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Casting Blame for Charleston: They Can’t Help Themselves

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In general, the responses by community leaders to the horrible shooting coming out of Charleston have been wonderful: unifying, prayerful and inspiring.

Sadly, the usual suspects on the Left could not resist exploiting the devastating evil terrorist attack to further their political agenda and demonize conservatives. MSNBC typically tried to stir the pot of racial hate claiming Charleston residents told them they are fed up with such attacks, as if the shooting were a routine occurrence. The residents that I heard interviewed talked about all races in their community coming together to promote healing. MSNBC is despicable and evil.

 Democrats are blaming the shooting on the GOP, the NRA and Fox News. Absurd and shameful.

Obama’s former Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel once paraphrased a line from the Left’s playbook, “Rules for Radicals” by Saul Alinsky. Emanuel said, “Never let a crisis go to waste.” This tactic is embedded in Leftists’ DNA and they simply can’t help themselves.

Against better judgment, class and decency, Obama could not resist exploiting the crisis of the murders to further his gun grab agenda. His argument is based on false data and flawed logic.

The crazed shooter reloaded several times. People with common sense know had someone in that church had a gun, lives probably would have been saved.

And no Obama speech would be complete without him taking a jab at America. This time Obama referred to attacks on black churches and racism in our history. Mr. President, why would you bring that up?

With blacks at only 12% of the population, it would have been impossible for you to win two presidential elections if racism were the norm. Therefore, the shooting had nothing to do with “a dark part of our history” and everything to do with the shooter being an evil nut case. But our elected-for-a-second-term low-rent president could not once again resist throwing America’s original sin of slavery in our faces. Instilling white guilt is ever present on Obama and his minion’s lips. Despicable and evil.

Then, soulless Hillary I will throw everything against the wall hoping something will stick and help me win Clinton also chimed in exploiting the shooting to demand a government gun grab.

As I stated, folks, with the exception of the usual suspects, responses from leaders across America have been heartwarming, level headed and unifying. And for that, I am grateful. Praise God. Perhaps, America has seen the light, realizing what happens when liberal hatemongers are allowed to control the narrative.

However, I do take issue with those who claim that both political parties are culpable in the shooting and need to dial back their rhetoric. Since practically day one of Obama’s presidency, Democrats began fueling the flames of racial division and hate. They exploited Obama’s black skin, setting up the narrative that any and all opposition to his agenda would be rooted in racism and hate.

Democrats launched an ongoing campaign to paint the millions of Americans in the Tea Party and America’s police as racists out to get the black president and black America. So, while I appreciate the good intentions, I reject the idea that unifying the country means saying everyone is guilty.

As a child, after school, I babysat my four siblings until Mom and Dad came home from work.  Jerry liked to play in his room alone working on various inventive projects.  David loved to agitate.  He would go into Jerry’s room and break whatever Jerry was working on.  The two boys would end up fighting.  After working all day, Mom was too tired to sort out the details. She would punish both boys for fighting. I would say, “That’s not right mom. David started it.”

Clearly, David was the bad guy and Jerry was the good guy.  Folks, it is not fair to accuse Republicans of spreading racial hate. For crying out load, Republicans have been petrified to utter a disparaging word about Obama for six and a half years. Democrats are the bad guys spreading racial hate.

First and foremost, the Democratic Party has sold its soul to progressivism. Without divine intervention, the relentless pursuit of their agenda trumps everything. American lives and national race relations are considered acceptable collateral damage in achieving their ultimate goal; big brother controlling everyone and everything in our lives.

Good folks, black and white, like the ones I have seen on TV talking about bringing our nation together and prayer is how we defeat the Left’s evil.

Lloyd Marcus, The Unhyphenated American; Chairman, Conservative Campaign Committee

In general, the responses by community leaders to the horrible shooting coming out of Charleston have been wonderful: unifying, prayerful and inspiring.

Sadly, the usual suspects on the Left could not resist exploiting the devastating evil terrorist attack to further their political agenda and demonize conservatives. MSNBC typically tried to stir the pot of racial hate claiming Charleston residents told them they are fed up with such attacks, as if the shooting were a routine occurrence. The residents that I heard interviewed talked about all races in their community coming together to promote healing. MSNBC is despicable and evil.

Democrats are blaming the shooting on the GOP, the NRA and Fox News. Absurd and shameful.

Obama’s former Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel once paraphrased a line from the Left’s playbook, “Rules for Radicals” by Saul Alinsky. Emanuel said, “Never let a crisis go to waste.” This tactic is embedded in Leftists’ DNA and they simply can’t help themselves.

Against better judgment, class and decency, Obama could not resist exploiting the crisis of the murders to further his gun grab agenda. His argument is based on false data and flawed logic.

The crazed shooter reloaded several times. People with common sense know had someone in that church had a gun, lives probably would have been saved.

And no Obama speech would be complete without him taking a jab at America. This time Obama referred to attacks on black churches and racism in our history. Mr. President, why would you bring that up?

With blacks at only 12% of the population, it would have been impossible for you to win two presidential elections if racism were the norm. Therefore, the shooting had nothing to do with “a dark part of our history” and everything to do with the shooter being an evil nut case. But our elected-for-a-second-term low-rent president could not once again resist throwing America’s original sin of slavery in our faces. Instilling white guilt is ever present on Obama and his minion’s lips. Despicable and evil.

Then, soulless Hillary I will throw everything against the wall hoping something will stick and help me win Clinton also chimed in exploiting the shooting to demand a government gun grab.

As I stated, folks, with the exception of the usual suspects, responses from leaders across America have been heartwarming, level headed and unifying. And for that, I am grateful. Praise God. Perhaps, America has seen the light, realizing what happens when liberal hatemongers are allowed to control the narrative.

However, I do take issue with those who claim that both political parties are culpable in the shooting and need to dial back their rhetoric. Since practically day one of Obama’s presidency, Democrats began fueling the flames of racial division and hate. They exploited Obama’s black skin, setting up the narrative that any and all opposition to his agenda would be rooted in racism and hate.

Democrats launched an ongoing campaign to paint the millions of Americans in the Tea Party and America’s police as racists out to get the black president and black America. So, while I appreciate the good intentions, I reject the idea that unifying the country means saying everyone is guilty.

As a child, after school, I babysat my four siblings until Mom and Dad came home from work.  Jerry liked to play in his room alone working on various inventive projects.  David loved to agitate.  He would go into Jerry’s room and break whatever Jerry was working on.  The two boys would end up fighting.  After working all day, Mom was too tired to sort out the details. She would punish both boys for fighting. I would say, “That’s not right mom. David started it.”

Clearly, David was the bad guy and Jerry was the good guy.  Folks, it is not fair to accuse Republicans of spreading racial hate. For crying out load, Republicans have been petrified to utter a disparaging word about Obama for six and a half years. Democrats are the bad guys spreading racial hate.

