Get Ready For The Death Of The Petrodollar

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Even after seven years of writing macroeconomic analysis for the liberty movement and bearing witness to astonishing displays of financial and political stupidity by more “skeptics” than I can count, it never ceases to amaze me the amount of blind faith average Americans place in the strength of the U.S. dollar. One could explain in vast categorical detail the history of fiat currencies, the inevitable destruction caused by inflationary printing and the conundrum caused when any country decides to monetize its own debt just to stay afloat — often, to no avail.

Bank bailouts, mortgage company bailouts, Treasury bond bailouts, stock market bailouts, bailouts of foreign institutions: None of this seems to phase the gibbering bobbleheaded followers of the Federal Reserve cult.  Logic and reason and wisdom bounce like whiffle balls off their thick skulls. They simply parrot one of two painfully predictable arguments:

  • Argument No. 1: There is no way foreign countries will ever dump the U.S. dollar because they are so dependent on American consumers to buy their export goods.
  • Argument No. 2: There is no way the dollar’s value will ever collapse because it is the dominant petro-currency, and the entire world needs dollars to purchase oil.

I have written literally hundreds of articles over the years dismantling the first argument, pointing out undeniable signals that include:

  • China’s subtle dumping of the dollar — using bilateral trade agreements with other developing nations and, more recently, major economic powers like Germany and Japan
  • The massive gold-buying spree undertaken by China and Russia — even in the face of extreme market manipulation by JPMorgan Chase and Co. and CME Group Inc.
  • The dumping of long-term U.S. Treasuries by foreign creditors in exchange for short-term Treasuries that can be liquidated at a moment’s notice.
  • The fact that bonds now are supported almost entirely by Fed stimulus. When the stimulus ends, America’s ability to honor foreign debts will end and faith in the dollar will crumble.
  • Blatant statements by the International Monetary Fund calling for the end of the dollar’s world reserve status and the institution of special drawing rights (SDRs) as a replacement.

The second argument held weight for a short time, only because the political trends in the Mideast had not yet caught up to the financial reality already underway. Today, this is quickly changing. The petrodollar’s status is dependent on a great number of factors remaining in perfect alignment, socially, politically and economically. If a single element were to fall out of place, oil markets would explode with inflation in prices, influencing the rest of the world to abandon the greenback. Here are just a few of the primary catalysts and why they are an early warning of the inevitable death of the petrodollar.

Egyptian Civil War

I was recently contacted by a reader  in reference to an article I wrote concerning the likelihood of civil war in Egypt, a civil war which erupted only weeks later.

She asked why I had waited until this year to make the prediction and why I had not called for such an event after the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak, as many mainstream pundits had. The question bears merit. Why didn’t Egypt ignite with violent internal conflict after Mubarak was deposed? It seemed perfectly plausible, yet the mainstream got the timing (and the reasons) horribly wrong.

My response was simple: The Mideast is being manipulated by elitist organizations towards instability, and this instability is a process. The engineered Arab Spring, I believe, is not so much about the Mideast as it is about the structure of the global economy. An energy crisis would be an effective tool in changing this structure. Collapse in the Mideast would provide perfect opportunity and cover for a grand shift in the global system. However, each political step requires aid from a correct economic atmosphere, and vice versa.

If you want to identify a possible trend within a society, you have to take outside manipulation into account. You have to look at how economic events work in tandem with political events and at how these events benefit globalization as a whole. The time was not right after Mubarak’s overthrow. The mainstream media jumped the gun. If the target is the U.S. dollar and Egypt is the distraction, this year presented perfect opportunity with the now obvious failure of the quantitative easing stimulus paradigm at hand.

As the situation stands, the Egyptian military regime that overthrew Mohammed Morsi has completely cut the Muslim Brotherhood out of the political process and murdered at least 450 protesters, including prisoners already in custody.

Morsi supporters have responded by torching government buildings. But the real fighting will likely begin soon, as the current government calls for a ban on the Muslim Brotherhood itself. Simultaneously, hatred for the United States and its continued support of the Egyptian power base — regardless of who sits on the throne — is growing to a fever pitch throughout the region.

It is important for Americans to understand that this is not about taking sides. The issue here is that circumstances are nearly perfect for war and that such a war will spread and will greatly damage oil markets. The Suez Canal accounts for nearly 8 percent of the world’s ocean trade, and 4.5 million barrels of oil per day travel the corridor. Already, oil prices have surged due to the mere threat of disruption of the Suez (as I predicted). And this time, the nation is not going to recover. A drawn-out conflict is certain, given the nature of the military coup in place and the adamant opposition of the Muslim population.

Strangely, there are still some in the mainstream arguing that the Suez will “never close” because “it is too important to the Egyptian economy,” The importance of the Suez is irrelevant in the midst of all-out revolution. The Suez will close exactly because there will be no structure left to keep the canal open. In the meantime, oil prices will continue to rise and distrust of the United States will continue to fester.

Saudi Arabia Next?

The relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia is at once symbiotic and parasitic, depending on how one looks at the situation. The very first oil exploration and extraction deal in Saudi Arabia was sought by the vast international oil cartels of Royal Dutch Shell, Near East Development Company, Anglo-Persian, etc., but eventually fell into the hands of none other than the Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Company. The dark history of Standard Oil aside, this meant that Saudi business would be handled primarily by American interests. And the Western thirst for oil, especially after World War I, would etch our relationship with the reigning monarchy in stone.

A founding member of OPEC, Saudi Arabia was one of the few primary oil-producing nations that maintained an oil pipeline that expedited processing and bypassed the Suez Canal. (The pipeline was shut down, however, in 1983). This allowed Standard Oil and the United States to tiptoe around the internal instability of Egypt, which had experienced ongoing conflict which finally culminated in the civil war of 1952. Considered puppets of the British Empire at the time, the ruling elites of Egypt were toppled by the Muslim Brotherhood, leading to the eventual demise of the British pound sterling as the top petro-currency and the world reserve. The British economy faltered and has never since returned to its former glory.

On the surface, Saudi Arabia seems to have avoided the effects of the Arab Spring climate, but all is not as it seems. The defection of Saudi Prince Khalid Bin Farhan Al-Saud has brought up startling questions as to the true state of the oil producing giant.

I believe this defection is only the beginning of Saudi Arabia’s troubles and that America largest oil partner is soon to witness domestic turmoil that will disrupt oil shipments around the world. America’s support for a monarchy that is so brutal to its population will only hasten the end of the dollar’s use in global oil trade.

For those who doubt that Saudi Arabia is in line for social breakdown, I would ask why the nation felt it necessary to pump billions of dollars into the new Egyptian military junta.

While the country is surely being used in some cases as a proxy by the West, the Saudi government itself is fearful that success of dissenting elements will spread to its own borders. Little do they understand that this is part of the globalist game plan. Without control over Saudi petroleum, the United States loses its last influential foothold in the oil market, and there is absolutely no doubt whatsoever that the dollar will fall as the petro-currency soon after. The desperation caused by such an energy crisis will make international markets beg for a solution, which global banking cartels led by the IMF are more than happy to give.

Iranian Wild Card

The U.S. government’s outright creation of the Syrian insurgency and its funding and armament of al-Qaida agents have understandably angered numerous Mideast nations, including Iran. Iran sits on the most vital oil shipping lane in the world: the Strait of Hormuz. About 20 percent of the world’s annual oil exports are shipped through Hormuz, and the narrow inlet is incredibly easy to block using nothing but deliberately sunken freighters. In fact, this tactic is exactly what Iran has been training for in order to frustrate a U.S./Israeli invasion.

A U.S. or NATO presence on the ground or in the air above Syria, Egypt or Iran will most likely result in the closure of the Strait of Hormuz, causing sharp rises in gasoline costs that Americans cannot afford.

Russia/China Oil Deal

Finally, just as most bilateral trade deals removing the dollar as world reserve have gone ignored by the mainstream media, so has the latest sizable oil deal between Russia and China. Russia has been contracted by the Chinese to supply 25 years of petroleum, and this deal follow previously established bilateral guidelines — meaning the dollar will not be used by the Chinese to purchase this oil.

I expect that this is just the beginning of a chain reaction of oil deals shunning the dollar as the primary trade mechanism. These deals will accelerate as the Mideast sees more internal strife and as the popular distaste for the United States becomes a liability for anyone in power.

The Dollar Is A Paper Tiger

The dollar is no more invincible than any other fiat currency in history. In some ways, it is actually far weaker than any that came before. The dollar is entirely reliant on its own world reserve status in order to hold its value on the global market. As is evident, countries like China are already dumping the greenback in trade with particular nations. It is utterly foolish to assume this trend is somehow “random” rather than deliberate. Foreign countries would not be initiating the process of a dollar dump today if they did not mean to follow through with it tomorrow. All that is left is for a cover crisis to be conjured, and existing tensions in the Mideast signal a pervasive crisis in the near term.

