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Freudian Slip Or Typical Dumbass?

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Bureau Of Reclamation Orders 52,000 Rds For Hoover Dam

Cliven Bundy better call his friends back.

In a move that’s prompting questions about the stockpiling of weapons by the federal government’s nonmilitary agencies, the Bureau of Reclamation wants to buy 52,000 rounds of ammunition for use in law enforcement at Hoover Dam and Lake Mead.

After learning about the purchase request, Nevada Rep. Mark Amodei vowed to inquire with the bureau about its operations, number of officers carrying firearms and how much ammunition it uses, according Brian Baluta, a spokesman for Amodei.

Department officials declined to provide specific information to the Sun regarding details of the ammunition purchase request. “We want to limit the amount of information any bad guys might have about our protection capabilities,” said Rose Davis, a Bureau of Reclamation spokeswoman.

A review of federal procurement records by the Sun shows that the Bureau of Reclamation, best known for its management of Western waterways and dams, solicited bids in June for 41,600 rounds of hollow-point ammunition along with 10,400 rounds of shotgun ammunition.

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Dear America: You’re Fired!

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The Case For Bernie Sanders

I will attempt to lay out my case for why conservatives in America should support Bernie Sanders for president.

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Socialists have taken over academia, media, and pop culture. The indoctrination of America’s youth is nearly 100%. Even socially conservative youngsters will give you socialist answers to any question on the proper role of government. Most under 35 believe that housing, food, and medical care are human rights. The left has completely removed the idea of individual responsibility and liberty – placed upon each of us by our Creator – and supplanted them with “human rights” which are granted and guaranteed by the very government they say is built-upon institutional racism and oppression.

They trust this same government to look after their best interest – indeed the same evil cops whom they say will rape & kill you for looking at them wrong, or being black.

Our populace is largely disinterested in anything political after decades of being dumbed-down, beat-down, and talked down to. They can’t be bothered to get involved in the process. I understand their sentiment and have echoed it myself. I don’t get involved in the political process because

1) I don’t like either party and I’m not really a “joiner”
2) I don’t think we will ever sway enough people to make a material difference

We are trying to compete with social media, a 24-hour news cycle, and the rapid deterioration of our way of life. People would rather stay insulated inside their bubble, than to step out and get involved.

We are lemmings, being pushed over a cliff by reduced educational standards and near-constant diversion. The only thing that gets our attention are fear-inducing headlines. When people get scared, they respond. It’s basic fight-or-flight biological response. The Republican party will never do what conservatives want them to do, because conservatives can’t be dragged away from Honey Boo-Boo long enough to get involved.

For some reason, the word “socialist” scares the bejeezus out of Americans. Perhaps, the remnant of some bygone era when people actually cared… and deep inside the American conservative knows that we are heading that way and feels powerless to stop it. Maybe, they’re just so self-absorbed that they don’t care to bother.

A groundswell of support for the only openly socialist candidate in the race would embolden progressives everywhere to come out of the closet and openly proclaim the object of their desire to be socialism. This, in due turn, would scare the bejeezus out of the American conservative and perhaps reawaken a long dormant concern for the body politic. An imminent, existential threat to their perceived way of life, might just bring about a tidal shift in America. At the very least, it will bring the commies out of the woodwork and force them to finally accept the moniker we have long ascribed them… and create a handy list should one ever be needed.

Forcing the darkness of socialism into the light of day is likely the best short-term option we have to motivate a disinterested populace to action. As such, I will continue to develop my opinion on the matter and consider further Saul Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals, and attempt to change the battlespace using their own rules against them.

I have picked a target – socialism.
I have frozen the target – Bernie Sanders IS socialism.
I intend to personalize the target – by showing the many wonderful things Bernie can bring to America.
It is my hope that this effort would create a polarized dichotomy of socialists and the motivated “rest of us”.

At the very least, it draws the enemy out the tree line and into the open field of battle.

While many liberals and progressives largely agree with such an analysis and have come to view socialism positively, too many of them see socialism, the word, as an unnecessary burden, a liability (as if we could easily expropriate the expropriators so long as we called it something else). We need those sympathetic voters to see socialism as “the name of their desire” and with Bernie as the major left-wing challenger he could serve to legitimate socialism as a political ideology in the eyes of millions.

We will not win with conventional tactics.

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Greece: The Keynesian Economic Laboratory

Interesting.

