Jesus Was A Radical Extreme Libertarian

Not sure what Nate Silver has to do with Jesus but somehow it was mentioned in the threads.

My take on progressives claiming Jesus would be a socialist?

Not in the political sense. I highly doubt he'd consent to millions of people being murdered in the name of 'socialism'. Besides, socialists and communists were godless or atheists. 

It's one of the great logical fallacies of the left. They want to help others just like Jesus. And if you are skeptical or question the state's benevolence, then you're ignorant because that's what Jesus wanted.

Another variant is it's 'not very Christian' to deny people help they seek. No one is saying don't help one another. What we're saying is stop living vicariously through the state and being so dependent on it.

That's what I believe would have been Jesus's message. I think he would call all these social entitlements for what they are: Enabling the meek and weak.


How Liberals Suddenly Love War

Remember kids, it's not a 'war-war' if you don't use troops and are trying to fix a problem you didn't create.

It's comical how hard the White House is working to try and convince people they're not at war. It's not a war! We're merely dismantling with no boots on the ground!

You simply can't make this stuff up.

Climate Change Alarmists In A Choke Hold

I would love to see a 'check mate' moment but given how much is at stake (idiots are still 'by this date' predictions that will laughably come and go), this is an unlikely scenario. I'll just have to settle for it disappearing into the night just like the last great climate scare in the 1970s promised natural catastrophe.

"However, given that the IPCC claims to be a scientific rather than political body, it still ultimately has everything staked on the science. The single most important issue in all of the scientific debate is the expected response of the climate to a doubling of atmospheric CO2. This is known as the climate sensitivity and if it is high then we are in trouble and if it is low there is no good reason to panic about CO2. (There are actually two types of climate sensitivity, one for short term effects and one for the longer term, but they are closely related and for reasons of simplicity I’ll treat them as one here.) In AR5 the sensitivity was estimated to lie between 1.5°C and 4.5°C; it is generally agreed that if it is less than 2°C we are pretty much OK and if it is more than 3°C there will be serious trouble.

Curiously, AR5 declined to give a best estimate between these two numbers, despite previous IPCC reports having done so. The SFP however latched onto the fact that the range was closer to catastrophe than safety and advised accordingly.

There the story would normally rest, but in the last few days Nic Lewis (an independent researcher) and Professor Judith Curry (a climatologist) have published a paper that puts the IPCC in one hell of a judo hold. They have taken the IPCC’s own data and methods and calculated what that crucial ‘best estimate’ should have been. To cut to the chase, it comes in at 1.33°C, with a 95% chance it is less than 2.5°C.

Oops. It appears that those of us who think that man-made CO2 will cause some warming, but almost certainly not anything remotely dangerous, were probably right all along."

"...The most important thing about the paper for me isn’t that it advances our scientific understanding of the climate (for it doesn’t), but that it provides a carrot for both scientists and politicians. I’ve said before that political attitudes to global warming will only change once there is a large enough body of scientific evidence out there for politicians to justify really ditching all the ‘green crap’. And this paper is a milestone in creating just such a body of evidence. It’s a big, fat, juicy carrot, dangling in full view of anyone who needs a reason to moderate their stance on the issue. "

"...That there is movement afoot in the scientific community has recently been shown by an opinion piece published in the Wall Street Journal entitled ‘Climate Science is not Settled.’ It is written by Steven Koonin, a theoretical physicist who is chairing the American Physical Society’s review of their public policy statement on global warming. Given that the previous APS statement on the topic claimed that “The evidence is incontrovertible: Global warming is occurring,” the mere title of the new article shows just how much the ground is shifting."

Yes. It's 'settled'. President Obama has said so. Just the guy you want in your corner. By now, it should be pretty obvious to any person with their heads adjusted properly Obama would sell his mother to the Koch brothers if it meant saving his own butt. A guy who can't even be bothered to sit in on intelligence briefings (remember kids: Spies collect, intelligence officers interpret, the President decides. You can't decide if you have no information because you don't show up. And when that happens, you blame it all on faulty intelligence and point the finger elsewhere) because he probably thinks in his head he has all things figured out.

If you are the company you keep, then you are the people you support on issues. And as time goes on, even the great global warming scare will leave many people truly hot and red faced. Now that's human warming I can understand!

*note. I was not paid by big oil to publish this post.

Steyn Cross Checks Mann

Steyn's fight against Michael E. Mann continues.

Mann is a brutish bully. That hockey stick should be used to cross check him.

I agree he's neither for science or freedom of speech. He's just about himself. As are most discredited alarmists.

Canada A Wireless Embarrassment

Go fuck yourself Telus. 

Canadians are royally screwed when it comes to true free market pricing in the wireless industry.

"Canada should heed the lessons learned in Europe about adopting rules intended to keep wireless prices low, the former head of Austria's telecom regulator has told the CRTC.

European companies are now living with the unintended consequences of stimulating increased competition to keep consumers happy, Georg Serentschy said as hearings continued Tuesday into the 
health of Canada's wholesale wireless market.

Forcing lower prices in the short term, he said, has resulted in Europe having among the slowest and least reliable wireless networks in the industrialized world.

"Europe's telecoms industry — and its entire digital ecosystem — is suffering because over the last two decades European telecom regulators have created rules intended to keep wireless prices low by stimulating increased competition," said Serentschy."

Cry me a river.

And? Things are that much better with them gouging consumers?

"I encourage Canada's regulator not to recycle Europe's failed policies, but rather to learn from them," he added.

Read between the lines: Please maintain our monopoly, wink.

I can't believe what I was reading. A bunch of monopolistic businessmen feeding off the regulatory gibberish of the CRTC using scare tactics to maintain their cronyism.

Don't need a 4th carrier? Why? Because they said so? How would we know if we don't let the market decided? I would much rather that than listen to a bunch of top men controlling things like a bunch of commie Dukes.

All they're doing is making sure no one comes in and potentially kicks their ass.

And really. It's the first time I hear of Canada being a 'world leader' in wireless. Europe has always been the leader and suddenly we are #1? Don't buy it. Canada, like most anything we do, is  A LAGGARD in this industry. Mostly because of this crap we read in the article. Monopolies don't provide better service or pricing for consumers. They ensure they keep their piece of the pie. Nothing else.

The arrogance of this folks.

Exchange Of The Day

I love this exchange from The Star Tribune (I lost the link):

wardnjuneSep. 30, 14
1:44 PM
@halfabubble It might make sense to you if you lived in a coastal state. Florida has a huge problem with plastic bags ending up in their waterways, clogging their drainage systems and causing serious back-ups and flooding.

One of the most serious threats to our oceans is plastics pollution. Plastic constitutes approximately 90% of all trash floating on the ocean’s surface, with 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile. Dwell on that.

moretaxesnowSep. 30, 14
2:50 PM
@wardnjune There are 27,878,400 square feet per square mile. Dwell on that.

Will they? That's a mighty big number for some to grasp. 

