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Must Reads For The Week 5/16/20

May 18, 2020

 

LET’S LAUGH

Starting with this George Carlin video.

Germs And Our Immune Systems

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Some more. This George Carlin video is one of my favorites.

Saving The Planet.

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One more.

Jim Carrey is Environmental Guy. From the show In Living Color.

 

COVID REVEALS TYRANNY and LIBERTY PUSHES BACK

I’ve read about how the Berlin wall went up. The communists just strung some barbed wire between East and West Berlin. A couple days later they started to put up a more permanent  concrete wall. If President Kennedy would have had the barbed wire torn down when it first went up, it probably would have deterred the Communist government.

You can’t appease tyrants. Every little power grab will lead to bigger power grabs. They must be stopped when they first attempt to take your liberty.

 

Gov. Inslee To Washington Restaurants: Want To Reopen? You’ll Have To Help Us Track Citizen’s Movements, by Chris Field, at theblaze.com.     There are not enough government employees to implement all of these tyrannical rules. Government can only become tyrannical if we allow it.

HU Facial Recognition Software Predicts Criminality, at archive.is/N1HVe.     This is the movie Minority Report.  This is unconstitutional on many levels.

Twitter Takes Its COVID-19 Censorship Into Overdrive, at zerohedge.com.        Big media pushes the Big Government party line. These “free speech platforms” don’t like free speech.

More People Dying At Home during Covid-19 – UK Analysis, at theguardian.com.       To politicians and “experts”, these lives are not important. They are collateral damage in our war against COVID-19.             Excerpt from the article:

“About 8,000 more people have died in their own homes since the start of the coronavirus pandemic than in normal times, a Guardian analysis has found, as concerns grow over the number avoiding going to hospital.”

“Of that total, 80% died of conditions unrelated to Covid-19, according to their death certificates. Doctors’ leaders have warned that fears and deprioritisation of non-coronavirus patients are taking a deadly toll.”

Georgia COVID Hospitalizations Drop After State Reopens, at zerohedge.com.       This is a short time sample. But it looks promising. Maybe we have built up enough herd immunity to make a difference in spite of Government edicts that made herd immunity more difficult to acquire.

If US Is Unprepared For A Second Wave Of Coronavirus, Fauci Warns Country Could Be In For ‘a Bad Fall and A Bad Winter’, by Christina Maxouris, at ccn.com.           To add to my above comments; Fauci has almost guaranteed a second wave because of his ‘flattening the curve’ policy. By flattening the curve he extended the curve. I hope we have built up enough herd immunity so we don’t have a second wave.

As Waffle Restaurant Defies Closure, Video Shows Fresno Officer’s Confrontation With Angry Customers, at abc7.com.        I am glad people are taking a stand. But these rules are putting police in a no win situation. They are tasked with enforcing arbitrary rules made by power hungry politicians. People are going to push back and someone will get hurt. Why don’t we make the rule makers go out with the police so they can deal with the consequences of the rules they came up with. Let’s see it they can explain their arbitrary rules face to face to the people who are taking a stand.

Seattle Cop Prepares To Be Fired After Refusing To Remove VIral Video Reminding Officers Not To Obey Tyrannical Orders, at zerohedge.com.          Watch this video. This cop gets it.

The Worldwide Lockdown May Be The Greatest Mistake In History, by Dennis Prager, at pjmedia.com.        Excerpt from the article:

“That’s the way it is today on planet Earth, where deceit, cowardice and immaturity now dominate almost all societies because the elites are deceitful, cowardly and immature.”

“But for those open to reading thoughts they may differ with, here is the case for why the worldwide lockdown is not only a mistake but also, possibly, the worst mistake the world has ever made. And for those intellectually challenged by the English language and/or logic, “mistake” and “evil” are not synonyms. The lockdown is a mistake; the Holocaust, slavery, communism, fascism, etc., were evils. Massive mistakes are made by arrogant fools; massive evils are committed by evil people.”

“The forcible prevention of Americans from doing anything except what politicians deem “essential” has led to the worst economy in American history since the Great Depression of the 1930s. It is panic and hysteria, not the coronavirus, that created this catastrophe. And the consequences in much of the world will be more horrible than in America.”

 

RUSSIA PROBE, FLYNN CASE, OBAMAGATE

 

Open Memorandum To Barack Obama, by Sidney Powell

Former President Obama said he can’t find precedent for Flynn dismissal. Flynn’s lawyer Sidney Powell calls him out.

Here is what former President Obama said…….“there is no precedent that anybody can find for someone who has been charged with perjury just getting off scot-free. That’s the kind of stuff where you begin to get worried that basic — not just institutional norms — but our basic understanding of rule of law is at risk.”

Her is some of Sidney Powell’s response:

“General Flynn was not charged with perjury—which requires a material false statement made under oath with intent to deceive.1 A perjury prosecution would have been appropriate and the Rule of Law applied if the Justice Department prosecuted your former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe for his multiple lies under oath in an investigation of a leak only he knew he caused.”

“McCabe lied under oath in fully recorded and transcribed interviews with the Inspector General for the DOJ. He was informed of the purpose of the interview, and he had had the benefit of counsel. He knew he was the leaker. McCabe even lied about lying. He lied to his own agents—which sent them on a “wild-goose-chase”—thereby making his lies “material” and an obstruction of justice. Yet, remarkably, Attorney General Barr declined to prosecute McCabe for these offenses.”

“Applying the Rule of Law, after declining McCabe’s perjury prosecution, required the Justice Department to dismiss the prosecution of General Flynn who was not warned, not under oath, had no counsel, and whose statements were not only not recorded, but were created as false by FBI agents who falsified the 302.

 

“It would seem your “wingman” Eric Holder is missing a step these days at Covington & Burling LLP. Indelibly marked in his memory (and one might think, yours) should be his Motion to Dismiss the multi-count jury verdict of guilty and the entire case against former United States Senator Ted Stevens. Within weeks of Mr. Holder becoming Attorney General, he moved to dismiss the Stevens prosecution in the interest of justice for the same reasons the Justice Department did against General Flynn—egregious misconduct by prosecutors who hid exculpatory evidence and concocted purported crimes.”

“As horrifying as the facts of the Stevens case were, they pale in comparison to the targeted setup, framing, and prosecution of a newly elected President’s National Security Advisor and the shocking facts that surround it. This case was an assault on the heart of liberty— our cherished system of self-government, the right of citizens to choose their President, and the hallowed peaceful transition of power.”

 

“The inability of anyone in your alumni association to find “anybody who has been charged [with anything] just getting off scot-free” would be laughable were it not so pathetic.”

“………..the egregious prosecutorial misconduct of your longest serving White House Counsel, Kathryn Ruemmler; your counter-terrorism advisor Lisa Monaco; Loretta Lynch’s DAG for the Criminal Division Leslie Caldwell; and Mueller protégé Andrew Weissmann. While they worked as federal prosecutors on the Enron Task Force—under the purported supervision of Christopher Wray—they destroyed Arthur Andersen LLP and its 85,000 jobs; sent four Merrill Lynch executives to prison on an indictment that criminalized an innocent business transaction while they hid the evidence that showed those defendants were innocent for six years. Both cases were reversed on appeal for their over-criminalization and misconduct. Indeed, Andersen was reversed by a unanimous Supreme Court.”

 

“The Mueller special counsel operation led by Andrew Weissmann and Weissmann “wannabes” specializes in prosecutorial terrorist tactics repulsive to everything “justice” is supposed to mean. These tactics are designed to intimidate their targets into pleading guilty—while punishing them and their families with the process itself and financial ruin.”

“Most important, General Flynn was honest with the FBI agents. They knew he was—and briefed that to McCabe and others three different times. At McCabe’s directions, Agent Strzok and McCabe’s “Special Counsel” Lisa Page, altered the 302 to create statements Weissmann, Mueller, Van Grack, and Zainab Ahmad could assert were false. Only the FBI agents lied—and falsified documents. The crimes are theirs alone.”

“These are just a few obvious and well-known examples to those paying any attention to criminal justice issues.

Eric Holder partner at Covington & Burling Law Firm.      Obama’s former Attorney General Eric Holder is a partner at the law firm that originally defended General Flynn. The incestuous relationship of everyone in Washington D.C. should make us suspicious of everything that goes on in that swamp.

Obama-Era Surveillance Timeline, by Sharyl Attkisson, at sharylattkisson.com.        Read what happened over Obama’s eight years before you decide what to think.

Collusion Against Trump Timeline, by Sharyl Attkisson, at sharylattkisson.com.      No comment needed. Just read what happened.

Media Mistakes In The Trump Era: The Definitive List, by Sharyl Attkisson, at sharylattkisson.com.             Can all these “mistakes” be, well, mistakes?

Top Six Revelations From House Russia Probe’s Newly Declassified Witness Interviews, by Sophie Mann, at justthenews.com.              Do you really need to see more evidence that Trump Russia collusion was nothing more than a made up hoax by politicians with the help of the main stream media?

Obamagate! Trump Tweets Carlson’s Crushing Breakdown Why The Former President Should Be Panicking, at zerohedge.com.          There is no way former President Obama will ever be held legally responsible for anything that happened during his presidency. We don’t do that to former Presidents. But Trump is using Obama’s tactics against him. He is prosecuting him in the court of public opinion. Sal Alinsky tactics?

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

From the babylonbee.com.

Socialism Victory! Workers No Longer Being Exploited Thanks To High Unemployment, at babylonbee.com.

Biden Campaign Hires Interpreter To Translate His Speeches Into English, at babylonbee.com.

Breaking: Dangerous Fascist At  Large At Michigan Capital And Also Some Peaceful Protesters With Guns, at babylonbee.com.

Governor Newsom Orders Ballots To Be Sent To Every Cemetery In State, at babylonbee.com.

68% Say Lockdown Shouldn’t end Until All Diseases Are Eradicated And There Is No War, Hunger, Or Suffering, at babylonbee.com.

 

CARTOONS

Political Cartoons by Tom Stiglich

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Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

Political Cartoons by Pat Cross

 

Must Reads For The Week 5/9/20

May 11, 2020

 

FLYNN CASE DISMISSED

No matter how much evidence comes forward proving wrong doing by the deep state starting with the FBI. I know people who will never believe individuals in government used their power to get rid of him. But the evidence can’t be denied.

These individuals in government, included President Obama, couldn’t allow Flynn to be Trumps National Security Advisor. Why? Because he was Obama’s Director Of Defense Intelligence Agency and knew too much. He also understood the intelligence community, which meant he could see what Obama’s FBI, DOJ, and CIA had done and were still doing.

When you look at the Flynn case, think of The Duke Lacrosse Rape case and Prosecutor Michael Nifong. Do you remember that Nifong was disbarred and convicted for contempt of court. Why? Prosecutorial misconduct. He failed to turn over exculpatory evidence to defense attorneys (click here). That is what the prosecutors did to Flynn. But what the FBI did is worse.

I know these articles won’t change some peoples minds about this case. But if you are interested in knowing what government is capable of doing to you, read these.

The FBI, and other individuals in the food chain, thought they would get away with this. They probably would have if they would have not gone after Flynn once they got him fired.

