Monday, September 21, 2009

Something From Nothing

Money doesn't grow on trees, but it can spontaneously come into existence... If you're part of the Federal Reserve System.

Banks lend money not only to their customers, but to each other as well.
When money is deposited into a bank, federal regulation requires the bank to hold a certain amount of that money in reserve, the rest they can invest or loan to other banks.

For the sake of this demonstration, we will say the percentage a bank must keep is 20%. In reality, that number is actually lower.

What happens?

Bank 1 receives $100.
Twenty percent, $20, is held in reserve. The remaining 80%, $80, is loaned to Bank 2.

This continues, and is shown in my following table:


Now, most banks have much more than $100 in their possession, so imagine that number multiplied by 1000 or 10,000.

That's an extra $2,859,300 that doesn't actually exist.

And people wonder what's wrong with our economy...

Monday, June 22, 2009

Public Protest, and act of Terrorism?

First Amendment to the United States Constitution:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.


According to the Department of Defense's Antiterrorism Awareness training course (a requirement for all DOD personnel), public protest is considered an act of terrorism.

I've been talking a lot recently about our right to keep arms, but it is not the only right that is under attack.

It's not about making you "safer"; it's about power.
That power can only come from stripping our citizens of their rights.

Life. Liberty. Property.
Those are your rights.
Don't give them up.



(Source http://www.contracostatimes.com/politics/ci_12589887#)

Sunday, June 14, 2009

The Progressive Party

The words "Republican" and "Democrat" mean nothing.
Forget the two party-system.

Understand that both are the same.

It is called progressivism. It is historically based on Mussolini's Fascism.
When fascism (a leftest movement) was introduced by Mussolini, it was embraced by many throughout the world. Until Adolf Hitler used fascism to fulfill his genocide, it was not considered the "dirty word" that it is today.
Fascism was the answer. It was the way of the future. It was progressive. It was enlightenment.
The enlightened ones would lead the progress of the nation beyond the "old" ways of socialism and capitalism. It was the Third Way.
The present Progressive Party (like Obama, Clinton, Bush, our mass media) is based directly on classic fascism.

We, those who believe in the constitution, state sovereignty, and individual rights, are a standing challenge to this movement.
For this to fully succeed, we must be stripped of our rights.
We must be stripped of our power.

Any President who declares so simply that those who oppose him shall have no rights, will, himself, be removed from power. It must be said carefully; it must be executed in calculated steps.

The Department of Homeland Security has recently released a report titled "Rightwing Extremists". This report, without evidence, links many different groups and ideas into a single "extremist" unit. These groups include:
  • White Supremacists
  • Anti-Semites
  • Anti-Abortionists
  • Veterans of recent wars
  • Supporters of state sovereignty
  • Supporters of our country's constitution
  • Supporters of a Free-trade economy
  • Supporters of a limited federal government
  • Supporters of the individual rights to Life, Liberty, and Property.

These are, by the DHS report, linked into a single entity.

I am a supporter of State Sovereignty, our Constitution, Capitalism, Limited Government, and Individual Rights.
I do not, in any way, support or sympathize with race-supremacists, anti-Semites, or any violent organization.
And yet, DHS has linked us into a single group.


Obama has recently taken actions that have angered myself, and the great many who share my views. I believe this is intentional.
He wants frustration within us.
As our frustration build, those groups who are truly extreme (the supremacists, the anti-Semites, etc) will unleash their frustration in violent ways. We have already seen it; two attacks within weeks.
As the media reports on these attacks, they refer to the terrorist as a rightwing extremist.
In doing this, they are effectively holding responsible for this attack, every person who believes in limited government, every man and women who has served in our nations armed forces, every member of the libertarian party, and many other honest citizens of these United States who disagree with the Progressive party.

These jihadist acts were carried out by individual domestic terrorists, yet as they choose to hold all of us responsible for these acts, they are labeling each of us as a potential threat; each of us as a potential terrorist.

A new bill introduced to the house has been written to restrict and deny the sale or trade of firearms to any person whom the attorney general deems a potential terrorist. That includes me; that likely includes you. That includes every citizen who has served to protect our constitution as a member of our Armed Forces.
The ability to bear arms is a right (perhaps a duty) of every honest citizen of our nation. The right to protect one's own life is a right that should never be infringed. If the government gains the ability to choose who is allowed to defend their own lives, they will have effectively abolished our right to Life.

