Monday, June 15, 2015

Hillary starting to resemble Richard Nixon

I can't turn on the TV on any random day without seeing a story that is unflattering to Hillary Clinton to put it mildly. 

Now we see that she is banning reporters that she doesn't like from covering her public appearances.  Not flattering at all.  And to boot, that particular campaign event was lightly attended by perhaps 2,000 folks, hardly what anyone would call a throng.

The Democrat Party hardcore apparatchiks are wringing their hands about their presumptive nominee.  This latest event was no different than others as of late for Mrs. Clinton, and no questions were entertained from the press. 

Voters don't like that.  And the apparatchiks don't like that the voters don't like that. 

It appears that Mrs. Clinton will be the Democratic nominee for president, but the Democrat machine is likely working furiously behind the scenes to scrounge up somebody, anybody, that can challenge Hillary for the nod in the primaries. 

I think it is becoming crystal clear by now: even though her last name is Clinton, Hillary is not even close to matching her hubby's political skill.  She handles questions clumsily, if at all lately.  She tells little old ladies to get back to the end of the line.  She doesn't tip waitresses.  She seems quite crabby at times, almost Nixon-esque. 

What a lovely irony, with Hillary's antics the last few years.  She apparently took detailed notes while working to bring President Richard Nixon down as a young Democrat Party legal worker. 

And now she and Nixon are becoming virtual twins, with the only exception being that Hillary, unlike Nixon, destroyed the evidence of her skullduggery, malfeasance and general rottenness.

She learned well at the feet of the master, Richard M. Nixon.  If she starts growing a 5 O'clock shadow, I don't know if you could tell the two apart. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

'Rocky Mountain High' only for the few

Over the years, I find myself listening only to music of my youth, misspent as is was, and ignoring anything written after 1989.  And whouda thunk that rap would last this long, and I don't even consider it music.

I am turning out just like my father, who was stuck in the Big Band era forever, and bad mouthing Elvis, the Beatles and especially the Rolling Stones as Godless hippies.  My favorite quote from my dad, when we were watching the Beatles perform "She Loves You" on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964: 'look at those idiots. Anybody can grow their hair long and sing 'yeah, yeah yeah.'  These guys stink.'

And now here I am, bad mouthing Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and their ilk, all the while glued to Serius-XM's '80's on Eight,' and 'Instant Rewind.'  You know, the good stuff.

But something always gnawed at me after listening to John Denver's "Rocky Mountain High."  The lyrics that bugged me were these:

Now his life is full of wonder
But his heart still knows some fear
Of a simple thing he cannot comprehend
Why they try to tear the mountains down
To bring in a couple more
More people, more scars upon the land

John Denver sounds like one of the stupid 'save the farmland' people we have around here, who want to eliminate via legislation any more residential development simply so they can continue to hunt on the open fields and race their insipid snowmobiles without having to pay for any of it. 

When John Denver sees bulldozers scraping away the dirt so that a foundation for a home can be poured, he seethes at this 'scar' upon HIS land, which is obviously not his.  Of course, John (God rest his soul) had a palatial spread up there in the Rockies, but now that he had gotten his, screw everybody else.  Did he consider that when HIS bulldozers were 'scarring' HIS lot, there might be locals who seethed at that scar of his?  Of course not.

Liberals are like that.  Once they get theirs, to hell with everyone else.  Let them eat cake. 

John Denver was a moron. 

Confession time: I kind of like Lady Gaga's "Applause.'  Pretty catchy tune, I must admit. 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Unintended consequences of $15/hr min wage

I still can't comprehend the number of people in the US who think that raising the minimum wage to $15/hour will be a good and positive thing for American society.

Of course it will improve the lives of those currently making minimum wage of $7.25/hour, assuming they don't get fired because the business owner can't afford to pay $15/hour.  Their lives will improve, of course.  Doubling anybody's wage without asking anything in return, such as greater skills, and perhaps more commitment to the company will benefit that individual enormously.

