Monday, June 10, 2013

The saga of the man who tried to extort money from me and others continues...

Audio:’s Scott Rohter unplugged, uncensored and unhinged

meltdownIf you’re not familiar with the saga of Scott Rohter, you can get up to speed here.  In a nutshell, he’s mad at me because I did not post on his site but did post on Facebook while balancing work, writing and family issues in the middle of a move.  He hit me up for money and I told him this wasn’t a good time for that but I would consider it in a couple weeks after things had settled down a bit.  He was okay at first but last Friday — out of the blue — he blasts me on Facebook, calling me a liar.

Since posting that article, I’ve heard from a lot of people who say they have suffered Rohter’s anger, and  I’ve been given a piece of audio that, I think, pretty much speaks for itself.

In this audio clip, Rohter can be heard engaging in a Mel Gibson-style meltdown that simply has to be heard to be believed.

Tom Harrison, an acquaintance of Rohter who warned me of his anger early on, explains the context of what you are about to hear.

“With me, he was upset that I DECLINED to admin his site, then got madder when things did not go as planned, even though all I promised to do was to give advice, then switch over the pointers from the old site to the new one. Problem was, Scott left almost no time to fix anything, because the old site was going dark. The wrong security certificate was installed, and a proper one would have been quite expensive. Scott couldn’t see the new site (his computer connection), even though 35 people were already on it, and he blamed me for that, as well,” he wrote.

He added:
So, suddenly I’m stupid… and banned. You should hear the message he left on my voicemail when I posted a defense of the move problems and the work being done to correct them… ON THE NEW SITE (yeah, it was up, though permission problems still existed).
See, I had NO experience with PHPFox, and that’s why I declined to admin the site. And when it didn’t come up perfectly, I got the blame even though it was a transfer and co-habitation (two sites on same server) problem.
That didn’t make me stupid, but it did mean that Scott was an ungrateful SOB.
The clip can be heard below, or here if you don’t see the audio widget, and as Harrison warned, it’s not exactly work- or family-friendly.

Examiner’s Dean Chambers has more here, including reports that show Rohter has a history of this kind of behavior.

The shame of it is, had Rohter left me alone as I requested, I may very well have contributed to his effort.  Needless to say, I won’t be supporting him financially.

I understand that he still has supporters, and I’ve been told that at least one of them has accused me of “feathering my nest” by posting on his site.  So I took a look at my Analytics for all of my pages and Examiner titles, and out of the more than four million pageviews I’ve received since I joined early this year, only 184 came from his page.  Not a very big feather, IMHO.


Terrorism By Government

by / Personal liberty Digest

In any dealings with the Internal Revenue Service, and contrary to American jurisprudence, you are first considered guilty unless you can prove your innocence.

The IRS will reject your returns and require you to provide documentary evidence of all your financial transactions. Failure to provide all required documentary evidence—for whatever reason—will result in fines and penalties and possible jail time. There is little that sends more chills down the spines of American “taxpayers” than a letter or call from an IRS functionary.

Last week, before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TITGA) J. Russell George said the IRS could not account for all the costs of an Anaheim IRS training conference attended by 2,400 IRS employees and estimated to have cost the agency $4.1 million. In other words, the agency was in violation of the very rules it uses to oppress Americans.

The conference is noteworthy because of a controversial video produced for the conference that spoofed “Star Trek” and cost about $50,000 to make. It was one of the first hints of the excessive IRS abuses to leak.

A TITGA report released May 31 claimed the IRS held 225 employee conferences between 2010 and 2012 at a cost of more than $49 million. But the cost could have been a lot more. During Congressional testimony, Faris Fink, commissioner of the IRS Small Business and Self-Employed Division and “Spock” in the video spoof — who approved the expenditures for the Anaheim conference – admitted the conference may have actually cost more than $5 million. And Gregory Kutz, the assistant inspector general for the audit, testified that the Anaheim conference was the only one of the 225 examined.

The video dialogue, the lavish, unchecked conference expenditures, the abuse of conservative groups requesting non-profit status and the list of abuses that Michael Minns wrote about last week all point to an agency that is unaccountable and out of control – which is typical of unchecked government bureaucracy.

The IRS is nothing more than a blunt instrument used to beat Americans into compliance with a socialist, redistributionist fascist government that passes itself off as a democracy. It gives a face of “legitimacy” to the government’s theft of our labor. But theft is theft whether the robbery is pulled off by a masked bandit or an agent of the state wearing a suit and tie.

