Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Trump's intimidation of the Fed is disgraceful.
About 56 million are aborted annually worldwide at the zenith of global capitalism.
[C]apitalism ... gets rid of stuff that doesn’t work. ... [T]here are other systems… that spend money in strange and silly ways. Of these systems, the biggest is big government, with its ethos of “If it works, tax it… If it doesn’t work, subsidize it.”
And of these other systems which spend money in strange and silly ways the smallest is the heterosexual nuclear family, with its ethos of never requiring work of children commensurate with the cost of subsidizing them, strange and silly as it may sound, nor of the elderly commensurate with the cost of subsidizing them.
Because some things are more important than working.
Know-nothing Rush Limbaugh just said the Flores Settlement goes all the way back to Obama, when it goes all the way back to Bill Clinton, with Bush in between doing zero, zip, nada about it
The shrunken Trump economy is still over 5 million full-time jobs behind the Great Recession average
The 2-point average percentage difference applied to current population amounts to nearly 5.2 million full-time jobs behind what used to be normal for more than two decades.
Trump's do-nothing government: More than 1 million illegal aliens have deportation orders but remain in country
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is threatening to remove millions of people living in the country illegally on the eve of formally announcing his re-election bid. ...
An administration official said the effort would focus on the more than 1 million people who have been issued final deportation orders by federal judges but remain at large in the country. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to explain the president’s tweets.
"I really mean it this time, Johnny, boy are you going to get it when your father gets home."
Large-scale ICE enforcement operations are typically kept secret to avoid tipping off targets. In 2018, Trump and other senior officials threatened the mayor of Oakland, California, with criminal prosecution for alerting city residents that immigration raids were in the works. ...
Publicizing a future law enforcement operation is unheard of at ICE. Trump administration officials blasted Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf last year for warning immigrants about an impending raid, saying she endangered agents’ safety.
“The Oakland mayor’s decision to publicize her suspicions about ICE operations further increased that risk for my officers and alerted criminal aliens - making clear that this reckless decision was based on her political agenda with the very federal laws that ICE is sworn to uphold,” then-ICE deputy director Thomas Homan said at the time.
Monday, June 17, 2019
Sunday, June 16, 2019
Just a reminder that (((Bret Stephens))) of the NYT wants all the white, brown, black and yellow trash of America to get out
(((They))) really do believe that we should be replaced, because they really do believe that they are superior.
And we saved them from the camps why?
Bottom line: So-called real Americans are screwing up America. Maybe they should leave, so that we can replace them with new and better ones: newcomers who are more appreciative of what the United States has to offer, more ambitious for themselves and their children, and more willing to sacrifice for the future. In other words, just the kind of people we used to be — when “we” had just come off the boat.
Note to Hillary Democrats: Boston Bruins won the popular vote, but still lost Stanley Cup to St. Louis Blues
(((Cathy Young))) interrupts her visit to the heart of Christianity in Rome to vent her hatred for the entire religion of the empty tomb over some nut in Tennessee who's an ex-detective
See how sneeky (((they))) are? Had she said "Who moved the stone?" it would have been a dead giveaway. Better to use language in such a way that you think you can plausibly deny.
The point of going on vacation is to go to some place you love, not to some place you hate. And (((they))) say the self-hating Jew is a myth, a calumny of the goyim.
The point of going on vacation is to go to some place you love, not to some place you hate. And (((they))) say the self-hating Jew is a myth, a calumny of the goyim.
The yellow vests achieved some of their modest objectives already before Christmas and should have packed it in then instead of continuing all the destructive protests into 2019.
Macron was chastened, and he made concessions.
And then the Notre Dame Cathedral fire helped unify what the yellow vests were still trying to divide. Game over, but they were clueless.
Protests continue for a 31st week, but the numbers are way down. Time to hang it up.
Obama did nothing to support Iranian democracy in 2009, and Trump is doing nothing to support democracy in Hong Kong in 2019
Once upon a time we were the leaders of the free world, and of the world which wanted to be free.