–Brandon Smith

Note from the Editor: Round two of the financial meltdown is predicted to reach global proportions, already adversely affecting Greece, Spain and most of Europe. It appears less severe in the states because our banks are printing useless fiat currency. I’ve arranged for readers to get two free books — Surviving a Global financial Crisis and Currency Collapse, plus How to Survive the Collapse of Civilization — to help you prepare for the worst. Click here for your free copies.

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  • rmwayne

    That’s why I’m hedging my savings more than ever with silver, gold and platinum. Those precious metals are a lot safer than worthless yankee paper.

    • Average_Joe56

      Don’t forget the most important “precious metal”…..Lead!
      When the SHTF, you need the lead to protect all of your other assets.

      • nc

        Joe and when you run out of lead, one more white shirt is all the “assets” you will ever need!
        PS: Don’t expect to be buried at Arlington!

        • podunk1

          The article deals with reactions, results, and the imminent train wreck; not the mortal enemy or simple solution! Yes, we are on a cataclysmic path, but the solution to this and every other staged disaster is as simple as enforcing the law!

          Monopoly is still a crime that carries triple damages. Historically, we import 2/3 of the crude oil we consume. Crude is a pivotal transportation requirement. Food or other necessities REQUIRE transportation! We can’t sustain life, let alone protect it from avowed enemies without petroleum and energy resources! The monopolist (OPEC) that controls supply and price lives within the belly of the beast that is the mid east Armageddon crisis! Their ability to restrict supply and raise prices HAS BEEN creating economic and financial chaos! That’s fact!

          We have more than enough natural resources to oversupply all of our needs. There is no natural obstruction to total energy independence, extracting those resources, or jointly interconnecting common friendly US and Canadian oil resources! It’s about SURVIVING acts of terror & war! It takes years build the resource infrastructure that will eliminate that danger! Starting is a matter of survival!

          Our president uses his power to delay, obstruct, and deny energy independence and the Canadian pipeline. Without that conspiracy, OPEC and their
          “compliant” suppliers COULDN’T charge two to three times more than a competitive supply/demand economy! That approximate raw cost illustration
          penalty @ $100/bbl crude and 600 billion barrels/yr ($600 billion) is $300 to $400 billion per year! Oil is about $107.50 currently. That cost is significantly multiplied through refinement, production, and application of energy through extraction, production, and delivery to end use. Traditional treble damages would be well above $1 trillion!

          The issues are oil availability, ownership, and price! The immediate risk is economic collapse,
          death, and loss of freedom! Our president and department of justice conspire with OPEC to manipulate supply by restraining and crippling our national ability to competitively supply ourselves. Their common objective is raising prices by constricting supply. Demand (use) is not constricted! Monopolists freely loot the country BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT PROSECUTED! The money trail says it’s treason. Let everyone of them be held accountable to the fullest extent of law now, or in 2014 when they can be held accountable during the election process, thrown out of office, and prosecuted where appropriate!

          • TheOriginalDaveH

            Name a monopoly that exists without the Force of Government to guarantee it.
            http://mises.org/daily/436

          • podunk1

            You nailed it!
            It would be like trying to find something made in America!

            Instead we have 17 trillion debt, A bankrupt SSI system that should have $100++ trillion at the rates workers are paying, zero interest on your savings so the monopolists can invest it in China,…
            12 million collecting unemployment & 7 million more jobless & homeless (19 million plus the equivalent of 23 million more lost in a whirlpool of part time work = 42 million &27%) 11 to 30 million criminal aliens on countless welfare programs AT TAXPAYER EXPENSE ———

            IT’S TIME TO THROW THE DEMOCRATS & RINOS OUT IN THE STREET, THEN PROSECUTE THEM FOR TREASON – TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF LAW – THEY ARE WORSE THAN ANY WWII SPY!

            sorry bout that – didn’t mean to gripe

        • Average_Joe56

          Thanks for your input (N)on (C)ompos Mentis……
          Your opinion has been duly noted and duly ignored.
          As usual…….

      • Vis Fac

        I like that one Joe! Got quite a chuckle out of that one. BTW I’m amply stocked with that commodity for it allows me to retain everything else in stock.

        The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is that Good Men Do Nothing–Edmund Burke

        A republic is defined as a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president…

        Our republic no longer exists because we have an omnipotent self centered clown in the Oval office who is as unconstitutional as anyone can be. Anyone thinking we still live in a republic had best take notice of what OUR elected officials
        are doing WITHOUT OUR consent. Our republic no longer exists because the people no longer have power!

        Benjamin Franklin once said … A democracy can be best described as two wolves and a sheep deciding what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.”

        Our Republic that allows for a well armed sheep to contest the vote!” shall soon be a fond memory for our rubber stamp liberally controlled congress is eagerly waiting to disarm us.

        Libertas inaestimabilis res est

        Semper-Fi

    • Vis Fac

      You might want to look into Palladium as well.

      The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is that Good Men Do Nothing–Edmund Burke

      A republic is defined as a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president…

      Our republic no longer exists because we have an omnipotent self centered clown in the Oval office who is as unconstitutional as anyone can be. Anyone thinking we still live in a republic had best take notice of what OUR elected officials are doing WITHOUT OUR consent. Our republic no longer exists because the people no longer have power!

      Benjamin Franklin once said … A democracy can be best described as two wolves and a sheep deciding what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.”

      Our Republic that allows for a well armed sheep to contest the vote!”
      shall soon be a fond memory for our rubber stamp liberally controlled congress is eagerly waiting to disarm us.

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est

      Semper-Fi

  • trugrits

    price of gold and silver would sky rocket if the truth of this article was heard across the internet. People think the dollar will not fail because what could replace it. People really think it would be so hard to trash the dollar. Sorry to say but they are going to find out just how quickly the dollar will be almost worthless.
    People think the FDIC will cover their bank accounts. FDIC doesn’t have anywhere near the money to cover the banks defaults. Think about it. How much will worthless dollars cover? In essence the broken dollar will have busted every single bank account.

    Americans think the USA has been through hard times before and always came out even better. Because of this Americans will not accept this article as facts about to be played out.
    I honestly believe we will soon see such bad times rip their heads out of the sand. It’s really not much their fault as the mass media is totally keeping them in the dark.
    Another aspect is people don’t even want to hear such scary reports.
    These reports are just considered doom and gloom stupidity because the mass media will discredit them as being just that. Funny how many many financial experts say the dollar is going to fail.

    • TheOriginalDaveH

      Our economy could turn around in less than two years if Government was removed from the Marketplace. That includes ending the Federal Reserve and the Legal Tender Laws.
      http://library.mises.org/books/Kel%20Kelly/The%20Case%20for%20Legalizing%20Capitalism.pdf

      • Bob666

        Yo Dave,

        ” in less than two years” is a bit optimistic-but I agree with your statement otherwise.

        • TheOriginalDaveH

          Read this article, Bob:
          http://mises.org/daily/3788

          And that wasn’t even with the complete removal of Government from the Marketplace, as I advocate.

        • Vis Fac

          Just a bit as it will take some time to stabilize providing we can get a handle on things and quit borrowing and spending on frivolous non essential wasteful programs union pension and federal redundancy.

          The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil
          is that Good Men Do Nothing–Edmund Burke

          A republic is defined as a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president…

          Our republic no longer exists because we have an omnipotent self centered clown in the Oval office who is as unconstitutional as anyone can be. Anyone thinking
          we still live in a republic had best take notice of what OUR elected officials are doing WITHOUT OUR consent. Our republic no longer exists because the people no longer have power!

          Benjamin Franklin once said … A democracy can be best described as two wolves and a sheep deciding what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb
          contesting the vote.”

          Our Republic that allows for a well armed sheep to contest the vote!” shall soon be a fond memory for our rubber stamp liberally controlled congress
          is eagerly waiting to disarm us.

          Libertas inaestimabilis res est

          Semper-Fi

      • http://www.OlGreyGhost.Blogspot.com/ Ol’ Grey Ghost
        • TheOriginalDaveH

          Only one way to find out, Ghost, but unfortunately I don’t think we’re going to get that chance. There are just too many Propagandized Sheeple to give it a try.

    • Vis Fac

      Prices are held in check long enough for those with resources to amass as much as possible; then it’s everyone for themselves. The best the average person can do is buy a little at a time I prefer 1oz Canadian Maple Leafs

      The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is that Good Men Do Nothing–Edmund Burke

      A republic is defined as a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president…

      Our republic no longer exists because we have an omnipotent self centered clown in the Oval office who is as unconstitutional as anyone can be. Anyone thinking we still live in a republic had best take notice of what OUR elected officials are doing WITHOUT OUR consent. Our republic no longer exists because the people no longer have power!

      Benjamin Franklin once said … A democracy can be best described as two wolves and a sheep deciding what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.”

      Our Republic that allows for a well armed sheep to contest the vote!”
      shall soon be a fond memory for our rubber stamp liberally controlled congress is eagerly waiting to disarm us.

