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Our world is changing at a pace that is so staggering these days that it can be really hard to fully grasp the significance of what we are witnessing.  Hopefully the collection of random facts below will help you to “connect the dots” just a little bit.  On one level, the facts below may not seem related.  However, what they all do have in common is that they show just how much the United States has fundamentally changed.  Do you ever just sit back and wonder what in the world has happened to America?  The truth is that the America that so many of us once loved so much has been shattered into a thousand pieces.  The “land of the free and the home of the brave” has been transformed into a socialized Big Brother nanny state that is oozing with corruption and has accumulated the biggest mountain of debt in the history of the world.  The greatest economic machine that the world has ever seen is falling apart before our very eyes, and even when our politicians actually try to do something right (which is quite rare) the end result is still a bunch of garbage.  For those who still love this land (and there are a lot of us) it is heartbreaking to watch America slowly die.

The following are 50 random facts that show just how dramatically America has changed….

#50) A new report released by the United Nations is publicly calling for the establishment of a world currency and none of the major news networks are even covering it.

#49) The state of California is so broke that Arnold Schwarzenegger has ordered California State Controller John Chiang to reduce state worker pay for July to the federal minimum allowed by law — $7.25 an hour for most state workers.

#48) A police officer in Oklahoma recently tasered an 86-year-old disabled grandma in her bed and stepped on her oxygen hose until she couldn’t breathe because they considered her to be a “threat”.

#47) In early 2009, U.S. net national savings as a percentage of GDP went negative for the first time since 1952, and it has continued its downward trend since then.

#46) Corexit 9500 is so incredibly toxic that the UK’s Marine Management Organization has completely banned it, so if there was a major oil spill in the North Sea, BP would not be able to use it.  And yet BP has dumped over a million gallons of dispersants such as Corexit 9500 into the Gulf of Mexico.

#45) For the first time in U.S. history, more than 40 million Americans are on food stamps, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture projects that number will go up to 43 million Americans in 2011.

#44) It has come out that one employee used a Federal Emergency Management Agency credit card to buy $4,318 in “Happy Birthday” gift cards.  Two other FEMA officials charged the cost of 360 golf umbrellas ($9,000) to the taxpayers.

#43) Researchers at the State University of New York at Buffalo received $389,000 from the U.S. government to pay 100 residents of Buffalo $45 each to record how much malt liquor they drink and how much pot they smoke each day.

#42) The average duration of unemployment in the United States has risen to an all-time high.

#41) The bottom 40 percent of all income earners in the United States now collectively own less than 1 percent of the nation’s wealth.

#40) In the U.S., the average federal worker now earns about twice as much as the average worker in the private sector.

#39) Back in 1950 each retiree’s Social Security benefit was paid for by 16 workers.  Today, each retiree’s Social Security benefit is paid for by approximately 3.3 workers.  By 2025 it is projected that there will be approximately two workers for each retiree.

#38) According to a U.S. Treasury Department report to Congress, the U.S. national debt will top $13.6 trillion this year and climb to an estimated $19.6 trillion by 2015.

#37) The federal government actually has the gall to ask for online donations that will supposedly go towards paying off the national debt.

#36) The Cactus Bug Project at the University Of Florida was allocated $325,394 in economic stimulus funds to study the mating decisions of cactus bugs.

#35) A dinner cruise company in Chicago got nearly $1 million in economic stimulus funds to combat terrorism.

#34) It is being reported that a 6-year-old girl from Ohio is on the “no fly” list maintained by U.S. Homeland Security.

#33) During the first quarter of 2010, the total number of loans that are at least three months past due in the United States increased for the 16th consecutive quarter.

#32) According to a new report, Americans spend twice as much as residents of other developed countries on healthcare, but get lower quality and far less efficiency.

#31) Some experts are warning that the cost of bailing out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could reach as high as $1 trillion.

#30) The FDA has announced that the offspring of cloned animals could be in our food supply right now and that there is nothing that they can do about it.

#29) In May, sales of new homes in the United States dropped to the lowest level ever recorded.

#28) In 1950, the ratio of the average executive’s paycheck to the average worker’s paycheck was about 30 to 1.  Since the year 2000, that ratio has ranged between 300 to 500 to one.

#27) Federal border officials recently said that Mexican drug cartels have not only set up shop on American soil, they are actually maintaining lookout bases in strategic locations in the hills of southern Arizona.

#26) The U.S. government has declared some parts of Arizona off limits to U.S. citizens because of the threat of violence from Mexican drug smugglers.

#25) According to the credit card repayment calculator, if you owe $6000 on a credit card with a 20 percent interest rate and only pay the minimum payment each time, it will take you 54 years to pay off that credit card.  During those 54 years you will pay $26,168 in interest rate charges in addition to the $6000 in principal that you are required to pay back.

#24) According to prepared testimony by Goldman Sachs Chief Operating Officer Gary Cohn, Goldman Sachs shorted roughly $615 million of the collateralized debt obligations and residential mortgage-backed securities the firm underwrote since late 2006.

#23) The six biggest banks in the United States now possess assets equivalent to 60 percent of America’s gross national product.

#22) Four of the biggest U.S. banks (Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Citigroup) had a “perfect quarter” with zero days of trading losses during the first quarter of 2010.

#21) 1.41 million Americans filed for personal bankruptcy in 2009 – a 32 percent increase over 2008.

#20) BP has hired private security contractors to keep the American people away from oil cleanup sites and nobody seems to care.

#19) Barack Obama is calling for a “civilian expeditionary force” to be sent to Afghanistan and Iraq to help overburdened military troops build infrastructure.

#18) On June 18th, two Christians decided that they would peacefully pass out copies of the gospel of John on a public sidewalk outside a public Arab festival in Dearborn, Michigan and within 3 minutes 8 policemen surrounded them and placed them under arrest.

#17) It is being reported that sales of foreclosed homes in Florida made up nearly 40 percent of all home purchases in the first part of this year.

