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An Odd Citizen’s Search For Vanishing Freedoms

Wall Street Journal – R.I.P. for Me

November 20th, 2009

I have been a long-time reader and fan of the Wall Street Journal, especially the well-written editorial pages. The long-time editor of the editorial pages, the late Robert L. Bartley, used to say that his was the only newspaper that could claim to be sold largely if not solely on the merit of its editorials. I agree wholeheartedly with his contention.

But now I’m going to miss those pages. Yesterday my jaw dropped when I opened the WSJ’s solicitation to renew my subscription. In the past I’d always waited for them to make me an offer I couldn’t refuse, i.e., I refused to pay more than $0.50 per issue. So when the asking price was $250 or so per year I would wait for an offer of about $125 and enjoy the paper for another year. But this last letter pegged the new asking price at $500 per year, or $1.60 per issue. They’ve just priced themselves out of my budget unless they make me a $0.50 per issue offer.

Ever since Rupert Murdoch took over the paper I’ve been pleased with most of his changes. The paper features more international and national news and less arcane corporate stuff. I like that. Apparently Mudoch wants to position the WSJ as direct competition to the New York Times. OK by me, but at that price I just can’t justify it.

I used to subscribe to three newspapers daily and sometimes a fourth on Sunday. No longer. The local newspaper lost its competition earlier this year and the remaining rag, which was never a great paper before, is now junk. The delivery man refused to deliver it to our door, instead leaving it at the end of a long drive, so that got canceled too. Now I’m newspaperless when the current WSJ subscription expires.

It does seem to me that if Mr. Murdoch wants to keep his newspaper alive and profitable he’ll have to find a better and more economical way to deliver it — and offer it at reasonable price. Otherwise I suspect that a lot of others will take my path and drop their subscriptions. Eventually the fine editorial content that was once the province of the WSJ will find its way onto the web, as a lot of it has already.

I mourn the death of newspapers, but recognize that change is inevitable.

The newspaper is dead. Long live the news.

Death to Muhammad

November 9th, 2009

From USA Today the news that the Supreme Court refused to block the execution of John Allen Muhammad, the so-called “DC Sniper.”

It is no surprise that Obama’s appointee, Justice Sotomayor, joined with two other liberal court members to disparage the court decision.

Justices Stevens, joined by Ginsburg and Sotomayor, wrote, “By denying Muhammad’s stay application, we have allowed Virginia to truncate our deliberative process on a matter — involving a death row inmate — that demands the most careful attention. This result is particularly unfortunate in light of the limited time Muhammad was given to make his case in the district court.”

The statement continued, “I do not dissent from the Court’s decision to deny certiorari. I do, however, remain firmly convinced that no state should be allowed to foreshorten this Court’s orderly review of … first-time habeas petitions by executing prisoners before that review can be completed.”

Should the supreme court be the final arbiter on every death penalty case?

The Berlin Wall Didn’t Fall — It Was Pushed

November 9th, 2009

This still brings me tears of joy. It was a great day, the culmination of years of evil and blood. For my generation which was taught how to “duck and cover” (hide under one’s school desk) in case of atomic attack, for a generation in which some of us went to war to fight communist evil and thus had a small part in bringing down the evil empire — for us this was a most memorable milestone in our lives.

(Thanks to Club for Growth for bringing this video to my attention.)

Reflecting on this joyful video gives me hope that statism, no matter how well established it has become, can and eventually will cave in to the yearning of people for true freedom.

I’m also reminded, however, of the truth that “freedom isn’t free.” It is earned and purchased with blood and sacrifice.

I hope you will remember that on Veteran’s Day – November 11th.

Napolitano Worries About Muslims Hurt Feelings

November 9th, 2009

Characteristically, for the Obama gang, we learn from AP that our Secretary of Homeland Security is more worried about potential hurt feelings among Muslims than she is about terrorism.

“Janet Napolitano says her agency is working with groups across the United States to try to deflect any backlash against American Muslims following Thursday’s rampage by Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, a Muslim who reportedly expressed growing dismay over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Meanwhile we also learn more about Maj. Hasan’s aleged attempts to contact Al Qaeda. From ABC News:

U.S. intelligence agencies were aware months ago that Army Major Nidal Hasan was attempting to make contact with people associated with al Qaeda, two American officials briefed on classified material in the case told ABC News.

