A Changing World

dollar33After putting up a conspiracy theory surrounding Saudi Arabia’s threat to sell their U.S. Treasuries should they be outed for the 911 attacks, it was apparent that there could be some more discussion about the life of the Petrodollar and the U.S. dollar being the world’s reserve currency.  I won’t review the theory, but the end of both is inevitable at some point in time.  Also added to the mix is the fact that Central Banks aren’t doing so well and we may even see that experiment come to an end.  That’s a separate issue for discussion and one that is equally important.  A question asked by D13The Colonel  “.who do you feel can step up with the demise of the petro dollar…..which our shale oil production has almost rendered it moot anyway…”  Let’s go with the first part, who can step in should the demise of the petrodollar occur.  Why does anyone have to step in?  We have exchange rates with foreign currencies that can handle trade and that is happening throughout the world already, even with oil.  Just because that’s the way it has been done for several decades doesn’t mean it can’t be done another way.  Prior to the U.S dollar becoming the dominate currency, the world traded just fine and life went on, I see no reason why it can’t happen again.

dollar2Trade is really not a concern when it comes to the demise of the dollar as WRC.  It’s the ability of the way over leveraged Federal government’s ability to keep their financial promises.  As we stand today, without credit, the Fed’s will default.  Is this why Obama quickly flew to Saudi Arabia after their threat of selling U.S. treasuries?  Did he know, should a mass selloff occur, that the end result would be that few would buy treasuries in the future to keep propping up the failed Federal government?  With the National debt soon to be 21 trillion dollars, which is 16 trillion or so more than in 2001, one has to ask, why has this occurred and what is the end result?

The debt will never get paid, ever.  Should the Federal government lose the petrodollar and the WRC at nearly the same time, the effects would be brutal.  The effects wouldn’t be limited to the U.S,  it would literally shake the foundation of the entire world.  But we are already heading in this direction.  As D13 said,  ” The Central Banking climate is floundering and not prospering.”  The Central bank experiment is possibly coming to it’s epic end, along with the Federal Reserve’s dominate Federal Reserve Note, the U.S. dollar.  At some point, things will change.  These changes don’t always come when people expect them to change.  So who would step up and fill the vacuum left should the U.S. dollar stop becoming the WRC (which is already happening, all be it slowly)?  At the point when it’s realized, the world may not want another WRC, because the failure of this one was to painful.  It’s all part of living in A Changing World.

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  1. gmanfortruth says:

    I kept this short, which means there is more to the issue, much more. Let’s look at JAC’s comment from earlier:

    When someone SELLS US Treasuries what do they get in return?

    US DOLLARS.

    So a sell off in DEBT will cause a run on Dollars. So how does this destroy the value of dollars??
    (Why would Saudi Arabia sell for US dollars when it can demand it’s own currency, or another currency, like the Yuan? Assumptions usually never pan out. At the same time, flooding the market with dollars will also have a negative affect, inflation, possibly the hyper kind)

    You were missing the key ingredient. Who BUYS the debt. The Colonel touched it but did not declare.
    (Maybe Central banks will step up to try and save the world. Who buys stocks when there is a big sell off? Lot’s of options here as well. Sell cheap, demand the U.S. buy them back and watch us default, that would hasten the end of WRC)

    The FED will buy the debt, they will buy it with NEW MONEY. It is this new money that could bring down the value of the dollar. But destroy it? I do not think so.
    (Yes, more new money, lot’s and lots of it. Anybody want inflation?)

    Currencies die when NOBODY wants them. What is it they are going to want instead of dollars?
    ( I don’t think it will die completely, just become far less valuable. That is all that needs to happen. Considering many countries are fed up with our imperialism, countries may avoid the dollar out of spite. They can’t beat us militarily, so, the war goes financial.)

    A massive sell off of US debt would drive interest rates up, increasing the deficit and debt. But it would also spur savings.
    (Who can save while paying back debt with higher interest rates?)

    • gmanfortruth says:

      One more add on: Asking who will buy the treasuries then stating who will buy the treasuries is a strange way to make a point. I do agree that it would be likely that the Fed indeed does buy them, which would effectively give them defacto power over the Federal Government (which they have anyway, but just sayin).

  2. gmanfortruth says:
  3. gmanfortruth says:

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    Also worthy of discussion, especially for those who are parents and guardian’s of those with mental disabilities. Are your Rights next on the list because of your loved one’s mental disabilities?

    On a side note, Trump should make it an issue to put Clinton and gun control in the same sentence everyday until the election.

    • gmanfortruth says:

      I also commented on the rule using the provided link in the article. 🙂

    • In NYC should you have a spouse, domestic partner or roommate and want a rifle/shotgun permit, you must submit an affidavit from the co-habitant stating they have no objection. How’s bout that?

  4. gmanfortruth says:
  5. Just A Citizen says:

    Gman

    Exactly what do you think is going to happen if the Saudi’s dump a bunch of US Debt on the market? Please outline the entire scenario as you see it.

    Same goes for eliminating the sale of oil with “US dollars”. What exactly is going to happen and why?

    • gmanfortruth says:

      Great question JAC. This is uncharted territory that is very hard to predict. Let’s go with the first part:

      If Saudi wanted to cash in/sell their US treasury holdings, much would depend on what other countries that hold large amounts do. Would there be a panic sell off? What would happen if Saudi wanted to cash in? Would the US buy them back without a fight? The threat did result in Obama flying over there to chat, so it must be important enough that it required some direct attention. Don’t believe for a minute that the trip was planned, thats BS propaganda. So, based on our response, I would say that if Saudi would do such a thing it wouldn’t be a good thing for us. How bad is unpredictable.

      The petrodollar is already a dying issue, but not quite yet, because once again Saudi is right in the middle. My prediction is that if the Petrodollar dies, our position as WRC will die with it. Then the market gets flooded with dollars, the value will crash and some serious inflation will take hold. It’s to unpredictable to go beyond that and call for hyperinflation, but it could happen. Best case scenario…..nothing bad occurs. Worst case….complete worldwide economic failure.

      Wait till October, we’ll have more info to deal with around that time.

  6. Ok…this will need to be discussed in layers as a single answer would take too long. So, let’s deal with a sudden sell-off by the Saudis of American assets….the term petro-dollars has been used and now is over used. Would there be an effect on the US…..for the short term…probably. Severe? no. And it would all be forgotten about in 5 years and the Saudis practically bankrupt. Ok…the Saudis suddenly lose all assets based in USD. Now what? The Saudi debt or holdings is reported to be somewhere short of 800 billion in a deficit economy of 19 trillion. You apply the percentages. Bond yields would raise and those of us still interested would snap up high bond yields and reap a benefit. The effect on the oil market would be muted because of the development and the amount of shale oil available not only in the US but Europe as well. Both the Russians and the Saudis are scared to death of shale oil development.

    Who would the Saudis sell to and get what in return? The Yuan? The Ruble? BOth of those currencies have had more significant ups and downs that a Saturday night whore on B street in Bankok, Thailand. The rest of the world would not even be interested in any of these currencies and, quite frankly, stand in line to buy Treasuries……discounted heavily to the Saudis and at current conversion rates. The end result would be catastrophic to the Saudis.

    Another thing to keep in mind…a quick sell-off in US Treasuries would result in price driven prices…..lower. Even the Saudis know, that there is no possibility of dumping Treasuries on any market anywhere. The Saudi currency is backed in USD…..a sell-off of USA assets destroys their currency. And remember this…..money is power. The Saudis are not stupid. They would kill their own reliance and petro dollars and their oil merely becomes a trade commodity now….not US backed. Disaster for them.

    Remember also, we are talking about a “portfolio” value. Are they going to go to the Euro which is now awash in negative rates? No, sir. I do not worry about the Saudi bluster. The ruling family wishes to remain in power……it will take USD to keep them there.

    That is about as brief as I can make it.

