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Can We Escape Social Conditioning?

Social Conditioning

(Peter Offerman dropped out of school at age 14 and worked as a forest lookout.)

(Found this interesting article on HenryMakow.com):

There is no collective salvation, Peter Offerman suggests.
Individuals can find liberation only by detaching from the herd.

“Building friendships takes time and effort and becoming your own friend is no exception. Most of us never get the
opportunity to do this.”

By Peter Offerman
(henrymakow.com)

At 68, I am getting on in years. I have lived a full life and have had the time to reflect. My life has been exceptional because social conditioning did not incapacitate me nearly as much as most people.

The most destructive conditioning takes place in our schools, during our formative years when we are most vulnerable.
I quit school in Grade Nine at age 14. I felt I was being made dumber instead of smarter. My parent’s response was, “if you don’t go to school we will not support you.” I left home then and took responsibility for my own life.

I first spent a few years hoboing around Canada taking whatever work I could find whenever I needed it. No job was too menial or too challenging to accept.

At 17, I took on a job that turned my life around and led to my shedding my conditioning.

This job was as a fire lookout man with the British Columbia Forest Service. I worked and lived on remote mountain tops by myself for four months each year. Spending that much time completely alone, especially during my youth had a profound effect on my perceptions about life as a human being and how I fit into society….

Substantial time on the lookout, without peer pressure, made me realize how confining trying to fit into the crowd is. Most people don’t even sense this pressure because it’s all they know. It’s like the air we breathe. It’s just there until it isn’t, then we die; unless we are prepared for an airless environment.

Most people also don’t realize how much of their time and energy it takes to be ‘social’. However being removed from ‘socializing’ is enormously stressful if it is all you know.

Many aspiring lookout men needed to come down off the mountains prematurely because they could not stand being alone. Those that adjusted to the isolation came to treasure the freedom of having just their own company. The amount of time that becomes available for other more worthwhile pursuits is substantial.

Building friendships takes time and effort and becoming your own friend is no exception. Most of us never get the opportunity to do this.

Our controllers understand that people who are not comfortable with themselves are much easier to control because they are lonely and seek comfort and friendship outside themselves.

Virtually every sales campaign is designed to sell you a bill of goods by convincing you that their product is going to become your best friend.

While we are thrust into the middle of intense relationships, the rest of the world passes us by unnoticed. We see the trees, but are oblivious of the forest.

On a lookout, becoming focused on each tree individually is not productive and makes it impossible to see the whole picture. A good lookout man scans vast vistas without focusing on anything in particular. Taking this approach to finding required data points, such as suspicious smoke, allows our intuition to come to our aid. It always amazes me how glaringly anomalies stand out when using this method.

It works just as well in any other environment, including researching on the internet. When surrounded by questionable ‘news/propaganda’ the fires stick out much more obviously when we also are aware of the apparently unrelated surrounding information that is part of webscape.

The ‘trees’ of propaganda do not distract us from seeing the whole situation. If there’s no smoke, there probably isn’t a fire. Our intuition can see the difference even though we logically can’t. Following our intuition instead of remaining focused on the propaganda leads us to the information that will then allow us to make sense of the situation.

CURRENTLY

I live in Ocean Falls, BC, a community of about 50 people on the ocean 500 kilometers north of Vancouver. I am currently attempting to create a lifestyle that my morality can justify, and disempower the Money Power that enslaves all of humanity, without resorting to violence. Psychological and financial wars are actually more critical components of the control structure.

My main priority was to stop contributing to the war machine. We all contribute to this cause by providing our labour; by purchasing goods from the Money Power, by paying income and consumption taxes to fund the control system.

I finally realized that every single thing in my life that I could make non-essential lightened my burden and also improved the quality of my life because I could less and have more time to enjoy my life. I currently own my home but it costs me virtually nothing. I have no mortgage, no insurance, and my property taxes average around $100 a year. I have beach front property on the ocean in a spectacular and comfortable setting.

Overall my current cost of living is about $350 a month which includes property taxes, food, transportation and all other services allowing me to live very comfortably while remaining in touch somewhat with the rest of the world. I could easily cut this contribution to the WM in half while still maintaining my current lifestyle but my intent is to reduce my contribution to $0. It is not easy to achieve zero and my current state is a necessary stepping stone to getting there.


