Notes From Underground

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

This day sadly commemorates the genocide that resulted in the death of an estimated six million Jews, one million Gypsies, 250,000 mentally and physically disabled people, and 9,000 homosexual men by the Nazi regime and its collaborators.

On January 27, 1945, Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp, was liberated by Soviet troops.  Google has an exhibition telling the horrific story relating to the Holocaust and the period of systematic mass murder of millions undertaken by the Nazi regime during World War II:  
Evacuation and Liberation of the Auschwitz Death Camp.

I also recommend reading Night by Elie Wiesel.  Night is about Wiesel's experience with his father in the Nazi German concentration camps at Auschwitz and Buchenwald from 1944–1945, at the height of the Holocaust.  In just over 100 pages of sparse and fragmented narrative (yet gripping, sad, and disturbing), Wiesel writes about the death of God and his own increasing disgust with humanity.  In Night everything is inverted, every value destroyed: "Here there are no fathers, no brothers, no friends.  Everyone lives and dies for himself alone."  I leave you with some photos from that dark period of humanity....







~Zarathustra

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Somerset's Exorbitant Tax Increases

My Somerset property taxes have increased dramatically since 2002.  Since 2002, my taxes have gone up a total of 83%.  During that time, I've paid nearly $56,000 to Somerset's coffers.  The most significant increases have come since 2008 (coincidentally, the same year Barack Hussein Obama became president).  Since 2008, my taxes have increased 45% in a stiff upward trajectory.  

Somerset raided the RGGI (Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative) trust fund and obtained $3,000,000 last year.  That amount helped offset higher tax increases, but the money was obtained under false pretenses since it was unfairly confiscated from Brayton Point via cap and trade laws.  The RGGI trust fund exists only because cap & trade confiscated the money from Brayton Point, which clearly contributed to the demise of Brayton Point (along with Obama's EPA regulations).  In addition, as far as I know, we haven't started paying for the Somerset Berkley Regional High School yet and Brayton Point will be kicking in less tax this year, next year, and the year after that before they close forever.  

Thus, the ugly property tax trajectory since 2008 will only get worse and worse in 2015, 2016, 2017 and beyond especially when we begin paying for the new high school and get far less tax revenue all at the same time.  There will be no other $3,000,000 check from RGGI, so tax revenue burden will increase and shift to homeowners and businesses.  I doubt the casino will ever come to fruition, so don't hold your breath for that proposal to be the knight in shining armor.  In all likelihood, Brayton Point will be closed in 2017 with no hope for a gas turbine conversion or a reopening.  It is the regulatory environment that is forcing it closed forever, state regulations (cap and trade) and Obama's EPA regulations.  

Nothing is on the horizon that will replace the lost revenue of Brayton Point and Somerset politicians and voters do not want to cut any budget.  Every budget is sacred.  So with that mentality, Somerset is heading for certain financial doom.

On that note, I offer you a graph of my property taxes paid per calendar year since 2002.  It is not a pretty picture and it is going to get much worse in the next few years.  Keep this graph in mind when you hear someone say budgets cannot be cut in Somerset, including school department budgets, police department budgets, fire department budgets, and general municipal budgets.  

How much more can Somerset taxpayers take?

~Zarathustra

Friday, January 23, 2015

Obama's Marxist Class Warfare

The State of Confusion and Delusion speech given by Barack Hussein Obama was riddled with class warfare and resentment slogans of the Marxist left.  Obama's message, delivered in an annoying folksy way, was "let's increase taxes on the 'wealthy' and make them pay their fair share."   The message is, according to Obama, wealthy people in America are not paying their "fair share" in taxes and they need to "pay more" to the federal government for redistribution purposes.  This is classic class warfare tactic, where the left makes you resent the wealthy because they aren't paying their taxes fairly due to "loopholes" and other things (loopholes usually created by the liberals). Thus, Obama demands the wealthy pay more. But, who is he talking about?  Who are these wealthy people who are not paying their "fair share" in taxes?

Based on the Internal Revenue Service’s 2014 database, here’s how much the top Americans make and what they pay in federal taxes:

  • Top 1%: >$380,354 pay an average 23.27% tax rate
  • Top 5%: >$159,619 pay an average 20.70% tax rate
  • Top 10%: >$113,799 pay an average 18.71% tax rate
  • Top 25%: > $67,280 pay an average 15.68% tax rate
  • Top 30%: > $33,048 pay an average 13.65% tax rate
  • Remainder: < $33,047 pay an average 2.59% tax rate

Here are some very interesting articles on this Obama baloney:

How Much Money Do The Top Income Earners Make?

The rich pay more than their fair share

So, if you and your spouse make more than $113,799 (combined joint income), then you are in the top 10% of wage earners in America!  If you are a proprietor of a small business and you make more than $380,354, then you are in the top 1% of wage earners in America (the so-called filthy rich)!   

Obama is after your money so he can redistribute it to the loafers and takers of society.  As you heard, Obama is after the top wage earners in America (you and me) since he claims they aren't "paying their fair share."  He is demanding they pay more so the wealth can be spread around (by way of welfare and governmental handouts).  Yet, according to the IRS, the top 1% is paying the highest percentage on average in federal taxes at 23.27%!  In fact, over 97% of the federal taxes collected are paid by people that earn more than $33,048. Conversely, 47% of Americans pay absolutely no federal tax at all.  The top 50% pay all of it! Said another way to oblige Obama's Marxist class warfare rhetoric, the bottom 50% are not paying their "fair share" since they are paying nothing and likely taking the welfare handouts from the government!  Remind me again who is not paying their "fair share....?"

What we have here in America is half of the productive Americans supporting the other unproductive half. Those that have families and are trying to support themselves and their families are also forced to support everyone else.  Nearly half of Americans pay nothing in federal taxes and that slack is made up by the other half paying all of the federal taxes.  And those that do pay, their wealth is confiscated from them by force, collected by the United States Treasury, and then doled out to those that do not contribute anything at all.  Those of us whose families make more than $33,048 are forced to be our brother's keeper at the barrel of a gun and provide a sustenance living to total strangers.  You have no choice but to participate in the shady scheme.  It is called altruism by force and it is what the Marxist in government specialize in.  

