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Must Reads For The Week 1/12/19

January 14, 2019

Starbucks Plans To Install Needle-Disposal Boxes In Certain Locations, by Dalvin Brown, at usatoday.com. The old bathroom policy at Starbucks stated that unless you were a paying customer you were not allowed to use their bathrooms. But that policy changed after national outrage was sparked when two African American males were arrested in a Philadelphia Starbucks after being told they couldn’t use the bathrooms because they were not paying customers. Because of the outrage, Starbucks changed the policy by allowing anyone entering a store to use their bathrooms. Because of the new policy, their bathrooms are now being used by drug users which leaves blood and syringes in their bathrooms. So instead of getting rid of the new policy that caused the unhealthy situation in the first place, Starbucks is going to train their employees to safely clean up these hazardous conditions. Starbucks is essentially going to try to cure the symptom of the problem they originally created by their new bathroom policy.

Grandfather Of Oklahoma Teen Killed By Homeowner In Burgalary Says AR-15 Made For ‘Unfair’ Fight, by Chris Enloe, at theblaze.com. Here is a quote from the Grandfather: “What these three boys did was stupid. They knew they could be punished for it but they did not deserve to die. Brass knuckles against an AR-15? C’mon. Who was afraid for their life?

So, should the homeowner have put down his firearm, put on a pair of brass knuckles and fought the three young men? Just to make it fair!

Mother Of Armed Robber Shot Dead By Man Defending His Children: ‘Why Did He Shoot Him Five Times?, by David Urbanski, at theblaze.com. The father pulled his gun and shot only after the perp pointed his gun at the father’s two kids. The father eliminated the threat without shooting anyone else. Pretty impressive.

Indiana Police Officer Gets Shot By Fellow Officer Who Was Shooting At An Aggressive Dog, by Trevor Peters, at wthitv.com. Is this a pattern? I posted this article (Read and Watch Here) a month ago about an officer killing a women as he attempted to shoot an aggressive dog. These are examples of ‘trained’ officers firing shots without knowing where the bullets will end up. Should the training related to aggressive dogs be changed? I’ve had aggressive dogs attack me when I used to go jogging. When they did, I would face the attacking dog and kick them in the mouth as hard as I could. That always worked.

‘Hate Speech’ Convictions Soar Tenfold As Sweden Cracks Down On Migration Critics, at zerohedge.com. If we don’t protect free speech rights in America, this will happen here. What happened to the adage “sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me?” Political correctness and identity politics happened.

Court Says Masterpiece Cakeshop Owner Can Sue Colorado Civil Rights Commission For Its Hostility Toward Religion, by Leon Wolf, at theblaze.com. Jack Phillips won his case in the supreme court but the Colorado civil rights commission won’t leave him alone. “You will comply with the politically correct way of thinking or the full force of government will be brought down on you.

 

BIAS EXISTS IN ALL MEDIA.

Human beings are far from perfect. Varying degrees of bias exists in all human endeavors. Since politics is polarizing, politics by nature is biased. No matter how much you hate politics, no one is apolitical. I don’t buy into the big government Republican / Democrat political paradigm that exists today. I don’t like big government and it’s politics that exists today. There are probably no democrat politicians I agree with and a handful of republican politicians I agree with. But that doesn’t mean I am unbiased. I am biased toward shrinking the size and scope of government and increasing individual freedom. Is that a political position? I don’t know but at least I admit that I’m biased. The media won’t even admit they are biased. No matter how obvious the bias is.

 

Seattle TV Station Caught Doctoring Trump’s Face During National Address, at zerohedge.com. How did the editors not catch this? Bias?

Strange Times – Don Lemon, at economicnoise.com. Don Lemon’s comment, “We have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right, ad we have to start doing something about them.” gets a response from a former Navy Seal Ephraim Mattos: “…do not let Don Lemon’s ignorant words drive you into viewing yourself only by your race and religion. Identity politics does not lead to freedom. It only leads to hatred and division and an “us vs. them” mentality.”

Media’s Angry Response To Trump’s Oval Office Speech Comes Up Short, by Mollie Hemingway, at thefederalist.com. The media responded to the straw men they created.

A Neocon-Backed Narrative Control Firm Works To Destroy Alternative Media, at zerohedge.com. Fact checking sites need to be fact checked.

Co-Founder Of LinkedIn Acknowledges Funding Russian-Style Disinformation Effort During The Alabama Special Election, by Aaron Mak, at slate.com. No comment necessary.

If We Can No Longer Tell The Truth, We’ve Failed, by Charles Hugh Smith, at oftwominds.com. Everything is so politicized that we can’t even agree on what is true.

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

With Government Shut Down, Citizens Forced To Interfere In Their Own Lives, at babylonbee.com.

Mobs Of Women Protest Nation’s Logging Companies For Equal Work, at babylonbee.com.

Church Greeters Stationed At Southern Border To Deter Immigrants, at babylonbee.com.

Colorado Civil Rights Commission Updates Mission Statement To Simply Read ‘Destroy Jack Phillips‘ at babylonbee.com.

 

CARTOONS

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Must Reads For The Week 1/5/19

January 6, 2019

First On Nancy Pelosi’s Agenda: Attacking Free Expression, by David Harsanyi, at thefederalist.com. Pelosi wants to pass campaign finance legislation that: “Empowers the state to allocate money to preferred donors and dissuade non preferred donors. But Government financed campaigns have been something of a hobbyhorse in progressive circles. Setting aside the many Constitutional concerns, the recent abuses by the IRS when tasked with regulating political speech demonstrates just how easy it is for bureaucrats to manipulate rules meant to govern speech. These are rules that shouldn’t exist, period.”

