Jim Dean, Heritage TV producer/host
Jim Dean is the producer of Heritage TV and a member of Georgia Heritage Council.
Leadership by Denial – Commentary by Jim Dean
If any of you have been wondering about our shifting trends in GHC
web material...as in What does the Mexican drug cartel border war have to do with us?... please
When we began GHC our focus was on the heritage/culture wars be cause
the media was not covering what we considered a major threat to traditional American life. And when the media
did cover it they did not do so honestly. In fact, mass media has actually been the cheerleading squad for the
Initially heritage war combat in the trenches was focused on debunking
the phony history taught our children along with that which was left out. The technical term for this is 'lying
by omission.' And part two of the problem was the vilification and slanderous smearing of traditional Americans
and our history. Descendants of Confederate Americans, many of whom are also Revolutionary War soldier descendents know
all about this.
But after a couple of years we began to see other serious threats to
American heritage, like the immigration problem, where both the Dems and Repubs seemed just fine with the country
being wrecked through uncontrolled immigration which would have disastrous consequences. The main one being that
we would no longer live the lives that we had assumed that we would through to retirement, and also watch our
Next came political corruption. And I don't mean here somebody getting
caught taking a few unreported campaign dollars, or Ralph Abernathy, Jr. getting caught with 'pot in his pants'
coming back from the Jamaica. I am talking about
industrial corruption that is run on a scale to
rival a major country's espionage efforts, and reaching up to the highest levels of our government, present
and past. We began to see that high government positions were turning into the bull pen of sorts that the
major corruption entities did their recruiting from to bring them into the big league.
Our long-time readers will remember that we went after
Ralph Reed with
a vengeance on the Indian Casino and Abramoff bribe scandals. Reed was the
for an American political phony, using his Christian Coalition resume and church connections as his front for his
'other agenda'. You can't get much lower than that. But as time went by we began to learn that there are plenty
more where Ralph Reed came from, some very well known, and many who work behind the scenes in the shadows.
And then last year we began to see the financial mess taking on a
runaway freight train momentum. Very much like the immigration problem that neither the Dems or the Repubs
seemed concerned about regardless of whatever you showed them. We began to see what I can only describe as
the 'Mooney effect' (i.e., the Korean Rev. Moon). And we began to see all these various problems converging
into big mass mega mess, and
here we are. Our worst fears are coming true.
The USA Today story on Atlanta being a major
distribution base for the Mexican cartels we selected today as an example because even our own metro media has
not covered it much. Neither has the legislature, not even with a resolution. It's the classic elephant in
the room situation that everyone pretends is not really there...leadership by denial.
In January when we reviewed our editorial focus for the coming year
we agreed that our precarious national security situation was also a key heritage concern. The term
'financial national security' is one you are going to being hearing more about from us this year as it is the
well from which everything else flows. A people's liberties are never threatened more than in extreme financial
of government, thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry."
"No compact among men... can be pronounced everlasting and inviolable, and if I may so express myself,
that no Wall of words, that no mound of parchment can be so formed as to stand against the sweeping torrent of
boundless ambition on the one side, aided by the sapping current of corrupted morals on the other."
--George Washington, draft of First Inaugural Address, April 1789
"They [GOP] are correct that Obama’s plans are socialist in nature, but they fail to see – or conveniently
forget – that they, too, are guilty of giving America a huge push down the slope of socialism. While their
opposition to the "stimulus" is welcome, it’s a bit like Bugs Moran’s criticizing Al Capone for bumping off
his enemies. Unfortunately, we the taxpayers are the ones who were massacred on this St. Valentine’s Day."
--Michael Tennant, from
Socialism, Republican Style
I am happy to report that we have a growing number of very impressive
people contacting us from all walks of life, concerned as we are about these looming threats to our lives and
livelihoods. They are offering to contribute their particular eyewitnesses accounts to help connect the dots for
those further away from where the dirty deeds are done. We will be introducing them to our readers during the
year, first in print, then in Net radio interviews and later video as we bring that on line.
We are in a horrible mess on a number of fronts and the public has so
much coming at them now it reminds me of the kids game where they spin you round and round to where you are
so dizzy you can't even stand up. We are going to try to help you counter that with the best information, the
best sources, and let you hear it straight from the horse's mouth so you can decide for yourself how valid it is.
We also are having more retired Intel and counter Intel people talking
to us about long running problems in the corruption area, and espionage that has bled over into major operations
being run out of major think tanks, media, and lobbying groups. In the Intel biz this is called 'front door'
penetration. These groups are VERY active politically, both in funding, staffing and influence pedaling. Some
of these folks will talk on the record and some will not.
It's a sad and sorry story, but one we at GHC will face as we will not
be among the deniers. We know that folks can't fix something without knowing first what caused it to break
down. Please join hands with us. We need your help as members, helping us recruit, and spreading our material
and links out to your personal email lists.
