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It’s been a while since I posted anything. I was surfing the net this morning and came across this from Michael Savage 3 and a half minutes and it sent chills up my spine.

 

Not to Harsh your Mellow on this Thanksgiving Eve But….

I signed up for the NIA newsletter, just got a notification of this just released video. It is a little scary.

 

Be Prepared – Take the Advice of an Old Eagle Scout

I got this from Beck’s news site The Blaze. Great information.

“Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.”

This proverb offers an important piece of advice, especially for today’s uncertain times.  As Glenn explains on his Thursday Fox News 5 p.m. broadcast, it’s important for you and your family to always have hope for the future, but to be prepared to face life’s uncertainties.

Are you prepared?  Here’s a useful guide from Glenn on what you can do:

THINGS TO CONSIDER

  • No refrigeration, plan for emergency assuming no electricity.
  • Be nutritious, there may be some more physical activity required (i.e. Blizzard requires more shoveling)
  • Keep calorie count

FOOD

  • Recommend you start with 2-week supply of food
  • Good no-cook food items
  • Energy bars / breakfast bars
  • Almonds
  • Peanut butter
  • Tuna packages
  • Canned pasta
  • Dried fruit / canned fruit
  • Dry milk
  • Instant coffee
  • V-8 juice
  • Plan around the way you already eat.
  • Build around 3 categories of food
  • Grocery store goods: often inexpensive, and it’s all familiar stuff. (i.e. mac & cheese)
  • Freeze dried foods: lightweight and don’t take up much room; more expensive, but priced out per serving, it’s budget-friendly.
  • Bulk dry food: rice, beans, dehydrated fruits and vegetables, cornmeal, wheat, dried milk, etc.; it will be the backbone of your food storage and last up to 20-30 years.
  • Don’t stock up on it unless you know you like it.
  • Look at ingredients.  You don’t want something high in sodium or preservatives.
  • Pay attention to shelf life. Take a look at package, can.  Soup doesn’t need water and store this for a few years.  Plastic bags and cardboard boxes – 1 year max.

WATER

 

  • Easiest way to store is by using cleaned out 2-liter soda bottles.  You can easily clean out with hot water, drop of soap.  Rinse thoroughly.  That type of plastic is safe for storage.
  • Recommend 2-liter soda bottle per person, per day.  For consumption and washing.
  • If a situation where water is an issue, be sure to have stash of paper plates & freeze dried meals.
  • If you can heat water, then at least you can enjoy a hot meal (i.e. mac & cheese, pasta, soup)

STORAGE

  • 5 main enemies to storing food
  • Temperature: ideal is 40 degrees – 72 degrees.  For every 18 degrees above 72, food will lose it’s nutritional value by half.
  • Humidity: Store food off the floor and away from outside walls.
  • Pests: Keep food in air-tight containers; clean up food particles on the shelves or floor.
  • Oxygen: Use oxygen absorbers, rotate food, vacuum packing food to reduce oxidation.
  • Light: Keep your pantry area dark.  if food is in clear containers, keep them in labeled boxes with lids.
  • Look for places where you can de-clutter (I have water bottles stored under my kids’ beds)
  • You can store food in bin under a bed, clear out space in closet and designate a shelf.
  • recommend pieces of furniture that can double as storage (i.e. bench that opens up with a storage component – especially good for small homes).
  • Store in a place that you won’t be dipping into constantly.

NON-FOOD ITEMS

  • Items like toilet paper can be bulky but can be stored in garage, attic, shed, etc.  Moisture will affect it but temperature won’t.
  • Non-food items, purposefully 1-2 weeks supply.
  • Go through entire day and jot down every non-food item used – soap, shampoo, contact solution, etc. — and buy extras of those.
  • Keep easily organized in buckets (i.e. dental, laundry, etc.)
  • Give serious consideration to how your family will cope when power is down — communication, entertainment, pet care, keeping things cool in the home, etc.

Source: National Center for Home Food Preservation

Storage information: http://www.uga.edu/nchfp/how/store.html

Drying information: http://www.uga.edu/nchfp/how/dry.html

Canning information: http://www.uga.edu/nchfp/how/can_home.html

 

Why the Democratic Party Cannot Survive

From American Thinker

By Monty Pelerin

After the election two years ago, Time Magazine questioned whether the Elephant had become an extinct political animal. The most recent election raised questions as to whether the Donkey should be deemed an endangered species. Questioning either party’s ability to survive is reasonable, and it helps sell magazines. However one or two elections are not sufficient to life-death assessments.

