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Agenda 21: The BLM Land Grabbing Endgame

April 25th, 2014

landownersWhy is the federal government so obsessed with grabbing more land?  After all, the federal government already owns more than 40 percent of the land in 9 different U.S. states.  Why are federal bureaucrats so determined to grab even more?  Read more…

Economy, Government, World News

Legislation: Senate To Ban Hundreds of Semiautomatic Rifles, Handguns, Shotguns, Magazines

December 27th, 2012

For anyone who may have thought Senator Feinstein and her colleagues in Congress were bluffing about coming firearms legislation that would restrict the sale, transfer and possession of certain firearms, think again. Read more…

Economy, Government, World News

Gun Rights Activist Warns Barack Obama May Skirt Congress and Outlaw Semiautomatic Firearms

November 27th, 2012

Kurt Nimmo: Second Amendment activist John Snyder writes on his blog today that confidential sources have told him that the Obama administration may attempt to skirt Congress Read more…

Economy, Government

Staggering Black Friday Gun Sales Causes Outages At The FBI Background Check Center

November 27th, 2012

Paul Joseph Watson: Black Friday gun sales hit an all time record high last week with demand for new firearms so overwhelming that it caused outages at the FBI background check center on two separate occasions. Read more…

Economy, Government, Markets

Chuck Woolery On Gun Control: 5 Reasons Why We Cannot Ban Firearms In America

November 27th, 2012

Mac Slavo: Legendary game show host Chuck Woolery has a message for Americans, and he delivers it with an AR-15 in hand. Read more…

Economy, Government

Barack Obama (Wants) To BAN Guns

November 22nd, 2012

The Daily Sheeple: Obama’s currently proposed ban list: Read more…

Government

Secession Proponents Do Not Want A Civil War; And No, They Cannot Be Stripped Of Their Firearms

November 17th, 2012

Steve Watson: Several detractors have claimed that American citizens who sign petitions in favor of secession are advocating a new civil war, and can rightfully be stripped Read more…

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In His Final Speech Ron Paul Warns Of “Continuous March Toward Fascism”

November 17th, 2012

Steve Watson: In an over 45 minute long marathon address on the House floor yesterday, Congressman Ron Paul said farewell after a 36 year long career in politics, including Read more…

Economy, Government

Senator Dianne Feinstein Moves To Ban ALL Assault Rifles, High Capacity Magazines, and Pistol Grips

November 7th, 2012

Mac Slavo: The agenda no longer needs to be hidden from public view. With President Obama winning another term and democrats taking control of the Senate, the move to fundamentally Read more…

Government, Markets

55 Facts Every American Voter Should Know About The U.S. Government Finances

October 18th, 2012

The future of the United States of America is being systematically destroyed by our politicians, but unfortunately most Americans don’t really grasp exactly what is happening.  Read more…

Education, Government

What Should The Media Be Asking?

October 10th, 2012

Why is there so little trust in the mainstream media these days?  CNN ratings have been hovering close to record lows over the past few months.  A recent Gallup survey found that 60 percent of all Americans “have little or no trust” in the mainstream media.  That was a record high according Read more…

Economy

Judge Napolitano: “We Know Far More About the CIA Than We Do the Federal Reserve”

September 20th, 2012

Mac Slavo: Judge Napolitano weighs in on the recent actions of the Federal Reserve, and asks why now is the opportune time to officially introduce the next round of quantitative easing: Read more…

Government

Federal Government: More Than 100 Million Americans Are On Welfare

August 17th, 2012

Michael Snyder: There are more Americans dependent on the federal government than ever before in U.S. history.  According to the Survey of Income and Program Participation conducted by the U.S. Census, well over 100 million Americans are enrolled in at least one welfare Read more…

Government

Yeah, Thanks A Lot!

November 26th, 2010

This week, Americans sit down in their sturdy chairs to enjoy a national feast. Businesses are shut down. Congress is adjourned. For one day at least, citizens can enjoy their peace.

In every hamlet, urban ghetto and rank suburb they gather, sacrificing turkeys to their deities, whoever they might be. Before they tuck in, they bow their heads and give thanks. But for what?

There have always been two parts to the Thanksgiving holiday – one sincere and personal, the other national, fraudulent and delusional.

One of the first Thanksgivings took place in 1623. The colony at Plymouth Rock had barely survived. The supply ships from England had not brought enough food. Harvests were poor. People died of hunger, cold, disease and malnutrition. Like all central planners, Governor William Bradford blamed it on the weather. Then, when communal farming was abandoned, what luck, the weather improved:

“The Lord sent them such seasonable showers, with interchange of fair warm weather as, through His blessing, caused a fruitful and liberal harvest…for which they blessed God. And the effect of their particular [private] planting was well seen, for all had…pretty well…so as any general want or famine had not been amongst them since to this day.”

Thanksgiving wasn’t made a national holiday until 1863. Then, it celebrated not the success of the American experiment, but the end of it.

Imagine a battle today in which 500,000 American soldiers died – almost as many as died in WWI and WWII combined. As a percentage of population that was the death toll at Gettysburg. That was what Lincoln chose to follow with a day of thanksgiving. Thanksgiving for what?

“…peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere [EXCEPT IN THE THEATRE OF MILITARY CONFLICT].” Emphasis added…. [And we] “commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged.”

