Thursday, April 30, 2015
On the Fact that Obama Suspended Commercial Air-Travel to Israel (Ben Gurion Airport) Last Year (Citing Safety Concerns) but Didn't Suspend it to Ukraine, Syria, or Pakistan (All of Which Were Far More Dangerous at the Time)
Yeah, that was a pretty blatant dis at the Israelis for sure.
On Thomas Piketty's Hair-Brained/Wile E Coyote Notion that it's the Differential in Growth Between Capital and GDP Which Produces Income Inequality
This is surface-thinking that outstrips even that of Paul (Mr. phony alien invasion trillion dollar platinum coin) Krugman. Yes, capital has a record of consistently outperforming GDP. But it is hardly a guarantee for individual investors in that, while, yes, the potential rewards are higher, the potential risks are also higher and the fact of the matter here is that the real income of actual human beings in the top 1% has actually shown a DECREASE over time (earners in the top 1% - THE ACTUAL HUMAN BEINGS - in 1996 saw a 26% decrease in their earnings by 2005). I mean, I know that it's probably too much to ask of these hot-wired leftists to think beyond the initial effects of an action and all but this is wholly embarrassing. Beep beep!
Yeah, he's not actually talking to the six year-olds.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
It really doesn't get much lower than that, now does it? I mean, what are these schmucks gonna start doing next; pistol-whipping foster-children? Beheading the developmentally-delayed?
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
On the Fact that the U.S. Has Supported Tyranny Over the Years (the Shah of Iran, Mubarak, the Saudi Royal Family, Even Gaddafi at the End) Supposedly Being One of the Beefs that al Qaeda and the Other Terrorist Groups Have Against Us
On the surface, it isn't an entirely unjustified assessment. But I always want to ask these assholes, what about you for Christ? You guys and your Sharia law which treats women like trash, murders homosexuals, and basically outlaws all other religions ISN'T tyrannical? Really? Refraining from joining the 20th Century much?
Monday, April 27, 2015
While I suspect that Mayweather will probably dance his way to a win, I can think of at least six folks who will be rooting for Pacquiao; me, and the five women that he's allegedly beaten the shit out of.
It is almost always the by-product of a lengthy, organic, historical, and evolutionary process, and rarely has it ever been successfully imposed by external forces. Advocates of intervention are always quick to point to Germany and Japan (post WW2) as successful examples of nation-building but as economist, Chris Coyne, from George Mason and the Mercatus Center, has consistently pointed out a) Germany and Japan were already significantly industrialized and quite developed prior to WW2, b) they were both established nation-states (unlike Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, etc.), c) they both unconditionally surrendered, and d) it is highly questionable that it was in fact the Marshall Plan that rehabilitated Europe (he cites instead the lessening of government regulation and the removing of price controls and basically says that recovery occurred in spite of the occupation and not because of it). I mean, I know that this is a devastating rebuke to the neocons (who pray to the god of intervention) and progressives (who pray to the goddess of foreign-aid) who seemingly cannot help themselves when it come to the staying out of other people's business and all but, EVEN IF JAPAN AND GERMANY WERE EXAMPLES OF A SUCCESSFUL INTERVENTION, the fact that they have to go back 70 years and can only cite these two examples is an indictment enough, I would think.
On the Fact that (According to Researcher, Paul Gottlieb) Mussolini Allegedly Had Sympathy at One Juncture for the African, Latin-American, and Asian Victims of Anglo-French Imperialism
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Yeah, it's just another form of repression over there; one group lording over another and ergo we have what we currently have. Democracy is hard enough when the people like each other and the fact that the neocons thought that they could superimpose our form of government (absent the institutions of a free press, independent judiciary, etc.) on a population that's been at each other's jugulars for 13 centuries is right up there with Woodrow Wilson's "making the world safe for democracy" and maybe worse.
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Most of them are economically illiterate and fail to understand even the rudiments of the business cycle. I mean, just look at the way that they treat FDR and the Depression. If they criticize the fellow at all, it's almost always of the viewpoint that he didn't do (as in, misallocate) ENOUGH (they apparently buy into this cockamamie notion that government-centric approaches to debt consolidation and economic growth are preferable to those of the market) and they always, ALWAYS, ignore the part that the Federal Reserve Bank played in creating the whole mess. Yes, we do want an unbiased perspective, preferably, but to not have any theoretical framework (other than a statist one, I'm saying) and actually believe that history will somehow write itself is a wee-bit naive, in my opinion.
