01/26/11

Go On Ahead

By: T F Stern
T F Stern’s Rantings

Recently my arthritis has been taking a toll; knees and back telling me to slow down or simply halt. When working with the 11 year-old Scouts often times they hear me say, “Go on ahead, I’ll catch up later.”

“Old age ain’t for sissies,” at least that’s what Bettie Davis said. She was right, it’s tough getting old; all the same, think I’ll stick around as long as I can.

This past week at church there were several talks aimed at getting folks to attend the temple for their own ordinances as well as to perform vicarious work for those who’ve “gone on ahead.” If you think about it, these dearly departed really haven’t died, at least not in the eternal sense; they have achieved the next step in their eternal progression.

Those who’ve passed on without having certain sacred ordinances performed are halted in their progression until such time as the work is done for them. It is our responsibility to step up to the line, turn off the television or whatever is distracting us from a more important task and get that work at the temple done.

Shifting gears, this evening is the State of the Union Address; yet another pep rally for progressives, Barack Obama being the spokesman in chief. We’ll hear platitudes designed and matched with the applause cues. Somewhere there will be a promise for new jobs, green energy for the future with less dependence on evil oil, entitlements enough for all with no mention of how these are to be paid for other than by the undeserving wealthy who just happened to be born with a silver spoon in their mouths.

I read a short article by Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit where Sen. John Kerry’s been pushing for more ecologically based initiatives; initiatives which will further collapse our fragile economy through expensive mandates to industry and our energy production.

“President Obama is likely to announce “major initiatives” on energy and climate change in his State of the Union address, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) said Monday.”

“Kerry, the informal leader of the Senate effort to pass legislation to rein in global warming, encouraged the president to announce ambitious plans on energy and climate policy during Tuesday’s speech, and said he expected Obama to do so.”

The EPA continues to mandate expensive modifications to industry and power suppliers based on faulty and fraudulent data provided by the IPCC. The EPA is pushing forward with greater percentages of ethanol in gasoline despite the lack of support from the petroleum industry, auto manufacturers and even some environmental groups.

“The government hinted that the E-15 rule will be broadened. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said Wednesday’s action was “the first of a number of actions that are needed from federal, state and industry toward commercialization of E-15 gasoline blends.” She noted that “a decision on the use of E-15 in model year 2001 to 2006 vehicles will be made after EPA receives the results of additional DOE testing, which is expected to be completed in November.”

In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a concerted effort to destroy the free market, industry and individual liberty in favor of the great collective. Socialism has proven a failure everywhere it’s been tried while capitalism has been the driving force behind America’s success. The progressives won’t be happy until we leave our cars on the side of the road and start walking, live in caves without heat or light and die early in order to make up for the sins of mankind against mother earth.

I think I’ll skip tonight’s performance. Mr. President, “You go on ahead; I’ll catch up later.”

This article has been cross-posted to The Moral Liberal, a publication whose banner reads, “Defending The Judeo-Christian Ethic, Limited Government & The American Constitution.”

01/26/11

Watcher’s Council Nominations – State Of The Union Edition

From: The Watcher’s Council

Ah, he never changes, does he? No, the President hasn’t changed a bit… He still thinks everyone’s stupid except him.

Here’s a shot of penicillin, courtesy of Paul Ryan:

Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday.

Council News:

This week, The Political Commentator and Liberty’s Spirit took advantage of my generous offer of link whorage and earned honorable mention status.

You can, too. Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.

Simply e-mail me a link at [email protected] with the subject heading ‘Honorable Mention’ no later than Monday 6PM PST to be considered for our honorable mention category, and return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week.

It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members. And how good is that, eh?

So, let’s see what we have this week…

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

Enjoy!

