Tuesday, January 31, 2012

European Debt Crisis


It's bad.
Really bad.
Europe is in a deep crisis.

The bankrupt nations, PIIGS = Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain, are so incredibly in debt, and Greece is likely to default on its obligations.

The Banks are propping them up (American banks as well - financed by YOU - the taxpayer) - and when they don't get repaid then things are going to unravel fast.

Check out the infographics at demonocracy.com... it shows how much money must be repaid, in terms of a superhighway of debt.
Truckloads of money.


Zerohedge writes:
Our friends at demonocracy.info have been kind enough to put together an infographic that explains the European bailout in simple, visual terms, that even the most innocent of FTL truckers can grasp without much exertion, for the simple reason that it shows all the bailouts amounts in terms of trucks of cash. And here is the kicker: one would need a 13 lane highway, filled with trucks bumper to bumper, stretching for about 3 kilometers to represent the €2.91 trillion in total amounts owed by the PIIGS and their citizens (whether voluntarily or not... actually make that involuntarily) to Europe's largest banks. What is most frightening is what is not shown: just how it is that the world's central banks are keeping all of these banks propped up. Because sooner or later all this money will be discovered to have been fatally misallocated. Then the real bailout cost will become all too evident, and just like in the US, it will be in the double digit trillions. Which means the metaphorical highway of trucks full of cash will stretch on for kilometers and kilometers and so on (or miles, for the naive US-based truckers). But since that day is in the future, there is no reason to worry about it.

With debt like this teetering on default the EU is not looking good at all... and that will no doubt ripple across the pond.

"Bankers own the earth. Take it away from them, but leave
them the power to create money and control credit, and
with a flick of a pen they will create enough to buy it back."

-Sir Josiah Stamp, former President, Bank of England

"I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies...The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the Government, to whom it properly belongs."
- Thomas Jefferson

Rest assured - this monetary crisis will be what ushers in a Global currency.. another fiat currency... that you and I will have no choice but to accept.

- and then it will be adios to American sovereignty.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Eric Holder Exposed



A Friday night document dump had some very damaging items with regard to AG Holder and the "Fast and Furious" scandal. This article is worth a read and here is an excerpt of what was exposed.
The email messages show the former top federal prosecutor in Arizona, Dennis Burke, notifying an aide to Holder via email on Dec. 15, 2010 that agent Brian Terry had been wounded and died. "Tragic," responds the aide, Monty Wilkinson. "I've alerted the AG, the acting Deputy Attorney General..."

Only a few minutes later, Wilkinson emailed again, saying, "Please provide any additional details as they become available to you."

Burke then delivered another piece of bad news: "The guns found in the desert near the murder [sic] ... officer connect back to the investigation we were going to talk about — they were AK-47s purchased at a Phoenix gun store."

Those emails were exchanged within 24 hours after Terry's murder.

In sworn testimony to Congress Holder has stated that neither he nor anyone in the Justice Department were aware of the facts involving the murder of Agent Terry. Holder further denied knowledge of Fast and Furious until early in 2011 when he was called to testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

According to NPR, the new information is sure to 'stoke the fires' among Congressional Republicans who have insisted all along that Holder knew much more about Fast and Furious, and Agent Terry's murder, than he disclosed.

The fact that the White House must approve the release of DOJ documents to the media indicates two key developments in the cover up of the scandal: one, that protecting Holder from damaging information is no longer a top priority, and two, the Obama White House is aware that the investigation into Fast and Furious has reached a new level, threatening the very core of the Administration, including the President himself.

NPR has the documents/emails mentioned in their own report.
Justice officials sent the documents to Congress late Friday evening, only a few days before Attorney General Eric Holder is set to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

The email messages show the former top federal prosecutor in Arizona, Dennis Burke, notifying an aide to Holder via email on Dec. 15, 2010 that agent Brian Terry had been wounded and died. "Tragic," responds the aide, Monty Wilkinson. "I've alerted the AG, the acting Deputy Attorney General..."


Looks like the Obama administration is sacrificing one of their lambs.
In my opinion, Holder and his crew should go to jail for a very, very long time over this "Fast and Furious" scandal.

Friday, January 27, 2012

They Are Coming For Your Internet! - Stop ACTA!!!




The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is a dangerous international treaty... we need to fight this just as the Polish members of parliament did:


After Poland's January 19 announcement that it would sign the treaty on January 26, a number of Polish government websites, including that of the President and Polish Parliament, were shut down by denial of service attacks that started January 21. Websites included the Sejm, the lower Chamber of the Polish Parliament, the Chancellery of the PM, the President, and the Polish Ministry of Culture. Over thousand people protested in front of the European Parliament office in Warsaw on January 24. Several thousands protested in the streets of major Polish towns on January 25.

On January 26, Polish politicians expressed disapproval of the treaty by holding up Guy Fawkes masks during parliamentary proceedings.

and...
Kader Arif, European rapporteur for ACTA, resigned from his position on January 26, denouncing the treaty "in the strongest possible manner" for having "no inclusion of civil society organisations, a lack of transparency from the start of the negotiations, repeated postponing of the signature of the text without an explanation being ever given, [and] exclusion of the EU Parliament's demands that were expressed on several occasions in [the] assembly.

Ladies and Gents... something very evil is afoot... this business of controlling the Internet under the guise of piracy protection, as well as anti-pornography and any other "noble reason" is just an excuse to control information that you or I can see and pass to others.

