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ENDNOTE: Umana, John  [MC1965] asks what happened to checks and balances in our Government?

2019-Sep-14

FROM TWITTER:

Umana, John  [MC1965]
@JohnUmana
Sep 5
 
What happened to checks and balances in our Government?

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As a fat old white guy injineer speaking ex cathedra from my belly button at the editorial desk in the Jasper Jottings’ newsroom, “We, The Sheeple” allow the Gooferment to escape its Constitutional “chains” and transform from “servant to master” (Note 1) by many of the Amendments to the Constitution and the countless non-Amendment authorized violations to the Constitution like the “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs”. (Note 2)

“We” lost the war for the American heart and soul when “we” allowed the Gooferment at all levels to take over “education”.  As Rush Limbaugh says “the minds full of mush” have been lost forever. They have been converted, like a cult, to worship Mother Earth and to look to Father State for “solutions”.  There’s no hope for them, but the first step back to “checks and balances” is cut the Gooferment back to its Constitutional bounds.  The entails zeroing out a bunch of unConstitutional departments and agencies — DOEd, DOE, HEW, BATF, DEA, FDA, etc. etc. etc. And then onto, the things that “just happened” — “no fly” list, “civil asset forfeiture”, gun laws, IRS abuses, Marijuana & drug prohibition, “free speech zones”, Congressional corruption, farm subsidies, “welfare / warfare” state policies, the existence of the“deep state”, etc. etc. etc.

The hardest part will be to refocus “We, The Sheeple” from the “panem et circenses” of this Gooferment Skrule team beats that Gooferment Skrule team. That distracts “We, The Sheeple” from the real problems of the day!  Personally, I believe that the repeal of the Seventeenth Amendment — direct election of Senators — is the best first step back to real “Federalism” and regaining control of the Leviathan State.  Of course, to do that “We, The Sheeple” has to convince the politicians and bureaucrats to vote against their own self-interest financially. 

On a microlevel, each of us can strike a blow against the drug war by jury nullification. Remember why Alcohol Prohibition was repealed? Jury nullification! (Note 3)  So each and every one of us, who gets on a jury, can end “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs”!  Or, police searches!  Or any other “burr under our saddle” with Gooferment action.  How did Gandni convince the British to leave India?  Peaceful non-cooperation. (Note 4) Likewise if 350 million American refuse to cooperate with the Gooferment, what are they going to do about it.  My current example is the speed limit laws.  Most folks pay absolutely ZERO attention to them. It’s a waste of taxpayer money to post them.

So that’s what has happened to your “checks and balances” and how imho we can take our country back one jury at a time.

Remember the sources of my education! I’m just a fat old white guy retired injineer who’d now a poor old senior citizen on a fixed income with:

  • Law “degree” from watching Judge Judy; 
  • Medical “degree” from watching Doctor Phil; 
  • Building “degree” from watching “Holmes on Homes”; 
  • Investing “degree” from reading about Bernie Made-off; 
  • Finance “degree”from listening to Ric Edelman; 
  • sensitively managing Human Resources from watching Chef Ramsey; and 
  • creating loving / caring human relationships from studying the movie roles of Gunny Ronald Lee Ermey

Go Jaspers!

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Note 1: “Government is not reason, it is not eloquence — it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.” — attributed to George Washinton but unverifiable

Note 2: Why did alcohol prohibition require a Constitutional Amendment, but “drug prohibition” did not? 

Note 3: “Prosecutors could get a jury to convict any one on booze arrests; that’s why they had to get Al Capone on Tax Evasion.  So regardless of what the Gooferment, the politicians, or the bureaucrats say, American Juries can put an end to this nonsense all by themselves.  No victim; no crime.  Sorry.  A juror doesn’t have to explain or even talk; just vote “not guilty” and this house of cards will come tumbling down.”  https://tinyurl.com/y4dzfxb8 

Note 4: “Yes. In the end, you will walk out. Because 100,000 Englishmen simply cannot control 350 million Indians, if those Indians refuse to cooperate.” — movie Gandhi (1983)

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ENDNOTE: Another sweep to identify who has guns right here in the USA!

2019-Sep-07

https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2019/09/06/exclusive-feds-demand-apple-and-google-hand-over-names-of-10000-users-of-a-gun-scope-app/#12d825bf2423

685,104 viewsSep 6, 2019, 03:50pm
Exclusive: Feds Demand Apple And Google Hand Over Names Of 10,000+ Users Of A Gun Scope App
Thomas BrewsterForbes Staff
Cybersecurity
I cover crime, privacy and security in digital and physical forms.

