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Texas Militias Hit The Border

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I am gonna catch so much shit for this…

Groups describing themselves as militias have set up a training area near San Antonio and say there already are four “operations on the ground” along the US-Mexico border in Texas.

The groups, which supported Cliven Bundy at a standoff at his Nevada ranch earlier this year, posted an update on a website used to organize the efforts Tuesday night that said there are currently three “troops on the ground” on the Arizona border, and “four credible operations on the ground” on the Texas border.

The Texas militia, known as “Operation Secure Our Border,” is being led by Chris Davis, a 37-year-old truck driver who was discharged from the Army in 2001 [...]

He does not appear to have any arrests, according to public record sources. Last year, Davis was one of three men in the group Open Carry Texas cited by the San Antonio Police Department for disorderly conduct while openly carrying rifles outside a Starbucks. The incident sparked an open carry rally at the Alamo that drew hundreds of armed protesters[...]

“We have patriots all across this country who are willing to sacrifice their time, money even quit their jobs to come down and fight for freedom, liberty and national sovereignty,” Davis said in the interview.

Davis deleted his Facebook and YouTube accounts, including a 21-minute video in which he describes plans for “securing the border:” “How?” he asked on the video. “You see an illegal. You point your gun dead at him, right between his eyes, and you say, ‘Get back across the border or you will be shot.’ [...]

The militas have said they will carry firearms along the border and carry out “missions” to stop the increasing number of migrants fleeing violence in Central America from entering the country illegally.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection opposed the militias through a statement, saying they “could have disastrous personal and public safety consequences.”[...]

Davis’ bio in his Twitter account, last active June 8, reads: “I believe in the King James Bible, The Constitution, and Bill of Rights! I am a Future Veteran of the Refounding. Molon Labe! III%! Spirit of 1776!”

Okay, where to begin? I removed references to the militia commanders discharge from the Army because it was obvious that they are disparaging the man in an attempt to smear him, instead of addressing the issue. My fairness noted, I have to say that these fools will (likely) end up getting someone killed and creating all sorts of problems in addition to the real problem we have, which is an out-of-control federal government refusing to do it’s job.

The militia isn’t comprised of middle-aged men, playing weekend warrior, and acting on behalf of the state at their own discretion. These are vigilantes – and we are a nation of laws. The militia is all able-bodied males called upon in time of crisis, by their state, to serve in the interest of that state. If Washington’s militias existed today, all these Rambo wanna-be’s would be crying crocodile tears at what was/is expected of them.

I think it’s great that we still have Americans who are willing to fight, even when our government refuses to. The way they are choosing to go about it is ill-advised and dangerous. It only serves to escalate tensions and force an issue that will cost lives. I would support them fully, if the Governor of Texas called them to arms and was directing their activities, but I cannot support groups of armed men taking it upon themselves to do enforce the law. That’s the type of justification used by the Klan.

These same individuals are hurting the rights of decent gun-owners with their open-carry horseshit. Literally. Same people. It almost seems like they’re trying to hurt conservative causes.

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Hillary: Bush Made Me Proud To Be An American

Ouch.

Sunday on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussed the United States standing in the world and said former President George W. Bush is the president who made her “proud to be an American.”
Clinton then seemingly took a shot at Obama’s current lack of direction in world leadership.

“We have to go back out and sell ourselves,” Clinton said. “It is not to be taken for granted. What do we stand for and, how do we intend to lead and manage? How do we try to enlist the rest of the world in this struggle between cooperation and order and conflict and disorder which is really at the root of so much that’s going on today, and i don’t think we’ve done a very good job of that.”

Mooch was unavailable for comment.

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DC Issues Full-Reciprocity With All 50 States

First reported here. We have a new development in the war on the 2nd Amendment. DC Police have issued full-reciprocity with all 50 states, as reported by Fox5NewsDC reporter Emily Miller

As we reported on Friday, a US court has ruled that Washington, D.C.’s ban on carry outside of the home was found to be unconstitutional.
We are now seeing reports from D.C. reporter and gun rights activist Emily Miller that the Washington DC police will be treating the District of Columbia essentially as a Constitutional Carry state until further notice.

DC police chief using guidance from AG — grants full reciprocity for all open and concealed carry from others states.
Only gun arrests now in DC can be DC residents with unregistered guns and non-residents who are prohibited under federal laws.
Of course, this is only temporary. DC will likely put a licensing process in place and you can bet it’s probably going to be an incredibly strict one given the District’s stance on gun purchase and registration.

