Wednesday, February 20, 2019

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Obvious Truth #43


Acting is socially condoned lying. The better the thespian, the more convincing the liar.

Headlines


Amazon ‘couldn’t handle the heat,’ NYC’s de Blasio says

Italy’s far-right group set to be the second biggest political party in the EU

Pelosi quietly deletes tweet [supporting Smollett] ...

Limbaugh: Immigration is an emergency, our ‘culture’ at risk

McCabe: ‘I was fired because I opened a case against the president’

Japan’s Abe nominated Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize — reportedly after the US asked him to

FACEBOOK labeled ‘digital gangsters’ in U.K. ...

Global warming: CA officials tell skiers to stay home, too much snow

Election board  to decide fate of disputed North Carolina congressional race

China’s car sales fell 16 percent in January, making seven months of decline

Dems ready to challenge emergency declaration ... Texas-sized backlash from land owners ...

N.Y. Times: Trump’s border reforms working

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

God’s Plan


As per the Mostly Cajun’s request ... see: God’s Plan for Seniors. The second part is better.

Trumpisms


Trump is evil. Absolutely everything he does as president is pulling this country down. He has accomplish nothing in his over two years in office. All he does is play golf and watch TV. Anything that is good today was accomplished by his Nobel-Prize winning predecessors. He is an absolute doofus and has orange hair to boot. Here are some of his braggadocios policy statements and self-puffing accomplishments. Agree or disagree?

Many NATO members should be paying up for what they had committed to — True  False
North Korea needs to denuclearize or be vaporized — True  False
Germany connecting to a Russian oil pipeline defeats the purpose of NATO — True  False
We have destroyed the ISIS caliphate and should withdraw from Syria — True  False
China’s trade practises with the US are very unfair and need fixing — True  False
Mueller’s Russian collusion investigation is a witch hunt — True  False
If a nation does not protect its borders, it is not a nation ... we need a wall — True  False
Tax cuts and regulation reform will jump start the American economy — True  False
We have long promised to move our embassy to Jerusalem. Now is the time — True False
After 18 years of war, it is time to get out of Afghanistan — True  False
The Iranian nuclear deal is a complicit disaster and needs to be nullified — True  False
Middle East nations should pay us for their defense — True  False
The Iranian theocracy does not serve its people and needs to be reformed — True  False
Our intelligence agencies don’t always get things right — True  False
We need to make America energy independent — True  False
We need a more thorough migrant vetting process in countries rife with terrorists — True  False
Saudi Arabia is key to Middle East peace — True  False
Visa lotteries do not produce the best migrants, should be stopped — True  False
We need to bring manufacturing back to our country— True False
Chain migration is also insane and needs to be stopped — True  False
We need to arm the Ukrainian government to push back against the Russians — True  false
NAFTA has been a disaster for US manufacturing and needs renegotiating — True  False
Why are we  taking migrants from “shithole” countries — True  False
The Paris Climate Accord was a gigantic wealth transfer mechanism and should die — True  False
The United States will never be a socialist country — True  False
Our military needs to refunded and  revitalized — True  False

And this is not the half of it. Romney said Trump was “a fake and a fraud.” And he is not getting anything done. Agree?

Monday, February 18, 2019

Fractured Definition


Magazine — an internet publication that promotes the Trump agenda.

Headlines


Trump bets on North Korea to break his losing streak

Why California’s new solar mandate could cost new homeowners up to $10,000

The wolf who cried MAGA ... could get 3 years in prison for filing false report ...

Stephen Miller predicts ‘hundreds of miles’ of border wall by 2020

How does a straight white male Democrat run for president?

A big change in accounting will pit $3 trillion in liabilities on corporate balance sheets

Amazon pays no income takes ... $11 billion in profits ...$100 million rebate!

Networks refuse to cover ‘no Russian collusion’ report

Trump threatens to release ISIS prisoners if EU doesn’t take them

Anthony Weiner released from prison, now in federal reentry program

Senate panel to investigate meetings between Russians, Obama officials ...

