Friday, November 24, 2017

Sobering Statistics From The Land Of Lincoln

Like semantics, details of personal hygiene, and references to Fox News, statistics can serve as attention scarecrow. Ever see click bait with a numerical theme? "You haven't seen Bureau Of Labor stats in thirty years? What they look like now will amaze you!"

Our national debt numbers are so grim that they result in collective numbness. Pile on unfunded federal entitlements, college debt that exceeds a trillion and one can understand why one would rather view current pics of the surviving members of The Manson Family. The economic forecast is so bleak as to  make one ask, "What could be worse?" 

Statistics usually come in 2 sizes: Bad and Worse. As bad as our national numbers might be, they are much worse in Illinois:

Unfunded state and local government retirement debt is more than $260 billion and rising. 

Unfunded pension liabilities for the nation’s highest-paid government workers (overtime starts at 37.5 hours) are $130 billion and are projected to increase for at least through the next decade. 

Nearly 25 percent of the state’s general funds go to retirees (many living in Texas and Florida). 

Vendors are owed $9.5 billion. 

Every five minutes the population — down 1.22 million in 16 years — declines as another person, and an average of $30,000 more in taxable income, flees the nation’s highest combined state and local taxes. 

Those leaving are earning $19,600 more than those moving in. 

The work force has shrunk by 97,000 this year. 

There has not been an honestly balanced budget — a constitutional requirement — since 2001. 

The latest tax increase, forced by the legislature to end a two-year budget impasse, will raise more than $4 billion, but another $1.7 billion deficit has already appeared.

There has not been a balanced budget despite a constitutional mandate. A lesson for all of us, I think.

The stats come from an interesting article from "Los Angeles Daily News" website about the Illinois reformers battling The Blue Mafia.

Monday, November 20, 2017

One Of The Biggest Economic Stories Ever Goes Unreported By MSM

If you follow the MSM, you missed a big story. Well, Selena Zito and "New York Post picked it up. But everyone else missed it.

Glen Dale, W. Va. — Bad news travels fast. Good news, meanwhile, doesn’t seem to travel at all.
Last weekend in Beijing, as part of his 12-day trip to Asia, President Trump announced that the US and China had signed an $83.7 billion memorandum of understanding to create a number of petrochemical projects in West Virginia over the next 20 years.
If the agreement holds tight, it is an economic game changer for the state.
And yet, speaking to the locals here, you wouldn’t even know it had happened.
The BBC and CNN covered the news in their business sections, while The New York Times picked up a short story by The Associated Press on the deal. The stories’ headlines were muted; their placement low-key.
“One would have suspected that the prospect of an investment this large — nearly three times the total annual budget for the department of energy — would have been front-page news,” said Paul Sracic, political-science professor at nearby Youngstown State University.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Monkey On My Back: I Watch RT's 10 + Hours Of Election Night Coverage

I struggle with living in the past. Should not be fettered by the hooks of yesterday.

Point taken, angel on shoulder but this is more alluring than that which we call entertainment. It is more enlightening than that which we call education.

This is more than nostalgia. So much more. It is all about bias, propaganda and ultimately failed propaganda. The changes in vocal tones and body language. The tears. The dark prophecies. The finger-pointing.They are all different and yet, they are all the same. An enduring art form.

To date I have watched in entirety, the 2016 coverage of the following networks:

1. PBS
2. ABC...very splashy and bright.
3. CBS
5. Fox News
6. CNN
7. The Young Turks
8. RT (Full disclosure. I still have a couple of hours to go.)

I have watched snippets of NBC's coverage but I have not watched it wall to wall.

Comments about RT's coverage: If this was radio, RT would be either an oldies station or a Doctor Demento-style salute to novelty acts. Ed Schulz is flanked by Jesse Ventura and they drag out Ron Paul and Ralph Nader. They bring on Lefties to parrot the same cliches they parrot on every other station. The hits keep coming all night long.

Anyone who thinks RT aided the Trump campaign should slam their skulls with a rubber mallet in hopes of elevating their IQ. They start out somewhat evenhanded but as the grapes sour, the leopards show their spots. With Ed Schulz at anchor, a pundit too radical for MSNBC, one can expect--and they receive--a hearty dose of extreme Leftism. It is also interesting to note that RT was not allowed inside Trump headquarters. They were forced to report from curbside.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Please, Let Us Not Refight The Battle Of Whitewater

Some people say that Timothy McVeigh killed the Conservative Movement in the 90's. I am of the firm belief that Kenneth Starr did more damage to the Republican Party than the philosophically-stunted terrorist whose delicate psyche was traumatized by what he had witnessed in the first Iraq War.

One of the reasons to take the political high road is that it tends to be more successful than the sewer express. MAGA is the political high road. Trump's pugnacious nature prompted him to "punch down" but the Donald is an instinctive counter puncher. He did not lead with sleaze. His message, a message the Democratmedia never understood or never acknowledged, was one of hope and optimism. Morning in America if we let the sun rise.

Hillary was negative from the get go. Access Hollywood, fabricated gropees from the distant past, claims of pedophilia, racism, misogyny, Islamophobia, basket of deplorables, and on and on and on. Hillary put on her pith helmet and discovered a tribe called the alt-right that most of us had never heard of. Sixteen degrees of separation later, she laid the alt-right at Donald Trump's footstep. Hillary's habitual bitterness only resonated with bitter minds and by the grace of God this country was delivered from evil.

Barack Obama is perhaps the sleaziest human being America has ever produced but his fabricated persona usually took the high road. With 99+ per cent of the news media trashing Hillary and McCain and Romney, Obama was free to babble empty verbiage about hope and change with his skull illuminated by a bright, swirling halo. His zombies saw their deity take the high, if not celestial road to destiny and deliverance. Yeswecan!

Before Obama, George Bush won two elections hiking a pike elevated slightly above Dan Rather and the Democrats. And in the 90's Bill Clinton's approval ratings would be bolstered by Kenneth Starr's sleazy-ass evil character-assassinating fishing expedition. Let us revisit Mr. Peepers later and now return to this nascent century.

