Friday, August 31, 2012

The Republican National Convention Sham

So it's pretty apparent that there is no real need for a convention for Republicans anymore.. the Republican National Commitee will call the shots... they will determine who the nominee is to be. State primaries and caucuses are merely a waste of time and money from now on. The people do not need to get involved...  there is no grassroots. The RNC will decide.

This year in particular, delegates with their funny hats and all, were merely window dressing for yet another scripted reality TV show.

This is silencing of the grassroots at its worst.

and if you want more proof of how this was a scripted convention.. watch this video which is on the Oathkeepers website:

above Video was shot by Duane Taylor At Large Delegate from Oregon

As shown in the video, the results of the votes on the credentials, rules, and nomination of candidates are all determined in advance, and displayed on the teleprompter for the Chair of the convention to read from. Let me make this simple for you: every word, every sentence, and the results of every vote are predetermined, and are displayed on the screen for the chair to be read. “The ayes have it” is displayed on the screen before the voting is even finished, and before the Chair could make any kind of independent evaluation of the voice vote. The screen says it before he speaks. The Chair, John Boehner, is just a perfectly coiffed bobble-head.

This is what party dictatorship looks like.

Now I have a very important question for those of you who say..."Well, Ron Paul lost.. get over it ... he never had the delegates to win".

My question is simply this... if Ron Paul indeed did not have enough delegates to win, then why would the RNC change all of the rules regarding plurality, strip delegates of credentials, refuse to seat delegates and instead replace them with delegates that the RNC chose? Why did they not allow the nomination from the floor to happen and then Ron Paul would have lost fair and square (if he didn't have the number of delegates).

Why did the RNC choose to manipulate the convention in this manner?

Probably because:
A) They didn't want opposition to Romney to be seen, heard or shown.
B) They already had a script to follow and didn't want the convention script to be disrupted by the proceedings of how a real convention works.
C) Because they are a bunch of lying, cheating, dictatorial elitist trash.
D) All of the above.

The convention process died this election cycle.

What a disappointment... the RNC truly have shown themselves to be just as bad as the other party that they criticize... and the entire convention emulates a Soviet-style “show trial”.

Here is a video placard held by a Maine delegate as he walked out of the convention in protest:


Additionally - Delegates held a press conference to air their grievances on Thursday .. watch it here.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

One Nation, Under Water

It's not a matter of if... but when.
Obama or Romney... it really won't matter.. will it?
... except that whoever is in office at the time will get all the blame.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Obama Shown On Foreign TV

From the show Detektor, Danish Broadcasting Corporation DR.
Host is Thomas Buch-Andersen.

What a complete embarrassment we have as a President.

Friday, August 24, 2012

How The RNC IS Rigging The Convention

In case you thought we really have choices in the election process... think again... it's all rigged.

This dirty play is so disgusting...
no wonder people are fed up with the whole process.
The RNC won't even follow its own rules if it looks like things won't go their way.

Why does the RNC fear Ron Paul?

Perhaps because Ron Paul represents real change to Restore the Republic... and he has legions of young people who carry his message, and who will reject this type of back handed political garbage.

It is bad enough the dirty games they played at state conventions, but to play dirty in Tampa will not sit well with the thousands upon thousands of people who support Ron Paul and his message of Constitutionalism. (Did you see the crowds he attracted during the primaries ... which by the way were not reported on by corporate media)

Those votes may very well go to Libertarian Gary Johnson.... or perhaps no one at all.
The RNC is making a terrible mistake here.

.. and if you think Romney's policies will be any different than Obama's .. perhaps you should read this.
Looks like a choice between Goldman Sachs and Goldman Sachs.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Shadow Real Estate - A Looming Problem

I came across this very eye-opening article about bank repossessed homes... A foreclosed home is also known as a REO (Real Estate Owned). It is a property that goes back to the mortgage company after an unsuccessful foreclosure auction. The statistics cited in this article are pretty alarming. Apparently banks are holding quite a lot of foreclosed properties and keeping them off the real estate For Sale market... on purpose. I put in bold text some of the more salient points. 
A pretty, manicured home sits six doors down from Phil Faranda's in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.

To look at it, most passersby would think that the tidy house is occupied by a nice family that gives it a good amount of TLC: The lawn is mowed, the bushes trimmed, and the siding has what looks like a fresh paint job.

But Faranda knows better.

The bank-owned house has been vacant for 18 months, according to Faranda, a Realtor specializing in distressed properties. Just two notices taped to a window are the only indications that the home is unoccupied.

It might seem curious that such a well-maintained home doesn't have a For Sale sign on its front yard. But it's certainly not unusual.

This home is part of what's known as the "shadow REO" inventory: repossessed homes across the country that banks or investors often purposely keep off the market. The practice isn't a secret, and refraining from dumping a large inventory of foreclosures on the market helps to keep home prices from crashing.

But the extent to which lenders keep their stock of REOs -- industry parlance for "real estate owned" properties -- off the market may be much larger than most people think.

As many as 90 percent of REOs are withheld from sale, according to estimates recently provided to AOL Real Estate by two analytics firms. It's a testament to lenders' fears that flooding the market with foreclosed homes could wreak havoc on their balance sheets and present a danger to the housing market as a whole.

Online foreclosure marketplace RealtyTrac recently found that just 15 percent of REOs in the Washington, D.C., area were for sale, a statistic that is representative of nationwide numbers, the company said.

Analytics firm CoreLogic provided an even lower estimate, suggesting that just 10 percent of all REOs in the country are listed by their owners, which include mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as well as the Federal Housing Administration. As of April 2012, 390,000 repossessed homes sat in limbo, while about 39,000 were actually listed for sale, said Sam Khater, senior economist at CoreLogic.  ...

