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Like many of you, I spent most of my life busy making a living or raising a family. I didn't really care about politics. Politics never effected me directly, not in any adverse way. Nobody was trying to steal my gun rights or health care.
I grew up in the most democratic town in America. The birthing place of unions. Butte, Montana. It was there that I learned to hate evil corporations, greedy robber barons, and people willing to destroy the earth to such an extent- that Butte, Montana is still the number one Superfund cleanup scene in America. Butte owns the Berkeley Pit. A mile deep open pit mine filled with the most acidic water on the planet.
It's pretty easy to be a democrat in Butte. I once saw a picture of a very small vacant room with a table and four chairs where the caption read, "Butte's GOP Headquarters." They practically baptize you democrat in Butte. That's the way it was back then. My friends were the sons of miners. So I understand my democrat friends from Butte who still cling to the old ways. Some are very loyal.
When I arrived in college, I was surrounded by more liberals and liberal teachers. I didn't need the additional indoctrination. I arrived there pre-packaged.
So I began the working years of my life with an environmental protection lean and little else. I had been raised Catholic/Lutheran, I had plenty of guns, I thought the evil rich guys all voted Republican. I voted every four years like clockwork. Then a series of events woke me up and changed my mind about liberals and democrats forever. I began my law enforcement career in '83.
One of the areas we patrolled heavily was subsidized housing. We received maybe as much as 60% of our police calls- from 4 or 5 large apartment complexes- scattered all over town. The people in subsidized or free housing really never seemed to leave those places. In addition to housing, many residents received food stamps, subsidized utilities, and some form of medicare and/or disability. Welfare some of it essential- some not.
There were two sad truths about places like that. Our society needs places like that because there is a substantial number of people who cannot function on their own in any kind of normal life where you keep a job long enough to get out. It's a place where bad luck, poor decisions, and directionless people wind up. The mentally ill are there. Illegal aliens are there. Profoundly disadvantaged people are there. The drug and alcohol addicted are there. In the river of life, this is the backwater.
Our culture doesn't have a solution for the people who live there. They aren't ever going to get out, not for long anyway, and I've never seen that as a political issue. It's a societal issue, a humanitarian issue that exists and it is so large that parsing individuals out and attaching blame to them is useless and mean spirited. Telling someone they are stupid and hoping that will make them better- well that's my definition of crazy.
So we need a place for the disadvantaged to live. That's just the way it is. Politicizing that despair is shameful.
Time and time again, I was exposed to the wealthy elite. I am talking serious money from 100's of millions to billions. Some of these super wealthy people are actually pretty decent folks. Some are complete snobs. But something strange happens to them. Despite the fact that they all tend to arrive at their lofty stations in life by the means of capitalism- many then renounce it. They become justice warriors, socialists, fitness and green energy proponents, they believe in climate "change" and none of them are particularly Christian. Some are outright atheists. And these super wealthy people were almost all- card carrying democrats.
These rich people were not the hated, corporate Republicans of my youth. They were robber barons pretending to be liberals. People who used the capitalistic model to carve wealth from others and then suddenly proclaimed to the world how loving and decent they were. They love all races, the three genders, gays, straight, and the downtrodden.
These people began believing their own bullshit. Surrounding themselves with people who have kissed their asses most of their lives- they actually begin believing that they are these wonderful, intelligent, special people. Bill Gates is a wonderful example of this save the world nonsense. Warren Buffett is not far behind.
I began to examine these people and realized that I don't have anything in common with them. In fact, I learned to dislike them quite a bit.
I was transitioning out and didn't realize it. Then one day at work it hit me. I will never forget it. Before the staff meeting that morning, the Mayor was lamenting how much he would have accomplished if he could simply get the city's department heads on board. He was near the end of his term. City department heads were roadblocking every project and making it difficult for him to achieve anything. His goals had always been simple. Expand business in our city by making it attractive. Keep workers in our town.
That morning I listened differently. Not as a department head mind you, I listened like a conservative person trying to help the Mayor advance his pro business agenda. It was remarkable listening to this small "swamp" collectively roadblock every idea that be brought up. It suddenly hit me. He was a pro business, conservative man surrounded by liberal statists. These were people that wanted laws and regulations for everything from dog poop on the local bike path, to light "trespass" on adjacent property at night, to cars idling during the winter months. This was the shit the statists were concerned with. Of the twelve or so department heads at each meeting, I knew at least nine were card carrying, regulation loving, liberals. When I think of insanely dysfunctional groups- I simply cannot render a version worse than that group of city staffers. I was one of them. I found myself opposing them at nearly every turn. I slowly began to realize that every value I held from my oath of office to my fact based belief system was conservative.