Related – Makow – Escape the Hive Mind – See more at: https://www.henrymakow.com/#sthash.rDrxgKFZ.dpuf

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If Democrats Had Their Way…

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If Democrats Had Their Way…

Remember New Coke? It was a dismal failure and the company scrapped it. How about three slice toasters? They were supposed to be the rage once, too. But nobody bought them and they disappeared into the dustbin of history.

That’s how life works in the private sector. If people don’t buy and the product doesn’t deliver, it disappears. Companies and individuals are forced to develop winning strategies in order to survive. If not, they perish.

The policies of the Democratic Party are not like that. The policies of the Democratic Party — high taxes, exorbitant union contracts and pensions, excessive government regulation, gun control, dysfunctional schools, etc. — continue to produce one failed program after another, yet they are fully supported by an average of 52% of the voting public. If they operated in the private sector, they would be forced into bankruptcy. However, because they are funded by our tax dollars, they have a never-ending spigot of cash flowing into their coffers. In essence, they are rewarded for failing.

Detroit is a city that has been under complete Democratic control for over forty years. And when I say complete, I mean complete. Every official, every policy, every decision affecting Detroit has come 100% from the Democratic Party and their supporters. The result? Bankruptcy.

Detroit is $2.5 billion in debt. That’s billion, with a “b”. Thousands of homes, buildings, and businesses are vacant and abandoned, and two thirds of the city’s street lights do not work.

Detroit is America’s most dangerous city with a violent crime rate five times higher than the national average. It’s the murder capital of the country, and — because it’s under Democratic control — Detroit has strict gun control laws.

In short, Detroit is a hellhole. A man-made, Democratic-Party-created hellhole. And it’s exactly what all of America would look like if Democrats had their way.

Detroit is not an aberration. It is a direct result of Democratic leadership and how applying the principles of the Democratic Party actually play out in real life. It’s as simple as 1 + 1 = 2. You do this action, you get this result.

If Detroit shows all of us the natural consequence of what happens when the Democratic Party gets its way, why do people support it? Why do tens of millions of Americans continue to vote for Democrats? The answer, I believe, consists of five distinct elements within the Democratic Party.

In the first group are the hardcore socialists and communists that form the leadership and financial backing of the Democratic Party. These are the folks that actually hate America and want to destroy it. (See https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2014/03/22/99549/). They are the corrupt union leaders, the financial donors, the advisors, the radical college professors and teachers, the leaders of various “equality” groups and causes, the militant feminists, the Islamic extremists, education officials and administrators, and the actual politicians themselves. I estimate their numbers to comprise 5% of less of the Democratic Party.

To this first group, Detroit is a shining example of how they would like all of America to be. Many of them are atheists, or outright satanists, and they hate not only America, but also Christianity, because they see Christians as the primary roadblock that keeps them from turning America into a Communist dictatorship. Death, murder, kidnapping, and rape mean nothing to them if it helps to accomplish their objective.

The second group is big business and union members. The majority of those in this group do not hate America, however they can develop intense hatred toward any individual or group that threatens their current financial status. They support the Democratic Party because it pays.

For big business, that means bailouts, favorable loans, taxpayer subsidies, and government regulation to create monopolies and eliminate competition. You know who I’m talking about: Hollywood, Facebook, Yahoo, Apple, GE, Wall Street, owners of professional sports teams, etc.

For union members, it means maintaining their high salaries, pensions, insurance, and paid holidays. You’ll find many teachers in this group. All together, this second group comprises about 20% of the Democratic Party. They vote for their own personal gain, regardless of how much it hurts their country or their fellow citizens.

The third group consists of the media. I estimate them to comprise 5% or less of the Democratic Party. Like the first group, many of them are hardcore socialists and communists who also hate America, but their hatred is cloaked with a thinly disguised intellectual disdain. They consider themselves smarter than everyone else. Though they are intelligent, they suffer from a total lack of wisdom. If their intellectual superiority is threatened, they can revert to most violent and animalistic of natures, all condoned through intellectual justification.

This third group — the media — do everything they can to obscure reality in order to confuse and indoctrinate the fourth group: Useful Idiots.

“Useful idiot” sounds like a harsh term, but it was actually coined by the Left to describe many of their followers. (See https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2013/12/29/are-you-a-useful-idiot/)

It saddens me to say that I have many friends, acquaintances, and co-workers in this group. They are nice people. Many of them would give you the shirt of their back, or rush to your aid at the first sign of an emergency. Sadly, they just don’t know very much about history or politics.

