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I learned something this past weekend- Halloween is dying. Perhaps not across the board, but where I live now there is a definite, substantial decrease in the quality of the scariest night of the year. Maybe it is just my perception. Maybe where you live, Halloween is a living, thriving event. Perhaps that is the hope for which I am holding out.

When I was growing up, I recall that I was once d’Artagnan, swashbuckling hero known as the Fourth Muskateer. I had a sword and a homemade outfit (Feathered hap excepted). Another year, while my brother was a mailbox, I was the Space Pumpkin. A set of long johns spray painted silver and a large, plastic pumpkin as a helmet were all that was needed. We went to the local parade where we were judged for our creativity. The streets were crawling with witches, ghosts and goblins… and mailbox-guiding Space Pumpkins.

This last weekend I saw virtually no one walking the streets. People were all over the local strip mall, where stores posted flyers in the windows so that kids knew they could come in to get candy- and parents could get drooling looks from employees working on commission. I admit that I brought my kids (and some friends) to our office Halloween party, where each scored at least a half-reusable-grocery bag of sugar… er… candy. It took me hours to filter out all of the bad stuff.

But I also took my kids around the neighborhood. There were two or three well-decorated houses. The guys down the street converted their garage into a mini haunted house, complete with Scary-Chainsaw-Guy as you exited. But for all of the Halloween hoopla, scarcely 5 percent of the houses had their lights on to indicate they were playing. My little witch and Mortal Combat dude had tired legs because of how hard we had to work to get a respectable haul.

Halloween is becoming a shell of its past. Are we that commercial? I see it in Christmas and New Year’s; not so much for some other holidays like The Fourth of July and even Thanksgiving. But Halloween has always been a sacred event. It was a time when kids snuck around and pranked their friends. It was a time when we got together and decided what to MAKE ourselves for Halloween, not what costume we were going to fork over dozens of dollars for.

Like much of our culture, our past, Halloween is fading into obscurity. The satisfaction of doing it ourselves, seeing the looks on peoples faces as you reveal the closely-guarded costume secret; perhaps winning some cool contest because of it. For the kids, at least, it is becoming ghostly pale in comparison to the days of my youth. Somewhere, the black cat crossed our path and we are suffering for it.

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The last vestige of true capitalism is under attack. Because state governments cannot manage their own budgets, because they refuse to cut back their spending and, instead, want to find new and innovative ways to squeeze even more money from the taxpayers, the Internet is now being looked at for new sources of revenue. I think the worst part would be just what tax rate will they use? After all, different states have different rates. What if the site is located overseas? Scary stuff, letting the corrupt-o-crats get involved.

I hope Al Gore does not get upset by this. He has been under considerable stress lately, what with the lack of global warming and all.

I am really curious as to just how screwed up our online experiences will become after the likes of Ried and Pelosi get their corrupt fingers in the pie.

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Are you feeling the love of Glorious Leader yet? If not, you soon may be. In an unprecedented (just how many times can we say that with one administration) power grab the United States Congress has moved to control the salaries of all employees working for companies that it has invested in. What does this mean actually?

Basically, if you work for any company that received TARP money, whether the company wanted it or not (and some were ‘encouraged’ to take the funds), then Treasury Secretary “Turbo Tax” Tim will get to make the call as to whether or not you are receiving the correct compensation for your services. It does not matter if you have a contract or not because the legislation will be retroactive. Yes, that is correct, Uncle Nanny will now decide if you make too much in salary, bonuses, stock options, or any other of a myriad of potential compensations you may be getting as dictated by the terms of your contract.

Bawney Fwank, resident weasel in charge, is the individual behind this fiasco. If it is not stopped, one can be rest assured that things will only go from bad to worse. Next up, remember, is the auto industry. Then, when carbon cap and trade threatens to bankrupt the coal industry, they will have a bailout forced upon them as well. Soon, I imagine, all of Energy will be governmentally dictated.

Can you say armaggeddon?

Read the original article here.

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So, I understand how people want to limit pollution. But I ask you this:

Which is better? Wasting a precious natural resource or going over-kill in an effort to protect it?

I guess we will have to ask Washington State, where most forms of dishwasher detergent are banned because they are harmful to the sensitive ecosystems around the state. Because of the ban, people are finding that their dishes are not getting clean and they are forced to waste even more water to wash them by hand.

I say we kill the entire dishwasher industry as well as the dish detergent industry, Force them all to get ‘green’ jobs because as we all know, going green is the only way we will save the polar bears that are not really dying off in great numbers, but it makes for better T.V. if we say they are.

Give me a break. And people wonder why the prices of things are going through the roof? Keep the government’s hands off of everything. I don’t care what they want, if the touch it, they screw it up.

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Glorious Leader has sent his resident tax-cheat-in-charge out to pump us up regarding the next phase of the unbeatable plan to ruin our economy. “The latest attempt to tackle the banking crisis and get loans flowing to families and businesses will create a new government entity, the Public-Private Investment Program, to help purchase as much as $1 trillion in toxic assets on banks’ books.” says FOX news.

Is it me? Or are the idiots in congress just completely clueless about things? The problem is not a lack of money out there, it is a lack of trust. Get people doing things that business and industry feels will work, and watch things begin to turn around. All that is going to happen is runaway inflation. Why can a retired enlisted guy with just a community college education see it, but movers and shakers of the financial world cannot?

The answer? They can.

If you read what foreign papers (and even Time magazine) you will see that behind the scenes, banks and financial powerhouses are trying to force the world into a globally run banking industry.

Russia and others want a new, global currency where the entire world pays into. What does this mean for us? We would be paying taxes to a global government made up of financial corporations and banks. Instead of your tax dollars helping California (a bad thing if you live in Florida anyway) it would go to help, say, Poland, or the U.K. or Kenya. We would be at the mercy of institutions like the UN or Bilderberg.

Conservatives are taking a stand, but they will need our help.

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As is reported over at The Jawa Report

(Moscow, Russia) Ahead of the upcoming April 2nd G20 summit, the Kremlin has called for a new international currency to reform the global financial system. The Russians have repeatedly criticized the dollar’s status as the dominant global currency. Both President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin want the ruble used instead.

Also weighing in on the subject has been Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev who proposed a global currency called the “acmetal” — a mix of the words “acme” and “capital.”

Another suggestion for the new international currency would combine the euro, the Russian ruble, the Japanese yen and the Saudi Arabian riyal to produce the “eurynal.” It’s unknown how many U.S. dollars will go into one eurynal but it’s likely to be a lot.

The Kremlin wants an international conference after the G20 summit to discuss the new currency proposals.

Imagine that. The Kremlin wanting their money to be the new standard. One step closer to a NWO, folks. I wonder where the Bilderberg hands are in this little pie. Scary stuff.

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When the stuff hits the fan, and China stops buying up all of our treasury notes in order to support our frail economy, we will be in luck. The latest Commerce Secretary, Gary Locke, has had dealings with the Asian country and might be able to beg them to give us a little more cash.

Of course, it matters not WHAT those dealings were. Or, it seems that those who are set to confirm him don’t think much of his ‘boring record‘. What about you, America? Tell me what YOU think of his past relationship with China. Read here, or here, or here.

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