Monday, May 21, 2018

What A Depressing World

And man was cast out of the Garden of Eden because he was kind of a turd...

● Each of the following happened: A old guy on Frontier Airlines punched a dog and then a pregnant woman. The pregnant woman's thug boyfriend went wild and beat up the old guy, even continuing the fight when they got off the plane. Why weren't they arrested? Another Frontier customer urinated on the back of the seat in front of him. And last week, a naked man ran up and down the aisle of an airplane. WTF?

● A local NAACP leader/minister is the latest to be caught by Cop-Cam. He claimed he was pulled over and threatened... asked why he was in an expensive car and wealthy neighborhood... threatened with arrest... accused of being a drug dealer. Other civil rights leaders freaked out. One stormed down to the station to demand to see the camera footage. Whoops. None of it happened. Total lie. Said one of the other Civil Rights leaders, "I don't know why he did this? This set us back 100 years."

● A bike lane in Seattle cost $12 million a mile... because there weren't any better uses for the money.

● If you want to know what our politics has come to, this headline says it all: Armed Porn Star Shoots Up President's Golf Club.

● In their zeal to hate Trump, the Democrats have now defended the ultra-violent gang MS-13. They are decrying Trump for denying their "humanity" when he called them animals. This is perhaps the most murderous, brutal gang in the world. Good call Democrats. Maybe they should stay at your homes?

● Venezuela is continuing its experiment with societal suicide. They just re-elected the guy who has driven their economy to the point of having no food or medicine. I'll be curious what he does for an encore and when they finally turn to cannibalism.
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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Where in the World is the US Embassy?

by tryanmax

So, I did something crazy the other day. Sit down for this: I made a map. No big deal, right? Maybe it is.

I was trying to follow the stories about the US Embassy in Israel moving from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and the protests supposedly in response. Many stories framed the events as though the Trumps and Israelis were laughing and cavorting while poor Palestinians were being slaughtered just next door.
I have a passing familiarity with the geography of the area, but I wanted to lay it all out in front of myself. What I ended up seeing was so comically at odds with news reports linking the violence to the embassy that I just had to share.

I posted it on Twitter with the caption: “Just because not everyone seems to know this.” That’s it.
As they say on Twitter dot com, RIP my mentions.

For some context, for me a typical tweet that isn't a reply to someone gets about one response. A dozen retweets and replies is a successful tweet. The lifespan for any given tweet is typically only a few minutes. The above post received 600+ retweets and 1250+ likes over 36 hours and is still going. That's well beyond my tiny reach of 700 followers at the time I posted it.

The really interesting part, though, is the replies. I've gotten dozens, mostly from strangers, which is again odd. Most are positive, complementing the map—I personally wish I’d picked better colors; it looks like an Imodium and Pepto cocktail—and thanking me for providing useful information. On the other hand, a handful have actually tried to "debunk" the map! I’ve gotten the predictable Trump/Jew/Israel hate, as well. Clearly, some people got their conceptions turned around and did not like it.
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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The White Minority Myth

I saw an interesting article the other day written by a conservative who tried to dispel the idea that America will soon become a "majority-minority nation." That is, a nation where minorities are in the majority. Unfortunately, he didn't make the case very well. So let me.

The Democrats have been betting on changing demographics making them the permanent majority party. In their view, minorities will soon take over the United States and then whites will be a minority. So if they get enough support from minorities, they will have an unbeatable racial bloc. Backing this up, demographers have predicted that the United States will become a majority-minority nation in 2016 2020 2049.

The guy who wrote the article I mentioned attacked this by noting that minorities don't vote in a bloc. Hence, he concluded, the prediction of a minority-majority nation won't happen. Clearly, he missed the point.

Here's the thing. There are problems with the numbers. Here's what the nation looks like as of 2016:
73% Whites
17% Hispanics
12.6% Blacks
5.2% Asian
3.1% mixed race
0.8% American Indian

111.7% total
Do you notice that we're 11.7% above 100%? There's a reason for that which I'll discuss in a minute. For now, consider this. According to the Census, Hispanics will rise to 28% of the population by 2050 and whites will fall to 60%. Blacks will rise 2%, Asians will rise 2% and mixed race individuals will rise 2%. That's an increase of 7% to 118%.

So let's take this apart.

First, as noted, according to the Census, Hispanics will rise to 28% of the population by 2050 and whites will fall to 60%. Let's assume that's true. Did you notice that still doesn't produce a minority-majority nation? Whites will still be 10% larger than every other group combined. So much for the scare mongering.

Taking this a step further, there's something wrong with the numbers, isn't there? How can the nation have 111.7% of racial groups now and 118% in the future? The answer lies in Hispanics. See that 17% figure for Hispanics in 2016? Well, it turns out that isn't really what you think of when someone says "Hispanic." It turns out that 11.3% of the 17% self-identifies as "white" and then adds Hispanic heritage. That's people like Tony Romo and Marco Rubio and millions of others who don't even speak Spanish. What the Census Bureau is doing is counting them as "whites" AND then again as Hispanics. If we count those only as whites, because that is what they are culturally, then ethnic Hispanics really are only 5.7% of the population today. So America really looks like this:
73% Whites
12.6% Blacks
5.3% Hispanics
5.2% Asian
3.1% mixed race
0.8% American Indian

100% total
What's more, when we project to 2050 using the Census Bureau's own numbers, we find that while 28% of the population will have Hispanic heritage, they are estimating that 15.2% of those will be whites. Hence, the future looks like this according to their numbers:
70.8% Whites
14.1% Blacks
12.8% Hispanics
7.7% Asian
5.4% mixed race

110.8% total
Take this at face value for the moment and you will see that there is no change of the minority-majority nation. That idea is only about 2% closer.

