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Judge Napolitano's Show Debuts Today

Freedom Watch, a program hosted by former New Jersey Superior Court judge Andrew Napolitano, debuts today on Fox Business.

Its focus, says Napolitano, is "to be the night watchman for the public; to expose when the government does wrong things: steal property, steals freedom, violates the Constitution."

The first episode features Ron Paul and Sarah Palin, whom the former judge calls "the two champions of the Tea Party movement."

Broadcast times are 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET today (Saturday) and 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET on Sunday. Hawaii is six hours behind Eastern Time.

First Episode of Freedom Watch

Freedom Watch's first episode, with host Judge Andrew Napolitano, starts with guests Ron Paul, Republican congressman from Texas, and Sarah Palin, former governor of Alaska.

Broadcast Saturday, June 12, 2010.

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Ron Paul's son Rand Paul is introduced. Rand is the winner by a wide margin of the Republican primary election for U.S. Senator from Kentucky. He will face his Democratic opponent in November. A lot of people, including Republicans, don't want to see Rand win this race. He and his father would be quite the team if he gets elected.

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Ed Rendell, Jim DeMint, Michele Bachmann, Dick Armey

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Jim DeMint, Michele Bachmann, Dick Armey

Former Hawaii Elections Clerk: Obama Not Born in Hawaii

Tim Adams, a senior elections clerk in 2008 for the City and County of Honolulu, says Barack Obama was definitely not born in Hawaii.

What about the certificate of live birth that's displayed online?

Says Adams, "Anyone can get that. They are normally given if you give birth at home or while traveling overseas. We have a lot of Asian population [in Hawaii]. It's quite common for people to come back and get that."

by Joe Kovacs

A college instructor who worked as a senior elections clerk for the city and county of Honolulu in 2008 is making the stunning claim Barack Obama was definitely not born in Hawaii as the White House maintains, and that a long-form, hospital-generated birth certificate for Obama does not even exist in the Aloha State.

Tim Adams, a former senior elections clerk for Honolulu, now teaches English at Western Kentucky University.

"There is no birth certificate," said Tim Adams, a graduate assistant who teaches English at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky. "It's like an open secret. There isn't one. Everyone in the government there knows this."

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Uncovered: Obama’s Mystery College Years [WorldNetDaily]

Feds Colluded with Big Business to Keep Dispersant Ingredients Secret

BP's toxic Corexit dispersant chemicals remained secret from public as federal government colluded with oil industry

The Corexit cover-up is further evidence that we the people have a slippery hold on our own government. It's no secret among all but the most oblivious that the federal government has a much cozier relationship with big business and its concerns than with us.

The damage that the BP oil spill is wreaking right under our noses is appalling. But most people didn't ask just what the Corexit oil dispersant contained and how toxic it was. Thankfully some among us wanted to know and took action.

Unfortunately, the answer shows that a lot of irreversible damage has already been done.
(NaturalNews) After weeks of silence on the issue, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finally decided to go public with the list of ingredients used to manufacture Corexit, the chemical dispersant used by BP in the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster. There are two things about this announcement that deserve our attention: First, the ingredients that have been disclosed are extremely toxic, and second, why did the EPA protect the oil industry's "trade secrets" for so long by refusing to disclose these ingredients until now?

As reported in the New York Times, Brian Turnbaugh, a policy analyst at OMB Watch said, "EPA had the authority to act all along; its decision to now disclose the ingredients demonstrates this. Yet it took a public outcry and weeks of complaints for the agency to act and place the public's interest ahead of corporate interests."

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Book, The Road to Serfdom, Featured on Glenn Beck

On Tuesday Thomas Woods appeared along with Professor Yuri Maltsev on Glenn Beck's program, where they spent an hour discussing F.A. Hayek's 1944 book The Road to Serfdom. Within hours, the book was #1 among all books, fiction included, at Amazon.

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Helen Thomas Interviewed on the Real News

Helen Thomas was interviewed by Paul Jay of The Real News around April 1. She has since "retired" because of her remarks over a week ago about wanting Israeli residents to get out of Palestine.

From the Real News introduction: Helen Thomas is an American news reporter, member of the White House Press Corps and author. She was the first female officer of the National Press Club and the first female member and president of the White House Correspondents Association. Her latest book, co-authored with Craig Crawford is Listen Up, Mr President: Everything you Always Wanted Your President To Know and Do.

Helen Thomas on gender and journalism

Helen Thomas on White House Press Corps

Helen Thomas 'Resigns' over Israel Comment

Helen Thomas, 89, whose parents were Lebanese, made the comment that Israelis should "get the hell out of Palestine" to a rabbi at the White House’s May 27 Jewish Heritage Celebration. When asked where they should go, she suggested their countries of origin. Her remarks were caught on video.

The next thing we know, she is roundly condemned and then "resigns" from Hearst newspapers! She also issues regrets over her statements! How did they get her to do that? After all, Helen has been following the Israeli/Palestinian situation closely and it's no secret that she has been upset over the suffering of the Palestinians at the hands of Israel.

