Wednesday, September 30, 2015
There aren't enough spools on the planet to thread that needle, folks......And say what you want about Vladimir Putin. At least the fellow has a coherent plan when it comes to Syria; the fact that he's picked a devil (Assad) and stuck with him. No, it isn't what I would have advocated (namely, nothing/letting them fight it out amongst themselves - when your enemies are slaughtering each other, I say let them) but it's far better than the neocon policy of endless intervention and the Obama policy of endless intervention lite.
"The choice of doing nothing - of continuing to burn ever more coal and oil - is not a choice.......It will lead us, if not straight to hell, then straight to a place with a similar temperature.......A few more decades of ungoverned fossil fuel use (and, again, this is 1989) and we burn up, to put it bluntly."............In any other field of endeavor, an individual who is this wrong would have been drummed out of the profession. But because this is environmentalism, a field that has gotten so infused with big money politics and in which the bureaucracy literally feeds off itself (entire government agencies and university departments having since been established), people like McKibben, Hanson, Ehrlich, etc. are not only allowed to spout their bullshit but encouraged to. How fucked is that?
On the Fact that Clinton's "Operation Desert Fox" Happened on the Eve of His Impeachment Proceedings
Well it did buy him some time and so mission accomplished I guess.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
On the Fact that Paul Wolfowitz, Douglas Feith, and Richard Perle Allegedly Settled on the WMD Rationale for Invading Iraq for "Bureaucratic Reasons"
There aren't enough Tums in the Milky Way Galaxy to quay my indigestion on this one, sorry to say.
On the Brain-Diseased Concept of Substituting One Pugnacious Philosophy (Incestuous and Crony Capitalism) for Another (Socialism)
I disagree with Albert Camus in that nostalgia is NOT the mark of human. Gullibility, surface-thinking, and fear are (this constant need of man to systematize his way to what he thinks is security but what is little more than cowardice, self-deception, parochialism, and bald idiocy).
On the City of Baltimore Awarding the Family of Freddie Gray a $6.4 Million Settlement (One of the Largest on Record), Prior to a Civil Case Being Brought and Prior Even to a Jury Being Selected in the Criminal Case
This is horrible on so many grounds. a) Gray had zero earning potential and so even a tenth of this amount would have been ludicrous. b) The city is essentially destitute and doesn't have the cash. c) By doling the money out prior to the trial, you're contaminating the jury pool (the settlement being seen as an admission of guilt) and making a fair trial much more unlikely. d) It sets a terrible precedent (the fact that aggrieved people will be far more likely to think that they can fleece the taxpayers). And e) the poor bastard, being that he was a pusher, probably would have ended up being murdered in several years anyway.......You want to know why these cities are in such miserable shape? Here's at least a section to that jigsaw puzzle.
Monday, September 28, 2015
On the Fact that Gaddafi Accurately Predicted the Massive Refugee Crisis that a Deposing of Him Would Create
So, in other words, he was light years smarter than McCain, Graham, Obama, Hillary, etc.. THAT'S COMFORTING.
On Sean Hannity Asking Ann Romney if She Thought that Her Husband Would Have Been a Better President than Obama
Yeah, that was a hard-hitting question.......NOT..................................................................................................P.S. He probably should have simply asked her what her favorite color/gem stone/Beatles album was. At least THAT would have been interesting.
On the Fact that (According to a Recent Baltimore Sun Article) Baltimore Spends Approximately $16,500 Per Pupil Per Annum (Amongst the Highest in the State) and STILL Has a 25% Dropout Rate
At what point will the left concede that spending isn't the entire issue and that fundamental structural changes will have to be made that the teacher unions may not ultimately embrace? I mean, does the whole system have to implode first?
On the Fact that (According to Michael Tanner's Disturbing Book, "Going for Broke") You Could Literally Confiscate Every Penny of Wealth from the People Making $1,000,000 a Year and it Still Wouldn't Eliminate the National Debt and it Wouldn't Even Make a Tiny Dent in the $70,000,000,000,000 in Unfunded Liabilities
Choke on that, Michael Moore (the fact that idiots like this are always suggesting that we can "tax-the-rich" our way out of debt and into prosperity)...................................................................................................P.S. And of course this would be a one shot deal in that nobody in his or her right mind would ever want to accumulate wealth in that the government would simply steal it from you.
