Secession and Foreign Policy

September 30, 2012

By Russell D. Longcore

Watch the evening news, or your favorite cable/satellite news show, and you cannot miss stories about the foreign policy of the United States. Washington has been the single most destructive nation on the planet as it relates to having relationships with other nations. Not only does DC arbitrarily turn friends into enemies, but it causes other nations to go to war against each other.

You DO know why Washington does this, don’t you? It is not about spreading freedom and liberty far and wide. It’s not even about oil. It’s not about democracy, fighting communism, fighting Islam or supporting Israel.

It’s all about chaos.

DC is the world leader in Chaos. Washington foreign policy constantly foments disruption and instability. It does it while wearing the mask of diplomacy.

And why is it all about chaos? One reason. Keeping the US Dollar as world reserve currency. You see, at the beginning, when DC originally made a deal with the Saudis to clear all petro purchases in Dollars, the US was the only post-WWII nation with a strong economy, and the Dollar was still backed by gold and silver. There was no need for chaos since nations were glad to use our currency. But then Nixon shut the gold window in 1971, and the Dollar began its descent into Monopoly money. Now that the Dollar is fast becoming worthless, Washington must keep the world in chaos to protect its Dollar’s position as world reserve currency.

It’s a game of musical chairs, in which the guy playing the music has a gun, and when the music stops, somebody gets shot…like Saddam Hussein and Mohamar Gaddafi.

Most of the time, Washington is so breathtakingly clueless in foreign policy that it’s comical. They make me think of the old 1960s spy comedy, ”Get Smart,” starring Don Adams and Barbara Feldon. Maxwell Smart was a cross between Inspector Clouseau and James Bond.

By the way, Agents 86 and 99 worked for CONTROL, a DC-based CIA clone. Their arch nemesis was KAOS, an international organization of evil.

Here is the KAOS emblem. A vulture sitting astride the globe. Sound like any bunch of politicians you know? This emblem would be perfect on military berets for the US troops scattered around the world.

KAOS aka Washington

Fifty years later, the roles have reversed. Washington is KAOS and the rest of the world is working to wrest CONTROL away from Washington.

The very serious, very not-funny part of Washington’s foreign policy is that it usually results in death and destruction on a global scale. Want examples?

1. The entire Middle East is collapsing. The mainstream media tagged this with the cutesy name “The Arab Spring.” But the media used the wrong definition of “spring.” They meant green shoots and all that new growth rot. The REAL definition that has been demonstrated by the Muslim populations is the kind of spring used in a trigger. It stores kinetic energy indefinitely and releases it explosively. Sounds like the Middle East to me. DC has thrown its pet dictators to the wolves, the very guys who kept a lid on the region for most of the past 50 years. Those regimes primarily repressed Tribalism, which defines the region. So now that the tribes can seek their own ways, they are free to express their seething hatred of Washington (NOT America…they LOVE American culture) for the decades of ruthless violence against them by the DC puppets. DC is confused. How could those people be so ungrateful?

2. Washington is quietly introducing American troops into the African continent. And look at how many nations are in civil wars. Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Cote D’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Rwanda are all in shooting conflicts. From the Mediterranean to the Cape of Good Hope, Washington works to keep things off kilter.

3. Iran. This nation of over 74 million has proven to the world that it is not enriching uranium for weapons, but for medical technology. DC and Tel Aviv can’t stand it. Washington has three carrier task forces in the Persian Gulf trying their level best to provoke an attack. Curiously, the White House doesn’t recognize the overt statements made by Russia and China that any attack on Iran would be answered by those former Cold War enemies.

4. Asia. Washington has a defense treaty with Japan that dates back to the 1940s. Japan and China both claim the same islands in the South China Sea. DC does military exercises near the Chinese coast just to piss them off. DC has a treaty with Taiwan for defense. China claims Taiwan as its own, but hasn’t pushed the subject. One day it will push BOTH subjects, perhaps at the same time. Washington will have a decision to make. The Chinese have lots of Sunburn missiles that can send the American fleet to the bottom of the ocean, and the America Navy knows they have no defense for the Sunburn. Yet Washington still bluffs and blusters toward China.

5. Afghanistan, Pakistan, India (they call themselves Hindustan)…for that point, ALL the nations that have STAN in their names somewhere. All tribes with artificial national boundaries lain over them. The world’s largest tribe, the Pashtun, some 40 million of them, are spread out all through Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the other Stans. The American diplomatic corps, led by the CIA, are keeping the Stan-ian peoples against themselves and also against America. By the way…before American troops arrived in Afghanistan, the Taliban had effectively eradicated the poppy industry. Now, only ten years later, fully 90% of the EARTH’S heroin is grown in Afghanistan once again, and the world banksters launder the money.

6. Europe. Yes, even Europe. You see, the Federal Reserve and the International Monetary Fund have their headquarters just a few blocks from the White House. Flooding the earth with QE3 unlimited digital dollars destabilizes the Euro.

7. Amazingly, Washington does not appear to be presently interested in anything happening south of the Rio Grande to the tip of South America. A few hot spots exist in places such as Venezuela, but the rest of the Americas seem to be in Washington’s blind spot.

The Presidential candidates are locked in a desperate circle jerk, each trying to convince a credulous electorate that he can best lead America as it tries to lead the world. They miss the obvious truth that the world no longer wants America to lead.

Hey Washington! Want peace? Close most of the world’s embassies. Bring ALL the military troops home. Cancel most treaties. Cancel ALL foreign aid. Tell everybody you just cannot afford to be the world’s cop any more. Let the nations sort out their own problems. Presto!! Peace!!

