You Can’t Teach an Old Shogun New Tricks: The Sun is Setting on Japan and they Don’t Even Know it Yet

You can’t teach an old Shogun new tricks.  But in the case of Japan, you can sure keep try doing the same failed things over and over again, expecting a different outcome.

We been discussing Japan a great deal here in the Truth Emporium lately.  That’s because Japan is a great case study in how a nation-state should NOT be conducting itself.  From population implosion, to failed Keynesian economics, to a warhawk prime minister, and to a debt to GDP ratio that is pushing 250%, Japan is doing just about everything wrong these days.

Things are so rotten in Japan, that despite billions of dollars in Keynesian surplus being pumped into the economy to prop it up, the country still entered a recession again this year.  In the fact, according to this article from Bloomberg, the recession appears to be much worse than originally believed, despite the fact Japan’s economy was just soaked in a sea of red ink Keynesian funny money.  Things were so bad, that when news of the recession became official, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called for general elections.

In most normal countries, when the economy tanks, there is a change in political leadership.  Or there is a revolution.  Not so in Tokyo.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his party actually won a landslide victory in recent elections.  His party picked up 6 seats, in fact, to further it’s grip on power.  If that’s not an endorsement of Keynesian/Neo-Con/Abenomics, then I don’t know what is.  You can read more on the landslide victory for Abe here.

You can’t teach an old Shogun new tricks.

A Shogun was a hereditary military governor in Japan during medieval times.  Today the head of the Japanese government is called “prime minister”, the usage of the term “shogun” has continued somewhat. A retired prime minister who still wields considerable power and influence behind the scenes is called a yami shogun, or “shadow shogun.”  The title of shogun in Japan meant a military leader equivalent to general, and at various times in the first millennium shoguns held temporary power, but it became a symbol of military control over the country. (Source)

Thusly, given their long history of militarism, it should then come as no real shocker to us that one of the primary goals for Prime Minister’s Abe’s new term in office is to revise Japan’s constitution and actively protest what it calls “wrongful accusations” about the country’s wartime past.  You can read more here in this article from the Daily Mail:

The constitution was drafted by American forces that occupied Japan after its defeat in World War II, and has been interpreted to allow a military only for defensive purposes. What constitutes defensive purposes has been expanded over the years, most recently in July by a Cabinet reinterpretation of the constitution that allows the military to defend an ally, such as the U.S., in limited conditions under a concept known as “collective self-defense.”

While some Japanese are drawn to Abe’s attempts to project a stronger Japan to counter China’s rise, many embrace the constitution’s anti-war stance and are wary of any attempts to change that. Any nationalist-leaning initiatives would raise tensions with China and further sour ties with South Korea.

A more immediate issue will be Abe’s position on World War II history, whether he will return to a shrine that honors convicted Japanese war criminals among the war dead, and what statement he will make on the 70th anniversary of the end of that war next August.

His visit to Yasukuni shrine a year ago, on the first anniversary of taking office, angered China and South Korea, and the U.S. took the somewhat unusual step of expressing official disappointment.

Statements by Abe and by conservatives he has appointed to the board of Japan’s national broadcaster have raised doubts about his commitment to an official apology Japan made on the 50th anniversary of the war’s end, and to a 1993 apology to Korean and other women who worked in military-run brothels during the war, many against their will.

James Schoff, a Japan expert at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, worries that a huge victory for Abe’s party could embolden him to pursue his nationalist goals, rather than focus on bolstering the economy and U.S.-Japan security ties.

FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 file photo, Japanese men clad in outdated military costume march in to pay respects to the country's war dead at the Yas...

In this Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 file photo, Japanese men clad in outdated military costume march in to pay respects to the country’s war dead at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo as Japan marks the 69th anniversary of its surrender in World War II. A projected landslide victory for Japan¿s ruling party in national elections Sunday, Dec. 14 could give Prime Minister Shinzo Abe political breathing space to push forward with his long-held nationalist agenda. An immediate issue will be Abe¿s position on World War II history, whether he will return to the shrine that honors convicted Japanese war criminals among the war dead, and what statement he will make on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II next August. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)

This is all some pretty deviant malarkey from Japan, a nation we refer to as an “ally” for some reason.  Japan trying to gloss over it’s flagrant World War II atrocities is only about two rungs lower on the absurdity ladder as Holocaust denial.

And don’t anybody bring up Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  I debunked that talking point years ago.
In the Second World War, Japan was a war criminal.  It was an aggressor nation.  It’s rampage through the Pacific in 1941 and early 1942, along with it’s invasion of China and the Rape of Nanking, were all war crimes.  Japanese treatment of prisoners of war was an atrocity.  There is no denying any of this.  So why we allow our Japanese “allies” to deny it is mystifying.
Why we allow Japan to get away with half of what it does is mystifying really.  Why are we sticking our necks out for these people to tweak the beak of Red China, now the world’s largest economy?  The Japanese want us to defend them from China, but don’t want us on Okinawa to actually do so.  In other words, or boys are good enough to die for Japan, and you and I are good enough to pay taxes to defend them, but we’re not good enough to grace Japanese soil with out presence.

