Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Chart of the Day

Via WRSA, but source and date unknown. 

The Pension Bomb is a com'in.

Even after $800b in Obama Stimulus, which was used to shore-up pension funds rather than create jobs. . . 

Are the pension plans THAT mismanaged?  Have the pension managers been too busy with their power naps?

I suppose I am expected to make up the difference?  Again?

Any chance, as I help out again, the govt might consider outlawing pensions all together and force everyone into an IRA or 401(k) instead?

More at the Economist.

Tab Clearing

As usual, the articles are copied into this Google Doc.  Just 22 pages.

Daniel Greenfield posted The Last Days of Hillary at Doug's site.  He examines the Hillary campaign and introduces some new info such as their organization and budget.  I happen to be enjoying the Hillary debacle and I hope it continues until she is bankrupt and it is too late for the Clinton loyalists to join other campaigns.  Here is the paragraph that I most appreciated:
Some are hoping that Hillary will go to jail. But the anger, frustration and bitterness that will gnaw on her after wasting decades and a small fortune on two failed efforts to win the White House in which she had every advantage only to lose before even leaving the starting gate will be worse than any prison.

Victor Davis Hanson asks, "What is it about illegal immigration that has finally turned off so many Americans?" in his PJ Media post, How Illegal Immigration Finally Turned Off the Public.
People finally tired of the postmodern notion that to stop endemic illegality we were supposed to change the language rather than the reality. Americans are not quite yet ready to be Soviet subjects who are to embrace Newspeak, and apparently resented the assumption that they were.

When Mexico deliberately has exported ten percent of its population and lectures the U.S. on their ensuing welfare, then the vocabulary of hypocrisy fails.

The truth is that the illegal-immigration lobby was its own worst enemy, its message couched in racism, illegality, untruth — and finally incoherence.  People are tired of being called racists by racial chauvinists, of being dubbed insensitive by unfeeling opportunists, and of being called politically naive by political manipulators.

Thomas Collins explores the question, "What's So Scary About Donald Trump?"
For one, not everyone reacts the same way to the presence of a mainstream figure dog-whistling White nativism. Some people certainly will become complacent, content that someone else is saying what needs to be said so that they don't have to. But that hasn't been my reaction at all—to the contrary, I feel more comfortable than ever speaking my mind about demographic matters. There are, doubtless, others who feel the same.

GOP Ranking Report

Here is the Ranking Report for September 1:

Click Here to see the ranking criteria (pdf).

The big change since the last report, for nearly all candidates, was my ranking of 3 (max) for all in the category of internal GOP attacks.  Several news searches turned up nothing for recent in-fighting or cheap shots.

Most candidates have not updated their websites since the last report.  Although some have an Issues tab, most of those tabs lead to a lot of meaningless text.  Promises are few and standards remain low.  The GOP candidates, and this includes Trump, are now playing off each other on positions rather than showing any leadership on one or more topics.  It is as if they are running in 1996 when the debt was manageable, foreign threats were non-existent, and the IRS and NSA respected the citizens' privacy.

Another observation: The GOP is known for being stronger on foreign policy, yet the candidates are all zeroes except for one candidate in one category. 

I'd complain but 1) who'd listen, and 2) I know the bar is set low for us in 2016.  Hillary the felon, Biden the idiot, and Bernie the Lenin couldn't speak to any of these foreign policy challenges.  It appears the GOP candidates take that as a pass and do not feel compelled to tell us what they stand for in these areas. 

Duly noted.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Quote of the Day

On immigration, by our Comrade CA over at WRSA:
If you have a door on your home, you believe in borders.
Especially if you lock it.
He links to this Victor Davis Hanson article.

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.