How does all of this affect Secession?

In a newly seceded nation, formed by sensible people who were dedicated to individual liberty and property rights, a new money system would arise on a local level. The new nation would not have a national currency. At the most individual level, buyers and sellers would decide what medium of exchange they would use for their transactions. It could be gold coins, silver coins, bulk precious metals, digital money, paper currency, or some system of barter. The new nation would have money that it collected through taxation. And if the national Treasury wanted to mint and issue money, it would have to compete with all the other forms of money in the free market.

The new nation will not have a reserve currency. So it will not have the potential to commit fraud against other nations with its money. The new nation will be dedicated to doing business with the other nations of the world in a spirit of cooperation and mutual respect. And that is just like most of the nations of the world.

Think about nations like Switzerland, Iceland, Sweden, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Panama and Canada. For decades each has minded its own business, not invading neighbors, not fomenting chaos, but simply existed and thrived. The only times that any of these particular nations have had problems is when they have come in contact with American foreign policy.

Secession by multiple states of the USA is the only way to establish peace within and peace with other nations. Washington will never stop its chaos until the Dollar collapses, hyperinflation ensues, and the USA is no more.

May the collapse of the Dollar come quickly. I would like to see liberty in my lifetime.

Secession is the only hope for mankind to enjoy individual liberty and property rights in North America.

DumpDC. Six Letters That Can Change History.

Copyright 2012 Russell D. Longcore. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is gladly given, provided full credit is given.


Secession and Money

September 26, 2012

By Russell D. Longcore

I have an acquaintance in the Patriot Movement name of Sam Kerodin. Sam has a website at www.iiipercent.blogspot.com Sam is hardcore, to say the least. I respect him and his efforts.

The name of his blog is derived from the Three Percent. Historians state that about three percent of Colonials took up arms and challenged King George in the Secession of 1776.

Recently, Sam and some friends have brainstormed a terrific idea to start a new firearms manufacturing company named III Arms. www.iiiarms.blogspot.com. They will begin manufacturing the 1911 pistols and battle rifles on the AR platform.

They have also taken a decided step toward secession, as they intend to create a liberty community in the New American Redoubt. They have chosen Idaho as their new home. The weapons manufacturing facility will be at the center of their new Galt’s Gulch-like planned community, named The Citadel.

In a recent posting at Three Percent Patriots, there was a recommendation to look at the Lakota Nation and what they are doing about money. Specifically, the Lakota Sioux nation has a link to the Free Lakota Bank. This South Dakota bank is setting up bank accounts that only accept precious metals coins for deposit and the bank has a 100% reserve requirement. So this bank is repudiating the fiat money system AND the fractional reserve system at once. Kudos to Free Lakota Bank.

The bank links to a mint at www.aocsmint.com, where you can trade in your Federal Reserve notes for gold, silver or copper coins of .999% purity. The concept is excellent. The design of some of the coins is flawed. If you look at some of the coins, you will see that they have a stamped value. There is a one-ounce gold coin that says “Two Thousand” on its face. I saw another Silver coin that had the Dollar sign ($) in the design.

Very bad. Very bad indeed.

Washington might consider these coins to be counterfeit currency. And you know that one counterfeiter with guns will run all the other counterfeiters out of business. Ask Bernard von NotHaus of Liberty Dollar how the Feds regard alternate currencies, even when your currency are strictly warehouse receipts. Federal prosecutors successfully argued that he was trying to pass off the silver coins as U.S. currency. Coming in denominations of 5, 10, 20, and 50, the Liberty Dollars also featured a dollar sign, the word “dollar” and the motto “Trust in God.” He was convicted and got a 15 year prison sentence.

Here is the lesson about money for all lovers of liberty and advocates of secession.

In a new nation/state, freshly seceded from the United States of America, it will be crucial to establish a new monetary system. Anything even remotely resembling the American money system will fail. The new nation/state must utterly forsake legal tender laws in favor of the free market.

The free market is perfectly capable of determining what will be used as money. In the Colonial days of the 18th Century, the most prevalent money used was the Spanish Silver Dollar. It was one ounce of silver. It was ALL ABOUT the weight, not the value.

The Coinage Act of 1792 stipulated that a US Silver Dollar contain 374 ¼ grains of .999 pure silver. The first thing the Act did to screw up the money was stamp various values on the coins, such as $5,$10, $50 and so on.

The Act also prescribed the penalty for counterfeiting as death. I like that part.

But I digress.

If new nation/states are going to be successful with the Power of the Purse, they will have to allow the free market to determine what money is and what its value will be.

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE WEIGHT

In the beginning of the nation/state, I predict that the most obvious coins will be the initial money. That will be American junk silver and coins from other nations, such as Canadian Maple Leaf silver coins, silver bars, Krugerrand gold coins and gold bars. Those weights are already in the possession of individuals, and will jump-start the new economy. More choices in free market money will emerge quickly.

Private mints will spring up that issue precious metal coins in various weights and various purities. The reason for this is to facilitate transactions of varying size, even down to pennies. In a new nation, 100% copper pennies will still be a good idea, since copper is an accepted money unit now. The spot price for copper is presently higher than the face value of US copper pennies. But remember that those prices are denominated in US dollars, which are going to dissolve in hyperinflation soon.

With the advancement of technology, a bank like The Free Lakota Bank could accept precious metals deposits, and people could use a debit card to transfer weights to other depositors in business transactions. A person could carry a pouch of coins or a debit card or both. The bank could issue paper money redeemable in precious metals, but that would be up to the free market to decide. The new national government WOULD NOT have a national currency.