Political parties are not immortal. They are born and eventually die. Survivability is dependent upon Darwinian adaptations rather than a genetically determined lifespan. Actuarial analyses can be reasonably attempted if they are based on longer periods.
Enormous change in the American landscape is coming. The “pendulum theory” of politics — one party disappoints, is removed, and then is returned when the other party disappoints — is too simplistic to capture major trends. Peggy Noonan’s recent take is an example of such analysis.
The Democratic Party is unlikely to survive. This outcome is effected by Obama, but not directly caused by him. Likewise, the latest election results are confirming rather than causal. The party’s amazing success since the 1930s contained the seed of its demise.
The Meaning of the Recent Elections
In the two most recent elections, each political party was soundly, sequentially rejected, but for different reasons. Simply and bluntly:
  • The Republicans were tossed out because they did not govern according to their principles.
  • The Democrats were tossed out because they did govern according to their principles.
One party lost because it misbehaved; the other because it revealed itself.
Obama’s election was erroneously interpreted as a mandate for radical change by left-wing loonies. In spite of his uniqueness, Obama’s election was more a vote against Republican spending, hypocrisy, and general misbehavior than a vote for Democrats. Socialist Obama unwisely tried to impose his vision on the country.
His overreach scared many and unleashed the coerciveness that George Washington warned about: “Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”
Government arrogance and arbitrariness initiated a groundswell of concern that coalesced into the Tea Party movement. Ridiculed by the elites in both major parties, the Tea Party provided an outlet for voter rage, a point still not grasped by either party.
The last election was a referendum on Obama and his extremist policies. The Democrat raw grasp for power ensures that they will not do well in the next several elections. This is troubling, but not enough to destroy the Party.
Party Principles
The alleged principles of both major parties need to be understood. “Alleged” is a necessary modifier because these principles are little more than marketing props that appear when useful and disappear otherwise. Groucho Marx probably best captured the flexibility of both parties when he said, “Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them…well, I have others.”
Republican principles are closer to George Washington’s view of government — government is necessary but dangerous. Hence, it is best kept small and weak. Republicans claim to stand for limited government because it allows for maximum individual freedom. These principles require a governing model that focuses on less tax, less spending, and less regulation. The keyword is “less,” as in less government.
Democrat principles are based on government being a force for good. Government is presumed necessary to help individuals and ensure “social justice” (a term impossible to reasonably define). This philosophy leads to bigger government, as in more spending, more taxes, and more regulatory control. For Democrats, the keyword is “more,” as in more government.
Elections
Getting elected (and then reelected) is the primary political motivation. But getting elected and governing are two different activities. Party principles have to serve both functions. Often they serve one better than the other. Content from an e-mail cleverly illustrates the difference:
Two third-graders are running for class president. Johnny’s platform includes a detailed program to improve various school matters and a commitment to work hard. His opponent, Mary, promises free ice cream for everyone. Mary is elected by an overwhelming margin.
Johnny’s election campaign is similar to Republicans’, while Mary’s is similar to Democrats’. Republican principles are not as effective in an election campaign when competing against free ice cream. Sacrifice, abstinence, and/or self-reliance are a form of political “root canal” when compared to “freebies.”
Not surprisingly, voters have chosen ice cream more often than root canals. In the 66 years from 1945 forward, Democrats controlled both Houses of Congress and the presidency for twelve years, and Republicans two years. Democrats controlled both Houses for 23 years, and Republicans six years, with five of those since 1995.
The ice cream strategy was implemented by Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1930s. Arguably, this strategy created the modern Democratic Party. It rescued a floundering party and enabled it to become dominant. From a political standpoint, the strategy was pure genius. From an economic standpoint, it produced a slower growth path for the country.
Flaws in the Democrat Strategy
One problem with the “ice cream” strategy is that you cannot promise ice cream to everyone. As a result, the political base for Democrats developed as a motley collection of beneficiaries “bought” at various times. These include minorities, government employees, big labor, trial lawyers, teachers’ unions, gays, radical women’s groups, and environmentalists, among others.
Another problem is the lack of commonality. Whatever is provided to one group demands that less be available for another. An underlying tension between groups must always be managed. This surfaced when Dems tried to attract Hispanics. Blacks looked at this as a threat to their importance.
Governing presents another problem. Interest group politics, while perhaps a good election strategy, is not conducive to effective governing.
The fatal flaw in the strategy, however, is the dependence on the continuing flow of goodies. Once you run out of ice cream, you can no longer buy or maintain your “clients.” As Margaret Thatcher famously said, “The trouble with Socialism is, sooner or later, you run out of other people’s money.”
Thatcher’s end point has arrived. For eighty years, government grew, as did the welfare state. The Democrat strategy was dependent upon this flow of largesse. Funds are no longer there, and the Democrat strategy is now bankrupt.
The Ice Cream Is Gone
Welfare states around the world are insolvent. Welfare State R.I.P. discusses the debt burdens. Governments will begin defaulting on promises and obligations. It is mathematically impossible to honor all promises. The ice cream is gone, and so is the key to eighty years of Democrat success.
Voters know government is insolvent. That knowledge was the driving force behind the Tea Party movement. While no one wants his or her goodies reduced or removed, a majority recognizes the problems and is willing to vote to at least stop the growth in government.
This new reality is devastating for Democrats. They are dependent upon a diverse, disjointed collection of groups pieced together over the years by ad hoc, quid pro quo tactics. Holding a disparate coalition together was tenuous when benefits were available. Holding them together when benefits are being cut is unlikely.
The Democrats have no coherent message other than bigger government and more benefits. Both parts of that message are now obsolete. Is it possible for them to develop a meaningful strategy that can keep them alive? I think not. Their coalition is too fragmented to hold under a governing rather than electing strategy. Furthermore, the groups are so conditioned to “more” that it is unlikely that they can be maintained under the “less” strategy in store for the country.
It is not impossible for the Democratic Party to survive, but only unlikely. If there is a strategy that they might successfully adopt, it is apt to be that we will give you less than you got before but more than the other guys will. With so many voters sucking on the government teat, it is possible that such a strategy could be implemented with some success.
My guess is that the Republicans will become the party of the left, although not much left of where they are today. A new party will evolve to the right of the Republicans, probably based on an original interpretation of the Constitution. Many Democrats will migrate to the Republican Party, while many Republicans will migrate to the newly formed party.
This realignment, which will take place over a decade or two, will formalize a major shift rightward in the politics and policies of the country. Similar adjustments will occur in other social welfare states.

