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Tagger Flouts Globalist Mantra

drink_waterDuring a recent trip to Walmart, I was delighted by what I read tagged on a Coke machine outside the entrance.  Right below the Walmart slogan, “Save Money.  Live Better.” was the line “Drink Water” in white paint pen.  Hah!  Really, do we save money when we ploink seventy-five cents into a soda machine and get a twelve ounce can of colored, carbonated, caffeinated, sugar-water that likely cost Coca-Cola twenty-five cents to manufacture and ship?  Do we live better with all the health problems associated with soda consumption, not to mention diet soda and the artificial sweetener aspartame?  The little hoodlum and his graffiti pen got me thinking.

Might we have more money and live better by not shopping at Walmart?  Lots of people loathe the place, but can’t seem to avoid it, either because it’s the only store within twenty-five miles that sells boxer shorts, bicycle chains and mini-blinds or because it’s the most affordable option.  In my case, both reasons apply.  It works like a tractor-beam and I’m not being overly dramatic, I’ve studied the physics of it.  I live in a small town.  Last week a brand new Walmart Supercenter held its grand opening here.  Perched on a hill like a stucco fortress overlooking the town, it eclipses the older, regular Walmart that opened back in the nineties.  Oh, you should have been there!  They brought out the spotlights and everything!  From a distance, you may have thought there was a film festival in town or heck, even a monster truck show.  They didn’t even have spotlights for the rodeos that took place over the summer.  Yes, it was the talk of the town:  “Have you been to the new Walmart yet?”  Yeesh.

As I shopped stealthily behind enemy lines, I realized this wasn’t just about Walmart, or soda for that matter.  I shop at Walmart.  I drink Coke.  You might be surprised to learn that I get SNAP benefits on an EBT card and I’m one of the millions of Americans who can’t afford health insurance for my family.  Didn’t you notice this is a free WordPress blog?  Instead of relying on government handouts in the form of food stamps and Obamacare, I would much prefer an occupation that offered a wage to support a family on.  I would like to buy my own health insurance, with my own money.  I don’t want to take from the haves to give to the have nots.

For my parent’s generation it was possible to find an entry-level job with training right out of high school.  All you had to do was show up and work hard; you could move up the ladder, make decent money and retire after forty years with a nice pension.  My folks both got two week paid vacations nearly every year and health insurance too.  It’s not that they worked harder; the opportunity they had as young adults has disappeared for my generation.  My generation has had to go back to college and rack up tens of thousands of dollars in student loan debt, in a desperate effort to earn a degree that still doesn’t guarantee a job allowing one to buy a home or put one’s kids through college.  I have a college degree, work two jobs and struggle to put food on the table and keep the power on.  That’s how much this country has changed.

The debate over whether Walmart is a boon or bust to local economies has been raging for years; it’s not exactly news.  The retail chain is notorious for treating its employees like dirt, offering mostly temporary and part-time positions, low wages, crappy benefits, forced overtime, etc.  It’s also not a mystery that a majority of products (especially electronics, toys, clothing and housewares) sold at Walmart are manufactured very cheaply in other countries like China and India where the company can capitalize on cheap labor, cheap components and minimal safety regulations.  Furthermore, because the chain is so large, they have massive buying power, allowing them to rake in more profit by buying already cheaply produced products at bulk discounts.  The Supercenters also offer groceries, which means the grocery stores, delis and bakeries in town also suffer.  Don’t go to Napa Auto Parts for seat covers, go to Walmart.  Don’t go to Safeway for Frosted Flakes, go to Walmart.  Don’t go to Les Schwab for tires, go to Walmart.  And they ad-match too, so even if a local store dares to compete by having a really good sale, forget it.  At Walmart, it’s cheaper and it’s all in one place.  Save money, save time, that’s the mantra.  Some argue that’s a brilliant business model, others say it’s predatory.  What’s the difference?  That’s free-market capitalism, right?  What is not so well known is that Walmart uses billions in taxpayer money in the form of tax breaks, infrastructure assistance, grants and other subsidies to help fund its expansion.