    • One other major consideration….the backbone of the Saudis Air Force is the F-15….the main Battle tank is the American M-1 and M60 A-3,,,,and the French Amx…..

      With the USD gone….what would the Saudis do for military strength which is powered by the USD?

    • gmanfortruth says:

      Excellent comment. Should the current state of Geopolitical affairs remain the same, you are most likely correct. Hence, I do not expect the Geopolitical affairs to remain the same. One change can make a major difference and the recent history is leading towards these changes. It’s a changing world and the changes are not always predictable, understandable or in our best interest. It’s not uncommon for these changes negatively affect those who make them. Your best comment was about the Central banks and their failures. Little is spoken about them collapsing. Maybe that’s the issue that could be the one no one is paying attention too. Interesting times ahead!

  7. gmanfortruth says:

    Rather comical. A FOX news pundit suggested that Hillary should pick Bill as her VP choice. BWAHAHAHA 😀

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      Not with his felony conviction….but then again, his nose is a heck of a lot shorter than hers and after suffering through “Old Joe” for 8 years just anyone would be an improvement, Obama couldn’t speak without a tele-prompter, Hillary is an um um uh uh every other word. Joe inserted a swear word instead of an um or an uh. Besides really disliking Hillary I believe she can not handle stress. She constantly looked like a hag and unkept during her tenure as SOS. As if the Presidency will be less stressful. Look at her admitted errors of judgment in defense of her violations of law and bad decisions. I believe a guy like Putin or even a lesser bully will be able to push her buttons and get a really bad reflex reaction out of her.

      • If the Russians and Chinese hacked her email, how much dirt do they have on her that can be used against her? No one seems to be considering this factor.

        • Dale A Albrecht says:

          People forget that her e-mails were hacked and many very embarrassing and frank e-mails were released to the press years ago. All around that Manning story. People assumed that it was her ,gov account but obviously was not because she was not using it. Maybe Obama was in Saudi Arabia to smooth their robes down due to some more very unflattering things she said about them,,,and the Russians and Romanian hackers forwarded unpublished material to the King. Maybe his trip had nothing what so ever to do with money, but them telling the adminstration bury Hillary because they will NOT work with her nor continue the “good” relationship if she’s elected……how’s that for a thought.

  8. gmanfortruth says:
    • Just A Citizen says:

      FALSE. It happens everywhere.

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      My opinion was that the attorney was being stupid. Many years ago I got pulled over by a NH State Trooper. There was a string of vehicles behind me. He asked me if I knew what speed I was going. I said yes, I was going exactly 45, that’s the speed 1/2 mile before and after each town on this stretch of road. In town it’s 25 MPH. I was over a mile out of town. He said, that just around the corner is a deaf child and the sign warning of the potential problem. he said that they DID not change the speed back up for that reason. he went on and said obviously I had been paying close attention to the speed limits…drive safe and have a nice day and he let it go. It did slow traffic down, just what he wanted. A Friday evening, dusk heading to the New England coast……If i gave him some BS i’d have expected an attitude back. It helped that I was actually going slower than the traffic behind me was wanting to go.

      • Yes and my one and only speeding ticket ever was on NJ State Highway 4 in PARAMUS, home of the most shopping centers in the universe. I was pulled over at 6 PM in the summer on a Friday by a county cop approaching my age (about five years ago).

        He too asked me how fast I was going. I honestly said that I had no idea, I was moving with traffic. With that he told me I was doing 85. Now, let me tell you, in Paramus, on Route four you can’t do 85 at three in the morning and certainly not in rush hour on a Friday.

        Obviously a mistake to say I did not know. Since that was 30 miles over the speed limit, I had to go to court. Four points or $ 450.00! When Northerners tell me about Southern speed traps I laugh. Have driven the back roads of the South with NY and NJ plates and have gotten nothing but “have a nice day”.

        That day in court, there were at least 30 other people the guy had nailed. Some like me, others for making questionable turns one for having moved from the right lane to teh turning lane too fast? When the judge asked my plea, I said “guilty under protest”. That got me the opportunity to state my complaint. Then his honor says, “why not plead Not Guilty”. I smiled my happy smile and said, “Are you kidding sir?”

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      For all we know….she could have been speeding through a construction zone, changing lanes without signaling, weaving and driving erratically, having trouble getting the documents out all posiibly indicating driving while impaired….who knows…..maybe even going down the wrong side of the highway……using her cell phone instead of hands off calling.

      • gmanfortruth says:

        Regardless of what she did, being arrested for not answering a cops question is a complete violation of her Civil Rights protected under the 5th Amendment. This is the irony of the article, arrest her for not answering a question, then tell her she has the Right to remain silent. If the article is accurate (always a question mark) then it’s just another example of the poor road we seem to be heading. If cops pull one over, they should state the reason FIRST, then ask for any paperwork, not ask stupid questions, like do you know why I pulled you over. I won’t even give up my ID until I know why they want it, screw their perceived authority. The only way we stop the police state is to say NO, loudly and clearly.

  9. gmanfortruth says:

  10. Almost forgot, to all the wonderful ladies lurking out there,

    HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      is that today? no wonder guys were carrying flowers and being sent out shopping.

  11. Dale A Albrecht says:

    I was very surprised today by the front page article of the NY Times. They apparently ran a survey along with a think tank, about Chicago and it’s current government. Apparently the PEOPLE think that good old Rahm has created more problems and created more division and more distrust and totally heading in the wrong direction. I’d have thought that the Times would have suppressed that survey. If that poll went national and ask that same question about Obama over the past 8 years the same findings would have come out. In fact most of the PEOPLE have said that continually and the government, all sections including the courts, has continually stuck their middle finger up at the PEOPLE and threatened and bullied. Emmanuel was a thug in his management style. They call it Chicago politics. Haven’t we the people gotten sick of this behavior. Why are we even considering the likes of a Hillary who can only be the biggest establishment insider there is. Actually more akin to a “tape worm” totally embedded within the body and sucks the life out of its host.

    Did NY elect her as Senator, or only NYC and the districts up Westchester way where the powers have their domiciles. I know Chappaqua quite well.

  12. gmanfortruth says:

    In his 2016 Mother’s Day proclamation, President Obama included a new class of mothers in his announcement: transgenders.

    “On Mother’s Day, we celebrate those who are first to welcome us into the world,” Obama began. “Performing the most important work there is, mothers – biological, foster, or adoptive – are our first role models and earliest motivators. They balance enormous responsibilities and shape who we become as adults, their lessons guiding us through life.”

    The president continued, “Regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status, mothers have always moved our nation forward and remained steadfast in their pursuit of a better and brighter future for their children.”

    The inclusion of “gender identity” in the White House proclamation is a new development this year.

    Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2016/05/obama-embraces-transgender-moms-in-mothers-day-decree/#E6zvDJ6UmJwOQQfE.99

    Liberal Progressives are F-ing delusional.

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      ….”are our first role models and earliest motivators. They balance enormous responsibilities and shape who we become as adults, their lessons guiding us through life.”

      That is precisely the argument “AGAINST” letting LGBT people adopt children. They become the role model. If it is your natural child that is one thing, but draw a line at that.

      The studies hadn’t even begun on the affect on an infants adopted and raised by a gay couple when NY allowed adoption. saying it was better to be loved than in an orphanage or foster home etc. It takes years to generate enough data and psychological studies…that is…how did the kid turn out into adolescence and teenager etc. As they are coming in the researchers are finding a HIGH degree of gender confusion and also a much higher suicide rate amongst those children…..how do you bring friends home and say I’d like you to meet my dad and dad or mom and mom…….I’ll give an exception and that is Jodie Foster…..the counter argument is Rosy O’donnell

  13. gmanfortruth says:
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  15. Since we have been talking petro dollar….are you watching Suaidi Arabia? Remember that the Saudis, to maintain power, was writing checks to their entire population because they were awash in petro dollars? Now, for the first time in their history, they are floating bonds. That means that they have to borrow money….the oil minister has been fired and the Saudis are seeking alternative energy…..they have plenty of sun and sand. So, with their economy heading South, just exactly what is happening to us? Not much and the oil supply is not falling….and even with the Saudis heding South, what are you seeing on the world market and stocks? No much over here, but the ME is going to hurt. So is Europe.

