Friday, July 29, 2011

MOMENT OF CLARITY: Thank You, Scott Walker

MOMENT OF CLARITY: Thank You, Scott Walker: "The past few weeks debt-ceiling jabberwocky in Washington D.C. has produced only one clear winner – Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. Watc..."

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Ron Paul: "Default Is Coming"

Ron Paul: "Default Is Coming"

Russia's Arctic force may include paratroopers - general

RIA NovostiRussia's Arctic force may include paratroopersRussia's Arctic force may include paratroopers - general
16:34 28/07/2011 Units of the Russian Airborne Troops may be deployed in the Arctic as part of a permanent multi-branch contingent in the region, the Airborne Troops chief of staff said on Thursday.>>

Kim Simac: Taxes Paid

Lockheed Martin photo: First F-35C catapult launch

First F-35C catapult launch

Copyright All rights reserved by Lockheed Martin

The Next Republic of California?

The Next Republic of California?

Mark Levin: What if we control all elected branches of the federal government?

Charles Krauthammer and others have argued that we must have all of the elected branches to really make changes. Of course, that would help. But there is more to it than that. We must have the right people in leadership and in Congress generally, as well as the Oval Office, if we are going to make any progress at all in saving this society. [read more]

Wisdom From Ron Paul

"What you give up on is a tyrannical approach to solving a social and medical problem. We endorse the idea of voluntarism, self-responsibility, family, friends, and churches to solve problems, rather than saying that some monolithic government is going to make you take care of yourself and be a better person. It's a preposterous notion, it never worked, it never will. The government can't make you a better person, it can't make you follow good habits. Why don't they put you on a diet; you're a little overweight!"

Ron Paul

Founding Fathers Quote

The American war is over; but this far from being the case with the American revolution. On the contrary, nothing but the first act of the drama is closed. It remains yet to establish and perfect our new forms of government, and to prepare the principles, morals, and manners of our citizens for these forms of government after they are established and brought to perfection.

Benjamin Rush

Adam vs the Man: Ron Paul builds steam in Iowa

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Wisdom From Ron Paul

"The federal government has no right to treat all Americans as criminals by spying on their relationship with their doctors, employers, or bankers."

Ron Paul

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Gun Owners Of America: Congressman Ron Paul Introduces Legislation to Protect School Children from Mass Murderers

Tuesday, 26 July 2011 16:18

Columbine.

Virginia Tech.

Fort Hood.

What do all of these shootings have in common?

The answer is they all occurred in government facilities where the private possession of firearms was prohibited.

In Washington, unconstitutional legislation is commonplace. But sometimes unconstitutional laws can have deadly consequences. The so-called “gun free school zones act,” written by radical anti-gun Senator Heb Kohl, is one such law.

Slammed through in 1996 as an amendment to a giant last-minute must-pass appropriations bill, the legislation disarmed school staff and other adults – leaving elementary and secondary school children defenseless to serial killers.

It also made it virtually impossible to drive your car down the street with your gun inside without violating the law by creating a 1000-foot so-called “gun-free zone” around every public and private school in the country.

“Gun free,” that is, except for the criminals.
[read more]

Nick Gillespie Discusses the History of Negative Campaign Ads on Stossel

New Website Works to Save Down Syndrome Babies From Abortion | LifeNews.com

New Website Works to Save Down Syndrome Babies From Abortion LifeNews.com

Michele Bachmann Promises To Not Vote To Raise The Debt Ceiling

In a campaign commercial and an email to supporters Michele Bachmann has solidified her promise to not raise the debt ceiling.  This is a truly honorable and all-to-uncommon stand in government these days.  Others should take note and wake up.  This is what the American people want; this is what is supposed to prevail.  Those who will not ensure this is the case need to be replaced. 

Michele Bachmann has been a no-nonsense representative of the people and would do the same as president.  She is showing strong in Iowa despite mainstreamers' pathetic attacks on her ability to become president and lead our nation.  She has proven herself to the voters and the voters will decide who is better suited to the presidency.  Americans have every opportunity to self educate and seek out the truth and disbelievers of freedom can't hide the truth.


