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From the Editor...


Last month, a man contacted me wanting to write some articles for this paper. He had a website where he had posted some of his writings, so I checked it out. I welcome Armando Conde as a new writer for the LCS. He is a resident of Kingsville and has agreed to begin distributing some of our papers there, so I not only welcome Armando (Mando) but also welcome more readers in Kingsville. See Mandos article about the banking cartel on the right side of page 4. There were many events in the area as well as in nearby areas., giving anyone who wanted to taste food, cook food or just enjoy being outdoors on a beautiful day an opportunity to do so. Note the unusual number of events coming up in November. It looks like there is something for everyone. (See Upcoming Events! I accidentally discovered there is an election on November 8. It involves voting for or against ten state constitutional amendments. It is important to go the polls and vote. The proposed amendments are printed below. Certain grassroots organizations suggest we vote against all but Propostion 10 , since nine of the ten propositions call for shifting of or increases in government spending or tax burden, and that it is best to just say no to all of them. Personally, I fall into the just say no camp, especially since many of these potentially increase property taxes. No matter what your plans for Thanksgiving Day are, stay well, drive safely and give thanks for that half-full glass rather than bemoaning one that is half empty. Yours truly, Penny Peavy Editor/Publisher penny@lakecountryshopper.com 361-547-9062

Upcoming Events!
Nov. 3 Republican Candidate Texas US Senatorial Debate Beeville, Texas Beeville Country Club 1 Country Club Dr. in Beeville, Tx. 6pm to 10pm Prime Rib Dinner serving at 6:30pm, Platinum Table Seating - 7 tickets & 1 Candidate $2000 - Gold Table Seating 8 tickets - $800 - Individual tickets - $50 ea. To order tickets; make checks payable to Bee County Republican Party and mail to Patty Johnson, 2675 Airport Rd, Beeville, Tx. 78102. For more information call 361-358-1550 or 361392-1550. Nov. 4 Dobie Dichos 6pm-9:30pm Campfires, Chili con Carne, and the Words of J. Frank Dobie. On the grounds of the 1887 Oakville, Tx Jailhouse and Town Square. Oakville, Tx (on IH 37 - between George West and Three Rivers exits) A night of campfire cooking, booksigning and Texas authors' reading from the works of the master South Texas storyteller (Live Oak County born and raised). Tickets: $15.00 Adults, $7.00 Children under 12 - can be purchased in advance by calling (361) 449-2481, or 888-600-3121. Proceeds to benefit restoration of the Dobie-West Performing Arts Center, George West, Tx. To learn more about the Historic Oakville Jail, visit their website at www.oakvillejail.com. (See Page 11 for more details). November 4-6 The 23rd Annual George West Storyfest on the Live Oak County Courthouse Square in downtown George West. (See Page 11 for more details). Nov. 8 Food Handlers Course given by Live Oak County Health Department at the Lagarto School House located at 603 FM 534 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Open to everyone in our area - head count is needed - call Lucy Cantu at 384-1527 for information. Nov. 12 Lagarto Community Club Annual Craft Bazaar 8am-3pm Lagarto School House located at 603 FM 534 Bake goods and crafts will be sold. Nov. 12 Swinney Switch FVD Bazaar 9am - 3pm. at SSVFD. Vendors welcome. Only $10 per table. Contact Shirley Bradley @ 547-9774 or Elaine Doran @ 547-9307. The number of tables are limited so please reserve early.

Church Directory
St. Michael's At The Lake Episcopal, Worship Sunday 3 pm, Healing Thursday 1111:30 am, Thrift Shop Thu 102 & Sun 1-4 Faith Church United Church of Christ, 106 Faith Dr., Orange Grove, 384-2414. Sunday School: 9:15, Worship Service: 10:30. St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, FM 534, Mass: Sunday, 9:15. Call church for other times. West Shore Baptist Church, FM 534. 547-6153, Sunday School: Sunday 9:30 am. Services: Sunday 10:50 am. Lighthouse Faith Fellowship (charismatic, non-denominational), 331 FM 534, 547-6243. Sunday School: 9:15am Services: Sunday 10:00 am. Call for weekly home Bible studies. Grace Lutheran Church of Mathis, 1205 E. San Patricio Ave., Mathis, 547-2239 First United Methodist Church, 420 S. Duval, Mathis 5473381. Adult Bible Class 9:45 am, Worship Service 10:50 Brush Country Cowboy Church, Brush Country Cowboy Church, 1417 S. Hwy 37 access We are located 1 mile north of FM 799. Sunday Services at 10:00am. 361-449-2400. First Baptist Church, 404 S. Bee, Mathis, Texas, 547-2139. Services: Sunday Bible study: 9:45am. Worship 11:00am. Evening Worship 6:00pm. Wednesday Evening Service: 7:00pm St. John of the Cross Catholic Church, 20 S. Metz St., Orange Grove, Mass: Saturday 6:00 pm Sunday 7:30 am . & 11:00am, 361-384-2795.

Lagarto Community Church 287 FM 3162 Lagarto, Texas 78383 Sunday: Bible School 9:4511am, Church 11am, Bible Study Wed & Sunday 6pm Mathis Church of Christ 407 E. Rockport, Mathis, Texas 547-2016, Sunday Bible Study 9:30am, Worship 10:30am, Sunday Evening 6PM, Wednesday Bible Study 7pm.

First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 600 S. Dibrell St., Orange Grove TX, 361-3842712 Sunday School: Church of Christ, Exit 40 @ I37 9:00 a.m. Worship Service: N./Hwy 888, one mile east. Sun. 10:30 a.m. Bible Study 9:45. Sunday Servwww.firstogtx.org
ice 11am & 6pm. Wed. 7:00pm Lake View Baptist Church, 6 mi North of Mathis on Hwy 3024. Sunday Bible study 9:45am, Worship services at 11am and 6pm Wednesday night at 6pm. 361-547-6325 leave message. Cross Trails Cowboy Church 2 miles East of Orange Grove on FM 624, Sunday Morning Services 8:45 and 10:30am, 227-9828.

Constitutional Amendment Election Nov. 8


Texans will be asked to vote on 10 proposed amendments to the state constitution. Here's a brief description of the proposals, along with commentary from We Texans: Amendment 1: Provides a property tax homestead exemption for the surviving spouse of a disabled veteran. Read the legislation here (SJR14) While the property tax is a fundamentally flawed means of funding local government that we are working to completely eliminate, it is the method that is used in Texas today. Though well intended, this proposition adds yet another exemption to the long list of property tax-outs and distorts justice by shifting the cost of local government to the shoulders of others in the community. Amendment 2: Provides for the issuance of an additional $6 billion in debt in the form of general obligation bonds by the Texas Water Development Board. Read the legislation here (SJR4) This proposal would create a revolving line of credit to the Texas Water Development Board. This line of credit would be secured by the Texas taxpayer. Government debt should be taken very seriously and approved on an as needed basis by the voters at the time of the need. To establish a revolving line of debt for an appointed state board and saddle Texans in perpetuity with that debt is unjust. fund the issuance of bonds or notes to develop blighted areas. Read the legislation here (SJR 63) Under current law, cities are authorized to use property tax revenue to secure loans to fund the development of blighted areas. This proposal would extend that authority to counties. This proposition continuing to incentivize local governments with the lure of increased property tax revenue is a recipe for further eminent domain abuse. Amendment 5: Authorizes cities and counties to enter into contracts that are longer than one year without having to create a tax or (sinking) fund to pay for those future obligations. Read the legislation here (SJR 26) Currently, cities and counties may not create debt unless a tax is levied that is sufficient to pay the principle and interest on the debt. Cities and counties frequently enter into interlocal contracts whose term is less than one year because the costs associated with those agreements are funded from the current budget. To enter into a contract that extends beyond the current year would have the effect of creating a debt that will carry to future tax years. Debt of that type should require voter approval on a case by case basis and not be permitted unilaterally through a constitutional amendment.

Safe Harbor - a Lutheran mission (ELCA) meeting at St. Michael's Episcopal Church on FM 534. We meet at 5 p.m. each Saturday evening. Contact us at SafeHarborLC@gmail.com or 361-244-6045. All are welcome!

