Thursday, October 30, 2008

Oral argument before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals 16th Amendment

This audio of the oral argument in the Bill Benson (26 USC 6700) case is aproximatley 40 minutes long. Jeff Dickstein had the first 20 minutes and the attorney for the United States had the last 20 minutes. No decision was rendered at this hearing. In time (maybe within the next 6 months) this three judge panel will issue a formal written opinion. Bill informs me that there were 50 people at the oral argument at the federal building in downtown Chicago.

The 7th Circuit is one of 14 federal circuits and it addresses federal appeals in Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin.

By clicking on the this link, you can hear the oral argument before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in the Bill Benson case.

does not “provide for any unknown power of taxation”…Power to “relieve all income taxes when imposed from apportionment from a consideration of the source…“The confusion is not inherent, but rather arises from the conclusion that the 16th Amendment provides for a hitherto unknown power of taxation; that is a power to levy an income tax which, although direct, should not be subject to the regulation of apportionment applicable to all other direct taxes... and the far reaching effect of this erroneous assumption…”” “…concluding that the classification of direct was adopted for the purposes of rendering it impossible to burden by taxation accumulations of property, real or personal, except subject to the regulation of apportionment.”

[48] The various propositions are so intermingled as to cause it to be difficult to classify them. We are of opinion, however,

[ 240 U.S. Page 11]

that the confusion is not inherent, but rather arises from the conclusion that the Sixteenth Amendment provides for a hitherto unknown power of taxation, that is, a power to levy an income tax which although direct should not be subject to the regulation of apportionment applicable to all other direct taxes. And the far-reaching effect of this erroneous assumption will be made clear by generalizing the many contentions advanced in argument to support it, as follows:

(a) The Amendment authorizes only a particular character of direct tax without apportionment, and therefore if a tax is levied under its assumed authority which does not partake of the characteristics exacted by the Amendment, it is outside of the Amendment and is void as a direct tax in the general constitutional sense because not apportioned

(b) As the Amendment authorizes a tax only upon incomes "from whatever source derived," the exclusion from taxation of some income of designated persons and classes is not authorized and hence the constitutionality of the law must be tested by the general provisions of the Constitution as to taxation, and thus again the tax is void for want of apportionment.

(c) As the right to tax "incomes from whatever source derived" for which the Amendment provides must be considered as exacting intrinsic uniformity, therefore no tax comes under the authority of the Amendment not conforming to such standard, and hence all the provisions of the assailed statute must once more be tested solely under the general and pre-existing provisions of the Constitution, causing the statute again to be void in the absence of apportionment.

(d) As the power conferred by the Amendment is new and prospective, the attempt in the statute to make its provisions retroactively apply is void because so far as the retroactive period is concerned, it is governed by the pre-existing constitutional requirement as to apportionment.

[49] But it clearly results that the proposition and the contentions

[ 240 U.S. Page 12]

under it, if acceded to, would cause one provision of the Constitution to destroy another; that is, they would result in bringing the provisions of the Amendment exempting a direct tax from apportionment into irreconcilable conflict with the general requirement that all direct taxes be apportioned. Moreover, the tax authorized by the Amendment, being direct, would not come under the rule of uniformity applicable under the Constitution to other than direct taxes, and thus it would come to pass that the result of the Amendment would be to authorize a particular direct tax not subject eigher to apportionment or to the rule of geographical uniformity, thus giving power to impose a different tax in one State or States than was levied in another State or States. This result instead of simplifying the situation and making clear the limitations on the taxing power, which obviously the Amendment must have been intended to accomplish, would create radical and destructive changes in our constitutional system and multiply confusion.


But aside from the obvious error of the proposition intrinsically considered, it manifestly disregards the fact that by the previous ruling it was settled that the provisions of the Sixteenth Amendment conferred no new power of taxation but simply prohibited the previous complete and plenary power of income taxation possessed by Congress from the beginning from being taken out of the category of indirect taxation to which it inherently belonged and being placed

[ 240 U.S. Page 113]

in the category of direct taxation subject to apportionment by a consideration of the sources from which the income was derived,

It moreover rests upon the wholly fallacious

[ 240 U.S. Page 114]

assumption that looked at from the point of view of substance a tax on the product of a mine is necessarily in its essence and nature in every case a direct tax on property because of its ownership unless adequate allowance be made for the exhaustion of the ore body to result from working the mine. We say wholly fallacious assumption because independently of the effect of the operation of the Sixteenth Amendment it was settled in Stratton's Independence v. Howbert, 231 U.S. 399, that such a tax is not a tax upon property as such because of its ownership, but a true excise levied on the results of the business of carrying on mining operations (pp. 413 et seq.)

Therefore, the reference to "from whatever source derived" is not an indication that Congress may tax any income from any source, but is only an indication that an income tax (and a tax only on income) is not to be classified as a direct tax, subject to the requirement of apportionment, by virtue of the source of the income. This is not to say that the tax is to be applied and charged against all income without regard to its source.

The 16th Amendment did not expand the scope of Congress' power to tax (Brushaber, Stanton, Tyee, supra et al.), thus although the source of income is no longer a factor in determining whether the tax is direct or indirect, neither the jurisdiction of the federal government nor its taxing authority was enlarged to include authority to tax activities and privileges that it could not have taxed before the 16th Amendment. Source of income, then, is still a factor in determining the scope of the taxing authority of the federal government. (See discussions of Bailey v. Drexel Furniture Co., 259 U.S. 20, 36 S.Ct. 236 (1916); McCulloch v. Maryland, 17 U.S. 316 (1819); and others,) Those factors were also taken into consideration in the determination of taxable income in the Code and regulations.

Fed rate cut a DUD! Fed rescues go WILD!

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D.

While all eyes were focused today on the Fed's rate cut, the big news was the Fed's latest cockamamie effort to save world.

Indeed, just when you thought the insanity couldn't get crazier, the Fed announced it's now going to funnel a massive $120 billion of U.S. funds into Brazil, South Korea, Singapore, and Mexico.

And that's on top of the IMF bailouts already committed to the Ukraine ($16.5 billion), Iceland ($2.1 billion), and Hungary ($25.5 billion)! Full Story.

Fed Opens Swaps With South Korea, Brazil, Mexico, Singapore

By Craig Torres and William Sim

Oct. 29 (Bloomberg) -- The Federal Reserve agreed to provide $30 billion each to the central banks of Brazil, Mexico, South Korea and Singapore to boost the availability of dollars in emerging markets.

``The Federal Reserve has authorized the establishment of temporary liquidity swap facilities with the central banks of these four large systemically important economies,'' the U.S. central bank said in a statement. The swap lines will be in place through April 30, the Fed said. Full Story.

Citizen's Savings & Loan Assn v. Topeka, 20 Wall (87 US) 655, 664 (1874):

"To lay, with one hand, the power of the government on the property of the citizen, and with the other to bestow it upon favored individuals to aid private enterprises and build up private fortunes, is none the less robbery because it is done under the form of law and is called taxation. This is not legislation. It is a decree under legislative forms."