We have a large trading deficit with Japan too.

The U.S. goods trade deficit with Japan was $73.4 billion in 2013, a 4.0% decrease ($3.0 billion) over 2012. The U.S. goods trade deficit with Japan accounted for 10.7% of the overall U.S. goods trade deficit in 2013.  The United States has a services trade surplus of an estimated $19.6 billion with Japan in 2012 (latest data available), up 0.3% from 2011.

Given Japan’s high tariffs on many imports, even those from their American “allies,” it is no surprise that the United States suffers from a high trade deficit with Tokyo.  The tariffs have caused high level diplomatic tension.  For policy wonking, you can even check out Japan’s tariff schedule.  It’s very high.

In other words, japan keeps our goods off their shores, while they dump their dreck onto our shores.  Some “ally” we’ve got there, eh what?  I’d hate to see what Japan would do if they were an enemy!
Japan is a true basket case; fiscally, economically, culturally, and politically.  And yet we are treaty bound to defend Japan, despite all their blatant dysfunction.  It makes me think that George Washington was onto something when he warned us against “entangling alliances.”

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Published in: on December 12, 2014 at 10:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

Hogs Feeding at the Trough: The Corrupt City of Fairfield Keeps Making it Rain

We have spoken many times in the past about the corruption here in Fairfield Ohio as it relates to both the city school district and the police force.  The Mafia has more integrity than the Fairfield Police Department or Fairfield City School District.

As we all know, your good ole’ Uncle Andy tries to be a fair man.  He tries to be reasonable and even handed.  In my reports to you about corruption, waste, and incompetence here in Fairfield, Ohio, I forgot to mention how badly run the city itself is.  Clearly, the local school district and police force are still the reigning supreme champions of malfeasance.  But the city administration finishes closely behind them in the corruption olympics.

Thanks to an income tax windfall, and recent charter amendment approved by hooplehead voters, Fairfield’s general fund is awash with cash.  For already overpaid city workers and pet projects of the corrupt administration, the proverbial bazaar is open!

According to a recent article by the Journal-News, Fairfield expects to spend $70.6 million for its 2015 budget, while revenues are expected to be $73.3 million, thanks partly to income tax funds returning to pre-recession levels, according to the city’s finance director.

The budget, passed by council, has spending increases in most departments.The police budget will increase by 4 percent and fire by 3 percent.

Administration will increase by 1.2 percent, economic development by 7 percent, finance by 5 percent, public works by 1 percent, parks by 3 percent, utilities by 4 percent and personnel/benefits by 6.6 percent. The fire department budget increased by 3.8 percent, while police will increase by 4.3 percent. Municipal court will increase by 5 percent, which is a departure from the norm.

Mark my words; these budget line item increases will be used for one thing: more pay increases for city workers!  It’s a damned disgrace!

We have mentioned in passing here in the Truth Emporium, how the selfish goon squad at Fairfield PD are.  Last March I wrote:

The story starts last year during the November 2012 election with a seemingly innocuous charter amendment on the ballot, which was successfully passed by dimwitted voters.  All you have to do is follow the money…straight into the pockets of unionized city workers here in Fairfield. 

The reallocation increased the general fund portion of the current 1.5% income tax from 1.1% to 1.2%. The capital improvement and street funds decreased from 0.2% each to 0.15% each.

Did you catch that?  Money for the general fund increased.  Money for streets, infrastructure, and capital went down.  As it turns out, what Fairfield meant by an increase in spending for the general fund, was actually just a means to provide salary increases for city workers.

Since the Fairfield city charter amendment was passed, freeing up more tax dollars earmarked for the general fund, every unionized city employee has been given a pay raise.  Check out the story here.

American Federation of County, State and Municipal Employees (AFCSME) members will receive a 2.72 percent raise. The raises will go out to 91 employees. The financial impact to the city will be about $92,000, said Mary Hopton, the city’s finance director. The city’s expenditures for this year are projected at $63.2 million. The raises take effect April 1 and are effective through March 31, 2014, which is the end of the contract.

Earlier this year, the firefighters received 3 percent raises, while police officers received a 2.48 percent increase. The firefighter raises were a $45,000 impact to the city; the impact of the police raises was not specified, but the city documentation shows the new hourly rates range $25.28 an hour for a beginning officer to $44.28 per hour for a lieutenant with 20 years’ service. The previous range was $24 to $43 an hour.

Lets focus on the hapless Fairfield Police Department for a moment, if we may.  Check out their recruitment brochure on the city’s website.  The starting base pay is $51,000.  After three years, that bumps up to $66,000.  I don’t believe these figures represent the newly enacted 3% pay raises though.  That would make the base salaries for police patrol officers in Fairfield, Ohio, after three years of service, virtually $70,000 a year. 