Governments do not want the populace to share information or to use the Internet to organize.
They do not want you to photograph, or document, shed any light or make their policies transparent. We must therefore do those things to remain free.

ACTA MUST BE STOPPED!
Call Washington - Call your Senators and tell them to reject this Treaty.

Google ACTA and find out more.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Big Brother Seeks To Widen Surveillance On YOU!



Wired recently had an article posted about Big Sis's plans to widen surveillance capabilities - It gives the term "Four-Square" a whole new meaning. It appears that "war technology" is coming to a street near you, designed to treat you like some sort of insurgent. If you live in Nogales, Arizona then you'd better be wary - they plan to begin testing of "uber-surveillance" systems there. Read on:
It’s not just for the Afghanistan and Iraq wars anymore. The Department of Homeland Security is interested in a camera package that can peek in on almost four square miles of (constitutionally protected) American territory for long, long stretches of time.

Homeland Security doesn’t have a particular system in mind. Right now, it’s just soliciting “industry feedback” on what a formal call for such a “Wide Area Surveillance System” might look like. But it’s the latest indication of how powerful military surveillance technology, developed to find foreign insurgents and terrorists, is migrating to the home front.

The Department of Homeland Security says it’s interested in a system that can see between five to 10 square kilometers — that’s between two and four square miles, roughly the size of Brooklyn, New York’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood — in its “persistent mode.” By “persistent,” it means the cameras should stare at the area in question for an unspecified number of hours to collect what the military likes to call “pattern of life” data — that is, what “normal” activity looks like for a given area. Persistence typically depends on how long the vehicle carrying the camera suite can stay aloft; DHS wants something that can fit into a manned P-3 Orion spy plane or a Predator drone — of which it has a couple. When not in “persistent mode,” the cameras ought to be able to see much, much further: “long linear areas, tens to hundreds of kilometers in extent, such as open, remote borders.”

If it’s starting to sound reminiscent of the spy tools the military has used in Iraq and Afghanistan, it should. Homeland Security wants the video collected by the system to beam down in “near real time” — 12 seconds or quicker — to a “control room (T) or to a control room and beyond line of sight (BLOS) ruggedized mobile receiver on the ground,” just as military spy gear does. The camera should shift to infrared mode for nighttime snooping, and contain “automated, real time, motion detection capability that cues a spotter imager for target identification.” Tests for the system will take place in Nogales, Arizona.

The range of this system isn’t as vast as the newest, latest cameras that the military either has or is developing. The Army’s super-powerful ARGUS camera, heading to Afghanistan, can look out at 36 square miles at a time; the Air Force’s Gorgon Stare looks out on an entire city at once. On deck are the military’s fleet of spy blimps, which will will generate 274 terabytes of information every hour. Compared to that, the Department of Homeland Security is positively myopic.

But. Those systems are used against insurgents, who are not protected by the Fourth Amendment’s prohibitions on unreasonable searches. Even if the wide-area surveillance DHS is after is just used at borders or airports, those are still places where Americans go about their business, under the presumption that they’re not living in a government panopticon.

It’s also ironic: the Department of Homeland Security actually isn’t so hot on its own drone fleet. When Danger Room asked an official at the department’s science directorate about using spy drones to spot bombs inside the U.S., she replied, “A case has to be made that they’re economically feasible, not intrusive and acceptable to the public.”

Still, what’s military technology one day is law-enforcement tech the next. As I reported for Playboy last month, more and more cop shops are buying spy drones, and increasingly, the Federal Aviation Administration is approving their use for domestic flights.

That also means that federal and local police can expect to replicate some of the military’s more frustrating aspects of persistent spying — namely, the constant, massive backlog of real-time video they’ll need to analyze. It’s gotten so bad that the Pentagon’s mad scientist shop, Darpa, is trying to automate cameras so human analysts aren’t constantly drinking from a fire hose of spy data.

Still, privacy advocates might soon have a whole new tech-driven battle with the Department of Homeland Security on their hands. It’s hardly clear from the pre-solicitation that the department only expects to operate the cameras after getting a court order — or if it thinks it needs one in the first place. And even if the department isn’t necessarily after the uber-powerful ARGUS or Gorgon Stare cameras, that might only be a matter of time. The wars will end; the spy tech won’t. And it might be keeping tabs on your neighborhood next.

Pretty sick stuff if you ask me.
With regard to these community spy cameras, they say "A case has to be made that they’re economically feasible, not intrusive and acceptable to the public."
I'd say a case has to be made as to why they are doing this in the first place... and how this is not a violation of our privacy rights, and why is it necessary for the government to know everyone's comings and goings?

What's next?

More than ever, this Department of Homeland Security needs to be defunded and disbanded. They are becoming very dangerous and a real threat to our liberty. They are truly becoming the US version of the Gestapo.

4th Amendment - GONE- Poof!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Chinese Cyber Attack

I didn't watch the State of the Union.
I hear it was a waste of time.
Same old Washington rhetoric.


What caught my eye today was this report:
China-based Cyber Attack Targets DoD Access Cards



Basically, a computer hacking virus was discovered and traced back to its origination in China (based on Chinese characters found within the virus’ coding). How it works is that members of the military receive an official looking email that has a PDF file attached to it. The virus in the PDF file records keystrokes and collects the military person's identification number which is associated with a Common Access Card (called “CAC cards”) and is used when he logs into a government computer. This allows the hackers a way to gain access to government computers.

