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DNA Test Request To Determine If John Wilkes Booth Had Escaped

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December 28, 2010: Nick Allen / The London Telegraph – December 27, 2010

Booth, an actor and Confederate sympathiser, shot the 16th President of the United States in the back of the head during a performance of Our American Cousin at Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC.

The shooting took place on April 14, 1865, just days after the surrender of Confederate General Robert E Lee, as the American Civil war approached its end.

Booth fled on horseback but was tracked down 12 days later to a farm in northern Virginia where he was shot dead by Union soldiers while hiding in a barn.

However, like the assassination of President John F Kennedy a century later, the Lincoln shooting has its own conspiracy theory, that Booth was not the man in the barn and escaped to live for nearly four more decades under a pseudonym.

Booth’s descendants now want that theory tested using modern DNA techniques. They want to exhume the body of his brother Edwin Booth, who was one of America’s greatest Shakespearean actors, and see if that is a familial match for the man in the barn.

Edwin Booth’s DNA would be compared with that from three vertebrae taken from the man the soldiers shot at the farm. The vertebrae are now kept in the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Washington. It will be up to the museum to decide if there are historical grounds for the test.

The proposed exhumation of Edwin Booth is the latest step in a long battle for the assassin’s descendants who were refused permission to exhume what are believed to be John Wilkes Booth’s remains in 1995. His body lies in an unmarked grave in Green Mount Cemetery, in Baltimore, Maryland, and a judge decided against digging it up, partly because it would disturb the graves of three infants buried below.

The Booth conspiracy theory began with a 1907 book which contended that the suspect shot at the barn was actually a former Confederate soldier and prisoner of war called James William Boyd, who was said to have resembled the assassin.

Booth was said to have escaped to Granbury, Texas, and later Enid, Oklahoma, where he lived under the names John St Helen and David E George. George committed suicide in 1903 and, in a deathbed confession, claimed to be John Wilkes Booth.

Despite evidence to the contrary, the story took hold and in the 1920s the body of “John St Helen” was dug up and displayed as “The Man Who Shot Lincoln” at a carnival.

Booth descendant and family historian Joanne Hulme, 60, told the Philadelphia Inquirer: “I’m absolutely in favour of exhuming Edwin. Let’s have the truth and put this thing to rest…The first story my mother ever told me was that John Wilkes Booth was not killed in the barn.”

The Untold Story Of John Wilkes Booth

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: In the image above, John Wilkes Booth displays the “Hidden Hand” in the secret societies of freemasonry. He was affiliated with the Knights of the Golden Circle in Baltimore… – SJH

John Wilkes Booth And The Knights Of The Golden Circle

http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/terrorists_spies/assassins/booth/7.html 

Link to original article below…

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/8227196/DNA-test-urged-to-see-if-Lincolns-assassin-escaped-death.html

NWS: Miami Is Suffering From The Coldest December In 115 Years

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December 28, 2010: Michael Barbaro / The New York Times – December 27, 2010

MIAMI — Floridians, who giddily track winter weather reports from the North, woke up Monday prepared to revel in their snow-free sidewalks and high-Fahrenheit fortunes. Another meteorological bullet dodged, chirped the snowbirds.

Then they opened their front doors to a comeuppance: a bone-chilling blast in the 30s, from Fort Lauderdale to Jacksonville, that has become the new and depressing norm here this December.

“It’s shocking, actually,” said Dorothy Lee, 51, as she crossed a windswept street, weighed down by three layers of shirts, a coat, a hat and gloves. “And don’t forget the stockings on my legs,” she added, grimacing. “This is not why people move to Florida.”

In matters of weather, all whining is relative (just ask all the New Yorkers who spent the day cross-training with shovels). But in this city, traditional bragging rights have been replaced by griping rights.

Miami is experiencing its coldest December in 115 years, according to the local branch of the National Weather Service, where employees have exhausted their thesauruses trying to describe the anomaly. (One of them, Dan Gregoria, settled on this: “very rare.”)

This time of year, the temperature in Miami usually reaches 77. On Monday, the mercury stopped 20 degrees below that, at 57, and it felt even frostier with the wind chill factored in.

The unexpected cold has shattered, at least temporarily, the rhythms and routines of sunbathing tourists and shirt-sleeve retirees in southern Florida. Waiting times at restaurants have surged because customers refuse to sit at outdoor tables. Hotel pools, normally bustling with holiday crowds, are largely deserted. And street fashion has abruptly switched from low-zipped Juicy Couture to neck-warming North Face.

But perhaps the most unsettling consequence is the sudden loss of the state’s sun-soaked swagger. “I used to love to call people back home and gloat about how warm it was,” said Ed Holmstrom, 43, as he strolled along the boardwalk on Miami Beach. “It’s kind of hard to do that right now.”

