Thursday, May 26, 2011


Sorry, I haven't posted in a while. It's spring and the garden and the house need lots of work. I'll get back to this eventually.

In the meantime, I just had to put this up!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


"Usama bin Laden has died a peaceful death due to an untreated lung complication, the Pakistan Observer reported, citing a Taliban leader who allegedly attended the funeral of the Al Qaeda leader.

"The Coalition troops are engaged in a mad search operation but they would never be able to fulfill their cherished goal of getting Usama alive or dead," the source said.

Bin Laden, according to the source, was suffering from a serious lung complication and succumbed to the disease in mid-December, in the vicinity of the Tora Bora mountains. The source claimed that bin Laden was laid to rest honorably in his last abode and his grave was made as per his Wahabi belief."
Fox News


"If you're searching for early signs that higher gasoline prices are starting to weigh on consumer demand, you might want to look at the latest SpendingPulse report from Mastercard Advisors..

Overall, April sales trends are mixed, with some sectors showing continued year-over-year growth, while others are flat or even negative, according to the report, which tracks sales across all payment methods.

The late timing of Easter, which shifted some sales from March into April, may make intepretations a little bit murky, but there are a few datapoints that suggest high gasoline prices—which are now topping an average of $3.96 a gallon nationwide—are starting to have an impact on consumer behavior."

"U.S. retail gasoline demand fell last week as prices continued to climb, MasterCard Advisors' SpendingPulse report showed on Tuesday.

Average weekly gasoline demand dropped 1 percent from the previous week, MasterCard said."

I've been wondering where the breaking point would be this time, where the price of fuel would intersect with the ability of people to pay it and then it would begin to depress the economy like it did in 2008. Then it had to get to $147.00 a barrel. This time it appears that somewhere around $112.00 will do it.

I knew that we'd never get to $147.00 because the economy is in tatters. It's not the debt fueled, high speed machine it was prior to the first run up in oil. So what's the next step?

I heard Stuart Varney say on Fox this morning that he thought we were going to see the price of gas plateau somewhere around $4.00 a gallon and them begin to drop off. He said that supply is high and demand is falling and he's right on both points. And we should expect to see this sort of see-saw pricing, the price of fuel going up and down, with each peak coming sooner and doing more damage as the economy grinds to a halt and demand for fuel falls, along with demand for everything else not essential to survival. I expect the low points in pricing will become higher and higher with each cycle, too. The dollar is collapsing at the same time the price is falling so regardless of demand and supply the cost of crude will continue to rise.

And then we have China. Can they survive without America buying their goods? I don't know. I do know that our good friends Saudi Arabia are
busy right now cutting a deal with them to supply them the oil they used to send our way. I know that part of this deal will, in probably fairly short order, replace the dollar as the worlds reserve currency with the yuan. And our ability to buy oil on the open market will dwindle. And honestly, if we can't pay the price we're not going to get the product. It'll go to the countries that can.

When we lose our ability to get oil, cheaply and abundantly, everything changes in America and we haven't done a thing to get ready for it. If we are forced to live off what we can produce then just get ready to lower your lifestyle expectations. And believe me, the day of reckoning is coming like a freight train full of coal.

So, short term get ready to see the price of fuel fall a bit and then to see an uptick in the economy. The press and the government (the same thing, really) will tout this as evidence of a recovery and we'll be told happy days are here again. Don't believe it. Act and prepare like everything is about to change and the economy is still collapsing because it will be. It'll just be hidden for a very short while.

The next cycle we'll see a slowdown at a lower cost per barrel. How many more cycles can we ride this roller coaster? I don't know but I think not many.

So get prepared and pray because the worst is yet to come.


"The dollar fell to a fresh three-year low on Wednesday and the euro briefly rose above $1.49 as weaker-than-expected U.S. employment data convinced investors that U.S. interest rates would remain low this year.

The yen also hit a six-week high against the dollar after data showed the pace of growth in the dominant U.S. services sector also slowed unexpectedly in April, another sign the U.S. economy may be hitting a soft patch. See [ID:nN04186623]

With markets worried about a yawning U.S. budget deficit, traders said signs of slower growth will only add to trouble for the dollar, which fell to a three-year low against major currencies Wednesday. It has lost 7.7 percent in 2011. <.DXY>

"The dollar got beat up pretty badly against the euro," said Firas Askari, head of foreign exchange trading at BMO Capital Markets. "The U.S. fiscal situation is a concern. Now it seems the U.S. economy isn't just tepid but actually cooling off again. That's not encouraging."
But Askari and others said concerns about slower U.S. growth also dulled appetite for commodities and higher-yield assets for fear a U.S. slump would reverberate globally."

All this means is that regardless of demand it will take more dollars to buy a barrel of oil. I can see two results that will come of this. One, the demise of the dollar as the worlds reserve currency is getting closer and closer. The rest of the world is losing faith in it and there is considerable pressure from China and Russia to create a basket of currencies to replace it. And two, as the dollar weakens and takes our economy with it the price of oil will rise at the same time the demand shrinks here in America, which should drive the cost at the pump down, narrowing the margins for the oil companies. At some point, and I really don't know when this will happen, they'll decide that they can make more money elsewhere and pretty much leave us sucking hind tit.

The result will be fuel shortages which will destroy our economy and way of life. When the trucks that carry the food can't get fuel to bring it to the stores what do you think is going to happen? When we can't get fuel to go to work what's going to happen? When manufacturers can't get fuel to move their products what do you think will happen? What happens when utility companies can't get fuel to run the trucks that keep our infrastructure up and going?

It won't take long at all for everything we take for granted to just go away. And that time is right around the corner.

And when it happens, and I'm convinced it will, will some one or some group try to use the pain and confusion to leverage a new political system, something that voids the Constitution and the rights it protects? If the pain is bad enough most people will accept anything.

