Friday, April 30, 2010

Japanese Items #1

So I was off exploring in Long Grove, IL and I happened upon some beautiful antique hand painted WWII or possibly pre-WWII Tea Cups and Saucer plates, that were made in Japan.

The peach Stamp on the bottom shows a crown within a wisteria wreath and the words CHIKARAMACHI in a semi-circle above and MADE IN JAPAN in a straight line below.

'Why Not Antiques', has a little history on the pieces and apparently starting in 1928, 3 stamp versions where made in varying colors; the second stamp set was apparently in the colors of Red & Peach. This seems to have been a test line of Porcelain by the Noritake Company, as I read since it was of cruder make and hand painted design; possibly to test if it would go into a main parent line for sale.

I cannot and probably will never be able to correctly date the 3 Tea Cups with Saucers that I acquired, since all production for the Noritake Company ceased in 1942 most likely due to the U.S.'s incendiary bombing of Noritake's main offices.

Which in light of that is a very sad thing for those of us interested in preserving history.

Either way, I now own a wonderful piece of Japanese history and I hope that I can preserve much more in the coming future.

Here are photos of the items:









R. William Holzkopf Jr

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Assassination: Just another day in Office...

Article II, Sections 1-4 of the United States Constitution Says absolutely nothing of the President having powers to give the order to assassinate a U.S. Citizen, Foreign National, or anybody for that matter.

It just isn't in the document anywhere, except that Congress, (Article 1, Section 8, Clause 11), is the only body allowed to declare war and that the President is just the director of a cooperative operation with Congress for a war effort if a declaration of war is made.

This is not to say that Assassinations of U.S Citizens and Foreign Nationals hasn't been happening behind closed doors for years by order of the past Presidency's and or by way of the Intelligence community, (If you believe information about such things).

Or that the Citizen in Question, (Anwar al-Awlaki), May or may not be an actual Terrorist bent on causing harm to his fellow Americans.

If Anwar al-Awlaki is a Terrorist or Not; because he is a U.S. Citizen, He should have a right to a trial of his peers for the heady accusations against him.

What this shows is that this administration is telling the World and it's own Citizens that it is not afraid to circumvent the Constitutional and Judicial Laws of the U.S. as well as it's continued circumvention of International Laws concerning Human Rights and Warring Operations.

What many U.S. Citizens seem to forget is that many Bills were passed into law that were, are and remain Unconstitutional especially after Sept. 11th, 2001.

Two specifically that are infamous for it's Unconstitutional Stance and action is the 'Patriot Act' & the 'Patriot Act II'. which purposely circumvents the Constitution and its Amendments upon the will of those enforcing it, whether they are right or wrong in their actions and information.

Which also gives the President undo powers not granted in the binding Document of our land called the U.S. Constitution, all under the guise to protect "National Security", even at the risk of subjugating its own Citizens.

But even those acts do not specifically grant the President the authority to Order the Assassination of anyone especially a U.S. Citizen. Although they do give the Enforcer rights to hold you without trial for an indeterminate amount of time and abduct you for appearing like a non-citizen even though you are going about your daily activity's legally.

Bills like this that have made it into law, have encroach on Freedoms we are supposed to have, All these unconstitutional laws say that we as each Citizen of the U.S. are not smart enough, intelligent enough, and that we do no have the ability to make important and life based decisions for our own happiness, liberty and protection. And that our Government is somehow supposed to be our Judge, Jury and Prosecutor, Mothering us and refusing to let us think for ourselves.

See any resemblance... England?

What does this say about our elected officials? well since they are Citizens themselves with power given to them by Citizens to make decisions based on the input of the Citizens that elected them.

Does that mean that either they consider themselves to be Lords and Lady's and not Citizens and feel that they have the right to subjugate our Laws and Rights, or that they are Citizens who have forgotten how to listen to the Citizens who elected them and ignore the fundamental reasonings of our foundation as a country and believe that they are above those Laws and Rights and that they alone get special privileges?

If it is entitlements they want, they should go to England, go to France or some other country; renounce their Citizenship that they obviously don't care about since they bash it every attempt that they can. And that way they can get their jollies off there, because we as U.S. Citizens do not appreciate uncitizenship like behavior in any shape or form.

So under Constitutional law, what would the Presidents Order of Assassination on a U.S. Citizen without the right to trial by his peers be grounds for?

Is it a High Crime? Is It a Misdemeanor? or is it Treason? According to Article II, Section 4 any of those are considered grounds for impeachment.

So fellow Citizens and elected officials, is the Order of Assassination grounds for impeachment? or did I miss something in my Constitutional law classes.

On final note; Anwar al-Awlaki should have as is his Right as a U.S. Citizen a trial by his peers, to determine by factual and truthful evidence whether or not he is a Terrorist, and not be accused and condemned by the President of the United States of America, (of which is not in his vested powers), with vague facts by some unknown source, none of which is verifiable for certain at the moment.

What does this mean for us as Citizens? If this assassination is allowed to happen, it means that we as Citizens are also at risk for assassination if we are determined to be 'enemies of the state', and any dissenters to that fact will also be consider to be 'enemies of the state' and risk assassination themselves, and without Judicial trial by peers, so in invoking fascist like control.

And in this age of the 'Great American Apathy', we are sooner quiet as a mouse than loudly in defense for our Rights and Freedoms.

Next time election comes around for Officials on any level, actually look at their voting record instead of listening to what they or someone else wants you to hear.

