The 2014 Stock Market Bubble

 

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Why doesn’t the stock market crash?
 The short answer: There is no longer a free market in America.
Every pullback is met with shouts of ‘buy!’ on CNBC and back up it goes. The market goes up despite the threat of war, a possible epidemic and lackluster performances of major companies (Netflix and Amazon are recent examples). It goes up despite high unemployment, lack of buying by consumers and abysmal housing starts. If an asteroid hits the Earth, would the market then collapse? Probably not.
Everyone knows why. It’s not a big secret. The Federal Reserve keeps things propped up with endless quantitative easing. They may claim they are ‘tapering,’ but that’s just a token. The Fed may talk about raising interest rates ‘down the road,’ but they are posturing. They cannot raise rates. The debt has become so massive that it almost transcends imagination. The debt level is nearing $18 trillion, with unfunded liabilities are $127 trillion (Source: Forbes).
Roughly every taxpayer owes over a million bucks. Raising interest rates would make the debt, which has already gone past the point where it could ever be paid off, unmanageable. Taxes would have to be raised drastically. The middle class and small businesses would, as usual, bear the brunt of that. Many global corporations pay zero in taxes thanks to our thoroughly corrupt system. Small businesses take the brunt. Raising taxes even further would bankrupt many. Many would be pushed to the edge into outright revolt. Maybe we should be revolting already, considering how crooked the IRS has become.
Ending the easy money and raising rates would crash the market. That would hurt those who own most of the stock market–the top 1 percent. After all, most Americans own little or no stocks. The middle class is going away and the poor are forced to accept food stamps in record numbers. Most people can’t afford stocks–especially at bubble prices. The mainstream media are saying the unemployment figures are low and the economy is humming along just fine and dandy. Try telling that to a jobless college graduate burdened with enormous debt. The job figures are cooked by government propaganda ministries. Real unemployment is over 20 percent. Housing starts remain stagnant. Industries have been sent to slave labor overseas. Real wages are stagnant while the cost of food has risen. Too many Americans live paycheck to paycheck and are burdened with credit card debt.
Meanwhile, the stock market keeps rising, so the media are barking ‘all is well!’ All IS well for those at the very top. Especially for the 1/10th of the 1 percent. Those that control the printing press make sure the money keeps getting printed and flowing into their coffers. That money doesn’t go to the middle class or small businesses. OH NO! It goes to the global banks and corporations who own and control everything and everyone–including Congress. It goes into the stock market and to the companies they own. They are doing quite well and probably hope that most of us ‘useless eaters’ just go ahead and die so they can enjoy their fantastic paradise of wealth in peace.
When will it end? It will end when the dollar loses its world supremacy. When King Dollar gets dethroned, then we might see some serious crashing. That’s why there’s endless war. Nobody is allowed to leave the buck umbrella. Certainly not Saddam. Not Gaddafi. Not even Russia.
It’s time to end the Fed. It’s time to end the sick plutocracy that allows a few at the top to get fabulously richer while most Americans get poorer. If we counterfeit, we get sent to prison. Those who own the printing press can do it at will and without accountability. Those at the very top definitely will not give up their private printing press without a fight. The Congress won’t end the Fed. After all, both parties are largely the same and owned by the Fed. They’re not on the side of the people. They’re on the side of the central banks that own the Fed.
That’s why we need a third party–the Libertarian Party.
–Ben Garrison
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Hillary’s 2016 Presidential Race

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“HER INEVITABLENESS: The Upcoming Election of HIllary Clinton”

It’s Hillary’s turn. The elites, DC chattering class, and bought-out mainstream media all say so. You will see specials on TV about ‘strong women’ and you will be groomed to think it’s “Hillary’s turn.” If you disagree, you’ll be smeared as sexist.

I’m all for a female presidential candidate as long as she supports the Constitution. Instead, we’ll get Hillary. She’s pick up where Obama has left off. There will be more war, more taxes, increasing totalitarianism and crony capitalism. The top 1/10th of the one percent will continue to get fabulously richer while the middle class will get poorer.

In short, the same shabby system will continue to be pushed down the road. The Federal Reserve will print money for their friends and the bought-out Congress will continue to rubber stamp whatever tyranny the president has in mind.

