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Closed for Business

By John Galt October 26, 2008 The first section of this essay is a look into a possible future our society might encounter in the months, or perhaps weeks, ahead. Mary Jo Schlumpunfunk (with all kudos to Glenn Beck) was driving home from work in the suddenly cold November air of her home town of Jeffersonville, Indiana. Mary Jo was sick and tired of listening to the depressing news about all the problems all those rich bankers and Wall Street types were having so instead of listening to the news station,…


Broken Glass

By John Galt Sunday, September 14, 2008 The photo of the JP Morgan Chase building in Houston, TX with all of the broken windows thanks to Hurricane Ike is the perfect metaphor for our shattered financial system. The symbolism of the fractured chunk of a window in the photo above is the ultimate image for describing what is happening to our economy and worse an indication of the destroyed solvency of the Federal Reserve banking concept. The irony is that it was good old J.P. Morgan who concocted and promoted the…


Gold $2000 Thanks to Fannie and Freddie

By John Galt August 25, 2008 Here you go again! It does not take this author, blogger, semi-sane writer and all around nice guy (cough) much to imagine just what people are thinking when they read the title of this editorial. The emails will say “oh but you’re pimping gold because you are selling it into the highs and running for your mountain cave with 40 years of supplies to emerge only do discover the apes have taken over and you’re going to battle them as a bitter old man while…


Prepetorial#21: Wet Foot, Dry Foot

By John Galt August 3, 2008 Juan and Isabella were exhausted, but the land they had been seeking for escape finally appeared over the horizon. The lights of the big city were way off to the West so they figured that their little boat with thirteen other refugees was safe and sound. Once they were ashore the group pushed the boat back out to sea and started to move inland, hoping to find some safety inland and to merge with the local population to find the underground help stations rumored to…


Prepetorial #20: ..-. .- .-.. .-.. – – – ..- –

By John Galt July 30, 2008 Sheriff Mack walked calmly into the Mayor’s office with a hurried manner in his face. Mayor Williams looked at him and asked immediately “What’s wrong Bill?” The Sheriff took his hat off and unzipped his coat while responding “Tom, we’re getting reports that Minneapolis and Chicago just got nuked. No further news as the EAS sounded on the Eau Claire and Stevens Point stations then nothing. Every station on FM and AM were off the air and power is out citywide” The Mayor calmly walked…


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Prepetorial #19: “Preppyers”

Filed under: Prepetorials — John Galt @ 2:52 am Prepetorial #19: “Preppyers” July 25, 2008 by John Galt Tonya and Tony were exhausted. They had hiked for an over an hour to the outskirts of Ellisville, MS after abandoning their X5 SUV just outside of Richton, out of gas and too dangerous to keep driving as it attracted too much attention. They had followed all of the advice of their best instincts reading books on the “new survivalism” but when the time came to bug out of their comfortable north Atlanta…


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How Now, Dollar Dead Sacred Cow?

By John Galt July 24, 2008 Ah thank you oh former Bear Stearns cheerleader Christopher Cox who occasionally fills in as the “ENFORCER” at the Securities and Exchange Commission when he is not on Bubblevision promoting a particular stock which needs a bailout. It is the special order issued from up on high and the absurd way in which the media has been promoting it that inspired the “Sacred Cow” which can not be gored per the Grand Pooh-Bahs up on high. The funny thing is that as I listen to…


Prepetorial#18: Vienna Weiners

Prepetorial#18: Vienna Weiners By John Galt July 17, 2008 The little store marked “Joe’s 24” sitting off Highway 87 near Jay, FL has changed hands a few times in the last 4 years, but now in 2010, it became the meeting place for everyone crossing from Alabama into Florida and vice versa to get goods and gas. This little country store had become a symbol of the resilience of American ingenuity and business acumen because despite the food and gas ration programs, Joe always had enough gas and stock to meet…


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WaMu WaWhacked!

Filed under: Old Posts — @23:53 July 14, 2008 By John Galt Down 77 cents in that chart but $1 real time now. Think some people have finally put 2+2 together and realized that they held a similar, not identical, but similar portfolio to Indymac? It does not take rocket science to figure out that these bankster stocks are dropping for a reason. For everyone’s sanity and sake, do not be a sheeple and pay attention to what is happening. Do not have more than the insured $100,000 in any one…


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It’s the Solvency Stupid

July 8, 2008 It’s the Solvency Stupid Filed under: Old Posts — John Galt @ 9:12 am By John Galt There has been a lot of speculation and postulation by the Bubblevision crowd and those declaring a bottom every fifteen minutes on television and radio that the housing crisis is almost over and that as soon as lending standards stabilize a recovery will ensue. The problem that I have been screaming about and warning about since 2006 is that you can not loan money to people who do not qualify for…