Never trust individuals who have the ability to use government power. Even though they are portrayed as ‘public servants’ they aren’t. They serve their self interest which is to keep and grow their power.

It blows me away that some people are just hearing about the corruption in this case. Many of us have known all of this was B.S. for three years.

 

ARTICLES ABOUT FLYNN CASE

Much Of The FBI’s Treatment Of Mike Flynn Was Business As Usual, And That’s The Scandal, by Scott Schakford, at reason.com.     Excerpt from the article:

“Whether or not there were individuals or factions within the agency that wanted to attack Trump, what the FBI did to Flynn is normal FBI behavior for interviewing suspects. They’ve been doing it for decades. (Remember Martha Stewart?)”

“Federal statute 18 USC 1001 makes it a crime to lie to the feds on a “material” matter, even if the FBI already knows the truth, aren’t misled, and the lie doesn’t affect the investigation. This incentivizes the FBI to play these games in the first place, to try to trick suspects into a lie that could be used against them.”

The Most Complete, Concise, Least-Biased Timeline On The Flynn Case, by Sharyl Attkisson, at sharylattkisson.com.       No comment needed.

Dirty Dozen: The 12 Revelations That Sunk Mueller’s Case Against Flynn, by John Solomon, at justthenews.com.       No comment needed.

Your Guide To The Obama Administration Hit On Michael Flynn, by Margot Cleveland, at thefederalist.com.          No comment needed.

House Intel Committee Ranking Member: FBI ‘Doctored’ Flynn’s 302 Interview Form, and It’s ‘Missing‘, at dailywire.com.          A 302 is a summary of an FBI interview. The Flynn 302 is missing. Why? Probably because documents show that messages between two agents reveal them talking about  ‘editing’ them to make it look like Flynn lied.

Adam Schiff: DOJ’s Decision Doesn’t Exonerate Flynn, But Incriminates AG Barr, at truepundit.com.     These people accuse their enemy of the exact thing they are doing or what they did.

Chuck Todd Faceplants With Deceptive Video Of William Barr, by David Marcus, at thefederalist.com.      The main stream media is more dishonest than ever. They have no credibility.

Flynn’s Attorney Sidney Powell Sums Up What Individuals With Government Power Did To General Flynn.

 

OTHER STUFF

Do The Media Even Exist? by Victor Davis Hanson, at amgreatness.com.         Escerpt from the article:

“If we lived in a fair and just world, most of the current media would simply go away and try something else.”

“The problem is not that reporters are human and therefore sometimes err. The rub is not even that they are poorly educated or rarely write well.”

“We also expect officials to leak one-sided stories and then the media to print them without edits. These are all things baked into the media cake and the public understands, even if it does not quite accept them.”

“The crisis instead is that they are now almost always wrong, and predictably wrong because they are lazy and biased—and they deny it to the point of self-delusion. The result is that, for all practical purposes, journalists no longer exist for the general public as sources of news.”

“More than half the country now assumes that the New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, the networks, and the cable news outlets are culpable not of merely failing to tell the truth but of being incapable of telling the truth. Even if they wished to, or had the skills to report empirically and dispassionately, they simply cannot, given their investments in the progressive agenda, and its investments in them. In other words, they are owned—creatures of that agenda.

Unbearable Truths About Our Current Political Moment, by Victor Davis Hanson, at amgreatness.com.         Excerpt from the article:

“Sometimes the truth is like mythical kryptonite. It radiates power and yet promises great destruction. And so reality is to be left alone, encased in lead, and kept at bay.”

Coronavirus Response: War Between Experience And Credentials, by Victor Davis Hanson, at national review.com.        Excerpt from the article:

“Credentialed Incredibility”

“One of the most depressing aspects of the coronavirus epidemic has been the failure of the credentialed class — the alphabetic transnational and federal health organizations, the university modelers, the professional associations, and their media enablers. Their collective lapse was largely due to hubris and the assumption that titles and credentials meant they had no need to accept input and criticism from those far more engaged in the physical world — they saw no need to say, “At this time, I confess we are as confused as you are.”

“In sum, the ER doctors, the nurses, and the public in general all eagerly welcomed the research of the experts. But the reverse — in which experts would listen to those with firsthand experience — was not true. The asymmetrical result is that we all have paid a terrible price in misjudging the perfidy of China; the rot within the World Health Organization; the origins, transmission, infectiousness, and lethality of the virus; and the most effective, cost-to-benefit response to the epidemic in terms of saving lives lost to the infection versus the likely even more lives lost through the response.”

“The problem was not just that we were supposed to accept expert, scientific, loud gospel on Monday, which grew muted and doubtful on Tuesday, and in near silence became impossible on Wednesday.”

“In addition, our experts learned nothing and forgot nothing, and so repeated their entire cycle of credentialed haughtiness on Thursday.”

NYTimes Wins Another Pulitzer For Falsifying History, by Kristina Skruk, at thefederalsit.com.        Is anyone shocked by this headline?

Rose McGowan: The Democrats And The Media Are A ‘Cult’, at breitbart.com.       Actress and MeToo activist Rose McGowan has finally figured out what a lot of us have known for a while. The battle isn’t between the D’s and the R’s. The battle is between Us and the elitists in the Democrat and Republican parties, the media, and government bureaucracies. Welcome aboard Rose! Don’t trust anyone with government sanctioned power.

The Real Climate Change Deniers, by Paul Dr Driessen, at cfact.org.        Excerpt from the article:

“Fifty years ago, I helped organize Earth Day #1 programs on my college campus, calling attention to serious pollution problems that afflicted much of the USA. Over the ensuing decades, laws, regulations, and changed attitudes, practices and technologies Reduced most of that pollution, often dramatically.”

“I didn’t buy the 1970 end-is-nigh, doom-and-gloom, billions-will-die hysteria that Ron Stein and Ron Bailey recapture so deliciously, including the manmade global cooling crisis. I don’t buy it today, either – certainly not this year’s Earth Day focus on the alleged man made global warming crisis, also blamed on emissions of carbon dioxide and water vapor, the same gases that humans and animals exhale, and plants use to grow. We’re told the crisis is unprecedented, and poses existential threats to humanity and planet.”

“What I find fascinating in all this is the steadfast, often nasty determination of scientists, politicians and interest groups promoting alarmist themes – and profiting immensely from them – to reject and deny any science, history and evidence that undermines their claim that nothing like this ever happened before.”

Study Finds ‘Historic’ Drop In Math, Reading Scores Since Adoption Of Common Core, at zerohedge.com.              No comment needed.

America Is Awash In Overmothered Men, by by Suzanne Venker, at washingtonexaminer.com.        Excerpt from the article:

“Growing up fatherless, or with a father a son rarely sees due to divorce or workaholism (yes, that’s a thing), almost invariably stunts a boy’s growth. The end result is almost always too much mother, which means boys will absorb too much femininity and none of the masculinity they need. Ergo, he will spend years trying to figure out what it means to be a man.”

“It’s a tough subject, and thus taboo. But at some point, we will have to answer why there are so few strong, grounded, purposeful men among us when they used to be a dime a dozen. Video games have nothing to do with it.”

“We have a hard time in this country acknowledging the problems that plague our boys and men; we’re too focused on women and girls to notice. But women suffer, and currently do suffer, just as much from men’s failure to launch as do men themselves. We know this because we’re forever hearing women ask where all the good men have gone.”

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

at thebabylonbee.com.

Chinese Government Lays Off Entire Propaganda Tea As American Media Doing Their Job For Them, at babylonbee.com.

Lockdown Made Permanent To End Traffic Deaths For Good, at babylonbee.com.

‘Those Dumb Red-Staters Going To The Beach Deserve To Die,’ Man Tweets From New York Subway Train, at babylonbee.com.

‘It’s Worth It If It Saves Just One Life,’ Says Woman Who Supports Abortion On Demand, at babylonbee.com.

Chinese Officials Violently Raid Another Church But Don’t Worry That Will Never Happen Here, at babylonbee.com.

 

What It’s Like To believe Everything The Media Tells You,

at AwakenWithJP

I’ve seen a few of JP’s videos. They are really good. Here is one of my favorites.

If Meat Eaters Acted Like Vegans.

 

Must Reads For The Week 5/2/20

May 3, 2020

 

VICTOR DAVIS HANSON – CORONA, CALIFORNIA AND THE CLASSIC WORLD.

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If you are shut in and have some time. Watch this interview. VDH is always insightful. If you don’t have time here are some highlights.

He is at his farm in California being interviewed by Peter Robinson. He starts out talking about what is going on in California literally right outside his window.

But the question from 19:24 to 22:33 sets up this response  (22:33 to 25:15)

“I think it’s important we don’t worship science on an alter…….”

“There is not going to be a magic bullet. Science is an evolutionary process that has a bad and a worse choice. But we want immediate and instant perfection”

“So if you tell somebody today, especially in the coastal corridors and elite global community, that if you’re not sixty and your in pretty good health, you’ve got a 99.9% chance of not dying from this virus. They will tell you, I’m can’t take that risk. Because one in a thousand is not good enough for me. Because I’m a blank, blank, blank, I’m a financier, I’m a college administrator, I’m a media elite and the world is so perfect I’m not going to risk it. And more importantly they are shielded.”

“And this is the central truth of this entire epidemic. who are the hero’s of this epidemic? I haven’t called my financial planner. I’ not helped at all by the Stanford Vice Provost of Diversity Inclusion. It doesn’t matter. I don’t think that Rachel Maddow is doing to save the United States. You know who is? Javier Lopez right now working in the almond fields. Or Joe Smith driving all night to Cosco to get toilet paper their by 6 am. Or the guy you call when your freezer blows up and you need food. And he sows up from Home Depot ad he doesn’t have a mask on and you say” Oh my God he doesn’t have a mask on,” because he’s breathing hard because he’s trying to get you a new freezer.”

“I think that’s been good. Because it really tells us that the essentials of life never change. they’re food, fuel, health, housing. And if you can’t get food. If you can’t go to a food market. If you can’t go to a Home Depot to fix something. If you can’t get fuel for your heating. You are not going to live. You can deal without all the other stuff.”

“There are people in the shadows that we neglected. We thought they were global losers and didn’t make it. I was thinking the other day, I was reading Richard the III, just for the heck of it, and I thought this must be a financial planner when a circuit breaker goes out or a baffle on his toilet doesn’t work he’ll say, “Handy man, Handy man, my kingdom for a handyman,”because he’s helpless.”

Starting at 25:20 he talks about China. Here is an excerpt:

“China is taking advantage of the crisis. China, my god, they have a better understanding of our mind than we do. They’re the most brilliant propagandists I’ve ever seen in there dealings with the western liberal mindset…..”

“…..People are starting to blame the Chinese. But remember the difference is that this media…..which is 93% negative to the Presidency, has been regurgitating Chinese talking points. And they’ve said this till were blue in the face that China is being blamed byTrump to deflect from his own culpability. That”s what they’re professing. We’re not getting through our media a dispassionate disinterested view of the threat China poses. I don’t think that’s going to be sustainable. You know why I don’t?”

“Because the modern left worships at the alter of the European Union. and the feel we want to be where the EU is in ten years. And The EUu is sick of China……because they have a much thinner margin of error in terms fuel supplies, GDP, unemployment and there very angry. And so are Canada, Australia, and Mexico. So I don’t see the propaganda is going to work indefinitely. And the other thing is the left wasn’t too worried about Chinese military domination or economic domination………They focused on human rights violations ad China has a whole potpourri of these…..”

