Greatest Hits: The American Spirit – Do We Still Have It?

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The American Spirit – Do We Still Have It? Jim challenged us to consider that very question. 

Have you noticed, when talking to people on any issue at all, how difficult it is to get a definitive answer as to where they stand? That little word BUT keeps getting in the way. Brian Wilson, writing for LewRockwell.Com,  has some insights into what people really mean when they use that word, BUT.  It’s a very humorous article and it’s not very long. so skip on over and give it a quick read then come back and we’ll talk about a more serious aspect of this phenomena.

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Okay. Was it worth a few chuckles? I certainly enjoyed it. There is one sentence in Brian’s article that caught my eye and gave me pause to think. Let’s look at it together:

It’s amazing how scared people are of Freedom but quite comfy with soft tyranny and incremental socialism.

Now that is a pretty sad commentary, isn’t it? People are scared of freedom yet they are comfortable with a little tyranny mixed with socialism. Those words “soft tyranny and incremental socialism” have haunted me for several days now. They seem to explain so much about the character of the American people today. It is not the same character that was responsible for creating this great nation; not even close. What has happened to what we once proudly refered to as the American Spirit?

In an excellent article by John Carey of  the Sentry Journal blog, he asks the question: “Do we even know what liberty is anymore?” When I read those haunting words of Brian Wilson, I immediately thought about John’s article. This is an article well worth reading. Referring to the attitude of Americans today, I left a comment for John saying that if Americans in the time when the United States was all East of the Mississippi had the same attitude of Americans today,  the West would never have been developed.

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Never has there been a time when people were more free than when the American West was developed.  Imagine that great expanse of unknown land where there was no city, state or, federal governments to tell people what they could or could not do. There was no social safety net. People were truly free to succeed or fail on their own merits. To me, these Americans personified what I refer to as the American Spirit.

Over time, of course, city, state and, federal governments came to the West.  And, with the governments came the ubiquitous restraints on individual freedoms. But the American spirit prevailed in spite of government’s interference.  In my opinion, this    ” can do” spirit of fierce independence continued to dominate the American character at least until the 70?s.

In the 70?s, the Great Society and War on Poverty programs began to take hold. This is when I believe things began to take a serious turn for the worse. Instead of taking responsibility for one’s own life, more and more people began to look to government to solve their problems. And how have these programs worked out? Do we have a bigger or lesser percentage of people earing their way and contributing taxes to support government? Do we have more or less people on welfare? Do we have more or less un-wed mothers?

For forty years now, this bureaucratic monster we call government has been growing faster and faster and demanding more and more to feed it. We are not producing enough to feed it. We have borrowed more and more to keep the monster satiated. We are facing the day of reckoning when we will not be able to find enough lenders to keep the monster fed.

There is a terrible dark cloud hanging over America and I am wondering if there is sufficient  American Spirit left to meet the challenge that faces us. I believe that those that still have the American Spirit burning in their souls are now a minority. So, my question to you, dear readers, is how do we rekindle this spirit in those that have lost or may never have had it? Without this spirit, America will no longer be America.

That’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

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Obama Is Eying Your Savings!

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Obama Is Eying Your Savings!: Our Contributor Jim, living in a communist dictatorship, knows all to well how this pans out…

Remember when President Obama said “there comes a point when a person has earned enough”? Well, it should be a surprise that he also feels that people have saved more than they need for retirement. Mr. Obama has given new meaning to the word “arrogance”.

With this scandal a day administration, it is no wonder some of their plans to get their hands on more of your money slip under the radar.

On Aril 12, 2013, the Wall Street Journal wrote:

How many times have you read financial-advice stories lecturing you to max-out on your IRA, save as much as you can in your 401(k), and even pay taxes now to change your regular IRA into a Roth IRA that will be tax-free until you die?

Well, be careful how much you save.

Assistant OpinionJournal.com editor Allysia Finley on President Obama’s attack on tax deferred retirement accounts.

A lot of job-switchers are ignoring what may be one of the best options to get the most out of their retirement: Moving their savings into their new employer’s 401(k). MarketWatch’s Jim Jelter explains the benefits.

