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One Down!!!!

 

The case of the Boston marathon bombers is certainly a bizarre one indeed.  Now we discover they are two Chechnyan muslim kids who came here at ages 9 and 16 and lived here for ten years. They were both on college scholarships and the older one was a professional golden gloves boxer with Olympian potential and studying engineering. The younger lived In Camebridge and was attending college at the University of Mass at Bunker Hill campus. Their father has moved back to Russia. They went from that background to suddenly becoming terror bombers, killing three and wounding over a hundred, acting non-chalant over the ensuing days and tweeting online by Wednesday to holding up a 7-11 store with a bomb strapped to their chests, hijacking a Mercedes-Benz, forcing the driver to drive them to banks where they withdrew about $800 in cash, then getting in a fire fight with police killing a MIT policeman, hurling explosives at cops before the one was gunned down and killed.

As Obama and his dem co-horts express sadness and anger at the loss of their gun control legislation, this latest incident should tell them that no amount of legislation will prevent a person from committing evil. They will always find a way to commit mass casulties. Does this latest incident mean we now have to register pressure cookers and have background checks on all those owning and buying pressure cookers?

The law enforcers believe there are more people associated with these two and I would tend to agree. These guys didn’t just wake up one day and decide to do this? Who influenced them and why? Why Checheyans? Who got to them and used them as pawns as it seems they weren’t too bright in planning their getaway.

According to the government this isn’t classified as a terrorist attack even though Obama called it one as I found out in the article below on the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act signed into law after 9/11.:

The Boston Marathon bombing has been called a terrorist attack – even by the US president himself. But despite the classification, the bombing may not qualify as a “terrorist attack” in the eyes of the Treasury and those providing insurance coverage.

The Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, which was signed into law after the 9/11 terrorist attacks resulted in $40 billion of damages, allows businesses to enroll in a federal reinsurance program that covers the cost of terrorism-inflicted damages.

President Obama on Tuesday defined instances where “bombs are used to target innocent civilians” as acts of terror – which includes the Boston Marathon bombing.

“Any event with multiple explosive devices – as this appears to be – is clearly an act of terror,” a White House official told reports after the bombing.

But in order for damaged businesses to benefit from the federal reinsurance program, an attack must be certified as an “act of terrorism” by Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew, as well as the US Attorney General and the Secretary of State, the Wall Street Journal reports.

And in order for these department heads to certify a violent act as “terrorism”, there needs to be a minimum of $5 million in inflicted damages – regardless of the motives behind the attack. About 60 percent of commercial policyholders have purchased insurance against terrorist attacks – an investment that likely won’t help businesses damaged in the Boston Marathon attack, considering the small amount of damage in comparison to other attacks, like 9/11.
I also found this interesting comment from a commenter to an article about this.

joiseydude

There is no way these two terrorists just woke up one morning and decided it would be a good idea to kill a bunch of people, incl kids. Everyone knows there is a growing a very dangerous element in our country from the former Soviet block countries, coming into the US to set up criminal enterprises, or in this case to bomb people. This is a larger problem that just these two, so let’s see if the law enforcement community will address this?

Their Uncle says they deserve to die and they give honest muslims a bad name. He called them losers and is urging the surviving one to give himself up. That would be good as we’d like to know who else is behind this and why they did it.. Their father in Russia is saying the police set them up and plans on suing the police for killing his son. Excuse me sir, but they killed a cop first and threw explosives at police and fired guns at them so the police acted in proper defense. The Chechnyan President is blaming the U.S. culture for them saying they were fine when they were in Russia. He is in no place to cast aspersions with all the fighting and bloodshed in his part of the country.

Black hat man dead...
Brothers from Russia region near Chechnya....
Bragged of Bombing...
Dead suspect was 'very religious' Muslim boxer...
'I Don't Have A Single American Friend'...
Uncle: Men Lived In Cambridge Together For Decade; 'Absolutely Deserved' To Die...
Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, on loose...
PROFILE? 'WORLD VIEW: ISLAM'...
Appears Sympathetic to Al Qaeda...
TIMELINE: Bombs strapped to chest, men robbed 7-Eleven...
Suspects threw explosives at cops before shootout...
VIDEO...
Black Hat may have blown himself up...
POLICE SCANNER: Trigger found on body; At-large bomber 'may be wearing suicide vest'...
Residents Told to Lock Doors... No Fly Zone in Place...
Mass transit shut in Boston...
‘I don’t understand them,’ bombing suspect said of Americans | Fox News

Boston Marathon bombing may not qualify as terrorist attack for the feds — RT

Are Feds Using Common Sense?

