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Sunday Haiku

Thoughts this ides of march,

win or learn, but never lose

what’s past is prologue

The governor of Colorado signed a mostly toothless firearms limitation bill into law yesterday. Toothless in the respect that it will not deter one crime or deter one criminal. Statics show that it wont. Colorado law enforcement officials have gone on record state wide to say they will not enforce the vague letter and superficial spirit of the law. What this law will do, and the tragedy of such laws, is it will force law abiding citizens to surrender some of their liberty or become petty lawbreakers. Those who are the intended targets of the law are lawless anyhow, so it’s safe to assume they will ignore it. Those citizens complying with the law will be at a tactical disadvantage in the unlikely event of an armed confrontation. It also will cause economic damage to Colorado. One example is this law is forcing magazine-maker Magpul Industries to desert its plant about 30 miles from Denver. They now make an illegal product. Goodbye to those jobs and that tax base and the thousands of unintended consequences attached to it.

Noted plagiarist, political gaff machine and court jester Joe Biden intervened to twist some arms in the Colorado state house in order to pass this bill. Why would the federal government take an interest in the affairs of a Colorado? We know why. The remorseless advance of the statist agenda is served by these restrictions. The question I ask is why do we tolerate such usurpation of our Constitution? In the process of denying the 2nd amendment rights to citizens in Colorado, the Whitehouse also violated the 9th and 10th amendments to our constitution. 3of the big 10! 30 % of our inalienable rights were violated in just this one instance!

The constitution and its amendments are protections FOR the citizen FROM the Tyranny of an overbearing federal government. The violation of our civil rights perpetrated in this case is outrageous. Once upon a time in the west, a man’s word was his bond and the law of the west was applied down the barrel of a gun. Today in the west, the de rigueur is feel good reactions doing more harm than good: masquerading as solutions. The result is violence to our constitution, violence to the law abiding citizen  with eroding libertys and adding a tactical advantage to psychopath poachers who exploit the shortsighted and weak.

007The soultion is staring us in the face, yet we cant see it

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Cyprus’ 56-member Parliament voted to seize  a percentage of private individual deposits. Why should we care about a tiny Mediterranean island? Because Cyprus could be the canary in the coal mine.

Cyprus’s banks, like many banks in Europe, are bankrupt. Cyprus went to the Eurozone to get a bailout, the same way Ireland, Greece, and other European countries have.The Eurozone powers-that-be gave Cyprus a bailout — but with a startling condition that has never before been imposed on any major banking system since the start of the global financial crisis in 2008.The Eurozone powers-that-be (mainly, Germany) insisted that the depositors in Cyprus’s banks pay part of the tab.

Not the bondholders.

The depositors. The folks who had their money in the banks for safe-keeping are now being forced to surrender private funds.

When Cyprus’s banks reopen this morning, every depositor will have some of his or her money seized. Accounts under 100,000 euros will have 6.75% of the funds seized. Accounts over 100,000 euros will have 9.9% seized. And then the Eurozone’s emergency lending facility and the International Monetary Fund will inject 10 billion euros into the banks to allow them to keep operating

Cyprus’s government tried to explain this deal by observing that it was better than the alternative: Immediate bankruptcy and closure of the major banks. In that scenario, depositors would lose a lot more of their money. Businesses would go bankrupt. And tens of thousands of people would be instantly thrown out of work.

But, still, not surprisingly, news that deposits in Cyprus’s banks would be seized triggered an immediate run on the banks.

Depositors rushed to ATMs and tried to withdraw their money before it could be seized.But the ATMs weren’t working. And the government has now made it impossible to transfer money out of the country. Since the Great Depression wiped out a big percentage of the world’s banks, vaporizing the bank depositors’ savings in the process, banking system regulators have tried to do everything they can to protect bank depositors. And they are smart to do so. Because the moment depositors think that there is risk to their savings, they rush to banks to yank their money out.

That’s called a run on the bank.

And since no bank anywhere has enough cash on hand to pay off all its depositors at once, runs on the bank cause banks to go bust.

That’s what happened to hundreds of banks in the Great Depression.