Remember the North American alliance and the new currency, the Amero? I wonder whatever happened to that?

Tuesday, May 3, 2011


This guy gets it:

"A lot of people believe the world as we know it is going to end on December 23, 2012. Nonsense, I say. The far more honest answer is that the end of the world as we know it has already begun. And it doesn't mean the end of the world; it means the closing of one era and the birth of a new one. It is a transition between the ages. This particular transition, however, promises to be the most tumultuous and costly transition humankind has ever seen.

But don't wait around for December 2012 to look for the signs. Here are 14 signs that the world as we know it is unraveling right now. We are living through the end of one era and the birth of a new one. In the future, they'll look back and call this all one moment in history, but when you're living through it, it seems to move forward at almost a snail's pace. But make no mistake: We are living through the opening chapters of the end of the world as we know it, and on the other side of all this will emerge a new world that's very different from the one we know today..."

To read more go to Natural News.

All the end of the world predictions are wrong. It's not ending, just changing. And the period between now and then is going to become increasingly chaotic. We are just in the beginning stages.

The powers that be, both in the corporate world and governmental, which are pretty much the same thing, will try to use this period of transition to consolidate power and control. The New World Order that we've all been hearing about is real and it's coming. Order, defined as a forced imposition of structure, is the key word. Our freedom is being eroded at an increasing rate, whether through major changes such as the devaluation of currency or the little things like being forced to submit to the most demeaning abuses just to get on a plane. We're being trained slowly, piece by de-humanizing piece, to accept control, so when the real restrictions come we won't fight them.

The one small hope that we have to come through this, not painlessly but free, is to resist all the power arrayed against us. To tell the politicians and CEO's that we don't like the way they've changed the rules of the game and it's our ball anyway so we're just going to pick it up and go home. And do it.

How? Opt out as much as you can. This starts with mental preparation. Get used to the idea that life is going to change. Learn to live as independently as you can. Grow your own food to the extent you can and for those things you can't, such as meat, look for local farmers that you can buy it from. It supports the local economy and disconnects you and the farmer from the agricultural system built to support corporate farms and giant petrochemical concerns.

Learn the old ways because they're going to become vital once again. How many can sew, can, make candles, heat with wood or use tools effectively anymore. How do you get potable water when the water plant stops working? Have you got some chickens? What about stores of useful pieces of what most would consider trash but in reality are pieces of reusable stuff that can be used for repairs or building the things you need. Remember how our grandparents saved stuff because, "You just might need it someday?"

Create local networks because as our old giant world comes apart, and if you want to retain your freedom, your world will have to shrink to a local and manageable level. In our new/old world oil won't be available at the levels it is now so transportation options will return to a more limited group, such as walking, bicycles (until the tires go and we can't replace them because they're made of oil) and for those that can afford them and have the ground and barns, horses. The local network will be vital because in our old/new world things will be like they've been through most of human history and most people may never get more than a couple days walk from where they were born, live and die.

In short, read your history and start to think in terms, if we're lucky, of the lifestyle of the average American in the 1880's - 1890's. Of course, it may take us a while to get back to that level of comfort because we're going to have to pass through hell first as the riots and unrest consume society during the collapse.

But the thing is, we don't have to go through hell if we just accept reality and force the issue in our favor by not going along with the program. Pick up our ball and go home. Just say no. It's really that easy. Want to stop the full body scans at airports? Stop flying. If everyone would just, say for a week or two, absolutely refuse to board a plane, the laws would change. The oligarchy that controls our government can't stand to lose the money.

Tired of the controls the pharmaceutical oligarchy places on our ability to use the drugs that nature provides instead of the manufactured variants they control? Stop using so many drugs. Some people need them to live so their choices are limited. But really, we've become a country of addicts, addicted to pain pills, diet pills and psychoactive happy pills just because we won't man up and deal with life's little problems. Most of these drugs weren't available even 40 years ago yet somehow we got along just fine. STOP TAKING THEM! Learn to use the natural alternatives as much as possible or take nothing at all. If you hurt or feel down, what's wrong with a beer or two? Beats the hell out of Prozac. And you can make your own beer, too.

By the way, how come your local pharmacist can't go back to making and supplying the drugs the way they used to? Why do we have to have a doctors prescription for everything we buy? Aren't the pharmacists trained to make, manage and supply pharmaceuticals like they used to be? If not, what happened?

Barter or trade. Disconnect from the Fed's fiat currency as much as possible. Get out of debt. Tear up the credit cards.

Pick up our ball and go home.

If it's possible we need to do this on a national level by forcing our reps to disengage our troops and bring them back. All of them. We were never meant to be an empire and we're not suited to it. Stop defending Europe. Let them bear the cost. Without us there Europe will return to form with wars between families, towns and countries but that seems to be their way. Why should we care? The Middle East will go the same way but again, how is that our problem? Israel can defend herself.

We're going to have far less ability to maintain our defense oligarchy so we need to reduce it back to a level that can defend our country and nothing more. Tell the rest of the world to stay out of our business and we'll stay out of theirs. And remind them that we still have our nukes.

Pick up our ball and go home.

We each have a ball and we each need to make the decision. If each individual, then each family, then each community refuses to play then the game will end. Then a new game will start and because we have the ball we can set the rules. If we give the ball away then the oligarchy will set the rules.

Pick up YOUR ball and go home.

Then get ready to sit it out 'til the new game starts. It's going to be really hard and the oligarchy will offer you all kinds of things to bring the ball back. Don't do it. The ball is all you've got.

The ball is freedom.

Monday, May 2, 2011


"The Vatican said the killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, a man who sowed division and hatred and who caused “innumerable” deaths, should prompt serious reflection about one’s responsibility before God, not rejoicing.

