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.

Lower Energy Costs To Keep Inflation At Bay? Maybe Not

In challenging CNBC journeyman Ron Insana's inflation dovishness I said this:
I don't buy his argument because it's not a very good one.  Corn and soy futures are down?  So what.  This has no bearing on whether your chicken or corn flakes prices are going to be lower in the future.  Supply and demand dictate prices, not input costs.
Check this out from Brian Wesbury today on the latest producer price numbers:

Producer prices surprised to the upside in October versus consensus expectations for a slight decline due to falling energy prices. The gain in overall producer prices was all due to the services sector, where prices rose 0.5%. Oddly, about half of the gain in service prices was due to refiners generating fatter margins while the energy prices fell. In other words, the drop in energy prices did not get fully passed on to users
See that "odd" bit?  Supply and demand allowed producers to capture lower input costs for themselves, the lower commodity costs didn't make it to the consumer.  Thoughts on that Ron?

Inflation exists everywhere but in the minds of our elites who tasked with preventing it.

Oh, and speaking of inflation, check out this and this.  You won't find these government services in the official measures of inflation, because then you pesky stupid voters might start asking questions, like "Why does all this inflation seem to be driven by all this stuff run by the government?"

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Who's Stupid?

The rampant lying by the Obamacrats is grating in theory, but, alas, it is politics.  What is starting to grate in practice is sheer shittiness of their lying, which is insulting to our intelligence in direct proportion. 

Now, they've got Ole' Lightworker in a particularly bad one.

I just watched the first Gruber video again, and what struck me this time is both the glee in his voice and body language at pulling the wool over the public's eyes.  He's like a kid who just stole a lollipop.  He's also got that classic liberal weasel tone, sounding so clever.  But he's too clever by half.  There is a good chance that Obamacare as we know it, between the King case before the SCOTUS and the public's newly revived revulsion, will be gone within 5 years.  And Gruber will be crying in his soy latte at having played an integral role in its demise as well as its creation.

So, who will be "stupid" at that point?

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Huge Business Owner: Inflation Rages, Bernanke Be Damned

So, what have I been saying about inflation?  This.

And all the easy-money elitists keep telling us to shut up because we are so wrong.

Check out this interview.  This guy says that 1) inflation is raging, 2) Bernanke was lying, 3) academic economists leave a lot to be desired.  It's good stuff.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Hooray for Obama's Phony Climate Pact With the Chi-Coms!

If you're are global warming climate change crusader, don't get too excited about the "pact" that China and the Lightworker have announced to great media fanfare.  It's a Potemkin affair.

There is no way that the USA will cut emissions (unless of course a cut means what it means in government budgeting - a slightly smaller increase than what was previously contemplated or planned). 

And China will never abide by any agreement that impedes their continued aggressive economic development.  China's strategy is very clear.  They can afford to give Obama a phony agreement for him to crow about and take back home to his demoralized base.

But if it makes all the climate warriors happy, so be it.

UPDATE:  If you needed definitive proof of the above...'nuff said.

Friday, November 07, 2014

Attorney General Who?

Long-time readers have heard me discuss the Obama administration as a collection of B-Teamers at best, more likely C and D-Teamers.  After the 2010 mid-term elections I mused about who would be attracted to work in a presidential administration on the downslope.  Naturally, the Lightworker's reelection gave a brief jolt to the attraction of working in the administration, which was ever so brief as Lightworking 2.0 got mired in scandal almost immediately thereafter.

Now, he's looking for an Attorney General in the wake of Shellacking 2.0 and news reports are leaking that it is likely to be this lady

Hard to say what to make of this.  I've lived in and around New York City all of my life, I come from a family of lawyers, and I follow local politics obsessively...and I've NEVER heard of this woman.  That doesn't mean she's bad or unaccomplished, but if you marry her obscurity with Obama's poor record of choosing personnel and Eric Holder's chief role as a protector of the administration from numerous probes of wrongdoing, there is no alternative but to have pause over this appointment.  To go from such a position to the highest law enforcement office in the land is a quantum leap only to be dreamed of.  And it's a two year stint at best.  This has the hallmarks of handing out a gift so as to ensure loyalty.

Of course, this could be all wrong and an egregious slander against this admirable and fantastic servant, and I hope it turns out to be...but I don't think so.

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Did I Predict Shellacking 2.0 in 2010? Yeah, Kinda

Over at his economics blog, Brian Wesbury, who understands the intersection of policy and economics as well as anybody, has an interesting take on the election.  He sees it in socio-historical terms as an inflection point, rather than just another election cycle shift in leadership. 

Loosely translated, Brian is saying this marks the end of our modern experimentation with big government, statism, progressivism, whatever you want to call it.  Consequently, we are embarking on a long term societal trend of reducing government's power and influence in society and thus the economy.