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est

      Semper-Fi

  • FreedomFigher

    “As the situation stands, the Egyptian military regime that overthrew Mohammed Morsi has completely cut the Muslim Brotherhood out of the political process and murdered at least 450 protesters, including prisoners already in custody.”
    I mourn not Federal Reserve notes. END THE FED
    More important long term issues face America and Americans. The Muslim Brotherhood consists of fanatical Islamo-Nazi’s, whom would rip your still beating heard from your chest, eat it as your eyes slowly dimmed watching, cut your head off, rape your wife and children, burn them alive, steal everything you own and celebrate your death. Don’t believe it?
    The Muslim Brotherhood Islamo-Nazi are in Egypt burning Coptic Christians alive, murdering Christians by the thousands, looting and burning churches and this is all done in the name of Allah their demon god. Like the Nazi they are FANATICS that cannot be negotiated with, will never stop until dead, they get down on their knees and pray to their demon god multiple times a day for the chance to kill Americans, burn America, destroy America and spread the insanity of Islam across the world. I hope the Egyptian military junta wipes them out of Egypt.
    1.2 billion Muslims and more every day radicalized, screw the the Federal Reserve and the petrodollar we will survive it, we may not survive Radical Islam if we don’t wake up now, Islam is a threat to the entire world and all mankind.
    Laus DeoSemper FI

    • nc

      Fighter of Freedom, there are 1.5 billion Muslims in the world controlling 50 plus countries and in great numbers in other countries and according to your brethren here, all dedicated to killing Americans. Into which of those countries would you suggest we send American military to their death to stop this great threat in the name of “good foreign policy”??? If not an invasion of those countries, then what should we do to stop this threat??
      There are people in every country who dislike America regardless of our leadership! Even with “leadership” that you would approve of!
      “Islam is a threat to the entire world and all mankind!” YOUR WORDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!EVEN WITH GOD(?) ON OUR SIDE??
      WHEN I JOINED THE MARINE CORPS, I WAS TOLD GOD WAS ON OUR SIDE BUT I SHOULD STILL KEEP MY HEAD DOWN!
      You always have the answers.What is “good foreign policy” that will make the Muslims love us and quit fighting each other? For someone as smart as you and your brethren, all smarter than the President, that should not be a tough question.

      • wandamurline

        My daddy who served 4 years I the tropics during WWII always told me it is a rich man’s war and a poor man’s fight….he was soooo right.

        • TheOriginalDaveH
        • Vis Fac

          War is always over economics and often disguised as religious matters. While overseas a popular saying was war is good business invest your son. So true as I later realized Funny how 18 to 30 year olds know everything yet know nothing. However sometimes war or the capacity to wage war is the only way to deter a threat. It is unfortunate that politicians haven’t the moxie to win and wont let the professionals do their jobs so they formulate the rules of engagement and administer policy long enough to fill their pockets. I am not singling out one party all politicians are culpable.

          The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil
          is that Good Men Do Nothing–Edmund Burke

          A republic is defined as a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president…

          Our republic no longer exists because we have an omnipotent self centered clown in the Oval office who is as unconstitutional as anyone can be. Anyone thinking
          we still live in a republic had best take notice of what OUR elected officials are doing WITHOUT OUR consent. Our republic no longer exists because the people no longer have power!

          Benjamin Franklin once said … A democracy can be best described as two wolves and a sheep deciding what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb
          contesting the vote.”

          Our Republic that allows for a well armed sheep to contest the vote!” shall soon be a fond memory for our rubber stamp liberally controlled congress
          is eagerly waiting to disarm us.

          Libertas inaestimabilis res est

          Semper-Fi

      • FreedomFighter

        Fanatics cannot be appeased, Radical Islam is the enemy of mankind…Naively you seek to befriend evil, Neville Chamberlain befriended Hitler and tried to appease evil. Stupid is as Stupid does
        Sometimes you just have to fight, all it takes is for good men to stand idle for evil to flourish.
        Obama is hideous and evil, he stood on his soap box when Trayvon was killed, and now stands silent as thousands of Coptic Christians are murdered, burned alive and Nuns tortured. Obama your hero is POS.
        Laus DeoSemper FI

        • http://cowboybyte.com/ Alondra

          “WICKEDNESS PROCEEDS FROM THE WICKED.” – (ISamuel 24:13)

          Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

          “Between GOOD and EVIL there is no reconciliation.”
          – Alexander Soljenitsen

          “Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.” (James 4:17)

        • nc

          Freedom. that is the worst attempt at an answer to two simple questions I have ever read!! The questions were fight where if we have to fight or what to do where we don’t fight?? Would you like to try again!! Remember that adult independents are reading your answers!

        • http://cowboybyte.com/ Alondra

          “Impeach Obama” Highway Protesters Roughed Up And Arrested (MO)
          http://www.westernjournalism.com/impeach-obama-highway-protesters-roughed-up-and-arrested/

        • http://cowboybyte.com/ Alondra

          The Florida-based National BLACK Republican Association has filed articles of impeachment against O’Homobama because of wiretapping, the Benghazi coverup, torture programs, NSA spy violations, and attacking whistle-blowers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=rFTwe-y9DFo#t=93

      • Vis Fac

        (Tongue in Cheek) NUKING MECCA would be an option. Maybe a dangerous one however you can get more with a kind word and a gun than you can with just a kind word. (just couldn’t resit this to throw you liberals into a hissy fit)

        • nc

          Force, obviously you don’t read well> It is not the liberals who are having the hissy fit: All is well ll!!!!! !We have the Oval Office with a good chance of being there 8 more years! It is the conservatives who are screaming and jumping through their butts about the middle east with no ideas of how it should be handled> Some say Invade here! No! invade there? Kind words here! No bullets here! Kind words there!
          Short answer is that you people don’t know what you want except to bitch at the “Kenyan Communist” you have never liked from day one!
          Still waiting for some conservative, any conservative, to explain why we should have sent combat troops Into any of those conflicts and on which side!
          it so easy to be President of the USA from your mother’s basement using 4 different names to cover your mistakes!

      • TheOriginalDaveH

        Free Markets. Free Trade.
        After all, which would make your neighbor like you more?
        1) Trading voluntarily with him.
        2) Forcing him at gunpoint to do things your way.

      • Frank Kahn

        nc, are you the same person as NC?

        There is no “simple” solution to the problem of Islam. If they were satisfied to stay in their own countries, and kill each other over their stupid petty religious ideas, that would be a good thing. In that case it would be best if we stayed out of it completely. The biggest problem with our government is that it can’t get that idea to stick in their minds. Obama is no better than other leaders in this respect. He has interfered in the internal workings of Islamic mid-eastern countries, just like the rest.

        I believe that it would be a worthy cause to protect all non-Muslims from the terrors of Islamic Jihad. I don’t think that we have the ability to do so. It would take a global war of epic proportions to engage Islam in its entirety. Since it would basically be a religious war, there would be no winner in the end. Christians will still be Christians, and Muslims will still be Muslims.

        The only, safe, policy would be to let them be. To not try to intervene in the worlds problems, and only protect ourselves. The problem there is that we would soon be facing the entire world of Muslims. And, we would have to have anti-Islamic laws that protect us from their ideological invasion here at home.

        Maybe there is no RIGHT answer, but trying to interfere in the internal struggles of sovereign nations is not a good one. And passing laws to protect the ideas of Islam in this country is bad.

        • smilee

          We sure found that to be true when we invaded Iraq, the only time we have invaded another country without being asked to or to stop evil like ww2

        • nc

          Frank, I am also NC. I use all caps too much and sometimes forget to turn it off!
          I agree that we should let them be and not send troops into those countries. We must learn something from Iraq and Afghanistan< We paid too dear a price to repeat those mistakes. I applaud the President for his non-invasion policy and I understand, somewhat, the complexity of dealing with separate warring citizen groups in the same country! If we strongly back the loser can we ever work with the winner??
          I believe that a large number of those Americans who voted against Republican John McCain were voting against the very unsuccessful foreign policy of "foreign invasions" by republican bush. Nobody can "rattle a sabre" like John McCain! Well, maybe Dick Cheney!!

    • TML

      “Wherever the standard of freedom and Independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will her [The United States] heart, her benedictions and her prayers be. But she goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. She will commend the general cause by the countenance of her voice, and the benignant sympathy of her example. She well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy, and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom. The fundamental maxims of her policy would insensibly change from liberty to force…. She might become the dictatress of the world. She would be no longer the ruler of her own spirit” – John Quincy Adams 1821

      A long lost principle that we should return to, and stop this nonsense of promoting the never ending war against a religion. Stop beating the war drums, “Freedom fighter”.

      • Don 2

        TML, you are clueless regarding Islam. Since you do not know what you are talking about, better just to shut up!

        • TML

          A modern day Crusader I see. You should have learned your mistake long ago through the teachings of history. It’s obvious who doesn’t understand – you only have fear rather than even a desire to understand. The radicals of Islam are on the fringe, making up a very small portion of Muslims as a whole, the same as the Christian radicals who promote war on other religions, such as yourself. As with any religion; Islam is no different… it is the heart of the individual which pulls from from the teachings what they desire.