    NOw, if I were Donald Trump, I would be jumping all over the fact that the Saudis are seekingalternative energy…..why not reopen the coal mines….sell coal to the Saudis. All they can burn.

  16. YOu can’t write these scripts for a comedy show better than this……Obama is now going on national TV to say that the Presidency is not a reality show and that Trump is a ham…….this from the same President that has appeared on 11 different TV shows across the spectrum……

  17. Dale A Albrecht says:

    Well so far the State is hanging tough against the DOJ and violating LGBT civil rights by making them use the correct facilities of their gender at birth. It’ll grind through the courts. Great….Maybe the SCOTUS will reverse itself again. Doubt it…..but inspite of the DOJ our Photo ID rules to vote are moving forward.

  18. Just A Citizen says:

    If not for our massive debt these kinds of manifestations would not even be necessary. But it will give you some idea of how the pending collapse can and will be avoided. Well could be and might be.

    http://johnhcochrane.blogspot.com/2012/11/debt-maturity.html

    P.S. I understand some of this but not all. No expert for sure. But I understand enough to say this amounts to moving the chairs around. Except that turning over our debt every two to four years is insane.

    P.S.S. The solution requires budget control mixed with restructuring the debt. It makes sense to restructure IF it is combined with a long term strategy for repayment.

    • JAC…long and short term debt is nothing new to the business sector. Going long and re-structuring is a viable tactic provided you put in the budget to make sure that the debt is being reduced. It is “moving chairs around” to obtain better seating but it is still kicking the can down the road. Locking in interest rates at the low amount is a great strategy…for the debt. But, each day that goes by. without reducing debt, it becomes exponential. In the private sector, anytime we want to merge or consolidate or buy a company, you always restructure long term debt to low interest rates. This also allows you to pay off debt with inflated dollars, which is a good thing.

      However, you give up short term liquidity…oither wise known as more borrowing power everytime the short term debt comes due. Now….there is another approach that I think would be a great thing. Utlilize the American People in the bond market. Not just the rich but lower the amount that can be put into the mix…..right now you can only deal in treasuries in $100k denominations. Lower that to $1,000, let the American people get involved in long term or even short term bonds and we could be out of debt in 10 years. Treasuries are yielding 2.55% for short term and 5-6.5% for long term…(20 and 30 years). There are a lot of people that can drop a grand or two in the short term…..the return is not large…..but to someone with only a grand to invest, it is large. The other thing that I would do is that on short term bond yields, I would make the interest payment non taxable if that person would re-invest the original amount or higher.

  19. NOw, folks, you have to be very careful in using the term re-structuring vs chapter 11 bankruptcy, as in the fact with Puerto Rico. There is much ado about how the US wants to re-structure the debt. The government is constantly saying tha re-structuring this debt will not cost one dime of tax payer money whereas a bail out will as will a chapter 11…..

    Consider this…..restructuring also means debt and/or interest forgiveness…..it still costs us money.

  20. gmanfortruth says:
    • The incredible hubris of these people astounds me. They are so ignorant, even of simple math. Fifty some years ago, the old man was playing with my mind as he often did. Just for the hell of it he asked if all borders came down and if everybody married everybody else, what would we all be? I did not quite get it and was not thinking clearly when he sprung the answer on me…….Chinese!

      I’ve never forgot that, not the ethnic part though that is interesting in itself but the part that in the world he posited, majority wins. So, without borders eventually one culture, one political system would emerge and it would be dominated (at least) by the majority.

      For some strange reason the Kerry-Clinton-O”Bama types think that They and their ilk will be in control. That is hubris!

    • I will be dead and gone by then……looking down ( or up ) on the world snickering…..thinking aloud…you asked for it…you got it.

  21. JAC…you will find thid intersting and watch the news closely for I may end up on it…….the Fort Worth Independent School District just hired a brand new administrator, which his resume’ proferred how conservative he supposedly is….in less than 6 months on the job has suddenly, without fanfare, instituted a new policy allowing transger or nuetral gender restrooms…….the school board meeting is tonight in Fort Worth and it is standing room only, except that I have a seat….and the sparks are going to fly.

    Even the LT Governor of the State will be attending as well as the parents and myself and a Veterans contingent to protest this move. This new administrator, as I just recently learned, managed to bring 3 of his own out of town people onto the board and stack it…..he managed this totally under the radar, ambushed, if you will, and no one suspected it……but it is going to be interesting how we handle this. Will keep you posted. I will prove to be a very intense demonstration and public outcry and I will be part of it……..HUAH!!!!!!!

    • Just A Citizen says:

      d13thecolonel

      Good morning Sir.

      Did you experience a “sea of red” last evening? Heard about this board meeting yesterday afternoon before reading your post. Very interesting indeed. It appears that organized groups created a FAKE alert that Glen Beck would be there and would bring dozens of his “henchmen” to throw a fit. The FAKE alert was being used to drum up PRO activists to provide support for the Board.

      Given what you provided above this smells of a complete ORCHESTRATED event, from the person being elected to the final act and demonstrations.

      So tell us how it went.

      • The administrator is not an elected official, however, he is hired by the school board who is elected…they have indeed run a great scam as two elected school board members are out of towners that completely duped their neighborhood and got eleted in an election where no one showed up. These same members apparently have talkd one other board memebr into this. Shame on us. This will NOT happen again and the Lt Governor is going to stop, through State Education, this folly……at least he said he would. We are going to show up….and we are going to be heard. This is total bull shit.

        They made a real mistake…..they got me pissed.

        • They might win this battle for now….they did it right. Under the radar al the way and complacency set in…..and it was missed. But sometimes it takes a probe of defenses to point out weak areas. A good lesson to those who do not think that voting is important….especially in non descript positions where they can exert influence over policies. Paying attention to the big picture is great…but you cannot forget to plug all the approaches.

          Man…..they got me real pissed. I wont even need a Dr Pepper for this.

          • Did I mentioned I am PISSED? Perhaps a nice loooong drink of napalm before the meeting and a short snack of concertina wire? Just to get me in the mood?

            • Oh…JAC, you will like this….one of the PTA groups is going to introduce a resolution that id transgender is going to be recognized in any manner it shall be all encompassing……including the sports programs of all Fort Worth public schools….so, any male that identifies as a female, can have access to all sports activities. Wonder how that will fly……………………..gonna be real interesting.

              • gmanfortruth says:

                Seems to me that these people who support this are as mentally ill as the tranny’s. The Left have lost their F-ing minds and have jumped off the cliff. SK’s ideas are good, keep it about women’s privacy and how the war on women isn’t from the Conservatives, but in reality the Liberal’s.

    • Stay away from the molestation BS. That is a sure loser.

      If you can Colonel, stress the fact that GIRLS are losing their right of privacy. GIRLS are getting hosed as usual.

      Take a leaf from the liberal book if you will. 90% of the transgender population is male to female. In this instance (bathrooms) the male power structure (though transgendering themselves) is yet again dictating to girls and women. You should point out that the charge against this nonsense should be led by the Women’s Rights feminists.

      Watched a show the other night on a very (incredibly) passable TS who is a hooker. He/she, complained that wherever she went be it hooking or exotic dancing the “real” girls outed her because she was not a girl. I have heard the same on college campuses even the lezzie ones that males who change are NOT welcome in the female groups.

      While I am not a woman’s libber by any means I believe these women have a point. It is a bunch of males using their diminished testosterone levels and male brain wiring to drive this in a way women never would.

      Good luck sir. Hope you are not heading into the valley of the Rosebud! Gary Owen!

      • Dale A Albrecht says:

        Just like the bar scene in “Crocodile Dundee”

        You are correct…It is the women who are losing their right to privacy.

