Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Fuzzy Math and the Somerset Public School Deficit

For those that attended last night's K-8 School Committee meeting, I wonder if you were as confused as I was.  Somehow, with the use of fuzzy and indiscernible math, the $228,000 deficit was reduced to $1926 and the Administration proposed the district hire a new elementary computer position.  Yes, we are making cuts and hiring all at the same time. How is that possible?  Usually, reductions in force are needed and not increases in force, but somehow this Administration was able to increase by one position and reduce the deficit to just $1926. The person hired for the new computer technology job will leave a current job at the middle school, so this is just a lateral move with no cost savings to the district.

Now granted, the Administration took aim at the K-8 music department, as usual.  They reduced that department by a 0.8 position.  The Administration also did some maneuvering with class times and schedules for (I think) art, physical education, and music and also reducing recess time by 15 minutes.  There was also something about moving Spectrum to class time and getting rid of the two late buses at the middle school.  It was pointed out that middle school athletics is "safe" right now (of course, stick it to music and keep athletics in tact).  Also, there was special education maneuvering and a grand gesture by the Somerset Teachers' Union to take a furlough day (which only passed by one single vote earlier in the day).  Lastly, the School Committee (in another grand gesture) voted to forgo their stipend to close the remaining gap and bring the deficit to $0.  The Herald News has the story here.  

I have to admit, after sitting through the meeting and reading the article, I'm still at a loss of how this will all result in reducing the deficit from $229,000 to $0 for the remainder of the year.  It all appears to be 'fuzzy math' with not much cutting or savings.  I simply cannot understand how this whole scheme will work to close the gap and bring the district to neutral.  I want to trust the new Administration because they seem trustworthy to me, but I just cannot swallow that all of these changes will zero out the deficit.  Perhaps it is just me, but I find this to be highly suspect...

I appreciate the kids and teachers showing up at the meeting.  There were some very emotional speeches made by some kids and some teachers.  Emotions were running high. Music is emotion, so I can understand where they are coming from.  As Nietzsche once said, "Without music, life would be a mistake."  I share an extreme passion for music and music means a lot to me and my kids as well.  I support Somerset music to the fullest extent possible.

But my biggest takeaway from last night's meeting is this:  no one, I mean no one, wants to cut anything in the school department budget.  Any mention of budget reduction brings in droves of people to defend the status quo.  The school department budget is sacred and untouchable!  But this mentality of scared budgets and untouchable departments is at odds with the stark reality of Somerset's revenue problems.  As everyone knows, Somerset's tax revenue is declining rapidly with the shuttering of Brayton Point and Montaup.  If Somerset residents keep this status quo budget mentality at the K-8 schools, homeowner property taxes will force many families, businesses, and elderly to leave Somerset and our property values will plummet.  Property taxes will become confiscatory in nature for both homeowners and businesses. Businesses will flee as will many homeowners, causing further revenue problems and a fiscal cliff, so to speak.  This is simple economics 101....

~Zarathustra

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Somerset Public Schools and the Deficits

I'm so angry right now.  I'm angry because my school's administration, where the bulk of my tax dollars go, has mismanaged funds.  Maybe 'mismanaged' is the wrong word here.  Maybe 'under budgeted' is a better word.  Perhaps the phrase 'poorly planned' should be utilized instead.  I'm not sure, but the bottom line is the K-8 school budget is a god damn mess and the kids, my kids, are going to pay dearly for their mistakes.  That is why I'm so god damn angry right now....

We need to step back here and look at this from a higher perspective.  The blame game, if it needs to happen (and it does), should be directed at that snake-in-the-grass, Richard Medeiros, and his accomplice, Marc Furtado.  They are gone (finally), but their incompetence lives on in Somerset.  These two incompetents are responsible for where we are right now. They caused this fiscal mess.  Normally, I try not to name names unless the person is an elected official at the state level or higher, but I'm compelled to simply state that Somerset's K-8 fiscal mess is and was caused by the total incompetence of Richard Medeiros and Marc Furtado.  Additionally, the school committee members during the end of the Medeiros/Furtado tenure also share blame.  There were school committee elected members (i.e. politicians in the most derogatory way) that were magnificent cheerleaders for Medeiros and helped protect him and shield him from criticism during the final years.  Luckily, we've voted them out of office already, but the aftermath of their pom pom cheering for Medeiros is with us right now.  We know who you are, so I won't name names...

