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Round two, Keynes VS Hayek #economy #tcot #America

Again, the rapping professors hit it out of the park. Pick your favorite fighter, mine is Hayek. They have done other videos as well! You know, they are pretty good. They ought to sell it on Itunes.

Again, thanks guys for teaching the world in an unconventional way, and continuing the process.

08/29/11 – The Ghost lives, and looks good!

09/15/11 – And gains traction in Ohio!

Filed under: Economy, Education, Goodness

Lack of funding is never, ever a reason to not educate your Children

Lack of #Education is the reason the world is in such a sorry state in these days. It is a crime to keep your people un-educated. Since the Department of Education was founded, test scores of the students and the value of proficiency has dropped precipitously. The kids are often more stupid having finished a four year degree than if they had not gone in the first place.

The K-12 is the most important part of our educational system and it has failed miserably. Why do we filter tax money to the federal government only to have it stolen by paper pushers, and then sent back to the states? That the biggest problem with the “Government”. It’s an extortion racket. I can think of many departments that need to DIE but I digress. I will list that simple exercise on a later date.

The “Higher” education default rate is nearing record. The K-12 is very expensive and delivers less than mediocre results. If there is ever a budget shortfall, the answer for the colleges are to raise tuition.

Government schools suck – plain and simple. It’s all about the unions, the asses that work for the unions, and the tenure. And if you need proof that the schools suck, just look at our elected representatives.

They abuse their power, and it shows. Give all the kids vouchers and let the parents choose the schools. Enough of this forced dumb-factory already.

Read more on Education:

5/10 – The failure of American Schools – The Atlantic.

05/27 – an investigation of the DOE. That “organization” had one mission, to make public education better. It has failed every year since it was founded. We do not need that department at all at this point. Abolish it.

06/21/11 – Dumbing down America – lack of history education.

06/23/11 – Where the good schools are not.

07/03/11 – NEA cares more about the Unions than the kids. Makes it clear.

07/03/11  ^ NEA decided that Obama is the man for them. How fitting.

08/15/11 – Rodney asks what gives?

08/22/11 – Idiots in South Dakota save money by cutting a day from school. Lazy incompetence.

Holding teachers accountable.

08/29/11 – Where are the cuts?

Gapology – John Derbyshire – The Corner on National Review Online

same education twice

09/18/11 – Lack of Education creates a leadership crises.

09/27/11 – California has the best education scam going.

09/29/11 – Can the Best Part of Higher Education in the US Be Salvaged?

09/30/11 – What are these numskull teachers teaching these kids? Whats the use of preserving this Republic when the idiot teachers are training the next generation to lose it?

10/02/1 – Look at this pathetic corruption ensuing under this succubus government of hell “educational system” Give all children vouchers. That is an order, not a request.

10/17/11 – The “higher” education dilemma.

12/30/11 – These are nothing but government indoctrination systems.

02/29/12 – 11 Reasons To Get Your Kids Out Of The Government Schools 

It’s so corrupt.

Attorney General Eric Holder Tries to Kill a TV ad for School Vouchers. | Chicago Daily Observer

“New” Online SOF Bachelor Degree Program – Norwich University – Professional Soldiers ®

Althouse: Obama’s “Race to the Top” competition over money for schools hasn’t worked out so well.

If We Taught English the Way We Teach Mathematics… kuro5hin.org

Refdesk.com … Reference, Facts, News … Free and Family-friendly Resources

EDUCAUSE Home Page About EDUCAUSE EDUCAUSE

JSTOR Duke Law Journal Vol. 1979, No. 6, Symposium on Law and Ethics (Dec., 1979), pp. 1229-1249

JSTOR – The Scholarly Journal Archive

AGI GIS Dictionary – Free Edition

JSTOR Individual Participation

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Home Page, a part of the U.S. Department of Education

The NEA Foundation

SAGE Journals Online — Business and Management Free Trial

News Inside Higher Ed Jobs, News and Views for All of Higher Education

FIRE – Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

OSU Library Catalog Home

Validation for RateMyProfessors.com? :: Inside Higher Ed :: Higher Education’s Source for News, and Views and Jobs

RateMyProfessors.com

A Shrewdness of Apes

Academic Earth – Video lectures from the world’s top scholars

Mike Rowe on Work, Plain and Simple – Professional Soldiers ®

Universities ‘Irrelevant’ By 2020

End the University as We Know It – Professional Soldiers ®

Faith and Theology

History Is Elementary

Education Policy Blog

Education and Inequality – Stephen Spruiell – The Corner on National Review Online

no child left behind

theblogprof: Local MSM calls out higher ed to reduce budget by millions, ignores MEA pension obligations in the tens of Billions!

Online Training, Online Courses, Web-based Learning Management System – Learning Management Express(LMX) – Portico Learning Solutions

Social networking site for researchers aims to make academic papers a thing of the past

myExperiment

Roger’s Rules » “In the final analysis, I believe that the university is lost.”

Admission: Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis: Academics: Norwich University

ABA ACCREDITATION MISCHIEF?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE?

Follow the rules, comrades … or else | | HeraldTribune.com

News: Unwelcome ‘Help’ from the Feds – Inside Higher Ed

Obama Administration Report Shows Head Start Ineffective | The Foundry: Conservative Policy News.

The President’s Education Speech: Is This Change? – Lindsey Burke – The Corner on National Review Online

The Five Most F***ed Up Things About Public Education | The Rugged

Literature :: Mises Institute

Book review: The Five-Year Party – WSJ.com

YouTube – We Were Soldiers – Lt. General Hal Moore on Leadership

Maybe We Are Doomed – By Rich Lowry – The Corner – National Review Online

Why Fire Teachers? – Megan McArdle – National – The Atlantic

Rethinking Schools Online

Rethinking Schools – Just For Fun – Map Game

Filed under: Analysis, Education, Fail, systems, Update

America, please give me something I would like next year.

