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Number 576, June 27, 2010
"Mercantilism is the same thing that we now call "fascism""


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From: Oregon Firearms Federation
Date: Thursday, June 24, 2010, 2:00:19 PM
Subject: [OFF Alert] NRA Backed GAG Bill Passes

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Canby, OR 97013

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OFF Alert 06.24.10


After several hours of debate, (some of it fairly comical) the US House has passed HR 5175, the Democrat's latest effort to protect the incumbent majority.

While pretending that the purpose of the bill is to prevent evil "corporations" from buying elections, it ignores the fact that most grass roots advocacy organizations, like Oregon Firearms Federation and dozens of other pro-gun groups, are corporations.

As you know, the National Rifle Association will be exempt from the bill as a result a deal they cut with the Democrats in power.

Representative Dan Lungren of California stated that Republicans were not even allowed to see the final version of the bill until yesterday.

Representative Hank Johnson of Georgia (who once openly worried that Guam might "capsize" if too many US Troops were stationed there) stated that the bill must pass to prevent Republicans from getting elected.

There is no question that the bill is unconstitutional. The Democratic majority and the NRA know this, but the fact that this bill would almost certainly be struck down does not matter.

The purpose of this bill is to help the Democrats stay in power through the next election. The NRA's complicity is unforgivable.

We are still awaiting an official vote count and will report how Oregon members voted in a follow up e-mail.

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Corporations, Mercantilism, and Capitalism
by L. Neil Smith
People tend to have mixed feelings about corporations. Just as it's said that "Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die," it's equally true that everybody wants a secure job with good pay and generous benefits, but nobody wants to spend their lives in a cubicle, or on an assembly line. Likewise, everybody wants inexpensive goods and services of a reliable, predictable quality, but nobody wants to surrender their freedom of personal choice or individual sovereignty.

by A.X. Perez
I think it was Heinlein who one time wrote "Don't expect people to be better than they are or put up with them being worse than they have to be,"or words to that effect. There are several reasons to subscribe to this theory, especially if one subscribes to minority political beliefs.

by Jim Davidson
It now appears that Tony Hayward and his associates committed mass murder. It has been previously thought that the British Petroleum company, formerly known as Anglo Iranian Oil company, had been negligent in its actions with regard to the Deepwater Horizon rig. Hayward has been caught on camera belly-aching that he wants his life back. I say he should spend the rest of his life paying compensation to his victims.

Faux Christians as Worshippers of Dionysius
by Bob Wallace
Poor Nietzsche. Half genius, half insane—and after his untreated syphilis advanced far enough, totally insane. The trigger for his breakdown was when he saw a horse being beaten. He threw his arms around it, sobbing. He never recovered, and ended his days in an insane asylum.

Weimar mark, Yugoslav dinar, USA dollar
by Jim Davidson
In the long history of the externally imposed coercion of the centralised state, there have been many experiments with fiat money. What is fiat money, and who can we blame for it?

Textbook Controversy part 2
by Sean Gangol
In the first part of this article I discussed the controversy behind the changes made to the textbooks by the conservative members of the Texas Board of Education. People on the left, as well their allies in the mainstream media, have ranted about their fears of conservative bias in the textbooks. As I wrote in the first part of my article, the controversy for the most part seems overblown. Of course I haven't really seen the textbooks for myself, so the only word I have to go on is that of the mainstream media, which I don't put much stock in. In the second part of this article I wanted to discuss another form of bias that never seems to make the headlines. Like I said in part one, most of the bias that I have seen in the textbooks, usually leaned to the left.

I Own My Body, NOT The Government. So Why The Hell Do THey Think They have The Right To Tell Me What I Do With It??
by Neale Osborn
Who owns your body? I mean the physical shell your mind inhabits, and also the products MADE by that body/mind combo?? When I put it that way, does it make you think? So who does own it? To me, it is as clear as the clearest pane of glass ever made. Each and every single one of us is the SOLE owner of our body. Not Uncle Sam. Not Uncle State. Not our husband or wife. Not our children. (Hang on, don't break out the flaying knives!) So, what does this mean to the average Joe or Jane? It means that we've allowed someone to take over our physical property, and we haven't even fought them over it.

Secession and Legal Tender Laws: Washington and Bankers Win, You Lose
by Russell D. Longcore
We talk a lot here at DumpDC about monetary policy, most specifically the concept of sound money backed by gold and silver. When gold and silver are the only form of money, there is NO inflation... EVER. Inflation cannot occur with a "hard money" system. (For more, go to the Archive section and dig around.)

Interesting Times, Important Persons
by Jim Davidson
It is a 1936 classic, probably a lie told by a British diplomat (bureau-rat) that there is an ancient Chinese curse, "May you live in interesting times and come to the attention of important persons." No such curse has been found in Chinese literature of antiquity. We certainly live in the interesting times. One crisis after another. Expect rioting this Summer and Autumn, by the way. The USA senate, which was able to justify endless hundreds of billions for the banking gangsters has been unable to come up with the votes for extending unemployment benefits. Hundreds of thousands are now out of money, with nothing more to come. By September it'll be in the millions.

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