That’s the message in President Obama’s budget for fiscal 2014, which for the first time proposes to cap the amount Americans can save in these tax-sheltered investment vehicles. The White House explanation is that some people have accumulated “substantially more than is needed to fund reasonable levels of retirement saving.” So Mr. Obama proposes to “limit an individual’s total balance across tax-preferred accounts to an amount sufficient to finance an annuity of not more than $205,000 per year in retirement, or about $3 million for someone retiring in 2013.”

On April 14, 2013, the Independent Sentinel wrote:

THEY ARE COMING FOR YOU NEXT, make no mistake about that!. They already proposed it back in 2008. The government is on the hunt for more money to support its spending problem. President Obama wants more “revenue” – “taxes” – so he can make more “investments” as he spreads the wealth around.

You need to be afraid, very afraid!

Americans have $17.5 trillion in savings with 25% of it in IRA’s. It is a future source of revenue for the government if they can get their hands on it.

President Barack Obama’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget plan estimated that retirement tax deductions taken by employers and individuals over the next five years add up to $429 billion in “lost” tax revenue. The government believes your savings is their lost revenue.

See how that works? Because you take a legal tax deduction, the government is getting screwed. Never mind that the original idea was to give citizens an incentive to save. Further along in the Independent Sentinel article we find this:

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Don’t Take It Out On The Messenger

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Sometimes the messenger is easy to dislike, in which case the message is ignored and the messenger becomes the issue. A recent example was the billionaire real estate mogul, Jeff Green, was interviewed by Bloomberg at the Davos _World Economic Forum where he had this to say:

America’s lifestyle expectations are far too high and need to be adjusted so we have less things and a smaller, better existence.… We need to reinvent our whole system of life.

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Needless to say, suggesting that the little folk need to lower their expectations and adjust to have less, went over like the proverbial lead balloon. In a later interview with CNBC, Mr. Green tried to “adjust” his words:

What I said was, ‘the global equalization of wages and technology, which is growing at an exponential pace, has killed so many millions of jobs in America and other Western economies and it’s going to kill them at an even faster pace going forward.‘ I said, ‘we have our work cut out if we want to build a real economy, an inclusive economy that I grew up in, that I want to see for all Americans,’”

I am sorry folks, but this billionaire was just being candid. Asylum Watch has been saying the same thing for a very long time. Technology can provide everything mankind needs or wants except a way to keep 8 billion people usefully occupied. The central planners in our governments and central banks are only making things worse. The diminishing returns of different forms of stimuli are hardly measurable anymore and it is far too late for austerity to work. The world needs some sort of paradigm shift and I’m afraid I don’t have a clue what that might entail.

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

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Allahu Akbar!: Another Case Of Workplace Violence, Mr. President?

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If this report from Shoebat.com is correct. and they usually are, the black boxes recovered from the  crashed AirAsia flight QZ8501 revealed the last words of the pilots was “Allahu Akbar!”.

The pilot was clearly at work at the time of the mass suicide crash. So, I’m guessing our President will consider this just another case of “work place violence” by some kind “extremist”or “activist.”

I wonder if the President could explain to us what it is that these killers are “extreme” about or what it is they are “activist” about; in other words, what is their cause, Mr. President? It wouldn’t have anything to do with Islam, would it?

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

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Greasing The Wheels Of The Military Industrial Complex

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One of the reasons the Islamic State had so much success last years was because 40 M-1 Abrams that Iraq bought with the military aid money provided by US taxpayers magically ended up in the hands of the Islamic State forces. So,now your money is going to be used to “sell” 140 more M-1 tamks to Iraq. It seems to this humble observer of the asylum we all have to live in that it would have made more sense to give the tanks to the Kurds, who would be more likely to use them against the Islamic State forces.

At about $5 million a pop, I’m sure the good folks a General Dynamic are more than happy to keep supplying the Islamic State Iraq with tanks. After all, they’ve invested a lot of money in our Congresscritters:

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Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

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Are Falling Oil Prices A Precursor To A Perfect Storm?

