READ: ‘Government Shut Down’ Won’t Actually Shut Down Government

Vast majority of federal activity will continue as normal

Paul Joseph Watson
September 30, 2013

It turns out that the ominous “government shut down” isn’t so apocalyptic after all since it won’t actually shut down government because the vast majority of federal services and activity will continue as normal.

Image: Capitol Hill from the Washington Monument.

In addition, the same thing has happened – without dire consequences – no less than 17 times over the past three decades.

The dispute over Obamacare means it is “99.9%” certain that the US government will “shut down” on October 1st because lawmakers have failed to pass legislation that will authorize the government to spend money to fund its operations from the beginning of the new fiscal year.

However, as the Washington Post highlights, the same “shut down” has occurred 17 times since 1977. Most of the previous shut downs lasted from a few hours to a few days. The longest ran for 21 days from December ’96 to January ’97 during the presidency of Bill Clinton.

Obama supporters and Democrats have attempted to portray a potential government shut down as something approaching a doomsday scenario, most notably Democratic Senator Tom Harkin, who hyped the prospect of it “as dangerous as the breakup of the Union before the Civil War.”

In reality, key functions of the government will continue to operate as before even in the event of a “shut down”.

– Federal air traffic controllers will continue to monitor take offs and landings;

– The TSA will still be screening passengers in US airports;

– The US military will stay on duty and many credit unions and banks will cover their Oct. 15 paychecks if they are delayed;

– Embassies and consulates overseas will continue to provide services to American citizens;

– The mail will continue to be delivered;

– Federal courts will continue to operate;

– The US Supreme Court will continue to operate as normal when it resumes on October 7;

– Taxes will continue to be collected;

– Sales taxes will continue to be collected

– Garbage will continue to be collected;

– Visa services for people traveling to the United States will continue to operate;

– US passport applications will continue to be processed normally;

– Green card applications will continue to be processed normally;

– Social Security and Medicare benefits will continue to operate normally;

– The vast majority of Homeland Security employees will stay on the job;

– The vast majority of Coast Guard employees will stay on the job;

– The vast majority of Border Patrol agents will stay on the job;

– The vast majority of Secret Service personnel and other law enforcement agents and officers will stay on the job;

– Schools will stay open;

– The National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center will continue to issue natural disaster warnings and track storms;

– The Mars Rover will continue to explore the red planet and the International Space Station will continue to operate;

– The District of Columbia passed a $144m contingency fund on Friday to ensure all its services would continue to operate normally;

– Most services managed by the Department of Veterans Affairs will continue.

The most damaging consequence of a government shut down will be that non-essential federal employees will be furloughed (given temporary unpaid leave) and see their paychecks delayed. That’s a bummer if you work for the government, but it’s hardly a doomsday scenario.

In addition, previous “government shut downs” have not caused any kind of sustained panic in the financial markets.

As Ron Paul writes today, “Despite all the hand-wringing heard in DC, a short-term government shut down (which doesn’t actually shut down the government) will not cause the country to collapse.”

Indeed, all the hype about civil wars and doomsday scenarios if the Obama administration doesn’t get its way on Obamacare and force Republicans to cave on legislation to fund the government sounds an awful lot like the brazenly alarmist rhetoric about martial law and a new great depression that was used to ram through the 2008 bailout.

Additional Sources: London Guardian/Bangkok Post/Time Magazine.



Doomsday Rhetoric Surrounding ‘Government Shut Down’ Mirrors Bailout Fearmongering

Alarmist hyperbole also used to ram through 2008 financial heist.
September 30, 2013

Some of the doomsday rhetoric surrounding the consequences of a government shut down sounds an awful lot like the fearmongering that was used to scare lawmakers into passing the 2008 bailout bill, which quickly turned out to be a cynical bait and switch.

Democratic Senator Tom Harkin has warned that if Republicans refuse to cave in, the situation will be “as dangerous as the breakup of the Union before the Civil War.”

Lindsay Siler, the issues campaign director for Barack Obama’s Organizing for Actionwarns that, “a government shutdown will shutter crucial services the American people depend on and wreak havoc with our economy.”

Such dire rhetoric is patently part of a ploy to try and force Republicans to back down on their demand that Obamacare be delayed for a year before a bill securing government funding is passed.

As we documented earlier today, the ominous “government shut down” is nothing of the sort. It would be the 18th time it has happened since 1977. In no previous case did such circumstances lead to anything even approaching the apocalyptic hype being bandied about by Harkin and his ilk, nor did it significantly impact the economy in any way.

The vast majority of government activities and services will remain fully operational whether a “shut down” occurs or not. Crucial services will not disappear and America will not collapse into a state of anarchy.

The reality of what a government shut down entails clearly does not warrant such alarmist hyperbole, but it’s not the first time we’ve witnessed these blackmail tactics.

In the days before the October 2008 bailout, lawmakers were bombarded with threats of a new great depression and martial law by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson in an effort to railroad them into passing the bailout bill.