Story County Republican Chairman Endorses Ron Paul

 A great victory indeed for Ron Paul; Cory Adams, Republican Chairman of Story County, endorsed Ron Paul and his presidential bid.  Ron Paul gets what is needed to bring our Republic back from the brink of socialism and mob rule (contrary to what the mainstreamers believe, these are not good things). 

What we need is to get back to our founding principles as quickly as possible; we need to vote Obama out of office.  Ron Paul is a candidate that would work tirelessly toward this giving us back a truly free America with Liberty and Justice restored for all.

Cory Adams summed it up quite well in his explanation of his endorsement:

"I try to go for the candidates that line up mostly with the values, the principles of the [nation's] founders," Adams said. "Out of all the candidates in this cycle, I found Ron Paul to be the one with the longest, most consistent voting record to back up those principles and concepts."

Way Up North: History

Way Up North: History: "Some of this may be familiar to you, but it's worth repeating. When the original Pilgrims left Europe for the New World, they came for on..."

Ron Paul - Get-Out-The-Vote

Ron Paul's campaign continues to gain momentum like a freight train.  His campaign raised over $600,000 during a July 19th Money Bomb fundraiser.  His goal is to win the Iowa straw poll and prove he is able to beat Obama in 2012.  His campaign chairman calls Paul's efforts sophisticated.

Law Enforcement Officer Threatens Citizen

Below is excerpt of a story about a law enforcement officer who apparently crossed the line between enforcing the law and breaking it.  The very citizen he is charged with protecting was, in my opinion, victimized by the disgusting and sickening display of abuse of authority that I saw in the video.

The issue at hand is that law enforcement officers who swore an oath to uphold the law has no right to threaten to kill a citizen whom he is charged to protect.  This is a grotesque abuse of power that should never be tolerated, under no circumstance.  If you are not in control of your facilities enough to calmly, rationally, and accurately handle contact with a citizen then you have no business carrying a gun and a badge. 

Don't let these abuses drop by the way side just because it is old news.  Take a stand against law enforcement who believe they are above the law.  After all, some day this will be you, your spouse, your daughter, your son.  Do you really want to take a chance that it won't happen?  It is easier to prevent a situation than it is to clean up after it has occurred.  Just ask the man in this story.

“I could blast you in the mouth right now!” the officer says in the video after finding out about the man’s gun. “I’m so close to caving in your Godda**ed head,” he adds. “You fu** with me! You’re just a stupid human being!”


He continues: “Fu**ing talking to me with a Godd***ed gun! You want me to pull mine and stick it to your head? … I tell you what I should have done. As soon as I saw your gun I should have taken two steps back, pulled my Glock 40 and put ten bullets in your ass and let you drop.”


“And I wouldn’t have lost any sleep!” he screams.

Founding Fathers Quote

It will not be denied that power is of an encroaching nature and that it ought to be effectually restrained from passing the limits assigned to it. After discriminating, therefore, in theory, the several classes of power, as they may in their nature be legislative, executive, or judiciary, the next and most difficult task is to provide some practical security for each, against the invasion of the others.

James Madison

The New Rules: The New World Order-After-Next

The New Rules: The New World Order-After-Next

Wisdom From Ron Paul

"Because federal hate crime laws criminalize thoughts, they are incompatible with a free society."


Ron Paul

Kim Simac: Open Letter to Senior Citizens




Calls accusations that she supported cuts programs “absurd”
“I do not support such drastic cuts”
Jim Holperin’s support of $1.5 Billion in property tax increases drives seniors out of the state

07/21/2011

Rhinelander, WI – Kim Simac authored an open letter to senior citizens in the 12thdistrict today, in which she reiterates her continued understanding of the issues facing senior citizens and dispelling the absurd allegation that she supported funding cuts to senior programs.

The letter reiterates that as a first time candidate, who has never held public office, that it is impossible that she supported such cuts. Kim also stated, “I will go on the record now and say I do not support such drastic cuts.” Kim lends her support to a provision in the current state budget which will freeze property taxes for the next two years to, “make it easier to live in this district, especially for our seniors, many of whom live on a fixed income.”

