Thursday, July 02, 2015

Gay Marraige Is Just That The Left Wants to Smash You

So, a few posts ago I said that the Left tends to be ungracious in victory.  OK, I was soft-pedaling it a bit...

They're a bunch of power-mad bastards who will pocket the victory and go on to smash you on the next issue.  I didn't have the time or elegance to lay that all out, but, blessedly, Sultan Knish does and has...

This is must read.  A. MUST. READ.

Juicy tidbits...
The purpose of power is power. The left is not seeking to achieve a set of policy goals before kicking back and having a beer. The policy goals are means of destroying societies, nations and peoples before taking over. If you allow it a policy goal, it will ram that goal down your throat. It will implement it as abusively as it can possibly can before it moves on to the next battle.
 The left exists to destroy you. It does not seek to co-exist with you.
The left will destroy the things you care about, because you care about them. It will destroy them because that gives them power over you. It will destroy them because these things stand in the way of its power.
A Socialist a century ago considered factories progressive instruments of the future and men in dresses a decadent reactionary behavior. Now factories are reactionary pollution machines of globalization and men in dresses are an oppressed victim group who have transcended biology with the power of their minds.  
To understand the left, you need to remember that it does not care about 99 percent of the things it claims to care about. Name a leftist cause and then find a Communist country that actually practiced it. Labor unions? Outlawed. Environmentalism? Chernobyl. The left fights all sorts of social and political battles not because it believes in them, but to radicalize, disrupt and take power.
Twenty years of studying political philosophy and watching the world with observant eyes has taught me the truth of this.  This is as trenchant an essay on political philosophy as I have read.  Communist governments destroyed families because the family was the singularly most dangerous unit in opposition to...Communism.  Gay marriage isn't about gay marriage, it's about taking traditional marriage down.  Activists will move on from this to alter every aspect of commercial existence to their will, it won't be long before baking wedding cakes for gay marriages is mandatory community service for corporate "team-building" exercises and/or subsidization of gay marriages is mandated by the SEC for public listing.

Through Kids' Eyes

So a former college buddy put this up on his Facebook page, ostensibly to validate the recent SCOTUS ruling via the oft-used, but flawed, "wisdom of innocents" tactic ('See, even a 10 year knows this!'), but probably more to flaunt his own enlightened bona fides to his Facebook audience:
Discussing the front page of the paper this morning with [my son]:
Me: "So now people can get married to whoever they want. It used to be only men and women could marry each other."
His Son: "Why?
I had a similar conversation with my tyke, but it went like this:
Me:  "So now people can get married to whoever they want. It used to be only men and women could marry each other."
Baseball Tyke: "Fine, but if all the boys married boys and all the girls married girls, where would future babies come from?"

Ah, ancient wisdom from the mouths' of babes.

I didn't have the heart to tell him that his hypothetical is what our betters want and they'll grow all the babies we need in the lab.

I Blame Martha Stewart

The cult of Home Decor has reached its horrific pinnacle.
Understandably, something has to give and unfortunately, in this case, it's our mutual dream of having another child.
How awful.  How materialistic and shallow.  Trust me honey, that Wolf range and all those high-end amenities won't give you one-millionth of the joy that a third child would have.  All parents of 3 know this truth: knowing what we know now, we'd live in a hovel forever and a day rather than have missed out on life without #3.

I blame Martha Stewart.

Monday, June 29, 2015

It's Official. Tsipras Is Insane

Well, I've suggested it, but now it seems incontrovertible...Tsipras is crazy.

He's mocking Europe and threatening to wield the awesome power of the voice of the Greek people at the 11:59:58 hour. 

Like I said before, that's flogging them with a wet noodle...and the fact that the Greek people will vote to keep taking other people's money is hardly impressive.

The Tspiras government has woken up every day and asked, 'How can I poke in eye those whose money I need?'  How can that possibly be a good strategy?

Greece

It looks like it is over for Greece.  They lied, they cheated, they brow-beat, they guilted...but the end game is upon us it seems...they've run out of other people's money.

The only thing that could save them now is that the Eurocratic creditor troika doesn't like the looks of the fallout as they allow Greece to go over the falls and they pull Greece back with some magic tether.  It is a remote possibility and, frankly, the aren't worthy of it.  Sure it is tragic for the Greek people, but they've made poor choices in how they are governed, and need to face the consequences (the Greeks are not alone in this, btw, just ahead of the game).

I believe that the world was operating off of a flawed notion, that Tsipras was credible.  Truth is that SYRIZA's nature was hiding in plain sight.  Radical leftists take you where they want to go, regardless of whether that's really where you want to go.  There is a good argument that SYRIZA got elected on a protest vote, on a wave a dissatisfaction with previous governments, not on a positive vote for what SYRIZA actually believes.  But lefties don't care, they get elected by whatever means and they take you where they are going, all else be damned.

Let's hope that something good - and it certainly can - comes out of the wreckage.

Thoughts on Gay Marriage Ruling

It is not gay individuals marrying other gay individuals that will be damaging to American society, but it is the activist mindset around gay marriage that certainly will.