Moreover, you may have noticed that we're still 10.8% above 100%. This comes from double counting minorities who are also Hispanics and mixed-race. In other words, each of the minority groups will be slightly smaller than presented.

Now there's one more bit of data to consider. To get Hispanics to rise so high, the Census Bureau estimates a higher birthrate for Hispanics. It notes the following birth rates by race:
2.1 Hispanics
1.86 Whites plus white Hispanics
1.85 Blacks
1.76 Whites (without Hispanics)
1.6 Asians
1.2 American Indians
However, the Hispanic birth rate dropped by 26% from 1990 to 2007. It dropped by 14% from 2007 to 2010. It dropped by 36% from 2010 to 2014. If it drops another 17%, it will be equal to whites. These are not numbers that suggest Hispanics will ever reach 28% of the population by any stretch, especially as the primary source of Hispanic immigrants (Mexico) is undergoing a demographic shortage with a current (steadily falling) birth rate of 1.8. In fact, it sounds like Hispanics are going to peak in the next ten years.

As an aside, Asians actually outgrew Hispanics from 2007 to 2014.

All in all the idea of the minority-majority nation sounds like a pipe dream fed by past rates that no longer apply and a misunderstanding of the term "Hispanic" which didn't grasp that the majority of Hispanics in the US are basically whites.

Finally, let's add one little political piece. The Democrats are counting on all of these minorities to form a voting bloc. This is what that other guy was taking about. But that's not going to work. Not only will minorities be only 29% of the population, but it seems that somewhere between 20% and 33% of minorities will vote conservative. The assumption that you can build a majority voting block starting from 18% to 26% of the population is a very bad strategy.
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Monday, May 14, 2018

Angry White Women

I had a fascinating thought today. While talking with Anthony about how blacks have lost their influence over the Democratic Party, I made the point that the Democrats have been taken over by teachers unions and professional women. Well, I had a slightly deeper thought. The Democrats have become the party of angry white women!

Think about this. Who runs the Democrats right now? Teacher's unions are the biggest, most-influential group. They are dominated by women, and boy are they pissed off. They're the last unions in the nation who really ever strike and they strike a lot. They're angry about money, lack of respect, and being judged on their job performance. They're super pissed that requirements are being imposed upon them and will whine about that endlessly. They hate parental interference too. They are bitter seethers who cling to their textbooks.

Who else? Professional women are the other big group. Certainly not all professional women are angry, but these are a specific subset who are deeply enraged. These professional women scream about glass ceilings, harassment, unfair work treatment, unsupportive husbands. Statistics tell us they are single -- either never married or divorced, they are childless and despise stay at home moms. Their issues include abortion because children ruin lives (//spits), demands for "equal" pay, and affirmative action. The #metoo garbage showed how they all think they've been harassed by every male around them too. That's a lot of hateful baggage right there.

What about the college girls who do the volunteer work? They all claim they've been raped. They whine about male privilege, mansplaining and even manspreading. When someone hates the way you sit and makes that a political issue, they are pretty f*cked up. They want to stifle free speech, institute guilt upon allegation for sex crimes, and man-free zones. They even define sex crimes as everything from genuine rape to "I don'know, I didn't like him". This is the witch trials set and they thrive on hate.

Finally, we come to professional feminists. These are the women who claim that all sex (with men) is rape, who note that the penis is shaped like a knife, and who espouse oppression theory. Most feminist leaders are lesbians (at one point, every director of NOW was a lesbian). As a general rule gay men just want to have fun, but lesbians are seething cauldrons of anti-male hate. Indeed, I have never felt more hate coming off a human being than watching lesbians deal with men. This is daddy issues on steroids projected onto all men. They are even one of the most likely groups (statistically) to physically abuse a partner.

There are other groups who make up the Democratic Party and try to toss their issues into the agenda: blacks, environmentalists, open borders types, America lasters, atheists, and other minorities. But none of them control the party like the women above... the angry women above. Basically, the Democratic Party has become the party of angry white women. Interesting, huh?

Thoughts?
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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Matt Patricia's #metoo Moment

For those who don’t follow the NFL, the new coach of the Detroit Lions, Matt Patricia, found himself explaining this week how he was indicted for aggravated sexual assault in 1996. This event and how it is being handled adds more proof that the #metoo “movement” is dead. It also continues to expose just how messed up liberal thinking is. Observe.

Here’s what happened: In 1996, an unidentified woman claimed that two football players from a New York engineering school burst into her hotel room while she was on Spring Break in Texas and they took turns raping her. She called the cops and named Matt Patricia as one of the two. He was arrested that night and then released. She was treated at a hospital. Four months later he was indicted. When the woman said she didn’t want to go through a trial, the charges were dropped.

Patricia became an engineer and then entered coaching. Eventually, he became the Patriot’s defensive coordinator. In this last offseason, he was hired as the head coach of the Lions. He didn’t tell them about the arrest. Now the news has come out after someone tipped a Detroit newspaper.

#metoo Is Dead

Had this news come out three or four months ago, we know how things would have turned out for Patricia. The accusation would have hit the news. Every Hollywood starlet would have tweeted about it. The Lions would have fired Patricia the day the news hit and would have issued a statement condemning him and saying they have zero tolerance for this... and they aren't going to stick around to see if the allegations are true.

Patricia then would have (1) disappeared from public (early #metoo period), (2) denied everything but talked about how important it is that all women be believed (James Franco #metoo period), or (3) denied it (end of #metoo period). Meanwhile, self-righteous journalists would have told us how Patricia had no right to due process and that all women must be believed.