#16) During a recent interview with Larry King, former first lady Laura Bush revealed to the world that she is actually in favor of legalized gay marriage and a woman’s “right” to abortion.

#15) Scientists at Columbia University are warning that the dose of radiation from the new full body security scanners going into airports all over the United States could be up to 20 times higher than originally estimated.

#14) 43 percent of Americans have less than $10,000 saved for retirement.

#13) The FDIC’s deposit insurance fund now has negative 20.7 billion dollars in it, which represents a slight improvement from the end of 2009.

#12) The judge that BP is pushing for to hear an estimated 200 lawsuits on the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster gets tens of thousands of dollars a year in oil royalties and is paid travel expenses to industry conferences.

#11) In recent years the U.S. government has spent $2.6 million tax dollars to study the drinking habits of Chinese prostitutes and $400,000 tax dollars to pay researchers to cruise six bars in Buenos Aires, Argentina to find out why gay men engage in risky sexual behavior when drunk.

#10) U.S. officials say that more than three billion dollars in cash (much of it aid money paid for by U.S. taxpayers) has been stolen by corrupt officials in Afghanistan and flown out of Kabul International Airport in recent years.

#9) According to a report by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the baggage check fees collected by U.S. airlines shot up 33% in the first quarter of 2010 to $769 million.

#8) Three California high school students are fighting for their right to show their American patriotism – even on a Mexican holiday – after they were forced to remove their American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo.

#7) Right now, interest on the U.S. national debt and spending on entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare are somewhere in the neighborhood of 10 to 15 percent of GDP.  By 2080, they are projected to eat up approximately 50 percent of GDP.

#6) The total of all government, corporate and consumer debt in the United States is now about 360 percent of GDP.

#5) A 6-year-old girl was recently handcuffed and sent to a mental facility after throwing temper tantrums at her elementary school.

#4) In Florida, students have been arrested by police for things as simple as bringing a plastic butter knife to school, throwing an eraser, and drawing a picture of a gun.

#3) School officials in one town in Massachusetts are refusing to allow students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

#2) According to one new study, approximately 21 percent of children in the United States are living below the poverty line in 2010.

#1) Since 1973, more than 50 million babies have been murdered in abortion facilities across the United States.


  • Chauffeur

    Those of you who don’t understand the implications of gay marriage and abortion may never understand that evil is the cause of a nation’s collapse. The actual number of abortions is over 51 million since 1973. Many of these people, had they been spared execution, would be taxpayers now, alleviating much of the burden mentioned in this article. But here’s the bottom line for you liberals:

    “The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency.

    It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America . Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.”

  • Kathy

    Moral decline is never a good thing for any one or country. The MURDER of the unborn is never acceptable, or justifiable. Abortion IS MURDER.

    Thank you Michael, for recognizing that that Abortion is the worst thing that has ever happened in our once great nation.

    Those of you that reject God, I will pray for you. Remember, we are just pilgrims on this earth, this is such a short life compared to where we will spend an eternity. Try to think about where you really want to spend your eternity.

    Rejecting God always leads to the loss of morals- because living outside of God’s friendship there aren’t any moral boundaries that one must live up to. Living in the grace of God always means MORE freedom and joy because with a standard of moral living- God blesses us many, many ways.

    I really feel sorry for those of you that don’t live in God’s presence. For those of you that reject God’s love. You sound like very hurt, confused people- and very, very ANGRY . And perhaps with good reason. God is the Divine Physician- perhaps if you opened your hearts to HIS love and MERCY- you would find it. No one with a desire heart to find God would ever be rejected by him. We are all God’s children created by HIM and HE LOVE US!

    Many of you try to discount the horrors of Abortion or say that it is a good thing. You really need to look at an abortion. Please visit Father Frank Pavone’s website on http://www.priestsforlife.org- click on the horrific pictures and then try to justify this horrific holocaust. Many of you are seriously in major denial, and you really should try to take the blinders off- the devil has really hoodwinked you into believing that abortion is okay. IT IS NEVER OKAY!!!!!!!!!!!

    I don’t know why there are homosexuals versus heterosexuals- I can’t answer that. But living a life of morals and virtues are expected of them too. They are not exempt. Living a celibate life is possible and many do just that. Being heterosexual and living in sin with one of the opposite sex is also sinful. Being married is a wonderful vocation in life that brings many blessings like children.

    Homosexuals cannot produce children( a red flag for even simple minds) and mating with your own sex is sinful and disgusting. It is not okay to legalize homosexual marriage. We are a Judeo- Christian nation and we don’t put value on this. And it is not okay!

    The founders of our country were Christian, had morals and a strong belief system that are country was founded on. There are still many moral people in our country who will not stand for this kind of moral depravity. We have many strong Christians who fight the good fight, and get down on their knees praying for this country.

    The power of prayer is awesome- don’t ever discount it.

    May the Blessed Mother wrap us all in her mantle and leads to a closer relationship with her SON!

    God Bless America!

  • http:www.spiritdail.com Black

    5 year olds lead away from school in handcuffs, 5 @ 6 year olds given condoms, Pornographic Sex Eduacation compulsory The very mention of Jesus banned from Classrooms, Work places and Courts – Guys adopting children under the illusion of a Family – Murdering Unborn children as a right – Mounting Evidence that 9/11 involved internal agencies – Polling rights strampled on – Politicians arrorantly spitting verbal rubbish on those that elect them – Supreme Court and all those on Capital Hill and other World Governments like Britain under the influence of The Secret Bilderberg group that wants One World Order – I do not support Violence but their are times I am sorley tried into believing that polling voters are considered a liability and that the Tea must once more be thrown overborad

  • Juanito

    Stupid Americans who:

    Outsourced all their jobs to the rest of the world!

    Spent 1,000,000,000,000+ on the Iraqi War!

    Allowed Wall Street Dogs to take their retirement and steal! steal! steal!

    Bombed and destroyed then rebuild their enemies’ countries!

    Buy Billions of dollars of Drugs!

