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Published on: November 5, 2012

Long before the presidential election campaign started — before the Republican nominee was even selected — I felt like it didn’t matter who won, because our debt was so astronomically high it was impossible to clean up. And I don’t mean impossible like, impossible to climb a mountain that high, or impossible to swim the sea — subjective analogies. From a purely OBJECTIVE frame of reference; i.e., mathematics… it’s mathematically impossible to reduce the debt to even manageable levels, let alone reduce it to zero.

People used to say I was hopelessly optimistic. I’m different now. While not a pessimist, I have my doubts that America — America’s politicians, citizens, whoever — can pull it out of the fire. My personal beliefs on a religious level tell me that that’s probably the way it’s supposed to be at this point in time. I just don’t like thinking that it might be over. I don’t like it that America let its politicians and bankers bring us to this.

And I hate thinking that it might be a slow slide down into the abyss. If it’s over, I wish the door would just slam shut.

I guess it was bound to happen sooner or later.

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Published on: October 30, 2012

As of this writing, 7.5 million people on the east coast are without power. At least 100 homes have been destroyed by fire. Thirty-three people have died, mostly from falling trees. These numbers will climb as time passes and rescuers get a clearer picture of the damage. Please folks, get ready for contributions of clothing and food, just as we did for tornado victims across the midwest two years ago. And always, always, keep them in prayer, victims and rescuers alike.

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Published on: September 19, 2012

Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever

Arizona lost a truly great sheriff last night (9/18) when Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever died in a one-car rollover near Williams, AZ. He was going to meet his sons for a hunting trip.

Elected to office in 1996, he was known for his tough stance on illegal immigration.

Vaya con dios, Sheriff Dever. We’ll miss you.

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Published on: July 17, 2012

I’m not a huge fan of HBO productions. And I’ve never seen an episode of The Newsroom. But this video echoed feelings I’ve had for more than a year now.

We really were the greatest nation in the world. I hope we can be again.

[If R-rated language offends you, pass this one by.]

I think I’ll have to watch this episode. If it’s as good as this YouTube video, I might just keep watching.

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Published on: April 25, 2012

June 28, 2012.

This is a date you’ll want to keep in mind. Maybe stop by your bank a couple of days before.

A little background:

Signed into law on December 31, 2011, the NDAA calls for sanctions on foreign financial institutions that knowingly engage in significant financial transactions with the Central Bank of Iran or “designated Iranian financial institutions,” a term that refers to Iranian financial institutions whose property interests have been blocked in connection with Iran’s proliferation of weapons of mass destruction or its support for international terrorism. NDAA sanctions have the potential to effectively cut off foreign financial institutions from the U.S. financial system by prohibiting the opening of, requiring the closing of, or imposing strict conditions on, the maintenance of correspondent or payable-through accounts at U.S. financial institutions.

Excerpt from m.sidley.com

The deadline for compliance to these sanctions is June 28, 2012. From that day forward, any country that does business with Iran… in dollars… will be severed from the U.S. banking network.

The key to this is ‘in dollars’, the reserve currency used throughout the world.

Several things have happened in the last 18 months that complicate things. First, on Nov. 24, 2010, Russia and China agreed to quit the dollar for the purpose of bilateral trade.

According to the China Daily:

St. Petersburg, Russia – China and Russia have decided to renounce the US dollar and resort to using their own currencies for bilateral trade, Premier Wen Jiabao and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin announced late on Tuesday.

Chinese experts said the move reflected closer relations between Beijing and Moscow and is not aimed at challenging the dollar, but to protect their domestic economies.

Excerpt from chinadaily.com

Secondly, over the last year, China’s purchases of gold has skyrocketed. According to Forbes:


Analysts believe China bought as much as 490 tons of gold in 2011, double the estimated 245 tons in 2010.  “The thing that’s caught people’s minds is the massive increase in Chinese buying,” remarked Ross Norman of Sharps Pixley, a London gold brokerage, this month.

Excerpt from Forbes

And over the last 24 months, China has been dumping U.S. Treasuries.

Now this:

Beijing is planning to avoid U.S. financial sanctions on Iran by paying for oil with gold.  China’s imports of the metal are already large, and you can guess what additional purchases are going to do to prices.

On the last day of 2011, President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012.  The NDAA, as it is called, attempts to reduce Iran’s revenue from the sale of petroleum by imposing sanctions on foreign financial institutions conducting transactions with Iranian financial institutions in connection with those sales.  This provision, which essentially cuts off sanctioned institutions from the U.S. financial system, takes effect on June 28.

Excerpt from Forbes

For years, investors have speculated on what would happen if the dollar collapsed. It appears they may find out. And if that happens, we’ll also find out just how much power America has in the world.