          • Frank Kahn

            You miss the point, in that Islam is not a religion, it is a government ran by the dictates of the Muslim religion. It is, actually, structured mainly on the extremist views of the so called fringe.

            While, you might claim it is only the extremists that cause problems, you miss the fact that much of their hateful actions are actually condoned. It is legal to kill your wife or daughters for sexual misconduct. While we might say that they have the power to do this in their countries, it is against our version of civilized behavior. Since this is considered murder here, it is unacceptable and can never be allowed to be condoned here.

            You stretch the idea of religious freedom, when a particular religious tenet condones violating our laws. It is not suppression of religion, it is adherence to the law.

            If Muslims want to avoid the dictates of Islam, then they are welcome here. If, instead, they want to bring Islam here, they are not welcome.

          • TML

            Some countries are theocracies, and religious societies, but that doesn’t mean Islam isn’t a religion. The Holy Roman Empire was a Christian theocracy. Consider also the political system laid down for Judaism in the first 5 books of the bible; even the legalities of marriage. Consider the biblical calls to kill your own wife, son, or daughter, simply for following other gods. Of course any behavior that harms anyone physically or financially is not condoned here – that’s the beauty of the separation of church and state – a non-theocratic government in which religious wack jobs can’t create laws based on subjective religious belief. My statement however had more to do with the depraved foreign policy of making war on 1.2 billion Muslims, disguised as the perpetual war on “terror”, across the entire Middle East simply because we don’t agree with their religious practices or form of government.

          • Frank Kahn

            In a theocracy you cannot separate the government from the religion, therefore Islam is a government. Actually the followers of Islam are members of the Muslim religion. This makes them subjects of the government.

            Arguing over whether it is a government ran by religion or a religion ran by the government is an exercise in futility. They end up the same thing.

            On Christian ideas, put forth in the Bible, I would challenge you to quote the exact scriptures that demand the killing of your family for worshiping a false god.

          • TML

            Of course; the very definition of a theocracy is a lack of separation of that religion and the state. But just like Christianity did not cease to be a religion during the theocracy of the Holy Roman Empire, so too does Islam not cease to be a religion because of the same. Saying that Islam isn’t a religion because it is established as the governing force of society in a given country; that is the exercise in futility.

            As for your challenge; I was talking about Judaism, not Christianity (I make the difference since some Christians dismiss the old testament when it suits them). Anyway, the exact scripture is…

            Deuteronomy 13:6-10
            “6 If your very own brother, or your son or daughter, or the wife you love, or your closest friend secretly entices you, saying, “Let us go and worship other gods” (gods that neither you nor your ancestors have known, 7 gods of the peoples around you, whether near or far, from one end of the land to the other), 8 do not yield to them or listen to them. Show them no pity. Do not spare them or shield them. 9 You must certainly put them to death. Your hand must be the first in putting them to death, and then the hands of all the people. 10 Stone them to death, because they tried to turn you away from the LORD your God…”

          • TML

            Of course; the very definition of a theocracy is a lack of separation of that religion and the state. But just like Christianity did not cease to be a religion during the theocracy of the Holy Roman Empire, so too does Islam not cease to be a religion because of the same. Saying that Islam isn’t a religion because it is established as the governing force of society in a given country; that is the exercise in futility.

            As for your challenge; I was talking about Judaism, not Christianity (I make the difference since some Christians dismiss the old testament when it suits them). Anyway, the exact scripture is…

            Deuteronomy 13:6-10
            “6 If your very own brother, or your son or daughter, or the wife you love, or your closest friend secretly entices you, saying, “Let us go and worship other gods” (gods that neither you nor your ancestors have known, 7 gods of the peoples around you, whether near or far, from one end of the land to the other), 8 do not yield to them or listen to them. Show them no pity. Do not spare them or shield them. 9 You must certainly put them to death. Your hand must be the first in putting them to death, and then the hands of all the people. 10 Stone them to death, because they tried to turn you away from the LORD your God…”

          • Don 2

            TML,
            The first clue that you are clueless regarding Islam was your stating that the radicals of Islam are on the fringe, making up a very small portion of Muslims as a whole. The second clue that you are clueless was your dumb statement that I am a Christian radical who promotes war on other religions, but the most egregious clue that your are clueless was your statement, “as with any religion; Islam is no different.”

            I don’t want to waste much of my time on you other than to educate you to the fact that Islam is a political system, a culture, and a religion based upon the Koran, Sira, and Hadith. The religion of Islam is what a Muslim does to go to Paradise and avoid Hell. Political Islam determines the treatment of unbelievers and the governance of Muslims. Islam has a complete legal code, the Sharia. Islam is a fully developed political system and the oldest form of politics active today. The fundamental principle of Islam is that its politics are sacred, perfect, eternal, and universal. All other political systems are man-made and must be replaced by Islamic Law. The U.S. Constitution is totally incompatible with Islam.

          • TML

            I say to stop the nonsense of promoting the perpetual war on a religion, particularly abroad, and the best thing you had to say was “shut up”, lol, and then proceed to think you are going to educate me on a religion you obviously know nothing about; presumably to justify why we should make war on that religion. Clueless, and morally depraved, is your name.

            The US Constitution includes the Muslim within its mantle of protection, and many Muslims live in America, practice freely. You have grave misconceptions, born only of fear and ignorance – not knowledge or understanding.

          • Don 2

            TML,
            What part of, “All other political systems are man-made and must be replaced by Islamic Law(Koran)” and “The U.S. Constitution is totally incompatible with Islam,” do you not understand?

          • TML

            What part of the 1st Amendment’s ‘separation of church and state’ don’t you understand? Your fear mongering is delusional. And it’s through that fear that drives you to foolishly support a war against a religion, with all its consequences, that would never end.

            btw, exactly which Muslims are you referring to? Is it the Asian Muslims, African Muslims, Arab Muslims, American Muslims….. or do you just claim that all of them secretly conspire to take over the world? They must be competing with the ‘Jewish Illuminati Bankers’, lol

          • Don 2

            TML,
            Fantastic, you finally nailed it, and I don’t think you even realize it. There is “NO” separation between church and state under Islam. That is the whole problem. The politics, the culture, and the religion of Islam cannot be made separate of one another. Islam is a political system.The Koran requires and in fact states that, “All other political systems(U.S. Constitution) are man-made and must be replaced by Islamic Law” Our legal system must be replaced by Sharia Law.

            Now contrary to what you keep alleging, I am not for waging war on Muslim countries. What I am saying, is that Islam does not, and cannot, work within our system, within our constitution, within our laws.

            What you can locate on the Internet, is a well detailed record of exactly how, through sheer numbers, the Islamic culture in various countries, becomes more and more demanding on each country as the Muslim population increases, until Islam finally becomes dominant. One example would be France, where through uncontrolled Muslim immigration, you have Muslim neighborhoods, where the police do not even go into, and Sharia Law is practiced within those areas, not French Law.

          • TML

            You however still remain ignorantly driven by fear. In case you haven’t noticed, this isn’t France. There IS separation of church and state in America. So don’t worry your paranoid little head so much, they aren’t going to breed us out and take over the nation, lol

            I actually know many Muslims here, personally, and none of them think what you claim. In fact, some of them came here to get away from oppressive regimes in the country they came from. Many of them were born here and loyal to the principles of the Bill of Rights. What you don’t seem to understand is that there are liberal Muslims, and there are conservative (or Orthodox) Muslims, the same as there are liberals in every religion. They are religious of course, but they strike me no different than the Christian fundamentalist who seeks to codify their own religious beliefs, and they actually agree with those Christians on almost every position (such as wanting homosexuality to be illegal and against gay marriage), but they certainly are not trying to change the legal structure of this country. Islam seems to be working out just fine for them in America. From my talks with them, I would say their view of Sharia law isn’t much different than Halakha.

          • Don 2

            I get it TML, you are a Muslim.

          • TML

            LOL… I’m an atheist, genius. Your ignorance never ceases.

          • Don 2

            Well, there’s only two reasons one would continue to argue in favor of Islam in America. (1) You are a Muslim, or (2) You’re totally ignorant on the threat that it poses. Since you’re not a Muslim, and you continue to make the ‘separation of church and state’ argument, while knowing that there is no such thing under Islam, you have to be ignorant.

          • TML

            Once again you show your ignorance by postulating only two possible conclusions based on a fallacious premise.

            I am not “in favor” of Islam any more than I am “in favor” of any other religion. (3) Yeah, it comes back to that pesky 1st Amendment that you don’t seem to understand unless it suits you, and separation of church and state which provides freedom of religion, while disallowing religious belief to be codified in law. I simply don’t share your unwarranted prejudice against Muslims which leads you to claim that religion as a threat. The ignorance – and utter hypocrisy – is yours to assume you can dismiss the natural right to freedom of religion, by making the historical mistake of selectively perceiving one as a threat.