It was at one of those meetings, the dog poop on the bike path ordinance meeting, when it happened. I snapped. I pictured cops hiding in the weeds, taking photos for evidence, just waiting for Mrs. Anderson's black lab to poop on the bike path. If she ignored the poop, became a scofflaw, we would spring into action. Gather the poop as evidence. I wondered, would this be an arrestable offense? Gawd the whole thing was so idiotic.
That's when it happened. Somebody asked me about the ordinance and I told them the unvarnished truth from my perspective. I had no interest in enforcing that law nor would I be detailing any specialized patrols to the bike path. That level of un cooperative truthfulness set me on the path to not being a "team player." That was the moment when I realized I was conservative. Not because I was raised that way or indoctrinated in the liberal arts building. I evolved that way because it's the only thing that made sense to me.
That was some 20 years ago. The year after 9/11. The day before the one year anniversary of that dark day.
Since then I have witnessed virtually every level of liberal insanity from the millions spent on wolf re-introduction at the state level to the federal government hijacking healthcare to bail out soon to be bankrupt health care companies during the 2008 fiscal crisis. A fiscal crisis the democrats under Clinton caused. Today, Joe Biden and the democrats signed the covid relief act. Most people won't see the 350 billion the democrats are sending to all of the democratic states who have wasted tax dollars so badly- they can't fund their budgets and retirement systems. Another bailout. First the banks, then the health insurers, now the bankrupt pension plans in liberal states. https://www.westernjournal.com/democrats-sneaked-86b-failing-union-pensions-supposed-covid-relief-bill/
Today I am grateful for what I have. My goal is to try and keep the liberals from taking it.
Sunday, March 7, 2021
Each year the Federal Government spends far more money than it takes in through individual and corporate taxes. We call that a yearly deficit. That deficit then gets added to the existing debt or deficits from previous years.
With the passage of the Biden "stimulus" plan (which is essentially just another pork barrel bill providing tax largesse to corporations and other countries) I thought I'd try to explain the level of indebtedness we are in and try to keep it simple and understandable.
Our current federal tax receipts for 2019 are 3.46 trillion. Tax receipts are normally estimated higher for each forthcoming year- unless of course you have a covid pandemic where 1/2 of the country shuts down. So the projections on this table, the one I used for this piece, simply aren't going to happen. Thus I am using 3.46 trillion as the amount of Federal tax taken in 2019. https://www.thebalance.com/current-u-s-federal-government-tax-revenue-3305762
We will add the 1.9 trillion dollar stimulus plan to the outstanding debt on the US debt clock to arrive at a figure of 30 trillion in debt. https://usdebtclock.org/ I'd like to direct your attention to the last line on the debt clock. From left to right. As I write this..
We owe another 54 trillion in social security and medicare costs for a grand total of 84 trillion.
We owe another 3.5 trillion in state and local debt. I am going to round this up to 88 trillion dollars because the debt continues to compound and I don't think the GDP went up, nor did tax revenue during the pandemic. Not to mention the cost of all those vaccinations. (who do you think pays for those?)
All debt is serviced essentially through the issuance of bonds. In the USA, half of our debt is financed with 30 year treasury notes. The other 50% is financed with bonds with shorter maturities. This means that half of the debt is continually refinanced. We make interest payments on this debt. That is one of the reasons why interest rates are never going to go substantially up. We couldn't service the debt. Can you imagine paying 5% interest on 88 trillion? That is 4.4 trillion or about one trillion more that the Federal Government takes in each year in taxes. That's why the Federal Reserve must step in with any one or several of their cost containment programs. The yield cost containment curve or YCC is going to be their next move- they will stop the yield ascent of the 10 year treasury.
It's like a child plugging holes in the leaking wall of a dam. As the water (debt) rises the pressure on the dam wall increases. Eventually the water begins to crumble the wall or go over the top. Either way, the debt tsunami cometh.
Ok. So let's use a ratio you can understand. We owe about 25 times what we take in each year. (88 trillion divided by 3.46 trillion in revenue)
Thus if you were an average wage earner in the US making 40 grand a year- you'd be able to accumulate 1 million dollars in debt if we were to use this government standard.
