Saturday, January 14, 2012

How To Improve The Unemployment Rate - (encourage more people to give up)

I've heard a lot of Lamestream Media members almost pissing their pants for the last few weeks, gushing over the improvements in the U.S. unemployment rate. 

Yes, some people have gone back to work.  But here's why appearances are deceiving. 

The Washington drones who monitor the nation's employment stats don't count people who give up looking for work.  If you haven't applied for a job in several months, you don't count as "unemployed".  You enter the ranks of Obama's Disappeared. 

Nearly ONE MILLION WORKERS have disappeared from the work force under the regime of Barack Obama.  That's ONE MILLION WORKERS who have said "screw it", and moved back in with Mama, decided to work off the books, become a kept man, or go into the drug trade.  ONE MILLION. 

Here's a chart showing the increased number of workers in each post-recession recovery, going back to 1954:

Hey, if you operate from Chicago, where a massive number of dead people still vote, it's just as easy to assume that ONE MILLION WORKERS don't exist.

Everything was clean and green....

...except for their balance sheets. 

Go here to see a list of ELEVEN more Solyndra-like companies to whom Barack Obama gave your money.   

If all of them go under, and it's looking like they will, Obama will have blown 6.5 billion dollars of your money, money that he took from you by force. 

Jimi Hendrix, on who owns Jimi Hendrix

Found it on Reddit. 

The Daily Show on Civility

Either this woman is....

1) In on the joke, or....
2) someone who figured out the joke too late to bail, or...
3) someone who is so smug that she truly believes that her approach to politics is so pure that she is above reproach. 

Since The Daily Show has never been busted for using shills in these interviews, I believe we must go with option #3. 

Enjoy, but feel free to squirm. 

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Econimic Illiteracy as Mental Substitution

From Bryan Caplan, of the Library of Economics And Liberty. 

Go here. 

Your head will explode. 


P.S. - the comments on his post are helpful too. 

Another P.S. - I found the "Dificult Questions" picture on a Roman Catholic site.  The specific post was about the Catholic view of birth control. 
The target question raised in that particular post would be "When is it ok for Catholics to use birth control?"
The heuristic question might be "How do I feel about violating traditions?"
Just guessing. 

John Galt has left California

My employer, Jukt Micronics, recently opened a west coast warehouse to serve our customers in that region. 
Where did we go - L.A.?  Long Beach?  San Diego?  San Fran? 
We opened our west coast warehouse in Phoenix, Arizona.  That's a long way from the coast, where the shipping containers come in, but it's worth the drive.   

No one in his right mind will open anything in California.  The place is a regulatory hell.  The taxes are ridiculous. 

Here's something from Bloomberg News:
California (STOCA1) Governor Jerry Brown’s plan to balance the state budget in part with higher taxes on the wealthy depends on a group of top earners that shrank by one-third from 2007 to 2009.

Tax returns with adjusted gross incomes topping $500,000 fell to 98,610 in 2009, the latest year available, from a recent peak of 146,221 two years earlier, according to data from the Franchise Tax Board, the state agency that collects income and corporate taxes.
Once again, here's the good part:
California (STOCA1) Governor Jerry Brown’s plan to balance the state budget in part with higher taxes on the wealthy depends on a group of top earners that shrank by one-third from 2007 to 2009.

It's called Going Galt.  May the trend continue until Jerry Brown changes his ways. 

American Glob

I've been trying to figure this guy out for a while. 

His website is called "American Glob" - "Conservative Libertarian News And Views". 

Go here.  It's a good site with good content. 

Mr. Glob used to have banners on his site stating that "Real Libertarians Vote Republican", or words to that effect. 

That's like saying "Real Libertarians support the Defense Of Marriage Act, draconian drug laws, Monsanto, undeclared wars, The Patriot Act, agricultural subsidies, quotas, protective tariffs, RomneyCare, racking up 48% of the world's military expenses, Fannie and Freddie (see: Gingrich, Newt), TARP, bailouts, The Fed printing money, an embassy in Iraq that's bigger than the Vatican with 15,000 soldiers "employees", and a host of other blights on the tree of liberty. 

