Into the New Year…. 2013 A Year of Challenge

There are so many issues that are encroaching onto this nation as we head into 2013.

Hurricane Sandy, Fiscal Cliff, Sandy Hook, all brought to fore a realization of various weaknesses that are plaguing the USA. 

I, personally, am still unemployed, going on 3 months now,so I have a few issues to deal with as well.

But I am only an individual. The nation is in peril, as the biggest conflagration is not the economy or entitlements, but “Gun Control”. Sandy Hook Elementary saw 20 innocent 10yr old kids slaughtered, along with 6 adults and the killer. 27 souls were sent to the afterlife by the insanely idiotic murderer. 

Some people think that the best answer is to attack the weapon that is the scourge of incidents such as this. Some people think there are 3.75 MILLION assault weapons here in the US. These same people articulate the position that the it would be smart for the country to “buy back” these evil black guns (hell we can charge the makers as racist thus these crimes are hate crimes and…..). What they DON’T ‘articulate’ is that besides the BILLIONS it would cost to execute the policy, the sheer ANGER from the passage of a law of this type would cause untold anarchy in the streets and in DC proper.

 Liberals have this mental ability to IGNORE the consequences of their proposed actions. The examples would fill up this blog for months.

  In every example, unintended consequences run amok and the result is more and more cash to improve the condition. Instead of thinking the policy through, they see the emotional solution and discount logic.

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Banning guns has never worked in any society it has been tried. Australia, the UK, others have seen their gun crime rise… Which is hard to consider since each is an ISLAND nation.  The OTHER possible eventuality are the nations where it worked TOO well and in most instances fatal to it’s citizens. Germany, USSR, Cuba, China, etc. each proved that confiscated weapons and disarmed citizens were paths to totalitarian rule and mass graves.

 

SOURCES:

http://www.slate.com/blogs/crime/2012/12/20/assault_rifle_stats_how_many_assault_rifles_are_there_in_america.html

The Waning Life of the USA

I sit here, unemployed for the 2nd month, pondering what comes next in life. Barack has been re-elected, the Senate remains in Dem hands and the GOP House is witnessing in-house purging instead of promoting a unified and strong front as the Republics only remaining check and balance to Obama’s dominance.

Instead of tackling the inevitable, our country continues it’s march into mediocrity.

Education is a crock. People from all over come to learn from our colleges and then go back home and use that education to help their country, while our kids are not allowed to attend either because of ‘student visa’ grant advantages or because our kids can’t read.

    Public school is a travesty, but lets pour more money into it anyway. Yeah, thats worked so well over the last 40 yrs.

   Immigration is great for America, but we really don’t have time to make everyone go through the correct process so we’ll let 15 million in and THEN award them amnesty…See, it works better like that.

  Our military has the best weapons and the most powerful force… but lets start culturally modifying the force and usurp the big three values (Duty, Honor, Country). High level Generals have committed serious crimes and dalliances, women get pregnant on purpose to avoid rotation, gays are out and proudly strutting… and the equipment is crumbling from age. We again approach the Carter years where we’re a Paper Tiger. All the while the world gets more volatile and dangerous.

A generation, my sons, is practically void of a future. Educated, well mannered, and eager to learn, kids my sons age have been stripped of their all important early working years where they make mistakes and can quickly recover and learn from those mistakes. Now, as they age, they’ll be expected to perform at a veteran level for their age without regard to their actual experience. They’ll have to suck it up and adapt more quickly and not drop the ball (opportunity) when it comes. 

  That’s a lot of pressure for a person who might not have had a job in 3 years.

   The country’s work ethic is coming under assault. how many jobs or chores can a man give a 21-24 YO? There is a time that people start out on their own and step away from the nest. but it’s a part of the process. A friend of mine, who has a son I used to coach on my sons baseball team, was lamenting his sons absence of choice or chance to make his mark in this world. He was saying that his son talked about the Military, talked about this or that… but is lost in a void of inaction.

    A teen gets some sort of PT job and gets fired in a couple of months because he is late more than not… Then they get another job and get canned for not listening well enough… You LEARN from your mistakes. Thats why they call these jobs ENTRY.

    As you age, you become more serious about your job. You get there early, you work hard and listen more. You learn how to become valuable. You start teaching newbies the ropes. You rise in stature and responsibility.

     But that curve is being interrupted by this “new normal” economy.

