The Next War

I read recently something that was quoted from somewhere. Sorry, but that’s what I have…

Essentially it goes like this, “the last war America fights will be against it’s own people…”.

Any of you ever think that maybe, if we have one more global round with whomever, the American people might use that time to better prepare themselves for that last fight? Maybe it’s a good thing that we get involved in just one more.

Merely a random thought. YMMV.

 

Telling the Tale

ZH preaches:

While the Achilles heel to the endless “economic data” BS coming out of China may be its electric production and demand, both of which show a vastly different picture than what the Beijing politburo’s very wide brush strokes paint, the US itself is not immune from indicators that confirm that anything the BEA dishes out should be taken with a grain of salt. One data set that we showed recently that paints a drastically different (read slowing) picture of the US economy which we noted recently is railcar loading of waste and scrap for the simple reason that “The more we demand, the more waste is generated by that production.” Of course, the propaganda manipulation machinery only focuses on the “entrance” of production, and completely ignore the “exit.” But an even far more important metric of the general health of the US economy may be none other than broad energy demand, in the form of petroleum deliveries and gasoline demand. If this is indeed the relevant metric to observe, then things are about to get far, far worse. As Dow Jones notes: “U.S. petroleum deliveries, a measure of demand, fell by 2.7% in July from a year earlier to the lowest level in any month since September 2008, the American Petroleum Institute, an industry group, said Friday.” It gets worse: “Demand in the world’s biggest oil consumer, at 18.062 million barrels a day, was the weakest for the month of July since 1995, the API said. Year-to-date demand is down 2.3% from the same period in 2011.

Macro factors make a difference. Showing, yet again, that the ‘miracle of China’ is so much bovine excrement.

We will look back and laugh

Seriously. I would think that at some point we will all be sitting around a fire, a bar, or a TV and having a bit of a chuckle over this a few years from now.

Lying about everything.

But the telling quote is at the very end:

So… let’s see here: huge disparity between what is represented and what the reality is… a crucial political election… and a regime that many have accused of misreporting critical data for years (even if others captured media outlets accuse the former of being conspiracy theorists)…

Why… could this possibly mean that every piece of data out of the US is just as made up and just as meaningless? Now that would be truly unpossible.

Everything you know is a lie.

If I’m Honest, This Stings a Bit

And, what I say below downright hurts…

NC Renegade, via Kerodin.

I have faith in the real American people. The people who are moral and virtuous. The people who understand the concept of both honor and sacred Honor.  The people who will stop putting their future in the hands of politicians. The people who will sacrifice everything to give their children back their Freedom.

I respectfully disagree. We are not moral & virtuous. In fact, I cannot remember back to a time in my life when we were either of these. Tough, resourceful, independent, yes. Morality and virtue? Not so sure.

Now, before you start firing up that email client or hammering down the comment section, let me clarify. There are those who walk among us who are. In fact, there are lots of them. My point is that the majority of my countrymen are not. The III% are few an far between. They are the exception rather than the rule and that is my point.

Cheap money, nice, fine, touring saloons at low interest rates over 60 months. A 3000 sq ft shoddily built house that in reality resembles an ATM rather than a home. Careers spent chasing the next comma in your annual income instead of stepping out and doing or making. This is what Americans are now.

Sir, I appreciate your post more than you could ever know, and hope to God almighty that I am completely wrong in my opinion.

Our Decadence, Our Darkness

I had intended to post something in response to Kerodin’s post here, but as usual, capitalist greed got in my way.

Having piles of things to do this afternoon, and not wanting to do them, I had a random, passing thought on a few events that have made me re-evaluate our current social climate.

  1. Just before Christmas, I had all three of my kids in the truck going to WalMart of all places. We were accosted by a 40-ish year old man in the parking lot over a left turn. While I’m not clear that this is my fault, I’m willing to admit that to quell a potential violent situation. This man disagreed with that tactic and I was forced to reveal my sidearm in what turned out to be a very diffusing and non-threatening manner. No cops, no marshals, no 45 degree blading. Merely an idiot who was having a bad day and essentially realized that his temper would cause him to lose his life should he continue on the path he was walking down. BTW, first and only time I have ever had my hand on my piece while holding a baby. Dude, seriously? A left turn gets you this upset? How have you lived this long?
  2. Traffic again (it is Atlanta). Two teenage girls in a $45,000 BMW convertible almost causing an accident. Mobile phones were involved. I merely stared and shook my head in bewilderment. This drew her ire, and I was told vociferously that I was indeed number one. I would be remiss not to point out that a sixteen year old in a vehicle that expensive did not in any way produce enough labor to compensate for the cost of that car. She was given this, and based upon the area, is likely to be the recipient of this level of decadence for all of her short sixteen years on the planet. She was also rather corpulent. I do not point this to laugh at her and speak ill. I point this out because it shows a lack of self respect and self loathing. At that age, kid should not look like that. They should be in their physical primes. I know there are exceptions, but given the other components of these circumstances, I would bet the Bachelor Chow consumption is a bit too high.