[Iran] ...claims U.S. sabotaging Tehran space program

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Happy ...


Dead Old White Men’s Day!

Presidential Paradox


President Trump is rather unique in that he often brings out the worst in many of his fellow citizenry and allies ...  but then can educe the best in some of our enemies. — Anon.

Headlines


California’s move to Super Tuesday hands Harris a big edge in 2020

As Trump ponders auto tariffs, free trade Republicans push back

Spending binge worse than under Obama, Bush

Washington Post: Democrats hid border security win from Trump

Dems prepare to force Trump to reveal private talks with Putin

Trade talks with the U.S. are ‘making a final sprint,’ Chinese state media claim

Kaepernick settles collusion case against NFL ... $60 - $80 million?

Trump decries catch and release as spending bill expands program

Vatican defrocks former Washington cardinal over sex abuse

Trump’s message is having an impact on NATO, secretary general says

Just 1 in 4 Americans pass US citizenship test ...

Lindsey Graham congratulates Trump on defeating ISIS caliphate

QED


Open-border advocates make the slippery claim that illegal immigrants commit fewer crimes than native-born Americans. Yes, of course this must be true ... since there are 15  to 30 times more of the latter than the former. This oft-repeated mantra is meant to deceive and, unfortunately, it often does.

However, the proper comparison would be on a proportional basis. Illegal immigrants represent  about 14 percent of our federal prison population (66% of 21% ... see: Center for Immigration Studies Stats) and less reliable reports have this same approximate proportion in many state prisons and local jails. And, depending on your source, illegal immigrants represent 3% (at 11 million) to 7% (at 23 million) of our nation’s total population (323 million). Sooo, illegal immigrants must proportionally commit from 2 to almost 5 times the crimes of our native-born population.

QED.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Fractured Definition


Sinecure  -  receiving extreme unction for all past human transgressions.

Headlines


Legal war looms over Trump move to declare border emergency

China and US will continue high-stakes trade talks in Washington next week

ABC: ‘Empire’ actor staged attack? Hate or hoax

Beto: ‘The border has never been as safe and secure’

Amazon to New York; Drop dead

Trump will sign spending bill, declare national emergency and ‘other executive action’

Amazon to pay $0 in taxes — for second year in a row!

Dershowitz on McCabe’s 25th Amendment effort: ‘Clearly an attempted coup d’etat’

Court allows House Democrats to join Obamacare defense

Facebook uses its apps to track users it thinks could threaten employees and others

Networks: 2,202 minutes on Russian scandal, zero for ‘no collusion’ report ...

Border bill offers aid, buses, legal shields to migrants

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Obvious Truth #42


There seems no limit to the pettiness, mendacity and self-serving behavior that most politicians and government bureaucrats can and often do display. President Trump’s biggest flaw is that he evokes this type of despicable behavior on the part of his political opponents ... instead of inspiring them to reach down for their better 1/10th.

Hell’s Hell


Politics is a very slimy business — two examples:

- It is beginning to appear that Mueller may not issue his long-expected report or that the report, if released, will be a wet fart ... see: NBC Article. This report was meant to show how extensively Trump and his campaign colluded with Russia to win the presidency in 2016. No such evidence has been uncovered or manufactured in this two year witch hunt ... a witch’s hunt which increasingly appears to be meant to cover up for the widespread sleazy illegality in Obama’s DOJ, FBI and CIA.

- The rescue package that a joint committee of Congress put together to avert another government shutdown over the border wall is full of vindictive Pelosi  “land mines” as Trump calls them. Not only is the wall funding offer a paltry $1.375 billion instead of the $5.7 billion requested ... but it also specifies that this border barrier can only be of an older (ineffective) design; all new wall building must be in the Rio Grande valley; localities can override any attempts to build a wall ... and it authorizes $12 billion to be given to the Central American triangle countries who supply most of the welfare “dreamers” who are flooding our open borders ... see: National Review Article. This is like curing a cold with a case of typhus.

Political operatives, when they die and they invariably end up on Hell, are quickly shuffled off to an even more odious punishment — Hell’s Hell — where they are greeted by many of their buddy journalists.

