Monday, January 31, 2011

The Era Of Cheap Food Is Coming To An End



That's according to a Reuters Poll.

U.S. grain prices should stay unrelentingly high this year, according to a Reuters poll, the latest sign that the era of cheap food has come to an end.

U.S. corn, soybeans and wheat prices -- which surged by as much has 50 percent last year and hit their highest levels since mid-2008 -- will dip by at most 5 percent by the end of 2011, according to the poll of 16 analysts.

The expectations may also strengthen importers' resolve to build bigger inventories after a year in which stocks of corn and soybeans in the United States -- the world's top exporter -- dwindled to their lowest level in decades.The forecasts suggest no quick relief for nations bedeviled by record high food costs that have stoked civil unrest. It means any extreme weather event in a grains-producing part of the world could send prices soaring further.

Inventories are dwindling - energy prices associated with food production are on the rise and demand is growing in countries that have been hit with drought or other natural disasters.

A summer drought in Russia led to a suspension of grain exports, rains in Australia downgraded the quality of its wheat crop, and a lack of rain cut Argentine corn output. China bought near-record volumes of U.S. corn, and demand for corn-based ethanol surged.A series of shocks brought the grains market to the brink last year.

U.S. Farmers are having difficult times as well, and the price of their harvest will have to be kept high enough to encourage them to grow more corn and soybeans this spring.

The fact is that U.S. stockpiles of corn fell to the lowest in 15 years in the wake of strong demand from the ethanol industry and steady exports after the Russian drought.

Grain prices have been going up, and signs of food price inflation is already being seen at grocery stores. It can be argued that inflation is not merely from grain scarcity, but because the dollar is losing its buying power overall.

Lesser developed countries are struggling, and those with higher populations are the most commodity dependent. Countries like China and India are home to one-third of the world's population. They are trying to balance their money supply, cost of capital and demand for commodities, but they still have many mouths to feed.
"As food inflation becomes a bigger issue in the lesser-developed countries, the global pipeline for food commodities is expanding. The world wants to own a little more inventory," said grains analyst Terry Roggensack of The Hightower Report in Chicago.

For North African countries like Algeria, the rush to import grains, particularly in the past two weeks, has been fueled by concerns about how to reduce populist anger over rising food costs that has led to riots.

With the stepped-up demand from North Africa and the Middle East whittling away at global wheat stocks, there is no room for error with the winter wheat crop in the United States that was planted last fall and will be harvested in the summer. the same goes for the wheat crops in China -- the world's largest grower.

"We are not in a good situation going into February and March in China and in the U.S., so wheat is on the verge of a real scare," Roggensack said.

How does this all affect us here in the United States?
- Scarcity pushes prices up.
- "Zimbabwe Ben Bernanke" printing more money pushes prices up.
- Farmers needing more money to pay for their seeds and comply with a multitude of growing government regulations pushes prices up.

How many small to medium family farms have been sold, foreclosed on or just stopped producing?
That's a problem for this country too.

I'd say we have a looming food-flation crisis coming.
For now - buy local and support your local farms.
Grow some of your own produce and keep your larder stocked.
You may need to have your own surplus to draw from before too long.



(H/T Diane C.)

Friday, January 28, 2011

Tom Woods Speaks About Nullification




State nullification is the idea that the states can and must refuse to enforce unconstitutional federal laws.

It's pretty simple.
Supporting nullification doesn't mean you are a racist or support slavery or any other ridiculous notion coming from some statist.

But those who are thirsty for more federal power are doing and saying all they can to smear people, like Tom Woods, who believe that states actually have rights, and so do the people who live in those states.

I agree with Tom .. we will not back down.

"Nothing is going to change unless someone takes a stand and says 'No More'". - Tom Woods

People who actually understand and care about our Constitutional freedoms and principles don't care what the totalitarian thought controllers say.

But in a nutshell here is the argument for nullification:

Here’s an extremely basic summary:

1) The states preceded the Union. The Declaration of Independence speaks of “free and independent states” that “have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do.” The British acknowledged the independence not of a single blob, but of 13 states, which they proceeded to list one by one. Article II of the Articles of Confederation says the states “retain their sovereignty, freedom, and independence”; they must have enjoyed that sovereignty in the past in order for them to “retain” it in 1781 when the Articles were officially adopted. The ratification of the Constitution was accomplished not by a single, national vote, but by the individual ratifications of the various states, each assembled in convention.

2) In the American system no government is sovereign. The peoples of the states are the sovereigns. It is they who apportion powers between themselves, their state governments, and the federal government. In doing so they are not impairing their sovereignty in any way. To the contrary, they are exercising it.

3) Since the peoples of the states are the sovereigns, then when the federal government exercises a power of dubious constitutionality on a matter of great importance, it is they themselves who are the proper disputants, as they review whether their agent was intended to hold such a power. No other arrangement makes sense. No one asks his agent whether the agent has or should have such-and-such power. In other words, the very nature of sovereignty, and of the American system itself, is such that the sovereigns must retain the power to restrain the agent they themselves created. James Madison explains this clearly in the famous Virginia Report of 1800.


Resisting Federal Tyranny is not only a good idea...it's our right.

Visit Tom Woods' website

Thursday, January 27, 2011

RIP Gladys Horton Of The Marvelettes




"De-Liver De-Letter De-Sooner De-Better"

That was when MoTown was good.

Anyway - Thank You Gladys!

Ghengis Khan Was A Greenie


Yes, it is being declared that blood thirsty conqueror Ghengis Khan was in fact quite "Green".

Several writers have been commenting on work done by Julia Pongratz of the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology, who was lead author of a study into Ghengis Khan's environmental impact. (as if they don't have anything better to study.. and I wonder if this was funded by taxpayer money or stimulus funding in education.. but I digress)

It is posited that by that killing 40 million people, Ghengis Khan could be hailed as having a "positive" effect on global warming. How nice. I wonder if he recycled and filtered his drinking water too.

Jeremy Hance, writes:
"When the Mongol hordes invaded Asia, the Middle East, and Europe they left behind a massive body count, depopulating many regions. With less people, large swathes of cultivated fields eventually returned to forests, absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere....

The Mongol invasion had the most significant impact. According to the study's accounting, re-growth of forests during the Mongol invasion absorbed 700 million tons of carbon from the atmosphere, equaling the amount of carbon global society now produces annually from gasoline."
Hance also talks about the initial study:
In a study published in The Holocene, Pongratz along with Carnegie colleague, Ken Caldeira, and German colleagues at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, compiled a model of global land cover beginning in 800 AD. She kept her eye on four historical events closely, which she theorized could have impacted the climate due to the return of forests after depopulation: the Black Death in Europe (the end of the 14th Century), the fall of China's Ming Dynasty (the last half of the 17th Century), the conquest of the Americas (the 16th and 17th Centuries), and the Mongol invasion of the 13th and 14th Century.
Pongratz's study is also discussed by Bryan Nelson at Mother Nature Network who reports:
"Over the course of the century and a half run of the Mongol Empire, about 22 percent of the world's total land area had been conquered and an estimated 40 million people were slaughtered by the horse-driven, bow-wielding hordes. Depopulation over such a large swathe of land meant that countless numbers of cultivated fields eventually returned to forests.