Useful idiots have been dumbed down at school and at home. Now in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, and beyond, they continue to believe everything they’re told by the mainstream media. They have been exposed to alternate information only in the form of ridicule. Many of them are so busy working, earning a living, raising families, paying bills, and looking for love that they just don’t have time to read and educate themselves.

I was in the position of not having time to read myself until I was laid off a couple of years ago and actually had time to research what was happening in the country. That’s when I discovered this site, Commieblaster, Moral Matters, and many more.

In this group you will also find many females who have been taught to accept abortion and feminism, and many males who accept abortion and feminism as a means to seduce and sleep with the aforementioned females. (See https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2013/11/15/an-open-letter-to-obama-supporters/) I estimate useful idiots to comprise a full 40% of the Democratic Party.

The fifth and final leg of the Democratic Party are what I call Useful Leeches. This group consists of all races and ages, and they are far worse than the useful idiots. Useful idiots actually mean well. Useful leeches are angry, bitter, resentful, and believe that the world owes them a living. They survive on government handouts: food stamps, welfare, Section-8, disability, etc., and they hate themselves because of it.

Useful leeches have no desire to improve their station in life and would love nothing better than to drag the entire country down to their level of misery and poverty. Not surprisingly, this group tends to be extremely racist and intolerant. They live in a constant state of fear.

The hardcore socialists and communists of the first and third groups love useful leeches, because they are so easily manipulated. They make excellent shock troops, and can be employed to strike fear among the population and silence critics on the right.

If there’s any hope of saving our country, it lies with the useful idiots. With extremely few exceptions, the members of the other groups are not going to change. Useful idiots CAN change if they are approached and educated correctly. A friendly conversation here, a book or article passed along there, and slowly but surely the tide can be turned.

If we can begin to sway even 5-10% of the useful idiots, we can tilt the balance of our country back to its Constitutional foundation. We can’t look to others to do this. The work is ours. The future of our country rests with us.

(Thanks to my friend, Alan, for suggesting this topic.)

https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2013/11/15/an-open-letter-to-obama-supporters/

https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2014/03/28/democrats-the-party-of-corruption/

https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2014/03/28/democrat-state-senator-tells-pro-2nd-amendment-to-go-fck-yourself/

https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2014/03/27/after-only-115-days-in-office-charlotte-democrat-mayor-arrested-faces-20-years-in-prison/

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John Boehner The BoneHead!

Could someone please tell me why the GOP is in self destruct mode? I mean Obamacare is imploding, and Boehner is pushing immigration which is about 3% in polls I’ve seen in things people want done. Here’s a suggestion BONEHEAD. How about you dopes come up with an alternative to Obamacare for the Mid Terms.

UPDATE!!!!!

4:20 PM EST 

Boehner says no immigration deal until Obama enforces laws

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/feb/6/boehner-says-no-immigration-deal-until-obama-enfor/

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Boehner on the brink: Speakership coup brewing over immigration

By Seth McLaughlin

Rep. Raul Labrador said House Speaker John Boehner should lose his leadership post if he pushes forward with immigration reform this year, CQ Roll Call reported.

“I think it should cost him his speakership,” Mr. Labrador, Idaho Republican, said in an interview with the Capitol Hill news organization.

Mr. Labrador also refused to rule out running to replace Mr. Boehner — even if the Ohio Republican put the brakes on immigration bills.

“There is a hunger in the conference for bold, visionary leaders, and this is not just conservatives — you talk to more middle-of-the-road members of the conference, they’re kind of frustrated with the direction of this leadership, and they’re looking for ways to change that,” he told CQ Roll Call.

Mr. Boehner said Tuesday that he is not sure whether he will pursue immigration bills this year, days after House leaders outlined their principles at an annual GOP retreat that included border security and legalization for most illegal immigrants. The plan also included a specific new pathway for younger illegal immigrants.

Rep. Raul R. Labrador, Idaho Republican (Associated Press)

Rep. Raul R. Labrador, Idaho Republican (Associated Press)

Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, also said he is doubtful that Congress will pass immigration reform this year.

Read more: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/feb/5/rep-raul-labrador-boehners-speakership-risk-over-i/#ixzz2sXZynrir

~Steve~

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Are You a Useful Idiot?

