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10 Dec

Character Is Indivisible

“Honey, let’s turn Billy over to Dr. Spock, then you and I can take our copy of Dr. Leary’s book on mind-expanding mood-altering drugs, turn on, tune in and drop out, buy a couple of Suzukis and really get down on Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance during our ride up the coast to Esalen Institute where we’ll discuss a kind of spiritual/sensual synthesis between Aldous Huxley and Marshal Macluhan regarding the realization of our human potentialities at the cost of our occupational, parental, economic, marital and intellectual potentialities, offering ourselves as test cases for the new methodologies to experiment upon after we settle down to a comfortable life of cannabis cultivation when we turn our savings over to the charismatic visionary shaman who runs the commune….”

Prior to this insensate mass plunge into degradation in the name of “Self-Realization” beginning in the late 1960’s and enormously exacerbated from the outset by an equally insensate mass reliance on the various “therapeutic” corrosion’s of the fashionable pharmacopeia then pervading the culture, members in good standing of the American middle class had been, since the 1920s, turning for help in organizing and managing their increasingly diverse and hectic lives to a mushrooming tribe of guides and gurus, mostly possessing academic certification of one sort or another, with the aim—these modest husbands and wives,moms and dads—of polishing their skills and expanding their capabilities as the finest denizens of the middle class that money, effort, learning and practice could produce.

It was the “insensate” part of the process described above that did them in—and their enterprise and the country itself, not to mention their heritage and traditions—as a convenient and flexible new relativity replaced absolute standards of thought and behavior and the American national motto morphed from “out of many, one,” to “out of many, a hell of a lot of more, mutually incoherent and all of them out of synch with each other.”

And oh yes, I almost forgot—little Billy was never seen again, not at any rate as a recognizably normal child; whereas on the other hand his parents devolved into depraved and wanton malignant Narcissists.

Now with that somber note the long and complex part of this little essay is over, and all that remains to be touched on is:

(1) The power mongers who want to pick up the pieces and rule the land now invite us to believe in the principle of “compartmentalism,” that is, in the notion that I can be a reprehensible monster of personal behavior and yet portray myself plausibly as a perfectly decent public servant.

(2)  As we all partook of the brain’s Big Sleep of the last half century, it would be idle even to attempt to acquire, at this late date, the intellectual wherewithal necessary to subject politicians systematically to qualifying tests of character, mind and comportment.

(3)  We can, however, act forthrightly and assiduously upon a single criterion of judgment, and that is: CHARACTER IS INDIVISIBLE.  What this means in layman’s speak could not be easier to understand: The next time a candidate wishing to serve as Secretary of the Treasury is discovered not to have paid his income taxes, dismiss him from consideration instantly without for a nano-second considering the possibility, which he swears up and down is the truth, that he “forgot.”

Start there and repeat the process up and down the scale of nominated office-holders, and you will soon begin to hear the burp and gurgle of the country percolating back to health. Because whatever human weakness destroys and wastes, human strength can resurrect, given sufficient will-power and a surplus of passion.

OP ED BY: MR DON THOMPSON

Don Thompson writes exclusively for Conservatives Speak Out

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18 Oct

Where Are Your Drugs Really Made?
Dirty Drug Industry Secret:Their Pills are Made in China

Not long ago, the FDA warned Americans not to buy prescription drugs from Canada because they might be “contaminated by terrorists.” What the FDA didn’t bother to mention, however, is that most pharmaceutical drugs purchased in the United States are manufactured in places like China and Puerto Rico.

Foreign drugs were dangerous, the FDA warned, because they were not subjected to rigorous quality control requirements-the implication being, of course, that brand-name pharmaceuticals sold in the United States are not contaminated. This has been proven to be yet another lie. Heparin, a blood-thinning drug made by Baxter International, was recently discovered by consumers to be manufactured in China, where the quality controls were so low that this FDA approved, brand-name drug was apparently deliberately contaminated with an adulterated chemical. It has now resulted in the death of dozens of consumers in the United States. The very scenario dreamed up by the FDA to warn consumers away from pharmaceuticals purchased in Canada or Mexico turns out to be true for a brand-name drug sold at monopoly prices in the United States.

The FDA has not inspected 93 percent of the factories that manufacture pharmaceuticals outside the United States, and many of the pharmaceuticals manufactured for U.S. drug companies are contaminated with metal parts from the gears of processing machines or flecks of paint from factory walls. Many brand-name drugs are NOT tested for contaminants before being sold to consumers in the United States, Canada and other countries, regardless of where they were manufactured.

Dr. Joseph Mercola’s Comments:

How many more people have to die before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) steps up to the plate and begins protecting Americans instead of harming them? The drug industry is clearly manipulating and controlling the FDA like a puppeteer does a marionette. They both want you to believe that prescription drugs are ONLY safe if they come from the United States- where drug costs are at a premium and Americans spend 10 times the amount on drugs that people in, say, Canada do.

Most Drugs Sold in the United States are Imported

And this is the key that you need to remember. Your name-brand drugs were probably made in China, Puerto Rico or another country. And they probably will not say so on the label. Disconcerting? Yes. But that’s not even the tip of the iceberg.

