Cyprus, The New Reality

This past Friday, Cyprus announced a new tax as part of it’s “bailout” solutions to it’s problems. The details are still a little muddy, but, the new tax is on existing bank accounts inside the country. Smaller deposits will be taxed 6.6% while larger deposits will be taxed 9.9%. Basically, the government decided to simply steal private property to help fix their financial woes.  This involves all accounts, citizen of Cyprus or not.   While this is a European Union issue, it is unprecedented in it’s nature.  I can’t imagine this happening in a larger country like Spain or Italy.  Now, one must wonder if they are next.

This brings me to some stories related to the USA.  The Democrats in D.C., namely Pelosi and Obama, have said that they have a revenue (not enough taxes coming in) problem, not a spending problem.  In the past, there have been whispers of the Federal govt demanding that some portions, if not all, of current retirement accounts, being Federalized and used to purchase Treasury Bonds.  While many have blown this off as another “conspiracy theory”,  the threat is very real.   The way things have been operating in D.C. as of late, all of this could occur without the initial consent of Congress.  By the time all the court hearings are concluded, the damage would be done, and likely irreversible.



  1. gmanfortruth says:

    This will be an ongoing subject as this story has just begun. Open Mic continues as we await new information. Spring really needs to hurry up, we got 5 inches of snow Friday night and expecting more today along with some ice, YUCK!

  2. It would not surprise me to see this come to America. Eventually we will have to pay for all this cheap money being pumped into our economy.

    • gmanfortruth says:

      If Cyprus goes through with this, it could prove the second dumbest political decision that has ever been made, by voters or politicians. There is a lot of Russian money in these banks, as much as 40% may be from foreigners. Their banking system would likely collapse almost overnight. Trust is getting hard to come by anymore.

    • The Feds Want Your Retirement Accounts
      By John White

      Quietly, behind the scenes, the groundwork is being laid for federal government confiscation of tax-deferred retirement accounts such as IRAs. Slowly, the cat is being let out of the bag.

      Last January 18th, in a little noticed interview of Richard Cordray, acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Bloomberg reported “[t]he U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau [CFPB] is weighing whether it should take on a role in helping Americans manage the $19.4 trillion they have put into retirement savings, a move that would be the agency’s first foray into consumer investments.” That thought generates some skepticism, as aptly expressed by the Richard Terrell cartoon published by American Thinker.

      Days later On January 24th President Obama renominated Cordray as CFPB director even though his recess appointment was not due to expire until the end of 2013.

      One day later, in the first significant resistance to President Obama’s concentration of presidential power, a three judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington DC unanimously said that Obama’s Recess Appointments to the National Labor Relations Board are unconstitutional. Similar litigation testing the Cordray appointment to the CFPB is in the pipeline.

      The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) created by the 2,319 page Dodd-Frank legislation is a new and little known bureau with wide-ranging powers. Placed within the Federal Reserve, a corporation privately owned by member banks, the CFPB is insulated from oversight by either the President or Congress, its budget not subject to legislative control. It is not even clear that a new President can replace the CFPB director on taking office.

      Unusual legal and political environments have a significant impact on the CFPB. With Cordray’s recess appointment in doubt several questions remain unanswered.

      1) What will become of the CFPB when Cordray’s appointment is found invalid? An indicator comes from the NRLB, which operated unconstitutionally for years without a quorum. In 2007 the Senate threatened no NLRB nominations reported out of committee.

      The NLRB continued operating with two members. Then a Supreme Court ruling in June of 2010 invalidated the NLRB decisions for lack of a quorum. Fisher & Phillips give the details about what was done next.

      But recovery from the Supreme Court’s sting was quick, with Liebman and Schaumber still on the Board and with two new Members confirmed, … the suddenly full-strength Board simply added a new Member to the “rump panel” of the original decisions and managed to rubber-stamp many of the disputed Orders – at a record-setting pace – with the same result…

      This may explain why President Obama renominated Cordray a year early. Once confirmed Cordray can rubber-stamp decisions made while he was unconstitutionally appointed. Otherwise those decisions will be invalidated.

      2) What will the CFPB do with your money? The CFPB incursion into individual personal savings, in order to control how you invest your money, isn’t a new idea. Current proposals grew from a policy analysis as disclosed by Roger Hedgecock.

      On Nov. 20, 2007, Theresa Ghilarducci, professor of economic policy analysis at the New School for Social Research in New York, presented a paper proposing that the feds eliminate the tax deferral for private retirement accounts, confiscate the balance of those accounts, give each worker a $600 annual “contribution,” assess a mandatory savings tax on every worker and guarantee a 3 percent rate of return on the newly titled “Guaranteed Retirement Accounts,” or GRAs.

      How would that be accomplished? The Carolina Journal reported Ghilarducci’s 2008 testimony to Nancy Pelosi’s House.

      Democrats in the U.S. House have been conducting hearings on proposals to confiscate workers’ personal retirement accounts “including 401(k)s and IRAs” and convert them to accounts managed by the Social Security Administration.

      Your Government universal GRA investment savings account is an annuity managed by Social Security. Hedgecock noted ‘[m]ake no mistake here: Obama is after your retirement money. The “annuities” will “invest” not in the familiar packages of bond and stock mutual funds but in the Treasury debt!’

      By 2010 Bloomberg published an article titled “US Government Takes Two More Steps Toward Nationalization of Private Retirement Account Assets.” In that article Patrick Heller observed that, with Democrat control of Congress and the Presidency:

      [I]n mid-September 2010 the Departments of Labor and Treasury held hearings on the next step toward achieving Ghilarducci’s goals. The stated purpose was to require all private plans to offer retirees an option to elect an annuity. The “behind-the-scenes” purpose for this step was to get people used to the idea that the retirement assets they had accumulated would no longer be part of their estate when they died.

      So the Government would get the money, not the estate or family of the people who saved the money during a lifetime of work. That’s a one hundred percent death tax on savings. Worse, the most responsible and poorest families will be penalized.

      Democrats had a blueprint for diverting people’s savings from private investment to government debt. Then in 2010 the Tea Party won the house…

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  3. Thomas Jefferson’s own words:

    Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established, should not be changed for light and transient causes; and, accordingly, all experience [has] 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. But, when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce [the people] 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.

  4. gmanfortruth says:

    News that the International Monetary Fund initially demanded to loot a shocking 40% of savings from the private bank accounts of Cypriots underscores how residents of the Mediterranean country could be the latest victims of the infamous “IMF riot,” as the chief economist of the German Commerzbank calls for Italians to be similarly plundered for 15% of their savings.

  5. gmanfortruth says:

    This kind of falls inline the debate on : “if you remove government, the 1% couldn’t do this”
    Governments control of the monopoly on violence is the only reason this type of theft would be attempted. Take govt out of the picture, backsters would be hanging from light poles.

    V.H.’s above post certainly makes sense! 🙂

  6. The Russians sure are pissed over this……and the big people in the EURO are bailing out today. If they actually do this, the Euro is dead……which is on life support already.

    • gmanfortruth says:

      If Cyprus goes through with this, times will get interesting fast. You can send some of your warm weather our way, Colonel. That would be nice 🙂

  7. Bottom Line says:

    Youth is King

    Learning is Fun

    Teaching is a Reward

    Knowledge is Power

    Truth is Freedom

    Order out of Chaos

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  8. gmanfortruth says:

    A thought to ponder 🙂

    Charlie’s big heartburn is with the 1%. Many, like myself, the problem is corrupt government. The problems still end up in the same place, a group of very rich people who have bought and paid for governments. Since the government(s) have a monopoly on violence, it might be wise to focus on the ellimination of other group. With that said, is it reasonable to get a list of names of these 1%ers? Then we can pull our money together and arrange for the resolution of this threat. What say you SUFA?

    • Bottom Line says:

      I am just itching to start a global revolution,…Libertarian style…of, for, and by the people.

      It’ll take a unified effort and interest though.

      And how do you do that without starting WW3 ?

      • gmanfortruth says:

        Take it easy my friend, there are times when speed kills, this is one of them. This is like a very expensive poker game, and we need to wait for them to show their cards. The rest will happen fast and we will know when it’s time. They will be shocked when they realize what the have brought to life.

        Always remember that we are not alone. The DHS is only 55K strong, the unorganized Pennsylvania militia is well over 1 million, bring it on!

    • You may actually get BillMahur to back your idea, even he is getting sick of the taxes in California.