The sewer makes people stupid. I did not jump on the trash Harvey Weinstein bandwagon. I prefer to discuss and advance principles rather than promoting and sniping at proper nouns. I was reluctant to play toilet referee but I suppose I have to in order to establish that sewer politics makes people stupid.

Harvey Weinstein's many and varied accusations range from the expected to the not surprising to the understandable to the harder to understand to the downright gross to the possibly criminal to the flagrantly felonious.  But no one in the press is making such distinctions. The broadside brush of "sexual misconduct" is the only tool the painter brought to the job.

Bear with me for a moment while we examine (eeeee) the antics of one Louis C. K. Like Congressman Danger, Mr. K almost succeeds in making gropers wholesome by comparison. If I were Ben Affleck, I would be screaming bloody murder at my name being mentioned in the same article as this porn circus geek. Ever the exhibitionist, K publicly apologized to his victims, no doubt getting excited at his rehashing of events. K is the kind of guy who gives perverts a bad name but he has resolved one pop culture issue: Louis C. K. is indeed a funny man.

I actually feel sorry for Al Franken. Given his political status, his fake gropes and practice kisses and adolescent attitude have made him the top news item of the week. If Franken's bone chips can be reassembled into a skeleton, every public figure is in trouble. I hereby issue more warnings about the sewer. Stupidity and false equivalency prevail. Tread lightly.

Which brings us to Roy Moore. I dismiss outright claims made by "The Washington Post", Gloria Allred, the Democrat attack machine, Judas McCain, Mitt the (if only I could find a word to rhyme) Romney and the rest of the GOP establishment. I don't care if they produce 600 women from 38 years ago. These allegations are about as credible as Judas McCain's PROMISE to repeal Obamacare. This is as bogus as the appointing of a special prosecutor to investigate Donald Trump in the total, complete and absolute absence of evidence of criminal activity while his opponents have long, lucrative and suspicious relationships with the Kremlin. If Moore is defeated, the issue-deficient Democrats will make character assassination a staple of every election.

At last we return to the sexually-curious Kenneth Starr. I would like to put those days behind us but unfortunately, some people want a do-over in The Battle of Whitewater. Some quick observations about this stain on the blue dress that is American history.

1. The Special Counsel should have been shut down when it shifted gears and focused its attention on Bill Clinton's sex life.

2. Had the Starr Commission publicized what had happened to Juanita Broaddrick and Kathleen Willey instead of the consensual relationship between Clinton and Monica Lewinsky, history might have been altered for the better.
     Note: This says something creepy about the Conservative mind. A consensual relationship is more offensive to them than a brutal, animalistic, face-bleeding rape! To this day, talk radio produces more references to Monica Lewinsky than Juanita Broaddrick. I did not follow the news as closely as I do now but I did not learn about Juanita Broaddrick until the waning days of the Clinton Presidency. Like most people, I sided with Clinton over the sexually-obsessed Kenneth Starr even though I never voted for Clinton. It's not necessarily that Conservatives are wrong so much as their priorities are whacked.
3. Nancy Pelosi was right when she said Republicans institutionalized the politics of personal destruction (I am paraphrasing) when they allowed Kenneth Starr to attack Bill Clinton on private matters.
     Note: Karma can suck sometimes.

4. The Republicans attacked Clinton personally because they were too unprincipled or cowardly to engage him on policy.

5. Bill Clinton did not publicly humiliate Monica Lewinsky. The voyeuristic Kenneth Starr did that.

6. Law and order man Kenneth Starr allowed illegal leaks of confidential grand jury testimony.
    Note: Whatever else can be said about sleazeball Robert Mueller, he did not invent hypocrisy or a blatant disrespect for the rule of law. The Mueller Commission is the continuation of a long tradition of public corruption and lawlessness.

7. Some of the sharpest political minds who keenly understand why elections are won and lost, and who were not surprised by Donald Trump's victory, still cannot understand why the public sided with Clinton over Starr.

We are going to conclude on that last point. Sorry Rush and Howie and Ann and Bennie if you are too stupid to understand these things. Here's a crib note for you. Witch hunts frequently backfire. Be careful joining the mob, be it the one chasing Roy Moore, or the one chasing Al Franken.

The sewer will make you stupid.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

The Impending Public Pension Disaster

I believe in doing that which is right and lawful. Even though I will never receive a public pension, I believe that we should (or should have) done all that we could to ensure that public pensioners receive all that they are entitled.

I am passionate that people receive that for which they contracted. I do not believe in changing the terms later for the sake of expediency or worse, for "fairness." On political issues, I am most passionate about fiscal matters. Profligacy can destroy a civilization faster than an army of foreign invaders. Chicken Little is right about some things and this is one of them.

During the Obama years I found it interesting but frustrating that every public pensioner I knew, supported Barack Obama. I tried to make the point that reckless spending threatened their financial foundation. In retrospect, I feel a bit stupid for futilely protecting the interests of those who voted against their own self-interest. They will reap what they sow but they will be too damn stupid to make the connection.

For rest of our lives, we will suffer the abuses of the Obama Administration. Not just the doubling of the national debt (with NOTHING to show for it) but the inflation of student loan debt (now exceeding $1 trillion) and perhaps most significantly, the impracticality of federal bailouts when each taxpayer already owes hundreds of thousands of dollars to Uncle Sam.

The next big bailout effort will be state and local pensions. Even if there is an appetite for someone in rural America to fund the retirement of a Chicago school administrator, the preexisting condition that is our national debt might make everything moot. This is not entirely a red state vs. blue state phenomenon. Newly red Kentucky has a massive pension problem.

Blue cities in red states, like Houston for instance, complicate the melee. Do you think that all those suburbanites whose families abandoned the dysfunctional city long ago will want to pick up the tab for someone back in the hinterland? I doubt it very much.

With the cacophony of bogus news, the "pension tsunami" has gotten little exposure. It might be too soon for the MSM, too close to Obama's occupancy. In good time this can be pinned on Donald Trump or The Freedom Caucus.

A few muted voices are whispering about the oncoming disaster. The appropriately named Pension Tsunami covers this subject in chilling detail. The ever-alert and always worthy, Zero Hedge, has contributed an eyebrow-raising article. These are both good jumping-off points.