Men with big ego’s will destroy this nation. You see them, you know where and who they are. We have let them lead us into destruction with antiquated vision and frankly I Am incensed. It is very dangerous to treat the nations helm as a popularity contest. Well, I propose an alternative now.

A very well vetted and squeaky clean candidate for the US Presidential election. My horse in this race is Herman Cain. The best part is he does not wear a rats nest on his head or use double speak. His language is plain and simple enough for people to understand, and his understanding of the issues is of a very complex nature – proven with the second video of him challenging Bill Clinton during a town hall meet. For years I have listened to him and I swear he was speaking my mind.

I hand picked some of his speeches in the order of what I believe to be importance. Please consider him because it is more important to pick the right candidate now than ever and he has my trust:

Policy Summit speech He confronted Bill Clinton during a town hall meeting and waxed him Confrontation with Stupid people On Stimulus His background On Dreams, and on the Constitution Foreign Policy Financial reform and other issues All the rest

05/01 – Just AWESOME! Herman won the 2012 Presidential forum in Manchester! Thanks Guys!

05/06 – Herman won the Republican debate in South Carolina. And a pretty cool ad!

05/11 – This article re-written.

05 14 see him in private with a small crowd.

05/14 – Radio Host Neal Boortz gives you 10 reasons for Cain. And a neat website to go to to support MR Cain. Also GOP Convention GA

05/17 – What I have collected from the two part plan so far:

05/18 – Iowa loves him.

05/19 – Can fly

05/21  -He will run part 1, part2, part3  I support Herman Cain whole heartedly.

05/25 – The GOP had better wake the hell up. That party has sucked too much to be picking club favorites. This is do or DIE time right now and I do not appreciate being blown off, not a bit. If you lose this election for US this Country, you will be on the equal terms of complete negligence. Your candidates suck. Ours however does not. Take him up to PA, read him in and forget the weak candidates you have picked. I drink wine. Remember?

05/27 – More research – Posted below

06/02 – Some surprising testamoney 🙂

06/04 – Being CEO for National Restaurants Association is more of an executive position than most people think. See this video from a darn good artist. Cains Plan!

Part one:With his two part plan, he sets the country up for immediate economic resurgence.

1) Lower the corporate tax rate to 25 percent from 35 percent. Cain said the US is the only country to not have lowered the corporate tax rate in the last 15 years.

2) Take the capital gains tax rate to zero. Cain said it would encourage investments in US businesses and create jobs.

3) Take the tax rate on the repatriation of foreign profits for US companies to zero. Cain said this money, currently around $1 trillion for US companies, isn’t coming back anyway because of existing taxes on repatriating them. Taking away that tax would encourage investments in US businesses and create jobs.

4) Cut the entire 6.2 percent payrolls tax for workers and employers for 1 year. Cain said it would give American workers a 6.2 percent pay raise and “guarantee” that the US economy grows faster. Cain believes smart tax cuts like these are self-financing, meaning they’ll pay for themselves by stimulating the economy and raising the tax revenues.

5) Make the tax rates permanent or indefinite. Cain said uncertainty on tax rates is “killing investments” in the US economy. Debt ceiling- no vote. Pay only the debt interest and the military. (He mentioned 3 but I didn’t get the 3rd.) Part Two – Once conditions of success are sold to the Public and are working: – Drill here and drill now for our own Natural resources – time to pay ourselves. – Fair Tax – Repeal ‘Obamacare’ and replace it with a more patient-centered legislation. – Cut government spending across the board, then drill down and eliminate wasteful programs and agencies. – Change Social Security to something similar to the Chilean model of personal retirement account option. General ideas, yes. Ideas Americans may understand? Also yes. His plan needs to be posted on all of his sites if possible and if I have missed anything, please let me know. “# Former Chairman and President of the Tax Leadership Council, the public educational component of Americans for Fair Taxation # Past Chairman of the Board of the National Restaurant Association (1994-1995), and former full time CEO and President of the Association (1996-1999) # Member of The National Commission on Economic Growth and Tax Reform (1995), chaired by former Republican Vice-presidential candidate, Jack Kemp # Serves on the Boards of Directors of AGCO, Inc., Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Hallmark Cards Inc., Whirlpool, Inc., and Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia # Recipient of eight Honorary Doctorate Degrees from Morehouse College, New York City Technical College; Suffolk University, Johnson & Wales University, Creighton University, Purdue University, Tougaloo College and the University of Nebraska # Recipient of a 1996 Horatio Alger Award and the 1991 International Foodservice Manufacturers Association’s Operator of the Year/Gold Plate Award # Graduated from Morehouse College with a B.S. in Mathematics in 1967. Earned his Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Purdue University in 1971 # Author of four books, Leadership Is Common Sense (1997), Speak As A Leader (1999), CEO of SELF (October, 2001), and They Think You’re Stupid (May, 2005) # A native and current resident of Atlanta, Georgia. Married for over 40 years with two adult children and three grandchildren” 

09/23/11 – Where did this 999 plan come from anyway? I am still with you, but having me fill out tax forms is just a no go anymore. You would sound far more bold if you had stuck with your original plan. 999 plan is better than what we have now, but you still need to repeal the 16h Amendment, and if you plan to do that, than may as well go for the Holy Grail and institute H.R (P.R) -52. America is a bold Nation and it enjoys bold options. Now is the time for Fair Tax. Right now.

09/24/11 – Please Florida, it would really help! Thanks! I knew you were with US.

09/25/11 – This video from the straw poll in Florida is more than telling!

09/30/11 – A boost for Cain and speculation over the 999 plan.

10/05/11 – A perfect storm.