Ronald Reagan famously said the scariest words in the English language are, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” As the government focuses on childhood obesity, better diets and exercise are they losing sight of the big picture? Are they using common sense?

A high school in Utah recently was fined $15,000 by the federal government. It seems vending machines that hold carbonated beverages or “junk food” are not to be sold during the school lunch period. While the school had locked up all vending machines in the cafeteria there were some found unlocked and available for purchase in another area of the campus.

The high fine paid by the school affects its budget causing a cut of the Arts program. Studies have shown that Arts programs increase literacy skills.

Is the government using common sense? Students who bring soft drinks or candy to school were not restricted from eating it during their lunch.  Of note by the school principal, is that while candies like Skittle’s were banned from lunchtime sales Snicker’s were allowed. Why? Because the Snicker’s candy bar contains nutritious peanuts. Where is the common sense in this argument?

This week friends in Pennsylvania noted that their children were mandated to exercise two laps each day after lunch. These laps were incorporated into the recess period which previously had been ‘free time’ for the children. No one argues the benefit of exercise but children who ate slow and didn’t complete their laps were sent to the principal’s office. Another friend stated that her children’s school similarly was incorporating an exercise program into their day. However, the children were not allowed to run on the school campus and so were required to walk their laps.  Exercise is linked to better school performance. Still, one has to wonder how much common sense is being used? Why not move the daily exercise to first thing in the morning so the student learning is improved for the whole day?

No one argues that nutritious meals and exercise will benefit students. But one might question that an agency which still counts pizza as a vegetable might better leave some of these decisions to the parents.

 

 

 

Government Causes Housing Crash Then Sues Everyone Else

housing crisisThe U.S. government on Friday sued 17 banking firms for their roles in the housing crash. The financial institutions are being accused of selling $196 billion dollars of now-toxic mortgage backed securities to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

The Federal Housing Agency (FHA) filed suits against Bank of America, Citigroup, JP Morgan chase and 14 others. FHA is the government agency that oversees Fannie and Freddie which raises questions. Is this just a maneuver for Fannie and Freddie to recover some portion of the massive losses that they were responsible for taking on?

Fannie and Freddie have notoriously backed loans with questionable characteristics. So-called NJNA (no job no assets) loans and loans where the borrower was likely borrowing more than they could afford. This created the easy credit climate where banks, under pressure from regulators and community groups like ACORN, were pressed to make sub-prime loans. Now, the government is coming after them.

The law suits will likely have a chilling effect on the economy. Banks as a whole will now be even more timid about being involved with FHA loans that are backed by Fannie and Freddie in fear of reprisals in coming years should the housing crisis worsen.

The banks have spent the last three years rebuilding their balance sheets. Now, the legal fallout from the mortgage crisis is creating a new wave of liabilities for them and uncertainty for the financial system. News that the economy added no jobs in August and that the lawsuits were pending slammed the stock market Friday and sent bank stocks tumbling. – The Wall Street Journal

Making it more difficult for home buyers to get loans will continue to weaken housing demand and depress prices. Current home owners will continue to see their equity, and therefor personal wealth, dwindle.

Bank were pressured by progressive groups and Democrat lawmakers to make loans to lower-income buyers that in many cases could not afford the homes they were buying. In order to defray the risk, financial institutions then packaged up those mortgages into mortgage-backed securities (MBS) which Fannie and Freddie then bought – as did many other institutions.

The suits are specific to the mortgage-backed securities sold to Fannie and Freddie stating that the banks misrepresented that the securities met the FHA’s underwriting rules and overstated the ability of the borrowers to repay the loans.

While the President needs the banking industry to loosen lending rules to create any semblance of a recovery, having his administration go after the largest institutions able to do so will likely create yet another government impediment to growth in the economy.

On one hand the administration is asking these banks to make credit more available to home buyers and home owners while simultaneously suing them for having done just that in the past. That kind of uncertainty and mixed-messaging is precisely what is hindering an economic turn-around.

