Friday, August 17, 2012

Emirates Airlines A380 First Class-Bangkok to Hong Kong ... AMERICAN AIRPLANE... ASIAN SERVICE...

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The ticket from Bangkok to Hong Kong was $550 USD in April 2011. It's a short flight which is why I was able to afford this flight. I'm normally an economy class passenger. This was a unique experience for me...glad I tried it!


New DHS Informant Leaks a Shocker and you decide

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New DHS Informant Leaks a Shocker

In a passionate warning to his global listeners, TruNews host Rick Wiles revealed the latest in a series of startling information leaked to him through a source who knows a contact deep within U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
“There’s a Russian, Chinese, Islamic military invasion coming to the U.S.A,” Wiles forcefully told his audience, Wednesday.
“I was told something, today, that I almost hesitate to repeat on the air,” Wiles continues.  “You know, people pass on to me lots of rumors I can’t verify, therefore, I never mention them on the radio.”

In previous broadcasts, the 12-year Christian radio Veteran has passionately pleaded with his listeners to prepare for startling changes coming to the United States—changes so horrific, that even he admits may sound crazy if the information wasn’t being told to him by long-time, credible and proven sources.
“But I spoke with a close friend, whom I’ve known for many years.  This couple is well-connected to important business and political people.  They have a personal friend who is an agent for [the Department of] Homeland Security.  The agent promised to alert them if he ever heard anything significant that warranted immediate preparation.
“For years, he said nothing until now.  He told them there’s talk inside Homeland Security offices that Russian Spetsnaz commandos are infiltrating into the U.S.A from Canada.  He said it’s been underway all summer, and he estimated the number of commandos at the present time inside the U.S.A to be in excess of 20,000.”
The most intimate knowledge of the coming danger to the U.S. comes to him off air, Wiles says, as his sources seek to distance themselves from the information for the purposes of their own safety as well as the safety of their families.  Because of his position as a journalist, radio host and trusted leader of the Christian community, Wiles receives the most sensitive information ‘off the record’ in the hopes that others who speak ‘on the record’ will be taken seriously.
“If I didn’t know the integrity and the high-level connections and the social standing of my friends, I would never pass this on to you on the radio,” Wiles explains.  “But I know this couple.  Let me tell you, financially, socially, I’m at the bottom of their friends list.  They run with the big dogs.  Therefore, when they tip me off that they got a call from a friend inside DHS with this kind of information, I don’t dismiss it lightly as a conspiracy rumor.”
Previous reports of Russian military personnel participating in joint ‘civil drills’ with local law enforcement at Ft. Carson, Colorado between May 24 and 31 of this year may have had something to do with the ongoing clandestine immigration of Russian commandos alleged by Wiles’ source, but a possible reason for the stealth entry into the U.S of 20,000 troops wasn’t ventured during Wiles’ Wednesday’s disclosure.
However, a source to Wiles of more than a decade ago offers the possibility of a much more nefarious explanation for the infiltrating Russian commandos that can be traced back more than 30 years.
“I spent several days with Colonel Stanislav Lunev in 1999,” says Wiles.  “He was my guest when I lived in Dallas/Ft. Worth.  Colonel Lunev is the highest ranking Russian GRU military spy ever to defect to the West. . .
“One of his assignments was to find places to hide nuclear suitcase bombs inside the U.S.A.  You can read about it in his book, Through the eyes of the enemy.
“Colonel Lunev personally told me that the Russians were bringing nuclear, biological and chemical weapons into the U.S.A throughout the 1970s and 80s by smuggling them over the Mexican border.
“Colonel Lunev said there are Russian Spetznazs commandos coming in and out of the U.S.A every month disguised as tourists, professors, doctors, reporters; they come and go.”
The implications of, even, an attempted ground invasion by sleeper Russian commandos, in addition to other hostile sleeper cells rumored to be hibernating on American soil, are staggering, but also raise the possibility that a false-flag of an invasion may be planned as the excuse to lock-down America during a currency crisis.
Could something as bizarre as an attack by foreign rebels lurking in wait the plan for legitimizing a decree of martial law from the White House?  Would another bigger and more horrific 9/11-like event of that magnitude be planned to mask the real reason for a dollar collapse?  How else would Washington divert the wrath of an irate citizenry armed to the teeth when food and basic necessities go wanting for days, weeks or maybe months?
Trends Research Institute Founder Gerald Celente told Lew Rockwell of the von Mises Institute, Tuesday, “I believe we’re facing another 9-11 moment of some sort.  Whether it’s false-flag [or] real.  Whether it’s economic or geopolitical, something in my bones is telling me that you better be prepared now, because this thing is coming down fast.”
Celente strongly suggests Americans follow the “Celente’s 3-G’s” for survival during these extraordinary times of American history.  The 3-G’s include: Gold, Guns and a Getaway plan.
Wiles may suggest another ‘G’ to Celente’s 3-G’s:  Gold, Guns, Getaway plan and God, not necessarily in that order of importance.
Source: TruNews Radio Aug. 15, 2012 broadcast, with host Rick Wiles and guest Gerald Celente

