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The following was submitted by Kevin Crosby. He is a software engineer, conservative, and independent contributor to His opinions do not necessarily reflect those of the administration of He can be reached at



Good morning and happy Monday everyone.

I came across an article this weekend about the House Ways and Means Committee questioning the IRS about the agency targeting conservative political groups and their contributors.  My first thought was that this is just more Chicago style politics being played by the kids in Washington and is just business as usual.  I didn’t think too much about it until I heard a reference to what has happened in the past when an administration took to this unwise strategy when dealing with its opponents.  Thank you George Will!

I’m sure that most would have forgotten, or did not know, how when the Nixon administration attempted this, the outcome was an unmitigated disaster.  Here is a portion of section 2 of the articles of impeachment Nixon faced; “He has, acting personally and through his subordinates and agents, endeavored to obtain from the Internal Revenue Service, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, confidential information contained in income tax returns for purposed not authorized by law, and to cause, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, income tax audits or other income tax investigations to be initiated or conducted in a discriminatory manner.”

Its interesting as to how all this surfaced and the inside information, that I made up that I obtain from an unnamed informant, is that it all started with a mid level manager from the IRS meeting with a group of tax attorneys to discuss upcoming changes in tax law.  As I understand it, that meeting concluded with them all going out to dinner and of course that included wine and cocktails being consumed by all attending.  Well, this noodle from the IRS should have know how bad an idea it is to consume adult beverages with a group of attorneys who by default were not his friends, but he apparently missed that part and proceeded to throw caution to the wind.  Its at this point that one of the attorneys decided to have a little fun with the noodle and asked him the question about the IRS targeting the Tea Party and other conservative groups with audits.  The thought was that it would be fun to watch this guy try and tap dance his way around the question and that would be great entertainment for all present to watch.  Well the noodle fooled them all and just came right out and admitted that this is exactly what has been going on for the last few years.  Ok, can you imagine a group of attorneys with their mouths hanging wide open and not being able to speak?  I can’t either!

So, where are we at?  The noodle let that proverbial cat out of the bag that the Obama administration has committed an impeachable offense of using the IRS to initiate audits of the people and groups that oppose them.  Because of all of this there will be hearings on the matter and we will all just have to wait and see what happens.  I fully expect that if this heats up, all of our illustrious politicians, on both sides of the isle, will busy trying to calculate what initiating an impeachment proceedings will do to their all important and encompassing election chances in the next cycle.  My pessimism is telling me that the rule of law and the constitution have become secondary to those that are sworn to uphold both with their primary concern being the continuation of their political careers.  Anybody want to argue that point?  I didn’t think so.

Your are entitled to my opinion.

The following was submitted by Kevin Crosby. He is a software engineer, conservative, and independent contributor to His opinions do not necessarily reflect those of the administration of He can be reached at

I think we need to change our direction on taxes and spending here in Minnesota.  In order to accomplish that end, I have an idea for a new tax bill that I would like to see get passed.  My tax bill would be to add an 85% tax on Minnesota senators, house representatives and their staff’s salary and expense payments when any legislative session results in higher taxes and or spending.  This would insure that these legislators would pay their fair share.  Remember, its would be for the children, elderly, homeless, unemployed, disabled, veterans and the economically disadvantaged.

Now I know that there will be an argument against this proposal because it would dissuade the best and the brightest from running for office.  Well that may be possible, but I would like to think it would dissuade those that want to spend and tax this state into bankruptcy.  Perhaps we can’t afford the best and the brightest anymore and its time to get more of the average people involved in state government.  Maybe the average person, as an elected official, would better serve us because they have been the ones negatively impacted by what all this tax and spending has brought to us.  Perhaps they would instinctively know that the state trying to direct peoples’ personal lives is not the best idea around.  Its possible that these folks understand that most people want to be left alone to make their own lives and can do so just fine without the help of state government. 

Obviously, this is not going to happen as it would have to be passed by the current legislative body, and I doubt that they would give up their power over the citizens of Minnesota.  They will willingly raise our taxes, but not theirs.  With that being said, I guess this current legislature is not so much for the people, but more likely for them to hold power and to ensure that their career as politician is not threatened.  I think it quite likely that this state would be much better served by average folks being elected to office with the intent of it being a temporary adventure in their lives to serve the people as opposed to those who would like it to become a lifelong career. 

