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Your Would-Be Emperor Has No Clothes!

If you’re a single-issue “Immigration” vote for Trump, you may want to consider that one more time.

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Trumps Are Orange, Ovaries Are Red

So, I’m doing a mental inventory of where America stands and why as a nation we decided to get hammered, blindfold ourselves, and play poison-tipped lawn darts.
 
Seriously, someone explain to me how the best 300 million-plus Americans can come up with is:
 
• Vote for the ovaries!
• Vote for the brand!
 
Really America? That’s the best you can do? You repelled British tyranny (twice). You saved the civilized world (twice). You put men on the moon, men into space, gave man the ability to control the winds of fortune and tame them to do your bidding. You have fed, led, and defended the world!
 
Considering this legacy, I am befuddled [not really] as to how you can offer up as the next “leader-of-the-free-world”, the political equivalent of gonorrhea or syphilis. You really can’t find two qualified individuals from which our entertainment-addled, attention deficit populace can choose? We’ve got donkeys and elephants. All we need is the cotton candy. We have plenty of clowns. (Don’t laugh. I’m probably including you in this assessment.)
 
The future of our nation is about to take a grim turn, with regard to our financial standing, diplomatic relationships, and our ability to live without being molested by our betters from the far-off capitol city (or their local minions). Most people are clueless. They don’t know, don’t care, and can’t be bothered. Some Jenner is getting something nipped, tucked, or cut off. Busy times, dontcha ya know…
 
As our nation enters her twilight. We have two candidates who are universally hated, except by their most virulent supporters. I hate what we are becoming. I hate where we are headed. I am moving closer and closer to the let it burn crowd (not “bern”). Maybe our republic is too-big-to-survive?
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Cruz Further Cements Support From Guys Like Me

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Curiously, and an indication that the GOP faithful may be turning in their support for Trump, the former Ohio lawmaker had kinder words for his “texting buddy” Donald Trump, with whom Boehner has played golf with for “years.”

And a surprising admission: Boehner said he’d vote for Donald Trump in the general election if he were the Republican nominee, but he would not vote for Ted Cruz[…]

“Lucifer in the flesh,” Boehner said cited by the paper. “I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.”

I. Love. It.

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Calibrating The Measurement For The “Trans” Debate

Do you want these guys to be allowed to be alone and naked with your wife and/or daughters?

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I want to take a minute to recalibrate the measuring tool we are using in the discussion of trans-people.

My 15 year old [in the past year] has decided that she “identifies as a boy”. My response was “tough shit, you have ovaries”. She of course dismissed me and every reasoned argument I made, so I’m just letting it ride. I told her that she is the victim of social engineering and that there is no way that humanity has made an evolutionary leap from 0.002% of the populace having gender identity issues, to suddenly everyone between the ages of 14 and 25 is gay, bi, trans, LGBTQRSTUV…

Our children are being victimized by a system that seeks to destroy western values. It’s working. It’s also going to cause the greatest cultural backlash the world has ever seen.

Shiny… so, back to the point.

When people discuss the trans-bathroom issue, you need to understand one thing: They are not talking about trans-sexuals.

They are talking about an emotional decision made by millennials who have spent their lives being overly sexualized and told that whatever makes you feel good is what’s right. They’re talking about some dude whose only ambition is to play video games, get high, and have sex with his male friends…and female friends…and whomever else he chooses. Today he is a dude. Tomorrow he is a chick. The next day he will identify as “pan-sexual gender-fluid”.

I shit you not, that is an actual thing.

There are a very few individuals who have gender identity issues. These people may have sex reassignment surgery to feel more comfortable in their own skin. I don’t agree with it, but I don’t get to make their life choices for them. They are free. The people who have had gender reassignment surgery should be able to use the bathroom for which they have parts, just like everyone else.

The problem – and it’s not being communicated well – is with “trans-gender”. Gender, the left tells us, is determined not by biology, but by feelings. So, the rub [heh] comes when a sexually-confused man or women intends to be alone with the children and wives of individuals whose job it is to protect them [thus, the destruction of western values].

The left has deliberately conflated the terms “trans-sexual” and “trans-gender” , dropping the second word and just saying “trans”, so as to confuse people and be able to apply the bigot label to anyone who disagrees. Don’t fall for it. I don’t give two shits if an actual trans-sexual [I see one every day coming out of the women’s restroom on the ferry] uses the restroom for which they have equipment.

The problem comes when some sexually-confused 20-something who can’t decide if he wants to be a dude or a chick, has a state approved “right” to be alone and potentially naked with wife or daughters at the gym.

