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Is this the beginning of the end for the United States of America?  It has been said that a house divided against itself will surely fall, and today we live in a shattered union.  In all my years, I have never seen so much strife, discord, bitterness and resentment in this country.  Everyone can see what is happening, but nobody can seem to stop it.  Politically, you have got tens of millions of people trying to pull America one way, and you have got tens of millions of people trying to pull it the exact opposite way.  As I discussed in a previous article, the term “civil war” is now being thrown around by some pundits even though nobody has started shooting yet.  We are a deeply divided and broken nation, and if we don’t find a way to fix things America will not survive.

Every survey and opinion poll that has been taken recently backs up what I am saying.  For example, a Gallup survey that was conducted after the election in November found that an all-time record high 77 percent of all Americans believe that “the nation is divided on the most important values”…

Seventy-seven percent of Americans, a new high, believe the nation is divided on the most important values, while 21% believe it is united and in agreement. Over the past 20+ years, the public has tended to perceive the nation as being more divided than united, apart from two surveys conducted shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

So how do you fix this?

Nobody can force half the population to suddenly change their views on the most important issues of the day.

Earlier today, I wrote an article about how America is becoming a “politically-correct madhouse“, and there really is no compromising with the forces of political correctness.  Either you get in line or you are the enemy.

Once upon a time the values enshrined in the U.S. Constitution by our founders united us, but today about half the country has completely rejected those values.

Those that would like to restore our constitutional values find themselves diametrically opposed to the agenda that progressives are trying to shove down our throats, and personally I don’t see much room for compromise between the two sides.

Given enough time, one side would ultimately vanquish the other side, but I don’t know if America has enough time left for that to happen.

There were some that had been hoping that our new president would unite the country, but you can throw that idea right out the window.  According to numbers from Public Policy Polling, nearly half the nation already wants him to be impeached…

On our first poll of his Presidency voters were evenly divided on Trump, with 44% approving of him and 44% also disapproving. Now his approval rating is 43%, while his disapproval has gone all the way up to 53%. If voters could choose they’d rather have both Barack Obama (52/44) or Hillary Clinton (49/45) instead of Trump.

Just three weeks into his administration, voters are already evenly divided on the issue of impeaching Trump with 46% in favor and 46% opposed.

The political divisions in this nation are just going to grow worse and worse.

But just because we vehemently disagree with someone politically does not mean that we should hate that person.

I know that it can be infuriating to see some politician get up and start spouting off ideas that would be extremely damaging to this country.  But if we choose to hate our political “enemies”, we become part of the problem.

It is easy to love someone that agrees with you about most things.  The real challenge is finding a way to love those that believe things that you may find truly repulsive.

That doesn’t mean that you have to agree with what they believe.  I am not saying that at all.  You can disagree very strongly with someone and still love that person.

Unfortunately, the hearts of most people have grown cold in America.  As hatred, anger and frustration continue to grow, it is only a matter of time before we start seeing outbursts of violence.  Rioting, looting and civil unrest are going to become commonplace in communities all over the U.S., and eventually some of our major cities will burn.  In my latest book I warned that the “thin veneer of civilization that we all take for granted will disappear”, and thousands upon thousands of Americans that can see this coming are already fleeing the big cities.

What particularly disturbs me is when I see people that are supposed to be on the same side fighting each other.

If you are around someone long enough, eventually they are going to do or say something to offend you.  None of us is going to agree 100 percent on everything, and it is a horrible shame to allow one disagreement to ruin what should be a great relationship.

If you do not learn to forgive, every relationship that you ever have in your life will ultimately fail, because everyone is going to let you down at some point.

And you may think that you are making the other person pay a price by refusing to forgive, but the truth is that you will be the one that will end up suffering.  Even medical science has found that there are health benefits to forgiving and that unforgiveness can actually help bring on serious illnesses.  The following comes from the official website of Johns Hopkins Medicine

Whether it’s a simple spat with your spouse or long-held resentment toward a family member or friend, unresolved conflict can go deeper than you may realize—it may be affecting your physical health. The good news: Studies have found that the act of forgiveness can reap huge rewards for your health, lowering the risk of heart attack; improving cholesterol levels and sleep; and reducing pain, blood pressure, and levels of anxiety, depression and stress. And research points to an increase in the forgiveness-health connection as you age.

“There is an enormous physical burden to being hurt and disappointed,” says Karen Swartz, M.D., director of the Mood Disorders Adult Consultation Clinic at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Chronic anger puts you into a fight-or-flight mode, which results in numerous changes in heart rate, blood pressure and immune response. Those changes, then, increase the risk of depression, heart disease and diabetes, among other conditions. Forgiveness, however, calms stress levels, leading to improved health.

There are people that are reading this article that need to pick up the phone right now and apologize to someone that they have been refusing to forgive.

Yes, without a doubt that would be difficult.  But you might just be surprised how much grace a little humility can unleash.

You may not be able to fix our broken nation, but you certainly can fix the broken relationships in your own life.

And if millions of Americans decided to choose love and forgiveness rather than hatred, anger, bitterness and resentment, it would most definitely have a transformative effect on the entire country.

I would like to close with some very wise words from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

  • Bill

    The simple fact is America has always functioned by majority rule. Without a majority there is no rule….government is now dysfunctional.

    • JC Teecher

      And now we are seeing the manifestation of the spirits of Jezebel, Molech, King of Sodom, the Fallen Angels and their god, satan.
      That is why the Word says men’s (and women’s) hearts will wax cold, and they will give in to reprobate minds.

      Sadly, folks it does not get better from here on as far as the majority rule. We got Trump because God had His hand on the wheel of gov.
      Soon the period of reprieve will be over, and the liberals with the reprobate minds will rule the day to take us right up to the Beast System of gov, and Christians, and those straddling the fence will be the minority until Christ comes and does the final dividing for all eternity.

      • Mark

        Listen to the common sense show podcast hour number 2 from March 26, 2017 to hear a former Hollywood insider about what sick twisted stuff goes on behind the scenes in Hollywood.

        • JC Teecher

          …and add to that about what the elites of corporate world and politicians are doing in the child sex slave world.
          Some are buying children as young as five and raping them. The sickness of evil flesh is worse than ever.

      • Lennie Pike

        Fact!

  • Mark

    2nd Chron. 7:14

  • Cinderella Man

    I’ve definitely picked a side long ago. For the past 8 years I’ve felt marginalized and like I’ve had to hold my tounge. Me and millions of other conservative Americans have been frustrated and silenced. When Trump was elected we all felt like we stood a chance again. I honestly thought the country was through. I thought that Obama flooded the country with foreigners and indoctrinated the youth enough that a republican would never be elected again. And the candidates that the republicans put forward were not worth voting for. So yeah we are feeling empowered and we act out hostility towards liberals and illegals and refugees. We are the forgotten people and the democrat party tried to ignore us and tried to discourage us. They try to this very day. They make up excuses and lies for why Hillarat Rotten Clinton lost. They will blame everything but themselves. So yeah when Trump is attacked or when someone attacks what I stand for I tolerate it no more. I know I’m not helping things but I’m done compromising. And millions feel the same way.

    • socalbeachdude

      And you’re doing exactly what Michael has said not to do.

      • Mike Smithy

        Too late. The Liberals want war while they feign tolerance. I dare you to ask 5 liberals to define diversity. I can assure you that their definition has no mention of diversity of opinion.

        • Dare Tuitt

          No truer word said. But that is because they are reprobate minded. The Bible said this would be more common during the End Times, which we are in right now. I too have less patience with Lefties. Their blind self-righteousness is projected onto us Christians all the time, and they have tried to outlaw Christian thought. The sad thing we Christians know is their side does not win. So we must add the burden of understanding with self control. It is not easy, as parents with very wayward children know. We must also always speak Truth to them because there will come a time when Truth won’t be found on earth (when the Church is removed at the Resurrection/Rapture). Pity them all, forgive them and pray for them and ask God to forgive your transgression(s) against them.

      • Lennie Pike

        Fact: the owners of the fed are not American and consider patriotic Americans loyal to the principles of The U.S. Constitution to be their enemy.

        • socalbeachdude

          Absolutely false as to all of your assertions.

          Who owns the Federal Reserve?

          The Federal Reserve System is not “owned” by anyone. Although parts of the Federal Reserve System share some characteristics with private-sector entities, the Federal Reserve was established to serve the public interest.

          The Federal Reserve System is not “owned” by anyone. Although parts of the Federal Reserve System share some characteristics with private-sector entities, the Federal Reserve was established to serve the public interest.

          The Federal Reserve derives its authority from the Congress, which created the System in 1913 with the enactment of the Federal Reserve Act. This central banking “system” has three important features: (1) a central governing board–the Federal Reserve Board of Governors; (2) a decentralized operating structure of 12 Federal Reserve Banks; and (3) a blend of public and private characteristics.

          The Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., is an agency of the federal government. The Board–appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate–provides general guidance for the Federal Reserve System and oversees the 12 Reserve Banks. The Board reports to and is directly accountable to the Congress but, unlike many other public agencies, it is not funded by congressional appropriations. In addition, though the Congress sets the goals for monetary policy, decisions of the Board–and the Fed’s monetary policy-setting body, the Federal Open Market Committe–about how to reach those goals do not require approval by the President or anyone else in the executive or legislative branches of government.

          Some observers mistakenly consider the Federal Reserve to be a private entity because the Reserve Banks are organized similarly to private corporations. For instance, each of the 12 Reserve Banks operates within its own particular geographic area, or District, of the United States, and each is separately incorporated and has its own board of directors. Commercial banks that are members of the Federal Reserve System hold stock in their District’s Reserve Bank. However, owning Reserve Bank stock is quite different from owning stock in a private company. The Reserve Banks are not operated for profit, and ownership of a certain amount of stock is, by law, a condition of membership in the System.

          https://www.federalreserve.gov/faqs/about_14986.htm

          • GSOB

            The truth of the matter is, America would have been better off without the central bank her leaders authorized over 100 years ago to be established. She has 20/20 vision now…. wouldn’t you say? She will collapse eventually.

          • socalbeachdude

            Absolutely false. America today would be the backwater banana republic it was back in 1913 without the guidance of the fine folks at the Federal Reserve.

          • jgibbsphd

            Which of the “fine folks” at the FEDs are you most intimate with? Who is a close friend of yours that allows you to speak about their business acumen and daily character? Which ones do you speak with weekly or have an occasional dinner with?

            Hello…….?

          • socalbeachdude

            I would suggest you acquaint yourself with the fine professional Board Of Governors (BOG) of the Federal Reserve at:

            https://www.federalreserve.gov/faqs/about_12591.htm

            In addition to those folks, there are 12 Presidents of the 12 Regional Branches of the Federal Reserve and 5 of those in addition to the 7 members of the BOG make up the FOMC where all policy matters are set by the Federal Reserve.

            I would suggest you learn about the Structure of the Federal Reserve System at:

            https://www.federalreserve.gov/aboutthefed/structure-federal-reserve-system.htm

          • GSOB

            What’s your point?

          • socalbeachdude

            Isn’t that obvious? To deal with the actual facts regarding the Federal Reserve in response to totally bogus assertions.

          • Arrow

            Bogus… like fiat currency.

          • socalbeachdude

            There is nothing “bogus” at all about currencies including the US dollar used around the world.

          • Arrow

            What is the basis for said currencies? Anything tangible?

          • socalbeachdude

            All currencies are backed by the current and future assets and current and future labor and productivity of the citizens of the issuing country and the US is by far the largest single country economy in the world with an $18 trillion GDP with no other country even coming close.

            There is no other currency that can even begin to challenge the supremacy of the US dollar.

          • socalbeachdude

            I don’t believe anything I type I get paid to misinform people and most of the time I’m high on illicit drugs.

          • come-and-take-it

            Whoever or whatever they are, they are not serving the strategic national interest of the US and its citizens. The concept of QE has no basis in solid economic theory or practice. Not only that, but billions in foreign government subsidies that US lawmakers have no oversight of leaves Americans hostage to bankers who have no accountability. If the Fed was so great they would welcome audits by the Congress. As it is they are institutionalized thieves who manipulate an entire monetary system without credentials or oversight. Your opinions are noted and dismissed for lack of evidence.

          • socalbeachdude

            Absolutely and totally false. It is Congress who appropriates all funds for foreign aid of any kind and it is Congress that has full oversight of that. The Federal Reserve does not provide any subsidies of any sort to anyone including member banks.

            The Federal Reserve REBATES 94% OF ITS PROFITS EACH YEAR TO THE US TREASURY and always has done so for 103 years.

            The Federal Reserve does not cost US taxpayers a single penny. In fact, the Federal Reserve acts essentially as a NOT-FOR-PROFIT entity and REBATES NEARLY $100 BILLION A YEAR TO THE US TREASURY and is the single biggest source of revenues for the US government each year.

            Federal Reserve Press Release 01/09/2015

            “The Federal Reserve Board on Friday announced preliminary unaudited results indicating that the Reserve Banks provided for payments of approximately $98.7 billion of their estimated 2014 net income to the U.S. Treasury. Under the Board’s policy, the residual earnings of each Federal Reserve Bank are distributed to the U.S. Treasury, after providing for the costs of operations, payment of dividends, and the amount necessary to equate surplus with capital paid-in.”

            http://www.federalreserve.gov/newsevents/press/other/20150109a.htm

            The Federal Reserve ONLY OWNS ABOUT 12% OF OUTSTANDING US GOVERNMENT DEBT (US TREASURIES) WHILE 88% OF THAT OUTSTANDING DEBT IS OWNED BY PARTIES OTHER THAN THE FEDERAL RESERVE.

            The current federal government interest expenses are around 6% of the annual federal budget in Fiscal 2016 which has total spending of around $4 trillion.

            The Federal Reserve does not “issue loans to banks and collect revenues” other than on an extremely limited basis through the Federal Discount Window at the Federal Discount Rate which in reality is PRACTICALLY NEVER USED AT ALL and accounts for less than 0.00001% of any revenues to the Federal Reserve.

            The primary sources of revenues to the Federal Reserve are EARNINGS ON ITS HUGE AMOUNT OF ASSETS WHICH NOW NOW TOTAL AROUND $4.4 TRILLION and those earnings are nearly totally responsible for the more than $100 billion a year now in total annual earnings for the Federal Reserve.

          • come-and-take-it

            I look forward to the audit. Let me know what happened to the unannounced aid to the EC back in 2008-2009 when the report comes out. Until then quit selling the Fed so hard. It ain’t Federal and it under Congressional control, but it creates all the money via QE and fractional reserve banking that it wants to. By the way, who paid for all those $4.4 trillion in assets that are now on its balance sheet?

          • socalbeachdude

            There was no “unannounced aid” – or any aid whatsoever – to any foreign entities or banks from the Federal Reserve at any time. The only parties that got short term LOANS from the Federal Reserve in 2008-2009 were MEMBER BANKS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE including US SUBSIDIARIES of foreign banks operating in the USA such as Deutsche, HSBC, etc. but none of those loans were available to the parent holding companies of any of those US subsidiaries.

            The Federal Reserve is INDEED FEDERAL and is creation of the US Congress as a result of the Federal Reserve Act which can be amended or abolished any time by Congress as clearly stated in the last provision of that Act. The Federal Reserve is under the OVERSIGHT OF CONGRESS and rebates 94% of its annual profits each year to the US Treasury.

            Not a penny of funds are created with “fractional reserve banking” and you are confusing that nutty bogus notion with RESERVE REQUIREMENTS which are indeed imposed by the Federal Reserve to ensure that member banks have at least 10% reserves in cash against the total amount of customer deposits.

            As a result of the 3 versions of Federal Reserve QE (Quantatative Easing) about $3.6 ytrillion in additional funds was created by the Federal Reserve and then used to purchase existing securities consisting of US Treasuries and MBS instruments from member banks and that entire $3.6 trillion was deposited back into the primary and excess reserves accounts of those banks inside the Federal Reserve where those funds have always remained.

            Currently about $1.3 trillion is in the primary reserve accounts of member banks and more than $2.5 trillion is in the EXCESS RESERVES of those banks and earns IOER (Interest On Excess Reserves) from the Federal Reserve.

            Banks as a result of the Federal Reserve QE are GREATLY OVER RESERVED and have about 33% of customer deposits in their reserves accounts inside the Federal Reserve and not just 10% as is required in their primary reserves accounts.

            The US dollar has been soaring upwards and is up about 22% since 2014 in value on the DXY and up very significantly against most all commodities. SDRs (Special Drawing Rights) issued by the IMF have no impact whatsoever on actual currencies including the US dollar and only even apply to country transactions abroad with IMF loans and to nothing else.

            The Federal Reserve most certainly did not in any way cause the economic turbulence of 2008-2009 which was all due to FASB Accounting Rule 157 which was to go into effect at the end of 12008 and which was essentially rescinded by early March 2009 at which time the financial turbulence totally ended. FASB Rule 157 related to new “mark to market” rules on the accounting of all financial institutions.

          • come-and-take-it

            Upvote ourselves do we? Nothing you have to say interests me. The Fed is a monster that needs to be shut down. If Ron Paul who has a lot better visibility into the institutional fraud it commits (who has no reason to lie) doesn’t agree with you, neither do I. You’re spending way too much time trying to whitewash these guys. They are in it for lots of money and therefore are not worthy of Americans trust. Shill elsewhere.

          • socalbeachdude

            Laughably false. Ron Paul is nothing but a clueless dolt when it comes to financial matters and the Federal Reserve and has made an utter laughing stock out of himself with his totally bogus and false assertions regarding the Federal Reserve.

            I would suggest you learn about the Federal Reserve and what it is and what it does at their web site at:

            http://www.FederalReserve.gov

          • come-and-take-it

            I’m sure that’s where you go to get the gospel truth about banks. C’mon man! If I want the truth it isn’t going to come from the government. If Ron is such a clueless dolt, how is it the Congress just passed a bill to AUDIT THE FED! He must know a trifle more than you about it. The Fed needs to get out of monetary policy. The main concern of banks, is BANKS!

            bt

          • socalbeachdude

            Congress did NOT pass any such absurd bill at all. Where do you come up with such total delusional nonsense. A bill to that effect was only passed in a House Committee and will be deader than a door nail well prior to getting to the House floor.

            Each and every year, as has been the case for 100+ years, the Federal Reserve issues FULLY INDEPENDENTLY AUDITED Annual Financial Statements which are extremely detailed and run around 500 pages each year. They are fully publicly available for you and anyone else who is interested in them to fully read and review at:

            http://www.federalreserve.gov/publications/annual-report/

            What more do you want to know?

            The Federal Reserve does not cost the US government and taxpayers a single penny and is the LARGEST SINGLE PAYER OF REVENUES TO THE US GOVERNMENT each year and those rebates now amount to around $100 billion a year.

            The page that covers who, when, and how the Federal Reserve is audited is at:

            https://www.federalreserve.gov/faqs/about_12784.htm

          • come-and-take-it

            Much like GMO food studies, it is always best to have independent peer reviewed research/audits performed by outside entities. Otherwise, people tend to assume the reviewers are “drinking their own bath water”. I’ll believe an audit conducted by a firm unrelated to the Fed or the government. The Fed has had 100 years to craft its propaganda and much like the main stream media tend to convince people black is white and white is black. Since you seem to believe in them so strongly, please encourage the Fed to have an independent audit so the rest of us can too.

          • socalbeachdude

            The Federal Reserve is INDEPENDENTLY AUDITED ANNUAL BY ONE OF THE TOP 4 ACCOUNTING FIRMS IN THE USA just like all major corporations are in the USA.

            Each and every year, as has been the case for 100+ years, the Federal Reserve issues FULLY INDEPENDENTLY AUDITED Annual Financial Statements which are extremely detailed and run around 500 pages each year. They are fully publicly available for you and anyone else who is interested in them to fully read and review at:

            http://www.federalreserve.gov/publications/annual-report/

            What more do you want to know?

            The Federal Reserve does not cost the US government and taxpayers a single penny and is the LARGEST SINGLE PAYER OF REVENUES TO THE US GOVERNMENT each year and those rebates now amount to around $100 billion a year.

            The page that covers who, when, and how the Federal Reserve is audited is at:

            https://www.federalreserve.gov/faqs/about_12784.htm

          • Core

            All of the reserve is supposed to be the property of American citizens but someone will probably chime in and explain how it all went horribly wrong and now some greedy elitist has a way to dip into it.. The recent global financial crisis was caused by the Deutsch Bank and the majority of other banks handing out sub-prime loans in Detroit and elsewhere, it caused a mortgage crisis in the region and caused the housing bubble to crash, the shock-wave spread to other regions and due to the way the banking networks had the housing markets setup for a power grab it collapsed. I have seen an expert show this phenomenon and it appears to be a modus operandi that the big banks use every forty years or so. It’s a type of power grab, possibly a push towards a globalized currency combined with an attempted power grab? The big international banks have their fingers dipped deep into UN and they are working hard to push a globalized agenda. Hillary was recorded on video peddling promises to push for a globalized, borderless, American economy. The influx of cheap immigrant labor is part of their plan to create instability in the US and profit from cheap labor. The more instability the easier it is to justify a constitutional power grab. Once they have the majority of states enforcing unconstitutional laws from the executive and judicial arms, they will have to opportunity to see their dystopia come to fruition. They have impregnated the 9th Circuit Court and have California, New York, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, and others in their pocket at this point. It also appears that the Supreme Court may be turning a blind eye to unconstitutional laws in places the 9th is violating American citizens Second Amendment rights on the West Coast and elsewhere. Big mess we are in for freedom. Any attempt to take away a single freedom in exchange for a little security should be viewed with extreme prejudice.

          • come-and-take-it

            Well said. The Fed has been brewing the coming economic collapse for many years as the precursor to dumping the dollar in the run-up to the NWO single currency. Many deny this, but the facts support the conclusion that the transition to a global currency (currently the SDR) will be built upon the collapse of the US economy. The crash of the equity and bond markets will be precipitated by the Fed raising interest rates so that the availability of funds to continue the market euphoria drys up. Hillary would have been complicit in the corruption of the American free market system, but no matter. Trump can do nothing to stop or even slow the collapse because he has no control over the Fed. The Fed controls monetary policy and guards its planning and actions with utmost secrecy. At this point the Fed has Trump by the “short and curlies” and the coming crash is cooked into the souffle. BAN THE FED! The government can issue its own money and might become accountable to the people which the Fed will never allow.

          • socalbeachdude

            What utterly false and inane nonsense.

          • come-and-take-it

            One mans insanity is an others reality. Keep drinking the kool-aid.

          • socalbeachdude

            Nope. The FACTS are the FACTS and I have very clearly stated the actual facts.

