Sunday, August 30, 2015

Jeb vs. W.

Comrade Matt Forney's comment on FB yesterday:
Jeb Bush is collapsing in the polls because he's a tepid nerd who wilts in the face of conflict. George W., for all his faults, was cocky and confident. Jeb is the bullied, resentful, nerdy son.
First, it is refreshing to see someone say something nice about W.  Someday, perhaps, someone will outline the media strategy that taught all Americans to start with a criticism when they speak about the former president.   I have no doubt war fatigue played a role, and W's hesitation to hit back at his critics emboldened them further.  It was a rare success story for the left to brainwash us all into finding, or making up, disgust towards one of the most honorable men to ever serve in the White House. 

I doubt Matt is a fan of W's, but he doesn't have to be to make his point.  Compared to Jeb, from any possible perspective, W rocks.  Jeb is the anti-cocky, anti-confident Bush.  Either it is his personality, or it is an act.  Either way, he's down there with Graham and Christie as the most uninspiring GOP candidates since Dole and McCain.

My $0.02: Let's drop the dynasty talk and FOCUS on defeating, or at least stalling, the communist takeover of our country.  Who is our best choice to do this?

The Censorship Begins

In Obama's America, some free speech is more free than other free speech. And the free speech that exposes the vacuousness of liberalism is free speech we can do without.

Three recent cases of censorship at YouTube:

Two weeks ago I noted YouTube's censorship of author Colin Flaherty's channel.  He posted a black-on-white mob attack that happened here in Cincinnati.  Faces were blurred out in the video, but that didn't stop YouTube for citing its Terms of Service and closing Colin's account.  (You can read more about Cincinnati's Race Problem in my recent article at American Thinker.)

I updated that same post with Comrade Aaron Clarey's video where he warned his viewers that his account may soon disappear.  He explains with colorful language:

And today, Comrade Joe Dan of Intellectual Froglegs, tells his FB friends that he too is meeting resistance at YouTube.  YouTube blocked his latest video, which can be seen here.

And ABC:

Earlier this week a gay black Obama voter shot and killed two former white co-workers, then he killed himself.  Always doing things out of order, these liberals.

ABC refuses to release his suicide note/manifesto.  The consensus:  It is full of liberal, racist, Democrat Party drivel about victimhood.  What's missing: his acknowledgement that it was Affirmative Action that helped him get his media jobs, jobs more qualified applicants were denied.  Maybe I'm wrong, but ABC's censorship seems to support these theories.

Censorship of conservative thought will only get worse:

As I've said before, YouTube and other social media sites are our best tools.  Every word that drips from the lying mouths of liberals, and RINOs, is preserved forever.  The complaints you'll hear as the election cycle ramps up will be the same as in other recent elections: "Stop using my words against me."

Comrades, we are going to have to connect in the coming days outside of these social media outlets.  If Ushanka were to disappear tomorrow, how would we communicate?  If we haven't connected on email, you will be cut off from my thoughts, and I yours.  I make it a point to connect with other like-minded comrades, and you should too.  Here I am with Aaron, and Joe Dan.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

GOP Candidate Website Review #3

Disappointing.  Again.

Only one candidate has updated his Issues page on his website in the past two weeks.

The scores above are the average of two numbers:
1) Issues Tab?  If yes, then 3.  If no, then 0.  And,
2) A ranking of the promises on the Issues Page.  3 = Specific promises.  2 = Some promises.  1 = A promise, or strong position stated.  0 = No promises or no Issues page.

Trump added an Positions page to his website.  It has only one issue: Immigration.  Do you know his position on Education, China, Energy, or Health Care?

Neither do I.

For six months now only four candidates have met, not set, a standard for an Issues page:  Perry, Rubio, Huckabee and Paul.  The other twelve don't have an Issues page, or have an Issue link that takes the poor reader to a bunch of noise.

Maybe I'm 'old school,' but when I click a presidential candidate's Issues link, the first word I want to see is "I".  As in, "I will repeal ObamaCare," or "I will deploy anti-ballistic missiles in Poland."  Instead, most of these guys want to tell you a story about how we got here, or what they did somewhere else.