This will get ugly. While we might snicker at the idiot who built a mansion in a flood basin (and who now demands a new mansion) there will also be countless victims who are more innocent. It would be good and noble and just to help those who will not receive that for which they worked hard and devoted their lives. Unfortunately, Pelosi, Reid, Boehner, McConnell and yes, Barack Hussein Obama, might have already burnt that candle at its other end.

We reap what we sow, even if we are too stupid to realize it.

Friday, November 10, 2017

The Ugliest Americans

UCLA basketball players LiAngelo Ball Jalen Hill and Cody Riley will likely face house arrest for shoplifting at a Louis Vuitton store in Hangzhou, China, accordingto the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The punishment could be for 20 days and served in the hotel where they are staying. The players will also not be permitted to visit the country again.

Sports Illustrated Article:

BTW, I can remember when SI proofread its material.  Eeegads.

Is Roy Moore The Second Coming Of Ted Stevens?

The Democrat-media complex has a long history of treachery, character assassination, fake news and false accusation. Case in point, the late Ted Stevens.

The concise Stevens bio: He served in the US Senate for 38 years and was prosecuted on bogus charges prior to his reelection bid in 2008. The case would be dismissed and the prosecution team would face subsequent investigations for their unethical (read illegal) behavior but the bogus trial would cost Stevens his reelection bid and help the Dems capture a Senate super majority. Stevens would die in a plane crash in 2010 at the age of 87.

No elitist gadfly, Roy Moore, is being accused of various counts of sexual misbehavior going back 38 years. The fact that "The Washington Post" broke the story should make all of us reconsider its validity. It is reported that the journalist who broke the story has a history of check fraud. I cannot verify that. I can tell you that Roy Moore was opposed in the primaries by both the president and the GOP establishment. I can tell you that Mitch McConnell and serial back stabber, John McCain have denounced Roy Moore. Could there be two better testimonials for Moore's suitability?

Rollcall recounts the railroading of Ted Stevens:

After trial we learned that government prosecutors concealed compelling evidence from the defense. The cooperating witness did not come up with the “covering his ass” testimony until right before trial and his previous inconsistent statements were hidden from the defense. Likewise, the government concealed evidence that its star witness had suborned perjury from an underage prostitute with whom the star witness had an illegal sexual relationship. And the government concealed evidence that another witness — whom the government flew back to Alaska away from the Washington, D.C., trial after their mock cross-examination of him went poorly — had told the senator that the bills he received and promptly paid included all of the work that was done. Government prosecutors mocked Stevens when he explained that on the stand — all the while knowing that they had a witness who would have supported him, but whom they had removed from the trial.
The case was indeed about concealment, but it was government prosecutors who did the concealing. An independent investigation ordered by presiding Judge Emmet G. Sullivan found that the prosecution was “permeated by the systemic concealment of significant exculpatory evidence, which would have independently corroborated Senator Stevens’s defense and his testimony, and seriously damaged the testimony and credibility of the government’s key witness.”
Though the case was dismissed before any sentence was ever imposed (and before a conviction was entered), the prosecution of Stevens was a miscarriage of justice.
Should we believe WAPO, Shifty Mitch and Judas McCain or should we believe Judge Roy Moore? I can't vote in the Alabama special election but ti would take more than the disapproval of serial liars to abandon Roy Moore.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

RINO Gillespie Loses Again

Brace yourself for Dem chest-pounding and more race-baiting.

Virginia is not what she used to be and unless the GOP slows the bureaucrat gravy train, Old Dominion will become New Maryland. The moneyed lobbyists and Democrat civil servants control a chuck of real estate from the Washington suburbs.

Maybe this will be a wake up call for the coalition of normal Americans. I sure hope so.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

How's The Sessionsectomy Coming Along?

I don't post much these days. When I do post, it tends to be something I regard as important. In keeping with the emphasis on quality over frequency, I have started a petition asking (it says demand but petitions tend to be a bit dramatic in their phrasing) President Trump to fire Attorney General, Jeff Sessions.

I don't know the hows and whys of Sessions' fall from grace but you don't need a plumber to know that your toilet overflowed. Let's save the hows and whys to the Roto-Rooter guy and let Tucker Carlson speak for the Sessions apologists. Motive, method, integrity, etc., We can sort through that vault at a later time. Meanwhile, Jeff Sessions has to go.

I thought it would ease the president's burden to remove the bad apple if he could cite a grassroots initiative. Thus, I started a petition at Care2 Petitons demanding Jeff Sessions' termination. People who know me know how much I loathe Facebook. Still, i used a semi-active and seldom-used account to join a dozen or so FB pro-Trump groups. I spent a few hours on Facebook and Twitter plugging my petition.  A day later I have collected 17 signatures.

Maybe people believe the same cut and paste description of Jeff Sessions that had long been applied to James Comey and Robert Mueller. "Unending integrity blahblahblah horseshit horseshit horseshit." Who knows? I do know that I cannot promote this effort much further.

The Petition:

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Fire Jeff Sessions Petition Update

Here it is: 

Demand President Trump Fire Attorney General, Jeff Sessions.

Jeff Sessions has failed to perform the duties of Attorney General of the United States and as such should be removed from office. Without speculating on the reasons or motives for Attorney Sessions' ongoing torpor, it is easy to point out his chronic dereliction of duty.

1.) Attorney Sessions has declined to prosecute Lois Lerner, et al, despite her public admission of guilt and the succeeding destruction of evidence.

2.) Attorney Sessions has declined to prosecute cases of blatant perjury, including the on-camera Congressional falsehood advanced by James Clapper, as well as other officials who served in the previous administration.

3.) Attorney Sessions has declined to prosecute a single offender in the Obama Administration's domestic spying scandal, perhaps the most far-reaching abuse of public office in United States history.

4.) Attorney Sessions has failed to prosecute a single offender in the serial espionage that plagued the Clinton State Department.

5.) Attorney Sessions has failed to prosecute a single offender in what might be called the Russian/Uranium scandal.

6.) Attorney Sessions has failed to prosecute a single offender in the serial influence peddling that plagued the Clinton State Department.

7.) Attorney Sessions has failed to ask for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's resignation, despite Mueller's many conflicts of interest.

