Ep. 77 – Is the Opioid Crisis A Government Created Plot?


President Trump recently declared the opioid epidemic a ‘public health emergency’ in the United States. While this focused national attention on America’s deadly drug addiction, the opioid crisis hasn’t spiraled out of control because of a lack of government intervention. It’s spiraled out of control largely BECAUSE OF GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION. Bad government policy like the war on drugs has lead to the creation of illegal black markets where the deadly narcotic drug fentanyl is being laced into the drug supply at an increasing rate. Drug addicted users who believe they’re buying painkillers, cocaine, heroin, or other opiates, are actually getting heroin laced with fentanyl, cocaine spliced with fentanyl, or fentanyl death pills (pain killers disguised to look like Oxycotin, Percocet or Xanax, but are actually made with fentanyl). The results of the dangerous drug combination has been deadly, In the past three years, the fentanyl death toll has risen by 540%.
If that’s not bad enough, government rehab programs offered through medicaid enables drug users to live a drug addicted lifestyle free of charge. Medicaid takes care of the bill. Not only will they provide free methadone, enabling users to substitute one dangerous addiction for another, in some states Medicaid will pay for the cab ride over to the methadone clinic. And if that’s not enough, in some cases, Medicaid gives known drug addicts a free card loaded with unlimited government funds and will even transfer the funds directly into the users bank account. This makes it easy for those suffering from heroin addiction or opiate addiction to fund their lifestyle without any income.
If the powers that be wanted to win the war on drugs they wouldn’t be talking about creating more poisonous policy, they’d be getting rid of bad policy that nurtures this opioid epidemic. But solving the drug problem would threaten the power and profits of those who thrive of off keeping Americans down, which makes you wonder if this opioid crisis we’re facing is not accident. With the problem spiraling out of control, it’s time that we seriously ask, is the opioid epidemic a government engineered crisis?
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Ep. 76 – Texas Church Mass Shooting Aftermath, Do You Believe The Official Story?

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The Incident & The Suspect

Below are elements of the official story as I know them, not necessarily what I believe.
The massacre inside the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Texas was caught on camera. For seven minutes, a man wearing all black body armor, a protective helmet and possibly a grim reaper mask moved from aisle to aisle shooting churchgoers and their children execution style, in the head. When he left, 25 of the 50 or so member congregation were dead and 21 more victims were wounded, 1 of which would later die in the hospital. I say possibly wearing a grim reaper mask because there has been some inconsistencies in the reporting on this. That man who investigators say is responsible for the worst mass shooting in Texas history is twenty-six year old Devin Patrick Kelley, a former Air Force member who court-martialed in 2012 for beating his wife and cracking his 2-year old step-son’s skull.
Prior to his court martial, according to the El Paso Police Department, Kelley had escaped from Peak Behavioral Health systems in Santa Teresa, New Mexico. Kelley had been committed after having been caught sneaking firearms onto the Air Force base in what authorities believe was an attempt to carry out death threats he had previously made towards his chain of command. The following year, in 2013, he was investigated for sexual assault. In 2014, he plead guilty to a cruelty to animal charge after being accused of repeatedly punching a dog in the face. And in the months approaching the shooting, he preached atheism on Facebook and mocked those who believed in religion. Oh, and it was initially reported that he once taught 4 to 6 year old children bible studies. So there’s your suspect in a nutshell. I’m sure I’m leaving a few things out.

The Alleged Motive

Investigators have suggested that the shooter’s motive was related to a domestic issue, and that his mother-in-law, who often attended the church, might have been the target. She was not present on that day however. This raises questions. If he was after his mother-in-law, why was he in full SWAT gear? Why did he need an assault rifle capable of holding more than 400 rounds of ammunition? Why did he need multiple extra weapons which were found inside his vehicle? Why wouldn’t he just go after her? While his mother-in-law may have been one of his targets, it’s hard to believe the simple domestic related motives that have been suggested.