The Vatican statement May 2 came the day after President Barack Obama announced that U.S. forces had killed bin Laden in an attack on his hideout in northwest Pakistan. In several U.S. cities, the news prompted street demonstrations and expressions of jubilation.

Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, released a brief written statement reacting to the news.

“Osama bin Laden, as we all know, bore the most serious responsibility for spreading divisions and hatred among populations, causing the deaths of innumerable people, and manipulating religions to this end,” Father Lombardi said.

“In the face of a man’s death, a Christian never rejoices, but reflects on the serious responsibilities of each person before God and before men, and hopes and works so that every event may be the occasion for the further growth of peace and not of hatred,” the spokesman said."
The Catholic Spirit

Again, more political correctness rears its ugly head. Should we reflect on the death of bin Laden and all the things that brought us to this point? Most definitely. But does that mean that we shouldn't also see a victory as a victory? No!

To say that "In the face of a man’s death, a Christian never rejoices..." is just a bald face lie. Sorry, but that's the truth. You come at my family with an intent to harm them and by GOD, I will rejoice if I kill you! Damn it, I'll have a big freakin' party, too!

This is just further evidence of the erosion of clear thinking brought on by the inability to call a spade a spade. Anytime we remove evil, and yes I'll go out on a limb and call bin Laden and his version of Islam evil, we should rejoice!

And if the limp wristed, politically correct namby-pamby Progressives in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Vatican don't get it, I don't care!

Pope Clement VII was pretty damned pleased when Suleyman was turned back, and that effort definitely cost a life or two. Wasn't he a Christian?


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I hope that we really did kill bin Laden, not because I think it really makes all that much difference in the overall problems we face in the Middle East and not because I think the cost in lives, both soldiers and civilian can ever be balanced against it, but because he got what he deserved.

That being said, where's the body? Why in the hell would he be buried at sea? Was he? I don't know and neither does anyone else outside the loop. And that's the problem. If we did get him, doing this burial at sea thing just opens the door for conspiracy theories and all the rest. And it doesn't give the families of the victims of 9/11, or the American people, the satisfaction of seeing his cold, rotting corpse.

Before the onset of the lie of political correctness we still understood the necessity of displaying the body or at the very least bringing back the head to verify the death of our enemies. We've become soft. We're apparently more worried about some offense that the Muslim world might take than we are about doing the right thing by our own people.

Incidentally, if bin Laden was a faithful Muslim, thus deserving of a proper Muslim burial, wouldn't that indict all of Islam as a religion of war and genocide? On the other hand, if bin Laden is not representative of the majority of Muslims and their belief, if he was in fact apostate, why would the Muslim world give a rat's ass about how he was buried?

Anyway, congratulations on getting bin Laden, especially to the SEALS and all the other troops that go in and do this kind of work. Those guys are AMAZING!! And I do feel compelled to remind everyone that regardless of the crimes he committed we still should offer our prayers for bin Ladens's soul.

True justice comes from God, not a gun.

Sunday, May 1, 2011


OK, this is going to be the longest reprint of someone else's work I've ever put up here but the author gives her permission to do this so I will. Someone named Kelly at Silver did one hell of a job assembling this list of quotes that paint quite an accurate and vivid historical picture of how we got to where we are today, on the verge of economic collapse and the dismantling of the American experiment. They are well worth the time it takes to read them.

And I'd like to start you out with the last of her quotes to set the stage:

"I care not what puppet is placed upon the throne of England to rule the Empire on which the sun never sets. The man that controls Britain's money supply controls the British Empire, and I control the British money supply." Baron Nathan Mayer de Rothschild

Here goes:

1. "If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks...will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.... The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs." - Thomas Jefferson

2. "History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling money and its issuance." - James Madison

3. "If congress has the right under the Constitution to issue paper money, it was given them to use themselves, not to be delegated to individuals or corporations." - Andrew Jackson

4. "The Government should create, issue, and circulate all the currency and credits needed to satisfy the spending power of the Government and the buying power of consumers. By the adoption of these principles, the taxpayers will be saved immense sums of interest. Money will cease to be master and become the servant of humanity. " - Abraham Lincoln

5. "I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the Nation and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the world - no longer a Government of free opinion no longer a Government by conviction and vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of small groups of dominant men.... Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had men's views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the U.S., in the field of commerce and manufacturing, are afraid of somebody, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.” – President Woodrow Wilson, In The New Freedom (1913) after signing into passage the Glass Owen Act of 1913 that established the Federal Reserve System

6. "If this mischievous financial policy, which has its' origins in North America, shall be endured down to a fixture, then that government will furnish its own money without cost. It will pay off its debt and be without debt. It will have all the money necessary to carry on its commerce. It will become prosperous without precedence in the history of the world. The brains and the wealth of all countries will go to North America. That country must be destroyed or it will destroy every monarchy on the globe." - Editorial in the Times of London, 1862

7. "The money power preys upon the nation in times of peace and conspires against it in times of adversity. It is more despotic than monarchy, more insolent than autocracy, and more selfish than bureaucracy." - Abe Lincoln, 1864

8. "My agency, in promoting the passage of the National Banking Act was the greatest financial mistake in my life. It has built up a monopoly which affects every interest in the country." - Presidential Advisor to Lincoln, Salmon P. Chase, 1864

9. "The death of Lincoln was a disaster for Christendom. There was no man in the United States great enough to wear his boots…I fear that foreign bankers with their craftiness and their torturous tricks will entirely control the exuberant riches of America, and use it systematically to corrupt modern civilization. They will not hesitate to plunge the whole of Christendom into wars and chaos in order that the earth shall become their (the bankers') inheritance." - Chancellor of Germany, Otto Von Bismarck, 1865