Insert long, heavy sigh here.

As a footnote, there’s this:

On the heels of the disclosure that China will buy oil from Iran using gold, legendary trader and investor, Jim Sinclair, told King World News that the massive paper gold shorts are now trapped and may see gold gap up to $3,000 if a vacuum in the physical market develops. Sinclair described this event as “historic.” But first, here is what Sinclair had to say about the recent trading action in gold: “You have seen in the last month, a phenomena. If you have eyes in your head, you have to know when the gold banks enter into the gold market, offering more for sale than would be mined in the next five years, they are not in there to sell anything. They are in there to manipulate the price.”

Excerpt from Jim Sinclair’s MineSet

It’s been more than a year since JP Morgan Chase stated they were no longer selling gold on paper because they had no way of backing it up should customers wish to cash out with physical gold.

Hang on, kids. It’s going to get bumpy.

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Published on: April 23, 2012

I’ve been wondering this for some time.

From USAWatchdog

With Greece bankrupt, and Spain, Italy and Portugal lined up for default; the Middle East spiraling out of control; Fukushima on the verge of forcing the evacuation of 39 million people from Tokyo; Wall Street running what amounts to a casino; etc., etc., etc. …

Nobody cares.

The MSM doesn’t care enough to report it, or, if they do, nobody cares to read or listen to it.

I used to think the MSM is trying to spare us the night terrors, but they’re not that smart. Or compassionate.

There’s a good article on USAWatchdog about this, called Numb to Bad News. Greg Hunter notes the trend. James Howard Kunstler follows with an opinion titled As If Nothing Matters.

Here’s a link to the latest from Fukushima:

It’s Not Over: Government Plans for the Worst: Forced Evacuation of Tokyo

And this tidbit on where all that radiation has been going:

The Radiation Warnings You Won’t Get from the Mainstream Propaganda Machine

And people wonder why I prep.

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Published on: April 1, 2012

This is old news, but news that deserves a bit more scrutiny now that the presidential campaign is picking up speed and Obama undoubtedly will use immigration — legal and illegal — as a means of sucking up as much of the Hispanic vote as possible.

Not long after the Arizona legislature passed SB 1070 (Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act) and Governor Jan Brewer signed it into law, there was a predictable public outcry against it. Some states, counties, municipalities and businesses, notably liberal in political philosophy, decided the best way to fight this law was to boycott the state.

Protestors in downtown Boston demand immigration reform and denounce the Arizona immigration law.
Boycotts included some city councils imposing travel bans for non-essential business purposes, a call to move the Major League Baseball championship game from Phoenix, and general condemnation of the law.

And, of course, no legislation that makes an end run on the Obama Administration’s failings would be complete without a lawsuit filed by Obama’s Justice Department, which happened on July 6, 2010.

At the same time, many states and city councils were in full support of the law. Costa Mesa and Orange, California city councils declared themselves ‘rule of law’ cities in support of Arizona’s law. Lake Elsinore, California City Council voted to support Arizona’s law and to require employers in the city to use the federal E-Verify program to ensure that job applicants are authorized to work in the United States.

Antonio Villaraigosa
Of particular interest to me was the boycott announced by Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and the highly publicized response to it.

From the Los Angeles Times, April 29, 2010:

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Thursday that he supports a boycott of Arizona by the city of Los Angeles, and he called that state’s newly passed immigration law “unpatriotic and unconstitutional.”

… The mayor said boycotts have worked in the past and cited the city’s divestiture from South Africa in the 1980s to protest apartheid.

… On Tuesday, seven members of the Los Angeles City Council signed a proposal for a boycott, calling for the city to “refrain from conducting business” or participating in conventions in Arizona. Councilman Ed Reyes, who wrote the proposal with Councilwoman Janice Hahn, said he wants city officials to spend the next 90 days assessing the financial relationships that exist between various city departments and businesses based in Arizona.

… Villaraigosa acknowledged that there would be great complexity involved in pursuing an economic boycott. But he said that such an effort would send a message, spurring cities across the state and the nation to follow suit. “The bottom line is, boycotts work,” he said.

[Click here to read article]

Then things got interesting.

Los Angeles and other portions of California get electricity from Palo Verde nuclear power plant outside Phoenix, as well as from coal-fired power plants in northern Arizona and two giant hydroelectric power generators along the Colorado River.

Those contracts for utilities, which, presumably, are among the ‘financial relationships’ the Los Angeles City Council wishes to ‘assess’ — a move endorsed by Mayor Villaraigosa — are negotiated and authorized by the Arizona Corporation Commission. One of the ACC’s commissioners is Gary Pierce.