I sure hope so, but the evidence for this will come what happens on the Democratic side of the aisle.  The Democrats are the political party that pulls the nation leftward on the political spectrum.  If the weight and power of the Democrats huddles in the center, then I think we will have evidence of Brian's thesis confirmed.  However, if the Democrats, after licking their wounds, elevate the progressive lodestars of the party (e.g. Fauxcahontas Warren) to leadership, court ever-increasing amounts of donor dollars laser focused on pet progressive issues (e.g. climate change), and turn up the volume of victimologist claims on behalf of putatively aggrieved groups (could that volume be any louder?), then we'll know that we have not hit an inflection point. 
Democrats will need to figure out how to win elections, and if we've truly changed focus as a society as to what we want out of our government, then you'll see Democrats marginalize the progressives, the Pelosicrats, for more moderate leadership.  I got at this point in a post entitled, "The Moderate Democrat, Can They Rebuild Him?"  Read the post.  In it I recount how the Republican base turned its party around (kicking and screaming I might add) in a few short years.  The Democrats could do the same, but after 2010 they failed to learn the lessons.  Maybe after 2014 they will, who knows.  Anyway, I have to highlight this highly prescient passage from that post, written in 2010 after Shellacking 1.0.  I foreshadow Shellacking 2.0 pretty nicely...
Now, granted I am not in on the progressive scene, but I see none of this happening on the left. There doesn't appear to be any tug of war, there is only one theme - voters are dumb and Obama didn't communicate his awesomeness properly. Nobody is saying, "we ought to rethink our policy agenda." And I am thrilled to see it. This guarantees years of wasted time and futile efforts. Obama can redouble his communication efforts all he wants and it won't do a lick of good, it might even add to the damage that the Democrats have suffered. There is no demand for what he and the Pelosicrats are selling and what they stand for. The sooner they realize this, the sooner they'll be competitive again. Don't hold your breath, the Blue Dogs have been wiped out and the Democrat caucus is as far left as ever. The Moderate Democrat will have to be built up again from scratch, marketed and sold along totally different lines. That will take time, but first it must take desire.

McConnell Got His Wish, Obama Is a One-Term President

So, Mitch McConnell is much in the news after Election Day 2014.  Let me go back to something McConnell said way back when and was widely ridiculed for it - he said his job, and that of Republicans in Congress in general, was to make Barack Obama a one term President.

Effectively he has.

Of course, technically Obama isn't a one term President.  We will not get one of the inherent benefits of our system's ability to kick an executive out after one term, which is the ability to move on, to get on with life.  At the official end of Obama's Presidency, I think we will look back and have a panoply of regrets, but the major regret will be that of lost time.  All the other things aside, we wasted too much precious time dealing with this joker. 

But effectively, Obama is a one term President.  He has been a spent force for some time now, and, after this past Tuesday, he has been relegated to a bystander role in the proper and legitimate governance of our country (that is not to say that he will be a bystander - there is the ability to play a role in the improper and illegitimate governance of our country).

So, Mitch McConnell achieved, in a sense, his goal.  However it is half a loaf.  We've avoided an extra four years of Obama's policy desires, we just haven't been freed up to get on with life.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Shellacking 2.0

Well, who knew that Massachusetts, Illinois, and Maryland voters were so racist.

Other observations, I guess the "coalition of the ascendant" had a tough time taking flight from Mom and Dad's basement, or something.

The Senate win was fairly predictable, the Democrats governed poorly and campaigned insultingly.  The states mentioned above, solidly blue at most if not all times, seem to have soundly rejected what Walter Russell Mead calls "the blue model".   Maybe, we'll see.  Certainly, in Illinois, things couldn't have been more mismanaged, voters clearly wanted a new direction.  Massachusetts and Maryland might be cases of uninspiring candidates on the Dem side.  Even if you are a hard-core Dem, I not sure that Martha Coakley fires you up.

I'll have more...
UPDATE:  BTW, a day or two removed from the election, no less a student of American politics than Michael Barone said that Obama would leave the Democrats in shambles.  Fine.  Good prediction Mike.  However, I made that prediction years ago.

UPPDATE:  Byron York attributes Kentucky and West Virginia GOP wins to guns, coal and freedom.  Fine, I happen to like all of those things.  I think each GOP win had something to do with at least one of those...most likely freedom  (n.b. what liberals don't understand is that guns are a subset of freedom).

UPPPDATE:  And this just in from my source deep within DC (the guy who told me years ago that Obama was a spent force in DC)...1) a GOP Senate intensifies the civil war within the party (think Ted Cruz/Rand Paul versus Establishment types), 2) Obama really unleashes the leftist Kraken, intentionally provoking crises so that the GOP can't govern and do policy, 3) Senate Dems will have a difficult time adjusting.
UPPPPDATE:  I just ought to note that it is a somber day here in NYC, wot with the virtually assured poisoning of our water supplies and closing of schools and forced indentured servitude that is sure to come from a GOP-led Senate.  To my fellow New Yorkers, I can only add this consolation, at least Sarah Palin isn't President...

