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LEWISTON MAYOR BOB MACDONALD ENDORSES BRUCE POLIQUIN FOR CONGRESS
Highlights Franco-American heritage, business experience, and record of fiscal reform.
OAKLAND – This morning, Bruce Poliquin, Congressional candidate for Maine’s 2nd District and former Maine State Treasurer, announced his endorsement by Lewiston Mayor Bob Macdonald.
"I'm pleased to endorse Bruce Poliquin in his candidacy for Congress,” said Mayor Macdonald. “I encourage you to also support Bruce. He's an honest and hard-working Franco-American whose grandfather was born and raised in Lewiston. Bruce was the best State Treasurer that Maine has ever had.
As Mayor of Lewiston, I have addressed head-on the tough problems that face our community. Bruce has done the same in Augusta; he'll do it again in Washington. Bruce Poliquin is the only candidate for Congress with the business experience and proven track record as Maine State Treasurer to help fix the fiscal mess in Washington that is hurting our families here in Lewiston and Androscoggin County.”
Two weeks ago, Mayor Macdonald won an overwhelming 61% reelection vote in one of the largest cities in the 2nd Congressional District.
“I want to thank Mayor Macdonald for his support,” said candidate Poliquin. “Rather than kicking the can down the street, the Mayor has a track record of tackling the toughest issues facing his community. Families across Maine want real solutions to the real problems that impact their lives. Government can be an agent of positive change if courageous individuals like Bob Macdonald do what is right. I am grateful for the support of Mayor Macdonald and many other public officials throughout the 2nd Congressional District.”
About Congressional Candidate Bruce Poliquin
Poliquin is a third generation Mainer who worked his way through Harvard University, graduating with a degree in economics. Prior to serving as Maine State Treasurer, Poliquin spent 35 years owning and running businesses.
As State Treasurer, Poliquin was instrumental in helping to put Maine state government finances in order. He exposed and help end wasteful overspending of taxpayer dollars on public housing, thereby assisting more vulnerable Maine families. He helped reform and secure the retirement benefits for teachers and state employees while eliminating $1.7 billion of public pension debt. Using his professional background in finance, Treasurer Poliquin negotiated tough with Wall Street saving Maine taxpayers millions of dollars of future interest payments.
Congressional candidate Bruce Poliquin is the proud single-parent of a college-aged son.
The left’s takeover of the American military
One more reason we need a man with the honesty, integrity and force of moral compass of Bruce Poliquin in the US Congress.
by Jim Emerson, staff writer
Obama’s uneasiness with Generals
A hallmark of dictators is the purging of senior military officers in the hope of eliminating any viable opposition to future tyrannical actions. A large number of senior military officials–around 200 flag officers–have been relieved by the Kenyan Muslim in Chief in the last five years. (2) Obama is working diligently to create a totally obedient, Democrat Party controlled military. After the Arab Spring uprising overthrew the old government and installed Muslim Brotherhood President Muhammed Morsi in Egypt, both Morsi and Obama expected Egyptian Military officers to subordinate themselves to the whims of a tyrant with Washington and terrorist connections. Obama watched that experiment closely because it was essentially to become his roadmap to total power in the United States.
Compliant Officer Class
The blogosphere is becoming keenly aware of an ongoing purge of Generals and Admirals in the US Military who are not in lock-step with Obama’s agenda. Senior military officers are being intimidated against speaking out. The real damage will be created and if the left create a “compliant officer class” to carry out the wishes of America’s first elected dictator of the modern era. What is going to stop the Kenyan from ordering the Armed forces to suppress insurgent Tea Partiers? Obama has a history of destroying any opposition and the main stream press has always been more than willing to help him out. If Obama succeeds, leaders of the U.S. Armed Forces will not have the backbone to tell the political class “no” to future commands. Even today there are few combat Generals in the ranks; most senior officers are political animals. That is why there was little opposition to the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. If any officer spoke up they were first booted out of the cocktail parties and later drummed out the military. In the service this is called a “Soft kill” of someone’s military career.