“What I’m worried about most is not that we are going to decouple, because we are. But there are two things that really worry me. One is the process of decoupling. Sort of like a divorce…..there all happy after it’s over…..but during the process both sides lie and connive, and were not lying and conniving. I think the Chinese are not going to allow bank accounts to be unfrozen. They’re Not going to compensate companies for their factories and their investments or ay of the money thats stuck over there in China.”

” The second thing is yes we have to have pharmaceuticals. Yes we have to have rare earth minerals. Yes we have to have military technology. Yes we have to have medical supplies.”

but we have spent a large portion, percentage, of our K through 12 and our under graduate experience and our professional schools on what the Chinese would call “fluff”. Social science dash studies courses and we are not turning out the STEM (science, technology, engineering math) students or the math engineering people the we need to get a grip on these key enterprises…… I don’t think we’re prepared yet to be autonomous in the areas we need to be. And we are going to have to be careful because China has a hold over those supply chains.”

At 53:45 he is asked place the U.S, at this present moment in history, to a point the history of the Roman Empire. This is interesting. Watch the last few minutes. It is a really good summation of where we are today.

 

WALTER E. WILLIAMS – BENEFITS VS. COSTS AND COVID-19

I’ve written about this in two previous articles, Thoughts About Covid-19 Pandemic, Panic, Power, and Solutions? Or Trade Offs?

But Walter E. Williams does a better job at explaining things than most of us. Let him do what he does best.

Excerpts from the article:

“One of the first lessons in an economics class is everything has a cost.”

“That’s in stark contrast to lessons in the political arena where politicians talk about free stuff.”

“In our personal lives, decision-making involves weighing costs against benefits. Businessmen make the same calculation if they want to stay in business.”

“It’s an entirely different story for politicians running the government where any benefit, however minuscule, is often deemed to be worth any cost, however large.”

“Related to decision-making is the issue of being overly safe versus not safe enough. Sometimes, being as safe as one can be is worthless. A minor example: How many of us before driving our cars inspect the hydraulic brake system for damage?”

“We’d be safer if we did, but most of us just assume everything is OK and get into our car and drive away. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 40,000 Americans lose their lives each year because of highway fatalities. Virtually all those lives could be saved with a mandated 5 mph speed limit. Fortunately, we consider costs and rightfully conclude that saving those 40,000 lives aren’t worth the costs and inconvenience of a 5 mph mandate.”

“With the costs and benefits in mind, we might examine our government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The first thing to keep in mind about any crisis, be it war, natural disasters or pandemics, is we should keep markets open and private incentives strong. Markets solve problems because they provide the right incentives to use resources effectively. Federal, state and local governments have ordered an unprecedented and disastrous shutdown of much of the U.S. economy in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.”

“There’s a strictly health-related downside to the shutdown of the U.S. economy ignored by our leadership that has been argued by epidemiologist Dr. Knut Wittkowski, formerly the head of the Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design at Rockefeller University in New York City.”

“Wittkowski argues that the lockdown prolongs the development of the “herd immunity,” which is our only weapon in “exterminating” the novel coronavirus — outside of a vaccine that’s going to optimistically take 18 months or more to produce. He says we should focus on shielding the elderly and people with comorbidities while allowing the young and healthy to associate with one another in order to build up immunities.”

“Wittkowski says, “So, it’s very important to keep the schools open and kids mingling to spread the virus to get herd immunity as fast as possible, and then the elderly people, who should be separated, and the nursing homes should be closed during that time, can come back and meet their children and grandchildren after about 4 weeks when the virus has been exterminated.”

“The bottom line is that costs can be concealed but not eliminated. Moreover, if people only look at the benefits from a particular course of action, they will do just about anything, because everything has a benefit. Political hustlers and demagogues love promising benefits when the costs can easily be concealed. By the way, the best time to be wrong and persist in being wrong is when the costs of being wrong are borne by others.”

“The absolute worst part of the COVID-19 pandemic, and possibly its most unrecoverable damage, is the massive power that Americans have given to their federal, state and local governments to regulate our lives in the name of protecting our health.”

“Taking back that power should be the most urgent component of our recovery efforts. It’s going to be challenging; once a politician, and his bureaucracy, gains power, he will fight tooth and nail to keep it.”

In the article it mentions Dr. Knut Wittkowski former head of The Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research design at Rockefeller University. Here is a link to the interview Leading Scientist Claims Lockdown And Quarantine Is A “Human Catastrophe“, at collective-evolution.com. I will put up the video here.

Here is the video.

Click here if it is taken down.

This is what happens when you don’t comply with the big government narrative. YouTube Censors Viral Video Of California Doctors Criticizing “Stat-At-Home” Order, at zerohedge.com.

 

OUR FOUNDING FATHERS ARE PROUD OF SOUTH DAKOTA GOV. KRISTI NOEM

Although Never Officially Shut Down, South Dakota Governor Unveils ‘Back To Normal’ Plan, by Tristan Justice, at thefederalist.com.

 

 

Excerpt from the video:

“I also noted that my role as it relates to public safety is something I take very seriously. But ultimately it is the people themselves that are primarily responsible for their safety,” They are the ones who are entrusted expansive freedoms. They are free to exercise their rights to work, worship, and to play or to stay at home and to conduct social distancing.”

“I’ve been very clear. As Governor, I did not dictate to the people of South Dakota. I did not tell you what activities you could do which ones were officially approved of or not approved of. I didn’t begin arresting or ticketing or fining individuals for exercising their rights. Nor am I going to do that today.”

“……In South Dakota in an unprecedented situation we find ourselves in today it publicly reveals the principles that we hold so dear. It is our people that makes us great. It is not our government……Our State motto is “Under God The People Rule”. That is what our system of government is all about. The people of South Dakota are the source of the power and the legitimacy of our government. Not the media. Not the politicians. Not political parties. That’s a healthy perspective for an elected official to keep in mind…...”

“The plan I’m unveiling today puts the power of the decision making into the hands of the people where it belongs…..I want to thank you for proving the wisdom of our founders by showing that people can and should be rusted to utilize the freedoms and liberties each and every day.

The number of politicians that speak like this can be counted on one hand. This should give us hope that if we can find one who understands individual liberty and the proper role of government there has to be a few more. The good news is Governor Noem can inspire others to think like she does.

I was in awe when she said “The People of S.D. are the source of the power and the legitimacy of our government. Not the media. Not the politicians, Not political parties. That’s a healthy perspective for an elected official to keep in mind…”

This is masterful. She trusts the people with the burden of responsibility for leading themselves. It is powerful because people respond better when they have skin in the game. She also fires a not so subtle warning shot across the bow of tyrannical media, politicians and bureaucrats.

I have a great deal of respect for Gov. Noem. She is swimming against the current of progressive central planners. But she strikes me as someone who is tough enough to make it all the way upstream.

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Scientists who Didn’t Predict A Single Thing Accurately For Last Two Months Confident They Know What The Weather Is Going To Be Like In 100 Years, at babylonbee.com.

“WORLD—Authorities in the scientific community who touted faulty COVID-19 models are “pretty confident” they know what the weather is going to be like in 100 years, sources confirmed Wednesday.”

“The scientists say they have settled on a climate model that confirms the earth’s average temperature will be either 1 million degrees Celsius or below freezing, give or take 1 million degrees.”

People Who Go Outside, California Prisons Release Thousands Of Felons To Make Room For Skaters, Surfers, at babylonbee.com.

“We need to free up those prison cells for the really dangerous people, like beachgoers,” said Governor Gavin Newsom at a press conference.”

Food Supply Disaster Averted As Chick-Fil-A Miraculously Feeds Entire Nation With Just 5 Chicken Sandwiches, 2 Waffle Fries, at babylonbee.com.

Newly Mustachioed Bill DeBlasio Unveils Special Red Armbands For Police Enforcing Lockdown, at babylonbee.com.

 

CARTOONS

Political Cartoons by Mike Lester

Political Cartoons by Steve Breen

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Observations From The Margin

April 14, 2020

Observation Tower

 

“SCIENTIFIC” MODELING

-The “scientific” models for U.S. deaths from the coronavirus haven’t been correct yet. They have been revised down from 2.2 million to 200,000 to 100,000 to 75,000 and now it’s 60,000 which will no doubt be revised again. If “scientific” models, used to predict the future, are wrong by this much and in such a short time, we should be skeptical of “experts” who hold up their models as “science”. Because science is a process used to disprove theories and models. But “experts” use the phrase “scientific models” to give their theories and models credibility without being scrutinized.

-Here is a model:  I have a tee time in the spring at 7:30. It is 42 degrees when I tee off. At the turn it’s 50 degrees. When I leave the course at noon it is 62 degrees. So it should follow that it will be 106 degrees at 8:30 tonight.  Here is another model: The first round of golf you play this year was an 83. The second round you played you shot a 79. So by the time July rolls around you will be shooting in the 50’s.

-We can see why my models are not workable. Although they might make sense from a math standpoint. The variables in the models are just that, variable. They are not constant.

-In the coronavirus models the most important variable is each individual. But each individual is different in many areas. Each individual’s immune system is different. Each individual will assess the risk of his actions differently. And each individual may act differently tomorrow than how they acted today. How can you model variable variables?

-And by the way my brother is a chemist. He said he did modeling his whole career. He also said he could make a model say anything he wanted it to say.

-The “experts” can’t lose no matter what happens. They can safely say their policies worked to “flatten” the curve. Unfortunately their is no way to go back and try something else to find out what would have worked better. What if we had done what I suggested; Quarantine everyone who was in a risk group protecting them from the virus and let everyone else go about their business allowing the only weapon we have, each individual’s immune system, to fight the virus. If we would have done this, I could safely say my policies worked to flatten the curve. Why? because we wouldn’t have anything to compare it to.

-People are able to assess their own risk. “Experts” don’t possess enough information to make decisions for each individual. They can only put forth one size fits all solutions on individuals who are all different.

-“Experts” think they are smarter than all of us. They think the benighted masses are not capable of making decisions about our own safety. But let me ask you; What happens when a storm hits and stop lights aren’t working because the electric is out? Do wrecks happen at every intersection where the stop light is out? No. People don’t speed through a stop light that is not working. They approach each intersection cautiously. People don’t want to get in a wreck, get hurt, or die.

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Bernie Sanders Drops Out As Campaign Goals Of Locking Everyone Up, Destroying Economy Already Achieved, at babylonbee.com.     Excerpt:      “As the coronavirus panic has already accomplished the aims of his socialistic policies, Sanders realized the country didn’t need his public service anymore. Unemployment has skyrocketed, grocery stores have empty shelves, and everyone is confined to their homes on penalty of arrest. This “idyllic paradise” is exactly what Sanders wanted in the first place, so he says he can leave the race satisfied that his vision has been achieved.”

“This once-in-a-lifetime deadly pandemic has already accomplished what socialism aims to do.”

 

Constitution Dies Of Coronavirus, at babylonbee.com.   Excerpt:     “According to sources at the National Archives, doctors rushed the United States Constitution to the hospital and were forced to hook the document up to a ventilator after it began having trouble breathing Sunday afternoon.”