Hillary doesn’t deserve to be president. It’s NOT her turn. There has to be thousands if not millions of people more qualified–male and female. Instead the media will drum it into our heads that it’s ‘her turn.’ She’ll be jammed down the nation’s throat whether people like her or not. Polls and elections will be ‘controlled’ to make sure she gets in. After all, she’s got all the right credentials of corruption.

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When Government is a Hammer….Don’t be a nail!

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One of our favorites~

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Big Man Tyrone speaks out in support of Ben Garrison

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Thanks to all of our supporters in the UK!

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Meanwhile down in the basement..”Go away, hatin!'”

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Hate Speech is not Free Speech

 

Trolls continue to spread the lie that Ben Garrison is against ‘free speech.’ Not so!  It is true that I’m against ‘hate speech.’ It’s my prerogative to exercise my free speech to counter hate speech. In my opinion, hate speech has no place on social media. If Nazis want to stamp their collective feet in hatred, let them do it on their own sites and servers. They can knock themselves out there, but they’re not satisfied with that–they want to spew their acidic hate as far as possible. That being said, they don’t ‘own’ Facebook where community standards are clearly stated.


Oh sure, ‘hate speech’ is legal, all right. At least in America. But it’s not free. Someone pays a price. The trolls’ targets pay a cost when cyber reputations get destroyed and businesses get ruined. There’s a cost of TIME when the trolls’ targets must spend countless hours removing libel and filth. This is time lost that could have been spent doing something productive. Some of the trolls’ targets pay the ultimate price–suicide. Sorry, trolls, I won’t be doing that. I have too much work left to do. I have paintings to paint and cartoons to draw.

The trolls will never stop trolling me. They will never stop defacing my cartoons. They will never stop posting my face with ‘meme’ boxes and fake quotes claiming I’m calling for mass murder. To me, using someone else as a cover to call for mass murder is not satire. It’s not funny. It’s puerile sadism and malice. I will never stop trying to get such libel removed.

Andrew “Andre” Anglin claims it’s all in good fun–satire. Just a good chortle. Anglin considers the call for the murder of millions and starting a race war is fine as long as he calls it ‘satire.’

Andrew Anglin uses me, Ben Garrison, as a mask or foil to reveal his true feelings: An ugly, bitter hatred toward jews and others who don’t happen to be part of his ‘race.’ (It has been said that he himself doesn’t look ‘white,’ which must grate on him). He claims the holocaust is a hoax, but he’d be first in line to start another one if given the chance.

Anglin was running defaced cartoons well before he claimed it was ‘justified’ because of his claim that I’m against free speech. He screams loudly and spurts crocodile tears when his precious hate gets threatened. He whines that I’m against free speech, but he’s the first to trample upon mine by running defaced cartoons and stamping the Ben Garrison name onto any sort of trash in order to attract eyeballs to his dull and deadly site while begging for dough. He hopes someone will toss spare change his way. Yeah, it appears that hate is all about money, too. He’s the one chasing that rolling nickel down the street.

If Anglin had Hitler-like powers, he would end free speech in one big damn hurry. Fortunately, the young man has no power outside of his boring Daily NutJob site. It’s filled with pejorative and ad hominem attacks masquerading as journalism.

Please young people, do not follow such diminutive men (literally and metaphorically) who push small, hateful and long-discredited ideologies. They are trying to put old, rotten wine back into old, cracked bottles. There are big problems that require our attention. Do not let your attention get diverted by mindless hatred.

I will continue to draw anti-Federal Reserve and anti-statism cartoons. I will continue to criticize both Republicans and Democrats. Many thanks to everyone who understands the situation and rest assured I’m not against free speech and reasoned debate. I am also not against jews. I’ve known many during my newspaper career and they have been some of the finest people I’ve ever met. Including Steve Greenberg–even though I rarely agreed with the cartoons he penned.

–Ben Garrison

 

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Does the two party system work?

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Does the two-party system work?

This country needs alternatives to Republicans and Democrats. However, both parties use their power and dirty tricks to make sure viable third party candidates have no chance. For example, the Republicans, aka, ‘neo-cons’ stole many of the primaries from Ron Paul. Voting machines and polls are rigged. Voting irregularities abound. Petitions for alternative candidates are tossed out by corrupt judges. The mainstream media continue to brainwash the public and keep them debating blue vs. red, left vs. right, Tweedle D vs Tweedle R, while both parties become more corrupt and compromised.