On October 2, Democratic Congressman Brad Sherman gave a stunning speech on the House floor during which he decried the fact that, “Many of us were told in private conversations that if we voted against this bill on Monday that the sky would fall, the market would drop two or three thousand points the first day, another couple of thousand the second day, and a few members were even told that there would be martial law in America if we voted no.”

It later emerged that Paulson was behind the threats, brow-beating Congress into authorizing the bill in the name of the desperate need to buy out toxic debt, a proposal “which he abandoned the day after he got the money,” said Senator James Inhofe.

Once he got approval for the bill by threatening that its rejection would see a total collapse of the financial system, former Goldman Sachs CEO Paulson pulled a bait and switch and injected the money directly into banks.

There is now talk of an 11th hour deal that could offer a temporary solution to stave off a government shut down for a few days, but Republicans shouldn’t be cowed by the bellicose tone of Democrats who spout doomsday prophecies about such an eventuality given how such rhetoric has been used in the past to frighten lawmakers into blind acquiescence.


State Police Running Illegal ‘Traffic Checkpoints’ in Texas

“People are scared to go into the streets and businesses are deserted”
Sept. 30, 2013

Infowars has been receiving a torrent of complaints regarding the illegal, unconstitutional checkpoints being conducted by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) along the South Texas border in what the DPS calls an attempt to confirm drivers are “complying with license, insurance and vehicle safety regulations.”
The DPS director addressed the public’s complaints today claiming the “traffic regulatory checkpoints” are in response to “various criminal activities and unsafe driving behaviors” in South Texas.

DPS says 15 percent of all “no driver license” citations have been issued in the same three counties, Cameron, Hidalgo and Willacy, which are all located in the Rio Grande Valley.

The checkpoints, which have been in effect since Sept. 15, have caused outraged citizens to set upFacebook pages warning the public of the time and location of the illegal checkpoints. One complaint submitted anonymously told Infowars, “People are scared to go into the streets and businesses are deserted.”

According to, immigrant advocates are alleging that DPS is using the traffic checkpoints as a way to crack down on illegal immigration.

“The law enforcement agencies are saying that there is nothing going on and that they are not taking immigrants but they are,” read the anonymous complaint. “They are even going into houses and taking people” without warrants.

DPS director, Steven McCraw, made sure to address these complaints directly when he said, “It is important for everyone to know that these regulatory checkpoints have not and will not be used to ascertain immigration status,” said McCraw. “Moreover, reports that Border Patrol agents are present at these checkpoints are blatantly false.”

However, the move is reported to be enforced by multiple agencies.

As many of you know, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) declared the border around the United States a “Constitution Free Zone” in 2009 after the George W. Bush administration laid the groundwork in 2008 for a policy allowing “suspicionless search-and-seizures,” specifically pertaining to electronic devices, which can be confiscated and the contents examined for any reason.
Anthony Gucciardi’s report on StoryLeak.comrevealed the DHS’s unconstitutional declaration places 197 million citizens living in an area that doesn’t have a Constitution, many located within 100 miles of the border.

Today the DPS director defended the checkpoints, calling them “legal” based on the US Supreme Court case City of Indianapolis vs. Edmond, and by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals case Lujan vs. State.

However, checkpoint programs with the primary purpose of detecting criminal wrongdoing has never been approved by the courts.

Also, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit deemed neighborhood checkpoints set up by the police unconstitutional and to be in blatant violation of the Fourth Amendment, which protects citizens from unlawful search and seizures.

The checkpoints are reportedly targeting residents in low-income neighborhoods, causing many people to cancel doctors appointments and keep their American-born children home from school.

Local news station, KGBT, says there are people on both sides of the debate, some supporting the checkpoints while others showed major opposition. Both sides have created Facebook pages demonstrating their position.

However, the Facebook page in support of the checkpoints only has 620 likes, while the combinedEnglish and Spanish Facebook pages opposing the checkpoints have over 10,000 likes.

The DPS says not to worry though, because their goal is solely to “protect drivers and passengers on the roadway,” not to target and jail illegals.

While we know the traffic checkpoints are meant to be temporary, there has been no word on when they will cease.

Highlighting the progressiveness of the true police state we are all now living in, the Dallas sheriff’s office has obtained a 19-ton diesel-operated behemoth containing bullet-proof doors and tires. The vehicle, created by a company that specializes in designing military equipment, is reportedly to be used in serving warrants on wanted men.

In Alex’s 1999 movie Police State 2000, he exposed the unconstitutional checkpoints, see below for the full clip.
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Aspartame – Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World

Sweet Misery is a close examination into what many in the medical community have voiced over the last few decades on the safety of Aspartame sweetener. Is there a connection with Aspartame and illnesses? Did the government (including Donald Rumsfeld) push the approval of the sweetener and suppress key data? This film delves into the FDA’s process and the various reports of health risks associated with the widely used sweetener.