10/06/11 – End the FED? Probably not. Why do people keep saying that Cain cannot win? He can. Check this out: “• Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. • Master’s degree in Computer Science. • Mathematician for the Navy, where he worked on missile ballistics (making him a rocket scientist). • Computer systems analyst for Coca-Cola. • VP of Corporate Data Systems and Services for Pillsbury (this is the top of the ladder in the computer world, being in charge of information systems for a major corporation). All achieved before reaching the age of 35. Since he reached the top of the information systems world, he changed careers! • Business Manager. Took charge of Pillsbury’s 400 Burger King restaurants in the Philadelphia area, which were the company’s poorest performers in the country. Spent the first nine months learning the business from the ground up, cooking hamburger and yes, cleaning toilets. After three years he had turned them into the company’s best performers. • Godfather’s Pizza CEO. Was asked by Pillsbury to take charge of their Godfather’s Pizza chain (which was on the verge of bankruptcy). He made it profitable in 14 months. • In 1988 he led a buyout of the Godfather’s Pizza chain from Pillsbury. He was now the owner of a restaurant chain. Again he reached the top of the ladder of another industry. • He was also chairman of the National Restaurant Association during this time. This is a group that interacts with government on behalf of the restaurant industry, and it gave him political experience from the non-politician side. Having reached the top of a second industry, he changed careers again! • Adviser to the Federal Reserve System. Herman Cain went to work for the Federal Reserve Banking System advising them on how monetary policy changes would affect American businesses. • Chairman of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank. He worked his way up to the chairmanship of a regional Federal Reserve bank. This is only one step below the chairmanship of the entire Federal Reserve System (the top banking position in the country). This position allowed him to see how monetary policy is made from the inside, and understand the political forces that impact the monetary system. After reaching the top of the banking industry, he changed careers for a fourth time! • Writer and public speaker. He then started to write and speak on leadership. His books include Speak as a Leader , CEO of Self , Leadership is Common Sense , and They Think You’re Stupid . • Radio Host. Around 2007—after a remarkable 40 year career—he started hosting a radio show on WSB in Atlanta (the largest talk radio station in the country). He did all this starting from rock bottom (his father was a chauffeur and his mother was a maid). When you add up his accomplishments in his life—including reaching the top of three unrelated industries: information systems, business management, and banking—Herman Cain may have the most impressive resume of anyone that has run for the presidency in the last half century.”

10/07/11 – See Cain dismantle this Lawrence O’Donnell idiot on the least watched news network in America – MSNBC. (General Electric) And he handles the Ladies at “The View” confidently. And his speech at the Values Voter Summit. But Paul won that.

10/12/11 – Cain won South Carolina, Florida, came in second in New Hampshire, and is tied in Virginia. Debate went so forth.  Reward Success and place successful people into places that will actually help people.  Forget lawyers, they suck. Language is important, as is Character.  We will not leave the only not one of YOU in DC. RNC, wake up. Cain Tops GOP Field in New Poll

10/13/11 – Herman Cain’s “999 Plan”: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – A quick breakdown. Still, anything is better than what we have. Herman swears that the national sales tax is merely gearing the nation towards the fair tax – a transition if you will. Herman really needs to touch up on his foreign policy, some things are not insignificant. Also, a suggestion for Herman on the 999 plan. Also, a good list of 21 things you probably do not know about him. Looks Good!

10/14/11 – Who can best beat Obama? Also, I dislike the Huffington post, but as Reynolds states it is more trusted than the CBO. See how 999 works in Sim City.

10/15/11 – Denninger weighs in. Interesting part is here: ” What Cain is missing (and perhaps intentionally; if so he’s a jackass, not a savior) is that saving 15% of your income is more than sufficient, along with a modest help from Social Security and Medicare, to self-fund your entire retirement from savings alone.  That is, it requires no risk-taking in the “capital markets.”  There’s only one condition on this: The Federal Government and The Fed must be forced to stop debasing the currency — that is, they must run a zero inflation policy under penalty of imprisonment (or worse.)  If Cain supports this, then he’s a reformer.  If he does not, he’s simply playing politics and intends to screw you blind via hidden taxation.” Do not forget that this is meant as a transitional plan to the Fair Tax. And yes, QE is an inflation rate that is a tax on ALL people so now we need to make sure this most dishonest and financially destructive method of masking monetary sovereignty.

Next is this astute observation: “Actually, it’s more than that.  $800 billion is a fanciful number; we ran $1.7 trillion in deficits in calendar 2010, and are going to be well over $1 trillion in 2011.  To believe we will get under that number by 2013 presumes forward economic conditions that are, on balance, pure fantasies. “ Not really.  Bringing corporate tax rate down to 9% brings lots of working capital into the country. If we have 3 quarters of 5.5% or more growth, the growth could shorten that number. Revenues go up as does that calculation so it actually makes sense. The wild card of course is the incredible regulation and lawfare taking effect currently. Anything,  is better than what we have now.

10/16/11 – From what I remember, the TARP program was meant to identify and separate the government loans that the government forced upon the banks and relieve them of that responsibility. I think they took Cain out of context because I clearly remember him speaking about returning the banks to private hands after the process was finished. Anyway, He must defend this case. 10/17/11 – Cain said the most thoughtful things on the worst “news media” channel in America. NRO bashes his 9-9-9 plan. Economic collapse takes a shot at the plan too. Herman Cain responds. Talk upon the plan in relation to the “99%” 10/18/11 – Remembering Cain at the Kansas City Federal Reserve. Does not sound bad to me. Also, if you use a race card in your political existence, remember you must pay interest.  Art Laffer likes Cains 9-9-9 plan. Even the poor need to have skin in the tax game. Maybe then they will vote for people that will keep the rate low. There is not reason to give a freeloader a free ticket to ride on other peoples backs. Also, Herman Cains donations to political figures explained. What has not been explained is that Cains plan helps the working class more than any plan. The black market becomes legal. It is there, it helps the poor in barter – just what we need now. It is all being done there anyway.

10/19/11 – Here is Cains 9-9-9 plan from his site. And the WSJ shows how this tax plan is a natural stimulus for the economy.

10/24/11 – Mark Steyn gives his thoughts – with comments.