On the Fact that (According to a Recent Poll from Rasmussen - http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/251667-poll-most-black-people-prefer-all-lives-matter) Black Folks Prefer the Phrase, "All Lives Matter", to the Phrase, "Black Lives Matter" by a More than Two to One Margin
I wonder where Obama, Sharpton, Jackson, Holder, etc. stand on this question.
Sunday, September 27, 2015
On the Fact that in Texas and Numerous Other States, the Only Person Who Is Legally Permitted to File a Horse's Teeth Is a Licensed Veterinarian - this, Despite the Fact that They Have Never Been Trained to Do the Job, Have No Desire to Do the Job, and There Exists a Plethora of Other People Who've Been Doing the Job for Decades and Doing it Competently
This is a pitch perfect example of how the government literally destroys people's lives and if anybody out there has a full-throated defense of this one, heaven help 'em.
Guess what? According to the the historian, Jim Powell, it probably accelerated the destruction of endangered species in that it, because it put the cost of maintaining the species on the landholder, motivated/incentivized people to cut down trees and other vegetation in areas where the species had been seen. Less trees equals less habitat. HELLO!!.......................................................................................................P.S. And, yes, the fact that Nixon and those idiots in Congress couldn't even think this one step ahead speaks volumes, DOES IT NOT, folks?
Saturday, September 26, 2015
They're usually quite blatant, but not always. Take, for example, the post that I did on South Africa in which I pointed out - by citing the South African Genome Project - that the various African tribes from that region aren't any more indigenous to it than the Dutch Afrikaners are and that in some instances it was the Dutch who came first. Just for pointing this relevant fact out, I was obliquely accused by some pompous and marginally literate boob (with multiple handles, no less) of "coming out early tonight." It was an almost passive aggressive comment and, while it clearly wasn't as nasty as some of the other bullshit that's flied of late, I just don't tolerate it anymore and so I've banned his sorry ass. Arrivederci schmuck.
Friday, September 25, 2015
On the Fact that I Got Gas in New Hampshire (a Few Miles South of Picturesque Portsmouth) Last Week for a Shade Over $2 a Gallon
The radical and anti-progress environmentalists/crony capitalists must be ready to slit their wrists at this point.
On the Fact that by 1870, Scranton Associate, James Blair, Had a Net Worth of $910,000, Making Him One of the Richest Men in America
I guess that there isn't a huge market for $70 a pound candy (which is undoubtedly bangin') these days, even amongst the rich.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
On the Fact that (According to Ernest A. Wiltsee's Book, "Gold Rush Steamers") the U.S. Mail Steamship Company and the Pacific Mail Steamship Company, Despite the Fact that They Were Given a Combined $500,000 (a Large Amount Back Then) a Year from the Government, Charged Their Passengers $600 a Piece to Get from New York to California, While Cornelius Vanderbilt, Who Didn't Take a Penny from the Taxpayers, Only Charged His Patrons $150
Like I've said before, folks, you're better off NOT taking government money...............................................................................................P.S. Vanderbilt also delivered the mail on his New York to California route.......FOR FREE.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
On the Fact that Megyn Kelly Is Reportedly Now Getting Death Threats from Lunatic Trump Supporters - http://www.businessinsider.com/megyn-kelly-death-threats-trump-supporters-2015-8
On if that Kim Davis Chick from Kentucky Had Been a Muslim and Had Denied Gay Couples a Marriage License Based on THAT Religion
My suspicion is that the vitriol from the left would have been far, Far, FAR, less.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
On the Anti-Imperialist League (Started in 1898 and Which Included Such Luminaries as George Boutwell, Grover Cleveland, Andrew Carnegie, Mark Twain, and William Graham Sumner)
I'll take, "Rare Instances of Sanity in U.S. History", for a thousand, Alex.
On the Fact that (According to Famed Historian, Gustavus Weber) the 1848 Drug Importation Act Failed to Authorize the Department of Agriculture to Protect the People From Domestic Food Adulteration While it DID Require a Fair Amount of Said Protection in the Case of Imported Food Products
This law obviously had nothing to do with food and drug safety and everything to do with crony capitalism and protectionism.......A lot like today's laws, in other words.
On the Fact that Hillary Supports Zero Restrictions on Abortion (Even in the Third Trimester When the Baby is Viable)
And the extremist on this issue is who exactly?