BUT: and there's always a but in these kinds of policy decisions.  The number of people making minimum wage in the U.S. currently are just a fraction of the total work force.  Additionally, this minimum wage is only offered to those with minimum skills, and with perhaps little or no workplace experience.  Minimum wages earned by people over the age of 21 are, to be frank and honest, are the going price for people who have so far failed in their lives to improve themselves.  Additionally, if these minimum wages are paid to Americans over the age of 60, this is the price that is paid to people who have failed to plan and save for their Golden Years, and if these low end jobs are the best they can find, there is no sympathy to these folks from me, sorry to say.  You oldsters on minimum wage had an entire working lifetime to improve your skills and to save your pennies for just this eventuality, 'as ye sow, so shall ye reap.'  Or so they say.

But what most Americans do not understand is that by jacking up the minimum wage without requiring a commensurate increase in productivity, the only thing nationwide that we will see is increased unemployment at the bottom end of the wage scale.  Lots of current $7.25/hour people will be simply sacked.  Nothing personal, it's just that the business that employed them cannot afford to pay a low skilled worker anything more than what they produce. 

Business owners will find ways to get the job done with fewer employees, such as fire unenthusiastic U.S. teenage citizens and slow poke Americans in favor of highly motivated undocumented

Businesses will invest in automation to accomplish the lower level tasks that were done by employees prior to the jack in the minimum wage.  Resulting, of course, in higher unemployment.

Wages are nothing more than the price of labor.  In pure economic terms, when the price of something goes up, the demand for that something goes down.  When the minimum wage goes up, demand for people earning the minimum wage goes down.  The lowest on the economic ladder always get hammered.  Except for the few lucky jamokes who somehow keep their jobs, and these workers are truly the exception.  Additionally, the employer will keep only the best of these remaining souls, and will actively seek replacements of these guys and gals, too, now that they are paying top dollar for their unskilled services.  Take that to the bank.

I am always astounded at the average Joe who doesn't get this.  It's as simple as 2 + 2 = 4.  No more complicated.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

George Stephanopulos supports liberal causes...well duh.

All of this hubbub, this kerfuffle over the $75,000 donation to the Clinton Global Initiative by ABC news anchor George Stefanopulos is just amazing to watch.

It's as if the Pope had subscribed to 'The Devil's Journal,' or a dyed-in-the-wool Green Bay Packer fan bought a Jay Cutler bobble head doll; something that just isn't natural.

Time to wake up and smell the liberal bias: George Stefanopulos is a card carrying, dues paying, three bean salad to the annual Liberal's Picnic-bringing, true believing Democrat socialist liberal pinko commie.

He always has been, and always will be.  All of this fa├žade of him being the consummate unbiased journalist simply reporting the news, fair and balanced, has never been the case, ever.

George has never voted for a Republican and never will (no, I can't prove this statement, but I would bet my immortal soul that it is as true as the day is long).  He has worked at the highest levels of the Democrat Party during the Clinton administration.  To think that once he left their service after the first Clinton term ended, and that he hung up his partisan brass knuckles is just nuts.  True believers such as Geoge Stefanopulos never leave the fold, ever.  Can you imagine Howard Dean switching his views from uber-liberal to non-partisan?  No?  Then why would you believe George could?  They are both the same liberal ideologues through and through.

Now his journalistic chops are being questioned?  Only now?  After EIGHTEEN YEARS with ABC News?  This guy has been seeking to destroy the Republican party using any means necessary since he could read and write. 

Who on earth could possibly believe this guy was ever impartial?  At any point during his career?

I know who would believe that: the now famous 'low information voter.'  These are the folks that aren't really paying attention to anything that is not related to who gets voted off the island in "Survivor," or who is getting vomited on by Snookie. 

To the rest of us who actually pay attention to what's going on in this country, this latest kerfuffle should not even be a kerfuffle.  George is only doing what George does best: support liberalism and undermine conservatism.

It's in his blood.  Duh.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Ron Paul predicts the 'end of days'....again

Dr. Ron Paul (R-Tx), former fiery back bencher in the House of Representatives, and perennial presidential candidate (for both the GOP and Independent parties) is at it again.

