Authorities seize Philadelphia couple’s home following son’s first drug offense

“By the time I got to the door, they had already opened the door, with his hand in, and put a gun to my dog’s head.”
PHILADELPHIA, PA – A couple and their two daughters were booted from their home without warning following their son’s first-time arrest over $40 worth of drugs. The homeowners were never accused of wrongdoing or charged with a crime.
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This nightmare for the Sourovelis family began earlier in 2014, when police barged into the family home to arrest 22-year-old Yanni Sourovelis.
‘By the time I got to the door, they had already opened the door, with his hand in, and put a gun to my dog’s head,’ recalled Yanni’s mother, Markela, to CNN.
The police report stated that Yanni was in the bathroom when he was arrested. Officer Woertz ‘could hear the toilet running’ and proceeded to break down the bathroom door to dutifully enforce prohibition laws.
Yanni Sourovelis had no arrests, prior to being caught with the tiny amount of drugs. He was accused of selling heroin from the family’s home. His parents stated that they had no knowledge of the alleged illegal activity.

This post was published at Police State USA on September 9, 2014.

Obama’s ISIS War is Not Only Illegal, it Makes George W. Bush Look Like a Constitutional Scholar

Rudderless and without a compass, the American ship of state continues to drift, guns blazing.
– Andrew J. Bacevich, the Boston University political science professor and former Army colonel who lost his son in the Iraq war in 2007, in a recent Reuters article.
I have spent the past several days outlining my deep concerns about the ‘ISIS crisis’ and Obama’s willingness to employ extreme propaganda in order to once again embark on another poorly thought out military campaign here and here. What I have also come to realize is that his latest war plan is brazenly illegal and unconstitutional.
While critics have been questioning the legality of U. S. military campaigns consistently since the end of World War II, one trend has become increasingly clear. With each new President and each new war, we have witnessed those who hold the office act more and more like dictators, and less and less like constitutional executives.
One very important, and up until recently, overlooked point about Obama’s latest ‘war on ISIS’ is that this is not at all just more of the same. This crosses yet another very important line of shadiness, and if we as as American public allow him to do so, we will suffer grave long-term consequences to our economic future as well as our liberties. This is very serious stuff.
No one has outlined this point better than Bruce Ackerman, a professor of law and political science at Yale, in yesterday’s New York Times op-ed: Obama’s Betrayal of the Constitution. He writes:

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Sep 12, 2014.

Russia warns U.S. against strikes on Islamic State in Syria

Russia has warned that U.S. air strikes against militants in Syria would be a "gross violation" of international law.
A Russian foreign ministry spokesman said any such action, without the backing of the UN, would be "an act of aggression".
It comes as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia to try to build a coalition against Islamic State (IS) militants.
President Obama has threatened action against IS in Syria as well as Iraq.

This post was published at BBC

Vote YES On Scottish Independence – Scotland Finally Has A Chance To Get Free From The British

Scottish voters finally have the opportunity to fulfill William Wallace’s dream of a Scotland that is free and independent of England forever. All they have to do is vote yes next week. Without a doubt, a divorce from the British would be quite messy, and life would probably be more comfortable in the short-term if Scotland remains part of the United Kingdom. But hopefully the people of Scotland are looking beyond short-term concerns. Today, the United Kingdom is a horribly repressive Big Brother police state that is dominated by bureaucratic control freaks. You can hardly even sneeze without violating some kind of law, rule or regulation. And the London banking establishment is at the very heart of the debt-based global financial system which is enslaving so much of the planet. Scotland finally has a chance to get free from all of this. All it is going to take is a yes vote on Scottish independence.
It looks like it is going to be an incredibly close vote. Recent polls show that the result could go either way. Needless to say, this is causing the British establishment to freak out quite a bit.
For example, a couple of large banks have attempted to sway the vote during this past week by publicly declaring that they will have to move to England if the vote for Scottish independence is successful.
The Royal Bank of Scotland announcedThursday that it is making contingency plans to move its legal incorporation to England in the event of a ‘yes’ vote. In addition, Lloyds Banking Group said it had made arrangements to establish ‘new legal entities’ in England should voters in Scotland decide to sever ties with Britain.