Allow me to be blunt.  Medeiros and Furtado are responsible for the financial disaster in the K-8 schools and they were assisted by filthy, ignorant politicians that protected their asses all those years. There, now it is out there for all to see...

One more thing.  Our School Committees, Superintendents, School Administrations, and Teachers cannot do their jobs effectively any longer.  They cannot do their job because of state and federal unfunded mandates by politicians and ignorant bureaucrats.  The massive and bloated United States Department of Education and the massive and bloated Massachusetts Department of Education are erecting hurdle after hurdle that go higher and higher to stump even the brightest of minds.  Education has become Kafkaesque bureaucracy and a maze of unending paper work.  Imperial orders come from high above to do this and don't do that. Rarely do our school committees talk about educating our kids or making education better. They talk about money and budgets and they treat our kids like little widgets or little pawn pieces to be manipulated for the centralized system.  Our administrators and school committees are trying to follow a virtual myriad of rules and regulations and laws that are forced down their throats sideways.  More and more is forced downward upon Towns like Somerset, but there is no additional funding provided.  It all gets placed upon the back of Towns whether we want it or not, decreed by imperial orders from some ignorant politician or bureaucrat in Boston or Washington.  Common Core, Race to the Top, and No Child Left Behind (to name a few) are just lame-brain concoctions to shift control of local education to a central location and to grow the size of government.  Centralization of government is intruding on local education like it intrudes upon all aspects of our lives. Soon, we will not need a school committee as imperial orders will be bestowed upon us from above and no 'middle man' will be needed.  Local education will be run like the Department of Motor Vehicles or the Veterans Administration or the Internal Revenue Service...take a number and we'll get to you when we feel like it...

So, tonight, there will be significant cuts in Somerset education.  Some particularly awesome teachers will be pink slipped and some particularly awful teachers will remain in place.  Blame is everywhere, but in my not-so-humble opinion, we should be aiming our blame on Richard Medeiros, Marc Furtado, the United States Department of Education, and the Massachusetts Department of Education.  What else can we do?

I am so angry today...

~Zarathustra




Monday, December 15, 2014

Mark Levin Rips the Republicans to Shreds

Please, take 15 minutes to listen to Mark Levin's monologue tonight. 


"Mark Levin ripped Republicans a new one tonight as he opened his show tonight, saying that he is one inch away from leaving the Republican Party.

He starts in hard, asking Republicans if they think this is a joke, if they think they can just lie to Republicans and conservatives with impunity about defunding Obamacare and fighting Obama’s illegal amnesty.

He points out that Republicans go on and on about an imperial president and his illegal amnesty and they can’t even vote on a point of order challenging Obama.

Levin says the Constitution is in tatters and that the Republican Party doesn’t even realize they’ve ceded their power to Obama."

Listen to Mark Levin here on The Right Scoop website.  It is well worth the 15 minutes!  My sentiments exactly!!!!  Mark Levin has hit the nail squarely on the head!!

~Zarathustra

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Paying Down the Debt is Mathematically Impossible

What if paying down America's debt is mathematically impossible?  What if it is simply not possible to pay down the debt even if America had ridiculous and unprecedented GDP growth (7% +) and artificially low interest rates (<2%)?  This is exactly the assertion of Simon Black (Sovereign Man Blog) found here on Zero Hedge.  Even with absurd assumptions (7% + GDP growth for years at a time, low interest rates, etc.), it is simply not feasible or mathematically possible for the US government to ‘grow’ its way out of this massive debt.  Government default is really the only viable option according to Black:

  • America could default on their creditors (other governments like China who loaned money to the US government).  But this would spark a global financial and banking crisis.
  • America could default on the Federal Reserve, which owns trillions of dollars of US debt.  But this would create an epic currency crisis for the US dollar.  
  • America could also default on their obligations to their citizens—primarily to future beneficiaries of Social Security (who collectively own trillions of dollars of US debt).
  • Or America could choose to default on their obligations to every human being alive who holds US dollars… and engineer rampant inflation.

