Fingers crossed for Ron Paul in Iowa

The first primary event kicks off later today, and the polls seem to indicate that the race has come down to Romney and Ron Paul.

The big money is on Romney, but my hope is on Ron Paul because he’s the only candidate:

  • Against the Patriot Act
  • Against SOPA
  • Against the never-ending wars and imperial foreign policy
  • Against the war on drugs
  • and in favor of human rights, in general
There are plenty of issues where I disagree with Ron Paul, but Obama has proven to be on the wrong side of these very important policies.  Not only is it a matter of freedom, but for many it is a matter of life and death…
Go Ron Paul!

Tough on crime: FBI busts KC SWAT team

A few months ago, a resident near Kansas City complained that a SWAT team had taken a bunch of cash and property that wasn’t in any way related to the investigation. Of course, the SWAT team seems to have pocketed the cash because they denied ever having seen it. Then again, maybe the resident was just looking for a quick buck…

Either way, it was enough for internal affairs to call up the FBI to set up an investigation – and nail the KC SWAT team in a staged sting.

From the reports coming out, this is a pretty well documented case of police abusing their authority – something that happens way too often without any kind of proof or consequences for the officers involved. Hopefully, this time, some actual criminal charges will remind these folks that the law applies equally to everyone in this country.

American foreign policy

Summed up in a single piece of (probably illegal) public art:

Soldiers raising the golden arches

Billions served!

Bernanke Blames the Blogs

In trying to explain why the incredibly expensive and blatantly corrupt bailouts & stimulus have failed to create jobs or inspire confidence, Bernanke has pulled out the old tired defense of blaming the critics. Except he’s taking it to the 20th century and singling out blogs and bloggers for “identifying … crises.”

Apparently, having people able to speak their mind and find faults in the system is a big problem for the way this guy thinks the economy is supposed to work.

This certainly wins my first annual “Blame someone else” award.

On the up side, he seems to have come to the conclusion that high finance should be treated like a utility, especially if we’re going to constantly be there to bail them out & regulate them like they can never fail.

That didn’t take long…

Just two days after the house tried and failed to pass the Patriot Act through with a legislative fast track, they’ve revisited the vote and chosen to renew it once again.

Who voted for the Patriot Act? Well, a whole bunch of Republicans – including the self-proclaimed Tea Party candidates who claim to be concerned about how powerful our government has become. Unfortunately, their concern for political restraint seems to be isolated to raising the necessary taxes for the wars and paranoid security state they insist on supporting.

Patriot Act fails fast track in house…

But the bill will be back before too long, when it will be able to pass with a simple majority.

Ron Paul gives great arguments, from many key points, about why this particular piece of legislation is a waste of time and a threat to our American liberties:

If only we could give him a few more minutes to talk…

Good morning Egypt

Hello Egypt,

With a hundred ways for things to go wrong, we hope you find the path of greatest peace and freedom.  There are those of us who fear that which could go wrong – more than they fear the reality of oppression and political illusion.

Prove them wrong.  We’ll help any way we can…

Olbermann is gone

It looks like Keith Olbermann is gone from MSNBC.  Without much warning, he abruptly announced that tonight’s show would be the final one.

NBC spokes persons were quick to deny that the recent merger with Comcast have anything to do with this development, but a lot of outside analysts are having a hard time with that story.  Why even go out of their way to make such a claim?  Well obviously, because Comcast has a lot of financial interest in promoting certain types of editorials over others.

The new normal

  • 10% unemployment.
  • Dead civilians at a political rally.
  • Bombs on Martin Luther King Day parade routes.

Don’t let anyone tell you the recovery is here.  If we start believing that, we’ll have accepted what we have as the new normal.  There are certainly those among us who are doing just fine with the way things are, but as a society we have to commit to the belief that things could and should be better.

Fed’s “Easing” May Cost You

The Federal Reserve has gone on another grand monetary experiment in hopes of jump starting the recovery and creating jobs.  Unfortunately, one of the consequences of this second round of quantitative easing (QE2), might hit your pockets at the grocery store and gas station.

When the Federal Reserve uses new money to buy bonds from the government, they’re pretty close to just printing up money from nowhere.  The intended effect is to spark economic activity and new investment in the kind of productive activity that pays the bills, but until and unless that money is then taken back out of the economy there is a risk of prices going up in relation to the growth of the money supply.

Workers in America will be hard hit since there are no raises in sight and most people are just glad to have a job, but the biggest critics of QE2 have been from the international scene.  Developing nations from Brazil to China have protested the effects of this, calling it exported inflation and an unfair trade advantage.  As we live in a world of fiat currencies, there is really nothing to stop these other nations from entering a new “race to the bottom” with undervalued currencies.  If two or more nations got in to such a game of monetary chicken, the ultimate effect might be both of them falling off the cliff together while the onlookers enjoy clearance-sale prices on the land and labor of the devalued nations.

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