      “I just want to say liberals — you could actually lose me. It’s outrageous what we’re paying — over 50 percent. I’m willing to pay my share, but yeah, it’s ridiculous,”

      “You know what? Rich people — I’m sure you’d agree with this — actually do pay the freight in this country.”

      • “You know what? Rich people — I’m sure you’d agree with this — actually do pay the freight in this country.”

        The problem with this analysis is it ignores the spoils the rich “earn” … they pay the freight? So it was the people who were bailed out in 2008-09. I must’ve been watching a different channel. They pay the freight? So it’s the middle class that is closing in on the 1% and not the poverty level? I must be watching the same fugazy channel?

        Please …

        • The rich do pay the lion’s share of the federal revenue. This is easily confirmable with a quick google search. Where you, Charlie, seem to have a problem is where I think we all have a problem. The huge corporations game the system to get out of paying what they are supposed to be paying.

          Would you be in favor of eliminating loopholes in the tax code and then dropping the rates with the caveat that we do not decrease the revenue collected. This would mean the rate drop is (at least) compensated by the closing of loop holes?

  9. gmanfortruth says:

    Who will protect us from our own government?

    Monday, March 18, 2013 14:35 Print this story

    (Before It’s News)

    By John Kaminski

    It used to be that foreign threats were advertised as the main reason to send our young men off to war to defend our country. Amazing though it seems, we used to believe those stories. Many of our fathers and grandfathers died defending that principle.

    Now, all that has changed. The threat is no longer some faraway enemy. The main enemy to peace in the world and security at home has become our own government.

    Actions speak louder than words. The words our government speaks do not match the actions it takes.

    It purchases uncountable rounds of hollow point ammunition and fancy new tanks for local police departments at the same time it clamors about the need to take all guns away from the American people.

    It conducts a program to rain down poison aluminum nanoparticles that sicken and kill both land and people, but refuses to admit such a program exists.

    It approves genetically modified food to be consumed by the public, when medical experts not paid to lie know these foods are making people sick.

    It allows — in fact, encourages — our police to kill innocent people with no repercussions, and lets guilty criminals slide if the slice they give to the puppeteers who control them is sufficient to make them look the other way.

    It stages false flag terror events in order to pass draconian new laws that destroy our Constitutional rights.

    Its own intelligence agencies distribute drugs to gangs in order to arrest those who use them to put people in prison to use as a workforce so that they can pay wages to inmates lower than they pay workers in China.

    It creates new diseases in government laboratories and secretly dispenses them while also commissioning cures made by pharmaceutical companies that charge a thousand times more than what it costs to make them, and also do not work.

    It stages foreign wars that are of zero benefit to the American people and easy money for the foreigners who have taken over the running of the country.

    It allows these foreigners to steal billions at a time in order to give bonuses to the people who are doing the stealing.

    It blows up skyscrapers in the middle of our biggest city and then blames it on people who have neither the inclination nor the ability to have done it.

    It encourages unrestrained immigration with lucrative incentives to foreigners to water down the voting pool, and leaves its own citizens to lose their homes because it has shipped all the good jobs overseas.

    It protects food and medicine manufacturers from malpractice lawsuits and demands people buy insurance for healthcare that will deliberately make them sick.

    It allows its own officials to break the law and sets up innocent people with false testimony to put them in prison.

    It urges us to vote for the candidate of our choice, but restricts those candidates to corrupt yes-men they choose, and won’t tell us about the precise procedures of how they count the votes.

    It tells the media exactly what to report, and what they may not report — and the media robots eagerly oblige.

    It endorses movies that depict innocent ethnic groups as vicious terrorists and praises its own vicious killers as noble heroes protecting our freedoms.

    It sends billions to foreign governments and nothing to America’s decaying cities.

    It overturns the rights of voters in all the states by insisting that their votes don’t matter because they violate arbitrary presidential Executive Orders that no American has ever voted on.

    It promotes federal employees who lie about what they do and imprisons and tortures whistleblowers for telling the truth about what they do.

    It lets a private company — the Federal Reserve — print all the money, because it makes all politicians rich, and all ordinary people poor.

    It furloughs those protecting our borders and furnishes guns and ammunition to the foreign criminals delivering drugs and mayhem across those unguarded borders.

    It tells you the unemployment rate is going down and the stock market is going up, but nobody has a job and the crap they are forced to eat because they have no money is mostly poisoned.

    It says they may kill whomever they want to, but that the people may not fight back.

    It promotes those who say they are willing to shoot at their fellow Americans, but denies veterans who have served in the military the right to own guns because they are mentally unstable from serving in wars in which they were ordered to rape children before they murdered them.

    It poisons children at birth with vaccinations they don’t need, and steals children from their parents who object to the practice.

    It controls the weather with high tech devices and sends storms that destroy neighborhoods, and then prevents help from reaching the displaced victims who are starving and freezing.

    It sends people to college who can’t even read, but if they say the right thing enough times, they will soon hold high political office.

    It kills the people who made this country what they hoped it would be, and rewards the people who help destroy the country by following the orders they are given.

    So who will protect us from own government, as it busily murders the whole world?

    Will it be you, or are you one of them?

    Those are the only two choices.

    John Kaminski is a writer who lives on the Gulf Coast of Florida. You can find more of his writings on his blog sections on Rebel News and Ziopedia.

    Source: The Rebel

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    • Hate to say it but if you read through, it’s a crock. Blowing up buildings in our cities? Not spending money in our cities to help them? Creating new diseases? Poisons children at birth (ever know anyone with Polio? I did)? Controls weather?

      There is some small truth there, as there always is, but the rest?

  10. gmanfortruth says:

    The Lone Star Watchdog

    What Can Happen If the US Government Siezes Private Bank Accounts From an Armed Popuation?
    Posted on March 17, 2013 by The Watchdog

    The last act before a nation collapses is to loot the people. Where so many people go wrong with the impending collapse of the EU is. Yes it may be by design the central bankers are doing. But also with a collapse comes an opportunity to snatch away the chance for the bankers to come in on a white horse being the saviors when they were behind the economic demise.

    Seeing the seizing of bank accounts in Europe only happens in a disarmed population with strict gun control laws. The people are disarmed leaving the people’s labors and substance at the mercy of a few. The only thing people can do is empty out the ATM machines to protect what is left. The people have no means to resist a financial dictatorship because the people have been stripped of the right to be armed. The people under the EU are peasants.

    Here in the states is a different story. After the Sandy Hook massacre. The Despotic left has been pushing for gun control and the total disarming of the American people. They are going forward regardless of public opinion being against them. People are still buying guns and ammunition off the shelf in record numbers. The US government I see is helpless to stop this no matter what they do.

    Obama can sign all the executive orders trying to disarm the people. He can try to impose taxes on gun ownership. He can pass the UN Small Arms Trade treaty and all the Gun control laws will not be enough. Many Americans will not comply with gun control laws that are unlawful. Many Sheriffs and Police chiefs will not go along with it. Many in the armed forces will stand down and not obey the President’s unconstitutional orders. Obama can dispatch all the foreign troops to disarm Americans will not work either.

    Seeing Europe and the Euro-zone getting ready to collapse. It was controlled because the people are disarmed. If the people were armed in Europe, there would not be riots. They would be an armed take over of these governments and the bankers arrested by the people. I wish the Europeans would learn of what Iceland did. Than they would not be dealing with the robber barons seizing money out of private bank accounts. If the people of Europe did not turn in their guns. The people would not resort to rioting. They would have taken back their government long ago.

    Here in the states. The economic and dollar collapse with the US government imploding from within because of a devalued currency and the unsustainable cost to keep it running. A collapse here will not happen on the robber barons terms. They will not be able to control it. The Federal Reserve will go belly up because they have no gold and the US government collapsing will be a welcoming event for many Americans like the old Soviet Union imploding from within.

    They cannot force people to be RFID chipped under Obamacare, they cannot implement UN Agenda 21, they cannot tax all of our labors and push cap and trade carbon taxes on us as long the people are armed.

    The US Government cannot seize bank accounts, the government cannot take the pension funds, it will be dangerous confiscate the gold and take away personal assets unless the people are disarmed. The gun control agenda has back fired against the gun grabbers. Their PR is faltering, people do not believe them anymore. People now see the US government as a threat to the people’s freedoms and security.

    If the US government started to seize people’s person bank accounts right now to bail out the too big to fail bankers. There will be hell to pay by morning. There would be no riots or civil unrest. The bankers and politicians will wish the people have torches and pitchforks instead of guns. The collapse here will not come about the way they wanted even Wall street and the US Government will not be prepared for it. That is my gut feeling.