By contrast, Jim Holperin voted for in the 09’ – 11’ Biennium Budget, by his own words, “enough small tax and fee hikes to sink a good-sized battleship.” These taxes include, but are not limited to.

$1,500,000,000 property tax increase
$1,100,000,000 for a new tax on hospital beds
$71,000,000 for a tax hike on nursing home beds
Increases in the garbage and telephone tax

These taxes, Kim asserts, “have made it difficult to live out the rest of our days in Wisconsin.”

The full text of Kim’s open letter can be found on her campaign website at http://www.kimsimacforstatesenate.com/an-open-letter-to-our-seniors

Irate, Tireless Minority: Standing Like a Rock

Standing Like a Rock

In an earlier post, I quoted Thomas Jefferson when he said "In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock".

I am taking this opportunity to declare where I stand. I stand solidly in support of the folks at Gates of Vienna, including Fjordman. They have done a mighty work of good in attempting to inform this nation of the perils involved in welcoming the followers of Islam into our nations unchecked. [read more]

House conservatives confident Boehner doesn’t have votes - The Hill's Floor Action

House conservatives confident Boehner doesn’t have votes - The Hill's Floor Action

Interview: Amelia Hamilton on New Children’s Book, One Nation Under God: A Book for Little Patriots

Interview: Amelia Hamilton on New Children's Book, One Nation Under God: A Book for Little Patriots.

Fareed Zakaria: “Tea Party is Extreme, Refuses to Compromise”

Fareed Zakaria: "Tea Party is Extreme, Refuses to Compromise"

Cartoon: The Wrench

STRATFOR: Germany's Choice: Part 2

Germany's Choice: Part 2 is republished with permission of STRATFOR.

By Peter Zeihan and Marko Papic

Seventeen months ago, STRATFOR described how the future of Europe was bound to the decision-making processes in Germany. Throughout the post-World War II era, other European countries treated Germany as a feeding trough, bleeding the country for resources (primarily financial) in order to smooth over the rougher portions of their systems. Considering the carnage wrought in World War II, most Europeans — and even many Germans — considered this perfectly reasonable right up to the current decade. Germany dutifully followed the orders of the others, most notably the French, and wrote check after check to underwrite European solidarity.

However, with the end of the Cold War and German reunification, the Germans began to stand up for themselves once again. Europe’s contemporary financial crisis can be as complicated as one wants to make it, but strip away all the talk of bonds, defaults and credit-default swaps and the core of the matter consists of these three points:
  • Europe cannot function as a unified entity unless someone is in control.
  • At present, Germany is the only country with a large enough economy and population to achieve that control.
  • Being in control comes with a cost: It requires deep and ongoing financial support for the European Union’s weaker members.
What happened since STRATFOR published Germany’s Choice was a debate within Germany about how central the European Union was to German interests and how much the Germans were willing to pay to keep it intact. With their July 22 approval of a new bailout mechanism — from which the Greeks immediately received another 109 billion euros — the Germans made clear their answers to those questions, and with that decision, Europe enters a new era.

The Origins of the Eurozone

The foundations of the European Union were laid in the early post-World War II years, but the critical event happened in 1992 with the signing of the Maastricht Treaty on Monetary Union. In that treaty, the Europeans committed themselves to a common currency and monetary system while scrupulously maintaining national control of fiscal policy, finance and banking. They would share capital but not banks, interest rates but not tax policy. They would also share a currency but none of the political mechanisms required to manage an economy. One of the many inevitable consequences of this was that governments and investors alike assumed that Germany’s support for the new common currency was total, that the Germans would back any government that participated fully in Maastricht. As a result, the ability of weaker eurozone members to borrow was drastically improved. In Greece in particular, the rate on government bonds dropped from an 18 percentage-point premium over German bonds to less than 1 percentage point in less than a decade. To put that into context, borrowers of $200,000 mortgages would see their monthly payments drop by $2,500.

