Archive for September, 2008

House to Bailout: No.

September 29, 2008

Today is a good day.  For once the government worked.  They voted down that stupid Bailout bill.  Sure, there will likely be more attempts at passing this, but the liberals and their socialists ways can eat crow for a day.

Youtube video of Ron Paul:

Boy, does he seem excited!  Ron Paul is the man!


My First Coin Shop Visit

September 29, 2008

I visited my first coin shop this past Saturday. We have a little extra cash, and not knowing much about coin investment, we decided to stop at a local shop.

I don’t know if this is typical of every coin shop, but the owner had a variety of collectibles along with coins, such as baseball cards, Americana memorabilia and random toy trinkets.

I was hoping the owner would be able to engage in economics, but he stared at me blankly when I explained myself as a new member of the Austrian School. So, while the shop was interesting, and he seemed to have some interesting and rare coins, he did not give me much hope as a future investor.

Fine, I explained to my wife. We are so new at this, that it will take sometime for us to get our gearing, so to speak. While we didn’t purchase any coins, we did become just a little bit more informed regarding the collection and investment of metals.

We can’t afford gold. What with the price of gold nearing $1,000.00 an ounce, but we may be able to invest in some silver. We would like gold, though. Had I known 7 years ago what I know now, we’d have a good collection of gold bullion coins.

In the meantime, I’ll try my best to learn more about this form of investment. While it is the metal boom time, it is because our fiat currency is finally dying. That is a simple statement with serious repercussions.

While we left the shop without even purchasing a Silver American Eagle, we did begin to think about preparation. We are in the process of obtaining a chest freezer so that we can bulk up on meats and other necessities. We have an area in our basement reserved for canned goods, and household necessities, so if the economy has a true crash, we’ll at least be fine for a few months.

This is not me being a paranoid libertarian. This is just sensible thinking. Our cost of living is lower right now, then it will be in a few months. Plus, it pays off to buy in bulk in the long run, as you spend less time going to and fro the grocery store, which uses gas.

I think I’m starting to become frugal. We are trying to make it a game to see how frugal we can get. While I am riding my bicycle to work, my wife has grown plenty of vegetables in the garden. Instead of buying coffee at Dunkin Donuts, I use the cheap free stuff at work. We switched from disposable diapers to cloth. Believe me, this is a huge savings. And my wife is determined to breastfeed as long as possible, so this saves money on formula (which is horribly expensive).

To end, I think it is time we all lived more sensibly. I personally have a history of living above my means. I think my family will be better off if we live under our means.

I only watched six minutes of her interview, but…

September 26, 2008

I’m left feeling that Sarah Palin is not too bright.  I hope she proves me wrong in future interviews, but she was horribly unprepared, and she came off like a deer stuck in the headlights.  The consensus seems to feel that she didn’t display herself in the most informed and intelligent light.

As I have stated before, I’m not voting for McCain/Palin.  I leaned towards liking Palin for her conservative values, but not enough to hold my nose when voting.  If she continues to present herself as a dummy, her VP career will be over.  Seriously, she looked worse then Bush.  Granted, I didn’t hear the typical Obama “Um, uh, er, uh, um” fillers, so that’s something.

Don’t get me wrong.  I still think Obama is pretty stupid.  He carries around his teleprompter like my toddler carries her dolly.  And if he ever gets in office (which is looking more likely), we’re in for some crazy stupid times, yo!

He made it home.

September 25, 2008

Off and on for some years now, I have stopped over at Bane’s blog.  He was a shockingly honest man who has been through it all, it seems.  I think he may have been a modern day Job, and like Job, the devil could not take him.

While he was salty in language, he was honest in deed.  I was an infrequent commenter, but I did get to experience his great “insults.”  It is an honor for anyone in the Vox world.  Suffice to say, he barely tolerated pacifist libertarians.

Still, Bane was like a guilty pleasure for me.  Please spend some time reading this man’s entries. He wasn’t perfect, but he  seemed to be as straightforward as a person can be in the blogger’s world.

I pray for his wife and children.  You will see how much he cherished them.

A Letter From Ron Paul

September 24, 2008

I have a small voice, but I cannot, in good conscience, support the Federal Reserve’s bail out of the mess they created.  I will be contacting all of my representatives (house and senate) and informing them of my disdain of this.  We should not be burdened with the irresponsibility of the fatcats in Wall Street (and the Fed).

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Dear Friends,

Whenever a Great Bipartisan Consensus is announced, and a compliant media assures everyone that the wondrous actions of our wise leaders are being taken for our own good, you can know with absolute certainty that disaster is about to strike.

The events of the past week are no exception.

The bailout package that is about to be rammed down Congress’ throat is not just economically foolish.  It is downright sinister.  It makes a mockery of our Constitution, which our leaders should never again bother pretending is still in effect.  It promises the American people a never-ending nightmare of ever-greater debt liabilities they will have to shoulder.  Two weeks ago, financial analyst Jim Rogers said the bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac made America more communist than China!  “This is welfare for the rich,” he said. “This is socialism for the rich. It’s bailing out the financiers, the banks, the Wall Streeters.”

That describes the current bailout package to a T.  And we’re being told it’s unavoidable.