10/25/11 – SSRN white paper on 9-9-9. Also, Cain is boning up on foreign policy. Here is his foreign policy advisor.

10/26/11 – Herman Cains Foreign Policy team. Some good names in there.

10/27/11 – You must pay attention to this, Cain. If you need help, get it.

10/29/11 – Ryan speculates about the Cain / Gingrich debate.

10/30/11 – When they get desperate, they resort to fraud. If someone settled on a sexual assult suit, than they have agreed to not pursue it (means it quite possibly is not true).

10/31/11 – Reason does a quick breakdown. You heard allegations, read about witnesses and their testimony.

11/1/11 – Yawn. At least he is not a rapist or a coke head. He actually is a man of character but he needs to identify when to make no comment on something or study the report when it comes in and try to recall something from 20 years ago. He handled this miserably. He represented more than 250 million people when he was CEO of the National Restaurant Association.

He learned of these charges, promptly recused himself, Had the human resource commander and his general counsel handle the matter. The most he probably was told was to keep it confidential and say no more about it, as well the accusers. It’s a nuisance lawsuit. It is difficult to get past manager much less high level manager without something like that happening to you in some cases. I have seen lots of it happen. And I have seen much of it dismissed. It is a smear campaign straight up.

Levin covered it in detail on Mondays show. But no worry, there will be plenty of coverage so you may forget that Greece is taking the world for a donkey ride whilst our very own currency collapses under debt by hyper-inflation, and we are in a depression? Next subject. One caveat, you had better not be pulling out a race card on me, Cain. That’s maxed out totally.

11/2/11 – Fuck you Mitt Romney. Resilience  Screw you Perry.

11/3/11 – It’s a hatchet job.

11/07/11 – but is this? A fourth accuser? The Corner outlines the arena. You must now publicly address these allegations. Bennett has outlined a fair expectation.  Do It Mr. Cain, and do it right. You need to know what to do when the SHTF, and be credible, and be honest.  Keep in mind that this is the first real public allegation and that should not sink someone. It sure looks out of character to me. I Am not buying it.

Also, people want to know why you left NRA and under what circumstance.

11/08/11 – Who is his accuser? Cain goes through another fact check. A fifth accuser. She is a Gold digger. And She works for the Obama Administration? She was not accusing here.  And SHE lives in Axelrods building.  Cain questions his accuser the gold digger. Fired for false allegations of sexual harassment.

Looks like a load of shit to me.

Cains response.11/09/11- Herman Cain, AGCO, and the Oil-for-Food Bribery Settlement  It’s so Orwellian.

11/13/11 – Cain stumbles on foreign policy. He kind of looked out of place up there. Gotta pull it together.

11/14/11 – Roger Simon sum’s it up. And Herman makes you cringe in this video. You are going to have to do better than that. To be fair:”

 UPDATE: “The video is being taken out of context. He was taking questions for about 30 to 40 minutes on four hours of sleep. He didn’t say anything wrong or in accurate; it just took him a while to recall the specifics of Libya. It just took him a while to gain his bearings,” Cain spokesman J.D. Gordon told NBC News.”

11/15/11 – Cain on Collective Bargaining and if you are thinking about Newt. Cain did get the “what to do about Iran” answer right.

11/16/11 – “I’m not supposed to know anything about foreign policy.”  Constitutionally, no. But it sure would you help to check Rantburg and study up because the day your term starts, you need to know that everything happens at the beginning of a term.  Grab an atlas and look at the world as a whole, and find those countries where America is involved with in some way.  A better answer would be you have a rudimentary knowledge in some cases of a particular country.

11/18/11 – The corner says his campaign is lacking.

Filed under: Goodness, Kings, Leadership, Update

Pesach 2011 + or – ?

Covet others wealth?

Use the government as an interlocutor to steal?

Enslave the nation to debt and government?

Bankrupt your nation?

There is no GOD without Private property rights, For he is Owed HIS.

You are made as you are, no morals covers the natural condition in which you were made

Do not force your morals on others.

GOD prefers an honest man above all others

Killing babies is not a virtue, nor is it a moral

Your works belong to GOD and you, not anyone else.

Being free does not entail any government making you fill out any paperwork for your labor. Government works for you, not the other way around

The World has never had so many countries drift into tyranny in such a short time as this – and never had a populace so willingly been comfortable with such a scheme.

Filed under: Uncategorized

The true cost of battle. #DOD, #ARMY, #deployed #SECDEF #POTUS #USASOC #TCOT #combat #Veterans #Marines #Congress #VA #veterans

The expense of taking care of these Soldiers once returned home is dearly worth it. Deployments take a massive toll on the body. It’s rough work. You are lucky to end your career with knees that will carry you. Most often you end up with a bad back, screwed up shoulders, broken ribs, head trauma, all kinds of ailments. Not to add being shot, burned up, or blown up – we hate that when that happens. When they return, it’s going to be painful, expensive, and heart-wrenching.

A Brave General stood up for something I used to mock myself. In times of war, PTSD was thought of as an excuse for not going back down range. Most were kids trying to get out of something. The guys who really have it, hide it well. It consumes a person wholly. Never reversible, but teachable of what is real and hat is not real at this moment. My take is all of life is very tough in most of the world and it is normal there. It’s just not as tough as seeing your friends be lost one by one and day after day and the guilt is piled so high you just want them to take you next.

It is not in battle where it hits you, you get angry and fight. It hits you later – and hard. Hell on earth is during the 21 gun Salute. If you have never seen a properly folded flag passed to a Widow while her kids wept, you do not know the anger and pain it causes. Moreover the helpless feeling and the recounting of events to try to make it not happen – yet it’s too late and you know it but you fixate on it every night when your eyes shut. Being strong with your men when a blood stained uniform is in your sea hut is very hard to do. It is not a matter to be dismissive about.