I would go to prison for hate crimes…

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I have no idea what I’m trying to say here…

I quit riding a bicycle back in December and decided I prefer horsepower, to pedal power.

I was riding to the ferry this morning, enjoying the glorious weather, the stark blue sky, contrasting sharply with the lush greens of the pacific northwest and I got to thinking. Because the temperature is often near or below 50 in the morning, I was insulated from the beauty around me, due to my wet weather jacket, my neoprene face mask, and leather riding gloves. It made me long for the glorious weather & temperatures of the past several days (and indeed the entire summer in this part of the world). You see, in the afternoon, I get to shed the mask, the jacket, the gloves… I get to enjoy the twisting, winding road, the warm sun on my skin, the cool breeze washing over me.

I feel free, damn it.

There are several reasons I enjoy riding. I like adrenaline, when I have a measure of control over the outcome [thus, my penchant for fighting, driving fast, and taking quickly calculated risks]. I enjoy the agility and mobility provided by two wheels.

There are a couple dozen others who ride on the ferry I take in the afternoon. I see them wrapped head-to-toe in armored protective gear and one thought always repeats in my head. It’s a popular meme among people who ride: “Dress for the slide, not the ride.” To be certain, the slide sucks. I’ve taken it. Recovery is incredibly painful, but it’s survivable.

If you survive the crash, you’ll get over the rash.

I imagine others asking me the simple, logical question “why would you take the additional risk when it’s so easy to prevent un-necessary pain?” My answer is just as simple, though considerably less logical: I enjoy the feeling of being free. I enjoy the buzz that danger and risk provide. I would rather risk death and truly live than to arrive safely at my death’s bed, never having tasted the joy of defeating risk. I don’t want to quietly, peacefully drift off into the grave. I want to go sliding in sideways with a smile on my face.

I have been face-to-face with my own mortality and I promise you, anyone who values life will tell you, that is a sobering experience. It also has a profound impact on the desire of those who truly love life, to truly live it. Only when you look earnestly at what you will lose, do you truly begin to appreciate what you have. Then, you want to squeeze as much out of it as you can. Those who like the thrill of risk-taking aren’t doing so because they don’t care about their life, quite the opposite, actually.

This whole thought stream is somehow connected to one of the root issues plaguing our world today. People are moving further from the risk & reward of dangerous liberty into the comforting embrace of security. They no longer want to strike out and be their own person, setting their own objectives, and enjoying or suffering the consequences of their decisions. People just seem to want to get by and have decisions made for them. I find that way of living rather dismal and wholly inadequate.

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Freaky Friday Free Falling Freedom Fun

What’s The Quickest Way To Get Humvee’s To The Drop Zone?

‘Merica!

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Bumped From Off Topic: OSS Suppressors

The one commonality with every inventor, captain of industry, or good old fashioned American success story is this:

They never let anyone tell them it can’t be done. ‘Merica.

Hat-tip to fasttimes.

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8 Biggest Barriers To Economic Growth

Click this link for the explanations and possible resolutions. Do any of the candidates (your’s in particular) support or encourage these things? Feel free to discuss.

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Last month I ran across a fascinating study by economist John Cochrane. He is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, former University of Chicago professor, and adjunct scholar with the Cato Institute.

Cochrane wrote a paper on economic growth last year as part of a project to design presidential debate questions where he took a matter-of-fact approach to the growth problem.

What are the barriers to productivity growth, and what can we do to remove them? Not surprisingly, most barriers are the result of counterproductive government policies. I’ll highlight here a few from Cochrane’s paper.

Barrier #1: Government Interference

Barrier #2: The Dodd-Frank Financial Regulations

Barrier #3: Obamacare

Barrier #4: Energy Subsidies

Barrier #5: Taxes

Barrier #6: Income-Based Social Programs

Barrier #7: Immigration Terms

Barrier #8: Public Schools

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File Under: AYFKM?

Sadly, they are not…

The Daily Mail reports, the president of Emory University has spoken to demonstrators who said they were frightened after someone wrote hateful racist threats in chalk around campus.
Students Pre-pubescents at the Atlanta school claim their ‘safe space’ was violated when the messages appeared on sidewalks and buildings.

Jim Wagner, president of the Atlanta university, wrote Tuesday that the students viewed the messages as intimidation, and they voiced ‘genuine concern and pain’ as a result.