In other words, one effect of Genghis Khan's unrelenting invasion was widespread reforestation, and the re-growth of those forests meant that more carbon could be absorbed from the atmosphere."
That Ghengis was truly a Godsend.
Julia Pongratz the originator of this study of Khan's environmental impact claims:
"It's a common misconception that the human impact on climate began with the large-scale burning of coal and oil in the industrial era,...Actually, humans started to influence the environment thousands of years ago by changing the vegetation cover of the Earth's landscapes when we cleared forests for agriculture."
Also ... with the Black Death, it looks like all those infected rats in Europe did the world a favor by killing off so many people. Looks like the disease carrying rodents were good for something after all!
"We found that during the short events such as the Black Death and the Ming Dynasty collapse, the forest re-growth wasn't enough to overcome the emissions from decaying material in the soil," explains Pongratz. "But during the longer-lasting ones like the Mongol invasion and the conquest of the Americas, there was enough time for the forests to re-grow and absorb significant amounts of carbon."

I am heartened, and even a bit amused, to know that even staunch liberals are finding this study to be quite distasteful in its praise for ginormous death tolls as being "good for the environment".

Then of course there are others that are saying that events like the conquest of the Americas brought about "global cooling".

Global warming, global cooling... the Greenies just cannot make up their minds.
Either way - it is apparent that mankind is the problem and must be eliminated in order for the Earth to survive.

The Eco-Nazis even want us to give up having pets and children.

These rabid environmentalists seem to be spouting the most anti-human sentiment, even to the point of showing some sort of admiration for mass murder and other causes of mass death of humans.

How sad indeed to see some sort of intellectual celebration they have for carbon footprint reduction via extermination of human life.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and De-Populate.

That's Eco-Fascism for ya.



Related: Killing 40 million people.. now that's Green!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Swine Flu Vaccine In Your CornFlakes And Homegrown Revolution



Saw this news item posted via The Last Frontier.

Beware the biopharmaceutical industrial complex!

Big Pharma and Monsanto have teamed up to shove their crap into our food supply and have been working with university research teams to accomplish this. (Aren't you glad they just passed the food safety legislation?)

Quoted From Info Wars: May 11, 2009 and Iowa State News

AMES, IOWA — Iowa State University researchers are putting flu vaccines into the genetic makeup of corn, which may someday allow pigs and humans to get a flu vaccination simply by eating corn or corn products.

“We’re trying to figure out which genes from the swine influenza virus to incorporate into corn so those genes, when expressed, would produce protein,” said Hank Harris, professor in animal science and one of the researchers on the project. “When the pig consumes that corn, it would serve as a vaccine.”

This collaborative effort project involves Mr. Harris and Brad Bosworth, an affiliate associate professor of animal science working with pigs, and Kan Wang, a professor in agronomy, who is developing the vaccine traits in the corn.

According to the researchers, the corn vaccine would also work in humans when they eat corn or even corn flakes, corn chips, tortillas or anything that contains corn, Mr. Harris said. The research is funded by a grant from Iowa State University’s Plant Sciences Institute, and is their Biopharmaceuticals and Bioindustrials Research Initiative.

If the research goes well, the corn vaccine may be possible in five to seven years. In the meantime, the team is trying to expedite the process. “While we’re waiting for Wang to produce the corn, we are starting initial experiments in mice to show that the vaccine might induce an immune response,” Mr. Bosworth said.

Mr. Harris said the team still needs more answers. “The big question is whether or not these genes will work when given orally through corn,” he added. “That is the thing we’ve still got to determine.”

Stability and safety are several advantages to the corn vaccine. Once the corn with the vaccine is grown, it can be stored for long-term without losing its potency, researchers claim. If a swine flu virus breaks out, the corn could be shipped to the location to try to vaccinate animals and humans in the area quickly. Because corn grain is used as food and feed, there is no need for extensive vaccine purification, which can be an expensive process.

Backyard farming looks like the way to go.

Homegrown Revolution!





Tuesday, January 25, 2011

SCOTUS Declares Constitution Void


William M. Windsor has been trying to fight judicial corruption for years, and has even taken it to the Supreme Court only to have his petition denied... which basically translates into the SCOTUS saying that the lower courts are allowed to ignore the Constitution and condones the corruption that is present in the lower courts.

Critics argue that William M. Windsor was unjustified in his petition to the court and that he is some sort of nutcase.. but honestly.. this landmark decision says a lot that isn't pleasant about the state of our judiciary.

U.S. Supreme Court Issues Landmark Decision: Constitution is Void
ATLANTA, Jan. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark decision that serves to allow judges to void the Constitution in their courtrooms. The decision was issued on January 18, 2011, and the Court did not even explain the decision (Docket No. 10-632, 10-633, and 10-690). One word decisions: DENIED.

Presented with this information and massive proof that was not contested in any manner by the accused judges, at least six of the justices voted to deny the petitions:

"There is no legal or factual basis whatsoever for the decisions of the lower courts in this matter. These rulings were issued for corrupt reasons. Many of the judges in the Northern District of Georgia and the Eleventh Circuit are corrupt and violate laws and rules, as they have done in this case. The Supreme Court must recognize this Petition as one of the most serious matters ever presented to this Court."

The key questions answered negatively by the U.S. Supreme Court was:

"Whether federal courts must be stopped from operating corruptly and ignoring all laws, rules, and facts."

By denying the petitions, SCOTUS has chosen to sanction corruption by federal judges and to allow federal judges to void sections of the Constitutional at will.

William M. Windsor has been involved in legal action in the federal courts in Atlanta since 2006. Windsor was named a defendant in a civil lawsuit (1:06-CV-0714-ODE) in which Christopher Glynn of Maid of the Mist in Niagara Falls, swore under oath that Windsor did a variety of things including the crimes of theft and bribery. Windsor stated under oath that Christopher Glynn made it up and lied about absolutely everything that he swore. Windsor then obtained deposition testimony from Glynn and the other managers of the Maid of the Mist boat ride, and they admitted, under oath, that charges against Windsor were not true.

Despite this undeniable proof, 32-year federal Judge Orinda D. Evans declared that the grandfather of three should not have fought the lawsuit, and she forced him to pay a fortune in legal fees of Maid of the Mist. Windsor appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, but federal judges Dubina, Hull, and Fay rubber-stamped Judge Evans' ruling. Windsor then took his appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court where the justices said the appeal was not worthy of their consideration (cert denied).