No shrinking violet, Dr. Paul, he has predicted correctly and incorrectly quite a few occurrences over the past 20 years, and quite a few 'end of days' scenarios as well, which never seem to pan out.

This time, he predicts that the U.S. economy will collapse this year.  He points to runaway spending, sky high tax rates and the lack of any political will to do anything about any of this by Congress as a precursor to economic chaos in 2015.

Ron Paul has always been very pessimistic when it comes to the resilience of Americans.  He has persisted in his 'end of days' comments on every single bill coming out of Congress, and that we are doomed.  But what he doesn't count into his calculus is the backbone of the American people.  We have seen tough times before, and we will again.  And we will overcome those tough times, as we always do.

As in years passed, some of his predictions have come to pass: in 2002 he predicted the "Arab Spring" would result in many of our shaky Arab allies being overthrown by Muslim extremists.  This indeed has happened.  But he also predicted that we were in for an economic melt down that would bring us to our knees, this one made perhaps 15 years ago.  

So far, that hasn't happened.  And it probably won't.  If we were to see the economy blow up, that would have happened in 2007-9, (the Great Recession).  Sure, things were bad, and lots of people lost their jobs and the economy has shrunk.  No denying that this is true.

But the extent to which Dr. Paul portrays the 'end of days' just isn't in the cards for the largest economy on the planet.  Despite the horrible Great Recession, the U.S. economy is still the mightiest, most robust and reliable economy in the world today.  

Ron Paul is now offering up his doom and gloom predictions on behalf of precious metal interests, and warning that if we Americans don't start going back to using gold and silver as money, we will all end up in the gutter, destitute and forlorn in our misery.

From my understanding, Dr. Paul is a medical doctor, and more specifically a gynecologist/obstetrician by trade.  He was elected to serve the people of Texas in the House of Representatives back in the 1970's, and now considers himself an expert in world economics.  

I may trust Dr. Paul to perhaps lance a boil or set a broken bone with competence, but his complete lack of credibility in all things economics is frankly breathtaking.

He has been predicting the end of days here in the U.S. for what seems like forever, and now he is finally doing it for money.  He is the perfect spokesperson for precious metal commodity brokers, because they have been saying the same thing for the last thousand years.

And I am not buying what he is selling, and neither should you. Both he and all of those gold bugs out there have been wrong, wrong, wrong for centuries. And centuries to come.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Obama is right: ISIS is indeed a JV team

Barry and I don't see eye to eye very often.  Almost never, truth be told, but on this one he is spot on: ISIS is just not the threat that everybody on the right has been gnashing their teeth about.

Sure, if you live in the God forsaken death sands of Syria and Iraq, and you have at best a kindergarten diploma hanging on the walls of your Bedouin tent, ISIS represents the dogs from Hell.  But to the rest of us, they are impotent savages.

ISIS has rampaged over mostly barren, uneducated and remote hell holes that not even the Bedouins of years gone by would have considered worth inhabiting.  So what?  Let them have that forlorn and worthless part of the earth.  The inhabitants there had their chance at freedom, and threw it all away by inviting these animals into their environs, now let them live and die with those decisions.

ISIS has proven that it can wreak havoc on the weak.  But now they are boasting and crowing at this latest episode in Garland, Texas: these incompetent savages with no hope to even come close in challenging the powers of the West are now claiming a great victory.

This 'victory' of ISIS consists of a couple of 'Dumb and Dumber' type idiots in Phoenix who, after reading a couple of ISIS comic books, decided to protect the prophet's reputation by driving in their beat up car to Garland, Texas, donning some grown up military gear, and attacking the infidels who dare to hold a 'Draw the Prophet' contest with a full frontal assault.  With AK-47's blazing, they did indeed wound a traffic cop protecting the Garland facility in the ankle.  Then his partner, a classically trained American police officer seen writing tickets to speeders in the area,  took both of these Rambo-wannabes out with a .38 police issued revolver, a weapon hardly more powerful than a .22 target pistol. This average run-of-the-mill traffic cop dropped these two stupid ass wipes like your garden variety bags of dirt, no fuss no muss.

