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Monthly Archives: January 2012

Helloween – Keeper of the seven keys (live)



Now that I’m done with that bull shit and I don’t need to worry about some one getting sand in their clit, I will drive on.


What was so bad, The Tim Tebow post? Oh yeah, I posted that Bill Maher thing in there, wow, life happens, bad people are out there.

Are you going to close your door to every controversy?


The American Way

Exodus-Toxic Waltz-



Queensryche – Take Hold Of The Flame

One of my all time favorite bands and songs.  This song has many meanings, but the only one that counts is how you interpret the lyrics.

To me it is about taking charge of disorder, Creating ORDER in a Chaotic situation.  I have all of QR’s stuff and have been listening to them since I heard “The Lady Wore Black” some 30 years ago!  My cousin was their publicist and photographer many years ago as well as for the band Black n’ Blue, whose guitar player,Tommy Thayer is now with KISS

We see the light of those who find A world has passed them by To late to save a dream that’s growing cold We realize that fate must hide its face From those who try To see the distant signs of unforetold Oh… oh, take hold… FLAME!!!
From a haze came a rage of thunder Distant signs of darkness on the way Fading cries scream of pain and hunger But in the night the light will guide your way
So take hold of the flame (TAKE HOLD!) Don’t you see life’s a game (TAKE HOLD!) So take hold of the flame (TAKE HOLD!) You’ve got nothing to lose, but everything to gain
Ride, to a place beyond our time Reach, for the edges of your mind, and you are there See, that the light will find its way Back to a place where it will stay, make it stay
Throw down the chains of oppression that bind you With the air of freedom the flame grows bright We are the strong, the youth united We are one, we are children of the light
So take hold of the flame Don’t you see life’s a game So take hold of the flame You’ve got nothing to lose, but everything to gain

From the Darkside

A common theme through out QR’s music is a character, who is unknown until “OPERATION MINDCRIME”

Queensrÿche– ‘Operation : Mindcrime’


Cuz I am for real

You don’t know what I feel

My strength is in my will

I cannot wait

I won’t be second rate

In for the kill

It’s me against the world




Faux News wants WAR !

I wonder what WAR MACHINE COMPANIES Rupert is invested in?

The New America: Rights? We Don’t Get No Stinkin’ Rights

The American Dream

January 13th, 2012

One of the unique things about the Constitution of the United States was that it guaranteed certain rights for its citizens.  Those rights provided the foundation for an era of freedom and prosperity that was pretty much unprecedented in human history and dozens of other nations eventually copied many of the ideas contained in our Constitution and Bill of Rights because they worked so well.  Of course our system never functioned perfectly, but when you compare it to what has gone on for most of human history, it truly was a bright light in a sea of oppression and totalitarianism.  Unfortunately, our rights are now being systematically taken away from us.  In America today, the politicians have convinced most of us that in order to keep us all “safe” we must give up many of our rights and move toward becoming a totalitarian police state.  In the “new America”, you don’t get any rights.  They tell us that giving people rights is too dangerous.  Instead, you get some limited “privileges” which can be revoked at any time by the authorities.  Sadly, most Americans have become so dumbed-down that they don’t even realize what is happening.

How many Americans do you think have actually read the Constitution?

Personally, I went through high school, college and even law school without ever being required to read the Constitution of the United States.

Isn’t that amazing?

Most Americans don’t even understand that they have rights because they have never even read the documents that grant them those rights.

You can find the text of the U.S. Constitution right here.  If you have never taken the time to read the whole thing, you really should.

According to the U.S. Constitution, the following are some of the rights that we are supposed to have….

-Freedom of religion

-Freedom of speech

-Freedom of the press

-Freedom of assembly

-Freedom to bear arms

-Freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures

-The right to due process of law

-The right to a speedy and public trial

-Freedom from cruel and unusual punishments

Unfortunately, all of those rights are under attack in America today.

In most cases, a right is not taken away all at once.  Instead, opponents of these rights take what is known as an “incremental approach”.

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How To Prepare for the Difficult Years Ahead

Economic Collapse Blog

How should people prepare for the difficult years that are coming? I get asked about that a lot. Once people really examine the facts, it is not too hard to convince them that an economic collapse is coming. But once they accept that reality, most of them want to know what they can do to prepare themselves and their families for the hard times that are ahead. Well, the truth is that it does not have to be complicated. Many of the things discussed throughout this article are things that most of us should be doing anyway. Now is not the time to be splurging on luxuries or expensive vacations. Now is not the time to be going into large amounts of debt. Instead, we all need to get back to the basics and we all need to do what we can to become more independent of the system. Just remember what happened back in 2008. Millions of Americans lost their jobs and millions of Americans lost their homes. Now experts all over the globe are warning that another great financial crisis that could be just as bad as 2008 (or even worse) is coming. Those that don’t take the time to prepare this time are not going to have any excuse.