Community Organization News


Old San Patricio Black Pot Cookers
by Janis Westmoland Old San Patricio Black Pot Cookers held their Second Dutch Oven Cooking Demonstration at the Old San Patricio Museum on Saturday October 15, 2011. The Black Potters cooked many delicious dishes for our visitors to sample to include Camp Bread, Beer Bread, Cowboy Stew, Chili, Shepherds Pie and much, much more. We had a wonderful turn out through out the day; many of the visitors who attended are planning to join our group. The Black Potters meet every third Saturday of the month; our next DOG [Dutch Oven Gathering] will be Saturday, November 19, time and place to be announced. We are having such a great time learning how to cook in these beautiful black pots and the best thing of all is getting to know and share with others who are just as passionate as we are. Make plans to join us. Contact Janis 361-547-5476 or sanpatricioblackpotcookers@gtek.biz

Lagarto Community Club News


by DeOtta Meyer ...A lot of business was covered during the meeting including the assignment of jobs for our annual craft bazaar which will be held on November 12th. There will be a bake sale, as usual, and we will be serving Frito Pies. Once again we will be selling our cookbooks and the history book prepared by Hattie Mae Hinnant New. If you are not acquainted with the history of the area and you have an interest, you should come on over and pick up one of these books. Work assignments were also made for our booth at the George West Story Fest (November 5th). We will be selling our books and a few of our crafts. This should be a fun day for us with all the booths and activities to explore when we arent working! It was decided to have another Vendors Sale on the 3rd of December. This gives us an opportunity to put our craft items back out for the public (in case you missed the bazaar) and it gives a chance for others in our area to sell their crafts, foods, or rummage items. Spaces can be purchased for $20 by calling Jessica Keese at 547-3663. Raffle tickets sales are going well. Items listed are (1) barbeque grill, (2) quilt, (3) crocheted tablecloth, (4) a $75 gift certificate for Academy. You can purchase your tickets from any of our club members or visit our booth in George West. The Food Handlers Course, given by the Live Oak County Health Department, has been scheduled for November 8th at the Lagarto School beginning at 6:30 p.m. This is open to any of our neighbors who want

to attend and because we would like to have a head count, please give Lucy Cantu a call at 384-1527. The Lagarto Community Club was established for charitable, educational and historical purposes and with this in mind a group of ranchers came together in 1970 and purchased the Lagarto School in order to preserve a little of Lagarto history and have a place for club members to meet and develop the talents of the membership. Our main income is from the bazaar sales and the school is available to be rented for that party or reception you have been planning. You can contact any one of us for information. Our next meeting will be on November 10th.

Amendment 6: Allows the transfer of funds from the Permanent School Fund to the Available School Fund to provide additional funding for public education. Read the legislation here Amendment 3: Provides for the (HJR 109) issuance of general obligation bonds to finance educational The Permanent School Fund was loans to students. Read the leg- established for the support of public schools in this state. The Texas islation here (SJR 50) Constitution limits the amount of This proposal creates another money that may be transferred from evergreen revolving line of credit the Permanent School Fund to the authorizing the Texas Higher Edu- Available School Fund each year to cation Coordinating Board to issue 6% of the average market value of additional student loans as long as the Permanent Fund. One virtually the aggregate amount does not ex- needs a degree in finance to underceed the amounts previously au- stand the complex language of this thorized by voters (in other words, proposal but it would change the the grand total of all bonds ap- manner of calculating the market proved for this purpose since vot- value of the Permanent School ers began authorizing them in Fund. This proposition would make 1965.) Currently the board is pro- a larger amount of money available hibited from issuing more than for transfer to the Available School $125 million in bonds per year and Fund consequently reducing the sits on approximately $275 million amount available for investment of unissued debt. This proposal growth in the Permanent School would increase their lending au- Fund. thority from the remaining $275 million to $1.86 billion with re- Amendment 7: Authorizes a consponsibility for unpaid student loan servation and reclamation disobligations falling on the Texas trict in El Paso County to issue taxpayer. Finally, this proposition bonds for parks and recreational would provide an increase in lend- facilities. Read the legislation ing authority from $125 million per here (SJR 28) year to $350 million per year. Amendment 4: Authorizes counties to use property taxes to See Amendments Continued on Page 13

Friends of Swinney Switch VFD


by Shirley Bradley We have been blessed with the interest in our Bazaar. All tables have been purchased for the day and the items to be shown are interesting and varied. I think there will be something for everyone's tastes. I am amazed at the quality of the artists in our area. So come out on November 12th between the hours of 9 AM- 3 PM and see for yourselves. Great ideas for Christmas shopping. Our recipe book is completed and ready for sale. They will be available the day of the Bazaar for $14.00 each. Our members have worked hard on putting this together and I do not think you will be disappointed. We are in the process of raising money to re-equip our new truck with many necessary emergency equipment. Our next meeting will be on November 8th. Since it is election day we will hold it in the rear of the building.

Nov. 19 8am - 2pm St Francis Of Assisi Altar Society Annual Bake Sale 303 Fm 534 & Cr 185 Contact: Connie 361-389- You still have time to buy raffle tickets for the great BBQ 1224 December 3 Lagarto Community Clubs Vendor's Christmas Sale in Lagarto, 8am - 3pm Lagarto School House located at 603 FM 534. Spaces are available for $20 and vendors should phone Jessica Keese at 547-3663 to make a reservation. Available items will include crafts and food.

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trailer pictured on page3. Raffle tickets are $20 each and may be purchased from any LVFD board member or from nearby retailers. More information with photo on page 3.

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Opinions presented in these columns do not necessarily reflect any political or social stance or views of this newspaper, its editor or staff. Comments or opposing opinions are welcome and may be submitted for publication consideration. Write the editor at the following e-mail address: penny@lakecountryshopper.com If you do not have a computer, you can usually use one at a public library and receive help on sending an e-mail. the focus of this syndrome is indeed another invidual consumed with power, greed and envy in such a way that both sides are wrong and engaging in evil behavior. Then there is lying, bearing false witness. (The 9th Comandment.) Some people are so in the habit of lying they no longer remember what the truth is. They lie either to cover up something wrong they have done or to manipulate people into behaving in some certain way. The gossip who contacts her acquaintances chiefly to try to obtain the latest new gossip she can spread. Cheaters fall not only into the liar category but often also into the envy and stealing category. They want what someone else has, and they cheat and lie to get it for themselves or to get it for someone important in achieving their goals. It is fairly apparent these days that we have evil wrongdoers in control of this country and most countries around the world. They are cheaters, liars, gossipers, manipulators, and some are adulterers, traitors and worse. They have sold their souls to the devil in exchange for power, fame and money, all of which they may perceive as things that will bring them happiness. They care not for you or me or anyone else, only themselves. While certainly it is important to love oneself, those who seek power and fame have stepped into the realm of being narcissistic, believing they are more important than anyone else. The power, the fame, the applause -- all of these feed the ego of the narcissist. It is like a drug, and they need bigger and bigger doses as time goes by in order to get the same high and, sadly, to assuage their deep feelings of lonliness and disconnectedness. This kind of individual is not always found only in the highest levels of government. It can exist on very low levels, such as churches, community organizations, PTAs, local governments,volunteer organizations and civic organizations. This is sometimes evidenced when someone who lost an election for a high office i n t h e o r g a n i z a t i o n secretly, or in conspiracy with supporters, sabotages a fundraising event by not performing their job adequately. This, again, is wrong and immoral. It has the potential to hurt many more people than just the person on whom the vendetta is planned. No matter whether you believe it or not, this country was founded on Judeo-Christian beliefs about moraility and righteousness, and there is plenty of evidences. Jesus summed up Gods law when he stated that a summation of the law was in the statement to love God with all your heart and soul and to love your neighbor as yourself. If a person loves his neighbor (presumably meaning all those he or she comes in contact with, lives near, works with or in todays world lives in the same congressional district), he or she will abide by the philosophy that my rights end where yours begin. Beyond that a person should be free to live life he sees fit. When it comes to electing people for school baord, for county commissioner, for sheriff, for state representatives and senators, for U. S. representives and senators and for President of the United States, we must vote for those who represent what is right and good in the Judeo-Christian trandition and not for those who represent wrong and evil. This poses the question What is good and what is evil when it comes to government? Socialism, Communism, Facism and any form of See Good Continued on Page 5 ica. His mind and heart are certainly in the right place, and I doubt if he can be influenced significantly by the powers. But untill we hear more details about his 9-9-9 plan, I sit here and wonder where I will get the money to pay a 9% sales tax over and above the state and local sales taxes. If I need a new power yard tool that is priced at $100, its cost to me out of my pocketbook will be pretty close to $118. Cain seems to think that the flat 9% income tax will give all of us so much money that we will more than be able to cover that sales tax. While that is more than likely true for those who have moderate to excellent incomes, what is it going to do to those with lower incomes who are barely scraping by as it is? Moreover, many people will pay with a charge card and end up paying interest on the product plus the state tax plus the federal tax. I read extensively about the candidates and about the mainstream Republican party. The consensus of opinion of most of the authors I have read say that America is in such terrible shape that it is not going to matter if a conventional mainstream Republican is elected in 2012 over Obama. Everything will continue to get worse even if it temporarily gets better. The worst candidates to vote for in the primary are those who seem to be favored by the mainstream media. Ron Paul is still ignored by the media. The average person getting news from television knows little or nothing about Ron Paul. When the so-called debates are televised, he is ignored as much as possible. This is intentional, apparently. The powers that be and the mainstream media, controlled by the powers are scared to death of Ron Paul because they know he represents death to big government, death of corporate cronyism, death to the far left progressive movement and death to socialism and communism. The best overall article I have read regarding Ron Paul yet not written by his campaign staff comes from The Daily Bell, an online newsletter to which I subscribe and read on a daily basis. See below for a reprint of that article, used with permission.