In a letter dated May 18, 2010, Commissioner Pierce wrote:

Dear Mayor Villaraigosa:

I was dismayed to learn that the Los Angeles City Council voted to boycott Arizona and Arizona-based companies — a vote you strongly supported — to show opposition to SB 1070 (Support our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act).

You explained your support of the boycott as follows: “While we recognize that as neighbors, we share resources and ties with the State of Arizona that may be difficult to sever, our goal is not to hurt the local economy of Los Angeles, but to impact the economy of Arizona. Our intent is to use our dollars — or the withholding of our dollars — to send a message.” (emphasis added)

Gary Pierce
I received your message; please receive mine. As a state-wide elected member of the Arizona Corporation Commission overseeing Arizona’s electric and water utilities, I too am keenly aware of the “resources and ties” we share with the City of Los Angeles. In fact, approximately twenty-five percent of the electricity consumed in Los Angeles is generated by power plants in Arizona.

If an economic boycott is truly what you desire, I will be happy to encourage Arizona utilities to renegotiate your power agreements so Los Angeles no longer receives any power from Arizona-based generation. I am confident that Arizona’s utilities would be happy to take those electrons off your hands. If, however, you find that the City Council lacks the strength of its convictions to turn off the lights in Los Angeles and boycott Arizona power, please reconsider the wisdom of attempting to harm Arizona’s economy.

People of goodwill can disagree over the merits of SB 1070. A state-wide economic boycott of Arizona is not a message sent in goodwill.

Sincerely,

Commissioner Gary Pierce

(Click on the letter (above right) to download a PDF of the letter.)

At that point, all hell broke loose. Not surprisingly, Pierce was vilified in the liberal press. Antagonism against Arizona was notched up another level.

In a May 19, 2010 article on Salon.com, writer Alex Pareene ripped Pierce, though in a casual manner, as if to suggest the article was barely worth his time:

Arizona’s state corporation commissioner has written a bizarre and hostile letter to the mayor of Los Angeles, threatening to cut off power to the city if it goes through with a planned economic boycott of Arizona.

In the letter, commissioner Gary Pierce tells Antonio Villaraigosa that 25 percent of Los Angeles’ electricity originates in Arizona, and Pierce would have no trouble convincing Arizona utilities to … stop selling electricity to the region’s largest metro area by far.

In addition to his apparent megalomaniacal tendencies, this Pierce character also seems pretty dumb:

“I am confident that Arizona’s utilities would be happy to take those electrons off your hands,” he wrote. “If, however, you find that the City Council lacks the strength of its convictions to turn off the lights in Los Angeles and boycott Arizona power, please reconsider the wisdom of attempting to harm Arizona’s economy.”

OK, but … Arizona utilities have no compelling reason to stop selling those electrons to L.A., and if they were convinced to cut off the juice, L.A. could just buy power somewhere else.

[Click here to read article]

A few observations here:

First, Pierce is anything but dumb. He is in fact a gentleman in his response to Villaraigosa, making simple, sincere statements of fact without being insulting. Perhaps that’s why Pareene misjudges him; he’s not accustomed to persuasion that doesn’t employ humiliation or degradation.

Second, Arizona’s compelling reason to ‘stop selling those electrons to L.A.’ is to demonstrate to Villaraigosa that an economic boycott can have serious unintended consequences. Arizona stands to lose a serious amount of money from these boycotts if they are instigated, and does not take lightly these threats.

Third — and more importantly to Los Angeles, its mayor and city council, and its residents — if L.A. were to lose these contracts for electricity for any reason, boycott backlash or otherwise, it would be hard pressed to find cheap power to replace that which it lost. We live in an age of rolling brownouts and outages as a result of an antiquated and insufficient power grid. Los Angeles, among major metropolitan areas, sucks electricity like a top-fuel dragster sucks nitromethane. Picture a toilet flushing.

If — and this is a big if — L.A. ‘could just buy power somewhere else’, much as one would simply drive to a different gas station if their primary station were too busy, the city would pay a premium price for their new-found electrons.

Finally, if — again, a big if, but for the sake of discussion, it’s relevant — Los Angeles were to lose 25 percent of its electricity for even 24 hours, the town would tear itself apart. Anarchy would begin within 3 hours of the disruption, and the city would never be the same.

With that in mind, much of the rhetoric concerning this particular boycott should be carefully considered. It’s one thing to hold someone at arm’s length and say, “Be careful now…”, and something else entirely to cut one’s own throat.

Had I been present in those discussions between city council, mayor and whoever else was involved, at some point I would have pointed out that which is obvious to Arizonans, but to very few outsiders:

We’ll bend, we’ll change our minds when it’s in our interests, and sometimes we’ll yield altogether. But in matters of principle, if you threaten us, you’re likely to get your asses handed to you. In a state where open-carry has been legal for years, and a lot of people do just that, we don’t take threats lightly.