The Austrian School of economics has a concept called a “crack-up boom” in which a critical mass of people conclude that their government is actively trying to devalue its currency.

Consumers respond by front-running the government, spending their paychecks immediately in order to convert their soon-to-be-less-valuable money into real things. Merchants, not happy about the sudden influx of suspect currency (and sensing the panic of their customers) hold out for ever-higher prices, causing inflation to spike. But it’s a special kind of inflation, driven not by a sudden increase in the money supply but by collapsing confidence among holders of the currency.

In a very short time, so goes the theory, the supply of stuff available for purchase dries up, prices hyperinflate, and the economy collapses.

Welcome, in other words, to Greece:

When Greeks start clamoring to pre-pay their taxes, you know the end is near.

But viewed through a Keynesian rather than Austrian lens, this process actually looks kind of positive, like really effective stimulus. The Greeks appear to have discovered the secret to convincing an over-indebted people to keep borrowing and spending: Just telegraph the destruction of their savings and watch the little folks consume.

In an era when new and wild economic theories are being tested on a weekly basis, Greece is perhaps the most interesting laboratory of all. If this sudden burst of consumption and tax compliance results in “growth” and “a balanced budget” then don’t be surprised if the people running the eurozone, Japan and maybe the US come to the comical but from their point of view logical conclusion that far from screwing up, Germany actually did something right in Greece. And that maybe the rest of the world should pre-announce capital controls and bank bail-ins to get their citizens off their butts and into the mall.

Which, when you think about it, might be exactly what the war on cash is setting up.

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Your Pepsi/SNAP/WIC Earnings Report – Because Words & Numbers Are Hard

Frito Lays of 1000’s, Ruffles a few feathers…

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From the comments:

OK, my critique on this (not that you asked):

1. Lots of color. Very good. Colors amuse me and keep my attention. I want to touch them.

2. Soda bottles and snack bags. Check. It’s what they do which I didn’t know before. Thank you for the information.

3. Words…. OK, this is a step backwards. More pictures would be better.

4. Numbers…. Grrrrrr. Numbers are racist. Please discontinue the use of numbers in future earnings reports. Even a bar graph would be pushing it.

5. And this one really freaks me out…. the numbers and words are being spoken BY THE SODA BOTTLES AND SNACK BAGS. See the speech bubbles coming out of them? It’s a little weird. Like they’re saying “If you don’t believe these numbers from our Chairman, let the snacks tell you about it themselves! Take it away, snacks!”

Meanwhile, in China, the police have threatened to arrest malicious short sellers:

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Meet The Man Behind The NYSE Outage

Courtesy of John Galt.

He is devious and conniving.

He’s got great power over technology.

He’s shut down an entire airport in the past.

He’s endangered people’s lives just for a good laugh.

His ability to manipulate localized electrical grids should terrify most Americans.

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After all, that’s what CNBSFBNCNNFNCBBG would have you believe so don’t worry, be happy and believe them when they tell you that the major brokers have your best interests and account first and foremost in their hearts.

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Watch The Left Hand…

China: Headed for 1929 style crash, as entire western world focuses on flags, gays, and Greeks.

$3.5 trillion (USD) in losses… in 3 weeks. Who will they bomb when shit goes sideways? Looks like the first attack came via the interwebs, this morning. George Soros had better up his personal security.

While all Western eyes remain firmly focused on Greece, a potentially much more significant financial crisis is developing on the other side of world. In some quarters, it’s already being called China’s 1929 – the year of the most infamous stock market crash in history and the start of the economic catastrophe of the Great Depression.

In any normal summer, a 30pc fall in the Chinese stock market – a loss of value roughly equivalent to the UK’s entire economic output last year – after an ascent which had seen share prices more than double within the space of a year would have been front page news across the globe.

The dramatic series of government interventions to stem the panic – hitherto unsuccessful, it should be added – would similarly have been up there at the top of the news agenda. Yet the pantomime of the Greek debt talks, together with the tragi-comedy of will they, won’t they leave the euro, has relegated the story to little more than a footnote – even though 940 companies, more than a third, have now suspended trading on China’s two main indices.

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SCOTUS: This Doesn’t Mean They’re Corrupt, But…

…it definitely lends itself to the appearance of impropriety.

