Hat Tip: Brian B.
Hat Tip: Brian B.
By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
Purchase Your Copy Here
When I went to college in the 80s, two men were my heroes, my mentors. One of them was my Dad, Samuel W. Monroe. I miss him each and every day – he made me believe I could do anything and then had the good sense to let me struggle to achieve it myself. A leader among leaders, he was not just my Dad, he was my best friend.
The other was Ronald Reagan. A man who helped me, through his example, build a wonderful career and an incredible life. He was President during the best years I have ever had. He spoke to my heart and soul when I was very young and I thought the world of him. Because of Reagan, I became a staunch conservative and more grounded than ever in my faith. I became a fighter in business and every other area in my life. I knew that through hard work, strong ethics and determination, the world was mine to shape it the way I wanted to live in it. Ronald Reagan gave me hope and an appreciation for freedom that has been with me ever since.
In REAGAN What Was He Really Like? by Curtis Patrick, I found a wondrous reminder of why I admired and loved Reagan the way I did. Patrick was Special Assistant to then Governor Reagan and he knew Reagan in a way that few ever did or ever would. He also knew those around Reagan very, very well. Patrick spent 44 years heading task forces for Ronald Reagan. I instantly knew that I had to know what his thoughts were on the man who rocked the world with bravery and freedom.
In his book, Patrick interviews 49 of his colleagues, friends and staffers who worked with and around Reagan during his political career. Through these interviews you get a candid glimpse into the incredible ethics that Reagan possessed and insisted those around him have as well. You get to hear stories and laugh at anecdotes that are told that you just won’t get anywhere else. Curious what went on around Reagan behind the scenes? This book takes you there and more.
I simply love the book and, at least while reading it, I got a chance to go back to a happier time and reminisce a bit. And then I realized that the book was even more important as it applies to today. To the fight ahead. Trust me when I say there is NO comparison between Obama and Reagan, no matter how much Obama wishes there was. Reagan was one of the bravest and most principled men to ever reside in the White House. Obama is one of the most cowardly and craven to ever reside there – he is the polar opposite of Ronald Reagan. While Reagan was The Great Communicator, Obama is The Great Divider. History will not remember Barack Obama kindly, nor should it.
Patrick tells the story of Reagan in a one-on-one manner. He paints a picture of a man who did not feel he was above others, but instead reached out and worked towards linking arms with the common man to make things better. Using humor, he won the hearts of so many… And never did Ronald Reagan bow to others – he stood his ground and did the right thing. A concept foreign to those in power currently.
I want to thank Curtis Patrick for writing one hell of a book. It was a pleasure and an honor to read it. I certainly hope to read future books by him and he is welcome at NoisyRoom whenever he wishes to post an article. You were not only a friend to Ronald Reagan when he was alive, you are a great friend to him now. You honestly and wonderfully tell his story – a story that could help save our nation. Purchase a copy today – you’ll be profoundly glad you did.
Hat Tip: Brian B.
From: National Inflation Association
NIA is very disturbed by President Obama’s decision to sell off oil from the U.S. emergency oil reserve, in an attempt to drive down oil prices. One week ago it was announced that the U.S. and other oil-consuming nations that are a part of the International Energy Agency (IEA) will begin releasing 60 million barrels of oil from their reserves, with 30 million barrels coming from the U.S. government-owned reserve. They hoped that by flooding the market with excess supply, they would cause an artificial forced liquidation of oil futures contract holders who bought using leverage.
The U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve is the world’s largest government-owned stockpile of emergency crude oil reserves and is maintained by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). It holds 727 million barrels of oil reserves at four different sites along the Gulf of Mexico. Considering that the U.S. is releasing 30 million barrels of oil from these reserves, we are reducing the size of our emergency reserve by 4.1%.
After Obama’s decision was announced on June 22nd, crude oil prices originally dipped as much as $5.71 per barrel from $95.41 per barrel down to a low of $89.70 per barrel on June 23rd. Oil prices declined slightly more during the next two trading days, reaching a low this past Monday of $89.61 per barrel and closing Monday at $90.61 per barrel. However, oil prices have surged $4.81 during the past three days and are currently $95.42 per barrel. Oil has recovered the entire dip that came after Obama’s decision was announced and is now a penny higher than before his announcement. Unlike 2008 when most oil futures contract holders were hedge funds using leverage in an attempt to make short-term profits, today most oil investors are much stronger hands who bought with cash, because the world is now flooded with dollars thanks to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.