01/26/11

Obama Fails to Address Inflation in State of the Union

From: National Inflation Association

President Obama’s State of the Union address last night did not make one single mention of inflation, when it is the belief of NIA that massive price inflation (especially food inflation) will become America’s top crisis by the end of this calendar year. Obama’s speech also failed to mention the Federal Reserve, the Federal Funds Rate being held near 0% for over two years and the Fed’s latest round of $600 billion in quantitative easing. Unless Obama addresses our nation’s fiat currency system, nothing else he says has any meaning at all.

After the U.S. lost 8.36 million jobs over a two year period from December of 2007 through December of 2009, our economy has recovered 1.12 million jobs as a result of the Federal Reserve and U.S. government spending $4.6 trillion on bailouts and stimulus programs. That is over $4 million spent for each job created. Instead of bailing out Wall Street and allowing non-productive bankers to receive record bonuses, the U.S. could have sent a check for $550,000 to each middle-class American who lost their job.

When a central bank prints trillions of dollars out of thin air, you are going to see some type of a nominal uptick in economic statistics. Obama can brag all he wants about over 1 million jobs being created, but he continues to ignore what the ultimate cost of it will be. When a government has an annual cash budget deficit of over $1 trillion that cannot possibly be balanced by raising taxes, massive inflation is the inevitable outcome. Our real budget deficit, once you include increases in our unfunded liabilities for Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, is already north of $5 trillion. NIA believes the U.S. is now at serious risk of experiencing hyperinflation by the year 2015.

Obama proposed in his speech that “we freeze annual domestic spending for the next five years” saying it “would reduce the deficit by more than $400 billion over the next decade and will bring discretionary spending to the lowest share of our economy since Dwight Eisenhower was president.” The truth is, Obama’s proposals, if successfully implemented, would not reduce the deficit by $400 billion over the next decade. They would only cut $400 billion from proposed spending increases. NIA doesn’t understand why Obama would even waste his breath talking about reducing the deficit by $400 billion over the next decade, when the Federal Reserve is creating $600 billion in monetary inflation over a period of just eight months. Americans who listened to Obama speak last night wasted over an hour of their time, because until the Federal Reserve raises interest rates and stops printing money, it will be impossible for the U.S. economy to truly recover and become healthy.

Even if the U.S. government cut all discretionary spending down to zero, we would still have a budget deficit from Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid alone. Surprisingly, Obama admitted that most of the cuts he proposed “only address annual domestic spending, which represents a little more than 12% of our budget.” When referring to the Deficit Commission’s proposed spending cuts, Obama said “their conclusion is that the only way to tackle our deficit is to cut excessive spending wherever we find it.” In what was Obama’s most shocking statement of the night, he went on to say, “This means further reducing health care costs, including programs like Medicare and Medicaid, which are the single biggest contributor to our long-term deficit.”

This is the closest Obama has ever come to admitting that major cuts to Medicare and Medicaid are necessary, if we want to have any hope of ever balancing our budget. However, NIA is taking Obama’s comments with a grain of salt. He immediately changed the subject in the very next sentence, claiming his health care reform law that was enacted last year “will slow these rising costs.” He then continued to defend the law saying, “repealing the health care law would add a quarter of a trillion dollars to our deficit.”

One week ago, the new Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives voted 245-189 to repeal Obama’s health care reform law. The House’s vote to repeal it is meaningless because it would never pass the U.S. Senate and even if it did, Obama would simply veto it. NIA believes the law should be repealed because it is impossible for government legislation to bring down health care costs. Only the free market can bring down health care costs and the health care reform law will impede the free market more than any piece of legislation has ever impeded the free market in any industry or sector in history. In our opinion, the new health care law is guaranteed to add trillions of dollars to the deficit over the next decade and there is absolutely no chance of Obama ever making the necessary dramatic cuts to Medicare and Medicaid until the U.S. is already in the middle of an outbreak of hyperinflation.

When it comes to Social Security, Obama said we need a “bipartisan solution to strengthen” it and “we must do it without putting at risk current retirees” and “without slashing benefits for future generations.” In other words, nobody in Washington is even going to bring up the possibility of cutting or eliminating Social Security, because it would be political suicide for them. We need more honest representatives in Washington like Ron Paul who aren’t afraid to speak the truth about the need to cut entitlement programs and inform the American public to the consequences of our government’s deficit spending.