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It’s only natural, if people think about the economy at all, that people think only about their own nation’s economy. However, the era of globalization demands that we consider the world as a whole when we think about the economy. When someone sneezes in Madagascar, there will soon be a world-wide epidemic of the flu. The same analogy holds for economies.

Falling oil prices and, thereby, energy prices have been dominating the economic news of late. Oil prices have fallen over 50% in the last few months and the bottom has yet to be reached. Most people would say that, except for the oil companies and related industries, low energy prices should be a very good thing for consumers and for the world economy in general. Energy price is an important contributing factor in the price of almost every thing people buy. Therefore, the prices of everything should become more affordable and provoke the consumer to buy more and that would producers would need to produce more, which should, therefore, result in more investment and more jobs. What’s not to like? Well, it behoves us to look a little deeper to understand what is behind the precipitous fall in oil prices and at how long the depressed oil prices might last.

Supply

There is currently a glut of oil in the world markets. Estimates seem to fall between 1.5 million and 2.0 million barrels a day of over supply; all of which could be attributed to the increased production coming from the United States successes in extracting oil from deep oil shale deposits. In the past, over supply was the result of a slow down the world economic growth and the OPEC (Saudis) would reduce production to drive the price back up. This time is different. Shale oil from the US is reducing the Saudi’s share of the world market and this is one of the stated reasons that the Saudis are unwilling to reduce production this time. They prefer to let prices fall until the higher cost producers (shale producers) are forced to cut production. Because some projects just came on-line or are about to come on-line, there is likely to be a further increase in supply in the short-term. Also, even high cost producers will want to keep up their cash flow for as long as possible. Eventually, however, the higher cost producers will have no choice but to cut production.

Demand

Ironically, the increased supply of oil has come at a time when the world’s economy is slowing down or, at least, it is growing at a much slower pace. For many years, the BRICS country were a major factor in world economic growth. Things have changed. Brazil, Russia, and South Africa are in recession and China’s rate of growth has slowed dramatically. In my neck of the woods, besides the harder times being experienced by Brazil, Argentina is a basket case, and Venezuela _ well, Venezuela burned their only basket. In other parts of the world we see Nigeria, an oil exporting country, is being crushed by the low oil prices as are all other oil exporting countries. Other basket cases are Ukraine, Belarus, Japan, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Italy and France. Even Germany is on the verge of falling into recession.

Low energy prices and a strengthening dollar would seem to favor the US and that’s true, at least in the short-term. Imports will be cheaper, but the higher dollar and the week world economies will hurt US exports. Also, America’s two shinning stars for the last several years, Texas and North Dakota, will suffer from the lower oil prices. A lot of high paying jobs will be lost in those states. A stronger dollar (relatively) is a drag on the economies of developing nations, which, of course, adds to the woes of the demand side of the equation.

Central Banks, Quantitative Easing, and Zero Interest Rates

Since the financial crash of 2008, the central banks of the developed countries (led by the Federal Reserve) have used Quantitative Easing and Zero Interest Rate policies to save their financial institutions. In the process, they have been killing off their middle classes. It is the middle classes of the developed nations who have historically been the consumers on which the economies of all nations have depended for growth. The central banks of the developed nations have created a situation where they know they need to stop their current policies, but they also know that if they do stop, they could easily trigger a world-wide economic collapse. So, we are likely to see more of the same. If they are very, very careful, maybe the best we can hope for is for all of the developed world to become like Japan. In other words, a slow death spiral.

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

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Egypt’s President Al Sisi: A Lone Voice Of Reason Calls For A Revolution Within Islam

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Egypt’s President, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, did something quite remarkable; maybe even historic, on New Year’s Day. The Middle East Forum (by way of this American Thinker article) has the report:

Speaking before Al-Azhar and the Awqaf Ministry on New Year’s Day, 2015, in connection to Prophet Muhammad’s upcoming birthday, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a vocal supporter for a renewed vision of Islam, made what must be his most forceful and impassioned plea to date on the subject.