But there is also a lot of sensationalism out there. There are some people out there that claim that the economy is going to collapse all at once and that we are going to go from where we are now to some type of a post-apocalyptic “Mad Max” society almost overnight.

Well, that is just not going to happen. We are not going to wake up next week in a world where we are all fighting each other with sharp pointed sticks.

Just like anything else, an economic collapse takes time. I like to describe what is happening using an analogy from the beach. When you build a mighty sand castle, it is not totally destroyed by the first wave that comes along, right?

Well, it is the same thing with the U.S. economy. It was the greatest economic machine that the world has ever seen, and it is most definitely in decline. But there are stages to that decline.

The “wave” that came along in 2008 did a huge amount of damage. Our economy has not recovered from that.

Now another wave is coming. But that will not be the end. There will be other waves after that.

Eventually, this thing is coming all the way down. Someday America will be such a horror show that it will be hard to believe that it is the same place that many of us grew up in.

But in the short-term, we are going to be facing a major league recession and millions of Americans will lose their jobs. It won’t be the end of the world, but for some people it may feel like it.

So when you are talking about “how to prepare”, the truth is that it depends on what kind of time frame you are talking about.

In the long-term, a lot of the things that even the hardcore survivalists are doing will not be nearly enough.

In the short-term, there are things that all of us can do to weather the coming storm….

Get Out Of Debt

The global financial system is headed for a massive crisis. Just like in 2008, a lot of people are going to lose their jobs and a lot of people are going to lose their homes.

In such an environment, it makes sense to travel as “lightly” as possible.

That means getting rid of debt.

Some forms of debt are worse than others. Mortgage debt is not that bad. We all need somewhere to live, and not all of us can run out and immediately pay off our mortgages.

But there are other forms of debt that are absolutely toxic. A good example of this is credit card debt. There are very few things that are as good at bleeding your finances as credit card debt is. For example, according to the credit card repayment calculator, if you have a $6000 balance on a credit card with a 20 percent interest rate and only pay the minimum payment each time, it will take you 54 years to pay off that credit card.

During those 54 years you will pay $26,168 in interest rate charges on that credit card balance in addition to the $6000 in principal that you are required to pay back. That is before any fees or penalties are even calculated.

But a lot of Americans still have not learned to stay away from credit card debt. In fact, one out of every seven Americans has at least 10 credit cards.


The truth is that in future years there is a good chance that you may be facing a situation where you are not making as much income, so you want to try to start reducing your expenses right now. Getting out of debt will help you to do this.

Save Money

A shockingly high number of American families are operating without any kind of financial cushion whatsoever….

  • According to a Harris Interactive survey taken in 2010, 77 percent of all Americans are living paycheck to paycheck.
  • According to one recent survey, one out of every three Americans would not be able to make a mortgage or rent payment next month if they suddenly lost their current job.

This is one reason why so many Americans have lost their homes and why so many Americans have fallen below the poverty level in recent years. They simply had no cushion.

Last year, 2.6 million more Americans dropped into poverty. That was the largest increase that we have seen since the U.S. government began keeping statistics on this back in 1959.

Don’t let this happen to you. At a minimum, everyone out there should have a cushion that will cover at least 6 months worth of expenses. Preferably, you should have a cushion that will last you at least a year.

Yes, I know that is a tall order. But you would be amazed at how much money the average American family wastes in a typical month. Almost all of us have areas where we can cut back.

Trust me, in the middle of a major recession you will be really glad that you are sitting on a pile of savings.

Get Independent Of The System

What would you do if you lost your job tomorrow?

Would you have any other income?

How long would it be before you lost your home?

Those are very important questions.

The truth is that the system is failing and so we all need to work hard to become more independent of the system.

So what does that mean?

Well, instead of relying on someone else to employ you indefinitely, you can start up a business in your spare time. Yes, it will cut into your television time, but if someday you lose your job you will be extremely happy that you still have some income coming in.

Another way of becoming more independent is to start a garden.

Yes, you can run down the street and buy giant piles of cheap food right now, but that will not be the case forever.

