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Russian Immigrant Writes About Similarities Between US Politics and the Old Soviet Russia

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Tactical Assault Rock from CroMagnum Arms International(CAI)

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Item condition:
Used

Assault Rock is used but in great condition considering its age. Less than 200 throws on this rock.

Ended:
Jan 12, 2013 06:58:32 PST
Winning bid:
US $39.00
21 bids ]
Shipping:
$10.00 Economy Shipping
Item location:
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States


Get this low speed, high drag assault rock while you still can. This is next on Dianne Feinstein's list.

Features:
-enhanced grip texture
-easily concealable
-can be thrown as fast as you can swing your arm
-available in standard finish or low tech tactical black spray paint

*This is not a weapon.
*This can not be attached to a weapon
*Does not include the "shoulder thing that goes up"
*This is for historical and decorative purposes only
*Can not be  sold to California residents
*If purchased assault rock must be watched carefully as they can develop a mind of their own
*Buyer's responsibility to check all local laws and regulations
*All ATF and NFA rules and regulations apply



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Questions from other members : Tactical Assault Rock from CroMagnum Arms International(CAI)
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Q: IS THIS AVAILABLE IN FOLDING OR COLLAPSIBLE MODELS? I'D LIKE IT 2 B MY BACKUP PIECE, SO IT NEEDS 2 B INNOCUOUS BUT READY!Jan-11-13
A: It is an A2, so not collapsible, but it is small enough for concealed carry.
Q: Is this AR domestically produced, or is it one of those Asian/Russian imports? Also, you make no mention of actual weight. I realize that most use these with small 'arms', but I am a licensed sling owner/user, and accuracy suffers with anything over 7000 grains. Please advise.Jan-11-13
A: I have not checked the weight, but your accuracy should be fine with this particular model. This model is produced domestically.
Q: What kind of warranty come with the assault rock? And where can I find spare parts if needed?Jan-11-13
A: No warranty comes with the assault rock, but it's built to last many lifetimes. If spare parts are need they can be found at any home improvement store.
Q: I currently have a semi-automatic rock thrower (I throw one rock with each swing of my arm) but I'm thinking of stepping up to a fully automatic model (multiple rocks with only one swing of my arm). Will this rock be compatible with that option? What cyclic rate do you think I can expect?Jan-11-13
A: I would expect up to 120 rocks per minute in short bursts depending on the arm used.
Q: A question before I bid. Will this rock fit in a 10 rock "clip"? I'm having problems finding anyone that has a 30 rock clip in stock.Jan-11-13
A: This assault rock does not have any such restrictions, your state might though.
Q: I live in NJ, My State probably already has this banned, but with an election coming up..My Governor will probably break with the democrats on this 1 issue and allow the sale of these to secure votes to fend off a Corey Booker Governorship...Will you have anymore come election time?Jan-11-13
A: We are producing as fast as possible, hard to keep up with the demand but we are doing our best. I recommend writing and calling your governor daily.
Q: Do I have to register this rock in Chicago? I am afraid of having my name and address published on a map as a registered rock owner.Jan-11-13
A: I won't tell them if you don't.
Q: I am concerned about grip size, as I have smallish hands. Would you regard the grip size has manageable for smaller hands? Also, is there a left-hand model available?Jan-11-13
A: This is the ambidextrous model. If the grip size is to large, it may be modified with a chisel(sold separately).
Q: Hi- I already own several assault rocks. Is there a legal limit to the number of AR's I can own? Also, is this a right or left-handed AR?Jan-11-13
A: This is the ambidextrous model. There are no assault rock limits at this moment. Though liberals may be afraid of you for hoarding such an arsenal.
Q: Hi, Do you have to ship my rock to a FRL dealer? I am really mad at someone right now and don't want to wait 10 days to get my rock.Jan-11-13
A: There is no FRL transfer necessary. Remember, no waits necessary for knives, baseball bats, cars, ninjas, etc.
Q: Hi, do I need a special permit to carry in my pocket?Jan-11-13
A: In most place you should be fine with just your Right to Bear Rocks, void where prohibited by law or neanderthal politicians.
Q: Hi. Will you also include a high capacity bag?Jan-11-13
A: I only sell standard capacity bags, but I'm sold out at the moment. A three year backorder may be available soon through BagPul.
Q: Hello, I'm interested in bidding but I live in New York. Is this a pre ban assault rock?Jan-11-13
A: This would be considered a pre ban assault rock, although I may not be able to add the tactical black spray paint if shipping to New York.
Q: Is there a optional high capacity pouch available for the Tactical Assault Rock?Jan-11-13
A: The Tactical Assault Rock can be used with any standard issue assault rock pouch. Older Than Dirt carries some that can be used with your MOLLE gear, I do not have any for sale. Although, I cant recommend doing business with Older Than Dirt, they are really taking advantage of this assault rock crisis.
Q: Is this Assault Rock concealable? Will you accept payment in the form of an equal weight of corn seeds?Jan-11-13
A: This assault rock is easily concealable. Corn seeds can not be accepted at this time, equal weight in cotton candy might be considered.
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I am ROFLMAO!!!! That is the funniest stuff I have read in a long time!! 
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I am ROFLMAO!!!! That is the funniest stuff I have read in a long time!! 


Me, too...! 


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Japanese Demographic Chart Shows A Strong Link To Real Estate Prices


Japans' baby boom peaked between 1940 and 1949, the US baby boom ended about 20 years later around 1962. As with Japan, the US baby boom generation is significantly larger than its' succeeding generations. The generational difference in Japan is relatively larger than for the US, this along with American immigration softens the effect expected for the US but does not eliminate it.

The chart shows the population of 42 year old Japanese minus the 84 year old population, year by year. Note the 42 year old population first fell below the 84 year olds in 1990, just as the Japanese Real Estate and Stock Market busts began. From there on Real Home prices followed the decline in the generation difference for the next 20 years. Note the blue generation difference line continues negative until 2034.

A temporary respite from the larger trend is currently afforded certain geographic areas of the US as a result of Federal Government bulk sales of distressed, deeply discounted mortgage loans to select Wall Street Investors. This will eliminate most of the REO, short sales and foreclosures previously overhanging the markets in California, Arizona, Colorado, Florida and other states. The Fed Gov requires the Wall Streeters to re-write the loans in generous terms for the troubled borrowers so they remain in their homes. This will significantly reduce the Shadow Inventory that was depressing home prices in several key states. The anticipated need for rehabs will also be reduced as previously flipped properties will remain in the hands of the current owners which is the goal of the Federal plan.

For the US there is a clear political element to the declining RE prices as attributed to population. Approximately 49,500,000 abortions since 1973 have wiped out half of the succeeding generation. As with commodities and products, that which isn't produced here must be "imported". These predictable results, as Harry Dent shows, were no doubt a completely unintended and unconsidered consequence of Roe v. Wade, that does and will have a major effect on the US economy for decades to come.

Japan is the 3rd or 4th largest economy in the world. Its' land area is 145,946 square miles compared to the US area of 3,615,054 sq. miles. Geographically Japan is only 4% the size of the US yet has a population almost equal to half the 310,000,000 of the US. The US has over 20 times (2,000%) the land area of Japan but only twice the population.



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Growth and Size of Private Debt Dwarfs Government Debt

Harry Dent has a reasonable and unique solution to our Debt problem. Compare this to the insane and ridiculous solutions proposed by Paul Krugman, the White House, Nancy Pelosi, Jerry Nadler and Harry Reid such as the $Trillion Platinum Coin shown on the previous page.


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So yesterday I explained how we’re being led by a bunch of financial idiots who mistakenly think irresponsible stimulus is the way to a thriving economy.

That’s like a drug addict taking more crack because it’ll help prevent the withdrawal pains.

They’re nuts.

The ONLY thing they’re achieving is to prevent the economy from deleveraging the greatest debt bubble in history.

How large was that debt bubble?

In the U.S. we created $42 trillion in private debt and $15 trillion in government (and other) debt between 1983 and 2008. That’s a total of $57 trillion!

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Half of that, or $29 trillion, was created in the extreme bubble just between 2000 and 2008.

Oh, and that doesn’t count the estimated $66 trillion in unfunded entitlements for Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security that will impact our economy and government budgets progressively over the next four decades as the massive Baby Boom retires.

If you take a simple 30,000 foot view, it is impossible for the U.S. and other developed countries to move forward and grow again with total debt ratios (including unfunded entitlements) that total up to between seven and nine times GDP.

