Friday, July 31, 2009

Who the Falk is Amitai Etzioni?

There's a consistent pattern of behavior among Americans studying the NWO that defies explanation. It's as if there is one set of topics open to debate, and there's another set of topics that are closed to any public discussion. The number of Americans who publically address the communitarian philosophy or acknowledge global-to-local communitarian law can be counted on one hand. The rest of the anti-NWO "activist community" continues to ignore or minimize the verifiable bureaucratic and judicial structure for the emerging world government.

Why do so many Americans studying the emerging supra-national world government put their focus on only the branches of the communitarian tree? Some study the Bilderbergs, many study Illuminatti, others the Zionists, others the UN and it's related programs, and some tie these all together under the British Royal Family. But they all stop short of identifying the NWO philosophy or the NWO legal structure (which has established case law already on record in the EU, the USSR and China). This is why the Americans have lost their nation forever, and no amount of scoffing, sneering, crying, yelling or finger pointing can change the fact that the US Constitution has been slowly replaced with illegal Communitarian Values.

The Obama administration is entirely communitarian.For months now I've read article after article from former Obama supporters who are having second thoughts based on everything except Obama's committment to advancing communitarianism in the United States. Hundreds of writers artfully deflect any attention towards Obama's verifiable past. Their role seems to be to keep America focused only on the NWO's pre-planned areas of discrepancy. Thousands of Hegelian arguments grow and circulate endlessly, leading all duped sides into eventually capitulating to what was the ultimate goal all along. Hegelian arguments steer Americans, not only in useless circles, but into a deep dark pit that lurks just beneath every smiling face promising to bring Americans peace and "change." The communitarian mantra is "change," but that fact was never important enough to bring to the American's attention. Nor was the fact that Obama's Harvard Law School application was signed by a leading communitarian thinker considered worthy of an article or two.

Communitarian Platform signer Professor John McNight even made a youtube video of his mentorship of Obama's community activism and his prominent role in advancing Obama's political career. McNight's Institute for Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ilinois was one of the first places I learned how communitarian thinking and terminology are being introduced around the world. McNight's Workbook for "Mapping and Mobilizing Community Capacity" is the more invasive version of the US Census's new American Community Survey. The communitarians planned to rebuild America, house by house, block by block, town by town, and the way they planned to do it was to put every American's private life into their GIS map. Now the communitarians have their new census, and it comes into our homes with the full force of US communitarian law behind it.

By 1999, when I first became aware of the plan, hundreds of communitarian books, essays and articles had already been written and circulated among upper academia. The communitarian philosophy had also already permeated every local government agency in Seattle, Washington. Communitarian terms were thrown around regularly at public meetings and written into neighborhood plans. Seattle Police Department (SPD) had already changed their mission statement to communitarian terminology, openly stating their number one goal was to promote livability and quality of life. Invasive federalized police actions used to implement portions of the global neighbohood plans were cloaked in communitarian objectives to rebuild a safer and healthier community. Friendly, neighborly, cute COPS on bikes became the communitarian logo.

Everyone involved in civic life seemed to be making money on the communitarian bandwagon. Freemasons around the country began organizing themselves around community development groups whose sole purpose was to introduce communitarian land use regulations. Church officials affiliated with the World Council of Churches openly declared themselves as spiritual adherants to the new global sustainable philosophy. Pope John Paul wrote a vision of building a more spiritual communitarian world. Other less known and new groups became part and parcel of the communitarian changes, with groups like Sustainable Seattle created before the Rio conference in 1992 where sustainability was the primary topic. That the Director of the Seattle Department of Design, Construction and Land Use (DCLU) was also on the Board of Directors of Sustainable Seattle (and a presenter at Rio) was never a concern of the lesser agencies following the DCLU's lead in reorganizing Seattle neighborhoods under communitarian regulations.

Ten years ago we learned we were "human research subjects" in a global Community Oriented Policing (COPS) and sustainable development pilot project. The pilot test had several sub-tests included, most notably COMPASS, the NIJ's COPS GIS database used for Community Mapping, Planning, Analysis and Safety Strategies in our neighborhood. Files on residents were kept by Community Service Officers whose job was to "identify all the players." The bigger international plan for completely modifiying human behaviors was tested in several cities and rural areas across the United States. Each area tried different ways to get around the 4th Amendment, an "identified barrier to the plan." (SPD Chief Norm Stamper 1996)

A "necessary" communitarian assumption of power over all national resources was the official explanation for making such drastic changes to US property and privacy law. One of the first things I learned when I started to study the plans was that I, along with all the other human beings on the planet, was identified as a "resource" in all their planning documents. The very idea that somebody said I was merely a resource to be harvested like a tree or a fish was so insulting I had to know what they had to back that statement up. What I found was a virtual library of published works defining the communitarian's plan for changing the world. I'm not referring to the Communist Manifesto here either, communism, like capitalism, is but a branch on the communitarian tree. Obama is not a communist, and even if he were you could never prove it. Nobody knows for sure where he was born or can show documents proving he's a clone of an Eqyptian Pharoh. What can be easily verified is that Obama is a communitarian, and that's the one topic that remains unspoken before the huddled US masses.

Ten years ago I still believed in the economic principles that established the United States. There's no hope left in me that the Americans will somehow stop the communitarians from stealing their national economy. The majority of America still thinks the communitarian's global agenda is nothing but a stupid conspiracy theory, and most of the 222 people who joined my Stop UN Local Agenda 21 group on Facebook are from Eastern Europe. (The majority of our book sales for 2020: Our Common Destiny are outside the US.) Lately it appears the communitarians have implanted the idea that their publically available blueprints for a global government are a conspiracy. Every day now we get hits at the ACL from people around the world searching for the "Agenda 21 conspiracy." But apparently not everyone is as gullible as the Americans. I may not be invited or sponsored to give talks on communitarian philosophy and law at American conferences (especially the ones using the word "freedom"), but I have been asked by local government officials in South Africa if I hold internet seminars or would be willing to come there. The boys at Stop Common Purpose in London had no trouble understanding that communitarianism was the basis for the program they oppose. Paul Barnes in Canada immediately recognized communitarianism in the programs and policies in his home nation. What's the big barrier to American patriots and truthers... the truth?