As they label each of us as an individual terrorist threat, the next step is to show organization. Remembering who they have defined as a Rightwing extremist, organization can be shown in everything from violent KKK rallies to the peaceful "tea party" protests and the 9/12 Project.

As they label us as violent and show that we can organize, they can then suggest that we pose a greater threat; to suggest that we may carry-out large scale terrorist attacks against our country. At this point, myself, my family (perhaps yours as well) will be declared a threat to national security.

George W. Bush signed the Patriot Act into law.
This Act gives the government the power to deny various rights to those they consider dangerous terrorists and threats to security of our nation.

As they label us as terrorist, they gain the power to legally deny us our freedom.
When they gain this power, they will have effectively abolished our right of Liberty.

Without the rights of Life and Liberty, the right of Property means nothing.

Now, readers, please understand: I do not believe our government will round us up and ship us to Guantanamo. However, what I hope I have shown is how the government has given itself the power to do so, should they wish.
They have given themselves the power to deny you every right our founder's believed was given to you by nature's god.
Whether they use this power or not is irrelevant.

They have the power. That is what matters.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

No Guns For You, Mr. Extremist.

Step One: Define all conservatives, libertarians, and combat veterans as possible terrorists.
DONE!

Step Two: Restrict sales of firearms to possible terrorists.
In progress.

Nobody can really vote against it; If they did, they'd be accused of supporting terrorism.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

No Taxation Without Representation

"No taxation without representation"

Great words; words I believe in.

I currently live in the tax-free state of New Hampshire.

My weekly pay-check shows my hourly rate, number of hours worked, federal tax, FICA (more federal tax), and.... State tax.

"State tax? NH doesn't have an income tax," you may say.


And you would be right, but Maine does.
Why is the state of Maine taking the money of a citizen of New Hampshire?

Because I work there.



I do not live in Maine.

I can not vote in Maine.


Why am I paying taxes to a government in which I have no representation?

USOM

Technically, Missouri is right.
I am a militia member.

You probably are, too!

If you are a male 17-45 years-of-age, or a female in the national guard, you are part of the US Militia.

Check it:


United States Code: TITLE 10 > Subtitle A > PART I > CHAPTER 13 > § 311

(a) The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard.
(b) The classes of the militia are—
(1) the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard and the Naval Militia; and
(2) the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of the militia who are not members of the National Guard or the Naval Militia.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Is That a Combination "Knife/Pliers/Flashlight/Bottle Opener/Pry Bar/Screw Driver/Coffee Maker" in Your Pants, Or are You Just Happy to See Me?

My favorite pair of pants are my Riggs Ranger's.

They are comfortable, and are among the most durable pants I own. The leg seams are triple-stitched, the back pockets are lined with Cordur, and the knees are reinforced and vented.

They also provides plenty of room. The front pockets are 13 inches deep, and the two side pockets are bellowed.

Why would I need so much space?
I don't exactly need it per se, but I certainly like using it.

Here's a list of the stuff I like to carry in my various pockets:

Front Right: Keltec P3-AT
Change: Various coins
Front Left: Flashlight, Pro-mag Tactical Pen, mini Swiss army knife, Chapstick, SwissTech Micro Plus 8-in-1
Back Right: Wallet
Back Left: Varies
Right Cargo (Main): [usually empty]
Right Cargo (Secondary, Small): Gerber EAB Pocket Knife
Right Cargo (Secondary, Large): Cellphone
Left Cargo: Gerber Artifact,
Belt loop: Keys

Yes, that's a lot of stuff.

I also wear a JayPee Trouser belt. It's 1.5 inches wide, and made of very thick, sturdy leather.
In winter, there may be a Taurus PT24/7 Pro on that belt.



Leave a comment: What do you carry on you?

Friday, March 20, 2009

Firearm Accessories "Giving Away You Position"?

Anybody who's bought accessories for their firearm has probably heard of this. Things like rattling QD slings, loud safeties, flashlights, lasers, etc. will "give away your position."