Jonah Goldberg, Charles Cooke and NATIONAL REVIEW have it all wrong: The Founders' modest goal was to keep CHRISTIANS from killing each other
The post-liberals think that Enlightenment-based liberalism is the disease afflicting society because it has no answer for how people should live. They have a point: It is not a religion or moral philosophy. But it wasn’t meant to be. Instead, as National Review’s Charles Cooke rightly put it, classical liberalism was a system designed to keep people of different religions from killing each other.
This is hubris, but not American hubris. America wasn't about people of different religions, broadly conceived. To say otherwise remains the Big Lie of contemporary liberalism.
The Founders sought to create a unique home for mostly English Christian diversity, which meant Protestantism in relation to Catholicism, where its citizens would "assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them".
Classical liberalism in America was as much a creature of Protestant Christianity as it was of the Enlightenment. It wouldn't have existed without the unique history and interaction of the two phenomena. By importing non-Christian religion into the Founders' equation as liberals do today, however, private hostility among Christians has been all but replaced by public hostility toward Christians. Some parties actually want to kill Christians just as much as some Protestants and Catholics once upon a time wanted to kill each other. Some think that's actually (((their))) plan.
It's been a recipe for disaster, and we're living it more and more.
It was a difficult enough game of chess before non-Christianity got introduced. The history of Protestant-Catholic relations in America proves that. But now it's 3-D chess, and very few can play that game, or want to.
But the last person who is going to reset this game board, touted by Goldberg, is the atheist George Will, an open borders libertarian who wants any and every immigrant who can get here to come here. Nor, frankly, will the Catholic enthusiasts at First Things Magazine be of much help. They are not inspired by American sensibilities, by definition, and represent Protestantism's fiercest theological opponents and are at the same time Catholic illegal immigrants' most practical defenders. Their loyalty is plain. All the ills of America and the West they blame on both the Enlightenment and Protestantism.
Both of these parties, ostensibly opposed to each other, seem to agree on one thing: reducing the Protestants to minority status.
The hatred for what we were and what we are, coming from our supposed allies on the right, should astonish more Republican voters.
Jews now have Israel, thanks to the West. They should move there. Muslims have Arabia, and much more. We don't need them here. Catholics have Rome.
America is the once and future home of Protestantism. Everyone deserves a home.
Saturday, June 15, 2019
For my location and our family size we have been getting by on at least 1/3 less than the calculator says we need, and we have been doing it FOR YEARS on end.
The reality is about 65% of individual wage earners in this country make less than the calculator says our family must make in order to get by, which must mean a lot of people are in the same boat as we are.
Friday, June 14, 2019
Employers advertize for extreme candidates who are ninjas, gurus and rock stars for jobs which don't pay accordingly
When everything's awesome, nothing is.
It's Friday, and five o'clock can't come soon enough.
In other words, few people seem to want to do the duties of a rock star if they’re not going to get paid like one.
Thursday, June 13, 2019
First survey since the libertarian’s impeachment comments shows big lead for pro-Trump challenger
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
WaPo/Minneapolis Star Tribune can always be counted on to soft-peddle Democrat crimes, including tax fraud, marriage fraud, immigration fraud and incest by not using those words
Just a few months before President Donald Trump received his now-infamous diagnosis of “bone spurs in the heels,” former high school football star Biden got the same 1-Y draft deferment for “asthma as a teenager.” It was one of five deferments Biden received (the same number as notorious GOP “draft dodger” Dick Cheney) and allowed him to avoid being drafted at the height of the war. The year 1968 was one of the bloodiest of the Vietnam conflict with 296,406 Americans drafted into military service — the second-highest during the war.
Trump is a fool to insist his hands are tied by bad immigration laws when the US Code already gives him the power to act
If properly enforced, 8 U.S.C. § 1182(f) could single-handedly eliminate this Central American-originated, Mexican cartel-orchestrated, harrowingly physically dangerous assault on our nation's collective sovereignty. Here is the relevant statutory text (emphasis added):
Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Monday, June 10, 2019
Your man or woman in Congress is already in the top 3% of wage earners in America, but it's not enough, says this guy. Republicans carry the Democrats' water, every damn time.
