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Credit Card Nation: Why The Facebook Killer And The U.S. Congress Have A Great Deal In Common

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Most Americans have seemingly convinced themselves that as a society we will never pay a great price for going into so much debt and that we will never pay a great price for the horrendous crimes against humanity that we are committing on a daily basis.  If you don’t understand what I am talking about, just keep reading the rest of this article.  Just as there are consequences for our actions individually, so there are also consequences for our actions as a society.  And although our national day of reckoning has been put off for quite some time, when it does finally arrive the pain is going to be absolutely unimaginable.

Just recently, I was astounded to learn that the total amount of credit card debt in the United States has crossed the trillion dollar mark.  It boggles my mind that so many Americans could be so foolish, because credit card debt is one of the worst forms of debt in existence, and financial experts all over the country have spent an extraordinary amount of time and energy trying to get this message across to people.

But even though people know that going into credit card debt is bad, they just keep on doing it anyway.  We have become a “buy now, pay later” society that gives very little consideration to long-term consequences.

On a national level, we are now nearly 20 trillion dollars in debt, and a historic showdown over government spending and debt threatens to absolutely paralyze the federal government at the end of this month.  At this point many believe that it will be virtually impossible for Congress to avoid a government shutdown on April 29th, and once it begins Donald Trump’s entire agenda will come to a complete and total crashing halt until the crisis is resolved.  The following comes from David Stockman

In the meanwhile, everything else — health care reform, tax cuts, infrastructure — will become backed-up in an endless queue of legislative impossibilities. Accordingly, there will be no big tax cut in 2017 or even next year. For all practical purposes Uncle Sam is broke and his elected managers are paralyzed.

The Treasury will be out of cash and up against a hard stop debt limit of $19.8 trillion in a matter of months. But long before that there will be a taste of the Shutdown Syndrome on April 28 owing to the accumulating number of “poison pill” “riders” to the CR.

These include the virtual certainty of riders to the House bill to “defund” Planned Parenthood and sanctuary cities. Other extraneous amendments will also possibly include funds demanded by the White House to start the Mexican Wall, enhance deportations and fund some of Trump’s $54 billion defense increase.

I am so glad that Stockman mentioned Planned Parenthood, because the decision whether or not to continue funding Planned Parenthood is going to be one of the central issues of this upcoming crisis.

Currently, the U.S. government gives Planned Parenthood roughly $500,000,000 a year.  By law, none of that money is supposed to be used to provide abortions, but everyone knows what the real deal is.

Some Planned Parenthood clinics do provide other services, but at the end of the day Planned Parenthood’s core business is abortion.  In fact, since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973 they have killed far more babies than anyone else in the United States by a very wide margin.

And for decades, the U.S. government has been the number one source of funding for Planned Parenthood.  In fact, there are questions as to whether or not Planned Parenthood would be able to continue as a viable business without money from the federal government.

Over the years, when members of Congress have voted to shower Planned Parenthood with hundreds of millions of dollars a year, they have not done it in the heat of the moment.  Rather, their votes have been the result of cold, calculated decision-making processes.

In other words, the members of Congress that have been voting to keep funding Planned Parenthood year after year have the blood of millions of dead children on their hands, and there is very little difference between them and Facebook killer Steve Stephens.

When Stephens broadcast the cold-hearted murder of a 74-year-old man on Facebook on Sunday, he instantly became a worldwide celebrity.  And even though most people in the country have now seen his face, he continues to somehow elude authorities.

What Stephens has done is absolutely horrific, and when he is finally caught he will pay greatly for his crimes.

Just like Stephens, America is on the run today.  We keep thinking that we will never have to pay a price for the tens of millions of children that we have killed, and our government continues to fund the slaughtering of the innocents that goes on every single day in this nation.

But now Congress is going to be given one more chance to make the right decision.

The Republicans have control of the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives.  They have the power to defund Planned Parenthood, but it is going to take a tremendous amount of resolve.

That is because under the current rules it is going to take 60 votes to get a spending agreement through the Senate, and so the Republicans will need at least 8 Democratic votes to get any bill to Trump’s desk.

Sadly, the Democrats are pledging to stretch out a government shutdown indefinitely if Republicans try to defund Planned Parenthood.

So what will the Republicans do?  Well, they could change the rules in the Senate to require only a simple majority vote on spending bills, and that would essentially be the “thermonuclear option”.

Or they could give in, but if they do that it would likely mean that Planned Parenthood will never be defunded, because the Republicans will never have a better opportunity than they do right now.

And I have a feeling that is what is going to happen.  I have a feeling that the Republicans are going to give in at some point and agree to keep giving Planned Parenthood half a billion dollars a year.

If that is indeed what happens, both the Democrats and the Republicans that help pass such a bill will be cold-blooded killers just like Facebook killer Steve Stephens, only those Democrats and those Republicans will have far more blood on their hands than Stephens does.

Most people do not realize this, but without a doubt this is one of the most critical moments in modern American history.  And if the funding of Planned Parenthood continues, I have a feeling that is going to mean that our national day of reckoning is much closer than most people would dare to imagine.

If we do not stop what we are doing, someday our crimes will catch up to us, and the debt that we will owe at that point will be far beyond what we can bear to pay.

 
  • natxlaw

    You are forgetting one crucial aspect of the whole funding debate. If they allow the shutdown, Trump has total discretion over the budget. If they let it get to a shutdown under Trump, it is not going to be veteran memorials that get shut down, it is going to be government Departments that Trump does not like, or thinks should not exist. You allow the shutdown, you’ve made him a line item veto wielding dictator. It would be a big mistake for the Dems/Repubs to try Trump’s resolve on Planned Parenthood. If the Dems are smart, they’ll go along with it (but they were already really stupid with the Supreme Court pick). If the Dems are stupid again, the Republican’s should be smart, and use the Nuclear option, especially after Trump makes it clear to the Rino’s that he will use the veto.

    The shutdown threat is just not a threat to someone who actually thinks government is too big (that is not Dems and certainly not Repubs). The establishment swamp has the most to lose with a shutdown. If they let it come to that, Trump will teach a master’s class on cutting government spending and the American people will eat it up. After that, both parties will come begging Trump to back a budget that allows us to keep borrowing to infinity. He’ll just require that they fix the roads bridges and dams first.

    • Bill

      Yes, yes ,yes.

    • XSANDIEGOCA

      Financial Martial Law will be declared but given that Congress is unable to find its posterior in the dark that may not be such a bad thing.

      • SnodtBlossom

        Just because you have an easy time finding your big posterior, Old Fatso, it doesn’t give you the right to disrespect Congress.

    • socalbeachdude

      I gave you an upvote, but actually without a budget approved by Congress, Donald Trump has NO AUTHORITY AT ALL TO AUTHORIZE ANY FURTHER ISSUANCE OF US TREASURIES which is precisely what the federal debt ceiling limit is all about.

      • natxlaw

        You are entirely correct, so I’m upvoting you. Obama thought he had a solution to this little problem with the “trillion dollar coin.” Huffpo suggests we got closer to that than most folks would like to think.

    • anonymous

      Let it all shut down. My kids kids can’t afford it. We need a reset at some point.

  • anonymous

    What would Jared Kushner do?

    • Bill

      Let the Jews take charge….

