Tuesday, October 25, 2005


I am setting my Blog to "Away" for the next week or so. I will be checking blogs but not doing much in the blogosphere.

Ya'll take care


Thursday, October 20, 2005

Response to Roci

This is from a conversation over at Wes's Blog in the comments.

Roci writes
1. China should not be underestimated. They should be exploited. We are doing that quite nicely now.

Are we truly exploiting China? I doubt they see it that way. In fact, they have continued to help us out by not floating their monetary system which would cause huge upheavals in our economy.
2. China's submarines are quieter than our because they can't leave port under their own power. They are refurbed russian boats. We know where they are, all the time. If they come to blows with us, they won't survive long enough to be a threat. Sound is not everything.

Part of the problem (or benefit) of subs is that you dont know where they are. Sub detection technology is still very limited, and with oceans so big they are nearly impossible to find. And according to Richard Fisher, Jr., a China weapons expert and vice president of the International Assessment and Strategy Center, said China's submarine development was comparable enough to U.S. technology to be a legitimate threat. "The Type 094 will constitute the first reliable Chinese second [nuclear] strike capability," he said.
3. National debt is meaningless. What will happen when the money runs out? Ask Alexander Hamilton. He was secretary of the treasury the last time we had a balanced budget. Money is just paper. The national debt, more paper. We have lots of trees and can make a LOT of paper.

We most certainly can make a lot of paper. The problem is, who wants paper? Right now a lot of people do, and will trade for it. But paper is just that. Paper. As it has no intrinsic value it is only worth what others would give for it. Hyper inflation can and has happened in the past and can very well happen to us. As one notable example, hyper-inflation in post WWI Weimar Republic (Germany) was so horrific that by 1923 it cost 5 million marks to mail a letter.
4. The rate of inflation is a guess. Maybe it is right. A monthly rate is meaningless.

Rate of Inflation is not a guess. on 8/1/05 x = $100.00 then on 9/1/05 x = $101.90 Indeed that isnt much but that is just one month. And while it isnt wise to say that one months inflation will carry out for the whole year, once it is there it doesnt go away. (when was the last time you heard of deflation happening?)
5. 20 million man army in china? Who cares? How far can they swim? Gee that means we might have to use 5% of our nuclear arsenal.

The original point was that China isnt some 3rd world country. China is currently a top user of every commodity and will soon surpass the US in every single one for those it hasnt already. That isnt a weakness. Once they become the top consumer it would be wise of them to float their money and adjust it to its actual worth which is higher than it is now. What would that mean? It would mean that China could purchase at an even higher rate (causing us to pay more via the iron law of Supply & Demand) and bye-bye cheap imports for the US. We face more threats than simply militarily or from terrorists. Economics is going to be what takes this country down. Odd how that happens when countries become socialist.

I leave with this quote
"If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered." -- Thomas Jefferson in 1802 in a letter to then Secretary of the Treasury, Albert Gallatin

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Chertoff pushes Amnesty Plan

Nate posted a link to Chertoff stating we need to expel the Illegals. Nate was understandably doubtful (as were we all), and it turns out that only a couple days was needed to provide the reason. Seems Chertoff is pushing the Amnesty Plan. The following is from an article by Jennifer A. Dlouhy of Hearst Newspapers.

The federal government cannot stop the tide of illegal immigrants slipping into the United States simply by beefing up border security and cracking down on companies that employ undocumented workers, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff told Congress on Tuesday. Instead, Chertoff told the Senate Judiciary Committee, the government also has to create a program that would give millions of illegal immigrants a shot at legal, temporary work in the United States.

This is bunk, pure and simple. Chertoff plan is simple. Call the illegals "legal" and then there is no more illegal immigrants to worry about. Brilliant! It is a shame no one else had thought of such a great plan.

No matter what, Chertoff said, it would be “hugely, hugely difficult” to try and deport all of the illegal immigrants — estimated to be around 12 million people — who are in the country. “We’d have to find them, we’d have to process and remove them, they’d have legal recourse,” Chertoff said, adding that the endeavor would cost “billions and billions of dollars.”

This would of course be in addition to the "billions and billions of dollars" that the illegals are already costing us. Can't have that now can we? Perhaps I am just not old enough to remember this, but when did the various Gov Departments agree with the President on every one of his plans? Has it always been this way? Were qualified but disagreeable people ever get these posts or we they always lackeys?

I would love to see a lot more disagreement at all levels of Government. We need more officials that dont put party above all else. We need officials that don't demand that others agree with them on everything. And we need less power for each and every government official across this country but I had better save that for a different post.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Harriet Miers: Unconstitutionalist

There has been some question recently about Ms. Miers familiarity with Constitutional Law. There are at least two camps in the Repugni er Republican party over her nomination. Oddly, the Democrats favor her and even suggested her nomination. A recent story by the Boston Globe states the White House has provided transcripts to the Senate Judiciary Committee. You can read the article via the Colorado Springs Gazette here.

WASHINGTON - This year, Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers used several speeches to push for expanding President Bush’s powers to protect the United States against terrorism, arguing that “a nation at war” needs a stronger executive branch, according to transcripts the White House has provided to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

In her speeches to conservative groups, Miers called for extension of the Patriot Act, which expands lawment agencies’ power to investigate suspected terrorists.