Monday, November 03, 2014

Greatest Level of Denial Among Lefty Media Outlets...?

As highlighted by Drudge, various media outlets have differing, but fairly overwhelming prediction odds for a Republican takeover of the US Senate.  WashPost has 95%, CNN has 96%, the NY Times has 70%.

But all these guys are pikers compared to Al Hunt's Bloomberg News.  How does BN characterize the race?  "GOP has the edge."  Edge?  Really?  OK.

NY Times Thinks 20-Year Olds Have Deep Wisdom About Our Constitutional Order

Please tell me that the New York Times hasn't published an op-ed by a college junior proposing a massive rethink of America's constitutional order...

OK, it's co-authored, but really...?

This is why I haven't read the Times in 20 years.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

"Black on Black City Hall"

"There's no white folks runnin' Detroit."

Yup.  Except you can't say that in America today if you are white, although I still have...

and Cleveland, and Philly, and Newark...

ObamaCare: All Insured Up and No Doctors to See

Drudge links to this report about over 200,000 doctors opting out of accepting insurance sold on the ObamaCare exchanges.  I can't vouch for the report, but it stands to reason.  I predicted doctors would reject the system a long time ago.

See here and here and here.

And speaking of 'I told ya' sos'...I recall harping numerous times on the B and C Team makeup of the Obama administration.  Well, now the NY Times is getting hip to the pervasive mediocrity.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Don't Agree With Lefty Orthodoxy = Chickenshit

You knew this was coming...and it had to.  Pass it on.

Also, note that the Obama administration official regards Bibi as "chickenshit" because - and I am paraphrasing here - he won't take risks for peace.  This is lefty-speak for appeasement of the corrupt and bloody-minded Palestinian movement that will never give Israel peace.  So, basically, Bibi doesn't agree with the American lefty, faculty-lounge view of Israeli-Palestinian relations...thus, "chickenshit".

Have we ever had a more vile and destructive crew of dickheads running this country?  How are we going to make it another two years with these asshats in charge?

Monday, October 27, 2014

They All Just Happen To Be Honor Students...

On this point I agree with Bill Maher...

Of course, Tom Wolfe captured this phenomenon brilliantly in Bonfire of the Vanities - it's amazing how any ghetto kid is instantly transformed into an honor student or a choirboy when the political narrative required it.

NY Times: Geez, NY Has Alot of Gun-Loving Rubes

The NY Times has a typically arrogant treatment of 2nd Amendment defenders in the Empire state, but at least they are getting around to talking about a key element of the gubernatorial race just a few days from Election Day.

Of course, I've noticed this and commented on it, well before the race even got started.  Those maps that didn't show up are here - BTW, what shows up green on the map is what the Crimes labels "large stretches of upstate New York." 

Those "upstaters" (read: normal Americans, the likes of which the NY Times loathes) are outnumbered 12 million to 8 million by some of the most leftish citizens and/or the most powerful union/municipal machines in the country, which is why their local economies are hollowed out zombies of a bygone era and they've had their rights taken away from them.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Femi-Nazis of Tomorrow, Today

I will add no comment to this other than to point out that very likely some libtard parents somewhere in San Fran or Brooklyn or Madison, WI are bragging to their friends that little Ellie has starred in this cutting edge advocacy campaign.

"Tourist Sight Disturbance" in Canada??

Oh shit, the Tea Party has come to Canada...
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- Police and witnesses say a gunman has shot a Canadian soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa.
Witnesses also said the gunman entered Parliament and shots rang out. Royal Canadian Mounted Police warned people in downtown Ottawa to stay away from windows and rooftops.
Call me a racist, hate-filled wing-nut but guessing the "gunman" might turn out to be Muslim...
The shooting, which happened shortly before 10 a.m., comes just two days after two Canadian soldiers were run over - and one of them killed - in Quebec by a man with jihadist sympathies.
How do you say "work-place violence" and "man-made disaster" in Canadian?

UPDATE:  I should have never underestimated those awesome Canucks, their media came right out and said it - the shooter was a Muslim and what he did was terrorism - no pussy-footing.  I should have never underestimated our good friends up north, although, with the Mark Steyn Inquisition stuff and all the other cow-towing to Islam, I just couldn't be certain.  I guess when it really matters, the Harper government wouldn't stand for willful blindness.  Sadly and predictably, the same cannot be said for our disastrous leadership.

Monday, October 20, 2014

I Was Right Again

I have long pointed out that the principal piece of evidence for Obama's intellectual mediocrity (actually, "wisdom deficit" is really a better way to term it) is his complete ignorance and disregard for the notion that if all you ever do is talk, at some point people see your words as meaningless.

I think we have officially reached that point.  They're walking out on him in Upper Marlboro, MD??  Wow and ouch.  (NB:  if you've ever been to Upper Marlboro, you know, it's Obama Country, big time.)