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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Frankenstein Government Now After the Food Supply

Well after hijacking 1/6th of the United States GDP in the form of ObamaCare, our Frankenstein Government has now seen fit to go after the food supply. Say hello to S510, the Food Safety and Modernization Act.

I want to explain a concept to you. It is called a "beach head."

This is how business and government infiltrate. They establish a "beach head." They propose a seemingly harmless and well intentioned law, such as S510- The Food Safety and Modernization Act. Great title isn't it? Who's not for food safety? People ignore what's in the bill thinking that it will not effect them and that the bill by itself can't be too damaging, even helpful. They take no active interest.

General Mills, Kraft, and our government are smarter than us. They don't need to takeover the entire food supply and eliminate smaller competitors just yet. All they are trying to do is establish a beach head position, a foot in the door. If they can get that protected position established on the beach, then hordes of infiltrators follow. In this case, more regulation, fees, fines, and lawsuits.

They are like fucking termites. Let them live, watch them multiply, and they eat your house. Here's an abstract of the bill. You decide.

Quit scratching your head, that's how this shit happens. Incremental steps. All designed with the ultimate and far sinister goal of crushing smaller competition with the help of government. If you can legally strangle your competition with the aid of government (laws, regulations, taxes, and enforcement) and if you can sell your strategy via "food safety" to an unaware American public- you win.

That is why large corporations are supporting this bill. In order to grow profits, they must eliminate their competition. Since murdering little independent farmers and stealing their farmland is kind of unsightly, this is how they do it. They out muscle them with money. This is Frankenstein Government 101. Government signs on because they can expand their control, get corporate campaign contributions, and sell this shit to their constituents like they are looking out for their safety. See the list of contributors here and note the associations and corporations in support of the bill and the little outfits that don't support the bill.

This is all you need to know. Corporate America does not support more regulation unless the financial benefits outweigh the downside risk. Locally grown, organic, and healthy food is where we are headed and that isn't exactly corporate America's strong suit. Think two words- shelf life. When government creates a law- you lose freedom or money- or both. I mean what the hell happened to the FDA? Did they go out of business? Last time I checked they had 12,000 government employees at the trough. This mess gets tacked under Health and Human Services. Read about the milk swat team here.

P.S. Excellent late addition.

Take a look at this criminal. Growing vegetables on his own property. Dude needs a prison cell.

Wealth Without Work, Pleasure Without Conscience, Rights Without Responsibility

It was Gandhi that first uttered these things to his grandson, Arun. Originally he had listed seven attitudes or beliefs that would destroy civilization. Arun added an eighth, rights without responsibility.

Now Gandhi lead a pretty bizarre life. His politics are irrelevant here. The relevant part of Gandhi's life is that he was a "truth seeker." That he identified those seven things some 60 years ago, gives us an opportunity to reflect back to that time. To ask ourselves, "have things panned out that way?" So it is, I chose those first two items because I think they are inextricably linked and applicable here. I chose the last item because that is the frustration we feel. It is the reason I write here. So are those things Gandhi uttered, true?

Ask yourself this. Are people generally trying to "make the greatest amount of money with the least amount of work?" Have you ever heard anyone say, "Today I am going to go to work, work as hard as I am physically able, and hopefully make next to nothing for my efforts." Have you ever heard people say they are overpaid? Of course not. Rather, what we see are people busily exploiting every opportunity to make money with the least amount of work. Nothing exemplifies this better than the fractional banking industry. Charging people interest and fees for borrowing money that banks don't even possess in the first place and even if they did, it is the property of depositors. Not their money. I could go on about stock brokers and fund managers, accountants, government workers, but you get the point.

The only time Jesus got angry was at the moneychangers in the temple who were exploiting people. Is there any difference now? No, in fact I could make a pretty good case that it has gotten far worse. So what motivates people to exploit others? Perhaps it could be...

Pleasure without conscience. We have a serious moral problem with this. Runaway greed. We want what we want and we really don't care how we get it. We covet Harvard. We want McMansions and imported cars. We want designer clothes, expensive jewelry, exotic travel, and we even want to make people jealous. We want these things because somehow we think we are entitled to them. Or that they will make us feel better about ourselves. It is a sickness. Given a legal conduit, we think nothing of exploiting a depersonalized society. Look at Gates, at Buffett, at Angelo Mozilo. Look at the CEOs of major companies making 500 to 1000 times the average salary of a worker putting in the same amount of time. What did Gates do? Steal a computer language and then manage to monopolize computer users for eons? Or Buffett? What does he create? Look at Mozilo and the fraudulent practices he engaged in at Countrywide- practices that other mortgagers were compelled to participate in or go out of business. Practices that have literally plunged the world into depression.