So much to look forward to from tomorrow’s leaders…

See pictures of the attack below the fold:

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Presented Without Comment…

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The Debasing Of American Politics

I think everyone is familiar with that uncomfortable feeling that something wicked, this way comes. We’ve all experienced this sense that people are becoming irrational and unhinged. Whether that feeling derives from the perspective of the bewildered observer trying to make sense of “Safe Spaces & micro-aggressions”, or as a participant in the political process who just can’t figure out where everyone’s brains have gone, you “just know” that something is wrong.

I think I can identify that something, with a modest degree of certainty, now. We are actively participating in the decline of western civilization in general, and America in particular. Imagine the popularity of Bernie Sanders going stratospheric with the 20-somethings fifteen years ago. Yeah, probably not, right? Imagine that same 15 years ago, a Donald Trump winning a vast swath of the American middle and – AMAZINGLY – an enormous portion of those previously identifying as “conservative”.

Call yourself a conservative but vote for a lifelong progressive to stop… progressives? Seems legit. I guess you really can “identify” as whatever you want.

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Wounded Warrior Project Fires CEO & COO For Being Stupid & Dishonorable

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I tried to volunteer… and was told no. I went to their offices and offered career opportunities (very good opportunities) more than once and no one ever called me back. My friend Tim is an alumn of the project. He lost his leg in Kirkuk, in 2006. He said they started out great, but “…then they went Hollywood…” He doesn’t even support them any more. Do what you will with this info. They get no money from me.

By appealing to America’s generosity, Wounded Warrior Project raised more than a billion dollars in donations since 2003 — $300 million in 2014 alone.

But while the money was pouring in, it was also flowing out on lavish employee conferences — $26 million in 2014.

“Let’s get a Mexican mariachi band in there, let’s get maracas made with the WWP logo put them on every staff member’s desk. Lets get it catered, have a big old party,” said Eric Millette, a retired army staff sergeant.

He took a job with Wounded Warrior as a motivational speaker, but after two years he quit.

“I’ll be damned if you’re gonna take hard-working Americans’ money and drink it and waste it, instead of helping those brave men and women who gave you the freedom to walk the face of this earth.”

More than 40 former employees told CBS News that spending by the charity was out of control. Two former employees were so fearful of retaliation they asked us not to show their faces.

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“It was extremely extravagant. Dinners and alcohol and and, just total excess,” one said. “I mean, it’s what the military calls fraud waste and abuse.”

Former employees also told us the excessive spending began when Nardizzi took over as CEO in 2009. They point to the 2014 annual meeting at a luxury resort in Colorado Springs as typical of his style.

“He rappelled down the side of a building. He’s come in on a Segway. He’s come in on a horse.”

Nardizzi has defended the charity’s spending. “If your only fixation is spending the most on programs, that’s feeling good, but not necessarily doing good,” he said.

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Don’t Disagree With Donald Trump…

More irrational shenanigans from Trump supporters…

Miami (AFP) – A 78-year-old white man punched a black protester in the face at a Donald Trump rally and was charged with assault, media said Thursday, in chaotic scenes on the presidential campaign trail[…]

The incident was condemned by Bernie Sanders, who is vying with Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for the White House.

“No one in America should ever fear for their safety at a political rally. This ugly incident confirms that the politics of division has no place in our country. Mr. Trump should take responsibility for addressing his supporters’ violent actions,” Sanders said.

Multiple videos of the assault show McGraw abruptly punching the young black man in the face as he was walking up a stairway with other protesters being escorted out by police, amid cries of “USA! USA!”[…]

“After I get it, before I could even gain my thoughts, I’m on the ground getting escorted out. Now I’m waking up this morning looking at the news and seeing me getting hit again,” Jones said.

Jones, 26, said he went to the Trump rally as a “social experiment.”

A woman who was part of his group started to yell out against Trump when he began his speech, Jones said.

As he walked up the stairs, right before reaching McGraw’s row, Jones is seen in the video turning to his right, smiling as he raises his arms and says something to the crowd. McGraw then sucker-punched him.

McGraw defended his behavior in comments to the program Inside Edition during the Trump rally.

“We don’t know who he is but we know he’s not acting like an American,” McGraw said.

“Yes, he deserved it. The next time we see him, we might have to kill him.”[…]

Trump usually asks his security people to eject protesters from his campaign events.

A few of notes for this story:

1) Why does it have to be about a white dude punching a black dude?

2) Am I the only one noticing that Democrats always say “…Politics of division have no place…” and then generally follow up [immediately] with some divisive political comment?