The Good Samaritan Heroes

Upon leaving the church, the suspect was met with gunfire from a local who is being hailed a hero. Stephen Willeford was in relaxing in his home a few blocks away when his daughter alerted him to the gunfire. Willeford, a former NRA instructor, grabbed his rifle, a few magazines and was out the door before even putting his shoes on. (Reminiscent of John McClane in the original Die Hard movie)
Taking cover behind a neighbors truck, Willeford exchanges gunfire with Kelley from across the street. Kelley is shot twice. (Willeford was aiming for the gaps in the body armor). Kelley then drops his rifle, flees to his SUV and speeds off. I don’t know how long this gunfight lasted. The likely assumption is that it was brief, just not sure how brief.  After Kelley speeds away, Willeford notices a truck sitting in the intersection. He approaches the truck and enlists the help of the driver, Johnnie Langendorff, the other hero of the story. Willeford hops in Langendorff’s truck and the two good samaritans race after the suspect at speeds reaching 95 mph.
During the chase, Langerdorff spoke with police as he drove and Willeford fired at the suspect’s SUV, shattering its back window.  After about a 11 mile chase, Kelley’s vehicle hits a road sign, speeds up and then overturns in a ditch nearby. The two locals then pull up to the scene. Willeford exits the truck with his rifle and calls for the suspect to get out of the overturned vehicle. There is no response. Willeford keeps his gun fixed on the overturned SUV until police arrive. Authorities later allege that prior to driving into the ditch, the shooter called his father and told him that he wasn’t going to survive his injuries. Then he shot himself in the head.
This is quite a story, one that raises many questions. We address these questions and talk about the agenda items the Texas church mass shooting will serve in episode 76 of the Propaganda Report Podcast. Links and videos that we discuss are below.

Cuomo and Abbott:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6XJgkpWe5s

Louder with Crowder interviews Stephen Willeford:

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Other interviews with Stephen Willeford:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTFStKS4vEg

Johnny Langendorff interviews:

Look closely – he actually has a toothpick in his mouth while he’s talking to the reporter!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXi-yBvJGI4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9xyY0wbcKo
Texas Church Shooter Wore a Skull Mask: Report
Do you believe this?
https://www.wsj.com/articles/residents-await-official-word-of-dead-injured-in-texas-church-shooting-1510064658
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Ep. 67 – Principles of Limited Government Be Damned! (Podcast)

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and Harvey, both Republicans and Democrats throw out the principals of limited government in the name of massive amounts of federal relief funding, once again showing their willingness to use crisis as a pretext for the expansion of government control. Show originally aired on WSB 750 Atlanta on September 9th, 2017. 
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Propaganda Report Mini: Totalitarianism to the Rescue!

Lots of propaganda and agenda in the news today – here’s one of the stories that caught my eye, where the propaganda is & what to watch out for #WTWOF …
After pulling back on policing in inner cities and prompting the Ferguson Effect (which I predicted), Chicago is using this government-sponsored dereliction of duty, combined with unconstitutional gun laws as well as a war on drugs which violently interferes with individuals engaging in voluntary arms’ length transactions, to promote a few totalitarian agenda items: increasing the police presence on the street, inviting the federal government into local policing (a squarely non-federal responsibility according the Tenth Amendment to the US Constitution) and increased pre-crime surveillance and analysis techniques, which should also scare anyone who sees value in the Bill of Rights.
Police Raids on Chicago Gangs Stem Holiday Weekend Violence
City tries to get the most dangerous people off the street during the long weekend

CHICAGO—A concerted effort here to reduce violent crime during the Memorial Day weekend appears to have led to a drop in shootings….
The drop this holiday weekend suggests police are having initial success in bringing down violent crime through stepped-up enforcement and cooperation with federal agencies….
Chicago police have invested heavily in high-tech tools for predictive policing, which they say will help them head off violence before it happens in specific neighborhoods.

Say what you want about Jeff Sessions…

170111_pol_sessions-hearing-jpg-crop-promo-xlarge2Start at 3:13 – you can speed it up too…I remembered this back-and-forth but I had forgotten that Sessions actually acknowledges Congress’s role in war-making. What Panetta is saying-without-saying-it is that he considers treaties to trump the Constitution. This can be argued given what seems to be ambiguity in the language in the Constitution, but I would argue that our government has no authority to enter into treaties that violate our foundational law or that commit our government to actions beyond the scope of their authority as granted by the Constitution. Here is the language in Article VI:

This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution* or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.