      • anonymous

        You mean let them remain in charge 😉

      • Lennie Pike

        Fake caucasian khazarian jews – at one time in history actually recognized by all of Europe to be a satanic criminal mafia.

        • Lennie Pike

          And considering them to be Jews was the furthest thing in the minds of those who were victims of their criminal acts.

        • JC Teecher

          You are absolutely correct, since most Christian leaning Europeans followed the teachings of Christ, in that He spoke of these fake Jews, and that they were descendants, and converts, from the seed line of Cain…aka the first murderer, whose father was none other than Satan. The original tribes were called Kenites (offspring/sons of Cain).

          Rev 2:9
          “I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.”

          words of the Lord.

          • Lennie Pike

            Absolutely correct, and it explains a lot.

          • natxlaw

            thanks be to God.

    • socalbeachdude

      There’s Something Very Strange About Jared Kushner

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39hRGHr0X_k&feature=youtu.be

      GET RID OF JARED KUSHNER MOVEMENT GROWS…

      House Dems want Jared Kushner’s security clearance suspended over his omitted meetings with foreign officials – including an emissary to Putin’s government

      Kushner left meetings with the Russian ambassador to the United States and the head of a sanctioned bank with ties to Vladimir Putin’s government off his security forms, as well as numerous other contacts.

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4412732/Dems-want-Kushner-s-clearance-suspended-meetings.html

  • Bill

    The corrupt, blackmailed Congress can’t fix anything. We are doomed. Prepare. Disaster ahead.

  • Wizard of Aus

    I don’t worry about credit card debt because I don’t have a credit card.

    • Mr.Cipher

      Your share of the National debt is $1,000,001.00 and growing.

  • Spatial Memory

    Another ABSOLUTELY UNHINGED, IRRATIONAL, DEPRAVED article.

    If Congress is the a steve stephens of “voting records”, guess who’s steve stephens of economic blog forecasters?

    • Mr.Cipher

      Seems to have struck a nerve. Presumably the defensive reaction of someone with deeply suppressed shame and guilt following an abortion of their child.

      Abortion should be a rare event in a country where birth control is so readily available. Yet Planned Murderhood has become the drive thru Doc-in-the-box. Consequently promiscuity is on the rise. Insurance premiums for pro-life Americans as well. After all, those who flush what would only be a burden down the sink shouldn’t be laden with a medical bill right?

      • Spatial Memory

        You can’t be serious. Just when I thought the article itself was off the charts demented and deranged you chime in with those even more bizarre and disgusting ramblings.

        …”Presumably the defensive reaction of someone with deeply suppressed shame and guilt following… =
        Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. – Carl Jung.

        Get some professional help ASAP. Your comment screams of latent issues and your desperate need. Jmho

        • socalbeachdude

          Your brainless delusions are pathetic.

          • Spatial Memory

            WHAT ARE THE ODDS BUT ON THIS BLOG?

            You can read the definition of brainless and delusions and psychological PROJECTION anytime. In real world practice = CONTINUOUSLY OBSESSIVELY Foisting LUDICROUSLY INACCURATE GUESSWORK of nearly every single asset, market, commodity crashing and nearly every bank, economy, nation collapsing?

            The spot on analysis of his random depravity DROPS TWO birdbrains with one stone – cold fact. ROFL

        • Mr.Cipher

          Are your parents siblings?

          • Spatial Memory

            Both your comments sure screaming classic DEFINITION – projection – REPRESSION – cathexis/anti cathexis issues. ROFL

            Add to your original sentence/comment-
            “Seems to have struck a nerve. Presumably the defensive reaction of someone with deeply suppressed shame and guilt following an abortion of their child…”

            = TRIFECTA of CREEPY CLINICAL PROJECTION

            Again “get some professional help ASAP. Your creepy comment(s) scream of latent issues and your desperate need. Jmho

    • socalbeachdude

      What on earth is in any way “unhinged or irrational or depraved” about Michael’s excellent and correct article?

      • Spatial Memory

        Corroborating comments from you- the best source for inverse data available on the www- is further proof.

        Stick with your “traditional” repertoire of inaccurate misinformation and HORRENDOUSLY harmful investing GUESSWORK at least those have been GREAT LAUGHS as capital markets CLEARLY REJECT them and DECIMATE YOUR LUDICROUS price predictions.

        Your recent shift towards anti USA anti President Trump anti America is repulsive enough and IMHO borders on quasi-seditious.

        Your thoughts on procreation and biological / biomedical sciences would like make any readers vomit.

        • socalbeachdude

          How can you possibly be such an utter and complete IGNORAMUS?

          • Spatial Memory

            Your definition of IGNORAMUS was anyone disagrees with asad then kim now you defend stephens too? ROFL

            And upvote yourself. Rotflmao

          • socalbeachdude

            Oh pulease. Are you really that stupid?

          • Spatial Memory

            You forgot to upvote that. ROTFLMAO

          • rmc9

            They say drug addiction has few consequences but this character is living proof that it does…

    • MEGATRON

      You lost money because of this blog. Am I right?

      • Spatial Memory

        Are you kidding. The entertainment and laughs I’ve gotten from these stories and half crazed comments on crashing markets and collapsing economies is PRICELESS. Permabulls have NOTHING on these permabears. IMHO this “blog” and related ENTERTAINMENT are in a “universe of their own”

        I NEVER PROVIDE LEGAL TAX OR ECONOMIC ADVICE OR PRODUCTS OR SERVICES WHATSOEVER

        – nor would I expect to obtain ANY from the “aforementioned universe”. Rotflmao

  • socalbeachdude

    The total outstanding amount of credit card debt hasn’t changed much at all since 2008 which is nearly10 years ago, whereas total consumer debt including student loan debt has risen considerably, and total student loan debt now substantially exceeds credit card debt at $1.4 trillion and is NEVER FORGIVEN even in bankruptcy and goes with you to your grave.

    • Zenithon

      The worst part is that the suckering is being done to young men & women who have no clue about finances, who have never had to support themselves. They are told repeatedly year after year that they must go to college if they want to succeed in life, which is not always true. They are handed money in the form of loans to go get that education. Then the system makes it so that you can never get out from under these loans without paying them back, at least not while still breathing, regardless of what their employment or health situation is. The loan must get paid back. If you can’t afford to, not to worry, the interest will just keep accruing. Your wages can be garnished, and your credit rating can be ruined. It is almost a modern form of indentured servitude for anyone who finds themselves unable to make the payments, which have spiraled upwards along with the cost of education.

      The system is corrupt. The cost of a college education has gone up much faster than inflation, I believe because of the free flow of cash that these student loans provide. It’s really not much different than what happened to the cost of housing once the government told banks, they had to loosen their lending standards. A big wave of cash flowed into the system and the cost of housing skyrocketed. The student loan program needs to be completely overhauled. For the record, I have no student loans, I just happen to think there is a great injustice being allowed in this country and upon people who have not been taught any better.

      • socalbeachdude

        100% correct, and very well stated!

  • socalbeachdude

    Total debt outstanding in the USA now exceeds $67 trillion with about $20 trillion of that being federal US government debt. Around $14 trillion of that is corporate debt and the rest is comprised of state and municipal debt along with consumer and mortgage debt.

    • Spatial Memory

      Again you prove your lack of education regarding simple and basic industry standard terminology and definitions for debt, deficits and liabilities.

