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The Significance of April 19th

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 Some argue that, while Adolf Hitler was born in Austria on April 20, 1889, his birth occurred on April 19, 1889 from the American perspective. Though his birth date is counted on the Islamic calendar, which differs from our calendar year to year, even the Islamic prophet Muhammad's birthday has fallen on or around April 19th.
  • On April 19, 1775, the "shot heard round the world" rang out in Lexington Common.On April 19, 1861, seething Baltimoreans attacked Union troops as Lincoln was traveling to Washington for his inauguration.
  • On April 19, 1903, the Kishinev Pogrom against the Jews began, sending them fleeing for their lives across Europe, many heading for the new world.
  • On April 19, 1936, anti-Jewish riots broke out in the Great Uprising in Palestine; seven years later, April 19, 1943, the SS destroyed the Jewish Ghetto in Warsaw, Poland.
  • On April 19, 1947, the Texas City Disaster saw a serious of explosions that killed at least 522 people.
  • The US performed a nuclear test in Nevada on April 19, 1972, and Russia tested their nuke on April 19, 1973, in Eastern Kazakh, USSR. This date was chosen for a number of subsequent atomic tests by the US, Russia, and by France.
  • On April 19, 1989, a gun turret explosion on the USS Iowa occurred, killing 47 sailors.
  • And on April 19, 2010, Halliburton completed cementing the seal on the Deepwater Horizon. At 7 am the following morning, BP decided to forgo the recommended test of the seal, and by 9:49 pm on April 20, gas, oil, concrete, and flames blasted up the platform onto the deck, killing 11 workers, injuring 17, leaving 98 unharmed survivors of the immediate disaster that kept on devastating the Gulf until it was finally capped July 15, 2010.
There have been other grim events on the anniversary of April 19th. Some show a pattern suggesting conspiracies by our government against private citizens, who, some claim, were exercising their Constitutional Rights to freedom of religion, pursuit of happiness, and the right to bear arms. Numerous government studies have never laid the whispers to rest. These events, though unrelated by particulars, led one after another to the horrific bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

In 1985, the FBI set siege to the religious compound known as The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord (CSAL) in Arkansas. The group had ties to the Ku Klux Klan and the Aryan Nation and other white supremacist, anti-Zionist groups, and were believers in an Armageddon doomsday scenario involving the US government. It may or may not be a coincidence that the date the siege began was the 210th anniversary of the Revolutionary War's "Shot Heard Round the World." The government was able to gather warrants for some of the leaders of the group and negotiate a peaceful end to the siege.

Related to this time line, though not on the anniversary date, on August 21, 1992, the FBI surrounded a small family farm, at Ruby Ridge in Northern Idaho. Homesteader Randy Weaver insisted he was not a white supremacist, and though he and his wife practiced a fundamentalist form of Protestant Christianity, they had nothing in common with the group in Arkansas. Weaver even made an unsuccessful run for Sheriff. His troubles began when he had a disagreement over a land deal with a neighbor, who began calling the government and accusing his neighbor of planning to assassinate everyone from the President, the Governor, to the Pope. They were investigated and cleared, but were growing tired of being harassed and questioned. The government tried using agents to entrap Weaver into doing illegal arms deals or anything else they could arrest him for, but were unsuccessful. When Weaver refused to cooperate with them any longer, the Marshal's service and the DOJ decided to surround the farm, perhaps hoping to force him into actions they clearly believed him capable of that would allow them to arrest him.

The men initially had strict orders not to confront the Weavers, but the family's dogs were on the alert, and when they heard the commotion the dogs were making, Weaver's 14-year-old son and a family friend armed themselves and headed out to see what was happening. The family and the government agents dispute what happened next, but in the end, 14-year-old Sammy Weaver died of a shot to the back, one of the Weaver's dogs was shot, and one of the agents, US Marshal Bill Degan, was also killed. The Weavers recovered Sammy's body, and on the next day, Weaver, his wife, their baby, their 16-year-old daughter, and friend Kevin Harris went to the shed where they had laid it after he was killed. Government snipers were standing by, and one planned to shoot Weaver in the back to sever his spine and take him out instantly, but Weaver moved and the shot hit him in the shoulder. As they ran back to the house, the sniper took aim again, this time at Kevin Harris, but the shot hit Weaver's wife, Vicki, who died instantly, but collapsed with their 10-month-old daughter in her arms, unharmed.