    Allow illegals to pick their food, cook their food, clean their hotels, wash their cars, take care of their children, and cut their lawns because they’re too lazy and greedy!

    Sold their unions out to illegal immigrant labor

    Hate people of color

    Slaughter babies by the millions

    Care more about animals than humans

    Worry about illegal’s crossing the BORDER, instead of worrying about the oil that’s ready to turn the gulf into an underwater VOLCANO and engulf all southern BORDERS with oil!

    Think GOD has had enough of our GREED and HATE?

  • goodie

    And when gay couples are granted the right to marry…. and a church denies them a ceremony because it is against their religion…. who reigns? does church prevail for religious freedom or does the state prevail because church has “trampled” rights of couple?

  • Hg Wells

    In the early 1980’s, two separate Congressional sub-committees, composed of both Democrats and Republicans, held hearings in two separate years with the intent of determining when human life begins. The actual summary transcripts of the hearings are not always as easy to come by as they should be, but are available.

    After hearing from dozens of experts in various medical and scientific fields, their conclusions were the same: Human life begins at conception. If that is in fact the case, and if we accept the premise of the Declaration of Independence (which, I recognize, many do not), that we are endowed with the inalienable Right to Life, then it should follow that we have an obligation to protect that Right the same as we would any other as granted in the Bill of Rights and elsewhere.

    For those who will discount the Declaration as not being the law of the land, you might refer to the penumbra of the 9th and 10th amendments wherein rights not enumerated elsewhere are contained.

    Taken in this context, the argument does not come down to a religious one alone, but to one based on the political foundations and core beliefs of the US.

    Regarding the quote by John Adams put forth by JustaMom, I might refer to to a bevy of related quotes by many founders, early presidents, and justices, at this page:

    That site has an interesting and potentially persuasive take on the US issue of Separation of Church and State, though, once again, there will be those who will not agree, choosing, instead, to follow the lead of others who continue to quote from the errors of history, that they heard someone else tell them and taken out of context.

  • Brad

    Arrrg, for #48, why do people keep referencing that couthousenews article? That isn’t the whole story, the lady had a knife and was trying to kill herself and threatened to kill others. Using the tazer was the safest thing to do and it minimized the risk of anyone being hurt.
    I’m tired of all these articles trying to portray officers in a negative light and all the sheeple eat it up because they hate authority.

  • Anon

    Why the hell are aborted embryos number 1? I mean really. I care way more about the inside job of 9/11 (shut up, they still let pearl harbour happen and you know it) than a few aborted balls of cytoplasmic goo.

    Abortion is a right and will eventually be the most humane form of population control. In the meantime enjoy being sprayed with chemtrails and infected with lab viruses

  • Alex P.

    You know, if you’re going to promote less government intervention in public and private life as a conservative, that also includes not trying to legislate morality and enforce one religious perspective onto others. The fact that abortion is 1 on this list, and even gays are mentioned, baffles me. I mean come on guys, there’s so much more that’s going on in America that’s doing more damage to our country. Can’t we all get along, regardless of differences, and try to fix America together?

  • Veritas Splendor

    What has happened to the United States? Over the past 30 years, we have rejected God and His laws, and replaced them with a purely human secularism that has resulted in tens of millions of abortions, hedonism, unbridled lust, blasphemy and sacrilege. Until we recognize this mess for what it is – a chastisement/purification for our national sins – it will continue to its inexorable end.

  • AMiLibertine

    I love how the author saves his neo-con BS for the #1 spot. All you who have had to do is just use the word abortion without the word murder and your ethos would have been great. Too bad. No one likes abortion but in case you haven’t noticed there are millions of unwanted kids in the world, who live awful lives of poverty. Maybe people need to get off there high-horse. You know God killed all first-born children once….if you believe that sort of thing.

  • QuoVadisAnima

    June 14, 2010 – 02:26 PM
    Morality Affects Our Economy
    by Mike Huckabee
    Many of you saw the comments made by Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels last week when he said the next president “would have to call a truce on the so-called social issues” so he or she could focus on the fiscal problems facing the country.

    As I’ve made clear, I really like Governor Daniels, and I consider him a friend and colleague, but his comments mirror those of the GOP establishment who view values voters dismissively as “single-minded.” The fact is that every value voter I know is truly committed to fiscal conservatism, but many fiscal conservatives and libertarians range from disinterest to contempt for social issues.

    I learned a lot during 13 1/2 years as a Governor and Lieutenant Governor about why government gets big and taxes get higher and what causes and solves the issues of poverty and crime. I detailed a lot of that in my book “Do the Right Thing,” but here’s the simple truth: Poverty and crime are the direct results of broken families and broken values of responsibility, work, marriage, and respect of others. Prisons are overflowing and government “relief” programs get traction often because of the breakdown of our social structure. If we don’t respect the value of each individual life whether in the womb or the classroom or the living room, we devalue property and intangible qualities of life. It gets expensive.

    I responded to Gov. Daniel’s comments with the following blog post on HuckPAC.com: “ . . . the issue of life and traditional marriage are not bargaining chips nor or they political issues. They are moral issues. I didn’t get involved in politics just to lower taxes and deficit spending though I believe in both and have done it as a Governor. But I want to stay true to the basic premises of our civilization.” To see the entire post, click here.

    Sadly, Gov. Daniels is not alone in his way of thinking and it’s not a new concept. During the last presidential election – many reporters, Republicans and Democrats suggested the same moratorium on morality. The political winds began to whisper of stopping the discussion on morality and starting the discussion on the “important issues.”

    Let me be clear – MORALITY AND THE ECONOMY are inextricably linked.

    • The collapse of morality and ethical business practices preceded the collapse of Wall Street – unchecked greed caused the downfall;

    • A decrease in morality preceded an increase in the prison population – state budgets via taxes, increase every year to pay for prisons; and,

    • We don’t emphasize character in our public schools, and ignorance is expensive– a national high school drop out rate of 1 in 3 students produces poverty – crippling our economy in countless ways.

