ($453.6 million) as part of a settlement with the U.K. Financial Services Authority (“FSA”), the CFTC, the DOJ’s Fraud Section, and others relating to its involvement in the LIBOR rate manipulation. Barclays was the first financial institution to settle potential criminal and regulatory claims against it. Barclays admission that it was involved in a widespread LIBOR manipulation scandal resulted in the resignation of Barclays’ Chief Executive Officer Bob Diamond. UBS has also sought amnesty from government investigators and antitrust regulatory authorities for its involvement in the LIBOR rate manipulation. UBS has announced that it has requested and received conditional immunity from prosecution from the Swiss Competition Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice for its cooperation in the investigation.

10. According to documents and evidence that have been made public, it is evident that the LIBOR rate manipulation lasted for years and was widespread. According to a Reuters news article on Sunday, July 22, 2012, U.S. prosecutors and European regulators plan to arrest individual traders employed by the Defendants and charging them with colluding to manipulate global benchmark interest rates, including LIBOR. This wide-ranging and sweeping investigation into the rigging of interest rates began with LIBOR but the evidence uncovered has revealed that the rate-rigging scandal has impacted many different global benchmark rates, such as EURIBOR.

11. According to sources, U.S. federal prosecutors have recently contacted lawyers representing individual traders under investigation and notified them that arrests and criminal charges could be brought against their clients in the next few weeks. In similar prosecutions of this nature, criminal charges and indictments have continued for years after the investigation had begun as individuals and entities are either convicted or agree to cooperate with authorities. According to government investigators and regulators from the U.S., Europe and elsewhere, their investigations have revealed a fuller picture of the rate-rigging conspiracy, which impacts LIBOR and other global benchmark interest rates that underpin hundreds of trillions of dollars in assets.

12. A source familiar with the European investigation told Reuters that “[m]ore than a handful of traders at different banks are involved.” According to Reuters, U.S. investigators believe that more than a dozen current and former employees of several large financial banks are under investigation, including Defendants Barclays, UBS, Citigroup, HSBC and Deutsche Bank. In the United States, the regulatory investigation into LIBOR rate manipulation is led by the CFTC, which has made the LIBOR investigation one of its top priorities.

13. In a Reuters article dated July 20, 2012, sources indicate that there is interest by a number of the Defendants in this case to enter into a group settlement with global regulators. Based on the evidence available to government investigators, some of which has been made public, there is substantial evidence showing the existence of a conspiracy to manipulate global benchmark interest rates and the involvement of the Defendants in this conspiracy.

14. The Defendant LIBOR banks in this case engaged in illegal and improper conduct and engaged in a criminal conspiracy that caused harm to public entities and hundreds of millions of people around the world, both directly and indirectly. Defendants did this in order to protect their own self-interests and to reap millions or billions of dollars in improper and unwarranted gains without regard to the detriment of public entities and their citizens. The Defendants’ deceptive and illegal acts have damaged Plaintiff and Plaintiff brings this lawsuit in order to recover those monies that were improperly taken from itself and its constituents and beneficiaries.

15. Except as alleged herein, Plaintiff does not have access to the underlying facts relating to Defendants’ improper conduct. Such information is exclusively within the possession, custody and control of the Defendant banks and other insiders and unnamed co-conspirators, which prevents Plaintiff from further detailing Defendants’ misconduct. Moreover, numerous pending government investigations – both domestic and foreign, including by the DOJ, CFTC, SEC, U.K. FSA, and the European Commission – concerning potential LIBOR manipulation and collusion could yield information from Defendants’ internal records or personnel that bears significantly on Plaintiff’s claims. Indeed, as one news report observed in detailing U.S. regulators’ ongoing investigation, “[i]ntemal bank emails may prove to be key evidence…because of the difficulty in proving that banks reported borrowing costs for LIBOR at one rate and obtained funding at another.”1 Plaintiff thus believes further evidentiary support for its allegations will be revealed after it has a reasonable opportunity to conduct discovery.

Footnotes

16. To date, more than $2.6 billion has been paid to settle only the U.S. and U.K. investigations of LIBOR manipulation by only three of the Defendant LIBOR member banks: UBS ($1.5 Billion), Royal Bank of Scotland ($610 Million), and Barclays ($453 Million). The settlement statements include revealing admissions and documentary evidence confirming: (i) the Defendant LIBOR member banks engaged in a conspiracy to manipulate the benchmark interest rate, and (ii) the conspiracy was on a global scale. Examples of admissions about the conspiracy include the following:

• In August 2007, a senior RBS trader of Yen LIBOR told one of his colleagues that LIBOR is a “cartel now in London.”2 This price-fixing cartel existed from August 2007 through May 2010.

1 David Enrich, Carrick Mollenkamp & Jean Eaglesham, “U.S. Libor Probe Includes Bof A, Citi, UB S,” Market Watch, March 17, 2011.

• On November 29, 2007, Barclays learned the confidential USD LIBOR submissions of every defendant before they were made public and adjusted its LIBOR submission downward by 20 basis points in order to stay within the pack of other banks’ low LIBOR submissions.3 Barclays managers issued standing instructions to stay within specific ranges of other panel banks’ LIBOR submissions, indicating that Barclays believed that it would have continued access to every other panel bank’s confidential LIBOR submissions before they were published. According to the CFTC’s review of the evidence it collected, “Senior Barclays Treasury managers provided the [LIBOR] submitters with the general guidance that Barcays’s submitted rates should be within ten basis points of the submissions by the other U.S. Dollar panel banks …”4

2 In the Matter of The Royal Bank of Scotlandplc and RBS Securities Japan Limited, CFTC Docket No. 13-14. Order Instituting Proceedings Pursuant to Sections 6(c) and 6(d) of the Commodity Exchange Act, Making Findings and Imposing Remedial Sanctions (Feb. 6, 2013) (“RBS CFTC” at 14).
3 Financial Services Authority, Final Notice to Barclays Bank Plc (June 27, 2012) (“Barclays FSA”) ¶118.

• That same day, on November 29, 2007, a Barclays manager explained that “other panel banks ‘are reluctant to post higher and because no one will get out of the pack the pack sort of stays low.”’5 Barclays and UBS admitted that they issued and obeyed instructions to stay within the pack of other banks’ low LIBOR submissions during large portions of the Relevant Period.

4 In the matter of Barclays, PLC, Barclays Bank PLC, and Barclays Capital, Inc., CFTC Docket No. 12-25, Order Instituting Proceedings Pursuant to Sections 6(c) and 6(d) of the Commodity Exchange Act, as Amended, Making Findings and Imposing Remedial Sanctions (June 27, 2012) (“Barclays CFTC”) at 20 (emphasis added).

• In communications between November 2007 and October 2008, Barclays’ employees revealed that “all of the Contributor Panel banks, including Barclays, were contributing rates that were too low.”6

5 Letter from Denis J. McInerney, Chief, Criminal Division, Fraud Section, United States Department of Justice, Appendix A (June 26, 2012) (“Barclays SOF”) ¶ 43 (emphasis added).

• On April 27, 2008, a Barclays manager conceded “to the extent that, um, the LIBORs have been understated, are we guilty of being part of the pack? You could say we are.”7 As one Barclays submitter put it, “just set it where everyone else sets it, we do not want to be standing out.”8

6 Barclays SOF ¶ 42.
7 Barclays FSA ¶ 131 (emphasis added).

• In April 2008, the BBA acknowledged that no panel banks were “clean-clean” and that it understood what would happen to any bank that “moved against the trend of lower submissions.

• On May 21, 2008, when a Wall Street Journal reporter asked UBS by email why UBS had been “paying 12 basis points for [commercial paper] more than it was posting as a Libor quote,” a senior manager at UBS told another senior UBS manager that “the answer would be ‘because the whole street was doing the same and because we did not want to be an outlier in the libor fixings, just like everybody else.’ ”9

8 Barclays FSA ¶ 123.

• On June 18, 2008, two UBS employees explained why it was important for banks to collusively suppress as part of an anticompetitive pack: “… [Senior Manager B] want[s] us to get in line with the competition by Friday … if you are too low you get written about for being too low … if you are too high you get written about for being too high.10

9 Letter from Denis J. McInerney, Chief, Fraud Section, Criminal Division, United States Department of Justice (Dec. 18, 2012) (“UBS SOF”) ¶ 117.

• Between June 2008 and April 2009, “UBS’s 3-month U.S. Dollar LIBOR submissions were identical to the published LIBOR fix, and largely consistent with the published LIBOR fix in the other tenors.”11 This was the case even though “[d]uring this 10-month period there were significant disruptions in the financial markets, affecting individual financial institutions in different ways.”12

10 Financial Services Authority, Final Notice to UBS AG ¶ 124 (Dec. 19, 2012) (“UBS FSA”) (emphasis added).
11 UBS SOF ¶ 122 (emphasis added0.

• The empirical evidence shows that Defendants conspired to suppress USD LIBORs in a pack: they submitted LIBOR rates at similarly suppressed levels, which they could not have done without colluding because their submissions diverged dramatically and in unpredictable ways from benchmark rates that tracked market fundamentals.

• On February 11, 2013, during testimony before the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards, Johnny Cameron, the former Chairman of Global Banking and Markets at RBS Group, characterized the LIBOR manipulation efforts as a cartel of people across a number of banks who felt they could fix it.13

12 UBS SOF ¶ 123.

• On April 12, 2013, the DOJ charged RBS with one count of “price fixing” in violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act. RBS admitted that it was responsible for the acts of its employees charged in the Information, which alleged that, from at least as early as 2007 through at least 2010, employees “engaged in a combination and conspiracy in unreasonable restraint of interstate and foreign commerce… the substantial terms of which were to fix the price of Yen LIBOR-based derivative products by fixing Yen LIBOR, a key price component of the price thereof, on certain occasions.” Documents show that RBS colluded with other defendants in this price-fixing conspiracy.

MERS MONOPOLY & PATENTED SECURITIZATION?