Political Correctness is Insanity.

60 Years of Shameful Brutality

October 1st, 2009

Worth Reading, an article about modern China from Mail Online, Marching to world domination: China celebrates 60 years of communism with a display of military might that should worry the West

We shouldn’t forget that the communist government of China has been responsible for the deaths of some 80 million of its own people through repression, starvation and outright official brutality.

Although the Chinese armed forces, with 2.5 million men are still not the military match for the west’s much smaller but more lethal force, this may not remain true, especially as Europe becomes ever more feminized and the U.S. loses its will to maintain a Pax Americana. And an increasing reliance on China as a source for manufacturing leaves the west vulnerable to a Chinese social calamity. But most important of all, these are brutal Communists. Don’t be fooled.

These guys are not our friends.

U.S. Bailout For Chinese Auto Industry

August 31st, 2009

GM to Invest $293 Million in China.

Has the world gone mad? Isn’t GM a U.S. government enterprise, dedicated to building little green roller skates with Union workers here in the Good Old USA? Isn’t this the company, so starved for capital, that it just screwed its former investors out of their capital so it could survive as a U.S. auto producer?

So let’s see — GM invests $293 Million of U.S. Taxpayer Dollars in China. China blows up, as it will inevitably do, and where does this leave poor old GM? Is there another story here?

Things get weirder and weirder in a country whose government is taken over by low class minority values and socialist wrecking balls. And I’m not referring to the “Cultural Revolution” either.

You Still Don’t Believe Obama is Socialist?

July 11th, 2009

Today I stumbled across the work of zombietime.com, through a reference by michellemalkin.com and was truly dumbstruck. It was hard to belive that what I was reading could be true — “must be the rantings of some mad conspiracy type,” I thought. But no, there is is in plain detail and context, the words and work of John Holdren, President Obama’s Science “Czar”.

In his 1977 book, EcoScience co-authored with Paul & Anne Ehrlich, Holdren advocates forced abortions, control of population by international police forces and mass sterilizations.

As an example, Dr. Holdren holds forth on page 787-788:

Adding a sterilant to drinking water or staple foods is a suggestion that seems to horrify people more than most proposals for involuntary fertility control. Indeed, this would pose some very difficult political, legal, and social questions, to say nothing of the technical problems. No such sterilant exists today, nor does one appear to be under development. To be acceptable, such a substance would have to meet some rather stiff requirements: it must be uniformly effective, despite widely varying doses received by individuals, and despite varying degrees of fertility and sensitivity among individuals; it must be free of dangerous or unpleasant side effects; and it must have no effect on members of the opposite sex, children, old people, pets, or livestock.

Be sure to read the original source linked above. It will chill you to the bone! But as early as March, 2009 warnings were going out about Holdren’s radical credentials. (Why am I not surprised that this is the first peep I’ve heard about how radical this guy is? I do read the newspapers.)

There are two lessons to be taken from this:

The first is that our Sun God president has surrounded himself with truly dangerous radicals. A man is known by the company he keeps, and when this company includes Jeremiah Wright (“God Damn America”), William Ayers (“I only wish we [the Weathermen] had set off more bombs.”), Carol Browner (member of Socialist International), and now John Holdren (advocating “a Planetary Regime—sort of an international superagency for population, resources, and environment. Such a comprehensive Planetary Regime could control the development, administration, conservation, and distribution of all natural resources, renewable or nonrenewable“) — how then can you not conclude that the man is a radical socialist?

The second lesson is that, to the true believer, the cause is interchangeable. (See my earlier article.) Today’s mania about global warming is the mirror image of the “population explosion crisis” of the 1970’s when the Ehrlichs and Club of Rome promoted universal panic about a “scientific consensus” that the world would run out of resources due to overpopulation. Politicians made speaches, wrung their hands and spent money for the cause, books were published, and critics were castigated. Of course now we realize that the population of the western countries is declining — oops! So onward to the next crisis that justifies the takeover of the world by the ever-brainy, oh-so-wise, so worldly academics of the left — Obama and Holdren among them.

This is truly sick, and truly dangerous.

