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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Arrested For Dancing? Seriously?



I'm telling you, folks. This isn't the way things should be. It's downright creepy. Why on earth would they ban dancing at the Jefferson memorial? Who thinks that's the way it should be? June 4th gotta dance.

RH

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Important Announcement - You Have Been Warned...


Leg Warmers Over Jeans Will Be In Style This Fall
 - All we need now are the head bands and it is official... They have run out of NEW.
Let's Do The Time Warp Tonight!!!!!!
It's just a jump to the left...

Think about it... even the Governor of California has been recycled.

Don't say anything to O. N-J., K?



RH


This was our Governor's hot potato back in round one, I am pretty sure she wrote this song about Jerry. Almost completely positive. I mean, I could be wrong, but it could be true - fits doesn't it? There was some sort of scandal back then involving cocaine, which I will always associate with the poster section of the TG&Y where we would sometimes wind up after school because we wanted to look at the posters of Farrah. Linda had a poster, too - I think she was wearing roller skates in it and satin shorts. So, I will always associate Jerry Brown with TG&Y, satin shorts wearing Linda Ronstadt and cocaine. Although I am pretty sure I didn't know what cocaine was at the time.

Oh, forgot to mention, if you don't know what TG&Y is, it was the store right across the parking lot from Thrifty's. I think a triple scoop ice cream cone cost 35 cents at the time, up from the 5, 10, 15 cents line-up when I was just a kid and not already in Junior High School. Thrifty's was a good place to go eat ice cream and read Mad Magazine after school. But it was an entirely Jerry-Free Zone. He was haunting the TG&Y, as I mentioned.

Progressive - Ain't It? The Future Of California As Envisioned By Jerry Brown - Round 2


I just can't get over baby boomer logic. A guy who has a job once, fails miserably is voted into office by the baby boomer because he has "experience". I believe that was the same logic cited as they proceeded to hand over trillions of dollars to the same scum on Wall street who had caused the problem in the first place. I heard on the joke that calls itself "news" that these people were the only ones who "knew how to run things". No, jack-ass, they do not, they know how to steal.

I vaguely remember the first time around with our idiot Governor. Prop 13 came about not because people were greedy and didn't want to pay taxes, it came about because inflation was causing people to lose their houses as the nominal value of housing increased, but wages and salaries did not, however property taxes sure did. Can you believe they did not give a hoot about whether they took your home away from you or not? Yup. Crime was at an all time high - and Jerry Brown, King of the land of very limited possibilities - not to be confused with limitations of other sorts - if Jerry Brown says it can't be done, it can't be done. The only thing left to do was tighten our belts and flog ourselves for thinking we were capable of solving problems through prosperity.

Back then, we were running out of oil. In twenty years' time my sixth grade teacher told us in 1977, there would be none left. I think we were also in danger from the coming ice age, too. Then somebody forgot to pay off mother nature so they had to tweak the story - uh, did we say ice?  We meant melting ice...

So, without further ado, I give you Detroit. Take it. Nobody else wants it. This is where your public school unions and welfare army will lead you. Your Progressives are nothing but re-branded control-freak Marxists, and Marxists do not create anything, they steal it from others in the name of social justice.

I saw what Eastern Europe looked like shortly after the wall came down, and it wasn't much better than what you see below. It was cleaner, because in a police state they are really good at preventing you from doing things, such as littering. It had the same look and feel, though. There were still houses from the time before the dirty commies took over, and you could see some of their former beauty with a bit of imagination, but they were run-down, dilapidated, depressing - because nobody owned them, nobody took care of them. The best the dirty commies could do was throw up row after row of up-ended concrete shoe boxes, which were even more depressing. (ok, so there was a little more 'ado')

RH

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By Frosty Wooldridge
For 15 years, from the mid 1970's to 1990, I worked in Detroit , Michigan . I watched it descend into the abyss of crime, debauchery, gun play, drugs, school truancy, car-jacking, gangs and human depravity. I watched entire city blocks burned out. I watched graffiti explode on buildings, cars, trucks, buses and school yards.Trash everywhere!
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Detroiters walked through it, tossed more into it, and ignored it. Tens of thousands, and then hundreds of thousands today exist on federal welfare, free housing, and food stamps!
With Aid to Dependent Children, minority women birthed eight to 10, and in one case, one woman birthed 24 children as reported by the Detroit Free Press, all on American taxpayer dollars.
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A new child meant a new car payment, new TV, and whatever mom wanted. I saw Lyndon Baines Johnson's 'Great Society' flourish in Detroit . If you give money for doing nothing, you will get more hands out taking money for doing nothing
Mayor Coleman Young, perhaps the most corrupt mayor in America , outside of Richard Daley in Chicago , rode Detroit down to its knees... He set the benchmark for cronyism, incompetence, and arrogance. As a black man, he said, "I am the MFIC." The IC meant "in charge".
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You can figure out the rest Detroit became a majority black city with 67 percent African-Americans.
As a United Van Lines truck driver for my summer job from teaching math and science, I loaded hundreds of American families into my van for a new life in another city or state.
Detroit plummeted from 1.8 million citizens to 912,000 today. At the same time, legal and illegal immigrants converged on the city, so much so, that Muslims number over 300,000. Mexicans number 400,000 throughout Michigan , but most work in Detroit . As the whites moved out, the Muslims moved in.
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As the crimes became more violent, the whites fled. Finally, unlawful Mexicans moved in at a torrid pace. Detroit suffers so much shoplifting that grocery stores no longer operate in many inner city locations. You could cut the racial tension in the air with a knife! Detroit may be one of our best examples of multiculturalism: pure dislike, and total separation from America .
Today, you hear Muslim calls to worship over the city like a new American Baghdad with hundreds of Islamic mosques in Michigan , paid for by Saudi Arabia oil money. High school flunk out rates reached 76 percent last June, according to NBC's Brian Williams. Classrooms resemble more foreign countries than America . English? Few speak it! The city features a 50 percent illiteracy rate and growing.
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Unemployment hit 28.9 percent in 2009 as the auto industry vacated the city. In Time Magazine's October 4, 2009, "The Tragedy of Detroit: How a great city fell, and how it can rise again," I choked on the writer's description of what happened. "If Detroit had been ravaged by a hurricane, and submerged by a ravenous flood, we'd know a lot more about it," said Daniel Okrent. "If drought and carelessness had spread brush fires across the city, we'd see it on the evening news every night." Earthquake, tornadoes, you name it, if natural disaster had devastated the city that was once the living proof of American prosperity, the rest of the country might take notice.
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But Detroit , once our fourth largest city, now 11th and slipping rapidly, has had no such luck. Its disaster has long been a slow unwinding that seemed to remove it from the rest of the country.
Even the death rattle that in the past year emanated from its signature industry brought more attention to the auto executives than to the people of the city, who had for so long been victimized by their
dreadful decision making."
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As Coleman Young's corruption brought the city to its knees, no amount of federal dollars could save the incredible payoffs, kickbacks and illegality permeating his administration. I witnessed the city's death from the seat of my 18-wheeler tractor trailer because I moved people out of every sector of decaying Detroit .
"By any quantifiable standard, the city is on life support. Detroit 's treasury is $300 million short of the funds needed to provide the barest municipal services," Okrent said. "The school system, which six years ago was compelled by the teachers' union to reject a philanthropist's offer of $200 million to build 15 small, independent charter high schools, is in receivership. The murder rate is soaring, and 7 out of 10 remain unsolved. Three years after Katrina devastated New Orleans , unemployment in that city hit a peak of 11%. In Detroit today, the unemployment rate is 28.9%. That's worth spelling out: twenty-eight point nine percent.
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At the end of Okrent's report, and he will write a dozen more about Detroit, he said, "That's because the story of Detroit is not simply one of a great city's collapse, it's also about the erosion of the industries that helped build the country we know today. The ultimate fate of Detroit will reveal much about the character ofAmerica in the 21st century.
If what was once the most prosperous manufacturing city in the nation has been brought to its knees, what does that say about our recent past? And if it can't find a way to get up, what does that say about America ’s future?"
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As you read in my book review of Chris Steiner's book,"$20 Per Gallon", the auto industry won't come back. Immigration will keep pouring more and more uneducated third world immigrants from the Middle East into Detroit , thus creating a beachhead for Islamic hegemony in America . If 50 percent illiteracy continues, we will see more homegrown terrorists spawned out of the Muslim ghettos of Detroit . Illiteracy plus Islam equals walking human bombs.
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You have already seen it in Madrid , Spain , London , England and Paris , France with train bombings, subway bombings and riots. As their numbers grow, so will their power to enact their barbaric Sharia Law that negates republican forms of government, first amendment rights, and subjugates women to the lowest rungs on the human ladder. We will see more honor killings by upset husbands, fathers and brothers that demand subjugation by their daughters, sisters and wives. Muslims prefer beheadings of women to scare the hell out of any other members of their sect from straying. Multiculturalism: what a perfect method to kill our language, culture, country and way of life.
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"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." -- Benjamin Franklin

