Wednesday, August 16, 2017

If You Think A Few Statues Will Appease the Left, You're Crazy

The Left won't stop here.  The Civil War monuments won't be the end...in fact it's not even good enough now...they want the monuments, they want CEOs to resign from economic policy councils...

If they get victories here, they'll expand the definition of bigotry and call for more...and more.  They want nothing more than the full prostration of the Trump Administration and then the nation as a whole.

Remember, the Tea Party was called racist, when TEA stood for "taxed enough already".  Want lower taxes?  RACIST!!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Max Dumb from the Fever Swamps (in this case Fever Tundra)

Mt theory about a metaphorical type of Left Wing Penis Envy in academia is holding up well...

SUNY Plattsburgh.  Ugh.  Why do we confer any legitimacy on the people who are likely in the 10% percentile of their profession, just because they work on a college campus? 

There is ALOT of dumb coming from our prestigious institutions, but it seems the MAX dumb is coming from our nearly worthless institutions.  And yes (Sorry Upstaters), SUNY-P is nearly worthless.

Monday, August 14, 2017

How You Get More Trump

This is pure analysis...in no way to be construed as a pro-Confederate argument...but the political left has destroyed it's standing with several broad swaths of American society:
1)  Males, particularly, white males
2)  Married women
3)  The American South
There are zero Democrat Senators from the South and the Republicans own the South politically nearly lock, stock, and barrel.  

This isn't going to help, or this.  Perhaps the principled stand that lefties think they are making is worth any tactical electoral setback, but maybe not.  Tactical mistakes are, arguably, what delivered the Oval Office to the weirdest major candidate ever at the expense of the most inevitable candidate ever.

Something to think about.  Maybe.  Ok, if you're a lefty...not.

Radical suggestion:  Stop obsessing about the damn monuments.  Leave them alone.  How about that as a strategy???

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Sowell? Who's That?

Major Yup here.

Irony (or maybe just funny)...here I am a white man and if I had to point to a single person who has had the most influence my outlook of the world as it relates to economics, politics, and society - a conservo-libertarian outlook mind you - it's a black man.

Frankly, their loss if they can't see the greatness in their own.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Ugh, Ugh, and Double Ugh. Libtards Make Movie About Frustration at Institutions About...You Guessed It

The 1974 classic movie Death Wish stuck a chord with Americans because it articulated a strong sense of frustration with our institutions that are tasked with our safety...both the (lack of) competency of the these institutions and the arrogance offered up in response when these institutions are questioned.

Institutions that we setup, and pay for, fail us and then bristle when we question them after paying, oftentimes, unbearable costs.

This is what made the 1974 version so powerful.  Is it so hard to believe that the same frustrations are perhaps at work today?

No, can't be...has to be that answer-for-everything...RACISM!

File this under:  This is how you get more Trump.

Idiots.

I hate the movies... but now I have to go see this.  Maybe eat at Chik-fil-A prior to...

No Vote, Huh? How About a White Guy Tax Boycott?

No vote, no taxes.

Trust me...you will miss my annual $140,000 of taxes (and that's just income taxes)...and all the money that the roughly 80 million of us dudes pay in taxes.

Go ahead, we're happy to keep the money.

And your lefty dreams would collapse in a heap of smoldering detritus if we didn't keep the whole shitty system propped up with our hard earned dollars.

Give it a whirl.  We can sort it all out legally later after all the municipal, state and sovereign defaults....

NFL Is Not Immune from The Iron Rule of Business

Here is Richard Sherman perhaps lamenting poor Colin Kaepernick's employment woes or perhaps merely pointing out some logical dissonance...
"Now if you told me this guy threw eight pick-sixes last year and played like a bum, had no talent, that’s one thing,” Sherman told USA Today about Kaepernick, who threw 16 touchdown to four interceptions as a 49er last year. “But Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ryan Mallett or whoever is playing for the Jets right now — whoever is starting for the Jets is terrible — have jobs. You’re telling me fans would rather you lose and put a worse player out there because a guy took a stand? That’s where it’s so troublesome to me.”
Very good point.  Very incomplete point.  Very superficial thinking, and thus very besides the point.

Football performance is not the only consideration for employment in the NFL.  We all know it's a business and which particular employees to hire in the business is a multi-variate business decision.  And yes, Richard, fans' attitudes are highly relevant even if they are mercurial, off-putting or somewhat illogical.  Nobody has a right to play in the NFL and the customer is king, just like in any business.  If fans don't like Kaepernick, for any reason from his "stand" to his fro', it's their prerogative and his problem.  The customer is always right.  Owners understand this even if All-Pro players don't.

