Tuesday, October 15, 2013

False Flag

Once this catches the national wires, http://fox13now.com/2013/10/14/utah-families-on-food-stamps-could-be-cut-off-soon/, D.C. criminals will be blaming each other and the theater known as "debt ceiling" talks will have concluded. There is no way people get cut off SNAP/EBT benefits, there's simply too many. Food pantries and churches are already stretched thin, there's simply not enough to pick up the slack. This is especially true in a country where only 3% of the population even knows how to produce food, and meats are going to take a hit soon with the livestock disaster out West.
"People out on the streets like Richard Phillips says, “It could impact us and it’s going to cause problems because you’re going to come to find out that people are going to steal and do what they have to do to survive.”
Utah was a poor example to run with this story. Devout Mormons have at least a years long supply of food as a matter of course. Also, unlike liberal bastions of the coasts, middle and red-neck American love their guns. If past disasters and city upheavals are any precedent, they will use them to protect what they worked hard for.
“What this means if there’s not a deal, if Congress doesn’t reach a deal to get federal government back up and running"
It's baked into the cake to create more theater and hysteria. A deal will get done, Americans will be screwed (again), and $900 billion of deficit spending and $1.2 trillion of QE will continue, the illusion of a 150% return in markets will continue (for now). No way do 48 million Americans get cut off, cities would burn to the ground. FALSE FLAG.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Haverhill, Beacon Hill, Xerox and Obamacare?

It doesn't look like Haverhill is looking to kindly to having a pot dispensary within its borders, http://www.eagletribune.com/latestnews/x1442584511/5-apply-to-open-local-pot-dispensaries. The doctor in the article made a great point:
Even though the (U.S.) Attorney General said the federal government is not interested in pursuing medical marijuana growers in states that allow it, that allayed the fears of many people, but administrations change and the next election is not too far away,” said Dr. Joel Gorn
I'd go one step further; to The DEA under federal law pot is still illegal. So even if you get approval, there's yet another issue about underwriting. Were you purchase or lease a building, the owner of such property would still be on the hook should The DEA come sweeping in. In theory (or in practice), they could come in and seize everything, including the property. So while "the voters have spoken" here in Massachusetts, which Haverhill politicos seem to conveniently ignore, The Feds can still ruin the party. I could care less what The People do to themselves, including ingesting, smoking, or injecting as long as they don't harm others when they do. However, I find it ironic and even more glaring in the hypocrisy where alcohol seems to be more destructive than pot, and the pharmaceutical industry are arguably the biggest drug dealers on the planet.

We all remember when Rep. Nancy Pelosi stated: "You have to pass the Bill so that you can find out what's in it" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoE1R-xH5To). Classic. Well, it appears that our Beacon Hill Representative wanted to take one out of the pages of Pelosi: http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/columnists/howie_carr/2013/10/carr_hey_it_s_ok_to_read_bill_before_vote. Howie does a good take down on Heroux, I don't agree with everything Howie says, but this is endemic of both our State and Federal "Representation". In a State that has 35% registered Democrat, 15% Republican and 50% Independent, I think there's a lot of Independents not being truthful as to how they vote.

Looks like Xerox had some "issues" over the weekend with EBT software. There apparently were some very angry people when they went to swipe their card. As The AP reports, http://bigstory.ap.org/article/food-stamp-debit-cards-not-working-many-states, 17 states had issues, including Massachusetts.
"That's a problem. There are a lot of families who are not going to be able to feed children because the system is being maintenanced," Colman said. She planned to reach out to local officials. "You don't want children going hungry tonight because of stupidity," she said.
I think a bigger problem might be when the nearly 48 million (unbelievable) Americans don't get to eat and buy "stuff" at Walmart. I think that would qualify for a very violent changing of the guard in CONgress, but then again, if the L.A. riots taught us anything, it would be our own cities that would burn. No one seriously thinks The Fed would go without one of their scheduled Primary Open Market Operations do they? If they missed one of those, TBTF/SIFI banks would go into withdrawals from not receiving their monetary heroin.