What freedom is left in America when you spend a majority of your life working extremely hard to support the lives of total strangers?  The answer is none.  

We all should live by that famous life philosophy uttered by John Galt and posted in Galt's Gulch (from Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged):  "I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine."

~Zarathustra

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Haddad Stabs Somerset in the Back (again)!

Here we have Representative Patricia Haddad (D-Somerset) desperately trying to reverse course from her crippling cap & trade and enviro-statist mistakes of the past.  Haddad filed legislation last week that calls for expanding the region’s natural gas pipeline capacity, importing more hydroelectricity from Canada, and mandating the purchase of offshore wind power.  

Here are some articles about the legislation:

Haddad files energy bill
Energy bill could help power plant

I tried to read the legislation (I really did), but it is absolute gobbledygook and typical of left-wing crony-capitalists and liberal legislation from Beacon Hill politicians.  It is chock full of special interest goodies to prop up the failing "green" initiative of wind and hydro power.  If you want a shot at reading this liberal Beacon Hill nonsense, I've linked it here (An Act to promote energy diversity).  The bill consists of new taxes from unknown sources (to be passed onto the consumers of electricity and taxpayers), building of pipelines with other people's money (taxpayers mostly), and mandating (a favorite liberal word) privately owned companies purchase "green" power over fossil fuel power at a much higher cost to the consumers of electricity (as if you didn't pay enough already).  

Apparently the bill would provide some "financial incentives" to private companies to "repurpose" closed electric generating plants.  Apparently these "financial incentives" are aimed at Brayton Point Power to convert to gas burning from coal burning turbines.  That "financial incentive" has a very high bar and it is doubtful Brayton Point would be able to meet the standard to reap the so-called "financial incentive" and remain open (not to mention EPA regulations and their impact on Brayton Point's efficacy).  From what I'm reading, the bills creates more government, commissions, panels, bureaucracies, taxes, red tape, and mandates that will substantially increase the cost of electricity consumption in Massachusetts and increase taxes in Massachusetts.  As usual, the Haddad bill is anti-freedom and anti-capitalism at best and ruinous to the electricity producing industry at worst.

This Haddad bill is as far from capitalism as one could be, but would you expect anything less from our Marxist speaker pro tempore?  This legislation grows the size and scope of Massachusetts' government and ultimately will cost the citizens of Massachusetts more in electricity costs, gas costs, and taxes.  Patricia Haddad is sitting up there on Beacon Hill devising plans to "screw" her constituents from all directions possible to kowtow to her clean energy and environmental lobbyists.  

Haddad is the "mastermind" of electricity production and knows more than Dominion, EquiPower, and Dynegy combined!  She's so smart, just ask her....  

~Zarathustra

Update:  Of course, the Herald News had to put out some puff pieces on Patricia Haddad because they are a left propaganda cheer leader here in Southeastern MA.  For instance, there is Michael Holtzman's Pat Haddad's agenda includes the 'energy future of the commonwealth' and this editorial.  I wonder if they actually read the bill which I linked above.  The bill is a crony capitalist bill that props up the green energy lobby and does nothing to keep Brayton Point open.  The management at Brayton Point were quoted as saying this bill changes nothing regarding the 2017 closing of Brayton Point.  Haddad's bill is just more government intrusion into the private sector.  It is a shout out to the environmentalist lobby...

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Pseudo-Science of Climate Change

You got to give the progressive left some credit.  They simply never give up.  When they run government, they push their Marxist agenda.  When they don't run government, they push their Marxist agenda.  Either way, the mainstream media is always cheer leading behind them pushing the Marxist agenda.  Just like today's Herald News Editorial, Climate Change Needs Serious Discussions.  Leave it to the morons at the Herald News editorial board to jump on the USS Stupidity...

I'm a climate change and global warming denier.  My denial position is based on actual, real science better known as reason and reality.  There is no man made climate change and there is no man made global warming.  Government paid "scientists" that promulgate climate change and global warming "science" are fraudsters and con artists. These so-called scientists have been caught faking historical temperature data in order to fit their bogus warming narrative.  These government paid "scientists" have monkeyed with historical temperature data for the continental United States in a politically and power-motivated attempt to rewrite history and claim global warming is causing U.S. temperatures to trend upward. The real data actually show that we are in a cooling trend, not a warming trend. These "scientists" are only experts at lying with bad and made-up data, hiding their deceptions behind the cover of "scientific thinking" and making outlandish claims and ignorant extrapolations.  It is all done in the name of power and control by the government and the EPA.  It is just another excuse for the government to "step in" and "take control" over life, liberty, and property.  The entire global warming and climate change belief system is a pseudo-science based upon lies, hype, and propaganda.  It is akin to believing in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny.

The earth is not warming and climates are not changing.  The arctic ice is actually increasing in size and depth.  Forests are not dying and deserts are not growing.  There are no rising sea levels recorded on earth and there aren't any unnatural specie extinctions, floods, famines, or wildfires.  It is all a hoax.  It is all a lie.  Everything you see and feel is naturally occurring phenomena and has no scientific correlation with any man made cause or effect.

Real independent scientists (i.e. those not funded by the government) have concluded there is no experimental data to support the hypothesis that increases in human hydrocarbon use or in atmospheric carbon dioxide (or any other greenhouse gas) are causing or expected to cause any unfavorable changes to global temperatures, weather, climate, or landscape.  They have concluded the earth has been much warmer in the past 3,000 years without any catastrophic effects on any living or non-living earth inhabitant.  Greenhouse gases are necessary in the atmosphere to keep our planet warm; otherwise all life would freeze and die off.  There are luckily an abundance of greenhouse gases naturally occurring in the atmosphere, like water vapor (clouds), nitrogen, methane, and carbon dioxide that keep our planet nice and warm and promote life as we know it.

