Monday, March 16, 2009

Chaos, Confusion, and Civil War

Here! Read this.

Chaos, Confusion, and Civil War

by J. R. Nyquist

Weekly Column Published: 03.13.2009


O n 29 December 2008 the Wall Street Journal ran a piece about Igor Panarin, dean of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s diplomatic academy. A former KGB officer, Panarin made a splash by predicting that America will probably come under martial law by the end of 2009, and may fracture into several states by 2011. When this happens, says Panarin, Russia and China will become the mainstays of a new global order.

Americans are naturally skeptical of Panarin’s analysis. But his conclusions are quite pedestrian. If North America sank beneath the ocean like the fabled continent of Atlantis, the world would belong to Russia and China. No significant obstacle would stand in their way. The proof of this is found in the history of all empires, in the character of the leaders in Beijing and Moscow, and in the appalling weakness of Europe and Japan. Unthinking people are sometimes heard to say that Russia and China aren’t expansionist powers. It is laughable to think this, because you don’t become the largest country or the most populous unless you’ve conquered a considerable territory inhabited by many millions of people.

Without the United States in the picture, Russia and China would be the dominant powers. They would dictate terms to the world. No country or group of countries could possibly stand against them. This is because Russia and China possess thousands of nuclear weapons. The small nuclear arsenals of France, Britain, Israel and India do not pose a serious threat to large countries with large arsenals like Russia and China. Psychologically speaking, these small powers are helpless against great powers.

If Panarin is right about the breakup of the United States, then he is also right about the coming of a new global order under Moscow and Beijing. But is he right about the breakup of the United States? It was an anonymous Russian diplomat quoted in Pravda last July, who first intimated that the United States was about to suffer a profound crisis – a crisis of existence. How did the Russian diplomat know that the United States was headed for a financial crash? He knew because Russia has the best information service in the world, formerly known as the KGB. Russian spies have penetrated everywhere, and provide high quality information to people like Panarin – who is a “former” KGB analyst.

The Russian intelligence services have long tracked economic, financial and demographic changes in the United States. Russian analysts know that certain trends lead to political crisis. Such trends include ethnic balkanization, an ideological split in the ruling class, rising indebtedness, economic collapse, and declining moral standards. A country like the United States is ripe for civil war. If this should happen, foreign powers would intervene and the country would be split along geographical lines: California and the West would fall under Chinese control, Texas and the south would go to Mexico, and Russia would lay claim to Alaska. “It would be reasonable for Russia to lay claim to Alaska,” says Panarin. “It was part of the Russian empire for a long time.”

Panarin is saying, basically, that the present economic crisis signals a political crisis. The divisions within American society, and the narcissistic pathologies of consumer society, will cause an implosion. The people of America will turn against one another. The protective nuclear umbrella provided by the United States will cease to function. Europe and Asia will fall to Russia and China. From that point forward, the outcome of every political conflict on the planet will be determined in Moscow or Beijing. This would include, of course, the conflict within America itself.

Could America turn against itself in a matter of months? There are already inklings of a fissure. Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va) wrote a letter to President Barack Obama warning the administration to desist from bypassing the Senate’s authority over Executive Branch appointments. According to Senator Byrd, the new administration is creating new agencies out of the White House that “can threaten the Constitutional system of checks and balances.” In effect, Byrd explained, the White House is taking “direction and control of programmatic areas that are the statutory responsibility of Senate-confirmed officials.”

The new administration sees the economic crisis as an opportunity to create a new bureaucracy, less accountable and more powerful than ever. This new bureaucracy is preparing to take charge in the areas of health care reform, urban affairs, energy policy and the fight against climate change. Each new government office signifies a massive claim against the well-being of every American. The fight against global climate change will put the country in an environmental stranglehold. Health care reform signifies the nationalization of 14 percent of the U.S. economy. And what is meant by “urban affairs”? It is a wealth transference program bound to demoralize the suburbs. Administration energy policy promises expensive, unworkable energy alternatives while ignoring enormous oil deposits recently discovered under Montana and the Dakotas.

The Obama administration is headed for failure on every front. The economic healing process is being interfered with by a government that doesn’t know what it’s doing. The country is bound to suffer grievously, and lose patience. We already catch a glimpse of the future from Alan Keyes, who recently said that the country was headed for “chaos, confusion and civil war.” According to Keyes, “Obama is a radical communist, and I think it is becoming clear. That is what I told people in Illinois and now everybody realizes it’s true. He is going to destroy this country, and we are either going to stop him or the United States of America is going to cease to exist.”

The sentiments expressed by Mr. Keyes are those attending civil war. But matters have already taken a turn for the worse. There is a rumor in Washington that is making the rounds. It is alleged that the president has fended off dozens of law suits regarding his citizenship status, without producing a birth certificate to prove that he is a natural born citizen. In fact, Keyes will not acknowledge that Obama is actually the president. According to Keyes, “[Obama] has refused to provide proof that he is in fact a natural born citizen, and his Kenyan relations say he was born in Nairobi at a time when his mother was too young to transmit U.S. citizenship.”