California Women’s March Cancelled For Being “Overwhelmingly White“, at zerohedge.com. For what cause are these women marching? Do white women, black women and latina women march for different causes? Why are Asian women not mentioned in the article? Are we leaving out transgendered and lesbian women. You need a score card to figure out on which rungs of the diversity ladder these different women’s groups should be placed.

NBC’s Chuck Todd: “We’re Not Going To Give TV Time To Climate Deniers“, at zerohedge.com. Scientist Chuck Todd said: “The science is settled, even if political opinion is not.” I think he has that backward. The politically correct opinion on climate change is settled, even though the science is not.

After Introducing Mass Migration To Europe, Germany Now Bribing Foreigners To Leave, at zerohedge.com. If you want to see where mass migration leads, look at Europe.

D.C. Statehood Gets A Boost From House Leadership, by Jenna Portnoy, at washingtonpost.com. Of course the D.C. swamp wants two more Senate seats that are assured to be filled by individuals who will be protectors of big government central planning.

Antifa Exposed: “Angry White People With Money”, at zerohedge.com. Kevin D. Williamson tells us about his on-the-ground report of the Portland antifa movement.

Congressswomen Flees From Reporters Asking About “Impeach The Motherfu#*er” Comment, at zerohedge.com. Don’t you think most of our politicians use salty language like this? Of course they do. But occasionally they slip up and get recorded using curse words. The only thing I want is for the press to either report all of the situations like this or none of them regardless of the politicians party. Treat both parties equally. Of course that will never happen.

When Democratic Compromise Fails: Kosher Slaughter Outlawed In Belgium, by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article:  “Throughout most of the West, of course, we’re all taught from an early age that “democracy” will allow everything to work itself out. The parties in conflict will enter into “dialogue,” will arrive at a “compromise” and then everyone will be happy and at peace in the end.”

“But, that’s not how it works in real life. While there are some areas for compromise that can be found around the edges of issues such as moral values and ethnic identity, the fact is that in the end, kosher meats are either legal or they’re not. Circumcision is either legal or it’s not. Abortion is either legal or it’s not. Muslim head coverings are either legal or they’re not.”

“After all, if one group of people believes that a 3-month-old fetus is a parasite that has trespassed against the mother, those people are going to find little room for compromise with a group of people who think the same fetus is a person deserving legal protection.”

The Cure For Poverty, by Henry Hazlitt, at mises.org. So what is the cure? Free Market Capitalism! Here is an excerpt from the article:

“Capitalism in the advanced countries has already , it bears repeating, conquered mass poverty, as that was know throughout human history and almost everywhere, until a change began to be noticeable sometime about the middle of the eighteenth century. Capitalism will continue to eliminate mass poverty in ore and more places and to an increasingly market extent if it is merely permitted to do so.”

“The Paradox of Relief states: “The richer the community, the less the need for relief, but the more it is able to provide; the poorer the community, the greater the need for relief, but the less it is able to provide.”

“And this in turn is merely another way of pointing out that relief, or redistribution of income, voluntary or coerced, is never the true solution of poverty, but at best a makeshift, which may mask the disease and mitigate the pain, but provides no basic cure. Moreover, government relief tends to prolong and intensify the very disease it seeks to cure.

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Democrats Vow To Somehow Surpass Republicans In Messing Everything Up, at babylonbee.com. Excerpt from the article: “In a speech Thursday, returning Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi committed to her constituents and the nation at large that she’d lead Congress in accelerating the nation toward its inevitable doom even faster than the Republicans have.”

Opinion: Trump Is Doing The Right Thing, But He’s doing It As Trump, Which Means It’s Still Bad, at babylonbee.com.

More Bison Looking For Work As Yellowstone Park Closed For Government Shutdown, at babylonbee.com.

Must Reads For The Week 12/22/18

December 23, 2018

Holiday Shopping? Consider The Most Economically efficient Gift Of All: Cash, And Avoid The Dead Weight Loss Of Christmas, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. How many gifts do you get that you never use? Do you have any gift cards that have a remaining balance that you will never use? You always use cash.

Price Controls Are The Wrong Prescription For High Drug Prices, by Dan Mitchell, at freedomandprosperity.org. You can’t solve economic problems through the political process. Price controls never work economically. Though they may work politically.

Venezuela Didn’t Need High Oil Prices To Prosper Before Chavezism, by Jose Nino, at Mises.org. Government intervention into the market is the reason for Venezuela’s economic problems. It is not falling oil prices.

A Year After Net Neutrality’s Demise, The Internet Is Faster, by Philip Wegmann, at washingtonexaminer.com. Freeing markets from intervention by government decision makers is what makes goods and services work better.

After A 2 Years Of Legal Battle, School Lets Student Pass Out US Constitutions, by Celine Ryan, at campusreform.org. A win for free speech.

Pope: The Western World Has “Moral Responsibility” To Let In More Migrants, at theburningplatform.com. Why does the Vatican have walls around it? Why doesn’t the Pope put his money where his mouth is by opening up the Vatican for migrants? Didn’t Jesus say: “Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” This Pope has decided being a world politician is his role, instead of remaining faithful to his role as a shepherd of the people. His statements and his actions prove this.

Did #MeToo Cause The Death Of Company Holiday Parties? at zerohedge.com. The unintended consequences of political correctness. Or are they intended consequences?