Retired Army Lt. Gen. James Dubik told Political Magazine “There are several basic models of civil-military relations.” The first is the traditional one of separate spheres of authority: “Civilians do policy; the military executes”—but still decides the means of execution. In a second model, “Civilians are the principals, the military are specialized employees. The military can advise, but they must do what the boss says in the way the boss wants, no more and no less.” (1) He points out the separation of the military from civilian leaders where the leadership sets policy and the military executes. Unfortunately, too many politicians expect military officers to be their unquestioning loyal servants. This breed discontent among the ranks. Politicians tend to be short-sited whereas the traditional military must plan for all contingencies. The Obama administration does not have a grasp of this concept, nor will they. As in Syria, Libya and Egypt the administration didn’t have a clue as to the long term effects of their policies. They were interested only in focusing on favorable political spin for Sunday morning talk shows. But bombing something or killing someone as a symbolic gesture has consequences. Gen. Paul Eaton sums it up best when he said “The military does not take kindly to people asking them to do things without thinking them through.”
One more reason we need Bruce poliquin, in Congress, a man that can count past ten without taking off his shoes, something I am not convinced any of the other Republicans, independants, or democrats in the race for the second Congressional distict of Maine Can do.
China Announces That It Is Going To Stop Stockpiling U.S. Dollars
by Michael Snyder
China just dropped an absolute bombshell, but it was almost entirely ignored by the mainstream media in the United States. The central bank of China has decided that it is “no longer in China’s favor to accumulate foreign-exchange reserves”. During the third quarter of 2013, China’s foreign-exchange reserves were valued at approximately $3.66 trillion. And of course the biggest chunk of that was made up of U.S. dollars. For years, China has been accumulating dollars and working hard to keep the value of the dollar up and the value of the yuan down. One of the goals has been to make Chinese products less expensive in the international marketplace. But now China has announced that the time has come for it to stop stockpiling U.S. dollars. And if that does indeed turn out to be the case, than many U.S. analysts are suggesting that China could also soon stop buying any more U.S. debt. Needless to say, all of this would be very bad for the United States.
For years, China has been systematically propping up the value of the U.S. dollar and keeping the value of the yuan artificially low. This has resulted in a massive flood of super cheap products from across the Pacific that U.S. consumers have been eagerly gobbling up.
For example, have you ever gone into a dollar store and wondered how anyone could possibly make a profit by making those products and selling them for just one dollar?
Well, the truth is that when you flip those products over you will find that almost all of them have been made outside of the United States. In fact, the words “made in China” are probably the most common words in your entire household if you are anything like the typical American.
Thanks to the massively unbalanced trade that we have had with China, tens of thousands of our businesses, millions of our jobs and trillions of our dollars have left this country and gone over to China.
And now China has apparently decided that there is not much gutting of our economy left to do and that it is time to let the dollar collapse. As I mentioned above, China has announced that it is going to stop stockpiling foreign-exchange reserves…
The People’s Bank of China said the country does not benefit any more from increases in its foreign-currency holdings, adding to signs policy makers will rein in dollar purchases that limit the yuan’s appreciation.
“It’s no longer in China’s favor to accumulate foreign-exchange reserves,” Yi Gang, a deputy governor at the central bank, said in a speech organized by China Economists 50 Forum at Tsinghua University yesterday. The monetary authority will “basically” end normal intervention in the currency market and broaden the yuan’s daily trading range, Governor Zhou Xiaochuan wrote in an article in a guidebook explaining reforms outlined last week following a Communist Party meeting. Neither Yi nor Zhou gave a timeframe for any changes.
It isn’t going to happen overnight, but the value of the U.S. dollar is going to start to go down, and all of that cheap stuff that you are used to buying at Wal-Mart and the dollar store is going to become a lot more expensive.