But that’s not what happened. Patricia denied it. The Lions stuck by him. The NFL said nothing. At the same time, the liberal sports media started talking about due process and actually said that Patricia must be seen as innocent until proven guilty. Wow. They pointed out that the case was dismissed and there was no evidence offered and that this poor young man was only 21 at the time... can we really hold this against him the rest of his life? At the beginning of the #metoo movement, none of that mattered. All that mattered was that the male had been accused. Even in the second period (the Franco period), there was only a reluctant acknowledgement of due process and always with pages of hang-wringing about how vital it was that all women be believed and the accused be punished regardless. What happened here was exactly as sexual harassment and assault were treated before the #metoo movement came into being.

Said differently, after all the whining and gnashing of teeth about a changed world, we ended up right back where we were before this started.

Liberals Are Stupid

All that said above, this issue has once again shown how stupid liberals can be. Here are some examples.
(1) At the same time one sports talker host made it clear that Patricia deserves due process, he also said, "But we can't just assume he's innocent just because he says so and because no victim has come forward. This is a he-said-she-said situation and we will never know what really happened."

First, this is not he-said-she-said, if there was a rape, there should be evidence. When she reported the rape and then went to the hospital, they automatically do what is called a “rape kit.” This includes photos, swabs and a physical examination. If this was a rape, there should be evidence of bruises, forcible intercourse, and DNA. The absence of that is proof.

Secondly, an indictment is not proof of anything. The jury had enough evidence to indict on her allegation alone. Indictments are meaningless.

Third, when someone alleges something, they need to offer some proof. If you want an example to explain how stupid it is to assume otherwise, consider the application of the same false logic this guy used to me claiming that Bill Clinton raped me. "Gee, we can't just assume Bill's innocent just because he says so and because Andy didn't offer any proof. This is a he-said-he-said situation and we will never know what really happened." That's stupid. We know that didn't happen, so my allegation is worthless.

(2) All the internet parrots are now repeating that "there are five witnesses!" These are: a nurse, a doctor, a police detective, a police officer, and a friend of the alleged victim. Gee, that sounds bad. Five victims can't all be lying, right? Here's the thing... every one of these "witnesses" will merely repeat what she reported to them. Not one of them saw anything independent of what she told them. In essence, they are reading her story five times. None of that is evidence of anything except that she made an allegation.

(3) "[H]is decision to address the situation publicly with a general denial but no specifics opens the door to a search for more." Not really. The media is a bunch of bottom feeders who glorify in dragging people down. They were going after this story regardless... don't pretend he forced you to act like vultures.

(4) "If it’s a false accusation, Patricia actually should welcome the opportunity for the facts to come out now." Ha! How does he disprove a negative? How do you prove that something didn't happen? Especially when the media has already decided that where there is an allegation it is impossible to accept a denial as true? Any bit of proof Patricia offers will be torn apart by the media using mis-logic, supposition and a desire for sensationalism. He's best off leaving the media with nothing more to churn the story.
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Friday, May 11, 2018

Why Body-Cams Are Important

In the past two weeks we've seen why I was always a big fan of police officers wearing bodycams. Not only do they help identify and remove bad cops, but even more importantly, they are exposing the cry-racism industry as the fraud it is. This came up twice last week.

In the first instance, a group of black women, including Harry Belafonte's daughter, claimed that two racist cops mistreated them. They made a big deal of it online. So the cops released the bodycam footage and found that the cops not only weren't even rude to them, but the cops were lighthearted and joking around. The women were even laughing... until they decided to scream racism. The video exposed their lies.

In the second instance, a black woman claimed to be harassed by a racist cop at a traffic spot in Virginia. She posted a tearful video in which she said: "I just was threatened by this police officer... all of my African-American and people of color out there are going to know exactly what I'm talking about." Enter the bodycam footage. The cop was calm, respectful and all business. He never said anything racist or hostile. In fact, she was the aggressor. She refused to sign the ticket, which caused him to inform her that he would need to arrest her and impound the car if she didn't. She signed. He thanked her. He left. The end... until the false video.

This is why lots of leftist and race groups now want the bodycams gone, because these videos are exposing the fraud that is their cry-racism industry. And with it, it will disprove the claim that the cops are out there harassing blacks, and that will kill one of the few tools left in the race baiting tool box. With that gone, the race baiting industry's already-shrinking influence will continue to shrink. The more that shrinks away, the more race relations will finally normalize.
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Monday, May 7, 2018

Liberal Failure In Motion...

Another one bites the dust.

● New York’s liberal Democrat Attorney General is going down in flames. After harumphing about the #metoo “movement,” it turns out that he abused four women. Well, actually, he claims he was just playing S&M with them... which is probably even more creepy to voters. Either way, put a fork in this guy because he’s done. He has now resigned.

● Aside from this, by the way, the #metoo movement appears as dead as (insert Florida teen reference here). Interestingly, we can actually track how the movement died. It began by accident when a couple Hollywood outsiders wouldn’t stop talking and all the enablers were required to pretend to be shocked and outraged at what they now remembered happening to them. At first, they brought down a couple major sleaze balls. Then a few idiots self-reported and took themselves down too. Then things changed. The accused began to deny wrongdoing and refused to play along. Everything ground to a halt. No predators brought down... no media interest... and the #metoo movement started to vanish. Now we have Jerry Tambor, who was excommunicated early on, coming back to the television series that dumped him early on. That’s pretty much the end right there.

What I find interesting about the “movement” was that almost every predator they choose to reveal (they protected most of them) was a Democratic politician or fundraiser. Yes, there were a couple Republicans (pervert Ron Moore and faker Bill O’Reilly), but almost all the rest were Democrats. What does that tell us about Democrats? Yeah, they're pretty sleazy.

● Speaking of the Democrats, the Democrats seem to be in serious trouble. Consider this:
(1) Their leaders are all ancient and out of touch. They don’t relate to the public or the progressives who speak for the left now.

(2) Recent polls show the Democrats failing amount Millenials.