“The document reportedly slipped into a coma en route to the emergency room and was in critical condition for many hours. Doctors confirmed the worst: the founding document of our nation was infected with the novel coronavirus. Finally, surrounded by one or two mourners, as most people in Washington abandoned it a long time ago, it slipped away Sunday night.”

“Between both political parties constantly trampling all over the Bill of Rights and stretching and distorting the Constitution for political gain whenever it’s convenient, I just don’t know how much more abuse it could have taken,” said one doctor as he pronounced the Constitution’s time of death: 20:20, ironically.”

“The 232-year-old Constitution has had its share of health scares, nearly being killed in the 1860s, the 1930s and 40s, and the early 2000s, but medical experts say this last crisis was just more than it could take.”

“It had many underlying conditions, of course, already being incredibly sick with Obamacare, Obergefell, Roe v Wade, the Patriot Act, and many more diseases,” said the doctor. “But it’s still sad to see this old boy pass on.”

 

Everyone Jumps Off Bridge After New Government Order Telling Everyone To Jump Off Bridge, at babylon.com.     Excerpt:    “…..a new order has been issued: everyone is to jump off a bridge immediately.”

A government official issued the order to solve our current crisis, and everyone immediately complied.”

“Everyone jump off a bridge,” said a representative of the government.

“OK,” said everyone. “If the government says so, it’s probably a good idea. Besides, what can we do? It’s the government. They definitely have the best people working on it.”

“The directive was designed to end coronavirus. Medical experts believe it’s the best, most effective way to stop the virus. Assuming everyone follows through and obeys the order, coronavirus will be wiped out, according to officials. There are no bad side effects, as far as anyone can tell.”

 

Civil Liberties Declared Nonessential, at babylonbee.com.   Excerpt:   “U.S.—As of this weekend, based on recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization, all civil liberties have been declared nonessential. The Department of Homeland Security released a statement declaring that any human rights outlined in such documents as the Bill of Rights, the Constitution, or the Bible are nonessential and will, therefore, be disregarded amid the outbreak of COVID-19.”

“After the outbreak is contained, health leaders say the rights may be reinstated in small increments but have made no guarantees.”

“I think we’re going to come out of this whole thing having woken up to the realization that liberty has been insanely overrated and it’s time to move on,” said California governor Gavin Newsom, who was quick to impose the guidelines on his state. “Human rights aren’t even real. Science can’t prove them.”

 

Liberal Treated With Hydroxychloroquine Hopes He Still Dies Of Covid-19 To Prove Trump Is Stupid, at babylonbee.com.  Excerpt:   “While Trump has been giving people hope that hydroxychloroquine could save lives, his political opponents have called it false hope and claimed Trump has no idea what he’s talking about. Walton, a lifelong Democrat and progressive, had joined in calling Trump “irresponsible” and an “ignoramus” and now has an opportunity to prove it by simply dying. “It’s such an opportunity, I don’t want to pass it up,” Walton said.”

 

 

Must Reads For The Week 3/28/20

March 29, 2020

 

CORONAVIRUS PANIC LEADS TO LACK OF PERSPECTIVE

If you live in a state that has been locked down. Understand that this is a taste of what socialist central planning would be like under Bernie, who is an avowed socialist, or Biden, who wants the same policies but won’t call himself a socialist.

Number Of Global Deaths By Cause – Draconian Muscle Flexing And A Lack Of Perspective, by Cap Allon, at electroverse.net.  To put Coronavirus in perspective,  look at the chart which shows the causes of yearly deaths.

The Scientist Whose Doomsday Pandemic Model Predicted Armageddon Just Walked Back The Apocalyptic Predictions, by Madeline Osburn, at thefederalist.com.  We should be skeptical of computer modeling by scientific “experts”.

Inaccurate Virus Models Are Panicking Officials Into Ill-Advised Lockdowns, by Madeline Osburn, at thefederalist.com. The inaccurate modeling by the scientist talked about in the above article, was used by politicians and bureaucrats to make their decision about the virus.

Media Peddle Bogus Wuhan Virus Stats To Bash America, by Mollie Hemingway, at thefederalist.com.  This is just journalists using data to fit their leftist world view.

The Social Justice Cult Is Falling Apart As The World Faces A Real Crisis, by Libby Emmons ans Barrett Wilson, at thepostmellennial.com.    Excerpt from the article:

“The social justice set has been shrieking about “lives being at risk” for almost a decade. But now that we’re faced with actual devastation to the human way of life, it becomes clear that it was always only rhetoric. Social justice is the culture that cried wolf.”

Is there Wasteful Spending In The Coronavirus Stimulus Bill? (Spoiler Alert: Bigly!), at zerohedge.com. There is never a shortage of grifters showing up when there is a pile of tax payer money to be passed out by congress.

Air Pollution In China Drops During Coronavirus Slowdown. Lauren Sommer, at npr.org.  Are the global warming cultists rooting for the Coronavirus. They believe man is a scourge to the planet. So they have to be happy with the planet getting a measure of revenge. They also have to be happy that the pollution level in China is lower since the outbreak because people are being shuttered in place.

 

WHAT HAPPENED WHILE OUR ATTENTION HAS BEEN OCCUPIED

Burr Responds – Claims He Sold Stocks Based On ‘News Reports’, at zerohedge.com.  My congressman was Speaker of the House John Boehner. Some years ago he was on a local radio show talking about congressmen and insider trading. He said it wasn’t a problem because congress has rules against insider trading. I was so pissed, I called his office and I asked his aide: “if you have a law that isn’t enforced, do you really have a law”?

Since many congressman insider trade because they know that it is “wink wink nod nod” okay. Will the congressional investigators have an incentive to find the truth? Congress should not be investigating their own members.

A Disgusted Nikki Haley Quits Boeing’s Board In Protest Over Bailout Demand, at zerohedge.com.  This is not a satirical headline.

FISA: Senate Passes Measure Extending Surveillance Powers, Abuses Not Addressed, at saracarter.com.  This is an example of a temporary government policy that was implemented after a the 9/11 crisis that became permanent. The FISA court has trampled all over American citizens constitutional rights. The President should veto this. Especially since FISA was used against him by the FBI.

DOJ Files To Drop Charges Against Russian ‘Bot Farms’ That Fought Mueller Indictment, at zerohedge.com.  This just shows the Russia hoax for the scam it was.

California Throws Book At Reporter Who Exposed Baby Body Trafficking, by Thomas Brejcha, at thefederalist.com. I guess being Pro-Life is against the law.

Another Obama Solar Company Burns Out – DC Solar Owners Plead Guilty To Largest Ponzi Scheme In Eastern California History, by Joe Hoft, at thegatewaypundit.com.    This is an example of grifters getting in line to steal tax payer dollars. Check out some other Green energy companies that grifted tax dollars who are either bankrupt or faltering, in this post, Government Investment? or Government Waste?

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Congress Assures Nation They’re Working Tirelessly To Figure Our How To Take Advantage Of This Crisis, at babylonbee.com.

Study: Covid-19 Impacts Men, Women More than All Other Genders Combined, babylonbee.com.

Congress Excite To Find Out What’s In Stimulus Package They Just Passed, at babylonbee.com.

Journalists Investigating Ways To Make Crisis all About Them, at babylonbee.com.

Toilet Paper Crisis Solved As Government Prints Trillions Of Fresh, Soft Dollar Bills, at babylonbee.com.

Planned Parenthood To Offer Drive-Thru abortions During Lockdown, at babylonbee.com.

 

CARTOONS

From theburningplatform.com

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

Political Cartoons by Pat Cross

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

Political Cartoons by Mike Lester

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

 

Must Reads For The Week 10/5/19

October 8, 2019

 

THE OUTSIDER vs. THE INSIDERS

Trump is using the insiders tactics, outlined in ‘Rules for Radicals’, against them and they don’t know what to do. {Insiders being defined as democrat establishment, republican establishment, mainstream media, administrative state bureaucrats, and the education and hollywood establishment}

Usual Anti-Trump Intel Officials Publish Open Letter Supporting Whistleblowers, by Sara A. Carter, at saracarter.com.      If this group is against you, you are doing something right. Trump is like a bird dog. He flushes the insiders out of their cover. And we get to see exactly who they are.

Impeachment Coup Analytics, by Victor Davis Hanson, at amgreatness.com.   Excerpt from the article:

“…..recently Representative Al Green (D-Texas) reminded us why the Democrats are trying to impeach the president rather than just defeat him in the 2020 general election.”

“To defeat him at the polls would do history a disservice, would do our nation a disservice,” Green said. “I’m concerned that if we don’t impeach the president, he will get re-elected.”

“Translated, that means Green accepts either that Trump’s record is too formidable or that the agendas of his own party’s presidential candidates are too frightening for the American people to elect one of them. And that possibility is simply not permissible. Thus, impeachment is the only mechanism left to abort an eight-year Trump presidency—on a purely partisan vote to preclude an election, and thus contrary to the outlines of impeachment as set out by the Constitution.”

“If Trump were to be reelected, not a shred of Barack Obama’s “fundamental transformation” would be left, and the strict constructionist Supreme Court would haunt progressives for a quarter-century.”

“The Democrats have exhausted every other mechanism for destroying Trump—and they are running out of time before November 2020 election.”

“Think of what we have witnessed since the 2016 election. Do we even remember charges that voting machines in the 2016 election were rigged, and the efforts to subvert Electoral College voting, or to invoke the Logan Act, the emoluments clause, and the 25th Amendment?”

“The “collusion” and “obstruction” fantasies of the Mueller investigation now seem like ancient history. So do the James Comey leaks, the palace coup of Andrew McCabe, the Trump tax records, the celebrity rhetoric about blowing up, shooting, stabbing, burning and variously killing off the president of the United States—along with the satellite frenzies of Stormy Daniels, Michael Avenatti, Charlottesville, Jussie Smollett, the Covington Kids, and the Kavanaugh hearings.”

“What is left but to try the new “Ukraine collusion”

“Be prepared for a half-dozen Christine Blasey Ford-type witnesses to pop up, and 20 or so unhinged Cory Booker-esque “I am Spartacus” performance acts, along with a whole slew of new Steele dossiers—all interspersed with breathless CNN bulletins announcing new fake news developments with “the walls are closing in” and “the end is near” prognostications. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is already reading fantasies to the House Intelligence Committee and passing them off as the text of Trump’s phone call to Ukraine’s new president. Only after he was called on such absurdities did he describe his performance as a parody.”

“The Left is hellbent on impeachment and the absence of a case won’t matter. They do not care if they will sow the wind and reap the whirlwind.”

Are These The Five Tweets That Change The World? by Tom Luongo, at tomluongo.me.      We know whatever Trump does will be blasted by the Democrats and the mainstream media. But getting out of Syria will flush Republican insiders out into the open.

Trump can do this because the Middle East isn’t as important to the US as it used to be. Why? The one word answer is “OIL”. The American Fracking industry is supplying so much oil to the world market it has changed the geo-politics of the region.