By insisting that everyone who is not hitting the ceiling in jubilation is an abominable bigot, the cause of gay marriage will tear the nation apart in a way that the actual practice will not.

Most Americans are people of goodwill and there are honest and thoughtful reasons to oppose gay marriage that are not evidence of bigotry.  One of those reasons is the totality of the human record.  No society, on any part of the globe, in any era, has sanctioned gay marriage formally as co-equal to heterosexual marriage.  Some people believe that in the aggregate experience of all those that have come before, there is, perhaps, a modicum of wisdom.  The notion that all humanity, for all time recorded, has been wrong is a tad arrogant and skepticism ought to be respected.  But not only is it not respected, it is labelled irretrievably bigoted.  So, the bulk of humanity for all recorded time = bigots; a relatively small numbers of Americans in the 21st century = the enlightened.

People don't like being called bigots and certainly so when they view things consistent with all of recorded history.  So much of the damage has been done, not by unleashing gay couples on society, but by branding the majority of us as irredeemable bigots. If the left wants to limit the damage, they can pocket their victory and go about everyday life with goodwill towards others who respectfully disagree.  However, I suspect they won't.  They'll continue to pile-drive us into conformity with their totalitarian accusations of bigotry.  This professor seems to understand where we go from here, alluding to "Cool Hand Luke" to hint at what it likely coming.
The revolutionary mindset that the Court has perhaps half-witlessly embraced means to eliminate all felt “stigma,” any trace of social “humiliation,” just so that everyone’s “identity” is equally valued.
Doing all that requires a lot more than just a fair shakedown at the courthouse. It requires getting all of our minds right. And so we should expect today’s decision to inaugurate the greatest crisis of religious liberty in American history. I am certain that it will.
 If Americans didn't appreciate being called bigots, they will appreciate being pounded into conformity much less so.  I'm afraid much social discord is headed our way.

I have no beef with gay marriage, but I don't like being called a bigot because I have no special brief for it either.  The left is never gracious in victory and I suspect "having no beef" will not be enough.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Tunisia

Prime Minister David Cameron said: "The people who do this do it in the name of a twisted perverted ideology."

STOP CALL THESE PEOPLE TWISTED...or cowardly or anything else!!   Stop calling them anything other than evil and SEND SOME F**KING COMMANDOS TO KILL THEM.

KILL THEM DEAD.  Doesn't matter who, doesn't matter where.  Find a couple aggregations of ISIS members and fucking KILL THE BASTARDS!

Stop with the words already!!!!!!!!!!

France Again

Just like those random folks at the deli, some random dude got his head chopped off...at random, mind you...at some random place.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Beginning of the End

Well, the SCOTUS has said, quite literally, 'we know the law says this, but forget it.'

Marry this event with the Rachel Dolezal stupidity, where even if you are white, you can be black.

Words don't mean what they say, facts can be what you claim them to be.  It's anything goes.

America is going to be one fucked up place to live in the next 20 years.  I can only hope we come to our senses.

King vs. Burwell

It will be little commented upon, but the SCOTUS, despite upholding ObamaCare on two occasions, is not impressed with it as a legislative achievement.
The Affordable Care Act contains more than a few examples of inartful drafting. (To cite just one, the Act creates three separate Section 1563s. See 124 Stat. 270, 911, 912.) Several features of the Act’s passage contributed to that unfortunate reality. Congress wrote key parts of the Act behind closed doors, rather than through “the traditional legislative process.” Cannan, A Legislative History of the Affordable Care Act: How Legislative Procedure Shapes Legislative History, 105 L. Lib. J. 131, 163 (2013). And Congress passed much of the Act using a complicated budgetary procedure known as “reconciliation,” which limited opportunities for debate and amendment, and bypassed the Senate’s normal 60-vote filibuster requirement. Id., at 159–167. As a result, the Act does not reflect the type of care and deliberation that one might expect of such significant legislation.
In other words, ObamaCare is a piece of crap, but it's your piece of crap America.

I have sympathy for this viewpoint, people should not be shielded from their poor electoral choices.  Roughly 55% of the country wants to destroy this country and/or is too dumb to know that they are destroying the country.  That's the way of the world.  Sucks, but we can hope for the best.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Obama: I Tried, But You All Suck

"Hope and Change" has become "Realistic Expectations and Resignation"

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Obama Quick to the Podium to Lie for Gun Control in Wake of Charleston

Bodies in Charleston are barely cold and Obama is pimping gun control.  He says that mass shootings like this don't happen in other countries.  Instapundit has typical pithy rebuttal.

It is worth noting further that Dear Leader is simply wrong.  Five minutes on the Internet machine tells you this is a bunch of crap.  Just some recent ones...Germany in 2009UK in 2010Holland 2011Belgium in 2011 too.  There was one mass shooting per year for several years in Finland.  And of course, there Anders Breivik's 2011 spree in Norway.  And this stuff happens in Asia all the time, we just never hear about it.