Then you can see who has been circumventing the Country and it's Citizens and who has been working towards defending.

Here two sites to help you decide next election that comes around.


R. William Holzkopf Jr.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The World has gone Crazy, but few recognize it

I don’t know about you, but ever since I was old enough to partially grasp the World as a whole, let alone just see past all the magical charades of my own Governmental body. I realized what that age old phrase truly meant; ‘Innocence once lost is never truly regained’.


Now many, even some that I personally know just persistently refuse to accept the reality of things going on around them. Purporting that it doesn’t affect them because it is too far away, or their voice doesn’t count anyway, or that they are too small to be affected, or that if they ignore it or pray hard enough, that the threats plaguing us will somehow mysteriously become neutralized.


Even our Fore Fathers and the like, even though some prayed and some didn’t, they even realized that the only way anything was going to happen was if they took action. That sitting around ignoring the reality wasn’t going to make it go away.


Yes a person can go through Life with the wool pulled over their eyes, many do so because they do not know or have the ability to receive accurate information to make good decisions on, others… many others just ignore with full purposeful intent.


That’s not counting all those who are a part of the various machinations that are working toward the dissolution of the human spirit and self.


I personally wish I could see the World and the daily grind through ‘Rose Colored Glasses’, but alas even in my happiest moment I digress.


It’s a wonder not many question why Certain Hollywood types, Certain Politicians, Corporate and World Leaders work so hard and put the majority of their time into telling you half-truths and lies, when it is so very obvious that they do.


It’s a wonder many do not questions the mostly Secret conferences that members of our Government and society are involved in that supposedly have mandates to decrease the World Population by various means, when the U.S. Government and our Country was designed to be an open book.


Why such obvious things like specifically the last few Presidents current and past, have promised many things and done the complete opposite and not actually stuck to their word?


It is a travesty in one light that especially the U.S. but also in various parts of the rest of the World that our Leaders are proving that a Man is not worth his word any more.


To be worth the sum of your parts and to be taken by your word alone used to be a fundamental value, of many that have seemingly been lost more and more in the 31 years I have been alive.


It is a travesty of epic proportions, that lying has become the national mandate of state, that it is o.k. for certain specific faiths and religions to practice openly in public places and in schools, etc. but not for others.



It is horrid to think that traitors to the United States People and their Constitution are allowed to dismantle our very birthright as a nation and work toward preventing anyone from freedom of speech, religion, the right to bear arms. That we no longer have 4th amendment rights and that sections of our Justice system are a joke.


What are anyone person supposed to do in light of such things, especially since it was mostly out of our hands by the time of the end of the Civil War between the Confederacy and the North, then was pulled further away from us by WWI and the well planned ‘Great Depression of the late 1930’s through the late 1940’s pretty much sealed the coffin. Then the Land wars in Asia between the 50’s and 70’s, big oil interests, personal greed, the Drug War; which will never stop drugs because it is designed to make money for those who started it.


Besides all the Zionistic Banking and Political influences all over the world and including the U.S. that have done more harm than good.


People, just because the one ahead of you is smiling, speaking soothing words and willing to hold your hand as you pass through the door way. Doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look before you leap, especially if there is a metaphorical gas chamber or a metaphorical pongee stick pit through that doorway.



It is even Hard to trust the one person you need to trust.


Granted this is a bit of a rant, but anyone with an educated mind, heck anyone with barely any education can see that things aren’t right.


The U.S. System once allowed, a very, very long time ago, the ability for regular Joe Schmoe and the like to run for president, the press would have covered them, maybe not always kindly but there would have been coverage. And you didn’t get blocked out of debates and the questions weren’t pre-planned in advance.


The last person who was as close as you could get to a regular average Citizen was Harry Truman, and he became President of the U.S. (Whether or not you agree with his presidency or have taken everything he had to battle into account, his origins are historically not in question).
In a system designed for any regular Citizen to have a chance at becoming President, specifically so that the chance of the general values of the masses would be upheld. It is ironic… almost, that third party groups are consistently shut out and blockaded from getting on ballots and doing debates. That the people becoming President over the past 40+ years have all had very powerful backers and very deep ties to Corporate and certain foreign interests.


That the majority of those Presidents, come from some sort of privileged background and have increasingly become more arrogant and less concerned about the average Citizen, no matter what comes out of their mouths.


As it is said, Ladies and Gentleman; ‘Actions speak louder than Words.’


What can anyone of us do when even our words are under attack and even the freest form of communication, the recently controversially ‘Infallible Internet’, is at least in the U.S. becoming a thing of the past.


It is hard enough to swallow anything our Leaders throw at us, but then the Press, our stop-gap to corruption, is not even keeping the masses informed anymore.


And although I am a huge proponent of preserving and maintaining, some things seem to be more of a concern to some than other more pressing issues.



And all though I am all for Avant-garde why has it become o.k. for little girls to speak in vile mannerisms and the newest forms of art have me more than a little confused on what I should think.


Now there are many and in growing numbers who find that there is an answer, but the few always make it bad for the rest of us.


And eventually we won’t even be able to go to the bathroom alone, I have said it before and I will say it again; ‘Attentiveness Breeds Security, but apathy breeds insecurity.’


One day we are going to wake up and nothing will be our own, these words will be gone and so with it half the world.


Everyone has a vision; a dream… the question is whose dream are you going to follow?!
And what are you going to do once you make your decision.

R. William Holzkopf Jr.
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