Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Utopian fools put themselves at risk in a dangerous world

We still read in the domestic U.S. newspapers (for those Luddites who still cling to those inky, awkward paper relics) of traveling Americans, religious missionaries and ex patriots taken hostage, imprisoned or outright executed by hostile foreign groups, and in general of retribution inflicted onto Americans in foreign lands by those who hold ill will towards all things Western.

These incidents are far too common, and do not fall into the 'man bites dog' category of news.  It is now the norm, for Americans to suffer at the hands of foreigners when in foreign lands.

One would think we should expect bad things to happen to those brave yet foolish Americans who travel abroad to lands that harbor grudges against the United States.  These hostile foreign nations do not go out of their way to protect visiting Americans because they truly believe that America is the source of all of their woes: they believe that America is hogging all the natural resources their country produces, that the U.S. rewards their enemies by lucrative trade agreements, and that the U.S. in the past has bigfooted all of their aspirations and goals in its imperial drive to dominate the world.

And still these brave yet foolish Americans travel to hostile lands.  And their families are shocked and outraged that bad things happen to them in hostile foreign lands.  I don't understand this shock and outrage.  Common sense dictates that one does not put themselves into dangerous situations when virtually everyone knows that danger awaits those who venture into these hostile environments.

These brave yet foolish Americans I speak of are those who have Utopian dreams of a loving, caring global community, where we all sit around our international campfires, arm in arm, ukuleles strumming melodic chords as we all sing 'We are the World,' and John Lennon's idiotic ditty 'Imagine.'  These deluded morons buy property in foreign lands, thinking that the world is a safe, loving place, when in reality the world is a nasty, dangerous place where American notions of freedom and liberty are demonstrably NOT embraced everywhere.  Then when these fools' land is taken by these hostile, foreign governments, and they flee for their lives, they are dumb struck that this could ever happen.  Idiots.

These Utopian notions of a loving global community are simply NOT embraced everywhere.  In fact, these Utopian notions are embraced virtually NOWHERE, other than on paper here in the good ol' U.S. of A. Nowhere else.  Nowhere.

'But Fredd, but Fredd,' you curmudgeonly grump, 'what about our allies, such as Norway, Sweden, Japan and Germany, Fredd?'

While these Western countries are relatively friendly towards U.S. interests, I would not posit that they share our notions of freedom and liberty.  All of them, each and every one of them, holds contempt for Americans and our values.  Norwegians and Swedes consider Americans as barbarians owing to our belief in capital punishment. Japan holds such contempt for Americans that many Japanese will refuse to sit at a table in a restaurant that had hosted an American before them until such accommodations were thoroughly cleansed and sanitized. They consider us a lower species than themselves.  You think I am making this up.  I am not.  Ask anyone who has spent any significant time in Japan.  Germans still harbor resentment towards Americans over WWII hostilities and the subsequent 'occupation' of their lands by a significant U.S. military presence.  Ask anyone who has spent anytime in Germany, and has downed a liter or two of suds at the Hofbrauhaus in old Munchen with a native Bavarian.  The truth of our comity will come to the surface, to the surprise of many Utopian Americans.

In a world of anti-American sentiment, the only truly safe places to travel for U.S. citizens without fear of being taken hostage or otherwise harmed simply because of our ethnicity are other English speaking countries: Great Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.  That's it.  The list is short.

Everywhere else you travel, the cold hard truth of the world is that your safety is not high on the list of priorities of any host country.  In truth, contrary to the Utopian dream of world love and peace, most foreign country views of Americans are negative, and if harm befalls a U.S. citizen, nobody in that country will lose a moment's sleep worrying over the poor idiot's plight.  In reality, most foreigners will rejoice.

Travel to these hostile places (virtually everywhere English is not spoken) at your peril, Utopians.  John Lennon was and is wrong.  "Imagine all the people. Living life in peace.'  It will never happen.  Ever.  Pretending such idiocy will come to pass will only put your life in peril.