Where is our moral compass, our conscience? Just how bad does this have to get? Do you want every last penny we all have? Will that make you "Captains of Industry" feel better, superior?

I think intuitively, as I gaze over the past 60 years, that Gandhi was right. That the only way to prevent the destruction of society and ultimately violence and bloodshed, was to reset our moral compasses in line with what he was thinking. That we adamantly resist and refuse that "truth" will in fact- destroy us. Which leads me to Arun's addition. Rights without responsibility.

Some of us know that just because we were born here, that does not entitle us to evade responsibility. That somehow, all of the problems we face as a society are someone elses responsibility. I refuse to sign on to the apathy and attitude of those cowards that reside here. I align myself with those people that understand that we have a very precious thing which requires constant vigilance and care. I understand that there are no rights without responsibility. That the rights I enjoy were paid for by the blood of my forefathers and the determination to identify and acquire those rights. That I have a responsibility in maintaining those rights. And I'll be damned if I will let any coward deter me.

My sincere, albeit late, Veteran's day wish for all of the armed services, protective services, and patriots. Thank you for taking a stand, thank you for your service to this country.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Something Wicked This Way Comes...

Let's bow our heads and pray that Ron Paul gets the financial policy chair. If that happens, there is a very good chance that the curtain will be ripped away and expose Ben and the FED. A desperate man hastily pulling levers and trying to maintain the status quo monopoly on our money. We don't need the FED. I know it, Ron knows it, and the FED knows it. I pray that this country wakes up along with us.

Mercy for the thieving rich and elite? Sorry Ben, I'm fresh out. Here's hoping Ron comes in on a pale horse.

Well whattya know, even the tin hats at the Cato Institute are climbing aboard.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Getting Hopeful

People in the blogosphere seem to be waking up and taking an active interest in government. Many writers are talking about the FED. Worldwide, political and business leaders are taking notice. They are no longer sitting idly by. They are expressing their thoughts. So are run of the mill citizens. Like me.

I see this as a very hopeful sign. Because the first issue in solving a problem- is recognizing that you have a problem. For the past two years, government and the FED have done everything in their imaginations to bullshit the American people into thinking there is no problem and that they can fix this. Green shoots, recovery summer, manipulated BLS figs, and now even a FED member has admitted that the FED is artificially ramping up the stock market. It's like they are fixing gravity. It's bullshit. And the last two things a fearful government has is bullshit and the last resort- brute force.

Galileo was one of those dudes. He found himself in front of a fearful government. It didn't matter that the Catholic Church and the state persecuted him- jailed him in his own house- it did not change the facts.

Truth and acceptance is starting to happen in the US. The louder knowledgeable and credible people speak out, the quicker we can accept that we have a serious structural problem. A structural problem that will not go away or get better by ignoring it or lying about it to the public. Or throwing make believe money at it.

Here is a great clip that explains the mysteries of QE2. A very calming and sensible explanation. Disturbing only in that QE2 really is just confusing, distorting, and likely will have no impact whatsoever. Swapping yields. Whoopee. It's worth the read.

Late addition. More hope.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Lost Morality

This might very well be- the best explanation I have ever read on the moral and ethical state of this country. I think this dude absolutely nails it. I am going to post the link, courtesy of ZeroHedge here:

This article takes me back. It takes me back to the worst, most unethical job, that I have ever participated in. In the late 80's, I worked for ITT Financial Services in Las Vegas as a loan officer. This is where I got my first taste of corporate greed and corruption. Previous to this, I had been a police officer for 5 years.

Let me tell you how ITT operated. In Nevada at the time, they had no usury law. Thus ITT's lowest interest rate for small consumer loans was 42%. When people called the office and asked what our interest rates were, we were all instructed to say, "it depends on the size and the length of the loan." Interestingly enough, that misleading statement worked. Of the hundred or so calls I took like that, I don't ever remember one person inquiring further.

When we closed loans, every one of them was "packed with credit life and disability insurance." The premium for this was about 800 bucks. It was front loaded and thus the borrower financed the insurance at a minimum of 42%. The insurance paid very little but of course paid the loan off. ITT was the parent company of Hartford Insurance. It was so crooked it defied belief. Many customers did catch this on the loan documents and we would have to take it off in the loan closing booth. Many didn't. It ran about 50-50.