Brand New Tesla Model S Spontaneously Combusts Twice, at zerohedge.com. Tesla is a politically correct battery powered car (even though the battery is charged by coal fired power plants). If Ford produced a gas powered car with the track record of the Tesla Model S,  the production of this car would be stopped by our Government. An investigation and probable lawsuit would be started.

Equal Pay Day’ This Year Was April 10th – The Next ‘Equal Occupational Fatality Day’ Will Be On May 3, 2029, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. Since men and women are different, women don’t seek employment in the most dangerous occupations. Men represented 92.5% of all work place deaths in 2017 compared to 7.5% for women. Is that fair? Yes because men and women are different.

WATCH: Cop Tries To Kill Innocent Unconscious Tee, Slamming His Face Into Curb – Jury Awards $6 Million, at theburningplatform.com. I put this video on my site a few years ago. The incident happened in 2014. It is awful. In 2016 the cop was sentenced to 4 years in jail. Last week the victim was awarded $6 million. The wheels of justice grind slowly.

This Is The Video Police Didn’t Want You To See, Showing Cop Shoot At Dog, Kill Innocent Mom Instead, at theburningplatform.com. This is a sad situation for everyone involved. Watch the whole video. I feel for the family and the cop. The only thing I can say is the cops training in the use of deadly force against a dog is flawed. But also you have to account for every shot you take. Concealed carry holders understand this.

The FBI Manufactured ‘302s’ Before Mueller, by Jack Cashill, at americanthinker.com. This is an interesting article about trusting the FBI.

GUN CONTROL

Words Of Warning From Venezuela: Don’t Give Up Your Guns, at zerohedge.com. Our founding fathers gave us the Constitutional right to keep and bear arms in order to protect ourselves from the very government they created with the Constitution. All governments have the power to potentially become tyrannical.

Walgreens Employee With Concealed Carry Permit Fatally Shoots Armed Assailant Who Jumped The Counter, at zerohedge.com. Good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun.

Trumps New ‘Bump Stock’ Ban Is A Legal Abomination, by Sean Davis, at thefederalist.com. This ban is unconstitutional.

Media Hype Questionable Gun Control Study, at John Stossel TV

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

‘Beware Of Trump: Keep Out’ Signs Placed Along Border, at babylonbee.com.

Libertarian Writes Letter To Santa Asking For Government Shutdown This Year, at babylonbee.com.

Trump Criticized For Breaking With Longstanding American Tradition Of Remaining In Middle Eastern Countries Indefinitely, at babylonbee.com.

Tragic: Evey Single Bump Stock In Nation Suddenly Lost In Boating Accident, at babylonbee.com.

 

BACK IN THE GOOD OL’ DAYS,  at theferalirishman.blogspot.com.

HT theburningplatform.com.

Must Reads For The Week 12/15/18

December 17, 2018

Egypt Restricts The Sale Of Yellow Vests Suspecting That Egyptians Might Copy The French, at egyptianstreets.com.  This could be a satirical headline. But it’s true. These geniuses can’t possibly believe that the vests are causing the protests, can they? Just remember these are the same people who think guns cause murder.

Shocking Data Show 40% Of American College Students Never Graduate, at zerohedge.com. 80% of those who don’t finish college have student loan debt. Why do we push college on individuals who have no business going in the first place. College is a racket. All it does is create debt serfs.

Elon Musk’s Taxpayer-Funded Gravy Train, by Allan C. Brownfeld, at mises.org. Elon Musk is a multi million dollar welfare recipient. His businesses wouldn’t survive unless they were subsidized by taxpayer dollars.

House Passes $867 Billion Farm Bill Which Rejects Curbs On Food Stamps, at zerohedge.com. I’m surprised Elon Musk hasn’t figured out a way to get his hands on some of this money. The Government is confiscating the production of some people and redistributing it to others people who haven’t earned it. What is sad is that the supposed party of small government (Republicans) voted for this big government bill.

McKenzie Adams, Alabama 9-Year-Old Who Hung Herself, Faced Racist Bullying, Her Family Says, by Issac Stanley-Becker, at washingtonpost.com. This story is an example of the main stream media shaping the news by what they don’t report. I read the first page of articles of this stories google search. Not one article mentioned that the bullies were black kids. If you read the headlines you would think white kids bullied her. Ask yourself this, if it was white kids doing the bullying, would it have been front page news.

How Government Bureaucrats And The New York Times Are Misleading The Public About Climate Change, by Robert P. Murphy, at mises.org. The government and the media are teaming up to feed us propaganda about global warming.

We Need Unilateral Free Trade With Post-Brexit Britain, by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. The EU and pro EU bureaucrats in Great Britain are trying to over turn the vote of the British people who decided to get out of the EU. Bureaucrats say they can’t come up with a Brexit deal they can agree on. Why do you need a new “deal” to get out of the old deal. How about you just state that the EU rules no longer apply. That’s one sentence. These bureaucrats are fighting the Brexit straw man they created in order to run out the clock and force another Brexit vote in the hope it turns out different this time.

“Peak TV”: Streaming Originals Overtake Basic Cable, at zerohedge.com. This is an example of the creative destruction of the market. Streaming came into the market and has provided a lower price product that individuals like.

What Is Economic Growth? (And What Is It Not?), by Per Bylund, at mises.org. Increasing productivity is economic growth. In other words producing more output with less imput. Here is an except from the article: “….increased productivity really increases the purchasing power of all money, including (and most importantly) low wages, thus making it much more ‘affordable’ to satisfy one’s needs and wants. But note that the distribution of such prosperity cannot be equal or instantaneous: any new innovation, new good, new service, etc will be created somewhere, by someone– it cannot be created for seven billion plus people instantaneously. So anything new, including new jobs and new productive abilities, has to spread–as ripples–across the economy.

