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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Frankenstein Government Considers Paying Readers, Or Boob-A-Thons, In Desperate Attempt To Acquire More Readers

Ya know I've been banging away at this keyboard for a little over two years. I manage about 2000 page views a week.

I will never advertise.

Then I see these new blogs come on line. Half naked chicks, funny shit, guns, and more half naked chicks. What happens? The new blogs get gobs of followers, page views up the ying yang. What happens to me? Nada. Left at the altar. Same old number of followers, same old amount of page views.

Even when I manage to write clever shit.

I can't do the half naked chick thing. My friend Al says I should. He says the internet was primarily invented by men to exchange porn. For free. All of this other shit is ancillary according to Al. Google earth, maps, buying shit, writing nasty stuff about the government. A waste of time, Al says. Time spent looking at porn is time well spent. You gotta admit, it's hard to argue that.

Al's sister, Jenny, suggested I get girls to lift their shirts and snap photos from the neck down. Post them here. Kind of like a boob-a-thon. I wonder about that family of theirs. I am not sure a boob-a-thon is the way to go.

I am ready for some new kind of recruiting or membership drive. Maybe I will have to start paying people. Perhaps I will hold a weekly raffle. Now there's an idea. If you leave a comment, a nice one, I will put your name in a jar and draw a name. Send prizes.

Or maybe I should just stick with half naked chicks.  

The Collapse Is Herreeee Johnny!*Updated Courtesy of ShakeALeg

This is going to get interesting.

I've been watching and reading about the eurozone collapse for what seems like years. I can sum it up in a sentence or two.

The greatest credit expansion of all time will be followed by the greatest collapse of all time. This will be a world wide event. The only thing keeping this collapse at bay is the life or death struggle of the status quo (bankers, insurers, bond holders, politicians) as they desperately try to find ways of stopping the inevitable.

Dave over at the Golden Truth published my all time favorite quote from Austrian economist Von Mises who quite succinctly stated the out come: "There is no means of avoiding the final collapse of a boom brought about by credit expansion. The alternative is only whether the crisis should come sooner as a result of a voluntary abandonment of further credit expansion, or later as a final or total catastrophe of the currency system involved."

This collapse will be a fucking doozy. 

In the present case- the entire world is at risk. This isn't just some mess confined to Europe. These are world wide bankers, one giant web, interconnected by swaps and shadow lending, leverage on steroids, derivatives, insurance, and counter party risk. When banks and countries start falling like dominoes, everything is going to go to hell. How is a bankrupt and collapsed Europe going to buy US treasury debt? There is nobody left to borrow from.

You can bet your ass that Obama is well aware of the systemic risk to his re-election prospects. Knowing this fiasco is beyond his control and knowing that he sold us out to bankers- gives me special delight. It is justice.

I enjoy watching the worldwide soap opera knowing that there is only one way it can end. Watching these people run around and search for non existent solutions is amazing. On a micro scale- I am out of TBTF banks entirely. I have possession of silver and gold. You should also take a significant amount of money, currency, out of the bank and have it at your disposal. After watching MF Global literally steal at least 1.2 billion of customer/client money and get away with it- I am now starting to worry about counter party risk everywhere.

Quite simply, if you don't have your assets in your possession- they are not your assets.

Check out this link courtesy of shakealeg. Love this dude, don't even mind a rant he goes on about atheism... 

Friday, December 9, 2011

Cops Making A Quarter Million To Guard a Bridge?

This is the type of nonsense that happens when you allow public sector employees to unionize. Taxpayer chaos. A quarter million to guard a fucking bridge?

That type of "no brain" job should be contracted to a private security company for 15 bucks an hr. No wonder we are all broke.

The United States of Corruption, More Banker Lawlessness, MF Global and Jon Corzine's Testiphony*Updated

I have been waiting for this for weeks. Corzine should have been in a jail cell.

Please allow me to get the introductory dry stuff out of the way- so that we can talk about criminal acts and the good shit. This is how the elite and connected are given every opportunity to escape. The MF Global scandal is just one more example of an executive branch that is ethically and morally bankrupt. Obama and this administration. What has happened with MF Global is actually pretty simple once we get the background out of the way. 