10. "I went to America in the winter of 1872-1873 to secure, if I could, the passage of a bill demonetizing silver. It was in the interest of those I represented – the governors of the Bank of England, to have it done. By 1873 gold coins were the only form of coin money." - Earnest Seyd, Agent for the Bank of England

11. "It is advisable to do all in your power to sustain such prominent daily and weekly newspapers, especially the Agricultural and Religious press, as will oppose the Greenback issue of paper money and that you will also withhold patronage from all applicants (for loans) who are not willing to oppose the government issue of money…To repel the act creating bank notes, or to restore to circulation the government issue of money will be to provide the people with money and will therefore seriously affect our individual profits as bankers and lenders. See your congressman at once and engage him to support us, that we may control legislation." - James Buel, American Bankers Association, 1877

12. "Whoever controls the volume of money in any country is absolute master of all industry and commerce. And when you realize that the entire system is very easily controlled, one way or another by a few powerful men at the top, you will not have to be told how periods of inflation and depression originate." - President James Garfield, 1881. He was assassinated just weeks after making this statement.

13. "On September 1st, 1894, we will not renew our loans under any consideration. On September 1st, we will demand our money. We will foreclose and become mortgagees in possession. We can take two-thirds of the farms west of the Mississippi as well, at our own price…Then the farmers will become tenants, as in England." - 1891 American Bankers Association Memo, recorded as testimony in the Congressional Record, April 29th, 1913

14. "We will answer their demand for a gold standard saying to them, 'You shall not press down upon the brow of labor this crown of thorns; you shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold'." - William Jennings Brian, 1896

15. "This act establishes the most gigantic trust on earth. When the president signs this bill, the 'invisible government' by monetary power will be legalized. The people may not know it yet, but the day of reckoning is only a few years removed…The worst legislative crime of the ages is perpetrated by this banking bill." - Rep. Charles Lindbergh Sr. (R, MN), father of the famed aviator, just prior to the passage of the Glass Owen Act that established the Federal Reserve System. (The bill was literally snuck through the congress on Dec. 22, 1913. Many senators had already left for the holidays after being reassured by the leadership that nothing would be done on the bill until after they returned from their Christmas recess the following January. All evidently believed that the congressional session had been legally retired for their customary holiday break, but this certainly could be construed as a ruse. And so it transpired that on December 22, 1913, under the shepherding of President Wilson and certain congressmen of both sides of the political spectrum, and with at least 27 Senators absent on holiday recess, the Federal Reserve Act passed. The bill provided for a privately owned central bank, disguised as the Federal Reserve System, to not only issue this nation's currency but to charge interest against that currency. Today we owe our currant national debt to the bank corporations that privately own the Federal Reserve Bank, with the exception, that is, of the debt paper the Fed regularly sells to other nations like China. The Fed accepts dollar reserves from foreign customers and sells them US government bonds in return. This is how the Federal Government borrows from foreign lenders. Some even suggest this is why we are loosing control of our country.)

16. "To cause high prices all the Federal Reserve Board will do will be to lower the rediscount rate producing an expansion of credit and rising stock market, then when business men are adjusted to these conditions, it can check prosperity in mid career by raising the rate of interest. It can cause the pendulum of a rising and falling market to swing gently back and forth by slight changes in the discount rate, or cause violent fluctuations by greater rate variation and in either case, it will possess inside information as to financial conditions and advanced knowledge of the coming change, either up or down. This is the strangest and most dangerous advantage ever placed in the hands of a special privilege class by any government that ever existed. The system is private, conducted for the sole purpose of obtaining the greatest possible profits from the use of other peoples' money. They know in advance when to create panics to their advantage, and they also know when to stop panic. Inflation and deflation work equally well for them when they control finance." - Rep. Charles Lindbergh Sr. (R. MN), 1914

17. "They have created a super state controlled by international bankers and international industrialists acting together to enslave the world for their own pleasure." - Rep. Lewis McFadden, (D PA) Chairman of the House Banking and Currency Committee, 1914 (Rep. Louis T. McFadden (R. Pa.) rose from office boy to become cashier and then President of the First National Bank in Canton Ohio. For 12 years he served as Chairman of the Committee on Banking and Currency, making him one of the foremost financial authorities in America. He fought continuously for fiscal integrity and a return to constitutional government.)

18. "In the United States today, we have two governments. We have the duly constituted government and then we have and independent, uncontrolled and uncoordinated government in the Federal Reserve System operating the money powers which are reserved for Congress by the Constitution." - Rep. Wright Patman, (D TX) (Congressman Wright Patman was Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Banking and Currency for 40 years. For 20 of those years, he introduced legislation to repeal the Federal Reserve Banking Act of 1913. )

19. "These international bankers and Rockefeller-Standard Oil interests control the majority of the newspapers and the columns in those papers to club into submission or drive out of office officials who refuse to do the bidding of the powerful corrupt cliques which compose the invisible government." - Theodore Roosevelt as reported in the New York Times, March 27th, 1922

20. "This warning of Theodore Roosevelt has as much timelessness today, for the real menace to our republic is this invisible government which spreads its tentacles like a giant octopus and sprawls its slimy length over city, state and nation. It seizes in its long and powerful tentacles our executive officers, our legislative bodies, our schools, our courts, our newspapers and every agency created for the public protection…To depart from mere generalizations, let me say that at the head of this octopus are the Rockefeller-Standard Oil interests and a small group of powerful banking houses generally referred to as the international bankers. The little coterie of powerful international bankers virtually run the United States government for their own selfish purposes. They practically control both parties, write political platforms, make cat's-paws of party leaders, use the leading men of private organizations, and resort to every device to place in nomination for high public office only such candidates as will be amenable to the dictates of corrupt big business. These international bankers and Rockefeller-Standard Oil interests control the majority of newspapers and magazines in this country." - John Hylan, Mayor of New York City, quoted in the New York Times, 1922

