America’s Political And Financial Institutions Are Broken

By Clint Siegner – Re-Blogged From Silver Phoenix

America’s key institutions are broken. More people wake up daily to that reality. They are preparing for the moment this realization dawns on Americans at large, which explains why the markets for physical bullion are so active.

Markets certainly aren’t working. Perpetual central bank intervention, rampant Wall Street cheating, high frequency trading, index funds, and many other factors have divorced the price of securities from fundamental realities, such as high unemployment.

The adjacent screen capture from CNBC in April says it all about how badly markets are doing at reflecting true economic fundamentals.

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How to Steal an Election: Mail-In Ballots

By Eric Eggers 

What’s the difference between absentee balloting and universal mail-in balloting? The latter might sound like a great idea, but is it really? Eric Eggers of the Government Accountability Institute answers this vitally important question.

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Will Markets Melt Down If No One Concedes The Election?

By Stefan Gleason – Re-Blogged From Silver Phoenix

As pundits weigh in daily on who has the edge in this year’s political horserace, investors want to know how the election will affect their pocketbook.

It could affect it in a big way. A major disruptive threat looms in the 2020 election like no other in recent history.

It’s not that one candidate or the other would be uniquely bad for markets. Wall Street could be okay with either a Trump or a Biden victory, albeit probably for different reasons.

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Absentee Ballot Rejections Could TRIPLE in November

By Managing Editor – Re-Blogged From Headline USA

‘There could be a lot of people who are voting this way for the first time, and they tend to make the errors that lead to lost votes…’

How Will the Election Impact the Bullion Market?

By Clint Siegner – Re-Blogged From Money Metals Exchange

Bullion investors took a breather when Donald Trump was elected in 2016. Demand for coins, rounds, and bars fell significantly on the day after election day and stayed down for the next 3 years.

After 8 years of Barack Obama, ultra-loose fed policy and a historic run-up in the national debt, investors felt things would get better under Trump.

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Is Voter Fraud Real?

By Eric Eggers

What is the greatest threat to free and fair elections in America? Here’s a hint: it’s not Russia, or any other foreign power. It’s not a person, either. It’s something much more subtle, and much more dangerous. Investigative reporter Eric Eggers has the answer.

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Calif. Sets Stage for MORE Election Fraud

By Associated Press – Re-Blogged From Liberty Headlines

‘It’s faulty at best and dangerously naive at worst…’

California’s secretary of state on Friday approved Los Angeles County’s new publicly owned computerized voting system—a first of its kind for the nation—but is requiring modifications to address serious security and technical problems identified in testing.

Secretary of State Alex Padilla is also requiring that all polling stations offer voters the option of using hand-marked paper ballots in the March 3 presidential primary in the nation’s most populous county.

Texas Democratic Party Sends Voter Applications to Noncitizens 1screenshot via Youtube

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U.S. Supreme Court Takes up Presidential Electoral College Dispute

As the 2020 race heats up, the Supreme Court agreed on Friday to hear a dispute involving the complex U.S. presidential election system focusing on whether Electoral College electors are free to break their pledges to back the candidate who wins their state’s popular vote, an act that could upend an election.

The Supreme Court will take up appeals in two cases – from Washington state and Colorado – involving electors who decided to vote in the Electoral College process for someone other than Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016 even though she won the popular vote in their states.

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Could EV’s Be Used to “Hack” the 2020 Election?

By David Middleton – Re-Blogged From WUWT

This is fracking hilarious…

POWER TRIP
How electric vehicles could be used to hack the 2020 election
By Justin Rohrlich December 11, 2019

When former CIA director James Woolsey said in 2017 that he was “confident the Russians will be back, and that they will take what they have learned last year to attempt to inflict even more damage in future elections,” he was referring primarily to cyberattacks against electronic voting machines and voter registration databases.

That same year, professor J. Alex Halderman of the University of Michigan testified before the US Senate Intelligence Committee that the results of simulated cyberattacks on American voting machines were decidedly bleak.

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Vote-Weary Spain Holds Election

By Reuters – Re-Blogged From IJR

Spain held its second parliamentary election in just over six months on Sunday, with voters likely to deliver an even more fragmented parliament with no clear winner and a sizeable showing by the far-right.