My uncle’s thought on our current two-party system:

“I’ve often used the milking stool to make my point. We have been balancing this nation on a two legged support….one leg the Democrats and the other the GOP. No sensible farmer would park his butt on a two legged milking stool. A THIRD LEG is needed for balance. Yes, I’ve heard all the old arguments against three party systems. But I point to the present malaise and ask “Does the two party system work?”

Well it works out fine for the 1/10th of 1 percent. They continually get fabulously richer and more powerful. They contribute to and control both the Republicans and Democrats. It’s a win-win situation for them. Globalist policies are carried out regardless. Our republic gets destroyed incrementally. The middle class is going away. So are our liberties.

Votes for Republicans and Democrats get converted into statism. Eventually, citizens find themselves in a prison constructed from their own votes. It’s time for a third party. A party that supports smaller government and the consitution. A party that is against world empire and endless wars–including the ridiculous war on drugs. The Libertarian Party can become that third leg in the stool.

–Ben Garrison

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The “March of Tyranny” marches on….

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Thanks to our friends at ZeroHedge.com for publishing “The March of Tyranny”    Tyranny keeps marching on!

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The Trouble with Dean, Epic Fails in Trolling # 16

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The Big Government Bulls**t Train

One of our favorites! Remember this WP page and GRRRGraphics.com are the official  sites for Ben Garrison Cartoons!  Any other cartoons that are altered and have racist images inserted into them are hacked cartoons.
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Stop the Hate

 

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“This page wasn’t removed. We reviewed the page you reported for harassment. Since it did not violate our community standards, we did not remove it. Thanks for your report.”

 

This is the message I received after reporting a hate page on Facebook. Near the top of the hate page was a statement that encouraged the extermination of all Jews. Along with that statement was a photo of my face and the name Ben Garrison. Trolls had stolen my artwork and photos from my blog, my cartoon site as well as my fine art site and had concocted an entire page devoted to spewing libelous hate. The troll entity called the page ‘Ben Garrison Cartoons—the Official Site.’  The trolls had stamped the name ‘Ben Garrison’ onto as many hateful images as possible throughout the page. How does one stop such blatant libel? Where do these trolls come from? Is it even possible to track them down? Why do they do such terrible things? Why me?

 

As I found out, it’s not just me. Many others have suffered the same outrageous indignity. It appears that trolls are no longer content just to talk to each other on sordid sites such as ‘4chan’ or ‘Stormfront.’ They want to go mainstream.  Therefore, social media are a natural target for them. Do they really believe the vitriolic memes they are shoveling or are they merely playing an elaborate prank? It doesn’t matter. Their memes of hate must not go mainstream. Facebook must wake up and block the hate before it gets established. Hate speech is not free speech. Hate speech is blind, one-dimensional blackness. It is not reasoned debate.  It loudly shouts for the murder of human beings and Facebook is providing them a megaphone for that purpose.

 

I first drew editorial cartoons for the San Angelo Standard-Times. The subject matter was local and state politics. I also drew a few for the San Antonio Express-News. I then worked nearly 20 years for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer as a designer and info graphic specialist. They already had two cartoonists at the Seattle P-I. One was the Pulitzer-prize winning star, David Horsey. The other was Steve Greenberg. Steve moved to California and continued to get his cartoons published. He was tenacious and I admired that. I now must conjure up the same tenaciousness.

 

When the big banks were bailed out in 2008, I was outraged. I had written both senators and my congressman and asked them to vote ‘no’ on the bailout bill. It passed anyway. I had read G. Edward’s Griffin’s landmark book, “The Creature from Jekyll Island,” and I knew this was yet another step toward a corrupt system run by an oligarchy that is replacing our Constitutional government. I figured it was time to speak out against the growing police state and since I was an artist, editorial cartoons seemed the best way of doing something. It almost seemed like my patriotic duty. I had to help my country. My dad was a WWII veteran who fought against tyranny and fascism. Now it was my turn to do something about it. I drew anti-Federal Reserve and anti-banker bailout cartoons as well as pro-Constitution cartoons. I began posting them on my blog and various stock message boards. Some became viral. “The March of Tyranny” was seen around the world by millions. I drew it in only three hours. It is also the most trolled cartoon.