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

First Glen Beck, Now John and Ken...

So, Fox decides to kick Glen Beck off the air because, well I don't know why. He was a good source of news and information despite what the left says. Every bit of fact checking I did on my own which on topics brought to light by Glen Beck turned out to be true, which is more than I can say about news sources such as the LA Times.

Now, John and Ken of KFI have suddenly started to talk about absolutely irrelevant nonsense, such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, or the French idiot who may or may not be guilty of whatever it is they are claiming, but I don't care. Not in the least. It is not relevant to my life in the least whether Arnold has 1 or 62 illegitimate children. The topics John and Ken were covering before were very relevant. If you live in California, they are relevant to you, too.

Those who criticize them simply do not want the public to know what is going on, because if you do a little research, you will find that they are telling the truth as well. I am wondering whether somebody with money had a hand in getting them to babble about nonsense instead of keeping tabs on what is going on in our state government as they had been doing. That means, the next thing to go will be the internet. We are screwed.

RH

Tornado During And After Videos.... Humbling

First watch and listen...



Then look what these people managed to survive.



I copied this from a comment on youtube:  To make a donation, visit redcross.org, call 800 733 2767, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.. Please help out those in need ""thumbs up so people can see this"". Thanks! and prayers are out for ya.

  Click here to go to the youtube page - or clicking on one of the videos should get you there, too.

I am sure these people would appreciate some help.

RH

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

We Are Going To Lose California, Arizona, New Mexico and A Few Others - Wake Up.



Let me explain this to you simply. If they claim ownership of a large part of our country, that means they will have no problem taking any property you think you own. Your house, your business. Those politicians you keep voting for, are helping them take our country. Is this what you want? If so, that is one thing, but you had better believe it is happening. Frail, racist white person.

RH

“A 2002 Zogby poll of Mexicans in Mexico found that 58% believe the U.S. Southwest
rightfully belongs to Mexico, having been stolen from Mexico in the 1800s.”
1
– Investor’s Business Daily, April 11, 2006

ACADEMIA SEMILLAS DEL PUEBLO  - Training the Next Generation of Mexican Revolutionaries with American Tax Dollars? A school in Los Angeles, paid for with tax dollars.
“...We don’t want to drink from a White water fountain...the White way, the American way, the neo liberal, capitalist way of life will eventually lead to our own destruction..." 
– Marcos Aguilar, Principal of Academia Semillas del Pueblo in an interview with UCLA’s, "Teaching to Change L.A." 

Monday, May 23, 2011

Yo, Bill, You Could Clear Up A Few Things On The Internet For Free...

There are a lot of crazy rumors on the Internet, dontcha think? FEMA Camps, Birth Certificates and their questionable existence and purpose, global warming and those who seek to profit from it (Al Gore), whether it is anthropogenic or not... conspiracies galore.

Here is why I do not write this stuff off as crazy conspiracy theory:

  1. Hurricane Katrina and that makeshift camp - people were disarmed and ushered in in droves, and basically left to fend for themselves. Imagine being locked in a place packed full of hungry, desperate people, not all of whom could be considered "nice", with absolutely no way to defend yourself and nobody to call upon for help.
  2. FEMA CAMPS - Text of H.R. 645 [111th]: National Emergency Centers Establishment Act - this bill did not go anywhere, and, as it turns out, FEMA is the wrong acronym, it appears HLS Camps or Homeland Security Camps will be more appropriate:
    1. SEC. 2. ESTABLISHMENT OF NATIONAL EMERGENCY CENTERS.
      (a) In General- In accordance with the requirements of this Act, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall establish not fewer than 6 national emergency centers on military installations.
      (b) Purpose of National Emergency Centers- The purpose of a national emergency center shall be to use existing infrastructure--
      (1) to provide temporary housing, medical, and humanitarian assistance to individuals and families dislocated due to an emergency or major disaster;
      (2) to provide centralized locations for the purposes of training and ensuring the coordination of Federal, State, and local first responders;
      (3) to provide centralized locations to improve the coordination of preparedness, response, and recovery efforts of government, private, and not-for-profit entities and faith-based organizations; and
      (4) to meet other appropriate needs, as determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security.
    I just took the liberty of copying that on over from GovTrac.us. I know, I know - these camps are for our own protection, in the event of a national emergency. It is just that I am worried that the national emergency turns out to be more of an emergency for the government, and the perceived threat is actually an uprising of the governed. You know, like is currently happening in the Middle East. I bet Gaddafi thinks there is a bit of a national emergency occurring in Libya at the moment. I wonder what he would use such camps for?
  3. John Holdren - This is a man who has written textbooks on population control which illustrate a way of thinking that is dangerous and scary. He was your advisor, and now he is in the present administration. His buddies, the Ehrlichs, in a fun little article called: Population Control and Genocide, From New Democratic Coalition Newsletter, July, 1970. Copyright by Paul R. and Anne H. Ehrlich. wrote the following: 
  • "In terms of degradation of the environment, the birth of each American child is 50 times the disaster for the world as the birth of a child in India. In terms of the consumption of non-renewable resources, an American baby is some 300 times as dangerous to our future well-being as an Indonesian baby."
Here I thought I had two children, when I really have two disasters and dangers to our well-being, in the mindset of the powers that be and those that advise them. I figure government policies stemming from students of this doctrine may not be in my best interest, and especially not in the best interests of my sweet little disasters and dangers. Can you see my point? Can you see why I do not want somebody like you in charge of, advocating for, or running off at the mouth about any agency, body, committee or sewing circle involved in anything that could remotely be considered internet censorship? I no longer trust you and your ilk. Not by a long shot, buddy. I voted for you twice, and I voted for Obama, too. But then I really started to do a bit of my own fact-checking, and I do not like what I am finding.

I will take my chances with the wayward comets, every 25,000 years visiting space alien lizard people conspiracy theorists over your version of the truth. Get your fat hands off of my internet. Capice?

If you would like to clear up something, then tell me what you think of Al Gore setting up a corporation in the UK to profit from his financial interest in the proposed Chicago Cap-and-trade exchange which he is using his power and political influence to bring about? ...with the help of Goldman Sachs....?

That's what I want to know.

RH

Friday, May 20, 2011

This Is Why There Are No Jobs in America - By Porter Stansberry


I'd like to make you a business offer.

Seriously. This is a real offer. In fact, you really can't turn me down, as you'll come to understand in a moment…

Here's the deal. You're going to start a business or expand the one you've got now. It doesn't really matter what you do or what you're going to do. I'll partner with you no matter what business you're in – as long as it's legal.

But I can't give you any capital – you have to come up with that on your own. I won't give you any labor – that's definitely up to you. What I will do, however, is demand you follow all sorts of rules about what products and services you can offer, how much (and how often) you pay your employees, and where and when you're allowed to operate your business. That's my role in the affair – to tell you what to do.

Now in return for my rules, I'm going to take roughly half of whatever you make in the business each year. Half seems fair, doesn't it? I think so. Of course, that's half of your profits.

You're also going to have to pay me about 12% of whatever you decide to pay your employees because you've got to cover my expenses for promulgating all the rules about who you can employ, when, where, and how. Come on, you're my partner. It's only "fair."

Now… after you've put your hard-earned savings at risk to start this business, and after you've worked hard at it for a few decades (paying me my 50% or a bit more along the way each year), you might decide you'd like to cash out – to finally live the good life.

Whether or not this is "fair" – some people never can afford to retire – is a different argument. As your partner, I'm happy for you to sell whenever you'd like… because our agreement says if you sell, you have to pay me an additional 20% of whatever the capitalized value of the business is at that time.

I know… I know… you put up all the original capital. You took all the risks. You put in all the labor. That's all true. But I've done my part, too. I've collected 50% of the profits each year. And I've always come up with more rules for you to follow each year. Therefore, I deserve another, final 20% slice of the business.

Oh… and one more thing…

Even after you've sold the business and paid all my fees… I'd recommend buying lots of life insurance. You see, even after you've been retired for years, when you die, you'll have to pay me 50% of whatever your estate is worth.

After all, I've got lots of partners and not all of them are as successful as you and your family. We don't think it's "fair" for your kids to have such a big advantage. But if you buy enough life insurance, you can finance this expense for your children.

All in all, if you're a very successful entrepreneur… if you're one of the rare, lucky, and hard-working people who can create a new company, employ lots of people, and satisfy the public… you'll end up paying me more than 75% of your income over your life. Thanks so much.

I'm sure you'll think my offer is reasonable and happily partner with me… But it doesn't really matter how you feel about it because if you ever try to stiff me – or cheat me on any of my fees or rules – I'll break down your door in the middle of the night, threaten you and your family with heavy, automatic weapons, and throw you in jail.

That's how civil society is supposed to work, right? This is Amerika, isn't it?

That's the offer Amerika gives its entrepreneurs. And the idiots in Washington wonder why there are no new jobs…
***

"How business sees the world"

RH

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Getting Our Rights Back - Listen and Learn



I don't know whether this is true or not. But we owe it to ourselves to find out. If you are feeling a little bit less than free these days, do yourself a favor and put some effort into learning how to stop the power-hungry from taking control over every aspect of your life.

I realize that some of the stuff I post may turn out to be baloney, but I am not going to let that deter me. I have no intention of becoming a "believer" of funky conspiracy theories, nor descend into paranoid paralysis. That does not mean, however, that I will not take a look at some of the more outlandish assertions floating around on the Internet. That is what you have to do when you realize that what you thought was at least a close approximation to the truth, turns out to be utter BS and that those in charge are either deluded themselves or filthy, stinking liars.

If you doubt me, go find back issues of whatever newspaper you read from the weeks and months leading up to the financial crisis and look for the articles written reporting on the impending crisis. You won't find them.

Do not believe that the crisis was "unforeseeable" or "took everyone by surprise" because there are plenty of well documented examples of people who knew what was coming, wrote about it extensively and knowledgeably and somehow managed to warn people who would listen to them. Do you really think that the main-stream media were unaware of these warnings? These are people who are in the business of knowing what is going on. Some of them must have known, yet they chose not to report on it.

If you are honest with yourself, and had had any dealing with the real estate market, you probably were aware on some level that something was amiss. A layman wouldn't be privy to the Wall Street shenanigans, but even without Wall Street, we would have had mass foreclosures and bank failures. They compounded the problem, but did not create it.

These days I repeat this phrase to myself quite often:

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.


Get this through your head. Nobody is going to protect your rights and well-being for you. They will tell you they will, but like most people on the planet, they worry about themselves first. You may benefit for awhile, while it benefits them, but once your welfare is no longer in their best interest, guess who is going to lose. YOU ARE.