(3) Recent polls show black support for Trump growing, which I take to mean that black support for the Democrats is lackluster.

(4) I see little evidence that gays remain in politics.

(5) There is evidence that several Democratic incumbents, like Claire McCaskill in Missouri are in serious danger.
Given the insanity that is Trump, that’s all kind of shocking, and I think it shows that the Democrats are in serious trouble. Nancy Pelosi, of course, disagrees. She thinks she’s “effective.” Sure, Nan.

● John McCain is dying as he lived... sh*tting on his allies in the most petty of ways. This is not a man I’ve ever respected and, I’ll be honest, I won’t miss him.

● In NFL protestor news, the two most obvious ring leaders of the anti-Anthem protests remain unsigned with any team. This is obviously intentional and it sends a great message. All the leftist sportswriters are horrified and pretend-shocked about this. Another main protestor admits that his sponsors have dropped him and won't touch him at the moment. Ha ha. What's funny is that these same people who claim that everyone should have the right to express their opinion and who admit that actions like this have consequences think it's somehow "wrong" that these guys are baring the consequences of their actions. Apparently. only the protestors had rights. Typical liberals.

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Cultural Appropriation: What Is It, Does It Matter

The other day, we had another public outcry of cultural appropriation. This one was aimed at a teenager who wore a Chinese-style dress to prom. The allegation was crap as is the idea of cultural appropriation generally. So why is this even a thing? You might find this interesting.

Cultural appropriation is the idea pimped by racist minorities (mainly blacks) and progressive whites that somehow the things minorities do a lot are unique to them and cannot be done by others of another race. Things that have been considered cultural appropriation include whites wearing dreadlocks, whites wearing scarves on their heads, whites singing "like blacks," whites selling tacos, whites wearing African colored clothes, the "word" nigga, tribal tattoos, white actors in minority roles, and other dipshitery.

Is cultural appropriation legitimate? Ha. Hardly. First of all, anything that grants rights to people based on race is racist and immoral. Secondly, almost none of this stuff actually comes exclusively from minority culture. Indeed, black thugs may wear bandanas on their heads, but so have European and Chinese peasants way back to the Dark Ages. Not to mention, if we're going to play this game then whites have a lot of things they can claim minorities should not be allowed to do. Even worse, if we took this seriously, it would destroy minorities in this country when whites stopped buying Chinese food, sushi, books about foreign cultures, black music or black films.

So why do people make this idiotic claim? Well, some portion are just ardent racists. They want the world broken into competing racist camps because they hate Western culture and this is the only way they can fight that which everyone else loves. It won't surprise you to know that a sizeable number of these racists are "progressive" whites. Others accept this idea because they are retarded follower-sheep who spout whatever politically correct crap is in fashion. These are the people who typically don't even understand what is appropriation and they just scream whenever they see white person + something identifiably minority. This is where the dress crowd came from. They had no clue what was supposed to be wrong with her wearing the dress, they just knew it had elements that might somehow allow them to whine, so they screamed bloody murder... just in case.

But neither of those groups really drives this. So what really drives it?

Economics.

Cultural appropriation is basically about black economic power. It is an attempt to keep whites out of the black economy. This is why it really has taken hold most strongly in the music world. As whites have learned to rap and sing in similar tones and timbers and phonics as blacks, black artists have come to realize that they are in danger of losing their white audiences to these white artists. The result is that rappers like Iggy Azalea have been savagely attacked for "sounding black," as have pop stars like Mehgan Trainor and Bebe Rexa and others. Each has been attacked as racist and not legitimate because they are whites who "sound black." Why? As I said, they represent the destruction of a black music monopoly, and if they succeed, history suggests that blacks will be pushed out. So they scream cultural appropriation and hope to make it toxic for whites to compete on similar terms.

Even things like the hair issues have economic roots. If whites adopt things like dreadlocks, white hair dressers will begin to treat these things. That again means competition from whites for something that is basically a black monopoly. I can tell you that, right now, blacks get ripped off when it comes to hair care. If blacks can start to go anywhere, the monopoly will crack. What about "black" clothing? It probably won't surprise you that there are black companies that cater to black-culture clothing. FUBU comes to mind. If African-style clothing gets the melting pot makeover (i.e. gets Americanized and genericized like sushi or pizza), then the ability to sell "authentic" cultural clothing gets washed away by the mass market. In each case, something that is a niche that provides blacks with economic power would be destroyed if whites could move into the market. Screaming cultural appropriation, i.e. racism, is the tactic being used to keep whites out.

In fact, let me toss this in there. There are black groups in big cities who are fighting (to the point of using terrorist tactics) to stop whites from moving into black neighborhoods. Indeed, there was a fascinating article about this in the LA Times last month. Some liberal whites were trying to open coffee shops and things like that on the edges of black neighborhoods and these "activists" were destroying their shops and threatening their employees to keep them out because if they got a foothold in the neighborhood, then the neighborhood would be gentrified by other whites and the activists didn't want the whites competing with the black economy already there. They too called this a version of cultural appropriation... and (stupidly) genocide.

This is what really seems to be going on. Whites are encroaching upon the black economy and the cry of cultural appropriation seems to be the tactic used to keep whites out. This just happens to dovetail beautifully with the desires of the racists to separate everyone and the politically correct who wet themselves whenever race comes up even if they don't know why. That's why I don't think this charge will go away any time soon, i.e. because it's too useful to too many.

That said, I don't think it works ultimately. Where there is money, people will follow. And as each month seems to see more whites moving into rap or adopting tiny parts of things they like from black culture, it is inevitable that all of this will get the melting pot treatment.
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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Jobs For Everyone!

A new poll found that 46% of respondents think everyone should be given a government job. Idiots. Along similar lines, in Finland they were experimenting with giving people a basic income whether they worked or not. Strangely, that failed miserably and Finland is now backing off.