In fact, theft by the state is much worse because if you are prepared or armed you can fend off the masked bandit, or perhaps hope the good agents of the state law enforcement apparatus may one day capture and prosecute the bandit and return your stolen goods, but there is no such defense against state. There is no hope to recover the goods stolen from you by an agency of the government that enforces laws that are so Byzantine that a question to a dozen IRS agents will render a dozen answers, many of them contradictory. And there is essentially no appeal for a negative IRS result, as one of the people targeted in the IRS Tea Party scandal learned when his appeal was to be heard by the very agent who had denied his status previously.

For 100 years the lie has promulgated that income taxes fund the government. Americans are taught from an early age to be a good taxpayer and to pay their “fair share.” This lie has gone so far that now the majority of the people buys into the notion that the government gets first dibs on our money and can withhold the amount that is our fair share. Then, our benevolent government gives us some back after we file our return and we happily take our “refund.”

I explained this lie in detail here and here.

Using words spoken by Beardsley Ruml, chairman of the New York Federal Reserve from 1941 to 1946, we can dispel the widely believed myth that income taxes are needed for government income. Income taxes have nothing to do with providing income to the government.

In a famous speech he read before the American Bar Association during the last year of World War II, titled “Taxes for Revenue Are Obsolete,” Ruml said, “The necessity for a government to tax in order to maintain both its independence and its solvency is true for state and local governments, but it is not true for a national government.”

The speech was originally printed in American Affairs in the January, 1946 issue. The editor of American Affairs wrote: “His [Ruml’s] thesis is that given (1) control of a central banking system and (2) an inconvertible currency, a sovereign national government is finally free of money worries and need no longer levy taxes for the purpose of providing itself with revenue. All taxation, therefore, should be regarded from the point of view of social and economic consequences.”

To read the entire speech, go here.

In a similar vein, former Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President Darryl Francis had this to say in 1974: “Since the direct method of printing money to finance government expenditures is prohibited in the United States, the monetization of government deficits has occurred indirectly. Government debt is ultimately being financed by the creation of new money.”

Revelations of IRS abuses should be the impetus to dismantle the government shakedown agency to the last jot and tittle.

The Surveillance State

When the people lose confidence in government they lose all fear in favor of self defense. This loss of confidence in government and the elected class is happening now at breakneck speed.

Government and Congress are no longer legitimate and they have been and are passing laws right and left against the American people. Government is composed of parasitical psychopaths who have created the hyper-Orwellian surveillance state that was completely revealed in two reports by the British paper, The Guardian last week, here and here. It is exactly what I have been warning about for a number of years, since the passage of the USA Patriot Act, here and in my newsletter, The Bob Livingston Letter™ (subscription required). The USA Patriot Act is the most unpatriotic act passed since the early days of the republic, if not ever.

My repeated warnings about the growing police state and the rise of benevolent totalitarianism have often been greeted with charges of fear mongering or tin foil-hattery, first from supporters of the George W. Bush regime and now from supporters of the undocumented usurper who sits in the people’s house.

America is on life support. Unless the leviathan government is torn down to its Constitutional foundation, the country will rip itself apart. It may well be too late to prevent it.

The government, through its alphabet soup agencies and its surveillance apparatus, are terrorizing the American people. Terrorizing by government cannot survive against a well armed citizenry. That is why the elected class have pushed so hard to disarm the populace and why the Department of Homeland Security has been militarizing itself at breakneck speed.

San Francisco Airport uses public money to construct prayer space for Muslims

From Jihad Watch / Posted by Robert Spencer

The top comment (as of this writing) on this SFGate sums up the main problem with this: "So we have to remove any reference to god from the pledge of allegiance, federal court houses, federal buildings, and who knows where or what else? Yet we can build Muslims a place to bathe in a federal airport so they can also pray on federal airport property? What the $&@? are we doing? The same group of people who are telling us that the Koran tells some of them to kill innocent people, even their own women and children?"

Also, it appears that public money was used for this. Would public money have been used for religious accommodation for Jews or Christians? But "Yakel says the costs were nominal." Oh, that's all right, then!