It certainly wasn’t worth jeopardizing the homeland security of this country by reducing our emergency oil reserve by 4.1%, just to see a $4 reduction in oil prices that lasted for only 3 days. If the White House had any faith whatsoever in Bernanke’s assertion that rising oil prices are only transitory, there would be no reason to release 30 million barrels of oil from our emergency reserve. The rising oil prices we have experienced so far is far from an emergency. The emergency will come soon when the world turns its back on the U.S. dollar and we see a rapid decline in its purchasing power. The emergency will be here when the U.S. can no longer import oil from foreigners at any price due to hyperinflation, and we are forced to live with only the oil produced in this country.
At any time that they choose, China has the power to set off in our country the economic equivalent of a nuclear bomb. China can at any time announce that they are no longer going to buy U.S. treasuries, but they are going to take their $2 trillion in U.S. dollar reserves and use them to buy gold. The price of gold would double overnight, with the U.S. dollar immediately losing half of its purchasing power. The yuan would then skyrocket in purchasing power, automatically giving China the world’s largest economy with the Chinese GDP soaring past U.S. GDP. There would be a massive rush out of the U.S. dollar with our trading partners unwilling to export any oil to us.
The U.S. currently produces only 5.5 million barrels of oil per day, but consumes about 19.3 million barrels of oil per day, with total input into refineries of 14.7 million barrels of oil per day. This means the U.S. currently needs to import 9.2 million barrels of oil per day. U.S. commercial crude oil stockpiles are currently 359.5 million barrels or enough to last for 24 days without any domestic production. In the event of hyperinflation where the U.S. is cut off from oil imports, if we were forced to live off of our own oil production of 5.5 million barrels of oil per day, our commercial stockpiles would be gone in 39 days.
Without an emergency oil reserve, in the event of a major oil shortage due to hyperinflation, after a period of just 39 days, farmers won’t have enough oil to produce food, manufacturing plants won’t have enough oil to process and package food, and logistics companies won’t have enough oil to get finished food products into our supermarkets. This is why we have an emergency oil reserve, to prevent store shelves from becoming empty in our supermarkets due to a fuel shortage.
It takes 13 days for oil from our emergency reserve to begin entering the market and once it does, the most it can add to the market on a daily basis is 4.4 million barrels of oil. Therefore, in a crisis we must first use only our commercial stockpiles for 13 days, which would cause our commercial reserve to decline down to 239.9 million barrels of oil. Beginning on the 14th day of a crisis, 4.4 million barrels of oil per day can come into the market from our emergency reserve with 4.8 million barrels of oil per day entering the market from our commercial reserve.
After 50 additional days, our commercial reserve will be depleted and all that will be left is 507 million barrels of oil in our emergency reserve. That will give us 115 more days where we can withdraw 4.4 million barrels of oil per day, but the U.S. will be forced to reduce its daily oil consumption by 33% during those 115 days. This is based off of an emergency reserve of 727 million barrels of oil. With Obama this month prematurely releasing 30 million barrels of oil from our emergency reserve, we will actually only have 108 days where the U.S. will be able to consume 2/3 of its normal oil consumption, after 63 days of full oil consumption.
The solution to high oil prices is not more government intervention, but is less government interference in the free market. Instead of trying to manipulate oil prices down using artificial methods that will only last temporarily, the U.S. government should look at the root cause of rising oil prices. Oil is rising due to the U.S. government’s deficit spending and the Federal Reserve’s willingness to monetize our deficits and debts. If they want to see lower oil prices, the government should start out by eliminating the DOE. The DOE was created in 1977 to make the U.S. less dependent on oil imports. In 1977, we imported 44% of the oil used in U.S. refineries. Today, we import 63% of the oil used in U.S. refineries. Eliminating the DOE would save this country $27 billion annually.