The siege continued for 10 days, during which the government didn't even realize that Vicki Weaver had been killed. Calling her name, offering her pancakes, agents trying to bring the siege to an end were in reality, taunting the family. After the siege ended on August 31st, efforts to put Randy Weaver in prison were unsuccessful. Out of 10 counts, including the original controversial firearms charges, Weaver was acquitted of 8, the judge set aside another, and convicted Weaver of only one charge of failure to appear. Weaver was fined $10,000, sentenced to 18 months in prison, credited with time served plus an additional three months, and released. Kevin Harris was acquitted of all charges. The Weavers took the US government to court over the wrongful deaths of Vicki and Sammy Weaver. The government settled out of court, awarding each surviving daughter a million dollars, and Randy Weaver $100,000.

From February 28th to April 19th, 1993, the US government maintained a 51-day siege of the Branch Davidian building outside Waco, Texas. The group was an off-shoot of 7th-day Adventists, also believers in a government-involved apocalypse. The siege began with bungling and ended in tragedy on April 19th when fire broke out and raged through the compound. Of the 76 who died at the end, 22 of those killed on the last day of the siege were children under the age of 18. Some say that so many children chose to remain was because they heard that of those who did surrender and leave the compound, the children were taken away from their caregivers, who were arrested. Much dispute remains as to the actual events of the siege, particularly over the origin of the fire; a government investigation concluded in 2000 that sect members themselves had started the fire.

Religious extremists, even those who don't share the white supremacist views of The Covenant, were certain that their treatment by the government was an unjust attack on their religious freedoms. The tactics used by the government fuel their zealous belief that they will die martyrs' deaths at the hands of enemies of God. The events at Ruby Ridge, in 1992, and then in 1993 at Waco, have been cited as the primary motivation for the perpetrators of the Oklahoma City bombing that took place exactly two years later in 1995.

"If there would not have been a Waco, I would have put down roots somewhere and not been so unsettled with the fact that my government was a threat to me," McVeigh wrote in a series of letters before his execution in 2001. "Everything that Waco implies was on the forefront of my thoughts. That sort of guided my path for the next couple of years." – quote taken from article by Lylah M. Alphonse

Timothy McVeigh was executed for his role in the bombing, and Terry Nichols is serving 161 consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole. Michael Fortier cooperated with authorities in the cases against McVeigh and Nichols, winning a lighter sentence of only 12 years in prison and $75,000 fines for failing to warn authorities of the impending attack, and won immunity for his wife. The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, killed 168 people, including 19 infants and toddlers, and injured 680 others.

And though the Boston Marathon bombing occurred on April 15, 2013, a glance at the history of the marathon shows that it is always held on Patriot's Day, which is a floating holiday on today's calendar, but commemorates a fixed date: the day the first shot was fired in the American Revolutionary War on April 19, 1775.

Why so many tragedies and acts of destruction on April 19th? Are terrorists, domestic and foreign, seeking to use significant dates to carry out their attacks? Is the government using our fear of this to engineer incidents to garner support for agendas we aren't aware of? There could be many reasons, or no reason; in a very real sense, it doesn't matter.

Should we let this accumulation of data impact our plans? No! We have to let go of things we can't control and continue to live life to the fullest, or what is the point of living? But we can, and should be, alert, aware, and prepared to protect ourselves and our loved ones in case of any kind of emergency. We don't have to build a fallout shelter. We can learn CPR. We don't have to stockpile food, water, and medicines. But we can learn how to protect ourselves from food poisoning and water-borne illnesses in case of power failure. The best defense we can ever invest in is right between our ears. Pass it on.

