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Comment by the Collector In Chief

ENDNOTE: Twenty-Nine Dollar Challenge?

2015-Apr-25

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2015/04/jack-perry/jacks-29-challenge/

Jack’s Twenty-Nine Dollar Challenge
By Jack Perry
April 13, 2015

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See, we don’t need rich celebrities to “walk in our shoes” for a week. We want to keep the money we make. We want the government out of our lives and wallets. We want an end to these pointless wars and endless slaughter committed all over the planet in our name. We’ll take that $29 and buy bread and not put it towards another bomb to drop on people that did nothing to us whatsoever. Yeah, I’ve got $29 and I don’t need Hillary, Gwyneth, or Obama to tell me how to spend it. Or extract it from me in taxes and go out and kill people that never did anything to me. Or give it to bloated bureaucrats in other governments so they can waste it as our own does.

Yeah, I’ve got your Twenty-Nine Dollar Challenge right here. Jack’s Twenty-Nine Dollar Challenge: Give us our twenty-nine bucks BACK, how about that, huh?! 

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Gwyneth Paltrow made the news and really looks to me like a horse’s <synonym for donkey>!

At least the “Ice Bucket” challenge made some sense.

Until those <synonym for donkey> (plural) dump urine on a disabled boy!

The takers are bankrupting the makers. And, the liberals keep want to tell us how to live.

Charity should be private. The Gooferment should only be a referee or umpire preventing force or fraud. 

Leave people alone to find their own way, create their own bonds, and “weave their own safety net”.

Argh!

Just because someone is one of the “beautiful people” doesn’t endow them to lecture us on “social justice” topics. Or anything else.

Argh!

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ENDNOTE: Politicians and bureaucrats are always trying to steal more of your wealth

2015-Apr-18

http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2015/04/warning-obama-plan-would-bar-you-from.html

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 2015
WARNING Obama Plan Would Bar You From Adding More to Your IRA and 401Ks Under Certain Conditions

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If we assume even a conservative interest rate of only 10%, an individual who only has approx. $245,000 in tax deferred savings accounts at age 40, would be barred from adding to the savings accounts FROM AGE 40 ON. (At an interest rate of 12%, the savings cut off would be approx. $165,000)

And money outside the deferred accounts, under this scenario, would be taxed on what for the most part would simply be interest earned to maintain the purchasing power value of the funds. That is, the tax, for all practical purposes, would be an extraordinary tax on retirement savings beyond a very limited sheltered amount.

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For some of us with many years on the odometer, we remember the 21% inflation rate of the 70’s and Tbills paying 16%. And, you were losing ground.

In the Zero Rate Interest Environment, it allows the Gooferment to carry “our” large debt easily. But sooner or later, some very very ugly chickens are coming home to roost.

After the last trial balloon “exchange your risky IRA and 401Ks for an enhance Social Security benefit” was laughed out of the District of Corruption — even the politicians couldn’t say it with straight face — along comes another whopper. 

They manipulate the interest rate and say “see, you’re rich”. Meanwhile, you won’t be able to afford bottom shelf dog food.

Moral of the story:

The Gooferment is immoral, ineffective, and inefficient

Politicians are snakes and will be enjoying their lifetime “pension” when the bills come due

You must invest in stuff they can NOT* print — land, beans, bullets, bandaids, and bullion.

Argh!

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2015-Apr-20

Fully agree, but you’ve got a typo to fix in your last sentence: pretty sure you mean “stuff they CAN’T print…”

instead of “can”

:)

Michael

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McFadden, Michael J. (MC1973)

“You must invest in stuff they can print — land, beans, bullets, bandaids, and bullion.”

Yup, I meant “can NOT print”. At least someone read it. Laugh!

* Corrected 2015-Apr-20

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ENDNOTE: Conspiracy to hide crimes!

2015-Apr-11

http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2015/03/25/house-panel-passes-bill-banning-irs-workers-from-using-private-email-for/?intcmp=HPBucket

House panel passes bill banning IRS workers from using private email for official business
Published March 25, 2015
Associated Press

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WASHINGTON –  IRS workers would be prohibited from using private email to conduct official business under a bipartisan bill passed Wednesday by the House Ways and Means Committee.