As Simon Black indicates, none of these are good options.  And simply put, the United States government has reached a point of no return.

And a massive amount of new debt has been put on America's books this past weekend.  Last night, the Senate passed the massive $1.1 trillion Cromnibus spending bill with the only organized opposition coming from my hero, Senator Ted Cruz.  Senator Cruz had tried to block debate on the bill by raising concerns with Obama’s immigration policy.  He is now being trashed, not just by Democrats and the mainstream media, but by his own Republican party.  And now Republicans are accusing Cruz of helping Obama get federal judges confirmed, an absurd accusation.  These ultra-liberal judges were going to be confirmed regardless of Cruz's actions during this lame duck session. Cruz's opposition to the Cromnibus bill has nothing to do with Obama's ultra left wing judgeship nominations!  Cruz's own party is trashing him, yet he is the only person is Congress actually trying to save this country from the aforementioned government default!

~Zarathustra

Saturday, December 13, 2014

A Cromnibus Polemic

Take note the mainstream media, including Fox News, is not covering the recent $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill passage.  They are offering many crafty diversions, like trying to point out a phony rift between Nancy Pelosi and Barack Hussein Obama over the bill.  There is no rift; they are on the same Marxist page.  It is being used as a way of showing the rise of the Communist Elizabeth Warren as a Senate leader and potential presidential candidate in 2016 by depicting her against this bill and against Barack Hussein Obama, when they are both cut from the same Statist cloth.  

I watched the entire Fox News cycle this morning and there was really no mention of the $1.1 trillion spending bill, dubbed Cromnibus.  I saw stories on Angelina Jolie's Chicken Pox, movie reviews, a puff piece about Mitt Romney, another puff piece about Jeb Bush, something about churches, something about a race insult, something about a 13 year old boy saving his dad's life, something about an ignorant rapper... I suspect none of the other media outlets are covering this spending bill either since they are stuck on the "all whites are racist" story. 

Here is a great piece by John Hayward on Human Events entitled Cromnibus:  a winter festival of unrestrained spending.  This article nailed it when it said the spending bill is "throwing away every scrap of leverage the incoming Republican majority could possibly exercise against Emperor Obama, ensuring that no one outside the authors of Democrat Party fundraising email spam will be talking about shutdowns, and effectively neutering freshly-elected conservatives."  The piece is on the mark when the author says "Wonderful. Let’s have a big round of applause for the GOP Establishment, ladies and gentlemen! They managed to throw away the most remarkable electoral victory in a generation in only one month, maneuvering themselves into a position where the losers who got crushed will be making demands to win their support for a bill that effectively ratifies their will through half of their sojourn in electoral exile."  This is a great article and deserves a read by anyone that cares about their future.

This 1600+ page, $1.1 trillion Omnibus or Cromnibus spending bill granted Emperor Barack Hussein Obama full funding for the federal government for the remainder of the fiscal year, without any congressional restrictions on his unilateral and unconstitutional action on amnesty, Obamacare, or the anti-capitalism environmental regulations killing our economy. Worse, this bill actually provided Emperor Obama with an additional $2.5 billion in funds to facilitate his unconstitutional amnesty order.  Even worse, this 1600+ page bill was crafted as a backroom deal by lame duck senators who were rejected by the American public in the recent November election. RINO Speaker Boehner placed the bill on the floor with only 48 hours to read all 1600+ pages...and no one read the bill!!  It is a full surrender of RINO Republicans to the Emperor and a premature castration of the new Congress before they are even sworn in!!

This is why I am against both the Republican Party and the Democrat Party!!!  I am infuriated by both parties and mostly by Emperor Obama!  The only hope is an Article V convention and nothing else...

~Zarathustra

Friday, December 12, 2014

4th Amendment Terminated & Negated by Congress

This appears to be true, frightening, and incredibly Orwellian.  

