Trump Tower and Trump’s lawyer

Posted in Uncategorized on April 10, 2018 by cavalier973

Saturday, April 7, there was a fire at Trump Tower.

From a New York Times article:

Dennis Shields, a resident who said he lived on the 42nd floor, described the scene.

“You could smell the smoke and you could hear things falling like through the vents,” he said. “It just smelled like sulfur.”

He said there were no orders to evacuate but he received a text message from Mr. Trump’s lawyer, Michael D. Cohen.

Mr. Shields, who said he grew up with Mr. Cohen, continued: “He said, ‘Are you in the building?’ I said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘You better get out ASAP.’ That’s how I knew to get out, otherwise I’d still be in there.”’

Monday, April 9, there was an FBI raid on the offices, home, and hotel room of Michael Cohen, Trump’s personal lawyer.

From a Washington Post article: ”

FBI agents on Monday raided Cohen’s Manhattan office, home and hotel room as part of the investigation, seizing records about Cohen’s clients and personal finances. Among the records taken were those related to a 2016 payment Cohen made to adult-film star Stormy Daniels, who claims to have had a sexual encounter with Trump, according to a fourth person familiar with the investigation.

Investigators took Cohen’s computer, phone and personal financial records, including tax returns, as part of the search of his office at Rockefeller Center, that person said.



Posted in Uncategorized on April 9, 2018 by cavalier973

Trump announced a few days ago that he was planning on withdrawing troops from Syria.

Then, a few days later, there was an attack in Syria, supposedly involving chemical weapons.

Now Trump announces he plans on ordering some retaliationage against Syria.


Or, will he?

Capital mobility and Trade

Posted in Uncategorized on April 7, 2018 by cavalier973

Article on Cafe Hayek.

An excerpt:

“There are only two ways for international factor mobility to deprive a country—call it ‘Ricardia’—of all comparative advantage and, hence, deny that country the opportunity to gain from specialization and trade with people in other countries. Both of these ways are extraordinarily unlikely; they are the equivalent of a single monkey banging on a typewriter and by chance typing Hamlet.

One way is when factor mobility causes an international reshuffling of factors of production that results in every country in the world having the same internal costs as Ricardia of producing each and every good and service. If such a outcome were to emerge, it would indeed be true that factor mobility eliminated all comparative ad- vantage (and comparative disadvantage) for Ricardia with respect to every other country in the world. Also, all potential gains to the people of Ricardian from international specialization and trade would be eliminated. (Comparative advantage will continue to drive specialization and trade within Ricardia.) There will be no international trade for Ricardia’s government to prevent or to regulate.”

Another excerpt:

For Advantia’s “absolute” advantage to render the principle of comparative advantage inapplicable to international trade, literally all factors of production—or, at least, all people—must move to Advantia. If even a single person remains in a country other than Advantia, then this person will almost certainly enjoy a comparative advantage at producing some quantity of some good or service over the people of Advantia, and mutually advantageous international trade will therefore be possible.

And another:

Whether or not international capital mobility impoverishes or enriches workers depends on why capital migrates. Higher taxes, more burdensome regulations, and a long list of other such investment-discouraging policies would reduce the size of America’s capital stock and make Americans poorer. If such policies are sufficiently harsh, the resulting exodus of capital (either through migration or depreciation or both) might well be massive. But capital can migrate to other countries for perfectly healthy reasons—for example, if other countries improve their own investment climates. Such healthy migrations are unlikely to diminish the size of America’s capital stock.

Another article

Trump and Trade

Posted in For Free Trade with tags , , , on April 5, 2018 by cavalier973

This article discusses the problems with Trump’s attempt to spark a “trade war” with China (the term “trade war” is nonsensical; it is like saying “pedestrian motorist”). The author echoes a position I have, which is that Trump is undermining the foundation for economic success he is building by his deregulation efforts and the Tax Cut enacted last December.