21. "After WWI, Germany fell into the hands of the German International Bankers. Those bankers bought her and they now own her, lock, stock and barrel. They purchased her industries, they have mortgages on her soil, they control her production; they control all her public utilities. The International German Bankers have subsidized the present government of Germany and they have also supplied every dollar of the money Adolf Hitler has used in his lavish campaign to build up a threat to the government of Bruening. When Bruening fails to obey the orders of the German International Bankers, Hitler is brought forth to scare the Germans into submission. Through the Federal Reserve Board over thirty billions of dollars was pumped into Germany…You have all heard of the spending that has taken place in Germany…modernistic dwellings, her great planetariums, her gymnasiums, her swimming pools, her fine public highways, her perfect factories….All this was done with our money. All this was given to Germany through the Federal Reserve Board. The Federal Reserve Board has pumped so many billions of dollars into Germany that they dare not name the total." - Rep. Lewis T. McFadden (D PA), Chairman of the House Banking and Currency Committee, 1931, (spoken before Congress eight years before Hitler invaded Poland and duly entered into the Congressional Record.) ((Rep. Louis T. McFadden (R. Pa.) rose from office boy to become cashier and then President of the First National Bank in Canton Ohio. For 12 years he served as Chairman of the Committee on Banking and Currency, making him one of the foremost financial authorities in America. He fought continuously for fiscal integrity and a return to constitutional government.)

22. "The Federal Reserve definitely caused the Great Depression by contracting Americas' money supply by one third between 1929 and 1933." - Milton Friedman, Nobel Prize winning economist, Stanford University

23. "Sell all of your stock now. Don't ask any questions." - Joseph P. Kennedy to his friend, father of Ed Kerrigan, 1929, (right before the crash. During the Great Depression, Joseph P. Kennedy's worth grew from four million dollars in 1929 to over 100 million dollars in 1935. Apparently he had insider information and knew what the Federal Reserve intended to do.)

24. "The depression was the calculated 'shearing' of the public by the World Money powers, triggered by the planned sudden shortage of supply of call money in the New York money market....The One World Government leaders and their ever close bankers have now acquired full control of the money and credit machinery of the U.S. via the creation of the privately owned Federal Reserve Bank."
-Curtis Dall, son-in-law to FDR, author of "My Exploited Father-in-Law," 1970

25. “Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes the laws.” - Amschel Rothschild, 1790

26. "Capital must protect itself in every possible manner by combination and legislation. Debts must be collected, bonds and mortgages must be foreclosed as rapidly as possible. When, through a process of law, the common people lose their homes they will become more docile and more easily governed through the influence of the strong arm of government, applied by a central power of wealth under control of leading financiers. This truth is well known among our principal men now engaged in forming an imperialism of Capital to govern the world. By dividing the voters through the political party system, we can get them to expend their energies in fighting over questions of no importance. Thus by discreet action we can secure for ourselves what has been so well planned and so successfully accomplished." - USA Banker's Magazine, August 25, 1924

27. “The fact is that there is a serious danger of this country becoming a Pluto-democracy; that is, a sham republic with the real government in the hands of a small clique of enormously wealthy men, who speak through their money, and whose influence, even today, radiates to every corner of the United States.” - William McAdoo - President Wilson's national campaign vice-chairman, wrote in Crowded Years

28. “We have stricken the (slave) shackles from four million human beings and brought all laborers to a common level not so much by the elevation of former slaves as by practically reducing the whole working population, white and black, to a condition of serfdom. While boasting of our noble deeds, we are careful to conceal the ugly fact that by an iniquitous money system we have nationalized a system of oppression which, though more refined, is not less cruel than the old system of chattel slavery.”- Horace Greeley - (1811-1872) founder of the New York Tribune

29. “When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.” - Frederic Bastiat - (1801-1850) in Economic Sophisms

30. “The powers of financial capitalism had (a) far-reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole. This system was to be controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert, by secret agreements arrived at in frequent meetings and conferences. The apex of the systems was to be the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland; a private bank owned and controlled by the world's central banks which were themselves private corporations. Each central bank...sought to dominate its government by its ability to control Treasury loans, to manipulate foreign exchanges, to influence the level of economic activity in the country, and to influence cooperative politicians by subsequent economic rewards in the business world.”- Professor Carroll Quigley of Georgetown University, Tragedy and Hope: A History of The World in Our Time, Macmillan Company, 1966, highly esteemed by his former student, William Jefferson Blythe Clinton.

31. “In a small Swiss city sits an international organization so obscure and secretive....Control of the institution, the Bank for International Settlements, lies with some of the world's most powerful and least visible men: the heads of 32 central banks, officials able to shift billions of dollars and alter the course of economies at the stroke of a pen.”- Keith Bradsher of the New York Times, August 5, 1995

32. “The Federal Reserve Bank of New York is eager to enter into close relationship with the Bank for International Settlements....The conclusion is impossible to escape that the State and Treasury Departments are willing to pool the banking system of Europe and America, setting up a world financial power independent of and above the Government of the United States....The United States under present conditions will be transformed from the most active of manufacturing nations into a consuming and importing nation with a balance of trade against it.”- Rep. Louis McFadden - Chairman of the House Committee on Banking and Currency quoted in the New York Times (June 1930)

33. “The Federal Reserve Bank is nothing but a banking fraud and an unlawful crime against civilization. Why? Because they "create" the money made out of nothing, and our Uncle Sap Government issues their "Federal Reserve Notes" and stamps our Government approval with NO obligation whatever from these Federal Reserve Banks, Individual Banks or National Banks, etc.”- H.L. Birum, Sr., American Mercury, August 1957, p. 43

