The Rise and Fall of the “Freest Little City in Texas”

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(“This article from the Texas Observer was too good NOT to share.” – Mike)

How a libertarian experiment in city government fell apart over taxes, debt and some very angry people.

The abandoned cop cars sat in Trina Reyes’ yard for eight months. She wanted them gone, but there were no police to come get them. Last September, the police department in Von Ormy — a town of 1,300 people just southwest of San Antonio — lost its accreditation after it failed to meet basic standards. Reyes was mayor at the time, so the three patrol cars, as well as the squad’s police radios and its computers, ended up at her home. It was just another low point in a two-year saga that she now counts as one of the most difficult experiences of her life.

“This is one of the worst things I’ve ever done,” she said of being mayor. “I’ve never dealt with such angry people. I’m washing my hands of everything. … I’m going to travel. I’m going as far away from Von Ormy as I can.”

For the last few years, Von Ormy has been in near-constant turmoil over basic issues of governance: what form of municipal government to adopt, whether to tax its residents, and how to pay for services such as sewer, police, firefighters and animal control. Along the way, three City Council members were arrested for allegedly violating the Open Meetings Act, and the volunteer fire department collapsed for lack of funds. Nearly everyone in town has an opinion on who’s to blame. But it’s probably safe to say that the vision of the city’s founder, a libertarian lawyer whose family traces its roots in Von Ormy back six generations, has curdled into something that is part comedy, part tragedy.

In 2006, fearing annexation by rapidly encroaching San Antonio, some in Von Ormy proposed incorporating as a town. But in government-averse rural Texas, incorporation can be a hard sell. Unincorporated areas are governed mainly by counties, which have few rules about what you can do on private property and tend to only lightly tax. There’s no going back from what municipal government brings: taxes, ordinances, elections and tedious city council meetings. Still, the fear of being absorbed by San Antonio — with its big-city taxes and regulations — was too much for most Von Ormians.

Enter Art Martinez de Vara. At the time, Martinez de Vara was an ambitious third-year law student at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, a local boy with a penchant for Texas history and right-wing politics.

Martinez de Vara suggested a compromise of sorts. Von Ormy could become a “liberty city” — a stripped-down, low-tax, low-government version of municipal government that’s currently en vogue among the tea party in Texas.

Initially, the city would impose property and sales taxes, but the property tax would ratchet down to zero over time. The business-friendly environment would draw new economic activity to Von Ormy, and eventually the town would cruise along on sales taxes alone.

There would be no charge for building permits, which Martinez de Vara said would be hand-delivered by city staff. The nanny state would be kept at bay, too. Want to shoot off fireworks? Blast away. Want to smoke in a bar? Light up. Teens wandering around at night? No curfew, no problem.

Martinez de Vara and his mother, Sally Martinez, along with other prominent residents, started the Commission to Incorporate Von Ormy. He gave Von Ormy a motto: “The Freest Little City in Texas.”

Folks in Von Ormy liked what they heard and in May 2008 voted to incorporate. Martinez de Vara was elected mayor that November.

In a 2015 presentation he gave at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative think tank, Martinez de Vara said that a group of people with no political experience took it upon themselves to do everything a large city like San Antonio does but at a lower cost. He touted Von Ormy’s ability to provide animal control services, a 20-officer police department — a mix of paid officers and volunteers — and an online city hall.

“We were blessed with this unique opportunity to experiment with democracy,” he said.

Today, there is no city animal control program and stray dogs roam the streets. The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office patrols the town instead of city police, and City Hall resides in a mobile home with one full-time staffer — though that’s a step up from the dive bar where City Council met until the owner bounced them out. If you go to the city’s website, you’ll be informed that it’s still under construction.

If Von Ormy is a libertarian experiment with democracy, it’s one that hasn’t turned out as expected.

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Former Von Ormy mayor Trina Reyes at her home in April. Several abandoned police cars were in her yard for eight months.

The crisis of government in Von Ormy doesn’t present itself at first glance. The town is located on I-35 just south of the Medina River, where San Antonio’s impressive sprawl gives way to the scrub brush of South Texas. There’s a post office, of course, plus some gas stations, a diner, a trailer home dealer and the MGM Cabaret strip club. A giant oak tree in town is believed by some local historians, including Martinez de Vara, to have been the encampment for Santa Anna before he laid siege to the Alamo.

Reyes lives near I-35 in a distinct two-story blue house. A retired buyer for a beauty supply company, she moved from San Antonio to Von Ormy in 1982. When Martinez de Vara stepped down as mayor in 2015, he tapped Reyes to run. She had been an early supporter of the liberty city idea. But when I visited her this spring, she was counting down the days till her term expired in May.

From the beginning, she said, the town had been divided.

“Some really liked it,” Reyes said. “They liked the possibility of getting street lights, sewage, better roads and all of the stuff that comes with incorporating. … There was quite a bit promised and people bought into it, including myself.”

Others thought that the process would lead to unnecessary fights and power grabs.

“A lot of people that did not want to incorporate were saying that once you become a political entity you start with the corruption, the infighting and all of the stuff that comes with having public figures,” she said. “They said it was going to divide the city, which it did. The majority of the people that spoke up against [incorporating] were right then about what’s happening now.”

As mayor, Martinez de Vara’s first priority was to lure chain stores with the town’s low-tax, low-regulation branding. But there was a problem: Von Ormy lacked a sewer system and it would be expensive to connect to San Antonio’s main wastewater system. The San Antonio Water System, which services most of Bexar County, told town officials that the connection would cost $4 million to $5 million.

According to Reyes, City Administrator James Massey recommended floating a bond, standard practice for most cities. But Martinez de Vara rejected the recommendation. Liberty cities aren’t supposed to take on debt, after all. (Martinez de Vara didn’t respond to numerous requests for comment.)

Reyes said most people in Von Ormy agreed with Martinez de Vara’s position but that it put the town in a bind. “You want to be a liberty city? No taxes,” she said. “We could only afford to put in $500,000, if that, but where would we get the rest from?”
The sewer system was never installed, and the town still relies on septic.

The lack of a centralized wastewater system made it more difficult to recruit businesses. But the oil boom in the Eagle Ford Shale — the vast shale play that stretches from Laredo into East Texas — helped juice the businesses along the I-35 strip in Von Ormy. Martinez de Vara and the City Council stuck to the plan of ratcheting the property tax rate down every year. In 2009, the rate stood at a modest 39 cents per $100 of value — less than neighboring San Antonio or Somerset, a small town to the south. By 2014, they’d cut it to 25.5 cents — enough to generate $79,000 in revenue. Meanwhile, the sales tax brought in about $215,000 that year.

Martinez de Vara promised that the property tax would be eliminated altogether by 2015, the bold step he’d envisioned at the town’s inception.

“Many of our residents are on fixed incomes and property taxation is the single greatest threat to continued home ownership and the ability to pass the fruits of a lifetime of work onto the next generation,” he told the San Antonio Express-News in 2014.

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Von Ormy no longer has a city property tax and instead relies on sales taxes from businesses such as the Route 35 Diner.

But two things happened around this time: First, the bottom fell out of the oil economy. With oil prices in free-fall in 2014 and 2015, the drilling rigs in the Eagle Ford Shale started packing up, as did many of the workers, trucks and ancillary oil field services.

Second, some were beginning to sour on the liberty city model. On the five-member City Council, three council members — Jacqueline Goede, Verna Hernandez and Carmina Aguilar — had banded together in a bloc that was increasingly at odds with Martinez de Vara and the two other council members, one of whom was Sally Martinez. The most explosive issue was property taxes. The three women thought it was foolish to eliminate property taxes altogether. Sales taxes rise and fall with the economy, and few cities rely on them alone.

“As new as we are and as small as we are, to grow we need those taxes,” Goede told the Express-News. “We need them desperately.”

What ensued was a confusing series of boycotted meetings, obscure loopholes and eventually a possibly illegal hearing that landed the three women briefly in jail. In September 2014, Martinez de Vara had formally proposed zeroing out the property tax, but Goede, Hernandez and Aguilar voted it down 3-2 and, at least for five days, kept the property tax in place. However, to formally ratify the rate, per state law, at least four council members needed to hold another meeting to vote, but Sally Martinez and Debra Ivy refused to show up to any hearing with ratification on the agenda. The result: Martinez de Vara got his way and the property tax rate was eliminated.