The only law that seems necessary in the new nation/state’s constitution regarding money would be a criminal penalty for counterfeiting, which is basically an act of fraud and theft. I still like the death penalty for this.

Secession is the only hope for individual liberty and property rights in North America.

DumpDC. Six Letters That Can Change History.

Copyright 2012 Russell D. Longcore. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is gladly given, provided full credit is given.


It’s Demand, Stupid!!

September 23, 2012

By Russell D. Longcore

(Editor’s Note: This posting is the 900th post here at DumpDC. Thanks to you readers.)

Hardly a day passes here in the ol’ USA that we don’t hear a politician talk about “creating jobs.” This presidential election will be decided on the state of the economy, and a high unemployment rate will have a direct effect on the final vote numbers. And here is today’s money quote: All of the people that talk about creating jobs have no practical understanding about economics and free enterprise.

Jobs will not be created here in The United States of America unless and until the US Congress controls government spending and rolls back regulations. US Corporations took their manufacturing offshore because of the Federal government’s interference in commerce. Manufacturing will not return to the USA, or grow organically in the USA, until Washington and its voluminous regulations are swept away. It is the US government that affects demand in a negative way. And there can be no job creation without creating demand FIRST.

This dreadful misunderstanding about jobs and demand offer a golden opportunity for secession. A new nation, freshly seceded from the USA, would have no onerous regulations and burdensome taxation. It would have an instant competitive advantage over the USA. With proper planning, that new nation/state could be a magnet for manufacturing. Imagine a US manufacturer that was seriously contemplating moving its operations to China. But that company sees a business-friendly environment in a New Texas nation here on the North American continent. It could save millions by moving operations a few hundred miles, as opposed to 10,000 miles. And many of its workers might jump at the chance to move with the company to a New Texas nation where individual liberty and property rights are protected.

“Demand” is “the desire to purchase, coupled with the power to do so.” Another definition is “the quantity of goods that buyers will take at a particular price.”

There is plenty of demand in the USA. Remember that even if the US unemployment rate is 25%, that means that 75% of the workforce is still working. Please don’t misunderstand me. I am not minimizing the plight of the unemployed. But even the unemployed still demand goods and services to survive. DC and the Fed want to return the American economy to a level of demand that was built upon a bubble. More about that later. This economy needs to return to a market-based economy, not one bloated and distorted by fiat money and zero percent interest rates.

Look at that first definition of demand. The underlined part is very important. A person may have desire to make a purchase, but have no power to do so. The two conditions combined are true demand. No entrepreneur ever made a dollar by creating a wonderful product that no one bought.

Curiously, no politicians talk about “creating demand.” They only talk about job creation. The word “job” has become a connotation word. It is used to manipulate the hearer by causing the hearer to associate that word with some societal memory of what the word USED TO MEAN. And because those same politicians control the numbers coming out of the various three-letter Federal agencies, they can make the job numbers look any way they choose.

The explanation of a “job” is so elementary that it should have been featured in Schoolhouse Rock back in the day…right along side “Elementary My Dear,” “I’m Just A Bill” and ”Conjunction Junction”.

The dictionary defines “job” as: “a post of employment, such as full-time or part-time.” But that doesn’t tell a very good story about the building block of a job, which is human labor.

One human being may enter into an agreement with another human being to perform a task in exchange for some form of value…or even with no remuneration. That is labor being used in a task.

There are all manner of variables that come into play. Intelligence, physical strength, agility, use of the five senses, and time are just a few. But each variable either increases or diminishes the value of any individual’s labor. For example, a man who qualifies to be a professional athlete may not qualify to teach particle physics, and vice versa.

An individual increases his value to an employer through training and experience. The more training and experience an individual possesses, the higher his or her value to any employer.

Now, let’s get into labor from the standpoint of the free market. Labor is one of the components of any product or service. Other components are raw materials, capital, overhead expenses and profit. At some point, when the product or service is priced for sale, all these components must be added in.

Every individual has expenses to maintain his existence. Most of the expenses are discretionary. Even expenses such as food, shelter and clothing…which seem on the surface to be life-essential…are discretionary, since the individual chooses the quality of food, shelter and clothing he or she will accept. And once the individual makes these choices, he/she gets to determine the value of their labor. Valuing labor might even come before choice about expenses. Most of us have to adjust our living expenses to our income.

It is the value of labor that is paramount here. An individual must trade his time for remuneration. He must trade enough time to earn enough remuneration to satisfy his budgeted expenses.

Here’s an example. We have two people who need $500 per week to live (no taxes figured in this example). Both people have identical amounts of time, which is 168 hours per week (24 hrs/day x 7 days). Person A is an 18-year-old high school graduate with no job skills or job training. He probably qualifies for a minimum wage entry level job, which would pay him $7.25 per hour. At that rate, he would need to work 69 hours to earn $500. Person B is a 22-year-old college graduate with no skills or job training. Yet because of his education, B qualifies for a job that pays him $25.00 per hour. Person B can earn his $500 in 20 hours.

What happens to A if his employer will only allow him to work 40 per week? He would have to get a second job to reach his requirement of 69 hours.

Both employers priced their product to make a profit. In the example of A, the employer could make a profit on A’s labor at $7.25 per hour. In B’s situation, the employer was profitable at $25/hour.

This works the same way if persons A and B are self employed. Labor is labor. It is not a job.