The Myth Of The Neutral Interest Rate, by Frank Shostak, at mises.org. It is impossible for Federal Reserve policy makers to know what the neutral interest rate should be at any particular time. Excerpt from the article: “Now, even if the Fed were to know the level of the neutral rate it could not achieve economic stability. The reason being that the Fed would have to pursue active monetary policies to maintain the neutral rate target”

“This act however, will lead to boom-bust cycles and economic instability. Hence, there cannot be such thing as the neutral interest rate policy, which will result in economic and price stability.”

“Rather than targeting the money market interest rate towards the unknown neutral rate by means of monetary tampering, which leads to more instability, a better alternative is to leave the economy alone, In a free market economy without a central bane, no one would be conducting any kind of monetary policies.”

“In the absence of central bank monetary policies, which enrich some individuals at the expense of other individuals, interest rates that emerge will be truly neutral.”

“In a free market, no one then would be required to establish whether the interest rate is above or below some kind of imaginary equilibrium.”

 

THE BREAK DOWN OF THE RULE OF LAW

DEEP STATE INSIDERS ABUSES OF POWER

Google CEO Exposes Shocking “Full Extent” Of Russian Meddling In 2016, at zerohedge.com. There is very little Russian meddling compared to how much is portrayed by the main stream media.

Despite Comey’s Struggle With Amnesia, Ex-FBI Director Confirms Dossier Totally Unverified, at zerohedge.com. “I Don’t Recall.” This is the phrase that will get you out of a perjury trap. I learned this from the Clintons back in the day. Comey and all insiders know the importance of this phrase. They use it all the time when being questioned. But let me give you better advice. Don’t talk to law enforcement. Assert your fifth amendment rights.

Judge Overseeing Michael Flynn’s Sentencing Just Dropped A Bombshell, by Margot Cleveland, at thefederalist.com. They set a perjury trap for Flynn. He pleaded guilty to a crime he didn’t commit because he didn’t have the resources to fight an all-powerful government.

Former FBI SSA Exposes McCabe & Mueller’s “Unethical, Target & Destroy Coercion” Tactics, Defends Flynn, at zerohedge.com. If you are ever questioned by law enforcement always remember this little fact before you decide to talk or not talk. They can lie to you, but if you lie to them you can be charged with perjury.

DOJ Destroyed Missing Strzok/Page Texts Before IG Reviewed Them, by Bre Payton, at thefederalist.org.  –  Also –  Mueller Destroyed Messages From Peter Strzok’s iPhone, OIG Recovers 19.000 New “FBI Lovebird” Tests, at zerohedge.com. Hillary did this and got away with it. She destroyed Emails after they were subpoenaed. You or I could never get away with this. Only Insiders can get away with this.

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Clintons Outnumber Crowd At Latest Speaking Engagement, at babylonbee.com.

Ninth Circuit Court Rules Border Wall Must Be ‘Short’ Enough That A Pregnant Woman Carrying A Child In Each Arm Could Be Expected To Scale It Without Difficulty’, at babylonbee.com.

Steph Curry Questions Whetherr Michael Jordan Actually Went To Space To Help Bugs Bunny Win A Basketball Game, at babylonbee.com.

Hollywood Working ON Official List Of Comedians It’s OK To Laugh At, at babylonbee.com.

Heisman Winner Proves If You Work Hard And Believe In Yourself, You Can Gave Journalists Try To Ruin Your Life By Combing Through Your Old Tweets, at babylonbee.com.

CNN Opens Up 24-Hour Anonymous Tip Line For Anyone With Synonyms For ‘Meller Closing In’, at theonion.com.

 

CARTOONS

from theburningplatform.com

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

Political Cartoons by Henry Payne

Political Cartoons by AL Goodwyn

Must Reads For The Week 12/8/18

December 9, 2018

 

Mazie Hirono: “We Democrats Know So Much” That We Tend to Alienate Voters, by Jessica Chasmar, at washingtontimes.com. Here is an excerpt from the article: “One of the things that we Democrats have a really hard time is connecting to people’s hearts instead of here”, Mrs Hirono pointed to her head, “We’re really good at shoving out all the information that touch people here [points to her brain] But not here [points to the heart].”

I hate to inform Mrs Hirono, but it is just the opposite. The only way Democrats win an issue is by playing to people’s emotions. Why? Because they could never win the issues with logic and reasoning.

Thomas Sowell Explains The Economics Of Discrimination, by David Weinberger, at the federalist.com. I am reading Dr. Sowell’s recent book Discrimination and Disparities. This is another great read that is full of information, and of course, Dr Sowell’s brilliant insight and reasoning.

Truth Is What We Hide, Self-Serving Cover Stories Are What We Sell, by Charles Hugh Smith, at oftwominds.com. This is a great article about what insiders in politics, the bureaucracy and the media cover up and what they spin as true.

Lena Dunham’s Return To ‘Believe All Women’ Does Women No Favors, by Daniella Davis, at thefederalist.com. Don’t ‘all women’ have to have some speck of evidence in order to be believed? There is an evidentiary standard in order to be believed when accusing someone of a crime. Why? Because it is a legal matter, even though the legal process of finding guilt in sexual assault cases is now being tried in the political arena. Here is a random thought. If men and women are equal, as we as a society have been told for all these decades, why don’t we here of more instances where women fight their attackers? If men and women are equal, shouldn’t 50% of these assault cases end with the perpetrator having been beaten up. Also, wouldn’t there be fewer assaults for the simple reason men would not be eager to attack someone who could beat them up.

