The Corruption of America

Porter Stansberry of the Stansberry Investment Advisory wrote an article that every American who cares about the future of our county should read.  The lengthy article is The Corruption of America.  Here are a few excerpts:

“The numbers tell us America is in decline… if not outright collapse.  I say ‘the numbers tell us’ because I’ve become very sensitive to the impact this kind of statement has on people. When I warned about the impending bankruptcy of General Motors in 2006 and 2007, readers actually blamed me for the company’s problems – as if my warnings to the public were the real problem, rather than GM’s $400 billion in debt. . . .

Our political leaders, our business leaders, and our cultural leaders have made a series of catastrophic choices. The result has been a long decline in America’s standard of living.

 For decades, we have papered over these problems with massive amounts of borrowing. But now, our debts total close to 400% of GDP, and America is the world’s largest borrower (after being the world’s largest creditor only 40 years ago)… And the holes in our society can no longer be hidden…

We’ve reached the point where we will have to fix what lies at the heart of America’s decline… or be satisfied with a vastly lower standard of living in the future. . . .

Our analysis shows you what’s actually happened to our real standard of living. The results, we suspect, will surprise even the most bearish among you.

America is in a steep decline. . . .

Consider, for example, annual sales of automobiles. Auto sales peaked in 1985 (11 million) and have been declining at a fairly steady rate since 1999. In 2009, Americans bought just 5.4 million passenger cars. As a result, the median age of a registered vehicle in the U.S. is almost 10 years.

 Our data shows that real per-capita wealth peaked in the late 1960s. Guess when we find the absolutely lowest median age of the U.S. fleet? In 1969. At the end of the 1960s, the median age of all the cars on the road in the U.S. was only 5.1 years. Even as recently as 1990, the median age was only 6.5 years.

 Rich people buy new cars. Poor people do not.”

I urge you to read this article.  Here is a list of the article’s subject headings:

  • Who Suffers Most
  • The Ethos of ‘Getting Yours’
  • The Corruption of Politics
  • How Socialism Came to America…and Destroyed Detroit
  • Government Employee Unions: Organized Corruption
  • Welfare for the Rich, Too
  • The Corruption of the Corporation
  • Is This Fascism?

This country is broken and it appears we are unable to acknowledge that fact so it is unlikely we can take action to heal our decaying system.  If you don’t believe me, watch this video about the incredible amount of free stuff the U.S. gives away to almost one half of its citizens then ask yourself this question:  Is the U.S. government giving away more or less every day, month, year, decade?

By |December 25th, 2011|Loss of Freedom, Videos|0 Comments

25 Tips For Staying Sane During Law School

Online Colleges: 

Law school is stressful, and that’s by design: the rigors of earning your law degree are similar to the rigors you’ll endure as a budding legal professional, where only the strong survive. And although law school can be difficult, that doesn’t mean you have to become insane on the way to graduation. There are several ways to cope, prevent stress, and stop the insanity before it starts. We’ve outlined 25 tips that can help you stay sane and happy, and even live like a normal person now and then.

1. Keep your goals achievable

It’s great to set big dreams and work toward making them a reality, but be careful not to overdo it. Think about how you’re going to get there, and set achievable goals that you know you can reach along the way. Checking off goals that are realistic for you to achieve can really build your self confidence, and give you momentum to keep going for the big stuff.

2. Give your mind a break after lectures

After going through lectures and briefing, your mind needs a break. Although it’s tempting to go straight to the books, spending a little time vegging out is important to your mental health and energy. For an hour after your lectures are over, just take some time to do something else, like playing with your pets or watching TV. Anything that can temporarily get your mind off of law school and let you be yourself for a while.

3. Practice time management

Read 22 more tips here.

By |December 22nd, 2011|Law School Reality|0 Comments

Chevy Volt Costing Taxpayers Up to $250K Per Vehicle

Capcon Michigan Capitol Confidential:  “Each Chevy Volt sold thus far may have as much as $250,000 in state and federal dollars in incentives behind it – a total of $3 billion altogether, according to an analysis by James Hohman, assistant director of fiscal policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. . . . GM has estimated they’ve sold 6,000 Volts so far. That would mean each of the 6,000 Volts sold would be subsidized between $50,000 and $250,000, depending on how many government subsidy milestones are realized.”