First and foremost, the Democratic Party has sold its soul to progressivism. Without divine intervention, the relentless pursuit of their agenda trumps everything. American lives and national race relations are considered acceptable collateral damage in achieving their ultimate goal; big brother controlling everyone and everything in our lives.

Good folks, black and white, like the ones I have seen on TV talking about bringing our nation together and prayer is how we defeat the Left’s evil.

Lloyd Marcus, The Unhyphenated American; Chairman, Conservative Campaign Committee

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June 30, 2015 at 10:00

The “Gun Problem” in Charleston

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By Patriot Post Staff

A white sociopathic racist murdered nine black victims who were attending a Wednesday night prayer service in Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. The murderer, who was out on bond in a drug case, has been apprehended. According to Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen, “We believe this is a hate crime; that is how we are investigating it.” (We would suggest all murders are “hate crimes.”) Indeed, the perpetrator targeted his victims based on raceand religion. It took Barack Obama almost 12 hours to classify the murders as a “gun problem,” exploiting the blood of innocents as political fodder to advance his gun control agenda. Charleston Mayor Joseph Riley also wasted no time condemning the “gun problem,” protesting, “There are far too many guns out there, and access to guns, it’s far too easy.” While this story is newsworthy, it’s also worth noting that on an average day in America, there are about 40 homicides, and the majority of those are black-on-black. If “black lives matter,” why aren’t thousands of black victims of black assaults at the top of Barack Obama’s agenda and every newspaper in America? Obama, in a press conference Thursday, said, “At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries.” But other countries have not deliberately institutionalized urban poverty plantations, which have become mass breeding grounds for such violence. That is the “inconvenient truth” which Obama will never mention.

 

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June 29, 2015 at 10:00

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How To Escape The Age Of Mass Delusion

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Mass delusion is an important tool of oppressors because they can’t survive free expression. That’s why the First Amendment’s a target.
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Nearly 100 years ago, Walter Lippmann wrote about “the manufacture of consent” in his classic work, “Public Opinion.” On the heels of that book, Edward Bernays penned a little volume called “Propaganda,” in which he stated that an elite would always be responsible for making the public aware of “new ideas” which the public would then act upon as the elite nudged them into it. Related, but more in-depth is Jacques Ellul’s 1962 book, “Propaganda: The Formation of Men’s Attitudes.”

Political propaganda aims to mobilize the masses to move an agenda forward. That’s most effectively done when the masses are unaware of the process. It’s what “community organizers” work towards, whether they know it or not. Once the masses are mobilized to push for a cause, the propagandists’ goals can be put into law.

 In fact, many newly propagandized ideas seem to have taken America by storm just in the past decade or so. Same-sex marriage is only one of those ideas. Transgenderism is now eclipsing that notion, and its propaganda techniques—wrapped in the language of civil rights—are getting Americans on board with the idea of erasing all sex distinctions in law, including theirown. It’s as though Americans are buying into a fast-talking sales pitch without being allowed to read the print, whether it’s large print or small.

There’s more on the horizon: a singles’ rights movement that promises to end legal recognition of all marriage. Then there is transhumanism, which includes a push to end “fleshism” by enacting laws that protect non-biological entities from discrimination.

Propaganda Is Directing Us Leftward

American conservatives are by and large clueless about propaganda methods and tactics. And it shows. There are virtually no conservative social psychologists around. You’d think once a liberal social psychologist hits the public over the head with this factsome on the Right would take notice and at least try to get clued in.

American conservatives are by and large clueless about propaganda methods and tactics. And it shows.

Meanwhile, the Left has been employing social psychology and depth psychology on the masses for decades. President Obama’s campaign staff was filled with social psychologists. In this context, those who believe conservatives can subsist on reason and logic alone are kidding themselves. It’s no wonder GOP leaders are caving on so many principles, and being absorbed so easily into the Left’s machine.

A lot of people are scratching their heads today, wondering how life got to be so surreal, so fast in the United States of America. Based on the silencing tactics revealedby the LGBT lobby, many observers are likely now thinking: “Gee, I thought marriage equality was merely a gay rights movement. I didn’t realize that fascism was part of that package.” The Great Unraveling continues at a rapid clip when slipping on a pronoun in these days of transgender rule could cost you your career or earn you massive social media rallies chanting “hater” at you.

Even benign reminders of the First Amendment—embodied in Religious Freedom Restoration Acts—are quickly dispatched by mob hysteria. One day a supposedly principled leader like Indiana Gov. Mike Pence promotes the RFRA, and the next day he folds and essentially signs on with the mob.

Even benign reminders of the First Amendment are quickly dispatched by mob hysteria.

There seem to be few independent thinkers left. But even they don’t seem to know what hit them. A woman getsbanned by her gym and labelled a bigot because she told management that a man—who she only later learned “identified as female”—entered the locker room while she was getting undressed. Comedians who dare tread into trans territory are shut down. Never before have the media and pop culture dictated in such a draconian manner how each and every one of us is supposed to think about identity. Our own identity.

The list goes on. The unrest and rioting from Ferguson to Baltimore seem to be happening on cue also, with media propaganda that urges it on. There is no real debate on the merits of policies that depend on a blind faith in man-made global warming: those who disagree are labelled “deniers.”

Our Age of Mass Delusion and Logicide

But it was all so predictable.

One of the best books that cracks the code on what we are living through was written by Dutch psychiatrist Joost A. M. Meerloo about 60 years ago. Mull over the first line of his book’s forward, and you will think he is writing about today: “This book attempts to depict the strange transformation of the free human mind into an automatically responding machine – a transformation which can be brought about by some of the cultural undercurrents in our present-day society as well as by deliberate experiments in the service of a political ideology.”

When it comes to understanding the inner workings of social psychology and political correctness, we seem to be at a loss.

That’s from “The Rape of the Mind: The Psychology of Thought Control, Menticide, and Brainwashing” (1956). There is indeed a war on the private mind, as Kevin Williamson explained in a recent National Review column. Unfortunately, too many Americans have been sleeping through most of its propaganda battles, and for a very long time. When it comes to understanding the inner workings of social psychology and political correctness, we seem to be at a loss.

Meanwhile, the power elites who now control the media, academia, and Hollywood seem to understand social psychology well enough to exploit it on a massive scale. They have engaged in psychological warfare against the private mind by inducing “collective belief formation.” There’s really nothing new here. Conditioning and nudging the masses into groupthink is a very old trick of all wannabe dictators. The bloody twentieth century is filled to the gills with examples.

Yet it feels like we’ve awakened to an ambush. A lot of Americans watched in shock while cultish mobs suddenly attacked the RFRA that Pence initially defended. But the groundwork for mass hysteria like this was stealthily laid for decades, and the minefields sown.

The groundwork for mass hysteria like this was stealthily laid for decades, and the minefields sown.

