March 29, 2014

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Comment by Housing Analyst
2014-03-29 05:15:39

If you’re paying more than reproduction costs($55/square foot) for a house, you’re getting ripped off.

Comment by LolaLOL
2014-03-29 06:55:05

They need to build a new Disneyland somewhere in the middle of the country. The current ones are too crowded and over capacity.

Comment by Blackhawk
2014-03-29 06:57:27

Where can one find such an opportunity? Detroit? South side of Chicago.

Comment by Housing Analyst
2014-03-29 06:59:50

“Opportunity”? Gotcha blackawk.

You’re still running from the question. When are you going to dump that depreciating house of yours while you still can?

Comment by 2banana
2014-03-29 07:01:46

Escape from Detroit!

Thriller new ride!

The ride could start in a the 3rd largest city in America. Vibrant and full of hope. The “Paris” of the midwest.

Then 60 years of total democrat rule started…

Comment by Whac-A-Bubble™
2014-03-29 07:34:05

East St Louis?

East Saint Louis IL Real Estate - 2971 Homes For Sale - Zillow

Zillow has 2971 homes for sale in East Saint Louis. View listing photos, review sales history, and use our detailed real estate filters to find the perfect place.


For Sale 13
Foreclosed 379
Pre-foreclosure 2577


Comment by Whac-A-Bubble™
2014-03-29 07:38:15

Here are comparable stats for Detroit:

For Sale 2441
Foreclosed 3368
Pre-foreclosure 1749

I wonder why East St Louis has such a relatively high number of pre-foreclosure homes compared to other categories?

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Comment by Blackhawk
2014-03-29 08:10:19

Probably just as bad as Detroit. No one sane would want to live there.

Comment by aNYCdj
2014-03-29 08:11:19

maybe the homes aren’t worth squat or the effort to reclaim them? might as well keep the deadbeats in them till one day Noah comes back and pays full price…

Comment by Whac-A-Bubble™
2014-03-29 08:16:19

I went to college on the Illinois side of St. Louis County. For a period I had a black roommate who grew up on the south side of Chicago. His comment to me about East St. Louis:

“If I were a Caucasian, I wouldn’t go down there at night.”

Comment by Montana
2014-03-29 11:06:15

gee, what do detroit and e st louis have in common…democrats, yeah that’s it.

Comment by Whac-A-Bubble™
2014-03-29 11:59:39

“…what do detroit and e st louis have in common…”

Public employee unions?

Comment by Housing Analyst
2014-03-29 09:56:34


Anywhere in the country.

Do you you really believe materials and labor costs are anymore or less in Connecticut or Arizona?

Comment by RonniesLeftMango
2014-03-29 11:05:13

Legal or illegal labor?

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Comment by Housing Analyst
2014-03-29 11:13:09

With SS and DL

Comment by goon squad
2014-03-29 06:05:14

I ain’t buying no used house for $250 a square foot.

Comment by Muggy
2014-03-29 07:12:32

When prices shrivel by 65% or more, you will be horrified.


Comment by taxpayers
2014-03-29 06:06:59

not in 22151 you ain’t

obama funded area

Comment by Housing Analyst
2014-03-29 06:38:15

Guess again.

Comment by goon squad
2014-03-29 06:38:02

And now for some real journalists

“It’s an increasingly well-traveled path: Over the course of the past two decades, a handful of journalists have left mainstream media jobs while decrying what they saw as an inherent bias in their own industry.

Earlier this month, Attkisson reached an agreement to resign from CBS News ahead of contract. The reason for the Emmy-Award winning reporter’s departure: a deep-seated frustration with the way the media — including CBS News — was being manipulated by political and corporate interests. Her reporting, which frequently cast a critical light on the Obama administration, was increasingly marginalized by the network.

There is “increasing obfuscation, obstructionism and intimidation,” Attkisson told POLITICO. “The images that the public sees every day, in many forms, are influenced and manipulated by political, corporate and other special interests through orchestrated and well-financed campaigns.”

Comment by Blackhawk
2014-03-29 06:54:55

Wanna bet she lands at Fox News? There are a lot of disgruntled journalists over there.

Comment by the zima guy
2014-03-29 08:54:33

Hope she doesn’t. Fox is another sick MSM propaganda outlet.

Comment by LolaLOL
2014-03-29 06:59:22

I heard Alec Baldwin on a podcast complaining about how heavily managed the main stream media is now also. So it is an equal opportunity issue.

Comment by Whac-A-Bubble™
2014-03-29 07:46:42

Generally speaking, I notice politicians have a tendency these days to issue veiled threats against anyone who makes any kind of public statement which challenges their world views.

Comment by Skroodle
2014-03-29 08:20:30

I’ve noticed they are immediately challenged on their patriotism.

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Comment by albuquerquedan
2014-03-29 06:52:41

We will be paying for our intervention at the pumps, we have already paid with American lives:

Comment by 2banana
2014-03-29 07:03:57

Do they miss the Colonel yet?

Comment by Ben Jones
2014-03-29 07:18:41

Along these lines:

‘Neocons and Small-Government Conservatives, Consciously Uncouple. A country can remain constantly at war, or enjoy low taxes and civil liberties protections, but it can’t do both.’

‘virtually all wars concentrate more power in the state and reduce domestic freedom. America’s war and small-government factions are at cross-purposes. When one wins the other loses.’

‘Neoconservatives aren’t alone in touting imprudent foreign interventions and allying with the national security state even when it is infringing upon the rights of innocent people. Though Hillary Clinton comes from a different intellectual tradition, for example, she has supported numerous wars of choice and illiberal policies. And the aughts featured a host of Republicans who weren’t exactly neoconservatives, but backed the invasion of Iraq, torture, and indefinite detention.’

And this:

‘From Moscow’s point of view the new government in Kiev might reasonably be regarded as a US puppet which will not be heedful of Russian interests. The “Nuland tapes” revealing a phone conversation between senior State Department official and noted neocon Victoria Nuland and US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt describing how Washington would form the new government suggests that Moscow’s assessment is likely correct…’

So Oxide, how do you reconcile a neocon running around Europe and elsewhere for the Democrats? A little background:

‘Robert Kagan (born September 26, 1958 in Athens, Greece) is an American historian, author, columnist, and foreign policy commentator at the Brookings Institution. A co-founder of the Project for the New American Century, Kagan is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He been a foreign policy advisor to several U.S. Republican presidential candidates as well as to Hillary Clinton, when she was Secretary of State under President Obama.’

‘Spouse: Victoria Nuland’

Any traction yet?

Comment by scdave
2014-03-29 07:21:52

Ben…From yesterday;

I meant Santa Clarita. I’ve never heard of Santa Clara. Kind of hard to keep all these California towns and cities straight, as it is the biggest state ??

Santa Clara is where I live Ben…95050-95054…

Comment by Housing Analyst
2014-03-29 07:24:22

Santa Carita or santa clara. A distinction without a difference.

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Comment by albuquerquedan
2014-03-29 07:35:31

You should be lawyer HA, it is our favorite phrase.

Comment by Housing Analyst
2014-03-29 08:44:34

Where do you think I got if from? ;)

Comment by Ben Jones
2014-03-29 07:45:41

‘Santa Clara is where I live’

Never heard of it. Not surprising since the biggest state has so many:

‘Santa Ana, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Clarita, Santa Cruz, Santa Fe Springs, Santa Margarita, Santa Maria, Santa Monica, Santa Nella, Santa Paula, Santa Rita Park, Santa Rosa, Santa Ynez, Santa Ysabel’

‘The California Cities section of the gazetteer has profiles for 6,441 populated places including cities, towns, neighborhoods, subdivisions and settlements.’

Doesn’t sound like a real shortage of places to live.

Here in landlocked Flagstaff, developers somehow found space for 5,000 new houses. Most will be priced at $250,000 and up. That’s right where the federal loan limits are! What are the federal loan limits in Santa Clara? I’d bet that’s what houses cost.

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Comment by Whac-A-Bubble™
2014-03-29 07:59:18

It looks to me like San Diego real estate investors who haven’t sold by now may have missed the boat, as it seems like the conforming loan limit was $729,750 just a couple of years ago.

2014 Conforming Loan Limits for California Counties
California Counties One-Family
San Diego County $546,250
Santa Clara County $625,500

Comment by rms
2014-03-29 08:26:09

‘Santa Ana, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Clarita, Santa Cruz, Santa Fe Springs, Santa Margarita, Santa Maria, Santa Monica, Santa Nella, Santa Paula, Santa Rita Park, Santa Rosa, Santa Ynez, Santa Ysabel’

Add the word “Mission” before some of these cities. Each were about a day’s ride apart by animal. History.

Comment by scdave
2014-03-29 08:48:31
Comment by Whac-A-Bubble™
2014-03-29 09:51:47

From Mexico Spain…’splains why Mexicans tend to speak Spanish.

Comment by In Colorado
2014-03-29 10:12:24

Doesn’t sound like a real shortage of places to live.