The virus is called "Sykipot" and government officials are reportedly investigating it. Alien Vault has tracked the virus for three months.

Apparently, the only way to protect against this Sykipot virus is for service members not to open the PDF attachment. The hackers often disguise their poisoned email attachments, such as this PDF file, to seem like they are some sort of official government correspondence.

The really sad thing is that people are claiming that much of a Department of Defense "secure" computer is actually manufactured in China, as well as other countries. If that's the case then we have some real problems to deal with. We ought to be making our own computer equipment and components. That would at least give us some assurance that there are no built-in back doors, "Trojan horses" or other clever software tactics to compromise our nation's data security.

Hmmm... you didn't hear anything about that in the State of the Union Address.

Sen. Rand Paul Responds To Obama's State Of The Union Address




That was the REAL Tea Party response!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

No Child's Data Left Behind


If your child is - or ever was - in a government school, then their data (i.e.permanent record) is being controlled by the state that collects them and being shared too!

Personal information, including test scores, economic status, grades, and even disciplinary problems and student pregnancies, are tracked and stored in a kind of virtual “permanent record” for each student.

But parents and students have very little access to that data, according to a report released Wednesday by the Data Quality Campaign, an organization that advocates for expanded data use.

All 50 states and Washington, D.C. collect long term, individualized data on students performance, but just eight states allow parents to access their child’s permanent record. Forty allow principals to access the data and 28 provide student-level info to teachers. ...

Privacy experts say the problem is that states collect far more information than parents expect, and it can be shared with more than just a student’s teacher or principal.“When you have a system that’s secret [from parents] and you can put whatever you want into it, you can have things going in that’ll be very damaging,” says Lillie Coney, associate director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center. “When you put something into digital form, you can’t control where that’ll end up.”

According to a 2009 report by the Fordham University Center on Law and Information Policy, some states store student’s social security numbers, family financial information, and student pregnancy data. Nearly half of states track students’ mental health issues, illnesses, and jail sentences.Without access to their child’s data, parents have no way of knowing what teachers and others are learning about them.

The federal government is taking steps to make the data more secure, however. In December, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act was revised to give parents more control over their children’s records. According to a parent information sheet released by the government, the revisions give parents “certain rights with regard to their children’s education records, such as the right to inspect and review [their] child’s education records.” But it also allows student information to be shared without parental consent.

“Your child’s information may be disclosed to another school in which your child is enrolling, or to local emergency responders in connection with a health or safety emergency,” it says.

Regardless of privacy concerns, education data is not going away. “The best thing we can do is continue to fund states that are taking this on in a holistic way,” Ed Secretary Duncan says.

Beware the information you give to your local school - who knows where it may end up.

NHELD wrote a wonderful article
about giving information to the schools ... it is definitely worth a read. Here is an excerpt:
What will the government do with the information collected?

Before you voluntarily provide the information to the government official, is he willing to fully inform you about what exactly the government will do with the information it is seeking? If not, why not? If he has informed you, do you agree to allow your child’s information to be used in such a manner? It might be nice to have answers to those questions before you decide to provide the information.
...
You may voluntarily provide information to one government official, perhaps to your local superintendent of schools, thinking that’s where it will remain. But, especially today, you have absolutely no guarantee that your information will remain in your local community. In fact, it is far more likely that your information will be sent not only to your State Education agency, but ultimately to the federal Education Department, and perhaps even to an international agency in some foreign country. Your information may wind up in the hands of the United Nations. You may think that’s farfetched. Unfortunately, it is becoming more of a reality every day. If you have some time on your hands, it might be worth your while to look up the statutes in your state, and then the statutes adopted by Congress at the federal level. You may be surprised to learn that there are an ever-increasing number of statutes that talk about implementing “compacts” or “agreements” with other states, and other countries, for all sorts of wonderful sounding reasons. Some compacts are made so that states and countries can “assist” each other in times of emergencies. Other compacts are made for the sake of the children, to make it easier to obtain child support. Still other compacts are made in the name of educating children about the international global community. If compacts are made, the chances are good that information is being exchanged in order to further the goals of the compact. Information today is exchanged fairly easily electronically. Today also, the government is seeking to establish even more central databases to make it even easier to exchange information. Do you know what databases the information about your child will go into eventually? Again, once you “voluntarily” provide information to the government, the government likely will be free to use that information in whatever manner it deems appropriate. Is that really what you want to happen to information concerning your child?


Beware.
Be aware.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Gong Hei Fat Choi - Happy Chinese New Year !



Chinese New Year begins today.

It is the Year of the Dragon - specifically the water dragon. Water is considered to be one of nature’s strongest forces. The Dragon breathes out fire and the same way those born under this sign are known to have a sharp and biting tongue that can hurt others easily.
Those that were born in 1904, 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, and 2012 are the lucky people that are born in the year of the dragon. The dragon is equivalent to a Leo. They can be considered arrogant but have so much charisma that they get away with it. The dragon always brings good fortune wherever he goes. So if you have any dragon friends, for the year of 2012, keep them close!

