Saturday, August 9, 2014



I have talked about "forced retirement" 174 times over the course of the past few years.

I defined the term as those who retired because they had to, not because they wanted to.

Why might they have to? Easy. If someone of retirement age wants a job and needs a job and needs income, but does not have a job, the choice (after unemployment benefits expire) is to retire.

These people should be considered unemployed, but they are not. Instead they dropped out of the labor force.

We can now put some numbers on "forced retirement" thanks to a Fed study that shows 40% of households show signs of financial stress
Four out of 10 American households were straining financially five years after the Great Recession -- many struggling with tight credit, education debt and retirement issues, according to a new Federal Reserve survey of consumers.

This latest snapshot, which the Fed said was aimed at monitoring the recovery and risks to financial stability, adds to the understanding of the severity of the Great Recession's effect on households and individuals.

The survey found, for example, that 15% of those who had retired since 2008 had retired earlier than planned because of the downturn. Only 4% said they had retired later than expected. Based on demographics, that translates into roughly 2 million more people retiring since 2008 than if the recession had not occurred.

"This suggests that some of the folks who dropped out of the labor force during the recession will not be returning," said Scott Hoyt, an economist at Moody's Analytics.
Study Results

The above is from the LA Times which (as typical of mainstream media) did not bother linking to the study.

Inquiring minds may wish to see the actual study results.

The Fed report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households in 2013, released today, is 200 pages long, but that is no excuse for failing to link to it.

Items in red below are things I found particularly noteworthy.

Why would anyone dislike Barack Obama? Could it be because of what he’s done in the White House? As you get a refresher on the national nightmare that has been Barack Obama’s presidency, keep in mind that the biggest difficulty in compiling it was limiting it to just 50 examples of corruption, dishonesty, and incompetence. 
 
1) Because of Obama’s policies since he became President, 11,472,000 Americans have left the work force.

2) “Fewer Americans are at work today than in April 2000, even though the population since then has grown by 31 million.” — Mortimer Zuckerman

3) The number of Americans on welfare has hit record highs.

4) A record 20% of Americans were on food stamps in 2013.

5) The almost 11 million Americans getting disability payments is now approaching the population of Cuba

6) Our nation lost its AAA credit rating because Obama is spending so much money.

7) Not only was Cash for Clunkers a wasteful government program that cost $1.4 million for every job it created and did little to reduce carbon emissions,” destroying the “clunkers” helped dramatically jack up the cost of used cars for the rest of the country.

8) After BP had a huge oil spill in the Gulf, Obama not only bungled the clean-up process, he slowed oil production from other companies that had done nothing wrong which led to higher oil prices.

9) Obama has helped drive up the cost of gas by blocking the Keystone Pipeline.

10) When he was running for office in 2008, Obama claimed that, “Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.” He lied.

11) Through 2013, the Obama Administration had imposed new regulations on businesses that cost 46 billion dollars a year.

12) Taxpayers lost 25 billion dollars on Obama’s bailout of General Motors and Chrysler. Chrysler isn’t even an American company any more. It’s now owned by an Italian company, Fiat.

13) When he was running for office, Obama called Bush “unpatriotic” for adding so much to the debt and promised to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term. Yet, the national debt is up 7 trillion dollars since Obama became President. That’s more debt than all U.S. Presidents from George Washington through Bill Clinton combined.

14) Obama’s administration gave guns to Mexican cartels that were used to murder hundreds of Mexicans and border agent Brian Terry. The Obama Administration has refused to cooperate with the investigation or hold anyone accountable for that illegal behavior.

15) The NSA has spied on Americans under Obama.

Iran’s human rights chief: We are proud of stoning

/ Jihad Watch
 
Larijani
And really, who wouldn’t be? “Iran: We are proud of ‘stoning’, regime’s human rights chief declares,” National Council of Resistance of Iran, August 6, 2014 (thanks to Blazing Cat Fur):
Mohammad Javad Larijani, the Head of the Human Rights Council of the Iranian regime’s Judiciary said on August 5:
“We are proud of our judicial system and we do not feel uncomfortable with Law of Retribution and even stoning.”
Human rights organizations have increasingly condemned the Iranian regime for practices such as executions, stoning, limb amputations, eye gouging and flogging.
Larijani has continuously rejected international criticism and censure by the United Nations.
In the past he has described stoning and amputations under the regime’s Law of Retribution as ‘beautiful’ and had called the medieval punishments a ‘service to humanity’ and said the increased execution rate was a positive marker of the regime’s achievement.
He told the Wall Street Journal in 2011: “Stoning means you should do a number of acts by throwing a limited number of stones in a special way. In the eyes of some people, stoning is a lesser punishment than execution because there is a chance you should survive.”

