Bruce’s Poor Man Bulletin
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In This Issue:
1. Get your current issue of Homeland Security Today
2. I want to be a consumer when I grow up
3. Touch my junk, will Muslim women submit to pat downs-WARNING: Immature Subject Matter from Reason Magazine
4. The ‘sissy’ generation-Daily Crux interview excerpt
5. Make a home made slingshot
6. Something(s) are very wrong in America=creating its destruction
It might be more worthwhile if we stopped wringing our hands and started ringing our congressmen. ~Author Unknown
Join the Resistance-Support American Workers, Dump New TSA Pat Down Rules
It will come as no surprise to readers but even Glen Beck did a piece about how the Communists have taken over the US. Positive feedback on last week’s issue came in within the hour of its posting!
As outsourcing decimates American industry, there are a few shining lights among executives and entrepreneurs keeping jobs here in the home front and Reader’s Digest (Dec/Jan ’10) issue included an inspiring story about New York fashion designer, Anna Sui, who is fighting to keep her collections made in the United States.
Poll Shows More Want Job Stimulus before Deficit Cuts
“More voters express support for spending that spurs job creation than for efforts to cut the deficit, according to a poll released today.” (Bloomberg)
Public miseducation is succeeding.
It Happened in ‘free’ America…storm of protests coming from everywhere
WASHINGTON -- After weeks of public outcry and lawsuit threats, the administration bowed to demands Monday and announced that airport full-body scans will now include an array of free outpatient diagnostic services and microbrew selections. TSA Administrator John Pistole said the concession will "retool airport scanners for quick radiology, CAT scans, MRIs, bone densitometry, ultrasounds, and more for weary travelers."
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said travelers can choose "long or short consultations" with the attending physicians. Travelers can also opt out of consultations "and just take their free scans and beer into secure waiting areas."
For a clever look at what TSA stands for go to Reason’s site-WARNING: Immature Subject Matter
But seriously folks…
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has crossed the line. As if subjecting millions of Americans to X-rated x-ray scans and public groping sessions weren't bad enough, the agency now threatens $11,000 in fines against anyone refusing to submit to humiliation at the airport.
Oceanside, Calif., resident John Tyner found this out after he posted on YouTube a video of his degrading encounter with TSA screeners. Mr. Tyner's catchy phrase, "If you touch my junk, I'll have you arrested," spread quickly, thanks to attention provided by the Drudge Report. TSA was not amused, and an official announced Monday that Mr. Tyner faces punishment for leaving the airport without submitting to the high-tech or low-tech molestation options.
The term is not used lightly. Under 18 U.S. Code Section 2244, " 'sexual contact' means the intentional touching, either directly or through the clothing, of the genitalia, anus, groin, breast, inner thigh or buttocks of any person with an intent to abuse, humiliate, harass, degrade." It's no coincidence that TSA initiated sexual-contact pat-downs after fliers began to refuse the pornographic scanners. There can be no question that when threats of civil punishment are used to ensure compliance, those encounters with the TSA lose their status as a voluntary transaction. It's even more outrageous that these unnecessary searches are being conducted on children.
There's also no doubt that some rogue TSA agents seek self-gratification at the expense of passengers. In January, a TSA agent planted white powder in the bags of passengers, according to documents posted on the Smoking Gun website. Apparently, scaring members of the public into thinking they were being busted for smuggling drugs made for a good "joke." The new screening rules open yet more opportunities for the worst elements at TSA.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano insists that anyone who has a problem with the state of affairs simply shouldn't fly. Unelected bureaucrats like Ms. Napolitano - known across the blogosphere as Big Sister - have no business making decisions that touch upon such a fundamental right as the ability of innocent citizens to travel freely. In Ms. Napolitano's view, Americans wishing to visit family and friends across the country exercise a privilege granted by the government.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has avoided answering a question about whether hijab-wearing Muslim women would be given the same security X-rays – or full-body pat-downs – as other passengers.
When the Poor Man was growing up, ‘don’t touch my junk’ meant keeping your hands off my baseball card collection!
Join thousands of others in a petition demanding action against the intrusive airport screening procedures implemented by Janet Napolitano and send #HYPERLINK "http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=226969"a letter to Congress, President Obama and others telling them exactly what you think about the issue.
The American people have been gypped and lied to, we’ve been shortchanged by those in government who always promise a better tomorrow and delivery nothing…no energy independence, no solutions to illegal immigration, no fair tax system, no fiscal prudence, no one in jail from the Wall Street meltdown…not a damn thing from government. I want my money back!
