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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Ayn Rand Institute: Email - Library of Congress names "Atlas Shrugged" as one of top "Books That Shaped America"

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Where ia John Galt? This would be his letter.


great letter
Subject:  This is the best letter I have read on what's wrong with this country
If you doubt, Google the company and man who wrote this…….
Michael A. Crowley, PE is the owner of  Crowley & Associates, Inc. And was President and an owner of Crowley, Crisp & Associates, Inc. And Michael A. Crowley, PC.  As President of Crowley & Associates, Inc., Mike is a lead designer of water supply, treatment and storage projects, regional sewage lift station design, and residential and commercial site development projects and is responsible for the management of the firm.  Mike’s industry background includes over 20 years experience in the civil engineering field inclusive of executive level responsibilities in Marketing and Project Management.  Prior to founding Michael A. Crowley, PC, Mike held positions with several engineering firms in North Carolina and Maine .  Mike holds a B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering from University of Maine and a Master of Business Administration from Boston College .  Mike is a member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and holds professional registrations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Arkansas, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Indiana, Maine, Tennessee, Australia, and Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies.  Mike is a native of  Norridgewock , Maine .  The Crowley family resides in Wake Forest .
Subject: Great letter
To All My Valued Employees,

There have been some rumblings around the office about the future of this company, and more specifically, your job. As you know, the economy has changed for the worse and presents many challenges. However, the good news is this: The economy doesn't pose a threat to your job.

What does threaten your job however, is the changing political landscape in this country. Of course, as your employer, I am forbidden to tell you whom to vote for - it is against the law to discriminate based on political affiliation, race, creed, religion, etc.

Please vote for who you think will serve your interests the best. However, let me tell you some little tidbits of fact which might help you decide what is in your best interest. First, while it is easy to spew rhetoric that casts employers against employees, you have to understand that for every business owner there is a back story.

This back story is often neglected and overshadowed by what you see and hear.  Sure, you see me park my Mercedes outside.  You saw my big home at last years Christmas party. I'm sure all these flashy icons of luxury conjure up some idealized thoughts about my life. However, what you don't see is the back story.

I started this company 12 years ago. At that time, I lived in a 300 square foot studio apartment for 3 years. My entire living space was converted into an office so I could put forth 100% effort into building a company, which by the way, would eventually employ you.

My diet consisted of Ramen Pride noodles because every dollar I spent went back into this company. I drove a rusty Toyota Corolla with a defective transmission. I didn't have time to date. Often times, I stayed home on weekends, while my friends went out drinking and partying. In fact, I was married to my business -- hard work, discipline, and sacrifice.
 
Meanwhile, my friends got jobs. They worked 40 hours a week and made a modest $50K a year and spent every dime they earned. They drove flashy cars and lived in expensive homes and wore fancy designer clothes.  Instead of hitting Nordstrom's for the latest hot fashion item, I was trolling through the Goodwill store extracting any clothing item that didn't look like it was birthed in the 70's.

My friends refinanced their mortgages and lived a life of luxury. I, however, did not. I put my time, my money, and my life into a business --- with a vision that eventually, some day, I too, will be able to afford these luxuries my friends supposedly had.

So, while you physically arrive at the office at 9 am, mentally check in at about noon, and then leave at 5 PM, I don't. There is no "off" button for me. When you leave the office, you are done and you have a weekend all to yourself.  I unfortunately do not have the freedom.  I eat, ****, and breathe this company every minute of the day. There is no rest. There is no weekend. There is no happy hour. Every day this business is attached to me like a 1 day old baby.

You, of course, only see the fruits of that garden -- the nice house, the Mercedes, the vacations... You never realize the back story and the sacrifices I've made. Now, the economy is falling apart and I, the guy that made all the right decisions and saved his money, have to bail out all the people who didn't.

The people that overspent their paychecks suddenly feel entitled to the same luxuries that I earned and sacrificed a decade of my life for.  Yes, business ownership has its benefits but the price I've paid is steep and not without wounds. Unfortunately, the cost of running this business, and employing you, is starting to eclipse the threshold of marginal benefit and let me tell you why:

I am being taxed to death and the government thinks I don't pay enough. I have state taxes. Federal taxes. Property taxes. Sales and use taxes. Payroll taxes. Workers compensation taxes. Unemployment taxes. Taxes on taxes. I have to hire a tax man to manage all these taxes and then guess what?   I have to pay taxes for employing him. Government mandates and regulations and all the accounting that goes with it, now occupy most of my time. On Oct 15th, I wrote a check to the US Treasury for $288,000 for quarterly taxes.  You know what my "stimulus" check was? Zero. Nada. Zilch.

The question I have is this: Who is stimulating the economy? Me, the guy who has provided 14 people good paying jobs and serves over 2,200,000 people per year with a flourishing business? Or, the single mother sitting at home pregnant with her fourth child waiting for her next welfare check?

Obviously, government feels the latter is the economic stimulus of this country. The fact is, if I deducted (Read: Stole) 50% of your paycheck you'd quit and you wouldn't work here. I mean, why should you? That's nuts. Who wants to get rewarded only 50% of their hard work? Well, I agree which is why your job is in jeopardy. Here is what many of you don't understand .. to stimulate the economy you need to stimulate what runs the economy. Had suddenly government mandated to me that I didn't need to pay taxes, guess what?   Instead of depositing that $288,000 into the Washington black-hole, I would have spent it, hired more employees, and generated substantial economic growth. My employees would have enjoyed the wealth of that tax cut in the form of promotions and better salaries. But you can forget it now.

When you have a comatose man on the verge of death, you don't defibrillate and shock his thumb thinking that will bring him back to life, do you? Or, do you defibrillate his heart?   Business is at the heart of America and always has been. To restart it, you must stimulate it, not kill it. Suddenly, the power brokers in Washington believe the mud of America are the essential drivers of the American economic engine.

Nothing could be further from the truth and this is the type of change you can keep. So where am I going with all this? It's quite simple. If any new taxes are levied on me, or my company, my reaction will be swift and simple. I fire you. I fire your co-workers.   You can then plead with the government to pay for your mortgage, your SUV, and your child's future. Frankly, it isn't my problem any more. Then, I will close this company down, move to another country, and retire.

You see, I'm done. I'm done with a country that penalizes the productive and gives to the unproductive. My motivation to work and to provide jobs will be destroyed, and with it, will be my citizenship. 

While tax cuts to 95% of America sounds great on paper, don't forget the back story: If there is no job, there is no income to tax. A tax cut on zero dollars is zero. So, when you make decision to vote, ask yourself, who understands the economics of business ownership and who doesn't?  Whose policies will endanger your job? Answer those questions and you should know who might be the one capable of saving your job. While the media wants to tell you "It's the economy Stupid" I'm telling you it isn't.

If you lose your job, it won't be at the hands of the economy; it will be at the hands of a political hurricane that swept through this country, steamrolled the Constitution, and will have changed its landscape forever. If that happens, you can find me in the South Caribbean sitting on a beach, retired, and with no employees to worry about.

Signed, Your boss,
Michael A. Crowley, PE
Crowley, Crisp & Associates, Inc.
Professional Engineers
1906 South Main Street, Suite 122  
Wake Forest , NC 27587  
Phone: 919.562.8860 x22 
Fax: 919.562.8872
Location: This is a real letter
 
 
 