Frustrated, Goede, Hernandez and Aguilar took a radical, and possibly illegal, step: They formed a kind of brief shadow government, holding their own City Council hearing at the Von Ormy fire station without Martinez de Vara and the two other council members. At the hearing, they elected Goede mayor pro tem, established a property tax and fired the head of the police department.

Martinez de Vara caught wind of the meeting and got a judge to nullify the actions taken in it. Soon, the Texas Rangers opened a criminal investigation into possible violations of the Texas Open Meetings Act, resulting in misdemeanor charges. In May 2015, the three council members turned themselves in to the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office. Though the charges were eventually dropped and the women continued serving on City Council, the incident only inflamed tensions in the community.

“After that, there was a lack of authority, lack of direction and a lack of enthusiasm,” said Michael Suarez, the former animal control worker for the city and a Martinez de Vara supporter. “Everyone started acting like children and nothing got done.”

Even as Von Ormy descended into chaos, Martinez de Vara’s own profile had been rising. Folks from around the state had started calling him with questions about how to form a liberty city. Martinez de Vara found himself with a niche law practice. He says he has helped four or five Texas towns incorporate as liberty cities, about half the state total in the last decade.

The GOP had also taken notice. In 2011 and 2012, Martinez de Vara served as chief of staff to one-term Representative John Garza, a San Antonio Republican. Then, in 2014, Senator Konni Burton, a libertarian-leaning Republican from Fort Worth, brought him on as chief of staff. That session, Burton introduced Senate Bill 710, which would codify the liberty city model as an official form of municipal government, with restrictions on regulations, debt and the implementation of taxes. The bill died in committee.

Today, he’s the assistant general counsel for the Texas Republican Party and the city attorney for Kingsbury, a liberty city near Seguin in Guadalupe County.

Art Martinez de Vara was the architect of Von Ormy’s incorporation as a liberty city.  KIN MAN HUI / SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS

In May 2015, Martinez de Vara stepped down as mayor — but not before asking Reyes, a member of the City Council first elected in 2013, to run as his replacement. She and Martinez de Vara agreed on the top priority: getting the three women off the council.

“It got to the point that the city was spending $20,000 to $30,000 a month in legal fees,” she said. “All three of them would pick up the phone and ask the same question and we’d get charged for all of them.”

Despite pressing city business, council meetings often devolved into chaos. For example, at a September 2015 meeting, Reyes angrily told Goede and Hernandez they were “speaking out of turn” and threatened to call the police if they kept talking. But when Hernandez persisted, Reyes ordered the police chief, who was present at the meeting, to escort Hernandez outside. Hernandez was arrested and booked into jail for disrupting a meeting, a misdemeanor. But that didn’t quiet Hernandez or her supporters.

One day, Reyes said, she got a call from Martinez de Vara.

“He told me that the only way that we were going to get rid of those women is to change to a commissioner-style government,” she said. “And at that point, I would have done anything to get rid of those three women. They were nothing but trouble.”

Martinez de Vara recommended that Von Ormy switch from what’s known as a Type A municipality to a Type C. Instead of the usual five council members and a mayor, Type C cities have two commissioners and a mayor. According to the Texas Municipal League, only 27 of the 1,200 municipalities in Texas are set up this way. In November 2015, voters narrowly approved the change, with 129 in favor and 115 against. The new commission started holding meetings the next month.

When I visited Reyes in Von Ormy in March, she was in despair about the arrangement. Halving the council from six to three elected officials hadn’t brought unity.

She had all but stopped speaking to the two commissioners — longtime City Council member Sally Martinez and Alex Quintanilla, another stalwart in the city government. Reyes simply stopped showing up for council meetings in early 2017, accusing Martinez and Quintanilla of ganging up on her.

In September, Martinez and Quintanilla voted to reclassify the mayor’s office as a conference room and mandated that Reyes pay for the desk’s relocation. “They said it was too big and that I had to take it home,” she said. “Now I work from home.”

She was also worried about violating the Open Meetings Act again, which is easy to do when there are only three people in charge of the city and two constitutes a quorum.

“If two of us talk on the phone, I think that would be a violation,” she said. “We’ve just stopped speaking to each other. And Alex lives across the alley from me. It’s really sad.”

She points to a February meeting between county officials and rural leaders in southern Bexar County as evidence of the precariousness of their situation.

I went to a forum with the county to talk about potential Community Development Block Grant funds in nearby Somerset, and I didn’t realize until I put my glasses on that Sally and Alex were there,” she said. “I thought, ‘Oh my God, we’re in trouble again.’”

In September 2016, Von Ormy made headlines when its police department was forced to shut down. For nearly a year, Reyes and the two city commissioners had been locked in a power struggle over who should be the police chief. When Reyes took over as mayor, she moved to sack Police Chief Greg Reyes (no relation), who she and others accused of harassing council members and city staff and lying about his law enforcement background. (According to a report written by a private investigator tapped by Mayor Reyes, the police chief had lied on his résumé about obtaining a degree from San Antonio College and being assigned to the Frio County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Task Force, which turned out not to exist.)

Mayor Reyes fired Chief Reyes and convinced the City Council to hire a man named Pedro Rosario. The new police chief claimed to find some serious problems left behind by his predecessor.

“The evidence room had very little to no control measures,” he told me in an April interview. “It was literally an 18-wheel trailer that was unsecured. There was no cataloging. I found unmarked boxes filled with everything from weapons to narcotics … and anybody could walk in, and they did. A lot of the City Council members would just walk in and want to see a file or just grab things.” (Greg Reyes did not respond to numerous requests for comment.)

Former police chief Pedro Rosario claims the evidence room, housed in this tractor trailer, was found unsecured and held unmarked boxes filled with weapons and narcotics.  JEN REEL

Then in the summer of 2016, the two commissioners, Martinez and Quintanilla, voted to fire Rosario and rehire Greg Reyes. But Mayor Reyes claimed the hiring was illegal and refused to recognize Reyes as police chief.

Then in September, the dispute was finally brought to an end when Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau wrote a letter to Mayor Reyes. Pamerleau said her department would no longer provide dispatch services because there was simply “too much instability” in the department. Without dispatch services, the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement quickly pulled the Von Ormy PD’s accreditation.

The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office has been patrolling the town ever since. The three patrol cars Von Ormy had received as a donation from Bexar County ended up in Reyes’ yard. After her term ended in May, they were moved in front of City Hall.

Jake Galvan, a retired mechanic, says that the police department was an embarrassment to the town and the source of rumors about misconduct and other illegal behavior.

“They didn’t hire anybody that’s a veteran,” he said. “They just hired a bunch of rookies with no experience.”

In Galvan’s view, the liberty city experiment has gone all wrong.

“This ain’t going well at all,” he said. “We’ve got a bunch of empty buildings, a lot of [federal] grant money spent, and for what? We have a fire station that nobody wants to operate and a police station with no police. Where did all that money go?”

In early May, Von Ormy elected a new mayor: Sally Martinez, the only person who has served on the council since the beginning.

“We are in the process of trying to bring back our police department,” she told me in a brief April interview. “We just want to move forward and improve the city however we can.”

David Farr, her challenger, is a mechanic who had started to attend meetings over the past year and wanted to change what he saw as stalled progress and nepotism.

“The only way to make Von Ormy sustainable is to get more businesses out here,” he said.

“If things don’t change, we’re going to be in trouble in, I’d say, two years. We’ll have to start borrowing to get the roads fixed.”

He pins the town’s woes on Martinez de Vara’s crusade to establish other liberty cities, a common complaint heard in Von Ormy.

“I’ll give him credit, he’s the one who got the city going,” he said. “But then, all of a sudden, he drops out. He’s up in Austin. He’s too busy.”

Reyes thinks the liberty city experiment has failed. With increasing expenses, a population resistant to any taxes, and economic development dead in the water, she thinks the town is only a few years away from a fiscal crisis, when the commission will have to decide whether to take on debt.

