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NXNW OOT

by Macker ( 264 Comments › )
Filed under Barack Obama, Communism, Golden Age of Hollywod, OOT, Progressives at October 10th, 2014 - 8:00 pm

This amusing mashup is brought to you by Weasel Zippers’ Purple Penguins thread, where John Barleycorn quipped:
SOMEDAY HUNTING PROGRESSIVES & COMMIES
. . . . . . . . . .WILL BE A SPORT.

Gee, how many points for bagging Обама?
Let The Overnight Open Thread commence!

The lies behind bombing ISIS

by Rodan ( 101 Comments › )
Filed under Al Qaeda, Barack Obama, Communism, Democratic Party, Fascism, Hezballah, Iran, Iraq, Islamists, Progressives, Republican Party, Syria at October 1st, 2014 - 2:00 pm

The Progressive and Decepti-Con (alleged conservatives) media are all cheering the fallen god-king’s illegal bombing of ISIS in Syria. Obama has not asked for authorization of force and ISIS was not a threat to the US. The Jihadist/Saddam Baathist hybrid organization was only a threat to one nation Iran. Up until the Syrian revolution and the rise of ISIS, Iran through its puppet in Iraq which was installed by the US, Assad’s Syria and Hezbollah occupied Lebanon formed was called the Shiite crescent. ISIS shattered this crescent and has the Ayatollahs in Tehran quaking in their boots. In battles ranging from the Lebanese border, to eastern Syria and the gate of Baghdad, ISIS has defeated Iranian Revolutionary Guards, the Syrian army, Hezbollah and the Shia Iraqi army. No Iranian allied force can stand up to ISIS in battle, but their fortune may change.

In what has to be the stupidest military act since we bombed Serbia, the United States is now bombing the one military force standing in the way of Iranian Shiite hegemony of the Middle East. Even worse, we have coordinated with Iran these bombings to help their proxies on the ground in Iraq and Syria.

The U.S. told Iran of its plans to strike ISIS militants inside Syria in order to reassure them that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would not be targetted, a senior Iranian official has claimed.

The communication, confirmed in part by a senior U.S. State Department official, appears to signal a cooling in hostilities between the U.S. and Iran for the first time since a 1979 hostage crisis prompted Washington to sever ties with Tehran.

Iran is said to have voiced concerns for the safety of Assad, who remains the Shia Islam-dominated nation’s closest regional ally and the recipient of Iranian military support during a Syrian Civil War.

[....]

The Iranian official said Iran was informed separately in advance of the airstrikes launched by Washington and Arab allies against Islamic State positions in Syria for the first time.

That’s right, the US is giving Iran a heads up on our bombings of ISIS. Our attacks have been ineffective since the Iraqi Bathist element of  ISIS have experience fighting the US since at least the gulf war. We are just hitting empty building and grain silos, but we are doing this to help Iran.
If this is bad enough, it turns out what many Lebanese Maronites have claimed through the years is true, the US backs Hezbollah. The US tipped off Hezbollah over ISIS plots to bomb their positions in Lebanon.

BEIRUT, Lebanon — They are sworn enemies who insist they will never work together, but in practice, Hezbollah and the United States are already working — separately — on a common goal: to stop the extremist Islamic State from moving into Lebanon, where Hezbollah is the most powerful military and political player and currently shares with Washington an interest in stability.

Weeks after Hezbollah, the Shiite militant group and political party, helped repel an Islamic State attack on the town of Arsal on the Syrian border, new American weapons are flowing to help the Lebanese Army — which coordinates with Hezbollah — to secure the frontier. American intelligence shared with the army, according to Lebanese experts on Hezbollah, has helped the organization stop suicide attacks on its domain in southern Beirut.

If you think this was bad, well it gets worse. The Obama Regime, Progressive media and the Decepti-Con media all claimed that there was some terror group called Khorosan ready to strike at America. This was a total lie and the presence of some al-Qaeda operatives with Nusra Front, was an excuse to bomb another enemy of Iran. Even better, the group does not exist!

Hence, Obama gives us the Khorosan Group.The who?

There is a reason that no one had heard of such a group until a nanosecond ago, when the “Khorosan Group” suddenly went from anonymity to the “imminent threat” that became the rationale for an emergency air war there was supposedly no time to ask Congress to authorize.

You haven’t heard of the Khorosan Group because there isn’t one. It is a name the administration came up with, calculating that Khorosan — the Iranian–​Afghan border region — had sufficient connection to jihadist lore that no one would call the president on it.