Opinions....food for thought

Whats Wrong With This Picture?


by Gwen Guyser

From the Far West Side


by Farris West

The Banking Cartel: The History and Philosophy Behind Our Current Monetary Policies
by Armando Conde We must go forward cautiously and consolidate each acquired position, because already the inferior social stratum of society is giving unceasing signs of agitation. Therefore, prudence dictates to us a line of conduct that seems to give in to the will of the people, until the execution of our plans be well-enough established for us to be able to declare our intentions without having to fear any organized resistance. To understand why our country is in the economic state we see today, we must first understand the philosophies and practices which the banking elite live by. The opening quote comes from an 1892 issue of United States Bankers Magazine. Notice how the author of the article condescendingly refers to the public as the inferior social stratum; and how the bankers must seem to give in to the will of the people. The author continues his blatant disregard for the people by suggesting using the courts to legally further their agenda and strip the people of their property. He also cites that using violence would be premature and how they must trouble each party (Republicans/Democrats) with issues which do not concern them. The words which angered me the most were: Our top leaders are perfectly aware of the truth. They are presently working at establishing an imperialism of the capital to rule the world. But while they are implementing this plan, they must keep the people busy with political antagonisms. Our current monetary policy was implemented with Woodrow Wilsons signature of the Federal Reserve Act of 1913. That same year also brought us the 16th and 17th amendments to the Constitution. It was the dreadful year America lost her sovereignty and became enslaved to the banking elite. Eighty percent ownership of the Feds most powerful branch, the New York Federal Reserve, is owned by just eight families. They are the Goldman Sachs, the Rockefellers, the Lehmans, the Kuhn Loebs, the Warburgs, the Israel Moses Seifs, and the wealthiest family of them all, the Rothschilds. The Rothschild dynastys rise to wealth and power began when Mayor Amschel Rothschild, a money changer in Germany during the 18th century, learned that loaning to governments reaps greater profits and by having the security of taxes on the people to repay the loans was the greatest collateral any lender could ever imagine. Mayor had five sons whom, in the 1790s, were spread throughout Europe expanding the family business. One of the most noted of the brothers was Nathan Mayer Rothschild who was sent to England in 1798 with 20,000. It was not until the Battle of Waterloo that Nathan seized control of England when he received word of Napoleons defeat, ahead of anyone else. He then began to sell off his stocks, implying England had lost the battle. With the fear of their stock being worthless, the people began a selling frenzy. Now, for pennies on the dollar, Nathan began to buy the worthless stock. By the time word had arrived of Englands victory, it was too late. N. M Rothschild boasted that it was the greatest business he had ever done. Nathans arrogance is quoted in the following text: "I care not what puppet is placed upon the throne of England to rule the Empire on which the sun never sets. The man that controls Britain's money supply controls the British Empire, and I control the British money supply." Alexander Hamilton, who had close ties with the Rothschilds, worked to help establish the First Bank of The United States created in 1791. Hamilton went on to become the first Secretary of the Treasury in 1798. Although Thomas Jefferson served as President from 1801-1809 and loathed the private central bank, nothing could be done about the bank until the 20 year charter came to an end. After the central banks charter expired, the public outcry was to deny another charter. Five months after the bill to renew the banks charter failed to pass in Congress, The United States found themselves fighting the War of 1812. It is imperative for us to reflect upon Jeffersons prediction of allowing a centralized private bank. "If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered." It was not until 1816 that Congress was once again coerced into setting up another central bank with another 20 year charter. This would be the Second Bank of the United States. In 1828 Andrew Jackson was nominated for President and was swept into office. Andrew Jackson, who despised the banking powers of England, called them a den of vipers and vowed by the Eternal God to defeat them. In 1832, Nicholas Biddle, head of the Second Bank of The United States, decided to try and renew the banks charter early hoping that Jackson would not want a fight with bankers right before his reelection. Although Congress passed the bill, Jackson vetoed the charter. Biddle was infuriated and even threatened to cause a depression. By restricting the money supply, Nicholas Biddle believed that only widespread suffering would have any effect on Congress to restore the banks charter. Biddles threat came to fruition and the people found themselves in a depression; however, the people sided with Jackson and the banks charter was not renewed. It is important to note that an attempt on Jacksons life followed the denial of a new charter for the bank. While on his death-bed, Jackson was asked what his greatest achievement was. His reply: I killed the bank. Even with Jacksons victory over the banking elite, he still feared their tenacity to control our countrys currency. In 1837, in Jacksons farewell address he raised the question, Have designs already been formed to sever the union? It took no more than a quarter century for Jacksons worries to come to life when seven states seceded from the union and the Civil War began. Abraham Lincoln now stood in the way of the banking elites efforts to weaken the Union and open up the States See Banking Continued on Page 10

Morality: Good and Evil, Right and Wrong


At the risk of sounding naive and simplistic, there are forces for good and what is right in this world and opposing forces for what is evil and wrong. Most people have some ideas about what is evil and wrong, but their ideas about it are usually expressed in a global sort of way, such as big government or criminals or terrorists. Their ideas of what is good and right perhaps include, their friends, their relatives, their church leaders and perhaps those who help the poor or the elderly for no recompence. Some people, when it comes to their ideas of what is good and right even extend to themselves thoughts that they themselves are good and righteous, and many of them are both, at least most of the time or when it suits them. These folks are often church-goers and consider going to church every time the doors are open as a sure sign of their righteousness. Many people whose actions are immoral and even blatantly evil excuse themselves for their actions with various twists in their thinking that their actions were justified because in the end a friend, relative, cohort, employer, benefactor or some animal or tree was benefitted by the wrongdoing. The Holy Bible, both Old and New Testaments speak very clearly as to what is right and wrong and what is good and evil, especially in the Ten Commandments. Morality starts with the individual, not with abstract beings or governments. If there are moral individuals of impeccable character elected to public offices who, in turn, appoint moral individuals to support positions, then there is at least a small chance for a good, just, moral government. Many people believe themselves to be just and moral and yet engage in nefarious schemes, manipulations and gossiping among their associates. Evil does as evil thinks. Righteous does as righteousness thinks. An example of evil and wrong-sidedness is unfounded gossip spread by people who believe they have something to gain by spreading the particular topic of gossip. Again on the level of the individual, there are those who engage in schemes based on envy and lust for something someone else owns. An example might be, when one is jealous of the PTA President, to make attempts to discredit that individual by subtle but effective sabotaging of fund-raising events. This is fairly easy to do by either spreading rumors or by volunteering to help run the event and then subtly doing a a terrible job of it without anyone ever really knowing you did it. It was her fault! She is a bad leader! A bad organizer! I should be president, not her! See how badly she failed? Maybe we even need a man for the job (such as my husband)! Examples are plentiful because they happen every day in every walk of life. Another that comes to my mind is what I call the Who does she/he think she is? syndrome, again, a problem of envy. Sometimes