And ISIS calls this attack a victory.  Their first attack on the Great Satan (that would be us here in America).  This is more than pathetic.  This is bordering on sad.  If this is what we can expect out of what General Thomas McInerny, and Colonel David Shaeffer call an existential threat to our American way of life, than I don't know that I am going to lose any sleep over these ISIS morons invading Garland, Texas anytime soon.

Obama is right.  We don't need to mobilize U.S. military assets and wipe these goat herders with AK-47's off the map, if this puny attack is the extent of their global reach.  I have seen better military efforts out of the Keystone Cops.  I would wager if you armed Harold and Kumar with BB guns and turned them loose on Steubenville, Ohio, there would have been more damage than we saw in Garland, Texas.

And I hate agreeing with Obama.  I hate it a lot.  But he is right. This assault on Garland, THIS is what we should ALL be fearful of, if we listen to McInerny and Shaeffer?  Those military experts may have the chops to put together a plan to wipe these ragheads out, but why bother?

If this is the best they can do, then the label of "JV team" is WAY overstated.  ISIS is absolutely no threat to the US in any form.  And never will be.  Just let them rampage over the Middle Eastern deserts, and then when they run out of bullets, let them starve to death in their sand box.


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Civil strife: lay it at the doorsteps of Democrats

Oh, get off it, Fredd, you can't possibly back that kind of statement up.

Oh yes I can.  

We see this again and again: black young men with no jobs burning things to the ground.  Watts. LA.  Detroit.  Baltimore. Ferguson.  Oakland.  Why?  Because Freddy Grey was killed by the cops.  Because Michael Brown was shot by a white cop. Because Eric Garner was killed by Staten Island cops.

Or, at least that is what is said on the streets.

Baltimore is in flames right now because blacks are not happy about their lot in life.  And the cops are targeting them, since most crime in urban areas is committed by blacks. What happened to young urban blacks anyway?

They don't have fathers.  Their fathers have left because there is no incentive to stay, primarily because the women in the household have the government taking care of them.  No need for a man.  And who decided that the government should do this?  Republicans?  Yes, some weak knee Republicans thought this was a good idea.  But these dumb Republicans are in the vast minority.  It was Democrats in droves who proposed welfare payments, earned income tax credits, food stamps and all other manner of handouts to minorities in depressed neighborhoods, and they proposed them year in and year out, and lots of those programs passed.  And, of course, the recipients would subsequently vote Democratic.  Often for life, as well as their progeny.  This kind of legislation works great for Democrats, who are perpetually re-elected because of their support for the down trodden.

Once these down trodden got their welfare payments, no need to work, because the government was giving them money.  Not a lot, but enough to pay for cable TV, and a case or two of Miller and a bag of Cheetos.  

Now we have an entire culture of down trodden, dependent blacks who are not happy that they can't afford Ferraris and beach front condos on what they get from the government.  And jobs?  

That's another Democrat remedy gone awry.  Manufacturing jobs were once the road to the middle class for those who didn't obtain college degrees, but those are no longer around in any abundance.  What happened to those manufacturing jobs?  Democrats and labor unions (who are almost 99% Democrats) in action, that's what happened.  

Manufacturers seek to minimize costs in order to stay in business.  When the American corporate tax rate is 39%, the highest in the world, what kind of manufacturers are going to give away that kind of money to a greedy government, when there are many countries that charge little or no corporate tax to business concerns.  Unions demanded three times the minimum wage or they threatened a crippling strike on these businesses. These manufacturers took their business and jobs to where they were wanted.  American cities sure don't want them, not with the kind of punitive taxes and union wages they hammer these businesses with.  

Do Democrats understand that union thuggery in action and by  taxing businesses out of the country, it affects the formerly middle class workers the most? And these formerly middle class workers are now under class unemployed disgruntled rock throwers.

Thank you  Democrats.