But now, thanks to Eurozone’s bizarre decision in Cyprus, the illusion that depositors don’t need to yank their money out of threatened banks because they’ll be protected has been shattered.

update: The Cyprus representitives voted the plan down under heavy public pressure.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/19/cyprus-rejects-eurozone-bailout-savings-tax

Matt Ridley, the rational optimist http://www.rationaloptimist.com/ concludes we can have an improving environment and improved living standards. The slight increase in Co2 (.0002 %) in the atmosphere can be linked to More plant growth, more agricultural production, more food and unparalleled abundance. We now use 1/3 less land for farming yet produce considerably more. New England used to be 70% farmland, now it’s 70% woodland. Vietnam, The United Kingdom and other countries are re-foresting. The amazon rainforest and even places in Africa are enjoying a net greening.
Add to that the abundance of carbon based energy sources( he calls it fossil fuels but I maintain that as a misnomer and refuse to use the term) have made the lives of planet earth dramatically better while easing the exploitation of animals for fuel and clothing,etc and his case is compelling.
Conventional wisdom is that the environment is a zero sum game, clearly there is evidence to the contrary.

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The nation’s big health insurers say they expect premiums — or the cost for insurance coverage — to rise from 20 to 100 percent for millions of people due to changes that will occur when key provisions of the Affordable Care Act roll out in January 2014.

Mark Bertolini, CEO of Aetna Inc., one of the nation’s largest insurers, calls the price hikes “premium rate shock.”

“We’ve done all the math, we’ve shared it with all the regulators, we’ve shared it with all the people in Washington that need to see it, and I think it’s a big concern,” Bertolini said during the company’s annual meeting with investors in December.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/insurers-warn-of-sticker-shock-due-to-health-care-laws-new-taxes-requirements-as-it-expands/2013/03/13/bb9806c0-8bf2-11e2-af15-99809eaba6cb_story.html

 

This is by design, as the Fabian-Socialist have admitted the idea is to whittle it down to so-called single payer. No, Not when selling obamacare to the gullible public, but in private sessions where they plot the undermining of individual freedom and plan profligate spending. In case it’s unclear who this “single payer” is, it’s you and me. The taxpayers.

 

The Obama administration notified Congress on Friday that it would provide Egypt’s new government an emergency cash infusion of $450 million U.S. Taxpayer dollars. Why? who knows? He promised egypt a billion in aid. This comes only 2 weeks after savage islamist stormed our embassy in Cairo, occupied it by burning old glory and hoisting the al-Qaeda flag , ALL ON  9-11. The new government in egypt is dominated by the muslin brotherhood. The same muslim brotherhood who has vowed to impose sharia law on the world , is now starting by collecting the jizya tax from the  obama administration after it has conquered the U.S.  embassy. This is an outrage.

It happens all too often. Obama says one thing while the truth is totally different. There are hundreds of documented lies told by Obama. It is as though dupes and sycophants crave the deceit. It is a disgusting indication also that the leftist media cover and promote the deceit and usurption of american citizens.

A week after it was known, the Washington Post  now reports “The U.S. ambassador and three other Americans killed last week in Libya died “in
the course of a terrorist attack,” a senior U.S. intelligence official told lawmakers Wednesday. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/benghazi-attack-called-terrorist/2012/09/19/90e74b52-0290-11e2-9b24-ff730c7f6312_story.html

But just the night before, obama is on letterman denying it and trying to blame the terrorist attacks on some retarded cheap YouTube video-

The real story of the attacks coinciding with 9-11 is not mentioned nor is the horrible rape and torture of our ambassador. Obama dont mention it and his lapdog press stenographers dont mention it. The media sycophants dont ask why our embassies were left vulnerable , given the fact the united states government had ample intelligence to conclude there was an iminite danger to American interest and citizens in the region. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444165804578008411144721162.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

The first tuesday in november cant come fast enough !

Update:

Obama blames Bush for the Fast and Furious gun walking program… Another blatant LIE.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton claimed the savages who dragged the American ambassadors’  body through the streets of Benghazi after he was murdered were “taking him to the hospital”. That is ridiculous and stupid. She continues to ignore islamofacism and the takeover of North Africa by the muslim brotherhood.