For the record, do not believe that those in power give a damn about your various and sundry "rights"  -  whether they are "gay rights", "rights for minorities", "rights for Muslims" or "rights for burnt toast". I have seen enough myself in Los Angeles with regard to how blacks are being treated by the so-called bleeding-heart liberals to know that this is nothing but pretense. Total BS, Fake, Phony and Baloney, too. 


Whatever your political persuasion may be, unless you think a system ruled by a fascist dictator is best, you need to get yourself educated. Because if you have been relying on nothing but the MSM, you know NOTHING.

RH

32,000 Dead In Mexico Not Enough For American News Media

Political correctness kills. Our news media and our politicians are murderers. If you think I am being overly dramatic, consider the situation the Mexican population has to suffer. Since the drug war began, roughly 32,000 people have been slaughtered in Mexico.

There is nothing inherently violent about your average Mexican that is causing this blood bath, the blame can be placed on the corrupt political system in Mexico that has been tolerated for decades which allowed the drug lords to take control of the country. Special treatment for those in power and those with money is responsible for those 32,000 lives.

So when the American news media attempts to sway public opinion in favor of a corrupt politician because he is Hispanic, they are inviting the kind of death and destruction that plagues our neighbors to the south to visit the US as well.

I am referring to Fabio Nunez and his murderous son Esteban. The senior Nunez has now taken to the airwaves to portray himself as the suffering father instead of the enabler of a murderer that he really is. The US media is eating it up as usual and we are all supposed to think poor father Nunez, whose son stabbed a boy in the back for no reason and then stabbed him again when he turned around to see who had "pushed him", poor, poor Nunez family, they suffer so with their son in jail.

Never mind that it was just dumb luck that the Esteban missed vital organs and that the doctors were able to stop the internal bleeding to save the kid's life and that Esteban's buddy did manage to kill his victim. Senior Nunez has the gall to continue to assert his darling son would have been better off facing trial than accepting a plea. Given the facts of the case, this can only mean that Nunez could have used his power and influence to rig the outcome.

The unwillingness of our news media to expose corruption when the corrupted happens to be Hispanic is nothing short of deadly. If the drug lords of Mexico think they can get away with here what they get away with in Mexico and Guatemala they will behave here like they do there in a New York minute. You really want to wake up to the morning paper with headlines reading "27 killed in massacre in San Diego; farm workers beheaded in lawless border region"

RH

PS - If you think it can't happen here, consider the National Parks in Southern Arizona which our government has effectively ceded to the drug criminals. Instead of defending our country, our government opted to post signs telling Americans to stay out because it is dangerous. Maybe they decide to tell people to stay out of San Diego, too...you never know with this bunch.

Examples Of Things That CAN Happen Here:

  1. Four women, teenage girl found stripped with throats slashed in Acapulco beauty parlor April 25, 2011
  2. 59 bodies found buried in series of pits in northern Mexico state of Tamaulipas, April 7, 2011
  3. Santa Cruz man in critical condition after beating at Dodger Stadium, April 1, 2011 - I have often heard people on the radio or in blog comments wondering why Brian Stow was dumb enough to wear a Giants jersey to a Dodgers' game. - Read the politically correct article published in his home town - absolutely no mention of gang members being the perpetrators - if Brian Stow had known gangs in LA would see that as an insult, think he would have worn the jersey? The Santa Cruz Sentinel would never publish an article about how Hispanic gangs have taken over Dodger stadium. Think our media is doing its job to report on what is happening? Think people in Santa Cruz know now? Not if they rely on the Sentinel.
  4. Mayor, police chief and official in U.S. border town busted for running guns to Mexico drug cartels, March 14, 2011 - OOOPS MY BAD - THIS IS HERE...
  5. 12 taxi drivers, passengers killed in Acapulco ahead of tennis tournament; 53 massacred in Juarez February 21, 2011
  6. Headless bodies flood Acapulco sidewalk, Mexican resort destination wakes up to gruesome scene January 9th, 2011
  7. Canadian businessman who disappeared in Mexico is found dead in trunk of torched rental car, November 10, 2010

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Guy Taking Pictures In Bathroom More Newsworthy Than The End Of America

I guess I am an idiot for thinking anybody would be interested in the very real, documented plan to end the United States Of America as we know it, without even so much as a vote on it. Even KFI has resorted back to reporting on the absolutely irrelevant. I really don't give a damn whether Arnold Schwarzenegger had one or 62 bastard children.

It appeals to the lowest and least worthy side of human nature to dwell on such things, and when your news source is writing or reporting about such trivial, meaningless crap, you had better ask yourselves what they are trying to keep your attention away from.

I bet people will be more upset that I used the word "bastard" in this post than that the country that so many gave their lives for is going the way of the dodo.

You get the government you deserve.

RH

THE WIKILEAKS DOC

UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 03 OTTAWA 000268

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE

STATE FOR WHA/CAN - BREESE AND HOLST

WHITE HOUSE/NSC - SHIRZAD

STATE PASS USTR FOR CHANDLER

USDOC FOR 4320/OFFICE OF NAFTA/GWORD/TFOX;
3134/OIO/WESTERN HEMISPHERE

TREASURY FOR IMI

GENEVA FOR USTR

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETRD EINV CA
SUBJECT: PLACING A NEW NORTH AMERICAN INITIATIVE
IN ITS ECONOMIC POLICY CONTEXT

REF: (A) 04 Ottawa 3431 (Regulatory agenda)

(B) 04 Ottawa 066 (Canadian trade policy)


SUMMARY/INTRODUCTION
--------------------

¶1. THIS MESSAGE IS SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIED. NOT FOR
DISTRIBUTION OUTSIDE USG CHANNELS.

¶2. (SBU) An incremental and pragmatic package of tasks
for a new North American Initiative (NAI) will likely gain
the most support among Canadian policymakers. Our research
leads us to conclude that such a package should tackle both
"security" and "prosperity" goals. This fits the
recommendations of Canadian economists who have assessed the
options for continental integration. While in principle
many of them support more ambitious integration goals, like
a customs union/single market and/or single currency, most
believe the incremental approach is most appropriate at this
time, and all agree that it helps pave the way to these
goals if and when North Americans choose to pursue them.

¶3. (SBU) The economic payoff of the prospective North
American initiative - in terms of higher incomes and greater
competitiveness - is available, but its size and timing are
unpredictable, so it should not be oversold. Still, a
respectable economic case has been made for such an
initiative, and this message spells it out. We believe
that, given growing Canadian concern about "border risk" and
its effects on investment, a focus on the "security" side
could also produce the most substantial economic/trade
benefits.

