“What is a mere individual to do? Live as sane and decent a life as you can, love your family and friends and understand that everybody is in this together." 

 · Ron Smith

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Monday
Dec152014

REMEMBERING RON TODAY AND EVERY DAY 

December 2, 1941-December 19, 2011

“He was a man, take him for all in all, I shall not look upon his like again.”

 — Wm. Shakespeare, "Hamlet", Act I, Scene 2.  

Here are some “Smithian” things you may recall:

 -Ron was aware of Orwell's dictum that "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act."

-His basic conviction: “The times are changing and people should know how and why.”

-Ron said, “The powers-that-be are protecting people from the things that don’t harm them and subjecting them to the things that do.”

-He was passionate about history, politics, and the constant struggle between various theories and the hard, cold, facts of reality. He often said, “Reality always wins in the end”.

-His favorite quote was Fred Reed’s definition of Congress: “535 commoditized temple monkeys pawing through the ruins of America in search of bribes.”

-“If you want to know who’s really in charge, ask yourself who can’t be criticized.”

- “If your vote meant anything, they wouldn’t let you do it.”

-“Follow the money…”

-“All things end badly.”

-“We need a Ministry of Truth”

-Ron understood that people are tribal.

-He was a truth teller who followed the truth regardless of where it led him.

-He didn’t want people to think like he did, he just wanted them to think.

-He believed in the rights of men to be self-determining.

-About his vocabulary: “I swallowed a lexicon as a child and I’ve been spitting it out, word by word, ever since.”

-About Talk Radio: “Whatever you talk about, someone out there knows more than you do.”

-“Ah, the penalties of a value oriented upbringing and a high IQ!”

-He told us time and again that America's debts are unpayable and that future generations are going to rebel against being shackled with those past debts and obligations.

-Ron knew death is the intended consequence of life and he faced it with great dignity and courage.

-He was humbled by the many, many, emails, cards, calls, visits and other acts of kindness during his illness. At the end, he said, “My life has been completely ratified by affirmation.”

Saturday
Dec062014

The Litigious United States

And so it is that in the litigious United States of America, nothing to TLTL — too little to litigate.

A bedbug was found at The District Court of Maryland’s Towson Courthouse yesterday so the Courthouse closed early.

Extermination crews will be inspecting the building and the annex this weekend for another bedbug.

I get it. If there is one bedbug bite, there is one lawsuit. Two bedbug bites, two lawsuits. Multiple bedbug sights, a class action suit.

According to the 2013 number of active and resident lawyers per capita from http://lawschooltuitionbubble.wordpress.com/original-research-updated/lawyers-per-capita-by-state/, (the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are counted as states), Maryland has 23,068 lawyers.  Based on population data, that’s 38.91 lawyers per ten thousand residents.

Follow the money. Nothing is TLTL.

 

Friday
Dec052014

Ron often said that America's debts are unpayable and that future generations are going to rebel against being shackled with those past debts and obligations.

The National Debt is now a fourteen digit number with four commas in it – it’s more than seventeen trillion dollars.

The Treasury Department said that the nation’s borrowing limit automatically reset to roughly seventeen point two trillion dollars after the last suspension expired.

It’s now about five hundred twelve billion dollars more than it was this time last year.

The key word here is “Suspension.”

“Suspension” is the lawmakers’ favorite way of “raising” the debt ceiling without having to admit that they raised it.

With a “Suspension”, the Treasury can borrow as needed to pay the bills and avert default.

And, when that suspension ends, the debt limit resets to the old recap figure plus whatever the Treasury borrowed during the suspension.

So in Government speak, “a suspension” doesn’t technically raise the debt ceiling – even though that’s the net effect.

But it gets better or perhaps worse: With such a suspension, those who are ruling us rather than representing us don’t have to go on the record as voting for a formal increase by any specific dollar amount.

How’s that for slick with a capital S?

This isn’t new, folks. They’ve been pulling that rabbit out of the hat for the past five years.  Yep. It’s the fifth such suspension in the last five years to be approved by the House and Senate.

The latest suspension will last through March 15, 2015 – when, most likely, there will be another Suspension.

By the way, The Bipartisan Policy Center estimated that between now and then, the Treasury will have quote “Borrowed” roughly one trillion dollars.

This is how they do it.

To me, Suspension is simply a metaphor for raising the debt ceiling. It’s deceptive and we, the people, do not get substantial information.

I see no difference between those in the House and Senate than the magicians and illusionists who make objects appear or disappear by extending or retracting mirrors amid a distracting burst of smoke – the old Smoke and Mirrors trick, folks.   

Their cleverness knows no bounds.

Nor does their deception.

They wanted to raise the debt ceiling five hundred twelve billion dollars more than it was this time last year so they simply waited for it to automatically reset and “suspended it”.

Just like that! And they didn’t even have to go on the record as voting for it.

That’s how they do it because they can and there’s not a damn thing we can do about it.

Thus, back to the Smithian Theory that America's debts are unpayable and future generations are going to be shackled with those past debts and obligations. 

And there’s not a damn thing we can do about any of it.

Oh my.

Wednesday
Dec032014

From Bloomberg News @ bloomberg.com by Alex Wayne, December 3, 2014:

Feds clamp down on 'penis pumps' paid for by Medicare...

Oh my.