This post was published at The Economic Collapse Blog on September 11th, 2014.

‘ISIL Is Not Islamic’? Is Obama Completely Insane?

During his nationally televised speech on Wednesday night, Barack Obama told the entire nation that ‘ISIL is not Islamic’. Well, then what in the world are they? Atheists? And what is Obama going to try to convince us of next? That the Pope is not Catholic? Of all of Obama’s lies (and there certainly have been a lot of them), this one might take the cake. Of course ISIL is Islamic. That is why they call themselves The Islamic State. The stated goal of these religious radicals is to establish an Islamic caliphate which will be governed by a single supreme Islamic leader known as a khalifah. The law in the caliphate will be Islamic sharia law, and anyone not willing to convert to the form of Islam practiced by the Islamic State will be either killed or persecuted intensely. But because of Barack Obama’s extreme political correctness, he simply cannot admit that the Islamic State has anything to do with Islam. As a result, he continues to pursue policiesthat will not solve anything in the Middle East and at this point our foreign policy in the region is a total joke.
When I first heard Obama say that ‘ISIL is not Islamic’, I thought that I must have misunderstood something. But he actually said this. The following is an excerpt directly from the transcript of his speech…


This post was published at End Of The American Dream on September 11th, 2014.

George Soros Warns “This Is The Worst Possible Time” For Scottish Independence

Authored by George Soros, originally posted Op-Ed at The FT,
This is the worst possible time for Britain to consider leaving the EU – or for Scotland to break with Britain.
The EU is an unfinished project of European states that have sacrificed part of their sovereignty to form an ever-closer union based on shared values and ideals. Those shared values are under attack on multiple fronts. Russia’s undeclared war against Ukraine is perhaps the most immediate example but it is by no means the only one. Resurgent nationalism and illiberal democracy are on the rise within Europe, at its borders and around the globe.
Since world war two the European powers, along with the US, have been the main supporters of the prevailing international order. Yet, in recent years, overwhelmed by the euro crisis, Europe has turned inward, diminishing its ability to play a forceful role in international affairs.
To make matters worse, the US has done the same, if for different reasons. Their preoccupation with domestic matters has created a vacuum that ambitious regional powers have sought to fill.
The resulting breakdown of international governance has given rise to a plethora of unresolved crises around the globe. The breakdown is most acute in the Middle East. The sudden emergence of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, or Isis, provides the most gruesome example of how far it can go and how much human suffering it can cause.
With the Russian invasion of Ukraine, military conflict has spread to Europe. Two radically different forms of government are competing for ascendancy. The EU stands for principles of liberal democracy, international governance and the rule of law. In Russia, President Vladimir Putin maintains the outward appearance of democracy by exploiting a narrative of ethnic and religious nationalism to generate popular support for his corrupt, authoritarian regime.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/11/2014.

Scotland: When Does a Vote Win Before a Vote?

The mishandling of the Scottish referendum shows exactly why Westminster is so hated … The political establishment down here in the Westminster village has been stung into hyperactivity by the sudden surge of support for the Yes campaign in Scotland. Without very much discussion with their own parties Ed Milliband and David Cameron have reached a joint conclusion: that Scotland’s discontent can be overcome and a “No” vote secured by promising the Scots that they can have independence in all but name if only they vote to stay within the Union. – UK Telegraph
Dominant Social Theme: Scotland has no need to leave the union. They can devolve inside it.
Free-Market Analysis: This article is provided to us by Norman Tebbit, a well-known “conservative commentator” and former Thatcher cabinet minister.
His point is that the panicky offer by David Cameron to give more power directly to the Scottish assembly if the Scots vote against independence looks terrible – and is almost bound to be counterproductive.
This certainly makes sense to us … as does Tebbit’s larger point that the leadership of Britain these days is focused on expedience rather than principles.
In other words, Milliband and Cameron have reinforced the most irritating aspects of current British rule: It is essentially selfish and lawless. Powerful interest groups compete for influence and privileges and the strongest and most persuasive can come away with the prize. The system has little or nothing to do with what is “just” or “right.”