    I’m not saying Wall Street, prisons and poverty are not the only influences on our economy – there are countless others – nor am I saying morality solves every economic crisis we face. But I am saying strong moral fiber would prevent many of our nation’s economic disasters.

    Should we focus on the economy and the staggering and crippling debt? Absolutely! But I fear that talk of a “truce” means that we are making excuses for compromise on moral issues, and there is no need to separate economic issues from the social issues. We can and must focus on both.

    Now is not the time to shift focus from moral issues we need to shift focus toward moral issues.


  • http://whatreallyhappened w.v. patriotic parent

    it’s up to us people to save this country from the corruption tht has bestwoed this once great country for our children.toremind these politicians they work for we the people of the united states of america not these bankers and to remind the bankers that our flag and constitution ain’t for sale we owe it to the ones that have fought and gave their lives so this country would not perish from the earth .god is on our side and he is who this place needs to get back to,ya’ll have a happy 4th of july god bless ya

  • QuoVadisAnima

    P.S. The abortion numbers come from the Alan Guttmacher Institute – the research arm of Planned Parenthood & the numbers are generally accepted as under-reported because the abortionists have to pay taxes on what they report. Google it for yourself.

    P.P.S. The healthiest foundational unit of society, and therefore also the economy, is the nuclear family. The govt therefore has a very vested interest in supporting & encouraging stable, healthy, heterosexual marriages.

    Not only does it NOT have a vested interest in supporting homosexual relationships but such would actually increase its economic problems because homosexuality brings with it increased sexually transmitted diseases (we haven’t even tackled HIV & scientists are saying “the next HIV” is just waiting to happen).

    And put aside the propaganda to look at the actual stats, condoms are NOT adequate protection against STD’s.

    Children have substantially more negative outcomes when they come from a single parent home – why on earth would anyone believe that they will fare any better with two mommies or two daddies?

    Families are fracturing at an increasingly alarming rate & there are people here dismissing all these things as nothing more than religious fanaticism.

    ATTENTION SHALLOW MATERIALISTS: If the most basic functional unit of a society is dysfunctional, you will not be able to have economic prosperity.

  • http://whatreallyhappened w.v. patriotic parent

    i might sound radical but i want my child to grow up like we did in a free and open society please say a prayer of appreciation to all the men and women who serve our country today their fight for our constitution is a good one god bless u all

  • Mojogoober

    The predicament we are in has many causes but no real solutions and consequently is just the way of life for here on out, so think about how to survive, not who to blame.

    And all you scaredy-pants “god fearing” people can go hide in a closet.

  • Hg Wells

    Alex P.:

    There is no such thing as not legislating morality. It’s an overused phrase that is false on its face, but isn’t recognized as such. When people say that morality should not be legislated, they mean morality with which they disagree. Legislated behavior, including criminal laws, are all based on morality of some sort.

  • Annie

    All of you reading and commenting were once conceived in your mother’s fallopian tube and were implanted about 14 days later. Now…were you human persons at that time? Or elephants? Frogs? NO-your DNA was set for your life. Get a clue. Use your God-given brain to think and reason, instead of parroting what the public schools so-called education taught you. You were dumbed down not to think. Why do you believe that our nation is on the brink of extinction? Not because schools and colleges were interested in helping you discover truth? No-to indoctrinate you in anything but Truth. Killing the unborn and the aged solves nothing. The problem is not overpopulation, but unfair and unreasonable distribution of resources, selfishness (I want MINE and the rest of the world can go to H…) My body, my wants, my needs, my pleasure, my power. We have turned into a bunch of selfish brats of all ages, instead of realizing we are here to serve others. That’s how true happiness comes about, not through the absence of pain and suffering, but the satisfaction of living for the good of others. Anyone in favor of reducing population through killng, instead of self-control, please step to the head of the line1

  • Bryan

    I wish I would have known this was a christian writer before reading the entire thing… this is America, not a ******* church. Separation of church and state anyone?

  • Eric

    Most everyone posting on this has a valid point. My suggestion is to stop directing your hostilities at each other and instead direct them toward the source of the problem. Instead of nit picking some of the specific views of the writer, pay attention to the major points. Rather than bashing an article or a comment based on a difference of views, we should discuss a way to unify ourselves on what really matters. You might just learn something that way and accomplish something that you would solitarily fail at.
    Unity is the key to success.

  • Something Wicked This Way Comes

    I am deeply saddened by the comments on this blog. Really.

    We have a hideous, horrible problem knocking at our door. And all you people can do is isolate others, bicker, quarrel, and take cheap shots.

    If I were the problem, the predator, you people would make easy prey. Divide and conquer is the oldest war strategy ever used. It becomes very easy to divide and conquer the citizens of this country because they do it themselves. This problem is REAL. We are losing control of our country and our way of life. And you people are too busy quarreling, distracted, to see you are being swallowed up.

    The answer is unity. Forget the differences. Our problem is much bigger than the differences. We are trying to rescue a nation not argue about what flavor of kool aid to drink.


  • Lenny Pike

    Here’s one more fact: The U.S. Military is now being used to start unprovoked wars for a variety of evil reasons. Our service men and women are not fighting for our freedom, they are fighting for International Bankers, and the Industrial Military Complex for our enslavement. They are also fighting to protect Israel which should be protected. It’ just not necessary to destroy the United States, and turn the entire world into one big prison to do it.

  • xana

    Regarding Social Security IT IS NOT AN ENTITLEMENT.

    It is an investment forced upon workers (because of failure by employers to notify those workers it is voluntary).

    Had individuals been allowed to invest that money it would have been put into the system and provided a MUCH better retirement.

    In addition to that President Clinton emptied the so called LOCK BOX creating the deficit that you are complaining about today. Where did that money go? Who knows you still don’t know where the 3 Trillion missing Pentagon dollars went because 9/11 usurped that crisis.

  • systemBuilder

    Well, First Lady Laura Bush has a good head on her shoulders if she supports equal rights for ALL Americans. And I don’t see a problem with a woman’s right to choose. You call the whole 50 items on the list into question when you try to paint these reasoned political positions as wacko.