After attempting to get the case reopened with new evidence that proved fraud upon the courts and obstruction of justice, Judge Evans and Judge William S. Duffey committed a variety of crimes and violations of Constitutional rights, as did judges with the Eleventh Circuit. All of this was detailed for the Supreme Court.

Windsor says: "I have discovered that the federal judges in Atlanta, Georgia, Washington, DC, and the justices of the United States Supreme Court function like common criminals intentionally making bogus rulings against honest people while covering up the crimes of their fellow judges. I have been contacted by people from all over the country and around the world with their stories of judicial corruption with judges all over the U.S.

"My charges have been totally ignored by the United States Attorney's Office, the FBI, and Congress. I do not believe there is a shred of decency, honesty, or Constitutional rights in our federal courts. In my opinion, we now live in a police state. Judges are free to do absolutely anything they want. Our laws are meaningless. Your life savings can be stolen by a federal judge, and they have no risk in violating every law in the books.

"In my opinion, this is the most serious issue that our country has ever faced. Our rights have been stolen. And the mainstream media refuses to cover this story because they are afraid of the judges. Heaven help us.

"I believe our only hope in America is if the masses become aware of what is taking place. I am writing an expose, and my book will be available at Borders, Barnes & Noble, and on amazon.com soon. The publisher will decide if the title is Lawless America or Screwed, Glued, and Tattooed."

The thing of it is - that if SCOTUS does in fact condone the corruption in the lower courts - and if they in fact deny righting any of the wrongs in lower court legal proceedings - then we do indeed have a renegade judiciary.

I know lawyers who tell me that the courts are rife with corruption. In many instances, key evidence is denied being exhibited or submitted and Judges do not follow the law. Judges legislate from the bench; not by what the law is but by what they think the law should be. We have key cases being dismissed on grounds of "no standing" and other such judicial maneuverings. Higher courts may just rubber stamp the appeal cases coming before them and go along with a lower courts finding... even if there is evidence that shows the lower court did not provide a fair hearing.

And now since the SCOTUS basically ruled that they did not believe that federal courts must be stopped from operating corruptly and ignoring all laws, rules, and facts... well that does in fact void the Constitution.... the Constitution that, by the way, gives power to the SCOTUS.

"We are in real trouble when the Constitution is meaningless and judges commit crimes hiding behind their robes." - William M. Windsor

Perhaps it's about time we start re-calling and impeaching judges and having them thrown off the bench.
It's about time something is done about the injustice being meted out in American courtrooms.

Congress should review all of these federal judges - request input from the public as to their adherence to the Constitution and the law - and if these judges are not shown to be doing their jobs properly then they ought to be booted out by Congress. Each Congressional representative takes an oath to uphold the Constitution and this is yet another way they can do so.

Impeach the corrupt judges.

Check out the Center for Judicial Accountability and American Judicature Society

Monday, January 24, 2011

RIP Jack LaLanne


96 years old - Jack LaLanne, fitness pioneer and guru died of respiratory failure due to pneumonia.

I remember watching his show (in black and white of course) along with my mom - when I was a youngster.

He inspired millions to trim down, eat well and lift some weights, and he was a pioneer in healthy living decades before diet and exercise became a national obsession.

"The only way you can hurt the body is not use it," LaLanne said. "Inactivity is the killer and, remember, it's never too late."

His workout show was a television staple from the 1950s to the '70s. LaLanne and his dog Happy encouraged kids to wake their mothers and drag them in front of the television set. He developed exercises that used no special equipment, just a chair and a towel.

He also founded a chain of fitness studios that bore his name and in recent years touted the value of raw fruit and vegetables as he helped market a machine called Jack LaLanne's Power Juicer.

When he turned 43 in 1957, he performed more than 1,000 push-ups in 23 minutes on the "You Asked For It" television show. At 60, he swam from Alcatraz Island to Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco — handcuffed, shackled and towing a boat. Ten years later, he performed a similar feat in Long Beach harbor.

"I never think of my age, never," LaLanne said in 1990. "I could be 20 or 100. I never think about it, I'm just me.


Jack LaLanne - a fitness icon that will be missed.
"Exercise in Peace" Jack.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Enter The Dragon


His excellency Hu Jintao, President of the People's Republic of China, was wined and dined at the White House. Yes, we are now entertaining Communists that have lent us ginormous sums of money.

The amount of groveling that we are witnessing is so incredibly sad. Sadder too is the way we have treated our oldest allies, such as Britain.

On the dinner menu, honoring the Communist Hu, was poached Maine lobster and dry-aged rib eye with creamed spinach with old fashioned apple pie. All of this of course was accompanied with a selection of fine wines from California and Washington state. How American.

And the White House truly became "The People's House".
There were bouquets of RED roses all around.
Red Chinese flags flew at the Capitol reportedly above the US flag, and the First Lady was clad in RED.

To be honest, the "off-the-shoulder" look is extremely undignified for the FLOTUS. She shouldn't be striving for "sexy" or "controversial", she should be striving for dignified and stylish, as is expected of her office. The woman definitely isn't channeling Jackie "O".

The usual elites were all in attendance. Kissinger, Streisand, Pelosi and more.

We cannot openly criticize the Chinese for their policies either
, because we are being so careful not to bite the hand that feeds us now. No honest talk about human rights violations, or the treatment of Tibet and Taiwan. Anyone recall the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989?

We have allowed these Communist Chinese leaders, basically thugs, currency manipulators, human rights abusers, and Communists, to become the suppliers of loans and cheaply-produced goods. In the end they own us. They have enabled us to overspend and foolishly trade away jobs for their cheap goods.

We have allowed this.

Our unions have allowed this, our elected leaders have allowed this and our dumbed down population has allowed this.

So while the Obamas suck up to the Chinese, one thing to note is that such a lavish dinner party was most likely indirectly paid for by the guests being honored, because we certainly can no longer afford it on our own.

It might be appropriate to say a prayer for the 1/8 of our country that survives on food stamps and the millions that are out of work.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Commodities Soar - Food Scarcities Begin


Bloomberg reported that
World food prices rose to a record in December on higher sugar, grain and oilseed costs, the United Nations said, exceeding levels reached in 2008 that sparked deadly riots from Haiti to Egypt.

An index of 55 food commodities tracked by the Food and Agriculture Organization gained for a sixth month to 214.7 points, above the previous all-time high of 213.5 in June 2008, the Rome-based UN agency said in a monthly report. The gauges for sugar and meat prices advanced to records.