On the Fact that Governor Jindal Apparently Still Thinks that HE'S Going to be the Republican Nominee (this, Despite that the Fact that He Continues to Trail My Neighbor's Pet Chorkie in the National Polls)
I'll take, "Political Schmoes Thinking Off-the-Charts Delusionally", for a thousand, Alex.
On Hillary Clinton Once Having Been Given the Margaret Sanger Award and Professing Her Great Admiration for the Woman
I had thought that race (the fact that Sanger was one of the most virulent racists and eugenicists of the 20th century) trumped everything. I guess that abortion does now.
On the Fact that Joy Behar Is So Moronic that She Actually Found in Peculiar that a Nurse, A NURSE, Would Utilize a Stethoscope
Monday, September 21, 2015
On the Fact that the Original Price-Tag of Obamacare Didn't Include the Cost of Implementation ($115 Billion) or the "Doc-Fix" ($350 Billion)
I wish that I could do my books that way. How 'bout you folks?
Sunday, September 20, 2015
On the Fact that the Union Pacific, Central Pacific, and Northern Pacific Railroads Were Subsidized by the Federal Government with the Compensation Being by the Mile
It was a disaster in that the concept of paying by the mile led to shoddy workmanship (which included the usage of cheap wrought iron rails, wooden culverts, etc.) and inefficiency, circuitous and nonsensical routes, abject stupidity (the laying of tracks on ice during the winter, for example), corruption on a massive scale (can you say, Credit Mobilier?), the building of lines that couldn't be sustained due to a lack of population, unnecessary conflict with Native-Americans, and finally to bankruptcy....................................................................................................And, yes, when you compare these boondoggles to James J. Hill's Great Northern line (a railroad that didn't consume government subsidies, that didn't fuck with the Native-Americans, that only used the best materials available, that didn't build until an area could sustain it, that avoided steep gradients, that built straight lines, that didn't kowtow to politicians and which avoided graft, and which ultimately avoided bankruptcy), the distinction is even more pronounced. If you're asking me here, a business (not to mention, the taxpayers), any business, is probably better off NOT taking subsidies.
On the Fact that (According to James J. Hill's Business Records) American Exports to Japan and China Dropped by 40% Between 1905 and 1907 (the Years After the Hepburn Act Which Made it Illegal for Railroads to Offer Discounts)
How many more examples of the unintended consequences of government regulation do you need? Please, let me know in that I do have more, quite a few more.
Friday, September 18, 2015
Well I hang on every word, of course.
On the Fact that Gadhafi Was Totally Cowed, His Opposition Objectively Worse, but Because Our Government Considered the Dude "Low-Hanging Fruit", We Had to Take Him Out (the End-Result of Course Being Total Chaos)
We cannot help ourselves, apparently (thinking that we can turn places like Libya into Arizona).
On the Fact that in 1866 the Union Pacific Railroad Sold a Large Swath of Land Near Omaha to General William Tecumseh Sherman for $2.50 an Acre When the Going Rate Was $8.00 an Acre
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
It is one of the greatest, most life-enhancing technological advances of the past hundred years. And, while, yes, it has probably contributed somewhat to the increases in CO2 (though I would argue that most of it is thermally induced and not from factories, SUVs, etc.) and temperature, the changes have been modest and the positives (the powering of our autos, reductions in the cost of electricity, improvements in the overall economy, etc.) have far, FAR, outweighed the negatives....Of course, if the greens want to start their own little society in which everything (including hospitals) is run by wind turbines, algae, and french fry grease, who am I to get in their way?
The Worst of the 20-Something Candidates Currently Running for President (Worse than Even Trump, Sanders, Hillary, and Cruz)?
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
On the Claim that 750,000 Jews (a Population that Is Greater than the Cities of Tampa and New Orleans COMBINED) Were Cremated Outside at Treblinka Using Wood as the Primary Fuel
It is absurd. a) Human bodies aren't readily combustible (especially outside, piled one on top of each other, etc.) in that they are largely water (up to 75%) and b) for the Germans to have accomplished this dastardly deed, they would have needed more lumber than any singular event in human history and there is no record of wood being shipped to Treblinka and no evidence of massive deforestation near the facility............................................................................................Look, I'm not saying that Treblinka was a walk in the daisies or that there weren't atrocities there but this whole narrative of Germans gassing three quarters of a million Jews with diesel exhaust (seriously - the supposedly "efficient" and ruthless Germans using the least efficient asphyxiation possible?), burying them in pits that were way, WAY, too small to accommodate the bodies, digging the corpses back up in an effort to destroy the evidence, and then burning them in the least efficient manner possible is a bridge that stretches credulity too much for me (an erstwhile Zionist).
