By: Trevor Loudon
By: Trevor Loudon
A month after the February 22 earthquake which devastated parts of Christchurch, the central city remains a “no-go zone.”
Most Christchurch people who were outside the central city when the earthquake struck have only seen snippets of the damage on the TV news.
This is a just released official Civil Defence video of inner Christchurch. A huge percentage of the city is either flattened or will have to demolished. Nobody has any idea of the damage to the sewer systems yet.
While our “shake” was tiny compared to that which hit Japan, nature has definitely delivered a “king hit” to our beautiful town.
If you’ve ever been to Christchurch, here’s your chance to play “spot the street.”
We’ll be back!
By: Trevor Loudon
Chinese officials are quietly backing down from their demand for extra compensation for the families of student nationals killed in the Christchurch earthquake.
A Chinese Embassy official in Wellington called for the extra compensation saying as a result of China’s one-child per family policy, parents of the dead had lost their guarantees of care and serenity in retirement.
But the move rebounded when Chinese activists here began pointing out the Chinese Government’s failure to adequately compensate parents for the deaths of 10,000 students in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake and parents of babies who died in the Sanlu melamine dairy scandal.
The head of the Chinese Embassy’s disaster relief centre, Cheng Lei, started the week saying China’s situation was unusual due to the fact that by law families there could only have one child per family.
“There is a very notable difference in terms of the family situation between the Chinese family members and other foreign family members,” he said.
Ambassador Xu Jiangguo backed him up saying they had “indications” that the Chinese families wanted more money.
By Friday the embassy was not responding to requests for comment and an influential – and sanctioned – Shanghai blogsite claimed the embassy was simply expressing family opinion, not official Beijing policy.
Twenty-two Chinese students died at King’s Education at the CTV building. Family members have been in Christchurch…
An estimated 80,000 people were killed in the magnitude 8 Sichuan earthquake, with up to 10,000 of them children who died when badly built school buildings collapsed.
Parents – many with only one child who had died – received Chinese Government compensation the equivalent of NZ$417, as long as they pledged to “obey the law and maintain social order.”
Last June 60 parents were arrested for delivering a petition to the local government seeking compensation.
In Fuxin, some parents launched a lawsuit demanding the equivalent of NZ$26,000.
The Sichuan state government then offered payment the equivalent of NZ$12,200 in cash and several thousand more dollars in post-retirement pensions payments if they agreed to drop the issue.
How much money did the Butchers of Beijing pay out to the parents of students slaughtered at Tianmen Square in 1989?
By: Trevor Loudon
Two Obama-linked socialists are planning a national “Teach-in” to help intensify and spread protests against state budget cuts and austerity measures.
Frances Fox Piven and Cornel West, both leaders of the U.S.’s largest Marxist organization, Democratic Socialists of America, are planning to link up with activists across the U.S. on April 5 to encourage further militant actions.
According to socialist website In These Times:
The pro-public union protests in Wisconsin over the past month have marked a major turning point in the American political debate over an elite-backed austerity agenda, declares Frances Fox Piven, perhaps America’s foremost authority on social protest movements.
“We are on the cusp of a great movement to resist and roll back that corporate domination by banks, energy companies and war profiteers,” Piven and fellow activist/academic Professor Cornell West write in The Nation. They believe that the Wisconsin model of resistance against the elite agenda of endless cutbacks for working people, undertaken in the name of balancing the budget, must be spread across the nation. To help that happen, Piven and West are promoting a national teach-in April 5 on fighting the austerity agenda that will be conducted on dozens of campuses.
Fox Piven and her late husband and D.S.A. comrade Richard Cloward, were the originators of the infamous “Cloward – Piven Strategy” – a policy of deliberately overloading state welfare systems to the point of bankruptcy. It appears that now Piven wants to push states underwater by blocking their ability to resist exorbitant labor union demands. The main culprit is of course the government workers union, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees which is controlled by Piven and West’s Democratic Socialists of America comrades.
Fox Piven has been an endorser of both Feminists for Peace and Barack Obama, and Progressives for Obama. In the mid-1990s, Fox Piven and Cornel West were both leading members of the New Party, a joint D.S.A./SEIU/ACORN/Institute for Policy Studies project designed to move the Democratic Party to the far left.
West, Obama – Apollo Theater, 11.29.07
West, a one time leader of D.S.A.’s race-baiting African American Commission, has more direct ties to Barack Obama. In 2008 West was a member, along with radical Harvard law professor and Obama mentor Charles Ogletree, of Barack Obama’s Black Advisory Council.
West was also a supporter of Progressives for Obama and served on the board of PFO’s parent organization, Movement for a Democratic Society – where he worked with long time Obama associates, the former Weather Underground terrorist leaders Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn.
On Dec. 22, 2010, Frances Fox Piven wrote an article for The Nation entitled “Mobilizing the Jobless”:
“Before people can mobilize for collective action, they have to develop a proud and angry identity and a set of claims that go with that identity. They have to go from being hurt and ashamed to being angry and indignant…
Local protests have to accumulate and spread — and become more disruptive — to create serious pressures on national politicians. An effective movement of the unemployed will have to look something like the strikes and riots that have spread across Greece in response to the austerity measures forced on the Greek government by the European Union, or like the student protests that recently spread with lightning speed across England in response to the prospect of greatly increased school fees.