The issue gained attention following revelations that Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton and Republican Jeb Bush used personal email addresses to conduct government business. Both are potential candidates for president in 2016.

“Events over the past month underscore the need to maintain transparent record keeping procedures for executive branch employees,” said Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill. “IRS personnel should never use personal email addresses when conducting official government businesses, especially those who routinely handle sensitive taxpayer information.”

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Sorry, but any place I have ever worked INSISTED that company business be transacted on company systems.

If you, for some reason, need to use a different personal email (i.e., the corporate system was unavailable then copying you official account sufficed) and they reserved the right to inspect personal accounts used in this way.

Why did the politicians and bureaucrats NOT use the approved email?

Obviously, they were CONSPIRING to hide information from their “supervisors”.

Why are there indictments and investigations?

Politics.

It’s like “taxes”; one rule for the privileged, and one for the rest of us!

Argh!

A plague on all of them.

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ENDNOTE: Zbacnik, Raymond [MC1977] says it all about US educational results

2015-Apr-04

Zbacnik, Raymond [MC1977] 

The NYT had an interesting article on the American edutainment system.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/20/education/turning-to-education-for-fun.html?_r=0
The edutainment in the U.S. is putting Americans on the bottom in world math rankings, close to the bottom in science, and somewhat literate.  My physical chemistry professor from Oxford was so entertaining (dramatic presentations, no homework, few exams, no feedback) that all 7 of us students in the special class for chemical engineers turned off our brains, and learned nothing.  We all received a “D” for “dumb.”  The professor, may he rest in peace, died: 16 Dec 1989.  It was very upsetting for Professor Onwood, but other professors told him that sometimes you get a class of stupid people.
http://www.ipfw.edu/microsites/university-archives/encyclopedia/?id=1b469322-811e-4b76-8e4a-d1c9ba7fd900&prevScreen=letter%3Do
 
The results from the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), which are being released on Tuesday, show that teenagers in the U.S. slipped from 25th to 31st in math since 2009; from 20th to 24th in science; and from 11th to 21st in reading, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, which gathers and analyzes the data in the U.S.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/pisa-rankings-2013-12#ixzz3V319Ghi4
 
 
Standard Deviants: Edutainment at its lowest level
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpNBFMdHCuw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWxIC9-vIpk
Great Courses:  Edutainment at the next lowest level
https://www.youtube.com/user/TheGreatCourses
A little more advanced edutainment
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LBPXP09KC4

 
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ENDNOTE: KofC honors pro-abortion, pro-homosexual “marriage” Gov?

2015-Mar-28

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/deaconsbench/2015/03/virginia-parish-severs-ties-with-knights-of-columbus-over-plans-to-honor-gov-terry-mcauliffe/

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A Virginia Knights of Columbus council is pressing forward with plans to honor pro-abortion, pro-homosexual “marriage” Gov. Terry McAuliffe by having him as grand marshal of its St. Patrick’s Day Parade. In response, the parish priest has strongly reproached the council and cut ties.

Norfolk Knights of Columbus Council 3548, which has organized the Norfolk Saint Patrick’s Day Parade since 1967, had secured McAuliffe as grand marshal, apparently keeping the choice from the pastor of Holy Trinity Parish, where the council is based. When Father Dan Beeman took it up with the state council on the advice of his bishop, he was told by the state council that another grand marshal would be chosen, a decision that was reversed ten days later.

“Governor McAuliffe stands contrary to the Catholic Church in not one but many of the most essential teachings of the Church in the political arena,” the Norfolk pastor wrote in a March 5 letter to parishioners, distributed at Sunday Mass on March 8. “He himself promised to be a ‘brick wall’ against restrictions on abortion, has taken away commonsense protections for women in abortion facilities and lowered safety standards, and consistently takes money from pro-abortion lobbying groups.”

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I’m speechless!?!

