Monthly Archives: March 2009

Moving along…

My concerns for the nation’s direction are well documented at this point, but I have some very serious concerns for the lack of preparation taking place. While I certainly would love to see the utter resurrection of the US Economy, the same folks who expected the economic collapse as far back as 5 years ago expect that NONE of the policies being implemented will work to correct the market.

When the economic downturn began, Representative Ron Paul called for the government to allow the liquidation of the companies that were in trouble. Yes, people would have lost jobs, but the correction would have been much quicker. Instead of perhaps 3-4 years of economic hardships, the government instead borrowed hundreds of BILLIONS of dollars from other nations, inflated the dollar beyond reason (because we no longer back our currency with precious metals or assets with intrinsic value they could do so unchecked), propped up businesses which had demonstrated no desire to correct the bad business practices that lead them beyond bankruptcy.

Now we are looking at possibly 15 YEARS of economic correction, and what will correct a contracting economy? The bottom. We have to hit the point at which the bubbles have all burst, at which people are saving their money and living within their means, at which point those who can afford to rent, rent, and those who can afford to buy, buy.

The only two debts which make any sense anymore are an automobile, and a house. The debt anyone owes for an average mortgage should NEVER exceed the original value of their mortgage barring local catastrophe or some other strange event. People didn’t NEED to refinance, they WANTED to refinance, so they did. Now we’re stuck in a downward spiral of economic contraction. The links below paint a picture which at the very least should convince everyone to PREPARE for the worst depression in history. It may not happen, but if you are prepared for it to happen, and it doesn’t, then you won’t have harmed your financial standing by saving and investing in the proper commodities.

Who is really to blame. (Liberals & Democrats may not want to read this)

A response to the Secretary of State’s claim that America is to blame for the arming of the Mexican drug cartels.

Why a group of people who want to regulate everything say everything needs to be regulated…

The bubble we have to burst without the help of Washington…

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Stern’s Ice Tikanni…

This isn’t in my designed blog materials, but I feel compelled to share anyway.

The Story of the Ice Wolf…

In March of 2003 your mother, Skye, delivered you and several siblings. You were immediately recognized to be the prettiest of all of the puppies, yet you were the last to leave. The family who took you first had no understanding of the energy you brought into every day of your life, so they passed you on to a family with a yard, hoping that you would find happiness there. Sadly, one day you licked the face of a just-learning-to-walk-infant, and it caused her mother to panic and pass you back to the first family to own you. They asked the help of Mike & Dawn, your mother’s owners, in finding a forever home. That’s when you came into my life. I took you home the first day I met you, in July of 2003. You were energetic, loving, and such a beautiful husky. I fell immediately in love.

3 months later I left you with my family to go to war in Iraq. Shortly after I got to Baghdad, I was told over the phone that you were the most amazing dog. My kitten Katie, was running across the yard when Tasha, the previous homeowner’s dog, saw her, gave chase, caught Katie and shook her by the neck, killing her instantly. Your other owner ran out to stop Tasha from eating Katie but before she could get there you nipped Tasha away from the kitten and got between them. While your owner tried to determine if Katie was alive or not, you kept Tasha from getting close. From what I was told, you were then permanently welcomed by the rest of the family.

When I got home in the spring you were so excited you danced around the yard yipping, and wooing, and flopping over on your back at my feet. A few weeks later we introduced you to Storm, your partner in crime for the next 5 years.

Just after New Years, the two of you got out, to this day I believe you were just following her bad example. The two of you were gone for days and I was terrified I was never going to get you back. The day after you disappeared we heard from Animal Control that some goats had lost their lives prematurely. I defended the two of you till I caught you several hours later, and found blood all over Storm’s nose and face. There wasn’t a single drop on you, Animal Control said Storm had cleaned you off, I think you just watched her do it. You did your quarantine time at the Animal Shelter, because I knew how much damage the two of you were going to do if I tried to do it at home. Since you two were more responsible than the other owner, I didn’t feel I had a choice. The next morning we found out about two more deceased goats on the same road. I disposed of them in a mostly not-as-I-was-supposed-to way. Ten days later you were out. I didn’t have a single problem with the two of you from then on.

