Friday, January 29, 2010

Judge Napolitano - On Liberty Candidates




The Freedom Watch guest lineup for Wednesday, January 27th:

* Dr. Rand Paul - Candidate for Senator in Kentucky
* Adam Andrzejewski – Republican Candidate for Governor of Illinois
* Walter Block -Professor from Loyola University, speaking about AIG bailout



And in Connecticut, we have Peter Schiff!

"Business as usual" politicians need to go ....

Gerald Celente On SOTU

Gerald Celente tells it like it is:




"We can't keep propping up failure"



You got that right.

"He shall from time to time give to Congress information of the State of the Union and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient."— Article II, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution

By the way, the State of the Union is supposed to be where the President reports on the condition of the nation ... but this one sounded more like Congress getting a talking to in the Principal's office! Since when does the President give some sort of stern lecture to everyone? What a load of nonsense this SOTU was.

Celente was right... this was nothing more than political theater.

Bernanke Gets Another Go


Yes kiddies... it's another 4 year term for "Benron"

Wanna see how your Senator voted?

Grouped By Vote Position
YEAs ---70
Akaka (D-HI)
Alexander (R-TN)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Baucus (D-MT)
Bayh (D-IN)
Bennet (D-CO)
Bennett (R-UT)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Bond (R-MO)
Brown (D-OH)
Burr (R-NC)
Burris (D-IL)
Byrd (D-WV)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Conrad (D-ND)
Corker (R-TN)
Dodd (D-CT)
Durbin (D-IL)
Enzi (R-WY)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Graham (R-SC)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hagan (D-NC)
Hatch (R-UT)
Inouye (D-HI)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kerry (D-MA)
Kirk (D-MA)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Kohl (D-WI)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Lieberman (ID-CT)
Lincoln (D-AR)
Lugar (R-IN)
McCaskill (D-MO)
McConnell (R-KY)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Schumer (D-NY)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Snowe (R-ME)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Tester (D-MT)
Udall (D-CO)
Udall (D-NM)
Voinovich (R-OH)
Warner (D-VA)
Webb (D-VA)
Wyden (D-OR)
NAYs ---30
Begich (D-AK)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brownback (R-KS)
Bunning (R-KY)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Dorgan (D-ND)
Ensign (R-NV)
Feingold (D-WI)
Franken (D-MN)
Grassley (R-IA)
Harkin (D-IA)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Kaufman (D-DE)
LeMieux (R-FL)
McCain (R-AZ)
Merkley (D-OR)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Sanders (I-VT)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Specter (D-PA)
Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R-LA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wicker (R-MS)


Remember in November!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Geithner And AIG

Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas) weighs in on the Geithner's House appearance regarding AIG....





Rep. Mica (R-Fl) ... asks for Geithner's resignation:





and Rep. Kaptur (D-Ohio) .... connects some dots:





Dan Jester is the man hand-picked by then Treasury Secretary Paulson to be the Treasury's point man on AIG, also worked at Goldman Sachs....hmmmmmm....


Methinks Timmy Geithner doth protesteth too much.....


Quote for today:

"By a continuing process of inflation, governments can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency. The process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner which not one man in a million is able to diagnose."— John Maynard Keynes

Obama Lied Again....



In his State of the Union message, Barack Obama said, "To close that credibility gap we must take action on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue to end the outsized influence of lobbyists; to do our work openly; and to give our people the government they deserve.

"That's what I came to Washington to do. That's why - for the first time in history - my Administration posts our White House visitors online. And that's why we've excluded lobbyists from policy-making jobs or seats on federal boards and commissions."
What a crock!

This from Erick Erickson Editor, RedState.com:
Maybe this explains why his national security policies are so weak. He put William Lynn in the Pentagon as Deputy Defense Secretary. Mr. Lynn was a lobbyist for Defense Contractor Ratheon. I guess the Deputy Defense Secretary is not a policy-making job.

But it is not just Lynn.