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ENDNOTE: Obits and Fear of Dying

2015-Mar-21

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/our-primal-fear-of-dying/?awt_l=L7FbM&awt_m=JebzM7cybxWvYa#axzz3Tc85feAX

Our Primal Fear of Dying

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I think over time we grow into our mortality as we do our maturity. That said, I’ve seen 70- year-olds who grasped desperately to the bitter and fearful end. Likewise, I’ve seen 7-year-olds dying of cancer accept their death with a knowing grace that both stuns and humbles. When we can emotionally as well as intellectually place ourselves within a larger storyline and accept life as the grand primal epic that it is, we find a right place within life – and perhaps make peace with death as a meaningful dimension of it.

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Epic?

I guess some folks live an epic.

I read about my fellow Jaspers accomplishments and I am humbled.

Too late now, but I’m impressed with their adventures.

It’d have been great training for a much younger me to “collect” these stories back then to get a sense of what was possible.

Too late, I get smart.

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ENDNOTE: What happened to Hollywood?

2015-Mar-14

http://formerspook.blogspot.com/2015/02/hollywoods-forgotten-hero.html

Friday, February 20, 2015

Hollywood’s Forgotten Hero

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Yet, among all from Hollywood who served, only one became a fighter ace. That distinction belonged to actor Wayne Morris, who seemed headed for stardom in the late 1930s, after his performance in Kid Galahad, alongside Edward G. Robinson, Humphrey Bogart and Bette Davis. At 6’2″ with an athlete’s physique, Morris looked the part of a heavyweight boxer. Critics praised his “natural, realistic performance.”

Three years later, Morris decided to learn to fly in preparation for “Flight Angels,” a “B” feature from Warner Brothers, where he was under contract. While the film was largely forgettable, Morris discovered an affinity for aviation. He earned his private pilot’s license and with America’s entry into World War II, he joined the Naval Reserve. Morris completed military flight training in 1942 and (like Jimmy Stewart) was initially assigned as a flight instructor.

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Almost a decade later, Morris mounted a career comeback, receiving good notices for playing a washed-up boxer on Broadway in William Saroyan’s The Cave Dwellers. That same year (1957), Stanley Kubrick cast Morris in Paths of Glory, as a drunken, cowardly French infantry officer in World War I. Movie-goers who knew of Morris’s record as a brave, tenacious fighter pilot appreciated the irony of Kubrick’s decision, and the actor delivered: his performance as Lt Roget is remembered as one of his finest.

Sadly, Paths would mark one of final screen appearances. During a reserve tour on the carrier Bon Homme Richard in 1959, Morris suffered a massive heart attack and died a short time later at a navy hospital in Oakland, CA. He was 45 years old.

Fifty-five years after Wayne Morris’s passing, Hollywood is speculating about this year’s competition for Best Picture, which includes American Sniper. There is general consensus that Clint Eastwood’s film about Chris Kyle will lose to one of the other entries, since many academy voters are squeamish about his depiction of the Navy SEAL sniper, who killed 160 enemy combatants with a dedication and determination that some (falsely) depict as racism.

Of course, nothing could be further from the truth. Chris Kyle understood the savagery of war, as did Wayne Morris. It’s one more reminder of how much Hollywood has changed over the past 70 years, and not for the better.

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I knew this story partially from my fascination with Hollywood “war” movies as child.

I was a “child” in this respect until into the early 70’s where I saw the cost of the Viet Nam “war”, Carter’s Pardon for evaders, and the perfidy of the Gooferment, its politicians and bureaucrats, and the Crony Capitalists. 

Ike warned of the military – industrial complex. I knew about the warning. But failed to heed it.

So too “Hollywood” was once populated by stand up people. During the two World Wars, if someone was too “valuable”, too infirm, or otherwise unqualified to get into the fighting, they often became “dollar a year men” working in important government posts to free others. It was a “patriotic” time.

And, just as Ike warned, the Gooferment became the fearful master. Lying propaganda from the media made it easy to lull “We, The Sheeple” to sleep.

Hard times are coming. Made harder still by the loss of “leadership”. 

Hollywood is decadent, hedonistic, socialistic, and too politically correct for its own good.

No wonder they are treated as the trivialities they really are.

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