UPDATE:  In Other News:  Girlfriend of Guy Who Wants a Job, Insults Guy Who Might Give Boyfriend a Job.

UPPDATE:  Ugh, more of this foolishness here.  Truth hurts these guys but talent is fungible...Kaepernick could be 10 times better than he is and no one will miss him...there'll be another talent coming along soon enough and the world will forget.  The world, thus the NFL, simply doesn't need Colin Kaepernick.  Frankly, the world doesn't need half these guys.  If enough people don't see him as brave, but rather a dickhead, then he's a dickhead because they pay the bills.  Modern-day slavery yadayadayada.

Hey, I know how CK can revive his career.  Subject his views to debate...have a debate live on TV about these issues...the public would tune in in good faith.  Whoops, nope, they didn't teach that course at UNevada or wherever he happened to get a parchment from.  Make a phony-baloney stand with no accountability and the accountability will find you.


Wednesday, August 02, 2017

More ObamaCare "Bad Luck"

Less than 12 months ago:  "Meet the Insurer Making Money from ObamaCare."
The big insurers’ troubles have led critics to raise questions about the overall sustainability of the ObamaCare model.
But Molina sees more room for his company to grow. It has already announced plans to expand this year into three more markets.
Today: "Molina to Cut Costs, Eliminate 1,500 Jobs Following Big Loss"
The company said it’s eliminating about 1,500 jobs as part of a restructuring plan that it hopes will save $300 million to $400 million by late next year. In the meantime, Molina withdrew its 2017 earnings outlook. The company also said it will exit money-losing Affordable Care Act markets in Utah and Wisconsin for next year.
Wow.  No doubt "Unexpectedly."

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

SNAP

Regardless of whether SNAP will ever make a cent of profit, or anything relating to the business model, the governance structure always was, and is, a disaster for shareholders.  Why anybody bought this stock is beyond me.  Just because Facebook got away with the same bullshit and shareholders have done well, does not make it a good structure, and it should have never been acceptable.

I suspect this concentration of power in the founder will not be part of future tech IPOs after this.

Once Again...Early But Never Wrong...Venezuela Version

Well, I've been early on this call for awhile but it seems that Venezuela is finally, not just circling, but going down the drain.  I view Mary O'Grady at the WSJ as a suitable authority, and she says civil war is either here as we speak or inevitable now.  There's not much more to say at this point, except to take ongoing digs at all the useful idiots like Danny Glover and Sean Penn and Robert Kennedy Jr. who touted Chavismo with patently asinine assertions such as 'Venezuela has great healthcare.'  That and to watch the bodies pile up.  Such a tragedy.  Anybody with a cursory understanding the history of the 20th century could have seen this coming.  Worth reprising my view...

Where Venezuela is now is where ALL SOCIALISM ends.  Always.  Full stop.

And, frankly, the Venezuelans deserve their fate. They bought the bill of goods that Chavez and his criminal gang were selling for years.  Enthusiastically too.  They fell pathetically into a trance under the transparently cynical cult of personality that Chavez built around himself.  And they had the misery of nearby Cuba as well as the recent examples of the USSR and Argentina to learn from.  But learn they did not.  They were dupes of a world-historical magnitude...some of the greatest suckers ever to walk the planet.

P.S. Here is my next prediction, which may take years to prove true - the Obama administration clandestinely propped up the Chavez/Maduro regime

Monday, July 17, 2017

Insularity Is the Problem

This is dead on

My father grew up in Irish-immigrant NYC and was the first in his family to go to college - let alone law school.  He wasn't reviled, but he was de facto abandoned.  It was assumed he considered becoming a cop or a fireman as beneath him.  It wasn't, but that's what everyone did, he just asked "Wait, why do I have to join the NYPD or FDNY..."

I won't get into the sociology of this but the role of women in the family fed this...my dad would always and everywhere want to see his brothers, but somehow the social calendar, ruled over by the wives, never worked.  I suspect that a FDNY wife wasn't keen to hang out with a lawyer's wife and vice versa.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Tom Perez Was An Awesome Choice!!

Two questions in response:

1)  Then how did they manage to get people to hand them 2 congressional majorities, the Presidency, 33 governorships, and 32 outright state legislative majorities?

2) Then why are we the best tippers?

Actually, three questions...