No longer.  Mr. Glob's "Real Libertarians Vote Republican" banners have been taken down.  I wonder which of the Republican/Statist debates pushed him over the edge? 

In the 2010 election, I voted for the Democrats when there wasn't a Libertarian running for a particular office.  Republicans have given the concept of "small government" a bad name for too long. 

Just because I don't like a month to go by without posting it, here's my favorite video of Newt 'n' Nancy:

Real Libertarians don't tolerate this crap.  They vote for Libertarians first, then for the greater of the two lessers. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Answers to a few questions

Question:  Why are Libertarian politicians like Gary Johnson and Ron Paul so popular among college students? 

Answer:  Because many years from now, today's college students and their children and their grandchildren are the demographic who will still be stuck paying for all of today's spending. 

Question:  Why are Libertarian politicians like Gary Johnson and Ron Paul so popular among active military, and why do they receive such a large percentage of military political campaign donations? 

Answer:  Because active military members know that it is Demoblicans and Republicrats who are working hardest to get them killed, not Libertarians. 

Question:  In the recent New Hampshire primary, when Romney finished first, Ron Paul finished second, and Rick Santorum finished third, why did Rick Santorum claim that he actually finished second? 

Answer:  Because Santorum knows that Ron Paul is not a Republican, he's a Libertarian. 

Question:  When discussing whether or not Ron Paul will possibly run on a second-party third-party ticket, why don't the members of the Mainstream Media ever say the name of this party?  Why do they fear the "L" word? 

Answer:  Because their sources, their Rolodexes, their cell phones and their earnings potential all come from their access to Republicrats and Demoblicans.  And, as the C-SPAN crews recently recorded by accident, if a Libertarian is ever elected president, 2/3rds of the Pentagon Press Corps will lose their jobs.  Ditto for the rest of the Washington media.  There simply won't be much going on for them to write or talk about, once the initial cutbacks are in place.  Therefore, the Lamestream Media try to de-legitimize any parties except for the Crips and the Bloods.  Or whatever you want to call them. 

I hope this helps. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Shah of Iran nuclear: Good ! Other Iranian nuclear: bad

Here's some old-school propaganda about the wisdom of allowing Iran to go nuclear. 
Those of you who are at least 40 years old might remember when the Shah was our boy, and Iran, for all practical purposes, was our colony. 
Yes....It was good for Iran to go nuclear.  Not any more. 

Monday, January 9, 2012

Return Of The Chickenhawks !!!!

It looks like we've finally gotten an anti-war movement going again! 
(Ron Paul and Gary Johnson are the only ones in it, of course.)

Like I read someplace on the 'net recently, calling Paul and Johnson "isolationists" is like calling your neighbor a "hermit" because he doesn't come into your yard and house and bust all your stuff. 

Here's something from

What a joy to see Ron Paul take down Newt “Chickenhawk” Gingrich in front of millions of Americans. Slogging through fifteen Republican presidential debates was totally worth it just to witness this defining moment. Dianne Sawyer, who sounded like she was on Quaaludes, raised her eyebrows quizzically as she asked him if he stood by his previous characterization of Newt as a “chickenhawk.” Her tone implied she thought this a little harsh. Paul took this opening and ran with it:

“I think people who don’t serve when they could and they get three or four or even five deferments – they have no right to send our kids off to war … I’m trying to stop the wars, but at least, you know, I went when they called me up.”

Ouch! Having drawn the first blood of this presidential gladiatorial contest, the good Doctor moved in for the kill:

“We have hundreds of thousands coming back from these wars that were undeclared, they were unnecessary, they haven’t been won, they’re unwinnable, and we have hundreds of thousands looking for care. And we have an epidemic of suicide coming back. And so many have – I mean, if you add up all the contractors and all the wars going on, Afghanistan and in Iraq, we’ve lost 8,500 Americans, and severe injuries, over 40,000. And these are undeclared wars.”

