12 October 2014

We different.

All these foreign and economic woes led to political instability [in the Chinese Ming Dynasty], which led a centralized imperial bureaucracy whose rigidness and endless passing of laws was [sic] totally incapable of addressing the nation’s problems.
"(Deceiver) How Jesus’ Brother Killed Millions Of Chinese." By By Stucky, The Burning Platform, 10/10/14

This just in.

France’s generous welfare system has come at a price - a budget that hasn’t been balanced since 1974 . . . .[1]
Hopes that the magic fairy will fix this isolated problem burn brightly in all those devoted to Good Speak, Good Think, and Good Do.

[1]  "France Crushes Socialist Welfare Dream, Admits "Living Beyond Its Means" For 40 Years." By Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, 10/9/14.

11 October 2014

Leftist betrayal of America.

Read the disgusting story of U.S. leftists’ support for Communists in Vietnam here:

"When Night Fell In Indochina." By Bruce Herschensohn, The New Nixon, date unknown.
It's a joy to read about that human slime. It just never grows old.

09 October 2014

Black to basics.

But Democrats no longer on the ballot believe the president should focus his time on his most loyal constituency.

“I’d have Obama on an evangelistic schedule of black churches all over the country,” said Willie Brown, the former mayor of San Francisco. “I think he really should go to the black base. I don’t think there’s any other place I would trust he wouldn’t create an adverse reaction rather than a positive reaction.”[1]

The comments on this article are, as usual, choice. The heaviest reader support is for comments extolling Obama’s "achievements" (improving economy, "saving" of GM, advance to socialized medicine, "falling" unemployment, promoting the homosexual agenda, protection of the sacrament of abortion) and/or evincing unswerving support for centralized, interventionist, constitution-optional policies and disdain for Republican "obstructionism" and hatred of kittens and the poor.

In short, a showcase of leftist delusion, economic ignorance, and blindness toward the dangers of an untouchable federal government.

[1]  "In This Election, Obama’s Party Benches Him." By Jonathan Martinoct, New York Times, 10/7/14.

08 October 2014


When I was a boy my momma would send me down to a corner store with $1 and I’d come back with 5 potatoes, 2 loaves of bread, 3 bottles of milk, a hunk of cheese, a box of tea and 6 eggs.

You can’t do that now… Too many [darn] security cameras.

Comment on "The Change In Cost Of Living Since 1938." By Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, 10/3/14.

04 October 2014

Unspeakable tragedy.

"Average_guy" comment on The Guardian’s Sophie Heawood’s angst at her failure to rear a "gender-neutral" daughter (who now likes to wear pink tutus and look at herself in the mirror):

Good luck dealing with the unspeakable tragedy that your daughter likes being a girl. It's a cruel world, for the modern intellectual.
"Sophie Heawood: why family life is like a Slinky." By Sophie Heawood, The Guardian, 10/3/14.

02 October 2014

01 October 2014

Sweden’s race to the bottom.

But overall, the media aroused in me a new emotion towards Sweden, one I never dreamed I would ever feel: contempt. Things aren’t quite as bad as East Germany, as dissident Swedes are wont to say, but this country no longer has full freedom of speech. The far left – that is to say, the Swedish media and establishment – is not interested in “debating” mass immigration. They are ideologically committed to imposing it, come what may, for the greater good, and anybody who disagrees is a “hater,” a “fascist,” a “nazi” or a “racist.”

I’m not exaggerating. You see those words over and over in the Swedish media. Which is to say, Sweden itself has become the closest thing western Europe now has to a fascistic, Nazi-like, hate-based regime – only it is wrong-thinking ethnic Swedes who are its victims, at risk of assault, home-trashing and media humiliation for voicing opposition to state immigration policy.

. . . Is it surprising that there is no real debate on immigration when one side refuses to even acknowledge the concerns of the other, and simply resorts to slander?[1]

The disintegration of the lie requires proportionally stronger efforts to defend the lie.

[1]  "’Sweden – Europe’s closest thing to a fascist, hate-based regime.’ Kebabland – Part 3." By Iain Channing, Dispatch International, 2/11/14.

29 September 2014

Our monetary mavens.

Accordingly, the Fed is pre-occupied with utterly transient and frequently revised-away monthly release data on retail sales, housing starts, auto production, business investment, employment, inflation and the like. But its always about the latest ticks in the data—never about the larger patterns and the deeper longer-term trends.

And of course that’s the essence of the Keynesian affliction. The denizens of the Eccles Building—-overwhelmingly academics and policy apparatchiks—-rarely venture into the blooming, buzzing messiness of the real economic world. They simplistically believe, therefore, that the US economy is just a giant bathtub that must the filled to the brim with “aggregate demand” and all will be well.[1]

It never ceases to amaze me that people accept that someone like Janet Yellen, or Obama, or Nancy Pelosi can and should make decisions about how to spend their money. Trucking companies know that a new truck might increase their earnings by X amount but the decision that gets made for them is that a solar panel manufacturer should instead get their money or that a bridge over a hiking trail in Yosemite should be repaired.

I only play an economist in the movies but you can’t beat this definition of Keynesian economics: The belief that you can raise the level of water in a swimming pool by taking water out of one end of the pool and dumping it in the other.

The word "maven" in the title of this post is carefully chosen. One definition of maven is your pal who goes to the stereo store to advise you on what stereo to buy. Your friend knows he doesn’t know anything about stereos and the salesman also knows that your "expert" knows nothing. The only person who doesn’t know that your maven is clueless is you.

Keep this in mind next time you contemplate that "12 members of the FOMC can tweak the performance of a $17 trillion economy on virtually a month to month basis—using the crude tools of interest rate pegging and word cloud emissions (i.e. ‘verbal guidance’)."[2]

[1]  "The Fed’s Credit Channel Is Broken And Its Bathtub Economics Has Failed." By David Stockman, Contra Corner, 9/28/14.
[2]  Id.

24 September 2014

Regression to the mean.

The tragic fact of business is that ordinary Africans were better off under colonialism. Colonial masters never committed anything near the murder and genocide seen under black rule in Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Nigeria, Mozambique, Somalia and other countries where millions of blacks have been slaughtered in unspeakable ways that included: hacking to death, boiling in oil, setting on fire and dismemberment. If as many elephants, zebras and lions had been as ruthlessly slaughtered, the world’s leftists would be in a tizzy.

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. . . Blacks [in Africa] are not held to civilized standards of behavior. From the liberal’s point of view it might even be racist to expect blacks to adhere to civilized standards of behavior.[1]

Not just in Africa.

[1]  Walter Williams, quoted in "Rainbow Nation." By Radish, 4/12/13.