Sugar climbed for a third year in a row in 2010, and corn jumped the most in four years in Chicago. Food prices may rise more unless the world grain crop increases “significantly” in 2011, the FAO said Nov. 17. At least 13 people died last year in Mozambique in protests against plans to lift bread prices....

White, or refined, sugar traded at $752.70 a metric ton at 11:53 a.m. on NYSE Liffe in London, compared with $383.70 at the end of June 2008. Corn, which added 52 percent last year on the Chicago Board of Trade, was at $6.01 a bushel, down from $7.57 in June 2008. Soybeans were at $13.6325 a bushel, against $15.74 at the close of June 2008.

Part of the growing world food crisis is Chinese demand and Russia’s worst drought in a half-century which devastated their grain crops. Russia even declared that they were keeping their grain to themselves and not exporting any. It was reported by one UN agency that global grain output will have to rise at least 2 percent this year in order to meet demand in 2011-2012 and to avoid further depletion of stocks.

We are again facing record fuel prices as the Saudis increased prices to $100 per barrel. We should bear in mind that this inflated price may come from Ben Bernanke's printing presses. The prices of commodities will rise as the dollar has less buying power and becomes worth less with more of them in circulation.

One recent article sent to me mentioned the publication entitled the USDA's Disaster Designation Areas. In order to be included in this designation, a county must have suffered a minimum 30% loss in one crop to be declared a disaster area.
A sampling of the USDA's Disaster Designation Areas for this past year includes:

* The whole states of Alabama and Arkansas

* 58 out of 77 counties in Oklahoma

* 70 of 83 counties in Michigan

* 151 out of 159 counties in Georgia

* 63 out of 100 counties in North Carolina

The figures regarding crop failures in the United States are quite staggering.

When you add into this the increased overseas demand for food supplies (China, Thailand and Japan for example), the need for corn for ethanol requirements in the United States, and farmers decreasing production of crops that are financially unappealing (wheat is one such financial loser in the marketplace), then the stage is set for soaring food prices.

For example:

* In 1981 the United States had 88 million acres planted in wheat.

* 2010 saw a reduction in wheat acreage to 47.6 million acres planted in wheat and wheat production down by 25%. Our national wheat stores are down by 10% and now Australia's floods have shut down key grain ports, underpinning global concerns of tight grain supplies and rising food costs.

* Barley stores are down by 35% and corn stores are down by 12%.

Conversely:

* Dairy and vegetable oil prices have risen by over 40% this past year

* Wheat prices saw a 47% increase

* Corn prices have risen 50%

* Soybean prices are 34% higher

* The United Nations is forecasting food prices rising by an additional 40% this year.

Many countries are already experiencing rioting over food. It's happening in Africa, and the Persian Gulf and popping up in Southeast Asia (Laos).

French President Sarkozy is concerned enough to take the issue to the G20.

Max Krieger says we haven't seen anything yet with regard to commodity inflation:
Food is becoming scare at a “reasonable” price in many parts of the globe and the symptoms of this are starting to bubble up to the surface. For example in recent days we have witnessed food riots in Algeria and Tunisia where at least 14 people are reported to have died in each country.

The unemployment picture is just as bleak:


Meanwhile: Jobless claims hit a 10-week high last week while producer prices shot up in December, ...

The number of Americans filing for first-time unemployment benefits rose unexpectedly to 445,000 from 410,000 in the prior week, a Labor Department report showed. It was the biggest one-week jump in about six months and confounded analyst forecasts for a small drop to 405,000....

"The jobless number highlights the patchy recovery we've seen in the job market and reinforces that it will be a slow process bringing down the jobless rate," said Omer Esiner, market analyst at Commonwealth Foreign Exchange in Washington.

The four-week moving average of new claims, which strips out short-term volatility, rose by 5,500 last week to 416,500...

Though underlying inflation trends remain tame in the United States, food and energy costs were rising briskly at the wholesale level as 2010 drew to a close....

A recent spike in global food costs has raised fears of a crisis in the poorer corners of the developing world.

World food prices hit a record high last month, outstripping the levels that sparked riots in several countries in 2008, and key grains could rise further, the United Nations' food agency said recently....

Another key factor is the bleak jobs picture, not helped by the Labor Department data. ...

the total number of Americans on benefit rolls, including those receiving extended benefits under emergency government programs, jumped to 9.19 million from 8.77 million.


For sure, we'll likely see $5 gasoline by Memorial Day.

Of course Ben Bernanke, and company, will be telling us all that things are looking up.

I hope you have been perusing the seed catalogs and planning what to plant this season.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Don't Shut Up





In matters of Liberty and the Constitution and Restoring our Republic - and opposing tyranny -

Don't Shut Up.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.




In his "I Have A Dream" speech, Dr. King said this:
When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men would be guaranteed the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
There’s considerable consonance between Dr. Ron Paul’s views and Dr. King’s, in their stands against militarism and for civil liberties.
"Liberty is the true antidote to racism, and freedom–limited, constitutional government devoted to the protection of individual rights—can uplift us all.” - Ron Paul
Interestingly enough, Dr. King was very much against the Vietnam War, and some claim that this might have been a contributing reason behind his assassination. Here he is speaking on the topic with Merv Griffin (1968).





Here, Dr. King was talking about Vietnam... and he sounds like Congressman Ron Paul on Iraq and Afghanistan. Interesting that.

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.

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.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Last Frontier



I just found a blog that intrigues me so much.
It's entitled "The Last Frontier" and is all about life in the Alaskan wilderness.
I am enthralled with the posts about living simply and sanely in a remote part of our nation.

Jenny and Chuck are homeschooling and raising their family in amazing serenity and self reliance.
I find myself envious of that life... although I am not so sure I could live it.
Living off the grid and being self sufficient in many ways is such a blessing though.

What I find most inspiring is the problem solving.
There's no 7-11 down the road when you run out of something... there aren't even roads.
They have to make various preparations for food storage and make lots of things "from scratch".
They live on what they grow and use botanicals for medicine.
They budget their energy usage.
They have to know what to do in medical emergencies.
They only make occasional trips to more populated areas via airplane - to get supplies and pick up the mail.
And yet, this family survives and does the mundane things like laundry and tending to their animals... and they provide their children with wonderful life sustaining lessons.

In this crazy frenetic modern world it is comforting to know that there are folks who live quite comfortably without all the so-called modern conveniences. And they do so happily. The rest of us could learn some valuable lessons from that.

The life lessons they are teaching their children are amazing.
They are not being brought up with the mind polluting twaddle of pop culture and consumerism.
These kids will be so in touch with nature and life, themselves and their family.
How fortunate they are.

I am glad to have met them and be able to share their experiences on this wonderful blog site.

I feel in touch with Jenny since we both make soap and garden.
But yet - the things I do out of "interest" are for her family most likely more for survival.