Securitization is NOT a “Traditional Mortgage Loan” Operation

Posted on June 27, 2013

Note by CEL/Deo Vindice:  Monopoly and Patent Are Different Names for the Same Economic Reality, opposite sides of the same coin.  But while they were originally designed to abolish or prohibit monopolies and monopolistic practices, the Antitrust Laws still on the books (especially 15 U.S.C. §§1-15 et seq.) are at best poorly enforced and more often ignored.  In the opposite direction, and inconsistently, modern Intellectual Property/IP Law is tending towards “eternal” patents, trademarks, and copyrights.  So if Securitization is Patented—it may become a Perpetual Monopoly—Unless We Fight it Now!  If the people have no will, they will accept the slavery of Communism (which is, after all, a system of governmentally managed monopolies).  This battle can be envisioned and framed initially through dialogue in the courts, but it can only be resolved politically—by changing the law and by the people taking control of the Constitution and Government again. 

Contrary to the mythology of Judicial Activism, the Courts only modify the law or create new law when ordered to do so by the Political Powers that be, as in the cases of Civil Rights in the 1950s-1960s and Abortion and Gay Rights in the 1970s-1980s and more recently.  In essence, the Courts are created by and dependent upon the legislative and executive branches—they have no ability to support themselves through taxation or to enforce their decree without the rest of the government.  That is why litigation must only be regarded as an “adjunct process” of law making, or law enforcement, or even clarification of the law.  It is quite obvious that, at the present time, Congress and the Executive support legal obfuscation….

patent-hero-size-100019219-gallerySecuritization is a relatively newinnovation given the operation of the traditional mortgage loan industry over the last 70 years.

What is routinely overlooked is the fact that this entire new process and product development has been patented in the USTPO extensively by the banks. The loans that were sold at the turn of the century through present day are NOT traditional mortgage loans. This fact is further complicated because there was no meeting of the minds when the contracts were formed. Additionally, there are multiple defects that should literally void documents or cause defective products to be recalled.

This is a very complex subject. Many times it is too complicated for the average foreclosure court and defense attorney without additional education. “These [securitization patent issues] are the patent-law_shutterstock_300arguments that need to be made but they need to be in the context of a complex business litigation court not in a foreclosure/equity court,” voiced an experienced paralegal to a law professor, “[T]hese loans require the knowledge of various areas of complex litigation law – securitization, patent, real estate, finance, trust, etc.  It’s not as simple as John Doe signed a note and mortgage, failed to pay the note and mortgage and therefore since we hold the note in our hot little hands we can take John Doe’s house.” 

The reason that this is not just a simple routine foreclosure process is because the new products that were sold to homeowners are defined in new patented processes. Patents are for “new” inventions or discovery – for new products and/or process.

35 USC § 100 – Definitions

When used in this title unless the context otherwise indicates—
(a) The term “invention” means invention or discovery.
(b) The term “process” means process, art or method, and includes a new use of a known process, machine, manufacture, composition of matter, or material.


new35 USC § 101 – Inventions patentable

Whoever invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof, may obtain a patent therefor, subject to the conditions and requirements of this title.

35 USC § 102 – Conditions for patentability; novelty and loss of right to patent

(a) Novelty; Prior Art.— A person shall be entitled to a patent unless—
(1) the claimed invention was patented, described in a printed publication, or in public use, on sale, or otherwise available to the public before the effective filing date of the claimed invention; or
(2) the claimed invention was described in a patent issued under section 151, or in an application for patent published or deemed published under section 122 (b), in which the patent or application, as the case may be, names another inventor and was effectively filed before the effective filing date of the claimed invention.

1935 Patent pending instructions - late version closeupThere are numerous patents on securitization, REMICs, Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., etc. For example, Paperless process for mortgage closings and other applications [Click Here for MERS Patent PDF] relates to paperless transactions and the mortgage industry in particular, and more specifically to the closing, registration and custody of electronic mortgages.” The patent even used new terminology – these are “electronic mortgages” – not traditional mortgages. It’s debatable whether the documents could even be called “mortgage” – it is more like achit in comparison to all the shadow banking and backdoor antics that occurred.

This MERS patent was filed on January 18, 2005 with its Priority Date of February 10, 2004 and published October 26, 2010. This is considered a “new” invention. The patent acknowledges:

“[T]he mortgage closing process is traditionally very paper intensive and tedious. Borrowers must affix wet signatures to many, many documents and lenders subsequently must physically copy, distribute, register and store the signed documents.”

It might as well have read,

“Hey man, not us - no paper documents needed. We’ll give anybody one of these new electronic mortgages – as long as they can breathe. We’ll flood the market with these defective  loan products and force it down their throats.”

However, and remember this was written back in 2004 (or earlier), behind the scenes there were changes being made to local and federal statutes that would support this “new” methodology, albeit without full disclosure to the borrower. The patent continues:

“The Mortgage Industry Standards Maintenance Organization (MISMO) has laid the foundation for paperless, electronic mortgages by defining the SMART Document specification. SMART is an acronym for Securable, Manageable, Archivable, Retrievable, and Transferable.”

Matrix - System FailureThe problem here is that the homeowner (aka borrowers) were never informed that the traditional mortgage lending process had been materially altered.

In order to securitize these loans it appears that the documents MUSTbecome electronically transferable and in order to achieve electronic transfer-ability the UETA statutes must be precisely followed and UETA section 16 in most states require “explicit agreement” by the mortgagor at the creation of the document.

These issues NEED to be raised in order to be adjudicated.

FLAW #1:  Making reference to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. in a mortgage does not appear to be sufficient to provide “explicit agreement” pursuant to the UETA statute. Notwithstanding the fact that Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. is just a shell corporation and NOT the registry system which is actually owned and operated by MERSCORP, Inc. and the MERSCORP, Inc. membership. Even if the words“Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc.” were a trade name for the system (which it is not) it does not indicate an ”explicit agreement” is being obtained from the borrower when he signs the mortgage.

Furthermore, there are states such as New York and Washington that have not yet endorsed the UETA and eSign statutes. Even if the federal statute becomes the fallback position – it does not waive the necessity for electronic transfer-ability (per the patents) in this “new”  patented securitization process.

h3“Your honor, how did that loan become an asset of the REMIC trust, as the plaintiff alleges, when there is no explicit agreement by the homeowners here to allow for the electronic transfer of the documents which is a necessary element in the securitization process?”

This is not a traditional mortgage process. The courts must begin to recognize the factsbehind the securitization curtain are a truckload of patents – “new” patents designed to create “new” products that are essentially defective because the laws were not followed.

It’s as if we are wading through a sandbox with a lot of kids who had failed to follow the rules and would rather ask for forgiveness than for permission. This is not just some little ministerial mistake and the cover-up goes so far up the ladder that it is appalling. Judges with integrity are beginning to realize the scam but in order for them to sink their teeth into the crux of the problem – the source or the root of the issues must be raised. These convoluted issues stem from the conception of the patented securitization and electronic process.

If there was ever a question as to the fraud that could be committed through the use of electronic signatures – just take a gander at the abuse of the securitization process.

As Adam Levitin stated in Standing to Invoke PSAs as a Foreclosure Defense:

“A major issue arising in foreclosure defense cases is the homeowner’s ability to challenge the foreclosing party’s standing based on noncompliance with securitization documentation. Several courts have held that there is no standing to challenge standing on this basis, most recently the 1st Circuit BAP in Correia v. Deutsche Bank Nat’l Trust Company. (See Abigail Caplovitz Field’s cogent critique of that ruling here.) The basis for these courts’ rulings is that the homeowner isn’t a party to the PSA, so the homeowner has no standing to raise noncompliance with the PSA.

I think that view is plain wrong.  It fails to understand what PSA-based foreclosure defenses are about and to recognize a pair of real and cognizable Article III interests of homeowners:  the right to be protected against duplicative claims and the right to litigate against the real party in interest because of settlement incentives and abilities.”

patentIt also fails to take into account that there are numerous (hundreds) of NEW patents that are in play with this process. These are not traditional mortgages! These documents are clearly defective loan products. From the lack of explicit agreement per UETA to the rigged LIBOR interest rates to the phony baloney ShellGame-MERS – a straw man and a fake, these loan documents should be scraped as defective products.

Professor Levitin continues:

“Let me put it another way.  Homeowners are not complaining about breaches of the PSA for the purposes of enforcing the PSA contract.  They are pointing to breaches of the PSA as evidence that the loan was not transferred to the securitization trust.  The PSA is being invoked because it is the document that purports to transfer the mortgage to the trust.  Adherence to the PSA determines whether there was a transfer effected or not because under NY trust law (which governs most PSAs), a transfer not in compliance with a trust’s documents is void.  And if there isn’t a valid transfer, there’s no standing.  This is simply a factual question–does the trust own the loan or not?   (Or in UCC terms, is the trust a “party entitled to enforce the note”–query whether enforcement rights in the note also mean enforcement rights in the mortgage…)  If not, then it lacks standing to foreclosure.” [Read more]

You honor, what is it about this information you do not understand, yet? The biggest problem, aside from the judiciary worrying about their pensions if the banks collapse (which isn’t going to happen if the 1% that fight the banks actually win their cases), is that foreclosure defense attorneys are not always prepared to bring up new arguments or demand in-depth discovery because it takes too much time per case and they often have hundreds of clients to represent. But these issues must be addressed. And if they cannot be addressed in a regular foreclosure court because of the complexity – then possibly panels need to be established and the elements argued to the more legally prepared and astute judiciary without a conflict of interest in that they own stock in the banks.

trolllFinally, somebody please tellPresident Obama that maybe he ought to concentrate on the securitization Trolls that created the patents and swoop down and carry off these violators since they did not follow the procedures and violated their own patents.

Or maybe another Supreme Court determination like the recent DNA case is necessary. Because land recordation is the very essence, in other words, the DNA of our country.

In a recent Supreme Court DNA patent case Justice Thomas wrote, “We have ‘long held that this provision contains an important implicit exception’” that is, “Laws of nature, natural phenomena and abstract ideas are not patentable.’” [emphasis added]

At the very least, securitization documents should not be allowed to be called “mortgage loans.”

A special thank you to Alina, Jack, Deb, Steve and Deontos for their in-depth discussions. Please take the time to read through this important post and pass along to your friends and family.

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  1. As usual Virginia did a great job of seeking and finding and exposing. Thanks to all that participate in this digging out the truth. Such an unbelievable crime against the people. Great Job! I shared this with many.