The lines are being drawn, and we are headed for national tragedy. Panarin’s analysis isn’t farfetched at all. The country needs to wake up. Danger approaches, and it is coming on fast.


This is real, and the more it is reported on, the more cyclical it all becomes. Once it is entered into rotation, it is hard to push out until either, a) it is completely disproven due to time or circumstance, or b) has come to pass and is no longer an issue. This is serious shit, pardon my ... 'french'. You were warned.

Like I said... sometimes the naysayers are right, and you would do well to heed the information and make steps to thwart negative impacts.

As far as countries coming in to 'quell' the issues, erm, ... LOL! As they say, 'We don't take kindly to strangers'... If the word on the proverbial street is true, and we have foreigners within our borders 'policing' the situation, well... consider Afghanistan and ask the ruskies how well that worked out for 'em.

Occupation is something no country on earth can force on the united states. We were born unto rebellion, and we will die doing the same.

And, if you think otherwise, well, good luck, and a pox on your house!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Hey, who wants to be tax-free??

D.C. of course!

I stumbled on this from this morning's report. I'm seeing red.

Excerpt as follows:

And speaking of those spreadsheet jocks who work for Uncle and live in the District of Columbia, here's what I want you read to jump-start your adrenals today: Read the text of a little special interest -- F/You for taxpayers -- sponsored by 11 out-of-touch republicans in CONgress who want to let people who live in the District of Columbia pay no federal income tax!

No, I can't make this stuff up.

House Resolution 1014, which was introduced by the following members on February 9th of this year, add insult to financial injury.

Sleazy doesn't even begin to cover this as the bill's title tries to hide the fact that the bill would make working and living in The District its own little federal tax haven. Outraged yet? Keep reading:

"To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to tax bona fide residents of the District of Columbia in the same manner as bona fide residents of possessions of the United States."

On the surface it might sound fine, but as a long-time reporter who's followed the legislative process, I got really suspicious when the bill began by wrapping itself in all kinds of Flag, Mom and Apple Pie verbiage like this:

"(1) The phrase ‘no taxation without representation’ was a rallying cry of many American colonists during the period of British rule in the 1760s and early 1770s. The slogan gained widespread notoriety after the passage of the Sugar Act on April 5, 1764.

(2) American colonists increasingly resented being levied taxes without having actual legislators seated and voting in Parliament in London. The idea that there should be no taxation without representation dated back even further. Benjamin Franklin stated, ‘it is suppos’d an undoubted Right of Englishmen not to be taxed but by their own Consent given thro’ their Representatives.’.

(3) This issue became even more defined in 1765 with the passage of the Stamp Act which was the first true attempt to levy a direct tax on the American colonies. Ultimately the tax was repealed, but the idea of no taxation without representation persisted.

(4) Article I, section 2, clause 1 of the United States Constitution, states, ‘The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States, and the Electors in each State shall have the Qualifications requisite for Electors of the most numerous Branch of the State Legislature.’.(5) The Organic Act of 1801 placed Washington, DC, under the exclusive jurisdiction of the United States Congress and people in the District were no longer considered residents of Virginia or Maryland.

(6) Many in Washington, DC, were immediately opposed to the idea of being taxed without congressional representation and over the years several congressional leaders introduced constitutional amendments to give the District of Columbia voting representation, though none were successful.

(7) In 1898, Puerto Rico was acquired by the United States and currently has a Resident Commissioner with limited voting rights. Section 933 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 exempts bona fide citizens who are residents of Puerto Rico for the entire taxable year from Federal taxes on income earned in Puerto Rico.

(8) On March 31, 1917, the United States took possession of the Virgin Islands and in 1927, the territory’s residents were granted citizenship. Under section 932 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, individuals who are bona fide residents of the United States Virgin Islands during the entire taxable year, and who fully pay all income tax liabilities to the United States Virgin Islands, are not subject to Federal income taxes on their income.

(9) Guam was established as a territory of the United States after the passage of the Guam Organic Act of 1950. Under the provisions of section 935 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, residents of Guam are required to file tax returns with Guam, but not with the United States Federal Government and therefore the residents do not have to pay United States Federal income taxes.

(10) The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands was established in 1975 after residents decided not to pursue independence, but instead they opted to enter into territory negotiations. The tax treatment of the Northern Mariana Islands is similar to the structure of Guam in that bona fide residents are not required to pay Federal income taxes.

(11) American Samoa, which is technically considered ‘unorganized’ because no Organic Acts have been passed by Congress, is governed by section 931 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. Under this section, bona fide year-round residents are exempt from Federal taxes on income they earn in Samoa, Guam, and Northern Mariana Islands, but are subject to Federal taxes on income earned elsewhere. "

Whole lotta flag-waving - and nothing wrong with that - but then comes this part (with emphasis added):

(12) In keeping with the early history and democratic traditions of the United States, the principles established in the Constitution, and in conformance with the other territories of the United States which have delegates but no Representative, the residents of the District of Columbia should be exempt from paying United States Federal income taxes.