If the government wants to place blame, a closer inspection of FHA, Fannie and Freddie, and progressive housing policies should be their focus.
The institutions so far named in the law suits are: Ally Financial, GMAC LLC (or what was GMAC), Bank of America, Barclays, Citigroup, Countrywide, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, First Horizon , General Electric, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, JPMorgan Chase, Merrill Lynch, First Franklin Financial, Morgan Stanley, Nomura Holdings, The Royal Bank of Scotland(RBS), and Societe Generale

The New Enemy Part I: Collectivism

What the men who wrote our constitution had in mind was a government based on Individual Rights, one that was a government not based in power, but in responsibility to its constituents. This collection of extremely intelligent and well read men put together the finest governing document that had ever been written and it remains a blueprint for other countries to base their constitutions on. I believe that Divine Providence intervened and brought the most intelligent men on the American Continent together to produce this exquisite document.
At the time of the Founding of the United States of America, Engels and Marx had not written any critiques of their philosophy of collectivism. This is not to say that there were not societies that practiced collectivism before the Communist Manifesto was published. One look at some of the city states of Greece answers that question. One of the attributes of Great Britain that our Founders fought against was a hereditary succession wherein the inheritor was not guaranteed to be as smart or as wise as his predecessor. This type of government, monarchy, invested all the power of the state into the king or queen, with or without a parliament that suggested laws to be passed. The American Revolution was also based on the iniquity of taxation without representation. Now, we find ourselves fighting a different kind of evil, the malevolence of statism, collectivism or Marxism.
Where did the organized philosophy of Collectivism start? Many will say it started with Engels and Marx treatise. However, the foundation of this socio-economic philosophy came from many men before them, but the most influential writings for Marx and Engels were those of Ludwig Feuerbach. He served to be a bridge from Hegel to Marx and Engels. Feuerbach thought of himself, along with others, to be the herald of a new culture. His later writings were concerned with developing a materialistic humanism and an ethics of human solidarity.
Marx and Engels were materialists who were trying to bring about social change by way of a political and economic ideology. All of Marx’s early writings are based in Feuerbach’s theory of human nature. Later writings of Marx indicate a break with Feuerbach, but his initial influence is what Marx used to continue down his philosophical road. It is the collectivism of Marx and Engels that the left wing of the Democratic Party, and several “liberals” in the GOP, has foisted upon the people of this country.
Collectivism has come to mean many different things. We are all part of the collective of human beings that live on Earth, the 3rd planet from the sun in the Solar System named Sol, in the galaxy of the Milky Way, in the Universe. Focusing on earth, we have many collectives all over her surface. There are Europeans, North Americans, South Americans, Chinese, and so on. Further down into our small cosmos there are Germans, Chinese, Americans, Brazilians, Peruvians, Canadians and on down to each of our communities. And communities can be broken down into neighborhoods, which can be categorized by race, ethnicity, economic fortunes, the young, the old. In other words, each person on earth belongs to not one collective, but numerous ones.
Some collectives are not immoral, but a result of a person’s birth circumstances. The collectives that people choose to join are not all malevolent. Some are, such as the NEA teacher’s union. Some people are forced into collectives or put into the pigeonholes of identity by virtue of human attributes, such as skin color. Marxism requires humans to be seen as part of a group of people so as to more easily manipulate them into doing what the power mongers desire.
The aim of the engineers of the collective in the United States at this time is to make every single citizen dependent on the government for everything, much like the set up that was tried in the old Soviet Union. Forget that that model didn’t work. The Utopians will tell you that the Soviets didn’t run it correctly, and they will this time, and they will achieve nirvana.
In order to control people, there are certain requirements that the “masses” must adhere to; the inability to question what they are told, the “herd” mentality which must be instilled into the people at a very young age, the fundamental changing of the language, engaging in rhetoric rather than logical arguments to certain philosophical ideas and altruism must be part of the process as well.
“Individualism is at once an ethical-psychological concept and an ethical-political one. As an ethical-psychological concept, individualism holds that a human being should think and judge independently, respecting nothing more than the sovereignty of his or her mind; thus, it is intimately connected with the concept of autonomy. As an ethical-political concept, individualism upholds the supremacy of individual rights…” — Nathaniel Branden
“The foundation of individualism lies in one’s moral right to pursue one’s own happiness. This pursuit requires a large amount of independence, initiative, and self-responsibility.
“But true individualism entails cooperating with others through trade, which facilitates the pursuit of each party’s happiness, and which is carried out not just on the level of goods but on the level of knowledge and friendship. Trade is essential for life; it provides one with many of the goods and values one needs. Creating an environment where trade flourishes is of great importance and great interest for the individualist.
“Politically, true individualism means recognizing that one has a right to his own life and happiness. But it also means uniting with other citizens to preserve and defend the institutions that protect that right.” — Shawn E. Klein
“Collectivism is defined as the theory and practice that makes some sort of group rather than the individual the fundamental unit of political, social, and economic concern. In theory, collectivists insist that the claims of groups, associations, or the state must normally supersede the claims of individuals.” — Stephen Grabill and Gregory M. A. Gronbacher
