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Iraq War Protesters vs. Libyan War Protesters

Taking a look at the turnout for protesting the Iraq War versus the turnout for protesting the Libyan War. Some of the protests or lack thereof for other wars are visited too.

My Journey from Flaming Liberal to Staunch Conservative

An anonymous Daily Paul reader writes about his journey over the years from Democratic liberalism to staunch Ron Paul Republican conservatism.

by FX883

It's been over 4 years now that I've been a Ron Paul supporter, but it hasn't always been this way. Before Ron Paul ran for president and I stumbled upon him on YouTube, I considered myself a proud liberal. I still remember getting interested in politics for the first time back when George W. Bush was president and he took us to war. I became more and more interested in politics and started reading lots of liberal blogs. The one I would most frequent was the Daily Kos.

Read more . . . [Daily Paul]

Homelessness in Hawaii

Part 1 of 2 - State representative George Fontaine (R - Kihei, Wailea, Makena [Maui]) talks with Most Reverend Clarence (Larry) Silva, Bishop of Honolulu, and Darryl Vincent, Vice President, U.S. Vets Hawaii, about homelessness in our state.


Part 2 of 2

Interview of von NotHaus Trial Witness

A law student who attended the trial of Bernard von NotHaus tells Gary Franchi on the Restore the Republic News Report what she witnessed, starting at the 11 minute and 45 second mark of the following video. Von NotHaus, a former Hawaii resident who created coins with a Hawaiian motif while he was here, was found guilty in a jury trial in North Carolina for his activities in producing coins, much of which was made of precious metals. The federal government is seeking to confiscate his coins and precious metals, which it estimates to be worth nearly $7 million.

Rachel Maddow on Fake Conservatism

Liberal Rachel takes Republicans to task for doing some of the same things that Democrats are renown for.

Former Hawaii Resident Convicted of Making Coins

Bernard von NotHaus, formerly a resident of Hawaii, is the co-founder of the Royal Hawaiian Mint Company and founder of the Free Marijuana Church of Honolulu

FBI news release

STATESVILLE, NC—Bernard von NotHaus, 67, was convicted today by a federal jury of making, possessing, and selling his own coins, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Following an eight-day trial and less than two hours of deliberation, von NotHaus, the founder and monetary architect of a currency known as the Liberty Dollar, was found guilty by a jury in Statesville, North Carolina of making coins resembling and similar to United States coins; of issuing, passing, selling, and possessing Liberty Dollar coins; of issuing and passing Liberty Dollar coins intended for use as current money; and of conspiracy against the United States. The guilty verdict concluded an investigation which began in 2005 and involved the minting of Liberty Dollar coins with a current value of approximately $7 million. Joining the U.S. Attorney Anne M. Tompkins in making today’s announcement are Edward J. Montooth, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the FBI, Charlotte Division; Russell F. Nelson, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Secret Service, Charlotte Division; and Sheriff Van Duncan of the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the evidence introduced during the trial, von NotHaus was the founder of an organization called the National Organization for the Repeal of the Federal Reserve and Internal Revenue Code, commonly known as NORFED and also known as Liberty Services. Von NotHaus was the president of NORFED and the executive director of Liberty Dollar Services, Inc. until on or about September 30, 2008.

Von NotHaus designed the Liberty Dollar currency in 1998 and the Liberty coins were marked with the dollar sign ($); the words dollar, USA, Liberty, Trust in God (instead of In God We Trust); and other features associated with legitimate U.S. coinage. Since 1998, NORFED has been issuing, disseminating, and placing into circulation the Liberty Dollar in all its forms throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. NORFED’s purpose was to mix Liberty Dollars into the current money of the United States. NORFED intended for the Liberty Dollar to be used as current money in order to limit reliance on, and to compete with, United States currency.

In coordination with the Department of Justice, on September 14, 2006, the United States Mint issued a press release and warning to American citizens that the Liberty Dollar was “not legal tender.” The U.S. Mint press release and public service announcement stated that the Department of Justice had determined that the use of Liberty Dollars as circulating money was a federal crime.

Article I, section 8, clause 5 of the United States Constitution delegates to Congress the power to coin money and to regulate the value thereof. This power was delegated to Congress in order to establish and preserve a uniform standard of value and to insure a singular monetary system for all purchases and debts in the United States, public and private. Along with the power to coin money, Congress has the concurrent power to restrain the circulation of money which is not issued under its own authority in order to protect and preserve the constitutional currency for the benefit of all citizens of the nation. It is a violation of federal law for individuals, such as von NotHaus, or organizations, such as NORFED, to create private coin or currency systems to compete with the official coinage and currency of the United States.

Von NotHaus, who remains free on bond, faces a sentence of up to 15 years’ imprisonment on count two of the indictment and a fine of not more than $250,000. Von NotHaus faces a prison sentence of five years and fines of $250,000 on both counts one and three. In addition, the United States is seeking the forfeiture of approximately 16,000 pounds of Liberty Dollar coins and precious metals, currently valued at nearly $7 million. The forfeiture trial, which began today before United States District Court Judge Richard Voorhees, will resume on April 4, 2011 in the federal courthouse in Statesville. Judge Voorhees has not yet set a date for the sentencing of von NotHaus.