3)  Will you please please please keep doing saying stuff like this?

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Bloomberg News Sausage-Making + A Great Free-Market Healthcare Idea

Bloomberg News has published one of its more atrocious, atrociously biased, articles in quite some time.  I've chronicled how they make the lefty sausage over there at Al Hunt's Haven for "Journolist" Minions.  This one is a classic of the genre.

It is still making my head reel, but it goes something like this.  Steve Scalise, having been shot in a clear political assassination attempt by a crazed left-wing nutjob, is exactly like a poor black man.  Why?  Because poor black men get shot alot (although mostly by gang rivals or other contemporaries within their urban milieu).  That commonality means he shouldn't support the Republican attempts at reforming healthcare because it aims to reduce benefits for pre-existing conditions, one of which is having previously been shot.

All this comes from a report by...wait for it...the Brady Center.  Yes, that long-standing, stalwart, mono-maniacal gun control advocacy organization is opining on healthcare, and Bloomberg News is there to report it.

It's got all the classic elements of lefty sausage manufacture - left-wing advocacy group, current topic needing a boost via some racial angle...oh, and misleading numbers.  For instance, the author says that 34,000 people die from gun shots each year.  Yes, but roughly 20,000 of those gunshots are fired by a finger attached to the body of the person dying...they're suicides, but hey, the larger the numbers in the article the better.

There is so much to pick apart, but perhaps this will be a final thought...a true, free-market healthcare reform will enable insurance companies to market policies tailored to the needs of consumers.  What's to stop, say, Aetna from marketing the "Gangbanger's Medical Plus" policy that covers all post gunshot healthcare?  It'd be a hot seller in Chicago, where gun control has worked so well.

Love the Hatin' on the Times

Apparently the New York Times acts like my pre-teen children.  Can't remember how many times I say, "It's 3 o'clock" only to be told "Actually, it's 2:54..."

I'm That Parent Too

Well, this is because parents pay the bill.  And, essentially, it doesn't matter where you go to college within a certain band of quality...

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

I Will Be Right About Musk Someday Soon

I've laid down my markers before, in 2015 and 2016...

Is the "magic" wearing thin...?

Time will tell.

UPDATE:  Your company posts terrible quarterly numbers, bolstering the bear case, so what do you do?  Talk about overpopulation.

Friday, June 02, 2017

Repeat After Me, Again: China Is Not, Will Not Lead on Climate

Lots and lots of dumb shit commentary in re Trump's Paris pull-out out there, but I'll focus in on what I know.  Here the dumb that I want to address:

Trump Cedes Climate Policy Leadership to Xi With Paris Accord Exit

This is a good time to reprise what I wrote previously about China's energy policy.  Go here to read it in full, but the basics are this:  China cares not one shit about "climate change", China is embracing any and every energy source and potential future energy source out of STRATEGIC PRUDENCE (yes, I'm shouting).  China wants to play with it all.  It is expanding use of coal with abandon, it is securing access to oil through loans, exploration and quasi-colonization of poor but emerging oil-rich nations, and...BIG AND...it is spending billions to fortify its maritime dominance in waters under which lie one of the greatest untapped HYDROCARBON energy sources - methane hydrate. Yeah, and they're doing wind and solar too.

China wants to grow, get rich and dominate...or at least not be dominated.  As such it will need lots of energy and it makes sense to establish beachheads in energy sources and technologies that may or may not emerge as the sources of the future regardless of their putative climate-friendliness.  

One tactical manifestation of this strategy is that China is displaying a phony climate consciousness to secure cooperation and access on technology that is developed outside of China.  It is saying "Hey man, this climate change stuff is scary, could we look at those patents and could you teach us how to build that cool climate thingamabob so we could build it too?"  China is getting a cheap future energy hedge by pretending to care.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Twilight Zone...

This could actually be today's headline:

"Global Markets Rally Adds Billions, As World Relieved that 39-Year Old Who Married His High School Teacher Will Lead France."

Against All Odds...? Not Really

I would expect nothing less since the government is their silent partner...

"Against All Odds, the U.S. Tobacco Industry Is Rolling in Money"

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Whoops. World Leaders Shrug At Trump Global Warming Moves

"World Leaders Watch in Silence as Trump Imperils Climate Efforts"

That's because they are relieved.  They don't want to spend the money, hobble their economies, and be shaken down by poor countries for climate bribes.  They can dispense with the virtue signaling, and they have Trump to thank.

Full article here.