Category Archives: Did you know?… well you should

March 02

SECOND AMENDMENT FOR DUMMIES

Every legal scholar knows that from 1776 until 1986, our Supreme Court did not once question the meaning of the Second Amendment.  Nor, for that matter, had any federal court. THE SECOND AMENDMENT DOES NOT SAY CITIZENS HAVE ‘A RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS!’  THAT IS A CLAIM MADE BY THE NRA.  The Second Amendment reads […]

Dante Ruffalo Alicia Moritz January 28

How QE Works and Why Europe is now using it

Although Mr. Bernanke is now retired from Chair of the Fed, Janet Yellen, his successor, has vowed to follow through on his monetary policies.  In fact, she was chosen to head the bank specifically for this reason. Quantitative Easing (QE) has been politicized in a manner which has distorted what it actually is.   Phrases […]

May 09

MONEY LAUNDERING 101

What do drug cartels, terrorists and the ultra-rich have in common?  Their savvy understanding of ‘transfer-pricing.’ Transfer-pricing is the new word for money laundering.  The Treasury department says trade-based money laundering is the new frontier in international money laundering.  What is surprising, is how easy it is.  Here is how it is done. To get […]

Dante Ruffalo April 13

EVIDENCE OF RUSSIA DESTABILIZATION OF UKRAINE

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release April 13, 2014 MEDIA NOTE Evidence of Russian Support for Destabilization of Ukraine On April 12, armed pro-Russian militants seized government buildings in a coordinated and professional operation conducted in six cities in eastern Ukraine. Many of the militants were outfitted in bullet-proof vests […]

April 13

HERE COME THE RICH THAI PROTESTERS AGAIN!

Thai protest leader (and shrimp farm and palm oil magnate) Suthep Thaugsuban has thus far failed to overthrow Prime Minister Yingluck.  Now he hopes the newly minted Supreme Court will finish the job for him. The Thai Supreme Court is appointed by the King and was created after the 2006 coup that overthrew Ms. Yingluck’s […]

April 05

THAT’S NOT A ‘SMALL BUSINESS’

One must always remember that politics (particularly in DC) is a business with a revenue model based on votes instead of dollars and dollars are used to buy these votes. It is claimed by some politicians that the left is waging a war on ‘small business’.  This is ironic because Democrats are no less culpable […]

Dante Ruffalo Alicia Moritz debt ceiling February 27

WHAT THE DEBT CEILING IS NOT

The debt ceiling DOES NOT CONTROL SPENDING. I put this in caps, not to be impolite, but to correct an egregious mistake the media has allowed certain politicians to propagate. The debt ceiling is an arbitrary limit on the issuance of debt by the Treasury.  When politicians say they won’t raise the debt ceiling because […]

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