In an unrelated article: Men Begin Avoiding Female Co-Workers In Age Of #MeToo, by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. I shouldn’t say this but I am. After being told by a woman that all men are pigs, I informed her that it is a good thing that God made men’s sex drive so powerful, because if it wasn’t for that, there is no way men would want to hang around women.

In another unrelated article: Chart Of The Day: The Declining Female Share Of Computer Science Degrees From, 28% to 18%, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. Men and women are biologically different. and no amount of social engineering will change that reality.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Claims Stopping Climate Change Will End Racism , at zerohedge.com. I am not smart enough to understand how, “stopping climate change will end racism”. So my comment to Alexandria is this; the Democrat party doesn’t want to end racism. The Democrat party needs the issue of racism to maintain its power. The Democrat party also uses the global warming issue to maintain its power. So the Democrats also don’t want the issue of Global warming to go away. Since both issues are needed to maintain power, neither issue will go away. Since both issues can’t be proven as true, only asserted as true, it will be easy to hype both issues for decades to come.

The Elite Are Creating An Authoritarian ‘Beast System’, And Dissenters Could Lose Everything, at zerohedge.com. The internet is turning into a tool of surveillance by Big Brother.

DC Council Bills Taxpayers Half A Million To Avoid Enrolling In Obamacare, by Christopher Jacobs, at thefederalist.com. Do as I say not as I do. Here is an excerpt from the article: “In encouraging others to “get covered,” and promoting the D.C. Health Link Site, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser omitted one key detail: she does not buy the policies the DC Health Link sells. Bowser, like most of her DC council colleagues, received taxpayer-funded insurance subsidies to purchase their coverage through the District government, rather than through DC Health Link. Thus DC spent nearly half a million in taxpayer funds because the mayor ad council won’t be bothered o enroll in Obamacare.”

Why Have Seattle’s Police Become Enforcers For Antifa? at zerohedge.com. The police are not there to pick a side. They are there to enforce the law no matter who breaks it.

Nearly Two-Thirds Of Non-Citizen Households In America Are On Welfare, at zerohedge.com. Taxpayers are paying the cost of not enforcing the immigration laws that are on the books today.

Alberta Orders “Unprecedented” Oil Output Cut To Combat Crashing Prices, at zerohedge.com. American oil producers stop pumping oil if the price of oil can’t cover the cost of production (including a profit). The incremental increase and decrease of the price of oil regulates supply of oil at any particular price. My question is; does the Government of Canada make the decision on how much oil is extracted from the ground or do prices decide what is pumped out of the ground? This seems like a Government created ‘problem’. Oil gluts and oil shortages wouldn’t be as wide ranging if market prices were allowed to incrementally adjust supply and demand instead of letting it be decided by central planners.

French Protestors Fume Over Climate Taxes And A Rising Cost Of living, by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. Global warming policies are just another way for governments to grow power and fleece their citizens.

The Edict Of Diocletian: A Case Study Of Price Controls And Inflation, by Murray N. Rothbard, at mises.org. The average person in Roman times understood more about what caused inflation than we do today. Today we think that inflation is prices rising. In Roman times they understood (through their actions) that Inflation is the increase in the money supply. Governments clip coins and decreases the amount of gold in each coin they mint in order to finance government spending. Regular people understood this and reacted by paying their taxes with the coins that had less gold in them, and keeping the higher quality coins to use in market exchange. But inflation still reared its ugly head. To combat inflation caused by the Government devaluation of the coins, Emperor Diocletian decided setting price ceilings was the answer. Even this all-powerful Emperor couldn’t stop the shortages that were brought about by his price controls. Nothing was offered for sale and everything was in short supply. Diocletian repealed his price ceiling edict and prices finally stabilized after the Government stopped devaluing the money supply.

I don’t think our Federal Reserve is smart enough to realize they have caused our bubble economy through their money printing. Even if they did realize it, they have no incentive to stop printing money because we the people are ignorant about what money really is. Why? Because we have grown up under a paper money system, not under a commodity (gold or silver) money system. If you want to understand the concept of money read: “What Has Government Done To Our Money” By Murray Rothbard. It is a hand size paperback of 110 pages.

DiMartino Booth: The Fraying Of The Fed’s Fragile Narrative, at zerohedge.com. Danielle DiMartino Booth is a former official of the Dallas Fed. She has keen insight about the workings of this disruptive organization. The Interview is worth watching.

Even The NY Times Thinks Its ‘Curtains For The Clintons’, at zerohedge.com. The small crowds at Clinton speaking tour stops shows the Clintons have out lived their usefulness to the Democrat Party.

“I Know Where All The Bodies Are Buried”: Clinton Foundation CFO Spills Beans To Investigators, at zerohedge.com. I an unrelated story. The Clinton Foundation was nothing more than a money laundering scheme. Mafia money launderers could learn a few things from the Clintons.

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Macron Criticizes Climate Change Tax Protesters For Not Using Carbon-Neutral Rioting Methods, at babylonbee.com

Trump Releases Findings Of Own Independent Investigation: ‘Most Innocent President Ever’, at babylonbee.com.

Report: Mueller To Release Results Of Investigation Day Before 2020 Election, at babylonbee.com.

Frightening Rise In Anti-Semitism Blamed On The Jews, at babylonbee.com.

Should The NFL Prohibit Players From Appearing In Hotel Security Footage? at theonion.com.