          • come-and-take-it

            Propaganda is propaganda. If you read anything besides the self-aggrandizement published by the perpetrators you might have a more rounded opinion of the situation. By the way, upvoting yourself is pretty disingenuous. Do you have to tie a pork chop around your neck to get the dog to play with you?

          • socalbeachdude

            What “unconstitutional laws” are you talking about? Deutsche Bank was a very minor player in the 2008-2009 financial matter which was nearly entirely caused by FASB Accounting Rule 157 and not by anything you are falsely asserting.

          • Core

            You just PROVED deductively that the Deutsche Bank and its partners/network caused the Global Financial Crisis by the admission/assertion that the FASB AR 157 caused the collapse. Sub prime mortgage lending and trades is the ONLY precursor to the failure of Rule 157 (fair market/trade value). Rule 157 has been proven to work for years as it is used by Goldman Sachs Group Inc. which is the MOST successful full service investment bank and the oldest in the world! Making a multitude more that it’s nearest competitor JP Morgan Chase. I believe you are either blind to the realities of the Global Financial Crisis or a big bank plant like “come-and-take-it” said. The IMF and many large banks has been funding the UN gun control schema. The 9th Circuit Court is on their payroll, and given the silence of the Supreme Court, I would have to use inductive reasoning to assume the Supreme Court has many who are on the IMF/Big Bank payroll. Folks like M. Bloomberg are funneling millions into evasively written and vague unconstitutional laws focused on gun registration. The research and logic behind these legal mechanisms that these bank funded anti-gun schemes are pushing is unfounded. The research methods they employ are bank funded non-empirical nonsense. The only conclusion can be made that the banks are pushing for a system that parallels the UN schema. This schema would create a police state, and leads to a power grab from citizens. They are working to secure housing, transportation, and destroy nation currencies and have been for many years. Global free and open markets allow more opportunities to secure investments by big players. It also exerts an enormous amount of power over citizens. You can compare it to mono-cropping and other massive unsustainable practices that have led to adverse effects on the livelihood of many Americans. Such an unsustainable economic system would only be possible if we all lived in mega-cities in the US. We have seen that mass urbanization is extremely unsustainable from environmental perspectives. It also poses significant security risks on many levels from natural disasters, food security and resource networks, and full spectrum crimes including terrorism. Dense populations of Humans create an extreme load on resources. We have an antiquated resource distribution system in the US, so you do the math.

          • socalbeachdude

            What utterly bogus delusional nonsense!

          • Stuey

            Here goes drugheadbeachdude going on a rampage about the federal reserve again even though Michael’s article had nothing to do with the fed.

          • socalbeachdude

            I would suggest you learn about the fine and excellent Federal Reserve.

          • PJ London

            “Commercial banks that are members of the Federal Reserve System hold stock in their District’s Reserve Bank.”
            The participating banks hold stock in the FED and the banks and the officeholders derive benefit from their holdings.
            Whilst it is stated that excess should be transferred to the treasury, no audit has been carried out, ever.
            They issue the trading licences for commercial banks and thereby control the banking industry.
            A quote from a 1924 edition of the American Banker’s Association not intended for the public sums up what is currently happening all around us:
            “Capital must protect itself in every possible way, both by combination and legislation. Debts must be collected, mortgages foreclosed as rapidly as possible. When, through the process of law, the common people lose their homes, they will become more docile and more easily governed through the strong arm of government applied by a central power of wealth under leading financiers. These truths are well known among our principal men who are now engaged in forming an imperialism to govern the world.
            By dividing the voter through the political party system, we can get them to expend their energies in fighting for questions of no importance.
            It is thus by discreet action we can secure for ourselves that which has been so well planned and so successfully accomplished.”

            “The issue which has swept down the centuries and which will have to be fought sooner or later is the people versus the banks.”

            Lord Acton

            The purpose of the FED is to hold title to the country’s collateral for loans, and issue bonds to a value of the collateral.

            (Settlement and clearing, oversight and licensing is a by product)

            Colonel Edward Mandell House Predicts the Creation of the STRAWMAN in the US
            In a private meeting with Woodrow Wilson (US President 1913 – 1921) Colonel Edward Mandell House predicted the banksters’ plans to enslave the American people. He stated:

            “Very soon, every American will be required to register their biological property (that’s you and your children) in a national system designed to keep track of the people and that will operate under the ancient system of pledging. By such methodology, we can compel people to submit to our agenda, which will affect our security as a charge back for our fiat paper currency.

            Every American will be forced to register or suffer being able to work and earn a living. They will be our chattels (property) and we will hold the security interest over them forever, by operation of the law merchant under the scheme of secured transactions. Americans, by unknowingly or unwittingly delivering the bills of lading (Birth Certificate) to us will be rendered bankrupt and insolvent, secured by their pledges.

            They will be stripped of their rights and given a commercial value designed to make us a profit and they will be none the wiser, for not one man in a million could ever figure our plans and, if by accident one or two should figure it out, we have in our arsenal plausible deniability. After all, this is the only logical way to fund government, by floating liens and debts to the registrants in the form of benefits and privileges.

            This will inevitably reap us huge profits beyond our wildest expectations and leave every American a contributor to this fraud, which we will call “Social Insurance.” Without realizing it, every American will unknowingly be our servant, however begrudgingly. The people will become helpless and without any hope for their redemption and we will employ the high office (presidency) of our dummy corporation (USA) to foment this plot against America.”

          • socalbeachdude

            Each and every year, as has been the case for 100+ years, the Federal Reserve issues FULLY INDEPENDENTLY AUDITED Annual Financial Statements which are extremely detailed and run around 500 pages each year. They are fully publicly available for you and anyone else who is interested in them to fully read and review at:

            http://www.federalreserve.gov/publications/annual-report/

            What more do you want to know?

            The Federal Reserve does not cost the US government and taxpayers a single penny and is the LARGEST SINGLE PAYER OF REVENUES TO THE US GOVERNMENT each year and those rebates now amount to around $100 billion a year.

            The page that covers who, when, and how the Federal Reserve is audited is at:

            https://www.federalreserve.gov/faqs/about_12784.htm

          • PJ London

            Except that the payments are deferred. Until such time as the Fed makes a profit sufficient to cover the costs!
            “If earnings during the year are not sufficient to provide for the costs of operations, payment of dividends, and equating surplus and capital paid-in, remittances to the Treasury are suspended. A deferred asset is recorded that represents the amount of net earnings a Reserve Bank will need to realize before remittances to the Treasury resume. Accounting adjustments, including those recorded as of or near the financial statement date, can also result in suspending remittances to the Treasury and recording a deferred asset. As of December 31, 2014, such adjustments resulted in recording a deferred asset in the amount of $667 million, which is reported as “Deferred asset–remittances to the Treasury” in the Combined Statements of Condition. The deferred asset is reviewed for impairment, and as of December 31, 2014, no impairment existed.”
            In other words, each year they ‘prove’ that the can’t afford to remit anything to treasury.
            It is really sad that the only ‘upvote’ you can obtain is your own.

          • socalbeachdude

            No rebates by the Federal Reserve to the US Treasury have been deferred at all over the past 10 years and likely ever. That certainly was not the case for the 2014 rebates which set a record when they were rebated in January 2015.

            Federal Reserve Press Release 01/09/2015

            “The Federal Reserve Board on Friday announced preliminary unaudited results indicating that the Reserve Banks provided for payments of approximately $98.7 billion of their estimated 2014 net income to the U.S. Treasury. Under the Board’s policy, the residual earnings of each Federal Reserve Bank are distributed to the U.S. Treasury, after providing for the costs of operations, payment of dividends, and the amount necessary to equate surplus with capital paid-in.”

            http://www.federalreserve.gov/newsevents/press/other/20150109a.htm

          • PJ London

            It appears that you do not know the difference between ‘paid’ and ‘provided for payments’.
            The quote I posted was taken from the Financial statements for 2014.
            The $98bn was before all (any) costs.
            That is what they stole from the people in bank fees and interest. They said that they would pay $667Mn (interestingly it looked a lot like $666,666,666.66 just rounded up. Hmmm) but the payment was deferred.
            They are not denying that they owe the money, they are just ‘deferring’ the actual paying.
            You are still popular, with yourself, I see.
            Sad.

          • socalbeachdude

            What is totally SAD is you continuing to put up such totally false and utterly bogus assertions.

            The REBATE PAYMENT from the Federal Reserve to the US Treasury in for the 2014 year was $98.7 billion which is a matter of record.

            Fed’s Bond Buying Yields Bonanza for Treasury – WSJ

            The Federal Reserve sent a record $98.7 billion in profits to the Treasury Department in 2014, largely reflecting higher interest earnings on its expanded balance sheet.

            http://www.wsj.com/articles/feds-bond-buying-yields-bonanza-for-treasury-1420830368

          • PJ London

            Why not actually learn something
            “For the US Treasury, Fed remittances are something of a free lunch. When someone buys a Treasury bond, the government must pay them interest. This applies to the Fed as well, but then at year-end the Fed remits the interest back to the Treasury.”
            In other words, the Treasury sells bonds, the buyer gets interest from the Govn.
            With QE, the Fed pulled trillions in credit from thin air, the Treasury issued bonds based on the credit, and the fed did not actually get the interest on the pretend money that they created. Instead they graciously said ‘we will pretend to give back the pretend interest on the pretend credit. Aren’t we generous.’
            The credit was held in the Fed’s computers to underwrite the ‘overdrafts that the banks needed to remain within Basel II’.
            It was mere liquidity and not capital, but reported as assets so that the world could pretend that all was well.
            I understand that you read this stuff without actually looking deeper than the headline, so I am not going to bother with this discussion.
            Either you are paid to make these comments or you are seriously brainwashed.
            Still upvoting yourself I see.
            74k comments and 94k votes.
            Deduct your own votes and you get 20k positives on 75k comments, I guess that you get the kids to upvote you for your birthday.
            Sad.

          • socalbeachdude

            Why do you keep posting such totally false and clueless nonsense?

            The Federal Reserve PAID $98.7 BILLION TO THE US TREASURY FOR 2014 PROFITS as has been well-documented.

            The rebate payments that the Federal Reserve makes to the US Treasury are based on TOTAL PROFITS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE and are not direct rebates of interest on US Treasuries of which the Federal Reserve only owns about $2.5 trillion in their total portfolio of around $4.4 trillion in assets.

            All of the Federal Reserve QE funds created by the Federal Reserve ALWAYS REMAINED INSIDE THE FEDERAL RESERVE and were used by the Federal Reserve to purchase existing securities from member banks in exchange for cash deposited to their reserves accounts inside the Federal Reserve where those funds have always remained. Not a penny of those funds was ever spent on anything, but were rather simply used in an asset shifting program in order to create a huge pool of liquidity for member banks to weather the coming liquidity crunches.

            Member banks are paid interest by the Federal Reserve on the funds they have in their excess reserves accounts inside the Federal Reserve which were created as a result of QE and they are paid IOER (Interest On Excess Reserves) on those funds which is a cost of operating the Federal Reserve.

            The Federal Reserve does not underwrite any “overdrafts” at all and never has but rather makes last resort funds available to member banks for such purposes at the Federal Discount Rate which carries a 0.5% punitive penalty over the Federal Funds Rate at which banks can borrow from each other. US Member Banks rarely ever use either of those rates these days as they are AWASH IN VAST EXCESS LIQUIDITY and have more than $3.8 TRILLION IN THEIR RESERVES ACCOUNTS INSIDE THE FEDERAL RESERVE.

            Money Stock Measures – H.6

            http://www.federalreserve.gov/releases/h6/

            US banks have never in the history of US banking been SO VASTLY OVER RESERVED as they are now with around 33% in total cash reserves inside the Federal Reserve against customer deposits in their primary and excess reserves accounts which total around $3.8 trillion.

          • Shame on Traitor obama

            I suggest you go learn about the private jew bank called the FED, owned by the rottenchilds. And Americans owe 2 Trillion in illegal interest to the insane creatures at the FED. Article 1, Section 8 says NO interest to mint the money…so you have been telling huge lies in all your lame posts beachslug.

          • socalbeachdude

            What utterly inane and totally bogus nonsense. The Federal Reserve is owned by its around 6,200 member banks and has nothing to do with the Rothschild family. Americans do not owe a single penny of interest to the Federal Reserve other than for the $2.5 trillion of US Treasuries that it owns and more than 100% of that interest is REBATED EACH YEAR TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND ITS US TREASURY as the Federal Reserve annual rebates 94% of its profits on its $4.4 trillion asset portfolio.

            Everything I have stated is 100% true, accurate, and correct, and your totally BOGUS AND LAUGHABLY LIES AND DELUSIONS are absurdly false.

            Please learn about the Federal Reserve and what it is and what it does at:

            http://www.FederalReserve.gov

          • socalbeachdude

            I’m sleeping with Janet Yellen that’s why I love the fed so much. Literally!

          • socalbeachdude

            Please learn about the Federal Reserve at:

            http://www.FederalReserve.gov

          • Bill the eighth

            Lefty lying troll. The Federal Reserve is neither Federal nor a Reserve. It is owned by the Rothschild, the Rockefellers, Warburgs, all of the old banking families. Take your lies and your Keynesian nonsense and go back to your socialism.

          • socalbeachdude

            Laughably false and utterly ignorant, delusional, and stupid assertions.

            Who owns the Federal Reserve?

            The Federal Reserve System is not “owned” by anyone. Although parts of the Federal Reserve System share some characteristics with private-sector entities, the Federal Reserve was established to serve the public interest.

            The Federal Reserve System is not “owned” by anyone. Although parts of the Federal Reserve System share some characteristics with private-sector entities, the Federal Reserve was established to serve the public interest.

            The Federal Reserve derives its authority from the Congress, which created the System in 1913 with the enactment of the Federal Reserve Act. This central banking “system” has three important features: (1) a central governing board–the Federal Reserve Board of Governors; (2) a decentralized operating structure of 12 Federal Reserve Banks; and (3) a blend of public and private characteristics.

            The Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., is an agency of the federal government. The Board–appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate–provides general guidance for the Federal Reserve System and oversees the 12 Reserve Banks. The Board reports to and is directly accountable to the Congress but, unlike many other public agencies, it is not funded by congressional appropriations. In addition, though the Congress sets the goals for monetary policy, decisions of the Board–and the Fed’s monetary policy-setting body, the Federal Open Market Committe–about how to reach those goals do not require approval by the President or anyone else in the executive or legislative branches of government.

            Some observers mistakenly consider the Federal Reserve to be a private entity because the Reserve Banks are organized similarly to private corporations. For instance, each of the 12 Reserve Banks operates within its own particular geographic area, or District, of the United States, and each is separately incorporated and has its own board of directors. Commercial banks that are members of the Federal Reserve System hold stock in their District’s Reserve Bank. However, owning Reserve Bank stock is quite different from owning stock in a private company. The Reserve Banks are not operated for profit, and ownership of a certain amount of stock is, by law, a condition of membership in the System.

            https://www.federalreserve.gov/faqs/about_14986.htm

          • greyprepper

            Whoa. I know what you are now.

          • socalbeachdude

            Huh? Someone who embraces the facts and truth regarding the Federal Reserve.

          • greyprepper

            Shilling for the Federal Reserve? I’m very disappointed.

          • socalbeachdude

            I would suggest you learn about the Federal Reserve and what it is and does at:

            http://www.FederalReserve.gov

          • freewheelinfranklin543

            Yup! A government troll doing their best to finish off the country. A traitor most foul!

          • socalbeachdude

            Ssssssshh. Don’t blow my cover.

          • socalbeachdude

            What? That I’m a transvestite?

          • Rog

            You are completely misinformed about the Federal Reserve, read “The creature from Jeckel Island,” for a better understanding of this privately owned banking cartel.

          • socalbeachdude

            Nope, that would be YOU who is totally misinformed and utterly delusional.

            That inane “creature” book is the VERY EPITOME OF BOGUS DISINFORMATION.

            That “creature” book was originally written by G. Edwards Griffin in 1994 and is nothing but a piece of bogus and blatantly false propaganda garbage and little else. Its absurd assertions have been thorough and totally debunked and what is left of the 1% of factoids remaining there are of no significance whatsoever and the entire point of the book is to promote fantastical and inane and false conspiracy theories about the Federal Reserve System.

            The Story Behind ‘The Creature From Jekyll Island,’ the Anti-Fed Conspiracy Theory Bible

            The Fed was secretly created to enact vicious cycles of genocide. Or so this popular book would have you believe.

            It’s the kind of conspiracy theory so all-encompassing that it explains the very roots of all modern American wars, depression, economic boom, and (most importantly!) the darkest, best-kept secrets of international banking.

            Typically, the Federal Reserve is a government entity that frustrated high schoolers in America are forced to learn about before entering adulthood and forgetting exactly what it is or why it exists. The Fed is our central banking system that was created at the tail end of 1913 as a response to a string of financial crises. It is responsible for implementing the United States’s monetary policy, and is routinely and aptly described as “boring.”

            It’s all fairly mundane and unsexy (though hugely consequential) stuff. The Fed doesn’t bomb anything, invade anything, or even tax anything.

            The fatal flaw in Griffin’s analysis and breathless fear-mongering is, as is the case with so many prevalent conspiracy theories, that it takes a grain of truth and turns it into a salt mine of utterly laughable BS.

            http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/11/26/the-story-behind-the-creature-from-jekyll-island-the-anti-fed-conspiracy-theory-bible.html

            The US government is in debt to the tune of nearly $20 trillion because CONGRESS is grossly profligate and financially irresponsible and that has nothing to do with the Federal Reserve, its operations, its policies, or its structure.

          • freewheelinfranklin543

            Get outa here NWO TROLL!

          • socalbeachdude

            I would suggest you learn about the Federal Reserve at:

            http://www.FederalReserve.gov

          • Jewnited prisons of america

            I never take advice from a troll. Jeckyll Island tells the entire story.

          • socalbeachdude

            Yes, the story of a delusional NITWIT attempting to attack the Federal Reserve with totally bogus assertions!

          • socalbeachdude

            Laughably True!

          • jaxon64

            How can you NOT consider it “owned” when it has actual stock which is owned by a few select individuals who NEVER put it up for public ownership?
            The Federal Reserve is a BANK with shares of stock in the hands of a few men- only a couple of which have US citizenship…this is easily verifiable.

          • socalbeachdude

            Where do you come up with the utterly bogus and totally false notions that “a few select individuals” have any ownership at all in the Federal Reserve?

            The direct link on Federal Reserve web site where the information appears as to “Who Owns The Federal Reserve” is at:

            https://www.federalreserve.gov/faqs/about_14986.htm

            The page that covers who, when, and how the Federal Reserve is audited is at:

            https://www.federalreserve.gov/faqs/about_12784.htm

          • freewheelinfranklin543

            The federal reserve is privately owned you damn troll!

          • socalbeachdude

            By its around 6,200 member banks as stated very clearly above and the Federal Reserve is a quasi public-private entity created by an Act of Congress and rebates 94% of its annual profits each year to the US Treasury.

          • owr

            Socialbeachdude you had better refine your research on the FED. It is a privately owned bank, which is owned entirely by the Rothschilds, Goldman Sachs, and the Swiss. It creates the dollar out of thin air, loans those dollars to the federal government, and collects interest on those loans. Your tax dollars goes into paying off that interest. It is just like the credit card scams.

          • socalbeachdude

            Your bogus assertions are totally and absolutely FALSE to the max. The Federal Reserve System is owned by its 12 Regional banks of which its member banks are the only shareholders and those shareholders comprise around 6,200 member banks which receive a 6% annual dividend on their shares from the Federal Reserve.

            The other 94% of the annual profits of the Federal Reserve is rebated to the US Treasury for the benefit of its taxpayers which makes the $2.5 trillion out of the total of around $20 trillion of US Treasuries (government debt) TOTALLY INTEREST FREE to the US Treasury and its taxpayers.

        • socalbeachdude

          I work for the Fed and everything you say is 100% spot on cold hard truth.

      • steven454

        You/they are fighting evolutionary psychology. Our “inner caveman” (the behaviors and thought processes that are semi-hard wired because of evolution) makes what is happening today a repeating pattern. If you look at the history of all failed civilizations – and so far, they ALL fail – we are demonstrating all the same signs of the end game. We have not evolved enough to overcome these behaviors, no matter how much “American Exceptionalism” we think we have.

        Note that I’m not saying it is right or wrong – it just is. Anything that is a byproduct of evolutionary filtering has to have served a purpose; but the problem is that our behaviors are optimized to help the individual survive long enough to reproduce. These same behaviors are not optimized to help groups of people live well in a non-life threatening environment.

        Our inner cavemen are going to drive this bloom of civilization into the ground, the way they always do – and THEN your fundamental urges will come in handy.

        • LIZ THE SHIZ

          my inner caveman say’s YABAH DABAH DOO, what’s for dinner Wilma?

          • steven454

            Exactly my point – how can any civilization succeed when that’s what passes for serious dialog.

          • SnodtBlossom

            you’re a foreign asswipe

        • freewheelinfranklin543

          American Exceptionalism is actually Hubris to the Max.Hubris,overweening pride and arrogance is the cause of all collapsed civilizations!

      • GSOB

        lol

        • socalbeachdude

          What about “WE THE PEOPLE” do you not comprehend?

      • amongoose

        Sorry, but if you don’t fight back you get conquered.
        Radical ideologies like liberalism and islam do not compromise, and they don’t respect others rights and views.
        Evil can only be defeated it cannot be coexisted with.

      • BS1986

        If you are liberal you don’t deserve oxygen.

    • Orac4Prez

      For too long the majority has been silent. This is taken as tacit approval by those who aggressively demand things. I applaud you for standing up for your beliefs. You’d be surprised if one person makes a comment how often there will be others willing to stand up as well.

      • Dave Bosse

        We’re not the majority anymore

        • Cinderella Man

          We not in the cities But as this election proved we got the numbers where It counts. Thank goodness for the electoral college

          • socalbeachdude

            Many of the Republicans are going to be THROWN OUT OF OFFICE in the midterm elections if they can’t get their act together.

          • GSOB

            The POTUS just may be….as you say…

        • Cinderella Man

          And we’re definitely not silent anymore

          • SnodtBlossom

            You’re a pissant on a stupid blog.