Is saving money the catch-all for a dependent, globalized America?  As a society, we sacrifice a lot for the sake of low prices.  But therein lies the key to Walmart’s success.  Walmart thrives in a poor economy, where people have less and less to spend because wages are so low and good-paying, full-time work is disappearing.  But, they also drive the poor economy, and so do we, by shopping there.  It’s a cycle of dependence.

It’s not that folks who shop specialty marts and boutiques are all trendy snobs, but they can afford to buy all organic, sustainably-grown, non-GMO stuff.  They can afford artisan, hand-crafted, American made products.  The rest of us get cheap, microwavable slop, and vacuum cleaners that stop working after a few runs across the carpet.  I don’t hate the people who have nice homes along the lake.  They are not our enemy.  Perhaps they started a successful business or made smart investments.  Someday, I would love to own a home by the lake and a boat.  In America, that should remain an achievable goal for all, a reminder of the opportunities that exist in our nation.  The globalists want to strip away wealth and opportunity.  They want to nullify success and the values that have made America strong: innovation, ingenuity, determination and hard work.

Walmart is a key molecule in the globalist paradigm.  But Walmart is just one prominent example of how globalism destroys culture.  The landscape of our country is changing, and not for the better.  Not so long ago, individual cities had their own character and style, defined by their signature shops, stores and restaurants.  They were operated by local people, families and small-business owners.  Now, everything is homogenized and corporatized.   You can’t go anywhere in the United States without finding an Olive Garden, Barnes & Noble, Best Buy, Target or PetSmart.  Often, they’re all lined up together in the same shopping center.

The myth of globalism assures us that interdependence results in a more peaceful, equitable world.  The reality of globalism, however, is subjugation to authoritarian control.  It’s not about nations working together, caring and sharing, it’s about nations surrendering their sovereignty, wealth, resources and culture.  It is the arch-nemesis of liberty and independence.

It should be no surprise then that Walmart serves as the staging ground for economic crisis experimentation. When the corporate controlled government wants to test people’s response to malfunctioning EBT cards (either when they’re rendered useless or when they’re given an unlimited balance, both of which we witnessed last month), Walmart is used to gauge the reaction.  Why?  Because Walmart is everywhere, and they’re still spreading.  If you don’t have one nearby, you will soon.  When Black Friday rolls around this year, Walmart will hire armed guards in some locations and even set up SkyWatch surveillance towers in the parking lot.  Nobody complains.  It’s there to keep everyone safe while assaulting each other over cell phones and Furbys.  When the economy collapses, will the military use Walmart stores as distribution centers for your weekly ration of food, water and clothing?  Of course they will, because they know you’ll be there.

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“Shutdown” Exposes Government’s True Agenda

ufo_capitolJust when you thought mainstream media propaganda couldn’t be any more blatant, NBC ran a series of revolting specials earlier this month, all designed to praise Obamacare and reinforce the notion that we need the government for everything.  On September 30th, following a melodramatic story about the fate of annual elk-watching activities at Yellowstone in lieu of a government shutdown, the NBC Nightly News ended with anchor Brian Williams’ words, “Our cameras picked up another gorgeous sunset in Washington, the question there is, when we see the sun again tomorrow morning will it rise over a city paralyzed by a government shutdown?”

One can hardly call the fiasco in Washington D.C. a “shutdown”.  If we are expected to believe the myth that the shutdown is due to a lack of funding, because Congress and the President can’t agree on a budget, then we might expect things like welfare checks being postponed or the NSA suspending domestic spying operations- hah!  Or, we might expect to take a leisurely hike through Yellowstone National Park without the benefit of a park ranger to give us directions or warn us about rattlesnakes.