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WORLD MARKETS
China, the US, and the Militarization of the Asia-Pacific
by James Corbett
corbettreport.com
July 28, 2012
Broken clocks are right twice a day, and sometimes even propaganda can reveal a truth. And although I would be the last person on the planet to recommend Hillary “We Came, We Saw, He Died” Clinton as a source of information on any subject, she was nonetheless on the mark in her address to the East-West Center in Honolulu in November of 2011:
“It is becoming increasingly clear that in the 21st century, the world's strategic and economic center of gravity will be the Asia-Pacific, from the Indian subcontinent to the western shores of the Americas. And one of the most important tasks of American statecraft over the next decades will be to lock in a substantially increased investment – diplomatic, economic, strategic, and otherwise – in this region.”
All of this is undeniably true. Forget all the rest of her warm and fuzzy claptrap about “democracy and human rights” in the region and helping to “settle disputes before they escalate.” That's the usual diplomatic doublespeak intended to elicit polite applause and provide safe soundbites for the six o'clock news. The goal in the region is in fact two-fold. At the first level it's about domination, subversion, exploitation, conquest, and plunder. On the more nuanced level, crisis in the region is being deliberately manipulated to bolster the creation of regional entities like ASEAN, trade pacts like the TPP, and globalist institutions of various stripes. And assets are already being deployed in the region to make this happen.
U.S. military strategy has long envisioned China crossing the Taiwan Strait as one potential catalyst for the next major theatre war. For decades, the idea that China would even attempt such a move was laughable. Implicitly protected by the Taiwan Relations Act and the US desire for a maintenance of the status quo in China-Taiwan relations, Beijing has long known that an outright attempt to take Taiwan would be tantamount to a suicide pact. The PLA has simply never had a chance against the American military. That is gradually changing, however.
China famously surpassed Japan as the world's second largest economy in 2010 and last year they spent an estimated 2% of their GDP or $143 billion on their military. That military has been quietly upgrading its capabilities for years now.
Last year, China began sea trials of its first aircraft carrier, which is slated to be commissioned later this summer. It's Luyang-II class guided missile destroyers are equipped with land attack cruise missiles. Beijing is ramping up drone deployment on its Navy fleet, increasing cyber espionage efforts to gain information on the American UAV program, and reportedly working with Iran and Russia to reverse engineer the downed RQ-170 Sentinel that “somehow or other” landed in Iran last December. Just this week, new reports emerged of the DF-21D, the world's one and only anti-ship ballistic missile—a two stage, land launched weapon with a 3000 kilometre range that is supposedly capable of sinking an aircraft carrier with a single shot. The Chinese submarine program, meanwhile, has been growing steadily more sophisticated and potentially deadly, including the Song-class diesel-electric attack submarine and the Shang-class nuclear-powered attack submarine expected to be launched in the near future.
Last year, the not-so-secret cold war between the US military and the Chinese PLA heated up some when the Pentagon released its annual assessment of the Chinese armed forces. Noting China's progress on the anti-ship ballistic missile, its aircraft carrier program, its stealth fighter prototype development, and its increasing cyberwar capabilities, the report noted that Beijing's military is on track for full modernization by 2020. And with a billion plus population from which to fill the ranks of that military, there's no question that a Chinese military at technological parity with America would leave the US at a distinct disadvantage.
This fear is reflected in the Pentagon's battle plans. Long sure of its position as the dominant naval power in the Pacific, in 2009 US defense officials began beating the drums for a new Air Sea Battle plan that seeks to counter China's increasing naval assertiveness in the South China Sea and other strategic areas. Although still somewhat nebulously defined, the plan would coordinate the Navy and Air Force in countering China's anti-access / area denial strategy in the Pacific. Under the plan, the Navy and Air Force would work together to destroy enemy firepower and degrade their C4I (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence) and surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. Although less of a detailed strategy than a defense department buzzword, the plan is seen to be chilling the already frigid Sino-American relations at sea.
Adding to the mistrust is the recent American announcement of a new Marine deployment in Darwin, Australia, a contingent of 2,500 that indicates America's growing military interest in the Asia-Pacific. Pacific Command is also openly lusting after more technologically sophisticated drones to be deployed in the region, with General Atomics reportedly working on lengthening the Reaper's wingspan to allow it to fly further and higher (and thus theoretically out of reach of an increasingly sophisticated Chinese arsenal). Australia has already indicated it may be willing to use its territory as a staging ground for American UAVs, including the Cocos Islands off the country's northwest coast.
China, for its part, has been increasingly flexing its naval muscle in the South China Sea and adopting an overtly threatening stance against the Philippines. Last week, China's Central Military Commission authorized the deployment of PLA troops to the disputed Spratly, Paracels and Macclesfield Bank Islands, which are also claimed by Vietnam. Meanwhile, China and the Phillipines have been engaged in a stand-off for months over Scarborough Shoal. Tensions are once again flaring after an ASEAN Foreign Ministers meeting in Phnom Penh failed to issue a joint communique after their consultations for the first time in their 45 year history.
Perversely, all of these tensions are great news for the self-same military-industrial complex that Eisenhower warned us about 51 years ago. Back then it was the Red scare in the dark days of the cold war, and the Pentagon essentially had a blank cheque in fuelling the war machine. After all, only the maintenance of the largest military in the history of the world could protect the public against the ever-present threat of the Soviets. After the fall of the Soviet Union, and now in the wake of the crumbling of the War on Terror paradigm, the next enemy that Washington can use to justify its defense budget appears to be the Chinese and the growing threat to American domination of the Western Pacific.
But just as the cold war paradigm was secretly engineered by the banksters behind the scenes in the 20th century, so too does this growing conflict of the 21st century show all signs of being staged. As researchers like Antony Sutton painstakingly documented in works like Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revolution and Western Technology and Soviet Economic Development, the Soviet regime was established and aided with significant material help from Wall Street banking interests, including funds transfers facilitated by Morgan executives and technology transfers facilitated by American, European and Japanese companies. When Joe McCarthy stopped chasing the Commies out of Hollywood and started to realize that the Communist infiltration of America was in fact a working relationship between the Soviets and some of the highest ranking officials and high-powered businessmen in America, then-Secretary of the Navy (and soon to be first Secretary of Defense) James Forrestal told him: “McCarthy, consistency has never been a mark of stupidity. If they were merely stupid they would occasionally make a mistake in our favor.” Forrestal ended up committing “suicide” by jumping out a 16th floor window at the Bethesda Naval Hospital and McCarthy's name was disgraced. For his work uncovering the documentation of this behind-the-scenes cooperation, Sutton was forced out of his research fellowship at the Hoover Institute and remained an obscure, unheralded academic.
The cold war was not what it appeared to be. At the lower levels, both the Americans and the Russians genuinely believed that they were involved in a struggle of ideologies that they were intended to win. At the higher levels, there was a game being played to foster collectivist ideologies in the hopes of ensuring a monopoly acquisition of wealth. To some extent, the same two-level game is being played out right now with China in the 21st century struggle over the Asia-Pacific.
In January 1969, shortly after taking office, Richard Nixon met with Henry Kissinger, David Rockefeller’s chief underling, and got word that the establishment desired the “normalization” of relations with China. Immediately, Nixon abandoned years of hard-line anti-communist rhetoric and began working toward the historic 1972 visit and the resumption of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The year before that visit Kissinger had secretly visited China to soften the way, and the year after Rockefeller himself visited as Chairman of Chase Manhattan Bank to establish the first U.S. correspondent bank to the Bank of China. Time Magazine wrote an article about that visit that noted that Chase had also become the first U.S. bank to open an office in Soviet Russia earlier that same year, noting that “the Communists, who like to deal with the topmost people, are captivated by the very name of Rockefeller.”
When Rockefeller visited Chinese President Jiang Zemin in the wake of 9/11, he called the U.S.-China relationship “the most important bilateral relations in the world” and the Chinese press noted that Zemin “expressed appreciation for Rockefeller’s contributions to Sino-U.S. relations.”
In the 1990s, even as the international trade agreements that would see the rise to dominance of China were being hammered out, the Clinton Administration helped a Chinese-owned shipping company in its bid to lease the old U.S. Naval base in Long Beach, California, a deal that Congress nixed. Clinton also personally approved the transfer of radiation-hardened chip sets to China in 1996, advanced technology that could be used in nuclear warfare.
Throughout the decade, as the Chinese economic juggernaut continued to grow, international financiers like George Soros began promoting it as the economic model for the rest of the world. And a full decade and a half (at least) after tax breaks and other perks helped to incentivize the outsourcing of jobs from the industrialized world to China, a new study has just “discovered” that America has lost most of its jobs to China.
To this day, the globalist hand can be seen behind the scenes, manipulating the players in the current conflict like pieces on a chessboard. The International Crisis Group has just released a new report on the stand-off in the South China Sea. The report is the result of two years of study, analysis, and interviews with key members of the leadership of all sides, including high-ranking officials in Beijing. It concludes that, though China's vagueness over its claims in the region and its assertiveness at sea are contributory to the tensions, all sides are to blame for the recent escalation in the crisis. The report concludes, predictably, that the crisis is ultimately due to “ineffective” multilateral institutions and regional policy agreements. The report is being breathlessly quoted and taken as gospel by the New York Times and other mainstream mouthpieces.
So who is the International Crisis Group? It presents itself an independent, non-profit NGO committed to crisis resolution, but it's funded by the Carnegie Corporation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Open Society Institute and a plethora of other globalist institutions, and its International Advisory Council is a who's who of the corporatocracy, including a suspicious number of international oil conglomerates from BP to Chevron to Shell. Exactly how such an organization can present itself as an independent arbiter of such crises, or be taken seriously as such, is a complete mystery...until one realizes that it's just the same group of financial controllers playing both sides of the crisis to present their desired solution: tighter regional integration as a stepping stone to world government. If any further demonstration of the point were necessary, this week the Council on Foreign Relations released their own analysis of the situation concluding (surprise!) that ASEAN needs more power, a stronger secretariat, a more prominent secretary-general and more resources. And so the build-up of the regional governmental system continues apace.
Clinton is right, then: the Asia-Pacific is looking increasingly like the center of gravity of 21st century economics and politics. What she neglects to mention is that this theater, like all others before it, will be exactly that: a theater whereby the actors will be puppeteered behind the scenes to manipulate the crises in order to promote the same old globalist solutions. Our only hope is to stop concentrating on the puppets and focus on the hands that are directing them.
US
The Active Shooter – Bob Rinear

This is going to get ugly folks. I'm sure that by now every one of you has heard that some lunatic dressed in protective tactical gear went into the midnight showing of a Batman movie in Aurora Colorado and stood up front and randomly started shooting people. Evidence shows he killed 12, and wounded 71. There's a name for these types of Events... The Active shooter. 

