Too Big to Fail and Too Connected to Care

This week’s headlines include a rising unemployment rate, a slowdown in factory orders, and the slow disintegration of the Euro.

As the recession enters its sixth year every trick has been tried as the economy skitters off a cliff.

We have tried stimulus and austerity; we have tinkered with tax incentives and quantitative easing 1, 2 and soon-to-be-announced QE3. We have reduced payroll taxes and lowered mortgage rates to historic lows – and yet the economy refuses to soar, lying there like the soft deflated balloon it has become.

Nation Building: Why Not Start Here?

American taxpayers have spent trillions building bridges in Iraq and Afghanistan while our own are dilapidated. We are building sewer treatment facilities in cities all over the world, but our own can’t withstand a major flood. Our trains are rolling pieces of junk, a government monopoly called Amtrak, whose main goal appears to be a pension delivery system for unionized government workers instead of the efficient transport of passengers and cargo. Our public education system, once the envy of the world, has degenerated into a feeder system for our courts and prisons. (We rank 32nd in math proficiency and 29th in science – not the results one would expect from the billions we squander on public education.)

US Economy 2012: Obama’s Titanic: Failure and the Sheeple

Obama new deal Time Magazine

When the jagged fingers of an iceberg first penetrated the ship’s hull, few on board the Titanic could anticipate the extent of the disaster that lay before them.

Ice cubes still tinkled in glasses. People were sleeping under warm comfy blankets. Couples danced or fought their petty battles. The cooks and waiters went about their work.

People were wrapped up in the usual things that people think about: business affairs, the health of loved ones, petty squabbles with friends or spouses, perceived slights, the well-being of their children, lost loves and hopes for new opportunities.

Few felt the ship buckle and those that did feel the massive vessel shudder probably just ignored it. Surely, the powers that be knew what they were doing and would quickly correct any problems that might interfere with their journey. Only a few people were aware of the extent of the damage, and of course, those people were ignored.

Trayvon Martin: Political Tool of Convenience

Obama Boss Hogg The media and the public have foolishly bitten the bait about the Trayvon Martin matter having gotten pulled into all of the racial, social and cultural triggers it evokes. Gun control, self defense, racial profiling, and stand your ground laws, it has it all, but it has nothing to do with any of these things.

Trayvon Martin is about one thing only: insuring Barrack Obama’s reelection. Preposterous? Lets see.

According to a February 11, 2009 report by CBS news, in 2005 49% of ALL murder victims are black men. That year an astonishing 6,783 black men were murdered. Worse yet, half of those were between the ages of 17 and 29. This means that if the numbers have stayed constant during the recession, on any given weekend 130 black men are murdered in the formerly great nation of the United States of America. There are no parades, no marches, and no protests to stop this violence. This appalling number of murders is ignored by the power structure- both white and black. There is no money or power to be reaped from this bitter harvest of death, unlike the Trayvon Martin matter.

Top 100 Conservative Websites for 2012 by Alexa Rank

These are the top 100 conservative websites for 2012 according to Alexa, the web’s number one source for website rankings. This list is based on worldwide rankings, not US rankings. However, it should give you a general idea since almost all of these sites are solely based on conservative American politics. Not much has changed since 2011, just a little reshuffling, with a few omissions and new entries. If you want to know what’s happening with conservative politics in the US, this list should keep you busy for a while.

Is God Real? How We Can Know for a Fact

How many times have you seen videos and articles claiming to prove God’s existence or non-existence? I know I have certainly seen a ton of them. In my opinion, every single one of them, on both sides of the argument fall short. To me, it’s easy to prove, or disprove, in several ways. Apparently, for many people, it is a matter of faith (or lack of). To me, it’s all about logic, reason, coincidence, likelihood, and honesty. Yes, honesty.

Before I dig into this, I want to challenge people on both sides- be honest. I understand most of us come into this argument with a bias, myself included. But it the end, reason and logic HAS to win, not faith.

Endorsement: Ron Paul for President 2012

That’s right. Ron Paul is the man. In all my (52) years, I have never seen such a man; a man who stands on principles, the same principles that guided our founders, and has for 40 years; a man who stands for smaller government for real, not just talking a good game like Bush did; a man who stands for the Constitution, the way it was meant to be understood, not the twisted way today’s politicians try to make it; a man who predicted 9-11; a man who predicted the economic collapse; the only anti-war candidate on either side of the aisle; the only one who cannot be bought by the industrial complex; Ron Paul for president in 2012, that’s my hope and prayer. More so than any other election in my life, I want this man to win at this time in our history.

Feds Raid Gibson Guitar Factories for Illegal Wood (Again)

Is nothing sacred with this government? Well, apparently, fine-grained lumber such as rosewood and ebony from Madagascar is. But not Gibson guitars. Hello? OK, maybe I’m a bit biased, having been a guitar player all my life and a proud owner of several Gibson guitars.

When I came across this story, I thought the brown-shirts were a little out of place- raiding the best guitar manufacturer in the world. Of course, it’s easy to see the real reason for this incident- money. But then, that’s usually the reason when common sense goes out the window. Well, money, or love.