Sovereign Nation or USA Vassal-State? German Looks to its Future under the Obamanation of Global-Imperialist USA!: More European Commentary on the Free Trade Agreement that NO ONE is Discussing in the USA—Obama Promotes Trayvon Sympathy Race-Riots to Hide the Largest U.S. Imperialist Action in HIstory—the Virtual Annexation of Europe

Last week for Bastille Day, July 14, 2013, I published a quotation from the French Front National’s website concerning the leading French Nationalist Party’s fears of a free trade agreement that, so far, I have seen discussed NOWHERE in the US-Media—someone fill me in if they have seen NYT or WSJ reports on it, because I’ve looked and (if they are there) I’ve somehow missed it.  We obviously can not count, any longer, on these two traditional pillars of US Journalism.  This week, following up on the French Commentary about the “Wildfire of Savage Globalism” with and by which Obama as George Bush’s handpicked successor is attempting effectively to annex Europe, I now quote the German National Democratic Party’s fears of the complete abrogation of National Sovereignty for status as a U.S. Vassal State, a condition not experienced since the dismal days post 1945 when Germany was effectively partitioned four ways between Great Britain in the Northwest (Hamburg, Hannover, Bremen, Schleswig-Holstein, Wesphalia, and most of Rheinland-Phalz, France in the Southwest (Saarland, Baden-Wurtemburg, U. S. Central and Southeast (Bavaria up to and including Frankfurt-am-Main), and of course, the entire eastern half of the Country either annexed to Poland and obliterated from the map or the heartland stub of Berlin, Brandenburg, Thuringia, Saxony, and Mecklenberg-Schwerin as “East Germany” operating under Russian occupation for 45 years as a Soviet Vassal State).  Surely Germany has suffered enough from foreign domination!

My sight-translation from German is not the best of my foreign language skills (German-original text below), but this is the best I can do early on a Sunday morning before Church with no better stimulus than Arizona Southern Style Tea from a page just published on Friday July 19, 2013, on the National Democratic Party websitehttp://www.npd.de/html/1938/artikel/detail/3310/ I WOULD WELCOME ANY CORRECTIONS OR SUGGESTED CLARIFICATIONS OF MY TRANSLATION BELOW, my undergraduate German professors Starke & Gotzkowsky would be so disappointed in my ability 36-35 years later…

Sovereign German Nation State or US-Vassal>
German Future Against the Background of the Prism-Accord Provided by the “Free Trade” Agreement with the United States

One simply has to answer too many questions incompletely and insubstantially, because we simply have no answer from the United States regarding to the extent of the American spying on German citizens and politicians. More than two-thirds of the Germans are dissatisfied and unhappy with the information provided by the (German) federal government, which may have been enough for Angela Merkel on this topic that shows her failings dramatically.
However, the NPD will not allow this affirmation of the comprehensive loss any sovereignty to evaporate into the summer heat.  Because it is not only the privacy of millions of Germans citizens by US-espionage that is in danger, even the protection of German companies is no longer secure.
Given this background, it is important to consider the proposed free trade agreement between the EU and the United States must be reviewed.  A  “free trade agreement” in any case threatens the independent self-management of all member governments and their peoples.  “Free Trade” prohibits ordinary national protection mechanisms, import duties and other effective measures for consumer protection. The “winners” of this free trade area are only the large, internationally active corporations. [Translators note: look at what has happened in Mexico since NAFTA: the Blessings of Walmart have reached into every corner of the land, including World Patrimony sites like the ruins of the greatest pre-Aztec sacred city of Quetzalcoatl at Teotihuacan; yet has Mexico reaped a great harvest of jobs amidst the Yankee invasion?  No, the slave labor of China and sub-human wages of sub-continental India have undercut Mexico's extremely low wages, meaning that American companies have taken their jobs NOT to Mexico primarily but elsewhere, as Free Trade permits them to do---the net loss of Sovereignty plus Wealth to Mexico has fueled the largest human migration in history across the Rio Grande, Gadsen Purchase line, and boundary of Upper-Lower California to the point where the US is effectively half-Mexican now and large parts of the Mexican population depend on the "foreign aid" provided by its US-resident citizens].  “Losers” are without exception the acquiescing states and their citizens.  The states lose, because for every protective measure they can be dragged into [effectively dominant-State-US controlled] free trade courts, and this means that the states are thereby forced largely to withdraw from economic regulation. The people lose, because consumers suffer from unsafe products [produced in non-consumer countries] and small businesses suffer from the ruinous competition from abroad [which competition] could not be more effectively protected.

So said the US-american political scientist Susan George: “winners are logically the large companies. Small and medium-sized companies obtain much less, if they are already subcontractors of the greater companies and so already exploited, they have no way to regulate their prices, which will fall.”
Horse meat scandals and worse were on the agenda, because the states have no regulatory power anymore. Consumer protection becomes a thing of the past. The GMO Biotech-Concern Monsanto announced just a few days ago, that it will make no further applications for legalisation of genetically modified food in Germany and Europe.  This is no wonder, since Monsanto and similar companies can calmly but soon via free trade agreements will export  their genetically modified products to Germany [against the will and choice of the German people]. Ms. George states, precisely: “In the US, with 80 percent of the maize [American corn] production genetically modified, multinational companies dominate. And in agriculture, then the price on the US market sets the international price. That would be the ruin of the Europeans, except for the large, industrial establishments in Europe.”

The current Prism-Accord, is now revealed in light of the comprehensive espionage of the US secret NSA [National Security Agency] service in Germany, [and] shos the planned free trade agreement in [at the very least] a questionable light. In the future, comprehensive industrial espionage in Germany and Europe would be even easier for the US secret services. Several studies have already shown that Germany would have the least benefit of such a free trade agreement.  The even more comprehensive industrial espionage imposed on Germany, on the other hand would probably bear the brunt. Our already docile and US vassal Politi-Puppets like Chancellor Angela Merkel and Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich provide no expectation of protection for German citizens, consumers or businesses. [Friedrich has shown this by the complete lack of vigor in his investigation of the NSA over the past week or so].
Neither the Prism-Accord nor the planned free trade agreement will disappear in the summer!  They must be an election issue!
The NPD is the only party in Germany for the restoration of the full sovereignty of the German nation-state, the guarantor of the ability of German policies and basic conditions for an effective protection of German citizens and businesses.

[all bracketed content added by yours truly, the shamefully poor-translator CEL III]

(ORIGINAL TEXT IN GERMAN, SAME PAGE NOTED ABOVE: http://www.npd.de/html/1938/artikel/detail/3310/)

19.07.2013

Soveräner deutscher Nationalstaat statt US-Vasall

Vor dem Hintergrund von Prism darf es mit den USA kein Freihandelsabkommen geben 

Viele Fragen musste sie mit völliger Substanzlosigkeit beantworten, weil sie schlicht und ergreifend von den USA bisher keine Antwort zum Ausmaß der Ausspähung deutscher Bürger und Politiker bekommen hat. Mehr als zwei Drittel der Deutschen sind mit der Aufklärungsarbeit der Bundesregierung unzufrieden, Grund genug für Merkel, daß Thema zu entdramatisieren.

Die NPD wird allerdings nicht zulassen, daß dieser Beleg des umfassenden Verlusts jeglicher Souveränität im Sommerloch verschwindet. Denn nicht nur die Privatsphäre von Millionen deutschen Bürgern ist durch die US-Spionage in Gefahr, auch der Schutz deutscher Unternehmen ist nicht mehr gewährleistet.

Vor diesem Hintergrund muß auch das geplante Freihandelsabkommen zwischen der EU und den USA betrachtet werden. Ein Freihandelsabkommen bedroht ohnehin die Handlungsfähigkeit der Staaten und Völker, verbietet es doch nationale Schutzmechanismen, Einfuhrzölle und wirksame Maßnahmen zum Verbraucherschutz. Gewinner einer solchen Freihandelszone wären einzig und allein die großen, international agierenden Konzerne. Verlierer wären die Staaten und deren Bürger. Erstere, weil sie wegen jeder Schutzmaßnahme vor Gericht gezerrt werden könnten, da der Freihandelsvertrag die Staaten zwingen würde, sich aus der Wirtschaftsregulierung weitgehend zurückzuziehen. Letztere, weil Verbraucher vor bedenklichen Produkten und kleine Unternehmen vor der ruinösen Konkurrenz aus dem Ausland nicht mehr wirksam geschützt werden könnten.

So sagte hierzu die US-amerikanische Politikwissenschaftlerin Susan George: „Gewinner sind logischerweise die großen Unternehmen. Kleine und mittelständische Unternehmen würden viel weniger davon haben, wenn sie Subunternehmer sind und bereits von den Großen ausgebeutet werden, die nicht regelmäßig zahlen, die die Preise drücken können.“

Pferdefleischskandale und Schlimmeres wären an der Tagesordnung, weil die Staaten über keinerlei Kontrollbefugnisse mehr verfügen würden. Verbraucherschutz würde der Vergangenheit angehören. Der Gentech-Konzern Monsanto hat erst vor wenigen Tagen bekannt gegeben, keine weiteren Anträge auf Legalisierung von genmanipulierten Lebensmitteln in Deutschland und Europa stellen zu wollen. Dies ist auch kein Wunder, können Monsanto und ähnliche Konzerne doch bald seelenruhig ihren Genmüll via Freihandelsabkommen nach Deutschland exportieren. George hierzu wörtlich: „In den USA macht Genmais 80 Prozent der Produktion aus, hier dominieren multinationale Unternehmen. Und in der Landwirtschaft, wird dann der Preis auf dem US-Markt zum internationalen Preis. Das wäre der Ruin der Europäer, außer für die großen, industriellen Betriebe in Europa.“

Auch die aktuelle Prism-Affäre, die die umfassende Spionage des US-Geheimdienstes NSA in Deutschland offengelegt hat, stellt das geplante Freihandelsabkommen in ein fragwürdiges Licht. Künftig wäre es für die US-Geheimdienste noch einfacher, umfassende Industriespionage in Deutschland und Europa zu betreiben. Mehrere Studien haben bereits ergeben, daß Deutschland von einem solchen Freihandelsabkommen ohnehin am wenigsten profitieren würde. Die noch umfassendere Industriespionage eingerechnet wäre Deutschland hingegen wohl sogar der Hauptleidtragende. Mit willfährigen und US-hörigen Polit-Marionetten wie Merkel und Friedrich ist auch kein Schutz deutscher Bürger, Verbraucher und Unternehmen zu erwarten.

Sowohl die Prism-Affäre als auch das geplante Freihandelsabkommen dürfen nicht im Sommerloch verschwinden! Sie müssen Wahlkampfthema werden!