The base salary figure does not include overtime, court time, or other perks.  This is a gravy train, fellow citizens.

Not only did the gravy boating incompetents at Fairfield PD get a raise in 2013, but the new contract ratified a few weeks ago gives them even more of our money going forward over the next few years.  It is outrageous.

You can look at the story here.  The officers will receive a net increase of 2.66 percent, with the union and the city having approved a new three-year contract to run through 2017.  FOP’s supervisors unit, consisting of 13 sergeants and lieutenants, also received the raises, as did members of the International Union of Operating Engineers, and the American Federation of County, State and Municipal Employees. Members of the firefighters union received raises in March.  All together, the raises for all the unions will cost the city more than $230,000.

I’m glad to see these hogs are living high on our dime.

Published in: on December 12, 2014 at 4:52 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Put That in Your Hookah Pipe and Smoke it: The Obamacare Tax Man Cometh for Hussein-Loving Hipsters

As much as I dislike Fuehrer B. HUSSEIN Obama, he’s still not as annoying as your typical smug hipster, with his beard and square glasses.  It was dimwitted white liberals who got this awful president elected – twice.  With Obamacare tax penalties set to kick in next year for those who have not obeyed the government mandate to purchase health insurance, the hipsters are about to reap what they have sown.  By April 15th, 2016 the swinging hipsters will be smacking the walls of their renovated condo lofts and wishing they’d voted like Uncle Andy and the other suburbanite, Americana squares with stick figure families in the back windshields of their cars.

Despite having moved the goal posts back for years and changing a legislative act of the US Congress by fiat dictate, additional portions of Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law will finally begin to go in effect next year.  This includes the feared tax penalty, which is a mystery, shrouded by a puzzle, wrapped in an enigma.

Now, your wise old Uncle Andy would like to believe himself to be a reasonably intelligent individual.  But the Obamacare tax penalty math equation to assess what’s owed by health insurance absconders has left both me and Good Will Hunting both scratching our heads.  A gopultyguk, Groupthink Common Korps math lesson is easier to unravel than this newspeak from the IRS.

Yahoo News has tried to explain the Obamacare tax penalty as well as anyone.  You can check out the story here.

The math is very confusing, like most convoluted tax laws in this country.  I would direct the attention of yuppy hipsters to the following example of a tax penalty under Obamacare for those who fail to purchase insurance:

Example 1: One-person household with no coverage for entire year

Say you are unmarried and live alone. During all of 2015, you have no minimum essential coverage. Your income for the year is $100,000. Your tax return filing threshold for the year is $10,300. Assume the monthly national average premium for bronze coverage for one person is $250 for 2015, which amounts to $3,000 for the entire year (12 x $250).

In your case, the percentage of income prong is $1,794 for 2015 [($100,000-$10,300) x 2%].

The dollar amount prong is $325.

The tentative penalty amount is $1,794 (greater of $1,794 or $325).

As stated, the annual national average cost of bronze coverage is assumed to be $3,000 for one person who is uncovered for all of 2015.

Therefore, your final penalty amount for failing to comply with the individual mandate is $1,794 (lesser of $1,794 or $3,000).

If your circumstances are the same in 2016, the final penalty amount for that year will probably be about $2,200. Ouch!

Catch that, hipsters?  You’ll pay a hefty tax penalty for not buying health insurance next year.  That’ll sure cut into the microbrew, dog park, artsy fartsy fund, won’t it?

For 2014, the national average cost for bronze coverage was $204 per person per month or $1,020 per month for a family of five or more. The 2015 national average for bronze coverage won’t be revealed until late next year.  That’s about the same cost as a basic, low-level catastrophic health insurance plan that has long been offered by the private insurance market.

And what does one get for this $200 per month Bronze tier Obamacare healthcare plan?  Forbes has the answer here.

The insurer will typically cover 60 percent of expected medical expenses in a bronze plan, 80 percent in a gold plan and 90 percent in a platinum plan. So, by buying the costlier plans, all you’re doing is fronting a higher premium to buy down your anticipated out of pocket costs. You’re not getting a better network of doctors or a better formulary of drugs.

It’s easy to see why many hipsters and Millennial scoundrels are skipping Obamacare…despite worshiping it’s namesake.  The bronze level plans offer little more than what has already been available for years top consumers, if they were so inclined to purchase insurance.  All Obamacare has done for consumers living above the Federal poverty line is either create a burdensome new tax, or profits for the insurance industry.

And that, boys and girls, is good old fashioned Fascism.  What else can you call it when the state and corporations are in cahootz to force private citizens to purchase a good or service, like healthcare, or else submit massive taxes to the government?

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Published in: on December 10, 2014 at 5:23 pm  Leave a Comment  
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What to Do About Fuehrer Obama and Amnesty?

Secession may be the real answer. What else can be done if the central government generally, and the executive branch particularly, breaks the Constitution, and neither the courts or the legislature will do anything about it?