        • Syrin

          Here’s the problem with your post Michael. You are missing a crucial point. The left DOES NOT FORGIVE. Their motives truly are evil. Look to the democratic lawmaker who warned members of the MS-13 gang that immigration would be coming for them. Look at their open hatred. Irrational rage filled hatred. These people have NEVER compromised, and never will, and the whole reason why we are in this predicament is because our side has done exactly as you suggest. We keep “compromising” meaning we give in a little, and they give in not at all. After decades of continuously further to the left, we are now at the level where people get to decide if they are black, white, boy girl, human or cactus, and if you challenge the insanity they ATTACK you. No, Michael, you are wrong. We are in a WAR, a literal war, for our country that so far has only minor amounts of violence, all coming from the left. You do not sympathize with your enemy. You don’t offer flowers on the field of battle, especially when one side is so evil, that they fight to not only kill babies, but to sell their organs and let you kill babies up to two years post delivery. Michael, you HAVE to take a stand and say NO MORE. Otherwise, you are as guilty as they are. And no, God isn’t going to miraculously whisk away Christians so they don’t have to make a tough decision. That’s the hopes from a spineless group who want divine intervention so they don’t have to grow a backbone.

          • Cinderella Man

            Why is Islamic s a v a g e s automatically put in moderation? That’s censorship

          • socalbeachdude

            As Jesus said, TURN THE OTHER CHEEK.

          • Lewis Zontonas

            And he also said SELL YOUR CLOAK AND BUY A SWORD. Enough of this pacifist crap already. That is why we are losing >:(

          • GSOB

            Two aspects on the ‘sword’.

            …..the earthy and the Spiritual.

            Here in Luke…. they collide.

            But in line with these verses…
            (The Weapon)
            Ephesians 6:17b
            2 Timothy 3:16-17
            Hebrews 4:12

            1 Samuel 17:47
            …….and then Jesus said… that is enough..

          • GSOB

            Jesus did not mean that if His followers are struck on one side of the face…. they should stagger to their feet and offer the other side ….. if that’s what you are thinking.

          • Bob332

            And if Jesus walked the earth today, HE would still be crucified by the Liberal morons et al!

          • BelieveInCod

            Liberals do not crucify. Cite an instance before spouting such nonsense.

          • Bob332

            Look up the definition, maybe not literally , but they certainly inflect painful trial torturous suffering. One example….try talking common sense to one.

          • Stuey

            Wow, now you are quoting JESUS……..didn’t see that one coming.

          • Arrow

            Geezus…

          • SnodtBlossom

            You, especially CinderellaBoy, use this site to seek refuge from the sane majority.
            CinderellaBoy would rather sit on this site than get a job. He’ll be living in a car again any week.

        • Syrin

          Yes, we are. Poll after poll shows America is conservative at its core and growing increasingly so. You are buying into the media which is dominated by liberals who want you to believe exactly what you stated so that you won’t fight back against this radicalized hate filled minority. Grow a back bone and stand up.

          • SnodtBlossom

            lol..you are delusional

    • Paul Patriot

      I agree. When good people say nothing, that’s how tyranny can enter a nation and lead one to a camp.

      I disagree with Michael to a certain degree in not standing up for and speaking out for what is right. Your comments nail the past 8 years right on the head, conservative, Christian, “Constitutionalists” have been attackjed and labeled as enemies of the state…..it is those folks who reflect the foundational values that have made this nation great, so……all those who attack them are in fact enemies of the Constitution and the Judeao /Christian values that our founders referanced over and over.

      Sorry Michael, I am not going to keep quiet and I will not hold hands and sing kumbaya with those who adhere to Marxist, socialist, anti-American ideals……will I hate them? No. I will pray for them.

      One reason for all the chaos is the left did not get their “savior” in office to continue the destructive, leftist ideals that the traitor obummer started, and they are made that the breaks have been put on their globalist agenda, and they dare to attack and critisize conservative Americans for standing for traditional American ideals…….

      Michael is correct we should try to live peaceably with all, but, the leftist enemies of liberty, and your children’s and grandchildren future of liberty, will have none of that, so, sadly if you do not stand up to a bully, the bullying will not cease.

      Just saying….

    • Mike Smithy

      I admire your resolve.

      • Cinderella Man

        Thank you brother..everyday I fight on Facebook against liberals and Muslims. These trolls on here are amateurs compared to them. I am just fed up and have had enough of their garbage. You wouldn’t believe the hateful vitriol they spew.

        • socalbeachdude

          So you’re out slinging hate on Farcebook all the time by your own admission. Why don’t you ditch the hate and start putting up something good and nice and constructive?

          • GSOB

            What…posting what you do? You are so very far from reality.

          • socalbeachdude

            Nope, but that sure does describe YOU.

          • Bill the eighth

            Sorry, he’s right, it describes you to a tee.

          • socalbeachdude

            Nope, but it sure does describe YOU. Sad.

    • No_More_Liberals

      Understand your feelings. I voted against HRC, knowing Trump would face opposition from both parties, but he was preferable to the likes of her. We’re seeing it play out now – half of the R’s are just as left as the D’s. The nation has passed that magic 200 year age where Republics historically fail – and it’s happening. Financially, we’re in debt more than any nation in the history of the world – and the pols want even more. The Rule of Law is failing, replaced by the Rule of Man (ignoring the law in favor of edicts from an individual). The people, though, are not fooled: They know what’s happening and enough of them still care to the point of refusing to be silent and just go along. It will not end well.

      • socalbeachdude

        The federal government debt of the US is only about 107% of its $18 trillion a year GDP, whereas the government debt of Japan is around 250% of its GDP. The US government debt is relatively low compared to some other countries and is only a little bit higher than that of the EU.

        • jgibbsphd

          Again, meaningless % comparisons. 250% of $100 is not the same as 107% of $1,000. Nor is any other nations’ currency the world reserve currency that is being used by 87% of the world, neither does anyone else’s debt come to $20T with $100-$200 T in unfunded liabilities.

          • socalbeachdude

            Nearly everyone from 100 years ago is now dead and they were paid a tiny miniscule fraction of what people are paid today.

            As to the value of the US dollar over the past 100 years…

            No, the dollar did NOT really lose 95% of its value since 1913

            Let us take at the period from 1913-2006, where we have complete data. So what do they mean, when they say the dollar lost 95.1% of its value in those 93 years? Essentially, an average good/service that cost $1 in 2006, used to be priced at 4.9 cents in 1913. In other words, the average price level of goods/services increased by 1930% since 1913. True, but guess what, average earned income increased by 6560% during the same time period. Average earned income rose from $740/yr in 1913 to $49,300/yr in 2006. Adjusting for inflation, $740/yr in 1913 is $15,000/yr in 2006 dollars. Average incomes, not only kept pace, but beat price inflation by 230%.

            So does it make any sense all to say the dollar lost value? In reality, the REAL purchasing power of the average American, has increased by 230% in the past century. Sure, prices were cheap in 1913, but $740/yr doesn’t buy you a whole lot, not anymore than 15,000/yr today.

            http://realfactbias.blogspot.com/2012/02/no-dollar-did-not-really-lose-95-of-its.html

          • Bill the eighth

            You really believe the BS you spew? Real purchasing power has not increased over 230%, if you think so, there is nothing to say to you.

          • socalbeachdude

            What i stated is, of course, 100% correct.

          • socalbeachdude

            Global debt now exceeds $220 trillion of which only about $67 trillion is in the US and only about $20 trillion of that in the US is debt of the US government.

    • collette.robert@yahoo.com

      255

      I’m a liberal
      Want to fight about it
      I’m a liberal
      And I’m right about it

      I’m a liberal
      And I care about
      All the people who
      Have to do without

      I’m a liberal
      I don’t care for
      Conservatives
      Who have to always
      Have more

      I’m a liberal
      I don’t turn my cheek
      I’m a liberal
      But I’m not weak

      I’m a liberal
      But I will kill
      Rich parasites
      Who can’t get their fill

    • socalbeachdude

      Millions more “feel” exactly the opposite which is what is at the core of the division in the United States.

    • geoffandmarie418@aol.com

      Spot on !!! If more Americans thought like you, we wouldn’t be in the mess we are in now!!

    • Gloria Brown

      I agree with you that many conservatives feel they have been….and in actuality have been… cut off from expressing themselves for the last 8 years. There were many ways this happened, too many to go into, but all having the same effect of keeping people from expressing themselves, which in turn, means that those on the “other side” of the conversation refuse to hear what the others say. In that way, the U.S. has been broken.
      Now I’m not thinking that because Trump was elected and the gagged ones feel more free to speak that all is magically fixed. It isn’t, because “the other side” liked things the way they were; they wanted conservatives gagged. And if they get into power again, that’s just what will happen. We’ll be gagged again. I would hate to see that happen, because the next time, I think it will result in actual civil war again.
      Somehow we all need to learn to listen, and to read, opinions that might not be ours, but simply to take in the information the other person wants to convey and to hear it or read it without thinking it’s going to hurt us that someone else told us they have an opinion different from ours…and respect their right to speak without having a tantrum because someone thinks differently than we do. That applies to both sides of the conservative/liberal debate. The speaker should not try to convince the listener, and the listener should listen without comment, letting the sounds flow without interrupting, and then… and then….
      Nothing happens! No one is hurt by listening without comment. The speaker doesn’t feel gagged, and the hearer may give his or her opinion, or may decide not to opine, or may change the subject.
      If only people could learn to listen without thinking about what they’ll say next, how good they’ll feel if they interrupt and smack down the other’s opinion. In other words, we learn to behave as mannerly adults. We can hear another opinion without becoming enraged and thinking of the other’s opinion as a personal insult.
      It’s just words, after all. Sticks and stones, etc., but words can never hurt us.

  • socalbeachdude

    Excellent article that is very much on target!

  • socalbeachdude

    The biggest problem with America is its moral bankruptcy and the complete failure of common sense and reason throughout much of America.

    • tacoma

      But there is nothing a couple of trillions of new debt cannot fix. The stupid debt ceiling will be raised soon and everything will be swell. Else blame everything to Putin. Putin is enjoying all the American blames placed on him. So sweet of him.

      • Lennie Pike

        Russia’s sound currency is a life and death threat to the satanists who control the criminal western financial system through their central banks. Due to that threat Russia will either be attacked militarily by the west, it’s present governors who have an incredibly high approval rating from the governed will be overthrown by the west, or it will be provoked and threatened by the west to the point of having no choice other than a to make a first strike. This is what all of the Russia bashing in the fake news from fake jews is all about. Americans are being conditioned to accept Russia as something other than a threat as the economic competitor that they have the right to be.

        Due to fraud, the currencies of the west will soon collapse (be known to have already collapsed) and that will be the only reason that you will then have Russia as your biggest enemy.

        Russia is now a lot more like what we used to be, and we are much more what they used to be.

        This comment was not a Russian hack but originated from a patriotic U.S. Constitution, liberty, and free enterprise loving U.S. Citizen.

        See Revelation chapters 18, 19.

        • socalbeachdude

          Russia’s currency is the ruble and Russia’s central bank has extremely high interest rates as a matter of policy which is why the ruble has strengthened after plunging last year against the US dollar.

          Russia’s $2.4 trillion a year economy is very small by global standards and is in fact smaller than the economy of the State of California which is around a $2.5 trillion a year economy.

          The US dollar – by far – is the most important and strongest currency in the world and is used is more than 83% of all global transactions and is currently right around 98.5 on the DXY which is around a 15 year high and it will continue to gain strength over the coming years.

          • Lennie Pike

            Prices and interest rates mean nothing in markets that are fixed and manipulated by central banks so I couldn’t care less what the value of the Ruble is against the Dollar now. Soon the price fixing will no longer be feasible – then I will listen to what you have to say if you are still here.

          • socalbeachdude

            Prices and interest rates are SET BY THE MARKETS and not “manipulated” at all by central banks. The US Treasuries market is the largest bond market in the world and is a $13 trillion a year market in which more than $7 trillion of new US Treasuries are sold each year. I would suggest you learn about the US Treasuries markets at:

            http://www.TreasuryDirect.gov

            The value of currencies relative to each other are set in the $5.3 trillion a day FOREX (Foreign Exchange) market and the largest currency markets in the world. There is not and cannot be any price fixing at all, except by countries that do not participate in the FOREX markets and peg their currencies to the US dollar such as is the case with China which is the most egregious currency printer and credit creator in the world.

            China’s economy is about half the size of the US economy but has expanded it money supply by more than $30 trillion over the past 10 years from around $3 trillion to more than $34 trillion – all on the back of the US dollar to which the renminbi (RMB / yuan) is pegged with very minimal float. Indeed, that price fixing will soon be no longer possible and the value of the renminbi will crash big time (as it already is) against the value of the US dollar.

            China’s coming debt crisis

            http://www.asiasentinel.com/econ-business/china-debt-crisis/

            China a mess, will ‘blow up’ at some point

            https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-27/evercore-s-hyman-says-china-a-mess-will-blow-up-at-some-point

          • Lennie Pike

            There is absolute proof that prices are manipulated resulting in very few if any free markets. I suggest that you learn and figure out where to do that for yourself. Researching the admissions of guilt of the very people and institutions doing the manipulating would be a good place to begin.

          • socalbeachdude

            Laughably false.

          • awb22

            far less than the $T’s in damage, and less than their profit. The cost of doing busines.

          • socalbeachdude

            Nope. Those fines were an egregious and excessive burden that amounted to HIGHWAY ROBBERY of these fine banks.

          • awb22

            Hahahaha. The breadth of your delusion is astonishing. Any idiot knows that liability isn’t limited to how much you profited from a criminal act, but by the amount of damage caused, which is in the $T’s. Every single loss from MBS should be made whole, which would, in effect, collapse the banking system. There you have it, the liability cost of criminal activity. That’s free enterprise, not the socialized crony capitalism of privatizing profit and socializing loss.

          • socalbeachdude

            No, the breadth of my comprehension regarding the Federal Reserve is superb, whereas you are totally lost in delusions and absurdly false notions. Moreover, you apparently do not comprehend that every investment in bonds, derivatives (including MBS Securities), and equities (stocks) INVOLVES THE RISK OF SUBSTANTIAL LOSS and that RISK IS BORNE BY THE INVESTORS IN THOSE SECURITIES.

          • awb22

            Not when that risk is passed off to the taxpayer as sovereign debt, as happened globally in the aftermath of 2008. You’re arguing an indefensible position.

          • socalbeachdude

            Huh?

          • awb22

            I see you intend to split hairs and nit pick, neither of which are constructive. Enjoy you’re rentier existence, but answer this question, do you believe the truth of God’s word?

          • Lennie Pike

            You are better than Bud Abbott.

          • LIZ THE SHIZ

            yeah, well who’s on first ?

          • Lennie Pike

            “Real quick, here’s a ten, give me two twenties.”

          • awb22

            markets are rigged, it’s a matter of fact.

          • socalbeachdude

            No, they are not “rigged” at all.

          • awb22

            The only definition of “rigged” that does not apply is if you’re the one doing the rigging. Then, of course, they’re not rigged, you imbecile.

          • Lennie Pike

            Nice!

          • socalbeachdude

            Huh?

          • David

            hahahaha!

          • Bill the eighth

            The money junkies LOVE morons like this drug addled socal dude. In fact, they wish everyone were are stupid and easily manipulated as it is.

          • socalbeachdude

            What utter nonsense. How did you ever get to be so utterly clueless and stupid?

          • LIZ THE SHIZ

            what about HFT and the market makers ?

          • socalbeachdude

            What about those matters? They have nothing whatsoever to do with the Federal Reserve. All HFT means is “high Frequency Trading” and there is nothing in any way illegal or improper about that. As to market makers, they are brokerages who must come in and buy up shares of stocks of the particular companies to which they are assigned when there are significant ORDER IMBALANCES which occur when there are more sellers than buyers on any given day.

          • GSOB

            Please stop promoting the FR. America would have been better off without it.

          • socalbeachdude

            Please start comprehending and understanding what the Federal Reserve is and does which you learn about at:

            http://www.FederalReserve.gov

          • GSOB

            Fiat currency. What don’t you understand FRB boy?

          • socalbeachdude

            All currencies are backed by the current and future assets and current and future labor and productivity of the citizens of the issuing country and the US is by far the largest single country economy in the world with an $18 trillion GDP with no other country even coming close.

          • huththa

            The US is also by far the largest single country debtor with a $20 trillion debt with no other country even coming close.

            Is this debt ever repayable by the country which has “never defaulted on its debt”?

            Is there any limit to how much it can be raised before the world might say “ok guys, you’re not the reserve currency anymore”? How about $50 trillion. What would happen then?

            Can the US defend its reserve currency status through the power of its soon-to-be-refurbished military machine, best in the world?

            These are the kinds of questions I would like to see a convincing answer to, by socalbeachdude and others who think that simply because we are the head honcho there is no limit to our excess.

          • socalbeachdude

            The size of a country’s debt only has relevance in relationship to the size of its assets and the USA has the largest amount of assets of any country in the world.

          • Bill the eighth

            Yes, proof you are a slave.

          • socalbeachdude

            What utter nonsense, dude.

          • David

            beachdude why don’t you go & wax your surfboard and catch some waves in So Cal. yes the Markets are rigged. Corporations that are not doing well buy back their own stock so that Stocks look attractive to investors whom would otherwise look elsewhere for their investment prospects. The Stock Market is one huge Illusion and a 50 to 80% correction is overdue.

          • socalbeachdude

            US stock markets are not “rigged” at all. What has driven them upwards more than anything else is indeed corporate stock buybacks consuming 100% of the profits of those corporations plus a vast amount of corporate debt. Yes, the stock markets in the US and globally are headed for 50% to 80% plunges, and that is inevitable given excessive overvaluations due to corporate stock buybacks coupled with traders high on hopium and drunk on false perceptions, but that does not make the markets “rigged” at all.

          • Lennie Pike

            “SET BY MARKETS and not manipulated at all by central banks” – ????? Who is it that creates the money out of thin air used by central banke agents such as JP Morgan, HSBC, etc. when it is needed to blind short futures contracts or provide dollars to the plunge protection team to shore up equity markets and insolvent banks to maintain “investor’s” confidence to prevent collapse and their true value to be discovered? – The Easter Bunny?

            The western financial system is 100% fraudulent and jusr barely still “intact” due to the power of the satanic central bankers to create any amount of dollars out of thin air. They are presently losing control, and when people realize that they have lost control, all of the faith in the abilility of these criminals to perpetuate the fraud will be lost.

          • socalbeachdude

            The banks in the US cannot and do not borrow money from the Federal Reserve to engage in any market speculation of any sort at all.

            There is nothing in any way “fraudulent” about the “western banking system” at all which is run by many fine financial professionals. Why put up such totally false and utterly bogus assertions?

          • GSOB

            Useless comment.

          • Lennie Pike

            You are correct! – the banks do not borrow the money from the fed to remain “solvent” – they are GIVEN the “money”.

          • Lennie Pike

            And ofcourse given money to rig markets.

          • socalbeachdude

            Laughably false.

          • socalbeachdude

            Absolutely false. Banks are NEVER “given” any money at all under any circumstances by the Federal Reserve.

          • jgibbsphd

            Again, deceptive postings. Comparing the declining “real world” purchasing power to other “declining” currencies is misleading and deceptive. That is like saying you are a safer driver, because everyone else is driving 100 mph toward a cliff while you are only driving 75 mph toward the same cliff.

            Twisted and immature logic that allows the doomed victim a sense of psychological defense to avoid dealing with the realities and taking correct actions to mitigate the real end results.

          • socalbeachdude

            Absolutely false. The US dollar is doing extremely well and is near 15 year highs on the DXY and the US government debt is only about 107% of US GDP. By contrast, the government debt of Japan is around 250% of its GDP. China is a massive economic wreckage that is in catastrophic financial shape due to their egregious money printing and credit creation and that is what will be the epicenter of the global financial collapse.

          • GSOB

            LOL

          • socalbeachdude

            What I stated very clearly is 100% true, accurate, and correct.

          • GSOB

            Yeah… fiat currency backed by brutal military might. The US will not go unpunished. You included. She will not stay as the global reserve currency just as your sin will find you out.

          • socalbeachdude

            What utter nonsense. US military spending has nothing whatsoever to do with the value of the US dollar.

          • GSOB

            You are so out there

          • socalbeachdude

            Nope, but YOU sure are.

          • Bill the eighth

            Sorry, no. Everything you have posted is a lie.

          • socalbeachdude

            Everything I have stated is 100% true, accurate, and correct. If you in any way disagree with any particular point, then please state what that is and I will be quite happy to respond to you.

        • Bill the eighth

          This beach dude has smoked so much meth he is completely out of touch with reality.

          • Lennie Pike

            You nailed it when you called him a liar as I have many times. The thing that he thi ks makes him a good liar is that much of everything else he has to say not related to the federal reserve is true just like many of “our” “elected” “representatives” who always say what they know we want to hear but never go up against the hand that feeds them or that will murder them if necessary – the criminals behind the fed and the unconstiutional fraudulent western financial system.

          • socalbeachdude

            What I have stated regarding the Federal Reserve is 100% true, accurate, and correct and I would suggest you learn about the Federal Reserve and what it is and does at their excellent web site at:

            http://www.FederalReserve.gov

          • socalbeachdude

            Exactly the opposite. Obviously.

          • socalbeachdude

            For surzies. But I prefer smoking pot, now I have to go to the convenience store, I have the “munchies.”

      • socalbeachdude

        Trillions of additional federal debt will simply make the financial condition of the US government that much worse and lead to much higher interest rates on that debt this year and in the future.

        • awb22

          You sound as if the debt is going to continue in perpetuity. The dollar will collapse, and the debt will be repudiated. Banks don’t own the US as they do much of the world with the US military acting as enforcer. The evil perpetrated by the banksters will come to light.

          • socalbeachdude

            No, the US dollar will certainly not collapse at all but rather will head up from its present 98.5 level on the DXY to perhaps as high as the 164 it reached back in 1985. The most assets and commodities prices collapse the greater the purchasing value of the US dollar which is one of the great things about DEFLATION.

            The US has never once defaulted on any of its government debt and the flip side of all debt is that it is an ASSET to its owners and the US government debt is the safest and most risk free debt in the world which is why holding it as an asset is so popular.

          • awb22

            With peak debt, we’re seeing the tail end of the fiat speculation begun by Mayar de Rothschild in the 1700’s. Either we, the people, or the banks will rule. Which do you think will win? I know wherein lies your loyalty. Will you abandon reason, as well?

          • socalbeachdude

            What utter nonsense.

          • GSOB

            Says the clueless one

          • socalbeachdude

            You are the clueless one as proven QED by your array of comments. Sad.

          • socalbeachdude

            I like watching Blues Clues.

          • awb22

            So, we’re back to Hamilton versus Jefferson, really? This issue should already be settled, so, since it isn’t, I challenge you to a duel, asshole. Seriously.

          • socalbeachdude

            Please clean up your foul potty mouth.

          • awb22

            When you stop lying, asshole.

          • jgibbsphd

            You are a classic example of utter denial and normalcy bias. The dollar will not rise to anything close to what you predict, and as of late, it has begun its decline. Last year, we saw record settings sell offs of treasuries, and numerous nations proclaiming they are and will begin trading in their own currencies.