Finland Criticizes Moscow Aggression

Pic Of The Day


It's a vicious cycle. Cops feel threatened by people, they get bigger, better, badder toys to use against the people and then wonder why they don't get respect, or worse, are hated.

Stuff like this should make anyone's blood boil.

Screw that irresponsible and depraved cop.

Is That A Bus?

By now, if that 60 Minutes interview with Obama didn't sway undecided voters away from the Democrats for November nothing will. Man, is there no one this President will not throw under the bus? This time it was the entire intelligence community under the supremely incompetent James Clapper (Clap on, Clap off!).

I'm sorry. Are you NOT the President?

Mister The Buck Stops Here is Mr. I Didn't Do It.


It's become almost impossible to listen to the President speak.

For example.

Take this gem on the economy. Apparently, the only way to get the economy moving again with a specific focus on getting wages up is to A) increase the minimum wage, B) equal pay (pay equity if you're a snob) for women and C) infrastructure projects.

That's the ticket. Magic! Superficially force it up! Profit margins? What's that?

That's it. That's his idea. Notice all government initiatives with some coercive strong arming for the private sector.

All (cracked or not) roads to success run through the bureaucracy.

Nothing on how real wealth can only be created and generated by the private sector.


The World Ends At Scandinavia

Sweden 'most successful society' in world history?

You know, being a history buff and all (I even have a degree!) and having maintained a keen interest in all things the past, many things have come and gone from this remedial mind but concluding Sweden is what Toynbee claims was never one of them.

It's a ridiculous assertion.

It only works when you accept her (left-wing) criteria (as well as conveniently over looking any negatives) and even then I don't know how you can arrive at that conclusion.

Sandy Hook Advisory Panel Unfairly And Unjustifiably Targets Homeschooling

Let's file this under 'scapegoating'.

And the recommendations are a laughable joke. All they're doing is finally taking advantage of the situation to attack something they don't like or understand.

I understand the bureaucracy and government have a problem with people exercising their free will (and in the case of vouchers, choices) but even by their standards this strikes me as utterly ignorant even by their standards - which isn't very high.

By their logic, we should further scrutinize the public system whenever a shooting takes place because the majority of killers aren't homeschooled at all but come from, you guessed it, the public school system.

Sandy Hook had nothing to do with homeschooling. Even if Lanza went to public school what exactly would have changed? To single it out is most unfortunate and a classic example of a modern day witch hunt.

California Sex Assault Law Will Bring Destructive Unintended Consequences

California, continuing it's slow descent into madness,  basing its sex laws on flimsy evidence and poorly researched data.

I see many lives being ruined for nothing in the future.

The government now in the bedrooms?

The Silence Is Deafening

Ryan Lizza of the New Yorker tweeted, "Countries bombed: Obama 7, Bush 4."

He's just trying to fix Bush's mess.

I don't know what Politifact needed as proof. One needs only to, you know, pay attention to know it's accurate.


The Nobel Peace Prize winner can't catch a break.

"On CNN’s State of the Union, political commentator LZ Granderson said Obama is losing favor among his base because of his recent foreign policy decisions. In 2008, Obama supporters were tired of the wars started under Bush and were hoping that a new president would bring them to a close.

"They voted for him because he was supposed to end these wars and stop bombing people," Granderson said. "And when you look at the raw numbers, three times as much Special Forces were used than ‘W.’, twice as many strikes (on) countries that are predominantly Muslim. Those were not the numbers that his staunch progressive base voted for."

Yet, he goes on 60 Minutes and tells the American people he under estimated ISIS.

If this isn't the definition of trigger-happy neo-con, I don't know what is.


Telling The CRTC To Go Fly A Kite

"Though this seems minor, if we don’t handle the minor things, theycan unfortunately escalate into major things down the road," hesaid.

Unfortunately, this is the rule rather than the exception in how bureaucrats and other people in position of power and influence rule.

Even if there is no rational reason to think this way. It's a kind of a grotesque slippery slope line of thinking. It becomes much easier to predict a slippery slope when bad policy is enacted based on flimsy and faulty evidence and thinking.

Again. To me, the classic is the war on cigarettes. It was never supposed to come this far. We assured the government and activists would never attempt to ban it in private spheres. Yet. Here we are.

It will be the same with food. They've already begun their 'war' on sugar and salt.

If you think it will stop at 'sized' drinks and limiting quantities of salt in restaurants you're, once again, mistaken. We're like an abused spouse who can't come to the realization it's no good. 


Stench Of Murder And Misery

Or blood.

Cuban company creates Che Guevera cologne.

As an aside, commie Cuba allows for companies to form?

Porn For The Blind

I love technology.

Mark this down, the only thing that would ever solve any environmental problem is technology innovated in the free-market and nothing else.

It certainly won't be figured out by the system change cult.

Green My Ass


Tea And Coffee Consumption

More maps.

Couple of quick thoughts. The UK is the only country in Europe where tea prevails. Australia, as part of the Commonwealth also drinks more tea but not so in Canada where coffee rules.

Natural enough I reckon that our diet is closer to the U.S. given our proximity and reality of our intricate and intertwined economies.

In South America, curiously Chile and Bolivia consume more tea.

Autonomous Aspirations

Active separatist movements in Europe in a map.

For what it's worth, I don't believe Padonia or Catalan - when push came to shove - would leave their respective countries as well as those regions in the UK.

Man Versus Nature Fallacy

Man versus Nature black or white, appeal to nature fallacies are really stupid and reached peak stupid during that climate system change rally in New York City.

It's no contest. Little or nothing man does is irreversible or forever. Man is a piece of shit next to Mother Nature. Plants, for example, have shown to be every bit as unique and complex as man building cities and nations.

Nature will always win.

This is part of the reality environmentalists don't seem to want to come to terms with. You can come up with all the inefficient, regressive laws in the world and they would do absolutely jack shit to solve or fix whatever they feel ails nature.

Entropy means little to people.

Earth has been around about 4.5 billion years
Complex multicellular life is not even a billion years old and somehow we're the problem?

Quote Of The Day

Ha, ha:

“If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there'd be a shortage of sand.”

Milton Friedman.

Honorable People

I think I'm gonna sarcastically start a segment called 'Honorable People'. It will not discriminate. Whoever I think is a douche will make the cut.

Let's start with this story out of Philadelphia with one Kathryn Knott.


Stats Corner

Haven't done this bit in a while.

I was looking at Canada's Olympic Ice Hockey record.

Canada has won 13 gold medals in men's and women's hockey against principally two countries: Sweden and the United States. Nine against the USA, three against Sweden and one against Czechoslovakia.

Of the three gold medals won by the U.S., two have come against Canada.

As for the Soviet Union/Unified Team/Russia. Their eight gold medals came at the expense of five different countries.

Canada and Russia have met just once. That was back in 1992 in Albertville where the Unified Team prevailed 3-1.