But of even more importance is what this latest move by China could mean for U.S. government debt. As most Americans have heard, we are heavily dependent on foreign nations such as China lending us money. Right now, China owns nearly 1.3 trillion dollars of our debt. Unfortunately, as CNBC is noting, if China is going to quit stockpiling our dollars than it is likely that they will stop stockpiling our debt as well…
Analysts see this as the PBoC hinting that it will let its currency fluctuate, without intervention, thus negating the need for holding large reserves of the dollar. And if the dollar is no longer needed, then it could look to curb its purchases of dollar-denominated assets like U.S. Treasurys.
“If they are looking to reduce these purchases going forward then, yes, you’d have to look at who the marginal buyer would be,” Richard McGuire, a senior rate strategist at Rabobank told CNBC in an interview.
“Together, with the Federal Reserve tapering its bond purchases, it has the potential to add to the bearish long-term outlook on U.S. Treasurys.”
So who is going to buy all of our debt?
That is a very good question.
If the Federal Reserve starts tapering bond purchases and China quits buying our debt, who is going to fill the void?
If there is significantly less demand for government bonds, that will cause interest rates to rise dramatically. And if interest rates rise dramatically from where they are now, that will set off the kind of nightmare scenario that I keep talking about.
In a previous article entitled “How China Can Cause The Death Of The Dollar And The Entire U.S. Financial System“, I described how China could single-handedly cause immense devastation to the U.S. economy.
China accounts for more global trade that anyone else does, and they also own more of our debt than any other nation does. If China starts dumping our dollars and our debt, much of the rest of the planet would likely follow suit and we would be in for a world of hurt.
And just this week there was another major announcement which indicates that China is getting ready to make a major move against the U.S. dollar. According to Reuters, crude oil futures may soon be pricedin yuan on the Shanghai Futures Exchange…
The Shanghai Futures Exchange (SHFE) may price its crude oil futures contract in yuan and use medium sour crude as its benchmark, its chairman said on Thursday, adding that the bourse is speeding up preparatory work to secure regulatory approvals.
China, which overtook the United States as the world’s top oil importer in September, hopes the contract will become a benchmark in Asia and has said it would allow foreign investors to trade in the contract without setting up a local subsidiary.
If that actually happens, that will be absolutely huge.
China is the number one importer of oil in the world, and it was only a matter of time before they started to openly challenge the petrodollar.
But even I didn’t think that we would see anything like this so quickly.
The world is changing, and most Americans have absolutely no idea what this is going to mean for them. As demand for the U.S. dollar and U.S. debt goes down, the things that we buy at the store will cost a lot more, our standard of living will go down and it will become a lot more expensive for everyone (including the U.S. government) to borrow money.
Unfortunately, there isn’t much that can be done about any of this at this point. When it comes to economics, China has been playing chess while the United States has been playing checkers. And now decades of very, very foolish decisions are starting to catch up with us.
The false prosperity that most Americans are enjoying today will soon start disappearing, and most of them will have no idea why it is happening.
The years ahead are going to be very challenging, and so I hope that you are getting ready for them.
Michael Snyder is the Editor of The Economic Collapse Blog.
Why the forces of evil so want to keep Bruce Poliquin out of congress:|
The Looming Democrat Disaster
By Bruce Walker
The second presidential midterm has historically been a disaster for the political party whose man is in the White House. In 2006, Republicans lost both houses of Congress as Bush fatigue not only led voters to vote against Republicans, but also led many Republicans to stay home. Although there have been a few anomalies -- like 1998, when the Senate Republicans' cravenness in Clinton's impeachment trial opened the door for modest Democrat gains; in 1986; in 1974; in 1966; in 1958; and in 1942 (a third midterm, but in a four-term presidency) -- the party in power generally suffers dramatic losses.
Democrats are beginning to realize that there simply is no sleight of hand that will shift the attention of energized Republicans or raise the spirits of disheartened Democrats in 2014. That would suggest that in House races, which happen every year, and in state government races, which are generally set to coincide with midterm elections rather than presidential elections, Democrats will lose many races for seats that they currently hold.