“Collectivism means the subjugation of the individual to a group — whether to a race, class or state does not matter. Collectivism holds that man must be chained to collective action and collective thought for the sake of what is called ‘the common good’.” — Ayn Rand
As you can see from the quotes, collectivism and individualism are very different. Collectives are groups of individuals working for the good of the group and are usually at the expense of the individual. The collective is seen as an identity having the power to think, have ideas, have a purpose and is able to act to bring about this purpose. This is what we as freedom loving citizens must fight on a daily basis in our personal lives and in our political system. The statists have taken over our congress and the White House. Never before in the history of the United States has our culture been under such fierce attack.
We are told in order to be “good people” we must sacrifice our hard earned money to satisfy the altruistic ideals of the left wing. We are told that all cultures are equal when they are not. The Democratic Party has turned into the Socialist Democratic Party. They have turned Blacks against whites, creating a voter base of approximately 99% of the Blacks that vote. They have turned Hispanics against Blacks and Whites, creating another voter base that primarily votes for their candidates. They have turned the poor against the rich, making them think that they are entitled to the fruits of the rich person’s labor. Corporations have been demonized as taking your hard earned money and giving their CEOs outrageous salaries and bonuses which they could not possibly work for. And they have turned a great number of people against the Republican Party by using demagoguery.
Our fight must be on all levels of the political system of our country. We must take over the city halls, the town counsels, the states’ congresses and Governorships. We must throw out those that have become comfortable in the jobs that they feel entitled to. We no longer have any statesmen; however, there may be a few in the House of Representatives and the Senate at this point that may become Statesmen. The Democratic Party has had more time than the Republicans in control of the Federal Government and they have filled the judgeships of the Federal courts with far left wing ideologues and activists. This is most important to change as the courts are now making law instead of reviewing bills from the Congress as to their Constitutionality.
We start by changing the language back to what it means. A is A. Gay is not homosexual. How do you explain to your children at Christmas time that the song that has the line, “Now we don our gay apparel” doesn’t mean we dress up like the deviants in the streets of San Francisco? We don’t allow ourselves to be called “racist” when in fact the left is the racist party and hell-bent to keep blacks on the welfare plantation, and to put as many illegals and Hispanics on welfare as they can get to become dependent.
We continue by calling the left what they are, not liberals, but statist, socialists, collectivists, Marxists. We do not back down from our principles. We continue to go to Tea Parties and to invite our neighbors, who may be old line Democrats like Zell Miller, or Ed Koch, to go to those Tea Parties with us.
We must not hire anyone who is against our ideals. They will only use your hard earned money that you pay them for their hard work to further the ideology of the hard line left. Do not do business with those that are ideologically on the side of the killers of our culture. Do not buy GE light bulbs or any other product they sell. We must not listen to the mainstream media, they lie.
Do not borrow money from any bank or other financial institution that accommodates Sharia Law. The Muslims and left have joined hands to take over the United States of America, and when that is accomplished, the Muslims who are committed to following the hate of the Koran will start by beheading those that supported their infiltration into this country. Look at what is happening in Europe to see what the future of the United States will be if we do not stop the cultural takeover of our country.
We must legally and constitutionally rescind every law that any Congress and any occupant of the White House have foisted on the citizens of this great and unique country. Get rid of the Alphabet Soup Agencies that make law by memo. Start with the EPA as it is the main offender to our inherent right to property, and is the most dangerous entity to our businesses as well as our homes. The abomination of Obama Care must be thrown out with all the trash and burned in the incinerator! We may have to do this incrementally, as it was foisted upon us, but don’t allow anyone to tell you we can’t get rid of the laws or agencies because they are firmly ensconced in the government. If you have a diseased organ, you cut it out.
Do not join unions or allow them into your business. Try to break unions out of all Public Service areas. Read conservative political commentary, books, magazine and websites. One of the most important books to know what is happening in our country is The Road to Serfdom, by F. A. Hayek.
And last, and most important, do not entrust your children to the Indoctrination System of the Public School Educational System. Home school them, send them to private schools and make the sacrifice to accomplish this goal. Teach your children conservative values. Do not allow them to read Heather Has Two Mommies or any other book that promotes the deterioration of the American Culture. When they are ready to go to College, try to send them to Hillsdale.
We have our work cut out for us. I know this outline is a lot to do and it may seem overpowering. But it is not. Unite with your conservative friends to develop strategies useful to your goals. Attend city counsel meetings as a group. Be vocal in your newspapers. Start a neighborhood walk wherein you print out 10 or more copies of the articles that you find on the net telling the truth about the antics of the Congress Critters; put them in the hands of your neighbors and tell them how it will affect them on a personal level. (Don’t put the paper in the mail box. That is illegal.)
If we cannot overcome the insidiousness of the left at this point in time, I am certain that we will not pass to our children and grand children the America we know and love.
Keep the Gadsden Flag in mind, and use it as your mantra: DON’T TREAD ON ME!