The claim that the market caused all this is so staggeringly foolish that only politicians and the media could pretend to believe it.  But that has become the conventional wisdom, with the desired result that those responsible for the credit bubble and its predictable consequences – predictable, that is, to those who understand sound, Austrian economics – are being let off the hook.  The Federal Reserve System is actually positioning itself as the savior, rather than the culprit, in this mess!

•    The Treasury Secretary is authorized to purchase up to $700 billion in mortgage-related assets at any one time.  That means $700 billion is only the very beginning of what will hit us.

•    Financial institutions are “designated as financial agents of the Government.”  This is the New Deal to end all New Deals.

•    Then there’s this: “Decisions by the Secretary pursuant to the authority of this Act are non-reviewable and committed to agency discretion, and may not be reviewed by any court of law or any administrative agency.”  Translation: the Secretary can buy up whatever junk debt he wants to, burden the American people with it, and be subject to no one in the process.

There goes your country.

Even some so-called free-market economists are calling all this “sadly necessary.”  Sad, yes.  Necessary?  Don’t make me laugh.

Our one-party system is complicit in yet another crime against the American people.  The two major party candidates for president themselves initially indicated their strong support for bailouts of this kind – another example of the big choice we’re supposedly presented with this November: yes or yes.  Now, with a backlash brewing, they’re not quite sure what their views are.  A sad display, really.

Although the present bailout package is almost certainly not the end of the political atrocities we’ll witness in connection with the crisis, time is short.  Congress may vote as soon as tomorrow.  With a Rasmussen poll finding support for the bailout at an anemic seven percent, some members of Congress are afraid to vote for it.  Call them!  Let them hear from you!  Tell them you will never vote for anyone who supports this atrocity.

The issue boils down to this: do we care about freedom?  Do we care about responsibility and accountability?  Do we care that our government and media have been bought and paid for?  Do we care that average Americans are about to be looted in order to subsidize the fattest of cats on Wall Street and in government?  Do we care?

When the chips are down, will we stand up and fight, even if it means standing up against every stripe of fashionable opinion in politics and the media?

Times like these have a way of telling us what kind of a people we are, and what kind of country we shall be.

In liberty,

Ron Paul

Red Sox in the playoffs!

September 24, 2008

The familiar phrase does not get old!  And the cream on top?  The Red Sox eliminated any chances of the Yankees making the playoffs.  Yes sir, this may be a fine October!

I’m All For Gun Rights, But…

September 22, 2008

So I read an article about a 2 year old who got his hands on his dad’s .40 and accidentally killed himself.  His father was asleep, the gun was lying on the night stand.  Mother comes in screaming to this horrible tragedy.

This leaves me wondering.  Why would someone leave a loaded weapon within reach of a 2 year old?  A 2 year old boy is always going to be attracted to a gun.  Always.  This pisses me off.  It is irresponsible parents like this who give gun owners a bad name.

We don’t have guns (or do we?).  I wouldn’t let my kids know about them until they are old enough to handle them with responsibility.

Is it wrong for me to laugh when reading this?

September 22, 2008

Traditional men earn more than their feminist leaning counterparts:

The study, carried out by researchers at the University of Florida, was conducted on a large scale, with 12,686 men and women interviewed in 1979, when they were aged between 14 and 22, and three times in the following two decades, the last time in 2005.

The researchers asked them whether they believed a woman’s place was in the home, or whether the employment of women was likely to lead to higher rates of juvenile delinquency.

Predictably, more men tended to hold these views than women, although the gap has narrowed significantly over time.

However, when the men were asked about their salaries, another gap emerged, with those holding “traditional” views earning significantly more.

Yes, I am a traditional man.  I think women should be at home submitting to their family’s needs and carrying out the household duties, while the husband should be hard at work bringing home the bacon.

I can now look out at the feminist and smile when remembering this study.

My Wife’s Input:

I think they might have missed one primary reason for it, though: Men who believe their wives’ place is in the home may drive themselves more in order to accomplish that, whereas men who don’t care either way will just figure they contribute half, and their wife should contribute half, so they needn’t push themselves as hard.

Puppets vs. Masters

September 19, 2008

Just a quick observation.  It seems people are easily influenced by people and perspectives they appreciate.  Especially bloggers on the internet.  If one person brings up a point, whether it is factual or not, it creates a firestorm of copycats repeating the same phrase almost verbatim.

Just look at the election race today.  We have bloggers posting “truths” about certain politicians, and in some cases those “truths” turn out to be false.  Because these faux-journalists were quick to break a story, or spread a rumor, they in turn damaged their own reputation (not that bloggers have much of a reputation).

I’ve noticed a bit of the lemming syndrome too.  Even on sites I like.  A blogger will make a statement, and instead of arguing with some amount of intelligence, plenty of people will just easily accept the point and make it their own without seriously considering other arguments.

This is not just limited to politico bloggers.  You can definitely deem many sports bloggers just as guilty.  When the spygate scandal broke out, I think Belicheat and Cheatriots became the most popular search terms during that month.

In conclusion, I believe the internet to be full of information, but it can be a tough task of deciphering whether or not that information is of any value.

Not all Red Sox fans are smart (or sober)

September 18, 2008
Hes Drunk.  Hes Stupid

He's Drunk. He's Stupid