RANT: Refuse to evict

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/movers-sheriffs-deputies-refuse-evict-103-year-old/nFp4Q/

Posted: 5:23 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011
Movers, deputies refuse to evict 103-year-old woman
Movers and sheriff’s deputies refused to evict 103-year-old from her home Tuesday.
By Ryan Young

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ATLANTA, Ga. —

A 103-year-old woman and her 83-year-old daughter were just moments from being evicted from their home Tuesday, when sheriff’s deputies and the moving company hired by the bank decided not to go through with the action.

Channel 2′s Ryan Young was there when the family started thanking God for the miracle. At just three weeks shy of her 104th birthday, Vinia Hall has shared her home on Penelope Road in Northwest Atlanta with her daughter for 53 years.

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Good for them.

Some common sense!

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HARDWARE: Wait for the IPAD3 until March 2012

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57329053-1/$4.23-a-day-on-the-timing-of-a-black-friday-ipad-2-purchase/

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$4.23 a day: On the timing of a Black Friday iPad 2 purchase | Crave – CNET

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It appears that waiting until March next year to buy an IPAD3 is a good idea.

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FUN: Chuck Woolery discusses which sacred government programs

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

http://youtu.be/XQa0eqABWAg

Chuck Woolery discusses crazy budget cuts

Uploaded by SaveUsChuckWoolery on Nov 28, 2011

Game show legend Chuck Woolery discusses which sacred government programs should be saved from the budget cuts.

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ROFL! Sad that these are true programs!

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INTERESTING: Abandoned Water Parks versus houses for people

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/urban-exploration/news-10-creepiest-abandoned-water-parks-earth

Eerie, Abandoned Water Parks

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Interesting in that this is the “malinvestment” that the Austrian School of Economics talks about.

Look at the lost “wealth” in those pictures.

(For those that skipped eckynomics in Gooferment Skrules, those “water parks” might have been “houses”. See the problem?)

Clearly, the free market, where someone risks their own money on an idea, is the best way to minimize the mistakes.

One problem, that Ron Paul points out on the national stage, is the “Federal Reserve System”. It engages in all sorts of non-free market activities that leads directly to those water parks aka malinvestments. The manipulation of interest rates denies the free market critical information about how much investment versus consumption is optimum.

Argh!

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MONEY: Fat cats surely want to keep the FED secrets; vote Ron Paul

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-11-28/secret-fed-loans-undisclosed-to-congress-gave-banks-13-billion-in-income.html

Secret Fed Loans Helped Banks Net $13 Billion
By Bob Ivry, Bradley Keoun and Phil Kuntz – Nov 27, 2011 7:01 PM ET
Bloomberg Markets Magazine

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Nov. 28 (Bloomberg) — Bloomberg Markets magazine’s January issue examines how the Federal Reserve and big banks fought for more than two years to keep details of the largest bailout in U.S. history a secret. And how bankers failed to mention that they took tens of billions of dollars in emergency loans at the same time they were assuring investors their firms were healthy. (Source: Bloomberg)

The Federal Reserve and the big banks fought for more than two years to keep details of the largest bailout in U.S. history a secret. Now, the rest of the world can see what it was missing.

The Fed didn’t tell anyone which banks were in trouble so deep they required a combined $1.2 trillion on Dec. 5, 2008, their single neediest day. Bankers didn’t mention that they took tens of billions of dollars in emergency loans at the same time they were assuring investors their firms were healthy. And no one calculated until now that banks reaped an estimated $13 billion of income by taking advantage of the Fed’s below-market rates, Bloomberg Markets magazine reports in its January issue.

Saved by the bailout, bankers lobbied against government regulations, a job made easier by the Fed, which never disclosed the details of the rescue to lawmakers even as Congress doled out more money and debated new rules aimed at preventing the next collapse.

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Argh!

Clearly, “We, The Sheeple” have no idea how badly they are being screwed!

Ron Paul’s demand to audit the Fed is the first step to cleaning the stable.

Naturally the crony capitalists don’t want their perfidy to be exposed.

“Central Banking” has long be criticized as a banking cartel that’s run, like OPEC is for the oil producers, for the benefit of the bankers.