Our government educational system…and even most of the private schools, who teach students much the same drivel…has done a masterful job over the past 75 years of leaving students economically retarded by omitting this basic information about the free market. Over the years, most of the population has come to believe that a job should provide them with this mystical notion of a “living wage.” That economic fallacy is exactly why the US Congress passed minimum wage laws so many years ago.

Most people I’ve met believe that they should only have to get one job…or one business. The wealthy leverage their time and money and develop multiple streams of income.

Very few entrepreneurs go into business with the goal in mind of putting people to work. Most entrepreneurs start businesses to earn a living for themselves and their families, and/or a return on investment for their investors. Most entrepreneurs see an opportunity to fill a demand. Employing others is a by-product of creating a product or service that someone will pay for.

And that leads us back to the title of this book. “It’s Demand, Stupid.”

Either a politician is lying about job creation, or that politician has no understanding of the simplest explanation of business. Politicians love to brag about the numbers of jobs THEY created. First, they didn’t create DICK. Second, all jobs are not equal. As we’ve seen in our example above, jobs vary wildly in value for a variety of reasons. So the crude number of jobs is irrelevant. In very recent numbers that came out of the Obama Administration, they crowed about job creation, but a very large percentage of those jobs were low-paying jobs in the Service sector.

Friends, job creation is a fool’s errand. The only thing that matters is creating demand and the power to make purchases to fulfill the demand.

Thanks to the Washington crowd, demand will probably not return to the United States. It certainly will not return to pre-recession levels of economic activity. Remember that much of the demand that our nation has experienced over the last 50 years came from government policies that created FALSE demand…or “bubbles.” The mortgage bubble, the S&L bubble, the Tech bubble, the real estate bubble…all created by Congressional edicts. And now we are in the debt bubble and just about to enter the hyperinflation bubble. And have you noticed what happened to all those bubbles? THEY ALL BURST and left misery for us all.

The re-creation of demand is yet another reason that Secession is the only hope for mankind to enjoy individual liberty and property rights in North America.

DumpDC. Six Letters That Can Change History.

Copyright 2012 Russell D. Longcore. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is gladly given, provided full credit is given.


QE3: The Beginning Of The End

September 16, 2012

By Russell D. Longcore

The Federal Reserve flushed the toilet Thursday…and by extension Washington and the US economy are beginning to pick up speed as they circle the drain.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke announced Thursday September 13th that the Fed would be buying $40 Billion per month in mortgage-backed securities indefinitely into the future. The reason he gave was to “see more progress (in job growth)”. He said “the program should increase downward pressure on interest rates,” supposedly to encourage more home sales and refinancing.

When challenged about low interest rates hurting savers, Bernanke said the low rates help the value of homes. What he does not say is that the entire housing market is built upon a balloon of debt, and that home values are only where they are today because of inflation.

The Federal Reserve is a private consortium of banks whose sole reason for existence is to maintain the solvency of the banks. Buying mortgage-backed securities won’t help you and it won’t help me. But it will strengthen the bottom line of the member banks. Also remember that banks that participate in the fractional reserve system (ALL BANKS) have basically only one product…loans. Abraham Maslow said, “When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” Banks only see one thing…debt.

And hear me loud and clear. This is not all of QE3. The Fed will quietly continue to print TRILLIONS of dollars and flood the world with them. Today’s announcement is akin to a magician distracting you with his left hand while the magic trick is being done with his right hand.

I want you to understand how dreadfully serious QE3 is. QE1 and QE2 were stimulus packages that utterly failed. But 1 and 2 were limited in amounts. QE3 has no outer or upper limit. The Federal Reserve will print as much money as they desire or need to keep the charade going. That means that hyperinflation is both guaranteed and imminent.

John Williams, owner and editor of Shadowstats.com, predicts that hyperinflation will hit America in 2014. That is 15 months from now. That means that anything that is either greenback currency, or any investment tied to Federal Reserve currency, will very rapidly lose its value.

Let me lay out the scenario for you:

1. There is no fix for Washington’s runaway spending. Even if Washington confiscated ALL the income generated in the American economy, DC would still be insolvent. If DC cut out all government spending except Social Security and Medicare, they would still be insolvent. There is no way to bring the system back into fiscal correctness where DC only spent what it takes in.

2. The Federal Reserve cannot even acknowledge or discuss the truth about the spending problem. If the Fed admitted that QE 1 and 2 were failures, they could certainly not justify QE3. And if they admitted that they can do nothing else but continue to issue more fiat money, they would expose the entire world financial system as the counterfeiting scheme it truly is. If the Fed chairman confessed that everything he has done has failed, he would likely get fired. Remember what Paul Volker did 30 years ago. He allowed interest rates to rise until they were north of 20%, and it brought some needed correction into markets. What Volker did worked. What Bernanke has done has not worked. But he cannot now turn an about face and do what Volker did. Bernanke believes in regulating interest rates at nearly zero percent, which only enriches the banksters and punishes anyone who is an investor or saver. Investing and saving is where capital comes from. And there are trillions of dollars in cash in America’s business that the businesses refuse to invest because of the Fed.

3. There will be a worldwide debt selloff.Think about your own situation. If you had a wad of cash stashed under the mattress, and you knew that it would quickly become worthless, what would YOU do? You would try to spend it or trade it for something of value. Nations are no different. Nations are people…governments are people. When the rest of the nations of the world that hold US Securities understand that QE3 will flood the world with dollars that are worth less and less, those nations will begin accelerating their selling of US Bonds. But who will buy them? The rest of the world understands the scheme, because kings and governments have debauched their monies for millennia. The world financial system today relies upon inflation simply to keep going. And DC and The Fed know that they can pay their debts with Dollars, even though they are becoming worthless. But the inflation rate will now begin to accelerate until it is a fire that cannot be quenched.