8.) In summary, Attorney Sessions has displayed an unwillingness to prosecute any political insider, any member of America's ruling class, any member of the privileged Washington establishment regardless of the volume or severity of criminal activity or the flagrant disregard for our rule of law. The values of Jeff Sessions are clearly inconsistent with the professed values of candidate Donald Trump, the professed values of President Donald Trump, the values of the voters who elected Donald Trump, traditional American values, as well as the rule of law.

For the ongoing callous dereliction of duty displayed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, we, the undersigned, petition President Donald Trump demand his immediate resignation.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Reviewing The Ongoing Corruption Of The Obama Administration

The internal DOJ documents represent the latest revelation in a two-year investigation spearheaded by House Financial Services Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte.

The investigation has thus far yielded evidence implicating the Obama DOJ in using mandatory donations to funnel roughly $1 billion in settlement money to activist groups, including The National Council of La Raza, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition and the National Urban League. The list of third party organizations were unrelated to the legal settlements, except through general claims that they would use the funds to aid the low income Americans most severely harmed by predatory lending practices.

Goodlatte argued that the Obama DOJ practices amounted to the creation of a “slush fund” used to channel money to “left-wing” groups on the House floor Tuesday afternoon before a vote on legislation that would stem the practice. The bill, introduced by Goodlatte in January, prohibits the government from entering into any settlement agreement that benefits any party other than the government, with few exceptions. The vote passed mostly along party lines after hours of debate.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Gaps In My Understanding: The Dems Spend $10 Million On Piss Poor Pornography?

This not even close to plausible dossier cost Hillary and the DNC 7 or 8 figures (when you have this kind of money, who is counting?)

Obviously, we are in the wrong line of work but this price tag would seem inflated at one per cent of its ultimate cost.

For this kind of cabbage, Fusion GPS could have delivered something a little bit believable.

Oh, to have just one client like HRC. That would buy a lot of monkeys a lot of keyboards.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Social Justice Horseshit Comes To West Point

Is there anything not made worse by Lefty influence? Sadly, West Point now cranks out social justice warriors.

Even the curriculum itself has suffered. The plebe American History course has been revamped to focus completely on race and on the narrative that America is founded solely on a history of racial oppression. Cadets derisively call it the “I Hate America Course.” Simultaneously, the plebe International History course now focuses on gender to the exclusion of many other important themes. On the other hand, an entire semester of military history was recently deleted from the curriculum (at West Point!). In all courses, the bar has been lowered to the point where it is irrelevant. If a cadet fails a course, the instructor is blamed, so instructors are incentivized to pass everyone. Additionally, instead of responding to cadet failure with an insistence that cadets rise to the challenge and meet the standard, the bar for passing the course itself is simply lowered. This pattern is widespread and pervades every academic department.

Depressing Article:

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Rough Draft: Fire Sessions

I want the ever-inert Jeff Sessions removed from office. I want to circulate a petition demanding the president ask for his resignation. Of course I want the petition to sound formal and legalistic.

This is what I got so far. Please offer suggestions and criticism.

Demand President Trump to Fire Attorney General, Jeff Sessions.

Jeff Sessions has failed to perform the duties of Attorney General of the United States and as such should be removed from office. Without speculating on the reasons or motives for Attorney Sessions' ongoing torpor, it is easy to point out his ongoing dereliction of duty.

1.) Attorney Sessions has declined to prosecute Lois Lerner, et al, despite her public admission of guilt and the succeeding destruction of evidence.

2.) Attorney Sessions has declined to prosecute cases of blatant perjury, including James Clapper, as well as other officials who served in the previous administration.

3.) Attorney Sessions has declined to prosecute a single offender in the Obama Administration's domestic spying scandal, perhaps the most far-reaching abuse of public office in United States history.

4.) Attorney Sessions has failed to prosecute a single offender in the serial espionage that plagued the Clinton State Department.

5.) Attorney Sessions has failed to prosecute a single offender in what might be called the Russian/Uranium scandal.

6.) Attorney Sessions has failed to prosecute a single offender in the serial influence peddling that plagued the Clinton State Department.

7.) Attorney Sessions has failed to ask for Robert Mueller's resignation, despite Mueller's many conflicts of interest.

8.) In summary, Attorney Sessions has displayed an unwillingness to prosecute any political insider, any member of America's ruling class, any member of the privileged Washington establishment regardless of the volume or severity of criminal activity or the flagrant disregard for our rule of law. The values of Jeff Sessions are clearly inconsistent with the professed values of candidate Donald Trump, the professed values President Donald Trump, the values of the voters who elected Donald Trump, traditional American values, as well as the rule of law.

For the ongoing callous dereliction of duty displayed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, we, the undersigned, petition President Donald Trump to demand his immediate resignation.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Roger Goodell's Study In Verbal Minimalism

If you missed it, the National Football League is concerned about issues in the community as well as community issues and other issues concerning issues as well as underlying issues. Goodell boldly states that said issues with be dealt with in a positive way.

Whoever said brevity is the soul of wit never lay witness to a master poet mesmerizing an enchanted audience for over ten minutes utilizing only a half dozen wordies. Here is a distillation of the artist's rapturous performance. You might revisit the source to witness the unedited performance in all of its luster and splendor.

An actual comment from Yankee Patriot News:

An excerpt from Goodell's press conference: "Issues in the communities, communities, issues, communities, communities, issues, issues, communities' issues, the issues in our communities. Issues in the communities, communities, issues, communities, issues, communities, issues, issues, communities' issues, the issues in our communities. Issues in the communities, communities, issues, communities, communities, issues, issues, communities' issues, the issues in our communities. Issues, issues, issues. Issues in the communities, communities, issues, communities, communities, issues, issues, communities' issues, the issues in our communities. Issues in the communities, communities, issues, communities, issues, communities, issues, issues, communities' issues, the issues in our communities. Issues in the communities, communities, issues, communities, communities, issues, issues, communities' issues, the issues in our communities. Issues, issues, issues. "


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Synchronicity:Fox Business News Is Literally Discussing Krugman's Predictions As I Was Hitting The "Publish " Button

Maybe our critics are right after all.  Maybe we do all think alike. With the Dow hitting 23,000, I thought it would be clever to post the notorious Paul Krugman's predictions from last November. I was doing so with FBN in the background. As I was completing the post, Varney and Company reminded the audience of PK's soothsaying.