“Attempts to undermine the legitimate currency of this country are simply a unique form of domestic terrorism,” U.S. Attorney Tompkins said in announcing the verdict. “While these forms of anti-government activities do not involve violence, they are every bit as insidious and represent a clear and present danger to the economic stability of this country,” she added. “We are determined to meet these threats through infiltration, disruption, and dismantling of organizations which seek to challenge the legitimacy of our democratic form of government.”

The case was investigated by the FBI, Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department, and the U.S. Secret Service, in cooperation with and invaluable assistance of the United States Mint. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Jill Westmoreland Rose and Craig D. Randall, and the forfeiture trial is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Tom Ascik and Ben Bain Creed.

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US Justice Department logic: Bernanke is a domestic terrorist [Sovereign Man]

Kucinich: Obama Didn't Consult Congress on Libyan Attack

But he did consult the U.N. and the Arab League.

Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) says Obama violated the Constitution when he ignored Congress.

SCOTUS: Fed Must Disclose Loan Details

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the Fed, America's central bank, must reveal the details of emergency loans it made to banks in 2008. Moreover, it has five business days to release those records. The ruling affects loans made through the Fed's discount window during the bailout crisis. The suit was brought by Bloomberg.

Bloomberg's editor-in-chief, Matthew Winkler, says it's the first time the Fed has been sued and the first time it's lost.

Goal of Libyan Attack to Eliminate Gaddafi?

Brian Stewart, Canadian foreign correspondent, says that Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has indicated that the purpose of the attack on Libya by the U.N. forces is getting rid of Qaddafi rather than protecting the Libyan people as was announced by President Obama and the UN. Stewart goes on to say that the coalition mission is unclear.


Links:

Senator John Kerry (D-MA) denies UN coalition's violence in Libya is to eliminate Gaddafi [Washington Post]

Coalition forces 'not going after Gaddafi': U.S. admiral [New Zealand Herald]

Obama’s Bay of Pigs in Libya: Imperialist Aggression Shreds UN Charter by Webster Tarpley

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The Fed and Inflation

by Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX)

Last week, the subcommittee which I chair held a hearing on monetary policy and rising prices. Whether we consider food, gasoline, or clothing, the cost of living is increasing significantly. True inflation is defined as an increase in the money supply. All other things being equal, an increase in the money supply leads to a rise in prices. Inflation’s destructive effects have ruined societies from the Roman Empire to Weimar Germany to modern-day Zimbabwe.

Blame for the most recent round of price increases has been laid at the feet of the Federal Reserve's program of credit expansion for the past three years. The current program, known as QE2, sought to purchase a total of $900 billion in US Treasury debt over a period of 8 months. Roughly $110 billion of newly created money is flooding into commodity markets each month.

The price of cotton is up more than 170% over the past year, oil is up over 40%, and many categories of food staples are seeing double-digit price growth. This means that food, clothing, and gasoline will become increasingly expensive over the coming year. American families, many of whom already live paycheck to paycheck, increasingly will be forced by these rising prices into unwilling tradeoffs: purchasing ground beef rather than steak, drinking water rather than milk, and choosing canned vegetables over fresh in order to keep food on the table and pay the heating bill. Frugality can be a good thing, but only when it is by choice and not forced upon the citizenry by the Fed's ruinous monetary policy.

While the Fed takes credit for the increase in the stock markets, it claims no responsibility for the increases in food and commodity prices. Most economists fail to understand that inflation is at its root a monetary phenomenon. There may be other factors that contribute to price increases, such as famine, flooding, or global unrest, but those effects are transient. Consistently citing only these factors, while never acknowledging the effects of monetary policy, is a cop-out.

The unelected policymakers at the Fed are also the last to feel the effects of inflation. In fact, they benefit from it, as does the government as a whole. Those who receive this new money first, such as government employees, contractors, and bankers are able to use it before price increases occur, while those further down the totem pole suffer price increases before they see any wage increases. By continually reducing the purchasing power of the dollar, the Fed's monetary policy also punishes savings and thrift. After all, why save rapidly depreciating dollars?

Unfortunately, those policymakers who exercise the most power over the economy are also the least likely to understand the effects of their policies. Chairman Bernanke and other members of the Federal Open Market Committee were convinced in mid-2008 that the economy would rebound and continue to grow through 2009, even though it was clear to many observers that we were in the midst of a severe economic crisis. Even Greenspan was known for downplaying the importance of the growing housing bubble just as it was reaching its zenith. It remains impossible for even the brilliant minds at the Fed to achieve both the depth and breadth of knowledge necessary to enact central economic planning without eventually bringing the country to economic ruin. Our witnesses delved deeply into these issues and explained this phenomenon in very logical, simple terms. The American people increasingly understand what is going on with our money. I only hope the Fed is listening.

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