It’ll take some smart thinking to unwind this disaster. We have to begin with the audit. Everyone needs to know how deep a hole we are in. Like the debt, deficit, and out-of-control spending, the journey of trillions of dollars starts with the first step.

After all, what is a “dollar”?

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RANT: Barney Frank; good riddance!

Monday, November 28, 2011

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203802204577066101466652394.html?mod=djemalertNEWS

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Rep. Barney Frank said Monday that he will retire from Congress at the end of next year, reversing a decision from earlier in the year to seek re-election for a 17th term. Mr. Frank, 71 years old, is the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee. He will announce his retirement at a 1 p.m. ET press conference in Newton, Mass., his office said in a statement.

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Hmm, rat leaving the sinkin’ ship comes to mind.

And, leaves behind the scorched earth of Fannie and Freddie as well as Dodd-Franks.

Argh!

No mention of what his pension will be?

The gift that just keeps on “giving”.

Why do politicians get pensions?

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POLITICAL: “The FBI Story” (1959) WAS propaganda

Monday, November 28, 2011

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052792/

The FBI Story (1959)

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The story of the FBI unfolds through the eyes of one of its agents. During his career he investigates gangsters, swindlers, the klu klux klan, Nazi agents and cold war spies.

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I don’t why, maybe it was fate, but I was clicking around at found this “entertaining” piece of propaganda and watched a few minutes of it.

Again.

I remember seeing it it on the big screen decades ago. And, like most of the rubes I was sucked into it.

Now with many decades of life experience (translate that into the normal amount life meaning decades of heartache and sorrow), i see it for what it is.

A lie.

A bald face (whatever that is) lie.

Specifically, one scene nagged at me. Probably not quoted any where, but here goes from memory …

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(After their young only-son announces that he’s enlisted in the Marines at the start of WW2)

Lucy Ann Hardesty: “Chip, why? Why, Chip?”

John Michael “Chip” Hardesty: “Because when my son came to me and said he wanted to defend his country, I couldn’t think of why not.”

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Very powerful stuff.

I’d now call that “stuff” for what it really is “barbara streisand” or a synonym for excrement!

We now know that the film was greatly influenced by J. Edgar and the Washington establishment.

But more importantly, we now know that at the very least FDR was, at least, culpable in picking a fight with Japan and, at worst, directly responsible for provoking a war to get the USA out of the Great Depression.

We, also, know now that the FBI — what the Dead Old White Guys would have called a “private militia” — was an un-Constitutional entitty that engage in all sorts of criminal activity.

But back to the pro-war rah rah, that I couldn’t see at the time, but is so clear as day now.

Now if the son, Mike “Buzz”Hardesty, was going down to the coastline to defend America from the ravages of the invading — <insert favorite ethnic slur> (I’ll disparage the Irish!) — invading Mic hoarde coming ashore to rape his mom and sisters, that might make some sense.

But we know he’s going “over there”, whether “there” is some Pacific Island or Viet Nam or “the sand box” or
the rock box”, he’s not going to the coast.

So here we have classic pro-war propaganda. All wrapped up in the flag. That this stupid young kid (me) watch on a Saturday afternoon and was deluded into not seeing it for what it was.

Propaganda.

As skillfully done as the Nazi or Communist propaganda that we learned about in school at the time.

There are none so blind as those who can not see.

I’ve unmasked my own stupidity in my magnus opus, “CHURCH 10●19●62″, some of the character “Sam” is found in my real life.

“He told us about the life expectancy of the combat patrols in movies. Yet, he doesn’t examine the propaganda value of the movies in shaping his belief system. He can’t, as a visual, cut out the messages and analyze them.” — character “John” speaking about character “Sam” in CHURCH 10●19●62 Volume 1 Page 236

How stupid was I for not seeing this war propaganda? And, how stupid for not seeing the pro-Big Gooferment propaganda as well.

Argh!

Someone should really offer subtitles with disclaimers; least a young impressionable mind get sucked in.

I remember my Mom consulting the Legion of Decency movie ratings in the Catholic News before I was allowed to go to the movies. “Morally Objectionable in Part for ALL” was the kiss of death. Since I was allowed to go see this, it obviously passed muster.