Honoring The Prophets: Paul Krugman's Post-Election Predictions

The Nobel laureate of Gray Lady fame nailed the strife and turmoil that would follow a Trump victory. As we stand in the soup line, let us remind ourselves that this sage warned us of the wages of foolishness. Had we only listened.

Paul Krugman: The Economic Fallout

It really does now look like President Donald J. Trump, and markets are plunging. When might we expect them to recover?
Frankly, I find it hard to care much, even though this is my specialty. The disaster for America and the world has so many aspects that the economic ramifications are way down my list of things to fear.
Still, I guess people want an answer: If the question is when markets will recover, a first-pass answer is never.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

MoveOn.Org Circulates Petition To Remove Jeff Sessions

I was torn but I did not sign's petittion to remove Jeff Sessions. Compared to these Soros puppets, Sessions is the lesser evil. He is not even a little bit racist and he did not commit perjury during his Senate confirmation hearings. Of course, he might have perjured himslef when he took his oath of office but let's return to that later.

Soros suckers petition to remove Sessions from office:

While their motives are questionable and their rationale non-existent, I for one believe the United States would be a better place if Jeff Sessions was shown the door. Stupid, weak or corrupt (perhaps all three) Sessions is the biggest mistake of the Trump presidency, and possibly the biggest mistake of Trump's life. Sessions did not get the "Drain The Swamp" memo. Sessions IS the swamp. One has to wonder about MS-13's current status if they had shared their revenue with the K Street Mafia. Would Sessions find cause to recuse himself from all matters related to these nice boys?

Thers is still time to correct your mistake, Mr. President. Firing Jeff Sessions would be a small step in draining that swamp if only for the removal of its most despicable character.

Drain baby, drain.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Piling On The NFL

I enjoy watching sporting events and I believe that live contests are the pinnacle of television, the justification for a nasty cable bill. Live sporting events provide drama that movies and such can never approximate. People who miss out on these things usually have no sense of drama, no joie de vivre.

I cannot put into words the joy I experienced watching last year's Super Bowl. Ditto, this year's Indianapolis 500. The Cubs' World Series was also great but it conflicted with my work schedule and I only got to see snippets. Like a lot of people, I enjoy these things but I can also do without them.

I lived without a television for over a decade. I didn't miss it but I can tell you that visitors often seemed uncomfortable when our common friend did not sit with us. I found my way back to the fold but these days I usually watch shows on my schedule. But if the TV is on and a game is on, I sometimes check a score and stay much longer than I had intended.

So I guess you could say I have a nuanced view of the NFL. Appreciation for the product but not a product I would deem essential. Leftists ruin everything they touch. Everything. Shakespeare. Football. Late night comedy. The weather. Remember when some of us watched meteorologists for their entertainment value? Even the weather got politicized.

The Left is a collection of salmonella-soaked houseflies darting from burger to frankfurter to potato salad, spreading their consciousness-raising enlightenment with each and every landing. What we might experience as fecal accidents, projectile vomiting and an enduring aversion to our favorite foods, the Left sees as an exercise in social justice. They just want to help.

There are so many angles to the NFL jumping the shark story but for now let us focus on the stupidity of the Left. After Trump's Luther Strange rally where he denounced the National Anthem prima donnas, a prophet pronounced that the NFL was about to walk into another "Trump Trap." Sure enough, the prophet was on target. I wish I had bookmarked what I had read so I could give the Oracle a hat tip but I can't find that reference now.

Which brings us to the Left. I can remember when they were not so blatantly stupid. Maybe we just overestimated their talents because they had all the cushy jobs. Maybe it was all polish and more polish all along. Maybe.

On the other hand, the Lefties of yesteryear could at least select poster children that tugged at your heartstrings. Privileged millionaire linemen, public trough-draining team owners, and never-wrong-always-employed sports journalists miss the mark by more than a hair's width.

The bite-the-hand players are the silliest. Is there such a thing as a boomerang post child? A poster antihero? A poster villain?  Has a new idiom been discovered? The snowflakes hiding in the safe space of their locker rooms will forever challenge our masculine ideals.

There is something both laughable and futile about protesting that which cannot be articulated. Understand, these are millionaires--many of whom are college graduates--with access to publicists, social media consultants, agents, multiple social media outlets, as well as still-powerful lackey news media at their beck and call. Yet, no 95 theses or articles of confederation or student council demands are ever advanced. Give Colin Kaepernick some credit. When he donned "pig socks" or a Fidel image, he at least offered a clue as to what his position might have been.

There is something both laughable and self-defeating about the notion that these pampered prissies can only express their contempt during the playing of The National Anthem. And who exactly is the target of your ongoing hostility? Do you even know? Do you even care?

There is something both laughable and tiresome with protests that offer no resolution. Nothing like "If y'all pardon Hollywood's favorite cop-killer, we will stop biting the many, many hands that feed us." Nope. No resolution is proposed because no problem has been articulated. It is only "spit in their faces", the elevated middle finger, now and forever. The spirit of social vandalism rears its ugly head.

Yes, there is some schadenfreude on my part but there is also sadness. I miss you, Tom Brady. But I love seeing the most overpaid buffoon in history, Roger Goodell, do his Dr. Kevorkian imitation. I don't mind seeing the idiot owners who pay Goodell $44,000,000/year get duly rewarded for their gross stupidity. Deflategate should have been a clue, guys. But it's your ball and if you want to take it home, we won't stand in your way.

Understand, I still follow the NFL. But I no longer care who won the game between the Washington Ingrates and the Seattle Divas. The scores I track are attendance figures, TV ratings, memorabilia sales, as well as sponsor abandonment and public NFL jersey conflagrations. It's a whole new ball game, folks!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Rest In Peace, Hugh Hefner

Hef, you probably made more young men's Hero List than anyone in history.

Year in, year out, surveys revealed that you were the man most other men would rather be.

Hef was a bigger than life icon in an era when most public figures, including (or especially) 300 lb. football players, seem so puny, Hefner was an American original. The most envied man in history.

Rest in peace, Hef. I bet you died with a smile on your face.

