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March 11, 2012
Issue 189  The Monstrous Tentacles
of Government
 
 
Our government is growing at an unsustainable rate.  This not only relates to expenditures and programs, but in the control they exhibit thru policies and laws.  The government is now determined to enforce policies that ensure you "do the right thing."  Of course the right thing is entirely subjective and the judge and jury is your friendly (or not so friendly if you don't go along) government agency.  This, of course, leads to complete nonsense: 
 
Los Angeles OKs $1,000-Fine for Throwing Frisbees & Footballs at the Beach
 

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a $1,000 fine for tossing footballs or Frisbees on the beach during the summer. (Image source: Flickr user nigeyb)

Heading to an LA beach this summer? Better leave the footballs and Frisbees at home.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday agreed to raise the fine for playing ball on the beach to $1,000.

In a 37-page ordinance, the county board specified precisely what is and is not allowed on LA beaches during the summertime — and any object other than a beach ball or volleyball is out, KCBS-TV reported. Throwing a football or a Frisbee was already considered illegal beach activity, but the board’s move upped the fine for violations to a whopping $1,000.

“It is unlawful for any person to cast, toss, throw, kick or roll any ball, tube, or any light object other than a beach ball or beach volleyball upon or over any beach” between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the ordinance states.

Exceptions to the rule allow for ball-playing only in designated areas or if a person obtains a permit beforehand. Playing with a water polo ball is still allowed, as long as it’s in the ocean.

The ball-playing restrictions won’t be enforced in the off-season between September and May.

And it’s not just Frisbees you need to watch out for: You better keep an eye on your kids’ shovels and pails as well. According to the restrictions, no person may dig a hole in the sand deeper than 18 inches, except when permission is given for film and TV production purposes.

 
Now I saw that the county argued that this was an OLD law and not news.  Well I beg to disagree.  That we have a law like this at ANY time should be a red flag to freedom loving Americans.  It seems that government officials think that they know how you should live, and will ensure that they do anything to "protect" you.  I'm sure that frisbee throwers were "disturbing" other beach goers and complaints led to this law.  It seems fun is not allowed.  Here's a couple more examples of this idiocy:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Now I'm sure that someone had a reasonable premise for these signs, but the point is that freedom is being sucked from everyone.  The freedoms that our ancestors had dwarfs what we have.  It isn't likely to change anytime soon.  I expect things to get much worse and intrusive.  Need some proof?  How about banning smoking in your own home....
 
 
 
 
 
Notice the complete nonsense the "supporters" of this law spout.  Second hand smoke for a few seconds is dangerous, they claim.  This is complete bunk.  Inhaling almost anything for a minute or two will have NO affect on your long term health.  This is control shrouded in a "public good" suit.  There is always a reason of justification for these patently absurd laws.  Think that's nuts, how about using government money to develop a "green" light bulb?   It gets worse, it cost taxpayers $10 million dollars.  It gets worse, each bulb costs $50...
 

Newsmax

Obama’s “Green” Light Bulb Costs you $50

By: Newsmax Wires

The good news: The Obama administration has awarded a $10 million prize for a "green" but affordable light bulb that's available to the public.

The bad news: The bulb costs $50.


The “L Prize” was announced by Energy Secretary Steven Chu last year, to push manufacturers to come up with a green bulb “affordable for American families,”
The Washington Post reported. The competition also required parts of the bulb to be made in America.

The L Prize winner is a $50 bulb made by Philips. Similar LED bulbs are going for less than half that cost, the Post reported.


“I don’t want to say it’s exorbitant, but if a customer is only looking at the price, they could come to that conclusion,” Brad Paulsen, Home Depot's  light-bulb purchaser, told the Post. “This is a Cadillac product, and that’s why you have a premium on it.”


The $10 million contest was meant to ease the transition away from inefficient incandescent light bulbs to more efficient fluorescent and LED bulbs. President George W. Bush signed legislation in 2007 to phase out the old bulbs.


A Philips spokesman told the Post the L Prize bulb costs more because, as the contest required, it is more energy-efficient than its counterparts. It also lasts longer, is brighter and renders colors better.


$50 for a light bulb!  Are they on crack?   Who in the hell is going to pay $50 for a SINGLE light bulb.  This is what I mean about controlling us.  They have enacted a stupid law that will slowly forbid incandescent  bulbs and they need an alternative.  Problem is, there isn't a good one.  The Mini flourescents have a MUCH shorter life than promised and they cost a mint.  100 watt bulbs are the first to be banned and then 75s.  Do you see an issue here?  How about having a GOOD alternative and THEN passing legislation.  Better idea.  Just let the market decide. 
 
Then again the government seems to be careening into a ditch when it comes to what their powers REALLY are...
 

Holder: U.S. can kill citizen terrorists abroad

 

Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at the Northwestern University law school on March 5, 2012 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Brian Kersey)

(CBS/AP) Attorney General Eric Holder unveiled the Obama administration's legal justification for killing Americans outside the United States Monday, saying "lethal force" can be used against U.S. citizens who present "an imminent threat of violent attack."

