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Presidential Elections: CBS prophesies by accident?

I was looking forward to being the first to confirm who won the presidential election today, but CBS beat me to it! It seems that they had some inside information back on October 19.

I am disappointed. I wanted to be first.

Shall we play Charades?

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The Banksia Financial Group Collapse

Some folks in Australia are feeling the pain of losing their investment. They all thought they were safe, because the auditors had just given the company “a clean bill of health” just a few weeks ago. Of course, that was weeks ago. Plenty of time since then to go bankrupt.

Perhaps the auditors should be prosecuted for bribery or fraud.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/receiver-mcgrathnicol-to-work-out-what-led-to-banksia-financial-group-collapse/story-e6frf7kx-1226504226733

About 15,000 investment accounts have been frozen as receivers work through the company’s books.

Receiver McGrathNicol said yesterday it was still trying to work out what had led to the downfall.

But it expect to provide investors with a “meaningful return” on the $650 million of funds now in question.

The collapse came less than four weeks after Banksia’s auditors gave the accounts of Banksia Securities, the key subsidiary behind the group’s downfall, a clean bill of health.

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Wastebook 2012 – Senator Coburn (R-OK)

Take a look at a part of what our tax dollars are going:

Wastebook 2012 – Senator Coburn (R-OK)

www.coburn.senate.gov/public//index.cfm?a=Files.Serve&File_id=b7b23f66-2d60-4d5a-8bc5-8522c7e1a40e

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Government sues Bank of America for $1 billion over mortgage frauds

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/24/bank-of-america-mortgage-fraud_n_2009791.html

Federal prosecutors sued Bank of America for $1 billion on Wednesday, alleging that the

bank’s former Countrywide unit concocted a mortgage scheme it called the “Hustle” in order to sell thousands of fraudulent and otherwise defective mortgage loans to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac….

When the loans “predictably” defaulted, Fannie and Freddie, which in 2008 required a massive taxpayer bailout due in large part to the purchase of toxic mortgages, incurred more than $1 billion in losses, the lawsuit says.

The mortgage scheme continued through 2009, well after Bank of America acquired Countrywide, according to the lawsuit.

Bank of America did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Let the games begin!!!!

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Iraq and Kuwait sign historic financial settlement

The war reparations from Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait back in 1990 appear to be finally settled. This is a very big day, because it has been the biggest hurdle preventing Iraq from coming out of chapter vii of the United Nations sanctions.

http://www.iraqinews.com/baghdad-politics/breaking-news-kuwaiti-amir-signs-final-financial-settlement-between-iraq-kuwait/#ixzz2A83LsfxX

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US Sanctions Push Iran Into a Gold Standard

The overuse and misuse of sanctions have been eroding their effectiveness for a long time. So called “non-aligned nations” are steadily setting up their own trading systems that bypass the US do

llar and the Fed. It used to be that all foreign trade was done in dollars, and so it all passed through the Fed, which made a percentage on every transaction. That was the advantage of the dollar being the “world currency.”But because this trade system has been used to coerce other nations into conforming to the will of the US government (and Europe), other countries are now setting up their own direct trading systems. Hence, Japan and China can now facilitate trade in their own currencies without using the dollar. And now that the US has imposed sanctions on Iran by refusing to let them settle international trade payments through the Fed and the dollar, Iran is now literally forced to revert back to the gold standard.

Iran and India have agreed to trade oil for gold. The same is now occurring with Turkey, which purchases Iranian oil and pays them in gold through the banks of Dubai, according to this news article:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/23/us-emirates-iran-gold-idUSBRE89M0SW20121023

The bottom line is that US foreign policy is fast destroying the mechanism of power by which America has been bullying the world. Given enough time, the dollar will become irrelevant and pass from the scene as only a bad memory. Then America will have to live within its means.

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Why the “most honest 3 minutes on TV ever” is a lie (+video)

Have you seen this video yet? You’ve got to check out the clip below. It’s of a new show “The Newsroom”, on HBO, staring Jeff Daniels, and written and directed by the guy who gave us the idealized version of a democratic administration in “The West Wing,” Aaron Sorkin.

I know we are probably of like minds on this, but let me vent here. Indulge me.
In the clip below, the Jeff Daniels character sits on a panel at college event, when a student asks the question: “Why do you think America is great?” The woman to the left of Daniels gives a drab, center-left answer and the man to his right (portrayed as the conservative) simply states, “Freedom and Freedom.”

But then, Jeff Daniel’s character shocks the audience and the moderator by challenging the question itself. He goes into an aggressive monologue about why America isn’t great anymore. The audience is left with the choice of the partisan vagaries uttered by the two panelists, or Jeff’s speech on why we are no longer great, but used to be. Watch the clip (caution: it contains profanity) and then see what your take is:

https://youtu.be/16K6m3Ua2nw

Ok, did you watch it? No seriously, watch it now.

So here’s my take. Firstly, my vote on the best answer goes to the guy who said “Freedom” twice. Simple, and effective, he nailed it. The problem, as is so often the case, the left, and Sorkin in this case, are so full of themselves, so intent on satisfying their own intellectual ego, that there can be no truth, no solution, no revelation, unless THEY thought of it.
So we get a demeaning of the word “Freedom,” and a lecture from Daniels on, ironically, all things moral?!