Opinion polls show the Socialists in the lead but likely to win slightly fewer seats than in April’s vote, while the conservative People’s Party (PP) could gain strength and the far-right Vox could become the country’s third-largest party, just months after winning its first parliamentary seats.

Spain has been struggling to put stable governments together since 2015, when new parties emerged from the financial crisis following decades during which power oscillated between the Socialists and the PP.

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To Survive, Britain’s Conservatives Must ‘Get Rid of the Green Crap’

By James Delingpole – Re-Blogged From Breitbart

Besides the Brexit Party, one of the big winners of the European Parliament elections — in Germany, France, Austria, Sweden, Ireland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark and the UK — were the Greens.

There’s a lesson buried in this story — but it’s not what you might think. And it’s definitely, definitely the opposite of the conclusion being drawn by the Conservative Party.

In the Conservative mindset, green issues are one of those politically neutral, morally and socially positive causes you can embrace without betraying your principles or alienating your base.

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Aussie Election Blamestorm Continues: “Voters Feared Climate Policy More Than Climate Change”

By Eric Worrall- Re-Blogged From WUWT

The Australian Government ABC confirming my view that climate activism is a virtue signalling hobby for comfortable urban elitists.

Election 2019: What happened to the climate change vote we heard about?

By Matt Mcdonald

It was supposed to be the big issue of the 2019 Australian federal election: climate change.

In the survey more than 60 per cent of Australians agreed with the sentiment that “Global warming is a serious and pressing problem. We should begin taking steps now even if this involves significant cost”.

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Venezuela’s Guaido Says Troops Join Him to Oust Maduro

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido said on Tuesday he had begun the “final phase” of his plan to oust President Nicolas Maduro, calling on Venezuelans and the military to back him to end Maduro’s “usurpation.”

A Reuters journalist later saw security forces firing tear gas at Guaido and around 70 mostly young armed men in military uniform outside the La Carlota air force base in Caracas. Hundreds of civilians also joined the group.

But around two hours after Guaido tweeted his announcement, there was no sign of any other military activity, and the government dismissed any suggestion of an insurrection.

Ivan Alvarado/Reuters

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Yellow Vest Protesters Clash With Police in Paris

By Associated Press – Re-Blogged From CBS

French yellow vest protesters set life-threatening fires, smashed up luxury stores and clashed with police Saturday in the 18th straight weekend of demonstrations against President Emmanuel Macron. Large plumes of smoke rose above the rioting on Paris’ landmark Champs-Elysees Avenue, and a mother and her child were just barely saved from a building blaze.

French police tried to contain the demonstrators with limited success.

One perilous fire targeted a bank on the ground floor of a seven-story residential building. As firetrucks rushed over, a mother and her child were rescued as the fire threatened to engulf their floor, the city’s fire service told The Associated Press. Eleven people in the building, including two firefighters, sustained light injuries, as other residents were evacuated to safety.

17 States Ask SCOTUS to Allow Citizenship Question on 2020 Census

By Lionel Parrot – Re-Blogged From Liberty Headlines

‘The Department’s decision to include a census question in the 2020 Census will improve … ability to comply’ with voting rights laws…

Coalition Asking SCOTUS to Allow Citizenship Question on 2020 Census

Matt Bevin / IMAGE: Liberty University via Youtube

(Lionel Parrott, Liberty Headlines) Gov. Matt Bevin of Kentucky says he’ll be part of an amicus brief at the U.S. Supreme Court in support of a citizenship question on the 2020 Census.

Bevin, a Republican who is up for re-election this year, made the announcement through a press release.

The Trump administration wants to add a question about U.S. citizenship to the census, restoring a practice that was abandoned in 1960.

 

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US Pulling Last Diplomats from Venezuela Amid Power Crisis

By The Associated Press – Re-Blogged From Newsmax

The U.S. said late Monday that it is pulling its last remaining diplomats from Venezuela, saying their continued presence at the country’s embassy in Caracas had become a “constraint” on U.S. policy as the Trump administration aggressively looks to oust socialist President Nicolas Maduro.