On the Idea Proposed by Some Leftist Morons that the Best Solution to a Home-Invasion is Running or Hiding from the Perpetrator
Probably stems from the fact that a) they see the criminals as victims, too, and feel that we should take a much more compassionate approach with them, b) they don't respect private property and so why in the hell should anybody be shot over it, and c) they viscerally despise guns and gun owners.......If I were to hazard a guess.
Friday, April 24, 2015
Not enough people talking over (and past) each other.
On those Philandering Idiots Who Go on the Maury Povich Show Thinking that They Can Fool the Polygraph
On the Fact that Means-Testing Social Security and Medicare Used to Be a Liberal Position (Jimmy Carter, to His Credit, Has Advocated it) but Because that Idiot, Thom Hartmann, Came Up with Some Paranoiac Theory that this Would Lead to the Program's Total Demise, it Isn't Any Longer
I put this right up there with that Republican "theory" which claims that Obama and Holder effed-up "Fast and Furious" intentionally in an effort to show the American citizens just how dangerous that guns can be and that we should probably ban them totally. It's nuts, in other words.
Thursday, April 23, 2015
On Christina Hoff Sommers Recently Being Targeted by Oberlin College as Some Sort of Threat to Their Students (When She Spoke on Campus)
While I can't say that I necessarily disagree with him (especially if clowns like Huckabee and Santorum enter the race), it would be nice if our so-called political leaders (and, no, that moron, Joe Wilson, who yelled out, "you lie", to Obama ISN'T a leader) occasionally showed some class, honor, discretion, civility, statesmanship, etc., and refrained from such rank partisanship. OCCASIONALLY, I'm saying.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
On the Fact that Navy Secretary, Frank Knox, and General John DeWitt Both Spread False Rumors Throughout Hawaii that Japanese-Americans Had Aided in the Attack on Pearl Harbor
You would be hard-pressed to overstate the anti-Japanese bigotry which had permeated America before, during, and after WW2, and of how it went all the way to the top of the United States government. Very hard-pressed..................................................................................................Sources - "FDR Goes to War" by Burton Folsom, "FDR's Secret War" by Joseph Persico, "American Inquisition" by Eric Muller, and "Justice at War" by Peter Irons.
On the Fact that FDR Knew (Through Multiple Investigations by J. Edgar Hoover, John F. Carter, and Francis Biddle) that the Vast, VAST Majority of Japanese-Americans Were Honest, Patriotic, and Law Abiding Citizens and STILL He Denied this Entire Ethnic Group the Most Basic of Civil Liberties (Most Were Charged with No Crimes and Delivered to Remote Compounds that Were Surrounded by Barbed Wire and Manned by Sentries with Machine Guns)
He did it for political reasons. He needed to carry California and other Western states, and what better way to do that than to appeal to the virulent anti-Asian bigotry which by then had permeated the whole region? Not that the dude necessarily needed any extra incentive, mind you (his seemingly ingrained hatred of anything Japan - the fact that he didn't persecute citizens of Italian and German extraction, the fact that he had wanted war with Japan as early as 1933, etc.).
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
On the Fact that India Would Rather Save its People from Poverty than Global Warming (Atmospheric Temperatures Stopped Ascending Close to Two Decades Ago and Now to Save Face the Idiots Are Saying that the Warming is - Please be Seated - "Hiding at the Bottom of the Ocean" Where Nobody Can Measure it - How Convenient) and Are More than Willing to Increase its Per Capita Energy Consumption to Accomplish this
Bully for India and hopefully more developing countries will tell the West (replete with its ignorant statists, radical environmentalists, etc.) to stick it.
Monday, April 20, 2015
Did the man simply not realize that once you instituted something like this, nobody in his or her right mind would ever want to make beyond that amount in the future (because, HELLO, you'd be giving it all away) and the end result would be zero additional revenue? I mean, I know that politicians are greedy and stupid and all but for the country to have actually had one THIS stupid is frightening....A 100% top tax rate. Wow, huh?