    The fate of the New World Order will be decided here. The globalist will lose because as long the people are armed we cannot be enslaved by bankers and tyrants. Go ahead and steal the pension funds, try to confiscate the people’s gold and loot the private accounts of the people. If they dare try to loot the wealth of the people. They will not get away with it for long.

    Political power comes from the barrel of a gun. As long the people remain armed. The Bankers, the US government do not have total control over us.

  11. Didn’t someone post about ammo for their local 4-H the other day?

    • gmanfortruth says:

      LOI did not long ago. It’s amazing how ammo has become so scarce. Now they are talking about some UN Arms Treaty, what a joke. Even the UN wouldn’t be stupid enough to try and take ’em 😆

  12. Hey, I like what they’re doing in Cyprus … some creative financing. Good on them! Can’t wait for it to get here!

    • Just ordered two gross of Ball jars for home canning with the waterproof seal. Start burying the money tomorrow before you can get your hands on it. Thank God for GPS.

    • Tell teh truth Charlie, you just say stuff that you think will cause reaction. You don’t actually believe your own words do you?

      • Sometimes, FL, yes. Clinton, for instance, but I have zero use for either party and tend to beat up on the Dems more than the Reps because at least the Reps make no bones about their loyalty. The Dems are total fakers … they both worship the same God (1%ers) …

        But I am a lefty, make no mistake …

        • How far left are you Charlie? Just socialist or do you go all the way to totalitarian?

          Don’t be mistaken, I am sick and tired of both parties myself, the difference between you and me is that I don’t see government power as a solution to bad politicians.

          • I’m probably much closer to libertarian than socialist and/or communist, especially on social issues, but … I do believe capitalism needs to be restrained; that a social-democracy is essential to the greater good (another concept I believe in—the greater good), but as to government: term limits for all pols and equitable representation (meaning, not just attorneys and/or those who come from money—pols should represent the actual people who elect them—workers).

            • I am getting the feeling you like to twist words to make yourself feel better. You cannot have a libertarian leaning and think that government should restrain capitalism. There has been no greater good to more people than free market capitalism.

              I too am a big fan of term limits for all representatives at all levels of government. I think that if we could get that passed on a federal level we would see an improvement in government simply through attrition.

              I would argue that we have representatives that do represent the people that actually elect them, and that is not the workers. Votes are continually being cast by unemployed and subsidized citizens every election cycle. The Democrats have proven that if you give to the greedy (yes, poor people can be greedy) than you can win elections. The “Worker” is getting out numbered in America. It is the Democratic socialist (or Socail Democrat as you like to say) that is feeding off of this trend.

              • gmanfortruth says:

                FLP, Charlie hit his head hard when he fell off the Left cliff. He has never been the same 🙂 He has this fantasy that all wealth should be equally distributed. He also really don’t like the 1%, regardless of how they got there. He wants the 15 to suffer, much like the poor and/or hard working. The guy pushing the broom should earn the same as the mechanic that keeps the equipment running. The mechanic should earn the same as the CEO. That’s Charlies utopia. Not bad really, just impossible!

              • @FL … “am getting the feeling you like to twist words to make yourself feel better. You cannot have a libertarian leaning and think that government should restrain capitalism. There has been no greater good to more people than free market capitalism.”

                Let’s agree to disagree here, my man. I said libertarian regarding “social” issues. I do not believe that capitalism can go unchecked or be protected by government … it’s my belief. I do not believe anyone can “earn” $1.4 million an hour (that’s a figure from 3 years ago–a hedge fund manager in MA). G misquotes me 5 x’s a post 🙂 … nobody needs $1.4 million an hour … or a year … I don’t seek a utopia (that’s just the right’s usual irrelevant rant … as relevant or credible as the left wants to steal what the 1% has–pure bullshit.

                The 1% may pay the bulk of taxes but they also reap the bulk of the rewards (something you all ignore over and over again). So long as you believe someone can “earn” $1.4 an hour, there’s nothing I can say to convince you it’s absurd.

                Can’t believe it … our Rangers scored 3 goals … in 1 game … we usually have to wait 4 games for that many goals.

              • Charlie, a person in a free country can earn as much as someone is willing to pay them or as much as they are willing to put in.

                Would you agree that the “poor” in America have it better than the middle class of most of the world? That is the gift of capitalism. We have the best standard of living in the world and that is because of the oppertunities created by capitalism.

                Sure it would be great if everyone could make $100k/year, but the reality is that most people are not willing to put in the effort to EARN $100k/year.

                If the left would stop worrying about what someone else has and be thankful for what they have themselves this world would be a better place. It does not hurt me at all if someone in MA get paid $1.4m/hour, in fact I benefit form him paying nearly 1,000x more than I do in taxes to support the government that we have. I think all those millionaires for staying in America and putting up with the lunatic left demonizing them and still paying the lion’s share of the taxes to support those that hate them.

                Do you know what would happen if no one made $1.4m/hour? The government would take 80% of your paycheck and everyone else who still has a job at that point.

              • “nobody needs $1.4 million an hour” Who are you to tell someone else what they need?

  13. What say yous wingies on the “autopsy report” … Marc Levin was losing his scrambled brains over it earlier …

    There’s no one reason we lost” in 2012, Mr. Priebus said. “Our message was weak. Our ground game was insufficient. We weren’t inclusive. We’re — we were behind in both data and digital. And our primary and debate process needed improvement.”

    Knucks says: He left out their candidate insults 47% of the population, drove around with his dog on the roof of his car, sent love letters in the sand of French beaches while hiding in France during the Vietnam war he supported on American campuses … and the Tea Baggers think it’s still 1776 … 🙂

    • gmanfortruth says:

      Romney never had a prayer, the elections were rigged. Why bother wasting time on this stupid stuff ? You must be bored, 😆

      • gmanfortruth says:

        By the way, how is my favorite knuckle dragging Dago Commie doing today? 🙂 I hope you and yours are healthy and happy 🙂

        • The Knuckle dragger is waiting for which will come first: my first grandkid or a Ranger win (although, right now I’d take a friggin’ goal) … 🙂

          • gmanfortruth says:

            For the record, I hope you have a healthy Grandchild to spoil and I pray he/she grows up a liberty loving USA patriot 🙂

            • It’s a 50-50 shot, I’d say. Two of my three are more conservative than they are liberal fiscally (but liberal socially) and the most liberal (on everything) has an MBA … none, I don’t think, are as radically left as poppa …

              But they’ve never been brainwashed one way or the other … they make up their own minds.

      • Because I know the voters in here will get a rise from it … 🙂

  14. gmanfortruth says:

    I think a lot of people are quite surprised on this matter. When you can’t find .22 LR bullets on the shelf, that’s a rare thing indeed. Maybe Michael Moore’s head will explode on live TV due to his increased high blood pressure from all of this. He is really wasting good oxygen and should just go away, far away.

  15. gmanfortruth says:

    Look Bottom Line, here are some fresh new targets for the Revolution!

  16. gmanfortruth says:
  17. Some new and interesting stuff on the Sandy Hook shootings. Any of it get out to the hinterlands?

    First time I have seen mention of the pistol, Mom as a straw purchaser (I suspected it) and flow charts and print outs which needed a special printer.

    • gmanfortruth says:

      SK, I read this a few days ago. I am assuming that the use of spreadsheet means that they found this on a computer. It would be assumed to be the shooters computer, although that is never revealed. Why? Because it was reported that his computer was methodically destroyed to the point that no info could be retrieved. This is more govt BS propaganda to further their failing gun grab. Beware of the MSM, they are liars too!

      • No, a followup on local news tonight indicated they found a four foot by seven foot printed copy. This was supposedly done on a “special printer”! Maybe Mom ran it off at school?The state police now see it as a video game where he was looking to leave himself as “high scorer”. Guns were the least of it!

        • gmanfortruth says:

          Interesting that this comes out months later. Why not report this when it was found? This whole incident stinks of govt BS. Not saying the cops messed up, they were likely told to be quiet or pay the price. What a mess!

          • “they were likely told to be quiet or pay the price.”

            My brother, you need to turn this into a book … conspiracies require massive cohesiveness …. yet you claim government can’t do anything right … I say: In a capitalist society, the whistleblower has too much to lose keeping omerta … 🙂

            • gmanfortruth says:

              Charlie, I grew up in what was once known as “Little Chicago” because of the old school mafia. My family history involves a cousin gunned down by machineguns. Making people stay quiet is easy and you of all people should know this. There is little difference between the mafia of the 60’s and 70’s to our current govt.