* Eric Holder, attorney general nominee, was registered to lobby until 2004 on behalf of clients including Global Crossing, a bankrupt telecommunications firm [now confirmed].
* Tom Vilsack, secretary of agriculture nominee, was registered to lobby as recently as last year on behalf of the National Education Association.
* William Lynn, deputy defense secretary nominee, was registered to lobby as recently as last year for defense contractor Raytheon, where he was a top executive.
* William Corr, deputy health and human services secretary nominee, was registered to lobby until last year for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, a non-profit that pushes to limit tobacco use.
* David Hayes, deputy interior secretary nominee, was registered to lobby until 2006 for clients, including the regional utility San Diego Gas & Electric.
* Mark Patterson, chief of staff to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, was registered to lobby as recently as last year for financial giant Goldman Sachs.
* Ron Klain, chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden, was registered to lobby until 2005 for clients, including the Coalition for Asbestos Resolution, U.S. Airways, Airborne Express and drug-maker ImClone.
* Mona Sutphen, deputy White House chief of staff, was registered to lobby for clients, including Angliss International in 2003.
* Melody Barnes, domestic policy council director, lobbied in 2003 and 2004 for liberal advocacy groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the American Constitution Society and the Center for Reproductive Rights.
* Cecilia Munoz, White House director of intergovernmental affairs, was a lobbyist as recently as last year for the National Council of La Raza, a Hispanic advocacy group.
* Patrick Gaspard, White House political affairs director, was a lobbyist for the Service Employees International Union.
* Michael Strautmanis, chief of staff to the president's assistant for intergovernmental relations, lobbied for the American Association of Justice from 2001 until 2005.


It's amazing... you can't believe a word that comes out of this president's mouth.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Could This Be The Start Of Fedgate?


Well, you know every government scandal has to have a "gate" in it. (apologies to David A.)

So here is the supposed scandal surrounding the Federal Reserve, which has been brilliantly posted by Zerohedge which contains a video interview with Senator Bunning (R-KY) and an interesting piece of correspondence.

Senator Bunning stated in an interview with the dolts from CNBC's Squawkbox, that Treasury Secretary Tim "Geithner will be fired by the President for his inability to handle his job as Secretary of the Treasury." What is even more interesting, and what Senator Bunning hints at, is a potential smoking gun regarding the AIG bailout and how Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke's staff did not agree with Bernanke on bailing out AIG. Sen. Bunning said that the staff recommended that the Federal Reserve not touch AIG, just like Lehman Brothers. Bernanke over-ruled them.

It seems that a whistleblower had alerted Congress to specific documents which provide some "troubling details" of Ben Bernanke's possible role in the AIG bailout, and that Sen. Bunning has actually seen documents showing that Ben Bernanke overruled his staff's recommendation regarding AIG. Questions are now being raised as to whether bailing out AIG was actually necessary, and what motives Bernanke might have had in pushing for the AIG bailout.

Look at this document
from California Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA-49), which identifies the specific documents that need to be disclosed, and were requested from Edolphus Towns - Chairman of Oversight and Government Reform.

In the meantime, it looks like Harry Reid is really rushing to have this reconfirmation of Ben Bernanke, for Federal Reserve Chairman, held before anymore details about this AIG deal surfaces. Let's hope some Senators have them put the brakes on this one.

Please read the whole blogpost over at Zerohedge.. it really is an eyeopener in the whole AIG bailout scheme. Something very fishy was going on between the Treasury Department - the Federal Reserve - and AIG. It includes many players like Sen. Chris Dodd, Sen Harry Reid, President Obama, and the gracious, but unfortunate taxpayers who paid the bill.

We should demand nothing more than full disclosure of the documents surrounding this whole AIG deal.

And where the hell is the press?
Too busy covering Obama's imagined move "to the Center" and his promise to cut spending (now that's a joke!)




UPDATE: Zerohedge does it again with this post:
It appears America's taxpayers are finally about to find out just what worthless securities they received in exchange for 100 cents on the dollar, courtesy of Goldman, Soc Gen, ML et al. when Bernanke and Geithner, or whoever, decided to pay the banks in full for multi-billion dollar portfolio. As a reminder, the list in question is the now infamous Schedule A, which was redacted across the board, and which the SEC gave its blessing for secret treatment well into 2018....

Issa, the ranking Republican on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, wants to make the whole thing public.

The document is part of 250,000 pages of internal documents on the AIG deliberations subpoenaed by the oversight committee.

It lists the toxic mortgage bonds that Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch and other banks insured through AIG. Those insurance contracts, called credit default swaps, are what the New York Fed ultimately took off AIG's books, paying the banks 100 cents on the dollar for souring mortgage bonds -- home mortgages that were bundled together and securitized. The banks could never have gotten anywhere near such a generous deal on the open market, so the move served essentially as a direct subsidy to those banks from taxpayers.

Read more here

We overpaid all right... but I want to know who actually got paid our tax dollars.

Dr. Michio Kaku - Personal Fabricators




Cool!

Earl Grey .... Hot....

