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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

 

 

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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).

 

SHERIFF’S NOTICE, from theburningplatform

 

CARTOONS

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Political Cartoons by Henry Payne

Political Cartoons by Steve Breen

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Political Cartoons by Pat Cross

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

 

Must Reads For The Week 11/3/18

November 4, 2018

Demotivational Thursday, by theburningplatform.com. This is really good. Here are a few examples of what is in this post from theburningplatform:

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Poster

Mistakes

Procrastination

 

Social Justice begets Poetic Justice – Be Careful What You Wish For. by Mark Shupe, at centerforindividualism.org. Excerpt from the article: “Poetic justice is the consequence of reality. It rewards rational behavior and long-term thinking, ethics being a primary building block for civilization.”

“Social justice is the opposite. Virtue is sacrifice, reality is different for everyone, and none of it is spontaneous…..social justice is irrational meaning it is a dishonest insinuation that one ought to agree to a demand of some special interest which can give no real reason for it. Instead of self-determination the governing elites believe it is in their power to design and determine future outcomes.”

“Social justice is top down, forced, and contrived for the benefit of identity groups. Poetic justice is bottom up, organic, and derived. Like English common law, poetic justice is an emergent phenomenon, and about the individual.”

“The most prolific social justice warrior of 21st century America is President Barack Obama; and in an extraordinary example of poetic justice, he handed the keys to the White House over to President Donald Trump.

“But President Trump is not a poetic justice warrior, he’s a pragmatist. So who is? Or as Nassim Taleb might ask, who has skin in the game? In Trump’s case, it’s the average citizen who voted for him. People who were tired of being patsies for the political, media, banking, and education elites. People who take care of their families, their customers, and their communities. They think long-term and generally don’t get involved in the activism of politics unless reality beckons. For them, poetic justice is not immediate, only inevitable.

While bureaucracies separate unaccountable decision makers from the consequences of their mediocrity and hubris, decentralization and networks keep risks and rewards where they belong.

Western Media Make One Death A Tragedy, Millions A Statistic, at zerohedge.com. The main stream media picks to cover what is “important” and what “is not important”. Since the MSM has decided the death of Jamal Khashoggi is important, they think all of us should think it is important. But I have some “news” for the MSM. Since time is a scarce resource and value is subjective, I (and probably many other people, although I can’t speak for others) don’t have enough time to spend on something that is near the bottom of (or not on) my value scale. But wait a minute? I did spend a little time writing about this, so did I value this over something else I could have done with this time? Or could it be that writing this weekly post is what I value over something else I could be doing with my time? And this particular article has no value outside of writing this post? Hmmmmmmm……?

How Public Schools Indoctrinate Kids Without Almost Anyone Noticing, by Auguste Meyrat, at thefederalist.com. Excerpt from the article: “While indoctrination involves pushing a certain opinion, it is also much more. It is the comprehensive effort of passively disseminating a particular viewpoint. The passive aspect is key. People who are indoctrinated with a certain narrative or ideology do not arrive at the intended conclusions through their own thinking, but hear the same thing repeated in a million different ways until they finally take it as unquestionable truth.

Because indoctrination happens in the absence of thinking, many teachers who engage in indoctrination do so unconsciously. They themselves take what they’re given and pass it along without thinking.

“Thoughtlessness is essential. As the fictional demon Screwtape, from C.S. Lewis’s “The Screwtape Letters,” states in his letters to Wormwood, “It is funny how mortals always picture us as putting things into their minds: in reality our best work is done by keeping things out.” A person who really thinks will eventually reason himself out of the things he heard at school.”

The only real solution to indoctrination, then, is good teachers. Good teachers (which include parents, mentors, and other knowledgeable adults) train students in methods of thought while supplying the stuff of thought. They teach a person to evaluate an argument properly, find actual solutions to problems, and determine what is true and what is false.”