              You sure are quick to defend the government, and quick to demonize those that corrupt them. Strange, very strange. Makes one wonder who you really work for, Huh?

              • “Making people stay quiet is easy and you of all people should know this. There is little difference between the mafia of the 60′s and 70′s to our current govt.”

                G, it’s 2013 … and the Mafia (at least the eye-talian-American one) is in a constant state of falling apart … keeping people quiet? They can’t keep their own quiet? Bosses flip now, never mind civilians. It is a bad joke these days … made guys cut deals before the cuffs are on … but here’s the interesting thing … the VAST majority of made guys, associates, et al, are wingies too! They LOVE capitalism … 🙂

              • The only comparison between the mob (of today–not the 70’s) and government is the incompetence … this government can’t hide it’s secrets any better than the mob … you’re writing the wrong script, my man.

              • gmanfortruth says:

                Come on Man! Are you kidding me? They own the violence, if they say shut up or else, Bye Bye bigmouth. For you to dispute this is silly! I know New Jersey is screwed up, but is it really Alice’s Wonderland, cuz that’s where you are livin Brother 🙂

          • I agree with you both! Any large organization will eventually become the Mafia including the government. One of the things my dad picked up somewhere was the saying that whenever a company (or government) became large enough that the guy the top had no clue what the guy at the bottom was doing, the outfit was doomed. A lot of chaos on the way down but doomed.

            Regarding gun control. The issue again is perception, feeling, thinking vs. facts, those inconvenient things. regardless of statistics on less murders, few murders with rifles and shotguns, less accidents it is perceived, thought, felt that this is not the case. Therefore the perception, thought, feeling must be the REAL fact.

            All gun owners have friends who are either neutral or anti-gun. Talk to them. Talk to them until you are blue in the face. Unless they have been robbed, mugged, raped or something akin to that, they are incapable of changing their position. Years ago, they have been conditioned to believe that the inanimate object is evil and have, thanks to our educational system over the past 60 years, unable to see that we as a country are unique and gun ownership is a requirement to remain the unique people we are.

            So, I am sure that there are those who would ban all firearms for political purposes but they have vast support among the people who cannot go beyond the wisdom of their “feelings”. I think they are called useful idiots in Marxism.

  18. gmanfortruth says:

    There are times when cold-cocking a person is justified, this may be one of them.

  19. gmanfortruth says:

    Updated numbers on the Cyprus savings theft.

    Less than 100,000 euros in Cypriot bank accounts would be hit with a one-time tax of 3%.
    Between 100,000 and 500,000 in deposits would be charged with a one-time tax of 10%.
    Deposits of more than 500,000 euros would pay the most, a 15% one-time tax.

    It seems that not stealing from the poor would not have got the job done.


    Pass the popcorn! Who will spill the beans?

    • It is strange that supposedly all these people here and outside of the Country were sent these E-mails, yet, so far no one has actually put the emails out there for people to see.

  21. gmanfortruth says:

    The truth about Leftist’s are coming out in droves, LOL 🙂

  22. Come to think of it, i like what this person says about the Cyrpus situation: “The banks and the politicians should pay for this mess, not the people.”


    • gmanfortruth says:

      I believe we can all agree with that Charlie 🙂

    • Just A Citizen says:

      So now you are talking like the Tea Party. Funny how the left ignored that when they decided they had to be destroyed.

  23. What will you wingies do now that Hillary has endorsed gay marriage? 2016, after one of the worst administrations in American history (especially for the American worker/labor movement) … the Democrats are going to win yet again … why? See the “autopsy report” … ha, ha, ha …. 🙂

    • gmanfortruth says:

      I don’t want to think of another butt ugly woman in the White House. We may have to burn it down as it is. 😆

    • Liberals Pillory Portman on Gay Marriage

      By Aaron Goldstein on 3.18.13 @ 6:08AM

      That’s the thanks he gets for coming over to their side.

      While it is true that Ohio Senator Rob Portman’s about face on gay marriage has not been embraced by conservatives; liberals aren’t giving him any love either.

      Portman’s change of heart came on account of his 21-year old son Matt who revealed his sexual orientation to him two years ago. He detailed this in an op-ed in the Columbus Dispatch:

      Knowing that my son is gay prompted me to consider the issue from another perspective: that of a dad who wants all three of his kids to lead happy, meaningful lives with the people they love, a blessing Jane and I have shared for 26 years.

      Matt Yglesias of Slate takes Portman to task for his reasoning:

      Remember when Sarah Palin was running for vice president on a platform of tax cuts and reduced spending? But there was one form of domestic social spending she liked to champion? Spending on disabled children? Because she had a disabled child personally? Yet somehow her personal experience with disability didn’t lead her to any conclusions about the millions of mothers simply struggling to raise children in conditions of general poorness. Rob Portman doesn’t have a son with a pre-existing medical condition who’s locked out of the health insurance market. Rob Portman doesn’t have a son engaged in peasant agriculture whose livelihood is likely to be wiped out by climate change. Rob Portman doesn’t have a son who’ll be malnourished if SNAP benefits are cut. So Rob Portman doesn’t care.

      Meanwhile, over at the Huffington Post, Kenneth M. Walsh sings a remarkably similar tune:

      While I would like to say that it makes me happy to have the first Republican senator come out in support of marriage equality, I am having a difficult time getting past the whole “I need this EXACT situation to affect me PERSONALLY before I can do anything” mentality that seems to persist in the halls of Congress.

      Do I need to have a close relative have Parkinson’s disease to think there should be government funding for a cure? Does a member of my family need to be African American for me to think the Voting Rights Act needs to be renewed? Does my house have to be destroyed by a hurricane to vote for emergency relief funding? The utter lack of empathy displayed by so many elected officials sickens me to the point that if and when some of them finally see the light, I almost hate them more… for showing a complete lack of conviction.

      Yet consider what President Obama told Robin Roberts of ABC News last May right after he reversed his own view on gay marriage:

      You know, Malia and Sasha, they’ve got friends whose parents are same-sex couples. And I — you know, there have been times where Michelle and I have been sittin’ around the dinner table. And we’ve been talkin’ and — about their friends and their parents. And Malia and Sasha would — it wouldn’t dawn on them that somehow their friends’ parents would be treated differently. It doesn’t make sense to them. And — and frankly — that’s the kind of thing that prompts — a change of perspective. You know, not wanting to somehow explain to your child why somebody should be treated — differently, when it comes to — the eyes of the law.

      OK, so neither of the President’s daughters has said they are openly gay. But that doesn’t matter here. When it came to changing his position on gay marriage, Obama credited his daughters just as Portman credited his son for helping him to see things from a different perspective. Did Ygeslias or Walsh take Obama to task for the influence of his daughters in changing his views? What do you think?

      As I have argued previously, the Left doesn’t really care about gay marriage except if a white, Christian Republican opposes it. Barack Obama did not support gay marriage in 2008 and would not have done so in 2012 if not for the loose lips of Vice-President Biden. Liberals would have supported President Obama last year, gay marriage or no gay marriage.

      The great late 18th century, early 19th century English poet and philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge put it succinctly when he said, “I have seen great intolerance shown in support of tolerance.” The bottom line is that liberals do not care if a Republican supports gay marriage. As far as liberals are concerned, it makes no difference if Portman supports same sex marriage or calls homosexuality a sin. In Walsh’s own words, “when they finally see the light, I almost hate them more.” As long as Portman has a capital R affixed to his name, liberals will have as much contempt for him today as they did yesterday. Portman can change his perspective but liberals can’t change theirs.

    • Democrats will continue to win because the voters have learned that they can vote themselves benefits at someone else’s expense. Greed at the bottom is going to rot the foundation of America while the greed at the top will be the only thing to survive.

    • Going to do nothing Charlie….that was as expected as the sun rises in the East.

  24. Even the new Pople believes in the greater good!

  25. Beware of the New Elites

    By Scott Rasmussen – March 18, 2013

    James Carville famously kept the 1992 Clinton campaign on message with the simple refrain, “It’s the economy, stupid!” That’s just as true for politicians today as it was two decades ago.

    However, many politicians, particularly Republicans, tend to misunderstand all that Carville’s phrase encompasses. It’s not just about economic growth. Fairness is a big part of the equation. Most Americans see both growth and fairness as important.

