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Guest Post: An Example Of Why This Country Is Headed In The Wrong Direction

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Submitted by Simon Black of Sovereign Man

An Example Of Why This Country Is Headed In The Wrong Direction

This past Friday, Barack Obama was at a Minneapolis-area Honeywell plant touting his economic recovery credentials to cheering disciples. One of the excited faithful was a young boy, fifth-grader Tyler Sullivan, who took the day off from school to hear the President speak.

The President was full of the usual bombast about how Congress needs to work with him to ‘build a strong economy’, and how he wants to get $3,000 to everyone in the American middle class so that people can go out and buy ‘thingamajigs’.

Naturally, the crowd cheered. It was the typical sort of gross misunderstanding of economic prosperity that you see from politicians… and most people at this point.

People these days think it’s a great idea when the government sprinkles money around the middle class, and love the idea of politicians ‘coming together’ to build a better economy.

In reality, when people hear talk about politicians ‘building an economy’ they should run away like a scalded dog.

Throughout history, a lot of other politicians have also tried building an economy– it’s called central planning, and it just doesn’t work.

From Diocletian’s failed ‘Edict on Prices’ in 301 AD in which the Roman emperor tried to fix wages and prices, to Stalin’s Soviet Union, to Mao’s China, to Mugabe’s Zimbabwe, the verdict is obvious: economic growth is better left to the private sector, not government.

The other important mischaracterization was this idea of the economy getting better from people spending money, in this case, the government sending everyone $3,000 to buy stuff.

Most people seem to think this is a good idea, even the ones who consider themselves to be educated about economics (having been brainwashed with deeply flawed Keynesian fluff).

The truth is that a nation is like an individual… and individuals do not become wealthy by going into debt and consuming. They become wealthy by saving and producing.

Yet there was the country’s exalted leader energizing the crowd with talk of sending them free money to spend. And as I mentioned, one of them was fifth-grader Tyler Sullivan.

The President’s even shook Tyler’s hand, commenting that he would offer to write an excuse note to pardon the boy from skipping school: http://www.npr.org/2012/06/04/154271715/fifth-grader-skips-school-to-see-president-obama

On the exact opposite end of this spectrum is the case of 17-year old Diane Tran, a Houston area high school student who has had to take on two jobs in order to support herself and her siblings after her deadbeat parents divorced and skipped town.

Tran reportedly misses a few days of school per month so that she could hold down her jobs, yet somehow still found time to complete her schoolwork and make the honor roll.

She was arrested by local officials for truancy and hauled in front of the ‘Honorable’ Lanny Moriarty who threw the girl in jail so that he could show everyone that he’s ‘tough on truancy.’: http://www.khou.com/home/Honor-Student-Jailed-for-Absences-153847275.html

Tran has aspirations to become a physician someday, and she is despondent now that her new arrest record may tarnish her chances of being accepted to medical school.

For the sake of brevity, I’ll skip commenting on how worthless the government-managed education system has become, and simply point out the obvious dichotomy:

- Boy skips school to cheer the President as he extols debt and consumption: OK
- Girl skips school to work, save, and support her family: NOT OK

These examples are the most obvious signs yet that, like the tax and regulatory frameworks, those who mindlessly support the political process of debt and consumption are rewarded, while those who produce and save are punished.

Such is life now in the Land of the Free. Have you hit your breaking point yet?

 

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Mon, 06/04/2012 - 19:51 | 2494026 ebworthen
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Comrades!

All hail our glorious leaders!

Truancy?!?!  Throw that girl in jail!  Surely an illegal immigrant can take her place at her jobs for less money and no benefits or liability.  We must lower the price of a happy meal!

We must spend more in government programs to improve education because everyone knows education begins in smoke filled back offices where deals are cut and ballots jiggered!

Hand-in-hand with our glorious state corporations we will make the motherland something the fatherland would be proud of!

Young Tyler is on his way; learning to inhale the smoke of hopium - I have a note so everything is o.k. - paper promises are real, truth is fiction, war is peace.

 

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 19:58 | 2494070 veyron
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What are the races of Tyler and Diane?

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:09 | 2494105 veyron
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So this two-person sample could also show an element of racism in our justice system ...

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:41 | 2494199 knukles
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Not everything in our country is on the wrong path.
This is truly the land of opportunity, American Exceptionalism (Everybody's rich except you, asshole.) free enterprise, abundant opportunities (Would you care for more stale bread and Jello, Hobo Bill?) and where innovation can make any man rich.
For example, I had a great idea for a toy.  An Idaho toy, 
See, the wifeie and me wuz driving home from getting her a bowl of clam chowder and looking for a Snow Cone for me, but being rather chilly this time of year along parts of the West Coast, the Snow Cone machines is done went and put away. 
Or maybe been removed by the FDA with that Agenda 21 horse shit, but that's another story that'll work in here when the radioactive crap starts floating up along the shore.
(sigh)
And on the way home we saw a great big monolithic black as night SUV with Idaho plates and on the Idaho plate it says "Famous Potatoes" or something equally inane.
(Earl, ya'll getchur ass up off that couch and cut some more wood or I'll make your ass famous when they find you all chopped up fer bait down by the dam behind the court house.)
So, figuring that small children in Idaho have very little to amuse themselves with, what with all the black helicopters, gun shows and sheriff's posses traipsing all over hell and high water looking for their father and his band of merry militia men, the kids need some wholesome diversions.
So I figured out a new toy
Mr Militia Head.
See ya takes a potato and the stick all the shit in it like little boots, beret, gas mask, M1 Garand and so forth.
Be a big shit seller.
Give 'em away at the militia meetings to keep the kids quiet, prizes at the converted drive-in theater churches and out of town weekend hate ceremonies.
I mean, where else can a man triumph in the face of absurdity?
Right here in River City, America.