Paul Volcker’s New Memoir: A Broadside Against His Successors?, by Jeff Deist, at mises.org. The individuals who get their hands on the Feds printed money first receive the benefit, while the rest of us pay for that benefit in higher prices down the road. People who don’t have access to the counterfeit money are having their wealth redistributed to the first receivers of the Feds counterfeit money.

Here is an excerpt from Volcker’s new book: “More recently, a remarkable consensus has developed among central bankers that there’s a new “red line” for policy: A 2% rate of increase in some carefully designed consumer price index is acceptable, even desirable, and at the same time provides a limit.”

“I puzzle about the rational. a 2% target, or limit, was not in my textbooks years ago. I know of no theoretical justification. It’s difficult to be both a target and a limit at the same time. And a 2% inflation rate, successfully maintained, would mean the price level doubles in little more than a generation.”

Exposing The Fed’s Mandate To Pick Your Pocket – The Real Price Of Inflation, at zerohedge.com. Here is a great article related to the one above. It explains, in more detail, who pays for the cost of the Feds inflationary counterfeit money printing policies.

“Your Pet Will Be Confiscated!” : A Shocking Glimpse Inside China’s New Social Credit System, at zerohedge.com. This could never happen in America? Could It? Oh yes it can. And probably is to some extent. It is bad enough that we trust Google with information about us. What happens when these companies voluntarily get into bed with individuals in Government, or individuals in Government force these companies to get into bed with them?

On an unrelated topic:  CIA Secretly Intercepted Congressional Communications About Whistleblowers, by Sharyl Attkisson, at sharylattkisson.com. The things that are happening in China are already happening here. Only on a smaller scale. I hope!

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Don Lemon: “I Apologize If Any Evil White People Were Offended By My Remarks’,at thebabylonbee.com. This is actually supposed to be satire. But it turns out it is real. To find out Read here.

Opinion: How Do These Elections, Which Pit Us Against Each Other In Win/Lose Scenarios, Keep Leading To Division? at babylonbee.com.

Bernie Sanders Cheerily Greets Trick-Or-Treaters Before Stealing Their Candy For Redistribution, at babylonbee.com.

Data Suggests Democrats’ Rhetoric May Be Inciting Violence Against The Unborn, at babylonbee.com.

Media Congratulates Meghan Markle On Meaningless Blob Of Tissue Developing In Her Womb, at babylonbee.com.

 

CARTOONS

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Political Cartoons by Pat Cross

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Must Reads For The Week 2/24/18

February 26, 2018

FLORIDA SCHOOL SHOOTING AFTERMATH

FBI Tipster Transcript Leaked: Cruz Will “Get Into A School And Shoot the Place Up”: Full Text, at zerohedge.com. No investigative action was taken from the agency that tells us, “if you see something say something”.

“There Was A Mistake Made” – FBI’s No. 2 Refuses To Provide Details On How Cruz Tips Were Fumbled, at zerohedge.com. This is an example of Government failure.

Officer’s Hesitation To Stop Shooting Fits A Pattern Of Police Cowardice, at the federalist.com. Armed school resource officer didn’t try to enter school to stop shooter. Government failure? Excerpt from the article: “It’s a lot easier to police good people than bad ones. That’s why police …….want to take law-abiding citizens’ guns instead of to go after criminal…..Scaring dopey teens and banning AR-15s is easy. Following up on truly dangerous people, building a case about their mental health, getting the evidence a judge needs to act, that’s hard work. So is going into a building where shots are being fired. Cops aren’t heroes for doing “easy”. They are heroes – and most of them are – for doing the hard stuff.”

“Shocked And Outraged”: Four Broward Deputies Waited Outside School As Children Were Massacred, at zerohedge.com. Government failure anyone? Four officers from the Broward County Sheriff department failed to enter the building when they arrived on the scene. And people are blaming the NRA?