            All of this on top of the fact the “official” US debt is at approx. $20 T with anywhere from $100-$200T in unfunded liabilities, depending on the report and model used.

            As for your claim the US has never defaulted, this is untrue. Defaults come in many fashions, refusal to pay, inflating dollars i.e. declining its purchasing power via inflation/monetizing debt, ceasing a promise to pay in gold or silver, etc, etc. ALL of these have occurred at one time or another, and currently, we have experienced monetizing debt via “quantitative easing” thus inflating real goods by declining purchasing power.

            Take a look at the purchasing power of the dollar in 1913, 1930, 1950, 1970, 2000 compared to today’s FRN. Take a strong look at the purchasing value of the FRN from 20 years ago compared to today. If you had $1mm in savings then and the same $1mm today, can you purchase the same amount of goods today as then? Of course not!

            That is a slow default on your currency, or promise to pay, and while it is not the dramatic sudden default you deceive people with, it is classified as defaulting on the original promise.

            Then there was Nixon’s great default by finishing the removal of the currenecy from the gold standard and stiffing everyone who held gold certs. This was especially true to the Saudi’s in OPEC.

            In the 60’s we saw another slow default via the removal of silver from the coinage, and the resulting declines in purchasing power it created.

            Make no mistake, your denial and normalcy bias will not keep you nor anyone else from what is truly coming, and as history always proves, ALL fiat currencies collapse and eventually disappear altogether. Since 1800, more than 220 fiat currencies have come and gone, and this one will to. Given one average of about 37 years for the life span of a fiat, the US FRN is overdue.

            It has only lasted this long due to Brenton Woods, various petro agreements and being the reserve currency. Those days are rapidly passing, as numerous past headlines exclaim the changing mindsets of other countries’ desires to continue to play our little game and buying our debt.

            It would be wise to wake up form your denial and normalcy bias and see and smell the coffee that is brewing across the globe.

          • socalbeachdude

            Laughably false. It YOU who is in denial as to the facts.

            US Dollar reaches 14 year high after Federal Reserve raises interest rates in latest show of strengthening economy since Trump election win

            The greenback hit 103.22 on Thursday morning, its highest since April 2003.

            It came within hours of the first Federal Reserve meeting since President-elect Trump’s election win.

            http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4037242/Dollar-reaches-14-year-high-Federal-Reserve-raises-rates-latest-strengthening-economy-Trump-election-win.html

            The US dollar right now is around 98.5 on the DXY and has only come down a little since December 2016.

            We currently have DEFLATION as the biggest issue, and not inflation at all. Commodities prices have experienced HUGE PLUNGES for the past 5 years since 2011 and purchasing power with the US dollar has SOARED UPWARDS as a result of that over the past 5 years.

            The US dollar is now over 98 on the DXY and is the most important currency in the world by far with no challenger at all in the foreseeable future. It will soon cross 100 on the DXY and may soar all the way up to as high as 164 where it was in 1985.

            The currency that is plummeting is the Chinese renminbi (RMB / yuan) and that is expected to continue plunging which will great exacerbate the trade issues with the US making Chinese goods even cheaper than they are now.

          • GSOB

            What a feat for a fiat currency to be able to float this long. Pride.

          • socalbeachdude

            The US dollar will be the world’s most important currency for the foreseeable future and will continue to rise on the DXY and in purchasing power in the decades and millennia ahead.

          • GSOB

            What part of the future is foreseeable to you? What is the fiat currency backed up with again you say? Hah!

          • socalbeachdude

            The US dollar is used in more than 83% of all global transactions and there is no currency whatsoever that can even begin to challenge the supremacy of the US dollar.

          • socalbeachdude

            It’s backed up by unicorns and fairies.

          • jgibbsphd

            Serious mental issues concerning normalcy bias, OR simply being dishonest and a TROLL.

          • socalbeachdude

            You are in TOTAL DENIAL as to the reality of the US dollar and its past, current, and future dominance – with no competition – as the world’s foremost and most important currency ever created.

          • socalbeachdude

            All three of your above statements best describe me sir.

          • jgibbsphd

            Yawn….You truly think the FRN holds higher “real purchasing value” today vs years and decades ago? When was the last time you purchased 10 cent a dozen eggs, 24 cent gas, 50 cent a lb. copper, 10 cent lb. lead, $35/oz gold or $2.50/oz silver, $50 acre land????? The list goes ad infinitum

            Percentages based on a declining standard are misleading and often meaningless.

            You are bordering on being a repetitive TROLL and without intellectual honesty.

          • socalbeachdude

            Your ignorance is just mind boggling.

            Nearly everyone from 100 years ago is now dead and they were paid a tiny miniscule fraction of what people are paid today.

            As to the value of the US dollar over the past 100 years…

            No, the dollar did NOT really lose 95% of its value since 1913

            Let us take at the period from 1913-2006, where we have complete data. So what do they mean, when they say the dollar lost 95.1% of its value in those 93 years? Essentially, an average good/service that cost $1 in 2006, used to be priced at 4.9 cents in 1913. In other words, the average price level of goods/services increased by 1930% since 1913. True, but guess what, average earned income increased by 6560% during the same time period. Average earned income rose from $740/yr in 1913 to $49,300/yr in 2006. Adjusting for inflation, $740/yr in 1913 is $15,000/yr in 2006 dollars. Average incomes, not only kept pace, but beat price inflation by 230%.

            So does it make any sense all to say the dollar lost value? In reality, the REAL purchasing power of the average American, has increased by 230% in the past century. Sure, prices were cheap in 1913, but $740/yr doesn’t buy you a whole lot, not anymore than 15,000/yr today.

            http://realfactbias.blogspot.com/2012/02/no-dollar-did-not-really-lose-95-of-its.html

          • jgibbsphd

            You are confusing and comparing an “average income” with “real purchasing value” of an FRN. Apples and oranges! Two very separate things, and this is the usual tactic of a con artist and deceiver, or someone who truly cannot defend the original discussion with facts.

            However, you did admit, in your own way, the above MASSIVE inflation, or devaluation, of the FRN over the years. So, I do applaud you for that bit of honesty.

            As for that “average income increase”, you do remember what “average” means don’t you? The 49.9% above and the 49.9% BELOW the average. IF you are well below that mean average, you can be assured they know the lost purchasing value of an FRN. But, that is irrelevant to the original discussion, and is simply a Straw Man.

            Stick to the facts of a declining FRN’s real value. Unless you truly can buy everything at much lower costs than years before.

            Let’s see, where can I buy that $35/oz gold anyway…..??

          • socalbeachdude

            Laughably false. I am confusing absolutely nothing at all, whereas it is YOU who is confusing just about everything.

          • jgibbsphd

            You remind me of sooo many 18-22 y/o students who cannot accept reality and make Straw Man arguments to deflect from the facts of the original assignments.
            LMAO

            Sign at Zoo: DO NOT FEED THE TROLLS!

          • socalbeachdude

            Quite obviously, it is YOU who is having a very difficult challenge dealing with reality.

          • Bill the eighth

            I know, this idiot, who cannot comprehend the monetary system he is enslaved under, up votes itself!

          • socalbeachdude

            How did you ever get to be so very stupid?

          • socalbeachdude

            I have an inferiority complex.

          • Spatial Memory

            100% inaccurate

          • socalbeachdude

            Everything I stated is 100% accurate.

          • Bill the eighth

            Do you work hard at being this down right STUPID?

          • socalbeachdude

            Hardly, but it appears you sure did! Sad.

          • huththa

            If I had a printing press I would never once default either.

          • socalbeachdude

            The US government certainly does not have any sort of “printing press” which is precisely why they MUST ISSUE DEBT IN THE FORM OF US TREASURIES IN ORDER TO FUND DEFICIT SPENDING.

            I would suggest you learn about US Treasuries (bonds , bills, notes, and TIPS) at:

            http://www.TreasuryDirect.gov

          • jgibbsphd

            The printing of FRN’s is conducted by the FED. Been there, seen it, blah, blah, blah. THEN, the FED will “purchase” T’s from the USofA and this new FIAT FRNs will enter the banking system for loans, etc, etc. Money created from nothing so to speak, or a true FIAT currency.

            In other words, this symbiotic relationship allows the US Gov to create paper and ink T’s, trade them to the FED for paper and ink, often digits, FRNs and the great ponzi continues. DEBT continues to increase, and the real value of the FRN continues to decline.

            In other legal circles, this is considered “counterfeiting”, and in historical terms, this was the pervue of banana republics.

          • socalbeachdude

            MONEY is not a static thing but rather a DYNAMIC THING THAT CIRCULATES in every economy and cash itself is used in only a small amount of transactions in the US and global economies these days.

            The size of the global economy is now around $72 trillion a year and the the US economy is around $18 trillion a year.

            The total M1 money supply in the US is only $3 trillion and only $1.3 trillion of that is printed currency. This is confirmed by the Federal Reserve H.3 report:

            http://www.federalreserve.gov/releases/h3/current/

            M2 which includes M1 plus savings balances is only around $13. None of the QE funds increased the money supply at all but only served to increase the MONETARY BASE with 100% of those funds remaining inside the Federal Reserve.

            That LITTLE BIT OF MONEY supports the largest economy in the world which is now an $18 trillion a year economy.

            Not a penny of the debt in the US was run up by the Federal Reserve at all.

            No debt is “created out of thin air” at all and is in fact BORROWED DEPOSITS from customers at commercial retail banks in the US banking system plus the funds from the huge $25 trillion SHADOW BANKING SYSTEM in the US outside of the scope of the regulated banking system which includes funds at money market funds, hedge funds, pension funds, insurance companies, etc. which is not taken into account in the form figures of the US money supply.

            MOST MONEY TODAY IS ELECTRONIC MONEY which is the BEST AND MOST DYNAMIC AND FLUID FORM OF MONEY EVER DEVISED.

          • GSOB

            A fiat based currency will collapse.

          • socalbeachdude

            Nope.

          • Bill the eighth

            You are delusional.

          • socalbeachdude

            Nope. But you sure appear to be!

          • socalbeachdude

            It’s the heroine.

          • socalbeachdude

            The US government has had debt ever since day one when it became government back in 1776 more than 240 years ago. Just why do you think that would ever change in the decades and centuries ahead?

          • awb22

            look at the debt curve as a percent of GDP. We’re running higher than WWII. What war are we fighting, or what compelling explanation is there other than being on the leading vertical edge exponential fiat specie debt?

    • Lennie Pike

      The satanic criminals of the federal reserve who control everything through their control of fiat money (other than four remaining countries) is the only problem.

      Incidentally, through the control of pretty much everything, the satanists at the federal reserve over time intentionally created the present condition of the American People that you accurately described.

      • socalbeachdude

        Nothing could be further from the truth than your bizarre and utterly bogus assertions.

        The Federal Reserve was created by the Congress of the US as the central bank of the US and has always had outstanding and excellent people working for it and costs absolutely nothing to the US Treasury and its taxpayers. In fact, the Federal Reserve has always rebated 94% of its profits each year to the US Treasury and is the single largest entity source of revenues for the US Treasury and its taxpayers.

        The Federal Reserve acts as a very prudent and excellent central bank with its primary job being to handle inter-bank clearance of all banking transactions in the US. As to policies, it only sets 3 interest rates none of which matter a hoot in the US economy where all interest rates that do matter are established by the yields (interest rates) on US Treasuries.

        The Federal Reserve did not run up a single penny of the $20 trillion of US government f3ederal debt and the responsibility for that belongs entirely to Congress and the Presidents who signed that spending into law.

        I would suggest you learn about the Federal Reserve at:

        http://www.FederalReserve.gov

        • Lennie Pike

          So you agree, they are satanic.

          • socalbeachdude

            Obviously not, and my comment totally refutes that utterly inane and false assertion.

          • Lennie Pike

            Actually it did not so I assumed you were in agreement as most people are.

          • socalbeachdude

            Most people in the US understand the role of the Federal Reserve as the central bank of the US and I would suggest you learn about the fine and excellent Federal Reserve at:

            http://www.FederalReserve.gov

          • Paul Anders

            Troll

          • Realist

            Hole

          • Bill the eighth

            Yes this socal dude has a hole, right through his cerebrum.

          • socalbeachdude

            Hardly, but that sure appears to describe YOU to a T.

          • Bill the eighth

            No, your comment proves you are an easily manipulated sheep, lead around by the nose and told what to think.

          • socalbeachdude

            Nope. My comment proves I fully understand how the Federal Reserve operates.

          • socalbeachdude

            Yes, I agree 100% Lennie.

        • tacoma

          No doubt you are on the Fed’s payroll.

          Look, it was Fed under Greenspan that created the financial and economic blackhole. It was HIS policy. But having dug the hole, no subsequent Fed policy is able to dig out. It’s a one-way dig in on the economy side, but it’s also a one-way dig-out for Fed’s member banks. You may defend the Fed but today few if anybody who know about the matter buy it.

          The U.S. central bank systems is unique. No other country in the world want to copy it. Just like the U.S. system of government.

          • socalbeachdude

            Absolutely false. All that Greenspan and the FOMC of which he was just one of the 12 members did was to FOLLOW THE INTEREST RATES SET ESTABLISHED BY THE US TREASURIES MARKETS during those years which is where all interest rates that matter in the US economy are established. I would suggest you learn about the Federal Reserve at:

            http://www.FederalReserve.gov

        • kathy k

          Dear Lord where did you get your information from??? The Federal Reserve was created by 5 bankers in 1913 to control the money of America/world. Do your homework.

          • socalbeachdude

            Nothing could be further from the truth than your bizarre and utterly bogus assertions.

            The Federal Reserve was created by the Congress of the US as the central bank of the US and has always had outstanding and excellent people working for it and costs absolutely nothing to the US Treasury and its taxpayers. In fact, the Federal Reserve has always rebated 94% of its profits each year to the US Treasury and is the single largest entity source of revenues for the US Treasury and its taxpayers.

            The Federal Reserve acts as a very prudent and excellent central bank with its primary job being to handle inter-bank clearance of all banking transactions in the US. As to policies, it only sets 3 interest rates none of which matter a hoot in the US economy where all interest rates that do matter are established by the yields (interest rates) on US Treasuries.

            The Federal Reserve did not run up a single penny of the $20 trillion of US government f3ederal debt and the responsibility for that belongs entirely to Congress and the Presidents who signed that spending into law.

            I would suggest you learn about the Federal Reserve at:

            http://www.FederalReserve.gov

          • socalbeachdude

            Thank you for setting me straight. How dumb I am.

      • Mike Smithy

        Bingo. “Audit the Fed” and then “End the Fed”.

        • Lennie Pike

          Bingo is right. It’s hard for most to comprehend due to it’s obvious simplicity – that western central bankers and the force from which they derive their power is the main reason the world has reached this level of distress – as planned.

          • socalbeachdude

            Laughably false.

          • socalbeachdude

            Laughably true.

        • socalbeachdude

          Each and every year, as has been the case for 100+ years, the Federal Reserve issues FULLY INDEPENDENTLY AUDITED Annual Financial Statements which are extremely detailed and run around 500 pages each year. They are fully publicly available for you and anyone else who is interested in them to fully read and review at:

          http://www.federalreserve.gov/publications/annual-report/

          What more do you want to know?

          The Federal Reserve does not cost the US government and taxpayers a single penny and is the LARGEST SINGLE PAYER OF REVENUES TO THE US GOVERNMENT each year and those rebates now amount to around $100 billion a year.

        • socalbeachdude

          Agreed.

    • GSOB

      Wrong…. it’s sin, a moral problem – which leads to bankruptcy. You deal with symptoms and not the cause.
      You are not equipped, except to throw gas on a fire.

      • socalbeachdude

        Huh? So-called “sin” is a moral issue. Helllooo?

        • GSOB

          Sin is why you die.

          • socalbeachdude

            No. MORTALITY is the reason why everybody dies and that is accelerated by MORBIDITY.

          • Mark

            He’s talking about your “soul” which is everlasting forever and ever not your human meat suit.

          • FirstGarden

            Ha ha – meat suit.

          • GSOB

            “If Adam had not sinned, he had not died; but a sentence of death was passed, as upon a criminal; it passed through all men, as an infectious disease that none escape.”

            See Romans 5:12

          • socalbeachdude

            That was somebody’s opinion in a statement written about 2000 years ago!

          • GSOB

            We all have an appointment with death. We all going to make it too.
            Why do you think that is?
            Why do we die?
            The Bible is a sure guide to eternal life my friend.

          • socalbeachdude

            That’s your belief and just a belief.

          • Mark

            LAUGHABLY FALSE. OBVIOUSLY.

          • Gay Veteran

            biology is why you die

    • Bill the eighth

      And you are evidence of your own statement.

      • socalbeachdude

        Huh?

  • socalbeachdude

    Congress is the most broken political institution in the US these days as it refuses – as it has done for the past nearly 40 years – to focus on achieving a balanced budget and cutting what has become around $4 trillion a year in federal spending while only bring in around $3 trillion a year in tax revenues. Instead, it is now wasting its time on non-issues such as “Russian influence” and other utter nonsense and refusing to even debate the issues with medical services in the US while instead wanting to ram through bills that nobody has even read let alone debated.

    A core part of those problems is that Congress represents a very unruly population in America that has little touch with financial reality or common sense and reasonable thought. A vast majority of Americans just want what is in their little heads as opposed to wanting to achieve what is the best for the country and all Americans. That is why Donald Trump has such an enormous and difficult – if not impossible – job ahead as President.

    • awb22

      Mid term elections are coming, and it could prove tough on incumbents if they’re seen as obstructionist.

      • socalbeachdude

        That’s a very long time away in today’s world!

        • awb22

          It’s all a matter of one’s perspective.

    • FirstGarden

      Well, Life has it’s PROs & CONs.
      There’s progress.
      And then there’s CON-gress.

      • socalbeachdude

        That sounds like a line from Will Rogers!

  • Carl

    I forgive Cinderella Man and Mark for telling terrible lies about me.

    • Realist

      I forgive Carl for being the armpit of this blog.

      • JC Teecher

        I don’t forgive him for mocking my Saviour and blaming God for his pitiful life.
        What he says about me runs off my back like water, cause I got my anti-Carl duck suit on.

        • Realist

          Haha JC Teecher. That last line was funny.
          Yes, he has done much harm.
          However, we do need to forgive to keep our conscience clear.
          But will God forgive him?
          That’s between Carl and God.
          I hope he makes the right choice.

          Peace.

          • Carl

            Since god in the concept that you believe in him is not real I don’t think it matters. What matters is how people treat the living not the imaginary. If your god does exist I would imagine anyone questioning who or what he was would not bother him in the least. Since he would be without “human” characteristics.

          • JC Teecher

            But He/God/Jehovah does have human characteristics. Jesus said if you have seen me you have seen the Father…aka the spitting image of God, His Father, was what Jesus was and is.

            Jehovah also has emotions just as we do.
            He loves, He hates, He is saddened, and he is happy and laughs, He is also jealous.
            But mainly He has compassion for His Creation, and He is Love.

          • Carl

            If god has human emotions like we do then he is no better than any sinner that walks the earth. God should transcend what is being human.

            According to christians jesus was NOT like us. If he was like us he would never have been the sinless sacrifice your god required for man kinds salvation. Right?

          • Realist

            Wrong.

            “Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.”
            – Hebrews 2:17

            “For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.”
            – Hebrews 4:15

          • JC Teecher

            When you Carl, and all those mockers of God, are on your knees before the very Son of God, and confessing, you will not be so haughty and obtuse.

          • socalbeachdude

            Which of the 400 or so “gods” of legitimate religions are you referring to?

          • Realist

            Ooooo, good one.
            Yup, no one struts in His presence.

          • Realist

            Bravo JC Teecher!
            That was one EXCELLENT post.

          • Realist

            He that formed the eye, is He without seeing? He that planted the ear, is He without hearing? He that created the human personality, is He without personality. Christ came to suffer in human form, in the form of a humble servant. God has feelings alright, and His heart is broken over you, and over each one of us when we sin.

        • Carl

          Ironically your jesus and god would do the exact opposite. Not that it matters to me either way.

          • JC Teecher

            In your world they do not exist, so why try to convince me they do and how they feel and react?
            That is why I have so little tolerance for your type of double mindedness.

          • Carl

            I am not trying to convince you of anything. I am just simply stating a fact based on my time in the church and what I was taught at one point. That is all.

          • JC Teecher

            Ok, I finally can agree with you on that point about “some” church people. Church taught me lessons in life. My early church experiences were good and bad.
            I saw some of the best and worst of humanity displayed in church.
            In fact, it was socialistic ideology over spiritual truth, coming from my church, that set me on a course to be free of that atmosphere. I have tried a few others since i walked out for good in the late 80’s, but it was a blessing in disguise. During the 90’s i struggled with the deception of the modern churches, especially the mega churches and those seen on TV.
            THEN, I decided to go right to the source and prayed for truth in God’s Word. I have been in God’s Word since I was 7 years old. Before that my Granny read out loud the Word to me in her nightly scripture readings. My other grandparents could barely write and read very little. I read the bible to them at night from the time i was 7 until I left the farm.

            The Holy Spirit answered me, and I was floored by the reply. “Forget Church!” In fact “forget all you have been taught except belief in Jesus Christ, my Son, and your salvation and baptism at 10 years old. You are my child. I will show you truth!”

            And the truth has flowed like a constant stream. I learn new things every week, and most times daily. The Holy Spirit speaks and interprets the scriptures directly to me. I have had out of body experiences. I have had one encounter of being completely controlled by a big bad demonic spirit with a face and name, but only for about one minute, just so God would have me feel what some are going through. I have been taken to the Millennium, in the Spirit body and shown what my role will be there. What a ride that was.

            i have been through an alien encounter and was briefly injected with a DNA changing particle about the size of a grain of rice, and God directed me how to remove it as soon as I was awakened. Talk about self surgery with divine leadership. It was through that experience that I was shown where the aliens (as we know them) live, and have a job to do as the locust army in the very last days. No, they are not Fallen angels, but the spirits from the hybrids/giants/gebbor, that came from Fallen angels copulating with flesh woman, in Noah’s day and soon after the flood, with the second influx.

            I have been shown things in the scriptures that are still a mystery to 99.9999 % of people alive today, that is yet to come.
            My God and King are faithful and true, and when released, I will share those things to the world around me, but not before they are released.
            I don’t care if you or anyone else believes what I have written here. I know they are real and where they come from, so just realize you are not dealing with an ordinary Holy Joe here Carl.
            You will never have peace nor be free until you accept truth and believe in Jesus.

          • Realist

            It should.

