Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Here It Comes

If you look back on my blog on March 24 I said Obama approval rating will start going down if he contiunes down his path. What can I say. Why will the Gov't not listen to the people? Below are a few thing I found very interesting in the poll.

Tax Increases Help or Hurt Economy

Help - 16%

Hurt - 54%

Tax Cuts Help or Hurt Economy

Helps - 54%

Hurt - 18%

Increase in Gov't Spending Helps or Hurts Economy

Helps - 30%

Hurts - 50%

Decreases in Gov't Spending Help or Hurt Economy?

Helps - 46%

Hurts - 26%

Friday, June 19, 2009

Monday, June 01, 2009

Good Info For The Future

Good vid to watch.

I Need To Speak Once Again

Great photo I found

Do you remember back in September 2008 I was babbling away about letting the failing companies file Chapter 11. I got a lot of heat about saying those things but I knew what was going to eventually happen. I'm not one to say I told you so but I told you companies like GM were going to have to file bankruptcy in order to move forward. So our government spent billion of dollars on bailouts for the auto industry and look at what happen. A waste of our kids’ money. I remember those words "if we don't do something now they will not survive". This is the type of stuff that gets under my skin. Again....our government doesn't know anything about running a business. You cannot just through money at problems and it will fix them. GM could have filed back in Septemebr and already be working their way towards a different company without us spending billions of our childerns money.

Here are a few articles I read last week from some of my daily reading. Please read and do what you think is right for you and your family.

Green Shoots or Greatest Depression?

Kingston, NY, 7 May 2009 -- The financial fields replete with sprouting "green shoots" should be viewed with suspicion, if not alarm, warns Gerald Celente, The Trends Research Institute Director. "They are not a mirage, but they are ephemeral."

Field Marshall Ben Bernanke and his Green Shoot Brigade have fertilized the economic landscape with trillions of sweat equity dollars extorted from today's public and the public of generations to come. Regardless of how depleted the land, heavy doses of dollars spread so thickly over the financial and government territories, will force "green shoots" to grow. But the fundamentals of the economy remain unsound. They will not be corrected by forced fertilizing barren acreage.
"'Green shoots' may sprout," said Celente, "but they will not flower. The economy cannot be coerced back into growth with tons of money manure." As the ancient parable puts it:
"A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear." -- Luke 8:4-8
Now hear this: it is inconceivable that the "green shoots" are signs of sustained economic recovery.

Celente said no one could have forecast that the government would not only intervene in the markets by pouring unprecedented trillions into bailout schemes, but that they would commandeer the whole free enterprise system.
"The 800-pound gorilla has ridden the elephant into the Oval Office, and they are there for all to see. But few will call a spade a spade," declared Celente. "Benito Mussolini described Fascism as 'The merger of state and corporate power.' He suggested that, more appropriately, it should be called 'Corporatism.' By whatever name, Corporatism or Fascism, what it's not is Free Market Capitalism, much less Democracy," Celente said.

"Green shoots" can only be brought to harvest through real productivity. Pumping gigantic sums of money into too-big-to-fail financial institutions to jump-start the lending/borrowing cycle is to perpetuate a failed economic model. (See "The Greatest Depression," Trends Journal, Winter 2009.)
"We can extrapolate creatively from data, but cannot prophesize wild cards, such as acts of God, acts of nature, or acts of man that can only be described as 'schemes undreamed of.' While there have been warnings since the founding of the United States, no one, but no one, could have predicted the mega-merger of Wall Street and Washington that is now a fait accompli," said The Trends Research Institute Director.

