Friday miscellany

by M.D. Creekmore on March 22, 2013 · 50 comments

1. Obama Now Global Head of Al-Qaeda : “President Barack Obama is now the global head of Al-Qaeda – bankrolling, arming and equipping terrorists around the world in order to achieve his administration’s geopolitical objectives – while simultaneously invoking the threat of terrorists domestically to destroy the bill of rights.”

2. FAU Student Claims He Was Suspended For Refusing To Step On Jesus : “Ryan Rotella, a junior from Coral Springs, said the incident began when his professor, Dr. Deandre Poole, asked students in the class to write the word “Jesus” on a piece of paper, fold it up, and step on it.”

3. Arizona could soon approve gold, silver as legal tender : “Arizona could soon become the second U.S. state to recognize gold and silver as legal tender if the Arizona House approves SB 1439.”

4. Cyprus makes frantic effort to prevent run on its banks : “Cyprus is embarking on emergency efforts to restructure its second largest bank and considering new rules to stop money flooding out of the country’s banks when they reopen next week after being shut for ten days.”

5. Cyprus weighs new bailout plan as meltdown looms : “Cyprus was on Thursday fine-tuning a “Plan B” aimed at securing a eurozone bailout that the European Central Bank warned should be adopted by the weekend to avoid a banking meltdown on the debt-hit island.”

Lesson for today – don’t keep all your cash in the bank! Hide it, bury it, spend it, invest it in silver and gold, buy land, stock up on survival food and gear. No matter what you do don’t pile it up in the bank! Personally, I don’t want to keep more than $5,000 in government “monopoly money” (federal reserve notes) on hand at any time. It’s just to unstable to be considered an investment or a retirement “nest egg”.

6. British Politician’s Warning to Europeans With Cash in the Bank: ‘Get Your Money Out While You Can’ : “Appearing on Russia Today, British politician Nigel Farage on Tuesday made his first comments on the proposed levy on all depositors in Cyprus, issuing a dire warning to Europeans who still have money in banks within bailed out countries: ” Get your money out while you can.”

7. Mass Panic In Cyprus: The Banks Are Collapsing And ATMs Are Running Out Of Money : “European officials are openly admitting that the two largest banks in Cyprus are “insolvent”, and it is now being reported that Cyprus Popular Bank only has “enough liquidity to cover the next few hours”. Of course all banks in Cyprus are officially closed until Tuesday at the earliest, but there have been long lines at ATMs all over Cyprus as people scramble to get whatever money they can out of the banks. Unfortunately, some ATMs appear to be “malfunctioning” and others appear to have already run out of cash.”

8. Is America on the brink of disaster? : “The most radical president in American history has won a second term. His goal: transform American. His chances of success: frightening.”

50 comments

Ghost March 22, 2013 at 8:48 am

Some days I read articles like these and I just go numb inside. This is one of those days. I need to go to The People’s Cube for a laugh.

Peace (through superior firepower)

Ghost March 22, 2013 at 9:08 am

Note: “The Cube” has a very funny article on Gov. studies of fat Lesbians, which some might enjoy reading.

Later Daddy-o

cowboy March 22, 2013 at 9:11 am

I agree . Pray, pray pray. God bless us all

Thomas T. Tinker March 22, 2013 at 9:29 am

I sit and wonder just how much Crappolla can be churned up in this ‘system’ of ours… just how much can be heaped on the long list of WTFs. Its entertaining. It is a tribute to the ability of humans to carry a load they have little idea has been yoked up to them. Or… the sheep are just tired and broke and haven’t figured out the cause. I don’t assume to have everything on my bucket list checked off… or my preps lists either but…. I am in a position to sit back a little and live in the confusion and amuse myself. Thank the Lords of home brewing and fresh fruits…. oh and frozen bratwurst!

Mike March 22, 2013 at 1:19 pm

+1 on the churned up crappolla…
There is so much crap, the overwhelming WTF is a daily outcry.

Kelekona March 22, 2013 at 10:25 am
tommy2rs March 22, 2013 at 3:52 pm

Google Glass may have a use after all, surreptitiously recording cops. Until the shoot to kill order on Glass users goes out anyway…lol.

Thomas T. Tinker March 22, 2013 at 4:35 pm

MD……… we need to start a pole on when the first google glasser get their tushy beaten for looking at the wrong citizen. We’d have to wait for the first marketing I suppose…. I have a $100.oo for the defense fund.