Faced with unprecedentedly low capital costs, parts of Europe that had not been economically dynamic in centuries — in some cases, millennia — sprang to life. Ireland, Greece, Iberia and southern Italy all experienced the strongest growth they had known in generations. But they were not borrowing money generated locally — they were not even borrowing against their own income potential. Such borrowing was not simply a government affair. Local banks that normally faced steep financing costs could now access capital as if they were headquartered in Frankfurt and servicing Germans. The cheap credit flooded every corner of the eurozone. It was a subprime mortgage frenzy on a multinational scale, and the party couldn’t last forever. The 2008 global financial crisis forced a reckoning all over the world, and in the traditionally poorer parts of Europe the process unearthed the political-financial disconnects of Maastricht.

The investment community has been driving the issue ever since. Once investors perceived that there was no direct link between the German government and Greek debt, they started to again think of Greece on its own merits. The rate charged for Greece to borrow started creeping up again, breaking 16 percent at its height. To extend the mortgage comparison, the Greek “house” now cost an extra $2,000 a month to maintain compared to the mid-2000s. A default was not just inevitable but imminent, and all eyes turned to the Germans.

A Temporary Solution


It is easy to see why the Germans did not simply immediately write a check. Doing that for the Greeks (and others) would have merely sent more money into the same system that generated the crisis in the first place. That said, the Germans couldn’t simply let the Greeks sink. Despite its flaws, the system that currently manages Europe has granted Germany economic wealth of global reach without costing a single German life. Given the horrors of World War II, this was not something to be breezily discarded. No country in Europe has benefited more from the eurozone than Germany. For the German elite, the eurozone was an easy means of making Germany matter on a global stage without the sort of military revitalization that would have spawned panic across Europe and the former Soviet Union. And it also made the Germans rich.

But this was not obvious to the average German voter. From this voter’s point of view, Germany had already picked up the tab for Europe three times: first in paying for European institutions throughout the history of the union, second in paying for all of the costs of German reunification and third in accepting a mismatched deutschemark-euro conversion rate when the euro was launched while most other EU states hardwired in a currency advantage. To compensate for those sacrifices, the Germans have been forced to partially dismantle their much-loved welfare state while the Greeks (and others) have taken advantage of German credit to expand theirs.

Germany’s choice was not a pleasant one: Either let the structures of the past two generations fall apart and write off the possibility of Europe becoming a great power or salvage the eurozone by underwriting two trillion euros of debt issued by eurozone governments every year.

Beset with such a weighty decision, the Germans dealt with the immediate Greek problem of early 2010 by dithering. Even the bailout fund known as the European Financial Security Facility (EFSF) — was at best a temporary patch. The German leadership had to balance messages and plans while they decided what they really wanted. That meant reassuring the other eurozone states that Berlin still cared while assuaging investor fears and pandering to a large and angry anti-bailout constituency at home. With so many audiences to speak to, it is not at all surprising that Berlin chose a solution that was sub-optimal throughout the crisis.

That sub-optimal solution is the EFSF, a bailout mechanism whose bonds enjoyed full government guarantees from the healthy eurozone states, most notably Germany. Because of those guarantees, the EFSF was able to raise funds on the bond market and then funnel that capital to the distressed states in exchange for austerity programs. Unlike previous EU institutions (which the Germans strongly influence), the EFSF takes its orders from the Germans. The mechanism is not enshrined in EU treaties; it is instead a private bank, the director of which is German. The EFSF worked as a patch but eventually proved insufficient. All the EFSF bailouts did was buy a little time until investors could do the math and realize that even with bailouts the distressed states would never be able to grow out of their mountains of debt. These states had engorged themselves on cheap credit so much during the euro’s first decade that even 273 billion euros of bailouts was insufficient. This issue came to a boil over the past few weeks in Greece. Faced with the futility of yet another stopgap solution to the eurozone’s financial woes, the Germans finally made a tough decision.