The announcement came from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a tweet shortly before midnight comes as Venezuela struggles to restore electricity following four days of blackouts around the country.

The U.S. has led an international effort to replace Maduro with opposition leader Juan Guaido, who vows to hold a new presidential election. Guaido is backed by some 50 countries, while Maduro maintains support from countries such as China, Russia and Cuba.

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The Polls Were Wrong Again

By Lionel Parrott – Re-Blogged From Liberty Headlines

During a contentious press conference yesterday, President Trump blamed the media for touting polls that may have suppressed the vote.

The press conference was held following an election which saw the Democrats take control of the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time in eight years. At the same time, Republicans made gains in the U.S. Senate.

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Brazil President-Elect Vows to Move Embassy to Jerusalem

By Jason Devaney – Re-Blogged From Newsmax

The president-elect of Brazil signaled his desire to follow in President Donald Trump’s footsteps by relocating his country’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Jair Bolsonaro posted on Facebook on Thursday he will follow through on a campaign promise regarding the embassy after he takes office.

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After Germany’s Merkel Comes Chaos

By John Rubino – Re-Blogged From Dollar Collapse

After a long, initially-successful run promoting European integration and mass immigration, German Chancellor Angela Merkel saw the bottom fall out of her political fortunes this year. This morning she stepped down as leader of the formerly-dominant Christian Democrat party and promised not run again when her term as Chancellor ends in 2021.

What happens next is almost certain to be chaotic, as the following chart (courtesy of this morning’s Wall Street Journal) makes clear:

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In Brazil, Any Anti-Corruption Mandate Will Meet Political Obstacles

Re-Blogged From Stratfor.com

Highlights

  • The next Brazilian administration will come to power with a mandate to deepen anti-corruption probes and deliver greater results against perceived graft.
  • Brazil’s new government will have two general choices at its disposal: create institutions to more effectively detect and deal with corruption, or work within the existing institutions to indirectly target corruption through legislative amendments, including enacting stricter criminal penalties.
  • Obtaining funding to support extensive institutional reforms, balancing anti-corruption pursuits against competing political priorities, negotiating for legislative change with Brazil’s highly fragmented National Congress and other bureaucratic obstacles will shape the next administration’s anti-corruption policy.

A picture showing Brazilians rallying against far-right populist presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro in Sao Paulo on Oct. 20.

(NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)

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Kudlow: Market Worried Democrats Will Overturn Trump Growth Policies

By F McGuire – Re-Blogged From Newsmax

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow says that Wall Street is plunging because of fear Democrats will win midterms and end President Donald Trump’s “pro-growth policies.”

Kudlow, speaking to reporters outside the White House on Tuesday, blamed the market decline on mid-term elections, CNBC.com reported.

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Voters in Mid-Term Elections Report Watching Their Ballots Mysteriously Switch to Other Candidate

By Matt Agorist – Re-Blogged From Freedom Outpost

Savannah, GA — A rather shocking, but not surprising report this week out of Georgia reveals the unsettling state of America’s election and voting system. Voters in Georgia are now reporting that after they confirm their votes, they watch on the screen as their ballots mysteriously switch to the opposite candidate.

Later this month, a federal judge will hear the case against the Georgia government for their utter failure at maintaining sound election processes and their lack of maintaining a paper ballot record as well.

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An 11-Year-Old Hacked and Changed Election Results in Less than 10 Minutes

By Madison Dibble – Re-Blogged From IJR

As concerns about the security of the United States’ elections continue to rise, Florida just underwent a disheartening test of their electronic voting.

During a hacking convention, DEFCON 26, an 11-year-old was able to hack into Florida’s voting system and change the results of the election.

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Nicaragua’s Wave of Protests Is Ending — For Now

Re-Blogged From Stratfor

Highlights

  • Nicaragua’s government is gaining the upper hand over a 3-month-old protest movement, but demonstrations could flare up again as President Daniel Ortega tries to cement his rule.
  • Because renewed protests would further strain Nicaragua’s economy, thereby inserting a wedge between Ortega and the country’s business elites, the president will try to draw as many allies to his side by distributing benefits to them.
  • Nicaragua will pursue a more authoritarian path if protests continue but fail to unseat Ortega.
  • Though ending the protests will temporarily reduce business risks in Nicaragua, the specter of U.S. sanctions against Ortega and his allies will loom.