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Exclusive Interview

Ranting Andy on 'Gold as Money' and What to Do Now to Protect Yourself Before It's Too Late

BY:  Anthony Wile
The Daily Bell is pleased to present this exclusive interview with Andy Hoffman (left).
Introduction: Andrew ("Andy") Hoffman, CFA joined Miles Franklin as marketing director in October 2011. For a decade, he was a US-based buy-side and sell-side analyst, most notably as an II-ranked oil service analyst at Salomon Smith Barney from 1999 through 2005. Since 2002, his focus has been entirely on precious metals, and since 2006 has written free missives regarding gold, silver and macroeconomics under the moniker "Ranting Andy." Prior to joining the company he spent five years working as an investor relations officer or consultant to numerous junior mining companies. An archive of Andy's "RANTS" can be found on the Miles Franklin Blog.
Daily Bell: Hi. Biographies about you are hard to find. Give us a sense of where you came from, how you ended up at Miles Franklin and what you do for them.
Andy Hoffman: I guess it's because I'm so SECRETIVE. Just kidding. I've been writing publicly about precious metals for nearly a decade and am very candid about my beginnings. I'm from Long Island, New York but moved to Denver five years ago. I received my CFA 15 years ago, and worked on Wall Street from my first internship at Paine Webber in 1989 until I left the business for good in 2005. I was a bond broker at Cantor Fitzgerald for three years, a buy-side analyst/trader for two years and a sell-side analyst covering oilfield service stocks for seven, the last six at Salomon Smith Barney, where my team was one of the industry's top-ranked for four straight years.
Fed up with Wall Street's corruption – which I experienced first-hand at Salomon and its parent, Citigroup, and already 100% invested in precious metals (since 2002), I worked as an investor relations officer or consultant to several dozen junior miners for five years. All along (starting in 2003), I was writing FREE missives helping to educate people on the COLLAPSING global financial system, with my "Ranting Andy" moniker coined by Bill Murphy of GATA circa 2009.
In 2011, Miles Franklin's founder – David Schectman – came across my writings and asked me to join his firm – one of the nation's largest bullion dealers – as head of marketing. It is my calling in life and I love every aspect of the position.
Daily Bell: As director of marketing are you wedded to the idea of honest money or are competitive currencies a good step toward private monetary freedom?
Andy Hoffman: As noted above, I have been 100% invested in the sector since 2002, and over the past few years have converted ALL my mining shares to PHYSICAL bullion. It took me this long to fully understand that ONLY PHYSICAL gold and silver meet the criterion of "money," as PROVEN by the fact that EVERY fiat currency in history has collapsed. Today will be no different, other than that we are in the ONLY period of history where ALL currencies are fiat. Thus, the implosion will be cataclysmic.
Daily Bell: What do you think of Greenbackerism? Public banking generally?
Andy Hoffman: I had not heard that term until now, but by Googling it, it confirmed my initial view. As you can imagine by what I wrote above, I believe FIAT currency to be the root of nearly ALL the world's economic woes, starting with the partial abandonment of the gold standard at Bretton Woods (in 1944) and ending with its total desertion (in 1971).


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...BUT  It just hit me!!  My dog sleeps about 20 hours a day.  He has his food prepared for him.  His meals are provided at no cost to him.  He visits the Dr. once a year for his checkup, and again during the year, if any medical needs arise.  For this he pays nothing, and nothing is required of him.  He lives in a nice neighborhood in a house that is much larger than he needs, but he is not required to do any upkeep.  If he makes a mess, someone else cleans it up.  He has his choice of luxurious places to sleep. He receives these accommodations absolutely free. He is living like a king, and has absolutely no expenses whatsoever.  All of his costs are picked up by others who earn a living. I was just thinking about all this, and suddenly it hit me like a brick in the head…
My dog is a Democrat!     



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ROTS- A -RUCK getting this up & runnin' in the good ol' US A ! You can bet the oil and car manufacturers are burin' the midnight oil tryin' to stop this one.....
What is this?
Will it be the next big thing? Tata Motors of India thinks so. What will the Oil Companies do to stop it?

It is an auto engine that runs on air. That's right; air not gas or diesel or electric, but just the air around us. Take a look.

Tata Motors of India has scheduled the A ir Car to hit Indian streets by A ugust 2012

The A ir Car, developed by ex-Formula One engineer Guy N. For Luxembourg-based MDI,
uses compressed air to push its engine's pistons and make the car go.

