I wrote about Greece facing bankruptcy here. Today, Greece skipped their scheduled payments to the IMF. Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis said that Greece wouldn’t pay the IMF. Maybe my wish came true that Greece would repudiate its debts. Read more about the Greek default here: http://www.businessinsider.com/greece-misses-its-imf-payment-2015-6#ixzz3ebad7Wfp
The US territory of Puerto Rico wants to declare bankruptcy too. Economic output in Puerto Rico has been falling for the last decade. Puerto Rico is bleeding both money and its educated young men and young women. U.S. lawmakers sponsored a bill this week allowing Puerto Rico to file for bankruptcy. The governor of Puerto Rico has until the end of August to submit an economic and financial reform plan.
There are many successful states Puerto Rico could emulate as it reforms. The government of Puerto Rico can’t do so. I predict the government of Puerto Rico will keep the regulations and government kickbacks that drove business out of Puerto Rico. Those are the same kickbacks and crony regulations that put the existing government in power. Like any bankruptcy restructuring, they can’t change their government until they get rid of their politicians. Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article25818208.html#storylink=cpy
This is fascinating.
My friend at the Armoured Porcupine wrote an article about firearms background checks. Some states wave the requirement for a background check if you have a concealed carry permit. A. P. asks what would happen if that was the rule rather than the exception-
Green Stripe and the Charleston Massacre
I’ve been advancing an idea for a universal background check system used in firearms transfers. This is a system that could not be used as a defacto gun, or gun owner registration scheme. That alone means that Bloomberg’s minions don’t like it. This concept could be used in private and commercial firearms sales without having to involve a federal firearms licensee. It doesn’t need an internet connection or a smart phone. Even the average Joe can judge if the prospective buyer is legal, or a prohibited person. The system is as simple as a colored stripe on the driver’s license or non-driver’s ID.
Green= GO!, Yellow= SLOW DOWN. No stripe means the person has to use the federal background check system through a gun shop.
Atlas is the figure in Greek mythology who holds the world on his shoulders. Today the Greeks are refusing to pay their confiscatory taxes.. taxes that keep the over-extended euro financial sector afloat. Today it is taken for granted that Greek citizens don’t pay their taxes. The ugly truth is that the Greeks can’t pay their taxes. I want the Greeks people to stop paying their taxes even if they could pay them. I want the Greek Atlas to shrug.
Nathan Lewis at Forbes pointed out the economic end-game of tax and spend socialism.
“Greece’s 45% payroll tax rate, plus its 23% VAT rate, plus a personal income tax system with a top rate of 46% (and the 32% rate hitting at only 26,000 euros of income), makes business activity basically impossible … unless you evade the taxes.”
The only way to survive in Greece is to be on the government dole rather than run your business or hold down a job. Greece has a political economy designed for government handouts. Those handouts are designed to keep politicians in power.
The current political decisions in Greece will determine who pays the un-payable Greek debts. Will the banks and bond holders take a massive write down on their loans, or will the Greek people take a massive write down on their assets due to inflation and continuing high taxes? Atlas shrugs and the financial world falls down.
I want the corrupt banks to take the hit. My reasons are selfish; I want to end indentured slavery. I want the indebted children of Greece to be able to walk away from their parents debts.. and remain in Greece. The current holders of government bonds are like slave owners controlling the lives of people born into financial debt. Let me make my case.
It is true that politicians pandered to self-serving voters. It is true that past voters burdened future tax payers. I expect nothing more or less from corrupt and corruptible men. I hope to stop these credit-card-politicians by putting the financial burden on the banks. I want any society to be able to reject the debts of the past. I want to end the financial inheritance of slavery.
I am not a populist out to screw rich bankers. I simply want the bankers to suffer because they make loans to people who could not pay.. people who passed their unpayable debts to the next generation.
The people of Greece could repudiate their debt. Alternatively, they could repudiate their children and leave their children in debt. Greek pensioners would then watch their children vote with their feet and leave Greece.
I am hoping that financial institutions will learn their lesson. I want the banks and bond holders to refuse to lend unsustainable levels of public debt.. debt that burdens future generations. Repudiating the debt should stop the means of enslaving our children even if the political desire remains in place.
Charles, this post is for you.
Rob the money lender
Reader Emsone linked to this article in the Baptist Press describing armed security in churches. “Guns: ‘Packing heat in church’ increasingly allowed in U.S.”
“As gun control takes high priority on Capitol Hill, state legislatures increasingly are allowing concealed guns in our most sacred place, the church, either for personal protection or for worshippers designated as church security personnel.
“Arkansas, on Feb. 4, became the eighth state to pass legislation allowing concealed guns specifically in churches. In a lopsided bipartisan vote, state legislators voted to allow each church to decide whether individuals with concealed carry permits could take guns in church for personal protection.”