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Unemployment Insurance Funds In Crisis


Propublica says that
The unemployment insurance system is in crisis. A record 20 million Americans collected unemployment benefits last year, and so far 25 states have run out of funds and been forced to borrow from the federal government, raise taxes or cut benefits. Using near real-time data on states' revenues and the benefits they pay out, we've estimated how long their trust funds will hold up.
The article states that 25 states have unemployment funds that are already in the red and that 9 more states will be in the same situation within 6 months. Paying out unemployment is largely the responsibility of the states. It was reported, even as far back as last summer, that only a handful of states had enough money in reserve to weather a great depression scenario. It had been forecasted that states would end up borrowing money when their unemployment reserves were tapped dry.
Half a year later, the direst predictions seem to be coming true: So far 25 states have borrowed more than $25 billion to keep benefits flowing after their trust funds ran dry. In many other states the situation is deteriorating fast.....According to our projections, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Kansas, Maryland, Massachussetts, New Hampshire, Tennessee and Vermont will find themselves in the red within six months.

Look at Propublica's unemployment tracker.

Here is how CT stacks up: Connecticut's unemployment fund is currently bankrupt and Connecticut is borrowing from the federal government.

And while states’ poor fiscal planning is a serious topic on its own, our tracker also follows the increasing human toll: so far businesses in 36 states face tax increases this year, ranging from a few dollars per worker to more than a thousand. Six states have moved to cut, freeze or otherwise restrict benefits, a number that is likely to increase.

Some states have focused the pain, like Virginia, where unemployed seniors who also receive Social Security face steep benefit cuts. Other states, like Pennsylvania, have taken a broader approach: all unemployment beneficiaries will receive 2.4 percent smaller checks starting this month.

Today it was announced that Sam's Club is cutting 10,000 jobs.

More ginormous real estate projects are defaulting.

There is much more to come with this "recession"....

What we have seen already is just the prelude to the real opera.

So while our elected Nero's in Washington have been fiddling with pork laden special interest payback deals they called "stimulus", that have been wholly ineffective in solving the real problems we faced, we will have now have massive debt heading into this economic tsunami. They chose to waste time with a budget busting healthcare package instead of working to solve the economic issues before them.

We truly need to throw them all out in November.
Until then, try to do whatever you can to preserve your assets.
Save something.
Buy gold or silver.
Stock your pantry.

You won't be able to rely on government - It is BROKE.

"Zimbabwe Ben" (Bernanke) Reconfirmation Vote Tallies

J. Scott Applewhite / AP

Zerohedge reported on the latest vote tally.... with many undecideds in the mix. And of course Obama is now furiously calling Senators in order to garner favorable votes.

Most recent Bernanke reconfirmation vote tally:
Yes - 35; No - 17; Undecided - 29;

Looks like the undecided Senators are waiting for more money.... and 19 others are going through their mail to see if the check has arrived. (wink)

It would be a good time to tell Ben that he can have his reappointment if he agrees to have a full independent Audit of the Federal Reserve's books. Wouldn't that be nice....

AUDIT THE FED.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Peter Schiff On CNBC's Fast Money




The renminbi or the Chinese yuan is the currency of the People's Republic of China (PRC), with the exception of Hong Kong and Macau.

China is tightening it's spending.
If they stop buying our debt it's all over.
There will be a rush to commodities and out of the dollar.

Susan Bysiewicz - Is She Or Isn't She?


Oh Susie B ... see what happens when you try to save $55 bucks? It comes back to bite you in the derriere when you want to run for Attorney General. And now, the current Attorney General, who is busy running for Senate, won't give you the right time of day, when you need to clear up a little matter such as whether you are actually qualified according to statute to run for that office! Call his office for an opinion and all you get are the sound of crickets.

Yes that's right , Susie B. obtained a 50% exemption from a state lawyers fee in 2006 on the basis that she didn't "engage in the practice of law as an occupation" and of course in order to qualify to be the State AG, one must have "at least 10 years' active practice at the bar of this state".

So when she checked that box stating "I do not engage in the practice of law as an occupation" and "I hereby certify that the information provided herein is true and correct" - I hope the CT voters won't accept the BS line about how she "made a mistake" ... or believe some other fairy tales about the rules of her eligibility here. Bysiewicz is NOT above the law, and it's not likely that her friend Blumy is going to come to her aid. He's got his own campaign to run. In times like these when Republicans are winning previously tightly held Democrat seats, it's every (wo)man for her/himself.

At best she lied (that's perjury, you know) ... otherwise she isn't eligible to run for the CT State Attorney General's office.

Perhaps she should have stuck with running for Governor, or maybe she can get a job at LHS Associates or Diebold (you know .... the makers of voting machine scanners).