“We’re halfway there,” she said. “Without ad valorem taxes, we’ll be done in three to five years. If we can’t attract more businesses here and provide the infrastructure, then I think we’re done.”

But others are protective of Martinez de Vara’s vision and blame Reyes for the dysfunction.

Michael Suarez resigned from his position at the city’s animal shelter after City Council voted to suspend its animal control program.  JEN REEL

Michael Suarez, the former animal control worker, was born and raised in Von Ormy. He says that Martinez de Vara was a capable leader who simply saw an opportunity to climb the political ladder.

“Trina just wanted the power, but she didn’t know anything,” Suarez said. “All she wanted to do was just scream about how she’s in charge and order people around. She would scream at people, and that’s not how you do things.”

Suarez was one of the biggest supporters of incorporation, spending his free time block-walking to convince his neighbors that it was the right thing to do.

His wife, Amy, was on the City Council from 2011 to 2013 and was an ally of Martinez de Vara’s.

“I think we’re just young,” she said. “We’ve reached our temper tantrum stage and we just need to get past it. But a lot of the people here don’t care. They want to be left alone, but if something’s not done soon then San Antonio’s going to annex us. Then we’ll have to pay the taxes that Von Ormy was established to get out of in the first place.”

Michael says that the election was an opportunity for things to settle down and live up to the trust given to them by county officials, but that there will be some hard work in getting the town they want back.

“We worked so hard to get this far,” he said. “But it’s kind of turned into George Orwell’s Animal Farm. We’re all equal, but some of us are more equal than others. There’s nobody competent enough to lead this city and we sure as hell can’t attract anybody to come and fix us. We have to do this ourselves.”

(Illustration by Matt Johnstone)

This article appears in the August 2017 issue of the Texas Observer. Read more from the issue or become a member now to see our reporting before it’s published online.

James McCandless is a freelance writer in San Antonio.

3 Ways You Can Drive Conservatives Insane: Debunking Right Wing Lies

July 28, 2014 | Filed under: Debunking Right Wing Lies,RIght-Wing Myths |Originally Posted by: Samuel Warde

 

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One of the surest ways or enraging conservatives is through debunking right wing lies, particular the ones most commonly seen on Facebook, Twitter and beyond. Here is this weeks handy list of right wing lies we have taken the time to correct.


Be sure to sprinkle these around and let us know some other great lies you want us to debunk in our next Debunking Right Wing Lies segment.

1. The United States is not a “Christian Nation” founded upon “Christian Principles”.

One need look no further than to Thomas Jefferson to understand the false nature of this claim.

Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined and imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity. “

Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia, 1782

And one cannot forget that Jefferson strongly advocated the separation of church and state:

Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between church and State. “

Thomas Jefferson, letter to Danbury Baptist Association, CT., Jan. 1, 1802

Another founder, John Adams, was a Congregationalist who later became a Unitarian. However, he deliberately avoided creed-based dogmatic religion.

The Treaty of Tripoli, introduced to the Senate by John Adams and ratified by unanimous decree, was signed by Adams in 1797 and includes the following passage for any doubters out there:

As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquillity, of Mussulmen; and, as the said States never entered into any war, or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation, it is declared by the parties, that no pretext arising from religious opinions, shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.”

 The Treaty of Tripoli, signed Nov. 4, 1796, effective June. 10, 1797

2. The Affordable Care Act is Working

Rolling Stone puts it best, reporting:

President Obama’s centrist healthcare bill was informed by federalism (delegating power to the states) and proven technocratic reforms (like a board to help doctors discern which treatments would be most cost-effective). Republicans, undeterred, decried it as Soviet-style communism based on “death panels” – never mind the fact that the old system, which rationed care based on income, is the one that left tens of thousands of uninsured people to die.

From the beginning, Republicans have predicted disastrous consequences or Obamacare, none of which came true. They predicted that the ACA would add to the deficit; in fact, it will reduce the deficit. They claimed the exchanges would fail to attract the uninsured; they met their targets. They said only old people would sign up; the young came out in the same rates as in Massachusetts. They predicted the ACA would drive up healthcare costs; in fact it is likely holding cost inflation down, although it’s still hard to discern how much of the slowdown was due to the recession. In total, the ACA will ensure that 26 million people have insurance in 2024 who would have been uninsured otherwise.

It’s worth noting that every time the CBO estimates how much Obamacare will cost, the number gets lower. Odd how we’ve never heard Republicans say that.

3. Ronald Reagan Supported Gun Control

I do not believe in taking away the right of the citizen for sporting, for hunting and so forth, or for home defense. But I do believe that an AK-47, a machine gun, is not a sporting weapon or needed for defense of a home.”

~Ronald Reagan, at his birthday celebration in 1989.

As governor of California, Ronald Reagan signed the Mulford Act, which prohibited the carrying of firearms on your person, in your vehicle, and in any public place or on the street, and he also signed off on a 15-day waiting period for firearm purchases. “There’s no reason why on the street today a citizen should be carrying loaded weapons,” Reagan said at the time, according to Salon.com.

In 1986 as president, he signed into law the Firearm Owners Protection Act, which “banned ownership of any fully automatic rifles that were not already registered on the day the law was signed.”

After leaving the presidency, he supported the passage of the Brady bill that established by federal law a nationwide, uniform standard of a 7-day waiting period for the purchase of handguns to enable background checks on prospective buyers.

In 1991 Reagan wrote an Op-Ed piece in the New York Times stating his support for the Brady Bill and noted that if the Brady Bill had been in effect earlier, he never would have been shot. He also urged then President H.W. Bush to drop his opposition to the bill and lobbied other members of Congress to support the bill.

In 1994 Reagan wrote to Congress urging them to listen to the American public and to the law enforcement community and support a ban on the further manufacture of military-style assault weapons.

Spring Has Sprung

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I was watching some YouTube videos lately.

I got very annoyed.

Other bands are doing stuff that I wanna do.

But, they keep beating me to it.

I hate when that shit happens.

Maybe it is just that everything has already been done to death and we keep repeating and reinterpreting what came before us.

I dunno.

I know that, financially, I am gonna be screwed for the foreseeable future.

I am robbing Peter to pay Paul for as long as I have to.

I seriously doubt that I will break even before summer begins.

I keep putting off working on and publishing the zine until I can get ahead a little.

But, that doesn’t look like it is going to happen very soon.

I may do a cheaper version, than what I had in mind, until it begins to pay for itself.

Just a thought.

I will probably raid my boxes of old tapes that I have in storage and dig around for some incomplete material to finish.

I have a lot of it, going back nearly forty years.

Since I have been tinkering with the analogue multi-track machine, maybe I will include some fresher stuff with it, too.

I dunno.

A guitarist whom I have not played with in years contacted me and is eager to jam again.

So, maybe he can give me a morale boost and help me get my shit done.

Maybe.

I am always willing to jam with other people if they are interested.

I need to find somewhere that I can paint and make loud noises too.

Maybe somebody can help me with that.

George Bush’s Gift To The World: The End of American Imperialism

Published on Friday, January 30, 2009 by CommonDreams.org
George Bush’s Gift To The World: The End of American Imperialism
by David Michael Green

George W. Bush was unquestionably the worst American president in the two and a quarter centuries of the country’s existence.
After all, James Buchanan, the previous aspirant to the title, merely did nothing while the South seceded. Hah! You’ll have to do better than that, Jimmy, if you want to wear this crown!

Bush did far better, of course. It would appear to be the one thing in his entire life he actually worked hard at, and the one challenge he was able to meet successfully. This was an astonishingly destructive presidency, that’s true even despite the fact that we don’t really know much about his administration, because in addition to being the worst, it was also the most secretive ever. (I’m sure that’s just a coincidence, too.) Moreover, that’s also even considering that most Americans still vastly underestimate the depravity of Team Bush. As I have argued previously, if you think they were ‘merely’ arrogant bunglers with exceptionally bad politics, you’ve grossly underestimated them. In fact, they were predators who launched their class warfare agenda behind the smoke-screen of national security, faux patriotism and secret government.

Does this record of unparalleled devastation mean that Bush never did anything right in eight years? No, though it’s pretty much the case that he never did anything right on purpose.