The reality is we are going to have to restructure our massive private debts first, and then over time restructure our government deficits and entitlements.

And yes, that means austerity and pain.

If we don’t go through this process in the coming decade, then we, like Japan, will never really grow again… especially not with our demographic trends that move down for the next decade and up only modestly for decades after that.

How to Solve This Dilemma

First, the government should be proactive in helping restructure the $42 trillion in private debt in the U.S. Instead of injecting trillions into the banking system for free, and suspending “mark to market” rules for loans, the government should only grant assistance to banks in direct proportion to the loans they write down for consumers and businesses.

We should be able to write down about $22 trillion to get us back to pre-bubble levels. For every $1 that banks write down, the Fed could grant say 25 cents to help cover their losses so that the banking system does not just totally collapse as it did in the Great Depression.

Under this plan, writing off $22 trillion in private debt would cost the Fed $5.5 trillion. That is much less than the amount of monetary injections of $10 trillion that the Fed is on track to give if it continues its present policies into 2022… before the economy starts to grow long-term again.

The difference is we would lose $22 trillion in private debt and take off the backs of consumers and businesses about $1.5 trillion a year in principal and interest payments.

Now that is a stimulus program!

That would add about 10% a year in new cash flow for spending and savings to our economy to help restore balance again and allow growth, even in the period of demographic decline from 2008 to 2022.


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Thanks for the great article Johnny Cash. Do you have a link to the original article? Do you have anything else that is recent from Harry Dent regarding his predictions for the real estate market?

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The President is taking "Executive Actions", over 20 at last count, to limit certain rifles and magazines, to extend background checks and provid "Resource Officers" for public schools. What's a "Resource Officer"? A brand new plum Federal job for a political lackey who will intimidate school administrators to follow only Federal directives on political policy and student instruction.

So far the President has been mindful of the Constitutional  and Supreme Court prohibitions against Presidential legislation though he wants to give the ignorant the impression that he isn't. "Executive Actions" are a new phrase but even if he called them "Executive Orders" or "Presidential Directives" he still has no power to create law. So the "actions" are requests Federal bureaucracies and suggestions to Congress to make the laws he wants.

The Presidents' long list of requests issued today cover guns, gun owners and millions of law abiding citizens. He has no "Executive Action" for the small number of crazy people, specifically young men students on school administered psycho-active pharmaceuticals who perform massacres. Rather he is chasing after assault rifles which were only involved in 300 murders per year nationwide as of the latest survey. Background checks for gun buyers have been in force for decades as have 3 day to two week waiting periods before gaining possession.

So why has the President aimed the Federal police bureaucracies at the law abiding but not the murderers?

Even more bizarre Gov. Cuomo of NY has passed more restrictive gun laws in that state which already has some of the most stringent gun laws in the US --- and one of the highest murder rates too. Likewise Chicago and Detroit which both have very restrictive gun ownership laws and the highest gun murder rates in the country. Over-Restrictive gun ownership laws have been in force for over a century and have failed to reduce crime but have given criminals a monopoly on gun ownership.

It's like everything Liberals implement -- it always seems to work backwards from the intentions.

Coulter: Guns don’t kill people, mentally ill do

Seung-Hui Cho, who committed the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007, had been diagnosed with severe anxiety disorder as a child and placed under treatment.

But Virginia Tech was prohibited from being told about Cho’s mental health problems because of federal privacy laws.

At college, Cho engaged in behavior even more bizarre than the average college student. He stalked three women and, at one point, went totally silent, refusing to speak even to his roommates. He was involuntarily committed to a mental institution for one night and then unaccountably unleashed on the public, whereupon he proceeded to engage in the deadliest mass shooting by an individual in U.S. history.

The 2011 Tucson, Ariz., shopping mall shooter, Jared Loughner, was so obviously disturbed that if he’d stayed in Pima Community College long enough to make the yearbook, he would have been named “Most Likely to Commit Mass Murder.”

RELATED: Rand Paul fights for our gun rights, introduces legislation to counter Obama’s executive orders

After Loughner got a tattoo, the artist, Carl Grace, remarked: “That’s a weird dude. That’s a Columbine candidate.”

One of Loughner’s teachers, Ben McGahee, filed numerous complaints against him, hoping to have him removed from class. “When I turned my back to write on the board,” McGahee said, “I would always turn back quickly — to see if he had a gun.”

On her first day at school, student Lynda Sorensen emailed her friends about Loughner: “We do have one student in the class who was disruptive today, I’m not certain yet if he was on drugs (as one person surmised) or disturbed. He scares me a bit. The teacher tried to throw him out and he refused to go, so I talked to the teacher afterward. Hopefully he will be out of class very soon, and not come back with an automatic weapon.”

The last of several emails Sorensen sent about Loughner said: “We have a mentally unstable person in the class that scares the living cr** out of me. He is one of those whose picture you see on the news, after he has come into class with an automatic weapon. Everyone interviewed would say, Yeah, he was in my math class and he was really weird.”

That was the summer before Loughner killed six people at the Tucson shopping mall, including a federal judge and a 9 year-old girl, and critically wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, among others.

Loughner also had run-ins with the law, including one charge for possessing drug paraphernalia — a lethal combination with mental illness. He was eventually asked to leave college on mental health grounds, released on the public without warning.

RELATED: GOP leaders respond to Obama’s gun rights restrictions

Perhaps if Carl Grace, Ben McGahee or Lynda Sorensen worked in the mental health field, six people wouldn’t have had to die that January morning in Tucson. But committing Loughner to a mental institution in Arizona would have required a court order stating that he was a danger to himself and others.

Innumerable studies have found a correlation between severe mental illness and violent behavior. Thirty-one to 61 percent of all homicides committed by disturbed individuals occur during their first psychotic episode — which is why mass murderers often have no criminal record. There’s no time to wait with the mentally ill.

James Holmes, the accused Aurora, Colo., shooter, was under psychiatric care at the University of Colorado long before he shot up a movie theater. According to news reports and court filings, Holmes told his psychiatrist, Dr. Lynne Fenton, that he fantasized about killing “a lot of people,” but she refused law enforcement’s offer to place Holmes under confinement for 72 hours.

However, Fenton did drop Holmes as a patient after he made threats against another school psychiatrist. And after Holmes made threats against a professor, he was asked to leave campus. But he wasn’t committed. People who knew he was deeply troubled just pushed him onto society to cause havoc elsewhere.

Little is known so far about Adam Lanza, the alleged Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooter, but anyone who could shoot a terrified child and say to himself, “That was fun — I think I’ll do it 20 more times!” is not all there.

It has been reported that Lanza’s mother, his first victim, was trying to have him involuntarily committed to a mental institution, triggering his rage. If true — and the media seem remarkably uninterested in finding out if it is true — Mrs. Lanza would have had to undergo a long and grueling process, unlikely to succeed.

As The New York Times’ Joe Nocera recently wrote: “Connecticut’s laws are so restrictive in terms of the proof required to get someone committed that Adam Lanza’s mother would probably not have been able to get him help even if she had tried.”

Taking guns away from single women who live alone and other law-abiding citizens without mental illnesses will do nothing about the Chos, Loughners, Holmeses or Lanzas. Such people have to be separated from civil society, for the public’s sake as well as their own. But this is nearly impossible because the ACLU has decided that being psychotic is a civil right.

Consequently, whenever a psychopath with a million gigantic warning signs commits a shocking murder, the knee-jerk reaction is to place yet more controls on guns. By now, guns are the most heavily regulated product in America.

It hasn’t worked.

Even if it could work — and it can’t — there are still subway tracks, machetes, fists and bombs. The most deadly massacre at a school in U.S. history was at an elementary school in Michigan in 1927. It was committed with a bomb. By a mentally disturbed man.

How about trying something new for once?


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Is The Bond Market Poised For Collapse?

Larry Edelson is a long time market analyst and poses this interesting question in reaction to the upcoming Debt Limit debate and the notion that this will prevent the US Government from making it's loan payments (default) which will lead to a jump in interest rates.

There are a couple of flies in Larrys' predictive ointment. Even if the Government "Shuts Down"  it still has plenty of current income to meet all its' debt payments AND is required to pay them prior to anything else in the budget. Likewise current income provides funds for Military and Social Security payments.  So the Default is not possible for the foreseeable future, Shutdown or not. The military and civilian security forces remain active and paid too, as do some other Federal Agencies.