     I used to be of the opinion that I could roll out of bed and get a job. I’ve had 57 in my 31 years in the workforce. I’ve learned how the world works. I know exactly what people expect from their employees.

     What I am worried about is that the new generation is being sacrificed already at the age of 20-25.

     The implications of this continued ‘new normal’ will cause dependence on the .gov and will give the private sector a vast void in employable citizens in the workforce.

My daughter, on her first day of job hunting, got hired at a store in a local mall. Then the owners friend needed help, and BAM a 2nd job. The THAT guys friend needed a worker..and BAMMM a third job! My son? Not a one… not an interview in months.

Who knows? Someone gets chances, another is not…. same family, same rearing…

One can assume it’s the “War on Men” but I’m unconvinced that is the cause.

Either way, its bad news. People HAVE to work.

What is wrong in our nation pervades throughout the economy. The military is downsizing, thus a massive amount of veterans will flood into the civilian workforce, yet the military will be haunted by losing so many high qualified experienced soldiers. The Public school system will continue to mash out a flood of horribly dis-educated citizens that have to be RESCHOOLED in order to fill even the rudimentary of decent jobs people expect after school. Mediocrity in piss poor out 

 

A Rhyme from the Desk of Honesty

There once was a Democrat, from Illinois, a grand total of less than a decade in elected service had he… Promise this promise that, ‘fundamentally change’ this great country was where it was at.
SO full of Hope and Change was he, he refused to get off the neck of people like me.
He seemed so perfect, so beautiful, so inclusive.
But the truth has been so elusive.
The media cooed at him from the first day on the scene
That is not their job and never has been.
Now he’s been reelected and serves for 4 more
the rest of the ride will surely be not a bore.
The fiscal cliff, including massive taxes
will make America wish for picks and axes.
Death tax, Health Care, Capital Gains increase too
We gotta get mo revenue!
One day not too far from now,
The media will hang their head in shame.
For there will be no one else to blame.

 

Free Thoughts From the Desk of Honesty

I often wonder if other people think. I mean they go about their daily lives, seemingly oblivious to the doom and destruction that is (and has been) wrought onto our nation over the last 50 yrs.
They drive their cars, listening to their Iphones, talking or texting on their smartphones, yet give very little attention to the fact that their various freedoms are being dissolved with every breath they take.
Thoughtless negligence of citizens allows people with evil intent free reign to damage the greatest nation on earth.
I try to keep this blog full of MY thoughts. Not regurgitated reposts from other blogs or news sites. I’m from the time where you were taught that you as an individual were powerful enough to get up on the soap box and let loose onthe government and influence the world around you.
A lot of people allowed that right to atrophy in the past, but starting in the year 2010, the grass roots reignited and led a TeaParty landslide. But now is there staying power in the TP?
If the GOP wins with a huge push by the TP, will the elites stay firm to the conservative agenda or will they compromise and wilt under WASHINGTON-itis?
If there is a massive sweep by the GOP there needs to be follow through.
I mean THIS is what we’re competing against:
How can smart people spout these things with any credence? How can they sleep at night or look at themselves in the mirror? Is the POWER by being in Washington REALLY worth dishonesty? “In Chainnns!”, “Back to Jim Crow”, “Tornado through rest homes”… really?

GOP Looks Like Winners

In the 2 Presidential debates Mitt Romney looks like a serious Presidential representative, while BHO looks desperate, infantile, and classless. I will give Barack some ‘props’, he came back in the 2nd debate like he had something to lose. But he was a paper tiger. Nothing but fluff and platitudes. He has zero to show for his 4 yrs.
Oh wait…
Obamacare (he likes the term)
10%-13% real unemployment
Green jobs by the millions!!!! … ohhhh, I guess that flopped
Gun running…
Benghazi….
He can’t run on his record.
I’m not going to demonize or insult the current President. He is a person. He has red blood and a brain. He has a unique outlook on what makes America work.
His philosophy works ONLY in academia. NOT in Cuba… NOT in USSR… NOT in Mao’s China.. and goodness sakes NOT in North Korea…
What do the Occupy/Commies/anarchists espouse to love? What do they aim for? EQUALITY? Workers rights?
Where has that been more effective than in the Free Enterprise arena that isthe United States?
You believe we have poverty? Why is it that millions of illegals from ALL over spend every cent they have to coyotes to cross into America for what?
A CHANCE. Their ‘homeland’ gives them so little that they are willing to give it all up to come to a strange land and find work… (and free healthcare and gov’t subsides… but I digress)
America IS paved with gold apparently. Compare us to almost every other country andwe have the most liberal immigration laws, citizenship laws and gov’t subsides qualifications.
And he goes around apologizing for us.
He thought since he was ‘of the world’ that the world would love him. What he is finding out is that we have PAID for alliances with some dirty characters (Pakistan, Egypt, Libya) and it’s kicking him in his rear.
If Romney loses, it’ll be because Hell actually DID freeze over.