Honduras – The Big Lie

July 10th, 2009

The former president of Honduras was constitutionally removed according to the L.A. Times article (Via Hugh Hewitt) by distinguished American lawyer Miguel A. Estrada, who emigrated from Honduras. Estrada was nominated to the U.S. Federal bench by President George W. Bush, but his confirmation was blocked by Democrats in congress.

This article provides Estrada’s analysis of the Honduran laws pertinent to the removal of President Zelaya and the transfer of power to now President Micheletti. Zelaya’s arrest was legal (not a Coup d’Etat as the press echos) although Estrada admits there may be some doubt about his exile prior to judicial proceedings.

So now we have Hillary Clinton entertaining Zelaya and a delegation from Honduras and calling for Zelaya’s restoral to power. It is reminiscent to her husband, Bill’s role in re-installing the vile crook Bertrand Aristide to power in Haiti. Of course, in this instance Bill and Hillary had cronies skimming millions of dollars from the Haitian telephone monopoly, so it made sense to them.

What makes the Honduran case so disgusting is the speed (hours) with which Zelaya’s ouster was branded as a military coup, and for tyrants like Hugo Chavez (who was, himself involved in Zelayas’s Honduran criminality), Fidel Castro, Evo Morales of Bolivia, and Rafael Correa — leftists all and all involved in extra-constitutional mischief to install themselves as tyrants — to loudly support Zelaya.

That this incident should be so mendaciously reported in the U.S. and world press, and that our own government personified by Obama (the Sun God) and Hillary (the fluff) would mindlessly buy into what is a completely false notion, and fall in line with a bunch of dictator or dictator wannabees — this is the reason I write this blog.

Just because “people say it” or “the press reports it” doesn’t mean it’s true. Quite often it is a big lie. In this case it’s an obvious one.

We should be better than that.

Chinese Communist Suicide Bomb

July 8th, 2009

More Communist Chinese Brutality: Tienanmin – unknown number killed by Chinese government forces, Tibet – unknown number killed by Chinese Government forces, Xinjiang province, Uighurs protest Chinese government brutality and at least 150 are gunned down by Chinese government forces. Thousands of troops are sent in to quell the native Uighur population. Local communist party boss says they’ll execute those responsible — for what?

Meanwhile, the U.S. is worried about whether the Communist leaders intend to continue buying U.S. Treasury Bond debt. U.S. businesses continue to export manufacturing to be done with slave labor in China. All this talk and worry about China’s economy is utterly naive. While in China itself, a small minority of its citizens are enriching themselves, and the vast majority of the people are shoeless and starving. The Communist government is no less despotic and corrupt now than it was earlier, at the cost of millions of lives. This is not a picture of an emerging world power, economic or otherwise. It is the picture of a disaster waiting to happen. China is a suicide bomb ready to explode. Unless the west wises up to the fact that Communism is and always has been a brutal, completely ugly and fundamentally evil governmental system, we’re at risk to be blown up along with China when it explodes, as it will inevitably do.

People do yearn for and need freedom. The Chinese people will achieve it only by massive violence to blow off the lid of Communist oppression. We need to get out of the way.

Honduras: Does Obama Hate Democracy?

June 30th, 2009

The socialist president of Honduras, Mr. Zelaya, was removed from office by order of the Honduran Supreme Court and the Honduran Congress. The army performed the arrest. Unlike a coup situation, this was completely in keeping with Honduran law. The Honduran congress selected Roberto Micheletti to be president. All of this is according to Honduran law.

The law breaker here was Mr. Zelaya, who tried to implement an illegal referendum so as to change the constitution, presumably so he could remain in office for another term (or two or three). The country’s attorney general obtained a ruling from the supreme court saying this was illegal. Zelaya fired the AG and stated his intention to hold the referendum election anyway. To do so he obtained ballots from his friend Mr. Chavez of Venezuela. The Supreme Court then ruled Zelaya’s actions illegal and (again under law) ordered the army to arrest and deport Mr. Zelaya.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, our Sun God President declares that the ouster of Zelaya is illegal and he should be reinstated. Our Fluff of State Hillary, scolds Honduras for upholding their laws. (I thought that under the Sun God we were supposed to mind our own business.) But, no, Sun God and Hillary join Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, and other socialist/communist dictators in condemning Hondurans for protecting their own democracy.