Here is Helen's full statement, posted on June 4 to her website:

I deeply regret my comments I made last week regarding the Israelis and the Palestinians. They do not reflect my heart-felt belief that peace will come to the Middle East only when all parties recognize the need for mutual respect and tolerance. May that day come soon.

Here's the offending video.

BBC News carries the story of Helen's sudden departure from Hearst.

Helen Thomas discusses the Israel-Middle East situation on The Real News before the above video blew up in her face:


Helen Thomas: No Apologies Necessary [News Junkie]

Hawaii coach apologizes for gay slur [ESPN]

Coach McMackin's comment makes the news [YouTube]

DNA Pioneer Watson Resigns over Remarks about Mental Abilities of Blacks [Wall Street Journal]

The original article about Dr. Watson that caused the science giant to lose his job [Times Online] (U.K.)

Why Governments Hate Gold

by Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX)

This past week several emerging and ongoing crises took attention away from the ongoing sovereign debt problems in Greece. The bailouts are merely kicking the can down the road and making things worse for taxpaying citizens, here and abroad. Greece is unfortunately not unique in its irresponsible spending habits. Greek-style debt explosions are quickly spreading to other nations one by one, and yes, the United States is one of the dominoes on down the line.

Time and again it has been proven that the Keynesian system of big government and fiat paper money are abject failures in the long run. However, the nature of government is to ignore reality when there is an avenue that allows growth in power and control. Thus, most politicians and economists will ignore the long-term damage of Keynesianism in the early stage of a bubble when there is the illusion of prosperity, suggesting that the basic laws of economics had been repealed. In fact, one way to tell if a bubble is about to burst is if economists start talking about how the government and the Central Bank have repealed the business cycle.

The truth is the laws of economics are constant and real, no matter how inconvenient they might be to politicians and bankers. This reality is setting in and the bills are coming due. In the mean time, countries that have no money have bailed out other countries that have no money, except for the phony money created by politicians, bureaucrats, and their partners-in-crime at the central banks. This may be preventing big well-connected banks from having to take on massive losses, but it is all at the expense of the taxpaying citizen.

As governments and central banks continue the cycle of spending and inflating, the purchasing power of their currencies is constantly being degraded. These currencies are what the people are working for and saving. This inflation guts the savings and earnings of the people, who have very limited options for protecting themselves against these ravages. One option is to convert their fiat currency into something out of reach of central banks and government spending, such as gold or silver.

It is fairly typical in the midst of economic crises like these for gold to come under attack from Keynesians economists and their amen corner in the media. The arguments against gold are usually straw men, based on a fundamental misunderstanding of the purpose of buying gold. Gold is not a typical investment. It is a defense against the predictable behavior of governments to debase a fiat currency under its absolute control. The people who run the printing presses have trouble shutting them off. In order to limit one’s exposure to this reckless behavior, it is wise to exchange unsound assets for sound ones.

As the foundation of their power, their fiat currency, is rejected or avoided, government power is compromised. Fiat currencies trade the people’s freedom and security for the government’s freedom to squander the wealth of the nation on wasteful pet programs, wars, and corruption. This is why the freedom of the people is so intertwined with a sound monetary unit. This is also why the founders liked gold and silver, and supporters of big government hate them.

Japanese Pilot Remembers the Battle of Midway

Kaname Harada

FORD ISLAND — On Friday afternoon 23 members of the Unabarakai, an organization of World War II Navy pilots who fought for Japan, attended a Battle of Midway symposium at the Pacific Aviation Museum on Ford Island. The Battle of Midway is considered the turning point in the War of the Pacific. Up until then the United States had been losing, often badly, and Japan had been consistently winning. Japan, with its string of victories, was suffering from overconfidence and belief in its own propaganda.

All four of the participating Japanese aircraft carriers were destroyed on the first day of the battle, June 4, 1942. The four were among the six that had taken part in the Pearl Harbor attack. Carriers were very important in the fighting prowess of the two sides.

Two of Unabarakai’s members, Kaname Harada, 93, and Jiro Yoshida, 85, were featured in Friday’s symposium at the Museum. Both were WWII Zero pilots. Jiro joined the Imperial Navy in 1943, after the Battle of Midway.

Jiro Yoshida

Kaname, a future ace, graduated from naval flight school in 1937, first in his class. To honor the occasion, Emperor Hirohito gave him a large silver pocket watch, which he still has.

Kaname was Shigenori Nishikaichi’s flight instructor. Nishikaichi was the pilot who crash-landed on Niihau right after the Pearl Harbor attack in what became known as the Niihau Incident. That event is suspected of playing a precipitating part in the decision to move ethnic Japanese out of the west coast of the United States through an executive order signed by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Kaname told his story of the Battle of Midway in a question and answer impromptu session after the symposium ended.