Guns And Schools: Can The Market Do Better? by Jeff Deist, at mises.org. Why do people look to Government first when they want “solutions” to “problems”. Government doesn’t provide the incentives to come up with a solution, a trade-off or the tolerable best that can be accepted. Individuals in Government aren’t incentivized to “solve” problems. They need the problem to exist for the simple fact that they can use it for their political benefit. People need to understand that these problems could be dealt with best by allowing each school system to implement their ideas for making their schools safe? Excerpt from the article: There are no top-down political solutions available from Washington. Gun control doesn’t actually prevent crime, but it does provide the political class and media with another diversionary bitter cultural debate. Americans are deeply divided on guns, just as they are deeply divided on abortion and climate change and scores of other issues. And why should we expect otherwise, in a far-flung country of 320 million people with wildly diverse geographies, economies, and cultures? ….. Contrary to popular belief, the Second Amendment neither “federalized” gun laws nor created a right to private ownership of firearms. It simply enshrined the notion that “the people” need to be armed to defend themselves potentially against the state itself.

Security Works At Disney – But Can’t Work At A Public School? by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article: “Those places (private sector) that actually value the safety and quality-of-experience for the people present have a much different attitude about security than public schools do. And, no doubt, part of the reason that public schools and their supporters can continue to get away with their dismissive attitude toward real security is because no matter how many shooting take place on school property, the schools are never held legally accountable. It’s much easier for the counties and the school boards to shrug and say “there’s not enough money.

6 Reasons Your Right-Wing Friend Isn’t Budging On Gun Control, at thefederalist.com. Excerpt from the article: “Second Amendment advocates truly view owning a firearm as an intrinsic right and a must to preserve liberty. It has nothing to do with hunting. It has nothing to do with hobbies……..So many gun control advocates are begging for a conversation on this issue, and it’s unfortunate they don’t see the Second Amendment advocates as willing to engage. I find it hard to have an honest and vulnerable conversation about a deeply held right when the starting point is often challenging my motives while coming from a place of ignorance on firearms. If you’re really looking to win over your gun-loving friend, try reading up on firearms, dumping anti-NRA talking points, and assume he or she is equally committed to preventing these evil acts.

GOVERNMENT IS FORCE

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Pulls Stunning Coup In Map Drawing Stunt, by Kyle Sammin, at thefederalist.com. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court usurped the power of the legislature with this ruling concerning the drawing of congressional districts. Courts are not legislative bodies.

CalPERS Is Near Insolvency; t Needs A Bailout Soon” – Former Board Member Makes Stunning Admission, at zerohedge.com. California’s public pension program isn’t going to be able to fulfill its promises to retired workers. This is another example of Government having no incentive to fight the public unions when it comes to increasing benefits. Years of caving to unions has brought California’s pension program to the brink of insolvency. At some point someone will have to give something up. Do you want to bet it will be the tax payer?

In An Unexpected Twist, Judge In Flynn Case Asks Mueller For “Exculpatory Evidence“, at zerohedge.com.  Another example of government abuse of power. The special counsel is supposed to turn over all of its evidence to attorneys for the  defendant. Even evidence that doesn’t help the prosecutions case. They didn’t turn it over before Flynn plead guilty. This is an example of tyrants using the power of government to get the outcome they want.

Scandal, Corruption, And Law Breaking – And So What, by Victor Davis Hanson, at nationalreview.com. The breakdown of the rule of law starts with Government. This is an example of individuals in government operating illegally. People don’t respond well to being told to follow the law when the people telling them are breaking the law. This never ends well.

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Must Reads For The Week 1/27/18

January 28, 2018

Trump Slaps Tariffs On Imported Solar Panels And Washing Machines, at npr.org. Trump is wrong on this issue. On the one hand he has taken the foot off the brakes on the economy by rolling back government regulations and taxes. On the other hand he is increasing taxes (tariffs) on certain imports which is like putting his other foot on the emergency brake.