Most Americans think they don’t have to worry about our country’s national debt because our grandchildren are the ones who will ultimately be responsible to pay it off. Unfortunately, it won’t just be our grandchildren who feel the pain of our deficit spending and monetary inflation. All Americans with incomes and savings in U.S. dollars along with all foreigners holding dollar-denominated assets will begin to feel the pain of our government’s destructive actions in the very near future through massive price inflation and the U.S. dollar losing nearly all of its purchasing power.

One thing from last night’s State of the Union address is very clear, Obama is not serious about cutting spending and nobody in Washington has any expectation of the U.S. ever returning to a balanced budget. NIA believes that this past week’s dip in the prices of gold and silver is an unbelievable buying opportunity for Americans who already own precious metals as well as those wishing to buy precious metals for the first time. Sure, both gold and silver could dip lower in the short-term, but we can’t try to time short-term fluctuations and we need to stay focused on the long-term destruction of the U.S. dollar. In future State of the Union addresses to come in another year or two down the road, the entire focus of the President’s speech will likely be on inflation and the collapsing U.S. dollar. When that time comes and mainstream America becomes aware of what NIA members have known for years, we could easily see $5,000 per ounce gold and $500 per ounce silver, and everybody will regret not loading up as much as possible at these levels.

It is important to spread the word about NIA to as many people as possible, as quickly as possible, if you want America to survive hyperinflation. Please tell everybody you know to become members of NIA for free immediately at: http://inflation.us.

01/26/11

Hallelujah!!! Repubs Attack UN

By: Trevor Loudon
New Zeal

At last someone cares about national sovereignty.

From AP:

Newly empowered Republican lawmakers are taking their first shots at the United Nations, depicting it as bloated and ineffective as they seek to cut U.S. funding for the world body.

On Tuesday, a House of Representatives panel aired criticisms of the U.N. at a briefing expected to prescribe congressional action.

Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs committee, is seeking cuts and has introduced a bill intended to pressure the United Nations to change the way it operates and to make dues voluntary. She also is promising investigations into possible corruption and mismanagement.

Let’s hope this is only the first step in completely de-funding this boil on the bum of humanity.

01/26/11

Weekly Featured Profile – Frances Fox Piven

By: Trevor Loudon
KeyWiki

Frances Fox Piven

Frances Fox Piven is a prominent U.S. sociologist, writer and socialist activist. Married to the late Richard Cloward, a sociologist and socialist, the two made a formidable team, making waves with their Cloward-Piven Strategy which they delivered at the 1966 Socialist Scholars Conference. The strategy was designed to so over-burden the state with obligations to welfare recipients that revolutionary crisis and change would become inevitable.

Since that time, Fox Piven has been a key speaker at the annual Democratic Socialists of America-sponsored Socialist Scholars Conference, which is now known as the Left Forum.

Fox Piven has strong ties with the Socialist International-affiliated DSA, currently serving as an honorary chair for the organization. In the 1980s, she was a member of the DSA’s Feminist Commission.

She has affiliations with many other top leftist groups. She was listed as a lecturer for the Institute for Policy Studies in 1979, was a New Party builder in 1994, was one of the founders of Campaign for America’s Future in 1996, endorsed the founding of the anti-Iraq War newspaper War Times in 2002, and as of 2009, serves on the advisory board of Minnesota-based Wellstone Action.

In August 2004, Fox Piven endorsed an anti-“Bush Team” Protest at the Republican National Convention in New York, organized by Not In Our Name, an organization closely associated with CODEPINK, United for Peace and Justice, and the Revolutionary Communist Party.

In Sept. 2010, Fox Piven stated that violence was acceptable if it was “a big part of your strategy,” and in Dec 2010, she renewed her 1966 call for revolution – this time exemplifying the recent violent student protests in England.

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