As many of you know, I am a partner in a tactical weapons training facility. Our lead trainer "Mike" is an ex sniper with the military, and he and his friends train everyone from local police to swat, to Seal teams. They are among the best of the best. I too have a certificate from the Dept of Homeland defense on Active shooter defense, so please pay attention to what I'm going to tell you. It could save your life... your wifes life, your kids. 

Active shooters are a growing menace in our society. Think the Virginia Tech massacre, the Columbine massacre. Think Utoya island in Norway that left 86 people dead. This is a growing trend. While you may have heard of one or two... possibly three instances, the fact is that Active shooters, especially in schools is growing exponentially. There has been 39 instance of school shootings. Most of them occurred in just the past decade. 

This is many levels above "flash mobs", because when these people snap, it's cold, calculated and usually well thought out as to what they're going to accomplish. In general terms the Active shooter has made peace with himself. He has decided that by killing as many people as humanly possible before he's gunned down, it will somehow balance out what ever has gone wrong with his life. This is dangerous stuff folks, very dangerous. Because once the Active shooter convinces himself that this is his destiny, the surprise effect they have on people almost always results in people being killed. This guy’s goal was obviously to kill and maim as many as possible before being killed himself. It's his last hurrah, his way of seeking fame.

This guy wasn't just toying around. He was ready for his big day. Protective gear, an AR 15, a shotgun and possibly two handguns. How he got all that into the theatre without being seen is a mystery to me, but suffice it to say this was planned for a long time. He knew what he wanted to do, and he did it. 

Like usual the beck and cry from the idiot politicians is "what are we going to do about guns?" Bloomberg just came out with that, and of course every anti gun nut on earth is screaming that we need to confiscate everyone's guns. The part these people NEVER understand is that there are approximately 250 - 300 million guns in this Country. By passing a law to make them illegal, it will do nothing but make the entire population a target for the scumbags. Do you really really really believe that if guns were outlawed, all the murderers, rapists and scumbags would just trot into the station and turn their gun in??? Are you out of your mind? It would be their happiest day. Free reign to terrorize every one of you, because they know you can't shoot back. 

Why do you think so many of these events happen in schools? Why do you think they happen in so called “Gun free” zones? Why do you think they happen in areas where there's a good chance no one else has a gun? These people are deranged, but they aren't stupid. They know that they can't pull their stunt if there's a good chance someone will return fire before they get a chance to kill people. Removing guns from the law abiding population simply aides these people. An Active shooter is going to get a weapon, legal or not. 

So here are a few facts about the Active shooter...

More times than not, he's faced some major upset in his life. 
Next to a common armed robbery, this is the most probable terror event you'll ever see.
These don't last long. 15 minutes is a lot
Because of the short duration of most of them, the cops are only effective about 20% of the time. (it's over before they get there)
40% of the time, the shooter gives up or kills himself after killing his victims

So, what can you do about this? For starters, at your workplace ask the bosses if they have or are going to have instruction about the Active Shooter in the workplace. If they don't sound too receptive, ask them to consider the ramifications of an employee going Active and how many could be killed, including the boss. For you parents, ask your school board if they've received training about Active shooters and are there plans for how to handle the kids. Finally for any of you that own a business, it is IMPERATIVE that you get trained on what to do about these incidents. If you own a machine shop and some lunatic comes in and starts randomly shooting the operators, do you have a clue what to do? Probably not. This isn't a put down, it's simply that you never thought of it as being possible. Well welcome to 2012. It's possible to the point of almost probable. 

On the personal level, is there anything you can do? Yes indeed and it starts with your HEAD. You have no choice but to constantly live in a yellow alert sort of state. I'm not talking about being paranoid.. I'm talking about being prepared. See the good part about active shooters is that they are rarely well trained. You can be one step ahead of them "fairly" easily. The first thing I will say and I mean it to the core is this... most people are totally oblivious to their surroundings. They don't notice anything, they don't take a second to understand their environment. You have to know what's around you folks. Take note of the exits when you're in a building. Take note of anything that looks strange. If you're in the mall and you see someone walk in with what "could" be a rifle case in his arm... you should know exactly where this guy is going and how to get away from him. 

Once we are aware of our surroundings, ESCAPE is always our first choice. If possible get out and get out as fast as humanly possible. The first people out have the absolute best chance of survival. But, if you can't, all is not lost. Remember this isn't some target expert or Mossad assassin. It's some guy gone nuts. So, next up is to reduce our target signature. We do NOT want to pop up on this guys radar screen, and if that means shelter or hiding, then so be it. Now, finding cover is much better than concealment. Getting behind a brick wall for instance is a lot better than ducking under a desk trying to hide. But if you can't find cover that would stop a bullet, you need to get as "small" as you can in your hiding place. Shut off your cell phone ringer. Stay aware of where he is. 

Now, if you have listened to me in the past, you have done several things. You've bought a handgun and you've attained you concealed carry permit. You then took the time to have someone like us actually train you in how to use your weapon for self defense. Going to the range once every 6 months to shoot at targets doesn't cut it folks. I can assure you of one thing, you will never be attacked by a target. You will be attacked by a deranged lunatic, a drug addict, a street punk, an active shooter.. and if you can't handle that weapon properly against these threats, it's useless. You need a gun, you need a permit to have it with you at all times and you need training to use it like the tool it is. 

If you haven't listened, all isn't lost but it's a lot worse. Your last really good chance of survival in an Active shooter situation is to use force. You can't just charge this guy, he'll mow you down. But if you're semi concealed and he's walking around looking for his next kill, as he gets close to you your best bet is an attack. It must be Fast and it must be hard. In every single instance Action beats reaction. Read that again. If I'm behind a doorway and you're walking the hall with your gun looking for someone to shoot... if I hurl myself at you from the side, I will indeed "hit you" before you can swing that gun at me. Focused action beats reaction. I don't care if you don't know Karate or anything else. Use the old football tackle you used in High school. But when you leap, leap like your life is in it... because it is. 

This is where Attitude comes in. You've just seen this guy kill people. You know you are likely to be next. You have to shake off the jitters, the "scared to death" feeling and say to yourself… "not today mister, it's me or you and you're going down." You have to scream into your head "I'm taking him down and I'll do everything in my power to hold him there until help arrives". If you know a martial art, all the better. But your ally is speed and determination. See, he's not expecting a blindside hit. He's caught off guard. 

"Most" of the time, an active shooter will "give up" when confronted by his victims like that. It's very rare that it gets into some form of street fight on the ground and a struggle for the gun. It's quite odd, but most active shooters reconcile themselves to "game over" when they're attacked. It doesn't mean you won't get shot and die. There's always that chance. But I can assure you that if he finds you hiding under that desk, your dead. In that instance, taking your best shot and getting him knocked down is your best chance. 

Now, there's a side to this particular story that I'm desperately trying to ignore, to keep out of my mind. But unfortunately it's there like a big splinter, poking at me. Last week I told you all about how the UN is meeting in New York this week to try and hammer out a "small arms agreement". While innocent enough on the outside, the inside is not. They are trying their best to cede US sovereignty concerning the right to bear arms to the UN, and the UN wants all small arms banned. Am I the only one that thinks the timing of this particular active shooter is somewhat "too coincidental" to Next weeks meeting? I mean really? A week ahead of a global agreement on guns, we get the single worst Active shooter disaster in US History?? I know I am now in the conspiracy nut area, but a lot of things don't make sense here. This kid had some 15 - 20K worth of guns, armor, ammo, etc. His apartment was wired with "sophisticated" trip wires and explosives. This isn't the profile of an honor student, with no job. This smells like a pretty well funded "group" that gave him all this stuff. I desperately want to believe this wasn't a set up to help push the anti gun agenda at the UN next week, but I am really having a hard time with it. First we had Fast and Furious and now this?? For now I'll keep mum. 