According to Michigan Congressman Justin Amash, Congress just passed a bill which grants the government and law enforcement “unlimited access to the communications of every American”.  This would negate the clear and plain text of the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which states:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. 
According to the article, "when the Michigan lawmaker discovered that the Intelligence Authorization Act for FY 2015 had been amended with a provision that authorizes “the acquisition, retention, and dissemination” of all communications data from U.S. citizens, he desperately attempted to organize a roll call vote on the bill.  However, the legislation was passed 325-100 via a voice vote, a green light for what Amash describes as “one of the most egregious sections of law I've encountered during my time as a representative”. The bill allows the private communications of Americans to be scooped up without a court order and then transferred to law enforcement for criminal investigations.  The legislation effectively codifies and legalizes mass warrantless NSA surveillance on the American people, with barely a whimper of debate."


So, allow me to set this straight.  Congress voted 325-100 with no debate to essentially negate the 4th Amendment to the United States Constitution and allow the government and law enforcement unlimited access to the communications of every single American.  Do I have this correct?  No court order, no probable cause, no warrant needed, just scoop up everything in a dragnet...

How are we a free people again?  How do we have privacy?  How can Congress vote to negate the 4th Amendment?  Does that mean Congress can also vote to negate the entire Bill of Rights?  Can Congress now vote to negate the entire Constitution?

I did some research and found the bill text online.  It is HR4681 and the pertinent section is 309 (PROCEDURES FOR THE RETENTION OF INCIDENTALLY ACQUIRED COMMUNICATIONS.).  Rep. Amash is correct, this bill grants the government and law enforcement “unlimited access to the communications of every American”.  This bill effectively nullifies the 4th Amendment.  

This is scary and Orwellian.  Big Brother is upon us.  A Congressional voice vote just negated one of the most important provisions and safeguards of the United States Constitution and no one seems to care....you won't see this in the main stream media...

~Zarathustra

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Hope After All?

Maybe there is hope after all, but I doubt it.  

The final vote on RINO Speaker John Boehner’s 1,603-page, $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill is in serious jeopardy after House members almost killed the bill on a procedural rule vote.  A total of 214 members voted for it, less than the majority of members in the House, but since all members weren't voting, the 212 against the rule wasn't enough to kill it. Unsure whether they have the votes to pass $1.1 trillion federal spending package, House RINO leaders on Thursday afternoon delayed a final vote on the bill to a time uncertain.

So what is happening now "behind the scenes"?  This "last minute" negotiations is when the most chicanery happens.  This is when Yes votes are bought and sold by leadership.  This is when arm twisting happens.  This is when "you scratch my back, and I'll scratch yours" happens at its worse.  Members are selling out, not themselves, but you.

There is little doubt this bill will pass eventually.  But only after the "hold outs" are bought and paid for.  I really wish House members had the balls to vote No on this bill and kick John Boehner to the curb as speaker, but we all know that will never happen.  The establishment RINOs have assumed control and it is extremely bad for America.  In fact, since RINO John Boehner cut his first spending deal with Democrats, the federal debt has increased (actually exploded) by $3.8 trillion in just 3.8 years.  The story is here, the graph is from CNSNews:


The above graph is what voting for Democrats and Republicans has done to America.  We are voting for Statists.  There is no difference between them, they are all Statists.  Statism, according to Ayn Rand, is the government's control of a country’s economy and inhabitants and that "any kind or degree of such control, by any group, for any purpose whatsoever rests on the basic principle of statism, the principle that man’s life belongs to the state."  A Statist is one that supports said control over the country's economy and its inhabitants and supports that your life belongs to the state (i.e. the government of the United States).  How can it be any clearer of what is wrong with Democrats and Republicans than simply looking at the above graph!

Here's to hoping this omnibus spending bills goes down in flames and the federal government shuts down.  A shock to the order of things is needed to effectuate some change and to save this Republic...

~Zarathustra

I Told Ya So...

I'll keep this brief because it is late at night:  Republicans and Democrats equally suck.  I told you this would happen and it did.  Republicans betrayed 'we the people'.  Republicans surrendered Congress' power of the purse, their most potent power.  Republicans broke their campaign promises and stabbed Americans in the back.  Republicans cut a double crossing deal that is extremely bad for America and fails to uphold the United States Constitution.  A 1,603 omnibus spending bill that sanctions, upholds, and funds ObamaCare, illegal amnesty, and all sorts of big, leviathan government crap, way too much to mention here, but somewhat mentioned here.  A massive $1,100,000,000,000 spending bill that would take 24 continuous hours to read and will fund the entire bloated federal government through September, 2015. This 289,861 word monstrosity will be voted on later today with so-called bi-partisan support (a catch phrase for screw America).  Each page represents nearly $700 million in spending.  No one will read it, no one will understand the contents, and Congress will simply blindly vote (like they always do) and then leave for the holidays, patting themselves on the back....