She and her husband sound like amazing people.
I am enjoying reading her stories of life in a remote area, and I look forward to reading more.
Thank you Jenny.
Keep that generator going - we love to hear from you on the Internet.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Together We Thrive - Obama 2012




It is just amazing and repulsive to me that a memorial service - an act of remembrance and solemnity - was turned into a political event for team Obama. When was the last time you attended a memorial and was given a Tee-shirt? or other SWAG? Honestly, do these people have no decency?

Yeah, yeah, yeah... it was all done in the name of "healing"... blah blah blah.
But really, memorials should not be "pep rallies" complete with tacky Tee shirts bearing some catchy slogan.

Team Obama even had the temerity to recycle "Yes We Can" into "Together We Thrive".

Pretty appalling if you ask me.

Whoever had this idea of giving a memorial service the ambiance of a political campaign rally really has little understanding of the purpose of memorials. This was so obviously an Obama kick-off event for 2012 complete with a new slogan featuring "unity". Unfortunately the man "speaking from the heart" could not even do so without reading from a carefully prepared speech.

Tacking on this so-called message of a "call to civility" was also a bit much, especially since the person delivering that message has done his share of vicious speak against his opponents. He has been the most divisive and polarizing president as far as I can remember.

And so now, it is apparent that any speech against the Obama administration will be sure to be labeled "un-civil discourse" or "against progress and unity" or "inflammatory". The real irony in all of that is that when the Congress opened its session with a reading of the Constitution, it was Rep. Gabrielle Giffords who read the First amendment.
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."
Ah yes, "Together We Thrive, Tucson and America" in Blue and White colors no less... And with all this thriving with Arizona - do you think the Obama administration will drop legal proceedings against that state? I mean, we are all supposed to be working together towards common goals now - so do you think all the boycotts against Arizona will be dropped in the name of respect and civility?

I doubt it.

Maybe this is a new way to mourn and be uplifting.
When Aunt Matilda kicks the bucket we should order Tee Shirts and hats that say, "Auntie M Rocked - Let's All Get Along"... and make sure no one says anything bad about her ... ever.


UPDATE: Obama Busted! "Together We Thrive" was used in Obama's 2008 campaign for president.
The link is here - and in case it disappears - Here's the screen print of it:

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Snow-mageddon

We got hit hard with snow where I live.
It's been a long time since I have seen this type of accumulation - 18 inches or more.
Thankfully, we got shoveled out.

It might have been handy to have one of these, if the snow wasn't so high.




I just love the entrepreneurial spirit in people!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Pensions Seized In Europe


.... and don't think that can't happen here.

With a major pension crisis on the horizon and a government that is hungry for revenue, it's just a matter of time before we see something similar to what is happening in Europe.
People’s retirement savings are a convenient source of revenue for governments that don’t want to reduce spending or make privatizations. As most pension schemes in Europe are organised by the state, European ministers of finance have a facilitated access to the savings accumulated there, and it is only logical that they try to get a hold of this money for their own ends. In recent weeks I have noted five such attempts: Three situations concern private personal savings; two others refer to national funds.

The most striking example is Hungary, where last month the government made the citizens an offer they could not refuse. They could either remit their individual retirement savings to the state, or lose the right to the basic state pension (but still have an obligation to pay contributions for it). In this extortionate way, the government wants to gain control over $14bn of individual retirement savings.
The article continues on describing other pension grabs in Bulgaria, Poland, France and Ireland. Americans should be on notice, because the same scenarios can play out here at home. As the article states: "If fiscal austerity becomes a real issue in the U.S. the way that it's been reaching critical mass in Europe -- don't think that U.S. lawmakers regard your either your personal wealth or money they might owe you as sacrosanct. Government has a habit of looking out for itself."

... and so what should WE do to stop government from raiding our 401K's and IRA's?
The government has already been manipulating the stock and bond markets. It could very easily make the markets crash taking the value of your savings with it. They could offer you a "sweet deal" to "help you cut your losses" confiscate your account in return for some IOU and then return the market to "normal" after grabbing your account... or some other similar scenario.

Don't think it can happen?
Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow - but it could very well happen.

Remember, there's about $3 trillion in 401(k)s in the United States.
All that money is pretty tempting to the powers that be.

and don't forget that the government made a deal with Prudential to takeover veterans life insurance benefits.

They already have been stealing our wealth via the inflation they are creating with Zimbabwe Ben's magical printing presses.

Taking your savings from you is not that much more of a leap.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A Tragedy Will Breed More Loss Of Liberty


You can take that to the bank.
Who said, "You never want a good crisis to go to waste"?

Already power hungry statists in Congress are pushing legislation to capitalize on the tragic incident in Arizona, and further restrict law abiding citizens everywhere. That is the next biggest tragedy.

The shooting in Tucson of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her constituents, was NOT in fact "caused by the Tea Party", or "caused by Sarah Palin" or any other entity that Paul Krugman and his ilk would like you to believe.
This shooting incident was caused by a deranged individual.
Period.


We need to face the fact that there ARE, and always WILL BE, deranged individuals in our midst. Legislation will not make them go away, and we should not restrict the freedom of all of us because of them.
It wasn't the gun laws fault, it wasn't the gun makers fault, it wasn't even the lack of security.
It was a deranged person who used a tool to harm others. He could have just as well threw a glass of battery acid into the crowd, or detonated himself in the middle of a crowd, or did some other sick thing.

Thankfully, we have individuals in society who even in the midst of their grief show amazing wisdom. The father of the 9-Year-Old murder victim does not want more restrictions of freedoms.

As a result of this terrible shooting you can be sure that statists will want to restrict
your speech,
your movement,
your ability to defend yourself,
your ability to criticize your government,
what you can see and hear on radio and TV
and more.

Rep. Clyburn wants to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine. Which in fact is not "Fair" at all.

Rep. Robert Brady (D-Pa.) reportedly plans to introduce legislation that would restrict your freedom of expression - "that would make it a federal crime to use language or symbols that could be perceived as threatening or inciting violence against a federal official or member of Congress."

Just who will define exactly what is threatening?
What language or symbols exactly?
Will it be an angry complaint letter?
Giving him "the finger" when you see him at a Town hall?
Drawing a picture of a target somewhere?
Why restrict this only to members of Congress? What about the rest of us?
What about members of Congress inciting violence and war against it's own people?

This is all such a knee-jerk reaction that has no clear level headed logic attached to it.

The reality is that public figures will have people who hate them.
Some may be sick enough to want to do some harm.
This has been so since the beginning of time.
It cannot be legislated away.