Not a particularly timely post but one I wanted off my medium-sized chest.

Phrases I Hate

Well, I hate 'Investor Class' more when it's uttered by progressives.

In the right hands, say an economist or financial expert it's fine.

I imagine whenever a left-winger hears the term they think of a multi-millionaire old man chomping on a cigar and sipping bourbon laughing heartily while sending orphans to the diamond minds or to produce monocles in a sweatshop.

But the investor class is more than that. It's you and me. Sure there are degrees of investing determined by means. The person who saves more has access to more capital and in theory can invest more.

Nonetheless, at anytime anyone can become an investor.

You're an investor and you probably don't realize it. If you have a pension, the company invests your money on your behalf in, say, stocks or mutual funds.

An investor can simultaneously own a business and earn a modest salary. They are not mutually exclusive.

So by all means. Demonize the 'investor class'. Just recall when you do, you're shooting yourself in the foot just like calls for taxing capital gains and dividends retard your chances of building wealth for you and your family.

Fall Of The West Reason 6778383333

My Stance On Global Warming

Interviewer: What would you do to fight global warming?
T.C.: Two words: Air. Conditioners.

/Grin and winks.


Capitalism Cake

From weavingthepast.

Laugh. There are some who walk among us who believe this. Why, they even vote.

"Fuck PETA"

I've managed to work the word 'fuck' twice in one day in my titles!


Never heard of Tagaq but I like her already:

"F--k PETA," Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq declared as she claimed the 2014 Polaris Prize in Toronto on Monday night.

The musician from Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, used her victory to encourage hipsters to make eating and wearing seal trendy.

"People should wear and eat seal as much as possible, because if you imagine an indigenous culture thriving and surviving on a sustainable resource, wearing seal and eating it, it's delicious and there's lots of them and f--- PETA," Tagaq said.

PETA specifically opposes the East Coast seal hunt, and has lobbied on behalf of the European Union ban that makes an exception for indigenous hunters
Inuit leaders, however, have spoken out against the ban and affiliated campaigns, claiming they stigmatize all people who hunt and harvest the animal.

Tagaq also made waves with her pro-seal activism in April when she contributed to the Inuit-led social media movement of posting "sealfies" with an image of a baby next to a dead seal.

Title Of Day

The Perpetually Aggrieved: Get Over Yourselves

The more you assuage the less they're pleased:

"These include an aboriginal band that was scheduled to play at Saturday’s public gala, but backed out at the last minute — apparently because its members didn’t like the museum’s portrayal of Canadian indigenous issues. The Manitoba Métis Federation decided to boycott the museum because the gala organizers rejected their suggested Métis musical act. Arab Canadian protestors told National Post reporter Joseph Brean that the museum didn’t have enough information about the Palestinians. (On Sunday, a Quebec man named Pete Kirby was campaigning to have Israel’s war against Hamas included in the museum — because of the suffering endured by Gazan civilians.) James Kafieh, an Ontario lawyer and chair of an anti-museum group called Canadians for Genocide Education is protesting the museum on the basis that it was built on “stolen” (i.e. aboriginal) land, and elevates one atrocity (the Holocaust) over all others, in pursuit of what he calls an “emotionally manipulative indoctrination.”

Then there is the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, which has been protesting the Canadian Museum For Human Rights for a decade. Lubomyr Luciuk, who wants Canadians to boycott the museum, calls it “an Olympics of genocide.” He doesn’t like that the Jews get the gold, the Ukrainians a mere bronze."

We're still waiting on Quebec to chime in.

It's all getting so dated and tiresome.

How about this: No one gets a party hat. Now get lost!

Assume The Position

New York Times intellectualism via David Brooks: 

"It's important in times like these to step back and get clarity. The truest thing to say is this: We are living in an amazingly fortunate time. But we also happen to be living during a leadership crisis, and a time when few people have faith in elites to govern from the top. We live in a vibrant society that is not being led.

We don’t suffer from an abuse of power as much as a nonuse of power. It’s been years since a major piece of legislation was passed, and there’s little prospect that one will get passed in the next two.
This leadership crisis is eminently solvable. First, we need to get over the childish notion that we don’t need a responsible leadership class, that power can be wielded directly by the people. America was governed best when it was governed by a porous, self-conscious and responsible elite — during the American revolution, for example, or during and after World War II. Karl Marx and Ted Cruz may believe that power can be wielded directly by the masses, but this has almost never happened historically."

/T.C. walking and whistling with hands in pocket. Sees Brooks. Slaps him off the side of the head. Continues on whistling 'Put on a happy face'.

Obama Attacks Syria Without Congressional Approval

And no one on the left said anything.

Netflix Tells The CRTC To Fuck Off

Hydro Quebec: Like The Mob

Hydro has been cracking down on companies demanding they pay a 'security deposit' up front to avoid late payments or delinquency.

Know what else I just heard through the grapevine they're doing?

They're telling landlords if a tenant doesn't pay the electricity bill they must pay it or risk getting power cut off.

See nothing wrong with a government owned operation doing this?


Imagine if a private enterprise - say Bell or a bank - pulling this shit.

Imagine the the public outcry and media attention.

Calls for reigning in 'teh corparashins' would be unbearable.

But Hydro is an 'extension' of the people. So. All good.

Shifting Jargon; Moving Goal Posts

Ok. Let's see. I can't keep up anymore. First, it was global warming, then it was climate change and only to be expanded to system change (because you can't change the climate without first destroying capitalism and bringing in reputable socialism) and now a UN chief chimes in with 'climate disruption'?

I haven't been this confused since Fonzie started wearing a black t-shirt.

Canada's Health System

I appreciate when people go the extra kilometer (mile) to explore the state of Canada's health care system.

Yourhealthsystem.cihi.ca goes in-depth not just measuring the overall performance of Canadian health but breaks it all the way down to specific hospitals in your region.

Until now, outside some international indices like OECD and private think-tanks like Fraser Institute, it's hard to get more information.

Here's an OECD working paper on the rising role of private health insurance.

A system based on competing primary private insurers can improve responsiveness and consumer
choice, but this will come at increased cost. Where private health insurance is primary for certain
population groups, ensuring access to affordable coverage will be an important policy
Conclusion? Private gives choice!

/all look around in shock.


Climate Change Week

The Consensus on the consensus.

No doubt he's on big oil's pay roll.


My take on Harper's position on Kyoto and climate  system change?

It's the sensible and practical way to go given Canada is a resource based economy. Canada already has strong environmental standards in place and tying our economy to the UN's conditions is not responsible governance. Harper is heavily criticized for this but he's on the right side of this increasingly shrill and discredited debate.

Australia tells a cautionary tale when a resource based economy decides to go green. And Germany, once dedicated to the cause, completely reversed direction because of the destruction green policies were heaping on the economy. Add that the United States, India and China have and will not sign, it makes little sense for our economy - a branch plant American one depended on the U.S. (and to a lesser extent Chinese) - to join Kyoto.