On June 4, 1942, he recounted, the first day of the battle, he lifted off at the crack of dawn in his Zero from the aircraft carrier Soryu. His assignment was not to attack, but to defend the carrier. In the process of doing so, he shot down five torpedo bombers. While he was in the air the Soryu was sunk by the Americans, so he landed his bullet-riddled and badly damaged plane on the Hiryu, the sole remaining carrier of the four taking part in the battle. The other three had been hit and were unusable for a landing. Harada's plane was dumped over the side as useless while he quickly began a meal to replenish his energy as another plane was readied for him. While still wolfing down his food, a crew member yelled to him that his new plane was ready. He rushed off to rejoin the battle. As he took off in his replacement plane and reached a point about 800 yards from the carrier, the ship was hit and, with further hits, mortally damaged with flames reaching high, making it impossible to return with his plane. Now all four carriers had been crippled by explosions and were either sinking or already sunk. The sight of the four mortally damaged carriers, the pride of the Imperial Navy, in their death throes was a deeply discouraging sight.

With no carriers left to land on, Harada flew around in circles, expecting certain death. He thought back regretfully to the pistol that he had placed on the table while he ate in haste on the Hiryu. When he had rushed off to climb into his replacement plane, the urgency of the moment had caused him to forget the pistol that he had placed to the side. Now, facing what he thought would be a short and unpleasant prelude to certain death, he wished he had the pistol so that he could put a bullet through his brain. Other pilots were in the same position as he, but they had their pistols. Harada thinks that’s the way some of them ended their lives.

When Harada’s fuel was about to run out, he spotted a destroyer that was leaving a wide wake. He made a water landing in that wake. His watch stopped as he hit the water at 3:35 p.m. Japan time, which would be 7:35 p.m. Midway time. (Military men on battle assignments kept their time pieces set to Japan time no matter where they were.) His heart lifted as he looked forward to a quick pickup. Instead, the destroyer was suddenly swarmed by American B-17s and it took off like a bat out of Hell. He was left in the water by himself with his best hope for life, the destroyer, gone. Three and a half hours passed. Suddenly in the darkness he spotted a ship that was flashing a dim recognition light in code. He recognized by the code that it was a Japanese ship and he splashed furiously to create the white water and bioluminescence that would attract the attention of those on the ship. He was successful, and the Makigumo, a destroyer, picked him up, saving his life. Having faced what he thought was certain death, he was a happy man.

But that quickly turned to horror as he came on deck. It was filled with men with missing hands and legs, men who were naked, whose faces were damaged beyond recognition. All of them appeared to have been burned. There was no place for Harada to place his feet without stepping on them. They were crying out, “Kurushii, kurushii!”, a word that doesn’t have a good English equivalent. An approximation would be, “I'm barely hanging in there. This is more than I can take.” The horribly mangled victims were begging for water. Some were calling out for their mothers. The voices of extreme suffering from the mass of war victims filled the air.

A doctor soon came to tend to Harada. Harada rejected his attention, saying, “I’m fine. Look after the people who really need it.”

The doctor replied that Harada was the appropriate patient, that he could be treated and soon returned to battle. The others were useless for the purpose of fighting.

In battle situations, Harada says, combatants were stripped of their humanity. Rather than being viewed as the human beings they were, they were instead looked upon as commodities, utilitarian war weapons. Men who were not severely injured were to be patched up a little to a serviceable condition and then quickly put back into action. The men who couldn’t be patched up were left to themselves, weapons that were no longer functional.

Harada's war experience turned him into someone who thoroughly detests war. He is completely against it.

After losing the Battle of Midway, its participants were sent back to Japan, where they were confined to a base for a month. They were not allowed to write or receive letters. The government didn’t want news of the defeat to get out and demoralize the troops and the people.

After the war was over, people like Harada, formerly part of the Japanese war machine, with a reputation, had great difficulty finding a job. He tried very hard, but in addition to the obstacle of his military past, times were extremely tough all over. He decided to establish a kindergarten. Today, at age 93, he is the principal of a kindergarten in Nagano prefecture. Although younger people tend to think of people of Harada's age as in their dotage, he is still sharp as a tack.

Looking back on his war experiences, Harada says he doesn’t regret his time in the military, but neither does he think of it as a good thing. It was a time of war for his country, he says, and it was his fate at that particular point in the flow of time to serve in the Japanese military, doing his best for his country.

In wartime Japan, he continues, when a man turned 20, he had a duty and legal obligation to be in the military. He could either join or be drafted. Harada joined. “From the time we were children,” he said, “we were brainwashed to believe that war was good and that whatever Japan did was right.”

He attended a get-together last year with American pilots at Iwakuni, an American Marine Corps Air Station in Yamaguchi prefecture, Japan. The pilots told him that they, too, didn’t like war.

The solution? Harada says, “Teach true, correct history, including the progression of events. It’s essential that children be taught this. That’s why I participate in symposiums like this [at the Pacific Air Museum]: to relate the reality of war. I tell my children, my grandchildren, the children in my school, what war is really like. Children are taught sugar-coated history: that’s the problem. They should be told the true state of affairs. If they understand that reality, I believe they won’t start wars. I do my part by teaching my kindergarteners. I tell them, 'treasure peace.'”


Japanese WWII pilots in Hawaii to commemorate Midway battle [The Honolulu Advertiser]

Zero ace recalls missions over Midway, Pearl Harbor [Honolulu Star-Bulletin]

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