Terrorists Release ‘Hit List’

President Obama is being urged by some members of the GOP to re-sign the PATRIOT Act.A website linked to terrorist group al-Qaida recently released a “hit list” of top United States officials and executives.

Fox News reports that some security officials believe that the list, which calls for the sending of explosive mail, may mark a change in strategy for the terrorist group, as it attempts to recover from the killing of its leader, Osama bin Laden.

“While we have no information of any imminent terrorist threat to the United States or any U.S. persons, as always, we urge Federal, State and local law enforcement, as well as the general public, to maintain increased vigilance for indications of pre-operational or suspicious activity,” Department of Homeland Security spokesman Chris Ortman told the news source.

The release of the list comes as a group of Republican lawmakers sent a letter to President Barack Obama questioning the Constitutionality of his assigning a surrogate to sign legislation and urging him to re-sign the PATRIOT Act.

“Mr. President, it is clear that assigning a surrogate the responsibility of signing bills passed by Congress is a debatable issue, and could be challenged in court,” the letter read, reports The Hill. “That being the case, our request is that, out of an abundance of caution, you affix your signature to S. 990 by personally re-signing the enrolled bill.”

Ron Paul Wins Straw Poll At Republican Leadership Conference

Ron Paul has a good amount of support in the Republican primary.While much of the early Republican primary season has focused on former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), the heavyweight candidates may need to keep an eye on Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas).

Paul, who is well known for his Libertarian beliefs, won a straw poll at the Republican Leadership Conference, garnering nearly 40 percent of the vote, reports Fox News.

Appearing on NBC’s Today Show, Paul rejected a statement from host Matt Lauer that contended his ideas were not mainstream.

“I want to legalize freedom. What’s so bad about that?” Paul responded to a question regarding his stance on the legalization of heroin. “What’s wrong with legalizing the Constitution.”

Paul may have won the straw poll at the conference but he is in fourth place in the latest Gallup poll, with 7 percent. Romney leads the way in this figuring with 24 percent, ahead of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin with 16 percent.

Perry’s Team Considers Late Entry Into GOP Race

Will he or won’t he? That’s the question everyone is asking about Texas Governor Rick Perry, regarding whether he will submit an eleventh-hour bid for the 2012 Republican Presidential nod. The answer became a resounding “maybe” as Perry’s aides said they were considering the logistical challenges of a run.

“Among their considerations is whether Mr. Perry has enough time to raise sufficient cash, which generally requires personal contact with donors and fund-raisers,” The Wall Street Journal reported. “The actions show that Mr. Perry has moved beyond thinking about joining the contest to determining whether he can build a winning campaign.”

While popular among Republicans in general, Perry would face significant challenges in his home state of Texas. According to a May poll, his job approval ratings have sunk and only 4 percent of Texas voters would vote for him to be President.

However, many top Republicans expressed an interest in Perry, saying he could prove to be a strong second choice for voters who do not favor former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. According to some, his name recognition alone could beat out the lesser-known and more extreme GOP candidates.

“Perry probably swallows up the rest of the air in the race,” John Ryder, a member of the Republican National Committee from Tennessee, told the WSJ. “He would give Romney a run for it.”

“When the governor sits down to weigh all this, he will ask: Can we raise the money? Do we have the political support? And do we have the time left to campaign?” David Carney told the paper. Carney, along with Rob Johnson, left Newt Gingrich’s campaign earlier this month to work with Perry.

“This isn’t something you do on a lark,” Carney told the paper. “Running for the White House isn’t a hobby.”

Low Vitamin D3 Doubles Death Rate

There is more than enough evidence to support the need for daily vitamin D3. Check your levels if you want to, but the bet is that you are low, very low if you haven’t been on daily vitamin D3.

Vitamin D3 protects against heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis (osteomalacia), and every killer disease of aging. Did anybody hear this ever mentioned by the greedy politicians ranting about the so-called healthcare bill and their desire to ensure Americans are healthy?