Family breakdown led to community breakdown, which we can see in the decline of trust in society. Ignorance was cultivated in the schools through political correctness and squashing free debate. The academy’s disparaging of western civilization virtually wiped out respect for any serious study of history and civics, as well as for the Socratic method and the rules of civil discourse. Political correctness sewed confusion into the language, particularly regarding identity politics. Youth are now set to be programmed for conformity through the K-12 “Common Core” curriculum mandates.

All of that and more promotes the semantic fog that allows for mind rape. It amounts to an act of “logicide,” to borrow a term from Meerloo, whom I will continue to quote below. To kill logic and reason that might stand in their way, wannabe dictators “fabricate a hate language in order to stir up mass emotions.” Leaders in Indiana, Arkansas, and Louisiana have been unable to understand this tactic and are grossly unprepared to deal with it. So they simply surrendered. In effect, they joined the mob, further endangering everybody’s freedom.

The Link Between Crowds and Power

The whole image of such mass delusion in America is surrealistic, especially to comfortably insulated Americans who believe our first freedoms could never really be thrown away in the face of such a full-frontal, PC-induced attack. Most cannot grasp that such mobs are mentally detached from reality. And participants in the mob action cannot comprehend that they are actually cutting off their own freedom of expression, as well as everybody else’s.

Why would anyone want to build such a culture of coercion? In a word, power.

Why would anyone want to build such a culture of coercion? In a word, power. “Equality” is not the reasonfor what is happening with such mobs. It is the pretext for what they are doing. Like all such deceptions, its sole purpose is as a vehicle to transfer power from individuals to an increasingly centralized state. The fuel, as usual, is the emotional blackmail of people of goodwill, the uses of mass mobilization to exploit that goodwill, then, finally, to render all such goodwill meaningless.

Most who protest the RFRA laws are more likely pawns than true believers. Like the “Occupy Wall Street” crowd, they tend to be atomized individuals who are drawn to the psychic thrill of being part of a mobilized mass that feeds on emotions and can feel a sense of righteousness in the stated pretext. (In the RFRA case, it’s the semantic device of “marriage equality,” but it’ll just as easily be something else tomorrow.) “The ecstatic participation in mass elation is the oldest psycho drama in the world,” wrote Meerloo.

Crowds and Power,” by Elias Canetti, is a classic work that explores in detail the draw of the crowd for human beings. With the continued chipping away of the organic family of mother-child-father, human relationships inevitably become diluted and more subservient to a mass state. This detachment cultivates human alienation, which draws more people to answer to the call of the mass state’s mob.

Detachment cultivates human alienation, which draws more people to answer to the call of the mass state’s mob.

Such protesters and their scores of clueless apologists in the media are also utterly detached from the reality of the meaning of laws such as an RFRA. The RFRA only clarifies that the government doesn’t get to coerce us in private thought or to dictate what we are allowed to feel, believe, think, and express. In other words, the First Amendment is not negotiable if we are to have any semblance of freedom in this country.

But the emotional stew in which we are now boiling doesn’t allow logic or reason to prevail. We can never fight back as long as we are in the dark about how our minds can be manipulated. So we absolutely must try to fully understand the methods and tacticsof mental coercion and share that knowledge with others as much as possible.

Brainwashing—Mind Rape—Is for Real

Meerloo published “The Rape of the Mind: The Psychology of Thought Control, Menticide and Brainwashing” in 1956 after years immersed in the study of social psychology and countless interviews with victims of mental coercion, including Nazi officers and American prisoners of war in Korea. This treasure of insights was written for the layman. It is an absolute must-read for anyone who hopes to uphold the dignity of the individual. The book offers the psychic defenses so lacking among those who submit to logicide.

‘The transformation of the free human mind to an automatically responding machine’ is essentially the story of the transformation of the United States.

“The transformation of the free human mind to an automatically responding machine” is essentially the story of the transformation of the United States of America we are watching in real time today. Delusion is an important element, because tyrannies do not stand up to logic. It seems very sudden, but it’s not. We’re only at this tipping point because we let our defenses down. In fact, if the First Amendment collapses, it would simply indicate a return to humanity’s tribal default position, in which a sort of Nietzschean “Will to Power” rules the day.

Mass delusion is an important tool of oppressors because they can’t survive where free exercise of expression and association is practiced. Unfortunately, delusion can be induced anywhere.

“It is simply a question of organizing and manipulating collective feelings in the proper way. If one can isolate the mass, allow no free thinking, no free exchange, no outside correction and can hypnotize the group daily with noises, with press and radio and television, with fear and pseudo-enthusiasms, any delusion can be instilled.”

Free Speech Is the Only Antidote to Mass Delusion

“The Rape of the Mind” could have served as a terrific manual to inoculate many against political correctness and groupthink, had it not collected so much dust since it was published in 1956. More of us could have learned how free speech is essential to preventing mass delusion.

Free expression is always the prime target of tyrants because it promotes logic, the search for truth, and friendship.

Free expression is always the prime target of tyrants because it promotes logic, the search for truth, and friendship. America is exceptional precisely because it rejects the tyrants’ rule.

Yet as our speech becomes more restricted, we end up more separated from one another and more susceptible to mass delusions. As Meerloo wrote: “Where thinking is isolated without free exchange with other minds, delusion may follow.” He added, chillingly, “Is this not what happened in Hitler Germany where free verification and self-correction were forbidden?”

In his book, Meerloo also shows immense compassion for our human frailties. He understood just how difficult it is to push back against the social pressures to conform. When it comes to brainwashing, every one of us has our breaking point. But we absolutely must push back once we understand those tactics: “The totalitarian potentate, in order to break down the minds of men, first needs widespread mental chaos and verbal confusion, because both paralyze his opposition and cause the morale of the enemy to deteriorate – unless his adversaries are aware of the dictator’s real aim.”

Of course, it’s really hard for control freaks to do their work on us if we are speaking freely with one another in friendship, and especially if we all understand what they are up to and can call them on it in one voice. So their first order of business is to separate us. A sense of enforced isolation is a cruel and effective tool for instilling loneliness and then delusion in people.

According to Meerloo, manipulators accomplish this through the knowledge that “far below the surface, human life is built up of inner contradictions.” Our hopes and fears and longing to avoid social rejection are exploited through the dictates of political correctness, which is the tool that separates people today, especially in that one place where ideas and ideals are supposed to be tested most vigorously in adulthood: the university.

A sense of enforced isolation is a cruel and effective tool for instilling loneliness and then delusion in people.

By squashing free thought in the one place where it is supposed to be especially respected, political correctness circumvents Meerloo’s warning that “the only way to strengthen one’s defenses against an organized attack on the mind and will is to understand better what the enemy is trying to do to outwit him.”