*This could be ambiguous, saying that Judges must hold to Treaties, the Constitution notwithstanding, but it actually means state Constitutions and state laws notwithstanding.
The Tenth Amendment Center says even this interpretation goes too far: Do Treaties Trump the Constitution. (In that post they make the great point that the Constitution is a contract requiring a meeting of the minds, so the understanding of those who ratified it is what really governs interpretation.)
I think Panetta et al are operating under entirely different assumptions, and as I read in PEACE, from the wonderful people who brought you Korea and Viet Nam, our silence on this distinction is tantamount to consent.

Touchstones Trump Conspiracies

scratching-gold-to-test-purityThe Trump election is the most significant thing that’s happened in the world since 9/11, in my opinion. I think even the first black president pales in comparison because it didn’t actually change our course. Trump’s presidency might.
The interesting question in my opinion, however, is not, “How did he get elected?” but rather “Why did he get selected?” I’m not at all interested in discussions of “populism” or “nationalism” or “racism” or any of the blowhard psycho-social analysis of why people voted the way they did. What I want to know is, what does it mean that power brokers from the left like Jeff Zucker at CNN all way to the neo-con team on the right at National Review played into Trump’s claims of being an outsider who scared the crap out of the establishment, whcover_20160215_tocile at the same time giving him billions in free advertising to drive that point home. (To wit, The National Review‘s gilded issue gives the impression Trump is already king–the “against” in the title notwithstanding.) Trump actually got more media coverage than any candidate ever and spent the least.
I don’t believe for a minute it was simply about ratings. Yes, the elite love money, and Zucker surely cared about that while crafting Trump & his show the Apprentice at NBC, but anyone who’s been watching mainstream media in this country over the past decades knows darn well there’s a bigger picture at work. I’m sure the government-media continuum is downright giddy that we fund our own brainwashing by actually paying for cable news on top of sitting through the commercials, but there is much more at stake for these players in the long term agenda these outlets push. They wouldn’t (and didn’t) give that kind of coverage to Ron Paul no matter how well he could drive ratings, nor did they ever harp on the fact that Dr. Paul really did scare the crap out of the establishment. Trump was another story.
Furthermore, nothing has changed my simple observation that the only thing arguing for free and fair elections in this country is faith in the governments that count the votes and faith in the media that are supposed to keep them honest. I have faith in neither. I do think it’s tricky to steal elections, but it gets done and it has for awhile. I believe the push from both sides to make a federally administered popular vote system is an attempt by the power elite to take the headache out of fixing the vote, but that’s just streamlining the process not initiating it.
So here I am, scratching my head as to what is really happening and why. The wall talk, the ban talk, the identity-centered protesters all smack of deliberate diversions. There is an agenda at work, that is for sure, but what it is I’m not so sure. My money is on just two possibilities:

  1. There is a cabal that sits above the two-party system that works for world government, centralization of power, a manageable population and, in Zbigniew Brzezinski’s words, “a highly controlled society.” They want to control all the assets and resources, which they do by working to get every individual, corporation and country into debt, which they own (rather than savings, which we would own). And they want to control all the people. To do this they must keep the population down (that’s why so many agenda items for them are designed to disconnect sex from procreation: from birth control to abortion to premarital sex to homosexuality to sex robots to porn to…well, you get the idea! and it’s why they want to control all the land and the food and the jobs or better yet institute basic income for total dependence); they also must have all the information they can on every individual, and they must control the ideas, thoughts and behaviors of individuals (through a combination of information overload and censorship) because ultimately the consent of the governed is the linchpin of those in power…. Perhaps this is the Aldous Huxley crowd with a Brave New World style where everyone takes prozac soma and is blissfully ignorant of their loss of humanity.
  2. That first possibility has been my working theory for years, but now I have to entertain another possibility: that there are two factions competing to shape and control the world. The alternate faction might be the Orwellian elite who believe the only way to truly control the masses is for a boot to step on the human face forever. Perhaps it’s as simple as a disagreement at the top over the answers to the questions posed in The Report from Iron Mountain: is peace possible and is it desirable? Is there an alternative to war for keeping the masses in line? The answers were unclear in the report. One proposal was a giant environmental hoax that would cause the people to be loyal to a world government. Another proposal was to create an enemy of despised people so the mainstream population would feel dependent on the government through fear…. Perhaps my original observation that there’s one cabal and this second manifestation of an alternate paradigm don’t actually reveal two distinct power centers, but merely reveal two paths of what is ultimately still a single power base–that is, two social experiments by the same cabal to test out how truly to control the entire world’s population for the first time. Or perhaps they are putting forth Trump as the crisis that will give rise to the solution: World Government…I really don’t know the answer, which is why I’m going to get back to basics….