The fate of the Malaysian flight 370 should not shock anyone.  It was not all that long ago that the Malays were a pack of cannibals feasting on missionaries.  Now along comes civilization and these former cannibals now get Boeing 777's.  There is outrage and shock that the Malay government has bungled, botched and goofed up the whole affair.  The fact that this flight may have taken 293 souls to their doom should not shock or outrage anybody.  Civilization may have given these primitives jets and western suits for their leaders to wear, but putting your life in these people's hands is just asking for bad things to happen.  But that is the Utopian way: everybody is good, and everybody should love each other and good things will happen.

Utopian morons, take heed.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Obama's new minimum wage: $10.10/hour - the dumb 'helping' the dumber

During Obama's state of the union address last week, one of the most discredited, damaging and outright stupid political snake oil initiatives has been trotted out yet again to 'help' the downtrodden: Obama proclaims that jacking up the existing federal minimum wage from the current $7.25/hour - already $7.25 per hour too high - to a dizzying $10.10 per hour will help the poor.

Bunk.  It will make more people poor, on the whole.  Some people will benefit in the short term from this mandate, but in the aggregate we will all be worse off in the long run.

When I say that the existing federal mandated minimum wage of $7.25/hour is exactly $7.25 per hour too high, that is because it is inarguable that the true, exact and immutable minimum wage is exactly $0.00 per hour, and this figure is exact to the 1/100th of a penny.  Zero, nada, zilch per hour is what somebody makes when an employer just doesn't have the means to justify hiring an employee in the U.S. today.

But Obama and his Utopian dreamers in the faculty lounge dismiss the reality of the situation, and they will mandate paradise on earth, and in this case, legislate a minimum hourly wage standard of $7.25 per hour, or if Obama gets his way, $10.10 per hour.  What this mandate (either one, the old minimum or the new, doesn't matter) in effect results in is increased unemployment, or more people earning the true minimum wage: nothing per hour.

A wage or salary is nothing more and nothing less than the cost of labor.  The price of labor.  Everything worth while in this world has a price, and the prices of the means of production are all relatively well known: the means of production, as economists call them, are in effect land, labor and capital.  Each has a price. A well established price at any point in time.

Economically, if a price for something is too high, people will balk at paying that price.  They will find alternatives that meet their satisfaction, rather than pay too high a price for something.  Say, for example, some beach front property in southern Florida next door to Donald Trump's Mira Lago compound goes up for sale for $1,000,000 for an adjacent acre to the Donald's digs.  Whoa, you say, I'm not going to shell out a cool million just to say I live next door to the Donald.  Forget that, there's another piece of property down the road, that is only going for $825,000 an acre.  I will be fine with that.

And so that kind of behavior goes for virtually any transaction in America.  Economically speaking the higher the price of anything, all else held constant, the lower the demand for it.  When Obama or any Democrat squeals for higher minimum wages, they are squealing in effect for higher unemployment.

An employer will simply not just sit still and eat this increase in the cost of their payroll.  They can do many things to cope with this new mandate, and among the alternatives are: eat it, let the increase come out of their profit margin.  Not likely, as employers are in business to make a profit, not just to employ people.  They can perhaps pass on the cost to the consumer of their product: also, not likely.  That's not the way things work in our economy, because if they jack up the cost of their product over that of their competitors, they will lose market share.  And when they lose market share, they lose profit margin.  See above, employers don't like that to happen.

What is most likely to happen, is that they will just do with one less employee: if they had three employee's at $7.25 per hour before Obama's new $10.10/hour mandate, the odds that they will simply fire one of the three employees is high.  How is that better for these minimum wage employees?

It's fine with the two remaining employees.  It's a disaster for that third employee who just lost his job, thanks to Barry, and subsequently earns the true minimum wage: bumpkus per hour.

It is just that simple.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

'Money for Nothin'...Detroit's pain is America's gain

The ruling yesterday by federal judge Steven Rhodes to allow the Chapter 9 bankruptcy proceedings of the City of Detroit is a God send for our country.  A virtual God send.

What Judge Rhodes' decision yesterday basically said was that out of control public union pensions are not allowed to be municipal suicide pacts.  He said that the Detroit public pensions were simply another creditor in line for a diminished piece of the remaining fiscal pie of a failed economic entity, the City of Detroit.  Their claims that their pensions are sacrosanct, and accordingly off the table have been scrapped.

