The John Birch Society Not Invited to Participate in CPAC 2012
So long CPAC! We hardly knew you!
APPLETON, WIS. – August 1, 2011 – It’s official. The John Birch Society “will not be invited to participate in a formal role for CPAC events scheduled during the 2012 election cycle.” While the media received the letter before the Society did, CEO Art Thompson confirms receipt of the letter on Monday morning via email.
Such a Deal! -- Why isn’t Congress talking about eliminating foreign aid? Anything that does not eliminate bureaucracy is a farce. This would not be the first time we have defaulted, even if we did so after August 2. Also some comments on Peru, Norway, and Al Qaeda.
The congressional Republican leadership has agreed to White House demands to raise the national debt by as much as $2.4 trillion and continue deficit spending into the indefinite future. The deal would trim about $900 billion from the anticipated $7 to 8-trillion deficit over the next 10 years — a little more than 10 percent of the total — and allow total federal spending to continue to grow rapidly. It would also set up a bipartisan commission charged with finding an additional $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction.
All of official Washington touted the deal as one of fiscal responsibility. "Our framework is now on the table that will end this crisis in a manner that meets our principles of smaller government,” House Speaker John Boehner told the press after reaching the deal with the White House.
Semester after semester, I continue to encounter students for whom the proposition that science alone is the embodiment of unimpeded Reason is axiomatic. But it isn’t just my college students who think thus; most adults seem to be just as mistaken on this score. That this notion of science pervades not just the popular culture but academia as well can be gotten from the readiness with which specialists in a variety of non-scientific disciplines seek to impose a scientific character on their work. Considering the image of science that they affirm — an image according to which science is, if not necessarily the exclusive means by which to secure the Truth, certainly the most legitimate of such means — this should come as no surprise. And if the Intellect reaches its glorious culmination in the practice of science, this is only because the scientist alone among the mortals that walk the earth has succeeded in bracketing his prejudices in order to attain an “objective” and “impartial” perspective on the world. The scientist has liberated himself from all preconceptions; he is concerned with the brute “facts” and only these.
It was the indefatigable investigative historian, Antony Sutton, who finally exposed the Hegelian statist virus that has plagued American politics since the early 20th century. His amazing investigation into Yale’s Skull and Bones secret society, also known as The Order, has now made it possible to understand why the Republican Party has not fulfilled its expected role as a conservative defender of the principles embodied in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Instead of being a bulwark against leftist socialism, it has been a dialectical accomplice in moving America toward the New World Order. And that is why America is now becoming a socialist state.
Unlike John Birch Society founder Robert Welch, who had long believed in the existence of a communist-insider conspiracy in the United States, Sutton did not believe in such a grand political conspiracy until a great American patriot sent him a bundle of materials that had belonged to her father who had been a member of this secret society at Yale, which is actually an offshoot of the German Illuminati. The papers not only opened Sutton’s eyes, but helped him understand why America had helped establish the communist regime in Russia while at the same time pretending to be anti-communist.
The latest debate over “the debt limit” has all but monopolized the attention of politicians and pundits alike. I confess, I for one am not at all pleased by this, for I find the whole situation particularly difficult to follow. But not only does this issue challenge my understanding, the impression that it has been rendered more complex than it actually is poses a challenge to my patience as well.
The conventional wisdom, the notion peddled by Democrats and Republicans alike, is that we must raise the debt ceiling. Notice, it is imperative or necessary or non-optional that we increase the current ceiling. Why? The answer is simple: Either we raise the debt ceiling or we will witness an economic catastrophe the likes of which we haven’t seen before.
A federal judge ruled July 27 that the U.S. government can continue funding embryonic stem-cell research. Royce Lamberth, chief judge of the District of Columbia District Court, threw out a 2009 lawsuit by researchers Dr. James Sherley and Theresa Deisher, of the Boston Biomedical Research Institute, that challenged President Obama’s expansion of funding for the research which pro-life leaders point out destroys human embryos. The funding had been severely limited under the Bush administration.
As reported by Baptist Press News, Lamberth issued the ruling “less than a year after suspending federal funding of embryonic stem cell research (ESCR).” Lamberth’s latest decision came “after the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals removed his preliminary injunction on such grants.” In his opinion Lamberth said the appeals court decision “constrains this court,” compelling him to dismiss the challenge.
Those who predicted that ObamaCare would do nothing to reduce healthcare costs but would increase government control over healthcare have been vindicated by a new report from Medicare’s Office of the Actuary. According to the report, published in the journal Health Affairs, by 2020 the United States will be spending $4.6 trillion — nearly a fifth of the gross domestic product — on healthcare, almost half of which will come from government. What’s more, ObamaCare, far from reducing healthcare costs, will actually contribute significantly to the increase in spending.
The report begins by noting that 2009 and 2010 actually saw historically low growth rates (about four percent each year) in healthcare spending. The primary cause of the slowdown is the recession, which threw many people out of work, costing them their health insurance. Also, because of the weak economy, “many people continued to restrain their use of health care goods and services,” according to the report, so out-of-pocket costs did not climb as rapidly as before.
At the very last minute, county commissioners in Jefferson County, home to the metropolis of Birmingham, Alabama, decided to postpone a final decision on whether or not to declare bankruptcy over their excessive indebtedness. The bonded indebtedness incurred to build a state-of-the-art sewage treatment plant exceeds $3 billion, far beyond what the county can afford to service. And raising sewer fees for a fourth time in ten years isn’t an option as the outrage from the last increase still reverberates.
The proximate cause of the difficulty goes back to December of 1993 when three citizens of the county sued the county commissioners over untreated raw sewage being dumped into nearby rivers. The suit, which was picked up by the Environmental Protection Agency in 1994, forced the commissioners to build a new sewer system. In 1997, the county began selling municipal bonds to pay for the project, with the help of a broker at Raymond James & Associates. By November of 2002, the county had raised $2.9 billion and began construction on the project.
After the bullet train crash in China a week ago that killed 40 and injured 191, government propagandists moved immediately to avoid questions from the media and censor coverage of the wreck. However, even more quickly, Chinese bloggers began to spread the story around the world.
China's Xinhua News Agency almost at once began to blame foreign technology for the crash. Later, state television portrayed Premier Wen Jiabao in photo-ops creating an image of government concern: He was shown visiting crash victims, holding the hand of an injured child, and bowing to family members of victims to show his sympathy.
However, the New York Times reports that since the train crash,