Congratulations to the UK on voting to leave the EU. Charles de Gaulle did you all a favour in vetoing entry twice, and now the voters overturned what their self-aggrandizing politicians have been doing since the 70s.
With word that Trump has revoked the press credentials of the Washington Post for appearing in an official capacity at any of his events, and criticism of that from the usual quarters, I couldn’t help but recall what I learned perhaps only about five to six years ago, about “America’s greatest President,” Abraham Lincoln, arresting critical newspaper editors.
In fact, here’s Lincoln’s official Executive Order on the matter (emphasis mine):
“Whereas there has been wickedly and traitorously printed and published this morning in the New York World and New York Journal of Commerce, newspapers printed and published in the city of New York, a false and spurious proclamation purporting to be signed by the President and to be countersigned by the Secretary of State, which publication is of a treasonable nature, designed to give aid and comfort to the enemies of the United States and to the rebels now at war against the Government and their aiders and abettors, you are therefore hereby commanded forthwith to arrest and imprison in any fort or military prison in your command the editors, proprietors, and publishers of the aforesaid newspapers, and all such persons as, after public notice has been given of the falsehood of said publication, print and publish the same with intent to give aid and comfort to the enemy; and you will hold the persons so arrested in close custody until they can be brought to trial before a military commission for their offense. You will also take possession by military force of the printing establishments of the New York World and Journal of Commerce, and hold the same until further orders, and prohibit any further publication therefrom.“
And before that, America’s second president, John Adams, signed the blatantly unconstitutional “Alien and Sedition Acts,” which made it a punishable crime to be critical of the federal government.
Unlike Adams and Lincoln, Trump is still a private citizen. When he’s President, then starts banning various press agencies, then let’s put things in historical perspective and judge what a violator of the First Amendment he truly is, and decide on the appropriate remedy.
This is the way to do it, questioning claims uncritically put forth by the mass media, without resorting to much speculation for a general and big audience.
I was just talking yesterday with someone about some interesting provisions in the Canada’s Criminal Code, included from a bygone era, where the purpose of criminal law was really appreciated and codified, of fundamentally protecting individual freedom, versus making the state supreme.
One of them I was aware of going all the way back to 2009, from the work of Robert Menard, and it turns out that it had actually been repealed in 2012.
Here it was before repeal, in Section 39:
“Defence with claim of right
39 (1) Every one who is in peaceable possession of personal property under a claim of right, and every one acting under his authority, is protected from criminal responsibility for defending that possession, even against a person entitled by law to possession of it, if he uses no more force than is necessary.
Defence without claim of right
(2) Every one who is in peaceable possession of personal property, but does not claim it as of right or does not act under the authority of a person who claims it as of right, is not justified or protected from criminal responsibility for defending his possession against a person who is entitled by law to possession of it.“
And here is what the 2012 repeal legislation said:
“39 [Repealed, 2012, c. 9, s. 2]“
More on the significance and other interesting current and former provisions in a future post.
I was listening to this 3-hour uninterrupted 2005 interview of Dr. Charles Murray, author of The Bell Curve, and just near the end, I recognized the late Eustace Mullins calling in!
It’s great when you know of certain people, recognizing their voice, and hear them on shows from years ago.
Eustace Mullins is known to many readers of this site as the author of the Secrets of the Federal Reserve, which G. Edward Griffin, acting as a hired hand for the John Birch Society, heavily borrowed from, topically, but repackaged, to conceal the problem of usury.
From the June 2, 2016 episode of TVO’s the Agenda with Steve Paikin, the guest, claimed, 2 minutes in, that a report on mental health costs said that the annual cost due to lost productivity in Canada was $51 billion, and is projected to go into the trillions in 30 years. Given that Canada has a current GDP (PPP) of $1.6 trillion, that would be 3% of the economy in annual costs today, yet it’s supposed to go up to at least $1 trillion, when, in 30 years, the GDP will be $2.9 trillion (given a highly generous growth estimate of 2% annually), and the cost will be at least 34% of GDP?
The host had every reason to shocked by the claim. And, folks, just because it’s on a serious television program, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t immediately spot the claim as patently bogus.
With the news that the great boxing legend, Muhammad Ali, has passed away, here’s a 1971 BBC interview that the mass media won’t be airing any excerpts of, and you will soon see why!