 

(sigh)

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 21:04 | 2494275 The Monkey
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After multiple decades of excess, we really don't need any more "thingamagigs". What a ridiculous waste of taxpayer dollars.

This notion reminds me of Al Gore's heating his 10,000 square foot home while talking up environmental catastrophe. Hypocritical.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 21:53 | 2494470 Chief KnocAHoma
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Anyone who still has faith in these numbnutts should lay down the crack pipe and go look for a job:

http://annoyanidiot.blogspot.com/

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 22:28 | 2494590 LowProfile
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Petition to expunge Tran's record is now CLOSED, but got 277k signatures! https://www.change.org/petitions/honor-student-jailed-for-missing-school...

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 22:38 | 2494611 tarsubil
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I was downloading a bunch of stuff "illegally" and my wife says she doesn't want to break the law. I said the law is now immoral and fucked. Fuck the law and fuck Moriarity.

Tue, 06/05/2012 - 08:13 | 2495276 taxpayer102
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‘Dishonorable’ Lanny Moriarty enforcing his own Jim Crow laws.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 22:32 | 2494596 otto skorzeny
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And afterwards Tyler was heard to say "I took a day off to hear this bullshit? I think I'll go home and watch some classic Ron Paul on YouTube-plus I have to get back and wait for my Monster Box to get delivered-FUCK YOU BERNANKE!!!""

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:43 | 2494213 Peter Pan
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This initiative of $3000 to the middle class should cost very little given that there are hardly any people left in the middle class.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 21:40 | 2494420 ParaZite
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What the hell is "Middle Class"?

Seriously. I live in North Carolina. We have the wealthy and the poor and very little of anything left in between. The average salary around my area is 18 to 27 K a year, realistically, if they can find a job period. That's not "Middle Class". NC boast of an average salary of 41K a year, but that's factoring in the huge banking center in Charlotte, which really throws off the "real" numbers. 

My point here is that, in my area... there is only the poor / barely making it and the well off / rich / whatever you want to call them.  No one here would qualify as middle class.

Tue, 06/05/2012 - 02:59 | 2494989 mrpxsytin
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So the world is returning to the way has been for thousands of years. Did you baby boomers really think that what you experienced was going to continue forever? This is simple mean reversion.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 21:51 | 2494464 Carl Spackler
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Monetary policy has failed to work, so the over-zealous and moronic Keynesians go all in on a $3000 helicopter drop to buy votes.

Got gold?

 

Tue, 06/05/2012 - 00:38 | 2494829 dolce vita
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seems a little high to buy a liberals retard vote...maybe just some coupons or something.

Tue, 06/05/2012 - 08:37 | 2495349 ATM
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Or five Kool cigarettes. They buy votes good too.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 21:55 | 2494474 Chief KnocAHoma
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Peter, as a former middle class dweller I have to say...AWESOME freaking analysis!

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 22:24 | 2494583 Fiat Currency
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3,000 ducats ... Aye 'tis a tidy sum. 

Somewhere Shakespeare is LOL.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:46 | 2494225 masterinchancery
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The whole thing makes me want to vomit--I need a time machine back to a time when people had pride in themselves and this country.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 21:33 | 2494397 lolmao500
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At this point, how could anyone still have pride in themselves after what we have let happened? How could we have pride in this country when it's a shithole run by tyrants and supported by scum?

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 21:42 | 2494421 ParaZite
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You mean when people actually worked for something other than voting for someone who offered them never ending unemployment checks and a 3000 dollar hand out for their vote?

Opps... I said that outloud. 

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 22:33 | 2494605 otto skorzeny
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"Obama's gonna pay for my gas"-colored lady on night of Obummer's election

Tue, 06/05/2012 - 06:23 | 2495106 boattrash
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Hell, Obama's gonna buy me a 50 BMG. Obama! Obama! Obama!

Tue, 06/05/2012 - 00:42 | 2494832 dolce vita
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circas around the 1770s-1860s, the 1940s-50s ...and the 1970s-80s

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 22:21 | 2494573 Zone1
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If Diane Tran vaporized billions in client money she would have gotten less time.  Only in America.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 19:50 | 2494029 grunk
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I thought you were going to say the helicopter cat. Takes the Dutch to come up with such innovation.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 19:47 | 2494031 IAmNotMark
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"Such is life now in the Land of the Free. Have you hit your breaking point yet?"