But Realtors who want more bargain-priced homes to sell may not get their way anytime soon. Foreclosed properties are an extreme liability to lenders, holding the potential not just to dent their profits but to actually bankrupt them altogether.

That's because when a lender carries an REO on its books, it is allowed to value the home at the price that the foreclosed-on borrower originally paid for it. Once the lender sells the home, it must book a loss: the difference between the original purchase price and the current value. And since home values have fallen by nearly a third since the housing bust, that translates into huge losses for the bank.

"They've already taken a loss on the loan," Khater said, "but they're going to take a loss on the asset once they dispose of it." Adding insult to injury, REOs typically sell at a 33 percent discount.

Releasing REOs onto the market also chips away at home prices in general, depressing the value of the homes of other customers -- who could already be teetering on the brink of foreclosure -- and the additional REOs that lenders hold on their books.

"Each REO that comes through has a domino impact on properties that are very close to that property," Khater said.

In fact, if lenders turn their REO release valve to full blast, the deluge of foreclosures cascading onto the market could plunge the country into a recession, said Thomas Martin, president of consumer advocacy group Americas Watchdog.

"If they let the dam essentially break. It could be a catastrophic disaster for the U.S. economy," he said, predicting that some major banks would fail and home prices would nosedive by 20 percent.

That doomsday scenario has many industry professionals supporting lenders' tactics of holding onto most of their REOs. Otherwise, they would be "causing the floor to fall out from underneath the entire market," Faranda said. He added that banks don't have the manpower to push the paperwork required to put all their foreclosures on the market.

Indeed, lenders couldn't list all their REOs even if they wanted to. Fannie Mae, for one, reported in the first quarter of 2012 that it was unable to market 48 percent of its REO inventory because many of the homes were either still occupied, under repair or being rented.

Banks and investors will likely continue to withhold REOs until the market value of the properties appreciates, allowing them to sell the homes at higher prices. And that may be a winning strategy.

It's interesting to know that many, many more houses could be for sale and aren't.
Perhaps banks could rent these properties out - but they certainly do not want to be in the landlord/property management business.
It's just another card in the house of cards that has been built by easy credit, poor government policies and the manipulation of the housing market in general.
Overall, this isn't a healthy sign.

Monday, August 20, 2012

China Taking Over Africa

The folks at Zerohedge posted this interesting piece about China's quiet acquisition of Africa...
Back in 1885, to much fanfare, the General Act of the Berlin Conference launched the Scramble for Africa which saw the partition of the continent, formerly a loose aggregation of various tribes, into the countries that currently make up the southern continent, by the dominant superpowers (all of them European) of the day. Subsequently Africa was pillaged, plundered, and in most places, left for dead. The fact that a credit system reliant on petrodollars never managed to take hold only precipitated the "developed world" disappointment with Africa, no matter what various enlightened, humanitarian singer/writer/poet/visionaries claim otherwise. And so the continent languished. Until what we have dubbed as the "Beijing Conference" quietly took place, and to which only Goldman Sachs, which too has been quietly but very aggressively expanding in Africa, was invited. ... China pledged over $100 billion to develop commercial projects in Africa, the continent has now become de facto Chinese territory. Because where the infrastructure spending has taken place, next follow strategic sovereign investments, and other modernization pathways, until gradually Africa is nothing but an annexed territory for Beijing, full to the brim with critical raw materials, resources and supplies. So while the "developed world" was and continues to deny the fact that it is broke, all the while having exactly zero money to invest in expansion, China is quietly taking over the world. Literally.
More from Stratfor:
In late July, Beijing hosted the 5th Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, during which China pledged up to $20 billion to African countries over the next three years. China has proposed or committed about $101 billion to commercial projects in Africa since 2010, some of which are under negotiation while others are currently under way. Together, construction and natural resource deals total approximately $90 billion, or about 90 percent of Chinese commercial activity in Africa since 2010. These figures could be even higher because of an additional $7.5 billion in unspecified commitments to South Africa and Zambia, likely intended for mining projects. Of the remaining $3 billion in Chinese commercial commitments to Africa, about $2.1 billion will be used on local manufacturing projects. While China has proposed $750 million for agriculture and general development aid and about $50 million to support small- and medium-sized business development in addition to the aforementioned projects, it has been criticized for the extractive nature of its relationship with many African countries, as well as the poor quality of some of its construction work. However, since many African countries lack the indigenous engineering capability to construct these large-scale projects or the capital to undertake them, African governments with limited resources welcome Chinese investments enthusiastically. These foreign investment projects are also a boon for Beijing, since China needs African resources to sustain its domestic economy, and the projects in Africa provide a destination for excess Chinese labor.
All of the rich natural resources of Africa will no doubt be in the hands of the Chinese Communists as a result of their investments.  They will also be exporting Communism to these poor countries.
Looks like a winning strategy for the Chinese.
Not so good for the United States and the rest of the Free World.

Friday, August 17, 2012

"Chris The Baker" Goes Viral

It's just Internet awesome!

The outpouring of support for "Chris the Baker" aka "Crumb and Get It" has been phenomenal.

Yeah, Chris McMurray is the guy that turned down a visit to his bakery from Joe Biden and his entourage the other day because of Obama's recent comment, "You didn't build that".

So according to King Obama... small business owners.. they didn't build their business... somebody else made that happen...and that comment annoyed a lot of people... a lot...including Mr. McMurray.