3) Disagreeing with the Trump will get you ejected and maybe punched in the face. 🙂

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3 CEO’s & A Dozen Congress Whores Walk Into A Bar

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So, let’s do a simple thought exercise, shall we?

If I wanted to insure that a certain candidate had increased support among the people who are already fed up frustrated with my leadership, wouldn’t actively conspiring against that individual, with tech CEO’s, Senators, Representatives, & political/media hacks gurus be a great way to do just that?

Just imagine what happens to Trump’s support level when he goes on tv and tells his minions that Mitch McConnell (D-KY), Tim Cook (Apple), Elon Musk (Tesla/Space X), Paul Ryan (D-WI), Larry Page (Google Founder), Karl Rove (D-ICK), and Bill Kristol are all at a secret conclave with a dozen leaders from the house and senate, on a private resort(Sea Island, GA) conspiring on how to stop him. “Bought-and-paid-for politicians are conspiring with their corporate overlords as we speak. This includes a man who refuses to unlock a phone in a terrorism case!” I can hear the soundbites already.

The RINO’s are so hopelessly, irrevocably out-of-touch that it’s hard to imagine how they got in the positions they’re in to begin with. They’re giving Trumpmania legitimacy. In their attempts to weaken him, they will only make him stronger. My God, these people are stupid. Their continued attempts at subverting the will of the people almost make me want to join the Trump insurgency…almost.

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Wasting My Vote Rather Than Voting For Trump

Why would I support “wasting” my vote, giving a de facto vote to Hillary Clinton? Put simply, there is less risk in a Clinton Presidency. I will try to keep the invective to a minimum. Let me break it down:

Hillary Clinton is the most polarizing woman on planet earth.

If you think – for even a second – that she will accomplish anything at all while presiding over a Republican congress, you have a screw loose. Everyone I know, with the exception of my retarded brother-in-law Marty, hates that shrew. No one on our side of the political spectrum has any respect for her. Everyone knows she not-to-be-trusted. History will record her as the first president with a vagina (ostensibly) and little else. She will merely be a placeholder for the next president, should our struggling republic last that long.

Hillary’s followers are true believer progressives. They will follow her lead, but they’re in the minority.

Donald Trump creates a similar visceral reaction from most people, maybe more appropriately described as a gag reflex because his personality is just too yuuuge for mere mortals to swallow.

Unfortunately, Donald Trump is an enormous variable. His policies are all-over-the-map. His views change to suit his audience. He is beholden to ABSOLUTELY NO ONE. It seems the positive benefit touted by his supporters could be equally damaging to the country if he chooses to change positions or go rogue. He answers only to the Donald…

Add to his lack of accountability, the fact that many of his supporters are abandoning a lifetime of conservatism to support a lifelong progressive. This is wholly irrational behavior seen in movements where people blindly follow the enigmatic leader. Should the Donald decide to go rogue, I worry that the people who abandoned principle to thumb their nose at the Republican party, may continue to support the stated tyrannical policies of Mr. Trump.

Essentially, Donald Trump is beholden to no one, has a history of changing his views, and most of his supporters have changed their views to support him. The weight of my fear of a Trump Presidency going rogue makes my hatred for Hillary Clinton pale-in-comparison. Hillary would be a less-effective, more manly clone of Obama. Donald Trump will be whatever he wants to be as president. He will de-legitimize and destroy any hope of a conservative resurgence within the Republican party…and that scares me.

As an aside, can someone explain this to me:

“I hate your progressive behavior, so I’m going to vote for a progressive!” Seems illogical to me.

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Grand Unified Theory of Trump Success

I intend to present Nota’s Grand Unified Theory Of Trump Success. I will lay my theory out in six points, explaining each as I go.

  • American Disapproval & Defiance

The American people have long been viewed as hostile, defiant, and dare I say, belligerent. These are some innate qualities which many actually celebrate. We will, as all people, tolerate abuse until we’ve had enough and finally snap. It is my position that the majority of Americans have had enough. They’re fed up in equal measure (though on different sides) with the intransigence of our elected officials. Both left and right approve of the gridlock from their side, but decry the unwillingness of the other to concede. They’re fed up with corporate-government revolving door and special-interest policy and/or law-making. They are fed up with the fact that it matters not which party is in control, they deep state never seems to change. Tired of corporations and bankers wielding undue influence over those elected to do the bidding of the people.

After four disastrous terms of George W. Bush & Barack H. Obama with their military adventurism, economic malaise, and inability to accomplish anything that actually follows the constitution of acts in the genuine interest of the American people, it’s natural to see these same people begin to abandon hope or at the very least, give the middle finger to the two parties they view as responsible, and give their support to the belligerent outsider who promises to get shit done.