Brendan Buck, former spokesperson for onetime Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., tweeted his support for a pay raise Friday.
“Congressional member and staff pay should be increased. I know that sounds bad, and makes for bad politics, but it’s just true. No, current member pay is by no means paltry, but it is too low, and it’s having a negative effect on Congress,” said Buck.
The best among us may get elected to high office in D.C. with high minded ideals and goals but eventually get co-opted by an insidious system, and gradually become an out-of-touch, often-duplicitous, platitude-mouthing D.C. elite.
Trump signed everything a Republican controlled Congress sent him without getting anything on immigration in return, the basis for his candidacy. Now he's running for reelection on immigration again.
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice . . ..
The fact is, these two guys could run together on the same ticket.
Meanwhile 744 candidates have filed to run for president as of June 3, 2019, including Communist Michael Tyler Shortshit.
You have choice!
It remains unclear the window of time between the sentencing and the execution. Interior Ministry sources say it most often takes years for the President to sign for the execution – most often by hanging – to be carried out.
The recovery of full time jobs under Reagan hit 50.1% of population in three years, we're still not that far after seven
Sunday, June 9, 2019
If the current jobs recovery just equaled the average of previous cycle highs, we'd have 3.1 million more working full time jobs than we do
Six previous full time jobs recoveries since 1968 have meant 51.1% of the population working full time on average at peak, but we appear to have stalled out at around 49.9%.
It looks like a small difference on paper but amounts to almost 3.1 million more working full time today than are.
Population continues to grow, why not full time employment along with it?
This is not a boom.
Saturday, June 8, 2019
Friday, June 7, 2019
Average hourly earnings increases for the bottom 80% of workers not-seasonally-adjusted are averaging 3.08% in April and May vs. 3.42% in 4Q2018 and 1Q2019
These are good numbers compared with the awful Obama era, but still far off the 4+% levels before the last two recessions.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "Greedy and craven U.S. tech companies have helped China control the internet and police its citizens"
The world must stand up to China’s crimes, repression and chicanery. ... [Tank man's] defiance is a lesson for the rest of the world, which must resolutely stand up to China’s crimes, repression and chicanery and nurture democracy there whenever, however, it can.
Thursday, June 6, 2019
Rush Limbaugh tells us western civilization is in jeopardy when one of his advertizers features a woman boasting she dumped her boyfriend because he was a dud in the bedroom
Rush's market is cads and whores.
Western civilization isn't in jeopardy, it's already dead.
Chip Roy calls latest House immigration bill a show, political theatre, which is ignoring the invasion
Everything government does is theatre, usually bad theatre, and when it's occasionally mediocre theatre because it's so rarely even that good the politicians abandon all sense of proportion and fall all over themselves telling us how wonderful what they did was.
Trump won't actually do his job. Congress won't actually do its job.
Sounds like a trend.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Climate Update for Grand Rapids, MI, May 2019
Max Temp 79, Mean Max 86
Min Temp 38, Mean Min 32
Av Temp 57, Mean Av 57.9
Precip 5.96, Mean 3.48 (12th wettest May on record)
Snow 0, Mean 0.2
HDD 248, Mean 252
Season to date HDD 6673, Mean 6654
CDD 6, Mean 39
We've had a very wet spring, and now we're seeing caterpillar activity on some pine and apple trees, in addition to vigorous ant activity in our sandy soils. Song birds have a plentiful supply of bugs to eat and are feeding and nesting robustly.
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Robin Munro: The Tiananmen massacre was not primarily of the students, rather the workers, not in the Square but citywide in Beijing
Western criticisms based on a false version of the clearing of Tiananmen Square have handed the butchers of Beijing needless propaganda victories in the U.N. and elsewhere. ... By May 17, the sight of as many as 2,000 idealistic young students collapsing from heat and starvation brought more than a million ordinary Beijing citizens into the square in a moving display of human solidarity. “The students speak on behalf of all of us,” they would tell any foreigner who cared to listen.
