Monday, June 13, 2011

Weiners, Wusses and Wonks

"What hath Anthony Weiner wrought? Clarity"

June  13, 2011
By Stuart Schwartz

It is now crystal clear that our elites -- the ruling class, the insiders who tell us where, when, and how to live our lives--are nothing more than a collection of Wieners, Wusses and Wonks. And as surely as the words of telegraph inventor Samuel Morse ("What hath God wrought") signaled the beginning of the modern mass communication era and the transformation of the United States for the 20th century, so will this Democrat leader's grotesque digital dissemination of his private parts bring about the transformation needed by this century -- the realization that our political and media elites are among the worst this nation has to offer.
As the New York Post headlined it, "Erections have consequences." I am hopeful that this latest scandal will bring us to the realization as nothing else has that it is time to rid ourselves of the self-serving elites that have corrupted our institutions. They have created, as Mark Steyn of National Review puts it, "a spendaholic, grabafeelic, paramilitarized bureaucracy-without-end (that is) bankrupting" our future and killing this fine nation. "Take back America" is more than just a Tea Party slogan; it is a precondition for restoring fiscal sanity and the opportunities that come from American exceptionalism. And from whom need we take it back? From a political and media elite populated by three classes of dysfunctional individuals: Weiners, Wusses, and Wonks.  Read More

Easy First Steps To Building Your Barter Network

"From here on out, we make our own destinies. Make yours a good one…"
June 13, 2011
By Brandon Smith

The trading of goods without the use of paper currency is not a difficult concept. People all across the country do it everyday. Barter, in its simplest sense, is not dead, and never will be. However, the organized use of barter as an alternative to the mainstream economy; THAT is something America has all but forgotten. One serious problem that I consistently seem to run into is the assumption that barter needs “backers”, meaning, many people believe the existing methodology of business must be the driver for barter to become “big” again. For decades, barter organizations of every shape and size have been so focused on pursuing a centralized corporate profit model that they forget the foundation of success in barter is the strength of the individual participants. This is why we have seen so many false starts and failures in localized commerce initiatives. It is the same reason why many existing barter groups remain in a sort of stasis, unable to grow, frustrating organizers and members alike. Liberty Dollar, for instance, was so centralized that a single federal raid was all that was needed to dismantle Bernard von NotHaus’ accomplishments and his years of effort.  Read More

Police State Amerika

"Hope for the best, plan for the worst… but then live life to the fullest"

June 13, 2011
By David Galland, Casey Research
I just had a conversation with constitutional lawyer and monetary expert Dr. Edwin Vieira. I first became acquainted with Dr. Vieira, who holds four degrees from Harvard and has extensive experience arguing cases before the Supreme Court, at our recent Casey Research Summit in Boca Raton, where he spoke on how far off the constitutional rails the nation has traveled. Here is a summary of what he told me…

Dr. Vieira and I covered a lot of ground in our lengthy conversation, most of it related to the U.S. monetary system – its history, nature, and likely fate. But in between the details and analysis of how it is that the nation’s fiscal and monetary affairs have deteriorated to the current dismal state – and how the global sovereign debt crisis is likely to be resolved – a couple of deeply concerning truths emerged.

Concerning because, taken together, these truths have set the stage for a full-blown police state.
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