Virtually everything today is in one way or another a potential danger to U.S. national security. There are foreign terrorists, of course. Beyond that authorities cite drug cartels, downturns in the economy, espionage, street gangs, counterfeit goods, right-wing militias, left-wing environmentalists and the multiple personalities of Mother Nature.
Source: Washington Times
Over the 20th century, the federal government has assumed a vast and unprecedented set of powers. The human imperative is to fight those in power who wish to subvert natural law and freedom, something most US political leaders have forgotten in their pursuit of the nanny state.
--The Poor Man, Political Muckraker
This week’s useful resources!
Clear that hard drive
In 2003, students from MIT bought 158 used hard drives from eBay and other second hand sources. Credit cards numbers, financial information, data files, medical records, browsing histories, emails and more were all recovered from these disks, despite the fact that 60% of them were formatted before they were sold.
So, how do you make sure that your data is gone for good? You need to use a secure disk wipe utility. They used to be the preserve of government agencies, but now everyone can get a hold of software that will exceed or meet the Department of Defense standards for the secure deletion of data. Here’s how to do it with Darik’s Boot and Nuke, (DBAN).
1. First, make sure that all the data you want to keep is backed up and copied to another source, because once this process is complete, you will not be able to recover any data from your hard drive.
2. Download the free DBAN software from their website. It downloads as an ISO file
3. For more on how to clear the drive, go to our friends at WorldStart at:
DIY Solar Hot Water Heater Plans-Free
Woodcraft & Camping 100 year old classic about the ways of surviving in the woods by George Washington Sears aka: Nessmuk. Get a free PDF copy of it:
Lanae Paaverud, the Social Networking Nanny, Wins Top Honors in Mom Business Competition
From among thousands of contestants, Lanae Paaverud, the Social Networking Nanny has been ranked #30 in StartupNation.com’s 2010 Leading Moms in Business competition, sponsored by Infusionsoft. The Poor Man wrote about her last year!
Get a free, printable gun target from Nat’l Shooting Foundation
RECIPE FOR HOME MADE RYE HARD TACK
1 c of water
½ c of vegetable oil
1-¼ tsp salt
½ tsp of honey
½ c powdered milk
Blend all of the above…
Mix 1-1/3 c of rye flour, 1-¼ c of wheat flour, ¼ c of wheat germ, 1-½ c of soy flour and add to liquid. Knead well to make dough & roll out on floured board about the size of a pie crust. Cut into cracker size pieces & bake in 350 degree oven for 20 minutes.
Make a Portable Candle Lamp-great for camping or emergencies…
Place a tea candle inside a baby food jar (yeah, clean the jar 1st).
Tea candles are cheap and sold at most dollar stores. There is enough room in the jar to store a couple of candles and packs of matches, use the lid to make a waterproof seal.
This is an old military trick we picked up years ago.
Good Emergency Weapon
Newer slingshots with wrist guards make a good, silent weapon and can be quite deadly and accurate (with practice) using marbles, ball bearings, etc. Always have an extra rubber sling on hand as well. You can pick these up rather cheaply at sporting goods stores and departments or online. Here are few sites I chose at random.
The first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade including floats and live animals from the Central Park Zoo began in 1924. Three years later, the first giant balloon character - one of my favorites, Felix the Cat.
For left over turkey recipes, go to:
Just type in ‘turkey leftovers’ into the search box.
"Restraint of government is the true liberty and freedom of the people."
-- John P. Reid
Left wing activities…our weekly rant
Want to keep up with national security issues? All good little citizens should so check out this monthly online magazine-Homeland Security Today.
Socialists to tea party: we'll crack open your heads
Yes, those are American socialists and they are calling for revolution here in America. Glenn plays the disturbing audio of radical leftists who want to 'fight' Tea Party members, saying if they fail to open their minds, they'll just open their heads. Hear the audio played on radio today. ( Transcript, Insider Audio)
More Communist Activity
NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Revolutionary Communist Party USA has announced a "Constitution for the New Socialist Republic in North America," and members say they are planning for a "revolution" against capitalism, with violence if necessary.
The politicians have it easy. At the end of November, the unemployment insurance extension is set to expire. With the unemployment rate still hovering around ten percent, this means that millions of Americans will be without mortgage payments, groceries, and heat. They will be without Christmas presents, winter coats, and school supplies. Sure, maybe a job will pop up. Maybe from one of the hundreds of applications that they sent out, they will get a call back. They will keep hoping and applying, and maybe it will finally pay off. But undoubtedly, the rent will be due.