If you think that I’m suggesting this out of pure jest, you would only be partially correct.  I, like most people I know, do not hold career politicians in particularly high regard.  Actually, quite the opposite, as I’m certain that career politicians are very adept at knowing and acting on what is best for them in spite of what is best for the citizens they supposedly serve.  If the opposite was true, there would not be many career politicians left in our state and federal legislatures. 


Your are entitled to my opinion.

The following was submitted by Kevin Crosby. He is a software engineer, conservative, and independent contributor to His opinions do not necessarily reflect those of the administration of He can be reached at

After the shooting in Newtown Connecticut, I have come to the conclusion that there needs to be some very serious changes to the gun control laws in this country.  As any elected fool from Washington would say, some very “broad based” and common sense changes are needed here.  These changes need to come quickly so as to protect innocent people from the type of senseless violence that occurred yesterday where 20 innocent children and 6 adults lost their lives.  Things are going to have to change in a dramatic way.  I have some proposals.
 Before I get to the proposals part of this blog, I would like to look at where the fault lies for tragedies like this and the Aurora CO. movie theater shootings as well as all the other mass killing by gun toting nut cases.  Well, hang on to your seats sports fans cause I’m about to take a serious right turn here.
The people and groups that are responsible for this tragedy are none other than the anti gun organizations like the Brady Campaign, International Association of Police Chiefs, The Joyce Foundation, CBS, NBC and ABC.  Also, one would have to include all the liberal/socialist anti gun nuts within the democratic party.  Well for all of you in these groups, the blood of those innocent children and adults is on your hands.  Because of what you have done and what you continue to advocate for, innocent people are being murdered and butchered in our streets.  You are guilty!  Got that, GUILTY!  20 children murdered because of what you have done to the gun laws in this country.  And now you want more gun laws which will cause more deaths of innocent people that you pretend to represent.  Its time for America to come together and intellectually disarm you the anti gun nuts and re-arm the law abiding citizens everywhere in this country with the weapon of their own choice.
You see, the problem with the intellectual liberal anti’s is that as with most things their logic fails as they can’t seem to grasp the bigger picture or take a thought to its logical conclusion.  They believe that all guns should be banned, but the part that they don’t seem to understand is that the criminals and nut cases don’t follow their gun laws. Duh!!!  Look at Chicago where there have been 400 gun deaths so far this year while boasting the strictest gun laws in the U.S.  Where is the outrage over that? Wake up liberals, the logic is very simple here.  More guns, less crime.  What is it that you don’t get here?  Or, maybe I should ask, why is it that you can’t grasp this concept.  But, I have limited time and space, so  I will save this for a latter blog.
Now lets get down to my proposed solutions.  First, eliminate requirements to obtain a permit before carrying a handgun.  If you are citizen 21 years or older with no felony convictions there should be no restrictions.  This applies to open carry and concealed carry, but open carry should be promoted.  Alaska, Vermont and Arizona currently have no permit requirements.  A system of instant background checks should be developed to allow same day purchases of firearms in every state.  If you commit a crime of violence with a firearm, you go to prison for a minimum of five years.  If you commit a homicide or rape using a firearm, your sentenced to a minimum of life without the possibility of parole.
Gun free zones cannot be eliminated altogether, as this violates the peoples rights to conduct themselves in the manor they choose on their private property.  But the laws should be changed so there can be no restriction to carrying a weapon in public places or in businesses that cater to the public.  All restrictions to carrying a weapon in state, local and federal offices should be dropped.
Now to the big one.  Schools.  Not only should there be no restrictions to carrying a gun in a school, it should be promoted and in some instances be required.  There should a fund established to facilitate the training of teachers and school administrators on carrying and using a handgun.  That fund should also pay bonuses to teachers and administrators who complete the training and verifiably carry at the school they teach in.  Also, firearm training and shooting should be a required course in all schools at all grade levels.  No exceptions.
The point of this is two fold, first the more people that carry handguns in plain sight make it most difficult for the cowardly criminal.  Second, there is no way to stop someone who is mentally ill from attempting to commit mass murder in places like schools or movie theaters.  The only thing we as citizens can do is arm ourselves because if more than 50% of the pubic is armed the opportunity for these mass shooting drops dramatically.  There would be almost no place where a sick person could go and start shooting with out there being returned fire.  Returned fire saves lives every time its used.  Conversely, every time there is a shooting with no return fire, the body count is only limited by the amount of ammunition the assailant has and the number of innocent in front of his weapon.
I know that the majority of you who will read this don’t carry a handgun.  I have a permit and I carry everyday, where ever I go.  The reason I do is that a cop is too heavy to carry and I know that when seconds count, the police are just minutes away.  It is a personal responsibility issue.  If you take personal responsibility for your safety by choosing to carry a handgun, you by default, provide safety for the public around you.  That is a common sense gun rule.
 Comments welcome.
Your are entitled to my opinion.