Perhaps there are fair criticisms to be directed at the Harper government, but jumping on Kyoto is not one of them.

Not About Climate Change Anymore

It's system change.

Jesus, can these idiots be anymore predictable? We all knew - the sober ones anyway - climate change had little to do with the environment and everything to do with control.

More to the point, it's nothing but an anti-capitalist movement filled with the usual left-wing buffoons in its ranks.

Their jargon, their thought process (if you could call it that), their position all amount to nothing more than the same, dated socialist ideals that has given to so many state-sanctioned murders.

That 300 000 (and I wouldn't be surprised if the number isn't that high) marched to protest climate-system change only points to the malaise we face in terms of deep-rooted, insecure, irrational fears that exists on the left.

The party of rationalism my ass. Like these people care the policies they support lead to the deaths of people. Of course not. They don't see the path of destruction they leave behind.

Lord. These are the people who will usher in a new 'system'?

Learn to dig a moat and raise a private army because they'll come for blood.

Canada's 'Greatest Canadian'

Canadians love - just love to make fun of American ignorance. I like to counter best to focus on your own back yard.

Case in point, Canadians insidiously voting Tommy Douglas the 'greatest Canadian' during a CBC poll a few years ago.

Such is the obsessive grip universal health continues to have on our minds. To the point we name the guy who set it up as the best Canadian.


Douglas was a eugenicist.

File under 'More proof progressives white wash history and love nasty people'.

Clorox Does Sane Thing; Leaves Socialist Paradise

Clorox pulls out of Venezuela because of 'government restrictions, supply disruptions'.

No shit.

Why would any business or free thinking mind put up with the recent commie crap going on there?

Music To My Ears

The fear of Uber is spreading to Montreal. Competition tends to do that to monopolies.

'Uber defie la loi' screamed the headlines in Le Journal de Montreal. 'Uber defies the law.'


Anytime the free markets good smash or challenge the permit racket I'm all for it.

Radical Islam: Not Insignificant Numbers

I keep hearing about how radical Islam represent a small fraction of the overall Islamic population.

To any astute observer of history, lemme summarize: Duh.

The 'small minority' or the 'vocal few' or however you want to describe it have always caused the biggest ruckus and sometimes crimes against humanity. The 'silent majority' though likely peaceful generally get ransacked and over run by a bunch of sociopaths or psychopaths. See Soviet Russia, Mao China, Nazi Germany, Castro's Cuba and North Korea for example.

It's no different with radical Islam.

Math time!

There are 1.6 billion Muslims in the world. It's been estimated by Interpol and the CIA anywhere between 20-25% of Muslims are radicalized and prepared to join terrorist organizations.

Let's use the lower-end of those estimates. This means there are possibly 320 million members of the 'religion of peace' ready to fight for jihad. That's bigger than any nation in the West including the United States.

By contrast, there are about 2.1 billion Christians (according to Wiki). How many of them blow themselves up again? This is why moral relativists who attempt to equate Christianity with radical Islam with strawman logic can suck on a lemon. Same with Hinduism. I don't see too many of the estimated 1 billion Hindi (or Buddhists for that matter) strapping explosives to their chests in an attempt to set up some irrational Caliphate in the West.

It really gets bizarre when you bring in Judaism - the Jooooos! According to the politically correct, progressives and other assortment of morally challenged individuals who can't see beyond their clouded judgment, 14 million Jews - of which six million in a tiny strip of land surrounded by hundreds of millions hostile Arabs and Iranians ready to 'throw them into the Sea' - are the source of all the madness.

If only the Jooooos would stop their settlements!

/points to statistics box.

Sorry pal, even if Israel would go full blown isolationist, you'd still have a gigantic radical Islam problem.

When you consult the numbers, one should quickly dismiss any notions of racism directed against Muslims. Indeed, jihadists are open about their designs - just like Hitler was if anyone bothered to either read his book or take him seriously instead of appeasing him. Yet here we are doing the exact same thing. It doesn't help the United States has a leader who isn't entirely convinced he needs to destroy Islamists or Western governments - save a few sober ones like Poland - so far up the political correctness ass, they can barely defend themselves from within it seems.

So be it.

As history dictates, all it takes is a few to murder on a grand scale.


Mine, Mine, Mine

Weird story involving FIFA, Platini, watches and ethics.

FIFA and the NFL.

Two peas in a pod.

Everyone's doing it!

The Feeling Is Mutual

I find this fascinating though not surprising. 

The thing I find most intriguing about bureaucrats holding hostile views of the people is A) they freely joined the public service to serve, you know, the fucking people and B) who do they think pays their salaries and pensions often more generous than the the taxpayers they hold in contempt?

Put it to you another way. If people don't work and produce, there's no money to pay civil servants since government doesn't produce anything.

Lord, Lord, Lord.

Songs Banned By The BBC

Remember kids, the BBC is not a right-wing extremist organization.

It's a public broadcaster looking out for your best interest.


A Natural Alliance

"The Flying Inn is a novel first published in 1914 by G. K. Chesterton. It is set in a future England where the Temperance movement has allowed a bizarre form of "Progressive" Islam to dominate the political and social life of the country. Because of this, alcohol sales to the poor are effectively prohibited, while the rich can get alcoholic drinks "under a medical certificate". The plot centres on the adventures of Humphrey Pump and Captain Patrick Dalroy, who roam the country in their cart with a barrel of rum in an attempt to evade Prohibition, exploiting loopholes in the law to temporarily prevent the police taking action against them. Eventually the heroes and their followers foil an attempted coup by an Islamic military force.

How's that for prescient?

Sounds familiar doesn't it? Progressives love to ban things - for the children.

Socialists aligning with radical Islam? J'amais!

Seems like a atural fit.


Today both the President of the United States and the Commissioner of the NFL Roger Goodell spoke at conferences.

Guess which one the networks - every single one of them - aired?

Do I really have to tell you?


That's how powerful the NFL is.

Mr. Lead From Behind

Heard on the radio medical experts regarding the ebola outbreak in Africa say Obama sending in troops to fight it was too late.

Another example of the President leading from behind. He never seems to be ahead of the game.

"The polls are not coming in fast enough!"

Creepy Clemson

Scratch Clemson off the list for my daughter.

"Clemson is requiring students and faculty to complete an online course through a third party website that asks invasive questions about sexual history."

I'm sure the Feds somehow have a part in this on some level.

When Biden Strikes

When The Law Fails

I really hope there's a special place in hell for prosecutors and law enforcement officials who are supposed to find the truth and protect the public do the opposite in an effort to further their careers.

“The whole case rests on the confessions,” Britt said, “and the DNA evidence threw those confessions under the bus.”

I find it hard to believe Johnson Britt didn't know the methods probably used in getting confessions out of mentally challenged people were questionable to begin with. 

They all know they're throwing innocent people in prison. On death row no less.

May they rot in hell.