Die NPD spricht sich als einzige Partei in Deutschland für die Wiederherstellung der umfassenden Souveränität des deutschen Nationalstaats aus, die Garant für die Handlungsfähigkeit der deutschen Politik und Grundbedingung für einen wirksamen Schutz deutscher Bürger und Unternehmen ist.

“Adding Oil to the Wild-Fire of Savage Globalization”: While America Sleeps through Summer—in France the Front National Warns of a New Free Trade agreement—on the 224th Bastille Day

Today and for the entire past week (since July 13, the day before Bastille Day) Americans, goaded by their manipulative politicians and brain-dead mainstream media have been obsessing over the (artificially) “racially charged” saga of George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin (including President BHO who first said, “If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon Martin” then corrected to, “that means I could be him or he could be me” with final suggested translation, “I am Trayvon Martin and Trayvon Martin died for your sins, so get ready to pay all you middle class people obsessed with being safe in your homes and wanting ther right to self-defense”). Now the NAACP is discussing with (the worst ever Attorney General Eric) Holder’s U.S. Department of (Manifest In-) Justice whether (now that he has been acquitted) George Zimmerman could be prosecuted under the Federal Civil Rights Laws.  Well, that’s OK, because it’s what PRESIDENT OBAMA wants us to focus on, right?  But turning (on this 224th Bastille Day) to the Website of the Front National led by Marine le Pen in France—I see that they are worried about a new free trade agreement I have never seen even discussed in the U.S. Press, a free trade agreement between the United States of America and the European Community which would dwarf NAFTA and truly lead to one single global economy.  The Front National is against it, and I think all sane Americans should wake up and oppose it also.  Can we escape from the trivialities on which the Media want us to focus?  I think we should….while there’s still a chance left:  This article warns that the opening of negotiations for a new free trade agreement is like “putting oil on the wild-fire of savage globalization.”  Yes, the French people are awake. I originally published this quote on July 14, a week ago, on the afternoon to wish all French Front National Members and Sympathizers a  Happy Bastille Day!  Joyeaux Quatorze Juillet!  Vive la France and Vive Marine le Pen and the Font National.  At least someone somewhere was paying attention to what’s really going on in the world:

Press Release Marine Le Pen, President of the National Front

Marine Le Pen strongly condemns the opening date of negotiations on a free trade agreement between the United States and the European Union.  [The Future Madame President has articulated her position forcefully, my translation]:
“The free trade agreement is inappropriate ["incompetent"], above all in the midst of an economic and social crisis.  This agreement will exclusively benefit  the United States and its multinational corporations, while our farmers, our workers, our employees and our defense industry will be delivered into the wildest and most radical law of the jungle.  Serious health problems will also arise when the well-known dangerous methods of the American food industry result in strong pressure in this country to accept American GMOs.

The agitated distress of the French government in recent days following revelations of American espionage has not slowed the original schedule [for implementation of this agreement], which shows the [French government's] total abandonment of the sovereignty of our country for the [hypothetical and supposed] benefit of the European Union. By supporting this agreement, the French [socialist] government hand-in-hand with the UMP [Union for a Popular Movement, = Rally for the Republic, Neo-Gaulist, supposedly conservative + French Democratic Union*] party betrays the interests of the French economy and our workers putting oil on the already devastating fire of unfettered globalization.

The French government must remove its hand [from this fire] by putting an immediate veto the agreement.  No opening of negotiations is justified.
Instead, France must return to a patriotic and self-preservative [protectionist  economic model. This implies [that France must] further control our economic and financial boundaries to face unfair international competition rather than open [ourselves to such things] even wider. Globalization should not be amplified or encourage but controlled and regulated.

(This is my personal free-hand translation, July 21, 2013, of the statement pubished ten days ago at) http://www.frontnational.com/2013/07/ouverture-des-negociations-sur-laccord-de-libre-echange-etats-unisue-hollande-et-lump-mettent-de-lhuile-sur-le-feu-de-la-mondialisation-sauvage/ (all [brackets] included above are clarifications inserted by CEL/Kalel, who takes sole responsibility for any and all errors)

Communiqués / 8 juillet 2013 / Mots-clefs : /

Communiqué de Presse de Marine Le Pen, Présidente du Front National

Marine Le Pen condamne fermement l’ouverture ce jour des négociations sur un accord de libre-échange entre les Etats-Unis et l’Union européenne.
L’accord de libre-échange est une ineptie, surtout en pleine crise économique et sociale ; il se fera au bénéfice exclusif des Etats-Unis et de leurs multinationales, alors que nos paysans, nos ouvriers, nos salariés et notre industrie de défense seront livrés à la loi de la jungle la plus radicale. De sérieuses questions sanitaires se poseront également, quand on sait les méthodes dangereuses de l’industrie agroalimentaire américaine et les pressions très fortes de ce pays en faveur des OGM.

L’agitation du gouvernement français ces derniers jours suite aux révélations sur l’espionnage américain n’aura pas fait bouger d’un iota le calendrier initial, ce qui démontre la perte totale et consentie de souveraineté de notre pays au bénéfice de l’Union européenne. En soutenant cet accord, le gouvernement français main dans la main avec l’UMP trahit les intérêts de l’économie française et de nos travailleurs en mettant de l’huile sur le feu déjà ravageur de la mondialisation sauvage.

Le gouvernement français doit retrouver la main en mettant immédiatement son veto sur cet accord. Aucune ouverture de négociation ne se justifie.
Au contraire, la France doit s’engager dans un modèle économique patriote et protecteur, de rebond. Ce qui suppose de maîtriser davantage nos frontières économiques et financières face à la concurrence internationale déloyale plutôt que de les ouvrir plus grand encore. La mondialisation ne doit pas être exacerbée mais maîtrisée et régulée. 

Albert Pike: Lawyer, Brigadier General Mason & Spiritual Leader of the South

Despite my great fortune in education and work to have worked and studied under some very great men, including the late Harvard professors Gordon Randolph Willey and Calvert Watkins, as well as the very much alive Federal Judges Stephen Reinhardt, Michael W. McConnell, and Kenneth L. Ryskamp, no man ever influenced my mind and intellectual growth more than my grandfather, Alphonse Bernhard Meyer, who died when I was not quite 20, on the Monday before Mardi Gras, on February 18, 1980.  

Among my grandfather’s most treasured possessions were an autographed set of the works of Albert Pike inherited from his own father Herbert Bernhard Meyer.  Another member of the Meyer family, Elard Hugo Meyer had written extensively on comparative mythology, in particular famous for preparing and updating the Fourth Edition of Jacob Grimm’s Deustsche Mythologie and later for his own magna opera Indogermanische Mythen, Die Eddische Kosmogonie, Die Mythologie der Germanen.  My grandfather himself, although he had formally studied only biology and chemistry, leading to his lifetime commitment to the greater health, safety, and technology of the United States Armed Forces, was a great student of comparative religion and literature himself, keeping shelves of  heavily worn books of Arabic, Egyptian, Gnostic, Heretical (Eastern) Christian, Persian, Sufi, Zoroastrian, Vedic, and Hindic mysticism and literature.  

But my grandfather explained his interests by repeatedly asserting that the study of comparative religion was only the road back to understanding of our own lives, our own truths, and above-all the meaning of death and of our lives in the hereafter, and he connected all of these to doing good works and making contributions to the lives of the living on earth.  In this my grandfather thought that no one had ever contributed more to his own understanding than the writings of Albert Pike.  My grandfather had achieved 33rd degree masonry at the early age of 30, in the same year he had chaired the first $1,000,000 fundraising campaign in the history the Dallas YMCA (his last campaign, in 1979, netted the Y $10,000,000).  

Like Elard Hugo Meyer, Pike had also written on Indo-Aryan Deities and Worship as Contained in the Rig-Veda as well as the Lectures of the Arya and above all, his multiple editions of Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite Freemasonry and Morals and Dogma of the First Three Degrees of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite Freemasonry in addition to The Meaning of Masonry and Points within the Circle.  Pike’s and Meyer’s writings coincided in bringing together the concepts of Ancient Learning and Language for Modern Morality and Virtue.   Albert Pike was often said to be one of the founding commanders of the Ku Klux Klan and its “Chief Judicial Officer” just as Hugo Meyer was said to be one of the spiritual forefathers of the Artaman League, the writings of Herman Wirth, and Himmler’s Ahnenerbe.  Others say that Albert Pike was somehow connected to the development of international banking and the Federal Reserve, but this appears to be related only to some of his extremely early writings as an Arkansas Lawyer and Court officer.

Although Albert Pike was born in Boston, lived in New Orleans and New York City, and died and was buried in Washington, where he is the only Confederate General commemorated by a statue, Pike spent much of his life in Arkansas, where he is remembered as the founder of the first legal reports (recording the deliberations and decisions of judges to establish precedent and common law) and the first form books to guide practice in this state known to so many only as the gap along I-40 & I-30 between Tennessee and Arkansas, connected by the lives and military-political careers of both Governor-General-President-Governor Sam Houston and Representative & legendary Alamo Hero Davy Crockett, among so many others.

Albert Pike (1809–1891)
Albert Pike was a lawyer who played a major role in the development of the early courts of Arkansas and played an active role in the state’s politics prior to the Civil War. He also was a central figure in the development of Masonry in the state and later became a national leader of that organization. During the Civil War, he commanded the Confederacy’s Indian Territory, raising troops there and exercising field command in one battle. He also was a talented poet and writer.

Albert Pike was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on December 29, 1809. He was one of the six children of Benjamin Pike, a cobbler, and Sarah Andrews. He attended public schools in Byfield, Newburyport, and Framingham, Massachusetts. His received an education that provided him with a background in classical and contemporary literature and in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek. He passed the examination required for entry into Harvard when he was sixteen. He was unable to pay the tuition at Harvard, however, and began to teach, working at schools in Newburyport and nearby Gloucester and Fairhaven.

He began to write poetry as a young man, which he continued to do for the rest of his life. When he was twenty-three, he published his first poem, “Hymns to the Gods.” Subsequent poems appeared in contemporary literary journals such asBlackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine and local newspapers. His first collection of poetry, Prose Sketches and Poems Written in the Western Country, appeared in 1834. He later gathered many of his poems and republished them in Hymns to the Gods and Other Poems (1872). After his death these appeared again in Gen. Albert Pike’s Poems (1900) and Lyrics and Love Songs(1916).