The A ir Car, called the "Mini C A T" could cost around 365,757 rupees in India or $8,177 US.

The Mini C A T which is a simple, light urban car, with a tubular chassis, a body of fiberglass
that is glued not welded and powered by compressed air.
A Microprocessor is used to control all electrical functions of the car.
One tiny radio transmitter sends instructions to the lights,
turn signals and every other electrical device on the car. Which are not many.

The temperature of the clean air expelled by the exhaust pipe
is between 0-15 degrees below zero,
which makes it suitable for use by the internal air conditioning system
with no need for gases or loss of power.

There are no keys, just an access card which can be read by the car from your pocket.
According to the designers, it costs less than 50 rupees per 100 KM,
that's about a tenth the cost of a car running on gas.
It's mileage is about double that of the most advanced electric car,
a factor which makes it a perfect choice for city motorists.
The car has a top speed of 105 KM per hour or 60 mph
and would have a range of around 300 km or 185 miles between refuels.
Refilling the car will take place at adapted gas stations with special air compressors.
A fill up will only take two to three minutes and costs approximately 100 rupees
and the car will be ready to go another 300 kilometers.

This car can also be filled at home with it's on board compressor.
It will take 3-4 hours to refill the tank, but it can be done while you sleep.

Because there is no combustion engine,
changing the 1 liter of vegetable oil is only necessary every 50,000 KM or 30,000 miles.
Due to its simplicity, there is very little maintenance to be done on this car.

This A ir Car almost sounds too good to be true.
We'll see in A ugust. 2012


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Third Largest Power Company in the World is the Third Largest Recipient of Risky Loans

Through this special series on green-energy crony-corruption, we’ve been highlighting specific examples of green-energy loan guarantees and grants. What connects each of these cases is that they received fast-tracked approval from the Department of Interior (DOI) for their projects. Of course, they also have many other dots that connect, such as key players with White House visits, raising funds for Democratic campaigns, and serving within government agencies such as the Department of Energy (DOE) or as an appointed member to President Obama’s Job’s Council.
Now we come to the last of our “special seven” series. Like those before it, it contains many inside players and funding from various “stimulus” government programs. While Lewis Hay (the CEO of NextEra Energy) with his White House involvement and friendship with former Florida Governor Charlie Crist make for some juicy details in the NextEra story, we’ll begin with a brief background that will help put this next piece of the green-energy crony-corruption scandal in perspective.
NextEra Energy, Inc. is one of the oldest, third largest, and arguably one of the most solid power companies in the world, with “2011 revenues [that] totaled more than $15.3 billion.” It is estimated by Forbes, that CEO “Hay earns nearly $10 million in total compensation from NextEra.”
NextEra Energy Inc. has two primary subsidiaries:
  • Florida Power & Light is the third largest electricity producer in the US (about which a September 2009 report states: “it's a political dynamo, making millions in political contributions and lobbying assiduously to achieve its goals”).
  • NextEra Energy Resources is the largest generator of energy from sun and wind resources in North America. The company also has the third largest fleet (8) of nuclear powered electricity generating plants in the United States.
With its wealth and widespread influence, the DOE gave this huge energy conglomerate nearly $2 billion of taxpayer money, which includes the two risky projects listed below, plus hundreds of millions more in various stimulus grants.
Desert Sunlight: $1.2 billion
In September 2011, the DOE approved a $1.2 billion loan guarantee for the junk-rated Desert Sunlight project in California. A day after the loan was approved, First Solar, the project developer/owner sold Desert Sunlight to NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, the competitive energy subsidiary of NextEra Energy, Inc. and GE Energy Financial Services. Both CEO's are on President Obama's Job Council: Lewis Hay of NextEra Energy and Jeffrey Immelt of GE. (Immelt is another top Obama donor, donating $529,855 to his 2008 campaign. Note: GE has raked in more than $3 billion of stimulus money, and counting.)

