Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Breaking the Contract

There is an implied contract between the American people and our military. Between the troops and the people and between the troops and the president.
That contract involves the voluntary sacrifice of the exercise of one's unalienable rights to serve in the armed forces of this nation. That sacrifice is necessary to make our military the best it can be.

In return, our troops expect that we, the American people, will maintain the republic and support them in their efforts to keep us safe. They also expect the president to have enough concern for their lives and their sacrifices to not put them in harm's way unnecessarily.

To our everlasting shame and sorrow, that contract has been broken. Not by the troops, they have kept their part, serving and dying at the orders of the individual currently occupying the office of the commander in chief. The contract has been broken by the American people and the individual currently occupying the office of the president of the United States.

The people have allowed the election and elevation of a usurper to the office of the president and they have not removed that usurper, creating a Constitutional crisis in the republic. The consequences of that are bad enough. But that is not the only breach of that contract.

The contract has been breached, and that egregiously so, by that individual occupying the office of the president. Among other breaches, he ceded the command of our troops to NATO in the recent Libyan uprisings.

That grant of authority is directly responsible for the meat of today's post and tomorrow's show. Now, the republic of Afghanistan is confirming that "NATO officials promised to meet Afghan nation’s demand of bringing to justice, through an open trial, those responsible for the incident and it was agreed that the perpetrators of the crime be brought to justice as soon as possible."
To what incident does this refer? The quran burning incident that took place in the Bagram airbase. From my reading, the situation is this: Prisoners at the Bagram prison were using the quran to pass messages to one another. They would do this by writing in the qurans. writing in a quran, by sharia standards is considered a desecration of that quran. So these prisoners desecrated qurans to pass messages to one another. When our military personnel found out, they took the qurans and burned them. This resulted in protests in which 2 of our servicemen were killed.

So, NATO has agreed to put US military troops on trial to appease the Afghan people, for essentially doing their jobs. In addition, NATO has agreed that Afghanistan will now provide the personnel for the Bagram prison.

This is so wrong, for so many reasons.

First and foremost, our military is made up of free American citizens. Citizens who voluntarily give up the exercise of certain of their unalienable rights and agree to be governed by the Uniform Code of Military Justice(UCMJ) to serve in our military. They do this to protect this nation from threats. THIS nation, not to be the police force of the world. They sign up to serve under the administration of the commander in chief, NOT to be handed over to some foreign entity to fight and die for them. They agree to be governed by the UCMJ, NOT the rules and regs of NATO and certainly not the legal code of Afghanistan.

Will these soldiers-the guards and personnel at Bagram prison be tried under the UCMJ, the Regs of NATO or the laws of Afghanistan? Because at least one of those will be a death sentence. (Don't give me "if they are convicted" of course they will be convicted, their ostensible CiC as well as a high ranking officer have been falling all over themselves to apologize for the "incident")

The command of our military should NEVER have been turned over to NATO in Libya and NATO should not have any jurisdiction over our troops now. They agreed to serve under the UCMJ and if they are to be charged, then their own CiC should be busting every rule in the book to get every single one of those men back to the states to make sure that such is the case. Instead, he is apologizing left and right. This is a breach of contract. This man is not fit to hold the position of CiC, he has ceded it formally at least once to a foreign entity and he is now leaving American troops hanging in the wind, possibly to be killed for doing their job by disposing of already desecrated qurans that were being used by our enemies to pass messages.

Second, this would allow Afghan soldiers into Bagram airbase. Perhaps I am misjudging the Afghan people, but who else thinks there will be no further need for the prisoners to use qurans to pass messages if this comes to pass?

Third, the sitting CiC has already prejudiced any case that will be brought against our soldiers by issuing an apology to the Afghan people that acknowledges the burning of the quran by these soldiers but does not make any mention of why it was done.

Do I really need to go on? Call your federal legislators. And when you have done that, give the folks on this list a call too.

Call the President
Phone Numbers
Comments: 202-456-1111
Switchboard: 202-456-1414

Ms. Pelosi :
Office of the Democratic Leader
H-204, US Capitol
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-0100

Mr. Cantor:
Office of the Majority Leader
H-329, The Capitol
House of Representatives
P: 202.225.4000

Mr. Boehner:
Speaker of the House
H-232 The Capitol
Washington, DC 20515
P (202) 225-0600
F (202) 225-5117

Harry Reid:
Senate Majority Leader
522 Hart Senate Office Bldg
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-3542
Fax: 202-224-7327
Toll Free for Nevadans:
1-866-SEN-REID (736-7343)

Mitch McConnell
Senate Minority Leader
317 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-2541
Fax: (202) 224-2499

"For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed." ~ Isaiah 9:16

Saturday, February 18, 2012

JudgeRight: Narration

JudgeRight: Narration
This is an excellent article on, among other things, the legalization of drugs and why our hesitancy to do so may well be the symptom of a deeper problem than not trusting our neighbors to do the "right" thing or to accept the fact that some of them will not.

"And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another." ~ Romans 15:14

Friday, February 10, 2012

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I highly recommend that every eligible voter read this BEFORE the elections and choose your candidates wisely-even if they have to be write - ins. It is time for this generation of Americans to say "the buck stops here."

"Be not thou one of them that strike hands, or of them that are sureties for debts." ~ Proverbs 22:26

Thursday, February 2, 2012

First they came for the Walnuts....

... but I didn't speak up, because I was not fond of walnuts...

It was mildly amusing when the FDA told Diamond Walnuts that they could not sell walnuts because they are making statements about the health benefits of walnuts on their packaging. Surely this would be cleared up in a few weeks. Surely the FDA wasn't really going be this foolish and nit picky. Walnuts are a natural food-of course they are going to have health benefits. How wacko is this nation's zeal for imposing more regulations?