The “Khorosan Group” is al-Qaeda. It is simply a faction within the global terror network’s Syrian franchise, “Jabhat al-Nusra.” Its leader, Mushin al-Fadhli (believed to have been killed in this week’s U.S.-led air strikes), was an intimate of Ayman al-Zawahiri, the emir of al-Qaeda who dispatched him to the jihad in Syria. Except that if you listen to administration officials long enough, you come away thinking that Zawahiri is not really al-Qaeda, either. Instead, he’s something the administration is at pains to call “core al-Qaeda.”

Once again, the evil 2 party plutocracy has committed the blood and treasure of America to commit a stretgic mistake. All this is being done to distract Americans, while the 2 parasite parties keep feeding the Militray Industrial complex. The only people we should be assisting against ISIS are the Kurds and Assyrian Christians. It is in our interest for ISIS and Iran to keep fighting. But, the 2 headed demon that runs America is being a sucker for the Ayatollahs in Iran.

One if the greatest Republican Presidents, warned about what we are seeing today.
Other than Rand Paul who is one of the last true Republicans that Ike would recognize as one of his own, is there anyone else calling BS on this fake war on ISIS to help Iran and the Military Industrial Complex? Make no mistake, both Democrat and Republican parties hate constitutional America and seek to establish a Fascist Totalitarian police state. They just disagree on what kind Fascist police state America will have and who will benefit from it. Notice neither party ever presents ideas that will benefit all Americans? All they do is come up with plans that benefit their favorite groups and then they pit Americans against each other. Our founding fathers never envisioned what is going on today.
You are being lied to and deceived about what is really going on.

The LEGO Movie: Emergent order wins, centralized planning fails

by 1389AD ( 121 Comments › )
Filed under Communism, Economy, Fascism, Hipsters, Movies, Regulation, taxation at September 9th, 2014 - 5:00 pm

EconPop – The Economics of The LEGO Movie

Published on Jul 29, 2014 by Econ Stories
All new episode! Click to share: http://ctt.ec/myUJ0

In this episode of EconPop, Andrew discusses the animated hit comedy The LEGO Movie. Subjects include emergent order, creative destruction, and central planning.

EconPop is the YouTube series that sifts through the haystack of popular culture to find the needle of economics within… and then stabs you with it!

Starring comedian Andrew Heaton, EconPop takes a surprisingly deep look at the economic themes running through classic films, new releases, tv shows and more from the best of pop culture and entertainment. Heaton brings a unique mix of dry wit and whimsy to bear on the dismal science of economics and the result is always entertaining, educational and irreverent. It’s Econ 101 meets At The Movies, with a dash of Monty Python.

A Production of http://emergentorder.com

Produced in Association with The Moving Picture Institute. http://thempi.org

The Myths Of Minimum Wage

by Bunk X ( 42 Comments › )
Filed under Communism, Economy, Fascism, Liberal Fascism, Politics, Progressives, Socialism, unemployment at September 7th, 2014 - 12:29 am

Minimum Wage graph Poverty Level BS

My eyes glazed over when I saw that graphic, because there are no numbers or statistics to back up that arbitrary wiggly line and its specious claim. It’s pure socialist propaganda. Ready for some unadulterated reality?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, 1979-2012 minimum wage jobs comprise an average of about 60% of all hourly jobs for any given year, but guess what percentage of workers over the age of 16 make minimum wage or less?

In 2012 a whopping 4.7 per cent of the working population above the age of 16 earned at or below minimum wage nation-wide. In California, only 1.4 per cent.

[Source: www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2013/ted 20130325]

Why such a small percentage? Because the majority of those workers are in transition to better jobs, better pay, and the minimum wage jobs have an unsurprisingly high turnover rate. Who wants to scrub pots at Denny’s for the rest of their life, let alone for more than a year?

Which industries employ the majority of minimum wage earners?

Minimum Wage Bar Chart by Industry

[Source: www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2013/ted_20130325 ]

Agriculture is relatively insignificant, especially once you combine the Service/Retail percentages, and note that the Federal Government employs very few minimum wage earners.

Now let’s look at the make up of the minimum wage workforce, the nebulous 4.7 percent.

2013 Census Table 7

[Source http://www.bls.gov/cps/minwage2012tbls.htm#7]

Now let’s examine the age makeup of the 4.7 percent who make minimum wage or less.

Minimum Wage graph 1 ALL

Note that many workers in restaurants and hotels (waiters, waitresses, busboys, bellhops, etc.) often receive less than minimum wage, as they’re expected to make up the rest in tips. Tips account for a large percentage of income and workers typically earn more than minimum wage, sometimes a lot more in upscale venues. Since tips are un-monitored cash transactions, much of that income goes unreported. Let’s break it down a tad further.