There's a part of me now that is ashamed of myself for devoting ten years to defending the US Constitution against seditious communitarianism. I've been able to hold my head up in spite of the ravages ten years of poverty brings on, because in my heart I knew I was fighting a just war that had to be fought. Somewhere along the way I accepted America will end up a slave population to international communitarian masters. My slavish devotion to insisting US legal principles trumph communitarian justice was naive. Our people already capitulate to every demand the communitarians make, so who and what exactly was I defending? And this whole "I got my gun" defense that I hear and see written so much now is driving me bonkers. Armed resistance is written into their scenario; it's a Hegelian tool. Fabians, Mossad, CIA, HS, FEMA, NORTHCOM, DEA, SWAT, ACT, COPS et. al. are trained to instigate it. Hegel, the grandfather of communitarianism (Etzioni is the "father") said the best way to help humanity is via violence. If we knew that, would our people still think arming themselves was the best defense they could come up with? This was always a war of wits and words, not bullets. Far too many of our people are blind and arrogant enough to play right into every hand they're dealt.

Just before Barack Obama won the US Presidency, Amitai Etzioni, GWU Professor, Fabian founder of the Commutarian Network, former Israeli soldier and adviser to US Presidents since 1979, advised all his followers at the Huffington Post to put champaygne on ice... their protoges were on the way to the White House. Too bad so few in America were paying attention to what was really happening during the last election.

3 inch tall painted wildflower bouquet in pot
on a varnished stand of exotic hardwood

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Fox news reports US military preparing for mass quarantines

I was able to watch part of this video, hard to tell if it's for real since I never watch TV anymore so it always looks fake to me when I see it. If it's real it's still been edited with overlapping commentary and lettering, which lessens its value to me. It does seem like we're moving into a lot of people need to die phase, but there's always the possibility that the riots and chaos the communitarians expect won't happen, and that's such an integral part of their plan it could end up being a real glitch. Lame, I know, kind of like "what if they had a war and nobody came?" What if they had a war and nobody knew?

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Camp Redington has it's first guests from the website

3/4 inch rusty "pail" with painted wildflowers

1/2 inch pot of natural dried wildflowers

This is my first chance to use the internet except to quick check my mail for a week. Been gettin' great comments here and it sucks that I haven't had regular access lately. I'm so not prepared to give up the internet and hope that whatever happens we can all somehow still get online... think that's possible?

2ml painted bottle with untouched wildflowers

1 inch mini pot with handpainted wildflowers,
1/2 inch bear and cub

2 inch clay pot with painted wildflowers

1 inch mini handpainted wildflower bouquet with eagle

Fireweed and yarrow grows everywhere in the yard

Drying racks made of duct tape

Ron, Corina, me and Nordica made a big dinner for our camp's first guests. Our friends Jewel and Brenda have perfect timing.

Snap peas almost ready to be stolen off the vine

New minishelf I made out of the one that plopped into a water pot overnight, fell apart at the seams in the morning. My alteration holds 9, 2ml bottles, and now I'm gong to soak all those cute, dinky, useless shelves and rebuild them all to fit my bottled flowers.

new all Alaskan mini roombox

Chitina smoke keeps moving up our road. Copper's rising again too.

Smoking Garden

Host of the year

Our first "official" Camp Redington guests E and Ray, lovely, lovely folks who may just inspire Tim to actually open someday. Even though the email at CR's website is bad, E tracked me down via this blog and reserved their space. We had a lot of fun with them, fed them moose ribs their first night and Copper River Reds tonight when they came back from McCarthy. Today they drove Tim's 4 wheeler and then we shot my guns, a first for both of them. It was great to meet such open and friendly people who were interested in meeting us after they read the site. It meant we could totally relax around them, smoke, swear, have dirt on us, whatever... they didn't come to change us or judge us, just to enjoy meeting us. I liked them a lot, and we all got to see how easy and interesting it is to meet people who come here because we're so different.

The garage sale grill in action, and yes, I lit it myself this time!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Anchorage -Tent city proposed to combat homeless problem

Landless peasants

Anchorage -Tent city proposed to combat homeless problem

I do not consider myself to be homeless. My gertees are fully functional, year-round, livable dwellings that elevate my quality of life. What I am is landless. It's not shelter I require; I own my home, I built it myself, I can dismantle it anytime I choose and take it anywhere I go. Here's the glitch: I do need the land to erect my home upon.

Homelessness is another one of those words that slipped into the American lingo without anyone really questioning its meaning, or its intent. After reading the comments about this KTUU Anchorage story at the Fairbanks Daily News Miner, I realized many of our citizens exemplify the ultimate communitarian standards for non rational thinking. False feelings of superiority are the end result of years of church/media tutorials filled with communitarian propaganda and lies.

As more Americans lose their homes and LAND to urban revitalization, community development, Local Agenda 21 visions and countless other plans to steal American resources, our people will be forced to reconsider this vague, new communitarian word that allows the governing bodies to determine the fate of the people so designated.

One of first communitarian programs I discovered in Seattle in 1999 was Peter Steinbrueks' Transient Tracking Program. This was a plan to chip all the homeless people using Seattle services. All renters in the Roosevelt Neighborhood Plan were defined as "transients with a negative impact on the neighborhood." As we can see, communitarian terminology changes meanings depending on the urgent needs of the communitarian planners and enforcers.

Here's a few definitions used by a few western countries. I wonder what the definition of homelessness is in Mongolia. (Here's the UN's take on Mongolian homeless children.) I see yurts mixed with modern buildings in pictures of Mongolia and they have yurt suburbs around Ulan Baatar. Even under communist rule the yurt lifestyle remained the BASIS of Mongolian culture. It is their universe, literally their place in the clouds. Home is a spiritual matter to them, and it has become that to us as well. Living in my gertee, I feel I am free for the first time in my life as a "free" American.
Glossary -- Define Homenessness

Social Worker and Director of Rebeccas Community, Mr. Dominic Mapstone:

"Homelessness is an inadequate experience of connectedness with family and or community."


The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act, Section 725, defines "homeless children and youths" as follows:

Homeless Children and Youths

(A) means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence (within the meaning of section 103(a)(1)); and

(B) includes—

children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; are abandoned in hospitals; or are awaiting foster care placement;

(ii) children and youths who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings (within the meaning of section 103(a)(2)(C));

(iii) children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and

(iv) migratory children (as such term is defined in section 1309 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965) who qualify as homeless for the purposes of this subtitle because the children are living in circumstances described in clauses through (iii).


Supported Accommodation Assistance Program Act 1994


A person is homeless if, and only if, he or she has inadequate access to safe and secure housing.

Ireland - Dublin

A legal definition of the Homeless is contained in Section 2 of the 1988 Housing Act.