Perhaps he is only playing the part of the dealmaker, where he takes a tougher stance initially, in order to get the party of the second part to acquiesce to something, but it is unnecessary for government to wheel’n’deal when it comes to trade, because the private entities that engage in trade are already doing the deals.

There should be no NAFTA. There should be no CAFTA, or GATT or TPP. There should be no government, negotiated trade treaties at all. Government just needs to remove itself from the trade arena altogether, and allow the interested parties do what they do.

Something is happening

Posted in For Free Trade, For God on April 5, 2018 by cavalier973

One could not really comprehend the weird news these days, if one only watched or read mainstream news sources–including presumed “conservative” news sources like Fox News or a magazine like National Review.

There was a shooting in Las Vegas, but the story has disappeared. The Clive Bundy story, which was supposed to get Americans scared about “crazy, anti-government nuts”, eventually resulted in the Bundy’s having their names cleared. There is this unending “investigation” into President Trump’s purported collusion with Russians to cheat in the 2016 election. He is a target, then he isn’t, then maybe he is then he definitely isn’t…people who hate Trump are as confident that he is going to be impeached as they are that the sun is going to rise, and it is bizarre, considering there is no evidence of any such collusion.

There was a giant group of people (Hondurans, I think I heard) who,were marching through Mexico on the way to the U.S., but they decided to disband in Mexico City after Trump announced he was going to use the military to repel them.

North Korea was going to threaten the U.S. using nuclear weapons that could reach the continental U.S., and now they want to talk peace.

There are some things that are even weirder than that. It seems that former President Barak Obama has been shadowing President Trump,when the latter takes trips to foreign countries. That is extremely strange.

If you haven’t heard of “Q”, or “qanon”, then you are probably in the company of most Americans. At least, until recently, when Roseanne Barr started talking about Q, and was ridiculed in the regular press for it.

Check out this blog.  It is written by a guy who has a theory that some types of people are like rabbits: they rut with abandon, have little regard for the welfare of any children they might have, and rely on periods and places with a relatively large amount of resources that allows such a lifestyle to flourish. There is no need to plan and save and invest in the future. Such people are also devoted to recreational sex, instead of procreational sex. They have an intense dislike for adversity, and will leave if a situation becomes too difficult. He calls these people “r selected”.

Opposed to these are the “K-selected” folk, who, like wolves, are used to adversity that comes from times of scarcity, and tend to put a lot of effort into their children’s upbringing. They tend to save and invest for the future. They tend to deal well with adversity, even seeking it out.

The linked blog has more info than the author’s theory. Be warned that going there will give you messages that it is a dangerous site (malware, viruses, and the like), which messages seem to happen more often with the sites of  independent conservative bloggers.

Anyway, there seems to be something going on behind the scenes, and this other fellow I mentioned, “Q”, claims to be working for President Trump, and that the Trump team is working secretly behind the scenes to eliminate the “Deep State” (bureaucrats who have arranged laws and institutions to control the American people and steal their liberty).

Here are two more sites I recommend:



Yout might need a Twitter account to access these two sites, since they are the “unrolled” (meaning, set up to easily read) threads these folk put on Twitter.

Two other, less “spooky”, news sources I recommend are the Last Refuge, and Dan Bongino’ podcast. Neither has, to my knowledge, referenced “Q”, but both have good insight into the news of the day.



He is Risen

Posted in For God with tags , , , on April 1, 2018 by cavalier973

He is risen, indeed.

The only reason the world keeps spinning, is that Christ’s sacrificial death, His work of redemption, makes access to God available and free to us.

Some praise:


Some more praise:





So; what are the Chinese up to?

Posted in For Free Trade with tags , , , , , on March 27, 2018 by cavalier973

China is quietly establishing the Indian Ocean as its primary trade area.

An excerpt:

“The move away from depending on cheap exports to America and elsewhere is likely to gain momentum, reducing the relative importance of Trump’s tariffs. Instead, China is creating what amounts to a large free trade area throughout Asia with her partners in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. This is the opportunity offered to other foreign suppliers to the region, such as the UK, assuming she has the gumption to become involved after Brexit.”