RANT: Government is not us

Saturday, May 1, 2010


Not Us. Never, Ever Us.
Posted by Charles Featherstone on May 1, 2010 10:50 AM

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But second, it’s important to emphasize again and again and again that this notion that we, the people, are in any way the government is fraudulent. The government is not us. It cannot ever be us. If it were, there’d be no need for signs that say “Property of the United States Government” with warnings to trespassers because how can citizens — who are sovereign — trespass on the property over which they are sovereign? It’s the problem of socialist property writ large, and it’s why popular sovereignty is bunkum. All human societies become societies in which a relatively tiny elite rule a majority, and democracy (along with ideology) is just modernity’s method of legitimizing that elite rule. I have compared democratic rituals to religious rituals before, and I do believe that elections are the central sacrament of democracy. A pointless sacrament of an idolatrous religion.

The truth is governments are always a menacing entity. Often times they are evil. Sometimes they are even foreign. Government is not us. And it will not ever be us.

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Important to underscore.

This is not a democracy.

It’s an oligarchy.

Leadership by a political elite, who do what they want.

(Think the healthcare polls!)

We have to follow Gandhi and just not cooperate!

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MONEY: ROTH IRA’s tax-free status may NOT be dependible

Saturday, April 24, 2010


Roth IRA Conversion Question
For Immediate Release
April 22, 2010

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Question: Regarding Roth IRA conversions, what is there to prevent the government 10, 20 or 30 years from now taking these Roth IRAs and changing rules and making them taxable, either all or in part, or making them subject to the AMT?

Ric: There is nothing preventing Congress from doing that. That is one of our objections to the Roth IRA and specifically to the Roth IRA Conversion.

Congress says Roth IRA withdrawals are tax-free, but we get a new Congress every two years. Planning to retire in 20 years? That’s 10 Congresses from now.

If the government needs more revenue, a future Congress might decide to tax the money held in Roth accounts. You can even argue that this is why Congress allows Roth conversions in the first place: The conversion does not necessarily lower your taxes, but it does accelerate your payment of them. By getting you to convert, Congress gets the tax revenue now. Clever, huh?

Do you trust Congress to honor its promises? The more you do, the more confident you can be about putting money in the Roth IRA. Personally, I am not terribly confident.

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The out of control congress doesn’t inspire confidence.

As they cast around for “revenue”, the 401ks and IRAs must certainly be attractive.

Watch your wealth it’s hunting season for money in DC!

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MONEY: Rumors about the pot of trillions in IRAs and 401ks

Friday, April 23, 2010


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You’re going to have to pay taxes on those funds eventually anyway, and far better to snatch two-thirds or so of the prize away before it gets dumped into the general fund and is spent on housing for Hamas, the snail darter, uniforms for the Obama Youth, excruciatingly bad modern “art,” or more perquisites for Congress. Even half a loaf will be better than none…if you turn it quickly into objects of intrinsic value, such as gold, silver, diesel oil, and emergency rations.

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Another doomsday prediction about OBH44 with the congresscritters seizing the 401ks. Makes sense since all they have to do is strong arm all “the custodians”. Like Rooosevelt’s “bank holiday” and gold call in, one day you got and the next day you don’t. I’m no so sure that “cashing out” and paying the tax penalties is a smart strategy either. Sigh! One MIGHT consider NOT putting more into the 401ks or IRAs. If it does get seized, it’s going to be catastrophic to the market confidence. So the stock markets will be going south! So maybe cashing out is a good strategy. You lose either way. So maybe commodities that you can put in your “mad money” jar makes sense. 1 to 10% of your portfolio?

Once you decide to do that, I’d go for 1 ounce silver rounds. And, if you’re into the “band aids, beans, and bullets” philosophy, some bricks of 22’s will be a good commodity.

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QUOTE: Three or more useless men

Monday, April 19, 2010


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In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm and three or more is a congress.

—John Adams

Fight organized crime: Re-elect NO ONE…

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Seems simple enough!

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POLITICAL: Some folks give up; nice to have that option

Saturday, April 17, 2010


More Americans Give Up Citizenship As IRS Gets Aggressive Overseas

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In order to give up U.S. citizenship, a person must obtain or have citizenship in another country. The person surrenders their passport or green card during an interview with a consular officer in their new home country. He or she must also submit a form, including a list of assets, to the IRS to complete the process.