I noticed the original author did not separate fact from speculation.
“Regular church attenders packing heat to protect themselves at church? I think that is a more dangerous scenario than what I have experienced thus far in 40 years of being a pastor.”
My friend, Gary Cass, recorded this video titled “Can the Church Shoot Back?”
Thank you for bringing those articles to my attention.
A South Carolina pastor disarmed the honest men and women in his congregation. The pastor was also a state legislator. His votes for gun prohibition helped create an entire state full of disarmed victims in every church, every mosque and every temple. Those laws guaranteed that a crazy person would be unopposed when, someday, a crazy person brought a gun into church. That sobering situation came true in Charleston, South Carolina last week. Innocent people died. I want all of us to learn from this tragedy so it never happens again.
This is not a fair and balanced discussion of civilian disarmament. The gun grabbers want to disarm everyone while I want to empower good men and women. The gun prohibitionist thinks men and women can’t be trusted with a gun. I believe that the world is a better place when honorable men and women are armed.
The gun-grabbing ideologues think I’m crazy. They want a world where guns don’t exist. I think they’re crazy. Now I want to explain how their craziness spreads.
First, gun control is more accurately described as people control. I mean that in the most literal sense. The gun prohibitionist doesn’t have to like or accept men and women as they are. The gun control advocate wants to trade-in the flawed human beings we have today for the new and morally improved people he imagines. He will use force if necessary.
Evil men and women don’t exist in the gun control utopia. The anti-rights fantasy world is a place where evil has been disarmed and somehow made impotent. The gun-control ideology is spiritually superior to human freedom. Freedom is messy and flawed. The gun control utopia with its perfect humanity is simple and complete.
The anti-rights ideologue lives in a perfect world where even evil men obey the law. That is a place I’ve never seen.
These anti-rights ideologues are driven with the passion of the alcohol prohibitionists campaigning to change the human spirit. Theirs is an existential plane where good intentions are enough to stop evil men.. a fantasy paradise where victims don’t bleed out in minutes. The anti-gun ideologue is closer to a religious zealot than a seeker of truth.
Their anti-rights utopia is an attractive fairy land. It is a world without force and violence. Our world’s best artists can’t invent something as beautiful as that fantastic existence. Their utopia offers the appeal of living in Disneyland.. without the long lines and frightening prices. All the ideologue has to do is believe in magic.. and climb over the wounded.
It is hard for reality to compete with that beautiful fantasy, especially if we don’t look too closely or think too deeply. When considered as a fantasy, the question is not why so many of us are attracted by the gun-free illusion. The real question is why more people are not attracted to their utopia.
It should be the easiest sale imaginable. Isn’t a theoretical world without guns better than this world? Why wouldn’t someone join their cause! Don’t be too surprised by our gullibility. Modern advertisers sell us a fantasy at the top and bottom of every hour.. and we buy it.
The anti-rights ideologue is not alone in his love of gun control. Politicians love the fantasy ideology as well. Gun control offers the politician another activity to tax. Government bureaucrats get another activity to regulate. Best of all, the politician gets to stand in front of the news media and promise everything while delivering nothing but more words. It is another easy sell.
But wait, there is more! Politics also provides a payoff for the gun grabbing elite. Some of the anti-rights ideologues want to sit on the edge of power, and politics lets them scratch that totalitarian itch. That is easy enough to understand.
Anyone who has done it will tell you that self-defense is hard work. Carrying a firearm is inconvenient. Wouldn’t we rather have the state make everyone safe for free? That is better than having to both provide our own defense and pay for it as well. The myth of gun control says the state will keep us safe.
“We will take care of you.” is a well worn political speech. Politicians and bureaucrats said the same thing before Hurricane Katrina and the Baltimore riots. Politicians did not pay the cost of their broken promises. We did. We paid for it back then and we paid for it again in a church in Charleston.
The fantasy ideology of gun control helps us indulge in the oldest of sins. The gun grabber feels socially superior to others. We don’t want THEM to have guns, now do we? The undefined “THEM” can be criminals or the poor. Anti-right bigots used gun prohibition laws to disarm black, browns, yellows, whites, immigrants, veterans and the handicapped. Ideologues think guns are only for the pretty and politically connected people.. and of course for their hired bodyguards.
The anti-rights ideologue always has more work to do. There is always another step to take towards disarming honest citizens. Guns can’t be too big or too small, too loud or too quiet. Guns can’t be too cheap or too effective either. Firearms can’t be too black or to brightly colored. Today we have limits on firearms imports, ammunition, magazine capacity, and a mountain of useless regulations imposed on manufacturers. Honest gun owners are subject to training requirements, licensing and registration.