I’ve been to Santa Clara, it’s where the old Sun Microsystems portion of Oracle has its galactic HQ. It’s a crowded place where SFH are torn down and replaced by multistory apartment buildings. It’s right in the heart of Silly Valley. The traffic is so bad that many of my colleagues over there start their workday at home and don’t come into the office until rush hour is over.

I couldn’t imagine living in a place like that, I don’t care how gold plated it is. Oh, and if you live there, you’ll feel like a foreigner living in your own country. And the H1-B’s have some serious attitude, they think they own the place.

Comment by scdave
2014-03-29 10:50:44

I couldn’t imagine living in a place like that ??

My family has been here for 100 years…

Comment by dwkunkel
2014-03-29 12:11:02

My wife and I have lived in Santa Clara since 1978 and we like it here.

Comment by albuquerquedan
2014-03-29 07:38:46

Another example, of how these interventions are bankrupting us. A major part of IMF funding comes from the U.S. Now, a good part of that will have to be used for energy, ironically including paying Russia for the NG Putin continues to play chess while Obama plays checkers:

Comment by albuquerquedan
2014-03-29 07:52:17

Sorry, this should have been the second link.

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Comment by albuquerquedan
2014-03-29 07:56:13


Effects of the quota system[edit]

The IMF’s quota system was created to raise funds for loans.[53] Each IMF member country is assigned a quota, or contribution, that reflects the country’s relative size in the global economy. Each member’s quota also determines its relative voting power. Thus, financial contributions from member governments are linked to voting power in the organisation.[51]

This system follows the logic of a shareholder-controlled organisation: wealthy countries have more say in the making and revision of rules.[54] Since decision making at the IMF reflects each member’s relative economic position in the world, wealthier countries that provide more money to the fund have more influence in the IMF than poorer members that contribute less; nonetheless, the IMF focuses on redistribution.[51]

Comment by albuquerquedan
2014-03-29 08:03:29

Table does not post well but you can go to the link, However, see the role of Jack Lew and Janet Yellen. Now think of their roles with Obama and it also confirms our share of the Ukraine bailout (17.69%).

The table below shows quota and voting shares for IMF members (Attention: Amendment on Voice and Participation, and of subsequent reforms of quotas and governance which were agreed in 2010 but are not yet in effect.[52])

IMF Member country

Quota: millions of SDRs

Quota: percentage of the total



Number of votes

Percentage out of total votes

United States 42,122.4 17.69 Jack Lew Janet Yellen 421,961 16.75
Japan 15,628.5 6.56 Taro Aso Haruhiko Kuroda 157,022 6.23
Germany 14,565.5 6.12 Wolfgang Schäuble Jens Weidmann 146,392 5.81

Comment by phony scandals
2014-03-29 07:40:34

Video: Ukrainian Junta Concedes to IMF Looting Plan

Submitted by emalvini on Fri, 03/28/2014

Video: Ukrainian Junta Concedes to IMF Looting Plan

Plan will impose austerity measures rivaling those decimating living standards of the Greek people


Kurt Nimmo
March 28, 2014

Ukraine’s Parliament at first rejected on Thursday an “anti-crisis” law proposed by the IMF. It later adopted the legislation when 246 of 321 MPs voted in favor.

The bill will impose austerity measures rivaling those currently decimating the living standards of the Greek people. The draft law kowtowing to the IMF was proposed by the coup government of Arseniy Yatsenyuk, a former central banker who runs a foundation propped up by the U.S. State Department, the National Endowment for Democracy, NATO, Chatham House, Horizon Capital, Swedbank, and the German Marshall Fund.

Video: - 99k -

Comment by Skroodle
2014-03-29 08:22:42

The money Ukraine borrowed from Russia was done via Eurobonds.

The IMF money will enable Ukraine to pay back Putin.

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Comment by albuquerquedan
2014-03-29 07:46:40

In light of what I said about the Ukraine, in a post that will soon appear, check this out, we will be paying about 18% of the costs of the Ukraine bail-out and look out the role of Yellen and Lew in the IMF. But I know talking about globalists is just conspiracy theory.

Comment by Whac-A-Bubble™
2014-03-29 07:48:35

“Though Hillary Clinton comes from a different intellectual tradition, for example, she has supported numerous wars of choice and illiberal policies.”

First Amazon-American president soon to be elected…

Comment by LolaLOL
2014-03-29 07:57:48

Statists gonna state, oligarchists gonna oligarch.

The powerful class of elitists protect their own and wash each other’s backs regardless of affiliation.

There are those at the Club that golf, those that play tennis and those that prefer yachting. Just different favors of the same.

Comment by CA renter
2014-03-30 00:42:04

Exactly right, Lola.

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Comment by RonniesLeftMango
2014-03-29 11:09:15

Neocons and Progressives are united in their anti-meritocracy biases. Neocons for the good old boys and crony business groups and progressives for their racial, gender, etc. groups.

Loyalty to the group trumps the right thing to do or best qualified candidate for both.

Comment by Bill, just South of Irvine
2014-03-29 07:05:29

So I felt the moderate quake last night and it lasted ten seconds. Last time I felt quakes was probably four years ago in L.A.

I am not prepared. California hates guns so I cannot defend myself. I do have a pile of cash very close. And metals. Normally I keep several jugs of water around. And I think i am going to shop around for a small propane grill and stock my cupboards with canned goods. My climate here is bearable if the AC does not work. It never gets terribly cold either.

Comment by goon squad
2014-03-29 07:11:48

Southern California sounds like one of the worst possible places to be when “Go Time” happens.

How do 20 million bewildered sheeple react when the EBT cards stop working and there’s no electricity for the TeeVee?

Comment by 2banana
2014-03-29 07:36:31

They look for a guy that has a pile of cash very close? And metals?

Comment by Skroodle
2014-03-29 08:23:50

And jugs of water.

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Comment by In Colorado
2014-03-29 10:21:17

How do 20 million bewildered sheeple react when the EBT cards stop working and there’s no electricity for the TeeVee?

Or the store shelves in our JIT society are emptied. If the big one hits and topples all the freeway overpasses there will be no way to get supplies in or to get yourself out.

And while Cali might not be “gun friendly” I’m sure there’s no shortage of them. If the big one knocks out all power across the Southland there will be plenty of gunfire heard.

Heck, some years ago my late mother visited relatives in Los Feliz. She later told me that she heard gunfire throughout night she was with them.

LA has always struck me as a place teetering on the edge of anarchy. It would turn into a regular Beirut should “the big one” hit.

Comment by Combotechie
2014-03-29 07:17:34

If the electricity goes out I want to save what’s in my refrigerator/freezer so I am thinking of getting some sort of portable gasoline-driven generator. Everything else that is electricity-dependent I’ll let slide, except for a maybe light or two.

Comment by Ben Jones
2014-03-29 07:20:43

I’ve got one of the little red Honda generators. Quiet and reliable.

Comment by phony scandals
2014-03-29 08:14:03

“I’ve got one of the little red Honda generators”

One of those kept my house livable through a couple of hurricane induced 7 day + power outages.

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Comment by Ben Jones
2014-03-29 09:41:09

I use it to work on foreclosures that don’t have the utilities on. I have a wireless modem, and with the generator and batteries, I can be online indefinitely. One thing I looked into, but didn’t buy, was the car battery jump starters. They’ve evolved into camping style power sources. Some even have USB ports. I watched a you tube where this guy hooked up strings of LED Christmas lights to illuminate his house, ran a fan and computer and maybe his fridge, I can’t remember.

Comment by Blue Skye
2014-03-29 10:00:53

I’ve got one of those little red Hondas on the flybridge of my boat. It charges a bank of batteries when I am not connected to land. It is quiet and powerful. My refrigerator, computer, internet, lights and such run off the batteries or the engine if it is running. I can go for a couple of days without running the honda if the deck fox isn’t calling for air conditioning.

Comment by Ben Jones
2014-03-29 10:06:02

There are a few different sizes on these Honda generators. The one I have has this Eco-throttle setting that will conserve gas, puts less wear on the parts and is even quieter.

Comment by Blue Skye
2014-03-29 10:19:59

I have the eco throttle on my 2000. It is really a nice feature.

Comment by Bill, just South of Irvine, CA
2014-03-29 11:20:38

Shoot, I wonder if those little generators are allowable on apartment balconies. Of course for survival when it’s Beirut outside you don’t give a tird about what the apartment office thinks of generators. It would certainly be hidden on my balcony.

I would want to keep powering my wine fridge at the least.

Comment by Bill, just South of Irvine, CA
2014-03-29 11:26:25

I have just been reading a survival blog about this. Someone wanted to store gas in an apartment or balcony. Everyone said terrible idea - too dangerous.

As for generators - they would attract looters knowing you are using a generator to save perishables and you have perishables.

I guess I would be better off renting a SFH, one story place in this area when I could afford to.

Comment by Blue Skye
2014-03-29 13:14:04

Bill, you can buy deep cycle batteries and keep them charged while your electricity is on. That can give your wine cooler a couple of days operation. You’ll need an inverter.