Monday, September 25, 2017

More Et Tu Brute Stuff

I was performing grill duty during the Patriots game and I could only check scores periodically. I was able to watch Brady orchestrate another signature game-winning drive capped by an amazing catch by Brandin Cooks.

My enjoyment of the game was not ruined by the knowledge that Cooks had taken a knee during the National Anthem.

I had already taken a Patriots-only approach to this season. I was planning to watch their games and let the others fall by the wayside. Now I am not even sure I will watch The Brady Bunch again.

Screw the Raiders and the NFL


✅ #NFLBurnNotice for New England Patriots - Keep sending them in #DNN

✅ #NFLBurnNotice for Texas & Pittsburgh - I will post them all that yo...

✅ #NFLBurnNotice for Kansas City Chiefs - Keep Sending them, I will post...

Thursday, September 21, 2017

NH Sec. of State Responds to Veritas Video During Voter Fraud Commission

Gregg Jarrett: AG Sessions Has Been Incompetent - Must Do the Right Thin...

I Concur!
I Concur!
I Concur!
I Concur!
I Concur!
I Concur!
I Concur!
I Concur!
I Concur!
I Concur!

Pennel Bird On The Left's Childish Rage

Trump is in favor of redefining marriage, has a ten-point plan for renewal of the inner city, employs more women than men as executives in his businesses, has been married to two immigrants, and has a Jewish daughter and three Jewish grandchildren.  These would seem to put the lie to claims Trump is racist, xenophobic, anti-Semitic, and anti-LGBTQ.  So why, given these many things on which his opponents might agree with the president, are they unmoved to acknowledge common ground?

Intellectual dishonesty is possible.  Sheer hatred is more likely.  Democratic representative Brad Sherman admitted that the animus against the president is so strong in the California legislature, for example, that he would be forced to oppose Mother's Day if Trump supported it.  Trump's win was not only a repudiation of globalism, elitism, and Obamism, but also a devastating rebuke to the core identity of the left.  The rage and denial are, in some ways, easy to understand.

In spite of or because of their outsized antipathy for Trump, this might have been an important moment for the Democratic left to undertake a clear-eyed accounting of why they lost an un-losable election.  Instead of honest forensics on their efforts, the left became a verb and began flame-throwing the administration early and often with an impressively hateful and single-minded campaign.  But a funny thing happened on the way to impeachment: Democrats stopped standing for anything at all, other than pitched loathing and hysteria. 

Read more:
Follow us: @AmericanThinker on Twitter | AmericanThinker on Facebook

Sunday, September 17, 2017

An Immodest Proposal: Let Us Establish A National Holiday To Honor Charles Ponzi

Charles Ponzi is perhaps the most influential economist in history. His financial innovations would shape the policies of everyone from Franklin Roosevelt to Barack Obama and every big city mayor of the past fifty years. The loyal Democrat donor, Bernie Madoff, would devote his life to honing the skills Ponzi contributed to the world. Our Social Security system, as well as our public pensions, owe their existence to Ponzi's unending wisdom.

To be fair, the Republicans have been every bit as loyal to Ponzi's principles even though they sometimes badmouth them in public. Ponzi's broad public appeal would insure that monuments honoring this innovator would never be desecrated. Let it be noted that Carlo The Great's humanitarian accomplishments were limited to the financial realm.


When he was released from jail, Ponzi got involved in yet another criminal venture, smuggling Italian immigrants across the border into the United States. This too landed him in jail—he spent two years behind bars in Atlanta.

Charles Ponzi was Democrat's Democrat whose life would shape public thinking to this very day. Want to see the soul of the Democratic Party? Google Charles Ponzi.  From Mauldin Economics:

The website Pension Tsunami posts scores of articles, written all across America, about pension problems. We find out today that in places like New York and Chicago and Cook County, pension funds have more retirees collecting than workers paying into the fund. There are more retired cops in New York and Chicago than there are working cops. And the numbers of retirees just keep growing. On an individual basis, it is smart for the Chicago police officer to retire as early possible, locking in benefits, go on to another job that offers more retirement benefits, and round out a career by working at least three years at a private job that qualifies the officer for Social Security. Many police and fire pensions are based on the last three years of income; so in the last three years before they retire, these diligent public servants work enormous amounts of overtime, increasing their annual pay and thus their final pension payouts.

This article is worth reading in its entirety:

We all know that there is a pension crisis, yes, a pension tsunami brewing in places like Puerto Rico and Chicago. We know it's bad but we probably do not grasp just how bad the situation really is. We know the crash is looming but we probably think it is later rather than sooner. We might not be able or willing to grasp the complexities of the situation but we can all understand that when pension recipients exceed contributors, when ex-cops exceed working cops, the time has come...Time to pay tribute to Charles Ponzi.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Alpha Male, Beta Male, Flimsy Science, Hierarchy Analysis And Further Abuses Of The English Language

The term, "beta male" is perhaps the most frequently misused term of this era. A beta is not a wimp, a pansy, a loser, an endomorph, an ectomorph, a coward, or a man of low testosterone. Ironically, beta males tend to be the men we most respect for their displays of manhood. They tend to be the picture, the example, the prototype of those things we associate with manliness.

In a hierarchy, and humans are hierarchical animals, there three types: alphas, betas and omegas. The alphas are the leaders who pursue upward mobility. The betas are those who accept and are comfortable in a subordinate position. Omegas are more complicated.

Omegas tend to avoid hierarchy as much as possible but often find themselves in yet another org chart. Things being equal they would probably rather be an alpha than a beta but their lives are an ongoing struggle to escape the herd altogether. Bruce Lee was not a pansy. Nor was Muhammad Ali. They were not prototypical omegas but they were omegas nonetheless.

Alpha males are easy to understand. They have to be the top dog. They would prefer to command a struggling Brand X than to be comfortably fifth in line at Goldman Sachs. The Ivy League was once a haven for alpha males. Recognizing this, the Navy would route a JFK to a PT boat and a John Kerry to a swift boat. Too many alpha males might be trouble on a larger vessel.

Chris Kyle was a prototypical beta male. Had he been an alpha he would probably have attended Annapolis or possibly joined ROTC. He did not feel the need to climb the ladder and he left the Navy as a chief petty officer. Most enlisted personnel are betas. Most Marines and most. if not all, Rangers and SEALS. Beta males.