MF Global was a derivatives broker/agent which includes options and futures. Customers' kept money on account and traded for their accounts. MF Global traded for it's own accounts. Customer's money and MF Global money should not have been commingled. MF Global was also a primary dealer for government bonds- which has a hell of a lot more to do with the company's CEO and connections than whether or not MF Global was properly capitalized. It's CEO, Jon Corzine, was a bond trader. Ex Goldman Sachs CEO. It of course- gets worse. 

On Oct. 31, MF Global suddenly went bankrupt. Approx. 1.2 billion dollars worth of customers' money immediately went missing. Customer accounts were frozen and they lost the ability to trade out of losing positions. What happened is unprecedented. Quite succinctly, the victims and customers who had nothing to do with MF's bankruptcy, were completely screwed over. To this day, over a month later, investigators have found some money, but not most of it.

Jon Corzine. In addition to his other vast accomplishments, he is a former  Governor of New Jersey and perhaps the number one campaign bundler for President Obama. I mean quite literally, the two are best buddies. Corzine held a NY fundraiser dinner for Obama at his apartment this spring that netted about 600k for Obama.

So there you have it. Two well connected and elite politicians. Both crooked and ethically bankrupt. Both have each others' backs. It is crony capitalism at it's finest. MF Global goes bankrupt, customers lose 1.2 billion, and the CEO, Jon Corzine goes missing for five weeks. He is allowed to escape. Until Dec. 8, the day Corzine testilies testifies. Check out the well rehearsed and evasive testiphony here.

Now I have written many times about the complete absence of the rule of law in this country. President Obama, who took an oath to uphold laws and the constitution as the head of the executive branch, seems nearly as culpable in this as Jon Corzine himself. Presidents have the express power to order investigations- well unless they involve your friends- that is. Which is why criminality, currently, is at epidemic type levels.

Was a crime committed or was this whole thing just some civil matter? Prosecutors often make those decisions. Prosecutors generally determine how to proceed and build a case. In this case, I believe there was clearly fraud and grand theft on a colossal scale. Quite simply, customer accounts and MF's accounts are two different things. Had only MF lost corporate money- this would have been civil. When sequestered customer money came up missing is when this whole thing moves from the civil realm to the criminal realm. That's when it turned into fraud. This is what happens when a crime is committed. Victims notify the appropriate law enforcement agencies as they realize their money is missing. It's law enforcement's job to determine who has jurisdiction. The appropriate agencies determine how to proceed and who to call for help. An investigation is begun.

Has anyone heard the term "criminal investigation" attached to this? Why not?

Good cops know that all crimes and especially the evidence attached to those crimes, is time sensitive. Good cops immediately identify and secure crime scenes so that evidence cannot be tampered with or destroyed. Evidence is seized before it goes missing. Accountants forensically piece together transactions, conduct audits. Cops interview hundreds of employees and potential witnesses. They subpoena and search accounts. And somewhere in the midst of all of that- somebody should have been reading Mr. Corzine a Miranda waiver. What did you do with the money, Mr. Corzine. Where is it?

"I don't know" Corzine might have replied. However, the Sarbanes Oxley act is prima facia evidence that you are not allowed to plead stupidity. Quite simply, as a CEO you are required to sign under penalty of law that your books are in order.

So what happened to the chief suspect? Isn't the goal of the police to interview the most likely suspects? Isn't the goal of the police to interview a suspect like Corzine- lock them into an initial explanation (story, alibi)- and then prove or disprove by means of an investigation?

What cop worth a shit allows the suspect to simply vanish for 5 weeks? To rehearse a beautiful story with some of the finest tacticians and lawyers that money can buy? What kind of a cop does shit like that? Well, soon to be unemployed cops, where I come from. Apparently NYC and DC investigators are not burdened with penny ante cases of a missing thousand million. They have bigger fish to fry. Maybe some kid selling pot near the DEA's office.

Here then is the big finish.