(MARVIN RECINOS/AFP/Getty Images)

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Massive Voter Fraud Alleged in Alabama Counties

By Steve Byas – Re-Blogged From The New American

After two counties — Wilcox and Perry — produced an unusually high number of absentee ballots in last Tuesday’s election, the Alabama secretary of state, John Merrill, has opened an investigation of potential voter fraud, particularly in Wilcox and Perry counties.

One week after the July 18 run-off primary election, Merrill explained why he is concerned. “This is a thing that you have to remember, if you have 19 absentee ballots being mailed to the same address and it’s a standalone structure that may or may not be occupied, that is a cause for a red flag. We had a situation in a municipality with more than 100 absentee ballots mailed to the same location.”

Italian Debt – A Financial Disaster Waiting To Happen

By Mark O’Byrne – Re-Blogged From http://www.Silver-Phoenix500.com

The new Italian government will increase public spending and public debt.

It promised to reduce taxes, introduce basic security and reform pensions. Italy’s Northern League’s leader Mateo Salvini surged in the polls and the party is now the strongest in Italy.

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Leftist Elected President of Mexico in Massive Landslide

By PJ McDonnell & Kate Linthicum – Re-Blogged From Liberty Headlines

Leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador won Sunday’s presidential election by a landslide, ushering in a new era in Mexican politics that could have profound implications for the country’s domestic and international policies — including its relationship with the United States.

Lopez Obrador’s projected margin of victory was 31 percentage points — the largest in Mexico’s recent electoral history. His opponents conceded before any actual results were released, based on exit polls showing the firebrand populist’s commanding lead.

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The Land That Global Warming Forgot

By David Archibald – Re-Blogged From http://www.WattsUpWithThat.com

For the first time a major political party has gone into an election with an anti-green platform and won big time. Specifically the Conservative Party platform for the Ontario election on 7th June promised:

  1. This means no carbon tax or cap-and-trade schemes.
  2. Stop sweetheart deals by scrapping the Green Energy Act.

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What a Populist President Would Mean for Mexico

Re-Blogged From Stratfor

Highlights

  • Polls suggest Mexico’s populist coalition, led by the National Regeneration Movement, could win the presidency in the July 1 federal elections, along with a majority in the lower house and a near majority in the Senate.
  • If the coalition gains only a lower house majority, it will face heavier pressure from established parties, including the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and the National Action Party (PAN), to moderate its populist stance.
  • But the PRI and PAN will be weaker in the wake of the vote, assuming the polls bear out, and will have to rely on federal courts to halt potentially controversial legislative measures, such as energy or education reforms.

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the National Regeneration Movement's candidate for Mexico's presidency, addresses the crowd at a campaign event on April 20, 2018.

(HECTOR VIVAS/Getty Images)

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‘Nightmare Scenario’ For EU Bond Markets As Anti-Euro Italian Government Takes Power

ByAmbrose Evans-Pritchard – Re-Blogged From http://www.Gold-Eagle.com

Firebrand populists of Left and Right are poised to take power in Italy, forming the first “anti-system” government in a major West European state since the Second World War.

Source: Wikimedia Commons

Leaders of the radical Five Star Movement and the anti-euro Lega party have been meeting to put the finishing touches on a coalition of outsiders, the “nightmare scenario” feared by foreign investors and EU officials in equal measure.

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Putin Plans for a Russia Without Him

Lauren Goodrich   By Lauren Goodrich,Senior Eurasia Analyst – Re-Blogged From Stratfor

Highlights

  • Though Russian President Vladimir Putin is assured an election win on March 18, his fourth term will usher in a period of deep challenges for Russia and his continued rule.
  • Putin’s pledge to maintain stability is facing economic and demographic shifts that will ripple throughout society and test compliance with Putin’s government.
  • Thinking of the longer term, the Kremlin is considering a spate of reforms and has allowed political discourse to return to Russia, though each maneuver is not without its risks.
  • Putin, his cultlike government and the Russian people are starting to consider what life in Russia will look like after he leaves the political stage.