The attorney general's comments on Monday are breaking the administration's silence on the legal justifications for its decision to kill American-born al-Qaida operative Anwar al-Awlaki. Holder delivered the speech at Northwestern University Law School in Chicago.

Anwar al-Awlaki was born in New Mexico and once preached at an Islamic center in Falls Church, Va. Al-Awlaki was killed in September by a joint CIA-U.S. military drone strike on a convoy in Yemen.

"Given the nature of how terrorists act and where they tend to hide, it may not always be feasible to capture a United States citizen terrorist who presents an imminent threat of violent attack," Holder says in the prepared text. "In that case, our government has the clear authority to defend the United States with lethal force."

The administration has provided some details about what al-Awlaki was doing that made him so dangerous to the United States. In that vein, the Justice Department disclosed that a Nigerian man who tried to blow up an international flight on Christmas 2009 told FBI agents that his mission was approved after a three-day visit with al-Awlaki.

The man, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, was sentenced last month to life in prison after admitting he attempted to blow up the plane with a bomb in his underwear as the plane approached Detroit.

In his speech, Holder says three requirements must be met before targeting a citizen on foreign soil: an imminent threat of attack must be posed against the United States, capture isn't feasible and the operation must meet certain principles justifying the use of force. He denies that the administration must seek permission from a federal court before conducting an operation against a U.S. citizen.

"Due process and judicial process are not one and the same, particularly when it comes to national security," says Holder. "The Constitution guarantees due process, not judicial process."

Holder also says that evaluating whether to use lethal force would consider how much time the government has to act, how much harm could be caused by not acting and the chance of preventing future attacks against the United States.

"The Constitution does not require the president to delay action until some theoretical end-stage of planning when the precise time, place and manner of an attack become clear," says Holder. "Such a requirement would create an unacceptably high risk that our efforts would fail and that Americans would be killed."

 
Amazing.  Who believes that just because you are out of country that your constitutional rights vanish when it comes to U.S. government officials?  Of course you don't have U.S. constitutional rights when it comes to being in a foreign country.  France doesn't owe you your U.S. rights.  However, a U.S. Government official DOES need to abide by the U.S. rules.  This seems to be working its way, farther and farther, from how the government acts.  In fact, the crazy expansion of the police state is one of the reasons: (notice the sentences in red)
 

The Rise of Federal Police Power: Feeding the Anti-Authoritarians
By Robert Folsom | January 27, 2012

The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) may be the world’s most boring topic. That I even mention it here by name runs the risk that you’ll stop reading and start clicking to another page.

But please do read on: The word “dull” does not apply to what you’re about to read. To wit, the otherwise boring CFR is behind the massive upsurge in U.S. Federal police forces in recent years — including more than 25,000 Federal cops who DO NOT work for Treasury, Justice, Defense or Homeland Security (the traditional crime-fighting departments).

Instead, they’re employed by such agencies as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (yes, NOAA is the weather service), whose assault-rifle wielding agents participated in the 2008 take-down of a Miami lady for dealing in… sea coral. The Wall Street Journal reported that the coral dealer was busted “for failing to complete paperwork for an otherwise legal transaction.” Following her dramatic arrest, she was fined $500 and placed on probation for a year.

The question of how the weather service ended up with police powers and armed agents is where the CFR comes in. Its purpose is to interpret and apply statutory law as enacted by Congress; the relevant agencies write the interpretive language and enforcement provisions that comprise the CFR.

Which is to say: The regulators themselves decide how they will interpret and apply the law. As for how applying the law with police power was granted to agencies like NOAA, the short version begins with the attacks on September 11, 2001. In turn, “when the FBI’s attention shifted to terrorism matters, Congress gave permanent [police] powers to inspectors general in more than two dozen agencies.”

And when you have police powers, you start hiring police.

The size of the CFR — and the number of Federal cops — began to multiply. In 1970 the CFR was 54,000 pages; today that number is 165,000, and the printed volumes require “27 feet of shelf space.”

Some 90 agencies now send personnel to a law enforcement training facility run by Homeland Security. According to The Wall Street Journal, in 2010 “there were 12,606 prosecutions from cases investigated chiefly by agencies other than Justice, Treasury, Defense and Homeland Security. That was a 50% increase from 15 years ago.”

Federal cops and/or criminal investigators today work for the Peace Corps, the Government Printing Office, NASA, and the National Science Foundation.