Some Soldiers would rather die than lose their Legs and/or balls.  Some may want the limbs they have that are not ever going to work again, and some rather amputate them. The lucky few get to make that determination. Some rather die if they are to be without. It is agonizing as you may imagine.

For I have been fortunate and blessed, these brave men have been giving themselves selflessly in defense for a Nation that may not even deserve it. For the Constitution is what we all have sworn Oath, and it is that which is desecrated in this “Nations” Capitol. This is a very serious matter to me, as it has become for these very true and fine warriors. They take it on the chin most the time as most fighters do, and for that I believe them in mettle on the ground. I also hold their missions dear. I wanted to open this with a personal note and move to operations.

My concern is as always:

 “Our God and Souldiers we alike adore,
Ev’n at the Brink of danger; not before:
After deliverance, both alike required;
Our God’s forgotten, and our Souldiers slighted.”

Needless to say, I have seen it before. During the 1990’s, I watched good men get chased out due to budget cuts. I saw our military equipment degrade due to lack of maintainence, and lack of training due to lack of funds. The Officer grade ranks were purged for more political purpose. It hollowed our force which is why the wars kicked off so difficult.

Of course, office upgrades went ahead and everyone had to get new desks. It was mis-appropriation of funds. Just because there is defense spending does not mean it is actually assisting us in our defense, though I agree it is rather steep.

Then there is the massive arm of the DOD bureaucracy with miles and miles of buildings full of Federal Employees pushing papers around. Thats an expensive part of our defense spending. Is all of that really necessary? I spent much time typing up and pushing papers to satisfy some arrogant and self important government goon that thought that since they had a little bit of power, they had to use it’s influence over my unit.

It hampered our deployments and I noticed bit by bit and year after year, they were passing their work down to the line units to do and thats unacceptable. What do I need that fat ass for if I have to do all of the paperwork myself? The idea was to remove pressure from the line units, not apply more pressure to them.

And finally, the mis-understood contractors without whom work would be far too hectic with the optempo during deployments. Without Halliburton, my life would have been a living hell. I would have had to spend more time on amenities and less of arming the gang with tactical gear, ammo, and equipment – and that is dangerous. People die if you make mistakes in this business.

It is no joke when the NVG has no batteries because you have no AMO qualified guys to palletize all of the “HAZMAT”. We never missed movement, but I will tell you, withought big phone calls from big people, the mission would have been disastrous. “Here, throw your BDU’s on the tarmac and carry this ammo and this SINCGARS because we lost our AMO flight lic” – yeah right. Again I was lucky to never hear that – yet, thats the only equipment you ever want if you want to stay alive. Battle rattle trumps comfort – always.

It happens a-lot. Soldiers slide down mountain sides in battle uniform and have their ass showing for weeks because there is not enough air power to load the requisitions onto the chopper that is there just to bring ammo and Mister-E’s. Without air logistics, its all lost. Without fuel , there is no air power. but I digress, this is a separate conversation.

I will say this, I rather have eye to eye conversations with people on the ground right now than sitting my ass in a box. There is no more and no less of a place than I want to be than on the ground in these wars. There is no substitute for fighting with the best Soldiers on the planet. And there is is no comfort at “home”, and there is no peace of mind in either. I have been gnashing teeth for quite some while and feel like a pogue. I wish I was there to defend some young kid whom may be ruined in these operations. My mortality means little to me in comparison to a 22 year old PFC with three children. There just is no solice.  No rest. Want to be there, want to be anywhere but there, Just want release.  Anyhoo…

Last week, the President called for a “discussion” of roles in the military. I agree with that yet every time we have this, we get more buildings full of bureaucrats, GSA purchases, Congressional payoffs for equipment we did not need, and of course more office furniture. I rather have a discussion on THEIR role in the Military.

The force was supposed to become a spear under rummy with joint capabilities and high mobility as we no longer have a need for the line armies of the past. Yet the wars somewhat interrupted the process.

What I want to impart to the dear reader is if we handle this properly, we could have our cake and eat it too. It was not difficult for me to take a red pen to a Battalion budget and get a Warrant or a CSM to back me and it should not be a be such a difficult task for the clown show in DC either. Just make sure the line units have priority – and do not forget those that gave so much to protect those clowns.

Also keep in mind that the priorities in DC have rarely aligned with the realities the ground pounders face when their boots are in some backward assed bananna republic. Of course, when our Soldiers return, they may find themselves in one again. It shall be good to have them home.

P.S. For any politician that used Soldiers as political play, if you see me coming, you had better run.

CALLSIG is closedanger –

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06/01 – Gates Verdict on the budget

06/02 – Rand comes out with a new report on command.

06/09 – Defense industry influence.

06/10 – Destroyer class decisions.

06-12 – SOCOM: Money will not fix this problem.

07/04/11 – Taking care of your own (.PDF)

07/07/11 – PTSD – Mental Strength Training.

07/19/11 – Vetville – Marines tough it out.

07/21/11 – OPFOR rants about Budget wars.

07/27/11 – Some ideas being pitched over Military pay and bennifits.

09/19/11 – Team Red White and Blue presented by the MOAA.

09/20/11 – Schlep talks about Bureaucrats.

09/22/11 – PTSD – Courtesy Rantburg.

09/30/11 – The Munson Doctrine

Filed under: Battle, Heads Up, systems, Update

They are so busy trying to give everybody everything that no one will get anything. #economy #collapse

Happy tax day. I wonder if you think about signing your name on the dotted line so you incriminate yourself if you forgot to disclose something. What is tax day anyways? A game of memory?

You know, one day soon, you will stick your little debit card in a machine and nothing will come out. Want to know why?

If you think the government is “taking care” of you, the poor, disabled, and elderly, you are sadly mistaken and I will tell you why.

America holds the worlds reserve currency and is de-valuing it on a daily basis. To the amount of $16 Billion a week. This is why fuel and food prices are rising world wide. Rising fuel prices also hits the economy creating unemployment. Much of the instability you see in the middle east is for this very reason, Food Prices up dramatically in the last year alone. They will continue to rise and there will be nothing anyone will be able to do about it – they are hurting the poor the most.