Store Food And Focus On The Essentials

I might get into a little trouble for saying this, but the truth is that there is not going to be a major famine in America in 2012.

However, that does not mean that you should not be storing food and other essentials.

In the old days, our grandparents always saved up food. It was just a natural thing for them to do. This was especially the case if they lived through the Great Depression.

When hard times come, you will be glad that you have food stored up. Plus, food is never going to be cheaper than it is today. Having food stored up is a great hedge against the rising food prices that we will see in the future.

No, we are not going to see hyperinflation by the end of the year like many of the sensationalists are warning. But someday you will be really glad that you stored up food for yourself and your family.

We live in a world that is becoming more unstable with each passing month. You never know when the next natural disaster, pandemic, war or national emergency will strike.

It only makes sense to store food and other basic essentials that you will need in the future.

In a previous article entitled “20 Things You Will Need To Survive When The Economy Collapses And The Next Great Depression Begins”, I listed 20 of the things that you would need in the event of a major disaster, a national emergency or a total economic collapse. These are things that you are going to want to make sure that you have ready right now, because after the crisis begins it may be too late to prepare….

#1) Storable Food

#2) Clean Water

#3) Shelter

#4) Warm Clothing

#5) An Axe

#6) Lighters Or Matches

#7) Hiking Boots Or Comfortable Shoes

#8) A Flashlight And/Or Lantern

#9) A Radio

#10) Communication Equipment

#11) A Swiss Army Knife

#12) Personal Hygiene Items

#13) A First Aid Kit And Other Medical Supplies

#14) Extra Gasoline (But Be Very Careful How You Store It)

#15) A Sewing Kit

#16) Self-Defense Equipment

#17) A Compass

#18) A Hiking Backpack

#19) A Community

#20) A Backup Plan

In the comments to that article, the readers suggested the following additional items….

A K-Bar Fighting Knife


Extra Batteries


A Camp Stove


Pet Food

Heirloom Seeds


An LED Headlamp



Calcium Hypochlorite

Ziplock Bags

Maps Of Your Area


Sleeping Bags

Rifle For Hunting

Extra Socks


Gold And Silver Coins For Bartering

Once again, a lot of these things are not going to be needed right away. The economy is going to go through a lot more ups and downs before it totally dies.

In the short-term, keep an eye on the European debt crisis, the Japanese debt crisis and the U.S. debt crisis. There are a lot of similarities between what happened back in 2008 and what is happening now.

And what happened following the crisis of 2008?

Unemployment shot through the roof.

So be prepared for that.

Make a plan for how you and your family will survive if you end up unemployed.

Also, when it comes to “how to prepare”, there is one aspect that is often overlooked.

During the difficult years ahead, we are all going to have to be mentally and spiritually tough.

It won’t matter how good your physical and financial preparations are if you are cowardly and paralyzed by fear.

The times that are coming are going to test all of our hearts.

Some people are going to make it and some people aren’t.

Some people will become so consumed with fear that they will give up completely.

Don’t let that happen to you.

Prepare your heart, soul, mind and body right now for what is coming. For those that are cowardly the years ahead will be a total nightmare, but for those that overcome the fear the years ahead have the potential to be a great adventure.

Reprinted with permission from the Economic Collapse Blog.

Fight – Nailed To The Gun


Judas Priest – One On One



Iced Earth ”Dracula”



The Future of Executive Orders

While it has come to the foreground again as we approach national elections, the executive order has been around for a long time. Among Republican candidates, Newt Gingrich has posted the first four executive order he will issue if elected, while Ron Paul has vowed to issue just one, an order to eliminate the executive order. So who do we listen to, and what should be done about these orders that pass though no legislative body and only require the signature of one man, the President of the United States?

A Brief History

Executive orders have been issued by every chief executive since and including George Washington. In the early 1900s, the State Department began numbering them, and there are now over 13,000 numbered orders. Orders were retroactively numbered going back to 1862 when President Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus and issued the Emancipation Proclamation by Executive Order. Due to poor record keeping, many older orders were issued but never numbered.

Some of the most famous incidents of Executive Order include:

  • Abraham Lincoln – Issued the Emancipation Proclamation (Executive Order #1) in 1863. Lincoln also suspended citizens’ rights through Habeas Corpus during the war by executive order.
  • Franklin Roosevelt – During World War II, FDR issued executive orders to remove Japanese-American to internment camps.
  • Harry Truman – Integrated the armed forces under an executive order.
  • Dwight Eisenhower – Used an executive order to desegregate schools.
  • John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson – Used executive orders to prohibit racial discrimination.
  • Ronald Reagan – Barred the use of federal funds for advocating abortion.
  • Bill Clinton – Reversed this order when he came into office. While many presidents used them, the executive order began to come under scrutiny by conservatives during the Clinton administration. He signed well over 300 executive orders including a much-criticized incident when he designated 1.7 million acres of Southern Utah as Escalante National Monument. He even executed the war in Yugoslavia under executive order.