Unquestionably, however, Bush did make some positive contributions to American life, even if they were completely inadvertent, and even if they were dwarfed by the swath of destruction he left all across the landscape. Put simply, George W. Bush’s greatest success was that he gave a very bad name to very bad things.

Like the Republican Party, for example. Or conservative ideology. Or theocracy. Or presidents with the last name of Bush. Or emotional midgets who seek the White House as a salve for their personal psychological neediness.

We can be grateful for all these contributions, and I certainly am – though “thanks” is not likely what I would say if I had the pleasure of relating my assessment of Mr. Bush to him directly. More likely it would be something closer to the gracious words Dick “Dick” Cheney had for Patrick Leahy early on in the administration, when the two bumped into each other on the Senate floor. Those remarks were not, shall we say, fit for print in a family newspaper.

But I digress.

George Bush left us many gifts, but perhaps the greatest of them is that he has ruined the sport of imperialism in America, maybe forever.

Admittedly, that may of course be wishful thinking. Woe be unto the world, for example, should there be another 9/11 type of event. Somebody somewhere would have to pay in spades, and they likely wouldn’t be nice white folks.

And god only knows, alternatively, what Americans might be capable of under conditions of real resource deprivation. Considering what we’ve already done while being the richest and most powerful country in the world, it’s scary to think of what we could do with our back genuinely to the wall.

But leaving those unusual situations aside, it must be said that, after Iraq, the fun has really gone out of eviscerating small foreign countries, even those foolish enough to locate themselves on top of our oil.

Imperialism used to be a fairly sporting avocation for gentlemen of a certain class. You could occupy hapless Latin American countries, topple Iranian democracies, and simultaneously sponsor apartheid suppression of whole populations, still having time left by mid-afternoon for a couple belts with the boys down at the club, all in celebration of a good day’s work at the office. It was jolly good fun for all. Except, of course, for all for whom it wasn’t.

Unfortunately, that latter category included more or less the entirety of the southern hemisphere, and not a few in the north to boot. But, so what? We’re Americans! Caring about the morality of imperialism is for pre-dictatorship revolutionary anti-colonialist leaders and washed-up European former empires who can’t get it up anymore.

Truth be told, we’re now closer to being in that latter category than not, and we can thank George W. Bush for that, one of the few contributions of this complete and utter disaster going by the name of the 43rd presidency.

I’d say we’re more than a bit lucky for that outcome, too. Imagine if Iraq had been a success. Imagine if it had been the cakewalk they obviously thought it would be. Indeed, one of the great ironies of American politics is that Iraq probably readily could have been a ‘great success’, at least in terms of what could be marketed as such to a foolish American public.

In that sense, we are really quite fortunate, in a perverse sort of way, that Bush was as much a lazy boob as he was a warmonger. We are lucky that Rumsfeld was as dogmatic about his 21 century military ideas as Cheney was a completely psycho amoral sociopath. For had they simply run an occupation that was as carefully planned and as adequately staffed as the invasion, or had they toppled Saddam and then promptly left, “Mission Accomplished” would have been a lot more than some banner duct-taped onto the bridge of an aircraft carrier.

And that would have been very bad news indeed for the rest of the world. Syria, Iran, Venezuela, Cuba – there’s no telling where they might have gone next, and likely with the full support of the American public, at that point popping the buttons off their jingoistic shirts (made in Thailand, of course), their chests puffed out to the wall.

Americans were already growing dubious of regressive exploits in international adventurism, it seems to me. I remember laughing at the senior Bush, whose first pronouncement after defeating the pathetically under-matched Iraqi military in 1991 was “By God, we’ve licked the Vietnam syndrome once and for all!” Yeah, he actually said that. All I could think at the time was, if you have to say it, dude, it ain’t really happenin’. And all I can think now is, out of 300 million people in this country, did we really go to the Bush family twice to staff the presidency?

But, in fact, the Vietnam syndrome had not been licked. That war was a traumatic experience, and it changed public perceptions about the desirability of war itself. On top of which, America was not completely immune to the general Western post-World War II movement away from militarism as a means of settling disputes. Then there’s always been our long-standing vision of ourselves as both peace-loving and anti-imperialistic – however absurd those perceptions often were in light of actual practice. These also provided at least a speed-bump along the road to war in all but the more obvious cases.

Indeed, two things about public opinion and war in America struck me as pretty notable, but not much noted, these last years. One is that there was a surprising – I thought – lack of blood lust after 9/11. I guess part of that was that there was no state enemy to be attacked, as there had been in the past, and part of that was the foregone conclusion that we would be invading Afghanistan. But, really, I’m surprised there wasn’t a far more intense call for revenge. As one measure of the absence of this, consider that Osama bin Laden still has not been captured or killed, almost a decade (!) later, and that nobody seems much to care about that or mention it very often.

The other thing worth noting is that the public was, in fact, dubious about the Iraq invasion, right up until the weeks before. People realized that it was bogus, at some basic level, and they certainly had a hard time connecting it to 9/11. It took a marketing full-court press to eventually garner public support for the war (America’s pathetic excuse for a Congress was a lot easier to roll). It never worked abroad (another reason Americans were a bit slower to come on-board), but in the context of post-9/11 fears, a general tendency to trust the president, and the regressive movement’s prowess at equating militarism with patriotism, the Madison Avenue campaign finally produced a tenuous majority support for the Iraq invasion in the weeks right before it actually went down.

I think it’s slightly encouraging that, even in that context, it still took a real effort to sell the war. It’s also seriously discouraging, on the other hand, that it could be sold, and that it was. But, as noted, this was a tenuous acceptance. Had the war gone well it would have amplified the militarism in the Bush team and the country’s willingness to let them run rampant. Since it went disastrously, it had the opposite effect.

Iraq is probably not the last time America will go to war. But I think it’s fair to say that this country – its nose once more bloodied by a stupid imperial adventure, stupidly prosecuted – will be that much more reticent to repeat the experience. We do learn in America. It is often a painfully slow process, sometimes punctuated by reverse trajectories (can you say ‘creation science’), but we do occasionally exhibit the classic clinical signs of a student who can be taught, however reluctantly and inadvertantly.

And thus we owe a debt of gratitude to the Iraqis, perhaps a million of whom have been murdered, another four or five million dislocated, and countless others wounded – emotionally, if not physically, if not both – for helping us to learn. And the people of Syria and Iran and much of the rest of the developing world owe these Iraqis thanks as well, for giving the US pause from invading other countries at will.

America’s place in the world is likely to be entering a new period now, for several reasons. One is that the low-key successes of the Obama administration will help underscore the sheer lunacy of the Bush years, and all the policies associated with them. Another is that we are rapidly coming face-to-face with the reality that empire is expensive. As our standards of living go from mere steady decline to sheer precipitous decline, you’ll know that we’ve actually turned that corner when mainstream politicians finally have the courage to talk about scaling back expenditures on the obscenely bloated American military machine.

But, in the end, it may truthfully be said that no one did more to discourage American militaristic tendencies than Jingo George, himself, however odd that may seem.

And, who knows? If I ever met him, maybe I could even bring myself to thank him for that, after all.

But only, of course, from above, after I had decked him.

David Michael Green is a professor of political science at Hofstra University in New York. He is delighted to receive readers’ reactions to his articles (mailto:dmg@regressiveantidote.net), but regrets that time constraints do not always allow him to respond. More of his work can be found at his website, http://www.regressiveantidote.net.


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The Money Masters – How International Bankers Gained Control of America

I wouldn’t call this entertainment, but I guarantee you it’s the best 3.5 hours you’ll ever invest in your education. This amazing 3.5 hour documentary will teach you the entire history of money and banking, how it works and how the central bankers have robbed the wealth of nations, including our own. You’ll discover how bankers create the illusion that they have all the wealth, and how they get governments, corporations and all of us indebted to them, the primary mechanism they use to control virtually everything. You’ll also learn how they are the primary cause of all inflation, start virtually every war, and how they are engineering a world government and monetary system that they alone control…

Also watch FIREWALL: (http://newsbrowser.org/firewall/)

“The powers of financial capitalism had a far-reaching plan, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole…Their secret is that they have annexed from governments, monarchies, and republics the power to create the world’s money”
THE MONEY MASTERS is a 3 1/2 hour non-fiction, historical documentary that traces the origins of the political power structure that rules our nation and the world today. The modern political power structure has its roots in the hidden manipulation and accumulation of gold and other forms of money. The development of fractional reserve banking practices in the 17th century brought to a cunning sophistication the secret techniques initially used by goldsmiths fraudulently to accumulate wealth. With the formation of the privately-owned Bank of England in 1694, the yoke of economic slavery to a privately-owned “central” bank was first forced upon the backs of an entire nation, not removed but only made heavier with the passing of the three centuries to our day. Nation after nation, including America, has fallen prey to this cabal of international central bankers.