On this story alone one can easily conclude it's best to abolish the death penalty. Humans are wretched creatures on either side.

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/08/30/4105707_on-death-row-tormented-by-watching.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

Morally Detached Progressives

If progressives can point to me of a planned, systematic genocide of Palestinians by Israelis in the manner witnessed and PROVEN under Nazis who hideously orchestrated one of the most evil and hyper-organized ring of murder in world history, I'd like to hear it.


I'm fucking listening.

In the annals of history, Palestinians have not suffered like Jews have through out history. In just six little years we stared straight into the eyes of EVIL and these clowns are gonna tell me Israel is comparable to Nazi Germany? How sufficiently morally and intellectually bankrupt are people?

And Elizabeth Warren. What a piece of disingenuous work this faux-Native, pseudo-intellectual figment of the left-wing cult she is.

But it's all standard thinking among progressives. Same thing up here too. I doubt you'd find too many in the Liberal or NDP (Trudeau and Mulcair included) parties who wouldn't agree with the idiots in the link.

Plot To Attack Australian Parliament Uncovered.

Scary stuff in Australia.

No one is safe with ISIS I'm afraid. They've made clear their desire to export their violence.

Is Canada prepared?

I'm not so sure.

It's In The DNA

Having fun with the other side:

I see Democrats continue to get in touch with their roots.

The more they scream the other side is extreme, racist and anti-science etc., the more they show their own true colors.

Too funny.

Quebec Nationalism Dated And Boring

It's amusing as well as irritating to have to listen to Quebecois nationalists weigh in on Scotland and what it may or may not mean for its own romantic aspirations.

What more, these are the same people who react with indignant horror when Canadians dare to get involved whenever Quebec throws a tantrum threatening to leave Confederation yet have no qualms doing the same in Scotland.

Canadians have a right to speak, since you know, it's their country. What nationalists in Quebec have in Scotland to permit them the privilege of bestowing their words of wisdom on another country I don't quite comprehend.

Over rate their views much?

We saw on the world stage just how insignificant Quebecois nationalism really is.

And Quebec PQ/QS Have A Sad

Scotland votes to stay within the United Kingdom.

For strictly selfish reasons, it's good or else it would have given the boobs here too much false hope.

I imagine Scots calculated, like rational Quebecers here, the trade-off just isn't worth the head-ache of breaking off.

Realistic considerations prevails over emotion.


To Toll Or Not To Toll

Heard these priceless gems on a morning radio show discussing whether we should have tolls on the Champlain Bridge - that marvel of Canadian engineering: 

Texter: -The rich will get to expense the costs.

Yeah, yeah. Kill the rich - or at least have them pay their fair share. 50% taxes isn't enough.

Anyway. You don't have to be 'rich' to expense anything. If you're self-employed and earn a modest living you can, say, claim gas expenses.

Further proof people play the poor part out of sheer ignorance.

This shit is more dangerous than ebola.

Hang on, it gets better:

On private bridges: "I don't want tolls at the mercy of corporations setting prices."

This is a marvel of derp. Right. Government doesn't bloat prices through inefficiencies and labor. Worse, we never get to see the true price since there's no transparency so we can't even measure the validity of the statement if we wanted to. Government prices is an article of faith I guess. It just pops up and presto! $6 for the Pennsylvania Turnpike! $13 NY/NJ!

Companies have an incentive to keep costs and prices down. It's a basic, elementary business principle. She makes it sound as if the company running the bridge will arbitrarily set a price without considering market forces. Government has no incentive to consider this. NONE.

Worse than ebola I tell ya.

And then this piece de resistance from the resident socialist:

I'm not sure I can make any sense of it but it went something like "I went to Florida. Florida has no taxes. Florida has extreme poverty. No civilization." 

That's standard Canadian nationalist gibberish.

Seeing is believing, eh? Never mind you don't see poverty.

You measure it.

Ebola? Pft.

Should I Stay Or Should I go?

Britain, desperate, is starting to bribe Scotland by throwing free shit at it.

That the UK has lost its luster and balls is pretty clear, but that's sad and reminiscent of the Quebec/Canada issue. When Quebec starts to rail, Canada comes with a bag of goodies.

Both Scotland and Quebec are dependent regions with strong left-wing bents (which is particularly disheartening in the case of Scotland given its contribution to classical liberalism during The Enlightenment) incapable of going on their own.

Best both realize they're NOT Scandinavia.

But what do the political masters (and those connected from intellectual circles) care? They're gonna profit from the scam.

Nonetheless, I'm torn whenever people or regions want to go on their own. What can be more 'free' than exercising their rights of determination? But in these cases, the cons outweigh the pros in my view and is driven less in rationalism and more in emotion.

Bureaucrats Hold The Power

Next time you hear someone babble on about 'deregulation' (still don't know what that means) and the need for more regulations (for civilization's sake) have them watch this. There IS NO FREE MARKET. It's freeish but go out and try and innovate.

You can't without going through them first and that's a huge problem.

The government is fully capable of destroying lives. If it wants its money and wants to show who is in control the pencil pushing bureaucrat with its guaranteed salary and pension doesn't care if it shuts you down so long as it gets its cut.

They're more ruthless than the mob.*

That's the plain truth.

The other day on the radio (CJAD''s 'Gang of Four') I was sickened listening to a bunch of talking heads call for more taxes and regulations on, like everything.  They were talking as if Quebec is Hong Kong when in fact we're closer to a socialist model. Imagine. It's Quebec where the state pretty much controls the plot either through cronyism (which we excel at) or schemes like issuing permits (all I get all day long is propaganda and letters from various government agencies. I swear if I close my eyes it's 1917 Moscow) and they WANT MORE INTERFERENCE.  It was asinine. Only the host showed any sense of sober thought. 

*Loansharking is illegal particularly the interest they charge. If you're late with a government payment go look at the interest and penalties they charge. It's obscene.


What Do I Think About The NFL?

I think the league and some teams could use a real consegliere.

Like Tom Hagen.

Feynman On Science

"You cannot prove a vague theory wrong. If the guess you make is poorly expressed and rather vague and the method you use figure out the consequences are vague... then you see that theory is good because it can't be proven wrong. If the process of computing the consequences is indefinite, then with a little skill any experimental result can be made to look like an expected consequence." 

 Richard Feynman. 

Vague theories make big bucks because it scares the shit out of people.

1984 Is Here

It's not 'coming'. It has arrived. Like 30 years ago. Hello.

The government has more power than any corporation could ever dream or imagine.

Plus it has all the guns.

But worry not. It's all for the children.


Ontario Attacks Human Liberty

Ontario going full blown tyrannical:

"Peer support groups, religious mentors, and even help from friends all depend on the constitutional right to freedom of assembly, freedom of association and freedom of speech. These rights are spelled out in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in Canada’s supreme law, the Constitution. But these rights may end in Ontario and require the closure of self-help and peer support groups, or place them under the control of a government agency. Interactions for purposes of guidance could net a cleric, pastor or helpful friend a fine of up to $25,000 for a first offence. Clerics who are unable to pay the $25,000 fine for having provided spiritual guidance to individuals who experience emotional or spiritual distress may find themselves delivering their sermons from jail cells or seeing their congregations disbanded."