US Rig Count Soars Most In 10 Months As Production Hits Record High, at zerohedge.com. American fracking has forced oil to trade in a narrower range. Huge upside swings in prices have been negated because oil can be supplied by fracking in the US at a lower price then it could before the fracking boom.  Which leads to this story. “Leave Us Alone” – Saudi Oil Minister Slams Shale Hype, at zerohedge.com. OPEC has lost its ability to increase the price of oil by decreasing their supply of oil. OPEC thought they had it made when the price of oil went to $125+ in early 2012. But the high price allowed fracking to be profitable at this price. Now look what has happened. OPEC cut its own throat.

“It Just Gets Worse And Worse”: A Record 32% Of Used Car Trade-Ins Are Underwater, at zerohedge.com. Is trading in a car which has negative equity, and financing the balance owed in the new loan on the new car a good idea? The person would be paying interest on the new car as well as the old car which of course they no longer own.

STUDY: Sandwiches Cause ‘Global Warming’ , by Rob Bushway, at climatedepot.com. These researchers are studying the carbon footprint of the production of the contents and packaging of sandwiches. My question is; won’t the contents still be produced even if sandwiches were outlawed? People will still eat. It just won’t be in the form of a sandwich. But let’s get to the main point. CO2 is not a pollutant. It is plant food. CO2 is used by plants in the process of photosynthesis. Oxygen is the waste product of photosynthesis. Which, by the way, humans need to live.

Embarrassment For NBC News After Lester Holt Apparently Falls For North Korean Propaganda, at foxnews.com. Are they really embarrassed? Remember NYT reporter Walter Duranty reporting how great communism was while millions were killed by Stalin. Communism fits the media’s vision of the world, which is central planning by our bettors.

Facebook Says ‘Insignificant’ Overlap Between Russia Ads, Trump, at bloomberg.com. Facebook says it can’t substantiate or disprove collusion. Since the charge is Trump colluded with the Russians. The burden of proof is on the side that brings the charges. Collusion has to be proven. When you use the term ‘disprove’ you are trying to leave doubt in people’s minds. Until there is proof, collusion didn’t happen.

Starbucks Will Spend $250 Million On Worker Benefits, at zerohedge.com. Here is what Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said, “Investing in our partners has long been our strategy…Due to the recent changes in U.S. tax law, we are able to accelerate some significant partner investments.” Taxes and regulations have a negative affect on business activity.

THE RESULTS OF ILLINOIS SOCIALIST POLICIES

The Incredible Shrinking Illinois: High Taxes And Low Economic Freedom Have led To State Crisis, at zerohedge.com. People ultimately vote with their feet when they think government regulations and taxes become too oppressive. The population of Illinois is shrinking to the point where it could possibly lose a house seat.

Illinois Unveils Another Shocker: Sell A Record $107 Billion In Debt To Fund Insolvent Pensions, at zerohedge.com. You don’t solve a debt problem by taking on more debt. With people leaving Illinois (as we see in the above article) how will the new debt be pay back with fewer tax payers? Especially if you can’t pay off present debt with the existing tax base?

COLLEGES ARE PROGRESSIVE INDOCTRINATION CAMPS

Students Hold ‘Bleed-In’ To Demand Free Menstrual Products, By Daniel Weldon, at camppusreform.org. How ignorant are you about how the world works if you think that something is free. Nothing is free. Everything has to be produced before it can be consumed. Do these people think that menstrual products magically grow on the feminine hygiene tree.

Judge Forces University of Iowa To Recognize Christian Student Group On Same Terms As Muslim Group, by Greg Piper, at collegefis.com. U of Iowa derecognized a Christian student group because of its requirement that its leaders must abide by sexual moral conduct rules. A Muslim student group has similar requirements for its members but the U of Iowa didn’t seem to care about these requirements. A judge has ordered the U of Iowa to treat all organizations the same. She said, “…groups are permitted to organize around their missions and beliefs.” I guess Christian ideas don’t fit well with the ideology of the progressive left. Can we all agree colleges and universities are indoctrination camps for the progressive left.

