Friday, December 30, 2011

After Sleeping for 30 of the Last 48 Hours..........
Who would have thought I may have insomnia now?
At least I'm feeling better now so I must have needed that sleep.

Since I'm awake I may as well share a few things with ya that I've been reading tonight.

From the, Take the Money and Run Department-
DC ordered to pay $1M in historic gun case
"The District of Columbia has been ordered to pay more than $1 million in attorneys' fees as a result of a historic gun case that was ultimately decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Dick Heller sued the city in 2003 over its ban on handgun ownership and the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the ban in June 2008, saying it violated the Second Amendment.

A federal judge on Thursday issued an opinion awarding Heller's attorneys $1,137,072.27 in fees and expenses. The attorneys had argued they should be awarded $3.1 million. Attorneys for the city said the figure should be closer to $840,000."

DC Residents should make the officials who were responsible for this case going all the way to the Supreme Court pony up that money from their own pockets. Now THAT would be justice.

So How's that, "Hope & Change" working out for ya? -
It’s the Math, Stupid!: Seven Devastating Facts About 2012
"As we enter 2012, the presidential candidates would do well to wrap their minds and messages around these seven mathematical facts:

1. Every day, the U.S. government takes in $6 billion and spends $10 billion. This means that every day the federal government spends $4 billion more dollars than it has...."

SOMEBODY ought to be thinking of this shit! Admitting that you have a problem is the first step to recovery, right?
Obama wants to spend even more money that we don't have and the Repubs are to spineless to even consider doing anything meaningful about this.
We are so Boned if we don't reign spending in.

The Silicon Graybeard has some Disturbing Thoughts on This and Makes a Historical Comparison that we may be Boned anyway-
How John Corzine Could Be Archduke Ferdinand
"The assassination of Archduke Ferdinand was, by everything I've read, not regarded as an important event beyond the immediate area. A minor incident in history except for being widely recognized as the trigger that led to World War I - recognized in hindsight, I might add."

It seems that the rule of law just keeps being ignored in DC if you're connected right.
He links to a Gerald Celente piece that further explains the possibilities of this and how he was robbed in the MF Global bankruptcy.
Interesting stuff. Celente is a sharp guy and has been spot on with forecasting economic things for a long time.
It doesn't look promising. I doubt that anything CAN be done about this mess anymore until the bottom falls out and they have to address the problems.

And a Little Paranoia For Ya to Think About-

Government Total Recall On Past Communications
"UCLA electrical engineering prof John Villaseno thinks the growing capacity of computers to collect, store, and analyze data will enable governments to assess, track, and draw connections between dissidents on a scale previously not seen. Thanks Lou Pagnucco who, no doubt, will be tracked by multiple governments as a result of this sentence I've written to thank him.

These regimes will store every phone call, instant message, email, social media interaction, text message, movements of people and vehicles and public surveillance video and mine it at their leisure, according to "Recording Everything: Digital Storage as an Enabler of Authoritarian Government," written by John Villaseno, a senior fellow at Brookings and a professor of electrical engineering at UCLA."

I'm gonna need more Tinfoil. That's all there is to it.
The Good News? Here's some Plans for making your own- Aluminum Foil Deflector Beanie.
Don't forget, Shiny Side Out, Kids!

I'll Wrap This Up With the Always Thoughtful Victor Davis Hanson

America’s Two-Front War-

"America Has the Slows

Sometime about mid-2009 America began changing psychologically. True, to the naked eye, America retained the old hustle and bustle, but in an insidious fashion it began to think a bit differently. And that change in mentality explains in part why a year-and-a-half recession that officially ended in summer 2009 seems never to have ended at all..."

Lots of stuff to digest there. I left out a bunch more, too.
All in all things just don't look rosy out there. Take heed and do what ya need to do to get yourself lined out as best ya can for what's coming.

Gratuitous Picture for a Early Friday Morning-


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