So, Mr. McMurray took a courageous stand. When Joe Biden was in his town and an advance team came to "Crumb and Get It" to set up a visit from Biden ...Chis McMurray basically said that the Vice President was not welcome for a photo-op in his establishment.. He said, "No offense to you or the campaign but I just decline you guys coming in here."

"Chris the Baker" said NO to the Vice President! 

He took a stand against this Marxist administration that believes business owes everything to government!  Joe Biden then ended up going elsewhere for his photo-op, although the story goes that Secret Service came back and praised Mr. McMurray for his stand and bought a bunch of cookies and cupcakes!

After that, the flood gates opened
The support from people across the country for Mr. McMurray and his business, and the stand he took, has been incredible!  

Mr. McMurray and his wife have been deluged with orders from across the country - and Thursday he had to close his shop early because he simply ran out of food!

I just love the support the folks at Crumb and Get It Cookie Company are receiving!! More than a day ago they had just 400 "Likes" on their Facebook page, and now a day later they have well over 7,900!!! If you haven't already, drop by and give these folks a "Like" and a THANK YOU for telling Joe Biden's entourage how small business owners really feel about who built their business!! Then spread the word!!!

You might even phone, twitter (twitter handle: @pastorchrismc), mail, or snail mail and order of cookies or cupcakes.

I sent him some money in the mail with instructions to send the cookies to the local Veteran's Hospital in Roanoke.

Bravo "Chris the Baker"!
You are a true Patriot!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Big Pharma And Statist Control Freaks Join Forces To Attack 2nd Amendment

This disturbing article came across my computer today.
"Mainstream Doctors Say Supporting the 2nd Amendment is a Mental Disorder"

So.. now Big Pharma is hooking up with the gun grabbing statists to try to classify "support of the second amendment" as a mental disorder in order to take away guns and medicate people.

How sick is that!?
You see, they are trying everything they can devise to disarm the gun owners in this country... because it is the gun owners that are preventing total tyranny by these statists!

Here are excerpts of the article:
The medical industry in conjunction with Big Pharma want to classify the right to keep and bear arms as a mental disorder in another power grab to circumvent and eventually destroy our Constitutional 2nd Amendment.

More and more doctors are forcing the idea that we need a national healthcare approach to the problem that the recent shootings provide. While tobacco and alcohol is regulated, why not include the right to bear arms?  ...

The staged shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin are being used by some scientists to declare gun violence be treated like any other mental disease – and perhaps by popping a pill, American citizens would forget to fight for their 2nd Amendment rights.

Dr. Stephen Hargarten of the Research Center at the Medical College ... supports the limiting of access to all firearms in his advocacy with the Firearms Injury Center at the Medical College in Wisconsin which is funded by a US government grant to lobby taxpayers into believing that removing the 2nd Amendment will stop gun violence.

An estimated 260 to 300 million firearms are owned by American civilians which equals 1/3 of US households. While gun-related deaths are not raising according to police records, the fear-mongering continues as a supposed trend with no justification. ...

By restricting gun sales to include minor misdemeanors as well as convicted felons, 40% of gun sales would be curbed. And with the classification of gun support as a mental disorder, more control could be placed on who ultimately can own a gun.

By devising tactics to reduce shootings, experts are trying to legitimize profiling so that they can identify who would be most likely to commit such a crime. Combining the psychiatric industry with pre-crime seems to be a relationship conceived by the global Elite.

More mainstream support for mixing gun control with pharmaceuticals come from Paul Barrett who has authored a book that coincidentally claims that current gun laws are ineffective and need to be stricter to prevent more deaths. ...

Daniel Webster, co-director of the anti-firearm John Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, asserts that “gun ownership—a precursor to gun violence—can spread ‘much like an infectious disease” and wants healthcare professionals to have influence over whether or not American citizens are legally allowed to possess firearms.

Webster would like to see Obamacare have ultimate control of the classification of mental states with regard to purchasing and obtaining FBI clearance for a gun.

As Obama has done in the past, an executive order could be signed to force the issue through compliance with Obamacare restrictions on those deemed mentally defective and unable to own firearms.

As with the mandate through Executive Order on religious institutions to provide birth control, Obama’s executive power can again be abused to ensure his bidding is done – like any good Fascist Dictator would do.

The blurring of the line between Liberal Democrats and covert Socialists is confusing the perception of the 2nd Amendment in the social meme being purveyed by the mainstream media.

By aligning Constitutional authority with the convoluted power grabs of the Obama administration, our Republic for the people and by the people is quickly descending into a control grid of which there is no escape.

The link between gun control and health care is a coercive way to equate fear brought on my recent shootings and removal of Constitutional rights that stand in the way of the US government’s tyrannical declarations.

I think wanting to label supporting the second amendment as a mental disorder, is a mental disorder!

This is very dangerous stuff.. aside from an out and out gun ban treaty (which would violate 2nd amendment rights) it appears these statists are looking at accomplishing a gun ban through the medical community.

This is one to watch folks.

"Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the people's liberty teeth keystone... the rifle and the pistol are equally indispensable... more than 99% of them by their silence indicate that they are in safe and sane hands. The very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference. When firearms go, all goes, we need them every hour." - (George Washington - Address to 1st session of Congress)

"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government." - Thomas Jefferson (Papers p. 334, 1950)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Obama, Jefferson And The Koran

You know, it is completely nauseating how the White House, Obama in particular, spins things to their desire and to score some sort of twisted political points.

I came across this little article about the recent Iftar dinner that Obama hosted in which he trotted out Thomas Jefferson's copy of the Koran:
Obama hosted the Ramadan dinner at the White House after sundown, serving garden salad, thyme-roasted natural chicken, farmstand vegetable ratatouille, and vanilla peach sesame halvah crunch to guests who had been fasting all day.