A person is defined as homeless if:

(a) there is no accommodation available for him/her, together with any other person who normally resides with him/her or who might reasonably expect to reside with him/her, which he/she can reasonably occupy or remain in occupation of or,

(b) He/she is living in a Hospital, county home, night shelter or such institution and is so living because he/she has no accommodation and he/she is unable to provide accommodation from his/her own resources.

Sweeden - Stockholm

Homeless Person

One who does not have his/her own dwelling or is not living in someone else's home permanently and must resort to living in temporary placements

Person who lives on the streets

Person living in an institution or shelter and who does not have a place in which to reside at point of discharge

United Kingdom - London

A statutory definition included in Section 175, 1966 House Act this section defines people being homeless if they:

Homeless Person

Have no accommodation in the UK / elsewhere

Cannot secure entry to accommodation

Are threatened with homelessness within the next 28 days

Have no accommodation which is reasonable for them to occupy

Here's HUD's definition:

The United States Code contains the official federal definition of homeless. In Title 42, Chapter 119, Subchapter I, homeless is defined as:

§11302. General definition of homeless individual
(a) In general
For purposes of this chapter, the term “homeless” or “homeless individual or homeless person” includes—

1. an individual who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence; and

2. an individual who has a primary nighttime residence that is —

1. a supervised publicly or privately operated shelter designed to provide temporary living accommodations (including welfare hotels, congregate shelters, and transitional housing for the mentally ill);

2. an institution that provides a temporary residence for individuals intended to be institutionalized; or

3. a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.

(b) Income eligibility

In general
A homeless individual shall be eligible for assistance under any program provided by this chapter, only if the individual complies with the income eligibility requirements otherwise applicable to such program.

Notwithstanding paragraph (1), a homeless individual shall be eligible for assistance under title I of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 [29 U.S.C. 2801 et seq.].

(c) Exclusion

For purposes of this chapter, the term “homeless” or “homeless individual” does not include any individual imprisoned or otherwise detained pursuant to an Act of the Congress or a State law.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Swine Fluman by Chris Katko

Swine Fluman by Chris Katko

Ever since 9/11, I've been convinced the final act in this communitarian farce would be a health scare. I never did find the time to write an article about it and I don't have all the research for it in one place anymore. But I haven't forgotten what I read that led me to think that the communitarian "thinkers" consider it an optional way to gently force the reluctant nations into agreeing to give up their national sovereignty to the NWO's central ruling committees. For a long time I thought they would unleash some sort of horrible fast spreading sickness because their track record suggests they are not against biological warfare. Then I came to realize all they would need to do is use the media to spread the rumor of a global virus; either way the results will be the same. Global population reduction is a widely held belief and I hear support for it all the time from the people I meet. It's as if people take some kind of perverse pleasure in repeating the lie that "there's too many people." Several years ago when Michael Ruppert included it in his book about Peak Oil it changed the way we felt about his work. It's been one of those topics that define people's real loyalty for us.

That many people will surely die was hard to get my head around, and just thinking about it made me so depressed I stopped researching the topic. (I did the same thing with several other communitarian topics, including religion and pedophilia.) Bobby Garner's list of Population Reduction Quotes is one of the most frequented pages at this blog, maybe because it comes up number one in a google search for that exact term.

The whole meaning of "community health" needs to be written; I'm going to try to find the time to write it. And it needs to include a history of Obama's communitarian training.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Gertee's new shower and garden delights

Justice wants my fox hat!

Gertee shower addition

Fireweed by the garden

Putting up the shower roofring
Balanced the stool upside down on the top of the ladder and put the roofring really carefully balanced on top of the stool, then placed the poles in their holes and hooked them very slowly to the tension cable. Didn't drop one beam on my head.

Garden in mid July

Shower gertee attached to back door
Ugly on the outside, lovely inside

Snap peas

Mustard greens salad from the garden

Soaked leaves and flowers in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, cinnamon, pepper, basil and sea salt

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Vaccine Resistance Movement (VRM) on facebook

I joined this group after somebody invited me, even though I never went and checked it out first. This message is the first I've read of their information and thought it might be of some interest here. Looks like it will be worth my time to look at the legal aspects of their activism.

Hello everyone, this is an important update so please read through it and paste it on to others in your circle. We're moving ahead with our operations in several respects. After my recent interview with Dr.Bill Deagle and subsequent discussions with him it has become clear the Injunction route is our best bet. Deagle has smartly written up a new defense, what's called a PRO SE Citizen's Injunction to be served by you & me respectively to our applicable courts. We're drafting a Canadian version of it here to accommodate our laws as such. If you are an American less adjustment will be needed. Similar conversions must be done in your country of origin. Why is an Injunction so effective? Assuming you have followed all the correct procedures & the data is rock solid they MUST BY LAW see you in court. Meaning a judge will have to allow you to APPEAR & defend your charges. Stage 2 as we are calling it is KEY. Getting past the legal FRONT GATES. Then we'll co-ordinate a live video appearance to include Dr.Deagle, Dr.True Ott and others if possible to back the allegations & FORCE DISCOVERY. He has agreed to help us in the manner. He calls this the "Legal Militia". So keeping informed with me will be important as I can reach Deagle by phone. We have to ensure there is an organized headquarters to keep track of those who have served it where & what the reply has been. Thus we are now moving swiftly to set up a formal website away from FB (which lately has repeatedly threatened to delete my account). This new central base will manage chapters which we need to delegate nationwide/worldwide. We must keep track of those Injunctions served & how each court has responded. Once we have successful court date we can spread the precedent and use it to pressure other courts to agree to see us. Anyone wanting to serve their own file please get in touch with me directly forst. Make certain your Injunction is applicable to YOUR REGION. We'll also be making flyers, T shirts etc for circulation when ready. We'll be setting up a donation box money bomb on the new website and please send what you can once that is up & running. All the resources will be used to further our cause. We'll be setting up lecture tours to reach out to community groups/parents before it's too late. Knowledge has to get out as the Globalists are manipulating the press everywhere to ensure the public remains frightened & misinformed. It's up to us to get the word out hall by hall, parking lot by parking lot. Door to door if necessary. Anyone wanting to represent their constituency we'll set you as an Officer and you can help organize in your area. We have approximately 3 weeks to get this all set up. The hour is now. Those wanting to join the effort please E-mail me directly if so via my home box. Serious enquiries only as my capacity is limited -

DR.DEAGLE'S CITIZEN'S INJUNCTION (click on *more information* to access the complete file, bottom right hand corner of intro page);

We're also working closely with Dave MacLucas & JoAnne Cremer, founders of the excellent group site supporting Jane Burgermeister's amazing Criminal Injunction. Please join this other group and support their cause. Both Injunctions will be immensely powerful & awaken the masses if applied together.