Influential Republican Senators Announce Approval Of Libyan War

On Sunday, Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) both expressed their opposition to Republican members of the House cutting funding for the United States’ military activities in Libya.

Sunday marked the 90th day of the U.S.’s involvement in Libya, and the alleged deadline, under the War Powers Resolution, for President Barack Obama to seek Congressional approval for the military campaign.

“If we do not continue this effort in Libya, if (Moammar) Gadhafi remains in power, it could have profound consequences,” McCain said on the ABC program This Week, according to an article on CNN.com.

“The president’s done a lousy job of communicating and managing our involvement in Libya, but I will be no part of an effort to de-fund Libya or to try to cut off our efforts to bring Gadhafi down,” Graham said on NBC’s Meet the Press, according to the article.

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) stated last week that the House would consider cutting funding for the mission if the President refused to comply with the War Powers Resolution. Also, a bipartisan group of 10 members of Congress has filed suit against Obama, challenging the President’s right to involve the U.S. military in what they termed the “Libyan War.”

“What we have said is that our role in this mission, our support role and the kind of engagement we have right now, does not meet, in our legal analysis… the threshold set by the War Powers Resolution for congressional action,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Friday, according to the article.

 

 

Paul Trounces Other Candidates In RLC Straw Poll

Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas) won a straw poll at Saturday’s Republican Leadership Conference, gaining nearly 40 percent of the votes.

Of 1,542 votes, Rep. Paul garnered 612, while GOP candidates Jon Huntsman and Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) placed second and third with 382 and 191 votes respectively, according to Ron Paul’s fan site.

“This win is just the latest indicator of how the majority of American opinion is turning in Ron Paul’s direction,” Jesse Benton, Paul’s campaign chairman, told Reuters.

“Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who leads national opinion polls in the 2012 Republican race for the nomination to challenge President Barack Obama, was fifth with 74 votes,” the article read.

Romney barely beat Rep. Paul in last year’s RLC straw poll.

RLC: Obama Impersonator Pulled Offstage For Offensive Jokes

Professional Barack Obama Impersonator Reggie Brown was told to leave the stage at the Republican National Conference Saturday, after making several offensive jokes about the President’s biracial ethnicity.

According to a POLITICO article, the act “came just one day after two high-profile Republicans — Haley Barbour and Bobby Jindal — urged activists to focus only on going after Obama on policy and not engage in personal attacks.”

According to a biography on his website, Brown “is an event planner’s dream,” whose “ability to capture the voice, movements, and persona of President Obama… not only captivates your audience, but engages them in (an) interactive multimedia show that draws laughs from both sides of the aisle.”

“Brown didn’t just limit his jokes to Obama, though. He also mocked Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith, ridiculed Newt Gingrich’s faltering campaign and suggested Tim Pawlenty needed a spinal transplant,” the POLITICO article read. “As Brown was preparing to make a Michele Bachmann joke, one of the conference’s officials came out to the lectern and told the comedian to leave the stage.”

Texas Governor Rick Perry May Be Inching Closer To Running For President

Rick Perry may soon join the race for the White House.A number of prominent political figures have already declared their intentions to run for the Republican nomination for President. However, one man who some believe has a good shot at the nomination — Texas Governor Rick Perry — is still exploring the possibility.

Fox News reports that aides to Perry have begun to explore the Governor’s chances in Iowa, the State that holds the first caucus in the nation. In addition, the news source reports that Perry aides have also looked into whether it is too late to raise sufficient funds for the primary campaign.

Perry has been making headlines recently, holding a number of speeches around the country. On June 12, he made a pro-life speech to an Hispanic anti-abortion group in Los Angeles and, more recently, he spoke at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans.

During his speech at the Conference, Perry vowed not to change his position on social issues such as abortion or gay marriage to win favor with liberals.

“Our party cannot be all things to all people, it can’t be. Our loudest opponents on the left are never going to be happy, so let’s stop trying to curry favor for them,” he said.

School Distributes Sexually Graphic Survey To Students

Parents are outraged at Massachusetts school officials, after middle school students were forced to take a survey that included graphic questions about sex — without parental knowledge or consent.