UPDATE: Susie B sends in her check for $55 - the other half of the full payment for the Client Security Fund fees - saying she made a mistake... OOPS!.... Give us all a break.... like you really made a mistake? C'mon, do ya think we will really fall for that? Bysiewicz does not have enough active law experience to be AG. Period.

Debra Medina - TX Gubernatorial Candidate


Wow - listen to this podcast!

Running against incumbent Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Debra Medina is a no nonsense pro-liberty candidate.

She believes Rick Perry has merely been telling people what they want to hear as elections approach ... She says he was the same Rick Perry that has been working to sell Texas roads to foreign interests and has failed to protect citizens' property by not pushing for legislation to protect property owners from eminent domain abuse. He advocated for the pharmaceutical lobby by mandating the fast tracked Gardasil vaccinations for all young school girls, and he only recently began talking about Texas 10th amendment rights giving it nothing more than lip service. He said he'd reject Washington's stimulus money, but took it anyway.

Debra Medina believes private property and gun ownership are essential elements of freedom.

She wants to eliminate property tax in Texas replacing it with a broader based sales tax saying it will mean a $3 billion increase in net personal income in Texas and will add 125,000-175,000 new jobs.

She wants to protect gun ownership: Protecting freedom requires that the people be well armed. Government cannot protect us from violence, we must defend ourselves. Texans must not compromise and must not surrender their right to keep and bear arms. We must not only nullify federal laws that threaten that right but encourage citizens to be, as Madison encouraged, “trained to arms, as that is the best and most natural defense of a free country.”

She wants to secure our border: Texas must promote healthy immigration and trade through the legal ports of entry. We cannot wait on Washington D.C. to act. As governor I will make addressing illegal immigration and promoting sovereignty a top priority.

and she wants to Restore Sovereignty: The U.S. Constitution not only protects citizens' freedoms in the Bill of Rights, it also divides power between the federal and state governments and ultimately reserves final authority for the people themselves. Texas must stop the over reaching federal government and nullify federal mandates in agriculture, energy, education, healthcare, industry, and any other areas D.C. is not granted authority by the Constitution.

and... she homeschools her children!


So far we haven't heard not one word from any Gubernatorial candidate in Connecticut regarding Tenth Amendment rights! or the nullification of over reaching federal legislation! Or the protection of eminent domain abuse here in Connecticut, where the Kelo case in New London was born!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Friday, January 22, 2010

Say Hi To Amy Walker



A little tour of 21 accents in 2 1/2 minutes.
That's pretty interesting don'tcha think?



(H/T Raph B-G)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Defending Homeschool Liberty




Over at Parent at the Helm is another article which I wrote about the importance of defending homeschool autonomy. Here are some excerpts....

I cannot stress enough the importance of remaining vigilant and working together to change or stop pieces of legislation which are burdensome, onerous, or just plain stupid. New Hampshire homeschoolers should be congratulated on their stunning victory last week which defeated a legislative attempt to impose more stringent regulations on New Hampshire homeschooling families. The parents in New Hampshire worked long and hard calling and writing their legislators, informing them of the value of homeschooling, and of the value of preserving and protecting the rights of parents. It proves, once again, the power of “we the people” joining forces in defense of liberty.
.....

The arguments for this nanny state piece of legislation are not unusual. State Board of Education bureaucrats and administrators always seem to demand that the State give them authority to look over a homeschool parent’s shoulder and render an opinion as to whether they “are doing their job properly” (as if the government schools are doing such a bang up job of it in their own classrooms). So ultimately they want to broaden their power to include parents of kids who aren’t even enrolled in their government school system! Can you imagine if they included private school parents in their witch hunt? Or asked private schools to give the State oversight of their curriculum, or adhere to the same regulations they demand of homeschoolers? I think you’d see an outcry.

In this instance in New Hampshire, they complained that, “There is no way to know whether students who choose the test option are keeping portfolios. Administrators do not have sufficient information to determine whether a home education program needs remediation or should continue.” Legislation such as this also leaves ambiguities which no doubt would require further legislation to “clarify.” The bigger problem with this type of legislation is that there is no presumption of innocence. It screams we don’t trust that parents are adequately caring for and educating their own children, therefore we need some legal statement from parents and more regulations for them to follow. Why then would they not also ask for a legal statement that you sign to affirm that you are feeding your children or giving them adequate clothing? Why not a legal statement affirming that your kids are going to bed at a decent hour or not playing with matches? Do school and State administrators also have so much time (and money) on their hands that they can examine every homeschool family for adherence? I think not.

