A Weekly View from the Foothills of Appalachia
October 17, 1999 #156
by: Doug Fiedor
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PROTECT THIS AMERICAN TRADITION
There are not very many major American corporations that will allow their officials to come out publicly and say that they cannot trust their internal system because they have a lot of thieves. However, that's just about what UPS did last week. UPS's management announced that it will no longer ship guns via "ground" because they fear their workers will steal them.
Personally, I have always had a greatly different opinion of UPS personnel. However, perhaps we should take the UPS management at their word and not ship anything of value with them again. http://www.ups.com/about/directors.html
Colt's Manufacturing Company, Inc. ("If It Isn't a Colt, It's Just a Copy") notified the American public they would prefer American citizens purchase the "copy" starting in November. That's what Newsweek and other "news" sources reported, anyway. Colt tried to soften that report a little by saying they would "continue to market their most important, classic handgun products." The very expensive models, in other words. http://www.colt.com/colt
Watch for more of this in the near future. The socialists have their marching orders. We are to be disarmed. We are to be disarmed as soon as they can find a way to do it, that is. It's just that the American people are not cooperating.
Americans got the message loud and clear. So, gun and ammunition sales have suddenly jumped to over 15 percent above government and industry projections, which were already high. That means, there will be an estimated 375,000 additional rifles, pistols and shotguns sold -- over and above the 2.5 million sales already projected for this year.
Because, as we Americans allow the far-left apparatchiks in our State and local governments to sue firearms manufacturers into nonexistence for "damages" done by street punks with illegal firearms, law abiding Americans are actively arming themselves in unprecedented numbers.
Actually, this ridiculous lawsuit action is but a carryover from that herd of hungry lawyers who made millions suing the tobacco manufacturers a while back. Anyone who smokes soon realized who paid the bill from that scam. As we reported some months ago, the same group is gearing up for a feeding frenzy against junk food producers, too.
In truth, though, this gun grab stuff started with a group called the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. That's a United Nations committee. Two other U.N. agencies are also involved: the U.N. Disarmament Commission and the U.N. Panel of Governmental Experts on Small Arms. All three committees have been holding meetings for the past few years to devise policies to control "light weapons." http://www.ifs.univie.ac.at/~uncjin/uncjin.html
The Clinton administration always wanted the American people disarmed. The UN wants it to happen as soon as possible. For instance, here's a snippet from the 1997 UN document SOC/CP/198. Most readers will quickly recognize the terminology used, as the Clinton administration and its sycophants in Congress copied it nearly word for word:
The Commission urged States to consider regulatory approaches to civilian-owned firearms that would cover their storage, transport, licensing, import and export, as well as penalties for their misuse. With many States having experienced an alarming escalation in gun- related crime in recent years, including several highly publicized incidents, delegates reported recent parliamentary moves to ban certain types of weapons and to prevent their use in domestic violence and other types of crimes.
This, of course, is mirrored almost exactly by the arguments of all gun-control advocates in the United States. Certain federal officials are working with (receiving their marching orders from?) the UN bureaucrats on this operation and so keep the legislation flowing.
The government/media consortium keeps trying to work on us, but it clearly is not effective. When deer hunting season opens in Michigan this year, there will be so many people in the field armed with high-powered weapons that it will actually represent the world's third largest armed encampment. Most of them know how to shoot properly, too. And, that's just hunters, and only in Michigan.
The United Nations knows this and it bothers them greatly. The citizens of the United States have small arms immediately available that are better than the small arms used by any military force they could send here. In fact, we actually have more small arms in this country than people. And, there will be another three-million new guns in circulation this year.
It's for the children, after all. That is how we protect them. And, if the need ever arises, that is what we will use to insure their freedom. It's an American tradition.
The failed foreign policy of the Clinton administration allowed a backward communist dictatorship like China to become a threat to the security of the people of the United States. For a couple million pieces of silver, Clinton and the Democratic Party (joined by a couple Republicans) allowed the communist Chinese to buy, borrow and steal our top military secrets.
Washington says that China is not a real threat to the U.S. yet and will not be for at least another decade. Maybe so. But, that is only if you do not live in one of the twelve American cities the communists are targeting with nukes.
Meanwhile, the communist Chinese are doing their best to arm with the most sophisticated weapons they can buy or steal. Worse, China now has a military agreement with Russia, its next door neighbor. And, China's next door neighbor is selling them just about anything they want.
While Bill and Boris were yucking it up in Helsinki, Finland, Boris Yeltsin had his top military honchos working out an arrangement with the top Chinese military people.
While Clinton was in China talking with the communist dictators, China had their top military people in Russia playing "let's form an Axis."
Later, Yeltsin made part of that deal public. In what was called a "major foreign policy address," Yeltsin said that his favorite aim was a multi-polar world in the 21st century in which no single country plays a dominant role.