Most members of street gangs, motorcycle clubs and police departments are betas. Football players and most athletes who play team sports are beta. There are budding alphas or potential alphas or future alphas in all of these organizations but most are betas who are proud and satisfied to be betas. Anyone who works for wages is a frustrated alpha, a frustrated omega or a fairly contented beta.

Hierarchical theory is a fascinating topic well worth further analysis. In the meantime, can we at least try to get our terminology right?

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Ballsy Jeff Sessions Announces Even More Inaction On Friday Afternoon On Eve Of Hurricane's Arrival

Time has confirmed what we already knew about James Comey: He is a crook.

We do not yet have red hand smoking gun evidence on Jeff Sessions but he seems to be on a Comey trajectory. If it walks like a crook and talks like a crook, we might not have probable cause to prosecute him, but we can send him back to Alabama. What is Trump waiting for to get rid of this slug?

If I have one legal lifeboat and MS-13 is on one side of the deck and The Lerner Gang on the other side of the deck, MS-13 sails away. This would not be as logically lopsided as freeing the Clinton Mob while crushing Martha Stewart but Lerner, et al, pose a greater threat to the rule of law than do hundreds of outlaw Salvadorans. Civilizations survive outlaws. Surviving the politicization and weaponization of law enforcement, intelligence, bureaucracy and perhaps worst of all, the treasury might prove impossible.

I am glad I not the only one who sees the obvious duplicity of Jeff Sessions. This from Christian Mercenary:

My business was investigated and when they found nothing in 2009, they moved on to 2010 and when they found nothing in 2010 and I was shutting down my business for lack of economic activity in 2011, they found something, or created something. I still maintain that I made every payment, filed every return, but mysteriously, they lost the last return I filed. I guess they waited to try and find something legitimate before they "created" a violation, but I could produce no evidence that I paid it, no canceled check, nothing. Maybe I did miss it, I just don't think so, but since I couldn't prove I paid it, eventually I did pay the required amount. Though they had threatened me with owing them several hundred thousand dollars, they settled for the $3,400 that I actually may have not paid.

Mr. Sessions, you have no idea the thousands of conservatives who were put through hell by the agents of Ms. Lerner. To give her a pass when there was no forgiveness on her side, when the most ruthless of tactics were used as a bludgeon by her and her agents, I cannot fathom your leniency other than corruption. This, sir, is what makes radicals out of the common man. This obvious double-standard for the rich and powerful against the common laborer, who struggles to pay taxes, who has their profits sacrificed to pay for the excesses of others can drive one mad. 

From Ace of Spades:

Trump DOJ: No Plans to Prosecute Lois Lerner

I don't know if this is Trump's call or Sessions' call or if it was made by subordinates and there's some doctrine of non-interference from political appointees that prevents them from doing anything about it -- but I'm getting very tired of the One Party Government.
Not even a special counsel to look into this independently? Nothing?
Was it all a lie? And if it was all a lie -- then what else can I trust?
If the Swamp turns out to have acted properly here, then maybe the Swamp shouldn't be drained, huh?
And hey -- good call on keeping John Koskinen in the IRS chief spot.
I mean, if this was all a lie from the start, then I guess this faithful civil servant should keep his job, right?

Frustratingly, a lot of Tucker Carlson types have befriended Sessions and simply cannot fathom that he might possess a flaw or two.  From Hot Air:

Something tells me that if Sessions had the goods on Lerner in any way, shape or form we’d already know it because she’d be under arrest. So at least for the time being, Ms. Lerner gets to keep on enjoying her taxpayer funded retirement benefits, even if we’ll never know precisely what benefits she’s receiving. Well done!

I think that is a sarcastic "well done" but I could be wrong. If Sessions had the goods on Lerner, she;d be under arrest? Really? Sessions has the good on several Obama Administration crooks perujring themselves and Jeffie Out Of Sessions has done nothing about them. Right Mr. Clapper? How about Susan Rice and Ben Rhodes and Samantha Power and their fellow thugs? Cue "Sounds of Silence". 

Did the AG convene a grand jury in the Lerner case? I remind the reader that this scandal was exposed by Lois Lerner's public admission that she and others treated non-profit applications differently depending on their political perspective. I am no lawyer but it seems that a recorded confession is a good launching pad for a criminal probe. 

Oh, and another crime that is easy to prove: data tampering. Hard drives just rotted live fallen apples under the tree. Got time to look into that one, Attorney Sessions? Didn't think so. 

I shall now belabor a point and I will do so in the future. Remember when all the idiot conservative pundits praised James Comey for (this punchline is a doozy) his unending integrity. Insert laugh track here. 

Now that stale routine is being reprised by the many fans of Jeff Sessions (Did you know that he is a man of unending integrity?) Hey Tucker! Get a grip! Your prom date is a crook!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

RIP: Jerry Pournelle

I miss a lot of deserved RIP's but then again, this blog is not supposed to be an in memorium kinda place. My heart goes out to those who are great but are probably unnoticed by popular media.

Jerry Pournelle was a great science fiction writer and futurist.

I have posted this trio of gems before in which Pournelle (with the help of Durk Pearson and Tom Snyder) gives us a glimpse of the eventual future. Two things jump off the page. One, in 1979 we did not have a word for a printer. Pournelle describes is as an automatic typewriter.

Second, and this is a smaller matter, is Pournelle telling us we will read newspapers from a glass screen. Of course, he would be right but it still amazes me how fast glass disappeared from our desktops,.

Restating The Case That Jeff Sessions Is Either A Judas Or A Fredo Or A Charlie Brown Or A Forrest Gump Or Perhaps A Horse's Ass At Large

Whatever he might be, I have zero respect for Jeff Sessions. He is the biggest mistake Donald Trump made as a president and possibly the worst mistake of Trump's entire life.