We’ve had equally distrustful legislators here in Connecticut, who have outright said to us, “How do we know that you are really homeschooling your child?” We’ve replied, “How do we know that a legislator isn’t embezzling money or making counterfeit bills in his basement? Should we have a house to house check? Shall we examine your checkbook?” There are mechanisms already in place in most state statutes to deal with parents that do not take care of their children, no matter how those children are educated. If there is a reasonable articulable suspicion that neglect exists, the proper authorities may seek a warrant based on a probable cause using already established constitutional and statutory procedures. No other legislation is necessary really, and we honestly do not need government examining our school books.

... The fact that homeschoolers are autonomous in their curriculum, and have local control in the truest sense, is what makes them so successful!


State elections for your legislatures are coming up in November.. remember to ask very pointed questions to these candidates, because state legislatures make laws regarding education.

Click here to read the questions that you should be asking every candidate in your state and don't forget to add a few of your own.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

November 2, 2010 - Vote Them OUT




Personally - I never for one moment fell for Obama's "hope and change" scam--but this does speak for many millions of Americans.

and now... The Liberty Candidates are coming...

For the House

and the Senate

and that's just a partial list...

Tea Partiers be warned too... don't fall for posers and imitators and the wolf in sheep's clothing. Let's elect the folks who will truly Restore the Republic, return us to sound money, and who will Respect the Rule of Law and the Constitution and who understand that "WE The People" are the ones in charge! Forget the party labels and LOOK Closely at what the candidate stands for; check their voting record and hold their feet to the fire for their words and actions.

It's not enough for them to want your vote - they must truly earn it!

Be an informed voter!


(H/T Mike S.)

And Now For Something Completely Different

Yeah - so you have read all over the place about Scott Brown's victory in Massachusetts. That should shake up Washington (ya think?) - and I can see the new Verizon commercial "Hey Obama, Can you hear us now?"

People were so stunned about this Massachusetts win that they just froze in place:




LOL (just kidding)

Gotta love those Improv Everywhere flash mobs.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.



Please take the time today to reflect on the words of Dr. King - rejoice in the advances he helped foster - and remember that it was the rights and freedoms that our Constitution guarantees that allowed his dream to, in many respects, become reality. That is why it is crucial for us to hold on to the ideals and intentions of our Founding documents. We must not allow ourselves to be marched into tyranny out of fear of our enemies. Dr. King knew that full well.

Dr. King was an American patriot who lived and died promoting Peace, Freedom and Civil Liberties. Dr. King practiced Libertarian principles of civil disobedience with non-violence. He worked to make sure that all people are treated fairly.


Some quotes from Dr. King:
"He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it. "

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

"Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal."

Sunday, January 17, 2010

54% Of Those Under Age 25 Are Unemployed



It's taking many college graduates over a year to land a steady job, and many are in hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt. Many are underemployed and holding huge college debt.

My son included.
Graduated in August, he has a technical degree in Computer Networking and Computer Security - there are NO jobs.

Perhaps if our government wasn't so hell bent on killing business and punishing entrepreneurs - we'd have more jobs.

Friday, January 15, 2010

New Hampshire Homeschoolers Score A Victory!



This from Deborah Stevenson and NHELD.
New Hampshire homeschoolers won a major victory, defeating a legislative attempt to impose onerous regulations on them. The vote was 324-34 on the bill, HB368.

The parents in New Hampshire worked long and hard calling and writing their legislators, informing them of the value of homeschooling, and of the value of preserving and protecting the rights of parents. It proves, once again, the power of “we the people” joining forces in defense of liberty. A major battle was won, but they have one more battle ahead of them. The other bill, HB1580, is currently in committee. The text is here.

A public hearing on that bill will be held next week, Thursday, January 21.
Find more information here.

Keynesians VS Austrians

Listen and learn.






Find out more - visit Mises.com

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Houston Tests Drones - Spying On Americans



Whoa!

and paid for by YOUR tax dollars!

Moving The Doomsday Clock

Scientists are moving the Doomsday clock again.

The symbolic clock, maintained by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, currently is set at five minutes to midnight, with midnight marking global catastrophe.

Check out what direction they move it. Forward or back...






UPDATE:
Doomsday clock is moved one minute further AWAY from fateful midnight

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Constitution and Freedom

Judge Andrew Napolitano on why the Constitution is the greatest political document ever written

Please watch these three fine videos.

Part 1



Part 2




Part 3

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Pre-Crime Detectors

Right out of Minority Report.