Instead, we are witnessing extra money being spent on bureaucracy, barricades and security to close national parks and monuments, where no barricades or security were in use before- even in locations not funded by the federal government, like Mount Vernon (George Washington’s historic plantation), which is privately owned and operated.  In fact, hundreds of privately managed parks and businesses which reside on federally owned land, providing the government with tax revenue and the American people with jobs, were forced into closure for the duration of the shutdown.  A group of mostly senior citizens, including tourists from Japan, Australia and Canada, were held for hours in their hotel rooms at Yellowstone National Park by armed guards because their tour unfortunately landed on October 1st, when the boot-stomping- err, shutdown- commenced.   Some of the tourists were treated so harshly they thought they were under arrest.  The government even went so far as to block the highway off-ramps leading to Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, so that the monument could not be seen.  The state of Arizona offered to use its own funds to keep Grand Canyon National Park open, but was denied by the federal government.  Taking a jog through Valley Forge National Historic Park in Pennsylvania got one man fined $100.  And perhaps worst of all, war veterans were threatened with arrest by the feds for visiting the World War II and Vietnam War Memorials and the Iwo Jima Monument, which were all closed off because of the shutdown.  In defiance, veterans, some World War II Marines in their eighties and nineties, broke through the barricades and exercised their freedom to visit these open-air memorials.

Across the greater Washington D.C. area, playgrounds, walking paths and bike trails were closed, which require no staff or funding to keep open.  But Lincoln Park, which is known to be used by several members of Congress was kept open.  Non-essential employees like President Obama’s staff of gourmet chefs are still employed, meanwhile low-income military families who depend on the commissary for tax-free groceries were forced to shop elsewhere.  Camp David and a military golf course used by the President remained open, but thankfully, Michelle Obama publicly stated she would stop Tweeting.  Aren’t Twitter accounts free?  Catholic priests working on military bases ministering to soldiers were told they could no longer provide religious services like mass and baptism.  When the priests offered to volunteer their services for free, they were threatened with prison.  Visitors to the Amber Alert website were re-directed to a page stating the website was unavailable due to a lapse in federal funding.  People became outraged when they discovered the actual website was still running and that staffers had been used to create a re-direct in the URL.  There are literally dozens of examples of President Obama’s “shutdown theater”, many more of which are outlined in a disturbing article on Breitbart.com.  The goal of all this?  “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can.  It’s disgusting.” said an angry park ranger who blew the whistle on the Obama Administration’s bullying tactics to the Washington Times.

Compared to the Department of Defense or IRS, the country’s national park system is perhaps one of the least expensive departments of the government to operate, but is one of the most symbolic.  In other words, shutting down national parks does virtually nothing in the way of cutting spending or reducing debt, but is designed to show force and punish the American people- for political gain.  The result of all this is an American public now furious with Republicans in the House of Representatives, who are being wrongfully blamed for causing the shutdown and furloughing thousands of government employees.  Of course Congress has been inept for decades, but we should be in praise of those few willing to take a stand against disastrous decisions like raising the debt ceiling (again) or allowing Obamacare the funding it needs to properly cripple the economy and destroy the middle-class.  As Republicans, again and again, offered compromises to re-open the government and begin negotiations, President Obama, again and again, threatened to veto any legislation placing boundaries on his agenda.

In the midst of this political mess, Miriam Carey, a mother, was murdered by Washington D.C. police in front of her one-year-old daughter because she was confused and frightened by a makeshift military checkpoint.  Let me repeat, a military checkpoint.  When the unarmed woman fled, she was pursued by frenzied cops and executed.  She was shot twelve times at close range, through the windows of her car.  Meanwhile around D.C., manic police smashed into barricades with their patrol cars to give the appearance of a chaotic situation deserving of a total lockdown.  Members of Congress praised the police as heroes and applauded their efforts to keep them safe.  The media salivated at the opportunity to cast the woman as a rampaging Tea Party activist, storming the White House with guns ablaze.  She never rammed a White House fence or fired a shot, as was initially reported.  There was never a threat to members of Congress or the President.  That didn’t stop the feds however from descending on her Stamford, Connecticut neighborhood, complete with bomb-defusing robots, to search her home for anti-government literature.  When the truth was revealed that she was a young, Black, dental-hygienist, being medicated for mental health issues, the story quickly lost its usefulness.