The word to the media in Moscow was that the Russian leadership, including Yeltsin, believes the United States is exerting too much influence globally. And, they had a fix. Moscow would strengthen ties with Europe, China, Japan and India to try to counterbalance U.S. clout.
Fast forward to last June and Reuters reports that Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov was visiting China to strengthen the strategic partnership between the two neighbors. Beijing and Moscow are seen as trying to chip away at the U.S. position as the world's only super power.
"Both sides are playing up their partnership," said a Russian diplomat. "They are using their clout to strengthen their roles in the world." In a meeting with the Deputy Chief of the Russian Armed Forces General Staff, General Valiedin Korapierinykof, senior Chinese General Zhang Wannian urged his guest to develop a "multi-polar world" and establish a "new international political order."
Both the Russians and the Chinese are reading from the same page, in other words.
Now, back to Clinton at an April 30, 1998 press conference. When Sarah McClendon asked about China, Clinton replied:
We are trying to get to a point where we can work more closely with them and where they cooperate more closely with us. So we're trying to build the same kind of world in the future and not a very different kind of world. And I hope we'll get there.
Yeah. "We're trying to build the same kind of world?" Like communist China. A dictatorship? That's what the man who parses his sentences so closely implied.
Last June, Agence France Presse reported that, in Beijing, Russian General Valiedin Korapierinykof stated that Russia wants to boost military cooperation with China. That is, they are strengthening relations between Moscow and Beijing, based on a strategic partnership agreement signed in 1996.
Also last June, ITAR-TASS reported that President Boris Yeltsin's Chief of Staff, Alaexander Voloshin, said the leaders of Russia and China "emphasized an immense importance of the development of military- technical cooperation between the two countries ... an important step in implementation of the strategic partnership and cooperation policy worked out by the Heads of State" of the two countries.
So there's an agreement between Russia and China. And the United States is in their sights. But, is this a political scheme or a military threat? It's hard to tell right now, actually.
China is arming as fast as it can. Russia is helping China arm by selling China some of its best military aircraft and warships. China has all of our top secret stuff to offer, as well as those many billions of dollars they receive from us every year because of a gross imbalance in trade arrangement. Russia needs the cash as well as the information.
Russia recently started beefing up its military forces and mobilized a few armies.
It appears that both Russia and China will be at the ready and have all forces on alert and mobile January 1, 2000.
On the other hand, so will we.
Years ago, back when most Democratic politicians still had some common sense and were not preaching socialism, a popular politician used to say that voters must always watch what the government is doing because even those well meaning proponents of capitalism could go too far with it and give us totalitarianism. We're still a ways from totalitarianism here, but there are nevertheless some very interesting arrangements between business and government that should be brought to light.
For instance, news accounts abound with quotes from the business and manufacturing sector stating that their particular product is safe as designed because it meets with all federal laws and regulations. That is to say, bureaucrats set all safety standards, so as long as a corporation meets or exceeds those standards, they are to have no worries about lawsuits.
Got that? The regulations (standards) are set by politicians and bureaucrats. Which are, of course, those very same politicians and bureaucrats contacted daily by the multibillion dollar lobbying industry in Washington. And, who pays most of the lobbyists? Business and industry, of course.
One of this nation's major industries is actually a business/government consortium funded, in part, by tax dollars. All of its standards are set by government. Much of its scheduling is controlled by government. And major parts of its facilities are owned by government. Yet, the corporations keep all the money they make.
That would be the commercial airline industry, of course. Taxpayers pay for the airports. FAA sets all standards, but FAA is actually charged with promoting air travel and the commercial airline industry as much as regulating it. So, that industry gets all types of breaks that industries like trucking and busing do not get. For instance, the mandatory rest-per-duty cycle of truck drivers is set by law to provide significantly more rest for truck drivers than that of commercial airline pilots. That's because there is no special federal agency "promoting" the trucking industry, only regulating it.
Nearly the same type of arrangement is enjoyed by the national media. The FCC controls and promotes broadcasting in this nation. Supposedly, we are to have a free press. And it is sort of free, unless you try to distribute your "news" over the airwaves. By law, the airwaves are protected for the use of a select few.
Furthermore, "free press" only means that a reporter is free to write the type of "news" the boss wants delivered. That presents a palpable problem when just a few major corporations own almost all media outlets in the country. It is, therefore, just a handful of major business concerns who have a controlling influence on the news we see, hear and read.
It stands to reason that these major corporations have licenses to protect. They also want to show a profit. Therefore, they contribute heavily to political campaigns and offer many other types of perks and considerations to politicians and bureaucrats who "play ball" with them while in office. And, of course, these major media corporations keep a large stable of well paid lobbyists in Washington.