          • Don 2

            O.K. TML, why don’t you take a vacation sometime to a Muslim country. Egypt is supposedly our ally and might be a good place to start, or our NATO “ally” Turkey I’m sure you’ll be safe there. Start singing Kumbaya, I am an American atheist, and I don’t believe in Allah. Better yet TML, carry a sign announcing that you’re gay, just for kicks. Have a nice trip!

          • TML

            Your statement is as nonsensical as me telling you to take a trip to North Korea and scream insults about their Supreme Leader in public. Don’t be stupid.

          • Don 2

            I never said to scream insults at anyone. I only said to express the same beliefs there, that you express here…..that you are an American atheist. After all, Islam, according to you, is not a threat.

            How about a big collective “DUH” for TML.

    • TML

      I must say, it is striking how many ‘likes’ “Freedom Fighter” is getting (although almost entirely from anonymous ‘guests’) when the hypocrisy is that such a perpetual war against a religion of 1.2 billion Muslims can only be funded by the concurrent printing of fiat currency in order to maintain such an ‘empire’. Such mutually exclusive reasoning should be examined more closely. http://personalliberty.com/2013/08/13/how-the-corrupt-establishment-is-selling-moral-bankruptcy-to-america/

  • KG

    Sorry Brandon, AKA Agent Smith. Your feeble attempts at causing panic in investors becomes so much sound and fury. America is on track to become a net exporter of oil very soon. With the cry of ‘Drill baby Drill”, and the crushing of the American environmental movement through innuendo and outright lies, American oil has the potential to make Saudi oil superfluous.

    http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.cfm?id=10451

    • FreedomFigher

      “American oil has the potential to make Saudi oil superfluous”
      I’m proud of you KG, you actually presented a fact, even if it was all twisted up in a stinky mess of bull droppings. Abandon the darkness, find GOD and become a warrior for the light.
      Laus DeoSemper FI

      • TheOriginalDaveH

        And then who would people sell their souls to?

        • smilee

          Do you have one to sell davy?????

          • TheOriginalDaveH

            Sleepee,
            My soul always has been, and always will be, bigger than yours.

          • smilee

            As will your over inflated head!

          • KG

            Romans 5:12
            King James Version (KJV)
            12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned…

        • Vis Fac

          Those who haven’t yet sold them to ODUMBO are standing in line to invest in his “green energy programs”!

          The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil
          is that Good Men Do Nothing–Edmund Burke

          A republic is defined as a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president…

          Our republic no longer exists because we have an omnipotent self centered clown in the Oval office who is as unconstitutional as anyone can be. Anyone thinking
          we still live in a republic had best take notice of what OUR elected officials are doing WITHOUT OUR consent. Our republic no longer exists because the people no longer have power!

          Benjamin Franklin once said … A democracy can be best described as two wolves and a sheep deciding what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb
          contesting the vote.”

          Our Republic that allows for a well armed sheep to contest the vote!” shall soon be a fond memory for our rubber stamp liberally controlled congress is eagerly waiting to disarm us.

          Libertas inaestimabilis res est

          Semper-Fi

    • wandamurline

      But, it will take a few years for this to happen…what are you gong to do in the meantime?

    • jdn

      Well KG , what good does having oil do for us if we loose our standing with the petrol dollar when all prices are now tied to the world market . Price competition is illegal and companies can only compete for market share so we are stuck paying the going market rate .
      What will happen is all our oil will go overseas when we can no longer afford it . When the dollar does start to collapse from current monetary policy and government debt I’m sure you will change your screen name and be screaming I told you so , or will you be the last cheerleader .

    • hungry4food

      The Environmental Voter Support structure behind the Democratic party will never allow this to come to fruition . So when you say Potential don’t put a lot of stock to work on this premise

    • hungry4food

      Regarding the SDR remarks in your Personal Liberty Article
      this Morning …. and the defection of the Saudi Prince , that tells us we are about to see a Full on rejection of the dollar in the Middle east .

      Notice the currency
      they talk about in this link ,

      http://www.itfc-idb.org/content/islamic-trade-finance-terminology

      Notice this site
      says “ Coming SOON “ http://worldislamictradeorganisation.com/

      Then go to this site and read what is said about the dollar
      as petrol dollar back in 2003 and these are the same groups of Individuals that
      Obama has in his Cabinet !!!! http://www.pmg.org.za/minutes/20030415-world-islamic-trade-organisation-briefing

      Spike in Oil will Kill the US Markets and Usher in a Nationalization in the US markets by Obama to stabilize the supply prices on durable goods and oil . Durable goods being priced in Dollars as the worlds trade currency in this category will end simultaneously , and Like he pointed out with Russia and China cutting deals with Durable goods being exchanged for oil , India will follow with this SDR as they are about to tell the dollar Federal Reserve Idiots see ya latter too .

      India on the
      verge of financial collapse

      These kinds of events in India will forge a new
      alliance to the SDR rather than sticking with the demands of a dollar regime
      thats dependency on foreign parts supplies even from this country leaves it in
      a Position not able to negotiate for any loyalty to continue as its choice in
      Currency trade relations .

      http://www.maxkeiser.com/2013/08/india-on-the-verge-of-financial-collapse/

    • Frank Kahn

      Many things wrong with your assessment. First, if we lose mid-east oil, why would we export our oil? And, even if we did, how would that prop up the dollar? You might ask a more intelligent question. If the major buyers of oil refuse to use the Dollar as a method of payment, what are they going to pay us with for our oil? The point is not about us buying oil, it is about the world using our money for the transactions. If this stops, then our currency is devalued, internationally, which causes a major problem for us to pay our credit and/or for new products and services.

      And, get off the liberal tree hugging BS about innuendo and lies. It is the government and the EPA that use false science and extreme methods to kill the economy. They have the motto, screw humans, it is nature that counts.

      • Jack

        Frank Kahn:

        I don’t know if it still is true in 2013 but in 2012 of all the things being exported, oil products such as gasoline brought in the most money.

        Even the company behind the Keystone pipeline has stated that ALL of the oil that will flow through that pipeline has already been contracted for by overseas companies who will have it all shipped overseas..

        • Frank Kahn

          It does not matter, even if we sell all our oil it will not strengthen the dollar. We are still stuck in a trade situation where we sell raw materials to other countries and then buy back the finished products. If our currency tanks, we will not be able to purchase the products made from our resources.

  • 1baronrichsnot1

    Well, I guess a weaker dollar is always in the cards for us. It has weakened every year in providing cost of living protection, it loses on this front entirely. 1967 off the gold standard, $32 bucks and ounce, today, $1350 per ounce. $4200 % change. Oil $3 per bbl., now $108, gasoline 18 cents now $3.70, food up 89% in just 4 years..The cost of living index, when living on the greenback is up 1400% since 1967 and going higher every day, CLI takes in all prices, housing, food, energy, taxes, etc. Divide 1400% by 46 years, equals a startling 30.43% inflation in the cost of living per year! The dollar will not do anything but lose this buying power every year exponentially. The stock market provides some protection, ( if you are a good picker) gold provides more, commodities provide some, housing some, but at some point we wont be able to sell our product because of cost, then the gov’t will step forth with the solution “from those with the means, to those with the need” I think that’s happening now isn’t it? It’s called a money trap, economic instability, Inflation, and faith! we are now losing faith in our currency! Because what we have done and continue to do is the wrong medicine for a healthy economy and something besides part time jobs, and gov’t mandated taxes, called a health plan!

    • Vis Fac

      FYI the stock market does NOT provide any measure of protection. The stock market is a tool used to calm the masses and promote more lies by the elite to soothe nerves. The real measure of our economy can be seen in strip malls and industrial centers across America. How many vacant shops and building that were once rented and operational do you see today? Ask a shop owner how things are you’ll get an earful. No the stock market is a sham. Anyone who believes otherwise I have a bridge for sale
      I will no doubt be hearing form all you “experts” out there waiting to set me and others straight but before you do know this I’ve been around the block once or twice

      The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is that Good Men Do Nothing–Edmund Burke

      A republic is defined as a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president…

      Our republic no longer exists because we have an omnipotent self centered clown in the Oval office who is as unconstitutional as anyone can be. Anyone thinking we still live in a republic had best take notice of what OUR elected officials are doing WITHOUT OUR consent. Our republic no longer exists because the people no longer have power!

      Benjamin Franklin once said … A democracy can be best described as two wolves and a sheep deciding what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.”

      Our Republic that allows for a well armed sheep to contest the vote!”
      shall soon be a fond memory for our rubber stamp liberally controlled congress is eagerly waiting to disarm us.

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est

      Semper-Fi

    • TexasOlTimer

      Because of a couple years of work back in the ’60s in Canada, I qualified to receive a small pension – some $32 Canadian each month. Since the check arrives in US dollars, I have a month to month look at the US dollar compared to the Canadian dollar.

      Back in mid-late 2008, my check averaged about $24 (US) compared to the $32 (Canadian). I could purchase about 12 gallons of gas with that check.

      For the past several years the check has averaged slightly above or below the $32 (Canadian) – sometimes $31+ to $33+ (US). With that roughly $32 (US) I can purchase about 7 to 8 gallons of gas depending on the current price at the pump.