  • Two Party Options & Special Interests

The people of America, both left and right, are looking at the options placed before them [options wholly within their control if they weren’t too lazy to get involved in a meaningful way] and finding a line-up of tired career politicians whose interests only seem to align with themselves and whichever benefactor donated the most money to their election. The state of education system being what it is, most Americans don’t have a clue how to affect real change in the political process. On top of that, they are too distracted by social media & pop-culture to invest the time or energy to avail themselves of the information they need. Put simply, politics isn’t sexy. This is evidenced by the occasional rise of some political phenom who generates an ecstatic energy that moves people to “get involved” and support them.

On the Democrat side of the aisle, you have the choice between a phony, lying, dishonorable hag and a dillusional Marxist kook. It’s natural that those democrats who tend toward the middle would look elsewhere. On the flipside, our choices looked like a hodge podge of failed attempts to “diversify”. The Republican pool could double as a poster for UNICEF aid success stories. This was not an organic occurrence.

The people understand that the GOP was trying to broaden the base by putting up all of these candidates who never really had a chance…and they’re not buying what the party is selling. It’s natural that they too would vent their frustrations by moving toward the candidate who is brash enough to say what they think, energetic enough to push his views onto the public, and rich enough to maintain a safe distance from the bankers and CEO’s we have come to so despise.

  • Historical Trends & The Rhythm They Dance To

If one were to turn the clock back to the beginning of the 20th century, they would find a country awash in economic uncertainty, in the midst of a burgeoning industrial revolution, and on the cusp of technological transformations so immense as to be unbelievable. People were seeing horseless carriages, powered flight, electricity and running water in homes become commonplace. The last of the American West had been subdued and our place on the global stage was being secured. America was coming into her own.

In 1912 Teddy Roosevelt, a progressive Republican was running for his second elected term (non-consecutive) against William Howard Taft and Woodrow Wilson. Taft was an old school (R) while Wilson and Roosevelt shared a distaste for the separation of powers and impotence built-in to the position of the Executive…the President. The battle was on for the soul of the Republican party. Teddy Roosevelt (as he hated to be called) cultivated an image of manliness which endures to this day. While he violated the constitution and did everything he could to act unilaterally, he got shit done.

He was immensely popular as an image of the rugged American male, and as a President who made things happen. [As presidents go, he would arguably tie for the most well-read with Thomas Jefferson]. He failed to get the republican nomination, as this was the first election to use the new primary system. As a result, he splintered off and formed the Bull Moose Party. This decision cost the incumbent William Howard Taft the election, as it drew votes from the pool that would be “Republican” votes. (H. Ross Perot, anyone?)

Combine the advancement of the Progressive Era of American political life, with the advancements in the comfort of so many personal lives, then shake it up with distrust of corporations and banks and economic calamity ever-lurking just around the next bend, as America begins flexing her military muscles around the world and amazingly a picture of 1912 looks frighteningly like a picture of 2015.

Neither election occurred in a vacuum. These weren’t isolated events. There was an emerging zeitgeist of public distrust which played out over several elections. Hell, an anarchist killed President McKinley who gave rise to President Roosevelt in 1901. Teddy Roosevelt, as I mentioned had a carefully cultivated persona of manliness.  He also had a penchant for micro-management. The House Speaker under Roosevelt, Joseph Cannon said of Roosevelt’s intent at policy-making: “That fellow at the other end of the avenue wants everything from the birth of Christ to the death of the devil.” “Even his friends occasionally wondered whether there wasn’t any custom or practice too minor for him to try to regulate, update or otherwise improve.”

America in her uncertainty, had elected a strong man, who promised to get things done [google Roosevelt’s -“Square Deal”].

  • The Cult Of Personality In A “Reality” TV World

The American people elected Barack Obama because he was black…and because that blackness was the furthest thing from GW Bush that they could find. They voted for the spectacular reading skills of the urbane, cosmopolitan, multi-national intellectual black man because he was a departure from the crude, white, semi-literate hillbilly who had virtually destroyed our country for eight years. After eight years of abject failure from that politician, they are now supporting an outsider who is neither urbane, nor intellectual, nor eloquent. He’s a terrible speaker with ill-formed opinions who vocalizes the frustrations so many feel. He’s a reality TV star who is skilled at branding and a business man who has never been a politician.

He is the true reflection of the American people…and that’s why he will win.