Attendees includes the two Muslim members of Congress, Reps. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Andre Carson (D-Ind.). Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), whose district includes part of Dearborn, Mich., also came.

Dozens of ambassadors ranging from Nigeria to Yemen were also on the guest list.

Thomas Jefferson once held a sunset dinner here with an envoy from Tunisia — perhaps the first Iftar at the White House — more than 200 years ago,” Obama said. President Clinton officially began the Iftar dinners, which were continued by George W. Bush.

And some of you, as you arrived tonight, may have seen our special display, courtesy of our friends at the Library of Congress — the Koran that belonged to Thomas Jefferson. And that’s a reminder, along with the generations of patriotic Muslims in America, that Islam — like so many faiths — is part of our national story.

The president continued to talk about the values of Islam, including “you know that the Koran teaches, ‘Be it man or woman, each of you is equal to the other.’”

“They are entrepreneurs and lawyers, community leaders, members of our military, and Muslim American women serving with distinction in government,” Obama said. “And that includes a good friend, Huma Abedin, who has worked tirelessly in the White House, in the U.S. Senate, and most exhaustingly, at the State Department, where she has been nothing less than extraordinary in representing our country and the democratic values that we hold dear.”

“The American people owe her a debt of gratitude — because Huma is an American patriot, and an example of what we need in this country — more public servants with her sense of decency, her grace and her generosity of spirit,” he continued. “So, on behalf of all Americans, we thank you so much.”
Ok - the REAL story:
A) "Jefferson had invited that envoy for discussions at which a meal would be served. But it was during Ramadan, so the envoy requested that the meal be delayed until after sundown. Jefferson acceded to the request. That didn’t make it an Iftar dinner. It might have been Iftar to the envoy; to Jefferson it was just … dinner." (a commenter on the linked article above wrote this)

B) Jefferson had a Koran (translated copy of that time) because he used it in his study of religion and law. Also, in 1786 he was the U.S. Ambassador to France and the Muslim pirates kept taking over our ships, enslaving the ship's crew and murdering others on board. That was start of  the Barbary Wars... remember?
The four Barbary States of North Africa - Morocco, Algiers, Tunis, and Tripoli - had plundered seaborne commerce for centuries. Surviving by blackmail, they received great sums of money, ships, and arms yearly from foreign powers in return for allowing the foreigners to trade in African ports and sail unmolested through the Barbary waters. They demanded tribute money, seized ships, and held crews for ransom or sold them into slavery. ... By the end of the 18th Century the effectiveness of Tripoli's corsairs had long since deteriorated, but their reputation alone was enough to prompt European maritime states to pay the tribute extorted by the pasha to ensure safe passage of their shipping through Tripolitanian waters. American merchant ships, no longer covered by British protection, were seized by Barbary pirates in the years after United States independence, and American crews were enslaved. In 1799 the United States agreed to pay $18,000 a year in return for a promise that Tripoli-based corsairs would not molest American ships. Similar agreements were made at the time with the rulers of Morocco, Algiers, and Tunis.
So you see, the American Congress at that time had no idea how to deal with this piracy mess other than to succumb to bribery! (Some things never change in that department!) The problem continued, because even though Congress paid tribute.. and that is what led to the Barbary Wars and the creation of our Navy.  Jefferson realized that paying tribute was an unsustainable deal, and the U.S. continued to lose ships and men to the Pirates. The United States sent naval squadrons into the Mediterranean under the slogan of "Millions for defense, but not one cent for tribute!" ... and this is what happened regarding Jefferson and his Koran:
Thomas Jefferson and John Adams had been commissioned by the United States government to meet and possibly arrange a treaty with Abdrahaman, envoy of the sultan of Tripoli. The Ambassador explained that the conduct of the Barbary Coast pirates "was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every Musselman who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise" (The Papers of Thomas Jefferson - Papers 9: 358). ... The encounter with the Tripoline ambassador gave Jefferson an object lesson regarding the profound danger that could come from relying on a single text without recourse to supplementary texts and alternative interpretations. Surely, if a religious text seemed to sanction war, its readers ought to research how others interpreted the text as a means of achieving some clarity before rushing into battle. Abdrahaman and the Muslim pirates whose behavior he sanctioned saw no need to consult other texts to justify their behavior. Everything they needed to know was in the Qur'an, and what was not in the Qur'an they did not feel a need to know. (excerpt taken from this essay by Kevin Hayes)

So really....Jefferson read the Koran (a translated copy...but he also learned Arabic) in order to better understand his enemies behavior... just as Winston Churchill had a copy of Hitler's "Mein Kampf".

So much for Obama's touting the "values of Islam" as being "part of our national story".
Those "values" were part of our "national story" all right... but not in a good way.
As usual... Obama talks a load of rubbish.
Talk about revisionist history!

Monday, August 13, 2012

What Is Taxmageddon?

Have you heard the term Taxmageddon?
If not, here's the deal:
...If Congress doesn't act by year's end, numerous tax breaks will expire -- and hit every American taxpayer squarely in the wallet.

It's a fiscal tsunami that will strike as early as December. The damage will be so widespread it could derail the entire U.S. economy.

Nobody in Washington, however, is doing anything about it. ....

"Taxmageddon" Means Higher Taxes for All
The Bush-era tax cuts will end on Jan. 1, 2013, unless Congress intervenes.

Also set to expire that day will be a temporary payroll-tax holiday on social security.

The tax changes won't just slam a few income brackets; they'll reach all taxpayers.