Could you make the payments on a million dollars in debt? With zero interest on half?
If you had a zero interest loan for 500k over 30 years- your payment would be 1389 a month.
If we added the other 500k in debt at a revolving rate of 3% over 30 years- your payment would be another 2108 a mo.
Thus your two payments on your 1 million in debt would cost you 3500 a mo. You would fall 2000 dollars short of annual gross income. You could not buy gas, food, clothing, utilities, repairs, insurance, property taxes, or anything else. In short, you are bankrupt.
The USA is also bankrupt. The only difference of course is that the US government can defer their debt through a number of measures not available to the common taxpayer. How long can they extend and pretend we are solvent? It's an interesting question that nobody has been able to answer. We are all going to feel the pain as they try and tax the shit out of us and steal our property in the process.
One last item which I have found to be universally true.
The liberal mind always thinks the solution to debt is more taxes. They just want everyone else to pay them.
The conservative mind thinks we have a spending problem.
In the end, it simply doesn't matter who is right or wrong. The dam is bursting and all of the crying, finger pointing, and blame that is American politics- can't fix what's coming. It's too late. We are either going to default on our debt- or use the historical custom of trying to inflate the debt away by the issuance of more money. And we are going to feel this pain. Because of our apathy, we probably deserve every little bit of what's coming. Buy land, stockpile goods and prescription drugs, buy precious metals and ammo. What's coming is unprecedented. The issue is when.
Like Yogi Berra says..."Predicting is hard, especially about the future." Indeed it is.
Sunday, February 7, 2021
The election fraud of 2020 is never going to go away. More and more substantiated proof accumulates each day and over 1000 sworn affidavits of fraud and questionable conduct have been ignored by officials and the courts. These are from people like you and I.
I don't think I have ever seen anything like this since JFK was killed and they spent years trying to convince us that some lone, single, communist assassin loser killed the president.
Kennedy was shot from the front and side. That can be seen on the Zapruder film. I don't need some bullshit Warren Commission to tell me what anyone with warm blood and half a brain can see for themselves. Despite Zapruder's film our government, Johnson's government, still managed to convince a gullible America that some half assed communist was responsible. They went to HUGE lengths to convince us of that.
The cover up that followed was the single greatest fraud ever foisted on a naive American public. It would take nearly 60 years for yet another great fraud of the same magnitude to emerge in America. The 2020 election of Joe Biden certainly meets that criteria. Again, we have film and evidence.
For any crime to occur, there must be motive and opportunity. This is law enforcement 101. Let's examine briefly then, motive and opportunity.
President Trump was well hated on many fronts. The Chinese hated him for his tariffs and sanctions. Many of the middle east countries hated Trump for his pro Israel protections. Trump also wanted to restore order on our southern border- another slave labor pool- spilling across unprotected space. Trump was hated by the liberal media, it's members and by extension- the white oligarchy who own and run media. You simply can't ridicule and demean your President without repercussion unless of course you know well in advance- that your boss feels the same way. The new age robber barons, the Zuckerbergs (Zuckerberg "donated" 300 million to secure democrat votes in Georgia) and the Dorseys of the world (who see fit to ban people from Twitter with some arbitrary excuse) There are a lot of companies doing business with China which also hate Trump. We also have the cowards of the GOP, the election and propaganda ministers of the DNC, and the Free Shit Army promised handouts by Joe.
So clearly we have plenty of motive. We can see who benefits. Now what about opportunity?
We have an election. Untold millions want Trump removed. Under the cover of a covid 19 scare- officials set about the task of "protecting" the voting public by mail in ballots, absentee ballots, ballot harvesting, anonymous drop boxes, and votes counted after the deadline. Web connected and hacked counting machines. Strange mathematical anomalies favoring Biden- all in the wee hours of the morning.
It begs the question. Did China release this virus on purpose to destroy Trump and rig his removal from office? It seems plausible. The timing is unquestionably coincidental. I see a wisp of smoke.
The larger question, the 64,000 dollar question, is why didn't anyone conduct an actual forensic examination of voting irregularities? That's how we determine truth in America. The short answer is- the owners of this country didn't want an investigation. They wanted Trump out and stealing this election was something they rationalized and justified. Cheating is acceptable if they get the desired result. China wins, the media wins, the corporate ownership seeking slave labor wins, the free shit army wins. The winners get richer, you get poorer.