So it looks like The Deceiver in Chief is going to win out on Obamacare (even though The U.S. Supreme Court gave him victory). Republicans have started to cave during the theater in Washington. At this point, does it matter? We're already roughly $825 billion in the hole as of this month http://www.fms.treas.gov/mts/index.html, I mean Bush was bad enough, but Obama and CONgress went "full retard" since being elected to office. The Lemmings of course don't understand the catastrophic fiscal consequences this does to them personally. Your wages are already under duress, with Obamacare, if you live in Massachusetts, you get no subsidies if you make over $94k (apparently some think that's "rich"). Of course that isn't a lot, especially in wage deflation and price expansion, should do wonders for those in that bracket. Sorry, you now have to fork over $2k-$7k extra with a gun stuffed up your nose. No? If you have a family and kids, you have to have it, if single, then it's worth paying the fine and paying cash for medical expenses https://bangordailynews.com/2013/05/27/news/portland/south-portland-doctor-stops-accepting-insurance-posts-prices-online/.What could go wrong with all your medical and financial (eligibility is determined by your credit reports) information being broadcast over an unsecured (especially to The NSA) internet?

Friday, October 11, 2013

Who's in charge?

That's the American People pictured above, a run over "Muppet". Some may remember this http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/14/opinion/why-i-am-leaving-goldman-sachs.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0, while most of us don't bank or do business with Goldman Sachs, they still have an impact on you. This is especially true if you have a 401k, invest/trade on your own (or pay someone to do it for you), or stash your gold and/or silver in your bunker.

Well, I guess if you're going to sell out for your own self-interest, do it big. That's what former NH Senator  Judd Gregg did. After sucking up to the banks, and selling out The American People in favor of bailing out Wall Street, Gregg was handsomely rewarded http://www.goldmansachs.com/media-relations/press-releases/current/judd-gregg.html. Of course, it wouldn't be long before he was rewarded yet again for his loyalty http://www.sifma.org/newsroom/2013/sifma-announces-former-senator-judd-a_-gregg-as-new-ceo-and-appoints-kenneth-e_-bentsen,-jr_-as-president/.

So Gregg went to SIFMA, arguably one of the best Wall Street lobbying firms around, although these guys are not to bad either http://www.fsround.org/fsr/about/default.asp. If you bank with any of those institutions on that member list, remember where your fees go. Meanwhile, credit unions and local banking institutions are under pressure from the extraordinary cost burden from the "Dodd-Frank" travesty, there's a reason why the number of banks are dwindling. 

Talking about more "Muppet's" and Goldman, in a world where there's a Rule of Law equal for all, this would be illegal. Goldman advised their clients to sell http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324240804578414872583064816.html, yet right after they did, they bought up a 540.66% increase after smashing the price! Apparently fiduciary duties don't matter a whole lot, especially when you can make bank on the other side of the trade, at the behest of your own clientele. Now we have to hear about what a sell it will be from MSM http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-08/goldman-s-currie-says-gold-is-slam-dunk-sell-after-shutdown.html. I'm pretty sure it isn't going to be Goldman that takes the loss. I have no idea where metals are going, even after CONgress figures everything out, but with continued Fed intervention, it doesn't compute for it to keep going down. Then again, these are not normal times, but I'll hold onto to a few coins just in case.

Which brings me to this. Are we due for a massive correction? Courtesy of J.P. Morgan https://www.jpmorganfunds.com/cm/Satellite?UserFriendlyURL=diguidetomarkets&pagename=jpmfVanityWrapper#top, they put together quite a review. I have no idea what's exactly going to happen, I doubt anyone else does either, but I can speculate it's not going to look to good for most of us when this run ends. The aforementioned shows how badly the Washington "revolving door" benefits those who play and sell us out, yet get paid handsomely for it. I mean, we're all "Muppet's" after all aren't we? Of course, when you're a TBTF bank that can now legally hide losses, and know you're going to get bailed out again, why worry http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-20/it-s-not-too-early-to-start-worrying-about-banks-again.html? With Obamacare taking over, my guess is the money flows into healthcare/insurance industries, but fear not, Wall Street will still get their blood money too.