Do you support Barack Obama? How about Hillary Clinton, Harry Reid, Dianne Feinstein, or Barbara Boxer? Do you support the Democratic Party at all? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you are what is known in political parlance as a “useful idiot.”
No offense, I’m merely stating a fact. “Useful idiot” is the precise terminology that your own leaders use to describe you. Let me explain.
A useful idiot is someone who believes they are supporting a specific political agenda, while in reality they are supporting its exact opposite. The term was first coined by Vladimir Lenin to describe liberals and Democrats who thought they were working for a utopian society while in reality they were unwittingly supporting Communism. Under Communism, over a hundred million people were murdered in the 20th century. Hundreds of millions more were raped, tortured, enslaved, and beaten.
Today, these same godless Communists, calling themselves Progressives, have taken complete control over the Democratic Party. You can prove this to yourself by clicking on the links below. In fact, I dare anyone reading this to prove me wrong.
What does this mean for you? It means if you support Barack Obama, Hilary Clinton, Harry Reid, Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, or the Democratic Party, you support Communism, pure and simple. And, by logical extension, you also support atheism, racism, intolerance, religious persecution, murder, torture, the eradication of the family, the removal of God from society and the replacement of God by the State, the destruction of Christianity and the Constitution, the end of free enterprise, the oppression of women, the genocide of the unborn, and the removal from society of everything that is noble and good within the United States and within the world. Again, I dare anyone reading this to prove me wrong.
Does this then mean that all Republicans are saints? Absolutely not. Corruption runs rampant within the Republican Party. However, by and large, the vast majority of Republicans in office support religious freedom, Christianity, the Constitution, the family, free enterprise, compassion for the poor, equality for women and minorities, and life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This is particularly true on the state and local level. Again, it’s not every Republican, but it is most.
Don’t expect to learn any of these facts from your daily newspaper, your television news, or your classes at school. Our country’s media and education system are filled with communist progressives and useful idiots, as well. If you think you’re learning the truth about American history from what you see on television or what you hear from your teachers and professors at school, then you are no different from a child who believes in Santa Claus.
Now the question becomes what are you going to do with your newfound knowledge? Are you going to bury your head in the sand like an ostrich and pretend that everything I just said isn’t true? If you’re a coward, then I suppose you could do that. But if that’s the case, then you are worse than a useful idiot. You are a slave who is undeserving of liberty.
Are you going to actually follow the links below and educate yourself? If that is your choice, then I applaud you. You have both courage and an open mind. There’s no shame in having been duped by the Left. Many of today’s leading conservative voices were once Democrats. David Horowitz was raised by communist parents and was once a Democrat. Ronald Reagan was also once a Democrat, before declaring, “I didn’t leave them, they left me.” Reagan was referring to the takeover of the Democratic Party by communist progressives.
Whichever choice you make, whether to expand and educate your mind or to remain a useful idiot, will have enormous consequences, not just for your life, but for the entire world. Please choose wisely.
https://commieblaster.com/progressives/index.html
https://commieblaster.com/commietunes/index.html
https://commieblaster.com/obama/index.html
https://www.henrymakow.com/liberals_are_shills_for_commun.html
https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2012/12/12/u-s-physicist-tom-fife-obama-was-groomed-to-be-president-by-soviet-communists/
https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2010/05/24/obama-a-sleeper-agent-for-world-communism/
https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2010/06/18/the-murderous-mind-of-the-radical-left/

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More “Transparency” From the Comrade Dear Ruler: ATF Looking to Block F&F Whistleblower’s Book

Via washingtontimes.com:

ATF tries to block whistleblowing agent’s ‘Fast and Furious’ book

1st Amendment battle over gun-walking expose

By John Solomon The Washington Times  Sunday, October 6, 2013

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is blocking the main whistleblower in the Fast and Furious case from publishing a book for pay, claiming his retelling of the Mexico “gun-walking” scandal will hurt morale inside the embattled law enforcement agency, according to documents obtained by The Washington Times.

ATF’s dispute with Special Agent John Dodson is setting up a First Amendment showdown that is poised to bring together liberal groups like the American Civil Liberties Union and conservatives in Congress who have championed Mr. Dodson’s protection as a whistleblower.

