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Saturday, September 01, 2012

Musings After Midnight--An ominous threshold was crossed and no one noticed

Good evening, my dear readers, and welcome to another session of Musings After Midnight. I put together these fireside chats on sleepless nights but sometimes post them during the day for your convenience.

So, pull up a chair, have some tea or coffee, and relax. I keep Earl Gray here, along with various brews of the java beans -- always a must for me when I do these things.

The tea and the coffee always seem to make more palatable some of the painful truths I must discuss here.

So, let's dive in and consider the latest.

Several economists have indicated that an ominous threshold was crossed last week, with little fanfare or publicity. In fact, nobody, and I mean nobody noticed. That fact is most unfortunate, given its earth shattering nature. But the fact that it was ignored is now no shocker considering who it is running the government, and who it is charged with the supposed task of being government watchdogs (the mainstream media).

With the failure of the Justice Department of the Obama Administration to hold accountable Jon Corzine of MF Global, and other mega-banks and brokerage firms that broke the law, every single one of us is in danger of having everything we possess stolen with no recourse. The rule of law just went out the window.

Here is the sobering analysis:

"The problem with this decision is rather simple -- it eviscerates the general principle in the law that one cannot grant a thing one does not have.
This is why, if you buy a stolen car, you don't get to keep it when the theft is discovered.  You can't be prosecuted for unwittingly buying the car, but the seller has no title to the vehicle to convey, and therefore he conveyed nothing.  You thus have no claim to the property.

"Back in 2009 you all sat for this very same sort of violationbecause it didn't risk being your money.  I'm speaking of the GM and Chrysler bailouts in which senior bondholders, who had a contractual claim on the assets of the company and thus literally owned the property (as a secured interest) were boned for the benefit of the UAW -- that is, their property was stolen.

"The courts allowed it.

"Now it has happened here with Sentinel, but this is not news; it is merely continuation of what began, and what you, the people, allowed to occur without retribution or recompense.

"This morning we find that it's likely that those who were involved in the theft of customer funds at MF Global, including Corzine himselfare likely to not face criminal charges.  And why not?  That's just an extension of the Sentinel decision.
The problem, of course, is that once you ignore property rights then you've ignored them.  It's the principle of the thing more than the details; whether you get personally boned with "this" particular violation isn't the question.  Rather, the question is this, for each and every one of you:

"'What assurance do you have that any property of yours that is not in your personal, immediate and physical possession, is actually protected by the rule of law if someone attempts to steal it?'

"The answer?  You have none.

"Let that sink in folks, because it does not just apply to futures traders, to people daytrading stocks, or even to people with 401ks and IRAs.  It applies to each and every one of us with a bank account.

"That's right folks -- it applies to anyone with any property held by any person other than you, in your personal control within reach of your fingers.  If it is stolen by a wealthy and powerful person they will be found to have conveyed it "within the law" and you will not get your property back."

Those are the words of market guru Karl Denninger.

Thus, the lawless thuggery only continues. The very same scenario that existed prior to the collapse of 2008 still exists now. No one has been called to accountability, mainly due to the fact that the perpetrators were in bed with the federal government, and they still are. Most of Obama's top advisers in the economic realm came from none other than Goldman-Sachs.

It is thus very difficult to believe that a mere change in the White House will lead to real reforms. Too many other factors are in place that would mean Romney and Ryan are essentially hamstrung on day one. Yes, there are some other things they can do--cut spending, end ObamaCare, reform the tax code, etc., etc., but unless Congress gets involved to stop the fascist-styled collaboration between government and large corporations, then the thuggery will only continue, and citizens will only continue to be robbed of their wealth.

What this means is that without drastic and painful action on the part of the next administration and Congress, we may experience complete economic collapse anyway, no matter who is in government. In other words, if what Denninger is saying above is true, and I believe it is, then the "ship has already sailed out of the port," that is, it is too late to avoid a catastrophic economic crisis of historic proportions.

This means your bank accounts are vulnerable. Your retirement and pension accounts are vulnerable. Your investments, even "secured" ones, are vulnerable. Everything except what you can hold in your hand and have in your physical possession is subject to confiscation and/or outright robbery.  

I am optimistic enough, however, to hang on to a modicum of hope. If Romney will allow Ron Paul to go to work on the Treasury, the Federal Reserve, and the economy in general, there is chance we can get it together and avoid catastrophe.

The thing I like about Ron Paul's view of the debt is that when asked about the gargantuan amount of money the U.S. has borrow from China, he stated, "Just don't pay it back. Ever."

Here's why that may be a prudent option. China cheats the U.S. anyway in trade policy. Their goods are produced with slave labor at a tiny fraction of the labor costs of the U.S. and free nations. Yet we have allowed them to dictate trade terms. It would seem to be an even trade to simply tell them, "You won't be getting your money back. That is your payment to us for being allowed to sell your goods here at such a low cost and using labor practices that are deplorable."