Also note, magazine capacity limits would still be in effect as well as any restrictions on types of weapons. Basically anything carried would need to be DC legal. We’ll consult the laws and update this further.
Gun rights attorney (from the Heller case as well as the case in question here), posted the actual police memo on his website. If you have questions about the memo you should probably direct them to either DC Police or your attorney.

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Your Leading From Behind Update

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Since the world has no other concerns, I thought I’d update you on the Presidents activities:

While domestic crises simmer and international conflicts flare, President Obama can be counted on to pitch and putt.

The duffer in chief has played 81 rounds of golf and had attended 75 political fund-raisers in the 628 days since his 2012 re-election, a Post analysis of his schedule found.

The president is on pace to double the 104 days he spent on the links during his first term.

Showing the world how a tinpot dictator leads…one hole at a time. I mean, it’s not like the world is on fire or anything. Just keep fiddling, Sir.

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“Death To Zionist Baby Killer Israeli Jews” Is OK On Facebook

If any of you use Facebook you may be aware of how easily they will shut down a conservative page over any amount of reported butthurt. The page “Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children” gets shut down all the time for any number of offenses, but apparently ragheads can call for the death of Israeli Jews and that’s A-Okay!

A Facebook page calling for the death of Israeli Jews does not violate the social network’s “community standards,” according to multiple messages sent by Facebook in response to user complaints.

The page in question, is named, “Death to zionst baby killer israeli jews.” The page, which spells “Zionist” incorrectly, features an Image of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a vampire with blood dripping down his chin as he feasts on a child. It was started on July 25.

Individuals complaining about the page were greeted with the following message (screen captured below):

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Things are 180 degrees out from right. This world has gone completely mad.

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Opinion Time: Allow Disabled Enlistees In The Military Or No?

My friend Neil P. was born in India. At a couple years old, his amazing parents – who couldn’t have children of their own – found him riding a wheeled board, the victim of Polio. They adopted him, making him the 9th child they’d rescued from 3rd world dumps, bound for a life of good old-fashioned Americana. They lived on a 160 Acre farm in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Neil’s parents did everything they could to make his life as ‘normal’ as possible. He used forearm crutches to move around, because of the damage polio had done to his legs. His parents bought accessories which allowed him to drive their minivan. They bought his goalie gear so he could play hockey, and what an amazing goalie, he was. I swear to you, what polio took from his legs, his parents reinvested in his spirit. Their love and sacrifice made him into an amazing, strong, honorable individual and a proud American.

When I enlisted in the military, Neil longed, with phantom nostalgia, for an opportunity to serve of country, as well. He has always harbored a deep love for the America his parents so-lovingly shared with him. Serving was not an option, because he was disabled. He went to college instead, and became a Park Ranger for the Nat’l Park Service.

I have always been of a mind that we should make non-combat roles available to those with disabilities. Now, it’s looking like that idea may just become a reality.

I saw the topic on Rally Point and was surprised at the amount of disapproval I saw from the all-veteran crowd who populates the site. While many of their concerns are legitimate, I think the opportunity could be viable, if it’s done right, using reason as our guide.

With that, I offer some of the issues for you to chew on. Please think about it and let me know what you think:

- The job of the military is to fight and win wars, not “to be fair” or “provide opportunities”.
- Non-combat roles don’t “fight wars”, they support them.
- Ostensibly, every troop should be able to pick up a rifle and fight the enemy.
- People are kicked out for being out of shape (not meeting the physical requirements) every day.
- Do we allow a person who is 500lbs to enlist, because he or she is “disabled”?
- Those who wish to serve their country have countless other avenues available to do so.
- Those disabled in-service, are allowed to continue their service, in an MOS which accommodates them.
- A separate class of standards will be created to accommodate these individuals.
- The possibility of preference becomes an issue when evaluating for promotions.
- How do you reconcile the incompatible standards for review & promotion?
- If you receive the same pay, you should meet the same requirements.

Please, think about this and let us all know what you think.

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Obama Administration: “No Ethics Needed”

I’m sure a Bush or Romney administation would receive the same tepid scrutiny from the press.

Andrew Slavitt, a former executive at the technology company tasked with saving HealthCare.gov and current second-in-command at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, was granted an ethics waiver by the Department of Health and Human Services to begin working with his former company immediately.

The waiver was granted despite Republican lawmakers’ concerns about Slavitt’s potential conflict of interest. The Daily Signal revealed those concerns in a story yesterday.

