Not in any particular order, and in varying degrees of significance, here are some freedoms I wish the military were defending:
The freedom to fly without being sexually violated. The freedom to purchase a gun without a waiting period. The freedom to grow, sell, and smoke marijuana. The freedom to sell goods and services for whatever amount a buyer is willing to pay. The freedom to make more than six withdrawals from one’s savings account each month. The freedom to drink alcohol as a legal, voting adult under twenty-one years of age. The freedom to purchase Sudafed over the counter. The freedom to gamble without government approval. The freedom to deposit more than $10,000 in a bank account without government scrutiny. The freedom to not be stopped at a checkpoint and have one’s car searched without a warrant. The freedom to sell any good or offer any service on Craigslist. The freedom to fill in a "wetland" on one’s own property. The freedom to cut someone’s hair for money without a license. The freedom to home-brew over 100 gallons of beer per year. The freedom to advertise tobacco products on television. The freedom to smoke Cuban cigars. The freedom to not wear a seatbelt. The freedom to be secure in our persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures. The freedom to keep the fruits of one’s labor. The freedom of an employer and an employee to negotiate for any wage. The freedom to discriminate against anyone for any reason. The freedom to videotape the police in public. The freedom of businesses to hire and fire whomever they choose. The freedom to not be brutalized by the police. The freedom to not be arrested for victimless crimes. The freedom to sell raw milk. The freedom to not have one’s child subject to unnecessary vaccinations. The freedom to not have one’s child unjustly taken by Child Protective Services. The freedom to not be subject to the Patriot Act. The freedom for kids to set up neighborhood lemonade stands. The freedom to not have every facet of business and society regulated. The freedom to stay in one’s home during a hurricane. The freedom to not have our e-mail and phone conversations monitored. The freedom to travel to and trade with any country. The freedom to be left alone.
Certainly there are hundreds of things that could be added. We no longer live in a free country.
I hear the waves Sun beatin' down on my shoulders It's a near-perfect day Wishin' I wouldn't get any older They say that it's gone 'fore you know it now
Quiet your mind Soak it all in It's a game you can't win Enjoy the ride
I feel the change Goin' on all around me It's strange How I'm taken and guided Where I end up right I'm needed to be
Quiet your mind Soak it all in It's a game you can't win Enjoy the ride
At the end of the water A red sun is risin' And the stars are all goin' away And if you're too busy talkin' You're not busy listenin' To hear what the land has to say
Quiet your mind
I hear the waves Sun beatin' down on my shoulders It's a near-perfect day Wishin' I wouldn't get any older They say that it's gone 'fore you know it and Soak it all in It's a game you can't win Enjoy the ride
‘I’m just quitting’: A scene right out of ‘Atlas Shrugged’ in Birmingham by David McElroy
My name’s Ronnie Bryant, and I’m a mine operator…. I’ve been issued a [state] permit in the recent past for [waste water] discharge, and after standing in this room today listening to the comments being made by the people…. [pause] Nearly every day without fail — I have a different perspective — men stream to these [mining] operations looking for work in Walker County. They can’t pay their mortgage. They can’t pay their car note. They can’t feed their families. They don’t have health insurance. And as I stand here today, I just … you know … what’s the use? I got a permit to open up an underground coal mine that would employ probably 125 people. They’d be paid wages from $50,000 to $150,000 a year. We would consume probably $50 million to $60 million in consumables a year, putting more men to work. And my only idea today is to go home. What’s the use? I don’t know. I mean, I see these guys — I see them with tears in their eyes — looking for work. And if there’s so much opposition to these guys making a living, I feel like there’s no need in me putting out the effort to provide work for them. So as I stood against the wall here today, basically what I’ve decided is not to open the mine. I’m just quitting. Thank you.
Items 1971 2010/11 % Increase Average Cost of new house $28,000 $273,000 975% Median HH Income $10,300 $47,000 456% Average Monthly Rent $150 $750 500% Cost of a gallon of Gas $0.40 $3.80 950% Average New Car Price $3,430 $29,200 851% United States postage Stamp $0.08 $0.44 550% Movie Ticket $1.50 $7.89 526%
More than 10 million Americans moved from one county to another during 2008. The map below visualizes those moves. Click on any county to see comings and goings: black lines indicate net inward movement, red lines net outward movement.
http://www.zerohedge.com/article/guest-post-grapes-wrath-2011 Steinbeck became the champion of the working class. When he decided to write a novel about the plight of migrant farm workers, he took his task very seriously. To prepare, he lived with an Oklahoma farm family and made the journey with them to California. Seventy years later the plight of the working class is the same. If Steinbeck were alive today he would live with a Michigan auto manufacturing family making a journey to fantasyland of green energy, where automobiles ran on corn and sunshine. The working class bore the brunt of the Great Depression in the 1930s and they are bearing the burden during our current Greater Depression. Steinbeck knew who the culprits were seventy years ago. We know who the culprits are today. They are one in the same. The moneyed banking interests caused the Great Depression and they created the disastrous collapse that has thus far destroyed 7 million middle class jobs. Steinbeck understood that the poor working class of this country had more dignity and compassion for their fellow man than any Wall Street banker out for enrichment at the expense of the working class.