4. The Fed is the buyer of last resort. They MUST buy the debt held by the world.Why? (A) To prevent anybody holding US securities from selling too many too fast. Dumping securities would cause a global bond collapse. A “collapse” is what happens when the prices of bonds fall precipitously (too many bonds for sale at once) at the same time demand dries up. That means that nobody wants US Securities at any price. And all the nations…all the massive institutional investors…ALL know this. But as in #3 above, bondholders are going to know that the money they get paid for the US securities will be worth less and less. (B) Eventually, when Washington holds its monthly bond auctions, there won’t be any buyers…that is, except the Federal Reserve.

5. Here comes hyperinflation. All our lives we have accepted an inflation rate of 3-4% a year as normal. As QE3 moves forward, inflation (which is actually now at about 8-9% per year) will quickly change to 8-9% per month. Shortly, 8-9% per week will jolt us. And THEN it will get worse. If you don’t know what happened to the money in Zimbabwe, do a Google search. A couple years ago, I bought 160 trillion of Zimbabwe money and it cost me $3.00. That will happen here in America.

Hyperinflation destroys the lower and middle classes. Think about it. If you are a middle class person, working and earning a living, you only have just so much discretionary income in your budget. You may even have no discretionary income in your budget, and your outgo exceeds your income. If prices double on the things you buy to survive, what will you do? But think about the upper class…the wealthy. They can more easily ride out a doubling of prices, since their living expenses are a smaller percentage of their income and assets. Inflation has always been the cruelest way for governments to steal from their citizens, and it has been done for millennia.

6. Then cometh the collapse of the West. Unless you get your assets out of anything that is tied to the US Dollar and into gold and silver and other hard assets, YOU. WILL. LOSE. EVERYTHING. At some point, anybody selling anything will stop accepting Federal Reserve notes in payment. But before that, America will descend into chaos, violence, crime and death on a level never before witnessed.

7. From the ashes of this historic cataclysm, groups of individuals will form that want to establish new nations of their own. And when DC has collapsed, and its counterfeiter The Federal Reserve loses control, there will be little to prevent secession and liberty.

If you do not believe that this scenario can happen or will happen, I invite you to tell me about a reasonable alternative scenario in which America digs its way out of this morass.

The year 2014 is only 15 months away. Washington and the Federal Reserve are your enemies. They only care about their own survival.

The only thing you should be concerned about right now is CAPITAL PRESERVATION. FORGET RETURN ON INVESTMENT. Get out of your 401K and IRAs. Take the penalties and get your cash. Get your money out of anything and everything that is tied to the US Dollar. I recommend that you buy a big safe for your home from Liberty Safes. I recommend that you take your cash and buy 50% gold, 30% silver and keep 20% in US Cash.You can afford to manage 20% of your savings as hyperinflation begins, but you cannot afford to lose 100% of your money. Put your hard assets in the safe. Get smart!

Secession is the only hope for individual liberty and property rights in North America.

DumpDC. Six Letters That Can Change History.

Copyright 2012 Russell D. Longcore. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is gladly given, provided full credit is given.


Flash Editorials May 5, 2012

May 5, 2012

By Russell D. Longcore

The Nation I: This week, Warren Buffet and Berkshire Hathaway are hosting their annual meeting in Omaha. Thousands will attend. You gotta give the old boy his snaps. He has become one of the world’s wealthiest men in the stock market and owning companies. But a big part of his amassed wealth came from doing business with the Federal Government. So is it any wonder that in his doting years, he says stupid things like “the wealthy should pay more income taxes?” His “Buffet Rule” legislation went down in flames last week in Congress. But think about this. No one is preventing any wealthy individual from writing an extra check to the US Treasury. So this is not about the wealthy paying more voluntarily. This is all about being forced to pay more at the threat of death or imprisonment. This is all so extraordinarily disingenuous. The Congress carries the water for business. The tax code for business owners is laden with tax benefits and tax credits that employees don’t get. Employees don’t have their capital at risk, and they don’t deserve business tax breaks. But we all deserve less taxation. So instead of stealing more from the wealthy, let’s see someone slash EVERYBODY’S tax rates. Even better would be a ten percent national sales tax and no income tax.

The Nation II: President Obama made a surprise trip to Afghanistan this week to keep the fictional account of the murder of Osama bin Laden alive, now one year old. This was a campaign speech wrapped in an even bigger lie. Obama didn’t cap Osama. Bin Laden died of kidney failure back in 2002. Too bad presidential lies are not felonies.

International I: In the wake of the nuclear meltdown in Japan, the Japanese government has closed all of its nuclear plants for the first time in 40 years. Now they expect brownouts and rolling blackouts. Out of the frying pan into the fire. Hey Japan!!! Ever heard of the Molten Salt Reactor, using thorium as fuel? Totally safe, no radioactive waste, 60-year-old technology? China has…

Business: At a Sotheby’s auction Wednesday, one of the original four versions of Edvard Munch’s painting The Scream (you know, white face, mouth gaping open, eyes wide…kind of looks like that mask from the horror films) sold for $119,922,500…a new record. The winning bidder had way more money than common sense.