Remember when Iran blew up thee Saudi oil facility a month ago? We were told that oil could go to $100 dollars a barrel and we had to retaliate against Iran. Neither happened because American fracking has made America the largest oil producer in the world. The loss of part of Saudi oil production was just a paper cut to the world supply.

The price went up about nine dollars a barrel immediately after the September 14th attack . But after two weeks the price went back down below the price it was before the attack. (click on chart here)

The geo-political change, not just in the Middle East but around the world, is an unintended consequence of American fracking.

Ukraine ‘Anti-Corruption’ Director Bragged About Helping Hillary Clinton In 2016: Leaked Audio, at zerohedge.com.       The real Ukrainian corruption issue is with The Democrats. And they know it.

 

ECON STUFF

The Difference Between Regulated Markets And Free Markets, by Per Bylund, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article:

“A free market, one in which participants voluntarily trade and exchange the way they themselves see fit, unrestricted by third parties (those who are not directly involved in the exchange), necessarily must be without arbitrary restrictions and regulations.”

“To say that the ‘black’ market is a free market is an error because even if the exchanges are voluntary they are heavily impacted by regulations (here: prohibitions). To say that airlines are actors in ‘the free market’ is equally wrong–there’s hardly anything free about this market, which suffers from the burden of a mammoth body of regulations.”

“Whether you buy a plane ticket, these companies’ hiring and investment decisions, etc. are still voluntary exchanges. But they’re restricted exchanges; they do not take place on a free but (highly) regulated market.”

“So why do proponents of markets claim that the accomplishments of the airline industry are due to the ‘free market’? They are certainly results of a market, but a heavily regulated one — one in which market actors have not been allowed to have a say, that is, they have not been allowed to engage in the exchanges they would have chosen.”

“To say that this is a free market is at best a mistake, but more like a lie.”

“Markets work, they always do. But their results differ. And regulations place restrictions on how markets may work. There’s only one kind of free market, and it is one that does not suffer from restrictions–because restrictions placed on it make it unfree.”

Markets Rely On Accurate and Honest Information – But Governments Want The Opposite, by Gary Galles, at mises.org.      This is really good. Here is an excerpt from the article:

“A great deal of social coordination is only achievable when based on the truth. But many of the relevant truths behind people’s opportunity costs and values are only known to the individuals involved. That is why voluntary arrangements in markets, in which you tell the truth about the relevant relative scarcities both when you buy and when you sell, are indispensable to all participants’ well-being.”

“In contrast, when governments displace voluntary arrangements with coercive impositions, lies displace truth in two ways. Not only is the competition to get political power based largely on misrepresentations, but government’s coercive impositions also replace the truth revealed in voluntary market behavior with lies. What is the effect on society? It isn’t pretty. And even though it is an essential aspect of government intrusion into citizens’ affairs, not a single moral or ethical system endorses lying. Lies will not set you free. Not only does the truth set us free, but freedom in our cooperative endeavors reveals truths we have no other way of knowing.”

Central Bank “Stimulus” Is Really A Huge Redistribution Scheme, by Alasdair Macleod, at mises.org.           Central bank counterfeiting comes with unintended consequences that are hidden in government statistics. My question is how can decreasing the purchasing power of the dollar, via money printing, be beneficial for the ‘middle class’?

Here is an excerpt from the article:

“Indeed, the official purpose of the expansion of money and credit is to somehow persuade economic actors that things are better than they really are, and to stimulate those animal spirits. You’d think that with this policy now being continually in operation that people would have become aware of the dilution fraud. But as Keynes, the architect of it all said, not one man in a million understands money, and in this he has been proved right.”

“Central banks pretend all these benefits come at no cost to anyone. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a perpetual motion of money creation, and someone ultimately pays the price. But who pays for it all? Why, it is the wage-earner and saver and anyone else with deposits at the bank. They are also robbed of the compounding interest their pension funds would otherwise receive. These are the very people who, in a bizarre twist of macroeconomic logic, we are told benefit from having the prices of their everyday purchases continually increased.”

“Attempts to measure the supposed benefits of inflation on the general public are in turn dishonest, with the true rise in prices concealed in official calculations of price inflation. Suppressed evidence of rising prices is then applied to estimates of GDP to make them “real”. For the purpose of measuring the true condition of an economy these official statistics are taken as gospel by both the commentariat and investors.”

“We cannot know the accumulating economic cost of cycles of progressively greater monetary inflation, because all government statistics are based on the lie that money is a constant, when in fact it has become the greatest variable in everyone’s life. The transfer of wealth from all consumers through monetary debasement is an act of impoverishment, and to the extent it is not offset in other ways the economy as a whole suffers.”

NY Fed Announces Extension Of Overnight Repos Until Nov 4, Will Offer 8 More Term Repos, at zerohedge.com.    We talked about this when it started a few weeks ago. The Fed is going to gradually pump another $200 billion (by my calculation) into the financial system by Nov 4th via the over night Repo market. Who wants to bet they will continue this after Nov 4th? The article is right:  “QE4 is quietly launched to no fanfare.” Read the above article to understand why this is not good for anyone, except the insiders who have first access to the Feds new electronically printed counterfeit money.

Sound Familiar? Banks Are Saddling Fannie & Freddie With Risky Mortgages, Study Finds, at zerohedge.com.     Doing the same thing that helped start the ’08’ financial crisis…..? Not a good idea. This and the above article show why it is difficult to get people to understand what the insiders are doing. Getting this information not only isn’t easy, it isn’t a priority for regular people to find out. Plus, if people want to understand this (and above), they have to do some serious studying. Most people don’t have the time to spend doing the research, even if they wanted to understand it.

 

MISCELLANEOUS

Federal Judge Slams University Of Iowa For Religious Discrimination, by Vanessa Miller, at thegazette.com.     This is typical of educational insiders. They will not tolerate anyone who doesn’t agree with the leftist orthodoxy.

FBI – Expanded Homicide Data Table, at ucr.fbi.gov.

Hey Beto “We’re coming for your AR15s and AK47s” O’Rourke. Only 297 people were killed by assault rifles in 2018. Compared to 1,515 killed with knives, 443 killed by blunt objects, and 672 killed by an individuals fists, feet or hands.

So logically we should take peoples hands away from them so they can’t use guns, knives, blunt objects or their hands to kill people?

Even if it saves just one life, isn’t it worth it? NO, don’t be silly!

There are millions of defensive uses of firearms per year (read here) compared to 10,265 homicides (2018) by firearms. Do the math.

You Can Be Fined $250,000 For Saying This Phrase In New York City, at zerohedge.com.          These are not satirical headlines. This article has a list of six absurd things that actually happened.

1) New York City Declares Using The Term ‘Illegal Alien’ Can Result in $250,000 Fine.

2) Nurse Takes New Born Baby Away After Parents Refuse Vitaman K Shot.

3) German Regions Pass Law To Ban Insulting EU Flag.

4) Chinese Flag Raised At Boston City Hall To Mark Thee 70th Anniversary Of China’s Communist Regine.

5) Democrat Sends Police In Tactical Gear To Man’s House Over Gun Meme.

6) This Utah Woman Was Charged For Being Topless In Her Own Home.

Rockets GM ‘Stands With Hong Kong – Until China Pulls Endorsements, at zerohedge.com.     Why would you apologize to a Communist dictatorship that has millions of political dissidents in prison. Didn’t the NBA players put their hands up in solidarity for the false “hands up don’t shoot” controversy? They should take a stand for the oppressed in China instead of caving in to the Chinese government. Or are they caving in to their own self interest……”their own salaries”?

By the way didn’t Google help the Chinese government set up the ‘Social Credit System’ (read here) which stifles peoples freedom? Google should apologize to all the Chinese people they have helped the Chinese government punish because of their low social credit score.

I know this social credit thing can’t happen here in the US can it?…….Wait a minute….Google already has the ability and the information to do this?……So they already have their own social credit system?….. Google wouldn’t  team up with the government would they???????????   Repeat after me……. “it can’t happen here…….it can’t happen here……..it can’t happen here………”  Ok Ok….. I feel much better now.

Hillaryland, by Daniel Greenfield, at sultanknish.blogspot.com.    This is a riot.   Excerpt from the article:

“Hillaryland is the sad successor to Clintonworld networks like the Clinton Foundation which connected world leaders, foreign criminals and a prospective president. The alumni network is now a joke. The Clintons will never hold public office again. Hillaryland isn’t an alumni network, it’s a political leper colony run by “volunteers” too dumb to realize that the S.S. Slick Willy will never rise again.”

“This just means another Hillary Clinton book tour that nobody asked for and nobody actually wants.”

“Nevertheless, Hillary’s desperation tour will still be coming to such world-renowned locations as the Women’s Club of Ridgewood, NJ (no books will be signed), the United Methodist Church in Denver, CO, and the San Ramon Valley High School gym. Next stop, a random Appleby’s in Great Forks.”

“What’s the point of all this?”

“Jeffrey Epstein is dead, Ed Buck is in jail, and Harvey Weinstein is tapped out. The money has to come from somewhere. Even if it means sitting dead-eyed and drunk in a high school gym while Chelsea launches into an enthusiastic explanation of how Rachel Carson made the world safe for malaria.”

“But it’s not as if the Clintons really need the money. Their greed is as compulsive as all their vices.”

“Hillary Clinton loathes other people, but is incapable of existing without them. She can’t do what every other contender did and go away because she has nowhere to go. There’s a mansion in New York, but it has too many mirrors. And at night, she might start wandering and muttering, “Out, damned spot.”

“And she won’t be talking about the neighbor’s dog who committed suicide in a local park.”

“Desperate and malicious, Hillary’s restless spirt wanders the nation and the world, haunting random supermarkets, gyms and colleges. To paraphrase her inspiration, Karl, a specter is wandering D.C. That’s where Hillary showed up to George Washington U to claim that she only lost Wisconsin because of Republican voter suppression. It had nothing to do with her failure to campaign in Wisconsin.

 

I THOUGHT THE SCIENCE WAS SETTLED?

New study about red meat consumption is interesting. Here are three articles that you should read before you decide to either stop or start eating red meat.

Here’s The Real Truth About That Confusing Red Meat Study, by Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz, This is an analysis of the new study.

Is Red Meat Bad For You, Or Good? An Objective Look, by Kris Gunnars, at healthline.com This is an article that came out a year before the new study. It is very informative.

Another Narrative Collapses: Eating Red Meat Is Not Ritualistic Suicide, by Tom Luongo, at tomluongo.me.     Excerpt from the article:        “Because the demonization of red meat cuts to the heart of the political con job that is modern cultural Marxism and its supposed moral high ground.”

“You can see this in the response to the landmark study just completed that concluded there is no perceivable risk from eating red meat as opposed to anything else. It immediately provoked apoplexy akin to doctors prescribing hemlock to treat eczema.”

There Is No Climate Emergency, Say 500 Experts I Letter To The United Nations, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog.    I thought “scientists” agree on climate science?

Global Warming Fraud Exposed In Pictures, at zerohedge.com.    Check out these charts.     Excerpt from the article:

Climate change alarmists have convinced the public something must be done now. The reports are easily debunked as fraud…”

Quotation Of The Day On Why You Should Not Listen To Laughable Greta Thunberg, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog.    Quote from Rich Lowery:

“There’s a reason that we don’t look to teenagers for guidance on fraught issues of public policy. With very rare exceptions kid have nothing interesting to say to us. They just repeat back what they’ve been told by adults, with less nuance and maturity”

“Much of the climate advocacy of  young people boils down to the plaint that all parents know well: “I want it, and I want it now.” As one headline on National Geographic story put it, “Kids world climate strikes demand that warming stop, fast.””