Since 9/11, both George W. Bush and Barack Obama have used executive orders extensively, but no other president comes even close to FDR’s use of the orders during his administrations. Roosevelt issued 3,738 executive orders, ten times as many as either Bill Clinton or George W. Bush.

Can Executive Order Be Overruled?

If Congress does not like what the executive branch is doing, it has two main options. It can rewrite or amend a previous law or spell it out in greater detail how the executive branch must act. Of course, the President has the right to veto the bill if he disagrees with it, so, in practice, a two-thirds majority if often required to override an executive order.

Congress is less likely to challenge orders that deal with foreign policy, national defense, or the implementation and negotiation of treaties, because those are powers granted largely to the President by the Constitution. As the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, the President is also considered the nation’s “Chief Diplomat.” In fact, given national security concerns, some defense or security related executive orders (often called National Security Directives or Presidential Decision Directives) are not made public.

Executive orders can also be challenged in court, on the grounds that the order deviates from “congressional intent” or exceeds the President’s constitutional powers. In one such notable instance, President Harry Truman was rebuked by the Supreme Court for overstepping the bounds of presidential authority. After World War II, Truman seized control of steel mills across the nation in an effort to settle labor disputes. In response to a challenge of this action, the Supreme Court ruled that the seizure was unconstitutional and exceeded presidential powers because neither the Constitution nor any statute authorized the President to seize private businesses to settle labor disputes. For the most part, however, the Court has been fairly tolerant of wide range of executive actions.

Are They Unconstitutional?

Congressman Ron Paul believes the practice of issuing executive orders is unconstitutional. In an interview with Megan Kelly of FOX News he said:

The constitution says that only Congress passes laws. The executive branch is not allowed to pass laws, nor should the judicial system pass laws. So it is clearly unconstitutional to issue these executive orders. They’ve been done for a long time, both parties have done it, but the Congress is careless. They allow and encourage and do these deals, like they have this time, to get the President to circumvent the Congress. If something’s unpopular and he can’t get it passed, well, let’s just sign an executive order. So I think that is blatantly wrong. I think this defies everything the founders intended.

Now candidate Paul has clearly stated his one and only executive order would be to eliminate executive orders on the basis they are unconstitutional. While Paul can declare he will never use these orders while he is president, he can’t declare them unconstitutional; that task lies with the Supreme Court.

What to Do About the Abuse

If executive orders as a practice are unconstitutional, the question has to arise, why haven’t they been judged so by any Supreme Court since our country’s inception? A better statement would be to say the evolution of the executive order over the last century has changed its very nature. The executive order may not be unconstitutional, but the way it is now implemented is certainly contrary to the intent of the founding fathers and the separation of powers detailed in the Constitution.

The lesson that all too many conservatives seem to have drawn from the Clinton years is not that executive power needs to be better defined and controlled but that it needs to be exercised by a Republican. Likewise, one might think two terms of a George W. Bush presidency would teach the Left a thing or two about executive power, but for all their carping at the president, most liberals seem quite happy with the status quo as long as the president issues executive orders on behalf of fashionable causes. Then when another neoconservative takes office and uses that power as George W. Bush has, the Left will trot out its now familiar routine of shock and indignation. Some opposition.

Both liberals and at least some conservatives must share the blame for contributing to an ideological climate of which the inevitable outcome is the unrestrained executive under which our Republic now groans. Ultimately, though, apportioning responsibility for this transformation of the presidency, in which its occupant can flagrantly and defiantly violate the law, is of much less urgency than addressing-and, one hopes, correcting-the present debacle. (The Daily Reckoning [1])

There must be some middle ground in reigning in both the abuses of Congress, the Court, and the Executive Branch, because all three are guilty. Conservative Presidents have reacted against courts acting like lawmakers, and Congress reacts against Presidents that seek to get something done when Congress refuses. The danger in all of this is to lost sight of the genius of the system left to us by the founders.

Maybe someone will issue an executive order mandating common sense. Until then, this issue will not be settled be a simple edict or by looking the other way.