Not that people are not trying anyway. Richard Shlofmitz, a 55-year-old cardiologist from Manhattan, traveled to Miami for a few days of tanning with his wife, Linda, just missing the blizzard back home.

Sitting on the beach Monday, under several layers of towels and blankets, he said he could not resist calling his snowed-in colleagues in New York and rubbing it in — sort of. “I didn’t tell them it was freezing and that we are all bundled up,” Mr. Shlofmitz acknowledged. “I have to make them feel worse, don’t I?”

WPBF: ‘Ridiculously Cold’ Weather In Florida Doesn’t Deter Golfers And Surfers

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: Meanwhile, The New York Times also reports this utter insanity below…

Bundle Up, It’s Global Warming (12-26-2010)

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/26/opinion/26cohen.html?_r=4&ref=opinion

Then we have this article and video gem about global warming causes global cooling from Democracy Now…

Global Warming: From Snowstorms to Heat Waves (12-28-2010)

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/12/28/from_snowstorms_to_heat_waves_how

And, of course, all would be lost if Time Magazine and CNN didn’t harp in with their global warming rhetoric…

Holiday Blizzard: More Signs Of Global Warming (12-28-2010)

http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2039777,00.html?xid=rss-mostpopular

Global warming causes global cooling and record low temperatures and snowfalls worldwide? Priceless! – SJH 

Link to original article below…

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/28/us/28miami.html?_r=1&src=twrhp

10 New Year’s Resolutions For “Non-Violent Rebellion” In America

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December 28, 2010: Activist Post Editor’s /Activist Post – December 28, 2010

As the United States edges closer to becoming a third world country; anger, frustration, and cynicism continue to mount in the minds of the American population.  In fact, a recent Pew Research poll showed that 80% of baby boomers are pessimistic about America’s future.  

This pessimism seems warranted as authentic political solutions appear to be in short supply in our corporate state.

The democratic political system is now clearly run by crony cartelism.  The multinational banks have hijacked the economy and are openly looting the public. Mounting and impossible-to-pay off debt is crippling local governments. The entire spectrum of our rights continues to degrade. Crimes that would land regular citizens in jail are now openly being committed by the elite and their organizations with no justice. And perhaps most telling, the power structure is establishing a control grid to eliminate due process for the Internet and beyond to stifle any dissent. 

Given the current situation, it can seem impossible to affect real change. However, the exact opposite is the case.  The only reason the system is maintained is because the majority still acquiesce to it. However, change won’t come by electing new establishment politicians, because no matter how noble they may be they still must play the corrupt game. Change won’t come through violent protests or offensive cyber hacktivism, as that only invites and justifies the creeping police state.  We must stop accepting and supporting the system, individually, in order to change it.

Because our representative democracy has become a fraud, and the media and courts are clearly shills for the oligarchs, our only action appears to be non-violent rebellion; one person and community at a time. We can expose the crimes and immorality of the corporate state through civil disobedience and conscientious objection. We can punish multinational companies who commit flagrant fouls on humanity and the environment by boycotting them. Additionally, we can peacefully regain our liberty by becoming less dependent on the system for our basic needs.

Here are ten solutions through non-violent activism:

1. Buy Local Food: One of the most powerful cartels that has their tentacles into government is the food cartel. Their agenda has been to control the basic resources of food (corn, wheat, soy, rice).  The best way to conquer this cartel is by eating local; produce your own food, join and contribute to local cooperatives, and engage your neighbors and community for more local food solutions.  Local co-ops are also a great place to trade locally crafted goods and even services. Obviously, do your best to avoid GMO food and eat organically when you can.  Finally, be vocal and active in your opposition to GMO foods and the cartel control of the FDA.

2. Become More Self-Sufficient:  Our modern society has made us dependent on something or someone other than ourselves for most necessities such as electricity, food, water, medicine, security, and education. This dependence puts us at the direction or disposal of the cartel state. Therefore, the only entity that has the power to grant us liberty is ourselves; and we can take back our independence through self-sufficiency. Being self-sufficient means learning skills that will help you and your family survive economic downturns or other emergencies.  These skills may also help you to be less dependent on your job as they’ll make you a useful independent producer. Lead your neighborhood and community toward production and away from dependence.

3. Get Healthier: The increasing pace of life seems to offer a wealth of distractions from the importance of living a truly healthy and free life.  Our modern world offers easy choices like fast-food in place of fresh produce; TV in place of reading, exercise, or meditation; Internet social networks in place of meaningful personal relationships, etc.  Identify the areas lacking in your own life and resolve to make the necessary changes that will increase your physical fitness, mental acuity, and your spiritual evolution.  These three areas are what truly sustain us in both good times and bad — not smart phones, computer games, and the virtual world.