Gingrich’s response was worse than if he had said nothing at all:

“The fact is, I never asked for deferment. I was married with a child. It was never a question. My father was, in fact, serving in Vietnam in the Mekong Delta at the time he’s referring to. I think I have a pretty good idea of what it’s like as a family to worry about your father getting killed. And I personally resent the kind of comments and aspersions he routinely makes without accurate information and then just slurs people with.”

The trap, so carefully set, was sprung: “I need one quick follow-up, said Paul with a gleam in his eye:

When I was drafted, I was married and had two kids – and I went.”  (Here's the good Doctor with one of his boys.)

The applause was the loudest of the evening. Newt’s puffed up persona seemed to visibly shrink as he stood there on the stage, reduced to squealing like a stuck pig:

"I wasn’t eligible for the draft! I wasn’t eligible for the draft!”

Hit the link up top to read the whole thing.  Seriously, it's good stuff. 

It's going to be a great year for Liberty.  Let's pray together, shall we? 

Dear God, I know that I'm a sinner, and we are all sinners, but please, please, please let The Libertarian Party have Gary Johnson and Ron Paul on the same ticket.  Amen. 

Hit this link to see the video, which can't be embedded for some reason or another.  Otherwise, this thing would have more viewings than all the cute cat videos combined.  Pass the popcorn !!!!

This pic came from The Huffington Post. 

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Liveblogging the Meet The Press debate

I had sworn off of this, but Tivo changed channels for me during breakfast....

Here's what's going on during the Meet The Press Republican debate.   

David Gregory, in order to prove that Meet The Press and the Republican Party are both hip and groovy, announces that some of the questions will come from Facebook.  Perhaps from the city of Farmville. 

Michelle Bachmann is no longer present as the Sarah Palin surrogate, and this is good. 

FIRST QUESTION: Why does Mitt Romney stink?

Gingrich:  Romney is timid, and he wants to grow up to be Barack Obama.  He is BarackLite.  When he makes love, he pretends to be Obama. 

Romney:  I'm proud of being the John The Baptist for ObamaCare.  I also believe that I created jobs as governor, unlike New Mexico governor Gary Johnson who claims that he created NO jobs as governor.  I have no freakin' clue about the true role of government in the economy.

Santorum:  Romney didn't want to run again as governor of Massachusetts.  He didn't fight.  I did the right thing, and fought until I got my ass kicked by a Democrat. 

Gingrich:  Romney ran the red light.  He talked too long ! 

Romney:  Ted Kennedy made me do it.

Ron Paul:  The question should be about the issues, not Mitt.  However, Mitt did endorse the single payer system, the TARP bailouts, the Fed printing money for their friends.  Romney hasn't challenged the idea of a U.S. Overseas Empire.  That's what we should be talking about.  Not whether Mitt and his Magical Mormon Underwear can defeat Obama. 

Perry:  Well I'm the one who can 1) reinvigorate the Tea Party, 2) defeat Obama and 3)  ummmm...Ooops !

SECOND QUESTION:  How will you tell Americans that your spending cuts you are going to cause pain?

Huntsman:  Back to Mitt Romney... He criticized me for putting my country first. 

Romney:  Huntsman went to work for Obama.  If you look closely at the older versions of Mormon doctrine, black men can't enter the highest levels of Mormon heaven.  As a Mormon, Huntsman should know that, and be ashamed. 

Huntsman:  Ok, ok, ok, I would tell Americans that I embrace the Paul Ryan plan.  It takes a pitifully small amount of money out of the budget during the next 10 years. 

David Gregory:  In the name of the prophet Lehi, PLEASE give me 3 programs you would cut....

Huntsman:  Social Security and Medicare?  Maybe?  But I'm not going to touch Defense. 

