Sunday, April 13, 2014

North Carolina answers Democrats’ question ‘What vote fraud?’

The Washington Times ^ | 4-13-14
It’s an article of the faith of the Democrats that voter fraud is nothing to worry about because it never happens. Kim Strach, the North Carolina director of elections, has living proof — and some dead proof — otherwise. She has identified 35,750 persons who voted in North Carolina sharing a name, birth date and Social Security number with someone who voted in another state in 2012. Another 81 North Carolinians voted after they died. Ghosts have no constitutional rights, not yet, but Barack Obama and the Democrats think rigor mortis need not keep voters from practicing good citizenship. President Obama nevertheless insists on looking the other way when voter fraud lies all about him. Speaking at a Democratic fundraiser in Houston last week, Mr. Obama criticized “active efforts to deter people from voting.” “The idea that you’d purposely try to prevent people from voting?” Mr. Obama asked, and answered: “Un-American.” Fraudulent ballots cast cancel valid votes, but only a tiny fraction of 1 percent of the cases cited in the North Carolina audit were referred for investigation and prosecution, as reported by WNCN-TV in Raleigh. The North Carolina figures were compiled as a result of an interstate cross-check effort among 28 states. Such figures show Gov. Pat McCrory and the Republican-majority North Carolina legislature were right to enact a voter photo-ID law, reduce early voting and end same-day registration. These abuses of Election Day invite fraud.
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Ted Cruz Blasts Notion Sebelius Resigned Because Obamacare Succeeded

Breitbart ^ | 11 Apr 2014 | Tony Lee
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said that, if the mainstream media and Democrats are correct that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius resigned because Obamacare succeeded, then every other Democrat should follow her out of the Obama administration. Speaking at the New Hampshire Freedom Summit, which was organized by Americans for Prosperity and Citizens United, Cruz joined other potential 2016 GOP presidential contenders at the event the day after Sebelius left the administration after the disastrous Obamacare rollout.Cruz said that if people listen to Democrats or the mainstream press (Cruz apologized for repeating himself – to much laughter), "they will tell you that you cannot stop Obamacare."Cruz noted that liberals like Ezra Klein have tried to spin that Sebelius resigned as "a result of Obamacare's success." The White House even re-tweeted Klein's spin. "Well if that's true, then I hope every Democrat will follow her path and resign as well," Cruz said. After vowing to "repeal every single word of Obamacare," Cruz said he was energized by the conservative grassroots that have stood up with him against the law. As he has repeatedly done, Cruz likened today's conservatives to those that supported Ronald Reagan in the 1970s. Reagan, as Cruz noted, was despised by the mainstream press and the Republican establishment in Washington, but he persevered to win the nomination and election and eventually got the country out of Jimmy Carter's stagnation and spurred the economy enough to defeat the Soviet Union and win the Cold War without firing a bullet.
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The Truth About Buying Gold And Silver

Cutting Through The Fog ^ | April 11, 2014 | George B
The Truth About Buying Gold And Silver Every day, the radio airways and cable news broadcasts are filled with advertising from "gold bug" companies who are trying to convince you to buy both gold and silver. There are dozens of them: Goldline, Lear Capital, Rosland, Merit, and so on. All of whom claim that, by holding these precious metals, you are being protected against inflation as a result of massive government spending and the devaluation of the dollar, or, protected against another recession, depression, or stock market crash. The problem is that all of those claims are bogus. The proof of that is in the chart below, which shows the combined price of gold and silver which has been adjusted for inflation in today's dollars: Click on Chart to Zoom As you can see, these two metals have a history of spiking in price, but once that price hits some "tipping point", there is a long and painful slide downwards. This happened in 1980 when gold hit a high of $850 an ounce or nearly $2,000 when adjusted backwards in today's dollars. By 2001, just before the next spike upwards, gold hit a 20-year low at $250 (unadjusted); or about $325 (adjusted). During that 20-year slide, holders were paid no dividends; probably weren't savvy enough to hedge against their losses; and, most likely got stuck with relatively high storage and insurance costs to protect their investment. Worse, if you did buy gold in 1980 at its high, you are still underwater (see graph) when adjusted for inflation. Just the opposite of what buying gold was supposed to do. What none of the gold bugs are willing to tell you is that, in 2011, gold and silver both hit respective nominal (unadjusted) highs of $1,904 and $49.50 an ounce. Today, gold is trading around $1,300 or down $600 from 2011. Silver is even worse off with today's price near $20; and, that's a loss of more than 60% since its 2011 high. All indications are that these prices will continue to slide; just as they had done in the 20-year period after the 1980 spike. I guess what really bothers me about the gold bug ads is that they make all kinds of unproven claims and predictions. For example, Lear Capital is running a current ad that features Eric Sprott; a billionaire Canadian hedge fund manager. In that ad, Lear offers any callers a report by Sprott that predicts that gold will exceed $2000 an ounce sometime this year and that silver will be at least $50 an ounce by the end of the year. Well, that's the same claim Sprott has made every year since 2011. In fact, in 2011 he predicted $2155 (Canadian) for gold and $64 for silver before the beginning of 2012. While close in 2011, none of Sprott's predictions since, have been anywhere near being true. My guess is Sprott is holding a lot of gold at a loss, and by hyping its price potential he can cover those losses and find an escape hatch. While Sprott's claims seem outrageous, there are a bunch of people predicting that gold will hit $5000. Just Google it and you won't believe how many, and for how long they've been making that prediction. Lastly, these metals have big liquidity problems. There's a lot of dealers out there who will sell you this stuff. Try selling it back to them; especially when the prices are falling. Try finding buyers on your own. In either case, you will have the cost of shipping to the buyer, and the additional cost of hefty shipping insurance. References: Chart Perspective – Gold: 100 Year Historical Prices: What Happened to the Gold Price in 1980?: Sprott On Gold In 2012: Sprott On Gold In 2011:

Dr. Carson for president backers report $4 million raised, campaign apparatus into place

Fox News ^ | April 12, 2014
Conservatives frustrated with the direction of the country think Dr. Ben Carson can change the course by winning the 2016 presidential race. Now they just have to convince him. The group,, a super PAC, has already raised $4 million toward a Carson bid for the Republican nomination and has collected 200,000 signatures for a petition to get him to join the race. John Philip Sousa IV, the group’s national chairman, said Tuesday that members are working Carson on an almost daily basis, sending along petition-drive updates and hundreds of “clamorings” for him to run, received through letters, Facebook postings and other forms of communication. “I don’t’ like the direction in which the county is going,” said Sousa, the great grandson of the late American composer John Philip Sousa, who wrote such iconic songs as “Stars and Stripes Forever” and “Semper Fidelis,” the official march of the U.S. Marine Corps. “Carson doesn’t whine like some other Republicans. He brings a solution to the table.”
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