Saturday, March 30, 2013

That's not a hair cut

(Via the Drudge Report)

That's a beheading.

Under conditions expected to be announced on Saturday, depositors in Bank of Cyprus will get shares in the bank worth 37.5 percent of their deposits over 100,000 euros, the source told Reuters, while the rest of their deposits may never be paid back.

In other words, the government of Cyprus is going to steal 62.5% of all money held in bank accounts if that account as more than 100,000 euros in it.  They want everyone to think that the money belongs to Russian mobsters, but in reality a lot of that money is going to belongs to average folks who have been able to save, small businesses and legitimate rich people.

Being willing to risk wrecking their economy for a bank bailout seems stupid and foolish, but hey, that's what governments do best--be stupid and foolish.  Along with being greedy and power hungry.

The question we should all ask ourselves is "What do I do if it happens here?"  While I don't, as some others are, advocate the immediate "Turn it all into precious metals!" philosophy, I have done a bit of that.  I've also turned it into the sorts of tangible goods that will help my family and my neighbors through a very bad time.  There are also other tangible things that can be bought such as food, medical supplies and tools.  Books that can teach you skills also come to mind.  We've signed up for some medical training classes and I'm looking for some more firearms classes if I can find them close by.

I'm also continuing to simply live my life while carefully watching for signs that our government is moving toward something like this.  We're looking at having some work done to our home.  (We couldn't sell it if we had to, so we may as well dig in and enjoy the place.)  I'm going to "renovate" our camper so Mrs. Freeholder and I can do a bit of RVing again.  That one is actually dual-purpose; the camper is a great thing to have in case the house should become untenable for some reason.  But just as with 9/11, I refuse to be panicked.  I think that's what they want us to do.

Because they know that we're more controllable when we're scared.

Think things through, look at your situation and the conditions around you, and be smart.  All the preps in the world aside, smart is what is going to get us through this.

Friday, March 29, 2013

I wonder

With Jim Carrey apparently saying any and everything that will get him some attention, I just have to wonder if he has a new movie coming out or something.

Mostly because I can't help but believe that no one could be as stupid as he appears to be without doing it on purpose in order to get attention.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

A catastrophic failure in the victim selection process

Rapidly followed up with a total failure to appreciate the seriousness of their situation.

Picked the wrong neighborhood, didn't you?  :-)

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

And...

Here come the "capital controls" for Cyprus's banks.

For those who don't know the phrase, capital controls are rules meant to prevent the flow of capital (us poor folks call it "money") from one point to another.  Say, to prevent it from flowing from Point A, where 40% will be confiscated taxed away to Point B, where this will not happen (for now).  You will be told that this is to prevent something terrible from happening.  In the case of Cyprus, it's to stop a bank run that would cause the collapse of the banks.  In realistic terms, these banks have already collapsed, it's just been held in stasis a few days because they've been kept closed by their government.  But whatever, it's for your own good.

Yeah, right.

End game?  Dunno, but something wicked this way comes.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Paging Ayn Rand

In a recent research note, Credit Suisse research analysts Neal Soss and Dana Saporta wrote that "the issue of growing income and wealth disparity in the U.S. is gaining stature among Federal Reserve officials and may become the next important macroeconomic variable for monetary policy."

This is not going to end well. Prepare for it.

Let's talk about the defensive use of a handgun

(Via Guns.com)

First, the video:


Now then...

Based solely on this video and my knowledge of NC law, Bradly Turner and his wife both need to spend some time in jail.  While we don't see the driving incident that started this, that makes no difference.  No matter what it was, even if it was illegal, he has no justification under the law for what he's done.  At most, he should have called 911, followed just long enough to have gotten a license plate and then, as the cops say, he should have "been a good witness".  I have been in this situation and that's what I did.  That's all you can do, legally.  This isn't Dodge City on Saturday night in some blasted movie.