The Real Tsunami

Lost in the noise of the landslide republican take over of the US House of representatives is the fact that at every level of state government there was also a mandate or repudiation of leftist policies.

Following are some very exciting statistics.

  • Republicans picked up over 500 state legislative seats.
  • Republicans gained 11 governorships with a few still out.
  • State chambers were 66 democrat 33 republican and 1 tie it now stands at 55 republican and 40 democrat.
  • Alabama has a republican dominate state house and senate the first time since reconstruction.
  • Republicans have not had this much legislative power since the 1920s.

This is a good link to look at state results.

Now is the time for all liberty groups to start working. We need to make sure the newly elected republicans stay on track. We can change things locally a lot easier than at the national level. Let’s support local petitions and issues. Let’s write letters, emails and make phone calls to our state representatives. We have to let the local people know we support them.

I was at a fund raiser for a state representative and I was told that a couple of phone calls or emails mean a lot more when they receive them than it means for a US representative. The reason is no one really ever communicates with the state level politicians.

I’m excited about moving forward in this country, it seems like a dark cloud is starting to lift.

UPDATE: Here’s a link to an article at Red State that expands on my original post.

Healthcare Rationing Explained by a Doctor

In the Oct. 13, 2010 video which is now going viral, Dr. David Janda quickly and succinctly explains in language all those on the left and right can understand, exactly what is wrong with the Stimulus Bill and the Healthcare Bill. It’s only 6 minutes – watch it, get up to speed with the facts of the issue, and then tell your friends in time for voting on Nov 2.

David says, “We’re going to lose 46% of physicians, including me. I cannot walk into a room Jan. 1st 2013 and lie to the very people I’ve been helping for the last 30 years. I won’t do it.”

As California Goes so Goes the Nation?!

