Is there hope for his new term or is this politics as usual?
Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk 1/28/13: Blowback Leads to Intervention in Mali, yet Congress is AWOLSubmitted by sharpsteve on Mon, 01/28/2013 - 02:01
WASHINGTON -- Top senators, including Arizona Republican John McCain, confirmed on Sunday that a bipartisan Senate plan for immigration reform, expected to be unveiled next week, will include a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants currently in the United States.
"We can't go on forever with 11 million people living in this country in the shadows in an illegal status," McCain said on ABC's "This Week. "We cannot forever have children who were born here -- who were brought here by their parents when they were small children to live in the shadows, as well."
The comments mark a shift for McCain, who previously opposed a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, labeling such a plan "amnesty" in 2010, the same year he voted against the Dream Act. But he admitted Sunday that the GOP's poor showing among Hispanic voters in 2012 has caused the party to reconsider its position on immigration.
[Note: This essay was originally published 2008-09-09, shortly after my return from the 2008 RNC. Thanks to friend and moderator photoshopwiz for serendipitously bringing it back to my attention today, at a time when I am searching and wondering about the purpose and mission of the Daily Paul going forward.]
Yesterday I said that my involvement in Ron Paul's campaign began as a political quest, but it has grown into a spiritual one. Spiritual questions are fundamental, eternal, and can only be answered by each individual. Who am I? Why am I here? What is this whole thing – life, the universe, everything - about? What happens to me when I die?
Not wanting to ask these difficult questions, most of us keep ourselves distracted nearly every waking hour. The media-entertainment complex takes advantage of our fear and desire to be distracted by offering up an endless loop of amusements: Cell-phones, video games, iPods, Blackberries (so you’re never out of touch, lest you have a silent moment – God forbid – to think, ponder or reflect upon your life!), movies, gossip, and of course "news." One of the biggest distractions of all is our political system, which has devolved into a system to divide and conquer Americans by appealing to our base, tribal natures and turn otherwise friendly neighbors against one another by focusing on differences rather than similarities.
The two parties may talk slightly differently and have different “platforms,” but by their actions and the fruits of their labors, they reveal themselves to be the same. They choose the most minor (but divisive) molehills to blow into the most outrageous mountains. Members of each party then claim those mountains as their own, climb atop them and fling stones and arrows at the other side. It accomplishes nothing but ego gratification for the participants and a tremendous, draining, emotional distraction for the spectators in the peanut gallery who think they have nothing better to do but propagate the same arguments they see on TV within their personal circle of friends, colleagues and family. Serious questions and debate get thrown under the bus.
But one thing to remember about this place – this place we all find ourselves together – is that no one gets out of here alive. We all share the exact same destiny, and that destiny is death. You’ll rarely have anyone on TV remind you of that – the whole point of the idiot box it to distract you from the ultimate destiny that you’re moving closer towards with each passing day.
Originally published 2011-01-06 20:02:
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With all the energy now aimed at cutting Social Security (and not the Trillion Dollar Wars) by both political Parties (including Obama's own deficit commission), just how then is one supposed to live -- without Social Security?
Many jobs and occupations become unsustainable as you become older and older. People's physicial abilities and stamina simply diminish (through no fault of their own), and also the underlying technologies and skills required change and transform with time so rapidly that even well educated people can become de-facto obsolete in their jobs, and no longer marketable. And the stress level and exhaustion level for many jobs just aren't well suited for people that are in their 60s. Finally, its just a fact that health issues will make older people more frail, more vulnerable, and less effective than younger people. While there are some occupations that can be sustained into old age (successful book author, owning a successful business that's mostly run by others, etc.), many, many professions and occupations cannot be sustained. People simply need to retire, and they cannot just work until "they've fallen and can't get up" (and then how do the bills get paid?). Retirement is a necessity for most.
So to retire at the age of 65, you would need to create a yearly revenue stream for yourself that would support all of your expenses, and could last for up to 35 years.
With all the uproar over gun control, one may want to consider this
Brilliant way to put it. But because of the common sense aspect of it, no one in Washington will pay attention.