Tamara K. has a great article about this.
Check it out.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Gerber Artifact Mini Tool

Gerber Artifact Mini Tool
Stats
* Overall Length: 4.8" approx
* Length Closed: 3.5"
* Blade: EAB #11 hobby blade
* Weight:
* Safety: None
* Lock: Frame
* Action: Thumb pad
* Tools: blade, cross driver, flat driver x2, bottle opener, wire stripper, pry-bar
MSRP: $14.86


What I like:
I was surprised to find how useful a small pry-bar can be; it works great on staples, too. The cross-driver is easy to use. It's various tools all seem functional. Despite the shape, it is not uncomfortable to keep in one's pocket. The blade can be cheaply replaced, extending the life of the tool, and eliminating the need to sharpen it. The blade locks open very securely.

What I don't like:
The blade, advertised as one-hand-opening, it a pain to access. Literally. I find it hard to open and requires pressing a finger very close to the edge of the blade, even when using two hands. An extremely sharp blade and a lot of pressure is a combination likely to cause injury.

Overall:
I bought mine for $10, and it's certainly worth the money. The difficulty in opening the blade does significantly reduce it's overall usefulness, however. It probably will not replace your usual multi-tool, but it is an outstanding choice to compliment it.


UPDATE:
The blade has loosened up considerable. It's still not one-handed, but it's very easy when using both.
I am still surprised by how useful this tool has been.
Recommended!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

BK Sizes

Burger King recently renamed all of their sizes.

Why?

No clue.

But it's really getting annoying.

Names used to be:
  1. Small
  2. Medium
  3. Large
  4. King
Names are now:
  1. Value
  2. Small
  3. Medium
  4. Large
The sizes are the same. Size 1 is still size 1.

What's it mean?
When I order a medium drink and a medium french fry, I'm actually getting a size 3, which is much more than I a) want to spend, and b) want to eat.

Also, if I order a small, expecting it to cost a dollar (plus tax; like the value menu says), I suddenly find that the register has rung up at $1.75.

It's annoying. There's no reason for that.

Darn you BK. I used to prefer you over McD's.

Now I'm not so sure.

Friday, February 20, 2009

That Doesn't Make Cents...

Yes. Pennies.

Before 1982, a US Cent (commonly called a 'penny') was produced of an alloy containing 95% copper. In 1982, it was determined that the cost of the copper used to make the cent exceeded the face value of the coin (at times by double). Therefore, during that year, the composition of the cent was chanced to a zinc core, coated in a thin layer of copper. A metal of current cent is worth approximately 60% of the coin's face value.

Now, due to inflation, it costs the mint more to produce a cent than that cent is worth.

I think it's time for another change.
I think the cent is in its final days.

Think about it: who uses single cents?
Do you?

I propose we eliminate the one cent piece completely.

When I have mentioned this to people in the past, they usually respond with a question regarding change from the purchase of an item costing $0.99 or something similier. "What? Should all of our prices end in a 0 or a 5?"

No.
They should all end in a 0.

I propose we also eliminate the 5 cent piece. When is that last time you bought an item for only 5 cents? When is the last time you based a purchasing decision based on a 5 cent difference? If I am thirsty, I will buy a drink regardless of whether it's $0.95 or $1.00.

If we drop the 1 and 5 cent pieces, we would simply drop the last decimal place. Rather than pricing down to the hundredths of a dollar, we simply price to the tenth. What was "a dollar and fifty cents" would become "a dollar and 5 tenths".

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While I'm on the topic of our currency, why do we still use one dollar bills?
I believe we should fully utilize the dollar coin, and eliminate the one dollar bill.
Initially, it will produce more to mint a coin than to print a dollar bill. However, that coin can last over 50 years, while the lifespan of a dollar bill is a mere year and a half. That's over 3300%! The extra cost of minting the coin would be far out-weighed by the much smaller number needing to be produced.

The reason the dollar coin is not currently more popular, I've been told, is it's weight. Many people say they do not want to carry all that extra weight in the pockets, but I think most will find that, realistically, they don't carry that many single dollars at once. I doubt they would notice such a minor increase in weight. The most you would need to carry would be 4. After that, you could use a $5 bill.


Your thoughts?

Monday, January 12, 2009

Distorted Ukulele

Here's a little something I threw together on my new electric ukulele.

The guy who sold it to me thought I was crazy when I started checking out the distortion pedals...

Maybe I am...