Chris Kavanagh of the American Institute in Taiwan, which represents U.S. interests in Taiwan, said 43 people gave up their U.S. citizenship in Taiwan in 2009, the highest that figure has been since 2003. He cautioned against drawing conclusions from that data, however.

The IRS says some of the swelling of numbers of expatriations towards the end of 2009 occurred because the agency made a push to notify people that had already surrendered their passport, but had not completed the process by submitting the IRS form. Until that form is received by the IRS, these people are still subject to U.S. tax. “There is some catch-up going on,” said IRS spokesman Bruce Friedland.

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Wow, things are really going bad.

Now we are exporting rich people. And, importing poor ones.

This can’t be good for the economy.

When does the tyrant close the borders? Camps next? And, the sheeple keep getting shorn!

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POLITICAL: Vote by dollars; count all the dollars that are stolen from us

Thursday, April 15, 2010


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“What’s good for General Motors is good for the country.” Since we now “own” GM and other “private” entities we can easily adopt the proxy voting systems used in corporate America for federal elections (in corporate elections each shareholder gets voting power in proportion to shares owned). Each eligible voter would have a total number of votes equal to the dollar amount paid in personal federal income taxes over the previous two years. If you paid $20,000 in taxes you get 20,000 votes. If you paid $200,000 in taxes you get 200,000 votes. Again, what could be fairer?

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Of course, we’d have to eliminate ALL the hidden taxes we pay. Sales tax, capital gains, etc. etc. etc. And the two biggest taxes of all — inflation and the corporate income taxes that get passed on to real people!

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RANT: VAT on spending “tax free” dollars

Thursday, April 15, 2010


America: Prepare For An Avalanche Of Taxes
by J.D. Longstreet

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Charles Krauthammer has authored a piece entitled: “The ‘value added tax’ is coming to America” In his article Krauthammer says: “People are used to sales taxes, and this one produces a river of revenue. Every 1 percent of VAT would yield up to $1 trillion a decade (depending on what you exclude – if you exempt food the yield would be more like $900 billion).

It’s the ultimate cash cow. Obama will need it. By introducing universal health care, he has pulled off the largest expansion of the welfare state in four decades. And the most expensive. Which is why all of the European Union has the VAT. Huge VATs. Germany: 19 percent. France and Italy: 20 percent. Most of Scandinavia: 25 percent.

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Social Security was supposed to be tax free. Then the Democratic congresscritters reneged on that pledge, so it’s included in your income tax.

Roth’s were supposed to accumulate tax free since you already paid tax on them.

After the plague of taxes, you save a few bucks.

Then, when you go to spend them, you’re paying taxes.

Hidden taxes abound in the cost of products and services thanks to the corporate taxes.

When do we say “Stop, thief!”?

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QUOTE: The Sixteenth Amendment

Thursday, April 15, 2010

“It was not until the Abraham Lincoln administration that an income tax was imposed on Americans. Its stated purpose was to finance the war, but it took until 1872 for it to be repealed. During the Grover Cleveland administration, Congress enacted the Income Tax Act of 1894. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional in 1895. It took the Sixteenth Amendment (1913) to make permanent what the Framers feared — today’s income tax.” — Walter Williams

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INTERESTING: Beck has Laffer and says 11% flat

Monday, April 12, 2010

Glen Beck has Laffer ont he TV show today. He says with 11% will fully fund the gooferment today at current levels. He points out that Jerry Brown want it at 13%, with the extra 2% to pay off the national debt.

Why not?

Other than taxes ARE theft! (If I’m going to be robbed, then I’m for them stealing much much less.)


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RANT: The moochers and the payers

Saturday, April 10, 2010


Nearly half of US households escape fed income tax
By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER Associated Press Writer
Posted: Wednesday, Apr. 07, 2010

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WASHINGTON Tax Day is a dreaded deadline for millions, but for nearly half of U.S. households it’s simply somebody else’s problem.

About 47 percent will pay no federal income taxes at all for 2009.

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Doesn’t anyone see a problem with this? Didn’t Ben ward against “comfortable poverty”? And, “those people” get to vote?

Does NOT seem fair!


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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Zero-Day School Weeks

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


Mar 23, 2010 6:27 pm US/Central
4-Day School Weeks Might Be Coming In Illinois
State House Has Passed Bill Allowing School Districts To Set Up Shorter Weeks; Mayor Daley Has Doubts

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Add an entire school day to the chopping block. State lawmakers want to move financially struggling schools to four day weeks. They say it will save money, and it won’t affect classroom time.