Therefore, there could be a reporter getting ready for that hot expose, confronting a politician or bureaucrat at the same time two of the parent corporation's lobbyists are promoting a favorable law or rule change. One hand washes the other. And so the hot story gets spiked by the editor, in favor of a tax break, or whatever.
These are just a couple of the more obvious ways Washington works. All industries play the game. Individual taxpayers cannot get a tax break from Congress, but the Lords and Ladies of Capitol Hill regularly write bills that give wealthy industries and businesses huge breaks. Worse yet, they also are able to get laws, rules and regulations passed to benefit their bottom line -- even when these actions violate the rights of the American people. Anyone remember why we can't put Freon in our cars anymore? Hint: the patent coincidentally expired about the time the law banning Freon was passed.
So, while capitalism has not given us totalitarianism, the amount of campaign and lobbying money floating around Washington is causing changes in that law that are adversely impacting on our individual rights.
House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX) reports that at least $8.4 billion is spent each year in Washington just to lobby the federal government. In fact, lobbying has become Washington, D.C.'s largest private sector employer. A whopping 67,062 people work in the lobbying industry. And, lobbying by multinational corporations and foreign governments is a major segment of that lobbying industry. http://flattax.house.gov/st-lobby.htm
This issue, being issue #156, makes it three straight years for this publication -- with only two short vacations. Therefore, I am going to pull a "Congress." That is, even though there is more work to do than I can ever get to (dozens of important topics no one else is covering to write about), I will be taking a two week vacation.
And, like Congress, my vacation will be a combination of work and fun; except that, unlike a Congress Critter, I will not be continually trying to collect money (campaign donations) for favors from everyone I meet.
First, there happens to be an action/adventure/ political novel sitting here 80% completed that needs attention. That's the fun part of the vacation. The second part is the "work," which consists of some manual labor that needs to be completed around here before winter sets in.
Oh, and I will also be looking for a literary agent willing to represent the novel and a nonfiction book. Part of the book proposal for the nonfiction book was rewritten slightly as the "State of the Union 1998" and is posted on the Internet. Work will proceed on that again around the first of the year.
As always, according to the legal-eagles, I must relate that I have not expended one penny on this newsletter nor received one cent in payment for publication from any sector at any time. The newsletter will always remain free to subscribers who agree to send it to friends exactly as written.
The books, however, will be an entirely different story (pun intended) and will be targeted to a well defined market. The business end of that will be handled 100% by professionals, "in a lawful manner," as they say.
Primary distribution of the newsletter is handled by subscribers. That is, a few hundred people subscribe from me and pass it around. Therefore, we have absolutely no idea how many people read it every week. I do know, though, that it seems to be getting around rather well, and for that I sincerely thank those many subscribers. Because, really, if I had to take the time each week to maintain a large database, there would be little time left to do the research necessary to write something worth reading. Many quality newsletters have come and gone just because of the time constraints necessary to keep a subscriber database current.
As many readers know, I try to answer all mail. Sometimes, though, newsletter mail comes in bunches of 50 to 100 a day. That presents a problem if I want to get any work done. Really, I do try to answer everyone, though.
Generally speaking, this newsletter is not intended to break news but rather to present the news in a perspective that is different from the liberal media and with the addition of some background material they often either miss or choose to not report. Therefore, we do not intend to be in competition with any major media outlet.
In fact, on the few occasions that we actually broke a story first, it was only because we had been sitting on the information for some time and knew first hand that major news outlets were, too. Actually, I sometimes get a little antsy when important background material does not make the news. So, when I do not want to use the material for some reason, I will send the whole file to a professional journalist who will. And recently that has started to become a reciprocal arrangement, in that I have received great material from newsmakers and reporters who were actually on the scene as things happened.
On the other hand, we watch what does not happen, too. For instance, Clinton held a press conference last week. Not one so called "journalist" dared ask a question about China or Russia arming, illegal campaign funds from China -- or the FBI admitting there was (is) a Justice Department cover up -- or the new Waco revelations and that continuing cover up. Nor would any Washington "journalist" ever ask (or even indicate) why all embarrassing and criminal information about government is always classified under national security. Either many of them just do not care about the truth or they truly fear this administration.
Jeff in Michigan (http://militia.gen.mi.us/headsup.html) no longer posts the newsletters, although he recently put his web page back up and old issues are there again. However, Forest Glen Durland has nearly the last two years of the publication posted on his California web page, complete with an extensive subject index. (http://www.uhuh.com/reports/headsup/list-hu.htm)
See y'all on the first Sunday of November. For the next two weeks, my train of (alleged) thought will be devoted almost exclusively to the story line of "In their Sacred Honor," a novel.
Note: Doug tells it like it really is -- Frank and honest.
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