Segments: The Problem; The Money Changers; Roman Empire; The Goldsmiths of Medieval England; Tally Sticks; The Bank of England; The Rise of the Rothschilds; The American Revolution; The Bank of North America; The Constitutional Convention; First Bank of the U.S.; Napoleon’s Rise to Power; Death of the First Bank of the U.S. / War of 1812; Waterloo; Second Bank of the U.S.; Andrew Jackson; Fort Knox; World Central Bank;

Also recommended: “Firewall: In Defense of the Nation State”
http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=8415519765816415310

Video news on “Federal Reserve”: http://newstree.org/search.jsp?query=Federal+Reserve&hp=10&s=Video&vx=1


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9/11 Videos
911 Mysteries The first 9/11 movie designed specifically for the mainstream audience, a theatrical quality movie-length DVD with a full original soundtrack that will rivet you to your seat and blast out of your home theatre system.
Available for purchase in regular box DVD and discount slimpack, buy multiples to share! Feel free to burn copies and pass around, but remember that if we recoup our costs through DVD sales, we will more easily produce Part 2 and Part 3. Send your friends to this website for orders, as much as you can. Gracias, merci, thank you for watching, listening and caring.Listen to what the 9/11 Superstars are saying:
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Filmmaker Aaron Russo: Sofia’s work is superb, especially when you realize this is her first directing job.. she is an upcoming asset to the patriot community and therefore america as well..
Dylan Avery, Director of Loose Change: “Loose Change really is not a very fair representation of the 911 Truth Movement, I’d reccomend…911 Mysteries”
911 Mysteries Web Site [Buy the DVD]
911 Mysteries Part 1 Demolitions 1of3 (WMV 47megs)
911 Mysteries Part 1 Demolitions 2of3 (WMV 47megs)
911 Mysteries Part 1 Demolitions 3of3 (WMV 47megs)
911 Mysteries on Google Video
911 Mysteries_Trailer (WMV 6 megs)
Secret Evil A great quick Overview of the 911 Issues:
Secret Evil of 911 (WMV 12 megs)
911 Made In The USA featuring Loose Change
This is a compilation of 9/11 footage from around the world showing that many around the world are trying to get the message out, and the great lengths the guilty are going to to hide the truth. This DVD includes the full version of Loose Change First Edition by Dylan Avery, along with documentary samples from 911 Eyewitness, Japan, and a German documentary with an exclusive interview with the filmmaker telling how his documentary was suppressed the next day after it was aired. A must see! [Buy the DVD]
911 Made In The USA with Loose Change 1of4 (WMV 47megs)
911 Made In The USA with Loose Change 2of4 (WMV 47megs)
911 Made In The USA with Loose Change 3of4 (WMV 47megs)
911 Made In The USA with Loose Change 4of4 (WMV 47megs)
Loose Change Second Edition is not so much a sequel as a remake of the original with added footage. Also below is Loose Change coverage by Fox News’ New York affiliate that was so popular it shut down their video server on the web. [Official Loose Change Web Site]
Loose Change 2E 1of3 (WMV 47megs)
Loose Change 2E 2of3 (WMV 47megs)
Loose Change 2E 3of3 (WMV 47megs)
Loose Change 2E – Coverage by Fox News 12/01/2005 (WMV 10megs)
Loose Change 2E – Coverage by Fox News12/02/2005 (WMV 9megs)

The popular Loose Change Second Edition video has been gathering worldwide support, and individuals from around the world are chipping in their time to spread the word. Here is the video with subtitles in Chinese, Korean, French, Danish, German, Polish and Swedish. Loose Change has recently been the #1 viewed video on Google Video, and the Korean version was #1 recently as well! The word is spreading worldwide.
Loose Change 2E Chinese Subtitles 1of3 (WMV 47megs)
Loose Change 2E Chinese Subtitles 2of3 (WMV 47megs)
Loose Change 2E Chinese Subtitles 3of3 (WMV 47megs)
Loose Change 2E Korean Subtitles 1of3 (WMV 44megs)
Loose Change 2E Korean Subtitles 2of3 (WMV 45megs)
Loose Change 2E Korean Subtitles 3of3 (WMV 43megs)
Loose Change 2E Danish Subtitles 1of3 (WMV 45megs)
Loose Change 2E Danish Subtitles 2of3 (WMV 45megs)
Loose Change 2E Danish Subtitles 3of3 (WMV 45megs)
Loose Change 2E French Subtitles 1of3 (WMV 45megs)
Loose Change 2E French Subtitles 2of3 (WMV 45megs)
Loose Change 2E French Subtitles 3of3 (WMV 45megs)
Loose Change 2E German Subtitles 1of3 (WMV 45megs)
Loose Change 2E German Subtitles 2of3 (WMV 45megs)
Loose Change 2E German Subtitles 3of3 (WMV 45megs)
Loose Change 2E Polish Subtitles 1of3 (WMV 45megs)
Loose Change 2E Polish Subtitles 2of3 (WMV 45megs)
Loose Change 2E Polish Subtitles 3of3 (WMV 45megs)
Loose Change 2E Swedish Subtitles 1of3 (WMV 45megs)
Loose Change 2E Swedish Subtitles 2of3 (WMV 45megs)
Loose Change 2E Swedish Subtitles 3of3 (WMV 45megs)
911 Eyewitness is a detailed analysis of the sounds of the WTC collapse as heard by a witness on the New Jersey shoreline. This is a stunning video. [Buy the DVD]
911 Eyewitness 1of3 (WMV 48megs)
911 Eyewitness 2of3 (WMV 48megs)
911 Eyewitness 3of3 (WMV 48megs)
Scholars for 9/11 Truth Conference on CSPAN
Alex Jones held a conference on 9/11 issues in Los Angeles which was covered and aired on CSPAN July 29, 2006. On the panel, Professor James Fetzer, Professor Steven Jones, Webster Tarpley and Bob Bowman. Making appearances are Loose Change director Dylan Avery, Jimmy Walters and Barrie Zwicker. Not to be missed – Steven Jones has physical evidence of explosives use at the WTC which he shows during the presentation!
CSPAN Coverage of 911 Truth Conference 07292006 1of4 (WMV 47megs)
CSPAN Coverage of 911 Truth Conference 07292006 2of4 (WMV 47megs)
CSPAN Coverage of 911 Truth Conference 07292006 3of4 (WMV 47megs)
CSPAN Coverage of 911 Truth Conference 07292006 4of4 (WMV 47megs)
Professor James Fetzer on FOX News
Co-Chair of Scholars for 9/11 Truth James Fetzer made it onto the Fox News channel Hannity and Colmes show, and out talked the anchors, including Oliver North.
Professor James Fetzer on Fox News 20060606 (WMV 10megs)
Charlie Sheen on CNN 3 Days in A Row
Movie and TV star Charlie Sheen got a lot of publicity for a phone conversation he had on Alex Jones radio show. A major public figure coming out and asking the tough questions of 9/11 is igniting interest in the truth – bravo! This is TV coverage of the interview.
Charlie Sheen on 911 20060322 (WMV 26megs)
Charlie Sheen on 911 20060323 (WMV 26megs)
Charlie Sheen on 911 20060324 (WMV 42megs)
Professor Stephen Jones of Brigham Young University detailed how the collapses of the WTC were most likely caused by explosives. His astounding story was covered fairly by a local Utah TV station.
Professor Steven Jones on Utah TV News (WMV 7megs)
But on a Cable TV news show, he was treated like a criminal.