END SUMMARY/INTRODUCTION


CANADIAN ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVE
-----------------------------

¶4. (SBU) Canadian economists in business, academia and
government have given extensive thought to the possible
options for further North American integration. Nearly all
of this work assumes that each of the three countries is
pursuing standard economic policy goals - growth,
productivity and competitiveness (rather than more specific
concerns raised by Mexican analysts such as migration
management, regional development, or environmental
protection). Since 9/11, Canadian economists working in
this area have generally endorsed a comprehensive initiative
with the United States on security, trade, and immigration.
Following is our summary of the professional consensus:

PROCESS: At this time, an "incremental" approach to
integration is probably better than a "big deal"
approach. However, governments should focus on
choosing their objectives, and not on choosing a
process.

BORDER VS. PERIMETER: Even with zero tariffs, our land
borders have strong commercial effects. Some of these
effects are positive (such as law enforcement and data
gathering), so our governments may always want to keep
some kind of land border in place. Canada and the
United States already share a security perimeter to
some degree; it is just a question of how strong we
want to make it.

BORDER RISK: The risk that business will be obstructed
at the border by discretionary U.S. actions, such as
measures to defend against terrorism or infectious
disease, in addition to growing congestion, have become
major risks to the economy, inhibiting investment in
Canada. For small businesses, the complexities of
navigating the border are apparently even more
intimidating than the actual costs. Reducing this risk
is Canada's top motive for pursuing further
integration.

LABOR MARKETS: Many Canadian economists point to labor
markets - both within and among countries - as the
factor market where more liberalization would deliver
the greatest economic benefits for all three countries.
They advocate freeing up professional licensing laws,
and developing a quick, simple, low-cost work permit
system, at least for U.S. and Canadian citizens.

REGULATION: Canadian economists agree that Canadian
regulations (if not their standards, then their
complexity) are needlessly restricting foreign
investment and impeding food, communications and other
industries. (Inter-provincial differences are
important here, since Canada's federal government does
not have the benefit of a U.S.-style "interstate
commerce" clause). While much of the problem is
domestic in nature, an international initiative could
help to catalyze change.

CUSTOMS UNION: A common external tariff, or a customs
union which eliminated NAFTA's rules of origin (ROO),
is economically desirable. NAFTA's ROO are so
restrictive that importers often prefer to pay the
tariff rather than try to prove North American origin.
However, economists differ on the size of the benefits
available and on whether these would justify the effort
of negotiation. One study estimated that a full
customs union which eliminated ROO would only raise
national income by about one percent.

CURRENCY UNION: Canadian economists are split on
whether a return to a fixed exchange rate, or adopting
the U.S. dollar, would benefit Canada in current
circumstances. (Canada last tied its dollar to the
U.S. dollar from 1962 to 1970). The central bank
governor has taken the position that "monetary union is
an issue that should be considered once we have made
more progress towards establishing a single market."


NORTH AMERICAN INTEGRATION: WHAT WE KNOW
-----------------------------------------

¶5. (SBU) Past integration (not just NAFTA but also many
bilateral and unilateral steps) has increased trade,
economic growth, and productivity. Studies suggest
that border efficiency and transportation improvements
(such as the lower cost and increased use of air
freight) have been a huge part of this picture.
Indeed, they may have been more important to our
growing prosperity over the past decade than NAFTA's
tariff reductions. Freight and passenger aviation are
critically important to our continent's
competitiveness, and businesses are very sensitive to
the timing, security, and reliability of deliveries -
hence the "border risk" which so concerns Canadian
policymakers.

¶6. (SBU) A stronger continental "security perimeter"
can strengthen economic performance, mainly by
improving efficiency at land borders and airports. It
could also facilitate future steps toward trilateral
economic integration, such as a common external tariff
or a customs union, if and when our three countries
chose to pursue them. Paradoxically, the security and
law enforcement aspects of the envisioned initiative
could hold as much - or more - potential for broad
economic benefits than the economic dimension.
WHERE'S THE UPSIDE?
-------------------
¶7. (SBU) Some international economic initiatives (such
as FTAs) produce across-the-board measures that
generate broad benefits for a country's industries and
consumers on a known time-line. This was true of NAFTA
but it is less likely to be true of the economic
aspects of the NAI. Non-tariff barriers such as
standards and regulations generally must be tackled one-
by-one. This is a piecemeal process and the ratio of
payoff to effort is likely to be lower than with across-
the-board measures. Governments naturally focus on
resolving the problems which their firms or citizens
bring to their attention. While this approach has
merits, it tends to deliver the payoffs toward
particular interests. If there are hidden costs, there
might be little impact on national performance. As we
move toward a list of barriers to tackle, it will
remain important to balance those interests. For
example, some Canadian economists have suggested that
NAFTA fell short of expectations with respect to
increasing consumer choice in Canada; that may be a
theme we should stress as efforts to promote further
integration take shape.

¶8. (SBU) In contrast, cooperative measures on the
"security" side, a critical focus of current bilateral
efforts, can deliver substantial, early, and
widespread economic benefits. Security and law
enforcement within North America have evolved rapidly
since 9/11, leading to many less-than-perfect processes
for handling legitimate international traffic.
Collaboration to improve these processes could yield
efficiency improvements which would automatically be
spread widely across the economy, leading to general
gains in trade, productivity, and incomes.


A NOTE OF CAUTION
-----------------

¶9. (SBU) There is little basis on which to estimate the
size of the "upside" gains from an integration
initiative concentrating on non-tariff barriers of the
kind contained in NAI. For this reason, we cannot make
claims about how large the benefits might be on a
national or continental scale. When advocating NAI, it
would be better to highlight specific gains to
individual firms, industries or travelers, and
especially consumers.

CELLUCCI

Secret WikiLeaks Document Confirms North American Union Plan

Please report, broadcast, distribute, deliver to lawmakers, post, forward, and relay far and wide!

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Secret WikiLeaks Document Confirms North American Union Plan

May 18, 2011

For Continental Release

CONTACT: Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC)
(866) 703-0864 Press@alipac.us

A secret document recently released by WikiLeaks reveals a high level US ambassador promoting a merger of the United States, Canada, and Mexico into one combined consumer and labor market, with a common currency and a mutual electronic security perimeter with less focus on physical borders.

The secret documents reveal a well developed plan that advocates secrecy, an incremental approach as not to alarm the public. The document clearly states, that the plan is to prevent US efforts to protect citizens from terrorism or disease from interfering with commerce and other financial interests. The documents also advocate that promotion of this plan focus on "individual firms, industries or travelers, and
especially consumers" instead of the nations as a whole.


This high level leak appears to validate earlier concerns by many groups of plans to create a new government, which would supersede the sovereignty of America, Canada, and Mexico in a way similar to the European Union. Critics of these merger plans call the plan the North American Union. Supporters of the plan call it the North American Community or North American Integration (NAI).

