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The Longest Pickel


I’ll bet these kids don’t know a thing about law, economics, politics or the Greek Debt Crisis.  Maybe ignorance really is bliss.

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Posted by on July 1, 2015 in Humor, Video

 

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Greeks Will Ultimately Reject Big Government and Communism; So Will We.


Zorba the Debtor [courtesy Google Images]

Zorba the Debtor
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Since the Syriza political party won control of Greece last January, I’ve had a lot of respect for the Greek people and the new Greek government.  Yes, the government is communist—which I view with contempt.  Still, the Greeks stood up to the world bankers and essentially refused to repay their remaining debts.  That took guts.  Courage.

I admired the Greeks’ stand against the bankers.

•  But, today, I see an article in MarketWatch.com entitled “Greece asks for 3rd bailout in last-minute diplomatic push” which significantly diminished my former respect for Greece.

According to that article,

  “Greece on Tuesday asked for a new bailout amid a last-minute diplomatic push to seal some kind of agreement before the country’s current rescue deal expires and it defaults on a payment to the International Monetary Fund.”

I get the feeling that the Greek government didn’t “ask” for a new bailout so much as “beg” for a new bailout.  I don’t admire professional beggars.

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Posted by on June 30, 2015 in Bankruptcy, Credit, Debt

 

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Mickey D’s Failing?


It's Not Funny! [courtesy Google Images]

Failing Ain’t Funny!
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The Fiscal Times reports that,

“As sales continue to fall, McDonald’s is desperately trying to reinvent itself, and its latest efforts seem to be aimed at a slightly classier crowd.

New England-area McDonald’s are going to start selling lobster rolls again after a 10-year hiatus, according to a report on Fox CT. No word yet on whether the old name McLobster will be revived.

“The new lobster roll is reportedly made from 100 percent North Atlantic lobster, and includes mayonnaise, a bed of lettuce, and a small, toasted roll.   The meal has 290 calories and sells for $7.99.”

Hey, girls—how’d you like to go out with me for a romantic lobster dinner?  I’ll take you to McDonald’s.  They’re catering to a classier crowd.  I hear they’ll soon have strolling minstrels, violin players and candles on the tables to add ambiance.  We’ll go in your car.

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Posted by on June 30, 2015 in Race

 

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Bill Whittle on Gun Nuts


More guns = less deaths

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Posted by on June 29, 2015 in 2nd Amendment, Lies

 

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Is Citizenship a Privilege or a Right? Do Citizens have Rights or Duties?


Privilege1On a hunch, I did a search of Supreme Court cases on Findlaw.com looking for the phase “privilege of citizenship”. Findlaw indicated that there are 716 cases where that phrase occurs.

That’s pretty good evidence that citizenship is a privilege.

 

•  I did another search of Supreme Court cases on Findlaw.com looking for the phrase “right of citizenship”. Findlaw indicated there are 1,540 cases where that phrase occurs.

That’s pretty good evidence that citizenship is a right.

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Posted by on June 29, 2015 in Privileges, Rights

 

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A Metal Whose Time Has Come


The Gold Stallion Get Ready for the Ride of your Life [courtesy Google Images]

The Gold Stallion
Get Ready for the Ride of your Life
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Back in the 1990s I published a magazine called the “AntiShyster” that catered to people interested in legal reform and “patriot” issues.  As a result of that publication, for over a decade, I had an opportunity to observe almost every fundamental concept and strategy embraced by members of the “patriot” community.

One persistent patriot focus was the monetary system in general and our fiat currency, in particular.  After much study (and sometimes much greed) a number of “patriot” gurus concluded that if government could make a fiat currency, then it must be legal for you and I to do the same.  Based on this conclusion, some gurus would teach you how to make homemade money orders.  Others advocated homemade “comptroller warrants” to pay your bills.

Initially, these homemade monetary instruments were only intended to pay taxes and fines to the government.  I didn’t advocate that use, but I didn’t object to it, either.

Inevitably, as these homemade monetary instruments became more popular, advocates started using them to buy a new pickup trucks and bass boats from ordinary Americans.  Doing so was fraud and the perpetrators often went to prison.  If I’d been on the jury, I would’ve sentenced those con-artists to prison, too.

Whether the “research” behind these proposals was sound or silly, over a period of about three years, I learned one, big, fundamental lesson:   You and your friends can conspire to assassinate the President and the government might come after you and it might not (Presidents are disposable; you can screw them in or out of the White House like light bulbs)—but you screw with the fiat money system and the government will jump on you with both feet and you will go to prison.

It may be that some of the less successful gurus who advocated homemade monetary devices didn’t go to prison, but I didn’t hear of any.  It might take the government a couple of years to catch up with you, but if you successfully advocated making homemade money orders, etc., you were going to prison for quite a while.

What I learned from seeing the government’s virulent reaction against anyone who advocated making your own monetary devices is that “fiat money” is the financial and political system’s “heart of darkness”.  The government would defend the fiat dollar violently and, figuratively speaking, to the death.

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Posted by on June 28, 2015 in Fiat Currency, Gold & Silver Coin

 

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Texas Gold Bullion Depository Implications


[courtesy Google Images]

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ZeroHedge.com reports in “Texas Pulls $1 Billion In Gold From NY Fed, Makes It ‘Non-Confiscatable’,” that on Friday, June 12th,

 

“Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a bill into law that will allow Texas to build a gold and silver bullion depository.

“The lack of faith in central bank trustworthiness is spreading. First Germany, then Holland, and Austria, and now . . . Texas has enacted a Bill to repatriate $1 billion of gold from the NY Fed’s vaults to a newly established Texas state gold bullion depository . . . . the Bill includes a section to prevent forced seizure from the Federal Government.”

“HB 483 was introduced by state Rep. Giovanni Capriglione who said,

“We are not talking Fort Knox.  But when I first announced this, I got so many emails and phone calls from people literally all over the world who said they want to store their gold . . . in a Texas depository. People have this image of Texas as big and powerful . . . so for a lot of people, Texas is exactly where they would want to go with their gold.”

 

Good LORD!

Given the choice of storing your gold in Switzerland, Hong Kong, Singapore, Canada—or Texas—where would you rather store your gold?  A lot of people would say “Texas”.  Not just Texans, not just people in the US, but lots of people around the world would rather store their gold in Texas.

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