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The CLC Gets Grizzly June 16: $135 Billion Treasury Bond Seizure, Liberty Rider Reaches Oklahoma

You can listen to June 16′s show by clicking on the graphic that has the “+” and says “Audio MP3″:

The CLC Gets Grizzly June 16

Tuesday, June 16′s  episode opened with the story that isn’t a story, apparently, as far as the news media is concerned, which was the recent seizure of $134.5 billion in U.S. Treasury Bonds on the Italian border.

The coverage, or lack there of, of this story was highlighted, along with the implications of the seizure along with another, related story which didn’t get reported, which was statements by Rep. Paul Kanjorski in February on C-Span that $550 billion was withdrawn in the span of an hour on September 15.

Both video clips referenced during the show can be viewed by clicking here.

Both of these stories regard the value of the U.S. dollar, which is the world’s reserve currency. The result of all the reckless spending, borrowing, and printing of money is that the value of the dollar is seriously in doubt going forward. Earlier this year, several countries including China began to question whether it wise to continue with the dollar as the world’s reserve currency. Some of those questions seemed to have faded until earlier on Tuesday, June 16, when Russian President Medvedev made statements challenging the dollar’s stability.

The seriousness of moving away from the dollar as the world’s reserve currency cannot be overstated.

Discussion on the show turned to the lack of any real value backing the dollar, in particular  including the complete un-tethering from the gold standard in the 70s with “Brettenwoods II”.  There has been a precipitous drop of the dollar’s value ever since.

Central to the devaluation of the dollar is the Federal Reserve, the private entity that has broad powers to manipulate the value of our currency. A chart from earlier in the year was referenced which dramatically illustrates the incredible amount of money that has been printed just since last fall.

All of these questions spotlight the bill, introduced by Congressman Ron Paul, H.R. 1207, to audit the Federal Reserve, which has recently gained enough sponsors to move the bill out of Committee and onto the House floor for debate. Questions remain as to the viability of the bill’s progress due to language in the Senate version.

Also briefly mentioned was the story that appeared announcing that ABC news would be turning broadcast time over to the President.

Focus turned to Liberty Rider Michael Maresco. On Tuesday evening, he crossed the border from Missouri into the state of Oklahoma with a group meeting him, including this show’s co-host Sandra Crosnoe, grassroots activist Kaye Beach, and 4th District Congressional candidate R.J. Harris, who rode ten miles with Michael to the Lucky Turtle Casino.

Michael reviewed the purpose of his trip, which is to not only symbolize Freedom to Fascism by starting at the Statue of Liberty in New York and ending at Alcatraz Prison off the coast of San Francisco, but to talk to as many people as possible about freedom and liberty, including a primary focus on the traditional local law enforcement officer, the county sheriff.

Michael gives each sheriff he meets a packet of information, including Sheriff Mack’s book. But he’s not limiting his efforts to reach out and spread the concept of freedom to sheriffs or to himself. He’s encouraging locals across the country to do the same. Oklahoma is leading the way in working with Michael to broaden the reach of his efforts throughout the state, beyond his route.

Michael spoke about the importance of a grassroots effort across the country, that people are tired of hearing from politicians and groups, they want to hear from real people.

Included in his efforts will be his attendance at an Independence Day Tea Party in New Mexico, organized by Adam Kokesh.

Michael’s day would end with an additional thirteen mile ride. A number of activities are planned for his time in Oklahoma.

R.J. Harris came on the show after Michael to talk about his ride from the border and what he and others in the state will be doing to ensure Michael’s efforts have as wide a reach as possible.

R.J. focused on the pocket Constitutions in Michael’s packets, which he realized was a document that as a National Guard member he’d sworn allegiance to but hadn’t read. He plans to introduce a bill, if elected to Oklahoma’s Fourth Congressional District, requiring that all members of the U.S. armed forces read and study upon enlistment.

Discussion turned to how brief the Constitution is in contrast to most of the pieces of legislation that are introduced today in the U.S. Congress. A provision to limit any legislation introduced to match that of the Constitution was pondered.

In addition to providing support for Michael Maresco’s ride, R.J.’s campaign is in full swing, including a major fundraising effort coming up on Friday, June 19, more information about which can be found on his campaign’s website.

Coming up on next week’s show is an appearance for the full hour by grassroots lobbyist Kaye Beach, who has been working on a “how-to” lobby a state legislature.