  • 16 February 1904 – 3 February 1905: Wood Dragon
  • 3 February 1916 – 22 January 1917: Fire Dragon
  • 23 January 1928 – 9 February 1929: Earth Dragon
  • 8 February 1940 – 26 January 1941: Metal Dragon
  • 27 January 1952 – 13 February 1953: Water Dragon
  • 13 February 1964 – 1 February 1965: Wood Dragon
  • 31 January 1976 – 17 February 1977: Fire Dragon
  • 17 February 1988 – 5 February 1989: Earth Dragon
  • 1 January 2000 – 23 January 2001: Metal Dragon
  • 23 January 2012 – 9 February 2013: Water Dragon
  • 10 February 2024 – 28 January 2025: Wood Dragon


Crystalinks offers this:
The Dragon person is self confident and impulsive and consequently does not always listen to the advice of others. He is also a perfectionist and he sets high standards for himself. Although strong and decisive the Dragon is not manipulative or sly. He refuses to deceive or compromise and fails to spot subversive intent. He enjoys being in command and like an emperor holding court he eliminates obstacles until success is his.

Occupying the 5th position in the Chinese Zodiac, the Dragon is the mightiest of the signs. Dragons symbolize such character traits as dominance and ambition. Dragons prefer to live by their own rules and if left on their own, are usually successful. They¹re driven, unafraid of challenges, and willing to take risks. They are passionate in all they do and they do things in grand fashion. Unfortunately, this passion and enthusiasm can leave Dragons feeling exhausted and interestingly, unfulfilled.

While Dragons frequently help others, rarely will they ask for help. Others are attracted to Dragons, especially their colorful personalities, but deep down, Dragons prefer to be alone. Perhaps that is because they're most successful when working alone. Their preference to be alone can come across as arrogance or conceitedness, but these qualities aren't applicable. Dragons have tempers that can flare fast.

Health

Considering their hard-working nature, Dragons are healthy overall. They do get stressed and suffer from periodic tension/headaches, likely because they take so many risks. Dragons could benefit from incorporating mild activity into their lives. Yoga or walking would be good as these activities can work both their minds and their bodies.

Career

Dragons prefer leading to being led. Jobs that allow them to express their creativity are good choices. Some good careers include: inventor, manager, computer analyst, lawyer, engineer, architect, broker, and sales person.

Relationships

Dragons will give into love, but won't give up their independence. Because they have quick, sometimes vengeful tempers, their partners need to be tough-skinned. Dragons enjoy others who are intriguing, and when they find the right partners, they'll usually commit to that person for life.
Many people in China wait to conceive children in the year of the dragon. It's supposed to be a very good zodiac sign to be born under.

The animals in the 12 year cycle are (not in order): Pig, Rat, Monkey, Ox, Snake, Dragon, Horse, Goat, Rabbit, Dog, Tiger and Rooster.

This blogger was born in the year of the Monkey. For the Monkey, 2012 will be very productive, and monkeys will gladly flow into a high pace of work, and will feel at ease in the most intense affairs of 2012.
Sounds good to me :)

Find out how you will do in 2012 here based on your Chinese Zodiac sign.

Friday, January 20, 2012

The War Over Internet Censorship Has Officially Begun


The war over Internet censorship/freedom has already begun... the US government fired the first shot yesterday on Magaupload and Anonymous shot back with huge retaliation shutting down government and entertainment industry websites.. and this was a day after the SOPA and PIPA blackout on the Internet as those pieces of legislation loom in Congress....

Megauload, one of the world's most popular file-sharing sites, was shut down on Thursday, and its founder and several of the Megaupload company officials were accused of facilitating millions of illegal downloads of films, music and other content.

The Guardian reported
:
The US government has closed down one of the world's largest filesharing websites, accusing its founders of racketeering, money laundering and presiding over "massive" online piracy.

According to prosecutors, Megaupload illegally cheated copyright holders out of $500m in revenue as part of a criminal enterprise spanning five years.

A lawyer for Megaupload told the Guardian it would "vigorously" defend itself against the charges, dismissing the criminal action as "a civil case in disguise".

News of the indictment – being framed as one of the biggest copyright cases in US history – came a day after major internet firms held a 24-hour protest over proposed anti-piracy laws.
Gizmodo reported:
Let's also think about the timing of this bust. It's a pretty spectacular coincidence that the Department of Justice Task Force on Intellectual Property was able to destroy a copyright villain without any help from SOPA or PIPA the day after the internet's giant SOPA protest. Do you hear that, lawmakers? The law, as it stands right now was able to kill Megaupload.com, no draconian censorship powers required. The power you have now—with due process—is achieving the things you say you want to do. Your IP is protected. Online piracy was stopped, except for the dozens of Megaupload rivals like HulkShare and MediaFire. And I wouldn't be surprised if they're next. [AP]

Whether laws were broken or not - this move is dangerous in that the government unilaterally moved to take down a website without going to court first to prove its case. They simply ceased Megaupload's operations.

Interestingly enough - Megaupload is based in Hong Kong, however, some of the alleged pirated content was hosted on leased servers in Ashburn, Va., and the indictment said that was enough to give federal authorities jurisdiction for its actions.

In retaliation, the hacker group named Anonymous went on a hacking spree and shut down several government and entertainment industry websites including DoJ, FBI, US Copyright office, RIAA, MPAA, and Universal Music.

The Internet fur is certainly flying.
Looks like they have it in for Chris Dodd as well.

The problem though is this: Censorship is being disguised as piracy protection.