Genesis Solar Project: $681.6 million
But as we reported in the beginning of this series, the Desert Sunlight Project is not the only large DOE “risky” loan that NextEra secured. NextEra Energy Resources also received $681.6 million from the DOE for its Genesis Solar project in Blythe, California. This was one of the few DOE 1705 loans that were not considered junk rated, as S&P placed it at a “lower medium grade.”
Remember that the common denominator of these “special seven” projects was a “fast-tracked DOI approval?” The policy has come back to bite the projects.
According to the Los Angeles Times (LAT), “The $1-billion Genesis Solar Energy Project has been expedited by state and federal regulatory agencies that are eager to demonstrate that the nation can build solar plants quickly to ease dependence on fossil fuels and curb global warming. Instead, the project is providing a cautionary example of how the rush to harness solar power in the desert can go wrong—possibly costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars and dealing an embarrassing blow to the Obama administration's solar initiative.”
The problem is the “expedited” process may endanger the whole project. The House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform’s March 20, 2012 report says, “To expedite site approval, NextEra opted for a less thorough process.” As a result, the site “encroached on the habitat of the endangered kit foxes.” NextEra had to move the foxes prior to grading the site. “Ultimately, seven foxes died from NextEra’s removal process.”
Additionally, there have been concerns of desert tortoises and a “prehistoric human settlement.”
But warring factions within the environmental movement also plague the NextEra Genesis Solar project.
A small environmental group, the Wildlands Conservancy, raised $45 million to preserve 600,000 acres of the Mojave Desert—with the intent that it would be protected forever. The LAT reports, the Wildlands Conservancy bought the land and deeded it to the federal government only to have 50,000 acres of that bequest opened up for solar development. April Sall, the organization’s conservation director says, the group is “watching this big conservation legacy practically go under a bulldozer.” Sall’s group and others are feeling “burned by the rush to build solar projects.”
The small environmental groups are trying to fight utility-scale solar projects while the big national groups, such as the Sierra Club, have “scolded” some of the local chapters for opposing the projects. A national office directive instructed local chapters to “fall in line.”
Michael O'Sullivan, senior vice president of development for NextEra Energy Resources, says that “the problems threaten the entire project” and “the project could become uneconomical.”
If that were to happen, the LAT explains, “80% of the project's outstanding loans would be covered by the federal government, and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management would begin shopping for another renewable energy company that was interested in leasing the property. If there were no takers, the scarred land would be restored with reclamation bond funds.”


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Under Obama Ignoring the Law of the Land Has Become the Law of the Land

For those of you living east of the Mighty Mississippi, the term “wilderness” probably doesn’t have a lot of meaning to you.
On the eastern side of the country you probably think of wilderness as a place where Daniel Boone went to get away from the wife and kids for a while.
Or maybe you’ve seen the old soft-shoe from the environmental lobby that all of the undeveloped land in the west is nothing but soaring cliffs, magnificent canyons, majestic forests and pristine lakes.
And some of it is. But not all of it.
Much of it isn’t worth a plug nickel beyond the resources that lie beneath it and its availability for recreation.
Much of the area that the environmentalists are championing as wilderness is flat and dry, filled with scrub brush and sharp rocks and is about as majestic as a mud fence.
And the point has been made ad infinitum that the under the banner of climate change, the Administration will force Americans to switch to “marketable” forms of energy such as wind, solar and unicorn whiz.
That way, we buy tiny little peanut mobiles and clean energy products from responsible companies like Fisker and Solyndra, so that maybe all that DOE money will not have been a total loss.
One of the best ways to turn off the energy spigot is to take an area that has natural gas oil and declare it wilderness. Even if it has the aesthetic value of a flat tire.
What would wilderness look like in the Eastern U.S.?
Well take a sizeable chunk of Any Town USA, say yours for example, and declare it off-limits to anything but hiking fishing or hunting.
Never mind what else you could do with the land, no matter if it was utterly devoid of scenic vistas and glorious pine trees, never mind the potential to build a store, or a school or put in a playground it is now off limits to anything but a handful of uses.
That is wilderness to enviros.
I have yet to meet anyone who is completely opposed to the idea of wilderness areas. Even pro-multiple use advocates agree that wilderness areas have a place.
But the problem is that the environmental community continues to demand more and more wilderness areas, and the Department of the Interior seems determined to grant their wish.
Now keep in mind, Congress and only Congress can create wilderness- and you thought all this time that only God could create a tree. God didn’t have the power of liberal activist judges.
You and I can’t do it and even presidential cabinet members can’t do it.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar was reminded of that in April of last year when Congress killed Secretarial Order 3310 which created the new lands designation: Wild Lands.
The order also gave instructions on how identify and manage lands as wilderness without having to go through that pesky Congressional process.
One would have thought that was the end of the story; however the Secretary recently attempted to sneak through a new manual which again gives the BLM the ability to create wilderness without so much as a by-your-leave from Congress or the American people.
In fact, the language in these new manuals is in some places taken directly from the de-funded Secretarial Order. The DOI must have figured that de-funding a Secretarial Order applies only to the order in question, not subsequent versions of it.
Congress was clear: the DOI does not have the power to create wilderness, only members of the House can do that. But Salazar seems determined to sneak wilderness in like a teenager hiding beer under his jacket at a high school prom.
In some places, land managers are directed to look for areas that may not have been wilderness in the past, but may have reverted to wilderness in the present.
According to the Wilderness Act, 5,000 acres are required to designate an area, but the manual tells managers to look for roadless “islands” in the landscape, even those less that the requisite 5,000 acres.
Wilderness must not show the presence of man, but the manual directs managers to overlook “minor impacts” that are “unnoticeable.”
Whether one is for more wildernesses or completely opposed to it, the idea that a cabinet member can ignore the law of the land should still be a startling thought, however commonplace it’s become.
But in the Obama era, ignoring the law of the land has become the law of the land.


