“The exercise of any power not authorized by the constitution is an assumed power, and therefore illegal”

“A constitution defines and limits the powers of the government it creates. It therefore follows, as a natural and also a logical result, that the governmental exercise of any power not authorized by the constitution is an assumed power, and therefore illegal.”

— Thomas Paine
(1737-1809) US Founding father, pamphleteer, author [
1805]

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Religion of Peace beheads Frenchman; blows up gas factory

Beheading, explosion at gas factory in France [Kim Hjelmgaard and Aida Alami]

“Banners with Arabic inscriptions were also found near the head. ‘Islamist terrorism has again struck France’, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said.”

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Religion of Peace murders 27 in Kuwait

27 die in blast at Kuwait mosque

“More than 200 hurt; ISIL claims attack.”

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Religion of Peace murders 38 in Tunisia

Beach resort attack is country’s deadliest [Tunis, Tunisia]

“A gunman hiding a Kalashnikov rifle under his umbrella opened fire on a Tunisian beach resort, killing 38 people, mostly tourists, Friday.”

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“Gortz Haus closing is goofy”

Was the headline of Jim Norland’s LTE in Saturday’s Register. I suppose if you are not familiar with principled stands, liberty or religious freedom, it would seem rather “goofy” to close your business rather than rent it as a wedding chapel for two homosexuals, Lee Stafford and Jared Ellers.

Live and let live is not in the lexicon of Stafford and Ellers, but compulsory acceptance through court order is. Well, they do have SCOTUS on their side, God help us against the gay gestapo. I see a reign of limp wristed terror coming. I would say offhand that the first amendment and religious freedom took a serious hit.

Jim Roach

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“Poll: Sanders making gains in Iowa”

Here’s a tip for you Republicans: switch parties for the caucus. Take Hillary out there. Stop her cold. It would be very easy to put Sanders over the top at the caucus. Plus, he’s a darn good man. I can’t really help Paul, Carson or Trump get the nod, but I can do my part to stop Hillary. I’ll vote for Bernie. 10 % turnout for the caucus, 5 % boost from non-Democrats, its a no-brainer.

Jim Roach

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Hey conservatives, how’s that Chief Justice Roberts working out for you?

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Oh hey I know, why don’t you keep on electing more establishment Republicans? You know, so you can get the “right” judges appointed and overturn Roe. That’s what you need right? Just a few more judges? Yeah, that’s it… a few more judges. (Psst! That may not be rain you feel.) If that’s a “conservative” chief justice, I’d hate to see a liberal one.

Jim Roach

(Hey why don’t you elect Jeb Bush, I’ll bet you get some great appointees then!)

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Globalizing poverty

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“It is incomprehensible to me that the leaders of major corporate interests who stand to gain enormous financial benefits from this agreement are actively involved in the writing of the TPP while, at the same time, the elected officials of this country, representing the American people, have little or no knowledge as to what is in it.”
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The American people are such suckers. Take the Trans Pacific Partnership, please. No one is against “free trade”, but that’s not what we are getting. Pat Buchanan pointed this out 20 years ago. At the time, Japan had roughly a 20 % tariff on our goods, China 40 %. We must have mirrored that on their goods right? Nope. Our markets were wide open. Nothing changes. All this does is continue the race to the bottom as far as wages go.

What has been leaked, are provisions such as protections for big pharmaceuticals that keep other countries from buying cheap generics. So if keeping life saving drugs from people is your goal, its met. Japan gets to keep tariffs on the products it wants to keep out. At last check, China, the most egregious example of nonreciprocal trade, isn’t even a part of this. Besides the basic premise of this agreement is so obviously wrongheaded, it is being dome in secret. By corporations. What does your gut tell you? An agreement that is being negotiated in secret by corporations, and labor is absent from the table? Oh yeah, sounds like a good deal to me…

Perhaps funniest of all, is that both NAFTA and TPP, while they were initiated by Republicans, were sustained and finalized by Democrats. And who do Unions continue to slavishly support? The Democrats. Just yesterday there was an article from northwest Iowa, Sioux City OKs land sale for $264M plant (pork processing). Funny thing about this article, while it crows about “1,100” jobs being created, it doesn’t mention what the wages will be. Isn’t that odd? 1,100 new jobs, and no mention of wages. That’s about the only damn thing that matters when talking jobs, and no mention of it.