She defended Vice President Dick Cheney’s closeddoor energy task force as the best way for the administration to use confidential deliberations to set national policy. And she said her role as White House counsel was generally to “protect against any attempted infringement on the appropriate role of the executive branch.”

“In order to effectively serve the American people, the president’s powers must be protected,” Miers said in June, in a speech given to the conservative Heritage Foundation. “We must recognize that we are a nation at war, and that requires a strong presidency to act as commander-in-chief."

Obviously she is a hated Federalist, and has no concept of the Constitution. We are NOT at war, havent been since the 1940's. Congress doesn't have the cajones to step up to the plate and declare war, so we then cannot be at war (legally anyways) regardless of what the President says or where or what are troops are or doing. And the USA(un)PATRIOT ACT is in direct violation of the US Constitution. Support for it is support for using the Constitution as toilet paper.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

A Rebuttal

On the way home tonite I was listening to a program that I believe was called "Written On The Heart" I havent yet confirmed that as a google search pulled up only a book. However, it is a Christian talk show wanting to "bring truth" about current issues (largely politics on this particular show) I hadnt caught much of the show but was able to catch many glaring errors.

1.) The Pledge of Allegiance. Once again I find a Christian railing one moment against Socialism, and then glorifying the work of a Socialist (The Pledge Of Allegiance) the next. Get it straight people. A Christian's allegiance is to Christ and Him alone. There is no room for the State. G-d is not just the G-d of the Jews, nor is He the G-d of America. The earth belongs to Him, and all that dwell therein.

2.) Constitution. The hosts of this program stated that 50 different states interpreting the Constitution their own way is "anarchy." Need we define anarchy? And isnt the Constitution dead anyways? Exactly who follows that "outdated" and "archaic" document? Certainly not any Government in the 50 states or territories.

3.) Secession. The hosts were rather adamant that there is no right to secede from the Union. That is a very interesting and all too common viewpoint anymore. It is interesting because there was never ANY doubt that the individual States could Secede from the Union. In fact, all the major newspapers even supported the Right of Secession. Those opinions did not change until Lincoln invaded the South.

4.) Reasons for the War. Hosts asserted that the reason was over 2 things. Slavery and the type of Government, namely the south wanted Democracy, the North wanted Republicanism. Rather than Slavery, the issue was Taxation. The North had placed upon the South an onerous tax that was crippling their economy. Oddly enough, taxation was the main reason the US broke from England. As for the form of Government, the South had learned some lessons from the US Constitution and corrected those errors in their Constitution Of The Confederate States. The CSA actually placed stricter controls on the Government to prevent the abuses of power and the democracy that had already crept in to the Union.

5.) Democrats and Republicans. The hosts conflated the Parties with the system of governance those names suggest. What could be further from the truth? The Democrats are quite obviously for Socialism, Democracy might be a means to get there, but it is not what they stand for. Republicans are the party of strong Government (As the hosts stated, Lincoln "started"[sic] the party) Republicans are for a strong Federal Government (as is easily seen by the last 15 years but to include every R for the last century and a half.) The better term for these people would be Federalist. Or are we to believe that the Green Party is Irishmen for the Ecology?

Had I listened to more I would have more to rant about, however I am much too sick of the whole Republicans = Good : Democrats = Evil arguments. They are both evil. They are both for socialism to one degree or another, they are both for bigger Government, they are both for screwing the American people. Anyways, I figure the length of this post ought to make up for my lack of posting all week long. Let me know what ya think, especially those of you who disagree.

Friday, October 07, 2005

Mogambo Guru For Fed Chairman

Or should that be Chairperson? Doesnt matter. Alan Greenspan is retiring in 4 months.


Our nation cannot survive much more of the foolishness the Fed has pushed on us for the past century. We need someone in there who actually understands economics. We need someone who can halt us from going over the cliff, and let's face it, no current politician would even think of putting someone in there who might put a stop to the mad rush to inflate our currency to zero.

Richard Daughty, better known as the Mogambo Guru, is ideally suited to this post. Educated, brilliant and a tad eccentric. His columns have always shed the light of truth on our fiscal problems in this country. We need him to bring that same wisdom to the Federal Reserve (despite his insistence that he has been banned from there.)

So here goes...

I, Emunda, nominate the Mogambo Guru (Richard Daughty) to the Federal Reserve Chairman position.

Who is with me on this one? Post it on your site and link back.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Project 86: Return Return Return

The concert ROCKED. As with the last time, the band we went to see was Project 86. The other bands didnt really matter. All told, the other bands were pretty decent. I dont really like screaming and it was fortunate for me that only Spoken does that.

Project 86

Started with track #1 from their new album Sincerely, Ichabod then moved into some old favorites Hollow Again then to One Armed Man. Also in the mix were songs like PS and Another Boredom Movement (one of my Wife's favs) and one of my favs Stein's Theme

this was the 10th concert in 10 days, with two concerts having been done the day before and a drive from Salt Lake City that very day. So the band was a little tired, the drummer on crutches and then there is the altitude. As always P86 was high energy, and courted audience participation, tho honestly I think this crowd would have participated if they had a fire hose trained on them.

Final Analysis:

Project 86 is incredible. Great music, intelligent and uncompromising lyrics, and unapologetically Christian.

Go buy their music. Best Buy had the album at just $9.99