On the Fact that the Standard of Living Was Essentially a Flat Line for 17 Centuries and Only Started to Ascend Sharply in the Early 19th Century
Why is that, folks? Is it because the state and the church started to assume even more control over the economy? Or was it because they started assuming less? I don't have to tell you what I think, right?
The former operates through force (AKA, violence) and the threat of force (AKA, intimidation). The latter operates through persuasion and mutual consent. That's the big difference.
On the Claim that We Should "Trust Women and Their Doctors" Being an Argument Against Restrictions on Third Trimester Abortions
First of all, it isn't an argument. It's a talking-point and a rather ridiculous one at that. Yes, we absolutely should trust that most people will do the morally right thing (I trust that most folks won't rob me or assault me, for example). But that doesn't mean that there shouldn't be a law against the morally wrong thing in that a) not every person (in this instance, a woman and her doctor) is moral and so the honor system doesn't always work and b) society functions via a balancing of rights and incentives (yes, a woman has rights but a fetus in the third trimester is a viable human being who is also deserving of rights), and while, no, a law isn't always the most prudent way to go, in the case of life/death, there really isn't much of an alternative. "Trust me."
Sunday, April 19, 2015
On the Fact that the Most Peaceful Decades of 19th Century Europe Seemed to Coincide Perfectly with the Era of Free Trade and Economic Liberalization
It is not a coincidence in that (and as I mentioned in a previous blog-post) when countries trade goods, services, the arts, etc. they are far less likely to trade bullets and bombs.
Saturday, April 18, 2015
And it isn't as if there weren't people trying to warn Roosevelt (on the foolhardiness and danger of so completely trusting Stalin). Ambassador William Bullitt, General Mark Clark (commander of the Italian campaign), and even Churchill repeatedly told FDR that, while, yes, we clearly had to deal with Stalin to win in Europe, it was vital that we not strengthen his hand too much for fear of additional countries going Communist....Needless to say, the President had a blind-spot for the Russian strongman.
On the Fact that the Bush Administration Failed to Step in and Grant Germar Rudolf (a Holocaust Revisionist and Researcher) Political Asylum (Back in 2006) and Because of that the Fellow Had to Spend 44 Long Months Rotting in a Miserable German Prison (and All for Simply Doing Research that Didn't Produce the Politically-Correct Answer)
On Doris Day's Spicy Rendition of Irving Berlin's, "Shaking the Blues Away" (from "Love Me or Leave Me")
"A deep love of peace is the common heritage of the people of both our countries, and I fully agree with you that the cooperation of our great nations will inevitably be of the highest importance in the preservation of world peace."............"You know, there may be something in that (Russia doing the 'Holy Will') . It would explain their almost mystical devotion to this idea which they have developed of the Communist society. They all seem really to want to do what is good for society instead of wanting to do for themselves."............"I think if I give him everything I possibly can, and ask nothing from him in return, noblesse oblige, he won't try to annex anything and will work with me for a world of peace and democracy."............"I think there is nothing more important than that Stalin feel that we mean to support him without qualification and at great sacrifice."............"Of one thing I am certain, Stalin is not an imperialist."............"I'm not sure that a fair plebiscite, if there was such a thing, wouldn't show that these eastern provinces (Poland, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia) would prefer to go back to Russia."............"I think that something entered into his nature of the way in which a Christian gentleman should behave."............A lot of people have called Bush junior naive, and Obama as well. But more naive than this fellow? Really?
On the Fact that President Hoover Used the Reconstruction Finance Corporation to Grease the Palms of Republican Senators Such as Phillips Goldsborough, Republican Party Officials Such as Joseph Nutt, and Even a Former Republican Vice-President, Charles Dawes
On the Fact that FDR Won Four Elections and this Being Submitted as Evidence of Him Being a Great President
Roosevelt bought those last three elections and anybody with even a scant knowledge of history knows it. The man pumped millions (back when a million was a lot of cash) of New Deal dollars into the purple states (this, while practically ignoring the red and even the blue states) and in almost every instance it was enough to push him over the finish-line. I mean, yeah, you gotta give some some credit (I guess) for political astuteness and being Machiavellian about it but that isn't the same as being a great President and Roosevelt plainly wasn't, in my estimation (my criteria being peace, prosperity, and liberty).......Oh, and, yeah, the war helped.