      • I do not fear going to the Rosebud…..”walk softly and carry an armored division” ….(not my words.) Garry Owen!

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      Over in the ritzsy area of Trent Woods, there was a school founded by Nicholas Sparks. It was set up as a private Christian based, conservative school. They hired a person to run the school who on his resume basically said what they were after. Shortly after hiring and getting settled in he instituted an agenda much like what you stated the administrator did in Ft Worth. Totally contrary to the board and financial backers, much less the parents of the students attending, who were paying a dear tuition. They paid off his contract and fired him. He filed suit and started the press fight by name calling and saying everyone was homophobic and against transgender people etc etc. I do not think the suit went anywhere because he was paid his full salary for the contract duration. He was also asked to remove himself from the really nice restored mansion that Sparks provided for the school administrator, while they are serving their contract….mostly everyone laughed here about what the obvious outcome would be…..if that was today, I’m sure the Feds would have filed suit on his behalf…….what did they expect from a guy who was from Berkeley and graduated from UC Berkeley.

  22. Side note: I just this minute learned that there will representatives from 17 different PTA groups that have requested time to talk…..and there is rumor that they will not be granted the time due to constraints….I have contacted the largest contingent and have given my time to them. I have 8 minutes. I will keep two of them.

    • If you read this, try to have these other folk FOCUS on what I said above. Girls privacy rights are being SCREWED! That is the real issue. There are not too many boys I can think of who would strap on a bra just to see naked girls.

  23. Just A Citizen says:

    I watched the US AG last night making a speech about why North Carolina is being sued and how transgender use of bathrooms is the same as “blacks” being banned from bathrooms.

    My observation? The AG is under some kind of increased stress. It is evident in her weight gain these past few months. So what is it causing this stress? Perhaps she knows the flit is about to hit the shan over Hillary.

    • JAC….I think you are right….the left is going to move quickly….I think that they really understand that Trump has a ground swell going….and it is getting popular. I really think that Obama is getting scared…hence his speech on how lucky the rich are.

      Stephen/Dale/Gman….correct you are about keeping the movement against the women, which is what it is. I think that the big story is going to be the push about males in women;s sports. If you make restrooms transgender, then you cannot discriminate….everything becomes transgender.

      You know, everybody yells about how Europe is transgender on its bathrooms…..been there lately? THey have transgender, men, and women. They are not as unisexed as anyone would have you believe. The hypocrisy.

      The University of Texas ran a really neat study. They gave every student in the study, the exact same amount of money ( monopoly type ) and ran a series of scenarios…..it was pretty interesting….the business students ended up with all the money. Then they ran the same study again and gave the other students twice the amount……..and the business students ended up with all the money…..they ran it a third time and reduced prices on all goods and services and the “government” provided basic services……and the business students ended up with all the money.

      At the end of the semester long study……only one or two of the business students survived…..with all the money.

      • Dale A Albrecht says:

        There was a cartoon from the 30’s in the New Yorker about socialism and everything being equal. The cartoon showed everyone as far as the eye could see standing in their allocated 3′ square space. In the forefront one of the people was leaning over to the next guy…saying into his ear “Pssst…Make you a great offer on your space”

  24. Just A Citizen says:

    Thought of the morning:

    Wonder when the Obama Administration and Hillary are going to DEMAND that Stephan Curry be required to play with one hand tied behind his back.

    It just isn’t FAIR to other NBA players that he be allowed to do what he does.

  25. Just A Citizen says:

    Another thought for the day:

    When a nation allows massive immigration of people with dark skin, both legally and illegally, but the neighbors do not reciprocate, which Nation will be able to identify the “illegal” aliens more easily?

    If the “Hispanic” nations do not have diversity requirements for “white people” then is diversity really a goal? Where is the “economic benefit” of “diversity” and “porous borders” in those nations south of our US border?

    My suggestion. Mr. Trump does not need to build a wall. He needs to call on a massive migration to Mexico by the Anglos of the United States. Then use every lever at his disposal to FORCE the Mexican Govt. to ACCEPT these new “migrants” to Mexico. Including FULL rights of Mexican citizenship.

    • gmanfortruth says:

      Why would Anglos want to live in Mexico/Central America? There’s a reason they all want to come here. Since you brought it up, we need to stop ALL immigration for several years. These folks need to fix the problems in their own countries and stop bringing their problems to us. We have enough problems, WITHOUT the immigration ones. Just a thought 🙂

  26. Just A Citizen says:

    Immigrants accounted for nearly 17 percent (26.7 million) of the 159.5 million workers in the civilian labor force in 2014. Between 1970 and 2014, the percentage of foreign-born workers in the civilian labor force more than tripled, from 5 percent to 17 percent. Over the same period, the foreign-born share of the total population grew from almost 5 percent to 13 percent.

  27. Just A Citizen says:
  28. Just A Citizen says:
  29. Just A Citizen says:

    There is literally no end to the need for PROGRESS.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hillary-clinton-child-care_us_57313fd7e4b096e9f09275b6

    Wonder why she did not propose Govt. paid maids for “Women” who work or take care of children? If they need Govt. childcare they must need Govt. Maids also. Maybe even a gardener to mow the lawn and haul the trash out.

  30. gmanfortruth says:

    http://www.gopusa.com/?p=9786?omhide=true

    More than 50 shot, 8 die in bloody Chicago weekend

    Any suggested solutions? I have a few.

    • Yes….very simple……one lonely plane, dropping one lonely bomb….make it flat, black, and glow in the dark.

    • Just A Citizen says:

      Build a wall and make Chicago pay for it!

    • I do not know if Chicago ever experienced the Renaissance that NY and other cities did. Did the crime rate ever drop?

      What has been happening is the left is having a deliberate mind fart over black incarceration. Their current thinking (I think?!) is that because cops patrol black neighborhoods so intensely, more black arrests are made and more black men wind up in jail. If the cops just patrolled the way they do in the white neighborhoods, less blacks would be arrested and sent to jail.

      What is missing is any mention of crime. There seems to be an automatic assumption that crime is somehow equal. The cops are merely not catching enough whites. Somehow an equal number of cops per 100,000 citizens will result in an equal number of arrests regardless of ethnicity.

      I know this is nuts I remember very clearly the arguments in the ’90’s by Guilliani and Bratton as to why they were locking up quality of life offenders. I’ll never forget Bratton making the point that the top 10% of offenders commit 90% of the crime and “quality of life” was pushback. The left has totally forgot what it was like. Nobody in Chicago seems serious in doing what it takes to bring down the crime rate. Pious BS is all you get and a “need” for more gun control. Hillary was right in 1991 when she called out the young black hoodlums. Now she is on board, along with Bernie on the above!

  31. Ok…..I need a DEVIL’s ADVOCATE…..a serious one. So, all you devil’s put on your hats….give me an argument AGAINST transgender rights in sports programs. Let me make it more simple…….you support transgender rights in bathrooms and you support transgender “feelings” of each day……now…..give me an argument against transgender sports programs. Give me the argument against men, claiming they feel the feminine side, that wish to participate in women’s sports and dress and shower in women;s areas.

    Please do not try to give me the athletic differences because if there is no discernment against genetics in the bathrooms…how can there be anywhere else without being discriminatory….

    There ya go and thanking you in advance……

    • Just A Citizen says:

      d13

      Easy peasy!! And a bonus gift, it fits perfectly into the leftist agenda of absolute equality.

      Eliminate all sexual differences. ONE football team. Best players make the team.

      ONE track team. Fastest and strongest make the team.

      ONE school team in each sport. The rest are intramural.

      You don’t need a Devil you just need to think outside the box a bit.

      • Showers and dressing rooms?

        • think of all the money you save, however…..no separate sports funding….

          • Dale A Albrecht says:

            No more Title X……One team for each sport….the best are on it, period….has my vote. Same thing in universities. So many vacancies in each year and transfers and graduate studies and research grants……my bet there they will be taken up by Indian and Chinese students…..No preferential treatment….each to their own capability, skills, apptitude and drive….period.