Instead, he was an ass, and an armed one at that.  Thanks so much for giving gun owners a nice black eye right when we don't need it, jerk.

In what we see, I can see simple assault, assault and battery, assault by pointing a gun, assault with a deadly weapon, and maybe even charges of aiding and abetting for his wife.  From what we're told happened after the video ends, the list gets longer and much more entertaining for the Turners.  I hope they're held to account for each and every charge they've been hit (and that list doesn't match mine, lucky for them) with except that stupid "going armed to the terror of the public".  Can't we get that damn Jim Crow POS off the books?

People, if you're going to carry a gun for protection, there are two very important things you need to do.  First, know the laws in your state.  I don't know if the Turners do or don't know the laws in NC, but they pretty much blew them all off.

Second, leave you temper at home, or better yet, just lose it altogether.  You can not have a temper if you carry.  Period.

And thinking on it, there is a third thing--get training.  In particular, get self-defense training geared to concealed carry holders in the state you reside in.  Training that covers the law, training that covers what you should and should not do if you're forced to defend yourselves.

Mr. Turner, you're lucky you didn't get seriously hurt and that you didn't seriously hurt someone else.  Those young men used just about enough force to end the threat to them and no more.  What if they had been armed themselves?  What if they had decided that your threat was serious enough that it warranted deadly force?  What if during the process your wife had bailed out of the truck with yet another gun?

Yeah, it might very well have devolved into Dodge City on a Saturday night.

You, sir, are way luckier than you deserve to be.

Pot, kettle, black

(Via the Drudge Report)

A man who says that our Constitutional rights are very real things and worth protecting is a "Tired, Old White Guy That Is Clinging on to Something of the Past".  Apparently the gun banners' proposing and re-proposing ideas that have been tried and that have failed numerous times is somehow different.

No wonder Jim Carey is such an asshat comic genius.  I just didn't understand the "logic".

And here...we...go!

(Via the Drudge Report)

With the precedent set in Cyprus, the European Union has said that it can raid the savings of others in other countries to save their precious experiment in continental disunity.

What, you expected a different outcome?  And don't think that the crowd in control now isn't watching this oh so carefully.  Make your plans now.

Monday, March 25, 2013

What an asshat

(Via the Drudge Report)

Apparently believing that New York City and it's values are the totality of the United States, Bloomberg has decided to attempt forcing his gun control agenda further down the throats of everyone who is too stupid to live in NYC.

Mayor, I'm sure the NRA will, in some small way, appreciate your efforts.  My check to raise my membership to Patron level is going in the mail to day.

Gunnies, remember that this is a fight and that the other side hates us.  They don't hate our guns, they hate us.  They hate the fact that we exist and they hate the fact that we will not bend to their will.  If it were up to them, they'd round us up and send us to the camps right now.

Keep writing to your various political representatives, even if there is no hope they'll vote our way.  If you have it, donate to pro-gun groups such as the NRA or the GOA.  Talk to your friends.  Introduce someone to shooting to help inoculate them against the lies.  This is the fight of our lives and possibly for our lives.  We can, will and must win.

Cyprus strikes a deal with the EU; decides to eat the rich

(Via the Drudge Report)
In what I would characterize as a deal with the devil, Cyprus has struck a deal with the EU for a bailout (the first of many, I suspect).  The terms are the closure of the nation's second largest bank, mostly owned by the government, and a 40% "levy" (isn't that a civilized term for "grand theft") on accounts holding over $100,000 euros are among the terms that Cyprus has agreed to.  While not a totally done deal, I think this one will go through.

I now fully expect a bank run as soon as account holders are allowed to get at their money.  After all, 60% is better than 0% if you're "rich", and the little folks are bound to be smart enough to see that they're next, just as soon as that money runs out.

Watch this carefully.  You don't get to see slow-motion train wrecks all that often, and they're always informative.  If nothing else, we'll get clues how our lords and masters intend to do it to us.