So when the Marxist Herald News states "winning arguments with academic or political adversaries is not the point" it is because they cannot win the argument at all.  Their arguments are built upon false premises, hype, lies, and fraud.  I think it is important to win the scientific argument and the political argument so our beliefs are grounded in reality and not ignorance.

If you are still a "believer" in this climate change/global warming nonsense, please take some time and review the materials in these websites:

The Anti "Man-Made" Global Warming Resource

Climate Change Dispatch

~Zarathustra

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The State of Confusion Speech

Before you decide to waste hours of your precious life watching the lying, thieving, Marxist, Socialist, hypocrite President give his annual state of confusion speech, check out some of the articles I've copied below.  Tonight, Barack Hussein Obama will propose billions of dollars in spending and billions of dollars in tax hikes on every single American citizen.  In fact, he will propose $320 billion in new taxes on all Americans (he'll lie and say it is taxing the wealthy).  All of it amounts to more and higher taxes for everyone and bigger government controlling more and more of our lives.  

You know the Marxist mantra...two years of free community college for everyone (clapping ovation), high speed Internet access for more Americans (clapping ovation), make home ownership more accessible and affordable (clapping ovation), tax the rich (clapping ovation), pay your fair share (clapping ovation), white Americans are racist (clapping ovation), men hate women (clapping ovation), genitalia matters (clapping ovation), corporations are evil (clapping ovation), kill off the coal/oil/gas power industry (clapping ovation), we will cut the deficit in half (clapping ovation), never cut Social Security or Medicare or Medicaid (clapping ovation), ObamaCare is awesome (clapping ovation), illegal immigrants are awesome (clapping ovation), Muslims are totally awesome (clapping ovation), welfare is even more totally awesome (clapping ovation)....I could go on and on.  It all amounts to higher taxes, more regulation and bureaucracy, bigger government, more redistribution of wealth, more intrusion into our lives and wallets, and far less freedom and liberty for all Americans.

Every clear thinking Republican and Democrat should stand and turn their backs on this deceitful President during the entire speech, but they do not have the guts to do it.

112 UNKEPT PROMISES FROM EARLIER OBAMA SOTU ADDRESSES

$7.5 Trillion in Debt Added Under Obama

Biden pitches 'free' stuff

Obama has worst State of the Union record since Ford

Obama Tax Hike on College Savings Plans Breaks Middle Class Tax Pledge

Do yourself a favor and read a book during the state of confusion speech.  That is what I'll be doing...

~Zarathustra

Nepotism & Cronyism Continues in Somerset, MA

Exactly one year ago (January 20, 2014), I posted an article entitled Nepotism And Cronyism in Somerset, MA as a direct reaction to Michael Holtzman's Herald News article.  

As you may recall, this article spotlighted a high ranking Lieutenant in the Somerset Fire Department making $66,654/Year (taxpayer money) who could not drive since he had multiple arrests for driving while drunk.  This person could not drive himself to work (he bums a ride from the deputy chief) and he cannot drive an ambulance or a fire truck or any motor vehicle legally due to multiple OUI/DWI arrests.  This article called attention to fire department personnel, a high ranking public safety officer, who had severely endangered the lives of other motorists by driving drunk and had rightly lost his privilege to drive as a result of this behavior.

So, here we are exactly one year later and absolutely nothing was done by the Selectmen, Town Administrator, or the Fire Chief to remedy the fact that a person making $66,654/year of taxpayer money cannot legally drive a fire truck or ambulance due to multiple OUI/DWI arrests!  As far as I know, this person still holds their high ranking job at the Somerset Fire Department and still cannot drive a motor vehicle.  The Selectmen ignored the problem, the Town Administrator ignored the problem, and the Fire Chief ignored the problem.  In fact, the Selectmen doled out a 2.3% raise to the Fire Chief a few months after this story was published!!  Somerset still pays this person $66,654/year as a "training officer" despite the multiple arrests for DWI and his boss was given a raise!  I'm speechless... 

In a nutshell, Somerset employs a known habitual drunk driver in a high ranking Lieutenant's job within Somerset's important public safety department.  The ironies of ironies is Somerset kept an admitted drunk driver as a "training officer" and no one seems to give a damn!!!

Yes, nepotism and cronyism are still alive and well in Somerset.  Apparently, stupidity also reigns in Somerset as well.  As we all know, it is all in who you know...Somerset is all about the nepotism and cronyism!!

~Zarathustra

Monday, January 19, 2015

Brayton Point Sale Delayed

Below is an update about the Dynegy's acquisition of Brayton Point.  It is apparently being held up by federal regulators.  It appears the deal will likely go through after this brief delay...

~Zarathustra

FERC Requests Additional Information to Process Dynegy Acquisitions Applications

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 19, 2015-- Dynegy Inc. (NYSE:DYN) today announced that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a letter requesting additional information to process the applications filed with FERC on September 11, 2014 for approval of Dynegy’s acquisition of Duke Energy Midwest Generation assets and retail business and EquiPower Resources and Brayton Point Holdings assets. The company plans to respond fully within the 30-day period however, due to this request for additional information, we do not expect the transactions to close by the end of the first quarter 2015. Dynegy, Duke and Energy Capital Partners remain committed to closing the transactions as quickly as possible. The only regulatory approval remaining is from FERC.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Against the Establishment Pushers

The mainstream media is already pushing certain Presidential candidates out to the forefront. This is done in conjunction with the establishment wing of both parties through the mainstream media (Fox News, CNN, network TV news, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, etc.).  The establishment has their favorite candidates and they are thrust into the forefront as the only qualified candidates in America.  This is already happening, even if you do not realize it.  Funny thing is I'm already against all the candidates that are pushed forward by the mainstream media and the establishment.

Below is a list of potential 2016 Presidential candidates that I would never support or vote for President:

  • Mitt Romney
  • Jeb Bush
  • Chris Christie
  • Hillary Clinton
  • Elizabeth Warren
  • Mike Huckabee
  • Joe Biden
  • Donald Trump
What all the above candidates have in common are they are all socialist, Marxist, liberal, big government, Statists that will exponentially grow the size and scope of government and significantly limit individual freedom and liberty.  None of them would support and defend the Constitution of the United States.  All of them would attack individual freedoms and actively pursue curtailing private property rights.  They are all the same in their socialist ideological mindset.  Of course, some are clearly worse than others, but they are all running in the same direction and share the same basic political philosophy.