The prevailing federal minimum wage in 1979 was $2.90, $3.10 in 1980, and $3.35 in 1981-89. The minimum wage rose to $3.80 on April 1, 1990, to $4.25 on April 1, 1991, to $4.75 on October 1, 1996, to $5.15 on September 1, 1997, to $5.85 on July 24, 2007, to $6.55 on July 24, 2008, and to $7.25 on July 24, 2009. When I checked Minimum Wage Job Numbers and correlated them with Minimum Wage Increases I found none, which suggests that employers covered the increased overhead with higher prices for goods and services in order to stay in business, and the costs were passed down to the consumer. The low income population takes another hit.

Minimum Wage graph 3 PCT Men and Women

Blue is for boys, pink is for girls. Statistics are not sexist.

I’m not an economist, and I’m also not a CPA, but I suspect the IRS gets something out of this scenario because the basic illogic of raising the minimum wage, especially in a sluggish economy, escapes me.

Who else benefits? Union leaders, long-march socialists and politicians whoring for votes.

Aside from the fact that the majority of the poor do not remain poor indefinitely (any more than the majority of the wealthy stay wealthy) raising the minimum wage gives people an incentive not to advance. If a worker finds that minimum wage meets or surpasses his/her current expenses, why not ride with it a few more years? The problem with that scenario is that the worker is not improving his/her resumé for those valuable “few years,” and by the time they realize it, they are years behind those who abandon minimum wage jobs, pick up new valuable skills, and naturally earn more. Those who choose to remain in low-skilled positions deny recent graduates the opportunity to find work, and the ladder to prosperity becomes stagnant.

Another scenario is of a family who needs a secondary income to give them a financial cushion during the expensive child-rearing years; or perhaps an elderly couple may not have saved enough for their retirement because their investments tanked; or simply because they choose not to retire.

Wage and price control is a socialist/fascist concept that has never worked because it creates more problems than it solves, and the problems it attempts to solve are non-existent in the free market. Pay a worker for the value of his/her work, and if there aren’t enough workers for the job, then you’re paying too little. Nobody wants to be a buck an hour pot scrubber for the rest of their life, but we’re still talking about only 4.7 percent of the working population, and most of those workers are moving up the ladder uninhibited.

There is also a macro-scenario that has to do with illegal immigrants and the Cloward-Piven Strategy that aims to overwhelm a stable government with free services provided and paid for by successful corporations, entrepreneurs and the common man, fomenting economic collapse and allowing Socialism/Communism/Fascism to prevail.

This road has always led to mass murder, without exception.

May God help our children and grandchildren if the progressives succeed.

Bunk

Yeah, Turns Out Those Emails Aren’t Missing After All.

by Flyovercountry ( 239 Comments › )
Filed under Communism, Fascism, Progressives at August 28th, 2014 - 6:02 pm

I would call this a prediction come true, except it wasn’t exactly born of psychic ability. Not believing at all in psychic ability, I must also state that it did not even involve a trick of any sort. All it took to see through this bit of attempted chicanery was the smallest bit of high school statistical analysis taught as a part of my pre calculus junior year math curricula. In other words, about 2 seconds of thought, and I could tell that all players involved were lying.

For the record, here’s exactly what I said about the July 20th announcement that in fact, 19 IRS computers had been the inanimate victims of some bizarre hard drive super bug that seemed intent upon targeting IRS computers, (strange, given the fact that the IRS has forced all of America to live as borderline hoarders,) thus erasing all incriminating emails.

For those of you keeping score at home, this now raises the odds against to an astounding 1 in 10^57. We’re talking about a number so large, it actually eclipses the number of stars in the known Universe, all of it. Yet, equally as astounding, this has received no credible coverage on the alphabet media circuit. Thank goodness for outlets like the Daily Caller to actually report on this stuff.

Let me add something here. With a failure rate of 3.5% per year, per computer, the odds of any specific drive failing during a specific week, are 1 in 1000. The analysis of the odds used are the result of a simple calculation based on the manufacturer’s published parameters. For each computer added, the exponent increases by one. So, when the second specific computer needed went down at the precise moment it was needed, the odds of those two melting down in the manner described by Congressional testimony became 1 in 1000 squared. That’s how we get to where we are, with 19 computers, that’s 1000 raised to the Nineteenth power, enjoy!

I’m positive that on tonight’s or tomorrow’s episode of, “The Five,” either Bob Beckel or Juan Williams will repeat that tired old mantra, “there’s no evidence of any wrongdoing here, computers crash and that doesn’t mean they’re hiding anything.” Talk about a statement that makes me want to literally jump through my television and choke somebody. What more do any of us need.