 

CARTOONS

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

Political Cartoons by Mike Lester

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

 

 

Must Reads For The Week 12/1/18

December 2, 2018

IMMIGRATION

NBC News Reporter Admits Migrant Caravan Predominantly Men, at zerohedge.com. The main stream media has tried to make us believe that these ‘asylum’ seekers were women and children. This reporter let the cat out of the bag. This is what happened with immigration in Europe. Now they are paying the price. We should learn from their mistakes.

On Immigration, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry Discover Their Inner Trump, by Larry Elder, at realclearpolitics.com. Politicians know what audience they are speaking to. Clinton was interviewed by the Guardian. And Kerry was speaking in London. Immigration is a bigger political issue over their than over here.

GOVERNMENT ABUSES OF POWER

‘Minority Report’ Comes To Life: UK Police Will Use AI To Prevent Crime, at zerohedge.com. This can’t happen in the US? We have constitutional rights against Government doing things like this. It is already happening (read here).

Hundreds Of Google Employees Call On Google To Not Be ‘Complicit In Oppression’ In China, by Soo Youn, at abcnews.go.com. Amnesty International and Google employees are standing up against helping Big Brother. Project Dragonfly is designed by Google as a surveillance program to help the Government of China monitor their citizens. It will help China not only censor individuals, it will help ferret out individuals who are ‘enemies’ of the state and assign them to be ‘reeducated’.

How Social Media Is Becoming An Arm Of The State, by Jose Nino, at mises.org. This article asks a great question: “How separate from the State are these social media giants in the first place?” If social media companies bow to government threats of regulation unless they do what government wants, from a censorship standpoint, are they really free market entities?

FBI Raids Home Of Whistleblower On Clinton Foundation  and Uranium One, by Richard Pollock, at dailycaller.com. If you go against government insiders, the full weight of Government will be brought down upon you. They want you to think that resistance is futile.

The Guardian Faceplants As Manafort’s Passports Stamps Don’t Match “Fabricate” Assange Story, at zerohedge.com. The main stream media is part of the Government insiders club. The MSM job is similar to how ‘cleaners’ are used by the Mafia to get rid of dead bodies and clean a crime scene of all evidence. The MSM covers up for big government abuses of power not only by false reporting, but by not reporting on facts that don’t fit the big government narrative.

OTHER STUFF

Supreme Court Limits Habitats Protected Under The Endangered Species Act, by David Savage, at latimes.com. This US Fish and Wild Life Service’s decision on wildlife habitat, was so bad that it was overturned by SCOTUS in an 8-0 decision. This decision reigned in the power of unelected bureaucrats in Government regulatory agencies. Why are their not more 8-0 Supreme Court decisions?

GM & GE Were Both Victimized By The Same Ponzi Scheme, at zerohedge.com. Excerpt from the article: “...GE and Gm have blown more than 53 billion dollars on stock buybacks, and now both companies are in huge trouble. The executives who gutted the finances of both firms by engaging in these sorts of Ponzi tactics should be fired and never be hired by anyone else….”

“For years, big corporations have been borrowing massive amounts of money to fund reckless stock buybacks, and that has helped to fuel an amazing bull market run. But now the game is imploding, and the unraveling of this massive Ponzi scheme is not going to be pretty.

Do you think taxpayers will get stuck paying off this debt in some sort of “Government” bailout?

Christine Blasey Ford Thanks America For $650,000 Payday, Hopes Life “Will Return To Normal”, at zerohedge.com. Are GoFundMe pages a clandestine way to pay off individuals for services rendered for the resistance? She has to pay taxes on this money doesn’t she? Maybe not, since the IRS is also a part of the deep state bureaucracy.

Sun-Dimming Aerosols Could Curb Global Warming, by Matthew Robinson, at cnn.com. At first I thought this article should go into Satirical Headlines below but this is true. Scientists want to reduce global warming by using a technique called stratospheric aerosol injection to spray sulfate particles into the Earth’s lower stratosphere in order to dim the sun.

Wait! I’m confused! I thought greenhouse gasses, like sulfate, caused global warming? Now scientists think the sun causes global warming and needs to be dimmed by the very greenhouse gasses they said cause global warming? As a kid ,with no science degree, I figured out that the sun is what warmed the earth.

Question please? How do ‘scientists’ know what the temperature of the Earth is supposed to be at any given place or at any given time?

Why Do Leftists Settle For Only $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage? at zerohedge.com. Why not a minimum wage higher than $15? If $15 is good $100 would be better wouldn’t it? Here is an excerpt from the article: “I think most everyone, including even liberals, can understand why a $100-an-hour minimum wage would be bad for people…..Because the labor of many, if not most, workers is not valued by employers at $100 and hour…..this would cause business to lose money and force them out of business.”

“If employers value someone’s labor at $90, $80, $50, $15, or $5 an hour, that worker isn’t going to get hired under a system that has a $100-per-hour minimum wage.”

“I think most progressives would get that. For some reason, however, their reasoning ability abandons them and turns to mush when they think of a minimum wage that is set at a much lower rate, say $15. They are unable to see that the same principle applies. Every worker whose labor is valued at less than $15 an hour is not going to get hired.

Michigan College Is “Arming” Students Against Mass Shooters….With Hockey Pucks, at zerohedge.com. At least they are finally admitting that students need to be armed with a weapon to fight back against in an active shooter situation. But, have these people ever heard the saying, “You never bring a hockey puck to a gun fight.”