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Medicare: Putting Seniors Before Bureaucrats

Medicare: Putting Seniors Before Bureaucrats

Without reform Medicare will go bankrupt. So, it is not a question of “if” Medicare will be cut but “how.” President Barack Obama’s approach is to simply gut Medicare’s funding and let the bureaucrats decide who does or doesn’t receive care. Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s approach is to inject individual choice and competition into the program to provide more with less and to let patients, not bureaucrats, decide how to spend scarce resources. Ryan’s approach puts seniors first; Obama’s puts Washington bureaucrats first.
Obama has already cut $716 billion from Medicare to fund his new health care entitlement, and would cap Medicare growth going forward at the rate of GDP growth plus 0.5 percent. Those cuts will run into the trillions of dollars in the second decade under Obama’s program, and will be implemented principally by turning over control of health care decisions to bureaucrats who will be empowered to deny people the care they need.
The Ryan plan implements the same cap on overall Medicare spending, but achieves it by injecting individual choice and competition into the program, allowing patients to choose between traditional fee-for-service Medicare and competing private plans.
Obama’s plan – which has already been enacted – is a guaranteed disaster. If it had been Republicans who ignored public opinion and chose to gut Medicare to the tune of $716 billion over 10 years (and trillions more over 20 years) there would be no other issue in any federal election until that law got repealed. Democrats would be relentless and seniors would be up-in-arms. And understandably so, especially because about 10,000 baby boomers are now retiring every day.
Yet that was precisely what Obama’s health care law did to Medicare. The media is dutifully downplaying the significance of these devastating cuts but it’s actually worse than the headline number of $716 billion, up from about $500 billion already from when the president’s law passed. That’s because there is no credible cost-containment mechanism going forward to stay under the cap other than bureaucrats being empowered to deny seniors the care they need.
Most infamous of those bureaucratic denial-of-care mechanisms is the so-called Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a board of 15 bureaucrats who can set reimbursement rates and exclude particular treatments and cures from Medicare coverage altogether to bring overall Medicare spending in-line with the cap. And IPAB’s dictates cannot be overturned even by Congress unless it musters a supermajority, a constitutionally-questionable scheme to insulate IPAB from democratic accountability. Hospitals are protected from IPAB cuts until 2020, meaning the initial cuts will hit doctors and nursing homes even harder, forcing fewer and fewer to accept Medicare patients.
Ryan’s plan, on the other hand, would continue to provide benefit levels similar to what Medicare offers now, and achieve cost containment not through bureaucratic control but through individual choice and competition. Workers who are presently 55 or younger (there are no changes for current retirees or those near retirement, unlike Obama’s plan) would, when they qualify for Medicare, receive a benefit equal to the cost of traditional Medicare in the market in which they live. They would have the choice of using that benefit amount – known in this plan as “premium support” – to stay in traditional Medicare or opt instead for private plans that would be required to offer coverage that is no worse than the traditional program.
A group of Harvard researchers analyzed this plan, developed by Ryan with Democratic Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, and found that if it had been in effect in 2009 it would have saved 9 percent with no reduction in care.
So the real question is not whether Medicare will be cut. It must be, will be, and already has been. The question is how it will be cut: bureaucratic denial-of-care or individual choice? Voters who understand what’s at stake will overwhelmingly favor the Ryan plan.


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Reaction to Ryan: A Gap Between Mainstream America and Official Washington