Warren Buffett has an interesting saying: "When the tide goes out it will become clear who is swimming naked". Indeed when the tide of Federal largesse is forcibly restricted (even temporarily as serious and necessary spending cut debates ensue) we will see which parts of the massive Federal Government are really necessary or at least necessary at current bloated budget levels. This would be a useful experiment and a warning to the Federal Bureaucracies that their usefulness is in question and their free-spending days are long gone. This would be very positive for the Federal credit rating.

Larrys' presentation hinges on a "Shutdown" causing immediate default. This just isn't true though certain media outlets and Washington politicians want the gullible part of the American electorate to believe so.

Larry shows a couple of interesting graphs on long term interest rates which suggest to him a 60 year cycle. See the graph which starts in the 1830s. Yet graphs of commercial interest rates (see St. Louis Federal Reserve FRED graphs) from 1914 to the present show flat to falling rates in the 2% to 5% range which peaked in the early 1980s'  at over 20%. Since that singular event rates have fallen for the last 32 years to below 4% now. In other words it took 66 years for rates to form a peak from 1914 to 1980 but it has only been 32 years from 1980 to today. So we are roughly 34 years short, gauging from the previous cycle, to another peak. Interest rates today are most closely akin to those of the Great Depression, though ours are lower now.

If there was a short term rise in rates due to investors fear it would cause a short term decline in bond prices. Rising rates typically cause the stock markets to sell-off and the value of the US Dollar to rise. Rising rates obviously increase the cost of borrowing which has a negative effect on private sector business which leads to further unemployment. We already have Great Depression levels of unemployment and interest rates.

Rising interest rates also slow the velocity of money which effectively contracts the US money supply as less money is demanded at higher rates and encumbered businesses face added expense. This is especially true in a Depression economy.

So by and large, there are beneficial effects to the upcoming Debt Limit Debate and a couple of negative ones for the unprepared.


Government Shutdown Coming?
by Larry Edelson


In a previous article I told you how there was one — and only one market — that stood out above all others for 2013: The bursting of the U.S. Treasury bond market and its consequence, soaring interest rates.

I also showed you the chart to the right, the well-established 64-year cycle in interest rates ...

Which shows interest rates bottoming last year, precisely on target.

There is truly, virtually nowhere for interest rates to go but up.

So now the two remaining questions are: 1. When will interest rates start rising? And 2. What will be the cause?”

I’ll answer them for you today.

First, interest rates are already rising! Simply glance at the chart to the right and you can see how sharply the 30-year Treasury plunged since mid-November. More than 5 full points.

That’s a steep decline by any measure. And keep in mind it occurred after the Fed announced “unlimited bond buying.”

It also translates into a rise in 30-year rates from 2.69% to 3.18%, in a short three months.

While bond prices might be bouncing now, don’t count on it being anything but a bounce. More downside is coming, much more. And rates are headed higher, much higher.

Simply take a look at my third chart today, a monthly chart of bond prices overlaid with the monthly trading cycles for bonds (red line).

Notice the sharp drop in the red line heading into March/April of this year.

This chart is essentially forecasting a plunge, or even a crash in bond prices, dead ahead.

As I warned previously, you should be out of all U.S. (and European) bond investments by now. If you’re not, get out immediately.

Second,as to what would cause bonds to plunge so sharply and interest rates to soar so suddenly, one can only guess what the fundamental forces would be. There are many. But in my mind, it will probably be something related to the upcoming spending and budget negotiations.

President Obama has already made it clear he’s not going to concede anything. If he sticks to his promise, then Washington is not going to reach an agreement on the debt ceiling and the government is going to shut down. That would send bonds reeling, and rates soaring.

It wouldn’t surprise me one bit at all. It’s already in the cards, per the cycle chart above. So prepare yourself. Washington may go out of business soon, at least temporarily.

Personally, I wish Washington would just shut down completely and go through a sort of corporate bankruptcy reorg. It’s high time we got completely new leadership and completely reorganized our federal government, from the bottom up and the top down.

Of course, that’s not going to happen. Not yet at least. We may have to wait four more years.

But don’t wait a second more to protect yourself. U.S. Treasury notes and bonds will soon turn out to be the worst investment of all time.

As to what would happen to other markets when bonds plunge yet again, and if the government shuts down ... don’t automatically assume anything.

We’re in strange times, and strange things can happen. For instance ...

— Suppose investors are scared out of their minds, and opt for cash instead of gold? Gold many not take off then, as one would normally expect. Or ...

— Suppose investors are so fed up with Washington and the bond market they decide Apple is a safer bet. Or ExxonMobil is? Or Procter & Gamble is? Stocks could actually soar if the government shuts down.

I don’t know precisely what will happen. But I do know this ...

A. The U.S. bond market is a disaster in the making.
B. One needs to keep an open mind today; we are going through a period that is virtually unprecedented. Anything can happen.


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Anti-Depressant Drugs Killed Newtown Children, Not Guns

Over twenty years ago in 1992 Dr. Tracy spoke to the NRA and warned that new anti-depressant pharmaceutical drugs would soon cause a generation of mindless violence. She further warned that this would become the basis for a Government attack on gun owners and the 2nd Amendment. The NRA took no action on the prescient warning.

Dr. Tracy has been proven correct. Even after 20 years of evidence linking serotoneric drugs as causal agents to senseless gun murders the Federal Government still has not learned the source of the problem that Dr. Tracy discovered two decades ago.

Ann Blake Tracy, PhD, has been researching, writing, and lecturing about serotoneric medications since 1990. And since 1992 has been testifying in court cases involving antidepressants & the newer atypical antipsychotics in both the US & Canada.


ANTIDEPRESSANT-INDUCED VIOLENCE LEADING US TO GUN CONTROL & COMING RELEASE OF VIDEO OF SCHOOL SHOOTER & FATHER TELLING THEIR STORY – REM SLEEP BEHAVIOR DISORDER PLAYS A ROLE IN SCHOOL SHOOTINGS

ANTIDEPRESSANT-INDUCED VIOLENCE LEADING US TO GUN CONTROL

ANTIDEPRESSANTS??? Although we have not yet learned what school shooter Adam Lanza was taking we do know he had a diagnosis of Aspergers  for which antidepressants are prescribed as a standard treatment by the large majority of physicians.  (If you will recall the young man who was involved in the violence with a bow & arrow that left three dead in Casper, WY the week before had also been diagnosed with Aspergers meaning it was also likely he too was taking antidepressants or recently had taken them because this can happen in withdrawal from the drugs if withdrawn too rapidly.) And I stated when this Portland mall shooting happened a week or so ago that this case clearly appeared to be antidepressant-induced as well. But when you consider the outcome in this case as opposed to the shooting at the school last Friday you can see why it is not being mentioned by those wanting to point their fingers at more gun control. There would have been far more deaths in this incident had this mall customer not have had a gun permit.

MY TOMBSTONE HISTORY

Before I began to research antidepressants I was very much anti-gun even though my great great grandfather was Mayor of Tombstone, Arizona during one of the most violent periods – the OK Coral Days. Wyatt Earp was his sheriff & Johnny Ringo was his friend and one day he had to stand between them to stop a gun battle. But my kids will tell you I refused to even allow toy guns in our home. But now AFTER learning about these drugs and interviewing so many who have had adverse reactions involving violence with any type of weapon my views have changed completely.

SHOOTER’S DESIRE TO DIE RATHER THAN HARM ANOTHER

Why? Because everyone of them has made the statement that they wish someone would have stopped them (with a bullet if necessary) from doing what they did while having this toxic reaction that led them to such out of character violence where they could not stop themselves and yet did not want anyone hurt. Do I believe those feelings were any different for the school shooters from Eric Harris & Dylan Kleebold to Adam Lanza? NO!!! I have always said that they would have been the ones most shocked by their own actions as they reached the other side and were able to realize what they had done because of these deadly drugs.

EEERIE PROPHESY OR SIMPLE MATH?

In fact in 1992 I contacted the NRA and told them that if they did not help to educate the public about antidepressants that these drugs would be the means by which enough violence would errupt in our society for those in power to call for the taking of America’s guns. Apparently 20 years ago I was the only one to see this coming and was not taken seriously. Now here we sit right in the middle of it all…

Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,
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Nightmare! & safe withdrawal CD Help! I Can’t Get
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A very ironic point is raised by Mr. Farah. The President has sealed his personal records under Executive Order from the first day of his presidency. The Presidents' health, selective service, education, passport, Indonesian immigration, Social Security and valid birth records are all secret. Yet he demands personal records on law abiding citizens.