Of course, the fear of isolation isn’t always enough to silence some people. So manipulators repeat lies and sloganeer endlessly to condition their subjects to repress unauthorized speech and thought: “The techniques of propaganda and salesmanship have been refined and systematized; there is scarcely any hiding place from the constant visual and verbal assault on the mind. The pressures of daily life impel more and more people to seek an easy escape from responsibility and maturity.”

It’s sobering to realize that the above words predate the Internet by nearly half a century. They describe perfectly how transgenderism has become such a “thing” and why so few are willing to admit that the emperor has no clothes.

Love and Laughter Dissipate Delusion

As more people succumb to PC conditioning and cede their freedom of thought, it becomes more difficult for the rest of us to maintain integrity of mind. Our audience shrinks. As we encounter more and more drone-like personalities in daily life, the world seems to sink into surrealism, like so many in Rod Serling’s old “Twilight Zone” episodes.

‘The totalitarian mind does not observe and verify its impressions of reality; it dictates to reality how it shall behave, it compels reality to conform to its fantasies.’

Meerloo testified to this feeling of disorientation: “Many victims of totalitarianism have told me in interviews that the most upsetting experience they faced in the concentration camps was the feeling of loss of logic, the state of confusion in which they had been brought – the state in which nothing had any validity.”

That’s because in the mass centralized state, “peaceful exchange of thoughts in free conversation will disturb the conditioned reflexes and is therefore taboo.” On a hopeful note, Meerloo writes that “love and laughter break through all rigid conditioning.”

I think the reason there is so little “comedy” that’s funny today is the genre itself has been hijacked by the humorless PC crowd. Why is their humor so unamusing and so dependent upon mean-spiritedness? Consider this possibility: “The totalitarian mind is like the schizophrenic individual; it has a contempt for reality. Think for a moment of Lysenko’s theory and its denial of the influence of heredity. The totalitarian mind does not observe and verify its impressions of reality; it dictates to reality how it shall behave, it compels reality to conform to its fantasies.”

Along these lines, Meerloo offers a prescription: “We must learn to treat the demagogue and aspirant dictator in our midst just as we should treat our external enemies in a cold war – with the weapon of ridicule. The demagogue himself is almost incapable of humor of any sort, and if we treat him with humor, he will begin to collapse. Humor is, after all, related to a sense of perspective. If we can see how things should be, we can see how askew they can get, and we can recognize distortion when we are confronted with it.”

Freedom Requires Self-Awareness

Before human beings can preserve true freedom, they must first be aware of their individual inner contradictions: “Democracy, by its very nature will always have to fight against dictatorship from without and destructiveness from within. Democratic freedom has to battle against both the individual’s inner will to power and his urge to submit to other people . . . Essentially, democracy means the right to develop yourself and not to be developed by others. Yet to develop yourself is impossible without the duty of giving your energy and attention to the development of others.”

Freedom means cultivating the art of friendship, boldly exercising our rights to free association and to communicate our thoughts to others.

So, in the end, freedom truly depends upon breaking down the walls of separation that tyranny builds. It means cultivating the art of friendship, boldly exercising our rights to free association and to communicate our thoughts to others. It means cultivating knowledge instead of cultivating ignorance.

After all, political correctness is primarily a tool for crushing people’s ability to have open conversations in friendship and mutual respect. In this context, it seems very much like a tool to bring all personal relationships under state control. And it shouldn’t surprise us that this is being done today in the name of equality for certain kinds of personal relationships. Tyrannies always pretend to promote the very thing they seek to destroy.

Resistance Is Not Futile

So, where do we go from here? We need to take philosopher George Santayana’s warning to heart, that those who don’t learn from the past are condemned to repeat it. We need to remind leaders who are tempted to cave in to mob hysteria that resistance to tyranny is not as futile as submission to tyranny.

Resistance to tyranny is not as futile as submission to tyranny.

Nearly 60 years ago, Meerloo warned his readers that we absolutely must equip ourselves for this war on the private mind: “In the future, as our psychological understanding grows, leading politicians will have to be better educated in the principles of modern psychology. Just as a soldier must know how to handle his physical weapons, so the politicians must know how to face and handle the mental strategy of human relationships and diplomacy. He will have to become aware of the pitfalls in all human communication and the frailties of his own mind.”

In retrospect, it’s tragic that virtually all well-positioned people of goodwill seem to have been unaware of that warning, or able to effectively act on it. Worse, many end up caving to tyrants because they are unaware of the tactics on the propaganda battlefield.

Our hope, as Meerloo concluded, is in the reality that human rebellion and dissent cannot be forever suppressed: “They await only one breath of freedom in order to awake once more.”

Stella Morabito is a senior contributor to The Federalist. Follow Stella on Twitter.

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June 26, 2015 at 10:00

St. Louis Post lies and misinformation cannot stand

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Co-founders of Missouri Coalition Against Common Core
Dr. Mary Byrne
Anne Gassel
Gretchen Logue

In a recent STL Post Dispatch Opinion, “Republicans continue to peddle the Common Core lie”, the editorial board lamented that Missouri took two steps back in education policy. The piece was such a work of fiction, it barely qualified for the opinion page.

We’d like to set the record straight about “the Common Core lie” and ask questions of clarification.

FictionMissouri legislators (especially, Representative Kurt Bahr) are playing their constituents for chumps because HB 1490 did not eliminate common coreFact: Governor Nixon would not to sign a bill with language explicitly eliminating common core. HB 1490 instructs work groups constituted in 2014 to “develop” academic learning standards, not rubber stamp copyrighted ones. Bahr sent a written communication to the work groups stating that the intent of the bill is for Missouri to have standards in public domain.  According to the editorial, “Those standards are likely to mimic Common Core. And even if they don’t, the Board can (and will) dismiss them.” Question: Is the Post suggesting that the state board of education intends to defraud the public, by rejecting the work submitted by the work groups a priori?

FictionRepublicans, responding to wealthy campaign donors, are off loading common core as an Obama initiativeFact: Several Republican presidential candidates and governors have been stalwart in t supporting common core. Question: Is the board making a back-handed endorsement of Republican presidential candidates Bush and Huckabee who support the common core standards? Why did the board finger wealthy campaign donors for messing with education policy and, not mention wealthy private (Gates) and corporate (Pearson) underwriters of the Common Core State Standards Initiative? Is the Post suggesting that the 1% is only philanthropic in giving?

FictionLegislative meddling caused a succession of tests that inhibits comparison of scores. Fact: In February, a Cole County federal judge ruled that the SBAC consortium is an unlawful interstate compact and prohibited payment of SBAC membership fees.  Further, SBAC failed to meet the terms of its existing contract, putting superintendents around the state in a very difficult position of trying to provide adequate preparation for the full summative tests this spring. Nevada  also reported “breach of contract.” Question: Is the board suggesting that the legislature ignore the judge’s ruling and SBAC’s violation of contract?