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Kids would still have to complete the same number of hours per school year, so switching to four-day school weeks would mean longer school days or shorter summer vacations.

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I have an idea that will save a lot of money.

Close the youth indoctrination centers completely and forever!

It’s immoral to make people pay for things that they did not agree to pay for. Parent had ‘em. Parents feed, clothe, and shelter them. They should educate them too.

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POLITICAL: Drew Cary and Reson save Cleveland — Part 3

Saturday, March 20, 2010


Why not?

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POLITICAL: If this isn’t intergenerational theft, what is?

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


Congressional estimates show grim deficit picture
By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press Writer Andrew Taylor, Associated Press Writer
Fri Mar 5, 6:17 pm ET

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WASHINGTON – A new congressional report released Friday says the United States’ long-term fiscal woes are even worse than predicted by President Barack Obama’s grim budget submission last month.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office predicts that Obama’s budget plans would generate deficits over the upcoming decade that would total $9.8 trillion. That’s $1.2 trillion more than predicted by the administration.

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Time for a serious acknowledgment. This generation was “robbed” by the last in the Social Security Ponzi scheme, as well as the continual addition to the debt. So to are we “robbing” future generations by piling on the debt and unfunded liabilities.

So what is the answer?

Well, clearly each year, the demographics change as to the intergenerational population. So there’s MUST be year to year deficit neutral budgets. Since there has to be a true up in the next financial year. So any deficit must be corrected in the following year. Since we can NOT eliminate the debt build up over 70 years in a few years, we need to have a 70 year deficit reduction plan. CLEARLY, we can’t have unfunded liabilities or off-budget expenditures.

So, it’s a giant mess.

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Sunday, March 14, 2010


Bob Shallit: IRS visits Sacramento carwash in pursuit of 4 cents

By Bob Shallit

The Sacramento Bee

Published: Saturday, Mar. 13, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 1B

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It was every businessperson’s nightmare.

Arriving at Harv’s Metro Car Wash in midtown Wednesday afternoon were two dark-suited IRS agents demanding payment of delinquent taxes. “They were deadly serious, very aggressive, very condescending,” says Harv’s owner, Aaron Zeff.

The really odd part of this: The letter that was hand-delivered to Zeff’s on-site manager showed the amount of money owed to the feds was … 4 cents.

Inexplicably, penalties and taxes accruing on the debt – stemming from the 2006 tax year – were listed as $202.31, leaving Harv’s with an obligation of $202.35.

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He was lucky they didn’t use their “customer satisfaction devices” (i.e., one or more of those assault rifles the IRS recently took delivery of)!


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RANT: Obamais looking at your retirement savings

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


The United States of Argentina: Obama’s Pension Grab
by J.C. Arenas

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As of the third quarter of 2009, Americans held a combined $8 trillion in 401(k) plans and IRAs, according to the most recent retirement market report from the Washington D.C.-based Investment Company Institute. Furthermore, his proposal for health-care reform calls for an extension of the 2.9% Medicare tax to unearned income, which means those annuities and other forms of guaranteed income streams you would receive in exchange for relinquishing the freedom you currently possess over your retirement funds, would be subject to taxation. The American people consistently lose when the government desires to be helpful.

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WHERE is OBH44 going to come up with all the money to pay for all these goodies?

Trillion dollar deficits? Where do you find a loose trillion dollars?


Your retirement funds.

That’s the target BECAUSE there is NO WHERE else for the gooferment to get that size money!

Will this be the issue that awakes the sheeple?

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POLITICAL: Time to dump DC!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010



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Here at DumpDC, we are dedicated to following the fast-growing secessionist movement in the united States of America.

Notice how I wrote “united States of America.” This is how Thomas Jefferson referred to the proposed new nation in the Declaration of Independence. He declared the states to be sovereign nations first, anticipating a loose confederation of the several states to follow.

I won’t take the time in this introduction to chronicle the complete history of secession in North America. It’s obvious that the English colonies seceded from England in 1776. The Confederate States of America tried to secede in 1861, and failed. So, secession’s batting average in America is .500.

Still pretty good.

Secession is on the lips of many Americans today. When they look at a Federal Government that is spinning wildly out of control, state secession begins to have an allure as a remedy. American has gone from a nation of sovereign states with a carefully defined Federal Government to a nation where states are but subservient territories of a rapacious, tyrannical ruling entity that entirely ignores any restrictions on its power.

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Grab your pitchfork and torch!