Obama wants background checks on you

Exclusive: Joseph Farah pinpoints astounding irony of latest executive orders

Published: 10 hours ago

What’s the definition of irony?

How about a sitting president who, after four years, has provided next to zero validated information about himself demanding that citizens of the United States undergo more federal background checks to exercise their most basic Second Amendment rights?

That’s just one of the outrages I find in the 23 executive orders issued by the White House designed to discourage law-abiding U.S. citizens from purchasing firearms for their own self-defense and to ensure that tyrants like himself have a monopoly on force in our country.

Sure he wants background checks on all firearms purchases. Why? Because the government wants to know where all the guns are. Never mind that the tragedy that prompted this government and media hysteria for more gun control would not have been averted with all the background checks in the world. The shooter stole his weapon.

But turnabout is fair play.

Background checks?

I think the American people deserve to see some background checks on Barack Obama.

Here’s what most Americans would like to see:

  • his travel and passport records;
  • his academic transcripts;
  • his records on how he jumped from Occidental College to Columbia and Harvard Law School;
  • the records on who paid for his education;
  • his health records;
  • his school records that would establish his whereabouts from the time he was 5 until he entered Occidental College;
  • his immigration records to determine if he ever gave up his U.S. citizenship during his travels and years living in Indonesia;
  • his Social Security records to determine how and why the number he is using was issued by the state of Connecticut, a jurisdiction his official biography claims he never lived in;
  • his Selective Service registration records;
  • his adoption records;
  • and, of course, his legitimate birth records, which, according to the only law enforcement investigation ever conducted on the matter determined those he has produced are fraudulent.

Now, you can agree with me and Sheriff Joe Arpaio on the last one or not. But it really doesn’t matter. In fact, I’m even willing to close the chapter on the birth certificate matter. Though the question remains, how is this guy eligible to be president when he, according to his own story, is the son of a Kenyan goat herder and an American woman too young to bestow natural born citizenship on her son – no matter where he was born? And why all the secrecy about something as innocent as a birth certificate?

But forget that, for a moment. Nobody cares. It’s water under the bridge. Obama has, among other things, successfully redefined the constitutional requirement to serve as president.

Still, Obama has more secrets than any would-be gun purchaser I have ever met in my life. Yet he has Secret Service protection. He obviously sees the value of armed defense or he would dispatch those agents tout suite. He obviously cares about the safety of his own children because they are provided with armed security, too. He just doesn’t think your kids should have any – even if his is provided courtesy of the taxpayers of the U.S. and yours is provided with your own money and time.

So, I say it’s time for Obama to submit to some public background checks.

How is it that with so many secrets regarding his life and identity, he has the cojones to demand background checks on Joe Q. Citizen, who simply wants to exercise his constitutional rights to protect his life, liberty and property?

He wants background checks on me?

My life is an open book.

He wants background checks on you?

Are you asking to handle highly classified documents like him? Or are you just being a responsible citizen and watching out for your family – at no expense to the taxpayer?

I’m shocked that no one else has seen the irony in the only man one could honestly characterize as the “Manchurian President” demanding background checks on ordinary, hard-working, law-abiding Americans to whom he is pledged serve.


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This is one way to keep America unemployed and separated from its' own natural resources. Soon we'll buy American oil from the Chinese. It's very hard to believe there are no American companies with the desire and capital to own the assets sold to the Chinese. That way the US could sell oil to the Chinese and cover its' debts to them in the profitable way.

Maybe it's part II (part I worked so well --- Solyndra) of his brilliant "Green Energy Plan", ie; sell all the non-Green stuff to Chinese companies. The Chinese would not be so open to American companies owning Chinese oil fields. The best laid Liberal plans always work the opposite of the intentions.


Obama lets Chinese own U.S. energy resources

Beijing acquiring major ownership in oil, natural gas across nation

Published: 9 hours ago

NEW YORK – The Obama administration is quietly allowing China to acquire major ownership interests in oil and natural gas resources across the U.S.

The decision to allow China to compete for U.S. oil and natural gas resources appears to stem from a need to keep Beijing economically interested in lending to the U.S. The Obama administration has run $1-trillion-plus annual federal budget deficits since taking office that likely will continue in the second term.

Allowing China to have equity interests in U.S. energy production is a reversal of the Bush administration’s policy. In 2005, the Bush administration blocked China on grounds of national security from an $18.4 billion deal to purchase California-based Unocal Corp.

As WND reported Monday, Beijing has been developing a proposal in which real estate on American soil owned by China would be set up as “development zones” to establish Chinese-owned businesses and bring in its citizens to the U.S. to work.

China leased first oil rights in Texas

China’s first major move into the U.S. oil and natural gas market can be traced to October 2009, when the state-owned Chinese energy giant CNOOC bought a multi-million dollar stake in 600,000 acres of South Texas oil and gas fields.

Jerome Corsi exposes the globalists’ plan to put America on the chopping block in “America for Sale: Fighting the New World Order, Surviving a Global Depression, and Preserving USA Sovereignty,” available at WND’s Superstore.

Reporting the story, Monica Hatcher of the Houston Chronicle suggested China was “testing the political waters for further energy expansion into U.S. energy reserves.”

China’s purchase of U.S. oil and natural gas rights will strike millions of Americans as paradoxical, since the U.S. continues to be a net importer of approximately 60 percent of the oil consumed in the U.S.

The Chronicle reported China paid $2.2 billion for a one-third stake in Chesapeake Energy assets, with CNOCC laying a claim to a share of energy resources in South Texas that could produce up to half a million barrels of oil per day.

The Houston paper reported that as part of the deal, CNOCC agreed to pay approximately $1.1 billion for a share of Chesapeake’s assets in the Eagle Ford, a broad oil and gas formation that runs southwest of San Antonio to the Mexican border.

The Chronicle also reported that the deal with China could create as many as 20,000 jobs in the U.S. and provide the capital Chesapeake needs to increase its rig count in South Texas from 10 to 42 by the end of 2012.

China’s oil interests

Along with CNOOC, which is 100-percent owned by the communist Chinese government, Sinopec Group also is purchasing energy interests in the U.S.

Sinopec Group is the largest shareholder of Sinopac Corporation, a state-owned investment company incorporated in 1998 largely to acquire and operate oil and natural gas interests worldwide.

The Wall Street Journal recently compileda state-by-state list of the $17 billion in oil and natural gas equity interests CNOOC and Sinopec have acquired in the U.S. and Canada since 2010.

  • Colorado: CNOOC gained a one-third stake in 800,000 acres in northeast Colorado and southwest Wyoming in a $1.27 billion pact with Chesapeake Energy Corporation.
  • Louisiana: Sinopec has a one-third interest in 265,000 acres in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale after a broader $2.5 billion deal with Devon Energy.
  • Michigan: Sinopec gained a one-third interest in 350,000 acres in a larger $2.5 billion deal with Devon Energy.
  • Ohio: Sinopec acquired a one-third interest in Devon Energy’s 235,000 Utica Shale acres in a larger $2.5 billion deal.
  • Oklahoma: Sinopec has a one-third interest in 215,000 acres in a broader $2.5 billion deal with Devon Energy.
  • Texas: CNOOC acquired a one-third interest in Chesapeake Energy’s 600,000 acres in the Eagle Ford Shale in a $2.16-billion deal.
  • Wyoming: CNOOC has a one-third stake in northeast Colorado and southeast Wyoming after a $1.27 billion pact with Chesapeake Energy. Sinopec gained a one-third interest in Devon Energy’s 320,000 acres as part of a larger $2.5 billion deal.

The Wall Street Journal reported China’s strategy – implemented since 2010 by Fu Chengyu, who has served as chairman of both CNOOC and Sniopec – is to “seek minority stakes, play a passive role, and, in a nod to U.S. regulators, keep Chinese personnel at arm’s length from advanced U.S. technology.”

China moving into Gulf of Mexico

After a difficult political struggle, China received permission last month from the Canadian government to make its largest overseas acquisition of oil and natural gas interests outside China, acquiring Canadian energy producer Nexen Inc. for $15.5 billion. In the process, China acquired Nexen oil and natural gas operations in the Gulf of Mexico in U.S. waters.

