I ran across these quotes concerning debt on the comments section of a recent news article. They were posted by someone with the handle “thinkingman1”.  I thought they were very good and so I am posting them here.

“Debt is the slavery of the free”- Publilius Syrus

“Debts and lies are generally mixed together” -Francois Rabelais

“I must say, I never expected to see the day where I would be talking about anything other than reducing the debt, I’m running into the tyranny of zero, which is where you can’t reduce (the debt) any more” -Alan Greenspan (the slave master himself)

“A small debt produces a debtor; a large one, an enemy” – Publilius Syrus

“Debt is the fatal disease of republics, the first thing and the mightiest to undermine governments and corrupt the people”-Wendell Phillips

Before borrowing money from a friend, decide which you need most. ~American Proverb

When a man is in love or in debt, someone else has the advantage. ~Bill Balance

Debt, n. An ingenious substitute for the chain and whip of the slave driver. ~Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary, 1911

Debt is the worst poverty. ~Thomas Fuller

Recap January 5th Westside 9-12 Meeting


We started the first meeting of the year reviewing everything that happened in 2010.  The Westside 9-12 group officially started in March. Here are a few of the things we did last year:

1. We had a booth at Westfest where we promoted the group and the constitution.

2. Numerous petition signings where we collected signatures for the health care amendment, the estate tax repeal and the Ohio Sovereignty amendment.

3. We started the 5,000 Year Leap classes. Twice a month Diane has been leading us through one of the 28 principles that made this country great.

4. We began attending the Green Township trustee meetings and reporting back to the group. We also did our best to support two gentlemen who were taking a very hard look at what goes on in the township. Some of the issues they discovered were a very obvious political hiring, wasteful spending at Nathanial Greene Lodge, dubious spending related to the township parks and much more. Although both men are conservative leaning and interested in fiscal responsibility and all three trustees are Republicans who you would assume would share their concerns, their questioning was answered with arrogance and hostility. So much so that Trustee Winkler announced at the last meeting that citizens are not allowed to comment or ask questions during the meetings.

5. We ran a food drive to benefit the Sugartree Ministry in Wilmington, OH.

We also had a guest speaker. Don Estes of the Eastside 9-12 group is also the Southern Ohio representative for PCCOH (The People’s Constitution Coalition of Ohio). He spoke about the petition that the PCCOH is sponsoring. In a nutshell it is a petition to get an amendment to the Ohio constitution that would strengthen Ohio’s sovereignty and force our state representatives to obey the state constitution. A good overview of the amendment can be found here:
Out of all of the proposed fixes to our nation’s problems we feel this may be the one that can truly bring our government back to the intent of our founding fathers. We strongly encourage you to get familiar with this effort to see if you agree. We will be supporting this and plan on collecting signatures in the future. You can download the petition from the site and begin collecting signatures.

Last meeting I discussed Agenda 21. I ran across an article that shows a “planned-opolis” of the future. Basically it is a four minute propaganda video.  Agenda 21 is not mentioned in the video but this is clearly part of the agenda and although they put a happy face on it it is actually very disturbing. You can view the video and find out more info at our blog:

Here is a list of upcoming meetings:

Wednesday 1/12 – 5,000 Year Leap
Wednesday  1/19 – 9-12 Meeting
Thursday 1/27 – 5,000 Year Leap

Saturday 1/29 – Making of America Seminar @  Loveland Presbyterian Church, 360
Robin Ave, Loveland, OH 45140 8 AM
(513) 683-2525    The cost is $25

Wednesday 2/2 – 9-12 Meeting
Thursday 2/10 – 5,000 Year Leap
Wednesday  2/16 – 9-12 Meeting
Wednesday 3/9 – 5,000 Year Leap
Wednesday  3/16 – 9-12 Meeting
Wednesday 3/30 – 5,000 Year Leap

How our monetary sytem works

Kind of goofy but this is an excellent video on the history of our monetary system. It is thirty minutes long but worth the time to better understand why we are in the mess we  are in. For more information I recommend the excellent book Creature From Jekyll Island by G. Edward  Griffin

Agenda 21 continued

I ran across this video the other day. It is one of four possible scenarios for the future that were cooked up on this website:

All four have one thing in common – loss of liberty for the individual. This video in particular is clearly Agenda 21 propaganda. It is prepping everyone for the future where you will live in large planned communities monitored by super computers. Cars will be banned. Meat will only be allowed on special occasions and your every movement will be tracked and recorded. The state will decide your career and if you resist you can live in a ghetto cut off from the rest of society.  Don’t worry. It’s all for your own good.

Here is a link to the article I found that discusses the video:

Recap of December 8th Westside 9-12 Meeting


This update is more than a little late. Part of the reason is that I wanted to unplug and reflect on the Christmas season. In addition, the subject of our last meeting was less than merry and I felt like a scrooge sending it out.  We spent the meeting discussing the United Nations Agenda 21 also known as Sustainable Development. I mentioned  Agenda 21 in my e-mail recapping the November 4th meeting but I felt it deserved more attention. The attached document is an excellent overview and I would encourage you to read it. In a nutshell it is basically a plan for the United Nations to circumvent national sovereignty (and the U.S. Constitution) and exert power over your personal life. The U.N. has been working with state and local governments and corporations to make changes that limit personal liberty.  The document provides a lot of information on how this is happening and what can be done about it.

We also addressed the mindset that is involved in Agenda 21 and so many other attacks on our liberties. I discussed Bertrand Russell’s 1952 book Impact of Science on Society. I mentioned this book in our June meeting and details can be found on our blog at this link: I believe the attitudes described are typical of the ruling class. Pretty sobering stuff.

