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.    

Friday, April 17, 2015

Mean girl Britt McHenry is typical of many 'lookers'

You really shouldn't be all that shocked to listen to this young woman insulting a towing company cashier.  This kind of attitude, while vile and vulgar, is rather typical of young, good looking people, both male and female.

These horrible people have been in our midst forever, since the dawn of time.  They have been raised to think this way; that since they are pretty from an early age, they are treated differently than the other kids.  They are told that they are truly special, and are treated like little kid royalty.

They become the popular girls and guys in grade school, middle school and high school.  They create cliques that exclude the average and below average looking kids.  They tell themselves that they are better, smarter and more entitled to the good things in life than the rest of the holy poly.  At this point in their lives, the rules don't apply to them.  They are the smart, beautiful people, and they can do as they please without consequence.

These types are the cheer leaders and beauty pageant participants.  Everyone praises them and showers them with affection.  And it continues throughout their lives, until the point where their looks are gone.

Once that happens, look out.  They subsequently become meaner than ever, and resentful that the lumps and bumps in life that left them alone in their pretty youth are now showing up at their doorstep.  And they are not prepared to handle these irritants in their lives, and they certainly don't like it.

This bimbo, Britt McHenry, is clearly one of these spoiled, nasty pieces of work.  Her car was towed from a Chinese restaurant because of unnamed circumstances, but I can speculate as to why her car was towed: she parked in a no-parking zone because in her mind, only lesser folk are not allowed to park in these spots.  These restrictions are only for the 'little people,' and her kind are exempt from these restrictions, you see.  

When she had to retrieve her car, she was absolutely furious that someone had the nerve to enforce the rules on her.  How dare they?  Don't they know who she is?  She's on TV.  She's good looking.  She went to college.  She has a brain.  And she's exempt from the rules.  Rules are for her lessers.

Don't we get that?

No.  We don't, Britt.  

And after a not-exactly heart felt apology (but not directly to the woman who was the brunt of her arrogance), she thinks things will go back to the way they were before.  Maybe.  Hopefully she will get the Brian Williams treatment and possibly end her days on the air.  

But her behavior is not all that atypical.

There are lots more Britt McHenrys out there, looking down their noses at you and me.  Unfortunately, these horrible people will be among us forever.  It is just the way things have always been.

Sad to say.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

$15.00 an hour will not make you happy

There is a mini-movement afoot across the U.S. pushing for an almost doubling of the federally mandated minimum wage of $8.25/hour for full time employees.

This movement is primarily focused on the fast food industry, namely McDonald's.  These low skilled disgruntled workers main gripe is that they can't pay their bills on $8.25 per hour.  How can they possibly maintain their 55' luxury yacht payments, pay their beach front condo mortgages in St. Thomas and service the loans on their  Maseratis?  

These were of course rhetorical questions, easily answered by anyone:  they can't.  Anyone currently working for minimum wage just doesn't have the skills in the workplace demanded by employers, they flat out don't.  They are not able to provide any employer any value beyond flipping a burger, or mopping a floor.  These skills are easily obtained with 15 minutes of training, and can be mastered by the most simple minded among the population.

But earning more than a minimum wage requires more than the ability to swing a mop or handle a spatula.  Do these morons know that McDonald's turnover in employees per year is around 480%, and that level is acceptable to the McDonald's front office as a cost of doing business?  That means that a single station behind the counter that only flips burgers has 4.8 different low skilled workers per year on average handling that single spatula.  Or, for those who are really obtuse and feeble minded (typical incumbents of this position, frankly), this means that the average tenure of a burger flipper at McDonalds is something around less than 3 months before they move on to bigger and better things, or are terminated, or die.  

Their skills don't earn McDonalds any more than $8.25 per hour, and if they did, they would receive it.  Simple supply and demand.  If your work exceeds the value of what your employer is paying you, they will recognize such, and reward you accordingly so that you will continue earning them money.  

But that's not what these stupid burger flippers and mop swingers think.  They think that the franchise owners or McDonalds corporate folk have bags of money just sitting around in hallways doing nothing. And these same stupid burger flippers and mop swingers think that they should be allowed to dip into those bags of money, because that would only be fair. And once they get this arbitrary figure of $15/hour, they will be happy.

This is completely not the case.  They will not be happy, and here's why:

A McDonald's franchise and corporate margins are not all that much above 6% of  the total cost of operating a restaurant, maybe 8%, tops.  That is not a huge margin, and forcing labor rates arbitrarily to $15.00 an hour will likely drag those margins underwater at most locations.  No McDonalds can consistently turn a profit at those kind of labor rates given to completely unskilled doofs. 