Monetizing currency creates inflation which causes fuel prices to rise which in turn adds more inflation. Seeing as how we refuse to drill for our own natural energy, they will increase even more. This situation alone is a spiraling, China will not be able to afford our debt, and the bond market will collapse as we are way past endgame now.  The shelves will be bare, fuel will be too expensive to drive to the store, and you will hold worthless currency. Right in time for a wheat shortage.

The fundamental problem at the forefront is you cannot monetize production, you cannot “control” it,  and you may not spend monitized currency to keep it. For with dropping revenue, you may not even support a months worth of work.

Government does no good at keeping your basic necessities available and affordable but they sure are good at making new complex programs and bankrupting them.

The US government now takes and wastes more money than Americans could ever produce. The federal government now must borrow money just to operate basic services. This will end one day very soon.  The narrative in the nations capitol is you belong to them. They regulate every aspect of your being and may take anything they want from you.

When government is more important than your Family, their property, their education, and Liberty, than America is no longer a free Republic. It is now indentured servitude. Government is so very hard to remove from your life – It will take everything from you.

Every federal government program is a draconian throwback to the past with no imagination or efficiency. The US federal government has become a parasite accountable only to hucksters, scammers, suckers, and baiters. It is pwned by the unions and government workers. Government takes care of government.

You have elected yourselves a very dense King that maintains foolish and childish notions of equality. He is unable to even do 8th grade math. This country could collapse under his term, as it should. After-all, 1+1= 13. Right?

All of your collegiate studies will mean nothing in a collapsed economy. What will be is very basic humanity in turmolt. I mean really? whats the use? As one economist put it during the $33 Billion spending cut fiasco “It’s like watching them squabble over who is going to pay for the drinks on the Titanic”

You have less than a year to correct course of this “unsinkable” ship or the USA will collapse, and is already taking the World with it.

References I have read to back up this posting:

The Productivity Myth – The Conversation – Harvard Business Review

May’s Big Selloff Could Be Just the Beginning – WSJ.com

moving to macau

A Mind-Changing Page – Thomas Sowell on National Review Online

Greenspan Says U.S. May Soon Reach Borrowing Limit

The euro’s inevitable failure will be horrendous for all of us – Telegraph

Allan Meltzer: Why Obamanomics Has Failed – WSJ.com

Dollar Plunges After UN Call To Ditch Greenback

Re: Homes and Other Black Holes – Jonah Goldberg – The Corner on National Review Online

Calculated Risk: Sovereign Debt Series Summary

RealClearPolitics – Where Are the New Jobs?

Arnold Schwarzenegger: Public Pensions and Our Fiscal Future – WSJ.com

Examiner Editorial: Think the economy is bad? Worse is coming | Washington Examiner

Exchequer – National Review Online

More Arguments against a Value-Added Tax | Cato @ Liberty

Not Enough Labor Day – Reason Magazine

5-doomsday-scenarios-for-the-us-economy: Personal Finance News from Yahoo! Finance

EU Effectively Forces Securitization Reforms on the US « naked capitalism

Government unions sucking us dry–Stephen B. Meister – NYPOST.com

FT.com / Columnists / Clive Crook – America has good reason to worry about Greece

RealClearPolitics – Articles – Print Article

Ed Driscoll » Liberal Fascism: The Font

Hot Air » Study finds increased gov’t spending results in unemployment

US money supply plunges at 1930s pace as Obama eyes fresh stimulus – Telegraph

U.S.’s $13 Trillion Debt Poised to Overtake GDP: Chart of Day – Bloomberg

TaxProf Blog: Laffer: The Coming Tax Hikes Will Cause an Economic Collapse in 2011

From the oil spill to the financial crisis, why we don’t plan for the worst

Gerald P. O’Driscoll: Why Government Regulation Fails – WSJ.com

The 2001/2003 Tax Cuts: Myth vs. Reality – Brian Riedl – The Corner on National Review Online

Roger’s Rules » No Representation Without Taxation

Double-Dip Recession Fears Putting Scare Back in Market – Yahoo! Finance

Private Sector Losses vs. Public Sector Gains – Veronique de Rugy – The Corner on National Review Online

Map: Where Americans Are Moving – Forbes.com

Hot Air » Joint Chiefs chair says debt is the greatest threat to national security

Foreign Central Banks Going for the Gold – Hit & Run : Reason Magazine

Indebtedness after the financial crisis: World debt | The Economist

Obama Rattles Business

The Keynesian Dead End

TaxProf Blog: CBPP: Concentration of Income Among Top 1% Is Greatest Since 1928

Growth only way to avoid U.S. economic collapse | Analysis & Opinion |

Initial Unemployment Claims Getting Uglier « Innocent Bystanders

Newsalert: The Scariest Job Chart Ever Gets Uglier

How Americans Are Overtaxed to Overpay the Civil Service | The Heritage Foundation

Hot Air » How many people have left the workforce?

Spending Can Be Cut – Reason Magazine

More on Debt Collection – Business – The Atlantic

The Scariest Unemployment Graph I’ve Seen Yet – Business – The Atlantic

US financial system support up $700 bln in past year-watchdog | Reuters

Professional Soldiers ® – FORBES: Obama Clueless

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States are borrowing more – CNNMoney.com

The Greenroom » A Wealth of Options

Works and Days » A Weird Sort of Depression » Print

In the red

Source: Debt Commission Fights Over Freezing Military Pay, Slashing Benefits | TPMDC

Why business isn’t hiring – ProfessorBainbridge.com

American Thinker: Summer of No Recovery

Little-known fact: Obama’s failed stimulus program cost more than the Iraq war | Washington Examiner