It’s become obvious that to Mr. Obama democracy is an irrelevant and silly concept. After all, why does anyone need democracy when they’re being ruled and cared for by a Sun God.

It makes on wonder just how tight the Sun God is with Mr. Chavez and his fellow dictators, and does the Sun God entertain similar dreams to rule the “evil” country he continually apologizes for?

Beware of this guy Obama and crew. They’re more dangerous than you can imagine. It just gets worse and worse.

Kissing Muslim Ass in Cairo

June 4th, 2009

As is his habit, President Obama droned on endlessly in Cairo, Egypt about America’s shortcomings and the ancient glories of Islam. He set up America’s perceived insults to Islam then insisted that He, Hussein, the quasi-Muslim-Messiah, atoned for them and would set it all to right.

We meet at a time of tension between the United States and Muslims around the world – tension rooted in historical forces that go beyond any current policy debate. The relationship between Islam and the West includes centuries of co-existence and cooperation, but also conflict and religious wars. More recently, tension has been fed by colonialism that denied rights and opportunities to many Muslims, and a Cold War in which Muslim-majority countries were too often treated as proxies without regard to their own aspirations. Moreover, the sweeping change brought by modernity and globalization led many Muslims to view the West as hostile to the traditions of Islam.

Violent extremists have exploited these tensions in a small but potent minority of Muslims. The attacks of September 11th, 2001 and the continued efforts of these extremists to engage in violence against civilians has led some in my country to view Islam as inevitably hostile not only to America and Western countries, but also to human rights. This has bred more fear and mistrust.

In so doing, Mr. Obama has framed the war against savage Islamist terrorist organizations as a religious war — Mr. Bin Laden couldn’t have hoped for a better way to promote his hatred among the entire Muslim population of the world.

As usual, Mr. Obama is loose with is facts. Has America ever been a colonial power in the Muslim world? Were the Muslim countries forced to cozy up with the Soviets during the cold war? Is he really saying that the “violent extremists” were inspired by “these tensions” to “attacks of September 11th,” which has “bred more fear and distrust.”

What he’s saying is that misbehavior of the “West” including “conflict and religious wars” is responsible for Muslim terrorism. And further, that “modernity and globalization” are Western sins that justify hostility on the part of Muslims. What garbage! I don’t think any Americans participated in the crusades, do you? What he’s saying is that Bid Laden’s medieval frame of reference is valid.

Let’s face it. Our president is kissing ass. See below.

Moreover, freedom in America is indivisible from the freedom to practice one’s religion. That is why there is a mosque in every state of our union, and over 1,200 mosques within our borders. That is why the U.S. government has gone to court to protect the right of women and girls to wear the hijab, and to punish those who would deny it.

(Emphasis added) “Punishment” by stoning, I suppose.

And on and on it went.

The speech was 6,000 words of harmful blather. Wake up and stop this idiot from destroying America.

Lawless Government, Stunning Thuggery

May 19th, 2009

As the Obama government becomes ever more lawless certain members of congress are engaging in stunningly ugly acts of thuggery. Thanks to Freedom Watch we have this:

1) A hedge fund manager publishes his opinion in a newspaper. Nothing sinister or odd about that.

2) A senior member of congress, Barney Frank and some congressional henchmen threatens this citizen in a manner that the Godfather would find impressive. I find this behavior despicable and a criminal abuse of power.

This is no joke. It it is a serious act of criminality by an increasingly criminal government.

Our Dear Leader Designs Autos Too

May 18th, 2009

In a breathtaking example of government by diktat, our Dear Leader Obama declares that cars will henceforth drive farther (35.5 mi.) per gallon of gas and emit less CO2 to “curb global warming.”

See:Obama to Set New Vehicle Rules, First Carbon Limit

Presumably the government/union dominated GM & Chrysler will oblige him — if they can, a dubious assumption to say the least. Remember, “It only has to be good enough for government work!”

What is the legal basis for this authority? We have a dictator. His friend Hugo Chavez would approve.

Tax Train A-Commin — Choo, Choo.

May 16th, 2009

A Bloomberg news report says Obama, the principal author of the current $1.8 Trillion deficit, is worried about too much borrowing and the potential for run-away interest rates. What whould we make of this? Is it a ploy to smoothe the way for government health care programs? Obama says health care costs are the reason for current economic problems.

