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U.S.: The Founding Fathers rejected democracy

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The Founding Fathers universally rejected democracy and hoped that posterity would never turn the United States into one. The word they used was Republic, which is not synonymous with Democracy. The word Democracy is not in the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, the Constitution, or the Bill of Rights. Even the Pledge of Allegiance is to the Republic for which it stands.

Benjamin Franklin defined democracy as two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote. So why did they reject Democracy? Because it is inherently flawed with the share the wealth philosophy, which only works as long as there is someone else's money to share. Those receiving are quite pleased with getting something for nothing. But those forced to give are denied the right to spend the benefits of their own labor in their own self-interest, which creates jobs no matter how the money is spent. They also lose a portion of their incentive to produce.

Fraser Tyler, author of The Decline and Fall of the Athenian Republic authored more than 200 years ago said it best. A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship.


Disinformation about French comedian Dieudonné's 'quenelle' gesture goes international

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No one seems to know just what is meant by the "quenelle," the vaguely menacing hand gesture invented and popularized by a French comedian widely criticized as anti-Semitic, but it is clearly nothing very nice, and it appears to be spreading.

Comment: The Opening sentence in this article is completely disingenuous. It is clear that the gesture means "Up Yours" and is directed at the ruling elite all over the world.

Fans of the performer, Dieudonné M'Bala M'Bala, send him photos of themselves performing the gesture in front of historic monuments, next to unwitting public officials, at weddings, under water and in high school class photographs, but also, increasingly, beside synagogues, Holocaust memorials and street signs displaying the word "Jew." At least one young man appears to have posed for a quenelle outside the grade school in Toulouse where, in 2012, four Jews were killed by a self-proclaimed operative of Al Qaeda.

Jewish leaders, antiracism groups and public officials have pointed out that the quenelle, which is also the name of a fish dumpling that is a regional French delicacy, strongly resembles a downward-facing Nazi salute. Mr. M'Bala M'Bala, who goes by Dieudonné, insists it is nothing more than an "antisystem" joke for his initiates, most of them young men, some from the disaffected immigrant suburbs, some from the xenophobic far right.

Comment: It's interesting to see how uniform criticism of Dieudonné is outside of France.

See the following articles for the real story, one that is not being reported by ANY mainstream media:

Dieudonné M'bala M'bala and the Quenellization of France

The Move to Muzzle Dieudonné M'Bala M'Bala

Snakes in Suits

America Is Fascist

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Five years ago, antiwar liberals calling the Bush administration fascist were labeled as kooks, marginalized by their own party leadership, accused by conservatives of treasonous thoughts worthy of federal punishment, even deportation. A few years pass, the policies hardly change, and the political dynamic turns upside down: T

Tea Party conservatives accusing the Obama regime of fascist impulses are compared to terrorists, accused of being racists, told that their hyperbole is a real threat to the country's security.

The establishment derides both groups for their fringe outlook on America, convinced that the United States is anything but a fascist country. After all, isn't America the nation that defeated fascism in the 1940s? Sensible conservatives and liberals agree with that.

The unappreciated reality is that when the patriot right and radical left refer to the U.S. system as fascistic, they have part of the truth but not the whole analysis. This is due to the blinders both sides wear as it concerns state power. Moreover, the criticisms sometimes fail to take account of America's very unique strain of fascism. This political program is distinct in every nation, always taking a different form but with some general themes in common. U.S. fascism is a most insidious mixture of the key ingredients while maintaining the necessary nuance to snooker the masses, the media, and the respectable folks across the spectrum.


Secret court approves three more months of NSA phone snooping

James Clapper
© AP Photo/ Evan Vucci In this Oct. 29,2013 file photo, Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Obama administration will continue the National Security Agency's surveillance programs and cyber command operations under the direction of a single military commander, the first move in advance of what published reports described Friday as limited changes proposed by a task force that deliberated for months in secrecy.
The secret court that oversees the nation's intelligence activities renewed its approval of the National Security Agency's telephone-records program on Friday, granting the government a new three-month window to collect data on all Americans' phone calls.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper's office announced the court's ruling in a statement, though officials didn't make the ruling itself public, saying it was going through declassification procedures.