Rick Perry – Is He the ‘Right’ Candidate?

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Texas governor Rick Perry is said to announce his entry into the 2012 Presidential race on Saturday. But, is he the ‘right’ person for the job? Perry is the longest standing governor in Texas. He entered office as governor in December 2000 and still in the office today.

Until 1989 Perry was a Democrat. The Hill.com said this morning that “the battle for the Republican Party’s 2012 presidential nomination will be altered dramatically Saturday when Gov. Rick Perry (Texas) announces he is entering the race”. I don’t see it as changing “dramatically” but it will make it harder on some to pick one to vote for.

Tom Jensen of the Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling told The Hill in their article that Perry is a more credible alternative [to Romney] than someone like Bachmann,” he continued saying, “There are going to be conservatives who would think, ‘I don’t really like Romney but I just can’t see Bachmann as president’. If it’s Perry, they are going to say: ‘I don’t really like Romney and I can see Perry as president.”

While I do like Rick Perry and his conservative style, I disagree with his support of the Trans-Texas Corridor, a $145+ billion-dollar project that would build multi-lane highways, rail lines and data lines from Oklahoma to Mexico, and from east to west in southern Texas.

The U.S. Department of Transportation under the Obama administration continues to harbor the dream of Mexico-to-Canada NAFTA superhighways. The Federal Highway Administration website proclaims that the “Corridor: Interstate 69 (I-69) – Texas to Michigan” to be fully operational under the following project description: “The 2,680-mile international and interstate trade corridor extends from Mexico to Canada.”

NAFTA needs to be abolished and immediately,why?  Because, the fact is that NAFTA encouraged a number of US manufacturers to move their operations to Mexico, and Perry supports putting in an “express lane” for it.  NAFTA was implemented in the interest of providing American Corporations with cheap labor, with total disregard for the living standards of the Canadian worker, the American worker, or the Mexican worker. No where in North America have any workers benefited for this trade agreement. The simple fact is that the citizens of North America were blatantly lied to by their leaders that NAFTA would benefit them–however it has done nothing but lower ther standard of living for all North American Workers across the board with all the jobs lost.

If that was not enough to deter me from supporting Rick Perry he is said to belong to a secret group of elitists by the name of Bilderberg. Some believe the group is made up of an elite group of people whose strategic goal is a new world order. The NWO is something I do not want to see, that is not the conservative way of thinking. Gina M. Aveni, a writer here on Conservative Daily News, has posted three separate articles about the Bilderberg group article 1, article 2, article 3 I would suggest Perry supporters should look at them.

I really hate to say Perry is not a true conservative but I believe he is a (CINO) conservative in name only.

 

 

 

When Federalism Fumbles the Ball

What are we to do when our government refuses to perform its constitutional obligation?

Some would argue, and argue effectively, that the revolutionary concept that spawned America’s independence was not freedom but federalism. It is through federalism that the United States has truly achieved long lasting freedom. It is federalism that has kept absolute power, and subsequently absolute tyranny, away from any one particular person or body. The system of checks and balances and separation of powers has forced Congress, the presidency and the courts to a level of accountability not seen in human history.

But what many people do not realize about federalism is that it creates a working relationship between the national government and those of the states. In concept, it is a two way street. It is not, as some would assume a top down process, where the federal government reigns supreme. On the contrary, federalism was designed to create responsibilities and barriers between the two governments.