Remind me who are the 'extremists' again in this plot?

Coercion and violence.

The natural default position of the state.

"The government of Ontario is in the process of granting a monopoly to a politically selected group of people, the Ontario College of Psychotherapy, whose members will have a province-wide monopoly to treat “an individual’s serious disorder of thought, cognition, mood, emotional regulation, perception or memory [that] may seriously impair the individual’s judgment, insight, behaviour, communication or social functioning.” Membership in the college will be restricted to persons holding master’s degrees. Ontario plans to proclaim the College of Psychotherapy into law sometime this fall."

Naturally. Government excels at handing over monopolies of power to one group of people to hold over others.


And women.

"The officials at Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long Term Care who are forming Ontario’s College of Psychotherapy may invoke the notwithstanding clause to bypass statutes in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms that assure citizens the freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of speech. Totalitarian and police states intimidate citizens into restraining their verbal communication under threat of possible prosecution, allegedly for the greater good of the society. Ontario appears to be getting ready to enforce the standards of a totalitarian state by retraining citizens’ freedom of speech in helping fellow citizens emotionally and spiritually."

This is frightening shit. This is not Russia. It's Canada. One of the most boastful and insecure nations around. 

True north strong and...free.

Canadian intellectuals laud the notwithstanding clause as some form of brilliant idea.

On the contrary, it's a hideous piece of junk conceived by pathetic, petty and insecure minds.

I loathe this aspect of Canada's Charter.

In essence, we DO NOT HAVE LIBERTY. How can we if a clause can be used to 'revoke' it?

The most patriotic thing a Canadian can do is assert their individual rights. It's not an extreme position. It's a human right.

Alas, as often been said, we're too apathetic and invested in the socialist-democratic experiment to care or even be aware of the fact we have no rights when you get right down to it.

Climate Change Sees Bogeyman Everywhere

"Climate change poses threats to India beyond the sphere of environment as passages opened up by the melting snows in the northern Himalayas could be used by terrorists to infiltrate into the country, eminent environmentalist R.K. Pachauri said here Saturday.

“Melting snows in the north open up passages for terrorists. The melting glaciers will affect water supply in the subcontinent’s northern part, thus sharpening the possibility of conflict with our neighbours,” Pachauri said.

Pachauri, who served as chairman of the Nobel winner Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), was speaking at the convocation ceremony at the Military College of Telecommunication Engineering here.

“Our defence forces might find themselves torn between humanitarian relief operations and guarding our borders against climate refugees, as rising sea-levels swamp low-lying areas, forcing millions of climate refugees across India’s border,” Pachauri said.

“Changing rainfall patterns affect rainfed agriculture, worsening poverty which can be exploited by others,” he said.


Gatekeepers Gonna Gatekeep

Was listening to The Herd with Colin Cowherd on ESPN sirius radio last week on the topic was, of Ray Rice and how the NFL handled of the incident.

At the time, Cowherd caught my ears when he zeroed in on the calls from some people asking Roger Goodell to resign and that somehow 'wanting to get people fired' is want 'bloggers do.'

Citation needed because I don't know of any reputable blog that explicitly says it does this. It may 'encourage' it by 'outing' information about athletes but if the athlete or executive are doing things they shouldn't be doing then what's the problem? Cowherd makes it sound as if bloggers are a bunch of runaway misfits out to 'get people.'

Er, in case you haven't noticed, the media does this all the time. For example, a rush to judgment before all facts are in is not a problem among bloggers. Shoot, in fact, I've seen blogs treat facts far ore responsibly than the media. Many stories that get confused often originate from the media and not bloggers. Think Duke Lacrosse. Media sensationalizes; not blogs. And don't fricken get me going on the steroids in baseball story. For me, that was the epitome of baseball writers to invested in their 'access' to tackle the issue. It was bloggers who shone a light on it.

Now. It's not the first time Cowherd goes after blogs (he did it again today) and he's certainly not the only one so it's par for the course another 'gatekeeper' makes this argument. Costas and Wilbon have put in their licks as well.

Problem is, I haven't heard or read blogs call for a resignation in Rice's cases incident. In fact, most of it is coming from organizations like the National Coalition for Women. Moreover, I could have sworn I've heard a few radio personalities do the same. 'He should resign' are three words you hear from pundits on TV and radio all the time.

Why he chooses to single blogs out is a bit of mystery. Right. Cowherd holds the tired generalization of bloggers living in the mother's basement in pajamas.

So 1999.

I don't know where Cowherd has been or what he's reading, but in case he hasn't noticed, blogs revolutionized journalism - and for the better. They offer a whole new dimension and perspectives on sports. Why should it be in the hands of the 'gatekeepers'? There are many great writers and blogging permits them an outlet to express their views. Shoot, a few of them, dare I say, are better than half the crap I read at ESPN. And they're not in their pajamas! They wear pants!

Furthermore, inherent in Cowherd's argument is journalists and ESPN are free from statistical errors and bias. 

Nonsense. ESPN is atrocious on matters of stats. I find way too many mistakes in the soccer section of the site alone.

That being said, Fire Colin Cowherd!

I'm joking.

I kid.

Now where are my pajamas?


NYT: Reversing A Myth They Pimped

The New York Times spends a lot of energy advocating all sorts of state control initiatives. Reading the NYT is a form of soft and subtle indoctrination given it's not only positioned as the paper of record but a news outlet perceived to be the voice of 'reason' and 'facts' in the face of an irrational world. The NYT is where its readers go in search of much needed perspectives.

Yet, its roster - outside of a couple of writers - is anything but a commitment to ideas. Its biggest writers from Friedman, to Krugman to Dowd and Brooks (who recently surprisingly described Obama as a 'reluctant warrior' on PBS) - are just your mundane run of the mill defense of progressive liberal ideals. If you're a 'think outside the box' sorta person, you kinda scratch your head at them. If you're already set in the progressive agenda, they speak truth to power.

The whole gun control debate during the Obama administration has been marked with all sorts of misleading information and downright silliness. The deliberate grouping of guns into one gigantic basket of goods and models, the excessive and sometimes irrational attacks on the NRA (and by extension Koch brothers), the misuse of statistics on deaths by firearms, and the general overall tone of manufactured sheer fear against the rights of man who choose to be armed. The fear went as far as showing pictures of rifles - regardless of genre - as scary 'assault rifle' as if they're all machine guns.

This illogical fear has gone to the point of the left attacking (and I argue engaging in mental gymnastics) the 2nd amendment.*

To people who are able to catch the deliberate appeal to emotion, a simple investigation would have put an end to it as they would learn guns are not a monolithic product. Yet, the media ran with it because the public at large is ignorant. And when you're ignorant nothing rallies the mob more than emotion.