Slavitt, a former OptumInsight/QSSI group vice president, left the company last month to work as the principal deputy administrator at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which runs Obamacare and HealthCare.gov. His post makes him the No. 2 at the agency under CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner.

The former Optum executive gave the maximum campaign contributions allowed to President Obama’s Victory Fund and Obama for America—now Organizing for Action—in 2012, federal campaign records show.

Given the Obama Regime’s history of scrupulous behavior and tradition of upholding the highest level of professional integrity, I’m sure it will be fine.

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Still Negotiating With Terrorists

Sure is a good thing that Israel doesn’t use our “leaders” to negotiate. Where does he get off saying that we will consider anything? We may try to broker a deal, but the final say comes down to Israel.

Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday said that the United States was prepared to address the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip and the political demands of the Palestinians living there, but that a cease-fire first needed to be carried out.

After a two-hour meeting with President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt, Mr. Kerry said Egypt’s cease-fire proposal had provided the framework for discussions on how to arrange one.

Mr. Kerry said his meetings here had been constructive. But there was no indication of an imminent breakthrough in cementing a cease-fire deal, and Mr. Kerry indicated that he expected his deliberations to continue for the next few days.

Hamas’s demands include opening a major border crossing with Egypt and the release of prisoners held by the Israelis. Discussions of them might be unavoidable, officials say, particularly because demands to open the border crossings were addressed in a 2012 cease-fire agreement.

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Messing Up Messup’s Mess Up

We have a regular reader who goes by the name of Messup. While his lack of paragraphs is a minor nuisance, his repeated insistence that (small L) libertarians hold contorted views really freaking irks me.

I have answered his accusations on a number of occasions, to no avail. I never seem to get a response. Maybe I will get an answer this time.

I am a liberal. I am a libertarian. I am a conservative.

Nothing in any of the foregoing 3 sentences, is incompatible with it’s accompanying 2 sentences. The 3 statements are not mutually exclusive.

I govern the affairs of my life by a fairly conservative set of values. I believe that all others should be able to choose how they live their life. The manner in which they choose to pursue happiness is of no concern to me, unless their pursuit impedes upon the rights of others. I despise modern pop-culture. I think Kim Kardashian and Miley Cyrus are vacuous tramps. I firmly believe that women should cherish their dignity and guard their modesty. I do not, however, wish to impose my views upon them by force of government. I am a liberal… a libertarian.

Progressives are not liberals. Progressives are statists. Statists cannot, by definition, be liberals. They cannot, by definition, be libertarians. They believe that the force of government must be used to make people “better”. These worldviews are derived from the fundamental views of human as held by each group, respectively. Progressives believe that institutions corrupt individuals. Libertarians (small L) believe that people corrupt institutions. These divergent views of human nature cause two fundamentally different – and absolutely irreconcilable – belief structures.

These are the foundations of all political ideologies.

When libertarianism is taken to it’s root, you will find anarchy. When progressivism is taken to it’s root, you will find totalitarian rule. One belief structure allows freedom. One curtails it.

With this in mind, we must examine imbalance and equilibrium. Everything in our existence is constantly seeking equilibrium. The gravity, water, all types of force, all types of energy, our family, our marriage, even our faith. Nothing in your life can long stand when in a state of imbalance.

Libertarianism (small L) recognizes this need for equilibrium and seeks to find balance between liberties (or natural rights) and civil society. Anarchy is no way to run a civil society. Progressives seek to control, and thus impose their world view upon others. This is human nature. Humans are imperfect and given to abuse, when the right conditions exist. Classical liberalism is libertarianism… is liberty.

Everyone I trust wants the individual to exercise as much liberty in the governance of their own lives, as possible.

Libertarianism (small L) allows for varying opinions and views. It allows people to be free to think and live as they see fit. People disagree. As members of the same society, they must find acceptable levels of compromise. There must be a balance. This is why a libertarian, not unlike myself, can hold seemingly contradictory views. I believe that individuals should have the maximum freedom available to choose how to live their lives. They should not, however, be able to build a homemade nuclear reactor, next door to my house.

I believe that our military spending should be much less than it is. I also believe that is absolutely necessary for us to project our power around the globe. While imperfect, our nation is better suited than any other to lead. If the wrong decisions are being made, we have multiple processes to redress those grievances.

I believe that people should live by certain moral standards. Those standards should be imposed by society, not by force of government. I believe that every man should be able to enjoy the fruits of his own labor, but I recognize the need to care for those who truly cannot care for themselves. This should be accomplished through charity, not through force of government.

