Sunday, September 30, 2012

Guest Post: Don’t Surrender Without a Fight

Don’t Surrender Without a Fight by Dr. Robert Owens

With the economy staggering on the edge of a cliff, our foreign policy collapsing, our empire crumbling, and our embassies under attack the big question is why isn’t Romney up by 25 points in the polls?

The Republican side of the Washington-based perpetually re-elected party of power has a habit of nominating candidates whose main qualification is that “It’s my turn.”  Look at Dole, McCain,  and now Romney.  These three may have slugged it out in the trenches and proven themselves to be reliable workhorses and adequate fund raisers, but they don’t inspire anyone.

The most memorable speech Dole gave was in a Viagra commercial.  McCain spends more time reaching across the aisle to his Progressive comrades then he does trying to do anything even vaguely conservative.  The best move he made was to nominate Sarah Palin, and then his team spent all their time trying to put a muzzle on a momma bear intent on going rogue.  The most memorable event in his campaign was when he theatrically suspended his campaign to fly to Washington to deal with the financial collapse.  Once there he blended into the background and whispered a meek, “Me too.”

Now along comes Romney.

By nominating him the Republicans threw away one of the most potent differences they had between themselves and Mr. Obama: Obamacare.  During the rough and tumble of the primaries and immediately thereafter Governor Romney proclaimed he would end Obamacare on Day One.  Now he says he likes parts of it and will only get rid of the parts he disagrees with.  Coming from the man who passed and not only defends, but also says he’s proud of the mandatory program known as Romneycare, how will he credibly attack Obamacare in the debates when all his opponent has to say is your plan was the template for mine?

In the primaries the former governor from Massachusetts who has been running for President since he was elected Governor in 2003 was relentless in his negative attacks against his more conservative rivals.  In the general election against the hard hitting Chicago machine bent on doing whatever it takes to retain power Mr. Romney seems to have lost his edge.  It’s like watching a boxer with oversized gloves constrained by the Marquis of Queensberry Rules fighting a gang banger from the South side in a cage match.

With the Corporations Once Known as the Mainstream Media solidly in the Obama camp and using every opportunity to boost one side to the detriment of the other, Romney has to depend solely on paid advertising to counteract ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, and MSNBC.  Everyday every network except FOX masquerades as news outlets as they work tirelessly to re-elect their Fearless Leader.  The thrill running up and down their leg energizes them enough to advance their agenda day and night turning the worst debacle in American Foreign policy since the hostage crisis into Romney’s gaff or Obama raiding Social Security for hundreds of Billions into Romney wants to throw Grandma off the cliff and starve her dog.

This is like watching a slow motion train wreck.  Wake up Mr. Romney!  If you want to win this thing you are going to have to win this thing.  They may be starting to vote in many places but in Chicago they’re already counting the pre-marked ballots.  The Republicans are starting out with the cards stacked against them, and if Romney doesn’t come out swinging in the debates he may join the ranks of also rans even if he has been running for ten years.

A little free advice.  Instead of running away from your 47% comment embrace it.  You were correct. You don’t have a chance to gain the vote of those who are dependent on government.  However, unless this express to the poorhouse is turned around soon this might be the last election before the dependent class becomes the majority.  And if that ever happens, the Democrats will never lose a presidential election again.   Mr. Romney don’t equivocate about your wealth and your personal success. Hold it up as something anyone has a chance to achieve in a free society.  Lead the way back to capitalism before we totter over the entitlement cliff into a nanny state nightmare of cradle-to-grave regulations guaranteeing a mediocre future.

Come on!  You fought like a brawler to get this opportunity don’t through it away because you’re afraid of being called a racist, a vulture capitalist, or a tool of the elite.  You’re being called those things anyway.  In that first debate you had better punch Mr. Obama’s ticket back to Chi-Town or this train is going to leave the station and you’ll miss the boat.

If Mr. Obama is re-elected on his platform of using executive orders to take everything from the producers and give it to the non-producers everyone who votes for him should remember elections have consequences and every once in a while you get what you vote for.  And as sweet as the “I told you so” might be it doesn’t have to happen.  Anyone who will stand up and offer to lead America back to America should be able to beat the worst president in living memory.  Don’t equivocate. Don’t pander. Make a straight forward case for limited government, personal freedom, and economic opportunity.

This may be the last chance we have to turn this thing around before we hit the dustbin of History.  The 47% are going to vote for “Give me more!” no matter what you say, so you might as well say what might motivate the undecided to finally decide and vote for freedom.