Protests by the unemployed led by young workers and by students, who face a future of joblessness, just might become large enough and disruptive enough to have an impact in Washington… We should hope for another American social movement from the bottom — and then join it.“
Piven and West are applying the “pressure from below,” needed to complement Obama’s “pressure from above.”
Obama is using taxes, regulation and debt to destroy the U.S. middle class.
Frances Fox Piven, Cornel West and their D.S.A. and Communist Party USA comrades are using welfare beneficiaries, students and labor unions to ratchet up the pressure.
Make no mistake – Frances Fox Piven, Cornel West, Democratic Socialists of America and their nearly 30 year comrade Barack Obama are waging an undeclared war on Middle America.
From: Patriots For America
By: Sher Zieve
Why we post this a day after it was posted elsewhere, Gulag Bound intends to monitor the case of Theresa Cao.
As did most of us, I first heard of Theresa Cao when she made her now famous (some say infamous) statement in the House of Representatives’ chamber on 6 January 2011 during a formal reading of the US Constitution. As Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) read the Constitutional requirements for a United States president, Theresa called out from the gallery “except Obama, except Obama, help us, Jesus! My name is Theresa.”
Unlike what had occurred previously with the Marxist-Leninist Left-wing group, Code Pink and Cindy Sheehan merely being escorted out of the chamber when they severely disrupted sessions in the House of Representatives, Theresa Cao was arrested (for her one sentence statement–and no, she wasn’t “chanting” as one of the leftist news services has written. In other words, leftists can protest in Congressional chamber all they want but, one conservative (and Christian?) person who dares to question the illegal president will be arrested.
Note: This IS one of the signs of a dictatorship, folks. And please bear in mind that decorated Medical Doctor and now former LTC Terry Lakin was placed into and still remains in prison for questioning Obama’s eligibility and, therefore, the legality of his commands.
Theresa has already been forced to appear in court for her transgression (aka “Free Speech”) of questioning Obama’s eligibility and has, apparently, been told to accept a plea-bargain punishment… or else. She has already had her first appearance in court, has been charged with disruption of Congress. i.e., “unlawful conduct” (free speech is no longer allowed under the increasingly lawless Obama regime) and her next appearance is scheduled for 15 March 2011. Note: Maj. General Paul E. Vallely (Ret.) recently called Theresa “a brave woman. A true patriot.”
We are urging Americans to appear on the sidewalk, Tuesday 15 March, in front of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia Criminal Division, 500 Indiana Ave. N.W. in Washington, D.C. by at least 8:30-9:00 a.m. to support Theresa, enter the courtroom and to bear witness to what occurs. This a fight for us all and Theresa implores you to be there.
Through a series of events, Theresa contacted me and the following is a brief interview of this courageous lady.
Sher: Theresa, it’s been good getting to know you over the past few days. What you are now fighting is a government regime that appears to become more dictatorial every day. Although multiple US Constitutional issues are in motion, this seems to predominantly be an issue of First Amendment Free Speech rights. I understand that after your first court appearance your court-appointed attorney April Downs told you to take a plea deal. Can you tell the readers how Ms. Downs presented it to you?
Theresa: On February 8, 2011, when Judge Marisa Demeo, appointed April L. Downs as my court appointed Public Defender, she suggested I pursue a “Stet” Docket. I, at that time, indicated to her that I would like to pursue my case based on my Constitutional rights. It turns out that a “Stet” Docket and the “FTO” (AKA First Time Offender) were new Plea Deals from the Prosecutor’s Office – offered on March 7, 2011 at my 10:30 am appointment with Attorney Downs.
In essence, Attorney Downs stated in both instances, that these Plea Deals would not implicate my case as “Guilty” but would be considered “Not Guilty”; but it would include 40 hours of community service, and 6-9-12 months of probation, with my promise of “Good Behavior.” Last but, not least, I would NOT be able to speak about my Constitutional rights; specifically, the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth Amendment rights, aka. the Bill of Rights.
Attorney Downs, wanted me to believe that the “FTO” was different from the “Stet” Docket. I had to connect the dots, so to speak, after the fact; after my appointment with her on March 7, 2011. Thus there is a question of fraud and collusion with the Prosecutor and the Judge, to threaten to “Shut [me] Up” and thereby not pursue my Constitutional rights – the Supreme Law of the Land – and not just in theory, but as the basis of our Republic form of Government.
This specific example of corruption and fraud, being one of a few other examples that implicates Attorney Downs, is an integral part of the corrupted judicial system. I shall offer other examples of Attorney Down’s collusion with the anti-Constitutional system, below.
Sher: Considering the fact that Marxist Code Pink and Cindy Sheehan have disrupted the US House of Representatives on multiple occasions – with only escorts out of the building – how shocked were you that you seemed to be targeted and singled out for arrest?