Then, once they lay waste to the collective playing on their emotions explaining they need more control for their own good, they pull this.

"The Assault Weapon Myth"

Recall, they were the cheerleaders for more gun control using the very opposite argument to push the agenda.

*The Democrat party and its extreme left-wing arm, even VOTED on an amendment on the 1st amendment. I don't see anything on the right that comes close to attacking liberty like we do on the left. It's not even close the spread between the statists who want to control large parts of the lives of Americans and the rest.



"By winning the World Cup, we didn’t change the world, we didn’t bring down the price of bread. It was a lovely thought that football players can solve people’s problems; I wish we could. We’d all be better off."

Diego Maradona 


On Second Thought

 Nobel Committee regrets giving Peace Prize to  Obama.

No shit, Einsteins.

They just were too busy stroking it to the silly notion of Obama's promise like a bunch of school children. That and they were dying to make a point about Dubya.

If Obama had any dignity, he wouldn't have accepted it in the first place.

A simple, humble thanks but no thanks would have been more than appropriate. A wise man would have understood his job would have taken him places he did not want to go.

Nevertheless, Obama is still less nauseating than some of the other douches - like Arafat - who got one.

Who are these people giving out these prizes?

Braddeck Pharmacist Moonlights As Dietary Alchemist

Derp in Braddeck, NS:

"Refined sugar is almost as addictive as some street drugs. It starts at an early age." 

Wasn't there a study that just debunked this notion? Why, I think I even posted it on this blog not too long ago. 

He said his pharmacy does a lot of one-on-one consultations that end up veering into giving nutritional advice to patients.

"Just about every conversation led to, 'Please don't drink pop.' Juice is, the sugar in it is, not the healthy thing you've been made to believe your whole life. So as they're leaving the store they're walking past the coolers and the juice," MacKenzie said. 

Juice is not healthy? Because sugar? He's giving diet advice? 

The pharmacist said he had been thinking about pulling the drinks for the past four to six months. He hopes the move will educate frighten and misinform customers. 


"I don't think I'm going to stop people. 

Nice observation on his part.

They can go a block and get a drink of pop, you can go anywhere and get some juice or pop. I don't think I can bar people from drinking. 

He doesn't 'think' he can implies he's looking for ways to do so. He really has a fetish for control. 

It's just the act of doing this will hopefully spur them into thinking, 'OK, there is something wrong with this,'" he said.

MacKenzie stresses the move is personal and he understands many other pharmacies have different business models.

Sugar intake should be cut, says foundation

"If government wanted to look at it, that would be awesome," he said. 

It. Would. Be. So. AWESOME! Mo MMMM ents! Mind. BLOWN!

Naturally. Since he doesn't think he can stop people he'll rely on the government to do that for him. To people like this, it's always about getting the government involved to fuck things up still further. Let's, you know, remove choice from people because they're too fucking stupid to make the right decisions this dope feels is appropriate. I'm sure other pharmacists appreciate his invitation to bring bureaucrats into their stores.

The store isn't sugar free yet."

/face palm.

Democrat Party Of The United States Knows Its Priorities

And its rather tyrannical.

One of the most outrageous attempts at curbing free speech through trying to amend the First Amendment was killed in the Senate.

It should have been executed in front of the people.

Shows how far left the Democrat party has pulled.

Oh, I see extremists alright.

As usual, comments at Reason tell a lovely story.

And just so we're clear. Liberals up here are no different when it comes to free speech. In fact, they have an upper hand given how shitty and meek our Charter is worded when it comes for our freedoms.

In the end, Canada was careful to put it in such a way that the government has final say over our rights.



Meanwhile, at the Hall of Justice...

John Kerry claims U.S. is not at war with ISIS.

He said this one day after Obama's 'we're gonna but not gonna' speech.

Question: Will Obama personally account if things don't go according to plan seeing he may bypass Congress?

I guess it can be a rhetorical question too.


Creative Juices Flow Under The Enemy

President Kill Again was written while Reagan was in office. Green Day's landmark American Idiot was penned under Bush ditto Death of a President. Left-wing musicians and artists tend to unite under Democrat leadership. They become dissidents when their guy is not in power.  Doesn't say much about their principles, no?

They suddenly go silent or become uncreative under Democrat Presidents like Clinton and Obama.

Which is interesting since they initiated force more than Reagan did.

Interesting that. 

Hydro-Quebec Dragged Into The Charbonneau Show


Like most things in Quebec and Canada, we 'discovered' Hydro lacks transparency so that there may have been collusion involving Hydro.

Wha? Public trust! Yeah? Go take a look at what Hydro is doing to businesses in the name of the 'public trust'.  But most citizens could care less because it doesn't affect their part of the 'public trust.'

It's a state-backed monopoly. Know what that means? TOP. MEN. That's what it means. It also means f-you because, no competition.

Look, the Americans! At least, we're not American!

Dead White Guys

"Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force, of the people. ... No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare."

James Madison.

Who? Him again? Well. We're just gonna hafta amend that.

In the meantime, Forward!


Progressivism Pays

 A lucrative business:

"The site Buzzfeed is the physical manifestation of progressivism transmutated into gigantic piles of cash. So is xoJane, Jezebel, any woman’s site, and even sites that were formerly the domain of men, like Cracked, Forbes, and College Humor. More sites are veering left simply because that’s where the cash is. It’s not hard to see why: the modern West has become more liberal than at any other time in history while bored citizens are wired with tablets, smartphones, and computers that need a replenishing flow of content that can be laced with advertising to enrich the media owners. Even better for those owners is the fact that we still haven’t hit a peak at much content can be consumed by your typical consumer zombie, because I’m sure you’ve noticed how all those blogs are huge even though they write about identical topics.

Maybe progressivism in the past really was about social change and equality, but the owners of these sites don’t care about anything that doesn’t give them money. Buzzfeed was recently valued at $850 million. Huffington Post was sold for $315 million three years ago. Tumblr, the most anti-intellectual and anti-science community on the internet, was sold for a staggering $1.1 billion."

It's all so ironic given their stances on various issues, n'est pas?

Study: Sugar Not Addictive

Bloomberg has a sad.

But will remain undeterred because he has the right science on his side!


New York Times Issues Correction

The paper of record.

And the gate keepers make fun of blogs?

Honest mistake! 

Words I Hate

Optics and Moderate.

These two ding-a-lings have been used quite a bit lately.

The former is just jargon while the other is just a euphemism for 'without ideas or principles.'

Fall Of The West Reason 45666888: Europe In A Scientific Dark Age; USA Goes Back To Witch Hunt Technique

"It's enough to make you choke on your marmalade. An EU watchdog says toast, that most British of breakfast delicacies, should be eaten only when it is a light yellow colour – not an appetising brown.