The following was submitted by Kevin Crosby. He is a software engineer, conservative, and independent contributor to His opinions do not necessarily reflect those of the administration of He can be reached at


The financial crisis:
Increase taxes on the upper income earners until they stop hiring and stop increasing the size of their businesses.
Increase deficit spending that requires the printing money until the currency becomes worthless.
Increase the number of rules and regulations until corporations have no choice but to move jobs off shore.

Mass shootings by the cognitively impaired:
Limit magazines to less than 10 shots.
Outlaw assault weapons so the people being shot won’t be traumatized by the weapons appearance.
Expand the rules on gun registration.
Limit the public’s ability to protect themselves.

Energy costs:
Stop permitting the drilling for energy on public land.
Institute cap and trade.
Give $2 billion to Brazil so they can increase drilling for energy.
Stop the Keystone pipeline.

Now I don’t know what you think about this whole situation, but I believe that we have the wrong group of people running our government.  They are truly a special kind of stupid.  The only thing worse than what we have is to vote more of the same into office.  If history is our guide, then that is exactly what is going to happen.  You can’t have self government without self discipline.
You are entitled to my opinion.

The following was submitted by Kevin Crosby. He is a software engineer, conservative, and independent contributor to His opinions do not necessarily reflect those of the administration of He can be reached at


Last Thursday, the Supreme Court in all their collective wisdom, ruled in the matter of the constitutionality of mandating us to buy health insurance or pay a penalty.  Pretty simple and straight forward, don’t you think?  Well it should have been, but that’s not the way it turned out.  Instead of giving an up or down ruling on that question, they decided they would re interpret the whole law and state that it was a tax and not a penalty.  Never mind that the Health Care Bill as passed, specifically called it a penalty and not a tax.  Apparently, Chief Justice Roberts didn’t want to overturn the bill, so he and the other 4 Obama butt sniffers decided they would call the penalty a tax. 

This is where it gets a little complicated.  The penalty was said to be Constitutional because of the commerce clause which states the federal government can regulate commerce amongst the people.  Well that may be well and good, but in this case, the penalty was for not participating in commerce i.e. not buying health insurance.   Those not participating in commerce where going to be forced into participating.   Well, if they would have stuck to that part, this would have been a slam dunk and the whole Health Care bill would have been tossed onto the scrap heap of runaway government.  Think limited government here.  One would think that there must be some limit on government or why would we even have a Supreme Court.

Now I don’t claim to know how these people spend their time on a day to day basis, but there appears to be some shenanigans going on here.  Rumor has it that for the last month the four liberal justices got Roberts in a room away from the others on the court and did whatever it took to get him to change his vote on the ruling.   Now I don’t want to speculate on the “whatever it took” part of that statement in too much detail as two of those folks are of the female persuasion and aren’t exactly the first two girls you would expect to see on the dance floor for the first dance of the evening at the high school prom.  Probably not the last dance either.   I am not sure how they react with each other personally and as a matter of fact, I really don’t want to know.  Especially when the gin starts to flow.  I don’t know if it was in fact gin, but it had to be something along those lines to get a chief justice of the Supreme Court to go off the deep end as Roberts did in this instance.  This reminds me of Einstein’s quote about the difference between physics and stupidity where he said, ” There are limits to physics”.