Thank God.

'Oh, Fredd, you evil rotten sumbitch,' you say.  'How heartless can you be, watching these poor retches thrown out into the cold streets of Detroit, unable to put food on their tables, unable to feed their dogs, unable to pay their mortgages now that their meager pensions have been placed in jeopardy.  What an evil piece of garbage you are, Fredd.'

Say what you want about me, but the facts are the facts.  The fact is that liberalism has finally been thwarted, at least initially in the Eastern District of the State of Michigan.  Appeals will be filed by armies of liberal lawyers armed to the teeth with briefcases full of objections, requests for stays, injunctions, and all manner of lawyerly gobbledegook.

Liberalism is the reason why Detroit is in the dire straights it finds itself right now.  That fact is not even arguable.  Large greedy, unaccountable public and private unions (namely the UAW, Teamsters, IBEW, AFL-CIO, AFSCME, SIEU, NEA, and the list can go on infinitum) have coerced unenforceable life time contracts with Detroit that now finds itself in so deep, it can no longer afford to keep the street lights burning, police cars patrolling, garbage trucks collecting, fire fighters fighting fires, paramedics paramedicking (ok, so I made up a word or two, sue me).

The point is that these gargantuan rotten unions are in for a shock: the goose that laid golden eggs for them to suck on in perpetuity has died.  Much like a host that succumbs to a malignant parasite, Detroit has raised the white flag: no more free money and golden pensions for unions.  There is no more money.  You can't get blood from a turnip.  Or a stone.  Or a bankrupt entity.  The checks have stopped coming.

Deal with it.

The pensioners are going to take a hair cut of perhaps 50%, or so goes the speculation. They signed a deal with the devil and some knew it, some didn't, but it was a deal with the devil regardless.  A promise for a life ever after in the land of high cotton, simply by showing up for a union job for maybe 20 years.

And the end to laying sideways in the land of high cotton for these betrayed union rank and file employess and now pensioners simply must happen.  There just isn't the money to pay these pensions that were forced onto the city by parasitic union bosses.  But just exactly why Detroit entered into these bargains in the first place must be discussed.  A contract is a binding document, right?  Sacrosanct, right?  Wrong - if in upholding the contract is physically impossible.

Henry Ford put Detroit on the map.  He jacked up the salaries of his workers up to $5.00/day, so that they too could afford to buy Henry Ford's product - the good ol' Ford Model T, produced enmasse from 1908 through 1927.  Henry Ford was a man of principle, and of character.  When he gave his workers the unheard of salaries they enjoyed, he also required them to live lives of structure, honor and integrity.  He himself was a man of virtue, self denial and character, and he thought that his community should share his values.  He would mandate that drunkenness be sanctioned, certainly on the job but also in the home.  Drunken employees would be given warnings, and if their excesses continued, they would be terminated.

This worked for quite awhile, until the socialists, Marxists and their union movement finally gained a stronghold into Henry Ford's company.  Detroit was a thriving, vibrant city until the unions moved in, and started extracting their devil's due: money for nothing.  Once they got their foot in the door, they demanded an end to Henry Ford's prissy ways, and if the union members wanted to wallow in drunkenness, nobody, and especially not Henry Ford, was to judge.

This exemption from frugality, thrift, honor, sobriety and general integrity continued to erode society in Detroit, from Detroit's zenith as a major thriving metropolitan center for business in the 1950's to today, December 5th, 2013: a city in liberal ruin.  A virtual smoking crater of a city, where once a great society dwelled.  Destroyed by the liberal atomic bomb of socialism.

Much like the lyrics to Dire Straights' huge hit in 1985, 'Money for nothing,'  the front man of the band Mark Knopfler and the Police's lead man, Sting, wrote this song after Knopfler overhead a conversation outside a store front window of an appliance store between two working stiffs.  As both stiffs watched a music video of a rock star, one stiff complained that getting up on stage, playing a guitar was 'money for nothing.'  He suggested 'that ain't workin,' he's bangin' on the bongos like a chimpanzee.' ' Money for nothin' and your chicks for free.'