Arlene Tessitore, who has retained the services of civil liberties organization The Rutherford Institute, claims her daughters were deeply disturbed by the content of a Youth Risk Behavior Study they were forced to take at Memorial Middle School in Fitchburg, Mass.

“Kids were actually told to sit down and take them,” John Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute, told Fox News Radio. “One of the questions is, ‘have you ever had oral sex.’ You’re talking about kids who probably don’t even know what oral sex is.”

Principal Fran Thomas confirmed to Fox News Radio that students had taken the graphic survey, but claims the school was required to administer it in order to receive a grant funded by a social services agency in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“I can take no responsibility for what’s on that survey,” Thomas told the news outlet. “It’s not generated by the school system.”

“It was a case of the school telling parents what they were going to do,” Whitehead said. “If parents want their kids to answer these kinds of questions as federal law requires, they should give written consent. But if they don’t give consent, I don’t think public officials should be asking children such questions.”

ISPs Team Up With NSA To Monitor Internet Traffic

The National Security Agency (NSA) and Internet service providers (ISPs) are working together to monitor Internet traffic, with the reported goal of preventing foreign cyberattacks against defense firms.

The program uses sophisticated NSA tools to scan email and other digital traffic, seeking to identify any malicious programs that may be used to attack companies with defense contracts.

“We hope the… cyber pilot can be the beginning of something bigger,” Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said, quoted by a WashingtonPost.com article. “It could serve as a model that can be transported to other critical infrastructure sectors, under the leadership of the Department of Homeland Security.”

Thus far, the spying tools are being used only on commercial Internet traffic with significant ties to the Department of Defense. The participating ISPs are AT&T, Verizon and CenturyLink.

“We wouldn’t want this to become a backdoor form of surveillance,” James X. Dempsey, vice president for public policy at the Center for Democracy & Technology, a civil liberties group, told The Washington Post. Dempsey stressed that any extensions to the program would have to guarantee protections against government access to private Internet traffic.

“The U.S. government will not be monitoring, intercepting or storing any private-sector communications,” Lynn said, quoted by the article. “Rather, threat intelligence provided by the government is helping the companies themselves, or the Internet service providers working on their behalf, to identify and stop malicious activity within their networks.”

“The government needs to make up its mind about whether it wants to protect networks or collect intelligence,” Dempsey said.

Unemployed? Mitt Romney Feels Your Pain!

Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney feels a strong connection to America’s unemployed. After all, he counts himself among their numbers.

“Mitt Romney sat at the head of the table at a coffee shop (in Florida) on Thursday, listening to a group of unemployed Floridians explain the challenges of looking for work. When they finished, he weighed in with a predicament of his own” the Caucus blog on NYTimes.com reported.

“I should tell my story,” Romney reportedly told the assembled group. “I’m also unemployed.”

As of May, the current unemployment rate in the United States is 9.1 percent. With a population of more than 300 million, 9.1 percent means about 27.3 million Americans are jobless.

The blog described the scene as “awkward,” as the former Massachusetts Governor joked, “I’m networking. I have my sight on a particular job.”

An editorial on the liberal website AlterNet was less charitable in its description of the encounter: “Because a multimillionaire with several spacious residences for his well-do-to clan — and a guy who made his money with leveraged buyouts that involved many layoffs — throwing his hat in the ring for President after five years of thumb-twiddling and failed political campaigning is the exact same thing as working people losing their jobs.”

Gardening Hints And Tips

Gardening season is upon us, and the garden must be tended in order to have a successful harvest. Gardening is one of the more popular leisure activities in the United States. An average backyard garden will cost about $30 for seeds and about $50 for organic potting soil and fertilizers, yet it will yield more than $600 in fresh, organic produce. That is a great investment, not only for our finances but also for our health.

