Wednesday, April 23, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Question everything

EDITOR: I will start by saying that I have been guilty of not following politics too closely over the years, But I found myself asking time and again, what happened to “by the people, for the people?”

It seemed politicians thumbed their arrogant noses at the people they represent, voting often for big government and the diminishing of the Constitution and the American peoples rights and freedoms.

Or as with Gov. Brown signing the Dream Act into effect giving illegal aliens the right to a free college education,  I wondered why we never voted on that. Where did it come from and who decided?

I began to dig deeper into things that I observed and found many alternative media outlets that cover topics and take stories deeper than mainsteam media ever does. They explored what is really going on. Some call these alternative media outlets “conspiracy theorists.” I now call the majority of what I have learned “truth.” Discernment is important no matter where news comes from and I still question what I hear, see or read from these sources as well.

But luckily for the criminal politicians, financial industry, big pharma and other global criminal corporations like Monsanto, the majority of Americans are in a deep sleep. Unwilling to risk the American Dream — if it still exists for you — it seems easier to call anyone who questions what is really going on as a conspiracy nut or a troublemaker.

I see letters to this newspaper from others who have delivered wisdom and truth to you, our fellow citizens, but these letters are either ignored or someone responds in a knee-jerk way, throwing insults.

People, I implore you to stop, think, get out of your comfort zone and begin to educate yourself about what is really going on in the world. Our federal, state and local politicians do not operate in the best interest of America or her citizens.

Even our local political scene has not been without greed and contempt. To make things worse, the mainstream media reports nothing without an agenda — often creating a race debate where there otherwise would not be or just going silent — as with Fukushima, pretending that nothing catastropic is still going on. Politicians are bought off by the criminal banking, pharma, chemical and global media complexes that I mentioned previously.

What they all ultimately care about is money, power, and diminishing the population by half. But hey, keep watching your reality shows, worrying about who will be kicked off American Idol next and continue to sleep. But my hope is you join those who are waking up, questioning why our foods are modified, why Obama signed the NDAA on Dec 31, 2011, and what that really means to us as citizens, why the criminal banking industry has not been stopped, why we as a country are no longer self-sufficient in any way, how a private company — the Federal Reserve — controls our economy and currency, the war on farming and our food source by Monsanto, FDA, and much more.

I would expect you to question everything I am writing as well. If you still decide to send a knee-jerk response, so be it, that is what free speech is about, thank goodness. But it is also just one of the many freedoms at risk of disappearing if more people don’t wake up now.

PATRICE HOCKING

Placerville

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Discussion | 27 comments

  • Paul TribeJuly 27, 2012 - 3:02 pm

    Patrice- the problem with believing in ALL of the nutty conspiracy theories is that they start to contradict each other. On the one hand, we have the "Big Government" meme; the gov is over regulating everything and controlling the details of individuals and businesses to the point where we lose all autonomy and freedom. On the other hand, there is the Unfettered Evil Capitalist meme; Corporations (Monsanto, Banks, Pharma, etc.) are free to do whatever they please, and they are ruining the economy and the environment. Well what's it gonna be? Is there too much regulation or too little? Or do you just enjoy the feeling that you are being wronged?

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  • citizenJuly 27, 2012 - 7:27 pm

    Paul, you miss the fact that the two memes (nice word!) you're running with are not at all contradictory. Both stem from legislation and regulation written by power blocks advancing their own best interests. You and I are not at the table. We don't have enough money or influence. And if you truly believe casting a ballot in November matters, well . . . that bridge already has been sold.

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 28, 2012 - 11:55 am

    Citizen, would you feel more or less empowered if ALL of the world's power blocks and all of the world’s wealth were totaled and then divided by 7,000,000,000 and dealt back equally to each of us? Then each of us might be granted the option to sit at as many tables as we wished to decide as many questions of the moment as we wished thumbs up or thumbs down. Fools and swells side by side sailing into the future equally empowered. Your choices would be one seven billionth of the outcome. But you would have equal "power". . . that is until the more clever individuals found each other and left us fools to bitch amongst ourselves. We would need a law prohibiting clever people from caucusing. And we may require that fools be adopted . . . by . . . damn, this is gonna be messy . . . no time for fishing . . .

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  • Ken SteersJuly 30, 2012 - 9:43 am

    citizen, Regarding that bridge. You didn't built that!

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  • citizenJuly 30, 2012 - 10:16 am

    You're right, Ken. How about in future we just call such things "happenings". As in, stuff happens.

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  • Dink LaneJuly 30, 2012 - 12:17 pm

    Ken Steers..... I'm disappointed in you.... I thought you were a thoughtful, knowledgeable man..... You ACTUALLY quoted "You didn't build that"? Everyone who bothered to be informed knows it was taken out of context. You are citing that MISINFORMATION quote? Come on Ken, if you really believe in your ideology.... You don't have to quote cheap tricks..... Ken, Ken...

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  • Ken SteersJuly 30, 2012 - 2:45 pm

    DINK!!!! I didn't quote anyone. But Supreme Leader Obama did say it exactly the way I typed it. And regarding the bridge or road, you didn't build that either. I must say that if I didn't build that bridge specifically, I certainly have paid for a few others bridges as well as a couple of deer tunnels. And to Obama regarding my BUSINESS? DUDE you didn't freak'en build THAT!!!!! HAH! my wife did....