The Problem With ABO


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Thinking
Recalling the 2008 election, I remember that I spoke with many people who believed in their hearts that Ron Paul was right about everything and had the character, determination and principles necessary to lead this country out of the economic disaster that had recently began (if you believe it didnt happen nearly a hundred years ago). When I would ask if they were going to vote for Ron Paul, the answer was invariably No, because he cant possibly win the Republican nomination. What happened, as I am sure you recall, is that John McCain, no doubt chosen by those who considered him second most desirable after Obama, became the Republican candidate. I did not vote for him for the Republican candidate. I voted for Ron Paul. In the upcoming election cycle, just as we saw in 2008, we are bombarded with polls and with media talking heads promoting those in the lead in the opinion polls while ignoring those who are not what they consider top tier candidates. News Flash: The talking heads are told by their respective network directors who to promote and who to ignore. So, in essence, we have government by opinion polls and the media. The media loves Mitt Romney. He is certifiably a RINO (Republican in Name Only). He represents centrist-statist Republicans, who are basically a left wing of the Republican party that believes in big government, just a slightly different version. He has spent about five years running for President. The media and the powers that be are certain that even if he can beat Obama, he will not be very different from Obama. He will support more government control, more government regulation and genuinely seems to believe that he and he alone has all the answers to the nations problems. Recently the media loved Rick Perry who all of us Texans know as full of fluff, buff and stuff. He is a crony capitalist if there ever was one. Need I remind you of the Gardasial fiasco or the toll roads and TransTexas highway fiasco? Fortunately for all, his lack of basic intelligence is now killing him in the polls. Rick Perry seems to believe that he created jobs in Texas. New Flash: It was not Rick Perry. It was the already-existing Texas policies regarding taxes, regulations and right-towork that created the jobs. It was Texans and others who created the jobs, not Rick Perry. He just did not interfere with it. He spent most of his life as a Democrat and changed parties in order to become Governor of Texas. He states he ran for Governor three times. This is not true. He got into office when Bush left to become President and then ran twice. During the last election he only obtained 38% of the vote, the rest going to Kay Hutchison and Debra Medina. Now that Herman Cain is rising in the polls, the media is trying to love him or hate him, take your pick. He has many good ideas and definitive plans, but there are certainly doubts he can salvage Amer-

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Good Continued from Page 4 totalianarianism come to mind as evil, but there are other forms of evil in government, right here, right now, in America. There is corruption and selfishness. The selfishness we see every time an elected official spends most of his or her term of office campaigning for re-election, often with promises that can never be fulfilled. We see it when members of congress or the President take unneccsary, expensive trips on our dollar. Corruption begins with a candidates desire for power, money and fame, all of which can be fulfilled by clinging to certain special interest groups. None of the special interest groups care anything at all about you or me. In essence they are interests of entities we call corporations. The entire ideology that considers corporations to have the same rights as human beings is an evil one. Corporations do not have souls. They were not created by God. They are not alive. They should have no rights other than to do business, i.e., raise capital in order to create a product or provide a service and sell such product or service for profit to be shared by the shareholders. They should not be protected by bankruptcy laws -- some human being(s) need to suffer from a bankruptcy of a corporation. The rest of us are not protected. When a mom-andpop donut shop goes into bankruptcy, its mom and pop who suffer very real personal consequences. No one comes to bail them out. Corporations themselves are not necessarily evil. It us how our society has come to allow them human rights that is evil. The way that corporations can hire expensive lobbyists to have their way with Congress is wrong and evil when we as individuals seem to have no voice even with our own representatives. Phone calls and letters seem to do nothing for us but waste our time. When it comes time for voting, be certain the person you are voting for is a good, righteous, God-fearing individual with no record of corruption, cronyism or self-interest superceding our own interests. Returning America to a free country requires that we as people adhere to the principals on which this nation was founded and that we elect people with these principals to public office, especially the most powerful offices. A man or woman who bends to the whims of any evil entity in order to obtain or maintain power is not the man to vote for. A person who has lived their lives as fair and just, always choosing right over wrong, one who has a known record of such, is a person for whom to cast your vote.

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Ron Paul Continued from Page 4 themes which worked so well in the 20th century. The Internet, in a message that Daily Bell editors pioneered nearly a decade ago, is a modern-day Gutenberg Press and will ultimately have a similar impact - creating its own version of the Reformation, Glorious Revolution, etc. It is already doing so, as the elite's control-mechanisms are predictable. In fact, the power elite's operational strategy is always roughly the same. A handful of powerful families and associated enterprises will create and promote crisis after crisis in order to encourage people to feel hopeless and to turn over wealth and control to specially constructed authoritarian bodies that purport to provide bureaucratic solutions to the elite's faux-emergencies. These same individuals will do whatever they can to downplay the benefits of freedom and the logic of free-markets as preferable to authoritarian solutions. Here is the article: from: http://www.thedailybell.com Monday, October 17, 2011 by Staff Report ... Exclusive: Ron Paul's Agenda To Include Eliminating Five Government Departments And He Will Take $39,336 Presidential Salary ... Ron Paul's detailed agenda for America will be disclosed next week and a senior official with his campaign tells The Brody File that it includes eliminating five governmental departments, cutting one trillion dollars in spending and Dr. Paul would take a presidential salary of just $39, 336, which is the median salary of the American worker (The President's base salary is normally $400,000). The Brody File Dominant Social Theme: Who is this guy Ron Paul and why does he keep running when he doesn't have a chance? Free-Market Analysis: One gets the feeling the Republican Party would rather run a dog for president than Ron Paul (left). And yet ... by almost every reasonable account, the libertarian congressman from Texas is still in contention to win the Republican nomination. He's got popular support, healthy bank balances and a message that resonates. Whether or not Ron Paul wins, he's already had a significant effect on the US national discourse. His candidacy continues to shatter the commandand-control mechanism of the Republic Party and that's one reason the bigwigs don't like him. He's a walking repudiation of the Republicans' hitherto hidden agenda. The Republican Party masqueraded as one that respected private markets and believed

Well, what a surprise, you know, all this wonderful weather just in time for the major holidays. We just left Halloween, but in some places the wicked witch would not let the kids play. What is going on? No Thanksgiving or Christmas? I think not! So, it is time to make your favorite beverage of choice and prepare yourself for a day full of joy! Down here in South Texas we laugh, play, scream, run and do all the things that make for very happy people! However, get out your turkey day dishes and display stuff cause we need to get it all cleaned up. Actually, if we did put it up last year it should be pretty easy to prepare for this Thanksgiving. If you are having everyone come to your home for turkey day, I have a few ideas for you. First, even if you use a dishwasher, cleaning up is a lot of work. So except for the honored guest grandparents, and/or parents, use a highly decorated paper plate that is water proof. If your parents are like mine were they would prefer a paper plate. Use high quality plastic forks. Bake in disposable pans, use disposable cups, glasses, table cloth, and anything else you just throw away when it is all over. YOU deserve to have fun too! So really go look at those party stores that have that stuff. You can even order over the internet. Then everyone will have a great time which includes you. Maybe you and your hubby could even go to a movie after everyone leaves. Hummm, why not? If you want all the work, go ahead get out your heavy pots and pans and all the dishes, etc. You have a lot of work ahead of you. And remember you need to complete the outside decorations for Thanksgiving. Today I encourage you to clean the windows. You lucky ones who put the liquid car wax on your outside windows, get out the water hose and just rinse and maybe on one of the windows use a squeegee. How much easier can life get. Oh, it is about time for some refreshment. On to the

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in limited government. But Ron Paul's candidacy exposed the fault lines and made it clear to millions that the Republican Party's public face was not its private one. The central core of the Republican Party's belief structure supports the industrial-military complex and employs a strategy of compromise with the US's Democratic opposition that has led to a country that more closely resembles European socialist nations than the pre-Civil War "exceptionalism." The Republican leaders have thrown everything but the kitchen sink at Ron Paul to try to stop him. They tried to talk Chris Christie, the popular conservative governor of New Jersey, into running and for a while they were focused on Rick Perry until his big government past came back to haunt him. Now suddenly Herman Cain is becoming a front-runner, though he was dismissed even in the recent past as an unserious candidate. His "9-9-9" plan has galvanized public attention, perhaps because it is easily assimilated. "Nine percent corporate business flat tax, 9 percent personal income flat tax, and a 9 percent national sales tax," Cain explained. It sounds reasonable until one realizes that Cain is actually proposing ANOTHER tax. What sane person would believe that the US federal government would be content with these rates for long? Eventually, they would be subject to tax creep; the country would end up with higher rates AND a "national sales tax." Ron Paul, on the other hand, has released a detailed plan of his own that focuses on cutting, not adding. The small-government congressman is also willing to live with a vastly reduced salary if he gets into the White House. Here's more from Brody's "scoop": [Note: See Ron Pauls very detailed and specific plan at http://www.ronpaul2012.com/t he-issues/ron-paul-plan-torestore-america] The five departments that would be abolished are the Departments of Education, Energy, Housing and Urban Development, Commerce and Interior. However, while the departments would be eliminated, the plan would be to roll certain functions into other departments. For example, the Department of Education would be done away with but pell grant programs would be phased in somewhere else. There's a lot more details to come but those will be unveiled Monday in Las Vegas. The mainstream media wants to continue to discount Ron Paul even though his poll numbers are healthy, his fundraising is strong and his message is resonating. Now, in this 2012 campaign, he has developed a new wrinkle as he tries to make a concerted pitch to pro-life social conservatives by talking up the value of human life. Ron Paul See Ron Paul Continued on Page 13