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Well here is something you don't see everyday...but hey, keep calm , nothing to worry about, its just a drill. Focus on the Superbowl citizens, everything is ok.
Just thought they would have a little fun because obviously they can't possibly be preparing for something.
Someone sent my sister this a couple of days ago.
I also thought the following Onion clip put it into words. (skip the ad--foul language)
This morning this was presented on CBS Sunday Morning variety show. Unable to amend they will destroy to get their way. What option to they leave those who wish only to be left alone in freedom?
*Update, video link here courtesy of sharpsteve:
US Federal Reserve is reporting a major deposit withdrawal from the nation’s bank accounts. The financial system has not seen such a massive fund outflow since 9/11 attacks.
The first week of January 2013 has seen $114 billion withdrawn from 25 of the US’ biggest banks, pushing deposits down to $5.37 trillion, according to the US Fed. Financial analysts suggest it could be down to the Transaction Account Guarantee insurance program coming to an end on December 31 last year and clients moving their money that is no longer insured by the government.
The program was introduced in the wake of the 2008 crisis in order to support the banking system. It provided insurance for around $1.5 trillion in non-interest-bearing accounts with a limit of $250,000. It was aimed at medium and small banks as the creators of the program believed bigger banks would cope with the crisis themselves.
The Resistance Begins: New York Gun Owners Refuse to Register; “Largest Act of Civil Disobedience in State History”Submitted by Bob-45 on Sun, 01/27/2013 - 00:13
January 25th, 2013
With emotions running high in the aftermath of the Newtown Sandy Hook shooting, politicians on the State and Federal level have begun introducing legislative actions to curtail access to firearms protected by the Second Amendment. In Missouri, parents may soon be forced to register firearms with their child’s school under threat of criminal penalties. In Massachusetts, another proposal would require storage of semi-automatic rifles at government approved storage depots. And, in the State of New York, congressional representatives have already passed legislation that requires registration of every semi-automatic rifle and reduces maximum magazine capacity to 7 rounds of ammunition, and Governor Cuomo has floated the idea of gun confiscation.
Now, in what is sure to be a growing trend across the entire country, New York gun owners are organizing a resistance against what many believe to be the most, “brazen infringement on the right to keep and bear arms anywhere in the nation,” according to The New American:
Preparations are already being made for mass resistance.
“I’ve heard from hundreds of people that they’re prepared to defy the law, and that number will be magnified by the thousands, by the tens of thousands, when the registration deadline comes,’’ said President Brian Olesen with American Shooters Supply, among the biggest gun dealers in the state, in an interview with the New York Post.
U.S. Rep. Justin Amash said he and House Speaker John Boehner are on better terms now than they were late last year when Amash was kicked off the House Budget Committee, a move seen as retaliation for Amash’s independent voting record.
Amash said during a town hall meeting in Marshall on Saturday that House leaders need to understand that the Internet and social media make members more likely to voice their own opinions. Amash, a fan of communicating to constituents through Facebook, said he spoke with Boehner in the speaker’s office after requesting a meeting.
“I think we understand each other a little better now,” Amash said.
“He’s a good man,” Amash said of Boehner, R-Ohio. “I’ve never disputed that. We’ve just never seen eye-to-eye on strategy.”
This is to inform those who want to know, I have been elected treasurer. That means I have a vote in the state, and will be attending the conventions. I have accepted other responsibilities on my committee, chairing and participating in sub-committees, and am looking forward to using all the grassroots experience to RESTORE THE REPUBLIC TO CONSTITUTIONAL GOVERNMENT in the GOP.
Today you can get a book instantaneously with just a couple of clicks on your computer. You know so ah. This is ah; we live in the most miraculous of times. You know it was Victor Hugo who says you can stop an invasion of an army, but you cannot stop an invasion of ideas. You know when I first heard that; I was so excited about that because I am really sort of a chicken at heart. I don’t like fighting and shooting and killing people, and if I thought I had to change anything by becoming violent, I didn't want any part of it. So when I decided that ideas are more powerful than armies, why not join the position of changing ideas and confront the people who have the military power because we have the greatest weapon in our hands.
– Dr. Ron Paul, Jan. 26, 2013