House Democrats can only look with dread at the current presidential polling data. It is worse than in 2010, when Democrats suffered tremendous losses. Rasmussen, for example, shows that on Election Day in 2010, 28% of Americans "strongly approved" of Obama's performance as president, while 44% of American "strongly disapproved," for a difference among voters with strong opinions of -16% for Democrats. What does Rasmussen show today? Only 22% of Americans "strongly approve" of Obama's performance while 44% "strongly disapprove," which is a difference among voters with strong opinions of -22%.
There is no reason to doubt that those numbers will leak into state legislative races -- that is just what happened in 2010 -- and Republicans could actually come out of the 2014 election with control of more state legislative chambers than they had after 2010. This could easily reach the greatest disparity in state legislative support between the two major parties that Republicans have enjoyed since their party was formed in 1856.
Secondary statewide elective offices, which often get little attention, should produce similar results. The number of Republicans who are lieutenant governor, state attorney general, state treasurer, state auditor, and the like could also reach a historic high. While governor's races often stand on their own, a few percentage points could easily tip five or six gubernatorial races.
If this happens -- if Republicans have a tsunami as in 2010 -- then a whole range of changes in state law that affect big labor, education bosses, voter fraud and voter ID issues, abortion laws, tort reform, and the like could produce before the 2016 presidential election sweeping Republican reforms at the state level which will weaken the Democrats' traditional allies and create many success stories that show how sensible conservative policies work.
As if that were not enough, the Senate class of 2014 has turned into a nightmare. Seats in Arkansas, Alaska, Louisiana, North Carolina, West Virginia, South Dakota, and Montana are all vulnerable, and in states like Iowa, Virginia, New Mexico, and Colorado, the seats could easily flip in a strong Republican tide. Even Delaware, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Michigan, and Oregon cannot be considered completely safe for Democrats.
If Republicans make major gains in the House, win a working majority in the Senate, and hold a clear preponderance of power in state government, what will Obama's last two years in office be like? His nominees will face grilling and, depending upon how radical they are, rejection by the Senate. More and more states could pull out of the ObamaCare catastrophe, rendering Obama's keynote issue gutted and despised.
The House and Senate, if the filibuster rules are modified, could force upon this hapless "leader" one popular bill after another, leaving him the sole and lonely option of vetoing (or signing and allowing Republicans to govern). Assuming he haughtily and angrily vetoes these bills, Obama faces an even worse fate: many Democrats, already saddled with an increasingly unpopular president, may feel forced to join Republicans in overriding the veto. Few images in American politics are as pathetic as a president who cannot even sustain a veto with the support of his party.
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Manasquan, NJ --(Ammoland.com)- Mike Weisser, proprietor of the Ware Gun Shop in Ware, MA is a con-man, deadbeat and enemy of the Second Amendment!
How can we make such bold statement?
Because we know first hand, fact is he owes AmmoLand Shooting Sports News for advertising we ran for him, when he was doing business as “Grey Lock Holsters” in 2012. On good faith we ran his ads, as we do with all our advertisers, and after making him loads of money he stiffed us for $1800.00, dodging all our phone calls and emails ever since.
Yeah we know. Having people steal from you happens in any business, we can deal with that, but here is the rub with this POS.
So called mikethegunguy, Mike Weisser, is basically a double agent agent working to undermine our second rights with his articles on his blog mikethegunguy, the Huffington Post and elsewhere on the web. ( common sense should tell any gunny that a so called pro gun writer for HUFPO is a joke ).
On one hand he claims to be an insider in the shooting sports industry, gun shop owner and supporter of the Second Amendment, but leaves a trail “common sense” anti-gun sellout articles across the web, including his article “Open Letter to Wayne LaPierre” ( http://tiny.cc/2rty6w ) where he wrote:
“It’s easy to disparage the 90 percent of Americans who are in favor of expanding background checks by telling your audience that some unnamed Congressman from some unnamed state hasn’t gotten any calls. But maybe the time has finally come when most Americans are more worried about ending the 100,000+ firearm deaths and injuries than whether you and your NRA cult of followers can Stand and Fight.”