Friday, April 17, 2015
On the Fact that Debbie Wasserman Schultz Still Refuses to Give Her Opinion on Exactly When Life Begins
Great line from a great speech from a great film...............................................................................................P.S. Word about town is that David Mamet simply instructed Baldwin to, "be yourself, dude", and, boy, was he ever.
Thursday, April 16, 2015
That is an extraordinary achievement and the fact that it happened years before the Civil Rights Act, the Great Society, and affirmative action seems to me to be powerful evidence that the Frederick Douglass/Booker T. Washington approach to black empowerment significantly trumps that of the current team of Obama, Sharpton, and Jackson (and especially since the black illegitimacy rate has exploded under their approach).
On the Fact that a) as Late as 1940 Only 3% of American Families Were Paying Income Tax and b) by 1945 Pretty Much Every Family Was Forking Over Dough Through Withholding, Etc.
Yeah, war has a tendency to bleed dry pretty much everybody and so much for the progressives being champions of the middle-class....................................................................................................P.S. And, no, this is not to imply that the middle-class wasn't getting ripped-off prior to 1940. They were. It was simply in the form of excise taxes (a staple of FDR's Washington machine).
On the Wholesale Raping of German Women (as in the Thousands and Thousands) by Mongolian Regulars at the End of World War Two
Yeah, none of these war crimes ever seemed to make the docket at Nuremberg.
Yeah, they tend to end up quite frequently in academia, journalism, and politics.
On the Concept of Trying to Stave Off Fascism Through the Implementation of a Softer, Gentler, and More Benign Version of it
Yeah, I've never been a big fan of that approach. Sorry.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
On that Gang-Rape that Took Place in Florida During Spring-Break and the Fact that Not a Single Witness (and there Were Actually Quite Few) Even Went as Far as to Dial 911
We are totally fucked as a society. I mean, we got quite inebriated in college, too, but if somebody had attempted a stunt even remotely along these lines, they would have gotten a significant beat-down and you had better believe that the cops would have been called....Yeah, this one really creeps me out.
One way to measure it would be to look at what happens when the government responds affirmatively to an economic downturn, and to compare that to what happens when the government doesn't respond. And, yes, I am citing specifically here the fact that for the first 150 years of the Republic, the government did virtually nothing to aid in the recovery from a recession (and, yes, there were dozens) and in every instance the economy recovered on its own and in most instances the sharper the downturn the sharper the recovery, and comparing it it to how the economy has stagnated for years when the government has tried to manage recessions and depressions in the 20th Century (more specifically during Great Depression and the current fiasco).......Not that any of these statistics constitutes a controlled experiment, mind you, but it's as close as you're going to get in the study of economics (the depression of 1920 versus the depression of 1929 is an especially compelling study).
Is this really where the left wants society to go in the future? And why would anybody want to engage in commerce with somebody who doesn't want to be with them and who only consents to it at gunpoint? I certainly wouldn't want to................................................................................................P.S. And, yes, if I was a gay dude, the very last thing that I would want to attempt would be to eat a cake that was baked by a homophobe (the fact that the individual probably spit in the batter and God only knows what else). That, and a much more civilized response (as opposed to the state holding gun to a person's head and coercing them) would be to boycott the business, take your business elsewhere, etc..
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
One of the activities that we do at work is to look at the cost of items many years ago (1949, 1953, etc.) and, guess what, folks, the sectors of the economy that have risen BY FAR the most just happen to be those areas in which the government has most actively inserted itself; health-care/medicine, education (tuition at Harvard was about $800 a year back in the late '40s), and housing. Not this should be surprising to anybody who's ever opened an introductory economics textbook, mind you (the fact that whenever you subsidize anything you tend to increase the cost of it), and the progressives will probably continue to be clueless, but at the very least it's compelling.
On Harry Reid Going on the Floor of the U.S. Senate (Where He Unfortunately Had Impunity) and Lying Through His Teeth About Mitt Romney Not Paying Taxes for Ten Years and then When Confronted About it Three Years Later by CNN's Dana Bash Justifying the Vile Act by Simply Saying, "Romney Didn't Win, Now Did He?"