Resources:

  • Wikipedia
  • Yahoo! Shine
  • codeword.org
  • Prophet's Birthday
  • HistoryOrb.com
  • History.com
  • Boston.com
  • BrainyHistory.com

"I saw a movie once where only the police and military had guns...It was Schindler's list." ~ John Crusan
 
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The number was unchanged from the previous two years and a continuation of the sharp decline in this population since its peak in 2007. -- from Pew Research

Occupy Wall Strreet -- Austin TX, 2011
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Driven Out by Police & City Hall Administration

Occupy Wall Street: Arrests Made On Anniversary

By Nicholas Tomasi September 18, 2012 · The Occupy Wall Street protesters are back at it again in New York City, according to various media reports, as they commemorate the one-year anniversary of a movement that captured the attention of the country and represented the biggest U.S. protests in many years.

According to a post on the Facebook page of the popular TV show “Conspiracy Theory” featuring former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura, a raid was expected to happen by police. The post was made just after 9 p.m. ET and sent traffic to the stream, which was also posted by the Facebook page. live

The Facebook post read, “NYPD setting up emergency flood lights at Zuccotti Park, possible raid will happen soon.”

Over 180 arrested at Occupy Wall Street protests on Sept. 17

As reported by the mainstream media and other sites in various levels of detail, Occupy Wall Street protesters returned and were met with arrests, as more than 180 people were taken in by police according to an MSNBC.com report.

Dozens of others including religious leaders were also arrested for sitting down on the sidewalk earlier in the day according to the report. A quote from one of the protesters actually got the story right, which is surprising considering all of the selective quoting that has been done by the mainstream media during the movement.

The quote, from a handbag and jewelry designer, illustrated the protester’s disdain with two candidates who “kneel down to the corporations and banks and turn against the people,” something that enlightened U.S. residents who don’t identify with either political party will identify with.

Live stream of Occupy Wall Street (below)

Meanwhile, the live stream of Occupy Wall Street showed large flood lights being brought out as viewers of the stream commented on the immense size and scope of the equipment used to rein in the protesters at Zuccotti Park.

Others on the Ventura Facebook page noted that no TV coverage was being provided, although such developments are obviously not new to those who have followed the Occupy Wall Street movement and its offshoots in America and even overseas in various countries.

Police were also reported to be cracking down on people taking photographs of the protests, information relayed by several mostly alternative media sources.

According to some reports on Twitter, Julia Reinhart, a member of the National Press Photographer Association, had her ID badge on while taking a photo but was arrested because she “didn’t have a press pass.”

The Occupy Wall Street protests can be viewed on the live stream by WeAreChange, however, by visiting the link above. It’s not known just how far they’ll go this time, but the police response so far to the Zuccotti Park protesters certainly suggests it could be another serious round of protests in New York City.

The American Dream Lives On in Minnesota
 
Here is a link to Jesse Ventura, friend of the Occupy Movement and Champion of Civil Liberties, on being interviewed by Alex Jones, posted on YouTube. Ventura proposes the abolishment of political parties altogether and proposes to run for president as a complete Independent in 2016 -- IF he can be part of the candidate debates.

Occupy America!

The 99% is only beginning to flex our muscles. Some of the 1% who own 40% of the wealth of America support this movement & have been involved in efforts to give back. Nobody grows rich & powerful without the sweat equity of the 99% of us who serve or fabricate or harvest or mine...we do 99% of the work, it doesn't do itself, despite the disparity of security & incomes. How can we trust elected representatives, who are all belly-up-to-the-trough and eagerly swilling enormous campaign donations & secret perks donated by the corporate lobbyists & billionaires determined to keep themselves in the 1% bracket, to safeguard our interests? And how can we keep our country solvent & strong when the numbers of the poor are growing every day?