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  • Ken SteersJuly 30, 2012 - 2:56 pm

    If I was to make a "Cheap Trick" quote it would be something like this. "You know that talk is cheap And those rumors ain't nice And when I fall asleep I don't think I'll survive the night, the night 'Cause they're waiting for me They're looking for me Every single night they're driving me insane Those men inside my brain".

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  • Sly GirlJuly 31, 2012 - 12:24 am

    Obama's words are clear.... clear that the government is supreme in all areas and individual efforts and ethics should follow in a solid second place. How dare an American think otherwise? I, as a liberty-driven American, do think otherwise.

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  • kggJuly 31, 2012 - 6:04 pm

    Here is the full transcripts of President Obama's remarks: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/07/13/remarks-president-campaign-event-roanoke-virginia?utm_source=wh.gov&utm_medium=shorturl&utm_campaign=shorturl

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  • Ken SteersJuly 31, 2012 - 7:45 pm

    Yup Obama hates us business owners. I think because he fears what he doesn't understand. Hell that man has golfed more than ME!

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  • kggJuly 31, 2012 - 8:41 pm

    "Hell that man has golfed more than ME!" On June 17th of this year, CBS News reported that President Obama had played his 100th round of golf while in office. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57454890-503544/president-obama-plays-100th-round-of-golf-draws-fire-from-critics/ This averages to about once every two weeks.

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  • Ken SteersJuly 31, 2012 - 7:51 pm

    DINK!!! Here's another "Cheap Trick quote. You work hard, you make money There ain't no on in the world who can stop you You work hard, you went hungry Now the taxman is out to get you You worked hard And slaved and slaved for years Break your back sweat a lot Well, it's just not fair He hates you, he loves money And he'll steal your s**t and think that it's funny Like the beatles he ain't human Now the taxman is out to get you You worked hard And slaved and slaved for years

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  • Seymour FoolJuly 31, 2012 - 8:11 pm

    Ken Steers writes, “Supreme Leader Obama did say it exactly the way I typed it.” Not true. Few could accuse Ken Steers of telling the truth since some have posted the full quote of the words Steers deliberately misquoted and falsely states that Obama’s spoke the words “exactly the way I typed it.” From the list of responses to Steers recent senseless ranting, his reputation for lacking reliability seems to be well known here.

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  • Ken SteersJuly 31, 2012 - 9:42 pm

    Mr Fool, you you, you. He did say it. You have issues regarding delusion and reality. side point, I must point out that the democrat party is paying people to post. Look it up.

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  • kggAugust 01, 2012 - 6:12 am

    "I must point out that the democrat party is paying people to post." Really? I had better look into that; I haven't received my check. (:

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  • citizenAugust 01, 2012 - 7:01 am

    Mr Veerkamp, perhaps you don't know about Citizens United or ALEC. My point had nothing whatsoever to do with apportioning all the world's wealth in 7,000,000,000 equally measured dollops.

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  • Phil VeerkampAugust 01, 2012 - 10:13 am

    Citizen, might your citation of Citizens United or ALEC be extended to include SEIU, AFLCIO, NEA . . . CFR, Buildaberg . . . Hoover . . . OWS ? Or is your assertion of impotence in November simply found in your frustration over your diluted power as an individual . . . . only one in seven billion? How do you suggest that the "collective conscious" be discovered other than through the ballot box?

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  • Ken SteersAugust 01, 2012 - 9:41 am

    First the Socialist Apologist play the deny game on what the Supreme Leader said about American business people. Then they deny that the DNC is actually paying posters. It's maddening to even have a conversation with these morons. If I put a link then I will be blocked so check out Craigslist Ads to Recruit and Pay People to Support Healthcare Reform. Read for yourself this and the other stories, then deny. An image of these people posting for Obama and doing phone sex as income just popped to my head LOL.

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  • James E.August 01, 2012 - 10:12 am

    There is no need to debate what President Obama said or didn't say - his entire speech is on the web. What he said can be summarized as "no man is an island." Everyone of us have been helped along the way, small or large. To deny this is to lie to yourself. Two Republicans who have said in TV ads they received no help have been revealed to have received help from the government. Not surprising as everyone of us have been helped along the way -- again, small or large. As for being paid to make comments, probably both sides do this. Sadly, I've never made a nickle off my comments -- where do I sign up? Ten cents a word?

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  • citizenAugust 01, 2012 - 10:51 am

    PV, I certainly would include some of the groups you name and some that you don't. My point was about the state of our "democracy". Money and influence buy/write legislation, elected officials and presidents. Maybe you have that kind of power but I don't. By and large things are decided long before citizens are asked to give their yea or nay. The ballot box is where we endorse the "collective conscious" of those who have put two names before us. Right now the circus is performing.

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  • Phil VeerkampAugust 01, 2012 - 11:14 am

    Citizen, do you not realize that you, as you address this forum and I as I address this forum are "at the table"? You say, "You and I are not at the table". Do you really believe that you and I are denied "voice amplifiers"? The process is slow, hard and messy. AS to the point of "question everything", QUESTION EVERYTHING.

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  • Ken SteersAugust 01, 2012 - 11:19 am

    I agree with Phil unless you are one of my kids. Then just do what your parents tell you.

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  • Phil VeerkampAugust 01, 2012 - 11:29 am

    Q.E.D. quod erat demonstrandum

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  • citizenAugust 01, 2012 - 2:05 pm

    ὅπερ ἔδει ποιῆσαι.

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  • Phil VeerkampAugust 01, 2012 - 2:53 pm

    was zu beweisen war

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  • citizenAugust 01, 2012 - 3:29 pm

    almádena (ni una palabra a nadie!)

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