The US Department of Homeland (In)Security is developing a system designed to detect "hostile thoughts" in people walking through border posts, airports and public places. Project Hostile Intent as it was called aimed to help security staff choose who to pull over for a gently probing interview - or more.

Commentators slated the idea that sensors could spot people up to no good from their pulse rate, breathing, skin temperature, or fleeting facial expressions. One likened it to the "pre-crime" units that predict criminal behaviour in the movie Minority Report.

However, last week, the DHS science unit gave an update on the project, now dubbed the less-hostile-sounding Future Attribute Screening Technologies (FAST) programme. And, if DHS claims are to be believed, the research appears to be getting somewhere.

At an equestrian centre in Maryland, 140 paid volunteers walked through a pair of trailers kitted out with a battery of FAST sensors, including cameras, infrared heat sensors and an eyesafe laser radar, called a Bio-Lidar, that measures pulse and breathing rate from a distance.

Some subjects were told to act shifty, be evasive, deceptive and hostile. And many were detected. "We're still very early on in this research, but it is looking very promising," says DHS science spokesman John Verrico. "We are running at about 78% accuracy on mal-intent detection, and 80% on deception."


We've got the government collecting all kinds of information on us, a law enforcement network, billboard that record us, methods to determine predictive guilt, and security cameras all over.
Now this.

Wrapped up in all of this is obedience training.

What the hell are we becoming?

Geithner May Face RICO Charges




Looks like "Turbo Tax Timmy" could face some serious charges.
But we all know he will probably get a free pass.

FaceBook contributor "Will Pitts" said this:
Conspiracy to Commit Securities Fraud - RICO - Fraud
Remember that this was at the same time that Ken Lewis and Bank of America and Congress was being threatened. The private New York Federal Reserve Bank was conspiring to unload billions of bad debt on the US taxpayer for the benefit of the owners of the Fed and for their personal gain in the shares in the financial and insurance companies. Perhaps we ought to All contact the FBI in New York and demand an official investigation (877) 363-4723

Monday, January 11, 2010

Blumenthal Wants To Be Just Like Dodd




Let's not let that happen.
Peter Schiff Money Bomb January 17th.
Be there.

Young Americans For Liberty - The Revolution Begins




It IS happening .... Young Americans are waking up and getting involved and spreading the message of Freedom and Liberty.

Students are organizing to be a part of this rebirth of America.

Young Americans For Liberty.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Strip Search




Electronic Warrantless Strip Search -
and how much radiation are we exposed to?

Is this all so GE can sell more X-ray machines?

and when the next terrorist hides explosives up his anus will they be doing full cavity searches too?

My goodness... people wake up... look at what we are subjecting ourselves to.
Look at what we are giving up.


"The easiest way to gain control of a population is to carry out acts of terror. [The public] will clamor for such laws if their personal security is threatened". - Josef Stalin

"Terrorism is the best political weapon for nothing drives people harder than a fear of sudden death." - Adolf Hitler

"Why of course the people don't want war ... But after all it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship ... Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger." - Hermann Goering, Nazi leader, at the Nuremberg Trials after World War II

"The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home." - James Madison

"If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy." -James Madison

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Friday, January 8, 2010

Jobs Jobs Jobs



Zerohedge has a great post today as well:
Any way you look at it, 40% of the unemployed, or 4% of the workforce, a record number of people, or 6.1 million, are now unemployed for over 27 weeks. In November this number was 5.9 million, and a year ago it was a meager 2.5 million. Green shoots.
The average duration of unemployment has surged to 29.1 weeks, from 28.6 weeks in November, and 19.5 a year ago.


Oh yeah, and you have to remember that not everyone who is unemployed is being included in the unemployment numbers.

Peter Schiff On Kudlow



The difference between Schiff and his Republican opponents is that he doesn't just tell you what you want to hear. He tells you the truth. He holds true convictions on the issues and he understands monetary policy and the bounds of the Constitution.

Look at the track records of McMahon and Simmons. They are RINOs. McMahon has donated money to help elect progressive liberals. Simmons had cosponsored legislation like Cap and Trade with progressive liberals.

I like the fact that Peter Schiff isn't interested in enacting more laws - but to repeal the legislation that has damaged our Republic and undo the UnConstitutional legislation that has hurt this country.

Liquidity Bubble Looming


Zerohedge had a foreboding post about China and their liquidity tightening.