Perhaps a history lesson will put this into perspective. As most people know, the Constitution that we currently live under is not the first for the United States. The Articles of Confederation served as the union’s first constitution until 1788, when it was replaced by the current document. A Confederacy is a loose association of independent states, the governments of which wield more power than that of the national government. A modern example of a Confederacy would be the European Union. The EU does not claim sovereignty over its member nations. French law is still (or should be) the supreme law of the land in France. The same goes for the United Kingdom and the other members of the EU.

However in the summer of 1787, it was obvious that the Articles of Confederation were simply too weak to keep the fledgling nation together and free. If one races through a history book, one might get the impression that the Constitution was an easy sell – it was not. From its signing on September 17, 1787, the newly created Constitution underwent scrutiny from 13 states fresh off of a protracted and bloody war against their mother country, mainly to loose its self from the oppression of a tyrant. To ratify a new governing document that would take many of their freedoms away from the state level and consolidate them in a new, stronger federal government was not the objective of many who had fought for the cause of freedom.

The proponents of the Constitution, mainly through the Federalist Papers, eventually convinced all 13 states that their new government would not be one that ruled from the top down, but rather would be a symbiotic partner with all states in the union, creating many universal freedoms, but also leaving the lion share of the decision-making to the states.

This is what federalism is. Through the expressed, denied and implied powers of the Constitution of the United States, obligations of law are separated, shared and commissioned to the respective levels of government for the proper governing of its people.

But what happens when one of those governments – state or federal – is not living up to those obligations? We are quite used to (unfortunately so) the federal government superseding state’s obligations when it feels that said state has not lived up to its task. This is a disturbing trend in and of itself but now we are faced with the opposite. What are states to do when it is obvious that the federal government will not, for one reason or another, fulfill its constitutional obligations?

States like Arizona, Georgia and Alabama have recently answered that question, particularly when it comes to the subject of immigration. In the Constitution is the federal government’s responsibility to create laws of uniformity in regards to immigration. However, it is obvious that our federal government, like so many other issues, has decided to kick the can down the road in regards to the issue of illegal immigration from our southern border. For well over 30 years, this has been an issue for these border states and now it has become one of security for the people of those states.

The current violence on the border of Texas and Arizona has once again brought the problem of a porous border to the forefront. When those states become so overwhelmed with the criminal and financial burden placed upon them due to the negligence of the federal government, what constitutional recourse do they have? States, like the ones mentioned above, have been forced to take matters into their own hands, passing laws that simply require the enforcement of federal statutes that are already on the books.

There is a concept in our country known as the doctrine of nullification. Basically, this says that the states do not have to go along with federal policy or law that they believe is a violation of their constitutional rights. Currently, there are 26 states, that are using the doctrine of notification to declare President Obama’s healthcare plan unconstitutional, citing that healthcare should be a state’s rights issue, as per the 10th amendment. But how does a state nullify negligence? Such is the burden of a country that is slowly allowed its federal government to usurp power from the states and centralize it in Washington DC over the past 100 years.

They say that all politics are local, yet the slow, decades long march towards socialism has created a society that looks to the Potomac for all of the answers to its problems. As Ronald Reagan said, “government isn’t the solution, it’s the problem”.

The solution, of course, is and will be up for debate for a long time. But one thing is for sure – we got ourselves into this mess over a long period of time and it will not remedy itself overnight. The constant vigilant watch and occasional call to arms is the responsibility of every well educated individual who sees and understands what our founding fathers and framers intended for our great country. Rugged individualism, localized control and the understanding that the old adage is indeed old but true – absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Texas Governor Rick Perry Listens

In an article the beginning of this month, Texans vs TSA, I wrote of how Texas Congressmen caved to the bullying of the federal government, and a bill that had more than 90% of all Texas State Representatives’ support, failed to pass.

Known as the “TSA Anti-Groping Bill”,  Texas HB 1937 would make TSA pat-downs a felony.

To have 90% support for any piece of legislation is almost unheard of. It was expected to pass with flying colors. Then the Justice Department poked their nose in our business and wrote what has been called a “scathing memo” regarding the bill, and threatened legal action against the state of Texas. So as is the norm for politicians, the Texas Sate Representatives tucked tail and ran. And in an instant, the bill, with an overwhelming 90% support, failed in the Texas House.