The Supreme Court’s top justice and two associate justices have repeatedly ruled in cases involving companies in which they owned stock, according to a court watchdog group.

The organization Fix the Court says in a report (pdf) that Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justices Stephen Breyer and Samuel Alito have created potential conflicts of interest by participating in decisions that potentially affected their stock portfolio.

Fix the Court reviewed cases heard by the court between 2009 and 2013, and focused on 19 cases in which the three justices owned stock in companies that filed “friend of the court” or amicus curiae briefs. The report says that, in those cases, 68% of the time Roberts, Breyer and Alito sided with the companies in which they owned stock.

The other six justices were omitted from the study because they don’t own a significant amount of common stock in individual companies.

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Beware The Snake Oil Salesman

This is what happens when corporations & scientists get into bed with governments. Always & everywhere.

“It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of the New England Journal of Medicine.”

– Dr. Marcia Angell, a physician and longtime editor-in-chief of the New England Medical Journal (NEMJ) (source)

“The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, science has taken a turn towards darkness.”

– Dr. Richard Horton, the current editor-in-chief of the Lancet – considered to be one of the most well respected peer-reviewed medical journals in the world.

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Feel The Bern!

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I’m considering casting a vote for Bernie Sanders. Because, it’s time to elect an overt socialist to the Presidency. The only difference between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders is that he admits he’s a socialist. The only difference between either of them and Jeb Bush, et al, is that Jeb claims to be a conservative.

I think the country will be primed and ready for an overt socialist by 2016 and I might just help it along. It’s safer than targeting politicians for violence and gets us to the same place as all of our currently viable options. It doesn’t matter which party wins, we will be a progressive nation. The sooner we offend the sensibilities of enough Americans, the sooner honest Americans will demand an end to the destruction. Forward!

Bernie-mania swept through here last night, as more than 7,500 screaming, sign-waving supporters packed a downtown arena — many lining up hours early — for surging Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders.

The outpouring came as a Bay State Democratic congressman warned one-time sure-shot Hillary Clinton has an “excitement problem” in the Democratic race for the White House.

“In case you didn’t notice, this is a big turnout,” Sanders told the cheering crowd at Cross Insurance Arena. “From Maine to California — we have friends from Alaska and Hawaii as well — the American people understand that establishment politics and establishment economics is not working for America.”

The rally started 20 minutes late so the people stuck in line outside could filter in, and nearly every seat was filled. Some supporters waved homemade signs, including one that read “#Bern Baby Bern” and “Feel the Bern.”

“We love you,” one woman shouted toward the end of Sanders’ speech.

Thousands more watched a YouTube live stream of the rally on the campaign’s website.

“Hillary is not bad. It’s just, we all know she is having an excitement problem. We all know that. It’s not a secret,”

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Al Jazeera Mocks & Lectures America

There is something inherently wrong with being lectured about cheese, by a fat woman. Likewise, being mocked about guns by effete metrosexual hipster douchebags and Boy George wannabes. Enjoy.

We have many faults – and though every problem in this video can be directly attributed to progressives (guns are a net-plus) – we will still use our fat, cheese-eating, gun-toting American asses to crush you smelly, goat-humping punks any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

George Washington attacked the Hessians on Christmas night, in their sleep.

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Con-Con Vs Nullification

Writes Rasmussen Reports, “A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 33% of Likely U.S. Voters now believe that states should have the right to ignore federal court rulings if their elected officials [dis]agree with them. That’s up nine points from 24% when we first asked this question in February. Just over half (52%) disagree, down from 58% in the earlier survey. Fifteen percent (15%) are undecided.”

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Happy Treason Day, Ungrateful Colonials

Here’s to eternal vigilance, in defense of my best gal:

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A Rolux Is Just Like A Real Rolex… Only Cheaper

Hat-Tip to fasttimes! (My apologies for not including this from the beginning).

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HopenChange™ Update: Everything Is Awesome!

Courtesy of Zero Hedge

The devastation of the US labor force continues.

In what was an “unambiguously” unpleasant June jobs payrolls report, with both April and May jobs revised lower, the fact that the number of Americans not in the labor force soared once again, this time by a whopping 640,000 or the most since April 2014 to a record 93.6 million, with the result being a participation rate of 62.6 or where itt was in September 1977, will merely catalyze even more upside to the so called “market” which continues to reflect nothing but central bank liquidity, and thus – the accelerating deterioration of the broader economy.