But you know, I think there is promise here. Seriously.

Think about this... do you really want the people who think either of these things is a good idea in the regular economy? Do you want them f*cking up your burgers or standing in the way of some real worker doing an actual task? Do you want them cleaning a toilet you're going to sit on or tightening the bolts on your car or processing your roof damage claim? Hell no! And God forbid, do you want them making decisions? Obviously not. So what do we do with them?

Well, I propose we create an agency: the Independent Department for Income, Occupational and Training Support (I.D.I.O.T.S.). That agency hires these people. What they would do is report to an office every day from 9 to 5. Attendance would be taken. While at “work” their duties would be to write at least one memo to another person in the office. On what topic? I couldn’t care less. I just want one memo. Then at 5, we give them back the keys to their cars and they can go home for the day.

Why do this? Think of the benefits. First, they’re off the roads and out of our hair. They aren’t interfering with worthwhile human beings. They aren't making messes we need to clean up. Scientists can study their memos just like they study apes to see if there's a way to fix them. Comedians can mine the memos too.

What's more, we can even get the money we pay them back by opening a tattoo shop in the basement of each building and stocking vending machines with unfiltered cigarettes, 40 ounce beers and fake VD medicine.

Perfect! Problems solved.
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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Some Interesting Tidbits

Like pineapples chopped into tiny friends, that's what the news has become... because there isn't much happening at the moment except tidbits.

● North Korea and South Korea suddenly seem to be getting along. There have been a lot of seemingly impossible changes happening in the past few weeks. Believe it or not, Trump deserves the credit for this. He seems to have scared North Korea into trying to become respectable. If this ends the conflict, that would be amazing. Either way, once again, this shows the utter idiocy of liberal appeasement thinking.

● I'm not sure how much faith to put into this, but a recent poll showed that youngsters are souring on the Democrats. I think what this really means is that the Democrats simply peaked with their support in that group somewhere around the time of the nomination of Trump (or Obama) and have now started to slide because (1) youth is fickle, (2) the Democrats and Progressives are feuding, (3) Trump didn't turn out to be Satan, and (4) like politics sucks, man, and takes like forever. In the end, I would take this as a lack of enthusiasm for the Democrats. That won't mean much for the midterms, but it would put the Democrats at a disadvantage in 2020.

● The Florida kids are completely out of the news now. Imagine that. The MeToo stuff is all but gone too.

● The leftist war on leftist Starbucks continues. Ha ha. I'm really loving this. One manager in one store screws up and suddenly the whole chain is under fire. Even more interestingly, by the way, Starbucks will be closing one day in May to teach their racist baristas how to separate black criminals from black customers (frankly, I've never seen black people in Starbucks, so I don't doubt they have a problem with this). One of the groups who was to be teaching this powerful life lesson was the far-left Anti-Defamation League. Well, it turns out that certain racist, far-left, pro-Muslim blacks think the ADL is racist, so they've been screaming bloody racist murder about the ADL participating... and Starbucks caved in. The ADL is out. That is fantastic!

● My eldest daughter made two comments I need to pass along. First, she noted that "the NFL Draft is Comic-Con for jocks." LOL! Very insightful. Secondly, she noted that our youngest suffers from Post Dramatic Stress Syndrome. LOL!
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Thursday, April 26, 2018

An Article

Well, really some thoughts. There isn't enough substantive news right now to really dig into anything. But there is a lot to talk about!

● So the Democrats failed to take the seat in Arizona. I'm not sure it suggests anything except that the Democrats are not riding a wave at this point. In fact, I think we're looking at a very inconclusive election coming up. Both sides have done things to hurt themselves and I don't think there is an real momentum either way.

● "Commentator X makes a bold prediction about the NFL draft!" No he didn't. First of all, his prediction has been conventional wisdom for weeks. Everyone else is saying it too. That's the opposite of bold. Secondly, there's no such thing as a bold prediction because there's no harm to getting it wrong. Commentator X won't lose his job. No mob is going to burn down his house. The government won't kill him. There is nothing bold about spouting an opinion that has no consequence to getting it wrong.

● Still not sure how they can violate the attorney-client privilege with Trump's lawyer. The claim seems to be that he paid Stormy Daniel's demand. The problem is, that's not illegal. Nor am I sure how this involved Sean Hannity. The whole thing reeks to me. As of right now, this reeks of abuse.

● This is an amazing time to be alive if you're into seeing the incredible sights this planet has to offer and if you're interested in scientific discoveries. Almost every day they are discovering something new, from the importance of gut bacteria for regulating every aspect of us (apparently including mental health) to how quasars allow galaxies to form. Yet, here are some things that seem kind of basic which we don't know: how the moon was formed, where oil comes from, and how all this water came to Earth. I also saw that Darwin is the guy who decided we all came from Africa. That still makes no sense to me. I'm pretty sure it's India. And interestingly, they've begun to find bones that have dramatically changed the Africa story, because these bones aren't supposed to exist under the Africa story. Unfortunately, I'm seeing confirmation bias in the analysis of this however, as every new discovery has these scientists saying "Well, that just moves back the date we left Africa" rather than asking, "is the story perhaps wrong." I think in a hundred years, we will discover that life began in Southeast Asia... probably in a Thailand whorehouse.

● Bill Cosby has been convicted. You know, this is the first time I truly feel betrayed by a celebrity. He always struck me as a decent human being. I don't get it.

● So Will and Kate haven't named their child yet, which I find bizarre. Anyways, I have some suggestions: Lord Bubbles... JaRon... Frodo... Knifey... #royalfamily... or Dwayne The Peasant Killer. This is harder than it looks. Suggestions?
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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Open Thread Day!!!