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by V. J. Alford There are always temptations in the world, and one of them is that once you have followed your plan to get out of debt, it is tempting to use your new good credit line. Do not do it. Take a look at your pocketbook. Doesnt it feel good to have money in it that may not have been there before you paid off your debts? Look in your pocket. Doesnt it feel good to have some cash in there? I was watching a webcast the other day where the host of the show was telling the audience that bad times are coming in the economic world and that it will be accompanied by much social unrest. The Wall Street occupiers are just a sampling of may lay in store. Most of those unkempt people do not even know why they are doing what they are doing. They are simply angry. Right now in this country, there are certainly many angry people, those who have lost jobs, for example. There are seniors worried about their social security checks and medicare benefits, and there are investors worried about losing their wealth. Living with anger and worry is unproductive. Instead of being angry and worried, plan for emergencies and disaster. Here are the suggestions for steps this talk-show host suggested that everyone take in order to survive his projected economic/social disaster. Whether or not such a disaster comes our way, it occurs to me that these are proper steps to take even in the event of a hurricane or other unforeseen natural disaster. First he suggests you stock gold (or silver if you cannot afford gold), food (non-persihable), cigarettes, liquor, seeds, guns and ammo. You may not smoke or drink alcohol, but cigarettes and liquor will be valuable barter items if there is little or no cash available. He further says that you should have enough cash on hand to last for 30 days. If that is not possible, even a few days is better than no cash at all. (This is largely in case ATMs do not work for a period of time, such as during Katrina.) Other suggestestions are: Do not waste anything. Stop all excess spending (luxury spending). Buy durable, high quality and fixable items rather that which is fasshionable or a fad. If possible, buy a house in a rural area with water on it. Buy or hold onto your guns. You may need them to protect your property. Of course, everyone in his right mind hopes no distaster of any kind will happen to any of us. On the other hand, there are many well-known economists and politics watchers who believe economic disaster could happen at any time, depending partly on what happens to the economies in Europe. Additionally, as long as the Federal Reserve keeps on printing dollars with nothing but debt supporting them, we will assuredly have a great deal of inflation. We are seeing it at the grocery store now, and it will get worse. We may feel better about the price of gas since it has trended down lately, but we are still paying far more than we were in 2008. It takes a huge chunk of money just to run a car or truck. When it comes to the suggestion Do not waste anything, one of the ways you can save a lot of money by not wasting gas is to carefully plan your trips. For example, if I have to go to a Gargantua store 30 miles away for a particular item, I combine with that trip perhaps getting an oil change, a stop at a nearby liquor store, any items I need from a nearby hardware or lumber store, a specialty grocery item I cannot get locally, do the banking, go to the post office, and so on. Another example, if someone in your household has a dental appointment, drop that person off at the dentist while you run around the area picking up your shopping needs. In other words, dont make three or four trips to town when one will do Save leftover food and either reheat it or disguise it as part of another dish. Growing up during WWII, my mother would fix a pot of beans one night. The next night she might fix a small amount of chili and add the leftover beans. If you cook a piece of meat that turns out to be too tough to eat, refrigerate it and then grind it to make meat sandwiches. When it comes to guns, if feasible, have all the household shotguns use the same size shell. If you already have a 9mm semi-auto pistol and need another pistol in the household, buy another 9mm. It gets expensive quickly to buy several differents kinds of ammo. On the other hand, if you are someone who is dead set against using firearms for any reason, buy ammo anyway to use a barter item. I have spoken in this column before about buying non-GMO seeds and growing a garden. Seeds you cannot use and more food than you can use will also become great barter items. Lastly, get out your yellow tablet and write down all of your handi-person skills, everything from being able to fix a leaky toilet to being able to weld or build a house. Those will become highly prized skills which you might be able to use in trade for food, water and other necessities of life. Most important of all, trust in God and pray.

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tail fin. I got a great shot of Eric petting her dorsal fin as it glided by him. The baby cautiously swam on the opposite side of it's mother, keeping her huge body between us. They circled around us a few times and as they swam we could easily see by the way the mother tilted her head that she was carefully observing us and was quite interested in us. She suddenly turned and headed directly at the middle of our canoe and dove slightly as she went under us. I just managed to get my camera back in it's waterproof case as she slipped under us. Once beneath us she came to a stop and immediately began bouncing the canoe. We both held tight to the sides of our small craft as the much larger animal bounced us upward over and over. After several bounces though, we relaxed realizing that this amazing creature was only playing with us and was so intelligent that she knew just how much she could jostle us without tipping us over or throwing us out. I know this to be true because over the week we camped on the island, we went out on the water each day and several different whales played with us in just this way. I got to be so sure of them knowing just what they were doing that I soon stopped putting my camera away as they played with us. Another wonderful experience with the whales involved one of the tour participants. His name was Paul Corbin and he was a professional violinist. Several of us went out on the lagoon one evening and Paul brought his violin. One of us put a long metal pole from one of the tents into the water as Paul held his violin against it to make a simple hydrophone

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TURF [Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom] Celebrating Victory


(AUSTIN, TEXAS - October 16, 2011) - For the first time since the 80th legislative session in 2007, all the grassroots groups that took on Texas Governor Rick Perry to stop the Trans Texas Corridor (TTC) and place a moratorium on public private partnerships (or P3s) gathered at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center in Austin, Saturday, October 15, to celebrate their collective victory in finally achieving the complete repeal of the Trans Texas Corridor from state statute (Kolkhorst's HB 1201 was signed into law June 17, 2011). Several current and former state representatives gave emotional acceptance speeches saying they were "honored" to received awards at TURF's 'Stars of Texas' award luncheon. The event recognized and celebrated the work of Texas State Rep. Lois Kolkhorst and former State Rep. David Leibowitz to repeal the Trans Texas Corridor (TTC), former State Rep. Jim Dunnam and Bexar County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson's efforts to keep tolls off existing roadways and stop the sale of Texas roads to private corporations, and Rep. David Simpson's work to rein-in invasive searches by the TSA that impede freedom to travel. 2011 Stars of Texas (left to right) Commissioner Tommy Adkisson, Rep. David Leibowitz, Rep. Lois Kolkhorst, Rep. Jim Dunnam, Rep. David Simpson Rep. Kolkhorst has introduced legislation to repeal the TTC for the last three sessions. This year, it finally passed. The piein-the-sky, 4,000-mile, 1,200 foot wide network of toll roads, rail, utilities, telecommunications, etc. that would confiscate 580,000 acres and displace 1 million Texans on TTC-35 alone is DEAD. However, in SB 1420, 14 Texas road projects remain eligible for P3s that will cost urban commuters dearly, 75 cents per mile, and still pose sovereignty, eminent domain, and monopoly concerns. Terri Hall, Founder of Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom (TURF) noted, "So taking a line from the movie Princess Bride, the Trans Texas Corridor is 'mostly dead.' Regardless of the final status, the TTC has been officially repealed, which is cause for our celebration today. We put the proponents in serious retreat, yet we will remain vigilant." Hall pointed out that by its own admission, the highway department (TxDOT) plans to breakup the TTC in smaller pieces and do the project using the original road or loop name like, SH 130, and Loop 9 around DFW. However, the size and scale will be greatly diminished, which Hall thinks is a tremendous victory for property rights and Texas landowners. Kolkhorst teared up as she listened to Hall recount the stories that lead up to the repeal of the TTC. As she accepted her award she remarked, "How could we even think of selling off our infrastructure to foreign companies? Shame on us, shame on us for thinking about it. I will fight any Republican, any Democrat, anyone who wants to take our state from us." "I don't know how you did it. The deck was so stacked against you...You inspire me, you will inspire other generations. God bless Texas and may it always stand as a free and sovereign nation," Kolkhorst concluded at the end of her emotional speech. they do end up, in fact, literally moving mountains."

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"We could move somewhere else and do our jobs, but the neighbors I could see out of every window made their living off the land and this corridor would have not only taken their land, it would have destroyed their livelihoods," Linda Stall acknowledged. In addition to paying tribute to a roomful of honorees, Hall was sure to give credit to Austin Toll Party and Texas Toll Party Founder Sal Costello for the movement's success. Hall said Costello had a knack for marketing, he was edgy, and one of the most effective advocates against the toll roads and TTC in the state. He used the online petition to gather his email list that not only riled politicians but grew his army to over 50,000. Costello mastered how to use alternative media, like blogging, before blogging gained legitimacy. "I stand on his shoulders. The information and techniques I learned from him were absolutely invaluable, though he moved on and lives in Illinois, I know he's here in spirit today," Hall remarked.