I am declaring now, in early 2015, that I stand opposed to all the above establishment candidates for President.

~Zarathustra

Saturday, January 17, 2015

An Epic Letter to the Bigoted Eric Holder

Below, I reproduced a near perfect open letter authored by former FBI agent K. Dee McCown to United States Attorney General Eric Holder.  Snopes has deemed this letter authentic and verified it was written by McCown and sent to Eric Holder.  

I reproduce it here as I find it extremely compelling and accurate as to the case against Eric Holder.  Eric Holder is the most loathsome, contemptible, corrupt, fraudulent, bigoted, and deceptive attorney general in the history of the United States of America.  His boss has many of the same attributes.  It is doubtful Eric Holder or any of the recipients actually read the letter. In all likelihood, 20 year old snot-nosed aids and staff read the letter, filed it away or placed it in the shredder, and have scheduled an upcoming IRS rectal audit of McCown and his family.  We should all read this letter and forward it to as many people we can to help spread the truth about the contemptible Eric Holder...

~Zarathustra

K. Dee McCown
College Station, Texas 
December 28, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW 
Washington, DC 20530-0001

Dear Attorney General Holder,

It is unlikely that we met while I served in the FBI. That being said, we served at the Department of Justice (DOJ) during the same years and on the same “team” conceptually speaking. During my service in the FBI I worked with a number of U.S. Attorney Offices in the United States to include a tour at FBIHQ where I worked with the Department of Justice (Main) on a daily basis.

I begin my letter with this comment to highlight that I am not a bystander on the topic of law enforcement in the United States. I worked and managed a variety of federal investigations during my 12 years of service in the FBI, to include the management of several Civil Rights cases in the State of Texas. In fact, during my last tour in the Bureau, I was an FBI Supervisor responsible for managing federal investigations in nine (9) Texas counties, many of which were rural; in places where one would suspect racism to flourish given the narrative often pushed by Hollywood and urban progressive elites like yourself. I performed this mission diligently and under the close supervision of two FBI managers; an Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) and Special Agent in Charge (SAC,) both of which happened to be African American and outstanding law enforcement professionals. I also performed this mission serving side by side with a variety of law enforcement agencies at the Federal, State and local level.

I have observed you closely during your tenure as Attorney General and notably during these last tumultuous years; watching you negotiate a number of controversial public matters to include the ATF Fast and Furious scandal, Black Panther Party intimidation at voting booths, IRS targeting of American citizens (citizen groups opposed to the Obama Administration,) the ignoring of US Immigration laws, DOJ criminal indictments of select news reporters and your management of several high profile criminal investigations involving subjects of race, notably African Americans.

Until today, I chose to hold my tongue. However, with the assassination of two NYPD Lieutenants last weekend in New York City, at the hands of a African American man with a lengthy criminal record, fresh from his participation in anti-police activities; coupled with numerous “don’t shoot, hands up,” and “black lives matter” anti-police protests (some of which are violent) occurring daily around the nation, I am compelled to write you this letter.

To be blunt Mr. Holder, I am appalled at your lack of leadership as the Attorney General of the United States and your blatant politicizing of the Department of Justice. Your actions, both publicly and privately, have done nothing to quell the complex racial issues we face in our country and have done everything to inflame them. As the “top cop” of the United States, you share in the blame for much of the violence and protests we are now witnessing against law enforcement officers honorably serving throughout our nation.

During one of your first public speeches as Attorney General you made it a point to call America “a nation of cowards” concerning race relations. That speech, followed by other public announcements where you emphatically opined that the odds were stacked against African Americans in regard to the enforcement of law, your intention to change the law and permit convicted felons to vote after incarceration, and your changes to federal law ending “racial profiling,” are poignant examples of how detached you remain from the challenges faced by law enforcement officers serving in crime ridden neighborhoods throughout the nation. These opinions are also indicative of a man that lives and works in the elitist “bubble” of Washington D.C.

 Your performance, as the nation’s Attorney General, during the Trayvon Martin case in Sanford, Florida and the Michael Brown case in Ferguson, Missouri clearly highlights your myopic view on this topic. Contrary to your embarrassing prejudgment in the Brown case and evasive post trial remarks on the Martin case, neither Brown nor Martin were targeted and/or killed because of their African American race. Rather, as non-emotive investigations determined, both teens died as a consequence of their own tragic and egregious behavior; behavior that involved a violent assault on a law abiding citizen in the Trayvon Martin case, and a violent assault on a young police officer in the Michael Brown case. Yet you, as the number one spokesman for law enforcement in the country, blame the deaths of these men on years of institutional racism and the alleged epidemic targeting of African American men by police departments around the country; nothing could be further from the truth. Following the Michael Brown case Grand Jury decision all you could muster was the following comment:

“The Department of Justice is currently investigating not only the shooting but also the Ferguson police department in what is called a “patterns and practices” inquiry to determine if the police department has engaged in systematic racism.”

 So, let’s get this straight. At a decisive moment in history when our nation required a strong and unbiased voice from its’ senior law enforcement official, you Mr. Holder, made it your personal mission to join with other racial antagonist and politicize a tragic event, accusing a young white police officer of a racially motivated killing in what we now know was a justified self-defense shooting of a predatory felon. Your behavior is unbelievable. You sir, have sacrificed your integrity on the altar of political expediency. You, Mr. Holder, are the “coward” and hypocrite you so loudly denounce when speaking of broken race relations in America.

Further to this point Mr. Holder, law enforcement officers around the country remain dismayed and shocked at the counsel you keep; that being your close relationship with none other than Al Sharpton, a racist “shake down artist” who spreads hate, divisiveness and the promotion of anti-law enforcement sentiment throughout the country; a tax evading fraudster who has unbelievably visited the White House over 80 times in recent years. It is simply beyond my comprehension as a former federal law enforcement professional, that you, the Attorney General of the United States, joined arms in common cause with a charlatan like “the Reverend” Al Sharpton; and it speaks volumes to your personal character and lack of professional judgment.