I want to make an invitation to you all. This is so very important in this day and age. The world is going nuts daily, society is crumbling at the edges. If you want to learn how to protect yourself and your family, how to deal with Active shooters, how to have the right mindset to not stumble into trouble, you should get in touch with me. I don't usually use my letter to advertise our tactical training teaching, but with this latest nightmare, I feel justified. Everyone that reads this needs to sit down and have an honest conversation with yourself and your spouse. Are you prepared? If crack head Fred kicks in your front door one night, do you know what to do? If you’re in a convenience store and an armed robber comes in, do you know what's next? Do you have a gun, and know how to properly use it? We can show you how to reach your gun, aim, and put two shots in the thoracic area in under 1.2 seconds. This isn't fiction and it doesn't matter if you’re a man or a woman. 

If you want to learn the types of things that will keep you alive in 2012, Send me an email to editor@investyourself.com and put Self defense in the subject line. Tell me about what you'd like to learn from buying your first weapon, to taking classes, etc. We can indeed help you. Everyone that responds will get a beginners guide white paper on defense that we prepared for our members. 

Bob Rinear

Bill Magwood, NRC Democrat, Is 'Treacherous, Miserable Liar' And 'First-Class Rat,' Says Harry Reid

Bill Magwood, NRC Democrat, Is 'Treacherous, Miserable Liar' And 'First-Class Rat,' Says Harry Reid
The rats are biting each other.

Obama Will 'Evaluate' Bill Limiting Online Ammunition Sales, White House Says

Obama Will 'Evaluate' Bill Limiting Online Ammunition Sales, White House Says

The Increasing US Shadow Wars in Africa | Mother Jones

The Increasing US Shadow Wars in Africa | Mother Jones

It's not just Homeland Security: US Army orders riot gear too — RT

It's not just Homeland Security: US Army orders riot gear too — RT

President Obama Fights for Small Business Tax Hike He Previously Warned Would Destroy Jobs | Speaker.gov

President Obama Fights for Small Business Tax Hike He Previously Warned Would Destroy Jobs | Speaker.gov

Does Barack Obama Expect The Upcoming Election To Spark Rampant Civil Unrest?

Does Barack Obama Expect The Upcoming Election To Spark Rampant Civil Unrest?

Twitter Joins The Police and Surveillance State - YouTube

Twitter Joins The Police and Surveillance State - YouTube

Federal Court finds Obama appointees interfered with New Black Panther prosecution | WashingtonExaminer.com

Federal Court finds Obama appointees interfered with New Black Panther prosecution | WashingtonExaminer.com

Once Again, ABC News and Team Obama Meet at the Marriage Altar | NewsBusters.org

Once Again, ABC News and Team Obama Meet at the Marriage Altar | NewsBusters.org

Obama Admin Sides With Palestinians, Hits Romney

Obama Admin Sides With Palestinians, Hits Romney:

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Anonymous • Colorado Massacre Linked To Historic Bank Fraud - Killer Does Not Appear To Be James Holmes

Anonymous • Colorado Massacre Linked To Historic Bank Fraud - Killer Does Not Appear To Be James Holmes

North Korea's Geographic Challenge - YouTube

North Korea's Geographic Challenge - YouTube

The Battle For Aleppo and Syria (Dispatch) - YouTube

The Battle For Aleppo and Syria (Dispatch) - YouTube:

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President Obama vs. My Grandfather - Forbes

President Obama vs. My Grandfather - Forbes

Nice drone doesn't shoot or spy on anyone at all | Marketplace.org

Nice drone doesn't shoot or spy on anyone at all | Marketplace.org:

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Young Workers Pushed onto Parents' Health Plans

Young Workers Pushed onto Parents' Health Plans

Kidnapping Victim Found Tied Up in NYPD Detective’s Garage, Sources Say

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Kidnapping Victim Found Tied Up in NYPD Detective’s Garage, Sources Say

Natural and organic meat shopping is on the rise; consumers are waking up

Natural and organic meat shopping is on the rise; consumers are waking up:

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Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis: JCPenney to Eliminate All Checkout Clerks, Instead Using RFID Chips and Self-Checkout; End of JCPenny? How Many Jobs At Risk?

Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis: JCPenney to Eliminate All Checkout Clerks, Instead Using RFID Chips and Self-Checkout; End of JCPenny? How Many Jobs At Risk?

The Future of Manufacturing Is in America, Not China - By Vivek Wadhwa | Foreign Policy

The Future of Manufacturing Is in America, Not China - By Vivek Wadhwa | Foreign Policy

Were the Batman murders a covert op?

Were the Batman murders a covert op?

Oregon criminalizes permaculture; claims state ownership over all rainwater - ponds and swales restricted - jail time for violators

Oregon criminalizes permaculture; claims state ownership over all rainwater - ponds and swales restricted - jail time for violators

Sunday, July 29, 2012

The Mysterious Deaths of Nine Gulf Oil Spill Whistleblowers « Wake-up Call

The Mysterious Deaths of Nine Gulf Oil Spill Whistleblowers « Wake-up Call

Gun Control Amendment Slipped Into Cyber Security Bill

Gun Control Amendment Slipped Into Cyber Security Bill

The Difference Between Good Terrorists and Bad Terrorists

Class Warfare by Anthony Freda | The Big Picture

Class Warfare by Anthony Freda | The Big Picture

Yaron Answers: Why Don't Capitalism's Defenders Use Ayn Rand's Moral Arg...

Exclusive: Key Pro-Israel Obama Ally Splits - The Daily Beast

Exclusive: Key Pro-Israel Obama Ally Splits - The Daily Beast:

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Yaron Brook: Ayn Rand vs. Big Government - YouTube

Yaron Brook: Ayn Rand vs. Big Government - YouTube

Exclusive: Key Pro-Israel Obama Ally Splits - The Daily Beast

Exclusive: Key Pro-Israel Obama Ally Splits - The Daily Beast

BBC News - Freedom to socialise in conservative northern Iraq

BBC News - Freedom to socialise in conservative northern Iraq

Putin has gotten ridiculous

m.guardian.co.uk:

'via Blog this'

IPS – Schoolgirls Beat Taliban | Inter Press Service

IPS – Schoolgirls Beat Taliban | Inter Press Service:

'via Blog this'

What China Learned from the Soviet Union’s Fall | The Diplomat

What China Learned from the Soviet Union’s Fall | The Diplomat:

'via Blog this'

Turkish girl, 16, buried alive because she had 'friendships with boys' | Mail Online

Turkish girl, 16, buried alive because she had 'friendships with boys' | Mail Online:

'via Blog this'

Cal Thomas Official Web Site - Eat more chickenBy Cal ThomasTribune Media ServicesChick-fil-A president Dan Cathy is in hot water with the LGBT community because he committed the cardinal sin in an age of political correctness: Thou must not speak ill of anything gays, lesbians, bisexu

Cal Thomas Official Web Site - Eat more chickenBy Cal ThomasTribune Media ServicesChick-fil-A president Dan Cathy is in hot water with the LGBT community because he committed the cardinal sin in an age of political correctness: Thou must not speak ill of anything gays, lesbians, bisexu:

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Apple iPhone 5 release date draws closer in iPhone category

Apple iPhone 5 release date draws closer in iPhone category:

'via Blog this'

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Majia's Blog: Secrecy Around All Matters Nuclear

Majia's Blog: Secrecy Around All Matters Nuclear

Military helicopters pound Aleppo as onslaught looms - Yahoo! News

Military helicopters pound Aleppo as onslaught looms - Yahoo! News

Ron Paul Asks Tim Geithner: 'Why Doesn't The Fed Eliminate The Middleman And Just Buy Debt Directly From The Treasury?" - Home - The Daily Bail

Ron Paul Asks Tim Geithner: 'Why Doesn't The Fed Eliminate The Middleman And Just Buy Debt Directly From The Treasury?" - Home - The Daily Bail

Consumer Metrics Institute: Daily Retail Index

Consumer Metrics Institute: Daily Retail Index

Gary Kaminsky Blasts Sandy Weill's Comments - YouTube

Gary Kaminsky Blasts Sandy Weill's Comments - YouTube

Gun Control

Where did the American work ethic come from? | Marketplace.org

Where did the American work ethic come from? | Marketplace.org

Washington Post Claims Persons Who Seek Privacy Are Criminals

Washington Post Claims Persons Who Seek Privacy Are Criminals:

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Oregon Man Sentenced to 30 Days in Jail — for Collecting Rainwater on His Property

Oregon Man Sentenced to 30 Days in Jail — for Collecting Rainwater on His Property

Democratic senators offer gun control amendment for cybersecurity bill - The Hill's Video

Democratic senators offer gun control amendment for cybersecurity bill - The Hill's Video

Department of Justice Tries to Shut Down Family Business over Religious Views under ObamaCare - Lone Flame News

Department of Justice Tries to Shut Down Family Business over Religious Views under ObamaCare - Lone Flame News

Friday, July 27, 2012

United Nations fails to agree landmark arms-trade treaty - Yahoo! News

United Nations fails to agree landmark arms-trade treaty - Yahoo! News

Striking Palermo’s Pizza Workers Say Immigrants Were Fired to Stop a Union - NYTimes.com

Striking Palermo’s Pizza Workers Say Immigrants Were Fired to Stop a Union - NYTimes.com

Gloria Macapagal Arroyo of Philippines Is Freed on Bail - NYTimes.com

Gloria Macapagal Arroyo of Philippines Is Freed on Bail - NYTimes.com

ECB Is Ready To Do ‘What Ever It Takes’ | The Big Picture

ECB Is Ready To Do ‘What Ever It Takes’ | The Big Picture

This means one thing, more money printing and inflation. I guess that's two things, or is it?

