Ripping Off Young America: The College-Loan Scandal
The federal government has made it easier than ever to borrow money for higher education – saddling a generation with crushing debts and inflating a bubble that could bring down the economy… (Continue to full article)
The Great College Loan Swindle
How universities, banks and the government turned student debt into America’s next financial black hole. On a wind-swept, frigid night in February 2009, a 37-year-old schoolteacher named Scott Nailor parked his rusted ’92 Toyota Tercel in the parking lot of a Fireside Inn in Auburn, Maine. He picked this spot to have a final reckoning with himself. He was going to end his life… (Continue to full article)
I Asked an Expert to Explain How I Could Get Out from Under My Mountain of Student Loan Debt
Student loan debt is a f**king scourge. It leaves countless recent college grads struggling to keep their heads above water while simultaneously trying to find steady employment, and makes it impossible for many young people to begin saving for the future. As someone who is almost $100,000 in debt, a pile that’s only growing despite my making payments every month, I have a vested, uh, interest in figuring out how to untangle this clusterf**k… (Continue to full article)
Terrifying study shows jungle parasite from Southeast Asia may be killing American veterans decades after end of the war
Troops of the Ninth division wade through swamps and rivers south of Saigon in the summer of 1969, in the Delta area
Half a century after serving in Vietnam, test results show some men may have been infected by a slow-killing parasite while fighting in the jungles of Southeast Asia.
The Department of Veterans Affairs this spring commissioned a small pilot study to look into the link between liver flukes ingested through raw or undercooked fish and a rare bile duct cancer.
It can take decades for symptoms to appear.
By then, patients are often in tremendous pain, with just a few months to live.
‘It was surprising,’ he said, stressing the preliminary results could include false positives and that the research is ongoing.
Of the 50 blood samples submitted, more than 20 percent came back positive or bordering positive for liver fluke antibodies, said Sung-Tae Hong, the tropical medicine specialist who carried out the tests at Seoul National University in South Korea. Continue reading
As a retired military veteran, it has caused great concern to me and countless others what this government had done to veterans in the area of health care. Those that are disabled and need to go to the VA are routinely ignored, or given appointments up to six months in advance, or totally ignored all together. Under President Trump it has gotten better, but still is not of the class it should be. There are now earning limits on who can use VA, with the limit at around 23,000 dollars, hardly enough to live on in today’s world. Continue reading
I teach in a law school. For several years now my students have been mostly Millennials. Contrary to stereotype, I have found that the vast majority of them want to learn. But true to stereotype, I increasingly find that most of them cannot think, don’t know very much, and are enslaved to their appetites and feelings. Their minds are held hostage in a prison fashioned by elite culture and their undergraduate professors. Continue reading
The fault… is not in our stars, but in ourselves.
A small group of burglars back in 1972 got caught trying to break into the Democratic National Committee offices located inside the Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C. The event would shake Washington and the rest of the nation to its core and shatter America’s confidence in the integrity of government. The crime and the ensuing investigation would forever be referred to as simply “Watergate” and resulted in President Richard Nixon’s resignation. Nixon’s closest assistants, John Ehrlichman, and H.R. Haldeman, spent 18 months in jail. John Dean, the White House legal counsel, and John Mitchell, the attorney general, along with other associates such as G. Gordon Liddy and E. Howard Hunt, all spent time behind bars. Continue reading
A new book by economist Peter Temin finds that the U.S. is no longer one country, but dividing into two separate economic and political worlds
You’ve probably heard the news that the celebrated post-WW II beating heart of America known as the middle class has gone from “burdened,” to “squeezed” to “dying.” But you might have heard less about what exactly is emerging in its place. (Follow to FULL Story)
Dante: The Hypocrites
In past articles I have examined the nature of power and division in our society and have always come to the same conclusion, that there are only two types of people: the people who want control over others and the people who just want to be left alone. However, there are also subgroups that swim within the boundaries of each end of the spectrum. Often, psychologists and self-help gurus attempt to promote the idea that the defining quality of the average person’s life is whether he is a follower or a leader. I have seen this spectrum applied to every political and social organization. Continue reading
We are headed to a single payer socialized medical insurance which will limit doctor visits and access to procedures based on rationed care.