Kelekona March 22, 2013 at 5:36 pm

The way I understand it, you do not need someone’s consent to photograph them unless they have expectation of privacy. (I think upskirts fall into this realm.)
http://www.demotivationalposters.org/upskirt-photos-upskirt-photo-capture-demotivational-posters-107574.html

You walk into a gas station, you should expect to be filmed, even if they don’t inform you they are doing it. If you don’t want your house photographed, your legal recourse is to hide it from the road.

Google glasses are just making this issue very visible.

Thomas T. Tinker March 22, 2013 at 10:48 pm

I hear and I understand. What I expect in this world is the simple respect and privacy of my person….. not to have some putz record and store my life in any way just because he/she has the toys to do it. Lets play out the logic…… I own a very nice ‘toy’ that can install a 7.62mm hole in your person far beyond your ability to see or hear my actions. Zat mean I can cause I own the toy? Yeah I hear it…. “well that’s an invalid example”… is it. I work for the city and they bought this cool MRAP thang and told me to drive it through this guys house cause somebody called up and said they had seen him carry a strange package into his house… it was a stack of pizza but who cares. Do I have a reasonable expectation of being able to overeat a stack of three meat and cheese…. ? Has anybody taken a recent look and some of the amendments in or constitution regarding the rights of man regarding the person and property.

How many of us are going to find ourselves on the wrong side a police line because some putz has decided to use the crap he could afford… cause he had it…. MRAP, APC, armored car, Drone, a badge and an ego.

I am going off on this Google Glass thing…. Cause I can!!!! What moral, ethical imperative does anyone have to use a technology in this way just because they own it, and what moral or ethical imperative would.. prevent.. someone from protecting their person and property from such an invasion? TommyTinker sees bad things blowing in the wind. Are things swirling into the vortex of Gods own toilet rather quickly these days er what?

AZ Rookie Prepper March 23, 2013 at 9:32 am

T.T.T., I am with you on this. DHS buys billions of rounds of ammo, 1000′s of MRAP’s…and their jurisdiction is only within the U.S., just WHO are the leaders of this org preparing to make war against? Just cause they have it…they will eventually use it. I dont want to be that one….

T.R. March 23, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Think of them as stockpiling ammo for the rebellion ………..they have to put it somewhere , it can be captured or destroyed . Yeah , they have government sanction , BUT they are not the only trained people in america . WE THE PEOPLE , have numerical superiority . Remember , the Russians won every major war they ever had because of numerical superiority .

Eagle March 22, 2013 at 10:26 am

It seems that as a society America is circling the drain and will soon be in the sewer. We certainly are seeing change, unfortunately none of it is good.

As for number 2 concerning the Florida Atlantic Univerisity it just goes to show what passes at education at some so called institutions of higher learning. Appears to me that diversity had morphed into perversity.

Donna March 22, 2013 at 12:15 pm

You mean that University of diversity morphed into perversity?

When NYC high school graduates applied to colleges this year, it was found that 80% of them were illiterate. This is our future. This is our school system, uneducating our children.

Survivor March 23, 2013 at 5:08 am

This is our government dumbing our children down so it’s easier to control them. Case in point, just look at the white house.

j.r. guerra in s. tx. March 22, 2013 at 1:31 pm

I’ll bet if that piece of paper had a picture of Allah, there would be some Muslim protesting around the globe, with American politicians and media apologizing for ‘the indignity’.

Its funny how the Christians can take that in stride, we may get upset but we don’t throw fire bombs at them do we.

EB. Esquire March 22, 2013 at 2:00 pm

I would have written the teachers name, or the presidents name, or JFK’s, or MLK’s, or Big Birds and stomped on it.

And when I left class, left the piece of paper on my desk.

JP in MT March 22, 2013 at 10:54 am

This money deal with Cyprus has started another thought train in my head. I checked with the county, they will take all my tax (vehicle and property) payments in cash. The bank is paying under one percent interest, and the safety of those deposits is now in serious question; not from the old “enemies” but the very government that is supposed to make them safe.

So, after talking with the wife last night, we are going to “store” our tax money somewhere else. Since I have not gotten my preps to the “finished and just replacing what’s expired/used” state, there isn’t a great deal of money in the bank; I try to keep it “working”.

I have put “excess” money into PM’s over the years, and that has actually worked out better than the banks as far as growing my savings.

It’s really sad that you now have to consider your very government part of the “Golden Hoard”.