Violent crime, out of wedlock births, drug abuse, rampant unemployment and poverty found in many low-income minority neighborhoods are not a result of racist community policing and racial profiling as you so quickly assert, and frankly most law abiding Americans are exhausted of hearing this false narrative repeated time and again by you and others in the racial grievance industry. While no one, me included, would ever suggest that African Americans have not suffered from institutional racism in the past, I would strongly argue that we no longer live in the Mississippi of 1965, nor do we live in a country that even closely resembles the “Jim Crow” South of yesteryear. Those days, thankfully, are in the past as are the generations of Americans that supported such egregious behavior and endured such suffering.

 Rather, Mr. Holder, we live in a day and time where the root cause of many problems faced in our African American communities can be attributed to the breakdown of civil order due to the rejection of institutional and family authority and the practice of counter-culture values; and most notably, from the absence of strong male leadership in fatherless black families. The reason that our local police officers are so often entwined in tragic events in black communities is because it is the police that have filled the void in these communities that should be occupied by moral and strong black men leading family units with Godly values. You, Mr. Holder, especially, should be thanking the police rather than persecuting them for the gap they fill in these communities because if it were not for the intervention of local police many African American neighborhoods would be in a state of total anarchy.

Yet tragically, you and your race-baiting colleague Al Sharpton (a paid media personality under contract with MSNBC news) choose to remain silent because to publicly speak this self-evident truth threatens to not only alienate and offend the most loyal voting constituency of the Democratic Party but diminish your and Al Sharpton’s self-serving power base in these suffering communities. God forbid that you would suggest individual citizens accept responsibility for their own behavior and the collective failure of their communities; it is so much easier for you and others like you to make excuses, play the victim card, and pander rather than address the real root causes that plague many low income neighborhoods.

Mr. Holder, the public is aware of FBI statistics that tell a different story than the one you and Sharpton preach. We know that young African American males, representing a tiny fraction of the U.S. population, are by far the greatest perpetrators of violent crime in America when compared to their peers in other ethnic groups, and, we know that citizens of African American descent overwhelmingly make up the majority of their victims. We also know that incidents where white police officers shoot and kill black perpetrators are rare and on the decline. We know further that although there are legitimate and bona fide Federal Civil Rights investigations in the United States worthy of pursuing, they are miniscule when compared to the false narrative portrayed by you, President Obama and Sharpton declaring rampant discrimination against African American men by police officers throughout the country. You are just plain wrong.

In closing Mr. Holder I will leave you with this thought; you were given a rare opportunity to lead with integrity during a variety of divisive and controversial issues during your tenure as the 82d Attorney General of the United States and rather than be a man of moral courage you chose instead to cower, further inflame racial tensions, advance false narratives and play progressive political activist.

Time and again you chose to “politicize” the mission of the Department of Justice rather than pursue justice and now, tragically, we are witnessing the fruits of your irresponsible behavior in the murder of two innocent police officers in New York City, assassinated by a man motivated by the flames of racial hatred that you personally fanned. How many more police officers will be injured or die in the coming days because of the perilous conditions you helped create in this nation. You, President Obama and Al Sharpton own this problem lock, stock and barrel and now it is your legacy.

As thousands of NYPD officers turn their collective back on New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, another dishonest politician and Sharpton disciple, so too do countless Federal law enforcement officers turn our backs on you.

K. Dee McCown
FBI (1997 – 2008)

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Strike One Against Somerset Politicians

Recently I wrote that I thought the Selectmen knew what was going on with Somerset on the Move LLC and this crazy and fast moving casino proposal.  It turns out they, in fact, did know what was going on and they were actually dealing with the principal casino developer (either directly or indirectly through Considine & Furey) while they actively denied knowing anything about the proposal. 

Selectmen admitted to knowing all about Mr. David Hanlon and Somerset on the Move LLC for a "couple of weeks" even though they claimed ignorance about the whole thing earlier in the week.  Remember, earlier in the week, the Selectmen were completely "surprised" and "caught off guard" about the Somerset on the Move LLC casino proposal, yet now we learn the Selectmen were not being truthful and were behind the whole thing!

Lest we forget these two recent articles on the subject:  Mystery Still Surrounds Groups Eyeing Casino License and Somerset Casino Bid 'a Surprise.  The Chairman of the Board of Selectmen issued a two page statement to the Citizens of Somerset regarding what has transpired thus far from his perspective.

It is this sort of lack of transparency, those secret and covert back room dealings, that should make voters pause about this entire casino charade.  The casino and gaming industry is fraught with seedy, underhanded, sneaky, and deceptive people ready to take advantage of small town politicians like those in Somerset.  We must walk extremely carefully trough this gaming labyrinth, but the only way we can do so, is if our elected politicians speak the truth and keep everything, and I mean everything, out in the open for all to see.  This has to be entirely transparent or it will be doomed to failure.  I say we are not off to a good start with this process given the lack of transparency we have seen in just one week.  I find this troubling!!  Strike one has been called...

My hope is the Board of Selectmen from this point forward will keep this casino bid and process out in the open for all voters to consider.  Somerset needs 100% transparency with nothing being done behind closed doors.  Then, if this ever comes to the Somerset voters to approve or disapprove, voters will make the right decision for Somerset's future based on openness and political transparency.  I certainly question the economic efficacy of a Somerset casino, but I'm willing to have an open mind to the idea of a Somerset casino.  I'll keep my mind open so long as the politicians in this town keep the process open and transparent.

~Zarathustra

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Sneaky Somerset Casino

A resort casino in Somerset, MA is by far the dumbest economic idea I have heard in a long, long time. I can't believe the idea has any legs and I'm surprised it seems to be moving forward. Casinos in the Northeast are failing economically.  Atlantic City is just one example of too much casino supply and not enough casino demand.  Casinos are closing down, not opening up in Atlantic City, NJ.  Any casino in Somerset would directly compete with tribal casinos in Eastern Connecticut (less than an hour away), which have been around for many, many years and are well-established in the casino market.  That may cause too much casino supply in the market for this area too, and a new casino in Somerset would likely be the first victim of the stiff laws of supply and demand.  The future is tough to predict, but if Atlantic City is any barometer, a Southeastern MA casino would be a big loser with a bleak future.