Progressives have destroyed the meanings of words. I am guilty of conflating definitions on a regular basis. Progressives have made statists into “liberals” and liberals into “conservatives”. Those who seek to live and let live are viewed as usurpers and the actual usurpers are viewed as liberators in progressive society. It is quite handy to know and recognize the difference. Words mean things, damnit. Stop denigrating those who believe we should all be free.

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Time Is Running Out

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BRICS nations have created alternatives to the World Bank and IMF. While not as large, well-funded, or powerful, the BRICS alternatives are a watershed moment in the coming post-Bretton Woods world:

Clearly, the idea is to create institutions and processes to supplement — and perhaps eventually supplant — the functions of those managed by U.S. and Europe. And they would be resources that they could control on their own, without the annoying conditions that the World Bank and the IMF always slap on their loans and assistance.

The Yuan is making huge strides in bilateral trade:

Of the German companies profiled, 23 percent are using the renminbi to settle trades, up from 9 percent last year, while usage in Hong Kong rose to 58 percent from 50 percent and to 17 percent from 9 percent in the U.S.

Usage of the renminbi among French companies – a new addition to this year’s list – was high at 26 percent

People are getting nervous, as seen in the S&P 500 SKEW index. The index rises sharply as fears of a downside move increase:

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The SKEW reflects a sense of rising likelihood of poor performance, by measuring OTM put options. People are complacent at the moment, because they are afraid of the future. At every thinking person’s heart, they understand that you cannot do the same thing over, expecting to fix the problem. Markets are increasing by leaps & bounds. All good things must come to an end.

To be clear, I’m not saying that the coming correction is our economic Armageddon. I’m just showing that a lot of investors are getting anxious. This anxiousness has been building, increasing with each new height created in the funny money stock market, thanks to FED intervention. Once again, we should have taken our medicine in 2008…

Another horrific stock market crash is coming, and the next bust will be “unlike any other” we have seen.

That’s the message from Jeremy Grantham, co-founder and chief investment strategist of GMO, a Boston-based firm with $117 billion in assets under management.

Grantham pulls no punches when assigning responsibility for the coming financial carnage. In a recent interview with The New York Times, he calls Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen “ignorant” and says the Federal Reserve all but killed the economic recovery.

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“We have no right to be surprised by a severe and imminent stock market crash,” explains Mark Spitznagel, a hedge fund manager who is notorious for his hugely profitable billion-dollar bet on the 2008 crisis. “In fact, we must absolutely expect it.”

I like to try to tell my friends to be prepared, when I see a major shit-show headed our way. I was out in front of the 2008 housing collapse by 14 months. I called the gold capitulation point to within $5/oz. I’m no financial wizard. I’m not Nostradamus, but I know how to read and I have a fair-to-middlin’ intellect. I’m not a chicken little (I still invest), though it may seem that way since I’ve been telling you these things (on The Revo) since 2009. I’ve also been right.

Lets review some of the areas of concern, and why I am yet again, telling you to prepare:

* .GOV purchases 2+ Billion rounds of ammo
* .GOV outfits local governments with military hardware
* .GOV does everything in it’s power to disarm the public
* .GOV opens our borders to a veritable flood of illegals (including enemy combatants)
* BRICS increasing bilateral trade, ever attempting to marginalize the USD
* World’s contested areas on the verge of real (non-arab spring) upheaval
– coincidentally, they are all O&G producers
* East & West vying for control of global energy resources
* America is broke
* 75% DEBT-TO-GDP ratio
* Europe is broke
* FED still printing money like there is no tomorrow (maybe they know something we don’t)
* Politicos don’t give a shit about the real threats (why?)
* Islam is on the march toward a global caliphate and the West is committing suicide for them
* Increasingly belligerent China & Russia are emboldened by our absence of leadership
* Markets are inflated with funny money
* Our enemies want out of the debt-cycle trap with our currency
* We are weak & divided, more so than we have ever been
* Our people no longer remember history

I fully expect our country to be subjected to large scale attack in the next 2 years. I am convinced that a large market correction will come before a total meltdown. You simply cannot print money without end. The entire world is set to go up in flames. Your government knows it, and has prepared. Have you?

If you have not prepared for lean times, or times of unrest and conflict, I urge you to begin doing so, now. The link on the right side bar “Survival Tips” has many great resources in it. Even if you’re on a limited budget, you too, can prepare for the worst, at almost no cost.

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Lt Col West: Knocking It Outta The Park!

Again.

Dare I say, President West?

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Straight White Guy Festival?

Progressives have no sense of humor.