The US Constitution is merely a compact between several stakeholders. It’s a contract between the People, sovereign States and the three branches of the central government. Every stakeholder in the contract has certain powers, rights, and duties…and has thereby ceded to the other parties in this contract certain privileges, rights, and responsibilities.

This concept of duties, privileges, and ceded powers is crucial to the Constitution. It is the system of checks and balances you have heard so much about. Each stakeholder under the Constitution has certain rights and powers that keep the other parties in line. Such was the genius of our Founding Fathers.

But when one or more parties to the Constitution grabs too much authority, or is not living up to it’s end of the contract, then like any compact, the agreement becomes null and void. This is exactly what’s taking place with the growing power of the executive branch. The federal government is utterly out of control and is breaking the Constitution we all agreed to. The executive branch is usurping powers reserved for the States, People, and other branches of the central government.

Part and parcel of the contract called the Constitution is the fact that the central government generally, and it’s individual three branches particularly, can only perform certain duties. The three branches of the federal government act as a check upon one another’s powers every bit as much as the federal government generally act as a check and balance upon the sovereign States and passions of the People.

What we have had for many years in the United States is an executive branch drunk with power, and addicted to it’s own growing tyranny. Dating back to even George Washington himself, the executive branch has slowly nibbled away at the powers of the branches of government. This expansion of power accelerated in the twentieth century, and exploded under Presidents Bush and Obama.

That takes us up to today, with President Obama unilaterally announcing defacto amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants. This occurred even after Obama himself declared on numerous occasions he lacked the lawful, Constitutional authority to do so:

“With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations [of immigrants brought here illegally as children] through executive order, that’s just not the case, because there are laws on the books that Congress has passed.”

— President Obama, March 28, 2011

So there you have it. Barack Obama himself said his own actions were illegal. What more do you need to know?

Moreover, what more do the legislative and judicial branches of the federal government need to know to take action to stop this illegal usurpation of power by the executive branch? Why has the legislative branch not used it’s power of the purse or even power of impeachment to act as a check upon the power of the President? Why have the courts not also intervened to check the power of the executive branch?

This is not only their Constitutional right, but their duty as well. And yet, no one is lifting a finger to make the executive branch obey the law.

In other words, the federal government has broken the contract it made with the People and sovereign States that we all call the US Constitution. The executive branch is usurping powers it does not have. The legislative and judicial branches are failing to do their respective duties to check this power grab by the executive branch.

The federal government is in breach of the contract it made with us. Is the contract now null and void?

The federal government does not have the lawful right to act in the manner it has been for some time now. And if government has no laws with which to justify it’s actions, then all it has is tyranny. Is that a yoke we wish to live under?

Published in: on December 4, 2014 at 11:24 pm  Leave a Comment  

Pay No Attention to That Counterfeiter Behind the Curtain: Red Ink is What Makes the World Go ‘Round

You’ve doubtlessly heard the phrase “Money makes the world go ’round.”  That’s only partially true.

The truth is: Money, drenched in red ink, accompanied by smoke and mirrors and a little shoestring and bubble gum, is what makes the world go ’round.  But for how long?  There are only so many squids in the ocean to get red ink from, and the printing presses have to stop producing greenbacks sometime or another.

The Keynesian printing presses won’t cease injecting global markets with artificial and unsustainable sugar highs anytime soon.  According to a USA Today article, stimulus is all that is keeping this little thing we call the global economy afloat.

“Stimulus is stimulating the market,” says Howard Silverblatt, senior index analyst at S&P Dow Jones Indices.

Gary Kaltbaum, a money manager at Kaltbaum Capital Management, said the moves by China and the ECB today are part of what appears to be a coordinated effort by global bankers to inject fresh stimulus into the world’s financial system. The Bank of Japan recently boosted its stimulus measures as well. The U.S. Federal Reserve, of course, ended its market-friendly bond-buying program last month and is moving towards raising interest rates next year.

Central banks, Kaltbaum adds, remain the driving force in global markets. And remain a key reason why so-called risk assets, such as stocks, continue to rise.

“Just realize the few men and women (at the world’s central banks) that run the trillions (in dollars) that have been printed already — and that will be printed in the future — remain in control as this massive coordinated effort grows larger and larger.”

Catch that?  These insane Keynesians are proud of themselves for having printed trillions of fake paper dollars, with more on the way.

It really is criminal and outrageous what these Wall Street elites are getting away with.  Not only is Keynesian economics no good at providing sustained, true, long term economic vitality, but it devalues our currency and essentially makes saving money a bad investment.

It’s true.  We discussed just last week why Keynesian economics is a failure.

We have even discussed here in the Truth Emporium how Keynesian economics tilts the rules towards the rich and powerful.  As I said this past January:

Think about it.  All this funny money being produced by the Federal Reserve has crippled bond markets.  Who buys savings bonds anymore?  Nobody buys a ten year Treasury note.