I will be on a secret mission for....well, I can't say for whom or to where, but let's just say "high tea", "scones", and "Scotch" may be involved.

Anyway, in lieu of a real post of significance and gravity (don't laugh!), let's have an open thread and I will try to join in between, well, I can't say. I will give you all a full report when I return.
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Monday, April 23, 2018

Folks, I Got Nothing

We've hit a low point in politics again... nothing worth discussing is happening. Sure, the Trump wars continue, but I don't care about that. It's too early to discuss the election with any confidence. I guess its time to wing it!

(1) Bush Sr. is in the White House. I don't like Bush much. This was a man who betrayed the Reagan revolution in the name of elitism and I will never forgive that. Still, I wish him well. He seems like a decent person, something I can't say about the majority of Presidents since him.

(2) Don't worry about the rest of the world. After weeks of telling us how the new Russian battle tank would wipe the floor with the American tank, the "experts" are now describing the Russian tank as flawed and inferior. Yeah, no crap. The Russian air force is a generation behind. Their navy is a joke. Their troops are demoralized and misled. Russia is only a threat because it has nuclear weapons. China is the same. Their new stealth fighter lacks all the support needed to make those valuable. Their navy just bought an aircraft carrier which the Chinese are decades away from operating efficiently. They're no threat either. Their economy is no threat either. It's stalling out at 75% of the American economy and will start to sink soon due to wage inflation and demographic problems. North Korea? North Korea is like a retarded kid threatening a passing school bus with his fist. And even if they weren't, North Korea seems to have caved in to Trump.

(3) The NBA playoffs have been fun.

(4) The NHL playoffs have been funner. Hockey is so vibrant, so exciting. I'm really enjoying it.

(5) The NFL draft is Thursday night. The draft is a fascinating spectacle. In it, you get to see these young men achieve their lifelong dreams right in front of the whole world. I love the proud parents. Even more interestingly though, the NFL has managed to sell the idea that these young men will singlehandedly change the fortunes of every franchise. Every draft pick is a hit. Each one is a savior. Each one is that final pick. The statistics tell a very different story, but it's fun to believe for that one night. I'm dying to see who Denver takes. :)

(6) 1800 Tequila uses the slogan: "Keep refining." So the booze isn't finished?

(7) More killings in the news. Some dipsh*t with a gun at a Waffle House and some dipsh*t with a white van in Toronto. Sad world.

(8) I haven't followed the Trump lawyer thing, but it's not making much sense to me. You can only violate the attorney-client privilege if you have proof that the lawyer is engaged in the crime with the client or is giving advice on how to pull off the crime. What could Trump's lawyer possibly have done which would justify breaking the attorney-client privilege for Trump AND for Sean Hannity? There's something very wrong here.

Thoughts?
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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Blogger 1, Death 0

I'm still alive! And I'm going to refine my point about over-the-top praise. When people hand out unearned praise because their little minds don't let them understand appropriate praise, praise becomes meaningless. As we so often do, let me use the NFL to illustrate:

This is how NFL praise has evolved over the decades.

1960's
The smell of clean: Ammonia
Best music: Freedom Rock, man
Best Film: The Great Escape

Praise levels from NFL announcers

One of the best... means... one of the best
Great... means... really good
Solid... means... adequate
No adjective... means... sucks


1970's
The smell of clean: Pine
Best music: Progressive Rock
Best Film: Star Wars

Praise levels from NFL announcers

All Star/All Pro... means... one of the best
One of the best... means... really good
Talented... means... adequate
No adjective... means... sucks


1980's
The smell of clean: Lemon
Best music: New Wave/Heavy Metal
Best Film: Raiders of the Lost Ark

Praise levels from NFL announcers

All Time Great... means... one of the best
All Pro... means... really good
Underrated... means... adequate
Has potential... means... sucks


1990's
The smell of clean: Orange
Best music: Grunge/Pop
Best Film: The Usual Suspects

Praise levels from NFL announcers

Future Hall of Famer... means... one of the best
Potential Hall of Famer... means... really good
Seriously Underrated... means... adequate
Underrated... means... sucks


2000's
The smell of clean: Cotton/"Fresh"
Best music: N/A
Best Film: N/A

Praise levels from NFL announcers

Hall of Famer... means... one of the best
Future Hall of Famer... means... really good
One of the Best... means... adequate
Seriously Underrated... means... sucks


2010's
The smell of clean: Death By Bleach
Best music: N/A
Best Film: N/A

Praise levels from NFL announcers

First Ballot Hall of Famer... means... one of the best
Hall of Famer... means... really good
Potential Hall of Famer... means... adequate
One of the best... means... sucks

This is what our society does. Some dumb monkey comes along and tries to pull a stronger adjective out of his butt than the last monkey. When he succeeds, the next monkey needs to come up with something to top the prior monkey. In this process, these idiots keep upping the baseline until it becomes impossible to offer a genuine assessment. Economists call this a race to the bottom when you're talking about vice, but here it's a race to hyperbole... a race to idiocy. It's grade inflation of the worst kind. Ever wonder why every fool who leaves Harvard has a 3.98 GPA? why every person who was ever inconvenienced was heroic? why so many people have become narcissist? This is why. It won't stop either.


2050's
The smell of clean: Solar Fire
Best music: Lithuanian Rap
Best Film: Tootsie VII

Praise levels from NFL announcers

God of God's God... means... one of the best
God of Gods... means... really good
First Ballot Football God... means... adequate
Football God... means... sucks

Ug.
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Death Comes For the Blogger

Hi everyone. Sorry I haven't written much since I've been back, but my kids caught a cold. Then their evil little bodies weaponized it... and I got blasted. I am finally on the backside of this foul pestilence, but it's been a bad week. Anyways, let me leave you with a couple thoughts.