So now that the federal government will be fully funded until September, 2015, what power does Congress have?  They have abdicated their power of the purse with this bill and they have declared Obama will not be impeached.  So, what will those Republicans do over the next nine months while the government is fully funded and Obama remains President? Sadly (but honestly), Congress will work with Obama in growing the size of government, increasing the federal debt, making more laws, making more regulations, curtailing freedom, confiscating property, and moving America closer to their Utopian Socialist dreams (my nightmare).

We were better off with Democrats controlling the Senate.  These Republicans, these Democrats are an affront to humanity.  'We the people' have been stabbed in the back, slapped in the face, and sold down the river once again and they are all responsible. I feel so powerless and used...

Fuck them all...

~Zarathustra

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Herald News Rag

While it is mighty noble of the elite Herald News Editorial Board to lecture Somerset residents about not making cuts that are adverse to the Somerset school's mission, they share partial blame for Somerset's destruction since they are a major source of 'news' for the area residents.  The Herald News is fit to be at the bottom of a dirty birdcage, but unfortunately, it is the only daily newspaper that covers Somerset news...we are over their Marxist barrel so to speak...  

The Herald News is a far left wing newspaper that actively spreads lies and propaganda promulgated from the left.  The Herald promotes the left's ideology in their editorial opinions and the columnists they include in the paper, like the syndicated Marxist E.J. Dionne.  They only support far left wing political candidates for political office; like Deval Patrick, Barney Frank, Ted Kennedy, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Kennedy, Patricia Haddad, and Michael Rodrigues just to name a recent few.  

The Herald supports redistribution of wealth and most (if not all) of Obama's Marxists polices.  The Herald supports the spread of hype and lies in the pseudo-sciences of climate change and global warming and the closing of Montaup and Brayton Point.  The Herald supports amnesty for illegals and the ensuing mayhem it causes.  The Herald supports massive and costly regulations from the 4th branch of government and the crushing of legitimate industries.  In a nutshell, the Herald News is for Marxism and Socialism and against Capitalism and Freedom.

And the Herald is now lecturing Somerset with their lofty, elitist, and progressive editorial board to not "pull the rug".  They have no solutions and they offer no help, but they wish to pontificate as masterminds always do.  They are elite liberals and only they know what is best for you and Somerset....

~Zarathustra

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Massive $1 Trillion Omnibus Spending Bill

The over $1 trillion massive omnibus spending bill is coming soon!  Very soon!!

I mentioned this one day after the mid-term elections, and it is on the cusp of passing in the next few days.  

This spending bill completely nullifies Congress' "power of the purse" and gives Barack Hussein Obama all he wants in one massive spending bill.  There are no cuts and no attempt to reduce the massive debt.  In fact, this bill dramatically increases the debt by spending and borrowing more money than ever before!  

There is no attempt to defund ObamaCare in this spending bill.  If you fully fund ObamaCare here, you will never repeal the law.  Remember, nearly every Republican that ran for Congress this year vowed to repeal ObamaCare, including Mitch McConnell and John Boehner!  Now that they have won reelection and have assumed leadership of Congress, they have reneged on their overt campaign promises to repeal ObamaCare and are now funding the law in totality.  

This bill doesn't attempt to reverse Obama's illegal and unconstitutional amnesty either; it actually supports and funds Obama's illegal actions!  This spending bill apparently includes $948 million to help illegal immigrants and includes no effective restrictions on Obama’s plan to provide work permits and tax payments to millions of resident illegal immigrants.  The cost of Obama’s amnesty is expected to reach $2 trillion over the next 50 years.

Congress is filled to the brim with lying snakes, especially Congressional leadership.  I'm at a loss of adjectives to describe my complete disdain for Congress and the President.  They are contemptible human scum; they lie, they deceive, they fabricate, and worst of all, they do not uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America!