"Airport’s garage now Muslim house of worship," from SFGate, June 9 (thanks to Bill):
Here’s a sign of the changing times — Muslim cabbies now have their very own place at San Francisco International Airport to wash their hands and feet before they pray. 
Under Islamic law, Muslims are required to pray five times a day — a ritual that also calls for a ceremonial cleansing.
For many cab drivers, that’s meant either lugging bottled water around or using one of the bathrooms inside the terminal to wash — a practice not always welcomed by airport passengers.
So Royal Cab driver Hasan Khan, 52, a Pakistani immigrant, collected some 300 signatures from fellow cabbies, urging the airport to give them their own cleansing station.
Airport brass obliged — and the wash equipment was installed on the ground floor of the main garage, right next to where the drivers congregate for their breaks.
“The way we look at it…this was in the interest of maintaining a good relationship with ground transportation providers,’’ says airport spokesman Doug Yakel.
As for using public resources?

Yakel says the costs were nominal, with the work done by in-house plumbers.
As for Khan, he recognizes not everyone might appreciate the religious accommodation.
But then he points out that Christians generally pray at church on Sundays — while for him and his fellow working Muslims, the ritual is woven into their daily routine.
And from the looks of things, they’re grateful.
“We are very happy,’’ said Ahmed Algazali, 49, a fellow driver from Yemen as he prepared to join Khan for a late-afternoon garage prayer.
Well, that's all that matters.

Two women are tied for the title of Most Beautiful Woman in America. Veritable goddesses, they show no trace of vanity. Their beauty is a gift to America and they deserve our attention.

Unlike Victoria’s Secret Angels, these two women are ageless; their attractiveness becomes more apparent with time. They echo the strength and grace of Michelangelo’s David statue. Their gazes are determined looks of confidence; the veins in their muscular arms protrude; their stances are those of female warriors.

Lately, our country’s leaders seem to have forgotten about liberty, truth, beauty, and justice. EPA planes have been snooping on cattle ranchers; Sen. Diane Feinstein wants to take away our Second Amendment rights; Washington agencies are clandestinely collecting our cell phone numbers and tracking our calling patterns, and the IRS has targeted patriot groups while spending over $4 million in taxpayer dollars on employee conferences featuring Cupid Shuffle line dancing and a “Star Trek” parody.

Lady Justice and Lady Liberty are supremely beautiful because justice and liberty are foundational to the American experiment and to the U.S. Constitution. We must remember to regularly contemplate their stunning countenances:

Lady Justice:

Justice lives in a palace of marble. She is the gatekeeper of the U.S. Supreme Court Building, and her countenance appears three times within the Courthouse. Justice takes her name from the Greek goddess Themis and the Roman goddess Justitia. Sometimes she appears with a blindfold to represent her impartiality, but other times she appears without a blindfold because she has a clairvoyant eye for the truth. She often holds a set of scales and a sword in her arms.

Inside the Courthouse, Justice appears in a frieze sculpted into the wall by Adolph Weinman. In this depiction, she looks almost masculine because of her great strength. She fixes her eyes ahead with sovereign determination while holding both hands on her sheathed sword, ready and willing to administer justice and protect the innocent.

We desperately need Justice in America today. Practicing lawyers are saddened that Attorney General Eric Holder, the top lawyer in the country, has openly abused the justice system for the Obama administration’s agenda, unconstitutionally snooping on journalists from Fox News, the Associated Press and the New York Times.

Former prosecutor Judge Jeanine Pirro indicted Holder on her June 1 Fox News show, Justice with Judge Jeanine. She chastened Holder for his rogue leadership of the Department of Justice: “What are you gonna do, one-up the Constitution? We’ve already got a First Amendment!”

Lady Liberty:

Whereas Justice graces marble, Liberty is more comfortable on the water—bracing against harsh 50 mph winds and holding a torch in the air to light the way for freedom. She welcomes visitors to America from her perch in New York Harbor. She represents the American victory of independence from Britain, holding a tablet that reads: July IV MDCCLXXVI (July 4, 1776).

Liberty does not believe in whips and chains. Broken shackles and chains are scattered at her feet because French sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi, her designer, wanted us to remember how we escaped from tyranny under Great Britain. He clothed Liberty in a stola and palla, the clothing worn by the free peoples of ancient Rome and Greece. Atop her head she wears a crown featuring a halo-like “diadem,” symbolizing her transcendence and a “nimbus” (rays) symbolizing her enlightened philosophy.

Measuring 111’1” from head to toe, Liberty soars far above humans. She stands above man’s petty disagreements, special interests, bribery, corruption, and cunning. She greets anyone entering the harbor with a determined and objective welcome. Her face says: “You have come to the land of freedom, and freedom requires constant vigilance.”