5 Reasons To Grow A Garden

  1. Health is the main reason people grow gardens. The food we plant, grow and prepare for our families is healthier than produce purchased from the grocery store. If we grow our own food, we know whether it is organic, since we control the fertilization, pest-control and harvesting methods. Gardening is great for mental health, too. Working hard in a garden gives us pleasure in accomplishing something wonderful.
  2. Stress relief occurs when we do something meaningful that makes us happy. Planting and digging in the dirt relieve stress and make us feel better.
  3. Connecting to the Earth slows us down and grounds us. The soil, the worms and the living plants are fascinating to watch. When we slow down long enough, we become aware of the miracle of life.
  4. Self-sufficiency is another great reason to grow a garden. With the cost of commodities rising rapidly, gardening can offset the high cost of food. This puts more money in our pockets to use for other necessities.
  5. We save money by going to the grocery store less often. It’s possible to save hundreds of dollars per growing season, which really helps with the food budget.

Location

If you live in a cramped space and have a small yard, you can still grow a garden. Look around and see if you have places to put tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, etc. Flower gardens are ideal, because you can plant vegetables between flowers. Some flowers help with bug control. For example, marigolds ward off some garden pests.

The location of your garden is important. It needs to be a sunny, well-drained location, rich in compost and soil texture. Plant taller plants on the north side of the yard or garden so they won’t shade shorter plants. Plants can be planted along fences, patios and corners of lots, even in the yard. A strip of grass can be removed from the lawn and worked to become a raised vegetable bed.

Raised Beds

PHOTO OF RAISED BEDS IN GARDENRaised beds are ideal for small areas.  You can either shape the dirt into a hill or use a wooden frame around the grow bed. The frame is made of 2-by-4 planks placed in a rectangular shape. Use two 2-by-4 planks stacked one on top of the other to make the bed 8 inches tall, or use two 2-by-8 planks stacked one on top of the other to make the bed 16 inches tall. Make the bed 3 feet wide and as long as your space allows. The soil in the raised beds can be added to and maintained even if the texture of the surrounding soil is poor and has bad drainage. Make your raised bed level even if your garden spot is on a slope, so the water will remain in the bed and the soil will not wash away. Cultivate the soil 2 inches deeper than the height of the grow bed. Add mulch, compost or organic matter, and then dig down and turn the soil. Use a pitchfork to break up dirt clots. Rake it into a nice, level bed. Once that’s done, it is ready for planting.

Continue to add more compost so the soil improves each year. My husband is in the process of putting wood chips between the rows to keep the moisture in and the weeds out.

Container Gardening

If you are an apartment dweller and long to have a garden, try container gardening. Herbs and vegetables are great for containers, because they can be moved indoors when the weather gets too cold. Onions, radishes and lettuce mixtures can be grown in containers. Tomatoes and sweet bell peppers can be grown in large pots on the balcony. Zucchini and cucumbers can be trained to grow up a trellis or wire fencing. This way, they grow in a smaller space and the vegetables can be picked easily.

Soil

Use organic, inexpensive material such as vegetable peelings, coffee grounds, tea leaves, manure, chicken droppings, mulch, potting soil, leaves, grass clippings, sawdust, wood shavings, straw or hay to make a nutrient-rich topsoil. Avoid using anything that might have weed seeds in it. Peat moss, perlite or vermiculite can be used in composting, but they are more expensive and have no nutritional value. The better the soil, the more worms will be attracted to it, which is a good thing. Worm castings and worm holes help develop nutrient-rich soil as well.

Every year, new compost made from all-organic materials must be added to the soil. It is good to mix the compost in a pile as you add to it and let it rest for the year before putting it on the garden — especially if it contains manure or chicken droppings. Manure is considered hot and can burn plants if it’s used fresh. That is why you mix it with compost and let it set for a year.

We have a compost pile near our chicken coop so when we clean out the coop we can add the droppings to the compost pile. Mixing it often allows it to decompose throughout the year.

Till the garden by hand

PHOTO OF U-BARMy husband prepares the soil by hand because he likes to break up dirt clots and rake out the beds before he plants. He likes to use a D-handled spading fork and a U-bar digger. A small tiller can also be used to till the soil and prepare it for planting.

