The Great Depression

By: The Common Constitutionalist

(re-release)

Have you ever noticed we’ve had but one economic Depression in our history? Only one, even with all the economic downturns, all the wars, etc. At least only one we’ve all heard of. It was, of course, “The Great Depression”. It was terrible and lasted so long; from 1929 through the early 1940’s.

I’m sure we’ve heard how that great president Franklin Roosevelt (he was a bad dude) saved us by developing all those wonderful programs and spending all that money (we call it stimulus today). As far as most people know it was the only depression this country has experienced.

Surprise! There was another, but because progressives write the history books, I’m sure you haven’t heard of it. It was the depression of 1920 & things were looking pretty bad.

Oh, by the way, another great progressive president, Woodrow Wilson (evil), presided over the run-up to this one. Two progressive Presidents; two Great Depressions. Funny how that happens and will continue to happen unless we learn from our own history, but I digress.

In 1920 the unemployment rate skyrocketed to 20 percent. GNP (gross national product) had declined by 17%. Not good indeed.

Keep in mind, there was no welfare, Medicare, Medicaid, foodstamps, Social Security, no government assistance programs to speak of. They were a heartless people, back then.

So what did they do, you ask?

Surely, like today, the government must have instituted a massive stimulus program with lots of “ Shovel-Ready” jobs. They must have started a sweeping welfare program to save the people.

Well, no. Instead, the Warren G. Harding administration cut the government budget almost in half within 2 years. Could you imagine even proposing anything remotely like that today? The liberals would hemorrhage.

Anyway, back to history.

Taxes were cut for everyone. The Federal Reserve, without the sage guidance of Ben Bernanke, did almost nothing. It must have been awful.

It was for about a year. What did America do? It fixed itself.

Americans did what Americans do. They took their medicine, endured the pain and by August of 1921 the unemployment rate dropped from 20% to 6.7%. That’s only a year and a half people.

Harding died suddenly and his vice president, The great Calvin Coolidge continued the programs & by the end of 1923 the unemployment rate was down to 2.4%. Dare to dream about 2.4% unemployment. That’s what made the roaring 20’s roar!  Not government programs or intervention. Companies were allowed to fail and new ones took there place. Capitalism could thrive in such an environment, and did.

See, Lower Everyones Rate & the Rich DO Pay More

All the lessons are right here for us to learn from. Everything has been tried before. There’s nothing new. History show’s what has worked & what has not. It can’t be spun. Believe me, there will be pain coming, one way or another. We will have to decide whether it will be a quick rip of the bandage (Warren Harding, Calvin Coolidge) with it’s accompanying shooting but short-lived pain or the long slow pull (Franklin Roosevelt, Barack Obama) with it’s constant drawn out anguish. I’m praying for the former, but I fear the latter.

Forward Ho!

By: The Common Constitutionalist

Yes, the new Obama campaign slogan, “Forward”. It’s new, it’s innovative, it’s hip. Or is it? It appears quite similar to the MSNBC slogan “Lean Forward”. Funny coincidence, isn’t it.

It evokes movement in a positive direction. Don’t go back. Push on to better times ahead. One has to move”Forward” to make progress. Could that be where the term “Progressive” came from?  Absolutely! The early progressives knew we had to move forward. Cast off the shackles of that stifling old Constitution.

The slogan “Forward” is new and innovative, if you don’t know history. For those who do know their history, the slogan “Forward” is even more foreboding than that of “Progress”.

Wikipedia: The name Forward carries a special meaning in socialist political terminology. It has been frequently used as a name for socialist, communist and other leftwing newspapers and publications. For example, Vpered (Russian language for ‘Forward’) was the name of the publication that Lenin started after having resigned from the Iskra editorial board in 1905 after a clash with Georgi Plekhanov and the Mensheviks.

Now it’s time for some irony, travelling back in time to find the origins of the slogan, “Forward”.

Since a picture is worth a thousand words (or so they say), we’ll see what history has to offer.

Lenin, Forward for the Motherland, for our victory!

Under the leadership of the great Stalin - forward to Communism!

Young builders of communism! Forward, to the new successes in work and study!

Mao, Strike the battle drum of the Great Leap Forward ever louder

Sing revolutionary war songs with fervor, and move forward in victory.