Pike left Massachusetts for Santa Fe, in what was then Mexico, in 1831, one of many at the time attracted to the developing West. From Santa Fe, he joined in an expedition into the lands around the headwaters of the Arkansas and Red rivers. Somewhere along the route, he left the expedition and walked to Fort Smith (Sebastian County). He taught there in rural schools for a short time, but his literary skills early involved him in Arkansas politics. In 1833, he published in local newspapers letters in support of Robert Crittenden’s candidacy for territorial delegate to Congress. The anonymous letters, signed “Casca” after one of the Roman politicians who assassinated Julius Caesar, were considered very persuasive and secured for him a statewide reputation as a writer. They also attracted the attention of Charles Bertrand, owner of the Whig Party’s Arkansas Advocate, who invited Pike to Little Rock (Pulaski County) to work as the paper’s editor. Pike accepted the job and moved to the capital city. While working for the Advocate, Pike published a series of stories and poems about his adventures in New Mexico, the material later published in his Prose Stories and Poems Written in the Western Country.

In addition to editing the newspaper, Pike secured additional work in Little Rock as a clerk in the legislature. He married Mary Ann Hamilton on October 10, 1834. The couple had six children. Hamilton brought to the marriage considerable financial resources, and she helped Pike purchase an interest in the Advocate from Charles Bertram in 1834. The next year, he became its sole proprietor. Pike studied law while editing the newspaper, ultimately passing the Arkansas Bar exam in either 1836 or 1837. In the latter year, he sold the newspaper and devoted his time to the law. He demonstrated considerable legal prowess early and represented clients in courts at every level, including the United States Supreme Court, which he received permission to practice before in 1849.

Pike developed a lucrative law practice, and his clients included many of the tribes in Indian Territory. Among his clients at this time were the Creek (Muscogee) and Choctaw, whom he represented in a case against the U.S. government that secured payment for lands taken in the Treaty of Fort Jackson in 1814. Pike learned several Native American dialects while working as their attorney.

From 1836 to 1844, Pike was the first reporter of the Arkansas Supreme Court, charged with writing notes on the relevant points in court decisions, then publishing and indexing the court’s opinions. In 1842, he published the Arkansas Form Book, a tool for lawyers providing models for the different kinds of motions to be filed in the state’s courts. His reputation as an attorney also secured him the appointment of receiver for the failed Arkansas State Bank in 1840. As receiver, he attempted to collect the debts owed to that institution. At the same time, the fees he received for this work were lucrative and secured his fortune.

An ambitious public figure, Pike joined others in 1845 in supporting actions against Mexico, what became the Mexican War. He helped raise the Little Rock Guards, a company incorporated into the Arkansas cavalry regiment of Colonel Archibald Yell, and served as its captain. Pike concluded early on that the senior officers of his regiment were incompetent, and he shared his observations with the people back in Arkansas through letters to the newspapers. Following the Battle of Buena Vista, he leveled particularly harsh criticism against Lieutenant Colonel John Selden Roane. After the publication of a particularly vitriolic letter by Pike in the Arkansas Gazette, Roane demanded that Pike apologize or “give him satisfaction.” Pike refused to apologize, and the two fought a duel near Fort Smith on a sand bank in the Arkansas River. In the exchange of fire, neither hit his antagonist, and the two were persuaded to halt the duel, with honor satisfied.

Returning from Mexico, Pike reestablished his law practice. He promoted the construction of a transcontinental railroad from New Orleans to the Pacific coast, writing numerous newspaper essays urging support for this project. He moved to New Orleans in 1853 to further his railroad activities, although he also continued to practice law. He translated French legal volumes into English while preparing to pass the local bar exam for Louisiana. Ultimately, he successfully obtained a charter from the Louisiana legislature for one of his railroad projects. He returned to Little Rock in 1857.

In the years immediately following the Mexican War, Pike’s concern with the developing sectional crisis brought on by the issue of slavery became apparent. He had long been a Whig, but the Whig Party repeatedly refused to address the slavery issue. That failure and Pike’s own anti-Catholicism led him to join the Know-Nothing Party upon its creation. In 1856, he attended the new party’s national convention, but he found it equally reluctant to adopt a strong pro-slavery platform. He joined other Southern delegates in walking out of the convention. Pike believed in the idea of state’s rights and considered secession constitutional. He philosophically supported secession, demonstrating his position in 1861 when he published a pamphlet titled State or Province, Bond or Free?

In 1861, the Arkansas state convention named Pike its commissioner to Indian Territory and authorized him to negotiate treaties with the various tribes. As a result of his experience there, the Confederate War Department appointed him a brigadier general in the Confederate army in August 1861 and assigned him to the Department of the Indian Territory. Pike assisted the tribes that supported the Confederacy in raising regiments. He believed that these units would be critical to protecting the territory from Union incursions, but his belief that the Indian units should be kept in Indian Territory brought him into early conflict with his superiors. In the spring of 1862, General Earl Van Dorn ordered him to bring his 2,500 Indian troops into northwestern Arkansas. Despite his opposition to the move, Pike obeyed, and his Indian force of about 900 men joined Confederate forces in northwest Arkansas. On March 7–8, 1862, they participated in the Battle of Pea Ridge (a.k.a. Elkhorn Tavern), led by Pike. Pike proved a poor leader, and he failed to keep his force engaged with the enemy or in check. Charges circulated widely that the men had stopped their advance to take scalps. After the battle, Pike and his men returned to Indian Territory.

Opposition to Confederate policy over Indian Territory would continue to be a source of conflict between Pike and his superiors. Unhappy with Pike, in the summer of 1862, General Thomas C. Hindman, commander of Confederate forces in Arkansas, attempted to extend his authority over the territory. Pike responded by issuing a circular that refused to surrender control and charged Hindman with trying to replace constitutional government with despotism. Ultimately, the dispute between the two went to Confederate authorities at Richmond. The authorities decided in favor of Hindman and reprimanded Pike. On July 12, Pike resigned from his position in protest. With his resignation, Pike retired to Greasy Cove (Montgomery County). He was appointed as a judge of the state Supreme Court in 1864, but little is known of his activities on the court.

At the end of the Civil War, Pike moved to New York City, then for a short time to Canada. After receiving an amnesty from President Andrew Johnson on August 30, 1865, he returned for a time to Arkansas and resumed the practice of law. In 1867, he moved to Memphis, Tennessee, and entered a new law partnership with General Charles W. Adams. He also edited theMemphis Appeal. He may have become involved in the organization of the Ku Klux Klan at this time, although this is not certain. He moved to Washington DC in 1870. There, he engaged for a time in politics, editing The Patriot, a Democraticnewspaper, from 1868 to 1870. He also practiced law in partnership with Robert W. Johnson, former U.S. senator, until 1880. Although less interested in Arkansas affairs, one of his last major roles in the state would be his support to the Grant administration of Elisha Baxter’s claims for the governorship in 1874.

After he ceased practicing law, Pike’s real interest was the Masonic Lodge. He had become a Mason in 1850 and participated in the creation of the Masonic St. Johns’ College in Little Rock that same year. In 1851, he helped to form the Grand Chapter of Arkansas and was its Grand High Priest from 1853 to 1854. In 1853, he also associated with the Scottish Rite of Masons and rose rapidly in the organization. In 1859, he was elected grand commander of the Supreme Council, Southern Jurisdiction of the United States, the administrative district for all parts of the country except for the fifteen states east of the Mississippi River and north of the Ohio, and held that post until his death. After the war, he devoted much of his time to rewriting the rituals of the Scottish Rite Masons. For years, his Morals and Dogma (1871), still in print, was distributed to members of the Rite. Over his career, he published numerous other works on the order, including Meaning of Masonry, Book of the Words, and The Point Within the Circle. As he aged, he also became interested in spiritualism, particularly Indian thought, and its relationship to Masonry. Late in life, he learned Sanskrit and translated various literary works written in that language. As a result of his work in this area, he published Indo-Aryan Deities and Worship as Contained in the Rig-Veda.

Pike died at the Scottish Rite Temple in Washington DC on April 2, 1891. He was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery there. On December 29, 1944, the anniversary of his birth, his body was removed from Oak Hill Cemetery and placed in a crypt in the temple.

Pike was much honored after his death. His Masonic brothers erected a statute to him in 1901 in Washington DC, making him the only former Confederate general to have a monument there. Authorities also named the first highway between Hot Springs (Garland County) and Colorado Springs, Colorado, the Albert Pike Highway. The Albert Pike Memorial Temple in Little Rock bears his name, and his Little Rock home remains standing. After renovation, the home opened as the Arkansas Arts Center’s Decorative Arts Museum in March 1985. In 2004, it became the Arts Center Community Gallery, a multi-purpose gallery in which local and regional art is shown.

For additional information:
Albert Pike Letters and Documents. Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. Central Arkansas Library System, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Allsopp, Frederick William. Albert Pike: A Biography. Little Rock: Parke-Harper, 1928.

Baker, Virgil L. “Albert Pike: Citizen Speechmaker of Arkansas.” Arkansas Historical Quarterly 10 (Summer 1951): 138–156.

Brown, Walter L. A Life of Albert Pike. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 1997.Duncan, Robert Lipscomb. Reluctant General: The Life and Times of Albert Pike. New York: Dutton, 1961.

Keller, Mark, and Thomas A. Besler Jr. “Albert Pike’s Contributions to the Spirit of the Times, Including His ‘Letter from the Far, Far West’.” Arkansas Historical Quarterly 37 (Winter 1978): 318–353.

Carl H. Moneyhon
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

This entry, originally published in Arkansas Biography: A Collection of Notable Lives, appears in the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture in an altered form. Arkansas Biography is available from the University of Arkansas Press.

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Darkness Falls at the New Red Dawn of the American Communist State—slowly we turned, step-by-step, inch-by-inch…..

Obama’s Latest Executive Action: If A Child ‘Confesses’ To A Pediatrician That Mommy & Daddy Have A Gun In The House, Feds Can Disarm Parents…June 25, 2013 

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AP  (By Michael Connelly, Constitutional Attorney) I have written extensively about the horrendous and ongoing efforts by the Veterans Administration to disarm American military veterans by declaring them incompetent to handle their financial affairs due to physical or mental disabilities. Once declared incompetent the veterans are arbitrarily stripped of their Second Amendment right to purchase, own, or possess a firearm.