Santorum:  Means testing on Social Security.  Food Stamps.  Medicaid.  Give it all back to the states.  Give 'em a time limit.  Including Social Security.  If you ain't dead within 20 years, you get no more money. 

Gingrich:  I taught history at the college level for years, and I'm going to lull you to sleep without answering the question.  These are not the droids you are looking for.  I'm going to improve the government, not cut it. 

Perry:  I'm going to get it right this time !!   Commerce, Energy, and Education !!!

The crowd goes totally wild. 

Break for advertisements. 


Santorum:  People think that they should have the same plan that Congress has.  They have a choice.  (I'm finding myself liking Santorum on this one.) 

David Gregory:  Grover Norquist has gotten some Congressmen to sign a pledge for No More Taxes.  Warren Buffett thinks the rich can pay more. 

This is where I go stark, raving mad, and I'm going to skip Romney's response on this one.  Warren Buffett has made his billions, and NOW he wants EVERYONE ELSE to pay more in taxes.  His Berkeshire Hathaway group has been in a two-year lawsuit against Washington to avoid paying an extra billion or so in taxes. 
Warren Buffett is a hypocritical old fraud. 

Huntsman:  The loopholes make our entire tax system silly.  We don't govern, we sell exceptions to the tax code. (My words, not his.) 

Gingrich:  I worked with Tip O'Neill.  I worked with Bill Clinton.  You have to do that to get things done. 

Romney:  We didn't just work with Democrats, we were totally immersed in them in Massachusetts.  We developed relationships with them.  We did it so long that we now refer to ourselves in the plural.  We, we, we. 

David Gregory:  Dr. Paul, why is your legislative record so poor?  Why aren't your bills passed?

Ron Paul:  This shows how out of touch Congress is with the American people.  (Paul hits this one out of the park online and live, something like 3 times per week.)  Shit, can you imagine Congress voting against any bill that cuts spending? 

Santorum:  Ron Paul has never accomplished anything, never done anything, he's never successfully worked with anybody.  But if he's Commander In Chief, he's going to bring our troops back home to defend the U.S. !!   Can you believe that ????  We need somebody to maintain the status quo !!!

Ron Paul:  Changing foreign policy mistakes that go back to Woodrow Freakin' Wilson takes time.  We can't be all things to all countries.  Yeah, it takes a while.  In the meantime, let's audit the Fed !!

Santorum:  I've tuned Rick Santorum out.  He's doing talking points.  I Will do better on his next question. 

Huntsman:  I will do better than Obama by demonstrating trust.  Democrats will trust me because, after all, I spent the last 3 years representing one. 

Perry:  I would buck my party by talking about their spending levels.  We need a part-time Congress, which implies that only millionaires could afford to serve in Congress. 

Rick Perry just showed the world that he is stark raving mad. 

Advertising break. 

David Gregory:  Let's bring in some newspaper and TV people to help with the questions. 

Newspaper guy:  Home heating oil is $4.00 a gallon.  Congress is cutting the subsidy.  Whatcha gonna do?

Huntsman:  I feel your pain.  He'll break up the oil distribution monopoly.  (Why not drill, baby, drill?  Or crank up that Keystone pipeline?)

Ron Paul:  Subsidies are bad policy.  On energy, we should de-regulate.  50% of the transaction is the monetary unit.  When you create money out of thin air, prices go up.  If you subsidize somebody and print money to do it, prices go up. 

Romney:  What we don't need is a Federal Government saying we're going to solve all problems for all people.  Give these issues to the states. 

TV Guy:  Romney, you once said that the gay community needs more support from Republicans, according to a GLBT periodical.  Whatcha gonna do now? 

Romney:  I oppose same-sex marriage.  But I don't discriminate against them.  And yet in death, we live. 

Santorum:  I think gays and lesbians should be treated with respect and dignity.  But no marriage or adoption rights.  And yet in death, we live. 

Newspaper Guy:  Are right to work laws a federal issue?