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Obama Boasts That Obamacare Has Reduced Health Care Costs By Lowering Life Expectancy: ‘Thank Me For That” at babylonbee.com.

Pathetic conservative Hasn’t Even Been Banned From Twitter Yet, at babylonbee.com.

Obama Blasts Trump’s Use Of Tear Gas On Foreigners: ‘Frankly, I Would Have Used A Drone Strike‘, at babylonbee.com.

Global Warming Pinned ON Kid Who Keeps Leaving The Fromt Door Wide Open While The Heater Is On, at babylonbee.com.

 

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Must Reads For The Week 11/24/18

November 25, 2018

 

LET’S LOOK AT CALIFORNIA FOREST FIRES

Humans are in a constant battle for survival against the planet aka the forces of nature. In this instance the planet has won. Unfortunately bad policies by humans have made the planet’s victory more devastating than it should have been. Let’s take a look.

Who Or What Is Really Responsible For The Huge Forest Fires In California, by Bruce Bialosky, at townhallcom. Excerpt from the article: “Let us start with this simple aspect. Forest fires are a normal thing. Often caused by lightning or other natural causes, they are God’s way of clearing forests. In those natural forest clearances, the wildlife that exists in them are threatened or their habitat is destroyed. What has changed is mankind’s intervention in the natural process.

If you believe that global warming is making life more challenging for forest management, then you should support proper forest clearance. Otherwise we will be left with even more intense fires.”

“….what is needed is more active forest clearance and clearance of the underbrush. More controlled fires when the risks are minimized. Budget restraints are why Forest Service is not doing these things now…..The Forest Service was spending 85% of the budget on forest maintenance and 15% on fire suppression. Over the recent years …..they began to spend more money on fire suppression and less on clearance causing a vicious cycle of less money on clearance.”

“While doing the clearance the Forest Service is controlled by a myriad off federal laws which limit their actions. These laws include The Clean Air Ace, Natural Forest Management Act, Endangered Species Act and National Environmental Policy Act to name a few. The Forest Service must put information out to the public before they do their clearance work. They are not always questioned but quite often interest groups jump in armed withe legal briefs to stop the planned work.”

“Just a thought: If you have concern about destroying the natural habitat and thus limit the proper clearance of the areas in question, what do you say about what happens to the improperly cleared forest during a major fire when the habitat is destroyed and the animals’ lives are put at risk?

California Wildfires Destroy Homes And Lives. Why Do Regulators Encourage Building In Fire Zones?, by Christian Britscghi, at reason.com. The true cost of insuring against risky activities is revealed when the price of insurance is allowed to rise in accordance with risk assessment. When individuals in government pass laws, or voters pass ballot initiatives, that suppress the true cost of risk, it incentivizes the risky behaviour. Putting more people at risk.

Blaming Climate – Ignoring Incompetence, by Paul Dreissen, at cfact.org. Excerpt from the article: “Do the bureaucrats (and environmental groups) make any attempt to factor in the horrendous air pollution and utter destruction from the monstrous fires their decrees cause by delaying or blocking brush clearing or controlled burns? Let no one forget that these pressure groups and government employees share the blame...”

Green Policies Fanned California’s Raging Wildfires, by Bonner Cohen, at cfact.org. Private land owners have to navigate the maze of the state’s bureaucracy to obtain permission to use fire prevention measures on their land. Should these individuals really be considered the property owners if government restricts what they are allowed to do or not do with their land? And should individuals in government be responsible when a persons property is damaged?

26 Photo Proofs That Nature Will Take Over Anyway, at brightside.me. Check out the pictures in this post. They show how dynamic the planet is. Here are a few examples.

 

GOVERNMENT IS IN ON THE ENVIRONMENTAL SCAM

Government policies are a quest for power, money and control disguised as environmental do-goodism.

The Economic Fall And Political Rise Of Renewable Energy, by Robert Bradley Jr, at masterresource.org. Excerpt from the article: “The modern history of wind power and on-grid solar power can be summarized in four words: economically incorrect, politically correct. U.S. companies invested heavily in renewable energy technologies in the 1970s/80s only to suffer losses and, in most cases, to exit. Only massive taxpayer and consumer subsidies in the 1990s reversed these market verdicts, leading to today’s government dependence.”

Exposing The ‘Regulatory Groupthink’ Of California’s Rooftop Solar Mandate, at zerohedge.com. Why would you mandate using higher cost energy instead of lower cost energy? This reminds me of a statement by Robert Bradley Jr. ““When Government tries to pick winners and losers, it typically picks losers. Why? Because the free market consumers pick winners to leave the losers for Government.”

Government Motors’ Proposed 50-State Standard, (Once Federally Saved, GM Seeks More Aid), by Donn Dears, at masterresource.org. In a free market, GM can’t force consumers to purchase electric vehicles. So instead of trying to create a better mouse trap that consumers will buy, they are going to get government to that force taxpayers to subsidize the purchase of EVs. This will bring down the price, but not the cost, of these vehicles that are proven market losers. Once again government intervention in the market props up a non productive activity, by shifting the cost to taxpayers.

This Election Mattered, by Eric Peters, at straightlinelogic.com. Excerpt from the article: “If you don’t think elections matter, wait about five years. Then go shopping for a new car. The government is doing to force us into its vehicles of choice whether we like it or not, and with the Democrats taking control of the House of Representatives, there’s not much we can do about it.”

France Suffers Anti-Carbon Tax Revolt: Massive Road Blocks Against Macron’s Diesel Tax, at zerohedge.com. Finally the French people think government is too intrusive and are willing to fight back.