The New EFSF

The result was an EFSF redesign. Under the new system the distressed states can now access — with German permission — all the capital they need from the fund without having to go back repeatedly to the EU Council of Ministers. The maturity on all such EFSF credit has been increased from 7.5 years to as much as 40 years, while the cost of that credit has been slashed to whatever the market charges the EFSF itself to raise it (right now that’s about 3.5 percent, far lower than what the peripheral — and even some not-so-peripheral — countries could access on the international bond markets). All outstanding debts, including the previous EFSF programs, can be reworked under the new rules. The EFSF has been granted the ability to participate directly in the bond market by buying the government debt of states that cannot find anyone else interested, or even act pre-emptively should future crises threaten, without needing to first negotiate a bailout program. The EFSF can even extend credit to states that were considering internal bailouts of their banking systems. It is a massive debt consolidation program for both private and public sectors. In order to get the money, distressed states merely have to do whatever Germany — the manager of the fund — wants. The decision-making occurs within the fund, not at the EU institutional level.

In practical terms, these changes cause two major things to happen. First, they essentially remove any potential cap on the amount of money that the EFSF can raise, eliminating concerns that the fund is insufficiently stocked. Technically, the fund is still operating with a 440 billion-euro ceiling, but now that the Germans have fully committed themselves, that number is a mere technicality (it was German reticence before that kept the EFSF’s funding limit so “low”).

Second, all of the distressed states’ outstanding bonds will be refinanced at lower rates over longer maturities, so there will no longer be very many “Greek” or “Portuguese” bonds. Under the EFSF all of this debt will in essence be a sort of “eurobond,” a new class of bond in Europe upon which the weak states utterly depend and which the Germans utterly control. For states that experience problems, almost all of their financial existence will now be wrapped up in the EFSF structure. Accepting EFSF assistance means accepting a surrender of financial autonomy to the German commanders of the EFSF. For now, that means accepting German-designed austerity programs, but there is nothing that forces the Germans to limit their conditions to the purely financial/fiscal.

For all practical purposes, the next chapter of history has now opened in Europe. Regardless of intentions, Germany has just experienced an important development in its ability to influence fellow EU member states — particularly those experiencing financial troubles. It can now easily usurp huge amounts of national sovereignty. Rather than constraining Germany’s geopolitical potential, the European Union now enhances it; Germany is on the verge of once again becoming a great power. This hardly means that a regeneration of the Wehrmacht is imminent, but Germany’s re-emergence does force a radical rethinking of the European and Eurasian architectures.

Reactions to the New Europe


Every state will react to this new world differently. The French are both thrilled and terrified — thrilled that the Germans have finally agreed to commit the resources required to make the European Union work and terrified that Berlin has found a way to do it that preserves German control of those resources. The French realize that they are losing control of Europe, and fast. France designed the European Union to explicitly contain German power so it could never be harmed again while harnessing that power to fuel a French rise to greatness. The French nightmare scenario of an unrestrained Germany is now possible.

The British are feeling extremely thoughtful. They have always been the outsiders in the European Union, joining primarily so that they can put up obstacles from time to time. With the Germans now asserting financial control outside of EU structures, the all-important U.K. veto is now largely useless. Just as the Germans are in need of a national debate about their role in the world, the British are in need of a national debate about their role in Europe. The Europe that was a cage for Germany is no more, which means that the United Kingdom is now a member of different sort of organization that may or may not serve its purposes.

The Russians are feeling opportunistic. They have always been distrustful of the European Union, since it — like NATO — is an organization formed in part to keep them out. In recent years the union has farmed out its foreign policy to whatever state was most impacted by the issue in question, and in many cases these states has been former Soviet satellites in Central Europe, all of which have an axe to grind. With Germany rising to leadership, the Russians have just one decision-maker to deal with. Between Germany’s need for natural gas and Russia’s ample export capacity, a German-Russian partnership is blooming. It is not that the Russians are unconcerned about the possibilities of strong German power — the memories of the Great Patriotic War burn far too hot and bright for that — but now there is a belt of 12 countries between the two powers. The Russian-German bilateral relationship will not be perfect, but there is another chapter of history to be written before the Germans and Russians need to worry seriously about each other.