For those just joining us please refer to these links for all related info -





Just a note our original petition is still essential. It will be utilized to roll out a formal Class Action suit once casualties start pouring in. Then we have documentable evidence to apply.


Godspeed and may the light of the truth always shine our way through these dark time.

Joel Lord/founder VRM

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Task Force on Community Preventive Services

What is "community health?" Is there anything more vague than putting the word "community" in front of something that normally only applies to individuals? Every (yes, every) program that uses the word COMMUNITY in its title is a communitarian program. Communitarian law is often called Community Law. Consuelo sent this post at Lew Rockwell:
July 16, 2009
A Shot in the Arm, Whether You Like It or Not
Posted by Mike Tennant on July 16, 2009 06:57 AM

Among the countless horrors our Dear Leader wants to visit upon us with his health care “reform” bill is this: ”grants to states to improve immunization coverage of children, adolescents, and adults through the use of evidence-based interventions. States may use funds to implement interventions that are recommended by the Community Preventive Services Task Force, such as reminders or recalls for patients or providers, or home visits.”

“The bill lists eight specific ways that states may use federal grant money to carry out immunization-promoting ‘interventions.’ Method ‘E’ calls for ‘home visits’ which can include ‘provision of immunizations.’”

In other words, whether you want your kids (or yourself) to receive certain vaccines, the state can forcibly administer them in your home.

Anyone think that Big Pharma won’t back this bill 100 percent?
The title "Task Force" has such a militaristic tone it always suprises me how often the communitarian government uses it to describe how they're going to "help" us. Like the Anchorage Mayor's Task Force on Obesity, these overeducated, overdecorated academic elite phonies think their communitarian titles entitle them to intrude on our bodies.. literally. These people are the 21st century's most honored version of Nazi medical teams. We the people obviously need to establish our own Task Force on Communitarian Scams. The US Constitution prohibits officials from accepting Titles of Nobility, so, naturally, the crafty communitarians elevated their academic titles above the status of nobility... they are bestowed with "god" status. Now when an average person dares to question the "authority" of these community health teams to enter homes and force preventions, they are questioning the wisdom of all these people at the top... and really... come on.. how many books have you written and how many extra letters follow your name? You're all just a bunch of nobodies who don't even exist without the community. Your lowly opinions and your claims to own your own bodies is a sign of your ignorance. Every person who attempts to resist being taught new behaviors must somehow prove they know more about health related issues than ALL these esteemed scientists:

Biographical Sketches

Jonathan E. Fielding, MD, MPH, MBA (Chair)

Jonathan E. Fielding is the chair of the Task Force on Community Preventive Services. He is currently the county director of public health and health officer, Los Angeles County; professor of health services and pediatrics, Schools of Public Health and Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles; and a commissioner of the Los Angeles County Children and Families First–Proposition 10 Commission. He is also a director of the American Legacy Foundation. He has certification from the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Preventive Medicine, for which he has served as president and regent. He has authored or coauthored more than 175 original research articles and chapters on various aspects of public health, preventive medicine, and health services. Dr. Fielding received the Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Service from the American College of Preventive Medicine; the Roemer Prize for creative local public health work and the Sedgwick Memorial Medal for outstanding lifetime achievement in improving the public's health, both from the American Public Health Association; the Porter Prize for National Impact on Improving the Health of Americans; and the Outstanding Alumnus award from the Harvard School of Public Health. He is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and serves on their Population Health and Public Health Practice Board. Dr. Fielding is the editor of the Annual Review of Public Health. He graduated cum laude with his MD from Harvard University School of Medicine and has a master of public health in health services administration and health economics from the Harvard University School of Public Health. He received his MBA in finance from the Wharton School of Business Administration.

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Barbara K. Rimer, DrPH (Vice-Chair)

Barbara K. Rimer is dean of the School of Public Health and alumni distinguished professor of Health Behavior and Health Education School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Rimer received an MPH (1973) from the University of Michigan, with joint majors in health education and medical care organization, and a DrPH (1981) in health education from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. Previously, she served as deputy director for population sciences at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at UNC-Chapel Hill (2003-2005), director of cancer control and population sciences, National Cancer Institute (1997-2002); professor of community and family medicine at Duke University (1991-97); and director of behavioral research and a full member at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia (1981-91). Dr. Rimer has conducted research in a number of areas, including informed decision-making, long-term maintenance of behavior changes, interventions to increase adherence to cancer prevention and early detection, dissemination of evidence-based interventions and use of new technologies for information, support and behavior change. She was one of the first researchers to test the impact of stepped interventions for cancer control. She currently leads an NIH-funded study to increase regular use of mammography and recently led a project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to assess the impact of cancer-related mailing lists on cancer patients/survivors and caregivers.

Dr. Rimer has authored more than 238 peer-reviewed articles, 42 book chapters and six books, and she serves on several journal editorial boards. Her numerous awards and honors include the Healthtrac Foundation Award for Health Education (2004), the Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2000), the Director’s Award from the National Institutes of Health (2000) and the American Cancer Society Distinguished Service Award (2000). Dr. Rimer was the first woman and behavioral scientist to lead the National Cancer Institute’s National Cancer Advisory Board, a Presidential appointment. She is vice-chair for the Task Force on Community Preventive Services and serves on the editorial board for MMWR.

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Ana F. Abraído-Lanza, Ph.D.

Ana F. Abraído-Lanza is an associate professor in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University in New York City. She teaches courses on Current Issues in Latino Health, Health Psychology, as well as a course entitled Seminar in Research and Professional Development. Her research focuses on cultural, psychosocial, and socioeconomic factors that affect psychological well-being, adjustment to chronic illness, and mortality and health among Latinos, as well as health disparities between Latinos and non-Latino whites. Her current research projects include the study of (1) Latina women’s beliefs and attitudes about breast cancer; (2) sociodemographic and cultural factors that influence breast cancer screening behaviors among Latinas and non-Latina whites; (3) acculturation and cancer screening behaviors among Latina women; (4) coping and psychosocial adjustment among Latinos with arthritis; and (5) socioeconomic status, disability, and disparities in arthritis between Latinos and non-Latino whites. These projects reflect her overall interest and expertise in the health of Latino populations in the United States; socioeconomic status and health; breast and cervical cancer screening; acculturation theory; psychological adjustment to chronic illness, especially arthritis; psychological thriving; social support and coping with illness; social roles and identity theory; and health disparities between Latinos and non-Latino whites.