• Many U.S. drugs are made in China, a country with some of the lowest quality control standards in the world

• The drugs are often NOT tested for contaminants before they’re sold in the United States

• 93 percent of the foreign factories that make drugs for the United States have never been inspected by the FDA

So as much as the FDA and the drug industry like to go on about the rigorous quality control measures in place in the United States, the bottom line is that there’s no guarantee that the pills you take are contaminant-free. Federal law does not require inspections of foreign drug makers, and even if one does occur, it does not necessarily include an on-site visit if the company has passed previous inspections for other drugs. Meanwhile, the reason why contaminated heparin (the blood-thinning drug that recently caused hundreds of adverse reactions and deaths) made its way easily into the hands of Americans is that the FDA inspected and approved the wrong drug plant!

Yet Another Reason to Take Control of Your Health

You would think that in a country as “advanced” as the United States, contaminated prescription drugs would be a moot point. Yet, they are constantly surfacing, killing and injuring innocent people who believe they are doing right by their health. But the sad reality is that even under the best circumstances, when they’re not contaminated, prescription drugs kill.

An article in the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that an estimated 106,000 hospitalized patients die each year from drugs that, by medical standards, are properly prescribed and properly administered.

Bottom line, we have been and are being sold a bill of goods-lies-the FDA is not doing it’s job,we Americans are being prescribed medicine that could kill us, medicine that has been produced in RED CHINA or some other 3RD WORLD foreign country that have production and contamination standards that are no where close to what is required here in America…

This is just another example of how our government has sold us out, they have turned their backs on the American people.  The drug producing companies of America have moved their operations to RED CHINA and other 3rd world countries.

WAKE UP AMERICA WE HAVE BEEN SOLD OUT ONCE AGAIN

25 Apr
Border Patrol report shocks many Americans
WILD LIFE AND PLANTS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE SECURITY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

For the third time in only a few months, a federal report on Friday exposed how the U.S. government prioritizes environmental preservation over national security by keeping Border Patrol agents out of wildlife refuges that are heavily transited by Mexican drug and human smugglers.

“For years, Border Patrol agents have been prohibited by the Interior Department and the U.S. Forest Service from actively patrolling such areas because it threatens natural resources,” Tom Fitton, president of the public-interest watchdog Judicial Watch, following the release of the GAO report on Friday.

MEXICAN DRUG CARTEL SOLDIERS

“Motorized vehicles, road construction and the installation of surveillance structures required to adequately secure the vast areas are forbidden because it could endanger the environment and its wildlife. In the meantime, Mexican drug cartels and human smugglers regularly use the sprawling, unmanned and federally protected land to enter the U.S. The areas have become the path of choice for illicit operations that endanger American lives and, ironically, cause severe environmental damage,” said Fitton.

The Law Enforcement Examiner obtained copies of the original reports — GAO-11-38 and GAO-11-117 — and discovered that environmental concerns took precedence over law enforcement and public safety concerns.

According to the GAO report released Friday, 40 percent of Southwest border lands are managed by the Departments of the Interior and Agriculture, and coordination and cooperation between Border Patrol and land management agencies is critical to ensure national security.

The Government Accountability office summarized its findings from two previous reports regarding the U.S.-Mexico border in the fall of 2010. The first report, GAO-11-38, focused on the key land management laws that Border Patrol must comply with and how these laws affect the agency’s operations. The second report, GAO-11-177, focused on the extent to which Border Patrol and land management agencies’ law enforcement units share threat information and communications.

When operating on federal lands, Border Patrol must comply with the requirements of several federal land management laws, including the National Environmental Policy Act, Wilderness Act, and Endangered Species Act. Border Patrol agents must obtain permission or a permit from federal land management agencies before agents can undertake operations, such as maintaining roads and installing surveillance equipment, on federal lands.

To fulfill these requirements, Border Patrol generally coordinates with land management agencies through national and local inter agency agreements. The most comprehensive agreement is a 2006 memorandum of understanding between the Departments of Homeland Security, Agriculture, and the Interior that is intended to guide Border Patrol activities on federal lands. Border Patrol’s access to some federal lands along the southwestern border has been limited because of certain land management laws, according to 17 of 26 patrol agents-in-charge that GAO analysts interviewed.

For example, these patrol agents-in-charge reported that implementation of these laws had resulted in delays and restrictions in their patrolling and monitoring operations. Specifically, 14 patrol agents-in-charge reported that they had been unable to obtain a permit or permission to access certain areas in a timely manner because of the time it takes for land managers to conduct required environmental and historic property assessments. The 2006 memorandum of understanding directs the agencies to cooperate and complete, in an expedited manner, all compliance required by applicable federal laws, but such cooperation has not always occurred.

For example, when Border Patrol requested permission to move surveillance equipment, it took the land manager more than 4 months to conduct the required historic property assessment and grant permission, but by then illegal traffic had shifted to other areas.

Despite two congressional reports documenting the obstacles Border Patrol officers face in these dangerous areas, little has been done to remedy the situation and improve security. An overwhelming majority of Border Patrol agents told congressional investigators that “land management laws” continue to limit their access to federal lands along the treacherous southwestern border.

Information sharing and communication among the agencies have increased in recent years, but critical gaps remain in implementing inter agency agreements. Agencies established forums and liaisons to exchange information; however, in the Tucson sector, agencies did not coordinate to ensure that federal land law enforcement officials had access to threat information and compatible secure radio communications for daily operations.

The situation is so dire that a group of lawmakers have introduced legislation to prohibit any federal agency — especially the Department of the Interior — from using environmental regulations to hinder the Border Patrol from securing the area. The measure would essentially ensure that Border Patrol, not federal land managers, have operational control of the nation’s borders.