Here is the translation of the pertinent part of what President al Sisi had to say:

I am referring here to the religious clerics. We have to think hard about what we are facing—and I have, in fact,addressed this topic a couple of times before. It’s inconceivable that the thinking that we hold most sacred should cause the entire umma [Islamic world] to be a source of anxiety, danger, killing and destruction for the rest of the world. Impossible!

That thinking—I am not saying “religion” but “thinking”—that corpus of texts and ideas that we have sacralized over the years, to the point that departing from them has become almost impossible, is antagonizing the entire world. It’s antagonizing the entire world!

Is it possible that 1.6 billion people [Muslims] should want to kill the rest of the world’s inhabitants—that is 7 billion—so that they themselves may live? Impossible!

I am saying these words here at Al Azhar, before this assembly of scholars and ulema—Allah Almighty be witness to your truth on Judgment Day concerning that which I’m talking about now.

All this that I am telling you, you cannot feel it if you remain trapped within this mindset. You need to step outside of yourselves to be able to observe it and reflect on it from a more enlightened perspective.

I say and repeat again that we are in need of a religious revolution. You, imams, are responsible before Allah. The entire world, I say it again, the entire world is waiting for your next move… because this umma is being torn, it is being destroyed, it is being lost—and it is being lost by our own hands.

At last, someone with standing in the Muslim world has said what needs to said. It’s a shame that this story has received next to no media attention. Clearly, President Al Sisi understands that the atrocities committed in the name of Islam are, if however slowly, turning the world against Islam and it will not end well for the out numbered Muslims.

Will the imams heed Sisi’s words? We can not know at this time. What is needed is for other heads of states from the Muslim world; like Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq, Turkey, and etc., to echo Sisi’s call for a revolution within Islam. Then maybe we could see some positive change toward tamping down the radical elements of Islam.

I won’t be holding my breath; but it is a nice thought for the New Year.

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

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Updated: Ferguson’s “Gentle Giant” Exposed

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Editor’s Note: Although we vet every story that crosses our desk, once in a while one sneaks past us. This is one of those that did. Evidently this is not the same person as the young man who was shot in Ferguson, Missouri.

A big Hat Tip to my friend, 5e, at Spellchek for finding this video of the now infamous “Gentle Giant”, Michael Brown.

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Afghan War: 75% Of American Casualties And 90% Of American Injuries Happened On Obama’s Watch

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US and NATO Generals celebrated the official end to the armed conflict (war) in Afghanistan the other day. I think most Americans, whatever their political persuasion, are also celebrating the end of this war. It is not at all clear what, if anything, of lasting value was achieved from all the death and destruction after thirteen years.

Long time followers of this blog know that, in my opinion, the justification for this war ended about ten years ago. But, Bush kept it going another four years and Obama kept it going another six years. I say a pox on both their houses!

President Obama will take credit for ending the war and that’s okay. But, back in November, Brietbart reported on some statistics from this war that Obama and the MSM and the Democratic Party would rather you didn’t know.

Of the 2,207 U.S. military fatalities in Afghanistan, at least 1,649 (75 percent) have occurred under Obama’s watch.

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Nearly 90 percent (17,339) of the wounded troops received their injuries after Obama was inaugurated for his first term on January 20, 2009.

The number of troops wounded in action has increased more than seven fold in the nearly six years that Obama has been president — from 2,701 when he took office in 2009 to 20,040 now.

 

No wonder so many Generals have complained about the White House micro-managing their military operations and why Obama’s support among the troops is so low.

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

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Wall Street’s Exuberance Going Into 2015: Is It Misplaced?

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Look at this CNBC headline from this morning:

WHY THE US WILL POWER THE WORLD ECONOMY IN 2015

Note that the headline is a statement and not a question. Now look at the Bovine Droppings (BD) the author offers to support his assertion:

Six years after its financial system nearly sank and nearly that long since the recession ended, the United States is expected to grow in 2015 at its fastest pace in a decade. Its expansion from July through September—a 5 percent annual rate—was the swiftest for any quarter since 2003.