Mr. Romney could say that after spending trillions of dollars to revive the economy, recession is the new normal.  He could point out that after years of apologizing and bowing to others, Mr. Obama has succeeded in changing us from the world’s sole superpower to the world’s punching bag.  His campaign spots could remind everyone the workforce is shrinking, the lines for food stamps, welfare and disability are growing, and all the opposition offers is more of the same.

Since anyone who has lived in the Obama nation knows all these things, what should be the most effective campaign slogan Mr. Romney could use is “I’m not Obama.”  He’s already using that; however, to win he needs to appeal to the hearts and the minds of those whose votes haven’t been put on layaway by the federal benefits machine.  This election will be won or lost in the debates.  If Mitt Romney will stand up and say what he means and mean what he says, and if he will make a case for returning to Constitutional government he will win. If he soft pedals for fear of making a mistake or offending someone he will deliver the Republic to the fate of all past republics: financial collapse and ruin.

Mr. Romney you need to show the people of this country that you are in it to win it.  Show some passion and fight the good fight for truth, justice and the American way.  And whatever you do, don’t surrender without a fight!

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2012 Robert R. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens






Inflation: "Main Street" pain belies Bernanke rhetoric!


Talking heads live in a simple world where their perception becomes their reality!

For the foot soldiers of society, however, our reality is that while the politicians and financial gurus use an ends that justifies the means strategy of economic chemistry and financial engineering, inflation is killing us.

The "experts" tell us that inflation has been kept under control, and while technically that may be true this truth only exists in an ex-food and ex-energy CPI and PPI world. For the foot soldiers such a world does not actually exist, and as these two charts will show inflation has been, and continues to be, financially debilitating!

First let's consider the approximate 52% rise in the Commodity Food Price Index since right around the time of Barack Obama's inauguration. This move has taken us beyond the price level reached during the time prior to the housing bubble bursting.

The difference of course is that unemployment and the loss of wealth have made these current price levels unsustainable for many Americans as evidenced by the record enrollment in the federal food stamps program!

Commodity Food Price Index
There has been a similar rise in prices at the gas pump which next to food, housing and some other utilities represents an extremely large weekly expenditure for Americans?

In New York prices at the gas pump between the time of Barack Obama's inauguration and today have risen over 100% while the economic well-being for those of us carrying this load have not improved and in many cases have gotten far worse.

Long Island, New York cash price September 29, 2012
Such is the true state of inflation in a QE3 world regardless of what the Fed Chairman or CNBC guests try to tell you.

So while somehow the Obama administration and the mainstream media will likely try to lay blame for this rise on the Bush years, the facts are the facts.  

Inflationary Conclusion!

The Bernanke-led Federal Reserve has pumped trillions of dollars into the U.S. money supply in an attempt to jump-start economic and jobs growth while risking the many "unintended consequences" that this type of action can effect. These include but are not limited to:
  • A weak dollar that makes our goods cheaper overseas but increases the cost of U.S. imports such as crude oil (inflationary);
  • Less confidence in the safety of U.S. debt that would result in a crippling rise in interest rates;
  • Interest rates that are destroying the ability of savers, pension funds and retirees to earn necessary returns to meet targets or to simply survive;
  • The risk for runaway inflation as a result of this policy;
  • A run-up in commodity prices and the stock market based on the old adage of to many dollars chasing too few goods;
  • The risk that savers and investors who have up to this point stayed away from this stock market rally that has been based more in necessity than on company fundamentals will jump in at the top of the move and be crushed again;
  • The risk that QE3 fails in the same way QE1 and QE2 did leaving the Fed with few additional moves that they can make and little credibility to do them; and
  • The potential spike in interest rates when the Fed eventually has to suck capital out of the system and what this would mean to the federal deficit and to the investors who have sought out the "safety" of bond funds that will decline in value as interest rates rise.
So far for all of this potential negative impact to society the results from this Fed "experiment" have been negligible to say the least!

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Must watch: Pat Caddell on how the MSM is a clear and present danger to our democracy!

Critically important video of the former Democrat pollster Pat Caddell on how the mainstream media has crossed the line!

How it has crossed the line from an unbiased arbiter of the political and national landscape to a willing and knowing participant in the process as it attempts to impact the political discussion and sway the minds of voters!

Said Caddell, "I think we're at the most dangerous time in our political history in terms of the balance of power in the role that the media plays in whether or not we maintain a free democracy."