Why all the secrecy with a Somerset casino?  That seems to be the 'modus operandi' of the gaming business and perhaps of the Somerset Selectmen.  An entity called "Somerset on the Move LLC" is making the moves for a Somerset casino.  I checked the Secretary of States office in MA and there is no such limited liability corporation registered in MA (I also checked NV and NJ and found nothing).  Nothing coming up in Google either.  This LLC is registered somewhere in the United States, so someone (The Herald News perhaps) should start doing some digging to find out the nature of this LLC.  It is public information, by the way. Knowing who is behind this LLC will tell us what is going on with this proposal.  

I really do not understand how Somerset Selectmen were "caught off guard" about Somerset on the Move LLC applying for a commercial gaming license for Somerset. Who is in charge here?   Where does the buck stop?  

I agree with the Herald News Editorial that Selectmen "should take a much more hands-on approach given the magnitude of a potential casino."  It is simply ludicrous if the three Selectmen are truly in the dark about this casino proposal, which would demonstrate gross incompetence with all three of them.  I don't buy it; I think all three of them know what is going on with Somerset on the Move LLC and this casino proposal.  If that is true, and they all know what is going on, I've lost all trust in them for their lack of transparency to Somerset voters.  Simply stated, if Somerset Selectmen are secretly behind this casino proposal and are calling the shots with Somerset on the Move LLC, their lack of transparency to voters must be paid for by their ouster from the Board of Selectmen forevermore.  

This is a make or break moment for the three Selectmen in Somerset; they are either grossly incompetent or their covertness is sneaky, underhanded, and potentially corrupt.  It is time to find out the truth...

~Zarathustra

Monday, January 12, 2015

John Boehner; Liar & Hypocrite

House Speaker John Boehner is a liar and a hypocrite and I have the "evidence" to prove it. 

Back in 2010 when the Tea Party helped Republicans take control over the House of Representative from the vile and evil Nancy Pelosi, John Boehner (Republican House leader at the time) wrote an illuminating opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal which was published on November 5, 2010 on Page A19.  In that opinion piece, John Boehner outlined what the next Speaker must do (and he happened to be the next Speaker).

He said the next Speaker must, in part:
  • Oppose all legislation earmarks,
  • Allow Americans to read legislation and bills before a House vote,
  • Oppose "comprehensive" bills, and
  • Oppose legislation and bills written behind closed doors.
Don't believe me?  Here is the evidence...

As we all know, John Boehner has never followed any of the principles he set forth in this Wall Street Journal opinion piece since he has been House Speaker.  John Boehner is thus a proven liar and a hypocrite.  He is the most powerful lying hypocrite in the United States. 

The most egregious example of his lies and hypocrisy is the recent $1.1 trillion "Cromnibus" spending bill that was drafted behind closed doors, was 1600 pages long, contained billions of dollars in earmarks, and was passed without Americans or House members reading any of it.  Boehner was the one working with liberals in crafting the Crominbus spending bill. Boehner made certain there were no committees' set-up to review and debate the bill. Boehner made certain the bill was done behind closed doors and out of public view. Boehner made certain all his political cronies and lobbyists got paid via massive earmarks. Boehner made certain Americans and House member had no chance to actually read the bill.

John Boehner violated his own "pledge to America" on all accounts.   

John Boehner is both a proven liar and a proven hypocrite, but yet he remains the powerful Speaker of the House.  Why are Americans and Republicans so stupid?  I simply cannot understand the ignorance...I am so disheartened by these lying politicians.  How can Boehner get away with writing this WSJ piece and then violate it in every possibly way, shape, and form?  How could House Republicans be so stupid to vote for Boehner as Speaker again and again?  How can Americans in Boehner's district keep voting him into office?  I simply cannot understand the mentality and the ignorance of the American voter.

~Zarathustra

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Anit-Semitism, Old and New

As Mark Twain said, "history doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme".

What is being seen across Europe and Asia and here in the United States is a historic parallel of 1930's Europe.  National Review's Ian Tuttle wrote about this scary parallel in August, 2014 and asked "Who should worry French Jews more: those who deny the first Holocaust, or those who call for a second?"  Read his great article at this link:  Anti-Semitism, Old and New.  I'm worried about both, and not just for France or for French Jews, but for the entire non-Muslim population of the world.  The new Nazis party is upon us, the Islamic-Nazis.  They want to exterminate Jews (no doubt), but they also want to exterminate all non-Muslims.  They are coming for Americans.  They are coming for the infidels...WW III started on 9/11/2001 and it is a racial and religious war just like all wars of the past.

Most Western leaders are denying this Islamic-Nazi threat or even siding with the Islamic-Nazi propaganda (I speak of Barack Hussein Obama and John Kerry specifically).  The world needs more leaders like Egyptian president Sisi.  In an unusual speech, the Egyptian leader tells clerics Islam has become 'a source of anxiety, danger, killing and destruction' for humanity.  President Sisi stated:
"It’s inconceivable that the thinking that we hold most sacred should cause the entire umma (multinational community of Muslim believers) to be a source of anxiety, danger, killing and destruction for the rest of the world,” Sisi declaimed. “Impossible!” 
“That thinking – I am not saying ‘religion’ but ‘thinking’ – that corpus of texts and ideas that we have sacralized over the years, to the point that departing from them has become almost impossible, is antagonizing the entire world. It’s antagonizing the entire world. 
“Is it possible that 1.6 billion [Muslims] should want to kill the rest of the world’s inhabitants – that is 7 billion – so that they themselves may live? Impossible!…
“I say and repeat again that we are in need of a religious revolution.
 