      • Cinderella Man

        Socalbeachrealist…I remember when you used that handle…stop trying to act like you are a different person. People are smart enough to realize you are 3 different trolls especially when you come to your own defense. Maybe you shouldn’t troll a blog where they have readers who have been here almost the entire time

        • Realist

          Dude, believe me when I say I am not Socialbeachdude. You should be able to tell. Our writing styles are entirely different.
          But it’s true that I do defend him.

          Too bad that him and Spatial Memory get into it like they do… two brilliant people who could be exchanging notes instead of hurling excrement at each other.

          • Jerry C

            Spatial Memory is ok in my book even though I may not agree with everything he says, but Socialbeachdude I’ve blocked for obvious reasons.

          • socalbeachdude

            Apparently, you do not like true facts and information, Jerry. Sad. Actually pitiful.

          • socalbeachdude

            I simply put up facts whereas SpaceHead puts up utter drive and false nonsense.

          • FirstGarden

            It would be helpful if he refuted you specifically, point by point. That would be more enlightening.

            But if not, I’ll just have to settle for second best – great entertainment value.

          • Mark

            You put up the facts that the media and the shadow govt. feed you, Nothing more. They are not facts at all but only propaganda that the Elite’s, satan worshipping, globalists want the sheep to believe. Ba Ba Ba!

          • socalbeachdude

            I put up a wide variety of FACTS that come from a broad array of credible sources. With what facts that I have put up do you in any way disagree as to their accuracy?

        • socalbeachdude

          Huh? I never used that at all and have always been SoCalBeachDude on Disqus. Why make up and put up such totally false and utterly bogus assertions?

    • Cinderella Man

      I’ll forgive you when you stop being an apolgist for Islamic rapists

  • Lennie Pike

    “I don’t see much room for compromise between the two sides” ????????????

    WAKE TF UP! IN WASHINGTON D.C. THERE IS ONLY ONE SIDE, AND THEY HAVE SUCEEDED AT PLACING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AT EACH OTHERS THROATS BY USING THE DIVIDE AND CONQUER STRATEGY OVER EXACTLY THE LAST 100 YEARS.

    Maybe someday the American People (and the Israeli true Jewish People) willl realize who their enemy is and send these criminals packing back to Europe – or execute them for the traitors to country and humanity that they are.

    • socalbeachdude

      You appear to have anger management issues. Calm down and attempt to use some reason and common sense.

      • Spatial Memory

        Put down that mirror. Look homeward.

        • socalbeachdude

          Fed Officials Say They May Need to Pick Up Pace of Rate Increases…

          https://www.wsj.com/articles/fed-officials-say-they-may-need-to-pick-up-pace-of-rate-increases-1490824801

          • awb22

            delusional as always, the bankers are going the way of the debt, unrepaid.

          • socalbeachdude

            Laughably false.

          • awb22

            hmm, you’re an asshole. the debt won’t be repaid, but a lot of lives will be destroyed in the process. I know which God is at work.

          • socalbeachdude

            More than $6 trillion of the US federal government debt is REPAID IN FULL EACH AND EVERY YEAR. All of the around $20 trillion of US Treasuries consisting of bonds, bills, notes, and TIPS have SPECIFIC MATURITIES are which time they are REPAID IN FULL TO THEIR HOLDERS (OWNERS).

            I would suggest you learn how the US Treasuries markets work at:

            http://www.TreasuryDirect.gov

          • awb22

            Don’t you mean, “rolled over”, all the while more debt is piled on? There, I fixed it for you.

            It’s astounding how lacking you are in basic accounting principles, which can only be explained by a peculiar bias. Would you care to elaborate?

            I usually ask “which beach”, when someone says they’re going to the beach, or shore, if you’re from up North.

            So, in the interest of sharing, and in particular by way of understanding the peculiarity of your opinions, of which 9 of 10 US Treasury Secretaries agree, by the way, which beach?

          • socalbeachdude

            It is YOU who appears not to understand accounting terms. No US Treasury debt is ever “rolled over” at all and every single US Treasury in existence is PAID IN FULL TO ITS HOLDER AT MATURITY.

          • awb22

            When existing debt is paid off while new debt is being added, over and above the amount of the existing debt, not only is it being “rolled over”, it will also never be repaid. That’s just simple math.

          • socalbeachdude

            That new US Treasury debt of $7 trillion a year HAS TO BE SOLD TO INVESTORS and there is no automatic rollover of any sort involved. If they don’t want to buy US Treasuries then they do not have to buy US Treasuries. All new US Treasuries are SOLD AT AUCTIONS and the highest bids which result in the lowest yields win at those auctions. There are presently about 3 bids for every single US Treasury made available.

            I would suggest you learn about the US Treasuries market at :

            http://www.TreasuryDirect.gov

          • awb22

            I never said it was automatic, even though the effect is the same, as old debt is replaced with new debt. What happens when the dollar loses it’s status as the world’s reserve currency? What will happen to statists, like you?

          • socalbeachdude

            Yes, old debt is VOLUNTARILY REPLACED with new US Treasury debt to the tune of around $6 trillion a year at relatively low interest rates plus about $1 trillion of new US Treasury debt is now added each and every year.

            The US dollar is the most important and most used currency in the world and is not in the slightest bit of danger as to losing its status as the world’s reserve currency or the global currency of choice used in more than 83% of all global transactions.

            The biggest issue with US Treasuries is RISING YIELDS (INTEREST RATES) and at what price (prices are inverse to yields) future investors will be willing to buy them each year and it is highly likely that the price will fall and yields will rise substantially on a go-forward basis which will create huge additional interest costs for the US government.

          • awb22

            So, you admit it’s “rolled over”, i.e. replaced with new debt, regardless of what adjectives you apply. If you’re picking a nit about it technically not rolling over, as they’re new instruments, then you’re being disingenuous, bordering on lying hypocrisy. My suspicion is the latter.

          • socalbeachdude

            Thank you for exposing how dumb I am.

      • Lennie Pike

        Yes, the prospect of a satanic totalitarian world government contolled by these criminals who you support who have already killed hundreds of millions of people through the wars they wage along with their acts of every other type of evil does make me angry – otherwise I’m always a care free and loving happy camper.

        • socalbeachdude

          What utter nonsense.

        • socalbeachdude

          100% accurate!!!

  • max gon

    Michael, very good article.

  • ALWAYSTOMORROW

    Mike, cut to the chase man.

    Ephesians 4:31-32

    See. Faster and easier.

  • NARENDRA MODI KING of WORLD

    NARENDRA MODI will fix america

  • JC Teecher

    Good article Michael. There are a lot of people hurting in this world today, and a lot of pain circling around. That pain can build and build into resentment, and eventually anger that cannot be suppressed.

    How that anger is vented or exploded can mean the difference between life, bodily injury, or death.

    Many here think I have anger issues, but I do not. I have issues with people that attack me personally, and I handle it different than most folks.
    I have no problem whatsoever in this world if anyone disagrees with my comments of interpretations on things. They are free to even tell me so, but; when they respond with a personal insult, I snap back.

    That is my way of venting, so as to not have anything build up, so I can then carry on and sleep at night.

    Forgiveness has two avenues about it. I vent my frustrations and in some way that is forgiveness, because i don’t carry that particular insult or argument with me any further. I may not want to have anything to do with that particular person ever again, but i don’t hate them either…just their ways.

    The main point about forgiveness has to do with Christians and those that are tolerant of Christians. If a Christian makes an apology and asks for forgiveness, we are bound by God’s Word to allow forgiveness, and carry on, be it with that person in one’s life, or be it steering clear from that person for ever more.

    Some people will not ever forgive nor offer an apology in order to receive forgiveness. I have offered apologies and forgiveness when it was not received nor wanted, but have not ever denied a person forgiveness when an apology/forgiveness, is offered.

  • JC Teecher

    says…” We are a deeply divided and broken nation, and if we don’t find a way to fix things America will not survive.”

    Sadly it is becoming more and more of a division. Sadly, we Christians must make a stand on which side of the fence we are gonna cling to, and who we align ourselves with for the coming Kingdom.

    Division from a spiritual standpoint is a hard thing to do, especially when friends and /or family is involved. If family or friends want to ride the train that is heading for darkness, and want no part of your helping hand to jump off, then there is nothing one can do but pray for them.

    I have climbed aboard those long black trains before, trying to be a friend and companion, hoping we could jump off together, but sadly, more times than not, they eventually pulled me into the darkness and would have liked nothing more than to have me in bondage with them in darkness.

    sorry charlie, but this daddy rabbit has a light filled Kingdom in his future, and ain’t nobody, or no thing gonna keep me down.

    Hope all my friends and not so friendly, lost and wayward acquaintances, here on the ECB, understand my ‘salty’ ways of handling certain people and situations.
    It is nothing personal, it is just how I handle folks now, in my old age.
    I go to bed at night hating nobody in this world, i just keep reminding myself that it is my prerogative to befriend whomsoever I want to, unless I am led to that person by the Holy Spirit for a season, for God’s reason. Truth will always set a soul free so I am free as a bird, now.

    • socalbeachdude

      Did you ever consider that you and your views are a major problem with the division in America?

      • Lennie Pike

        The answer is: over 150,000,000, and that is only in the U.S..

        You are very ignorant.

        • socalbeachdude

          150,000,000 what? I doubt more than 150 people would agree with those views.

          • Lennie Pike

            Those were views accepted by all true Christians – so you’re saying there are no more than 150 Christians in existence.

            Like I said – ignorant, extremely ignorantly to the point of disbelief.

          • socalbeachdude

            Where on earth do you come up with such totally false and nonsensical notions?

          • NorthernBud

            You would, then, be wrong.

        • Spatial Memory

          Pot meet kettle

    • Realist

      Pride is the last thing to go.
      And the first thing to return.

      • JC Teecher

        Some people can’t tell the difference between spiritual confidence and prideful boasting.
        There is nothing wrong with having pride in a job or work well done.
        There is a problem when pride becomes a stumbling block because of a high or inordinate opinion of one’s own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority; such as jealous pride, and playing oneupmanship over someone.

        • Realist

          Pride is insidious.
          Dignity means walking in accordance
          to your own worth, in the sight of God.

          And discernment of spirits is a gift of the Holy Spirit.

          May God help us all.

          • JC Teecher

            Not all pride is insidious.
            Taking pride in work, and continuing good work with the element of pride present, achieves positive results.
            Pride that builds into evilness, is insidious and counterproductive.
            Dignity equals,self-respect, pride, self-esteem, self-worth; whether it be spiritually, or worldly.
            Everything done in life, good or bad, is done in the sight of God. He knows our every thought. Satan knows only what we show him “outwardly”. He can’t read minds but gets clues about our hearts/minds, by our actions.
            Satan can only take a flesh life, by his deceptive powers, but; he cannot kill the soul.

            Praise be, and thanks for the comment.

          • Realist

            And thanks for yours.
            God’s blessings be with you.

          • socalbeachdude

            Not to mention arrogant and insipid!

  • socalbeachdude

    Trump’s Budget Versus the Debt Ceiling

    When President Donald Trump announced his skinny budget last week, Wall Street analysts and Washington insiders pronounced it “dead on arrival.”

    “The proposal should be seen as a starting point for congressional negotiations,” Goldman Sachs wrote in a note to clients. Appropriations bills need a minimum of 60 votes, eight of which will need to be Democratic, to pass the Senate.

    Since Democratic Senators have adopted a strategy of resisting Trump at every point, it would be even more remarkable if they endorsed his massive cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Labor.

    If tax cuts and infrastructure spending are executed wisely, they will lead to more robust growth and fiscal revenue down the line—but not in the short term.

    In the short term, these measures will boost deficits, which have to be financed by more debt. This will no longer be possible, however, since the 2015 temporary public debt extension expired on March 15.

    If Trump wants to issue more debt, he will have to broker a deal with Congress to raise the debt ceiling to well beyond the $20 trillion we carry now

    http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2234488-trumps-budget-versus-the-debt-ceiling/

  • socalbeachdude

    MUCH HIGHER INTEREST RATES ON US FEDERAL DEBT

    Get Ready for a “Credit Implosion” – Justin Spittler

    The world’s biggest financial bubble just popped. We’re talking about the bond market. This is where companies and the government borrow money. It’s about twice as big as the stock market. In other words, it’s a key pillar of the global financial system. And it’s starting to give way.

    Last summer, bond yields started skyrocketing. The yield on U.S. 10-year Treasurys is now twice as high as it was last July. But you have to realize something… Bond yields rise when bond prices fall.

    In January, Gross wrote that the bond bull market would end when the yield on the 10-year Treasury topped a key level, and stated “If 2.60% is broken on the upside—if yields move higher than 2.60%—a secular bear bond market has begun. Watch the 2.6% level. Much more important than Dow 20,000. Much more important than $60-a-barrel oil. Much more important than the Dollar/Euro parity at 1.00.” According to Gross, the bond bull market is now officially over. A “secular” bear market has begun. This means bond prices could fall for years, even decades.

    http://www.caseyresearch.com/articles/get-ready-for-a-credit-implosion

    • Spatial Memory

      Meanwhile here on earth interest rates remain subdued near the lowest levels in history. Interest rates doubling in trailing 12 is fiction.

      • socalbeachdude

        Ever since last July interest rates in the US have been soaring upwards and if you are not aware of that you are not paying the least bit of attention to what is going on in the credit markets and with the money supply in the US.

        Fading Trump rally threatened by rare contraction of US credit – Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, The Telegraph

        Credit strategists are increasingly disturbed by a sudden and rare contraction of US bank lending, fearing a synchronised slowdown in the US and China this year that could catch euphoric markets badly off guard.

        One key measure of US corporate borrowing is falling at the fastest rate since the onset of the Lehman Brothers crisis. Money supply growth in the US has also slowed markedly. These monetary and credit signals tend to be leading indicators for the real economy.

        Data from the US Federal Reserve shows that the $2 trillion market for commercial and industrial loans peaked in December. The sector has weakened abruptly as lenders tighten credit, especially for non-residential property. Over the last three months it has dropped at a rate of 5.4pc on annual basis, a pace of decline not seen since December 2008.

        http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/03/26/sharpest-plunge-credit-since-financial-crisis-could-spell-disaster/

        • Spatial Memory

          No matter how many times you REPEATEDLY type that lie it will remain FICTION. If you know how to get quotes then check the actual prices and see how ABSURD your comments are.

          • socalbeachdude

            There is nothing that is evenly slightly incorrect in the excellent article above written by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard a few days ago in the UK Telegraph which is 100% correct as to exactly what he very clearly and precisely stated.

          • Spatial Memory

            As stated many times. Anyone capable of looking at real world prices will instantly see that your GUESSWORK is again inaccurate.

          • socalbeachdude

            What he is stating are the “real world prices” and Ambrose is 100% accurate and correct as to what he stated. I would suggest you send a memo to Ambrose if you have any disagreement with his very accurate current numbers. I really wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end, however, of his reply to you!

          • Spatial Memory

            Again- no need to write memos to anyone- prevailing market rates are common knowledge and easily verifiable to any familiar with capital markets. Obviously you are NOT and are incapable of obtaining such simple basic FACTUAL data.

          • socalbeachdude

            You can easily verify that the number stated by Ambrose are 100% true, accurate, and fully factually correct by simply using the methods you described.

          • Spatial Memory

            The article itself provides PROOF of your INACCURACIES. ROFL

          • socalbeachdude

            How so? Everything stated in that article simply reinforces everything I have stated.

          • Spatial Memory

            Obviously you have NOT read the article. Rotflmao

            Obviously you do NOT know how to, nor where to obtain current interest rate data. ROFLMAOOOOO!!!

          • socalbeachdude

            I have read the article and fully agree with what it states. What you disagree with and how is anything stated in that article in any way inconsistent with what I have stated?

          • socalbeachdude

            Nope. I just like to mindlessly rant.

  • socalbeachdude

    Obamacare uncertainty could force insurers out of the marketplaces

    Insurers may be forced to leave Obamacare markets or dramatically increase premiums if they don’t get answers soon on Republican plans to either repeal or modify the law, industry groups and experts say.

    Insurers could only watch as Republicans moved to repeal Obamacare, then abandoned that effort, and then said this week they want to try again in the next few months. That uncertainty is making it almost impossible for insurers to predict the state of the law in the short term, even as they have to quickly decide how engaged they’ll be in the Obamacare marketplaces.

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/obamacare-uncertainty-could-force-insurers-out-of-the-marketplaces/article/2618840

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    Grim face of suburbia: Economic woes and early death…

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/suburbs-death-mortality-rate-county-health/

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  • George W Hill Jr

    well here is what in my HO will soon happen ..more of an insurgency than civil war
    1. we the Trump “deplorable” will win
    -The Vets , the cops
    -the Military – Mil Contractors
    The patriots
    most of us although older know how to kill and with stand hardship
    there is not that many and they are not that tough IMHO

    any way after we wipe out the “insurgents” and riffraff
    I really think a lot of us have enough …IMHO

    then IMHO … a great and last crusade will begin to end all Islam on earth… really do we need any of that at all does it do any good
    -push them out of north and south america …
    – Europe is next we start in Poland and GB and France the the rest
    – Russia will take care of its self – they hate theirs too
    – China does not want them either
    IMHO see nobody wants them.. we all will be better with out them …
    proof not even their own … likes them IMHO

    so what good are they?

    Then on to mid east and Asia finally south east and south west Asia
    all that will be left is small pockets to clean up …at will …over time …

    They have proved they will only be trouble…time and time again … and lets just put an end them …all…IMHO
    its time to use their methods against them ….

    How can you peacefully co- exist with a neighbor who is compelled to kill you for his god…. IMHO just a intolerable way to live.

    • socalbeachdude

      That sort of hatred and bellicosity is exactly what is damaging and tearing apart the United States of America and is supported by very few people in America.

      • George W Hill Jr

        yes i do hate terrorist… been fighting them for a while

        • awb22

          As God himself abhors evil. Ignore social beach dude, he’s part of the rentier class, and enjoys wallowing in it.

          • socalbeachdude

            What George advocates is the absolute EPITOME OF EVIL. Obviously. An that “rentier class” is straight out of Karl Marx or Groucho Marx or whomever and is not a concept I embrace at all. My favorite political school of thought is Plato’s Philosopher King.

          • socalbeachdude

            Hillariously true!

  • Spatial Memory

    Time to forgive the THOUSANDS of LUDICROUS COLLAPSE PREDICTIONS?

    Time to apologize to readers??

    • jox

      Yes because the economy is so brilliant now. Young people find good jobs to build a family, buy a house. The rate of poor people is low. Nobody need government benefits to survive. …. And so on. 10 years of crisis, the massive injection of money has not worked, and we are every day closer to collapse. Your memory can be spatial, but it certainly is not factual.

      • Dan Wingert

        We have been in a recession since 2008.

        • socalbeachdude

          Yep. The GRAND GLOBAL DEPRESSION began in the US and elsewhere in August 2007 and it has been ongoing since then and is now massively intensifying!

    • donna

      bravo exactly what i think. enough with his sensationalism and appeals to panic. I especially resent the “prepper’ garbage. Synder should know one of the reasons Christianity prevailed was due to their not fleeing in the face of persecution, plaque and economic hardships. They stated behind the help others when pagans fled Also moronic as if living in a urban area it would be about two minutes before you were killed if others realized you were stocked up. He is not as bad as Chuck Baldwin and some others but he is getting there.

      • Realist

        If you think Michael is so wrong, and this site so bad, then WHY do you come here???

        • donna

          why is my motivation any of your concern ?

          • FirstGarden

            Good answer. It’s my concern because we seem to be crawling with trolls these days. I trust you are not one. (?)

            Also, I do not go to liberal websites, or any other sites with which I disagree. That would be either infuriating, or absolutely boring.

            It seems out of the ordinary to frequent places you so much disagree with, and continually post contrarian statements.
            Unless you’re on a mission. (?)
            Regards..

      • socalbeachdude

        Huh?

    • Jerry C

      Seriously? One does not prepare for a coming storm after it hits. An astute observer will see the signs of it festering into the great storm it will become and acts accordingly. Too many signs & warnings for you? Personally, I believed the collapse was going to happen in the middle of 2010. It didn’t happen. Did I stop preparing? Nope. The signs are numerous & the sirens blazing. When it does happen, all bets are off.

    • socalbeachdude

      Nothing whatsoever to “apologize” for.

  • FirstGarden

    Holding on to resent and bitterness is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.

    • Spatial Memory

      Trading/investing on these articles is like poisoning portfolios and expecting financial success and prosperity not to die.

      • socalbeachdude

        The US is now in the 10th year of the GRAND GLOBAL DEPRESSION which began in August 2007 and which is now rapidly intensifying.

  • horn blower

    We must look to those officials ‘we’ elect to city, state and federal governments as a potential problem as for far too long the ‘R’ and ‘D’ has no bearing on whether they will do the will of the people. We must make a change to those put into office, we must follow their money sources. If they are connected anyway to corrupt money then we can pretty much bank on them siding with those higher up to do the wrong bidding for us the people who elected them.

  • afchief

    Here is a FULL description of the nature and symptoms of Liberalism by Psychiatrist Lyle H. Rossiter, Jr., MD. He did identify the cause of the Liberal Mental disease through the 30+ years scientific examination,
    review of all data and evaluation of the LIBERAL MIND.

    His unwavering conclusion is: Liberalism is the Mental Disease.

    “The Liberal Mind is the first in-depth examination of the major Political MADNESS of our time:The radical left’s efforts to regulate the people FROM cradle TO grave. To rescue us from OUR troubled lives, the liberal agenda recommends DENIAL of personal responsibility, encourages self-PITY and other-PITY, fosters Government DEPENDENCY, promotes SEXUAL INDULGENCE, rationalizes violence, EXCUSES financial obligation, justifies THEFT, ignores rudeness, prescribes COMPLAINING and BLAMING, DENIGRATES Marriage and the FAMILY, legalizes all ABORTION, defies religious and social tradition, declares inequality unjust, and rebels against the duties of citizenship. Through multiple entitlements to unearned goods, services and social status, the liberal politician promises to ensure everyone’s material welfare, provide for everyone’s healthcare, protect everyone’s self-esteem, correct everyone’s social and political disadvantage, educate every citizen, and eliminate all class distinctions. Radical liberalism thus assaults the foundations of civilized FREEDOM. Given its irrational goals, coercive methods and historical failures, and given its perverse effects on character development, there can be no question of the radical agenda’s madness. Only an irrational agenda would advocate a systematic destruction of the foundations on which ordered LIBERTY depends. Only an irrational man would want the state to run his life for him rather than create secure conditions in which he can run his own life. Only an irrational agenda would deliberately undermine the citizen’s growth to competence by having the state adopt him. Only irrational thinking would trade individual LIBERTY for government coercion, sacrificing the pride of self-reliance for welfare dependency. Only a madman would look at a community of free people cooperating by choice and see a society of victims exploited by villains.”
    [From The Liberal Mind; The Psychological Causes of Political Madness by Lyle H. Rossiter, Jr., MD]

    • JC Teecher

      Calling it a disease gives credence to it being something unavoidable or being accepted as a way of life.