Morgan Stanley Says Government Defaults Inevitable – Bloomberg

Bastiat’s Clunker – The Corner – National Review Online

More Scenes from the Economic Hyperpocalypse – Hit & Run : Reason Magazine

American Thinker: Fools and Their Money

Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council

To the Cayman Islands, With love (and U.S. $’s) | Washington Examiner

Comparing US states with countries: US equivalents | The Economist

America, poised for a hyperinflationary event? – Michael Pollaro – The Contrarian Take – Forbes

Daily Pundit » Jefferson on Debt

Who Inflation Hurts the Most – Yahoo! Finance

Biggest Bond Fund Dumps U.S. Debt – By Kevin D. Williamson – Exchequer – National Review Online

Regulations Are Killing 1.9 Million Jobs – Hit & Run : Reason Magazine

Fark.com | New Scientist helpfully explains how you can cripple a major city for under $30

How much will the EPA’s new fuel economy standards cost each automaker? — Autoblog Green

Sam Kazman: How Washington Ruined Your Washing Machine – WSJ.com

How jobs growth forecast was done – USATODAY.com

An Appeal to Morality [Reader Post] | Flopping Aces

dshort.com – The Q Ratio and Market Valuation

U.S Debt Nears Ceiling, Hits Record $14.217.86 Trillion – Real Time Economics – WSJ

Paul Ryan’s Big, Questionable Cuts – Tim Fernholz – Politics – The Atlantic

An Inflation Tearjerker, Or, Don’t Bother Saving Those Dollars, America; We’ll Just Make More! – Hit & Run : Reason Magazine

Stephen Moore: We’ve Become a Nation of Takers, Not Makers – WSJ.com

CPI: Here Come Collapsing Margins in [Market-Ticker]

When Good Intentions Backfire – By Katrina Trinko – The Corner – National Review Online

The prevalence of corporatism: Jon Chait’s regulatory-capture denialism | The Economist

Downsizing the Federal GovernmentRoger’s Rules » Bollinger & HayekTruth and Consequences | Mercatus

American Thinker: Off-the-Books AmericaHow Government Failure Caused the Great Recession — The American, A Magazine of Ideas

American Thinker: Seeds of Financial Catastrophe

American Thinker: The Four Questions Every Liberal Must Be Asked

American Thinker: Socialism by Other Means

Soon The Economic Deluge – Forbes.com

U.S. on the Way toward Losing AAA Credit Rating – By Kevin D. Williamson – The Corner – National Review Online

Inflation rate headed up? The impact of higher food, energy prices. – CSMonitor.com

American Thinker: Deficit-Inspired National Strategy

House GOP Lists $2.5 Trillion in Spending Cuts – US News and World Report

Suburban Nation: How the U.S. Discourages City Living – Derek Thompson – Business – The Atlantic

When you don’t know how you’ll pay the bill – CSMonitor.com

Our Fiscal Security – Taxes Matter – Loophole Land: Time to Reform Corporate Taxes

The War on Money

05/30 – Regulations

06/09 – Fed Passes China as Top Owner of U.S. Debt -which means….

06/10 – The US is already defaulting: China

Dreary truths, thanks Federal Government.

The five stages of collapse and the end of a dream.  See how we used to live, and shall probably again.

06/19/11 – It’s very serious and collapse of complex societies Part 1 of 7

06/20/11 – Salons take on the how is here… 

07/06/11 – lessons from Argentina

07/16/11 – More lessons from Argentina. (must read)

How is it going in America? People are hurting.

07/19/11 – Barak Paron.

08/05/11 – Collapse will happen fast.

08/21/11 – United States of Entitlement.

09/18/11 – China may have some plans up it’s sleeve.

09/27/11 – The Middle class it taking it in the neck under this democrat imposed feudalism. And the value of our worthless currency.

09/29/11 – The Savings of Millions of People are Going to Vanish in Less Than 12 Months

17 facts that prove the middle class is hurting.

10/30/11 – The WoodPile report has a good post on hyper-inflation.

11/12/11 – The Government is stock piling food.
11/14/11 –
Imagining the Post-Industrial Economy

12/23/11 – Ferfal outlines what to expect very well. It is the immediate future.

12/28/11 – Losing our reserve status and our entire currency.

Filed under: Collapse, Destruction, Economy, Fail, Leadership, systems

Heads up on #LATAM

The briefing that helped push me on this post originated from General Douglas Fraser whom is in command of SOUTHCOM. His briefing at the Pentagon was enlightening. I have studiously watched Central America having grown up during the fight against proxies there in the 1980’s and earlier, but after 9/11, the region was somewhat swept under the rug.

Does anyone remember FMLM, Honduras, El-Salvador, and the Sandinistas?. I wanted to bring up some older venacular for those whom may remember all the turmolt we put up with in the region for over 60 years. Well, it looks like that little 10 year “break” is over. –

“In a briefing at the Pentagon, Commander General Douglas Fraser of the U.S. Southern Command (Southcom) stated that the ‘Northern Triangle,’ made up of Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador, has likely become the deadliest region on earth outside of active war zones.”

I definately agree. What is essentially happening here in LATM is Middle Eastern
actors are doing through proxy what they eventually accomplished in Lebanon. Hezbollah is Irans proxy for more than just Lebanon, Hezbollah has reach in this world. A good primer is from AFJ where shown is the groups prolific value to any organization due to the drug and arms trade.

Most disturbing is the expanding ties between FARC and Hezbollah – Though seemingly dated, slow operations are not necessarily un-solid. Warning signs were appearing prior to 9/11 but grew out of focus with our ensuing war on terror. Bombs have been wired in very particular fashion and are now going off regularly on the US / Mexican border region. There is also internal proof that Hezbollah is on the border.

The Canal that Iran, Nicaragua, and Venezuela are planning to build – China may be
funding it. China sure shows continued interest in the Panama Canal. There is also Nicaragua’s delimma- another power vacuum.