College Pays $55k To Settle Lawsuit With Arrested Students, by Adam Sabes, at campusreform.org. Campus police at Kellogg Community College arrested two students for passing out the Constitution of the United States. The two students sued and won. They will receive $55k in damages.

SOCIALISM IN VENEZUELA. HOW IS IT WORKING OUT?

In Venezuela, “We Loot Or We Die OF Hunger”, at zerohedge.com. Government economic planning destroys a countries standard of living. When you have to loot to eat you have hit bottom. Government planning, especially Government money printing, destroys wealth, it doesn’t create wealth. This won’t end well.

“It’s Not Politics, It’s Survival” – Bitcoin, Local Currencies Are Taking Over In Venezuela, at zerohedge.com. Excerpt from the article: “..in Venezuela, the collapse of the Bolivar has forced locals to turn to alternatives like bitcoin and local community-issued currencies with fixed exchange rates.” This shows that money is a market phenomenon. When a government debases its currency, the market (individuals making decisions), will reveal what will be used as the new medium of exchange (money). The idea of a medium of exchange (money) didn’t come from government, it evolved through the market process.

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Must Reads For The Week 9/23/17

September 24, 2017

The Obamacare “Death Spiral”: Health Plans Now Cost Employers More Than A New Car, at zerohedge.com. The results of the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare are obvious. Nothing has been made affordable (whatever your definition of affordable is). This was predicted by people who were against the government take over of healthcare. You would logically think that it would be easy to get rid of the policy that caused the problem. But Obamacare was an increase in the power of government. And once government increases its power it is almost impossible to make them give it up. That is why the Republicans are only talking about fake repeal right now. They want to pass a bill that can be spun as keeping their promise to repeal Obamacare, even though it doesn’t.

GOP Leaders Are Trying To Bribe An Alaska Senator To Repeal Obamacare – By Letting Her State Keep Obamacare, at reason.com. This is evidence of what I talked about concerning the above article. No other comment is needed.

Pension Storm Coming: “This Will Become One Of The Most Heated Battles Of My Lifetime”, at zerohedge.com. What happens when there is not enough in the funds to pay the increasing number of retirees on public pension plans? At some point someone is going to have to give something up. Unfortunately it is usually the tax payer. Which is really starting to get old.

Illinois Unpaid Vendor Backlog Hits A New Record At Over $16 Billion, at zerohedge.com. Here is another example of what happens when year after year Government spends far above what it takes in taxes. Who is going to pay for this? You and me! Until we don’t produce enough to pay for it anymore and then these States will have to go bankrupt.

Price controls Lead To Predictable Shortages, at reason.com. Socialist policies can’t stop the laws of economics. In fact economic laws eventually reveal the folly of socialist policies. Venezuela is a disaster and it isn’t getting the media coverage it deserves. I wonder why?

Electrical Workers In Fl. Are Paid 2-3X The Normal Hourly Wage And Regarded As Heroes. But Aren’t They Price Gougers? at carpediemblog. Great question. Why aren’t these workers called price gougers? By ‘political’ definition they are price gouging. If government wouldn’t have allowed them to raise the price of their labor, would they have gone down there to ‘help’?

The Much-Deserved End Of Obama’s Operation Choke Point, at freedomandprosperity.org. This is the kind of government abuse of power that most people don’t know about. Good riddance. If you haven’t heard of Operation Choke Point, check out the article.

Climate Models Run Too Hot: Settled Science Again, at reason.com. Global warming is based on ‘scientific’ models. What do you do when the models don’t match reality? Well that depends on if you’re conducting your scientific modeling because of politics or if it is a real scientific discovery process. Remember two things. Science is never settled and everything is political.

Bay Area Sues Big Oil For Billions, at zerohedge.com. San Fran and Oakland are suing oil companies for their effect on climate change. When I told my brother about this article, he asked; Can everyone who uses products made with oil also be sued? People use these products with full knowledge of what global warming scientists are saying. Even the people suing the oil companies have to use products made from oil just to survive everyday.