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It’s the Solvency Stupid

Filed under: Old Posts — John Galt @ 9:12 am By John Galt July 8, 2008 There has been a lot of speculation and postulation by the Bubblevision crowd and those declaring a bottom every fifteen minutes on television and radio that the housing crisis is almost over and that as soon as lending standards stabilize a recovery will ensue. The problem that I have been screaming about and warning about since 2006 is that you can not loan money to people who do not qualify for it and you can…


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The U.S. is now Officially a Banana Republic

Filed under: Old Posts — John Galt @ 9:47 am by John Galt June 30, 2008 This week will bring my review of how I did on my December 28th prediction program on the Q-Files but the news last night sort of hacked me off just a wee bit. Our nation is now officially nothing more than an overgrown banana republic with a lot of large crumbling interstates and some really foolish people managing our nation’s affairs. It is our fault, our parent’s fault, and anyone who has voted since 1932…


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300 Million Reasons America is So Screwed

Filed under: Old Posts — John Galt @ 9:14 am By John Galt June 24, 2008 The headline from Reuters said it all: McCain calls for $300 million prize for car battery Just ugh. This guy just does not get it. When the American people screamed out that we really liked our First Amendment, he and his socialist buddies passed McCain-Feingold and told us to shut up and take our cod liver oil. When we screamed about the border being a free fire disease ridden war zone we were basically told…


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Bloviating Bovine Scattology and Blathering Boosts of Sour

Filed under: Old Posts — John Galt @ 1:34 am Ali Haider/European Pressphoto Agency By John Galt June 23, 2008 It was a dark and rainy night. Or at least afternoon here in the sunshine state of Florida. What was fascinating about this rainy, sleepy Sunday was waiting for the “big” news from the Arab division of the U.S. Central Banking Association and their meeting in Jeddah. The news you ask? Same news as we heard on November 26, 2007 where oil was at the shocking $97 per barrel level. Just…


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THE C.S.A. SHALL RISE AGAIN

Filed under: Old Posts — John Galt @ 9:07 am By John Galt June 20, 2008 Nope, sorry Bob, not your C.S.A. But you were a fine man for your time in an unfortunate intersection in history. This is the story about a nation which some three hundred years ago was a colony. Not since this map below from circa 1710 have we ever had to consider America as a colonial territory. Based on the amount of debt, the monies we owe and the souls we are willing to sell, it…


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Old News Anew Again

Filed under: Old Posts — John Galt @ 9:06 am by John Galt June 19, 2008 Beware the Ides of June. Maybe it was something in the water or another saying but this month is turning out to make March of this year look tame by comparison. Rumors abound. Markets way out of whack. And the only thing consistent is the ability of Bubblevision and its minions to find sure fire new ways for you to lose money and the American sheeple ignoring the root of the problem, a corrupt private…


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The Dying Dollar

Filed under: Old Posts — John Galt @ 10:30 pm June 16, 2008 By John Galt I wish to thank the Federal Reserve crime family cartel, the US government and all of us stupid dumb sheeple voters for creating the mess in the photos above. Before you jump ugly and blame me for putting your name into the hat for those responsible for my hot dog buns costing a dollar now when they cost 15.4 cents in 1967, your name as well as mine belong there. We voted for idiots for…


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I’m Having a Galt Moment

May 24, 2008 Filed under: Old Posts — John Galt @ 1:44 am Ok, I admit it I’m grumpy. Agitated. Freaking steamed. The “Ms. Maxine Waters” moment first triggered a furious reaction inside my system between vomit, revulsion and then pounding my head into the wall until my forehead is a bleeding mess. Then of course I catch wind of Representative Retardo er Kanjorski’s (D-PA) idea of “Reasonable Profits Board” outlined in HR 5800. I can’t make you act. I can’t teach anyone how to vote. I can yell at the…


Prepetorial #17: “Your Change, Sir”

By John Galt May 19, 2008 Poor Mike. First his wife bounces a check at the local department store (See Prepetorial#16) and then he gets drilled with a chip into his hand to get out of jail. The chip was causing a red sore on his hand but it couldn’t be there because the charming witch used a power drill, or so he thought, to implant it. Then of course on the way out of jail every two bit thug in the “Enforcement Division” took what little cash he had out…


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Prepetorial #16: The Jury is Out

By John Galt May 16, 2008 As Mike stewed in the holding cell, he wondered what the future had in store for him. For over a year now he had heard rumors about the “Reform Act” but since he had never been in trouble in his life, this one incident where he bounced a check and the department store pressed charges was so embarrassing he just wanted to pay the fine and go home. The thing that bothered Mike was they were not calling people out of the cell as a…


Prepetorial #16: The Jury is Out

By John Galt May 15, 2008   As Mike stewed in the holding cell, he wondered what the future had in store for him. For over a year now he had heard rumors about the “Reform Act” but since he had never been in trouble in his life, this one incident where he bounced a check and the department store pressed charges was so embarrassing he just wanted to pay the fine and go home. The thing that bothered Mike was they were not calling people out of the cell as…


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“Mommy, Mommy I Went Wee-Wee in the Ocean!”