Seeds

The best types of seeds to store are called non-hybrid or heirloom seeds. They can be saved from year to year and will be true to form each season. To learn more about non-hybrid garden seeds, refer to my article Growing A Backyard Garden Can Be Good For Your Health.

The hybrid- or regular-type seeds that can be found in most garden centers are good for only one season. You need to purchase seeds from year to year. The seeds cannot be saved because they are genetically altered. Their offspring the second year will look like a crossbred vegetable.

Keep garden seeds in a container with a lid so mice don’t get into the seeds and eat them. It is best to keep them in a cool, dry, dark container to avoid light exposure. The cooler the temperature, the longer the seeds will last. Seeds have a shelf life of up to five years. To extend the shelf life, keep them in the refrigerator or freezer.

Herbs can be started from seed or can be purchased from a nursery and planted in an herb garden or around decorative rocks and flower beds. Fresh herbs have great flavor, and they are good for your health.

Planting

Certain plants do well if started indoors or in a greenhouse first and then transplanted later. These plants include tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and onions. Some plants do just as well if started in the ground. These include corn, spinach, lettuce, squash, cucumbers, peas, radishes, Swiss chard, carrots, potatoes and garlic.

Corn, tomatoes, peppers, squash, and cucumbers need warm soil before germination can take place. Onions, spinach, lettuce, peas, cabbage, radishes, broccoli, cauliflower and Swiss chard may be planted early in the spring. A second crop can be planted in late July or early August to extend the growing season.

Watering

The frequency of watering depends on the texture of the soil. In dry climates, more frequent watering is very important. Gardens with sandy soil require more watering than those with clay-based soils. Sandy soil does not hold moisture so you will need to water more frequently. After the garden has been planted, it is really important to keep it moist so the seeds will germinate. Carrots are very touchy. They must be kept moist every day to germinate.

My husband puts finely chopped wood chips around our plants and grow beds to hold in the moisture. You could also lay black plastic or newspaper, covered with dirt or chips, around plants to hold in the moisture and keep weeds from growing. Because plastic is an inorganic material, it must be removed in the winter and replaced the next spring. Straw will hold moisture also. However; we tried using straw last year, and it had grain seed in it. As a result, we had an outbreak of oat grass and had to do a lot of extra weeding. If you are using straw, sift through it and use only the stems of the straw.

We have found that it’s best to water either early in the morning or just before dark. Whenever we watered the plants during the day, the leaves got burned from the sun reflecting on the water.

Metal Cages And Fencing Wire

PHOTO OF WIRE FENCING AND WIRE CAGESWhen we plant peas, we put tomato cages around them — at least three across — and as many as needed for the length. The peas grow straight up and cling to the metal for stability. As the peas reach the top of the metal cages, we put up a higher fence to support them as they grow taller. This makes it easier to pick the peas, and the plants do not fall over. (See the photo at the right.)

We put up metal fencing for the pole beans, cucumbers, melons and squash. They also climb straight up, which takes up less space. The plants cling to the fencing, which gives them stability and makes it easier to pick the vegetables. All the tomatoes and peppers have cages around them to protect them from the dogs and cats running through the garden. The tomato cages give the tomatoes stability as well.

I once heard that metal around a garden conducts electromagnetic energy during a rain or electrical storm, which stimulates the growth of the vegetables.

It is a good idea to put a fence around the entire garden to keep out deer and other animals. We live near the mountains, and many of my neighbors have a serious deer problem. At night the deer come from the mountains and graze on anything they can find. Many gardens have been completely eaten before they matured. It might be a good idea to have an outside dog near the garden to scare off the nighttime predators.

We lock up our chickens in their run during the months we are planting and harvesting our garden. The chickens will scratch the soil and find all the seeds we have planted. When the tomatoes are ripe, the chickens will peck at them and eat holes into the fruit.

Weeding

PHOTO OF WEEDING WITH A SMALL WEED RAKEWe get the baby weeds before they even have a chance to grow. A small rake made for weeding the garden is the best. It is small enough to go around the plants and loosen the dirt. This disrupts the root system of small weeds, and they die. We do a lot of weeding early on, which saves us many hours of weeding. Weeds use up the nutrients in the soil, so you want to stop them before they grow.