And heaven forbid if you prefer your toast – whisper it – burned!
The new warning from the European Food Safety Authority is designed to highlight the dangers of the chemical acrylamide, which forms in certain foods cooked at high temperatures."

European Food Safety Authority, huh.

Four words that should frighten any level-headed 'Pean. So we're clear, the acrylamide scare was dealt with, like, over 10 years ago. Like anything else, you need to consume tons of it to increase any health risks. Like tons.

Personally, I like a little burnt on my meat and toast. What I don't like is people (bureaucrats) with burnt minds trying to scare us.

Alas, we're so far up the state's ass may as well be another brick in the wall.


More and more schools are taking to 'slut shaming' girls.

Remember. These are educators who take to the streets whenever they feel threatened and babble on about caring for the children. That without public educators there's no civilization - or something to that vapid effect. These are the people in positions of authority over kids.

They're no better than witch hunters.

To call these people retarded would only insult the mentally challenged.


Nicholas Dirks: I'll Tell You What Free Speech Is

Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks can lick my asshole for penning such an atrocious attack on free speech. It's wonderfully manipulative as it is remarkably vapid in its stupidity.

Read it here with commentary.

Blah, blah (picks nose) blah, blah, bling (picks ass), blah (locks jaw, adjust ascot), blah, blah, blah. We'll tell you what free speech is.

Such is the stellar, quality minds in academia these days.

His thinking is not the exception but the rule. I heard Colin Cowherd of ESPN make a similar assertion today when he said something to the effect he's okay with government and law enforcement regulating free speech.

I don't think Colin has thought this out hard enough by following this disturbing position to its logical end.

But let me take a more blunt approach: You either have free speech or you don't.

Quote Of The Day

"The growth of the Internet will slow drastically, as the flaw in "Metcalfe's law"--which states that the number of potential connections in a network is proportional to the square of the number of participants--becomes apparent: most people have nothing to say to each other! By 2005 or so, it will become clear that the Internet's impact on the economy has been no greater than the fax machine's. "

Paul Krugman, The Red Herring (1998).

File under: I would like to have that one back.

Not quite as bad as Bob Ryan claiming Michael Jordan wasn't going to amount to anything but right up there.

If his economic predictions are this accurate everything will be okay. 

Just yet another reason A) they talk mostly out of their asses and out of place and B) they talk mostly out of their asses and know shit about the future.

Franklin Expedition Found

Putting Music To Words


Understanding Europe Through Maps

Canadian Rights

"The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the rights and freedoms set out in it subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society."

In other words, Canadians have no rights.

It's all conditional.


Won't Fool Cuba

This has got to be in my top articles for 2014 list - if I do one. Which I probably want.

The thing is, they scream they're not left-wing on college campuses. Yet, Cuba targets those schools because they ain't fools. They know that's where the progressives who are sympathetic to Cuba are.

Useful idiots.

FBI: Cuban Intelligence Aggressively Recruiting Leftist American Academics as Spies, Influence Agents

Obama Flipping By The Day

I know Obama's foreign policy at the moment is bad but this bad?

From Business Insider:

"President Barack Obama at a news conference at the conclusion of the NATO Summit in Wales on Friday.

President Barack Obama on Friday said unequivocally that the extremist group calling itself the Islamic State must be dismantled, degraded, and "ultimately defeated," days after he earned criticism for saying the goal was to roll back the organization to a point it was "manageable."
"We are going to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIL, in the same way we went after Al Qaeda," Obama said Friday, later adding that "you can't contain an organization [like ISIS]. The goal has to be to dismantle them."

And this is the man that wants to bypass Congress? If anyone needs proper backing it's this President.

Besides saving the economy, he did get America - ahem - out of Iraq.

Of course, he didn't start it so that's why he failed.

Anti-GMO Has An Immoral Angle

Aside from the fact there is ZERO legitimate, scientific data - ZERO - supporting (no, the little cute mouse running away from GMO corn as if it knows something we don't is not fucking science) any of the claims made against GMO* (did I mention zero?),

I heard Daniel Chamovitz of Daily Plant earlier today explain on a radio show that anti-GMO is completely irrational. All fruits and vegetables have been altered in some way. The belief that you can eat a fruit in its natural 'position' is rooted in pure scientific ignorance. He used the tomato as an example. If you ate a tomato from the Andes in Peru where it originates, you'd die of poisoning. It was only through man modifying it did we get to be able to eat it.

But extreme environmentalists have invested so much emotion and passion into their causes, the science - the real science - means squat to them.

The dark side of this First World luxury crusade is that it has negative impact on poor countries looking to feed their respective populations.  In the case of GMO, which would do wonders for them, they can't export them because of EU bans.

So, in part, the West is responsible for keeping them starved. Not to mention other irrational regulations we impose on them for environmental reasons.

The way I see it, environment should not come at the expense of human life. It's nice to protect the environment but it should not trump human needs.

To me, once this happens, it becomes a moral issue.

No one has the right to prevent another from eating what they choose.

*I think it's appropriate early in the post to disclose the fact that I am no on Monsanto's pay roll. Or Exxon. Nor am I affiliated with any of the Koch Brothers.

Caliph Crunch wears a deshdasha & turban. The cereal pieces are shaped like severed heads.

Obama: The Behind The Pack Leader

What a shame how Congress gets bypassed so easily.

From comments:

"Obama's modus operandi is to say one thing and do another. By not committing to a strategy, or by leading from behind, or conducting a shadow war well out of public view he allows himself political plausible denyability and preempts any charges of political hypocrisy which he considers to be job 1. He can pick and choose his shots on a case by case basis without complication as per his use of UAV's. His alternative plan when painted into a corner is to take the issue to a forum where debate and politics and/or diplomacy provide him the time and space to wriggle free, the pickerel in the weeds approach - politically speaking a very slippery character."

And still manage to look cute and innocent in front of his fans.

"B...b...but...Congress is not listening!"

Still. It's the Daily Beast and it's not without its nutcase idiots who bow to dictatorial actions at the drop of a hat:

"Usually, I'm a big fan of congressional oversight.  You know, checks and balances, accountability and all that other good stuff.  But given how hugely important this issue is, and given how radically inept the House of Reps is, I don't blame the Prez for twisting himself into legal knots to avoid dealing with them.

This is grown-up business.  Leave the kids out of it."

What a fool. Can't even see the dangers of such a position. Yes, because Obama the Grown Up's foreign policy record has been stellar enough to give him the benefit of the doubt. If anything, Congress needs to be involved because if there's one President who's likely to make the wrong move it's Obama.

"Admirals King and Leahy didn't invite FDR and the Congress to help develop the  strategy for  fighting in Europe and the Pacific during W.W. II. FDR called for declarations of war and Congress voted on both. Why should it be any different today? The President should go to Congress and ask for a declaration of war against ISIS and the members of Congress should go on record individually for voting for or against that declaration. Leave the planning to the military experts. The less Congressional intrusion the better."

 Ah. That's more like it.

/breathes sigh of relief.