4. Buy Silver and Gold: America desperately needs a monetary revolution before the dollar experiment completely collapses. Like all revolutions this must start from a groundswell of rebellious action.  A good place to start is to convert your devaluing dollars to physical gold and silver.  This will punish the banks, especially JP Morgan and the Federal Reserve, as well as protect your assets. Furthermore, if the dollar continues to collapse, silver and gold may well become a viable currency in society once again, as it already is in some parts of Michigan. Buying junk silver is something anyone can afford to do and is highly recommended.

5. Expose the Agenda: The “agenda” is one of consolidation of wealth, power, and control in every facet imaginable. The international elite are approaching near one-world control, which they call full spectrum dominance of economies and societies.  In other words; national, local, and individual sovereignty is all but gone.  It is extremely important to engage your local community, especially community leaders and police, to reiterate their obligation to serve the local community under the Constitution, and not to follow illegal Federal demands. Above all, do not give in to the temptation of apathy as you begin to learn more about the systems of control.  These systems first count on your ignorance, then they count on laziness.  Finally, say what you stand for such as peace, liberty, and genuine justice with even more force than shouting about what you oppose.

6. Boycott: In the U.S. it has become obvious that a system has taken hold which is economically designed for one thing: consumption.  This is the value that each person has been given from birth.  So, one key way to assert your power and value in such a system is to vote with your wallet.  Every purchase you make either contributes to, or boycotts this corporatist structure.  Become aware of who the real owners are and what inhumane practices are behind the products you purchase, so that you can make intelligent choices that support your health and promote justice.  Additionally, it is important to learn the true contents of the products you buy, so that you don’t fall prey to slick advertising and corporate misdirection. Join or create campaigns to educate shoppers and force better labeling of products so it is easier for others to consciously boycott them.

7. Local Politics: Forget wasting any of your energy and resources on Federal politics — they have sold out long ago to the higher authorities that fund their multi-million dollar campaigns. Instead, get involved in small town politics and community initiatives.  The future will be built from the ground up, starting right in your own neighborhood.  Local politics is where you can affect tangible changes. Everything from removing chemicals from public water, to throwing the TSA out of your local airport, or refusing military recruitment or fusion centers in protest of the war on terror, can be accomplished at the local level.  Each minor victory will send shock waves to other small communities and the country as a whole, so be sure to document the steps you have taken to achieve victory, then share your story for others to emulate.

8. Military Refusal: Do not contribute to fraudulent wars, and do not succumb to the pressure of feeling “unpatriotic.”  There are countless groups of veterans who have seen through the government lies that have led to unnecessary deaths, as well as the financial destruction of the country.  There is, in fact, no more patriotic action that can be taken than to demand that our military be used properly to strengthen the country, rather than to weaken it. For some, there is absolutely no excuse for war, ever, and merely the act of showing up contributes to this affliction.  It is a profound resolution of courage to live by your convictions.  So, if opposing the fraudulent wars is your main issue, file as a conscientious objector and contribute to peace instead of war.  As Gandhi said, “There is no path to peace; peace is the path.”

9. Don’t Use Banks: The banks have proven to be some of the most immoral, dare we say “evil,” institutions on the planet. Besides their Ponzi-style Wall Street casino and mortgage/foreclosure fraud, they also profit heavily from wars, Mexican drug gangs, and fleecing the public. Some are finding their actions so horrific that they’d prefer to default on their debts rather than give them another dime. That may be extreme given the consequences; however, we can at least vow not to take on any new bank financing of any kind — mortgages, credit cards, or car loans, etc. Where possible, bank with local credit unions instead of the big banks that make up the cartel.  Another powerful action is to start or support a regional competing currency.  On the Federal level, we can tell our Congress reps to support Ron Paul’s effort to legalize competing currencies nationwide.

10. Tax Resistance: Becoming a tax resister is a hardcore action of civil disobedience that comes with serious consequences — unless of course you’re Tim Geithner who gets to say “oops, my bad” in order to qualify as the head of collecting said taxes.  However, when the electoral process and two-party system proves to be a farce, corporations clearly win on every issue, and the will of the people is no longer represented in the media or the courts, people are left with little choice but non-violent rebellion in all its forms. Tax rebellion is often cited by conscientious objectors who oppose how the government uses taxpayer dollars to fund immoral deeds such as war, authorizing torture, building the police state, and fraudulent bank bailouts.  A second group of tax protesters refuse to file because they don’t believe income taxes to be lawful under the Constitution.

Police State America – A Crash Course

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: The 11th resolution would be to simply move out of the country! – SJH

Top 5 Best Places To Relocate To Escape Before America’s Decline

https://stevenjohnhibbs.wordpress.com/2010/12/26/top-5-best-places-to-relocate-to-escape-before-americas-decline/

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http://www.activistpost.com/2010/12/10-new-years-re-solutions-for-non.html#more