34. “[The] abandonment of the gold standard made it possible for the welfare statists to use the banking system as a means to an unlimited expansion of credit.... In the absence of the gold standard, there is no way to protect savings from confiscation through inflation. There is no safe store of value. If there were, the government would have to make its holdings illegal, as was done in the case of gold.... The financial policy of the welfare state requires that there be no way for the owners of wealth to protect themselves.... [This] is the shabby secret of the welfare statist's tirades against gold. Deficit spending is simply a scheme for the 'hidden' confiscation of wealth. Gold stands in the way of this insidious process. It stands as a protector of property rights.” - Alan Greenspan in an article he wrote in 1966, before he became head of the Fed

35. "I am concerned for the security of our great nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within."- General Douglas MacArthur

36. “In March, 1915, the J.P. Morgan interests, the steel, shipbuilding, and powder interest, and their subsidiary organizations, got together 12 men high up in the newspaper world and employed them to select the most influential newspapers in the United States and sufficient number of them to control generally the policy of the daily press....They found it was only necessary to purchase the control of 25 of the greatest papers. "An agreement was reached; the policy of the papers was bought, to be paid for by the month; an editor was furnished for each paper to properly supervise and edit information regarding the questions of preparedness, militarism, financial policies, and other things of national and international nature considered vital to the interests of the purchasers."- Oscar Callaway, U.S. Congressman, 1917

37. "The invisible Money Power is working to control and enslave mankind. It financed Communism, Fascism, Marxism, Zionism, Socialism. All of these are directed to making the United States a member of a World Government."- American Mercury Magazine, December 1957, p. 92

38. "The world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes." - Benjamin Disraeli, first Prime Minister of England, "Coningsby, the New Generation", 1844

39. "The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the larger centers has owned the Government ever since the days of Andrew Jackson." - Franklin D. Roosevelt in a letter written to Colonel House, November 21st, l933

40. "David Rockefeller is the most conspicuous representative today of the ruling class, a multinational fraternity of men who shape the global economy and manage the flow of its capital. Rockefeller was born to it, and he has made the most of it. But what some critics see as a vast international conspiracy, he considers a circumstance of life and just another day's work... In the world of David Rockefeller it's hard to tell where business ends and politics begins" - Bill Moyers

41. "The invisible Money Power is working to control and enslave mankind. It financed Communism, Fascism, Marxism, Zionism, Socialism. All of these are directed to making the United States a member of a World Government ..." – American Mercury Magazine, December 1957, pg. 92.

42. "You are a den of vipers! I intend to rout you out, and by the Eternal God I will rout you out. If the people only understood the rank injustice of our money and banking system, there would be a revolution before morning." - President Andrew Jackson (1829-1837)

43. "Every effort has been made by the Federal Reserve Board to conceal its power but the truth is the Federal Reserve Board has usurped the government of the United States. It controls everything here and it controls all our foreign relations. It makes and breaks governments at will. No man and no body of men is more entrenched in power than the arrogant credit monopoly which operates the Federal Reserve Board and the Federal Reserve banks. These evil-doers have robbed this country of more than enough money to pay the national debt. What the Government has permitted the Federal Reserve Board to steal from the people should now be restored to the people."- Rep. Lewis McFadden, (D PA) Chairman of the House Banking and Currency Committee, 1914 (McFadden rose from office boy to become cashier and then President of the First National Bank in Canton Ohio. For 12 years he served as Chairman of the Committee on Banking and Currency, making him one of the foremost financial authorities in America. He fought continuously for fiscal integrity and a return to constitutional government.)

44. "If ever again our nation stumbles upon unfunded paper, it shall surely be like death to our body politic. This country will crash."- George Washington

45. "From the earliest days, the Rothschilds appreciated the importance of proximity to politicians, the men who determined not only the extent of budget deficits but also the domestic and foreign policies..." - Niall Ferguson, (MA, D.) Professor of History at Harvard University and William Ziegler Professor at Harvard Business School.

46. "By remaining behind the scenes, they (the Rothschilds) were able to avoid the brunt of public anger which was directed, instead, at the political figures which they largely controlled. This is a technique which has been practiced by financial manipulators ever since, and it is fully utilized by those who operate the Federal Reserve System today." - G. Edward Griffin, (born 7 November 1931) American political commentator, writer and documentary filmmaker.

47. "Lord Rothschild had access to all manner of leaders and experts. He was responsible only to the Prime Minister and answerable to neither the electorate nor the civil service chiefs."- Derek Wilson, leading biographer and author

48. "The division of the United States into federations of equal force was decided long before the Civil War by the high financial powers of Europe. These bankers were afraid that the United States, if they remained in one block and as one nation, would attain economic and financial independence, which would upset their financial domination over the world. The voice of the Rothschilds prevailed… Therefore they sent their emissaries into the field to exploit the question of slavery and to open an abyss between the two sections of the Union." - Otto von Bismarck, German chancellor

49. "Throughout the first half of the nineteenth century, the (Rothschild) brothers conducted important transactions on behalf of the governments of England, France, Prussia, Austria, Belgium, Spain, Naples, Portugal, Brazil, various German states and smaller countries. They were the personal bankers of many of the crowned heads of Europe. They made large investments, through agents, in markets as distant as the United States, India, Cuba and Australia." - G. Edward Griffin, American political commentator, writer and documentary filmmaker.

50. “The bank hath benefit of interest on all moneys which it creates out of nothing.” - William Paterson, founder of the Bank of England, 1694.

51. “All the perplexities, confusion and distresses in America arise not from defects in the constitution or confederation, nor from want of honor or virtue, as much from downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit, and circulation.” - John Adams, letter to Thomas Jefferson.

52. “The money power denounces, as public enemies, all who question its methods or throw light upon its crimes.” - Democrat Presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan.