Theresa: Here are the other examples of Attorney Down’s collusion with the anti-Constitutional system. I asked Attorney Down’s specifically to research what has taken place with Code Pink at our initial meeting on February 8, 2011, giving her over one month to find out information for me. But, she did not do her job. Her response to my following up with her on this detail was “ho humming” and beating around the bush – until she said something to the effect that she didn’t recall that question. Then she later remembered that I did ask her and responded asking how can she find out any information, if there were no arrests made?! She did not do her job…period. So, to date, I still have to do some research on this specific issue.
I will be pursuing this matter of “Arrest”, in both my “Motion to Dismiss” as well as preparing for my Court Trial – should that be the direction of my Criminal Misdemeanor case.
Sher: You said you plan to go to trial but, that the judicial system is warning you to take their plea deal – which strongly appears to be a direct infringement upon your free speech. How do you plan to proceed?
Theresa: Plan One: I plan to file a “Motion to Dismiss” based on my Constitutional rights, on Monday, March 14, 2011, the day before my court hearing date scheduled for the following day, March 15, 2011.
The reason for this late date for filing the “Motion to Dismiss” was due to the fact that Attorney April L. Downs, the Public Defender assigned to me by Obama’s court appointed Judge Marisa Demeo, stated that I could not file the stated Motion, prior to my court hearing.
One of two of my advisers/sources, Margy and Jack Flynn, from the website, americancitizensoftheconstitution.com, although not attorneys per se, but who are students of the Constitution of the United States, have advised me that I can file for the Motion prior to the court date. It should be noted that my advisers did bring to my attention [to the fact] that I could file the Motion prior to my court hearing, which was prior to my meeting with Attorney Downs earlier this week on March 7, 2011. The Flynn’s have been key instruments in assisting me with learning about my inherent, God-given Constitutional rights.
My other sources/advisors, come from the website, avoiceforchildren.com; Pamela & Will Gaston, who penned the book Sui Juris: The Truth in Record, A Process For the People to Access the Court, is an essential resource, for all American Citizens who are currently involved in the corrupted U.S. Court system, to stand upon their unalienable, God-given, Constitutional rights.
Pamela & Will Gaston have paid a very high price (which Pamela paid with her life, while serving prison time), paving the way, to teach us, how to defend ourselves, without the corrupted attorneys, who supposedly are on our side. The entire judicial system is pursuing enacting Shariah law in place of the Constitution of the U.S., which is current news as of two weeks ago. And since December 2008, the Treasury Dept. of the U.S. has taught Shariah Law 101 and installed Shariah Laws into our Constitutional system.
Please tell your family and friends, and all American Citizens everywhere of these two noted above sources of mine, by which we can win, case by case, against this prevailing wicked and corrupt system. We must be brave and courageous! We can no longer be subservient to the New World Order system! We must stand and defend our own cases, without so-called attorneys, if they will not defend the Supreme Law of the Land!
“We the People” must actively defend our Constitutional rights and not back down to the corrupted system that utilizes the “Attorneys-Judge-Bar Association‘s” corrupted, anti-Constitutional system to “terrorize” defendants into taking a “Plea Deal;” so that we do not pursue our cases based on the Supreme Law of the Land – the Constitution of the United States. “Plea Deals”, force the American people to admit “Guilt”, thus succumb to the pretentious, anti-Constitutional rights; when in fact the judicial system has infringed upon our unalienable, God-given Constitutional rights.
Plan Two: Dismiss Attorney April L. Downs, from my case because she has not done her homework for my case, has misled me concerning my options (given by the Prosecutors office) and is still indicating that I should take the FTO [First Time Offender] offer. Other details, also, lead me to believe that she does not want to defend me based on my Constitutional rights; even though she says I still have the final choice by Tuesday, March 15, 2011, to decide the direction of the case.
I may request that Judge Marisa Demeo assign me another court-appointed Public Defender due to the negligence of Attorney April L. Downs. I am not definite on this matter; I may just want to have a trial scheduled.
Plan Three: If Judge Marisa Demeo refuses to abide by the Constitution of the U.S. and the Bill of Rights, by not dismissing my Criminal Misdemeanor Charge/Case, then I will ask for a Trial by Jury based on the Fourth, Fifth & Sixth Amendments.
Sher: Thanks so much, Theresa, and I’m hoping for as many people as possible to show up at the courthouse to support you on this tomorrow.
Again, the address is Superior Court of the District of Columbia Criminal Division, 500 Indiana Ave. N.W. in Washington, D.C. and we recommend showing up Tuesday 15 March no later than 8:30-9:00 a.m.
Code Pink Heckling in House of Representatives:
Cindy Sheehan Heckles in House of Representatives:
Sher Zieve is an author and political commentator. Zieve’s op-ed columns are widely carried by multiple internet journals and sites, and she also writes hard news.
Her columns have also appeared in The Oregon Herald, Dallas Times, Sacramento Sun, in international news publications, and on multiple university websites. Sher is also a guest on multiple national radio shows.
Sher can be reached at [email protected].