What I’ve decided to do is to put on the back burner (if I can!) puzzling over what’s really going on and who’s really pulling the strings. Instead, I’m simply going to hold up events, policies, laws, etc., to the touchstones* of principle. I criticized the left when they failed to do it to Obama and frankly, I don’t think the who or why et al are actually very important if we just stick to principles. America’s founding principles were, after all, designed to restrain government, and if we stick to them we can all be safe–left, right and center–without placing blame or trying to one-up the other side’s power plays.
I have found that I may never be able to stay a step ahead of those who are able to manipulate major events, but I don’t have to if we always insist on principles. They are, after all, either given to us by a God who wants the best for us, or they have emerged over millennia as the enduring principles that immutable human nature requires to maintain stable societies. Either way, they are our only hope for liberty and justice for all–not to mention true human dignity.
Here are the touchstones…

  1. There is only one fundamental civil law: Don’t touch me or my stuff. All other “laws” simply tease this out when it’s not crystal clear. (For example, can you build a dam and deprive down river settlers of water? Developed law is useful for this. “The government owns all the water” is not a legitimate law according to this principle–or to me.)
  2. The Ten Commandments. Whether you’re religious or not, this is a good place to start. Christ’s Two Commandments are surely perfect, but the Ten Commandments never get old, especially Thou Shalt Not Kill and Thou Shalt Not Steal (Taxation is Theft!)
  3. The foundational documents of the United States of America. Frankly, I prefer the Articles of Confederation to the Constitution (The latter enshrines federal taxation, the former does not, and after all, Taxation is Theft!) I actually think the American Experiment was betrayed when the Articles of Confederation were illegal overturned, but I do accept (and defend) the Constitution because of how it was sold to the people and that is the standard to which it should be (but is not) held. The Bill of Rights, I love. If we just restored the Bill of Rights we would win this thing. And the Declaration of Independence. While not a law per se, it lays out the founding principles of the nation and is a touchstone for understanding what we the governed consented to (if anything).
  4. We must also remember that our founding documents contain declarations of rights we inherently possess, they are not gifts from government. That means everyone in the world should be fighting for all of these same rights and principles, and we should acknowledge and support their right to pursue liberty and justice within the confines of their own sovereign nations rather than interfering in their politics for “American interests abroad” which has no basis in our founding principles (nor in the Law of Nations upon which our founding relied and from which “American Exceptionalism” falsely claims a pass). And most of all, we have a moral obligation to limit violence committed by our agents in government to true self-defense according to the principles of just war at the very least, but ideally according to our own individual and fully informed consciences. (The Constitutional requirement for Congress to declare war and the difficulty presidents find when they try to get such declarations is an example of how merely sticking to our own laws will keep us out of moral trouble and physical danger without the brain damage of sussing through all the BS and false flags they throw at us to bypass these safeguards.)

These are the touchstones. I hope we can all have a mind to use them to tease out the rights and wrongs of what’s going on. These basic principles apply not only to personal liberty but to economic liberty. For example, there would be no immigration issue if government policy didn’t deliberately and drastically distort labor markets (in violation of the Tenth Amendment). Applying these principles to specifics the way gold is rubbed on a touchstone to distinguish it from pyrite (fool’s gold) is what I think will be desperately needed over the next months and years. I hope you will join me in my efforts!
*I love the term “touchstone,” which I first fully appreciated watching the great series “Connections” by James Burke. In that series, Burke discusses a handful of simple inventions which changed the direction of civilization. One of them was the touchstone. It was a stone which only gold would mark up in just such a way so that rubbing gold on the touchstone would prove it was gold. According to Burke, this facilitated commerce by allowing an easily verifiable medium of exchange and changed the course of history.

