Thursday, December 18, 2014

Cuomo to "Red" New York: Drop Dead

In one day we get two news items that encapsulates Andy Cuomo's bankrupt and idiotic economic policy for the state of New York - energy no, casinos yes

By all means let's encourage the effective regressive taxation of poor and stupid people via gambling while we shut off the development of cheap and clean natural gas to fuel our economy and bring needed economic development to depressed rural New York (even though fracking is done safely nearly everywhere else in the USA, even in Jerry Brown's California).  Irony alert, the NY Department of Health was the ostensible authority that gave Cuomo the cover to carry out this liberal policy wish, but gambling has nothing to do with health...huh?

Residents of the Southern Tier are rightly pissed and this sentiment encapsulates the entire political dynamic of New York state.
When Conklin, N.Y., town supervisor Jim Finch heard the news, he began drawing up plans to secede from the state. “I’m serious,” said Mr. Finch, who oversees a town of some 5,000 people on the Susquehanna River just a few minutes’ drive from the Pennsylvania border. “New York City determines policy in the Southern Tier? That’s baloney.”
12 million liberal New York City area residents run the lives of 8 million mostly conservative upstaters, and it sucks for that later camp.  Non-NYC New York is a hollowed out shell of economic malaise and declining population thanks to elitist liberal policy emanating from the NYC political set.  If it weren't for NYC, Cuomo would have lost his re-election race this November.  Secession is one answer (not a good one, but one that I certainly understand), but one day upstaters are going to have to get off their butts and turnout at the polls in legendary numbers if they are ever going to throw the liberal NYC gorilla off their backs.

More here.

Just When You Thought John Kerry Couldn't Get Any Stupider

Only someone whose elitism has so retarded his brain, such as John Kerry, could actually think that it was the USA who has been "isolated" all these years.  The mind reels.

And isolated from what?  Tyranny, dysfunction and privation.  Isolate me from that all day long.  Kerry is hands down the most idiotic man to serve in public office quite possibly ever.

Henninger: Who's Stupid?

Pulitzer-prize winning WSJ Opinion columnist Dan Henninger has a must read column today, not so much for its penetrating analysis, but for its synthesis of what we all know into something obvious, yet upside-down to conventional wisdom.  The column is titled, "The New Stupid Party" and he, indisputably in my view, has a point.  Democrats are lapping the GOP on stupid.

The left has mocked, derided and made the American South an object is its elitist disdain for decades.  As of November the Democrats have all but been swept from the South in toto.  The left has mocked, dismissed and raged at white males for decades.  As Henninger points out 64% of white males voted Republican in this last election.  The elitist left has mocked, derided and ridiculed women of the right - mostly notably in the person of Sarah Palin - for decades.  Married women went for Mitt Romney 53-46 in 2012. 

The Dems didn't merely choose to disagree, they mocked, they belittled, they scoffed.  And they've been washed away except for an angry, largely powerless lame duck POTUS.

When you've so thoroughly alienated entire swaths of the American electorate, it doesn't matter if you mobilize a small army of Sandra Flukes and the ObamaPhone Underclass, you're going to lose - there a lot of white guys, married gals and Southerners out there.

Henninger is right, but I feel he's being too kind, the Warren Dems are not the New Stupid Party, they're the F**king Crazy Party.  But I quibble.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Once Again, Early But Not Wrong

Hey, here's what I wrote in 2008:
...we could see falling oil prices. If you are a petro-state, the combination of declining production and falling prices equals you're screwed. Of course, lots of things could happen and this analysis could be totally wrong, but I'm saying that there exists a significant probability that Russia is beginning its glidepath toward destabilization and, ultimately, disintegration. Once you're on that glidepath it is hard to break free, you can hang on if you are adept, but the destination is usually a given.
Not bad.


Hey, just a reminder...I've been predicting the implosion of Venezuela for some time now.  All that needed to happen was a little nudge off the cliff from the oil market.  The nudge has arrived and default is all but certain.