The ACLU is slated to become involved in the case Monday, informing ATF it is representing Mr. Dodson and filing a formal protest to the decision to reject his request to publish the already written book, sources told The Times, speaking only on the condition of anonymity.

The battle also could have repercussions on Capitol Hill, where the two lead investigators who helped uncover the Fast and Furious scandal, Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican, and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell E. Issa, Calif. Republican, had written a foreword to the book, the sources said.

You can read the entire Washington Times article here.

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Last time I checked, alcohol, tobacco, and firearms are all legal products in this country.

Why do we need an agency of armed government goons to even be involved in any of these?

It’s time the ATF was disbanded, as there is absolutely no constitutional basis for its existence.

-And the ATF agents involved in Fast and Furious need to be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent possible.

-Dave

(h/t: Drudge)

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The Search Is Over For That Perfect Gift For You Know Who…

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Legal mumbo jumbo, blah blah blah, ipso facto and no way ray. I said it and I mean it and so does FOTM, legal mumbo jumbo disclaimer.


Now I don’t know about you, but there is this great big

White House in Washington where this guy lives who is very deserving of this lovely gift. Or your Congress Critter. Senator. Or your loud mouth Brother in Law. The possibilities are endless. My only problem is the order form. Please scroll to second sheet to see.

poopsenders - the ULTIMATE gag gift - SWEET revenge at its finest

I’m torn between the ever exotic “Gorilla Poop”

Or

You can never Go wrong with the “Combo Poop Pack”

( Three Kinds)

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I had to do a screen shot to do this. The actual website is 

https://www.poopsenders.com/

FOTM takes no responsibility for any orders placed. Nor do we endorse this site.

It is posted under Humor. Got it. Good now start laughing.

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~Steve~                   H/T  My 13 YR old, who like all 13 yr olds thinks poop is funny

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Florida Governor Wants Probe of FAU 'Jesus Stomping' Incident

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Apparently a concept not applicable to Christians


Please see FotM’s previous posts on this story here, here and here,
Via wptv.com:

Florida Atlantic University ‘Jesus stomping’ case: Student Ryan Rotelas upset, Rick Scott comments

Posted: 5:20 AM

BOCA RATON, Fla. — State education officials will be taking a closer look at Florida Atlantic University today after Gov. Rick Scott responded to a controversial classroom exercise.
A class, taught by Vice Chairman of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party Deandre Poole, was reportedly following an exercise in the instructor’s manual that had students write the name “Jesus” in large letters on a piece of paper, put the paper on the floor, face up, and after a brief period, tell them to step on the paper.
The exercise was part of a chapter dealing with the power of certain words. One student, a junior named Ryan Rotelas, said he refused to participate.
While the university said Rotelas was never punished for his refusal, the student’s lawyer said school officials told Rotelas he would be suspended.
FAU officials have apologized and said the student will not be punished. They also stated the exercise will not be assigned again.
Gov. Rick Scott wants a detailed report from state university system Chancellor Frank Brogan regarding the incident.
“Whether the student was reprimanded or whether an apology was given is in many ways (inconsequential) to the larger issue of a professor’s poor judgment,” Scott stated in a letter to Brogan. “The professor’s lesson was offensive, and even intolerant, to Christians and those of all faiths who deserve to be respected as Americans entitled to religious freedom.”
Meanwhile, the controversy has prompted the Church of All Nations in Boca Raton to plan a march in response, according to Reverend Mark Boykin.
Reverend Boykin is still fuming over what the FAU student was asked to do in class.
“To write the name of Jesus on a piece of paper, and then to stop and contemplate what they were doing. And then to stomp on it,” says Rev. Boykin.  “We find this to be unconscionable, unprofessional and completely unacceptable.”
This comes despite repeated apologies from FAU leaders.
“We don’t plan to use this exercise again, we apologize to everyone who felt it was too sensitive we recognize that,” says Dr. Charles Brown, Senior Vice President of Student Affairs at FAU.
Dr. Brown says Rotelas was never up for punishment for refusing to step on a piece of paper with Jesus’ names on it. A lawyer for Rotelas says otherwise.
“He met with the school officials about it and was informed of his suspension,” says Hiram Sasser, with the Liberty Institute.
That’s when Sasser says FAU did an about face.
“Their first mistake was backing the professor and the assignment. But then they found out most of America didn’t agree with them,” says Sasser.
Rotelas is back in class, but with a different instructor. He claimed “victory” Tuesday on his Facebook page once the university decided he wouldn’t be punished.
Marissa Bagg WPTV contributed to this report
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The only things missing are the horns