The very next day, a man later identified as John Constantino of Mount Laurel, New Jersey, gave a “crisp military salute” to the Capitol, doused himself with gasoline and set himself on fire, according to a witness.  He died later at a hospital from severe burns.  The media downplayed the significance of this event, saying he may have been protesting.  The man’s family issued a statement saying he suffered with mental illness and that his death “was not a political act or statement”, reported NBC.  But self-immolation has long been seen as a form of radical political protest.  One of Constantino’s neighbors, Regina Horner, told Reuters that Constantino was a friendly man who showed no signs of depression.  She added, “He did not want to talk about politics because the government did not care about us.”  Perhaps he was giving a final salute to the Republic?  We can only speculate.  But the fact that this occurred on the National Mall, in the midst of all this political scheming, does beg the question.

With the majority of the federal government still in operation, the “shutdown” is mostly an illusion, but one in which real Americans have suffered.  Ours is a nation seized by international corporate interests who control the media and your mind.  This is nothing more than a psychological operation designed to sway public opinion and crush the Obama regime’s opposition, so they can continue with their plan to spend the economy into the dirt and expand their authoritarian, welfare, nanny state.  It is so anti-American, so anti-human in fact, it may as well be an alien takeover.  And what do you do when there is an alien takeover?

You resist, or die.


Who Are “They”?

manBe sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.

[1 Peter 5:8]

You may notice I use the pronoun “they” frequently.  Perhaps that’s sloppy journalism.  No problem.  According to Senator Dianne Feinstein, I’m not a real journalist anyways, because I didn’t go to school to earn a degree in Journalism and I’m not employed by a mainstream media corporation.  By this twisted logic, she argues that I’m not protected by the “freedom of the press” clause in the First Amendment of the Constitution.  No problem.  I’m still protected by the “freedom of speech” clause.  Of course this is just one more attempt to weaken the Bill of Rights and further suppress dissenting voices, this time by attacking bloggers and independent media.  Regardless, I do possess a sense of journalistic integrity and I feel obligated to provide as much for my readers.  So who are “they”?  Is Dianne Feinstein among their ranks?

What is a good definition of “they”?  If you happen to listen to Alex Jones, you’ll hear him refer to “globalists” a lot, which is less vague, but I tend to avoid that term. The globalists Alex Jones exposes are not the kum-ba-ya, one-love, utopian types, they’re more like the psychopathic, evil, world-domination types.  When I think of globalists, I think of hippies.  But clearly, “they” are not hippies, or ex-hippies even, although many masquerade as Liberals.  Maybe globalism doesn’t sound threatening enough.

Up until recently I viewed the idea of world government as a necessary and positive progression of civilization; moving away from Nationalism toward a more global, human community.  Once that was accomplished, I figured, the human species could then begin to solve the problems that have plagued us for centuries: war, famine, disease, poverty, etc.  The United Nations was a step in the right direction, naturally.  And, in a few hundred years perhaps we’d inhabit a universe like Star Trek, where these problems are long gone for the human race and what constitutes scandalous behavior is a starship Captain procuring a special vintage of real alcohol, racing off at warp eight to save a doomed planet, defying the Prime Directive of non-interference.  The prognosis?  Grim.  What would it take to unite the world?  An alien invasion?  A global catastrophe?  These are questions “they” have surely considered.

“They” are not the people of the world.  The people of the world have always languished under authoritarian control, in every era, in every place on Earth.  “They” are not strictly the civilian governments or politicians or business people of the world.  “They” are not the rich.  “They” are not the whites.  “They” are not American.  “They” are not you, or me.  “They” are a hard group to identify, but there are clues.  The clues are in their actions.  Their actions reveal who they serve, as enemies of mankind.  In this sense, “they” are individuals and groups of individuals, working surreptitiously to undermine humanity and enslave us for the sole benefit of themselves, and are found operating in all sectors of society.