Dr. Abraído-Lanza received her PhD in social-personality psychology with a concentration in health psychology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She also completed a post-doctoral training fellowship program in psychiatric epidemiology at Columbia University's School of Public Health.

Dr. Abraído-Lanza is the chair of the Diversity Committee of the Department of Sociomedical Sciences, and she co-chairs the Diversity Committee of the Mailman School. She also was recently appointed to serve on the Professional Schools Diversity Council at Columbia. Dr. Abraído-Lanza served as a faculty advisor to the department’s Community Scholars Program, and is currently the director of the Training Core of the NIH/National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities-funded EXPORT Center, the Columbia Center for the Health of Urban Minorities (CHUM). She served as the director of the Initiative for Minority Student Development at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health, an education project grant funded by the NIH. She has also served as a committee member on scientific, professional and non-profit organizations, including the Board of Directors of Division 38 (Health Psychology) of the American Psychological Association, the Program Committee of the Association of Rheumatology Health Professions, the Board of Directors of inMotion (a New York City-based non-profit organization that provides free legal services to women), and the Medical and Scientific Committee of the New York Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation.

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Ned Calonge, MD, MPH

Ned Calonge is the chief medical officer of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. He also is an associate professor of Family Medicine and of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

At the Department of Public Health and Environment, Dr. Calonge is responsible for supervision of health-related divisions, including the Disease Control and Environmental Epidemiology Division, the Preventive Services Division, the Health Facilities and Emergency Medical Services Division, the Laboratory Services Division, the Colorado Health and Environment Information Services Division, and the Emergency Preparedness and Response Division. He also supervises the Office of Health Disparities.

Outside of the Department, Dr. Calonge serves on the Colorado Board of Medical Examiners, which licenses and provides regulatory oversight for physicians. He teaches epidemiology, biostatistics, and research methods at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

Nationally, Dr. Calonge is the chair of the United States Preventive Services Task Force, a federal panel of experts convened by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality that is charged by Congress to develop national evidence-based recommendations for preventive health care services for clinicians. He is a member of the CDC's Evaluating Genomic Applications for Practice and Prevention (EGAPP) Workgroup, which is charged with creating evidence-based recommendations for genetic testing services. He has recently been appointed as a member of the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau's Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorder and Genetic Diseases in Newborns and Children.

Dr. Calonge received his bachelor’s in chemistry from The Colorado College, his MD from the University of Colorado, and his MPH from the University of Washington; he is board certified in both family medicine and preventive medicine. He is the 2004 recipient of both the Public Health Award and the Robert Graham Physician Executive Award given by the American Academy of Family Physicians.

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John M. Clymer

John Clymer is a senior advisor to the Alliance for the Healthiest Nation, which fosters public-private collaboration to spark innovative actions and connect individuals to a national movement to make the U.S. the healthiest country in the world. Mr. Clymer also serves as a senior advisor to the Directors of Health Promotion and Education and as adjunct faculty to the Loma Linda University School of Public Health. From 2001-2008, he was president of Partnership for Prevention. Under his leadership, PfP quadrupled its budget, won passage of landmark Medicare legislation, developed a health reform framework to which Barack Obama aligned his agenda, and forged strategic partnerships with AARP, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Chamber of Commerce and World Economic Forum. Clymer serves on the U.S. Task Force on Community Preventive Services and World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Chronic Disease and Malnutrition. He serves as an informal advisor on health policy to Administration officials, members of Congress and CEOs, and is a consultant to nonprofits and corporations.

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Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH

Karen Glanz is professor of behavioral sciences and health education in the Departments of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, and Epidemiology; Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Research Scholar; and director of the Emory Prevention Research Center at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta. Dr. Glanz also is a member of the Winship Cancer Institute Population Sciences Program. From 1993 to 2004, she was professor and Director of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Program at the Cancer Research Center of Hawai'i at the University of Hawai'i. From 1979 to 1983 she was a professor in the Departments of Health Education and Medicine at Temple University in Philadelphia.

She received her MPH (1977) and PhD (1979) degrees in health behavior and health education from the University of Michigan. Dr. Glanz’s research focuses on theories of health behavior, obesity and the built environment, cancer prevention and control, social and health policy, and the use of new health communication technologies for disease prevention. Dr. Glanz and her team are committed to conducting scientific research with promising short-and long-term application to improved community health, health care, and public health services. Dr. Glanz has been recognized by colleagues in the Public Health Education and Health Promotion section of the American Public Health Association with the Early Career Award (1984), the Mayhew Derryberry Award for outstanding contributions to theory and research in health education (1992), and the Mohan Singh Award for contribution to humor in health promotion (1996). She was a member of the Behavioral Medicine Study Section of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from 1996 to 2001. Her scholarly contributions consist of more than 260 journal articles and book chapters. Dr. Glanz is the 2007 recipient of the Elizabeth Fries Health Education Award from the James and Sarah Fries Foundation. She served as editor of the NCI’s monograph Cancer in Women of Color (2002), and she is senior editor of Health Behavior and Health Education: Theory, Research, and Practice (Jossey-Bass Inc., 1990, 1996, and 2002), a widely used text now in its third edition. She was recognized in 2006 as a Highly Cited Author by, in the top 0.5% of authors in her field over a 20-year period.

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Ron Z. Goetzel, PhD

Ron Z. Goetzel wears two hats. He is both the director of the Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health Institute for Health and Productivity Studies (IHPS) and vice president of Consulting and Applied Research at Thomson Healthcare. The mission of the IHPS is to bridge the gap between academia, the business community, and the healthcare policy world – bringing academic resources into policy debates and day-to-day business decisions, and bringing health and productivity management issues into academia. At both Emory and Thomson Healthcare, Dr. Goetzel is responsible for leading innovative research projects and consulting services for healthcare purchaser, managed care, government, and pharmaceutical clients interested in conducting cutting-edge research focused on the relationship between health and well-being and work-related productivity. He is a nationally recognized and widely published expert in health and productivity management, return-on-investment (ROI), data analysis, program evaluation and outcomes research.