"It is conspiracy, but it is no theory," said William Gheen of ALIPAC. "These traitors are trying to conceal their plans, but they are out in the open now. They are trying to force an economic union on America that is not ratified by the US Congress, not authorized by the US Constitution, and not approved of by the American public. This plan is being facilitated by the nonenforcement of our existing immigration and border laws."

Americans were shocked to learn in 2005 and 2006 that millions of illegal aliens had been imported into America and were now marching in the streets demanding legalization, citizenship, voting rights, and taxpayer resources. Federal lawmakers loyal to the North American Integration plans have claimed "our immigration systems are broken" when in fact the immigration systems have been compromised by those advocating a merger of the populations of America, Mexico, and Canada.

Other examples of this economic union plan which has been pursued by Presidents Bush and Obama, can be found in the writings of Dr. Robert Pastor of American University, in releases by the Council on Foreign Relations such as "Building a North American Community," and in announcements made by heads of state in all three countries supporting the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP).

"North American integration requires American disintegration. Americans would never voluntarily enter into this devilish arrangement that would disintegrate the United States beneath a larger super state; and a new government which would destroy the existing US Constitution and borders," said William Gheen. "This is why these elite banking, business, and political influences are flooding America with rampant illegal immigration and hyper legal immigration. They are conquering the freedom-loving innocent citizens of America by bringing in outsiders who will replace us incrementally in our jobs and homes."

While news of this recent WikiLeaks disclosure is circulating on the Internet, Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC) is releasing the news and documents to the nation today via national press release.

American citizens are encouraged to take appropriate steps to organize in defense of the nation, and prepare to politically challenge and defeat those pursuing this unlawful, unconstitutional, and nation-destroying agenda.

William Gheen is releasing a more detailed article today titled "WikiLeaks Releases Secret Files: North American Integration" which will be distributed nationally along with this press release.

Article
American Disintegration for North American Integration Plan
http://www.alipac.us/article-6305-thread-1-0.html

Copies of the WikiLeaks documents can be seen at this link...

Leaked Secret WikiLeaks Documents about Integration

Martial Law Is No Fun - Agenda 21 And Self Appointed Deciders Of Our Future



Videos such as the one I am posting here are all over the Internet. Some of the theories are a bit too wacky for my taste - I am nowhere near believing in prophecies, psychic predictions, time machines or aliens from a distant planet or hidden underground or lizard people, despite Queen Elizabeth's resemblance to a reptile in certain photos.

But I am concerned about the threat of martial law, and I believe the arrogance required for certain individuals to think they have the right to decide the world's fate is present in more than sufficient quantities. I don't worry about lizard people, I worry about human people. I worry because we have people like John P. Holdren serving as chief science geek to the president, and because I heard a rumor about certain philosophies that he held that seemed more like something stemming from the Third Reich. So I went to an online bookstore and bought a few of the books Holdren had written or edited. Together with Mr and Mrs. Ehrlich (who together could quite likely be an odd reincarnation of Josef Mengele), these big thinkers talked about how to reduce the world population to a sustainable level and which methods would be effective in achieving this lofty goal. Mass sterilization, putting infertility drugs in the water or food - neato stuff like that.

There may or may not be too many people on the planet, but it seems to me that populations stabilize as they grow wealthier, so I don't worry about it too much. I do worry about people who think they are some sort of Nietzsche √úbermensch and are justified in doing whatever they think is needed to "save the planet".

The planet doesn't need saving, and if it did, certainly not by the bureaucrats at the UN, or academics who consider themselves smarter than everybody else, or politicians who have never earned a dime that didn't stem from somebody else's labor.

When a New York Times commentator laments that our government doesn't have dictatorial powers like those of the Chinese government to implement "enlightened green policies" and that commentator still has a job the next day and is taken seriously, it means that those in power are dangerously full of themselves.

I don't care whether you are a democrat or a republican - if you have enough arrogance to see yourself as one of the few who always knows best, and use terms such as "enlightened" to describe yourself and those who think like you do, you eventually wind up at the same place - authoritarian control and oppression of the people (those that survive).

These types of people are usually completely incompetent to boot, because their "vast" amounts of knowledge have been acquired by reading about other people who do things. Humility comes from attempting to do - build a house, a bridge, start a business, grow food  - all those things that can seem so simple when you read about them, but despite having read volumes of books on growing potatoes, for example, the first attempts to actually grow them produce no potatoes.

We are giving the government too much power and control - and we are so busy fighting over ideology that we have forgotten that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely - regardless of party affiliation. That never ends well.

RH


"Casket Liners - 500,000 Of Them"



Some More... Anybody know if this is normally how cemeteries expand?

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Undermining The Country One Classroom At A Time

Tony Hill, a substitute teacher, unknowingly ignited a rhetoric bomb when he wrote a letter to Arizona State Sen. Russell Pearce, the legislator behind Arizona's infamous SB 1070 border security enforcement bill. This letter was read on the AZ state Senate's floor to support legislation requiring parents to prove their children are citizens of the United States before the children may enter school. After substituting at Harold W. Smith Elementary School, on March 15, 2011, Tony Hill wrote:

"During the Pledge of Allegiance I notice the vast majority of students refusing to stand and say the pledge. I asked the students why they refused to say the Pledge of Allegiance and they responded by saying, "we are Mexicans and Americans stole our land."

The teacher's instructions were for the students to read a few pages and answer the questions regarding Mark Twain in their history textbook and to finish their final drafts to Senator Steve Gallardo thanking him for his position on Illegal Immigration rights. Their teacher apparently had showed them a video with Senator Steve Gallardo and Lou Dobbs.

Most of the students came unprepared for class not possessing paper and pencil. I provided the students with paper and pencils only to have them wad-up the paper and throw it at each other along with their pencils.

The students' final drafts that I read were basically the same. Most of them stated they were in the country illegally, white Americans are racist, and that they came here for a better life. I asked the class if America adopted Mexico immigration laws would Americans still be consider racist?

That question they could not answer and called me a racist for asking it. I mentioned that my wife and children are Hispanic so how could I be racist? I asked the students to stop speaking Spanish in class because it was impolite to speak a language in front of people who may not speak that language. Their response was that Americans better learn Spanish and their customs because they are taking their land back from us.

When it came to completing the Mark Twain assignment only 10 students completed it out of all my classes. Most of the students refused to open the book, tore the pages out of the book, or threw the textbooks at each other. I thought, are these the students we are trying to educate with taxpayers' money? I have found that substitute teaching in these areas most of the Hispanic students do not want to be educated but rather [want to] be gang members and gangsters.