Petition for Redress Regarding the private FEDERAL RESERVE

The Federal Reserve Is Inflating at 341% per Annum. (Don't Look for the Decimal Point.)

October 24, 2008

I have never seen anything like this. The adjusted monetary base over the last eight weeks has risen at 341% per annum. The increase in the monetary base is $300 billion. Click Here to see charts.

Monday, October 27, 2008


Newspaper shows Obama belonged to socialist party

Democrat's campaign denied allegations, but new evidence indicates membership

Evidence has emerged that Sen. Barack Obama belonged to a socialist political party that sought to elect members to public office with the aim of moving the Democratic Party far leftward to ultimately form a new political party with a socialist agenda. Full Story.

TV anchor puts Biden in hot seat

Obama campaign cites Barbara West's "unprofessional interview" with Joe Biden in canceling WFTV's interview with candidate's wife. Full Story.

2001: Obama pushes redistribution of wealth

Democratic candidate said Warren Court not 'radical' enough

Surrick rules citizens have no standing to file lawsuits

Surrick rules citizens have no standing
to file lawsuits questioning the qualifications of presidential candidates

District Court Judge R. Barclay Surrick who ruled that Berg did not have standing to sue Obama.

In announcing that he was "...totally disappointed by Judge Surrick's decision and, for all citizens of the United States, I am immediately appealing to the US Supreme Court. This is a question," Berg said, "of what has standing to uphold our Constitution. If I don't have standing; if you don't have standing' if your neighbor doesn't have standing to question the eligibility of an individual to be President of the United States—the Commander-in-Chief, the most powerful person in the world—then who does? The media initially reported that Berg was going to appeal Surrick's decision to the 3rd US Circuit Court of Appeals and, if he lost there, to the US Supreme Court. Berg, however, has decided to bypass the appellate court and file his appeal directly to the US Supreme Court.

"Anyone," Berg continued, "can claim to be eligible for Congress or the presidency without having their legal status, age or citizenship questioned. According to Judge Surrick, we the people have no right to police the eligibility requirements under the US Constitution. What happened to '...government of the people, by the people, for the people?" Full Story.

Collective Consciousness Conference Call #75 10-23-2008

Philip Berg -

MommaE -

Steve Marquis -

Bob Schulz -

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Burning Question: Won't This All Be Inflationary?

by Jack Crooks

Sayonara, Conventional Wisdom

This example proves that despite the best efforts of government officials to eliminate the business cycle and fight against the forces of the market, they usually end up prolonging the problem. Had Japan allowed for a huge wave of bankruptcies, effectively clearing the deck of all the dead wood and debris, they would likely have shortened this deflationary period considerably and set the stage for the strong, well-managed companies to prosper.

This is a critical point, because if we think of a world with unlimited resources, it is the most efficient use of those resources that provides healthy growth for the entire system. It is why poorly managed institutions that waste resources should be allowed to fail, and the best managed allowed to profit without being hampered by competition that otherwise wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for the best intentions of government. Full Story.


Lawsuits Starting Across the Nation Proceeding to Avert Potential Constitutional Crisis, Possible Civil Unrest, and Confidence in Elections; Lawsuits are being filed in Eight States Seeking to Require Barack Obama to Provide Certification of Birth in U.S. or Be Removed as Presidential Candidate on State Ballots. Web site address:

16th Amendment On Trial in Chicago



In this historic 16th Amendment litigation, the Government has sued Bill Benson seeking an injunction prohibiting him from falsely telling people the Sixteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was not ratified and therefore people are not required to file an income tax return. The Government contends it is entitled to an injunction because Benson is promoting an abusive tax shelter, conduct made subject to a penalty per 26 U.S.C. Section 6700. All of the pleadings filed in the case can be found here.

Obama Refuses to Answer Birth Certificate Lawsuit
Friday, October 24, 2008 4:16 PM
Headline Story
By: Kenneth R. Timmerman

Berg's suit and allegations have set off a wave of Internet buzz and rumors, though Obama could easily have put the matter to rest by providing the federal court with the basic documentation proving he is eligible to take the oath of a president. But Obama has apparently decided to deny the court and the public that documentation.

The Constitution provides that any U.S. citizen is eligible to become president if the person is 35 years of age or older and is a natural-born citizen; that is, born in the territorial United States.

By failing to respond to the Request for Admissions and Request for the Production of Documents within 30 days, Obama has “admitted” that he was born in Kenya, Berg stated this week in new court filings. Full Story.

Savage interview Democrat attorney Philip J. Berg v Obama

Part 1

Part 2

Ron Paul on FOX, Greenspan Should Go Back To Writing Letters About Ayn Rand

Ron Paul had some choice words about Alan Greenspan today on FOX Business Channel with Neil Cavuto. In a bizarre twist at the end Ron Paul reveals that he used to like “Hogan’s Heroes”. Followed by a few quotes from the interview is the interview itself.

“I don’t see any easy answers.”

Greenspan “used to know what capitalism was about.”

Allowing “the federal reserve chairman to have the power is the problem.”

“It’s a flawed system.”

“They are intellectually arrogant.”

“No one knows what the proper rate of interest is. It’s always too high or too low.”


Friday, October 24, 2008

Urgent warning: Crash TODAY!

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. 10-24-08

Today could go down in history as one of the worst stock market crashes of all time, and it gives me no pleasure to see my dire warnings come true. I have dreaded this day as often as I have predicted it.

In July, our Safe Money Report declared the Dow would fall to 7,200. And virtually every day since, our e-mails have warned, nagged, cajoled and shouted the same message from the rooftops. Full Story..

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Greenspan Concedes He `Found a Flaw' in His Free-Market Ideology

By Scott Lanman and Steve Matthews

Oct. 23 (Bloomberg) -- Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, under a grilling from lawmakers at a congressional hearing today, conceded a flaw in his free-market ideology that contributed to a ``once-in-a-century credit tsunami.''

``Yes, I found a flaw,'' Greenspan said in response to questions from to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. ``That is precisely the reason I was shocked because I'd been going for 40 years or more with very considerable evidence that it was working exceptionally well.''

Greenspan said he was ``partially'' wrong in his opposition in recent years to the regulation of derivatives. He said in a May 2005 speech that ``private regulation generally has proved far better at constraining excessive risk-taking than has government regulation.''

Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, a California Democrat, said Greenspan had ``the authority to prevent irresponsible lending practices that led to the subprime mortgage crisis.''

``You were advised to do so by many others,'' he told Greenspan. ``And now our whole economy is paying the price.'' Full Story.

Michigan violates law

Here are two cases that explain the purpose of Government. In the first one, City of Dallas v. Mitchell, it talks about how the Constitution only protects the God Given Rights of the people. The only restrictions that surround the individual liberties of the citizen are for the preservation of public health, safety, and morals.