Priced in terms of real money (gold), oil prices haven’t been rising at all. The Federal Reserve’s QE2, in which it printed $600 billion out of thin air, has created artificial demand for oil. If it wasn’t for the Federal Reserve working tirelessly trying to prevent a much needed recession, Americans would be cutting back on oil consumption and oil prices would be declining. If the free market was allowed to operate, falling oil prices would make it easier for Americans to live with the real unemployment rate currently at 22.3%.
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.
By: Arlen Williams
Gulag Tales & Rumor Trails
Reports indicate, John Lennon was converting by the time of his death, politically to conservatism, and in his most essential beliefs, to Jesus Christ.
John Lennon reunited with wife Yoko Ono, 1980, shortly before his death; photo, Jack Mitchell, Wikimedia Commons
What will the ramifications be, if this is borne out?
By all means, read it at its source in the Toronto Sun, but I am compelled to give you all the words, because the whole article is of excerpt length. (If they tell me they prefer otherwise, we will be happy to crop it.)
Below that, the Gulag shows comments found on Facebook which begin to corroborate this staggering news concerning one of the foremost icons, if not idols, of contemporary leftism.
Lennon was a closet Republican: Assistant
First posted: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 6:35:03 EDT PM
John Lennon was a closet Republican, who felt a little embarrassed by his former radicalism, at the time of his death – according to the tragic Beatles star’s last personal assistant.
Fred Seaman worked alongside the music legend from 1979 to Lennon’s death at the end of 1980 and he reveals the star was a Ronald Reagan fan who enjoyed arguing with left-wing radicals who reminded him of his former self.
In new documentary Beatles Stories, Seaman tells filmmaker Seth Swirsky Lennon wasn’t the peace-loving militant fans thought he was while he was his assistant.
He says, “John, basically, made it very clear that if he were an American he would vote for Reagan because he was really sour on (Democrat) Jimmy Carter.
“He’d met Reagan back, I think, in the 70s at some sporting event… Reagan was the guy who had ordered the National Guard, I believe, to go after the young (peace) demonstrators in Berkeley, so I think that John maybe forgot about that… He did express support for Reagan, which shocked me.
“I also saw John embark in some really brutal arguments with my uncle, who’s an old-time communist… He enjoyed really provoking my uncle… Maybe he was being provocative… but it was pretty obvious to me he had moved away from his earlier radicalism.
“He was a very different person back in 1979 and 80 than he’d been when he wrote Imagine. By 1979 he looked back on that guy and was embarrassed by that guy’s naivete.”
As one might expect and as the many comments to the article show, this is now being hotly debated. From an initial glance, one comment found in Facebook would concur (the bound are asking its author for permission to cite him):
(June 29, 6:16pm)
Wait a sec, folks. I also posted this, because I have known anecdotally for years, from merchants and restauranteurs in his old NYC neighborhood, that Lennon had not only become a righty in his last years, but a fierce, outspoken righty wh…o would debate his fellow cafe loungers for hours, taking on all comers. Now both his son and his personal assistant have confirmed this. While all conservatives have a libertarian streak, Lennon was a Reagan Republican (BEFORE he was president) and patriotic nationalist, in love with his adopted country (he explored it quietly, by car) and pursuing citizenship. In one of his last radio interviews, to promote his final album (while alive, that is) he called his former politics “mindless,” the leftists he knew “parasites,” and his political music “artistic suicide.” About “Imagine,” which unfortunately has been turned into his posthumous theme song, he said “A pretty song. I’m still proud of the melody, but the lyrics were puerile.” One of his last charitable acts, ironically, was to buy Kevlar vests for the NYPD. And I don’t recall who on this thread mentioned it, but he was also a still-searching convert to Christianity from 1978 on. His moment came while watching television, oddly, and I have heard that he talked about Christianity as eagerly as he did politics. So–the thrust of this post is true. If you’re a righty, Lennon had become one of us.
We are looking for more corroboration or refutation and will very likely update and/or enter comments, below.
But Gulag Bound needs to be a participatory effort. If you have pertinent information, to confirm or deny, please post it in comments to this entry.
Update 10:34pm CT: We are getting further information, corroborative though complex, about a man who vacillated and groped along in this darkened world (and does not God give us that room?). “Conflicted” is another descriptor to use. We will have a major update of this article, before or in the very early morning.
h/t: Facebookers who may be named later.