    Human instincts are (1) Survival, (2) Mating and Reproduction. People who try to deny gay people the rights to their god-given instincts don’t deserve to live in a free country such as the United States.

  • party pooper

    America is in her death rattle.We have sown the wind with our seeds of wickedness and are reaping the whirlwind.God has this Nation between His crosshairs. The last straw was Israel. When Comrade Obama made this Nation an enemy of Israel,He set us up for a showdown with the God Of Israel.Economic collapse,earthquakes,terrorist nuclear attacks,anarchy,revolution and secession is in our future. The loss of life will be enormous-in the millions.America ,the Babylon,is doomed.

  • Mary

    QuoVadisanima and so many others are expressing the truths about how civil human beings should behave. It is a comfort to know that there is still a majority of sane people left in this country. Social issues go hand in hand with economic ones. And those that ignore the laws of God are such fools. Miracles such as the apparitions of the Virgin Mary and the prophecies told have been witnessed by so many worldwide. Fatima, Lourdes, Guadalupe, etc. and now Medjugorje. How can you not be convinced by a Eucharist host bleeding year after year in a church in Italy. Or the oils or blood falling from the faces of religious statues. The humble acceptance of suffering by the Saints and their loyalty to the Church. How can you explain the stigmata of St. Padre Pio and others? I can go on and on with more of these such miracles, but it would not change those of you who are in denial of God and his laws. You are blind. How sad. The rest of us and our nation will have to suffer because of your ignorant and prideful ways. The fact that today we accept Hollywood and its disturbing culture is a tragedy. How can anyone find Lady GaGa normal! She is a weirdo. Doesen’t anyone in the media have the decency to admit that the talent today stinks.

  • Save the Republic

    “If men fight, and hurt a woman with child, so that she gives birth prematurely, yet no harm follows, he shall surely be punished accordingly as the woman’s husband imposes on him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. But if any harm follows, then you shall give life for life…”

    Exodus 21:22-23

    “These six things the LORD hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood…”

    Proverbs 6:16-17

    “If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination.”

    Leviticus 20:13

    And finally, why “economics” has everything to do with America’s immorality…

    “The instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, to pull down, and to destroy it, if that nation against whom I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I thought to bring upon it. And the instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it, if it does evil in My sight so that it does not obey My voice, then I will relent concerning the good with which I said I would benefit it.”

    Jeremiah 18:7-10

    Keep making believe that God doesn’t exist, that somehow order was created from the chaos of some “big-bang explosion” (with all the bombs exploding during war, there should be all kinds of new species running around by now). Keep watching America crash and burn due to your rebelliousness. It’s like a toddler holding his ears, saying “la-la-la, I can’t hear you”, and hoping the adult goes away.

  • Dan

    Interesting implications of points 40 and 28. The *average* federal worker makes twice as much as the “average” private sector worker, but the “average” executive’s paycheck to the “average” worker’s paycheck is now between 300 to 500 to one. (I also note that the links for us to verify this stuff point at pages that don’t seem to talk about the point.)

    But even if both points are true, it seems as though if we’re really talking about “average” workers, we really should measure executives and non-executives separately, and see if there really is that much of a gap.

    I would also very much like to know if the “average” executive includes public and private sector executives.

    Things like this throw the whole list into question and that’s sad because there are several valid points.

    Instead of throwing self-contradictory points into it, wouldn’t it have been more effective to list the top 25 reasons we’re headed to hell in a handbasket, rather than 50?

  • http://community.adlandpro.com/forums/forum/17392/SPIRITUALEDUCATIONALMULTITOPICSFORUM.aspx SKRAJ

    wow….wow…1) Since 1973, more than 50 million babies have been murdered in abortion facilities across the United States.


  • Michael

    A reader names Jim submitted the following comment by email…

    On May 5, 2010, (Cinco de Mayo), I attended a Phoenix Suns (Los Suns) vs. San Antonio Spurs NBA playoff game. I was sitting court side (behind the Spurs bench). Since the Suns opted to don the “politically correct” jerseys that night “Los Suns”, I created my own shirt that read VIVA LOS 1070 (support of AZ Senate Bill 1070), knowing my shirt would be on national TV every time the cameras covered action that end of the court. After refusing to remove or turn the shirt inside out, I was ejected from the arena, along with my friend who was wearing the same shirt. To see the international attention it got over several weeks, go to my website, vivalos1070.com. Feel free to contact me for further information…

  • Sarah

    How high do you think the number of children under the poverty level would be if the 50 million births aborted hadn’t been? As tough as the decision is to give up a potential child, there is a time that it is both wise and kind to not bring one into this world. Responsible parenting is the bottom line when it comes to the choice of having children. There is no kindness or Godliness in hunger, abandonment and abuse.

  • Dalton

    @ #18

    Don’t be disingenuous. Those two Christians (Nabeel Qureshi and David Wood) were -not- being ‘peaceful’. They were being rude and obnoxious, and they did the same thing at the previous years’ Arab festival, which was why the cops were already there and prepared to corner them and arrest them. They’re troublemakers. The same thing would happen if two Muslims went to a European festival and started shouting and insulting Paul or whatever, especially if they’d done it the year before and were making a big scene about how they were going to do it again, lol

  • Hg Wells

    Mary, you are entirely correct. But few here will have any idea what you are talking about. If they did, they would have an entirely different understanding of things in an entirely different context. Those who know what the facts of happened at Fatima, as well as what is actually happening at Medjugorje today, are deeply and quietly concerned about what they see around them.

  • dj Isaiah

    abortion is murder,You have been programed by the illumnati to believe that it isnt. it doesnt take money to raise kids, all my friends are broke hippies they all have very hapy kids.
    Im not religious, but targeting poor black neiborhoods with an abudence of abortion clinics is wrong. That is why abortion is one of the things that is ruining america. It has nothing to do with a womens right to choose. That is how they got everyone to go along with it, they made it a womens rights issue. cmon wake the **** up, if you want to know the truth you have to be ready to except all of it …they got you..