Or is it a prelude for justification of massive tax increases?

Alarming Authoritarian Trends

April 14th, 2009

Newsweek Business headline: “We Are All Socialists Now — In many ways our economy already resembles a European one. As boomers age and spending grows, we will become even more French.”
(Note: maybe more Venezuelan?)

$5.7 Billion to be spent on Americorps. National service should be mandatory says Rahm Emanual. Original legislation mentioned “uniforms” The legislation authorizes 250,000 participants. (Note: this expansion would make it larger than the U.S. Marine Corps.)

To date, 20 states have passed or have pending resolutions declaring that under the U.S. Constitution’s 10th Amendment, the U.S. Government’s growing power and disregard of states rights has become unconstitutional. (Note: It’s about time someone noticed. Hope it’s not too late.)

Obama bows to king of Saudi Arabia while Islamic savages hijack ships, detonate bombs killing civilians, whip and stone women, and single-handedly prolong the scourge of polio (due to preaching of Islamist clerics in Nigeria, Pakistan, Afghanistan and India). Obama says we’re not at war with Islam. (Note: As things are going, maybe we will be soon.)

The Department of Homeland Insanity has issued a report warning of danger from “rightwing extremism” and especially “military veterans.” They say their concern stems from, among other things, the “Historical Presidential Election.” (Note: Better hide your guns and ammo. You may need them for their original second amendment purpose.)


We are Americans. We are the “can-do” country. We cherish our freedoms, not the perverted socialist definitions of “freedoms FROM”, but the American Freedoms TO. We cherish freedom to succeed and to fail, to speak and be spoken to, to assemble freely, protect our lives, property and liberty with arms if need be, believe or not believe in god, travel anywhere at will, to elect and regulate our government’s representatives and bureaucracy, to have control over our laws and our judiciary.

The headlines above indicate threatening authoritarian forces gathering strength all too rapidly. We must inform our fellow citizens, who are being kept in the dark and misinformed by the electronic and print media.

Don’t let this happen here, because it can happen only if we let it.

Obama Misrepresents America to the World

April 8th, 2009

So let’s see. Obama criticizes the U.S. as insensitive to Europeans, skips a planned visit to Omaha Beach graves of U.S. soldiers killed in D-Day invasion (so as not to “embarras” the Germans?), reassures islamic terrorists that they have nothing to fear from the U.S., tells Turks that their Islamic government is really good for them and tells Europe to accept Turkey into the E.U. — disgusting enough? How about bowing from the waist to the king of Saudi Arabia? Does this properly represent the U.S.? Does this represent you? See for yourself.

Obama is a disgrace to this country. Reverend Wright taught his pupil well.

Tea Party: Use Your Stimulous Check to Fight Back Against Socialism

March 26th, 2009

So we’re suposed to get a stimulus payment? Want to do some real good for the economy with your stimulous check?

Here’s what I’m going to do with mine. I’m going to use the whole thing to make pro-fiscal-responsability, anti-Obama, anti-Democrat political contributions. If enough of us did that it might make a real difference. It’s far more effective than a tea party.

Obama and His Democrats will take notice.

Hitler Youth Comming Soon to a School Near You?

March 26th, 2009

In the Washington Examiner:
Creepy Uniformed Americorps Mandatory Service actually passed by the House of Representatives looks a lot like the paramilitary youth indoctrination systems of the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany and Cuba.

Read the article. It is really chilling to anyone who knows anything about history.

I’m an advocate of universal military training and potential service as a duty for male adults. I think this is a patriotic duty to defend the country. But for the government to, in effect, draft, uniform, train (indoctrinate) children under any name is outrageously contrary to democracy and liberty we cherish.

It’s not law yet, but how could the House even consider passing such a monstrosity. Obama is acting like Hugo Chavez of Venezuela.

I could not have imagined it this bad, but this is the real socialist, totalitarian thing. What’s next?

Chinese Communist Brutality

March 24th, 2009

Communism is an inherently evil system and in China they’ve perfected the most evil parts. Look at this video to gain some awareness of the brutality the characterizes the Chinese government. Then ask yourself whether it is wise for the world’s manufacturing capacity to be migrating to China.