But America loses. So if these are the new rules, let's just get rid of actual results altogether and determine the winner by which ever side can cheat most effectively. Let's quit pretending.
We will find some conservative hackers and use those Chinese owned voting machines that flip votes, we will banish DNC poll watchers from polling places, we will hire people to fill out ballots and transport them in the dead of night, we will promise all voters 5000 dollars a piece if they vote for our candidate, maybe 20 bucks an hour minimum wage, and maybe we will ask China to cook up another virus in that Wuhan lab and let er fly in late 2023. Instead of old conservative voters, the new virus will attack young mouthy voters. We will make sure that we ridicule and harass anyone that opposes us. We can have a big nationwide power outage for a couple weeks after the election and render the media more useless than they already are. By the time the lights come back on, we'll have a new President. Voila!!
Quid pro quo. What's not to like?
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Wow. Two blogs in a week. You'd think I was retired with not much to do.
I've had this blog for 12 years. The only comments I've ever deleted, other than spammers, were three assholes that came in to say nasty things. I have always valued a person's right to free speech and quite honestly, if you write some garbage, then people should be entitled to comment appropriately. It seems only fair.
The first blog I was ever booted from was "naked capitalism" maybe 6 years ago. I had the audacity of questioning the author's conclusions (Susan Webber) about Modern Monetary Theory or MMT. Not only did she ridicule what I had to say, she ridiculed me. I instantly recognized that nasty sort of attack as the modus operandi of a liberal. Liberals aren't interested in any opinion that contradicts their own opinions. Liberals say stupid shit- like they believe in "unity" and "tolerance" yet they do not. You must toe their party line. Despite the fact that communications law expressly allows dissenting commenters and gives immunity to hosting platforms- we are seeing an absolute explosion of websites which are disabling and restricting comment sections. Yahoo was the first to disable comments. Some sites only allow commenters to comment if they have paid for a subscription. Facebook employs an army of "fact checkers" who apparently have determined that our recent presidential election was fair and allegations of fraud are baseless- primarily because their guy won. The fact that no credible investigation was ever conducted to determine the actual truth of the matter- well they aren't going to let truth get in the way of their opinions.
They claim of course, their advertisers are demanding they clean up their comments. That's a problem when you have whored yourself out for money. You know what I'd tell an advertiser? These are my rules. You want to advertise here, accept my rules or beat it. If you have this fantastic, kick ass website then you can make the rules not your advertisers. That's why quite honestly, I think it's all just an excuse. The real truth is that the website owner doesn't like the content of the comments or it doesn't agree with their brand of politics. So that's the excuse they use.
Here's the deal. If you are going to run your website like the Third Reich- then at least have the decency to post your rules. Don't be a pussy and modify the rules as you go, arbitrarily bouncing good comments and commenters because they hurt your feelings. If all that confrontational stuff bothers you, there is always gardening. Which brings me to Twitter. As you know, President Trump used Twitter and now that he has lost his influence on that platform, Twitter has erased him. That act of cowardice, censoring opinions contrary to your own, should tell you all you need to know about Twitter.
Today, I cut this out of a nationally syndicated article:
Twitter has permanently banned My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell’s account after he continued to perpetuate the baseless claim that Donald Trump won the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
Lindell had "repeated violations" of Twitter's "civic integrity policy" which is code for made up corporate bullshit and of course, they don't identify any of those specific, horrific tweets that kept them up at night.
Lindell, a Trump supporter believes the election was rigged. Unbelievably he still believes this even AFTER JOE BIDEN'S ADMINISTRATION HAS BEGUN! Who writes this shit? Do our opinions have expiration dates now? Are we required to change our minds about what happened- ya know like forgetting about Seth Rich, Brian Terry, or Benghazi now that the Obama regime has departed?
At any rate, Twitter permanently banned Lindell for the heinous crime of having an opinion. Lindell you might have noted- lost business to two huge retailers. This tells me he has courage and a pair of balls- unlike the Twitter platform and their CEO. So Lindell gets erased and...
I have the same problem here. Google and the flamers that own this outfit could kick me off anytime they wanted to. I know they have booted a few already. I simply don't generate the hits or the ad revenue for them to notice or worry about. I am a small fry relegated to the backwaters of writers who write for free because I can't sell what I write.