Remembering

9-11-01

The day the World changed for us Americans. There was relative peace in the US before 9-11. We hadn’t been engaged in any meaningful combat since Gulf War 1 under George Bush41. Before that we had disposed of Panama Dictator Noriega in 1989 and rescued hostages/students in Grenada back in 1986(+/-).

We have had major deployments of our forces in constant imminent danger for the past 10+ years in two separate theaters (areas of conflict) WHILE maintaining High Alert peaceful military presence elsewhere in the world.

We had 3000 people killed on 9-11-01. The cost of avenging their deaths have been steep. Our victories have been many and the justification true. The heroes that are on the front line understand the reasons and most do not want to see a job half done.

We can’t build a perfect world or nation out of the shambles that have been Iraq and Afghanistan, but we can hope to provide the peoples of those countries a chance… A chance at a life without fear of persecution or retribution. A life more liberated in education and the prospects of girls attaining what their mothers dared not pray for. A future for boys where they are not relegated as fodder for vendettas and foolish grudges. A chance where they are limited by their BRAINS, and not what hollow notion their leaders might institute at a moments notice.

We can honor the victims of 9-11 and our fallen soldiers by giving our all here at home as they have truly given all 6000 miles from home.

I am still of the opinion that we are there with the hopes of planting the seed of Freedom in the desert of perpetual conflict that is the middle east. Odds and history are stacked against the goal. But what if no one had stood up 236 years ago for us?

Embrace today and love your family.

Thank a vet.

J.Akio US Army Officer:

“Todd,
Great article. It’s well written and speaks the truth. Someday soon, I hope to be back down range and I will share this with all of my Soldiers.

J”

That compliment means the world to me.

Our Nation, Torn Asunder, Hollowed Be Thine Future Part 1

Background—
236 years ago, a great experiment was established. Blood and tears were shed, but by 1789 the task was completed. Our country has seen trials and tribulations. Errors and wins. Defeats and victories. But now the time is coming when multiple societal shifts are fast approaching.

Today and Near Future–
Over the last month, events have taken place over a wide array of societal arenas. From the SCOTUS overturning of portions of the Arizona Immg. Law and then the ObamaCare ‘taxation’ legality loophole.
We then had the LOST (Land of the Sea Treaty) that barely was stalled in the Senate. Thankfully, just enough Senators opposed this measure.
Then we have the ATT UN Gun Treaty coming up for a vote, and low and behold a mass murder involving small arms takes place 2 weeks prior to this all important vote.
We also have what is called the ‘Financial Cliff’ coming up January 1st 2013. The Bush Tax Cuts (in effect for 10-12 yrs.. so really aren’t they then ‘The Norm”?) are due to expire, the social security payroll tax cuts, as well as the activation of the Congressionally-mandated $1.2 trillion in spending cuts and the kicking in of a whole new set of fees and taxes related to Obamacare. In 2013 we’re talking about a 4% decrease in GDP just with the OCare and tax hikes,and thats not what we need.
During 2008 40% of America’s wealth evaporated. Mortgages went ‘underwater’.

Did that alter the BANKS behavior?? Heck no. They used the same tactics that caused the mortgage crisis on gov’t student loans!!!! And now 11 Global banks have are being investigated for rigging the LIBOR (which is a tool that sets the international interest rates) and manipulating it. While those were GLOBAL banks (like Barclays and UBS). Barclays CEO Bob Diamond quit after testiying before Congress… What’s scary is that almost FIVE years ago (Aug.07) another Barclays Officeer quit, a collateralised debt obligations (CDOs) officer, Edward Cahill quit after Barclays was exposed during the ’07 sub=prime mortgage debacle. So, we have 2 instances of Barclays that shows poor decisions and risky business ventures that resulted in people resigning and saying, “it’ll never happen again, we promise.”