Then he noted that he was unusual in the legislature in that he didn't have a lot of photos of himself alongside notable figures hanging in his office, like the many dignitaries and celebrities that visit the Texas Legislature while its in session, but "I will in fact cherish this" Simpson in typical form, (referring to his 'Star of Texas' brought a hush over the room Award). as he spoke, "Civil government has destroyed many lives. Attendees roared after viewing What is fundamental to prop- a video clip of Dunnam's exerty or to working is the move- change with TxDOT's Phil ment of our bodies, in a sense, Russell over private toll roads transportation. I'm encouraged that could best be described as by the people who are waking a body slam that left Russell up and listening who are hold- reeling and ultimately killed the ing coffees, holding town hall P3 re-authorization in the spemeetings, looking at voting cial session of July 2009 that records." lead to the expiration of P3s a month later. Simpson described the proper role of government, which Dunnam said the "danger we should be limited to just two have today in all levels of our things: enforcing the rules be- government is that certain peotween individuals and punish- ple 'own' it...the people stood ing the wrongdoer who harms up and stopped these toll roads his neighbor and beyond that, in my district. It was all about government should "get out of the money, all about money for the way," a statement which private interests making money drew hearty applause. "The off the government." role of force should be very limited. The role of force has He went on to assert that not made Texas great, it has not elected officials are afraid to made America great, freedom stand up to the money, "but, has made Texas great." fortunately, they're also afraid of y'all" (pointing to Hall). Leibowitz praised the grassroots who worked together to- In his usual style, Adkisson reward a common goal to slay counted the history of Bexar the TTC, "This really is a very County from the Battle of special group you have put to- Alazan to the Battle of the gether. Many different political Alamo to express that they've philosophies, different walks never been a bunch to back of life, urban, rural, people that away from a fight. Adkisson have come together for a com- has been in a battle royale trymon cause. People that come ing to stop tolls on existing forward and work together to roads in San Antonio for 6 get something accomplished, years.

"We ran the king out of town in 1776 and established our freedom as Americans and then we proceeded to establish big, private money as a modern monarchy. They're at work on a regular basis, and your elected officials are constantly tugged at by these people and they're trying to figure out if they're going to agree with you or the big money boys. I salute you because the dream of American democracy and American freedom is one that's made possible by your daily efforts." "Never ever believe there are just Republicans or Democrats in this process, there's a marbling of commonality that runs throughout our democracy. We are Americans today and we are Americans forever," Adkisson concluded and received a standing ovation. In fact, every elected official honored received rousing standing ovations throughout the awards ceremony. David and Linda Stall, founders of Corridor Watch and the couple that ignited the firestorm of opposition to the TTC, gave impassioned speeches about what motivated them to continue on in the face of great odds against them.

November 2011 Banking Continued from Page 4 issue currency and credit to the United States. It was to be nine days of drafting what would eventually become the Federal Reserve Act of 1913. The secrecy surrounding the trip to Jekyll Island went to such lengths as to not use last names so no one would be identified. The regular servants who worked at the resort were sent on leave and new servants were brought in to accommodate The First Name Club, as they would later refer to themselves. Paul Warburg, whose family had ties with the Rothschilds through marriage, drafted the majority of the bill. Warburg was the most experienced in banking of the secretive group. Senator Aldrich was to insure that the plan was written in a way that would get passed by Congress. And the others looked over the plan to insure that everything which was wanted was included in the draft. One of the most ingenious pieces of the plan was to avoid the name central bank. The idea was to deceive the public into believing that the new bank would be controlled by the government, thus the bank would be named the Federal Reserve. With the plan to set up a central bank complete, The First Name Club returned to New York to begin to promote the Aldrich Plan. Woodrow Wilson was recruited as a spokesman for the propaganda born on the island. The plan would enter Congress as the result of a three year study done by the NMC (the three year study yielded thirty colossal volumes on European banking.) In a Committee on Rules hearing in late 1911, Congressman Charles A. Lindbergh, accused the Aldrich plan as being in the exclusive interest of the Money Trust rather the People. The Aldrich Plan is the Wall Street Plan, claimed the Congressman. Democratic Congressman Carter Glass viewed the Aldrich Plan as a means of setting up a private central bank which would not have any public control. Unfortunately Glass proposal of the Federal Reserve Act would set up the epitome of a private central bank with a monopoly over the currency and credit of the United States. The Aldrich Plan never came to a vote in Congress. During the Presidential election of 1912 both parties promoted bills featuring monetary reform. The Republicans supported the Aldrich Plan while the Democrats promoted the Federal Reserve Act; however both bills were practically identical in nature. Republican ex-president Theodore Roosevelt entered the race late as a third-party candidate and siphoned Republican votes which led to Woodrow Wilson winning the presidency. The results of the election did not matter to the bankers because each candidate was backed by them. The Republican candidate William Taft was supported by Felix Warburg (brother of Paul Warburg); Democrat Woodrow Wilson was backed by Paul Warburg, and third party candidate Roosevelt was supported by Otto Kahn. Each one of these supporters were all from Kuhn Loeb Company. On September 18, 1913 the house version of the Federal Reserve Act was passed and on December 19, 1913 the Senate passed their version of the bill; however there were more than forty major differences between the two versions to be settled. Challengers of the bill in both the House and the Senate were beguiled into believing it would take many weeks before the Conference bill would be up for consideration. With Congress preparing to leave for the Christmas recess, Paul Warburg acted quickly and in a single day settled the differences in the bill. On December 22, 1913 around 1:30 a.m., the bill was passed by the House with 282-60 and the Senate with 43-23. In the early months of 1913 two amendments to the Constitution were ratified helping the Federal Reserve secure its grip on the American people. Though there has been much controversy over whether the 16th Amendment was properly ratified, it is this amendment that is said to have delivered us the income tax along with the IRS. It may not come as a surprise that it was Senator Nelson Aldrich who introduced Senate Joint Resolution No. 40 calling for the amendment. Many argue that the 16th amendment is unconstitutional which conflicts with Article 1, Section 9, Clause 4 which states, No Capitation, or other direct, Tax shall be laid, unless in proportion to the Census or Enumeration herein before directed to be taken. The 16th amendment simply allows a direct tax without regard to the census or enumeration. Whether you believe the 16th amendment is unconstitutional or was not properly ratified does not matter due to the fact that the income tax is classified as an excise tax (indirect tax) and is used in the taxation of commerce which Congress is given the exclusive right to govern under Article 1 Section 8 Clause 3. The Collins English Dictionary defines commerce as the activity embracing all forms of the purchase and sell of goods and services. In the U.S. the activity of selling and buying is facilitated via Federal Reserve Notes (FRN) and FRNs are a product of the Federal Reserve, therefore, because we use the product of a corporation we are accountable for the tax for the use of the product (FRNs.) On May 31, 1913 Secretary of State Williams Jennings Bryan signed the proclamation declaring the 17th amendment ratified. The 17th amendment took the power from State legislatures to appoint U.S. Senators for their respective States. Bryan believed this was the answer to free the Senate from the control of corrupt state legislatures. The U.S. Senate would thereon be elected directly by the people rather than the state legislatures. This is important to the Federal Reserve since the Federal Reserve board is appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. I believe that Bryans efforts were sincere in routing out corruption in Congress but had unforeseen consequences. Rather than having to pay-off State legislatures to appoint an individual to the U.S. Senate for the interest of the banks, the 17th amendment simply cut out the middle man. The 17th amendment is a major factor in the detrition of States Rights because States are no longer properly represented in Washington. We must understand that every money panic, recession, depression have been the result of policies written by the bankers and implemented by politicians with the sole purpose of creating a crisis and offering a solution. This has been the essential factor in the aggregation of wealth for the banking elite. Republican Presidential Candidate Congressman Ron Paul said, We must understand why we have business cycles; why there are booms and busts. It is clear to me why these events take place and it is my obligation to expose their corruption. Remember, never in the history of bankers have the elite considered our wellbeing. Every policy and/or reform offered us by the banks has only been to line their own pockets.