Although the deal still requires approval from CIFUS, the U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment, the acquisition of Nexen’s high-tech ultra-deepwater drilling resources in the Gulf of Mexico was a major reason China sought to acquire the company. CNOOC, a company that derives nearly all its domestic capacity from shallow waters, has announced a goal of producing 1 million barrels of oil per day from ultra-deepwater oil and natural gas facilities by 2020, more than doubling current capacity.

In 2010, China passed the U.S. to become the world’s largest energy consumer, according to the International Energy Agency. China consumed 2.252 billion tons of oil equivalent in 2009, approximately 4 percent more than the U.S.


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Whole Foods CEO John Mackey recently upset some of his own customers with a candid but unflattering comparison of US Government policy to those of Pre-WWII Europe (Italy, Spain, Germany, Greece, Balkans,Vichy France, eastern Europe) .

Purists find great distinctions between Fascism, a popular form of Socialism in pre-1945 Europe, and Communism. History shows they are both military dictatorships which robbed, subjugated and murdered millions of their own citizens and those of other nations. In that light their differences fade to insignificance.



Fascists Force Capitalists to be Quiet about Fascism

John Mackey, the CEO of Whole Foods, compared Obamacare to fascism. As usual, the fascists took offense. “Fascists seek to unify their nation through a totalitarian state that seeks the mass mobilization of the national community through discipline, indoctrination, and physical training.” Except for the physical training, the Obama government is a modern-day example of fascism. “It promotes regulated private enterprise and private property contingent whenever beneficial to the nation and state enterprise and state property whenever necessary to protect its interests.”

A number of Whole Food customers are taking out their pro-Obama rage on the upscale health food store chain because of Mackey’s criticism of their political god, you know, the one that the latest online issue of Newsweek declared to be the embodiment of “The Second Coming.” Here’s one example:

“I am very offended over your comparing President Obama’s health care program to fascism. Your apology probably is only for fear of losing customers, which I certainly hope you will. I will never speak highly of your store again, and I will certainly cut back on my shopping there. Shame on you,” wrote Dorothy Blalock.

I wonder how this person would have felt if Mr. Mackey had compared President Obama’s economic policies to socialism. In fact, it was Newsweek magazine that pronounced on the cover of a February 2009 issue that “We’re All Socialists Now.” There were many times when President Obama was said to be a socialist. Where was the outrage then?

The fact is, so many people are comfortable with socialism that they don’t see it as a destructive worldview. They are socialists, and they vote for socialists.

But there is a closer alliance of socialism and Nazism than with fascism, although there were fascist elements in Nazism. In fact, Nazism is a shortened form for “National Socialism.” Far from being a political and social movement of the Right, Nazism is on the Left side of the political spectrum. The Nazis killed their millions, while liberals in the United States have killed their 60+ millions in abortions alone. Yesterday, January 22, marked the 40th year of that dreadful anniversary with nothing to stop it as long as President Obama is President and Democrats control the Senate and the Supreme Court has at least four pro-abortion votes.

These same Whole Food shopping fascists apparently didn’t realize that Mackey “likened Obamacare to socialism” in a 2009 Wall Street Journal article. He has since clarified his designation:

“Technically speaking, it’s more like fascism,” Mackey told NPR. “Socialism is where the government owns the means of production. In fascism, the government doesn’t own the means of production but they do control it. And that’s what’s happening with our health care program with these reforms.”

So Mackey is getting hammered by some of his socially leftist patrons for telling the truth about Fascism and is getting persecuted for it. This is what fascists do.

 

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The State Department is in charge of all US Embassies and Missions. Hillary Clinton was the chief officer of the State Department, the Secretary of State. She has no knowledge about gun running at the Benghazi Embassy/Mission. Everyone reading this knows more than Hillary Clinton about Benghazi, she is only now learning these details.

That famous bad memory of hers was tested decades ago during Bills' Presidency when certain Rose Law firm records, demanded by a Congressional investigation, couldn't be located. Mrs. Clinton didn't know where they were. Then two years later they just showed up in the strangest place, Mrs. Clintons' office in the White House. Imagine that.

The DOJ was running guns into Mexico, but Eric Holder chief of the Federal Department of Justice didn't know about that either.

At least we now know why things are so confused in Washington  --- no one knows what they or their organizations are doing. Now we have their own admissions of incompetence. I say incompetence because that is the best that can be surmised, but the truth is most likely something far worse.

For 7 hours the 3 ex-SEALS fought and killed 80 Embassy attackers until they were killed. One of them, Tyrone, from San Diego was found next to his machine gun and out of bullets. Assistance from the air could have reached them in 30 to 45 minutes, Special Forces in an hour or two, but nothing was done, no help was given though their situation was known in Washington in real time.

They received nothing, no help but they never gave up. Yesterday Hillary feigned tears as she recalled meeting the families of those men. She had no tears the day those men were abandoned and left to die.

Media ignore Hillary’s bombshell Benghazi claim

Secretary insists she did not know about gun-running at U.S. mission

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An Appeals Court ruled the Obama recess appointments were unconstitutional. The President illegally appointed several officials while the Senate was still in session. The sneaky move around the Senate by claim of "recess" was rejected by the 3 judge panel.

Many decisions of the Federal National Labor Relations Board over the last year could be invalidated.

This comes as another embarrassment to the President who frequently referenced the Constitution during his inauguration ceremony this past Monday. Last week the President hit a brick wall on the 2nd Amendment which restricted his 23 Executive Actions to suggestions and requests rather than laws as he had earlier hinted.

 

Appeals court panel rules Obama recess appointments to labor board are unconstitutional

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WASHINGTON — In a setback for President Barack Obama, a federal appeals court ruled Friday that he violated the Constitution in making recess appointments last year, a decision that could severely curtail the president’s ability to bypass the Senate to fill administration vacancies.

The three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said Obama did not have the power to make three recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board because the Senate was officially in session — and not in recess — at the time. If the decision stands, it could invalidate hundreds of board decisions made over the past year.

The court also ruled that the president could only make recess appointments if the openings arise when the Senate is in an official recess, which it defined as the once-a-year break between sessions of Congress.

White House press secretary Jay Carney said the administration strongly disagrees with the decision and that the NLRB would continue to conduct business as usual, despite calls by some Republicans for the board members to resign.

“The decision is novel and unprecedented,” Carney said. “It contradicts 150 years of practice by Democratic and Republican administrations.”

The Justice Department hinted that the administration would likely appeal the decision by three conservative judges appointed by Republican presidents to the U.S. Supreme Court. “We disagree with the court’s ruling and believe that the president’s recess appointments are constitutionally sound,” the statement said.

The court’s decision acknowledges that it conflicts with what other federal appeals courts have held about when recess appointments are valid, which only added to the likelihood of an appeal to the high court.

The ruling also threw into question the legitimacy of Obama’s recess appointment of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Cordray’s appointment, also made on Jan. 4, 2012, has been challenged in a separate case.


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"Peak Oil" and Oil Scarcity Have Become Myths Along with Global Warming

Abiotic Theory of Oil gains more support as world reserves climb to unprecedented heights.

The great Russian chemist and Nobel Prize winner Dmitri Mendeleev concluded oil was not the product of organic decay (dinosaurs, plants) in the 1880s. Even all high speed communications technology invented since Mendeleevs' time were unable to reduce the 130 year transportation delay of this valuable discovery to America. How ironic.

Is oil scarcity another instance of fear based political manipulation?

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Friday, January 25, 2013  The Daily Bell

Peak Oil Bites the Dust

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$20 trillion shale oil find surrounding Coober Pedy 'can fuel Australia' ... Coober Pedy has between 3.5 billion and 233 billion barrels of oil Australia could change from oil importer to exporter ... South Australia is sitting on oil potentially worth more than $20 trillion, independent reports claim - enough to turn Australia into a self-sufficient fuel producer. Brisbane company Linc Energy yesterday released two reports, based on drilling and seismic exploration, estimating the amount of oil in the as yet untapped Arckaringa Basin surrounding Coober Pedy ranging from 3.5 billion to 233 billion barrels of oil. At the higher end, this would be "several times bigger than all of the oil in Australia", Linc managing director Peter Bond said. This has the potential to turn Australia from an oil importer to an oil exporter. – Advertiser

Dominant Social Theme: We are running out of oil and fracking is just a ruse to keep us believing in a consumer society for a while longer.

Free-Market Analysis: For years, so many years, we've launched article after article pointing out the insanity of beliefs in elite "scarcity memes."