“Behind the foot-stomping is the idea that a long-running global phenomenon could be quickly stopped, if only adults cared as much as the kids did. This fails to account for such recalcitrant factors as costs ans complexity, but when do children ever think of those” (And who can blame them? They’re children.)”

“Instead, the youthful climate activists claim they’ve been sold out by their elders. Greta Thunberg put it with her usual accusatory starkness at the UN: “You are failing us, but young people are starting to understand your betrayal.”

“This is laughable. By no global measure of social and economic well-being have we failed kids. According to HumanProgress.org, the global poverty rate fell from 28percent in 1999 to 11 percent in 2013. Life expectancy increased from 63.2 years to 71.9 years from 1981 to 2015. The completion rate for primar school increased from 80 percent in 1981 to 90 percent in 2015. The same benign trends hold for hunger, child labor, literacy, and son on.”

“If climate change proves a significant challenge, today’s youth will have more resources and technology to grapple with it than any other generation in the history of mankind.”

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

from thebabylonbee.com.

Unable To Compete With Reality, Babylon Bee Founder Starts Real News Site, at babylonbee.com.

All Democrats Drop Out Of Presidential Race Since The World Is Ending From Climate Change And There’s No Point, at babylonbee.com.

Nobel Peace Prize Committee Informs Trump He Has Not Launched Enough Drone Strikes To Qualify, at babylonbee.com.

Anti-Fun Democrats Seek To End Most Fun Presidency Of All Time, at babylonbee.com.

Homeless Man Rejects Charity After Searching Through Giver’s Tweet History, at babylonbee.com.

Study Finds Avoiding Red Meat May Lead To Longer, More Miserable Life, at babylonbee.com.

 

 

CARTOONS

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Must Reads For The Week 9/21/19

September 23, 2019

“The coordination of men’s activities through central planning or through voluntary cooperation are roads going in very different directions, the first to serfdom and poverty, the second to freedom and plenty.” – F. A. Hayek

 

ECON STUFF

Negative Interest Rates Are Price We Pay For De-Civilization, by Jeff Deist, at mises.org.   Excerpt from the article:

“Negative interest rates are just the latest front in the post-2008 era of “extraordinary” monetary policy. They represent a Hail Mary pass from central bankers to stimulate more borrowing and more debt, though there is far more global debt today than in 2007. Stimulus is the assumed goal of all economic policy, both fiscal and monetary. Demand-side stimulus is the mania bequeathed to us by Keynes, or more accurately by his followers. It is the absurd idea, that an economy prospers by consuming and borrowing instead of producing and saving. Negative interest rates turn everything we know about economics upside down.

More Money Pumping Won’t Make Us Richer, by Frank Shostak, at mises.org.  Excerpt from the article:

“Neither loose monetary policy, nor big-spending fiscal policy can grow an economy. All that these policies can do is to redistribute a given pool of real savings from wealth generators towards non-wealth generating activities. Hence, we can conclude that both loose monetary and fiscal policies cannot set in motion an economic boom but rather an economic impoverishment.”

NY Fed To Conduct Third Consecutive Repo Operation On Thursday At 8:15, at zerohedge.com. This happened last week and is something to worry about. Repo operation is hard to understand so lets see what a Reserve Repurchase Agreement, at investopedia.com, is. Got It? What we have to ask is why didn’t the banks who are holding $1.4 Trillion of the Fed’s reserves loan it out in the Repo market? This article tries to explain: These Are The Banks Where The Fed’s $1.4 Trillion In Reserves Are Parked, at zerohedge.com.

Walmart’s Healthcare Experiment Has Begun, It May Be A Game Changer, by Gary North, at mises.org.  As healthcare prices continue to rise, it will create opportunities for entrepreneurs to figure out lower cost ways to supply healthcare.

 

MISCELLANEOUS

San Diego State University Normalizes Pedophilia As A “Sexual Orientation“, at zerohedge.com. I said years ago that the crazy left will attempt to mainstream pedophilia. Using schools as indoctrination camps is the lefts tried ant true method for getting their agenda mainstreamed. At this point in time, can we all agree that pedophilia is evil? Will we all still agree after 5 to 10 years of being hit over the head on this subject by the left?

7 Things I’ve Learned Since My Child Identified As Transgender, at thefederalist.com. Parents, you are alone in fighting this battle. The Schools and the medical field are not going to be on your side. In fact they will promote this behavior.

Johns Hopkins Professor On Child Transgender Trend: ‘Many Will Regret This’, by Maris Lencki, at thecollegefix.com.   Excerpt from the article:

“A psychiatrist from Johns Hopkins University has slammed the medical and psychiatric industries for what he says is reckless and irresponsible treatment of patients who claim to be transgender.”

“Paul McHugh, a renowned psychiatrist from Johns Hopkins University, told The College Fix he believes transgender people are being experimented on because the doctors treating transgender patients with hormones “don’t have evidence that (the treatment) will be the right one.” He also criticized the manner of treatment given to many children who claim to be transgender.”

“Many people are doing what amounts to an experiment on these young people without telling them it’s an experiment,” he told The Fix via phone.

“You need evidence for that and this is a very serious treatment. It is comparable to doing frontal lobotomies.

Trans Lobbying Group Pushes ‘Puberty-Blockers’ On Children As Young As 12, at zerohedge.com.  The Trans lobby groups will say or do anything to increase the number of people in their identity group.

How Oregon Built A Transgender Medical Complex On Junk Science, by Katherine Kirkpatrick, at thefederalist.com. How do we let these people get away with this nonsense.    Excerpt from the article:

“Oregon now allows adverse gender surgery outcomes to go largely untracked, restricts health workers’ right to advise patients about the risks, and strips custody from parents who object to transgender experimentation on their children.

Fetus-Collecting Abortionist Connected To New Facility In Buttigieg’s Town, by Margot Cleveland, at thefederalist.com.    Have you heard about this abortion doctor in the main stream media?

‘SOLD OUT’: Arizona Gun Store Offers ‘Beto Specials’ On AR15s And AK47s, by Craig Bannister, at cnsnews.com.    I wonder if Beto purchased stock in gun manufacturing companies before he said he would confiscate our AR15’s and AK47’s? Because ever since he let out the secret, gun sales have risen.

On Campus Of 30,000 Students, Less Than 10 Attend University’s White Privilege Workshop, at zerohedge.com.   This gives me hope that young people aren’t falling for the nonsense of the left.

Mish Blasts NYT Kavanaugh Smear: “Editorial Mistake My Ass”, at zerohedge.com. This wasn’t an editing accident. This was purposeful. The Left wants to let anyone who would think of becoming a judicial appointee know that they will destroy you..

What CFACT Saw At The NYC Climate March, by Craig Rucker, at cfact.org.  Letting kids out of school to attend the climate march is indoctrination pure and simple. The lefts agenda can’t survive in the market place of ideas. Indoctrination is the only way it can survive.

 

CANDACE OWENS

No words exist that can describe the essence of Candace Owens. But after watching her in a number of videos over the years, I have figured out what words describe her. Those two words are….. ‘Candace Owens”.

Candace Owens At Congressional Hearing On Confronting White Supremacy, (see here if video has been deleted)

 

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Hypocrisy: Right-Wingers Who Love It When The Babylon Bee Makes Stuff Up Suddenly Get Mad When The NYT Does It, at babylonbee.com.

Government That Wants You To Take Climate Change Seriously Invites Foreign High School Kid To Testify Before Congress, at babylonbee.com.

Nation’s Murderous Psychopath’s Undecided On Whether They’ll Follow New Gun Laws, at babylonbee.com.

SNL Fires Comedian Accused Of Telling Funny Jokes, at babylonbee.com.

All The Other States Beg California To Add Them To Travel Ban, at babylonbee.com.

Dog Identifies As Genderfluid To Avoid Getting Neutered, at babylonbee.com.

 

CARTOONS

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Must Reads For The Week 9/7/19

September 9, 2019

“The coordination of men’s activities through central planning or through voluntary cooperation are roads going in very different directions, the first to serfdom and poverty, the second to freedom and plenty.” – F. A. Hayek

 

THE SURVEILLANCE STATE IS COMING HERE

Is Silicon Valley Building A Chinese-Style Social Credit System? at zerohedge.com.     People in the U.S. think the Chinese social credit system of surveillance is a bad thing. What they don’t realize is big tech companies are surveillance systems. And they already censor information that goes against big government. So it’s not a stretch to think they will either turn over their surveillance systems to the government or give government the information they ask for. But that’s right, it can’t happen here.

“Alexa, How Do We Subvert Big Tech’s Orwellian Internet-of Things Surveillance?”, by Charles Hugh Smith, at oftwominds.com. Excerpt from the article:

“The Internet of Things is indeed about control — not your control, but control over you — control of what’s marketed to you, and control of your behaviors via control of the incentives, distractions and micro-decisions that shape behavior.”

“The control enabled by the Internet of Things starts with persuasion and quickly slides into coercion. Since corporations and government agencies will have a complete map of your movements, purchases, consumption, communications, etc., then behavior flagged as “non-beneficial” will be flagged for “nudging nags”, while “unsanctioned” behavior will be directed to the proper authorities.

FBI, ICE Using Facial Recognition To Bulk-Scan DMV Photos In “Unprecedented Surveillance Infrastructure“, at zerohedge.com.   This is another example of how we are losing our rights and our freedom.   Excerpt from the article:

“Police have long had access to fingerprints, DNA and other “biometric data” taken from criminal suspects. But the DMV records contain the potos of a vast majority of a state’s residents, most of whom have never been charged with a crime.”

“They’ve just given access to that to the FBI,” said Rep. Jim Jordan, ranking GOP member of the House Oversight Committee. “No individual signed off on that when they renewed their driver’s license, got their driver’s licenses. “They didn’t sign any waiver saying, ‘Oh, it’s okay to turn my information, my photo, over to the FBI.’ No elected officials voted for that to happen.”

Trust Us, We Work For The Government, at zerohedge.com.   Excerpt from the article:

“The police department of Gloucester Township has unveiled a new program called 911eye, which allows emergency-dispatch operators to live stream video from emergency callers. On the surface, it seems to be a solid tool in assisting law enforcement and first responders in evaluating what kind of scene they are approaching. Because witnesses are notoriously inconsistent in relaying real-time information, many welcome this boon for police preparedness. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?”

“But it’s a giant stride down the slippery slope, as the momentum gathers and morphs into its true purpose:  an infrastructure that can turn any internet-capable device into a superspy surveillance gadget with the click of a remote. Inventors call it “pre-crime” technology, and you won’t believe the troupe of actors involved in the creation of such invasive technology.

HARPA: America’s New Social Credit Plan Partners Big Tech And Govt To Further Gun Control Efforts, at zerohedge.com.    Just another example of Big Government getting in bed with Big Tech to squash our individual freedom. But don’t worry! It can’t happen here. Because our politicians and bureaucrats are “public servants”.