Over the past 20 years, Dr. Goetzel’s work has focused on large-scale evaluations of health promotion, disease prevention, and demand and disease management programs. He is principal investigator for Medicare’s Senior Risk Reduction Demonstration (SRRD) and New Opportunities for Healthy Aging in Medicare project. He is also principal investigator for a project sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) focused on obesity prevention and management at the worksite. For the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Goetzel is the principal investigator for a New York City project supporting collaborative efforts between the private and public sectors in health promotion and disease prevention programs directed at employers. He has functioned as principal investigator for research efforts directed at employer health and productivity management initiatives at Applied Materials, Boeing, Chevron, Pacific Bell, Citibank, Johnson & Johnson, IBM, Procter & Gamble, Florida Power & Light, Duke University, Sharp Health Care, Saturn Corporation, PG&E, The Associates and HERO. He has also been a principal on several health and disease management evaluation projects for Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Federal Employee Program (FEP), General Electric, Ford, PSE&G, Dow Chemical, Motorola, Delta, Lucent, International Truck and Engine, First Tennessee Bank and Texas Instruments. His pharmaceutical industry work with Aventis, Schering-Plough, Pfizer, Astra Zeneca, and Eli Lilly has focused on establishing the health and productivity cost burden of certain illnesses.

Before joining Thomson Healthcare in 1995, Dr. Goetzel was vice president of Assessment, Data Analysis and Evaluation Services at Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems. Before joining Johnson & Johnson, Dr. Goetzel was one of the original members of the core development and marketing group at Corporate Health Strategies, currently a division of Ingenix. Earlier in his career, Dr. Goetzel was the medical school education program evaluator at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he was appointed to the psychiatry faculty.

Dr. Goetzel earned his doctorate in organizational and administrative studies and his MA in applied social psychology from New York University (NYU), and his BS degree in psychology from the City College of New York (CCNY). He is located in Washington, DC.

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Lawrence W. Green, DrPH DSc(Hon.)

Lawrence W. Green is adjunct professor of epidemiology and biostatistics in the School of Medicine and Co-leader of the Society, Diversity and Disparities Program in the Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of California at San Francisco. He joined CDC in 1999 as Distinguished Fellow-Visiting Scientist to study what accounted for the success of tobacco control in the last third of the 20th century, and how we might take those lessons to other areas of public health. He served as director of CDC’s World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Global Tobacco Control and as acting director of the Office on Smoking and Health. He then served as the director of CDC’s Office of Science and Extramural Research and as associate director for Prevention Research and Academic Partnerships in the Public Health Practice Program Office. He was also visiting professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health and later health and society visiting professor at the University of Maryland and visiting professor at the UC School of Public Health, Berkeley. For most of the 1990s, Dr. Green was the director of the Institute of Health Promotion Research and professor and head of the Division of Preventive Medicine and Health Promotion, Department of Health Care and Epidemiology, at the University of British Columbia in Canada. Dr. Green has broad experience in health education, prevention, population health, and community interventions for health promotion and risk reduction. He served as the first director of the U.S. Office of Health Information and Health Promotion in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health under the Carter Administration, and as vice president of the Kaiser Family Foundation. He has been on the public health faculties at Berkeley, Johns Hopkins, Harvard, Texas and Emory. Dr. Green is a past president and Distinguished Fellow of the Society for Public Health Education and recipient of the American Public Health Association's highest awards (the Distinguished Career Award, the Award of Excellence, and the Mayhew Derryberry Award), the American Academy of Health Behavior first Research Laureate Medal, and an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree at the University of Waterloo in Canada. He currently serves on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and 12 other journals in his field, and as associate editor of the Annual Review of Public Health. His textbooks have been widely adopted. Community and Population Health with Judith Ottoson is in its 8th edition; Health Program Planning: An Educational and Ecological Approach with Marshall Kreuter is in its 4th edition. The latter has been the repository for description of his Precede-Proceed model and the more than 1,000 published applications of this social-environmental model in case studies, research, and other textbooks (see

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Robert L. Johnson, MD

Robert L. Johnson began his appointment to the Task Force on Community Preventive Services in February 2003. He is interim dean and professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at the New Jersey Medical School of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. His active interest in the health and well-being of youth is evidenced by his chairmanship of the Board of the Adolescent Health Center and of the Medical Board of The Door, New York, NY; he was also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Newark (NJ) Boys' Clubs, Inc. Dr. Johnson is a member of National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine Health Care Services Board; the National Academy of Sciences National Research Council Committee on Improving Research Information and Data on Firearms; the DHHS Council on Graduate Medical Education; and is the DHHS Region II chair of the Male Involvement Advisory Committee. He also serves as the chair of the NIH Consensus Panel on Antisocial Behaviors in Youth, and the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Health Professions Education Summit. Dr. Johnson received his MD from the College of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, NJ in 1972. He is the recipient of many awards, including the New Jersey Governor's Award (1997) and the Johnson & Johnson Community Health Care Crystal Award (2001).

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C. Tracy Orleans, PhD

As the senior scientist and Distinguished Fellow of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), C. Tracy Orleans has led or co-led the Foundation’s public policy- and healthcare system-based grant-making in the areas of tobacco control, physical activity promotion, childhood obesity prevention, and chronic disease management. She served as convener of the Foundation’s Tobacco Working Group and its first Chronic Disease Management Working Group, and as leader of its Health & Behavior Team. She has developed and/or led or co-led numerous RWJF national initiatives -- including Addressing Tobacco in Health Care, Smoke-Free Families, Helping Young Smokers Quit, Bridging the Gap/Impact Teen, Substance Abuse Policy Research, Improving Chronic Illness Care, Prescription for Health, Active Living Research and Healthy Eating Research. A clinical health psychologist, Dr. Orleans has authored or co-authored more than 200 publications, served on numerous journal editorial boards, national scientific panels and advisory groups (e.g., Institute of Medicine, National Commission on Prevention Priorities, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force) and as president of the Society of Behavioral Medicine.

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Nicolaas P. Pronk, PhD, MA, FACSM, FAWHP

Nicolaas P. Pronk is vice president of Health & Disease Management and executive director of the Health Behavior Group at HealthPartners, a large non-for-profit, member-governed integrated health system in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Health Behavior Group is a HealthPartners business unit that provides health promotion, disease prevention and disease self-management products and services to the international wellness market. As a senior research investigator at the HealthPartners Research Foundation, he conducts studies in the areas of behavior change, population health improvement and the impact of systems-level change on health-related outcomes.