  • Inside the Bubble: Why the Political Class Ignores us

The political class ignores the American people for the same reason they refused to believe Trump was a serious contender. They don’t feel the outrage of the people, because the people don’t understand how to express that outrage. Be it caused by laziness, lack of intellectual curiosity, or just being busy the American people don’t get involved in politics until they’re pissed…and then they don’t do it in a meaningful way which affects actual change within the system. If the political class never feels the wrath of the people, they will never change their behavior. They will continue to work in their own best interest, ignoring the warning signs of a disgruntled populace until that populace explodes with righteous anger and elects a disingenuous belligerent to lead the free world.

  • GUTTS Summarized

Through a strange confluence of human nature, human behavior, and world events, the American people are going the easy route by pushing a strong man to get things done because they are fed up with the culture of Washington.  They are fed up with endless war, apologizing for America, political correctness, economic uncertainty, and most-importantly with not having their voices heard. The American people will elect a ballsy, brash, unapologetic, angry, self-assured, ill advised, anti-intellectual strong man to lead the nation. How have we fallen to the point where the only viable option as a political healer is a loud-mouthed, self-aggrandizing, orange caricature of American excess? However misplaced their trust may be, Donald Trump is a true reflection of the American public…and we will get the government we deserve.

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No One Has Done More For _________ Than Me

No one has done more for people with disabilities than me.

No one has done more for Israel than I have.

No one has done more for equality than me.

No one has done more for vets than me.

No one has done more for women than I have.

No one has done more for minorities than me.

I’m YUGE! You’ll see. I’ll show you. ~Donald J. Trump

Anyone else notice this pattern?

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An Open Letter To My CEO

This sense of entitlement is destroying our latest generation. This young smart-ass wrote an open letter to her CEO essentially telling him what a dumbass he is. Hilarity ensued.

[If she wanted to be effective and advance her career, she could have gotten her point across in a way that made her more valuable to the company and it’s objectives; i.e. “I have several ideas to increase productivity and reduce overhead, while increasing employee retention at almost no capital investment”. Instead she chose to gripe about a job with great benefits and perks, which she willfully accepted. ]

Dear Jeremy,

When I was a kid, back in the 90s when Spice Girls and owning a pager were #goals, I dreamed of having a car and a credit card and my own apartment. I told my 8-year old self, This is what it means to be an adult.

Now, seventeen years later, I have those things. But boy did I not anticipate a decade and a half ago that a car and a credit card and an apartment would all be symbols of stress, not success.

I left college, having majored in English literature, with a dream to work in media. It was either that or go to law school. Or become a teacher. But I didn’t want to become a cliche or drown in student loans, see. I also desperately needed to leave where I was living — I could get into the details of why, but to sum up: I wanted to die every single day of my life and it took me several years to realize it was because of the environment I was in. So, I picked the next best place: somewhere close to my dad, since we’ve never gotten to have much of a relationship and I like the weather up here. I found a job (I was hired the same day as my interview, in fact) and I put a bunch of debt on a shiny new credit card to afford the move.

Coming out of college without much more than freelancing and tutoring under my belt, I felt it was fair that I start out working in the customer support section of Yelp/Eat24 before I’d be qualified to transfer to media. Then, after I had moved and got firmly stuck in this apartment with this debt, I was told I’d have to work in support for an entire year before I would be able to move to a different department. A whole year answering calls and talking to customers just for the hope that someday I’d be able to make memes and twitter jokes about food. If you follow me on twitter, which you don’t, you’d know that these are things I already do. But that’s neither here nor there. Let’s get back to the situation at hand, shall we?

So here I am, 25-years old, balancing all sorts of debt and trying to pave a life for myself that doesn’t involve crying in the bathtub every week. Every single one of my coworkers is struggling. They’re taking side jobs, they’re living at home. One of them started a GoFundMe because she couldn’t pay her rent. She ended up leaving the company and moving east, somewhere the minimum wage could double as a living wage. Another wrote on those neat whiteboards we’ve got on every floor begging for help because he was bound to be homeless in two weeks. Fortunately, someone helped him out. At least, I think they did. I actually haven’t seen him in the past few months. Do you think he’s okay? Another guy who got hired, and ultimately let go, was undoubtedly homeless. He brought a big bag with him and stocked up on all those snacks you make sure are on every floor (except on the weekends when the customer support team is working, because we’re what makes Eat24 24-hours, 7 days a week but the team who comes to stock up those snacks in the early hours during my shift are only there Mondays through Fridays, excluding holidays. They get holidays and weekends off! Can you imagine?). By and large, our floor pummels through those snacks the fastest and has to roam other floors to find something to eat. Is it because we’re gluttons? Maybe. If you starve a pack of wolves and toss them a single steak, will they rip each other to shreds fighting over it? Definitely.