Texans, being who we are, did not take this lightly. Numerous Facebook groups popped up, a Come and Take It rally, which I highlighted in my previous article, took place on the capital steps, and no telling how many hundreds of thousands of phone calls, emails and tweets were sent to Governor Perry “encouraging” him to add the bill to the agenda  in the Special Session.

Governor Perry is very vocal regarding his belief in States’ Rights. We, the citizens of Texas, challenged him to stand behind his words and not be the “typical politician” spewing hot air. It seems as though he has heard the voice of We The People of the Republic of Texas.  In an article from the Texas Tribune, updated yesterday evening, Governor Perry has indeed added the bill to the agenda for the Special Session.

I hope that the Texas State Representatives realize how serious we, the citizens of Texas, are. We are SICK AND TIRED of the federal government overstepping their boundaries! I truly hope they listen, and vote the way the citizens of Texas want them to vote on the TSA bill. They did not seem to take us seriously before, but they better hear us loud and clear this time:

DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS!

If you pay attention to politics at all, I am sure there are many rumors surrounding the possibility of Rick Perry running for President in 2012. Governor Perry has shown that he will listen to the voice of We The People. I would have to agree with my colleague- we very well may have found what we are searching for. Have we found Reagan 2.0 in Texas Governor Rick Perry?

Food and Energy Inflation Is Not Transitory

FORT LEE, N.J., April 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Wednesday held his first press conference in history. The press conference took place shortly after the Fed announced its decision to leave the Fed Funds Rate at a record low of 0% to 0.25%, where it has been for an unprecedented 28 months. The U.S. economy is flooded with U.S. dollars and is close to overdosing on excess liquidity. The fact that our financial markets are not falling on the possibility of the Fed not unleashing QE3 immediately at the end of QE2 shows that we could be on the verge of hyperinflation with or without QE3.

The Federal Reserve currently has a mandate of both maintaining price stability and facilitating job creation. However, central banks don’t have the ability to create real employment. If any jobs happen to be created as a result of a central bank’s policies, they are only temporary jobs created due to the errors and distortions of phony asset bubbles. All phony asset bubbles that are fueled by monetary inflation eventually burst, sending unemployment through the roof.

Almost every major central bank besides the Federal Reserve understands the truth about job creation, and has a mandate that focuses solely on keeping price inflation low. The Bank of Japan, Swiss National Bank, Bank of Canada, and Bank of New Zealand, all have mandates that are entirely about low inflation and don’t even mention the creation of jobs or the rate of employment. Bernanke said on Wednesday that, “while it is very, very important for us to try to help the economy create jobs and to support the recovery, I think every central banker understands that keeping inflation low and stable is absolutely essential to a successful economy.”

Bernanke has decided to go down a route that no central banker has ever gone before. Bernanke has literally invented countless ways to create inflation that nobody else has ever thought of. If keeping inflation low was ever Bernanke’s slightest concern, the Fed Funds Rate would currently be north of 5% and the U.S. economy would be in a steep recession. Bernanke has never once thought about keeping inflation low. He has literally implemented every measure he could possibly think of to create as much inflation as possible, while outright lying to the American public and saying that he isn’t printing money and that inflation is under control.

Bernanke would like the public to believe that his policies of expanding the money supply through cheap and easy money will cause the U.S. economy to recover and unemployment to decline back to pre-crisis levels, and that right before price inflation spirals out of control, he can raise interest rates and prevent massive price inflation without disrupting the recovery. Unfortunately, this is impossible because the recovery isn’t real and massive price inflation is already here. Bernanke’s policies may have created 1 million artificial jobs since December of 2009, after 8.75 million jobs were lost in the previous two years, but he did this at the expense of 310 million Americans already seeing double-digit percentage increases in food and energy prices.

Since after the Real Estate bubble burst in late-2008, the primary economic concern of Americans has been finding a stable job in order to make mortgage payments and put food on the table. Under the pressure of Congress, the Fed printed enough money to prevent a much needed recession that would be healthy for the long-term U.S. economy. In its attempt to reinflate the Real Estate bubble, the Fed has been destroying the free market and creating new economic distortions, which caused an artificial bounce in the rate of employment. Unfortunately, when you add together the money the Fed has either printed or committed for bailouts and stimulus programs, over $4 million has been spent for each job created. The Fed would have been better off just crediting the bank accounts of unemployed Americans with the average U.S. income.