Takeaways from this could be a couple of things:

  1. I’m a very bad or aggressive driver, which is true, though live in Atlanta and you will turn into this as well.
  2. The state of societal degradation has increased.

Can you view an entire society through the lens of two random encounters? No. Definitely not. However, you can use them as a sample of what is out there and blog about like I’m doing.

For the first, I attribute it to how crazy Christmas has become. I truly do. From October to January I have gotten to the point of wanting to stay inside and cower.

For the second, I’m not sure.

If you think the FSA has a sense of entitlement, try hanging out with upper middle class Republicans. It is the ghetto, only the rims aren’t chrome, and the stay-at-home-moms have better drugs.

The larger point here though is not about violence or how bad teenagers in BMW’s suck. The larger point is how are we, as patriots, III%’ers, Constitutionalists, etc ever going to get anywhere when the most solidly conservative people in the country feel entitled to free healthcare, cheap prescription drugs to ingest, and low, low monthly payments on fin German touring saloons?

You think about that dear readers.

My neighbors are the most entitlement laden bastards I have ever encountered.

“Lower the overall debt of the county by using tax revenues to pay down the note? Hell no! We need more schools! Class sizes are too big and little Timmy here needs extra attention!”

“That script is how much? I’m not paying that! F’ing Obama, making my meds go up in cost.”

“30 round mag? Why do YOU need a 30 round mag? The cops are here to ‘protect & serve’.”

The above, I excrement you not, has been overheard at every tennis match, stupid social gathering, and drunken business lunch I have attended since 2008. Take that, add it to the issues down in the inner city, and other ghetto like aspects of American society, and what do you have?

A perfect storm.

We have as a nation, society, and culture reached a pinnacle and peak of decadence the likes of which the world has yet to see. The higher the climb, the more brutal the fall guys. Questions? Ask the Romans, or more to the point, those who were left after that empire smoldered.

Thoughts on a Tuesday

Allow me to ramble a bit…

A while back, Garden Serf mentioned that he thought that heavy, regional players were beginning to have those backroom conversations that would eventually change the country and we have come to know it. You know, the backrooms full of smoke and cheap whiskey? Seems a bit dramatic, but at some level there is truth in it. The real world changers are always sitting in the background making deals.

I’m inclined to believe him.

I think the political class sees a time in the somewhat near future where our nation is split into many, many factions all vying for either control of people or control of resources. While I think this time is still a ways off, I cannot help but try and comprehend that there may be a larger game afoot. Not one of incompetence, but one where actual leaders are gaming for the future of what we have come to understand as America.

You have to remember that as a nation, we are still merely an infant. And while the memory of what we have achieved will likely live on for quite some time, the results will most likely be as fleeting as the idea and reality of America itself.

Random thoughts. They are disjointed. Forever my curse of not being able to eloquently articulate what my poorly wired brain is rambling on about.

On a long enough timeline: Decade Scale Economic Trends

Here is a good primer of where we are based on what I have to say below.

It is my theory that we, as a nation, are just now experiencing the decline that began in the mid 1960’s. This decline was subverted using currency manipulation, global military intervention, and various ‘extend & pretend’ tactics employed by the state and international banking interests.

Do not get me wrong here. I’m not putting on the tinfoil hat and saying there is a grand cabal of Rothsscarries & Ubersteins lurking in the shadows. Not at all. This is complex, long term, and very large scale maneuvers that shape the course of history.

Post World War II, America found itself in a unique and powerful position. With Europe and Asia in ruin, America possessed an industrial capacity that quickly came to dominate the world. This made her wealthy beyond anything that had come before her. This industrial might led to a litteral global domination of economic markets and political influence.

And, like all other massive centers of power and influence, an inevitable shift in that power began to unravel.

As time marched on, regional & global powers came into being. Not necessarily through military might, but through natural resources, manufacturing, trade, etc. America defended her economic interested by going to war. To quote someone, “It’s all about the cost of labor.” America used military power, like all empires before her to secure trade and markets by which to sell her goods and services, as well as, to protect sources of her raw materials to feed her industrial might.

When this eventual unrest came home in many different forms, her leaders sought an extension of this power.

Sources of cheaper labor were opened up, currencies were fundamentally changed, and a different market, as well as, world emerged.

Perceived prosperity through credit became the norm, and that decline was halted as her people prospered through decadence. Though they perceived themselves wealthy, they were not – they were merely in more and more debt.

As this is written, America is coming to the end of an almost 100 year cycle of prosperity. Boom and bust cycles.

I personally believe that this the last of those. An organized source of cheaper labor does not exist anywhere on this planet. That scheme of moving and shifting markets globally to find the next center of profit is over. Some new paradigm will take it’s place, and that will be the environment with which Americans (or whatever they will be called in the future) will have to operate in.

My thoughts. I welcome yours.