I was not sure my ENT specialist was a good fit for me even though I read the glowing praises framed on his office walls, praises coming from his patients, colleagues, and other doctors. The young man seemed to know what he was doing but his bedside manner was brief and rather cold.
I attributed his demeanor to his introverted personality, his professionalism, and to his respect for his patients’ time. Very punctual, he very seldom made anybody wait to see him, he was always on time. Continue reading
…and so in the scheme of things, you actually believe that all we have published on the Federal Observer since July of 2001 has made a difference? If it had, then O’Bammy would never have been able to hi-jack the White House and cause all of the damage he caused for nearly a decade. Hillary would never have been chosen as the Democratic nominee in 2016 and Trump would have never been chosen and allowed to leave the Atlantic Casino and moved to the one in DC, also known as the ‘White House.’ Is that meant to be negative comment regarding the President? No – just a factual statement!
So we have reached a turning point in America… heading toward the final collapse. As our ‘Quotables‘ post from the front page of this blog states:
“The phrase “the Fall of America” suggests some cataclysmic event ended the American Empire which had stretched from Maine to California and Florida to Washington. But at the end, there was no straining at the gates, no barbarian horde that dispatched the Empire in one fell swoop. Rather, the Empire fell slowly, as a result of challenges from within and without, and changing over the course of hundreds of years until its form was unrecognizable.”
A Birther can be an American. A Marxist cannot. Is it racist, sexist, homophobic, Islamophobic, or xenophobic to say either? Well that depends. It depends on whose birth is questioned, whose American pedigree is questioned and who asks the questions. If President Obama is black, then the questioner is racist. If Obama is a woman, the questioner is sexist. If Obama is gay, the offender is homophobic. But! But! If the questioner is a Democrat, no foul. Media is alerted. Emails are scrubbed. Videos edited. Everyone knows Democrats have immunity; as for everyone else, “Off the island.” Continue reading
Libertarianism is on the rise, thanks in good measure to many newly politicized techies who have married their live-and-let-live views about lifestyle to leave-me-alone views about taxes and government.
I viscerally understand the libertarian mystique, but, outside the fantasy novels of Ayn Rand and Robert Heinlein, libertarianism does not make much anthropological or historical sense. As a philosophy, it may; one can build a coherent moral system from almost any starting point, be it God’s breath upon the waters; the first self-replicating, “selfish” gene; or autonomous individuals signing a social contract. And versions of libertarianism have a fierce logical consistency. Robert Nozick’s starting point is the “fact of our separate existences”; “there is no social entity . . . . there are only individual people.” Charles Murray proclaims, “Freedom is first of all our birthright.” America’s founding revolutionists, inhaling the earliest wafts of libertarianism in the 1700s, declared that we are created with “unalienable rights”; that is, people cannot sell themselves into slavery even if they want to, so fundamental is the independence of the individual. Continue reading
Behold, who really cares about civil liberties in a society that puts government as the final arbitrator of authority? Well, sadly the prospects for a rebirth in recognizing that individual liberties are the basis for a civilized union are more remote now than at any time in the last half century. Most people view civil liberties as defined by protecting the personage.
Notwithstanding, constitutional freedom has an important component is maintaining a just and functioning government regime. Sinking into a despotic authoritarianism is the expected risk when governments go amok. However, inadequate attention is given to the discussion and study of what constitutes a responsible state power. Continue reading
The Main Stream Media continues to “report” open displays of hatred for everything American. The most recent and visible examples of this were the over-paid professional athletes’ deliberate and disgusting disrespect for our flag and national anthem. One of the worst examples of this was the Baltimore Ravens refusing to stand up while our national anthem was playing before a game in England , and then they stood up to honor the playing of England’s national anthem, “God Save the Queen’! This was a glaring example of how far the “America haters” are willing, and eager to go to show their hatred for everything American.