Succinct Summation of Week’s Events (7.27.12) | The Big Picture

Succinct Summation of Week’s Events (7.27.12) | The Big Picture

Brazil delivers on hunger promise | Marketplace.org

Brazil delivers on hunger promise | Marketplace.org

Google gets scribbly | Marketplace.org

Google gets scribbly | Marketplace.org:

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George Friedman on Iran's Struggle for Regional Dominance (Agenda)

Obama Still Thinks the Second Amendment Is About Hunting

Obama Still Thinks the Second Amendment Is About Hunting

Rahm Emanuel’s dangerous free speech attack

Rahm Emanuel’s dangerous free speech attack

Top Doctor’s Chilling Claim: ‘Medical Death Panels Alive and Well in the UK’

Top Doctor’s Chilling Claim: ‘Medical Death Panels Alive and Well in the UK’

New York Times openly admits mainstream media stories are scripted by the White House

New York Times openly admits mainstream media stories are scripted by the White House

A Cup of Hot Chocolate « Lee Cockerell – Lessons in Leadership

A Cup of Hot Chocolate « Lee Cockerell – Lessons in Leadership

Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis: Is Global Trade About To Collapse? Where are Oil Prices Headed? A Chat with Mish

Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis: Is Global Trade About To Collapse? Where are Oil Prices Headed? A Chat with Mish

Gangs and Politics - YouTube

Gangs and Politics - YouTube

EPA Fines Oil Companies $6.8 Million for Not Using Bio-fuel that Does Not Even Exist - Lone Flame News

EPA Fines Oil Companies $6.8 Million for Not Using Bio-fuel that Does Not Even Exist - Lone Flame News

UCLA Paying Over $100,000 to MEChA, So-Called ‘Chicano Pride’ Group, To Help With Student Retention | TheBlaze.com

UCLA Paying Over $100,000 to MEChA, So-Called ‘Chicano Pride’ Group, To Help With Student Retention | TheBlaze.com

'Muslim Brothers plotting overthrow of Gul... JPost - Middle East

'Muslim Brothers plotting overthrow of Gul... JPost - Middle East

'Muslim Brothers plotting overthrow of Gul... JPost - Middle East

'Muslim Brothers plotting overthrow of Gul... JPost - Middle East

NDAA Nullification Efforts Expand in Michigan – Tenth Amendment Center Blog

NDAA Nullification Efforts Expand in Michigan – Tenth Amendment Center Blog

China Is Not Our Enemy - YouTube

China Is Not Our Enemy - YouTube

Gangs and Politics - YouTube

Gangs and Politics - YouTube

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Overriding 'local control' to save California's cash-strapped cities - latimes.com

Overriding 'local control' to save California's cash-strapped cities - latimes.com

*LIBOR CHARGES IN U.S. SAID TO TARGET MORE THAN BARCLAYS TRADERS | The Big Picture

*LIBOR CHARGES IN U.S. SAID TO TARGET MORE THAN BARCLAYS TRADERS | The Big Picture

Panetta: Bureaucracy needs to stop | The American Legion

Panetta: Bureaucracy needs to stop | The American Legion

Drought could push farmers to ditch the till | Marketplace.org

Drought could push farmers to ditch the till | Marketplace.org

Emil Inc. - "Man On The Throne" - HD

Deals to Keep Generic Drugs Off Market Get a Court Rebuff - NYTimes.com

Deals to Keep Generic Drugs Off Market Get a Court Rebuff - NYTimes.com

Deals to Keep Generic Drugs Off Market Get a Court Rebuff - NYTimes.com

Deals to Keep Generic Drugs Off Market Get a Court Rebuff - NYTimes.com

Obama calls for strengthening gun rules, Reid says no time for debate | Fox News

Obama calls for strengthening gun rules, Reid says no time for debate | Fox News

Legal eagles cry fowl over politicians' plans to block Chick-fil-A | Fox News

Legal eagles cry fowl over politicians' plans to block Chick-fil-A | Fox News

Good Mideast Dictators by Robert D. Kaplan | Stratfor

Good Mideast Dictators by Robert D. Kaplan | Stratfor:

'via Blog this'

PERP WALK - Former CEO & Chairman Of Anglo Irish Bank Arrested For Fraud - Home - The Daily Bail

PERP WALK - Former CEO & Chairman Of Anglo Irish Bank Arrested For Fraud - Home - The Daily Bail

The Persistent Threat to Soft Targets | Stratfor

The Persistent Threat to Soft Targets | Stratfor

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Obama’s Ethics Lesson: Don’t Pay Your College Loan

Obama’s Ethics Lesson: Don’t Pay Your College Loan

Reality Check: Does Rapper Ice T Know More About The 2nd Amendment Than Journalists?

Reality Check: Does Rapper Ice T Know More About The 2nd Amendment Than Journalists?

Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis: ESM Banking License? Rumors of Non-Solution Send Sovereign Yields Lower; Purposeful Non-Elaboration

Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis: ESM Banking License? Rumors of Non-Solution Send Sovereign Yields Lower; Purposeful Non-Elaboration

Financial Armageddon: Shouldn't We Be Doing the Same?

Financial Armageddon: Shouldn't We Be Doing the Same?

Rare Earth Metals | The Big Picture

Rare Earth Metals | The Big Picture

President Obama unveils new education initiative for African Americans in opening speech to National Urban League | Marketplace.org

President Obama unveils new education initiative for African Americans in opening speech to National Urban League | Marketplace.org

Geithner: Knew of LIBOR issue, initiated reform process in 2007 | Marketplace.org

Geithner: Knew of LIBOR issue, initiated reform process in 2007 | Marketplace.org

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

What are they collecting in there? | Marketplace.org

What are they collecting in there? | Marketplace.org

Apple releases Mountain Lion | Marketplace.org

Apple releases Mountain Lion | Marketplace.org

Iran's Militant Response to Syria's Crisis (Dispatch) - YouTube

Iran's Militant Response to Syria's Crisis (Dispatch) - YouTube

Octopus: Read This Book to Understand Wall Street | Matt Taibbi | Rolling Stone

Octopus: Read This Book to Understand Wall Street | Matt Taibbi | Rolling Stone

CFPB Pushes Bankruptcy Protection for Student Loans

CFPB Pushes Bankruptcy Protection for Student Loans

Obama: Under Me "People Have A New Attitude Toward America" And "More Confidence" | RealClearPolitics

Obama: Under Me "People Have A New Attitude Toward America" And "More Confidence" | RealClearPolitics

Before You Pin, Plan | Digett

Before You Pin, Plan | Digett

Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis: Mish on Capital Account: Discussion of Social Media Panic in Italy, Soaring Yields in Spain, and the Upcoming 20th Euro Summit, Bound to be Another Failure

Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis: Mish on Capital Account: Discussion of Social Media Panic in Italy, Soaring Yields in Spain, and the Upcoming 20th Euro Summit, Bound to be Another Failure

Audit The Fed Passes The House!