They hate America and are determined to reclaim this area for Mexico. If we are able to remove the illegals out of our schools, the class sizes would be reduced and the students who wanted to learn would have a better chance to do so and become productive citizens."

***

So if this continues, it will ultimately result in violence or even civil war. Again, is this intentional or a result of unprecedented stupidity on the part of butterfly liberals and criminal business? Or is it just corruption. Hard to say. Now that they are opening the border to Mexican trucks, it should be over pretty quickly here.

We will be getting something like this soon, here too. Our very own massacre.

RH

Saturday, May 14, 2011

FINANCIAL AUDIT Bureau of the Public Debt’s Fiscal Years 2010 and 2009 Schedules of Federal Debt



November 8, 2010
The Honorable Timothy F. Geithner
The Secretary of the Treasury

Dear Mr. Secretary:

The accompanying auditor’s report presents the results of our audits of the Schedules of Federal Debt Managed by the Bureau of the Public Debt for the fiscal years ended September 30, 2010 and 2009. The Schedules of Federal Debt present the beginning balances, increases and decreases, and ending balances for (1) Federal Debt Held by the Public and Intragovernmental Debt Holdings, (2) the related Accrued Interest Payables, and (3) the related Net Unamortized Premiums and Discounts managed by the Department of the Treasury’s (Treasury) Bureau of the Public Debt (BPD).
 
The auditor’s report contains our (1) unqualified opinions on the Schedules of Federal Debt for the fiscal years ended September 30, 2010 and 2009, (2) opinion that BPD maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting relevant to the Schedule of Federal Debt as of September 30, 2010, and (3) conclusion that our tests of BPD’s compliance with the statutory debt limit for fiscal year 2010 disclosed no instances of reportable noncompliance.

As of September 30, 2010 and 2009, federal debt managed by BPD totaled about $13,551 billion and $11,898 billion, respectively, primarily for borrowings to fund the federal government’s operations. As shown on the Schedules of Federal Debt, these balances consisted of approximately (1) $9,023 billion as of September 30, 2010, and $7,552 billion as of September 30, 2009, of debt held by the public and (2) $4,528 billion as of September 30, 2010, and $4,346 billion as of September 30, 2009, of  intragovernmental debt holdings.

Debt held by the public primarily represents the amount the federal government has borrowed to finance cumulative cash deficits. To finance a cash deficit, the federal government borrows from the public. When a cash surplus occurs, the annual excess funds can then be used to reduce debt held by the public. In other words, annual cash deficits or surpluses generally approximate the annual net change in the amount of federal
government borrowing from the public.

Intragovernmental debt holdings represent balances of Treasury securities held by federal government accounts, primarily federal trust funds, that typically have an obligation to invest their excess annual receipts (including interest earnings) over disbursements in federal securities. Most federal trust funds invest in special U.S. Treasury securities that are guaranteed for principal and interest by the full faith and credit of the U.S. government. The federal government uses the federal trust funds’ invested cash surpluses to assist in funding other federal government operations. The Treasury securities held by the federal government accounts are not shown as balances on the federal government’s consolidated financial statements because, under current U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, they represent loans from one part of the federal government to another. When the federal government’s financial statements are consolidated, those offsetting balances are eliminated. These securities are nonmarketable; however, they represent a priority call on future federal budgetary resources.

While both are important, debt held by the public and intragovernmental debt holdings are very different. Debt held by the public approximates the federal government’s competition with other sectors in the credit markets. Federal borrowing absorbs resources available for private investment and may put upward pressure on interest rates. In addition, interest on debt held by the public is paid in cash and represents a burden on current taxpayers. It reflects the amount the federal government pays to its outside creditors. In contrast, intragovernmental debt holdings typically do not require cash payments from the current budget or represent a burden on the current economy. In addition, from the perspective of the budget as a whole, interest payments to federal government accounts by Treasury are entirely offset by the income received by such accounts. This intragovernmental debt and related interest represent a claim on future resources and hence a burden on future taxpayers and the future economy. Specifically, when trust funds redeem Treasury securities to obtain cash to fund expenditures, Treasury usually borrows from the public to finance these redemptions. Such borrowings result in competition for funds with the private sector and thus an effect on the economy.

We have audited the Schedule of Federal Debt since fiscal year 1997. Over this period, total federal debt has increased by 151 percent. During the last four fiscal years, managing the federal debt has been a challenge, as evidenced by the growth of total federal debt by $5,058 billion, or 60 percent, from $8,493 billion as of September 30, 2006, to $13,551 billion as of September 30, 2010. The increase to the federal debt became particularly acute with the onset of the recession in December 2007. Reduced federal revenues and federal government actions in response to both the financial market crisis and the economic downturn added significantly to the federal government’s borrowing needs. And, due to the persistent effects of the
recession, which ended in June 2009, federal financing needs remain high. As a result, the increases to total federal debt over the past three fiscal years represent the largest dollar increases over a three year period in history. The largest annual dollar increase occurred in fiscal year 2009 when total
federal debt increased by $1,887 billion. During fiscal year 2010, total federal debt increased by $1,653 billion. Of the fiscal year 2010 increase, about $1,471 billion was from the increase in debt held by the public and about $182 billion was from the increase in intragovernmental debt holdings. Treasury primarily utilized its existing suite of securities and increased or decreased auction sizes by security type as needed to finance the operations of the federal government and to lengthen the average maturity of securities within its portfolio. During fiscal years 2008, 2009, and 2010, legislation was enacted to raise the statutory debt limit on five different occasions. During this period, the statutory debt limit went from $9,815 billion to its current
level of $14,294 billion, an increase of about 46 percent. Recovery from the economic downturn is expected to be slow during the next few years and as a result, deficits are expected to remain high. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates the annual federal deficit will be just over $1 trillion for fiscal year 2011, down from $1.3 trillion for fiscal year 2010. Correspondingly, debt held by the public is expected to grow
from an estimated 62.5 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) at the end of fiscal year 2010 to over 66 percent of GDP at the end of fiscal year 2011. The real challenge is not this year’s deficit or even next year’s; it is how best to address the nation’s unsustainable long-term fiscal path over the coming decades.

While considerable attention has been understandably given to the nearterm fiscal position, the federal government faces even larger fiscal challenges that will persist long after the return to economic growth. The budget and economic implications of the baby boom generation’s retirement have already become a factor in near-term budget projections and will only intensify as the baby boomers age.