Of course, that's not how gaining popularity as a rock star works, not even close.  A lot of these rockers put in their time, pay their dues, play gigs at the Moose Lodge, weddings and dive bars, often for little or nothing year in and year out, before they start moving up the food chain.  Just like every other job.  You put in your time, pay your dues, and basically show up for work, and eventually good things happen.  The way America should be.  And used to be.

But not in Detroit, not after the communist unions took over the city. The sole purpose of any union, name your favorite one, is to reduce economic efficiency.  Less work for more pay.  By definition, unions suck efficiency out of their hosts, and provide absolutely nothing in return.  By law.  Look at each and every collective bargaining session: the unions want more restrictions in work rules, less hours, more benefits, more guarantees of lifetime pensions, and in exchange they will not strike.  What kind of a deal is that?  For a city like Detroit to cave on an endless series of collective bargaining sessions over the decades has finally gotten the chickens to come home to roost: ain't no more money in the cash register, Richard Trumpka (boss of the AFL-CIO).

Detroit is but the largest example of union parasites killing their host cities.  Stockton, CA, was up until yesterday the largest example, but now these suicide pacts are coming to an end in a major city.

Thank God.  Finally, somebody has noticed that union greed has killed their host organization.  More cities are going to reach this point, but Americans are not going to hold up these deals with the devil: those days have now come.....and gone.

Again, Thank God.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Incompetence on parade

We are watching Barack Obama doing his best to manage our health care system, and our health insurance industry.

What we are actually watching is the most incompetent, inexperienced, in over his head, out of his league manager of our national affairs ever in this nation's history. Barack Obama was widely known to have the absolute thinnest, most pathetic, skinniest resume of anyone ever seeking the presidency, but the voting public overlooked all of this when it came time to pull the lever (twice), because he spoke very well, and could pronounce the word 'nuclear' ('noo-klee-er,' and not 'noo-kyoo-lar'). Quite the accomplishment, if you ask me (but ask him to pronounce the word 'corps', and see what you get). .

Turns out the guy can't manage his way out of a wet paper bag, and why should anyone be surprised? This incompetent, arrogant foolish moron has never managed anything in his entire life, not even a lemonade stand. He has held absolutely no executive positions in his existence on this planet. How can we expect a community organizer (read: rabblerouser) to get our nations' health care system and insurance industry running like a well oiled machine? Because we overlooked this obvious inexperience when we elected this guy (twice), and we are now paying the piper.
He has expected to have things go well only on the basis that he wants them to go well, and tells everyone as much. He has never had to actually make decisions as to how best to solve problems, bring assets to bear and determine which assets to put more here and less there, etc. You know, things that even a simple lemonade stand owner understands. And yet these basic economic principles elude Obama's understanding completely.
'Obama's Lemonade Stand' would have been set up roughly like this: shake down some successful lemonade stands down the street for his supplies, such as lemon juice, sugar, ice cubes and water. If they don't provide it, he will get the community to march on them for reasons of social injustice, corporate greed, etc. Then he will set his prices according to a progressive agenda: poor people get it free. Rich people will pay $1,000.00 per glass. It's only fair, everyone knows that. Once word gets out among the poor people that there's free lemonade afoot, Obama's stand will be flooded with 'patrons.' Exactly like the over representation of Medicaid signups for Obamacare, the 'takers' out of the system. Word also gets out among the rich folk that Obama is gouging them by charging $1,000 for one lousy glass of lemonade, and they avoid the stand, much akin to the 'makers,' the ones who have to fund all of this free medical care are avoiding signing up for Obamacare.  The analogy is scary correct.  And I continue....
Now Obama has lots (and LOTS) of demand for lemonade, and yet no revenue to show for his efforts. He needs more supplies, but the nearby lemonade stands have been bled dry by Obama's incessant shake downs, and have closed their doors. To make up for this lack of revenue, ever more shake downs of increasingly distant but successful lemonade stands for his growing demand of lemonade is arranged. In the long run, as long as there are more successful stands to shake down to keep supplies flowing, things will work out just fine at 'Obama's Lemonade Stand' : that is, until there are no more successful lemonade stands anywhere to shake down. But he has never arrived at that point yet in his sophomoric experience, and accordingly thinks he can run America in much the same way.
Right in front of America's eyes, Obama's abysmal lack of experience in managing anything has come to the surface when his problem solving rhetoric was clear for everyone to see: solving the Gulf oil spill a while back by decree - 'plug the damn hole.' There you have it. Done deal, right?
When the solution by decree doesn't work (which it won't, duh), Plan B consists of sending a few battalions of attorneys, armed to the teeth with briefcases, to figure out whom to sue. Why should we expect anything else out of this guy? We shouldn't. And as we all know, and especially Obama's mentor Rev. Jeremiah Wright knows, 'America's chickens have come home to roost.' We elected a boob (twice) who doesn't know how to do anything except cause chaos, and we are getting what we elected: a guy who couldn't even run a lemonade stand and who is now in charge of our health care system and the insurance industry.
Perhaps a lesson has been learned here. I certainly hope that the low information crowd is starting to get it, now.  Now that THEY are feeling the pain caused by this incompetent, arrogant boob who thinks he knows everything, but knows nothing.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Maybe THIS will wake up those low information voters....