I hate to say it, but the Venezuelan people deserve this.  When you embrace a charlatan and stick with him at all costs and through bitter experience, you wind up exactly where charlatanism takes you.  The world should not muster any sympathy for a people that choose tyranny and impoverishment again and again.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Apply the Appropriate Word: Hoax

The beginning of an appropriate reckoning must begin with a clear definition of what happened and where we are.  There have been numerous post-mortems of sorts on the UVA/Rolling Stone episode, exploring its meaning, yadayada.  Rubbish.

We need the right word, the correct label for what went on - and that word is "hoax".  And we need it in the mainstream press, not the far corners of admirable journalistic standards. 

Glenn "Instapundit" Reynolds provides the needed clarity.  He says it boldly on the pages of USA Today.  Hoax.  As in:
1. something intended to deceive or defraud

The story does not "have holes."  There are not "inconsistencies."  Rolling Stone magazine did not "misplace trust."  It was a hoax.  It was a lie.  It was deliberate.  It was intended to jam lies through and have reactions, from outrage to legislation, live on long into the future.

With such clarity established we can now move forward appropriately (although we won't), i.e. the UVa administration can be taken to task for overreacting to a hoax rather than responsibly investigating it.  Rolling Stone can be taken to task for being a fraudulent journalistic enterprise.  And so on down the line.  Here's hoping. 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Some Sort of Confectionary Incident in Sydney

Looks like some "confectionary workplace violence" in Sydney…although now that Tony Abbott is PM, no such Orwellian bullshit is likely to emanate from down under, in contrast to what might come out of the Lightworker Disaster.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Loathesome Lefty Loose Cannon Dislikes Politics

A Washington state Democrat said that Republicans dubbed the Affordable Care Act “Obamacare” so that they could symbolically destroy President Obama when they destroy the bill.
Wow, what meanies.  But I recall another derisive moniker for a broad policy program:  Reaganomics.

Tit for tat, Jimbo.  It's called "politics."  Even still, you could have called this POS law anything and it would still be wildly unpopular.  Also, I recall Mr. Lightworker actually embracing the designation of the law in his name - his narcissism knowing no bounds.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

The Rising Middle Classes Across the World Will Doom Climate Policy

Exxon lays out the basic reality that dooms the global warming climate change climate disruption policy movement to failure - a rising global middle class won't be denied. 
Even as the most advanced economies cut energy use by almost one tenth through 2040 and add hundreds of millions of fuel-efficient vehicles, booming growth in places like India, South Africa and Thailand will boost demand for fuels 36 percent, the Irving, Texas-based company said in its annual outlook. Emissions will surge as an expanding middle class in poorer nations demands electricity, schools and hospitals.
I was ahead of Exxon by about six years.

Friday, December 05, 2014

Bring Back Obamaphone Lady!

So, lots of hints that Mitt Romney is running for President again.

I'm looking forward to more poignant and enlightening commentary as to his policies and his character from the electorate...

Teach Journalists Not to Write Lies About Rape!

Why do American leftists/feminists wreck lives by lying about rape at UVA but maintain deafening silence over true, violent gang rape in India?

Because affluent, southern white males are their ideological enemies; illiterate, urban Indian males are not.

Why are most trendy lefty causes based on lies?  Because their ideological enemies' behavior doesn't actually live up to lefties' grotesque visions or how they'd like the public to see their enemies.

n.b. title with apologies to Instapundit.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Mark Morford Is As Arrogantly (and Ignorantly) Condescending A Lefty Douchebag As You Will Find