Not even your parents or your grandparents.  Why?  Because there is no yield in bonds anymore.  It’s a bad investment, frankly.  There is no return on the investment, except possibly in some far distant date in the future when we’re all old and grey, and popping the blue pill.

The premise of quantitative easing is to print money to spur economic activity in the here and now.  If you’re an investor and want to make a quick buck, where do you go?  The stodgy old bond market, and wait around for 30 years for the investment to mature?  No way.  You’re going to Wall Street and rolling those dice on the stocks!

The stock market is being showered in all the easy money brought in by the speculators and banks, courtesy of the Federal Reserve’s printing presses.  And who owns stocks?  Who makes their living by investing?

The super wealthy, who don’t punch a time clock or collect a salary from a middle management job like you and I do.  The super wealthy the talking heads are referring to are not people who draw salaries, by and large.  They’re wealthy investors who make their rich living by trading stocks and dividends payouts.

This garbage will go on as long as you let it continue to happen.  Quit electing the Republikans and Demokrats.  They’re owned wholesale by the elites who benefit from these Corporatist policies.  Start looking out for your country, and stop getting caught up in the vitriol about which political party won’t let two women buy a rainbow wedding cake, or which party wants to hand out clean drug needles to junkies like toothpaste samples at a large urban street fair.

Despite what the Keynesians may tell you, this counterfeiting can’t go on forever.  Eventually, borrowing costs will scuttle further bond buying stimulus.  Then what will we do?

Wake up!

Published in: on November 25, 2014 at 7:06 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Shinzo Abe’s “I’m With Stupid” T-Shirt: Those Crazy Keynesians and Yet Another Japanese Recession

The new definition of trying the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome is not insanity.  It’s Keynesian economics.  We have already debunked Keynesian myth here in the Truth Emporium.

Major ally and trading partner Japan is back in an economic recession once again, and I’d love for the Keynesians to explain how.  You can read the whole story here.

We have spoken before of Keynesians and the woes of Japan’s economy here in the Truth Emporium.  Back in December of 2012, I wrote:

As we discussed and debated here in the Truth Emporium last month, Japan is headed for another recession despite engaging in Keynesian stimulus spending such that the country now has a 229% debt to GDP ratio.  We basically debunked this notion that gushing red ink all over the economy spurs growth and staves off recession.  If that economic strategy did work, then Japan would never have had a Lost Decade, and wouldn’t now be staring down the spectre of yet another recession.

So what did Japan do this week?  They elected a retread politician with the same old discredited Keynesian economic theories.  Japan is trotting out tired, discredited, trite, failed economic policies and hoping for a different outcome.  It really is the definition of insanity.

The Keynesians believe that what is ailing the global and American economies is the lack of stimulus spending, as you will remember.  What Keynesians want to do is borrow even more money and have government spend it to generate economic growth.  Economists like Paul Krugman and Robert Reich are leading proponents of Keynesian thought today.

Japan just had a recession a couple of years ago, despite all sorts of economic stimulus and red ink.  How much red ink did Japanese economic planners ejaculate into their economy?  A massive $116 BILLION.  That’s about 2.3% of Japan’s annual GDP – all in red ink, borrowed, funny money.  To put that figure into context, it would be like if the United States enacted a $400 BILLION stimulus program.

Check out the chart above.  It clearly illustrates what Japan got for in return for saddling their future generations of dwindling citizens with even more debt,  thanks to their 2013 stimulus spending spree.  And what did they get?  One quarter of economic growth, followed by two consecutive quarters of shrinkage, and a recession.  Game, set, and match, Keynesians.

The villain here may not be solely Keynesian economics.  For months, government officials repeatedly offered assurances that the recovery was on track. But an increase in the sales tax in April—to 8% from 5%—hit consumers hard and contributed to the economy contracting in the second and third quarters.

What kind of imbecile floods the economy with stimulus dollars in one year, only to jack up a national sales tax one year later?  I’ve seen better economic planning by kids drawing up a scheme in crayon on the back of a Red Lobster placemat.

Putting the absurd sales tax hike aside, Japan has had a long history of Keynesian economics.  Tokyo has long relied upon red ink to save itself.  It has never worked.  It’s not working now.  It never will work.  If Keynesian theory did work, Japan wouldn’t be in recession now, and wouldn’t have suffered through so many in recent decades.