Trendpost: With so much money being dumped into the system, there will be money to be made ... and lost. The agile and the knowledgeable may be able to reap "green shoots" while they're sprouted. But beware! "The Greatest Depression" -- that we forecast would begin to set in by the end of this year -- may have been postponed, but it has not been averted. When it does set in, it will do so with enhanced intensity and at a pace accelerated by complex financial finagling ... all under the guise of nation-saving action. Rather than let the failing industries fail and the failed banks go bankrupt, the government is deliberately bankrupting the nation. The lesson to be learned from the financial crisis that began in the summer of 2007, is that nothing succeeds like failure. The greater their failure, the bolder they become. The more they lose, the more they take. The greater the chaos, the more control they exact. The bigger they fail, the harder we fall. No act is too unthinkable or measure too draconian for the Washington-Wall Street Mob to concoct in order to maintain power, make money and cover their losses. While it is impossible to second-guess what the government will do next, it is absolutely certain that they will stop at nothing.The "green shoots" will wither and conditions will deteriorate. Those who are prepared for the worst will not have been taken by surprise.

© MMIX The Trends Research Institute®
The Trends Research Institute P.O. Box 3476 Kingston, NY 12401
The "Bailout Bubble" -- The Bubble to End All Bubbles

KINGSTON, NY, 13 May 2009 -- The biggest financial bubble in history is being inflated in plain sight, said Gerald Celente, Director of The Trends Research Institute. "This is the Mother of All Bubbles, and when it explodes," Celente warns, "it will signal the end to the boom/bust cycle that has characterized economic activity throughout the developed world." Either unwilling or unable to call the bubble by its proper name, the media, Washington and Wall Street describe the stupendous government expenditures on rescue packages, stimulus plans, buyouts and takeovers as emergency measures needed to salvage the severely damaged economy.
"All of this terminology is econo-jargon," said Celente. "It's like calling torture 'enhanced interrogation techniques.' Washington is inflating the biggest bubble ever: the 'Bailout Bubble.' "This is much bigger than the Dot-com and Real Estate bubbles which hit speculators, investors and financiers the hardest. However destructive the effects of these busts on employment, savings and productivity, the Free Market Capitalist framework was left intact. But when the 'Bailout Bubble' explodes, the system goes with it."
The economic framework of the United States has been restructured. Federal interventionist policies have given the government equity stakes, executive powers and management control of what was once private enterprise. To finance these buyouts, rescue and stimulus packages -- instead of letting failed businesses fail and bankrupt banks and bandit brokerages go bankrupt -- trillions of dollars are being injected into the stricken economy.
Phantom dollars, printed out of thin air, backed by nothing ... and producing next to nothing ... defines the "Bailout Bubble." Just as with the other bubbles, so too will this one burst. But unlike Dot-com and Real Estate, when the "Bailout Bubble" pops, neither the President nor the Federal Reserve will have the fiscal fixes or monetary policies available to inflate another. With no more massive economic bubbles left to blow up, they'll set their sights on bigger targets. "Given the pattern of governments to parlay egregious failures into mega-failures, the classic trend they follow, when all else fails, is to take their nation to war," observed Celente. Since the "Bailout Bubble" is neither called nor recognized as a bubble, its sudden and spectacular explosion will create chaos. A panicked public will readily accept any Washington/Wall Street/Main Stream Media alibi that shifts the blame for the catastrophe away from the policy makers and onto some scapegoat.
"At this time we are not forecasting a war. However, the trends in play are ominous," Celente concluded. "While we cannot pinpoint precisely when the 'Bailout Bubble' will burst, we are certain it will. When it does, it should be understood that a major war could follow."

© MMIX The Trends Research Institute®
The Trends Research Institute P.O. Box 3476 Kingston, NY 12401

Monday, April 06, 2009

Another Government Double Standard

So the government can take the bonuses away from AIG executives after they agreed for them to receive them. Now Freddie and Fannie Mac are going to dish out over $210 million dollars in bonuses after losing over $100 billion dollars. The bonuses are need to retain good employees, says Freddie and Fannie. I thought that was exactly what AIG was saying but the government didn't care about its contracts. How is it AIG gets slammed and plastered all over the media and Fannie and Freddie can kind of slide under the radar? I just don't understand all of this.

Here is and article from the WSJ.