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Own a rifle? Got a scope to go with it? The U.S. government might soon know who you are, where you live and how to reach you.

That’s because the government wants Apple and Google to hand over names, phone numbers and other identifying data of at least 10,000 users of a single gun scope app, Forbes has discovered. It’s an unprecedented move: Never before has a case been disclosed in which American investigators demanded personal data of users of a single app from Apple and Google. And never has an order been made public where the feds have asked the Silicon Valley giants for info on so many thousands of people in one go.

According to an application for a court order filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) on September 5, investigators want information on users of Obsidian 4, a tool used to control rifle scopes made by night-vision specialist American Technologies Network Corp. The app allows gun owners to get a live stream, take video and calibrate their gun scope from an Android or iPhone device. According to the Google Play page for Obsidian 4, it has more than 10,000 downloads. Apple doesn’t provide download numbers, so it’s unclear how many iPhone owners could be swept up in this latest government data grab.

If the court approves the demand, and Apple and Google decide to hand over the information, it could include data on thousands of people who have nothing to do with the crimes being investigated, privacy activists warned. Edin Omanovic, lead on Privacy International’s State Surveillance program, said it would set a dangerous precedent and scoop up “huge amounts of innocent people’s personal data.”

“Such orders need to be based on suspicion and be particularized—this is neither,” Omanovic added.

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Once again the Federal Gooferment seeks to sweep up a huge amount of data on innocent people in the quest to “outlaw guns”.

Yes, I know “no one is after your guns”.  Have you listened to ANY of the D’s running for President in 2020?

And, you know what happens after the citizenry AKA the militia is disarmed?  Genocide!

Can’t happen here?  Talk to the American Indians.

Sorry.

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ENDNOTE: How about a “war” we can all get behind?

2019-Sep-07

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-deadliest-hunter-of-humans-on-the-planet

The Deadliest Hunter of Humans on the Planet
In this introduction to his book “The Mosquito,” Timothy C. Winegard profiles the creature that has changed the course of war and empire, and survived every attempt to wipe it out.
Timothy C. Winegard
Updated 08.24.19 11:50AM ET / Published 08.24.19 5:25AM ET 

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The mosquito has killed more people than any other cause of death in human history. Statistical extrapolation situates mosquito-inflicted deaths approaching half of all humans that have ever lived. In plain numbers, the mosquito has dispatched an estimated 52 billion people from a total of 108 billion throughout our relatively brief 200,000-year existence.*

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Since “our” MIC (Military Industrial Complex) loves war with its killing and breaking stuff, let’s target it at a good “enemy” to wipe out.

Imagine the dollars being spend on it rather that killing our fellow human beings?

Imagine.

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ENDNOTE: Why open this for a public vote and then ignore the results?

2019-Aug-24

https://nypost.com/2019/08/17/catholics-blast-chirlane-mccray-over-city-statue-snub/

Catholics blast Chirlane McCray over city statue snub
By Sara Dorn August 17, 2019 | 9:29pm

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The faithful raised holy hell this week after The Post reported the first lady’s “She Built NYC” program for statues honoring exceptional women rejected the public’s choice of iconic sister Frances Xavier Cabrini.

Cabrini, the first American saint, devoted her life to helping the needy in the late 1800s but got passed over despite receiving 219 votes, more than any other nominee.

Councilman Justin Brannan fired off an angry letter to McCray’s office on Monday this week, saying, “Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini, who received more nominations from New Yorkers than any other woman during the process, has been completely ignored.”

“My simple question is this: why open this for a public vote and then ignore the results?” the councilman asked.

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No religious discrimination here.

“Move along, people. Nothing to see here. Go home, you looky-loos.” Officer Barbrady’s Catch Phrase South Park

Argh!

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ENDNOTE: Shooters Do Not Know Right from Wrong

2019-Aug-17

https://www.lewrockwell.com/lrc-blog/shooters-do-not-know-right-from-wrong/?fbclid=IwAR37DQL9nQaPproK2goGEMH7VQUcS3NLD_LTeCvGkrurFAWYrfzpzxmRNpE

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The post by Charles Burris mentions several hypotheses about the conditions under which men fail to receive good moral training:

“Most, according to psychologist Peter Langman, an expert on school shooters, came from homes that also experienced infidelity, substance abuse, criminal behavior, domestic violence and child abuse.”

