October 14, 2019

Bannon thinks Hillary is in the race for 2020

Steve Bannon is a bright guy, but I think he's wrong here.  She's a two time loser (first to Obama then to Trump, not to mention probably also Sanders in between).  She would not go far in the primaries let a lone a Trump rematch.

Then again, she is a little bit out of touch.

Liz Warren falsely attacks Facebook

...and I wouldn't be surprised if Facebook knew about this ahead of time.  After all Zuckerberg has begged to be regulated.

October 11, 2019

Debt problem is not a Trump tax cut problem

Stuart Varney breaks it down, it's not a revenue issue, it's the spending that is the problem:

Friday Musical Interlude - Rodriguez

From 1971, the song Cause by Rodriguez.

NBA team kicks out pro Hong Kong fans from game.

Is this the NBA trying to avoid getting into politics the way the NFL was sucked into it by Colin Kaepernick? Maybe they see it that way but most people see it as the NBA capitulating to communist China.

They have a lot of financial interest in China, and businesses like the NBA have been playing by the rules that were set out for them.  After pro Hong Kong tweets by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, the NBA commissioner grovelled to China in apology before partially walking that back after a flood of criticism.

The NBA finds themselves in the spotlight and trying to balance their financial interests in China with free speech.  Here's the problem.,  The NBA is trying to avoid committing to anything and hoping it will all go away.  The non-committal is de facto capitulation.  They need to come down either way - as pro-China or as the American way; pro freedom (ergo pro Hong Kong).

American values have not spread to China due to ridiculously pro-China trade liberalization.  Liberals argued for doing that with the Soviet Union to liberalize that system.  That's not what happened.  Ronald Reagan spent the U.S.S.R. into dust.  Peace, through strength.  President Trump is doing the same thing now - making the fight economic.

Yes, there is disruption to companies like the NBA.  But so too others like Apple.  Adapt or die.  Americans will not, or at least should not tolerate any company that is willing to get into bed with a totalitarian, oppressive regime like communist China.  If they won't do it on their own, maybe the rules governing trade with China need to be made more punitive.  Dealing with China is an existential necessity.

October 10, 2019

Devin Nunes is genius

There are few political pitbulls in the Republican party, but Devin Nunes is one of them.  Better still, he's an effective fighter.  Best of all, he's a genius.  The GOP needs more like him.

Here's why he's a genius:

Boycott those companies who are bowing to China over Hong Kong

I'm not a supporter of boycotts per se, but I will not support Blizzard or the NBA because they are caving to communist China instead of supporting those desiring freedom in Hong Kong.  I'm not suggesting that you do the same...per se.

Walking towards president Trump

Brandon Straka was the founder of the the #WalkAway movement where people share their stories and reasons for  walking away from the Democratic party.  It's become a movement.

But Brandon Straka did not walk directly towards president Trump.  That is until he saw this:

October 9, 2019

Moderate Democrats poised to lose, lose, lose in 2020

Kiss congress goodbye Democrats.  Impeachment will be your doom.

Addendum: Moderate Democrats are not a real thing anymore.  Sure Democrats in moderate districts are real, and that's who is in danger now.

Disgruntled Mueller did not get the job

President Trump points out that Mueller did not get the FBI Director job he clearly applied for (and lied about under testimony).

Ellen Degeneres has class

A few years back on Twitter I was unfriended by Ellen Degeneres.  It didn't crush me, I may have tweeted something that offended her (or someone on her staff in charge of her Twitter account).  I figured that she friended me based on something I posted on my blog and shared on Twitter and then unfriended me later for the same reason.  I assumed it was because it was a conservative view that I had shared.

But apparently she's bigger than that, classy even:

Just an aside, George Bush is not a truly conservative Republican. He's a Republican for sure, but conservative? Not so much. Nevertheless it was classy of her to be kind and/or friendly with someone who does not share her views and who 10 years ago was considered by the left as the most evil man on the planet.

Hillary Clinton

Where has Hillary Clinton been? Pretending she is the president. Ben Shapiro breaks down her comments on the Ukraine scandal.

October 7, 2019

Donald Trump: tough guy

The country needs a tough guy as president.  I like this ad.

Adam Schiff may have actually talked directly to the "whistle blower"

By whistle blower I mean CIA insider planted to trap president Trump.  And the speculation that he may have known is something I have suspected is the case.  That said, at this point it is just speculation.

Climate activists are pawns - an economics lesson

The world is going to end, soon, unless we stop greenhouse gas emissions entirely, and soon. This is what climate activists are demanding. But those emissions primarily come from manufacturing and energy production.  Climate emissions have skyrocketed in China and India while having declined in the United States*.  That's not uncorrelated to offshoring of manufacturing jobs to Asia. They are pawns.

The establishment wealthy want to offshore jobs to countries where they can pay 70 cents a day instead of $100 a day.  They are the same ones arguing for free trade and against tariffs on China because they say it is bad for consumers.  True, prices would be higher but it does not matter to a consumer if  they don't have a job.  It's as hard to afford $10 for pants as $50 for pants when you are broke.