From where I am sitting, it is immaterial how profusely FAU apologizes to Mr. Rotelas at this point, as any apology from the school would ring hollow now.
It is the mentality of the instructor involved, the offensive nature of the assignment in question, and the willingness of those in a position of authority to initially rush to its defense that I find troubling.
I cannot say whether Gov. Scott’s actions are merely political theater, or that he genuinely plans to get to the bottom of the heinous actions on the part of the FAU faculty.
Personally, I hope these people are made examples of, because this sort of thing is becoming far too common on the campuses of American colleges and universities.
To me, this incident rises above mere anti-Christian bigotry, and is very close to meeting what I would define as persecution.
We are not yet one lifetime beyond seeing what religious persecution left unchallenged can ultimately lead to, and Christians would do well to heed that lesson, as three million of them died right along with the Jews in the Hitlerite death camps.
And please spare me the “That could never happen here in ‘civilized’ America” nonsense.
After all, Germany was a civilized nation, too.
-Dave
(h/t: Drudge)
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‘The Importance of Integrity, Loyalty, and Loyal Dissent’

Gen Charles Chandler “Chuck” Krulak, USMCR

As a life-long student of history – particularly that of the military variety, I am always on the lookout for things that may be a little “off the trail,” but that I believe are not a little profound in their relationship to our beloved (and rapidly vanishing) America.

As many of you know, my dad was a Marine who served our nation during the Korean War. As such, I tend to be drawn to most matters involving Marines, as even though I was never one myself, I have nothing but the deepest respect for those who manage to “earn the title.”

What follows is a talk given by then LTGen Charles Chandler Krulak to members of the 1993 Naval Academy class – just a few short years before Gen Krulak was promoted and appointed as the 31st Commandant of the Marine Corps.

Even though it took place nearly two decades ago, its relevance to the current state of America is not a little prophetic in its scope, and it is most definitely worth an hour of your time.

It is, in a word, riveting.

-Dave

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UPDATE: The Wolves of Bell, California

This is an update to the stories of corrupt officials who ran the City of Bell, CA as their private, for-profit fiefdom.  Today the LA Times reported:
Before the Bell scandal broke in the summer of 2010, Rizzo could have expected an annual retirement check of about $650,000, which would have made him the highest-paid pensioner in the state’s largest public retirement system, in addition to hundreds of thousands of dollars a year more from Bell’s supplementary retirement program.
But his pension has now been reduced to about $50,000 a year.
Spaccia could have expected a pension of $250,000 annually from CalPERS, along with a huge bump from the Bell program. As it stands, she will now receive a pension of about $34,000.   Full Story  -LTG
Below is Dr. Eowyn’s original post dated 11/04/2010
Heed these words of Thomas Jefferson, in his 1787 letter to Edward Carrington:

“If once they [the people] become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress, and Assemblies, Judges, and Governors, shall all become wolves.”

The citizens of California’s working-class city, Bell, are discovering this truth. So should we.
~Eowyn

Residents stunned as scope of Bell scandal told

By John Rogers, Associated Press – Nov 9, 2010

BELL, Calif. – Residents of the scandal-plagued city of Bell gasped in shock and disbelief Monday as state auditors told them their political leaders mismanaged tens of millions of dollars of the modest city’s money, using much of it to pay themselves enormous salaries. The auditors spoke at a hearing called by state Assemblyman Hector De La Torre, who said he wanted to give residents of the working-class city of 40,000 a full accounting of what had happened.
Some 300 residents sat quietly in a school auditorium, listening politely as auditors from the state Controller’s office said Bell officials had collected $6.8 million over the past three years by doing such things as illegally raising their property taxes, sewer assessment fees and business license fees. The auditors said Bell officials also took money earmarked for street repairs and affordable housing and used much of it to pay themselves their huge salaries.
Among other things, they were told that:

  • Ousted City Manager Robert Rizzo, who had an annual salary and compensation package of $1.5 million, gave himself an interest-free loan of $93,000, then paid it back with money the City Council put into his retirement fund.
  • Rizzo made $1.5 million in loans from the city’s general fund available to numerous city employees, who were allowed to use accrued vacation time to pay it back — at an interest rate of 0.5%.
  • The city’s six highest paid administrators had a combined annual salary of $6 million.
  • Four of the City Council’s five members were paid more than $100,000 a year.