This is the most ignorantly condescending arrogant blather you will read today or perhaps any day...
So. Want to try and unpack this creepy factoid? Break it down a little? It’s not difficult:
You’re a scared white person, almost certainly male. You do not live in a major city, or near a university or intellectual hub of any note, nor have you ever traveled very far from your home town, much less out of state or anywhere further than, say, Mexico. Once. And that was enough.
You do not read complicated books. You do not like new or weird things. You watch lots of TV, mostly Fox News, which rejoices in showing you endless images of angry foreigners and minorities in pain: tear gas explosions, fights in the streets, looting, this time involving sad, small-town black people in Ferguson, all of them protesting the acquittal of that murderous white cop....
The matrix is simple enough: The more scared you are, the more isolated, the less educated and the less traveled and the less exposed to unfamiliar ideas, to different modes of life, to the Other, to the staggering and effervescent variety of human existence, the more you will see a gun as an obvious and necessary choice. 
Incidentally, I will school Mark Morford any day on history, ideas, books, 'well-traveled-ness', 'educated-ness', whatever.  I bet you he is the biggest phony intellectual going and I could run rings around him in any debate other than in, say, feminist perspectives on aboriginal yoga in pre-colonial Congo.

But anyway, let's break it down Mark.  I am male, got to give you that. White too, and I feel no shame over the lack of any pigment in my skin.  I've lived and worked in and around the country's largest city all my life.  I've attended two separate Ivy League universities (Mark's not telling what his education credentials are).  I can spit to two colleges from my house.  I've travelled to 25 foreign countries.  I don't watch any TV.  I read everyday, I especially like "complicated" books about history, economics and philosophy.  I like to think I have been significantly "exposed to unfamiliar ideas, to different modes of life, to the Other, to the staggering and effervescent variety of human existence" (although, I wouldn't actually express it that way).

So, did I buy a gun on Black Friday?  Nope.  My gun safe is already too full.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Why They Spend, Why They Don't Care

On the occasion of our national debt* topping $18 trillion, it is worth reprising my warning on why the Obamacrats are spending with abandon, titled "The Plan Behind No Plan". 

It should be obvious by now that Obama and his base want to break the country, because when you break something, you get to rebuild it, and lefties want a "do over", they don't like America as it is.

*  This figure is debt, as in bonded commitments.  Liabilities, which are unbonded promises made, is closer to $100 trillion.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

EPA Issues More Rules It'll Have to Defend In Court

Just as the EPA is introducing strict new rules of dubious legitimacy, its last such gambit is set to go before the Supreme Court and it just got whacked in court over shutting down a gold mine in Alaska.

Based on recent evidence the EPA is not doing so well in court.  These new rules will attract suits and be tied up, and a Republican President will one day kill them off.

NY Times Sees What Isn't There To Slime Oil Industry

This is kinda neat, although I must say that I was afraid that in the hands of the New York Crimes, this analysis might have taken on the typical moralistic tone of disapprobation that nearly every treatment of the energy industry gets in the Crimes.  The feature is somewhat free of that, but one can easily envision Crimes' readership getting the vapors, and no doubt the authors' purpose was to provoke that reaction sotto voce.

There are plenty of points to be made here, but this is the big one - those drilling pipes are NOT aboveground, which is probably the number two reason that fracking technology is AWESOME!  (The #1 reason being that it actually gets us oil to use as we have chosen to do.)  You can try to conjure up images of industrial scale despoliation of the Earth as much as you want, but the fact that we can draw resource efficiently an unobtrusively is cause for celebration.

Finally, one point that will obviously be missed by Crimesians, is that the alternatives they pine so fervently for (in the name of saving the planet) ARE ACTUALLY ABOVEGROUND!!  Lefties have to imagine and conjure a reality that doesn't exist in order to cast aspersions on hydrocarbons, while completely ignoring the reality of their preferences that are staring us all in the face.  Indeed, scientists have extrapolated how much of the Earth's surface would need to be covered by solar panels and/or wind farms in order to replace fossil fuels 100%, and the answer isn't pretty.

(HT: Mark Perry)

Finally We Know: Obama Scoffs At the Very Essence of America

Well, we've been waiting six years for "Obama unleashed", the outpouring of the raw essence of the man that we elected twice that has heretofore eluded us because he was not eager to tell and the media was either not eager to discover or actively colluding to suppress. Now we have it and it is shockingly bad, even for the most jaded anti-Lightworker folks among us.