Russian President Vladimir Putin commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Soviet Union's World War II victory at Stalingrad, now called Volgograd, on Feb. 2, 2018.

(MAXIM SHEMETOV/AFP/Getty Images)

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Ruling Climate Fanatics Obliterated in Aussie State Election

By Eric Worrall – Re-Blogged From http://www.WattsUpWithThat.com

h/t JoNova – South Australians have finally tired of economic misery and expensive, unreliable green electricity; the government which created the mess has just been crushed at the ballot box, 25 seats to 18.

Jay Weatherill quits as leader after losing South Australian election

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Turkey’s President Takes a Victory Lap

Sinan Ciddi   By Sinan Ciddi – Re-Blogged From Stratfor

Highlights

  • Following a referendum vote on sweeping constitutional changes in April 2017, Turkey’s government will transition from a parliamentary democracy to an executive presidency after the next presidential election in 2019.
  • The odds of a free and fair election are slim given the measures incumbent President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has taken — and the further measures he will take — to ensure he comes out on top.
  • Though former President Abdullah Gul would be Erdogan’s most credible challenger, he is unlikely to run in the next presidential race.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has since become his country's first popularly elected president, commemorates 50 years of Turkish immigration to Germany at a celebration in Berlin in 2011.

(SEAN GALLUP/Getty Images)

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When a Pillar of European Stability Crumbles

Re-Blogged From worldview.stratfor.com

Highlights

  • Negotiations to form a German government collapsed Nov. 19, opening a period of political uncertainty as leaders try to form a minority government or even seek new general elections.
  • Prolonged political uncertainty in Germany will complicate France’s plans for eurozone reforms and delay discussions about financial and institutional reforms for months.
  • The situation in Germany could also delay negotiations about the United Kingdom’s future ties with the European Union.

Germany's role as the beacon of political stability and predictability in Europe is now in doubt. Negotiations to form a government collapsed Nov. 19 after the pro-business Free Democratic Party (FDP) left the coalition talks, opening a period of prolonged political uncertainty in the process.

(ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
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Run On The Pound Sterling

By Mark O’Byrne – Re-Blogged From http://www.Silver-Phoenix500.com

Right to plan for ‘run on pound’ if Labour wins says Corbyn and Labour party 

– British pound already down 20% since Brexit, collapse already in play

– Run on the pound likely due to Labour’s ‘command economy’ approach

– Collapse in Sterling would undermine UK financial system

– Portfolios holding sterling and related assets would be significantly affected

– Pension funds and property the most likely to get hit by run on the pound

– Gold to benefit as sterling collapse picks up pace

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The German Elections Matter — and Not Just for Germany

Re-Blopgged From https://worldview.stratfor.com

Highlights

  • Germany’s Sept. 24 election will likely result in one of the most fragmented parliaments the country has seen in decades.
  • The country’s two largest parties will try to avoid renewing their current coalition partnership, meaning smaller parties will play a big role in the formation of the next government.
  • The ideological composition of the new administration will affect negotiations to reform the European Union, and when it comes to Southern Europe’s proposals for reform, a center-right coalition would be more skeptical than a center-left coalition.

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Hackable, Messy Politics

By John Rubino – Re-Blogged From Dollar Collapse

It’s already widely understood that the electronic voting machines used by a growing number of US states are easy to hack. But just how easy may not be clear. Consider this from today’s Wall Street Journal:

Hacker Cracks Voting Machine in Less Than 2 Hours

LAS VEGAS—A touch-screen voting machine used in a 2014 election in Virginia was hacked in about 100 minutes by exploiting a Windows XP flaw that was more than a decade old as part of a demonstration on security vulnerabilities in election technology.