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Goodale Park is the home to an ever growing number of festivals, including the Gay Pride Parade and ComFest. But a flyer that’s gone up around Clintonville is sending a less inclusive message. It’s promoting the Straight White Guy Festival. It claims the festival will be held in Goodale Park in September.

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“I think it detracts from the real problems of Ohio that need to be solved, that are being denied their constitutional rights because of who they are, or who the love. And that’s what we really need to work on and this is just kind of a distraction,” he added.

The sign clearly says: “Everyone Welcome”. How is that less inclusive?

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Showing Putin Who’s Boss?

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President Barack Obama’s response to the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine reflects the consensus of U.S. officials that time, evidence, and world opinion are increasingly on his side as he takes on Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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This gives Obama confidence that the U.S. and EU can prevail over Putin in the short-run — overcoming European reluctance to expand sanctions — just as the Obama administration believes it will prevail in the long-run over a Russia that has a battered economy and a leader who is overplaying a weak hand, the officials said.

EU Shifting

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Europeans may hesitate to ramp up a fight when they need Putin’s influence with the rebels to permit the recovery of passengers’ remains and an international investigation.

The EU foreign ministers at their meeting in Brussels will consider blacklisting more Putin associates and, for the first time, Russian companies accused of profiting from Ukraine’s woes.

Defense Industry

The U.K. is pushing for the EU to sanction the entire Russian defense industry, a British official said in London on condition of anonymity. France has repeatedly rebuffed calls to cancel its sale of two Mistral helicopter carriers to Russia.

The airline disaster follows months of U.S. efforts to persuade the Europeans to raise the costs on Putin for his efforts to destabilize Ukraine. Obama now is “absolutely prepared” to consider more sanctions, and the EU should do likewise, Kerry said on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”

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Putin’s Options

“People are looking for sanctions that are severe enough to change Putin’s mind, but won’t do harm to the U.S. and European economies,” [...]

Some of the U.S. officials said they see Putin fighting a losing geopolitical battle over time as neighboring states such as Ukraine, once regarded as the breadbasket of the Soviet Union, shift toward western European economies. That also may make him unpredictable and dangerous, they said.

Russian Economy

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“From the beginning, Russia’s aggression in Ukraine has been a reflection of its diminished stature and influence in Europe and the world,” said former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, who worked for Vice President Joe Biden during the Russia reset and once worked in Time Magazine’s Moscow bureau.{~nota note: Who knew?}

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European Trade

“The president imposed a greater cost on Vladimir Putin the day before this shoot-down took place,” Kerry said. “And what we are doing now is trying to bring our European counterparts along” because 4 percent of Russia’s trade is with the United States while “50 percent of their engagement is with Europe.”

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So, to summarize all of this blathering for you, I submit these thoughts:

- Obama is waiting for consensus that won’t come. The fragile EU has too much to lose.
- You cannot simultaneously lead and follow. Leadership by consensus, isn’t.
- Russia is in the driver’s seat here. Europe can’t afford to lose 30% of their gas supply.
- Russia is emboldened by the gross absence of American leadership.
- These are the actions of rebounding fighter, not a diminishing foe.
- Lack of appropriate response will further embolden your attacker.
- History will be the lens through which we view this senseless violence.

Cited later as a justification for WWI…Let us not forget the RMS Lusitania.

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A Question Of Scruples

I have noticed, what seems to be a disturbing trend in political misdirection.

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I received my primary ballot in the mail yesterday. More than one of the candidates had GOP next to their name (one spelled out Grand Old Party). Then I saw some yard signs that say “Candidate(GOP)” where they would customarily Say “Candidate (D)” or “Candidate (R)”.

This re-branding may work to confuse some folks who wouldn’t vote for anyone with an (R) next to their name, but that doesn’t make it right. Now, instead of trying to make the campaign about the platform and the distinction between values systems, they’re using Alinsky’s Rules. I don’t like it. I understand fighting dirty, believe-you-me.

As a matter of fact, I whole-heartedly support running as an independent because (R)’s get clobbered, even though the platform may align with the purported Republican platform. I just don’t support trying to trick people. There is already very little distinction between the two major parties. How’s about, instead of trying to trick people, you return to the conservative roots that people were looking for during the resurgence of the 80′s, 90′s, and 2000′s?

Nah, that’ll never work…

So, am I right or wrong in not liking this trend? Let me know what you think.

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Michelle’s Minions Are Coming For You Next…

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Here’s an idea for healthier food stamp ‘cipients… how-about we provide only staple food items which will keep them alive, while not rewarding them for being on public assistance.