Everyone has different priorities!

Comment by Bill, Just south of Irvine
2014-03-29 16:55:32

Thanks Blue Skye!

I’m just looking into this stuff now. Lots to learn and to be careful about.

Two ingredients seem to be needed: AGM Deep cycle battery and inverter.

If I can get those, maintain 20 to 50 gallons of water in 2 and a half gallon containers (I have lots of space for much more than 20 plastic containers of water), a gun, ammo, and an ADT alarm for when I’m away at work in Irvine, I think I’d be able to survive the first couple of days of chaos and Beirut conditions. But my part of OC is mostly SFHs. Looters would focus on the perceived “haves” in houses. Not the perceived “have nots” in apartments.

Comment by Blue Skye
2014-03-29 17:50:31

Keep a small bottle of bleach and an eyedropper for those bottles of water. Maybe you should just buy more wine.

Comment by Ben Jones
2014-03-29 18:14:00

Or some Bud or Coors. As they say, it’s like making love in a canoe; f******* close to water!

Comment by Bill, Just south of Irvine
2014-03-29 19:02:38

yeah more wine.

Hey I found Youtube more useful than the wordy web sites.

For the AGM Deep cycle batteries you have to recharge them in a few months. So you need a charger. In addition, I checked my Maytag refrigerator manual and it cautioned that you should only plug it into a wall.

Well I have seen youtube videos of guys running their fridges off of inverters, which were connected to 12v batteries. And with long extension cords.

This is very educational, IMO.

Once you have a working system and you are expert at maintaining it to be ever ready, you are good for those days of blackouts or brownouts.

AGM batteries combined with inverters have an advantage over gas power generators in that no one would know you have it. One of the survivalist blogs meantioned that those who have generators in neighborhoods will be looted first since it would be easy to hear who has one. Not so on batteries. But the batteries last a couple days usually.

You can also run an inverter from your car battery while the car idles.

Optima is a maker of batteries and chargers that I’ve seen used with inverters to run household appliances.

Comment by tresho
2014-03-30 08:15:37

my Maytag refrigerator manual and it cautioned that you should only plug it into a wall.
The manufacturers always say that to cover their rear ends. Cheap inverters produce sawtooth waves of electrical power that do not play well with many electrical devices, such as those which run compressors. I tried running a simple line-powered electric shaver on my inverter once, it just buzzed & got hot, never actually turned on. “Pure sine wave” inverters cost much more than cheap ones & provide power of about the same quality as line power. Even with pure sine wave power, electrical compressors often need a surge of amperage to get going. The number of amps needed then, may well exceed the capacity of whatever inverter you choose.
Best choice of refrigeration without line power is a RV-style fridge which runs off 12VDC or propane, no inverter needed. The advantage of an RV-style fridge is that you can run it off line power until the line goes down, and rig up a switch to automatically go to battery backup. In Amish country they also use kerosene powered refrigerators. These tend to cost alot more than line-powered refrigerators.
During a prolonged power failure, anyone with their own source of power, regardless of source, can publicize this by having lights showing after dark, with or without noisy generators. Get blackout curtains & verify that they work.
The problem with trying to protect yourself with your guns is the possibility of being outgunned / outnumbered, something survivalists tend to avoid mentioning.
Everyone who owns a car should, IMNSHO, already have one or more voltage inverters installed in their cars to run low power appliances and charge their chargeable devices to relieve their total dependence on line power.

Comment by scdave
2014-03-29 07:26:03

Yes we have small generators also….Refrigerator and possibly little space heater depending on how badly damaged the gas lines are…

One more item is a must have also…Bicycle or small scooter…

Comment by Combotechie
2014-03-29 07:27:16

And a gun.

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Comment by Housing Analyst
2014-03-29 07:33:05

And means to get fuel from your vehicles tank. Gasoline rots into puke after 30 days.

Comment by Combotechie
2014-03-29 07:38:50

Well beyond a major earthquake what could really hose us is something on the order of a Carrington Event (Wiki it up) which could blow out all the country’s transformers and leave the country in the dark for months as there is not a stockpile of thousands of replacement transformers on hand.

Comment by Skroodle
2014-03-29 08:26:37

Alexis Carrington?

Comment by Bill, Just south of Irvine
2014-03-29 22:06:23

Combotechie, if you have a lot of roof area overhead (rented to a landlord or rented from the banksters and or government), you could install solar panels.

My boss in OC a few miles south of me is installing solar. I think it’s solar electric. All he needs is a lot of water. He’s certainly no mormon - a heavy drinking liberal - so I cannot explain his urge for self sufficiency. So if the big switch goes off he and the girls will have power at least. They just need to have some batteries for overnight I suppose to run the refrigerators and utilities.

I would do the same but don’t have a house. I’d be more likely to do this in Arizona where houses are more worthwhile and you can legally own AR-15s and high capacity magazines…

Comment by Bill, just South of Irvine, CA
2014-03-29 11:38:38

A bicycle would be good.

In my part of Orange County I’m pretty much surrounded by SFHs. My apartment complex would probably have some (but very few) bad types who would be looting the SFHs if backs are against the walls and they are trying to feed their kids. Not sure. But they would be looking at those people who have more likely a means to store goods - SFHs.

In Phoenix the only disaster to worry about is human-caused: tyranny.

I’m thinking it would be worthwhile to get a gun and ammo here in Cali regardless. I guess the clips can hold at most 7. So I would buy some gun and buy ten clips perhaps. Not sure.

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Comment by 2banana
2014-03-29 07:45:27

How are you going to hook up the generator?

Extension cords? Get good ones. They are not cheap.

Backfeed? Better know what you are doing are you may burn down your house or electrocute someone.

Install a transfer switch? Hire an electrician. Shell out some $.

Then - you need to store some fuel. Gas goes “bad” after a few months of sitting so be sure to rotate your stock or add a stabilizer.

And you will be amazed how much gas you will burn over the course of a few days.

Also - Ethanol is very bad for small engines - are there any gas stations around you that sell gas without ethanol?

Comment by Combotechie
2014-03-29 07:50:14

“How are you going to hook up the generator?”

I’ll unplug the refrigerator from the house current and plug it into the generator. I don’t intend on running the house with the generator, just the refrigerator and maybe a light or two.

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Comment by scdave
2014-03-29 08:56:49

plug it into the generator ??

Yes, with a good extension cord like 2-fruit said…Get a good field construction extension cord..#12 or #10 wire with a good shield…It won’t overheat…

Comment by Bill, Just south of Irvine
2014-03-29 21:45:25

This is good advice. Also I’ve seen a good brand of inverter and good brand of AGM battery and charger on Youtube.

Sometimes you can be too paranoid/squeamish/irrational to get good at electrical fiddling. Sure it’s dangerous but people should not be discouraged into doing NOTHING about backup power from the debbie downers that typically appear on this blog.

If you can properly jump start your car battery and do simple math (add the total number of watts of the appliances you want covered) I think you would also have the means to safely hook up a battery charger to a battery or a 12V battery to a inverter and a refrigerator power cord to the inverter. There is lots of advice on internet. And when you find advice that is the same, it’s most likely the proper way of going about it.

Comment by scdave
2014-03-29 08:53:46

Gas goes “bad” after a few months of sitting so be sure to rotate your stock or add a stabilizer ??

Thats not my experience even without stabilizer…

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Comment by Housing Analyst
2014-03-29 09:38:03

Because your experience is founded on something other than reality.

Comment by Skroodle
2014-03-29 08:28:04

The do sell propane powered refrigerators.

Comment by Salinasron
2014-03-29 09:29:54

Positive action is always better than worrying. Having a multi-electrical grid failure across the US is more likely to enter our lives.

Comment by AmazingRuss
2014-03-29 07:59:47

I owned assault rifles and handguns the whole 20 years I lived in California, and had a client that owned a gun range that sold them. What are you whining about? Do you need an apache gunship to feel safe?

Comment by reedalberger
2014-03-29 09:42:27

Very hard if not impossible to get a concealed carry permit in California. I wish they would change that and add in some reciprocity for other state’s permits…I would travel and spend more money there. The lefties have to drop their fear of armed law abiding citizens, we are not the enemy. The cops are at least ten minutes away in urban areas and god knows how long the response time would be on a rural interstate or highway.

Comment by In Colorado
2014-03-29 10:23:47

Very hard if not impossible to get a concealed carry permit in California.

I suspect no one will care when “go time” arrives.

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Comment by m2p
2014-03-29 14:43:04

I wish they would change that

Looks like things might be changing.

Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens received $1.5 million from the Board of Supervisors Tuesday to help process a flood of applications for concealed weapons permits, though she didn’t believe it would be a regular annual request.
She said the initial enthusiasm expressed by applicants who want to obtain permits under new, looser guidelines, required her office to add 15 people to answer phones and conduct interviews for the process.