      So with $8 more I can purchase 4 gallons less. Equate this across the board – at the grocery store, department store, and anywhere else you shop. You are just getting less for your money because it is worth less thanks to Obama.

  • dan

    Just a private speculation,but….I suspect that the replacement for petroleum power is already in the wings. Without a need ,there is no market or value
    hence having your dollar pegged to it would be problamatic.

  • David Stovall

    The Cloward-Piven strategy to destroy the economy failed in the past because it only used welfare overload to collapse the economy, but Obama’s strategy expands Cloward-Piven to use welfare, food stamps, disability, health care, and energy supply. I think the average family has lost an annual $4000 under Obama and still slipping.

    • smilee

      The only law governing these that has changed under Obama is the health care laws and most of that lies in the future. The costs for the others you list were all in law before he became president.

      • TheOriginalDaveH

        Does it matter if the Freedoms lost were under Obama or some predecessor? The fact is that he hasn’t rescinded those lost under his predecessors.
        And he has taken away one of our most personal Freedoms — the right to choose our own Healthcare absent further meddling by Government busybodies.

        • smilee

          Congress writes the laws, he only approves or disapproves them and no laws have been written by the congress that we were talking about. You can still choose your own health care but now you will have to have health care insurance or pay a tax to help provide heath care for those whom refuse, Obamacare was passed into law by the congress he approved it but this could not have been done had congress not made the law. You also do not understand responsibility needed for freedom to exist, no freedom has ever been 100% free as that produces anarchy and law requires responsibility and that limits some freedom and as long as that is done under law by your representatives you do not have a danger and it even leaves you free to bitch about it. Have a good and free day!

          • TheOriginalDaveH

            You’re equivocating, Sleepee. Government is Force. Every regulation they create, every law they pass, is taking somebody’s Freedom away.
            Sleepee says — “You also do not understand responsibility needed for freedom to exist”.
            Priceless, a Liberal Progressive lecturing me on responsibility.
            I think, Sleepee, that if you were locked up, we’d have more Freedom.

          • smilee

            WHINE WHINE WHINE, the only thing your good at!!!

          • smilee

            Admit it, you would miss me!!!!

          • Frank Kahn

            You might want to proof read your statements so they dont look stupid.

            “You can still choose your own health care but now you will have to have health care insurance or pay a tax to help provide heath care for those whom refuse”

            Ignoring the fact that you pay a FINE administered by the IRS, not a TAX, and laying aside the stupidity of a supreme court that can’t tell the difference, your statement is so stupid it makes me choke.

            If you REFUSE you pay a FINE to help provide health care (insurance) for people who REFUSE?

            Now, leaving aside the fact that liberals might think that that makes sense, if it is true, then you are being FINED (FORCED) to pay THE GOVERNMENT for HEALTH CARE (INSURANCE). Never mind the fact that you don’t need insurance, because you don’t need health care, that is not important, you must obey the government or pay. Sounds like tyranny to me.

            And, when you say you still get the same health care, not true. You will get what you are allowed to get under the required insurance plan that the government forces you to get. I like my doctor, I don’t trust other doctors, so if you try to force me to change then you will have to pay the extreme cost of my (non insured) emergency room usage.

            And get off that ignorant liberal ranting about responsibility. It is not a responsibility, just because some worthless ass liberal says it is.

          • smilee

            Your so confused,a fine and a tax are both taxes as Roberts said in his opinion, when the gov collectso money from you it is a tax the regardless what you choose to call it. The coverage in the insurance plans are determined by the ins co the law just says you have to cover all exiting conditions, no life time maximums and caps on maximum out of pocket expenses and at least 80% of your premium must go to pay health care costs or they have to have to refund the difference. What is not to like about that You can choose your doctor if not that is the choice of the insurance not the government but your doctor I;m sure will accept some if not all of them that he can,Rant all you like I do not care I just think it speaks badly of you.

          • Frank Kahn

            Actually, I have had health insurance, and I know your statement is false. It is not the doctor that decides what insurance they will accept, it is the insurance company that decides what doctors they will pay.

            You also fail the test of intelligence in that you think tyranny is good. I don’t need or want health care insurance, to be forced to pay for it is unconstitutional.

          • smilee

            If you buy into an HMO, PPO or some managed care plans you have limited choice but other than that you can choose your doctor in other insurance plans, I can go to any doctor I like without referrals but that is my choice so you do have a choice if you choose. Tyranny, LOL You are nuts aren’t you. ah poor baby you cannot have your way!

          • Frank Kahn

            Tyranny is the use of law to force everyone to conform to the ideal of the rulers. Obama is a tyrant and everything he pushes is tyrannical in nature. The only people who are stupid enough to applaud his insanity are either too ignorant of reality, like you, or so rich that they don’t care.

          • smilee

            Just your stupid opinion not an ounce of truth in it!!!

          • Frank Kahn

            There is not lies or deception in any of it. You simply love his tyranny so you don’t think of it as such. Obamacare is tyranny. His position on energy, and forcing coal fired electric generators to pay extreme cost of new regulations to put them out of business is tyranny. Bypassing congress in an effort to instill his idea of what should be done is tyranny (examples on request).

          • smilee

            Your always speaking with forked tongue!! You do not believe in the rule of law or our Constitution.

            just your stupid opinion with not an ounce of truth in it!!!

          • Frank Kahn

            I ALWAYS SUPPORT THE TRUE MEANING OF THE CONSTITUTION. I UNDERSTAND THE TENETS OF THE SEPARATION OF POWERS, WHICH DOES NOT GIVE THE SCOTUS THE POWER TO LEGISLATE, NOR DOES IT GIVE THE PRESIDENT THE POWER TO BYPASS CONGRESS TO ATTAIN HIS OBJECTIVES. THE CONSTITUTION IS THE RULE OF LAW, AND ANY RULE THAT VIOLATES ANY PART OF THE CONSTITUTION IS NOT A LAW.

          • smilee

            Seeing as neither the SC or the President are doing what you say give your imagination a rest.. Take a nap or something!

          • Frank Kahn

            FORGET IT, JUST PREPARE TO DIE, IT IS THE ONLY THING THAT WILL FINALLY SOLVE YOUR INSANE STUPIDITY.

    • TexasOlTimer

      You’re exactly right – add the Saul Alinsky’s ‘Rules for Radicals’ to that – the only thing Obama is trying to do is collapse our system and he is doing it.

  • TheOriginalDaveH

    You’re the man, Brandon.
    Great article.

  • Vis Fac

    Precisely why I do not have (or want) US dollars. I like commodities and hard assets as our paper is worthless because there is too much of it and it has nothing tangible to back its (supposed) value. People don’t seem to care as long as they have government supporting them.

    The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil
    is that Good Men Do Nothing–Edmund Burke

    A republic is defined as a state in which supreme power is held by the people
    and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president…

    Our republic no longer exists because we have an omnipotent self centered clown in the Oval office who is as unconstitutional as anyone can be. Anyone thinking we still live in a republic had best take notice of what OUR elected officials are doing WITHOUT OUR consent. Our republic no longer exists because the people no longer have power!

    Benjamin Franklin once said … A democracy can be best described as two wolves and a sheep deciding what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.”

    Our Republic that allows for a well armed sheep to contest the vote!”
    shall soon be a fond memory for our rubber stamp liberally controlled congress
    is eagerly waiting to disarm us.

    Libertas inaestimabilis res est

    Semper-Fi

    • hungry4food

      Regarding the SDR remarks in the Article
      this Morning ….

      See these sites show
      you how the Dollar is being retired as the Petrol trade currency and they been at it a long time .

      We just have not been
      formally introduced to this market Crashing issue but its about to get Real !!

      Notice the currency
      they talk about in this link ,

      http://www.itfc-idb.org/content/islamic-trade-finance-terminology

      And Obama has Enabled this by stomping on the Security
      Mechanism that’s been in place since after WW2 by empowering the groups that
      will bring this change . This
      should have been done with the Understanding that we Recapitalize and
      Retool our USA Industrial Capabilities going forward from the time this 2003
      Forum was Done so we the people of the USA were not serfs to this begging for a
      Bread Crumb from a World market we have now become dependent on through this
      International market scheme that now with the dollar about to collapse and no
      means to Produce independently from these BRICS nations who do have control of
      the tool and die and Materials even in our USA will control our nation and we
      the people , oh my god why did we fall asleep with our ability to make sure we
      were staying balanced with Independently
      supply ???