So how is it that my not willingly volunteering to give the state of Michigan my Social Security Number on my Drivers License pose any threat to public health, safety, or morals?

After all, I am 58 years old. My children are grown and on their own. Being well past child bearing years it isn't likely that I will ever be a dead beat parent that needs to be hunted down for child support.

I did try to renew my drivers license this past April by mail. I received a letter back from Anne Corgan, Director Legal and Regulatory Services Administration, Michigan Department of State. Here's what she said in part.

"As you may know, the Department of State filed a lawsuit challenging the federal law that requires the Department (notice what she is saying, requires the Department) to collect social security numbers on dirver's license applications. Unfortunaltely, the United States District Court dismissed our complaint. Therefore, the Department does not have a choice in this matter. If we do not collect social security numbers, the State will lose nearly $1 billion in federal child support collection money."

So, rather then only demanding that all child support payees provide their number, the state decides every person must provide despite federal privacy laws.

5 USCS §552a

Disclosure of social scurity number. Act Dec. 31, 1974, P. L. 93-579, §7, 88 Stat. 1909, provided:

"(a)(1) It shall be unlawful for any Federal, State or local government agency to deny to any individual any right, benefit, or privilege provided by law because of such individual's refusal to disclose his social security number.

So, the state's refusal to renew my state drivers license is based on the Federal funding. It was the state that entered into this contract, not me. The state of Michigan, Terri Land our Secretary of state, and our state Legislators along with the Governor are now breaking one Federal Law in order to collect Federal Funding from another Federal Law. To me this constitutes a violation of their oath of office.

City of Dallas v. Mitchell, 245 S.W. 944, 945-46 (Tex.Civ.App.-Dallas 1922):

“The rights of the individual are not derived from governmental agencies, either municipal, state or federal, or even from the Constitution. They exist inherently in every man, by endowment of the Creator, and are merely reaffirmed in the Constitution, and restricted only to the extent that they have been voluntarily surrendered by the citizenship to the agencies of government. The people's rights are not derived from the government, but the government's authority comes from the people. The Constitution but states again these rights already existing, and when legislative encroachment by the nation, state, or municipality invade these original and permanent rights, it is the duty of the courts to so declare, and to afford the necessary relief. The fewer restrictions that surround the individual liberties of the citizen, except those for the preservation of the public health, safety, and morals, the more contented the people and the more successful the democracy.”

Ex parte Milligan, 71 U.S. 2, 125 (1866):

“This nation, as experience has proved, cannot always remain at peace, and has no right to expect that it will always have wise and humane rulers, sincerely attached to the principles of the Constitution.Wicked men, ambitious of power, with hatred of liberty and contempt of law, may fill the place once occupied by Washington and Lincoln; and if this right is conceded, and the calamities of war again befall us, the dangers to human liberty are frightful to contemplate. If our fathers had failed to provide for just such a contingency, they would have been false to the trust reposed in them. They knew — the history of the world told them — the nation they were founding, be its existence short or long, would be involved in war; how often or how long continued, human foresight could not tell; and that unlimited power, wherever lodged at such a time, was especially hazardous to freemen. For this, and other equally weighty reasons, they secured the inheritance they had fought to maintain, by incorporating in a written constitution the safeguards which time had proved were essential to its preservation. Not one of these safeguards can the President, or Congress, or the Judiciary disturb, except the one concerning the writ of habeas corpus.”

Police prepare for unrest

Well, here it comes. The Hill is reporting that the police departments across the country are preparing for civil unrest this election.

Detroit is one of the cities on the list that will have a strong police presence at the voting booths. Some cities will even have swat teams around.

Here's the Story
, read it for yourself.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Courts need help to impanel fairer juries

Michigan will be voting 13 days from now for a Michigan Supreme Court Justice. I wonder how many bother to look at the candidates and compare them before they vote for this very important position.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a strong advocate for Trial By Jury. We all know that we have a problem with our justice system but few people I speak with are willing to give their time to learn about the power and duty of juries or want to here about their civic duty to serve on a jury.

The first problem lies in MCL 600.8381 (1)(b) which authorizes the a $9.00 assessment fee to be collected for each conviction, civil infraction and each guilty plea or civil infraction admission.

(b) Beginning October 1, 2003, the clerk shall transmit $9.00 of any costs assessed before October 1, 2003 to the justice system fund created in section 181 of the revised judicature act of 1961, 1961 PA 236, MCL 600.181.

Now you have to look up MCL 6000.181 to find out where this money is going. Here's the break down.

600.181 Justice system fund; creation; use; disposition; investment; distributions.

Sec. 181.

(1) The justice system fund is created in the state treasury. The money in the fund shall be used as provided in this section.

iv) To the secretary of the legislative retirement system for deposit with the state treasurer in the retirement fund created in the Michigan legislative retirement system act, 1957 PA 261, MCL 38.1001 to 38.1080, 1.2% of the fund balance.

(vii) To the state court fund created in section 151a, 14.3% of the fund balance.

(viii) To the court equity fund created in section 151b, 25.55% of the fund balance.

So now we have to look up Sec. 151b to find out where 25.55% of this fund goes.

Sec. 151b.

(c) Excess court fees transmitted by the state treasurer pursuant to section 217 of the judges retirement act of 1992, Act No. 234 of the Public Acts of 1992, being section 38.2217 of the Michigan Compiled Laws.

That's right! Your state Legislator receives 1.2% of this special assessment in their retirement. As far as I'm concerned, this is a conflict or bribe that encourages the state legislator to pass more laws that create more human actions against the law.

And Judges receive 25.55% in their retirement fund. Another conflict of interest. How many times have you heard someone say that they didn't get a fair trial? The most common complaints are that the jury didn't get to see their evidence, hear their witness, or examine the law itself to make a determination of guilt or innocence.

So who do we vote for in this coming election to the position of Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court?

I found this op/ed article written by Clifford W. Taylor, who is asking Michigan to re-elect him as chief justice of Michigan.

My opinion is that each person in this state has a duty to identify the problem, then research to find the person who is most likely to bring about effective changes to correct the problem.

Ask those who are running for a position in the state legislator if they will repeal MCL 600.8381 (1)(b), and then ask candidates who are running for positions on school boards if they will add civics to the school curriculum. This means that they start teaching the Power and Duty of a fully informed citizen body of government sitting in the jury box.

JPMorgan Responsible for the Destruction of U.S. Financial System

This is an article that I hope everyone will read and share. If after reading this article you don't come to the conclusion that it's time to Fire Washington DC and hire outside the two party system, then heaven help us.

The Market Oracle
Oct 16, 2008 - 05:19 PM
By: Jim_Willie_CB

The tag team of JPMorgan as the monster and Goldman Sachs as its harlot represent a powerful pair that is more responsible for destroying the entire US financial system than 95% of the American public has any awareness.