At HealthPartners, Dr. Pronk has directed the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of health plan-, care system-, and employer-based health promotion and disease management programs and initiatives. Independent, external evaluations have recognized these programs as being benchmark or best-in-class and recognition for the quality of the services has been awarded by the Secretary of Health Human Services’ Office at DHHS, the National Institutes of Health Foundation, The C. Everett Koop Award, and The Dannon Institute, among others.

Dr. Pronk has published more than a dozen books and book chapters and over 100 scientific articles in the areas of exercise and physical activity, behavior change, economic impact of health risk factors, and the integration of health risk management strategies in population health initiatives. He is currently an associate editor for the ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine, and an editorial board member of the CDC e-journal Preventing Chronic Disease.

In support of national health improvement initiatives, Dr. Pronk currently serves as a member of the Task Force on Community Preventive Services; member of the Clinical Obesity Research Panel (CORP) at the National Institutes of Health; Chair of the ACSM’s Interest Group for Worksite Health Promotion; member of the Alliance of Health Insurance Plans’ Obesity Initiative Advisory Board; and is an immediate past member of the Defense Health Board (DHB; formerly the Armed Forces Epidemiology Board) for which he was nominated by the Armed Forces Surgeon’s General and confirmed by the White House.

Dr. Pronk is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the former Association of Worksite Health Promotion (AWHP). He received his doctoral degree in exercise physiology from Texas A&M University and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in behavioral medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

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Gilbert Ramirez, DrPH

Gilbert Ramírez is professor and director of the Master of Public Health Program (Urban Health) at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles, California. He teaches courses in evidence-based decision methods. His research portfolio includes numerous systematic reviews and meta-analyses, several of which have been conducted as part of the AHRQ Evidence-based Practice Center (San Antonio) and the Cochrane Collaboration.

Dr. Ramírez received his DrPH from the University of Texas at Houston and his MPH from the University of Hawaii. His academic preparation and career have focused on research synthesis methodologies. Dr. Ramírez’s professional career also includes thirteen years as a public health officer in the United States Army. He currently serves as the president-elect of the Southern California Public Health Association.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Communitarian boots stomping on a human face -- for as long as we allow it

Flowers appeared in my garden today, even my tomatoes are blooming! Still picking out communitarian beetles by hand although seeing only 2 to 5 a day. One of the elder Indians in Chitina told Corina to put cayenne pepper along the sides of the plants, she said it worked in their community garden. Been in the nineties for a week and I'm filling water jugs continuously. Rebuilt shower gertee attached to the back of my little gertee... it's positively luxurious now. :)

I like the slant of what Bobby Garner has to say in this email forward, and I'm extremely curious now to see a list of all our new "czars." I know the constitution's silence on the presidents' ability to sign binding treaties with foreign powers is one of the most serious loopholes in the contract. I've also some familiarity with the use of Presidential Executive Orders. I'm unfamiliar with Signing Statements, which shows how non-current my research has become. When I finally get back to having a regular phone line again, I'm going to have a lot of catching up to do.
I received this email on July 1st but it fell into my junk folder and I didn't find it until now. I thought it important enough to pass around, because you don't need to look very far in todays news to find current examples of its accuracy.

Our younger generations have been conditioned by our public schools to accept all of this as the normal progression of history, and while they may find parts of it alarming, they are easily able to excuse it, and look the other way. But the facts remain, that we are now governed by a monstrosity called government, but it is unrecognizable by any constitutional standard other than the one heavily corrupted, but officially approved by the Supreme Court and our Head Czar In Chief Obama.

Speaking of Czars, various accounts have the total number at more than 30 now. I'm not sure anyone really knows the exact number, because there may not be any requirement for reporting that information. I suspect that these appointments are reported only to impart to them the aura of respectability. The constitution gives the President complete authority to direct the operations of the White House, but it is completely silent on the appointment of Czars. Why? Because the framers of that document took every precaution against such things without naming any specifics. They understood that any specifics would leave unavoidable loopholes.

The White House by the way is not a constitutional branch of government. The Office of the President is one of the three branches of government, but the White House contains the home and office spaces of the President. The President has complete control over what happens there with very little oversight. He manages those offices via verbal commands, Executive Orders, and more recently by Signing Statements. Executive Orders are submitted to Congress for review. If they don't review them, or take no action, they become legally enforceable as law. I haven't researched Signing Statement, but they are both routinely abused, because no President has constitutional authority to dictate his policy into the law of the land, and that's what has been happening for many years. I can find no record of congress acting against any Executive Order, and they have therefore been allowed to pass into law by default.

The effect is that the President now rules the country by precedent established by abuses of his constitutional authority to rule the White House and Washington D.C. Senator Robert Byrd who was elected to Congress in 1952 is one among many who presided over much of the political maneuvering which led to this state of affairs. Now, he finds it politically expedient to question Obama's Czar appointments. Do you think they really had no idea of where this was all heading? On the question of whether it was all planned or accidental, I recommend None Dare Call It Conspiracy(pdf).

The recent appointment of John Holdren as Obama's Science Czar is one that has caused quite a few to sit up and take notice of the rather disturbing implications of this person advising the President on matters of science. Not that you need reminding, but medicine is a science by the way, and that is a hot issue with this administration. People are asking questions such as: Is John Holdren Obama's Dr. Strangelove?

See forwarded message below.

Bobby Garner

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 25 years later - and it's all happening!
Date: Wed, 1 Jul 2009 19:29:25 +1000
From: Gee Temp
To: <"Undisclosed-Recipient:;">

Picture of the future – Globalisation

"Power is in inflicting pain & humiliation. Power is in tearing human minds to pieces & putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.

Do you begin to see, then, what kind of world we are creating?

It is the exact opposite of the stupid hedonistic Utopias the old reformers imagined.

A world of fear & treachery & torment, a world of trampling & being trampled upon, a world which will grow not less but more merciless as it refines itself. Progress in our world will be progress towards more pain.

The old civilisations claimed that they were founded on love or justice. Ours is founded upon hatred.

In our world there will be no emotions except fear, rage, triumph, & self-abasement. Everything else we shall destroy - everything.

Already we are breaking down the habits of thought which have survived from before the Revolution.

We have cut the links between child & parent, & between man & man, & between man & woman. No one dares trust a wife or a child or a friend any longer. But in the future there will be no wives & no friends. Children will be taken from their mothers at birth, as one takes eggs from a hen. The sex instinct will be eradicated. Procreation will be an annual formality like the renewal of a ration card. We shall abolish the orgasm. Our neurologists are at work upon it now. There will be no loyalty, except loyalty towards the Party. There will be no love, except the love of Big Brother. There will be no laughter, except the laugh of triumph over a defeated enemy. There will be no art, no literature, no science. When we are omnipotent we shall have no more need of science.