      Your LUDICROUSLY INACCURATE GUESSWORK surrounding concepts of corresponding entries used in double entry accounting methodologies are even more ABSURD.

      Your HOMESPUN MISCONCEPTIONS have been PROVEN ABSOLUTELY HORRENDOUS by capital markets yet have provided hours of great comedy!!!

      Thanks again for the great laughs! 🙂

      • socalbeachdude

        There is nothing at all to “laugh” about regarding the $67 trillion of debt outstanding in the US nor the VAST OVERINFLATION OF ASSETS in the markets in the USA and globally. What I have stated is COMPLETELY ACCURATE and correct and your mind boggling stupidity is what is totally pitiful. Get a clue, dude. Just why do you think so many retailers, pension funds, and muncipalities like Puerto Rico are failing these days and bankruptcies are soaring?

        • Spatial Memory

          Your LUDICROUS HOMESPUN MISCONCEPTIONS of $67 Trillion aggregate relative to multi quadrillion “dollar” financial and economic framework and misplaced aversive salience issues are PRICELESS COMEDY but PROVEN ABSOLUTELY COSTLY when applying actual data and accounting and mathematic certainties. 🙂

          Thanks again for the Greatest Capital Markets Comedy show EVER! You’re helping make America great!

        • FirstGarden

          Methinks Spatial hath found his laughing place.

          “Hee, hee, hee, hee, ha, ha, ha!
          Boy am I in luck!
          I think about my laughin’ place,
          Yuk, yuk, yuk, yuk, yuk! Ha-yuk, yuk!

          Everybody’s got a laughin’ place,
          A laughin’ place, to go ho-ho!
          Take a frown, turn it upside-down,
          And you’ll find yours I know ho-ho!

          Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!
          Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!
          Boy am I in luck!
          I think about my laughin’ place,
          Ha-yuk, yuk, yuk, yuk, yuk!

          Everybody’s got a laughin’ place,
          A laughin’ place, to go ho-ho!
          Take a frown, turn it upside-down,
          And you’ll find yours I know ho-ho!
          – Br’er Rabbit (Song Of The South)

        • Pig Farmer Bill

          You are always insulting people. Maybe you need to try Prozac.

          • socalbeachdude

            I would suggest you never recommend to anyone using horrible drugs like Prozac. We have a HUGE OPIATE EPIDEMIC in the US and it just claimed another victim yesterday.

            Henry Winkler and Ron Howard lead tributes to their Happy Days co-star Erin Moran after actress who played Joanie Cunningham dies aged 56 ‘of a suspected heroin overdose’

            Happy Days star Erin Moran, who shot to fame in her role as Joanie Cunningham on the popular sitcom has died aged 56.

            She was found unresponsive by EMTs in Indiana. Moran was just 14 when she signed on to play Joanie, the feisty little sister of Richie Cunningham on the show which started in 1974 and ran for almost a decade.

            Henry Winkler, who played Fonzie in the show released a poignant tribute to her which read: ‘OH Erin… now you will finally have the peace you wanted so badly here on earth… Rest In It serenely now.. too soon.’

            Ron Howard, who played her big brother Richie Cunningham on the show, also wrote: ‘Such sad sad news. RIP Erin. I’ll always choose to remember you on our show making scenes better, getting laughs and lighting up tv screens.’

            A source told DailyMail.com that she died of a suspected heroin overdose.

            http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4436544/Happy-Days-star-Erin-Moran-dies-aged-56.html

          • Pig Farmer Bill

            Yapping, just yapping. Get a life man. There is more to life then winning and crying on this page.

  • JC Teecher

    This article is right on time.

    As I awoke early, about 3:00 am (normal); I was tuned on to Fox with a live broadcast of VP M Pence on the world stage with the Japanese leader, in Tokyo. Most people saw two leaders doing a big PR campaign for economics and security…aka.. building support for taking out the NK porky pile of poop, known as Kim Jung Un.

    Although I did see all that too, I saw something much deeper, and this is where Michael’s article hits home.

    I saw two nations, being represented, that are up to their eyeballs in debt; drowning in cesspools of debt.
    I saw two nations that are seemingly good, or at least trying to be good on the surface, but; underneath all the wealth and luxurious living with uncountable goods and flashy material things, there exists a cultural evil that will bring about the worst pain and suffering on the nations as a whole, that has never been seen before.

    The legal killing and shedding of innocent blood of the unborn is rampant in both nations. Japan was the first country to begin legalized abortions, and set the accepted cultural standard nearly 100 years ago. As USA has followed suit.

    Japan was openly accepting homosexual/sodomy practices within the Buddhist Monk society early in the recorded 16th century period, and even was accepted within the Samurai Warrior society as well.
    They have basically the same openly political correct acceptance of all types of homosexuality as the US of A.

    Security? Both countries want peace and safety, but neither will have it, as long as they are purveyors of sins that are against the Creator’s rule of law.
    Economic growth? Both countries want it through fair trade and wealth production, but neither will have it with indebtedness growing to levels of ratios to GDP never before seen.
    Then there is Fukushima destruction that isn’t going away; like a never ending curse against Japan and the whole of USA, via the west coast
    food products that are heavy laden with the radioactive toxins.
    People ignorantly ingest the cancer causing food products each and everyday, oblivious of the high concentrations in their fruits, vegetables, and nuts. Then there is the sea food??????

    • Bill

      Right on

    • anonymous

      So you are saying Samurai used to suck each others swords? Interesting, never heard that one before. Learn something new every day.

      • JC Teecher

        They took the much younger apprentices to bed, “if”, (tongue in cheek) the much younger apprentices agreed to the bottom swording, until the young Samurai became of age, to wed, and then the unions were supposed to be disbanded.

        Ummm? Wonder how many just moved the swords to their own apprentices.

        There were periods of time that male homosexuality was frowned upon by the Japanese community, so homo-queer men would marry women to cover up their relations with nuttybuddies done in private.

        • Gay Veteran

          yep, still obsessed with Teh Gays, get back on your meds

    • Carl

      So the culture of evil to you is abortions and homosexuality? God was the first abortionist – only he killed living babies and not ones that had not been born yet. So I think he would not be bothered by it since he deems it acceptable.

      As to homosexuality doubtful that god cares so much about the sex lives of humans. Many gay men and women are nothing like those portrayed on TV and in the rallies, etc. Many are like you and I and just want to be loved and accepted. Have families and a stable relationship. To demonize people because of who they sleep with just because it is in the bible is pathetic.

      Fukushima was a crime against humanity and shows the true fruits and spirit of US government leaders. They never had to drop a nuke again because just doing it once proved their point – if it hadn’t they would have done it again.

      Although the depleted uranium they have dropped in Iraq is just as bad.

      Did you know there is a festival every year in China where they torture dogs and cats because they believe the fear will give the meat special properties that will make men better in bed, etc. They take animals and skin them alive in front of other animals to ramp up the fear in the others who will go next. Force animals into boiling water, etc. Think of the darkest most evil things you could do to a living creature and it is done at this festival.

      The people in china are against it and are fighting to stop it but the chinese government refuses to do so. People in china go to the festival to buy dogs and cats to keep them from being tortured. There is no god to save these helpless creatures from this.