And regarding the US deaths in Libya "We've had nine days of lies over what happened because they can't dare say it's a terrorist attack, and the press won't push this. Yesterday there was not a single piece in The New York Times over the question of Libya. Twenty American embassies, yesterday, are under attack. None of that is on the national news. None of it is being pressed in the papers."



H/T Sense on Cents





The Japanese "Bagel Heads!" (Video)


Is it a case of beauty is in the eye of the beholder, body mutilation gone wild or of society plunging into deeper decline?



For some women (and men) in Japan the newest trend in body alteration is to inject saline into the forehead that's molded by the technician into the shape of a bagel. Fortunately, or unfortunately for them depending on  your perspective, the saline bagel is absorbed into the body within about 16 hours and disappears.

But, bizarre as the Japanese bagel head may sound, there is always something or someone even more bizarre that can be found around the world as the picture of the woman known as "Vampire Woman" clearly shows.


Whatever happened to loving ourselves for who we are?

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Why is Israeli P.M. Benjamin Netanyahu flashing a Nazi salute at the U.N.?

English: Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli politician
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the United Nations where hundreds of pictures of him were taken!

So which pictures do you suppose were used by some in the mainstream media?

Two that show the Israeli leader in frames where he appears to be flashing the Nazi salute!

Was this a mistake by Reuters and the AP, simply in bad taste or was it an attempt to in some way try and discredit or embarrass the man?

AP

Reuters
H/T The Weekly Standard






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Friday, September 28, 2012

FLASHBACK: Free gas and no mortgage payments!

Yesterday we presented a video of a woman in Cleveland Obama-happy over the prospect for free phones!

But, do you remember back to the campaign in 2008 when an Obama-happy woman went on about never having to pay for gas or a mortgage again?

Exactly what kind of society is Barack Obama trying to create?


H/T Instapundit









"Perilous Times": Compelling video look at US-Israel relations since the Obama inauguration!



In a Middle East filled with hatred and violence directed toward Israel from multiple sides, constant violence in any number of countries, political instability, religious persecution against non-Muslims and now likely nukes in Iran, a Barack Obama second-term in the White House isn't in anyones best interests!

The latest series of events involving the POTUS includes, but is certainly not limited to, the snub of Netanyahu at the UN, mishandling of the Libyan terrorist attack (and simultaneous campaign swing to Vegas) and finally the defection of Dov Hikind to the Mitt Romney camp.



H/T The Right Scoop








Thursday, September 27, 2012

Video: Cleveland voter on why Obama gets her vote and why Mitt Romney sucks!


A Democrat at a Romney rally in Cleveland attempts to give the reasons for why Obama gets her vote and for why Mitt Romney "sucks!"

I was driving from one meeting to another this afternoon and listening to the Rush Limbaugh show when he aired a tape of a woman who had attended a Mitt Romney rally in Cleveland, Ohio yesterday.

This woman was pro-Obama and anti-Romney for reasons that have nothing to do with foreign policy, domestic policy or for that matter any policy at all.

Bottom-line? Obama gets her vote because of free phones. The dialogue needs to be listened to to be believed but at the end of the day, is it really all that surprising?



Translated from The Blaze:

“Everybody in Cleveland, low minorities, got Obama phone. Keep Obama in president, you know. He gave us a phone, he gonna do more.”

The person shooting the video asks, How did he give you a phone? To which the woman replies: “You sign up! If you on food stamps, you on social security, you got low income, you disability…”

The video includes a cut at that point and picks up with the filmer asking “What’s wrong with Romney?”

Without blinking, the passionate Obama supporter says:

“Romney, he sucks! Bad.”








Video: NFL cheerleader routine to welcome the NFL refs back into the fold?

What can I say about the end of the NFL replacement ref era that hasn't already or that won't be said in course of the next few days?

Instead I offer the retro concept of the hula hoop that may give some of the NFL cheerleading teams ideas for new routines to welcome the NFL refs back.



H/T Theo Spark
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Video: Whose side is Barack Obama on?

English: Cropped version of File:Official port...
 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Is this video about the life and times of Barack Obama the truth or propaganda?



Some sample website comments

And as long as the Media never holds him accountable, he will remain in the lay-up line, occasionally doing a 360 spin, a left handed finger roll, a fake pass reverse layup under the basket, etc... He will never play the big boy game, never team up with a nation to make a tough decision, never assist an ally with a hostile neighbor. Look what he did this week! The View, Letterman, Jay Z, Pimp w. Limp, each time striking fantastic victory poses, swishing his lay-up, and getting back_ in line.