So now that this ruling established that this is a tax and that the government has the constitutional right to tax us for not doing what the government wants us to do, where is the limit on government? James Madison said those powers were limited primarily to external objects and named them specifically as war, peace, foreign commerce and negotiations.  So what the hell is going on here?  So how did the government get into health care?  Are we next going to see a tax added to our grocery bill if we chose not to buy broccoli when the government decides that’s what they think we should be eating?  I bet the comedians are going to have a field day with this.  The sad thing is that none of this is funny!

This whole fiasco is the greatest example of intellection elitism that I have ever seen.  Just another bite out of lifes sh*t sandwich folks.  The constitution trampled on again and this is going to continue until the American people put a stop to it.  That is you if you haven’t already figured it out.  We all lost a lot of our rights and liberty the day this trash was heaped on the American public.  A very sad state of affairs that can be  partially corrected this November.  It will take a continuing effort in future elections to get more people elected that truly believe in the constitution and the limited power of government as well as get rid of those that are trying to move us to a socialist/marxist state.  It can be done.  The hard work and sacrifice to make this happen is what the founders of this great nation require us to do.

Remember that the one right you still have, is the right to my opinion.  Ok, stop the laughing.

Have a great 4th of July everyone!

The NTSB has come out with a new rule that would make it illegal to use your cell phone in the car.  This would include all hands free cell phones.

Further information on the proposed rule changes have been disclosed by a source not close to the NTSB that wishes to remain anonymous due to the sensitivity of the information.  The source says that there are many more rules contained in the text of the recommendation that have not been disclosed to the public.  Here are some examples of the new rules:

1. Eating, drinking beverages of any kind, chewing gum and smoking would be banned while driving.
2. Listening to the stereo in the vehicle would be banned as this causes unnecessary distraction especially when changing channels or discs.
3. Conversation with passengers would also be banned.  All persons riding in the vehicle will have to remain silent and look straight ahead.
4. Sleeping in vehicles would also be banned as the possibility of the sleeping passenger could be a serious distraction.
5. No child under the age of 21 will be allowed in the passenger seat.
6. No child under the age of 21 will be allowed to have a state drivers license because of the high numbers of accidents by this group.
7. Children between the ages of 21 and 26 would only be allowed to be issued learners permits that would require an adult in the car at all times when that child is driving.
8. A sound proof barrier between the front seats and the back seats would be required on all new cars to prevent distraction from passengers and children riding in the rear seating area.
9. The viewing of video by passengers in the rear seating area would only be allowed between sunrise and sunset so as to prevent distraction from the light emanating from the video screen.
10. All navigation units will be banned.
11. All food and beverage drive up windows will be banned.
12. All hand held electronic games will not be allowed in a moving vehicle.

 Starting in 2013 all new vehicles would be required to have the following modifications to prevent driver distraction:

1. Heating and air conditioning controls, horn actuating switch and garage door openers will be moved to the trunk or alternatively under the hood and would be disabled when the vehicle is running.
2. All instruments in the dash will be eliminated except for the speedometer.
3. All dome lights and lighted visors will be banned.
4. Glove boxes will be required to be moved to the rear seating area.
5. All Electric Seat adjustments will disabled when the vehicle is running.
6. In dash navigation units will not be allowed.
7. Cigarette lighters and power outlets will only be allowed in the rear seating area.
8. Temperature and direction information will be banned on rear view mirrors.

The NTSB has indicated that their polling indicates that the majority of the American public overwhelmingly supports these rules to combat distracted driving.  When asked who was included in the poll, it was stated that so far they have Harry Reed and Nancy Pelosi.

If I make up any more information becomes available, an email will be sent.

The following was submitted by Kevin Crosby. He is a software engineer, conservative, and independent contributor to His opinions do not necessarily reflect those of the administration of He can be reached at


Sometimes I find myself hating this business of investing in gold and silver and now is one of those times.  As everyone that will read this knows, being in investing is for the most part keeping up to date with what is going on in the world.  For the most part, I really enjoy that aspect of the business.  My day usually starts promptly at 5 am with a cup of coffee and digging in to the latest news headlines, checking the dollar index, examining what the foreign markets are up to and looking at the price of gold and silver over at Kitco.  Then its off to the different subscriber research sites for inputs by the experts.  Most days, its hard to fit all this in before the markets open at 8:30 am and I used to enjoy the routine.  However, my enthusiasm is now starting to diminish.