It doesn’t matter that violent criminals ignore our laws. Controlling criminals was never the real goal. The utopian fantasy is the goal and honest gun owners simply stand in the way of achieving that ideological fantasy. The good guys are the target and the bad guys are simply a convenient rationale.
The gun-control fantasy never fails. The failed ideology of civilian disarmament can rack up a mountain of innocent victims while the ideologue simply claims the results would have been even worse without his fantasy. I’ve argued with them and listed their dead. They reply that they might have saved one uncountable life somewhere at some time. Their statistics come from well paid academics and the Land of Oz. Their utopian fantasy is an un-testable theory and immune from criticism.
They cling to the fantasy while the strong dominate the old and the weak, while the many dominate the few. The anti-gun ideologue clings to the attractive fantasy of a world where evil people don’t use weapons to hurt others. Facts don’t matter to the person addicted to this blood soaked fantasy.
The anti-rights bigots are never satisfied. Theirs is the unending quest to perfect man by removing temptation after temptation. The day they succeed in outlawing guns is the day they will condemn knives.. and clubs.. and cars. The world is never “safe” enough. The ideologue continually seeks more control over his fellow man. Firearms are the expedient excuse of the day.
Their failures are painful. With vanishing few exceptions, groups of people are murdered in gun free zones. The true believer in disarmament claims that the fault is ours rather than his. He says his fantasy would work if we only tried harder. With our 23 thousand gun laws, we have not followed his formula for perfection closely enough.
The ideologue ignores his failures and only sees his perfect fantasy. He conveniently ignores the growing army of men with guns who must stand over honest citizens to impose that perfect order. We are the ultimate objects to be controlled, not the firearm.
A stack of dead and disarmed innocents only tells the ideologue to work the dream, to market the dream, to sell the dream, and to pray the dream. He can’t resist the allure of his shiny fantasy. He can’t give up the dream.. as time and again we shed more innocent blood.
The ideologue basks in the euphoria of his perfect fantasy world. The gun control fantasy allows him to feel he has a special place in the universe. Like the gambling addict, the gun control ideologue thinks his fantasy will work for him even though it has failed for everyone else. Like the loosing gambler, each innocent victim only spurs the ideologue to try again, to count on luck and his feelings.
Gun control is the femme-fatal of fantasies. The ideologue might dimly suspect his fatal fantasy will hurt him or someone else. Like ideologues throughout history, our contemporary anti-rights ideologue excuses his ongoing failures. He only sees the exotic beauty of his fantasy. It is a dangerous addiction.
Like the drug addict, the anti-gun believer will sacrifice anything, and anyone, to live in his fantasy world for a few moments. The ideologue promises us peace, and there is no peace. Not for long.
There. I said it. These anti-rights ideologues are crazy. Anti-rights advocates offer an emotional appeal to an idealized pre-rational fantasy they call gun control. The ideology of disarmament has many aspects that make it an easily marketable idea. It offers a vision of moral superiority and is easily sold.
It is time to stop talking about logic and facts with crazy people. The ideologues believe that weapons and violence are not the answer, but they have no answers to the real evils in this world. That leaves those of us who live in this world with a few unanswered questions.
We must direct our arguments and our questions to the undecided listener who still lives in the real world. That listener is our audience. He is our potential ally. The first thing for us to do is to pull back the curtains and expose the dream-like fantasy to the bright light of day. Then we must tell our story.
Thank you Russell, Charles and Bill. You made me think.
Among Christian ministers, there is a strong appeal to be a defenseless victim. I disagree. I think pastors should protect their congregation.
So does Pastor Pastor E. W. Jackson.
“I am a pastor. If someone comes in to hurt my church members, I have an absolute obligation to defend them.. to protect them.”
“One advantage of being armed is having training.. The position you’re in as a shepherd is to lay down your life for your sheep.” Video
So does Pastor Doug Giles.
“What are you going to do? This is the ultimate What Would Jesus Do query, eh? I think if Jesus were placed in such a situation he would whip out his Glock and double tap the center mass of any killer who was attempting to put a bullet in one of his defenseless disciples.
“Okay, maybe Jesus wouldn’t do it but Peter definitely would have.” Link
I suggest training for those pastors still sitting on the fence. The owner of Bear Beam Firearms in Tulsa, Oklahoma offers free training classes to preachers and ministers. Owner Charles Peters said “Protecting .. their flock is important. Being prepared for that unfortunate event.. needs to take place prior to it happening. Not reacting to it afterwards. I’ve (offered these classes) before and nobody shows up because nobody thinks it affects them. The recent event will cause them to see how much it can affect them.”
Pastors will only need to show identification showing they’re a pastor or assistant pastor. They will still need to pay any state fees associated with the permit.
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