Sunday, March 29, 2009

Bent Creek Race Is Coming

Very exciting news. We are going to put on a 5K race, mtb short track race, and a volleyball tournament in our park (Bent Creek) April 25th, 2009. I have put a link to the blog on my blog so please visit and join in on the fun if you can. All the money goes to our park.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

We Need Politicians Like Daniel Hannan

This is how I expected my representatives to act when we (Americans) feel our leaders are going in the wrong direction. I applaud Mr. Hannan for speaking the truth and not sugar coding it. We need people in our government who can represent us like Mr. Hannan just did at the European Parliament.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Political Food For The Mind

At what point do our representatives start to listen to us? Who is supporting our government’s decisions? You tell me because this clearly shows people are not for what's going on.

Below is the President's Approval Index. The reason I’m showing this is not because I’m trying to bash on Obama. I’m simply showing this to show that as soon as the newness of this president wares off you will see the true opinions of the American people. The more this government speeds, keeps making foolish mistakes, and continues to not listen to the American people, you are going to see his numbers fall through the floor. At what point will the government start listen to the US people?

Here are a few other important numbers I looked at from Rasmussen.

Taxes Will Go Down

Gov't Spending Will Go Up

Congress: Excellent/Good

The US is on the Wrong Track

America's Best Days in Future

Tax Increases Hurt Economy?
Yes - 51%
No - 23%

Tax Cuts Help Economy?
Yes - 63%
No - 13%

Pay More than Fair Share of Taxes?
Yes - 52%
No - 30%
Here is the link to the entire report. After looking at this I finally don't feel alone.

Friday, March 20, 2009

This Headline Say's It All

In the latest fallout over AIG's massive bonuses which the government failed to regulate, the house voted to use the tax code as a weapon.

Back on January 13th I went on a vent session and this is exactly what I said would happen. It's sad to see people approving our government’s mistakes. These guys (government) passed a bill that Chris Dodd added language about AIG and allowing their bonuses. Let me say that again….our government pass the stimulus bill and ALLOWED AIG to give out the bonuses. Why is this AIG’s fault? They should have never received the money in the first place and failed if it was over compensated and wrong. Back to Chris Dodd….he first lies and said he didn’t add any language to the stimulus package and 24 hours later says he did add the language. Now they (government) are feeling the heat so they once again point the finger at someone else and destroy innocent peoples lives. Literally, letting people put death threats on people and allowing it to happen? If they (government) would have never gotten involved in the private sector we wouldn't be talking about this. AIG would have filed chapter 11, restructured, and would probably be on their way out of their own mess by now. If not they would have failed and some other company would have bought them. This is exactly why the government should never get involved in any type of business. They (government) cannot manage themselves, how do you expect them to manage a business? You want these guys in charge of our health care, schools, and retirement…..??????

Watch the video below. At what point do you think AIG is responsible and should have the American people sending them death threats? Look at who's the real threat here. AIG or our government? I know the answer to this one, and I hope you do too. This is so black and white and easy to see what's going on. They (government) lied and act like it's nothing and will now pass bills to rob from people who had nothing to do with this bill. This is leading down a very bad road for all of us.

Now they have passed a bill to tax these bonuses, and again without thinking and in a hurry (just like every stimulus bill passed). Your liberty has just been knocked down another notch. I hope the government doesn’t think you make to much money because I guess they can pass a bill whenever they want and take all your money. No matter what mistakes they (government) have made they will never fall… they will only take you down.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Hold Your Elected Officials Accountable

I haven’t blogged in a while due to my extremely busy schedule and working hard to try and insure a future for my kids. At this point most of you are saying….here’s where he goes off on his little soap box. That’s not the case today. I have, as I’m sure you have, witnessed enough destruction to our country with our government thinking they know everything about business, and never having to be held responsible for any of their actions. We have all seen how our government can make deals WE THE PEOPLE don’t want, break contracts whenever they want, decided which laws they should and should not enforce, and so on. I have decided I’m going to continue to call my State and Federal officials but I’m going to tone down the blog. I ask all of you to please hold your representatives accountable for their decisions and actions. Do not just sit back and complain, but make a phone call, send an e-mail, or even write a letter.