~Zarathustra 



Monday, December 8, 2014

Who To Blame: A School Department Fiscal Mess

There seems to be confusion about the K-8 school budget.  Today, I read in the Herald News that the $18.2 million initially recommended to the town voters became $17.9 million when considerably more funding was needed.  This wasn't what I remember from the May 19, 2014 Town Meeting.  Back then, the Chairman of the School Committee requested the town appropriate $17,919,878 to run the K-8 schools.  No one at that meeting recommended $18.2 million at all!  The warrant states $17,919,878 and nowhere does the warrant state otherwise (or any other amount).   In fact, the Chairman stated the $17,919,878 was a 3.1% reduction (about $320,000) and it was sold to voters in this manner (the reduction was the selling point to voters).  This was broken down to $13,540,200 in "personal services" and $4,379,678 in "operating expenses".  It passed by a nearly unanimous vote based on the $17,919,878 figure as requested (and touted) by the school committee and their Chairman.  I'm not sure why there is confusion about this; it is all contained in the meeting minutes on the Town's website....

What about this...the overall special education budget is about $2 million, which includes 34 out-of-district students whose tuition and transportation cost average about $50,000. Those areas include tuition, transportation, medical, and therapeutic services.  To me, this seems to be an extraordinary amount of money to spend on special education.  Why does it cost so much money?  What is the per student cost for SPED student education?  $2 million is about 11% of our entire budget, so this is a very large chunk of money we are spending on a relatively small population of students.  In 2013-2014, we had roughly 1,838 students enrolled in the K-8 district and about 300 special education students per the DOE.  Does this mean it costs $66,000/student to educate special education kids in Somerset?  If so, that seems ludicrous!!  

Somerset just keeps hiring more and more SPED teachers, in fact, I heard SMS hired three new SPED teachers just this year alone!  How can we cry poverty when we keep hiring more staff?  It appears to me the kids losing out here are non-SPED kids because more and more of the budget is going toward SPED and less and less is going toward non-SPED.  Perhaps I'm not understanding all the nuances of this, but I do know a fixed pie can only be cut up in finite amounts, so the more that goes to the minority (in this case, SPED), less goes to the majority (everyone else).....this is basic math and not difficult to understand...

So, tonight, there will be lay-offs of great teachers based upon fuzzy math, stupid politics, federal mandates, state mandates, and archaic union rules and many students will suffer (including my kids).  But, remember this, the School Committee told us they could run the district with $17,919,878.  They came up with the number, they carefully calculated the number, and they sold the number to us at Town Meeting.  It is not my fault or your fault that we are in the fiscal mess we are in.  It is their fault. The buck stops with them.  They chose to be elected, they chose to lead, and they chose to run the district.  It is not the fault of the townspeople; it is the fault of our elected officials that let us down again.  The buck stops with them and only them.  I do not accept the blame.  

Just remember, only 340 people bothered to show up at last week's town meeting, if you want to blame someone, blame one of the 13,000 or so apathetic (and pathetic) people that don't give a damn about anything, including our schools...they sat at home while we did all the heavy lifting.

~Zarathustra

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Somerset's Power Plant Reuse Nonsense

As everyone knows, there was a Somerset power plant reuse study completed by the environmentalist lobby and paid for by Massachusetts taxpayers (a 'state grant' is simply paying with taxpayer money in case you were wondering).  Basically, the government shut down Somerset's power plants, then used your tax dollars to hire an expensive consulting firm (Ninegret Partners) to complete a bogus and meaningless study about property they do not own or control.  How's that for crazy....?    

Ninegret Partners were consulting partners under contract by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Centerwhich claims to be all about "clean energy" (a bogus progressive catch phrase), but is really yet another environmental front group slapped together by our socialist Governor, Deval Patrick. Essentially, this is a study completed by the environmental lobbyists to make sure Brayton Point remains closed forever after 2017. These people have no interest in saving Brayton Point or converting Brayton Point to natural gas.  They want Brayton Point closed now and forever, that was and is their goal.  They will never allow that plant to burn fossil fuels, whether it is coal, gas, or oil...

