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Sandy Hook Video Presents Disturbing Assessment of Tragedy That Still Has No Answers

No, it wasn’t the first.  And it certainly wasn’t the last.  The rash of irrational shootings in schools as well as other establishments in America has been really the story of 2013, but it really got its start back in 2012 when the Sandy Hook shootings in Newtown, Connecticut spurred a vicious debate about gun control that dominated the public consciousness for months.  Even today, these types of completely unexplainable shootings seem to come around regularly, and everyone has started to accept it as some contorted form of normal.  However, sometimes you have to take a look back before you can go forward, and the only thing as disturbing as what allegedly happened there is the fact that almost a year later, we have virtually no real answers about the events of that day.

Conspiracy theorists are often chided for their paranoia and questioning of “official stories,” but the Sandy Hook situation is not a problem for conspiracy theorists.  It is a problem for every American.  Why do we not have any answers about this?  Why is there still no video whatsoever even though almost every shooting since then had some sort of video evidence presented within a couple of weeks?

The following video is the best assembly of what happened in Sandy Hook that we have seen yet, and we wanted to share it with our readers as we look forward to a grim anniversary.

Could November 13, 2013 Be the Night the Lights Went Out in America? Drill or Precursor?

On November 13, 2013 to November 16, 2013, the United States government is conducting a national drill revolving around responses to a nationwide power grid shutdown event.  This has been something that we the people have been repeatedly warned about.  When we say we have been warned, we are not talking about Alex Jones or conspiracy forums, but the actual government itself.  As you can see some examples of in the video below, the government has warned of this for some time, and now they are conducting this drill apparently to test our readiness for what is termed by Homeland Security as an inevitable event.

power-grid-drill-400x300The drill is called GridEx II, and for three days, it is designed to test emergency services and government operations in the midst of a cataclysmic shutdown of the grid.  This isn’t like when the power goes out for a couple of hours at your house.  We are talking about a complete shutdown where no one has power.  Transportation comes to a halt.  Communications come to a halt.  Commerce comes to a halt.  The Internet and all things cyber gone in an instant.

So, it may seem like a positive thing that they are doing.  But we at Common Sense Conspiracy want to at least point out that when the government does these big drills, often it is a precursor to an actual event, if the actual event doesn’t happen at the same time.

Remember September 11.  The real events of that day were so close to a drill run the same week that many people involved were confused and thought the drill was still in action.  When the Boston Marathon bombings happened, authorities were supposedly in a “live drill” situation that we are supposed to believe turned real in an instant.  See the connection?  There seems to be a correlation with these major drills and the real events they are supposed to prepare for coming to fruition.

So, what does it mean?  Will November 13 be the start of a real grid shutdown?  We can’t know for sure, and neither can you.  Here’s what we can be sure of.  It’s coming one day, and there is a history of these drills representing a real threat on the horizon.  So, with the drill just days away from the writing of this article, we can think about what we would do in the event that it does happen in the not-so-distant future and make sure we are prepared in case it really is “the night the lights went out in America.”

Obama and Company Knew That Millions Would Lose Their Health Care Plans — When He Said They Wouldn’t

It’s one of the most memorable and impassioned speeches President Barack Obama gave to try to offset the backlash and paranoia surrounding his ultra-controversial Affordable Care Act.  Now, a new report has come out that Obama and company were perfectly aware that what they were doing when they passed the ACA (otherwise known as Obamacare) into law…including causing millions of Americans to have to abandon (or be evicted from) their current plans, even if they were perfectly happy with them.

So, we at Common Sense Conspiracy say this about the latest revelation in the interesting provocative world of Obamacare:  did you really believe that Obama and the ones that crafted this beast of a legislative act didn’t know what would really happen?  Oh, yes, they knew…

Cue the video…

Luckily, President Obama had his fingers crossed behind his back during this speech, so, as we all know from our childhood, we owe him the solid of overlooking this one.

 

Russell Brand Wants a Revolution — And We Agree With Him

Well, if you had told us five days ago that comedian Russell Brand would be spreading the message that we do here each and every day at Common Sense Conspiracy, we would have said you were nuts.  Turns out that Russell’s statement calling for a “revolution” of sorts is exactly our message.

While Russell may not be “qualified” to make these statements, the ones that are “qualified” in Washington sure don’t seem to be the answer, so perhaps unqualified should be just the candidate we are all looking for.

The best part of this inspiring tirade by Brand is when the interviewer tries to play a card that we hear all too often here at this site… but if you don’t vote, you can’t say anything.

What a load of…what would Russell say?  Rubbish.

The idea that if you don’t vote, you have no say in what happens in anything is ludicrous.  Think about it for a second.  If there is no viable candidate to vote for, why should you vote?  Just so you can argue that you voted in a debate.  No, no option means no vote, and unfortunately, that has been the case for many, many years now.

To vote for one of two choices when both represent nothing but more corruption is to vote to keep things the same, and in fact, prolong it for years to come.