Sheriff gets $1.5 million to process gun permit applications

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Comment by AmazingRuss
2014-03-29 15:47:51

I’m fairly cowardly myself, but I don’t think it’s very manly to be afraid to go outside without a pistol. That kind of timidity verges on mental illness, and mentally ill people are the last ones I want packing heat around town.

I keep a 1911 by the bed for home invasions, and a couple rifles in the closet with plenty of ammo for the zombie apocalypse. I feel adequately safe.

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Comment by AbsoluteBeginner
2014-03-29 10:33:43

‘I am not prepared.’

#10 canisters of freeze-dried food. Shelf life good until 2039.

I have a few, admittedly for backpacking trips a decade from now as well as back-up in case of ?

Comment by Bill, just South of Irvine, CA
2014-03-29 11:41:13


Comment by tresho
2014-03-30 07:56:05

I am not prepared.
Get a satellite phone & make arrangements with some organization outside of southern CA which offers pre-planning for emergency supplies and services to subscribers who might later be caught in a major catastrophe, to help them get out of Dodge. Either that or dig a deep bunker no one else knows about and prepare to hole up for a few years until things have time to calm down (or die off). If the Big One hits, stockpiled water, food & gold will be of little use to someone trapped in anarchy.
Read “Lucifer’s Hammer” by Niven & Pournelle.

Comment by 2banana
2014-03-29 07:08:48

The fun of living in democrat controlled cities.

More gun control would solve this.

No, not that kind.


Mob Attack On Family Caught On Camera | march 28, 2014

Kentucky police are investigating a string of alleged assaults by a group of teens. One of the teens was caught on camera.

A woman says they attacked her and her family as her kids watched in horror.

It was around 8 p.m. Saturday when she and her family were attacked at a Louisville intersection.

“Right before we got to the stoplight, we noticed about 50 to 100 teens coming to the middle of the street. It was a one-way street so we couldn’t go any further. All of a sudden, one of them throws a garbage can on our car,” she explained.

Loeffle says after that, the situation quickly escalated. Her boyfriend, Ron Carter, was in the driver’s seat and stopped the car to see what was going on.

They say when he got out, the teens moved in on him.

“Then all of a sudden, I’m getting attacked,” Carter said. “At that point, I jump in the driver’s seat and heard them throwing rocks at my car. The rocks were hitting the kids inside the car.”

Meanwhile, Loeffler and her five children were still inside the car.

The approximately 200 teens were involved in at least 17 incidents, according to police. There has been at least one arrest and police are looking for more suspects.

Comment by goon squad
2014-03-29 07:27:23

I love the smell of Justice For Trayvon™ in the morning :)

Comment by aNYCdj
2014-03-29 11:16:01


If Trayvons page was visible…. nothing would have happened…….people would have seen the public gansta pictures and realize he was no cute kid.

Comment by scdave
2014-03-29 07:29:32

You have a car…Lock the doors and drive away…Run over the little bastards if you have to….

Comment by 2banana
2014-03-29 07:50:38

What? And become hated like white-hispanic Zimmerman?

Better to go to the hospital.


Comment by rms
2014-03-29 09:10:00

“Run over the little bastards if you have to…”

+1 Good advice.

Comment by Bill, just South of Irvine, CA
2014-03-29 11:54:36

“You have a car…Lock the doors and drive away…Run over the little bastards if you have to….”

Dave, Ha! I caught you in a non-”progressive” quote! Shame on you! You are supposed to be easy on the criminals.

Comment by Combotechie
2014-03-29 07:43:42

“They say when he got out, the teens moved in on him.”

Let me see if I understand this: Fifty to a hundred teenagers begin to attack the car he was in so his response is to get out of the car.

Got it.

Comment by 2banana
2014-03-29 07:53:50

It is his fault.

Dumb whitey.

Hey - you think Holder will investigate this as a hate crime?

I am sure if a mob of 150 whites beat the crap out of lone black guy and threaten his black family he would be all over it.

And the US Constitution has an amendment that says “equity under law”

And Holder took an oath to uphold the US Constitution…

Comment by Combotechie
2014-03-29 08:02:23

“Dumb whitey.”

He wasn’t dumb because he was white, he was dumb because he got out of the car.

What he needed to do was to get out of the situation he was in, which means staying in the car and driving off.

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Comment by Whac-A-Bubble™
2014-03-29 08:13:54

“…driving off.”

What if some of the 200 or so teens blocked the road?

Comment by Combotechie
2014-03-29 08:30:41

“What if some of the 200 or so teens blocked the road.”

In that case I would get out of the car and try to reason with them, maybe instruct them on the proper way they should behave, maybe even wag my index finger at them a bit.

Comment by 2banana
2014-03-29 08:51:27

And don’t forget to show off your COEXIST sticker…

Comment by scdave
2014-03-29 09:02:48

In that case I would get out of the car and try to reason with them ??

Really….200 teenagers…In a mob mentality your going to “reason” with them ?? Bottom line for me is I would have done everything I could to get out of the situation short of getting out of the car putting my entire family at risk…Didn’t he have a cell phone ??…But, if I felt threaten, throwing rocks at the windows etc., then, unfortunately someone is going to get hurt…

Comment by Combotechie
2014-03-29 09:13:59

“Really …, 200 teenagers… In a mob mentality your going to ‘reason’ with them??”

Is my attempt at sarcasm really not at all obvious?

Comment by reedalberger
2014-03-29 09:52:32

If the teens thought there was a moderate to high probability that the person or persons in the vehicle were armed, they may have exercised some restraint.

That kind of dynamic critical incident can go a number of ways, even if I was carrying I would try to escape, but if you get cornered you have to do something besides beg for your life.

If you look at footage from the LA riots, even the cops retreated. Sometimes you may just be effed unless you are coming back from the range with your tactical shotgun and AR-15 loaded and ready. GUN IT REGINALD!!!!

Comment by Whac-A-Bubble™
2014-03-29 09:55:55

“…maybe even wag my index finger at them a bit.”

Isn’t that what got Reginald Denny into trouble back on April 29, 1992?

Comment by Bill, just South of Irvine, CA
2014-03-29 11:56:17

You could hire ambassador Lurch (I mean John scary, I mean John Kerry) to reason with them couldn’t you?

Comment by oxide
2014-03-29 17:43:19

Dumb question:

Who the F obeys a “one way” street when there is a mob of 200 kids in front of you? I would have blasted the horn and lights and backed out as fast as I could, one way be dammed (pun intended). I’d rather back into another car than take my chances with the mob.

Comment by AmazingRuss
2014-03-29 08:03:48

Hysterical people like you are prone to such mistakes. Natural selection ensues. It is nature’s way.

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Comment by rms
2014-03-29 09:11:59

“Dumb whitey.”

In reality, naive whitey.

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Comment by albuquerquedan
2014-03-29 09:34:19

PC whitey.

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Comment by AmazingRuss
2014-03-29 15:50:25

Where am I gonna buy a 200 round magazine?

Comment by Whac-A-Bubble™
2014-03-29 08:06:44

Given the racial composition of the “flash mob,” would this situation qualify as a hate crime?

Comment by goon squad
2014-03-29 08:23:10

Take a chill pill, slap a COEXIST sticker on it, and go watch the Souper Bowl Coke commercial bro…

Comment by aNYCdj
2014-03-29 12:27:42

and they call me a racist…..

Comment by Whac-A-Bubble™
2014-03-29 08:10:09

‘Not Uncommon’: Mob of Teens Ransacks Kentucky Store in Louisville


Louisville, Kentucky
25 March 2014

The purpose of this channel is to document the “knockout game” with video evidence. As dishonest liberals and black racists claim that the knockout game doesn’t exist or is a product of our imagination, we decided it was important to build a video database of these horrible crimes, with trusted information for each incident. Please share these videos with as much people as possible. Hopefully more people will learn about the truth and the authorities will do something about this serious problem. Those who are in denial won’t be able to continue to be in denial for long with all this video evidence.

An estimated two hundred young blacks rioted in downtown Louisville over the weekend. Police document seventeen incidents of violence. At least three victims were sent to the hospital. At least one gas station was looted. A white female clerk was also beaten up at that gas station.

There was also a mob attack against a thirteen year old girl. A female motorist, with her children, was pulled out of her car and viciously assaulted. “The first incident involved a man who was beaten and robbed after he tried to break-up what appears to be a physical assault and robbery of a 13-year-old girl,” Conrad said. Many of the teens left after police responded to that incident at Waterfront Park, but only moved to another part of downtown. “Officers were then called to the White Castle at 1st and Market Street where they dispersed a crowd of 70 to 80 disorderly people,” Conrad said. A group of young men near the White Castle then started throwing trash cans at a woman in her stopped car. “They kicked her car. She was punched several times in the head,” Conrad said. According to police, her children were passengers in the car. Several young men from this same group then allegedly robbed the Bader’s Food Market and attacked the clerk. A different man was then attacked on third and Chestnut, according to police. But the violence did not stop there. “Shortly after that, another man was robbed and assaulted at 5th and Broadway — again by a group of young men. He too, was taken to the hospital,” he added. Assaults sent three people to University Hospital. Police only made one arrest. This is a very unusual occurrence for our community,” Conrad said. Police do not know what started the series of assaults, but believe insults on social media and the warmer weather are factors. Conrad sees a clear correlation between weather improving and an increase in crime. Dispatchers continued to get calls about vandalism on downtown buildings and cars after police responded to final assault. They are asking for any information about who might have been in these groups, or who they might have assaulted. “I am convinced that there were young people doing things they otherwise would not have done,” said Conrad. “I’m also convinced that there were in that crowd last night who knew things were going to get out of hand — who saw red flags — who could’ve called us,” Conrad said.