I’d have been better off watching a porn flick. Or at least one of those “naturalist” movies that advocated nudism.

Argh! What a rube I was. How stupid could one kid be? Very! Argh squared!

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RANT: Shame on ESPN

Monday, November 28, 2011

http://www.9wsyr.com/sports/content/su_sports/story/ESPN-reporter-explains-why-Fine-tape-wasn-t/I0Bn-4AKZU2tyosOS8_57g.cspx

ESPN reporter explains why Fine tape wasn’t released in 2002

Published: 5:14 pm

Updated: 5:17 pm

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Syracuse (CNN/WSYR-TV) – Bobby Davis, an alleged molestation victim of Bernie Fine, recorded a phone call with the coach’s wife in 2002, according to ESPN.

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SPN’s Mark Schwarz explained in an interview on CNN why the tapes were not made public back then.

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“We did not go to authorities with the tape.”

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Well shame on you and your organization.

I would hope that if I had such a tape, I’d have the courage and fortitude to bring it to the proper authorities. And I’d go with a reporter and a recording crew. (Supposedly you guys have those.) And, let the “proper authority” explain to the camera why nothing could be done. Argh! We’ve become a nation of sheep. You could have take that crew from the office of the “proper authority” over to SU and gone door to door asking for a comment. AND put their “no comments” on Sports Center every half hour.

Sports is treasured because it’s supposed to build character. You’ve demonstrated that’s a flawed view. It’s done nothing for you and your organization.

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SOFTWARE: POSTBOX has space management issues

Sunday, November 27, 2011

From: Postbox Support <noreply@postbox.zendesk.com>
Date: Sat, Nov 26, 2011 at 10:34 AM
Subject: Archive messages under subfolders named after year received

There is a new comment in topic Archive messages under subfolders named after year received

Jeff Gehlhaar

I agree with James. On the Mac, where Time Machine does my backups, this is a big issue. These per year mailboxes quickly get HUGE. This is a feature which is already part of the Thunderbird base code and it would seem straightforward to port the core logic. In talking with customer support, they said this feature is not on the roadmap as it runs counter to the direction they want to move the product.

For my part, if this feature were on board and some of my favorite plugins were supported (or their functionality supported natively), I’d probably jump in and buy postbox, but for now, I’m going to stick to Thunderbird.

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This is what I experienced with POSTBOX. Almost immediately after installing and using it I had space problems. Since almost all of my email accounts were defined as IMAP, I was at a loss as to why I was always “out of space”.

I bet this software was making hidden backups.

Argh!

I’m gonna eventually have to wipe and upgrade to Lion.

WINDOZE has the same problems that require a clean reinstall to restart with a clean slate. This was the exact problem that I was hoping to avoid with the MACBOOKAIR.

Clearly there’s still much improvement need in computing appliances needed.

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GUNS: ATF bans scrub-pad stockpiles

Sunday, November 27, 2011

http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=368769

WEAPONS OF CHOICE
No joke! ATF bans scrub-pad stockpiles
Feds warns kitchen staple considered part of ‘silencer’
Posted: November 26, 2011 6:50 pm Eastern
By Bob Unruh

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“Put down the Chore Boy and back away from the weaponry!”

It’s an order that actually could be heard, given that a letter has surfaced from the federal government warning against consumers stockpiling Chore Boy household scrubbers because they can be considered a component of a gun silencer and, therefore, regulated by federal gun laws.

The letter is from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the ATF. It was obtained by David Codrea, who publishes online as the Gun Rights Examiner.

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You can’t make this stuff up.

The BATF, the home of “Fast and Furious”, needs to be shut down.

Period!

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MONEY: BITCOINS … a new liberty

Sunday, November 27, 2011

http://www.weusecoins.com/

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A revolution in money!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Um63OQz3bjo&feature=player_embedded

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RANT: The eighth time is the charm

Sunday, November 27, 2011

http://boston.cbslocal.com/2011/11/25/8th-oui-charge-for-east-boston-man-with-lifetime-license-suspension/

8th OUI Charge For East Boston Man With Lifetime License Suspension
November 25, 2011 3:22 PM

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EAST BOSTON (CBS) – An East Boston man with seven previous OUI arrests and a lifetime license suspension is behind bars after being charged for an eighth time with driving drunk.