Thus the Cyber Wars have begun.

(dubbed World War Web on Twitter)


Related: Really interesting article about how Chris Dodd and Hollywood have lost this battle, and it has all to do with the unbelievable ignorance they have of the tools of the information age.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Rhode Island Legislator Acts Against NDAA



""Given the fact that the constitutions of Rhode Island and that of the United States are replete with guarantees of individual liberties, right to habeas corpus, and right to freedom of speech, the offending sections of that law are repugnant to the sensibilities of anyone [who] has a basic understanding of the foundation of this country….

When I took the oath of office, I swore that I would support the constitutions of Rhode Island and the United States. And before one constituent of mine is snatched up in the dead of night, without due process under our laws, they’ll have to pry those documents from my cold dead hands."
- Rep. Daniel Gordon, Rep-RI

Bravo!!!
Rep. Daniel P. Gordon (Rep-RI) has jumped into action to lead his state away from the dangers of the NDAA.

The Examiner article states:

Gordon's resolution is now being circulated through the Rhode Island legislature.

Gordon is no stranger to counterintelligence. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1987 through 1991; trained in Terrorism Counteractions; conducted operations against guerrilla units; served in military operations on urban terrain; is skilled in jungle environment survival, flight and hanger deck firefighting; and aviation electrical systems.

Gordon has also served as AMVETS Public Relations Officer, a Young Marines Training officer, member of the Marine Corps League and American Legion. He says he is also a student of American History and the U.S. Constitution.

He says he does not know of any other representative in any other state making the same effort and warned, "That incremental creeping of tyranny from the federal government has been going on for the past decade.


This video should be sent to your state representatives, your state senators and your governor!

The States MUST act to halt the erosion of our rights from the federal government.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

SOPA STRIKE!!!!


On Jan 24th, Congress will vote to pass internet censorship in the Senate, even though the vast majority of Americans are opposed. We need to kill the bill - PIPA in the Senate and SOPA in the House - to protect our rights to free speech, privacy, and prosperity. We need internet companies to follow Reddit's lead and stand up for the web, as we internet users are doing every day.

January 18th, 2012 is the largest online protest in history, to stop the internet censorship bills, SOPA & PIPA. Join in by blacking out your site and urging everyone you can reach to contact Congress now.

Consent of the Governed will be joining in the Strike!!

Peter Schiff On European Downgrades




Debt to GDP - we are almost like Greece and Italy


“Gold is the money of kings; silver is the money of gentlemen; barter is the money of peasants; but debt is the money of slaves.” - Money and Wealth in the New Millennium by Norm Franz.


Here's another version:
* Gold is the money of kings
* Silver is the money of gentlemen
* Copper is the money of the common man
* Paper is the money of thieves

An interesting read here: Taxpayer Money For Mortgages; More Foreclosures in 2012
I need to unload two huge sources of irritation today based on reports that I guarantee you will not be presented on Fox News, Fox Business, CNBC, Bloomberg, CNN etc.

I sourced these from an excellent source for housing market news, http://www.housingwire.com/. I mentioned the other day that FRE had implemented a program to enable those without a job to go for up to 12 months without making a mortgage payment. While the thought of this is nice, make no mistake, the expense of this will be funded by you, the Taxpayer. Now Fannie Mae has implemented the same program. And, all you need for the first six months is a phone call to your mortgage servicer. Here's the LINK

So now, if you lose your job, you can get jobless benefits for up to 2 1/2 years and if you have a Fannie or Freddie funded mortgage you can live in your home for free for 12 months. Maybe in Tim Tebow's spiritually ideal world of charity for anyone in need this is a great way to run society. But the expense of both the jobless claims and the housing welfare is something that our country and taxpayer base just can not afford. But just like the $278 million per hour that the Obama Government borrows every day, why not spend now to get votes and worry about paying for it later. This mortgage "forbearance" program is nothing more than another layer being added to the Government's welfare State. Given that this is a program being implemented without much in the way of a public announcement, you need to ask yourself if you would have voted for Obama knowing that this was coming...

The second item of agitation is the report that FICO, the most widely known assessor of credit scores, is out with a warning that it expects student loan and mortgage defaults to rise in 2012: LINK Given that we know that the evaluators of credit ratings are always way behind the curve when it comes to warning about debt payment problems and impending bankruptcy, I would suggest that student loan and mortgage defaults are already a lot higher in the "shadow" credit system. I define "shadow" credit system as the situation where banks and other lenders are giving borrowers several months beyond what the established accounting rules call for in declaring a borrow to be "in default." I know for a fact the banks are playing this game with mortgages and I have no reason to assume that student loan servicers are not doing the same thing:

Evidence is mounting that student loans could be the next trouble spot for lenders, said Dr. Andrew Jennings, chief analytics officer at FICO.
A significant rise in defaults on student loans would impact lenders as well as taxpayers, who could be facing big losses due to these defaults.

Quietly, the amount of student loans outstanding and guaranteed by the Taxpayers is now larger than the amount of credit card debt outstanding. The article linked puts the number at $750 billion, but I believe that the actual amount now per the latest consumer credit report is even larger - and its growing at an accelerating rate because many people are taking out student loans and going back to school when they drop out of the labor force because they can't find a job. Even worse, a large majority of students now graduate with a massive debt load and no way in hell of ever hoping to pay it off. A friend of mine who is a professor at Denver University Law School said that 90% of the class graduating last year did not have jobs.