Feds Continue to Assert Authority Over Police

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One by one the Black v Blue Crisis is being used to upsource policing to the feds in contravention of the Tenth Amendment. As per my recent post on Baltimore, this time it’s hitting Chicago and, in my opinion, it won’t stop until every state has the same rules just like it was for drinking ages, abortion, regulation of marriage, etc.
Justice Department Finds Chicago Police Use Excessive Force in Violation of Constitution
City officials have agreed to negotiate a consent decree aimed at reform

CHICAGO—Justice Department officials announced Friday that they found the Chicago Police Department engages in an unconstitutional use of excessive force, including deadly force, following a 13-month investigation.
The probe was launched in December 2015, in the wake of the release of a video in which a police officer killed Laquan McDonald , firing 16 shots as the 17-year-old African-American veered away from the officer.
The Justice Department found that the pattern of “unconstitutional force” came as a result of deficiencies within the police department and city government, including inadequate training, said Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, in a news conference in Chicago Friday morning.
“We found that Chicago’s accountability system is broken,” she said, adding that officers were too infrequently held responsible for excessive use of force.
The city and the Justice Department have agreed in principle to negotiate a consent decree with a court-appointed monitor who will oversee the process of reform, officials said.
The Obama administration has repeatedly used investigations like the one in Chicago, known as a patterns and practices investigation, to enforce change in law enforcement agencies. It has opened 25 such investigations since the start of the administration and has issued 15 consent decrees, including in Ferguson, Mo., and this week in Baltimore….
The Justice Department investigation into Chicago has been the largest conducted in the agency’s history. After reviewing hundreds of cases and thousands of documents, the Justice Department found that officers routinely engaged in a number of faulty practices, including engaging in unnecessary foot pursuits that often led to shootings of suspects, shooting indiscriminately at vehicles and using police vehicles in an unsafe manner.

The article expresses skepticism as to whether the Trump administration will continue this method, but I am sadly confident that whatever path they choose, power over policing will continue to rise to the top.

How To Get Around the Tenth Amendment & Effectively Nationalize the Police

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I have long predicted that the nationalization of our police force (a stated goal of one of Obama’s top cops) would more likely come as a “normalization” of process, regulations, procedures, etc., through model codes or through quid pro quos just as highway funds were used to strong arm states into raising the drinking age to 21 even though health and safety have both been clearly adjudicated as falling under the purview of the states as per the Tenth Amendment. (Since then, Congress passed a law setting a national drinking age, which on the face of it sounds unconstitutional to me.)
I believe the Baltimore’s police department’s recent compromise with the federal government is a step down this path…
Justice Department and Baltimore Agree on Plan to Reform Policing
The deal follows findings of unconstitutional practices concerning African-Americans by the city’s police department  

With a week left in President Barack Obama’s tenure, the U.S. Department of Justice struck an agreement with Baltimore aimed at rooting out endemic unconstitutional practices in the city’s Police Department.
The 227-page proposed consent decree requires the Police Department to put in place a raft of new policies and training programs, to take steps to ensure that all stops, searches and arrests are constitutional, and to use de-escalation techniques to resolve incidents without force. It spells out in detail when officers can use force and how such actions are to be reported to supervisors.

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Feds Continue to Assert Authority Over Police

Body Armor in the Crosshairs

Another object of the various psyops that are unfolding these days is body armor. The three-pronged approach to gun control seems to be restricting actual firearm ownership without due process (pre-criminals labeled mentally ill, vets with psych issues, domestic terrorists, religious radicals, etc.), limiting ammunition access, and interfering with the ability for the citizenry to defend itself against attack with body armor. This last item is particularly disturbing because, like laws against encryption, it is the sign of a true pathocracy – a government doing the opposite of what it’s supposed to do. Instead of helping you exercise your right to self-defense which is the only justification for government to exist much less to use the force of law against a citizen, the government is actually using force to prevent you from passively exercising your right to self-defense!
The article below is, in my opinion, contributing to what will eventually become loud calls for limitations on body armor–“If you’re not planning to commit a crime, why would you want body armor?” That will be the cry from the mocking academic-media-government continuum who ridicule the very notion that the government itself is the danger that must be prepared for and perhaps defended against. Henry County’s David Powell would have done well to don some body armor before investigating the noise on his property in the middle of the night made by a wrong-address police check that ended up killing him.
Police: Suspect in officer’s killing was wearing body armor

Investigators found clothing belonging to 41-year-old Markeith Loyd that suggests Master Sgt. Debra Clayton returned fire after she was shot, but that a bulletproof vest protected the suspect, Orlando Police Chief John Mina said.

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