 

OTHER STUFF THAT CAUGHT MY EYE

Here’s What A Criminology Professor Learned By Studying Every Mass Shooting Since 1966, at zerohedge.com.     Interesting research on what mass shooters have in common. And what this info tells us about what can be done to prevent future events. I think these shootings (as well as suicides, the opioid epidemic, as well as other drug and alcohol addiction) are symptoms and not the real problem.

The real problem is we have sheltered kids from the realities of life for almost two generations. They don’t know how to deal with failure. And it is easy to end up in a very dark place when you can’t deal with failure. And that dark place is depression and anxiety. And what do we do to help the depressed and anxious? We medicate them with pills that “may cause suicidal thoughts”. And the line between suicide and homicide is a thin line and easy to cross.

There is no quick fix to this problem. We have to treat the problem and not the symptom. We have to start letting kids deal with the realities of life. We have to start today. Because every day we put off dealing with this, not only pushes the day we see improvement into the future by one day, it also makes it more difficult to take the proper action as the status quo thinking becomes more entrenched.

Parents and other adults have to grow a pair and start doing their job.

Soros Spends Nearly $9 Million Lobbying, Now Targets Guns, by Stephen Gutowski and Joe Shoffstall, at freebeacon.com.    You shouldn’t be afraid of the NRA. You should be afraid of lobbying groups who want to take your second amendment rights away.

Why Does ‘Compromise’ Always Mean Gun Control Wins? by Max McGuire, at thefederalist.com. Gun control advocates and Second Amendment right advocates can never agree on what “Common Sense” gun legislation means. Since each side is starting from a different premise, the Common Sense thinking of one side sounds completely illogical to the other side. And there is no getting around this reality.

A Tale  Of Two babies Who Died Under NY’s Extreme Abortion Laws, by Sarah St Onge, at thefederalist.com.    This is another example of each side of the abortion issue starting from different premises. One side thinks the baby is a life. And one side thinks the fetus is not a life. It is almost impossible to come to any agreement on this issue. The Supreme Court should have let this remain a States rights issue and not made it a one size fits all Federal decision.

Idaho Ordered To Pay For Pedophile Sex Offender’s Gender Reassignment Surgery, at zerohedge.com.    We are paying for this prisoner’s gender reassignment surgery. When will we stand up and say “ENOUGH” of this idiocy.

Hemingway: Months After Mueller Report, Media Russia Truthers Are Embarrassing And Sad, by Madeline Osburn, at thefederalist.com.    The media won’t let it go. MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell just couldn’t help himself. He and the others keep playing the role of Wiley Coyote. At some point the anvil hitting you on the head has to hurt.

Trump Slams “Horrible, Corrupt Fake News” After MSNBC Anchor Admits “Was Wrong: On Trump-Russia Story, at zerohedge.com.    They keep giving Trump the glue to make the “Fake News” label stick.

Ilhan Omar Demands UN Take Control Of US Borders In Mirror Of European Migrant Crisis, at zerohedge.com.    She took an oath to “defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic”. She should turn herself in to the authorities.

Journalists Are Having A Meltdown Over Journalism Being Done To Them, by Madline Osburn, at thefederalist.com.   They don’t like it when their tactics are used against them. Have they heard the saying, “treat others like you want to be treated”.

Vatican’s Amazon Synod Uses Third World As Totems Of Marxist Revival, by Maureen Mullarkey, at thefederalist.com.   Excerpt from the article:   “Under cover of deep ecology, liberation theology has come in out of the cold. And it is gunning to even the score between the industrial West and the Third World.”    Also Read – Pope Francis: “Capitalism Lacks Morals And Promotes Selfish Behavior” at austrianaddict.com.

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Democrats Propose Mandatory Free Speech Buyback For Dangerous Ideas, at babylonbee.com.

Democrats Launch New ‘Listen Up, Hayseeds’ Campaign To Connect With Rural Voters, at theonion.com.

Planned Parenthood Asks Bernie Sanders To stop Reminding People About Connection Between Abortion And Population Control, at babylonbee.com.

Experts: It May Be Too Late To Halt Climate Change Town Hall On CNN, at babylonbee.com.

Poll Finds 100% Of People Who Are James Comey Believe James Comey Did Nothing Wrong, at babylonbee.com.

 

CARTOONS

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Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell

Political Cartoons by Al Goodwyn

 

Must Reads For The Week 8/18/19

August 21, 2019

“The coordination of men’s activities through central planning or through voluntary cooperation are roads going in very different directions, the first to serfdom and poverty, the second to freedom and plenty.” – F. A. Hayek

 

THE GUN ISSUE

The Dangerous Urge To Do Something, by Judge Andrew Napolitano, at townhall.com.        Wanting the government to “do something” after a tragic situation, almost always leads to a “ready, fire, aim” government solution.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

“The government’s job is to preserve personal liberty. Does it do its job when it weakens personal liberty instead? Stated differently, how does confiscating weapons from the law-abiding conceivably reduce their access to madmen? When did madmen begin obeying gun laws?”

“The concept of a “red flag” law — which permits the confiscation of lawfully owned weapons from a person because of what the person might do — violates both the presumption of innocence and the due process requirement of proof of criminal behavior before liberty can be infringed.

The Republican proposal lowers the standard of proof to a preponderance of the evidence — “a more likely than not” standard. That was done because it is impossible to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that an event might happen. This is exactly why the might happen standard is unconstitutional and alien to our jurisprudence.

Red Flag Laws & Mass Shootings: Wrong Solution, by Thomas Massie and John Lott, nationalreview.com.       Remember the false accusations brought against Brett Kavanaugh? What about the false Trump Russia collusion accusations? When an issue becomes politicized, the rule of law goes out the window and the only rule is, win by any means necessary.

Since nothing is more politicized than your Second Amendment right to own arms in order to protect yourself against tyrannical government (not your right to hunt); Do you want the give anyone on the anti-gun left the power to take away your arms on a knowingly false accusation? A false accusation they pay no consequence for bringing?

Individuals in government are attempting to take away your Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. As well as your Fifth Amendment rights of due process, the presumption of innocence, as well as taking property without compensation.

Does the fact that individuals in government are attempting to violate your rights, constitute tyrannical actions? Our Constitution is what protects the individual from the tyrannical actions that individuals wielding government power wish to place on us. This is the reason for the Second Amendment in the first place. Our founders understood that government will become tyrannical unless its power was constrained. And arming the people is a constraint on tyrants.

Excerpt from the article:

“While Trump emphasized mental health in last week’s speech about the Texas and Ohio shootings, red-flag laws are not specifically about mental illness. Indeed, only one state law even mentions the term. It’s about figuring out who is going to commit a crime (or suicide). This is the realm of science fiction, and is the theme of the Tom Cruise movie Minority Report. At least the Future Crime division in the movie had the help of psychics.”

“Everyone wants to stop mass public shooters. But we haven’t previously punished people on the basis of little more than a hunch, without any specific guidelines in place. Stopping “future crimes” didn’t work in the movies, and it doesn’t work in real life.

Armed Firefighter Stops Gunman At Missouri Walmart, at firefighternation.com.     Did you see this covered by the main stream media? Neither did I. A good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun. When the $#!+ hits the fan, you are the first responder. Cops are second responders. The quicker a good guy with a gun can respond to an active shooter situation, fewer people will get killed or injured. Read (New FBI Data On Active Shooters Shows The Importance Of Armed Citizens, by David French at nationalreview.com.)

SCOTUS Is Considering Hearing This 2A Case…. Dem Senators Aren’t Happy, by Beth Baumann, at townhall.com.      Excerpt from the article:

“The Senators who signed alongside New York City include Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), Mazi Hirono (HI), Richard Blumenthal (CT), Dick Durbin (IL) and Kirsten Gillibrand (NY).”

“According to the group, the Supreme Court should not take up this case because the plaintiffs – gun rights advocates – are looking to “thwart gun safety legislation” and have the desire to “expand the Second Amendment.” The other argument they make: the Second Amendment and gun control is a political issue and the Supreme Court is supposed to be impartial, not a legislative body.”

“Democrats can argue that the Court shouldn’t get involved in political issues, but it’s the dumbest argument they can make. Pretty much every single case the Supreme Court hears is a political issue of some sort. There’s a question of Constitutionality that needs to be addressed. If there wasn’t, the Court wouldn’t get involved.”

“Gun control proponents, like these Senators, are backtracking because they’ve realized they put their foot in their mouth. They’ve realized this case is a big loser for them and it can actually harm their cause.”

 

ECON STUFF

The Rise Of Capitalism, by Ludwig von Mises, at mises.org.   Lets let the great von Mises explain. Here is an expert from the aricle:

“The precapitalistic system of production was restrictive. Its historical basis was military conquest. The victorious kings had given the land to their paladins. These aristocrats were lords in the literal meaning of the word, as they did not depend on the patronage of consumers buying or abstaining from buying on a market.”

“On the other hand, they themselves were the main customers of the processing industries, which, under the guild system, were organized on a corporative scheme. This scheme was opposed to innovation. It forbade deviation from the traditional methods of production. The number of people for whom there were jobs even in agriculture or in the arts and crafts was limited.”

“Under capitalism private property of the factors of production is a social function. The entrepreneurs, capitalists, and land owners are mandataries, as it were, of the consumers, and their mandate is revocable. In order to be rich, it is not sufficient to have once saved and accumulated capital. It is necessary to invest it again and again in those lines in which it best fills the wants of the consumers. The market process is a daily repeated plebiscite, and it ejects inevitably from the ranks of profitable people those who do not employ their property according to the orders given by the public. But business, the target of fanatical hatred on the part of all contemporary governments and self-styled intellectuals, acquires and preserves bigness only because it works for the masses. The plants that cater to the luxuries of the few never attain big size.”

“The shortcoming of 19th-century historians and politicians was that they failed to realize that the workers were the main consumers of the products of industry. In their view, the wage earner was a man toiling for the sole benefit of a parasitic leisure class. They labored under the delusion that the factories had impaired the lot of the manual workers. If they had paid any attention to statistics they would easily have discovered the fallaciousness of their opinion. Infant mortality dropped, the average length of life was prolonged, the population multiplied, and the average common man enjoyed amenities of which even the well-to-do of earlier ages did not dream.”

“However, this unprecedented enrichment of the masses was merely a by-product of the Industrial Revolution. Its main achievement was the transfer of economic supremacy from the owners of land to the totality of the population. The common man was no longer a drudge who had to be satisfied with the crumbs that fell from the tables of the rich.”

“There is a second important difference. In the political sphere, there is no means for an individual or a small group of individuals to disobey the will of the majority. But in the intellectual field private property makes rebellion possible.

The Triumph Of Socialism, by Lew Rockwell, at mises.org.    Excerpt from the article:

“A new BBC poll [reported November 2009] finds that only 11 percent of people questioned around the world — and 29,000 people were asked their opinions — think that free-market capitalism is a good thing. The rest believe in more government regulation.”

“That news must lift the heart of every would-be despot the world over. And it comes as something of a shock twenty years after the collapse of socialism in Russia and Eastern Europe revealed what this system had created: backward societies with citizens who lived short and miserable lives. Then there is the China case, a country rescued from bloody barbarism under communism and transformed into a modern and prosperous country by capitalism.”

