Friday, April 29, 2011

Goldman Sacked

How Goldman Sachs Created the Food Crisis

  It took the brilliant minds of Goldman Sachs to realize the simple truth that nothing is more valuable than our daily bread. And where there's value, there's money to be made.

Golden Sacked

In 1991, Goldman bankers, led by their prescient president Gary Cohn, came up with a new kind of investment product, a derivative that tracked 24 raw materials, from precious metals and energy to coffee, cocoa, cattle, corn, hogs, soy, and wheat. They weighted the investment value of each element, blended and commingled the parts into sums, then reduced what had been a complicated collection of real things into a mathematical formula that could be expressed as a single manifestation, to be known henceforth as the Goldman Sachs Commodity Index (GSCI). (Food Crisis continued)
The larger question has always been, did Bill Clinton sell the Democrat Party to Goldman Sachs, or was it Goldman Sachs who sold them Clinton?  In either event, their fun continues. Ours, not so much.

Debt Limit Par-Tay!

Debt Limit? No. PAR-TAY Dude.

Just stab me ion the liver, why don't you?
The other day Paul O'Neill said that ...

Oh, wait. I suppose I ought to explain who Paul O'Neill is. A decade ago, he was George W. Bush's first Treasury secretary. I have no very clear memory of him except that he toured Africa with Bono and they were photographed in matching tribal dress looking like Col. Gadhafi's Mini-Me twins at a Tripoli sleepover. Other than the dress-up fun, I've no idea why they were in Africa, but you paid for it, so I'm sure there was a good reason.

Anyway, Secretary O'Neill popped up the other day on Bloomberg Television to compare debt-ceiling holdouts to jihadists. "The people who are threatening not to pass the debt ceiling," he said, "are our version of al-Qaida terrorists. Really."


Absolutely. Mark Steyn, continued

Strechting the budget

A Cry in the Dark

Can We Prevent a Second Civil War?
Future Obama Cabinet Member
  There are three issues that could presently trigger a Civil War in America:

    * Illegal aliens. A government that refuses to protect our borders, the methodical structure of citizenship, and the rule of law, will only be tolerated for so long. America is reaching a tipping point on this issue.

    * Abortion. Irreconcilable differences here. This may likely become as potent an issue as slavery was in the 1860s.

    * The right to keep and bear arms - see "2A Today for The USA"

No other significant present day problems could potentially result in the “brother against brother” tragedy of a Second American Civil War. 
[Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership]

  I can only disagree with the author when he says " No other significant present day problems could potentially result in the “brother against brother” tragedy of a Second American Civil War. "

A great depression, currently looming, is I think the greatest danger.  It's here that people turn to radical ideas (like communism is the answer). A widespread realization that our government is responsible for what's happened to us, and that government was in fact fraudulently installed, and unresponsive to the expressed will of the people (can you say Obamacare) is also in play.  If civil war comes, there will be no declaration; there will be explosions. The powder will contain elements of all these frustrations, and the spark can be damned near anything.  Here (again) are the only options to civil war that exist, as I see the situation.

  1. Military coup
  2. The pressure relief valve of secession of several states from the union 
  3. The pressure relief valve of expulsion of several blue states from the union
  4. A cataclysmic event that leaves people no time for anything but scratching out a daily sustenance.
  5. The sudden accidental death of every elected democrat, Hollywooder, news reporter, leftist educator, plus George Soros.
  6. The sudden accidental death of every decent American, leaving the field to THEM.
I prefer # 3.

Barry, Michelle, and ...

Yet a third American specifically not invited to the royal wedding. 
One presumes.

Fart Now Loading

Stuff Flying Through The Air; some funny, some tragic

Holy Sling-Blades!

This made me laugh this morning.  He definitely belongs under Why We Win.  We are good on this end.  Have our power and minimal damage.  To the left and to the right of us there were no deaths but homes were destroyed.   I guess the tornado skipped over our subdivision.  I can't even explain to you the devastation.  The path of this tornado is miles long.  Yesterday was the most surreal day as we helped people look for their loves ones.  Most were found dead.  Some are still missing.  I believe this is going to take a lot longer to build back from than most expect. Hopefully, we will show better and not be another Katrina. 

 Thanks jodi, for taking the time to share a bit of humor with us at a time like this. You have just personalized this tragedy for me, and my prayers go out to everyone who lost everything.  I'm overjoyed that y'all were spared.

Wedding Day Blues

Post Wedding Blues

Well, I'm  ever so tired after being up all night with my mates, watching the wedding festivities. Now that I've crashed back to Obama World, my internal Mr. Grumpy is out of his closet.  Did you see this? Not Spending Money Is Mortgaging America’s Future, Obama Says.   If Obama  is guilty of anything, and he so is, his utter lack of a sense of irony may top my list.  And there's his ability to be, at one moment,  Ron Jr.. prancing about, and in the next, doing a spot-on Comrade Schickelgruber imitation (SF Chronicle video prompts White House threat), and  then seamlessly morphing into his Inspector Clouseau persona ( UK L Lee). Give William and Kate this - they didn't want his presence at Westminster Cathedral this morning, so didn't invite him.  We should be so lucky.

More Will and Grace

Will & Kate Side-By-Side

Will & Kate Side-By-Side
When I see "Will and Kate" I automatically file it as that horrid television show.  Am I the only one?

Tom Mann

Paper Record Player

Paper Record Player from kellianderson on Vimeo.