Graft, payola, bribery…that’s what Washington calls it but this is how business is accomplished in foreign countries. In America, we call them campaign contributions.
Parting Shots…What is wrong with government & why we need radical change!
I know a lot of people I speak with or who email me are fed up with government encroachments at every level. They do not know what to do. They feel powerless and not everyone wants to run for office in order to correct things. Recently, someone sent me a story about a jerk off city councilman who sent cops after some elementary school kids having their 2nd bake sale in a community park because they didn’t have a license. When approached by local media he was unapologetic explaining his need to give these kids an example in there is a ‘cost of doing business.’
From teachers suspending children for bringing an aspirin or plastic bread knife to cut their lunch, to an idiot city councilman trouncing an entrepreneurial spirit, this country has gotten itself into a zero tolerance mode or in reality, a zero common sense mode.
Friends, this is what is wrong government and this Nazi like attitude permeates every level of government from politicians to local building inspectors. We have to many people in power who have no common sense and we need to get rid of them and this alarming anti-citizen attitude.
Politicians have bankrupted this country, discourage business start ups and job creation and have violated the Constitution that it is no longer tolerable.
What's wrong with America today
Millions of Americans are waking up to the fact that "something is wrong" with our country.
Television personalities like Glenn Beck are drawing incredible audiences as people try to determine how America came to possess the world's weakest major currency, a broken health care system, and a socialist-leaning president.
For an unvarnished take on "what's wrong with America," we sat down with Daily Crux Editor in Chief Brian Hunt. As you'll read in just a moment, we're facing three major problems that could lead to long-term disaster in the coming years. You'll also find we should take some serious advice from Jim Rogers... and Clint Eastwood.
The Daily Crux: Fox personality Glenn Beck has become wildly popular with his argument that "there is something wrong with America." What's your take on the situation?
Brian Hunt: Well, Glenn is right... There is something very wrong with America right now.
My belief is based on karma... on the idea that you reap what you sow.
We're sowing some bad stuff these days... We're generating a lot of bad karma. The bad news is that the government is behind most of it, and it will continue to make things worse. The good news is that you can take action to make sure you're protected.
Three of the major areas where we're headed down a dark path are: One, our crazy tax system and our perverse attitude toward success. Two, our food system, which is building weak and unhealthy people from the ground up. And three, a problem Clint Eastwood succinctly summed up in a recent interview, when he said America is living in a "sissy generation"... only he didn't use the word "sissy."
Crux: Let's start with taxes.
Hunt: As I said, the problem we have with taxes in the U.S. could be called our perverse attitude toward success. Read the rest at:
I still see a rough road ahead for many Americans as we're still a nation suffering from the consequences of addictive spending of money we've never had.
Let's look at some sobering statistics:
Nearly 2 million people have a negative equity of 5% or less in their homes
Another 1.5 million people have a negative equity of 5-10% in their homes
Over 9 million people have a negative equity of over 20% in their homes
Right now over 14 million Americans are upside down in their mortgages, and this doesn't include the figures of those who have already defaulted on their loans. And for each 5% fall in home prices, close to another 2 million borrowers drop below zero equity in their homes. With most Americans having the majority of their wealth tied up in their home purchase, they're in danger of losing everything.
With consumers making up 70% of the United States economy, the loss of this magnitude of wealth will severely hamper any recovery efforts. We will simply not have the money to spend to get us out of this mess. According to the Campbell Real Estate Timing Letter, "we're facing a no growth/low growth economy--and this means the U.S. jobless rate will go even higher in the next two to four coming quarters." With true unemployment in the double digits, how can we expect any kind of recovery?
The simple truth is-look around you. Do you like what you see in this country? The job of the government isn’t to make everything more difficult or more expensive, it is to serve.
Government stupidity & need for control vis a vis over regulation, is costing Americans thousands of jobs and compliance wastes countless hours of time.
Passive aggression no longer works; voting no longer works…you need to get active in exposing government corruption, needless red tape and more. Get your local media involved wherever possible in order to embarrass the jerk responsible for government nonsense.
The Poor Man got asked to appear on a mid-MI TV station as a commentator on high MI utility prices, in particular, water bills. Should be interesting. Just remember…
If people behaved like governments, you'd call the cops. ~Kelvin Throop
Have a happy Thanksgiving and despite my rants, know there is still plenty to be thankful about. There will be NO Thursday PMB issue!
That’s it for this week from your fed up Poor Man! Stay tuned for the next issue as we’ll be sharing some incredible preparedness resources and details of a new ebook we’re working on to fight the mindless bureaucrats who wreak havoc on citizens.
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