This post was published at The Daily Bell on September 11, 2014.

Obama: I Do Not Need Congressional Approval To Go To War With ISIS

President Obama is again asserting his right to act unilaterally and without congressional approval in going to war. In what has become a mantra for this Administration, Obama reportedly told members of Congress that he does not need congressional approval to unleash a comprehensive military campaign against the Islamic State. The President informed a few members at a dinner – a striking image of how low congressional authority has become in our tripartite system of government. We have been discussing the growing concerns over President Barack Obama’s series of unilateral actions in ordering agencies not to enforce law, effectively rewriting laws, and moving hundreds of millions of dollars from appropriated purposes to areas of his choosing. One of the greatest concerns has been his unchecked authority asserted in the national security area. I previously represented members of Congress in challenging Obama’s intervention in the Libyan civil war without a declaration from Congress. In the case, President Obama insisted that he alone determines what is a war and therefore when he needs a declaration.

This post was published at Ron Paul Institute on September 10, 2014.

Recognizing 9/11 as an evil US CRIME: an analogy

9/11 began a fraud by the US upon the world through unlawful Wars of Aggression. The crime of 9/11 as to who did what, when, where, and related facts for analysis of why is a separate, challenging, and revealing topic I defer to others (such as here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, for your consideration).
I’ll stick to the easy explanation and documentation to prove US/UK/UN unlawful Wars of Aggressionafter 9/11.
In this effort, analogies can help put facts into perspective; the following population analogies are mathematically accurate representing the US (United City), Afghanistan (Afghan City), Iraq (Tigris City), and Iran (Tehrangeles) as having a population of 100,000. Documentation of the facts are after the analogy.
Once upon a time… you live in United City with a population of 100,000. On September 11, 2001, a reported ‘suicide’ car driver downtown kills one person and injures two. Media and your mayor, Dick Tator, blame a ‘terrorist’ who resides in Afghan City, and demand extradition. The mayor of Afghan City expresses condolences, and agrees to arrest anyone of the crime of 9/11, or any other crime, upon presentment of evidence. The FBI claim jurisdiction, and order cooperation for factual discovery of all involved to have lawful arrests and prosecutions for this crime. Dick Tator refuses to provide any evidence, then violates the FBI order with the following actions against Afghan City, nearby Tigris City, and Tehrangeles:

This post was published at Washingtons Blog on Sept 10, 2014.

More Lies: NFL Had Rice Tape In April

In a world of no consequences and where lying is justified “when it’s serious enough,” it is hardly surprising that mere hours after stating unequivocally that none of the law enforcement entities the league approached “was permitted to provide any video or other investigatory material to us,” AP reports that, in fact, a law enforcement official says he sent a video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee to an NFL executive five months ago. More lies – but then we are sure, just as we have heard many times before, Roger Goodell was ‘unaware’ of the situation…


This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/10/2014.

Elizabeth Warren: Jamie Dimon Gets $8.5 Million Raise for Illegal Conduct at JPMorgan

Sparks were flying yesterday in what is typically a snooze-worthy Senate session. It felt like alien body snatchers had decided to remove the zombies and return the real U. S. Senators to their chairs on the Senate Banking Committee. Senators, right and left, asked tough, probing questions of the nation’s banking regulators, leaving many squirming in their chairs.
The session was so unusual that Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts, and Senator Richard Shelby, a Republican from Alabama, closed out the session in complete agreement that there is something seriously broken about the justice system in America.
Senator Warren told the hearing that in the past year, three of the nation’s largest banks – JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and Bank of America – have admitted breaking the law and settled the claims for $35 billion. The Senator continued:
‘As Judge Rakoff of the Southern District of New York has noted, the law on this is clear. No corporation can break the law unless an individual within that corporation broke the law. Yet, despite the misconduct at these banks that generated tens of billions of dollars in settlement payments by the companies, not a single senior executive at these banks has been criminally prosecuted. Now, I know that your agencies can’t bring prosecutions directly, but you’re supposed to refer cases to the Justice Department when you think individuals should be prosecuted. So, can you tell me how many senior executives at these three banks you have referred to the Justice Department for prosecution?’