To put the number 1 followed by 57 zeros in perspective, I’m going to propose the following thought experiment. Let’s pretend, just for the moment, that you have a super dexterous tongue. Your tongue, and jawbone for that matter are capable of counting digits at the same rate that subatomic particles vibrate, which would be 10^20 digits per second. putting aside for the moment the happiness extended to your spouse or significant other, let us further pretend that you’ve been counting since the proverbial big bang, some 20 Billion years ago. No breaks or vacations, no meals, and no sleeping, only counting has filled your time. You still, as of today would not have reached a number as large as 10^57. In fact, you would need to replicate your effort to date another 317 Quintillion times in order to reach your target. (If you wish to see this expressed in exponential form, it is 3.17 x 10^20.) Those are the odds that the IRS has claimed happened in a completely random manner.

That analysis, for any still awake at this point was merely my way of calling Bullshit. It is not possible that those emails disappeared, nor even that they do not exist somewhere, and could in fact be easily found, once actually looked for. So, take a wild guess at what the next revelation happened to be.

A Department of Justice attorney told a Judicial Watch attorney on Friday that it turns out the federal government backs up all computer records in case something terrible happens in Washington and there’s a catastrophe, so the government can continue operating. And they say it would be too hard to go get Lois Lerner’s emails from that backup system.

So everything we’ve been hearing about scratched hard drives…it’s all been a pack of malarkey. They could get these records, but they don’t want to.

And there’s no such thing as Lois Lerner’s missing emails. It’s all been a big lie. They’ve been lying to the courts, to the American people, to Congress. It’s outrageous.

You guessed it, an IRS attorney has admitted that yes, they’ve had all of the emails in question all along, but just didn’t want to let anybody see them. It’s hard to put my thoughts into words at this point. But what the hell, I’ll have a shot or two of whiskey and give it a try.

Crooked comes to mind, as in, “jeesh, these guys make Richard Nixon at his dirtiest peak look like a darned baby piker.” Richard Nixon did shop the idea of using the IRS to target political adversaries, but to their credit, even his closest allies refused to go along with that particular bad idea. He in fact never actually followed through on that threat. The furthest it ever got was a stressed out Alexander Haig putting a drunken soon to be ex-President to bed as he rambled on about using the various levers of power to protect himself. Just the mention of it however was listed as Count Number Two of the Four Counts included in his Articles of Impeachment. Lois Lerner has already admitted to Felonious behavior while serving in her current job at the IRS, specifically, opening the private postage stamped envelope of a sitting U.S. Senator, who also happened to be a private recipient of correspondence sent via US Mail. So, whether or not Lois Lerner engaged herself in criminal activity while heading up her own private fiefdom within the Federal Behemoth is no longer a question. The only question is whether this frequent White House guest participated in other dastardly deeds. The whole, “dog ate my homework,” schtick tells me that the answer to that question is most certainly yes. In any case, the now verifiable fact that Lois Lerner did indeed commit a felony while at her desk provides at the very least probable cause to do some further digging. Even the dullest federal cop would have to be scratching his head by now saying, “gee, maybe we should take a peek about the place.”

Lost in all of this however is the real frustration that we all feel. I know that I personally could find a way to retrieve those emails, along with about 275 Million out of the 316 Million people who make up the citizenry of this nation. It’s simply a matter of going in and printing the darned things off, after a minimal amount of time spent in electronic retrieval. This is not some remotely difficult endeavor requiring a Hal-9000 computer and requisite genius to write a brand new never even conceived of computer program. It is a simple task, that for some reason, even when demanded by Congress and two Federal Judges, finds itself not even attempted. Were this you or I, men wearing blue blazers, Foster Grant Sunglasses, and driving beige Ford Sedans would have long ago burst through our front doors and removed every electronic device, piece of paper, and kids toy with a microchip in search of documents both real and imagined.

And yet, despite the plainly obvious fact that those emails are there, where they’ve always been, combined with the fact that just about anyone who’s ever turned on a device of their own and spent hours on the phone with somebody’s help desk due to an errant click deleting something vital, knows exactly what kinds of steps are possible to retrieve those emails. Yet, the completely politicized Department of Justice refuses to life a finger. Our President has declared that not a smidgen of evidence exists to suggest that anything untoward has taken place, (after by the way he declared that no one was angrier than he at the transgression and that he would get to the bottom of things at the IRS,) and the various Federal Judges refuse to issue an order allowing Americans to just go in and retrieve the emails that we all know exist.