      For what it is worth, liberalism is just plain evil. Either out of ignorance or educated beyond ones own intelligence.
      Liberalism has demonic spirits at it’s core, and therefore it requires divine intervention in order to rid ones self of it.
      A total change in heart, mind, and soul, through and by, the Holy Spirit, and humbleness on the part of the liberal person.

      Worldism/globalism/ atheism/narcissism are all traits and results of liberalism.

      • afchief

        As a Christian, I totally agree!!!

        Ten reasons why liberalism is not only ineffective, but indeed immoral and inhumane:

        http://www.faithfacts. org/c…

    • Carl

      How does the ever enlightened Lyle H. Rossiter, Jr., MD explain it when conservatives display the same depravities he accuses liberals of?

      • JC Teecher

        Who claimed liberalism was/is exclusive to the left/democrats only?
        Most conservative politicians are just wolves in sheeps clothing. Most wealthy elites that claim to be conservatives are just as liberal as Choo choo chucky cheese schumer, the clown with the frown.

        • Carl

          Liberal for many means democrat and conservative means republican.

          Point being that people wear masks and pretend to be things that they are not. The same goes for many that sit in church pews on Sunday mornings.

          People are what they are. Their nature it seems is sealed at birth. Their DNA makes them what they are and our brains process thoughts and ideas from outside of ourselves. Which is why some people are scientists, some creative types and most are just useless lumps who do nothing in our society.

          Some of this can be changed by the environment you grow up in. Nature vs nurture. Yet some things in our brains cannot be nurtured away if you will – as with the lack of empathy many serial killers have, etc.

      • afchief

        Very few liberals strike me as happy people. Liberals seem to go through life with an ever-present axe to grind about almost anything and everything. They are NEVER satisfied. Liberals are suffering souls with a spiritual blindness even though some may be materially wealthy. And most of them hold those of us who believe in God and family and hard work and playing by the rules with derision. Liberalism is the killer. Liberalism kills dreams and offers no hope. The failure of liberalism is what drives men to madness.

  • Cal

    This country always had divisions. But the division you see today began in 1965 when a President named Johnson sent a half a million troops to Vietnam. This country never recovered from that war, Every sociopathic behavior imaginable manifested itself quickly equaling or outdoing the Caligula days of the Roman Empire. The middle as in economic middle class and moderation as in sensible voices in leadership disappeared. The list of perdition is endless which includes my own sins. God is not mocked all great empires had their beginning, rise, peak, decline and extinction. The United States of America is no exception. Accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior is your only escape. Political salvation does not exist…do you hear me Rush Limbaugh?

    • Carl

      “Accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior is your only escape.”

      Specifically how does doing the above enable a person to escape? And what exactly are they escaping from?

      • Jerry C

        “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome
        the world.”-John 16:33

        • Carl

          That does not answer the question.

          • Jerry C

            Actually, it does answer the question. Accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord & Savior gives you peace in this world which is full of tribulation. Why so much hate for the Lord, Carl? Job thought he could do a better job than God too, but was mistaken.

          • Carl

            How does it give you peace in this world exactly? From what I see some believers have and some don’t. It has nothing to do with god, but each person on an individual basis. How they grew up, the jobs they have, etc.

            Having problems in the world is not really an earth shattering concept. As many who lived in biblical times were clearly aware of. So it is a generalization that anyone could have said.

            And religious and nonreligious people’s all have tribulations so it is not something unique only to the saved.

            I don’t think job thought he could do better than god. You must be referring someone else and mis-typed.

          • GSOB

            Galatians 4:19

          • Jerry C
      • Realist

        Don’t play stupid.
        You know what he’s talking about.

      • GSOB

        Salvation by God to you, but a salvation from God.

  • jox

    Michael, you have given the solution in your article: a good old terrorist attack and/or a major war. What about an attack against the president? That would certainly kill two birds with one stone.

    • JC Teecher

      You sound like a “nasty” (liberal) woman.

      • Jerry C

        ? jox is just offering an alternative which has already been floated by libnuts.

  • donna

    Polls is synder kidding ? there are one or two polls which can be trusted clearly he is not able to recall last year. Evidently he was not alive or young in the 60s. the gov is out of control and embedded with people whose only agenda is the preservation of their positions and benefits. I would not blame trump if he resigned as it is becoming doubtful he will be able to do much about anything. Our population is too addicted to entitlements left or right this is the one thing people are in agreement about. i would prefer a scorched earth attempt by trump incremental is going to resisted in a death of a thousand cuts. He should just started firing people shrink the monster and replace legitimate positions with like minded people. He might like to send Kushner home he is too conditioned to “NY values”.

    • socalbeachdude

      Donald Trump is most certainly not going to resign at all and has accomplished a huge amount of good things since he became President on January 21, 2017.

  • thegeorgespyman

    On September 23, 1779 Commodore John Paul Jones was facing British ships under trying circumstances. He was asked, “Has your ship struck? ” His answer was, “I have not yet begun to fight.” Jones had an advantage. He knew he was at war. We never knew the politically correct were waging war upon us. Know we know. Our answer must be the same. “I have not yet begun to fight.” Now that we know the battle we can oppose the evil undermining our existence.

    http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/johnpauljones.htm

    A little Bible study answers the rest.

    Luke 12:53

    Not Peace, But Division

    …52 From now on, five in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three. 53 They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.” 54 Then Jesus said to the crowds, “As soon as you see a cloud rising in the west, you say, ‘A shower is coming,’ and that is what happens.…

    At first I was confused as to the divisions. Then I found my explanations in scripture. We find new family in Christ. There are two paths. This is just the symptom of that great divide. I have chosen the long narrow one. Those who chose the broad one despise me. One leads to salvation, and one does not. Make sure you’re on the right path and worry not. It leads to a better place.

    • Mark

      Finally!!! someone with true education and spiritual intelligence!!!! Thank God and Praise the Lord!!!

      • socalbeachdude

        Not.

      • socalbeachdude

        For sure.

  • Kent Harris

    There are really 2 sides and they are those who fear God and those who do not.

    • FirstGarden

      The more lefty they go, the more atheistic they become.
      There are exceptions to the rule, but I believe it’s more true than not true.

      • huththa

        I’m an exception then. Atheist and Buddhist, but Libertarian views.

        • FirstGarden

          Interesting. Some libertarians are atheistic by doctrine, though not all. One certainly does not have to believe in God to be a liberal or a conservative. But not believing in God presents some colossal problems in rationality/consistency of thought.

          For instance, how does life proceed from non-life?
          How does intelligence proceed for non-intelligence?
          How does order proceed from disorder?
          How does all the wonders of the Universe proceed from absolute vacuum?

          That would be like an explosion in a printing press and out came Websters dictionary.

          Or maybe we’re not here; that all this is all a fig newton of our imagination. Maybe Life is not life at all, but just on huge existential blob; and no blob at all, at the same time. Ommmmmmmmmmmmm….

          • huththa

            For instance, how does life proceed from non-life?
            Gradually.

            How does intelligence proceed for non-intelligence?
            Gradually.

            How does order proceed from disorder?
            Gradually.

            How does all the wonders of the Universe proceed from absolute vacuum?
            Gradually.

          • socalbeachdude

            Yes, but sometimes exigent circumstances force faster changes!

          • FirstGarden

            You came from a rock. For millions & millions of years, it rained on the rocks and from the primordial slime you gradually arose. Chemicals became increasingly complex, all by themselves, with no governing oversight. Gradually you became a single cell being, then a super amoeba, then a super amoeba on steroids. Somehow, intelligence, knowledge, conscious self-awareness emerged from the deep deep darkness. Then you evolved (all by yourself) into a fish – a plain, simple, ugly fish. Then you became a pretty fish. Allll veryyyyyyy graaaaaaaaaaaaadual, of course. Then a fish-amphibian, then an amphibian-reptile (all by yourself, of course – no governing intelligence or oversight); then a reptile-insect; then an insect-birdie, “tweet tweet”.. “Sqwarwk!!!”; then a birdie-mammal; then — OOO! OOO! OOO! — a mammal-orangutan. Then a stupid banana-stalking, mammal-orangutan to a homo sapien – imagine that! The very name is hardly politically correct. And it would be chauvinist-misogynist to suggest that he was a male.

            (Of course, one wonders where all the transitional fossils are, but never you mind that.)

            So, where did the rocks come from?
            The scientists do not know.

            But Frank Zappa sang “Help I’m A Rock!”
            How right he was!

            And where did the rain come from?
            The scientists do not know.
            Definitely not from southern California.

            But that’s okay, take it from me, it’s all good between Darwin and the man in the tree.

            So, to recap: in the great genesis of atheistic evolution we proudly proclaim, “In the beginning there was nothing.
            Then nothing exploded.
            And here we are.”

            Such brilliance is mind-staggering.

          • socalbeachdude

            And then Twitter was born!

          • huththa

            And where did the rain come from?

            I read that it arrived in trillions of tiny meteorites from outer space, each with a miniscule cavity inside which resided a single drop of water. Over time – gradually – these accumulated on earth and released their individual droplets which eventually became all the water on earth. A great example of the power of time. Of course, not as sexy as creating everything in 6 days or however long it was.

          • FirstGarden

            And where did the “trillions of tiny meteorites” come from?

          • huththa

            And I would venture that the colossalness of the problems in rationality/consistency of thought are far greater by believing in God than not. We can discuss if you like.

          • FirstGarden

            Without God — a Benevolent, Loving Creator — you have no true formation for rationality; no Judeo-Christian ethic; no 10 Commandments; nothing to tell you not to murder, not to sleep with another’s spouse, not to live a lifestyle of lying and deceit, etc. You are left with nothing more than “Do what thou wilt” (Aleister Crowley); every person a law unto themselves with no obligation to regard another as important or valuable. No right or wrong; just whatever is right in one’s own eyes. So if I feel like blowing you away, why not?
            It’s all good in the big city.

            You don’t even have Hindu Karma, which requires intelligent oversight.

          • huththa

            — a Benevolent, Loving Creator —

            you lost me right there.

          • FirstGarden

            You are not an atheist.

          • Gay Veteran

            bilge

          • FirstGarden

            That is your life, my life, all our lives without God.

          • Gay Veteran

            think for yourself

        • GenEarly

          Buddhist is good. Siddhartha did discover he was more than flesh and bone.

    • Lennie Pike

      Exactly. And that is as profound of a statement that is possible to make because it explains the reason behind every human action – especially that which is coming to fruition worldwide right now.

    • socalbeachdude

      Which “god” are you referring to? There are over 400 legitimate religions in the world today and each has their own version of “god.”

      • Mark

        Jesus is NOT a religion and He plainly said, I AM the Way the Life and the Truth and no one comes to the Father except by Me. He is true theology and there is no other name under heaven that every knee will bow to except His. He is the only God who died on the cross for our sins.

        • socalbeachdude

          Don’t all of the 400 or so religions say essentially THE VERY SAME THING?

          By the way, America has always championed FREEDOM OF RELIGIOUS CHOICE which is explicitly guaranteed by the US Constitution.

          • Paul Patriot

            100% correct with the exception of Christianity.

            Christianity is the only “religion” human history that does not require enough good works to outweigh your bad works to be saved..thus being exclusive in having the only Savior that is able to save humans from their sins…….its only “religion” in the world that worships a living, resurrected savior…….its the only “religion” in the world where one can have a personal relationship with the God of the universe.

            Yes, virtually all religions are similar, in the sense of either having to work for ones own redemption and or a humanist view of the world where mankind is the “god”

            Christianity is radically different, offering eternal life to all who would believe, repent, and turn to Jesus Christ as Lord, and Savior, acknowledging the testimony of Jesus Christ and in his testimony that all are sinners in need of a Savior.

          • JC Teecher

            I agree except for the exception of Christianity.

            Christianity, in it’s truest form is not a religion at all.
            It is a way of life and a reality. Religions are formed by man.
            Christianity was formed by the Blood of Christ, through the Grace of God.

            Roman Catholicism called christianity is a religion, formed by man, which makes it a false religion.
            The followers want the world to stay confused on the matter, and we should know that confusion is the definition of Bable, or Babylon.

          • socalbeachdude

            Only about 23% of the world’s population of around 7.5 billion people identify as some form of “Christian” while 77% of the world’s population does not.

      • GSOB

        The God referred to is the God you don’t want to know.

        • socalbeachdude

          All religions don’t recognize the other 400 religions “gods,” don’t they? There are now around 7.5 billion people in the world.

          “As of 2010, Christianity was by far the world’s largest religion, with an estimated 2.2 billion adherents, nearly a third (31 percent) of all 6.9 billion people on Earth,” the Pew report says. “Islam was second, with 1.6 billion adherents, or 23 percent of the global population.”

    • GSOB

      Even more refined is this:

      Romans 8:9

  • donna

    synder is also wrong about what he calls ‘forgiveness” this is a moral fight there can be no quarter with what the left wishes to impose on country. It must be resisted with every ounce of one’s strength and as a Christian “faux” in my view, he should be sounding the call not urging people to go along to get along.

    • JC Teecher

      You make good points, and some people are just geared towards the “one big happy family that accepts everyone no matter what their belief is, and we are supposed to love everyone” mentality and ideology.
      Their is one big problem with that way of thinking; it isn’t biblical. Biblical, there are two kinds of love, the soft and easy kind that comes from compassion between two people, and then there is the “tough love”, that is usually just one-sided. Tough love comes in many forms, and can be as gentle as a dove, or all in, with being the kind that requires a swift kick and a gourd thumping with a 2 X 4 across the backside.
      Sometimes it works and sometimes it has to be left up to God to delve out the correction.
      Amen?

      • Black

        Kill everyone and let the Flying Spaghetti Monster sort them out!

    • FirstGarden

      You missed that one by a mile. The teachings of Jesus are not violent and militant. Instead, they are revolutionary — showing forth love instead of hate; other-centered instead of self-centered.

      Yes, we hate what the far left is scheming and executing. It is truly evil. And it is good that you are passionate for the cause. Don’t ever lose that.

      But as Christians, we are bound to follow the teachings of Messiah; to hate the sin and not the sinner, and to oppose evil at every turn, in word and in deed. This is our call.
      Kind regards.

      • donna

        i think u might want to read the NT a little more expansively all that talk of “swords” also Aquinas on double effect.

        • FirstGarden

          I am well familiar with the passages.

        • Zlatko Milanovic

          And you might want to get an actual education from a university.

          • donna

            i have an advanced degree sir from a very good university

          • Zlatko Milanovic

            OK.

          • Zlatko Milanovic

            OK. But your comments don’t sound very enlightened, hence my comment. Apologies.

          • donna

            no apology necessary. I was not aware you were the arbiter of enlightenment an invaluable contact if true.. Can u discuss with any degree of knowledge Aquinas’ on double effect ?

          • Mark

            Ah, knowledge, the true opiate of the masses!

          • Zlatko Milanovic

            I occasionally have an enlightened thought, and do my best to speak enlightened words, so perhaps there’s value in that.
            Aquinas was no apostle, so referring to his thinking is academic at best, certainly not authoritative in the theological sense. Yes, bad things do sometimes have good after-effects, but that doesn’t justify the wrong in God’s eyes. Conversely, Perceived “good” acts, though proceeding from a good intention, can have bad results.
            Perhaps the motive for the good act is irrelevant, it’s still a good act.
            A crime committed for a good reason is still a crime. But I get Aquinas’s point, it is valuable to ponder such things.
            If you’re trying to use that as a justification for fomenting civil war, it’s an immoral, unethical, criminal and treasonous idea. If not, please explain…

          • donna

            clearly you are not Catholic Aquinas the angelic doctor was a doctor of the Church considered authoritative in teachings of the institution. His intention was to reconcile catholic belief with aristotle. No, a crime committed for a justified reason is not a crime i.e. self defense of one’s person, actions committed in battle situations etc and there is no societal or spiritual penalty. You are not charged in this country with any wrongdoing if certain conditions exist. I am not trying to “foment’ civil war nor do I know anyone personally or publicly from the right spectrum who is I am saying that the moral degeneracy of our society has reached a point beyond which compromise with its evil is possible and given certain conditions armed resistance could be justified by principle of double effect. It is our sacred duty to resist evil in all forms and this is not only by turning the other cheek which i believe as dennis prager explains is for matters of affronts to person. It is completely conceivable to have this attitude even in situations where a physical response is required. Do u think you have no ethical moral obligation to attack someone who is harming a child ? The sin there would be to walk away. I dislike these naive categorical citations from the NT which are almost always misunderstood

          • Zlatko Milanovic

            Don’t put words in my mouth; we do have an ethical and moral obligation in such cases, neither is self defense a crime. What I think I hear you advocating is armed rebellion against democratically elected government and preemptive attacks against other Americans based not on self defense but ideology.

          • JC Teecher

            You mean get an “indoctrinated” degree, so you can float around a useless piece of paper in front of those that you so graciously play oneupmanship over?

          • Zlatko Milanovic

            Well of course you’d say that. How far did you get, 6th grade?

          • JC Teecher

            Major in Business, and Minor in Banking and Finance. Owned, managed, and sold for profit, three successful businesses.

            All before sixth grade.

        • Jerry C

          “swords” are also used to defend oneself, no?

        • Cinderella Man

          I’m down for a new crusade

    • socalbeachdude

      Where do you come up with such nonsensical notions?

      Jesus of Nazarath advocated PEACE and love of fellow mankind, not bellicosity and hate as you are advocating.

  • Mike Smithy

    “Is this the beginning of the end for the Unites States of America”?
    You are a little late to the party. If you are looking for a specific single event that changed the trajectory for the worse, you have to go back to 1913 pursuant to the creation of the Federal Reserve.

    • JC Teecher

      Even further back it was the Freemasonry, and even further, the Knights Templar. When the layers are peeled back, and you know this I’m sure, there is the earliest roots of the aforementioned, in biblical times, known as the Kenites…or offspring of Cain, son of Satan.

      But you are correct Smithey, the Fed Res, is at the modern world ussag, root of evil, that controls and supports, all that is negative/evil with our economic/gov, society collapse. It became fully manifest for our future when “we the dumb sheeple” elected/allowed the likes of a muzzy into the White House. Clintons and Bushes were bad enough,but Odrama took the cake and ate it as well. 10 Trillion was a massive amount of debt, but sustainable and eventually payable. 20 trillion? Never gonna get out from under it until Satan/Antichrist comes in “peaceably and prosperously”.

      We got 5 more years of gov/political changes and disruptions/deceptions/debts, and then 7 years, for the religious changes that set the final stage.

      • Carl

        Why is 10 trillion payable in your opinion but 20 trillion is not? The only payments they have been making is too the interest on the debt not even the principle.

        • JC Teecher

          Move along Obi Wan. You have not the need nor the intelligence, even if i told you.

          • Carl

            Why can’t you answer a legitimate question? BTW please address me by my christian name – The great all knowing, all seeing grand poobah from now on.

          • Zlatko Milanovic

            Carl, JC is bed-bug-nuts. He makes up crazy stuff and thinks he sounds intelligent. Just ignore him. Beg bug nuts.

          • FirstGarden

            Ridiculous.
            But funny.

        • Jerry C

          Neither 10 trillion, nor 20 trillion, nor 100 quadrillion is payable since it’s due to fraud.

          Default. Move one with a gold-backed currency. Rinse. Repeat.

          • socalbeachdude

            What utter nonsense. The value of all of the 180,000 metric tonnes of gold ever mined in the history of the world is worth less than $7 trillion even at today’s laughably elevated prices and that is less than 1% of the world’s assets. The so-called “gold standard” in the US was just a brief failed 60 year experiment from 1873 until 1933 at which time it was totally abandoned for any domestic use and the ownership of bullion gold was made illegal.

            Moreover, nearly all of the gold in the world is privately owed with around 70% of it in the form of jewelry widely dispersed among the 7.5 billion people of the world.

            Not to mention the fact that gold is just a fungible little niche commodity and and has no use at all as a currency anywhere in the world today for a broad variety of reasons.

    • socalbeachdude

      Absolutely false. The Federal Reserve is an excellent and wonderful central bank in the USA.

  • Black

    I used to have a look at Zero Hedge now and again until I figured out they use articles crafted by nutcase religious sites

    • socalbeachdude

      ZeroBrains is just a bunch of rabid destructionalists.

  • David

    The Catholics & The Protestants for years have been killing each other because of a difference of opinion or because both religions Viewed the Bible in Different ways even though The Bible is the centerpiece of their religion. this is nothing new.

  • David

    I remember after a debate between Trump & Hillary the Liberals were “Very Concerned” if Trump wouldn’t accept defeat by conceding. They actually went as far as to say Trump would be “Dangerous” for the nation if Trump failed to do so. Fast forward to 2017….. Which party is now Dangerous because they can’t accept defeat?

  • Cooter Bug

    Very Good Article Michael !

  • Richard O. Mann

    It started in 1962/63 when the highest court in the land decided that is was unconstitutional to have school led Bible reading and prayer in schools. It have been going down hill since then. And no, I don’t see any hope of this country surviving much longer. History shows that any nation state which has sunk to such low moral levels, where homosexuality and confused gender is approved by the leaders of the state and promoted, it was not long before that nation first collapsed in on itself, and then was over run from other external forces. Reprobate mind due to refusing to keep God in their thoughts and ways. We have arrived. Western Europe is just a bit ahead of us and is already being overrun by Islam. Trump cannot fix what is wrong with America. Was fun while it lasted.

    • DB200

      100% correct. With hindsight the period 62-63-64 was a turning point within the USA. The issues that Michael discusses are not coming out of the blue.

      Europe is not overrun by Islam, but that is another discussion.

    • Gay Veteran

      as long as there are algebra tests there will be prayer in school.
      oh, you meant state sponsored prayer, yeah that’s gone

      and get over your obsessions about Teh Gays

  • BS1986

    Shoot the liberal.

    • Zlatko Milanovic

      We shoot back. Don’t be naive.

      • BS1986

        For your sake I would hope so, but we are not worried. You and your ilk are easy prey.

  • LIZ THE SHIZ

    keep posting this stuff and you play into Putin’s hands , if you thought the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991 you have been deluded, this is just phase two , it’s called divide and conquer

    • socalbeachdude

      ‘Watch my lips – NO’: Vladimir Putin angrily denies claims Russia interfered in U.S. elections – and says claims are ‘lies’ for ‘domestic political agendas’

      Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied interfering in the U.S. elections, and he did it by using a famous quote from a U.S. president. Putin has forcefully denied claims that Russia interfered in the U.S. elections at a panel on Arctic issues. Putin said he wanted to establish ‘good partnership’ with the U.S. ‘Watch my lips, no,’ Putin said. The U.S. intelligence community has concluded that Russia interfered in the elections and directed hacking into leading Democratic figures and groups.

