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Texas Judge: Obama To Try And Hand Over U.S. Sovereignty To U.N.

One area of literature that seems to be gaining in popularity these days is survival fiction. And what Lubbock County, Texas, Judge Tom Head recently said about President Obama handing over U.S. sovereignty to the United Nations sounds like something out of those novels. From the FOX 34 News (Lubbock) website on August 21:

Judge Head said he and the county must be prepared for many contingencies, one that he particularly fears, is if President Obama is reelected.

He’s going to try to hand over the sovereignty of the United States to the UN, and what is going to happen when that happens?,” Head asked.

“I’m thinking the worst. Civil unrest, civil disobedience, civil war maybe. And we’re not just talking a few riots here and demonstrations, we’re talking Lexington, Concord, take up arms and get rid of the guy.

“Now what’s going to happen if we do that, if the public decides to do that? He’s going to send in U.N. troops. I don’t want ’em in Lubbock County. OK. So I’m going to stand in front of their armored personnel carrier and say ‘you’re not coming in here’.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

The U.N.’s response to Judge Head? Louis Charbonneau and Michelle Nichols wrote on the Reuters website on August 24:

The United Nations scoffed on Friday at claims by a judge in Lubbock County, Texas, that U.N. troops could invade the southern U.S. state to settle a possible civil war, which the judge warned could be sparked if Obama is re-elected in November.

“It’s absolutely ridiculous,” said U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesman, Martin Nesirky, when asked if the United Nations had any plans to invade Texas.

He later added: “No one, not even the United Nations, would ever mess with Texas.”

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

Texans must be loving that answer.

But, Judge Head’s assertion may not be as “ridiculous” as it sounds. A number of elected leaders, including U.S. Senators James Inhofe (OK) and Jim DeMint (SC), claim that efforts to sell out U.S. sovereignty to international authority not only exist, but more are on the way. Inhofe and DeMint wrote in a joint op-ed piece on the Washington Times website on July 25:

The American people’s God-given and constitutionally protected right to self-government must be protected. The fact that our people remain skeptical toward the schemes of international diplomats is a sign of their enduring wisdom.

LOST is dead, for now. But new efforts to hand over American sovereignty to international authority already are under way. Only with the ongoing help and vigilance of the American people can we hope to defeat the next generation of unnecessary, unrepublican and undemocratic treaties.

Sources:

“Lubbock Co. Judge warns of potential danger if Obama is re-elected.” MyFOX 34 News. 21 Aug. 2012. (http://www.myfoxlubbock.com/news/local/story/Lubbock-tom-head-tax-rates-president-obama/PeO4Q8GeGEiy_FpxheUnmA.cspx). 4 Sep. 2012.

Charbonneau, Louis, and Nichols, Michelle. “U.N. to invade Texas? “Ridiculous,” says world body.” Reuters. 24 Aug. 2012. (http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/24/us-un-texas-duel-idUSBRE87N14A20120824). 4 Sep. 2012.

DeMint, Jim and Inhofe, James M. “INHOFE AND DEMINT: U.N. treaties mean LOST U.S. sovereignty.” Washington Times. 25 July 2012. (http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jul/25/un-treaties-would-separate-americans-from-the-cons/?page=all). 4 Sep. 2012.

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Tuesday, September 4th, 2012 Civil Strife, Foreign Policy, Government, Revolution, War No Comments

World Food Prices Soar To Record

Tucked away in the “Business” section of the Washington Post site today was a link to this cheerful bit of news. From the Post’s Rudy Ruitenberg:

World food prices rose to a record in December on higher sugar, grain and oilseed costs, the United Nations said, exceeding levels reached in 2008 that sparked deadly riots from Haiti to Egypt.

An index of 55 food commodities tracked by the Food and Agriculture Organization gained for a sixth month to 214.7 points, above the previous all-time high of 213.5 in June 2008, the Rome-based UN agency said in a monthly report. The gauges for sugar and meat prices advanced to records.

Sugar climbed for a third year in a row in 2010, and corn jumped the most in four years in Chicago. Food prices may rise more unless the world grain crop increases “significantly” in 2011, the FAO said Nov. 17. At least 13 people died last year in Mozambique in protests against plans to lift bread prices.

“There is still, unfortunately, the potential for grain prices to strengthen on the back of a lot of uncertainty,” Abdolreza Abbassian, senior economist at the FAO, said by phone from Rome today. “If anything goes wrong with the South American crop, there is plenty of room for them to increase.”

So what’s behind the escalating food prices? From the article:

The cost of food climbed 25 percent from a year earlier in December, based on the FAO figures, after Chinese demand strengthened and Russia’s worst drought in a half-century devastated grain crops…

Last month’s year-on-year rise compares with the 43 percent jump in food costs in June 2008. Record fuel prices, weather- related crop problems, increasing demand from the growing Indian and Chinese middle classes, and the push to grow corn for ethanol fuel all contributed to the crisis that year.

Nice to hear those kids in China aren’t starving any longer (anyone remember that often-used line by parents to get their children to eat?). All kidding aside, once consumers from emerging markets acquire new dietary habits, there’s probably no going back unless affordability becomes an issue. So the demand side of the equation looks strong for the foreseeable future, unless China, India, and other emerging markets experience serious economic setbacks. To make matters worse, it’s looking like the food supply will have to be significantly expanded to meet future population growth. Ruitenberg noted:

Global food production will have to rise 70 percent by 2050 as the world population expands to 9.1 billion people from about 6.8 billion people in 2010, the FAO has said.

Expect to see more instances of smaller packaging and higher prices at the local grocery store.

Source:

Ruitenberg, Rudy. “World Food Prices Jump to Record on Sugar, Oilseeds.” Washington Post. 5 Jan. 2011. (http://washpost.bloomberg.com/Story?docId=1376-LEJJE66K50XX01-061NQ5K5QDK7PNF1EAMJ674GT7). 5 Jan. 2011.

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