Lincoln should have proclaimed a day of mourning. The battle and the War Between the States were not glorious achievements. They were national disasters. The fondest hope of the founders – that people could decide for themselves what kind of government they would have – died on the battlefield. But the nation’s course was set.

America may be in the New World, but it has one of the oldest governments on the planet. France, Italy, Germany, India, China – all have newer, fresher governments, as much as 200 years younger. Newer economies bustle with more energy and money too. America appears near exhaustion by comparison. China and India eagerly court the future; America seems desperate to hold onto the past. Her armies are stretched over the globe, trying to prevent anything really new from coming about. At home, her politicians and economists try to prevent anything old from going away. At great cost, banks and businesses, as well as the old timers themselves, are propped up…supported…and sustained.

Still, the typical American has much reason for gratitude. His house is bigger and gaudier than ever before. His car is a plush monster. He has more than enough to eat. He has gadgets and gizmos galore – including a machine that blows the autumn leaves off his asphalted driveway. And behind him is still the mightiest government the world has ever seen – ready to protect his vital interests in the Hindu Kush as well as Wall Street.

Yet, all his blessings seem to come with fuses attached. If the winter is severe, he may not be able to heat his palace. If the price of gasoline rises, driving his land barge could ruin him. If he looks in the bathroom mirror, he might get depressed. Our own polling tells us that 1 in 10 households will give thanks for their government this week. They should reconsider. Didn’t the federal government tempt them to buy a house by giving him tax breaks and subsidizing mortgage rates? Didn’t it egg them on to spend money by reducing the value of the dollar by 97% over the last 97 years? Didn’t the feds stymie every attempt to correct their over-consumption by cheapening credit and stimulating consumption even more? And isn’t it the government that has run up a net national “finance gap” of more than $200 trillion…so that each newborn American faces a burden of $700,000 in debt even before his first diaper has been changed?

And now, the government practically mocks him in an outrageous way. Ever since an amateur terrorist set his underwear on fire, the airport polizei are determined that a man should have his genitals checked before he boards an airplane. Thank god the would-be terrorist didn’t tuck his explosives into a body cavity!

It is fascinating from an ethnological point of view; the poor American has been led along, put upon and knocked around so much. Foreigners must look on in amazement, wondering how much abuse he’ll take. And now, his head bent over…the “butterball” turkey waiting for him…the American must feel the weight of his blessings. He is broke. He may lose his job. His country is in decline, headed for bankruptcy and his leaders are incompetents and scoundrels. To make matters worse, his central bank is keen to commit a new act of sabotage – intentionally trying to undermine his savings…his labor…and his standard of living.

Like Lincoln, he can say to himself…except for that…everything is okay…

Regards,

Bill Bonner
for The Daily Reckoning

Yeah, Thanks A Lot! originally appeared in the Daily Reckoning. The Daily Reckoning, offers a uniquely refreshing, perspective on the global economy, investing, gold, stocks and today’s markets. Its been called “the most entertaining read of the day.”

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What’s the US Gold Stash Game Plan Anyway?

October 27th, 2010

In November’s new issue of The Atlantic, James Picerno poses the question of why, given such lean times, “is $300 billion worth of government treasure simply sitting in vaults?” He’s referring to the US stash of gold reserves. Although there are a number of good reasons for the status, it’s interesting to consider what reasons the federal government is willing to offer publicly.

From The Atlantic:

“Getting straight answers (or any answers at all) from Washington about our hoard of gold is weirdly difficult. Yes, the government can downsize its holdings, said Congressman Brad Sherman, a member of the Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology, through a spokesman. No, it’s not a good idea, he added, offering no elaboration. When I called to interview the subcommittee’s chairman, Representative Mel Watt, his office begged off in an e-mail, advising only that he ‘hadn’t studied this particular issue as of yet.’

“Repeated calls and e-mails to the White House press office went unanswered. The Treasury Department referred me to the section on gold in the U.S. Code. When I pressed for more information, a public-affairs official e-mailed back: ‘Gold? Don’t you have anything better to write about[?]‘

“…Under current law, income from the sale of gold must be used to reduce the national debt. But nothing would stop Congress from rewriting the regulation to permit other uses. By Washington’s corpulent spending standards, $300 billion may seem modest, but it’s hardly trivial: it could, for example, reduce our $1.3 trillion budget deficit by more than 20 percent; finance Social Security for nearly six months; or fund unemployment benefits for several years—in effect, create a stimulus package without pushing us further into debt.”

It seems rather obvious the last thing the feds would do is spend the cash on paying down the national debt while failing to consider any austerity measures. Instead, the recommendations above for simply spending gold – especially rather than cutting expenses — are of dubious value. Alongside the US military, the gold reserve is probably one of the nation’s not-yet diminishing assets that still insulate the US’ dwindling credibility as home of the world’s reserve currency.

You can read the full details in The Atlantic’s coverage of Uncle Sam’s mysterious hoard.

Best,

Rocky Vega,
The Daily Reckoning

What’s the US Gold Stash Game Plan Anyway? originally appeared in the Daily Reckoning. The Daily Reckoning, offers a uniquely refreshing, perspective on the global economy, investing, gold, stocks and today’s markets. Its been called “the most entertaining read of the day.”

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What’s the US Gold Stash Game Plan Anyway?




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