Every one of the existing income tax brackets will be ratcheted up, starting with the lowest 10% bracket, which will be hiked to 15%. The 25% bracket will jump to 28%; the 28% bracket will go to 31%; the 33% bracket will be replaced by a 36% bracket and the 35% bracket will soar to 39.6%.

Stock market investors will also be punished.

Right now, the maximum tax rate on long-term capital gains and dividends is only 15%. Starting next year, the maximum rate on long-term gains is scheduled to increase to 20%.
But get this -- the maximum rate on dividends will skyrocket to a whopping 39.6%.

That's not all.

Investors in the two lowest income brackets who currently pay 0% will have to shell out 10% on long-term gains and 15% and 28% on dividends.

The death of the Bush tax cuts also kills temporary federal estate and gift tax breaks and a measure to ease the marriage penalty for low and middle income couples.

On top of that, workers will lose a 2% cut on social security taxes. That means an average $1,000 tax increase come Jan. 1 for virtually all workers.

In other words, if Congress fails to act, "Taxmageddon" assures that we will all be paying higher taxes next year.

Not only are taxes scheduled to go up, but the entire economy could be crippled by a slate of automatic spending cuts set to take effect on Jan. 1, 2013.

Roughly $1.2 trillion in government spending cuts will kick in, stemming from the failure of last summer's "super committee" to produce a deficit-cutting agreement.

A Congressional Budget Office report issued last month said the economy would shrink by 1.3% in the first half of next year if our legislators drive us off this so-called "fiscal cliff."

Washington is already filled with people warning of disaster if the cuts go into effect. Hospital executives have besieged Washington with complaints about scheduled cuts in Medicare. Officials at colleges and universities from around the country are raising red flags over big cuts in federal research grants.

Executives from Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT) and other aerospace companies even passed out digital countdown clocks ticking off the seconds until "over 1 million American jobs" will be lost to Defense Department budget cuts, The Washington Post reported.

"How do you plan for chaos?" Marion Blakey, president of the Aerospace Industries Association, posed to the Post during a break between meetings with lawmakers last week. "There's so much at stake. And there's nothing that inspires confidence that this will get done."

In fact, the uncertainty may already be hurting the economy.

Many businesses say they will consider laying off workers or cut back on capital spending before the end of the year if Congress doesn't act.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Senate and the Republican House seem more interested in drawing lines in the political sand than finding meaningful solutions.

The White House and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV, insist they won't take action on the expiring tax cuts or the spending cuts unless Republicans agree to put higher taxes on the table.

For their part, Republicans are focused on the national debt, which is set to exceed its legal limit in January -- right when the spending cuts and tax hikes will hit.

"You can call this a fiscal cliff...or Taxmageddon," said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-UT. "Whatever you call it, it will be a disaster for the middle class. And for the small businesses that will be the engine of our economic recovery."

Most observers believe legislators won't do anything until after the November elections.
More likely, the whole mess will be kicked down the road so the newly-elected Congress and whoever occupies the White House can deal with it in 2013.

Maybe it's time to send a message to your current Congressman to do something to defuse the ticking Taxmageddon time bomb.

Add in the expected higher prices of food because of the drought going on in the mid-west and you can expect a very difficult time of things.

Forget all of the election hype and nonsense... Republican, Democrat, it won't matter... this boat is headed for a financial iceberg.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Gross National Happiness - Another Agenda 21 Con Game

My impression: What a crock!

It looks like the United States is now embarking on this nonsense.
Yes, your hard earned tax dollars are now going to fund various surveys and research to determine "how happy we are".

Somerville, Massachusetts participated in survey questions last year (as part of the census) and came out with this report.

They are, of course, using their findings to justify spending more money on public programs.

USA Today had a big article about the GNH Index
Several cities and states are already looking into citizen well-being or floating happiness initiatives. Yet the real game-changer could be a federally funded panel that is studying whether there's a better way to tally prosperity. The panel, which started work in December and will report its findings next year, will recommend whether measures of happiness (and misery) should be added to the equation. And if so, how? ...
The practical impact of the panel's work would be to figure out whether a broader GDP could better guide public policy. For example, if commuters prefer riding the train to fighting traffic in a car, perhaps public transit should be bolstered. Or if patients value pain management more than costlier medical treatments, care considerations could get a second look.

For these reasons, states and cities are also putting well-being — a broader version of happiness — on the public agenda. Vermont enacted legislation in May to compile a new measure of the state's "economic, environmental, and societal well-being," akin to Maryland's Genuine Progress Indicator that includes the value of housework and the cost of lost leisure time.

Civic groups in several U.S. cities — led by Seattle in 2010 and followed by Wisconsin's Eau Claire and California's Nevada City — have launched happiness initiatives. They ask residents to take a survey and use the results to offer community activities intended to lift spirits.

You want to know what would make me happy?
If the government would stop taking money out of my pocket to pay for moronic studies like this!

and of course it is NO SURPRISE that this massive bullshit campaign is coming from the United Nations!
In late June, the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development called for a broader index than GDP that would include environmental and social impacts, echoing a U.N. resolution last summer that said GDP does not "adequately reflect" people's well-being. In April, a U.N. meeting discussed the Gross National Happiness index used by Bhutan, a tiny Himalayan nation with a population of just over 700,000 ...
In 1972, Bhutan's king called for a Gross National Happiness index, saying people's happiness did not depend solely on money. In 2008, the nation began setting policies, based partly on the index, that look at many factors including life satisfaction, mental health, safety and literacy. For example, Bhutan limits tourism (by issuing visas only to tourists booked with a local licensed tour operator, for example), bans the sale of tobacco and, beginning in June, bars motorists from town centers on "pedestrian's day," every Tuesday.