Several different crimes took place at MF Global. The entire episode was treated as some giant civil matter rather than a criminal investigation. I suspect that came about as a result of federal prosecutors or federal police agencies- acting on orders from above. Clearly, I would love to see who made those decisions. It might very well turn out to be the usual folks. The chief architect of this, a guy who bundles contributions and turns them over to the President went into hiding. Most of us would have been interviewed/interrogated for a confession and put in a jail cell. Or at least been the subject of a grand jury by now. But instead, because you are special Jon Corzine, you were allowed to go free and construct an OJ Simpson defense. Still looking for those drug dealers that slashed up Nicole.

In the brave new world, the elite are given every opportunity to steal and if caught- they are given another chance to escape. Jail is never on the menu for these banker thieves- somehow they float above the possibility of jail as though it simply does not exist for them. It pisses me off.

Because somehow they keep getting away with it. It's like a fucking epidemic.

Fraud. Conspiracy to commit fraud. Grand theft, theft by conversion. Embezzlement. Violation of Sarbanes Oxley. I am sure there are others.

*More on this coward here.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Used Car Experiment- How the Government and Bankers Secretly Stole 250% From Us

For the past couple of weeks, I've been looking at used cars. Some new ones.

Mostly I am doing this because I am tired of getting my ass kicked every time I fill up my Ford F-250. It costs me about 300 bucks a month in gas just to get around town. Ten bucks a day.

Yesterday, I very nearly bought a used '06 Pontiac Grand Prix GT. I went home, thought about it, and scanned the car ads. I was absolutely blown away at the price of 9 and 10 year old cars. Oddly enough, through October this year, the cost of used cars according to the BLS has risen over 5%.

Let me put this in perspective. In 1978, I bought a used 1971 Dodge Challenger for 1200.00. That meant the car was 7 or 8 years old. I think gas was around .67 a gallon. I wrecked that car six months after I got it because I was an idiot teenager. Now I am an idiot adult.

During my third year of school (1982), I bought a 1974 Ford Galaxie. Ugly fucking car. The Galaxie had a little bit higher miles than the Challenger and it was 8 or 9 years old. It only cost me 800.00.

I've owned a lot of cars in between.

Some 30 years later, I am looking at 9 year old Pontiac Grand Ams for 5000 bucks. The Grand Prix was only 6 years old but it cost 9000.

So what the hell happened? Why does it cost 4000 more dollars today to buy a 9 year old Pontiac Grand Am than it did to buy a 7 year old Dodge Challenger in 1978? Gas is 3.30 a gallon now. Five hundred percent more than 1978.

That is the secret tax. Inflation. Government at all levels- has been increasing actual tax rates. But they don't just settle for that. They have also been inflating away the value of the money you earn. The double whammy. So I surfed over to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and wouldn't you know...the CPI tables going back to 1978 were not available. So I had to use this conversion calculator instead. I plugged in 1000.00 dollars in 1978 and the calculator told me that in 2011 the equivalent amount of cash is 3,472.

A paltry 250% loss in buying power. Cumulatively speaking, over those three decades, we are losing about 8% real inflation every year. But wait a minute, doesn't the BLS publish those bullshit statistics minus food and energy that tells us inflation only runs 2-3% a year? Of course they do. Cleverly manipulated data sets that are changed over the years to hide the truth from you. Why? Because all fixed income government retirements and social security cost of living increases are based on CPI. The lower they can manipulate that number- the less they have to pay you. There is one other HUGE thing you should know. CPI does not account for the loss in taxes. Each time a taxing entity raises taxes- it does not land in some basket where that is measured and accounted for. That money is lost- taxes are not taken into account.