"And the banks -- hard to believe in a time when we're facing a banking crisis that many of the banks created -- are still the most powerful lobby on Capitol Hill. And they frankly own the place."
                                                                        - Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)

Realizing that the majority of people can't, don't or won't be involved in this, I just wanted to point out what We The People are up against. Fraud, market rigging, a corrupted justice & legal system, and a renegade rogue group of plutocrats that have ostensibly bought our government. A government now entrenched more than ever in selling The People out for their own gain while they let a powerful few steal everything not nailed down. It eludes me why devout, educated, middle-class Obama supporters can't see this, it was bad before Obama, but he took this fraud upon us to new heights. Will it take a complete crash to get The People to act? Or will The People completely bow down in submission if the powers-that-be win out entirely?

I don't think that's the light we're looking for, I think it's a train coming, and we as a nation are going to crash right into it.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Who do you call or write?

I'm just doing a quick response to early returns on the earlier poll. Early consensus is readers want to read about state politicians (target rich environment). Here is a graphic I made for easy reference of who "represents" us in the Haverhill area:

I added Niki Tsongas as she is currently our 3rd District  CONgressional Representative as well. I don't want to assume readers know who these people are, so this is an easy reference. Lennny Mirra is the only Republican out of the bunch, which is to say Beacon Hill is arguably a lonely place for him. He is also the only one, who in my experience, will actually respond and converse with you. DiZiglio does, but her responses are measured and fairly generic. Ives? I couldn't tell you, she has never responded to inquiry. Campbell doesn't either, but definitely a card carrying Democrat. Since her "chaos" response to my questioning her in person about property taxes being changed (which Gov. Patrick platformed on), unless you are a Democrat, chances are you will ignored as well.

Want to know about local and state politicians financials? Click http://www.efs.cpf.state.ma.us/default.aspx to see who is giving money to whom, and where politicians money is being spent.

At the CONgressional level, http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00029026&cycle=2014, or "OpenSecrets.org", is a treasure trove of financial data regarding your CONgress Members finances. OpenSecrets provides where the real money is coming from, and tells the story of who is really writing the laws of our land.

Per CoB's request, I forgot to mention "POPVOX", https://www.popvox.com/ is a fantastic tool to reach out to your CONgress Member. Should you decide to "weigh in" on an issue, POPVOX automatically will send your input on whatever issue you comment on to your CONgress Member (not mandatory). You can also see how others weigh in on issue in not only your district, but around the country. No, you do not have to use your real name (I do). It truly is a fantastic resource, thanks for reminding me CoB!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

White House, IRS exchanged confidential taxpayer info

More evidence that the communist in the White House should be impeached - COB

Top Internal Revenue Service Obamacare official Sarah Hall Ingram discussed confidential taxpayer information with senior Obama White House officials, according to 2012 emails obtained by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and provided to The Daily Caller.
Lois Lerner, then head of the IRS Tax Exempt Organizations division, also received an email alongside White House officials that contained confidential information.
Ingram attempted to counsel the White House on a lawsuit from religious organizations opposing Obamacare’s contraception mandate. Email exchanges involving Ingram and White House officials — including White House health policy advisor Ellen Montz and deputy assistant to the president for health policyJeanne Lambrew — contained confidential taxpayer information, according to Oversight.
The emails provided to Oversight investigators by the IRS had numerous redactions with the signifier “6103.”
Section 6103 of the Internal Revenue Code forbids a federal employee from “disclos[ing] any return or return information obtained by him in any manner in connection with his service as such an officer or an employee.”
Federal employees who illegally disclose confidential taxpayer information could face five years in prison.
“Thanks, David. Thanks for the information on [6103],” White House official Lambrew wrote to IRS official David Fish in a July 20, 2012 exchange. “I am still hoping to understand whether the 50 percent rule is moot if the organization does not offer goods and services for sale to the general public. Do we assume that organizations like [6103] do offer goods and services for sale?”
Another email from Montz to Ingram and others refers to the “[6103] memo” and the “[6103] letter” while discussing organizations that are not required to file 990′s.