Not yet.  But it's getting closer.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:00 | 2494075 One eyed man
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"Land of the Freeloader."

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:10 | 2494106 NotApplicable
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"Home of the enslaved."

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 21:33 | 2494400 lolmao500
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Land of the cowards, home of the slaves.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 23:24 | 2494715 aaxiom
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Land of the FEE and home of the SLAVE.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 19:49 | 2494035 zerotohero
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It just keeps getting better doesn't it.

Is everyone else getting the "heightened" sense in the last several days like a shitstorm could happen at anytime - I mean more so than usual? It feels like when your standing in a field and the sky looks scary as hell and the hair on the back of your neck is standing up and you say to yourself "it's coming".

 

Get prepared if your not already - and good luck.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 19:53 | 2494051 fonzannoon
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The Grand awesome plan will be announced Wednesday where the ECB boasts it's plan to sell those fake pretzel shaped dog shit thingamajigs and use all proceeds to recap the banks. The markets will roar.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 19:53 | 2494052 fonzannoon
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The Grand awesome plan will be announced Wednesday where the ECB boasts it's plan to sell those fake pretzel shaped dog shit thingamajigs and use all proceeds to recap the banks. The markets will roar.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 19:55 | 2494062 toady
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We are making some major moves this month.

I just hope it all holds off for a month or two so we don't get caught up in the shit when we are a little vulnerable.

Tue, 06/05/2012 - 01:40 | 2494925 Miss anthrope
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i just left my job and left the city.... now living in the countryside and starting the garden......... got my storable food, my non-GMO seeds, and peace of mind........... I'm ready.  Bring it on!

 

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:06 | 2494092 Convolved Man
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"Greenage"

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:19 | 2494140 nmewn
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Three thousand dollar thingamajigs...lol...proof read for inspired delivery impact by...Joe Biden.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:36 | 2494195 dougngen
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I agree with your assessment, the last two days on the markets have been quite ominous. When u.s. 10y bonds are such an attractive option while paying 1.48. That speaks to to incredible flight to safety and shows how hollow the markets really.

I just don't understand why pm' s have not skyrocketed yet!

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:47 | 2494233 ebworthen
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Being beat down by hopes of Euro stick save and QE3 and manipulation.

Chinese buying in record amounts on the recent price dip, along with individual purchases.

Long term play though, as the Kleptoligarchy is likely to pull a "Roosevelt" and tax or shut down private purchase and selling, however, reality will sooner or later intervene.

Tangibles and reality always win out over hopium and fiat paper schemes.  Time....time...

Tue, 06/05/2012 - 00:49 | 2494850 dolce vita
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some dude just sold $ 111,000.00 worth of silver on" pawn stars" on history channel...cat had a 75 POUND brick .999 pure... 

Tue, 06/05/2012 - 15:04 | 2496933 Papasmurf
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Guess who came out on the short end of that trade?

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:58 | 2494263 IAmNotMark
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Yea...my shitstorm indicator has been flashing red lately.

"It's coming"

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 21:19 | 2494307 The Monkey
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China and Europe pose a particularly nasty risk when coupled together against the slow growth backdrop of the world economy. This is potentially the ugliest forward environment since the financial crisis.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 21:24 | 2494337 aldante
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Yep....I had that feeling about 2.5 years ago also.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 21:24 | 2494338 aldante
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Yep....I had that feeling about 2.5 years ago also.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 22:49 | 2494637 tarsubil
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My biggest worry is that they'll manage to keep the giant turd from being shat for another 10 years. Thinking the great reset is around the corner is wishful thinking.

Tue, 06/05/2012 - 00:52 | 2494855 dolce vita
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lmao....is "shat" a word?...lol

Tue, 06/05/2012 - 00:54 | 2494860 dolce vita
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i got to take a shat, i'll be right back.............bwwwwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

Tue, 06/05/2012 - 09:32 | 2495587 Intoxicologist
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It is indeed a word; the past and past participle of "shit." 

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 19:52 | 2494049 sangell
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I'll admit sending $3000 to every American would be a more effective 'stimulus' than letting B.H. Obama spend the money. In fact, that is what his ARRA stimulus basically amounted to- $3000 per person only he spent it on 'thingamajigs. Bush tried the same in 2008, remember those $600 checks we got? I'm sure many thingamajigs were bought with all or part of the money, including, as I recall, paying down credit card debt. That was one reason the plan was criticized by many economists... not enough would go to consumption and thus not be 'stimulative'.

 

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:08 | 2494091 macholatte
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It was the typical sort of gross misunderstanding of economic prosperity that you see from politicians…

 

Hardly. It is buying votes by a failed politician who cannot stand up to even the most remedial scrutiny, like where he was born.

 

 

The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.
Alexis de Tocqueville


Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:11 | 2494111 ThisIsBob
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I remember that.  I think I bought some weed.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:33 | 2494186 Dr. Engali
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Weed is certainly stimulative.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 21:33 | 2494398 CrimsonAvenger
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I can't remember the last time I bought weed. I really can't.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 22:52 | 2494643 tarsubil
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I'm allergic to weed but I still want to grow for the sole reason of telling the government to go fuck itself. Everyone needs to tell the government to go fuck itself every hour of everyday.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 22:53 | 2494645 IAmNotMark
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Last night?