It's also true that free trade is a good thing for all parties.  Except what is being passed of as free trade really isn't free trade.  Market restrictions in China means that they have free access to our markets but we have highly restricted access to their markets. Further the companies have an easy way to move production and therefore jobs) to cheap labor countries, but you as a producer of labor do not have the same freedom of movement if you are willing to work for less.   Even smaller businesses do not have the same mobility of labor options.  A small dairy farmer or manufacturer can't just move production to China.  Free trade would be truly borderless for all (which is not entirely without it's pitfalls).

So these wealthy business owners have distinct advantages over their competitors and consumers.  They have created the situation where they continue to gain wealth at the expense of jobs and smaller, weaker competitors.  Why would they want that to change?  That's why so many wealthy support climate change activism.

If you are a climate activist, unless you are a billionaire producing items to sell in China and selling them in the Western world, you are a pawn and working against your own self interest.  It behooves you to investigate how global warming climate change activism began.  You'll find it's rooted in socialism (and it's attempt to destroy capitalism through whatever means possible) and married tightly to mega-corporations leveraging the marriage of free trade and climate activism to take advantage of a gullible public to enrich themselves.

*Energy production has already been changed from coal to natural gas and nuclear power in the United States in significant proportions.  This is a large part of why emissions have declined (the other being jobs disappearing).

Mitt Romney considering kneecapping president Trump

Mitt Romney is mulling over a primary challenge to president Trump.
Romney has re-emerged, as he does occasionally, to be the self-appointed voice of morality. He slammed President Trump’s behavior during the phone call to Ukraine’s President Zelensky as “wrong and appalling”.

...While Romney is clutching his pearls over Trump’s phone call, I haven’t seen a tweet criticizing Rep. Adam Schiff for lying about contact with the whistleblower who filed the complaint that opened up the investigation into the phone call. Even the Washington Post gave that four Pinocchios. That’s the problem with Romney – he’s too busy criticizing a Republican president to criticize Democrats.
That's just a #NeverTrump attempt to kneecap the president. Mitt Romney cannot win a general election and he has exactly zero percent probability of beating president Trump in a primary. So what's his end game? Either Mitt Romney is so insulated from reality in his #NeverTrump circle with the likes of Bill Kristol that he thinks he can win, or else he's hoping he does enough damage to allow a Democrat to beat president Trump in the general election. Either way, it's not going to get him anywhere.

October 5, 2019

Saturday Learning Series - Geography (Madagascar)

Madagascar is more than a kids movie:

The flag:

The Joker vs. SJWs

The new Joker movie apparently is very well done, and social justice warriors hate it.

Bernie Sanders is sicker than we thought

The headline applies to his policy ideas obviously but this relates to his recent heart issues and the classic Friday news dump style of the real information being released:

October 4, 2019

Climate change is way bigger than you think

By way bigger, I mean way beyond humans having any sort of consequential impact.  The author of this video does not seek to dispute the impact of humans on climate change.  However, the evidence he presents, kind of does that anyway.  

I've posted other videos years ago that actually quantify the impact of the Milankovitch cycles, H20 etc. on the climate relative to human activity and it turns out we are relatively insignficant.

Greta Thunberg Is a Fraud

The story behind Greta Thunberg - why she's a climate change media complex creation:

Phony Impeachment 2, like many sequels, sucks

Phony Impeachment 2, the sequel to the first phony impeachment flop, sucks even worse than the original.  

Let's see, a CIA agent, a registered Democrat gets assigned to the White House and shortly after the rules were loosened dramatically (to the point of hearsay) on what is required as evidence for whistle blowing, the whistle blower talks to Adam Schiff et. al. and submits a complaint against the president.
Nothing to see here folks:

Post faux-impeachment machinations the media goes into full tilt impeachment hysteria, completely ignoring some profound evidence (including an admission by the man himself) that Joe Biden was doing exactly what they are accusing the president of doing. They ignored the fact that what they are calling quid pro quo from the president occurred after the president had long since suspended aid to Ukraine. They are ignoring the fact that the president of the Ukraine when asked, said he felt no pressure whatsoever.

Nothing to see here folks. Let us tell you what really happened and trust us.

It's no wonder the president is not going to cooperate with Congress on the inquiry without a vote on whether to proceed with an impeachment inquiry (which is an established norm). He's learned that cooperation does absolutely nothing when dealing with Democrats other than getting them to double down.

Friday Musical Interlude - The Cars

Another member of this excellent band died recently (Rick Ocasek).  The Cars had a string of memorable hits through the late 70's and early 80's.  This one, from their 1978 debut album, Good Times Roll only peaked at 41 on Billboard but is an instantly recognizable classic.

October 3, 2019

Democrats' final tactic - silencing opponents

This is real folks.  Democrat presidential candidate Kamala Harris wants to ban president Trump from Twitter.  Do liberals and progressives understand how evil this is?