Ingram appeared before Rep. Darrell Issa’s House Oversight Committee Wednesday and claimed she could not recall a document that contained confidential taxpayer information.
“Well one of the areas of interest is there’s a significant redaction that quotes the statute 6103. Do you know who is underneath that blackout?” Issa asked Ingram.
“I don’t recall the document so I can’t help you with what’s underneath that redaction,” Ingram said.
“Her response has not put concerns to rest,” Oversight staffer Frederick Hill said. ”This caught people’s eye.”
Issa has requested unredacted copies of the emails, citing a prohibition from misusing Section 6103 “for the purpose of concealing information from a congressional inquiry.”
Ingram headed the scandal-ridden IRS office responsible for overseeing tax-exempt nonprofit groups before leaving to head the agency’s office in charge of Obamacare implementation.
An IRS voice mail message declined to comment on any media inquiries during the government shutdown, citing law.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/10/09/white-house-irs-exchanged-confidential-taxpayer-info/#ixzz2hG0Vl4mV

Haverhill Citizen Poll

 A crude poll for developing content here. Just click the link to get to the poll. I'll post the results Friday, October 18, 2013.

*CoB - Could you check the margin settings please? I don't have access.  

Friday, October 4, 2013

Where are we going?

Above we have four (4) long-time career cronies that combined have over 100 years in office. What have they done? I can think of a few things, such as have a role in usurping our Constitution and collapsing our economy. Now? More transfer of wealth with ACA. Sure it has some good points, but it still leaves people not covered, and thanks to the monopoly the various healthcare industries have, there's only one place left to extract the bill from. Guess who that will be? It amazes me to know that these disgusting people continue to be elected while the laws they pass do The People harm.

There's some more of the same criminal cronies passing some legislation they didn't write (Sandy Weill of Citi wrote it), getting rid of Glass-Steagal, which of course we all know what happened less than 10 years later. The timing couldn't be more ironic with the current stalemate (which isn't). Our one-hundred year anniversary of the income tax was yesterday. Amazing we went without prior, which ironically enough it was deemed Unconstitutional just twenty years earlier. The year itself is even more foreboding.
That's right, the year The Federal Reserve was instituted. How's that working out? I can think of a couple of collapses that can directly be attributed to some of their policies. Policies which they either do not follow themselves or just outright lie http://www.federalreserve.gov/aboutthefed/section2a.htm. What could possibly go wrong with a balance sheet exploding and no way to unwind it? Rates appear to be doing what the market is telling them to, which if they continue to climb, will crush us all.
Yea, so that doesn't look to good does it? Calling our CONgressional Representatives about that and you get: "We'll get back to you". I'm still waiting to hear. I don't know, maybe someone reading this will have better luck than I. What we really need these days is some sound journalism, not the propaganda bullshit on your channel or paper rag of choice. Which brings us to another anniversary of sorts, the passing of the late Mark Pittman:
Unlike reporters of today spewing whatever propaganda nonsense they're told to by higher-ups, Mark actually had the knowledge and expertise on what he was reporting. If it wasn't for him, we may have never known the treachery The Fed was engaged in (enabled by ours and foreign government), nor the watered down auditing of The Fed. You can read more here http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=anOj_XTh.8yo&pos=12. We need a return to journalism and reporting like his, not the bullshit the masses eat today. The closets thing to him I can think of would be Glenn Greenwald of the U.K.'s The Guardian. He recently (yesterday) completely ripped apart another propaganda pusher from The BBC http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/10/04/glenn-greenwald-kirsty-wark_n_4043667.html. Classic.
What a nice place to work. You get to ignore The Constitution, not go to jail, and find anything you want (illegally on U.S. soil), http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/nsa-broke-privacy-rules-thousands-of-times-per-year-audit-finds/2013/08/15/3310e554-05ca-11e3-a07f-49ddc7417125_story.html, what laws? Just in time for more Banking Cartel theft, usurpation of The Constitution, the forcing of buying a product (called a tax) that doesn't treat The People equally. It looks like more fraud, more theft (ostensibly with a gun pointed at you) , and more crony politicians truly serving a few special interests will rule for a bit longer.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