As if Tibet were a legitimate part of China rather than an occupied country, which is what it is.

The simple fact is that China is a timebomb. A government that represses its people in this way, that invades and occupies neighboring countries, and that has the vast disparity between oligarchs in Beijing and bare-foot peasants in the interior, that shows its callous disregard for its citizens by routinely producing toxic food products, jailing people for speaking their minds or practicing their religious beliefs — such a country will eventually explode in violence.

Look at the remaining Communist countries: China, Cuba, N. Korea, Vietnam — none of them trustworthy, all tyrannical, all brutal, all timebombs. Don’t be fooled. Communism is evil. It’s time to back out of our dependence on China’s cheap manufacturing capacity. It will eventually come back to bite us in a most painful way.

Nuclear Alternative to Carbon Cap & Trade

March 3rd, 2009

The new Obama federal budget calls for the government to collect 646 Billion dollars over the next 10 years in bids for carbon cap & trade privileges. The idea is that the government will license companies to emit carbon dioxide, but that these licenses will be limited in quantity and will be tradable by their owners.

Setting aside any skepticism about whether limits on carbon emissions will do anything useful, it is worthwhile to think about what $646 Billion means to the economy and what alternatives may be better use of the public’s money. It is, after all, the people’s money, because it will be produced out of the revenues of the companies purchasing the licenses. This means higher prices for products those companies produce. And the largest, by far, direct users of these licenses will be electric power generators — so your electricity bill will rise, and so will the bills of every industry that uses electricity — in other words, you pay in higher prices for nearly everything you buy.

So the federal government collects $646 Billion in new revenues, which are taxes on you, and then spends this money the way government always does, on waste and foolishness. And it will very likely do nothing at all beneficial for the environment. Isn’t there a better way?

Let’s suppose, as an alternative, that the same $646 Billion was invested by the private sector to build modern atomic power plants. That would purchase generating capacity of 323 one-gigawatt reactors. To put this into perspective, the total generating capacity of U.S. power plants in 2007 is estimated at 1,087 GW. To the added capacity of 323 reactors would expand U.S. energy production by 29.7%. No more energy shortages and lots of private sector jobs, too.

The 323 reactor estimate is based on Westinghouse Electric’s proposals for modern, standardized reactors built under a rational regulatory environment, i.e., licensing standardized designs, sane environmental requirements. This comes from an excellent
nuclear power web site by University of Melbourne, Australia.

The numbers in the table are the costs to generate electricity in US cents per KWHr for different interest rates and construction times. In essence, Westinghouse says it can build Advanced Builing Water nuclear reactors for $1,000 per kilowatt – after the first is built – and complete construction in 3 years each.

The cost of operating such reactors is shown below in cost per kilowatt hour. This compares favorably to coal (4.8-5.5 cents) and gas (3.9-4.1 cents) from a California study by bureaucrats trying to justify greenie energy solutions, so the numbers are probably high. (I haven’t found any other statistics yet. Maybe you know where to get them?)

Case 1, Construction Cost = $1 Billion. (Westinghouse claim for its AP1000 reactor after volume production. – abstracted from the U. of Melbourne study.)

Interest rate 3 years 4 years 5 years 7 years
5% 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.7
6% 2.4 2.5 2.7 3.1
7% 2.6 2.8 3.0 3.6
8% 2.8 3.0 3.3 4.4
9% 3.0 3.3 3.7 5.5
10 % 3.3 3.6 4.2 7.2

These government bureaucrats and greenies will argue that these nuclear costs should better be estimated at 11-14 cents with estimates for wind at 3 to 6 cents (when it blows?), but with enough logical jiggery-pokery you can make numbers come out almost any way you want. And I’d trust Westinghouse before I’d trust California’ regulators any day.

In any case, given the choice between more electricity financed by the private sector and generating profits for investors, and a vast new expansion of indirect taxation, wouldn’t the former be a better use for $646 Billion.

Forest Fire Jihad — Look Out Janet!

