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My cousin calmly looked him in the eye, pulled her .38 caliber revolver out from under her sweatshirt, pointed it down the road, and said, ”It’s that way.” If only more young women were well trained and carried handguns.
On a beautiful fall morning about 25-years ago, my attractive 20-something cousin was walking her Afgan hound on a remote country lane beside the Susquehanna River near Loch Haven, Pennsylvania. As she walked along, a late-model car pulled up along side her and two unkempt-looking young men gave her a visual once-over before driving off. A few minutes later the same car approached her from the opposite direction, again slowed down while the occupants gave her another look-over. A short time later, the same car drove up and stopped. The driver leaned out of his window, and menacingly, asked, “Hey Babe, which way is it to Loch Haven?”
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Banking On The Path To Fiscal Ruin

Jugjock Wrote: Jan 09, 2013 12:35 PM
Sure wish there was an edit button - the above para should read HAZLITT'S, not halitt's. And, thank you Mr. Blackwell.
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Banking On The Path To Fiscal Ruin

Jugjock Wrote: Jan 09, 2013 12:27 PM
Read Halitt's, "Economics in One Lesson" (Chapter 12) for an explanation of why loaning people or governments money to buy your exports is nothing but bald-faced mercantilism, croney capitalism, and little better than theft. Guess who gets to cover the losses from the un- or under paid loans, and the bureaucratic overhead of administering the program? Look in your mirror for the answer.
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Banking On The Path To Fiscal Ruin

Jugjock Wrote: Jan 09, 2013 12:23 PM
I worked in the EX-IM Bank building for the better part of 16 years starting in the early 1980's.. My impression of the EX-IM was that it was a group of underworked (the place always seemed very quiet and half-empty), over-paid (their FTEE civil service pay grade staffing chart is top-heavy), maneuvering and positioning themselves for their next overseas all-expense paid, travel. If working class, business class, and professional Americans could spend several days unobserved in the federal bureaucracy they would be furious, and no doubt there'd be a wholesale revolution against the federal government. Washington is routinely referred to as "Disneyland on the Potomac" for good reason.
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Murdoch's KGB-Friendly Series

Jugjock Wrote: Jan 04, 2013 12:53 PM
Why is anyone surprised by Murdoch's activity in this situation? He's been making a living by acquiring/takeovers of moderate and conservative newspapers and turning them into liberal platforms since the late 1960's. (For example read: Ron Chernow's, "House of MOrgan"). Look at what he's done to the Wall Street Journal. The paper has become a platform for expensive watch company advertisements and off-the-wire articles by progressive reporters that consistantly torture the english language. 20 years ago I rarely caught a typo or misspelling in the WSJ. Now it's rare not to catch several in each issue. The content is noticeably dumbed-down, main-streamed, and more liberal since he took over the paper
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Five Percent

Jugjock Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 11:38 PM
Sadly, as ridiculous as the above scenario sounds, it’s no more fantastic than how the US Government currently funds its excessive spending. With the power to create money from thin air, the government doesn’t need to tax anyone. It can take whatever amount of money it wants from its citizens. And you, regardless of your social position, racial ethnicity, gender, or political affiliation will end up paying dearly for it.
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Five Percent

Jugjock Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 11:38 PM
The Treasury takes the $16 trillion and pays off the national debt. At the same time, the Fed holds Yosemite as a priceless excess reserve asset from which its member banks can create an infinite amount of new fractional reserve checking accounts for new loans to all levels of needy government and special interest groups. At some future date, as a gesture of “good will,” the Fed sells Yosemite back to the Treasury for one dollar in exchange for huge undisclosed amounts of carry forward tax write-offs for its member banks. Everyone is now much richer and much happier.
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Five Percent

Jugjock Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 11:36 PM
Folks! Stop wasting your precious mental and emotional capital on angst over the impending catastrophe of our national debt. It’s bad for your mental health and well being. The solution is simple and painless. First, let’s agree that the USA contains some priceless items. Among these are our National Parks. An example would be Yosemite. It’s priceless. Because Yosemite is priceless, the US Treasury estimates its value at $16 trillion (…or whatever the current national debt is), plus one dollar. More about the one dollar later. Since Yosemite is priceless, the Federal Reserve Open Committee seizes the opportunity to acquire a priceless asset and creates $16 trillion plus one dollar from thin air to buy Yosemite.
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Let's Talk About Sex, Responsibly

Jugjock Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 4:08 PM
That means educating and preparing yourself to become a provider, a protector (…a warrior, if need be), to create an environment (home) where a female can feel secure enough to commit herself to raising a family. To be successful, that commitment, by its nature, is a mutual commitment of respect, dedication, and self-denial. I rarely, if ever, hear parents drilling into their young men (by word and example) that the sole purpose of a little boy’s existence on this earth is to become the best father possible. Were that mantra preached by more mothers and fathers, I believe many of our societal problems stemming from promiscuity, and a host of other problems, would be greatly lessened. Just my 2 cents worth.
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Let's Talk About Sex, Responsibly

Jugjock Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 4:07 PM
Never got anyone pregnant; never passed on disease; but now recognize my promiscuity was less than respectful, and much less than what those young women deserved from me. In the final analysis it didn’t matter that they chose to participate. What mattered was that as an equal party in the relationship, I selfishly elected to place my own immediate gratification above what was in their longer term emotional and physical welfare. In retrospect, I owed them (…and myself) much more. Reflection on my past behavior makes me wonder about what’s the most basic and highest purpose of being a young man. IMHO, there’s only one over-arching purpose – and that‘s to become the best father possible.
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