Reaction to Ryan: A Gap Between Mainstream America and Official Washington

One of the things Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate ensures is a series of polling questions over the coming months asking voters what's more important: creating jobs or cutting government spending; helping the economy or cutting deficits; repealing the president's health care law or focusing on the economy.
These questions reflect the way official Washington views the world, but they don't make sense in Mainstream America. In Washington, it's a given that more government spending is needed to help the economy. Most Americans hold the opposite view. So when you ask whether cutting spending or helping the economy is more important, the question doesn't make sense. For most Mainstream voters, one leads to the other.
To gain a sense of how strong this belief is, consider the fact that voters are fairly evenly divided when asked whether they fear the government will do too much or too little to help the economy. At Rasmussen Reports, we asked those who wanted more government intervention what they would like the government to do. Most said cut spending. Overall, 66 percent of voters believe that the best thing the government can do for the economy is to cut spending.
The same dynamic exists when it comes to repeal of the national health care law. Rather than being seen as a diversion from talking about the economy, 43 percent believe repeal would help the economy. Just 27 percent think it would hurt. That's part of the reason most voters consistently support repeal. So, once again, it's not a choice between repealing the health care law and focusing on the economy. They're part of the same plan.
But the gap between the Political Class and Mainstream America doesn't end there. In Washington and on the campaign trail, Ryan is presented as either a serious budget hawk or a budgetary extremist, depending on who's doing the talking. Yet fewer than half the nation's voters believe government spending will go down even if Romney wins and Republicans gain full control of Congress. That was true before Ryan was selected, and it's true after.
So while voters think spending cuts are what the economy needs, they don't expect either team in the presidential race to deliver. The choice is seen by many as between one team that will increase spending and another that will maintain the status quo. It's a reasonable perspective in a nation where total government spending has increased every year since 1954.
Republican House Speaker John Boehner recently highlighted another gap by praising Ryan's vote in favor of the bailouts. He called those who opposed the bailouts "knuckledraggers." While Boehner reflects the conventional wisdom in Washington that the bailouts saved the economy, only 25 percent of voters agree. Most belong to the group Boehner considers knuckledraggers.
Finally, on Medicare, the Washington view is that Ryan's plan for changing it will hurt the GOP ticket. While the issue is volatile and that may happen, the initial reaction from voters is much different. On the topic of Medicare, more voters in Florida fear the president's health care law than the Ryan plan.
As Campaign 2012 progresses, we'll hear lots of analysis and polling data based on the Washington view of the world. But the election will be decided outside of the nation's capital.


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Who is Obama’s “brother’s keeper”? HINT: Not Barack

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A Storied Presidency

A Storied Presidency

In 1995, Barack Obama released "Dreams From My Father," a compelling memoir full of stories about his life that -- though often not exactly true -- persuaded many people that this young man had a great political future ahead of him.
Nearly a decade later, Obama introduced himself to the country with a stirring speech at the 2004 Democratic convention in which he conceded, "I stand here knowing that my story is part of the larger American story ... and that in no other country on Earth is my story even possible."
"Even as we speak," Obama declared as he strode the high road at takeoff velocity, "there are those who are preparing to divide us, the spin masters and negative ad peddlers who embrace the politics of anything goes."
"Well, I say to them tonight, there's not a liberal America and a conservative America; there's the United States of America." He insisted that we stop listening to the "pundits" who divide the country into red and blue states.
"I've got news for them, too." Obama thundered. "We worship an awesome God in the blue states, and we don't like federal agents poking around our libraries in the red states."
Obama's rhetoric soared high, despite the ballast of straw men clinging to his sentences like desperate souls clinging to the struts of an American helicopter leaving Saigon. (What federal agents, pray tell, poked around our libraries?)
Four years later, Obama ran for president as a "change" candidate championing the transformative power of words. In the Democratic primary, he announced that his true opponent was "cynicism" itself. Apparently, to oppose Obama's candidacy for any reason was to give in to dark motivations. Later, he explained that Democratic voters who preferred Hillary Clinton were "clinging" to their bigotries and small-mindedness. As ever, his candidacy did not bear close inspection, but it's hard to inspect something at such an altitude. Besides, as ever, he told a good story.
Indeed, as Obama told Newsweek reporter Richard Wolff, "You know, I actually believe my own bull----."
No doubt he believed it, in April 2008, when he assured voters, "We're not going to run around doing negative ads. We're going to keep it positive, we're going to talk about the issues." By July 2008, Obama was saying that the $4 trillion increase in national debt during the eight years of George W. Bush's presidency was "unpatriotic."
And by September 2008, his campaign was running ads ridiculing his opponent, Sen. John McCain, because he couldn't send an email. Never mind that McCain's inability had nothing to do with technological ineptitude and everything to with the war hero having been so brutally beaten by the Viet Cong that he physically couldn't use a keyboard. His wife would read his emails to him.
Of course, Obama won. People liked his story.
Some say President Obama has been a smashing success, achieving everything he promised to do. He himself told "60 Minutes" in December that his domestic and foreign-policy accomplishments exceeded those of any president "with the possible exceptions of Johnson, FDR and Lincoln."
Others claim President Obama was stymied at every turn by an obstructionist Congress that wanted him to fail. Interestingly, both stories can be heard coming out of the president's own mouth on any given day.
But last month he added a new twist to his tale. He told CBS News that "the mistake of my first term -- couple of years -- was thinking that this job was just about getting the policy right." What Obama forgot to do was "to tell a story to the American people."
What a curious thing to say, particularly for such a storyteller. It amounts to: "I did everything right, but the public can't see it without a story.
By the way, if amassing $4 trillion in debt over eight years is "unpatriotic," how does racking up $5 trillion more in four years add up to "getting the policy right"?
And what was he focusing on? It's an uncontroversial observation inside the Beltway that Obama farmed out the stimulus and health care to congressional Democrats. What was he doing if not telling stories about green-energy magic and invisible recovery summers?
Just in the last few weeks, the Obama campaign or its surrogates have accused (either directly or by insinuation) his opponent -- I mean Mitt Romney, not "cynicism" -- of hastening a cancer death, being a tax cheat, and wanting to put black people in chains and give children E. coli.
But fear not. If you don't like those stories, the president has more. He's always got more stories. And he actually believes them, too.