Back in the 1960s and 1970s, there was a seemingly endless parade of pop songs about how great life was in California, and millions of young Americans dreamed of moving to the land of sandy beaches and golden sunshine.  But now all of that has changed.  Today, millions of Californians are dreaming about leaving the state for good.  The truth is that California is broke.  The economy of the state is in shambles.  The official unemployment rate has been sitting above 12 percent for an extended period of time, and poverty is everywhere.  For many Californians today, there are very few reasons to stay in the state but a whole lot of reasons to leave: falling housing prices, rising crime, budget cuts, rampant illegal immigration, horrific traffic, some of the most brutal tax rates in the nation, increasing gang violence and the ever present threat of wildfires, mudslides and natural disasters.  The truth is that it is easy to understand why there are now more Americans moving out of California each year than there are Americans moving into the state.  California has become a complete and total disaster zone in more ways than one, and an increasing number of Californians are deciding that enough is enough and they are getting out for good.

Sadly, the state of California is facing such a wide array of social, economic, and political problems that it is hard to even document them all.  It is really one huge gigantic mess at this point.

Just consider the following facts about what life is like in the state of California today….

#1 Unemployment in the state of California was 12.4% in September – one of the highest rates in the nation.

#2 The number of people unemployed in the state of California is approximately equivalent to the populations of Nevada, New Hampshire and Vermontcombined.

#3 Not even state government jobs are safe in California these days.  Last month, government agencies in California slashed a total of 37,300 jobs.

#4 California has the third highest state income tax in the nation: a 9.55% tax bracket at $47,055 and a 10.55% bracket at $1,000,000.

#5 California has the highest state sales tax rate in the nation by far at 8.25%.  Indiana has the next highest at 7%.

#6 Residents of California pay the highest gasoline taxes (over 67 cents per gallon) in the United States.

#7 Even with all of the taxes, the budget deficit for the California state government for the current year is approximately 19 billion dollars.

#8 According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, California’s unfunded pension liability is estimated to be somewhere between $120 billion and $500 billion.

#9 20 percent of the residents of Los Angeles County are now receiving public aid.

#10 Budget cuts are making life very difficult in many California cities.  For example, Oakland, California Police Chief Anthony Batts says that due to severe budget cuts there are a number of crimes that his department will simply not be able to respond to any longer.  The crimes that the Oakland police will no longer be responding to include grand theft, burglary, car wrecks, identity theft and vandalism.

Things have gotten so bad in Stockton, California that the police union put up a billboard with the following message: “Welcome to the 2nd most dangerous city in California. Stop laying off cops.”

#11 According to one survey, approximately 1 in 4 Californians under the age of 65 had absolutely no health insurance last year.

#12 California’s poverty rate soared to 15.3 percent in 2009, which was the highest in 11 years.

#13 California’s overstretched health care system is also on the verge of collapse.  Dozens of California hospitals and emergency rooms have shut down over the last decade because they could not afford to stay open after being endlessly swamped by illegal immigrants and poor Californians who were simply not able to pay for the services they were receiving.  As a result, the remainder of the health care system in the state of California is now beyond overloaded.  This had led to brutally long waits, diverted ambulances and even unnecessary patient deaths.

#14 California home builders began construction on 1,811 homes during the month of August, which was down 77% from August 2006.

#15 Earlier this year, it was reported that in the area around Sacramento, California there was one closed business for every six that were still open.

#16 The “lawsuit climate” in California is ranked number 46 out of all 50 states.

#17 Residents of California pay some of the highest electricity prices in the entire nation.

#18 Over 20 percent of California homeowners are now underwater on their mortgages.

#19 Large tent cities have been springing up all over the state of California.  Just check out the following shocking video news report….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRLupIRhrmg

So why doesn’t the state government of California just fix many of these problems?  Well, the truth is that it simply cannot.  The state government is flat broke.  Earlier this year, Bob Herbert of the New York Times described California’s massive budget problems this way….

California has cut billions of dollars from its education system, including its renowned network of public colleges and universities. Many thousands of teachers have been let go. Budget officials travel the state with a glazed look in their eyes, having tried everything they can think of to balance the state budget. And still the deficits persist.

So is there any hope that all this can be turned around?

Is there any hope that the economy of California will recover?

Or will California continue to experience a rapid decline?

Please feel free to leave a comment with your opinion….