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Must Reads For The Week 6/13/15

June 12, 2015
The pen is mightier than the sword...

 The pen is mightier than the sword… (Photo credit: mbshane)

Government Subsidies Helped Elon Musk Attain $13.3 Billion Net Worth, at ipwatchdog.com. Crony capitalist Elon Musk says his companies would still be in business without government assistance. Why doesn’t he try it without our tax dollars, just to see if he is right.

Obamacare Is Working Even Better Than President Obama Expected, by Peter Sunderman, at reason.com. The president either had low expectations, or he expected healthcare premiums to “necessarily sky-rocket”.

Department Of Justice Uses Grand Jury Subpoena To Identify Anonymous Commenters On A Silk Road Post at Reason.Com, at targetliberty.com. A quote by George Washington comes to mind. “Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force, like fire it is a dangerous servant, and a fearful master.

Lake Wobegon On Steroids, Where All The Students Are Valedictorians, by Mark J. Perry, at Carpe Diem blog. From the article, “Roughly 20% of all graduating seniors at Dublin Ohio’s three high schools were awarded valedictorian status”.  With 222 recipients, there really is no status in being awarded valedictorian status.

Jail For Missed Days At School? The Madness Of Truancy Laws, by Walter Olson, at reason.com. From the article. “Washington Post columnist Petula Dvorak has reported on a 13-year-old straight-A piano prodigy charged with truancy in D.C. for taking ten days off to play on international concert stages.” Remember the above quote by George Washington, “Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force, like fire it is a dangerous servant, and a fearful master.

Texas Police Officers Shutdown Girls Lemonade Stand Because They Didn’t Get Health Permit, at huffingtonpost.com. These two young entrepreneurs learned a great lesson about what the greatest impediment to their success will be, government intervention. The good news is they did what we all do when it comes to government regulation, they found a way around it. The cop said this, We just have to enforce ’em, we don’t write ’em.” This is the problem. There laws regulating everything. Police Chief Clyde Carter stated this gem, “It’s illegal to sell lemonade without a permit. But we didn’t tell them to shut down, we just asked them to get a permit.” I have a question for Chief Carter. If they wouldn’t have gotten a permit, would you have shut them down or let them continue. I think verbal sleight of hand artist Chief Carter has a bright future in politics. “Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force, like fire it is a dangerous servant…...”

House Approves New NSA Reform Measure, at districtsentinel.com. Representative Thomas Massie got his amendment concerning collusion between the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the NSA, and the CIA concerning encryption standards. I know it’s hard to believe but these agencies were weakening encryption on consumer telecom services, so they could put back doors into the software for the purpose of spying on you without a warrant. “Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force……”

U.S. Tech industry Appeals To Obama To Keep Hands Off Encryption, at entrepreneur.com. Does this have anything to do with the above article? “Government is not reason, it is not eloquence…..”

Channel Stuffing The Economy: There Has Never Been More Cars “On The Sidelines“, at davidstockmanscontracorner.com. Cars are counted as sold when manufactures sell them to dealerships. So even though consumers haven’t purchased the cars they are still counted as sold. You can show increasing sales by stuffing your cars onto dealers lots.

20 Years Later, Bill Clinton’s Home Ownership For America Is Dead, at zerohedge.com. Lowering lending standards created demand for borrowed money to purchase housing. The Federal Reserve supplied this demand with electronically printed counterfeit money. This brought future consumption into the present. What will replace this future consumption when its time comes? If you look at the chart in the article, you can see the government induced boom and corresponding bust. This boom and bust shows how real future consumption was moved forward in time, followed by less demand as the future became the present. A lot of future demand for goods and services was and is being used up by mortgage payments. Fed counterfeiting and Keynesian government spending distorts markets, enriches those who receive the counterfeit money first, and wastes scarce resources.

The Simplest Way To Describe Keynesianism In One Photo, at zerohede.com. Keynesian government spending takes water out of the deep end of the pool and dumps it into the shallow end.

Cartoons From The Burning Platform.

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

Political Cartoons by Dana Summers

 

 

 

 

Some Humor To Take The Edge Off.

August 13, 2013

I saw these cartoons on theburningplatform.com.

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Related videoJay Leno, “We wanted a President that listens to all Americans – now we have one.”

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Related article – Sgt. Robert Bales Pleads Guilty to Killing Civilians.