While the domestic money printing syndicate refuses to accept the glaring reality that endless money printing causes unavoidable hyperinflation (the only question being when), China has decided it is time to start closing the spigot. Bloomberg reports that, "China’s central bank began to roll back its monetary stimulus for an economy poised to become the world’s second-biggest this year, seeking to reduce the danger of asset-price inflation after a record surge in credit. The People’s Bank of China yesterday sold three-month bills at a higher interest rate for the first time in 19 weeks."

If the Chinese (and others) are tightening up their credit and not buying up our debt... you know where that will lead us? We have to buy our own debt (we already are).

How about this haiku (yeah... I know... that is Japanese)


Spending Spree Over
Interest rates going up
Hang on to your hat.


OK... your turn to make one up.

CC2009 - Articles Of Freedom

The Continental Congress 2009 met at Pheasant Run in St. Charles IL this past November. The CC2009 was comprised of delegates elected from 48 of our 50 states. The fruits of their labor is "The Articles Of Freedom" which outlines the issues, and lays out some clear actions to be taken.

Read it here or

Download the Articles of Freedom

ArticlesOfFreedom.Cover
Download the 61 Page Document, Click Here or the Cover Image Above for the PDF Document.


Also:
Sign the pledge form if you agree with the Articles of Freedom.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Move Your Money

Now here is an interesting concept:




People all over the country are choosing to move their money out of bigger banks and into smaller, community-oriented financial institutions that generally avoided the reckless investments and schemes that helped cause the financial crisis.


The video has gotten lots of views already...
There's a national grassroots effort afoot to support local business, local banks and local farms.

Not a bad idea.

We Dumped Dodd


Congratulations Connecticut!
Congratulations CT Tea Partiers!

We DID it!
No amount of spin or damage control was going to change the polls showing Dodd what we thought of his lies and arrogance towards his constituents.

That coward Dodd was afraid to face the voters in November's elections.
Good riddance.

In my opinion, Dodd ought to share a jail cell with Bernie Madoff after what he did to create the financial mess our country is in. He was too busy in his narcissistic run for the presidency to have the interests of his constituents in Connecticut, or the financial welfare of the people of this country in mind. Shame on him. But that's what you get with career politicians who have no interest but self interest.

Dodd is history.
His reign of elitism and arrogance is OVAH!
Let's move on.

As for Blumenthal... Connecticut does NOT need another egotistical lawyer in Washington DC! He has no care for the people of this state as he spends his time on lawsuits that do nothing but put him in the national spotlight and cost us millions. Don't get between him and a camera.

The only clear choice in this Senatorial race in Connecticut is Peter Schiff. It is despicable how the media has been blatantly ignoring him in their reports... as if McMahon and Simmons are the only Republicans running. They aren't. There is another choice.

But here are some things every voter should know about these two "Republicans"...

According to records, McMahon donated $15,000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, $13,000 to Democratic Gov. Mark Warner’s campaign and the campaign of Senator Joe Lieberman (a Democrat until the 2006 election when he became an Independent). The most alarming Democrat donation, though, was to Obama’s bulldog, Rahm Emanuel. The McMahon’s donated $7,800 to Emanuel’s leadership PAC. She is a classic RINO who has the audacity to think she can just buy herself a Senate seat with her millions. Voters in CT should just take her daily slick mail adverts and toss them in the trash. She cannot be trusted.

Rob Simmons was a co-sponsor of Cap and Trade legislation and also took away many of our liberties with the Patriot Act (erosion of 4th amendment rights). He voted in support of McCain-Feingold which limits 1st amendment speech. He voted YES on prohibiting oil drilling and development in ANWR. The way he is pretending to be a "Liberty candidate" is laughable as he waves around a US Constitution and a teabag as he tours the state... what a joke. He already did his time in Congress, and he seriously needs to retire. We need new blood - and someone with fresh ideas and someone who actually will protect and defend our Constitutional rights.

We need a real constitutional conservative in Congress, not a poser. We need one who understands monetary policy and who would take his oath of office to protect and defend our constitutional rights very seriously.

Peter Schiff is that person.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

NAIS - Stop Mandatory Chipping Of Animals And People

"Who controls the food supply controls the people" -Henry Kissinger



Even though this video is a year old, we must still remember what is being attempted here, and I envision where this could go.

The new healthcare bill being discussed secretly behind closed doors in Washington, D.C., REQUIRES you to buy insurance (that is wholly unconstitutional, but that's another issue). They will claim that the updated electronic medical records systems will need to be linked up to each one of us in order to "lower healthcare costs". Eventually, you could be required to be chipped to have insurance; so what choice will you have?

NOT many choices at all.

Don't think it's not a possibility.

First chipping is going to be mandatory for animals, and then it's going to be us. The companies creating these chips are clearly linked.