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Professor Steven Jones Shows WTC Demolition Evidence (WMV 29megs)
And here is the footage of the collapse of WTC building 7 they would not show during the interview.
WTC7Collapse (WMV 1megs)
Steven Jones gave a complete talk about his evidence on a Utah school campus. This is his complete analysis of the evidence from his investigation of 9/11.
BYU Professor Steven Jones on 911 Explosives 02012006 1of4 (WMV 47megs)
BYU Professor Steven Jones on 911 Explosives 02012006 2of4 (WMV 47megs)
BYU Professor Steven Jones on 911 Explosives 02012006 3of4 (WMV 47megs)
BYU Professor Steven Jones on 911 Explosives 02012006 4of4 (WMV 47megs)
File 911 Unsolved Willy Brunner and Gerhard Wisnewski were filmmakers contracted by German public television to create this excellent documentary about the unanswered questions of 9/11. Fully approved by management, the day after airing the management said it was full of lies and fired the film makers. Presented in German with English subtitles. See the interview with the filmmaker in “911 Made In The USA”
File 911 Unsolved 1of2 (WMV 48megs)
File 911 Unsolved 2of2 (WMV 48megs)
Face The Facts 911TruthBristol.com presents an excellent compilation of clips from 9/11 documentaries.
Face The Facts (WMV 28megs)
911 Revisited An excellent compilation of original news footage and selected lectures by experts on 911 collapse & explosives usage issues. [Buy the DVD]
911 Revisited 1of2 (WMV 42megs)
911 Revisited 2of2 (WMV 42megs)
Blasted Reality Another excellent compilation of original news footage by Reverend X.
Blasted Reality (WMV 42megs)
The Great Conspiracy News Flash: This news special never appeared on the evening news detailing the oddities of the 9/11 attacks, but it raises some amazing questions that everyone should be asking.
The Great Conspiracy – The 9-11 News Special You Never Saw 1of3 (WMV 48megs)
The Great Conspiracy – The 9-11 News Special You Never Saw 2of3 (WMV 48megs)
The Great Conspiracy – The 9-11 News Special You Never Saw 3of3 (WMV 48megs)
Martial Law Alex Jones brings his bulldog style to the 911 issue in a big way. This video covers 911 issues with tons of references, as well as proof of the new police state that it has allowed to take hold. [Buy the DVD]
Alex Jones – Martial Law 911 1of5 (WMV 48megs)
Alex Jones – Martial Law 911 2of5 (WMV 48megs)
Alex Jones – Martial Law 911 3of5 (WMV 48megs)
Alex Jones – Martial Law 911 4of5 (WMV 48megs)
Alex Jones – Martial Law 911 5of5 (WMV 48megs)
Painful Deceptions An extremely detailed technical analysis of the 911 issues from a scientific viewpoint. [Buy the DVD]
Painful Deceptions DVD Part 1 (WMV 39megs)
Painful Deceptions DVD Part 2 (WMV 42megs)
Painful Deceptions DVD Part 3 (WMV 35megs)
Painful Deceptions Addendum – Technical Details (WMV 29megs)
Painful Deceptions Update – 911 Commission Report (WMV 25megs)
Painful Deceptions Update – Uranium Report (WMV 5megs)
Painful Deceptions Update – Demolition Evidence (WMV 19megs)
911 In Plane Site A groundbreaking documentary, especially for the newcomer, with great footage and unanswered questions. [Buy the DVD]
911 In Plane Site Directors Cut Part 1 Download (WMV 45megs)
911 In Plane Site Directors Cut Part 2 Download (WMV 47megs)
911 In Plane Site Update (WMV 8megs)
David Ray Griffin The first major nationwide TV speech on the 911 issues by the author of “The New Pearl Harbor” and “The 911 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions”. [Buy these Books]
David Ray Griffin Speech on CSPAN2 April 30 2005 Part 1 (WMV 47megs)
David Ray Griffin Speech on CSPAN2 April 30 2005 Part 2 (WMV 47megs)
Confronting The Evidence Jimmy Walters is a millionaire who discovered the 9/11 unanswered questions and created this extensive video, including footage from his live conference of expert speakers on the topics of 9/11.
911 Confronting the Evidence 1of5 (WMV 47megs)
911 Confronting the Evidence 2of5 (WMV 47megs)
911 Confronting the Evidence 3of5 (WMV 47megs)
911 Confronting the Evidence 4of5 (WMV 47megs)
911 Confronting the Evidence 5of5 (WMV 47megs)
September 11th Revisited This excellent collection by Dustin Mugford has no narration or any leading comments, it is simply an excellent collection of evidence for the 9/11 skeptic.[website]
September 11th Revisited 1of2 (WMV 47megs)
September 11th Revisited 2of2 (WMV 47megs)
Whats The Truth This 9/11 video by Doug Brown has some excellent footage.
Whats The Truth 1of3 (WMV 44megs)
Whats The Truth 2of3 (WMV 43megs)
Whats The Truth 3of3 (WMV 41megs)
911 Report Card CSPAN feed of Congresswoman Cynthia McKinneys critical review of the 9/11 Commission Report, touches on many important problems in the 9/11 story but not the demolitions of the buildings.

Cynthia McKinney on CSPAN – 911 report card 1 of 4 (WMV 47megs)
Cynthia McKinney on CSPAN – 911 report card 2 of 4 (WMV 47megs)
Cynthia McKinney on CSPAN – 911 report card 3 of 4 (WMV 47megs)
Cynthia McKinney on CSPAN – 911 report card 4 of 4 (WMV 47megs)
Building the WTC Interesting 20 minute documentary about the construction of the World Trade Center. Notice how much care and attention was given to it’s strength and ability to withstand damage.
Building the World Trade Center (WMV 47megs)

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These video documentaries are not related directly to 9/11 but show a pattern that any thinking person should consider in relation to the power structure which allows crimes like 9/11 to happen and have the truth of them covered up so well. We do not agree with all of the following opinions.
Aerosol Crimes Look – up in the sky – If the information in this well researched documentary is true, we have a lot of things in this world that need to be fixed. Should give us all a lot to contemplate. [Buy the DVD]
Aerosol Crimes 1of3 (WMV 47megs)
Aerosol Crimes 2of3 (WMV 47megs)
Aerosol Crimes 3of3 (WMV 47megs)
Clouds of Death This dramatic brief film looks at the topic above with a bit more conclusion and dramatic effect.
Clouds of Death (WMV 45megs)
The Corporation My vote for the best documentary ever made, this film details the psychological profile of the Corporation, an entity which controls our world, health, information, entertainment, food and political systems. [Buy the DVD] [Rent the DVD]
The Corporation 1of6 (WMV 47megs)
The Corporation 2of6 (WMV 47megs)
The Corporation 3of6 (WMV 47megs)
The Corporation 4of6 (WMV 47megs)
The Corporation 5of6 (WMV 47megs)
The Corporation 6of6 (WMV 47megs)
Walmart After viewing the general nature of The Corporation – watch this specific documentary detailing the efforts of Wal-Mart, the worlds largest retailer to avoid taxes, export jobs, break unions and exploit local health care systems designed for the poor. [Rent the DVD]
Walmart – The High Cost of Low Price 1of4 (WMV 48megs)
Walmart – The High Cost of Low Price 2of4 (WMV 48megs)
Walmart – The High Cost of Low Price 3of4 (WMV 48megs)
Walmart – The High Cost of Low Price 4of4 (WMV 48megs)

Life and Debt After the Wal-Mart documentary shows you the USA side of the outsourcing equation, watch the other side of the coin. The struggles of the third world under increasing massive corporate control of all commerce is studied in this excellent film about the struggles in Jamaica. [Rent the DVD]
Life and Debt 1of3 (WMV 48megs)
Life and Debt 2of3 (WMV 48megs)
Life and Debt 3of3 (WMV 48megs)

Hemp Revolution A ray of hope! This should make you feel better because the solutions for most of the worlds problems are within our reach, but are simply being suppressed by corporate interests, but we can have them if we want them enough. Industrial Hemp is not a drug, has no psychotropic effects, yet it is illegal to grow this natural plant in the USA. Want to know why? It’s all here. [Rent the DVD]
Hemp Revolution 1of3 (WMV 47megs)
Hemp Revolution 2of3 (WMV 47megs)
Hemp Revolution 3of3 (WMV 47megs)