We put wood chips or sawdust on the walkways between the grow beds. This keeps the moisture in the garden, and the weeds don’t grow through it. Taking care of the weeds early on saves much frustration later.

Pest Control

Raising a completely organic garden means not using any chemicals in the soil or on the plants. There is always a problem with pests such as tomato hornworms, cutworms, aphids, whiteflies, ants, etc. To kill insects, mix a solution of water and a few drops of dish soap into a spray bottle or a large sprayer and spray the plants with it. When you spray it on the plant, make sure to spray the underside of the leaves where aphids hide. After spraying the plants with the mixture of dish soap and water, rinse the plants with warm water to remove the soap and the dead bugs.

Diatomaceous earth is used as a mildly abrasive insecticide that can be sprinkled onto and around the base of plants. Diatomaceous earth can be purchased in home-and-garden centers. Do not use the one for swimming pools. Get the one for plants and vegetables.

A friend of mine raises ducks to eat grasshoppers, earwigs, worms and other pests. Ducks will eat the insects and not necessarily the vegetables. Ducks are less harmful to produce than chickens. However, chickens will eat any insects they can find, so that might be an option if you can keep the chickens from getting into the vegetables.

We Love Having a Garden

I believe tending a garden is like therapy for the soul. We love the fresh, organic vegetables we get from the harvest. We feel happy that we do not have to depend on the grocery store for our fresh produce. And we know that our food is organic, with no sprays, chemical additives or preservatives in it, which is much better for our health.

Emergency Food Storage and Survival HandbookPeggy Layton is a freelance writer and the author of seven books on the subjects of food storage and emergency preparedness. She and her husband grow a backyard garden every year and live off the land during the growing season. Peggy bottles and dehydrates excess produce. Peggy and her husband keep winter vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, squash, onions and apples in a root cellar they built. During the winter when produce is less plentiful, they grow food in their greenhouse. And they gather fresh eggs daily from their chickens. Provident living is a way of life in their home.

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Moe, Larry And Curly Bernanke

In the 1940 short film “A Plumbing We Will Go,” The Three Stooges pose as plumbers trying to stop a leaky pipe in a large home while a party is going on.

Since they know nothing about plumbing, it isn’t long before the boys have connected the water pipes to a conduit and water is pouring out everywhere. Of course, the party is ruined and the house is wrecked.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is Moe, Larry and Curly all rolled into one, and his efforts to stop the leaky economy have been as successful as the boys’ efforts were in fixing the dripping pipe. Bernanke’s latest effort of quantitative easing — known as QE2 — is running out, and the bubble he created is deflating faster than one of the Stooges’ helium-filled cakes.

Last week, a Chinese ratings house accused the United States of defaulting on its massive debt by allowing the dollar to weaken against other currencies — eroding the wealth of its creditors, the biggest of which is China.

China holds $1.145 trillion of U.S. Treasury securities. That is down from its peak of $1.175 trillion in October, according to a story by the AFP news service.

China, the No. 1 holder of U.S. debt, is now a seller of U.S. Treasuries. Japan, the second largest holder of U.S. Treasuries, may soon be a seller as well. It needs money to repair infrastructure following this year’s earthquake and tsunami.

The stock market was down six weeks in a row before last week, when it finally finished a week on an up note. According to The Economic Collapse blog, that hasn’t happened since the dotcom bubble burst in May 2001.

The false euphoria created by QE2, which propped up Bernanke’s Wall Street buddies by driving money into the market, has worn off. Investors realize this, and they are looking for new places to put their money.

Meanwhile, once again, John and Jane American are watching their meager retirement funds dry up. Unemployment is up (the true unemployment rate, which includes discouraged workers, is 22.3 percent, according to the National Inflation Association), manufacturing and consumer confidence are down and one in seven Americans is on food stamps. Millions of Americans receive some sort of government assistance.