Russian Social Media Meddling or Soaring Wealth/Power Inequality?
The nation’s elites are desperate to misdirect us from the financial and power dividethat has enriched and empowered them at the expense of the unprotected many.
There are two competing explanatory narratives battling for mind-share in the U.S.:
1. The nation’s social discord is the direct result of Russian social media meddling – what I call the Boris and Natasha Narrative of evil Russian masterminds controlling a vast conspiracy of social media advertising, fake-news outlets and trolls that have created artificial divides in the body politic, or exacerbated minor cracks into chasms. Continue reading
‘Government By Organized Money‘
“On the eve of a national election, it is well for us to stop for a moment and analyze calmly and without prejudice the effect on our Nation of a victory by either of the major political parties.
The problem of the electorate is far deeper, far more vital than the continuance in the Presidency of any individual. For the greater issue goes beyond units of humanity–it goes to humanity itself.
In 1932 the issue was the restoration of American democracy; and the American people were in a mood to win. They did win. In 1936 the issue is the preservation of their victory. Again they are in a mood to win. Again they will win.
More than four years ago in accepting the Democratic nomination in Chicago, I said: “Give me your help not to win votes alone, but to win in this crusade to restore America to its own people.”
The banners of that crusade still fly in the van of a Nation that is on the march. Continue reading
I’m sure everyone now knows about the riots in St. Louis that are tearing up parts of our city once again, just like Ferguson! One of the major problems with both of these is that both of the men killed by officers were criminals, and all of the trials to frame and imprison both of the Officers involved came out with decisions that proved the Officers were innocent and the men killed were criminals committing Crimes! In the Ferguson case, Michael Brown had stolen cigars from a local store after he had attacked the owner. When the officer caught up with him and tried to arrest him, Brown attacked the officer through his car’s window and tried to get the officers gun. When the officer got out of his car and ordered Brown to stop and get down on the ground, Brown charged the officer!
Brown was a big guy and was very strong, so the officer had to shoot him to stop him. Right or wrong; the officer had no choice under the rules of the City Police! Obama got together with his Attorney General, Eric Holder, and they did everything they could to put the Officer in prison for “racism”, even though the officer was doing his job! And, when it didn’t work, they got together with State and Local attorneys and tried the same thing but, again, it didn’t work because there was no evidence to convict him! Continue reading
Impeachment of President Andrew Johnson Ticket
A Public Policy Polling survey released Friday showed that 46 percent are for impeaching the 45th president and the same percentage are against the extreme measure. Of course, Public Policy Polling has been intelligently criticized for itS poor polling practices and extreme liberal bias. I think this is particularly true on a poll asking non-legally-trained individuals about “impeaching” the President. Clearly, President Trump can only be “impeached” pursuant to the U.S. Constitution Article II, §4 which states: “The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” Continue reading
The Rest is Just Enforcement
The cultural revolution is over. Without a shot being fired other than by government agents, America was changed, transformed, from a land of liberty to a nation of multicultural tolerance dolts with liberal educations and preemptive mindsets. There is still a bit of mop up work to do to clear out some radical free-thinkers (mostly pesky Christians and diehards of the Confederacy and its battle flag) but they will be eradicated within a decade. One way or another. Continue reading
Be skeptical of Ken Burns’ documentary: The Vietnam War
Some months ago I and a dozen other local veterans attended a screening at the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta – preview of a new documentary on The Vietnam War by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick” The screening was a one hour summation of this 10-part documentary, 18 hours long.
The series began showing on PBS Sunday Sep 17, and with Burns’ renowned talent mixing photos, video clips and compelling mood music in documentary form, the series promises to be compelling to watch. That doesn’t mean it tells the truth. Continue reading