Credit, once easy, became ridiculously difficult as the banks ‘recapitalised’. That, in common english is, “They went so broke that they had to collect fees on top of fees and incur zero risk and deny most new loans.”
Now we’re hearing that Jan 1 2013 will mark a yr that holds far worse possibilities. Europe, especially Spain and Italy, is reeling from a monetary and lazyFair (yeah Lazy-Fair) mentality of entitlement culture. Last week CNBC programs mentioned “Spanish bank runs”, and other articles mentioned Spanish Businesses railing at the 56% tax levy instituted by Finance Minister Cristobol Montoro.

PENSIONS–
Then we add the cities and municipalities that have gone bankrupt in the past 6 months just in California (Compton, Stockton, Vallego, and Mammoth Lakes) there is a common denomiator. Pensions. It was that way with the Auto companies, and now Municipalities. 30% or more of their expenses are reserved for PENSIONS. The Golden Goose has died people. Now cities, once loathe to ruin their credt and bond ratings, see the value in the Chapter 9 bankruptcy filing. Now as pension obligations escalate, they hide behind Ch9 and escape from under that crippling weight.

Employment Future—
Kids, those that are High school age to 21, used to be able to get minimum wage jobs pretty easily and use that to learn how the ‘work force’ operates. Now, they are competing against older people , freshly laid off from higher jobs, or also older people looking to supplement income that may have cut due to wage freezes. Now they are not given the opportunity to learn to contribute to society like the past 3 or 4 generations and they are aimless. If the 2013 Perfect Storm truly emerges, we’re looking at an entire generation that will be truly lost.
If the Perfect Storm happens, I also see more and more hostility (and rightfully so) towards Illegals, the businesses that hire them and Unions that hide them. There will be thrusts to deport all illegals and the normal workforce in America ahould, by then, be willing to take up the slack, even if its temporary.

The Election—
Coming up in November is a referendum on 2 Americas. We’re asked to choose between one guy who is the Evil we know and the evil that promises to be better. We are asked to choose between a closet Communist that has recently shown a love for ignoring Congress, Committees and the Constitution, and a guy that is so squeaky clean that the opponent has to dig up a hair pulling incident from 1968.
In either case, the President will inherit an economy that is on a decline that will be drastic. By inauguration day, the implosion will have been almost 3 weeks old. Companies will have set up their future funding the day after the final election votes were tallied. If ‘Business friendly’ Romney is elected, hiring may bounce up quickly.
Conclusion
The short term future for America is dim. We’ll pay the price for O’s Socialistic love affair. Well into Romney’s tenure, perhaps 18 months, the economy will be sour and the lead weights around America’s Economic Engine. In the next post I’ll list the litany of challenges that we’ll face in the next year.
As always, our nation is in flux and it will come down to the American people to respond.

Sources: http://seascapecapital.com/a-massive-financial-cliff/
http://www.businessinsider.com/spain-nears-implosion-finance-minister-proposes-huge-tax-businesses-threaten-to-leave-2012-7

Road to Serfdom
steven horwitz

Timely tie-ins to Recent Posts—-Developing Stories….

Mueller has to regroup when asked about Domestic Killing

From Fox…. In a story from Catherrine Herridge
Mueller states, ""I have to go back. Uh, I'm not certain whether that was addressed or not," Mueller said….
In another Fox story, this time from Eric Shawn, a Wva. sherriff pleads guilty to trying to sway a 2010 Democratic
Primary by falsifying 100 illegal absentee ballots.

This stuff is just the beginning of what will happen in 2012. Pay attention… be vigilent…Hold on to the power of your vote with jealous zeal.

How the Left is fighting.. not just to beat…but to Kill the Right

Simply put, the leftist media focuses on accentuating the mistakes and misdeeds of the right, while ignoring or lying about the same misdeeds of the left.
Numerous examples abound of the double standard of the left. Small snippets and eye blinks of coverage are given to the ‘bit’ of double standard that exists. When you have 80% of your reporters identifying with one side of the political spectrum, then you will get coverage slanted in that light.
Bill Maher, among others, slobber all over themselves to come up with new disgusting and viral ways to insult, denigrate, embarrass, humiliate, and destroy any and all conservative people, including blacks and women. But let Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck slip once and all hell breaks loose. It’s hard to fight against a bloc that has most of every imaginable advantage in it’s quiver. Name a special interest…its probably a Democrat interest…. Name a news outlet… democrat leaning. Name a past president that often seeks out the press… It’s a Democrat….
Can you imagine where we’d get ‘the other side’s POV’ if there was not talk radio, cable or the internet? We’d be spoon fed the leftist agenda 24/7 if FoxNews, Rush, or Breitbart hadn’t come along.