The Federal Government Now Locking Down Your Location

http://www.lincoln.ne.gov/city/mayor/media/2009/032309a.htmMost Recent Update: May 4, 2009

The US Census Bureau: Now Big Brother?
The US Census Bureau: Now Big Brother?

On April 14, a fellow Nebraskan located in the rural, northeast part of the state reported to me that Census workers are using a hand held device that looks like the signing device carried by UPS workers to log citizens’ GPS coordinates.

Keep in mind the official Census doesn’t begin until 2010.

As the census worker approached the front door of the home, he was logging the information into the device. Apparently, the census information being taken is being tied to the GPS coordinates. Obviously, the information is going to be uploaded to a central database.

What on earth would the government need to log your GPS location for?

My friend questioned the Census Bureau worker closely. He asked the worker directly what he was doing with the hand held device and the worker stated he was logging the GPS coordinates of the residence. He stated that he was doing this everywhere he went and that Census Bureau workers across the country were doing the same.

He noted that workers had been instructed to log the GPS coordinates of anything that looked like a dwelling, including park benches and cardboard boxes.

He particularly questioned the worker about why it was being done. The reply was not helpful or comforting. The worker said he had signed a binding agreement that he could not discuss the project with anyone, including his wife.

Clearly, this kind of intricate system with the hand held devices could not have been devised overnight, and certainly not since the Stimulus Bill was passed on February 17.

We have to ask ourselves what the Federal Government would be doing logging all our locations when the Census isn’t even supposed to begin for almost a year and why would they need to pinpoint location so specifically?

I received a comment on my original post of this story from another Nebraskan:

I thought it was strange when I had a visit from a Census Bureaucrat Fiday. When he knocked on my door I was so preoccupied with making the badges for the Tea Party that it didn’t occur to me to ask questions. He acted kinda nervous so I just grabbed the paper he was handing me and closed the door.

It was a strange situation. When I looked out the window he was still hanging around on my driveway looking around the side of my house. Went to get the phone to dial 911 and when I got back to the window he was gone.

Nebraska is definitely not the only state where this is occurring.  I have spoken with several other people, one of whom was in California. On April 24, that gentleman reported his sister had been “visited” by a Census Bureau Worker.
The sad thing is, she thought perhaps she was being specifically targeted. The fellow hadn’t heard about these coordinate mapping activities occurring elsewhere. At least he can assure his sister she is not a “target”.

That little anecdote is noteworthy in that it is the example of how something doesn’t “feel right” about government workers logging in peoples’ coordinates. People should not feel they are being watched by their government.

Add to it the DHS report on “right-wing extremists” and what you have for some people at least, is a feeling that they are being intimidated.

I have received additional comments on other venues where this post has appeared:

Speaking for myself only:

1. The Bureau is conducting an address canvassing operation now in order to know where to send or deliver questionnaires and what kind of questionnaire to deliver to each location (college dorms and nursing homes aren’t done the same way as houses and apartments).

2. There are some parts of the country where locations don’t correspond to mailing addresses (PO Box or Rural Route areas). The Bureau sends enumerators to hand-deliver questionnaires unless a mailing address can be obtained. Likewise, enumerators come out to residences to follow up on unclear or missing information. A GPS fix gives them an accurate means of locating the residence.

3. The map spots help place people in the right census tracts (statistical areas) so that state legislatures can complete the 2011 redistricting properly.

4. Census data associated with a particular person or address, including map spots, are covered by 13 U.S.C. § 9. They are made available only to sworn Census employees on a need-to-know basis. Sharing these data with ANYONE, including other government agencies, carries a $250,000 fine and a prison sentence.

The above is clearly well thought out. I appreciate that very much. I do have trouble with the following:

The Bureau is conducting an address canvassing operation now in order to know where to send or deliver questionnaires and what kind of questionnaire to deliver to each location (college dorms and nursing homes aren’t done the same way as houses and apartments).

Fair enough. If the sole purpose of logging GPS coordinates is to know where to deliver a questionnaire, why are park benches and cardboard boxes being logged? Are they really going to deliver questionnaires to these locations?

It has nothing to do with Big Brother. I’m one of those Census workers you are worried about. All we’re doing–and it’s not a secret–is updating and correcting the bureau’s address database, to ensure that surveys are sent out to existing addresses. We’re not recording any personal info about the people living at the addresses. The gps coordinates are tied to addresses, not people. One of the uses will be, eventually, to help Census takers–sent to follow up at households that don’t mail back their surveys–find the addresses they are sent to visit. That’s it. Honestly.