      Notice this site
      says “ Coming SOON “ http://worldislamictradeorganisation.com/

      Then go to this site and read what is said about the dollar
      as petrol dollar back in 2003 and these are the same groups of Individuals that
      Obama has in his Cabinet !!!! http://www.pmg.org.za/minutes/20030415-world-islamic-trade-organisation-briefing

  • TIME

    My Dear People,
    For you that have your eyes open, the below {you tube video} will be of some help in understanding some of what is going on.
    What you really need to understand is that this beast has many arms and legs, thus I hate this mindless term and yet its fit’s: We are in the PERFECT STORM.
    Please look up: Collapse the full documentary / Michael Ruppert
    People you may all wish to think about posting links if you get my drift, soon that will be noted as a “Felony” all by unlawful Executive Order – from what I have been told this will be “”retro active”” – that means to YOU that what ever post you have added a link to, will add to the Felony count…Get it??
    Peace and Love
    PS: Dear Brandon, the Petro dollar is not in its death throws, its dead, and has been for some time now.
    Just as its quite obvious that the US inc’s true debt number is not $17 Trillion, but more in line with well over $80 TRILLION. and that’s on the low side, Just as there is NO GDP, its all an illusion.
    Just as the TRUE – UE numbers are not 7.75% but really more in line, and this is on the very LOW side, 28%, the True number is much higher.
    Overall Brandon, Keep up the good work.

  • TheTruthHurtsAsWell

    The (a) reason Gaddafi was ousted by CIA

    http://youtu.be/THlaMUq6MKU

  • http://cowboybyte.com/ Alondra

    We’ve got North Carolina and North Dakota, so why not Northern Colorad?

    The Weld County Commissioners voted unanimously at Monday’s meeting to place a measure on the Nov. 5 ballot asking voters whether they want the county to join other rural counties in forming another state.

    “The concerns of rural Coloradans have been ignored for years,” William Garcia, chairman of the Weld County Commissioners, said in a statement. “The last session was the straw that broke the camel’s back for many people. They want change. They want to be heard.”

    Three other rural counties — Cheyenne, Sedgwick and Yuma — also plan to place the 51st state referendum on the fall ballot. At least three more counties plan to consider the proposal this week at their commission meetings, said Jeffrey Hare, spokesman for the 51st State Initiative.
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/aug/19/colorado-counties-vote-forming-new-state/

  • http://cowboybyte.com/ Alondra

    I N S A N I T Y !!! It’s a dangerous MENTAL disease.

    Gov. Chris Christie signed into law a measure making New Jersey the second state to BAN THE THERAPY targeting gay teens WHO WANT to change their sexual orientation.

    The bill FORBIDS any psychologist, social worker or licensed therapist from counseling children younger than 18 into changing their sexual orientation. California passed a similar law in 2012, outlawing therapists from offering the service for minors.

    • Karolyn

      If you would bother to investigate, you would see that these methods hurt kids more than help them, especially the really young. Bravo for NJ!

      • Bob666

        Yo Karolyn,
        Alooney Investigate something-like the truth? That would be terribly inconvenient for her & probably not support her wacka-doodle agenda.

        • http://cowboybyte.com/ Alondra

          Oh, KEEP SQUEAKING FILTHY MANURIAL FLY.
          That ALL you can.

          • KG

            Homosexuality
            And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul … Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle.
            — 1 Samuel 18:1, 3-4, KJV
            I grieve for you, Jonathan my brother; you were very dear to me. Your love for me was wonderful, more wonderful than that of women.
            — 2 Samuel 1:26

          • http://cowboybyte.com/ Alondra

            LIAR and DISTORTER, look at my reply above.

            Professing to be wise, THEY BECAME FOOLS, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of CORRUPTIBLE MAN … For THEY EXCHANGED THE TRUTH OF GOD FOR THE LIE…” (Romans 1)

          • KG

            Romans 5:19-21
            King James Version (KJV)
            19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
            20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
            21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

          • nc

            KG, you have caused Alondra’s to get her panties in a wad! She doesn’t know whether to wind her butt or scratch her watch when you call her hand on those wild assertions she makes! She is no longer worth what ever she is paid to be here! The independents laugh at her! I wouldn’t be surprised if even the ultra conservatives aren’t t embarrassed by her!

          • Bob666

            Yo Jack,

            Can you say “Coo Coo for Cocoa Puffs”?

            I believe that she has shot what was left of any credibility she might of had over the last couple of days.

      • http://cowboybyte.com/ Alondra

        Oh, Mentally PERVERT PREDATOR still yapping. Keep yapping Mentally PERVERT Sickening PSYCHOPATH.

        How many times you were told that you are PERVERT PREDATOR. Not by me, by others.

        You are SO nauseously disgust, Mentally PERVERT and Sexually DEPRAVED EVIL.

        Did you raised at least ONE child, filthy scumbag, that you dare to speak for children and what “hurt kids”?

        • Dave

          When did you choose to be straight? What there a period of time where you wrote down the pros and cons?
          See I always knew I was straight myself… but you seem to have issues there… When did you choose? Did you flip a coin?

          • http://cowboybyte.com/ Alondra

            Dave, you did confused me with the Big Pervert and DISSOLUTE karolyn.

          • Dave

            You violate Bob’s policy discuss everyday. You have issues that a good psychologist can only help with. Karolyn is right and is another example of the double standards employed on this site.
            You are a sad sad person

          • http://cowboybyte.com/ Alondra

            Thank you Dave. I know you are sincere man and you genuinely wish me well.

            I love you too. I am very touched by your attention. TY
            Keep in touch, dear, because I am going to miss you.

          • Karolyn

            I just feel sorry for her Dave. Of all the people I have ever interacted with in my life, I have never met such a hateful person. For all her knowledge, she is a sad example of a Christian and a human being.

          • Bob666

            A very sad example.

          • Karolyn

            To think that someone would feel that way about a large portion of the people of this world is just unfathomable to me. It’s just twisted.

          • Bob666

            Yo Karolyn,

            Did you read her post where she claims to have proof that you and I are behind the fake post to her?

            Coo Coo for Cocoa Puffs (1)!

            (1) as a strictly medical term, used to describe a patient or person that has delved into a realm of irrational, illogical and/or crazy thought processes; Affected with madness; insane to an exceeding degree characterized by weakness or feebleness; decrepit; broken; falling to decay; shaky; unsafe; foolish

          • http://cowboybyte.com/ Alondra

            Feel sorry for yourself, DISSOLUTE/
            DEGENERATE/ DEPRAVED/IMMORAL/
            SELF-INDULGENT PITIFUL PSYCOPATH and seek Professional HELP, unbalanced and deranged
            ignoramus and hypocrite.

          • Karolyn

            Wow! Speaking of deranged! Can’t you think of any more denigrating words to use? Looks like you’re running out.

            Here’s Bob’s Comment Policy. I figure the only reason he continues to allow you to post is because you’re a conservative:

            “Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion with a wide range of viewpoints, even extreme ones, but we will not tolerate racism, profanity or slanderous comments toward the author(s) or comment participants. Make your case passionately, but civilly. Please don’t stoop to name calling. We use filters for spam protection. If your comment does not appear, it is likely because it violates the above policy or contains links or language typical of spam. We reserve the right to remove comments at our discretion.”

          • Bob666

            Yo Karolyn,
            I can envision her pounding on the key board spewing profanity in broken Russian and Spanish as she becomes totally unglued!

          • Karolyn

            That’s exactly what I see when I read her posts.

          • http://cowboybyte.com/ Alondra

            Wow, What touching family reunion: TWO DERANGED and STUPID birds of the same feather DO flock together and croaking.

            Keep croak Mentally PERVERT and read MY posts.

          • Bob666

            Yo Karolyn,

            Yes, I see her in a bathrobe with fuzzy slippers and Make-up that she slept in -since 1963. Probably with a copy of Catcher in the Rye (written in Russian) on top of the official 1968 KGB propaganda manual written by Vladimir Putin.

            Oh yes, Unfiltered Camel’s in a mound in an ash-trey made out of the hubcap from a 1963 Volga Chaser-smoldering though the faint sunlight as she likes it dark with only the glow of an old tube style computer screen.

            Oh-and don’t forget the box of Twinkies that has been under here desk from 14 years ago waiting for that special day that Vladimir comes to whisk her away back to his private Dacha on the Baltic sea.

            God, it will take a lot to erase that image from my mind!

          • http://cowboybyte.com/ Alondra

            “Answer a stupid ACCORDING to HER idiocy.
            King Solomon (Proverbs 26:5)

            “We are all born ignorant, but one MUST WORK HARD to remain STUPID.” – Benjamin Franklin

            “To be ignorant means not knowing, to be stupid means REFUSING to know. Neither is good.” – Alondra

            Keep yapping UNBALANCED and DERANGED IGNORAMUS and HYPOCRITE.

            It’s just so amazing that you do not recognize how DERANGED and STUPID you are.

          • Karolyn

            Talking to yourself?

          • http://cowboybyte.com/ Alondra

            I know that DERANGED and STUPID are always
            confused, therefore they remain so UNBALANCED during their life.

            Please Keep yapping, karolyn

          • http://cowboybyte.com/ Alondra

            I know that DERANGED and STUPID are always
            confused, therefore they remain so UNBALANCED during their life.

            Please Keep yapping, karolyn

          • Bob666

            Yo Karolyn,
            Yes-Swinestein is looking in the mirror and screaming at the other three voices in her head.