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January 15, 2004 SAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) -- An American Airlines pilot was arrested at Sao Paulo International Airport after making an obscene gesture while being photographed by Brazilian immigration officers, police said.

Santa Monica Farmer's Market Accident Kills Ten

Should elderly drivers meet special licensing standards?

July 17, 2003 SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- Eight people were killed, including a three-year-old girl, and 45 were injured when a car plowed through a crowded farmers market in Santa Monica, California.

Police said Russell Weller told them he might have hit the gas pedal instead of the brake Wednesday, hurling victims into the air as his car careened down a street closed to traffic.

Authorities were investigating why the 86-year-old man was competent to be behind the wheel in the first place. How old is too old to drive? States are taking a harder look as the number of elderly drivers increases.

Police searched Weller's home on Thursday, saying they were looking for medications and evidence of his ability to drive in the search. Santa Monica Police Chief James Butts said that evidence shows Weller recently struck the back of his garage at least twice with his car.

Eight victims were pronounced dead at the scene and two more have since died at local hospitals. Fourteen others were critically injured.

Weller was not arrested, but authorities were considering whether the case was ''manslaughter of some type'' and investigating whether he was qualified to drive. Weller, of Santa Monica, has a valid driver's license. Weller was taken to a hospital for a blood test, and initial results found no traces of alcohol or psychoactive drugs such as antidepressants and hallucinogens.

There is no estimate of the car's speed, but witnesses said Weller's 1992 Buick was moving very fast down the three downtown blocks of Arizona Avenue that were closed for the street market.

''Sixty miles per hour and it wasn't slowing down. It was flying. And then people down, dead and everything,'' said David Lang, manager of a shoe store along the market route.

A witness said one person was on the hood of the car when it finally came to rest after the incident. A woman's body was crushed beneath the vehicle.

The market, which takes place Wednesdays and Saturdays, bisects oceanside Santa Monica's popular Third Street pedestrian promenade and is near the famous Santa Monica Pier. It draws thousands of shoppers and was slated to close just as the incident occurred at 2 PM.

Incidents like this are cited by those who believe older drivers should have to prove their capability. But others point to statistics showing that older drivers are safer than teens - at least until they reach 75 - and are less likely than other drivers to drive drunk.

In 2001, 16 percent of drivers were 65 and older; by 2030, one in four is expected to be in that age group.

At least 21 states have requirements for older drivers, varying from more frequent license renewals to vision tests. Two states - New Hampshire and Illinois - require road tests for those 75 and older, while in Nevada drivers 70 and older who renew licenses by mail must include a medical report.

A bill in the California Legislature requiring road tests for people 75 and older was killed in 2000 after senior citizen groups protested. Among those who would have been affected: Russell Weller, the man police say was responsible for the Santa Monica crash. -- Excerpted and edited from ReutersThe Associated Press, and FindLaw.com

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"The judicial branch should not be timid nor fearful of inflicting an occasional whiplash or, where necessary, even imposing chronic pain when Constitutional rights are threatened or the balance of powers is jeopardized." ~ Judge Guido Calabresi of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

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June 26, 2003 -- "It's fitting that the US Supreme Court announced its decision striking down the nation's sodomy laws on the final day of its 2002-2003 session, because it's also the week that US gays and lesbians mark the 34th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. While the civil disturbance of Stonewall - where gays, lesbians, and transvestites fought back against police who had harassed them for decades with routine bar shakedowns - was profound enough to kick-start the modern gay liberation movement, the Lawrence v. Texas decision by the high court is equally profound for its legal, social, and symbolic impact." -- Lewis Whittington
 

The Privilege of Citizenship

Throughout its history, America's philosophy of God-given individual rights and institutions of ordered liberty have attracted immigrants from around the globe. However, from our nation's founding until 1965, American policymakers understood that immigration is a privilege, not an unalienable right - and that this nation, like every sovereign nation, may properly regulate immigration in its own interest.. -- An excerpt from the article Revolution in America by William Norman Grigg in the John Birch Society's The New American

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