Folks, Brayton Point is closing forever.  Barack Hussein Obama is unleashing the EPA against coal fired power plants.  Massive and costly regulation after regulation after regulation are now going into effect and being enforced by the EPA.  These regulations are extremely costly and oppressive to the power industry and are designed to crush the power industry forever.  The goal is to make sure no coal fired power plant survives the aftermath. Couple this with Patricia Haddad's Cap & Trade legislation and there is no hope for Brayton Point staying open.  It is not economically profitable for them to remain in operation.

Don't believe me?  Check out this article on Obama's 3,415 new regulations issued just after Thanksgiving.  These rules further crush the coal and power industry with more regulations of emissions, more fly-ash rules, and more clean water rules that will cost the power industry over $20 billion in new regulatory costs.  The left is unrelenting in their war against Brayton Point and they will make certain Brayton Point will close and remain closed forever.

A participant at the reuse meeting said it best: “How are we discussing somebody else’s property … just hoping they might be interested?” she said.  My sentiments exactly!  None of the people at that reuse meeting own or control the property they are discussing and demanding a reuse plan.  You have no standing!  Save your breath and resign yourself to the fact that Brayton Point will close down and will never re-open as a fossil fuel burning plant. Whatever ends up there will glean much less tax revenue for Somerset...and will be the ultimate demise of Somerset...

~Zarathustra

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Party Like Its 1929!

There are no signs of the American economy improving.  92,447,000 people did not participate in the United States labor force. These Americans did not have a job and were not actively trying to find one. When Barack Hussein Obama took office in January 2009, there were 80,529,000 Americans who were not participating in the office, which means that since then, 11,918,000 Americans have left the workforce!  This is the same percentage (62.8%) of people not in the workforce as March, 1978 (when the socialist Jimmy Carter was president).

The left wing media propagandist try to say this is news of "big job gains", but that is a lie and you'd be ignorant to believe it.  The American economy is stymied because of Obama's Marxist policies and the United States economy is now second to China.  The Chinese economy just overtook the United States economy to become the largest in the world. For the first time since Ulysses S. Grant was president, America is not the leading economic power on the planet.  

Who cares?  The Federal Reserve keeps printing and pumping money into the economy to prop it up.  You may as well party like it is 1929 as the stock market hit its 49th closing record high.

So, just close your eyes, block your ears, and hold your nose.  Everything is going quite well here in America...

~Zarathustra

Friday, December 5, 2014

Ayn Rand's Early Novella To Be Published....

Amazing news!  A never before published Ayn Rand novella will be published in July 2015. This is the first Ayn Rand novel to be published in over 50 years!  The title is "Ideal" and it was written in 1934, 80 years ago.  She also wrote it as a play.  Apparently she wasn't satisfied with the novella, so it was set aside and never published.  The manuscript was found and it will now be published for all Ayn Rand devotees to read and enjoy, like myself! I've read all of Ayn Rand's works, but now there is a new one to look forward to in July!!  


If you haven't already, I recommend everyone read at least Ayn Rand's four major novels, including Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead, We the Living, and the short novella Anthem. These are life changing, thought changing, and world changing fiction novels which are among the greatest literary and philosophical works of the 20th century.  Of course, that is only my humble opinion, but I suspect it is shared by many others in the world of literature.  
My thinking was changed dramatically (perhaps even radically) after reading these four novels!  I'm looking forward to reading Ideal when it comes out!!

~Zarathustra

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Church Hypocrisy

The Catholic Church found hundreds of millions of euros "tucked away" in various accounts which were never accounted for in their balance sheets.

This is what Christ taught when he built the Holy Roman Catholic Church:  
  1. My followers shall launder hundreds of millions of euros in secret, hidden, and suspicious accounts in scandal ridden Church banks, 
  2. The leaders of my Church shall beg parishioners and their congregations endlessly for monetary donations (lest they suffer a bad conscience) while my Church sits on a mountain of money beyond belief, 
  3. The leaders of my Church shall squeeze money from everyone with the threat of burning in hell while my Church leaders will live lavishly on your dime for the rest of their lives,
  4. The leaders of my Church shall demand equality of outcomes and a grand redistribution of wealth in the world while we collect millions and billions for our selfish egoistic selves.
  5. The leaders of my Church shall demand an "economy of inclusion" through a forced redistribution of wealth by government bureaucrats,
  6. The leaders of my Church shall denounce capitalism and freedom in favor of the all-powerful centralized government
  7. The leaders of my Church shall make sure the meek inherit the earth, not by their own will, but by force of the State,
  8. The leaders of my Church shall place the weak and powerless above the strong and powerful by way of resentment and class warfare. War shall be declared on the strong and powerful while the meek shall be elevated by the brute force of government
Yes, the man on the cross, Christ, wished his Church and followers to be greedy, wealthy, lustful, powerful, proud, judgmental, comfortable, and to succumb to every want and need. Do I have this right?  