So the public debt load continues to grow at an increasing rate on a daily basis and the ability to pay off this debt declines - at an increasing rate. Which brings up another point. The reported amount of Federal debt outstanding - and the amount used for purposes of calculating the debt limit test - is $15.2 trillion. However, this number is incorrect. There is $7 trillion in Fannie/Freddie debt guaranteed by the Government, plus roughly $2.5 trillion of "special" Treasury bonds in the Social Security trust plus, and most people are unaware of this, a few $100 billion in guaranteed GM and Chrysler loans (I don't know the exact number). So the next time you see a debt to GDP number of 100% for the U.S., know that the golden truth is that the real number is at least 160%.



There's a light at the end of the tunnel... unfortunately it is an oncoming train.

Friday, January 13, 2012

King Obama's Kill Orders




"American citizens can - at the government's discretion - be assassinated."


Apparently due process is dead in America.


"When the President can kill whoever he wants, then he is not a President anymore, he is a King" - Judge Napolitano

Thursday, January 12, 2012

DHS And Department Of Education Partnership


This document (Strategic Implementation Plan - SIP) was just released in December 2011

Apparently the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Education (along with other government departments) have a common goal now to work through official activities... that includes in and after school, to train people on how to identify potential domestic terrorist behaviors! It is called Countering Violent Extremism (CVE).

In this document you can read about the plan to have DHS work with local police departments and local school districts to provide educational opportunities to train youth and communities on how to identify potentially-terrorist behaviors and activities. Do a search on EDU (Education Department) within the PDF and you will find some interesting plans to train citizens.

That's right - they plan to turn every parent and child into some sort of informant using community "partnerships" to train everyone about who and who is not a potential terrorist, and how you can report these suspects to the authorities.

Couple this with the recent passage of the NDAA, which trashes due process and this should be a big red flag!

It's disturbing.

STRATEGIC IMPLEMENTATION PLAN FOR EMPOWERING LOCAL PARTNERS TO PREVENT VIOLENT EXTREMISM IN THE UNITED STATES

Excerpt:
As the activities described in the SIP are executed, there will be major and long-lasting impacts:

••There will be platforms throughout the country for including communities that may be targeted by violent extremists for recruitment and radicalization into ongoing Federal, State, and local engagement efforts;

••The Federal Government will support that engagement through a task force of senior officials from across the government;

••Community-led efforts to build resilience to violent extremism will be supported;

••Analysis will increase in depth and relevance, and will be shared with those assessed to need it, including Governor-appointed Homeland Security Advisors, Major Cities Chiefs, Mayors’ Offices, and local partners;

••Training for Federal, State, tribal, and local government and law enforcement officials on community resilience, CVE, and cultural competence will improve, and that training will meet rigorous professional standards; and

••Local partners, including government officials and community leaders, will better understand the threat of violent extremism and how they can work together to prevent it.


Who or what are extremists or domestic terrorists?
Are they the people who are against abortion?
or who have more than 7 days of food stored in their home?
or who protest being groped at the airports?
or who support Ron Paul?
or are they people who support 2nd amendment rights?
or who carry Gadsden flags?
or who protest burdensome taxation?


Remember the MIAC report?


We are treading into very dangerous waters my friends.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Raising The Roof Again


Wash - Rinse - Repeat.
Yes, they have "maxxed out" the credit card again.

Zerohedge reports that King Barry will likely be asking to raise the debt ceiling - yet again.
...the US has preapproval for $1.2 trillion in debt issuance, as per the August 2011 agreement. So far so good. The problem is that since then the US has issued $900 billion in debt in five short months! In other words, somehow the remaining buffer of just $300 billion, or a final debt ceiling of $15.5 trillion, is supposed to last the US until after the presidential election, because this topic flaring up just before Obama is due to hit the debate circuit will be reelection suicide. So our question is: how will the US, which has a gross debt issuance rate of over $100 billion per month on average, last for a year with just $300 billion in dry powder? And even if the $1.2 trillion count begins from the new request, it still means the new debt ceiling will be breached some time in August/September, as we expected last year when we did the calculation assuming a $180 billion gross issuance per month ($900 billion in 5 months).

And it was reported in The Hill.
The White House will be asking Congress to raise the U.S. borrowing limit by $1.2 trillion. The move would mark the third and final increase from the debt-ceiling deal reached last year by Congress.

The United States reached the $15.194 trillion debt limit on Jan. 4, according to Treasury statements.

Since that time, Treasury has employed the "extraordinary measure" of tapping into its Exchange Stabilization Fund in order to avoid exceeding the limit.

The Obama administration has also raided the government workers' pensions... and the administration continues to spend and tax, tax and spend.

This type of fiscal mismanagement is going to be devastating... and we will see likely inflation the likes of Weimar.

This is what Congressman Ron Paul has been warning us about.
Is anyone listening?

And if Congress approves this... they will be complicit in the increased speed towards the total destruction of the US dollar.

Good luck at the grocery store.



and for the record - here are the predictions Ron Paul made back in 2002:

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Yet More Reasons To Homeschool Your Child


You have to wonder what administrative bonehead came up with this curriculum.. and what other administrative bonehead decided to implement it!:

Georgia School Math Assignment References Slavery, Beatings
NORCROSS, Ga. (CBS Atlanta) – Figuring out how many oranges were picked by slaves and how many beatings per day Frederick Douglass received was allowed to help teach elementary students their multiplication and division tables at one school.