Most people don't know this but the BLS used falling home prices to offset the price rise in all other commodities. In fact, they nearly doubled the weighting as it applies to housing costs to something on the order (from memory) of 47%. That's why they can show this ridiculously low inflation rate when all of us are simply getting our asses kicked- week after week in retail outlets, grocery stores, and at the pumps. They even manage to exclude food and energy costs which are through the roof year over year. I am having a difficult time locating a non pdf file to verify the huge weighting the BLS has given housing rents recently after the steep decline in 2008. (They quit using home ownership and switched to rental costs for some ambiguous reason that I am sure suited them)

That's why those little ridiculous cost of living increases are such a joke. They are based on deceptive and fraudulent numbers generated by your government BLS. Tonight I went to my Public Employees Retirement site to see how much our annual cost of living raise was going to be. I was not shocked to see that it was only 1% again this year. That means we lost another 7 or 8% again this year on top of the 7 or 8% we lost last year. So far, two years into the retirement system and I have already managed to lose 15% of my buying power. I am trying to remain grateful.

Perhaps the best part of the BLS site is that they contradict themselves and prove my point. By default they tell you the truth. Not in the month to month numbers, or even in the yearly numbers. That little calculator of theirs- tells the truth. We have had 30 years of 8-9% inflation, not the 2-3% they report annually. That's how we lost 250% worth of buying power since 1978.

President Obama's Third Day In Office in 2009, "My Best Day Is Behind Me"

Obama's approval ratings have dropped like a rock since day two of his presidency. Wow.  Here's the day by brutal day account of the lost last three years.

The Government Won't Destroy the Constitution, It Will Simply Render It Useless and Silence the Lambs

It's a simple game. Steal all of the money and you impose slavery on your people.

Seven giant mainstream media outlets force feed you a diet of Kim Kardashian, Dancing With the Stars, and new narcissistic diets- and the public is happy.

Then while you aren't looking, these government bastards are stealing your money and delivering it to banker cronies. They are creating giant bureaucracies (TSA) starting new wars, (pick a middle eastern country) and they are busy stealing your freedom. (Patriot Act)

An added bonus. Here's a piece on how your government and bankers, aided by the Patriot Act- allowed illegal aliens to do cash out re-fi's.

Now comes the new National Defense Authorization Act. Quite simply, this law allows military detention of American citizens, without trial and indefinitely. I'm not kidding. No due process. We are talking about citizens that the government "suspects" to be domestic terrorists. In essence that means anyone that speaks out against government can be detained- indefinitely.

Here's what Forbes has to say about it.

Our government has become master oppressors. As they spend us into oblivion, they seek to instill the fear of God in us by threats of force. Don't pay your taxes and you will go to prison. Speak out against the government (adios freedom of speech) and say hello to indefinite detention as a domestic terrorist.

We have economic slavery. Now this Frankenstein abomination of a government seeks to steal all of our freedom under the guise of "protecting us." The worst part about this? The vast majority, read statists, liberals, and sheep, don't care. They think all of this is just chicken little rhetoric despite the fact that you would have to be Helen Keller not to see this coming.

So while the lambs read about some worthless tart on the msn homepage or try desperately to extend their lives by eating organic food and wearing bicycle helmets...the rest of us will prepare. A vicious fight is about to break out between the wolves who have lulled the sheep to sleep and the wary sheepdogs who are here to protect the sheep.

Damn, I wish they'd get this party started soon- I'm not getting any younger.

School Kids Fighting, Now Referred To As "Sexual Harrassment" By School District

I got in my first fight when I was eight years old. I picked it. A kid named Jimmy Fink beat up a friend of mine. We fought in a dirt lot two blocks away from school. The cops didn't come and if they had- I doubt they would have cared. Nobody got killed and the earth kept rotating on it's axis.

So on a tip from a reader, I read the following story about a seven year old boy who got in a fight and kicked another kid in the balls. I say balls because undoubtedly that is the term the young lad used- despite the fact that his mother mentions the word "testicles." Nobody says testicles except mothers who are speaking to the press. At any rate, the boy is apparently being charged with "sexual harassment" by the school district.

Here is wikipedia's definition of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment, is intimidation, bullying or coercion of a sexual nature, or the unwelcome or inappropriate promise of rewards in exchange for sexual favors.

You will note that nowhere in that definition will you find young boys kicking other young boys in the groin. This could either be an oversight by Wikipedia's editors or it may mean in fact- that sexual harassment might not have a damn bit to do with two boys fighting.