(1) There is this ad for Southern New Hampshire University's online degree program. In it, a man who appears to be a muckety muck says, "In this world, talent is distributed equally, but opportunity isn't." Every time I hear this, I think "what a load!" and I ask if this idiot really believes that.

Seriously, does anyone truly believe that I could be LeBron James if only I had had the right opportunities? Hardly. My body simply isn't made the way his is and no amount of training will let me handle a basketball the same way. At the same time, does anyone think that James could paint a Picasso or write like Shakespeare? I don't doubt that there are basic skills that can be taught to (almost) anyone but once you get to creativity, physical prowess, or things that require sheer mental processing power, talent rules and only a tiny minority have those talents. Even people with tremendous varied potential will find that they have greater potential in certain fields. Thus, to assert that everyone has the same amount of talent but for opportunity is delusional.

(2) I am shaking my head at the reaction to this Southwest pilot. By way of background, one of the plane's engines exploded and sent shrapnel through the plane's skin. This killed a woman who was partially sucked out a burst window. The pilot, a former navy pilot and a female (ignore that for a moment), brought the plane down safely. Many people are now acting like she committed a miracle. Here's the thing. She did her job. She did it very well and should be commended, but she did what was expected of a competent pilot. She didn't face un-survivable circumstances or something so unlikely that pilots aren't trained for it. To the contrary, pilots train specifically for this. So trying to turn this into an act of heroism fundamentally cheapens the idea of heroism, as seems to be the modern trend where everything from doing your job to just not killing yourself when you're sick gets wrongly labelled "heroic" by the pathetic among us. I am reminded of The Incredibles: "When everyone is special, no one is special."

What bothers me even more is the assumption of many Facebook feminists that this was something special because she's a woman. The thing is, either she's a pilot or she isn't. Either the act is heroic for a pilot or it isn't. Calling it heroic with the suggestion that it is heroic in part because she is a woman tells me that feminists hold women cheap and don't believe they are competent to be compared to men. Seriously girls, if you want society to respect women, you need to stop acting like it's a miracle when women do the things they should be capable of doing.

(3) Over my vacation, I finished reading "The Hunt for Red October." Excellent movie... kind of poor book. The book lacked much of the drama of the film and was nowhere near as tightly written as the film. What bothered me most though was the character of Ryan. In the film, he's likable and helps move the plot forward time and again by solving various crises. In the book, he's rather arrogant and just waits around for others to solve the plot. Even worse, every time he opens his mouth, he's trying to be "fair" about whatever he represents (the CIA, the US, etc.) and he comes across as just a jerk. Indeed, most of his exchanges go like this:
Ramius: We are looking forward to freedoms in America.
Ryan: Well, golly, we sure do make a lot of mistakes when it comes to freedom. I don't think anyone would say we're even close to free, but f*ck if we don't like to think we are!

Ramius: I see. Maybe we'll just have some American coffee.
Ryan: Well, gosh, we sure don't know nothin' 'bout makin coffee. I'll bet it tastes more like crap than anywhere in the world, but f*ck if we won't brew some for you!
Over and over and over again. Denigrating your own side is not evidence of fairness.

(4) Finally, there is this bumpersticker I saw the other day:
Jesus is coming! Look busy!
LOL! Funny! :)
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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

First Lady Barbara Pierce Bush 1925 - 2018

It has just been reported that former First Lady of the United States Barbara Pierce Bush has passed away. Only a few days, it was reported that she was in poor health and had decided to decline any further treatment. I will miss her.



I have to say, of all of the First Ladies in my lifetime, I particularly liked Barbara Bush. She had such dignity yet she had such strength. She was tough, but always a lady (as my mother would say). My favorite memory was watching a video of a Q&A at one of the tony Northeastern women's Ivy League colleges. I think it was Smith College, her alma mater though she dropped out to marry a future President, but it could have been Wellesley.

Well, after taking a few innocuous questions, a young cheeky student with a tone only a young, inexperienced feminist could muster, asked Mrs. Bush if she ever regretted sacrificing her own career for the sake of her husband's. The look on Mrs. Bush's face was priceless. With a hint of annoyance and a slight roll of the eyes, she answered "Why do you think I gave up anything? Dear, how do you think my husband got to be President of United States?" It was the perfect response and all with a grandmotherly smile. [I am paraphrasing, but that is what I remember].



Rest in Peace, dear lady.
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Monday, April 16, 2018

I'm Back And Scratching My Head

I'm back folks and let me tell you, it was haaaaaaard getting on that plane. We went to the Sandals (Grand) resort in St. Lucia. It was fantastic. My room had a swim out pool... where I spent all my time. The whole place had an amazing couples vibe, which put everyone in a great mood and made it easy to talk to anyone. The place was beautiful. The people were amazing. The island was gorgeous. I loved it. Very hard to come back -- especially with everyone at our house having the plague when we came back. Oh well.

Anyhoo, here are some thoughts on this crazy world.

● A prominent lawyer has sent himself on fire to protest fossil fuels. Hmm. I'm open to burning lawyers for fuel.

● Art Bell is dead. I guess THEY finally got him. But was it the CIA, NSA, KGB, or ancient astronauts?

● I see the Florida shooting exploiters have vanished from the news. The Pussy Hat March Movement is being accused of transphobia, antisemitism, racism (being for white women only) and now being pro-/anti-hooker. Bad girls. Starbuck's leftist CEO has wet his panties because some low-level employee at one Starbucks called the cops on two black guys for loitering, which of course means the entire chain is racist. I love how the left eats their own.

● Trump blah blah blah wah wah blah wah!!!