Some say NAIS seems to be dead for now, because of overwhelming disapproval, but we must remain vigilant. Proponents are looking for backdoor ways to implement this.

Say No to the National Animal Identification System and any form of it that may be attempted.

Will you allow yourself to be treated like livestock?

What's It Gonna Take America?

Bread and Circuses... so America ... what's it gonna take? How many rights will you lose before you get really angry enough to stand up and say NO MORE!





(H/T Josh M.)

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Beyond California - States In Peril


Eye opening report from the PEW Center and you can read the full report here.

At least 9 states beyond California face fiscal peril. Combined, The 10 states account for more than a third of America’s population1 and economic output.

The same pressures that drove the Golden State toward fiscal disaster are wreaking havoc in a number of states, with potentially damaging consequences for the entire country.

This examination by the Pew Center on the States looks closely at nine states, in addition to California, that are particularly affected by the recession.

The Pew Center on the States compiled its list by scoring all 50 states according to six factors that contributed substantially to California’s ongoing fiscal woes: (1) high foreclosure rates; (2) increasing joblessness; (3) loss of state revenues; (4) the relative size of budget gaps; (5) legal obstacles to balanced budgets - specifically, a supermajority requirement for some or all tax increases or budget
bills; and (6) poor money-management practices.


Take some time and check it out - it's a very interesting read.

Detroit In Ruins



The result of failed social policies costing billions in tax money.
The unions have destroyed education and business.

Our decaying cities are a result of sub-standard education and the exit of businesses who can operate more efficiently elsewhere.
Businesses cannot thrive if they do not have a literate workforce from which to hire.
Businesses cannot survive if they are forced by government and unions to hire and pay people who do not perform.

What a disgrace.
What a tragedy.

It's like a chapter out of Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged".

Monday, January 4, 2010

Parent At The Helm


I have had the pleasure of being asked to be a contributor over at Parent At The Helm. My very first contribution on "Homeschoolers And Politics" begins ...

No matter what side of the political spectrum you tend towards, you’ll find homeschoolers there in one way, shape or form. Most homeschoolers are political by default. The reason is simple: most are acquainted with the law, they keep up with the news, and they have a keen understanding of history and civics. Many of them lobby their legislators regularly, or at least help work to educate and inform them about what homeschooling is all about....

Read more at: Parent At The Helm

States Rights - Nullification



I have posted about States Rights and the Tenth Amendment "movement" before, but as the federal government gears up to engage in more power grabbing, it should be noted that more and more citizens and legislatures are beginning to draft legislation to nullify the dictates coming out of Washington DC.

Take for instance a new initiative in New Hampshire... Pre-filed for the 2010 legislative session in New Hampshire, House Bill 1285 (HB1285) seeks to “exempt firearms, firearm accessories, and ammunition manufactured in New Hampshire from federal law and regulation.”

Read more about it here.

Yeah..and more like it are coming, especially with the healthcare nightmare being concocted in Congress and prepared to be shoved down every state's throats as they struggle with already bankrupted budgets.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Keynesian Economics and Stimulus



Hoover = Bush
FDR = Obama

Will they plunge us into a war like WWII (War against terror/Yemen/Iran) for political gain?

Stimulus did not produce meaningful jobs.
Stimulus was pork and political payback.
Stimulus didn't help Main Street - it benefited Wall Street bankers and unions.

Big Government = Less Growth.
Socialism and Wealth Redistribution doesn't work.
Keynesian Economics creates a false economy propped up by massive debt which has to be paid at some time: the question is when and by whom.
Our children are being bankrupted and will have to pay for this enormous spending spree.

End bigger government.
Audit the Federal Reserve.
Restore Sound Money.
Stop Unconstitutional law making.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Auld Lang Syne

As sung by Dougie MacLean on the album Tribute.



From a YouTube post:

"Auld Lang Syne" is a Scottish poem written by Robert Burns in 1788 and set to the tune of a traditional folk song (Roud # 6294). It is well known in many English-speaking countries and is often sung to celebrate the start of the new year at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Day.

The song's (Scots) title may be translated into English literally as "old long since", or more idiomatically, "long long ago" or "days gone by". The phrase "Auld Lang Syne" is also used in similar poems by Robert Ayton (15701638), Allan Ramsay (1686-1757), and James Watson (1711) as well as older folk songs predating Burns.[2] In his retelling of fairy tales in the Scots language, Matthew Fitt uses the phrase "In the days of auld lang syne" as the equivalent of "Once upon a time." In Scots syne is pronounced like the English word sign.