Intentions

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

ATF’s Warning to Whistleblowers | Washington Free Beacon

ATF’s Warning to Whistleblowers | Washington Free Beacon

Auditing the Federal Reserve is More Urgent Than Ever - Julie Borowski - Page 1

Auditing the Federal Reserve is More Urgent Than Ever - Julie Borowski - Page 1

LIBOR Scandal Detailed & Explained | The Big Picture

LIBOR Scandal Detailed & Explained | The Big Picture

Sen. Rand Paul Discusses Cutting Aid to Pakistan on Senate Floor - 7/24/12 - YouTube

Sen. Rand Paul Discusses Cutting Aid to Pakistan on Senate Floor - 7/24/12 - YouTube

China Expands Its Maritime Territorial Claims (Dispatch)

Credit Outlook Dims for Germany; U.S. Fiscal Cliff Looms | The Official APMEX Inc. Blog

Credit Outlook Dims for Germany; U.S. Fiscal Cliff Looms | The Official APMEX Inc. Blog

Consequences of the Fall of the Syrian Regime | Stratfor

Consequences of the Fall of the Syrian Regime | Stratfor

Very True Information


Charley Reese's final column
Date: Thu, 1 Mar 2012  
Charley Reese's Final column!
A very interesting column.. COMPLETELY NEUTRAL


Charley Reese's final column for the Orlando Sentinel...
He has been a journalist for 49 years.
He is retiring and this is HIS LAST COLUMN.


This is about as clear and easy to understand as it can be. The article below is completely neutral, neither anti-republican or democrat. Charlie Reese, a retired reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, has hit the nail directly on the head, defining clearly who it is that in the final analysis must assume responsibility for the judgments made that impact each one of us every day. It's a short but good read. Worth the time. Worth remembering!

545 vs. 300,000,000 People
-By Charlie Reese
Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?

You and I don't propose a federal budget. The President does.

You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.

You and I don't write the tax code, Congress does.

You and I don't set fiscal policy, Congress does.

You and I don't control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.

I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a President to do one cotton-picking thing. I don't care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator's responsibility to determine how he votes.

Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits. The President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.

The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House now? He is the leader of the majority party. He and fellow House members, not the President, can approve any budget they want. If the President vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted -- by present facts -- of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can't think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair.

If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red.

If the Army & Marines are in Iraq and Afghanistan it's because they want them in Iraq and Afghanistan ...

If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it's because they want it that way.

There are no insoluble government problems.

Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like "the economy," "inflation," or "politics" that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.

They, and they alone, have the power.

They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses.

Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees...

We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!

Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.

What you do with this article now that you have read it... is up to you.
This might be funny if it weren't so true.
Be sure to read all the way to the end:

Tax his land,
Tax his bed,
Tax the table,
At which he's fed.

Tax his tractor,
Tax his mule,
Teach him taxes
Are the rule.

Tax his work,
Tax his pay,
He works for
peanuts anyway!

Tax his cow,
Tax his goat,
Tax his pants,
Tax his coat.

Tax his ties,
Tax his shirt,
Tax his work,
Tax his dirt.

Tax his tobacco,
Tax his drink,
Tax him if he
Tries to think.

Tax his cigars,
Tax his beers,
If he cries
Tax his tears.

Tax his car,
Tax his gas,
Find other ways
To tax his ass.

Tax all he has
Then let him know
That you won't be done
Till he has no dough.

When he screams and hollers;
Then tax him some more,
Tax him till
He's good and sore.

Then tax his coffin,
Tax his grave,
Tax the sod in
Which he's laid...

Put these words
Upon his tomb,
'Taxes drove me
to my doom...'

When he's gone,
Do not relax,
Its time to apply
The inheritance tax.

Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL license Tax
Cigarette Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Excise Taxes
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon)
Gross Receipts Tax
Hunting License Tax
Inheritance Tax
Inventory Tax
IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Liquor Tax
Luxury Taxes
Marriage License Tax
Medicare Tax
Personal Property Tax
Property Tax
Real Estate Tax
Service Charge Tax
Social Security Tax
Road Usage Tax
Recreational Vehicle Tax
Sales Tax
School Tax
State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Telephone Federal Excise Tax
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring Charges Tax
Telephone State and Local Tax
Telephone Usage Charge Tax
Utility Taxes
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax


STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY?
Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, & our nation was the most prosperous in the world.
We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom
, if agreed,stayed home to raise the kids.What in the heck happened? Can you spell 'politicians?'I hope this goes around THE USA at least 545 times!!! YOU can help it get there!!!

GO AHEAD. . . BE AN AMERICAN!!! 
 

Consumer Metrics Institute: Home of Daily Consumer Leading Indicators

Consumer Metrics Institute: Home of Daily Consumer Leading Indicators:

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So long, PackerzRULE754. Real names are coming to YouTube | Marketplace.org

So long, PackerzRULE754. Real names are coming to YouTube | Marketplace.org

Those Idiots In Washington Don't Know Jack About The Economy - Business Insider

Those Idiots In Washington Don't Know Jack About The Economy - Business Insider

Dangerous levels of Fukushima radiation headed for West Coast, say scientists

Dangerous levels of Fukushima radiation headed for West Coast, say scientists

Milk pasteurization promotes the growth of super germs, say scientists

Milk pasteurization promotes the growth of super germs, say scientists

Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis: Austerity Hits Cisco Systems as 1,300 Layoffs Coming; Chipmaker Renesas Cuts 5,000 Jobs; Investigating Mass layoffs

Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis: Austerity Hits Cisco Systems as 1,300 Layoffs Coming; Chipmaker Renesas Cuts 5,000 Jobs; Investigating Mass layoffs

A $23 Cup of Coffee « Lee Cockerell – Lessons in Leadership

A $23 Cup of Coffee « Lee Cockerell – Lessons in Leadership

The Ayn Rand Institute: Email - ARI Executive Director says Pres. Obama's statement is "insulting"

The Ayn Rand Institute: Email - ARI Executive Director says Pres. Obama's statement is "insulting"

The Market Doesn't Follow Orders - SmartMoney.com

The Market Doesn't Follow Orders - SmartMoney.com

Mexican Drug War Update (Dispatch) - YouTube

Mexican Drug War Update (Dispatch) - YouTube:

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Belarus' Geographic Challenge - YouTube

Belarus' Geographic Challenge - YouTube:

'via Blog this'

Anger towards government follows in wake of Beijing flood | Marketplace.org

Anger towards government follows in wake of Beijing flood | Marketplace.org

Super-difficult passwords - as easy as riding a bike | Marketplace.org

Super-difficult passwords - as easy as riding a bike | Marketplace.org

New transparent solar cells will solve all of our problems | Marketplace.org

New transparent solar cells will solve all of our problems | Marketplace.org

Colorado Theater Called ‘Gun-Free’ Zone

Colorado Theater Called ‘Gun-Free’ Zone

English Warning To Americans: Don’t Give Up Your Guns!

English Warning To Americans: Don’t Give Up Your Guns!

Europe's Juggling Act: Cuts, Tax Hikes, Bailouts

Europe's Juggling Act: Cuts, Tax Hikes, Bailouts

How to stop a massacre - YouTube

How to stop a massacre - YouTube

FDA caught spying on its own scientists to muzzle whistleblowers

FDA caught spying on its own scientists to muzzle whistleblowers

Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis: IMF Seeks to Halt Aid to Greece; September Bankruptcy Awaits; Dominoes Will Fall

Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis: IMF Seeks to Halt Aid to Greece; September Bankruptcy Awaits; Dominoes Will Fall

Reactions To The Batman Shooting - YouTube

Reactions To The Batman Shooting - YouTube

Let’s Give Regulations Force and Power | Shah Gilani's Wall Street Insights and Indictments

Let’s Give Regulations Force and Power | Shah Gilani's Wall Street Insights and Indictments

Facial Recognition In The Surveillance State - YouTube

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Monday, July 23, 2012

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Aurora, Colorado Shooting 'Oddities' | Citizens for Legitimate Government

Airstrikes kill 15 militants in northwest Pakistan: officials : The Fiscal Times

Airstrikes kill 15 militants in northwest Pakistan: officials : The Fiscal Times

Felon Farmers? Law Criminalizes Legitimate Businesses - US - CBN News - Christian News 24-7 - CBN.com

Felon Farmers? Law Criminalizes Legitimate Businesses - US - CBN News - Christian News 24-7 - CBN.com

Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis: Prepare for Spanish Implosion: Businesses Threaten to Leave Spain Over Tax Hikes; Finance Minister Proposes 56% Tax on Short-Term Financial Transactions

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Colorado Batman shooting shows obvious signs of being staged