This post was published at Wall Street On Parade By Pam Martens and Russ Marte.

OBAMA SET TO IGNORE CONGRESS, ANNOUNCE SYRIA STRIKES TONIGHT

President Barack Obama is set to ignore Congress once again by launching military strikes inside Syria without consulting lawmakers, a move that threatens to enflame the entire region given that the Assad government has repeatedly insisted it will consider any military activity inside Syrian territory as an act of war.
‘President Obama is prepared to use U. S. military airstrikes in Syria as part of an expanded campaign to defeat the Islamic State and does not believe he needs formal congressional approval to take that action, according to people who have spoken with the president in recent days,’reports the Washington Post.
Obama is set to deliver a prime time speech tonight during which he will make the case for U. S. air strikes inside Syria in the name of targeting ISIS militants.
In citing ISIS, which was armed and funded by the United States’ biggest allies in the region, as a justification for a military campaign inside Syria, Obama is set to accomplish what the administration failed to achieve last year after the chemical weapons attack in Ghouta was blamed on the Assad government, despite a subsequent MIT report which concluded the incident was more likely the work of US-backed rebels.
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This post was published at Info Wars by PAUL JOSEPH WATSON | SEPTEMBER 10, 2014.

Mapping Record US Obesity By State

Adult obesity rates remained high overall, increased in six states (Alaska, Delaware, Idaho, New Jersey, Tennessee and Wyoming) in the past year, and did not decrease in any. According to a new report, despite the plunge in McDonalds’ Sales, rates of obesity now exceed 35% for the first time in two states, are at or above 30% in 20 states and are not below 21% in any. Mississippi and West Virginia tied for having the highest adult obesity rate in the United States at 35.1%, while Colorado had the lowest at 21.3%. Nine out of the 10 states with the highest obesity rates are in the South.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/09/2014.

Staged Foley, Sotloff Beheading Videos ‘Not Evidence’, US Determined to Wage War of Fear on Its Own People

To those who were paying attention, the ‘beheading’ videos of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff do not actually show anyone being beheaded, but that hasn’t stopped the entire US government machine from shifting into full-blown overseas war mode this week.
Much has been made of these two videos, yet, both are nothing more than crudely constructed propaganda videos, designed to start a new war at home, and abroad.
The beheading videos have been accompanied by hundreds of hours of ISIS footage and reports of ISIS violence in Iraq and Syria. Predictably, the public reaction is outrage and fear. With the help of US and European multinational-owned TV networks, the videos have triggered an artificial tidal wave of national hysteria, and for the first time in history, America has a declaration of war based on two YouTube videos created and uploaded by persons unknown.
Is is possible that both these video could be depicting brutal murders? Yes, of course it’s possible, but there are still many unanswered questions.
Perfect PR
For both ISIS and the Pentagon, the PR campaign has been nothing short of masterful.
This latest ISIS crisis has been flawless in terms of media execution and timing, as the anniversary of Sept. 11th approaches again and as other major global stories have expended themselves.


This post was published at 21st Century Wire on SEPTEMBER 9, 2014.

NEW POLICE ‘COMPLIANCE WEAPON’ BLINDS TARGETS

A firm that provides non-lethal equipment to law enforcement is set to release a new ‘compliance weapon’ that temporarily blinds targets for up to 15 minutes, amidst a national conversation about the militarization of police in the aftermath of unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.
Shield Defense Systems, LLC, a company based in Reno, Nevada, is currently developing the Z-RO ‘retinal obfuscation’ gun. According to the firm’s website, the weapon, ‘Obstructs the target’s vision temporarily for up to 10-15 minutes via proprietary technology when deployed on engaged mark.’
Or in other words, despite coming under intense scrutiny over their treatment of protesters and journalists in Ferguson, militarized police departments are about to get their hands on a new toy that blinds people. The weapon will be available for purchase in December.
The company claims that the weapon inflicts no lasting damage on the target and does not harm their retina and cornea, although we heard the same thing about taser weapons which have killed over 500 people in the United States since 2001.