The NSA knows what variety of hibiscus happen to be imprinted upon my daily selection of boxer shorts, yet, retrieval of these emails emanating from the single most abusive lever of government power seems to remain a mystery. And they call themselves a spy agency. I say we employ a contingency of 12 surfing bums from San Diego to go in there and switch the electronic equipment in question on. I’m certain that they could retrieve the documents in question, and it’ll cost a hell of a lot less than the Bazillions that will eventually be charged to the American People in some future government invoice.

Cross Posted from Musings of a Mad Conservative.

Forfeiture Jackpot: Is Your State Playing This Exiting Budget Fixing Game?

by Flyovercountry ( 178 Comments › )
Filed under Communism, Conservatism, Fascism, Libertarianism, Progressives at August 14th, 2014 - 5:21 pm

I saw this one yesterday at Hot Air. It immediately reminded me of a statement made by IronFist over at The Blogmocracy. “Our police have ceased being peace officers and have become simple highwaymen, incorporated into municipal revenue schemes.” I may not have gotten the quote exactly correct, but in paraphrasing, I believe that I’ve captured the sentiment.

We’ll start this one here.

Amendment Number V to the U.S. Constitution:

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise
infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of
a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval
forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of
War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for
the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb;
nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness
against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property,
without due process of law; nor shall private property be
taken for public use, without just compensation
.

Please watch the video, and I’ll explain the problem as I see it, the very real danger of the encroachment by our government taking away our Constitutional Freedoms, one by one.

I understand that these forfeiture laws are based on ideas that themselves are good, or at least on ideas that hold an appeal for the majority of citizens. All laws are passed that way. The problem of course enters the picture shortly after these laws are instituted. Laws are written purposefully vague, with the entirety of the rules found within, left to the personal whims of the bureaucratic class put in charge of executing the law.

In the case of the forfeiture laws, and Philadelphia is no where near an isolated case by the way, the public was sold on a law that would confiscate the wealth of convicted gangsters who’d amassed fortunes through ongoing criminal enterprise. The premise was that drug dealers, once convicted would not be allowed to keep their pimped out cars, and rock star homes. In other words, modern day Kennedys would be forced to pay society back for the trouble and loss inflicted via their nefarious activity.

The problem entered the equation when the wealth confiscated from actually convicted drug kingpins failed to approach an amount necessary to pay for the administration of an apparatus meant to deal with the confiscated funds. Roll that over in your mind for a moment. Drug kingpins you see are not necessarily idiots, and as a general rule have some pretty sharp attorneys on retainer. Those attorneys are competent enough to set up foundations, trusts, corporations and such. They know how to place private property in a diversity of names, so that when the time came to divvy up the pie, nothing was left but crumbs.

Now, just like in the private sector, when the guys in suits come around and announce that your particular endeavor is losing money, that you’re job is not paying for itself, or that some more efficient means of accomplishing what you used to do for them has been found, it’s time to either increase dramatically your productivity or start dusting off the old resume.

The question is, with the power of the state behind them, how do you believe bureaucrats might go about the business of dramatically increasing their productivity? The method most commonly observed is to alter the rules to include more targets, increasing scope and authority, and be sure to further alter those rules to include targets who might not have the resources to push back or adequately defend themselves. The rules in Pennsylvania for example were expanded to cover people merely accused of crime, not necessarily convicted. (See the Fifth Amendment above, just for reference.) Also note, that the rules were written in such a way that property confiscated need not receive the same due process, thereby eliminating the ability of those without sharp legal counsel to prevent the government from simply walking in and taking what they wanted, for no other reason than that the government wanted to do so. In the case covered in the above video, we met a single woman, raising her children and grand children. She was simply too busy working to support her family, to fight the full time government which had her convinced that they weren’t evil pricks simply looking for a way to legally screw her out of her home.

Now instead of targeting the gangsters who’ve amassed vast fortunes by flouting our laws, these forfeiture programs are targeting bit players and downright innocent people caught up in having something the cash strapped government bureaucracies want, namely money. What’s worse, nobody voted for the current iteration of this program, the citizens who said yes and were originally convinced, thought the whole thing would be limited to those who were actually proven guilty of some transgression that had damaged society in some meaningful way. More important than that however, what is protecting any of us from being the target of this same loophole which allows any state, county, or municipality to simply take what it wants the next time a budget crises dictates that revenues be raised, or whimsy satisfied?

Literally, there is no limiting principle outside of a Judiciary, one which so far has seen fit to remove itself from its Constitutional duty and authority. The old jokes about some small towns being nothing more than speed traps, while they may have been dismissive of small town life, had some truth to them. The police agencies in many of our communities have been co opted for many years into lucrative money making operations, feasting on the citizens in some sort of bizarre gotcha lottery. Because the penalties involved thus far have not risen past the point of annoyances, even if they’re major annoyances, the push back has never really gone beyond idle grumbling.