 
Think about this for a second.  The government now has federal agents working for NASA?  The Peace Corps?  What????   Why does the Peace Corps need agents?  This is government gone wild.  This is the militarizing of the government and the newest and fastest grower is none other than the TSA:
 
 
 
Now of course, the TSA has come out and assured us that this video is bogus and that they catch everything......sure they do.  That's why he walked right through, you just let him, right?  What a giant goat rope which is basically sucking billions of tax dollars out of tax payers pockets.  You are NO safer on planes now than before 9/11.  You just aren't.  This is a giant waste of money meant to delay any collapse in the financial system.  Employing all these people in "make busy" work keeps them off unemployment.  This is only delaying the only outcome possible.  You'd think that those in charge would know this.....hmmm....maybe they do.....
 

A Gold (And Physical Platinum) Bug At The Fed?


 
These guys aren't stupid.  They are protecting their assets at the same time they are telling others to calm down because they have everything under control.  They don't.  Read this for just a little perspective on how little gold is actually produced:
 

It is only a matter of time.

To all...do you have a really big bedroom , with high ceilings? Well, not that big but the high ceiling will make up for lack of space. What the heck are you talking about? I just read an article on www.zerohedge.com with a really cool graphic that puts in perspective how much Gold is mined in 1 yr on a global basis. It fits into a 16 'by 16' room with a ceiling, you guessed it, 16 feet high. Yep, that's it, that is ALL the Gold mined in ALL the world in one year! Can you imagine that? Think about it, 1 good sized room in suburbia could house ALL the Gold produced in the world for 1 year! And this is worth in Dollars, how much? More or less $140 Billion. How much was it worth in the year 2000 (the absolute heyday, peak of the Anglo-Western banking system)? Little more than $20 Billion.

...And the ECB created (lent) how much money on Wednesday? North of $500 Billion...for the SECOND time in 2 months! So in the last 2 months, the ECB alone has created roughly 7 times the amount of thin air money as is mined in the entire world in 1 year. Of course, this doesn't even take into account their partners in crime, The Fed, Bank of England nor Bank of Japan. Do you see the relationship here? The desperation? With a true and real monetary system, were central banks allowed to fractional reserve all of the worlds' global production, they could lend about $1.4 Trillion for the entire year. Funny, this is about the same number that the U.S. will deficit spend for the year all by itself.

If the total amount of lending worldwide was constrained to 10 times global mine prodution, could a bubble that threatens the entire system have ever formed? Could "serial bubbles" in stocks, real estate and now sovereign debt (all debt) have been blown? Of course not, but the argument is and always has been that lending 10 to 1 against Gold production is just too constraining and we "wouldn't be where we are now", we would live in the dark ages. I would say, maybe not the dark ages but building would have definitiely been slower and would have been absorbed by equity rather than debt. Investors would still have options, like putting their money in the bank at 5% and beat a real inflation rate rate of 2%. Investors (widows, orphans and just plain conservative peopl) would not have been forced to "chase yield" with a true inflation rate of 10% or more.

 
So a 16' cubic room contains all the gold mined in a year?  Yet this much PAPER gold is sold many times over during the year.  In fact, GLD, the ETF which isn't really gold trades 1/10 of this quantity every day.  GLD is a small part of the gold complex.  This paper selling shouldn't be happening in such large quantities.   This is used to control the price.  Gold should be rising, not falling.  This is only the paper traders playing games.  Eventually, we will meet up with reality and gold will assume it's role as true money.  Until then, the beat goes on....
 

US Budget Deficit Hits All Time High In February


 
Think very deeply about this and try and compare it to your personal finances.  Let's say you made $100,000, just to make things simple.  Could you spend $217,000 a year?  That is what the government basically did in February.  Even if you could do for a year, how long could you continue?  Not too long right?  The government is getting away with it only because they have the reserve currency.  That will change, and the elites know it.  That's why they are stealing our wealth.  It's also why no one is being prosecuted:
 
"When it comes to fighting financial fraud, the Obama Administration’s record of success has been nothing less than historic."

Eric Holder, Attorney General for Obama Administration, Address To Columbia University


May I remind the Attorney General that, in the words of Charles Ferguson, " three years after our horrific financial crisis caused by financial fraud, not a single financial executive has gone to jail, and that's wrong."

Mr. Holder went on to say:

"We found that much of the conduct that led to the financial crisis was unethical and irresponsible. But we have also discovered that some of this behavior — while morally reprehensible — may not necessarily have been criminal."

And if that is the current standard of justice being applied to wanton, pervasive, and obvious financial fraud and white collar crime by powerful insiders in Washington DC these days, then it will come as no surprise to the thousands of victims of MF Global that no one will be held accountable. Not to mention the millions of victims of fraud in the mortgage crisis.

 
REALLY?  The Obama Administration has had an historic success fighting financial fraud?????   I must be reading the wrong news reports because I don't remember ANYONE going to jail!  Do you?  Look up chutzpah in the dictionary and you'll see a picture of Eric Holder and Obama holding hands and laughing.  They are playing us for fools.  Then again, don't think that anyone except Ron Paul is going to change any of this if they are elected.  It's really too late.  What a shame....
 
 
 
 
This week I have a video appropriately titled, "Drummer at the Wrong Gig," have a great week!