        • Just A Citizen says:

          d13thecolonel

          dressing rooms? What kind of boys do you have in Texas. Or I guess I should say women. How many going to make the team?

          If they do give them a choice. With savings in teams schools should be able to maintain some separate showers and dressing areas for those wanting them.

  32. Just A Citizen says:

    Related to the general topic of the dollar:

    https://mises.org/library/imfs-global-tug-war

    The true effect of the Petro Dollar is described here, but in context of the IMF.

    That being that by using the US dollar to buy/sell oil allowed the US to export its inflation to the rest of the world. Allowing us to avoid the necessary deflationary adjustment period.

    • Another interesting development for your dollar…….the Saudi Arabia Oil Company, Saudi Aramco ia considering, once again, an IPO…..(n Public stock offering). However, try to get in on the initial offering. I will be trying to do so, if it happens. Just offering 10% of its stock woud make it roughly 50 times the size of Exxon/Mobile by some estimates.

      Now the interesting aspect of it….it is a state owned entity and the ruling family must be nuts but the only real tangible currency out there is the USD. China is about to devalue their currency again and Russia has out of control inflation driving their value down. The Euro is in a negative interest position….the potential IPO investment in $100,000 lots will yield about 6.5% return on investment per quarter. So, here is a state owned company about to go capitalist……go figure but money is to be made.

  33. Is High School Blue Chip football a religion in Texas……one would think so……the McKinney Texas voters ok’d a 63 million dollar high school stadium. However, it is not the first one…it joins three other 60 plus million dollar high school stadiums.

  34. Just A Citizen says:

    d13, Dale, et al.

    North Carolina should have, and still could, fire off a letter to DOJ asking one single question.

    Is it the position of the DOJ that segregation of bathrooms and other personal areas, such as showers and dressing rooms, by sex in fact violates the Civil Rights Act’s prohibition on sexual discrimination?

    If yes, then drop girls sports teams. Because if segregation of bathrooms according to sex violates the law then so does segregating sports teams.

    FORCE the proper legal questions. Of course the question of where does DOJ get the authority to REVISE the Civil Rights Act would be a good followup.

  35. gmanfortruth says:

    So Mexico tells Panama to drop Cuban migrants on our borders, they can’t come through Mexico. Build the wall, put 250000000000 volts to it too.

    • I still say we should make our new southern border with Colombia. Take back the Panama canal. Our military can take out the cartels. The DEA can take over for the cartels with a little less violence. Mexicans want to come to America? Well, America can come to them!

      • I at 69, have just started reading Mexican History. I recommend it to everyone. The wall should be 100 feet high with land mines. That place is perpetually out of control and owned by oligarchs who currently are drug oligarchs.

        • Dale A Albrecht says:

          After the Mexican American War our leaders, I believe Polk, was real smart in NOT retaining Mexico proper. Kept what they really wanted, Atlantic to Pacific and sparsely populated. Ruled by alcalde’s and the “oligarches” in Mexico that just replaced the Spanish…….Much of California, before gold, was into debt so far living the good life as though there was no tomorrow. This is the landowners, not the peons. The eastern lenders got most of the land anyway by the grandees defaulting. A good book about California during the Mexican period is “Two Years Before The Mast”

          I look at the countries that Spain ruled as being still run by the patron on the hill in the big hacienda. Other than that the Spaniards never left any sort of idea of governance, unlike the British who left fairly stable countries after their departures.

          • Interesting to speculate who were the WORST Imperialists. Personally I think the Belgians lead the pack maybe because I saw the Congo devolve while I was in High School. Dutch were pretty bad. Think the Spanish were worse than the Portuguese then France then Britain.

          • Well what I am reading these days makes it pretty clear that the Mexican settlements in Texas, California, Oklahoma and New Mexico/Arizona were pretty sparse. The Mexicans like the Spaniards never could deal with Plains Indians especially the Comanche. The Mission settlements were more successful but you could hardly call them Mexican. There really is no basis for the claim that we “stole” them. Funny about that. Our libs say we stole them but ignore the fact that the Spaniards and Mexicans stole them first from the Indians. Now those very same libs always rag on us for stealing everything else from the Indians but not on the Mexicans, I wonder why???

            • I wonder why most of the Texas history, written by non Texans, depicted the Apache as the toughest…..the Comanche were by far the toughest and most ruthless of tribes.,,,,,ask the Apache.

              • It is strange, Most movies had the Apache as the most fierce yet the Texas History by Texans books I’ve read point out that the Commanch decimated the Apache and pushed them onto marginal lands. Feherenbach just says that of all American Indian tribes they were with doubt the best horsemen having something akin to a mind meld with the horse. Only “the Searchers” got it right!

            • Just A Citizen says:

              The Navaho repelled the first Spanish settlements in the Arizona//New Mexico territories. People do not realize how tough the Navaho were.

              But yes the Comanche scared the ooompah out of the other tribes. The committed genocide on a few tribes in Texas.

  36. It ain’t happening in Fort Worth, Texas. Proposals are going to be DOA.

  37. That was fun!!!

    • By the way, you should have seen all the out of towers that showed up……and were not allowed in.

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      You must be real bored now that you are retired, diving into local politics, especially school boards. That is a real contact sport and the battle front is usually very nasty. The border is safer where they shoot bullets.

    • Just A Citizen says:

      d13thecolonel

      Were the Red Shirts there? Give us more details.

      • Details? Details?…….well, let’s see. First of all, more partitions were put into place to make the room smaller and only accessible to those who had times allotted. Only local news media was allowed in the chambers. The red shirts were everywhere. Most bussed in but were not allowed access. A tally of license plates showed several cars from out of state trying to gain access. Those that pushed their way past were immediately subdued and taken out. If they offered resistance, they were subdued accordingly…..the tougher the resistance, the tougher the take down. The LGBT crowd was outside with their pickets and yelling but is as far as they got. The Black Lives Matters crowd was there but it was a very pathetic turnout for them….about 8 people.

        The result of the meeting was that the policy is still going to be recommended but it has not been voted on yet….and likely will be tabled. Our Lt Governor was there and the State attorney and both said that it does not belong in Texas and that any transgender policy that excludes any thing such as sports collectives, is illegal in Texas and is blatant discrimination. There is a proposal in the table that the matter be turned over to the local school districts to be voted on by the parents and that the administrator did not have the power nor the authority to issue blanket rule changes without the approval of the local districts. The attorney’s of over 16 PTA’s showed up and said that they each will file independent law suits if the superindendent went forward without district approval.

        The protesting was confined to specific areas if they had a permit. Non permitted groups were escorted away from the buildings and could not be staionary. I saw only two instances of any violence when protestors tried to bully their way in and take microphones…they did not get close. The same protestors got pretty upset when they were declined interviews with local news media. When some of the protestors tried to get close to microphones outside, many, many soccer mom’s were there and shouted them down telling them to go back home.

        When it was time for a pro LGBT person to speak at the microphone, they declined. The new administrator seemed very surprised at the turnout but stood his ground. I will give him that. One of the school board members made a comment during recitation that the parents do not know the whole issue….and one of the parents in his district shouted out that when the new school board elections are held, he will see who understands.

    • 🙂

  38. Now here is a very different take on radiation. Nice to see that there are still people who believe in science rather than voodoo.

    http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/chernobyl-hints-radiation-may-be-less-dangerous-than-thought-a-1088744.html

    Always wondered about it when they would trot out the 105 year old victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

  39. gmanfortruth says:
  40. Just A Citizen says:

    Trump today is 1 for 2.

    Not releasing tax returns…….WIN. The media and left are falling into this honey pot. I hope he eats them alive on this one.

    Announcing he will appoint anti-abortion SCOTUS…… LOSER. The reasons should be obvious.