"A popular government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or
a tragedy, or perhaps both." --James Madison
"You can't expect people to unite behind you if you're trying to jam a whole bunch of things down their
throat." --Warren Buffett, investor and Obama supporter
"Obama brags -- albeit dishonestly -- that he's only raising taxes on rich people. Ninety-five percent of the
American people will get a tax cut, the president insists. Well, which is it? Do the times demand shared sacrifice
from us all, or from just 5 percent of Americans? If I say to 10 co-workers, 'We all need to chip in together to
get this done,' and then say, 'So, Todd, open your wallet and give five bucks to everyone else in the room,'
it would sound ridiculous. But when Obama says the same thing to 300 million Americans it's called
'leadership.'" --Jonah Goldberg
"Three groups spend other people's money: children, thieves, politicians. All three need supervision."
--U.S. Rep. Dick Armey
Jim Dean is the producer of Heritage TV and a member of the Georgia
Heritage Council, Association of Former Intelligence Officers.
Mexican cartels plague Atlanta
By Larry Copeland and Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, March 8, 2009
ATLANTA — In a city where Coca-Cola, United Parcel Service and Home Depot are the titans of industry, there are new powerful forces on the block: Mexican drug cartels.
Their presence and ruthless tactics are largely unknown to most here. Yet, of the 195 U.S. cities where Mexican drug-trafficking organizations are operating, federal law enforcement officials say Atlanta has emerged as the new gateway to the troubled Southwest border.
Rival drug cartels, the same violent groups warring in Mexico for control of routes to lucrative U.S. markets, have established Atlanta as the principal distribution center for the entire eastern U.S., according to the Justice Department's National Drug Intelligence Center.
In fiscal year 2008, federal drug authorities seized more drug-related cash in Atlanta — about $70 million — than any other region in the country, Drug Enforcement Administration records show.
This year, more than $30 million has been intercepted in the Atlanta area — far more than the $19 million in Los Angeles and $18 million in Chicago.
Atlanta has not seen a fraction of the violence that engulfs much of northern Mexico, but law enforcement officials are increasingly concerned about the cartels' expanding operations here.
"The same folks who are rolling heads in the streets of Ciudad Juárez" — El Paso's Mexican neighbor — "are operating in Atlanta. Here, they are just better behaved," says Jack Killorin, who heads the Office of National Drug Control Policy's federal task force in Atlanta.
The same regional features that appeal to legitimate corporate operations — access to transportation systems and proximity to major U.S. cities — have lured the cartels, Atlanta U.S. Attorney David Nahmias says.
Explosive Hispanic growth
An added attraction for the cartels, say Nahmias and Rodney Benson, the DEA's Atlanta chief, is the explosive growth of the Hispanic community.
Nahmias calls northeast suburban Gwinnett County, about 30 miles northeast of Atlanta, the "epicenter" of the region's drug activity.
Gwinnett's Hispanic population surged from 8,470 in 1990 to 64,137 in 2000, according to the Pew Hispanic Center. Now, 17% of the county's 776,000 people are Hispanic.
"You see Mexican drug-trafficking operations deploying representatives to hide within these communities in plain sight," Benson says. "They were attempting to blend into the same communities as those who were hard-working, law-abiding people."
The cartel representatives here range from the drivers, packagers and money counters to senior figures in the drug trade.
"We've got direct linkages between cartel representatives who take their orders from cartel leadership in Mexico," Benson says.
From the border, shipments of marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin are routed over land to Atlanta for storage in a network of stash houses. They are then moved to distribution operations in the Carolinas, Tennessee, the Mid-Atlantic, New York and New England.
Cash is generally moved over the same routes back to the Atlanta area, where balance sheets are reconciled. The bundles of money are turned over to transportation units for bulk shipments back to Mexico, Benson says.
Concern over violence
Although the level of drug-related violence in Mexico has not surfaced in the Atlanta area, recent incidents have raised concerns among law enforcement officials.
Last July, for example, a Rhode Island man who allegedly owed $300,000 to Atlanta-based traffickers was found chained to a wall in the basement of a Lilburn, Ga., home, located in western Gwinnett County.
Benson says the man had been blindfolded, gagged and beaten. Federal investigators, who were alerted to the location, later found the man alive but severely dehydrated. Three Mexican nationals fled the house when authorities approached. All three were captured and a cache of weapons, including an assault rifle, was seized.
"There is no doubt in my mind that … we certainly saved his life," Benson says.
About the same time last year, another man was kidnapped in Gwinnett County for non-payment of drug proceeds. When traffickers went to pick up what they thought was a $2 million ransom, shots were exchanged between the traffickers and police who were working with the victim's family. One of the suspects was killed and the other arrested, Benson says.
Killorin says much of the violence has been related to similar incidents of "intra-cartel discipline" and has not spilled into the streets.
There is no mistaking the groups' influence.
"We know they're here," Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Illana Spellman says, adding that the area's access to interstate highways is a major lure. "Geographically, it's set up perfectly for these kinds of activities."
Johnson reported from Washington, D.C.
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Ticking Time Bomb Explodes; Public is Shocked - Robert Higgs 9/10/08
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The Bailout of Abominations
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