Like I said above, disappointing.

I can think of five reasons why Bush, Cruz, Fiorina, Kasich, Pataki, and Walker do not have Issues links, and why Christie, Graham, Santorum have mediocre Issues pages.
1) They are afraid to take a stand on an issue and lose donations because of it,
2) They think of the website as only a tool to collect donations, and expect us to go search YouTube and Google to find their campaign promises,
3) They are incompetent managers overwhelmed with the demands of the campaign,
4) They are trying the Obama strategy of letting the voters assume the candidate’s positions, or
5) They have no position on anything other than to be President.
I am preparing the third GOP Rankings Report.  Be sure to check back on Tuesday.


I decided to share this review with the candidates.  But only six candidates of the sixteen share an email address on their website:

Friday, August 28, 2015

Tab Clearing

38 pages of good stuff this week.  Most of the selected articles have to do with the recent stock market kerfuffle.  The DOW came back up this week, but is still down 6% for the month.

Fred reminds us "A country deserves what it tolerates. And gets more of it" in his latest column on the current race issues: Applied Racial Anencephaly: Making Things Worse.  I really appreciate his comments on the media.  (This matches up pretty well with my article this week: Cincinnati's Race Problem.)
None of these media delicates will ever have walked a foot beat in a bad section, fired a gun, or imagined what it is like to be in a dark building with a criminal you can’t see and who may be armed. The talking heads seem to have no idea of the intensity of the anger and hatreds in the country. Notice how puzzled they are by Donald Trump’s popularity. For the price of a cup of coffee in any truck stop on I95, and a little conversation, they could have found out.

Making things worse is the norm for talking heads and the “elites.” Consider Jeff Gutenbezos, daddy of the Kindle and honcho of Amazon. In a display of his essential goodness, he recently pulled from Amazon all items containing the Confederate flag (while continuing to sell Meinkampf). Net effect? To infuriate a lot of white people, largely against blacks, without doing anything to benefit blacks.
Will denizens of the ghetto do better in school with no Confederate flags on sale at Amazon? Will they stop shooting each other? Get married before giving birth? No. But Jeff will feel good about himself. The talking heads will love him.

Making things worse.

Captain Capitalism has a lengthy post on the topic of our central bank, the "Fed," and how quadrupling (aka inflating) the nation's money supply has yet to result in massive inflation.
…I’m outright accusing them of telling a half-truth, because (if they're economists) they know this low level of inflation, IN SPITE OF A NEAR TRIPLING OF THE MONEY SUPPLY, is due to a TANKING of the "velocity of money."  Why the Federal Reserve Ain't No "Jesus Christ"

Without boring the reader, the velocity of money is the rate at which a dollar is re-spent.  So you can theoretically have a low money supply, but if people keep spending (either because of faith in the future or a market bubble) instead of saving, you can trigger inflation still.  However, the opposite is happening today, and the reasons are (I claim) the total disheartening and destructive effects socialist policies (primarily under Obama) has had on investors, purchasers, innovators, entrepreneurs, businessmen and other productive members of society.  The constant assail and assault against "the rich," "corporations," "success," and the always-available evil and hated "white males" has thrown sand into America's most productive economic engines, tanking faith and hope in the future, and thus the velocity of money.  And though this has slowed economic growth considerably, this grants the Federal Reserve's "Jesus Strategy" a reprieve in that their money printing has not caused inflation.

ZH reports China has sold over $100b in US Treasuries, and explains this means higher interest rates going forward.  It's Official: China Confirms It Has Begun Liquidating Treasuries, Warns Washington.
. . . China has likely sold somewhere on the order of $100 billion in US Treasuries in the past two weeks alone in open FX ops to steady the yuan. Put simply, as part of China's devaluation and subsequent attempts to contain said devaluation, China has been purging an epic amount of Treasuries.
Selling our treasuries?  Did they really expect subprime America to pay off our debts?!