Read it.  It's bad.  You'll vomit.

Obama doesn't believe in the sovereignty of the United States of America, he certainly doesn't believe in the sovereignty of the people.  Every nation on Earth claims the sovereign right to define and regulate citizenship, but Obama feels that the USA has no such right, that every living person ought to be able to reside in America.  He denies the citizenry of this country, from whence flows its sovereignty since its founding, to define and regulate who can be a citizen or resident of this nation.  Naturally, a corollary to this, given our massive social safety net, is that every person in the world thus has a right to a portion of your income.  If everybody can come here and avail themselves, the people who pay for that social safety have an open-ended financial obligation to the entire world.

This is globe-spanning socialism of the worse kind.  It's not pure economic socialism, it is that but also a socialism that denies the entire value of the America project and its history - all of its institutions of self-government and commitments, big and small, to individual liberty.  It is a socialism of the soul.  It is infused with a moral relativism so severe as to wipe the notion and history of the United States of America off the record of humankind altogether.  It is anti-individual, it denigrates the souls of people earning to be free and to govern themselves accordingly.  It dismisses individuality.  It scoffs at you.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Leading Candidate Bows Out of SecDef Job

Yeah, I wouldn't take this job either. 1) You're inheriting a big mess, 2) It's not clear your boss will let you clean anything up, 3) You are a C-Teamer simply by association with this wrecking crew.  If you've got talent, best to bide your time for Hillary or burnish your bi-partisan cred for a Rick Perry or other administration.  The worst career move you could make would be to sign onto this rolling disaster for two years.

Obama's problem from the beginning was shallow and narrow networks.  He was renting donkey talent so long as he had star power and could win elections.  Now that he's destroyed the Democrats and lacks all credibility with the populace, they're not letting him have access to the bench.  Expect the next SecDef to be an even worse choice than Hagel.

UPDATE:  I'm not the only one thinking along these lines.  End result, we're gonna have an inert placeholder in the job of Secretary of Defense for two years.  Hard luck for us.

'Yeah, We Screwed Up With ObamaCare' Says, Chuck Schumer

'Boy did we screw up by bloody-mindedly jamming ObamaCare down Americans throats' says...
...Chuck Schumer?
Democrats made a mistake by passing President Barack Obama’s health-care law in 2010 instead of focusing more directly on helping the middle class, third-ranking U.S. Senate Democrat Charles Schumer said today.

“Unfortunately, Democrats blew the opportunity the American people gave them” in electing Obama and a Democratic Congress in 2008 amid a national recession, Schumer of New York said in a speech in Washington. “We took their mandate and put all our focus on the wrong problem -- health care reform.”

It's looking like ole' Chuckie is taking a shot at Harry Reid, his main competition for Senate leadership, albeit in the minority...

Friday, November 21, 2014

Will the New, More Fuel-Efficient F-150 Win Kudos from the Climatistas? Nope.

So, Ford has replaced steel in its best-selling F-150 pickup truck with aluminum to make it 700 lbs. lighter and thus more fuel efficient (up to 29% percent more efficient depending).  This is precisely the type of change that "sustainability" types say that corporate America should be making.  Will Ford get any credit for this?  Will the climate warriors tip their hats to the folks from Dearborn?

Nope.  Climatistas hate trucks, hate people who drive trucks, and always will.  Ford could make the F-150 out of hemp and pixie dust and it will always be hated.

Still, new F-150 owners can drive that much more on tank of gas.  More money in their pocket.  Good for them and good for Ford.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

It Alright When WE Do It...

Hey, remember when George W. Bush kept saying our Social Security system is broken and that he wanted Democrats in Congress to pass SS reform? 

No?  OK, here is a reminder.

Well, what if he said he was just going to pass an order giving Americans private Social Security accounts because the Democrats in Congress hadn't passed anything?


You know it's true.