Bartholdi enlisted French engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel to build a secondary skeletal framework and an iron pylon for his statue. Liberty awes us by her ability to withstand the assaults of the elements—Eiffel’s ingenuity allows her to move as if she is alive. Her 31-ton copper “skin” flexes nimbly with the wind, allowing her body to move up to three inches and her torch to sway up to six inches.

As long as we are free, we can weather any storm just as Lady Liberty does on Liberty Island in New York. Liberty allows us to roll with the punches and get through any challenge in life. When we are free, we can always find a way. If we lose our job, we can start our own business. If we want to reform society, we can speak our minds in the press.

Let us take time to reflect on the beauty of both Lady Justice and Lady Liberty. Their beauty lies in their truth, virtue, and strength. If we emulate their beauty, we will empower ourselves.

The Foibles and Foolishness of Barack Obama Go Beyond Ignorance

John Ransom / Townhall Finance Editor
So it comes to this: After all that has been said about Barack Obama, in the end there is very little to say.

You are either willing to overlook Barack Obama’s foibles and foolishness; or you aren’t.

There is no middle ground.

There is no saying for example “Well he’s kind of new in the job,” or “This is an example of one bad apple in his Cabinet,” or “The president didn’t know about it.”

Going into his second term, you either knew what we had in Barack Obama or you didn’t.

For myself, I’ve never been willing to overlook the least ready of all presidents; nor have I ever been willing to give the least steady of presidents a free pass on issues.

Getting past his ideology, however, I was certainly willing to be dazzled, like everyone else.

I was prepared for the post-racial America; for a Great Communicator, who at least on some things, would lift us all up together.

I was looking forward to a day when race, creed, ethnicity, didn’t have to be the issues that drove us apart.

I was impressed when Obama defended private insurance against Hillary’s single payer system; I was impressed that he was willing to tangle with Jesse Jackson, Sr. during the 2008 campaign. He put his prestige on the line to talk about personal responsibility to group that often hears those words like a lecture.

When he was elected, I was willing to celebrate the great racial divide that had been bridged in this country by electing a black man within the living memories of those who helped craft segregation.

In all these things, I was hopeful that the office of the presidency would lift up Barack Obama and with it, the rest of us.

I have, after all, survived many presidents I did not agree with, and could even something find something I could cheer in them.

But what a disappointment this man has been.

There has been no level of discord to which he has not been willing to drive us.

There have been no principles that he has not been willing to abandon.

There has been no opportunity lost to use our country for personal, political ends.

There has been no hesitation in manipulating, gaming, and otherwise using Washington, D.C. as a blood sport.

The deception he perpetrated on the American people is rivaled only by the deception he perpetrated on his party.

And if the stakes weren’t so grave for the country, I would laugh.

Someone is going to have to clean up this mess.

One day the Democrats are going to have to regain the trust of all Americans. They are the Chosen One; they will not get a free pass on spying, or the Boston bombing, or Benghazi, or Eric Holder, or scandals yet to be discovered.

This isn’t socialist Europe.

We all expect to rise.

And when we don’t rise, we’re going to blame someone.

When we get bogged down in the self-love of a man who adores his own reflection in the surface of a teleprompter because, more or less, he can read the same great speech over and over...well let's just say that's not an America built to last.

Since it remains highly unlikely that anyone, anywhere including: 1) members of Congress; 2) the Media; 3) the Democrat Party or 4) European automotive journalists, will ever, anytime hold Barack Obama culpable for his sins, it is certain that eventually some will hold his party responsible instead.

George W. Bush got off lightly, while the rest of us were sent to purgatory.

It’s a cautionary tale of Democrats.

“Jim Jett always used to say that his brother was the damndest scoundrel that was ever borne,” drawled Abraham Lincoln, “but by the infinite mercy of providence he was also the damndest fool.”

It’s the virtue of this Republic that eventually fools are found out.

It remains to be seen what anyone, anywhere will do about this particular fool.

Aiding and abetting the enemy and now wanting to do so on our own shores
By: Diane Sori

True to form, Barack HUSSEIN Obama has proven once again that he’s violated his oath of office by siding with and aiding and abetting the (islamic) enemy.