Your President First Lady wants to coerce you into buying healthier foods, by using such awesome techniques as Invasion of Privacy, Not Minding Your Own Business, Public Shaming, and my personal favorite – Scarlett Letters (color-coded carts for welfare ‘cipients). Just imagine, the next time you go grocery shopping, your cart will exclaim “Gradulayshun Corch. You done did guh fuh yo team.” when you reach your gov’t sanctioned healthy food threshold.

How the f-k does anyone take these people seriously?

First, Michelle Obama seized control of your child’s school lunch and made it “healthy.” Now, the First Lady wants to change the way you buy groceries.

A new 80-page report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture explains that federal bureaucrats hope to use a variety of tools to modify the way Americans select food items at the supermarket.

The goal is to steer consumers toward fruits and vegetables – and away from sugar- and fat-laden items. The plan is in line with “Michelle Obama’s stated second term agenda to ‘impact the nature of food in grocery stores,’” reports FreeBeacon.com.

While the feds’ plan deals mostly with the 47 million Americans who participate in the government’s food stamp program, it would indirectly affect all consumers.

According to FreeBeacon.com, the federal busybodies want to provide food-stamp shoppers with “incentives” for making healthy food choices – such as discounts or free movie tickets – and even talking shopping carts that will notify them when they’ve selected enough healthy items.

The high-tech carts – which would cost every grocery store about $30,000 to provide – would be physically divided and color coded to help consumers select approved food items. It would also “have a system installed so that when the shopping cart reaches its healthy ‘threshold’ it would congratulate the customer,” FreeBeacon.com reports.

In case that’s not creepy enough, the feds want grocery store employees to serve as government “ambassadors” who can “redirect” food stampers toward healthy items by explaining the various incentive programs and nutritional information.

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Russian Military Intel Officer Purportedly At Center Of Attack

Interesting development. I’m sure President f-ktard is all over the deaths of these 23 Americans, at the hands of Russian provocateurs.

The outlines of what happened today in Ukraine are starting to emerge.

Pro-Russian rebels recently obtained Russian-made BUK surface-to-air missiles. These missiles have a vertical range of 72,000 feet, making them more than capable of shooting down a civilian airliner, and also of shooting down most military aircraft.

The rebels have in fact shot down two Ukrainian military aircraft this week, a cargo transport and a fighter jet.

Today, they fired on another aircraft and brought it down. They bragged about it on social media, and warned Ukraine not to fly in that area again.

They had a video crew on hand to capture their moment of triumph.

Then they arrive at the scene, expecting to find trophies of war.

Instead, they found horror. The rebels had used Russian gear to shoot down a civilian airliner.

The rebels called Russia to report what happened. That phone call and a subsequent one between two rebels was intercepted by Ukraine. Kyiv Post has translated both.

One phone call apparently was made at 4:40 p.m. Kyiv time, or 20 minutes after the plane crash, by Igor Bezler, who the SBU says is a Russian military intelligence officer and leading commander of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic. He reports to a person identified by Ukraine’s SBU as a colonel in the main intelligence department of the general headquarters of the armed forces of the Russian Federation Vasili Geranin regarding the shot down plane, which is about to be examined by the militants.

The second intercepted conversation released by the Security Service of Ukraine was apparently between militants nicknamed “Major” and “Greek” immediately upon inspection of the crash site.

“It’s 100 percent a passenger (civilian) aircraft,” Major is recorded as saying, as he admitted to seeing no weapons on site. “Absolutely nothing. Civilian items, medicinal stuff, towels, toilet paper.”

In the transcript, one of the rebels appears to hope that there are no Russian fingerprints on the shootdown.

“Major”: The plane fell apart in the air. In the area of Petropavlovskaya mine. The first “200” (code word for dead person). We have found the first “200”. A Civilian.

“Greek”: Well, what do you have there?

“Major”: In short, it was 100 percent a passenger (civilian) aircraft.

“Greek”: Are many people there?

“Major”: Holy sh__t! The debris fell right into the yards (of homes).

“Greek”: What kind of aircraft?

“Major”: I haven’t ascertained this. I haven’t been to the main sight [sic]. I am only surveying the scene where the first bodies fell. There are the remains of internal brackets, seats and bodies.

“Greek”: Is there anything left of the weapon?

If there are no traces of the weapon left, Russia can claim that someone else shot the aircraft down, to create confusion if nothing else.

That’s just what Russia is doing. Russia’s western mouthpiece, Russia Today, reports that Ukraine deployed BUK systems in the region recently, suggesting that Ukraine fired the missile.