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Brexit And UK Election impact UK Housing

By Mark O’Byrne – Re-Blogged From http://www.Silver-Phoenix500.com

  • Growing evidence of slowdown in UK property market
  • Slow-down in activity in UK housing market in run up to UK election
  • Average UK house prices dropped in the three months to May
  • Halifax report annual house price growth fallen to a four-year low of 3.3 percent.
  • “Political instability breeds procrastination on the part of homebuyers and sellers”
  • Sterling drop will increase divide in housing market, first time buyers continue to struggle
  • House price growth has lost momentum, volumes continue to drop

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Today’s Market Manipulation

 

cropped-bob-shapiro.jpg   By Bob Shapiro

As the victory of Donald Trump took shape last night, futures on the various stock markets began to plunge. S&P 500 futures were down the unofficial limit of 4% at one point. The Japanese Nikkei 225 Index closed down about 920 points overnight.

The theory was that President Trump would be bad for the US Economy, not the least by pressuring the FED to normalize (raise) interest rates. And, indeed, we see 30 year Treasuries now yielding around 2.84% – up almost a full quarter point from yesterday (see http://finance.yahoo.com/bonds/composite_bond_rates?bypass=true).

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Using Evidence for Decisions

cropped-bob-shapiro.jpg   By Bob Shapiro

Sometimes numbers can give different messages depending on how you look at them. With a Presidential election a month and a half away, this can be a problem.

For example, stats were released on Tuesday for Housing Starts and also for Housing Permits. The Starts number for August was down about 6% from the July figure, while the Permits were down just slightly.

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The FED and the Elections

cropped-bob-shapiro.jpg   By Bob Shapiro

The Stock Markets often predict the outcome of Presidential elections. If stocks are up – or even if they just are flat – the party which holds the White House tends to win the election. If stocks are down – especially if they’re down big time – the opposite party is favored to take the day.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average has been in the 18,000 area for the last two years, and as the US Economy has stagnated, the PE Ratio has gotten up to a near bubble level over 25. This has been achieved single handedly by the FED, which except for last December’s hike, hasn’t raised rates for 10 years, keeping them near zero for several of those years.

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Ominous Warning From The Stock Market?

By Dr Robert McHugh – Re-Blogged From http://www.Gold-Eagle.com

….The Fed has become increasingly political, and they have taken their role within the Plunge Protection Team, their legislative right from the President’s Working Group established in 1988 after the 1987 stock market crash, to greater heights, more frequent intervention, and intervention that occurs outside of a stock market crash environment which was the original intent. In other words, the Fed can print money, hand it to its Wall Street surrogates, and order the purchase of stock index futures to push the stock market higher, or to slow or stop declines.

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Voter IDs and Voter Fraud

By Michael Ware – Re-Blogged From http://www.Constitution.com

One of the greatest concern for conservatives in the upcoming election is that of voter fraud. And to alleviate that fear, many states have crafted and passed voter Id laws. These laws in their various forms require a photo identification for a person to be able to vote. This would be one more safeguard against one side stealing the race from the other. But this is not how some see the law.

From the beginning, many have claimed that this had racial motives. The argument is simple enough. The states that are seeking to enact these laws are Republican-led Legislatures, and they are trying to dampen the black vote. Now, appeals courts are saying the same thing.

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Democrats Attack ‘Racist’ Declaration of Independence

By Tad Cronn – Re-Blogged From http://constitution.com

Liberals hate the Declaration of Independence. That’s one quirk of the Liberal mentality I’ve encountered repeatedly throughout the years — as much as they despise and subvert the Constitution, they reserve even more bile for the Declaration.

They hate it so much, in fact, that they will manufacture endless excuses for ignoring it, even to the point of flat out denying that it is a legal document, despite its being passed unanimously by Congress, and going even further to denying that the United States existed as a nation until our independence was “granted” — not won, “granted” like a Christmas present — by the British king.

This used to be puzzling to me, but it long ago became clear that what Liberals really objected to was the fact that the Declaration spells out in plain language that government is subservient to the people, and people get their rights — as Conservatives know — from God the Creator. The reason, too, is clear: Liberals have to destroy that principle in order to push forward their worldview and agendas, in which the state is supreme, effectively God, rights come from and can be repealed by government, the individual must serve the collective for the betterment of the state, and certain classes of people are worthier of government largesse and political favor than others.

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