First, this man has single-handily decided that the US will waive the ‘conditional human rights’ clause attached to Egypt receiving a promised $1.3 billion in additional US military aid for this year…that’s $1.3 billion derived from our taxpayer dollars on top of the more than $2 billion that Egypt already receives from us every year, and has for quite some time.

Saying he’s giving Egypt the additional aid based on ‘national security grounds’ what Obama is actually saying is human rights be damned as he now will outwardly aid NOT only those out to kill us, but also will aid those out to kill any in the Egyptian pro-democracy movement, as well as any Coptic Christians still remaining in Egypt.

And he will be doing so with our taxpayer dollars.

In a letter to Congress…NO…in lies to Congress…Obama claimed the aid must be given because of the Egyptian military’s long partnership in the Mideast peace process, that it helps protect Egypt’s borders and the Suez Canal, and aids Israeli security against terrorists in Gaza and in the Sinai Peninsula.

If this wasn’t such a bunch of crap it would almost be laughable as we know that Egypt’s military is NOT in control of the country…Obama’s brethren The Muslim Brotherhood are…and we all know that the situation with terrorists in Gaza has only gotten worse NOT better forcing Israel to up its military presence along the Gaza border. At least under Mubarak there was a treaty of sorts NOT to attack Israel, and now that The Muslim Brotherhood is in control there is always a shadow threat looming to do away with that 1979 Egypt-Israel peace treaty.

Also remember, The Muslim Brotherhood’s ideology is diametrically opposed to our American values, beliefs, morals, and democratic ideals, as The Muslim Brotherhood controlled government now ruling Egypt continues to violate basic freedoms, assaults their own people, disallows a free press, and suppress any and all opposition…but hey, let’s let Obama give Egypt even more of our taxpayer dollars to do so.

And if this Egyptian situation doesn’t get you fuming mad, on top of this Obama has another surprise for ‘We the People’ and our taxpayer dollars for Barack HUSSEIN Obama has now decided that the US will take in Syrian refugees running away from their country’s civil war…with the only thing standing in the way of this immediately happening is the formality of the (Useless) N(ations) High Commissioner for Refugees formally asking us to do so, and that request is expected to come this week.

And so more of Obama’s muslim brethren will be coming to our country…Syrians who NEVER had any love for America or Americans…more muslims will be welcomed into America by our America-hating president who claims letting them in will take pressure off Middle Eastern countries currently 'struggling' to support more than 1.6 million Syrian refugees (numbers expected to reach over 3.5 million by year’s end).

You know what…who gives a damn about the ‘supposed’ struggling Middle Eastern countries…the swimming in oil money rich Arab Middle Eastern countries…these are ‘their people’…’their brethren’… let them take them in…house them…feed them…cloth them…educate them…take care of their medical needs…for the last thing our country needs is more people on our welfare rolls…more people raping our medical system…and more people whose loyalties lie NOT with America but with the qur’an and the jihadists.

By the way, we gave Jordan (at least they’re somewhat an ally) $200 million in additional US aid on top of what we already give them..aid to help care for the 500,000 Syrians taking refuge in their country. But we should NOT give one cent to any Arab country who hates us...NOT one cent to take care of ‘their Arab brethren’ running from their country’s civil war. I always believed that freedom fighters and patriots stayed and fought for their county NOT ran away like cowards because the fighting got tough. Just goes to show you that the Syrian people could care less who’s in control of their lives or their destiny…as long as they don’t have to fight for who takes care of or rules over them.

And now to add even more to this Syrian problem we have Susan ‘It’s All about the Video’ Rice, Obama’s new National Security Advisor, saying we need to take in these refugees…these muslims…as a ‘humanitarian gesture’ and will advocate for us to do do so even though she knows very well that many of them have ties to al-Qaeda, and will NOT assimilate into our way of life but will add to the already growing multitude of muslims trying to change our beloved America into an islamic calipahate complete with sharia as the law of the land.

So the bottom line concerning the Syrian refugees is that they’re running from an internal conflict involving the inner workings of their own country, and NO matter which side ends up in control
things will be the same for the Syrian people…enemy people
who like their government are NOT and NEVER will be our friends. And we need NOT be taking in refugees who need to go home and fight for their country, just as we should NOT be sending hard-earned American taxpayer dollars to an Egyptian government controlled by The Muslim Brotherhood.

We must take care of America and Americans first and those that hate us can simply fend for themselves for us sending them money or taking them in does NOT turn them into or friends for in a heartbeat they will kill us without blinking an eye.