Administrators at Gwinnett County School District are sorting through the fallout from parents of children who brought home math homework last week that referenced slavery and beatings.

On Wednesday, nine third-grade math teachers at Beaver Ridge Elementary School were attempting to do a cross-curricular activity with a book the children had read about abolitionist Frederick Douglass in their social studies class. District spokeswoman Sloan Roach told CBS Atlanta that the math problems in the assignment involved some of what the students learned about Douglass. Four of the nine classes wound up sending the assignment home with the students. But when some parents were going over the students’ homework, they became appalled at the nature and language of two questions in particular.

The first asked, “Each tree had 56 oranges. If eight slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?” The other said, “If Frederick got two beatings per day, how many beatings did he get in one week?”

Upon learning of the assignment, the school’s principal collected the assignment sheets that were still at school.

“We’ve been working with human resources to determine what staff development is needed for the teachers and what actions may be warranted,” Roach said. “The principal is addressing parent concerns as he’s meeting with them.”

Roach added that the school district has no reason to believe that there was any intent to the racially-infused, cross-curricular questions. The district is working with the school to develop other cross-curricular activities and assignments but will be determining what kind of staff development is necessary to move forward on that initiative. The investigation remains ongoing.

“Frankly, they were just bad questions,” Roach said.
"Just bad questions"?
Egads... that must be the understatement of the year!

... Meanwhile in CT, one elementary school has "scream rooms". Here is an excerpt of a letter written to that school administration... please take time to go to the link and read the entire post, but in the meantime check this out:
In October, word got out about two rooms that were created for our "behavior students" who can't control their anger. Parents and students refer to them as "Scream Rooms". We were told they are alternative learning environments by administration. They are small rooms with concrete walls. When a child can't be controlled they are brought to this room. Staff members stand outside the door until the child cools down, then they are let out. Three parents called me after they witnessed two staff members holding a door shut from one of these rooms with a child on the other side as they kicked and screamed uncontrollably. There is something unsettling, knowing that a child is hitting their head against walls and urinating everywhere, then only to be let out and put back in classrooms with our children.
Wow.

I know, from a family member of mine that was a teacher in CT, that they had padded rooms for "bad students" too.

Really... if your child is still in a government school, you better take some time out to really check into what goes on in their school building.

Perhaps it's best to homeschool your child(ren).

Monday, January 9, 2012

The Judge On The Iowa Caucuses And More




Our country is truly in trouble.

What If?



Interesting.
The Left/Right paradigm.

Left - Right paradigm.... it keeps the country divided. It keeps us distracted from the real issues. It keeps us from making any real substantive changes.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Normalizing Perversion



So now the sick academics want to reclassify pedophilia and call it "inter-generational sexual intimacy".
Euphemistic horse manure is what it is!
Honestly, their quest to make child rape and theft of childhood along with perversion and sick sexual behavior is pretty incredible... and they are doing this through our education system.
it was only a decade ago that a parallel movement had begun on some college campuses to redefine pedophilia as the more innocuous “intergenerational sexual intimacy.”

The publication of Harmful to Minors: The Perils of Protecting Children from Sex promised readers a “radical, refreshing, and long overdue reassessment of how we think and act about children’s and teens’ sexuality.” The book was published by University of Minnesota Press in 2003 (with a foreword by Joycelyn Elders, who had been the U.S. Surgeon General in the Clinton administration), after which the author, Judith Levine, posted an interview on the university’s website decrying the fact that “there are people pushing a conservative religious agenda that would deny minors access to sexual expression,” and adding that “we do have to protect children from real dangers … but that doesn’t mean protecting some fantasy of their sexual innocence.”

This redefinition of childhood innocence as “fantasy” is key to the defining down of the deviance of pedophilia that permeated college campuses and beyond. Drawing upon the language of postmodern theory, those working to redefine pedophilia are first redefining childhood by claiming that “childhood” is not a biological given. Rather, it is socially constructed—an historically produced social object. Such deconstruction has resulted from the efforts of a powerful advocacy community supported by university-affiliated scholars and a large number of writers, researchers, and publishers who were willing to question what most of us view as taboo behavior.

Furthermore the article reveals some pretty appalling notions:
Ken Plummer, one of the contributors, writes that “we can no longer assume that childhood is a time of innocence simply because of the chronological age of the child.” In fact, “a child of seven may have built an elaborate set of sexual understandings and codes which would baffle many adults.”

Claiming to draw upon the theoretical work of the social historians, the socialist-feminists, the Foucauldians, and the constructionist sociologists, Plummer promised to build a “new and fruitful approach to sexuality and children.” Within this perspective there is no assumption of linear sexual development and no real childhood, only an externally imposed definition.

Decrying “essentialist views of sexuality,” these writers attempt to remove the essentialist barriers of childhood. This opens the door for the postmodern pedophile to see such behavior as part of the politics of transgression. No longer deviants, they are simply postmodern “border crossers.”

Now if that's not a load of sick garbage, dressed up to seem palatable I don't know what is.

This my friends is what the sick liberal academia is now placing before us.

And while I am not a religious person, nor would I force my views on anyone else, I know it is wrong to exploit children, or to harm them, or to take away their innocence.