Perry:  Only because of existing federal laws.  It shouldn't be a federal issue.  I'm not anti-union, I'm pro-job.  If you want to grow jobs, pass right to work legislation.  Education, Energy, and Commerce. 

Romney:  Carpenters union makes them better carpenters.  But lets talk about the pure, undiluted evil of government unions - they should have the same salaries and bennies as the private sector. 

Santorum:  I would support Federal Right to Work legislation.  I've worked with unions. 

Another break.  I wish they'd gotten Ron Paul going on the unions. 

THIRD QUESTION:  Jobs, jobs, jobs. 

Gingrich:  The long term answer to the oil problem is to make supply and demand work for us, not against us.  Flood the market with the commodity that is scarce. 

Romney:  Obama didn't cause the problem, but Lord Have Mercy, he made it worse.  Obama is anti-business.  (And he oughta say that Obama's current improving jobs record is only due to the size of the workforce shrinking.  People are just giving up, and those people don't get counted.) 

Newspaper guy:  What about out of state power plants polluting New Hampshire? 

Romney:  I don't know this specific regulation.  We've got to find a way to keep the air clean.  (In economics, this is called an externality.  My transaction with party #1 does harm to party #2.  There are also positive externalities, BTW.) 

Gingrich:  My Environmental Solutions Agency would be better than the EPA, despite having the loathsome buzzword "Solutions" in the title.  Much well-deserved ridicule directed at EPA

TV Guy:  Is Obama a Patriot?  Is he evil? 

Perry:  Obama is a f***ing Socialist. 

Santorum:  When I voted for the prescription drug benefit, it was not the act of a f***ing Socialist.  It was a way to require people to have health savings accounts.  No irony intended. 

TV Guy:  Is healthcare a right? 

Ron Paul:  Entitlements are not rights.  You have a right to your rights, liberty, and the fruits of your labor.  There are no "group" rights.  One group is not entitled to take something from someone else. 

Newspaper Guy:  NH motto is "Live Free or Die". 

Huntsman:  "Live Free or Die" is an awesome motto.  New Hampshire wants a leader who will unify.  Huntsman, by use of his word leader, shows that he doesn't understand the NH motto.  We don't need leaders, we need people to maintain the infrastructure and secure the borders and interfere in disputes.  Huntsman as a "leader" would betray that ideal. 

Advertising break. 

David Gregory:  Let's scattershoot for a while. 

Santorum:  Russia and Korea have nukes, but Iran is a Theocracy.  "They think the next life is better than this one."  That is scary.  We can't treat them like normal people.  Therefore, they are different.  Santorum's extreme Catholicism kinda leaves him exposed on this one, right? 

Gingrich:  Concerning my attacks on Romney, Mitt Romney and his firm Bain Capital, committed acts of Capitalism.  There is nothing lower than committing acts of Capitalism.  I want Romney to admit that is his former staff running the anti-Gingrich PAC. 

Romney:  I can't direct ads of a PAC.  It's illegal.  Everything in those ads is true. 

Romney vs Gingrich spat ensues.  They're both silly people.  They both love Big Government, and their records show it.  That's why it's so easy for them to dredge up stuff like this. 

Gingrich:  We've going to make a movie about Romney committing acts of Capitalism. 

Santorum:  It doesn't take a village.  It takes a family.  Obama has a secular ideology. 

Ron Paul:  If president, I will continue to preach liberty.  Sound money.  National Defense.  Defend Liberty and Liberty !!

Yet another ad break.  I had no idea that a debate would cost this much.  I'm getting hungry, as this project has disrupted breakfast.
 I am, however, 100% live.  Had to slow down to catch some stuff, but fast-forwarded through the ads. 
So far, Ron Paul is winning.  Why?  Because he's right. 

What the hell?  I was going to completely finish this liveblog on time, and the TV just cut it off, just like that?  No closing statements?  No nothing, just The End? 

Time to scramble some eggs. 

Enough of the political crap.  It's a nice day.  Hope y'all have a good one !!!