 

A gang of trolls suddenly made an appearance on my blog. At first, I didn’t know what to make of it. They took advantage of the comment field and began posting pro-Nazi statements and criticized me for posting videos of musicians who happened to be Jewish. (I’m a classical music fan). I deleted the messages and then I was forced to shut down comments altogether. I had just been trolled.

 

It was about this time that I started receiving hate mail. They pretended to be real people who were sickened by hacked-up cartoons. They assumed a piece of libelous art was mine simply because my name was pasted onto it. I figured out quickly this mail was probably from the trolls themselves—trying to elicit a reaction. Some of the troll mail was subtle. Some of it was not. I was called every foul name in the book. I learned never to reply to any troll mail whatsoever, but I did check out IP addresses. They came from all over the world, with a high concentration emanating from England, Denmark and Poland.

 

I decided to set up a specific web site for Ben Garrison cartoons and in 2010, www.grrrgraphics was born. I added a disclaimer that explained that my work was being altered by nefarious trolls and left it at that. I had read it’s best to ignore the trolls. That was the way to go. Don’t give the sadists what they craved the most—attention.

 

One day I received an email from Christopher Poole. I didn’t know this person, but he wrote, “Why so racist, bro?” I searched the name and discovered he had started a site known as 4chan. On this site he allowed posters complete anonymity. They could post whatever they liked without consequence. As one might guess, the site is the lowest of low snake pits that eclipses even the basest instincts of humanity. They claim it’s all for the ‘lulz’—a variation of LOLs. The site was painfully unfunny—full of torment and sadism. 4chan had a thread about me where hundreds of trolls were posting all sorts of garbage and pasting the name Ben Garrison onto all kinds of hate—whether it matched my style or not. They were writing hate memes and attaching my name onto them. They even posted my obituary. I’ve looked at this thread only once. I wrote Christopher Poole a very polite email and requested that he remove the thread. I was ignored.

 

Many people know what 4chan is about and won’t go there. If they do, they know nearly everything posted is a lie. The trouble is it is now a springboard used by trolls to launch campaigns on mainstream sites such as Facebook. The troll campaigns included memorial pages on which they would post images of recently deceased children. They would alter those images into unspeakable things in order to torment grieving parents. Oisin Sweeny, an Irish author and expert on the troll phenomenon, detailed this abhorrent behavior in his book “Hackers on Steroids.” It is known as “RIP” trolling. Oisin was so outraged that he began tracking down the offenders and attempted to bring them to justice. The trolls pretended to be powerful, omnipotent figures on the web, but in reality they were young, socially inept misfits who derived sick satisfaction from their repulsive behavior. They even looked like trolls.

 

Trolls can’t stand people who take a stand. They detest people who speak out against injustice in the world. They attack independent bloggers with a fury. They especially enjoy targeting feminist bloggers, whom they try to destroy. They try to portray me as a white supremacist simply because I wear a cowboy hat, live in Montana and I draw pro-liberty cartoons.

 

I have been trolled since 2009. The trolls are not going away in part due to Facebook’s lackadaisical attitude toward trolling. My libertarian cartoons continue to be altered. I have not had time to draw many lately. No matter—they paste the name Ben Garrison onto any piece of troll trash and spread it out far and wide. It’s their mission and they’ve devoted countless troll hours to the task.

 

Thanks to Facebook, the troll entity now has a forum to reach the mainstream. If their memes of hate become commonplace, it might also become acceptable–and that can lead to acts of violence, which also might become acceptable. We must not let this happen. The Holocaust did occur. It was a well-documented event. It’s a terrible FACT of history. Those who say it didn’t happen are encouraging conditions for it to happen again. It must not.

 

For a while, I didn’t even know Facebook trolls were posting libelous hate pages using the Ben Garrison name until two people from the Online Hate Prevention Institute contacted me. They spent their time and resources to assist me. They used their connections to help get the offending page removed, and I’m very grateful for their help.

 

I’ve found I’m not alone in the battle against trolls. It is a daily, on-going occurrence on social media that affects many lives. It’s time for people to speak out against the hate. Report the pages. Complain to Facebook. Take action. Good people can come together and outnumber the trolls!

 

It’s time for Facebook to utilize their vast resources and take more effective action. It’s time to end the hate.

 

–Ben Garrison

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