Fiction: The SBAC assessment was “adequate.” Fact: To date, no published data are available to support statements that the SBAC is technically “adequate.” No validity, no reliability, no legal defensibility of decisions based on test scores. Question: How did the board determine SBAC was more adequate than an assessment DESE could develop?

FictionDefunding SBAC membership was “tragic.” Fact: It would be a gross dereliction of duty for the legislature to fund membership fees in, or tests created by, an entity “unlawful in its “existence and operation,” and leave Missouri vulnerable to an indefensible assessment plan. Question: How is protecting the public and following the law taking two steps back in education policy? Who is really telling the common core lie?

 

Missouri Education Watchdog printed a longer response on June 10th.

 

 

 

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June 25, 2015 at 10:00

Scott Walker and Academic Tenure

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Scott Walker is advocating a reform in Wisconsin that could have more profound an impact on America than anything we have seen in a long time.  Establishment leftism depends upon institutions that support and promote its philosophy and agenda using our money.  The most obnoxious offender is Big Education, especially tenured professors who mock our values even as they rob our pockets.

Tenured professors are impossible to remove, they need do almost no work, and these goons spout Marxist nonsense and abuse conservative students with impunity.  Even worse, overpaid professors and bloated state universities not only squeeze the taxpayers in tight state budgets, but also force middle-class families and young adults into debt to purchase the dubious benefits of a college degree.

 Walker is proposing to end tenure in the state university system.  Predictably, the overpaid and underworked professorial class is screeching about the loss of academic freedom.  These are the same clowns who regularly intimidate conservative students in their classes, who exclude qualified conservatives from the very tenure they are defending, and who participate in keeping conservative speakers off campuses.

Instead of providing diversity in thought and encouraging “schools of thought” in academia, the totalitarianism of Big Education actively works to insure a monolithic voice whose solidarity is insured by groupthink and the Party Line.  Consider some of the consequence of that in the intellectual life of our nation (or, as far as that goes, the intellectual life of our world).

Ben Stein brilliantly showed the suppression of scientific thought that questions the viability of evolution by Darwinian natural selection in his film Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.  The leftist establishment reflexively presents its rhetoric – its illogical rhetoric – that debunking evolution by natural selection means that scientists need to look for other explanations for life in the universe.  As Stein shows, tenure is denied over and over again to any qualified academicians who stray from the pack.  This suppression of genuine academic freedom means that science stays in the Stone Age of 19th-century Darwinism.

Man-made global warming is presented as “established science” even though the theory’s models consistently fail to predict what the authors propose.  Now we find academicians working to rewrite old temperature data to fit into the broken theory of man-made global warming.  The real research, the real scientific thinking that ought to be exploring whether the data used to support man-made global warming is true and whether other explanations for the data may not be true is suppressed.  Those who stray from the flock of academic sheep go to slaughter.

The tired and failed social theories of leftism are presented, of course, as sacred dogma to tens of millions of innocent young adults each semester, so that these students either resist the indoctrination or surrender to it and thus have the privilege of spending tens of thousands of dollars and years of their adult lives in re-education camps called college campuses.

Scott Walker and Wisconsin Republicans need to follow through on tenure reform and, if anything, look at even more dramatic changes in college systems.  What makes Governor Walker’s reforms even more important is that every state government run by Republicans – and there are a lot of them – could implement similar reforms, and perhaps even go farther.

Why not, for example, provide state testing for all college courses at the modest cost to allow virtually anyone, whether formally enrolled in a college or not, to test out of the course?  Why not create affirmative action plans to hire as professors those underrepresented like free market economists, devout Christians and Jews, social conservatives, and researchers who offer different theories from the orthodox leftist ones?

If one state like Wisconsin implements truly dramatic reforms that clearly succeeded in lowering the cost of education to young adults, bringing intellectual diversity into faculties and classrooms, and demonstrating that the world did not end because academic fat cats had to begin lapping skim milk instead of heavy cream, then dozens of Republican-run states could follow suit and deal a body blow to established leftism.

State governments can do a great deal to deconstruct the awful edifices upon which established leftism depends.  Scott Walker showed great political courage – the sort of great political courage that made Reagan our best modern president – and he has the chance to show that courage again.  Conservatives ought to be rallying behind him right now and telling him we are on his side, because he is truly on our side.

Scott Walker is advocating a reform in Wisconsin that could have more profound an impact on America than anything we have seen in a long time.  Establishment leftism depends upon institutions that support and promote its philosophy and agenda using our money.  The most obnoxious offender is Big Education, especially tenured professors who mock our values even as they rob our pockets.

Tenured professors are impossible to remove, they need do almost no work, and these goons spout Marxist nonsense and abuse conservative students with impunity.  Even worse, overpaid professors and bloated state universities not only squeeze the taxpayers in tight state budgets, but also force middle-class families and young adults into debt to purchase the dubious benefits of a college degree.

Walker is proposing to end tenure in the state university system.  Predictably, the overpaid and underworked professorial class is screeching about the loss of academic freedom.  These are the same clowns who regularly intimidate conservative students in their classes, who exclude qualified conservatives from the very tenure they are defending, and who participate in keeping conservative speakers off campuses.

Instead of providing diversity in thought and encouraging “schools of thought” in academia, the totalitarianism of Big Education actively works to insure a monolithic voice whose solidarity is insured by groupthink and the Party Line.  Consider some of the consequence of that in the intellectual life of our nation (or, as far as that goes, the intellectual life of our world).

Ben Stein brilliantly showed the suppression of scientific thought that questions the viability of evolution by Darwinian natural selection in his film Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.  The leftist establishment reflexively presents its rhetoric – its illogical rhetoric – that debunking evolution by natural selection means that scientists need to look for other explanations for life in the universe.  As Stein shows, tenure is denied over and over again to any qualified academicians who stray from the pack.  This suppression of genuine academic freedom means that science stays in the Stone Age of 19th-century Darwinism.

Man-made global warming is presented as “established science” even though the theory’s models consistently fail to predict what the authors propose.  Now we find academicians working to rewrite old temperature data to fit into the broken theory of man-made global warming.  The real research, the real scientific thinking that ought to be exploring whether the data used to support man-made global warming is true and whether other explanations for the data may not be true is suppressed.  Those who stray from the flock of academic sheep go to slaughter.

The tired and failed social theories of leftism are presented, of course, as sacred dogma to tens of millions of innocent young adults each semester, so that these students either resist the indoctrination or surrender to it and thus have the privilege of spending tens of thousands of dollars and years of their adult lives in re-education camps called college campuses.

Scott Walker and Wisconsin Republicans need to follow through on tenure reform and, if anything, look at even more dramatic changes in college systems.  What makes Governor Walker’s reforms even more important is that every state government run by Republicans – and there are a lot of them – could implement similar reforms, and perhaps even go farther.