But again ...
When Leftists created a movie that depicted George Bush being assassinated - that was ok?
When Barack Obama said, "“If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,” - that was ok?
Was it ok when Barack Obama also said the following:
Obama on ACORN Mobs: "I don't want to quell anger. I think people are right to be angry! I'm angry!"
Obama to His Mercenary Army: "Hit Back Twice As Hard"
Obama on the private sector: "We talk to these folks… so I know whose a_ _ to kick."
Obama to voters: Republican victory would mean "hand to hand combat"
Obama to lib supporters: "It's time to Fight for it."
Obama to Latino supporters: "Punish your enemies."
And where was our attorney general when the New Black Panther Party Leader said, " I hate white people… you want freedom you're going to have to kill some Crackers" ?

This is just a sampling of the vitriol from the Left - why are the media critters and Congressmen and Paul Krugman's not blaming this, instead of laying blame just at the feet of Palin and Beck?

Bottomline: People are dead because an angry unhappy deranged person murdered them.
The reality is that this was a criminal act - which we have laws to deal with - and sadly this type of thing can not always be prevented unless we live in a society where we have no Freedom at all.

And on the subject of breeding more loss of liberty as a result of this tragedy, Zerohedge writes this:
Somehow, every liberal MSM “journalist” has concluded that this was due to the contentious political atmosphere in the country. This is code for “we need less dissent”. Stop disagreeing with the Obama agenda. If you disagree, you are dangerous.
Let's not use this tragedy to shut down dissent or further restrict our freedoms.
And surely more loss of freedom will only make more people more angry in these very difficult times.

That is not a good alternative either.
Even the 9 year old's dad agrees with that.

Sincere condolences to the families of those who were brutally murdered, and prayers for full recovery for those who were injured in this horrific shooting.

Let's honor them all by re-dedicating ourselves to Constitutional principles, freedom and family.
Amen.


Related: The Left, Not the Right, Owns Political Violence. - American Thinker

Monday, January 10, 2011

State Department Retreats From Eliminating Mother And Father



Last week there was more idiocy from the US State Department.
This time they moved to remove the words Mother and Father from State Dept. documents.
They wanted to just have Parent 1 and Parent 2.
Sort of like Dr. Seuss's Thing 1 and Thing 2, I suppose.

They said:
The words "mother" and "father" will be removed from U.S. passport applications and replaced with gender neutral terminology, according to the State Dept.

"The words in the old form were ‘mother' and ‘father'," said Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Passport Services Brenda Sprague. "They are now ‘parent one' and ‘parent two.'

A statement on the State Department website noted: "These improvements are being made to provide a gender neutral description of a child's parents and in recognition of different types of families."

Gender neutral?
You mean people are being born without a mother and a father?

Oh right... it was to recognize "non-traditional" families.
“Changing the term mother and father to the more global term of parent allows many different types of families to be able to go and apply for a passport for their child without feeling like the government doesn’t recognize their family,” said Jennifer Chrisler, executive director of Family Equality Council.

If they are so concerned about upsetting the smaller percentage of families that do not have a traditional mother or father, then why don't they just leave mother and father as it is and ADD the words, "or Parent 1 and Parent 2" ?

and can you imagine the confusion that would ensue in traditional families?
Who is parent 1 and who is parent 2?
Would the State Department have created protocol and rules as to who was who?
Would fights ensue?
Father - "I want to be parent 1".
Mother - "No, I want to be parent 1 - you were parent 1 last time".
Father - "But I don't want to be parent 2 - that means I am second and lower than you".
Mother - " Well, that is why I don't want to be parent 2, besides, I am the breadwinner".
It could have gotten ugly.

Yes - and that would have been just as ludicrous as that new ruling was.

How about MY right to be called Mother and my husband's right to be called Father?
How about the fact that I might feel that MY status as a parent was not being respected by the State Department?
Why yield our rightful titles to this PC nonsense?
Why eliminate important information from important documents? (i.e. Mother and Father)

Thankfully, Hillary Rodham Clinton stepped in to prevent a massive backlash (and probably the specter of less funding for her department) from legislators and has changed the ruling:
In a bid to forestall a backlash from congressional conservatives, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has ordered the State Department to amend a bureaucratic change that would have eliminated the titles "mother" and "father" with the gender-neutral term "parent" in reports of overseas births.

The State Department said Saturday that Clinton had instructed the department to retain "mother" and "father" in a form known as a "Consular Report of Birth Abroad" that U.S. embassies use to document the birth of a child to expatriate Americans. It said the form will now ask for the names of the child's "mother or parent 1" and "father or parent 2."

That is wording we can all live with.
(Glad they took my advice!)

Saturday, January 8, 2011

The Passing Of The Gavel




Speaker Boehner didn't really do that.
and
No Socialists were actually harmed in the making of this video clip.

Friday, January 7, 2011

The New Congress Begins Working On Repeal


So far, I dub this the "Constitutional Congress".
They apparently understand that they have a mandate.
Repeal is their deal.
And it's everything from getting rid of the ban in incandescent light bulbs to repealing Obamacare. Read a sampling of what's in the Congressional hopper:

1. H.R.2 : Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act
Sponsor: Rep Cantor, Eric [VA-7] (introduced 1/5/2011) Cosponsors (162)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Education and the Workforce; House Ways and Means; House Judiciary; House Natural Resources; House Rules; House Administration; House Appropriations
Latest Major Action: 1/5/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Education and the Workforce, Ways and Means, the Judiciary, Natural Resources, Rules, House Administration, and Appropriations, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.


2. H.R.21 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the mandate that individuals purchase health insurance.
Sponsor: Rep Garrett, Scott [NJ-5] (introduced 1/5/2011) Cosponsors (39)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/5/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.


3. H.R.25 : To promote freedom, fairness, and economic opportunity by repealing the income tax and other taxes, abolishing the Internal Revenue Service, and enacting a national sales tax to be administered primarily by the States.
Sponsor: Rep Woodall, Rob [GA-7] (introduced 1/5/2011) Cosponsors (47)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/5/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.


4. H.R.60 : To repeal the expansion of information reporting requirements for payments of $600 or more to corporations, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Scalise, Steve [LA-1] (introduced 1/5/2011) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/5/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.


5. H.R.86 : To prevent pending tax increases, permanently repeal estate and gift taxes, and permanently repeal the alternative minimum tax on individuals, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Bachmann, Michele [MN-6] (introduced 1/5/2011) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/5/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.


6. H.R.87 : To repeal the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
Sponsor: Rep Bachmann, Michele [MN-6] (introduced 1/5/2011) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: House Financial Services; House Agriculture; House Energy and Commerce; House Judiciary; House Budget; House Oversight and Government Reform; House Ways and Means; House Small Business
Latest Major Action: 1/5/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committees on Agriculture, Energy and Commerce, the Judiciary, the Budget, Oversight and Government Reform, Ways and Means, and Small Business, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.