Now, I don't know about you, but since our predictive linguistics pals over at have already labeled what's ahead as the Summer of Hell/2009, it smells like the central government is trying to 'buy off' federal workers in the District to help ensure that when the public starts protesting en masse this summer (as food prices got skyward and shortage develop due to the unbelievable debt load/burden placed on the economy - coupled with all those freshly printed dollars to puff up the financial system) that the people who do the real work in Washington will not 'bite the hands of those who fed 'em."

This piece of you-know-what legislation was introduced by representative Louis Gohmert of Texas' first district and, I'm embarrassed to say, representative Jeb Hensarling of the Texas fifth district which represents (or so I thought) has signed on as a co-sponsor along with:

Rep. Roscoe Bartlett [R, MD-6]

Rep. Paul Broun [R, GA-10]

Rep. Dan Burton [R, IN-5]

Rep. Trent Franks [R, AZ-2]

Rep. Gregg Harper [R, MS-3]

Rep. Doug Lamborn [R, CO-5]

Rep. Cynthia Lummis [R, WY-0]

Rep. Ronald Paul [R, TX-14]

Rep. F. Sensenbrenner [R, WI-5]

I will be calling Jeb Hensarling's office later on today to see if I can get some kind of written statement that explains how it is that these folks can co-sponsor a bill which would let, just for example, lobbyists living in the District of Columbia, to take their incomes tax-free!

Here's the detail:

‘(a) General Rule- In the case of an individual who is a bona fide resident of the District of Columbia during the entire taxable year, gross income shall not include--

‘(1) income derived from sources within the District of Columbia, and

‘(2) income effectively connected with the conduct of a trade or business by such individual within the District of Columbia.

End excerpt.

This is outrageous and preposterous. Please pass the word!

Dances With Death

Death comes for us all

The dance partner no one can ignore, Death, is as sure to take your hand as a fiat currency is sure to ruin its host country.

This sign coming to a town near you.

We must all take care to prepare for rough waters ahead, as our reaping-hour is soon at hand. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out our insolvent situation will soon come crashing down around our ears.

Bad news is systemic, to be sure, and while we can't all just soak up 'bad news', we can take that news and do something productive with it.

Case in point:

I lost my job a week ago. I'll be collecting unemployment (never before have I even considered this, but now I have 2 kids to think about. if it were just me, however....)until I find a job. That old saying, 'you have to go where the money is' rings true. I had a job offer in less than a week, and even interviewed, but I would make more on unemployment than if I took said job. And that's before taxes.

What have I been doing? Since foresight is the mother of calamatous dodging, I started a 20'X14' Garden. I already have seedlings, and the horse manure is put in (unmulched, but it's a start... Florida sandy soil will grow nothing but weeds unless you put 'something' in it), and it's all coming together. I did that just this weekend. By hand. Not a motor to be found, save the lawnmower pulling the trailer full of sod out, that is. Hard work, you say? Damned right, and good for me, too. Manual labor is something I can get behind because it helps me think, and gets me in shape (other than the gourd-shape).

So, why am I not depressed because I lost my job? Hell, I found one less than a week later, that's why. I just didn't take it. Maybe not the best choice, but I could do day labor and make more than I was offered, so that's always an option. I'm also not depressed because there's ALWAYS a way of doing things that differs from your normal routine, and may be better in the long run. Hopelessness and belly-aching about problems does nothing to solve them, so chew it back and move forward.

Back on on topic, we're in for a wild week, financially speaking. Everyone is chin-jawwing about the stock market all of the time, and sure, its bad and all, but the S&P is what you should be looking at. Do some homework and you'll see why.

Stocks set to open on the downside this morning, we'll see how far down the rabbit hole goes today. My prediction? before we ever see true bottom, there'll be a rally, a several weeks long one, that brings us up to 9,000-10,100 area, before coming down on our heads. The bottom? Between 1,000-3,000. I know, I know, everyone's an economist these days, but that kind of talk is crazy-talk, right? Like, when everyone said the bottom wasn't going below 10,000, right? That kind of crazy-talk? Uh-huh. Ayuh. That's the ticket!

Wasn't long ago, a year maybe, that I was asking vendors (I was in the wholesale trade of flooring) and contractors, asking them about the economy. "Oh, it'll get better soon" was the usual nonsensical response I would get. "We'll be out of this mess soon" was another good laugh. I would say, "Wait and see. We're going down faster than the Hindenburg." and I'd get scoffed at. No biggie, I'm used to that.

Oh, the humanity!

Ah, but when I talked to the same guys a month ago, a different response was issued. "I don't know what to do" and "I lost 2/3rds of my 401k" were a few, as well as "I don't think we're gonna make it" and "I don't see a bottom to this thing", which were favorites.

Everything was okay a year ago, but now? Now everyone's running in circles and screaming while their hair is on fire. "We're ALL FRIGGIN' DOOMED!!!" to quote the Mogambo Guru.

But, news is just news. Try to do something constructive with it, instead of sit on your rump and bemoan the universe for your ills. Only you can do something about it.

Here's a few tips:

Off your ass.
Out of paper assets.
Proactive not Reactive.
Buy food, ammo, first-aid.
Plant things that will suppliment your food-buying.

do these things now, or just sit and wait for your dance partner. Your choice.