State Police arrested 52-year-old Albert Diaz Wednesday night in front of Chelsea High School after a Trooper witnessed him allegedly committing several driving violations in Revere.

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The “law” can’t prevent anything.

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SERVICE: FACEBOOK and LINKEDIN don’t clean

Saturday, November 26, 2011

http://nicholasnigro.blogspot.com/2011/11/destined-to-be-crossed-out.html

Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Destined to Be Crossed Out…

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Slightly off-topic—but nonetheless inspired by my perusing this physical phone and address book—I cast my eyes to the future and ponder what, for instance, people’s Facebook friends list might look like in ten, twenty, and thirty years. Of course, I conduct this speculative endeavor of mine in a metaphorical laboratory. Foremost, I assume that all things remain equal—i.e., pretty much as they are now on the Facebook frontier in, say, 2020, 2030, and 2040—which is highly unlikely. I also presume an unfathomable reservoir of long-term patience for inappropriate behavior, the bane of countless people’s Facebook walls, and not a bountiful human trait.

Okay, it’s the year 2035, and that guy with 1,263 friends in 2011 is down to 347. He hasn’t heard a peep from at least 163 of his remaining friends for more than a few years, and 42 of them have only recently disappeared from sight and sound, seemingly vanishing from both the virtual ether and face of the earth. And since Facebook doesn’t comb through obituaries and the Social Security Death Index, nor readily delete accounts, many of these missing in action friends are very possibly deceased, and more than a few are living in assisted living homes or—worse still—in nursing homes sans any access to Wi-Fi. Who would have thought that a Facebook page enduring long after one’s death might be an individual’s best chance at immortality? Life is full of surprises…and so is death…especially now in the Information Age…

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It’s well know that FACEBOOK and LINKEDIN don’t clean out the “dead”. Including in that, the accounts that are never logged on to.

Argh!

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GUN: A bb gun stops a drunk

Saturday, November 26, 2011

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/11-year-old-boy-shoots-mothers-drunken-attacker-with-a-bb-gun/

Crime Young Boy Saves His Mother’s Life By Shooting Drunken Attacker With a BB Gun
Posted on November 24, 2011 at 7:17am by Billy Hallowell Billy Hallowell

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It’s going to be a happy Thanksgiving for one Bellingham, Washington, family after a young boy took decisive action to save his mother from a vicious attacker.

Police say 11-year-old Kobe Sturgeon shot the man with a BB rifle after he drunkenly attacked his mother in the family’s home. Authorities are calling the young boy a hero for taking action during such a dramatic and chaotic incident.

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Let’s give the young men of our country REAL guns. And, just so no one thinks I’m sexist, let’s give them to the girls too.

“An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.” — Robert A. Heinlein

With only a bb gun, the two legged varmint might have turned on the boy. Then, finished the job.

Even a 22LR would have been better.

Argh!

Our pioneer forefathers must be turning over.

The RKBA is about being secure in our homes and to keep the politicians and bureaucrats afraid.

“God created man, Sam Colt made them equal.”

Give that man (OK, boy) a cigar. Good shooting.

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INTERESTING: ‘WOMEN ARE DEFICIENT’; really?

Saturday, November 26, 2011

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/female-candidate-for-egyptian-parliament-women-are-deficient-in-intelligence-and-it-is-not-permissible-for-them-to-be-in-authority/

FEMALE CANDIDATE FOR EGYPTIAN PARLIAMENT: ‘WOMEN ARE DEFICIENT IN INTELLIGENCE’ AND IT IS ‘NOT PERMISSIBLE FOR THEM TO BE IN AUTHORITY’

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I’m not a “wym’s libber”. (I’d like to thought of as a “libber” wanting everyone — boys and girls — “to be all that they can be”. Rocket scientist, brain surgeon, or even Heaven Forbid a fat old white guy injineer.) And, I firmly believe that Giving Women Suffrage created Organized Crime (i.e., vote = prohibition = organized crime) as well as energized the “Secular Progressive” movement that caused many of the problems today.

That all being said, we here in the USA had best hope that these other countries don’t see the error of their ways. Islamic burqas. sex selection abortions, discrimination against women in professions, education, and property — all mean that we in the USA are competing against foes with half the human resources either wasted or destroyed.