Published in: on November 21, 2014 at 12:09 am  Comments (1)  

The Ohio Indian War

Uncle Andy:

St.Clair’s Defeat took place upon this day in 1791…

Originally posted on Uncle Andy's Truth Emporium:

This paper will argue that President Washington’s Indian Wars opened eastern and southern Ohio to wider settlement through eliminating the threat posed by British-backed Indian tribes, and also helped to make the United States a credible nation in the eyes of other world powers.  The United States was yet an infant nation when it first devised plans for a coordinated effort to oversee settlement of the rich and fertile lands north and west of the Ohio River.  Americans of this era had a vision of a nation that extended well beyond a thin strip of states wedged between the Atlantic Ocean and the Appalachian Mountains.  Expansion of settlements into the interior of the Continent had been on the minds of many Americans dating all the way back to the end of the French and Indian War.  The Land Ordnance of 1785 and the Northwest Ordnance of 1787 would both serve as…

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Published in: on November 4, 2014 at 3:54 pm  Leave a Comment  

An Uncle Andy I Told Ya So: Treehuggers Are Causing Your Energy Bills to Go Up

We have already discussed here in the Truth Emporium how the closure of coal-fired power plants in Ohio and elsewhere would inevitably drive up energy prices.  I predicted the goosesteppers and extremists at the Environmental Protection Agency would jack up your energy bills.  I said at the time:

It is a matter of basic economics, as to why your energy bills will be higher.  The demand for energy going forward in northern Ohio, we will have to presume shall remain the same.  The supply of energy has been slashed because of these power plant closures.  So what happens when demand for something remains static, and its supply is reduced?  Prices go up.

It turns out that Uncle Andy had it pegged yet again.  According to this article by Bloomberg News, EPA regulations that have caused coal-fired power plants to close will indeed drive up energy prices this Winter.  Remember who caused your financial pain this February when Jack Frost is nipping at your wallet, as well as your nose.

You can check out the whole article here.  Standard & Poor’s estimates that 40 to 75 gigawatts (75,000 megawatts) of coal units may be shut by 2020, compared with announced permanent shutdowns of 27 gigawatts. About 18 percent of the closures expected through the end of next year will be replaced by natural gas, BNP Paribas SA forecast.

The loss of the cheaper coal units will boost power prices by as much as 25 percent on grids that serve about a third of the nation’s population, according to the Brattle Group, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based consulting company. The biggest impact may be in the Midwest and Northeast, where demand for gas for heating jumps during the cold-weather months.

Who do these price spikes for energy this Winter hurt most?  They won’t me.  I’m a middle class professional in the suburbs.  I’ll be annoyed when I fork our more money for electricity this January, to be certain.  But it won’t cause me to alter my lifestyle or even throttle down the thermostat.  Nor will these price spikes for heating caused by the extremists at the EPA hurt wealthy people.

No, the people injured most by extremist liberal policies are the people always harmed most by the Demokratic Party: working class people, poor people, the elderly, and racial minorities of the inner city.

At-risk groups such as the elderly and working poor – a disproportionate number of whom are Demokratic voters – will be the ones to face the bitter choice this Winter of going cold or going hungry.  Thanks to Obama’s policies on everything from the environment to the economy, working class people who supported our awful President and his party cannot afford higher energy prices.  Working families with small children who believed in Hope and Change in 2008 will be forced to pile on the blankets or forgo other budget items this Winter to pay for heat.

Shame on Barack Obama.  Shame on the big government Statists at the EPA.  Shame on the state-media complex for perpetuating the Big Lie of manmade global warming.  Shame, shame, shame.

And yet, I’ll be damned this Election Day if low income and minority voters don’t still go to the polls thinking that conservatives hate them.  It’s propaganda which makes them believe such lies.  Rightwingers such as myself want the poor urban residents of the Rustbelt and Northeast to have cheap electricity this Winter.  It’s Barack Obama and the Demokrats who want them paying an arm and a leg for it…as well as putting coal miners into the bread lines alongside the staff at these now shuttered coal-fired power plants.

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Published in: on November 3, 2014 at 11:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Who Are You Going to Believe on Ebola: Big Brother or That Bloody Stool and Vomit?

Like a cheating spouse caught with his hand in the babysitter’s proverbial cookie jar, when it comes to Ebola, government is asking plaintively “who are you going to believe?  Me, or your eyes?”

These Teutonic blue eyes can see through the veil of lies being promulgated by Western governments when it comes to Ebola.  The facade is slowly unraveling in the eyes of anyone who is actually paying attention.

It’s obvious the fascist government is LYING to us about Ebola and how easily it can be spread. The Big Lie we’re being told is that Ebola only spreads by direct contact with the bodily fluids of an afflicted person.That doesn’t pass the eyeball test with what we’re seeing in the news.

In Dallas, the a sheriff’s deputy who was in the apartment of deceased Ebola victim, Thomas Eric Duncan, has fallen ill.  He is being tested for Ebola now.  You can read more about the story here.

In all probability, this deputy in Dallas was not directly handling bodily fluids belonging to the now deceased Ebola victim.  So how did this deputy get sick? Because Ebola spreads much faster and more easily than we’ve been told. That’s how. We have been lied to.

That begs the question: how did Mr. Duncan get sick with Ebola to start with?  He wasn’t a worker in the medical field.  He wasn’t providing direct care to a friend or family member stricken with Ebola.  So how and why would he have been handling the bodily fluids of a stricken Ebola patient?