        • Karolyn

          So sad for somebody to live in such a mean, hateful little world.

          • http://cowboybyte.com/ Alondra

            So disgusting for the one, especially when it’s female, to have so PERVERTED, DISSOLUTE, DEGENERATE and SELF-INDULGENT mentality and behavior and live in the immorally corrupt world.

            “The look on THEIR FACES TESTIFIES AGAINST THEM, and THEY PARADE THEIR SIN like SODOM; THEY DO NOT HIDE IT. Woe to their soul! THEY HAVE BROUGHT DISASTER UPON THEMSELVES.” (Isaiah 3:9)

            “Woe to those who CALL EVIL GOOD, AND GOOD EVIL; Who put DARKNESS FOR LIGHT, AND LIGHT FOR DARKNESS; Who put BITTER FOR SWEET, AND SWEET FOR BITTER! Woe to those, WHO ARE WISE IN THEIR OWN EYES, and prudent in their OWN SIGHT!” (Isaiah 5:20-21)

            R E P E N T !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Karolyn

            Repent for your own hateful and judgmental attitude. What would Jesus say about your continual tirades? “Judge not lest ye be judged.”

          • http://cowboybyte.com/ Alondra

            “Thus
            says the Lord God: ‘REPENT and turn your faces away from all YOUR ABOMINATIONS.” (Ezekiel 14:6)

            You are asking “What would Jesus say?”
            For the third time I give you His answer:
            “Serpents, brood of vipers! HOW CAN YOU ESCAPE THE CONDEMNATION OF HELL?”Jesus Christ (Matthew 23:33)

            “…unless you R E P E N T repent you will all likewise perish.”Jesus Christ (Luke 13)

            R E P E N T !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

            If you do not repent, Jesus says:
            “I will declare to them: ‘I NEVER knew you; depart from Me, YOU WORKERS OF LAWLESSNESS.”Jesus Christ (Matthew 7)

          • Bob666

            Well Pigs Feet,

            If the good lord looks out for the mentally challenged, drunks and insane-I’m sure that you are covered under more than one of those three areas.

            Because you truly are Coo Coo for Cocoa Puffs!

          • http://cowboybyte.com/ Alondra

            KEEP SQUEAKING FILTHY MANURIAL FLY.

          • Bob666

            Yo Pork fest,
            The best part of your little temper tantrum this week is that all I have to do is give you the opening to come in and look like a compete unstable idiot and you never fail to disappoint any of us in the process.

            It became even more funny now that Your Russian friends are behind all of those post that you accused Karolyn and my self of doing.

            I guess Vladimir must have kicked you to the curb?

            It’s truly priceless!

          • http://cowboybyte.com/ Alondra

            KEEP SQUEAKING FILTHY DEGENERATE MANURIAL FLY.

  • Don 2

    AMERICA ~ NO CHILD LEFT A DIME

  • Sabido Robles

    It’s the Jews, stupid!

  • Wambli525

    Don’t be so fast in saying the dollar will never succumb because of “petro dollars”. The dollar remains but it is threatened. As stated above Russia and China are Americas competitors on a grand scale. That poor downtrodden Russia of a few years ago is energy rich and at 100+ dollars per BBL, Russia has more millionaires and the common people are much better off under putin that any other leader. Just considering China and Russia’s land mass, natural resources, and population, anyone that thinks the “paper dollar” is not at risk needs to think again. The US dollar is worth exactly what the Fed says it is worth …. that is until the global financial powers say they do not need it.

  • http://cowboybyte.com/ Alondra
    • TheOriginalDaveH

      “Will this lawsuit be the beginning of the end for the Federal Reserve?”.
      I hope so.

  • http://cowboybyte.com/ Alondra

    Saturday was the Rage Against the Media rally in Los Angeles, California. It wasn’t complete until the Obama rodeo clown crashed the stage.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=qpCwHEBas3s

  • http://cowboybyte.com/ Alondra

    Two BLACKS (15 & 20) Torture And Murder White Homeless Man In Michigan
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=2kRm029r7y8

    Where are barry, erik, sharpton, jackson or Negro “diva” Big O ???

    P.S. Talking about Big “diva”: New Age Spirituality, Racism, And The Influence Of Celebrity http://www.westernjournalism.com/learning-from-oprah-new-age-spirituality-racism-and-the-influence-of-celebrity/

  • http://cowboybyte.com/ Alondra

    For the LIBERAL COMPASSION you are paying”

    The Cato Institute has released a report … that the federal government funds 126 programs targeted at low-income Americans, a shocking 72 of which involve the transfer of cash or in-kind benefits to individuals. This does not include the many assistance programs provided by state and local governments.

    The Cato study examines the state-by-state value of welfare for a mother of two children in NY … would have a package of benefits worth $38,004, the seventh-highest in the nation.” http://www.humanevents.com/2013/08/20/the-myth-of-liberal-compassion/

    So WHY parasites will work?

    • Dave

      ****warning CATO is a Koch Corporatist front group.*****

      • http://cowboybyte.com/ Alondra

        For whom your PERVERT Illegal pRESIDENT works?

  • http://cowboybyte.com/ Alondra

    KG is a LIAR, LIAR, LIAR – the wolf in the sheep’s clothing.
    You again came with your DISTORTIONS !!!

    Again you are practicing deception by using CONTEXTOMY and twisting the meaning.

    You took two passages (1Samue 18 1-4 and 1:26) from the homosexual Website (www.gaychristian101.com), which deceptively and misleadingly are used by the PERVERT and DEPRAVED to justify their WICKED LUST.

    In the original Hebrew Bible noun AHAVAH (love) is used to show:

    1) PLATONIC LOVE – Strong friendship (not PERVERSION !!!)
    “3 Then Yonatan and Dovid made a brit (covenant), because of the AHAVAH (love) he had for him as his own nefesh (SOUL).” (Shmuel Alef 18:3 – OJB)

    “…he loved him with the AHAVAT (love) nafsho (with the love of his own nefesh [SOUL]).” (Shmuel Alef 20:17 – OJB) (1Samuel 20:17)

    ***KG, the “SOUL” is not “BODY”.

    2) Love of Mercy:
    “8He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require
    of you But to do justly, to LOVE mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?”( Micah 6:8 – NJV)

    “8 He hath showed thee, O adam (man), what is tov. And what doth Hashem require of thee, but to do mishpat, and AHAVAT chesed, and to walk humbly with Eloheicha?” (Michoh 6:8 – OJB)

    3) God’s UNCONDITIONAL LOVE (AGAPE) for the world
    “16 For Hashem (God) so had AHAVAH (Greek agape) for the Olam Hazeh that Hashem gave the matanah (gift of life)” (Yochanan 3:16 – OJB)

    “16 For God so LOVED the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16 – NKJV)

    4) It also used as a Figurative form of speech (a rhetorical figure of speech is the use of a word or words diverging from its usual meaning.)

    “Hatred stirs up strife, but LOVE covers all sins” (Proverb 10:12 – NKJV)

    “12 Sin’ah (hatred) stirreth up medanim (dissensions), but AHAVAH covereth all peysha’im.” (Mishle 10:12 – OJB)

    “4 He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love (AHAVAH).” (Song of Solomon 2:4 – NKJV)

    5) God’s love for His people
    “11Then Hiram king of Tyre answered in writing, which he sent to Solomon: Because the LORD loves (AHAVAH) His people, He has made you king over them.” (2 Chronicles 2:11 – NKJV)

    So, KG, here is your passage, which is about PLATONIC LOVE, which is an affectionate relationship WITHOUT SEXUAL INTIMACY; a SPIRITUAL AFFECTION (Please read Plato’s dialogue the Symposium to better understand the original sense of the term Platonic Love)

    “Now when he had finished speaking to Saul, the SOUL of Yonatan was knit to the SOUL of Dovid, and Jonathan loved him as his own SOUL. 2 Saul took him that day, and would not let him go home to his father’s house anymore. 3 Then Jonathan and David made a brit (COVENANT), because he AHAVAH (loved) him as his own SOUL. 4 And Jonathan took off the robe that was on him and gave it to David, with his armor, even to his SWORD and his bow and his belt.” (1 Samuel 18:1-4) (Shmuel Alef 18:3 – OJB)

    KG, I know that you aren’t completely stupid and you know that in the Middle East countries there was and still is a custom:

    “To receive any part of the dress which had been worn by a sovereign, or his eldest son and heir, is deemed, in the East, the HIGHEST HONOR which can be conferred on a subject. The girdle, being connected with the sword and the bow, may be considered as being part of the military dress, and great value is attached to it.”

    The King Honors Mordecai (I hope KG, you know who Mordecai is)
    “ 8 let a royal robe be brought which the KING HAS WORN, and a HORSE ON WHICH THE KING HAS RIDDEN, which has a royal crest placed on its head. 9 Then let this robe and horse be delivered to the hand of one of … the king’s most noble princes, that he may array the man whom the king delights to HONOR.” (Esther 6:8)

    But you, KG, have no idea what HONOR is. Do you?