7. H.R.91 : To repeal certain amendments to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act with respect to lighting energy efficiency.
Sponsor: Rep Barton, Joe [TX-6] (introduced 1/5/2011) Cosponsors (13)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 1/5/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.


8. H.R.99 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reduce taxes by providing an alternative determination of income tax liability for individuals, repealing the estate and gift taxes, reducing corporate income tax rates, reducing the maximum tax for individuals on capital gains and dividends to 10 percent, indexing the basis of assets for purposes of determining capital gain or loss, creating tax-free accounts for retirement savings, lifetime savings, and life skills, repealing the adjusted gross income threshold in the medical care deduction for individuals under age 65 who have no employer health coverage, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Dreier, David [CA-26] (introduced 1/5/2011) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/5/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.


9. H.R.105 : To repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and related health-care provisions and to enact in its place incentives to encourage health insurance coverage, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Burton, Dan [IN-5] (introduced 1/5/2011) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Budget; House Education and the Workforce; House Natural Resources; House Administration; House Ways and Means; House Judiciary; House Rules; House Appropriations; House Oversight and Government Reform
Latest Major Action: 1/5/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on the Budget, Education and the Workforce, Natural Resources, House Administration, Ways and Means, the Judiciary, Rules, Appropriations, and Oversight and Government Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.


10. H.R.123 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make certain tax relief permanent, and to repeal the estate tax.
Sponsor: Rep Gingrey, Phil [GA-11] (introduced 1/5/2011) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/5/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.


11. H.R.141 : To repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.
Sponsor: Rep King, Steve [IA-5] (introduced 1/5/2011) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means; House Education and the Workforce; House Judiciary; House Natural Resources; House Administration; House Rules; House Appropriations
Latest Major Action: 1/5/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, Education and the Workforce, the Judiciary, Natural Resources, House Administration, Rules, and Appropriations, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.


12. H.R.143 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the estate tax and retain stepped-up basis at death.
Sponsor: Rep Latta, Robert E. [OH-5] (introduced 1/5/2011) Cosponsors (11)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/5/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.


13. H.R.144 : To repeal the expansion of information reporting requirements for payments of $600 or more to corporations, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Lungren, Daniel E. [CA-3] (introduced 1/5/2011) Cosponsors (189)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/5/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.


14. H.R.145 : To repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148) and related health-care provisions.
Sponsor: Rep Mack, Connie [FL-14] (introduced 1/5/2011) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means; House Education and the Workforce; House Judiciary; House Natural Resources; House Administration; House Rules; House Appropriations
Latest Major Action: 1/5/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, Education and the Workforce, the Judiciary, Natural Resources, House Administration, Rules, and Appropriations, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.


15. H.R.149 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the 1993 increase in taxes on Social Security benefits.
Sponsor: Rep Paul, Ron [TX-14] (introduced 1/5/2011) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/5/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.


16. H.R.150 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the inclusion in gross income of Social Security benefits.
Sponsor: Rep Paul, Ron [TX-14] (introduced 1/5/2011) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/5/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.


17. H.R.158 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal certain limitations on the expensing of section 179 property, to allow taxpayers to elect shorter recovery periods for purposes of determining the deduction for depreciation, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Sessions, Pete [TX-32] (introduced 1/5/2011) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/5/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.


18. H.R.177 : To repeal the Federal estate and gift taxes.
Sponsor: Rep Thornberry, Mac [TX-13] (introduced 1/5/2011) Cosponsors (17)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/5/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.


19. H.R.178 : To amend title 10, United States Code, to repeal the requirement for reduction of survivor annuities under the Survivor Benefit Plan for military surviving spouses to offset the receipt of veterans dependency and indemnity compensation.
Sponsor: Rep Wilson, Joe [SC-2] (introduced 1/5/2011) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Armed Services
Latest Major Action: 1/5/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Armed Services.


20. H.R.184 : To repeal the sunset of the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 with respect to the expansion of the adoption credit and adoption assistance programs.
Sponsor: Rep Wilson, Joe [SC-2] (introduced 1/5/2011) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 1/5/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.


21. H.R.189 : To repeal the Troubled Asset Relief Program and to prevent future bailouts.
Sponsor: Rep Woodall, Rob [GA-7] (introduced 1/5/2011) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 1/5/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.



I love it.

(From http://thomas.loc.gov/)

What's With The Dead Animals?


Birds dropping from the sky.
Dead fish washing up on the shore.
Marine die offs.

It's pretty creepy if you ask me.
And I am not buying "the fireworks scared the birds" story.

40,000 crabs washed ashore in the UK.. ya think they got scared from fireworks?
Birds are continuing to drop from the sky in a mounting, now global, mystery. Up to 100 jackdaws fell dead in a small town in Sweden. Investigators have roped off the area in an effort to determine what killed the birds, who showed signs of serious trauma, officials said. "We have determined that the birds died from severe internal bleeding caused by external blows," said a spokesman. One animal rescue worker called the die-off a "historic event." Hundreds of birds, meanwhile, have also been found dead in Kentucky and Louisiana less than a week after thousands of blackbirds fell from the sky in Arkansas, reports the New York Daily News.

The New York Daily News wrote this:

Hundreds of dead birds were found on the streets in Murray, Kentucky, officials announced Wednesday, marking the second time this week that the state has made such a discovery. Earlier in the week, several dozen dead birds were found in Gilbertsville Kentucky, according to local station WPSD.

The animal deaths in the western part of the state seem to have occurred last week, according to state officials, who told The Associated Press they discovered the dead grackles, red wing blackbirds, robins and starlings after someone called police with a tip.

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources spokesman Mark Marraccini said the birds were not found to have diseases and did not appear to have ingested poisons, based on test results. He cited weather or natural events as possible explanations, according to the AP.

Sweden also reported discovering 50 dead jackdaw birds on a street in Stockholm, while 40,000 dead crabs washed up on beaches in England, according to European media reports.

These reports come on the heels of a string of mass animal death stories from Arkansas, Maryland, Brazil and New Zealand, which have caused many to joke or speculate that the world is on the verge of the apocalypse.

So far, however, each incident has been accompanied by a seemingly scientific explanation.

The birds in Kentucky may have died as a result of fireworks in the area, officials told the AP, while environmental experts say cold water likely led to the demise of the crabs in the U.K.

Cold water was also labeled the culprit in the deaths of millions of fish in Maryland's Chesapeake Bay this week.

That may be the result of climate change -- this winter marked the chilliest December to hit Britain in 120 years, according to the Daily Mail.

The panic began when roughly 5,000 dead blackbirds dropped from the sky on New Years Day in Beebe, Ark, causing some residents to call 911.

"They are like bleeding out of the mouth and some of them are not dead. I think they have been poisoned," said one caller, in a 911 call released this week.

Despite the unusual timing of the events, officials say the explanation is probably nothing out of the ordinary.