    Dear Donald, when referring to SCOUTS just stick with “Strict Constitutionalist” as your criteria. Do not give examples but feel free to cite good examples of legal rulings, if you can. Go to Thomas for sources, not Scalia. But since you are The Donald, just stick with the two word response above. Let the dopes try to figure it out.

  41. Just A Citizen says:

    Memo to Mitt Romney

    Sir, I had great respect for you and your accomplishments. Not so much anymore. Leave Trump alone, STFU and go back to whatever it is you have been doing these past three years. Get away from politics. Go make some money and help others with your charity.

    If only you had this much spunk when taking on Obama. Now go away please.

  42. What HE said !!!

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      Why are the socialist always so darn angry looking? Does anything make them happy?

      Read Napolitano’s articles further down……wouldn’t that be great if the Russians release e-mails that they got off of Hillary’s server. Who’s the the DOJ going to sue? It sure would stick it to Obama and his ilk, especially Hillary.

      • Dale, Nothing will happen. Hillary did not mean anything bad therefore, it is not a crime. .

        • I see a $ 250.00 fine in her future! Which will be dropped on appeal.

        • Dale A Albrecht says:

          So I guess circumventing the law and exposing State Dept communications to unauthorized exposure, is not intentional. What was the fine for Petraeus $100K for just a few papers in his desk, and those were seen by someone who actually had the clearance. …..I know you were being sarcastic, but probably correct….maybe $250.00 per e-mail just might be more to order…$5,000,000 might put a little dent in Bill’s foundation, money laundering and political influence machine.

          I not really intending to do the crime and really didn’t mean any harm…when was that an excuse. Much less ignorance of the law, which I’m sure she signed a disclosure statement when she even became Senator, much less SOS.

          • This is a Clinton, A democrat, a woman we are talking about. As I have said before, when push comes to shove, she drops the voice 18 octaves puts on a pouty face and does a wonderful Katie Scarlett O’;Hara impression, “Who little ‘ole me?” Bradley Manning’s mistake was not “transitioning” to womanhood before going to trial. There must be a good LGBT lawyer out there that can get him a new trial based on his gender confusion.

  43. Germany and Austria have severe problems. After 65% of the German people have rejected Merkel’s attempt at open borders, she admits that it is a wrong policy for Germany and Europe. She will not be re-elected. Austria’s minister has resigned amid the problems with Muslim migration. His administration is being over thrown by a center right movement and the same movement is gaining great strength in Germany. Spain’s leadership has decided to close the borders to Muslim migration citing increasing unrest with its population and rising crime.

    Europe is faltering.

    • The Pope was right about one thing. Russia and Eastern Europe will save Europe from the horde. Colonel when the Russkies started flying combat against ISIS did you see the Orthodox Priests blessing the planes? Wonder if that woudl be allowed today for the USAF?

      Here we go again!!!! Can’t we learn anything?

      http://www.reuters.com/article/us-georgia-exercises-idUSKCN0Y21RP

      You know, if I were Vlad, I’d send my absolutely top lieutenant down to Georgia and ‘splain to them in no uncertain terms that if they really, really want to keep their independence, they had damned well better decide to become Austria. I would not take this crap from a place that is historically Russian. Maybe Vlad should suddenly decide that Castro might like a nuke or two, free of charge in his arsenal. Just to avoid the appearance of impropriety, they can pick it up and bring it home on a Cuban ship. How about a nice warm water naval base in Venezuela? Good for the goose, good for the gander.

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      I’d put it another way….European States are really going to overpower the EU. It is the unelected EU that is faltering and on its way out…..including the euro and their central bank.

      the people were royally pissed of even in 2001 and 2006 when I was there. The unelected EU rulers have so intimidated the the governments it’s rediculous. With the creation of the central bank and the euro the situation was compounded even worse. When individual governments wanted to defend their borders against this invasion, been going on for years, but recently escalated and become a legitimate invasion, the EU and NATO have steadfastly refused to protect the perimeter. The rules and laws that the EU passed that all the States had to adhere to just drove them further into the ground. Where before, they did what they could and then no more. But a State sure as hell defended themselves. Sure their individual currencies varied and fluctuated but that’s how they managed. Once Germany became the bedrock of the euro, the individual states could by no means deal with it, like Greece, Italy, Spain etc. Just a matter of time……we’ll see in this next go around of elections a really serious change of State leaders and they will then recall the EU reps and change the course of events. I believe if the current state of affairs in Europe continue, the muslim invasion, the Balkans in the 90’s will seem like a minor disagreement. Give a bit more time like 2 years and the EU will be finished.

      I read an article that the Greenies are all over Bavaria for not getting with the renewable energy program. ie putting up field upon field of wind turbines ruining one of the most grand landscapes in the world. Scotland is finally stopping them going in like around Lock Ness and other “used to be” natural sites.

  44. gmanfortruth says:

    The self proclaimed King of the United States will mandate that all public schools, K-college, must allow transgenders to use whichever bathroom they choose, or the States will lose Federal funding and/or face lawsuits. How far we have fallen. Here’s the answer:

    North Carolina (and all other States) should immediately cease forwarding income and other tax funds “owed” to the federal government and instead direct them into an escrow account. It could then turn around and distribute those funds to various state agencies that have come to depend upon them.

    http://personalliberty.com/more-thuggishness-from-the-obama-thugocracy/

    Obama should be immediately impeached. The Federal Government is a lost cause. Voting won’t fix shit, so quit pretending it will.

    • The self proclaimed king never should have been ‘elected’. The king along with the federal government needs to be put in their place. But it won’t happen. We will keep falling lower and lower until we hit bottom. Then the libs will get out their shovels and start digging. 😡

      • The “King” will be gone in January. Unless I miss my bet, he will be replaced by a businessman. Much of what we have talked about these last years has been based on a lack of accounting by the Feds, congress and agencies. That will end. The stupid bathroom stuff and the other “social issues” will disappear. I am hoping that we get to “pack” the court over the next eight years to guarantee 20 years of “originalism” as Scalia used to call it. This is long overdue after 60 years of “living, breathing constitutionalism”.

        Rick, I honestly hope that my generation of angry “old” white men will finally get their shit together and set things right for the next few generations.

        I’ll leave you with a comment made to me years ago by my boss, a Holocaust survivor who came here with less than nothing in ’49 just in time to be drafted for Korea. He was talking about his children. “I came here with nothing and turned shit into Gold, I give it to my children and they turn Gold into shit!” I feel that way about my generation, the boomers. Our parents handed us the keys to the kingdom that between the Depression and WW 2 cost them 15 years of their lives we turned that into……Well, you know that.

        • I really hope you are correct, Stephen. I really don’t have a lot of faith in what Trump can do. Actually, I don’t have a lot of faith that he will even get there. I do know that if any of the other candidates get into the White House it will be business as usual. I also know that I am becoming an angry middle aged white man. The “issues” at the forefront today shouldn’t even be issues. Common sense needs to replace political correctness.

          • Dale A Albrecht says:

            The issues consuming the headlines are designed to divide and distract the people from the larger issues the government “SHOULD” be dealing with. Everyone while standing in the grocery check out line are scanning the tabloids and what BS Cailtyn or the Kardashians are up to. Nobody seems to pick up Time or Newsweek. They require one to think.

            come to think of it…..not much on the Kardashians lately…they got one up’d by Bruce. Hard to top that headline….the fact they never got investigated on taking millions and then failing to follow through on this or that, shows that they served a very important role in the government media control. Like really important stuff comes out late Friday quietly.

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      I look at the federal government akin to a charity. They take in a lot of money and skim off a huge portion for their own upkeep only to send a small portion back to a State agency where they in turn distribute it. I say cut out the middle man.

      My other view is that the government is like the mafia. They extort a fee for a service. Both threaten violence if you do not pay. However, their paths diverge at that point. The mafia, promises protection or a service etc and they deliver. They are in a business like it or not. The government takes and promises and are protected by law for not having provided the service they were to deliver. Besides the mafia deals in real money…they welch and somebody will pay never to repeat said transgression. The government welch’s and when they run short they just print more money out of thin air. That is by definition counterfeiting. Devaluing the previous run off the presses by flooding the market with another trillion or so..