This article discusses the JPMorgan monster, its behaviour, and teeth revealed. Robb Kirby (see his website, click HERE ) often covers JPMorgan illicit behaviour This article discusses banking system realignments to destroy savings accounts owned by the people, and the Coup d'Etat just completed. The criminals on Wall Street have taken full control of the USGovt financial management, with blank check written by a thoroughly intimidated US Congress, deceived steadily and easily. Threats and intimidation are central to the successful coup. The Ponzi Scheme has been revealed, even as the frail and tattered Shadow Banking System has been revealed. The key to the bailouts is its continued Top Down approach, which favors the Ruling Elite and denies all but crumbs to the people, who have been subjected to a foreclosure revolving door on mortgage loan assistance.

Since nothing has been solved from this approach, a total systemic breakdown is assured, whose climax will be the current Administration and the Wall Street executives in charge of the criminal syndicate riding off into the sunset in retirement. Rome burns. Much more detail is provided in the upcoming October report due this weekend. The theme is this subset synopsis article is of criminality, deception, monster exploitation, market corruption, and the collapse of a failed system, whose crescendo represents the greatest financial crimes ever witnessed in modern history. Americans do it big! The proprietary Hat Trick Letter covers much more of recent events, interpretation, and analysis, but here, focus on impropriety. Click Here for Full Story.

David Irons '08
Michigan House of Representatives 68th District (Lansing)

Dan Johnson For US Congress in the 2nd District

Monday, October 20, 2008

Paulson and Bernanke’s massive bailout...

for the banking industry is causing so many unintended side effects it must be making their heads spin.

Yes, banks have gotten some interest-rate relief and don’t have to pay through the nose for short-term funds like they did a few days ago.

But to fund the bailout, the government will have to borrow massive sums, and the mere expectation of that huge avalanche of borrowing is already driving long-term interest rates higher:

The U.S. Treasury is now being forced to pay the highest rates since July …

U.S. cities and states all across the U.S. are suddenly getting slammed with surging borrowing costs, and …

The housing market, where this whole crisis began, is taking the biggest hit of all: The sharpest one-week surge in mortgage rates since April 1987!
These higher interest rates will torpedo an already-sinking real estate market, send the economy into an even steeper tailspin, force more consumers and businesses to default on their loans and, ultimately, burn an even deeper hole in bank balance sheets. Click Here.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Why I won't vote for Obama

I find that I must really examine any democrat candidate because they are all so openly Communist Socialists that for that reason alone I can't vote for them.

Obama creates and even bigger fear should he be elected.

Why won't Obama produce the documents to prove his citizenship? Is it because he isn't a Citizen?

Look at the type of people he associates himself with.

It's one thing to be African/American and want to be President, that's a good thing, but quite another to be African and want to be President of the United States.

Corsi releases statement blocked by Kenya
Soldiers detained WND reporter, quashing announcement of Obama findings

Obama raised $1 million for foreign thug's election

Democrat joined Libya's Gadhafi among top contributors to Odinga

Obama lies in debate about ties to ACORN
Record shows Democrat, group at center of scandal 'old friends'

my Fox Toledo
Former UT law grad sues Obama, questions citizenship

lluminati Films has produced a 10 minute video in which Phil J. Berg is interviewed. Mr. Berg lays out his case in Berg v. Obama, and explains why it is important for the case to be resolved quickly. In his argumentation, Mr. Berg points out that Senator Obama could settle the lawsuit immediately by producing the proper documents to prove Obama is a natural-born citizen as required by our constitution.

Nurse: Obama lied about infanticide in debate

Activist who instigated bill says Democrat 'obfuscated radical record' Gianna ad

In 1999 a gruesome discovery was made that an Illinois hospital was shelving babies to die in a soiled utility room who had survived their abortions.
The Illinois Born Alive Infants Protection Act was introduced in 2001 to provide legal protection to all born babies, wanted or not, including the right to medical care.
Then-state Senator Barack Obama voted against Born Alive 4 times in 3 years and was the sole senator to speak against it on the Senate floor in 2001 and 2002.
In 2002, the Federal version of Born Alive passed unanimously in the US Senate and by overwhelming voice vote in the House. The pro-abortion group NARAL even went neutral on the bill.
But In 2003, Barack Obama voted against the identical version of Born Alive in Illinois. Then, for the next 4 years he repeatedly misrepresented his vote until it was recently discovered in the IL General Assembly archives.
Explore our website to learn the shocking truth: Senator Obama opposed granting legal recognition to born alive infants as human beings, and thus denied them the guarantee of medical care.
View Barack Obama's Actual Voting Record

Why Mortgage Rates Are Rising Despite Government Efforts!

by Mike Larson
We're a net debtor nation, and we're going to have to borrow hundreds of billions of dollars to make good on all of our promises.

That means a flood of Treasury debt the likes of which we've never seen is going to wash over the market in the coming year or two.

Bond traders know that will overwhelm bond demand. So they're not sticking around. They're selling the heck out of bonds NOW, driving prices down and rates up.

Look, politicians and policymakers would like you to think they can just wave a magic wand, drive mortgage rates down, save the banking sector, and return us to the happy-go-lucky, reckless lending days of 2003-2007.

But they can't. The bond market is pushing back and saying loud and clear: "There is no such thing as a free lunch."

My bottom line message hasn't changed, either. I continue to expect any recovery in the housing and credit markets to take a long time. And I continue to believe that while all of these government bailout programs can treat some of the downturn's symptoms, they can't cure the underlying disease. The only real cures are time and price changes. Full Story.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Why I can’t vote for McCain

John MaCain, in my opinion, is not someone who is capable of leading this country in our most dire time in history.

First and foremost, H.R. 2640 became public law on Jan. 8, 2008. The excript below makes clear that any veteran who is diagnosed with PSD or any other mental disorder will not be allowed to own a firearm.


PUBLIC LAW 110–180—JAN. 8, 2008

An Act To improve the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, and for
other purposes. Jan. 8, 2008




(C) RECORD DEFINED.—For purposes of subparagraph
(A), a record is the following:

(iv) A record that identifies a person who has been adjudicated as a mental defective or committed to a mental institution, consistent with section 922(g)(4) of title 18, United States Code, and whose record is not protected from disclosure to the Attorney General under any provision of State or Federal law.

(v) A record that is electronically available and identifies a person who, as of the date of such estimate, is subject to a court order described in section 922(g)(8) of title 18, United States Code.

I find it very hard to believe that John McCain, who was a POW for five years and was tortured, has somehow escaped any lasting mental disorder. This is the man who is asking us to give him the job of Commander in Chief with HIS finger on the RED BUTTON!

I feel that it is only common sense that people think about this for a moment before voting for McCain. We have all heard about his temper and emotional outbursts from the media. Is this really the man you want making the most important decisions about who to go to war against?