To coincide with the Bhutan-led U.N. Conference on Happiness in April, the first World Happiness Report was published by Columbia University's Earth Institute, an eco-minded research group. The report found that higher incomes — not surprisingly — boost well-being in poor countries. In rich countries, however, more money made less of a difference. Other factors — political freedom, social support, job security, health, stable families — often mean more.
So you see, this is just another nonsensical public policy program designed to make work for government workers, broaden government, justify more public spending on more public programs, to be a diversion away from our real problems and to justify more government control and intrusion on your life ...because they are doing this for YOUR welfare.. they will be telling YOU what is good for YOU in everything from healthcare to the food YOU eat!

GNH is a global con game.
GNH wants to make everyone believe that they do not need wealth because "money cannot buy happiness".
GNH wants to convince you that you can be happy with less and do not need to strive to be more successful or wealthy.
GNH is another globalist initiative to alter measurements of a country's success. (as opposed to GDP)
GNH wants to lead you to believe that government and public policy can give YOU the things to make you happier.. more parks, more public transportation, more programs, with some wealth redistribution thrown in as well (because taxes will fund all of this).

Since this is apparently part of the United Nations Agenda 21 scheme, let's just take it for what it is... a device that will allow government to measure YOUR happiness and then tell YOU what they think is good for YOU!
And of course, YOU are paying for all of it!

As I said.. it's a crock.
You want to know what would make me really happy?
If we defunded the United Nations and ended our idiotic involvement in Agenda 21.

As far as Bhutan being some idyllic place..perhaps one should ask how happy Bhutanese Nepali refugees (Hindus) have been. Seems to me that they have been treated like garbage by their benevolent and caring government - so much so that they have fled to other countries.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Army Colonel Ignites Firestorm - Claims Tea Party Will Be The Enemy

"it is now clear that the U.S. Army considers it a valid proposition to assume that a future civil war will be sparked not by extremist Islamists with dirty bombs or left wing insurrectionists inspired by Alinsky or Ayers but by the tea party and the conservatives who participate in it."


Our military is being infected by Progressive politics. The scenarios presented by this so-called military "teacher" is just chilling. Not only is he teaching biased garbage, but he is cultivating an anti-civilian mentality.  Please read the entire article...but here are some highlights:
A retired U.S. Army colonel who now teaches modern warfare to soldiers at the University of Foreign Military and Cultural Studies at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. has co-written an article with a Civil War expert that has ignited a firestorm today among those increasingly concerned about what some say is a distinct anti-civilian tone that has infected much of the military and Homeland Security since 2009.

Retired Col. Kevin Benson and Jennifer Weber, Associate Professor of History at the University of Kansas, co-wrote an article for Small Wars Journal on a 2010 Army report titled, "U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, The Army Operating Concept 2016 - 2028."

The report describes how the Army will respond to threats "at home and abroad" in the coming two decades and in doing so has made clear that a monumental cultural shift has occurred in the thinking of those at the top levels of military command. This shift has some government watchdogs worried, particularly given that Benson is using the platform provided at Fort Leavenworth to educate military personnel in his vision of the nature of modern warfare in America. According to the vision articulated by Benson, future warfare will be conducted on our own soil. The military will use its full force against our own citizens. The enemy will be average citizens whose values resonate with those articulated by the tea party.

The fictitious scenario used in the Army report as a teaching tool is a future insurrection of "tea party activists" in South Carolina.... While mainstream politicians and citizens react with alarm, the “tea party” insurrectionists in South Carolina enjoy a groundswell of support from other tea party groups, militias, racist organizations such as the Ku Klux Klan, anti-immigrant associations such as the Minutemen, and other right-wing groups.

Several items of interest are to be noted in the scenario the Army uses to describe the tea party activists -- "right wing," "extremists," "insurrectionists," all of whom are lumped together with militias and organizations that are considered "racist" and "anti-immigration."

By contrast, those who oppose the tea party are referred to as "mainstream."

The obvious question that arises is why would this sort of scenario, with its obviously biased and skewed portrayals, be presented as a teaching tool to military personnel? Why would the U.S. military consider the tea party to be "extremist" or "insurrectionist?" And why would the tea party be classified together with groups that are "racist, "anti-immigration," and "extremist right wing?" ....

Yet repeatedly since the election of Barack Obama in 2009, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has referred to the tea party as "potential homegrown terrorists."

Why? Not a shred of evidence remotely suggests that the tea party has any connection whatsoever with terrorists. Yet some of President Obama's closet longtime friends have not only been associated with terrorism but actively participated in it, such as Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, who as members of the Weathermen from the 1960s and 70s bombed federal buildings that resulted in the deaths of police officers.

But if one listens to the rhetoric emanating from the White House, DHS, and now the U.S. military, one gets the impression that none of the president's friends ever posed a threat to the country but hundreds of thousands of tea party activists are ticking time bombs lying in wait to unleash a nuke on an American city at the drop of a hat.
And this, my dear readers, is precisely why we need groups like Oathkeepers.
I would also recommend that this Retired Col. Kevin Benson, who is teaching this tea party domestic terrorist garbage to our military, review the oath that he took when he joined up, and then re-read and review the document he swore to protect and defend! This Retired Colonel should also be reminded that he swore no oath of loyalty to the government, or to the Commander in Chief, but only to the Constitution! That very document represents the American People, the only source of authority in this ocuntry; not the government.

It is very disturbing that soldiers are being instructed that American civilians are the enemy. 
This is why we need Posse Comitatus.
This is why there should be a stark difference between law enforcement and military.
This is why militarism and the growth of the police state needs to be stopped.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Real or Staged?