Churchill stood for everything Obama is against. Freedom, Capitalism & reestablishment of Israel. Obama is a Communist Muslim who's "boss" the shadow president George Soros is an unrepentant Nazi who professionally overthrows governments by breaking their constitution. He's behind Occupy, The Arab Spring & works with the Muslim Brotherhood to put us all under Sharia. In his 5 steps to overthrow a government, the end culminates at elections.Be prepared & VOTE for FREEDOM! ROMNEY /_ RYAN 2012!!!!!

First, please allow me to point out that you conflate Iran with its unpopular government leadership. The bulk of the populace wants to live in peace & prosperity & doesn't have any major issue with non-immediate neighbors. Israel is justified to be concerned. If I were Israel & the speeches of the Iranian leader were actually what_ they'd been translated to be, I would pre-emptively strike when the bomb development reached a point where something had to be done. That point is apparently not near.

Bommo has plainly_ stated that the USA will not allow Iran to have a nuclear bomb. That is clear. So calm down. What bugs you guys is that he bristles at the mistreatment of the indigenous inhabitants of Palestine--as does the rest of the world. You see, he's not brainwashed by the relentless brainwashing by the Israel lobby, unlike most of the sheeple in the US.


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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Madonna: "Y'all better vote for f---'in Obama!" (Video)

Madonna
 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Another Hollywood entertainment elite telling an audience, the majority of whom are likely too uninterested in the process to find out for themselves, that Barack Obama is their man!

First she rants about Abraham Lincoln being killed and Martin Luther King, Jr. being killed that apparently paved the way for Barack Obama to claim the White House.

Then she dropped the following gem on the screaming masses who most likely couldn't tell you where Washington, DC is (although they were in Washington, D.C.) let alone what any of the issues around the world are but who likely will vote for whoever Madonna tells them to:

"Y'all better vote for fucking Obama, okay? For better or for worse, we have a black Muslim in the White House." (Source)









Political Humor: NewsBusted for 9/25/2012 (Video)

Topics in this episode of NewsBusted with Jodi Miller include:

--Mitt Romney Tax Returns
--Presidential Debates
--President Obama
--French Embassies
--Hillary Clinton
--Paris Hilton
--Kate Middleton
--Bill Clinton



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Breaking News: Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to appear on The View!


Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, is going to be making an appearance on The View, Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, and Jay Leno while he's in New York! 

He has figured out that if he wants any potential for face-time with Barack Obama to discuss Iran or any other key issues related to Israeli survival, he had better get onto the talk show circuit because the United Nations will be the last place the POTUS will be!

After all it is campaign season.

NFL Note: After last nights Packers-Seahawks game that ended with the replacement refs blowing the last play handing Seattle the win (in addition to many others blown calls) we may have seen the beginning of the end of the NFL ref lockout!

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Do Israel and the Jews have something to worry about in an Obama second-term?


If his comments about Israel on 60 Minutes and obvious disdain for Benjamin Netanyahu can serve as a guide, hell yes they do! But then so does the rest of the country as well!

Lloyd Bentsen to Dan Quayle: "Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy, I knew Jack Kennedy, Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy."

TPC to Barack Obama: "Mr. President, I grew up during the Carter administration and watched with disgust and horror the way that he conducted U.S.foreign policy and national security. Sadly sir, you are no Jimmy Carter!"



Think about some of this:

  • The President's non-response to deadly action in Libya against the United States while misleading the American people about the actual cause for political reasons!
  • Bill Clinton, the new mouthpiece of the Democrat Party, cozying up to the new Egyptian President while the Israel P.M. is treated as persona non grata.
  • The President's support for regime change in Egypt most likely knowing full well that the Muslim Brotherhood would fight for power. Then, giving $1.5 billion in military aid to the radical government.
  • In a politically polarized world during a campaign where every vote will count the President cannot hide the fact that he takes the Jewish vote for granted while at the same time blatantly telegraphing what he thinks about the status of Israel in the context of United States foreign policy!
  • Finally, Dov Hikind, a Democrat from the 48th District in New York, is moving to the Republican side and is endorsing Mitt Romney which may be all that U.S. Jews (and everybody else) needs to know. Said Hikind in the NY Post: 

    “Florida. Pennsylvania. Wherever Romney needs need me, I’ll be there,” Hikind said.