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Weather Is Not Climate (Unless It's Hot Outside)

by James Corbett
corbettreport.com
July 21, 2012

It didn't take long for the usual suspects to make the usual proclamations about the hot weather in the US this summer:
“This US Summer is 'What Global Warming Looks Like',” asserts Seth Borenstein.
“Is the Heat Wave of 2012 What Climate Change Looks Like?” queries The New Yorker.
“Now Do You Believe in Global Warming?” Time taunts its readers.
And, in a particularly bizarre piece, Alex Wagner of MSNBC fumbled for words with David de Rothschild, asking him why “our political class...our rulers...our ruling elite” are not more focused on environmental concerns given this heat snap.
There's nothing particularly new to all of this, of course. In fact, searching through the archives of many of these same publications and commentators will show that these are cookie cutter stories that are trotted out every summer as temperatures begin to rise, as if this is not something temperatures are wont to do in the summer months. These stories are the mirror image of the cookie cutter stories that are trotted out every winter chiding climate skeptics who point to cold snaps as a sign that manmade global warming is a hoax:
“Britain's cold snap does not prove climate science wrong” The Guardian pronounced in the winter of 2010.
“Once Again, Cold Weather Doesn't Disprove Global Warming” wrote Discover Magazine that same winter, venom toward its intended audience evidently dripping from every word.
Something calling itself The Gaia Reports “reported” earlier this year that “Europe's Extreme Frost Gives Climate Deniers False Hope.”
This is all oddly reminiscent of the New York Times' response to the cooler-than-average summer of 2009. At the time, the Times warned climate skeptics not to be buoyed by the cool temperatures, as they could be explained by natural climate variations. This is the same New York Times that proclaimed that the record warm winter of 2000 was due to global warming. In other words, weather is not climate...unless it's hot out. You might expect that the irony of this position might dawn on some of the purveyors of this climate alarmism, or at the very least on some of their followers. Unfortunately, irony seems to be one thing that the global warming crowd is particularly inept at detecting.
Like the irony of Climategate. In November 2009, the email archives of researchers at the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia were leaked on the eve of the Copenhagen UN climate conference. Amongst many revelations of duplicity and manipulated data, the emails also exposed, according to the UK's Information Commissioner, the complicity of the researchers in illegally withholding data from FOIA requests (an offense that could not be prosecuted because of a statute of limitations technicality). The global warmists cried foul: these emails had been stolen, after all, and thus it was morally reprehensible to bring them into the scientific argument over the climate. Many publications refused to address the emails at first, citing the fact that they had been obtained in a duplicitous manner as a reason not to report on them.
By 2012, however, those same publications were all too happy to report on a different set of purloined documents. This time, the documents were from the Heartland Institute, a public policy think tank that supports climate skepticism.  The documents seemed to confirm everyone's suspicions: that the institute had a “climate strategy” that included dissuading the teaching of climate science in schools and received ample funding from the Koch brothers. The problem was that the documents were obtained by Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute environmental group, who pretended to be a Heartland board member in order to dupe a staffer into emailing them to him. Oh, and the “climate strategy” document turned out to be a fake. Not to worry, though, Gleick was quickly reinstated as President of the Pacific Institute after fessing up to his actions and the global warming community promptly swept the story under the rug.
Or there's the irony of the BEST project. BEST stands for Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature, a research project designed to establish a reliable land and sea surface temperature record. The study found that the majority of the stations used in the survey indicated rising temperatures, but even before the paper detailing these results had been published, the study's main author, Richard Muller, had written an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal proclaiming the death of global warming skepticism. The irony here is that Muller himself ended that op-ed by admitting that the study made no effort to determine the human influence of that warming, or the likely effects. So, in other words, it didn't address anything at all about the global warming alarmists' argument that this is a manmade phenomenon, and a disastrous one at that. Even worse, one of the BEST teams' own members later came out to say that the data did in fact show a decline in the temperature increase since 1998, and that Muller was, in effect, hiding the decline.
Or how about the irony of proclaiming, as a group of Australian climate scientists did last year, that climate skeptics were a dangerous and bloodthirsty bunch. Their proof? Death threats they had received via email. The problem? When a Freedom of Information request was filed for the emails in question, the Australian Privacy Commissioner was forced to file a report concluding that the emails did not, in fact, contain death threats. The irony? Violence and death threats are an integral part of the global warming alarmists' repertoire of responses to those who disbelieve them.
In 2006, Grist published an op-ed suggesting that those who do not believe that carbon dioxide drives climate should be put on trials for war crimes. In 2007, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. suggested that skeptics be tried for treason. In 2008, Canadian environmental activist David Suzuki called for politicians who “ignore climate science” to be jailed. Later that year, NASA scientist James Hanson called for skeptics to be charged with high crimes against humanity. This strain of thought reached its inevitable conclusion in a TalkingPointsMemo blog in 2009 which called for the actual execution of those who question the dictates of the global warming proponents. 
In 2010, a climate activist group called “10:10” released a video for a new campaign which depicted climate skeptics being literally blown up by their eco-friendly peers. In each scene, an “authority figure” (boss, coach, teacher) would identify any climate skeptical “underlings” (employees, players, students) and promptly press a red button, causing their bodies to explode and shower those around them in blood and gore. When the campaign began receiving thousands of comments and emails from outraged viewers just hours after it was released to the public, the video was quickly withdrawn. The producers explained that it was merely done to make people laugh and expressed befuddlement that people didn't see the humor in the idea.
This violent rhetoric and imagery became all too real for employees of the Discovery Channel in September 2010, when a deranged gunman named James Lee took three employees hostage in a standoff with police before being shot dead himself. Lee had experienced an “awakening” after watching Al Gore's “An Inconvenient Truth” and was angry at the Discovery Channel's lack of global warming programming.
In 2011, a British carbon trading company backed by the the World Bank burned down houses and killed children in a Ugandan village that had been designated for mass evacuation in the name of “fighting global warming.”
The worst part about all of these ironies is that it serves to keep the debate in the realm of politics and merely distracts the public from the underlying issue: the science. So is this current heat wave attributable to manmade climate change? Is it even a statistically significant heat wave? Not according to a number of different metrics. The NASA/GISS temperature records, for instance, indicate that June was in fact only the 10th hottest June on record, which is even less alarming when one takes into account that the global temperature record only goes back 132 years anyway. The same data indicates that global temperatures stopped rising 14 years ago and started falling 9 years ago. Nor are the number of “hottest days on record” increasing, or in fact anywhere near record levels. The top ten years for daily record maximums in the US all occurred last century, with the top six all occurring in the 1930s (1936, 1934, 1939, 1931, 1930, 1933).
Even worse for those who want to blame the recent high temperatures on manmade climate change is that, in an ironic reversal of the newly-minted warmest canard that cold winters are an indicator of global warming, this summer's warming might actually be an indicator of naturally occurring global cooling. In fact, a particularly cold dome of Arctic air (creating all-time record high amounts of Bering Sea ice last month) is disrupting the usual migration of weather patterns in Rossby Waves around the circumpolar vortex. This created hotter, drier conditions in the eastern part of North America (reported at length) and colder, wetter conditions in the west (curiously unreported). Left out of the entire equation is that America's temperature, representing just 2.5% of the world's land mass, is a very poor indicator of the global mean temperature, should such a figure actually have any meaning.
Don't look for any genuine analysis of the reasons behind the current weather patterns in the news reports, however. Science doesn't sell in the same way as alarmist and attention-grabbing headlines do. Ultimately this heat wave will play out very much like the Russian heat wave of 2010: global warming alarmists will score PR points by writing reports about how the soaring temperatures (in certain parts of the US) are surely a sign of global warming. This will later be debunked in multiple peer-reviewed studies, but by that time everyone will have moved on and the impression will remain with the general public that it was all due to carbon dioxide.
The bad news is that all of this hysteria over the summer heat wave is having its intended effect: general belief amongst the public in global warming has shot up to 70 percent. The good news is that, just like the temperatures themselves, that number will also be subject to seasonable variability, and the number of people fooled by the global warming campaign will plummet in tune with the temperatures next winter.
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The Following is by Matt Gillotti