Notice A common theme, maybe a word that stands out?

Give Me Some Water

I am not a big fan (pardon the pun) of wind turbines but this is pretty cool.

Wind turbines can now provide drinking water in humid climates following a breakthrough by a French engineering firm.

Eole Water modified  typical electricity-generating turbines to allow them to distill drinking water out of the air in a bid to help developing countries solve their water needs.

A prototype in Abu Dhabi already creates 62 liters (16.5 gallons) of water an hour, and Eole hopes to sell turbines generating a thousand liters a day later this year.

Thibault Janin, director of marketing at Eole Water, said: ‘This technology could enable rural areas to become self-sufficient in terms of water supply.
‘As the design and capabilities develop, the next step will be to create turbines that can provide water for small cities or areas with denser populations.’

The turbine works in the same way as the turbines currently seen dotting horizons around the world – and the electricity produced also helps power the water manufacturing process.

Air gets sucked into the nose of the turbine and is directed to a cooling compressor. The humidity is then extracted from the air and condensed and collected.

The water then travels down stainless steel pipes under the forces of gravity into a storage tank, where – with some filtering and purification – it is then ready to drink, wash, or cultivate with.

Mr Janin told CNN that one generator producing 1,000 liters a day is ‘enough to provide water for a village or town of 2,000 to 3,000 people’.

He said communities in Africa and South America, and remote islands in Asia with little access to safe drinking water, would be the types of communities who stood to benefit the most from the technology.

He added: ‘If you think of Indonesia, it has (thousands of) islands and they cannot centralize their water supply … the geographic makeup of the country makes it impossible.

‘This technique could enable them to overcome these problems and make the islands self-sufficient in a way that doesn’t harm the environment.’
But anyone ready to get their checkbook out should note the cost – around $650,000 per turbine. However Janin noted that prices would fall as economies of scale came into play.

He added: ‘We have just started the commercial aspect of this product but the price is not that expensive when you compare it with the long term solution that it gives.’

Eole Water said their priorities in the design were maximum water production, energy independence, low maintenance, logistical flexibility and no environmental impact.

The turbines have a life expectancy of 20 years.

Attribution: Eddie Wrenn

Homey Don’t Wash That

A company behind a new range of Afro style dish washing sponges has been slammed for being racist. I personally think they’re hilarious, but then I’m a racist, apparently.

Campaigners have attacked British makers Paladone for its latest range of dish cleaning products which caricatures black soul legend Diana Ross as having a brillo pad for a hairstyle.

The offending items, which have just gone on sale across the UK, have been lambasted for reinforcing negative stereotypes.

The Unite Against Fascism general secretary Weyman Bennett said: ‘What are we going to have next, toilet brushes like that? This is not appropriate for the 21st century to show images like that. It reinforces negative stereotypes and ideas.”

“Although it’s aimed at being humorous, sometimes it’s not funny”, he added.

“We’ve spent 40 years removing racist imagery out of general politics, removing golly wogs, removing black and white minstrels, and it would be a shame if it crept back in.”

Mr Bennett, who has been campaigning for almost thirty years, warned: “It opens the door for people to produce racial stereotypes and that’s not something we want to see in our society.”

“We’ve worked very hard to make sure that doesn’t happen. That’s can’t be a positive thing in the 21st centry that we are using images that were really invented in periods of slavery and discrimination.”

I wasn’t aware that slaves had afros or frequented discos, but that’s just me. I’m sure Mr. Bennett is better informed than I.

Mr. Bennett aimed a stinging attack directly at the company behind the products and called on them to be take off the supermarket shelves.

Mr Bennett said: “They need to think again. Is there no way they can come up with positive views of people without just using negative views of black people. Trying to compare black people to brillo pads is not a really positive image – it’s not appropriate.’

Paladone said the product had been a phenomenal success since hitting the shelves.
But its attempts to give the humble cleaning implement a funky 70s disco makeover have evidently offended some.

A company spokesman said: “Our range of four washing up sponges are designed to make an everyday chore like washing up more fun. The Disco, Beehive, Punk and Diva have sold hundreds of thousands of pieces. They have been a phenomenal success.”

The products success is, I’m sure, due to the average citizen having a sense of humor rather that sitting around waiting to be offended.

Maybe if they develop a Kurt Cobain Mop head, Mr. Bennett might feel better.