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Skipping Over the Shooting at FRC

Skipping Over the Shooting at FRC

Floyd Corkins, a volunteer for the last six months at the D.C. Center for the LGBT Community, marched into the Family Research Center with a gun and serious ammunition, denounced FRC's policy positions and shot a security guard in the arm before being subdued. Another hate crime, but this time against, perhaps, the pre-eminent pro-family organization in America. CBS gave the story 20 seconds. NBC spent 17 seconds.
Imagine a volunteer for the Family Research Council marching into some gay group's headquarters with a gun, and after shouting his opposition to the homosexual agenda, opened fire and wounded a guard before being subdued. Never mind evening news. This would be breaking news! and for days there would be seemingly endless coverage of continued conservative hatred.
These networks are aiding and abetting liberal violence by refusing to identify it as liberal violence. Whether it's vandalism at Chick-fil-A or rapes in Occupy Wall Street camps, these networks simply cannot find "news" in liberal violence of any kind.
One can easily imagine how the national media elite justify their decision to spike the story. No one was killed or in danger of dying. There are dozens of shootings a day in the D.C. area; this is just one more. We have more important things to cover. Both CBS and NBC spent more than two minutes promoting team Obama's "DREAM Act" amnesty for students. NBC devoted two minutes and 45 seconds to a Chelsea Clinton story on orphaned baby elephants in Africa.
These same media outlets pounce on allegations of conservative hatred, even when there isn't a scintilla of evidence. The Oklahoma City bombing was caused by hatred from right-wing talk radio. The Aurora, Colo., killer was a member of the tea party. So, too, was the man who shot Gabby Giffords. On and on it goes; and over and over it turns out not to be true.
ABC led "World News" with the story on the FRC shooting and saluted the heroic security guard for saving the FRC from a mass shooting in their offices. They were the exception.
Our taxpayer-funded media were silent. The "PBS NewsHour" offered nothing. It did have time to announce, "About four million Bumbo baby seats are being recalled because infants can fall out of them." NPR offered no story on "All Things Considered" on Wednesday night but did find time to report on cheating at a national Scrabble tournament. NPR also skipped it on Thursday's "Morning Edition" but covered the riveting story of "inter-tribal cattle violence" in South Sudan.
MSNBC's primetime lineup, starting with Chris Matthews, said nothing about the shooting at FRC -- except for Rachel Maddow, who offered a slightly longer brief than Brian Williams. This is the same network that went over the top and around the bend that someone at a tea party rally was carrying a weapon at a rally. So why can't they produce one full story on an actual shooting at a conservative office?
On Thursday morning, the network pattern continued: ABC offered another full story (adding the LGBT volunteer connection). By contrast, NBC offered a tiny anchor-read update. CBS aired nothing but did find the time for a story on the 40th anniversary of the movie "Deliverance." Burt Reynolds in make-believe is somehow more newsworthy than a left-winger aiming to massacre up an office of conservative Christians.
CNN was the most offensive of all. Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage was interviewed on Thursday morning's "Early Start" and protested how the Southern Poverty Law Center's "hate group" designation for several Christian conservative groups -- including FRC -- is obviously now causing real harm.
In reply, with zero sense of post-shooting decency, CNN anchor Zoraida Sambolin suggested the FRC absolutely deserved the SPLC's "hate group" label, reading from a 1999 FRC pamphlet on the National Man-Boy Love Association and gay activists. She berated Brown: "It is spewing hate, isn't it? ... So it's hate spewing hate."
Within 24 hours of a gay-left activist shooting at the FRC, the world-class jerks at CNN are still demeaning FRC and social conservatives as "hate groups" that should be drummed out of the public conversation. 