Answer: in all probability, Mr. Duncan was not handling bodily fluids from a person sickened with Ebola.  He got the disease another way.

The government’s softsoap lip service about Ebola is rapidly being seen through.  But one cannot much blame the government for lying to us.  If the government were being honest about what’s going to happen, there would be riots, unrest, and chaos.  You can’t handle the truth, literally.

And even if Ebola doesn’t turn into a Bubonic Plague-like event, get ready for upheaval all the same.  We are rapidly approaching cold and flu season.  The flu and Ebola’s early symptoms are essentially the same.  So get ready for a panic this Winter as people flood hospitals claiming they have Ebola, when it’s really the flu. 

Hospitals, out of an abundance of caution, will have to treat these sickened flu patients as if they have Ebola, until proven otherwise.  Word will spread, and so will the anxiety and disruption.  Mark my words. 

Riots.  Panic.  Scapegoats.  Looting.  General ugliness.  Get ready for martial law when this whole thing spins out of control.

Then what happens?  Government in the United States doesn’t have a good track record with forfeiting seized emergency powers.

My only advice is to be prepared.  Have a week of food and water and medicine on hand.  Two weeks, if you can amass such a stockpile.  Stock up on bottled, clean water.  Have propane tanks for cooking  on the grill.  Have a kerosene heater, and firewood.  And have a weapon readily available to defend your home.

Goodnight and good luck.

Published in: on October 9, 2014 at 4:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

Beavercreek, Ohio Police Murder Unarmed Man and Get Away With it (They Told a Few Lies Too)

I don’t say it lightly when I claim quite simply that Beavercreek, Ohio police officers Sean Williams and Sergeant David Darkow murdered citizen Michael Crawford III at a Wal-Mart store in August.  The police also lied about a few aspects of the incident.

For those who live outside the Cincinnati-Dayton area, you may not have heard about this incident yet.  It was probably overshadowed by the events in Ferguson, Missouri.  That is unfortunate.  In my mind, the police shooting in Ferguson was closer to justified than the murder of Michael Crawford.  Beavercreek, Ohio is where the national focus should have been.

The FACTS:

On the night of August 5th, 8:21 p.m. Beavercreek Police Dispatch Center received a 911 call advising of a subject in the Wal-Mart Store 3360 Pentagon Boulevard who was waving a rifle type weapon at customers including children.

Officer Sean Williams was dispatched to the store along with Sgt. David Darkow after receiving information from a 911 caller that Crawford was armed with a rifle, reportedly pointing it at people and loading it.
You can hear the 911 call here…this is very important because it sets the stage for the fatal shooting of Mr. Crawford:
Beavercreek police said the officers ordered Crawford to drop the weapon, and when he didn’t comply, police fired twice, killing him. Crawford was carrying an unboxed BB/pellet rifle he picked up in the store.

Angela D. Williams, 37, of Fairborn, was running from the situation and collapsed. She was taken to Soin Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 9:14 p.m.

You can check out a full timeline of the shooting here.

Here is a video of the shooting:

Several things about this case disturb me, and should make you squirm too.  First of all, listen to the 911 call made by Ronald Ritchie.  Then watch the entire video.

Mr. Ritchie is probably more to blame for this entire incident than either Mr. Crawford or the police put together.  If you listen to the 911 call made by Ritchie, it’s clear he is LYING.  He was claiming on the 911 call that Crawford was waving the gun, pointing the weapon, and even loading and re-loading it.  Ritchie claimed that the weapon was being pointed at other Wal-Mart patrons, and that a general panic was setting in.  Anyone who watched the video can easily see that there was no panic, even as Mr. Crawford strolled by other shoppers who took zero notice of him.

Ronald Ritchie sounds like a scoundrel to me.  He has changed his story about what he saw that fateful night several times since the incident, according to this report from the Guardian newspaper.  I would contend that had Ritchie never dialed 911, and never made wrongful claims about Crawford pointing the BB gun and inducing panic, the police would have not responded to Wal-Mart at all, or at least would not have been in a heightened state of readiness upon arrival.

Check out some of the Guardian article:

“He’s, like, pointing it at people,” Ritchie told the dispatcher. Later that evening, after John Crawford III had been shot dead by one of the police officers who hurried to the scene in Beavercreek, Ritchie repeated to reporters: “He was pointing at people. Children walking by.”

One month later, Ritchie puts it differently. “At no point did he shoulder the rifle and point it at somebody,” the 24-year-old said, in an interview with the Guardian. He maintained that Crawford was “waving it around”, which attorneys for Crawford’s family deny.

Crawford, 22, turned out to be holding an unloaded BB air rifle that he had picked up from a store shelf. After Ritchie said Crawford appeared to be “trying to load” the gun, the 911 dispatcher relayed to an officer that it was believed the gunman “just put some bullets inside”.