Monday, September 14, 2015
Hey dude, if this god of yours is so all damned powerful, then why doesn't he just kill the nonbelievers himself? Why does he have to get your hands/conscience dirty?......I don't know, man, it sounds to me as if he's using you (not to mention, making you look like a moron).
On the Fact that the Palestinian Authority Controls Every Scintilla of Information from Every Single Media Outlet Under Its Auspices
And because of this fact, every single "Palestinian" on the West Bank thinks that the Jewish people have nothing to do with Palestine (never minding the fact that Jewish inscriptions are all over the Temple Mount, that they've found ancient Jewish coins while digging there, and that quite literally every ancient history text speaks of the Jewish-Roman Wars and not of the Palestinian-Roman Wars) and that their ancestors (the overwhelming majority of whom came from Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, etc.) have resided in that region from time immemorial.......So much for Democratic institutions (a free press, in this case), huh?
On the Fact that the Palestinian Arabs Teach 3 Year-Olds How to Commando-Crawl, Hold a Rifle, Say "Death to Israel", and that It Is a Noble Cause to Blow Yourself to Smithereens
How do the sane people of the region overcome that? I surely don't have the answer.
Sunday, September 13, 2015
On Carl's Jr. and Hardees CEO, Andrew Pudzer, Proclaiming that it Takes Him Longer to Start a Franchise in California than it Does to Start One in Siberia
You want to know what's wrong with the U.S. economy? How 'bout we start with this (the fact that it takes so long to start a new business due to licensing, regulations, etc.)?
On the Fact that (According to Genocide Watch and the Institute for Security Studies) the Murder Rate for White South African Farmers is 99 Per 100,000
Saturday, September 12, 2015
On the Fact that the Roosevelts (Teddy and FDR) Actually Thought that a Small Cadre of Economically Illiterate (FDR Actually Going as Far as to Utilize Social Workers on His Policy Team - Social Workers!!!) and Buffoonish Bureaucrats Could Manage the Largest Economy in the World Better than the Businesses and Consumers Themselves
I'm gonna go with, borderline insanity, on this one, folks (the fact that you would have to be seriously off kilter to think that a small group of individuals would possibly have the requisite knowledge to interpret massive amounts of economic data involving multiple sectors, thousands and thousands of businesses, millions of potential interactions, make predictions based upon this data, etc., and to do all of this without the necessary profit and loss mechanisms and pricing feed-backs).
Friday, September 11, 2015
On the Conclusion of the Rickover Commission that the U.S.S. Maine Sunk Not Because of Spanish Malfeasance but Because of a Spontaneous Combustion of Explosive Coal Gasses in the Ship's Bins
Thursday, September 10, 2015
This is probably the largest obstacle for the neo-Darwinians to avoid; the fact that random mutations are the central mechanism (far more important than natural selection, from my viewpoint) for evolution to be viable and that there would literally have to be tens of thousands of them operating in a beneficial manner for a cross-species event to materialize, etc..
On the Fact that the Government Subsidized Railroads in the 19th Century to the Point of Decimating Waterway Transportation/Shipping and Then Started Subsidizing the Latter to Rescue it from the Railroad Competition
Kind of reminds me (this level of stupidity) of the fact that our government has simultaneously spent billions of dollars on tobacco subsidies AND anti-smoking programs (the cross-purposes aspect of it, I'm saying).
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
After which he "reasonably" proceeded to slaughter thousands and thousands of people. Go figure, huh?
On the Nature of a Belief System Which Acknowledges that Aristotle Was Wrong but Which Also Stresses that Darwin Never in a Million Years Could Be Anything but Infallible
Yeah, I tend to believe in evolution, too. But after reading and listening to folks like David Berlinski, Murray Eden, and Marcel Schutzenberger, I'm not as certain as I used to be and would very much appreciate a little more skepticism, critical thinking, humility, etc. from the scientific community on this (and other things) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S89IskZI740 (an awesome interview with Berlinski - listen and be amazed).
"Wait 'til ISIS gets a hold of me, folks. Blah, blah, blah, blah."