This post was published at Info Wars by PAUL JOSEPH WATSON | SEPTEMBER 9, 2014.

The Psychological Reasons Why American Soldiers Would Fire On American Citizens

We live in chaotic times. Many feel that our fragile economy could come crashing down at any time. One devastating terrorist attack, false flag attack or natural disaster could lead to an unprecedented disaster and martial law would be declared. Some Americans would take to the streets and the only remaining question is whether or not American soldiers, called to the scene, would restore order by firing upon American citizens when ordered to do so?
This scenario and the resulting public execution of American citizens for engaging in protesting has happened many times in our past. For those old enough to remember, the 1970 Kent State massacre should come to mind as the Ohio National Guard opened fire on protesting college students on the campus of Kent State University. But for those who believe that this was merely an anomaly, let’s examine what the field of psychology has discovered about the answer to this question.
The Oath Keepers Cannot Save Protesters
Some our citizens are deluded into a false sense of security by the group known as Oath Keepers. It is a well-intentioned effort to remind both law enforcement and the military to uphold the Constitution and to disobey unlawful orders which would bring harm to American citizens. Under this false sense of security, many in the American public really believe that American troops will not fire upon American citizens. Unfortunately, the field of psychology demonstrates why only a minority of soldiers will actually resist committing atrocities against the American people.
Conformity to Group Norms: The Solomon Asch Experiment
Do you think of yourself as a conformist or a non-conformist? If you ask most people the same question, you would find that most people consider themselves to be a non-conformist and would be able to stand up to a group when they know they are right. However, can nonconformists actually resist the peer pressure to blend in with the rest of their peers?
In the 1950′s, Polish born psychologist, Solomon Asch, conducted a conformity study. The participants signed up to participate in a psychology experiment in which they are asked to complete a vision test. This was a deception. The real experiment attempted to answer the question, can people resist peer pressure to conform to a false belief?
Seated in a room with the other participants, the research participants are shown a line segment and then asked to choose the matching line from a group three segments of different lengths.

This post was published at The Common Sense Show on September 9, 2014.

Why the Ukraine Crisis Is the West’s Fault: Foreign Affairs

According to the prevailing wisdom in the West, the Ukraine crisis can be blamed almost entirely on Russian aggression. Russian President Vladimir Putin, the argument goes, annexed Crimea out of a long-standing desire to resuscitate the Soviet empire, and he may eventually go after the rest of Ukraine, as well as other countries in eastern Europe. In this view, the ouster of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in February 2014 merely provided a pretext for Putin’s decision to order Russian forces to seize part of Ukraine.
But this account is wrong: the United States and its European allies share most of the responsibility for the crisis. The taproot of the trouble is NATO enlargement, the central element of a larger strategy to move Ukraine out of Russia’s orbit and integrate it into the West. At the same time, the E.U.’s expansion eastward and the West’s backing of the pro-democracy movement in Ukraine — beginning with the Orange Revolution in 2004 — were critical elements, too. Since the mid-1990s, Russian leaders have adamantly opposed NATO enlargement, and in recent years, they have made it clear that they would not stand by while their strategically important neighbor turned into a Western bastion. For Putin, the illegal overthrow of Ukraine’s democratically elected and pro-Russian president — which he rightly labeled a “coup” — was the final straw. He responded by taking Crimea, a peninsula he feared would host a NATO naval base, and working to destabilize Ukraine until it abandoned its efforts to join the West. 
Putin’s push back should have come as no surprise. After all, the West had been moving into Russia’s backyard and threatening its core strategic interests, a point Putin made emphatically and repeatedly. Elites in the United States and Europe have been blindsided by events only because they subscribe to a flawed view of international politics. They tend to believe that the logic of realism holds little relevance in the twenty-first century and that Europe can be kept whole and free on the basis of such liberal principles as the rule of law, economic interdependence, and democracy.