Jeff Daniels is woefully ignorant (or rather Aaron Sorkin who apparently wrote the monologue) of what Freedom actually means, and is completely oblivious to things like socialism, government regulation, personal liberty, etc. and what they mean relative to that word “Freedom.” He also seems blissfully unaware of immigration statistics and the enormous number of people still desperate to come to the US, as opposed to Canada, Belgium, Australia, or other western countries.

“War on Poor People,” that’s what we have? If so, blame the class warfare and welfare state created by those that Sorkin supports and adores as heroes on the left. You want to start a “War on Poverty,” then deregulate, and reduce the tax burden on those doing the work and those starting the businesses that employ people. Make a competitive environment for business, instead of casting them as the enemy, and you will have jobs and prosperity, and sense of self worth instilled in your citizenry.

You don’t “fight” poverty anyway, you increase prosperity. There’s a real difference — but the significance of that difference is lost on left wing idealists who live in Hollywood and DC and have no comprehension of starting and running a small business, and don’t have the time in their egocentric lives to even take an academic interest in the beliefs of those who founded, and made this country great, or who fight for its greatness still today.

Sorkin may or may not fit into that category of Hollywood and DC liberal, but his portrayal of folks I know and have worked with — like those in the Tea Party, loving patriots who cherish the Constitution — his assertion that they are the “problem” only serves to point out how truly upside down this line of thinking is.

He uses the language, and speaks of “morality” through his surrogate, Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels’ character), but has no idea what the word means. There is no morality without God, and yet he scoffs at this notion and implies that America leads the world in ignorance because it has the most citizens per capita that believe in angels.

America may not be the greatest country in the world anymore — after the last presidential election, and in Alaska, the last senatorial election, I certainly have my doubts — but it’s not for any of the reasons that Sorkin sites. If Sorkin really wants to return to American greatness, maybe he should start at the start, and look at the men and words of its foundation, and search for the heart of what made us great, in the words and deeds of the men who fought and died creating and protecting it, instead of plying leftist propaganda in pseudo-intellectual elitist centrist wrapping, and calling it a return to the “good old days.”

The “good old days” weren’t always good, but their core values were: a country that cherished the rights of the individual over the rights of the state, that trusted God, not Government, as their ultimate arbiter of morality. The people of that era weren’t great because they were informed, per se, as Sorkin asserts, they were great because they read the bible, feared God, and loved liberty. It was those qualities that drove them to become informed. But information without the will and the moral wisdom to act on it is useless.

Liberty gave them that will, and God that wisdom. Sorkin can’t, or rather his intellectual elitist egotism won’t let him see that.

That’s my take. What do you think?

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Dr Walter Campbell is a lifelong Alaskan, former Marine, and physician.
H/T: http://joemiller.us/2012/07/why-the-most-honest-3-minutes-on-tv-ever-is-a-lie-video/

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Virginia Prodan’s Fight for Freedom and Victory against the Romanian Communist regime and Dictator

Virginia Prodan was an attorney in Communist Romania under the rule of Nicolae Ceausescu. She became a target of the Securitate, Romania’s secret police, when she became a Christian and began fighting religious persecution in that country. She was granted political asylum by the Reagan Administration in 1988, and currently practices law in Dallas, Texas.

Virginia Prodan is a speaker for Texas Eagle Forum and an Allied Attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund. She founded her own law firm, Virginia Prodan Law Firm, www.vplegal.com in 2005. She works on immigration law cases. Virginia Prodan has been featured and is frequently invited as a guest speaker in local and national media such as the GBTV – Glenn Beck Program, Dallas Eagle Forum, the Christian Science Monitor, the Fox and ABC affiliates, Dallas Morning News, WFAA TV Channel 8, Dallas Eagle Forum, PCRW – Park Cities Republican Women, Tea Party groups, KCBI–Dallas 90.9, KRLD-Dallas 1080, KDKR 91.3 FM, Point of View Talk Show, Family Net Radio, Roaring Lambs Ministry-Amplify your Faith Speaker, Joy TV.

Among her appearances, she has spoken at the Metroplex Mission with Billy Graham, American Tract Society, and she is regularly invitated to speak at Dallas Bar Association, Josh McDowell Ministry, Business Women for Success, S.M.U. Dedman Law School, FOCUS at First Baptist Church, Texas Wesleyan School of Law, E.D.S., Christian Lawyers Fellowship, First Baptist Academy, and many schools, companies and churches in the Dallas area and other cities in U.S.

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Afterburner with Bill Whittle: Three and a Half Days

The Occupy Wall Street protesters are complaining about everything from corporations to having to repay student loans. Is America the victim of its own success? Have we created a generation of self-entitled cry babies? Is it time to make these people spend three and half days in the woods so that they can appreciate what capitalism has given them? Find out.

See more Afterburner with Bill Whittle at http://www.PJTV.com

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PJTV: The Power & Danger of Iconography

Barack Obama ran an unprecedented Presidential campaign – utilizing the power of design to help secure the seat of the President of the United States of America. However, his iconic emblem, the ever present “O”, holds more power than even Obama knows. Bill Whittle points out the dangers of branding an ideology with an icon and how, perhaps, the powerful symbol will be used against the very man it built up.

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