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I did notice — and maybe this was just a fluke — that Yelp has stopped stocking up on those awful flavored coconut waters. Was that Mike’s suggestion? Because I did include, half-facetiously, in that email he and Patty so politely rejected that Yelp could save about $24,000 in two months if the company stopped restocking flavored coconut waters since no one drinks them (because they taste like the bitter remorse of accepting a job that can’t pay a living wage and everyone kept falling over into the fetal position and hyperventilating about their life’s worth. It really cut into the productivity that all those new hires are so prolific at avoiding). I wonder what it would be like if I made $24,000 more annually. I could probably get the headlight fixed on my car. And the flat tire. And maybe even get the oil change and renewed registration — but I don’t want to dream too extravagantly. Maybe you could cut out all the coconut waters altogether? You could probably cut back on a lot of the drinks and snacks that are stocked on every single floor. I mean, I could handle losing out on pistachio nuts if I was getting paid enough to afford groceries. No one really eats the pistachios anyway — have you ever tried answering the phone fifty times an hour while eating pistachios? Those hard shells really get in the way of talking to hundreds of customers and restaurants a day.

Anyway, those are my thoughts. I know they’re not worth your time — did you know that the average American earns enough money that the time they would spend picking up a penny costs more than the penny’s worth? I pick up every penny I see, which I think explains why sharing these thoughts is worth my time, even if it’s not worth yours.

Your Friend In Food,

Talia

UPDATE: As of 5:43pm PST, I have been officially let go from the company. This was entirely unplanned (but I guess not completely unexpected?) but any help until I find new employment would be extremely appreciated. My PayPal is xxxxxxx, my Venmo is xxxxxxxxx (no hyphen). Square Cash is xxxxxxxx. Thank you so much for helping my story be heard.

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Capt Higgins For President

Can I get an amen?

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NIRP – Cashless Society – New World Order

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Larry Summers, former Secretary if the Treasury, has issued the opening salvo in the war on cash, just days after the Euro Zone did the same for the 500 euro note. I hate the idea of going cashless, but I will lay out plus & minus, and let the reader decide for their self.

Here is a small sample of the many benefits of a cashless society:

1. Easier to crack down on tax evasion

2. Easier to prevent money-laundering

3. Enables complete Federal oversight of “suspicious” transactions

4. Simplifies payments

5. Encourages the development of smart-payment technologies

The Downside:

1. Easier to crack down on anyone you accuse of tax evasion

2. Easier to launder money since it will be a digital transaction with no need to recirculate “dirty” bills

3. Enables federal oversight of EVERY transaction

4. Prevents you from keeping emergency funds on hand (buy gold & silver)

5. Allows your every move to tracked, analyzed, compiled, and used against you

6. Allows for unchecked financial manipulation and the seizure of your liquidity for the “greater good”

7. There will be nowhere to run, when the world is cashless

8. Allows for easy integration into a one world economy without you having a say

9. Will not reduce crime of any kind, but will make it easier. There will be an explosion in the number of “consultants” who accept Visa/MC
9a. Instead of robbing you for $150, the crooks will have access to it all

10. Prevents you from sticking with cash in a NIRP [neg int rate policy] world

11. Allows for you to be taxed on every single transaction you ever make [selling Grandpa’s coin collection? – now it’s a capital gain!]

Enjoy the road to serfdom, it’s about to get a lot bumpier.

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How They Plan To Take Some Guns

Someone tell me how a Preventive Services Task Force is evenly tangentially Constitutional…or how they can MANDATE annual depression screenings…

The United States Preventive Services Task Force recently recommended mandatory depression screening for all Americans. The task force wants to force health insurance companies to pay for the screening. Basic economics, as well as the Obamacare disaster, should have shown this task force that government health insurance mandates harm Americans.

Don’t forget the ObamaCare provision that has doctors now asking about gun ownership.

There’s a widely-unknown provision in the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) — legislative wording that is capturing attention in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Pushed by the National Rifle Association (NRA), a newly-noticed regulation that was placed deep within the bill back in 2010, among other things, bans doctors from documenting patients’ answers to questions that focus upon guns.

