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land of the NRA and home of the depraved...

several weeks ago a couple of gentlemen here wanted to test their new found right to legally carry (concealed) firearms, so each one slung an AR-15 over their back and walked proudly around a large farmers market. Needless to say, they got quite a response, legally and otherwise. But all the police could do was ticket them and there wasn't one person interviewed who said they "felt safer" with those two all-American patriots exercising their federal and state rights. Apparently this is the new freedom that so many Americans have desired and voted for.

You can't bring nail clippers or shampoo on an airplane, BUT, you can carry a loaded, concealed firearm with you almost anywhere. Homeland security will seize 1/2 a dozen seeds of hope and innocence from a package while our government officials make sure we are "safe" during our holiday shopping experience by allowing it's adult citizens to be fully armed while getting 30% off China's finest plastic widgets.

Santa and 9mm's. That should be our new national mascot, Santa in a defiant stance with his arms crossed and in each hand a firearm. It's just so heart-warming. The perfect American dichotomy: love and the love of guns. And the parents can proudly explain,"Santa loves all of God's children, Janey, but he's nobody's fool. You'll understand when you get older and you're able to realize that you're living in a fucking insane asylum from sea to shining sea, sweety."

While I feel sorry, once again, for the victims and their loved ones, the TSA shooting will soon be eclipsed by another set of victims and their loved ones. All we have to do is stay paranoid.

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Boston Strong

Right now I'm watching the Boston Red Sox celebrate their World Series victory. They just stopped at the finish line of the Boston Marathon and had a rousing chorus of "God Bless America" and a moment of silence. Security is very tight. The bombing happened at the start of the Red Sox season this year so they feel they had to have some special tribute.

I have to admit that it is good to see hundreds of thousands of people celebrating without fear.

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TSA agents shot at LAX

3 TSA (Transportation Security Administration agents were shot at LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) and one killed. Several other people were shot, for a total of 6. I don't know if that total includes the perp. or not.

From the BBC:

The suspect "pulled an assault rifle out of a bag and began to open fire in the terminal" inside the nation's third largest airport, he said. He then allegedly went to a security screening area and continued shooting.

President Barack Obama expressed concern about the shooting, but said he would leave law enforcement to talk about it.

Given my former post (on this page) in which I quote the gun nuts about the TSA (The Washington Times is reporting that TSA agents are being trained to save themselves in the event of a mass shooting at an airport security checkpoint.), I find this whole thing rather stunning. How the hell do crazy gun nuts pull this kind of prophecy out of their orifice?

Wish I could remember which gun nut made this prediction...

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Oakland

I've lived here for getting on 40 years. For most of that time all kinds of people lived here and got along. Now, not so much, in part because it is a playground and treasure trove for troublemakers of all kinds. My city council rep actually responded to complaints about the epidemic of people getting mugged for their phones by bleating about how the poor pitiful perps were only stealing phones so they could buy diapers for their babies. Um...

For the most part, at least on blocks like mine with determined neighbors, things are quite decent. But unlike in years past, you just never know when something weird is going to happen. You need more street smarts than you used to, for sure.

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National Intelligence Priorities Framework

The President and the Congress have no meaningful oversight and control over the NSA. They are under the CIA and the Department of Defense, who provide the NSA the "National Intelligence Priorities Framework". The NSA then works to provide signals intelligence according to those orders.

In a democracy that changes leaders every 4-8 years there has to be a consistency in mission for the NSA. But the president and Congress should be in the loop. They are abdicating their democratic responsibility not to know and oversee things.

Who wrote the National Priorities Directive? Who benefits by it? Why did I have to learn about it from The Daily Show?

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Are the Gun Nuts in need of psych meds? Read & Decide

Former Mossad contract agent, Rahm Emanuel mysteriously and inexplicably left a key White House staff position to descend to the less lofty role of being the Mayor of Chicago. Emanuel could very well have been put into play to remove the barriers which could lead to an easier false flag attack. As mayor, Emanuel would have control over law enforcement response to any emergency. His actions could exacerbate any attack. Certainly, in his role as the city’s chief executive, he would be in a position to thwart a meaningful investigation into a coming massive false flag attack as well. He has the power to turn off security cameras, control the placement of personnel and provide a context of plausible deniability for the Obama administration if such an attack were to occur. I only know that if I lived in Chicago and I knew that Emanuel was going to be out of the city for a few days, I would be very nervous.

The mysterious death of Chicago activist, Jeff Joe Black, who claimed that Emmanuel was put into place in Chicago to oversee a coming false flag event. Black, at the last-minute, cancelled an appearance on my show and subsequently went into hiding and was eventually murdered while in hiding. In my mind, Black’s murder strongly validates the aforementioned assertions. Black had told me that we were going to witness Chicago becoming the site of a massive false flag operation which would be the catalyst for martial law. Black asserted that Chicago would experience a massive wave of house to house gun confiscations. It was Black’s contention that this was a lead up to the implementation of full-scale martial law and possible war.

Obama Moving Day

It is apparent that a similar warning has already been issued to key people from Chicago so that they can stay out of harm’s way. And along these lines, does anyone else find it interesting that President Obama is not planning to return to his former hometown of Chicago? In case you have not heard, Obama is in the middle of securing a residence in Hawaii while disposing of his Hyde Park properties in Chicago. Why? What does he know that the rest of us do not? Subsequently, Chicago does appear to be a likely target for a false flag attack.

The Washington Post Drops a Bomb

The Washington Times is reporting that TSA agents are being trained to save themselves in the event of a mass shooting at an airport security checkpoint. The obvious question remains, should O’Hare Airport be avoided at all costs? Should all airports be avoided in the context of the new TSA agent training? I do not think that question can be definitively answered, but again, the trend curve for a massive and dramatic false flag attack designed as an attack on the Second Amendment, is clearly in our immediate future.

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Oakland on Friday night

I walked to the Burger King near my motel after midnight, found out it was closed, except for the drive-up, walked around to the drive-up and placed my order: no problem! The Oracle arena nearby had some kind of costume party going on and Raider fans were getting pumped. Sorry Steelers! Made it out alive!!

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Still far better a place than Chicago.

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Oakland, Such a lovely place!

Avg. number of murders per year: 89. On pace for 2013
Aggravated assaults w/o a gun ytd: 663 Up 22%!

Tell me Mary, do you carry a taser around with you?

(Don't think the fresh veggie truck is going to Oakland!)

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Rex is already funding

quite a few food-related projects, e.g. People's Grocery, Berkeley Food Project, Nextcourse, Bread Project, etc. I can't say what they'd fund in the future, but it's certainly an area of interest.

Living as I do in Oakland, I hear quite a bit about this issue. One seriously complicating factor is that merchants don't want to open in neighborhoods where they're putting their employees, their customers and themselves in physical danger. It's not a matter of greed, it's a matter of physical safety. Just about everyone in Oakland, regardless of neighborhood, is at most two degrees of separation from strongarm robbery, home invasion, assault and murder victims. This in turn makes life even more difficult for the residents, who are victimized by the thugs in addition to all their other issues. Unless you can create a situation where the food purveyors and their employees are safe, which is about the most basic aspect of a viable endeavor, things won't change much.

On the other hand, Whole Paycheck has been pretty much an unmitigated boon in the area, drawing a very diverse workforce and customer base and actually offering better prices than the mainstream chains on many staple items. And since they're the only grocery chain I'm aware of that has animal welfare as a core value, I am way happy to shop there.

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