    Today, just 35 percent of voters believe the economy is fair to middle-class Americans. Only 41 percent believe it is fair to those who are willing to work hard.

    Some politicians, particularly Democrats, are better at acknowledging the importance of fairness, but they have a pretty limited definition of what it means. They complain about income inequality but ignore the larger context.

    For most Americans, the context is very important. If a CEO gets a huge paycheck after his company received a government bailout, that’s a problem. People who get rich through corporate welfare schemes are seen as suspect. On the other hand, 86 percent believe it’s fair for people who create very successful companies to get very rich.

    In other words, it’s not just the income; it’s whether the reward matched the effort. People don’t think it’s a problem that Steve Jobs got rich. After all, he created Apple Computer and the iPad generation. But there was massive outrage about the bonuses paid to AIG executives after that company was propped up by the federal government.

    On a more routine basis, most Americans are offended by the revolving door between Washington and Wall Street. The practice of working for the government to network and then cash in with a firm that needs your government contacts is seen as fair only by those who practice it.

    The revolving door hints at the larger problem. The United States is supposed to be a land of opportunity, where everyone can pursue their dreams. Throughout our history, many have started with nothing and risen to the top. But those on top today are busy rewriting the rules to limit entry into their club.

    In her recent Daily Beast column, “America’s New Mandarins,” Megan McArdle describes a new elite that rates education credentials more highly than any other skills. In this world, having a Harvard diploma means more than being willing to work hard or contributing something of value. Most Americans don’t share this view. Only 3 percent believe Ivy League schools produce better workers.

    Given a choice between a worker who gets more done and someone who has a higher level of education, only 9 percent think the person with the higher level of education should be paid more. Seventy-one percent place a higher value on the person who gets more done.

    In the New Mandarin world described by McArdle, the best jobs are reserved for those who attended the most prestigious schools. Entry into such schools is restricted to those with wealth and connections. The rest of us are expected to trust the elites to decide what’s fair.

    A better approach is to focus on what people accomplish. That gives everyone a chance to succeed. It is one essential ingredient to creating a society that is fair to the middle class and to those who are willing to work hard.

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    • Finally! Now that’s what I have been talking about for years. that’s where Charlie gets his ideas. Back in ’69 in the Big Green Machine I got to meet the Ivy leaguers and got to know them fairly well. There were a few that thought they were direct descendents of kings and they were intolerable. Others would eventually go that way. There were a few who understood they were just like everyone else. My own take as the surprising revelation that a liberal arts education with a major in Psychology and due to the number of credits, a another major in history from a small Catholic College stood up extraordinarily well against an Ivy education in the “real” world. friends who went to college with me who majored in Business also did very well but would be the first to acknowledge that despite being twice as good had to work-twice as hard to overcome the perceived superiority their co-workers had due to where they went to school. If you doubt this, just check and see where my classmates sent their own children.

      Mao was right, the “intelligentsia” must spend every fifth year in a rice paddy remembering where we ALL came from.

      • Let’s add the fact that in this Country you used to be able to start at the bottom and work your way up in a company without a college degree -Experience was king-Now that is almost impossible to do-not having that piece of paper stops you cold.

        • I am actually finding the opisit is true VH. Where I work it is more what you know that what paper you have hanging on the wall. We just hired several technical people based on experiance and never once asked to see their degrees (1 had a high school diploma only it turned out).

          More companies in the tech industry hire base on your portfolio of work than on your college transcript. It is tooooo easy to get a degree these days, it is harder to have a constant work history.

          • I’m very glad to hear that, although I suspect it is the exception to the rule. But nothing would make me happier than to think it was evidence of a changing policy.

          • In a tech firm talent still tops where you went to school. On Wall Street, where you went to school rules. The unbelievable mess we are having now is a result of that. Anybody who even had a shred of common sense could see it coming. Constantly borrowing against your own home to finance a life style you could never afford with the “smart guys” telling you it was ok and then collecting 10cents on every dollar while they artificially ran up the “value” of-real estate..

            • I’m with Stephen on this one. Wall Street (and big law firms/banks) is a school and connection first requirement (which is one reason minorities are so poorly represented–absolute racism). The so-called merit system … all that hard work will find you success is a crock of shit. And if you go back to the golden years of the “American Dream” friends, you’ll have to recognize the fact that while union jobs were a great benefit to the middle class, they were also handled like Wall Street, except it had everything to do with connections (who you knew, who in your family was a union member, etc.) … and minorities back then received the same treatment they do on Wall Street today. Those are facts of our “American Dream” many hear refuse to acknowledge … which makes many hear as credible as G’s wild and crazy conspiracy theories 🙂

  26. Republican Establishment Declares War on GOP Voters
    A Commentary By Scott Rasmussen

    Friday, January 11, 2013

    Official Washington hailed the deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff as a significant bipartisan accomplishment. However, voters around the country viewed the deal in very partisan terms: Seven out of 10 Democrats approved of it, while seven out of 10 Republicans disapproved.

    Just a few days after reaching that agreement, an inside-the-Beltway publication reported another area of bipartisan agreement. Politico explained that while Washington Democrats have always viewed GOP voters as a problem, Washington Republicans “in many a post-election soul-searching session” have come to agree. More precisely, the article said the party’s Election 2012 failures have “brought forth one principal conclusion from establishment Republicans: They have a primary problem.”

    As seen from the halls of power, the problem is that Republican voters think it’s OK to replace incumbent senators and congressman who don’t represent the views of their constituents. In 2012, for example, Republican voters in Indiana dumped longtime Sen. Richard Lugar in a primary battle.

    This infuriated establishment Republicans for two reasons. First, because they liked Lugar and the way he worked. Second, because the replacement candidate was flawed and allowed Democrats to win what should have been a safe Republican seat.

    So, according to Politico, the Washington team is gearing up a new effort to protect incumbents and limit the ability of Republican voters to successfully challenge establishment candidates.

    That makes sense to those whose sole goal is winning a majority in Congress rather than changing the course of government policy. Seen from the outside, though, it sounds like the professional politicians are saying that the only way to win is to pick more candidates like the insiders. Hearing that message, the reaction of many Republican and conservative voters is, “Why bother?”

    That’s why more than two-thirds of Republican voters believe GOP officials in Washington have lost touch with the party’s base.

    The Republican establishment has two choices. They can act as mature party leaders of a national political party, or they can protect their own self-interest.

    Mature party leaders would spend a lot more time listening to Republican voters rather than further insulating themselves from those voters. They would try to understand why just 37 percent of Republicans nationwide believe the economy is fair. They would give serious thought to why just half of GOP voters have a favorable opinion of House Speaker John Boehner, the highest-ranking elected Republican in the nation. They would acknowledge that government spending in America has gone up in every year since 1954 regardless of whether Republicans or Democrats are in charge.

    Then mature party leaders would chart a realistic course to address these concerns and share those plans with the voters. To succeed, this course would have to include some painful medicine for the establishment, such as giving up corporate welfare programs that benefit their friends and allies. It also would require helping Republican voters identify primary candidates who challenge the establishment but could be effective on the campaign trail.

    This is a much tougher course to follow; one that would benefit the party and the nation. Unfortunately, by seeking to protect the insiders from the voters, all indications are that most establishment Republicans would rather blame the voters and keep their perks.

  27. gmanfortruth says:

    Report on TV is that Chemical Weapons have been used in Syria.

  28. Bottom Line says:

    @ G

    re: Revolution

    All I ever wanted was to get some land, find a good honest woman, make some babies, build a farm and a workshop, do right by my family and die happy knowing I lived a good life.

    But things haven’t worked out so well to allow me to pursue such a dream. And I don’t see much of a chance of that happening at this point, …a big part of that being because I have spent a lot of time trying to cope with/avoid a bunch of people that don’t know how to mind their own fucking business.

    I don’t see where I have anything to lose at this point. I’ve already written off my life and happiness. If I cannot be happy, then I am ready to die.

    C’est la vie – telle est la mort.

    I think I either need to

    A – find a FAST way to achieve my dream,
    B – go find a nice place to die,
    C – destroy everything that doesn’t know how to mind it’s own business so that the rest of the human race might live their dreams in peace.

    A means life does a highly unlikely sudden and miraculous 180 degree turn
    B is quite feasible and rather easy to do.
    C is virtually impossible as I am just a man.

    Death it is.

    …unless, of course, a good woman with enough money to buy some land, tools, building supplies, etc. wants to pull me out of this shit-hole called my life and go make some babies

    …or if a few billion people want to join me and kill the rest.