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:36 | 2494190 nmewn
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The problem sangell, is he/they always want you to spend it and the inference is that it's a gift or a bribe from another...not your earnings.

Now the next question arises, they want you to spend "this generous offering" (not save it) so they must know you are too tapped out to save.

So now we must ask why are we tapped out.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 21:32 | 2494396 IMACOINNUT
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Keep pushing the limits of our income to pick up more PM's. Gimme my 3G's and could you maybe add 400 for 2 full oz?

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 21:37 | 2494410 nmewn
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That's what I did with Bush's...but I lost it in a boating accident ;-)

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:36 | 2494198 The Gooch
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He's still spending the fucking money of children's children.
Long fucking lead.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:53 | 2494253 Dr. Engali
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Borrowing money from the Chinese to buy cheap crap from the Chinese that will be in the garbage this time next year. I'm sure our children and grandchildren won't mind. Hell we already spent that money we are now 6 or 7 generations removed.

Shit I'll be long dead by then give me my $3000.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 21:46 | 2494449 CPL
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The day 3k is handed out is the day gold goes to 10k an ounce and silver breaks the window.

 

I am surprised none of the useless fuck Republicants haven't been setting fire to things with the President obviously handing out 3k bribes to voters.  Where the fuck is the Electroial College!   Jesus H Fucking Christ!

 

At least they could pretend like Democracy exists.

Tue, 06/05/2012 - 00:58 | 2494864 dolce vita
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600 to 3000 ?? inflation baby...those welfare sucklings need their swag.

Tue, 06/05/2012 - 04:29 | 2495037 Moe Howard
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You remember Bush's $600 checks? I remember the $600 more I paid in income taxes for that year. They gave and then they took back.

Tue, 06/05/2012 - 09:38 | 2495612 Intoxicologist
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That's what I remember as well.

"Thanks for nothing."

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 19:55 | 2494050 scatterbrains
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To all you freaky bitchezz out there. The Venus Transit will be visable on 06/06 at 6:00 am  If your standing in London..    just sayin

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:15 | 2494127 Wakanda
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Sun - Venus - Earth - Sirius alignment tomorrow

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:31 | 2494178 Dr. Engali
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I let my Sirius subscription expire so I guess I won't get to see it.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 22:15 | 2494566 CPL
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Everytime they line up we end up with a wicked ass earth quake.

Just happens the focal point of the alignment falls on the spine of the dragon, not just a really old mutant city conquered numerous times but a layline in Druid and real Geological Weirdness.  London is practically, or was, the equivalent of Jerusalem for Druids.  You can see them all over London in the parks, hundreds of them, markers and obelisks everywhere.  Topographical views of London make it look like a giant bull's eye from space.  People have a tendency to flock to them and around them, look at California consensus is it will fall into the sea yet people move there.  London is no different.  The lay/fault line runs right through the southern tip of England.

It'll be interesting to see what happens.  It's been a while since there's been a new Volcano in Europe, somethings gotta give.  Overdue much like California..

Tue, 06/05/2012 - 05:22 | 2495057 Wakanda
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My guess there won't be a quake.  When the big masses get involved, Jupiter and or Neptune, the odds on quakes increase.

With Sirius and Venus I'd look for pleasure/wealth and courage/rise to fame archetypal themes.

A new female may rise to visibility for an act of courage.  A dog may be involved.

Tue, 06/05/2012 - 13:22 | 2496393 Dubious Maximus
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Don't forget Queen Elizabeth's 60th year on the throne.

>cue Twilight Zone intro music<

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 19:53 | 2494053 Conman
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We should just let the banks do like they do in china. Buy comoddities on loan then use that as collateral to buy stocks and real estate. Problem solved.

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/12763b2c-ae29-11e1-b842-00144feabdc0.html#axzz...

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 19:53 | 2494055 holdbuysell
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WTF.

Anyone have the judge's email address?

And help me understand: where exactly is Corzine, et al?

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 19:54 | 2494057 LetThemEatRand
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Just an FYI, Judge Moriarty was a 20 year cop before he became a judge.  No doubt a died in the wool card carrying liberal commie.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:02 | 2494083 Umh
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He's still a jerk.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:13 | 2494117 LetThemEatRand
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The author clearly wants to equate him with Obama.  I suspect Moriarty would tell you that Obama is an evil lefty from Kenya.  He's a classic red team law and order guy.  Just trying to inject some balance into the conversation.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 21:18 | 2494304 Dave Thomas
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You just don't get it. It's not red vs blue, it's liberty vs the state.

Tran, who is considered an adult under Texas state law, was issued a summons on May 23 for truancy after she missed classes. She was arrested in open court and ordered to spend 24 hours at the Montgomery County Jail for truancy, which is considered a misdemeanor. The ruling came after the teenager was issued a warning by a judge last month about her absences.

An ADULT no less who apparently can't refuse state schooling.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 21:26 | 2494350 pods
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I see you have ruffled some feathers?  Nice to do sometimes.