That’s the trouble with highwaymen you see, when they get away with stealing a $10 bill, next time they’ll take a $20 bill. Eventually, they’ll work their way up to stealing larger things like a car or a whole house. The tab in Philadelphia so far has been $60 Million, none of which has been paid by a drug king pin.

Cross Posted from Musings of a Mad Conservative.

Russell Brand Uses Robin Williams tribute to smear Fox News

by Rodan ( 90 Comments › )
Filed under Communism, Entertainment, Fascism, Hipsters, Humor, Movies, Progressives at August 13th, 2014 - 7:39 pm

Lidane is outrage over some stupid comment about Robin Williams’s depression being cause by an abortion that an ex girl friend had back in the 70′s.

Lidane outrage

As usual, the LGFers are in outrage mode. While they are angry over a stupid comment, they are hypocritically silent at Russell Brand using the death of Robin Williams to attack Fox News.

What platitudes then can we fling along with the listless, insufficient wreaths at the stillness that was once so animated and wired, the silence where the laughter was? That fame and accolades are no defence against mental illness and addiction? That we live in a world that has become so negligent of human values that our brightest lights are extinguishing themselves? That we must be more vigilant, more aware, more grateful, more mindful? That we can’t tarnish this tiny slice of awareness that we share on this sphere amidst the infinite blackness with conflict and hate?

That we must reach inward and outward to the light that is inside all of us? That all around us people are suffering behind masks less interesting than the one Robin Williams wore? Do you have time to tune in to Fox News, to cement your angry views to calcify the certain misery?

Russell Brand using the tragic suicide of Robin Williams to take cheap shots at Fox gets a pass by the always outraged losers at LGF. Then again, Brand is trash just like Lidane and the other losers at LGF.

(Cross Posted @ The Diary of Daedalus)

The Wealth Gap Versus The Consequence Gap

by Flyovercountry ( 57 Comments › )
Filed under Communism, Progressives at July 7th, 2014 - 7:00 pm

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Any Government big enough to give you everything you need, will also be big enough to take from you, everything you have – Thomas Jefferson.

Elections have consequences. Laws passed have consequences. Laws passed also have unintended consequences. One of my favorite personal epiphanies has always been that America’s big problem is not a wealth gap, but rather a consequence gap. I’ll explain this, in case you’ve missed my post from a couple of years ago entitled, “The Consequence Gap.”

We have passed many laws over the last five years designed to provide a fairness for our society in areas of our daily lives where the political left has professed a perception that fairness was somehow lacking. Their chief piece of evidence for said lack of fairness has been the supposed wealth gap, that variance between those with means and those without, irrespective of what each group may or may not have done to create said wealth. Always, without fail, those laws have led to unintended consequences, which have had devastating consequences for society as a whole, most keenly felt among the very population that was supposedly being served, or targeted for help.

From the HotAir article linked to above:

“I’m at the breaking point,” said Gretchen Gardner, an Austin artist who bought a 1930s bungalow in the Bouldin neighborhood just south of downtown in 1991 and has watched her property tax bill soar to $8,500 this year.

“It’s not because I don’t like paying taxes,” said Gardner, who attended both meetings. “I have voted for every park, every library, all the school improvements, for light rail, for anything that will make this city better. But now I can’t afford to live here anymore. I’ll protest my appraisal notice, but that’s not enough. Someone needs to step in and address the big picture.”

Gretchen Gardner voted for massive taxation upon her fellow citizens, because she felt that somebody else would be paying for her city’s improvements, or more to the point, what she felt was necessary for her city to be improved. The result of course was that anyone who is on the bottom rungs of Austin’s economic ladder have undoubtedly found the consequences to be far more destructive. If you think, no this will only affect property owners, what do you think land lords are going to do with their increased tax burdens? They will simply embed that increased expense into the prices they charge for the usage of their property. People who are on the bottom of that ladder in terms of wealth accumulation will now have an even harder time saving for a place of their own. They will have less money to spend on other things, such as groceries, heat, gasoline needed to drive to work, clothing, and Bush = Hitler bumper stickers. The consequences of bad government policy are always paid disproportionately by those for whom they were supposedly designed. The progenitors of those policies are invariably exempted from any material change in their own lives, meaning consequences, and once things go bad will immediately proclaim that they should be judged by their intentions and not their results.