You,imams, are responsible before Allah. The entire world, I say it again, the entire world is waiting for your next move…because this umma is being torn, it is being destroyed, it is being lost – and it is being lost by our own hands."

Today the French people along with the leaders of 50 countries took a stand in a massive show of solidarity against Islamic-Nazis terrorism in a march of over one million people. The President of United States was missing in action from this historic march (maybe he was golfing).  The Vice President and the Secretary of State were also missing in action. America was a no-show except for our own racist Attorney General, Eric Holder (a low-level racist cabinet member, Obama's racist henchman).  That says a lot to me.  The President of the United States didn't bother to come together with world leaders in a show of solidarity against the Islamic-Nazis threat.   

I'm appalled by Barack Hussein Obama.  Obama is a contemptible human being and an embarrassment on the world stage.

~Zarathustra

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Religion of Fairy Tales

Islam is not a religion of peace; it is a religion of fairy tales and ridiculous superstitions.  In that regard, it is the same as any other monotheistic or polytheistic religion, including Christianity and Judaism.  So when I speak of religion, I'm speaking of any monotheistic or polytheistic religion, including, but not limited to, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.  

Religion is a vast fraud perpetrated on humanity from cradle to grave.  Religion is violent, irrational, intolerant, racist, bigoted, and tribal.  It is based squarely on ignorance and hostility to free inquiry. Religion is contemptuous of women and seeks to coerce the minds of innocent children. Religion despises the mind, despises freedom, and despises the human.  Religion preaches subjugation and resignation.  Religion presents a false picture of the world to the innocent and credulous.  Religion condones blood sacrifice, atonement, and the scary doctrines of eternal reward or punishment and the imposition of impossible and inhuman tasks and rules.  Religion hates the body and the mind alike and hates life itself. Religion is stupidity and a surrender of the rational to faith.  Religion is repression of the human, all-too-human, and a perversion of the intelligent.  Religion annihilates in the name of god and commands you to cut your male foreskins, pray in the right direction, and ingest pieces of thin wafers to be "absolved" and "saved" and "atoned".  Religion is based on transparent fables written by dim witted people centuries ago.  Religion is a man-made imposition, an enemy of science and free inquiry and it subsists on fear and lies.  Religion is an accomplice of ignorance and guilt as well as of slavery, genocide, racism, and tyranny.

World War III begun on 9/11/2001.  It is a religious war waged by Islam against its religious competition for the soul of mankind.  This war is a racist war and condones genocide against the infidels.  It is Jihad.  What happened in France will be happening everywhere very soon.

I stand with the intellect and rational.  I stand opposed to religion in all of its bogus and fictitious iterations.  Where do you stand?

~Zarathustra

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Debt Explosion!


The above startling graph is from CNSNews.com.

So, you think America is recovering economically?  Do you really think the unemployment rate is below 20%?  Do you really think America is on the "right path" to economic prosperity?  Do you think the high stock market is great news and interest rates will remain near zero percent forever?  If so, you are a certified moron.  

When Barack Hussein Obama took office on January 20, 2009, the debt was a measly $10,626,877,048,913.08.  I say measly, but we all thought that was bad enough back then. Since then, it has increased $7,514,567,086,650.22.  That is a whopping increase of 71% in just five years. 

Ten years ago, at the end of 2004, the federal debt was only $7,596,142,802,424.14.  Since then, it has exploded by $10,545,301,333,139.16 which is an average pace of $1,054,530,133,313.92 per year.  This is a massive 139% increase in just 10 years!

And none of this counts the $100 trillion in unfunded liabilities, the ever increasing $1.2 trillion State debt, and the huge $1.9 trillion local debt.

But we cannot just blame Barack Hussein Obama and the liberal Democrats; there is certainly enough blame to be shared with House Speaker John Boehner and most other Republicans.  Since John Boehner cut his first spending deal with Democrats, the federal debt has increased by $3.8 trillion in just 3.8 years!  Remember, all spending bills must originate in the House per the Constitution, thus blame can and should be placed on Boehner and his so-called Republican controlled House.  And yet, House Republicans once again elected him Speaker today for a 3rd term.  How absurd!  The November election has been completely nullified by the very Republicans that claim victory!  

~Zarathustra

Saturday, January 3, 2015

75,000 Pages of Regulations, Somerset, & the Pope

America is so steeped in the Statist and Marxist mindset.  America is surrounded by the backward altruistic (i.e. Christian) mindset.  

The Obama Administration imposed 75,000 pages of regulations in 2014.  Per this disturbing story, "just one of those “rules” by the out-of-control Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the so-called “coal ash” regulation, is expected to cost as much as $20 billion, estimates suggest. Another oncoming rule, which experts and analysts say is likely to be the most expensive federal regulation in all of U.S. history, could wreak havoc across the nation and crush the economy to the point that economic growth halts completely, experts said. Even Christmas lights, though, are now in the administration’s regulatory crosshairs, along with virtually everything else." 

The story continues, "the so-called “ozone rule,” which estimates suggest could cost as much as $270 billion per year and put millions of American jobs at risk under the guise of further regulating emissions of the natural gas, was formally put forward the day before Thanksgiving. Lawmakers decried the timing of the massive regulation, suggesting the scheme was released during the holidays so “stupid voters” — as ObamaCare’s architect infamously described the American people — would be distracted with other matters."  I recommend reading this article and understand what it means for our small town of Somerset, MA....

What all these rules and regulations mean is more "nails in the coffin" of fossil fuel burning electricity plants, like Brayton Point.  Obama, through the EPA, continues to put the screws to the coal power generating industry by way of the 4th branch of the government, the unelected and out-of-control regulatory branch.  If you are one of the "dunces" that thinks Brayton Point will remain open after 2017, a serious reality check is in store for you.  It is financially impossible for Brayton Point to remain open in this drastic and economically crushing regulatory environment imposed by the Obama Administration.  Coal ash rules, ozone rules, CO2 emission rules, fracking rules, and other rules and regulations create a sprawling regulatory leviathan with tentacles everywhere meant to be more costly and more oppressive of the power generating industry.  The reality is Obama is using this 4th branch of government unconstitutionally to complete his "fundamental transformation" of America.  And the prior Congress funded all of it via the massive $1.1 trillion cromnibus spending bill passed in December!