Second, John McCain wants to put my medical files on line. I don’t know about anyone else, but, I don’t want my medical files exposed to the world. These are very personal files that once digitized, can be passed to anyone at the click of a mouse without my permission.

This is a direct violation of my IV Amendment Right to Privacy that John McCain wants us to give up. I am very tired of Politicians who only give lip service to the Constitution and then violate it while telling us it’s for our own good.

Third, John McCain talks about cutting out spending and balancing the budget. Yet he voted for the Bankers Bailout package. Again, gives lip service and then acts outside the Constitution.

Fourth, John McCain has not even attempted to answer the 7 Petitions for Redress of Grievance served to him on June 30, 2008, 4 of which have been served for the second time.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Republican party could have had this...

Will America make the same mistake?

Baldwin's Message to America

Dear Mr. Walenta, PBS Grand Valley State University

I have to commend and highly praise the League of Women Voters for their fairness and un-bias determination to FULLY educate voters on candidates position by inviting all candidates to participate.

Your refusal to follow this same format to fully inform the public of ALL their CHOICES belies the mission statement of Public Broadcasting:

Bringing diverse viewpoints to television and the Internet, PBS provides high-quality documentary and dramatic entertainment, and consistently dominates the most prestigious award competitions.

I happen to agree with Mr. Bosset that you are and continue to be no better than Main Stream Media controlled by the two dominating corrupted parties, and fall short of bringing Diverse Viewpoints to your viewers. This debate is a good case in point.

I am also a Republican Delegate in Muskegon. Would allowing Third Party Candidates really be such a threat to Carl Levin or Jack Hoogendyk?

I am sending this email to all my friends and family, encouraging them to stop supporting PBS all around the country until such time as PBS can allow FAIR and DIVERSE viewpoints even in political debates.

Rose Lear
Muskegon, MI

Dear Mr. Walenta,

This is the second e-mail that I have sent to you regarding the upcoming debate. Previously I had asked why your organization was excluding Scotty Boman, the Libertarian candidate, from your scheduled debate.

To date I have not heard from you, however, I have heard that you are excluding him due to his lack of a "visible campaign". I find that interesting since he seems to be all over the internet and I have seen him at 2 different events. What I find even more interesting is I haven't seen or heard from either of the other candidates. Perhaps Muskegon isn't important to them...

I can tell you this, I am not one of Mr. Bowman's supporters, however, due to his answers to my questions (the other 2 didn't even bother to respond) I will be voting for him. I do not agree with Mr. Boman on several issues, however, he has had the courage to give me an honest answer and not just an answer to gather my vote. I am a lifelong Republican, a precinct delegate and a state delegate. I have been truly amazed at how corrupt our elections have become and how afraid both Democrats and Republicans have become at any other "party" getting their message out to voters. Isn't that what a debate is for? For citizens to have an opportunity to hear what ALL candidates have to say, not just the ones anointed by the two main parties? For us to be able to gather information and make intelligent decisions?

As a final note, should your organization continue to be so narrow minded and exclude Mr. Boman and other 3rd party candidates I will once again vote. The second vote will be with my checkbook. I will make the decision that your organization can not possibly further the education of my three sons and I will boycott GVSU.

This letter will also be sent to my entire e-mail list. This list of about 1200 people comprises friends, family, co-workers, clients, etc (3 cousins have graduated from GVSU). I will ask them to do the same and pass this open letter on to their friends and family as well.

To my friends and family, if this is how GVSU acts by censoring people (sorry to those who have graduated from GVSU) then the education they provide is likely censored as well. Please take a moment to express your thoughts and pass this open letter on to those on your e-mail lists as well.


Brad Bosset, GRI Exit Realty of Muskegon (231) 830-3964 direct (231) 737-9677 fax

U.S. Economy: Retail Sales Slide Signals Deepening Recession

Sales are slowing just as merchants prepare for the holiday selling season, on which they depend for the largest share of their revenue. San Francisco Federal Reserve President Janet Yellen said yesterday the U.S. may already be in a recession, and stocks dropped amid concern that the government's plans to inject capital into banks won't halt the economy's decline. Full Story.

Now what was it that we were told about the BailOut being necessary?


From 1989-2008, Rep. Frank has received $42,350 in campaign contributions from individuals associated with Fannie and Freddie, as well as their PACS. The top recipient during the same time frame is

Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-CT) with $165,400.

Barack Hussein Obama, who’s only been in federal office since 2005, follows Dodd with $126,349 and

John McCain is way down the list with $21,500.

As of Sept. 11, 2008, Freddie and Fannie had gifted 354 of our elected Fools with a grand total of $4,844,572.00. Is it any wonder the Fools are so willing to bail out their errant government-sponsored lending enterprises? FULL STORY.

Obama And Odinga Exposed

Obama And Odinga Exposed. Obama backs radical muslim Kenyan politician who causes genocide.

Americans better do their research before voting this year.

Obama and Odinga Campaign in Kenya


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Former UT law grad sues Obama, questions citizenship

my Fox Toledo

On Restoring Confidence in the Markets 10/10/08

On Capital and Capitalism

On Market Intervention

This morning at the press conference a reporter tried to ask the President a question Dr. Paul has been answering for many years...

On the End of Capitalism?

On Safety Nets

Should Congress live up to their Oath to Up Hold The Constitution and answer the 7 Petitions for Redress of Grievances served on each member on June 30, 2008?

The Petition for Redress Regarding the private FEDERAL RESERVE

10/13/2008 - Peter Schiff On Glenn Beck: Inflation Nation?


This type of Voter Ignorance is not exclusive to just Harlem. It's sad but MOST voters would probably answer these questions the same way.

The Council on Foreign Relations and the 2008 Election

The media must focus on the personalities of the candidates, because of their lack of representation of Americans. All presidential candidates are pro war and pro big government, are CFR and AIPAC members, except for Ron Paul, who represents Americans, which the CFR and media do not, who is censored or given minimal coverage so that people will not hear of him, and against whom intensive voter fraud has taken place.

In addition to not being controlled by the media, another reason for a person to not largely or solely base their decision on who they perceive to be popular, is to prevent voting for someone who is popular but unknowingly bad (Bush for example). The media can and do make whomever they want to seem the most popular. (e.g. Bush in 2000, now in 2008 the whole lineup of traitorous warmongers). They don't report on millions of people, they determine how millions of people will act. In other words the viewers depend on the media, not vice versa. For some reason, Ron Paul, who represents Americans, isn't given coverage by the media, who determine, not report on, which candidates are the most popular. Ron Paul would have, and Chuck Baldwin will do all of the following, whereas none of the other candidates would do any of the following:

No War in Iraq
No War on Drugs
No income tax / IRS / Federal Reserve
Limited Government
No government overspending which the income tax pays for
No subtle removal of human / constitutional rights

Those are the freedoms the media is keeping us from.

Part 2 in progress.