I was also completely amazed that they identify this kid and actually use a picture of him in the story. "There is that young testicle kicker, Martha. Get a good look at him and if you see him be sure and cover up your private parts." By the way, where did the press get that photo? It reminds me of the type schools used to take...

You know what I'd like to see? Could we all agree on one standard definition for sexual harassment? Let's agree that sexual harassment should in fact have something to do with sex. This insanity reminds me of the kind of crap cooked up by liberal lawyers- the same type of lawyers that school districts typically hire. They create some broad definition for sexual harassment that nobody else uses, put it in some five pound policy manual somewhere, then haul it out when a couple of seven year old kids get in a fight. Turn a little scrap into a federal offense- one that gets national attention.

Geezus. When we were kids the teachers hauled us into the office, chewed our asses, and called our parents. They called it "fighting" back then. We all pretty much understood what that term meant. After the ass chewing phase, they let us go back to school. Sometimes parents apologized to each other and then subjected us to more ass chewing or perhaps a beating which nobody in their right mind would have referred to as sexual harassment. Double jeopardy be damned. That's how it was.

I'll tell you this much. I'd be afraid to hug another kid on this school's property. They'd probably bring a charge of attempted rape.

Thanks, Todd.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Female, 69, Feeling Holiday Stress- Thinks Hacking Off Husband's Penis Is a Good Idea

A woman was arrested in California (wow, really) for attempting to cut off her husband's penis with a pair of scissors.

In my old line of work, we called that "mayhem." 

Unfortunately, they left the best part of this story out. In the interrogation room, it might have gone something like this. "Now Mrs. Smith, when was the precise moment where your line of reasoning thought hmmm... I think cutting off Mr. Smith's penis sounds like a good idea."

Wouldn't you love to hear that?

Undoubtedly, this woman has children. Let's pray that they are male or that she isn't your wife's mother. 

Blago Awaits Sentencing, Quick Search Finds That Of Course, He Has a Law Degree

I've been following the Rod Blagojevich story.

After 25 years spent listening to the greatest egos on the planet, I can sniff out a lawyer faster than a hound can tree a coon. I just had to look. History major. Of course.

Blago does his lawyer friends a dis-service. Mostly lawyers are some of the sneakiest, conniving assholes on the planet. The vast majority of lawyers that I knew- were engaged in various nefarious activities. Most of those had enough common sense not to disclose their greedy agendas- Blago does not number among them.

In fact he says while attending Pepperdine (a fucking gorgeous place by the way) he barely knew where the law library was. No shit.

The prosecution rests your honor.

Only Congress Could Hold Hearings On Their Own Illegal Conduct, Struggling To Decide Whether Or Not To Ban Insider Trading

We have truly abandoned the rule of law when it becomes necessary to hold hearings on whether or not to ban the practice of insider trading for Congressmen. I first read this story on ZeroHedge.

Will Congress simply find a way to route inside information to friends and family? Of course.

The root problem is the greed and wanting of a culture that simply cannot bring itself to do the right thing based on ethical or moral standards... instead our culture simply asks today, "Is this illegal? If it is, what are my chances of getting caught?" If the risk is low, or the act is not prohibited, they give themselves the green light to harvest money based on information that nobody else can obtain. The counter party to whatever trade they are engaged in- is you.

The problem isn't our Congressmen- the problem is our forever wanting and greedy society and culture- finding ways to exploit people they do not know. Finding nothing wrong with that. Confined to Congress? Sorry. We have an entire private banking industry, hundreds of thousands of people, who have proven you can't simply assign this problem to Congress. It is systemic and emblematic of our entire way of life.

Monday, December 5, 2011

The U.S.S. Barack Obama

Stolen from Colony 14. Tracking the doomed presidency.


The Baby Boomers, Powering a Generator

Burning bodies for electricty.

The Bard of Murdock's take. Funny shit.

Can United States Citizens Fight Government and Win? Yes, Let's Quit Paying Taxes and Occupy Prison

I want you to imagine the perfect contract with our government. They agree not to go out and spend a lot of money on useless things. Like banker bailouts. If they do want to bail out banks and raise taxes, they must get approval from voters first. If they fail to do that- they must suffer the consequences.