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POLITICAL: One baffling thing about congress critter tax cheat

Monday, March 8, 2010


Levin Repays Property Tax Credit
By Jennifer Yachnin
Roll Call Staff
March 5, 2010, 8:49 p.m.

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Newly anointed House Ways and Means Chairman Sander Levin (D-Mich.) repaid a Maryland property-tax credit Friday that he should not have received, his office confirmed.

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Well, that didn’t take long.

In the tradition of little Timmy “turbo tax is too complicated”, yet another tax cheat is uncovered.

I’m shocked — as in “I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!” [Captain Renault as a croupier hands Renault a pile of money, in Casablanca] — that there is tax trouble in the District of Corruption!

There oughtta be a law. Oh, yeah, there is!


The baffling thing: why? Did he need another 700$?

If you or I do it, we get slammed with fines or jail!

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POLITICAL: Taxachusett’s Tax Revolt still alive

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


Is the 3rd Time the Charm — for Rolling Back Taxes?
By Michael Cloud and Carla Howell

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Our Ballot Initiative to Roll Back the Sales Tax is ahead in the polls.

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The Massachusetts revolt continues.

Hope they can pull this off.

They have more lives that a cat and better patriots than here in the Pepuls Republik of Nu Jerzee!

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POLITICAL: School; gooferment’s disaster

Sunday, February 28, 2010


Education Is Too Important for a Government Monopoly
It’s time to let parents choose
John Stossel | February 18, 2010

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Since 1980, government spending on education, adjusted for inflation, has nearly doubled. But test scores have been flat for decades.

Today we spend a stunning $11,000 a year per student—more than $200,000 per classroom. It’s not working. So when will we permit competition and choice, which works great with everything else? I’ll explore those questions on my Fox Business program tonight night at 8 and 11 p.m. Eastern time (and again Friday at 10 p.m.).

The people who test students internationally told us that two factors predict a country’s educational success: Do the schools have the autonomy to experiment, and do parents have a choice?

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① The gooferment running “education” is in effective (i.e., students don’t learn).

② The gooferment spends way to much to give us uneducated students (i.e., the taxpayers are going broke).

③ “Public education” was designed by the Prussians to make cannon fodder and factory workers who could be led by an “elite”. That is not what we want or need in America.

④ “Public education” unions are corrupt and corrupt politicians.

⑤ The taxpayer doesn’t feed, clothe, or house children; so why do we have to pay to educate them?

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POLITICAL: Classified to protect the interests of whom? Not you and me, for sure!

Sunday, February 28, 2010


Hushing Up “Conspiracy Theories”
by Jeff Riggenbach

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When Cass Sunstein and others seem most worried about is historical narratives that undermine the government.

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“Classified information” is classified to protect the interests of Big Gooferment and the ruling elite; not us serfs. Why isn’t everything automatically declassified after say 50 years?

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RANT: How to answer the census!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

“A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.”
Hannibal Lecter played by Anthony Hopkins
in The Silence of the Lambs 1991

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SO this is how we should answer the Census!

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NEWJERSEY: Tackling the NJ financial mess

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


Kneale: With NJ Governor Christie, a Star Is Born
Published: Thursday, 18 Feb 2010 | 12:35 PM ET
By: Dennis Kneale
CNBC Media & Technology Editor

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And he cited a stunning stat: A 42-year-old state government worker in New Jersey who gets a 20-year pension has paid in all of $124,000—and will take out $3.8 million in payments and health coverage for the rest of his life.

This simply can’t continue, yet few other politicians are talking about the government pension bubble that could bankrupt some cities. A new report from the Pew Center on the States says states have promised to pay $3.35 trillion to current and retired workers—and are running $1 trillion short in funding that obligation.

The worst-off state: President Obama’s home state of Illinois, which has funded only 54% of what it will have to pay out. Unions now represent 40% of all government workers, and they are especially powerful at the local and state levels. Given the Dems’ union ties, ya gotta question whether benefit cuts are a viable option, as I wrote about here.

But I now hold out new hope, thanks to Gov. Christie of New Jersey. He brings a fresh new face and a voluble, emphatic voice to politics. Let us pray we hear a lot more from him.

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Politicians “adding” part time jobs into lucrative pensions at the taxpayers’ expense is also a big problem.

Time to shift to something that resembles private industry.

(1) No defined benefit pensions for anyone.

(2) Eliminate ALL abuses.

(3) 401ks for everyone. “Recognition bonds” for all unfunded liabilities. Use rock solid Insurance Companies to protect both the employees and taxpayers.