The other owner and I divorced, and while I was away I had people checking on you two to make sure you were being fed and watered, you weren’t, but we found ways to make sure you were okay. I was awarded both of you in the divorce, and allowed for the other owner to have two of your puppies, whose rights I immediately purchased after the divorce finalized. Ensuring that none of your progeny would spend an instant in the hands of that particular monster.

That summer you and Storm combined to make the cutest litter of puppies, probably ever. Five in all, Nala Storm, Khalil Ice (your only son), Mya (the white), Mya (the silver), and Koda (the black). To my knowledge all of them are still happy and healthy in Utah. You were great with your puppies, and were great with every Siberian you ever met, minus Sosa the biggest husky ever, who for some reason you always wanted to hump to his never-ending chagrin.

We made the trek from Utah to Boston, you in your carrier, Storm & Comet the overweight cat with feline halitosis in the other. You both did so well, the trip was very smooth. The day after we got there, our friend wasn’t paying attention and let you out of the yard. The two of you ran down the street and I’m convinced would still be going if I hadn’t jumped off the toilet when she yelled. We got in the jeep and hauled butt down to Route 2, where we cut you off, and as usual you jumped right in.

Continued next week…

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The Declaration of Independence…

Few of today’s elected leaders demonstrate any comprehension of the founding principles of our nation. The Constitution framers knew if the government followed the limitations, it couldn’t violate the principle of liberty and the nation would remain independently strong.

The Declaration of Independence, herald to the Constitution, addressed the corruption of power. Our current government demonstrates indifference to these ends:

“That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.”

Our government is beyond the “alter or abolish it” zone. Both parties increase the deficit without regard for repaying the debt. Neither party comprehends checks and balances. When one party controls two branches, legislation comes from party hacks, disregards the needs of the people, and ignores Constitutional stricture.

Last week, despite Constitutional restrictions preventing such an act, Congress voted to give the District of Columbia a seat in the House.

The move was an apparent Republican trade for Democrat votes in the Senate on a bill relaxing D.C. gun laws. The Constitution only allows states to have seats in Congress, and a D.C. seat is a permanent Democrat gain.

It’s as if the elected leaders have neither read nor care what the Constitution says.

“Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.”

The PATRIOT Act originated from the White House during a climate of national panic and slammed through Congress and the Senate. Senate vote count: 98-1, one abstaining. Rather than take the political risk of appearing unpatriotic, every Republican in the Senate voted “Aye.”

Does this not sound frighteningly familiar to the “stimulus” bill which just passed? Did you watch last week’s Presidential address?

House Speaker (partisan hack) Nancy Pelosi orchestrated ovations for virtually every sentence spoken by President Obama.

The speech included this startling statement highlighting the parties’ similarities:“That’s why I pushed for quick action. And tonight, I am grateful that this Congress delivered, and pleased to say that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is now law.”

Bush signed the PATRIOT Act not six weeks after 9/11. Obama orchestrated and signed the ARRA not four weeks after taking office. Both had same party legislative branches and both used threats of doom and collapse to push their partisan-agendas under cover of fraudulently titled legislation.

“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.”

Our government is letting us down. With every day in session since the Great Depression they’ve screwed up. It is our duty to throw off this despotic government. Both parties have abused and usurped our tax dollars and our ability to borrow from other countries.

Idiotic Keynesian economics be-damned, recession is the only event that can equalize the disparities in consumption and production, or supply-and-demand.

“Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government.”

We must reinstate the values that once made this nation great. If not, we may not have the right to explain to our grand-children how we allowed liberty to give way to apathy, and eventually watched the greatest nation fail like too many others.

Winston Churchill said, “Americans will always do the right thing, but only after exhausting all other options.” Here’s hoping we’ve exhausted all other options – and that he was correct.

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