      BTW this has only been going on since 2012 at least openly so mans modernity is limited and another reason an educated population is important even when we think the schools are dumbing kids down.

      All animals are sentient beings and should be treated with respect. When some are used as a food source they should be treated humanely and with respect. I think we can all agree on that.

      • JC Teecher

        Carl, you are about as stupid as any person can be without being in a straight jacket.

        When you are smart enough to be able to create your own species, then you get the right to set the laws and boundaries for those you created.

        Until then, stfu, and don’t blame God for all sins of humanity, of which you seem to approve of.

        • Carl

          So the creator can do whatever he wants with his creation BUT we can’t blame the creator for creating a creation that is capable of the most vile and evil things on the helpless in our society?

          We are a reflection of your creator god. Both the good, the bad and the ugly. We are him and he is us. Even reading your own bible shows you his true nature of both good and evil. Though I dare say he favoritism he shows to once specific group of people seems quite unfair.

          Why does god get a free pass to murder children by christians? If the satanic bible contained verses where satan murdered children I can guarantee you no christian would support or justify it.

          • JC Teecher

            Au contraire, hot aire.

            You have the right…aka free will to blame God or anyone else you so righteously deem necessary. Have at it obi wan.

            However; you should heed this warning, as in it comes with a cost.
            When all you can do is cast blame, then you yourself are looked at more severely; especially when you blame the Divinity.

            so, have a good trip, cause you are laying up a whole lot of divine gourd thumping for yourself.

          • FirstGarden

            It matters not to you how well your questions are answered. They are not honest questions, with a sincere desire to find truth.

            Instead, they are rhetorical questions, imposed with the intent of wrecking the faith of others, as you have allowed yours to be wrecked. That is one of the most despicable things a person can do.

            In fact, it bothers you so much, that you have to bring the same issues up again and again, in order to convince yourself of your foolish, shallow assertions.

            Bottom line, you are a dishonest person, period.

          • Carl

            Point being my questions are never actually answered. Only glossed over with god can do what he wants nonsense. Which is why I keep asking the same questions.

            Your problem is that deep down you know if you questioned anything about your faith you would more than likely turn from it and become like me.

            Fear is key in all religions and it is a form of brainwashing.

            How come is is OK for god to kill babies in the bible and keep alive virgin girls? That is the question I want answered in a logical human way not the stand by god can do whatever he wants reply I always get.

            And why do you call god good and righteous when he ordered this done?

          • FirstGarden

            No matter how well your questions are answered, you will not believe.

            You won’t believe because you don’t *want* to believe.

          • Carl

            OK so answer this question:

            How come is is OK for god to kill male babies and toddlers in the bible and keep alive virgin girls?

          • FirstGarden

            References please.

          • Carl

            Let’s start with these:

            Numbers 31:16 – 31:18

            Numbers 31:40-41 Gods portion of virgin girls was 32 which were then given to the priest. For what? Tea and crumpets?

            Deuteronomy 5:1,7:1 instruction for genocide

            Deuteronomy 20:16-17

            Deuteronomy 7:16

          • FirstGarden

            I’ve been out all day, so will address these tomorrow. Kind regards.

          • FirstGarden

            Numbers 31:16 -18
            Good questions, Carl. Let’s see if we can shed some light on them.

            As the Jewish Encyclopedia says,

            “It is commonly held that this form of Ba’al-worship especially called for sensual indulgence. The context seems to favor this view, on account of the shameful licentiousness into which many of the Israelites were there enticed. But all Ba’al-worship encouraged this sin; and Peor may not have been worse than many other shrines in this respect, though the evil there was certainly flagrant.”

            The Midianite virgins referred to in Numbers 31:18 were young girls who obviously were not involved in the licentiousness and immorality associated with Baal worship. They were therefore not implicated along with the adult men and women. These virgins grew up and were given in marriage to men in Israel.
            to grow up they would have sought vengeance for the deaths of their family members at the hands of Israel.

          • FirstGarden

            As for why the young boys of Midian were not spared? Remember, the nation of Israel at this time in their history lived in an age of tribal warfare. The males of the nations around them were, of course, the warriors who made life difficult for Israel. Perhaps the boys were not spared because had they been allowed to grow up they would have sought vengeance for the deaths of their family members at the hands of Israel.

          • FirstGarden

            Y H W H is not by nature a vengeful God who strikes out capriciously and randomly at whatever people-group He feels like killing off.

          • FirstGarden

            Y H W H does not take pleasure in the death of any man or woman, boy or girl. He is longsuffering and slow to anger, plenteous in mercy. He even provided for the acceptance of sojourners and strangers into the fold of Israel if they were willing to join Israel in the worship of the one true God, Y H W H.

          • FirstGarden

            While He may visit the iniquity of the fathers to the third and fourth generations of those who do evil (Nu 14:18; De 5:9), He also shows “lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Him and keep His commandments” (De 5:10).

          • FirstGarden

            Moreover, He waited for hundreds of years to liberate His chosen people, Israel, from bondage in Egypt because “the iniquity of the Amorites had not yet reached its full measure” (Ge 15:16). When it did, it was a stench in the nostrils of a holy God, not to mention a blot on humanity.

            We need not go into detail on the depths of depravity into which the polytheistic peoples of Palestine had sunk by the time their iniquity had reached its full measure. Suffice it to say, that “full measure” was unimaginably depraved and likely included such aberrant behavior as child-sacrifice, cult prostitution, bestiality, pedophilia, and more, making Sodom and Gomorrah look like a Sunday school picnic!

          • FirstGarden

            Other interesting comments on this topic:

            I sensed in the OP’s question a common train of thought and “sticking point”: a cause of stumbling for many people who want to believe in God but cannot get past the notion that God is cruel, sadistic, vengeful, and perhaps even arbitrary in His judgments.

            Context is at the heart of hermeneutics. My approach to contextualizing may seem to be mere sermonizing, or projecting my personal interpretation on a text, but I assure you it is none of the above. Having been a believer for 56 years; having read the Bible cover to cover numerous times; having sat under the tutelage of gifted biblical scholars (in person and via books and journals) for most of my life; and being of a bent to see the big picture–this concatenation of factors informs my approach to biblical hermeneutics.

          • FirstGarden

            Scripture is its own best interpreter, and troublesome passages (e.g., Nu 31:17,18) become more understandable (though not necessarily more palatable to our sensibilities) when interpreted in the largest possible context: all of Scripture.

          • FirstGarden

            Another Bible student offer this explanation:

            “He killed them because of medical reasons, God is not just a spiritual being, he is a logical and intelligent being. The debauchery and sexually promiscuous acts meant that every man, teenage boy and woman had dangerous sexually transmitted diseases that they would have spread to the Israelites. He spared women, virgins and children who were disease free and so could be assimilated into the Hebrew community. It was an act of necessity, not one he enjoyed.”

          • FirstGarden

            Ok Carl, that’s a start. Gotta go to work now. But I will get to these other verses shortly. Take care.

          • FirstGarden

            You wrote:
            “Your problem is that deep down you know if you questioned anything about your faith you would more than likely turn from it and become like me.”