When asked about rising gas prices, NIA is very happy that Chairman Bernanke acknowledged that gas prices “have risen quite significantly” and are “creating a great deal of financial hardship for a lot of people”. Bernanke admitted that gas is a “necessity” as “people need to drive to work” for the artificial jobs Bernanke created at a cost of $4 million per job. However, Bernanke seemed to be confused when he said “higher gas prices add to inflation”. The truth is, Bernanke’s zero percent interest rates and quantitative easing are the inflation, and inflation leads to higher gas prices.

Bernanke is directly responsible for gas prices rising back to $3.87 per gallon, yet refuses to admit it. Bernanke placed the blame on the growing global and emerging market economies, and their strong demand for oil. He said that America’s demand for oil is going down, which NIA believes is actually due to the U.S. dollar losing its purchasing power and Americans seeing their standard of living decline. Bernanke said there is nothing that he can do about rising oil and gas prices “without derailing growth entirely”. The truth is, Bernanke already derailed growth entirely when he derailed the free market. It is impossible to see real economic growth when a government and central bank is interfering in every aspect of the economy and impeding the free market in every possible way. All nominal GDP growth in the U.S., along with growth in retail sales, is solely due to inflation. Even when the government adjusts GDP and retail sales growth to the rate of inflation, it is based off of the consumer price index, which NIA believes is currently understating price inflation by approximately 4%.

Although Bernanke denies he has the ability to reduce gas prices, he claims he can prevent “gas prices from passing into other prices and wages throughout the economy and creating a broader inflation which will be much more difficult to extinguish.” Bernanke obviously doesn’t want Americans to see higher wages because he believes it could lead to broader inflation, but NIA believes rising wages would be a good thing. Inflation hurts Americans most when the rate of inflation is far outpacing wage increases. The fact is, the U.S. is already experiencing broad inflation even without wage increases.

Bernanke’s brand new favorite word as of late seems to be “transitory”, which he used about a dozen times during his press conference. Despite what Bernanke says, NIA strongly believes that rising food and gas prices are not transitory. Bernanke likes the word “transitory” because he can use it to try and pretend that rising food and gas prices are only just a temporary phenomenon and that their current high levels aren’t here to stay. Many Americans can remember the day 40 years ago when a can of Coca-Cola cost a dime and a Hershey chocolate bar cost a nickel, with a gallon of gas back then costing only thirty-five cents. Have rising food and gas prices over the past four decades been transitory?

NIA first predicted two years ago in its documentary ‘Hyperinflation Nation’, that rising food and gas prices would soon become the primary concern of all American citizens as a result of the Fed’s dangerous and destructive monetary policies. Bernanke back then claimed that inflation would not be a problem and said that the U.S. risked deflation. If Bernanke has been so wrong about the inflation that Americans are faced with today, NIA doesn’t see how anybody can possibly believe that Bernanke will be right and that current high food and gas prices aren’t here to stay. In our opinion, the food and gas price inflation that Americans have experienced over the past 40 years, is likely to occur all over again during the next 4 years. NIA believes that 4 years from now, Americans will look back at the good old days of having cheap $4 a gallon gas.

The last thing the U.S. government wants is for the American public to realize that Bernanke is responsible for rising food and gas prices. If the public demanded to end the Federal Reserve, the government will no longer be able to spend recklessly knowing that the Fed will be there to monetize their deficit spending. In an attempt to make up excuses for rising gas prices and deflect attention away from the Fed, Congress has been pressuring the U.S. Attorney General to investigate the matter. Attorney General Eric Holder just announced the formation of the Oil & Gas Price Fraud Working Group. The stated purpose of this working group is to monitor the oil and gas markets for potential violations of criminal or civil laws to safeguard against unlawful consumer harm.

NIA considers this to be complete insanity. Any government interference in the oil markets will only drive oil prices up even higher. Oil prices are rising solely do to supply and demand. Demand is going through the roof because the Federal Reserve is creating a lot of inflation, and inflation always gravitates to the goods that Americans need the most to live and survive. Oil supplies are falling because President Obama has ordered U.S. troops to occupy Libya. In the past we at least made up excuses to invade countries like Iraq over oil by claiming they had weapons of mass destruction. Today, the U.S. government doesn’t even bother. Obama campaigned as an anti-war President, saying he would bring our troops home from the middle-east. Instead, he has increased our middle-east troop levels, and the sheep who voted for him are showing absolutely no signs of outrage.

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