    I would love to think that everyone could be convinced to learn to live in peace and mind their own business, but perhaps V is right…ain’t gonna happen. People are either evil or too stupid.

    What was God thinking in letting Noah build the ark?

    • Bottomline

      I think at this point someone needs to shake you! Life is not easy and life isn’t fair-but it is a fucking blessing. Look around you, there is beauty everywhere. There are wonderful people everywhere. You will not find happiness unless you go out and look for it. Get off the stupid computer-stop reading the extreme opinions of other people and just go out there and be with other people. Read the Bible if you’re wondering about why God did something. Take a breather from learning by reading and learn by becoming a part of your community and it’s people. Now I love you but this kind of talk is soul destroying. So stop it!!!!!!

      • Bottom Line says:


        I appreciate it. You’re awesome. But I wish it were that simple.

        Above, I left out the biggest factor in all of this. It’s ENORMOUS, makes things extremely complicated as it is relative to the entire history of mankind. The above is somewhat oversimplified and incomplete.

        You see, I figured out the big secret, and only because I (and others) am somehow right in the middle of it, or rather will be, …or something like that. And I don’t see a way out.

        I would explain it, but it would require a lot of typing and time, either to be ridiculed or initiate a sequence of events that would cause quite a stir to say the least.

        I should probably just shut up as to avoid spilling the beans.

        • There isn’t anyway I can really respond to this post-So all I can say is if it’s a “will be” ignore it and go about living your life!! Obviously obsessing about it is destroying your life.

    • Yeah! What V said. Every fucking word! V, you know dying here 🙂

    • gmanfortruth says:

      BL, I really don’t need to add anything to all this, do I?

      • Bottom Line says:


        I am just frustrated.

        I have discovered some things, but as much as I have learned, as much as I have figured out, it is only but a small portion of the real truth.

        I (and others) am somehow a part of something big. I know there are many who are watching me/us and know things. They are withholding truth from me and it is really pissing me off.

        It is like several people getting a letter in the mail with cryptic directions to a house and a reason of urgency to find it.

        I found the house. I found it before the others. I am standing at the door knocking, and no one will answer. I know someone is there because I saw a light turn off when I pulled up, and the shades moved when I first knocked…but no one will answer.

        My answer: Break down the door…or burn the fucking house down to flush them outside so I can rip their head off and shit down their neck for wasting my time playing games with my life.

        I cancelled a date to find the house. And I am PISSED OFF.

        • gmanfortruth says:

          We have talked, in length, on a few occasions. You are getting somewhat obsessed with this issue. As I have said before, one day we will both find out why we are here, because we do have a purpose on earth.

          While I’m waiting for that answer, I’m living life the best I can. I’m letting some things happen, that are pleasing, and others that are not so pleasing. For now, I’m being patient, as you need to be!

          I am finding enjoyment where I can, like bustin Charlie’s ass all the time. I’m also preparing for something that may not occur, but I just keep prepping anyway, There were times when I worried way too much about what I wasn’t prepared for. That caused anxiety. I have chilled, knowing I can’t achieve my future if my mind is not in it 100% !

          You have told me most of what you know, I would suggest just backing off, go on some dates and get laid 🙂 Put your train of thought on finding happy things in life that you want and try to stop worrying. Life will happen, no matter how hard you try to find the same answer I want, it will come one day. Until then, do things that are fun and enjoyable, listen to some good country music, go skinny dipping with a cutie and have a few beers!

          If you need to talk, You have my number, if not I can contact Judy. I think I still have yours. It’s your call Brother!

        • Bottom Line says:

          An exercise in logic:

          Typically, one with good intentions has nothing to hide and will approach a situation with forthrightness and honesty. One with ill intent will hide in the shadows.

          Thus it is safe to assume that one who hides means no good, but is an assumption nonetheless, and cannot be definitively determined.

          When in doubt, play the safe route. This means count on ill intent rather than honorable intent as assuming it is honorable when it is not means putting yourself in a vulnerable position. Counting on it being ill intent when it is either, means you are ready either way.


          If you cannot find answers, you have to make them.

          If there are a few playing sick ambiguous games, hiding within many, with unclear intentions, and you cannot determine which ones are which…

          Play the safe route – Assume their intentions are ill – make answers – eliminate the possibility of a threat – KILL THEM ALL.

          “Not knowing is the root of evil” – JAC

    • gmanfortruth says:

      Some female govt worker needs her ass whipped. They would not come in my house at all either, but they would have seen a gun, looking at the wrong end.

      • Yeah,when they won’t give their names it’s pretty easy to assume they are doing something wrong.

  29. We really need to wake up and see what our society is pushing-I use the word “cess-pool” and people act like I’m the crazy one.

    ‘Crowdsourced’ porn operator recruits students with taxpayer-funded school’s blessing
    1:21 AM 03/19/2013

    Times are tough for newly-minted college graduates. The aggregated outstanding student debt in the United States is about $1 trillion, with an average debt of $23,300. Roughly 10 percent owe more than $50,000.

    The situation has gotten so bad that the New York Federal Reserve is worried the student-loan bubble will drag down the housing recovery, because recent college grads can’t afford monthly loan payments.

    As The College Fix reports, though, one enterprising entrepreneur has a solution: porn.

    The University of Missouri apparently sponsored an hour-long talk last Wednesday by businesswoman Cindy Gallop on “crowdsourced porn.”

    The Show Me State’s flagship, taxpayer-funded bastion of higher education advertised the event on its official campus calendar. Tickets were free to students (and $5 for the general public).

    The talk was well-attended, notes The Fix. Somewhere between 50 and 75 percent of the audience looked college-aged.

    In a theater a little over a block from the campus, Gallop told students that hardcore pornography creates false, unrealistic impressions. That’s bad. It would be good, though, if students join her “movement,” which entails making porn — respectable, humane porn — and hawking it on her website.

    As Slate explains (and as Gallop detailed to the audience), Gallop’s business model goes thusly: wanna-be porn stars record themselves frolicking in “real world sex,” then submit the results to her site, Make Love Not Porn. Accepted footage goes on sale (actually a long-term rental). The price is $5. The site shares profits 50/50 with the stars of the videos.

    Earning cash has never been easier, Gallop told the audience during her Mizzou appearance.

    “It is an easy way to pay off student loans,” she added, according to The College Fix.

    Essentially, then, Gallop offered undergrads a chance to participate in what amounts to a pornography consignment website in order to pay off student-loan debt. And she convinced the school responsible for that debt to advertise her pitch.

    Somewhere, Hugh Hefner is slapping his head in awe and admiration.

    Gallop also said that her dream is for her website to become something like Youtube or Facebook, only filled with porn.

    “I want to socialize sex,” the entrepreneur declared, according to The College Fix.

    Officials from the University of Missouri did not respond to The College Fix’s requests for comment.

    You might be seeing Gallop speaking on or close to a campus near you, though.

    “We want @makelovenotporn on college campuses all over the US — and the world,” Gallop has tweeted.

    Read more:

  30. Hmmmmm??????????

    A European Bailout Unlike Any Other

    Rachel Marsden

    Mar 19, 2013
    Click if you like this column!

    A European Bailout Unlike Any Other

    PARIS — The European Union’s $13 billion bailout plan for Cyprus has nothing to do with
    socialism but rather with much greater stakes. This is the EU attempting to outmaneuver an uncharacteristically flat-footed Vladimir Putin and Russia in a key battleground, over long-festering issues: transparency, corruption, and support of Syria and Iran. This is also a case of the EU calling out a Trojan-horse country embedded inside the Eurozone.

    In exchange for the $13 billion from the EU, Cyprus would have to impose a one-time tax on bank deposits, increase corporate taxes from 10 percent to 12.5 percent, and submit to greater financial transparency. It’s about time. But what a potential nightmare of transparency for Russia.

    Cyprus accepted a 2.5 billion euro loan from Russia in 2011, with Russia denying a more recent loan request for 5 billion euros. Now, Russia is saying that it will be so generous as to, at the very least, ease conditions on the initial loan if Cyprus provides the Russian government with the identities of Russians sheltering money in Cyprus banks. And Russia isn’t forking over any more cash because it isn’t convinced that it has to (yet) in order to maintain Cyprus as an ally. The two nations are as thick as thieves, and both have been playing the EU for utter morons.