By John Galt May 14, 2008 “Mommy, mommy I went wee-wee and added water to the ocean! The fishies should be happy now!” Ah yes. The screams of joyous Congresscritters and refined Senators as they have solved America’s energy crisis by stopping the flow of oil purchases for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. It’s tantamount to the little four year old boy proudly proclaiming he stopped the ‘fishies’ from dying as the tide went out because he went “wee-wee” into the ocean for the first time in his life. These arrogant fools…


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SELL ALL YOUR PRECIOUS METALS NOW! (So my friends and I can hoard them at a cheaper price)

By John Galt May 5, 2008 I mean it. Sell every holding you have. Mail your coins to me. Mail your silver bars to me. Heck, gold, platinum, palladium, I won’t cry. Liquidate all of your holdings now, please. So I can look back and laugh at those of you who do not understand the difference between “real money” or insurance, and those who follow the sheeple bleating herd that goes “Baaaa, Baaaa, Baaabooyah!” To say that yours truly has not enjoyed the circus like atmosphere created by low volume rallies…


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The Ballad of Hammerin’ Joe

By John Galt April 29, 2008 This is the story About Hammerin’ Joe, Hittin’ everything With his hammer you know, Then one day, He made a mighty hit, And broke his hammer, Into itty bitty bits. Along came a bankster, Who said “Hey Joe!” Need some money or a Hammerin’ Loan? Joe said sure, But I’m quite dead broke, After all I’m just a Hammerin’ bloke, The bankster said fine, Don’t even start to whine, No money down is how To start a gold mine Joe said great, Where do I…


Prepetorial#15: The Last Gun Show

By John Galt April 27, 2008 It was a weird experience this Saturday morning in April of 2010. I had never experienced walking right into the door of the Central Florida Gun Show at the Lakeland Civic Center as normally there was a long line waiting for the show to open. The armored car in the parking lot was a new, interesting twist as it has been two years since I had ventured into the show, but since the latest grocery store attack, security has been beefed up at all public…


Prepetorial #14: “The Arctic Express”

by John Galt April 20, 2008 Mike was stunned when his wife and kids accepted the offer to “get out of Dodge” and make a run for it. The “Springfield Slaughter” was all it took for the kids to be totally terrorized and the wife to finally say “okay prepperboy, you were right!” The FEMA food lines in Springfield, MO where over three thousand people deep and when the food ran out a riot ensued. That was met, of course, with harsh action from machine gunners surrounding the area and two…


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Jerichonomics

Jerichonomics Filed under: Old Posts — John Galt @ 9:08 am By John Galt April 16, 2008 You know it’s going to be a long year when you see this guy, uh yeah, him, Robert Hawkins from “Jericho” move in next door to your house. Immediately you think ” do I have all my preps in order and just how do I survive like the TV show?” Please folks do not prep like life is a television show. Will you have to get ready for a nuclear attack? Do I have…


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Birth of A Nation

by John Galt March 31, 2008 I. Intent The Founding Fathers had a vision where individuals were allowed to use their God given freedoms to use their own creativity, their own belief systems, and their own talents to work within a Capitalist system based on the principle of freedom. This freedom extended to all aspects to each and every citizen of American life as long as it did not impair or impede on other individuals or the greater good of this nation. These freedoms and the vision our Founding Fathers had…


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The Wile E. Coyote Moment

by John Galt March 20, 2008 There is a time when everything in a moment of history coalesces or intersects as I have stated in the past. For purposes of discussion of the U.S. financial system and much of the markets, I think we have arrived or on the precipice of another such moment. The American financial system has been the subject of jolt after jolt, shock after shock and now a final retreat from another phony rally, thanks to more suspect data points which did nothing but confirm the suspicions…


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Municide

Municide By John Galt February 21, 2008 How the Suicidal Fiscal Behavior of Government at every level, Federal, State and Local will Crash the US Financial Markets “….In a report to the City Council last week, City Manager Joseph Tanner said the city faces a $10.1 million general fund operating deficit for the current fiscal year and a negative available fund balance of $5.9 million on June 30, 2008. “Based upon the updated financial projections, the current estimate for insolvency is late April 2008,” Tanner said. “It may become necessary for…