Fox reported earlier that the Russians are saying that the missile was a Ukrainian fire aimed at Putin himself. Obviously that would absolve Russia and become a causus belli for Russia to fully invade Ukraine. If it was true, which it isn’t.

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Inspirational Distraction Videos

Army Paratrooper comes back from debilitating injury to healthy living:

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Watching As History Repeats…Over & Over & Over

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From Bloomberg:

This article has man valid points, from all perspectives. It’s a very well-rounded article. Some see the market as strong and getting stronger. Most see a bubble in the making. What no one can argue with – not with any authority, anyway – is the fact that markets always come late to the bubble-popping party. As seen above, the FED says: “It’s all good. Keep the music playing, the party ain’t over.” Notoriously, the FED has always been late in recognizing bubbles. It’s kinda what they do.

Undoubtedly, the markets will continue to try to ride the bubble until just before it pops. Most will be wrong. Just know that it’s coming and make yourselves ready. Read the article. There will be a quiz.

Two years of uninterrupted gains in U.S. stocks are sowing anxiety among financial professionals, with three in five saying the market is on the verge of a bubble or already in one, the Bloomberg Global Poll found.

Forty-seven percent of those surveyed said the equity market is close to unsustainable levels while 14 percent already saw a bubble, according to a quarterly poll of 562 investors, analysts and traders who are Bloomberg subscribers. Almost a third of respondents called the market for lower-rated corporate debt overheated and most said stock swings will increase within six months, the July 15-16 poll showed.

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“It’s like a storm coming,” Dane Fulmer, a poll respondent who has traded stocks and bonds for more than 40 years and runs Dane Fulmer Investments in Fort Smith, Arkansas, said in a phone interview yesterday. “You don’t have to be a weatherman to see clouds.”

$15 Trillion

More than $15 trillion has been added to U.S. equity values and the S&P 500 is up 193 percent since the bull market began in March 2009. The benchmark gauge trades for 18.1 times profit, the highest level since 2010, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

How Soon, How Fast and How Far Will Prices Fall?

Equity valuations are not excessive compared to the dot-com bubble of the 1990s, according to Doug Ramsey, chief investment officer at Leuthold Group LLC. Using the average of six metrics such as price to earnings and sales, market valuations today correspond to levels in 1996, according to a study published by Ramsey last month.

That rally kept going until March 2000, when the S&P 500’s price-earnings ratio reached 30. The index lost almost half its value in two years during the subsequent bear market[...]

Almost 70 percent of those surveyed said the rally in junk-rated bonds is in a bubble or close to one. Companies have sold $211 billion of speculative-grade bonds in the U.S. this year after a record $346 billion in 2013, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Junk bonds are up 5.3 percent this year, extending a 7.4 percent advance in 2013, Bank of America Merrill Lynch index data show.

Takeovers Boom

Stock and bond prices have been supported by Fed stimulus, five years of profit growth and an expanding economy. Record corporate cash levels led to a boom in takeovers, with more than $1 trillion worth of deals announced this year, exceeding the total of 2013, data compiled by Bloomberg show.

Signs of more deals came yesterday after people with knowledge of the matter said Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. is willing to pay more than $75 billion for Time Warner (TWX) Inc. The size and timing is reminiscent of when America Online Inc. bought Time Warner for $124 billion in 2001, said Michael Block, chief strategist at Rhino Trading Partners LLC.

“It shows a modicum of swagger and confidence,” said Block in an interview from New York yesterday. “Big deals are a symptom of a confident market.”

Acquisitions also fueled gains in biotechnology and Internet companies and increased valuations. The Dow Jones Internet Composite Index trades at 72 times reported profit and Facebook Inc., Amazon.com (AMZN) Inc. and Netflix Inc. have multiples above 90, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Swagger, confidence, and big deals are symptoms of a bubble. Easy credit, lends itself easily to greater risk.

I’d much rather watch this bubble pop:
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Liz Warren 2016!

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World In Worse Danger Than 2007!

Apparently, doubling-down on stupid doesn’t work.

The world economy is just as vulnerable to a financial crisis as it was in 2007, with the added danger that debt ratios are now far higher and emerging markets have been drawn into the fire as well, the Bank for International Settlements has warned.
Jaime Caruana, head of the Swiss-based financial watchdog, said investors were ignoring the risk of monetary tightening in their voracious hunt for yield.