  • Danny

    Item #48 – 86 y/o grandma tasered by police. This is from a website that is a “nationwide news service for lawyers and the news media.” Obviously they are going to make out the police to be as wicked and evil as possible, and they’re sure not going to say something like, “Yes, we deserved it. We were being rude, disrespectful, and uncooperative.”
    A quick search did not turn up this story on any newspaper or V website.
    This also contained only one side of the story. Wish Paul Harvey was here to tell us “the rest of the story!”
    I’m withholding judgement on this until I hear more facts (assuming I’ve heard any facts yet.)

  • No one

    “#1) Since 1973, more than 50 million babies have been murdered in abortion facilities across the United States”

    Let me correct that: “More than 50 million tumors have been removed in abortion facilities across the United States. Contrary to what you bible thumpers think, life does NOT begin at conception. It begins when the heart starts beating. Therefore it is no more than a tumor until it has a heartbeat.

  • Alex P.

    Veritas Splendor:


    Oh wait, I forgot that we are not a theocracy. If you idiots want a country based on strict laws from scripture and “God-fearing” people, I suggest you move to Iran. This country’s laws are based on a constitution, not a Bible. Sure, many principles they believed in were based on Christianity, but almost all western civilization was somehow influenced by it. That doesn’t mean the Founding Fathers wanted to impose biblical law on others. They left England precisely so they could be free to believe and do what they wanted so long as it didn’t harm anyone else. This country was built on the Enlightenment principles of rule by the consent of the governed and human reason, which goes against the doctrines of Divine Right that many kings used back then.

    Also, by legislating morality I meant enforcing a certain orthodox view on others against their will. Who the hell cares about homosexuality for crying out loud? So long as it’s between consenting adults, it’s no one else’s business.

    But you know what REALLY grinds my gears. When idiots go and preach and talk as if a COSMIC UNIVERSAL GOD is going to give a single hoot about the political squabbles of a bunch of humans on a infinitesimally small ball of dirt and water, which are nothing but less than microbes compared to the universe and God. Think about it.

  • sonnyboy

    As a nation, we are in the worst situation in our history. The most practical way out might be to break apart into seven or eight regions. As it is, too much money and too many resources are being given to actions which are of no benefit whatsoever to the average person in this country. The only way to save this republic would to completely change the political and financial system and that simply isn’t going to happen. Most empires last about 200 to 250 years and we are in that range now. A break-up couldn’t make things worse and might actually free the American spirit which at present is chained up.

  • http://www.spiritdaily.com Black

    Every state every American should NOW start Disobeying any Law that is contary to the Consituation – Enough is enough – Obama and all those on Capital Hill need to realise and fast – that this Nation under God is not for sale – Benidict Arolds will not be tolerated – Bombard your Senators evry minute of every day give him no rest until he upholds the True Constituation or resign – Find every means that is humanly possible but without violence but in their face that they cannot ignore God bless America

  • http://whatreallyhappened letting it go

    walk in my shoes down here for a yr. .i wasn’t talkin about all of them.u know i hve family i’d like to help to,like today went to help disabled father got ther to a phone call,sorry goto go done been a robbery at home,u ever ben waitin on ur ride to work,fam. freind pulls in -hey ur dad was wondering where u been,get to work and a hi up pulls ur chesthair-who was that ur girlfrind ,startin early ain’t u

  • http://whatreallyhappened letting it go

    i stongly apoligize for my opinion i been fightin favoritism,drugs and corruption the past 6 yrs.i jumped the fence to go bring my kid back home.lik the man said,don’t listen to me. i’m just a father trying to be a father and a son

  • Starhawk

    The guys passing out Christianity were really there to incite violence and that is why they were arrested. When the rate of abortions rise, guess what declines about 15 years after the fact? …. CRIME. When women are FORCED to bear children who they cannot adequately care for, the children end up lost, on the streets and eventually become involved in crime. Safe, legal abortions are the most humane and compassionate way to deal with unwanted pregnancies.

    • Navvet1

      Finally someone who makes sense on the matter of abortion. We wonder why we have kids in public schools that do not want to be there in the first place, sell/do drugs, join gangs and cause trouble for the rest of the hard working people. Kids that have no where to go and are lost in life either find a way out of their situation and make a better life (FEW) and the other half that drain our resources dry.

  • http://www.holodiscustechnical.com/wildlife_and_less_than_wildlife/wildlife_and_less_than_wildlife.html William H

    Unity? What unity does good have with evil? The International Socialist (Democrat Party) with the freedom-loving and hard-working? What truck does the illegal have with those that do not break the laws? What unity is there between those who choose to do the right with those who choose evil as a way of life? What unity between those of good character and those who use marijuana to get high and through their daily life, live to tell lies and rationalize everything they do? By age 45, 43% of U.S. women have committed murder by abortion. What price a baby’s blood? What unity between those that rationalize that by saying “it’s not human” or “it’s better off dead” as the National Socialists did of the Jews, Slavs and other “undesireables” in Germany, Italy, Hungary and Poland from 1940 to 1945?

  • bungbreath

    Those fifty facts are very upsetting and demoralizing. I sadly also agree that we are seeing the end times for the greatest country ever, caused by our own hand. I also must tell you that I will go out shooting. When the collapse starts, I will execute anyone I decide is trying to steal my supplies or challenge me. Stay far away from me.

  • Mr. P

    America is finished as a world power and country. One can live on the backs of others for only so long before they shake the shackles off. South and Central America is showing the world how it’s done. Costa Rica, here i come.

  • Matt

    From Danny on July 5th 7:45pm:

    “86 y/o grandma tasered by police… Obviously they are going to make out the police to be as wicked and evil as possible, and they’re sure not going to say something like, ‘Yes, we deserved it. We were being rude, disrespectful, and uncooperative.'”

    I’m perfectly stunned by your comment. You may want to experience a 50kilovolt taser shock so you understand what you say.