Stories like this demonstrate that this is the baby elephant trained not to escape. Hook up a stout chain to a baby pachyderm. Then the adult can be held with a very breakable rope.

Hopefully it will be generations before these bozos can reenergize their lost capacity of women. In the case of sex-a-cide, that capability is lost forever.

How stupid is this?

Argh!

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RANT: Voter Fraud

Friday, November 25, 2011

http://biggovernment.com/mvadum/2011/11/22/ex-dem-congressman-voter-fraud-is-commonplace-voter-id-is-the-cure/

Ex-Dem Congressman: Voter Fraud Is Commonplace, Voter ID Is The Cure

by Matthew Vadum

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Voter fraud is not a figment of your imagination, says former Congressman Artur Davis (D-Alabama).

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What’s the BIG deal about requiring identification to vote?

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POLITICAL: Bureaucrats go crazy when student opines; First Amendment?

Friday, November 25, 2011

http://www.kansas.com/2011/11/24/2114760/disparaging-tweet-about-gov-sam.html

Disparaging tweet about Gov. Sam Brownback lands Kansas teen in principal’s office
By Suzanne Perez Tobias The Wichita Eagle
Published Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011, at 6:06 p.m.
Updated Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011, at 7:22 a.m.

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A Kansas teenager is in trouble after mocking Gov. Sam Brownback during a mock legislative assembly for high school students.

Emma Sullivan, a senior at Shawnee Mission East High School in Prairie Village, was in Topeka on Monday as part of Kansas Youth in Government, a program for students interested in politics and government.

During the session, in which Brownback addressed the group, Sullivan posted on her personal Twitter page:

“Just made mean comments at gov brownback and told him he sucked, in person #heblowsalot”

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Sullivan said the principal ordered her to write letters of apology to Brownback, the school’s Youth in Government sponsor, the district’s social studies coordinator and others.

Karl Krawitz, the school principal, did not return calls or e-mails Wednesday.

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“We monitor social media so we can see what Kansans are thinking and saying about the governor and his policies,” Jones-Sontag said.

“We just felt it was appropriate for the organizers to be aware … because of what was said in the tweet.”

Sullivan, 18, said she posted the comment because she doesn’t agree with Brownback’s policies, particularly recent cuts in state aid to schools. She is a registered Democrat.

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“In general,” she wrote, “students on school-sponsored field trips, in which they are representing the school, would be expected to conduct themselves in accordance with school district policies, including use of electronic devices. Students may express their personal beliefs, views, and opinions, as long as they do so appropriately and in accordance with school policies.”

Sullivan’s older sister, Olivia, a sophomore majoring in political science at Wichita State University, said she thinks the controversy amounts to Brownback “censoring the opinion of a student.”

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Reach Suzanne Perez Tobias at 316-268-6567 or stobias@wichitaeagle.com.

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Gooferment Skrules have to “protect” the politicians and bureaucrats. Heaven forbid that a “student” say something snarky about a politician.

Certainly seems like a First Amendment issue here.

And, apologize to bureaucrats.

I’d have written “I’m sorry you shmucks don’t understand the First Amendment. Get a lawyer to explain it in little words to you.”

Argh!

(Note: this is another good argument why the Gooferment shouldn’t be involved in “education”. I’d call it propagandizing future voters. And, for the “student”, why use proper names? Good lesson in everything on the net is public.)

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HAD A DIALOG ON FACEBOOK

Scott Silvay I have to disagree. Respect is a good lesson to learn. I think she’s right about the guy but there is a better,more appropriate way to express displeasure. BTW here first amendment rights weren’t infringed upon- she’s not being prosecuted just held accountable.

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FJohn Reinke Spoken like statist big gooferment bureaucrat. The Government Skrule is making the “student” do some things! that’s a free speech violation. The Skrule IS the Gooferment and is using force on the “student”!