The enemies of mankind are deceitful.  Often their actions are in direct contrast to their rhetoric.  We find many examples of this in the federal government.  For example, if they really wanted to win the so-called “war on drugs” then they would stop using the CIA to manage the drug trade, importing illicit drugs into the country.  They would legalize marijuana, thereby slashing the power of the drug cartels along the Mexican border.  But the “war on drugs” is too lucrative.  So is the “war on terror” and the innumerable other conflicts being waged around the world.  If they were truly interested in peace and stability, then they would stop supporting unpopular, despotic leaders as long as they are malleable to American interests, and they would stop using radicals to stir up tensions and spark revolts in those same countries when they need to install a new puppet they can control.  “They” play both sides.  The past century is replete with examples of the CIA manipulating political outcomes in other countries: Greece, Iran, Guatemala, Vietnam, Laos, Haiti, Congo, Ecuador, Bolivia, Cambodia, El Salvador, Panama and Iraq- just to name a few.

Little has changed in the twenty-first century.  Our leaders speak about spreading freedom and democracy while systematically toppling democratically elected leaders around the world.  They portray themselves as humanitarians rushing to the aid of the oppressed, while ignoring human rights abuses and genocide.  Why?  Because “they” hold positions of power and influence within the civilian government.  George W. Bush said in remarks about his presidential legacy, “I surrounded myself with good people… I carefully considered the advice of smart, capable people and made tough decisions.”  Even our President is a puppet “they” control.  If you’re not particularly bright when it comes to foreign policy or economics, you merely appoint advisers and “experts” to your Cabinet who make those tough decisions for you.  These “experts” are more accurately cronies– former defense contractors, pharmaceutical and biotech industry leaders and Wall Street bankers- who are not elected by the American people and therefore do not have the American people’s interests in mind.  “They” are totally unaccountable to the people and are frequently behind such legislative monstrosities as the Affordable Care Act, which has little to do with providing affordable healthcare and everything to do with expanding the federal government’s control over our lives.  If they really wanted to help rescue the nation’s healthcare system, the FDA would stop allowing poisons to be added to our food and water supply.  They would stop approving drugs and vaccines that destroy our body’s immune and neurological systems.  They would stop harassing companies that produce natural remedies and doctors who promote nutrition to prevent diseases like cancer, heart disease and diabetes.  They would stop legislating against home gardens and farmer’s markets.

The list of problems that could be righted by eliminating this corrupt influence is long.  If they wanted to help relieve the pressure on the failing and overcrowded public education system, they would encourage more homeschooling, instead of seeking to ban it in states like California.  If they wanted to bolster homeland security against terrorist threats and foreign invasions, they would encourage the proliferation of civilian militias instead of seeking to limit the Second Amendment and treating American citizens like criminals.  If they wanted to empower citizens against disasters, both natural and man-made, they would encourage self-reliance, survival skills and preparation, instead of targeting preppers and survivalists and building FEMA camps to imprison the population in the event of chaos and civil unrest.  If they wanted to create jobs, they would stop forcing manufacturing companies to leave for China, India and Mexico, and small business growth to stagnate because of draconian federal regulation and taxation.

What do they want then?  Nothing short of complete control.

Call them globalists or authoritarians or criminals.  Call them evil, call them satanic if you must.  But follow the money and examine the legislation they support.  These clues will help identify who “they” are.  The United States government is not the only example of an institution that has been infiltrated.  Many private companies, non-profit organizations, universities, churches and nations of the world are in the grip of corruption.  The myth of the United Nations as a means of achieving global harmony is crumbling.    Standing in the way of their agenda will help defeat them and restore freedom and self-rule to the people of the planet.

Be sober.  Be vigilant.