The hypocrisy of religion and the Catholic Church is astounding.  How can people be so gullible and ignorant?

~Zarathustra

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

To The Racists of America

To:  Racists and Race Baiters of America, including, but not limited to Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Louis Farrakhan, Eric Holder, Barack Hussein Obama, MSNBC, CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, and all the scum bag looters of Ferguson, MO.

Let's get the indisputable facts straight.  Michael Brown robbed a convenience store, stole cigars, and assaulted the store owner.  It is all on video.  The police were called because of this robbery and assault. Officer Darren Wilson responded.  Michael Brown was in the middle of the roadway.  Officer Wilson demanded he remove himself from the street as he was blocking traffic.  Michael Brown then stormed the police cruiser with Officer Wilson still inside and assaulted the officer.  Michael Brown then attempted to steal Officer Wilson's weapon, when two shots were fired.  There was further confrontation and Michael Brown, after repeatedly being told to stop, ran at Officer Wilson (head down like a bull rush) and was shot and killed by Officer Wilson.  Michael Brown did not put his hands up, but instead chose to bull rush Officer Wilson resulting in his own demise and his own death.

  • There was absolutely no racial profiling of Michael Brown by Officer Wilson  
  • Officer Wilson did not shoot Michael Brown because he was black
  • Officer Wilson was defending his own life from the brutal assaults of a very large, tall, and heavy adult male
  • Michael Brown was responsible for his own actions and was shot and killed because he gravely threatened the life of a police officer
  • Officer Wilson was justified in using deadly force against the aggressor, Michael Brown.  A grand jury heard all of the evidence and no charges will be filed against Officer Wilson.

Michael Brown is responsible for his own death.  This is not police officer racism or racial profiling.  This has nothing to do with black, white, or race.  This has everything to do with a police officer defending his own life in the face of a brutal assault by Michael Brown.  It is Michael Brown that caused this event and, because he chose to do what he did, he was shot and killed.

The real crime here is the race baiters and racists that are making an unfortunate, but justifiable, death into black versus white and racism.  Shame on the racial propagandists Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Louis Farrakhan, Eric Holder, Barack Hussein Obama, MSNBC, CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, and all the scum bag looters of Ferguson, MO.  Shame on all of you that believe their hateful and untruthful race propaganda.  

Are you really that ignorant?

~Zarathustra

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

United States Debt Explodes

Back on October 27, 2014 I predicted the United States debt would breach $18 trillion on December 16, 2014.  I was wrong.  On Black Friday (how ironic), the United States debt breached $18 trillion, much earlier than I expected or predicted.  

This new debt level is about 103%-106% of gross domestic product (GDP)!  Allow me to remind you that when Barack Hussein Obama took office on January 21, 2009, the United States debt was a mere $10.625 trillion.  Thus, total United States debt has increased by 70% under Obama and Congress

Spending is out of control.  Spending is out of control everywhere you look.  Local, state, and federal governments are spending America and the American taxpayers out of existence. Local, state, and federal governments are spending our great grandchildren's money!  This is a Ponzi scheme! This is fraud and delusion!  We are borrowing trillions of dollars to pay off the massive interest on borrowed trillions....this is a never-ending cycle of debt increasing exponentially....

Alas, we refuse to cut anything!  It is all sacred spending!  From the emotional diatribes at last night's Special Town Meeting to Beacon Hill to Capitol Hill to the White House, we cannot cut one penny. Services must be maintained at all costs with no cuts to anything! We'll keep spending, borrowing, and printing until the house of cards collapses to the ruin of America and western civilization....that collapse just may be Barack Hussein Obama's ultimate goal!!!

As I keep stating, this is the ignored plague that will implode the United States of America from within.

~Zarathustra