Thursday, October 31, 2019

Who are we?



I know that I am not as smart as the talking heads on TV or the mealy mouth elected representatives who whine and opine whenever a camera is within ten miles.

But I am growing curious. Curious as to why we are any better than any Central or South American country that has government overthrows as regularly as the flow of the tides and the phases of the Moon.

I mean we are continually told that Impeachment of the President is not a legal thing. That Impeachment is a “political” thing. That the Founders did not mean legal things when they wrote:

“SECTION. 4.
The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.

If it be true that Impeachment does not require a violation of law, then it follows that anytime the majority party in the House of Representative so desires it can vote to remove the President for no violation other than they dislike him or her.

That the Senate, with august members who love to talk but not act, may or may not convict is of no importance. The damage is done just as damage is done when a revolution fails in those countries we scorn because they are not democracies or republics.

Then what are we? We are hypocrites. Pure flat and simple. Own it.

Saturday, October 26, 2019



Brother, can you spare a dime?

TANSTAAFL – “There aint no such thing as a free lunch. “ Robert Heinlein, circa 1952.

I see that Princess Warrenliar has called for free healthcare for all. Various sources have said that will cost 34 trillion over 10 years. Lets break that down.

$34 trillion is $34,000,000,000,000, or stated in powers of 10, that is 34 x10 to the 12th.

Given that the population of the country is 350 million, or 350,000,000 or 3.5 x 10 to the 8th.

Divided that is $9.7 to the 4th or $97,000 or $9,700 per year per person over 10 years.

Given that the government has no money except what they take from the individual, and given that the young, aged and disabled do not earn taxable income, then the number of people paying probably drops 50% to around 175,000. This means that the actual tax payer will owe $19,400 in health care taxes a year.

Since it obvious that the individual cannot pay that then the government will have to pay it by just printing money. That, of course, will just lead to inflation and devaluing the dollar so you will be able to get health care for starvation because your grocery bill be a couple of grand a week.

TANSTAAFL

Brother, can you spare a grand?



"Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them." - Karl Popper “

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Do you or do you not want your country?

The so-called Native Americans came across the Siberia-Alaska land bridge and filtered down and across the continents. Among the things they are noted for is human sacrifice, slavery and cannibalism. Their societies/cultures ranged from hunter gather tribes in the north to feudal kings and peasants groupings in the central and south.

Everything was cool until the southern Europeans arrived. The southern Europeans were aggressive, had better weapons, including germs that the NA’s had never been around before. The result was conquest, settlement and a feudal society based on what they had in southern Europe resulting in land owners with peasants huddled around the Catholic Church. But the NA’s were better off. No slavery, no cannibalism and no human sacrifice.

Basically, nothing has changed to the south. They have gone from weekly revolutions to establishment of failed socialism experiments…Venezuela doesn’t have toilet paper or antibiotics and Honduras is the murder capital of the world. Their exports are bananas and people…..who have flooded into America to the tune of 11 million or so. When called out they riot and fly Mexico’s flag and demand the right to vote.   They seem determined to establish what they, or their parents, fled from. Poverty, chaos, crime and dictatorship.

Later the northern Europeans arrived to the north. They were no better to the NA’s than their peers to the south. But they did have one thing the southern Europeans didn’t have. Budding democracy. They had the Magna Carta. The powers of kings were finite and the people were to have a voice.

“We the people….” Became real.

None of this is pretty. The NA’s lost. What the Europeans found were people who couldn’t, or wouldn’t, defend the land that they had taken from the previous owners.

We now find ourselves on the same page that was the Aztec’s. Do we want to defend and hold this land, this civilization, or do we want to surrender to the flood of people from the south and the flood of Muslims Obama and Hillary imported from the east?





"Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them." - Karl Popper “

Friday, May 4, 2018

Censored

These are some of the videos that FB has deemed offensive and demanded I delete them.









But the one that really gets my goat is the Heinlein quote that puts entertainers and athletes in their place.


"Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them." - Karl Popper “

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Avoid the question and change the sunbject....



This comes from the Tennessee Star article and is from governor candidate Randy Boyd.

“Many of our universities are not at capacity. If you’ve got a hotel, and you have 30 percent empty rooms, you don’t charge 300 percent more to those last few rooms. The variable cost is fairly small in filling those up. We’ve got a lot of those universities that would actually make a significant amount of money charging just the normal, full tuition – rather than charging a penalty of triple”

This is a perfect example of a politician using what is called a “False Equivalency.”  The issue in question is should we give in state tuition to illegal aliens attending state schools. His argument is that doing so would fill the schools’ empty seats.

This raises several questions.

Why is tuition for citizens so high? If the problem is price why not lower the costs for everyone and fill the seats?

Why did the schools over build? If you fill the seats, at whatever price, won’t the schools launch a new building program and create another “empty seat” problem?

Is it a price problem or a content problem? In marketing if a product is not being purchased it is normal for the product to be closely looked at to determine why it isn’t selling.

And isn’t the real issue, why aren’t we serving Tennessee citizens better, rather than how can we serve illegal aliens better?

http://tennesseestar.com/2017/12/25/randy-boyd-looking-for-a-way-to-give-illegal-aliens-in-state-college-tuition/








"Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them." - Karl Popper

Friday, August 18, 2017

Who's next?


“Baltimore takes down Confederate statues in middle of night”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/16/baltimore-takes-down-confederate-statues-in-middle-of-night






“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”

------Martin Niemöller



If unpopular views are not allowed, who will decide what is popular?













"Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them." - Karl Popper

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Tiresome BS from the Chattering Class




If I have heard it once I have heard it a thousand times from the “media class.” It goes like this and is not limited to Lefties or Righties as well as the two or three in the middle.

“Trump is getting in the way of his own message.”

The crux of this is that the audience is not capable of entertaining multiple messages at the same time. That is nonsense. People hear/see/read information all the time and act on the inputs. It is the “media class” who can’t adjust to the new world and just be an information conduit.  They believe that it is their job to tell us what they think happened or was said.

This stems from the “journalism” disease that has infected most reporters. Their self-importance knows no bounds. Just as salesmen became account managers reporters became journalists. Supposedly this signified that they had attended a journalism school.

However, technology rules and change happens. Among the many jobs destroyed by the Internet were telephone operators, travel agents and many retail clerks.

A few years back the average newspaper reader would read the editorial page and a few columnists during the week. Many people did neither. The Internet opened up multiple inputs to the average person. Trump understood this and tapped into it. He is now President.

He can twitter in the morning about one thing while yesterday he announced something else. This bothers no one except the media who seemingly want only to write about something else.

Mr. or Ms “Journalist”, say hello to the dinosaurs.


"Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them." - Karl Popper