Don't forget Maxine Waters wants the president thrown in jail - in solitary confinement.  Probably without a trial.  She said so on Twitter.  You remember when conservatives all freaked out and demanded that Twitter ban her for it?  No, me either.

Did Adam Schiff perjure himself?

Adam Schiff lied throughout the Mueller probe claiming he knew stuff that never materialized.  He lied about what president Trump said during his call with Ukrainian president. He actually made stuff up and was called out on it.  And then he said he had no contact with the whistle blower in the Ukraine discussion between the Ukrainian president and president Trump.

It turns out Adam Schiff's office may have even helped the whistle blower craft the complaint.

Schiff is a compulsive liar. He is sleazy.  He may not be treasonous but he has done things that are not legal and he needs to be removed from his Chairmanship and congress. 

#Walkaway Wednesday

The #WalkAway campaign has been around for over a year.  Interestingly it's getting harder to find on YouTube (I never subscribed) so when I cam back to link to another video, it was not as easy as last time.  Nevertheless, here's another personal account:

A reply to Greta Thunberg from 9 months ago (before she became famous in America)

Common sense lacking in the media hysteria over a misinformed, abused young girl:

October 2, 2019

Rumors of Republican Trump support's death are greatly exaggerated.

Not just exaggerated, completely wrong. Someone named Janan Ganesh seems to be claiming that support for president Trump is actually quite shallow and Republicans could easily abandon him during impeachment proceedings.


How do I know? Record fundraising by the president:
Blockbuster: Trump, RNC Raise Combined $125 Million In Third Quarter, A New Record
How big is this number? When Obama ran for reelection in 2011, he and the DNC managed a combined $70 million in the third quarter.
Does that sound like any kind of scenario where Republicans (RNC) would be politically suicidal enough to abandon ship? 

If Hillary Clinton jumps into the 2020 race, can she win?

Very short answer: NO.

Short answer: Not even the Democrat primary.

Slightly long answer: Not a chance - even though the establishment (including Never Trump Republicans) wants her (even more than they would settle for Biden), no one else does.  She's toxic - anti-Hillary voters will flock to Trump and/or any other Democrat candidate to make sure she doesn't win the presidency or even the nomination.  If Hillary enters the Democrat race, the race will settle into Biden and Warren more quickly than you can imagine.

Long answer:  she doesn't deserve one at this point. Get back to me if she announces an intention to run - probably the day before the first primary if she's running (so as to continue to avoid any potential scrutiny).

This is not to say she isn't going to run.  On that issue I am less sure, even though I doubt it.  Nevertheless, here she is on The View talking 2020 and trying to sound better than the rest of us.  Note she mentions it's still early.  Watch only if you have a strong stomach.

In summary, she has no chance.  She's still bitter, still feeling entitled (she has not learned from being beaten by both Obama and Trump that you actually have to work for it to win it) and neither the left or the right are interested in an establishment candidate at this time.  She has no visible path to the presidency and even if there was, it's a very, very, very long shot.

For that reason I don't think she is really in it to run, just to sell books.  Either that or she is really as deluded as we thought in 2016 and before that.

Trump economy vs. Obama economy

How is president Trump not a shoe-in for re-election in 2020 with this?

Is Bernie Sanders going to have to drop out?

According to Breitbart, Bernie Sanders is facing a medical issue:
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) underwent emergency heart surgery, installing two stents in an artery, and has canceled all campaign events “until further notice,” his campaign announced Wednesday morning.

Sanders’ Senior Advisor Jeff Weaver said in an emailed statement that Sanders, 78, “experienced some chest discomfort” during a campaign event on Tuesday. A medical evaluation determined that he had a blockage in an artery, and two stents were “successfully inserted.”

Weaver said Sanders conversing and “in good spirits.” However, they are canceling all of his campaign activities until further notice.
It's well within the realm of possibility that Sanders will recover fully, but the question is whether his campaign can do the same. As a real contender, he can't afford an indefinite suspension of events and media face time. It puts his campaign at risk if he misses a weak. Further, there is an immediate perception problem. Voters will wonder, fairly, "is he physically up to the job?" It's not necessarily fair because he could recover fully but the perception may not follow suit. It's a fair perception because you cannot really know, but it is not necessarily fair to Bernie at the same time.

I am no fan of socialist Bernie, but it is an unfortunate development for his campaign. I suspect this is something that drops him back down to the top of the second tier - leaving Warren, Biden as the only contenders in the first tier. Sanders could find himself between that tier with support in the 20% plus range and ahead of Buttigieg and Harris in the 5% range. This could definitely drop Sanders from a barely top tier 16% down to 10%, clearly falling out of the top tier, away from potential recovery to a true contender.

That leaves Warren and Biden in the front runner category. If the Biden scandal pans out this becomes a Trump vs. Warren 2020 general election. Sanders' fellow socialist Elizabeth Warren has an opportunity to seize the nomination by the throat at this point. She will need to go after Biden to do it. It is interesting because with the next debate she will have to decide whether to go after the potential Ukraine scandal involving Biden, or to take the "high road" among Democrats and ignore the scandal.
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