March 5, 2014

Source: Yahoo News

The North Korean ArmyWashington (AFP) - North Korea poses a mounting threat to the United States due to its pursuit of long-range missiles and nuclear weapons, the Pentagon said Tuesday in its latest strategy document.

The North represents "a significant threat to peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia and is a growing, direct threat to the United States," said the Quadrennial Defense Review, an update of the military's global strategic outlook.

US forces would continue to collaborate closely with South Korea's military "to deter and defend against North Korean provocations," it said.

The release of the Pentagon's strategic review came as North Korea flexed its military might three times over the past week, firing short-range Scud missiles and rockets into the sea. The test launches were timed to coincide with joint US-South Korean drills that Pyongyang opposes.

The strategy document said the United States will seek to stay ahead of the threat of ballistic missile arsenals in Iran and North Korea, noting plans to bolster the number of ground-based interceptors on US soil from 30 to 44 while investing in better sensors.

The US administration also is deploying a second powerful surveillance radar in Japan to provide early warning of any missile launched by North Korea, it said.

North Korea has pressed ahead with its missile program but experts have voiced skepticism over its claims to have a working inter-continental ballistic missile.

To promote "stability" in the region, US forces will keep up "a robust footprint in Northeast Asia while enhancing our presence in Oceania and Southeast Asia," the review said.

Although Washington's much-touted strategic "rebalance" to the Asia-Pacific region has been criticized as more hype than substance, senior Pentagon officials insisted the review and a new budget proposal released Tuesday showed a commitment to the shift.

US officials cited ship building plans, deployments of marines to Australia and an expansion of joint military training and drills.

"We will continue our contributions to the US rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region, seeking to preserve peace and stability in a region that is increasingly central to US political, economic, and security interests," the review said.

At the same time, the US military would retain an "enduring" presence in the Middle East and the Gulf, where some 35,000 troops are stationed, while also keeping up ties to "stalwart" allies in Europe.

The document was drafted before the current crisis erupted in Ukraine, with pro-Russian forces taking de facto control over the Crimean peninsula.

WASHINGTON – As the United Nations seeks to push its global anti-gun campaign – through a treaty U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry just signed – the chief of the International Criminal Police Organization, or Interpol, believes open societies can be protected from terrorists by citizens defending themselves with guns, according to a report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

interpol2The U.N. effort in the U.S. is expected to be dead on arrival at the U.S. Senate, which would have to ratify the treaty. The United States for years has refrained from signing it, until now.

Mindful of the recent terrorist attack at the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble said that armed citizens in open societies need to be able to defend themselves and others against terrorist attacks.

In the Sept. 21 shopping mall attack, considered to be a “soft target,” some 72 people were killed, including five of the attackers from the Somali Islamist group al-Shabaab. While five of the dead were members of the Kenyan military, 61 were civilians.

Noble said in a report on ABC the attack on the mall marks an “evolution in terrorism.” Instead of targets like the Pentagon and other high-security locations, attackers have begun to focus on sites with little security that attract large numbers of people.

“Societies have to think about how they’re going to approach the problem (of terrorism),” Noble told ABC. “One is to say we want an armed citizenry, you can see the reason for that. Another is to say the enclaves are so secure that in order to get into the soft target you’re going to have to pass through extraordinary security.”

Such enclaves could include places where people generally gather, such as at malls, theaters, supermarkets, town squares and churches. But putting these locations under a high level of security would keep people from going to them.

“Ask yourself,” Noble said. “If that was Colorado, if that was Texas, would those guys have been able to spend hours, days, shooting people randomly? What I’m saying is it makes police around the world question their views on gun control.

“You have to ask yourself, ‘Is an armed citizenry more necessary now than it was in the past with an evolving threat of terrorism?’” Noble asked. “This is something that has to be discussed.”

Gun control in the U.S. has been a dominant issue following a series of mass shootings, including the movie theater in Aurora, Colo., where 12 people were killed, and the grade school in Newtown, Conn., where 26 people, including 20 children were killed.

In light of the terrorist threat worldwide, Noble questioned the idea of gun control.

He said that members of law enforcement since the Westgate Mall attack are very alarmed over the prospect of similar attacks and have issued a warning.

Al-Qaida, to which al-Shabaab belongs, recently issued a call for “brothers to strike soft targets, to do it in small groups,” as was the case at Westgate.

AUBURN, Ind.- Thursday, Special Agent in Charge Robert A. Jones of the Indianapolis Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation will return a very important piece of history that had been stolen over 80 years ago from the city’s Police Department.

On October 14, 1933, members of the John Dillinger gang entered the Auburn Police Department and proceeded to rob the department of bullet proof vests, ammunition, and several firearms, including a .45 caliber Thompson sub-machine gun.

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Shortly after the heist, the Thompson was recovered by the Tucson, Arizona Police Department from Dillinger and his gang. The Tucson Police eventually transferred the Thompson to the FBI where it remained for over 45 years until discovered and plans were made to return it to its rightful owners.

The Officers of Auburn Police Department have initiated plans to preserve and display this piece of history for all to enjoy when visiting Auburn and sharing in its diverse, small town history.
Special recognition goes to retired Auburn Police Sergeant Edward McDonald for all of his efforts in attempting to locate and secure the return of the Thompson. Unfortunately, Sgt. McDonald passed away last year before getting the opportunity to see the Thompson returned to the police department he served for so many years.