The Louisville media outlets are refusing to state the race of the perpetrators or any victims. However, video surveillance shows the rioters are all young black males and females.

Comment by AbsoluteBeginner
2014-03-29 10:48:01

What do you do with youth that are so hateful?

I don’t think they understand the consequences of their actions. It is not an excuse for their behavior, but if they take notice, the rules of gainful existence have changed. Maybe they really do not care about a future.

Comment by Housing Analyst
2014-03-29 07:25:52

Watching the hiding housing harpies blow their cover is hilarious.

Comment by goon squad
2014-03-29 07:37:59

Hope and Change

“Barack Obama ran for office promising change; he delivered continuity. But then, continuity brought change – for the worse.

In 2008, “change” meant whatever voters wanted it to mean. Like the candidate, the word was a Rorschach inkblot.

Many, probably most, Obama voters had no clear idea what kind of change they expected. All they knew was that, under George W. Bush, the country had veered dramatically off course. They thought Obama would fix that.

Some voters did have more specific expectations. Some thought that Obama would wean the country off neoliberalism. With a financial and economic meltdown raging, the time was ripe.

Some expected him to restore the rule of law at least to pre-9/11 levels; many hoped and expected that Bush era war criminals would be brought to justice.

Others thought that the Democratic Party would become more like what it had been before the Clintons had had their way with it.

The list goes on.

Of course, nobody knew what “change” meant to Obama. Perhaps Obama didn’t know either. He could hardly have been more vague.

On one point, though, everybody, except perhaps the candidate himself and his close advisors, agreed: Obama would transform the post-9/11 Bush-Cheney regime beyond recognition.

They could not have been more wrong.”

Comment by AbsoluteBeginner
2014-03-29 10:53:12

‘Of course, nobody knew what “change” meant to Obama. Perhaps Obama didn’t know either. He could hardly have been more vague.’

To serve man.

Comment by SUGuy
2014-03-29 07:45:18

Could someone speculate as to what games the realtors are playing with price history on this property? Btw the current taxes are 25K plus

Comment by 2banana
2014-03-29 08:02:39

But taxes are DOWN from $40,139 per year in 2010…


For a nice 5 bedroom house on 1.24 acres in the boonies of upstate NY.

Maybe a rich Chinese banker will buy it as “public union goon” does not translate into Mandarin.

Comment by Captain Credit Crunch
2014-03-29 07:58:35

A poll on the concept of rental parity.

I’ve often heard that buying should be less expensive than renting in terms of normal monthly costs, as the owner is taking on the risk of ownership. However, I never hear anyone ask “at what cost?” Clearly if one pays all cash, their monthly outlay is less than renting.

At what percentage of a down payment should this maxim be taken seriously?

Comment by 2banana
2014-03-29 08:05:18

But then you lose the “opportunity” cost of that cash. Like if you invested it in stocks or bonds over the time you own the house.

Do and “apples to apples” comparison.

Comment by Captain Credit Crunch
2014-03-29 09:34:37

So just take that into account with the percentage you choose.

Comment by Housing Analyst
2014-03-29 12:22:30

Working on another smoke and mirrors technique eh?

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Comment by AmazingRuss
2014-03-29 08:07:37

Depends on how much the house would rent for and interest rates. Will be different in every case. Sometimes 20% would work, sometimes 100% wouldn’t.

Comment by oxide
2014-03-29 17:46:12

CCC, look up the New York Times rent v buy calculator. it has variables for everything, including down payment vs. opportunity cost of investing the same monies. I tried it several ways. The quick and dirty conclusion is: the number depends ALOT on the % return on the investment.

Comment by phony scandals
2014-03-29 08:06:33

Starts at 3:35

“Your gonna sell off all your valuable public assets to our buddies, we’re gonna bring in the multi national banks and the multi national corporations and we’re gonna rob everything that you have. And those pensions you have, forget about it. We’re gonna get those taken away from you too, and we’re also going to raise your taxes and it’s gonna cost you more to live. So now just be a good girl and boy and behave. Because the International Mafia Association has just taken over another chunk of the world.”

“They got this little clown in there, Yats.”

IMF:Everything You Have Will Be Taken - YouTube - 139k - Cached - Similar pages
14 hours ago …

Comment by 2banana
2014-03-29 08:23:32

Bigger and bigger government, more and more regulations and higher and higher taxes will save us all and fix all of our problems…

Comment by phony scandals
2014-03-29 08:34:02

“Bigger and bigger government,”

You would enjoy the first 3:35

Comment by 2banana
2014-03-29 08:14:54

Whose Side are you On? If you don’t care whether Republicans win, care that Democrats lose.
National Review ^ | 3/29/2014 | Kevin Williamson

For conservatives, the story of the Obama years has been the depressing spectacle of Republicans fighting a rearguard action covering their retreat from a Democratic agenda backed by superior numbers. Republicans began the Obama administration with effectively no leverage: Barack Obama in the White House, Nancy Pelosi in the speaker’s chair, and Harry Reid running the Senate. The outcome of that was the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, the worst domestic defeat for the cause of limited government in a generation. The 2010 congressional elections gave Republicans some relief in the form of a House majority empowered to contain the worst fiscal and policy inclinations of the Obama administration and its congressional allies, and the blessed Republican obstructionists in the Senate have kept a few very bad apples out of high office, but a House majority alone is a poor foundation for advancing conservative policies or reversing the Left’s advances.

Republicans now have the opportunity to effectively bring the Obama administration’s legislative program to an early end this November by eliminating the Democrats’ majority in the Senate, which would also give them a much stronger hand in keeping the worst of his appointees out of office, safely quarantined in whatever dank recesses of academia currently housing them. And while one should never underestimate the Republicans’ ability to blunder their way into missing a political opportunity or the fickleness of our bread-and-circuses electorate, there is a very good chance that that will happen. (Knock wood, salt over the shoulder — pick your own prophylactic.) But conservatives all too often seem to have failed to learn the lesson of the heavy losses we have suffered during the Obama years: The differences among us are minor compared with the differences between us and them, which are fundamental.

Conservatives had an opportunity to put the Obama administration not to an effective end but a literal one in 2012, but we blew it. Mitt Romney improved on John McCain’s vote total (barely), fared better in every battleground state save Ohio, and even won independents. The election in the end was decided by 334,000 votes in Florida, Ohio, Virginia, and New Hampshire. Even with Barack Obama’s edge among newly registered minority voters and an unusually high turnout among overwhelmingly Democratic black voters, only 57.5 percent of eligible voters actually showed up. That left a lot of room for conservatives to make a difference. But we did not take the opportunity.

Maybe you were not that excited that 2012 gave you a choice between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. I sympathize — I liked Rick Perry. But how is President Romney vs. President Obama a hard choice? How is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vs. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid a hard choice? How is Speaker of the House John Boehner vs. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi a hard choice?

It isn’t.

Even if you think that Romney is a squishy RINO Massachusetts technocrat with a secret crush on Obamacare, you have to be on the wrong side of the border between ideologically hardcore and ideologically blinded to conclude that spending four years fighting against the very worst imaginable tendencies of a Romney administration would have been anything other than wine and roses compared with spending four years fighting against the very worst tendencies of an Obama administration, especially when the president is in the position of never having to face another election.

The Obama administration has handed conservatives — and, more important, the country — disaster after disaster after disaster. Rather than scaling back the most worrisome aspects of the surveillance state and the so-called War on Terror, President Obama has expanded on them. Taxes are up, spending is up (2013 spending was $250 billion more than 2009, itself not exactly a banner year for fiscal restraint), health insurance is a chaotic mess subject to ad hoc revision every time Democratic political necessities demand it, our allies are dispirited, our enemies emboldened, our religious liberties under attack by the very government entrusted with defending them, our economy anemic, with too many of our people unemployed and those who are employed earning too little.

If this seems inconsistent with more than a little of what I have written before, I suppose a personal note is in order. I left the Republican party because I didn’t want to be part of any organization that would have Arlen Specter as a member, and because I was appalled at the fiscal incontinence of the Bush years. And I’ve very much enjoyed being able to tell people that I’m not a Republican. (Some days more than others, as you might imagine.) That being said, I am coming around to the view that I’d rather be disappointed by Republicans who periodically fail live up to their principles than have my country pillaged and hobbled by Democrats who consistently live up to theirs.

Comment by Skroodle
2014-03-29 08:32:24

Rick Perry is soo dumb.