And Peak Oil has been one of the most stubborn and longest-lasting. We've argued that the market itself (the Invisible Hand) would find a way to generate energy – via more oil or with other energy sources – if oil was actually running out. But we didn't really think oil WAS running out. We believed it was just another manipulation.

We've traced that manipulation many times. Just search for Peak Oil and Daily Bell. It's laid out in detail, and to give credit where credit is due, we are not the only alternative mainstream journos to have made the case. There are plenty of others who've delved into the Peak Oil scam and exposed it.

Memes like Peak Oil and global warming are, in fact, propaganda ... launched by a power elite that wants to control the world and needs to frighten people about the availability of basic resources in order to do it.

The memes are carefully constructed and come out of such places as Tavistock. They are then propounded in scientific journals, elaborated on by elite-controlled think tanks, reporter on in mainstream media and finally "acted upon" by the United Nations and various legislatures.

It has been estimated that the top elites can create any paradigm they wish with less than 6,000 allies emplaced at critical junctures around the world. You don't need to have a lot of people "in the know" – only a few in the right spots.

This is how the conspiracy works. This is how it is kept secret (at least to a degree). Of course, in the 21st century none of this matters very much. Thanks to available 'Net information many have pretty much figured out what's going on. And as a result, the elites are having a harder and harder time spreading their scarcity memes.

Many of these memes are collapsing now. Peak Oil would seem to be one of them. Here's more from the article excerpted above:

State Mineral Resources Development Minister Tom Koutsantonis said there were exciting times ahead for SA's resources industry. "Shale gas and shale oil will be a key part to securing Australia's energy security now and into the future," he said ...

Mr Bond said there was the potential for a US-style "shale oil" boom in SA.

The Wall Street Journal reported last week the US could pass Saudi Arabia as the world's largest oil producer this year, thanks to the shale oil explosion.

Shale oil extraction involves using new technologies to drill vertically and then horizontally for distances of more than one kilometre through shale rocks that contain oil.

The process was once prohibitively expensive but advances have created a new oil boom in the US.

Mr Koutsantonis said: "We have seen the hugely positive impact shale projects like Bakken and Eagle Ford have had on the US economy.

"There is still a long way to go, but investment in unconventional liquid projects in South Australia will accelerate as more and more companies such as Linc Energy and Altona prove up their resources."

Mr Bond said the potential in SA was "massive", but even at the lower end of estimates - about 3.5 billion barrels - it was still very large.

"If you look at the upper target, which is 103-233 billion barrels of oil, that's massive," he said.

"The opportunity of turning this into the next shale boom is very real."

So now there are two countries where oil resources may suddenly exceed that of Saudi Arabia! In fact, it never made sense that the Middle East was the repository of the world's oil. It was just too ... coincidental. The Saudis had all the world's oil and they were willing to cooperate with the US to sell for dollars and nothing else.

Oil scarcity and Saudi cooperation made the dollar reserve system possible.

But now the dollar reserve system is failing and the powers-that-be don't need the old system. "They" want to move toward a global currency.

And thus it would seem all over the world oil is suddenly blooming ... and the means to remove it from places that hitherto were seen to be parched of petrochemicals entirely is becoming available and practical.

Oil is probably abiotic, at least in part. Scarcity is man-made. You know, it is brought to us courtesy of the same elites who are now conspiring to inform us that there is plenty of oil, though it must be "fracked."

Our thought is that with all the talk of Tesla's hidden breakthroughs regarding the reality of telluric energy, the elites realize that the reality of energy is going to emerge.

We live, after all, in a universe of energy plenty not energy scarcity.

Make oil more available and maybe you can stave off Tesla's insights and their implementation a bit longer (if indeed they are viable).


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The Truth About Ronald Reagan - The Great Tax Raiser"

http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2013/01/the-truth-about-ronald-reagan-great-tax.html"
Choice quotes:"Conservatives revere Ronald Reagan almost as much as they revere (butrarely follow) the Constitution.
Some libertarians are fond of Reaganas well, pointing to the famous photo of him reading The Freeman.

I don’t share their enthusiasm.There are many things I could say about Reagan: criminal, economic and foreign interventionist,
drug warrior, deficit-spender, debt increaser, expander of government and government power. He only looks good when he is standing
alongside of Republican presidents like George W. Bush."

"It was also under Reagan and the 1983 Social Security amendments that Social Security benefits began to be taxed.
So even though income tax rates didn’t go up, some people on Social Security paid more in income tax because their Social Security
benefits were now counted as income.Up to 50 percent of Social Security benefits were taxable. That figure is now up to 85 percent.

How ironic that Social Security taxes were raised under Reagan and lowered under Obama.

How ironic indeed."

Who's the socialist?
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Come on, you must do better than that. for this to be a serious argument in undermining the principals Reagan followed, inspired, and attempted to communicate.

The answer to, "Who's the socialist?", is "Barry Obama."

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Originally Posted by kevink
The Truth About Ronald Reagan - The Great Tax Raiser"

http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2013/01/the-truth-about-ronald-reagan-great-tax.html"
Choice quotes:"Conservatives revere Ronald Reagan almost as much as they revere (butrarely follow) the Constitution.
Some libertarians are fond of Reaganas well, pointing to the famous photo of him reading The Freeman.

I don’t share their enthusiasm.There are many things I could say about Reagan: criminal, economic and foreign interventionist,
drug warrior, deficit-spender, debt increaser, expander of government and government power. He only looks good when he is standing
alongside of Republican presidents like George W. Bush."

"It was also under Reagan and the 1983 Social Security amendments that Social Security benefits began to be taxed.
So even though income tax rates didn’t go up, some people on Social Security paid more in income tax because their Social Security
benefits were now counted as income.Up to 50 percent of Social Security benefits were taxable. That figure is now up to 85 percent.

How ironic that Social Security taxes were raised under Reagan and lowered under Obama.

How ironic indeed."

Who's the socialist?


KevinK  ----- talk to one of your friends who is an employee of organization and receives a regular monthly or twice monthly paycheck. Ask them to look at the FICA deduction (Social Security) and notice that it is higher this month than in December and all the months prior to December 2012.

That increase is a result of the President Obamas' legislation and became effective in January of 2013, ------- right now.

Our President today received a severe and unanimous rebuke from a Federal Appeals court for his unconstitutional usurpation of Congressional power (see above). That alone doesn't make him a socialist but it does make him a dictator.

The President declared the Senate in recess then made illegal appointments without Senate approval. Only the Senate can declare itself in recess  ----- the President has no such authority. But good dictators don't worry about laws.

The reasoning of the Appellate court in Washington DC found that any President who could unilaterally declare the Senate in recess could also unilaterally do it anytime he wanted to make an appointment or legal decision without relying on Senate approval.

The MSM press is incorrectly portraying this incident as the same as recess appointments from previous administrations. That is not true, in the previous incidents the Senate declared itself in recess. In the current case it was the President that declared the Senate in recess which is the violation of the Constitution cited by the Federal Appellate court.

The Constitution clearly denies this power to the President. Mr. Obama who is allegedly a Constitutional scholar was unaware of this.

I don't believe Ronald Reagan was ever charged with an unconstitutional act by any Federal court.


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Come on, you must do better than that. for this to be a serious argument in undermining the principals Reagan followed, inspired, and attempted to communicate.

The answer to, "Who's the socialist?", is "Barry Obama."


Reagan said a lot of nice things, and followed through with just about none of them, raised taxes, raised the debt ceiling, and left a mess that HW Bush made even worse.

Can you show me where the facts presented in the article are wrong? Are you saying Reagan did not in fact raise taxes?

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Quote:
Originally Posted by kevink
The Truth About Ronald Reagan - The Great Tax Raiser"

http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2013/01/the-truth-about-ronald-reagan-great-tax.html"
Choice quotes:"Conservatives revere Ronald Reagan almost as much as they revere (butrarely follow) the Constitution.
Some libertarians are fond of Reaganas well, pointing to the famous photo of him reading The Freeman.

I don’t share their enthusiasm.There are many things I could say about Reagan: criminal, economic and foreign interventionist,
drug warrior, deficit-spender, debt increaser, expander of government and government power. He only looks good when he is standing
alongside of Republican presidents like George W. Bush."

"It was also under Reagan and the 1983 Social Security amendments that Social Security benefits began to be taxed.
So even though income tax rates didn’t go up, some people on Social Security paid more in income tax because their Social Security
benefits were now counted as income.Up to 50 percent of Social Security benefits were taxable. That figure is now up to 85 percent.