53. "When a government is dependent upon bankers for money, they and not the leaders of the government control the situation, since the hand that gives is above the hand that takes... Money has no motherland; financiers are without patriotism and without decency; their sole object is gain." – Napoleon Bonaparte, a sympathizer for the international bankers, turned against them in the last years of his rule.

54. "Banks lend by creating credit. They create the means of payment out of nothing."
– Ralph M. Hawtrey, former Secretary of Treasury, England.

55. “The process by which banks create money is so simple that the mind is repelled.”
- John K. Galbraith, in “Money: Whence it came, where it went”, p. 29.

56. “The banks do create money. They have been doing it for a long time, but they didn't quite realize it, and they did not admit it. Very few did. You will find it in all sorts of documents, financial textbooks, etc. But in the intervening years, and we must all be perfectly frank about these things, there has been a development of thought, until today I doubt very much whether you would get many prominent bankers to attempt to deny that banks create credit.”- H. W. White, Chairman of the Associated Banks of New Zealand, to the New Zealand Monetary Commission, 1955.

57. “You have to choose [as a voter] between trusting to the natural stability of gold and the natural stability of the honesty and intelligence of the members of the Government. And, with due respect for these gentlemen, I advise you, as long as the Capitalist system lasts, to vote for gold." - George Bernard Shaw

58. "I have never seen more Senators express discontent with their jobs....I think the major cause is that, deep down in our hearts, we have been accomplices in doing something terrible and unforgivable to our wonderful country. Deep down in our heart, we know that we have given our children a legacy of bankruptcy. We have defrauded our country to get ourselves elected."- John Danforth (R-Mo)

59. "We are in danger of being overwhelmed with irredeemable paper, mere paper, representing not gold nor silver; no sir, representing nothing but broken promises, bad faith, bankrupt corporations, cheated creditors and a ruined people." - Daniel Webster, leading American statesman

60. “Most Americans have no real understanding of the operations of the international moneylenders... the accounts of the Federal Reserve have never been audited. It operates outside the control of Congress and ... manipulates the credit of the United States”- Sen. Barry Goldwater (R. –AZ)

61. “Nothing but widespread suffering will produce any effect on Congress... Our only safety is in pursuing a steady course of firm restriction - and I have no doubt that such a course will ultimately lead to restoration of the currency and the re-charter of the bank." - Nicholas Biddle, (1786-1844), Banker and American financier

62. "There cannot be stable money within an environment dominated by ideologies hostile to the preservation of economic freedom." - Ludwig von Mises, (1881-1973) Austrian economist, philosopher, and a major influence on the modern libertarian movement.

63. "The study of money, above all other fields in economics, is one in which complexity is used to disguise truth or to evade truth, not to reveal it." - John Kenneth Galbraith, one of America's most famous economists

64. "Of all the contrivances for cheating the laboring classes of mankind, none has been more effective than that which deludes them with paper money." - Daniel Webster, leading American statesman

65. "Every circulating FRN (Federal Reserve Note) represents a one dollar debt to the Federal Reserve System." - Money Facts, House Banking and Currency Committee

66. "Neither paper currency nor deposits have value as commodities, intrinsically; a 'dollar' bill is just a piece of paper. Deposits are merely book entries." - Modern Money Mechanics Workbook, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, 1975

67. "The governments alone are responsible for the spread of the superstitious awe with which the common man looks upon every bit of paper upon which the treasury or agencies which it controls have printed the magical words legal tender." - Ludwig von Mises, (1881-1973) Austrian economist, philosopher, and a major influence on the modern libertarian movement.

68. "Those who create and issue money and credit direct the policies of government and hold in the hollow of their hands the destiny of the people." - Reginald McKenna, former Chancellor of Exchequer, England

69. "When you or I write a check there must be sufficient funds in our account to cover the check, but when the Federal Reserve writes a check there is no bank deposit on which that check is drawn. When the Federal Reserve writes a check, it is creating money." - Federal Reserve Bank, Boston, "Putting It Simply"

70. "How pale is the art of sorcerers, witches, and conjurors when compared with that of the government's Treasury Department!"
- Ludwig von Mises, (1881-1973) Austrian economist, philosopher, and a major influence on the modern libertarian movement.

71. "We have, in this country, one of the most corrupt institutions the world has ever known. I refer to the Federal Reserve Board. This evil institution has impoverished the people of the United States and has practically bankrupted our government. It has done this through the corrupt practices of the moneyed vultures who control it." - Congressman Louis T. McFadden in 1932

72. "If you increase the quantity of money, you bring about the lowering of the purchasing power of the monetary unit." - Ludwig von Mises, (1881-1973) Austrian economist, philosopher, and a major influence on the modern libertarian movement.

73. "Money is the most important subject intellectual persons can investigate and reflect upon. It is so important that our present civilization may collapse unless it is widely understood and its defects remedied very soon." - Robert H. Hemphill, former credit manager, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

74. "Thus, our national circulating medium is now at the mercy of loan transactions of banks, which lend, not money, but promises to supply money they do not possess." - Irving Fisher, 100% Money, American economist, health campaigner, and eugenicist

75. "Without the confidence factor, many believe a paper money system is liable to collapse eventually." - Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, Gold, p. 10

76. "The few who understand the system, will either be so interested from its profits or so dependent on its favors, that there will be no opposition from that class." - Mayer Amschel Bauer Rothschild

77. “I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. As a result of the war, corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands, and the Republic is destroyed. I feel at this moment more anxiety for the safety of my country than ever before, even in the midst of war.” – Abraham Lincoln - In a letter written to William Elkin

78. “It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.” - Henry Ford, Corporate Head and Automobile Manufacturer

79. "The drive of the Rockefellers and their allies is to create a one-world government combining super capitalism and Communism under the same tent, all under their control.... Do I mean conspiracy? Yes I do. I am convinced there is such a plot, international in scope, generations old in planning, and incredibly evil in intent."- Congressman Larry P. McDonald, 1976, killed in the Korean Airlines 747 that was shot down by the Soviets

