National Defense Authorization Act

It’s amazing what our Congress can legislate, then get passed as law without a single complaint from the media or from very few people. The latest example is The National Defense Authorization Act (S.1867), the biggest attack on the civil liberties of all American citizens since the Patriot Act. It gives the US military and the Federal Government unprecedented powers to detain US citizens indefinitely and without trial under the law of war. Most progressives will argue that the government will never exercise those powers, but if that’s the case,…
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Civil Unrest, Riots, Looting and How to Prepare

Let me fist begin by saying I am not an conspiracy theorist and I do not think we’re going “Mad Max”. Meaning, you aren’t going to see people driving around with loin cloths and hockey masks in pursuit of gasoline and food. So please, keep that in mind as you read this post. I had to make sure my wife understood this before I started buying our supplies, because I didn’t want her to think I was going nuts on her. Having lived through the Los Angeles riots, I have…
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Vent a Clothes Dryer Inside Your Home

First and foremost, this blog entry refers only to electric clothes dryers. Do not vent your gas clothes dryer inside your house. This is extremely dangerous and can be fatal! I cannot stress this enough. It is not possible to vent a gas dryer inside your house under any circumstances. We live in Colorado where the humidity levels are very low. Especially in the winter when the furnace heats the already dry air, lowering the humidity even lower. Most people add a humidifier to their furnace, but they are messy…
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Emergency Alert System – Government Power Grab

I think people are missing the point on this one. They shouldn’t be wondering with whether it will work or not. After all, a national test of this magnitude has never been tested, even since the inception of the Emergency Broadcast System some 60 years ago. They shouldn’t be wondering how much value it will provide. In my opinion, those are the wrong thoughts. The first thought that crossed my mind was, ‘why’? Why are they testing this now? This seems silly to me in today’s day and age. And…
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Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 Plan: Good or Bad?

Herman Cain is your non-typical presidential candidate, and an interesting one at that. When you look at his life-long achievements, they are grand and admirable. But when it comes to his political experience, he has virtually none, and he has only begun to see how brutal, conniving and dishonest politicians can be. And this is what concerns me most. When you take a little bit of naivety and mix it with a brand new federal tax code, you are seriously exposing yourself to some very harsh unintended consequences if you…
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Obama’s American Jobs Act – Lies and Falsehoods

Falsehood #1 Warren Buffet does not pay less taxes than his secretary like Obama keeps preaching. Here’s what people don’t understand and Obama is misleading those who believe him; Warren Buffet pays Capital Gains tax. His secretary pays Federal Income tax. They are two very different things because they earn their money in two very different ways. A capital gains tax (CGT) is a tax charged on capital gains, the profit realized on the sale of a non-inventory asset that was purchased at a lower price. The most common capital…
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Are We Already in a Double Dip Recession?

Lots of folks are starting to panic a bit now that the stock market has shed roughly 15% in the last 10 days. And rightly so. We haven’t seen the market tank this bad since the recession started back in 2008. But this time it’s a little more interesting. Well, maybe scary is a better word. Unlike the recession of 2008, we don’t have the same mechanisms at our disposal to try and quell the panic and stimulate the economy. We’re also starting off in a worse spot. Interest rates…
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