Mary in mn March 22, 2013 at 11:40 am

What are PM’s ?

KP89DC March 22, 2013 at 11:52 am

PM’s = Precious metals (gold, silver, etc)

Molon Labe

Thomas T. Tinker March 22, 2013 at 4:42 pm

Sir: We have decided to become our own central bank. %100 PM backed. We will cash out what is needed to pay fiat debt. and let the rest ‘ride’. We have to keep what wealth we have someplace. Someplace that actually grows it. Take alook at Mike Maloney’s ‘Wealth Cycles’…. makes a good point.

KP89DC March 22, 2013 at 11:56 am

If the sheeple can’t see the writing on the wall then they’re in for a rude awakening in the near future. While I can’t say that my preps are complete I am better off than most, my DW has gotten fully on board and we’re ready to do what we got’a do when the time comes. Have faith and pray, we’re all going to need our Lord’s care and oversight.

Molon Labe

riverrider March 22, 2013 at 12:31 pm

the truly scary thing to me is that the sheeple are walking around oblivious to the situation in cyprus, and even those that know about it don’t understand the implications to their own money. they are going to be shocked when tdl seizes their ira’s and bank accounts, and panic.

Mike March 22, 2013 at 12:34 pm

+1

I wouldn’t want to be anywhere in Greece or Europe right now.

Funny thing is as bad as everything is here, now, we are actually living in the best place on the planet ATM.

Thomas T. Tinker March 22, 2013 at 4:53 pm

Have you read the current plan regarding Cyprus. Accounts may be frozen for another week, and / or controlled as to max amount of withdrawls, portability, etc. I can’t say this has me spooked as much as guessing the lead time before it happens in Italy or Spain…. then England, other economies elsewhere we are not paying attention to…. mid east…. far east… No. American. Assent controls are the smoke we see in this problem. Here is hoping the Pack has made preps for this before the coals start to glow.

Thomas T. Tinker March 22, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Ass et… Asset….

JP in MT March 22, 2013 at 5:02 pm

RR:

We need to take a good, long, honest look at where we are currently. “They” have not woken up to the reality where “because it hasn’t happened before, it can’t happen in the future” is no longer true. “Can’t” infers a physical impossibility, and the government redefines “can” on a daily basis. I have taken the position that says “Just because it was there yesterday, does not mean it will be there tomorrow.”

I have stopped letting other people manage my affairs. There are some things that I can’t currently change, but when “they” show that they are no longer worthy of my trust, I simply remove them from the issue. My sources of supply are now much more local than they were just a few months ago. The people that I work with are closer. Our discussions mostly involve what services currently outside of our control can we eliminate or provide for ourselves. We are redefining what is “essential services” for us.

Sheeple, by definition, can’t/won’t. The idea of being independent is foreign to them. Being responsible for themselves is totally unknown, never before experienced.

These are the people who will simply sit and stare when things start falling apart. They will surround city hall and protest, but will do nothing themselves. And cry with, with blank stares, as “Rome” burns.

Survivor March 23, 2013 at 5:13 am

Dead on the head, man!! Well said!

Donna March 22, 2013 at 1:50 pm

1) It is terribly wrong that our dictator in chief is getting involved with Syria’s civil war, helping terrorists win the battle against Asad. Another sheria law, terrorist state to be.The more we stick our nose into islamic countries affairs, the more we are hated. Purely Stupid.

2) College professors are becoming intolerable marxists who worship Obama. This one should be forced to step on Obama’s picture and then fired.

6) I withdrew and closed my account with a well known bailed-out bank when they started to charge me for giving them my money, which was taken out of my account. No different than what Cypress banks tried to do.

8) I am am prepared for a year, but for many years of disaster without a recovery is now a concern. All this country needs is the right crisis to plunge us into oblivion.

Kelekona March 22, 2013 at 6:03 pm

Number 2.

“Have the students write the name JESUS in big letters on a piece of paper Ask the students to stand up and put the paper on the floor in front of them with the name facing up. Ask the students to think about it for a moment. After a brief period of silence instruct them to step on the paper. Most will hesitate. Ask why they can’t step on the paper. Discuss the importance of symbols in culture.”
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/03/dem-party-official-makes-students-stomp-on-jesus/#V1x0u5M3bYjcad6y.99

This student fully understood the lesson and gave the teacher a wonderful opportunity to discuss a point of believing that the symbol was very important.