All of this hooplah displayed by unskilled rabble waving signs and chanting stupid slogans will not result in any desirable outcome.  If the hooligans are successful in swaying some to jack up the minimum wage at these facilities, then that money has to come from somewhere.  And that usually comes at the expense of labor costs: the franchise owners or the corporate office will find a way to operate using less labor: you know, less burger flippers.  An automated burger machine costs much less in the long run than a retarded, unmotivated human doing the same job.  

In the long run, there will simply be less burger flipping jobs.  

This is always they way it goes.  Duh.  But there is no convincing the dummies out in front of McDonald's waving signs.  They want more.  

Don't we all?  But this is not the way to get more.  Getting more requires an employee providing more value to the employer, though hard work, education, improved skills, loyalty and hustle.  

This stupidity isn't going to accomplish anything.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Hillary Clinton has no baggage, folks. None whatsoever.

I suppose nobody except me remembers when the mainstream media (NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, CNN, Time magazine, the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington know, the Democrats) were shoveling dirt over Newt Gingrich's presidential aspirations in 2011, declaring he had just 'too much baggage.'  That baggage included his 'wither on the vine' comment about Social Security, getting paid for an autobiography and shutting down the government in 1995 (none of that is 'baggage' as far as I am concerned).

When discussing Hillary Clinton's presidential aspirations, has the MSM even ONCE mentioned the word 'baggage' when talking about Mrs. Clinton?  Even one lousy mention of 'baggage?'  No.  And we won't hear that word about her, even though this woman has more 'baggage' than Paris Hilton on a weekend jaunt to Marseilles.

And we are told she has an excellent chance to capture the White House in 2016.  How dumb are the U.S. voters, anyway?

Time for a Hitler analogy (which of course renders this opinion completely crazy and invalid): imagine if you can the theoretical scenario where Hitler had survived his Nazi defeat, and was allowed to go back to Munich to live out his life unmolested by folks seeking vengeance for his past sins (also known as 'baggage').

And Adolph goes back to Munich, gets bored swilling beer in the Hofbrauhaus with his old Putsch buddies and decides to run for the office of chancellor again, currently held by conservative Angela Merkel..  'Vote for Adolph, he's a nice guy!'  That slogan is then printed on every bill board, every bumper sticker and on the side of every bus.  

The German media, and particularly his opponent in the upcoming election, bring up the Holocaust, and the millions of people that Hitler had murdered.  "None of that has any validity, it's just a vast right wing conspiracy to besmirch the reputation of a truly nice guy."

"But Herr Fuhrer, we saw 188 thousand people enter Dachau, but nobody ever seems to have left."  'Nothing to see here,' scoffs Adolf.  "They got lost, and wandered away" dismissing the notion. "And besides, what difference, at this point, does it make?"  (old Schickelgruber sure can turn a phrase).

And so it goes during this hypothetical election campaign, Hitler and his election staff systematically deny that there is any 'baggage' associated with the lovable nice guy, Adolf Hitler.  Also imagine the media concluding "well, ladies and gentlemen.  There you have it.  Herr Hitler declares that he has no skeletons in his closet.  Now let's move on to what a nice guy he is...'

Are Americans that stupid that the will allow the media to ignore the following 'baggage' of Hillary Clinton:

  • Vince Foster's suspcious death and Hillary's suspicious involvement
  • Travelgate
  • Rose Law Firm records
  • Whitewater
  • Cattle futures
  • FBI files on republican adversaries found in the White House
  • Failed takeover of health care system in 1993
  • Heading up controlling hubby's 'Bimbo Eruptions'
  • 'Vast right wing conspiracy'
  • Clocking hubby with a lamp, resulting in bloodshed
  • Continuously trashing those around her and general bad temper
  • Russian 're-set' button
  • "I ain't no ways tarred (tired), I've come too farrrr (far)"
  • Benghazi
  • Email and server scandal
  • Lying about dodging bullets on visit to Kosovo
  • Lying about being named after Sir Edmund Hillary (first to scale Mt. Everest, and who was previously unknown until his feat TWO YEARS after Hillary Clinton was born).
Now THAT'S baggage. Serious, serious BAD, AWFUL baggage. Just the Mt. Everest thing alone, about the least egregious piece of baggage Mrs. Clinton lugs around would have tanked any republican's reputation, such as Dan Quayle's 'baggage' consisting of 'potatoe'. 

Will people just blow all of this off, this huge volume of 'baggage' in the upcoming 2016 presidential election",  just like the citizens of Dachau ignored the thousands of Jews that entered the concentration camp in their little town, and believed what the Nazis told them about it: 'just a protective custody facility, for processing people involved in the justice system.'

I may not know the definition of "is" but I know baggage when I see it.  And Hillary has serious baggage.  Everybody knows it.  Will everybody ignore it?

Vielleicht, vielleicht auch nicht.