INDIANAPOLIS- The Indiana House of Representatives approved legislation Monday that would allow guns in school parking lots.
In the 74-24 vote, the House says parents, teachers and other adults should be allowed to carry firearms in their vehicles on school property.
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Restrictions in the bill would limit the transportation of guns onto school grounds to glove compartments, trunks or elsewhere out of sight.
Students who participate in shooting clubs or similar organizations will be allowed to bring guns to school grounds with the school's permission.
Indiana law would still prohibit guns from being brought into school buildings. As of now, it is a felony to do so.
The bill now heads back to the State Senate for that chamber's final vote.

I apologize in advance to anyone who might be offended by this, but it got everyone laughing here.  

Have you ever worried about you or your family's economic future? I have. After the last economic down turn I really started to think about how I would provide for my family if the dollar crashes.

I did a Google search and found that buying precious metals is a solid way to protect your wealth. I admit I am not an investment guru and any investment is risky but it made sense to me.

 Here's a graph showing how the price of silver per once has grown in the last ten years:

Silver Price Chart 10 years in USD per Troy Oz

Did you notice how Silver had peaked at $48.48 back in March 2011? The peak in price was fueled by the uncertainty of the dollar and unstable global markets that rest on the dollar as a reserve currency. Imagine if another economic disaster happened, what would the price per ounce of silver be at? I know one thing, it will be a lot more than the price of silver is right now.

Brief History of Silver: 

Silver has been an invaluable precious metal since it’s first major mining source was discovered around 4000 BC (over 6,000 years ago) in Anatolian (Modern Turkey), making it one of the  earliest metals discovered by ancient man (some other ancient metals were Copper, Iron, Tin, Lead, and Gold).   Silver’s use as money in coin form however, began around 2600 years ago.

Silver has remained in high demand by individuals and nations up to this day, mainly due to it’s natural rarity, visual appeal, and the multitude of uses in various applications.  If we are to look to a stable, proven, and precious item to help us through difficult financial times, silver is certainly it.

Why I bought silver and not gold:

While gold is a great investment, it is cost prohibitive for most to invest in, silver on the other hand can be purchased cheaper and in bigger amounts for much less. 

My preferred way of buying silver is in bullion or "rounds" form. Weights vary but the most common is one ounce. The Picture below is from Loco Pecunia, Inc. a veteran owned corporation based out of New York.
Republic Trade Unit
 "Republic Trade Unit" 1 ounce fine .999 silver.

How I purchased my first silver rounds:

I recently picked up a few silver rounds from Loco Pecunia, the service was great and their product design is pretty cool(my favorite is their Lady Liberty round). They answered all my questions quickly and I highly recommend them as a great way to start off buying silver.

Here's what the folks at Loco Pecunia have to say about paper currency vs. hard assets:
"Paper money and other fiat currencies have no intrinsic value. United States Notes, Silver Certificates, Gold Certificates: the face value of which is lower than their NUMISMATIC value- The Federal Reserve Prints the paper for 4 cents each then charges the U.S. Treasury for the notes with interest!  A  NOTE- Promise to pay - not backed by anything and with no intrinsic value."
Is buying silver right for you?

No one knows for sure what the future will hold, but one thing is for certain precious metals will always have an appeal that translates to real financial security and waiting to "see" will only cost you more fiat currency to buy in later. Like the old saying goes "Buy low, sell high."

Two cops in West Texas were involved in a two week competition to see who could steal the most signs from homeless people. After two months, their supervisors finally reported it and discipline was handed out.

Derek Hester & Daniel Zoelzer officers from Midland Police Department were suspended for three days without pay for violating the department's professional standards of conduct.   

The Associated Press obtained the findings of the investigation through a public records request, according to

"According to the investigation report, eight signs were found in the trunk of Hester’s patrol car on Nov. 20 and Zoelzer had thrown the about 10 signs he had confiscated into a city trash container after Hester called him to warn him he had been reprimanded by his superior for having the signs.
The two told the internal affairs investigator that they were issuing criminal trespass warnings when they took the signs. But according to the report, no homeless people were issued criminal trespass warnings by either officer in 2013. Most of those warnings in Midland are written, but some are verbal.
The investigation also looked into complaints from within the department that Hester and Zoelzer failed to log into evidence brass knuckles, a small set of scales and two knives they had obtained during other patrol stops. The investigation into the signs began after an officer on patrol with Hester when Hester obtained the brass knuckles sent an email to his sergeant Nov. 18 about Hester saying he wasn’t going to log them in as evidence.
The signs and the brass knuckles were found in Hester’s car during a vehicle inspection two days later."

 Many including advocacy groups are saying the punishment wasn't harsh enough, and the investigation should have been made public sooner than it was.

Cassandra Champion, an attorney in the Odessa office of the Texas Civil Rights Project, said:

 “The fact that they are making sport out of collecting the personal property of homeless individuals could be seen as them targeting these individuals for discriminatory harassment. Simply holding a sign is absolutely a protected part of our free speech.”

Police Chief Price Robinson said the punishment was suitable and the misconduct was an “isolated incident.” After the investigation the officers were reminded to “respect individual rights and human dignity”:

“We want to respect people, no matter who they are — homeless, whatever. That situation’s been dealt with. Those officers understand.”

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