      • Just A Citizen says:

        Dale

        The reason the racket exists is because all States do not have the same ability to serve the public yet the people have become convinced we should all have the same service regardless of our location.

        Thus some States will continue to depend on Fed money taken from other States in order to pay for services that are mandated at the Federal level.

        In order to tackle the issue of the middleman you have to remove the Federal mandates for level of service. Good luck my friend with that effort.

        • Dale A Albrecht says:

          Like losing your lunch on the windward side of the boat…you will get blow-back…or in more common terms…pissing in the wind.

        • gmanfortruth says:

          You just explained socialism and wealth redistribution. Great. Your whining about Trump winning the nomination when that is such a minor issue. Our great grandkids are going to hate all of us, we have failed them, miserably.

  45. Dale A Albrecht says:

    Saw a weird scene in a depression era movie last night. A big wheeler dealer tycoon was being interviewed and his assistant came in and said that he was offered 3 million for a business he owned. He rejected to offer and said to sell it for 2 million. The interviewers questioned the logic because he appeared to lose a million. He said that the taxes on the transaction if it went through at 3 would have cost him an extra 1.5 million. Sell at 2 and the tax was less so even at a million short sell, he didn’t lose as much….crazy, but obviously that was a comment about some government action during the 30’s deepening and prolonging the depression…….gets into the FTC under Obama killing mergers and movement of private companies that would have made them more competitive by reducing costs.

  46. gmanfortruth says:

    In a brand new book entitled “The Confessions of Congressman X“, one anonymous member of the U.S. House of Representatives confesses that he hardly ever reads the bills that he votes on, that his main job is to get reelected, and that it is “far easier than you think to manipulate a nation of naive, self-absorbed sheep who crave instant gratification”. This book is being published by Mill City Press, and it is being billed as “a devastating inside look at the dark side of Congress as revealed by one of its own.” I don’t know if you would classify this anonymous member of Congress as “brave” since he does not wish to reveal his identity, but the things that he is admitting confirm suspicions that many of us have had for a very long time. Just check out a few of the most important quotes from his book…

    -“Most of my colleagues are dishonest career politicians who revel in the power and special-interest money that’s lavished upon them.”

    -“My main job is to keep my job, to get reelected. It takes precedence over everything.”

    -“Fundraising is so time consuming I seldom read any bills I vote on. Like many of my colleagues, I don’t know how the legislation will be implemented, or what it’ll cost.”

    -“Voters are incredibly ignorant and know little about our form of government and how it works.”

    -“It’s far easier than you think to manipulate a nation of naive, self-absorbed sheep who crave instant gratification.”

    -“It’s about getting credit now, lookin’ good for the upcoming election.”

    -“We spend money we don’t have and blithely mortgage the future with a wink and a nod. Screw the next generation.”

    http://www.infowars.com/member-of-congress-its-easy-to-manipulate-a-nation-of-naive-self-absorbed-sheep/

  47. Just A Citizen says:

    Shout out to SUFA

    If you are interested in some of my stomping grounds watch CNN Sunday night.

    New show about “parts unknown”. This Sunday features MONTANA.

  48. Follow my lead and confuse your friends and neighbors not to mention casual observers in the Wal-Mart parking lot or the McDonalds drive through line! Great bargain price! Five for $10.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/5-Five-Goldwater-64-Barry-Goldwater-Campaign-Bumper-Sticker-Original-/201577380334?hash=item2eeef2b9ee:g:Fr8AAOSwxp9W22eo

  49. Dale A Albrecht says:

    Was just thinking stupid layman thoughts…..why wouldn’t central (private banks) as the Fed is, NOT continue printing money out of thin air? They make money on interest payments. As long as someone still will buy government bonds they make money. Now if governments pass laws which some in Europe are starting to do, making people drop private retirement funds and put their money only in government accounts, like social security where the govmt can pillage at will, as long as they pay out the monthly checks.

    paper and ink is cheap. Not like havng to find hard currency like gold, silver etc and then mint the coinage..

  50. Dale A Albrecht says:

    With all the reading everyone does on SUFA……has anyone heard of any depositors in the swiss banks that aided and abetted tax evasion, being prosecuted with the Obama DOJ? The banks paid big fines and criminal charges. The discovery was to late in Bush’s term to fully investigate, but Obama has had 7.5 years. My bet…..they quietly paid the tax and penalty sort of like BOA paid 15B to avoid charges and sort of nolo contendre. I also bet most were big DNC contributers. If they were Republicans it’d be all over the media.

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      To say that inflation really took off after 1933 is sort of a misnomer. Creeping up is more like it. However, since 1969 it’s been on steroids. Combine the Vietnam War, Cold War, Johnsons “Great Society” and totally going off the gold standard, that is paying off foreign debt in gold really gave inflation legs. My Father alway said, that since 1969, no matter how much he made after that his buying power as in cars, boats, style and size of houses, travel etc never increased. He kept pace but treaded water. For those of us starting careers in 1970 it has been an up hill battle. And for most people has been a losing one especially since the “service” economy took hold and companies really started treating employees as a brass tag item. To be disposed of at will. Sure they operated in their self interest which is fair and legal. For an individual to operate in the same manner, one has to stay completely out of debt. Debt and credit put people in bondage. In the attempt to keep up with Mom and Dad was economic suicide.

      My 1st year at college, out of State in Colorado was $3,000 per year plus a bit for walking around money. Tuition and room and board, in the dorm, as required for freshmen back then. Today using the same criteria at the same school, it’s right around $33,000. 10X+
      Now back in 70 and even in the late 60’s I could easily make that tuition with landscape contracts. I charged $100.00 per month in LA. Went at least once per week. Usually I carried 8-10 places at any one time. Then there was new places, not maintenance. Today, that is literally impossible. to make 33K with lawn jobs, part time. You still pay roughly $100/month for the service. A normal person is not a D13 and Black Flag as being wily investors. Let’s say back in the 60’s and 70’s it seemed that everyone where we lived out west was involved in the space race and aeronautical engineering, or acting. Now the “national” space race and challenge is history. It takes 20 years to get a plane off the ground. There is a chart from a few years ago about housing. If you had a mortgage at all, they were generally notes that lasted 4 years. adjusting for inflation the chart was relatively flat. The crash in ’29 took a hit that didn’t recover until 1950-55. Then 20-30 year mortgages became common place. The idea was you’ll never stay in one place for but so many years so what’s the difference. Sort of like renting. So why not rent? Try selling it after a huge layoff and moving to another location and paying a rent there also.
      The house the parents bought in the LA area in 1960 was in a gated community with security. We had stables and a riding area. We put in a 54′ swimming pool, put in by Rick Dempsey’s parents. The community also had miles and miles or riding trails. The lots were large by todays standards. Idea, our neighbor had 22 horses. House purchased for $32K. Last sold for $4.3M with no significant changes. There is NO way a senior engineer for IBM at the time could afford in any way shape or manner that house today. Might afford a $270K house. The last house they had out there was purchased < $40K, last sold for between 2-3M…With all the debt that people are piling up even before starting a career, the song from the 1930's titled "16 Tons" with the chorus line of "Tell St Peter I can't come, I owe my soul to the company store" doesn't take on a new meaning, but is a whole world of magnitude in size.

      T-ray…any continual rain relief or is the drought yesterday's news.

      • We are still under water restrictions despite having 140% of normal snow pack. The northern reservoirs are full, in fact releasing water to keep the levels low enough for a potential flood. The southern reservoirs are still low but in much better shape than last year. The ground water still needs significant recharging which will take a few years. Since we built no new reservoirs, there is no way to capture and hold the excess water. Since the NorCal residence did so well at conserving, they are talking about making some of the water restrictions permanent. Also water rates have gone up significantly because sales were down by request. SoCal water use is still high compared to the north. They are even demanding more and Brown will give it to them. Ag will get more water this summer but still under 50% of their needs.
        I lost about 6-8 apple trees this last year which means I lose my farm rating so the price of my water will more then triple. The net result will be I will lose more trees this year. The rates make vegetable gardens unprofitable.