The decision marks the 36th time the program has been approved by the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.


Ressurected? Church attendance increase in Ireland and elsewhere attributed to 'Pope Francis effect'

All forgiven now?
Francis' popularity reviving Catholic Church in both Ireland and the U.S.

The popularity of Pope Francis continues to grow within the Catholic Church in Ireland and in America.

A survey conducted by The Irish Catholic this week found that the overwhelming majority of dioceses reported huge increases in the numbers Mass-goers over Christmas as the faithful returned.

Similarly, CNN recently reported that the new Pope is hugely popular in the United States.

This increase in congregations in Ireland has been credited to the people-friendly new pope, who has connected and re-engaged Catholic communities worldwide.

The trend in Ireland this Christmas was a more united family front, with large numbers attending church services across the country.

Comment: Apparently, firing Benedict and hiring Francis was a smart move for the Vatican.

All those pedophile priest scandals?

Just a distant memory now...

Catholic church in new sex abuse row

Pope 'led cover-up of child abuse by priests'

Irish Catholic Church 'Covered Up' Sickening Catalogue of Child Abuse by Paedophile Priests

Pope knew priest was paedophile but allowed him to continue with ministry

Unholy Lies: Vatican says number of sex abuse cases in church is small

Catholic Church sex abuse scandals around the world

Arrogant, corrupt, secretive - the Catholic church failed to tackle evil

Another Irish Bishop admits swearing oath of secrecy to cover up sexual abuse

Letters place Pope at centre of child abuse scandal

Catholic Church crumbling: Pope hit by abuse claims in Italian school

Pope dismisses 'petty gossip' of sexual abuse allegations

French priest avoids sex charges over claims he abused choirboy as Vatican struggles to contain paedophile crisis

Vatican Confirms Report of Sexual Abuse and Rape of Nuns by Priests in 23 Countries

Vienna Boys' Choir caught up in sex abuse scandals

Irish bishop resigns over Dublin sex-abuse scandal

Pope's Brother: I Ignored Physical Abuse Reports

Pedophilia in the Catholic Church: Coverup Operation at the Vatican?

1963 letter indicates Vatican knew of endemic abuse in US going back to the 1950s

Propaganda Spin: Vatican says pope target of 'hate' campaign

Institutional Immorality: Latest Pedophelia Scandal Rocks the Vatican

Pedophiles and Popes: Doing the Vatican Shuffle

First Europe, then the US - now abuse claims sweep Latin America

Catholic church hotline in meltdown over paedophile priests

Church in Ireland 'has lost all its credibility', says Archbishop of Canterbury

Errant priests' secret children to sue church

Sex abuse victims hold demo at Vatican

Vatican Christmas Shocker! Pope says child rape isn't that bad, was normal back in his day

Let Him Prey: High-Ranking Jesuits Helped Keep Pedophile Priest Hidden

Special Report - Who knew what in U.S. priest child porn case?

Archbishop Covers for Archdiocese and Shredded List Reporting 35 Active Pedophile Priests

Victorian Catholic Church Reveals 620 Abuse Cases

Snakes in Suits

47 U.S. senators side with Israel lobby against Iran - bought, sold and controlled!

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has published the list of 47 US senators who have agreed to co-sponsor a bill to impose additional sanctions against Iran.

The sanctions bill, introduced by Sens. Mark Kirk and Robert Menendez on Dec. 19, initially had the backing of 24 other senators equally divided between Democrats and Republicans.

The White House was quick to condemn the measure at the time, saying President Barack Obama would veto the bill "if it were to pass" Congress.

Senator Cory Booker, newly elected Democrat from New Jersey, quickly added his name to the list and since then, 20 other senators - all Republicans - have added their names, according Lobelog.com.


Romanian ambassador mocks UK MPs and media waiting for immigrants

© Jennifer Cockerell/PAHome affairs committee chair Keith Vaz was among the politicians who greeted arrivals at Luton airport on New Year's Day.
Romania's ambassador to Britain has mocked MPs and rightwing newspapers that gathered at airports on New Year's Day to interrogate an expected influx of his countrymen, comparing them to tragicomic characters from Samuel Beckett's masterpiece Waiting for Godot.