February 10th, 2009

Amidst the insanity of the big Stimulus riot we hear news that the Muslim Crazies are preaching “Forest Fire Jihad.” It is reported that a radical Islamic web site is encouraging the use of arson as a terror tactic.
See: Islam group urges forest fire jihad
Given the ferocity of recent fires in the U.S. West, Greece, Florida and now Australia, this threat should be taken seriously. It is certainly a more serious threat than an atomic or chemical weapon which currently engages the attentions of our Department of Homeland Insanity. It’s easy to imagine a huge conflagration created by a few fanatics with matches, or worse yet by more sophisticated tools. And I can’t think of any effective defense short of instructing forest rangers to shoot on sight any raghead seen with jug.
And it might come to this — unless, of course, the FBI and others are able and willing to infiltrate groups prone so such activities. Opps, but that would be “profiling,” wouldn’t it? Janet Napolitano take note!

Recession or Money Riot Panic?

January 20th, 2009

First, refer to the U.S. Government’s GDP figures for 2007 and the first three quarters of 2008. Does this look like recession to you?

Two graphs published by the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis provide further reenforcement to the contention that the current Money Riot has been caused by Henry Paulson waving the bloody shirt of “depression” before congress last September, a gullible public and a press eager to discredit President Bush. See my earlier article: Bent Reality Produces Fake Crisis”

Does this look to you like the start of a “Great Depression II”?

These graphs illustrate that the alarm and panic are of recent origin. Why was the recession backdated to Nov. 2007? Was it even a recession before the Paulson/Bernanke congressional performance?

See also the net employment statistics illustrated below — showing a drop in employment, mostly by large organizations in clear anticipation of crisis. The number drops abruptly in October and November. Paulson’s alarm was sounded in late September. So did his shrill alarm cause this obvious panic? The chart below illustrates the scared reaction of (mostly large, bureaucratic) companies anticipating a terrible recession or even depression.

Congress needs to get a grip and stop the riot now, before we spend ourselves into hyper-inflation and destroy the entire economy through hyper-regulation by hyper-ventilating politicians and depression zombies.

$700 Billion Money Riot

January 12th, 2009

Here’s Senator Inhoff’s opinion for those who haven’t been paying attention.

And the riot continues with the Obama Stimulus package. Stop it now! Write your congressman, join Dick Armey’s petition drive at Freedom Works

This may be the last fading chance we have to preserve democracy, personal freedom and market capitalism. Don’t waste it.

Congressional Report Says Man-Caused Global Warming is BUNK

December 23rd, 2008

U. S. Senate Minority Report:
More Than 650 International Scientists Dissent Over
Man-Made Global Warming Claims
Scientists Continue to Debunk “Consensus” in 2008

Read it here

The season for mob-think never ends. First Y2K scare, then man-caused Global Warming due to CO2, then the current Money Riot. But there are voices of reason out there. Read what these 650 global warming skeptics have to say — and surprise, these are scientifically credentialed people.

Government Money Riot

November 12th, 2008

We are witnessing a riot. Riots are instigated. When a couple of government bureaucrats storm into congress waving a bloody shirt and screaming that the financial system as we know it is about to collapse — when that happens, panic ensues. Panic begets a riot consisting of nationalizations, hundreds of billions of dollars thrown into “rescue” packages, the economic equivalent of buildings burning and blood in the streets.

Where does it stop? The tax system is unable to supply hundreds of billions for this plus hundreds of billions for that. There are only three places to get the money to repay the lenders from which it comes. Taxes, inflation, or confiscation of savings. The latter two are equivalent. We even hear congressional testimony about a plan for government to seize all private retirement assets (401-k, Kehoe, IRA, etc), similar to what is being done in Argentina by Peronist president Christina Kerchner. My bet is on massive inflation making the Carter years a fond memory of restraint.

The government is rioting, folks. The populace is in panic. The markets are in panic. It’s time to take a big breath, stop the government money riot and let the private market clear and settle the mess — with pain distributed where pain belongs, among the irresponsible.

Unfortunately that won’t include all the government bureaucrats and politicians who originally kindled the fire and then poured gasoline over it.

What If Obama is an Illegal Alien?

October 24th, 2008

The law suit by Pennsylvania attorney Philip J. Berg alleges that Barak Obama does not qualify to run for President of the U.S. because he is not a “natural born citizen” as required by Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution. It is alleged that he was actually born in Kenya, and that his birth was recorded several days later in Hawaii. Berg demands a “vault copy” of the original birth certificate as proof of “natural born citizen” status.