    Foreigners hold an estimated 40 percent of the cash in Cyprus banks, most of it belonging to Russians. It’s not hard to imagine why, when a 10 percent corporate tax rate is available to anyone willing to spend 300,000 euros on a Cyprus residence. As an added bonus, after five years you get Cypriot citizenship, an EU passport and zero taxation on your global income. Russia has also been trying to get Cyprus to lobby the EU to lift Russian visa requirements.

    The World Bank lists the gross domestic product of Cyprus at $24.7 billion, yet Russians (including 80 oligarchs) hold an estimated $25.6 billion in Cyprus banks, according to German intelligence.

    What’s the nature of this cash, exactly? Seedy-to-filthy at best. In February, the EU’s Financial Intelligence Unit launched an investigation into whether Russian mafia cash had been laundered through EU banks. And late last year, according to Russia’s own RIA Novosti state media, Cyprus opened an investigation into whether $31 million in Russian tax-fraud cash uncovered by anti-corruption lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who died while awaiting trial in a Russian jail after accusing Russian officials of $230 million worth of tax fraud, had been moved to five Cyprus banks.

    Cypriot and Russian authorities have been playing the EU and the rest of the world for fools since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Both say they want to fight corruption, though they never seem to get around to actually doing anything about it. When American intelligence busted a Russian spy ring in 2010 — which most famously included redheaded Anna Chapman — the alleged money-man and SVR (Russian foreign intelligence) point man, Pavel Kapustin (alias: Christopher Metsos), was nabbed on an Interpol warrant in Cyprus and successfully fled because he was conveniently bailed by Cypriot authorities. Nice crime-fighting.

    In early 2012, the Guardian reported that a Russian transport ship carrying 60 tons of ammunition purchased by the Syrian government from state-controlled Russian munitions exporter Rosoboronexport pulled into the Cypriot port in a storm and, despite being in clear violation of sanctions, was sent back on its way by Cyprus authorities.

    Similarly, key Russian trade partner Iran has long circumvented sanctions through Cypriot front companies. Intelligence Online reported last year: “According to our sources, one of the traders supplying Syria is the small Cypriot company Q-One Energy Ltd, headquartered at Soboh House, Limassol, in the same building as fellow trader Soboh Pentroleum, headed by Aiman Soboh and which works closely with Russian traders. Q-One delivered two shipments of 30,000 tonnes of petrol to Syria on board the Breeze A on March 11 and the Voyager A on March 22.”

    Sounds cozy.

    There are 19 Iranian front companies circumventing U.S. sanctions via Cyprus, according to the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control — and those are just the ones identified so far.

    If Russia does offer Cyprus another bailout, it will be because Russia fears the revelations and strategic losses that would result from the tiny nation moving squarely into the Western sphere of influence. No doubt Putin has been hoping to get the EU to pay the bill for propping up Russian business accounts, backed by Russian banks, in Cyprus. Any cash Russia offers will come under the guise of “fighting corruption,” of course. “Don’t worry, we’ll take care of this cleanup. Nothing to see here, so please don’t look.”

    Sure. Russia has done such a crack job with that so far. The EU is finally trying to do right.

    • gmanfortruth says:

      The Russians have been warned and pulled out over 2B Euros so far. As for the author saying the EU is trying to do right? Total BS, theft is theft.

  31. gmanfortruth says:

    I wonder how many Global Warming believers feel like idiots realizing that it was all a hoax and a fraud?

  32. gmanfortruth says:

    The power of the internet may have shown itself today. So many people spoke up around the world against the proposed actions in Cyprus it paid off! Cyprus lawmakers vote down European Union-mandated seizure of bank deposits to fund a bailout of the country

    • Read “they” were considering doing the same thing in New Zealand. Wonder where that stands?

  33. gmanfortruth says:
    • I’d like to point out a very Big problem-The State regulates standard healthcare but not abortion-Have they not heard of Kermit Gosnell!

      “While standard healthcare and out-patient surgical clinics in the state fall under the authority of the Health Facilities division of the Colorado Department of Health and Environment for regular licensing and regulation, Planned Parenthood clinics are not held to the same standard. When contacted by Media Trackers to verify Planned Parenthood’s clinical licensing and regulation in the the state of Colorado, the Health Affairs division confirmed that PPRM clinics do not fall under the Department of Health and Environment’s oversight and that they were unaware of who in the state government does provide such oversight.”

      “The only state level oversight Colorado Planned Parenthood clinics receive appears to be from the Colorado State Board of Pharmacy, which simply licenses each Planned Parenthood location as a pharmacy outlet.”

      Colorado Planned Parenthood Clinics Not Regulated By Standard State Health and Medical Guidelines

      By: Precious Watson (Diary) | March 18th, 2013 at 05:00 PM | 2


      Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM), which currently faces a lawsuit in Colorado for malpractice and health standard violations, is not licensed or regulated as a health clinic under Colorado state policy. A Media Trackers investigation has revealed and PPRM has confirmed that while individual PPRM doctors and nurses are certified at the state level, the clinics themselves only meet federal level standards and regulation dating back to the 1980s.

      The malpractice suit was filed against PPRM by Colorado Springs resident Ayanna Byer last month. Byer, whose complaint included a total of six charges, alleged that she was forced to undergo an abortion at a local clinic without proper anesthetic after asking doctors not to go through with the procedure. Byer’s specific reports of battery and negligence are listed in her Complaint and Jury Demand against a PPRM physician identified in the complaint as “Dr. John Doe”.

      Byer’s allegations have raised red flags about Planned Parenthood’s licensing and health standards, as well as its medical procedures and practices.

      While standard healthcare and out-patient surgical clinics in the state fall under the authority of the Health Facilities division of the Colorado Department of Health and Environment for regular licensing and regulation, Planned Parenthood clinics are not held to the same standard. When contacted by Media Trackers to verify Planned Parenthood’s clinical licensing and regulation in the the state of Colorado, the Health Affairs division confirmed that PPRM clinics do not fall under the Department of Health and Environment’s oversight and that they were unaware of who in the state government does provide such oversight.

      Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains informed Media Trackers that its physicians, nurses, and pharmacists, “… maintain licenses and certifications in keeping with the requirements of the Colorado State Medical Board, the Board of Nursing, the Board of Pharmacy, and their individual certifying organizations.”

      When asked for specific state licensing and regulation, Planned Parenthood was only able to mention certain federalcompliance and authority for its clinics: “[Our] health centers operate in accordance with OSHA [Occupational Safety and Health Administration] regulations … We also must meet the federal standards known as CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments).”

      However, The Food and Drug Administration explains these standards only cover laboratory testing: “Congress passed the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) in 1988 establishing quality standards for all laboratory testing to ensure the accuracy, reliability and timeliness of patient test results regardless of where the test was performed.” The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) confirmsthat CLIA addresses only “laboratory testing (except research) performed on humans in the United States”.

      The only state level oversight Colorado Planned Parenthood clinics receive appears to be from the Colorado State Board of Pharmacy, which simply licenses each Planned Parenthood location as a pharmacy outlet.

      Though PPRM claims its individual physicians and nurses are in compliance with the requirements of the Colorado State Medical Board, Byer’s complaint charges that the doctor(s) who performed her abortion did not follow the basic standards or procedures defined and enforced by the medical board.

      According to the board’s “Office-Based Surgery and Anesthesia” policy, “The surgeon must evaluate and discuss the risks and benefits of the surgical procedure with the patient and obtain informed consent from the patient.” The policy guidance goes on to state that, “Additionally, the surgeon and qualified anesthesia provider must assess the patient before surgery to evaluate the risk of anesthesia.”

      Byer claimed that the attending physician began the procedure before an anesthetic was administered, and continued without anesthesia after Byer asked to stop.

      Within Byer’s Complaint and Jury Demand, as reported by Media Trackers, Byer admits that she consented to the abortion only with the promised anesthetic: “Upon Plaintiff’s condition that she would receive anesthesia for pain through an I.V. for which Plaintiff would pay an additional fee, Plaintiff agreed to surgical abortion.”

      However, PPRM allegedly did not respect the policy to delay the procedure until the patient was under anesthesia: “… before the I.V. was inserted and before the Plaintiff received any anesthesia, the Planned Parenthood Doctor began the procedure to abort the pregnancy”.

      This alleged lack of concern for the patient’s health and comfort resulted in a series of painful consequences. Byer suffered through a seven minute abortion procedure without anesthetic and was then told that no follow up visit was necessary. After weeks of continued pain, Byer finally visited the emergency room where it was revealed that part of the child was left inside of her and a bad infection had ensued. This led to both battery and negligence charges against the Planned Parenthood doctor, as well as uninformed consent, false imprisonment, extreme and outrageous conduct, and breach of fiduciary duty charges.