Jonas Salk was anti-worker, I guess (you know, in the same way that the sun is anti-candle-maker - yes, an obvious reference to Bastiat).
I have always been opposed to a national sales tax as a replacement for the income tax (the fact that it tends to be regressive, mainly). But, honestly, the more that I consider it, the more that I like it. a) It totally gets rid of the I.R.S. (possibly the most virulent of the government agencies). b) It taxes consumption as opposed to savings, work, and investment (the latter three being the real keys to prosperity). And c) it provides people with at least a modicum of privacy..............................................................................................And it isn't as if the fairness component can't be addressed. I, for instance, wouldn't be opposed to a national property tax of about 5% on all property over $500,000 (so a rich person holding property of $5,500,000 would have to cut a $250,000 check to the Feds every year), or even a higher tax rate on big ticket items (though, yes, you do have to be careful here; the unintended consequences of the Bill Clinton luxury tax, for example)....Anything to get the conversation going essentially.
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
On the Fact that William Jennings Bryan (a Man Who I Admire in Many Ways but Who Disappointed Me Here) Actually Tried to Convince the American Citizens that Adam Smith Was a Supporter of the Income Tax
This, straight from Smith's "Wealth of Nations"; "Capitation taxes, if it is attempted to proportion them to the fortune or revenue of each contributor, become altogether arbitrary. The state of a man's fortune varies from day to day, and without an inquisition more intolerable than any tax, and renewed at least once every year, can only be guessed at. His assessment , therefore, must in most cases depend upon the good or bad humour of his assessors, and must, therefore, be altogether arbitrary and uncertain.............An inquisition into every man's private circumstances, and an inquisition which, in order to accommodate the tax to them, watched over all the fluctuations of his fortune, would be a source of such continual and endless vexation as no people could support."......Well said, Adam. Well said (and, yes, he was clearly wrong about that last part in that the average Joe of today has no problem whatsoever in taxation as long as it doesn't pertain to him).
Monday, September 7, 2015
On Tonight's Coriander, Dry Mustard, Cayenne Pepper, Black Pepper, Ginger, Cloves, Star Anise Spice Combo
If you're a dentist and ever run out of Novocaine, you just might want to try mix this an an alternative. Youza!!
Sunday, September 6, 2015
On the Fact that the U.S. Attorney General Under President Cleveland (and a Supporter of the Income Tax - He Differed with His Boss), Richard Olney, Once Tried to Tell the Country that "an Income Tax is Preeminently a Tax Upon the Rich"
I think that the economist, E.R.A. Seligman (in a rare moment of candor/intellectual honesty) probably said it best (circa, 1880-something) when he admitted that "it is undoubtedly a fact that the enthusiasm for the (income) tax comes chiefly from those who were thus assured freedom from its burdens."......Boy, does that ever ring familiar, huh?
Friday, September 4, 2015
On the Fact that the 1894 Income Tax Bill (Which Was Passed by Both Houses of Congress with a Veto-Proof Majority but Which Was Not Signed by President Cleveland and Which Was Ultimately Struck Down by the Supreme Court) Only Applied to 85,000 Americans (About .1% of the Population)
Thursday, September 3, 2015
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
On Harvey Washington Wiley (Chief Chemist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Chemistry Under Teddy Roosevelt)
He knows where is bread is buttered.
On the Fact that (in the Minds of the Leftist Media at Least) When a Racially Motivated White Person Kills a Black Person it's Racist but When a Racially Motivated Black Person Kills a White Person it's an Excuse to Bring Up Gun-Control
Nah, no agenda here.
On the Fact that (According to Climatologist, Murry Salby, and Geophysicist, Thomas Segalstad) Human-Induced CO2 Increased By About 300% After 1995 While the Overall Growth Rate of CO2 Remained Unaltered
Salby also goes on to point out that a) the correlation coefficient between thermally-induced CO2 and net CO2 is .93 and b) the relationship between human-induced CO2 and net CO2 is borderline incoherent. This is overwhelming evidence that not only are humans not responsible for the bulk of the .7 degree Celsius warming over the past 150 years, we're not even responsible for the bulk of the CO2 increase. Man, is this ever falling apart and what say you, Gore and Obama?
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
On Conversations (Tutotials, Is More Like it) in Which Only One Party Is Allowed to Voice Grievances
It's a decent gig if you can get it. It's just not how life works, that's all.