In the end, this law — SB 1070 — was passed by our legislature because of the danger faced everyday by Arizona residents. To the rest of you who don’t like it… it’s none of your damn business!

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Published on: March 31, 2012

From USA Watchdog
Didn’t someone say they bailed out Greece? I mean, bailout means everything’s peachy, right? Look at our country. We’ve bailed out just about everybody and everything in the U.S., and we’re fine.

Oh, wait a minute.

Sometimes reality sucks. I’m happy to watch Fox News, MSNBC (not really, though) or any other MSM outlet. Or read papers and get the news I need. News like… Lindsay Lohan being free at last (thank God), Tim Tebow being traded to the Jets (seriously thank God) and the never-ending puppet show that is campaign coverage.

But then I find myself thinking, ‘I wonder what’s really happening in the world.’ So I go to USA Watchdog (usawatchdog.com), Jim Sinclair’s MineSet (jsmineset.com) or Zero Hedge (zerohedge.com). If I want a survival twist, I go to SHTF Plan (shtfplan.com) or Survival Blog (survivalblog.com).

And I get the kind of news that keeps you up at night… scary, but accurate.

Here’s a quote from Greg Hunter on USA Watchdog (March 22, 2012) concerning the dollar:

Some experts, like economist John Williams, say a dollar collapse is highly possible because $12 trillion in liquid dollar assets are held outside the country. I, too, think at some point, the U.S. will face a currency crisis. Whether it will be in two months or two years, I do not know, but a crisis will surely happen at the rate the country is going into debt.

The whole article is a happy read, as is most of Hunter’s stuff. (Nothing against Hunter, and other writers who cover things that are actually happening… they tell it like it is.)

Here’s a link:

Dollar Quietly and Continually Under Attack (USA Watchdog)

I’ve known for quite some time that the dollar is on the way out. I find myself wondering if China will be running the show after that, or Russia.

Anyway, I’m just happy to be alive. And have a job. And have a wife that loves me despite the fact that I watch too much news — and tell her about it.

And I’m happy that for the time being, America still is the land of the free and the home of the brave, and is only teetering on the brink of collapse. I mean, if it were actually sliding off the cliff… well, that would seriously tick me off.

In the meantime, cheers, everybody. I’d say, “Vote for so-and-so, and help turn this thing around”. Trouble is, I don’t know exactly who so-and-so is. I’m just hoping he or she turns up before the election. Otherwise, we’re in deep doodoo.

Always,

Dane

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Published on: March 31, 2012

Welcome to ArizonaIt seems like the more this state does in the way of reinforcing constitutional rights for its citizens, the more outsiders resent it. Could be a psychological thing… ‘We hate you for having anything we don’t, especially freedom’. Even within the state, liberals are having a fit about laws that strengthen gun rights (reduces violent crime), prevent illegal immigration (reduces violent crime), etc.

Liberals in Arizona recalled Russell Pearce, the State Senator that sponsored SB 1070. Now they’re calling for Governor Jan Brewer’s head… recall petition underway. I’m all for diversity — to an extent — but when liberals try and turn this state into something it’s not, I wish they’d find a state that already suits their tastes.

Anyway, Arizona rocks. I hope it stays that way for a while. If it doesn’t, I guess we could always move to Montana.

BTW, the sign is found at every highway crossing Arizona’s borders. I added the bottom part in Photoshop to convey what a lot Arizonans feel: stay safe, pick up after yourself, and help keep the riffraff out.

Enjoy.

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Published on: May 21, 2010

I didn’t know Charlton Heston, so I can’t say what kind of a man he was. From his public image, though, I feel it’s safe to say he was a good man, an honest man — certainly a man one could look up to when it came to integrity.

Film critic Pauline Kael wrote of Heston, “With his perfect, lean-hipped, powerful body, Heston is a god-like hero; built for strength, he is an archetype of what makes Americans win. He represents American power — and he has the profile of an eagle.”

From my earliest memories of Heston in the movies, he always reminded me of my dad. Like Heston, Dad was tall and lean, muscular, with handsome features. Dad was an honest man, a fair man, one who went out of his way to right wrongs and stand up for those who couldn’t defend themselves. He was compassionate, loving, tender, but rough as sandpaper when, as a child, I went against his will. I suppose that’s why Heston always struck me as a father a boy could admire, love, worship, and why Heston must have been a man that other men could respect, revere, emulate.

When we lose men like Charlton Heston, we lose a piece of what makes us what we are — as good people, as Americans, willing to fight to defend freedom and honor. I pray that as we lose good people like him, there are others to take their place as role models for our youth and examples for our parents — men who are, like Heston, like my Dad, symbols of what makes us great.

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