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9.09 Time to Deploy the National Guard in America?

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August 04, 2009 – Comments (10)

Jefferson County Sheriff Mike Hale, just hours after the County Commission slashed his office's budget by $4.1 million, has asked Gov. Bob Riley to either help pay his deputies' salaries or put National Guard troops on the streets to keep order.

In a letter to Riley this afternoon, Hale said his office "cannot provide the level of public safety that residents of Jefferson County deserve and expect with such draconian cuts in our budget."

"If state funding of deputies' salaries is not an option, then I must call upon you to activate the National Guard..." Hale wrote in the letter to Riley.

A circuit court judge this morning lifted a restraining order that was barring the county from cutting the sheriff's budget. The commission cut the sheriff's budget as part of across-the-board cuts meant to address the county's financial crisis. A judge earlier this year ruled the county's occupational tax, which provides about a quarter of the county's general fund revenue, to be illegal.

http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2009/08/jefferson_county_sheriff_asks.html

Bankers of insolvent taxpayer bailed out banks get billions in bonuses.....yet America can't bailout a city to provide safety for our citizens.....and Sherrif is demanding the National Guard?

Can you think of any other word but Prepare?

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#1) On August 04, 2009 at 5:57 PM, alstry (36.04) wrote:

Zero Hedge's Perspective:

Oddly enough, Jefferson county which got into a dash of trouble buying some interest rate swap or another without reading the prospectus which despite guaranteeing perpetual appreciation distinctly said in the invisible print that total loss of principal is another side effect of transacting with Wall Street, has apparently been unable to participate in today's 175/75 L/S unwind which blew the REITs into the stratosphere and got Bob Pisani's panties in a bunch.

So, what do those Southerners do now that they have been on the verge of full blown bankruptcy for months if not years - why summon the National Guard of course.

Brilliantly, the county first cut the sheriff's budget, and only subsequently did it realize it would need to maintain this thing called order. From the AP:

The sheriff in Alabama's most populous county may call for the National Guard to help maintain order, a spokesman said Tuesday, after a judge cleared the way for cuts in the sheriff's budget and hopes dimmed for a quick end to a budget crisis.


About 1,000 county workers already are on unpaid leave because courts threw out a key county tax, and Hale has warned that reductions to his budget would mean fewer patrols by deputies and decreased courthouse security.


A spokesman for Hale, Randy Christian, said the sheriff told Gov. Bob Riley after the ruling that state assistance may be needed to perform basic law enforcement tasks once the department's current funding is exhausted in early September.


"We will certainly be looking at calling in the National Guard," said Christian.


Hale may have to cut as many as 188 deputies and almost 300 civilian workers out of more than 700 employees total because of Boohaker's ruling, Christian said. That would leave just enough workers to staff the county's two jails, which hold about 1,000 prisoners on average.

Ok, but what happens when the National Guard goes bankrupt in a few months once every other county realizes it needs it too? Can they call in the Goldman reservists? Do these stupid mayors understand that Goldman reservists do not like to be paid with IOUs?

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#2) On August 04, 2009 at 6:08 PM, ReadEmAnWeep (39.94) wrote:

Alstry you should hook me up with an exec job with one of your CEO friends...

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#3) On August 04, 2009 at 6:31 PM, alstry (36.04) wrote:

Right now, America is at a critical cross roads in its history.

The fate of its entire economy is hinged on a  corrupt banking system and fraudulent behavior.  This has been evident to Alstry for some time.  The masses are tired of the Fed's Zombulation policies and massive bonuses for its executives.

My guess is that an event is near potentially making issue of money irrlevant.

These are very serious times indeed.....quite frankly, I am not sure you can prepare.

 

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#4) On August 04, 2009 at 6:41 PM, alstry (36.04) wrote:

Fewer cops, no jobs and this...

State forced to release nearly 43,000 inmates

By Carol J. Williams | 2:43 p.m.

California's prisons are so overcrowded that the state is violating inmates' constitutional rights, a three-judge panel finds.

Is America breaking down???????????????????????????

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#5) On August 04, 2009 at 6:48 PM, phwill (< 20) wrote:

“This order doesn’t release anybody from prison, it just orders the state to come up with a plan,

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#6) On August 04, 2009 at 6:59 PM, QualityPicks (26.65) wrote:

What I love about this is that the financial institutions got bailed out, while everybody else was left to deal with their problems. So layoffs and cuts had to be made at Jefferson County, while Goldman Sachs gets record bonuses. Don't worry though, Bernanke assured that to end this crises, we need to save the financial institutions. I guess that now that wall street is making tons of money we are all benefiting.

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#7) On August 04, 2009 at 7:39 PM, jddubya (< 20) wrote:

The fate of its entire economy is hinged on a  corrupt banking system and fraudulent behavior.  This has been evident to Alstry for some time. 

And yet you spend your time preaching to a crowd of about 100, with around 80% not particularly liking what you say (proven by recent informal blog polls).  With those kind of numbers I can understand why you wouldn't dare take your preaching to the mainstream masses.

The masses are tired of the Fed's Zombulation policies and massive bonuses for its executives.

Wrong.  If the masses (beyond those 100 bloggers you preach to) were tired of the policies there probably would be some sort of anarchy by now.  What we actually have in this country is an apathetic attitude in my opinion, myself included.  I believe that the average person (my definition would be income < $60k) is worried about their immediate needs.  They could give a hoot about the big banks because they're just trying to put a meal on the table.  That's just how it is in my opinion.

My guess is that an event is near potentially making issue of money irrlevant.

Not a bad guess - the thing is, if something happens, and it doesn't matter what, you will claim that you predicted it.  If nothing happens you'll claim you never made any hint of such a prediction. 

These are very serious times indeed.....quite frankly, I am not sure you can prepare.

That's odd, because you've been telling everyone to prepare for months when the fact has been, and is, that they cannot prepare.

I'm sure that no one can prepare - expecially your version of preparing by buying metals and saving cash... WAAAAY too late for the masses to even ponder when the masses are simply barely making enough to survive for the moment.

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#8) On August 04, 2009 at 9:54 PM, AvianFlu (34.22) wrote:

There are a few things the averge person can do to prepare. They may not be able to buy gold, but picking up some silver is very inexpensive and the outlook is good for silver as an inflation hedge.

 Relocating away from blighted neighborhoods might be easy to do for those that rent. Civil unrest and crime could become rampant...especially when California releases 43,000 inmates.

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#9) On August 05, 2009 at 1:12 AM, mliu01 (< 20) wrote:

We tried to avoid a recession but we got into a depression. We tried to avoid a depression but we are sure to get a melt down.

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#10) On August 05, 2009 at 12:44 PM, drgroup (68.70) wrote:

All the sheriff has to do is deputize half of the inmates in the county lock up, give them guns and bages. Waaala, problem solved. 

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