 

OTHER STUFF

Never Snow In Texas? Experts Warn Decreased Solar Activity Will Shatter All Global Climate Models, at zerohedge.com. There are many variables involved in climate and weather. Man can’t possibly know everything needed to take on the task of controlling the climate of the planet. Let alone implement changes if he did know. Sun spot activity is one of the variables affecting weather and climate. And it is in a cyclical decline. Less solar activity means cooler temperatures. So in order to counter act the lower temperatures associated with lower solar activity should we pump more CO2 into the atmosphere by letting our cars run all the time. This would warm up the planet according to the “experts”. Would it work? Lets hope the sun gets more active so we don’t experience a ‘mini ice age’ like we did in the 17th century. A colder planet is worse for man than a warmer planet. Gentlemen start your engines!

Politicians & Police Set Tyranny’s Perfect Example: Gun Confiscation, at zerohedge.com. Although these new “red flag” laws were passed to protect people from themselves, they are going to get some of these people killed at the hands of the police.

As Brexit Options Dwindle, New Momentum For A 2nd Referendum, by Stepen Castle, at mytimes.com. Theresa May as well as other EU type bureaucrats don’t want Brexit to take place. They are lying about the need for an agreement to get out of the EU. They want to stall taking action long enough to get another vote on Brexit in hopes that will go down this time. Here is my simple Brexit agreement. The laws that existed before the formation of the EU are back in existence. Here is my trade agreement with the EU: Individuals in Great Britain can trade with individuals in the EU without government interference through taxes, subsidies and regulations. That’s it.

Lawmakers Leak Plan For $3 Billion Pension-Fund Bailout, at zerohedge.com. Who do you think bails out all of these ponzi scheme pension plans? We the tax payers will pay for this bailout. I have said that at some point someone will have to pay for this retirement debt. Either the retirees will pay in lower benefits, or tas payers will pay in higher taxes.

New York’s Subway Riders Are Going Galt, by Monica Showalter, at americanthinker.com. When the quality of a product declines as the price of that product rises, there comes a point when consumers look for a substitute. The subway thinks it has a monopoly just as the taxi cartel did. But as alternatives to the subway become available (think Uber), subway ridership is declining. But we’ve seen this movie before. Tax payers will subsidize any loss in revenue, just as our tax dollars subsidize Amtrak and the post office.

ESPN Loses 2 more Million Subscribers In 2018, at zerohedge.com. Here is an example of “the creative destruction of the market”. This is happening to all cable channels, not just ESPN. Internet TV alternatives like Hulu, Sling, PlayStation and Netflix etal, are taking market share. Cable will adjust. This adjustment is a market reality and a good thing for the economy as a whole.

Clinton Foundation Donations Plummet 90%, at zerohedge.com. As the Clintons lost their power to pass out favors via Federal government largess (tax payer money), donations to their money laundering scheme dried up. Who is shocked by this?

White House Press Pass Has Nothing To Do With The First Amendment, by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article: “….the very premise that a White House press pass is a critical component of a free press is questionable at best. After all, the press room, the communications staff, and the entire White House media apparatus exists to make the president look good…..not to divulge any information the White House doesn’t want released.

The Difference Between An Obama Judge And A Trump Judge, at zerohedge.com. John Roberts made a statement saying there is neither Obama judges or Trump judges or Bush judges or Clinton judges. We have an independent judiciary. If this is true why do leftist try to bring their cases before the 9th Circuit? The Supreme Court overturns the 9th Circuit court 80% of the time. If there is no difference, why are leftists trying so aggressively to stop Trump from appointing conservative judges? Remember the Brett Kavanaugh circus?

 

THANKSGIVING LEFTOVERS

For These Gifts We Are Truly Thankful, by Kevin Williamson, at nationalreview.com. Let us be thankful for property rights and free markets. Here is an excerpt from the article: “Charity is honorable and necessary. We all – but especially those of us who have been blessed with so much – have a positive moral obligation to help the poor. But when we speak of the distribution and consumption of goods, we ignore the more fundamental question of how those goods get produced in the first place. God may have given us the Earth as a gift, but He does not plant potatoes or raise pigs or build the refrigerated trucks that keep people far from the farms and ranches from starving to death. He leaves that to us, one of many ways in which we share in His creative work.”

Here is a truth that almost never is spoken: All of the money that ever has been saved and invested in profit-seeking productive business enterprises has done incalculably more for the poor – more by many orders of magnitude – than has all of the money that ever has been put to charitable users, formal or informal, mainly by preventing them from ever being poor in the first place. That Saving and investment, and the innovation and labor that have gone along with them, are the only thing in the history of this little blue planet that has make its inhabitants less poor. Of course we invite the hungry to our table. A hell of a lot of good it would do if we didn’t have anything to put on their plates other than nice intentions or sanctimonious sentiments.

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Which headline is real?

Eastern University University Will No Longer Show “The Vagina Monologues,” Because Not All Women Have Vaginas, at mlive.com.

Compassionate: This Democratic Rep. Is So Opposed To Gun Violence That He’s Willing To Nuke The Entire Country To Stop It, at babylonbee.com.

California Legislature Unveils Plan To Raise Taxes On Wildfires Until They Move Out Of State, at babylonbee.com.

Thanksgiving Day Officially Changed To “Check Your Privilege Day” at babylonbee.com.

Citing Tough Competition From Amazon, Santa Claus Declares Bankruptcy, at babylonbee.com.

The Vagina Monologue headline is true.

The Democrat Rep who wants to implement a mandatory gun buy back program is kind of true (read here).

 

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