“Markets seem to be considering only a very narrow spectrum of potential outcomes. They have become convinced that monetary conditions will remain easy for a very long time, and may be taking more assurance than central banks wish to give,” he told The Telegraph.

Mr Caruana said the international system is in many ways more fragile than it was in the build-up to the Lehman crisis. Debt ratios in the developed economies have risen by 20 percentage points to 275pc of GDP since then.

Credit spreads have fallen to to wafer-thin levels. Companies are borrowing heavily to buy back their own shares. The BIS said 40pc of syndicated loans are to sub-investment grade borrowers, a higher ratio than in 2007, with ever fewer protection covenants for creditors.

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Fundamental Transformation Update:

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Iraq Update: ISS Hajjis Seized 40 Kilograms Of Uranium

F@©king awesome.

Terrorist groups in Iraq have seized nuclear materials used for scientific research at a university, the country’s U.N. ambassador told the U.N. Secretary General Tuesday.

In a letter obtained by Reuters, Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhaki asked U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for help to ”stave off the threat of their use by terrorists in Iraq or abroad” after Mosul University, where nearly 40 kilograms of uranium compounds were kept, was targeted by insurgents.

“Terrorist groups have seized control of nuclear material at the sites that came out of the control of the state,” Alhakim wrote, according to Reuters, adding that such materials “can be used in manufacturing weapons of mass destruction.”

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Just In From House: Arrest Lois Lerner!

Providing for the arrest of Lois G. Lerner to answer the charge of contempt of Congress

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Mr. STOCKMAN submitted the following resolution, which was referred to the Committee on ______________

RESOLUTION

Providing for the arrest of Lois G. Lerner to answer the charge of contempt of Congress

Whereas Lois G. Lerner, former Director, Exempt Organizations, Internal Revenue Service, has been found to be in contempt of Congress for willfully and intentionally refusing to comply with a congressional subpoena duly issued by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, thereby obstructing the Congress in the lawful exercise of its constitutionally mandated legislative powers; and,

Whereas such behavior is an insult to the dignity of the House of Representatives, an attack upon the integrity of its proceedings, works violence upon the rights of the House collectively, and therefore implicates the long-recognized inherent power of the House to punish and commit for contempt, privileged under the Constitution; and,

Whereas recent history with similarly contumacious and insolent witnesses such as Eric Himpton Holder, Junior, strongly suggests that the present statutory judicial rubric set up to punish and reform such insubordinate and obstructionist witnesses would be ineffective in this case, as it is likely that the US Attorney for the District of Columbia would refuse to perform his lawful duty to bring the offending contemnor Lerner before a Grand Jury and prosecute the same for her misconduct pursuant to section 104 of the Revised Statutes of the United States (2 U.S.C. 194) and section 102 of the Revised Statutes of the United States (2 U.S.C. 192); and,

Whereas the executive and judicial branches’ prolonged and dawdling failure to prosecute Attorney General Holder’s insolent contempt of the 112th Congress strongly suggests that a like proceeding against contemnor Lerner would be similarly futile, and the threat of such prosecution has clearly been insufficient to encourage contemnor Lerner to be honest and candid with the Congress regarding the heinous actions of the Internal Revenue Service;

Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Speaker issue his warrant, directed to the Sergeant-at-Arms, or his deputy, commanding him to arrest and take into custody forthwith, wherever to be found, the body of Lois G. Lerner, and bring her to the bar of the House without delay to answer to the charge of contempt of its authority, breach of its privileges, and gross and wanton insult to the integrity of its proceedings, and in the meantime keep the body of Lerner in his custody in the common jail of the District of Columbia, subject to the further order of the House. While in custody, Lerner shall enjoy no special privileges beyond those extended to her fellow inmates, shall not access any computer or telephone, and shall not be visited by anyone other than her counsel, clergy, physician, or family.

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18,709 VA Employees Make More Than $180K Annually!

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Get a job in government, kids…

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has 59,297 employees – 17.3 percent out of 342,089 workers total — that make $100,000 or more in yearly salary, according to data from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Among those employees, 18,709 of them earn a salary of $180,000 or more.

An OPM database, FedScope, contains historical data on the federal civilian workforce going back to 1998. The database holds information about civilian federal workers employed by most Executive Branch agencies (excluding intelligence agencies, the White House, and the Office of the Vice President) and some Legislative Branch agencies. It does not include employees of the Judiciary Branch or congressional staff.

The database includes the numbers for federal workers at varying “salary levels,” set out in $10,000 increments, ranging from “less than 20,000” dollars to the highest level of “180,000 or more” dollars in annual salary.

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