“What can we learn? Far from not having learned anything, people have largely forgotten the experience and have developed a love for the ancient fairy tale that all things can be fixed through collectivism and central planning.”

“….. as Rothbard has forcefully argued, free-market capitalism serves no more than a symbolic purpose for the Republican Party and for conservatives. Economic liberty is the utopia that they keep promising to bring us, pending the higher priority of blowing up foreign peoples, jailing political dissidents, crushing the left wing on campus, and routing the Democrats.”

“Once all of this is done, they say, then they will get to the instituting of a free-market economic system. Of course, that day never arrives, and it is not supposed to. Capitalism serves the Republicans the way Communism served Stalin: a symbolic distraction to keep you hoping, voting, and coughing up money.”

“All of which leaves true capitalism — a product of the voluntary society and the sum total of all the exchanges and cooperative acts of people all over the world — with few actual intellectual defenders.”

AOC’s Top Aide Admits Green New Deal About The Economy, Not Climate, by Adam Shaw, at foxnews.com.    This is an admission of what we have known for decades. Socialist central planners have been using the environmental movement to push their collectivist ideas on the masses. They are green on the outside and red on the inside.

What Student Loans And Health Care Have In Common, by Nicholas C. Anderson, at mises.org.   When a third party pays there is no true price discovery.

Money Printing Can’t Replace Saving And Production As The Real Engine Of Economic Growth, by Frank Shostak, at mises.org.    Money printing is supposed to stimulate demand which in turn will lead to economic growth. But consumption doesn’t come before production. A specific something has to be produced before that specific something can be consumed. Production is the increase of wealth. Consumption is the destruction of wealth. Money facilitates the exchange of goods. Excerpt from the article: “money is not the means of payment but just the medium of the exchange. Payment is always done by means of goods and services.”

 

OTHER STUFF

You Should Totally Trust Our Elite Institutions …. Not, by Kurt Schlichter, at townhall.com.   Excerpt from the article:

“Basically, the best-case scenario here is that our government is unbelievably incompetent, not a particularly soothing thought. But the alternative is that it is corrupt and criminal in ways we can barely imagine. There’s an even less soothing thought. I can’t wait until these Einsteins take over my health care and are no longer restrained by the citizen veto of the guns we bitter normal people have, so far, wisely clung to.

The Road To Hell Is Paved With Virtue-Signaling, by Charles Hugh Smith, at oftwominds.com.    Excerpt from the article:

“Virtue-signaling goes hand in hand with the only “solution” that’s politically correct: throw a borrowed trillion dollars at the “problem”, dance the humba-humba around the bonfire at midnight and hope that magic will resolve the underlying issues.”

Hence the calls for Medicare for all, Universal Basic Income, and free college for all, all paid with borrowed money, despite the virtuous bleatings that “taxes on the rich/robots” will magically pay for trillions of additional dollars to be squandered on corrupt, self-serving cartels.”

Chinese Social Credit Score Prevents 2.5 Million “Discredited Entities” Buying Plane Tickets, at zerohedge.com. This could never happen here, could it?

(VIDEO) Hong Kong Protesters Sing US Anthem, With US Flags, Against Chinese Tyranny During Airport Occupation, at americanmilitaryews.com.   America is still the beacon of freedom for the rest of the world.

The Dream Team Loses To The Nobodies, by Victor Davis Hanson, at amgreatness.com.    Excerpt from the article:

“… the comical effort to destroy President Trump was a bad replay of the cultural cluelessness of a haughty Hillary Clinton in the last days of the 2016 campaign—the Ivy League prima donna, ensuring her “landslide” to come by futilely campaigning in Georgia and Arizona, fueled by the “analytics” of her whiz kids, while the orange, combed over, and uncouth Trump at her rear played the fox in her blue-wall henhouse. Was it Ivy League smarts to label roughly one-quarter of the country “deplorables” or to go to West Virginia to tell the impoverished they would have no more coal jobs?”

“There is always a civilizational elite of sorts, one based on merit, and it is often divorced from its counterfeit counterpart predicated on aristocracy, credentials, titles, and privilege. Real elites from all walks of life are rewarded for their singular achievement not for their empty reputations and media hype.”

“The last three years have been a painful relearning of that most obvious but forgotten truth that it is what we do rather than who we say we are that truly matters. That the lesson was lost on self-described egalitarians and social justice warriors is the most ironic lesson of all.

Cruz Unloads On The New York Times After Leaked Report Shows They Allegedly Planned To Push Trump-Racism Narrative, by Madison Dibble, at ijr.com.    More proof of main stream media bias. But we’ve known this for years.

Ignorant Liberals Need To Go Visit America, by Kurt Schlichter, at townhall.com.    Excerpt from the article:

“Locked up in their largely child-free urban playgrounds, our garbage elite is utterly unaware of the real America and of real Americans themselves. And it is dangerously unaware of – even actively hostile to – our true history. There are lessons there they need to learn as they continue to bully and provoke the mass of Americans who just wish to be left alone. Anyone who causally suggests confiscating millions of weapons from millions of American patriots and who has not walked through Lexington and Concord is a fool. And, sadly, our blue elite is full of fools.

UK PC Police “Draw The Line” – Ban Cream-Cheese & Car Ads Over ‘Gender Stereotypes‘, at zerohedge.com.   This could never happen here, could it?

El-Erian Admits The Era Of “De-Globalization” Is Here, at zerohedge.com.    Excerpt from the article:

“The U.S. economy is strong; however, the multinationals on Wall Street – invested overseas – are exposed. Thus there’s a disconnect and accompanying market volatility.”

“There is nothing that China and the EU can do to stop the de-globalization process: and efforts to stimulate their economy, more quantitative easing (pumping money) while the global supply chains are being shifted, are futile.”

President Trump has purposefully stalled the process of globalization, and is resetting global supply chains. This is bringing massive amounts of wealth back into the United States.”

Don’t Be Fooled, Omar and Tlaib Maliciously Set Up Israel Ban, by Katie Pavlich, at townhall.com.    These two are always in search of mischief. Especially when it comes to Israel.

Rep. Tlaib Rejects Israel’s New Offer To Visit West Bank, at zerohedge.com. She said she wanted to visit her grandmother. Israel called her bluff. She folded her cards. Israel raked in the chips.

How Important Is Today’s Racial Discrimination, by Walter E. Williams, at jewishworldreview.com.   Walter Williams dealt with real discrimination when he grew up. Read what he has to say about the subject.

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Facial Recognition Software Mistook 1 in 5 California Lawmakers For Criminald, Says ACLU. So, They’re Saying It Works, Then? at daviddrakesplace.blogspot.com.

Bernie Sanders Arrives In Hong Kong To Lecture Protesters On How Good They Have It Under Communism, at babylonbee.com.

Report: King George Really Regretted Not Imposing Red Flag Laws On Deranged American Colonists, at babylonbee.com.

America Offers To Trade All Of Its Communists For Democratic Protesters In Hong Kong, at babylonbee.com.

God Demands America Remove ‘In God We Trust’ From Currency, at babylonbee.com.

Women Who Don’t Believe Israel Has Right To Exist Not Sure Why They Got Banned From Israel, at babylonbee.com.

Bill Clinton: Epstein’s Cause Of Death Depends On What Your Definition Of ‘Suicide’ Is, at babylonbee.com.

Shooter Walks Free As Police Tackle, Arrest AR-15, at babylonbee.com.

Biden Clarifies: ‘ I Like All Races, Even The Bad Ones’ , at babylonbee.com.

California Mandates Conversion Therapy For Straight Kids, at babylonbee.com.

 

CARTOONS

From theburningplatform.com.

 

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

 

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok 

 

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

 

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

Political Cartoons by Pat Cross

 

 

Must Reads For The Week 6/29/19

July 1, 2019

“The coordination of men’s activities through central planning or through voluntary cooperation are roads going in very different directions, the first to serfdom and poverty, the second to freedom and plenty.” – F. A. Hayek

 

U.S. Oil, Gas Output Surges The Most Ever For A Single Country, by Matthew Carr and Jeremy Hodges, at bloomberg.com. The American shale revolution has made this possible. Fracking has brought the price of oil down from a high of $150 a barrel to a trading range of between $40 and $70 a barrel.

Products Made From Petroleum, a ranken-energy.com. Look at the long list of products made from oil. So what do you think the real cost would be if we got rid of fossil fuels?

With Venezuela In Collapse, Towns Slip Into Primitive Isolation, by Corina Pons, at reuters.com. Since their currency has no value, because of money printing by government, people are resorting to a barter system.

Texas Legalizes Lemonade Stands Run By Children, by Billy Binion, at reason.com. Talk about big brother. A permit was required for a kid to set up a lemonade stand. But the Texas legislature has repealed the requirement. The lesson the kids should learn from this, is that government tramples on individual liberty.

California Ammo Sales Spike As Background Checks Start Monday, at zerohedge.com. Who would have thought that there would be a run on ammo sales before the background check law was put in place? Incentives and constraints matter in decision making.

Title IX Update OCR Opens Investigations Against Michigan State, Grand Valley State And Saginaw Valley State, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. Mark J. Perry is using the Title IX Law against the people who love it most.

Inflation: The Soviet Tool For Destroying Money, by Chris Calton, Money printing is the definition of inflation. Excerpt from the article: “Regardless of the policy’s purpose, inflation serves only to distort economic signals and, ultimately, destroy the currency and whatever economy the currency is attached to.

Photos Reveal AOC Was Crying Over An Empty Parking Lot, at zerohedge.com. The Main stream media is the propaganda wing of the Democrat party. And they are not ashamed of it.

Rich-Kid Democrat Staffer Who Doxxed Political Enemies Gets Four Years In Prison,  at zerohedge.com. When politicians and bureaucrats get what they deserve we should be glad.

Blatant Election Rigging: Twitter Wants To Make Sure We Never Have Another President Like Trump, at zerohedge.com. These platforms are editing content. Which means they should not have the legal protection that a platform receives for being a platform.

Insider Blows Whistle & Exec Reveals Google Plan To Prevent “Trump Situation” in 2020, On Hidden Camera, at projectveritas.com. These people are admitting that they are trying to silence the ideology they don’t agree with. They have the freedom to do what they’re doing because they are protected legally when they claim they are a platform. But the second they start to edit content, they are no longer considered a platform. Just take their legal protection as a platform away from them.

Happy 89th Birthday (June 30th) To Thomas Sowell, One of the Greatest Living Economists, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. This is my favorite author. Thomas Sowell’s writings have influenced me more than any other author. He is amazing at explaining complex concepts to regular people like me. I love this man.

Thomas Sowell – The Origins Of Economic Disparities (watch here)

Still the best at 89 years old. Long live Thomas Sowell.

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

California School System To Feature mandatory 2nd Grade Field Trips To Gay Bars, at thebabylonbee.com.

Experts Agree Loser Of First Dem Debate Was America, at babylonbee.com.

In Emergency Bill, House Dems Vote To Send More Fake Tears To Address Border Crisis, at babylonbee.com.

Democratic Candidates Announce Plan To Dangle Stacks Of Cash In Front Of Potential Voters, at babylonbee.com.

 

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