Check out this video from a witness of the attack on the Sikh Temple:

"It was a very coordinated thing. It wasn't haphazard," temple member Amardeep Kaleka told CNN.
Mr. Kaleka seems to be quite clear on this recount.

This account is of "multiple shooters dressed in black":

(Full article here)

and then of course mainstream media began changing the story to be:
"the shooter was a white male, bald, with a heavy build."
"the shootings are the work of a "white supremacist" or "skinhead.""
"domestic terrorist"
and of course
"Authorities also were trying to trace a single, semiautomatic handgun recovered at the scene, sources told ABC News."

This time law enforcement shot "the shooter" dead - so of course he won't be talking.

Conflicting stories abound on this, and some are saying that this is yet another "False Flag" attack brought to us by those who wish to have more "gun control" legislation coming out of Washington... and of course the sights will be set on semiautomatic handguns... just like it was with the folks in DC that brought us "Fast and Furious".
"With the federal government already labeling the shootings a “domestic terror incident,” the narrative is already being manufactured to blame the tragedy on conservatives and libertarians, as well as demonizing the second amendment."
Remember Rahm Emanuel saying "Never let a good crisis go to waste"? Well, Democratic Strategists might just be using this as a way to force more gun control and prop up a sagging Obama campaign... while taking people's attention away from the real problems of a destroyed US economy, miserable unemployment numbers and a host of other economic problems.

It's clear that the Statists want our guns real bad ... and who knows what they will do to try to sway public opinion, while making it the focus of upcoming campaign issues. Demonizing guns is their tactic toward their goal of restricting gun ownership and disarming the population.  Do you honestly think criminals will abide by whatever laws these gun grabbers put into place?  No, and so it is clear that the goal is not public safety but public control.

Whether this horrific shooting was real or staged, the answer to crazy people shooting others with guns is not more gun control (which also makes the rest of defenseless against criminals and a government that is steadily seizing too much power)... and effectively disarming law abiding American Citizens will not make the problem of these shootings go away either.

Restricting ammo sales, magazine sizes, mail-order purchases, etc. etc., will do NOTHING to stop crazy criminals... it will only make us all more vulnerable to those who ignore gun control laws.

Finally, my thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of these shootings... what an absolute tragic event. May they all be able to find comfort and solace in the days ahead. I pray we will be able to find the truth of what transpired. I certainly won't have much trust in what the media has to say on it.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The Dumbing Down Of American Children Continues In Earnest

You must read this article from the New York Times!
I don't even know where to begin on this unbelievable argument against teaching Algebra in school.
It is bad enough that children are not required to know basic Geometry and how to perform Geometric proofs anymore.
We've ditched analogies and understanding sentence construction (diagramming) as well.
Spelling.. well, inventive spelling or just being able to "get the idea across" seems adequate.;
Now it seems Algebra is on the academic hit list.

The writer, who happens to be a CUNY college professor (emeritus), believes that higher mathematics is a stumbling block to many - that it isn't ever used in the jobs people eventually get and that it's basically worthless to many people. He says it's just too difficult for people to master... so why bother at all. He says:
A TYPICAL American school day finds some six million high school students and two million college freshmen struggling with algebra. In both high school and college, all too many students are expected to fail. Why do we subject American students to this ordeal? I’ve found myself moving toward the strong view that we shouldn’t.

My question extends beyond algebra and applies more broadly to the usual mathematics sequence, from geometry through calculus. State regents and legislators — and much of the public — take it as self-evident that every young person should be made to master polynomial functions and parametric equations.

There are many defenses of algebra and the virtue of learning it. Most of them sound reasonable on first hearing; many of them I once accepted. But the more I examine them, the clearer it seems that they are largely or wholly wrong — unsupported by research or evidence, or based on wishful logic. (I’m not talking about quantitative skills, critical for informed citizenship and personal finance, but a very different ballgame.)

This debate matters. Making mathematics mandatory prevents us from discovering and developing young talent. In the interest of maintaining rigor, we’re actually depleting our pool of brainpower. I say this as a writer and social scientist whose work relies heavily on the use of numbers. My aim is not to spare students from a difficult subject, but to call attention to the real problems we are causing by misdirecting precious resources. ...

Algebra is an onerous stumbling block for all kinds of students: disadvantaged and affluent, black and white. In New Mexico, 43 percent of white students fell below “proficient,” along with 39 percent in Tennessee. Even well-endowed schools have otherwise talented students who are impeded by algebra, to say nothing of calculus and trigonometry.

California’s two university systems, for instance, consider applications only from students who have taken three years of mathematics and in that way exclude many applicants who might excel in fields like art or history. Community college students face an equally prohibitive mathematics wall. A study of two-year schools found that fewer than a quarter of their entrants passed the algebra classes they were required to take. ...

It’s true that students in Finland, South Korea and Canada score better on mathematics tests. But it’s their perseverance, not their classroom algebra, that fits them for demanding jobs.

Nor is it clear that the math we learn in the classroom has any relation to the quantitative reasoning we need on the job. John P. Smith III, an educational psychologist at Michigan State University who has studied math education, has found that “mathematical reasoning in workplaces differs markedly from the algorithms taught in school.” Even in jobs that rely on so-called STEM credentials — science, technology, engineering, math — considerable training occurs after hiring, including the kinds of computations that will be required. Toyota, for example, recently chose to locate a plant in a remote Mississippi county, even though its schools are far from stellar. It works with a nearby community college, which has tailored classes in “machine tool mathematics.”

That sort of collaboration has long undergirded German apprenticeship programs. I fully concur that high-tech knowledge is needed to sustain an advanced industrial economy. But we’re deluding ourselves if we believe the solution is largely academic. ...