I want to share with you a video. I ask you to please not alienate our country. This is an awesome place to live and a place where dreams can come true if you’re willing to work hard and make sacrifices. This country is ours not the governments. WE THE PEOPLE make this country what it is not the government. Good luck and God Bless America.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Paige Finger Painting

Paige decided to do some finger painting the other day.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Flood Gate Has Been Opened

Our government can preach to you, me, and the private sector about how we all need to make cuts. But...they (government) do whatever they want, when ever they want. I don't understand all of this. These people think they are high and mighty. Laws, economic down turns, and ethical values I guess do not mean much to our government. This is absolutely absurd. You be the judge and decided if they deserve this. Remember it’s a $93,000 increase to their already large petty cash allowance.

Joaquin Phoenix Is So Out Of It!!!!!

Here is something to make you laugh today.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Skating The Blue Ridge Parkway

What a beautiful weekend for the outdoors. We had some snow and ice during the beginning of the week which closed down the parkway. Saturday and Sunday gave us 60+ degree weather and the parkway was still closed. What does that mean? It's skate time. I made 4 runs this weekend on the Parkway. I got Lyn to shuttle me up the dirt road that goes underneath the parkway and drop me off for my last run which was a lot less hiking. The only part I was a little concerned about was the tunnels. I used me light in motion helmet light and I was off. It was fantastic! Tons of fun. If the parkway is still closed this week I'll have to get Lyn to shuttle me up 151 to the back side of Mt. Pisgah. That should lend to a great ride down.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Claire Feeding The Cat A Dinner

Good Job America

Did you see the paper this morning? If not I have put a link below of an article from CNN this morning. You can make a difference if you voice your opinion. Thanks for helping keep our politicians in line. Good job Obama, but you need to keep moving forward and holding people accountable. Americans you deserve the pat on the back. Enough people felt this was wrong of our politicians and put the proper pressure on our leaders. Way to go! Keep up the good work. Obama, Timothy needs to go as well.

Obama: 'I screwed up' on Daschle appointment

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Hope And Change Is On It's Way?

Someone please help me understand all of this. Tom Daschle didn’t pay over $100,000 in taxes and also shorted taxes on health. This is the hope and change that was voted into the White House? If Obama was true to his word, he would ask for Tom and Timothy to step down. Remember…these are the people who want to raise your taxes, expect you to tighten your belt, be a true American patriot and work hard to get us through the recession. So why don’t these guys have to follow the laws and do as they preach? Why do we let this go? I was listening to a liberal radio show yesterday and they never mentioned any of this. All they where talking about was how bad Bush was. I know Bush made some big mistakes but this is hope and change? You cannot change if you always look backwards and blame things out of your control. What has happen ahs happen and Obama needs to stick to his word. These guys do not need any power in our government. They have cheated, stolen, and have been unfaithful to our country and us. If they don’t hold these people accountable they will continue to live above the law. This in my mind is a true picture of who our government (left or right) really is.

Another one of Obama’s nominees bits the dust. From the WSJ “Nancy Killefer, nominated by President Barack Obama to be the federal government's first chief performance officer, is withdrawing from the post, the White House said Tuesday.” She did not pay Unemployment taxes for over a 1 ½ years. If our politicians cannot figure out what taxes they need to pay (these are the people making the laws) don’t you think we need to be doing something different? Please don’t let these people live above the law.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Paige's First Time On Ice Skates

Lyn took Piage ice skating for the first time last Saturday. Paige had a lot of fun and talked about it all day.

The New Carveboard Rocked the Parkway

I hit the Parkway early last Sunday. It was awesome! All by myself hiking up some of the high elevation sections towards Mt. Pisgah. It was like surfing. It was so much different vs. the long board. I’ll be doing this again this coming weekend. The only down fall is the Carveboard is about 10lbs heavier.

Enough hiking...time to go down.
The view my board has on the way down.

Way To Go

Hot off the press. Citi has canceled their order to purchase the 50 million dollar jet. You can make a difference. They have plenty of jets in their fleet they can still use.