    Arguing that Obama has been a bad president, Hikind said he was particularly infuriated that the president couldn’t find the time to meet with Netanyahu during the UN conference but has schmoozed with celebrities at New York fund-raisers.

    “Israel is under the gun. Israel is the target of Iran. Israel’s existence is being threatened. And Obama doesn’t have time to meet with the Israeli PM? It’s insulting. It’s degrading. This president scares me,” Hikind said.

    “I’m a Democrat but not a knee-jerk Democrat. I’m only loyal to America and the survival of Israel.”
     

H/T The Lid

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Barack Obama, Khalid al-Mansour, Harvard and the Islamist connection! (Video)

Is there more to Barack Obama then meets the eye?

The Khalid al-Mansour, Percy Sutton and Barack Obama conclusion and then the story!

This episode you are about to read from Barack Obama's past will be portrayed by the media, if it is even discussed by the media, as irrelevant, conspiracy talk by the Right and more of the same witch hunt along the lines of the missing birth certificate and the President's relationship with Jeremiah Wright and radical Bill Ayers.

The question is at what point, if ever, will the American people wake up to the fact that there is something that may be just slightly to extremely concerning about the well-hidden past of Barack Obama?

Will it be before the election in November or will it potentially surface during a second-term when events, decisions or actions by this President makes it impossible to ignore? At that point, to the very sad detriment of the United States and the world, at that point it will be too late to do anything about!

Who is Khalid al-Mansour?

From Wiki Answers, "Khalid al-Mansour is black Muslim and a black nationalist who was rumored to have close ties to US Senator and Presidential candidate Barack Obama.

The allegations first surfaced in late March, when former Manhattan Borough president Percy Sutton told a New York cable channel that a former business partner who was "raising money" for Obama had approached him in 1988 to help Obama get into Harvard Law School.

In the interview, Sutton says he first heard of Obama about twenty years ago from Khalid Al-Mansour, a Black Muslim and Black Nationalist who was a "mentor" to the founders of the Black Panther party at the time the party was founded in the early 1960s.

Sutton described al-Mansour as advisor to "one of the world's richest men," Saudi prince Alwaleed bin Talal.

Sutton knew Al-Mansour well, since the two men had been business partners and served on several corporate boards together.

As Sutton remembered, Al-Mansour was raising money for Obama's education and seeking recommendations for him to attend Harvard Law School..."


Percy Sutton video interview on Barack Obama and Khalid al-Mansour from 2008!

Back in 2008 Percy Sutton, a fixture in the Harlem democrat machine, had this to say about the connection between Barack Obama, Khalid al-Mansour and the now President's admission to Harvard:


Source

At the time the Obama machine successfully portrayed Percy Sutton as lacking the mental capacity to have any idea of what he was talking about and the Sutton family retracted the story.

Now on the show "The National and International Roundtable" that aired on September 19, 2012, the host introduced al-Mansour with this:


Khalid al-Mansour “made news in 2008 when it was revealed that he had been a patron of President Barack Obama and had recommended him for admission to Harvard Law School.” The host went on to say that al-Mansour is the “co-founder of the International law firm of al-Waleed, al-Talal and al-Mansour and special adviser to Saudi Arabian prince, his royal highness Prince Al Waleed bin Talal bin Abdulazziz.”

Is this just another example of conspiracy theorists gone wild or the perfect example of "where there's smoke there's fire" or "a nods as good as a wink to a blind...?"

The answer is of course obvious but the American people have been shielded by the MSM, a sheeple mentality and their own ignorance from even looking for the question.

H/T WND

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Monday links of interest: Arsenic in rice, fake gold bars and more!

No more mention from Barack Obama about bin Laden!
Links of interest from around the world! Arsenic in rice, anti-semitism in Berlin, fake gold in your hands, Egypt in vogue and Israel out, bin Laden dead while al-Qaeda is alive and well and more!


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Sunday, September 23, 2012

The People's Republic of Saturday Night Live (Video)

SNL appears to be on-board the Obama campaign team!
Saturday Night Live writers and producers must be on the payroll of the Obama campaign if the show opening and Weekend Update segment are any indication! 

After spending multiple minutes trashing Romney and Fox News the only commentary on Barack Obama that could be even slightly construed as being negative was that he should keep his mouth shut and let the Romney campaign make all of the mistakes. That strategy, according to Weekend Update anchor Seth Meyers, would allow Obama to roll to victory in November.