Monday, April 13, 2015
On the Fact that FDR Genuinely Thought that Newspaper Writers, Robert McCormick, Joseph Patterson, and Cissy Patterson, Were Either Nazis or Nazi Sympathizers
Yeah, we've had some majorly insane Presidents over the years; Lincoln, Wilson, LBJ, Nixon, Bush Jr. on a bad day - but this fellow may have been the most paranoiac and megalomaniacal of them all; the ill-fated court-packing scheme, the way that he and his thugs went after the poor Schecter brothers, the fact that he seemingly wanted war with Japan from day one, the fact that he once proposed a 100% top tax rate, the interning of Japanese-Americans, etc.. Of course, the fact that this dude is considered by many to be amongst our finest Presidents - that's the real scary part.
Sunday, April 12, 2015
On Al Gore Once Having Referred to the Legendary Scientist, Roger Revelle, as Senile (this, After Revelle Had Expressed Serious Second Thoughts About Man-Made Global Warming)
Saturday, April 11, 2015
"Hell, my father just about invented bugging. He had them spread all over, and thought nothing of it." John Roosevelt............."My father may have been the originator of the concept of employing the IRS as a weapon of political retribution." Elliot Roosevelt.............So, ya' still think that George W. Bush was the worst U.S. President on civil liberties?
On the Fact that Burt Reynolds Apparently Turned Down the Harrison Ford Role in "Star Wars", the Jack Nicholson Role in "Terms of Endearment", and Even the Role of James Bond in that Franchise (Opting Instead for Such Piss-Poor Ventures as "Stroker Ace", "City Heat", and "The Man Who Loved Women")
Friday, April 10, 2015
Roosevelt repeatedly broke the law (the Supreme Court in Nardone versus the United States ruled that wiretapping by federal law enforcement was unconstitutional) by ordering wiretaps of not just political enemies (Herbert Hoover, Wendell Willkie, Robert McCormick, Joseph Patterson) but friends (Harry Hopkins, Henry Wallace, Arthur Krock, Thomas Corcoran) as well....And it wasn't just the FBI that Roosevelt cut loose on people. The IRS was another of his favorite weapons and, so, too, he used that with impunity (going after everybody from Moses Abnnenberg to Charles Lindbergh to John L. Lewis). The left just loves to beat up on Bush when it comes to civil liberties (and, yes, I've frequently joined them) and, yet, when it comes to a sober analysis of their own damned players (FDR, Wilson, Lincoln, LBJ, etc.), yeah, they seem to shrink from it......................................................................................Sources - Victor Lasky's "It Didn't Start with Watergate", Joseph Perisco's "Roosevelt's Secret War", R.J.C. Burow's "The FDR Tapes", Walter Trohan's "Political Animals", Richard Norton Smith's "The Colonel", and many, many more available upon request.
Good, now maybe she can start criticizing Saudi Arabia for their piss-poor treatment of women and gays.
Thursday, April 9, 2015
This is a good thing, folks; the fact that there are over a billion people on the planet who don't have electricity and the only energy option that can match up in terms of scale and affordability is coal. Yes, it will probably add some pollution to the atmosphere (though it must be added that it probably won't be worse than the charcoal, palm oil, and dung that the third world is currently burning and it will actually mean less deforestation) but the only way that these countries will ever be able to achieve wealth and progress is to go through the same evolutionary process that we went through and unfortunately that means burning more fossil fuels. I'm sorry but that's the hard, honest truth.
Businesses who refuse to cater and photograph a wedding because the couple also happen to be first cousins - do these businesses also need to be coerced? And what about the owner of a Jewish delicatessen who refuses to serve an admitted skinhead? Do we need to get the moral superiors on the case in this instance, too?............................................................................................Of course what I really want to know is what we're supposed to do with these restaurant owners and photographers who refuse to work at gay weddings. I mean, are we going to put them in fucking prison and/or levy a bunch of fines that put them out of business forever? Really? For not baking a fucking cake?......I'll bake the fucking cake!!