FARC has expanded to Mexico which means we have come full circle – it means Hezbollah is in Mexico. It also means Iran is in Mexico, as well as Al-Qeada, MS-13, and the cartels which goes without mentioning. (PDF) You should remember all this stuff from years past; Gang initiations, Spanish speaking Jihadi’s, Al-Jazeera on the US / Mexican border.

Al Quds force have also recently moved into Venezuela and other assorted nasties knocking on our back door: Includes the ETA whom are also related to IRCG.

Druggies bringing in the hezzies, Russians are bringing the arms, China is bringing cash, brute strength of naval force and a canal. We also have a major proxy funded and aided by middle eastern thugs in order to turn South and Central America into a Moslem nation able to wage war upon the US. Unstable neighbors right across the back yard fence are having party with all of our enemies and we cannot seem to hear the music.

It is not only what I see here on the ground, it is a feeling that too many bad actors are creating the perfect horror story for the USA.

Secure the border.

Update – 4/14 Vibed threats and cartels moving south to weaker states.

4/18 Insight Map.

4/21 – Unconnected but concise posting on failed states.

5/5 – Hezbollah on the border.

5/9 – Training camps in Venezuela.

5/10 – Small Wars picks up thread. Time to make a separate thread for this? Also, a refresher from Jamestown – dated but relevant.

05/15 – FARC placed Chavez, not the other way around.

05/18 –  Ecuador is becoming the nexus of drug corruption.

05/24 – Societal Warfare South of the Border? 

06/01 Gangs taking over

06/07 – Iran and Venezuela – cut ties with the US.

06/13 – Evil cruelty in the gangs.

07/06/11 – Arizona Police say Hezbollah is in Mexico.

07/08/11 – Iran Paranoia Expands to Latin America

07/09/11 – House Hearings on Hezbollah and their influence south.

07/21/11 – Weapons and drug smuggling – from Columbia to Honduras, Guatemala wants a LATAM solution and a map of routes.

07/25/11 – Iran is getting really involved with Peru. And Argentina.

09/10/11 – “Something is up

10/12/11 – Made up or related? Plot on the Saudi Ambassador. Also, the Zetas connection?

10/14/11 – Lawmakers suggest treating drug cartels as terrorist organizations.

10/17/11 – Hondurus: The hub has problems.

12/10/11 – Univision confirms Iran is operating in LATAM. Venezuela

12/14/11 – Zetas and Hezbollah.

12/16/11 – Iran on our border.

12/28/11 – General McCaffrey on Mexico from Yon.

01/01/11 – The U.S. is overlooking Iran’s moves in South America.

10/03/11 – Iran expands influence in LATAM.

01/10/12 – Of course, Hezbollah is already in the US. We knew that. A list of other coodies.

01/24/12 – The Venezuelan Missile Crisis

01/26/12 – Panama could become next narco battleground: http://articles.latimes.com/2009/may/24/world/fg-panama-drugs24

01/31/12 – This must be reversed: http://www.aei.org/article/foreign-and-defense-policy/regional/latin-america/irans-gambit-in-latin-america/

02/12/12 – Photos at the border.

05/04/12 – May as well update this.

05/11/12 – Holy CRAP. Crystal Meth.

08/14/12 – Iran’s ties to Latin America and the gangs.

08/30/12 – They’re here.

09/06/12 – And they are in Nicaragua 

09/10/12 – State Department sez “dey not dere” But dey ARE dere.  Yes, Dey Are.\

09/19/12 – The recent arrest of Lebboun in Mexico has uncovered a much more extensive and complex plot than the previously known story of a low-level financier of Islamist terrorism.

09/21/12 –Hezbollah in Latin America: Terrorism and Organized Crime

12/26/12 – The IRGC’s push into Peru  Also: New Concerns For President Peña Nieto: Hezbollah’s Rising Profile In Mexico – Analysis

TSG IntelBrief: Iran’s Strategic Maneuvering in Latin America and the Caribbean

01/02/12 – Latin America as an Arena for Iran and Hezbollah’s Terrorist, Subversive and Criminal

Activities (.PDF) Also UNITED STATES SENATE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING ON “IRAN’S INFLUENCE AND ACTIVITY IN LATIN AMERICA” (.PDF)

And they will be running prisons. Already prevalent- Hezbollah joining Mexican Cartels.

01/14/13 – Ecuador to Maintain Good Ties with Iran Regardless of U.S. Objections

01/17/13 – Uruguay Connection.

05/20/13 – South of the Border, A Threat From Hezbollah (PDF)

05/30/13 – Argentinian prosecutor alleges extensive Iranian terror activity in South America |  http://ow.ly/ly8VY

06/06/13 –  Iranian Terror Cells Infest South America

08/15/13 Iran Sending Latin American Students to Indoctrination Camps as Part of Regional Penetration Campaign 

Filed under: Analysis, Heads Up, SNAFUBAR, Update

A quip on leadership, and the lack thereof, and #POTUS from hell.

Imagine a king in any time in history that refused to pay his Armies during a war. Imagine that Kings fate.

Luckily for our President, we have the most professional Military in history. Try this with Roman Soldiers back in the day, they would have him shanked on day one.

So much for being non-partisan on this barely read space on the internet.

Regular government workers have the opportunity to seek other employment while they live with their families. Even welfare recipients will be paid. Yet, if you are a Soldier fighting the barbarians from hell in three wars right now, you are stuck in a screwed up dangerous country, fighting. While getting shot at, you are worring about your mortgage, kids, and car insurance. You have no way to leave the country or to find another way to support yourself.

No bargaining rights for these guys. Stuck under UCMJ -desertion is a crime.

Our President is Pure Evil.

 

04/09 P.S.  DFAS is the most screwed up bureaucratic in the screwed up Federal Government. I HATE THEM>. They will screw up paychecks on purpose for months to come for our Military because thats just how it goes. If you think it’s a simple week of pay, you are a foolish idiot.

Screw any “Citizen” that believes that anything about this is kosher.

Filed under: Fail, Kings, Leadership

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