Friday, September 12, 2014

Obama Fading: It Was Always Ever Going To Be Thus

It was always ever going to be thus.  I called it many moons ago, although the historical verdict is not quite solidified.
That anybody expected even the most basic level of governance from Obama, let alone monumental and transformative things, is the story of greatest import here. And it is not that the hope, dreams and expectations placed into the Obama vessel were so grand, it is that the vessel that is Obama is so small. I have said it before - in November of '08 I said we bought ourselves a pig in a poke. Later I said that disappointment and pain is what we deserve given that we elected a man of no consequence and no achievement to the highest office in the land. Why we expected a man with no discernable track record or proven record of leadership to lead and to achieve in the name of this massive and complex society is a story of historical proportions.
Glenn Reynolds is more pithy/cheeky.

Environmentalism 90210

So I am reading this Powerline post about environmentalists ("watermelons") where Hayward makes fun of their defensive claim to love capitalism, just "sustainable" capitalism.
There’s an old line that environmentalists are “watermelons”—green on the outside, red on the inside. A lot of environmentalists will take great offense if you say this: No no! We like economic growth and capitalism just fine! We just want it to be “sustainable,” whatever that means.
As I am reading this...truly...I am NOT kidding...I sh*t you not...what comes into my inbox but an invitation to "Sustainatopia 2014" in...wait for it Beverly Hills.  A classic of the genre as all these enviro-nitwits seem to love to convocate in the swankiest of places i.e. Bali, Rio, Beverly Hills, etc.

Hopefully Someday...Putin-free

Line of the day goes to Powerline oft-guestblogger, Ammo Grrrll:
The world is a disturbing place where almost everything is beyond our control. People want to feel they have control over something and, so, obsess over food. It is easier to control gluten than Putin.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Police Militarization Continues Apace

There was an ever so brief interlude of concern over police militarization in the aftermath of the Ferguson, MO rioting.  Good times, good times. 

Anywho...the sheep have fallen back to sleep and we are greeted with these related items today:

1)  The latest owner of a swank MRAP (Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle) is the San Diego School District.  Homeland Security is saying this is entirely appropriate because during the Boston Marathon, MRAPs deployed there saved lives.  Bullshit.  Not one life was saved by the deployment of military equipment in Boston that day or the days following.

2)  A 70 lbs. teenage girl was wrestled to the ground by three cops for not relinquishing her cell phone to an assistant principal.

3)  All that "used" military equipment that is going to municipalities and local agencies isn't really used, just not needed.

Americans will be concerned about this when the tanks start rolling into your towns to enforce things like Obamacare mandates and spotted owls regulations (no cutting down trees on your own property!!).  In the meantime, back to sleep...RayRiceKardashianGameofThronesFantasyFootball...

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

New York Pension in Partnership with Goldman Sachs

They told Glenn "Instapundit" Reynolds that if he voted for Mitt Romney, hard-working Americans' pension funds would be turned over to Wall St. cronies...and they were right!

New York state’s pension fund is giving Goldman Sachs Asset Management $2 billion to invest in global stocks.
It’s the first time the $180.7 billion fund has formed such a partnership, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, the pension’s sole trustee, said today in a statement. In addition to investing the funds with equity managers, the unit of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) will also provide advice across the pension’s remaining $98 billion equity portfolio.

Friday, September 05, 2014

NYC Teachers' Union Bullies Its Own

New York City teachers' union gets a little thuggish with its own. 

And good for those teachers.  Suck it Mulgrew.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Did the "Religion of Peace" Strike Again?

Much is unknown at this point, but let's put some tentative pieces together...

1) Non-Muslim woman is beheaded in north London neighborhood
2) North London neighborhoods are known to have high concentration of Muslims
3) British Muslims are known to join jihadist groups and make terroristic threats against Britain
4) We know that beheadings are a calling card tactic of jihadist terrorists

So naturally, the authorities that be have been quick to announce that there is no reason to suspect terrorism as a motive

Of course not.

Still...Obama Down, Stocks Up

Hey folks, just a reminder that I have posited the theory that the stock market moves inversely to Obama's approval rating.  I provided you the data way back when.  I'm a tad too busy now to update the data, but when I see this and this, I am confident that my posited relationship still holds up quite well.

Oh, and another trip down memory lane, once again proving that I am usually early but generally right in time...
While I predicted that Obama would meltdown almost on the day that he took office, we sit on the cusp of his re-election battle and he has stubbornly hung on to stay in contention, at least superficially.  So I am making another prediction, actually more of an update, I guess, to my original meltdown trajectory.  So here goes.  The Obama presidency/campaign/phenomenon will shortly implode.  Yes, "implode", as in spectacularly fail and wind up in ruins.
I said that in the context of the 2012 election and, obviously, got that wrong, but I got the implosion right.  I'm pretty sure that what we are seeing now is the official implosion of Obamaism in America.  And click on that link, how about that '09 prediction!

Economic Hope and Change (Still) Sucks for the Little Guy (or Gal)

Here is the inevitable outcome of Obamanomics or Pelosinomics or whatever you wish to call the redistributive, regulatory-heavy economic policy that we've had foisted on us by Democrats since 2006, especially so since the Lightworker arrived to salve our broken souls in 2008.
Only the rich saw their incomes benefit from the economic recovery during 2010-2013, as earnings stagnated or fell for all others, a report from the Federal Reserve showed today.
Median income adjusted for inflation rose 2 percent to $223,200 for the wealthiest 10 percent of households from 2010 to 2013, the Fed said today from Washington in its Survey of Consumer Finances. The bottom 60 percent saw the biggest declines.
2010-2013.  That falls squarely in the heart of the Obama Era, when lightworking was in full swing and had full control over the apparatus of government.  Whoops.