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We’ve lost 1.4M manufacturing jobs, but the plus-side is that working part-time as a bartender has freed these people up to become artists.

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My Views On The Confederate & Gay Flags

I would like to take just a moment of your time to see how many people I can piss off today.

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The Confederate flag, or Stars & Bars, as it is known colloquially is a symbol of heritage. It is the symbol of a proud south who stood up against the tyranny of federal aggression. They fought valiantly, but ultimately lost. It is perfectly reasonable for people to cherish and honor the memory of those who fought against the federal government. Those people tried to revolt, but it didn’t work.

Sadly, the reason they decided to revolt, was to protect their “right” to own other human beings. This is an abhorrent reason to kill your fellow man. What a vile, repulsive justification for the killing of a half-million Americans. The display of this flag – and the queer flag – should be limited to the exercise of free speech rights by the individual and has no place in government. I support the right of individuals to display any flag they so choose, on their own property. The government should not honor failed attempts at revolution or the social victories of individuals.

If you want to fly a Nazi flag, a queer flag, or a Confederate flag at your home, on your car, or at your business – knock yourself out. Governments should not be honoring those things. Just remember that decisions have consequences and today’s world is all about shaming people into silence and crushing dissent.

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How Do You Identify You? How Does Everyone Else Identify You?

Absurdity is the new norm.

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Which Superhero do you identify with? Oh, okay, now who were you actually born as? These people are too retarded to see that this “affirmation” of their choices is nothing more than the glorified patronizing of a child. “Yes Junior, you’re special. There is no one as special as my little man…oops, fem-non-conforming trans-fat-vegan”.

So students who hope to attend one of the undergraduate programs can opt to answer this:

How do you describe yourself? (Mark one answer)

· Male

· Female

· Trans Male/Trans Man

· Trans Female/Trans Woman

· Genderqueer/Gender Non-Conforming

· Different Identity

and,

Do you consider yourself to be (mark one answer) :

· Heterosexual or straight

· Gay or lesbian

· Bisexual

· Not listed above (please specify)

and,

What sex were you assigned at birth, such as on an original birth certificate? (Mark one answer)

· Male

· Female

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I Don’t Like Class Warfare, But This Is Good

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Export-Import Corporate Welfare Bank Quietly Died Last Night

These are…ahem, were the subsidies DocO was saying made international trade unfair. What? The Feds let a money-sucking waste of dollars die and reduce our overall outlay? What kind of bizarre world is this?

Good riddance.

The Export-Import Bank died last night when its charter expired. After 81 years, what is commonly known as Boeing’s Bank is headed toward Washington’s trash bin.

When Congress returns it could revive Ex-Im, which primarily subsidizes big business exports. But a proper burial for what Barack Obama once called “corporate welfare” would save Americans money, reduce economic injustice, and promote economic growth.

The Bank was established in 1934 to promote trade with the Soviet Union, ExIm now is one of a score of federal agencies tasked with encouraging exports. The agency exists to borrow at government rates to provide credit at less than market rates for select exporters, mostly corporate behemoths.

ExIm claims to be friendly to small business, but cherchez the money: it goes to Big Business. According to Veronique de Rugy of the Mercatus Center, between 2007 and 2013 the Bank subsidized $66.7 billion in sales by Boeing. ExIm also underwrote $8.3 billion for General Electric, $5.2 billion for Bechtel, $4.9 billion for Caterpillar and its subsidiary Solar Turbine, $3.2 billion for CBI Americas, $3.0 for Exxon Mobil, $2.1 billion for Applied Materials, $2.0 billion for Westinghouse, and $1.4 billion for Noble Drilling. During that period Boeing enjoyed 35 percent, GE 4.4 percent, and Bechtel 2.7 percent of the Bank’s largesse.

In 2012, noted Timothy Carney of the Washington Examiner, the aircraft maker accounted for 83 percent of all loan guarantees. The following year just five firms collected 93 percent of the loan guarantees. Also in 2013 the top ten ExIm beneficiaries accounted for two-thirds of the Bank’s total activities: Boeing, General Electric, Bechtel, Applied Materials, Caterpillar, Space Systems/Loral, Komatsu America, Case New Holland, Ford, and Sikorsky Aircraft. Other frequent beneficiaries include Dow Chemical, John Deere, and Lockheed Martin

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Man Arrested For Racist Signs At Black Church

This type of behavior is a sickening, disgraceful outrage. He should be punished to the maximum extent the law allows…hate crimes penalties an all. No one should be forced to live in fear because of someone else’s racism.