ISIS Threatens America: “We Will Raise The Flag Of Allah In The White House”

Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs

The question is, if and when they do, will it be with the lethal weapons Obama provided to them in Syria?

Evil loves a vacuum, Obama provided the jihadists that vacuum by denying the jihad threat and abandoning the war to defeat this scourge on the free world. “Manmade disasters” and “workplace violence” indeed.
ISIS Threatens America: ‘We Will Raise The Flag Of Allah In The White House’
By Joe Miller
The terror group President Barack Obama threatened to strike in Iraq Thursday evening is itself threatening to strike the American homeland. 
“I say to America that the Islamic Caliphate has been established,” Abu Mosa, a spokesman for the terror group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), told VICE Media in a video interview posted online Thursday. “Don’t be cowards and attack us with drones. Instead send your soldiers, the ones we humiliated in Iraq.”
“We will humiliate them everywhere, God willing, and we will raise the flag of Allah in the White House,” he added.
The video is the first of a multipart series on ISIS VICE Media says it plans to release. VICE Media reporter Medyan Dairieh recently spent three weeks in the ISIS-controlled Syrian city of Raqqa, which the terror group has proclaimed the capital of their newly declared Islamic caliphate.  

The post ISIS Threatens America: “We Will Raise The Flag Of Allah In The White House” appeared first on Pamela Geller, Atlas Shrugs.

The Most Deceptive Word In The English Language

by / Personal Liberty Digest
 
The Most Deceptive Word In The English Language
THINKSTOCK
This is a political and subversive word created and promoted by the establishment as a major key to formulate and channel the public mind. It has more than saturated the public conscience. Very “intellectual” people spout this word assuming that it means human freedom and liberty.

The truth and purpose of this word is for a cover and disguise for fascism and socialism. This word is the workhorse of the American propaganda ministry.Every person is taught this word, from politicians to school children. The government indoctrination centers (also known as schools) and the corporate media use it religiously. Politicians love its sound. It is one of President Barack Obama’s favorite words.

It was an important word to Hitler and Joseph Goebbels.
What is this word? It’s “Democracy.”

Let’s play a little game. See how many times you hear this word in a day from the elites, from the media and from your friends. Six; a dozen, 20 or more?

The U.S. was founded as a Republic. When asked what type of government they had created, Benjamin Franklin replied, “A republic, if you can keep it.” We could not. Our republic has been transformed into a democracy.

Democracy is an esoteric belief system that manipulates the people in such a way that all power flows to the state. As with pure dictatorships, power flows from the top down.

Democracy implies freedom in the public’s mind while power and wealth is constantly channeled to the Federal government. Human liberty is regressively crushed under the one simple word, “democracy.”

Democracy is a political word that is embraced by all political parties and all politicians under many labels in every country of the modern world. It is a cover and a facade for communism, socialism, fascism, for class warfare, for the exploitation and manipulation of minorities against stability, cultural heritage and private property. (By the way; communism, socialism and fascism are all equal.

Don’t be fooled by claims that one is a right wing and another is a left wing philosophy. They all transfer power to the state. The difference is simply semantics.)

When politicians utter the word democracy, they are using a code word that signifies their total allegiance to the state. They are using mass hypnosis to manipulate the people against human liberty.

Democracy is that universal mystery that is loved by all and opposed by none. It implies everything good to everyone and every religion. It is the mantle (mantra) of the New World Order. It is the apex of adoration for the state, universalism, One Worldism and materialism. It is Satanism posing as an angel of light.

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Op-ed:
Building Satan's Playground upon Obama's Shame
By: Diane Sori

Targeted by ISIS militants whose goal is to tighten the noose around the Kurdish autonomous region, 40 thousand people...most of whom are Christians of sorts*...were forced to flee Kirkuk as the city was left in ruins after a recent ISIS attack. Now stranded on a mountain top with the threat that they will be shot if they dare try to come down off that mountain...these people who were fleeing for their lives were left without food or water...left to die like animals when the true animals are the ones perpetrating this hellish act.

Now enter center stage Barack HUSSEIN Obama to the rescue...to the rescue but for all the wrong reasons. The man who willingly and maliciously left Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods, and Glen Doherty to die had his hand forced by the worldwide outcry calling for America to help. And so he seized upon the plight of others to counter his falling to all-time low approval numbers, and is now dropping...too late to really help...humanitarian aid to those stranded, as well as bombing ISIS forces from the air in what he calls a "limited engagement"...and doing so for his own political salvation and NOT because he gives a damn about those left to die.

And with ISIS militants now in control of key areas in Iraq it must be accepted as fact that this collapse of Iraq falls directly at the feet of Barack HUSSEIN Obama. And all the American blood spilled and American lives lost...as well as American treasure spent...has all been for NAUGHT for if truth be told this miserable and traitorous excuse of a president did NOT want Iraq to be an American success story but instead wanted Iraq to be America's shame.