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Scott Silvay That’s a tough argument. To imply the school can’t enforce standards doesn’t infringe on free speech it simply prepares the student for real life. You have free speech and you may not be arrested but you may lose your job or other opportunities. I applaud her thought but she could have expressed it better. Maybe the school just have her write him a letter detailing why he sucks (which he does)

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FJohn Reinke If it was a private school, that the parents had “indentured” their child to, then that school could enforce whatever standards that had been agreed to in advance or were assumed to be in force by custom. The fact that the Gooferment Skrule is an extension of the Gooferment mean that it can NOT infringe on speech. Period! In the real world, one doesn’t have this huge entity called Gooferment that is (supposedly) empowered to use crushing force on you. An employer can fire you, but they can’t force you to work for them like a slave. Telling the boss off as you quit is a time honored American tradition. Can’t do that to the Gooferment; it will kill you. Whether or not this politician “sucks” or not is not the point. If the “student” was praising him, that would be all different. Argh!

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Emma Sullivan, high school student, refuses to apologize to Gov. after tweet
High school senior announced she would not write letter of apology, which is due on Monday
BY Nina Mandell
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Sunday, November 27 2011, 7:07 PM
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RANT: Let Natalie Wood rest in peace

Friday, November 25, 2011

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-natalie-wood-20111118,0,5141657.story

Sheriff’s Department reopens Natalie Wood case

The coroner originally ruled the actress’ 1981 death an accident, but investigators want to talk to the captain of the yacht Wood and her husband were on the weekend she died off Santa Catalina.

By Richard Winton, Sam Allen and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times

November 18, 2011

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Thirty years after Natalie Wood died off Santa Catalina Island, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced Thursday that it was reopening the investigation into one of Hollywood’s most enduring mysteries.

Wood, 43, was boating off the island on Thanksgiving weekend 1981 with her husband, Robert Wagner, fellow actor Christopher Walken and others when she somehow went overboard and died. Officials at the time ruled her death an accident, but there has been much speculation since over whether there was more to the story.

Sheriff Lee Baca said detectives want to talk to the captain of the boat after learning of comments he recently made about what happened on board. Baca did not provide further details, adding only that the captain “made comments worthy of exploring.”

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Hmm, “Statute of Limitations”.

Argh!

Waste of time and money.

Thirty years of forgotten memories.

Only on TV do these things get “solved”.

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POLITICAL: Ron Paul on “foreign policy”

Friday, November 25, 2011

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/The-Vote/2011/1123/Did-Ron-Paul-win-GOP-s-national-security-debate

Did Ron Paul win GOP’s national security debate?
Media-types seem to think Ron Paul more than held his own, which is no small feat, considering many of his ideas on national security are well outside the Republican mainstream.
By Peter Grier, Staff writer / November 23, 2011

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Which is where Congressman Paul comes in. It was him against the Republican world last night. His positions are often very different from those of his GOP opponents, and he defended them with his typical well-honed points. You’re reminded once again that he’s been at this for decades. Even longer than Mitt Romney.

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He said foreign aid is “worthless,” for instance. Really? Not even the other GOP candidates went that far. US cash is paying for much of Africa’s fight against HIV/AIDS, for instance. Is that not money well spent?

<<< NO! It’s not up to the politicians and bureaucrats to give the taxpayers’ money to foreign politicians and bureaucrats to supposedly spend on this or that. If individual taxpayers want to give their money to such a charity, that’s all well and different. Want to make a wager how much more effective that will be? >>>

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“I think the Patriot Act is unpatriotic, because it undermines our liberty,” said Paul in the opening moments of the debate.

The longtime libertarian was just getting warmed up.

“So if you advocate a police state, you can have safety and security, and you might prevent a crime, but the crime then will be against the American people and against our freedoms,”

<<< Warrantless searches, wiretaps, the TSA, the BATF, and on and on. It’s pervasive in the District of Corruption! >>>

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“let Israel take care of itself.” That meant, apparently, don’t meddle with Israel if it wants to bomb Iran, but don’t give it any money to do the deed, either.

<<< And, MYOB. We should be pulling all the girls and boys home immediately. >>>

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“They’re not cutting anything out of anything,” replied Paul. “All this talk is just talk.”

<<< He’s right all this “gutting and cutting” is really talking about the rate of growth; not the amount of spending. Only in DC is a smaller increase a “cut”. Argh! >>>

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If you’re for a real peace, then Ron Paul is the authentic “peace” candidate.