Why not, for example, provide state testing for all college courses at the modest cost to allow virtually anyone, whether formally enrolled in a college or not, to test out of the course?  Why not create affirmative action plans to hire as professors those underrepresented like free market economists, devout Christians and Jews, social conservatives, and researchers who offer different theories from the orthodox leftist ones?

If one state like Wisconsin implements truly dramatic reforms that clearly succeeded in lowering the cost of education to young adults, bringing intellectual diversity into faculties and classrooms, and demonstrating that the world did not end because academic fat cats had to begin lapping skim milk instead of heavy cream, then dozens of Republican-run states could follow suit and deal a body blow to established leftism.

State governments can do a great deal to deconstruct the awful edifices upon which established leftism depends.  Scott Walker showed great political courage – the sort of great political courage that made Reagan our best modern president – and he has the chance to show that courage again.  Conservatives ought to be rallying behind him right now and telling him we are on his side, because he is truly on our side.

Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/06/scott_walker_and_academic_tenure.html#ixzz3cwMdeSLL
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June 24, 2015 at 05:00

Mike Huckabee to Common Core Creators: Rebrand, Don’t Retreat

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by DR. SUSAN BERRY – Breitbart

Though former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee told his Fox News Channel audience in early December he was no longer supporting the Common Core standards for which he had avidly campaigned, his message to one of the groups that created the standards was different.

According to The Washington Post, at a recent meeting of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), one of the organizations that created the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), Huckabee urged state education officials to get rid of the “Common Core” name because it has become “toxic.”

As the Post indicates, however, Huckabee still intends to support the standards.

“Rebrand it, refocus it, but don’t retreat,” Huckabee reportedly told CCSSO members.

As Breitbart News reported in December, Huckabee, who is considered to be a Republican presidential hopeful in 2016, opened one of his shows by telling his audience that people have been posting on his Facebook page that they will never watch his show again because he supports the Common Core standards. Others, he said, have told him they could not trust him because of his support of the standards, and some said he needed to learn the truth about Common Core.

“I don’t support what Common Core has become in many states or school districts,” Huckabee said. “Look, I’m dead set against the federal government creating a uniform curriculum for any subject. I oppose the collection of personal data on students that would identify them and then track them, and certainly any effort to give that personal information to the federal government.”

“I am steadfast in my belief that parents – parents – should ultimately decide the best venue for their children’s education, whether it’s public schools, private schools, religious schools, or home schools,” Huckabee added.

Merely changing the name of the “Common Core” standards, in fact, is becoming the new trend across the country.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) has used an executive order to purge the name “Common Core” from the standards and refer to them, instead, as Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards: “The Executive Order requires that executive agencies refer to the standards, adopted in 2010, as Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards, and encourages citizens and education stakeholders to do the same.”

Similarly, in Iowa, the Common Core standards are now called The Iowa Core, and inFlorida, the push is on to delete the words “Common Core” from official education documents and replace them with Next Generation Sunshine State Standards.

The superficial changes are indicative of several things.

First, the Common Core creators, the political class, and the Obama administration have clearly been placed on the defensive by parents, teachers, and American citizens in general – though not all of these groups are fighting Common Core for the same reasons.

For example, while many parents are concerned their children’s education will be dumbed down for the sake of the federal government’s desire to promote economic social justice and redistribution, teachers’ unions are focused on the fact that their angry members face teacher performance ratings that will be tied to students’ test scores on the Common Core-aligned assessments. Note that both the National Education Association (NEA) and Randi Weingarten’s American Federation of Teachers (AFT) have not rejected the Common Core standards at all – only their “implementation” as it has occurred.

As veteran educator and author Marion Brady wrote at the Post about the fact that Americans across the political spectrum are opposed to the Common Core:

Three cheers for those on the political right. Three more for those on the left. May the chaos in Washington and state capitols over education policy help the public realize that, in matters educational, the leaders of business and industry and the politicians who listen to them are blind bulls in china shops.

Compared to most of the complex realities facing humankind, what’s happening to the reality visible out my window is small potatoes. But making sense of it (and all other realities) requires a particular kind of thinking–a kind of thinking that makes civilized life possible. However, the Common Core Standards don’t promote that kind of thinking. That means it won’t get taught, which means it won’t get tested, which means we’re not really educating, which means too much to even try to summarize.

Second, a superficial tweaking of the “Common Core” name demonstrates that the political elite and corporatists funding the standards believe Americans can still be easily misled.

“Political power must be exercised, but parents, grandparents, and thoughtful, caring citizens are the only ones with enough clout to exercise it effectively,” Brady writes. “They need to recognize poor policy when they see it, organize, and act appropriately.”

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June 23, 2015 at 05:00

New Poll Shows Marketplace Fairness Act Universally Opposed

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By Chris Pandolfo – Freedom Works

A favorite quote of mine, by Benjamin Franklin, goes like this: “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”

This year, American businessmen and consumers are being forced to reflect on the certainty of taxes as some members of Congress – including many Republicans – are advocating for the Marketplace Fairness Act. In case you need to be reminded, the Marketplace Fairness Act is a tax bill that would authorize an interstate compact that would allow states to require online retailers to collect taxes on remote sales, essentially implementing an internet sales tax on purchases made out-of-state.

Currently, states and localities are only allowed to tax in-state sellers. For example, a retailer who owns a store in California and sells t-shirts online to a customer who lives in California must collect a sales tax on that product. But if that same retailer sells a t-shirt to a customer who lives outside their state, i.e. one who lives in New York, he doesn’t collect a sales tax because he does not have a physical store in New York. The Marketplace Fairness Act proposes to change the law to allow New York to force that California retailer to collect a NY state sales tax on the t-shirt. People who purchase goods online from out of state will be subject to a tax hike. You can learn more about how the Marketplace Fairness Act works and its negative effects here.

This renewed effort to tax online transactions puts yet another burden on economic activity at a time where we need to focus on growth and recovery. Furthermore, Senate and House Republicans, particularly those who support this tax increase, need to be reminded that voters do not support tax increases. With a stagnating economic recovery, unemployment at 7.3%, a national debt at $16.7 trillion dollars, and absolutely no indication that the majority in Congress have any desire to rein in spending or send an actual budget to the President (the last budget was passed in April of 2009, four years ago), it would seem intuitive that Americans aren’t gleefully running through the streets and shouting for joy by the prospect of new taxes. But since some Congressional Republicans rarely seem to listen to voters these days, here’s some new data compiling voter reactions to the Marketplace Fairness Act, or internet sales tax:

A recent poll conducted by the National Taxpayers Union and R Street found that when likely voters are asked if they support allowing states to force online retailers to collect taxes from customers in that state, even if the retailer has no physical presence there, 57.1% of them oppose the legislation. When asked if they would vote for a law that would allow each state to collect sales taxes on purchases its residents make online over the internet, 57% responded that they would not vote for such a law on Election Day. Nearly two-thirds of voters oppose this new internet sales tax, and that’s not just by party lines.