In tonight’s commercial message. Here are the most important questions I could ask you: Are you living the dream? Do you spend as much time with the people you love as you want to? Are you living in the home of your dreams? Are you living in the spot in the world that you dream of? Do you drive the car of your dreams? Do you have a dream of helping others in some charity that remains unfulfilled? And let’s talk about where we spend a huge chunk of our time…at work. Are you working at the job of your dreams? Are you making the kind of money you always dreamed of earning? Were you able to answer “YES” to any of those questions? Most people I know are not living the dream…whatever that phrase means to THEM. I can’t tell you what YOUR dream is. But if you could not answer “YES”, how are you planning to make your dreams come true? There is a racing analogy that works well here: You must have the right vehicle but you must be the right driver. Think about it. If you have a NASCAR or Formula One car, and you’re the driver, you’ll probably get yourself killed in a race. And if you take the best NASCAR or Formula One driver and put him in a Volkswagen Beetle, he has no chance of winning. To win and make your dreams come true, you must be the right driver in the right vehicle. Here is another important question: How important ARE your dreams to you? Do you have a burning desire to make them come true…or do you just enjoy fantasizing about what it would be like to live the dream? Most of the people I spend time with are in the first category. They are working hard to make their dreams come true. Even if you have the right vehicle and you don’t think you’re the right driver, cheer up!! You can Learn to be a great driver…the driver of your dreams! If you’d like to learn more about making your dreams come true, and whether or not my energy business could be the right vehicle for you, send me an email at russlongcore@gmail.com. We can talk about it possibly designing a plan to make your dreams come true!

Economy I: The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 330,475 in the week ending April 28, a decrease of 40,158 from the previous week. Yet, the Labor Department reported 365,000 new jobless claims last week. And here is a new piece of information I have never seen before, Today, the St. Louis Federal Reserve released a Bureau of Labor Statistics chart and report about Americans in the category “Not In The Labor Force.” Their report showed 88,419,000 Americans that have functionally dropped out of the labor force altogether. The chart only records up to 88 million people. Now…do you wonder how the government-released unemployment rate can be between 8-9% when 88 million adults are not employed in America? Folks, there are only about 315 million living people in America, and 25% of them are below age 18. Do the math. That means the REAL unemployment rate is about 25%. This statistic makes the Great Depression of the 1930 look pale by comparison.
Here is the chart.

Sports: Former NFL All-pro linebacker Junior Seau died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound this week. Seau is the eighth player from the 1994 Chargers championship team to die. We will all learn more about Seau’s life as the story unfolds, but there is something real bad about the head trauma that is happening in the league all the time. A lot of old players are ending up with dementia and other ailments from old football injuries. But this is the most violent sport in America. There weren’t too many Roman Gladiators that enjoyed a soft retirement either.

Entertainment: The movie The Avengers opens this weekend, and many are predicting that it will have the biggest box office first weekend in history, even bigger than the biggest Harry Potter opening weekend. Go see Nick Fury and his team of The Hulk, Ironman, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow and Hawkeye whip some bad guy butt. Written and directed by Joss Whedon of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly.At a theatre near you!

Dump DC: Six Letters That Can Change History.

Copyright 2012: Russell D. Longcore. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is gladly granted, provided full credit is given.


Flash Editorials April 28, 2012

April 28, 2012

By Russell D. Longcore

Let’s get this puppy started! Oops, gotta be careful. If Obama sees this, he might the idea to get some dogburgers delivered from some oriental restaurant in DC.

The Nation I: Mittens Romney won all four primaries last Tuesday. Big F***ing deal. Remember that you are going to vote for the lesser of two evils in November. And shame on you if you vote at all. If your vote, you are part of the problem, not part of the solution.

The Nation II: In our “Delusional Sociopath” Department, we gladly announce that Newt Gingrich has pulled out of the race. He probably will expect a Cabinet appointment or ambassadorship. I hope Romney makes Newt the Ambassador to BumfuckEgyptistan; or South Sudan, which is in a civil war.

The Nation III: Because the only thing that matters in the Mainstream Media is the Presidential race, let’s talk about who will be Mittens’ VP choice. There is lots of talk about Senator Marco Rubio of Florida. Small problem. Both of Rubio’s parents were born in Cuba. According to the oft-ignored old Constitution, “Natural Born Citizen does not mean just born on American soil. One must also be born of parents who were born on American soil. But why should that stop the Republicans? Sure as hell didn’t stop Barry Soetoro aka Barack Obama.

International I: Spain has made a move toward totalitarianism, and I promise you that the eyes of other nations are on this move. This week, the Madrid government banned cash transactions over $2,500 Euros between anybody, individuals or businesses. This is a blatant destruction of individual rights. They SAY that the move is aimed to combat black market activities. But I’m throwing the bullshit flag on Spain. This is about one thing…making sure that the Spanish government gets all the tax revenue it can collect. But in a wider sense, the order sets the stage for the cashless world system that all the governments would like to see…complete control of every individual. The funniest thing is that in my opinion, this will make the black market more vibrant, not less. The Black Market always figures out a way to avoid and evade the taxman.

International II: In the French primary election, President Nicolas Sarkozy came in second to socialist Francois Hollande. The French people don’t seem to want a national government that only spends what it takes in. They don’t want the austerity measures that are required for the French government to continue. France wants bread and circuses. Soon they will have neither.

International III: In March, Russia and Mexico each bought nearly $1 Billion in gold bullion. Mexico bought 16.8 TONS of gold, valued at $906.4 Million, and Russia bought 16.5 tons. The governments of Russia and Mexico understand very clearly, what is about to happen to the US Dollar. And don’t forget that China is likely the largest gold producer in the world, since they don’t release their mining figures. Speak Mandarin yet?

