Miss you, Shadow!
My buddy Shadow and I are at the top of North Pack several years ago...
Sadly, Shadow is no longer with us, leaving us in late 2010
at 15 years 4 months of age.
Fell Through The Cracks! This one has been out on the site for a while but not hooked up to anything! Enjoy the "Ten Years of MONEYPIT" video.
The Glimmer Room releases "I
Remain". Andy C. decided to get back a little to TGR's roots.
Have a listen: Click www.theglimmerroom.co.uk and go to the Listen page
CD and Download: www.a-framemedia.co.uk, www.downloadplatform.com/
|The US: 100 Years in the Breaking...|
|Establishment of the Federal Reserve...Federal income tax (that some say was never
properly ratified)...The New Deal...Making
hard currency illegal and forcing fiat currency on the
(undeclared wars), foreign aid,
and endlessly "forgiven"
foreign loans...Social Security...Medicare/Medicaid...Amnesty I,
banks into making bad loans, then bailing out the banks that
failed as a result...Artificial tinkering of interest rates
(helped cause the housing bubble)...Endless
"apologizing" for the United States...Buyout of the American auto
industry, including snubbing the bondholders of those
companies...TARP...ARRA...A 3000-page health care bill that
includes government takeover of student loans (!!??) and
expansion of the IRS (the US Government's thugs), passed against
the will of the people using arm twisting, lies, and
bribes...And soon: Amnesty III, Cap and Trade...along
with plenty of noise about other things soon to be proposed that
will affect the economy, jobs, personal freedom, and the ability
to actually keep what you earn.
Did all of these things put into place over the last 100 years in the US achieve the desired result? Or did these things benefit some people in terms of power or wealth at your expense?
What to do?
BECOME EDUCATED. BECOME ACTIVE. SPEAK OUT. VOTE. If you don't, someone else will do it for you, and you've already seen the results.
Use Downsize DC and Americans for Limited Government as a quick ways to contact your rep and senators--get the e-mail newsletters from those sites. Michael Graham's humor will keep you sane (mostly). The Libertarian Party is "The Party of Principle"---the principles of America's Founding Fathers. The Free State Project is keeping thousands of liberty-minded families in touch as they move to New Hampshire to keep that state free.
Further down the rabbit hole. Our employees (Senators, Representatives) voted to put an additional burden of tens of thousands of dollars onto all of us, their employers, by raising the national debt ceiling and putting the United Socialist States of America into pretty much unrecoverable debt. Meanwhile it was revealed how the private sector has lost millions of jobs yet the federal government payroll has grown as the debt was rising...with part of that debt going, yep, to "jobs programs" (government "jobs" are unsustainable and do not mean economic growth).
President Obama continues to make us smell what he's cooking. During Obama's first State of the Union political stump, those in the United Socialist States of America were greeted with themes of punishing banks, taxing producers, the touting of successful "stimulus plans" (that have been failures), assurances of executive orders being passed to just get things done, extreme pressure to pass "health care reform" and the massive carbon tax ("cap and trade"), government hand-outs for "alternative energy" (ethanol subsidies, anyone?), and doing something about deficit spending (next year, not this year). This sorry hour of world-wide prime time was topped off by a direct attack on a proper Constitutional decision by the Supreme Court, seated directly in front of Obama's pulpit.
The only reason Obama even bothered to mention the middle class at all in his speech was how burned the Dems got in Massachusetts. "Hey, wait a second...those voters are angry, and they actually replaced Democrat fixture Ted 'I never met a tax I didn't like' 'Hasta la victoria!' Kennedy with a <<cough, cough>> Republican?"
Democrats lose...In Massachusetts? Democrat Martha Coakley ran such a poor, negative campaign that she lost out to Republican challenger Scott Brown in the bid to fill "Ted Kennedy's" Senate seat...or "The People's Seat", as Brown correctly stated. This has been a shock to the Democrats as they now seek to backpedal a little and at least attempt to hear what voters have been saying. As if.
And, no, Scott Brown is just another side of the same Republocrat/Demopublican coin. Real hope and real change comes in the form of Small Government, not entrenched parties.