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The TSA Admits Its Security System Has Been Breached

Written by Gary North on August 16, 2012

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The pat-downs, the “your wife has a nice butt” scanning machines, the metal detectors, the long lines — they all rested on one assumption: people’s driver’s licenses are valid.
Now it turns out that a small company in China has been cranking out perfect replicas of driver’s licenses for years. The TSA’s machines could not identify the fakes as fakes.
The words “Made in China” did not appear on any of the fake American drivers’ licenses produced by ID Chief company. This violated an American law. If you make anything in China, the item has to say so.
Can you imagine the level of deception that these people will resort to? Fake ID’s that do not say “Made in China”? It comes as no surprise to me. The Chinese are sly. Wily. Inscrutable. Clouded in oriental mystery.
The fake IDs were used by teenagers to buy cigarettes, booze, and condoms.
The IDs were also used by terrorists.
One such terrorist used a fake ID in his plan to blow up Bulgarians. He blew up seven of them. He also blew up himself. His fake ID went with him. But we are assured by the head of the Coalition for a Secure Driver’s License that his ID was fake. It is not clear how he used it, but authorities are sure that he used it.
If he could do this, what security does America have?
I admit that I had not heard of the Coalition for a Secure Driver’s License before I read about the Bulgarian suicide bomber. But I learned fast.
I went to its site: There, I learned of a breakthrough. The American government complained to China’s government about ID Chief. Three days later, ID Chief was out of business. Officially. Forever. Make no mistake about this.
Alert researchers at the Coalition found out about this before other media sites picked up the story. This report is from the Coalition.
Employees at the Coalition for a Secure Driver’s License noticed Friday afternoon that the homepage of the popular website displayed only a “closed for business” announcement.
“We are stopping the website and novelty ID service,” the post said. “We do not like criminals and do not think we are bad people . . . we just try to help the poor student have fun.”
On Monday, Illinois Sens. Mark Steven Kirk and Richard J. Durbin sent a letter along with Iowa Sens. Charles E. Grassley and Tom Harkin to Zhang Yesui, China’s ambassador to the United States. The letter asked China to shut down companies selling fake IDs, saying lawmakers are concerned that the fraudulent documents “will get into the hands of terrorists that can use them to circumvent our security infrastructure in their plot to harm our country.”
Brian Zimmer, president of the nonprofit Coalition for a Secure Driver’s License, said in a written statement Friday that the senators took the right step in seeking the help of the Chinese ambassador.
“It is clear that action soon followed in China leading to an abrupt end to the menace of hundreds of thousands of counterfeit IDs flooding this country,” Zimmer said.
Fake IDs coming from China are often as high-tech as the real thing, containing holograms and markings visible under black light. Government Accountability Office director Stephen M. Lord warned this summer that fake IDs from China are increasingly realistic and easy to come by.
Officials from the Transportation Security Administration have told Congress in recent months that they worry about the accuracy of the visual checks currently used to verify the authenticity of IDs at airport checkpoints and have started piloting machines to read identification documents.
Think about this. The entire TSA security system has been based on the driver’s license. It turns out that its system was easily breached by a company in China that was selling a fake ID so that American teenagers could buy booze and condoms for the sake of a little fun.
The company is gone. We know this because it said so on its website. But there is an outside possibility that a rival firm exists. It may have a website. The TSA did not find out about ID Chief. It took a Senator’s office — or a tip to a Senator’s office — to use ultra-sophisticated technology — Google — to discover the firm’s existence and its nefarious plan to undermine the security of the West.
It is not clear what key words the researcher used to find the firm. But he did find it, and then put two and two together.
Teenagers having fun. What do the Chinese take us for? Complete idiots? This would imply that the designers of the TSA, which has a budget of $16 billion a year, are nincompoops. We need to nip this in the bud.


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174,000 Rounds of .357 Ammo for Social Security

Written by Gary North on August 16, 2012
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In the same way that we should think of every gun as loaded, we should think of old people as armed and dangerous. They must be dealt with severely when they become a threat to the public.
This is why the Social Security Administration has ordered 174,000 rounds of .357 ammunition. And not just .357. Hollow point .357′s. You know: dum-dums. Small hole going in, large gaping hole going out.
When granny goes on a rampage, she will not be facing a bunch of Barney Fife’s.
You may think this is off-the-wall stuff. You may think this is conspiracy stuff. Well, government employees can’t be too cautious in the era of terrorism.
Extreme vigilance is the price of monthly checks.
You can visit the U.S. government’s web page where the order is listed. The page is here. Click the accompanying links for details. I recommend the second link.
For comparison, the National Marine Fisheries Service needs only 16,000 rounds. The order request is here. It is well known that fishermen are so loaded down with fishing gear — or just plain loaded — that they don’t carry enough ammo to make a stand.
In contrast, old people who have not been sent their money are known to be cantankerous, even violently cantankerous. You have heard of “going postal.” This is nothing compared to “going Social.” These people must be dealt with in a decisive way. If word gets out that Social Security employees are not ready for any emergency, they will become sitting ducks.
When dealing with Social Security dependents, the Social Security Administration is always on code orange alert. If the agency must ever go to red alert, it is ready.
If you have any doubts, it has 174,000 hollow point .357 rounds to make its point — or will have by the end of the year.
From now on, whenever you think “Social Security Administration,” think “dum-dum.”
Please forward this page. America needs to know that Social Security is ready for action. “Don’t mess with SS.”
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