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4364422/Putin-DENIES-tampering-presidential-election.html

      • retired22

        Wow,…are you telling us that Clinton & the Democrats are not responsible for all of the Damning E mails attributed to them & endangering America’s security?
        All of those E mails are frauds & Clinton & the Democrats are clean & pure….I would have never known!
        it was all the fault of the Russians!

        • socalbeachdude

          How would you draw any of those assertions from the article I posted?

          DNC PURGE: ALL STAFFERS OUT

          http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/elections/embattled-dnc-asks-all-staffers-resignation-letters-n739676

          Donald Trump calls for the Clintons to be investigated by House intelligence committee for THEIR Russian connections and hits out at Republicans for killing healthcare bill in late night tweet storm

          Donald Trump has launched another attack on Hillary Clinton – questioning why she and Bill Clinton are not being investigated by the House Intelligence Committee over alleged Russian ties.

          ‘Why isn’t the House Intelligence Committee looking into the Bill & Hillary deal that allowed big Uranium to go to Russia, Russian speech…,’ the president tweeted on Monday night, before finishing his thought with a second post. ‘…money to Bill, the Hillary Russian “reset,” praise of Russia by Hillary, or Podesta Russian Company. Trump Russia story is a hoax.’

          The tweets were sent after it emerged house intelligence chairman Devin Nunes went to the White House to review intelligence reports and meet the secret source behind his claim that communications involving Trump associates were caught up in ‘incidental’ surveillance just one day before he announced it.

          http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4355300/Donald-Trump-calls-Bill-Hillary-investigated.html

    • retired22

      Putin has his own war.
      His war is with the Central Bankers of the NWO,the same bankers who are trying to destroy America!

      • socalbeachdude

        Laughably false.

        • retired22

          The EU,the Central Bankers,the Globalist NWO are just nice people who are misunderstood & want to do the right thing for all of us peasants.
          If you are laughing then you are a fool or a sadist.

          • socalbeachdude

            Huh?

      • Mark

        Every country that doesn’t have a Rothschild central bank in it is either bombed into the ground or invaded and regime changed in order to put in one of those banks so everything you say is the truth.

        • socalbeachdude

          What utter nonsense. The Rothschild family has very little presence in banking these days anywhere in the world and in the US is just a very small private client boutique banking operation for wealth management.

          Their US operations web site which has more information on their limited US operations is at:

          https://www.rothschild.com/usa/

          • Mark

            That’s just your opinion which doesn’t mean it’s true.

          • socalbeachdude

            It’s pure fact, and you can clearly see the scope of their operations on their web site.

            I take it, though, you’re not likely to be a potential customer of their fine firm.

          • Mark

            I’ll believe their website as much as I’ll believe the federal reserve website. LMAO!

          • socalbeachdude

            Both web sites are 100% accurate.

          • Mark

            Rothschilds own all the banking institutions so I already am a customer of theirs by having my money in a bank.

          • socalbeachdude

            Far beyond laughably false and in to the realm of totally preposterously false!

    • Mark

      Anatoliy Golitsyn books New lies of old and The perestroika deception.

  • greanfinisher

    America has been on the decline ever since the intelligence community carried out a successful and violent coup against former President John F. Kennedy.

    • retired22

      America has been in decline ever since Woodrow Wilson handed the nation over to the European Central Bankers,..specifically the ‘Bank Of England’.
      The New Central Bank they installed was called the Federal Reserve Bank which was internationally connected to Europe by way of the Bank of England.We were dragged into Europe’s dynastic wars & over 100 years & hundreds of thousands of dead Americans, later we are still stuck there.

      • socalbeachdude

        Nope. That is when the GREAT PROSPERITY PERIOD OF AMERICAN BEGAN and America went from a backwater banana republic to the largest single country economy in the world.

        • retired22

          I don’t want to make you unhappy but you wasted your tuition money at the wrong school.
          According to consensus among almost all scholars,
          America’s greatest economic & financial expansion occurred between 1865 And 1900.

          • socalbeachdude

            America was nothing but a rather irrelevant backwater banana republic back during 1865-1900 and only started to become a truly important economy after changes were made subsequent to the GREAT FINANCIAL PANIC OF 1907 resulting in the Federal Reserve being created in 1913 and federal taxes being implemented during the 1914-1916 period to move the country away from its prior depending on TARIFFS to fund itself.

          • GSOB

            And tariffs are on the table again… what’s your point?

          • socalbeachdude

            Not to fund the US government spending of around $4 trillion a year!!!

  • IsReal

    Mere fallen humans can’t forgive without the Holy Spirit in their hearts after becoming Christian. That point was sorely missed in a call out to all flesh to forgive each other. That can’t forgive of their own strength anymore then follow the Ten Commandments perfectly Jesus came to fulfill and therefore free us from the law. Only Christians can truly forgive another in totality.

    • Carl

      That is not true. Christians it seems forget that while you can forgive a person there are some people that should not be allowed back into your life or your families life.

  • Broos

    First, we eliminate the criminals (e.g., Billary/BushC0bama Company Crime family) !

  • Mr.Cipher

    You can’t forgive someone who doesn’t ask for it.

  • socalbeachdude

    Read the article. Michael is advocating exactly the opposite of what you suggest. All commenters here should very carefully read his article above and follow it.

  • Cinderella Man

    Have to disagree that Trump is a crony Ed. If you haven’t noticed the deep state is doing everything they can to take him out. But what these radical leftist NWO sympathizers don’t understand is that they are playing with fire. Millions of awesome deplorable American patriots are armed and ready to fight. By bullet or ballot we are going to win..believe that!

  • Spatial Memory

    Sell into end of quarter window dressing run up. Cycle high very likely imminent. Jmho:)

  • retired22

    There won’t be a civil war!
    The people who have most of the muscle are the people who have voted for Trump.The opposition Democrats,being the party of the Welfare State, are carrying too much useless dead weight that won’t be worth much when push comes to shove!

    More to the point,….There is a great financial correction coming up & the Upper Middle class,the government workers,teachers,dentist & M.D.’s,etc. are the most overextended with leveraged debt.They are the people who will take the biggest fall,…they are white collar & they vote Democrat.They will not be on the front lines politically, most will be sitting in a psychologists office wondering where it all went bad for them!

    These Democrat voting upper middle class types mentioned above are mostly located in the Blue states like New York,California,Massachusetts,Illinois,etc..Because of their socialist programs they are the states that will soon go broke.
    If these Blue states crash,which they will, it will be the end of the Democratic party.

  • Marc

    Really good article. Thank you

  • Alberto Francis

    Clearly these are issues with white America and it coming to grip with reality.

    All the despair noted in the articles printed here and in the comment section really have to deal with the downtrodden trend middle white america(in particular white males) have been feeling get worse and worse for the past 4 decades.

    And the fact that several commentators here actually would rather lash out at everybody and everything except they true enemy is not surprising in anyway.

    It was not the democrats or even the republicans that sold you out! It was not the blacks, latinos, immigrants, indian, WHATEVER that took your jobs! Please as i have stated in previous post. THEY HAVE NO POWER WHAT SO EVER – PERIOD EXCLAMATION POINT.

    They have no voice to make any significant change, they have no political might, no economic might, and their education is lacking you have nothing to fear of an intellectual enlightenment any time soon.

    Please… You know exactly who it is that owns the factories that moved, bought your politicians straight up that sold you OUT, and poisoned your food, water, land and is slowly killing you off with a pill for every illness you desire to die by.

    It will take some time for you realize this, I know this to be true right. Look i get it your all in denial and that is OK. The first part to solving a problem is to identify the problem. The shock is pretty extreme and they are ratching up the pressure on you all. And while you try to kick out immigrants and black lives don’t matter, i see NOTHING in your political life, economical life, educational life that will bring you back any improvement of life. Your so blind from this alternative fact that you really think these billionaires are going to make america great again for you. REALLY! these narcissist ego-megalomaniacs! They are out to straight ENSLAVE you ALL! It is written in between every false narrative, every black person they kill, every job they ship out, every tax payment they dodge, every law that strips little by little your precious Constitutional rights.

    The powers that be tricked you all a long time ago to go against your own interest. So much of this Kool Aid that you drank gladly of, that now when you are in need of allies they are far and few in between .

    And now the power that be are coming after middle white america that last “sanctuary of freedom” in America. At least what is left of it.

    Blacks and latinos have never been a threat to the power structure of the elite. You made good on your word to keep them in their place, maybe to good…*shrug* idk

    All I know is that Trump is the president and every billionaire friend of his in there is doing everything in their power to destroy middle white america.

    Betsy Devos – privatizing education. Good luck! all you Walmart employees our there trying to send your kids to a good school. I went to private school and believe me you definitely can’t afford that on Walmart money.

    Deregulation of EPA and the like, You think Flint, Michigan was a coincident. No my white brothers and sisters it was a test, because if they can do it to us. Privatize the local government and enact what ever policy they want against the populace and get away with it. They only have 1 way to go and that is up the chain to the next victim…. er i mean “economically sound alternative”.

    A Pro-CORPORATE JUDGE heading to the bench that will further strip rights away from white middle america. You are all bamboozled into thing he is on your “conservative” side. That man has SOLD written all over his forehead.

    The list can go on and on, but in all this I wish you all the best you have a tough battle ahead… I mean straight brutal. Soon the drones will point inwards not out, the name terrorist will be the same as constitutionalist, or libertarian.

    *shrug some of that is already here*

  • mtntrek3

    Jesus will make the world paradise again when He returns. He is the Way. : – ).

    • Mark

      Its so interesting that the majority will just ignore your statement here in this Christian website and continue to pour out their own sense and reason, touting how educated they , quoting their fake govt., media statistics and believing the lies that nothing will happen and that there are no consequences for their ignorance.

  • socalbeachdude

    British singer Roger Daltrey says a ‘dead dog’ would have beaten Hillary Clinton in the presidential election

    The Who’s legendary front man Roger Daltrey says ‘a dead dog’ would have beaten Hillary Clinton in the U.S. presidential election.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4365416/Roger-Daltrey-Dead-dog-beaten-Hillary-Clinton.html

    • Spatial Memory

      Around here they say ‘a dead dog’ makes better market and economic predictions than socalbeach. 🙂

      • socalbeachdude

        Where’s that? Somewhere in the PRC?

        • Spatial Memory

          Pretty much everywhere outside your trailer park. Rotflmao! 🙂

          • socalbeachdude

            Your delusionalism never ceases to amaze!

          • Spatial Memory

            Put down that mirror

          • socalbeachdude

            Are you in Beijing, Shanghai, or some other bankrupt province of the PRC?

          • socalbeachdude

            I can’t I’m a narcissist.

  • socalbeachdude

    Trump continues to pound ‘failing’ NY Times as he renews warning about a change to libel laws after newspaper ‘has disgraced the media world’

    The president suggested Thursday that changing America’s libel laws could help him fight back against reporting from The New York Times that he considers inaccurate and unfairly damaging.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4364990/Trump-warns-failing-NY-Times-changing-libel-laws.html

  • socalbeachdude

    Uh…Oh!

    Trump lays down the law to right-wing rebel Republicans: Get on the team fast or I’ll fight YOU in 2018 he tells Freedom Caucus who derailed healthcare plan

    President Donald Trump vowed to go after conservative Freedom Caucus members in the 2018 elections if they don’t get on board with his agenda ‘fast.’

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4364650/Trump-girds-fight-Democrats-Freedom-Caucus.html

    • GSOB

      That’s hilarious!
      The conservative movement is at the heart of the Republican party.
      Mr. Trump is not really a conservative.
      He is a very proud business man become President.
      Quite a feat. But a currency backed by nothing except a promise and force, isn’t the hallmark of freedom now is it?
      America is stuck and sinking, like being in quick sand.
      The only thing Mr. Trump can do is approve increases to build military muscle, to buy her time. Her days are numbered, just like yours and mine. I don’t want any of this to happen, but it will.
      I’m glad that Mrs. Clinton did not get elected for the job.
      All we have now is just a little more time. Fiat money will always collapse. Nothing backing it.

      • socalbeachdude

        All currencies are backed by the current and future assets and current and future labor and productivity of the citizens of the issuing country and the US is by far the largest single country economy in the world with an $18 trillion GDP with no other country even coming close.

        There is no other currency that can even begin to challenge the supremacy of the US dollar.

        • GSOB

          Not true. I know that is what is read and believed, but in reality, it is not true. One day when you get up and face another day, you will see America defaulting on the many promises made. It is not possible… Nothing for nothing leaves nothing. America is descending because of corruption, abortion, redefining marriage and fiat currency – and you call it being backed by future assets, labor and productivity….. like 20T in the red.
          Start by balancing the books.
          Can’t do that…. the future has already been obligated to the hilt and ….so the kill zone is the middle class, just to try and keep the status quo, as long as it can last.
          You are very much part of the status quo. You have no solution. You want to keep it going but, it will collapse.

          • socalbeachdude

            What I stated is 100% true and correct. The USA has NEVER defaulted on any of its debt nor will it or can it ever default on any of its US Treasury debt which must be paid on a FIRST DOLLAR BASIS from the funds of the federal government which brings in around $3.2 trillion a year in US federal tax revenues.

            Not increasing the federal debt ceiling only means that the US Treasury cannot issue further net new US Treasuries which would FORCE THE US GOVERNMENT TO CUT FEDERAL SPENDING OR RAISE TAXES which are the only solutions to the out of control federal debt problem.

          • GSOB

            It is mathematically impossible to pay off the Federal debt. What is not clear to you about that? We have a fiat currency backed by promises that can’t be kept. That somehow escapes you.

            You are under a strong delusion to think otherwise…. a case of strong denial.

          • socalbeachdude

            No, it most certainly is not at all. And, why one earth would the US ever want to “pay off” the federal government debt. The flip side of that debt is that it is HELD AS ASSETS BY ITS OWNERS and US Treasuries are considered CASH EQUIVALENTS and the safest and most sought after investment in the world today.

            I would suggest you learn about the US Treasuries markets at:

            http://www.TreasuryDirect.gov

          • Mark

            Why are countries like Russia and China and other nations dumping US treasuries?

          • socalbeachdude

            Total foreign holdings of US Treasuries is about the same as it has long been. Russia has never held hardly any US Treasuries. As to China it has had to reduce its holdings of US Treasuries by about $300 billion from $1.3 trillion to now around $1 trillion to RAISE DESPERATELY NEED MONEY TO FIGHT MASSIVE CAPITAL FLIGHT out of China over the past few years.

            Foreign holdings (ownership) of the US debt is only around $5 trillion of the total outstanding amount of $19.5+ trillion and hasn’t changed much at all over the past 10 years. For a breakdown in foreign holdings of US Treasuries, see:

            http://ticdata.treasury.gov/Publish/mfh.txt

          • Spatial Memory

            After 2008 derivatives fallout of one quadrillion plus, the beneficiaries no longer need to “hold” the underlying “asset” and still maintain “ownership” beyond the aggregate- along with China’s Current Account SURPLUS and Trade – balance of payments SURPLUS their asymmetric economic warfare policies have decimated their LARGEST DEBTOR plus carry costs and for all intents and purposes owe INFINITY.

          • socalbeachdude

            As to 2008-2009, that little and very rapidly corrected downward blip was all due to an accounting rule known FASB (Financial Accounting Standards Board) Rule 157 (“mark to market”) which was essentially rescinded in March 2009 at which point the markets returned to huge increases that surpassed prior levels.

            Derivatives have NOTHING WHATSOEVER to do with current account surpluses or deficits or balance of payments.

            The country that is the EPICENTER of the coming global financial crash is CHINA.

            China’s coming debt crisis

            http://www.asiasentinel.com/econ-business/china-debt-crisis/

            China a mess, will ‘blow up’ at some point

            https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-27/evercore-s-hyman-says-china-a-mess-will-blow-up-at-some-point

          • Spatial Memory

            Your repertoire of REPEATEDLY posting such ludicrous homespun nonsense after being shown the empirical data and finding of facts in the Senate Investigation Levin Coburn Report is only upstaged by that ABSURD HOMESPUN GUESSWORK and notions of sfas 157 application and 100% ignorance of sfas 115. Schools out. Educate yourself. Your compound constructive selection repertoire is easily debunked. Rotflmao

          • socalbeachdude

            What I clearly stated is 100% correct.

          • Spatial Memory

            That’s another 100% incorrect comment. ROFL

          • socalbeachdude

            Nope, but your assertions sure are!

          • Spatial Memory

            Levin Coburn Report
            SFAS Rule 115

            Two very simple very SIGNIFICANT PROOFS how replete with INACCURACIES your repertoire remains. 🙂

          • socalbeachdude

            Laughably false, and that SFAS Rule 115 has not been changed since MAY 1993.

            Summary of Statement No. 115 – FASB

            ccounting for Certain Investments in Debt and Equity Securities (Issued 5/93)

            This Statement addresses the accounting and reporting for investments in equity securities that have readily determinable fair values and for all investments in debt securities. Those investments are to be classified in three categories and accounted for as follows:

            Debt securities that the enterprise has the positive intent and ability to hold to maturity are classified as held-to-maturity securities and reported at amortized cost.

            Debt and equity securities that are bought and held principally for the purpose of selling them in the near term are classified as trading securities and reported at fair value, with unrealized gains and losses included in earnings.

            Debt and equity securities not classified as either held-to-maturity securities or trading securities are classified as available-for-sale securities and reported at fair value, with unrealized gains and losses excluded from earnings and reported in a separate component of shareholders’ equity.

            This Statement does not apply to unsecuritized loans. However, after mortgage loans are converted to mortgage-backed securities, they are subject to its provisions. This Statement supersedes FASB Statement No. 12, Accounting for Certain Marketable Securities, and related Interpretations and amends FASB Statement No. 65, Accounting for Certain Mortgage Banking Activities, to eliminate mortgage-backed securities from its scope.

            This Statement is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 1993. It is to be initially applied as of the beginning of an enterprise’s fiscal year and cannot be applied retroactively to prior years’ financial statements. However, an enterprise may elect to initially apply this Statement as of the end of an earlier fiscal year for which annual financial statements have not previously been issued.

            http://www.fasb.org/summary/stsum115.shtml

          • Spatial Memory

            Exactly as I stated sfas 115 remained and your LUDICROUS misinterpretation of “rescinded mark to market” regurgitated version media spin is INACCURATE

          • socalbeachdude

            Your total cluelessness goes far beyond just simply mind boggling.

            FASB Rule 157 was a NEW RULE which would have gone into affect at the end of 2008 and had NOTHING SPECIFICALLY TO DO AT ALL with FASB Rule 115.

            The Federal Reserve had nothing whatsoever to do with FASB Rule 157, nor did Congress have anything to do with FASB Rule 157.

            FASB Rule 157 was implemented for fiscal years begin on or after November 15, 2007. It is also known as the Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 157, Fair Value Measurements, and is also commonly known as “FAS 157” or “FASB Rule 157.”

            FASB Rule 157 is an accounting standard originally issued during September 2006 by FASB, which became effective for entities with fiscal years beginning after November 15, 2007.

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SFAS_157

            FASB Rule 157 was essentially suspended after it was rewritten and reimplemented in a drastically less stringent version in early March 2009.

          • Spatial Memory

            Your LUDICROUS idiosyncratic attempts at constructive deception when PROVEN ABSOLUTELY UNEDUCATED and CLUELESS BEYOND BELIEF are EXCELLENT capital markets related comedy.

            Thanks again for the many laughs. Sorry for your continued losses.

          • socalbeachdude

            Thank YOU for again confirming QED that you have no comprehension whatsoever of accounting. You have hoisted yourself on your OWN PETARD and blown yourself into oblivion with that last inane array of totally clueless assertions!

          • Spatial Memory

            Put down that mirror. You’re NONSENSE was 100% debunked. Educate yourself and see the ABSURD INACCURACIES of your GUESSWORK. Rotflmao

          • socalbeachdude

            Obviously, exactly the opposite is the case where you were hoisted on your own petard and your absurd assertions were 100% debunked. By the way, how’s the smog this morning in Beijing?

          • Gay Veteran

            yeah, redefining marriage, should be polygamy like in the bible

        • Mark

          Do you ever use shadowstats website for economic reporting?

          • socalbeachdude

            Occasionally. John Williams who runs ShadowStats.com is a bright guy and has put up a lot of relevant alternative stats especially the ones regarding unemployment in the US which is estimates is around 24% when fully measured.

        • Spatial Memory

          Laughably false.

          • socalbeachdude

            What I stated, is of course, 100% true.

            China has printed more than $25 trillion in bogus currency like China did over the past 10 years to increase its money supply from around $2 trillion to over $27 trillion despite the fact that China’s economy is HALF THE SIZE OF THE US economy and the US money supply M1 size is only $3 trillion and the broadest MZM measure in the US is only $13.5 trillion.

            China’s currency value is as BOGUS AS A $3 EURO and the whole world knows that. There comes a point – like starting on August 11, 2015 – when the renminbi (RMB / yuan) was depegged by China from the US dollar that the whole world starts realizing that and then it all starts coming crashing down in value which is, of course, exactly what is now going on in the currency markets causing MASSIVE TURMOIL throughout the global markets for commodities, currencies, bonds, and equities.

            China is a display of MIND BOGGLING INCOMPETENCE these days and the renminbi is rapidly heading towards being TOTALLY WORTHLESS.

            The total M1 money supply in the US is only $3 trillion and only $1.3 trillion of that is printed currency. This is confirmed by the Federal Reserve H.3 report:

            http://www.federalreserve.gov/releases/h3/current/

            M2 which includes M1 plus savings balances is only around $13. None of the QE funds increased the money supply at all but only served to increase the MONETARY BASE with 100% of those funds remaining inside the Federal Reserve.

            That LITTLE BIT OF MONEY supports the largest economy in the world which is now an $18 trillion a year economy.

          • Spatial Memory

            ABSURD

          • socalbeachdude

            Apparently you can’t even comprehend the totally clear and straightforward facts related to the US money supply. Is that because your first language is Mandarin?

          • socalbeachdude

            Yes, what China has done is indeed absurd.

          • socalbeachdude

            Thank you for describing me.

        • retired22

          Future assets?
          When will this come about,in the year 2400?
          We are so far behind that in reality these
          sovereign debts will never be paid!

          • socalbeachdude

            Total assets in the USA are currently somewhere between $100 trillion and $180 trillion with the most conservative estimate being around $92 trillion just in household assets alone.

      • geoffandmarie418@aol.com

        Great post!!

