Monthly Archives: July 2012

When They Come For Your Guns . . . You Will Turn Them Over by Jim Karger

“When they come for my gun, they will have to pry it out of my cold, dead hands,” is a common refrain I often hear from the Neo-Cons when there is a threat, credible or otherwise, that the US government is going to take their firearms.

And, when I hear this crazy talk, I agree with them openly. “You are right. They will pry your gun from your cold dead hands,” which I often follow with the question, “And where will that leave you except face down in a pool of your own blood the middle of the street, just another dead fool resisting the State?”

This is not a question they are comfortable with, if only because the intent of their saber-rattling was to imply they would fight to keep their weapons, and win.

Nice fantasy. It’s not happening.

If the federal government decides to disarm the public, and one of these rolls down your street after a not-so-subtle request that you kindly turn over your firearms and ammunition “for the common good,” it will be nothing less than suicide by cop to do anything other than what you are told.

via When They Come For Your Guns . . . You Will Turn Them Over by Jim Karger.

Retirement: Surely You Jest by Gary North

A 90% cogent article in The New York Times discusses the utter absence of any contact with reality in most Americans’ retirement plans. The numbers do not come close to adding up. The article is here.

Here are the basics. This will help you think through your situation.

Let me begin with the obvious: I am 70 years old. You are reading an article written by a man who is eight years beyond early retirement, as determined by the Social Security Administration.

At age 62, an American who has paid into Social Security can decide to begin receiving checks from Social Security. The monthly check will be below what it would be if he waits until normal retirement age, which can be up to 67 years old. By retiring at 62, the retiree’s monthly benefit is reduced by anywhere from 25% to 30%.

via Retirement: Surely You Jest by Gary North.