Why do you think we have all these “Rock the Vote” campaigns each election year with a steady stream of celebrity personalities encouraging us to get out and vote.  Think they just want us to embrace our civil liberties, the same damn ones they are methodically taking away?  No, of course not.   They do want us to get out and vote because it matters.  Not because our vote really counts, but because if we are all out voting from the lesser of two evils, we have once again cast our vote for this system to remain intact.  See, from the government’s standpoint (and when we say government, we don’t mean Republicans or Democrats, we mean the real powers-that-be, the ones that control what is really going to happen), if we are all divided by a faux two-party political system, we can never muster enough people to actually make a difference in reality.

The Silliness of Being Mad About Obamacare Penalties — And What You Should Really Be Mad About

Every day we all hear about Obamacare.  Today, they are debating which day is actually the day that you must enroll in an insurance program to avoid a penalty.  Everyone thought it was this day, now it’s this day.  People are really sweating that, the penalty. It’s one of the cornerstones of why the Republicans are so against the program, and in fact, Congress (both sides) is already discussing whether that penalty date should be pushed back some more because of all of the website woes of the official Obamacare engine.

The irony:  the penalty is nowhere near as significant as the insurance premium itself.

Let’s take a look at these draconian penalties that everyone is so up in arms about:

130812165443-obamacare-penalties-620xaOkay, so yes it does get worse as we go along, but still still, this penalty we are talking about delaying in 2014.  It’s $95 or 1% of your income, whichever is greater.  So, if you make $50,000 a year in your income, your talking about a $500 fine for the year.  If you make $100,000 a year, we’re talking about a $1000 fine for the year.  If you make $25,000 per year, well, you’d be a fool to pay the fine because your insurance under the program would be so low that you would have to really just have a problem with it to not want to take the insurance.

So, you’re saying, yeah, that’s right… a $500 fine is significant.  A thousand bucks to not have health care.  Well, it’s actually a bargain when you consider where the penalty ranks against actually getting health care.  Because if your income is high enough for the penalty to be significant, you weren’t going to get any help from government subsidization through the program anyway.  So, it’s safe to say that if you didn’t have insurance and were just taking your chances with your own health and that of your family’s, having to sign up for insurance is gonna hurt you.  Even good employer-subsidized plans could easily set you back $150-$200 a week for family coverage.  Do the quick math, and you’ll see that the penalty for not getting insurance is actually less than the cost of getting it (once again, this only applies for families that make enough that they would not be getting help anyway).

Your choices:  sign up for insurance and be out possibly $10,000 per year, or pay a $500 fine that will come out of your tax refund and you will probably never notice.

So it’s time to get back to the point here, people.  The penalty doesn’t make a hill of beans.  It’s what the penalty is punishing you for that is the issue.  You are being forced to get health insurance by the government.  Yes, we at Common Sense Conspiracy don’t approve of the government forcing anything down our throats, but here’s one thing you should bear in mind here.

If you did not have health insurance already before all of this crap started, you should, at the very least, have been hoping and planning a route to get health insurance.

You understand this should be a goal, somewhere down the line?  Everyone should be openly pursuing affordable health care.  The fact that we even have to pass a cryptic law that no one understands to supposedly force people to get health care insurance that didn’t already is insane.

The penalties are actually so low that they are prohibitive.  That’s right.  The penalties are ridiculous because they aren’t bad enough to accomplish the goal.  If that little fine was supposed to make someone that wasn’t getting health care get it, it was a complete failure.  If you are steadfast that you like to roll the dice, you will pay the $100 bucks and move on.

Meanwhile, millions of Americans who couldn’t afford health care insurance will get to use other American’s money to get it…

Meanwhile, because no more money is coming in than ever, this will be subsidized not by the government but by the American people…or by borrowing more money against everyone’s favorite debt ceiling.

You want to be mad about Obamacare penalties?  Get mad because the whole thing doesn’t make financial sense in the first place.  Get mad because your government is adding new programs when they can’t afford to keep the lights on in the White House.

But don’t be mad about the silly little Obamacare penalties.  They really aren’t that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things.

 

Congratulations to Congress for Doing Your Job — Now Let’s See How Screwed We are Now

Believe you me, Common Sense Conspiracy is sick of talking about the debt ceiling.  This concept of the fiscal cliff has been a recurring news item for the last couple of years, and regretfully, the deal that Congress struck just in the nick of time (completely totally predicted by Common Sense Conspiracy, we might add, if we don’t say so ourselves) only puts off the crisis once again to February.  So, much to our chagrin, we’ll be talking about this same bullshit once again after we get through the holidays and borrow another trillion dollars or so.  Having said all of that, it’s still big news today so we are publishing what we hope is the last article about this for a few months.

White House ForeclosureThanks Congress!  We’re so proud of you.  You did your job!  After days and weeks of political nonsense, you did what you should have done from the beginning.  No one thought for one second a permanent solution was coming out of this, so why bother?  Swipe that card again, and do it faster next time.  So, while both political parties in the United States wipe their brows and pat each other on the back for another job well done, let’s take one last look at the absurdity of what has just happened.