Hoxsey Doctors and the American Medical Association – is their goal to cure you from illness – or are they more interested in maintaining you in sickness? This well documented film has historical footage showing how the AMA tried to close down a cancer clinic curing people daily. Who benefits? [Rent the DVD] Clinic Web Site
How Healing Becomes A Crime 1of3 (WMV 48megs)
How Healing Becomes A Crime 2of3 (WMV 48megs)
How Healing Becomes A Crime 3of3 (WMV 48megs)

Oklahoma City Explosives expert USAF General Benton K. Parton makes his case that the Oklahoma City Federal Building was not demolished by a truck bomb. [Buy the DVD]
General Parton on Oklahoma City 1of2 (WMV 48megs)
General Parton on Oklahoma City 2of2 (WMV 48megs)

Kay Griggs Kay married Colonel George Griggs, a Marine Corps Chief of Staff, as well as head of NATO’s Psychological Operations. He was also, his wife realized, entirely mind-controlled. Kay, a self-declared Christian, became privy to the real workings of the United States military, leadership training, drug-running and weapons sales, and the secret worldwide camps that train professional assassins. Kay Griggs’ report of world events and the power elite paints a picture that begins to explain the hows and whys of our current global scenario. First 2 hours of the 8 hour interview. [Buy the DVD]
Kay Griggs Talks 1of5 (WMV 48megs)
Kay Griggs Talks 2of5 (WMV 48megs)
Kay Griggs Talks 3of5 (WMV 48megs)
Kay Griggs Talks 4of5 (WMV 48megs)
Kay Griggs Talks 5of5 (WMV 48megs)

Credit Cards Why let laws get in the way of corporate profits? This history of the credit card shows how large banks subverted laws against excessive interest rates and low monthly payments used to seduce us into the huge debt loads many of us fall into. Who benefits? [Buy the DVD]
Secret History of the Credit Card 1of2 (WMV 48megs)
Secret History of the Credit Card 2of2 (WMV 48megs)

Orwell Rolls in His Grave – The losing struggle against centralized media control in the US Congress. If 9/11 is such a big lie, why don’t more newspapers and television stations ‘break the story’? Well, a few do, but not many. Why not? One reason – Despite heroic efforts by many Congressmen and Senators to stop it, it now only requires the decision of a few key people to block stories from 99% of US newspaper and television. Do you know that 6 companies now control virtually all of the media, and that they regularly self-censor political investigations by their own reporters? An eye-opening documentary. [Rent the DVD]
Orwell Rolls in his Grave 1of4 (WMV 48megs)
Orwell Rolls in his Grave 2of4 (WMV 48megs)
Orwell Rolls in his Grave 3of4 (WMV 48megs)
Orwell Rolls in his Grave 4of4 (WMV 48megs)

Outfoxed This film concentrates specifically on Fox News and the spinning of lies to support a corporate agenda. [Rent the DVD]
Outfoxed 1of2 (WMV 48megs)
Outfoxed 1of2 (WMV 48megs)

Fox News – OK to Lie This short 10-minute online video recounts the 5-year struggle of 2 Fox News investigative reporters who refused to lie on television for Fox. Their scoop – Monsanto’s artificial Posilac hormone, an engineered growth hormone for cows, is banned in Europe and Canada. But not in the US. Why not? Fox News viewers will certainly never know, because the reporters lost their case against Fox. Why? Because a Florida appeals court ruled that falsifying news isn’t against the law.
Fox News – OK To Lie (Online Google Video)
Television – We Deal in Illusion: In the following short 2 1/2 minute excerpt from the 1976 movie ‘Network’, Howard Beale (famous for “I’m mad as h*ll and I’m not gonna take it anymore”) describes the problem very well.
Howard Beale – Television is a Godd*mned Amusement Park (Online Google Video)
Sweet Misery The FDA would not approve a poison to put on grocery store shelves and in hundreds of products just because a few political favors were pulled in, would they? [Rent the DVD]
Sweet Misery – A Poisoned World 1of3 (WMV 48megs)
Sweet Misery – A Poisoned World 2of3 (WMV 48megs)
Sweet Misery – A Poisoned World 3of3 (WMV 48megs)

Unprecedented Voter fraud – well that’s something that occurs only in backward third world nations, right? The evidence presented by this documentary about the 2000 US presidential elections should make you question the nature of democracy. [Rent the DVD]
Unprecedented – The 2000 Presidential Election 1of2 (WMV 48megs)
Unprecedented – The 2000 Presidential Election 2of2 (WMV 48megs)