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vile attempts of the banking powers of England to imprison us to their tyranny. History has for colonization. Lincoln was shown us the extent to which not going to stand idly by and these banking elites will go to watch the destruction of his- secure our enslavement. With torys greatest nation. Lincoln every effort we put forth to saltraveled to New York to secure vage our sovereignty, there loans for the war; however, the awaits an evil that is greed and bankers, knowing of the im- arrogance, planning to strip us pending divide of the Union, of our freedom. That greed and offered the loans with interest arrogance reared its horrid face rates anywhere from 24%- in 1913 as the Federal Reserve 36%. Outraged, Lincoln re- Act. turned home resilient to secure On October 14, 1907 panic finances for the war. ensued when F.A Heinezs Lincoln then corresponded United Copper Company tried with his old friend, Colonel to corner the copper market Dick Taylor, seeking advice. and failed. According to a pubTaylors response would lead lication by the Federal Reserve Lincoln to one of his greatest Bank of Boston on the Panic of achievements as President. 1907, Heinezs fall would not Taylor wrote, Just get Con- have affected the financial gress to pass a bill authorising market had he not been in the printing of full legal tender banking. Heinz was also the treasury notes... and pay your President of Mercantile Nasoldiers with them and go tional Bank but resigned Octoahead and win your war with ber 17, 1907. When word got them also." out that Knickerbocker Trust Taylor, after Lincolns in- Company President Charles T. quiry of whether the American Barney was an associate of People would accept the new Heinezs, depositors began currency, responded with, withdrawing their money. DeThe people or anyone else positors acted swiftly; tellers at will not have any choice in the Knickerbocker had paid out matter, if you make them full eight million dollars in a three legal tender. They will have the hour window. full sanction of the government After a meeting between and be just as good as any Morgan and Secretary of money; as Congress is given Treasury George Cortelyou, that express right by the Con- Cortelyou announced that the stitution." U.S. Treasury would deposit Lincoln then proceeded to $25 million into New York print $450 million dollars of banks which would help boost debt-free money printed with confidence in the market. John green ink on the back, later D. Rockefeller also offered ten known as Greenbacks, to aid in million of his own dollars as the prevention of counterfeit- show of his patriotism. ing. There was no debt, nor in- (Conceivably the purpose beterest to pay to no one for the hind Rockefellers efforts can new currency, and Lincoln was be attributed to the fact that able to pay the soldiers and Rockefellers Standard Oil went on to win the war just as monopoly was birthed by the Taylor advised. This angered Morgan financed New York the banking elite and may very Central Railroad giving special well be the reason behind his shipping rates to Rockefeller. assassination. Lincolns Green- According to Federal Reserve backs worked so well that the researcher Mullins, this cepublic sung songs praising mented the Morgan/Rockethem. Of course with the bank- feller relationship. Morgans ing elites tentacles already efforts helped to keep Trust wrapped around Congress, Company of America and Congress passed the Contrac- Moore and Schley afloat. tion Act of 1866 which would By the middle of November retire the Greenbacks from cir- 1907 the crisis seemed to have culation. The Contraction Act subsided and recovery was on caused money panics shrinking the horizon, however, from crithe money in circulation from sis is born the opportunity to $1.8 billion in 1866 to $400 consolidate power to prevent million in 1886 (an 84% de- any further crisis. In 1908 cline in the money supplies.) President Theodore Roosevelt In 1880 James Abram signed into law the bill which Garfield was elected President created the National Monetary after serving nine consecutive Commission (NMC) to stabiterms in the House. Garfield lize the monetary system. Senchaired the Appropriations ator Nelson Aldrich led the Committee and was a member NMC through a two year tour of the Currency and Banking of Europe spending around Committee. Garfield under- $300,000 of tax payers money, stood the power of the issuance yet the trip did not yield any of currency and was a devout plans nor recommendations for Greenbacker. Garfield under- banking reform. stood that whoever controlled One night in late November, the money supply also con- 1910, at the Hoboken, New trolled the country. Again, per- Jersey train station; Senator haps it is because of his public Aldrich was to take a trip denunciation of the banking under the cover of night to the elite that led to his assassina- exclusive Jekyll Island Hunt tion on July 2, 1881. Club off the coast of Georgia. In 1891 a confidential leaflet Accompanying the Senator on was distributed among the train were his personal secbankers. The leaflet called for retary, Assist Secretary of the all national banks to refuse Treasury and Special Assistant loan renewals and to demand to the NMC A. Piatt Andrew, payment on all loans threaten- president of National City ing foreclosure for nonpay- Bank of New York Frank Vanment. The mortgaged derlip, senior partner of J.P. properties will become ours. Morgan Company Henry P. Money will have become Davidson, president of Morscarce beforehand, and the re- gan-controlled First National payments will have become Bank Charles D. Norton, Bengenerally impossible. The jamin Strong who led J.P Morpreceding quote may shed light gans investigation of on why and who is responsible Knickerbocker, and Paul Warfor what has since been known burg (a German immigrant) of as The Panic of 1893. Kuhn Loeb and Company. Banking mogul J. Pierpont Jekyll Island was home to a Morgan is credited for calming winter hunting retreat purthe Panic of 1893 by arranging chased by J.P. Morgan and $62 million of Rothschild gold other millionaires, which to be deposited into the U.S formed the Jekyll Island Hunt Treasury. In Eustace Mullins Club; however, this particular The Secrets of the Federal Re- trip by Senator Aldrich and serve, Mullins concluded, the many other Morgan associates Rothschild preferred to operate was no ordinary hunting trip. It anonymously in the United was to be nine days of estabStates behind the faade of J.P. lishing a private central bank in Morgan and Company. the United States which would The history of the United have the exclusive power to States has narrated to us the

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the right to coin money and issue money is a function of government. We believe it. We believe it is a part of sovereignty..Those who are opposed to this proposition tell us that the issue of paper money is a function of a bank and that the government ought to go out of the banking business. I stand with Jefferson rather than with them, and tell them, as he did, that the issue of money is a function of the government and that the banks ought to go out of the governing business..When we have restored the money of the Constitution, all other necessary reforms will be possible, and that until that is done there is no reform that can be accomplished.

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145 Lake Park Circle- This beautiful 3/2/4 over 1906 sq ft home can be a retirement home, entertainment home, or just a great escape from city living! Amenities include: guest/office qrtrs, 3 out buildings, 12' x 52' covered deck for evening enjoyment, green house, upright freezer, chest freezer, fridge/freezer, deck furniture, emergency generator, plus 50amp RV hookup! Brown Ranch lease $600 yearly, with 5 year lease. Renew lease every 5 years. Only $65,000 Waterview lots in Lakeshore Subdivision! 47 Lots to choose from. Beautiful large lots with great views. If you don't care about being on the water, but want water access these are the lots for you! There is a homeowners park with boat launch! Restricted Subdivision, and priced to sell! Call for more information! 106 McGloin- Lovely 4/2, 1456 sq ft dbl wide manufactured home in Lake City approx .85 acres just minutes from the boat launch! Home has been updated with new paint, carpet and more! This home has a lrg kitchen, dining and living rm, plus sits on 2 corner lots with lots of lrg mesquites. Lots are fenced with 2 storage building! Must See! Only $78,500

723 N Aransas St. - Cute home! This 3/1.5 with 1056 sq ft would be a great starter home, with nice size back yard that is completely fenced, great yard for the little one to play. This home would be a good investment for someone who wants to do some minor repairs/updating and flip it or could be good rental income! Lots of possibilities! Don't pass this one by! Only $55,000 665 Carmel Dr.- Fabulous Waterfront Home! This 2 story 3 lot custom home has 5 bdrs/3.5 baths and over 2800 sq ft! Breathe taking views from every room, & always has water! Features include: Lrg mstr bdrm, wrap around balcony, custom built-ins, granite, 2ND living area upstairs, and much more! Restricted Subdivision! Only $525,000 Beautiful 3/2, 1322 sq ft home right across the street from the lake & homeowners park. All the benefits of life on the lake, but without the price of living on the lake! Open floorplan, with large kitchen! Stainless steel appl, and lot of cabintets. Only $124,500 233 Carmel Dr.- Gorgeous 3/2.5/2, approx 2211 sq ft waterfront home in Restricted Carmel Hills Subd. A wall of windows give this home a wonderful view of the water! Recently remodeled, also has new roof, A/C unit, and painted outside. Open floorplan, custom kitchen cabinets, stainless steel appliances, lrg mstr downstairs, and much more! Only $310,000

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Gorgeous 32 Acres off FM624 overlooking a valley. This 32 acres has a 53' x 67' barn w/kitchen, a dbl wide trailer on cement slab with carport, equipment barn, chicken coop, water throughout the property, and all fenced! $550,000 155 Ranger Rd-Nice relaxing place just a few blocks from the water. Well maintained. Wonderful decks! One large open deck and another one screened in! large storage room/workshop with A/C! Under market value! Only $49,900

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Beautiful 10 acre tract with Modular 3/2 home outside of Mathis near the River! Very secluded Lakeview Estates! The home is 1200 sq ft with split bedrooms, lrg kitchen, large den, and nice deck. The property is completely fenced, has a good well, and 1000 gal septic. Covered with large trees and wildlife! Small pond holds water when it rains! Come enjoy the country life Only $70,000.