By |December 22nd, 2011|Government Spending|0 Comments

Racial Profiling Lawsuit vs. Maricopa County Sheriff to Begin

Arizona Republic:  “Manuel de Jesus Ortega Melendres wasn’t the first person to accuse the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office of racial profiling, but the legal resident’s lawsuit against the Sheriff’s Office was among the first legal challenges to Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s immigration-enforcement tactics.  The 4-year-old case today will go before a U.S. District Court judge, who could determine whether the case will move forward.  Since Ortega Melendres filed his lawsuit in December 2007, four other plaintiffs have joined the case”

By |December 22nd, 2011|Arizona Litigation|0 Comments

Woman Sues Maricopa County in 2009 Birth

Arizona Republic:  Miriam Mendiola-Martinez “sued the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and others claiming that county employees exhibited deliberate indifference to her medical needs and violated her constitutional rights against cruel and unusual punishment when they kept her shackled before and after her 2009 Caesarean section.  The lawsuit, as support for the woman’s claims, cites a recently released Justice Department report accusing the Sheriff’s Office of discrimination and Maricopa County’s struggles with maintaining accreditation in its jail health-care facilities.”

By |December 22nd, 2011|Arizona Litigation|0 Comments

Dannys Family Carwash Chapter 11 Bankrutpcy Finalized

Arizona Republic:  “A judge has approved the bankruptcy reorganization plan for a group of car washes, restaurants, gas stations and convenience stores owned by Scottsdale-based Danny’s Family Cos., and for its founder and CEO, Daniel ‘Danny’ Hendon.  According to documents filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Arizona, Judge Eileen Hollowell approved the Chapter 11 reorganization plan on Friday.  The plan establishes a five-year schedule for the repayment of lenders, car-wash vendors and suppliers, and other creditors by 20 affiliate businesses of Danny’s.”

By |December 22nd, 2011|Arizona Law|0 Comments

Phoenix City Council Not Content to Lose Only $12 Million/Year on Its 8 Public Golf Courses Invests Another $1.8 Million It Doesn’t Have

Arizona Republic:  “Phoenix will spend $1.8 million to retire the $10 million debt that funded an overhaul of the Papago Golf Course.  The Phoenix City Council voted 6-2 earlier this week to spend the funds, giving the city complete control over the course. . . . DiCiccio said the city should do a comprehensive study on the city’s money-losing golf enterprise fund before spending any money on Papago.”

By |December 18th, 2011|Phoenix Follies & Light Rail|0 Comments

There’s No Reason To Ban Cellphone Use While Driving

Investors Business Daily:  “A federal agency is calling for a nationwide ban on all cellphone use while driving. Once again, Washington busybodies are exaggerating a problem because it happens to be a behavior they don’t approve of. . . . a 2009 NHTSA study found that 80% of all car wrecks are caused by drivers eating or drinking — not cellphone use — with coffee-guzzling the top offender. Then there’s this. According to federal data, traffic deaths have fallen from 2.1 per 100 million vehicle miles in 1990, when virtually no one had a cellphone, to 1.1 in 2009, when almost everyone does.”

By |December 18th, 2011|Government Helping Us - Not, Loss of Freedom|0 Comments

Scottsdale Doctor Wins $12 Million Defamation Lawsuit Against Singer Sherry Petta

Arizona Republic:  “A Maricopa County jury this week awarded $12 million to a Scottsdale cosmetic surgeon and his physician wife after a local jazz singer posted critical Internet reviews of their practice and aired multiple complaints with the Arizona Medical Board.  Dr. Albert Carlotti and Dr. Michelle Cabret-Carlotti, who operate Desert Palm Surgical Group, were awarded $11 million in actual damages and $1 million in punitive damages on Wednesday after a jury trial over allegations that they were defamed and portrayed in a false light.”

By |December 17th, 2011|Arizona Litigation|0 Comments

Court Sanctions Maricopa County’s Law Firm Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Arizona Republic:  “A Maricopa County Superior Court judge has imposed financial sanctions against a Phoenix law firm that represented Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former County Attorney Andrew Thomas in legal disputes with the county’s governing board, judges and others.  Judge John Buttrick ordered the sanctions earlier this week against Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. for failing to appear for depositions and for failing to produce to the county its file for the legal advice that it performed for the county’s Air Quality Department.”

By |December 17th, 2011|Arizona Litigation|0 Comments