In Nevada at that time, ITT could take anything as collateral including personal property. It was very common. Sometimes our manager would steal the collateral after we took it, convert it to his own personal use, and then pay some paltry amount on the account balance. When a borrower would come in and try to get his collateral back, the manager would say it was "sold" at auction.

Our branch delinquency was so high that we often couldn't collect. We would field chase people with delinquent accounts and try to get them to sign these non cash deferral slips. We virtually never found them. We were instructed to forge non-cash deferral slips on 90 day delinquent accounts.  That way the branch delinquency, and the solvency of the operations were kicked down the road. This made the manager happy, the regional manager happy, the investors happy.

To keep everyone in line, ITT fired people and non compliers (honest people) left and right. I think they fired 3-5 branch managers in Nevada that year. We only had 6 branches, one in Reno. I had never seen such scared employees.

During this time, one of the employees and a friend of mine, quit and began writing paper for a local car dealership. He reveled in the fact that they screwed people on interest rates. If someone qualified for a 9% rate, they would give them a 12% rate. This premium would be passed onto to the finance manager and dealership. He said often they would hit the "trifecta." Underpay for someone's trade in and make money on the used vehicle, sell a car at sticker price and sometimes higher, and then screw customers with higher interest rates than what they were qualified for. They also used credit life and disability to bolster their profits. They offered me a job. I turned it down.

All of these corrupt practices were sanctioned and legal in Vegas. I absolutely hated that environment and unfortunately I was good enough at it- that they offered me a promotion in Reno. I tried to tactfully turn it down. When the Regional Manager insisted that I go to Reno, I finally let them have it. I told them that I hated this company. A few days after that meeting, I called in sick. They fired me. And they didn't give me one thin dime for any of my accrued vacation.

I happily left the corporate world and went back to law enforcement. I was a changed person. My wife could never understand why anytime I walked onto a car lot I transformed into Son of Sam. Or why I refused to finance anything or got contentious with loan closers in the loan closing booth. Why I hate banks, credit cards, finance ops. They prey on poor uninformed people. Like wolves.

It is the acceptance and culture of financial evil and greed that led to this economic collapse. Absolutely everyone that participated in this from the government-to the lenders-to the borrowers- owns this. We have a culture that encourages greed and worships it.  Including a deaf, dumb, and blind criminal justice system which includes the SEC and federal enforcement. All operating under the cloak and protection of the greatest counterfeiter and moneychanger of all- the FED. None of this is really much of a mystery. The only mystery is how long they can keep this charade going.

The Kids Have To Go To School in California, Don't They Dad?

California doesn't fuck around, son. They tackle the big shit- head on.

Two examples: San Francisco just banned McDonald Happy Meals because they come with a toy and therefore entice children to eat fattening food; and the Democratic legislature has made it illegal for a California employer -- even in a retail operation -- to ask a male employee who comes to work wearing a dress to wear men's clothing while at work. Billions lost, behold the mighty delta smelt.

Welcome to the Welfare Golden State- Borrowing 40 million a day to pay unemployment benefits.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports:

With one in every eight workers unemployed and empty state coffers, California is borrowing billions of dollars from the federal government to pay unemployment insurance. The Los Angeles Times reports that the state owes $8.6 billion already, and will have to come up with a $362-million payment to Washington by the end of next September. The continued borrowing means federal unemployment insurance taxes are going to increase, upping the annual payroll costs $21 a year per worker. California tops the list of 32 states that have borrowed a total of $41 billion to pay claims.

The budget California passed this year is based on welfare and hope. Mostly welfare.

How are they on state tax rates, you ask? Note the whopping 1% higher rate on 1M vs. 47k.

No. 2: California
Top rate: 10.55%
Applies to: Taxable income over $1 million.
In February, the legislature adopted a 0.25% increase in all rates, retroactive to Jan. 1, taking the rate on income over $94,111 for a married couple and $47,055 for a single to 9.55%.

How about just plain old cost of living? Where do they fit?
Score : 1/25
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale House : $596,130 Lipitor : $154.09 Movie Ticket : $12.35 Dozen Eggs : $1.93

Well surely they dumped the idiots that have fiscally buried them? Ah...well... not exactly. Meet Governor Moonbat. Can't wait for his budgeting prowess.