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
On those Idiots at Fox Who Continuously Imply that Going from Enriching Uranium at 3.5% to 90% Is as Easy as Flipping a Switch
It's ludicrous. And it isn't just Fox, either. CNN, MSNBC, and the networks are all trumping up this Iran threat and they never, EVER, get a person on (Scott Horton from Antiwar.com, for instance) who will challenge this fucking paradigm, EVER!!! Can you say, American war machine?
On the Fact that President Obama No Longer References the Totally Failed Spanish Green Energy Initiatives
So, he is capable of SOME learning and that's a victory.
Bigots who need to be coerced? Me, I would say arguably, yes, on the first part and, nada, on the second.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
On the Fact that Muslim Bakeries Have Also Apparently Refused Gay Couples While the Media and Liberal Establishment Predictably, Shamelessly, and Moronically Ignore it
It's funny how political grandstanding can often backfire - http://beforeitsnews.com/tea-party/2015/04/steven-crowder-asks-muslim-bakeries-in-dearborn-mi-to-bake-wedding-cake-for-a-gay-wedding-wheres-the-leftist-outrage-over-muslim-bakeries-video-4215-2550404.html
On the Fact that the Chinese Have Constructed Thousands and Thousands of Wind Turbines and Their Air Quality is as Abysmal as Ever
Monday, April 6, 2015
Sunday, April 5, 2015
On Restaurant Owners, Photographers, Etc. Who Refuse to Provide Their Services to Gay Couples Getting Married
This is a complicated issue because it involves a balancing of rights; the rights of the gay customers to not be discriminated against versus the rights of the business owners to do as they please with their own private property, merchandise, and labor. My preference here (and, yes, I've struggled with this one) would probably be for the government to stay the hell out of it (government does enough coercing as it is) because if you really and truly think about it, the party that is being harmed the most here, by far, is the business that's doing the discriminating! I mean, they're the ones that are losing out on the money and, while, yes, there's clearly discrimination, one man's discrimination is another man's money-making opportunity. And do you think that in this day and age, you won't be able to find a florist willing to service gays? Come on.
Saturday, April 4, 2015
On Governor Malloy Banning All Nonessential State Travel to Indiana While at the Same Time Being Totally Oblivious to the Fact that His State (and Mine), Connecticut, Has an Even More Restrictive Religious Freedom and Restoration Act
Yet another pitch-perfect example of hypocrisy, doltishness, sanctimony, and political opportunism. SHUT THE FUCK UP!
On Governor Cuomo Banning all Nonessential State Travel to Indiana While at the Same Time Planning a Visit of His Own to Cuba (a Country that Has Treated Gays Abysmally Over the Years)
Yea, I'm gonna go with, hypocritical asshole, on this one, people.
Thursday, April 2, 2015
On People Who Call Folks Who Oppose Gay Marriage Bigots but Who then Stay Strangely Silent When Islamic Societies Actually Go as Far as to Slaughter Gays and Lesbians (and Who Even Proceed to Brandish/Disparage the Critics of these Societies as Haters)
So much for the moral high-ground.
He took 950 years of tree ring data and when the numbers started going in the opposite direction, he switched to another data set and hid this fact (refusing to share the data with the public who financed him). How anybody can say that this does not constitute hard-core scientific fraud is beyond me and I challenge anybody out there to defend it.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
On Bill O'Reilly Claiming that the Upcoming Miniseries, "Killing Jesus" (Based on His Book of the Same Name), Is the Best One Since "Lonesome Dove"
Ego - not twice the size of Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma combined enough.
According to the U.N.'s exhaustive report on Chernobyl, the immediate death-toll was less than 60 (contrast this to most of the media reports which had it somewhere in the 15,000 to 30,000 ballpark) and the long-term death toll was less than 4,000 (CNN initially speculated 500,000). They also stated that the greatest damage to health had absolutely nothing to do with radiation and everything to do with the bad information and scare-mongering that came from various governments, media outlets, and pressure groups; information that ultimately produced fear, anxiety, depression, and manifest physical ailments.......Yes, folks, Chernobyl was a terrible tragedy but it was hardly a Hiroshima or Nagasaki, and the fact that it was likely the worst case scenario possible in what was probably one of the worst facilities on the globe leads me to think that folks in positions of authority absolutely need to be more responsible in the future.