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Invoking Your Rights At Police Checkpoints (VIDEO)

A majority of our society essentially walks around without knowing or actively exercising their rights. In fact, some do not even know what their rights are or why they are so important. Moreover, they would rather wave their freedoms afforded in this country at the first signs of a problem. One example of this is during a manhunt for

Facebook’s Zuckerberg Busted On Live Mic Cutting A Deal With The Devil! Wait Until You Hear What He Agreed To (VIDEO)

I’ve about had it with Facebook and all their laws and regulations and if you are anything like me then you probably feel the same way. After discovering that Facebook can access any information on your computer simply by joining and that they can share your information with any government agency that requests it; they

Public School Students Are The New Inmates In The American Police State

By: John W. Whitehead, The Rutherford Institute | “Every day in communities across the United States, children and adolescents spend the majority of their waking hours in schools that have increasingly come to resemble places of detention more than places of learning. From metal detectors to drug tests, from increased policing to all-seeing electronic surveillance, the public

60 Police Departments Testing Drones In The US; More To Come As “Public Grows Comfortable”

By: Joe Wright | Anyone who was called crazy for shouting from the rooftops back in 2005 when the first sign of drone testing in the United States was uncovered appears to have been vindicated.  Small comfort as we are finally coming face to face with the consequences of our apathy. North Dakota made international

The Duty Of The Military In A Militarized Empire (VIDEO)

“He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would surely suffice.”  Albert Einstein Those who serve in the military are in a difficult position. The oath taken by enlistees states, “I, do solemnly swear (or

Garbage Trucks To Begin Recording License Plates For Law Enforcement (VIDEO)

By: Kristen Anderson, Activist Post | Don’t feel like your privacy is invaded enough? Hoping that the government will begin collecting more of your personal data? Good news! Garbage trucks may soon hit the streets fitted with license plate readers in the San Francisco Bay Area. These handy scanners will sweep the streets at least

Unconstitutional Solitary Confinement In America

The Eighth Amendment prohibits cruel and unusual punishments. Locking people in cages longterm with little or no human contact flagrantly violates the letter and spirit of the law. Yet it’s standard US prison practice nationwide. America runs the world’s largest gulag system – around 2.4 million people domestically along with a covert global network of

Sedition A Normal Practice For The Authorities

What is sedition? According to the dictionary it is conduct or language inciting rebellion against the authority of a state – insurrection; rebellion. On the surface it seems that few higher calls of conduct can be attained by the citizen! Now, some will be put back and say to themselves, what does that statement exactly

Disturbing Tyrannical UN Document Hidden From The Public (VIDEO)

American citizens are soon to become endangered species under the current tyrannical regime that is now in charge of our country. Secretly and behind closed doors the United Nations is gearing up for gun confiscation in the event of an economic collapse in numerous countries by hiring “disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration” officers who will be

Journalists Arrested In Ferguson For Doing Their Job

Last August after protests followed Michael Brown’s murder, 19 journalists were arrested, according to the Freedom of the Press Foundation. Others were harassed, threatened, tear gassed, pepper sprayed and abused by other brutal police tactics. Authorities wanted journalists confined to a restricted area away from protests – to prevent their reporting on police brutality. Homeland

Idaho's Ag Gag Bagged

By: Kimberlee Kruesi | Idaho Statesmen – A federal judge ruled Monday that Idaho’s law banning secret filming of animal abuse at agricultural facilities is unconstitutional, giving animal rights activists across the country hope that the decision will pave the way to overturn similar laws in other states. U.S. Judge Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill

CISA: Another Police State Law Obama Wants Passed

Post-9/11 repressive legislation made America more of a police state than earlier. Obama wants more on top of current freedom-destroying laws, executive orders, national security and homeland security presidential directives, military orders when issued, and extrajudicial diktats at his discretion. Most disturbing is too few Americans realize or even care about their fundamental constitutional and

Rules Of The Road

  “Police Authority vs. Driver’s Rights” On July 23rd CNN featured an article titled; “What are your rights during a traffic stop–and is it wise to exercise them?” Not unlike the endless other commentaries from ‘talking heads’ and so-called experts the article sadly falls seriously short in living up to its header. Judges, ex-law enforcement

Legalized Gov’t Theft Of YOUR Property: “Prosecutor Lives In Seized House Rent-Free For Years” (VIDEO)

They are a force to be reckoned with, bringing tanks, guns and the authority of shiny government badges – and they want what’s yours. Civil asset forfeiture, theoretically designed to fight the drug war, has created a loophole in law enforcement that has blown open a doorway to systematic government theft – all legalized through

Backyard Chickens Must Be Registered In North Carolina "For Your Own Safety"

There isn’t much that feels more self-reliant than going out to your backyard hen house to get fresh eggs for breakfast.  There’s no need for USDA approval, you know what your hens have been eating, and you don’t have to pay a premium price and hope that the farm who raised the chickens that laid

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  • Theodore C. Allen

    By Theodore Conway Allen

    MY TAKE ON: “The Decline of the Civil-Rights Establishment”

    By Shelby Steele Published in: The Wall Street Journal 21 JULY 2013

    “Black leaders weren’t so much outraged at injustice as they were by the disregard of their own authority” op cit. Shelby Steele


    By Theodore Conway Allen 23 JULY 2013

    In the referenced article, “The Decline of the Civil-Rights Establishment,” Mr. Steele states: “Today’s black leadership pretty much lives off the fumes of moral authority that linger from its glory days in the 1950s and ’60s.”