        • Dale A Albrecht says:

          It’s to bad that while the reservoirs were low that dredging did not occur bringing them back to their capacity. Put the soil back. But then Moonbeam wants to export his disciples to heretic States such as Texas, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming etc.

          So by the loss of water and losing trees you lose your farm rating and therefore the discounted water rate. which will result in a loss of more trees and agriculture produce…..talk about a catch-22 …new replacement trees require much more water until they get their roots down….what do you do? I guess become an absentee gentlemen farmer live in the big city and work in a controlled environment and just pay a peon to work the farm.

          I was thinking about the richest guys I knew out west. The top of the heap actually were Mexicans. They managed and imported the farm labor from south of the border. Then came an owner of a hospital, then actors, with the rare few living really high. The rest were just another neighbor and lived fairly frugally and simply. They of all people knew about saving for a rainy day and long periods of unemployment. Feast or famine.

        • Why don’t you drill wells on your property? Are you prohibited from drilling water wells?

          • I have not looked into the cost of a well. I suspect the permits alone would be several grand. Electricity here is not cheap either so I would need to look at solar and an overhead tank. I suspect that would not be financially viable as well. A well might be feasible if it could be shared with the neighbors.
            I also suspect that the state or local water authority has claims to the ground water. So I would need to research that as well. This despite all the water I rent from the water agency ends up in my local ground.

            • Wow….never heard of such….wells are not cheap….especially if you have to go deep. I am building a new home outside of Fort Worth on some small acreage and I will be on well water but, in Texas, we own the minerals and water rights on private property and it takes no permits. I have access to two aquafers…..one at 600 ft and the other deeper at 900 ft. Both good water but will need reverse osmosis to take out some things that I do not want….low sulphur for one. I am going to the first aquafer and the cost, counting the osmosis system is $7,000….the maintenance cost is relatively cheap…..about 10 bucks per month…and I am putting in a 40 gallon tank. I ran the pay back numbers and it appears that I will have payback in 4 1/2 years. The reverse osmosis will take all of the minerals out of the water but I will have softener to put to prevent scale on everything. The pump can run on solar power as well as electricity. I will also have a full aerobic three stage septic that will use less water as well as spray heads located at the back for irrigation of wildflowers.

              I never thought that you would have to have permits to drill on your own property….for water that you should own…..If my numbers are correct….water and sewage costs, including maintenance and electricity will run about $15 per month.

              Question, when you buy property in your area, do you not own the mineral rights?

              • Dale A Albrecht says:

                For you and T-Ray who are dealing with drilling wells or contemplating drilling….I suggest watching an old movie with Cary Grant and Myrna Loy called “Mr Blandings Build his Dream House”

  51. gmanfortruth says:
    • Folks have NO concept of ghetto mentality. The Hoe must have needed it is what those guys are thinking. Had a outsider, a passerby, intervened, the whole 40oz. drinking crew would have jumped him from behind. Even the Hoe would have joined in. There ought to be tour buses through these neighborhoods so the petty burgoise can “get” it and see what’s happened to the social contract. .

  52. gmanfortruth says:
    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      I got and understood exactly what the Judge was saying. Most intelligent people, and not blind following sheeple also would get it. What I do not get is Megan Kelly? She when she started was good and objective. Now it seem that she’s been flipped, maybe?

      • Yes, I agree about Megan. I feel she is looking for her next job, somewhere left of center.

        Reminds me of a guy I knew in college who interned at CBS news. At a Christmas Party, he asked a slightly loaded Walter Conkrite how an intelligent man like him could peddle some of the drivel that came out of his mouth. His answer., “Son, for two million dollars a year, I’m happy to say whatever they wet me to say”. Hence “Talking Heads”.

        • Why would you think that news media is any different? Back in the days of the west, when you worked for your boss he owned your gun…..you rode for the brand. Pretty simple.

    • I think Congress should formally ask the Russians for Hillary’s emails. It might be interesting to see how they respond.

  53. I am a walking around whistling or singing under my breath kind of guy. Never exactly know what triggers it, if anything, but caught myself yesterday at Costco breaking into a tune after seeing a Muslim lady in full face cover. Anybody want to guess what it was?

  54. Now….a question for everyone…does any one on here actually give a rat’s ass about Trumps tax returns? If you read the rules, so to speak….there are no requirements to the Presidency about releasing tax returns…..

    I could care less if a POTUS had a 10% tax rate or a 50% tax rate or no taxes at all. If you filed your taxes properly and the IRS accepts them, then there is no problem. I wouldnot share my tax returns with anyone and the simple fact that I run for public office should be no different. It is amazing that if you choose to run for public office, there is some misconception that you owe your privacy to the public. That is simply not the case.

    So, why should a person that is running for public office be held to a higher scrutiny than a normal citizen. By scrutiny, why should a person running for public office that uses the IRS rules and regulations to their advantage to lower their tax rate as low as they can get it….be a scourge?

    If that is the case, I should be a cad and no one on here should talk to me….I lower my tax rate as low as I can get it….I do so according to the rules and regulations that allow me to do so…and I have under gone some disparaging remarks because I pay less taxes than a lot of people but does that make me a subversive or less a person….when the same people can take advantage of the same tax code.

    I hang with Trump on this one…..it is no one’s business about his tax returns and I would not divulge anything other than is required under the rules of qualification of the Presidency.

    • See what happens when I have to cut back on my sugar intake….?

    • The other night Trump was on Greta’s show. She kept badgering him about the tax returns, he told her that on the advice of counsel, he’s been told not to release them till after the audit. She must have pursued it three or four times. Finally, Trump said, “Greta, you are a lawyer, as your client, what advice would you give me?” She looked at the camera and with conviction said, “don’t release them”. End of THAT conversation.

    • Same with endorsements. We knew not to even ask who our parents were voting for. Used to be a private thing. I figured it out along about the time Rush came on the air. Anyone remember the Rush tv show?

    • gmanfortruth says:

      I totally agree with you Colonel, who cares about his taxes. It’s just media nonsense and gives them something to attack with. If I were him I would stick to his guns, nobody’s business.

      • Let’s see the Hill and Bill Foundation have the nerve to go after the Donald’s Tax returns especially now that we know Bill has an “energizer” coming to Chappaqua to visit who apparently receives “donations” for her cause.

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  58. JAC…gonna be somewhat in your area in Jun….will be in Reno again. If wx permits, might try a day trip up into your area.

  59. Just A Citizen says:
    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      The very fact that the Democratic Party and most of their supporters see and judge everybody by race or gender, make them totally and completely racist.

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      If I was a Black person, I’d be extremely offended by the voter Id issue as the Dems put it. That is that I’m to stupid or lazy to be able to at sometime during a year and even for months after an election be to not obtain a free id, but yet smart enough and capable to vote and comprehend the candidates or issues. The Blacks and others have been bought and paid for just like dispensing a jug of whiskey before voting, or giving a dollar for their vote. It all adds up to the same thing.

      The fact that the Republicans are so stupid tactic wise, that they can not or refuse to fight fire with fire, like it took the Republican whips in Congress to get the Civil Rights and Voting Rights bills through Congress. That was to change the majority viewpoint which was a democrat controlled congress. It’s a matter of record….That is unless they are also signed up for being gray and not a clear choice of viewpoint as to where the country shall be heading. Also being perpetually employed as long as you want to be in Congress and retire a very wealthy person….

      • It is the plantation thing all over again. Anybody out there see the masterful performance of Samuel Jackson as “Stephen” in “Django Unchained”? Reminds me of certain “leaders” in the Black community.

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