I personally am finding all the news in the European banking crisis very entertaining.  A new news release every hour or so that is more outrageous and ridiculous than the last.  First they had a deal and , oh wait, that didn’t work so now they agree to agree on a deal that hasn’t been written yet.  To top all that off, the funniest thing that happened is that the British told everybody to go stick it.  Couple that with what the current batch of fools that are running our government into the ground are up to, and the comedy keeps on rolling in.  One of many character flaws is that I enjoy laughing and pointing at stupid people doing stupid things and making outlandish public statements.  What a rich time we live in!  Now, I’m planning to seek the guidance of a medical professional for this flaw as well as a couple others………….. or maybe not.  Probably just end up pointing and laughing, but I digress.

Over the last couple of weeks some of the news I’m reading has given me great pause.  My urge to point and laugh has come to a screeching halt.  It all started with the M F Global debacle.  I immediately realized that this news was much different than the normal crap I read.  For those of us that trade in the markets, things changed dramatically.  It’s now obvious that the system is broken and broken in a different way than we have ever seen.  I don’t think there has ever been a problem in the past with the clearing houses that facilitates our trading.  That is gone.  The other part of this is the SEC and the CFTC’s role in all this.  I have always believed that these two groups are nothing but political puppets, but to publicly do a face plant over their failure to protect the investing public is catastrophic. 

Well, I thought that all of this was pretty damn bad news and then I saw this headline, “MARKET SOURCES REPORT BIS, BOE & FEDERAL RESERVE WERE SELLING GOLD AFTER IT POPPED TO SESSION HIGH”.  I’m sure most of you are aware of the illegal price manipulation of gold and silver by the major bullion banks, JP Morgan, HSBC et al.  My reading of all the price manipulation leads me to believe that there are natural market forces that will end all this and the price of gold and silver will continue to rise as we expect.  Now that the Fed and the Bank of International Settlements have stepped in to short gold and silver, the rules have all changed in the ball game that was already suspect.  In my not so humble opinion, what is going on here is that the world banking community, European governments and the Fed cannot allow the price of gold and silver to do a moon shot, as this is direct competition for the wealth that would otherwise be used to buy government bonds.   How long will it take the Fed and BIS to run out of ammunition to short the gold and silver markets?  What will happen if the Fed decides that other commodity prices are too high or too low?

Ok, now we have the icing on the cake with this article. Bloomberg News confirms that the stock market was rigged.  Turns out that under former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, confidential government information was regularly leaked to select people on Wall Street.  Anybody think that this isn’t still ongoing?  Is this now a part of the job of the plunge protection team?

The question I would like to throw out for your comment is, what does the term “market” mean in todays world?  What is the right approach to investing in severely manipulated markets that may not be markets at all, just interventions?

If the investing public figures all this out, a stock market crash would not describe what would happen.  Maybe, a better description would be “wholesale slaughter”.  For me personally, I’m getting a little tired of playing is this sandbox.  Used to be that once in a while you’d find a little surprise buried in the sand by one of the neighbors cats.  I could deal with that.  Now it seems that all the cats in the neighborhood, as well as a couple of elephants, are using this sandbox.  It’s getting a little dangerous.

The following was submitted by Kevin Crosby. He is a software engineer, conservative, and independent contributor to His opinions do not necessarily reflect those of the administration of He can be reached at

I have three charts here for you today.  The first one depicts the value of the dollar, or the lack there of.   The second is the price of gold over the last ten years, and the third being the price of silver since 1985.  Go look at the charts (at the bottom) for a bit and meet me back here.  I  have cup of coffee and I can wait for you, so take your time.

Lets look at the math. If you had $30,000 in cash in 1970, it would be worth $5,400 today. If you had bought $30K in gold ten years ago, it would be worth approximately $153,900. If you bought $30k worth of silver ten years ago, it would be worth $237,885. Fun numbers, but I’m not writhing this for fun and I know for a fact that less than 1% of everyone who is going to read this blog owns any gold and silver, so these numbers are somewhat meaningless, right?

The most important thing that I want you to take away from this, is the trend in the value of the dollar. Ask yourself, where does this end. What happens when the value of the dollar reaches $0.0? When you look at the long term trend is there any doubt in your mind that this is what is going to happen? If there is any doubt in your mind, I would love to hear what you are thinking. Maybe, you think that the government could somehow come up with a plan to magically fix this. Not likely, as the governments magic is the cause of most of this.