And then, from there we must tell the ChiComs that from now on there will be "fair trade" that is mutually beneficial and where one nation doesn't have the upper hand over the other. The so-called "free trade" we have practiced with the Chinese in the past is actually "dirty trade." And we as Americans have gotten the shaft. That should end NOW.

Now, on to the political realm.

A reader asked me recently how I can hint that I would support the Romney-Ryan ticket after they tried to pull a fast one at the RNC concerning the rules. I answered that my main goal at this point is to get rid of Barack Obama. And the best way to do that, unfortunately, is to support Romney.

I have never liked Mitt Romney. I did not like his father, either. But this is the hand we have been dealt, and we must play that hand.

Earlier in another episode of Musings After Midnight I was very candid with you about my dilemma about the election, given that it had become clear to me three months ago that Romney would get the Republican nomination. I had worked VERY hard to prevent him from getting it. I even considered a third party, or writing in a candidate. But as I stated at the time it appeared to me that no one on the horizon had a chance of getting enough votes to make a dent in the process, except to siphon enough votes away from the Republican to insure Obama's reelection.

That I CANNOT tolerate.

I still believe that the GOP needs to be taught a hard lesson. RINOS must go. I have had it with the "moderate" eastern establishment leadership machine in the GOP. I have no respect for Dick Lugar, John McCain, Lindsay Graham, Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe, Lisa Murkowski, Scott Brown, and several others. I realize some of these are retiring, but you see my point. This crowd will attempt to thwart conservatives at every turn. They must be taught a lesson.

But not this year.

This year too much is at stake to teach the GOP a lesson by throwing the election to Democrats. If we do that, we are essentially insuring civil war in 2013 and sealing the permanent demise of the Republic. I am convinced that another term of Barack Obama will seal our fate, insuring civil war and the destruction of this nation as we know it.

I will not be part of any movement that makes it more likely that Obama will be reelected. And at present it is clear that this is precisely what will happen if I advance a cause and candidacy that will do nothing but pull votes away from Romney-Ryan.

My view is that we must get rid of Obama first. Then, later we go to work getting rid of the RINOS, maybe in 2016 or 2020.

The next thing I wish to discuss with you are the conspiracy theories.

In my last installment of Musings After Midnight I told you that I would not allow this site to be used as a forum to rehash the totally discredited fantasies that 9/11 was an inside job or that the OKC bombing was the work of Muslim terrorists rather than Timothy McVeigh. Real conspiracies are serious enough without diluting the attention they deserve by focusing on wild charges that have no basis in fact.

But, as I knew would happen, several sent their diatribes anyway, after I had already stated they would not be posted.

Despite the insults some of you sent my way, I can assure you I have thoroughly considered every single one of the conspiracy theories that you claimed I knew nothing about. Each of them, in my mind, has been thoroughly debunked. That includes theories on 9/11, OKC, the Bilderberg Group, the Rothschild family, and my favorite deranged fiction of all--Israel and the Jews are behind everything evil in the world.

Such things are the convoluted, psychotic rantings of lunatics.

But what I DID discover was that the Council on Foreign Relations represents a conspiracy that is very real and very dangerous.

Thus, I am not anti-conspiracy theory. But I want to be sure that the conspiracy is very real and credible before I go off half cocked on some fishing expedition.

If you want to discover real danger by a real conspiracy, even to the point of holding the U.S. government hostage, look no further than the CFR. Do your research. And don't look at just who belongs to it. Some are there who have no power. Rather, look at who sits on CFR's most powerful committees. There you will find the power brokers. And remember, some very important people are not there anymore but lurk in the background. Some whose names are not on the current roster are no less involved than they were when they were formal members.

And that, my friends, should be enough for you to chew on for a while. So, until next time, keep the faith.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Justice Department launches ad campaign

For the first time in the history of the agency, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has launched an ad campaign featuring a sitting attorney general speaking to Americans about the need to protect endangered children.

This reporter saw the ad for the first time last evening.

The series of ads comes at a curious time in American politics...

Click here to continue reading at Anthony G. Martin's National Conservative Examiner.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

The 2A News Roundup--Top Ten for Thursday, August 30, 2012

All guns and politics from the best gun rights and liberty bloggers on the Internet.

David Codrea says there is growing concern about a police state in America as officers are training for domestic war.

WRSA provides some background on the concern about the police state. The Marines are now training our police officers.

From Mike Vanderboegh: "America's Crisis of Political Legitimacy."

Way Up North notes cause for even more concern as the Governor of Alaska stockpiles food all over the state. But for what?