This is all being done by broadening the definition of mental illness to the point of absurdity. Often with the VA there is no psychiatrist or psychologist involved in the determination of incompetence. Instead, some untrained bureaucrat reviews the file of the veteran and if they find any mention of PTSD or the use of the word depression they seize on that and make the declaration of incompetence. There is no legal adjudication process involved in this; the veterans have no right to due process as required by the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution. It is tyranny in its purest form.

Unfortunately, what the VA is doing is not new. The use of phony psychiatry has been a weapon of tyranny for decades. In dictatorships like Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, Cuba, and China people who opposed the regime would be declared mentally ill and placed in psychiatric hospitals or internment camps. That way no charges had to be filed and no evidence offered that an individual had committed a crime.

For the Nazis it was initially a perfect way to deal with the Jews and other groups that they considered sub human. If you were Jewish you had to mentally defective and therefor you could be put in a hospital and experimented on. It was the beginning of the holocaust. In the Soviet Union anyone who was not a devout supporter of Communism was held in an institution and then often sent on to the Gulag where they could be worked and starved to death.

We have certainly not reached that point in the United States, but we have reached the point where the basic premise is the same. The VA is using declarations of mental illness to disarm veterans and there have been reports of states like California doing the same. If it happening to veterans now how long will it be before it starts happening to other American citizens?

Consider this; soon those stalwarts of integrity who run the IRS will have access to the medical records of every American. They will be able to review them to see if you have ever told a doctor that you were depressed, ever suffered from PTSD after the loss of a loved one or from being in an accident, or even suffered from some minor memory loss. Based on the criteria being used by the VA the IRS could declare you mentally defective and put you on the list of people that can’t legally purchase or own firearms.

You also have to consider the fact that one of the 23 so called executive actions on gun control Obama recently signed called for doctors to ask their patients if they owned a firearm. This is not just directed at psychiatrists, but at all physicians including pediatricians. In other words, if your child confesses that Mommy and Daddy have a gun in the house that could conceivably be considered the actions of mentally defective individuals and you could be disarmed. Once we are disarmed we cease to be citizens and become subjects.

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President Barack Obama’s Son’s Killer Exonerated! American & Florida Prosecutors Found Guilty of Cowardice, Malicious Prosecution, & Treason against the Constitution. (Anytime you find an issue where Alan Dershowitz and Rush Limbaugh Agree, you know something very strange is going on.)

Alan Dershowitz has already called for the prosecutors to be prosecuted.  Rush Limbaugh has called it a “Show Trial”.  When was the last time those two ever agreed about the time of day, much less anything controversial?  

Time is out of joint…..

I suggest this: the Florida Prosecution-Team SHOULD be at the very least SUED for Civil Rights Violations including Malicious Prosecution and failure adequately to train its employees.  But it is possible, there is certainly evidence, that the White House pressured these prosecutors.   So I want to see them (the Seminole County District Attorney’s Office) plead the “Eichmann Defense.”  I think the people of the United States are entitled to think, as I do, that the Florida prosecutors were just “Acting Under Orders” in prosecuting the hapless George Zimmerman.  

WHEN THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES SPEAKS ABOUT A STATE CRIMINAL PROSECUTION IN SUCH INFLAMMATORY TERMS—THE PROCESS OF JUSTICE IS SUBVERTED.

What other criminal accused in the history of the United States has ever had to deal with the publicity of having his victim symbolically adopted by the President of the United States (albeit posthumously).   The Half-White Obama’s adoption of clearly mulatto Floridian Trayvon Martin as his son amounted to the most invidious reverse racism in history.  For purely sensational purposes, the first half-white President adopted a Mulatto Son who no more looks like Obama than I do—except for his Skin Color and Ethnic Origins.  

OFFICIAL OPPRESSION BY THE PRESIDENT & HIS ATTORNEY GENERAL IN APPLYING THE CIVIL RIGHTS LAWS TO FOMENT RACIAL DIVISION AND TENSION

OH the stupid hypocrisy of the American People in electing and re-electing this Kenyan Gigolo to the White House!  Until now, there was not a single interesting legal issue surrounding the Zimmerman case, but now that he has been acquitted, “J’Accuse!”  It is appropriate that today, on the night before Bastille Day, the glorious Quatorze Juillet… a prisoner like Zimmerman was released from unjust captivity.  

But Obama and Holder must be held accountable for setting up this very Stalinist Show Trial, and for seeking to influence the course of an individual case.  In my opinion, Zimmerman has the right to sue both Obama and Holder and all officers of the Federal executive Branch who VIOLATED THE 10th AMENDMENT by unduly interfering and seeking to influence the outcome of a State Trial.  

There are already abundant grounds for impeaching Obama, but it has become clear that he (and Holder) used the Civil Rights Act to promote Anti-Zimmerman sympathies in Florida and throughout the Nation.

So I hereby CHALLENGE the House of Representatives: DO YOUR DUTY—Investigate the use of Federal Funds to promote this anti-majoritarian racial bigotry, and before the next Congressional Elections BRING A BILL OF IMPEACHMENT against both the PERVERTER-in-CHIEF and the worst Attorney General in U.S. History for multiple violations of the Constitution against Trayvon Martin’s Adoptive Father for trying to create racial divisiveness and conflict by exalting George Zimmerman into some sort of Grand Wizard of the KKK rank while portraying a petty punk criminal as anything OTHER than what he really was.   

St. George the Anarchist? Adolf the Good Shepherd? St. George of Lydda was not a Good Shepherd, but on AH’s 124th birthday we might well reflect whether Der Fuhrer appealed to the sincere craving most people have for a Good Shepherd, a true leader: meditations at the Cusp of Aries & Taurus: April 20-23, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana

Today is St. George’s Day, the national day of England, Aragon & Portugal, Greece, and Russia (literally the Four Corners of Europe).  The real dragon that the historical St. George slew was not a scaly monster with wings but (in effect) the last gasp of Pagan imperialism and imperial taxation for the ancient Gods in Rome.  He was a nobleman who died a noble death for the highest of all causes: preservation of his own faith, morals, philosophy, and religion.  

George’s father, Gerontios, was a Greek, from Cappadocia, Asia Minor, a high officer in the Roman army of the Eastern Empire and his mother, Polychronia, was a Greek from the city Lydda, Palestine.  George’s parents were both pre-Nicene, pre-Imperial adoption Roman Christians and from noble families of Anici, so their child was raised with Christian beliefs, although it is probably fair to say that Christian beliefs of the late 3rd century might have included a lot of what we now consider “Gnostic” and other heresies.  His parents decided to call the future saint by a rather humble name: Georgios, which in Greek means “earth-worker” or “farmer”.  

No records attest or even suggest St. George’s birthdate or exact age, but “as a young man,” sometime in his early-to-mid twenties, before A.D. 302, George traveled to Nicomedia (now Turkish “Izmit” by the Sea of Marmara), the imperial city of the Eastern Roman Empire (from 284-324, just until the foundation of Constantinople).  There in what was then the Primary Center of the collapsing Roman Empire, George offered his services to the Eastern Roman Emperor Diocletian and applied for a commission in the Roman Army, specifically the late imperial version of the Praetorian Guard. Diocletian welcomed this young nobleman, apparently quite warmly, as the Imperator had known George’s father, Gerontius — one of his finest soldiers.  By his late 20s, George was promoted to the rank of Tribunus and stationed as an imperial guard of the Emperor at Nicomedia.

In the year AD 302, Diocletian (following his junior imperial co-regent Emperor Galerius) issued an edict that every Christian soldier in the army should be arrested and every other soldier should offer a sacrifice (tax or offering of some sort) to the ancient Roman gods still prominent at the time.  A Christian himself, George son of Gerontius objected and with the courage of his faith approached the Emperor and ruler.   Roman Emperors, presumably, did not much like their edicts to be questioned, since their edicts were law.  (The current President of the United States feels much the same way).  

George’s actions put Diocletian in a pickle, however.  George was either his best or one of his best tribunes and the son of either his best or one of his best officials, Gerontius.

In what can only be called an act of Anarchism and Defiance of Leadership, George loudly renounced the Emperor’s edict, and in front of his fellow soldiers and Tribunes he claimed himself to be a Christian and declared his worship of Jesus Christ.  Diocletian sought to convert George, to “save” him as it were for Apollo, Jupiter, Juno, and Zeus, even offering gifts of land, money and slaves if George would bow down and sacrifice to the Roman gods.  The Emperor essentially offered George massive and generous bribes and benefits, which the saintly young Christian never accepted.

Recognizing the futility of his efforts, Diocletian was left with no choice but to haveGeorge executed for his defiance.  But, just to make the Emperor’s situation worse, before his execution George gave all his not inconsiderable wealth to the poor and prepared himself. After various torture sessions, including laceration on a wheel of swords from which George survived three times, George was executed by decapitation before Nicomedia’s city wall, on April 23, 303.

A witness of his suffering convinced Empress Alexandra and Athanasius, a pagan priest, to become Christians as well, and so they joined George in martyrdom. George’s body was returned to Lydda in Palestine for burial, where Christians soon came to honour him as a martyr.  So the Dragon that George slew in fact was the dragon of obedience in violation of his faith, of his God and of his Truth.  St. George was a nobleman who followed no leader but Jesus Christ, although he might have been close in wealth to the Emperor had he consented to the bribery and pressure.   So let us feast today in memory of St. George the Anarchist, whose defiant death as an Imperial Tribune, so close to the emperor, brought the triumph of Christianity in Rome one major step closer.  

For all these reasons St. George was truly heroic and a model for our time, and his inheritance of the Ancient Indo-European mythic status as Dragon Slayer is altogether appropriate and fitting (see Calvert Watkins: How to Kill a Dragon Oxford University Press).  It seems particularly appropriate to celebrate St. George one week after April 15, in honor and memory of all who in adherence to their faith in freedom and the Constitution to defy the illegal taxes and sacrifices required of them in these United States today.  

In following Jesus Christ, St. George in fact died more as a Dragon himself than as a sheep—he died with full knowledge of the earthly riches and power he could have possessed, if only he had abandoned his Lord for his earthly leader.  