Despite an overwhelming response from United States citizens in 2008 that were opposed to our government bailing out banks- they went ahead and did it anyway.

This is not any different than you telling your son that he cannot spend the 4000 dollars you gave him for college tuition on heroin. He is a "recovering" addict. He goes ahead and does it anyway. Then he tells you that he went ahead and took out an additional loan from the bank to replace the tuition money. He says it's your responsibility to make the payments and pay it back.

Think that metaphor is far fetched? That's exactly what your government did to you.

It brings up an interesting point. Why would you feel liable to make the payments on the debt your son acquired after he wasted his tuition buying heroin and feeding his addiction? At what point does your son's or your government's outrageous and illegal conduct, entitle you to sever yourself from responsibility? Does it ever? In other words, is a government entitled to spend and waste money on absolutely anything it chooses, from banker bailouts, to subsidizing cronies at Solyndra, to giving tens of  thousands of government workers six figure salaries, health benefits and pensions, or starting a war here or there and committing us to another lost trillion or two? When are we going to quit enabling our government- allowing it- to spend like some crazed drug addict and dropping the bill in our mailbox?

At what point is someone going to step in and say this has to stop? Apparently the answer to that question- is never. There is no way to regulate this government. All of the regulating mechanisms have been removed. It is beyond control. The proof is a 15 trillion dollar debt and another 100 trillion due and payable in the next 20 years.

The only appropriate response for the actions of your addict son is to refuse to pay for the loan he took out. The only appropriate response to stop a completely unregulated  government and that unlimited credit line they have awarded themselves- is to quit paying taxes. That is the only bloodless recourse. 

And I will say it is appropriate. Once your government has become a lawless criminal enterprise beyond the scope of law and regulation- a government that no longer answers to it's citizens- the rules must change. It is you that must change.

Right now, you owe the Federal Government 134,000 dollars. (third figure, upper left) That is your portion of the debt they took out on your behalf. If you want to stop your unregulated and addicted government then you must quit enabling them to indulge in their addiction. You wouldn't pay for your son's heroin addiction would you? You must quit paying taxes.

I have been a lawman most of my life. I have always paid my taxes. Over paid actually.
For the first time in my life, I am seriously considering not paying taxes. Not state taxes mind you- my state balances it's checkbook. I will gladly pay those.

I am talking about starving the addiction of the Federal Government. Bringing them to their knees. If millions of taxpayers simply quit paying taxes- this would force the Federal Government into action. Citizens and taxpayers alike could demand that the government do what it has refused to do for the last 40 years. We are going to quit paying taxes until you perform the job that we elected you to do.

Is there risk involved? Of course. I might very well go to prison and have what little I own get seized. The vast majority of people will think I am insane. Nobody wants to go to prison. The government and their addiction is relying on my fear to stop me from engaging in doing the only thing that makes sense. Take out the maximum number on your with holding forms at work. Don't pay them.

I am seriously considering doing this. I am consulting an attorney this week. If millions joined me, we could bring about the change we all want and need. Addicts don't quit on their own. It generally takes some form of intervention. I am tired of all the whining, the lamenting. It's time to put or shut up. The failure of the super committee tells me it is intervention time.

How crazy is this? Pretty nuts. Ultimately, if enough people participated in this it would cause a funding crisis. Intermediate and drastic action would have to be taken by a government who has clearly demonstrated that they are unable to perform their jobs. A funding crisis would compel them to get serious and now! No more election games. A potential United States default would end this can kicking exercise. How crazy is that?

Maybe not that crazy after all.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Now That Herman Cain Has Bailed Out... is coming in for Ron Paul. I said this a few weeks ago. The country is sick of politics as usual, elite and washed out professional politicians (Newt) and RINO's like Romney. Leave it to the GOP to re-install Obama. They are working at a fever pitch.

Ron Paul can suffer whatever gets thrown his way. When you are a straight shooter and scandal free- when you have integrity and transparency- it's hard to throw you under the bus. Check out this thread.,1824.0.html