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POLITICAL: Reconcilliation may come back to haunt the D’s

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


White House May Unveil Pro-Abortion Health Care Proposal Before Summit
by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 18, 2010

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The idea behind reconciliation is for the House to approve the Senate bill, which contains massive abortion funding and other pro-abortion problems. Then, both the Senate and House would approve a “corrections” bill that would make change…s to the Senate bill (but not revoking the abortion funding) so members of the House are more likely to vote for the Senate bill.

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Just like when the R’s shot themselves in the foot with the “Two Term” amendment to prevent FDR from running again (He died anyway before he could run again!), the D’s — if they use reconciliation — will load the gun and aim it at their own foot. Eventually the R’s will have the “controls” and will use reconcilliation again to “rahm” something through!

Turn about is “fair play”. The worm always turns! And, the taxpayer always gets screwed. Sheeple!

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RANT: Ipods are stimulating?

Friday, February 12, 2010


UPDATE: Polk Schools won’t proceed with iPod incentive

Thursday, February 11, 2010

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POLK COUNTY (Bay News 9) — The Polk County school district has decided to suspend a program that would have given away iPods to some parents.

The school district was going to use the device to reward parents of children with disabilities who filled out a 10-minute online survey.

The money was going to come from a federal government program for developmentally disabled students. About $150,000 would have been spent on the iPods.

The money from the federal government program cannot be used for salaries or bonuses, but must go towards other expenditures.

   * Press release from Polk County School District

Correction: Our original story incorrectly said money for the iPods was from federal stimulus funds. The money the district was going to use is from the federal government and is to be used specifically for programs for developmentally disabled students. It is separate from federal stimulus dollars.

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This is typical of the way the Feds spend our money!

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POLITICAL: Palin, Tea Party, and how to put the pig on a diet

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


Palin Drives Libertarians out of Tea Party
By: Jane Hamsher
Monday February 8, 2010 8:00 am

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There was a lot of pushback because of the price of the Palin tickets, and many of the rank-and-file tea party activists see her as a symbol of the establishment GOP’s attempt to co-opt their nascent movement.

Palin evidently thought she could endorse Rand Paul and they’d all throw flowers at her feet. Instead they’re having a melt down over her speech, trying to figure out how to keep the neocons out of future conventions.

Rather than navigating the gulf between the tea party activists and the GOP, Palin drove a wedge between them.

Well, at least she had the good sense not to mention her Bridge to Nowhere. But you have to wonder why they invited her there in the first place.

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I correctly called Palin as McCain’s VP 3 months before the decision.

I liked Palin when she made “her” speech/

I thought that she was improperly prepared for the Katie’s ambush.

I do know that the neocons are not libertarians.

I KNOW that the Tea Party people are the “new kids” on the block.

BUT, if they succumb to EITHER party then they will just put BHO44 back in the White House. They need to pick and chose who to endorse base of track records. They need to align with some of the folks that have been fighting these battles for years! They need to back those initiatives that will cut the problems down to size (i.e., Read The Bills Act; One Subject At Time; Audit the FED; Free Competition in Currency Act)/

You have to start cutting this “pig” down to size; not putting lipstick on it.

How about a law DECREASING the debt ceiling a 100M$ every year until it’s ZERO?

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POLITICAL: Who’s “manning the walls” in the Obama administration?

Sunday, February 7, 2010


American Rhetoric: Movie Speech
“A Few Good Men” (1992)
written by Aaron Sorkin

Colonel Nathan R. Jessep Addresses the Court on “Code Red”

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You can’t handle the truth! Son, we live in a world that has walls. And those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who’s gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinberg? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know: that Santiago’s death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives…You don’t want the truth. Because deep down, in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on that wall. You need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty…we use these words as the backbone to a life spent defending something. You use ‘em as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom I provide, then questions the manner in which I provide it! I’d rather you just said thank you and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon and stand a post. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you’re entitled to!

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This rings true more today that ever.

Who’s “manning the walls” in the Obama administration?

Sorry, but the Department of Defense and the National Guard should be deployed here at home. Like the Coast Guard should NOT be off gallivanting.

We have bases in reportedly 170 countries. Time for a base closing commission of taxpayers.

Did you know that the Constitution only authorizes a permanent Navy. The Army is only allowed for two years. Guess the Dead Old White guys understood about the dangers of a permanent army. What do you think they’d have thought about the alphabet agencies: FBI, DEA, BATF, CIA, NSA, yada, yada, and yada?


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