    For my part, I will never accept that tasering and stepping on an old woman’s oxygen hose is justified for mere rudeness, disrespectfulness or uncooperativeness. I don’t care if she is loudly and obnoxiously waving a loaded shotgun – the moral and civilized response is to walk away and let her calm down absent another person being in immediate danger. Only in extraordinary and indeed outlandish circumstances could this ‘officer’s’ actions be proper. But you support turning the exception into the rule – justifying obscene force to keep the public ‘in line’, I suppose.

    Local police in many states are slowly turning into a gestapo for no reason better than mere expediency. This is to be rebuked, not supported. This officer needs to be indicted and sent to prison if convicted; and you should re-think the proper role of police in civilized society.

    The police are be defended by the public when they act with honor and courage in the line of duty. This is not one of those situations. Shame on you for confusing abuse of the helpless with courage or honor – it is not an easy mistake to make.

  • Buddahshoes

    These facts are all disgusting. How have we gotten ourselves here? And, I know this is a blog, but the #1 item… aren’t we over this whole calling medical procedures murder? I’m not a big whack job who pickets or puts bumper stickers on my car, I don’t want to push anyone’s buttons. Just saying, in this day and age calling abortions murder is like calling a lobotomy a mental health plan. Keep and share your opinions by all means, but can we step it up to this century? Thank you.

  • kb

    hahaha all these good points until this dude brings up the abortion issue and we find out who he really is. it’s hard to take someone seriously when this is the #1 thing that makes you wonder what in the world has happened to america. i think that is the last thing on most people’s minds; douchebag.

  • http://www.grtl.org Stevo

    An unborn child is only a tumor until the heart starts beating, you say???

    Well, the heart starts beating at only 18-21 days after conception, so the woman getting an abortion IS KILLING A CHILD, not a tumor!!

    Very few women know they are pregnant before the heart starts beating. Of course, a distinct human is created when 46 chromosomes emerge from the 23 male and 23 female. That is before implantation, before anyone can tell she is pregnant!

    Let’s be accurate, please…..

  • http://www.stumbleupon.com/stumbler/davidwwalters/reviews/ David W. Walters

    You forgot, dumbass, to add anything about the massive cost of our military-industrial complex burdens our nation and drives us into debt….our military spending is almost equal to the rest of the world’s nations military spending COMBINED!

  • Sue

    I live in Arizona despite all the hullabaloo we need comprehensive immigration reform. The border is trashed and today a friend of my related two instances of one break in a neighborhood committed by Mexicans. Also he was outside a Food City and some Mexican American youth ran out of the store with huge amounts of meat in their arms jumped in a car and ran away. My best friends inlaws were hit by an illegal immigrant with no insurance and his wife died soon after because of trauma. There were an elderly couple. Granted there are good people here, but we need to close the door. Also, another friend is a social worker and shakes his head that the illegals he works with are on health insurance and food subsidies.

    I would travel to feed a family, but how many more poor people can we afford when Americans are out of work and sometimes cannot find a job because they don’t speak Spanish. The system is broken, so broken and we can’t take it anymore.

  • Patrick J Pitzer

    #1 is the #1 for a reason. After seeing the conservative estimate of 50mil innocent and defenseless babies slaughtered in their mothers wombs, #2-#50 don’t really seem that bad. Its ok though, because GOD himself will straighten this mess out, and you will REAP what you SOW.

  • James

    Just make a wall around your US border…I love the people,but I don’t like being bullied….Evertime I fly in the US you make us feal like ****…So now I fly Over your problems and I invest in other countries….. But yes You have the bigger Guns…and we are all scared of you…I wish all the American people peace and hope your Government will stop being the Planet’s Cop.Hope your new President will make a diference, because The Bushes realy harmed your nice reputation…..James from Canada

  • Randy

    Regarding #40, pay of federal workers verses private works, three years ago when I was a GS-14 supervising contractors in the Washington D.C. area, most of my contact employees made more than I did, one of them made 50% more than I did. In Northern Virginia, the contractors make far more than the US GOV employees do on average which, at that time, resulted in a flight of government workers into contract jobs. The down side is that contractors are easy to get rid of, so they may wish they hadn’t jumped ship as the US GOV can now dump the contracts to cut costs if they so choose…

  • Mary

    HG Wells you know. If the rest of these ignorant fools only had more faith. Babies being called tumors, Masons trying to twist our Founding Fathers true Christian beliefs. They can’t deal with the fact that our Constitution was totally based on Christianity. Such disturbing facts from people only deceiving themselves. Read! Learn History! Go buy the book “Ten Tortured Words,” by Stephen Mansfield. The most accurate book on our Founding Fathers. Read about the apparition of Medjugorje. Go and vist there. You will believe after such an experience. You don’t have much more time to waste. Things will get worse.

  • David

    kb, buddashoes, and the rest who want to allow Murder…
    Tumors? Medical Procedures? uterine contents? Please. I think you can find many many ways to justify murder, but that does not mean it is not murder. The child has individually specific DNA from the moment of conception…in other words, it is a new unique life and therefore killing this child is, in fact, Murder. Medical Procedure? Are you kidding? It will not be long before the kids of the NEXT generation will be selling themselves on this term as a justification to euthanize the elderly. I can hear it now, “come on man get with the modern world, it is a MEDICAL PROCEDURE and you are no longer a human being after you cost more to keep alive and I need you dead before you spend all the money I will get when you die” Be careful how you choose to justify your barbaric practices. We decry the death of 3-6 million Jewish people and call it a holocaust and it was; but 50 million innocent children slaughtered in the name of “choice”? I hear points such as hunger, suffering, inhumane. I am impressed that one can be killed because they MIGHT be hungry one day, because they MIGHT suffer one day, because it is MORE humane to murder a child than it is to put the child up for adoption. I wish nothing for you but what you wish on the innocent murdered children. Prior to 1973 there was over 250,000 RECORDED adoptions every year. Now there are less than 15,000 and the line, bureaucracy, and monetary cost is daunting. If only there were more babies available to adopt…but alas, there should be no adoptions. Let’s just kill it. You people are sick and need my prayers.