Turtle Doves are found dead in Italy with blue stains on their beaks.

What do you think?

Natural or man-made causes?
Some are speculating that poisons are being sprayed in the air and water, and are being tested.
Others think there are some sound harmonics being tested causing the massive die-offs.
There are many theories.

You can also bet on one thing that is for sure ... all of these animal die-offs are going to hurt the ecological food chain big time.
These die-offs are not a good sign at all.
It is a major disruption in each biome.

I disagree with the "officials".
I do not think global mass animal deaths is ordinary at all.


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Related:
The Victoria River turned green....

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Say NO THANKS To Federal Tax Breaks For Homeschoolers




It's like Deja Vu all over again.
This is an issue that has again gotten some discussion - this time in the New York Times.

People in Congress need to know that considering Federal Tax breaks for homeschoolers is a really really bad idea.



It's not only Un-Constitutional - but it would open the doors wide for the federal government to regulate homeschooling. It's bad enough that there are already laws on the federal books that mention homeschooling... because this means the term is already in federal statute and will one day need a Federal Judge to make a determination as to what that means exactly. That spells a lot of trouble, AND would put State laws in jeopardy.

National Home Education Legal Defense
(NHELD) has long been saying that we need to put a stop to federalizing homeschooling and end the federal government's involvement in education as well.

Another national group, Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), has SAID that they are against federal education laws - but yet, over the years, they have pushed for exempting homeschoolers and getting language regarding homeschooling in the federal law books! This goes back even to the early 2000's (here is one example) Of course the more homeschooling gets "federalized", the more HSLDA can take cases to federal court... and trying federal cases could be quite lucrative indeed. But I digress... this issue is less about HSLDA and their varied agendas and more about why the federal government needs to stay out of homeschooling - in all ways.

Deborah Stevenson, executive Director of NHELD said this:
"Government interferes with the sovereign authority of parental instruction by implementing and enforcing regulations and statutes.

When government regulates, government essentially claims supreme authority over what once was the supreme authority of parents. Once government dictates that it has that authority, it then determines how much of that authority it will exercise. In some states, the government exercises very little authority over parental instruction, perhaps only requiring parents to send “notices” to local boards of education or to the state department of education. In other states, the government exercises quite a lot of authority, perhaps requiring parents to utilize certain approved curricula or requiring the children to undergo evaluations."

‎"It is a very bad idea to include homeschoolers in laws which will allow homeschoolers to accept federal or state funding via scholarships or other similar financial benefits. We do not need to be given equity with our public school counterparts because that equity will enslave us. Autonomy is the key to our freedom. This is not an issue we can make compromises with either. Autonomy is what homeschoolers have and is what they should continue to have. If we are included in government programs we lose our autonomy and are subject to accountability, oversight, testing and whatever else the government feels is necessary to control homeschooling."

NHELD just put out an editorial on this issue (Federal Tax Breaks for Homeschoolers) which is very worthwhile reading to understand what is at stake here.

Bottomline:
It’s Un-Constitutional and will grant new powers to the federal government it never had before - to define the term “homeschool”, to regulate it, and then to expand the federal government by adding new employees to enforce those regulations.

We certainly do not want the IRS, or any other government entity for that matter, to define who is, and who is not, a homeschooler. That will lead to what materials they can or cannot employ, as well as a whole other range of determinations. This is horrendous to even contemplate!

Message to the incoming Congress....
Leave Homeschoolers ALONE!

We don't want or need more UnConstitutional legislation with strings attached.
If they really want to do something to uphold their oath of office they ought to dismantle the UnConstitutional Federal Department of Education and leave the power to regulate education up to each individual state.

One more time for the record:

Congress has absolutely no authority to adopt any law concerning homeschooling!

So please, let's not let them.


Related: Spunky Homeschool: Homeschoolers and Tax Breaks

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The Problem With Elitism




Bill Whittle does a nice job in this video.

With elitism comes the desire for control and power, and when others do not submit or comply, then eventually force must be used. That's not cool at all. It's tyranny plain and simple.

Does the name King George III and the word Revolution ring a bell?

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Did Team Obama Cook Up The Books?



"If corporate accountants used government rules for their financial statements, they’d be jailed. That’s why we rarely see the real number of the federal deficit—a terrifying $2.1 trillion last year." - Bruce Bartlett, Fiscal Times

You could call it creative accounting.. you might even call it out and out fraud ... but thew truth is that the 2010 Deficit Was $2.1 Trillion Not $1.29 Trillion - with a capital "T". But hey, what's $.81 Trillion among friends?

Bruce Bartlett writes:
The most important difference between the Financial Report and the federal budget is that the former calculates costs on an accrual basis, whereas the latter only measures cash flow. Thus if the federal government incurred a debt that would not be paid until some time in the future, that cost would not be part of the conventionally measured national debt. It would only add to the debt when cash had to be expended to cover the expense that had been incurred. It’s worth remembering that private corporations are required to use accrual accounting and corporate executives would be jailed for using the sort of accounting that the federal government routinely uses.

The unfunded liabilities of Social Security and Medicare aren’t the only ones left out of the national debt calculations. The federal government also owes federal employees and veterans future benefits of close to $6 trillion. The Financial Report also estimates more than $300 billion of future environmental cleanup costs and more than $600 billion of costs associated with loan guarantees, insurance commitments and liabilities related to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the big housing agencies.

In principle, changes in the cost of long-term commitments should be included in the budget, as they would under accrual accounting. The Financial Report takes a stab at doing so and finds that it would have almost doubled last year’s budget deficit from $1.3 trillion to $2.1 trillion.


Financial Report of the U.S. government



Of course, the government also has assets, but no one really knows what their value is because they are carried on the government’s books at historical cost. Since assets such as the millions of square miles of land owned by the government were acquired for nothing, they are implicitly valued at zero.

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Amazing eh?

and while you wrap your mind around that ... you might be interested to know that the US Closed 2010 With $14,025,215,218,708 And 52 Cents In Debt! Repeat the US topped $14 Trillion in debt!

As a reminder the debt ceiling is $14,294,000,000,000. Which means at a run rate of $125 billion in net monthly issuance, the US may not even get to the end of March at the current burn rate. Which also means Congress better start the discussion on raising the debt ceiling as soon as February.




Some Republicans in the new Congress have said they'll seek to block an increase in the Debt Ceiling unless a plan is in place to significantly reduce federal spending and unfunded government liabilities on entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare.

White House economic adviser Austan Goolsbee warned yesterday that it would be "catastrophic" if the U.S. Government were to default on its financial obligations.

Will they raise the debt ceiling?
No!
They need to balance the budget and cut spending.

Caution: Austerity budget ahead...
just remember the riots in Europe..
they might just come to a sanctuary city near you!