And all of this happened on the Cusp of Aries & Taurus (Does History Make Myth or does Myth Make History?): Does the following astrological characterization (“randomly” selected not by me but by Google as the first listed) seem at all appropriate for a week commemorating Adolf Hitler, Cannabis sativa L., Earth Day, Good Shepherd Sunday, and St. George’s Day?:

“Often times referred to as the as the “cusp of power”, the Aries/Taurus combination is one you do not want to fight against. I say this because you may never win; a fire/earth combination is never easy to beat. Aries is a fiery and impulsive sign.  They charge forward even where angels fear to tread and have no problem doing what needs to be done to obtain their objective. The Taurus part of this combination grounds the impulsiveness and provides an air of practicality and endurance. It is like a tug of war and the feel of both involved is set in concrete.
The Aries Taurus combination is truly dominant and capable of being a force you cannot control. Make no doubt, they will be a leader wherever they end up being and you will do their bidding. At home or even at work, they are the established principal and do not like submitting to someone else’s authority. At the same time, all of this ‘being the alpha’ of the group can also overwhelm them causing them to lose their drive or ambition. They begin to question if it is worth all their effort and skill. But for as strong as these two signs are, they are also very, very dangerous.
They are the first signs of the zodiac as well as their element and quality. Like many first signs you will always have a fight for lead position. They surround themselves with people who are not afraid to go toe to toe with them and don’t mind going that extra mile. They enjoy a challenge and love to be intellectually stimulated. As someone who loves an Aries Taurus cusp, you will need to be patient with them as they can be quarrelsome and changeable at the best of times, especially if you have their heart. You will get the brunt end of many aggressions because again, they expect you to be able to take it. If you can remember that they are likely to follow their instincts rather than rules, it might help you two get along better.  As a person living within this cusp, you are a bundle of energy at the best of times. The Aries in you is ready to take on the world while the Taurus in you thinks great idea but let’s sit down and plan strategy before you attack. If you are unable to find your own personal balance you are left restless and stressed. Finding the proper balance takes time, trial and error. You have to find your own path, one where you can let your aggressive nature out to play while keeping certain things in life stable and relaxed.”

(http://xstrologyscopes.com/articles/aries/aries-taurus-cusp)

We’ll see what happens today, but so far Sunday, April 21 has been the most dramatic day of this “Cusp” for me, mostly because of what happened at Church.  It was the Fourth Sunday of Easter and “Good Shepherd Sunday”—due to my own schedule and whereabouts on Sunday I ended up going to the evening service at the Trinity Church Chapel on Jackson Street instead of my usual trip to “Real Presence” at the Cathedral.  The 6:00 pm service at Trinity is much more conservative and traditional than the radically “avant guarde” event at the same time at Christ Church on St. Charles.  

The drama started immediately when the opening hymn was (Episcopal) 1982 Hymnal: 522 (Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken–http://www.hymnary.org/hymn/EH1982/522).  The words are almost irrelevant: the tune, the music, is Franz Joseph Haydn Opus 76, no. 3: the world knows this as Deutschland über Alles.  Interesting choice the day after Hitler’s birthday, don’t you think?  To aggravate the complexity of the thought, and the coincidence.  Father Henry Hudon’s sermon concerned “Leadership” concluding “the Good Shepherd is the one who leads his flock, whom his flock will follow willingly.”   The Psalm was 23 of course:

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: 
He leadeth me beside the still waters. 
He restoreth my soul: 
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, 
I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; 
Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: 
Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: 
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Historically speaking, Adolf Hitler was not a “Good Shepherd” for Germany or the world.  He did not lead them to green pastures or still waters but led Germany into near total self-anihilation by fighting a war that should never have been fought.  Even if we consider that Hitler had been a Good Shepherd for Germany right up until September 1, 1939, the invasion of Poland ultimately led to the cancellation of any good thing he or his regime had ever done.  Hitler did indeed lead the world into the valley of the shadow of death where everyone, both Germans and non-Germans, had much to fear in those days.  Goodness and mercy were not notable features either of the Third Reich nor the World War, nor of the Allied Occupation of Germany which followed.   The War Crimes Trials held in 1946-49 (and sporadically thereafter) are among the greatest mockeries of justice in history.

But none of this changes the fact that Hitler operated as a remarkably “Good Shepherd” in the sense of a persuasive leader—a man whom his people followed.  Many in the Patriot movement criticize Americans for being “Sheeple”—and yet our religion, or symbolism, everything in Christianity teaches us that the Lamb of God should be the leader of all the sheep.  The Gospel on Sunday was John 10:22-30 “My sheep hear my voice.  I know them, and they follow me.  I give them eternal life and they will never perish.  No one will snatch them from out of my hand.  What my Father has given me is greater than all else, and no one can snatch it out of the Father’s hand.  The Father and I are one.”  

One of Hitler’s Harvard-educated followers Ernst Hanfstaengl once rhapsodized about the Nazi leader, “What Hitler was able to do to a crowd in 2½ hours will never be repeated in 10,000 years,” Hanfstaengl said. “Because of his miraculous throat construction, he was able to create a rhapsody of hysteria. In time, he became the living unknown soldier of Germany.”  Hitler’s sheep knew his voice, but perhaps he did not know them.  Hitler not only gave an early death rather than eternal life to a huge number of his people, especially a near generation and a half of the good-looking young German men pictured in film-clip after film-clip from the 1930s shouting “Sieg Heil.”  What could be more ironic?  Hitler’s personality followed very closely to the Aries-Taurus cusp described above.  Was it written with Hitler in mind?

And herein is the deep and troubling problem: people crave leadership.  They long for a “Good Shepherd.”  This is not merely a feature of the German people at all.  The Americans since at least 2000 have recently been led down several paths by two good and persuasive leaders whom they did not question.  The paths on which the United States of America has walked since 2000 are clearly paths to tyranny, despotic dictatorship, and one form or another of Socialism or Communism which will be utterly incompatible with the Constitution of 1787, or its ten 1791 Amendments known as “the Bill of Rights.”  

The comparisons between Bush, Hitler, and Obama may get tiresome, but they are not pointless.  Very few people in the world are actually capable of living as true leaderless “anarchists.”  I fancy that I am one of the few who can manage, in large part because I am my grandparents’ grandson, and I know a few other true “anarchists”, but most people long to be told what to do.  While teaching I learned this: most students hate a professor who encourages them to go their own way and be creative.  They want strict instructions and stricter guidelines.

Prior to the Sunday of the Good Shepherd, I had spent parts of Saturday meditating as I always do on the horrible incongruity of 420 being Adolf Hitler’s birthday and International Marijuana-Pot, “Cannabis sativa culture” day.  I don’t smoke pot anymore (never did very much) but almost everyone else in the world does or seems to.  I last smoked in July 1991, right here in New Orleans in fact at a party my wife Elena and I threw in the Mary Martin suite at the Pontchartrain Hotel, within a few blocks of where I’m sitting writing this in fact.   Elena’s little sister Alex and a bunch of Maya archaeological luminaries attending the International Congress of Americanists including Clemency Chase Coggins, Merle Greene Robertson, David H. Kelley, Edward B. Kurjack, Norman Hammond, and Harriot Topsey, were having a great time lighting up in one of the rooms while others were sitting “talking shop” in another.  Elena made a gigantic scene when she found her (underage) sister smoking in a room full of adults and told everyone the horrible study of her brother George and his decline due to drug addiction (he died nine years later in January 2010, at the ripe old age of 51).  It was the beginning of the end for me and Elena but it was absolutely the last time I ever touched Pot.  

Still, as an anarchist I believe in Freedom and the right of each individual to choose his way, and for that reason I support the 420 movement to the extent that it proposes an abolition of all government interference with both the production, sale, and distribution of whatever people really want, even if they are led to destructive habits by bad shepherds….. Yes, I do think part of freedom is the freedom to follow even Bush, even Hitler, even Obama, even Stalin, but it is the duty of every Anarchist to try to turn sheep into wolves…..

Earth Day has never been that “big” a day in my life.  I was President of the Environmental Law Society at the University of Chicago and have always fancied myself an environmentalist.  But in recent years, I have become extremely uncomfortable with the Environmental Movement largely because of its alliance with “Agenda 21″ and what Obama Czar “Cass Sunstein” (my former professor for both Environmental and Administrative Law at the University of Chicago) calls “Command and Control” state action.  “Command and Control” over the economy under PRETEXT of environmentalism is to my mind, totally wrong.  

I submit that sound money is the best guarantor of sound economic policy.  But for ludicrously extravagant government expenditures in the 1920s-1930s, none of the gigantic dams could ever have been built along the Colorado River and, without that hideous diversion of water, the ecological fiasco known as Southern California suburbia could NEVER have come into existence.  Los Angeles might have remained a small railroad town.  Although, pushing the model back further, the great railways of the 1860s-1890s which created (among other things) Los Angeles and Pasadena, would likewise never have happened if government had stayed limited and constrained by sound monetary policy and the Constitution of 1787, limited by the Bill of Rights.  Dams are the greatest ecological and environmental curses known to the Planet, yet they provide short term comforts which people love.  As I have often written, Dams are just the latest manifestation of “Oriental Despotism” which is the original form of state-based welfare, the original basis for welfare-based “command and control” over large populations.  Ecologically speaking, NOTHING is more wasteful, destructive, and against nature than the water-redistributive policies which have transformed Southern California, Southern Nevada, and most of Central and Southern Arizona into suburban wastelands.  Abolish the free credit easy money economy, restore gold and silver as the only lawful currency, and the dams will soon cease to function, have to be torn down, and the Southwestern Deserts will reclaim the suburbs, slowly but surely.  That is MY dream for Earth Day.

But finally, will it take a real St. George to achieve such an ecological turn around?  A modern St. George might well be the man who dismantles the dams.   St. George, the Patron Saint of England, Greece, Aragon (Catalonia), Egypt, Lithuania, Serbia, Ukraine, and Russia.   St. George, by all accounts, was a leaderless Anarchist.  He was NOT a Good Shepherd.  He apparently did not lead people at all, but acted alone and set an example.  I think this is why St. George is such an appropriate Patron Saint for England, and Americans would do well to think more of his example as well.  

Brindis a la Carmencita: Happy Birthday to Jacqueline Amber Burns!

Veteran of L’Ambassade du Canada, Accuracy in Media, and the Fraser Institute, not to mention of my last archaeological expedition to Egypt and the Sinai Peninsula in 2000, Camp Street, New Orleans and before that to Campeche and Catemaco in 1991-2.  Happy Birthday, Carmen!  Your extraordinary loyalty and friendship over two decades are gratefully acknowledged, you are one in ten million!