How ironic that Social Security taxes were raised under Reagan and lowered under Obama.

How ironic indeed."

Who's the socialist?



KevinK  ----- talk to one of your friends who is an employee of organization and receives a regular monthly or twice monthly paycheck. Ask them to look at the FICA deduction (Social Security) and notice that it is higher this month than in December and all the months prior to December 2012.

That increase is a result of the President Obamas' legislation and became effective in January of 2013, ------- right now.

Our President today received a severe and unanimous rebuke from a Federal Appeals court for his unconstitutional usurpation of Congressional power (see above). That alone doesn't make him a socialist but it does make him a dictator.

The President declared the Senate in recess then made illegal appointments without Senate approval. Only the Senate can declare itself in recess  ----- the President has no such authority. But good dictators don't worry about laws.

The reasoning of the Appellate court in Washington DC found that any President who could unilaterally declare the Senate in recess could also unilaterally do it anytime he wanted to make an appointment or legal decision without relying on Senate approval.

The MSM press is incorrectly portraying this incident as the same as recess appointments from previous administrations. That is not true, in the previous incidents the Senate declared itself in recess. In the current case it was the President that declared the Senate in recess which is the violation of the Constitution cited by the Federal Appellate court.

The Constitution clearly denies this power to the President. Mr. Obama who is allegedly a Constitutional scholar was unaware of this.

I don't believe Ronald Reagan was ever charged with an unconstitutional act by any Federal court.




Johnny,

I'm not an Obama fan by any stretch. I think he's a horrible president. But that doesn't excuse what Reagan did, which was to increase the size of government, increase taxes, and set the precedent for continual raising of the debt ceiling. Let's look at what these guys do, not what they say. If we replaced Obama with Romney, all of this would be the same and Romneycare is not better than Obamacare.

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KevinK  --- Support for Romney was more from fear of Obama. Only recently Romneys' son revealed his dad wasn't interested in the Presidency. Raising the Debt Ceiling has been a regular event in Congress for the last 50 years. Until recently it wasn't widely reported but now things are critical.

The National Debt now exceeds the GDP of the US and it garners much more attention. That also brings to light our Presidents' failure to pass a budget for almost 4 years --- completely unprecedented. Even in the Civil War and WWII the President and Congress passed a budget EVERY year. No other President has ignored his budgetary responsibility for even 1 year, Mr. Obama has done it for almost 4 years. His budgets have been rejected by Republicans and a majority of Democrat Senators.

Our President is deliberately driving the situation to crisis to give him the popular support to assume dictatorial power. This recess appointments power grab was just another baby-step attempt at dictatorship. No other President in my lifetime, Dem or Repub, has done this.

Mr. Obama is the President all our Founders feared so they gave us many protections against such a man. It is up to us to use those protections, that is all the Founders can do for us, it is the most one generation can do for its' successors.

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Mr. Obama is the President all our Founders feared so they gave us many protections against such a man.


Very well said JC.  That is a great quote.

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Dr. Jerome Corsi, author of several NY Times first place best sellers, is interviewed on Americas’
immediate political future. The interview is diverted and interrupted at several points by the animated
and boisterous host but pay attention to the Ian Fleming-like N.W.O. Globalist plan firmly
outlined by the very patient Dr. Corsi.

Prior to becoming an author Dr. Corsi consulted for the US State Department on embassy security
procedures (long before Benghazi) and held US security clearances. Later he worked for large Wall
Street financial institutions.

The interview highlights are stunning and perhaps bordering on unbelievable. Corsi has just finished a
book on HSBC (Hong Kong Shanghai Bank Corp.) which was laundering drug money in New York and
fined a relative pittance when convicted in US courts.

Here are some of Dr. Corsis’ conclusions:
Parts of the US Gov. and certain large banks are part of the Drug Cartel.
Mexican cartels regularly drove to Tijuana Mex. and deposited $1 billion in the HSBC branch
literally by the truck load in $100 bills
Money Laundering is a chief source of income to big banks
Benghazi gun running diverted to Syrian Muslim Brotherhood

US Gov. Quest for information reminiscent of Nazi confiscation of Jewish property:
disarm everyone, isolate religious groups, catalog private property then seize it.

Chinese will run US ports and take land in US in exchange for our debt
Foreign and domestic N.W.O. globalists, Leftists and Obama are executing a Planned bankruptcy of the
US economy by overloading welfare and other programs to bring the US to a collapse and Socialist
Dictatorship

Aligned with Sol Alinsky plan

China has made major purchases of property in Texas
The meetings between US and Chinese officials have concluded and agreed that Chinese will take
equity in the US in exchange for US debt to China.
US Gun confiscation backed by China
Chinese want to have and control Free Trade Zones within the US

Foreign and domestic N.W.O. globalists, Leftists and Obama are pushing for a Civil War with him as the
new Lincoln
Senate and House won’t be under Obamacare or restricted in gun ownership


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The German Question

Several months ago the BundesBank asked the Federal Reserve Bank of NY for an audit of German gold reserves there. BuBa was clear that it had no intentions of withdrawing any gold. Now the audit is finished but BuBa changed its' mind and is making a withdrawal. Not a large withdrawal, only 20% of its' American reserve. It has taken all its' gold reserves from the French central bank.

The American response to the German request was equally surprising, it will take 7 years for the US Fed to deliver the German Gold to Frankfurt. Why will it take so long to move a relatively small portion of the Gold in the NY Fed vault? GATA and other metals traders believe the Gold in NY has been hypothecated for long and short futures contracts to unfairly control the world price of the the metal. It will apparently take a long time for those contracts to play out. GATA has been on the heels of the London and NY metals dealers, which include some of the big Investment Banks such as JP Morgan, for a decade or more to reveal their inventories.

Germany has taken domestic moves too. New German legislation will allow the government to seal its' borders in order to keep Germans and German wealth within the borders of the nation. The German government has plans to remain in the EU but not in the Euro. This in anticipation of Greece leaving the Euro and a French collapse though American advisers anticipate Spain will be more likely and soon. A year ago it became known that parts of Germany were using the old Mark for currency rather than the Euro.

For well over a year it has been known that national central banks in Europe have withdrawn credit  from the less stable southern European nations. The recent moves by Germany accentuate that recall of credit, but now from the previously thought more stable European nations.

Germany has and continues to prepare for a currency/financial crisis in the Euro. The implications for the US dollar are good but not for US stock markets which will suffer.

 

January 28 2013 Gains, Pains & Capital

Germany Just Fired a Warning Short on the Fed

Germany has the second largest Gold reserves in the world behind the US. Since the early '80s, it has stored the majority of these reserves with the NY Fed (45% vs. 13% in London, 11% in Paris and the remaining 31% in Frankfurt).

With that in mind, everyone needs to be aware that last Monday Germany's Bundesbank announced it will be moving a major portion of its reserves from the US and all of its reserves from France back to Frankfurt.

Nearly half of Germany's gold reserves are held in a vault at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York -- billions of dollars worth of postwar geopolitical history squirreled away for safe keeping below the streets of Lower Manhattan.

Now the German central bank wants to make a big withdrawal -- 300 tons in all.

On Wednesday, the Bundesbank said that it would begin moving some of the reserves, the second-largest stock in the world after that of the United States. The goal is to house more than 50 percent of German gold in Bundesbank vaults in Frankfurt by 2020, up from a little less than a third today, the bank said...

The new policy will include the complete withdrawal of 374 tons of German gold stored at the Banque de France in Paris, about 11 percent of the total. Bundesbank officials were quick to note that the decision was not a reflection of French trustworthiness. Rather, because France and Germany now share the euro, there is no need for reserves as insurance against currency crises

Source: NY Times.

This announcement came with the usual political statements that the decision had nothing to do with a lack of trust between the Bundesbank and the US Fed or Bank of France, but the message is obvious: Germany sees the writing on the wall and is moving to secure its Gold reserves.

Remember, Germany has spent the better part of two years preparing for financial chaos. Since the autumn of 2011, it has:

1)   Implemented legislation that would permit Germany to leave the Euro but remain a part of the EU.

2)   Revived its Special Financial Market Stabilization Funds, or SoFFin for short, allocating 480 billion Euros to the fund (and also providing German banks with a place to dump their Euro-zone Government bonds if they need to).