Of course, I've been predicting and then chronicling all along the inevitable outcome, most notably here and here.

We get what we deserve (or at least you do, I am doing fine in the era of Obama as a member of the 3% or maybe 4%, can't say for sure).  Don't like this state of affairs?  Well, then don't vote like an idiot, specifically, don't get taken in by charlatan political hucksters just because of their skin color (or their gender).

Global Warming Still Dead

In the past I have chronicled - with glee - the embarrassing failures that UN-sponsored climate conferences have turned out to be, for example here.  I've boiled this up, along with other analytical elements, into the conclusion that global warming climate change, as a policy movement, is dead.

So, here is the latest.
Things aren’t looking very good for the United Nations’ upcoming climate summit this month. Not only are major world leaders opting not to attend the conference, but only a handful of countries have formally backed an extension to the world’s only legally binding climate agreement.
In December 2012, 144 countries agreed to extend the expiring Kyoto Protocol after climate negotiations broke down and no one could hash out an agreement to replace the 1990s climate treaty. The 144 countries backing the extension were parties to the original treaty.

Warned, Indeed

Heh.  (Apropos given the source, Although perhaps it should be "Fudge" or something stronger.)

New York Misses the Shale Revolution, Part 14

I have long noted here how New York state government dodo-heads are missing a once in a lifetime economic development opportunity is keeping shale gas development at bay.  Whether NY allows drilling or not (and I believe it will someday), the race is on now to win the establishment of local offices, depots and other industry jobs.  Drill crews travel to the drill site from a home base.  Right now, Pennsylvania is winning the race for those jobs and someday that race will be finished.

Just to show you how badly New York is messing this up, oil giant and blue-chip employer Royal Dutch Shell just discovered massive gas fields in Tioga Couty, PA, right on border with New York.  Most states would love to have an employer like Shell come to their state, but NY isn't even in the running.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Whew...The NY Times Saves Us Debilitating Mental Anguish

John at Powerline points out the inanity of the thought-process, if it can be called that, at the New York Crimes that is a classic of the genre of the subtle bias that infects our mainstream media institutions.  John has a good, common-sense explanation for what the Crimes is trying to achieve with its word-play, but perhaps he is not hip to the "trigger-warning" necessitating degrees of separation racial content of every word in the English language. 

Let me explain.  "Burly" is, of course, a homonym for burley, which is a type of tobacco, a very small amount of which is grown in Missouri.  Tobacco, of course, was a major crop of the ante-bellum south, which, of course, was harvested in the fields by Negro slaves, and which was an economic engine that sustained the institution of slavery for far too long in our young country's history.  Thus, even hearing the word burly, as a homonym for burley (even though about 3% of the population knows it is a type of tobacco), can bring about deep-seated feelings of anguish, bordering on physical pain, over the horror of American slavery that not a single living American has experienced.  Thus the Crimes's exquisite sensitivity over the use of the word "burly" in the case of Michael Brown, given that there is a chance, however remote, that Michael Brown's ancestors were once slaves picking burley tobacco in the fields for the economic benefit of white slave owners 175 years ago.

Which makes me wonder, should I have prefaced this post with a trigger warning given that I used the word "homonym" twice?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Shocker: LA Schools' iPad Boondoggle Is a Bust

This is what happens when an industry desperately resists doing the basics right.  This kind of crap would be easier to swallow, if the schools were actually doing well at their core know, teaching.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Diversity Obsessives Learn What "Support Function" Means

'Gosh darn it, why aren't there more women CEOs given how many women are high up on the corporate ladder?', asks exquisitely diversityphilic Bloomberg News.
Yet for all the gains made by women in the highest levels of U.S. companies, most are still in the wrong jobs if they want to follow Barra’s career path. ...
That’s because ... 55 percent of them are finance chiefs, top lawyers or heads of human resources
Wait what?  You mean if you want to run the widget-making company, you might oughta have gotten experience in the making of widgets rather than resourcing the widget factory with humans??

Nah, that can't be it, must be #WarOnWomen that shunts otherwise deserving females into these dead-end $400,000/yr.  SVP of Human Resources or General Counsel jobs.

European Austerity Is (Still) Bullshit

I have said it for a long time - European "austerity" is a farce

Finally, it is getting some (and I stress only some) MSM exposure, courtesy of Bloomberg News.

But the Keynesians are out in full force attempting to salvage the reputation of their bankrupt economic ideology - see here and here.

We Suck

Yes, Yes, Yes, A Thousand Times, Yes...

All it would take is one or two Daisy Cutters to tame ISIS significantly...

UPDATE:  Ugh.  Weak Horse (wearing a suit, or worse a DOJ golf shirt).

Rifle-Pointing Cop: "I Will Fucking Kill You"

While the ACLU isn't tops on my list of organizations, they did the country a major service by getting this dickhead cop suspended.  Sadly, he will keep his job, eventually get promoted and retire to a very cushy life way ahead of when you and I get to retire...all paid for by you and I.

The only argument that even comes close to mitigating legitimate concern and fear over police militarization is that of professionalism - to wit, you should not be concerned because law enforcement marries their military-grade capabilities with scrupulous professionalism.  Watch this video and tell me if you buy that argument.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Told Ya' So

I have been saying for 15 years now that tattoo removal was going to boom, as people grow up and/or realize that tattoos are as transgressive/counter-culture these days as, say, golf or the Ivy League or being Republican.  Alas, I never figured out how to invest in it.

How Many Lefty Conceits Exploded By This News?

So, we have, potentially, a British jihadi, who was formerly a prisoner at Gitmo, beheading an American journalist as part if ISIS's retaliation against the US for impeding the expansion of the caliphate into Kurdish Iraq.

How many leftist conceits does this fact detonate at once.  I count at least five.  You?