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MONEY: Chile’s Private Pension System

Thursday, November 24, 2011

http://www.cato.org/pubs/ssps/ssp-17es.html

Chile’s Private Pension System at 18: Its Current State and Future Challenges
by L. Jacobo Rodríguez
L. Jacobo Rodríguez is assistant director of the Project on Global Economic Liberty at the Cato Institute.

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Executive Summary

In May 1981 Chile replaced its government-run pay-as-you-go retirement system with an investment-based private system of individual retirement accounts. The new system has allowed Chile and other Latin American countries that have followed the Chilean example to defuse the fiscal time bomb that is ticking for countries with pay-as-you-go systems, as fewer and fewer workers have to pay for the retirement benefits of more and more retirees. More important, Chile has created a retirement system that, by giving workers clearly defined property rights in their pension contributions, offers proper work and investment incentives; acts as an engine of, not an impediment to, economic growth; and enhances personal freedom and dignity.

In the 18 years since the Chilean system was implemented, labor force participation, pension fund assets, and benefits have all grown. Today, more than 95 percent of Chilean workers have their own pension savings accounts; assets have grown to over $34 billion, or about 42 percent of gross domestic product; and the average real rate of return has been approximately 11.3 percent per year, which has allowed workers to retire with better and more secure pensions.

Its success notwithstanding, the Chilean system has found many critics, who often point to high administrative costs, lack of portfolio choice, and the large number of transfers from one fund to another as evidence that the system is inherently flawed and inappropriate for other countries, including the United States. Some of those criticisms are misinformed. Many other criticisms reflect real problems, but they are largely the result of excessive government regulation.

The spirit of the reform has been to relax regulations as the system has matured and as the fund managers have gained experience. All the ingredients of success — individual choice, clearly defined property rights in contributions, and private administration of accounts — have been present since 1981. If Chilean authorities address the remaining shortcomings with boldness, we should expect Chile’s private pension system to be even more successful in its adulthood than it has been during its first 18 years.

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“That retirement programs financed on a pay- as-you-go basis are … in essence are intergenerational transfers of wealth …”

“retirement programs financed on a pay- as-you-go basis are on the verge of collapse … have made old-age financial security dependent on the political process.”

“a fully funded, defined-contribution scheme, mandatory … administered by specialized, single-purpose private companies …, which are pension fund administrators”

It allowed workers to choose to stay with the old system or join the new one.

“government recognition bonds that acknowledged the contributions they had already made to the old system”

10% mandatory, 10% optional tax-deductable, and additional voluntarily.

Free choice of the rival plans and a cost free switch twice a year and a six month lock in.

Government acts as a regulator and guarantor of last resort.

True net costs of moving from old to new are effectively zero.

Problems:

* Minimum return guarantee rule and the strict return comparisons stifle competition between the offerings.

* Administrative expenses are “high” but only 42% of the “old” system.

* Frequent change by participants drive up cos


RANT: NBC4′s coverage of the “parade” sucked!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Anyone watch the “parade”?

The only “parading” in the first half-hour was the accidental peek one got as this celebrity or that touted their latest NBC show.

It was de facto all advertising.

Sucked!

Four plays had dance numbers. How’s that a “parade”?

I was so disappointed. And, I dvred it thinking like some of the awards shows it would have spots worth reseeing.

Not!

Boo to NBC4 and Macy’s.

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POLITICAL: GE Paid No Taxes

Thursday, November 24, 2011

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/ge-filed-57000-page-tax-return-paid-no-taxes-14-billion-profits_609137.html

GE Filed 57,000-Page Tax Return, Paid No Taxes on $14 Billion in Profits
1:11 PM, NOV 17, 2011 • BY JOHN MCCORMACK

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Ryan used the data point to underscore the irrationality of the corporate income tax code. He also contrasted GE with UPS to make the point that the corporate income tax code doesn’t make sense. “UPS paid a 34 percent effective tax rate,” while its biggest foreign competitor, DHL, paid a 24 percent tax rate, Ryan said.

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Corporations don’t “pay” taxes.

ONLY real people pay taxes.

The correct corporate tax rate is ZERO.

And, what is a “corporation” any way? Just a bunch of stockholders, typically mutual funds. Retirees and pensioners.