The Washington Post first reported on Dec. 30 about the presence of this controversial wording. Under a section with the headline “Protection of Second Amendment Gun Rights,” the NRA-advocated wording is nestled deep within the law. The Post called the inclusion, “a largely overlooked but significant challenge to a movement in American medicine to treat firearms as a matter of public health.”

You had to know that as soon as they turned gun rights into a public health concern, they were eventually going to come for them. They’re neither brave enough, or stupid enough to come and physically take them, so they’ll get the 2nd Amendment the same way they’ve gotten the rest – one piece at a time. You’re being penned in by a treasonous and tyrannical ruling class.

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“You Bombed The Pentagon! How Much Time Did You Do?”

Brilliant, as always!

Watch the whole thing here:

Enjoy…

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Any Of This Sound Familiar?

Even before his coronation in 1626, King Charles I of England was almost bankrupt. His predecessors King James and Queen Elizabeth had run the royal treasury down to almost nothing. Costly war and military folly had taken its toll. The crown had simply wasted far too much money, and brought in too little.

To make matters worse, King Charles was constantly at odds with parliament. The English government was completely dysfunctional, with constant bickering, personal attacks, and very little sound decision-making.

Parliament refused to pass the taxes that Charles needed to make ends meet. But at the same time, the King was legally unable to levy his own taxes without parliamentary approval.

So, faced with financial desperation, he began to look for alternative ways to raise revenue.

One way was relying on practically ancient, obscure laws to penalize his subjects.

The Distraint of Knighthood, for example, was based on an act from 1278, roughly three and a half centuries before Charles’ coronation.

The Act gave him the legal authority to fine all men with a minimum level of income who did not present themselves in person at his coronation.

Charles also commandeered vast amounts of land, restoring the boundaries of the royal forests to where they had been during the time of King Edward I in the 13th century.

He then fined anyone who encroached on the land, and resold much of it to industries that were supportive of his reign. King Charles even resorted to begging; in July 1626, he requested that his subjects “lovingly, freely, and voluntarily” give him money. When that didn’t work, the King levied a Forced Loan, effectively confiscating people’s funds under the guise of ‘borrowing’ it.

He raised about £250,000, the equivalent of about $7.5 billion today.

Emboldened by his success, Charles eventually seized assets directly, including all the gold on deposit being held at the Royal Mint– money that belonged to the merchants and goldsmiths of England.

At one point Charles even forced the East India Company to ‘loan’ him their pepper and spice inventory. He subsequently sold the products at a steep loss.

If any of this sounds familiar, it should.

Today there is no shortage of nations facing fiscal desperation. Most of Europe. Japan. The United States.

In the Land of the Free, the government has spent years… decades… engaged in the most wasteful folly, from multi-trillion dollar wars to a multi-billion dollar website.

US debt just hit $19 trillion a few days ago. And it’s only going higher.

We can already see the government’s financial desperation.

Over the years, the government has effectively levied a ‘forced loan’ totaling more than $2.6 trillion on the Social Security Trust Fund, whose ultimate beneficiaries are the taxpayers of the United States.

Bottom line, they’re ‘borrowing’ YOUR money.

Last year the government stole more from Americans through ‘Civil Asset Forfeiture’ than all the thieves in the United States combined. In December, the US government confiscated $19.3 billion from the Federal Reserve, which, by the way, was already very thinly capitalized.

Even if you want to believe the propaganda, it’s clear that these are not the actions of a healthy, solvent government that embraces liberty. In fact, the government published over 80,000 pages of laws, bills, regulations, and executive orders last year. Just this morning they published another 308 pages.

It’s impossible for anyone to keep up with all of these rules. And yet each can carry civil and criminal penalties, including a fine now for not having health insurance.

As Mark Twain used to say, history may not repeat, but it certainly rhymes. Financially insolvent governments of major superpowers do not simply go gentle into that good night. They don’t suddenly turn over a new leaf and start embracing economic freedom.

Instead, they get worse. More desperate. More destructive.

Should we honestly believe that they can continue racking up more debt than has ever existed in the history of the world without any consequences? This is madness. At some point, fiscal reality always catches up. Maybe not at $19 trillion. Maybe not even at $20 trillion.

Maybe it takes 3 months. Or 3 years. But somewhere out there is a straw that can break the camel’s back. And that has serious consequences. Never forget that if something is predictable, then it’s also preventable. And facing such obvious trends, it makes all the sense in the world to take some simple, rational steps to put together your own Plan B.

Not mine. Jacked from Simon Black @ www.sovereignman.com Click the link. Show some love.

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Capturing Populist Outrage

I was bored and had a few free minutes.

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