Discussion of gold has gone from nonexistent a decade ago to the question of whether its price is in bubble territory, and now a policy question in the Repub primary. Ron Paul has been stumping for a return to the gold standard for decades, and the populace has finally caught up. When Ronald Reagan went through the gold commission charade in 1981 to satisfy a campaign promise of studying the gold standard question, Lehrman cast one of two dissenting votes on the commission that voted in favor of maintaining the fiat money status quo. The other "no" vote came fr/Ron Paul himself.

As Murray Rothbard explained, "The gold standard was the easiest pledge to dispose of. Pres Reagan appointed an allegedly impartial gold commission to study the problem . . . a commission overwhelmingly packed w/lifelong gold opponents. The commission presented its predictable report, and gold was quickly interred."
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GRAHAM, Wash. (AP) - The sons of a missing Utah woman suffered severe chopping injuries to their heads or necks as they died in a house fire set by their father, authorities in Washington state said Monday evening.

Smoke inhalation was the primary cause of death for Josh Powell and his two young sons, the Pierce County Medical Examiner's Office said. But the boys also suffered "chop injuries" that contributed to their deaths.
"Detroit citizens no longer rely on police as self-defense killings skyrocket...."

"....The people of Detroit are taking no prisoners.

******Justifiable homicide in the city shot up 79 percent in 2011 from the previous year, as citizens in the long-suffering city armed themselves and took matters into their own hands. The local rate of self-defense killings now stands 2,200 percent above the national average. Residents, unable to rely on a dwindling police force to keep them safe, are fighting back against the criminal scourge on their own. And they’re offering no apologies.

“We got to have a little Old West up here in Detroit. That’s what it’s gonna take,” Detroit resident Julia Brown told The Daily.

`The last time Brown, 73, called the Detroit police, they didn’t show up until the next day. So she applied for a permit to carry a handgun and says she’s prepared to use it against the young thugs who have taken over her neighborhood, burglarizing entire blocks, opening fire at will and terrorizing the elderly with impunity.

“I don’t intend to be one of their victims,” said Brown, who has lived in Detroit since the late 1950s. “I’m planning on taking one out.”

On Creation Day 1, God made the earth, and gave it light. But on Day 4, earth needed another lamp, before He stretched the universe.
A landing craft air cushion (LCAC) returns to the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) during a Bold Alligator 2012 amphibious landing exercise. Bold Alligator 2012, the largest naval amphibious exercise in the past 10 years, represents the Navy and Marine Corps' revitalization of the full range of amphibious operations. The exercise focuses on today's fight with today's forces, while showcasing the advantages of seabasing. This exercise will take place Jan. 30 through Feb. 12, 2012 afloat and ashore in and around Virginia and North Carolina. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gregory N. Juday (Released) 120206-N-KB666-048
The Norwegian man accused of killing 77 people in twin attacks has told a court he deserves a medal for the bloodshed and demanded to be set free.
In less than a day back to working with young people, doing odd-jobs tutoring. What I think I have to keep in mind this time around:

Nearly everything on their minds is about relationships. This isn’t just because of the world MTV has created, where shows like “I Just Want My Pants Back” are probably being watched religiously by 9 year olds. It’s partly because of what entertainment explicitly for kids is: “Why does a 6-year old need to know so much about dating and breaking up?”

Also: those who are more religious are not immune from this. Not even close. I’ve actually never seen so much pressure to “find someone” as I have in fundamentalist circles.
ABOARD THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER ENTERPRISE — Capt. William Hamilton stands on the footrest of his chair on the bridge, looking through a window and down at the flight deck below. A mechanical pencil, a notebook and an iPod Touch with a stopwatch program are all within arm’s reach.

The skipper is trying to prove his ship can quickly launch and recover airplanes, one of the requirements to certify the Navy’s oldest carrier as ready for its 22nd and final deployment.

The 50-year-old Enterprise is expected to deploy this spring to 5th Fleet. The launch-and-recovery drills at the end of January were part of a composite unit training exercise, a comprehensive final exam designed to prepare the carrier and its strike group for any type of operation, emphasizing those it is most likely to encounter when it deploys.
GRAHAM, Wash. -- Days after a judge ruled against him in a child custody hearing, a father of two young boys apparently blew up a house Sunday with all three inside -- a tragic ending to a bizarre, long-running case that began when the man's wife went mysteriously missing in Utah.
"This song is THE theme of the? Blue Angels!"

Wild swings in climate, sometimes sudden sometimes gradual, have always happened. Wonder who got the the blame 11,600 years ago.