How stupid are “We, The Sheeple”?

Argh!

p.s., “What at first was plunder assumed the softer name of revenue.” ~Thomas Paine

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MONEY: What is money?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

http://rpflix.com/2818

“double coincidence of wants”

“indirect exchange”

commodity becomes medium of exchange

the indivisible cow

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INTERESTING: A “personhood” amendment would be useful

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/personhood-defeat-not-a-serious-setback-for-pro-life-movement

‘Personhood’ defeat not a serious setback for pro-life movement
By Benjamin Mann

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Chicago, Ill., Nov 13, 2011 / 06:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Representatives of the Thomas More Society and the Pro-Life Action League say the defeat of Mississippi’s “personhood” initiative does not mark a serious defeat for the pro-life movement.

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“Does this ‘personhood’ language have any effect in and of itself on state law? Or does this require the legislature to enact specific pieces of legislation to give it effect?” he asked.

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Wouldn’t it be useful to have some common agreement about when life does begin?

Even if it was age 21 or 18, it’d be nice to know when life begins so we’d know when we CAN kill people.

Conception, birth, a day, a week, a year, a decade?

When CAN you kill some one?

Maybe it’s when they can do something? Crawl, walk, run, control their bowels.

Or is it when that person can assert their own rights?

It’ll be an interesting discussion!

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RANT: TARP ‘Investment’ Lost; what else is new?

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

http://biggovernment.com/lrlee/2011/11/20/report-taxpayers-entire-tarp-investment-lost-in-bailout-of-united-commercial-bank/

Report: Taxpayers’ Entire TARP ‘Investment’ Lost in Bailout of United Commercial Bank

by Laura Rambeau Lee

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The Quarterly Report issued in October 2011 by the Special Inspector General of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) reveals the utter lack of oversight and mismanagement of funds in excess of $700 Billion Dollars.

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The housing and mortgage crisis was a direct result of the increasing deregulation of the mortgage industry enabled by the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977 and the federal government’s ideological philosophy that everyone should and must be afforded their dream of home ownership, regardless of their credit worthiness or their ability to repay the mortgage. The federal government, through coercive threats of lawsuits for discriminatory lending practices, forced these lenders to make these risky loans.

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The programs offered by the administration have not produced any positive results for the people of this country. The SIGTARP report clearly reveals the arrogance of the Treasury Department in refusing to heed its recommendations to help struggling homeowners. It is Big Government that created this problem. It is time We the People got our bail out.

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No, “We, The Sheeple” should cut out losses.

Along the way, the State authorities should investigate fraud and prosecute.

We should return to a “simpler” time of life — along with “too big to fail” is “too big to exist” — and pass a Constitutional amendment to prevent bailouts, subsidies, and other corrupt practices.

Argh!

The sad thing was that “tarp” was supposed to buy toxic assets and was perverted silently without discussion into bailouts.

Why are we still permitting bailed out companies to pay “bonuses”?

Why are we still funding Fannie and Freddie?

Why are we still allowing this to go on?

Argh!

The Gooferment has no business “investing” in anything!!!

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MONEY: Currency controls portends worse things to come

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/nov/12/currency-control-efforts-worry-argentines/?page=2

Currency control efforts worry Argentines
By Kelly Hearn – Special to The Washington Times
Saturday, November 12, 2011

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In 2008, Mrs. Fernandez surprised markets when she nationalized the country’s private pension funds. She also stripped the central bank of its independence by firing a former bank director for refusing to make foreign reserves available to service the nation’s debt.

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When the USA’s Federal Gooferment needs trillion and they cast their eyes around for big pots of money, “IRAs and 401Ks” looks like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Remember all those trial balloons? “IRAs and 401Ks are tax expenditures”! And, “In exchange for an enhanced social security benefit”. Plus, my personal favorite, “is to the savers’ benefit to eliminate market risk.”

(No mention of “sovereign risk”!)

Sigh, how stupid can “We, The Sheeple”be?

“Capital Controls” and all the “foreign account” “barbara streisand” is all about the “drug addicts” in DC jonesen for a fix of cash!

It CAN happen here! Because it has. Look at the FDR gold confiscation.

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