Then they came for the cherries and products containing cherry juice, but, again I didn't speak out because I didn't use a lot of cherry containing products and only ate cherries once in a while...

There came the article about the FDA making the same demands on the producers of cherries. Because cherries have been said to have an anti-inflammatory effect on arthritis and gout, if the growers of cherries should attempt to say so on the packaging of any cherries or cherry products, that makes cherries a drug and they must have FDA approval before they can be sold.

By this point, rational people are saying "riiight" and having a decent chuckle at the expense of the bean counters and nit-pickers at the FDA. Hold onto your hats, folks because this next one is going to floor you.

Then they came for me, and I couldn't speak out because all of the conventional foods had been declared to be illegal drugs by the FDA and I was too weak from lack of good, nutritious, natural food to speak out...

The FDA, in it's infinite maze of regulatory burdens waiting to be imposed, is now saying that your own stem cells are drugs—and stem cell therapy is interstate commerce, possibly because it affects the bottom line of FDA-approved drugs in other states.

So, if you are going to travel across state lines to have your own stem cells removed from your own blood to treat yourself, the FDA thinks they have the authority to regulate you.

"(This is the FDA's) latest claim in its battle with a Colorado clinic over its Regenexx-SD™ procedure, a non-surgical treatment for people suffering from moderate to severe joint or bone pain using adult stem cells.

The FDA asserts in a court document that it has the right to regulate the Centeno-Schultz Clinic for two reasons:

Stem cells are drugs and therefore fall within their jurisdiction. (The clinic argues that stem cell therapy is the practice of medicine and is therefore not within the FDA’s jurisdiction!)

The clinic is engaging in interstate commerce and is therefore subject to FDA regulation because any part of the machine or procedure that originates outside Colorado becomes interstate commerce once it enters the state. Moreover, interstate commerce is substantially affected because individuals traveling to Colorado to have the Regenexx procedure would “depress the market for out-of-state drugs that are approved by FDA.”"

Where is all this nonsense originating? In the court documents for the stem cell case, the FDA says straight out that they want to protect the market for FDA approved drugs. That would seem to indicate that crony capitalism is alive and well in the FDA. However, things are seldom so simple. It seems that the FDA lost a case in 1999, Pearson vs Shalala, because the court ruled that the FDA had no evidence demonstrating that disclaimers could not correct for deceptiveness and overturned existing regulations as not giving sufficient deference to first amendment considerations.

In order to address that defeat, in 2000, the FDA sent out notices that they would be exercising "enforcement discretion" with regard to certain categories of dietary supplement health claims. Then, not satisfied with that degree of "helpfulness", (or one could say, not content with any infringement of it's overarching power) the FDA, in 2002, expanded that "enforcement discretion" action to include conventional foods as well as dietary supplements. No one paid much much attention and, Viola!, here we are today.

Hmmm..... Seems to me that we have a self evident right to choose our own food, supplements and health care procedures whether the FDA approves or not. It is not the job of the FDA, (at least not as I understood it) to provide a market monopoly for themselves or for particular businesses. It is the job of the FDA to say whether or not something meets their safety guidelines for an intended use. They are supposed to be a safeguard, giving us information regarding the safety and efficacy of those drugs and treatments which they have looked at and found to be reasonably safe and effective. Not to block the use of drugs and treatments that people may turn to because they don't like the ones so approved.

In other words, they are to act as an information provider, not a dictator. We have the self evident freedom to make our own choices. Do people get upset when they find that they are occasionally duped by snake oil salesmen when they are desperate for a cure? Yes. That's one of the inherent risks of the choice to avoid the FDA approved products and procedures. But really-cherries, walnuts, all conventional foods and our own stem cells?

I don't need the FDA to approve walnuts, cherries or my own cells. There is a legitimate place for an agency that tests food and drugs to see if they are safe, but this is not it. Simply because something is not included in the Constitution, does not mean it is not a self evident right. I have the self evident right to feed myself and make my own medical decisions. I may choose to consult with a doctor or other health care professional, but, if I do, it is always MY decision what to do with regard to their advice.

My stem cells are none of the FDA's business. Neither is what I eat. And I encourage my fellow Americans to let congress know that the FDA is exceeding their authority.

"And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat." ~ Genesis 1:29

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Fighting Evil

I have been asked by family/friends in Dane county to post this in the hopes that these people can be found. The reward is now up to $5,000.

MADISON (WKOW) -- A $300 reward is being offered for information that leads to whoever is responsible for killing a 4-month-old chocolate lab.

The anonymous donor and volunteer of Dane County Humane Society offered to put up the money after hearing about the dog who was found in a ditch in the town of Rutland. The animal was suffocated and bound with packing tape.

If you want to contribute to the fund donations can be made online at www.giveshelter.org by putting ‘Animal Protection Fund' in the comment field. Checks can also be sent to DCHS at 5132 Voges Road in Madison.

DCHS is appreciative of those who have offered to donate so far and looks forward to being able to thank many more contributors. Should no one come forward with information about this cruelty case, the funds will be used to help other animals who are harmed or neglected.

"The connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well documented," says Gayle Viney, Public Relations Coordinator for DCHS. "We are hopeful that establishing a reward fund can help bring forward additional information that can lead to the arrest of the people involved in this horrible act of animal abuse."

Studies show a correlation between animal cruelty and all manner of other crimes, from narcotics and firearms violations to battery and sexual assault. "At DCHS, we invest in youth education so that kids grow up with the knowledge and understanding of appropriate and humane animal care," says Viney.

If you have information about this case, the Dane County Sheriff's Department asks you to please contact the Tip Line at 608-284-6900.

"And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.

But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.

But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.

But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs.

And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table.

Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour." ~ Matt 15:22-28