Days of our Trailers provides the latest example of your tax dollars at work.

The New York Liberty Report issues a news story showing that an armored DHS vehicle pulled up to get gasoline with guns drawn at a gas station in Suffolk County, alarming those who witnessed it.

The Wandering Minstrel reports that he has bought a new AR-15. Photos provided. Interesting thing is, I've been in the market for one of late.

Pamela Geller peels back the layers of the growing anti-Israel sentiment in America.

Alphecca notes that Fast and Furious scandal star Eric Holder has met with the victims of the shooting in Tucson.

Roberta X has an interesting piece on .22 revolvers, complete with pics.

Republican platform contains strong statement on Fast and Furious

The Hill is reporting today that the Republican Party platform that was forged Tuesday at the Republican National Convention in Tampa contains a strong statement on the Fast and Furious scandal.

Delegates to the convention adopted a sharply worded statement placing the blame for the death of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, plus the deaths of hundreds of others, squarely at the feet of the Obama administration.

Click here to continue reading at Anthony G. Martin's National Conservative Examiner.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

OIG report on Fast and Furious '10 times worse' than expected

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued a draft of his report on the Fast and Furious scandal, which is now being poured over by DOJ officials who have 30 days to provide feedback.

One source who has seen the report told National Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea that the report is "10 times worse" than expected.

Although few details have been forthcoming concerning the report, leaks from DOJ have indicated that the OIG identifies the Phoenix Field Division of the ATF as the source for much of the scandal. The leaks have led field agents to express the fear that they will be forced to take the brunt of the blame in the scandal.

Click here to continue reading at Anthony G. Martin's National Conservative Examiner.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The 2A News Roundup--Top Ten for Tuesday, August 28, 2012

All guns and politics from the best gun rights and liberty bloggers on the Internet.

Mike McCarville reports that the GOP establishment and Ron Paul supporters have reached a deal at the Republican Convention that should go a long way toward unity.

Alphecca says that a plan to ban the firing of automatic weapons in a town in Vermont has failed.

CLO notes that while most were watching the election, there was major movement on the Fast and Furious front.

Every Blade of Grass has interesting reading in a post titled, "Who Am I?"

Nicki blogs on the stupidity of the so-called "zero tolerance" policies.

The Smallest Minority provides the quote of the day.

The War on Guns opines on "the new normal."

Mike Vanderboegh has a special message for "the Bastard" on how things work in the real world, outside of the cloistered Gotham City.

Oleg Volk posts his latest masterpiece on gun rights.

Karl Denninger has "all you need to know about government."

Veterans quietly forced into mental hospitals

A new report suggests that since 2009 U.S. veterans are being quietly forced into mental hospitals across the country where they are committed against their will and detained indefinitely.

The report by Susanne Posel, which was published Monday, indicates that increasingly the U.S. government is designating veterans who return home from service overseas as mentally unfit. Their firearms are then confiscated, and they are forced into psychiatric facilities to receive treatment for conditions as common and non-threatening as post traumatic stress.

Click here to continue reading at Anthony G. Martin's National Conservative Examiner.

Monday, August 27, 2012

The 2A News Roundup--Top Ten for Monday, August 27, 2012

All guns and politics from the best gun rights and liberty bloggers on the Internet.

David Codrea reports that the DOJ's Inspector General has been summoned to Congress to be questioned by Darrell Issa concerning his report on the Fast and Furious scandal.

Mike Vanderboegh reports on the new movie about Obama that is now showing in theaters.

Brigid blogs on wheel guns and tractors.

WRSA points to some interesting info on the secession movement.

From Way Up North: "My Daughter, the Rifleman."

Tam opines on the problems with Glocks among the Indiana State Police.

From Standing By: "That Squeeze You're Feeling is the Noose Tightening Around Your Neck."

Days of our Trailers says that spin and lies are the gun control movement's bread and butter.

Stand Up America reports that the $1.6 billion "lost" by MF Global has been traced. So who goes to jail? Probably NO ONE, considering who they are.

The New York Liberty Report notes that the momentum in the 2012 elections has shifted to the Republicans.

Republican chances of winning Senate improving

Three reports issued today indicate that Republican chances of winning the U.S. Senate are improving. According to the reports, the odds of a GOP takeover are now better than even.

Republicans were disheartened after Missouri U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin's untimely misstatements on rape and abortion changed the complexion of the race. The incumbent, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., pulled ahead of Akin in what was supposed to be slam dunk against the beleaguered senator.

But the news for Republicans vastly improved with the release of three reports today showing that in spite of a looming loss in Missouri, the Party stands a good chance at picking up enough seats to win the Senate -- better than the even odds predicted a month ago by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

Click here to continue reading at Anthony G. Martin's National Conservative Examiner.