Our New Secretary of the Treasury

Congratulations Timothy and Obama. You have proven to Americans everywhere you can lie and cheat, and still get what you want. What roll models for Americans. You can cheat on your taxes, get caught, say it was an honest mistake, pay the bill, and become the Secretary of the Treasury who will over see the IRS. Even after the American people flooded the phone lines and e-mails to our representative saying don't hire this guy. I wonder if a pharmacist could get involved in giving controlled drugs out for free without prescriptions to friends and themselves, then get caught, say they are sorry, maybe pay a small fine, and become the head of the FDA? I guess according to our Gov. you can. Anything is possible no matter what you do.

Monday, January 26, 2009

What's Another $50M?

Remember my rant a few post ago about bailouts. Let me throw more frustration your way. So we (that's right you and me the beloved tax payers) have given Citi 45 Billion dollars over the last year to "help them out". So one year ago the company was valued at something in the neighborhood of 260 billion dollars and now (1 year later) is valued around 19 billion dollars. Let me do the quick math....so without our money Citi would be worth around -26 billion dollars. Yes, that's a negative number in front of the number 26. Does anyone in government understand when something is crashing as hard as Citi was and is, you cannot stop it? It has to hit the bottom first before you know what you’re dealing with. You need to invest money in companies that are getting ready to do well not failing. There is not enough money in the system to help companies like this. We have blown $45 billion dollars. Our kids are going to have to pay for this. Check this it. Just when you think the Wall Street folks have dropped to a new low the below article is released. Are you ready for this.... brand-new $50 million corporate jet. Go ahead ready the below article. http://www.nypost.com/seven/01262009/news/nationalnews/just_plane_despicable_152033.htm

If this doesn't throw you over the edge I have no idea what well. So once again who is to blame? The Gov. will probably blame the banks. As for myself I blame the Gov. (supposedly the smarts minds we have), for giving Citi the money. Once again remember the words, must act now, hurry....no time, if we don't do something now who knows what might happen? Remember all these things our Gov. was telling us?

Now they want to do another $825 billion dollars stimulus package. Why do they think speeding money will work? It does not work. Watch the below video of Nancy Pelosi. Family planning service is going to stimulate the economy? There is no mention of creating jobs to help stimulate the economy. Let's give more money to food stamps and unemployment? She should just say, you cannot do anything without the government, so don't worry about being successful or prosper to a higher livelihood, you should be happy you’re getting food on your table through food stamps.

I encourge you to watch the entire video on ABC

So Nancy thinks increasing funds for food stamps and unemployment is the answer. One other quick note. According to Nancy spending more money will "reduce cost"? What are you talking about? That's our Gov. at it's finest. Spend to save money. How about getting rid of programs that don't work and maybe you could fund ones that do. She also mentions she is not getting rid of the tax cuts. What? I thought tax cuts were bad? So what does this mean? A. Our Gov. is so proud they cannot admit when something works if it's not from their party or their plan. B. Our Gov. is so lame that when they know something isn’t working they won't do anything about it? C. Our Gov. has absolutely no financial responsibility and doesn't know what works and what doesn't.

I ask you who read my blog (all 5 of you) please do not let these people get a hold of our health care. They have almost taken over the banks and are making thing even worse. The Gov. doesn't have the answers, only hard working Americans like you do. Only through hard work will we keep this country afloat. There is no easy way out and I can guarantee you throwing money at everything will not work.

One more thing....if your looking into buying a house you will want to do it really soon. If you own a house make sure your on a good fixed rate mortgage, because rates in a few years will be at 10% or higher the way this is going.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Carve Board & Long Board

I have completed my arsenal of weapons for the parkway. These two boards are completely different from one another. The Carve is a slow moving board with inflatable wheels. It’s all about carving. It emulates surfing and a little like snowboarding.

The long board on the other hand is full of speed and pucker factors. Both have their spot in my collection, and both have their spot on the parkway.

More Photos Of The Kids