Headlines


Pelosi’s freshmen fracture amid GOP pressure

Fed Gov. Brainard: ‘Downside risks have definitely increased’ on the economy

McCabe: DOJ discussed removing Trump

Donald Trump watching for ‘landmines’ in compromise

Why is the Hispanic Caucus ignoring Julian Castro?

Broadcom co-founder charged with felony drug trafficking after Las Vegas hotel arrest

Feds collect record individual taxes ...

Poll: Media’s all-out assault on Trump only hurts trust in journalists

Political scandal threatens Trudeau’s second term

Trump demands California return $3.5 billion in funds after state’s ‘disaster’ bullet train project

Retail sales drop the most since ‘09 ...

Rand Paul: Trump won ‘big victory’ with border wall deal

Apolitical Science


It would seem to this observer that there are a number of reasonable and apolitical steps that should be taken by real scientists when investigating the future energy needs of our world:

- For hundreds of million years hydrocarbons (coal, oil, tar and natural gas) were created as a result of plants capturing the energy of the sun and then, through natural forces, storing it underground for our future use. We need to know what might be the sum total of BTUs that were created during this period (a truly huge number) and how much of this energy might be realistically recoverable given probable scientific advances. And what are the possible error boundaries of these estimates?

- How much of this hydrocarbon energy has already been expended since we stopped depending on wood, wind and whale oil ... and how many years, decades or centuries might this energy reservoir sustain the entire world given realistic demographic and per-person usage projections. And what are the possible error boundaries to these estimates?

- Given these estimates and their error boundaries, at what point will the world likely need significant new energy sources and what might these energy sources be? Hydroelectric? Nuclear? Fusion? Tidal? Geothermal? Wind? Solar? or the possible requirement for some new energy technology? What are the possible risks and error boundaries associated with each of these options?

- What are the realistic apolitical economic and social implications of each of these paths to supplying our longer-term energy needs and what are the error boundaries therein?

- What are the chances that this will occur?

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Walking the Dog


A true cur ...

Headlines


Michael Bloomberg’s $500 million anti-Trump moonshot

Mortgage applications drop 3.7% as home buyers pull back

Lawyer: Mueller will say nothing! Will not issue report ...

GOP/Dem border deal, $1.3 billion for wall, less than 60 miles of new barrier

Howard Schultz: ‘I should be paying more taxes’

Growing number of Californians considering fleeing state and blame sky-high costs, survey finds

Explosive new book lifts lid on gay priests in Vatican ... Four in five homosexual?

National debt surpasses $22 trillion

Poll: Voters don’t want another shutdown, are split on border wall

China is going to need more foreign money as its trade surplus dries up, Morgan Stanley says

Senate uncovered no direct evidence of conspiracy between Trump campaign, Russia ...

1.4 million households drop off food stamps



Cuddly Pet Peeves

As part of my “Looking Back” blog post series, I offer one I wrote in December, 2006: Cuddly Pet Peeves. It is interesting to note how much of our world has changed in just 12+ years. Cell phones have replaced answering machines. Magazines have all but disappeared except in dentist offices.  And email spam has gotten even worse ... as have airline fibs.

Anyhow, I am still miffed by many other new things ... maybe I’ll reveal them in some future blog post?

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Oasis in Libya

Headlines


Negotiators reach deal ‘in principle’ to avert shutdown

Investors take biggest cash position in decade despite market rally

Mexican flags flew at Beto [El Paso] gathering ...

Donald Trump  trying to stop ICE from deporting illegals

Superstar freshman Dems replace Pelosi as GOP targets

Tesla is staking it’s future on China — here’s what it’s up against

$1.375 billion to build 55 miles of new border barriers ...

House Democrats plan vote to criminalize private gun sales this week

Theresa May keeps her advisers in the dark on Brexit

Kevin McCarthy: Pelosi and Democrats caved on Trump’s border barrier demand

Buchanan: Green New Deal is a Dem suicide note ...

China, Turkey war of words over Muslim internment camps