Since fiscal year 2008, the Medicare Hospital Insurance program has paid more in benefits than it receives in cash from payroll taxes. For the first time in over 25 years, the Social Security program, which has historically run large cash surpluses that helped reduce the need to borrow to finance other federal government activities, paid more in benefits than it received in tax income in fiscal year 2010 thereby contributing to borrowing needs. GAO and CBO’s long-range fiscal policy simulations continue to show that, absent significant changes in policy, the federal government’s fiscal condition over the coming decades is on an unsustainable path. The sooner action is taken to address this long-term fiscal challenge, the less disruptive and destabilizing the changes will be. As a result, the nation’s leaders face the challenge of dealing with current economic and financial issues in the context of the need to address the long-term fiscal challenges.

A continuing trend that we have noted is the increase in reported foreign ownership of Treasury securities. Treasury securities held by foreign and international investors have increased significantly since 2001. According to amounts reported in the September 2010 Treasury Bulletin, Treasury estimates that the amount of Treasury securities held by foreign and international investors has increased by $3,022 billion—from $983 billion as of June 30, 2001, to $4,005 billion as of June 30, 2010. As of June 30, 2010, this represents an estimated 46 percent of debt held by the public as compared to about 30 percent as of June 30, 2001.

We are sending copies of this report to interested congressional committees, the Commissioner of the Bureau of the Public Debt, the Inspector General of the Department of the Treasury, the Acting Director
of the Office of Management and Budget, and other agency officials. In addition, this report is available at no charge on the GAO Web site at http://www.gao.gov.

If you have any questions concerning this report, please contact me at (202) 512-3406 or engelg@gao.gov. Contact points for our Offices of Congressional Relations and Public Affairs may be found on the last page of this report. GAO staff who made key contributions to this report are listed in appendix III.

Sincerely yours,
Gary T. Engel
Director
Financial Management
  and Assurance

Friday, May 13, 2011

California Giving Cities, Counties, and School Boards The Ability To Raise Your Taxes.

It is time to pack up and leave this state. It is finished. Not only do they want to take state income tax, they want to let the county add an additional 1% and school boards add an additional 1%. They can increase sales tax as much as they want - and any of this only requires a simple majority to pass. If you live in a tax taker county, your property value will drop like a rock the second this monstrosity passes. Why? Who will voluntarily subject themselves to legalized theft?

  • Your California income taxes could be as high as 12%.
  • If you are in the highest Federal tax bracket, your tax rate is 35% which would mean you pay 47% in income taxes alone.
  • Add roughly 3% for property taxes (my rule of thumb) and you are at 50%.
  • Whatever obscene amounts they take for Social Security and Medicare - 5% maybe? That makes it 55 - 60% of your income.
The government wants more than half of everything you make, right off the bat. That doesn't include sales tax of 8 - 10%, and the myriad of fees, fines and assessments. 

What do we get for it? The streets are a mess, the schools are a joke and every dealing with a government employee I can think of is more than unpleasant. Forget leaving the state, I want to leave the country. Let the baby boomer's kids pay for the mess the Baby Boomers have created.

RH

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Now Running This Country...



Explains a lot, doesn't it?


RH

"The Soviet Union Wasn't Real Communisim"

Some people are driven by greed and envy, that's just the way it is. They resent people who go out into the world and bust their butts and make a nice living for themselves. They begrudge those who have a lot of wealth, yet never, ever would they dream of putting in the blood, sweat and tears required to build a business or a lucrative career. They just hang out watching others work, and then when something has been produced and wealth acquired, that is their cue to start demanding their "fair share". The only fair share they deserve is a swift kick in the pants.

Communism is a system designed to let the incompetent rule. It is survival of the fittest turned on its head and is against the very laws of nature. It brings out the very worst in human beings and it makes everybody miserable, except for the incompetents at the top who for a time get to enjoy the lifestyles they claimed to despise.

I simply cannot believe that there are people out there who are trying to promote this garbage. It doesn't work, it never worked and it never will work. Even in East Germany it took 10 years to get a "car". You would put in your little request, and then 10 years later they would manage to deliver something that resembled an automobile. Mostly because of the thick, black smoke coming out of the exhaust pipe.



The people you see in the pictures are not going to take care of you, they can't even take care of themselves properly. Instead of marching around demanding that we deliver up a comfy life, they could be a) learning to spell b) working and putting away some savings or c) starting a new business or enterprise and make themselves useful. This is that monstrosity the SEIU. Organized bandits is what they are, because they seem to spend most of their time marching down public roads and generally making a nuisance of themselves or devising ways to steal your money.

Keep voting for big government and you are going to wind up enslaved by the by the bottom fourth of society.

RH

Arresting Parents, Huh...

I am not so sure how I feel about dragging parents off in handcuffs because their kids skip school. I realize the parents are all Latino and because we are therefore prone to assume their kids are gang members, or that the parents "don't consider education all that important" as I have read on more than one occasion, that makes these drastic measures somehow OK.

Yes, I know that an education is important, and it is a parent's duty to make sure their children get to school, it's just that I also wonder whether the motivation for arresting these parents stems from genuine concern about the children's welfare or the money the schools don't get when kids are marked absent. If this works out well for the school, my guess is that we will start to see more of it.

It is not that they didn't go at all; one of the examples cited claimed one girl had "30 tardies and 10 unexcused absences" which sounds like a lot, but is it enough to justify hauling the parents off to jail? My attendance record during my freshman year of high school would have landed my parents in jail according to those standards. I am chronically late, so it is easy for me to rack up the tardies, and I was kind of a flake that year and would skip periods I didn't like or go to the beach on a nice day. My grades suffered during my freshman year, but then I got smart and pulled my grades up to near a 4.0, but I still skipped my chemistry class more often than not.

My son sometimes calls me from school and asks if he can come home because for whatever reason they are watching movies that day or pulling some other kind of nonsense. I tell him "sure", because I don't see why he should waste his time watching Avatar for the 5th time.

If these actions by the school were occurring in isolation, and the state was otherwise behaving itself, perhaps I would not feel so uneasy about it. It just so happens, however, that I recently had my own phone disconnected because the city of Ventura was calling me every 25 minutes about a trumped up fix-it ticket I was given. The cop did a 360 degree spin of my car and included every little bump and scratch he could find and put it down as "in need of repair". These ran us close to $1,000 - on a 5 year old car. I missed the court date, so the calls began: every 25 minutes starting at 8:00 in the morning until 8:00 at night. When I picked up the phone, there was nobody there but a recorded message.

I know I have to take care of it, and I will pay my fines, but I resent being harassed because they are after my money. With the politicians in Sacramento writing record numbers of new laws to control our lives and behaviors and tell us what is good for us and what isn't, the time when you get to decide how to run your life will soon be over, and you will be spending all of your energy on avoiding the authorities or getting hauled into jail. Forget pulling your kids out of school for a family vacation unless you wish to spend it in the slammer.

That's how it is in a police state.

RH