Oh that’s right, it will be like all the rest of Iowa’s meat processing plants since the early 80’s. It will employ Mexicans at less than $10 an hour. Wow. What a benefit to Iowa that is. We give the company millions of dollars in subsidies and tax cuts, and they employ Mexicans at less than $10 an hour. (Just like Wells Blue Bunny) It can’t get any worse than let. But TPP sure tries.

Here’s another concept. Rather than argue about the theoretical pluses or minuses of ‘free trade’, lets look at the facts. What happened in the 21 years since NAFTA? The historical record is there, look at it.  Are wages higher for the American worker? Are jobs more plentiful for the American worker? Did NAFTA result in good Mexican jobs thereby reducing the demand to illegally immigrate to the U.S.? No, no and no. Duh.

Why do you insist on being fooled again? I can understand being sold a bill of goods once. Smoke and mirrors. But how can it happen twice?

Like I say, no one is against “free trade”, but that’s not what we are getting. Couched in the agreement are provisions that take away our sovereignty in regards to immigration and the environment, always to the detriment of the American worker. Honest people don’t have secret agreements. Nor are they thousands and thousands of pages long. That is highly regulated trade. There is nothing free about that. Use your head people.

Jim Roach

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Your government at work

“National Public Radio has announced the U.S. Department of Defense has finally admitted they carried out race-based tests on American troops during WWII as part of its research on the effects of mustard gas.

Exposure of soldiers to chemical, biological and radiological agents or devices during a war has always been a concern, not just in the U.S., but with other countries.

During WWI, the most notable substance used was mustard gas, and later, in Vietnam, the U.S. used Agent orange, a defoliant that has since been attributed to numerous illnesses, many of them with long-term effects.

It could be said that WWII was one war where dangerous chemicals were seldom used on the battlefield. But, it has now been revealed that 60,000 U.S. military personnel were exposed to mustard gas, and not at the hands of the enemy.

A total of 60,000 enlisted men were part of a secret government program that wasn’t declassified until 1993 that tested mustard gas and other chemical agents on U.S. troops during WWII.”

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/politics/defense-dept-mustard-gas-experiments-done-on-wwii-soldiers/article/436487#ixzz3dqaOfcX9

[Don’t believe it? Try again. While you’re at it, check out the race-based syphilis tests in Alabama from 1932 – 1972. Your tax dollars at work. Hey I know, let’s put the government in charge of your healthcare.]

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The Fantastic Four

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Your presidential picks say a lot about a person. I really can’t refine my choices more than down to these four, Trump, Paul, Carson and Sanders. It makes sense though when you consider I run a blog called “Iowa Independents”. Only one of my picks is a “professional” politician of one of the two major parties, Rand Paul, and he is to a large degree persona non grata with the Republican establishment.

Bernie Sanders is a “career” politician, just not with a major party. He’s running as a Democrat simply to avoid the impossible hurdles of an independent run. His usual moniker is that of ‘independent’ or socialist. Trump is a businessman of course, and Carson is a retired physician. That group is about as nonconformist as you get. I noticed that even with the extremely wide variances on particular issues, they share a couple of traits.

Aside from Paul, they would all be classified as “older”, but I don’t think that’s one of the commonalities. They all happen to be men, but that’s only because Sarah Palin isn’t running. She shares their traits also.

All four of these guys bug the hell out of the establishment. All four of these guys say what they mean and mean what they say. Just like the guy who made the phrase famous, Pat Buchanan. I think the similarity that brings them all together, was the common theme during the discussion on Jan Mickelson’s radio on the day Trump announced.

Essentially every caller said this about Trump: Say what you want about him, you know what you are getting. He won’t lie to you. He won’t tell you what you want to hear. He’s blunt. He won’t sugarcoat it. I think that applies to all four of this group.

They also tend to be populists. They tend to all be accomplished in their own field. They also stand in stark contrast to your run-of-the-mill two-faced politician that people are so tired of. None of them are the warmongers currently in control of Washington. None of them seem to have the goal in life of enriching special interest groups and the elite.

I’d take any one of these four for president. I submit that if  any one of the others is elected, you will get business as usual.

Jim Roach

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