So far, Obama and the Democratic National Committee have refused to produce this evidence. (In Hawaii this is not public record, as it is in many other states.) In fact, they have filed legal papers to block Berg’s suit. Why have they done this?

The DNC did produce what they claim to be a birth certificate, but there is enough legitimate doubt about its validity that the request for a “vault copy” certified by the proper officials in Hawaii would seem reasonable enough.

It is really troubling to think about the ramifications of Berg’s claims being true. We would have a political party and a presidential candidate covering up a fraud involving constitutional provisions of the highest order and the fraudulent raising of over $600 million under false pretences. We might also have a president not constitutionally qualified to hold the office and a congress unwilling to impeach. Now that would be grounds for who knows what kind of upheaval. It should not be allowed to happen.

Obama and the DNC owe it to the American people to produce a valid birth certificate in response to Berg’s suit, and do it right now.

Meet the Obama Supporters

October 12th, 2008

Meet the people who will probably elect the next president of the U.S. Does this tell you something about their favorite candidate?

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WHAT Deregulation, Barak? Put up or Shut Up!

October 8th, 2008

OK, Obamanuts and liberal talking heads, I’m challenging you to put up or shut up. You blame everything you don’t like on “deregulation” as illustrated in this quote from the Nation (Dec. 26, 2000):

Capitalism is falling apart. Tires explode, utility rates skyrocket, pharmaceuticals kill patients, telephone service is a mess, airports are gridlocked, broadcasters rip off scarce airwave spectrum for free and salmon in the Northwest are becoming transgendered and unable to breed. Even successful dot-commers are an endangered species.

Yes, Virginia, we do need government regulation.

What? Well, let’s concentrate on the fianancial “deregulation” that you, Senator Obama, say caused the current financial crisis/panic. You name the regulation and then state how, had this regulation still been in effect it would have prevented the mess. You can’t do that because there has been no deregulation. You are playing on the ignorance of voters with your lies.

The real “deregulation” consisted of the exemption of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from accounting rules that applied to all private financial institutions. It consists of allowing government sponsored agencies to lobby and pay off members of congress, notably Barnie Frank, Chris Dod, Hillary Clinton and of course, Barak Obama. It consisted of allowing Franklin Raines to rake off $90 million in salary and bonus money over five years at the head of Fannie Mae. The real “deregulation” consisted of the CRA and congressional pressure to give out home loans to bums and vagrants, providing they were of the right color. Yes, that’s the “deregulation” you should be talking about.

Put up or shut up!

Are There Any Sane, Thinking People In Congress? YES!

October 1st, 2008

Lou Dobbs and like commentators aren’t normally the source of any good sense, but in this case they’re uncovering a few words of wisdom in the Washington Waste Pile. This interveiw of a couple of Democrats (surprise!) is worth a few minutes of time, if nothing more than a reminder that the Big Bail Out is a Fraud! Creative, fresh ideas are called for. Don’t get stampeded.

The Herd in Crisis

September 24th, 2008

The longer this financial “Crisis” goes on, the more it appears to be another case of herd instinct. Where are the other viewpoints on how to solve the problem? Near silence. Is everyone scared to speak up? Is anyone unafraid to get out of the stampede and speak clearly and originally? We’ve heard nothing sensible from congress.

Last night on PBS-TV we heard a panel discussion that included Allan Meltzer, PHD of Carnegie Mellon, the first fresh voice I’ve heard on the matter. His viewpoint is that the market should get us out of the “crisis” just as it got us in. If government support is needed, and he seemed to think it is, then it should come in the form or interest bearing loans to distressed institutions. They should borrow the money to work it out, then pay it back – and forgo executive bonuses and dividend payments until such time as the loans are repaid. For the first time an alternative, and one that makes sense.

And who are these institutions that Paulson wants to rescue? Wall Street as we knew it is gone. Maybe he’s thinking of Freddie and Fannie, who should be liquidated, not rescued. Who else is he talking about that needs the $700 Billion? Tell us Ben. Tell us Paul. We need to know.

And why should we believe that the same government regulators and politicians that nurtured the crisis are the ones we should rely upon to get us out? Turn the herd and the crisis will end.

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