It is now apparent that the attack was coordinated and planned to coincide with the 9-11 terrorist attacks.It is also apparent Clinton is a blatant liar or a pitiful dupe. Either way, she is a disgrace and unfit to serve as secretary of state. We desreve better.

If our government cant even admit the Islamist savages who murdered and desecrated the dead bodies of american citizens are guilty of that obvious terrorist act, how can we believe a word they say? Or trust them with our family’s security ?

The compliant and sycophantic press are doing backflips trying to cover for the obama administrations’ incompetence. The foolish notions of “arab spring” and other leftist fantisies are dangerous and intended to deceive. It is truly despicable to witness this criminal neglect and willful blindness by our government  and its propaganda machine in the media as this sad history repeats itself.

Obama is the 2nd Carter term. Economic misery at home, high unemployment  and now complete with embassy attacks and surrendering to the islamofacist who attacked the embassy. And as carter lost Iran as an ally, Obama has lost Libia AND Egypt.

Obama also assured The islamofacist leader of Egypt (Morsi) that the 1.2 BILLION in U.S. Taxpayer “aid” will keep flowing, all the while our embassy in Cairo is overrun with  islamofacist . A blatant act of war. They removed the people and took Old Glory down and replaced it with an islamofacist flag. So now we  tolerate obama funding America’s enemies with american taxpayer dollars. Today  The attacks on our embassy in Cairo continue.

UPDATE: The U.S. Embassy in Yemen is now under seize by islamofacist.

What will obama do about this ?      Nothing .     He is busy playing golf and campaigning and  blaming others for his failures.

When will the public demand the end of government waste of the money they confiscate from us ?

Examples like this are rampant

“One Amtrak employee spent much of his time in the office sending  emails to  women he met through a half-dozen online dating sites and  claimed overtime pay  for hours he spent officiating high school sporting  events. Another worker may  have received more than $100,000 in bogus  overtime, records show”

   We pay for that.

Amtrak lost  $85 Million last year on food services alone and Almost A BILLION DOLLARS of TAXPAYERS MONEY IN THE LAST 10 YEARS. “Over the last 10 years, these losses have amounted to a staggering $833.8 million,” said Mica. “It costs passengers $9.50 to buy a cheeseburger on Amtrak, but the cost to taxpayers is $16.15. Riders pay $2 for a Pepsi, but each of these sodas costs the U.S. Treasury $3.40.” Thats just on food services. The total cost of the amtrak boondoggle is incalculable.

Obama want to double down on Amtrak. With Amtrak siphoning at least $1.6 billion per year just to provide the current level of mediocre and underutilized service. http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2011/03/president-obama-sees-amtrak-as-key-to-americas-transportation

Thats just amtrak:  There are at Least 50 examples of government waste only a mouse click away.

A couple of my favorites

Lawmakers diverted $13 million from Hurricane Katrina relief spending to build a museum celebrating the Army Corps of Engineers — the agency partially responsible for the failed levees that flooded New Orleans.[43]

Congress appropriated $20 million for “commemoration of success” celebrations related to Iraq and Afghanistan.[37]

The state of Washington sent $1 food stamp checks to 250,000 households in order to raise state caseload figures and trigger $43 million in additional federal funds.[35

Fraud related to Hurricane Katrina spending is estimated to top $2 billion. In addition, debit cards provided to hurricane victims were used to pay for Caribbean vacations, NFL tickets, Dom Perignon champagne, “Girls Gone Wild” videos, and at least one sex change operation.[23]

More than $13 billion in Iraq aid has been classified as wasted or stolen. Another $7.8 billion cannot be accounted for.[22]

And on and on- Yet the new obamacare law will  grant massive new powers to the IRS,  backed up by billions of dollars in additional taxpayer funds for the hiring of  thousands of new IRS agents, examiners, and other personnel  and Hire up to 16000 new IRS thugs to enforce it.

How long will we tolerate this ?