That pace will likely ease a bit. Still, the economy is expected to expand 3.1 percent next year, according to a survey by the National Association for Business Economics. It would be the first year of 3 percent growth since 2005.

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What’s more, Americans’ finances are in firmer shape. Job growth is accelerating. Businesses are investing in buildings and software, and home building is expected to pick up.

Lower oil prices will also help Europe and Japan, and the global economy should expand faster than it did this year, economists say. But the divergence between the United States and most of the rest of the world is striking and carries some risks. Big exporters, from China to Germany to Japan, will depend heavily on a recovering U.S. to boost their economies.

This author, my friends, is what your humble observer of the asylum we all have to live in calls a Wall Street cheerleader. These cheerleaders have come to believe that the stock markets and the economy are the same thing. THEY ARE NOT! The stock market has had nothing to do with reality since 2008. Stocks have not responded to real market forces. They have responded to the Federal Reserve’s policies of Quantitative Easing (QE) and the Zero Interest Rate Policy (ZIRP).

In spite of what we are being told by our government, the real economy did not have a 5% increase in GDP in the Third Quarter. That is a totally manipulated number that includes three quarters of health care spending (mostly ObamaCare) dumped into one quarter. And further more, anyone who thinks the employment picture in the US is good, has their head stuck in a very dark and smelly place.

I don’t pretend to be an economists or any kind of financial expert, but I can read and I know that these Wall Street cheerleaders have access to the same information that I have. So, they know or should know, for example, that Japan’s economy is collapsing, the European Union is entering the land of “deflation”, commodities other than oil; like copper and iron, are also falling in price (deflation), the collapsing oil prices, although good for the consumer, are bad for others. There is an index that historically has been very good at indicating the direction of the world’s economy. It’s called the Baltic Dry Index and measures the activity container ships moving goods around the world. It has been falling like a rock for the last two months. Maybe these cheerleaders  should read Zero Hedge. They might take note of these three headlines:

CHINA LEADING INDEX PLUNGES TO WORST SINCE FEB 2009 SENDING YUAN TO LOWER TRADING BAND EXTREME

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FAITH IN ABENOMICS FALTERS: FOREIGN INVESTOR FLOWS COLLAPSE 94% IN 2014

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2015 WORLD GDP EXPECTATIONS JUST COLLAPSED

Is it any wonder that the masses are so poorly informed. Then when the smelly stuff hits the proverbial fan, we will be told it was totally unexpected. So, folks, 2015 is on the way. Keep an eye out for what our illustrious President calls those Bumps In The Road. There could be some real doozies.

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

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Listen To Martin Luther King Jr Instead Of Al Sharpton

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Asylum Watch offers you these words of wisdom from the Reverend Martin Luther King without comment. Compare them to the rhetoric from the “reverend?” Al Sharpton.

“The Christmas hope for peace and good will toward all men can no longer be dismissed as a kind of pious dream of some utopian. If we don’t have good will toward men in this world, we will destroy ourselves by the misuse of our own instruments and our own power. Wisdom born of experience should tell us that war is obsolete. We must either learn to live together as brothers or we are going to perish together as fools.”

_ Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., Christmas Eve sermon, 1967

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Merry Christmas And Happy New Year From The EPA

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The Grinches in the Obama administration’s Economy Pulverizing Agency (EPA) are spreading their own diabolical idea of Christmas cheer on our fragile economy by dumping 1200 new regulations on it with an estimated economic cost of $20 billion, which brings the EPA’s added regulatory burden for the year to over $200 billion.

For the new year, they are already hard at work to drive up the cost of energy produced by fracking on federal lands.

You can read the details here.

With two more long years left, you can bet that President Obama, with the help of his pen and his phone, will have his Grinches busy helping him complete his promise to make electricity costs in America skyrocket.