The Ninth Circus Court sees no need for proof of citizenship when voting. The Ninth Circuit Court Appeals has struck down a simple, common sense protection approved by Arizona voters requiring that all individuals provide evidence of U.S. citizenship prior to registering to vote. This decision is an outrage and a slap in the face to all Arizonans who care about the integrity of their elections.
President Obama concurs. So does his crazy aunt. She's an illegal alien collecting disability. At least we know she's an illegal alien. Apparently she furnished proof. After listening to this interview, I am kinda shocked she hasn't moved to California. She seems a logical fit.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Fun Run On Bank Of America

Wouldn't it be sweet if we could convince all Americans to begin a run on Bank of America? It would be like the sheep telling the wolves, "We've had enough of your shit, prepare to die perro grande"

A little street justice in a banking world that apparently is shielded by government and the FED. When is a Federal or State Prosecutor going to step up? Are you all co-opted and compromised?

Bank of America, and that worthless toxic asset Countrywide Mortgage, have been two of my chief targets for the past two years. That Bank of America over paid drastically for Countrywide's nebulous assets and continues to grossly overstate their value is becoming well known. Angelo Mozilo, Countrywide founder and thieving scoundrel, was apparently allowed to carve out a 67.5 million dollar penalty in lieu of the prison sentence he so richly deserves. (Bank of America is paying 20 million of those costs)

This is how it works. Mozilo commits massive fraud, dumps all of his stock, and leaves shareholders and pension funds like mine with all of the losses. He sells that waste heap of a company to Bank of America and lands a spot on their board. The government then converts Mozilo's ill gotten gains to their coffers in lieu of criminal fraud charges. They trumpet that as a great victory. Thus Mozilo escapes, Bank of America escapes, the government escapes, but sheep get slaughtered.

What kind of ending is that? Would you pay to see that kind of movie at the box office?

I'd love to help sponsor a fun run on Bank of America. Perfectly legal, perfectly fitting. Read this link and see if you'll get you up to speed- courtesy of one of our last remaining heroes, William Black.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

It Usually Takes Me a Little More Than Three Weeks to Prepare a Good Impromptu Speech

Although most sensible folks know that football is vastly superior to watching public service announcements, particularly in my circles, tonight found us taking a break and watching President Obama on 60 Minutes.

I had an absolute epiphany when a friend of mine remarked that Obama always comes off like a calm, rational, centrist kind of guy as he watched the program. Now I've given a few interviews in my day and I forget that most normal Americans fall for the deceptive practice of TV "interviews" as they are presented to us. This is how it really works.

The President is given a list of questions well in advance of the taping of the show, perhaps weeks or months. The President has something short of an eternity to review the questions, reject some, accept some, run them by advisers, spouses, or his crazy aunt and formulate an intelligent response.

In what amounts to "rehearsed testimony" the interviewer then asks those agreed upon questions. The President then pretends to ponder a moment, reflects with eyes slightly askew, and then utters his response as though he has no idea what question might come next. This then gets edited and formatted into a TV program. It ain't reality TV, trust me.

That bullshit then gets presented to us.

And knowing all of that, I watched the 60 Minutes interview anyway. It makes for good comedy. Obama just doesn't get it. Even after all of that rehearsal time, he just doesn't get it. He is either dense or he has some undisclosed agenda. In a nutshell...

The American people were taken to the cleaners. They watched as their home values got chopped in half, their 401ks turned into 101ks, and their children came home to live. They lost their jobs. Their health care costs went parabolic. We got a ridiculous health care bill that nobody in Congress bothered reading (and who could, all 2500 pages) and that most importantly- the consumers, the people using and paying for the system were left completely in the dark. Abandoned. Not important enough to participate in the process but expected to pay for it.

There has been no social justice. Not one fraudulent banker charged. The American people know we have a structural problem Mr. Obama. You can't pay down 15 trillion in debt when your government has allowed millions of jobs to flow overseas. When government allows GE to pay 5 billion in taxes on 637 billion on revenue, why are you squeezing us for chump change? Private companies earning money off shore and keeping it there- nearly a trillion- because to bring it stateside means they can't dodge US taxes.

The structural problems we face are dire. Those issues are going to take HARDCORE ACTION to resolve. Tremendous courage. Real hope and change, tangible efforts. The problem, President Obama, is that quite simply you are a hollow suit. A talker, a teacher. You are not misunderstood. We understand completely. You have no personal courage and no plan. And the middle class is tired of hearing you talk. They are the ones feeling the pain. This is not partisan politics. This effects ALL of us.

Lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way. We have heard enough rhetoric. You don't build a skyscraper by talking and discussing about how to build a skyscraper. Words are cheap. Shut up and go to work.

I'd love to do a real TV interview, not one of those scripted town hall meetings or rehearsed public service announcements by CBS. Next time, I think I'll just watch the football highlights.