Ion Jinga said that politicians and journalists at Luton airport were desperately waiting for the arrival of millions of unemployed Romanians only to be greeted by two new entrants, both of whom already had jobs.

His intervention follows an intense debate in Britain over the expected migration of Romanians and Bulgarians after transitional controls were lifted on 1 January. Anti-immigration politicians, including Ukip's Nigel Farage and several Tories, have claimed that Britain cannot absorb a large number of new migrants from eastern Europe.

MigrationWatch, the pressure group, released a briefing paper on New Year's Eve claiming that 50,000 people from both countries would enter Britain every year for the next five years.

Writing for The Huffington Post, Jinga said: "It seems that a new version of Waiting for Godot is being reinvented by part of the British media and by some politicians who are desperately waiting for the arrival of millions of Romanians after 1 January 2014.

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New laws in store for France in 2014

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January 1 brings a wide range of changes to areas of day-to-day French life, from tax and motoring to the cost of posting a letter.

The minimum wage, SMIC, goes up 1.1% to €1,113 net per month. Income support, RSA, is up 1.3%.

The top rate of VAT passes from 19.6% to 20% and the old 7% rate becomes 10%. VAT on cinema tickets drops from 7% to 5.5% with under-14s offered a new flat €4 rate to see a film.

An estimated 200,000 low-income households will cease to be taxed on their income as the minimum threshold increases.

However, the thresholds applied when calculating the quotient familial are being recalculated, increasing by €1,500 for each demi-part instead of €2,000. This means an estimated 1.3 million households will see their income tax bill rise by about €800.


Silenced: Saudi al-Qaeda leader dies in Lebanon hospital

Majed al-Majed
© UnknownMajed al-Majed, the Saudi leader of an al-Qaeda-linked group arrested in connection with recent bombings in Lebanon, has died in hospital, Lebanese sources say.

Majed al-Majed, the Saudi leader of an al-Qaeda-linked group arrested in connection with recent bombings in Lebanon, has died in hospital, Lebanese sources say.

"Majed al-Majed, who suffered from kidney disease and was in poor health, has died," the source said on condition of anonymity on Saturday.

A Lebanese army general also confirmed the death of the senior al-Qaeda commander.

Majed, who was arrested on Monday, was the ringleader of Abdullah Azzam Brigades, an al-Qaeda offshoot that operates throughout the Middle East.

The group is responsible for the twin bomb attacks against the Iranian Embassy in the Lebanese capital on November 19, 2013.

The back-to-back blasts killed at least 25 people, including Iran's Cultural Attaché to Beirut Hojjatoleslam Ebrahim Ansari, and left more than 160 injured.

Comment: A dead terrorist can not betray his handlers, thus this Saudi terrorist was quickly silenced before he could spill the beans and expose his Saudi handlers.


Best of the Web: The Move to Muzzle Dieudonné M'Bala M'Bala

According to the French government, comedian Dieudonné has mobilized millions of citizens to make an anti-semitic gesture, a 'reverse Nazi salute'... but is that really what 'La Quenelle' means?
French mainstream media and politicians are starting off the New Year with a shared resolution for 2014: permanently muzzle a Franco-African comedian who is getting to be too popular among young people.

In between Christmas and New Year's Eve, no less than the President of the Republic, François Hollande, while visiting Saudi Arabia on (very big) business, said his government must find a way to ban performances by the comedian Dieudonné M'Bala M'Bala, as called for by French Interior Minister, Manuel Valls.

The leader of the conservative opposition party, UMP, Jean-François Copé, immediately chimed in with his "total support" for silencing the unmanageable entertainer.

In the unanimous media chorus, the weekly Nouvel Observateur editorialized that Dieudonné is "already dead", washed up, finished. Editors publicly disputed whether it was a better tactic to try to jail him for "incitement to racial hatred", close his shows on grounds of a potential "threat to public order", or put pressure on municipalities by threatening cultural subsidies with cuts if they allow him to perform.