The price of everything is increasing. According to NIA: “90% of sporting goods manufacturers have seen their input costs rise substantially this year and 41% of them have already announced major price increases for athletic apparel, footwear, and sports equipment. As the 8,000 toy manufacturers in China are forced to raise the wages they pay their employees, Toys R’ Us is now beginning to see major wholesale price increases for their products, which they will have to pass on to U.S. consumers. Hasbro recently raised prices on all of their products by 6% to 7%. Mattel recently imposed an across the board high single digit price increase after reporting a 33% decline in quarterly profits (despite sales surging by 8%) due to skyrocketing raw material costs.”

May sales reflected what consumers thought of the rising prices. Retail sales fell for the first time in 11 months. The drop in sales hit autos, electronics, appliances, furniture, groceries, sports retailers and department stores.

Bernanke said he wanted inflation. He got his wish. Now the question is: Is it getting out of hand?

With no one to buy U.S. Treasuries, Bernanke is going to have to buy them. He’ll do this by printing more money. That’s a recipe for hyperinflation.

Bernanke is said to be a student of history and well-versed on the Great Depression. If so, he knows how depressions are cooked up. So either he’s not as smart as he thinks he is or he thinks he’s smarter than everyone else.

Either way, it’s a recipe for disaster.

In April, Standard & Poor’s put a “negative” outlook on the U.S. credit rating, citing rising budget deficits and debt.

“We believe there is a material risk that U.S. policy makers might not reach an agreement on how to address medium and long-term budgetary challenges by 2013. If an agreement is not reached and meaningful implementation does not begin by the year 2012, this would in our view render the U.S. fiscal profile meaningfully weaker than that of peer ‘AAA’ sovereigns.”

This is comical! These are the same rating agencies that put AAA ratings on the subprime garbage that collapsed the U.S. economy in 2008. This is meaningless and for public consumption.

Note that there is no mention that the U.S. is already bankrupt and the rule of law has become a political cesspool. Standard & Poor’s outlook is more of a cover-up than a revelation.

The supposedly developed world, including the U.S., is drowning in debt, and the only solution the powers that be in Washington have is to print more trillions in fiat paper money.

Above the whole mess, a world currency war is going on. There is a race to the bottom of worthless currencies, with the U.S. dollar leading the way.

Imagine that in this muddy chaos, it is the most worthless currency that is the most desirable until the final collapse.

Where is our reasoning? Governments and central banks, the creators of worthless fiat, are seductively impoverishing all who hold and save paper money. This is total war for survival, yet not one in 10 million even suspects that anything is wrong. So we await the deluge like cattle waiting for slaughter. But we don’t have to wait long, because the collapse is now visible and in progress.

The great sovereign deception is now full-blown, led by the name brand rating agencies like Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s, etc. These are the people who took payoffs to rate the great masquerade of collateralized mortgage scams as “investment grade.”

The U.S. Bond market fits squarely into the Ponzi scheme of the ages.

We are in the center of the world debt crisis, and there is no solution except collapse and a slate wiped clean.

When the homeowners discovered the wreckage the Stooges had wrought, they chased them from their home. When Bernanke is done with his work, there won’t be a home left to chase him from.

Poll: Romney Unlikely To Win Home State

Statewide polling reveals that former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is not very popular in his home State — which may explain a statement Romney made in the Republican primary debate Monday night: “I am not running for governor of Massachusetts. I am running for president of the United States.”

According to a POLITICO article, in statewide polls conducted by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling (PPP), Republican Candidates Romney and Tim Pawlenty, former governors both, would likely lose primaries in their home states.

“These days, states seem to have grown tired of their hometown pols and in some cases resent their national ambitions,” the article read. “Romney, for example, was viewed unfavorably by 52 percent of Massachusetts voters in a recent PPP survey, while just 40 percent had a favorable view.”

Massachusetts citizens seem to feel betrayed by Romney.