To even attempt to justify pedophilia or make it seem socially acceptable is absolutely sick and morally corrupt.


Is this what the Social Sciences have come to?
How incredibly sad and tragic for society at large.

...and if you read this you will see how well this worked for the progressive Germans in the 1960's

Beware "sex education" in your government schools.
Look where it could be headed now, steered by these sicko liberal academics.
Kind of puts a new spin on "No Child Left Behind" - maybe it will be reclassified as "No Child's Behind Left Behind"

Just Appalling!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

2012 Improvement - 30 Things To Stop Doing To Yourself


I found this article and just had to share it!
(I have posted excerpts - please take the time to read the original article with all of the comments) :
  1. Stop spending time with the wrong people. – Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you.
  2. Stop running from your problems. – Face them head on. No, it won’t be easy.
  3. Stop lying to yourself. – You can lie to anyone else in the world, but you can’t lie to yourself.
  4. Stop putting your own needs on the back burner. – The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too.
  5. Stop trying to be someone you’re not. – One of the greatest challenges in life is being yourself in a world that’s trying to make you like everyone else.
  6. Stop trying to hold onto the past. – You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading your last one.
  7. Stop being scared to make a mistake. – Doing something and getting it wrong is at least ten times more productive than doing nothing.
  8. Stop berating yourself for old mistakes. – We may love the wrong person and cry about the wrong things, but no matter how things go wrong, one thing is for sure, mistakes help us find the person and things that are right for us.
  9. Stop trying to buy happiness. – Many of the things we desire are expensive. But the truth is, the things that really satisfy us are totally free – love, laughter and working on our passions.
  10. Stop exclusively looking to others for happiness. – If you’re not happy with who you are on the inside, you won’t be happy in a long-term relationship with anyone else either.
  11. Stop being idle. – Don’t think too much or you’ll create a problem that wasn’t even there in the first place. Evaluate situations and take decisive action. You cannot change what you refuse to confront. Making progress involves risk. Period!
  12. Stop thinking you’re not ready. – Nobody ever feels 100% ready when an opportunity arises. Because most great opportunities in life force us to grow beyond our comfort zones, which means we won’t feel totally comfortable at first.
  13. Stop getting involved in relationships for the wrong reasons. – Relationships must be chosen wisely. It’s better to be alone than to be in bad company.
  14. Stop rejecting new relationships just because old ones didn’t work. – In life you’ll realize that there is a purpose for everyone you meet. Some will test you, some will use you and some will teach you. But most importantly, some will bring out the best in you.
  15. Stop trying to compete against everyone else. – Don’t worry about what others doing better than you. Concentrate on beating your own records every day. Success is a battle between YOU and YOURSELF only.
  16. Stop being jealous of others. – Jealousy is the art of counting someone else’s blessings instead of your own. Ask yourself this: “What’s something I have that everyone wants?”
  17. Stop complaining and feeling sorry for yourself. – Life’s curveballs are thrown for a reason – to shift your path in a direction that is meant for you.
  18. Stop holding grudges. – Don’t live your life with hate in your heart. You will end up hurting yourself more than the people you hate. Forgiveness is not saying, “What you did to me is okay.” It is saying, “I’m not going to let what you did to me ruin my happiness forever.”
  19. Stop letting others bring you down to their level. – Refuse to lower your standards to accommodate those who refuse to raise theirs.
  20. Stop wasting time explaining yourself to others. – Your friends don’t need it and your enemies won’t believe it anyway. Just do what you know in your heart is right.
  21. Stop doing the same things over and over without taking a break. – The time to take a deep breath is when you don’t have time for it. If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting. Sometimes you need to distance yourself to see things clearly.
  22. Stop overlooking the beauty of small moments. – Enjoy the little things, because one day you may look back and discover they were the big things. The best portion of your life will be the small, nameless moments you spend smiling with someone who matters to you.
  23. Stop trying to make things perfect. – The real world doesn’t reward perfectionists, it rewards people who get things done.
  24. Stop following the path of least resistance. – Life is not easy, especially when you plan on achieving something worthwhile. Don’t take the easy way out. Do something extraordinary.
  25. Stop acting like everything is fine if it isn’t. – It’s okay to fall apart for a little while. You don’t always have to pretend to be strong, and there is no need to constantly prove that everything is going well.
  26. Stop blaming others for your troubles. – The extent to which you can achieve your dreams depends on the extent to which you take responsibility for your life. When you blame others for what you’re going through, you deny responsibility – you give others power over that part of your life.
  27. Stop trying to be everything to everyone. – Doing so is impossible, and trying will only burn you out.
  28. Stop worrying so much. – Worry will not strip tomorrow of its burdens, it will strip today of its joy. One way to check if something is worth mulling over is to ask yourself this question: “Will this matter in one year’s time? Three years? Five years?” If not, then it’s not worth worrying about.
  29. Stop focusing on what you don’t want to happen. – Focus on what you do want to happen. Positive thinking is at the forefront of every great success story. If you awake every morning with the thought that something wonderful will happen in your life today, and you pay close attention, you’ll often find that you’re right.
  30. Stop being ungrateful. – No matter how good or bad you have it, wake up each day thankful for your life. Someone somewhere else is desperately fighting for theirs. Instead of thinking about what you’re missing, try thinking about what you have that everyone else is missing.


It's all great advice.