John McCain in "Missing, Presumed Dead"

The group Vietnam Veterans Against McCain attacks Senator John McCain's heroism as a POW in the Vietnam conflict; this is making some waves in the news due to McCain's presidential candidacy. The documentary "Missing, Presumed Dead the Search for America's POWs" however focuses more on Senator John McCain successfully blocking the release of classified POW/MIA documents. Here is an excerpt from that documentary. DVD of documentary may be purchased at

Dan Johnson For US Congress in the 2nd District of Michigan

The Bubble Man

Monday, October 13, 2008

Why Financial Collapses Are Unavoidable And Government Actions May Be Backfiring

Open Letter to
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Managing Director of
The International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D., Chairman,
Sound Dollar Committee

Dear IMF Managing Director Strauss-Kahn:

1. Government interventions are backfiring.

2. Government actions are too little, too late to stem the debt crisis.

3. Government actions are too much, too soon for the debt markets.

4. Government bailouts could endanger government credit and credibility.

5. Government actions could aggravate, or even cause, the systemic meltdown they are seeking to prevent.

6. Governments are squandering scarce capital that will be needed for a true recovery after any collapse.
Read Letter Here

The October Surprise—Suit To Remove Barack Obama From The Ballot.

Barack Obama And The Democratic National Committee Are Committing Fraud On The American People

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Ron Paul: “They Believe In Socialism And I Don’t”

Ron Paul sounded the alarm on FOX Business News yesterday. Lately, Paul hasn’t spoken with this kind of urgency. He reacts to the new plan by the U.S. to purchase shares in various failing banks and financial institutions in order to restore confidence in the economy. Below are a few choice quotes from Dr. Paul from this clip.

“They believe in socialism and I don’t”

“They’re socializing the entire financial system!”

“They don’t know what the devil they are doing!”

This weekend when the G20 meet I’m worried “they are gonna come up with an idea for one central bank for the world.”

“This is the end of the monetary system…”

“The dollar hegemony is ending.”

"The CIA infiltrated state government"

Former Governor Jessee Ventura

Home of the brave, land of the free

The CIA is not supposed to operate inside the United States.

Yet, they have their own permanent agent in the Minnesota governor's office.

This is according to former Minnesota Governor Jessee Ventura.

Do you see Ventura in the mass media very often?

Now you know why.

Don't Start the Revolution Without Me! By Jesse Ventura

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

9 / 11 Truth nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 2008

4. October 2008

Reason for the nomination of David Ray Griffin and 9 / 11 Truth Movement to the Nobel Peace Prize 2008 Supported by 10 professors, or current or former parliamentarians

Since 2001, the major mass media - the major newspapers, TV channels and news agencies - have been instruments of war propaganda. While more and more academics, military officers and intelligence analysts presented a growing amount of evidence that 9/11-angrepene against New York and Washington were carried out by people inside the United States system, not mainstream media reported this information. Despite the fact that almost 50% of the U.S. population is skeptical of the official version of 11 September, the mass media has not presented the background for this skepticism. The regular mass media's inability to safeguard their democratic responsibilities have forced the 9 / 11 Truth Movement to put their information on the Internet. Despite the corruption in the regular mass media have David Ray Griffin and 9 / 11 Truth Movement able to present significant information that could have turned war to peace. This, as we understand it made them the most worthy candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize. Full Story.

Congressman Hoekstra faces tough crowd

Monday night the League of Women Voters held a debate for the Congressional Seat presently held by Pete Hoekstra. I have to commend this organization because they invited all the candidates and not just the two dominating party’s.

Pete Hoekstra who voted for NAFTA and CAFTA faced a tough crowd in Spring Lake Monday night. His excuse that Congress needed to do something to save our jobs and retirement funds did not meet with much approval.

Hoekstra faces tough crowd as bailout discontent surfaces in debate

by Myron Kukla | The Grand Rapids Press
Tuesday October 07, 2008, 9:16 AM

SPRING LAKE -- The bailout of Wall Street, the faltering U.S. economy and ballooning federal deficit were on the minds of Ottawa County voters at Monday's 2nd Congressional District candidates debate.

And if applause for answers on those issues was any indication, the residents of Main Street are not happy with Congress committing $700 billion, and possibly more, to pay for the mistakes of banks and financial companies.

With 16 years in office, U.S. Rep. Peter Hoekstra, R-Holland, likely faced one of his toughest audiences, with few of his answers drawing the applause that even the third-party candidates received. Full Story.

You should read the comments to this article. It sounds like Dan Johnson and Ron Graeser were the big hits of this debate. Well for once the Press got it right. I know because I was there. Pete Hoekstra had only a few fellow Republican candidates there who applauded to his answers. Johnson and Graeser really weren’t debating each other but rather agreeing with each other. It was strange to see these two seated at the far ends of the table with Hoekstra (R) and Fred Johnson (D) in the center. They were flanked by to very strong Ron Paul type candidates both talking about Constitutional Limitations on Federal Government.

Pete Hoekstra also has snubbed his nose, along with the rest of the United States Congress, at the 83,444 people who signed Petitions for Redress of Grievances on 7 very important issues. One of them regarding the Federal Reserve Private Bank.

The Petition for Redress Regarding

The Petition for Redress Regarding

The Petition for Redress Regarding the "USA PATRIOT ACT" abuses

The Petition for Redress Regarding unlawful GUN CONTROL LAWS

The Petition For Redress Regarding

The Petition for Redress Regarding ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION

The Petition for Redress Regarding the FEDERAL INCOME TAX fraud

It looks like this year, we may finally get the change in Washington DC that Main Street so badly wants and needs.

I know that I’m going to make my vote count this year, how about you?

Dow to Fall ANOTHER 2,200 Points
by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Give Me Liberty

Interview with Naomi Wolf author of “Give Me Liberty: A Handbook for American Revolutionaries” given October 4, 2008 on Mind Over Matters, KEXP 90.3 FM Seattle.



The Bankruptcy of The United States
United States Congressional Record, March 17, 1993
Vol. 33, page H-1303

The Speaker is Rep. James Traficant, Jr. (Ohio) addressing the House:

"Mr. Speaker, we are here now in chapter 11... Members of Congress are official trustees presiding over the greatest reorganization of any Bankrupt entity in world history, the U.S. Government. We are setting forth hopefully, a blueprint for our future. There are some who say it is a coroner's report that will lead to our demise.

It is an established fact that the United States Federal Government has been dissolved by the Emergency Banking Act, March 9, 1933, 48 Stat. 1, Public Law 89-719; declared by President Roosevelt, being bankrupt and insolvent. H.J.R. 192, 73rd Congressional session, June 5, 1933 - Joint Resolution To Suspend the Gold Standard and Abrogate The Gold Clause dissolved the Sovereign Authority of the United States and the official capacities of all United States Governmental Offices, Officers, and Departments and is further evidence that the United States Federal Government exists today in name only.