80. “Bankers own the earth; take it away from them but leave them with the power to create credit; and, with a flick of a pen, they will create enough money to buy it back again... If you want to be slaves of bankers and pay the cost of your own slavery, then let the bankers control money and control credit.”- Sir Josiah Stamp, Director, Bank of England, 1940

81. "A theft of greater magnitude and still more ruinous, is the making of paper money; it is greater because in this money there is absolutely no real value; it is more ruinous because by its gradual depreciation during the time of its existence, it produces the effect which would be proration of the coins. All those iniquities are founded on the false idea the money is but a sign."- Count Destutt de Tracy

82. "We are completely dependent on the commercial banks. Someone has to borrow every dollar we have in circulation, cash, or credit. If the banks create ample synthetic money we are prosperous; if not, we starve. We are absolutely without a permanent money system. When one gets a complete grasp of the picture, the tragic absurdity of our hopeless position is almost incredible, but there it is. It [the banking problem] is the most important subject intelligent persons can investigate and reflect upon. It is so important that our present civilization may collapse unless it becomes widely understood and the defects are remedied very soon." - Robert H. Hemphill, Credit Manager, Federal Reserve Bank in Atlanta

83. "Wake up you idiots! Whatever made you think paper was so valuable?" - Kurt Vonnegut, Galapagos

84. "Paper is poverty. It is the ghost of money and not money itself." – Thomas Jefferson

85. "Who controls the money controls the world." - Henry Kissinger, Council on Foreign Relations

86. "The end of the decline of the Stock Market will probably not be long, only a few more days at most." —Irving Fisher, November 1929

87. "I see nothing in the present situation that is either menacing or warrants pessimism... I have every confidence that there will be a revival of activity in the spring, and that during this coming year the country will make steady progress." —Andrew W. Mellon, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, December 1929

88. "The invisible Money Power is working to control and enslave mankind. It financed Communism, Fascism, Marxism, Zionism, Socialism. All of these are directed to making the United States a member of a World Government."- American Mercury Magazine, December 1957, p. 92

89. "The dollar has clearly been abandoned and foreigners are starting to bail from dollar-denominated assets in droves. This is where bailouts, and the hyperinflationary destruction of the dollar that comes with them, are leading us, along with miniscule bond rates caused by continual flights to "security" as everyone flees in terror due to rapidly deteriorating market conditions caused by subprime fallout, over-leveraged speculation, fraudulent lending and borrowing, lack of oversight, transparency and confidence, frozen credit markets, an out-of-control money supply, profligate borrowing and spending, as well as an economy destroyed in less than two decades by globalization, free trade, off-shoring, outsourcing, unrestrained illegal immigration, insane wars for profit and the rampant inflation and unemployment that come from a completely, totally and malevolently mismanaged economy thanks to the reprobates and sociopaths that run the Fed and our government." Bob Chapman, International Forecaster, 2008

90. "The Federal Reserve System is not Federal; it has no reserves; and it is not a system at all, but rather, a criminal syndicate." - Eustace Mullins, author of Secrets of the Federal Reserve

91. "American history in the twentieth century has recorded the amazing achievements of the Federal Reserve bankers. First, the outbreak of World War I, which was made possible by the funds available from the new central bank of the United States. Second, the Agricultural Depression of 1920. Third, the Black Friday Crash on Wall Street of October, 1929 and the ensuing Great Depression. Fourth, World War II. Fifth, the conversion of the assets of the United States and its citizens from real property to paper assets from 1945 to the present, transforming a victorious America and foremost world power in 1945 to the world's largest debtor nation in 1990. Today, this nation lies in economic ruins, devastated and destitute, in much the same dire straits in which Germany and Japan found themselves in 1945. Will Americans act to rebuild our nation, as Germany and Japan have done when they faced the identical conditions which we now face--or will we continue to be enslaved by the Babylonian debt money system which was set up by the Federal Reserve Act in 1913 to complete our total destruction? This is the only question which we have to answer, and we do not have much time left to answer it." - Eustace Mullins, 1991, author of Secrets of the Federal Reserve

92. "I care not what puppet is placed upon the throne of England to rule the Empire on which the sun never sets. The man that controls Britain's money supply controls the British Empire, and I control the British money supply." Baron Nathan Mayer de Rothschild


"McDonald’s Corp. (MCD), the world’s biggest restaurant chain, said it hired 24 percent more people than planned during an employment event this month.

McDonald’s and its franchisees hired 62,000 people in the U.S. after receiving more than one million applications, the Oak Brook, Illinois-based company said today in an e-mailed statement. Previously, it said it planned to hire 50,000.

The April 19 national hiring day was the company’s first, said Danya Proud, a McDonald’s spokeswoman. She declined to disclose how many of the jobs were full- versus part-time. McDonald’s employed 400,000 workers worldwide at company-owned stores at the end of 2010, according to a company filing.

The number of applications for unemployment benefits in the U.S. rose last week, a sign that progress in the labor market may be fading. Jobless claims increased by 25,000 to 429,000 in the week ended April 23, the most in three months, according to data from the Labor Department in Washington today."

For the last couple of weeks the story about McDonalds and its announced hiring binge has been touted on Fox Business and other networks as a triumphant and resounding proof that the economic recovery has begun. Whatever.

The reality is that if you had applied for one of these minimum wage, part time jobs you were just one of a million or so that did so and you had a roughly 5%-6% chance of getting it. In other words, approximately 938,000 people applied and failed to get a job. 938,000!! For minimum wage, part time work! I wonder what percentage of these applicants were the typical McDonalds teenage part-timers and how many were laid off adults that were trying to replace a job that paid real money with just anything they could get?

And they call this a RECOVERY??!!