Clearly mikethegunguy did not bother to check the facts that the 90% lie has been debunked over and over again and it takes real balls for some hack like Weisser to bad mouth Mr Lapierre who is a true leader and defender of the RKBA, unlike this turncoat.
Here he is Supporting the United Nations Small Arms Treaty, while once more trash talking the NRA , in his article “What Does That NRA Small-Arms Treaty Really Say?” ( http://tiny.cc/1euy6w ) :
“The NRA, the Washington Times, and all the other pro-gun stalwarts who make a living by ginning up the fears of gun owners every time that someone says anything even remotely connected to gun control might do us all a favor and stop concocting arguments out of whole cloth. I know, I know, Obama’s a liberal which means he hates guns and he’ll do anything to take them away. But maybe it’s time to stop worrying about Obama and start thinking about how to convince rational and reasonable people that responsible gun ownership is the American way.”
This is just one of multiple examples that can be found on the web of Mr Weisser providing cover to anti-gun, false-flag groups like “Evolve”, with a so-called “industry insider” in favor of reasonable gun control.
We want to make sure no one else in our fine industry gets taken in by this charlatan so we made a short list of known aliases and DBA’s:
Name: Mike Weisser
- Greylock Gear and Leather Co.
91 W. Main Stret
Ware, MA 01082
And on Amazon.com as GreyLock
- Ware Gun Shop
91 W. Main Street, Ware, MA 01082
- WARE SHOOTING ACADEMY
- Former Importer of ISSC, before ISSC saw the light and terminated his license in favor of Legacy Sports.
- Blogging at http://mikethegunguy.com/
- Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mike-weisser/
- The Health Care Blog as MIKE R. WEISSER http://thehealthcareblog.com/blog/tag/mike-weisser/
- GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1262434.Michael_R_Weisser
What? You still need more proof that this man is no good, just take a look at comments on the many gun forums he has pissed on:
Feel free to tell Mr Weisser you are on to his scam and definitely do not do business with him… ever, as scammers and thieves never change their way. You have been warned.
And if you are one of the few product wholesalers who are still doing business with Mr Weisser, then shame on you to.
Have you or your company been burned by Weisser? Be sure and leave your story here in the comments below, so other can know the truth.
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– The Shooting Sports News source.
She asked the Lord, the Lord guided her hand, she is alive, 2 of the five young punks are not.
60 Year Old Woman Shoots 2 of 7 ‘Knock Out’ Attackers
Beulah Montgomery, had just turned 60 the day before, when she was approached by 7 young punks playing Knock Out. One of them hit her and a second was attempting to hit her, so she reached for her gun. She fired 5 times and two of the young men fell down dead. One was hit in the stomach and one in the chest. The other five ran off after finding out their elderly victim was less than helpless. Montgomery had been mugged before and started carrying a gun for protection. The move paid off.
“All I could feel was pain and I said to myself I had made it to 60 and I wanted to at least see 61. Then I started praying and I asked the Lord to guide my hands.”
Beulah is a member of the neighborhood watch (uh oh, I can see an Al Sharpton moment coming on) and says that she always carries a gun now after being robbed once before:
”It’s a shame you can’t walk through your own neighborhood where you are supposed to feel safe without being assaulted and mistreated. I purchased the gun hoping I would never have to use it, but I’m glad to still be in the land of the living.”
Police have not yet charged Montgomery with anything, but she was detained and then released. Montgomery has no prior arrests.
In a related story out of Philadelphia, there were three knockout game attacks, including victims 61, and 80. All three victims were white and the attackers were black. Race may have played a part in the attacks.
Beulah is a member of the neighborhood watch!
Now look what happens when the victims, all white, are unarmed:
In this "Knock Out Game" you don't have to be white, but you do have to be other than black, and appeared unarmed and defenseless. Was Congresswoman Grace Meng The Latest Victim Of The Deadly “Knockout” Game?