My guess is the old judge has a few ladyboys in his past.  Either that or maybe the judge saw some relatives of hers carrying an AK in SE Asia?

The moral of the story is that you cannot trust the state to try and instill morals. Period.

The state is an amoral monopoly of force.  Some people just get chafed when their vision of the law and order types does not wash with reason.

Toss a girl in jail who can legally drop out of school?  Bravo.

As Gunnery Sergeant Hartman once said:

"Only steers and queers come from Texas private Cowboy"

And the judge don't look like a steer to me.

pods

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 22:58 | 2494660 tarsubil
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Yeah, you have a point. But there are law and order douche bags on both sides. Still, let the record show, this douche bag mother fucker is probably a Repfucktard.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:30 | 2494169 percolator
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It's really too bad a gang banger didn't cap Judge Moriarty back in the day.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:46 | 2494228 The Gooch
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Or "Captain Choom" for that matter.

 

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:52 | 2494251 Calmyourself
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At least he was rewarded with a union since he took all the risks..

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 19:56 | 2494064 island
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While I haven't broken yet, I feel far beyond the breaking point. 

We clearly live in an Alice-in-Wonderland, topsy-turvy, (not so fun) funhouse-mirrors world.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 19:57 | 2494065 One eyed man
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With leaders like Obama, how can this country possibly fail?

I'd love it if Uncle Sam would give me $3000. I could use it as a down payment to buy an imported car that I've got my eye on.

However, I still plan to write in Ron Paul when I vote this fall.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 19:56 | 2494066 bigwavedave
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LONG thingamajigs 

 

thingamajigs.com already registered in 2000 :-(

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:26 | 2494164 Sabibaby
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thingamaJigglingJugs right there...

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 19:56 | 2494067 loveyajimbo
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My main concern about Mitt is that he may pander to the elite banker crooks... but since BO does the same, and in every other way he is a disasterous failure, liar and incompetent... what's to lose?  And Mitt says he will throw out the illegals and place tariffs on "free" traders who cheat... like China.  Of course, he will, for sure, attack Iran, but hey, every candidate has a few warts...

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:19 | 2494138 newengland
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No. It is obvious that most Americans distrust both Obama and Romney.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:23 | 2494157 A Lunatic
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It is also obvious that Americans will vote for one or the other come November despite that distrust.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:51 | 2494248 newengland
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Not quite. Let's see the voting percentage. A quiet storm builds. That's the reason for the loathsome NDAA.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:00 | 2494071 Convolved Man
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My brain just informed me that it will no longer try to process what my eyes are seeing or my ears are hearing.

 

My autonomic nervous system will remain operational to effect flght or flight responses to feeling danger.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:01 | 2494078 Seasmoke
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i have lost my flight response.......i am now on 100% fight

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:19 | 2494139 Convolved Man
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Heed the word...

 

I'm running silent, I'm running deep

First thing you learn, ...

...you better not make a peep

And if you move in a straight line

Them ghosts 'll barbecue your behind

"Zig-Zaggin' Through Ghostland" (Ed Volker) The New Orleans Radiators, 1989

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:23 | 2494158 newengland
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Convolved,

Keep calm.  Wait. Watch. Being from the North and its quiet woods and waters which would require a sniper Army to subdue, I am inclined to say that right and might is on our side.

Justice, the Republic. This is our land. Let the fraudsters implode in court as they fight each other. That is not our concern. Community is.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 21:29 | 2494374 nmewn
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"i have lost my flight response.......i am now on 100% fight"

Same here...time to get it on.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:14 | 2494086 Dr. Engali
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I'm doing a $3,000 currency exchange with mine. Fiat for gold.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:34 | 2494192 El
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Before ya'll start making plans for your 3k, just remember...the guy promising it is the same guy who has broken pretty much every promise he's ever made to the American people.

 

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/obameter/rulings/promis...

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:56 | 2494226 Dr. Engali
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It appears a sarcasm disclosure is in order.

Wed, 06/06/2012 - 16:22 | 2500767 El
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Nah, I just wanted to take the opportunity to bash Obama. ;)

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:06 | 2494087 newengland
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Wah.Wah.Wah. Obama and Romney are served up to the electorate because their money masters know that the Republic is in the hands of the cheaters, the liars, the old failed monarchical dystopia Trilateral Commission, headed by Rothschild/Rockefeller who want technocrats aided by shill academics to make a one world government, one world currency, one world new world order.

 

What will you do about this? Defend the Republic or whine and bend the knee to the old world money masters who seek a new world order...the new feudalists, the new fascists.

Spend your money, your blood, your soul to defend the Republic or shut the fuck up and serve your overlords.

Gold, silver, land, community...and rebel against the Washington/Wall Street fakery.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:11 | 2494109 Convolved Man
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Hear, Hear!

 

$3000 can by a couple of guns and a lot of ammo.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:05 | 2494090 besnook
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krugonomics is 21st century prosperity.

paul said it better. why don't we just give everyone 100000 dollars and put it on the tab.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:12 | 2494116 newengland
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My father was taken to school in horse and carriage in Maine to a one room school house; wild flowers in the fields, and mittens on the stove in winter. He became an engineer many years later, and a director of household name U.S. multinational company. He said what you did: it would be better to give $100K to a young responsible person making his/her way in the world, rather than give it to politicians and banks.