Prepetorial#13: “Protect Our Resources”

February 7, 2008 By John Galt Jamie felt like a super safe scooter rider and ever so green for switching from her old car to her new Vespa. Once regular unleaded topped $4.59 per gallon she felt that she had to do something as her dad was paying for her college and auto expenses and it was just too much. The scooter her family got her for Christmas was such a nice surprise and would save everyone a ton of money. Now that everyone who had a car or truck was…


The Three Little Pigs (Adjusted for Inflation)

By John Galt February 6, 2008 Once upon a time there were three little pigs. Each of the little pigs had their own ideas but two of them went to public schools where they were trained in Keynesian idealism while the third little pig won a scholarship to Hillsdale and learned the Austrian economic theory. The first little pig took one look at the other two and walked off muttering “you two are so ignorant! I’m taking advantage of my agricultural subsidies to build my house.” And with that he elected…


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Deflationerrory Thinking

By John Galt January 1, 2008 Sigh. There is a philosophical battle among the bears and doomers and it’s really quite frustrating as both parties are somewhat correct. This will be of the epic evolutions in history as one side says the housing crash and credit crisis will usher in another deflationary recession or depression a la the 1929 model, while the other party says it will be 1979 with a dash of 1929 flavoring. I think the philosophical debates can be summed up in the words of the famous philosopher…


Prepetorial #12: Pass Over

By John Galt December 27, 2007 As the Wilson family approached the Alabama-Georgia border going east on I-20 they noticed a massive roadblock and detour. Karen said to her husband “honey, is that normal?” To which Frank replied “no, this is darned unusual, I don’t see any vehicles moving westbound on the interstate either. I wonder if there is another terrorist alert.” As they pulled off of the exit ramp for Highway 37 they noticed a military policeman waving them on through. This was a real pain to them as the…


Prepetorial#11: Desperation Preparation

By John Galt December 26, 2007 Ann and John had taken the trip from Nicholasville to Lancaster on US 27 south through Kentucky dozens, perhaps hundreds of times in their lives. And this trip to visit Ann’s Mom did not seem any different to them as they pulled out of town observing the changing colors of the leaves and the usual squatters just south of town in the tent city they had set up in a field. The recession was bad, but fortunately their faith in the government had kept them…


Prepetorial #10: One Flu over the Cuckoos Nest

By John Galt December 14, 2007 Amanda couldn’t handle it any longer. She was standing in the living room of the modest home in suburban Charlotte screaming at her husband Mike that he was not allowed to go into work under any circumstances. Mike, for what seemed like a daily occurrence calmly tried to reassure her and remind her that it was only a four day shift and that the problems would soon be passed as the FEMA and CDC officials assured the city officials of Matthews that the martial law…


Prepetorial #9: U.R.A.

By John Galt December 6, 2007 Officer Carmine Lewis tore the ticket out of his book and asked the elderly man to press hit thumb on the scanner on his ticket book. The old guy sneered and pressed his thumb down on the reader, mumbling under his breath. Lewis then proceeded to take a card out of the back of the book and read the man his rights: “Sir, you may pay this fine of 150 Ameros online. Otherwise you are required to show up at the Magistrate’s office on Thursday,…


Prepetorial#8: End of the System

By John Galt November 28, 2007 The final vote was Yeas 398, Nays 21 and with that announcement on the floor of the House of Representatives, the motion was forwarded to the U.S. Senate in a rapid manner. The date was November 3, 2011 and the legislation was on the fast track to pass both houses and to be signed by Madame President the moment it hit her desk. The business community lobbied hard but considering the economic conditions drastic action was necessary. The newspapers blared the headlines the next morning…


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Increasers and Decreasers

By John Galt November 25, 2007 So “decreasers” isn’t a word, so what? I took the liberty of using what I have elected to call the “Quayle Rule” in honor of my friend Steve Quayle who has a talented knack for creating just the right word for just the right occasion. And this occasion is what you might be asking yourself? If you’ve been paying attention to your wallet, your life and your job the last year or so, you’ll realize that there are aspects of our society and economy that…


Prepetorial #7: Friend or Foe

by John Galt November 23, 2007 Mayor Donaldson was sitting at his desk sorting through the new stack of memos and advisories from FEMA and HSA when Mary his secretary opened the door with a somewhat distraught look on her face. “Mary, are you okay?” he asked as she sputtered there’s a Lieutenant Colonel Marc Philips here to see you.” The Mayor cleaned the pile up on his desk and placed the FEMA memos on top of a neat pile in his inbox and uttered to her “show him in please.”…


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