Obvious to me, by looking at these charts, is the fact that owning gold and silver might be a good idea right now, as opposed to having money in the stock market or a savings account. Yes the stock market has been a pretty good tear as of late, but you don’t have to look very far to find out that the tear has been more of the governments magic than anything resembling market fundamentals. Oh, and by the way, the governments magic(QE2) ends on the 30th of June. Can’t wait to see the fireworks from that stock market explosion. As far as having money in a savings account, look closely at the first chart and tell me why you think that is a good idea. If your keeping you’re money in a savings account because you think its safe there, go look at chart 1 again.

I have heard and read a lot about the fact that gold and silver are in a bubble and it won’t be long until that bubble bursts, just like the dot com bubble and the housing bubble. Well lets examine this intellectual dung for a moment. In both the dot com bubble and the housing bubble, there was a very high percentage of private investment driving those bubbles. To state this another way, in order for there to be a bubble, there has to be a large percentage of private investment. Now, you might find this interesting but the fact is that less than 1% of the people of this country have any investments in gold or silver. What bubble? I don’t see any bubble. Do you see any bubble? Wait, I’ll run down the street and talk to guy on the corner and see if he thinks there is a bubble. I’ll be right back……………….. Nope, he doesn’t see any bubble either, but I did get a good cup of coffee out of it.

This banter is not intended to be doom and gloom, even thought it would be easy take it that way. What this is, is a possible method to prevent doom and gloom. Same thing as recommending you change the tires on the car instead of waiting to have a blow out while driving down the highway at 70 mph. See chart 1.

As always, I would love to hear your comments. Feel free to pass this on and have a good day!

Editor’s Note:  This article originally appeared in a different format, because the editor took it upon himself to desecrate Kevin’s fine work. Editor promises never to do that again, if readers promise to forgive the clumsy editor. :-)


The following was submitted by Kevin Crosby. He is a software engineer, conservative, and independent contributor to His opinions do not necessarily reflect those of the administration of He can be reached at

Representative Paulson:

I have been watching the antics of both the House and Senate on the issue of the short term budget bill and I can honestly say that I’m getting sick of it. This is not what we in the Tea Party were expecting when we spent time and money to get conservatives elected.

I see that republicans have called for $61 billion in cuts for this year. What about next year, you going to try for maybe $70 billion. Be real careful not to set the bar too high, wouldn’t want to see you fail. Except you are failing and miserably at that. This whole idea of the conservatives not being able to come up with more than $61 billion in cuts against Obama’s $1.1 trillion budget is truly absurd and shameful.

Do you and your congressional conservative colleagues really believe that you were elected to cut a percent of a percent off the budget? It truly appears that way to me. With the exception of the Tea Party representatives in this congress it looks to me like the same old, same old.

Obviously, its too late to modify whats in the mill for the current 3 week continuing resolution, but as far as the next one, its time for a major change.

What I would like to see is a $500 billion cut to the budget for this year. The elimination the Dept. of Education, Dept. of Energy, foreign aid and the Federal Reserve along with privatizing the Post Office and Amtrak. When this fails the Senate, shut the government down and keep it shut down until it does pass the senate.

While all this may seem draconian, it pales to what is on the horizon if this doesn’t happen. If you have ever read the history of countries that have tried to finance themselves out of debt by printing money, you understand that the outcome is allways the same. Hyperinflation! How draconian would that be for the American public? Do you really want to continue pushing your luck by not cutting spending and having the Fed print more money? Or, more accurately, pushing America’s luck ………………….

The house of cards of the good old boy politics in Washington is going to come down one way or the other. This can’t be sustained. It appears to me that in the last election which brought the conservatives to power in the House, that in fact the people were not looking for bi partisanship or a new gentler tone. They are looking for you folks to take charge and stop President Obama and his minions from further trashing of our Constitution and driving our nation into financial ruin. If a rather vociferous urinating contest breaks out, so be it.

If $61 billion is all you folks up there can find to cut, please let us all know that, so we can start the process of finding people that will be able to save the United States.


Kevin Crosby