He has now announced that he is for changing the law preventing Tesla from selling cars in Texas ( which he signed into law last year ) because Tesla is looking for a factory locacation.

The local news anchor pointed out it really doesn’t matter that he changed his mind as the state legislature won’t meet until after Perry is out of office.

Comment by Ben Jones
2014-03-29 08:51:52

‘I am coming around to the view that I’d rather be disappointed by Republicans’

Yes, the reluctant Republican routine. IMO, that’s the role of Hannity and Limbaugh. Complain all the time about the Republican “Establishment”, but bring everyone back into the fold when the same establishment picks a neocon. Well, lookie here:

‘In what may be the twentieth example of the genre in the past decade, a neoconservative has written a magazine article excommunicating from the conservative movement Patrick Buchanan and others who fail to embrace warmongering neoconservatism. A comedy skit could be made about these repeated efforts, as the excommunicated faction somehow fails simply to shut up and disappear as it is supposed to. David Frum’s National Review article is longer than most of its kind but predictable in its wielding of the standard neocon rhetorical weapons: those who disagree with his faction are racist, nativist, anti-Semitic, and of course “unpatriotic.”

‘”Islamofascist” was coined or at least popularized by Stephen Schwartz in his recent Spectator article “Ground Zero and the Saudi Connection.” Note that within the article Schwartz singles out Stalin and Bolshevism for criticism, rather than Communism in general.

Schwartz, who now writes from National Review Online, is a hardly abashed Trotskyist. Here’s how a one-time fellow traveler of Schwartz’s describes him: ‘Schwartz’s parents had been members of the pro-Moscow Communist Party U.S.A. In reaction against the Stalinist milieu he’d grown up in, he’d become a Trotskyist in his teens and eventually gravitated towards the left communism of the FOR [Fomento Obrero Revolucionario]. Schwartz and I agreed that all forms of Leninism were counter-revolutionary. This didn’t stop Schwartz from intensely identifying with Leon Trotsky and blaming anything that peeved him, from bad weather to poor table service, on the machinations of “Stalinists”.

‘By attaching himself to the FOR, Schwartz could gain notice among Trotskyists as the author of the most extreme left English language publication close to the Trotskyist spectrum, and guarantee himself a place in the future as a wax mannequin in the ludicrous icepickhead pantheon that was so dear to his heart.’

‘The Trotskyist pedigree of neoconservatism is no secret; the original neocon, Irving Kristol, acknowledges it with relish: “I regard myself to have been a young Trostkyite and I have not a single bitter memory.” Nor is there any doubt about the influence — one might almost say hegemony — of “former Communists” on the post-war conservative movement. Just read the words of one neocon, Seymour Martin Lipset: ‘From the anti-Stalinists who became conservatives — including James Burnham, Whittaker Chambers, and Irving Kristol — the Right gained a political education and, in some cases, an injection of passion. The ex-radicals brought with them the knowledge that ideological movements must have journals and magazines to articulate their perspectives. In 1955, for example, William F. Buckley, Jr., launched National Review at the urging of Willi Schlamm, a former German Communist. In its early years, National Review was largely written and edited by the Buckley family and a handful of former Communists, Trotskyists, and socialists, such as Burnham and Chambers.’

Comment by MightyMike
2014-03-29 16:30:38

Gee, I hate to defend William F. Buckley, who was a clown in a number of ways. I think that he believed in the Christian idea of redemption. He was willing to forgive a former Communist like Whittaker Chambers because Chambers broke with the Communists and wrote many thousands of words renouncing and condemning them.

Also, Pat Buchanan has said many things over the years that would cause reasonable people to think that he’s got racist and anti-semitic feelings floating around in his head. He’s no isolationist, either. Back when there wars going on in the former Yugoslavia 20 years ago Buchanan thought that the U.S. should support Croatia. His reason was that Croatia is Catholic like he is.

Comment by Ben Jones
2014-03-29 18:10:36

‘would cause reasonable people to think that he’s got racist and anti-semitic feelings’

‘the standard neocon rhetorical weapons: those who disagree with his faction are racist, nativist, anti-Semitic, and of course “unpatriotic.”

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Comment by MightyMike
2014-03-29 22:23:09

I’m not interested in the standard neocon blather. I am familiar with Buchanan’s statements.

Comment by scdave
2014-03-29 09:11:19

Conservatives ??

What does that mean anymore ?? Define it…The GOP is so fractured that none of the fractions have the same definition…From the center right to the radical right….Its like a grand canyon of political and philosophical ideology…

Comment by jose canusi
2014-03-29 09:20:57

More like a black hole of political and philosophical ideology

Comment by the zima guy
2014-03-29 09:23:56

As bad as republican ideological divide appears, the democratic unity in favor of fraud, corruption and incompetence is even more appalling.

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Comment by Ben Jones
2014-03-29 09:28:27

‘The GOP is so fractured’

Well, that’s what happens when you let a bunch of kinda-former communists run the show. The bigger question is, how did we get to a place where a hard-core neocon was recorded naming the new leader of Ukraine, who now has the backing of the White House? Is it possible the left-right, conservative-liberal facade is there to distract us while the real PTB operates in both major parties?

Comment by jose canusi
2014-03-29 09:31:31

“Is it possible the left-right, conservative-liberal facade is there to distract us while the real PTB operates in both major parties?”

Absolutely, is there any doubt?

MacBeth calls it the “neocon-progressive” party, but there is already a name for this “movement”, it’s neoliberalism.

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Comment by albuquerquedan
2014-03-29 09:39:49

“Is it possible the left-right, conservative-liberal facade is there to distract us while the real PTB operates in both major parties?”

Absolutely, is there any doubt?

No. It the left really listened to what Sara Palin says about crony capitalism they realize how much they agree with her. Unfortunately, the social issues differences are real and are exploited by the PTB to prevent the obvious consensus on economics by the vast majority of voters.

Comment by Oddfellow
2014-03-29 14:34:24

Srah Palin is a total neocon:

¨Thank you to our good neighbors led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper for their exemplary support of our friend Israel.
As significant and dangerous progress is made by Iran no doubt wanting nukes, and with the continued threats against Israel by radicals in the region, Canada’s steadfastness is praiseworthy.¨

‘Why are you apologising all the time,’ Palin asked guides Israeli lawmaker, Danny Danon…
She went on to tell Danon that she had flags of Israel ‘on my desk, in my home, all over the place’.

Comment by albuquerquedan
2014-03-29 15:07:37

Her views are far more intelligent and nuanced than you give her credit for and she predicted the troubles in Libya:

Comment by albuquerquedan
2014-03-29 15:14:02

Excerpt from a 2011 link which is about to post:

Thursday evening, Sarah Palin published a column On the Future of Libya that sets forth a foreign policy position that neither retreats to the isolationism of some libertarians, nor advances an interventionist foreign policy favored by so-called “neo-cons” preferred by the establishment wing of the GOP.

Comment by albuquerquedan
2014-03-29 15:19:18

Another excerpt:

Palin advises caution with respect to the nature of those who seem poised to rule Libya, wary of people with decidedly questionable motives who have ties to terrorists and radical islamists.

“Second, we must be very concerned about the future government that will emerge to take Gaddafi’s place. History teaches that those with the guns usually prevail when a coalition overthrows a tyrant. We must remember that military power ultimately resides with the rebel commanders. This should be a source of some concern. The armed opposition to Gaddafi is an outgrowth of a group called Islamic Libya Fighting Group, and some rebel commanders admit that they have Al Qaeda links. The rebel fighters are from different tribes, and they have a variety of political views. Some are Islamists, some appear to favor some sort of western democracy. We should work through diplomatic means to help those who want democracy to come out on top.”

Comment by Oddfellow
2014-03-29 16:02:00

“I believe that America has to exercise all options in order to stop the terrorists who are hellbent on destroying America and our allies,” she said after several questions on the topic. “We have got to have all options out there on the table.”

Sarah Palin
washington post

Comment by Housing Analyst
2014-03-29 09:47:40

Is it possible the left-right, conservative-liberal facade is there to distract us while the real PTB operates in both major parties?

Because it’s about the money….. ALWAYS.

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Comment by CA renter
2014-03-30 01:15:01

Comment by Housing Analyst
2014-03-29 09:47:40

Is it possible the left-right, conservative-liberal facade is there to distract us while the real PTB operates in both major parties?

Because it’s about the money….. ALWAYS.


Comment by AmazingRuss
2014-03-29 15:59:13

Conservative translates into “outraged shrieking tree monkey” for the most part. There are perfect examples on this board.

The people that are what conservative used to mean are shouted down and disparaged for not being hysterical enough.

Comment by Whac-A-Bubble™
2014-03-29 23:24:13

“The people that are what conservative used to mean are shouted down and disparaged for not being hysterical enough.”

So true! I’d probably vote Republican most of the time were it not for the outraged shrieking tree monkey wing of the party.

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Comment by jose canusi
2014-03-29 09:51:17

Who was it on this blog who said all wars are bankers’ wars? I like Bacevich.