Having been passive spectators, the laobaixing now began to act as a bastion of active support for the students, bringing food and other supplies to the square on a round-the-clock basis. This specter of emerging cross-class solidarity led directly to the authorities’ decision to impose martial law in Beijing on May 20. ...
Action groups formed spontaneously throughout Beijing. ... The laobaixing were now in a posture of peaceful, nonviolent but direct confrontation with the government and army, and similar “turmoil”—to use the party’s term—rapidly emerged in dozens of other cities. Moreover, the laobaixing were beginning to articulate their own grievances. ...
However, the birth of the Beijing Workers’ Autonomous Federation a few days after the abortive imposition of martial law posed a much greater threat. That is because this group, headquartered in a couple of scruffy tents in the northwest corner of Tiananmen Square, raised an issue that had been taboo in China since 1949: the right of workers to engage in independent labor organization and self-representation. Such a demand struck at the very core of the Chinese Communist state, for the party’s main claim to legitimacy is that it rules in the name and interests of the “laboring masses.” Although its active membership remained relatively small, its formal membership soared during the first few days of June, reaching a peak of more than 10,000 enrollments after three of its leaders were secretly arrested on May 29.
Autonomous workers’ groups quickly sprang up in most of China’s major cities. This was the “cancer cell” that the authorities had feared from the outset would appear if legal recognition were ever to be conferred on the student organizations. In the government’s eyes, if the statue of the Goddess of Democracy, erected in the square at the end of May, represented the arrogant defiance of the students and the symbolic intrusion of “bourgeois liberalism” and “Western subversion” into the sacred heart of Communist rule, the crude red-and-black banner of the Beijing Workers’ Autonomous Federation, not a hundred yards away from the goddess, represented the terrifying power of the workers awakened.
Both had to be crushed, and the rapidly defecting party apparatus had to be frightened and shocked back into line.
Forget the glowing Wikipedia entry for gay classicist Claude Fredericks of Bennington College, he preyed on students
NICHOLAS DELBANCO: A strange fellow, Claude Fredericks. He dropped out of Harvard because he refused to take the swim test or something like that, but he was a genuinely learned person, an autodidact. Knew Latin, Greek, Japanese. Punctilious in his self--presentation. And he had an avant-garde printing press, quite famous at the time, called Banyan Press. It published people like Gertrude Stein and the poet Jimmy Merrill, who’d been Claude’s lover early on. ...
MATT JACOBSEN: It was never unfriendly between me and Claude, but as I fell more deeply in love with Liz [Glotzer, Jacobsen’s girlfriend and eventual wife], I saw less of Claude. I realized it was kind of ridiculous to hang out with him, cool as he was. And he wasn’t going to get what he wanted from me, so he moved on to greener pastures, started fooling around with another guy who’d been his student. At the end of the day, Claude was driven by a—you know—perverse interest in me. And that was wrong. I’m a geezer now, and I understand how wrong he really was.
Full transcript of John Dowd conversation with Flynn lawyer shows Mueller report's selective quotation intended to insinuate improper behavior when there was none
“Isn’t it ironic that this man who kept indicting and prosecuting people for process crimes committed a false statement in his own report. By taking out half my words, they changed the tenor and the contents of that conversation with [Flynn lawyer] Robert Kelner,” Dowd said of former special counsel Robert Mueller in an interview with Fox News’s Sean Hannity.
You'll notice that Democrat Ilhan Omar didn't bother to vote. Must have been busy washing her hijabs.
The bill showers more money on Puerto Rico, and spends nothing on the disaster at the US/Mexico border.
Monday, June 3, 2019
Sunday, June 2, 2019
Twitter's 12-hour punishment of Erick Erickson for this Elizabeth Warren joke was so grade schoolish
Twitter is treating some of its customers like children because it can. The company lost money every year since 2013, when it went public, until 2018, when it turned a profit of $1.2 billion. The service has about 126 million daily users.