The poll shows that the MFA is “deeply unpopular across the board,” with liberals opposing it 46.7% to 44.9%, moderates opposing it 54.9% to 39.5%, and conservatives opposed 65.2% to 27.7%. Further, the study indicates that “swing voters like ticket-splitters, suburban voters, independents, and younger women all oppose MFA.” Among the 58.4% of swing voters who oppose the legislation, 42.1% strongly oppose the Marketplace Fairness Act.

Do I even have to point out that Republicans have the potential to mobilize on this issue and start winning elections? Typically, Republicans need support from independents, rural voters, and swing voters like suburban voters, independents, and young women, all who, according to the poll, have majority opposition against the MFA.

Republicans also need to energize their base and get GOP primary voters to get out and vote on Election Day. Among GOP voters, 52% strongly oppose while 10% somewhat oppose the bill. That’s 62% opposition within the Republican Party base, a supermajority of Republican voters. With turnout being low to start during a midterm election, can incumbent Republicans really afford to further disgust their base by supporting this tax?

If Congressional Republicans need further convincing (they shouldn’t), then consider this: younger voters, especially those who were “born digital” (18-25 years old), oppose the legislation 52.9% to 45.1% with 33.3% strongly opposed to an internet sales tax. Those ages 26-40 oppose MFA 55.8% to 36.6%. Altogether, people under 40 oppose the bill a whopping 64.6% to 27.8%. These are the demographics Republicans need to reach if they plan on winning elections.

The single most condemning statistic for the Marketplace Fairness Act, however, can be found when the tax enforcement aspect of the legislation is explained to voters. To clarify, I’ll borrow the example the study uses. Suppose a customer in New York makes an internet purchase from an Oregon retailer, where there is no sales tax. Under the MFA, authorities in New York can force that Oregon retailer to collect New York sales taxes and send it to New York, where the tax imposed on the retailer’s merchandise isn’t even used to benefit the retailer through Oregon government services.

What does the national likely voter think of that? 70% of those polled oppose this blatant violation of state sovereignty with supermajority opposition for every ideology, every major party, and every man and woman polled, except for those who never make online purchases. 

The conclusion is obvious. Support among Congressional Republicans for the taxes imposed by the Marketplace Fairness Act means certain death for their political careers. If Republicans are serious about fixing the economy and putting us on a path to reduce the debt and achieve fiscal sanity, (or if they just want to get elected and re-elected) they need to stand up and fight battles to cut taxes and stop spending, not propose new and inventive ways for the government to take money out of our pockets.

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June 22, 2015 at 05:00

Americans, Especially the Young, Oppose Internet Sales Tax

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By Alyssa Brown – GALLUP

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans, by 57% to 39%, say they would vote against a law that would allow each state to collect sales taxes on purchases its residents make online over the Internet. Young adults voice the most widespread opposition to such a law.

Next, suppose that on Election Day you could vote on key issues as well as candidates. Would you vote for or against a law that would allow each state to collect sales taxes on purchases its residents make online over the Internet? June 2013 results

The Senate passed an Internet sales tax bill, the Marketplace Fairness Act, last month on a bipartisan basis, but it has yet to pass the House. This legislation would allow states to require online sellers to collect sales taxes, which would go to state and local governments. The legislation would apply to online retailers earning at least $1 million in sales outside of states where they have brick-and-mortar locations. Currently, online retailers do not have to collect sales taxes on Internet purchases unless they have a physical presence in the state.

This legislation faces more opposition in the House than it did in the Senate, with numerous members, including House Speaker John Boehner, criticizing it. The White House has announced that the president supports the legislation.

Internet Sales Tax Fails to Get Majority Support From Any Group

The majority of Americans across nearly all key groups oppose an Internet sales tax law, but there are modest differences in the degree of support. Democrats are somewhat more likely than Republicans to favor an Internet sales tax, 48% to 34%. College graduates are slightly more likely than those without a college degree to support it, 46% to 37%. And support is higher among adults in households making $60,000 or more annually than among those in lower-income households.

Americans' Support for Allowing States to Collect Sales Tax for Online Purchases, by Demographic Group, June 2013

Bottom Line

The U.S. Senate recently passed a bill empowering states to require online retailers to collect sales tax, and President Barack Obama will likely sign such a bill if the House passes it. But this goes against the grain of public opinion, possibly stemming from standard concerns about the economic impact that raising taxes will have on individuals and businesses.

Unlike many political and economic issues, reaction to the idea of an Internet sales tax law does not appear to be sharply divided along party lines, either in Congress or among the general public. This proposal does not have majority support among any partisan group, although — possibly due to Obama’s support for it — Democrats are more likely than Republicans to favor it, by a relatively narrow margin.

Age largely shapes Americans’ views on taxing Internet sales. Younger Americans are much more likely than older Americans — who are closely split — to oppose such a law. If Republicans in the House oppose the Internet sales tax bill, that may help the GOP’s appeal to younger Americans, a key demographic in the party’s plans to build support before the 2014 and 2016 elections.

Survey Methods

Results for this Gallup poll are based on telephone interviews conducted June 15-16, 2013, on with a random sample of 1,015 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

For results based on the total sample of national adults, one can say with 95% confidence that the margin of sampling error is ±4 percentage points.

Interviews are conducted with respondents on landline telephones and cellular phones, with interviews conducted in Spanish for respondents who are primarily Spanish-speaking. Each sample of national adults includes a minimum quota of 50% cellphone respondents and 50% landline respondents, with additional minimum quotas by region. Landline telephone numbers are chosen at random among listed telephone numbers. Cellphone numbers are selected using random digit dial methods. Landline respondents are chosen at random within each household on the basis of which member had the most recent birthday.

Samples are weighted to correct for unequal selection probability, nonresponse, and double coverage of landline and cell users in the two sampling frames. They are also weighted to match the national demographics of gender, age, race, Hispanic ethnicity, education, region, population density, and phone status (cellphone only/landline only/both, cellphone mostly, and having an unlisted landline number). Demographic weighting targets are based on the March 2012 Current Population Survey figures for the aged 18 and older U.S. population. Phone status targets are based on the July-December 2011 National Health Interview Survey. Population density targets are based on the 2010 census. All reported margins of sampling error include the computed design effects for weighting.

In addition to sampling error, question wording and practical difficulties in conducting surveys can introduce error or bias into the findings of public opinion polls.

View methodology, full question results, and trend data.

For more details on Gallup’s polling methodology, visit www.gallup.com.