            I have searched deeply. My journey to historic Christian faith is anything but dogmatic. Here’s some background:

            – Metaphysics in general
            – Christian Science
            – The Rosicrucian Order (Based on Ancient Mystery Schools of Egypt)
            – The Enlightenment Intensive (Charles Bernal – splinter group out of Scientology)
            – Hinduism in general
            – Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) w/ Paramahansa Yogananda – (I was an aspiring monk into the SRF Order)
            – Eightfold Noble Path of Buddha
            – Emmet Fox (New Thought Movement)
            – Witness Lee and the Local Church
            – Vineyard; Calvary Chapels
            – Parachurch Ministries; two schools of discipleship
            – People Of Destiny, INT’L
            – Etc, Etc..

          • Carl

            I commend you for being open enough to research other ideologies before deciding that christianity fit for you. However I would invite you to study gnosticism and carl jung as well.

            Here is the thing about life. Because of the birth canal you were born out of your life is what it is. Yes I know we have the supposed American dream and the belief here that you can be or do anything you want if you work hard enough.

            But the American dream just does not apply to people living in other countries. Many just try to survive day by day. As do many Americans who are for whatever reason just unable to get a leg up so to speak.

            So I find it hard to believe you get only this one life and depending on the genetic lottery you either have a pretty good one or one of a lot of strife and struggle.

            My belief is you go around more than once. This was in the christian bible before it was removed.

            We are meant to experience all aspects of life. Easy to hard. Rich to poor. First world and third world. Reason being no two people who experience the same thing will interpret it the same way.

            There is always a small if not minuscule response to said circumstance that the unconscious soul learns from for the next life and it is hidden in our subconscious.

          • FirstGarden

            “I commend you for being open enough to research other ideologies before deciding that christianity fit for you. However I would invite you to study gnosticism and carl jung as well.”

            I studied these things in the early 70s.
            Christian Science derives, in part, from Gnosticism. For what it’s worth, Gnosticism was declared a heresy in the 5th century by the church fathers. (Yes, I know “Gnostoc” means “to know”, or “having knowledge.”)

            The chief problem with Gnosticism is the separation from the so-called spiritual life and the deeds done in the body. In other words, “It doesn’t matter what you do in your body, because the body is going to perish anyway.” Taken to its extreme, the body doesn’t even exist. Nor does matter, for that matter. (Pun intended.)

            But all such teachings are VERY unbiblical and misleading, From the bodily resurrection of Christ to our own bodies as the temple of the Holy Spirit, scripture places great emphasis on the physical body in terms of living the spiritual life.

            I can give you exhaustive scriptures on this.

          • FirstGarden

            As for Carl Jung, I have nothing against the disciplines of psychology, as long as one’s universe doesn’t become psychology-centered, taking the place of God the Creator.

            However, Jung, though highly influential, was into things that I could recommend to no man, much less myself. For instance, he delved deeply into the occult, practiced necromancy, and had daily contact with disembodied spirits. Kriya Yoga initiates also encountered these spirits — what SRF referred to as “tramp souls.” But they are really demons trying to enter the human body. The demons come from the astral plane – a very common term is Hinduism – which is the dimension in which Lucifer resides.

          • FirstGarden

            H.P. Blavatsky, the ultimate syncretist, attempts to tie together Hinduism, Lucifer Christ and others in roles that overlap, or are the converse, one of another.

          • FirstGarden

            “So I find it hard to believe you get only this one life and depending on the genetic lottery you either have a pretty good one or one of a lot of strife and struggle.”

            Remember Carl, the backdrop to all this is Eternity – Infinite, endless existence. This is from where God operates. He sees the Big Picture. As such, He knows who has suffered, and who has had it relatively easy. No one will go into Eternity without this consideration.

            As Messiah said, “Woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation. Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.” Luke 6:24

          • FirstGarden

            The Parable of the Rich Fool

            13 And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me.

            14 And he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you?

            15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.

            16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:

            17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?

            18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.

            19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.

            20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?

            21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

          • FirstGarden

            ” For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”

            – The Great Apostle (Paul)

          • Carl

            Paul was NOT an apostle. He was an imposter.

          • FirstGarden

            John 15:18-19King James Version (KJV)

            18) If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.

            19) If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

          • natxlaw

            Gnosticism, the dead religion that died in spite of its followers, no doubt realizing it wasn’t going anywhere, created false writings trying to connect it to every other religion. The foolishness of a bunch of 15th century rustics thinking they could achieve fulfillment by knowing stuff, when my 6 year old now learns more of the kind of knowledge they thought they needed in a day than they got in their entire lives, is comical. Someone mentioning them today is kinda sad. If there is one thing a person who knows anything knows it is that he does not know much. The ones who think they know alot, don’t know much. The more I see, the less I know.

          • “V”

            LEt me get this straight (no pun intended ) We can / cannot blame the creation of the creator who created it but the created creations the creator created to create?
            Carl created a creation of crap, even though Carl was created by the creator to inhabit his creation, Carl blames the creator for his creation being turned into crap by people like Carl.
            Is that about right?

          • JC Teecher

            Easy for you to say..lol.

      • natxlaw

        “Fukushima was a crime against humanity and shows the true fruits and spirit of US government leaders”

        Do you mean Hiroshima? Or are you suggesting the US has a Tsunami gun that we used on the Japanese to create the Fukushima disaster just cause we could?

        Truly you have a dizzying intellect.

        • Carl

          Yes Hiroshima I had Fukushima on the brain for some reason. Thanks for catching that.

    • Mercury Trismegistus

      I looked up some of the old cold war data on cumulative radiation exposure. A back of the envelope calculation based on current background radiation levels (which are still rising) indicates that all human life (that has remained unshielded on the surface) will be gone in 15 yrs at the maximum. Do you remember how they turned all the radiation monitors off and still refuse to test. You only do that when you know that it is pointless.
      Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
      As I foretold you, were all spirits and
      Are melted into air, into thin air:
      And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
      Leave not a rack behind.

      The Tempest, Act 4 Scene 1

      • JC Teecher

        Amen to that information.
        We are definitely at the threshold of the point of no return in terms of humanity.
        Mar 13:20
        “And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect’s sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.”

        Which days are these spoken of? The last days of this Age, just before His return, after the false messiah makes his little return with a big explosion upon earth to deceive the masses.

        This scripture has always had a meaning that has escaped me, until the Holy Spirit revealed…not one, not two, not three, but four meanings to me in regards to what is coming, and what we are now in the process of.

        One is purely meant for the spiritual ramifications, but three are meant for the understandings of those with eyes to see and ears to hear, about the flesh body/ humanity.

        The destruction of mankind through the abuses of nuclear energy is one.
        The destruction of mankind through the manipulations of genetic DNA, via water and food supply, and vaccinations/injections is the other.
        And still another is the return of the evil Fallen angels that will be working feverishly to destroy pure DNA/bloodlines, through their hybridization programs associated with their offspring from the days of Noah, known as alien beings.
        Most ignorant, and the majority of worldly loving people, can’t, won’t, or some of both; do not see this as a possibility.
        it is not only biblical but prophesied in many books throughout the bible as coming full circle in these last days.
        The timing you spoke of for the full on cancerous deaths of billions is here, and directly aligns with the timing that I have been shown for the consummation of the end of this age. All to reach a plateau within two decades..or less.