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

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Merry Christmas: Dean Martin Style

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I’m feeling a little more nostalgic than normal this Christmas season. It’s been decades since I’ve seen snow and I’ve been remembering some of those special Christmas Eve nights of my childhood when snow would be softly falling. There was something magical about Christmas Eve with the snow falling and all the homes radiating their beautifully lighted displays. So, if you are fortunate enough to live where you have a white Christmas this year, enjoy its splendor and give a thought to this old man. If not, dream along with one of my favorite carols by Dean Martin.

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How Would You Describe The State Of The World Today?

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This self-appointed observer of the asylum we all have to live in, as a rule, scours the internet looking for trends in politics, geopolitics, US and global economic trends, as well as, on occasions, cultural and demographic trends that have the potential to impact our lives and then to report on those trends along with my not so humble opinions about the same.

For some time now, this observer of the asylum is having inordinate trouble spotting any discernible trends. Wherever I look I see …. what exactly? A state of flux? A state of chaos? Confusion? A world spinning out of control? Maybe it’s all of the above.  Maybe chaos is the trend.

At any rate, I wondering if anyone else is having similar feelings?

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

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Police Harassment Explained By A Cop

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I dedicate this reblog that I snagged at the great Geeez Blog to my friend, Brian, a retired cop.

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Police Harassment, Chula Vista, California style

Recently, the Chula Vista, California Police Department ran an e-mail forum with the local community (a question and answer exchange) with the topic being, Community Policing.”  One of  the civilian e-mail participants posed the following question:”I would like to know how it is possible for police officers to continually harass people and get away with it?”From the “other side” (the law enforcement side) Sgt. Bennett, obviously a cop with a sense of humor replied:

First of all, let me tell you this…it’s not easy.  In Chula Vista, we average one cop for every 600 people.

Only about 60% of those cops are on general duty (or what you might refer to as “patrol”) where we do most of our harassing.  The rest are in non-harassing departments that do not allow them contact with the day to day innocents.

At any given moment, only one-fifth of the 60% patrollers are on duty and available for harassing people while the rest are off duty.

So roughly, one cop is responsible for harassing about 5,000 residents.

When you toss in the commercial business, and tourist locations that attract people from other areas, sometimes you have a situation where a single cop is responsible for harassing 10,000 or more people a day.

Now, your average ten-hour shift runs 36,000 seconds long.

This gives a cop one second to harass a person, and then only three-fourths of a second to eat a donut AND then find a new person to harass.

This is not an easy task. To be honest, most cops are not up to this challenge day in and day out. It is just too tiring. What we do is utilize some tools to help us narrow down those people which we can realistically harass.

The tools available to us are as follow:

PHONE:  People will call us up and point out things that cause us to focus on a person for special harassment.

“My neighbor is beating his wife” is a code phrase used often. This means we’ll come out and give somebody some special harassment.

Another popular one: “There’s a guy breaking into a house.” The harassment team is then put into action.

CARS:  We have special cops assigned to harass people who drive. They like to harass the drivers of fast cars, cars with no insurance or no driver’s licenses and the like.

It’s lots of fun when you pick them out of traffic for nothing more obvious than running a red light.

Sometimes you get to really heap the harassment on when you find they have drugs in the car, they are drunk, or have an outstanding warrant on file.

RUNNERS:  Some people take off running just at the sight of a police officer. Nothing is quite as satisfying as running after them like a beagle on the scent of a bunny.  When you catch them you can harass them for hours to determine why they didn’t want to talk to us.

STATUTES:  When we don’t have PHONES or CARS and have nothing better to do, there are actually BOOKS that give us ideas for reasons to harass folks. They are called “Statutes”; Criminal Codes, Motor
Vehicle Codes, etc…They all spell out all sorts of things for which you can really mess with people.

After you read the statute, you can just drive around for awhile until you find someone violating one of these listed offenses and harass them.

Just last week I saw a guy trying to steal a car. Well, there’s this BOOK we have that says that’s not allowed. That meant I got permission to harass this guy. It’s a really cool system that we’ve set up, and it works pretty well.

We seem to have a never-ending supply of folks to harass. And we get away with it. Why? Because for the good citizens who pay the tab, we try to keep the streets safe for them, and they pay us to “harass” some people.