    • huththa

      Why doesn’t he listen to what they’re saying? Rand Paul has had a clear plan from the beginning; Trump doesn’t appear to want to consider it, let alone legitimize it.

      • socalbeachdude

        Interesting question that deserves an answer from President Donald Trump!

  • Carl

    🙂

  • Bilgeman

    A primer on Forgiveness for Johns Hopkins.

    You cannot forgive someone who does not seek forgiveness.

    Someone who is unwilling to admit that they have sinned will never ask for forgiveness.

    Someone who refuses to acknowledge any morality higher than their own is their own God, and “God doesn’t Sin”. Neither will they. They will not feel remorse, and they will not ask for forgiveness.

    For true forgiveness, one must perform penance. True remorse entails that one has shame and no longer wishes to sin.

    The burden of asking for forgiveness is upon the sinner, not with the person sinned against.

    • socalbeachdude

      Jesus would not agree. I’d suggest you read his “TURN THE OTHER CHEEK” remarks from 2000+ years ago.

      • Spatial Memory

        Look homeward

        • socalbeachdude

          For you, that appears to be the PRC…

      • Carl

        Another misapplied scripture which does not mean you should be someones punching bag. It means you should not seek vengeance on those who do evil to you – BUT you do not have to let them continue to do harm to you. This includes: physical, emotional and financial.

        • geoffandmarie418@aol.com

          Spot on!!

      • Bilgeman

        And I would suggest that YOU read of his Crucifixion.

        There were two thieves crucified with Jesus that day, one St, Dismas, acknowledged his wrongdoing and asked Jesus that he be remembered. Jesus forgave him.
        The other did not. He just died.

  • socalbeachdude

    IMAGES OF AMERICA FROM A DIFFERENT TROUBLED TIME…

    Capturing the Big Apple: Iconic photographs of JFK, James Dean and Sammy Davis Jr go on show in exhibition of pictures from 1950s and 1960s New York

    Iconic photographs from the Fifties and Sixties are going on sale today. Included in the showcase are images of the Kennedys campaigning in the Big Apple, Samuel Davis Jr. crouching near a window overlooking the city, and Jimmy Dean braving the rainy weather in New York City.

    The show, entitled ‘Early Magnum On & In New York’, combines classic images taken by Magnum members like Cornell Capa who also snapped JFK while he was in the White House.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4361078/Capturing-Big-Apple-JFK-James-Dean-Sammy-Davis-Jr.html

  • JC Teecher

    What are you doing back here again? I thought you had elevated yourself to a position of superiority over multitudes in your little circle of slaves and zombies, and that might keep you occupied for the rest of your pitiful life, without gracing these pages with more of your nonsense.

    You are somehow appearing creepy like the psychopath kim jung un.

    luv ya, mean it. lol

    • Zlatko Milanovic

      I figured you were starting to like me.

      • JC Teecher

        Naw, we’ve just been tolerating the ignorant. But I have a suspicion that is about to change.

  • socalbeachdude

    Ann Coulter to speak at UC Berkeley months after violent protesters shut down fellow right-wing firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos’s speech

    Ann Coulter is scheduled to speak at the University of California Berkeley on April 27 at the invitation of the Berkeley College Republicans. Coulter is a vocal critic of illegal immigration.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4365410/Ann-Coulter-speak-Berkeley-campus-April.html

  • socalbeachdude
  • socalbeachdude

    Gorsuch battle brings Senate to brink of new low…

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/gangs-senate-gorsuch-236660

  • toadsticker

    We’ve been sold a bill of goods, how America is the most prosperous country on the planet. How about 14th in savings. They say we don’t know how to save. I’ve worked hard (I’m 61) and haven’t been able to get beyond the curve. I hear people who don’t work and are on assistance talking about going to Vegas and Atlanta. I can’t afford to do anything like that. I’ve seen my taxes go to support people that don’t work and illegals. I work hard and my government gives money to people all over the world. We can’t take care of the citizens of this country let alone opening our borders wide and letting everyone in. I see public employees that buy 10 years and retire at 39. The true entitlement problem is with the pensions and health care of public employees, not us suckers that hope to get social security and medicare which we’ve paid into since we were 15. If they truly want to fix health care the first thing they should do is stop health benefits when public employees retire. Then these moochers will have to work to 65 when they can get medicare, like the rest of us suckers that just work and pay. When I see film of countries around the world I’m amazed at how modern they are and how much conditions there have improved in the last 40 years, while dilapidation and deterioration are in full gallop in this country. Our politicians are scums, who don’t want to fix any problems. To their last breath democrats will say Donald Trump was not wiretapped, ignoring that he was surveiled. I know it in my heart because all democrat politicians and the press are lying scum. The republicans play the game too. I feel bad for Donald Trump because I believe he really wants to change things and help the people and it’s only getting worse.

    • socalbeachdude

      Americans Wealthier Than Ever…

      U.S. household net worth climbed to a record $92.8 trillion in the fourth quarter of 2016, as the end-of-year surge in stocks and a steady climb in home prices added more than $2 trillion of wealth to household balance sheets.

      The biggest contributor to the increase was the stock market’s end-of-year rally, which added $728 billion to household net worth in the fourth quarter, according to the Federal Reserve’s quarterly financial accounts report.

      https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-household-net-worth-reaches-record-92-8-trillion-1489078918

    • socalbeachdude

      Collapsing pensions will fuel America’s next financial crisis

      http://www.marketwatch.com/story/collapsing-pensions-will-fuel-americas-next-financial-crisis-2017-03-14

      Pension crisis too big for markets to ignore

      In late 2006, Aaron Krowne, a computer scientist and mathematician, started a website that documented the real-time destruction of the subprime mortgage lending industry. The Mortgage Lender Implode-O-Meter caught on like wildfire with financial market voyeurs, regularly reaching 100,000 visitors. West Coast lenders, some may recall, were the first to fall in what eventually totaled 388 casualties.

      A year earlier, to much less fanfare, Jack Dean launched another website in anticipation of the different kind of wave washing up on the California coastline. Called the Pension Tsunami, the website was originally conceived to provide Golden State taxpayers with a one-stop resource to track news stories on the state’s mammoth and numerous underfunded public pensions.

      Dean came about his inspiration honestly: “I started tracking this issue in 2004 after the Orange County Board of Supervisors gave a retroactive pension formula increase of 62 percent to county employees,” he said. “I was stunned. It’s the main reason Orange County has a $4.5 billion underfunded liability today.”

      As the years have passed, though, the site has become a font of information for states and municipalities nationwide as well as corporate pensions. In all, over 40,000 headlines have been posted to the website to date.

      https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-03-24/pension-crisis-too-big-for-markets-to-ignore

  • socalbeachdude

    Not a good approach, Donald…

    Trump goes after Freedom Caucus ringleaders

    For years, the House Freedom Caucus has pushed around House Republican leaders, even driving a speaker out of office. But now they’ve messed with the president of the United States, and Donald Trump is coming at them in full force.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/trump-freedom-caucus-tweet-236724

  • socalbeachdude

    White House staff shake-up comes in wake of health care debacle

    President Donald Trump on Thursday shook up his senior West Wing staff, days after his administration faced its first major legislative setback in failing to pass a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/30/politics/donald-trump-white-house-staff/

  • socalbeachdude
  • socalbeachdude

    CHINA: EPICENTER OF GLOBAL ECONOMIC COLLAPSE

    Huishan turmoil highlights China’s $8 trln shadow loan risk

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-29/huishan-turmoil-highlights-china-s-8-trillion-shadow-loan-risk

    Single Company $4.1 Billion Stock Collapse in China

    Unreachable Huishan executive exposes China debt, bank risks

    An unreachable corporate treasurer. An emergency meeting with creditors. A $4.1 billion stock collapse. And a vindicated short seller.

    All that and more converged in a remarkable week for China Huishan Dairy Holdings Co., a milk producer with outsized ambitions that may turn into the country’s latest poster child for weak corporate governance, the dangers of leverage and the potential for financial shocks.

    Four days after a sudden 85 percent drop in Huishan shares left investors grasping for answers, the company laid out its version of events in a Hong Kong exchange filing on Tuesday.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-28/huishan-dairy-issues-first-public-defense-after-shares-plunge

  • Bob332

    Simply put….A House DIVIDED is a house that FALLS….always! Get ready because it is coming.

  • SnodtBlossom

    What are you personally going to do about it Dirtbag#1?

  • Stuey

    This country is headed towards some serious unrest, if not before then certainly when the economic collapse comes which you write about Michael and neither you or “love” can stop it.

    • geoffandmarie418@aol.com

      Maybe if a couple of our cities get “nuked”, that can give people something to really complain about!! Who knows it might help to unite us again!!

      Have a great day!! God bless!!!

  • Bill the eighth

    I don’t know what polls you are taking as gospel, but that is the exact opposite of what i read.

  • Bill the eighth

    Hahahahaha, now that’s funny!

  • Bill the eighth

    Whatever are you talking about? The left lost so bad over the several cycles they are now a minority in governorship, control of State houses, the House of Representatives and the Senate. What planet do you live on?

    • Bob332

      Bill the 8th : Carries resides on the planet of UrANUS. Now you know from where they speak!

      • Bill the eighth

        Indeed Bob!

  • Bill the eighth

    Funny that all of the policies you left radicals promote are proven failures. Do you let those facts sink and change your opinion? No, you double down on the stupid instead.

  • Boiledfrog

    You write in vain.

  • Rog

    Here is what I see. Everyone, and I do mean everyone I talk to who considers themselves to be left of center is completely immovable in their opinions. Left is good, right is bad. To a person, when asked what impeachable offense has Trump committed, the answer is ALWAYS something he said. Not an impeachable offense. When asked where do they get their information, 9 times out of 10 it is from the MSM. They are receiving NWO propaganda and do not understand the complete control of the media that the globalists have. They are deceived, as is the hard right, and cannot see it. Americans are terribly misinformed and that is a very dangerous state of affairs.

  • Bob332

    Just compare the Libtards of today to the Pharisees of that time. There is no need to say more.

  • kweeuu63

    Actually, you are wrong. It is obvious from the November election that the country is completely fed up with the left and the right is not intolerant. It is the left who is intolerant. I cite as proof that the country is fed up with the left the loss of about 1,000 democratic held seats at various levels of government throughout the country.

  • kweeuu63

    Trump is NOT a Russian plant and Hill, Bill, and Barry are so dishonest it beggars belief. Boy, are you blind!

  • socalbeachdude

    Lost in space again as always, dude?

  • socalbeachdude

    Your extreme ignorance and stupidity are absolutely beyond totally mind boggling.

  • Joe Rock

    As I see it, the greatest problem in the US lies in the the illusion versus the reality of many people’s view of themselves and their fellow Americans.

    The fact that must be confronted is that the US must have large numbers of workers from other countries come here to work.

    Americans see themselves as capable hard workers, but the fact is that most are lazy, obese, unhealthy, and unable and unwilling to perform many jobs. There is a shortage of agricultural and food processing workers, but Americans will no longer work in the fields or slaughterhouses. There is a shortage of construction workers, but Americans don’t do that kind of work anymore. Fat, sedentary people can’t do those jobs even if they try – they lack the strength, stamina and agility. There is even a shortage of skilled factory and other workers who are able to pass a drug test. Some employers have reported that as many as a quarter of applicants fail pre-employment testing.

    We have become a nation of fat, sickly, sedentary drug addicts. Soaring rates of diabetes, high cholesterol, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, bad backs and knees, and a myriad of conditions related to obesity and a sedentary lifestyle are bankrupting corporate healthcare plans.

    Trump supporters think that manufacturing and other jobs leaving the US is the cause of our problems. Actually, it is the solution. Employers have to go overseas in order to hire a healthy fit workforce.

    • socalbeachdude

      Yep, and that is the core problem as to what is wrong with America and why it is so broken.

  • Chaos

    The country is too far gone and we are unable to do what needs to be done to have any chance of saving her. I am not forgiving anyone and I’m about done talking about Making America Great Again. I prefer action and if it takes a civil war, so be it. The Left wants one so I would be happy to oblige them.

    • socalbeachdude

      And just what exactly would that kind of nonsense solve?

    • geoffandmarie418@aol.com

      I hate saying this, but I hope a couple of our cities get “nuked” , that will give folks something to complain about!!

  • JC Teecher

    Just to add, I do follow the biblical idea of God saying “vengeance is mine”.
    However in the aforementioned hypothetical situation, I refer to the “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”.
    If I did such a thing to my neighbor, his innocent kids and their innocent puppy, I would expect that my neighbor would be a man, and stand up for “justice” for his kids, and do the similar thing to me.

    • geoffandmarie418@aol.com

      Amen!!

  • freewheelinfranklin543

    Quit siding with the dems and repubs and get on America’s side. Get on the side of the Constitution and The Bill of Rights. Until you do and realize there isn’t a dimes worth of difference between the 2 partys you are all lost. Be Americans not republicans and democrats!

  • Gay Veteran

    ROFLOL, liberals are hypocrites.
    They opposed Bush and the war in Iraq but fell silent as Obama murdered 1000s with his drone attacks, war of aggression in Libya and Syria, supporting Saudi Arabia’s war of aggression against Yemen, etc.

  • Gay Veteran

    ROFLOL, what is “Hemorrhaging” is political correctness pushed by the regressive left

  • Gay Veteran

    Russian plant?

    gee, why did Russians get 20% of our uranium? they tossed $ millions to Hiligua

  • Gay Veteran

    jeez, still obsessed with Teh Gays, pathetic

    • JC Teecher

      Not obsessed, just sick of the whole LBGTQ thing and their twisted agenda to push ideology on my grandchildren, via the taxpayer funded educational system.

      I don’t want my taxpayer dollars funding Planned (non) Parenthood (baby murderers), nor to the liberal agenda used within the educational system.

      I say defund them all, and send all illegal immigrants back where the heck they came from, and take the liberal parasite infested qu**rs with them.

      Blights on our society need to be removed. We have been tolerant long enough. Give them an inch, and they take a mile.

  • Paul Richards

    this is naive thinking. the people who are in charge are sociopaths. forgiveness and love won’t help and will more than likely be dangerous. decent humanity doesn’t stand a chance while these psychos live.

  • buy the judge,key to cover up

    labor unions have ruined America

  • buy the judge,key to cover up

    obama gate

  • buy the judge,key to cover up

    stoopid Americans will pay a free health care tax to care for illegals ,gruber

  • buy the judge,key to cover up

    Hilary and podesta took bribery money from Russia to destroy America

  • socalbeachdude

    No Investigation Of Clinton Foundation Uranium Deal With Russia

    Judicial Watch earlier investigated a controversial Clinton Foundation 2010 uranium deal with Russia. As secretary of state, Hillary used her position for profit-making. In his book “Clinton Cash,” Peter Scheweizer raised questions about the deal and others, involving millions of dollars of Clinton Foundation donations from foreign governments and other sources. The foundation was used as a money-laundering, pay-to-play, self-enrichment racket, masquerading as a charitable NGO.

    Federal, state and international laws prohibit operating so-called public charities for private gain. The Clinton Foundation systematically ignores its legal obligations – unaccountably so far. The controversial uranium deal involved Canadian company Uranium One, a majority-owned Rosatom subsidiary, Russia’s atomic energy agency. Shortly after the deal was announced, Hillary was paid $500,000 from a Russian investment bank for a Moscow speech – an obvious conflict of interest for Hillary as secretary of state at the time. Further, under US law, uranium is considered a strategic asset. Any deals involving it must be approved by seven US cabinet members, including the secretaries of state and treasury.

    Trump justifiably tweeted “(w)hy isn’t the House Intelligence Committee looking into the Bill & Hillary deal that allowed big Uranium to go to Russia, Russian speech…” “…money to Bill, the Hillary Russian ‘reset, praise by Hillary, or Podesta Russian Company. Trump’s Russia story is a hoax.” Why isn’t House Select Committee of Intelligence chairman Devin Nunes investigating Clinton Foundation racketeering – RICO-level criminality, instead of focusing on nonexistent Trump ties to Russia.

    http://rense.com/general96/noinvestclintonuramium.htm

  • socalbeachdude
  • socalbeachdude

    People all across America aren’t even beginning to grasp that they’re going to have to live on a whole lot less money in the future than they have now and that asset prices are going to go plunging downwards including on their homes, in stocks, in commodities, in bonds and that their taxes are going to have to go up substantially. That is the simple reality as to where we are at now in America.

    In the face of that the whole country is in denial, and stocks have again risen along with housing prices to stratospheric prices along with so-called “consumer confidence” while earnings at companies that underpins stock valuations continues to fall.

    The political climate continues to become more and more bizarre will all sorts of endless attacks against Donald Trump – even on Fox News and in high ferocity on outlets like CNN and MessNBC and in news print like the WaPoo and the New York Slimes. The weekly wrap up shows were beyond appalling tonight in their coverage of the Trump Presidency and show like Madsow on MessNBC are soaring in popularity with people wanting more and more than the US government even while it reaches new depths of insolvency. To say that people “just don’t get it” is an extreme understatement and Americans are headed for the rudest shocks of their lives as the whole mess starts coming undone.

    Medical expense insurance will become totally unavailable withe present ObamaScare catastrophe in many parts of the country and already the number of insurers willing to participate in offering any coverage has dropped to zero in certain markets and that will spread to all markets.

    The trade with China situation is now getting worse as the value of the renminbi (RMB / yuan) drops against the US dollar as the Chinese economy totally implodes and the US is running a $500 billion trade deficit overall and $350 billion of that is with China. It is likely that little – if anything – will move in the right direct after Donald Trump’s meeting with Chinese Premier Xi next week at Mar-a-Lago and we’ll just see much more endless bickering with China as well as a continuation of push back against Supreme Court Justice Gorsuch by Democrats along with more inane Russian fear-mongering and false accusations against the Russians by both Democrats and Republicans alike.

  • J.j. Cintia

    What is this “we” you talk of? There are Americans and people who came to loot. This isn’t “A House Divided”, this is an invasion. This is like people saying that Attila and his Huns just came for a better life. Sure they did, by killing you and taking it. This isn’t about politics, its about race. Everyone else has a separate celebration for them, and White people are told to die. Why? To make moar Africa and failed states? Don’t we have enough of those already? Poverty pimps love poverty. The more poor people, the more money they steal from YOU.

  • socalbeachdude

    The US government has NEVER default on any of its government debt and its debt has been accumulating and increasing ever since the USA first became a country 240 years ago back in 1776.

  • socalbeachdude

    LA Slimes Confirms President Trump is Rapidly Dismantling the Libtoid Hogslop and Being 100% True to His Promises!

    LA SLIMES HAS PANIC ATTACK: WHEN WILL THIS END!

    http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-trump-overview-20170402-story.html

  • socalbeachdude

    GOP slams DNC chairman Tom Perez’s insistance that Trump didn’t win the election as ‘dangerous’ and ‘unhinged’

    The Republican National Committee whacked back at new Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez for saying that President Trump ‘didn’t win this election.’ The RNC sent out a statement Sunday morning labeling his comments ‘unhinged.’

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4373284/GOP-calls-Tom-Perez-s-anti-Trump-comments-dangerous.html

  • Bruce McAlevy

    The psychopaths that are running the world today laugh at articles like this. They will continue doing what they are doing until 1) you stop paying them through your taxes to do this, and 2) will continue until there are real consequences, something all you politically correct mutts are incapable of doing. George Carlin predicted this 30 years ago, Ron Paul 20 years ago, and many others in the last 10 years who paid attention to these two.

    You are all hoping that some policeman, some prosecutor, some elected official is going to step up and fix this situation. History shows, this simply will not happen.

    • socalbeachdude

      It is a federal felony crime to fail to pay your taxes.

      Peter Schiff’s bad daddy Irwin died in the federal hoosegow after attempt to pull of that stupid stunt.

      • Mark

        What? The US government would arrest millions of Americans if they stopped paying their taxes? Good luck with that. LOLOLOL!!!

        • socalbeachdude

          Willful federal tax evasion is a major felony crime punishable by both huge fines and prison sentence and that is exactly what would happen to anyone who engages in such heinous conduct.

  • socalbeachdude

    You don’t even have the slightest bit of a clue as to what the term “conservative” means.

  • socalbeachdude

    What utter nonsense.

  • socalbeachdude

    What utterly bogus and stupid nonsense.

  • socalbeachdude

    What utterly bogus stupid assertions.

    Press 3 for electoral meddling! Russia makes April Fool’s jibe at claims it hijacked US presidential outcome with automated phone recording claiming it offers ‘electoral interference’

    The Russian Government has poked fun at claims it interfered with the US election days after Vladirmir Putin said the accusation was a ‘lie’.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4371304/Russia-makes-jibe-claims-hijacked-election.html

    Spicer – ‘There’s A Clearer Connection To Russia With Hillary Than There is With Trump’

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/03/sean-spicer-fire-theres-clearer-connection-russia-hillary-trump-video/

    Podesta Co Paid One Billion Rubles From Russian Government

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/03/breaking-kremlin-connection-confirmed-podesta-paid-one-billion-rubles-russian-govt/

  • socalbeachdude

    The most disgusting Republicans are the RINOs which you personify.

  • socalbeachdude

    Absolutely false and just incredibly stupid nonsensical assertions. You are totally off your rocker.

  • socalbeachdude

    What utterly bogus and false nonsense.

  • socalbeachdude

    Oh, please, get a grip and get a clue.

  • geoffandmarie418@aol.com

    I hope some one “nukes” Washington D.C. Have a great rest if the day!!! God bless!!!

  • geoffandmarie418@aol.com

    Great post!!

  • Justan American

    The late American historian Stephen Ambrose was being interviewed toward the end of his life by a reporter from the New Orleans newspaper The Times-Picayune. One of the subjects was the Civil War and its aftermath. The reporter asked him if he thought there was a possibility of the United States ever being torn apart by another civil war. His answer was yes. He said whenever this country would elect as President a black man. He said this one mans tenure as President would be so divisive that civil war will be inevitable. Stephen Ambrose died in 2002.

  • Frumious

    When you let a parasitic evil cabal run your country, what do you expect? There’s a reason world wars started right after the 1913 fed reserve act. Those with true spirituality (not kindergarten duality) realise that this realm is nothing like reality…. so, like a sick horse, I don’t have much sadness watching America die, as the virus goes down with it, just an abomination.

  • kender

    So america might not survive….you say that like it’s a bad thing. What of it? Any nation that has allied itself from its inception with foriegn powers to collude in bringing over slaves, murdering the native population and doing everything possible to be hated globally……all the while spouting off empty drivel about “just us for all”….”freedom” probably doesn’t deserve to survive. And from recent events the world would be better off. No? Go ask the mothers in the middle east. Go on! Ask them….what do they say?

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