● It was so good to be away from our politics. There is quite the circus trying to destroy Trump right now. You have a porn star who accuses him of not a crime. You have a fired FBI director who thinks writing a tell-all book is a good idea and who has admitted that he tried to hurt Hillary to help her. His "shocking" allegation is that the President asked him to disprove a slander being promoted against him. You have a special counsel who seems to be trying to arrest every one of Trump's friends in the desperate hope of proving that Trump may have spoken to a Russian before the elections. Both of the last two relied on FBI employees who set out to destroy Trump and their evidence is mainly from a propaganda folder that is both obviously false and has nothing to do with the fake investigations they are running. In the literary world, this novel gets rejected for being flat out stupid. But this is what our political class has become... whack-jobs.
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Monday, April 9, 2018

First They Came For Our Guns & Then Our Scissors.

No doubt you have all heard that London has surpassed NYC in murders in the last few weeks. Interestingly, these were not gun deaths since private gun ownership has been outlawed in the UK for almost 20 years. No, London has surpassed NYC in murders wtih a dramatic increase in fatal stabbings. As a NYC dweller, I am thrilled that London has surpassed us, but... there's always a "but".

In response to the spate of knife murders, the current Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, decided to make this statement:
"No excuses: there is never a reason to carry a knife. Anyone who does will be caught, and they will feel the full force of the law."
Now, as someone who has been to a prestigious cooking school, I can think of about 25-35 reasons that I have in several drawers in my kitchen to carry a knife or two from place to place.

As if not being allowed to carry a knife from place to place is stupid enough, then this happened today. The Metropolitan Police in London started doing sweeps of random people in parks (what we in NYC would call "stop & frisk") and this is what they found and seized. Oh, just must see for yourself...



Oh, no!!! No knives, but they seized a flat head screw driver, a Phillips screwdriver, wire cutters, a file, and, the horrors, a pair of scissors!!! Apparently there have been networks of tailors and electricians roaming the mean streets of London just waiting to...fix stuff! Jeez, this photo covers about every tool that I have ever carried on my person in the course of my various and sundry careers! I have been walking the streets for years with these dangerous objects just sittign there in my tool bags waiting to commit crimes!

Let the Brits be a cautionary tale for what happens when we allow our rights to be chipped away. Once we give up even a little of our 2nd Amendment rights, eventually, we will lose our right to carry scissors and screwdrivers and paring knives.

I am sure you have lots to say, so say it already!
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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

How Revlevant Are Things?

Sometimes we think that politics dominates everything. It's important to keep in mind that this is simply not true. It's in the political class's interests to make you think this is true, but it really isn't. Only a tiny fraction of America cares about politics. Here is some proof

Think everyone watches the news? Check out these viewer numbers:
8.8 million ABC World News Tonight
7.9 million NBC Nightly News
6.7 million CBS Evening News
3.42 million MSNBC
2.6 million Fox
1.11 million CNN
1.1 million Telemundo

Total: 31.63 million
That works out to only 9.8% of the public... less than 1 in 10. By comparison, 44 million people watched each NFL conference championship game. That's 27% of the public. Even weekly games averaged 25 million per game. The re-launch of Rosanne brought in 18 million people. Politics just isn't that important to most people.

The left claims Obama sold 4.6 million copies of his two books (2.3 million each). They claim Hillary sold 1.5 million. The same source credits Palin with 1.45 million. I doubt these numbers as Obama's best sales week (the first) was only 185,000. But either way, let's take that as true. That's huge right? Actually, it means that 1.4% of the pubic bought one of Obama's books. 98% did not!

Also, by comparison, Harry Potter sold 160 million in the United States -- 35 times Obama's sales. Stephen King has sold 350 million books, or nearly 70 times what Obama sold.

This guy =>
... is more famous than all but a handful of politicians. What does that tell you about the influence of politics on the public? Don't judge America by our political class!
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Roseanne Redo Surprise

Since tonight is the second episode of the redo of "Roseanne", let's have a chat about it. Did anyone see the opening episode last week? I just happened to be flipping through the channels just when it was starting and...well, I thought it was great! It was fair and honest with a lot of heart but most of all not mean-spirited. Here's some of the the first half of the show.

Right off the bat, it is revealed that Roseanne and Jackie (her sister) had a falling out since the election and aren't speaking to each other. Roseanne's daughter Darlene, just recently moved back in with her children (one whom is a "gender-fluid grade-schooler"), asked Jackie to come over...heart-felt moment ensues - Roseane upset as Darlene explained that Jackie was her beloved aunt and a big part of her life. Just then, Jackie shows up at the screen door wearing her knitted pink pussy hat and "Nasty Woman" t-shirt exclaiming "How are all you deplorables doing?" (or something like that). Honestly it was funny. They acted like a family who with prodding and a sense of humor "agrees to disagree" and air their flaws just like...SHOCKING...we all have.

If you listen to the twittering on social media, you'd think that Roseanne Barr had forced the cast to murder small animals during every scene. "How DARE she "normalize" Trump-supporters! They're deplorable and stuff!". "We all know that Trump supporters are irredeemable racists, homophobic, transphobic, misogynists!", or my personal favorite was some "journalist" expressing his dismay at the "monetizing" of Trumpism. Uh, exactly what does he think television shows are for if not to make money for the producers and advertisers?

By the way, according to The Hollywood Reporter when all of the numbers came in,, the show was "the highest-rated regularly-scheduled scripted show of the last few seasons, as well as the highest-rated sitcom in recent memory,” This shouldn't be surprising. Norman Lear made his reputation and vast fortune producing similar "blue-collar" shows like "All In The Family", "Sanford & Sons", "The Jeffersons", and "Good Times" among many others. Frankly shows that could not be produced today because of our "political correct" culture that clutches their pearls at every turn. But I am not sure why all of the brainiacs, super-smart liberal pundits, and media producers are really this dense. This is a great show because it is about regular folks struggling with everyday stuff and being really funny...and it's NOT MEAN!
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