Now, due to scandal overseas where they had little to do with, the parents of FoxNews is softening their right leaning stance and going more mainstream (under orders from Rupert, no accident this was after the scandal and while there were threats from the DOJ to investigate phone tapping here), Breitbart is dead and Rush just got hammered.
This is no accident. This is a part of a widely known plan to crush the burgeoning momentum the right received from the grassroots Tea Party in 2010. Even the IRS is investigating the TP for various things hoping to quash the movement at the very time that the Liberty of our children hangs in the balance.
When you boast of infiltrating gov’t at every level, in every department (see my brief on the OWS-Anarchist video), when you control the knowledge taught to 3 generations (Public schools/universities), when you control the media where the masses get their ‘news’ (80% identify with Democrats), when you control the entertainment industry (movies, music, TV, etc), you have incredible power to affect change in a country.
The only cracks are the examples I laid out before. And THEY, those FEW examples of independent and contrarian thought, spawned the biggest mass grassroots political demonstration in the past 50 years, if not ever in American history.
Why is the left so scared of the right? Because, truth is a light. The light shined upon the weary, tax oppressed middle class of America and they answered the call to stand and be counted. The left saw that millions took the ball and ran. They organized as never before. They came out and were involved…as never before. They voted and changed the political landscape, as they never had before. They pushed back against the machine and the machine took notes.
The machine can’t let it happen again. 2012 will be a tough political year. All the tricks will come out from the left. More dead people than ever will vote more than ever

They will employ all sorts of intimidation (remember the Black Panthers with clubs in Philly?). Expect that elsewhere. By hook, or by crook, the left will try to assure Obama’s reelection and reverse the TP momentum.
I have called this before. It’s inevitable. 2012 will be a tipping point for our future. We either rise up and go to the ballot box in droves, or allow the status quo to continue and accept the loss of this great nation to those that have been working for 100 years to finally succeed in destroying what was Man’s Greatest Experiment.

Political Notes From the Desk of Honesty

Rush—- Many years now, I’ve wished that Rush would exercise common sense in some of his blathering over-the-top comments…. I always thought it detracted from the GOOD that he could do. There have been many moments that he gets so good at articulating the conservative cause, that it brings me to the verge of tears. But then there are the moments where he slips into the ‘entertainer’ mode and strikes some low cord with some offcolor comment. Most times it works. But this time, the left was ready for the offspeed pitch and knocked him out.
It’s no surprise that while Maher could get away with “slut” comment, Rush could not…. Did he not learn anything from ESPN? And how’s that McNabb QB working out anyways? Like most things, Rush was right on both counts… but the left smells blood and Rush gave them an easy target.

Anthony Breitbart— This guy will be missed. I came across him in ’07 when he was a part of the ‘fringe’ reactionary strata. I dismissed him and his blog as being something of the ‘new tabloid’ media, and I’ll always regret that. What he did, what he uncovered along the way…what he exposed, is a credit to him, his will and his fearlessness. It wouldn’t surprise me if he was offed somehow. He had had some sort of spirited political confab just minutes before he died??? Probably not, but nothing would surprise me considering this man built 3 of the biggest conservative online properties ever. He was a major target, undoubtedly. Nevertheless, I am just sorry I did not recognize his genius and his love for liberty sooner.

Romney— Well, he won 6 of 10 states last night, Santorum got 3 and Gingrich got Georgia. Nary a mention of Paul or how he fared. Most media plastered the 2 leaders pictures on their covers, relegating Newt and Paul to mere afterthoughts. Romney is securing more endorsements as his train gathers more steam. Expect a Romney-Santorum ticket. Gingrich as Sec of State and Paul as Treasury Sec?? I can see Paul being shut out completely unless he can garner some more high finishes somewhere.

JC WATTS— I was surprised to hear JC Watts and Herman Cain going all out for Newt. I had known Cain was a big supporter, but Watts, I thought, would have rallied to one of the favorites sides. I always thought JC was a superstar just waiting for the right moment. Why he slipped into relative obscurity has puzzled me, although I know his bunch (Class of ’96) of Republican Congressmen, actually were committed to their pledges of Term Limits. Imagine…. Real live conviction…. I would like to see Watts re-surface as a force within the Republican party. He, Cain, and Allen West seem to me to epitomize what someone can dream to be no matter their color… or maybe despite the pigeon-holing of their color.