Our elected leaders, tasked with management of our Executive Branch, are watching events around the globe and here at home unfold as if they were watching a made for television movie. I am tired of listening to the political left bleat on about how the Republicans or Mitt Romney would have done no better in dealing with the complete implosion of our foreign policy, domestic policy, economy, the situation at our Southern Border, what have you. The problem of course is that this implosion can not be separated from the massively idiotic policies that fomented them in the first place, otherwise known as the Obama agenda. These things didn’t just happen, they are the inevitable end to the path chosen by two elections in which America elected the single worst President in our history to be our country’s top executive. They are the only possible conclusion to policies enacted by our white House from January of 2009 onward.

Special Note: Before anyone suggests that the latest jobs report shows that finally, after only 6 short years, Obamanomics is showing signs of working, please learn to read past the top line of a BLS report. Once again, most of the jobs created are part time, and without those plus the jobs produced by the Fracing Boom, Oil and Gas, (not fracking as dubbed by the environazi crowd,) we would be in solidly negative territory. Those oil and gas jobs by the way, are jobs that our President has done everything he possibly could to prevent from being created, and then he took credit for creating them. The U6 number is still North of 12% and the Labor Force Participation Rate declined again, past what was already a 40 year low. Which means that once again, more people in America got discouraged and left the workforce than actually found jobs. Let’s not forget that our last GDP report showed a 2.9% hemorrhage of productivity.

The lens of history has been crystal clear on this point. There has been nothing yet devised by man that comes anywhere close to providing improvements in the lot of ordinary people as the productive and innovative forces that are unleashed when the free market system is allowed to flourish unfettered by over bearing government regulation. The only impediment to that vast improvement in wealth and circumstance of ordinary people so far has been the infliction of bad government policy. Winston Churchill once said that if people were not liberals at age 20 they possessed no heart, and if they were not conservatives by age 40, they had no brains.

I believe personally however that Churchill got it somewhat wrong. I believe that, while many liberals 40 years and over are lacking the ability to think critically, many more wish to see this parade from crisis to crisis continue, and seek to inflict bad government policy upon us knowing full well what the results will be. Rahm Emanuel famously said, way back in week one of Barack Obama’s Presidency, as his Chief of Staff by the way, “never let a good crisis go to waste.” People have shown many times in the past that they’ll only inflict Socialism upon themselves if a current crisis makes that self destructive economic system seem to be the lesser of evils. As with all forms of governance that depends upon coercion for its ultimate method of enforcing participation, violence inflicted by a government upon its citizens will eventually become the only possible reality. Eventually, you’ll have some joker who wishes to speak his mind freely, or wants to participate in an economic activity that is better for himself, rather than sacrificing his needs or those of his family, for the greater glory of political elites, who care nothing for him.

I am often struck by how eloquently the Keynesians are able to describe their economic theory, and how they are able to explain away the fact that it has never worked, despite its long history of having been tried. The same holds true for the Socialists. Great in theory, as long as no critical thought takes place, but the lens of history has been nothing but clear. The only possible result will be the above picture. When Josef Stalin took power in the Soviet Union, the very first people that he rounded up and had executed were those who had helped sweep him into power. His reasoning was that they would have been the most severely disillusioned when his policies had the exact opposite effect of what he’d promised. The useful idiots are always the first to go. So, at least we have that.

There seems to be some sort of disease where people complain about things our government is doing, and then seek to solve those problems by taking more of the poison that made us sick in the first place. Crony Capitalism seems to be an evil that people from both sides of the political aisle can agree on. I personally don’t see the logic in a solution that would make the government even more powerful to exert even greater degrees of influence, allowing it to pick our winners and losers for us. The answer to problems created by bad government policy is not more government. Putting different people in charge or just doing it bigger this time, while it may seem intuitive when stated eloquently, has never worked, and most certainly has never worked as planned. Limiting government has always worked however, and has only ever failed when people became convinced of the need to solve non-existent problems.

Cross Posted from Musings of a Mad Conservative.

What Do You Call Scientific Theory Based On Faked Data?

by Flyovercountry ( 286 Comments › )
Filed under Communism, Fascism, Progressives at July 2nd, 2014 - 12:00 pm

Busted, you call it busted. Any statement past that is simply asinine. But, don’t worry my fellow inhabitants of the worker’s paradise formerly reserved for the free and brave, I’m sure that the whole climate change grievance theater will continue on, as if nothing has changed. We’ll still be bombarded with shouts of, “we have to self inflict economic hardship and damage now in order to save the Earth,” or, “anyone who denies that climate change isn’t real is just like someone who used to believe that the Earth was flat.” Let’s not forget my personal favorite, “anyone who denies climate science should be imprisoned for their heresy.”