Cold War Part Deux From War Tard (Tyrone) Because Humans are Retarded by War….. March 12, 2014

Wednesday, March 12
Russia v NATO: Ukraine, Crimea and the new Cold War.

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Admit it, the second you saw that vid of Russian attack choppers pouring into Crimea, somewhere in the back of your brain you started thinking of nuclear winter, fallout, the best routes out of major population centers and how up-to-date the contents of your bug-out-bag are. Maybe you’ve got to be a ’70s kid and have grown up under the threat of a Warsaw Pact air burst over your local mall to be really jarred by those images, but either way, I sure hit the popcorn pretty hard. Some deep repressed memories perked up when I saw those choppers. It’s not often you get to see the Russian Army on the move and the resulting shit storm all over US and European media made for some pretty entertaining TV, especially if you enjoy your talking heads not connected to the reality of the situation in any meaningful way.

Doesn’t anyone on CNN read a history book? If there were truth in news reporting these days someone might admit that Russia pulled a ‘smart’ maneuver here just like the West did when they secured Iraqi oil, deposed Gaddafi or bombed the rebels in Mali. Russia just joined the club! With nukes in play nobody in the West is going to become embroiled in a Slavic civil war for Ukraine. Right? Let’s face it, we just love our post modern self actualizing Twittery, i-Phoney, corporatocracy too damn much to risk our comfort for a bunch of cantankerous Steppe dwellers.

The Euros are locked into a co dependent, abusive relationship with Russian oil and gas and the US is way over extended for either to do anything significant about Crimea so Russia gets to keep its new real estate. When you look at it with the cold eyes of realpolitik, Putin pulled off a pretty shrewd maneuver here and the West, despite the outrage on your TV screen, is pissed not because they give a shit about democracy and territorial borders; but because they got outplayed here by Putin and their inability to apply pressure has begun to reveal some frays at the edges of 21st century Western hegemony.

To see why Putin pulled this rather ballsy gambit into Crimea, all you have to do is consider Russia’s strategic position. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Russian bear has watched NATO expand eastwards into its backyard bringing Poland, Latvia and Lithuania into the western fold. Worryingly for Moscow, Ukraine has seen its fair share of Western NGOs, (really just an acronym for foreign political action committees operating inside your border), and slowly pour $5 billion into the system with the aim of tilting the vast bread basket west.

You don’t hear much about Russian motivation in Western media though.

For instance, when Western media ran the Nuland leak tape they did so in a way so divorced from the reality on the tape that I had to check the mirror to make sure I was living in the same universe and it all wasn’t an acid flashback to the ’90s. Here we have two American diplomats, one of them the US ambassador in Kiev, the other the top US diplomat to the EU (and presumably voicing the strategy of Obama’s tech nerds) basically plotting a coup d’état against the democratically elected leader of Ukraine. But all of this got ignored when the the story ran and somehow morphed instead into a titilating snippet about how an Obama official said ‘fuck the EU’. Meanwhile, the ‘news’ stayed tightly focused on the armed “democratic protesters” chucking petrol bombs at the cops. Turns out a whole bunch of them are hardcore Nazis and they’ve already started bullying members of the Ukrainian parliament and people on the streets.

But this is democracy, right?

And let’s face it, if Occupy Wall Street protesters started lobbing molotovs at the NYPD, they’d have been gunned down with M4s before their idealistic little fingers made it to their Zippo lighters while Fox News ran a donation drive to buy more ammo for the cops. Yet here we have a mass of armed protesters advancing on the Ukrainian equivalent of The White House and word out of Washington and Brussels was more cheering from the sidelines like they’re witnessing freedom and democracy on the march. It reminded me of that time during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 when looters in Baghdad ran off with priceless Mesopotamian treasure from the national museum and Rumsfeld was pushed in front of the TV cameras to inform us that that’s what ‘free people do’.

On both occasions, I nearly threw up in my beer.

Am I saying Russia had justification for invading Crimea?

Nope. I’m just saying it was a shrewd move.

When the West does it, it’s sex, when Russia does it, it’s rape. The Russians under Putin have been itching for a chance to rebuild some semblance of the Soviet Empire and bring as many energy rich states into a Eurasian Union to counterbalance the Euros. Seeing Ukraine join the EU and NATO would be far too risky for Putin. The Russians know from history that buffer states and winter are useful allies whenever foreign powers try diplomacy by other means and head for Moscow.

That’s why nabbing back Crimea was a natural play, correcting the ‘mistake’ Khruschev made in 1954 over vodka when he gave it to Ukraine. Of course, back then this was merely an administrative shuffle because in the heady days of Sputnik, no one ever thought the Soviet Union would collapse and Russia might find itself on the wrong end of the deal. When Russians think of Crimea today they think of cheap holidays in the sun and Sevastapol, home of the Black Sea Fleet. And that fleet is pretty critical to Russian geopolitical ambitions. The naval base there allows Moscow an ice free port to exert influence over the Eastern Mediterranean, the Balkans and the Middle East.

Although full of aging vessels, the fleet has been earmarked for upgrades, including six new diesel Kilo class subs and some amphibious assault ships with which to press home diplomacy when a little hard pressure is required with uppity neighbors like Georgia. It’s also only a few days sailing to Syria where NATO ambitions were stymied in 2013 not least because of Russian machinations.

Putin grabbed it and let’s face it, it’s nothing the US wouldn’t do. Watching Kerry remark on the Crimean situation last week was a further exercise in the absurd theater of reality. Who writes this shit? The needle on the hypocrisy meter broke when it tried to push past max level.

So what are the West going to do about all this?

This is where it gets interesting. Realpolitik is back and the US is going to have to adjust. The instability in Ukraine exacerbated by a tanked economy allowed Putin to pull this deft move without firing a shot. A remarkable gain considering its two million population and powerful position in the Black Sea. The US initially responded with a call for across the board sanctions which Germany instantly rejected because their economy needs all that sweet Russian energy. The trouble is, unlike China, Russia exports raw materials and energy and advanced Eurozone economies mold that into machines. So for the EU at least, which does ten times more trade with Russia than the US, sanctions are a non starter.

The new idea this week is ‘travel bans’ on Russian officials which is kind of funny. Looks like those guys will have to go holidaying to the beach resorts of Crimea this summer. Also, there’s talk of asset freezes on all that sleazy Russian money holed up in Western banks. Of course, Russian dirty money in the ‘City of London’ is exempt from these asset freezes because of some bullshit reason David Cameron’s bankers created out of thin air; but really because those in London’s financial center need liquidity and cash is always king, dirty or clean.

In geopolitics and war, you measure how much you care in blood and treasure.

And by this metric, the West doesn’t care that much. Ukraine is cheap and Crimea is part of the Russian Federation now and it will stay that way. The upcoming referendum is a foregone conclusion, I’m gonna guess a 75% vote for Russia. Of course it’s all theater but the Russians have learned from the West how to make invasions look legit.

The older generation celebrates the good ole days after the Crimea vote

The real question is what happens in Eastern Ukraine and this is what I’m saving the popcorn for. For one thing, Britain, the US and Russia signed the Budapest memorandum in 1994 which guaranteed Ukrainian borders in exchange for them giving up all the nukes left over from the Soviet Union. That sure looks like a shitty deal right now doesn’t it?

The hard lesson here is… never give up your nukes.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk, the interim Ukrainian prime minister, said “If you do not uphold these guarantees which you gave in the Budapest memorandum, then explain how you will convince Iran and North Korea to give up their nuclear status.” Note to Mr Yatsenyuk: North Korea has nukes, you don’t, so tough shit on that analogy sir, you lost your nuke bargaining chip in the international casino 20 years ago. Also, Iran has the 4th largest oil deposits on the planet and gargantuan natural gas reserves where you have lots of empty fields for growing grass so I’m sorry to inform you sir, but nobody gives a shit. Wheat is cheap right now but oil is precious. Different rules apply.

If Russia pulls a ‘Sudetenland maneuver’ and invades Eastern Ukraine to ‘liberate’ the Russian speakers from Ukrainian tyranny, it sure has the potential to enter the dreaded ‘escalatory spiral’ where we’re talking full on global confrontation. This is where I see nukes saving us. Like I’ve said before, nukes are the greatest peace keeping weapons ever invented because Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) is the only logic us upright apes truly understand. In this case, the threat of confrontation will force leaders on all sides to the brokering table. That sure will be a complex deal.

If Russia pours troops into Eastern Ukraine, it will force the West’s hand. Proper economic sanctions, Poland will get their missile defense system and Russia will face growing isolation. If a shooting war starts on the ground (awesome multi spectrum air and land battles on mottled rolling green terrain) I sure would hit popcorn overdose.

Still, it’s hard to see the Ukrainian Forces putting up a real fight. Sure, the figures above look decent on paper but war is never as simple as how many tanks you’ve got. The Ukrainian military is suffering very low morale due to the political situation, a low state of readiness and a military that is split between ethnic Ukrainians and Russian speakers. The Ukrainian military is unable to offer a credible deterrent right now. It’s also hard to see the forces on both sides engaging in a savage shooting war. After all, Slav historical ties run deep with Kiev itself being, in most Russians minds, a Russian city. That doesn’t mean it can’t happen but would Putin be prepared to fight for Ukraine killing fellow Slavs… like the Wehrmacht did?

And yet still, 220,000 Russian troops, 1800 tanks and 400 attack choppers are engaged in “exercises” on the Ukrainian border. Meanwhile, Crimea just handed over it’s navy to the Russian Federation while more troops and equipment arrive daily from the motherland. If the Russians invade they’ll try not to fire a shot and annex Eastern Ukraine where the Russian speakers live, draw a line on a map and seek to de escalate. They’ll have their buffer zone, the EU can have the bread basket, Poland gets a missile shield and the border becomes a Berlin Wall running along the new border with massive build ups of military forces on both sides.

It’s Cold War Part Deux.

The beginning lines drawn in a multi polar 21st century.

All those neoliberal economic ties and global interdependence is supposed to make the 21st century a century where war is impossible outside of the odd Third World resource grab or minor proxy war. Major wars are not supposed to happen say the architects of the new century because we will all buy tonnes of shit from each other and our need for more toys will mean our greed will save us from war.

I must admit I’m pretty curious to see how that theory works out.

Russia v Ukraine is surely its first major test.