Couple of snips from Charles Hugh Smiths editorial...
What pundits and politicos don't get is small business knows the "recovery" is totally bogus. Why hire somebody who you'll have to lay off a few months from now? Laying people off is emotionally painful--you dread it, tire of it, are wearied by it. This is a real human being who is losing their job, not some ginned-up statistic hyped by some think-tank-pundit pulling down $15K a month for dishing whatever flavor of propaganda he/she is paid to churn out.
Nobody's hiring for the long-term for the simple reason that there is no long-term: we're either selling the company as soon as we can, or we're waiting for the next dip in revenues to close down before we lose everything.
Local government has grown accustomed to small business being uncomplaining tax-donkeys, silently paying every junk fee and every additional tax the government levies. Only a funny thing happened on the way to local government's plan to fill the shortfalls in its own revenues by taxing small businesses even more: they're closing down.
The reason is simple: why work for free? This is incomprehensible to both local governments, who expect all those "filthy-rich small-business Capitalists" to pay higher taxes and fees, and the safely remote-from-the-real-world pundits and politicos.
Note- have had the "oh you're self employed so you must be rich"... opinion smacked at myself in the past.
I try to read from all points of view, mainly to see what the other side is thinking. Obviously, it's strategy from Sun Tsu to know your enemy, although for me it might be more along the thought of knowing the isssues better. I no longer believe the "right vs left" paradigm is at work anymore. More like the 80% vs top 20%.
Two posts from the same author but several years in between, funny how they read like current news.....
I have family experiencing the same. here’s what I learned. For what it’s worth. Prepare for a battle that’s going to last at least six months.
However, Forget the lawyer, do your own leg work first. get your head around what’s real first.
Quicly take responsibility. Mark your calender, The next steps are absolutely critical, you must make the bank establish rightful intrest of your title any and all liens to the property. Period.
But run,don’t walk to your county property registrar. Take two witnesses who will testify as being present,have copies of Picture Id. Past tax bills, utility bills, all paid and stamped paid, present them to the county court houseclerk of property registrations, ask for and secure valid stamped, dated and witnessed copies of your property’s registration, taxes paid, all liens registerred and released, and releases from your first to last of mortgage of the property as released to you; including the refinanced mortgage and most especially the releases of all the release of liens on the property and a current registration of the current loan, tax id and lien holder claiming to be holder of your mortgage.
Make copies of everything, including closing papers….got it…everything and secure them in a savings deposit box. keep 1 for a private desk file and quick access, scan another and file as an un-editable PDF file, burn a digital copy disc’s,a store PDF file on desktop file and on-line Internet file system such as Mozilla.
Once the above is done, you can take the next step.
Submit by courier, a registerred letter, return receipt requested, by snail usa mail to the loan department of your bank requesting title and written response from the bank.
Do not under any circumstance threaten suit or legal action. Your letters will establish your legal request to get a copy of the title. Give them 10 business days to respond by written letter from an registerred officer of the banks loan department.
Failing their response, send them another letter of request of copy of your title. remind them of the 1st request. Give them 10 business days.
Failing that, file your own legal subpoena in the county court house for the banks property records from the mortgage lender. You still have not threatened anybody.
take personal responsibility. do not however, I repeat do not make the mistake of witholding your mortgage payment. That takes the focus off what needs to get done. Simply get your ducks in a row.
Subpoena the bank until your satisfied.
If they fail that, now you can go to AG, ask the AG to subpoena on your behalf, exhaust all options. Proceed in the same manner as above. Pay attention to the calender and don’t let up, for any reason. your goal is to establish your title. Period.
If I walk up to your door with a gun and demand your wallet, what is it? Robbery.
If I walk up, demand the wallet at gunpoint, and tell you I'll spend 20% on your road improvements and 10% on the charity of your choice, what is it? Still robbery.
If I and my neighbors (all of us with small homes) form a political entity and vote to put in new sewers and sidewalks, and hand the bill to your local business, or just "assess values of property" and tax proportionally (sorry, you own much more valuably property than the rest of us), what do we call it?
Self rule. Democracy. Representative government. Pick your euphemism for what it really is: Robbery.