A Colorado Springs man was arrested after police believe he left racist messages outside a church.

Vincent Broughton, 44,… is facing charges for committed a bias-motivated crime and disorderly conduct. The signs were posted outside the New Covenant church that is predominately attended by African Americans. One sign references the KKK. Another reads, “Black men beware, you are the target.”

The messages had the congregation on edge. “We locked our doors this morning, so we were inside, but it shouldn’t be that way. You shouldn’t have to lock your doors in the church, it’s just… I’m speechless,” said Pastor Roland Joyner.

Police said Broughton admitted to posting the flyers but did not explain why he targeted the church.

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A Sad Look Into The Future Of The World

When you rely on the government, sadly, this is what you get. The politicians who made you those promises are long gone, living off the returns of their ill-gotten gains, and secure in the knowledge that you will only hurt yourselves and others in response to their criminality.

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In chaotic scenes, thousands of angry elderly Greeks on Wednesday besieged the nation’s crisis-hit banks, which have reopened to allow them to withdraw vital cash from their state pensions.

“Let them go to hell!” said one pensioner waiting to get his money, after failed talks between Athens and international creditors sparked a week-long banking shutdown.

The Greek government, which closed the banks and imposed strict capital controls after cash machines ran dry, has temporarily reopened almost 1,000 branches to allow pensioners without cards to withdraw 120 euros ($133) to last the rest of the week. The move has again sparked lengthy queues at banks across Greece — and outrage from many retirees who are regarded as among the most vulnerable in society, exposed to a vicious and lengthy economic downturn. Under banking restrictions imposed all week, ordinary Greeks can withdraw up to 60 euros a day for each credit or debit card — but many of the elderly population do not have cards.

Another customer, a retired mariner who asked not to be named, told AFP he had no cash to buy crucial medicine for his sick wife. “I worked for 50 years on the sea and now I am the beggar for 120 euros,” he said. “I took out 120 euros — but I have no money for medication for my wife, who had an operation and is ill,” he added.

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NYC: Illegal To Ask About Criminal History

Awesome.

In front of emotional supporters, Mayor de Blasio signed legislation Monday that will prohibit employers from inquiring about a candidate’s criminal record prior to a job offer.

“Today I see hope for people like me,” said Marilyn Scales, 52, of the Bronx, who said she never has had a full-time job because of her record for dealing heroin.

The mayor also signed legislation to step up regulation of the car wash industry. Car washes will have to obtain biannual city licenses as well as a $150,000 bond to cover costs if they are sued for wage theft.

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Intellectual Integrity: Another Casualty Of The Culture War

Amazon.com joined other American companies like eBay and Wal-Mart last week in banning the sale of the Confederate flag… but, do you know what you can get?

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Former Senator Calls Washington A Corrosive Sewer

Couldn’t have said it better myself, except I’d substitute the word brooms…

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On a more personal level, how can public service be promoted as an ideal to young people when this sewer corrupts our Republic? At this point in early twenty-first-century America, the greatest service our nation’s young people could provide is to lead an army of outraged young Americans armed with brooms on a crusade to sweep out the rascals and rid our capital of the money changers, rent seekers, revolving door dancers, and special interest deal makers and power brokers and send them back home to make an honest living, that is, if they still remember how to do so.

Our ancestors did not depart Europe and elsewhere to seek freedom and self-government alone. They came to these shores to escape social and political systems that were corrosive and corrupt. Two and a quarter centuries later, we are returning to those European practices. We are in danger of becoming a different kind of nation, one our founders would not recognize and would deplore.

In addition to the rise of the national security state, and the concentration of wealth and power in America, no development in modern times sets us apart more from the nation originally bequeathed to us than the rise of the special interest state. There is a Gresham’s law related to the republican ideal. Bad politics drives out good politics. Legalized corruption drives men and women of stature, honor, and dignity out of the halls of government. Self-respecting individuals cannot long tolerate a system of election and reelection so dependent on cultivating the favor of those known to expect access in return. Such a system is corrosive to the soul.

– From the Gary Hart article, Gary Hart: America’s Founding Principles Are in Danger of Corruption

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