Of course, people should learn basic numerical skills: decimals, ratios and estimating, sharpened by a good grounding in arithmetic. But a definitive analysis by the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce forecasts that in the decade ahead a mere 5 percent of entry-level workers will need to be proficient in algebra or above. And if there is a shortage of STEM graduates, an equally crucial issue is how many available positions there are for men and women with these skills. A January 2012 analysis from the Georgetown center found 7.5 percent unemployment for engineering graduates and 8.2 percent among computer scientists.

Peter Braunfeld of the University of Illinois tells his students, “Our civilization would collapse without mathematics.” He’s absolutely right.

Algebraic algorithms underpin animated movies, investment strategies and airline ticket prices. And we need people to understand how those things work and to advance our frontiers. ...

What of the claim that mathematics sharpens our minds and makes us more intellectually adept as individuals and a citizen body? It’s true that mathematics requires mental exertion. But there’s no evidence that being able to prove (x² + y²)² = (x² - y²)² + (2xy)² leads to more credible political opinions or social analysis.

Many of those who struggled through a traditional math regimen feel that doing so annealed their character. This may or may not speak to the fact that institutions and occupations often install prerequisites just to look rigorous — hardly a rational justification for maintaining so many mathematics mandates. Certification programs for veterinary technicians require algebra, although none of the graduates I’ve met have ever used it in diagnosing or treating their patients. Medical schools like Harvard and Johns Hopkins demand calculus of all their applicants, even if it doesn’t figure in the clinical curriculum, let alone in subsequent practice. Mathematics is used as a hoop, a badge, a totem to impress outsiders and elevate a profession’s status.

It’s not hard to understand why Caltech and M.I.T. want everyone to be proficient in mathematics. But it’s not easy to see why potential poets and philosophers face a lofty mathematics bar. Demanding algebra across the board actually skews a student body, not necessarily for the better.

I WANT to end on a positive note. Mathematics, both pure and applied, is integral to our civilization, whether the realm is aesthetic or electronic. But for most adults, it is more feared or revered than understood. It’s clear that requiring algebra for everyone has not increased our appreciation of a calling someone once called “the poetry of the universe.” (How many college graduates remember what Fermat’s dilemma was all about?)

Instead of investing so much of our academic energy in a subject that blocks further attainment for much of our population, I propose that we start thinking about alternatives. Thus mathematics teachers at every level could create exciting courses in what I call “citizen statistics.” This would not be a backdoor version of algebra, as in the Advanced Placement syllabus. Nor would it focus on equations used by scholars when they write for one another. Instead, it would familiarize students with the kinds of numbers that describe and delineate our personal and public lives.

It could, for example, teach students how the Consumer Price Index is computed, what is included and how each item in the index is weighted — and include discussion about which items should be included and what weights they should be given.

This need not involve dumbing down. Researching the reliability of numbers can be as demanding as geometry. More and more colleges are requiring courses in “quantitative reasoning.” In fact, we should be starting that in kindergarten.

I hope that mathematics departments can also create courses in the history and philosophy of their discipline, as well as its applications in early cultures. Why not mathematics in art and music — even poetry — along with its role in assorted sciences? The aim would be to treat mathematics as a liberal art, making it as accessible and welcoming as sculpture or ballet. If we rethink how the discipline is conceived, word will get around and math enrollments are bound to rise. It can only help. ...

Yes, young people should learn to read and write and do long division, whether they want to or not. But there is no reason to force them to grasp vectorial angles and discontinuous functions. Think of math as a huge boulder we make everyone pull, without assessing what all this pain achieves. So why require it, without alternatives or exceptions? Thus far I haven’t found a compelling answer.

Oh my goodness!
Let's treat Mathematics like a Liberal Art?
Yes, let's dumb it down like when we turned Civics and Geography into "Social Studies", and now American children cannot even locate their own state on a map! Nor do they understand the difference between Democracy and a Republic, or Socialism vs Capitalism.

Yes, probably if you get a job that doesn't require you to think in a logical manner or be able to understand how to solve problems or how numbers, shapes and calculations can be manipulated, yes, I suppose it's just a worthless exercise. A dumbed down populace will have no need for understanding the logic behind any calculation. They just need to know how to follow directions from those above them.

Why learn Algebra? It'll only make you overqualified for the jobs that will be left over after all the educated people from overseas have taken the good jobs in this country. You don't need Algebra to press a button that has a picture on it if you are a cashier at a fast food restaurant.

Sure, let's dumb down the population's understanding of Mathematics so that when the government feeds them a statistic they will just blindly believe it. Let's just make learning Mathematics a "need to know" endeavor. In fact, people shouldn't learn anything about what they won't use in life. Why should anyone learn about British History or Whales or Frog Anatomy? Those are tough subjects and of not much use to anyone now-a-days. It can be argued that I never should have learned anything about Marine Biology since I am not a Marine Biologist. And this is how absurd the writer's argument is.

Reading this article just made my blood boil.
And it is yet another reason why parents need to homeschool their children.. for it appears that government schools will continue to whittle away at the necessary elements of education that create people that can think logically, compute, design, understand and gain understanding from history.

The writer does not even address the problem of the lack of qualified educators. Perhaps children aren't grasping mathematical concepts like Algebra because their teachers suck! Don't even get me started on the garbage that passes as "curriculum" or textbooks!

Heaven forbid we give our children some challenging material to master..; especially if those children happen to be poor, disadvantaged and from difficult family circumstances.

Who needs Algebra?
Anyone who wants to be educated.
That's who.