This of course was referring to the statement Obama made about being unable to change Washington from the inside which was called one of the President's "rare gaffes".

I suppose misleading the country for a week on the actual cause of the terrorist attack on the United States in Benghazi is not a gaffe, deception or a lie but simply an unfortunate oversight that could have happened to anybody.

September 22, 2012 SNL opening parody on Fox News and the presidential campaign!



Weekend Update snippet the first minute of which derides Mitt Romney and his wife!



Parody calling undecided voters stupid!




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21 Facts: U.S. infrastructure is falling down, falling down, falling down...


The infrastructure in the U.S. is in a deep state of decay as these 21 facts will show!

Living in the New York metropolitan area I have the distinct pleasure of driving on two of the worst roads in the country, the Cross Bronx Expressway and the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.

I also have the honor of spending between $8 and $15 every time I go over or through a bridge or tunnel that's covered in rust and with roadbeds that seem as if they are only held together by metal plates.

My car is pummeled by potholes and decay and then partially submerged during storms due to poor sewers and drainage.

This is a story is repeated across the country where infrastructure needs are opposed by severe budgetary limitations faced by state, city and town governments.

21 U.S. infrastructure facts!

#1 The American Society of Civil Engineers has given America's crumbling infrastructure an overall grade of D.

#2 There are simply not enough roads in the United States today.  Each year, traffic jams cost the commuters of America 4.2 billion hours and about 2.8 million gallons of gasoline.

#3 It is being projected that Americans will spend an average of 160 hours stuck in traffic annually by the year 2035.

#4 Approximately one-third of all roads in the United States are in substandard condition.

#5 Close to a third of all highway fatalities are due "to substandard road conditions, obsolete road designs, or roadside hazards."

#6 One out of every four bridges in America either carries more traffic than originally intended or is in need of repair.

#7 Repairing all of the bridges in the United States that need repair would take approximately 140 billion dollars.

#8 According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, our decaying transportation system costs the U.S. economy about78 billion dollars annually in lost time and fuel.

#9 All over America, asphalt roads are being ground up and are being replaced with gravel roads because they are cheaper to maintain.  The state of South Dakota has transformed over 100 miles of asphalt roads into gravel roads, and 38 out of the 83 counties in the state of Michigan have transformed at least some of their asphalt roads into gravel roads.

#10 There are 4,095 dams in the United States that are at risk of failure.  That number has risen by more than 100 percent since 1999.

#11 Of all the dam failures that have happened in the United States since 1874, a third of them have happened during the past decade.

#12 Close to half of all U.S. households do not have access to bus or rail transit.

#13 Our aging sewer systems spill more than a trillion gallons of untreated sewage every single year.  The cost of cleaning up that sewage each year is estimated to be greater than 50 billion dollars.

#14 It is estimated that rolling blackouts and inefficiencies in the U.S. electrical grid cost the U.S. economy approximately 80 billion dollars a year.

#15 It is being projected that by the year 2020 every single major container port in the United States will be handling at least double the volume that it was originally designed to handle.

#16 All across the United States, conditions at many of our state parks, recreation areas and historic sites are deplorable at best.  Some states have backlogs of repair projects that are now over a billion dollars long....

More than a dozen states estimate that their backlogs are at least $100 million. Massachusetts and New York's are at least $1 billion. Hawaii officials called park conditions "deplorable" in a December report asking for $50 million per year for five years to tackle a $240 million backlog that covers parks, trails and harbors.

#17 Today, the U.S. spends about 2.4 percent of GDP on infrastructure.  Meanwhile, China spends about 9 percent of GDP on infrastructure.

#18 In the United States today, approximately 16 percent of our construction workers are unemployed.

#19 China has plans to build 55,000 miles of highways by the year 2020.  If all of those roads were put end to end, it would be longer than the total length of the entire U.S. interstate system.

#20 The World Economic Forum ranks U.S. infrastructure 23rd in the world, and we fall a little bit farther behind the rest of the developed world every single day.

#21 It has been projected that it would take 2.2 trillion dollars over the next 5 years just to repair our existing infrastructure.  That does not even include a single penny for badly needed new infrastructure.

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Ever watch a dolphin give birth? (Video)

A wonder of nature!


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Greece, social unrest and Nazi Germany redux!



Ray Dalio opines that Depression conditions in the EU could result in social and civil unrest similar to the results in Germany that brought  the Nazi's to power!

Read the article at RantFinance here.



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