“And speaking of those Americans who twice came over to win the wars for their British cousins, I read a wonderful book reviewed by Andrew Bacevich, an American colonel and intellectual whose son was killed in Iraq in that totally useless war. The book is about Robert La Follette, probably the best US senator ever, a patriot who opposed Woodrow Wilson’s sending American farm boys to die in the Somme because he knew why Wilson wanted entry: Wall Street had loaned billions to the Allies and was worried they wouldn’t see their money back if Germany won. Money power was yet again at work. The young died for it while the bankers made their fortune. It was a war for trade routes and commercial advantages and for Big Business becoming Bigger Business. The biggest lie of all was Wilson’s “fight for democracy.” Democracy is not carried upon the point of a bayonet, said La Follette, but by furnishing the most perfect example of a government of liberty and equal opportunity.”

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Comment by phony scandals
2014-03-29 11:19:59

All Wars Are Bankers’ Wars - YouTube - 140k - Cached - Similar pages
Feb 4, 2013 … Written and spoken by Michael Rivero. The written version is here: http://

Comment by jose canusi
2014-03-29 12:08:00

Holeeeeeeee crap, jeff. I’m only like 23 minutes into the dang thing and my mouth is hanging open so far it’s hitting my knees. Jeebus.

Comment by phony scandals
2014-03-29 15:44:34

Just in case you want to go back and read some of what you heard like…


1913 proved to be a transformative year for the nation’s economy, first with the passage of the 16th “income tax” Amendment and the false claim that it had been ratified.

“I think if you were to go back and and try to find and review the ratification of the 16th amendment, which was the internal revenue, the income tax, I think if you went back and examined that carefully, you would find that a sufficient number of states never ratified that amendment.” – U.S. District Court Judge James C. Fox, Sullivan Vs. United States, 2003.

Later that same year, and apparently unwilling to risk another questionable amendment, Congress passed the Federal Reserve Act over Christmas holiday 1913, while members of Congress opposed to the measure were at home. This was a very underhanded deal, as the Constitution explicitly vests Congress with the authority to issue the public currency, does not authorize its delegation, and thus should have required a new Amendment to transfer that authority to a private bank. But pass it Congress did, and President Woodrow Wilson signed it as he promised the bankers he would in exchange for generous campaign contributions. Wilson later regretted that decision.

“I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is now controlled by its system of credit. We are no longer a government by free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men.” — Woodrow Wilson 1919

The next year, World War One started, and it is important to remember that prior to the creation of the Federal Reserve, there was no such thing as a world war. - 164k -

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Comment by jose canusi
2014-03-29 09:58:08

And speaking of neo-CONs, the wanna-bes head to Vegas to court Sheldon Adelson.,0,4125166.story#axzz2xN682lnt

LOL, is there any doubt that it’s going to be JEB! 2016?

Not gonna vote for ya, not even if it would help the space program, jebbie.

Restore Our Future!

Comment by phony scandals
2014-03-29 10:42:04

Shout out to Moochelle - 137k

Comment by jose canusi
2014-03-29 10:43:23

Whoa! It’s not so much the story that is the shocker, the real shocker is that goog is carrying it on its news aggregator page (I don’t personalize mine, so I just get whatever comes up. In any event, interesting stuff here, even if it is tin foil hat.)

Comment by Bill, just South of Irvine, CA
2014-03-29 12:02:31

Off subject, but in the last year or so I noticed Linked In news articles have become very much Yahoo-like. That is, “progressive” types of stories, advice, and promotions. I “followed” Richard Branson’s Linked In stuff but noticed for a long time that 1) he’s also a phony “progressive” writing what he thinks all the working class wants to read (but they really don’t) and 2) those who publicly comment on his posts are mostly brown nosers. I am about to unfollow these “progressives” to adjust my attitude on LinkedIn back to where I had before - a social site to connect on a professional basis, not a political basis.

Comment by AbsoluteBeginner
2014-03-29 12:36:26

Would you know what year this car was made if you did not the model year stated?

Depreciated in price I am sure, but by a boatload?

I guess if you wanted to impress others, finding a beater like this could suffice.

Comment by In Colorado
2014-03-29 15:29:18

The first time it breaks will cost you more than the purchase price.

Comment by AbsoluteBeginner
2014-03-29 22:20:15

Yeah, that is why even if I had the moolah to cover insurance on this car, I’d stay clear of it for the repair/maintenance cost. Still, suggests that many of these wheels I see on the road might be the pre-owned types for the status conscience , you think?

Comment by 2banana
2014-03-29 13:07:06

How do you tell a communist? Well, it’s someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It’s someone who understands Marx and Lenin. — RR


Millennials discover the reality of liberal government
Daily Caller | 6:13 PM 03/28/2014 | Salvator La Mastra

Millennials were promised reform and intense regulation of the financial institutions as well, so that another catastrophic ‘Republican-fueled’ recession would never happen again. Obama implored, “we cannot have a thriving Wall Street while Main Street suffers.” They were promised a trillion dollar stimulus to get them back to work, not to mention millions of “shovel ready” jobs. Younger Millennials, in or on their way to college, were promised affordable education that would not send them into decades of mountainous student loan debt.

President Obama ended his 2008 victory speech by saying, “This is our time, to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth, that, out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope. And where we are met with cynicism and doubts and those who tell us that we can’t, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes, we can.”

Millennials are now seeing an America they cannot thrive in. The trillion-dollar stimulus and out of control government spending ushered in by liberal politicians produced few shovel ready jobs, while leaving per capita debt at $52,948. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2013 labor force participation rate of those in their twenties has hit the lowest level on record since 1981. Furthermore, since President Obama took office the number of twentysomethings who were not in the labor force in an average month climbed from 8,756,000 to 10,511,00, an increase of 20-percent. It is now the highest ever recorded.

Youth unemployment is at a staggering 15.8 percent and 1.7 million young adults have given up looking for work, according the Department of Labor. And the average millennial graduating college is sent on his or her way with $30,000 in student loan debt, the highest in American history.

Also, the recent scandals of the IRS targeting conservatives, the NSA spying on Americans, and security issues now have only 29-percent of millennials trusting the government to do the right thing most of the time. This number is down from 44-percent just before President Obama took office in 2009.

Liberalism in America has caused the youth misery index, which figures in youth unemployment, average graduating student-loan debt, and the national per-capita debt, to reach a record high of 98.6.

Comment by Skroodle
2014-03-29 15:56:34

The trillion dollar stimulus was initiated by Bush. Both MCCain and Obama supported it along with the banksters.

Comment by Bill, Just south of Irvine
2014-03-29 21:47:31

“The trillion dollar stimulus was initiated by Bush. Both MCCain and Obama supported it along with the banksters.”

Yawn. More than 5 years ago. So what is your point? Obama is excused for his idiocy because the guy before him was an idiot?

Good grief! Your post is idiotic

Comment by Bill, Just south of Irvine
2014-03-29 21:51:10

U.S. Federal Debt increased by $6,643,363,305,451.78 in the first five years of Obama’s term.

Between Jan. 20, 2009 and today [January 20 2014] , the Obama administration has run up more debt than the U.S. government accumulated from the Declaration of Independence in 1776 through June 29, 2003. - See more at:

Skroodle is proud to have voted TWICE for OBUMMER. Admit it

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Comment by MightyMike
2014-03-29 17:17:30

How do know someone’s a moron? He reads

Comment by 2banana
2014-03-29 13:08:59

How do you tell a communist? Well, it’s someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It’s someone who understands Marx and Lenin. — RR

Millennials, the Social Security sucker generation
Washington Times | 03/29/2013 | By Nita Ghei

Their golden years aren’t looking so golden. A mere 6 percent of the so-called millennial generation think they will receive the same level of Social Security benefits as current retirees, according to a study recently released by the Pew Research Center.

It is hard to decide the appropriate reaction to this finding. On one hand, I am relieved that the vast majority of this generation understands that there is little hope Social Security will be around for their retirement — regardless of how much they pay in taxes. On the other hand, I am incredulous that 6 percent of this group still cling to the delusion that the Social Security gravy train will continue on its current path.

This generation, which entered the job market just as the economy dropped into the Great Recession, could well be the unluckiest. The already degraded outlook for millennials is made even worse by laws that shift wealth from younger to older generations, as well as the continued failure from Washington to enact the reforms necessary to keep the largest retirement safety-net programs, such as Social Security, solvent for the long term.

The millennial generation is currently between the ages of 18 and 33. According to the Pew study, they are heavily burdened by student debt and have higher levels of unemployment and poverty than the generations that preceded them.

Their income and wealth levels are also lower than was the case for the earlier generations at comparable times. This lack of economic stability drives the lower marriage rates for millennials — 26 percent compared with 36 percent for Generation X and 48 percent for the baby boomers — at the same point in their lives.

Comment by Skroodle
2014-03-29 15:58:19

Why didn’t the Republicans take Obama’s offer to reduce Social Security two years ago?

It’s almost like the Republicans are afraid it will alienate the oldsters.