Next time you are in my town, give me the old “single finger wave.”
That’s another one of those codes. It means, “You can’t harass me.” It’s one of our favorites.

Hopefully sir, this has clarified to you a little bit better how we harass the good citizens of Chula Vista.

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On Normalizing Relations…

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Barack Obama, America’s would be dictator, once said his job would be easier if America had a government more like that of China. Considering how much time he spends on vacation or playing golf or watching ESPN or signing Executive Orders or Presidential Memorandums, I don’t see how his job could get much easier or more like that of a dictator.

His latest unilateral action was to normalize relations with the Castro regime of Cuba. The rhetoric has been flying from those on both sides of the issue. This humble observer of the asylum we all have to live in could easily throw his two cents worth of rhetoric into the fray; but instead, let’s stick to a brief discussion of Obama’s love of himself and his love of power.

Obama’s narcissism  became evident shortly after he took office in 2009., when he let be know how good he was going to be as President because He knew more about political strategy than his political strategist and He knew more about policy than his policy advisers. He showed from the beginning that he had no interest in sharing power with anyone else (with the exceptions of Valerie Jarrett and Micheal). He was not prone to even make the appearance of consulting with members of either house of Congress; not even members of his own party. He has consistently ignored the separation of powers outlined in the Constitution, ignored the dictates of the courts, and flagrantly ignore the will of the people. He, after all, has a pen and a phone, which, in his mind, is all he needs to continue the transformation of America that he believes is necessary whether the American people are smart enough to know it or not. Arrogance is the touchstone of all tyrants.

So, we shouldn’t be surprised that President Obama consulted no one in Congress before announcing the normalization of relations with the ruthless and despotic Castro brothers. There is, however, an irony  in this latest action that seems lost on him and on most Americans and also on the main stream media. It was touched on in thisCanada Free Press article: although he is willing to normalize relations with the government of Cuba, he is unwilling to normalize relations with Congress, the Constitution, with the Laws of the Land, with the federal courts, nor with the American people.

 

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

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The Bankers Are In Charge

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Your humble observer of the asylum we all have to live in is a fan of satire. One of my daily reads is the Manhattan Infidel. If you too are a fan of satire, you need to make the Infidel a regular part of your daily routine. Dan Miller ofDanMillerInPanama, also does great satire; although it is sadly only on occasion. For me, good satire is a way of taking the sting out of the otherwise depressing news of the day. Some times, however, the satire drives home the point so well that it can be painful to read. This  is a case in point that I found at Armstrong Economics:

WORLD TO BE RULED BY BANKERS?

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A New Yorker satire put it that Citigroup announced on Friday that it would move its headquarters from New York to the actual U.S. Capitol Building, in Washington, D.C., in early 2015. Yes! They might as well had since they got everything they wanted.. Could you imagine Citi outbid JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs to lease thirty thousand square feet of prime real estate on the floor of the House of Representatives.

This is just jumping off the cliff. Not only did these people grease enough palms to repeal Dodd Frank, they are now virtually leasing space right in the Capital Building and managed to increase the donation limitation from $32,400 to $324,000. They own Congress. They might as well have the space and at least pay rent.
Well as they say – there goes the neighborhood. The real problem we face is when you take polls on the job performance on Capitol Hill, we will have to ask which group? Looks like the clouds are starting to gather for 2015.75 in a very dramatic way. Maybe it is just time to leave. Oh ya. This is fulfilling the lyrics of the Eagle’s song Hotel California – where you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.
It would probably make government a lot more efficient and transparent without impeding the corruption.
Well. that’s what I’m  thinking. What are your thoughts?
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What Thomas Jefferson Knew That Paul Krugman Never Learned

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And I sincerely believe, with you, that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies; and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.

Letter from Thomas Jefferson to John Taylor, May 28, 1816.

H/T to Robert Gore of the Straight Line Logic blog

Of course, Thomas Jefferson wasn’t an economist with a Nobel prize; so what did he know? He knew the risks ofdeficit financing, that’s what!

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

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