From Judicial Watch:

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton made the following statement regarding the  Department of Justice’s decision not to bring charges against Lois Lerner, former director of the Exempt Organizations Unit of the IRS, whose own emails place her at the heart of the politicization of the IRS for the targeting of conservative groups:
I have zero confidence that the Justice Department did an adequate review of the IRS scandal. In fact, we’re still fighting the Justice Department and the IRS for records about this very scandal. Today’s decision comes as no surprise considering that the FBI collaborated with the IRS and is unlikely to investigate or prosecute itself. President Trump should order a complete review of the whole issue. Meanwhile, we await accountability for IRS Commissioner Koskinen, who still serves and should be drummed out of office.
Judicial Watch released 294 pages of FBI “302” documents revealing top Washington IRS officials, including Lois Lerner and Holly Paz, knew the agency was specifically targeting “Tea Party” and other conservative organizations two full years before disclosing it to Congress and the public.  An FBI 302 document contains detailed narratives of FBI agent investigations.  The Obama Justice Department and FBI investigations into the Obama IRS scandal resulted in no criminal charges.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Owner Saves His Home From Flood With Aqua Dam

No Kidding? Looks Like The Dems Stole New Hampshire's Senate Seat. Possibly Stole Electoral Votes From Hillary.

For years, the mainstream media has ignored the problem of voter fraud and belittled those of us who are trying to do something about it. And when secretaries of state like me identify cases of fraud, we are told that the number of incidents of voter fraud is too insignificant to matter.

Now, however, facts have come to light that indicate that a pivotal, close election was likely changed through voter fraud on November 8, 2016: New Hampshire’s U.S. Senate Seat, and perhaps also New Hampshire’s four electoral college votes in the presidential election.

New Hampshire is one of fifteen states that allow same-day voter registration. The benefit of same-day registration is that it allows a person who has procrastinated or has forgotten to register to nonetheless cast a ballot on election day. The downside of same-day registration is that it does not allow the state time to assess the eligibility of the voter. A volunteer poll worker simply accepts a modicum of identification and takes the voter at his word that he’s a U.S. citizen resident of the state who is eligible to vote.

Complete article at Breitbart:

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

A Glimpse Of The Near Future: New Criteria For Cryptocoin Creation

Long-term, I do not know if cryptocoins will be tsunami or a mud puddle. It might turn out to be seen as one more scheme. In the short-term though, cryptocurrencies will be the most earth-changing event since the Internet migration.

To earn a Bitcoin, the original successful cc, one has to solve a mathematical puzzle. Many of us asked, why don't the cc generators ask their recipients to do something else, maybe something noble, altruistic or productive. Latium is providing a forum for this sort of activity.

In fairness, I don't know if the cc gods are rewarding that which is noble, altruistic or productive but they are handing out coins for things like signing petitions. This is a big step.

Monday, September 4, 2017

POS Boldly Promoting A Hate Group

Seriously, these nuns got tagged as a hate group by SPLC. Book em, Danno.

Antifa beats conservatives, Trump supporters and anyone they disagree with with bats, bars, bike locks and bricks.
The far left SPLC does not see hate in these actions. And that it why you can never trust this toxic group.
The Southern Poverty Law Center is currently being sued for classifying a Christian Church as a hate group.
The Southern Poverty Law Center also put the Spokane Singing Nuns on their hate list.
But not Antifa terrorists.
Blunt Force Truth via Gateway Pundit via Washington Free Beacon

Portrait Of A HATE Group In Action

Oh BTW, Obama's Stimulus Was A Failure...QE Is Also A Disaster

President Obama’s great stimulus spending and QE programs saw disposable income of average Americans reverse historic trends and stagnate or  actually decline.  There has been a huge increase in the taxes they have to pay for everything from gasoline to cell phones and property taxes. And since government is responsible for these taxes and the big states are all run by Democrats with liberal news media, these facts are seldom reported.

Read more:
Follow us: @AmericanThinker on Twitter | AmericanThinker on Facebook

Beware the excessive ads at AT.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Reflections On William Kristol's Suggestion That White Workers Should Be Replaced By Immigrants

I am not big on apologies and I believe we need more, not less, offensive speech. I don't want to portray the American worker as one more snowflake jumping at the opportunity to elevate his victim cred. To rehash, a vid emerged of renowned Never-Trumper, William Kristol, speaking at an American Enterprise Institute function. Surprisingly, Kristol drops his neocon veil and treats the audience to a Gruberesque epiphany touting the merits of replacing America's white working class

Kristol's argument goes something like this: Ethnic groups get lazy over time. Each new generation is a  photocopy not as good as the original or even as well-defined as the last version. Perhaps Kristol is projecting his own life onto the nation. He is after all, the son of a genuine intellectual who carried palpable public influence. The Krisols might not have fallen with the enhanced gravity of say, the Kennedys, but they have jumped the shark and William happens to be the Fonz.

First, if ethnic groups do grow lazy over time, and that is a big assumption, what would hold true for white Americans would also hold truer for African-Americans. African-American's ancestors preceded the immigration of Irish, Italians and Russian Jews to name but a few newbies. Should the African-American worker also be replaced? And what about native Americans? Would their longevity move them to the top of Kristol's lethargy list?

I realize that it is considered impolite to compare a pundit's viewpoint to those held by certain leaders in certain countries at certain times but when one talks about replacing ethnic groups, it does have an ominous ring to it. Perhaps Kristol should elaborate on his preferred method of replacement. We'll skip historical parallels for now.

What is frustrating is not the snide, callous tone of a man who started life on third base, who was granted a plum job of writing speeches for a vice president (Dan Quayle. An epic Kristol failure) and who would eventually inherit a national news magazine. No, what is frustrating is that once more, the intelligentsia gets it wrong. Kristol misses by a measure unfathomable.

In 2016, a failed candidate ran on a campaign of free stuff free stuff free stuff, Donald Trump, on the other hand, ran a successful campaign promising his people that dreaded four letter word: WORK! Trump could get an automatic applause reminding his audience how much work work work awaited them in the future.

Work and more work were the unifying themes of the Trump campaign. What were MAGA Nation's grievances? Work had been sent overseas and domestically, work was taken from them via cheap, imported labor. Kristol's labeling the white American working class lazy is not so much insulting as it is inaccurate. Kristol is, to be polite, stupid.

Perhaps on this Labor Day the William Kritols of the world will honor the hardest-working, highest-skilled, most-reliable work force on Planet Earth. We can dream, can't we?