Business: Mad Cow Disease has been discovered in a cow in California. One dairy cow was found to have bovine spongiform encephalopathy, (BSE), otherwise known as Mad Cow disease. Seem a company was picking up dead cows for rendering, which means they cut up animals, boil the meat off the bones and use nearly every part of the animal for something, including cow feed. Yes friends, cows are fed cow by-products. As a matter of course, this company randomly tests for BSE. And the first test came back negative. Why they tested a second time, I don’t know. But they found the disease in this one cow. If you ever want to know what happens to cattle in the American beef industry just Google the words “cattle cruelty” and watch some of the videos there. You’ll think twice about your next Whopper. In today’s America, only grass-fed, free-range, drug-free organic beef is safe to eat. Remember, the USDA regulates the food industry, and they lie all the time, just like the rest of the Federal Government. If only random testing occurs, you know that other diseased cows are getting through without being discovered. And what doctor or hospital would want to reveal that Mad Cow disease killed someone? The political pressure to hide it to protect the Beef Industry would be enormous.

But here’s tonight’s commercial message. Here are the most important questions I could ask you: Are you living the dream? Do you spend as much time with the people you love as you want to? Are you living in the home of your dreams? Are you living in the spot in the world that you dream of? Do you drive the car of your dreams? Do you have a dream of helping others in some charity that remains unfulfilled? And let’s talk about where we spend a huge chunk of our time…at work. Are you working at the job of your dreams? Are you making the kind of money you always dreamed of earning? Were you able to answer “YES” to any of those questions? Most people I know are not living the dream…whatever that phrase means to THEM. I can’t tell you what YOUR dream is. But if you could not answer “YES”, how are you planning to make your dreams come true? There is a racing analogy that works well here: You must have the right vehicle but you must be the right driver. Think about it. If you have a NASCAR or Formula One car, and you’re the driver, you’ll probably get yourself killed in a race. And if you take the best NASCAR or Formula One driver and put him in a Volkswagen Beetle, he has no chance of winning. To win and make your dreams come true, you must be the right driver in the right vehicle. Here is another important question: How important ARE your dreams to you? Do you have a burning desire to make them come true…or do you just enjoy fantasizing about what it would be like to live the dream? Most of the people I spend time with are in the first category. They are working hard to make their dreams come true. Even if you have the right vehicle and you don’t think you’re the right driver, cheer up!! You can Learn to be a great driver…the driver of your dreams! If you’d like to learn more about making your dreams come true, and whether or not my energy business could be the right vehicle for you, send me an email at russlongcore@gmail.com. We can talk about it possibly design a plan to make your dreams come true!

Economy I: The number of actual new unemployment claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 366,743 in the week ending April 21, a decrease of 3,484 from the previous week. Yet, the Labor Department reported 388,000 new jobless claims last week. Folks, think about this. Every week for almost two years, a group of people the size of Oakland, California or Omaha, Nebraska get laid off. For TWO YEARS. That is 100 weeks of Omaha-sized layoffs. Recovery, my ass. Every time you see a news story that even hints at recovery, you should throw the bullshit flag at your TV.

Sports: NBA Player Ron Artest, who changed his name to Metta World Peace, had a bad case of stupid while his Lakers were playing the OKC Thunder last Sunday. Mr. Peace threw an elbow that hit Thunder player James Harden right behind his left ear, sending him to the floor with a concussion. Candyass NBA Commissioner David Stern only suspended Metta for seven games. What a disgrace Stern is. The Peaceman should be fined a month’s salary and suspended for the remainder of the season. That would send a message. But the fans like NBA Thugball, just like they like NHL Hockey. So the thuggery will continue.

Entertainment: Donald Trump’s Miss Universe Pageant has a dude competing this year with all the girls. Canada’s contestant (Canada??) is 23-year-old Jenna Talackova, who may look like a girl, but still has the XY chromosomes the rest of us guys have. It was only four years ago that he had a dick-ectomy. Have you seen this guy? He’s totally hot…no Adam’s apple issues, no five o’clock shadow, no deep voice, great set of hooters. No RuPaul action here. Actually looks a lot like Lisa Kudrow of the old Friends sitcom. Wait a minute! I hear some of you clucking your tongues because I think he’s real pretty. But my wife says that I’m just a lesbian trapped in a man’s body. After all, I like to do the same stuff lesbians do, except I do not need a strap-on. Makes sense to me…

Dump DC: Six Letters That Can Change History.

Copyright 2012: Russell D. Longcore. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is gladly granted, provided full credit is given.


Flash Editorials April 21, 2012

April 21, 2012

By Russell D. Longcore

The Nation I: Twelve Secret Service agents and ten military personnel went to Colombia on an advance security detail before the President attended a meeting in Cartagena last week. They stuck to the old adage…”wheels up, rings off.” When they got there, they rounded up at least 20 hookers and did what men do with hookers. The next morning, one of the agents tried to stiff (yes, I know) his paramour and she called the cops. I don’t know what the big furor is. Men of too much power and too little morals regularly step out of line. And military personnel? Please! Ever been to the area just outside a military base? More titty bars, porn shops and massage parlors per square mile than anywhere else. I’m just thinking that they were good consumers trying to get a volume discount. It’s laughable that anyone in America cares about this while this President is taking American into the gulag as fast as he can. Perspective, folks…perspective.

The Nation II: This week, the Virginia Legislature overwhelmingly passed a bill that nullifies the National Defense Authorization Act. The governor has promised to sign the bill. You remember where Virginia is? Sharing a common border with Washington DC? This is a small glimmer of hope that the states haven’t completely caved in to DC’s plans for America. But signing a bill don’t mean shit. Let’s see what Virginia law enforcement does when some Federal goon tries to enforce the NDAA on a Virginia citizen. I hope the Virginia law allows for clapping a Fed in irons and throwing him in jail…if he didn’t get shot first.