I also talked about the 1991 book The First Global Revolution written by Alexander King & Bertrand Schneider who are members of the Club of Rome an elitist one world government group who were leaders of the global warming push. I have detailed the book in this blog posting: This is more evidence that the ruling class feel you have no right to make your own decisions in life.

This led to a discussion on the recent global warming summit in Cancun Mexico and an article in the Enquirer concerning Geoengineering. I believe this is the story that was published in the paper: I would encourage you to get familiar with this concept. The elites are not content with controlling humans they now want to control the weather as well.

Like I said, not very cheery stuff but we all need to understand what is at stake. There is currently a fight for the future direction of the nation and the winner will be the group who refuses to give up. The U.N. and other like-minded organizations are working with our local and state governments in order to influence our legislation and the sad part is that many of our elected officials are not aware of the hidden agenda. It is up to us to make sure they are clear on what is happening and that we the people do not consent to these agreements.

Since it is the first of the year it is traditional to make New Years Resolutions. My resolution is to double my efforts to restore this nation to limited government and maximum personal liberty. I would urge you to do the same. We currently have over a hundred people on our mailing list but we rarely have over 30 people at our meetings. Each one of you cares enough about our country to have attended our meetings at some point. Maybe you felt our group was not for you. If that is the case I can understand but please get active with another like-minded organization. The other side is not going away and we cannot concede this country to their totalitarian impulses. I would ask that you give our meetings another try if you have not attended in a while. We need as many people fighting the fight as possible. If your schedule does not allow you to attend meetings then please stay informed and work towards liberty every day. Never underestimate what one determined individual can accomplish. Here are other resolutions that you may want to adopt for this year:

1. Get Prepared! Do you have a stock of food and water in case of emergencies? Here is a list of things you might not have thought about:
2. Get a deeper understanding of the concepts that have made this country great. We have classes at the Green Township library where we discuss the principles behind the constitution. I have heard that the Harrison Tea Party has been discussing the Federalist Papers. Attend one of their meetings to find out: The Cincinnati 9-12 group is also hosting a Making of America seminar on January 29th. This is an excellent seminar.
3. Attend local council meetings. Find out what your local politicians are up to. You would be surprised. This is also a good way to find out what is going on in your community. Once again: those who show up win.
4. Talk to your friends & neighbors. Instead of small talk make a real effort to get them to understand that they need to work to secure their liberty. It is a cliche but it is true: Freedom isn’t free. The more the government takes from you and you do not push back the more they are emboldened to take in the future. Here is a grim reminder of what can happen when passive sheep allow the wolves to do what they want:

On a more positive note; a good example of what just a handful of people can accomplish is the recent food drive that our group operated in connection with Glenn Beck’s recent visit to Wilmington. Mike & Diane Ruehl resolved to collect donations for the Sugartree ministry in Wilmington. In less than a month and with just a few volunteers they were able to collect $763 and deliver two van loads of food to deliver to the ministry. We want to thank everyone who helped in this effort. A lot can be accomplished when you put your mind to it.

Normalcy Bias

From Wikipedia:

Normalcy bias

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The normalcy bias refers to an extreme mental state people enter when facing a disaster. It causes people to underestimate both the possibility of a disaster occurring and its possible effects. This often results in situations where people fail to adequately prepare for a disaster, and on a larger scale, the failure of the government to include the populace in its disaster preparations. The assumption that is made in the case of the normalcy bias is that since a disaster never has occurred that it never will occur. It also results in the inability of people to cope with a disaster once it occurs. People with a normalcy bias have difficulties reacting to something they have not experienced before. People also tend to interpret warnings in the most optimistic way possible, seizing on any ambiguities to infer a less serious situation.[1]

Possible causes

The normalcy bias may be caused in part by the way the brain processes new data. Research suggests that even when the brain is calm, it takes 8–10 seconds to process new information. Stress slows the process, and when the brain cannot find an acceptable response to a situation, it fixates on a single solution that may or may not be correct. An evolutionary reason for this response could be that paralysis gives an animal a better chance of surviving an attack; predators are less likely to eat prey that isn’t struggling.[2]


The normalcy bias often results in unnecessary deaths in disaster situations. The lack of preparation for disasters often leads to inadequate shelter, supplies, and evacuation plans. Even when all these things are in place, individuals with a normalcy bias often refuse to leave their homes. Studies have shown that more than 70% of people check with others before deciding to evacuate.[2]

The normalcy bias also causes people to drastically underestimate the effects of the disaster. Therefore, they think that everything will be all right, while information from the radio, television, or neighbors gives them reason to believe there is a risk. This creates a cognitive dissonance that they then must work to eliminate. Some manage to eliminate it by refusing to believe new warnings coming in and refusing to evacuate (maintaining the normalcy bias), while others eliminate the dissonance by escaping the danger. The possibility that some may refuse to evacuate causes significant problems in disaster planning.[3]


Little Sioux Scout camp in June 2008. Despite being in the middle of “Tornado Alley,” the campground had no tornado shelter to offer protection from a strong tornado.[4]

New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina. Inadequate government preparation and the denial that the levees could fail were an example of the normalcy bias, as was the thousands of people who refused to evacuate.


The negative effects can be combated through the four stages of disaster response:

  • preparation, including publicly acknowledging the possibility of disaster and forming contingency plans
  • warning, including issuing clear, unambiguous, and frequent warnings and helping the public to understand and believe them
  • impact, the stage at which the contingency plans take effect and emergency services, rescue teams, and disaster relief teams work in tandem
  • aftermath, or reestablishing equilibrium after the fact by providing supplies and aid to those in need

Protect your liberty

He who would trade liberty for some temporary security, deserves neither liberty nor security – Benjamin Franklin