    I will begin by paraphrasing that statement: many of the leadership among blacks today are still inhaling the emissions of a perceived moral authority that lingers from the glory days of the civil rights movement during the 1950s and 1960s. My description of those circumstances is based on the belief, those fumes derive more from the fever swamp hydrocarbons of “holier than thou,” “white guilt” re-enforcing ploys and plain old histrionics of race baiters than from any genuine moral higher ground.

    Current so called, “black civil-rights leadership,” quickly seized upon and expropriated the Trayvon Martin case as a means of sustaining a certain “ghetto truth” that still manages to fuel that “leaderships’” ineffective and continually dwindling power. I say “ineffective leadership” because if they were, in fact, effective leaders, black inner-city youth would be inspired by their example to make something of themselves rather than mimicking that of violent, street felons who are nothing more than self-destructive socio-paths.

    To the contrary, those blacks who are leaders in name only, would rather stampede over the bodies of inner-city black youth murdering other black youth in an opportunistic maneuver for seizing the perceived moral high ground by eviscerating a “white-Hispanic” in their self-serving efforts to shore up their vanishing reason for being. Cardboard caricature “leaders,” such as Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton, have long been picaresque parodies of legitimate black civil rights pioneers and legends such as Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, Paul Robeson, Thurgood Marshall, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Julian Bond, and Rosa Parks to name but a few.

    Shelby Steele, writing in the 21 July 2013 edition of The Wall Street Journal, with regard to racism, white guilt, and justice, declared:

    “The purpose of today’s civil-rights establishment is not to seek justice, but to seek power for blacks in American life based on the presumption that they are still, in a thousand subtle ways, victimized by white racism. This idea of victimization is an
    example of what I call a ‘poetic truth.’ Like poetic license, it bends the actual truth in order to put forward a larger and more essential truth—one that, of course, serves one’s cause. Poetic truths succeed by casting themselves as perfectly obvious: ‘America is a racist nation;’ ‘the immigration debate is driven by racism;’ ‘Zimmerman racially stereotyped Trayvon.’ And we say, ‘Yes, of course,’ lest we seem to be racist. Poetic truths work by moral intimidation, not reason.”

    His phrase, “poetic truth,” is, like the phrase, “poetic justice,” heavily weighted with undeniably high levels of “poetic irony.” Steele’s “poetic truth” is also “poetically ironic” therefore, because it exposes the duplicitous dishonesty of the individuals or groups who employ “poetic truth/s” as an almost insurmountable Weapon of Mass Propaganda against those it intends to silence or cow. With this conundrum clearly in mind, and the awareness that it is extremely difficult to “prove” a negative,
    it must be asked: “How then does a White person prove the negative assertion,
    ‘I am not a racist?’” Indeed, if any White person or group simply states they
    are not racist, it is laughed to scorn as “lip-service” by those leveling the
    charge. If, on the other hand, the White person or group invites anyone to observe
    their past behavior toward and involvement with People of Color, their
    “apparent” or “perceived” non-racist acts are dismissed out of hand by their
    accuser/s as being either disingenuous or self-serving. These then graphically
    illustrate examples of Steele’s “poetic truths.”

    If I may be so bold as to suggest, when Steele rightly characterizes “poetic truths” as working “by moral intimidation and not reason,” he is almost exactly correct. I would add however, that the “moral” aspect of the intimidation is not moral at all. Rather, it is an “apparent and perceived, assumed” morality that is worn on the sleeve of those who wield this nearly perfect, diabolically clever weapon for seizing
    control of a discussion or argument and as a means for totally disarming the
    opponents in that conversation. There is no “level playing field” from the
    outset of the charade and any result from the one-sided conversation is a sham
    of propaganda.

    The Nazis were masters of propaganda and so too are the race baiters who skillfully manipulate their “poetic truth/s.” However, therein lays the inherent flaw, the weakness of “poetic truth/s.” That “truth” is a “truth” with a lower case “t.” During the past 50 years, Americans have been indoctrinated in High Schools, Colleges and the Universities across this nation, to believe there are no “absolute truths,”
    that “truth” is relative, except of course for those who define the term
    “truth.” It may be argued George Orwell wrote prophetically of our present day
    socio-political circumstances in his novel, 1984; a dystopia taken to
    its inevitable, “gone wild” extreme. He declared, “He who controls the past
    controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.” We,
    meaning White people and People of Color, have allowed the arbiters of “Truth,”
    that’s “Truth” with a capital “T” or “truth” with a lower case “t,” to high-jack our dictionaries, our definitions, our syntax, even the context of what we say. Consequently, we enter into any public conversation especially about race, at the very least disadvantaged and weakened or, at the worst, completely without recourse because we have allowed the race-baiters to define every aspect of every discourse today. Anyone speaking in public these days must be extremely cautious in the choice of their words and phrases because of the tyranny of “politically correct, poetic truth.”

    Bill O’Reilly vociferously, some may even say stridently, took Obama, some black leaders, irresponsible blacks, and the nation’s leadership in general to the woodshed during the “Talking Points Memo” portion of his, The
    O’Reilly Factor on 22 July 2013. O’Reilly ended his blistering op-ed
    with the following, of many similar remarks: “It is now time for the
    African-American leadership, including President Obama to stop the nonsense.
    Walk away from the world of victimization and grievance and lead the way out of
    this mess.” I would add, this will only occur when the content of the discourse
    is emptied of all its “poetic truths.” Anything else, to use an old country
    phrase, “is just bullshit!”