Attribution: Tom Gardner

Zimmerman, the Lead Up

Business Insider put together some chronological bullet points of George Zimmerman’s history:

  • Zimmerman grew up in a mixed-race household
  • He was an altar boy at his Caltholic church from age 7-17
  • He is bilingual
  • After he finished high school, he studied for and got an insurance license
  • In 2004, Zimmerman and a black friend opened an Allstate insurance office (which soon failed)
  • Zimmerman’s 2005 arrest for “resisting arrest, violence, and battery of an officer” occurred after he shoved an under-cover alcohol control agent at a bar when the agent was trying to arrest an underage friend of his
  • Zimmerman married his wife, Shellie, in 2007. They rented a house in Twin Lakes. Twin Lakes is about 50% white, 20% Hispanic, and 20% black.
  • In 2009, Zimmerman enrolled in Seminole State College
  • In the fall of 2009, a pit bull broke free twice and once cornered Shellie in the Zimmermans’ yard. George Zimmerman asked a police officer whether he should buy pepper spray. The cop told him pepper spray wasn’t fast enough and recommended that he get a gun.
  • By the summer of 2011, Twin Lakes “was experiencing a rash of burglaries and break-ins.” In several of the cases, witnesses said the robbers were young black men
  • In July 2011, a black teenager stole a bicycle off the Zimmermans’ porch
  • In August of 2011, a neighbor of the Zimmermans, Olivia Bertalan, was home during the day when two young black men entered her house. She hid in a room upstairs and called the police. When the police arrived, the two men, who had been trying to take a TV, fled. One of them ran through the Zimmermans’ yard.
  • After the break-in, George Zimmerman stopped by the Bertalans and gave Olivia a card with his name and number on it. He told her to visit his wife Shellie if she felt unsafe.
  • The police recommended that Bertalan get a dog. She moved away instead. Zimmerman got a second dog–a Rottweiler.
  • In September, several concerned residents of the neighborhood, including Zimmerman, asked the neighborhood association to create a neighborhood watch. Zimmerman was asked to run it.
  • In the next month, two more houses in the neighborhood were robbed.
  • A community newsletter reminded residents to report any crimes to the police and then call “George Zimmerman, our captain.”
  • On February 2, 2012, Zimmerman spotted a young black man looking into the windows of a neighbor’s empty house. He called the police and said “I don‘t know what he’s doing. I don’t want to approach him, personally.” The police sent a car, but by the time they arrived, the man was gone.
  • On February 6th, another house was burglarized. Witnesses said two of the robbers were black teenagers. One, who had prior burglary convictions, was soon caught with a laptop stolen from the house.
  • Two weeks later, Zimmerman spotted Travyon Martin and called the police. The last time he had done this, the suspect got away. This time, he disregarded police instructions and followed. A few minutes later, Martin was dead.

Is it possible that Zimmerman is an angry racist? It is. But as Business Insider wonders, “doesn’t it make you feel a bit differently about Zimmerman?”

Attribution: The Blaze

Joke of the Day

The man who gave up sex for Golf

A golfer is in a competitive match with a friend, who is ahead by a
couple of strokes. “Boy, I’d give anything to sink this putt,” the golfer
mumbles to himself.

Just then, a stranger walks up beside him and whispers, “Would you
be willing to give up one-fourth of your sex life?”

Thinking the man is crazy and his answer will be meaningless, the
golfer also feels that maybe this is a good omen, so he says, “Sure”,
and sinks the putt.

Two holes later, he mumbles to himself again, “Gee, I sure would
like to get an eagle on this one.”

The same stranger is at his side again and whispers, “Would it be
worth giving up another fourth of your sex life?”

Shrugging, the golfer replies, “Okay.” And he makes an eagle.

On the final hole, the golfer needs another eagle to win.

Without waiting for him to say anything, the stranger quickly moves
to his side and says, “Would winning this match be worth giving up the
rest of your sex life?”

“Definitely,” the golfer replies, and he makes the eagle.

As the golfer is walking to the club house, the stranger walks
alongside him and says, “I haven’t really been fair with you because you don’t
know who I am. I’m Satan, and from this day forward you will have no
sex life.”

“Nice to meet you, “the golfer replies, “I’m Father O’Malley.”