Comment by AmazingRuss
2014-03-29 16:01:41

The republicans ARE the oldsters.

Comment by Bill, Just south of Irvine
2014-03-29 22:00:27

You are not accurate AmazingRuss.

Here is the truth:

Statists are the oldsters. Voluntaryists are the way of the future.

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Comment by Bill, Just south of Irvine
2014-03-29 21:59:07

Wow - before all the tall buildings! A very different place back then for sure. California became a state on September 9 of that year, 1850, when that picture was taken.

Comment by AbsoluteBeginner
2014-03-29 22:14:25

How long was this after the gold rush?

I can only imagine what the US will look like 160 years from now.

I was on a daguerreotype search kick and that image stood out for its contrast to the SF we know today. The funny part is they had their fair share of manias and popular delusions and hucksters back then too. Fast forward to the I-era and human nature is the same…

Comment by phony scandals
2014-03-29 19:25:26

“Of course, his priority is to ensure that the bread of well-connected businesses gets lavishly buttered in Russia’s former breadbasket. And there is no better connected group of Ukraine-interested corporations than American agribusiness.”

Corporate Interests Behind Ukraine Putsch

March 16, 2014

Behind the U.S.-backed coup that ousted the democratically elected president of Ukraine are the economic interests of giant corporations – from Cargill to Chevron – which see the country as a potential “gold mine” of profits from agricultural and energy exploitation, reports JP Sottile.

By JP Sottile

On Jan. 12, a reported 50,000 “pro-Western” Ukrainians descended upon Kiev’s Independence Square to protest against the government of President Viktor Yanukovych. Stoked in part by an attack on opposition leader Yuriy Lutsenko, the protest marked the beginning of the end of Yanukovych’s four year-long government.

That same day, the Financial Times reported a major deal for U.S. agribusiness titan Cargill.

Despite the turmoil within Ukrainian politics after Yanukovych rejected a major trade deal with the European Union just seven weeks earlier, Cargill was confident enough about the future to fork over $200 million to buy a stake in Ukraine’s UkrLandFarming. According to Financial Times, UkrLandFarming is the world’s eighth-largest land cultivator and second biggest egg producer. And those aren’t the only eggs in Cargill’s increasingly-ample basket.

On Dec. 13, Cargill announced the purchase of a stake in a Black Sea port. Cargill’s port at Novorossiysk — to the east of Russia’s strategically significant and historically important Crimean naval base — gives them a major entry-point to Russian markets and adds them to the list of Big Ag companies investing in ports around the Black Sea, both in Russia and Ukraine.

Cargill has been in Ukraine for over two decades, investing in grain elevators and acquiring a major Ukrainian animal feed company in 2011. And, based on its investment in UkrLandFarming, Cargill was decidedly confident amidst the post-EU deal chaos. It’s a stark juxtaposition to the alarm bells ringing out from the U.S. media, bellicose politicians on Capitol Hill and perplexed policymakers in the White House.

It’s even starker when compared to the anxiety expressed by Morgan Williams, President and CEO of the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council — which, according to its website, has been “Promoting U.S.-Ukraine business relations since 1995.” Williams was interviewed by the International Business Times on March 13 and, despite Cargill’s demonstrated willingness to spend, he said, “The instability has forced businesses to just go about their daily business and not make future plans for investment, expansion and hiring more employees.”

In fact, Williams, who does double-duty as Director of Government Affairs at the private equity firm SigmaBleyzer, claimed, “Business plans have been at a standstill.”

Apparently, he wasn’t aware of Cargill’s investment, which is odd given the fact that he could’ve simply called Van A. Yeutter, Vice President for Corporate Affairs at Cargill, and asked him about his company’s quite active business plan. There is little doubt Williams has the phone number because Mr. Yuetter serves on the Executive Committee of the selfsame U.S.-Ukraine Business Council. It’s quite a cozy investment club, too.

According to his SigmaBleyzer profile, Williams “started his work regarding Ukraine in 1992” and has since advised American agribusinesses “investing in the former Soviet Union.” As an experienced fixer for Big Ag, he must be fairly friendly with the folks on the Executive Committee.

Big Ag Luminaries

And what a committee it is — it’s a veritable who’s who of Big Ag. Among the luminaries working tirelessly and no doubt selflessly for a better, freer Ukraine are:

–Melissa Agustin, Director, International Government Affairs & Trade for Monsanto

–Brigitte Dias Ferreira, Counsel, International Affairs for John Deere

–Steven Nadherny, Director, Institutional Relations for agriculture equipment-maker CNH Industrial

–Jeff Rowe, Regional Director for DuPont Pioneer

–John F. Steele, Director, International Affairs for Eli Lilly & Company

And, of course, Cargill’s Van A. Yeutter. But Cargill isn’t alone in their warm feelings toward Ukraine. As Reuters reported in May 2013, Monsanto — the largest seed company in the world — plans to build a $140 million “non-GM (genetically modified) corn seed plant in Ukraine.”

And right after the decision on the EU trade deal, Jesus Madrazo, Monsanto’s Vice President for Corporate Engagement, reaffirmed his company’s “commitment to Ukraine” and “the importance of creating a favorable environment that encourages innovation and fosters the continued development of agriculture.”

Monsanto’s strategy includes a little “hearts and minds” public relations, too. On the heels of Mr. Madrazo’s reaffirmation, Monsanto announced “a social development program titled “Grain Basket of the Future” to help rural villagers in the country improve their quality of life.” The initiative will dole out grants of up to $25,000 to develop programs providing “educational opportunities, community empowerment, or small business development.”

The well-crafted moniker “Grain Basket of the Future” is telling because, once upon a time, Ukraine was known as “the breadbasket” of the Soviet Union. The CIA ranks Soviet-era Ukraine second only to Mother Russia as the “most economically important component of the former Soviet Union.”

Nuland’s Role

That puts Kramer and, by one degree of separation, Big Ag fixer Morgan Williams in the company of PNAC co-founder Robert Kagan who, as coincidence would have it, is married to Victoria “F*ck the EU” Nuland, the current Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs.

Interestingly enough, Ms. Nuland spoke to the U.S.-Ukrainian Foundation last Dec. 13, extolling the virtues of the Euromaidan movement as the embodiment of “the principles and values that are the cornerstones for all free democracies.”

Nuland also told the group that the United States had invested more than $5 billion in support of Ukraine’s “European aspirations,” meaning pulling Ukraine away from Russia. She made her remarks on a dais featuring a backdrop emblazoned with a Chevron logo.

Also, her colleague and phone call buddy U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt helped Chevron cook up their 50-year shale gas deal right in Russia’s kitchen.

Although Chevron sponsored that event, it is not listed as a supporter of the Foundation. But the Foundation does list the Coca-Cola Company, ExxonMobil and Raytheon as major sponsors. And, to close the circle of influence, the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council is also listed as a supporter.

Which brings the story back to Big Ag’s fixer — Morgan Williams.

Although he was glum about the current state of investment in Ukraine, he’s gotta wear shades when he looks into the future. He told the International Business Times, “The potential here for agriculture/agribusiness is amazing … production here could double. The world needs the food Ukraine could produce in the future. Ukraine’s agriculture could be a real gold mine.”

Of course, his priority is to ensure that the bread of well-connected businesses gets lavishly buttered in Russia’s former breadbasket. And there is no better connected group of Ukraine-interested corporations than American agribusiness.

Given the extent of U.S. official involvement in Ukrainian politics — including the interesting fact that Ambassador Pyatt pledged U.S. assistance to the new government in investigating and rooting-out corruption — Cargill’s seemingly risky investment strategy probably wasn’t that risky, after all. - 73k -

Comment by Ben Jones
2014-03-29 20:34:53

‘Big Ag fixer Morgan Williams in the company of PNAC co-founder Robert Kagan who, as coincidence would have it, is married to Victoria “F*ck the EU” Nuland, the current Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs.’

‘Interestingly enough, Ms. Nuland spoke to the U.S.-Ukrainian Foundation last Dec. 13, extolling the virtues of the Euromaidan movement as the embodiment of “the principles and values that are the cornerstones for all free democracies’

Any traction yet Oxide?

Comment by Bill, Just south of Irvine
2014-03-29 21:08:55

Out of my taxable income, my federal tax is under 21% of it. Not bad at all. My taxable income was above my salary/wages/compensation because of my capital gains. 90% of my realized gains were long term and that helped me reduce my tax rate.

IIRC, Romney gets all his income from realizing capital gains. The long term 18% for him is a good deal.

Everyone should invest for the long term in Roth IRAs, Roth 401ks, and non-tax deferred stocks to get into the 15% (and less) club. Shoot, if your income was a mix of municipal bond interest, Roth distributions, and realized gains, your tax rate would be somewhere under 15%.

Diversify your tax avoidance schemes. Congress does the same.

Comment by Bill, Just south of Irvine
2014-03-29 21:53:53

Umm…55 pages of forms this year for me to turn in to the thugernment. Not bad compared to last year’s 96 pages.

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