Related Video showing drone strikes in Pakistan since 2004.

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Observations From The Margin

July 10, 2013

Observation Tower

-The Affordable Care Act [Obama Care], was signed into law on March 23, 2010, its implementation was delayed until 2014 so the results wouldn’t affect the 2012 Presidential election. Now they are delaying the implementation until 2015. Does anyone want to take a guess what happens in 2014 that would make them want to delay this for a year? I’ve got an idea, let’s have an election every year so the implementation of Obama Care will be on a permanent one year delay.

-Intelligence Director James Clapper admits lying under oath, but he says he is sorry. This is like the ever popular get out of jail free card, “I take full responsibility for………” No one is ever held accountable for their actions even though they take responsibility for their actions. The ruling elite; which consists of politicians, bureaucrats, and Government employees, are never held to the same standard when they break the law compared to what we citizens deal with everyday from a basic speeding ticket at the local levels, to IRS regulations at the Federal level. Two sets of rules exist in this country, one set for the ruling aristocracy and another set for the serfs. At some point people will not comply.

-The Obama administration is proposing changes in The Freedom on Information Act . These changes would allow federal agencies to lie about the information being sought. When you control information you control individuals. I’m surprised the administration would even worry about changing the rules, they have a track record of not abiding by rules in the first place. If no one holds them responsible for breaking the law, they will keep doing it, just like the dog that isn’t disciplined for peeing on your carpet, will keep peeing on the carpet.

-In all the scandals from Fast and Furious, the IRS targeting tea party groups, the confiscating of reporters electronic communications, the NSA data mining, the Benghazi fiasco, and many others, the administration says these were the fault of low-level employees, and the administration didn’t know anything about what they were doing. If they don’t have enough knowledge to control the Government apparatus, how is it possible for them to have enough knowledge to control the free market. The amount of knowledge needed to even begin to understand what is going on in the free market is exponentially bigger than the amount of knowledge needed to control Government.

-Our favorite  rock stars played in front of packed houses back in the day, now thirty years later they are playing in small clubs for hundreds of people. President Obama spoke in front of 250,000 in Germany before his first election, he was lucky to get  20 thousand two weeks ago for a speech at the same venue. It’s only been five years, either the presidency prematurely ages you, or the thrill is gone.

-Do people who condemn the U.S. for force feeding prisoners who are on hunger strikes at Guantanamo Bay realize the alternative is letting them starve to death?

-The President lectured on constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from ’92 to ’04. After watching the way he has used the constitution as toilet paper or a cape, I hope his students either got F’s or withdrew from the class.

Some Humor To Take The Edge Off

July 9, 2013

Here are some cartoons I found on The Burning Platform, click for more.

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THE DAILY SHOW JOHN OLIVER HAS SOME FUN WITH THE NSA SCANDAL, AT THE PRESIDENTS EXPENSE.

Must Reads For The Week 6/29/13

June 29, 2013
The pen is mightier than the sword...

The pen is mightier than the sword… (Photo credit: mbshane)

Guess Where The Country’s Highest Incomes Are? at economicpolicyjournal.com. These politicians and bureaucrats have the highest incomes and yet produce nothing of value in exchange for their income. We are forced to pay them for interfering with our productive activities, which makes it harder for our activities to remain productive.

Greenwald Smackdown Of NBC’s David Gregory, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Short video of Greenwald responding to charges that he aided and abetted Edward Snowden.

The Biggest Ponzi Scheme In The History Of The World, by Michael Snyder of theeconomiccollapseblog.com, care of zerohedge.com. The incestuous relationship between the Government and the Federal Reserve in a parable.

Recycling Anecdote at mungowitzend.blogspot.com. How do you treat the recycling police? With laughter and ridicule.

Know Your Rights When Dealing With Police, by Julie Borowski, at townhall.com. I found this on libertypenblog.blogspot.com. Knowing your rights when dealing with the police is a powerful tool in preventing abuses of power.

Elke’s Warning, is a youtube video I saw on tammybruce.com. The most interesting conversations you can have are with people who grew up behind the iron curtain. Watching this reminds me of how I felt the first time I read “The Road To Serfdom” by Hayek.

NSA’s Criminal Activity, at benswann.com. Ben Swann does a great job of telling the unvarnished truth.