There will be no distinction between beauty & ugliness. There will be no curiosity, no enjoyment of the process of life. All competing pleasures will be destroyed.

But always -- do not forget this, Winston -- always there will be the intoxication of power, constantly increasing & constantly growing subtler. Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face -- for ever."

From the book, "1984" - George Orwell,

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Obama annoints another communitarian to GAG the Internet

Do a google search for Cass Sunstein Communitarianism. If there's a shread of doubt left in your mind about Obama's rise to power coming from the Communitarians, this newest appointment should eliminate that shread once and for all. As Kyle Smith writes, "Sunstein is President Obama's choice to head the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs." And in case you still think nice, bland sounding communitarian phrases and titles are non threatening to human existance, Kyle also writes, "It's the bland titles that should scare you the most."

While Obama surely had his share of dialectical Communist teachers, his career as a community activist and his Harvard Law School attendance were entirely set-up for him by members of the Communitarian Network. Why are so many writers who claim to "expose" the New World Order STILL leaving out any mention of the Communitarians? I think it's because they don't want you to look at the actual way the New World Order is coming to pass. They want you to be able to choose to believe the Pope (who's openly calling for redistribution of wealth) and Obama discussed the way Jesus lives in their hearts and how they want to help people.

To understand communitarianism is to understand the lie, and we're not supposed to understand anything. We're just supposed to allow our (cloned?) guru president and his blind followers to use their government power to "gently force" us to become "better human beings." Good thing I know exactly what my role in this government is. Do you?

Communitarianism is not just a political theory, it's most important aspect is the law which criminalizes BEHAVIORS and eliminates the very foundation of U.S. Law which is PROPERTY DAMAGES. Under real U.S. law, we the government protects us the people from the bad guys in our midst. Under Communitarian Law, the bad guys have the power to control how we behave. The ONLY reason the comms have been able to successfully change our system to a communitarian system is because most people in most nations haven't got the FIRST CLUE what it is. It's not only a Communitarian EU:

We should be bombarded with exposes of the actual system, instead we're bombarded with articles still calling (or reverting back to calling) it communism. Is there anyone left on the side of legitimate national and state LAW? Has the entire world given up their freedom for a pack of liars and thieves? How many Americans does it take to change the world into a communitarian torture chamber? Thanks to Chris Bieber for forwarding this article:
"Sunstein was appointed, no doubt, off the success of "Nudge," his previous book, which suggests that government ought to gently force people to be better human beings."GAG THE INTERNET! AN OBAMA OFFICIAL'S FRIGHTENING BOOK ABOUT CURBING FREE SPEECH ONLINE, by Kyle Smith, New York Post
Book excerpt from Macmillan Reference USA:
implicit constitutional status to a RIGHT OF PRIVACY, asthe Supreme Court did in ROE V. WADE (1973) and subsequent cases protecting a woman's right to choose ABORTION. The same purported right of privacy is at stake in cases involving state regulation of SEXUAL ORIENTATION and assisted suicide (or the RIGHT TO DIE). The problem communitarians have with the privacy cases is not necessarily with the results reached but with the legal reasoning that insists constitutional analysis must bracket or put aside any substantive moral discussion of the public good at stake when individuals make private choices. In regard to abortion in particular, communitarians thus would prefer to reframe the issue along lines suggested by Justice RUTH BADER GINSBURG, who has argued that abortion regulations should be analyzed in reference to legal principles prohibiting SEX DISCRIMINATION as a violation of democracy's commitment to equal respect for all persons.

Communitarians also distinguish between two senses of citizenship implicit in the Constitution. One is the liberal view of citizens as individuals who enjoy the protection of legal rights against the state. The other is a stronger, republican vision of citizens who enjoy the legal status of participating in democratic self-governance and the rights and responsibilities of public service. This participatory notion of citizenship stands behind the constitutional status of TRIAL BY JURY of Article III and the Sixth Amendment's stipulation that criminal juries must be chosen from the district within a state where the crime occurred. The battle to amend the Constitution to protect the so-called jury of the "vicinage" or community affected by the crime, communitarians point out, was waged along civic republican lines and shows a continuing commitment among many in the Founding era to preserve opportunities for local communities, through the jury system, to participate in shaping governing principles of law. Likewise, the SECOND AMENDMENT embodies a philosophy of localism insofar as it protects state militias and the right to bear arms in them against the dangers of a single, standing national army. Historically, communitarians have also defended the constitutionality of the military draft (as in the SELECTIVE SERVICE ACTS) by stressing the Framers' commitment to the civic duty and public service obligations of democratic citizens.

When it comes to issues involving the state and religion, communitarians more readily accept the liberal view that RELIGIOUS LIBERTY should be the same everywhere in the United States, protected by federal courts against local, majoritarian preferences. For instance, communitarians' view of open and egalitarian communities premised on participatory opportunities for all leads them to accept the leading Supreme Court cases prohibiting public SCHOOL PRAYERS, which rest on the principle that public schools best educate children to be democratic citizens when they teach children both to respect RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY and to share civic ties despite those religious divisions.

Finally, communitarians balk at the increasing judicialization of politics, a process whereby resolution of core issues about justice and liberty is removed from the power of the people and entrusted to unelected federal judges. The result is dimunition of democracy and the disempowerment of citizens and their representatives. Communitarians concede that individual rights sometimes trump majority power in our constitutional government and that courts therefore need to enforce constitutional guarantees even against the contrary will of political majorities. But communitarians believe that a better balance can be struck between the rights-based liberalism that controls constitutional interpretation currently and the older, civic republican ideals of the Framers, ideals that stressed public duty as well as private rights and that praised participation in self-governing communities, rather than the protection of individual against community, as the key to political liberty.



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GLENDON, MARY ANN 1991 Rights Talk: The Impoverishment of Political Discourse. New York: Free Press.

SANDEL, MICHAEL J. 1996 Democracy's Discontent: America in Search of a Public Philosophy. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Summertime in Kenny Lake

Bed drapes on diamond willow posts

Spygliders over GerTee, flying in thick smoke

Wyatt ready for hockey in July

Cut a third window in the southwest side, this one's screened so now I have a crossbreeze. It was 90 above outside and a cool 68 inside under the RadiantGuard!

Garden and GerTee

Me and my little space in Camp Redington