July 19, 2009

I've never liked Goldman Sachs




A few days ago I found this entertaining and enlightening review of the current and former Goldman Sachs employees who have high-level advisory positions in the current administration. Granted, a few of these are holdovers from the Bush days, but not all of them.



And then today I find this: Good for Goldman, bad for America

A particularly juicy quote:
To put it bluntly, Goldman Sachs is a play on the bankrupting of America -- the more we borrow, the more they make.


What this means for all of us is that the one remaining company (beyond the Federal Reserve Bank itself) that stands to make the most profit by bankrupting America is, in fact, in charge of America debt management. This is a classic case of using foxes to guard your chickens.

This is one of the main reasons why I can confidently proclaim the current economic crisis is not even close to being over. I look at all the people from Goldman who are "advising" the president and, well, it strikes me that Goldman Sachs has managed to take over the country without firing a shot or running for office. They did not even have to stuff ballot boxes with names of dead voters. They simply manipulated the system to use taxpayer money to bankrupt the competition, then leveraged their "unparalleled success in a difficult market" into high-paying seats of power directly responsible for our national fiscal planning.

We are no longer the United States of America. We have now become a subsidiary of Goldman Sachs.


July 18, 2009

I wish I lived in Missouri




I'm not a big fan of the AK-47. In fact, I would never pay for one. On the other hand, if somebody wants to give me one as a token of thanks for patronizing their business:



I'm not real happy with the obvious intolerance of the interviewer, but sometimes we don't have much choice. Overall, a reasonable presentation of the sale and despite the interviewer's reluctance, I'm pleased she went beyond her personal morals and brought this story to the public.

I need a new truck, I really do. If only I lived in Missouri...


July 16, 2009

We aren't even near the bottom yet




Lots of folks on television are claiming, perhaps wishfully, that the recession is over. I have to agree with Karl on this one. As far as I can tell, we haven't even hit bottom yet.




July 09, 2009

Because someday it might be you




I met a fellow online a few months ago who proudly stated he had never in his life felt the need to carry a gun. This is a wonderful thing to hear and is a solid testimony to how much safer our society is than others. I doubt anyone would suggest that at the present time New York is more dangerous than Mogadishu, but that does not mean life in these United States could not be safer still.

If your only reference is Hollywood, then you probably feel the post Civil War United States, an era commonly referred to as "the Wild West", was an inherently dangerous place. According to every serious historian I have ever studied under, nothing could be further from the truth. One of the reasons the western part of the nation was so attractive, and one of the reasons Manifest Destiny became so successful, is that despite desperadoes, rampaging war parties, grizzly bears and rattlesnakes, the western territories offered both greater opportunities and safer living than many east coast cities. Boston and New York in particular experienced multiple homicides, armed robberies, street killings, and other violence every single day. Like now, in addition to desperate men and women resorting to crime just to survive, both cities had rampant street gangs attempting to divide up and pillage the metropolitan areas by neighborhood, street, and borough. In those days it was opium, in modern times it is methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana, but in both cases drug lords control the streets once the sun sets.

As I was contemplating these things and wondering if I should take the time to dig up the statistics, I dropped by Sensibly Progressive's blog to see what he was writing about today. His site featured a 90-minute documentary by Larry Elder about people, guns, crime, and the inalienable right to self-defense. Take the time, watch it, and consider carefully the implications for your personal life.

If you live and work in a quiet, peaceful city, be thankful. If you don't, be prepared, because sooner or later it will happen to you.