“Locals complain that he seems to have renounced Massachusetts, giving up his mansion there in favor of a condo he purchased in 2010 and spending more time at his home in New Hampshire. On the campaign trail in 2008, he frequently used the state as a foil, mocking it as a liberal bastion,” the article read.

“There’s a feeling that (Massachusetts) was a possession he picked up along the way, and then he grew tired of it and moved on to pursue the presidency,” Todd Feinburg, the conservative co-host of a talk-radio show on Boston’s WRKO, told POLITICO.

Obama Campaign Passes Around Deceptive DNC Video On The Republican Debate

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters on Tuesday that President Barack Obama did not watch Monday night’s Republican Primary debate in New Hampshire. However, the President might have seen the “highlight reel” the Obama campaign is passing around — a cut-and-paste collection of scenes from the GOP debate, put together by the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

“You should watch this if you or anyone you know is wondering where the leading GOP candidates want to go, this clip makes it clear,” Campaign Manager Jim Messina wrote in an email to supporters, quoted by ABCNews.com.

“The first big Republican debate last night was like a time machine. They want to go back to the failed policies of the past that caused the economic crisis in the first place. They want to go back and reopen every settled debate that they’ve lost over the last few years.”

The video, which can be seen here, asks: “The Republicans: What in the world are they talking about?” The DNC video features selectively chosen clips from the two-hour debate, suggesting the candidates spoke only about Sharia law, an anti-gay-marriage amendment, repealing healthcare, Sarah Palin and the space program.

Of course, viewers who actually watched the debate would be able to discern the video’s misrepresentation. All the topics discussed in the video (and at the debate) were proposed by audience members, journalists and viewers at New Hampshire town halls. Also, the debate covered a wide range of topics, such as the Tea Party, the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), raising the debt ceiling, taxes, gross domestic product growth, the proper role of government and the effect of religion on governance.

Potential DNC video viewers who did not watch the debate, such as Obama, would, at the very least, get the wrong impression.

Obama Partially Blames ATMs For Economic Struggles

Are ATMs to blame for high unemployment?While innovation and technology are vital to the modern world, that didn’t stop President Barack Obama from passing some of the blame for the floundering economy onto unsuspecting ATMs and other such machines.

In an interview with NBC News, Obama said that there were some fundamental issues presented by automated machines such as ATMs and grocery store self-checkout aisles when asked about a report that indicated companies were spending 26 percent more money on equipment and only 2 percent more on employees.

“There’s some structural issues with our economy where a lot of businesses have learned to become much more efficient with a lot fewer workers,” he said. “You see it when you go to a bank and… you use an ATM, you don’t go to a bank teller. Or you go to the airport, and you’re using a kiosk instead of checking in at the gate.”

However, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said that some Obama policies are to blame for the struggling economy.

“Here we are on the anniversary of his administration’s recovery summer… and Americans are still asking the question, ‘Where are the jobs?'” Boehner said, reports Fox News. “The American people deserve some answers, but when it comes to this administration, it’s clear that they don’t have many.”

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Huckabee Advises Pawlenty To Ditch Advisers

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who enjoyed a fair amount of popularity during his run for the Presidency in 2008, is concerned about his friend, former Minnesota Governor and current Republican Candidate Tim Pawlenty. After Pawlenty’s disappointing performance in Monday’s primary debate, Huckabee had some advice for the candidate, which he shared on Laura Ingraham’s conservative radio show on Tuesday.

Of Pawlenty’s campaign advisers, Huckabee said, “He needs to get rid of some of his consultants. I saw this with (Mitt) Romney four years ago, and I’m seeing it with Pawlenty now. He’s over-coached, over-consulted. Get rid of them.”

“I like Pawlenty. He’s a good friend; he’s a good candidate,” Huckabee said of Pawlenty. “But it was Michele Bachmann who showed up with the gloves on.”

Huckabee was clearly impressed with the performance the Congresswoman from Minnesota gave in the debate: “People sometimes forget that it’s not what one says, it’s how one says it that is equally important. One of the things that Michele Bachmann brings to the race is a level of energy and a sense of exuberance, a sense of optimism.”