Announcing for all the world to hear America's date of withdrawal and that America would leave NO troop support behind...would leave NO occupation force to help keep the peace...the enemy just had to wait us out and then come in and retake the land and the people we had freed. And that is exactly what they did, for the fact is that if we had left an American presence in Iraq any insurgency that arose could have been stopped before it took hold and the peace would have held, because our heavily armed troops themselves would have been a deterrent NOT only to the terrorists but to the internal warring factions within Iraqi as well.

So now any and all new deaths at the hands of ISIS...including American deaths... are directly courtesy of Barack HUSSEIN Obama and his misguided policy of tying our troops hands so as to minimize collateral damage as well as forcing our troops to fight NOT to win the war but to "win the hearts and minds of the enemy"...our enemy...his brethren that is. And as Iraq sadly falls into the hands of an enemy straight from the bowels of hell, Barack HUSSEIN Obama will now and forever be known as the man...as the president...who single-handily lost the peace after George W. Bush had won the war.

But that was his plan all along I'm afraid for his foolish actions when NOT needed and his inactions when actions were needed say it all.

And as civilians from the Noneveh governorate near Sinjar...most of whom are from the minority Yazidi sect that melds parts of Paganism and ancient Zoroastrianism with Christianity and islam, and who are considered by both ISIS and al-Qaeda to be devil worshipers and apostates… remain trapped on Mount Sinjar...the very mountain that had once looked like their safe haven is now fast becoming a graveyard for their children...for their elderly...for their sick. And with NO water and NO food, these people are for all intents and purposes completely cut off, surrounded, trapped, and are dying of thirst and hunger.

Such is the handiwork of barbarians who also had captured the city of Mosul in June, demanding that all its Christians either convert to islam or die. And as many died and as many fled, this particular action of the barbarians has historical significance, because for the first time since the dawn of Christianity there are NO Christians in Mosul. And such handiwork is why these ISIS barbarians must NEVER be allowed to walk amongst civilized men...is why ISIS itself must die.

And this latest attack by ISIS is the first major loss for Kurdish forces who had up until this point been somewhat successful in protecting Iraq’s north. And while Iraqi Kurdish security forces, known as peshmerga ('those who confront death' in Kurdish), are trying to secure for the people a 'safe' road...a 'safe' passage...from the mountain to the nearby city of Rabia, Kurdish factions in Syria say they will come to Iraq to try and help the country’s Kurds face and fight ISIS along a 650-mile long front.

But that help...if it comes...may come too late to help those trapped and dying on the mountain Sinjar...help if it comes that will be too late to stop a genocide that while on a much smaller scale than the Holocaust is genocide nevertheless.

And as ISIS...who has become more dangerous than al-Qaeda...is amassing large stores of weaponry, is taking over oil fields and dams, is filling its war chest with cold hard cash, and is developing what could become a major military presence in the region, they are leaving behind a trail of blood like none seen since the barbaric days of the Middle Ages as they accomplish their goal of imposing their stringent, uncompromising interpretation of everything that is evil about islam on NOT just Iraq and the Middle East but defacto on the world as well.

And here is where the true danger that is ISIS lies for these barbarians...these savages...have publicly stated that their ultimate goal is to have the flag of allah fly over our White House. “Don’t be cowards and attack us with drones. Instead send your soldiers, the ones we humiliated in Iraq,” said Abu Mosa, a spokesman for ISIS. “We will humiliate them everywhere, God willing, and we will raise the flag of Allah in the White House,” he added upon hearing of Obama's threat to strike in Iraq...that is if you can call a 'limited engagement' a threat..

But these words of hate make it clear that stopping ISIS must be the civilized world's goal for if ISIS and terrorist groups like them are NOT stopped, the Middle East will truly become hell on Earth, and the rest of the world will be held hostage in fear that they will be next.

And that fear will remain until islam...all factions and elements of islam...undergoes a major reformation and puts aside all commands set down in the qur'an to kill those who do NOT believe...but that is something I do NOT see happening anytime soon.

So while Obama drops aid packages that are probably too late in coming to help those trapped on a mountain...as Obama bombs some conveys here and there to appease his critics both at home and abroad in an effort to save his miserable legacy...Christians in the Middle East are dying...Jews in the Middle East are dying...and the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as well as His only begotten Son might die along with them as the Middle East now is truly becoming the playground of Satan. And Obama could have stopped it all but looked away, for if truth be told the flag of allah has already been flying over the White House for five years now with two more to go.
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* According to some reports coming out of Iraq there are about 50 'true' Christian families amongst the 40,000 trapped on Sinjar Mountain.