    • John Higson

      Yes there was A LOT of sword swallowing in Japan PRE-meiji restoration, it is almost totally haram now. Most Japanese people don’t think it exists in Japan, believe me I’ve talked to the older generation(living in Japan as I do). Plenty of fruity gay boys here though…

      ‘Both countries want peace and safety’

      This is wrong though, JAPAN is already the safest country in the world, US one of the most dangerous. Us DOES NOT want security, it wants to DOMINATE and PUNISH anyone who disagrees with it as even a cursory glance at the last 70 years will confirm(how many countries has US bombed? How many has Russia? Iran? Syria? US by a factor of 10!).

      Fukushima isn’t as bad as you would think, a lot more people have died as a result of the coal mining industry, probably even because of fracking since it occurred. The dumping of radioactive seawater in the Pacific is the only answer to their problems with the radioactive cooling water. There is no other choice. The solution to pollution is dilution, in this case. I certainly wouldn’t eat fish from the NE coast of Japan though…

      And it wasn’t the leader either it was Taro Aso, the foreign minister…

      • socalbeachdude

        Yep, I concur.

    • Gay Veteran

      there you go again with your obsession over Teh Gays, get back on your meds

  • Marc

    I think there is something wrong with your comment filtering. I said “Good article M…., thank you etc.” – and it got removed?

    • Bill

      Strange circuits on this blog…..

      • JC Teecher

        Yea, you are correct, Bill; strange circuits indeed.
        I think most of the bs moderation comes from the disqus people.
        Truth be known they are just as anti-Christian as faceplant and goggle, and are ultimately governed by the nsa and their counterparts.
        It is one big cesspool of surveillance on mostly innocent people.
        Seemingly the terrorists, killers, and gangs like MS-13 can’t be, or will not be, spied upon.
        Why is this? Their is a conspiracy to commit evil, and allow the proliferation of it, by a majority, especially those that live by the liberal sword.

    • anonymous

      If you said it with a racist slant it would have stayed. Just saying. . .

      • Marc

        It does seem at times as if a lot of hateful stuff gets through which is obviously bad. Although I agree with his PoV on a number of issues I have also been critical and I think I may have been flagged, It seems it is fine to be hateful and insulting – just don’t be critical about M, the site or the blog.

  • Lennie Pike

    Congress is controlled by the sworn enemies of God so no need to wonder whether or not planned parenthood will be funded, or whether the debt ceiling will be raised. “They” will continue conquering the world so to not lose their power and their military when the dollar becomes unmanageable due to hyperinflation or to lost confidence in it.

    • Lennie Pike

      All U.S.Presidents since 1913 with the exception of JFK have also been controlled by them – and look what they did to him.

      • Spatial Memory

        Whos they ?

      • FirstGarden

        Who’s they?
        😉

        • Lennie Pike

          “They” are the fake jews (caucasians originating from eastern Europe) of the synagouge of satan (and all of their lackeys) whom control the western financial system through their monopoly of their fraudulent fiat money scam.

          “They” are able to control pretty much everything other than their enemies which should include all Americans and others who love, God, liberty and the principles laid out in The U.S. Constitution – but does not due to their ignorance and the awesome ability that “they” possess to deceive – no pun intended. This awesome talent to deceive and lie should not be surprising because “they” are followers of the original liar. The motto of the Israeli inteligence service Mossad is: “through deception, we will wage war” – because those who control Israel as the U.S. are not real Jews but in all probability descendants of the fake jews that Jesus Christ spoke of. Many real Jews as well as many Americans and others have been deceived and it’s hard to blame them.

          “They” control the U.S. federal government completely and have much control over state and local goverments.

          The power to create unlimited amounts of “money” out of thin air gives one the power to contol ALMOST everything.

          • socalbeachdude

            Why the anti-Semitic psychobabble?

          • Lennie Pike

            I am not anti-semitic. It should be obvious that I am on the side of and support the Jews – God’s Chosen People.

            If you mean that I am anti the criminals who control the fraudulent western fiat money scam who are in the final stages of instituting their totalitarian world government through the use of military force where their currecies can’t – then you would be correct.

          • socalbeachdude

            Why are you blaming Jewish folks for the excellent monetary system that has been developed in the USA and Europe?

          • Phantom

            First try went to moderation so I’ll try again. You are talking about Zion Jews right?

          • Lennie Pike

            What is a Zion Jew?

          • Lennie Pike

            Ariel Sharon admitted as much but I reckon everyone was probably watching the Super Bowl which to Americans is much more important than the final consequences of relinquishing sovereignty to these people which are clearly laid out in Revelation chapters 17 – 19.

      • socalbeachdude

        Who did what to JFK?

        • Lennie Pike

          Lee Harvey Oswald.

          • socalbeachdude

            What about Lee Harvey Oswald? He certainly wasn’t the only shooter that day at the grassy knoll in Dallas.

    • Spatial Memory

      Who’s they?

    • socalbeachdude

      What utter nonsense. Congress is controlled by the American people who have become a very serious problem in wanting vast benefits but not wanting to pay for those benefits and those problem first became enormously apparent when FDR was elected President. As to the US dollar, it will do just fine and is by far the most important currency in the world and will be for the foreseeable future.

      • Lennie Pike

        The American people are allowed their “vast” benefits by the controllers of the west in order to get away with theft on a much grander scale.

        • socalbeachdude

          Nope.

      • Lennie Pike

        I know the Holy Bible – so my vision of the future is not “foreseeable” as is yours but it is limitless – and it is also the reason combined with my gift to think clearly that the vast majority of “my” predictions given here over a period of fifteen years have come to fruition.

        Stay tuned.

        • socalbeachdude

          What utter nonsense. The Bible has nothing whatsoever to do with the federal deficit issue or the finances of the USA or the global economy.

  • greanfinisher

    Don’t you worry. Those cronies in D.C. will raise the debt limit.

  • Richard O. Mann

    Maybe North Korea will send a EMP device over the country, and take away all the bad news. Along with the electricity, internet, telephone, etc, etc, etc.

  • socalbeachdude

    The so-called “Facebook killer” is now dead.

  • socalbeachdude

    FLASHBACK TO NOVEMBER 2015…

    Debt Limit Coming a Month Earlier Than Expected – November 5, 2015

    “Based on this new information, we now estimate that Treasury is likely to exhaust its extraordinary measures on or about Thursday, November 5,” Lew wrote in a letter to Boehner. “At that point, we could be left to fund the government with only the cash we have on hand, which we currently forecast to be below $30 billion. This amount would be far short of net expenditures on certain days, which can be as high as $60 billion.”

    Lew said the date could still fluctuate somewhat from Nov. 5, but the letter makes clear that the situation is more urgent than anticipated by lawmakers and staffers who expected to be able to bundle a debt limit increase with an early-December spending package.

    “Without sufficient cash, it would be impossible for the United States of America to meet all of its obligations for the first time in our history,” Lew wrote.

    http://www3.blogs.rollcall.com/white-house/debt-limit-coming-sooner-thought-nov-5/

    Lew to Boehner: U.S. Runs Out of Cash November 3rd

    In a new letter to Speaker John A. Boehner, Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew has moved up slightly the timetable for action on raising the debt limit.