We have been governed by socialists and marxists for over seven years now (to include the last two years of George W. Bush's last term, remember Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid took over congress in 2006) owing to the clout of what are now famously referred to as the 'low information voter.'  At least two of the three pedestals of power (the White House, the Senate and the House) have been in liberal hands now since '06 and the liberal majorities have wrought terrible damage during these days.

Low info folks voted in droves for liberals such as Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi to lead their party, because Barry, Harry and Nancy filled their tiny brains with lies, fantasies and garbage about a heaven on earth that was forthcoming, provided they and their ilk are elected.

Starting now, the health care debacle that is out in the open for the first time for everyone to see, even these low info types, things are getting crappy for the average American who has never paid any attention to politics, but rather simply voted for Democrats.  Currently insured people who hate politics, and only want to know how often Snooki puked last night, or who gets hacked on Survivor or Dancing With The Stars, now are getting letters from insurance companies telling them their policies are cancelled.

We'll see how things go in 2014.  If these dummy low info types have any clue whatsoever as to why their pocketbooks are lighter, I think that the pendulum has starting to swing back into the correct path for the U.S.

Nobody, and I mean NOBODY, no matter how stupid, can possibly blame Republicans for the disaster that Obama Care, and more accurately President Barrack Hussein Obama, has foisted on our society.  Hopefully this realization will reflect favorably for the grown ups at the ballot box in 2014.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

I've got news for you: 'THEY' are full of it....

You’ve heard them all.  Your father spewed them constantly, every opportunity he got.  Your mother had lots of these gems, too.  Yes, you’ve heard them all.  Over and over.

And 'they' are profoundly wrong. No, I'm not talking about your mom and dad, although I'm sure they are not always right all the time:  I'm talking about those infallible yet intangible sources from whom your mom and dad among many others quote: the elusive nebulous yet ubiquitous 'THEY.'  You know what 'they' say...'  Yes, 'THEM.' Those guys.  ' THEY' ARE WRONG.  All the time.

They all usually start with, ‘you know what THEY say, …’ and then the idiocy is repeated by whomever.  ‘You know what they say, a penny saved is a penny earned.’  Or some other such nonsense.  The reality is that stupid saying is simply outdated, and needs revision.  If you go out of your way to save a measly penny, you will have wasted more time and money in your endeavors to pick that penny up, think about how best to save it, and then take action on putting it into a secure position than that scrawny penny will ever be worth. 

But I pick nits on that example.  My point is that all of these insipid ‘truisms’ don’t make any sense whatsoever if put into practice.

The worst of these offensive sayings is this one: ‘you know what they say, one should NEVER ASSUME ANYTHING.’ 

How stupid is that, anyway?  Pretty darn stupid, if you stop and think about it.  Everybody makes countless assumptions on a daily, hourly and secondly basis.  If you never assumed anything, you would be paralyzed from taking any action whatsoever.  We all assume that the sun will come up again in the east, and set in the west.  If you don’t assume that, then you will wake up waiting to see if indeed the sun will come up in the east.  Oh, there it is, whew, for a second there I thought it might not rise today. Or, perhaps you would spend your time craning your neck in all directions to see where the sun will rise, maybe the north, maybe the northwest, who knows?  Never assume anything, right?  Wrong. 