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June 19, 2015 at 05:00

Top Five Reasons to Oppose Marketplace Fairness Act

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By Paul Blair – Americans for Tax Reform

The internet sales tax mandate would be a major change in the way businesses operate especially around tax season. At the end of each year businesses are responsible for paying sales tax. They can choose to tax their customers at the point of sale or pay out what they owe in sales tax at the end of the year. Businesses therefore act as a tax collection arm for the state in which they do business. The internet sales tax mandate would force businesses to become sales tax collectors for all states.

So, here are the Top Five Reasons to Oppose the Marketplace Fairness Act:

  • Threatens Privacy – Business and state revenue boards with a track record of losing private information will have more chances to do so. Like this unsuspecting cat, you’re not safe.

  • Slippery Slope – Opens the door for further government intervention in the internet and for states to reach across their borders for other taxes.

  • Too Confusing – Small businesses would be forced to accommodate over 9,000 highly variable state and local tax codes and be required to settle disputes with out of state revenue boards in out of state courts.

  • Discourages Tax Competition – Rather than competing to lower taxes and attract businesses, states will compete to raise taxes on residents of other states. This will be you.

  • Expands State Tax Authority – State Governments will be able to tax across their borders despite clear legal and judicial precedentarguing otherwise.Money Hungry States Like California and Illinois Will Come After You.You’re the duck.

Essentially, if the Marketplace Fairness Act passes, this will be you:

Join our effort to prevent this from happening by clicking here:http://taxeswithoutborders.com/ and signing our petition to tell Congress NO on a federal internet tax.

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June 18, 2015 at 05:00

Awful: Woman Murdered While Waiting For Gun License To Protect Herself From Ex-Boyfriend

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By Matt Vespa – Townhall

We already know the gun laws in New Jersey are insane. To purchase a handgun, one needs to obtain a firearm identification card, which is a process that could take months. Well, that process left a woman dead Wednesday, stabbed to death by her ex-boyfriend, who is now being pursued by the U.S. Marshals Service (via Courier Post):

When Carol Bowne felt the threat of domestic violence, the petite hairdresser took steps to protect herself.The Berlin Township woman got a restraining order against a former boyfriend, installed security cameras and an alarm system to her home and began the months-long process of obtaining a handgun, friends said.

But it wasn’t enough.

Bowne, 39, was stabbed to death in the driveway of her Patton Avenue home on Wednesday night.

Her former boyfriend, 45-year-old Michael Eitel, was charged with her murder. Eitel, a convicted felon, was a fugitive Thursday, being sought by a U.S. Marshals Service task force.

Berlin Township Police Chief Leonard Check said Bowne applied for a gun license on April 21, and that she had inquired Monday about her request.

The application process typically takes two months or more as police collect information on the applicant, including fingerprints and reference checks. “We did not get the fingerprint information yet,” said Check.

Police went to the home around 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, when they found Bowne lying in the driveway with multiple stab wounds. Bowne was taken to Virtua Hospital in Berlin, where she was pronounced dead at 11:22 p.m.

Here’s part of the process for obtaining a firearm ID card:

(a) Every person applying for a firearms purchaser identification card or for a permit to purchase a handgun shall furnish such information and particulars as are set forth in the application form designated STS-33, in the case of an identification card, or STS 33A, in the case of a permit to purchase. Forms can be obtained from municipal police departments, State Police stations and licensed retail firearms dealers.(b) The applicant shall waive any statutory or other right of confidentiality relating to institutional confinement.

(c) The applicant shall provide the names and addresses of two reputable citizens personally acquainted with him as references.

(d) The application shall be signed by the applicant and the completed application, together with two sets of the applicant’s fingerprints and fees as established by N.J.A.C. 13:59 in accordance with N.J.S.A. 53:1-20.5 et seq. (P.L. 1985, c. 69), a consent for mental health records search form designated STS-1 and a nonrefundable application fee of $5.00 for a firearms identification card and $2.00 for a permit to purchase a handgun, shall be submitted to the chief of police of an organized full time police department in the municipality in which the applicant resides. If the municipality does not have an organized full time police department, application shall be made to the State Police station servicing the municipality in which the applicant resides, or to any State Police station in the case of a non-resident.

(e) The chief of police of an organized full time police department of the municipality where the applicant resides, or the Superintendent, when the applicant is a non-resident of this State or when the municipality does not have a full time department, shall accept and investigate applications for firearms purchaser identification cards and permits to purchase handguns.

(f) The fingerprints of any applicant shall be compared with any fingerprints maintained by the State Bureau of Identification and the Federal Bureau of Identification for the purpose of ascertaining the existence of any criminal record. The fingerprints shall be obtained and submitted for such comparison by the chief of police or the State Police, as the case may be.

(g) An applicant for a handgun purchase permit who possesses a valid firearms purchaser identification card, or who has previously obtained a handgun purchase permit from the same licensing authority for which he or she was previously fingerprinted, and who provides other reasonable satisfactory proof of his or her identity, in the discretion of the chief of police or Superintendent, need not be fingerprinted again. In such case, the chief of police or superintendent shall otherwise fully investigate the application in accordance with this subchapter.

(h) Applicants for a permit to purchase a handgun may apply for more than one permit per application. The number of permits requested, and each permit number shall be entered in the spaces provided on the application.

(i) The chief of police or the Superintendent, as the case may be, shall either approve or disapprove the applications. Permits and cards shall be issued by the chief of police or the Superintendent to persons who are found to be qualified and who are not subject to any of the disabilities set forth by this subchapter.

These laws arguably cost Browne her life. She needed the firearm to protect herself immediately, and the police didn’t even get her fingerprints after two months. As Charles Cooke at National Review concluded in his piece over this awful incident, the loving, jovial, and law-abiding Browne was killed waiting to exercise her constitutional right to a handgun, while her convicted felon of an ex-boyfriend stabbed her, and is now roaming free somewhere evading law enforcement:

There can be few clearer illustrations of the folly of draconian firearms regulations than this. The killer was a convicted felon who had previously been found guilty of weapons offenses and aggravated assault, and who is now on the run from federal authorities. The victim was a “bubbly, well-liked,” law-abiding woman who did not want to run afoul of the government even when she sensed that her life was in danger. If “government” is just another word for the things we do together, then, frankly, we failed — and damnably. All Carol Bowne asked was that she be permitted to exercise her right to protect herself in her own home; instead, she ended up bleeding to death in her driveway, as the paper-pushers and know-it-alls decided whether they would deign to indulge her request, and her killer sped away, without fear of retaliation or injury.

Is that justice? Is that sane? Is that how gun control is supposed to work? Obviously, gun control advocates don’t (hopefully they don’t) want innocent lives to be lost (even though they use them as campaign fodder), but this is usually the byproduct of their policies; the innocent, law-abiding suffer, while the criminals roam free, inflicting violence on the rest of us.

The Courier Post reported that Eitel plead guilty to a weapons charge in 2008 that stemmed from his 2006 indictment on aggravated assault. He was given a five-year sentence for that offense.

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June 17, 2015 at 05:00

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