Those 12 countries are trapped between rising German and consolidating Russian power. For all practical purposes, Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova have already been reintegrated into the Russian sphere. Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria are finding themselves under ever-stronger German influence but are fighting to retain their independence. As much as the nine distrust the Russians and Germans, however, they have no alternative at present.

The obvious solution for these “Intermarium” states — as well as for the French — is sponsorship by the United States. But the Americans are distracted and contemplating a new period of isolationism, forcing the nine to consider other, less palatable, options. These include everything from a local Intermarium alliance that would be questionable at best to picking either the Russians or Germans and suing for terms. France’s nightmare scenario is on the horizon, but for these nine states — which labored under the Soviet lash only 22 years ago — it is front and center.


Read more: Germany's Choice: Part 2 | STRATFOR

Ron Paul and Neil Cavuto July 23rd 2011

Monday, July 25, 2011

Help Elect Kim Simac

The following news letter lays out some very important opportunities to help elect Kim Simac for Senate.  Please take time to do what you can.  Every election is going to be more and more important; starting with this one.

Volunteer News Letter:
As of tomorrow we will have only three weeks left until the August 16th election. With only three weeks left in this election there is still a ton of work that needs to be done in order to make sure we elect Kim and send Jim Holperin into early retirement.


There are going to be several important volunteer opportunities we hope you will be able to help out and help spread Kim’s message.


This Saturday, July 30th, we are going to be hosting another Super Saturday at our Rhinelander office located at 1421 Lincoln Street from 9am to 9pm. We are looking for people to sign up to make phone calls for Kim and help get out the vote out. If you can give so much as an hour of your time we would really appreciate it. Food and refreshments are provided for all volunteers who help make phone calls.


If you are unable to make it to our Rhinelander office to make calls but would still like to help out please contact Patrick Testin at patrick.testin@gmail.com or 715.412.1922 and he can provide you with call lists and scripts so you can make calls from the comfort of your own home.


We are also looking for people to go door to door this Saturday, July 30th. We are currently organizing a door to door effort in Merrill beginning at 11AM; we will be meeting at Stange Park, located at the corner of Parkway Dr. and Third St. We will provide the walk books and the literature needed. We are also looking for people to go door to door around the district. If you would like to go door to door please contact Patrick Testin and he will provide walk books and literature so you can knock on some doors in your own neighborhood.


As always, we are looking for more volunteers to help write letters to the editor. As most of you have probably seen, Jim Holperin and his allies have been running countless negative ads based on lies against Kim. We need people, such as you, to combat these negative ads by submitting letters to the editor. If you would like to learn more about writing letters to the editor please contact Matt Capristo at matt.capristo@gmail.com or 414.630.9444. On our website www.kimsimacforsenate.com we do have a list of all the local newspapers within the district.

The Langlade County Fair will taking place this weekend in Antigo, Kim will be attending this weekend (days and time TBD). We are going to be looking for people to pass out literature and show their support by wearing their Simac t-shirts. It’s a real fun and easy way to show your support for Kim while enjoying the fair and meeting new people. If you would like to help out with the fair please call out campaign office at 715.420.0530.
Thanks,

Patrick Testin
--
Field Director
Kim Simac for State Senate

Founding Fathers Quote

At the establishment of our constitutions, the judiciary bodies were supposed to be the most helpless and harmless members of the government. Experience, however, soon showed in what way they were to become the most dangerous; that the insufficiency of the means provided for their removal gave them a freehold and irresponsibility in office; that their decisions, seeming to concern individual suitors only, pass silent and unheeded by the public at large; that these decisions, nevertheless, become law by precedent, sapping, by little and little, the foundations of the constitution, and working its change by construction, before any one has perceived that that invisible and helpless worm has been busily employed in consuming its substance. In truth, man is not made to be trusted for life, if secured against all liability to account.

Thomas Jefferson

Now Obama Gets the Blame! Dick Morris TV: Lunch ALERT!