This post was published at Foreign Affairs

Serve and Protect is Now ‘Search and Destroy’

Anyone who has been paying attention is aware that we have a growing domestic terrorism problem here in America.
And by domestic terrorism, I mean our militarized police departments.
Here’s how the FBI defines domestic terrorism, from their website:
‘Domestic terrorism’ means activities with the following three characteristics:
Involve acts dangerous to human life that violate federal or state law; Appear intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; Occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the U. S. Indeed, uniformed thugs police officers kill more Americans every year than terrorists do. In fact, we are eight times more likely to be killed by a cop than by a ‘terrorist.’
Radley Balko, author of ‘Rise of the Warrior Cop,’ wrote in the Wall Street Journal in August:


This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on September 8th, 2014.

Trump Entertainment Files Bankruptcy For Fourth Time: Even The Donald Is Embarrassed To Be Associated

When it comes to the slow-motion cataclysm that is Atlantic City, where as we reported recently the Revel Casino recently filed its second and final liquidation bankruptcy, no other name has seen more bankruptcies than Donald Trump. Or rather Trump Entertainment, because nowadays the two are anything but synonymous. In fact, the Donald is so embarrassed of his namesake legacy that a month ago he filed a lawsuit demanding that his name be stripped from the hotels making up the former.
As the AP reported at the time, “the real estate mogul said he had sued Trump Entertainment Resorts, a descendant of a corporate entity he once controlled, because it has allowed its two Atlantic City casinos, the Trump Plaza and the Trump Taj Mahal, to fall into disrepair, tarnishing his personal brand and confusing customers. “I want it off both of them,” Trump said Tuesday evening. “I’ve been away from Atlantic City for many years. People think we operate [the company], and we don’t. It’s not us. It’s not me.”

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/08/2014.

Scotland’s Independence Movement Gains Lead in Polls

Oops! Globalists everywhere must be horrified. It seems the Scots might after all go for becoming an independent nation. It should be remembered here that Scotland only joined the Union in the early 1700ds – and did so voluntarily, sort of. Actually, many Scottish nobles had been bankrupted in the ‘Darien Scheme’ – an attempt to establish a trading colony named Caledonia in Panama, which went horribly wrong – which weakened their resistance to signing the Act of Union.
Numerous attempts to incorporate Scotland into a larger political entity by military force had failed since Roman times. The Romans probably realized that the North wasn’t worth it when the Picts on one occasion almost completely destroyed the 9th Legion. Even though the Romans later won the battle of Mons Graupius, they never succeeded in actually subduing the area. The Romans then decided to erect Hadrian’s Wall, so as to simply keep the Picts and other tribes out, many of which had acquired a fearsome reputation.
A later rather famous conqueror of England, William of Normandy, proved very successful in his conquests and soon had England under control, ending the line of the Wessex kings. While he actually defeated Malcolm III of Scotland in battle in 1072, he didn’t get Scotland – instead, it is considered likely by historians that he only got Malcolm’s son Douglas as a hostage to ensure the former’s adherence to the peace treaty.
Anyway, until the Act of Union in 1707, Scotland has always been an independent country. Even after the union, it retained its own legal system (which is based, curiously enough, on Roman law). From the beginning of the 19th century onward, political devolution was increasingly demanded, and granted bit by bit, until Scotland finally got a parliament of its own again in 1998 (incidentally also in the wake of a referendum).
In short, Scotland is actually uniquely well positioned for independence, as it has all the institutions in place that are widely held to be required for statehood. Obviously, it would be even better for it to become a capitalist anarchy, but one must take whatever one can get. In Dr. Walker’s article on Scottish Independence, many of the philosophical and economic questions surrounding the issue were already discussed in great detail (See ‘Scottish Independence’ Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3).

This post was published at Acting-Man on September 8, 2014.