The receivers of the United States Bankruptcy are the International Bankers, via the United Nations, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. All United States Offices, Officials, and Departments are now operating within a de facto status in name only under Emergency War Powers. With the Constitutional Republican form of Government now dissolved, the receivers of the Bankruptcy have adopted a new form of government for the United States. This new form of government is known as a Democracy, being an established Socialist/Communist order under a new governor for America. This act was instituted and established by transferring and/or placing the Office of the Secretary of Treasury to that of the Governor of the International Monetary Fund. Public Law 94-564, page 8, Section H.R. 13955 reads in part: "The U.S. Secretary of Treasury receives no compensation for representing the United States?'

. . . Their lust is for power and control. Since the inception of
central banking, they have controlled the fates of nations.

. . . The Federal Reserve System is a sovereign power structure
separate and distinct from the federal United States government.

. . . Prior to 1913, most Americans owned clear, allodial title to property, free and clear of any liens or mortgages until the Federal Reserve Act (1913)"hypothecated" all property within the federal United States to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, -in which the Trustees (stockholders) held legal title. The U.S. citizen (tenant, franchisee) was registered as a "beneficiary" of the trust via his/her birth certificate. In 1933, the federal United States hypothecated all of the present and future properties, assets and labor of their "subjects," the 14th Amendment U.S. citizen, to the Federal Reserve System.

In return, the Federal Reserve System agreed to extend the federal United States corporation all the credit "money substitute" it needed. Like any other debtor, the federal United States government had to assign collateral and security to their creditors as a condition of the loan. Since the federal United States didn't have any assets, they assigned the private property of their "economic slaves", the U.S. citizens as collateral against the unpayable federal debt. They also pledged the unincorporated federal territories, national parks forests, birth certificates, and nonprofit organizations, as collateral against the federal debt. All has already been transferred as payment to the international bankers.

Unwittingly, America has returned to its pre-American Revolution, feudal roots whereby all land is held by a sovereign and the common people had no rights to hold allodial title to property. Once again, We the People are the tenants and sharecroppers renting our own property from a Sovereign in the guise of the Federal Reserve Bank. We the people have exchanged one master for another.

This has been going on for over eighty years without the "informed knowledge" of the American people, without a voice protesting loud enough. Now it's easy to grasp why America is fundamentally bankrupt.

Why don't more people own their properties outright?

Why are 90% of Americans mortgaged to the hilt and have little or no assets after all debts and liabilities have been paid? Why does it feel like you are working harder and harder and getting less and less?

We are reaping what has been sown, and the results of our harvest is a painful bankruptcy, and a foreclosure on American property, precious liberties, and a way of life. Few of our elected representatives in Washington, D.C. have dared to tell the truth. The federal United States is bankrupt. Our children will inherit this unpayable debt, and the tyranny to enforce paying it. America has become completely bankrupt in world leadership, financial credit and its reputation for courage, vision and human rights. This is an undeclared economic war, bankruptcy, and economic slavery of the most corrupt order! Wake up America! Take back your Country."

WTP Pushes Further Into Bailout Legal Challenge

October 4, 2008

AIG Has Already Consumed $61B of $85B Government Loan

Early this morning, WTP Chairman Bob Schulz filed a supplemental Memorandum of Law in support of the Emergency Appeal to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals contesting last week's order of the U.S. District Court in Albany which barred any injunctive relief in WTP's constitutional challenge to the Wall Street bailout. The lower court had (erroneously) ruled that its jurisdiction to impose injunctive relief was not properly invoked.

The supplemental brief brings additional facts before the appellate court including added urgency supported by a report in The New York Times that over just several days, insurance giant and bailout recipient AIG have already expended $61 billion of the $85 billion loan extended to them via the Treasury and Federal Reserve. That loan, made days prior to the passage of the "Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008", i.e., without any congressional authority whatsoever, along with the full EESA, are being challenged on the ground that the acts all lack Constitutional authority. Full Story.

Click here for: Supplemental Memorandum
NY Times article: AIG Uses $61B of $81B
Schulz Declaration #2
Full EESA Bill as Passed Oct. 3 2008 (H.R. 1424)


Judith Moriarty explains just who we've been told we must bail out. Click Here.

It was a time to remember; the greatest heist in modern history, by the gangsters of Wall Street and their Foggy Bottom partners in crime. This heist had the phone lines jammed.

While Joe Sixpack's kid go to jail for a joint - or stealing a car ; the Wall Street Hedge Hogs Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac boys - cooking the books, lament that their crime has been found out. Too big to fail and it appears that they're 'too big to jail?'

Monday, October 6, 2008

Republic Magazine

Lesser Of Two Evils?

Barack Obama & Friends Sean Hannity Special

Obama & DNC Hide Behind Legal Issues - Country Headed to a Constitutional Crisis

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Isn't it just like Hannity to focus on Race and Religion instead of on the real issues. Is Obama legally eligible to run for Office of President? Why hasn't Hannity or any other MSM asked Phil Berg on to talk about his historic law suit, Berg v. Obama?

The Do-Something Congress

Texas Straight Talk
A weekly column

It has not been a good week for the Republic. It took quite a bit of trampling of the Constitution, but the bailout bill passed, as I suspected it would.

The bailout failed the first time it was brought to the House. Undaunted, the Senate pressed on by attaching the bailout as an amendment to another House passed bill that was pending in the Senate. The new bailout version had new taxes, so according to the Constitution it should not have originated in the Senate.

Sometimes doing nothing is much better than thrashing about aimlessly. When one is caught in quicksand, for example, or when one doesn't understand economics and finds oneself in the position Congress was in for the past two weeks, with decades of irresponsible monetary policy coming to a head. Why should we trust the same people who said just a few months ago that the economy was perfectly sound? The same people who just knew there were weapons of mass destruction? The same people that crammed the PATRIOT Act down our throats? Why not consult the people who had the foresight and understanding to see this coming? They would have recommended such logical actions as repealing the Community Reinvestment Act, which forces banks to make bad loans, or allowing the market to set interest rates instead of the Federal Reserve system. How about abolishing the Federal Reserve altogether? There are many things that could have been done, but don’t expect Congress take a course of action that comes from a place of understanding and competence when they could just spend money.Continue Reading.

3 in 5 voters: Boot every congressman

59 percent say they'd kick out all members of House, Senate

If given the choice, a new poll reveals, 59 percent of Americans would sweep Capitol Hill clean of the current batch of senators and representatives to elect an entirely new Congress.

Only 17 percent of voters polled said they would be willing to keep the current legislature.

Despite the lawmakers' dismal 11 percent approval rating, Rasmussen Reports pointed out that 90 percent of Congress is likely to remain following this November's election.

Rasmussen Reports dug into history to reveal that for well over 100 years after the U.S. Constitution was adopted, congressional turnover in national elections averaged about 50 percent. Following the New Deal era, however, those numbers began to decline. Since 1968, no national election has managed to muster even a 10 percent turnover. Full Story.