By the people, for the people, of the people...this is the tradition abandoned by the freak fictional federal reserve board, and its acolytes in Washington and Wall st.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:35 | 2494194 besnook
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that reminds me of an idea i had for social security. .gov should buy 30000 dollars worth of 30 year us bonds upon the birth of a usa citizen and let it compound until retirement separate from the general budget. the person would then be obligated to pay back the original 30 grand and add whatever they want to the sum when they start working. then they can choose how they want to be paid the proceeds whenever they decide to retire which would be whenever the original money deposited was paid back. the details can be worked out but 30 grand turns into a nice retirement fund after 60 years.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:48 | 2494234 newengland
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besnook,

Very generous spirit of you to think out of the box, a genuine American. I don't know if your plan would work, but at least you are thinking of the people, not the politicians and their whiney bribed voters who beg Big Brother or anyone else to save them.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:13 | 2494120 Hangfire
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This clown couldn't tell you the difference between a flat head or a philips.  In fact I would venture to say he has never owned a set of tools in his life (not including his supporters).    

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:15 | 2494124 machineh
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O'Bugger sounds like Bush Sr., who was AMAZED by the laser thingamajig at the supermarket that scanned prices. (First time in his life he'd ever been in a grocery store.)

The Bushes and Obuggers have servants to contend with annoying thingamajigs, while they tot up their kill lists the old-fashioned way (pencil and paper).

And no -- you're not allowed to buy a drone with your $3,000. WE do the watching, YOU do the cowering, serf.

Tue, 06/05/2012 - 11:34 | 2496044 Offthebeach
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I would think being a 18yr old carrier naval piliot of a three crew, 2,000 HP, 16 cylinder, manifold , oil, fuel consumption vs air temp/bomb load/distance/speed/altitude calculating pilot against the fun loving, officer beheading Imperial Japanese forces in the beautiful vastness of the aircraft swallowing Pacific, might of requried a few minutes of familiar notice of maintenance tools.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:15 | 2494125 lolmao500
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Easy. The banks and the military industrial complex run it and the ``protect the children crowd (mostly women)`` vote...

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:16 | 2494128 francis_sawyer
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3,000 sestertius to all Romans! (if you vote for me)

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:22 | 2494154 gaoptimize
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Beat me to it. +1 for you!

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:16 | 2494129 fonzannoon
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This girl messed up and she should have went to jail. People have to learn.

FREE JON CORZINE

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:16 | 2494130 deerhunter
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I think ZHers could each sell an ounce or two of AU and send Diane Tran through medical school.  If for no other reason than to support her concern for her siblings.  I came from a family of 7 kids and dad worked 3 jobs more often than 2.  He will be 87 come November.  We will enjoy the pastime my screen name denotes in the Michigan woods.  You can't eat gold but venison,,,,,,, well    I digress.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:32 | 2494184 fonzannoon
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I'd rather send her dollars.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:42 | 2494201 newengland
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I am disiclined to acquiese to your request, pirate 'deerhunter'. My family went into the deep woods of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont in the 17th century and gifted you the Constitution and Declaration of Independence which your sort have since betrayed with your whining, pleading, overspending, wanting someone anyone to save you.

The best way to save a poor person is not to become one. Your plea is pathetic.

Tell Ms Tran that she is fortunate to have an opportunity denied most on planet Earth. Work hard, and love the family and friends who wish her well.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:20 | 2494146 gaoptimize
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Bread and circuses.  I resent being treated as a pleb.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:21 | 2494150 NumberNone
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The girl needs to learn a few things about the US today.

Missing school for 'prostitution' to feed your family...sympathetic. 

Missing school to collect food stamps for family...sympathetic. 

Missing school to rob a grocery store to feed her family...sympathetic.

Missing school in order to take a real job to feed your family...go to jail.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:21 | 2494151 shovelhead
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Ok, I can understand the 5th grader being impressed by Obama...

What is anyone elses excuse?

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:22 | 2494152 Caviar Emptor
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Look, the "masses" have swallowed the whole "recovery" hook line and sinker :-) 

Now it's our time: time to flaunt wealth and party like it's 99AD all over again. 

 

Do you understand that "capitalism" is a game of musical chairs? If you don't already feel like you're sitting in a comfy chair, you are roadkill mine heir (!)

Do you understand that you've been hustled? There's a "Kick-Me" sign taped to your back. 

 

You can make a decent living posing as an illiterate American peasant for the rich tourists and collect "donations" in return for singing, dancing and acts of self-debaucherie. 

 

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:35 | 2494189 newengland
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The Republic, noblesse oblige. There is no USA unless money and muscle unite.

Bailing out failed banks with the money of taxpayers and the consequent unemployment thereafter is nothing but a feudal system, a fascist system.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:39 | 2494202 Caviar Emptor
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Yup. And that's always the default modality: why not revert to slavery in a "Darwinian" system? Shuldn't the "winners" not only crush the "losers", but eat their offspring's flesh too??