      Though PPRM clinics are not regulated by Colorado medical standards or licensing beyond pharmaceutical regulations, the organization has received millions of dollars in direct aid from the state. In 2012 alone, PPRM was paid $2.7 million by various state level agencies, including over $500,000 from the Department of Health and Environment, the same branch that was unable to cite any state level licensing or regulation of Planned Parenthood in Colorado. Other governmental departments funding Colorado Planned Parenthood in 2012 include the Department of Education, the Justice Department, and the Department of Healthcare Policy and Finance.

      • gmanfortruth says:

        The problem is that far too many people agree with Eugenics, which is all abortion is. If one would look at the statistics, one would see whom’s population is being controlled. A womans body, a womans choice my ass.. Bunch of GD hypocrits saying that crap!

  34. gmanfortruth says:

    The people have spoken. FrankenFeinstein loses 🙂
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said on Monday that a controversial assault weapons ban will not be part of a Democratic gun bill that was expected to reach the Senate floor next month.

    After a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Monday, a frustrated Feinstein said she learned that the bill she sponsored — which bans 157 different models of assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines — wouldn’t be part of a Democratic gun bill to be offered on the Senate floor. Instead, it can be offered as an amendment. But its exclusion from the package makes what was already an uphill battle an almost certain defeat.

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  35. I think this is a good article-it points out that there is probably some uses for drones that would be helpful-but it also points out the very real dangers. Seems like a good starting point to discuss the pro’s and con’s.

    March 18, 2013
    The Other Drone Question: Is Obama Building A Federal Police Force?
    By Tara Servatius

    Less than two weeks ago, Sen. Rand Paul’s demanded to know whether the president believed he had a right to kill an American citizen on American soil with a drone, finally getting an answer that had to be dragged out Attorney General Eric Holder. An equally important, but still unasked question is whether the president intends to build a federal, drone-based “public safety” force to police local communities.

    Somebody had better ask the president about this quickly, because it appears that his administration intends to use drones to actively usurp what were once local police and sheriff’s department functions.

    Put it all together, and it sure looks like Obama is building the backbone for that national police force he wanted the first time he ran for office.

    Worse yet, both Democrats and Republicans are now openly discussing a plan to put all the drones flown in America’s skies, including those owned and operated by local police departments, under the ultimate supervision of the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice, consolidating the country’s surveillance and law enforcement powers under one powerful federal police jurisdiction.

    According to, DHS is now experimenting with how its drones can be used in “first responder, law enforcement and border security scenarios.”

    The DHS’s drones could also be used, reported, “to support emergency and non-emergency incidents nationwide” and to give the department “situational awareness” in public safety matters or disasters, including forest fires. The department also plans to use its drones, and their attached cameras to surveil and police sporting events, political events and large public gatherings.

    The problem with DHS’s plans is that many of the above functions used to be handled by local law enforcement without any help from the federal government.

    DHS appears to be planning a vast surveillance network, and it is rapidly developing the technology to create it. reports this about drone technology:

    The Department of Homeland Security is interested in a camera package that can peek in on almost four square miles of (constitutionally protected) American territory for long, long stretches of time.

    Homeland Security doesn’t have a particular system in mind. Right now, it’s just soliciting “industry feedback” on what a formal call for such a “Wide Area Surveillance System” might look like. But it’s the latest indication of how powerful military surveillance technology, developed to find foreign insurgents and terrorists, is migrating to the home front.

    The Department of Homeland Security says it’s interested in a system that can see between five to 10 square kilometers – that’s between two and four square miles, roughly the size of Brooklyn, New York’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood – in its “persistent mode.” By “persistent,” it means the cameras should stare at the area in question for an unspecified number of hours to collect what the military likes to call “pattern of life” data – that is, what “normal” activity looks like for a given area.

    In America, community policing has always been done at the local level. If a police force engaged in corruption, abused people, or got out of control, local voters could and likely would rapidly vote out the mayor or council that controlled it. You could get a badge number. You could file a report. You could call your local newspaper. This has always kept police departments responsive to the will and the needs of local communities – and firmly under their control.

    But drone technology is now allowing Washington’s multitude of law enforcement agencies to begin to compete for police powers and police duties that have always fallen to local police departments.

    Even more alarming, a subcommittee of the Committee on Homeland Security is currently studying a plan to put all the drones flown in America’s airways under direct supervision of DHS and the Department of Justice.

    After a 2011 plot to use a drone to bomb the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol was thwarted by the FBI, Congress began exploring the idea of putting all drones – including those flown by local law enforcement agencies – under federal control to protect citizens against rogue drone operators with bad intentions.

    The House Homeland Security committee, which oversees these matters, also became concerned last year that other federal government agencies were “borrowing DHS drones or procuring their own for scouting populated areas – without the department’s supervision,” reported.

    To deal with all of this, Committee on Homeland Security subcommittee Chairman Michael McCaul, a Republican from Texas, says the committee will mandate that DHS, the Justice Department and the FAA coordinate to oversee all drones that fly within the country, but has said he prefers that the Obama administration do so without a requirement from Congress.

    While the intentions here might not be totalitarian, the ultimate outcome could be, especially as more federal and local law enforcement agencies come to rely on drone technology and the federal government begins to police the interior in ways that were unthinkable just 15 years ago, before the Department of Homeland Security – and the use of drone technology — even existed.

    On Washington’s present track with this, in a decade it could be hard to tell where your local police department ends and the federal government begins.

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    • gmanfortruth says:

      V. I’m mostly against the use of drones in most cases. There could be some good uses for them, but overall I think we need humans in the sky when and where any form of weaponology is used. I’m not too keen on the spying technology either. Not that it will matter, it’s all part of the police state closing in on us. We are heading toward a 2nd Revolution I fear.

  36. gmanfortruth says:

    V.H. You mentioned this above. Now for a test 🙂 Why can they get away with this in other countries? Do you think they will try it here? (NO)

  37. gmanfortruth says:

    Question for All ! Was this even needed? Was it worth it?

    WASHINGTON — The U.S.-led war in Iraq claimed 190,000 lives and will cost the U.S. government at least $2.2 trillion, according to the findings of a project at Brown University released Thursday.

    The Costs of War report, released ahead of the 10th anniversary of the war on March 20, said that the financial calculation included “substantial” costs to care for wounded U.S. veterans.

    The total estimate far outstrips the initial projection by President George W. Bush’s government that the war would cost $50 billion to $60 billion.

    More than 70 percent of those who died of direct war violence in Iraq were civilians, or an estimated 134,000 people. A small number of the 190,000 dead were U.S. casualties: 4,488 U.S. military members and at least 3,400 U.S. contractors, according to the report.

  38. gmanfortruth says:

    When the Revolution starts to slow down, someone remind me about the TSA!

    Payback is gonna be a bitch!

  39. I know USW isn’t around much anymore and maybe it isn’t my place, but I suspect that he wouldn’t really like or allow people to talk in terms of killing. So maybe people should lighten up.

    • gmanfortruth says:

      Knowledge is power! V.H. They are reading, they are reading a lot too! To avoid violence, sometimes you have to tell the bullies that they are gonna cross a line if they keep going. They also need to understand the consequences of their actions if they continue. It is working in a big way. Nobody wants violence, but we should all be prepared to whoop some ass if need be!

    • Bottom Line says:


      Please forgive me if I have rubbed you the wrong way.

      When properly provoked, I can be rather intolerant, cold and logical. I suppose it is my flaw.

      For whatever it is worth, there are things happening in plain sight, past present and future, that most do not realize, and cannot see…the laws of physics as we know it are defied and conventional wisdom does not apply. PC is an irrelevant joke.

  40. gmanfortruth says:

    This is some serious insanity! No way would I ever allow a child take the anthrax shots. Weaponized anthrax, which requires a great deal of expense, if it exists at all, will never be used by a foreign entity in the U.S. Fear mongering at it’s worst. UGH!

  41. Colorado Sheriffs on a news report tonight……Not going to enforce the gun laws that their legislature just passed. A couple of them said that Texas has it right…..when asked about what the governor will say……their response was they do not care. We are elected and the governor can do nothing about it. When the Commander of the Colorado National guard was asked about enforcing the gun laws if the Sheriff’s do not…….His answer was….that it is a civilian matter and we will not take a stand against the sheriffs.

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