Bankrupt – How Cronyism and Corruption Brought Down Detroit

Detroit, possibly the canary in the coal mine?

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Scandal or Business as Usual?

Hello, forgive me folks for my hiatus but I am back and ready to write hopefully along my previous claim “on a weekly basis”. Anyway lets get into the dirty shall we? Now everyone in some fashion or another “reads the news” either from internet websites, television, newspapers, blogs, or even from this blog! With this advent we see saturation or I should say an over-saturation of our media and information landscape, which has grown exponentially in the last twenty or so years. And with this amount of information at our fingertips it has become that much harder for us to discern that which is true and that which is mere speculation. But let me digress a bit here, journalism of today can be considered the gatekeeper of information, that being said most of society looks to them for the truth. Herein lies our problem that we find today, the dichotomy in journalism or any field of information dissemination for that matter, is not between what is “true and what is mere speculation” but between “what is acceptable for society and what is not acceptable” by acceptable I mean “acceptable reality”. The acceptable reality we have been given thus far is that “The State can be trusted, is benevolent, and only looking out for our interests.” at least within the mainstream construct. They have shown us this acceptable reality instead of reporting the truth or at least the belief that they are searching for the truth. There has been many investigative journalists and authors who step out of the yellow journalism mold, which has been true for most of history. Sadly those who try to warn us about the impeding danger, are rarely listened to. The real problem then becomes our discovery process for “what is actually true” being shifted to really a process of keeping people blind. Our discovery process is halted by the notion “what is acceptable reality for society” which is no discovery process at all! A joke if you will, instead of all the news thats fit to print, the motto should be, all the acceptable reality fit to print! To make this all seem relevant let me start by asking a simple question… How many scandals does it take before the acceptable reality we have been given for so long is no longer acceptable?

It seems like today we have a new scandal every week… I am afraid the media can no longer hide the truth behind what is acceptable anymore. I think I need to make a list there is so many damn scandals… Lets start from the top shall we? Looking at the past ten years alone we find our first major scandal Enron and Climategate both related incidents and you may ask well what does that have to do with the US government? Which it isn’t directly linked to the US it is more directly linked to the global factions which for all intensive purposes are connected to the US. Think of it as a spider web, the question becomes then, how far does the web extend and who is the spider at the center? But I digress back to our issue at hand, Wikileaks which exposed the conduct of the US military as being nothing more than extra-judicial killings of innocent men, women, and children, among other accusations. Next the assassination of an sixteen year old boy Abdulrahman al-Awlaki who was an American citizen without trial or jury just because he happened to be the son of “alleged terrorist” Anwar al-Awlaki also an American citizen who was slain two weeks prior, both of them by CIA drone strikes in Yemen. Which brings me to the next one, being the double increase in drone strikes by the Obama administration since Bush, which statistically misses its intended target by ninety-five percent and instead also kills innocent men, women, and children. Second we have Benghazigate where when there is a “real terrorist threat” no action is taken and is allowed to take place. The embassy was left out to dry and no help was offered even though the officials at the embassy had requested reinforcements but none came… Of course we have the IRS scandal which is modus operandi for the IRS the only thing that changed is those being persecuted. And last but not least the latest scandal, NSA caught spying on all forms of our communications see here, here, and here. Just to name a few of the scandals in the past ten years. Of course I could add more but these being notable, highlight the trend well enough.

All of this is harrowing information and for many its unbelievable. Some will interpret this as business as usual either in a good way or a bad way. For me I interpret this as being that watershed moment when we all realize “the emperor has no clothes”. However we have all seen this before, what Nixon did in the 1970’s mainly the “Watergate” scandal made him resign just out of fear of being impeached. What current presidents get away with today make Nixon look like a saint. And rightly so because as far as I know nobody is getting impeached, yet… Even though Benghazi, the NSA, the assassinations of American citizens, and drone strikes have all been directly linked to the Obama administration what I want to stress is that this is nothing new its a continuation of previous policy. The state of affairs we are in is a culmination of past events most notably starting with the creation of the Federal Reserve Bank. An old cliché goes that if you have a pot of boiling water and place a frog in the pot it will jump out immediately, however if you place a frog in a pot of cold water and slowly heat the pot until it boils the frog will sit there, Fabian Socialism at its finest. Of course the knee jerk reaction is to stick your head in the sand and hope this all blows over… well I am afraid folks that it is no longer possible to look the other way. The more prudent question to ask now is how many more scandals are we going to allow before we take action and overthrow the tyrants and refresh the tree of liberty?

Today our “acceptable reality” is becoming a nightmare now that the truth is being revealed. Quite frankly we have only scratched the surface on the wheeling and dealing that has been going on at the State level. If you peel the onion back enough and get to the center you find that we are no better than the tyrants of the past. We now are faced with a choice do we acknowledge our mistakes and reverse these trends? Or do we repeat the nightmare of history? As long as we keep accepting this reality given to us by the media and ultimately by the State, then the prosperity and freedom we once enjoyed will be gone. The answer is to first not accept the reality the State wants us to believe that “the state is god”, but to discover the truth, and if you are able, speak the truth. As George Orwell famously opined “Speaking the truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act.” If we as individuals simply choose to not accept their “acceptable reality” and discover the truth for ourselves, this act alone would topple the current regime and good riddance! Ultimately putting your faith in God and his creation and not putting your faith in an benevolent and omnipresent State, this being a true act of rebellion, which is also the true meaning of liberty. And with those thoughts in mind folks wherever you are stay free.