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 21:11 | 2494295 newengland
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Dear,

The Republic, this is our land, our way. Defend it or we will surely live under the new feudalists, the new fascists.

Note the recent merger of Rothschild/Rockefeller. The NDAA gives the old feudalists the idea that they now own the USA.

NO. NO. NO. Are you with us or against us? Speak plainly.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:22 | 2494153 Jack Burton
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Clearly the girl who works and saves is an enemy of the people. I know, because I did that work and save thing for decades before the 2008 crisis. When that shit storm hit, I was all out of stocks and had all my savings in select bank CDs, I-bonds and a good ladder of treasuries. As the markets fell and banks neared collapse I felt secure in the knowledge that the Fed would step in with a whole series of policies to bail out markets and banks and speculators, that they would stick it to the savers with a decade of ZIRP or more.

Screw the prudent worker and saver, they are enemies of the people!

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:25 | 2494161 Sun and Moon
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Does this country even make 'thingamajigs' anymore? I thought that we were all employed either in selling or transporting 'thingamagigs' made in other countries, or working for the government, or else we were on disability or Social Security, or perhaps going to school using student loans from the government.

Think about it. When was the last time you bought a 'thingamagig' built in the USA?

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:31 | 2494174 newengland
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I bought a Buick Enclave, American design, American made, American distributed. Bought for cash, not paying interest to the banksters.

When was the last time YOU bought something built in the USA, and gave work to our countrymen instead of surrendering to the freak fraud globalist central bank cartel and its Washington political pets?

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:33 | 2494188 zerotohero
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Don't get us started on the auto industry - I worked at GM for 6 years - it is truly horrible and deserves to die.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 21:07 | 2494282 newengland
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zerotohero,

I'm putting my money into American jobs. I lived abroad for decades, and saw the hate and resentment of subjugated people who would come to the USA in a nanosecond, for all our faults, if they could afford it, poor blighters. Not that I want them here. They would only bring their feudal ways with them, much like the Rothschild/Rockefeller globalist central bank cartel.

End the Fed.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:39 | 2494205 Sun and Moon
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Well, I did buy a couple of US-made gold coins recently. But I think the gold in them was probably mined decades ago.

I try to avoid buying anything made by unions. They are enemies of freedom and the quality is bad. My first car was US-made. It sucked! I'll never do that again.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:54 | 2494256 NumberNone
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I don't know, but I just love them.  I've already spent my $3,000 on 150 of these mugs.

http://www.zazzle.com/i_love_thingamajigs_mug-168608026616549754 

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 22:06 | 2494527 my puppy for prez
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Un-freakin-believable!

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 23:54 | 2494769 Miffed Microbio...
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WTF?? $18.00 for a stupid crappy mug. Can this be real?....Oh I get it this must be a phony site that shunts your money towards Obama's campaign. Looks like the guy is getting desperate...good!

Miffed:-)

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:25 | 2494162 khakuda
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So tired of the populist BS from this guy.

"Everyone should have free things and be able to eat and not get fat!"

"Yay! Tell us more lies Barry!"

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:25 | 2494163 balz
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Government can be as good as private sector for economic growth. Reality is : there will not be any growth, public or private, because this is Peak Oil and Falling EROI.

Libertarians zombies need to wake up.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:27 | 2494167 newengland
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balz up, go back to sleep with your statist nihilism.

Peak oil is a thing, not a person. The great ideas, the great long march toward a better world existed long before your peak oil worries.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 21:03 | 2494273 Errol
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newengland, why do you suppose the US did a soft default (abrogated Bretton Woods agreement) and went on a final debt binge after US oil production passed its peak?  Why do you suppose despite the entire world stimulatinging for all they're worth, there has been no organic recovery?

Answer to both questions: the EROEI of the lifeblood of industrial society (energy) has started its terminal decline.  You can expect a continuous economic contraction worldwide for the rest of this century (with fits and starts and little islands of transient growth here and there).

All else is just propaganda and distraction.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 21:23 | 2494309 newengland
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Errol, thoughtful person. Thank you for your interesting point, however, the U.S. went off the gold standard because of the Vietnam war which busted its government finances.

The Vietnam war, a hideous, wasteful thing that suited the corporatists, not the poor people in the rice fields, nor our dear 
American troops who died there, much like the opium fields of Afghanistan are the object of desire by the corporatists: Big Brother government, big banks.

It is point blank wrong under the Constitution for Congress to wage war abroad.

It is point blank wrong for Congress and Wall St to rob ordinary Americans of their productive labour and capital, just so the globalist central bank cartel and its pretty paid pets in politics can live beyond their means at everyone else's expense.

 

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 21:24 | 2494332 sgt_doom
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Great comments, newengland.

And the fact of the matter, if Amerika didn't already enjoy central planning, then each and every election we wouldn't be handed the "choice" of the two candidates chosen by Wall Street:  Romney & Obama, back to Ford and (Davy Rockefeller's boy) Carter, etc.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 21:36 | 2494404 newengland
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Thank you Sgt.