This hypothesis is on the right track. Instead of focusing on motives, the focus is on where moral training comes from, even though moral training is not mentioned. Hypotheses like these should explicitly bring in moral training as the key. We cannot escape acknowledging this. We can’t avoid talking about values that are correct and right.

To avoid raising monsters, we have to define right and wrong properly and we have to impart it to children. It has to be done starting from an early age. It starts with parents. We should not obscure the process of teaching right from wrong, and also teaching virtuous behavior, by fancy words that academics use like “socialization”. Some thoughts, some behaviors and some actions are definitely wrong and some are right. We should not obscure the clear cases by focusing on the difficult and ambiguous cases.

The hypothesis of Peter Langman is really that a bad family life fails to deliver proper moral training to children. It delivers improper training in its place.

The hypothesis can be broadened. We are having more shooters because the moral training has gone downhill, and it has gone downhill because the training provided in the family, the schools, the churches, the camps, the media, the books, the movies, the government, etc. has gone downhill.

Why has this happened? What remedies do we have?

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Sadly sounds about right.

The American society has drifted from self-discipline to “whatever makes me feel good”.

There may well be no coming back.

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ENDNOTE: Priests accused of sex abuse … …

2019-Aug-10

https://apnews.com/abe2da0da2f648ad89dde483a92d3f19

Priests accused of sex abuse turned to under-the-radar group
By MARTHA MENDOZA, JULIET LINDERMAN and GARANCE BURKE

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DRYDEN, Mich. (AP) — The visiting priests arrived discreetly, day and night.

Stripped of their collars and cassocks, they went unnoticed in this tiny Midwestern town as they were escorted into a dingy warehouse across from an elementary school playground. Neighbors had no idea some of the dressed-down clergymen dining at local restaurants might have been accused sexual predators.

They had been brought to town by a small, nonprofit group called Opus Bono Sacerdotii. For nearly two decades, the group has operated out of a series of unmarked buildings in rural Michigan, providing money, shelter, transport, legal help and other support to hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Catholic priests accused of sexual abuse across the country.

Again and again, Opus Bono has served as a rapid-response team for the accused.

When a serial pedophile was sent to jail for abusing dozens of minors, Opus Bono was there for him, with regular visits and commissary cash.

When a priest admitted sexually assaulting boys under 14, Opus Bono raised funds for his defense.

When another priest was criminally charged with abusing a teen, Opus Bono later made him a legal adviser.

And while powerful clerics have publicly pledged to hold the church accountable for the crimes of its clergy and help survivors heal, some of them arranged meetings, offered blessings or quietly sent checks to this organization that provided support to alleged abusers, The Associated Press has found.

Though Catholic leaders deny the church has any official relationship with the group, Opus Bono successfully forged networks reaching all the way to the Vatican.

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I doubt that this group is NOT receiving “under the table” support from the Church hierarchy.

If it can be proved, it’s a totally destroys the formal “Catholic Church”.

Right now, it’s more likely than not.

Add that to the Church hierarchy’s support of “socialism”, CINO politicians, all sorts of non-religious causes and it’s no wonder that it’s in decline.

One of the arguments on the Church’s infallibility in matters of faith and morals is that God would not permit His Church to err.  Maybe it’s not “God’s Church” after all.  We all should be embarrassed by it.

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ENDNOTE: Commies Tried To Kill JPII?

2019-Aug-03

https://nypost.com/2019/07/21/no-health-care-fixes-are-free-and-other-commentary/

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Historian: More Evidence Commies Tried To Kill JPII

Mehmet Ali Agca met repeatedly with Soviet intel handlers in the months ­before he made his unsuccessful attempt on Saint John Paul II’s life on May 13, 1981, notes George Weigel at First Things. “What we do not have is documentary evidence that all of this was done on the direct orders of [KGB boss] Yuri] Andropov or Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev or both.” But now intriguing new evidence is coming to light. It’s all “thanks to an achingly dull, three-volume history of the schedule of Leonid Brezhnev, published three years ago.” Trawling through it, Polish historian Andrzej Grajewski found that although “Brezhnev did not meet all that often with Andropov, the KGB spymaster . . . the tempo of their meetings increased dramatically in April and May 1981, as did the frequency of their phone conversations.” On the fateful day, moreover, Brezhnev cleared his schedule, as if (Grajewski writes) his “attention was not absorbed by acting, directing, managing — but perhaps waiting for something to happen.” Weigel archly concludes: “Inquiring minds wonder.”

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Now I like to think that I am up on all the Conspiracy Theories, but somehow I missed this one.

Upon reflection, it seem to have some some evidence to support it.

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