House Republicans Work Immigration Behind Scenes

While the American people are yet again being played by the phony representatives in Washington and the joke called 'government shutdown' - here is what is REALLY going on  behind closed doors and the next thing that will be shoved down REAL Americans throats - COB 

Immigration overhaul legislation has been dormant in the House for months, but a few Republicans are working behind the scenes to advance it at a time the Capitol is immersed in a partisan brawl over government spending and President Barack Obama's health care law.
The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, has been discussing possible legal status for the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. He's also been working with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a fellow Virginia Republican, on a bill offering citizenship to immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as children.
Reps. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, and Ted Poe, R-Texas, are working on a plan to create a visa program allowing more lower-skilled workers into the country.
Goodlatte and the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Mike McCaul, R-Texas, hold out hopes for floor action by late October on a series of immigration bills that already have passed their committees.
"I would think that would be the next agenda item in the queue after we're done with this mess," McCaul said this past week, referring to bitter divisions over the health law, the level of government spending and the growing federal debt.
The attention of House GOP leaders seems certain to remain squarely focused on the fiscal disputes until they are resolved, leaving immigration on a back burner for some time to come. But lawmakers and outside advocates insist that three months after the Democratic-led Senate passed a sweeping immigration bill, the issue is showing signs of life in the Republican-run House.
"Despite the appearance that would suggest everyone in Washington is focused on one thing, work is going on on other issues beneath the radar," said Tamar Jacoby, head of ImmigrationWorks USA, a coalition of small businesses that supports comprehensive immigration legislation.
Goodlatte has made it clear he wants to see the issue solved.
Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and other members of the House Republican leadership also support a resolution to an issue that has become a political drag for their party.
While Goodlatte has been outspoken about his desire to get legislation to the floor as soon as possible, House leaders have been more circumspect, adding to the uncertainty about whether or when anything actually will happen.
"Moving immigration forward remains a priority, but right now there's no firm timetable," said Doug Heye, a spokesman for Cantor.
The issue is a top second-term goal for Obama.
House leaders have said they plan a step-by-step approach, in contrast to the comprehensive Senate bill that added billions of dollars in new spending on border security, remade the legal immigration system from top to bottom and created a 13-year path to citizenship for the millions living here illegally.
McCaul's committee has approved a border security bill. Goodlatte's committee has signed off on legislation addressing a range of issues, including visas for high-skilled workers and enforcement of immigration laws.
But so far, there's been no House GOP bill taking on the trickiest policy issue for Republicans: what to do about those already here illegally.

Woodward: If Shutdown or Debt Ceiling Causes Economic Crisis, It’s on the ‘President’s Head’

Sorry for my absence - I have been sick for two weeks straight - and thanks to Duncan for continuing the site with his great posts and all of you for your comments - Now - we have a government shut down - and I'm fine with that! - Happy Fall! - COB 

'It's on the president's head, he's got to lead he's got to talk. And the absence of discussion here is a baffling element'
Bob Woodward of The Washington Post said if there is a “downturn or a collapse” resulting from the failure of CR or debt ceiling negotiations it will be on President Obama’s “head” Monday on Morning Joe.
Woodward noted he respected President Obama’s objection to negotiating on the debt ceiling, but criticized the administration for failing to initiate any dialogue that could result in a deal on funding the government.
“It’s on the president’s head, he’s got to lead, he’s got to talk” Woodward said:
BOB WOODWARD: Can I enter in here just for a moment because I think it’s a good question. And there is something the president could be doing. He said he will not negotiate on the debt ceiling. A reasonable position. “I will not be blackmailed” he said. But he should be talking. They should be meeting, discussing this, because as I think Steve Ratner showed earlier, the American economy is at stake and the president, if there is a downturn or a collapse or whatever could happen here that’s bad, it’s going to be on his head. The history books are going to say, we had an economic calamity in the Presidency of Barack Obama. Speaker Boehner, indeed, is playing a role on this. Go back to the Great Depression in the 1930s. I’ll bet no one can name who was the speaker of the House at the time. Henry Thomas Rainey. He’s not in the history book it’s on the president’s head. He’s got to lead. He’s got to talk. And the absence of discussion here, I think, is baffling element.