  • dana anderson

    Bush was a wolf (progressive) in sheeps clothing.

  • Disgusted American

    God and spirituality has been taken right out of our daily lives. It’s supposed to be the most important thing in our lives. That constant dialogue with God. Living as Jesus did. Acting with your highest thought of self. Every action in love.
    Man gained “power” forgot about what is really the most important- God and your communion with him. I’m not implying being God fearing, but how do some people sleep at night. Or knowing what they’ve done, knowing they’re gonna meet their maker? or by not aknowleding God, then what, he doesn’t exist? God has been taken out of In God we trust. It’s become who ever has the most power, money and the furthest reaching hands is driving the bus now. Think about what motivates, truly motivates the actions taken by our fellow Americans. Money? Power? Greed? The attitude of you can never have enough of something. The scriptures quoted above, Beautiful! America does have some huge earmuffs on shouting lalalalala hoping God will just go away. It’s sad, really sad!
    Go out and rekindle your relationship with God, its not like your life will get any worse. It can only get better and besides, he’s been waiting for you- patiently….

  • Mags

    We have a right to choose What is right for our future and I’ll be damned if I let my child grow up poor on food stamps (use a condom people!!!). Stop having babies if you cant afford it. All you are doing is making slaves for the corporations. Stop making the tax payers pay ridiculous amounts of money. Start voting locally where it really counts and help fix this country! Down with the IRS! Viva La Revolution. Also to the writer ~ Bias much?

  • Leisa

    Now I know why there is a hell. For all of those idiot KEYSTONE COPS in Oklahoma (Okies from the stokies I guess) who have nothing better to do than go around tazering little old ladies in their beds!!!!

  • Tom

    When there are more in the wagon, than are pushing it, you have a PROBLEM. As in massive civil rebellion.

  • dino

    Make that 51 facts… fact #51 a brain dead population that worries more about the next american idol then who they elect as president!! HOWS THE HOPE AND CHANGE WORKIN’ FOR YA !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://whatreallyhappened thanks dear,

    thank ya t.e.c.

  • http://robcypher.livejournal.com Rob Cypher

    Sounds like somebody’s scared of the inevitable, in other words. Change happens whether or not you like it, boy. Better learn to adapt.

  • Chris

    I am a big supporter of abortion… we need less mouths to feed if any of these issues are to be corrected…TY

  • Jeff

    The opening of this article rails against the increased socialization of our society, yet many of the 50 observations are the result of capitalism. Is the irony intentional, or can you guys not decide which side of the fence you want to sit on?

  • Paul

    To systemscammer: Let me see two homosexuals placed on a lush island and left to survive, mate and reproduce. That would be 0 for 3. “Mate” implies the chance for increase.

  • http://whatreallyhappened w.v. patriot

    if your shakin upunder your own roof/get married that way a bunch of dru///// cant help take that child out from under that free roof/god bless heather and crystal/2 loyal freinds

  • Chris

    The insanity posted on this blog is mind blowing. The amount of ignorance the majority of the people are spewing is unfathomable. The country may have been founded on Christianity because Christianity was and is the dominant religion in the country but it is not and never was a Christian nation. We were founded as a Democratic nation where people have the right to choose what they do and do not believe in (and perhaps the Founding Fathers overestimated a lot of people being able to handle the ability to choose without being led around like sheeple). You don’t have to be a bible thumper to be a moral upright citizen and do what you believe is your heart is right, only a in ideologue blindly follows anything without questioning it. We’re a nation of philosophers and if people weren’t so fundamentally ignorant in respect and right of others to choose things for themselves because they, themselves, can’t handle the choice for themselves, we would actually be in a much better place than we all now. This doesn’t make the other people any more or less culpable because they themselves choose poorly. Abortion is not murder but to any moral person they should realize that it is not and should not be considered a form of birth control and should only be acceptable in the cases of rape, incest, and when the mother’s life is threatened by the pregnancy. You all need to take your hands off your ears and stop screaming your ideologies at the top of your lungs. Guess what? No one cares, and I sure as hell don’t. And I’m going to continue to make choices and do what I feel is right because I feel it is right, not because someone else told me it was right and not because I was too stupid to make my own choices for myself.

  • http://Facebook Jen

    Disgusted American, I can sleep at night because of one very simple fact: I don’t believe in God. I am also for selective procreation and involuntary sterilization for most of the idiots out there. Too many stupid people, making more stupid people. Chris, more people like you need to be around, you said it much better than I could have. Before anyone asks, I do not have children or want them, I believe that there are too many here and too many being had. For crying out loud, instead of adding to the overpopulation problem that no one seems to want to acknowledge, here is an idea, ADOPT!

  • bruce

    All you bible thumpers – what IF there is no God? Nobody to save you. Nobody to dispense justice. Maybe it is because you lay – back and think God will punish those evil doers, and nothing gets done.
    Get off your asses and do something cause even if there is a God, He ain’t taking care of buisness. IT IS UP TO YOU TO ACT.

  • http://whatreallyhappened i know their wishes

    outo bee 51 thing ,the monetary influence of living wills,.last year my granfather died and had about 20,000 in the bank and had it wrote in his will that it be divided between all 4 living children so noone could say he left a child out,my aunt had moved in to help take care of him for about a year and my uncles had alway haelped geet the wood and coal in for years and helped build stuuf and when it came time to disperes the will she had already secured the money for herslf , th day before was told one uncle wanted some old spare windows which i for sure he had retaind , thy were broken and bragged by the aunt how hard they wre to break,a clip was removed from a rifle right bfore they came and there was no money when asked about with a law standing there

  • david

    I object strenuously to your use of the word
    murdered in “your” #1 item. It is a bias that renders all of your other “facts” questionable.

    I’ll be amazed if you publish this.

  • Guest

    1 is so sad. why would they do that?

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