The student has a right to be butthurt about what happened, and it’s not the last time that a student will get butthurt about a class. “Faculty and students at academic institutions pursue knowledge and engage in open discourse. While at times the topics discussed may be sensitive, a university environment is a venue for such dialogue and debate.”

I didn’t find anything explaining why he was suspended, why they are calling for disciplinary action against the professor, or why this seems to have blown up. I have a feeling that there is some sort of incident that explains the suspension beyond him simply complaining about how it made him feel. Well, calling the professor an Obama worshiper indicates that some people are very hot-button about insulting Jesus.

I wouldn’t step on Jesus either. My religious views could probably be described as agnostic, but I would be uncomfortable with making an unnecessary gesture that could provoke someone like that. That would also be a great opportunity for the discussion described in the exercise.

tommy2rs March 22, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Vulnerable senators face lose-lose scenario on assault weapon vote
http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/289459-vulnerable-senators-face-lose-lose-scenario-on-assault-weapons-vote
Vote ‘em out or hang them in the streets, either way is fine with me.

Police Departments Beg And Barter For Ammo While DHS Buys Up 1.6 Billion Rounds In Past Year
http://cnsnews.com/blog/gregory-gwyn-williams-jr/police-departments-beg-and-barter-ammo-while-dhs-buys-16-billion
A new cottage industry begging to be started, making ammo to sell the cops…lol.

More Docs Plan to Retire Early
Six in 10 physicians said it is likely many of their colleagues will retire earlier than planned in the next 1 to 3 years.
http://www.everydayhealth.com/senior-health/more-docs-plan-to-retire-early.aspx
And the ones left won’t be taking new patients. Good luck with that Obamacare President Dumbo-ears.

Survivor March 23, 2013 at 5:21 am

Tommy, there are so many more people wanting ammo and we need them, as well. You could make a hellofa lot more money selling to the public and restricting sales to the government!!
The Supreme court has ruled that police are not there to protect us, they’re there to enforce laws. Then the government is trying to shackle us with assinine gun control measures that only affect the law abiding citizens. Gawd, there went my peaceful Saturday morning!!

tommy2rs March 23, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Really? Do I really need to put an end sarcasm tag after the laugh out loud acronym to get the point across?

T.R. March 22, 2013 at 4:00 pm

A few states have already passed laws declaring silver and gold as legal tender within those states .

tommy2rs March 22, 2013 at 5:24 pm

A little something to lighten the overload

Some Projects for Senator Feinstein
http://www.fieldandstream.com/blogs/gun-nuts/2013/03/some-projects-senator-feinstein

k. fields March 22, 2013 at 6:42 pm

#1. This headline seems just a tad overblown. First, the writer of the article doesn’t seem to know the difference between the Afghan Mujahideen of the early 1980′s which we aided in their fight against the Soviets and Al-Qaeda that was spawned years later.
Second, the aid the US has sent to the Syrian rebels has been humanitarian (food, blankets, medicine), not military! Don’t you remember the “discussions” in the Senate during the first part of last month (February) when John McCain was heading a Republican push for the President to adopt the recommendations of the Pentagon and CIA to send arms and logistical support to the rebels – and the President refused to do so?

#2 – This story also seems overblown. The very purpose of lessons like this is to get students to confront their ideas about things they respect and value. The scenario would be to take a blank piece of paper, fold it up and step on it – that’s no problem for anyone. But write something you respect on that paper (in this case the name Jesus) and suddenly the paper has meaning and almost everyone will hesitate stepping on it.
The very fact that the student wouldn’t step on the paper proves the point of the exercise.
I find it very, very difficult to believe the student was suspended simply because he reacted exactly how he was supposed to.

SW March 22, 2013 at 9:24 pm

Guess this goes back to the old adage…. If it’s not in your possesion then you don’t own it.

Chase Bank (JPM) experienced an embarrassing glitch earlier this week, when online customers were either unable to access their accounts or, more troubling, saw their balances listed as $0.

http://www.dailyfinance.com/2013/03/22/chase-bank-online-customers-zero-balances/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl22%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D287924

axelsteve March 22, 2013 at 9:38 pm

I would have written allah on it then stomped,spit and peed on it. Then I would have told the media what the teacher told me to do.

SW March 22, 2013 at 9:46 pm

We all know the cliché: ‘Don’t mess with Texas.’

Well, a new piece of legislation is being proposed to send that message to Washington, when it comes to protecting Texas’ gold.