That picture above? Oh, that’s just what happens when you try to reconcile the actual temperature data with the new and improved faked temperature data the NOAA and NASA peddled to American Citizens in order to make it appear as though the Earth’s mean temperatures were indeed rising. O.K., we’ll let that last bit sink in for just one moment.

Right after the year 2000, NASA and NOAA dramatically altered US climate history, making the past much colder and the present much warmer. The animation below shows how NASA cooled 1934 and warmed 1998, to make 1998 the hottest year in US history instead of 1934. This alteration turned a long term cooling trend since 1930 into a warming trend.

So, let’s take a rather brief walk down Chicken Little’s memory lane. The whole theory has morphed into this catch 22 style game, where computer models have predicted global catastrophe due to rising temperatures. Since Scientists have ruled out all natural causes for the rapidly increasing temperatures, man’s burning of fossil fuels, dumping Carbon Dioxide, and Methane now I guess, must be what’s to blame. This means that all economic development created by free market economics must be bad, while Socialism on the other hand, has been nothing short of a miraculous boon for Gaya.

So now, what we’ve seen is that the rising temperatures used to convince us all that this thing is real, turns out to have been falsely reported as such. When the temperatures in the past and present failed to live up to the predictions, the data was simply changed to show that the Earth was cooler in the past, and is getting warmer in the present. So, in order to prove that only man kind could possibly be responsible for the current warming trend, a warming trend was faked, and any other possibility for the warming trend was declared to be impossible, like say, its having been faked.

Don’t worry though, I’m sure we’ll get a flurry of dire predictions and warnings, as if this latest bombshell hadn’t been dropped on top of our heads, instead of the sky.

Well, maybe I’m not an engineer, nor a peer reviewed author of any scientific theory worthy of note, but I do know that needing to fake data in order to bolster a theory’s validity is considered deceptive, even in the world of academia. First we had the leaked email dump from East Anglia and Penn State, in which, “Climatologists,” were caught sending each other notes describing how they could continue perpetrating a fraud upon the entire world, and that was ignored. Now we have the faking of actual data used to convince us that this problem is very real, and an imminent threat. At some point, accountability must be introduced, even in the world of academia.

How silly of me, falling temperatures proves this theory too. Time for damage control now, see you in a few days, after all of the pieces designed to make us all forget that we saw the man behind the curtain. In the mean time, let’s get to work on that next Chicken Little scenario which will necessitate the self infliction of economic damage.

What were those possibilities again?

A) We need to prepare Earth for a possible invasion of Space Aliens.

B) All of the Honey Bees are suddenly dying off and no more plant will ever be pollinated, ever again.

C) The Ozone is disappearing.

D) Global Cooling, which we would’ve seen had we not faked the data to show a warming trend.

E) Hydraulic Fracturing causes Earth Quakes.

F) Nuclear Power Plants are causing fish to be born with three eyes, which will cause a planetary wide catastrophic loss of appetite, and subsequently world wide famine.

Cross Posted from Musings of a Mad Conservative.

Ex-Soviet Vladimir Jaffe Debates Socialism With Socialists

by Bunk X ( 162 Comments › )
Filed under Communism, Politics, Progressives, Socialism at June 30th, 2014 - 12:01 am

During the “Occupy Wall Street” assholery, one video caught my attention. An “occupier” was handing out propaganda to people sitting along the NYC protest route when he met Vladimir Jaffe.

Jaffe grew up in the Soviet Union, and at 29 years left Moscow in 1988. He understands first-hand what life under communism is like because he lived it – he understands the grotesque economic policies imposed by socialism and the results of those policies. The discussion that followed between the kid and Jaffe was excellent. Jaffe was polite, his arguments were coherent and based upon easily identifiable facts, and whether or not any of Jaffe’s facts sunk in to Occupy Boy’s brain is up for conjecture.

Vladimir Jaffe isn’t a one-hit Utoobage wonder – he’s got 187 videos posted on YouTube to date, and he plays the logic card on every one of them. Check this one out. Note that Jaffe is polite every step of the way, even while debating a young self-identified lawyer for #Occupy.

Then there’s this guy who gets humpy when he finds he has no answers to Jaffe’s questions:

We need more people with balls like Jaffe, willing to stand up and tell the truth about socialism.

[What am I doing about it you ask? Am I doing as much as I could? Nay, I'm posting here in my free time, posting elsewhere in my free time, and voting in my free time, because my time is limited and I only have a few years left to tell Charles Johnson and other leftists to go fuck themselves.]

[Update: "How would you deal with Vladimir Jaffe?" Libtards discuss what they can't comprehend.]