Although the Controller’s office had released the information in two earlier separate reports, receiving it in its totality Monday seemed to take many people aback. The office plans to release two more audits of Bell in the weeks ahead.
“I was shocked. It’s absolutely outrageous. They were just paying each other with our money,” said Lydia Barrios, who has lived in Bell for more than 30 years.
Rizzo, the four City Council members and four other former Bell officials have been charged by the Los Angeles County district attorney with misappropriating $5.5 million in public funds.
Three of those council members, Mayor Oscar Hernandez, Vice Mayor Teresa Jacobo and Councilman George Mirabal, are the subject of a March 8 recall election. The fourth, Councilman Luis Artiga was also targeted for recall but has resigned, and a special election to replace him has been scheduled for March 8.
None of the officials was present at Monday’s hearing and, unlike several City Council meetings in recent months where officials have been insulted and told to resign, the crowd remained calm throughout. Afterward several rose to thank De La Torre for calling the hearing. Several people also said they had recently received tax refunds demanded by the state Controller’s office.
The salary scandal became known in July when the Los Angeles Times received the officials’ salaries under a California Public Records Act request and published them. Several local residents have said they tried to get that information themselves but were ignored. At least one person was given false information, according to the district attorney’s criminal complaint. Part of Monday’s two-hour hearing was given over to an explanation of how to make such public records requests.

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California Asks Judges: Gay or Straight?

The Weekly StandardIn order to make sure gays and lesbians are adequately represented on the judicial bench, the state of California is requiring all judges and justices to reveal their sexual orientation. The announcement was made in an internal memo sent to all California judges and justices.
“[The Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC)] is contacting all judges and justices to gather data on race/ethnicity, gender identification, and sexual orientation,” reads an email sent by Romunda Price of the AOC. A copy of Price’s memo was obtained by THE WEEKLY STANDARD. 
Providing complete and accurate aggregate demographic data is crucial to garnering continuing legislative support for securing critically needed judgeships,” Price writes.  The process of self-revealing one’s sexual orientation is an element of a now yearly process. “To ensure that the AOC reports accurate data and to avoid the need to ask all judges to provide this information on an annual basis, the questionnaire asks that names be provided. The AOC, however, will release only aggregate statistical information, by jurisdiction, as required by the Government Code and will not identify any specific justice or judge.” 
Philip R. Carrizosa of the executive office of communications at the Judicial Council of California, the Administrative Office of the Courts, confirmed the authenticity of Price’s email regarding gender identification and sexual orientation to THE WEEKLY STANDARD.
“Yes, the e-mail is authentic and accurate,” Carrizosa confirmed in an email. “The original bill, which simply provided for 50 new judgeships, was amended in the Assembly in August 2006, to address concerns that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was not appointing enough women and minorities to the bench. In 2011, Senator Ellen Corbett expanded the reporting requirement to include gender identification and sexual orientation.”
California state senator Corbett, the Democratic majority leader from the San Francisco suburb San Leandro, could not immediately be reached for comment.
Price’s email also reveals that the AOC is asking for this personal information because of the new law. “For the past five years, the AOC has been required to collect and release aggregate demographic data relative to the ethnicity, race, and gender of justices and judges, by specific jurisdiction, on or before March 1 of each year. This requirement is associated with efforts to obtain new judgeships.
But as a result of Corbett’s 2011 California bill, the office has “expanded the collection and release of aggregate demographic data to include gender identification and sexual orientation.” Therefore, Price explains, judges and justices must reveal their “sexual orientation,” in addition “to their race/ethnicity [and] gender identification.” Price parenthetically adds, “The AOC has gender data for all judges and justices.”
I’m confused….why is it necessary to reveal your sexual orientation in order to “obtain new judgeships”?  Can you imagine a private sector firm asking you to reveal your sexual orientation in order to hire more employees?
 If I’m ever in a court, I would only hope that the judge would follow the law of the land, providing a forum that is fair and just.
What doesn’t confuse me as to why the state of California wants to make sure that gay people are represented on the judicial bench.  Ever heard of a little thing called Prop 8?
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