(Extensions of Remarks - June 15, 2007)

FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2007

Mr. PAUL. Madam Speaker, I rise to introduce legislation to restore financial stability to America's economy by abolishing the Federal Reserve. Since the creation of the Federal Reserve, middle-and working-class Americans have been victimized by a boom-and-bust monetary policy. In addition, most Americans have suffered a steadily eroding purchasing power because of the Federal Reserve's inflationary policies. This represents a real, if hidden, tax imposed on the American people.

From the Great Depression, to the stagflation of the 70s, to the burst of the dotcom bubble, every economic downturn suffered by the country over the last 80 years can be traced to Federal Reserve policy. The Fed has followed a consistent policy of flooding the economy with easy money, leading to a misallocation of resources and an artificial ``boom'' followed by a recession or depression when the Fed-created bubble bursts.
Full Transcript

The Petition for Redress Regarding the private FEDERAL RESERVE



11:55 am EST 83,345 Signatures

What will it take to get 1,000,000 Signatures?


What a prison sentence really means

As you read this article, yes, written by a "Prisoner", try to focus on the content of what he is saying. The average person has no clue as to what a huge business our Prisons have become. If you know someone who has been to prison, maybe you should take time to sit down and ask some questions so you can be an educated jury some day.

You may be called to sit on a jury of a non-violent crime and feel that it's a bad law to begin with but you will hear the judge give you these instructions.

(1) You have two main duties as jurors. The first one is to decide what the facts are from the evidence that you saw and heard here in court. Deciding what the facts are is your job, not mine, and nothing that I have said or done during this trial was meant to influence your decision about the facts in any way.

(2) Your second duty is to take the law that I give you, apply it to the facts, and decide if the government has proved the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. It is my job to instruct you about the law, and you are bound by the oath that you took at the beginning of the trial to follow the instructions that I give you, even if you personally disagree with them. This includes the instructions that I gave you before and during the trial, and these instructions. All the instructions are important, and you should consider them together as a whole.

These instructions would lead you to believe that you must do as the judge's instructions tell you.

The truth is that the courts know better than that. You are the judge of both the law and the facts in every case, you are the acting body of government in that court room, above the judge, prosecutor, legislators and even higher than the President of the United States.

The jurors have two main duties. First, they must determine from the evidence what the facts are. Second, they must take the law stated in the court's instructions, apply it to the facts and decide whether the facts prove the charge beyond a reasonable doubt. See Sparf v. United States, 156 U.S. 51, 102-107, 15 S.Ct. 273, 39 L.Ed. 343 (1895); Starr v. United States, 153 U.S. 614, 625, 14 S.Ct. 919, 923, 38 L.Ed. 841 (1894).

The jurors have the power to ignore the court's instructions and bring in a not guiltyverdict contrary to the law and the facts. Horning v. District of Columbia, 254 U.S. 135, 138, 41 S.Ct. 53, 54, 65 L.Ed. 185 (1920).

From the September 2008 Idaho Observer:

When I was sent to prison, the judge mentioned just the length of my sentence. Had he included the entire scope of my punishment, he may have said it differently: "Mr. Steen, I sentence you to take responsibility for every social ill—past, present and future. Each time America runs out of foreign enemies, it apparently turns on itself to find more. By way of media, politics and indifferences, people who break the law, good law or bad, become those enemies and are then responsible for every social malady. Whether this is logical, you are the culprit.

"You are sentenced to live in a maladaptive, alien environment that defies description. You’ll be stripped of your work skills, your self-worth and your humanity while at the same time face the daily threat of assault, rape, false accusations and unjustified punishment. You will live like this for the next 15 years. If you manage to re-enter society as a productive person, some will say prison was just what you needed. If not, others will say ‘I told you so.’

"Because of counterproductive prison policies, you are sentenced to live in a world of cruelty and indifference that perpetuates the very behavior it purports to alleviate. If you share this with those outside of the prison system, you will be called a liar, most won’t believe that $millions are spent on the proliferation of facilities that perpetuate harm, not repair it.

"You are sentenced to consume $150,000 to $600,000 in taxpayer dollars for your prison stay. While lawmakers cite the ever-growing cost of incarceration as a public necessity, you will learn that 10 percent of that amount goes towards your daily needs, while the other 90 percent pays for a bloated prison bureaucracy immune from any cost-benefit analysis. These tax dollars will be siphoned from school programs, child care, and job training, all of which do make communities healthy and safe and save $millions in the process. Despite the media frenzy that portrays society seething with crime, you’ll learn that relatively few prisoners represent a danger to our communities; we’re mad at most felons, not scared of them. So, you’ll wonder why the majority of prisoners aren’t on home arrest, a logical move that would save millions of dollars and obviate the need for more prisons.

"Practical education programs, universally proven to drastically reduce recidivism, will be almost nonexistent. In fact, you will be disciplined for possessing more than 10 books. Therefore, you will live in an environment where recidivism is tacitly encouraged, a fact not lost on those who want to run prisons for a profit.

"It is true that there are some counseling programs in prison and some people will benefit from them. Yet, if you attempt to describe the futility of a therapeutic environment placed within an atmosphere of people with dehumanizing policies, you will be told that your intentions are distorted and without merit.

"You are sentenced to bear the wrath of a misinformed society. While you’re experiencing everything I just said, you will be told how easy you have it. The media will find your Christmas meal more news-worthy than the damage caused by law-makers who jostle for the next ‘get tough’ policy at the expense of society’s wellbeing. Your privilege to have this once-a-year meal will be presented as so outrageous, a debate will ensue over which ‘luxury’ to take away next. Politicians will focus on violent sociopaths and pronounce their horrific crimes as a yardslide to measure the innate danger and incorrigibility of all law-breakers, including you.

"Finally, as perhaps the most perverse component of your sentence, I hereby prohibit society from ever listening to you. Your comments on crime and punishment will be ignored. You, as well as others, will see the big picture, but few will care about the politics of crime and its role in our growing prison population. You will know that most prisoners are guilty of breaking the law, but only a few need to be separated from society. You will know that it is the reporting and sensationalism of crime that has skyrocketed, not crime itself.

"Unfortunately, though, you will one day return to society with firsthand knowledge of our prison system, few will care; most see only the door leading into prison, not the one leading out.

"Therefore, if your opinion ever gets printed in a newspaper, you will not only be perceived as just another law-breaker unable to accept the consequences of his actions, but of being manipulative as well. Society will know this to be so because you broke the law.

"You are hereby sentenced to be a messenger whose message will be forever perceived as tainted, self-serving and disingenuous, regardless of veracity and accuracy.

"No one will believe you.

"You have been sentenced to be a criminal."

Randal R. Steen

Bismarck, North Dakota

Steen, 48, a union journeyman millwright by trade, is the father of four children and four grandchildren. He is currently six years into a 15-year sentence for a non-violent drug offense.