3)   Implemented reforms that would allow it to close off its borders for as long as 30 days if it needed to (so individuals and capital couldn't leave Germany)

4)   Created a working group to assess both the economic impact of a Greek exit from the Euro as well as how to manage the impact of a collapse in France.

5)   Pulling all of its Gold from France as well as a major portion of its Gold from the US.

All of these are verifiable facts that the Western Media has avoided talking about. It is very easy to connect the dots here: Germany is implementing a contingency plan to put a firewall around its financial system for when the EU finally breaks down.

A final note here: the tension between the world's Central Banks just increased dramatically.

Since the Great Crisis began in 2008, the world's Central Banks have collectively pumped $10 trillion into the global financial system. Every major Central Bank from Germany to the US and China wants to debase its currency to benefit exports and facilitate dealing with its debt load (even China sports a real Debt to GDP north fo 200%).

This competitive debasement has lead to increased tension between the world's Central Banks. You will never hear their stated outright for the simple reason that the single most important responsibility of the Central Banks is to maintain confidence in the system.

However, underneath the veneer of goodwill and the occasional necessary coordinated intervention, tensions are rising between Central Banks. When the US debases the US Dollar it pushes the Euro higher. This hurts German exports which in turn angers the Bundesbank.

The Bundesbank fired a warning shot at the Fed last autumn when it announced it wanted to have its Gold reserves at the Fed audited. To be clear here: no one of major financial import has ever questioned the Fed's trustworthiness before. However, at the time of this announcement Germany stated it had no intentions of actually moving its reserves.

Fast-forward to today and Germany has not only audited and checked its Gold reserves at the Fed but it is now moving them. In plain terms, Germany has told the world that A) it does not trust the Fed and B) it is through playing around.

This situation will likely be getting worse going forward. The fact that Germany will be removing all of its Gold reserves from France certainly doesn't bode well for future German French relations if push ever comes to shove (it's not as though Europe has a history of getting along well).

Remember, the only thing holding the financial system together is belief in the Central Banks. If the Central Banks (it was Germany's Bundesbank that is behind the Gold move) stop trusting one another or grow openly antagonistic, then things will get very bad very quickly.

For months now we've been asserting that the "improvements" in the global economy and financial system were a mirage. Germany's move has confirmed this. If the financial system was in fact safe and the global economy was improving, Germany would not feel the need to repatriate its Gold.

Which begs the question, what exactly do German Central Bankers know that we don't?


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Exact Derivative Exposure of Major Investment Banks is Astronomical

Below we see the exact derivatives exposure of some of the major US Investment banks. Note these are about 41 to 69 times (4,100% to 6,900%) greater than the total assets of each bank. This means the derivatives are much larger in relative terms when compared to Yearly Revenues (not shown, which are only a fraction total assets)

Many of these derivatives are of the Credit Default Swap (CDS) variety. These are the new and unregulated financial instrument "insurance policies" that caused the collapse of AIG and $180 Billion in taxpayer relief (which has allegedly been repaid --- I am skeptical about this). AIG had nowhere near the exposure of the banks listed below yet it was the largest single recipient of the $850 Billion 2008 TARP bailout bill.

For comparison the entire Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the United States is about $14.5 Trillion, only 1/3 the total derivatives exposure of the least exposed bank below.

Is there any service or combined services that any of the banks below perform that is worth 1 years' output of the entire US economy?? Of course not, yet Messrs. Obama, Bernanke and Geithner are doing their best to allow these banks to "repatriate" their exposure into the US. BofA and one other large IB (JP Morgan I think) did so last year.

This outrageous accumulation of risk by the "smartest" most "experienced" executives in American banking proves that none of them learned anything from the 2008 bailout except that they were free to commit the same self-destructive schemes again and get another bailout.

Had these "too big to fail" institutions gone through bankruptcy just a few years ago we would not have to face the current problem.

Had Glass-Steagall never been repealed in 1999 by Bill Clinton, Phil Gramm (R-TX) and other assorted Republican and Dem Congressmen, the US taxpayer would never have been liable in the first bailout or this current potential bailout.

Had the 56 page Glass-Steagall Act never been repealed we wouldn't have the gargantuan Dodd-Frank Bill replacement which exceeds 2,000 pages and is still incomplete (over 2 years after Congressional passage) while it awaits hundreds of new IB regulations to be inserted by various Federal agencies.

Had the Dodd-Frank Act never been passed we wouldn't have several new Federal regulatory offices and hundreds perhaps thousands of new bureaucrats who have little or no banking experience attempting to control the entire complicated American international Investment Bank business.

The only reason Dodd-Frank was created was to protect the taxpayers who provided the TARP bailout from a future bailout. That was the reason the Federal Government interjected itself into the Investment bank business. Glass-Steagall made all of this unnecessary because it denied Investment Banks from any Federal financial assistance. The IBs were expected and required to go bankrupt if they failed. The Federal Treasury and US Taxpayer would have no risk exposure or responsibility.

As things stand now the next Investment bank generated financial crisis will occur before completion of the regulatory provisions of the unnecessary Dudd-Funk Act. But then Dudd-Funk was brought to you by the same geniuses that proposed the ridiculous $1Trillion Platinum Coin(s) that had little or no platinum, provided no funding for what little platinum was needed and violated Federal law on the authorized actions of the Federal Reserve.

It is a modern day version of the "Theater of the Absurd".



According to the Comptroller of the Currency, four of the largest U.S. banks are walking a tightrope of risk, leverage and debt when it comes to derivatives.  Just check out how exposed they are…

JPMorgan Chase

Total Assets: $1,812,837,000,000 (just over 1.8 trillion dollars)

Total Exposure To Derivatives: $69,238,349,000,000 (more than 69 trillion dollars)

Citibank

Total Assets: $1,347,841,000,000 (a bit more than 1.3 trillion dollars)

Total Exposure To Derivatives: $52,150,970,000,000 (more than 52 trillion dollars)

Bank Of America

Total Assets: $1,445,093,000,000 (a bit more than 1.4 trillion dollars)

Total Exposure To Derivatives: $44,405,372,000,000 (more than 44 trillion dollars)

Goldman Sachs

Total Assets: $114,693,000,000 (a bit more than 114 billion dollars – yes, you read that correctly)

Total Exposure To Derivatives: $41,580,395,000,000 (more than 41 trillion dollars)


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American General James Mattis May Not Have Complied With Hypothetical Orders to Fire on American Citizens

The General was abruptly told to vacate his command. President Obama is replacing senior military command positions with officers who will not hesitate to fire on US Citizens.


January 23, 2013

Nobel Peace Prize Nominee: Obama Asks Military Leaders If They Will “Fire On US Citizens”

Shock claim purported to come from “one of America’s foremost military heroes”

Paul Joseph Watson – Prison Planet.com

2009 Nobel Peace Prize nominee Jim Garrow shockingly claims he was told by a top military veteran that the Obama administration’s “litmus test” for new military leaders is whether or not they will obey an order to fire on U.S. citizens.

Garrow was nominated three years ago for the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize and is the founder of The Pink Pagoda Girls, an organization dedicated to rescuing baby girls from “gendercide” in China. Garrow has been personally involved in “helping rescue more than 36,000 Chinese baby girls from death.” He is a public figure, not an anonymous voice on the Internet, which makes his claim all the more disturbing.

“I have just been informed by a former senior military leader that Obama is using a new “litmus test” in determining who will stay and who must go in his military leaders. Get ready to explode folks. “The new litmus test of leadership in the military is if they will fire on US citizens or not”. Those who will not are being removed,” Garrow wrote on his Facebook page, later following up the post by adding the man who told him is, “one of America’s foremost military heroes,” whose goal in divulging the information was to “sound the alarm.”

Garrow’s claim is even more explosive given that the country is in the throes of a national debate about gun control, with gun rights advocates keen to insist that the founders put the second amendment in the Constitution primarily as a defense against government tyranny.

It also follows reports on Sunday that General James Mattis, head of the United States Central Command, “is being told to vacate his office several months earlier than planned.”

Concerns over US troops being given orders to fire on American citizens in the event of mass gun confiscation first arose in 1995 when hundreds of Marines at 29 Palms, California were given a survey as part of an academic project by Navy Lieutenant Commander Ernest Guy Cunningham which asked the Marines if they would, “Fire upon U.S. citizens who refuse or resist confiscation of firearms banned by the United States government.”

The survey was subsequently leaked because many of the Marines who took it were shocked by the tone of the question.


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