More China and currency-war discussion at the WSJ today with Niall Ferguson's op-ed, ‘Chimerica’ and the Rule of Central Bankers.
Before the 2008 financial crisis, Chimerica was a marriage of opposites. China saved, exported and lent. America consumed, imported and borrowed. For a few heady years, the odd couple were happy together. Not only did the glut of Chinese savings lower the cost of capital, the glut of Chinese workers reduced the cost of labor. Every asset class on the planet rallied.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Announcing: Glorious Hat!

Comrades!  As part of the new 5-year plan, the politburo has decided to re-brand the Motherland's only quality export, The Commie Obama Hat. 

The phrase, "Commie Obama Hat," is no longer approved for daily use in written or verbal communications.  You must now say: "Glorious Hat."  You must say it like you mean it, Comrades!

Hearty Ushanka Tips to:

Aaron Clarey (Captain Capitalism) - our thought leader who first uttered those magical words, "Glorious Hat."

Big Fur Hat (IOTW Report) - for the new Glorious Hat artwork that captures the consciousness of the proletariat.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Stop Me If You've Heard This One

Three Americans and a Muslim board a train in Paris. 

Oh, you've heard this one already?

Here is the President of France, Francois Hollande, not wasting any time to recognize our boys for their bravery.  The highest award: the Legion of Honor.

As it should be.

More at FoxNews.

My Latest Article: Cincinnati's Race Problem

American Thinker published my latest article, Cincinnati's Race Problem

WOW!  What an honor.  AT has the best readership on the net.  Excellent and thoughtful comments by engaged, like-minded comrades. 

The article covers my experience moving to Cincinnati from Los Angeles with regard to race relations.  Every place has its pros and cons, and I point to the elected leadership in Cincinnati as the enabler of racial tension.

The article just covers my $0.02.  But of the 300 comments so far, those from fellow Cincinnati residents have confirmed my observations and conclusions.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Tough Market News UPDATED and BUMPED

[orig post Friday 8.21.15 11am]

It has been a rough week on the market.  Gold has only gone up 3.5%.  What gives?

Here is a screenshot I just took at MW:

My Precious Metal videos:
Play the Ratio
Ratio Strategy #1
Ratio Strategy #1: w/ Trade Costs
Ratio Strategy #2
Updates (Jul14)
Updates (Oct 14)
Updates (Feb 15)
A Look Back

UPDATED 4:30pm:

Quite the day.

Some are saying "I told you so."  Some are saying "buying opportunity."  Some are blaming China.  Some are going to spend the weekend wondering if they should get out on Monday.

My unprofessional opinion:
  • The markets were over-valued and they had to come down.  
  • The markets are still over-valued.
  • It isn't China's fault.  China just jumped onto the devaluation bandwagon that we started.  
  • China's devaluation (measly 3%) just reminded everyone that there are other forces at play besides a company's revenue, profit and growth rate.


When the S&P500 Futures trading is halted for the first time in history, you know its bad.  I guess we know what investors decided to do over the weekend after Friday's down day.



Some of the things I'm going to be listening for before I get worried:
  • Obama announces he will intervene in the markets.
  • "More QE"
  • "Unusual activity in the derivatives markets..."
  • The Dept. of Justice announces a crackdown on speculators (people who saw this coming).

The last time I saw the market act like this, I lost my shirt in the dot-com bubble.  Same thing: rapid ups and downs, and the MSM cheerleaders saying "buying opportunity" and "spike coming."  Only years of despair followed.

Today's futures hinted we'd have a 4% spike.  We had a 2% spike, but ended the day 1% down.

We are only 4 business days into this slump and everyone is blaming China.  China devalued their currency 3% a couple weeks ago because they were tired of the US devaluing its currency and exporting inflation to China. 

Really?  We're going to blame another country for the performance of companies in our country? 

This from educated people who know better.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

This Movie Sucks

From Ukraine With Love

FB Comrade Doc sent me these.  And just in time for another Ushanka Babe post!