If you want government to intervene domestically, you’re a liberal.
If you want government to intervene overseas, you’re a conservative.
If you want government to intervene everywhere, you’re a moderate.
If you don’t want government to intervene anywhere, you’re an extremist.

“Need” now means wanting someone else’s money.
“Greed” now means wanting to keep your own.
“Compassion” is when a politician arranges the transfer.

~Joe Sobran

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Are Guns to Blame?

I would briefly like to discuss an issue here that I am sure is on the minds of many Americans. In recent years we have seen an increase in these so called “mass shootings” which for many is a cause for concern and rightly so. But before we accept the media’s and state’s assertion that guns are the culprit and that the only solution to this societal problem is to make ownership of firearms for private citizens illegal. We as individuals are once again crossing very troubled waters and if we don’t take due caution and really have a thorough understating of the problem we face we will never adopt the proper solution. Are guns really to blame? Or is there a deeper and more fundamental cause at work here?

Lets take a closer look shall we? All of the persons involved in committing these acts of violence have one thing in common that appears over and over again in each case. The presence of psychiatric drugs which most or all of them were on before or at the time of the shooting. Either taken for any number of so called mental disorders, which the medication may or may not have made their condition worse not better, but who is to really know unless we investigate these matters more closely…? The media so far has failed in its duty to acknowledge any connection. Something is very amiss here when you aren’t going to even discuss the evidence that is consistent in each case. Don’t mistake me in thinking that this is the one and only cause or the why. There is another very important factor which again is completely ignored or left out of the media’s analysis and that is the complete failure of the public education system. Which isn’t exactly a direct link but more an indirect link and is cause for the moral decay and lack of critical thinking in society. Not to change focus and explain the cause for my assertion, I strongly recommend watching this detailed documentary on education. If you support the message feel free to support the producers here.

How is education to blame you ask? Simple, critical thinking is a foreign concept in our classrooms, and the current teaching that submission to authority for all its wants and desires, is proper and good. The schools teach that the problems of society can only be solved by our Benevolent State. And now the cause reveals itself… Guns or the lack thereof, meaning our right to self defense is no longer our right handed down by nature but privilege granted to those individuals who work for the State, for our benefit of course! A wise man once said that a gun is only as good or as bad as the person holding it. If this is the case why is it fair to restrict an honest man of his right to self defense? Are individuals not sovereign? Do we not have freedom of speech? If we have the freedom to speak, petition our state, and practice religion of our choice, do we also not have the freedom of self defense against crooks and thieves? The State solution is to make guns illegal for law abiding citizens so that the only people with guns will be the criminal class and the State who supports them! The ignorance of the Americanus Boobus is utterly frightening on this matter. The real crook and thief here is really the State! Did we all forget about Project Gunrunner and Operation Fast and Furious, just plug those into your search engine of choice, and then you tell me we should trust the government to be the sole possessor of guns!? Or does America have amnesia anytime there is a news breaking story? I mean come on wake up people and smell the fuckin’ coffee for crying out loud! Forgive my french but this is serious, you give up your right to self defense then what do you have left? The answer to that is nothing… You have nothing left to protect you from the criminals or the State if and when it decides to exercise its power in less than desirable fashion which has happened in the past and will happen in the future. As an institution the State has a pretty horrible track record when it comes to using guns to “protect” people. More often than not it uses this tool to murder or enslave the people not the other way around.

In closing if anyone was offended by this post good I am not one to shy away from the truth or sugar coat things when it comes to such a sensitive issue, and especially when innocent people are dying because of ignorance and failed policies implemented by the U.S. Government, mainly the limitation on self defense to almost obscurity. We need to break out of this “drinking the cool-aid” induced shell and call a spade a spade. The true culprit here is the Pharmaceutical companies selling suicide pills which in some cases make the condition far worse than if they had never taken the pills in the first place. An industry heavily supported by the State. Whereby its errors and lies are never published but papered over by the medical journals, the doctors, and its cohorts. Our second and far more critical cause because of its implication for the future. The concept that self defense is not a right but a privilege provided only by Authority. The question you have to ask yourself is “Are individuals sovereign?” another question is “Who is more able to provide a solution in a criminal situation the person there at the scene or someone miles away who will get there when its too late?” And ultimately that last and most important question is “Who do you trust for protection, you the individual or the state?” So with those questions in mind I bid you farewell and as always wherever you are stay free!