Breaking The Silence John Pilger of British ITV channel made this hard hitting documentary about the wars in Iraq and Afganistan, and how 9/11 was used to allow both to happen.
Breaking the Silence (WMV 36megs)
Bush Family Fortunes by Greg Palast follows the history of the Bush family through oil deals and partnerships, on through election abnormalities that were never investigated by the mainstream media in the USA.
Bush Family Fortunes 1of2 (WMV 47megs)
Bush Family Fortunes 2of2 (WMV 47megs)
BBC on Florida Election Results The Florida 2000 presidential election issues are discussed by Greg Palast for the BBC Newsnight show.
Bush Stole The Election BBC Documentary (WMV 47megs)
Bushs Brain is the story of Karl Rove, the top advisor of the president, and how he uses tricks to get his candidates into office by any means necessary.
Bushs Brain-Karl Rove 1of3 (WMV 47megs)
Bushs Brain-Karl Rove 2of3 (WMV 47megs)
Bushs Brain-Karl Rove 3of3 (WMV 47megs)
Conspiracy of Silence This documentary was created for The Discovery Channel, it involved an investigation into high ranking political figures and a child prostitution ring. The cable companies were convinced to cancel the airing at the last minute and destroy all copies. This video tape work print survived.
Conspiracy of Silence 1of2 (WMV 47megs)
Conspiracy of Silence 2of2 (WMV 47megs)
Dick Cheney – The Unauthorized Biography This history of the US Vice President by the CBC channel in Canada reveals the power he has, and who may really be in charge at the White House.
Dick Cheney – The Unauthorised Biography 1of2 (WMV 48megs)
Dick Cheney – The Unauthorised Biography 2of2 (WMV 48megs)
Enemy Image This incredible documentary studies the changes in the relationship between the media covering war, and the governments desire to control the message the people see. Many incredible interviews here – highly recommended.
Enemy Image 1of3 (WMV 47megs)
Enemy Image 2of3 (WMV 47megs)
Enemy Image 3of3 (WMV 47megs)
Falluja – The Hidden Massacre This disturbing documentary by Sigfrido Ranucci examines evidence that the US military used chemical flesh eating weapons called white phosphorus on the people of Falluja in Iraq, even though such chemical weapons were banned, as well as being ostensibly the reason we had to remove Saddam as dictator of Iraq.
Falluja – The Hidden Massacre (WMV 44megs)
Fluoride Deception What is Fluoride, and why is it being added to our water supply in most major cities? This interview with Christopher Bryson is a must watch. [website]
Fluoride Deception (WMV 47megs)
Assassination of JFK Jr John Hankey made this phenomenal documentary discussing the issues surrounding the death of John Kennedy Jr in a small plane crash, Fascinating stuff. [website]
Assasination of JFK Jr 1of4 (WMV 47megs)
Assasination of JFK Jr 2of4 (WMV 47megs)
Assasination of JFK Jr 3of4 (WMV 47megs)
Assasination of JFK Jr 4of4 (WMV 47megs)
JFK II John Hankey also made this great documentary discussing the issues surrounding the shooting of John F Kennedy in Texas – interesting. [website]
JFK II 1of3 (WMV 40megs)
JFK II 2of3 (WMV 40megs)
JFK II 3of3 (WMV 40megs)
Money, Banking and The Federal Reserve The Mises Institute created this short history of the Federal Reserve System, a private corporation which controls the money supply and interest rates in the USA. Where does money come from and how does inflation happen? This is information you need to know.
Money, Banking and The Federal Reserve 1of2 (WMV 41megs)
Money, Banking and The Federal Reserve 2of2 (WMV 35megs)
Monopoly Men This episode of the series Phenomenon Archives studies the shadow government and how the US monetary system allows them to control the country and weaken the control of our elected officials.
Monopoly Men 1of2 (WMV 48megs)
Monopoly Men 2of2 (WMV 48megs)
Panama Deception This Oscar winning documentary covers the secret war in Panama and how the USA controls other countries with military might. Must watch.
Panama Deception 1of3 (WMV 48megs)
Panama Deception 2of3 (WMV 48megs)
Panama Deception 3of3 (WMV 48megs)
Power Of Nightmares This BBC series studies the power of politics, and how the promise of a better world has turned into a promise of safety from danger to make themselves more powerful, and how these threats are simply illusions. Although 9/11 is glossed over in this documentary, the rest of the information is useful regarding the creation of false threats to strengthen control of government and relieve citizens of their freedoms.
Power Of Nightmares 1of6 (WMV 48megs)
Power Of Nightmares 2of6 (WMV 48megs)
Power Of Nightmares 3of6 (WMV 48megs)
Power Of Nightmares 4of6 (WMV 48megs)
Power Of Nightmares 5of6 (WMV 48megs)
Power Of Nightmares 6of6 (WMV 48megs)
Race to Zero Point This inspiring video on new energy is the best documentary available on new energy sources which can powerfully transform our world. It provides a thorough, professional examination of the leading theories and practical inventions that tap into zero point energy, now acknowledged by quantum physicists to exist in all space as a potential source of infinite and accessible electromagnetic energy. Respected engineers and scientists explain in understandable terms how amazing new energy technologies and inventions can go beyond alternative energy to solve the energy crisis on our planet, and how they are being suppressed and ridiculed by the media and large corporations. How far will they go to suppress these breakthrough technologies?
Race to Zero Point 1of4 (WMV 48megs)
Race to Zero Point 2of4 (WMV 48megs)
Race to Zero Point 3of4 (WMV 48megs)
Race to Zero Point 4of4 (WMV 48megs)
Spin This documentary studies the way news spins the truth around political figures, and how they can choose to lock out certain candidates. It’s only news if it’s on television, right? Lots of interesting unseen footage here.
Spin 1of2 (WMV 47megs)
Spin 2of2 (WMV 47megs)
Supermarket Secrets A British documentary series Dispatches covers the reality of the modern supermarket culture, how the look of food is more important than it’s nutritional value, how much visually imperfect food goes to waste, how they use our inability to shop for quality food against us, and how the factory farm affects the animals grown for food. Have you ever wondered why so many non-cooking people watch the food channel? Perhaps it is because they are hungry and not getting the nutrition their bodies are crying for. Very important stuff.
Supermarket Secrets 1of4 (WMV 48megs)
Supermarket Secrets 2of4 (WMV 48megs)
Supermarket Secrets 3of4 (WMV 48megs)
Supermarket Secrets 4of4 (WMV 48megs)
War Party BBC Panorama studies the Neo-Conservative Project for a New American Century (PNAC) and it’s influence over the US government on foreign policy.
War Party 1of2 (WMV 48megs)
War Party 2of2 (WMV 48megs)
Who Controls the Children This presentation by teacher Peg Luksik studies the influences government wields over the teaching of children in public schools, even though it is forbidden to do so, and how this control creates children who do not question authority, making them easier to manage as citizens and employees. Incredible.
Who Controls the Children 1of2 (WMV 48megs)
Who Controls the Children 2of2 (WMV 48megs)
Why We Fight The BBC presents Why We Fight by Charlotte Street, a documentary on the commerce of war, and how the military industrial complex profits so much from war, that it must create wars to continue the growth of it’s business. A classic must-see film.
Why We Fight 1of4 (WMV 48megs)
Why We Fight 2of4 (WMV 48megs)
Why We Fight 3of4 (WMV 48megs)
Why We Fight 4of4 (WMV 48megs)
Diseases Don’t Just Happen Doctor Lorraine Day made this instructional video about the origins of many diseases, including cancer, and how they can be linked to nutrition and other factors.
Diseases Dont Just Happen 1of4 (WMV 47megs)
Diseases Dont Just Happen 2of4 (WMV 47megs)
Diseases Dont Just Happen 3of4 (WMV 47megs)
Diseases Dont Just Happen 4of4 (WMV 47megs)
Why Politicians Can’t Tell the Truth The British series Dispatches covers the election process in Britain, and how the system has changed to use a computer model to target voters in specific regions based on promises that nobody could disagree with, basically making promises they don’t intend to keep, whatever will get them elected, while avoiding the true hard issues that people want them to deal with that will hurt business, cost votors more money and help the environment. Basically it shows that we are offered several identical candidates and no real choice – just like in the USA.
Why Politicians Cant Tell the Truth 1of2 (WMV 48megs)
Why Politicians Cant Tell the Truth 2of2 (WMV 48megs)
World Without Cancer There are more people today making a living on Cancer than dying from it. This documentary by G. Edward Griffin presents evidence that Cancer is a food deficiency of the body. The best line in the documentary is this: “The history of science is the history of struggle against entrenched error.” This movie clearly shows that each health invention was believed to be false by the establishment until they had no option but to call it true, much like the Wright Brothers inventing flight but scientists continuing to claim it’s impossibility. Fantastic documentary.
World Without Cancer 1of2 (WMV 48megs)
World Without Cancer 2of2 (WMV 48megs)
The Money Masters Who issues US Currency? I bet your first answer is the wrong one. Find out how our money was stolen by international bankers in this amazing historical video. NOTE: Video removed by request of the producers, find it anyway you can, it is very important. [Buy the DVD]

The Money Masters – 1of3 (Online Google Video)


The Money Masters – 2of3 (Online Google Video)


The Money Masters – 3of3 (Online Google Video)

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New DVDs to Rent
These video documentaries are new and still available through online rental services like Netflix.com – please rent these and view them in full quality.
Why We Fight President Eisenhower warned us about the growing influence of the Military Industrial Complex in 1961 and it’s ability to decide which wars to coerce the government into conducting, wars that are good for business. Very powerful. [Rent the DVD]
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room Uncontrolled corporate greed toppled the California governor, chose his replacement, and stole billions from the California economy. This is a prime example of corporate control of government via bribes and how the taxpayer eventually pays for it one way of the other. Riveting and very well done. [Rent the DVD]
9/11 By a stroke of chance (or scripting) the French Naudet brothers just happened to be making a film about the nearest firehouse to the World Trade Center and caught the first attack on tape. They were the first on scene and you can see the remnants of bomb blasts in the lobby as they walk in – but a plane had hit that building some 93 stories up? Essential watching for any 9/11 investigation. [Rent the DVD]
Aftermath: Unanswered Questions from 9/11 An excellent compilation of a few of the big questions about the attacks with good supporting interviews. [Rent the DVD]
Fahrenheit 9/11 Well before most of us even thought about 9/11 issues, Michael Moore put this “limited” documentary into theatres and DVD players worldwide, causing millions to seek more information he was required to leave out to get major media attention to the issues. [Rent the DVD]

Books To Read
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man How does the USA control the actions of other countries and allow us to put military bases in 760 locations around the globe and suck up all of the resources each country has to benefit large corporations? Read this book now and it will all become clear.


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My Immigration Solution

If Mexicans want to be Americans so badly, why not get Mexico to apply for U.S. statehood?
That way, Mexico would abide by the same laws as the U.S. and get the same protections as U.S. citizens. Also, the current proposals by the Republicans & Democrats are unfeasable in effectively dealing with illegal immigration.

Besides, the Southern border of Mexico would be much easier to manage immigration through than the current 2,000+ miles between the USA and Mexico. The U.S. would benefit by having easier access to Mexican resources without having to deal with customs and border issues. NAFTA was essentially created for the purpose of setting a pretext to create a North American Union, similar to the European Union. However, the design of this Union (shaped behind-the-scenes by an elite clique of globalists) robs the U.S. of it’s national sovereignty and civil rights protections. The corporate elites want a pseudo-communist constitution to replace the sovereign constitutions of Canada, Mexico and the USA. The “Amero” is intended to replace all three currencies as well.

If Mexico JOINED the United States before such a Union was completed, it could save us from losing our constitution to the conspirators doing this.