The debt ceiling you’ve heard so much about is set at $16.7 trillion dollars.  The United States was going to hit that mark sometime around midnight tonight, leading to it not being able to borrow money by its own law.  Not because a creditor wouldn’t let them, but because their own law prohibited going beyond that mark.  Now, Congress has struck a deal to extend that number so they can keep on borrowing money like mad until February, when they will hit their new temporary limit and have to go through all of this nonsense again.

$16.7 trillion is an astronomical number that we have a hard time relating to as mere mortals where money is not a never-ending water faucet paid for by someone else.  Sometimes the only way to really understand what these numbers mean is to relate it to a situation we are more suited to process.  So, we crunched the numbers to give you an idea of where America will be at midnight tonight before they voted to keep right on going in the most predictable outcome of all time.

In 2010, the United States government took in a total of $2.16 trillion dollars from a variety of source, the largest being from American workers’ pockets in the form of income taxes.  So, this was the amount of money that they had to run on in 2010.  Now, the debt ceiling of $16.7 trillion is 7.73 times that number.  So, they have the authority to borrow up to 7.73 times the amount they take in during an average year.

Same scenario in more common terms:

The average American household took in $51,144 in the year 2010.  So, if the average American family set the same standard that Congress sets for the nation, they would happily incur debt through credit cards and loans up to an amount 7.73 times that number.

$51,144 X 7.73 = $395,343

So, the average American household should see nothing wrong with borrowing the better part of half a million bucks on that salary.  Does your house all of a sudden seem inferior?  You are not following the government’s example and living way beyond your means.  Every average American household should have at least a $300,000 home and then still have plenty of borrowing room for lavish vacations, a $45,000 vehicle, and whatever else you need to round out that $400,000 line.

Okay, now take the scenario a step further.  You did set that limit, and now you are up against it.  The credit card companies set your limit at $395,343 but you can’t pay that power bill in your $300,000 home on your $51,144 per year salary, so you have been borrowing money to keep the lights on.  Now, all you have to do to keep borrowing more money is tell the credit card company you need more room.  They happily give you a $500,000 credit line so you can keep on spending and living the same lifestyle as before.

Only, your $51,144 per year salary remains the same.

So, has a crisis been averted?  Nope.  Do we have a plan to deal with it?  Nope.

On second thought, congratulations to Congress for trainwrecking our nation once again right in our face and then having the audacity to pat yourselves on the back and act like you did something great.  You are a joke.  You are the biggest bunch of pathetic losers to ever walk this Earth, and yet we willingly allow you to continue to have dominion over us despite completely, utterly failing at your job time and time again.

Congratulations.

Why a Credit Default Might Be the Best Thing That Could Happen to America — And Why It Will Not Happen

While for some reason no one can exactly nail the date now, the word on the street is that if the United States government doesn’t come to some agreement to raise its self-imposed debt ceiling by October 17th, there could be an actual default for the first time.  It works just like your own personal credit.  You have to make a minimum payment on your debt by a certain date.  If you don’t, you are in default.  This can lead to higher interest rates and an inability to borrow money in the future.  It is no different for the United States of America as an entity.

Lather, rinse, repeat if desired.
Lather, rinse, repeat if desired.

While the government has flirted with this before, they never have actually gone over the line and actually allowed the United States to miss a payment.  This would negatively affect the credit rating of the nation and could have grave economic implications.

Then again, it might be the best damn thing that ever happened in recent times.

Think about it.  The problem in Washington is simple.  They keep voraciously spending money they don’t have over and over again, despite an ever-deepening national debt.  To keep up with this spending, they borrow money based on their good name.  They then lather, rinse, and repeat.

The first thing you do to a hemorrhaging wound is what?  Tourniquet.  Stop the bleeding.  The only way this government will ever stop spending more money than it is taking in is if they simply lost the ability to do so.

Imagine that.  If the government suddenly got turned down for a loan (a fate that millions upon millions of American citizens have privately endured over the last decade especially), they would be forced to live and operate within their means.  And don’t let either political party’s theatrics persuade you that they cannot do that.  The United States government takes in billions upon billions of dollars, and they can operate just fine and dandy on what they pilfer from the American people.  It’s just, they don’t really want to.  They don’t want that facet turned off.  They like it on, they like it hemorrhaging, and the more blood lost, the better.

Having said all that, there is zero chance that will happen.  All of this political pandering is romantic and all, but make no mistake.  Both sides of the aisle are 100% aware of what a default would mean.  And they are not thinking about the economy.  They are thinking about their own unlimited credit line.

Imagine if you had a credit card that you didn’t have to pay for.  You can use it all you want and you don’t really have to answer to anyone for why you charged what.  Then, you get a notice that the credit line is almost full.  But, fortunately, all you have to do is say “Okay, increase my line” and then get right back to spending out of control with no repercussions to worry about.

Believe the experts at Common Sense Conspiracy.  Congress will be saying “Okay” just in the nick of time.  And then they will act as if they have moved a mountain, turned water into wine, or at the very least, done a stinking great job in all of this.  Then, the next morning, after they get through patting each other on the back…they spend some more.

Lather, rinse, repeat.