The Nation III: George Zimmerman had a good week. One judge recused herself from his case, and in Friday’s hearing, another judge granted him bail at $150,000…of which he only has to post 10% to be free from the Greybar Hotel. In a newsclip, I saw Zim’s lawyer questioning one of the detectives in the case. He asked him if the police had any evidence who started the fight that ended in Martin’s death. “No,” the cop replied. The attorney was trying to make the case that a charge of Second Degree Murder was a politically motivated charge, not based in facts. Zim’s lawyer won. Naturally, the family of Martin was not happy.

International I: India successfully launched a missile on Thursday that can carry a nuclear warhead up to 5,000 kilometers. Why isn’t Washington having a hissy fit? Iran doesn’t have anywhere close to this technology. And India is buying oil from Iran with gold and rupees. Answer: because India has a billion people and isn’t cowed by DC. Answer 2: India also has lots of gold and is one of the BRIC nations. India doesn’t need America, except to pay for Tech Support and Customer Service.

International II: In Bahrain, the government and protesters are having constant violent clashes, and much blood is being spilled on both sides. The Formula One Grand Prix event is supposed to be held there Sunday, but race officials are talking about canceling the event. That’ll show em. Nothing worse than a spinout when a tire runs through a puddle of blood.

Business: I saw a video Friday by Gerald Celente, founder of the Trends Research Institute. He was talking about how the rich and powerful can steal billions in fraudulent scams and go scot free, yet if you or I steal a pack of gum from the 7-11 we will be face down on the pavement with a cop’s knee on our neck. And he’s right. When banks and investment houses can play fast and loose with your money, you don’t really own it. Here is Celente’s money quote: “If you don’t have your money, it’s not yours.” The only money you can count on is the money that you physically hold and can touch. Celente has liquidated all his paper investments and is 100% in gold and silver. In fact, Celente had made a purchase of gold on a future delivery contract through MF Global, and when that company went bankrupt, there went his gold purchase. He said he’s recovered about 60% of his money, but the rest is gone. And this video by Celente only backs up what I have been telling you now for months…How much of your savings and investments should you keep in stocks, bonds and mutual funds? Only that amount you are willing to completely lose. Liquidate ALL paper assets right now and get into precious metals that you can hold and touch.

That brings me to tonight’s commercial message. Quick Question: Do you know how much invested money it takes for you to earn $1,000 month in income without touching the principal? The math is easy. $1,000 a month is $12,000 a year, right? But what kind of return on investment can you expect these days? Could you get a 3% return? Maybe. But let’s use that number. You would have to have $400,000 in some investment that earned 3% a year to get yourself $1,000 a month. Next question: How many of you could live on $1,000 a month? Don’t you need $3,000…$4,000…$8,000 or more to live? And we haven’t factored in the inflation rate, which is about 3% and is going higher. Do you have $1.2 million, or $1.6 million…or $3.2 million in investments? No young families I know have that kind of money. Only a few six-figure income earners that I know have it either. And in an economic depression…which we are in NOW…putting that kind of money away is next to impossible. But there’s a business in America right now that throws off monthly income just like an annuity. It’s my energy business. Think about your utility bills. You pay your energy bills every month, and every month, your energy provider earns a little profit on your payment. Now multiply that times thousands. Folks, there is a huge amount of money in the energy business, and you could get paid just like the big monopolies. Imagine owning a business that throws off income every month on a life-essential service that every adult that lives indoors pays every month. To learn more about this unique business, and see if this business is right for you, go to: MasterpieceEnergy.com. Look to the left and click on “The Ignite Business Plan” to learn about a truly recession-proof business.

Economy I: The number of actual new unemployment claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 367,550 in the week ending April 14, a decrease of 22,916 from the previous week. Yet, the Labor Department reported 386,000 new jobless claims last week. I know that many of you just skip over this because this heading is always the same, showing how breathtakingly stupid the Labor Department is. But think a little deeper, friends. Labor is only one Federal department or bureaucracy. You’ve seen how the GSA acts when no one’s looking. And the Secret Service imbroglio is merely the tip of the iceberg. ALL OF THE bureaucracies are wildly wasteful, and they know that Americans won’t do ANYTHING about it.

Sports: OOPS! At a team event, the parent of one of the University of Alabama’s football players was holding the $30,000 Waterford crystal football-shaped trophy when he caught his shoe on a rug. He dropped the trophy which shattered on the floor. Team officials are looking for a way to replace the trophy. Excuse me? This is easy. The parent likely has homeowner’s insurance, which provides liability insurance. File a claim with his insurer, and call Waterford. They still remember how to make the trophy…they make one each year. Done.

Entertainment: So sorry to hear of the passing of two enormous talents in music. Levon Helm, the founder of The Band, died Thursday after a long battle with cancer. A gentle man, superb musician and a gentleman, he was still performing until recently. And Dick Clark died this week from a heart attack. Clark founded “American Bandstand,” the teen music show that started all other rock music shows. I remember in the early 60s that “Bandstand” came on ABC at noon on Saturdays. Everybody I knew tried to be home for the show on Saturdays. You might not know that Clark also created and produced the American Music Awards show that has been fantastically successful for decades. Both men made enormous contributions to American music.

Dump DC: Six Letters That Can Change History.

Copyright 2012: Russell D. Longcore. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is gladly granted, provided full credit is given.


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