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The Words of Folklorist J. Frank Dobie Come to Life at 23rd Annual George West Storyfest Under the hanging tree at the Historic Oakville Jail in Oakville, TX, George West Storyfest will launch a new event to its weekend of festivities. Dobie Dichos: Campfires, Chili con Carne, and The Words of J. Frank Dobie will feature 4 top Texas storytellers and 6 renowned Texas authors telling and reading stories from the works of J. Frank Dobie on Friday evening, November 4. Live Oak County born and raised, J. Frank Dobie realized the importance of collecting the stories, the folklore, of Texas and the Southwest. Dobies dedication to this endeavor brought national and international recognition to the stories of our region when he transformed these oral tales into the written word, ensuring they would not be lost with the folks who told them. The Storyfest committee created this event to recognize Dobies legacy and celebrate his works in the county in which he was raised. The evening begins at 6 pm with a dinner of chili con carne and pan de campo (chili and camp bread) with the musical entertainment of cowboy singer/songwriter Gil Prather. Bring your lawn chair, sit under the stars, and enjoy the tasty meal as you are serenaded by one of cowboy musics best entertainers. At 7 pm the stories begin, hosted by playwright/screenwriter/novelist William Jack Sibley. Storytellers MaryAnn Blue, Donna Ingham, Mary Grace Ketner, and Larry Thompson and Texas authors

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Elizabeth Crook, Robert Flynn, Don Graham, Jan Reid, John Phillip Santos, and William Jack Sibley have selected their favorite Dobie tales to share. Following the performance, the storytellers and authors will be available for book signing. Tickets for this evening of Dobie tales and cowboy music can be purchased in advance by calling (361) 449-2481 or (888) 600-3121. Proceeds will benefit the restoration of the Dobie/West Performing Arts Theatre in downtown George West. For more information, visit our website at www.georgeweststoryfest.com Storyfest Saturday kicks off with a 5K Fun Run/Walk at 7:30. The festival grounds activities start at 10:00 AM with the sound of the George West High School band leading the famous Little Red Wagon Parade. Individuals and groups decorate wagons and pull them by hand on the festival grounds. Storytelling and music alternate on three stages, with continuous entertainment throughout the day and into the evening. Nationally renowned and top Texas storytellers Megan Hicks, Jay Stailey, Mary Grace Ketner, and others will fascinate audiences with stories See Storyfest Continued on Page 13

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Terms for these officials end December 31. Previously, with filing deadlines in January, officials could announce their candidacy for another office on Jan. 1 or 2 and continue to serve the remainder of their current term. In order to insure adequate time to send ballots to military and overseas voters, the filing deadline has been moved from Jan. 2 to the second Monday in December. This provision would extend the provision so that an automatic resignation was not triggered unless the candidate began their campaign more than one year and 30 days before the expiration of their current term.

The Constitution has been amended hundreds of times, and when voters are asked to tack on yet another law, most of the time we say Yes. This is a good year to just say No.

Ron Paul Continued from Page 8 is not called Dr. Paul for nothing. He's an obstetrician. Coming off his big straw poll victory at the Values Voter Summit, he's now out with an extremely compelling pro-life ad. Brody, CBN's chief political correspondent, not only has his "scoop," he seems to understand the larger picture that Ron Paul's bottom-line impact is the way he's changing the national debate, yanking it back toward something resembling free-market "classical" liberalism. He writes that even if Ron Paul doesn't win the nomination, "his constitutional conservative beliefs have already won him something far more valuable and long lasting: changing the discourse in American politics." Ron Paul's announcement about cutting executive departments is yet another example of the kind of libertarian solutions that the Republican powers-that-be have trouble dealing with. Every time Ron Paul introduces these sorts of concepts, another public discussion begins about the nature of the US Leviathan and its appropriate role. Ron Paul's lasting effect may be his singular success in challenging the role of the American empire and its legitimacy. Using the power of the Internet helping enable what we call the Internet Reformation Ron Paul will surely be remembered as a significant "change-maker." Conclusion: We'll end with Brody's last line, which is a good one: "The media scoffed at him in 2008 but who's having the last laugh?"

the legislation here (SJR 16) The proposal would ultimately require the Parks and Wildlife Department to set standards for determining whether land qualified for appraisal based on water stewardship. This amendment only serves to further complicate the property appraisal and exemptions process currently in place in Texas. The proposal thwarts justice and shifts the burden of the cost of local government to the shoulders of others in the community. Amendment 9: Allows the governor to grant a pardon to a person who successfully completes a term of deferred adjudication. Read the legislation here (SJR 9) The Texas Constitution authorizes the governor to grant reprieves, commutations and pardons following a criminal conviction but does not currently extend that authority to deferred adjudications. The original intent of deferred adjudication was to help the offender avoid having a criminal record. However, orders of nondisclosure are frequently ineffective in preventing the release of arrest and criminal history information in these cases. Consequently, employers and state agencies often treat the deferred adjudication as a conviction for employment and licensing purposes. Proponents of this amendment rightly recognize that there is an injustice in law convicted criminals can have their records expunged but those who have not been convicted of any crime can not. But there seems to be little indication that this amendment would solve the problem it is unclear whether a pardon, even if one could be obtained, would expunge the criminal record. There is clearly a failing in statutory law and remedy should be sought there. Amendment 10: Changes the length of the unexpired term that causes an automatic resignation of certain elected officials if they become candidates for another office. Read the legislation here (SJR 37) The resign-to-run provision was added to the Texas Constitution in 1958 and was designed to insure officeholders gave their undivided attention to the duties of their office rather than campaigning while in the middle of their term. The provision created an automatic resignation for elected officials who began their campaign for a new office with more than one year remaining in their current Constitution Contd top of next column

Storyfest Continued from Page 11 ranging from folklore about Texas and around the world to home-grown tales, history, and more. Cowboys Dennis Gaines, John Campbell, and Lanny Joe Burnett will tell their tales in poetry form. Ghost stories spook all ages after dark in the Dobie/West Performing Arts Theatre. The Texas State Liars Contest takes place at mid-afternoon. Texas State Champion Liar DeCee Cornish will be on hand to defend his title. A variety of music throughout the day will get your toes tapping and maybe even get you out of your seat dancing. This years musical entertainers are Gil Prather, Jim Jones, Lonestar Bluegrass Band, Owen Temple, Chano Cadena y Sus Conjuntos, Clifton Jansky, Fresca Uncion, and Riptide. Do some early Christmas shopping at arts and crafts booths. Eat tasty food like barb-que on bun, sausage wraps, and funnel cakes prepared by local nonprofit groups. Learn about flint knapping and visit with soldados, Mexican soldiers of the 1800s, and Texian soldiers. Children can spend the day playing games, petting animals, and having fun in the Childrens Area, as well as learning about percussion in the Percussion Petting Zoo and being spellbound by magician David Gish. Car enthusiasts can vote on their favorite car on display at the Classic Car Show. Admission is FREE all day on Saturday! This years Street Dance from 9:00 -12:00 on Saturday night features The Pear Ratz, with Pake Rossi opening. Dance admission is $10. On Sunday morning, First United Methodist Church is this years host for Sacred Stories at 9:30. Everyone is welcome to listen in. So come to George West November 4-6 and be a part of the good times and great stories at George West Storyfest. Visit www.georgeweststoryfest.com for more information and directions. For up-to-the-minute information follow us on Facebook.

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231 Acres, Nixon/Gonzles County. Rolling. Lake, well,.pens. Combo,open pastures, bull mesquite, small brush. Might divide. $2850 per acre. 198 Acres, East of Pleasanton. Brush, big oaks, etc., along Prieto Creek. Water meter. $2850 per acre. 46 Acres North of Yorkown. Spectacular Views Mostly brush with a few good trees. Well-fenced. Electricity. Good water well. $3650/Ac No minerals. Owner might Finance. Randy Smith, Smith Ranch Investments, Cuero, Texas 361-277-9332

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Cute home in Lake Vista area with wide plank wood flooring in living and kitchen and a beautiful brick fireplace. 4 bedrooms or 3 bedrooms with sitting area off one bedroom, 2 baths, one with a jet tub. Large mud room and laundry and a huge yard with mature trees to enjoy from the back deck or the covered front porch. Great home close to lake for full time living or a weekend retreat. Asking $73,000. Co Brokered Call Michelle Knight, Century 21 Hallmark at 361-765-7538 or Kim Stewart, Adonai, K. Stewart Realty at 361-7019795 for more information or to arrange a viewing.

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The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government. -- Thomas Jefferson

The proposal would create yet another government entity with the power to levy a property tax. Cities and counties already have the ability to fund parks and recreational facilities and to incur debt with the approval of local citizens. Creating special purpose districts such as this one further complicates local government and hampers the ability of citizens to understand their associated tax burdens. Amendment 8: Creates another exemption with regard to appraised value of property for property tax purposes. Read

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