Another disturbing albeit unholy alliance is the Pope supports all of this climate change non sense.  Is this now what the 'man on the cross' represents on earth....the spreading of political lies and propaganda by a so-called 'Christian' leader for political and Marxist purposes?  Did Jesus say in the gospels that man shall spread pseudo-science and engage in lies and hypocrisy and argue "for a radical new financial and economic system to avoid human inequality and ecological devastation?"  What bible is this Pope reading?  The Kingdom of Heaven for this Pope is governmental bureaucracy and the confiscation of property at the barrel of a regulatory gun.  How 'unChristian' this Pope is....what a farce...this Pope is a hypocrite and stands against what the 'man on the cross' taught...

~Zarathustra

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Absurdity and Despair

I've found that people live their lives as if they did not "know" their fate.  Perhaps this is because no one has experienced their fate yet.  Their fate, everyone's fate, is death.  

We live with the habit of living without acquiring the habit of thinking.  There are also those that visit their Church once per week with the hope of another life, one that will transcend this life, or at least give this life meaning in some way.  And so, time carries us onward, or perhaps we carry it.  We hope or we pray, we live in the future and then we notice where we are in time.  The timeline is fixed for us and we notice our place on that timeline.  We are 30, we are 40, we are 50 and suddenly we take our place in time.  We notice this time will end and we are horrified and seized.  Our own worst enemy is recognized.  Yet there is a silence around the world about this horrifying fate and we notice the absurdity of life in ourselves and others.  That absurdity of recognizing we will draw our last breath one day, perhaps tomorrow and all will cease into nothingness....the absurdity that we are all condemned to death and our fate is sealed in a great magnanimous vacuum.  We then wonder does our life have meaning to be lived or is it better to live life when it has no meaning at all?  The absurd man catches sight of this frigid universe where nothing is possible and everything is given and beyond that universe all collapses into nothingness.  

We have to decide to accept such a universe and love our fate (Amor Fati)....we must decide to draw from it our strength and our ability to live our life without consolation, without appeal to the divine, without appeal to anything.  To live life without the benefit of appeal to God for consolation or hope or immortality.  There are only two choices for us, to commit suicide or to accept our fate and be condemned to certain death.  The result is the same in either case.  That is truly horrifying and truly absurd all at the same time. 

Mankind simply invented God in order to not kill themselves and to deal with this horrifying absurdity....we have to imagine ourselves happy and to love our absurd fate....to not accept it or love it is to slip into despair.....

~Zarathustra

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Electricity Costs Skyrocket in Somerset

Today, I received my $300+ electricity bill.  This is the highest bill I've received for the month of December.  For comparison, I used about the same amount of electricity as December 2013 (about 116 kWh more), but last year's bill was only $200 compared to $300+ this year (an over $100 increase).  This is a dramatic increase in electricity costs for my family.  In fact, my last few bills have been noticeably higher and well-over $220 per month for the last seven months.  I decided to complete some analysis around how much I am paying per kWh. The graphic analysis tells the whole sad story over the past two years:


This represents my monthly bill divided by my kWh usage for that month.  The trend is increasing dramatically.  But, note the massive increase in November and December!  The cost/kWh went from $0.16 in October to $0.21 in November to $0.24 in December!  This is an ugly upward trend in electricity costs for an average family in Somerset.  The cost has increased 50% since October!!!!

As I've said before, you can thank the crazy environmentalists, the EPA, Barack Hussein Obama, Patricia Haddad, Capitol Hill, Beacon Hill and all the Marxist ideologues with their pseudo-sciences for this massive inflation of electricity prices which is killing my family and the economy....

These brainless environmental policies are attacking the power generating business and thereby attacking the end-user and consumers of electricity (i.e. all of us). The consumers of electricity are paying the price with much higher electricity costs and soon to be power grid failures. Montaup and Brayton Point were under attack and have surrendered because they cannot possibly operate profitably under these suffocating rules, regulations, and conditions promulgated by the EPA and others.  The climate change and global warming "science" is a false science and is a terrible fraud perpetrated on America.  The government is closing power plants with no power generating alternatives in place and now we are paying the ultimate price in our monthly bills.  How much more of this can we take?


~Zarathustra

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Artificial Stock Market is Unsustainable

Before you celebrate the DOW Jones Industrial average surpassing $18,000 or the report of the Gross Domestic Product being the best in a decade, please remember these numbers are driven by the irresponsible Federal Reserve printing money with the irresponsible policy known as quantitative easing.  Then there is the irresponsible policy of keeping interest rates near 0% and growing the monetary base from $850 billion in 2008 to $4 trillion now (i.e. printing of money). Technically, the Federal Reserve is buying long-term government bonds and mortgage securities.  But by lowering the cost of credit (interest rates), it has helped dump trillions into stocks as many companies have leveraged up their balance sheet by issuing debt cheaply and using that money to repurchase their own shares, which artificially inflates the stock prices.  This is simply speaking, corporate welfare. 

To put it all succinctly, the Federal Reserve is propping up the United States economy with their irresponsible monetary policy.  There is no economic recovery in the United States.  These stock prices are based on nothing and there is no recovery.

Couple the above with the massive welfare state we have in America:

  • 110 million American households on welfare, 35% of the population
  • 46 million people on food stamps
  • 6 million on unemployment
  • 39 states pay welfare benefits more than the minimum wage, 6 states pay more than an average teacher salary
There is no economic recovery.  The high stock market is just corporate welfare causing artificially high stock prices.  This government is just an administrator of welfare and handouts, whether it is to corporations or individuals.  More and more of our money and property are being confiscated to support this massive welfare state.  Couple this with the government's quantitative easing policies and the subsequent devaluation of the dollar, and this is a house of cards that will come tumbling down at some time in the future.

I'm taking the DOW striking $18,000 as a dire warning sign of an imminent collapse.  What the government is doing is unsustainable.

~Zarathustra