Private 'newengland', reporting for duty ;-)

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 21:40 | 2494419 Dr. Engali
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I agree with your post however, we haven't had a declared war since WWII. Unless of course you count the perpetual wars on poverty, drugs, and the American people er.... I meant terrorism.
Other than that they've been police actions or kinetic activities. Thus congress can say they haven't violated the constitution.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 21:52 | 2494453 newengland
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CONgress can say whatever it likes. Its failures are obvious. They do violate the Constitution as it is lived and understood by most people of good character, and courage.

'After all is said and done, there is more said than done,' as the old saying goes. It's interesting that many people who claim to be American are so in birth only, and lack the fortitude to live the ways of the Republic, whilst admiring foreign ways; those ways of the oligarchs and Politburos.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:48 | 2494236 ZIRPThis
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That is eye-bleedingly stupid.  Take your head out of Krugman's asshole & pick up some Patrick Henry.

Tue, 06/05/2012 - 02:58 | 2494255 GernB
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Wouldn't it be comforting then to have the power of hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs that a free (capitalist) society brings each  trying to solve the energy problem, in ways nobody has yet thought of, so they can make money by helping you avoid the pain. No wait we want centrally planned solutions because we all know politicians are the smartest most incorruptible people on the planet and just a hand full of them are all we need to solve all of societies problems.

Maybe the people who need to wake up are the ones with blind faith that governments and the voting public will solve all our problems if we can just get rid of those damn freedom loving libertarians.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 20:27 | 2494165 Caviar Emptor
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For the record, we here should all be opposed to any investigation, let alone prosecution of the WS elite. 

We give Corzine a pass and free slurpies for life. We believe that the only real criminals are those who aspire to a better life through hard work. We will conduct demonstrations if any judge, DA, Justice Dept Official or Congressperson dares to point a wagging finger at any of our WS heroes. 

Long live the regime!

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 21:03 | 2494269 newengland
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The regime in the U.S. is less hateful than the freaks in the oligarchy of the former Soviet Union, Britain, the EUSSR and hateful politburo in China and North Korea or their ilk in the Middle East.

 

Step back. Distance lends perspective. The Constitution and Declaration of Independence gives every American, new or old, the opportunity for dissent, and defend the Republic...IF s/he so chooses, or not. 

That choice is denied in those other places.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 22:29 | 2494597 Lednbrass
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Sure, until enough of them get together at once. Last time it happened all the statist scum in New England and the rest of the North turned out to ensure the foundation of centralized government uber alles and its been a downward spiral into the toilet since.

At this point its better to let it go down the toilet and go our own ways, there is nothing "united" about the states and we could make 3 or 4 viable nations that would actually work. Let the Left Coast found a Peoples Republic, let New England focus on new and inventive ways to defraud humanity and stick their noses in everyone elses business, and let the South decentralize as it pleases.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 22:47 | 2494620 newengland
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Ah, Led. You express the opinion of the Russian oligarchy's favourite professor who says the USA will divide into 4 places.

The oligarchs of Russia and your ilk, much liked by the bankster Rothschilds who funded Marx, and gave prominence to the 20th century's killing machine: Lenin,, Trotsky, Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, Pol Pot etc.

Major fail, comrade. The Republic has done more good for all at home and abroad than your thieving two-faced treachery.

Your sort want to impoverish all for your Politburo freak, new feudalist, new fascist inner party.

Regards to Putin, your thug ruler. You want him. We don't.

FYI, the Constitution declared that central government ought to be small, and the tenth amendment recognises the sovereignty of individual states.

You and your sort are rootless cosmopolitans, the Marie Celeste, roaming the world weird web with your dysfunctional and inaccurate psychopathy.

Tue, 06/05/2012 - 01:35 | 2494895 psychobilly
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"FYI, the Constitution declared that central government ought to be small, and the tenth amendment recognises the sovereignty of individual states."

How's that working out for you?

If you want a centralized federal government with dictatorial powers in your life, that's your business you Communist cunt.  Leave others out of it. 

http://www.fourmilab.ch/etexts/www/NoTreason/NoTreason_chap1.html

"The Constitution has no inherent authority or obligation. It has no authority or obligation at all, unless as a contract between man and man. And it does not so much as even purport to be a contract between persons now existing. It purports, at most, to be only a contract between persons living eighty years ago. And it can be supposed to have been a contract then only between persons who had already come to years of discretion, so as to be competent to make reasonable and obligatory contracts. Furthermore, we know, historically, that only a small portion even of the people then existing were consulted on the subject, or asked, or permitted to express either their consent or dissent in any formal manner. Those persons, if any, who did give their consent formally, are all dead now. Most of them have been dead forty, fifty, sixty, or seventy years. And the Constitution, so far as it was their contract, died with them. They had no natural power or right to make it obligatory upon their children. It is not only plainly impossible, in the nature of things, that they could bind their posterity, but they did not even attempt to bind them. That is to say, the instrument does not purport to be an agreement between any body but "the people" then existing; nor does it, either expressly or impliedly, assert any right, power, or disposition, on their part, to bind anybody but themselves."

-Lysander Spooner

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