You have to assume that you will not get hit by a meteorite, or falling space debris.  If you don’t make that assumption, your life will be consumed by this remote possibility and you will spend every waking hour staring into the heavens to see if something lethal is hurtling your way. 

If you are to be a functional human being, you have to assume that your home will not be overrun by a rampaging hoard of invading Cubans.  You have to assume that the chances of that are slim at best.  But if you are to believe what THEY say (' never assume anything'),  then be prepared to stand your post in perpetuity watching the horizon for the invading Cubans.

I could go on ad infinitum with assumptions that are made by everybody every second of the day, but I won’t.  Just know that from this point on, the assumptions you make will not doom you to the horrible consequences that THEY say you will suffer if you dare to make assumptions. 

And this one drives me crazy: ‘THEY say that you should NEVER draw conclusions until all the facts are at hand.’  AARRGGH!!  What garbage that one is. 

That oldie but goodie is the basis for every scoundrel under the sun to muddy the waters as to their malfeasance, skullduggery and evil ways.  All the facts will NEVER be at hand, regardless of the situation.  If one simply refuses to come to a reasonable conclusion as to any observation until they have absolutely every fact on the occurrence, they will dither until the cows come home as to forming an opinion as to what they just saw, and what to make of it. 

Every reasonable, rational person draws conclusions on a multitude of events that occur in spite of the irrefutable fact that there are missing facts not considered.  Take the recent events in Syria: 3,000 people experienced what was in all likelihood a Sarin gas attack, and the conclusion most every civilized nation made is that the rotten, no-chin son of a bitch Basher al Assad and his God awful regime was responsible for it.  There were plenty of tidbits of information that points to the Assad regime as responsible, but all of the facts on this event are not at hand, far from it.  Nobody saw the regime launch any chemical missiles, no film or video proves that they did it, and these are facts that will probably never be at hand.  And yet we all know that this scumbag dictator indeed gave the thumbs up to launch these weapons despite the lack of hard, proven facts.

But if you listen to THEM, you can’t draw this conclusion, because all the facts are clearly not at hand.  See what I mean?  All of the facts on anything will never be at hand.  If you wait for all the facts to be on hand, you will wait forever before drawing any conclusion on anything.

And THEY say all kinds of idiocy, such as “judge not, lest ye be judged.”  This one is just a collorary of the stupid axiom above, in that we make judgments all the time based on your collective experience and morals we hold dear in our lives.  To let things slide from judgment simply because you don’t want to be judged yourself, all sorts of evil can flourish.

Just take it as a bit of good advice: don’t listen to what THEY say.  THEY are full of it.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Talks with the Taliban? Here's how that will go....

The Obama administration has a lot of faith in their main man coming through with his 'gift,' you know, blathering on endlessly, saying really nothing, and walking away thinking he got something done.

But these negotiations with the Taliban are something that Obama may have a problem with, since their ideology is one of steadfast inflexible demands that infidels yield or suffer the wrath of Allah.  Here's how these talks will go:

Taliban Mohammed:  'We demand that the West yield to Sharia immediately.  To deny the Word of Allah is blasphemy, and will be dealt with severely.  We insist on beheading as the penalty.

Obama: 'Well, my good friend Mohammed, those are pretty tough terms.  Is there any wiggle room in your demands for human rights, women's rights, gay rights, you know, that kind of stuff?'

Taliban Mohammed:  'My good friend, President Obama.  So sorry, we are not really at liberty to negotiate the words of The Prophet and those of Allah.  We insist on beheading infidels who do not submit to Islam and the ways of Sharia.'

Obama: 'Well, how about we agree that rather than beheadings of all infidels who do not submit to Islam, we simply cut off one of their hands.  Can we agree to that?

Taliban Mohammed: 'Gee, I don't know.  I'll take it back to my people and see what they say.  But I can't really guarantee you anything, Mr. Obama, as they are pretty set in their ways, and beheadings are traditionally the way we deal with you infidels.'

Obama: 'Great, great!  See, we can make some headway if we just sit down and talk to each other...'