It was the irresponsible lies of Ronald Ritchie that allowed all of the tragedy to unfold that night.  Who knows what motivated this little worm to dial 911 and speak of muzzle flashes and an AR-15.  I think Ritchie ought to be charged with something and sued civilly for his actions.  The blood of Michael Crawford and Angela Williams are on his hands.

Ronald Ritchie…looks like a putz, doesn’t he?

Ronald Ritchie isn’t the only villain in this tragedy.  There are plenty of scoundrels in this comic opera.

Why was the Wal-Mart surveillance camera footage concealed from the public for almost two whole months?  What were the cops and authorities hiding?  It is amusing that law enforcement and their sheeple, Statist apologists are constantly lecturing us citizens that “if you have nothing to hide, then you have nothing to fear.”  Well, what were the Beavercreek Police hiding?

Why did Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine wade into the fray?  And why did he also help to conceal the surveillance tapes?  Why weren’t federal investigators called in earlier?

Officer Sean Williams remains on desk duty.  This is the second time within a few years that Officer Williams has shot and killed a citizen.  Today, the officer narratives from the incident were released.  Williams wrote that Sgt. Darkow “repeatedly yelled, ‘Drop the weapon!'” but Crawford “turned towards us in an aggressive manner with the rifle in hand.”

Sean Williams is a LIAR, plain and simple.  The video says so.  The 911 audio tape – in which shots were clearly audible – says so.  After we were finally able to view the video of Michael Crawford’s murder, it is obvious from the numerous other patrons he passed that the victim was toting a toy gun that caused nobody else any alarm.

It is also obvious from the video that despite their dishonest claims, the liars from Beavercreek PD indeed did NOT order Mr. Crawford to drop the toy gun. On the video, police simply jumped out from behind cover and shot down Mr. Crawford in cold blood. Nor were these verbal commands alleged to have come from officers audible on the 911 tape.

The video is obvious; no warning or command to drop the toy gun was given because Mr. Crawford did not turn towards the officers or even acknowledge their presence…which is what would have happened if indeed the police were barking orders at him.  Nor did Mr. Crawford turn aggressively towards the officers as they claimed because the autopsy report revealed bullet wounds in the back of his arm.  How does someone who faces towards police in an allegedly aggressive manner end up with bullet entry wounds in the back his arm?  It’s impossible.

I can already hear what a lot of you are saying.  You’re saying “just do what the police say!”  Or perhaps you’re saying “he deserved it!”  If you say that, you’re probably some kind of bigot or a serf.  Crawford had no chance to put down the BB gun or surrender.  He wasn’t even committing a crime, by the way.  One can open carry long arms in Ohio…especially if that long arm is a plastic BB gun!  Wake up!

I always smirk at so-called Liberty lovers and small government Republicans who decry the state for so much as pouring a sidewalk.  Yet these same people who are suspicious of everything government does, never question anything done by someone in a police uniform. How can it be?

You people understand that police officers are hired, armed enforcers of the state, right?  Their actions should be viewed critically, in the same way so-called enemies of big government view the IRS, EPA, and other agencies of the state.

The goosestepping media is playing you for a fool by ginning up the race issue. The issue here isn’t race, but the media will sure push that angle to distract you from the real issue:

Militarized, overzealous, out of control law enforcement officers in this country.

That’s the issue. But media will push the race narrative because they know it divides and conquers us serfs. The media knows at the end of the day that most whites are prejudiced towards blacks in one way or another, and will ipso facto side with the cops no matter what. The state media complex also knows that most blacks are resentful of whites to one degree or another.

The result: we have racial angst that polarizes us. The fact is, police in this country mistreat white citizens too. Whites get blasted, arrested, tased, and beaten by police for no good reason too. To be sure, black Americans probably have it worse in this regard. Increasingly however, police are a subculture of militarized automatons who will deprive any and all citizens of their Liberty, regardless of race. That’s the issue.

Why do local police need MRAPS?  Why do they need tanks?  Grenade launchers?  Snipers?  Full-auto machine guns?

That’s the issue.  So don’t get sidetracked with this race card business.  Yes, Al Sharptongue is a clown.  Jesse Hijackson is a bastard-making race hu$tla.  The NAACP are a bunch of agitator toolbags.  No doubt about it.

But what does that have to do whether law enforcement is applying force properly?  Nothing.  The fact many so-called leaders in the Civil Rights movement are discredited fools has no bearing on the unwarranted use of force and disregard for the natural rights and Constitutional protections of citizens.

The most egregious example of a hamhanded response by law enforcement has been recently seen in the murder of Michael Crawford III in Beavercreek, Ohio.  There is no denying the fact that the police reaction was totally unjustified.

For more reading, the kook Leftists at Daily Kos have a great article on this subject…gotta love liberals; who welcome government at every turn, unless it’s wearing a uniform and looking crosseyed at a racial minority.  Just who does the looney tune Left think is going to enforce their Marx-Orwellian vision for the world, but hired agents of the state toting guns and badges?

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Published in: on September 26, 2014 at 10:27 pm  Leave a Comment  
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