In news this week we saw the mainstream news media report that Ben Bernanke and the rest of the Fed, due to the recent US economic data, were generally disappointed. What they should be reporting is that the actions or inactions of the Fed are generally disappointing, that the inability of our own government to cut spending and make an intelligent decision concerning the well being of US citizens is generally disappointing, that the unwillingness of big banks said to be too big to Fail cannot run their daily business without falsifying accounting numbers or assisting in market manipulations that could cost good people millions if not billions is generally disappointing, that maybe a good solid reason for a majority of the lack of confidence the citizens of the US have is due mostly in part to the continued lies, actions or inactions and that we as the citizens of the US are just plain fed up with their ability to do anything correctly and in the best interest of us the backbone of this country leaving us generally disappointed.
As the tides continue to roll in we see for the first time in history the average Canadian is now wealthier than your average American. With the beginning of the recession in 2008 that has continually pummeled the economy of the US along with the severally collapsed housing market have now brought the Canadian dollar almost to the equal of the US dollar. The Canadian’s average household net worth is slightly more than $40,000 above the average US household’s net worth with the average Canadian households net worth being right around $363,202 compared to the average of $319,970 for the average US household. Our Canadian neighbors to the north have also seen their unemployment rate fall to 7.2% while the US unemployment has remained at a stagnant 8.2%.
It would seem that the Fed front man Ben Bernanke has finally realized that they were never just kicking the can down the road in terms of QE, they have been kicking the can uphill only to have it roll back just as the economy has done shortly after each implementation of QE. It would seem they’ve come to the realization that the further and harder they kick the can up the hill the faster it rolls back losing slightly more ground with each attempt. Now as we see the Feds can-kicking balance sheet if implemented may cause more damage than good on its downhill return leaving the Fed with little if any leg left for another swift jolt. As we grow deeper in debt daily Fed Chairmen Ben Bernanke’s mood of the future of the US economy seemed rather dismal at best with his announcement that unemployment is more than likely to remain elevated through 2014. With Bernanke readily admitting that the federal government is on an unsustainable path, debt reduction is a must but we cannot economically afford to raise taxes or invoke spending cuts at this juncture. e also waned that we coujld possibly loo forward to a shallow recession early in 203. As it wolujld seem going forward we should expect to see a more painful ove in the economy as tin
 He also warned that we could possibly look forward to a shallow recession early in 2013. As it would seem going forward we should expect to see a more painful move in the economy as things begin to spiral downwards in the months to come approaching 2013. Through the rest of this year and into 2013 we should expect to see crushing economic decisions made along with a continued lack of jobs for those currently looking and prices that will remain on a steady incline causing those who are currently struggling today to come to grips with a new level of pain. As me move forward into 2013 we could once again see double-digit unemployment numbers and should expect that the continued economic peril will push us deeper into recession in which the Fed will have little if any controls left in place to act on. As with what we saw unfold when the housing bubble burst sending the housing sector into a complete downward spiral in which we have yet to recover from and probably never will, the debt bubble has now become the next elephant in the room and we should expect that when the debt bubble finally bursts we can expect to see a massive economic depression unfold before our eyes. As we will see no bubble has the ability to remain infinite. As Ben Bernanke and the Federal Reserve have had their hand in our unsustainable path they realize that they are powerless to avert such an event and may only be able to delay the inevitable debt bubble depression that is coming. As such events unfold we need to remember to be smart, be ready and be prepared for the tough times ahead of us.


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As we have seen this week there has been much talk of gold heading toward $6,000, $7,200, $8,500, $9,600 and $10,000 plus. Make no mistake gold at these levels, whether it be in the near or distant future brings with it its own set of realities. For those of us who have been putting gold and silver away as we could for the future failure of the US dollar as the fiat currency, prices of gold at the levels spoken of recently, can only bring one thing with them and that would be the complete destruction of the US as we know it now. Talks of gold at these levels seem to be done so with extreme light heartedness and most predictions of gold at these levels seemingly forget to inform those of the double-edged sword syndrome that would follow, what the general misinformed public does not understand is that the gold we put aside now is to protect the future wealth of our families when the US dollar becomes no more useful than as toilet paper in an outhouse. As the economic debt crisis continues to worsen, the downward manipulation of gold will be impossible to maintain and those of us who continually set aside gold and silver as a protection of future wealth in a slowly deteriorating US fiat currency world will be left with more than toilet paper in the form of worthless US dollars when the point comes and the reset button is pushed on the US debt crisis. We should continue to prepare and protect ourselves as the US debt crisis continues to progress into uncharted territory in which there is no reversing. The one thing we can be sure of is that the Amish will be well equipped to survive and thrive in the coming US reset. Horse and Buggy anyone!
Two Of The Scariest Reports You will Ever See...
Bob Rinear
www.investyourself.com
editor@investyourself.com
In General, I try and keep my reports focused on the economy, financial issues, and investments. But every so often I have to waver off that, and explore other things that ultimately affect our lives. Today is one of those days, as I present to you some issues that should really make you stand up and take notice of where we really are in 2012. It will not be pleasant reading, but I think it needs to be discussed. Let's get to it....

Most of us cannot keep up with the explosion in technology that we see daily. We stand in awe as companies like facebook can touch hundreds of millions of users, and they can all share their likes and dislikes, their thoughts, ideas, etc. It's fascinating stuff. But just like a car that can be beneficial and used as transportation, it can also be used to run someone over... technology has its dark sides too. There's an old adage that says "information is power" and there are thousands of gigantic servers sucking up all that information. Marketers are wading through terra bits of all this collected data to see what you like, what you wear, what you might buy next, where you might go. It's really pretty scary when you get right down to it.  Right now there are people that by harvesting your facebook information, those know more about you than you ever dreamt about.

We in the US like to talk about the word freedom. We fought wars over it. But in the last decade, especially after 9/11, there can be no denying that freedom and rights have fallen away in the name of security. No one likes the intense scanning at the airports, where TSA agents get to feel up the pretty girls, and 90 year old grand mom’s  in Wheel chairs are strip searched. But these are the things we can see, like increased police activity at a ball game. What about what we don't see? When is Freedom lost via intrusive data collection?

Not long ago I wrote about the new Data Center the NSA is building in Bluffdale, Utah. Out there in the midst of a small population they are building a 2 billion dollar data center. The purpose? To collect every single communication you have. Here's a quote from a very good article about it...
The heavily fortified $2 billion center should be up and running in September 2013. Flowing through its servers and routers and stored in near-bottomless databases will be all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails, parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital pocket litter.

Here's a link to the entire Article, which you really should read.   http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/03/ff_nsadatacenter/all/

So here's my question. Are you "free" if at any time, someone at the NSA can pull every email, every cell phone, every receipt, every google search you ever made?  Some will quip back that if you aren't doing anything wrong, then you have no worries. Sorry, that don't cut it this time... because who’s the judge of what is "wrong?"  Is it wrong if a married man is sending sexually deviant emails to his secret online lover? Is it wrong to call a friend and make a friendly bet on the outcome of Sunday's game? Do you really want your boss to know where you were on that last business trip at 10 am? 

I don't believe that someone else should be privy to my private life. I don't cheat on my wife, nor send sexual emails to secret lovers, or cheat on my taxes. But I'm sure that in the course of a year, you could find all manner of cell phone conversations that wouldn't be pretty if made public. Yet there it is. They will have it. Every word you've typed, every tweet you've tweeted, every satellite phone call you've made, every digital purchase, you name it. All of it there for "them" to scan through at their leisure.  Can you imagine the power they hold over people? Do you have a family secret you can never let out? They could. Did you keep that one night stand you had when you were drunk at the office party a secret? It's not. They have the cell call from when you called her to say it can't ever happen again. (And the credit card receipt)  Did you think you were sly using a different browser to google your porn late at night when the wife went to bed? Thinking she'd never know? Well, they know the browser, what time you did it and what pages you visited. 

What about that little white lie you had to tell to avoid a traffic ticket? The data is there, embedded in the cars version of a black box. What about the day you called in sick on a very important day, only to really not be sick, but golfing with your friend? It's out there, in the data stream. Your credit card charge for the greens fee's, your license plate as you went through the EZY pass... it's all there... and they are going to store it all. Remember that phone call you made to your best buddy about how you cheated Uncle Sam out of ten thousand tax dollars via a bogus write off?  Feel good about that Cell call now?  Did you tell your boss you quit smoking so the insurance was cheaper? The NSA squad can pull the receipts for the Marlboro's you continue to buy.

Frightening right? Well sit down, because it gets worse. 
Ready for release in 2013 is a molecular level laser scanner that will invade your body from up to 150 feet away. Without your knowledge it will be able to tell the operator everything about you, from the clothes you're wearing to the food you ate, to the minute crumb of marijuana joint stuck to your shoe heel you didn't know about. It will measure your adrenaline levels. Feeling agitated? Nervous? They'll know.  Got a trace of cocaine residue left on that 100-dollar bill in your pocket? The machine sees it. Did you go to the shooting range this morning and despite showering think you're going to board that airplane? Maybe not, the machine sees the powder residue in your nose. 
Initially designed to go into airports, the units are surprisingly small, meaning they can be used just about anywhere. This opens up the possibility of widespread use of such machines not just at airports, but malls, hotels, trains, you name it. Here's an article about it... I think you'll find it interesting...http://gizmodo.com/5923980/the-secret-government-laser-that-instantly-knows-everything-about-you