Farewell to Dr. Ron Paul

I would like to extend a sincere farewell to our last true statesman Dr. Ron Paul of the 14th District in The Lone Star State known as Texas. After 23 years of being a congressman, Ron Paul gave his farewell speech to congress, where many critics have said was his best. With confidence I agree with this analysis, as I have listened to almost every one of his speeches that he has on record. For those who know and agree with Dr. Paul I am sure you will feel the same sentiment as I do. Some of you though may have only heard of Ron Paul in passing, in that case I hope you take the time to learn about him, and I highly recommend listening to his farewell speech as this represents everything he has been saying the past 30 years. Which is absolutely true if you compare any of his speeches against ones given in the past. Dr. Paul’s message of liberty has been consistent his whole career, what is more remarkable is the honesty and integrity displayed, he truly practices what he preaches. Never stooping to ad hominum attacks against his opponents, always highlighting the actual differences in policy and ideas. Something we all could learn from in our own affairs.

What was particularly striking in this speech, is instead of chronicling his time in congress, he left the boxing gloves in the locker room, and left no stone unturned to describe the dire straits that the United States is currently in. Some may disagree with his philosophy and analysis of government but what cannot be denied, the consistency and honesty in his time as congressman, and never shying away from criticism, or taking an unpopular view on any issue. “I have always been of the opinion that unpopularity earned by doing what is right is not unpopularity at all, but glory” ~Marcus Tullius Cicero. In most cases he was the only one in congress with a critical view of government policy, particularly when it came to the Federal Reserve, foreign wars, spending, and taxes among many others. Earning him the famed nickname in congress “Dr. No”, because he voted no on almost all spending and appropriations bill’s as well as voting no on every tax increase bill.

Briefly I would like to describe the current affairs we are in, even though the speech will highlight more than I could ever write. Despite ones own feeling’s one cannot deny that there is a growing sense of disillusionment and discontent among the people with government action, but at the same time some are not quite sure what it is the government is doing wrong, they just know there is something wrong. Then there are those who see no problem at all with government intervention into the market. Dr. Paul just might have the answer for those who are unsure of the cause and may enlighten those who think, intervention into the market is beneficial… Besides, the news reports daily showing a new riot or protest against government action is evidence enough of a growing concern for the future of society. Society itself has once again come to the same crossroads we have seen so many times in the past. The two choices, which to some may seem cliché or oversimplifying the case, however for our purposes it is enough to sum up the sentiments thus which I think fit nicely considering that those who advocate a mixed economy is comparable to the saying “I am only a little pregnant”. But I do believe there is always a third option which I am afraid there is not enough space here to discuss. Like the famed show “The Price is Right” behind door number one, which Ron Paul has outlined, and behind door number two being what the current Masters in Washington would have us believe is for our benefit. The ideal that government is the source of our peace and prosperity, one narrative. Or a very different narrative which contends that free enterprise, a society free of social contract with the state, and ultimately liberty, being the best path towards peace and prosperity. A reading of the book “The Law” by Frederic Bastiat will give any reader an full understanding of this philosophy.

The important thing to focus on more than anything else though is the fact that we are living in interesting times, and Dr. Paul is not afraid to challenge the status quo, whether you agree with him or not. I especially would like to elaborate that he was and is an honest politician, a true statesman. Notice I don’t italicize politician since the word has become so attached with negative connotations. And I also noticed that the word “statesman” has been out of use for some time, very peculiar indeed… Let us consider that if we were given all the facts on a certain subject, meaning the truth, would we have the courage to act accordingly? But I digress. What should be observed is the exit of a man who stayed true to his convictions instead of doing what was expedient or convenient which is so prevalent in the political sphere. Like Cicero poignantly expressed, glory comes from doing the right thing not from being popular. I will end my farewell to the good doctor with a question posed by the man himself… “Is there any explanation for all the deception, the unhappiness, the fear of the future, the loss of confidence in our leaders, the distrust, the anger and frustration? Yes there is, and there’s a way to reverse these attitudes. The negative perceptions are logical and a consequence of bad policies bringing about our problems. Identification of the problems and recognizing the cause allow the proper changes to come easy.” Thank you Dr. Paul for your service as an Air Force Flight Surgeon and your service as Congressman. Also thank you for telling the truth in times of moral crisis, let it not be written that no one opposed the tyrants of our day.

Yours Aye, wherever you are stay free.

Tribute to the End of Prohibition

To Colorado and Washington for deciding to end the unjust law against the use of marijuana. Prohibition of drugs or alcohol only guarantee the success and existence of cartels worldwide. Prohibition itself is a cartelization device, as is the case according to this recent article:

“About half of all marijuana consumed in the U.S. comes from Mexico, but it is not clear how much legalization of the drug in two U.S. states will impact the revenue of Mexican drug cartels. Eric Olson, deputy director of the Mexico Institute at the Wilson Center, said that revenue from marijuana comprises about 20 percent of cartels’ total revenue. A 2010 study by the Rand Corporation said that drug cartels derive about 15 to 26 percent of their revenue from marijuana sales.

However, a different study, by the Mexican Competitiveness Institute, said that legalizing marijuana in just the state of Washington could cut drug cartel profits by $1.37 billion, or 23 percent.”

Like the video above shows, organized crime would mourn the passing of prohibition. So I say lets end prohibition and on the same token cartels!