    “Based on our best and most recent information, we now estimate that extraordinary measures will be exhausted no later than Tuesday, November 3,” Lew wrote.

    http://www3.blogs.rollcall.com/218/lew-to-boehner-u-s-runs-out-of-cash-in-19-days/

  • socalbeachdude

    HISTORY OF THE FEDERAL DEBT LIMIT (CEILING)

    The United States debt ceiling or debt limit is a legislative limit on the amount of national debt that can be issued by the US Treasury, thus limiting how much money the federal government may borrow. The debt ceiling is an aggregate figure which applies to the gross debt, which includes debt in the hands of the public and in intra-government accounts.

    Under Article I Section 8 of the United States Constitution, only Congress can authorize the borrowing of money on the credit of the United States. From the founding of the United States until 1917, Congress directly authorized each individual debt issued. To provide more flexibility to finance the United States’ involvement in World War I, Congress modified the method by which it authorized debt in the Second Liberty Bond Act of 1917. Under this Act, Congress established an aggregate limit, or “ceiling,” on the total amount of new bonds that could be issued.

    The present debt ceiling is an aggregate limit applied to nearly all federal debt, which was substantially established by the Public Debt Acts of 1939 and 1941 which have subsequently been amended to change the ceiling amount.

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

  • socalbeachdude

    The pressing problem now with the federal debt ceiling again activating is that in early November 2015 when the debt ceiling was reached and breached despite extraordinary measures (plundering around $400 billion from March 2015 into November 2015 from the US postal workers pension funds) is that Congress only approved the suspension of the federal debt ceiling up to March 15, 2017.

    Now, that day has come and gone and the US Treasury is nearly out of money to operate despite record tax revenues and needs to issue more than $1 trillion in net new US Treasuries in addition to the $6 trillion a year in new US Treasuries it always issues these days to pay off the Treasuries that mature to their holders – but the US Treasury NOW CAN’T ISSUE ANY MORE US TREASURIES because of the federal debt ceiling limit once gain become applicable.

    The easiest way to avoid any problems now is to play the KICK THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD GAME just like Congress has done for the past 36 years since the federal government debt reached $1 trillion. Congress can accomplish this by simply voting 1) to suspend the federal debt ceiling once again for anywhere between 1 year and perpetuity, or 2) increase the federal debt ceiling to some amount between $24 trillion and $100 trillion which should suffice to delay dealing with the issue for at least a few years, or 3) start seriously cutting the absurdly excessive federal government spending (I would suggest rolling it back across the board to 2007 levels of $2.7 trillion versus today’s $4 trillion).

    Any one of those three approaches will work to take the issue of the federal government not being able to issue further US Treasuries off the table for a while. I strongly prefer option door number 3.

    • Pig Farmer Bill

      Man please STFU! Do you think people read all this stuff you write. This is a prepper site.

  • socalbeachdude

    DEBT MATTERS ENORMOUSLY as everyone is now rather rudely finding out as the debt comes due!

    $20 trillion debt deserves as much attention as DOW 20,000…

    http://nypost.com/2017/03/20/20-trillion-debt-deserves-as-much-attention-as-dow-hitting-20000/

  • socalbeachdude

    The looming budget disaster, in four charts

    The Congressional Budget Office in its 2017 Long-Term Budget Outlook issued a dire warning to D.C. policymakers about the likely consequences of continued inaction on the budget deficit.

    Thanks largely to the growing costs for programs like Medicare and Social Security, the federal debt will reach 150 percent of gross domestic product by 2047, the CBO projected, up from an expected 77 percent at the end of this year. CBO projections assume that federal policy stays the same and calculates outcomes based on the expected changes in other factors like health-care costs, interest rates, productivity growth and labor force participation.

    That 150 percent expected debt level is based on the most likely value for each of those variables. For example, as the Fed raises interest rates from historic lows, the existing debt will be more expensive to finance. Health-care costs are expected to continue to grow faster than inflation. If economic circumstances are worse than expected, public debt could balloon even faster.

    http://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/31/cboinfourcharts-fahey-170330-dc-.html

    Comment: This utterly clueless report from the CBO apparently doesn’t realize that the US federal debt of $20 trillion is now already 107% of US GDP of $18 trillion and that the only 3 interest rates set by the Federal Reserve have no bearing whatsoever on the interest that the US government has to pay on its federal debt which is all established by the yields (interest rates) in the US Treasuries markets which have been soaring upwards since last July. How can the CBO be so totally clueless and state such stupidity publicly?

  • socalbeachdude

    U.S. government posts $176 billion deficit in March

    The U.S. government had a $176 billion budget deficit in March as spending outstripped revenue, the Treasury Department said on Wednesday.

    The budget deficit was $108 billion in March 2016, according to Treasury’s monthly budget statement.

    The fiscal 2017 year-to-date deficit was $527 billion compared with $459 billion in the same period of fiscal 2016.

    When accounting for calendar adjustments, the deficit last month was $140 billion. The adjusted deficit for the fiscal year to date was $564 billion.

    Receipts last month totaled $217 billion, down 5 percent from March 2016, while outlays stood at $393 billion, an increase of 17 percent from the same month a year earlier.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-economy-budget-idUSKBN17E2EV

  • socalbeachdude

    Will Trump Accept Responsibility When It All Implodes?

    How in the world does anyone with two brain cells believe the average American has the ability to keep increasing their spending when their wages are stagnant, real household income is falling, and Obamacare continues to siphon what little cash they might have. There is no Obamacare replacement on the horizon, which means no tax cuts. But there is the promise of new wars across the globe. We got that going for us.

    Trump is a self proclaimed PR genius. As this economy spirals downward, followed by the stock market, I wonder if the Donald will step up and accept responsibility for the debacle when it happens. He needs to reap what he sows and accept responsibility if he is going to boast about his success in reviving the economy.

    https://www.theburningplatform.com/2017/04/14/retail-sales-decline-for-second-straight-month-as-real-earnings-stagnate/

  • socalbeachdude

    FLIP FLOPPER IN CHIEF…

    I haven’t changed my stance on China: Trump says he won’t start a trade war with Beijing over currency manipulation while it’s helping with North Korea

    Candidate Trump said China had been allowed to ‘rape our country.’ He pledged to label Beijing a currency manipulator his first day. He backtracked last week after meeting China’s president.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4421462/Trump-didn-t-soften-stance-China.html

    • Glycine

      China would have threatened that they would dump treasury’s bill

      • socalbeachdude

        China owns less than 7% of US Treasuries with holdings of only around $1 trillion and they need to do that to back letters of credit for their trade with the US and elsewhere where nearly all transactions are done in US dollars.

  • socalbeachdude

    ‘Trump is more vulnerable than any other President in the history of America’: Professor who predicted Trump’s shock win explains he is headed toward impeachment

    ‘I believe he is more vulnerable than any other president in the history of the nation,’ says American University history professor Allan Lichtman on a President Trump impeachment.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4419768/Prof-predicted-Trump-win-says-ll-impeached.html

  • socalbeachdude

    Polling equipment with data on every Georgia voter stolen just before a special election to replace Trump’s new Health Secretary – but it took two days for the theft to be reported

    Voting machines were reported stolen a day before Georgia’s special congressional election, according to a new report. The equipment was stolen last Saturday from a precinct manager’s car.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4420998/Polling-equipment-stolen-Georgia-special-election.html

  • socalbeachdude

    Goldman Tumbles as Bank Strikes Out on Bond-Trading

    Goldman Sachs Group Inc. fell the most since the day after the U.K. voted to leave the European Union, leading the Dow Jones Industrial Average lower after bond-trading revenue fell short of estimates and lagged behind rivals.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-18/goldman-posts-wall-street-s-smallest-fixed-income-trading-gain

  • Liberty First

    I hate the cowardly GOP.