A lawmaker has proposed a bill to create a Texas Bullion Depository, which would allow the state and its citizens to store gold bullion in its own facility in Texas, with the protection of the state.

If passed, the Texas bill would tell Washington to “shove off” under the 10th amendment power given the states, if we ever saw the kind of currency craziness we saw during the Great Depression when President Franklin D. Roosevelt mandated citizens hand over most of their gold.

http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-ticker/texas-may-start-hoarding-gold-secession-next-192407075.html

Texanadian March 22, 2013 at 10:03 pm

You have to assume that we in Texas trust our own government. Not likely.

SW March 22, 2013 at 9:55 pm

Online security threat…. please read

If There’s a RAT in Your Laptop, You Won’t Know Who’s Watching You

http://news.yahoo.com/rat-laptop-won-t-know-watching-173459478.html

Sw't Tater March 22, 2013 at 11:35 pm

Bandaids have many uses!

Texanadian March 22, 2013 at 10:14 pm

SW: I turn the camera the other way. If they get in and want to watch a wall, that’s their choice.

Nasty stuff though. I always shut down everything every night. If I’m not using it, it’s shut off.

SW March 22, 2013 at 10:17 pm

I know folks talk about purchasing PM’s. What are your thoughts to adding copper bars to your PM stores?

Thomas T. Tinker March 22, 2013 at 11:04 pm

SW….. Adding copper in the form of ‘Romex’ or insulated wire is one other option. “Bright #1 copper” is sale-able no matter who stripped off the jacket. That is unless you need the wire for barter. I found 3 rolls of 3wire #12 and 1 roll of 3wire #14 at a garage sale this last fall at $10.oo a roll. price that out. The minted bars being sold here are grossly over priced.

SW March 22, 2013 at 11:07 pm

The place I normally shop has 1 pound bars for 7.99. Not sure if that’s overpriced or not

Thomas T. Tinker March 23, 2013 at 8:34 am

SW… Copper closed Thursday at $3.4528. per pound. I buy junk silver which is only marked up 3% per oz. Paying over double for the copper bars…. I’d have to strip off an equal amount of wire to see how many feet and so value of the roll as a whole to see which was the better price. What would you think? Many an ‘expert’ are telling we prepper types to invest in anything ‘tangible’… to get out of fiat paper… Ok I can see that. What is more tangible and… re-saleable / barter-able? Lumber, silver, copper, booze, spare tires, Ammunition, tools or a bucket of nails…….? Gotta be a buyer out there with an on going need or want for what ever it is we have to offer them. For me, I don’t pretend to know the uses of bulk copper in small industry… cottage industry. For me, I know the ‘uses’ of a junk silver dime or spoon, or a pint bottle of JB or Ron Rico…. or a value pack of Winchester 22…. but there is.. a place for Copper in any economy. DWEYCA, do what ever you can afford and good luck to us all.

AZ Rookie Prepper March 23, 2013 at 9:40 am

Some awesome comments in this article. Love what I read. Hate what I see coming from the govt and others. Stack it high and deep, we’re gonna need it.

Kelekona March 23, 2013 at 11:53 am

To overly simplify your gun example, sniping someone and photographing them through their bathroom window are both recognized as wrong. The pizza thing, due process means that the pizza is eaten long before you’re supposed to go breaking down his door.

The thing about google glass is that the future is a cool place if the legal and societal problems could just keep up with it.
http://www.cs.washington.edu/research/systems/privacy.html
I can’t remember all the gushing my hubby did about google glass, but a big one is that his life will have a search engine. He’s constantly not putting stuff away and loosing it. (I know, habit change, I organically do what he needs technology to do.)

I guess part of the problem… Personal rights and freedoms versus etiquette. http://web.archive.org/web/20110119053711/http://www.primalfootalliance.org/legal/ http://web.archive.org/liveweb/http://www.barefootandgrounded.com/search/label/discrimination Contrast with any story about an area that is trying to legislate dress codes.

I’m seeing your rancor about google glasses. If people can’t be bothered to get off the phone when being waited on, even irritated if you tell them it’s rude, they will probably not take off the glasses. You would probably invite harassment by wearing a germ mask in public. And I really don’t think anyone here would be willing to carry a keychain that wirelessly announces a desire not to be recorded.

Kelekona March 23, 2013 at 11:55 am

Hey MD, do you have the ability to put this as a reply to Thomas T. Tinker?

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