Study: Seattle Minimum Wage Increase Led To More Restaurant Hygiene Violations, at freebeacon.com. Here is another unintended consequence of government intervention.

San Diego Begins Bleaching Streets To Contain Outbreak Of Hepatitis A, at zerohedge.com. People take the flush toilet and indoor plumbing for granted. Fecal matter contains disease. The flush toilet takes fecal matter far away from people. The flush toilet saves lives.

 

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Must Reads For The Week 4/29/17

April 29, 2017

Fannie Introduces “Innovative Solutions” Allowing Student-Debt-Laden Millennials To Buy a Home, at zerohedge.com. Government and it’s agents are creating debt-serfs for life. Unless the government forgives existing student loan debt. Of course tax payers will have to pay back the forgiven student loans. Heads they win tails we lose.

Puerto Rico Takes First Steps Toward Bankruptcy-ish Filing, at zerohedge.com. At a certain point it’s impossible to pay back the debt you incurred. The whole world, governments and individuals (read above), are heading in this direction. Thank you central banks of the world.

Why “Nothing Matters”: Central Banks Have Bought A Record $1 Trillion In Assets In 2017, at zerohedge.com. This is what we’ve been talking about forever. You can’t counterfeit and borrow your way to prosperity. This is how you steal from the future.

Yale Grad Students ‘Hunger Strike’ Apparently Involves Eating When Hungry, at foxnews.com. A few observations about this article. 1) This reminds me of our school showing solidarity for the homeless by making their own shanty town. Students made their own shelters out of cardboard boxes. Except they moved the shanty town inside the gym because it was too cold outside. 2) A “hunger strike” involving eating is redefining the term “hunger strike”, Isn’t it? 3) The university administration said, ‘they understood the students concerns, but strongly urge that students not put their health at risk or encourage others to do so’. Administrators act like these college students are children. By definition “college students” are “adults”. We’re creating a generation of wimps!

Seattle Socialist Councilwomen Kshama Sawant Calls For Shutting Down Highways and Airport On May Day, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Seattle City Council unanimously passed a resolution proclaiming City workers have a right to request off on May 1, without retaliation, to attend May Day “celebrations” (mass protests). Councilwoman Sawant wants workers and protesters to shut down highways and airports on May Day. May Day was originally a European celebration of Spring. It has been taken over by Marxists, communists and socialists to promote their statist ideology under the guise of helping workers.

Why Politicians Win (And Workers Lose) Under Socialism, by Hans Hermann-Hoppe, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article: “Socialism leads to the politicization of society….If people want to improve their income under socialism they have to move toward a more highly valued position in the hierarchy of caretakers. That takes political talent.

Under Socialized Medicine, The State Owns You, by Justin Murray, at mises.org. Remember when Candidate Obama said in 2008, “we are five days away from fundamentally transforming America”? Well, here we are. Obamacare has moved us toward a government run single payer system. No bill the Republicans pass, short of repealing all of Obamacare, can change the fundamental transformation that has taken place. State bureaucrats will eventually have to ration healthcare. Which means “death panels”.

The Best History Of How We Got High Medical Prices and Obamacare, at economicpolicyjournal.com. This video explains Market prices vs. Government regulations.

Why We Have A 2nd Amendment: Venezuela Plans To give Firearms To Loyalists To Purge Growing Resistance, at zerohedge.com. Venezuela’s slow socialist march to the bottom is upon us. When socialism destroys a countries standard of living, the leaders only recourse, if you want to stay in power, is to literally kill the people their policies impoverished.

For The Left Socialism Denial Is Holocust Denial, by Robert Trancinski, at thefederalist.com. Socialist central planning has a track record of multiple millions of people being murdered (purged) when they don’t agree with the planners plans. Hitler’s Germany, Stalin’s Russia, Mao’s China, Pol Pot’s Cambodia, Castro’s Cuba to name a few. So lets keep going down this socialist central planning road and see if the result is different! No thanks. Take a stand! Now!

 

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