    • socalbeachdude

      What is now very clear is that we have an evil lying RINO NEOCON GOP that has BETRAYED US ALL. And that includes warmongering egomaniacal Dufus Trump.

    • FirstGarden

      Hate appears to be the trademark of the left.

  • socalbeachdude

    Dow closes 100 points lower after Goldman shocks Street with earnings miss

    U.S. equities fell on Tuesday after Goldman Sachs shocked Wall Street by missing estimates

    http://www.cnbc.com/2017/04/18/us-markets.html

  • socalbeachdude

    Despite talk of a military strike, Trump’s ‘armada’ actually sailed away from Korea

    As tensions mounted on the Korean Peninsula, Adm. Harry Harris made a dramatic announcement: An aircraft carrier had been ordered to sail north from Singapore on April 8 toward the Western Pacific.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/despite-talk-of-a-military-strike-trumps-armada-was-a-long-way-from-korea/2017/04/18/e8ef4237-e26a-4cfc-b5e9-526c3a17bd41_story.html

  • socalbeachdude
  • socalbeachdude

    Stockman: We’re borrowing our way to economic disaster

    https://dailyreckoning.com/stockman-borrowing-economic-disaster/

  • Carl

    Well said steven454

  • socalbeachdude
  • socalbeachdude

    The Trump reflation fantasy ends on day 100

    https://dailyreckoning.com/trump-reflation-fantasy-ends-day-100/

    • Pig Farmer Bill

      So what needs to be done sir? Trump is trying the best he can. The left wing media and the dems are obstructing everything. Fugum! Trump has the edge.

      • socalbeachdude

        What needs to be done is for the US Congress and administration to ACTUALLY SERIOUSLY DEBATE THE $4 TRILLION IN FEDERAL SPENDING and present the choice to the American people as to 1) substantially cutting the spending, or 2) substantially raising federal taxes, or 3) a combination of both approaches.

        The only edge in Trump’s future is the KNIFE HE WILL FALL ON THIS WEEK as it all comes crashes down against his lying face.

        • Pig Farmer Bill

          You seem to spend lot of time here bashing Trump. You will say you support him, then trash him. He just got to office. Did you think he was going to transform the nation in 3 months? Stop being so pessimistic and support your president. Congress is the problem, Congress is the special interest. Trump is trying, I’m supporting him. You keep at it man, maybe he will read what you write.

          • socalbeachdude

            What I stated are PURE FACTS and not “insults” at all, and I would suggest that you and many others – including Donald Trump – start comprehending those acts and start dealing with them in a constructive manner and stop putting out absurd and stupid fantasies such as Donnie’s inane “tax cuts” nonsense.

          • Pig Farmer Bill

            Grow up man! You got nothing better to do then yap here all day. All you do is whine and complain. You should run for a Dem seat.

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  • socalbeachdude

    Puerto Rico seen sliding toward insolvency as deadline nears

    Bankruptcy for Puerto Rico is looking ever more likely as the clock ticks down toward a May 1 deadline to restructure $70 billion in debt, ramping up uncertainty for anyone betting on returns from the island’s widely held U.S. municipal bonds.

    When U.S. Congress last year passed the Puerto Rico rescue law dubbed PROMESA, it froze creditor lawsuits against the island so its federally appointed oversight board and creditors could negotiate out of court on the biggest debt restructuring in U.S. municipal history.

    The freeze expires on May 1, however, and an extension by Congress is “not going to happen,” said a Republican aide to the House Committee on Natural Resources, which is in charge of territory matters.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-puertorico-debt-bankruptcy-analysis-idUSKBN17E0GN

  • William Lutz

    Hopefully, we will pay for all the legalized crimes we have been committing. I really wish it comes pretty soon.

    For too long, we have been slaughtering babies at taxpayer expense, torturing animals, poisoning the planet, neglecting our veterans, sending innocent people to jail or death row, loading debt on the backs of our children and future grandchildren, taking away their jobs, and destroying their future in the process. Furthermore, what kind of self respecting nation doesn’t enforce its immigration laws, allows just about anyone, including criminals, to permeate through the border, and ships its jobs overseas to foreign slave countries?

    We can’t get away with this kind of wickedness and rubbish anymore. The day of reckoning ought to arrive pronto.

  • rant1200 .

    As I have said before,people who are steadfastly oppose to abortion should stipulate on their tax returns that they approve of the govt withholding monies such as tax refunds to support the infants born to those who can or will not take care of them until the age of 18.This would decrease the need for abortions and help others who are less fortunate.Put up or shut up.

  • Alberto Francis

    hmmm… 1/2 a billion really… well

    US Budgetary Costs of Wars through 2016: $4.79 Trillion and Counting
    Summary of Costs of the US Wars inIraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan and Homeland Security

    Maybe we should stop funding both of these programs and divert that money back to the American people!

    • Lennie Pike

      We?

      • socalbeachdude

        The US taxpayers.

    • socalbeachdude

      There was really no additional cost for any of the USA’s endless Wars OF Terror since 2001 as they are all included in the annual military spending which would have been little different without the “wars.”

  • John Higson

    Are you serious? You go on and on and on and on and on and on about how hard times are coming, sometimes 5 or 6 times a week and yet you think it would be better if there were MORE people to suffer and die and get eaten by those with no moral qualms once it all goes down the toilet? ARE YOU REALLY SERIOUS? Or do you have the worst case of cognitive dissonance ever?

    I’ve always had moral problems with abortion, it doesn’t feel right, but I recognise that in some cases(a lot) it has it’s place. I understand that it is a source of contraception for a lot of people and there’s absolutely no reason for that in this day and age, but do we really want millions of unwanted children growing up in dreadful environments of poverty and abuse and then going on to repeat the same cycle, because that is how this pans out.

    There are way, way too many people as it is now, probably 5x as many as there should be so that everyone can have a decent and dignified way of life(see your article about the extinction of almost all vertebrates over the next 20 years) What do you think is causing that? It isn’t QE or immorality, it’s pollution and habitat destruction brought on by development, resource extraction and(fundamentally) OVERPOPULATION. How you can know this and still argue against measure that slow down rampant population growth is INSANE! For your children and mine(I have one). I’ll lay a bet that you are against contraception too(religion has a lot to answer for…)…

  • RM

    I agree 100% . Thank you.

  • RM

    The majority of women seeking abortions are doing so for reasons of financial hardship. Too many conservatives still trot out the tired old lies about women seeking abortions for silly reasons; because it absolves conservatives of having to address the real reasons.

    • JC Teecher

      Agree partly, but; it is still wrong and an abomination to our Heavenly Father, and it comes with a cost.

  • Gay Veteran

    “…We keep thinking that we will never have to pay a price for the tens of
    millions of children that we have killed, and our government continues
    to fund the slaughtering of the innocents that goes on every single day
    in this nation….”

    you sure are concerned about the fetus. how about you show some concerns over the children who have died (and continue to die) because of our wars of aggression?

  • FriendOfManAndAnimal

    Very interesting article.

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