That might be but I don't write for money. I don't write for hits, or ego, or ad revenue. I write because I love to write. I am here just trying to spark a little brushfire here or there in the few readers that still drop by once in awhile. I value integrity, fair play, and courage. Those aren't novelties that will go away despite the cowardice of CEO's who see fit to censor users or delete them for no other reason that they are offended by a few words or an opinion or it seems fashionable to get rid of them. Twitter is a platform I simply can't use because I see myself condoning their behavior by doing so. I can't condone arbitrary rules, censorship, and the rest of that childish behavior and nastiness. I don't care how you justify it.
If Twitter is going to abandon all sense of fair play and dump users for having the audacity of having opinions contrary to their own- then I have to ask the question. Why would you subject yourself to being erased? When will it be your turn?
So yea, Twitter ain't on my list of must haves. Unlike Twitter, I've only got one rule. You'll see that rule anytime you open a comment box here. It's at the top. I streamlined it many years ago and it has worked for all but three people. Not too shabby.
Saturday, January 23, 2021
The democrats, vindictive little cowards, just can't accept victory. Not only do they cheat their way into an election day win but they have been very successful at stopping credible investigation into any number of innovative cheating methods.
So now the democrats want to try and impeach a former President. This is some rich shit. It begs the question. If Trump is eligible for impeachment after leaving office- can we impeach Barack Obama? Can we finish off Bill Clinton? Can we impeach a few dead ones?
So you've seen the obvious question next. What statute of limitations exists that would prevent this? I can't find one.
Let me present my case. Hypothetical of course.
Suppose an American President scrubbed all evidence of his foreign past. All of it was done before he actually runs for office. You have to scrub it all or parts will remain exposed. You start with your 17 year old mother who sleeps with any number of men yet identifies one of them as your father. You are raised in a foreign country with a different father. You are raised Muslim but never mention it. You have a different name but never mention it. You have an Indonesian passport which goes missing. Your advanced college degrees were likely financed by foreign scholarships yet those cannot be identified. Even your master's thesis is lost.
The cop that was me- fantasizes about snagging one of your used cigarette butts and then submitting that DNA into a database. It would be entirely possible to prove who sired our 44th President. Wouldn't that be some shit?
Could we just polygraph presidents when they are done? Ask them if they ever had girlfriends in college or where they were on Sept 11, 2012 during the evening? We have well documented case law in the U.S. that states public employees have no right to lie.
If we can prove any number of lies, it would be impeachable.
It would however, require an investigation and we certainly understand that democrats find investigations repugnant and distasteful- unless of course they are investigating mysterious Russians or duly elected Presidents who toppled their crooked offering. Like Trump did.
Now I'm gonna drop the F bomb here because I want to. It is necessary. If you don't like that- start your own blog.
The absolute antithesis to Barack Obama is Donald Trump. They are such polar opposites that the only thing they have in common is warm blood. However, they are both presidents. This means they are impeachable under the new rules. (Btw, nobody really knows what the rules are. Like most legislation now days, nobody bothers reading anymore. Politicians rely on word of mouth and lobbyists to tell them how to vote.) Now the new rules are all subjective based on which lawyers in Congress do the most effective talking. Even if they fuck that up, which seems inevitable, we have even more lawyers on SCOTUS to further fuck things up. The precedents for all this mass confusion, buggery, and fuckery were the Citizens United ruling along with the Affordable Care Act.
So we know they are fully capable of screwing this pooch.
The point of all of this is that absolutely nobody knows what the fuck they are doing in Congress or what they are trying to achieve- but not knowing what the hell they are doing has never stopped them from doing stupid things or letting common sense intercede. That's how we got Obamacare.
Even Reader's Digest can't figure it out, however their writer concedes that there is no law that prevents an impeached President from running again if eligible in all other respects. https://www.rd.com/article/impeach-after-term-over/
That means the democrats would achieve absolutely nothing which is certainly preferable to those moments when they actually achieve something.
So if the democrats, having rigged an election- don't have the common sense or the decency to let things be then I say- let's just impeach every ex President that we can. Even the dead ones. Sayonara Obama. Arrividerci' Bill Clinton. Adios FDR.
Even JFK. Kennedy once said those that make peaceful negotiation impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
Surely that is inciting treason under the new rules.