Suddenly Lefties Love the catholic Church

Before I got all busy-like for the day, I was going to post how fun it is going to be to watch all the lefties suddenly assert the absolute moral authority of the church now that Pope Francis is a hard care global warmist.

Lefties have despised the Catholic church for as long as anyone can remember and have denigrated its doctrine as pure, unadulterated evil for decades, but now it's all, "Hey, we gotta listen to the Pope!" 

Forget the church's position on gay marriage, forget abortion, forget birth control...those damn Catholic troglodytes!  Oh wait...global authority to force climate change policy upon nations to the detriment of their sovereignty and to squash free market systems..????  We LOVE THE CHURCH!!

Witness the spectacle.

Oh, and btw, we see through your ass...

Friday, June 12, 2015

Self Back Pat on Inflation

The "crappify" makes front page news.

Of course, I've been talking about it here for years...four years to be exact...

Smartest President EVAH !!!!!!!!!

Genius President at work...

Hey, I have an idea!  Let's take a policy whose benefits are hard to communicate to the general public (trade) and that Democrats hate, and let's push it and rely on Republicans, who eyes we've been poking sticks in for six years, to help us pass it.  And let's keep the whole thing secret!

This guy is an idiot.

The Polar Bear's Day in the Sun As Climate Change Poster Animal Is Over

Old and Busted Global Warming Climate Change Scare Tactic - The polar bears are dying!

New Global Warming Climate Change Scare Tactic Hotness - The polar bears are feasting...ON DOLPHINS!!!

Fear not for the damn polar bears...they're eating Flipper!  Stop Climate Change NOW!!!

Trigger warning: picture may not be safe for current crop of college-age ninnies who say "trigger warning".  Might also be a micro-aggression to people who think nature is like the opening scenes of Bambi.

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

More San Francisco Craziness

San Francisco is considering mandating health warning labels on soda.

Sigh.

I've blogged about my quintessential San Fran story before.

OK, fine…put warning labels on soda, but how about a warning label for tattooing your scrotum or being whipped while tied to a giant spinning roulette wheel or piercing your labia…or, trust me I could go on…?????  These are dangerous too, nest pas?

Thursday, May 28, 2015

NY Obamacare Premiums Up Another 25%?

Just last week we learned that insurers were just now able to peer underneath the hood of Obamacare and tally up their costs in order to set rates for 2016.  All signs point to bad mojo for Dear Leader's signature "achievement"...
Now that insurers have had more time to look at the claims coming in from those enrolling from Obamacare, they're finding that the pool of customers is older and sicker than originally projected, driving up medical costs. Meanwhile, federal help isn't what they anticipated.
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, the largest health insurer in Maryland, proposed an average increase of 30.4 percent for 2016 (with a range of 19.3 percent to 45.7 percent).
A similar story is playing out among insurers who have filed rate proposals throughout the country. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee asked for an average increase of 36.3 percent. In South Dakota, Wellmark proposed a 42.9 percent average increase.
Here in New York, we've had all the bad features of ObamaCare for many many years, well before the Lightworker brought the Light, so our premiums were expensive to begin with.  When Obamacare hit we were not spared at all.

Well, my proposed renewal rates just came in the mail and my premiums for my small business are going up 24%.  That'll be roughly 75% in three years.  At this rate, Obamacare is going to fall in on itself like the poorly constructed edifice that it is.

Free of Union Yoke, Twinkie-Maker Worth $2 Billion

With a unionized work force, Hostess (Twinkies) was worth nothing.  Today, without that unionized work force, it's worth $2 billion.
Twinkies never die.
Neither does its Hostess brand, apparently, as Post Foods joined the sea of bidders looking to acquire the snack company for as much as $2 billion, according to the New York Post.
The same was true with General Motors and Detroit...and the same will happen with others, like, for instance, Chicago.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Big Banks Got Their "Mind Right"

Via Bloomberg.
Wall Street is giving the Second City a second chance.
The price of Chicago’s most-actively traded bond has erased almost all of the decline that followed Moody’s Investors Service’s May 12 decision to cut the city to junk. Buyer confidence has been bolstered because banks aren’t demanding penalties related to the downgrade, anticipating Chicago will be able to sell $668 million of general obligations Wednesday to refinance debt.
 ...
Wall Street’s support is helping Chicago avert a cash crunch as a $20 billion pension-fund shortfall leaves it with the lowest credit rating of any big U.S. city except Detroit. The loss of its investment-grade rank from Moody’s triggered provisions allowing banks to seek as much as $2.2 billion in accelerated debt payments or fees to break derivative contracts.
Such requirements helped push Jefferson County, Alabama, into bankruptcy when it was unable to refinance debt after the 2008 credit crisis.
Who could force those derivatives payments? Big banks like JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs and BofA.  Who has the DOJ been suing the bejeebus out of these last few years, taking multiple multi-billion dollar settlements out of their hides?   Big banks like JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs and BofA.  Who is playing nice with Chicago, Dear Leader's adopted hometown and the site of his presidential library?  Big banks like JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs and BofA.

Looks like the big banks got their "mind right" ala Cool Hand Luke.