By: Ron Paul
The mainstream media and opportunistic politicians have turned Independence Day into the opposite of what was intended.
This week Americans will enjoy Independence Day with family cookouts and fireworks. Flags will be displayed in abundance. Sadly, however, what should be a celebration of the courage of those who risked so much to oppose tyranny will instead be turned into a celebration of government, not liberty. The mainstream media and opportunistic politicians have turned Independence Day into the opposite of what was intended.
The idea of opposing — by force if necessary — a tyrannical government has been turned into a celebration of tyrannical government itself!
The evidence is all around us.
How would the signers of the Declaration of Independence have viewed, for example, the Obama Administration’s “drone memo,” finally released last week, which claims to justify the president’s killing American citizens without charge, judge, jury, or oversight? Is this not a tyranny similar to that which our Founders opposed? And was such power concentrated in one branch of government not what inspired the rebellion against the English king in the first place?
The “drone memo,” released after an ACLU freedom of information request, purports to establish the president alone as the arbiter of who is or is not a terrorist subject to execution by the US government. There is no due process involved, just the determination of the president. Thus far the only American citizens killed by the president are Anwar al-Awlaki and his teenaged son, but the precedent has been established, according to the memo, that the president has the authority to kill Americans he believes are terrorists.
By: STEVE WATSON
A fresh Gallup poll today highlights the fact that Americans are at their wits’ end with government, all three branches of government.
Confidence in the Supreme Court, Congress, and the presidency has hit record lows.
The Supreme Court is down to a 30 percent approval rating, an all time low. Congress is currently at 7 percent, another all time low. The presidency is now at 29 percent, a six year low, and an all time low under Obama, just 4 points higher than the all time low under then reviled George W. Bush in 2007.
The branch with the most steep drop in confidence is the presidency, falling a full seven percentage points from its 2013 rating of 36 percent.
Obama is currently experiencing worse ratings than his two predecessors, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, at the same point in their terms, and has done in each subsequent year of his presidency.
To put this into further perspective, in 1998 Bill Clinton had a rating 24 points higher than Obama currently does, despite the fact that he was embroiled in a sex scandal and facing impeachment.
In the years since 9/11, the term "false flag" has emerged into a household phrase as the public increasingly questions the official version of world events. As the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria gains more territory in the Middle East, leading the al-Qaeda group to shorten its name to simply the Islamic State, it is important to look back at 9/11 and its aftermath for the orchestrated events that have led to the ongoing arc of chaos and violence in Iraq, Syria and neighboring countries.
This implosion of the Middle East into a massive region ruled by al-Qaeda was planned by world powers as a way to strip mine the Middle East for its natural resources, particularly oil, because al-Qaeda won’t have as much control over the area as an independent, sovereign state.
And it will ultimately lead to the complete balkanization of the Middle East, giving Western powers better control of the region while also allowing NATO better access to Central Asia, the vulnerable “soft underbelly” of the Russian Federation.
However, in the years since 9/11, the once unknown term “false flag” has emerged into a household phrase as the public increasingly questions the official version of world events promoted by government officials who are not only known liars, but also have the aforementioned motives which are obviously not in the public’s best interests.
By: ADAN SALAZAR
Over the weekend two additional cases of the swine flu (H1N1) virus were confirmed among Central American illegal immigrant minors being detained in South Texas, and two more were found to be exhibiting “flu like symptoms,” compounding anxieties over communicable diseases being spread within the meager confines of overloaded detention facilities.
On Saturday, KGBT confirmed via a Border Patrol Union representative that two more cases of the H1N1 virus were detected in minors being held in two separate detainment facilities in Brownsville, Texas.
Chris Cabrera, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council #3307, “said both cases involve juveniles and both were confirmed on Friday by medical personnel located at both facilities,” reports ValleyCentral.com.
Cabrera also divulged approximately 120 people were being isolated due to exposure with the afflicted juveniles.
On Sunday, Cabrera revealed two more children at a Border Patrol station in Brownsville were also isolated after exhibiting “flu like symptoms,” however, H1N1 in those cases has not been confirmed.
By: Ruchi Shah
As a quarterback for the New York Giants for more than 14 years, Phil Simms knew how to take a hit. But nothing could prepare the NFL hall-of-fame player for the blow of finding out he had skin cancer.
“[The dermatologist] walked in the room and looked at me and goes ... ‘You're in trouble’ … right away,” Simms told FoxNews.com. “Of course, looking back I can see. She could look at me and see all the signs were there ... I have [precancerous cells] everywhere -- my chest, my legs, my hands were unbelievable.”
Simms admits he had never visited a dermatologist for skin cancer screenings before his diagnosis in 2010. And he’s not alone. While more than 90 percent of American men admit they know something about skin cancer, only about 18 percent actually visit a doctor for annual skin cancer screenings, according to a recent survey by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD).
Since Simms’ initial diagnosis, he has undergone several Mohs surgery procedures to remove cancerous cells from his skin. During Mohs surgery, layers of cancer-containing skin are progressively removed and examined until only cancer-free tissue remains, according to the Mayo Clinic. However, Simms also had numerous spots where precancerous cells were found.