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Stuff Going On — 06/08/2017

Posted in For Free Trade, For God with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 8, 2017 by cavalier973

Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before Congress, and lets them know that President Trump made him feel uncomfortable, and that Trump’s stated reasons for firing him are lies.

ISIS “Fighters” have shot hundreds of civilians, including women and children, in the Iraqi city of Mosul, trying to keep said civilians from fleeing. ISIS needs civilians to act as human shields. I would think that they could carry that sort of evil on for only so long, before they run into desperate people who decide that, if they are going to die, anyway, they might as well take some of the ISIS monsters with them.

Senator Bernie Sanders tries to impose a religious test on a political appointee.

When Chinese take jobs from Americans.

Stuff Going On — 06/06/2017

Posted in For Free Trade, For God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 6, 2017 by cavalier973

Some employee of a government contractor managed to get some classified information, which she then mailed to a news publication. She got arrested. The information appears to show that Russian agents managed to hack a voting services company. Julian Assange, of WikiLeaks, appears to be defending her.

♣ Jesus said that it would better for someone to have a millstone placed around his neck and that he be thrown into the sea, than that the someone harm a child. Politicians in Canada are disregarding the Son of God’s warning. They will learn to their eternal sorrow that ignoring Jesus is a bad idea.

For leftist-progressives, child abuse is a regular way of life. If they can’t slaughter children in the womb, they will use a child’s natural instinct to trust to twist that child’s mind and ruin his life. They are the most evil people alive. They will writhe in the torment of their own shame for eternity.

Fortunately for them, there is an escape: Jesus took upon Himself the shame of us all, satisfying God’s wrath against us for our sin and making it possible for us to enjoy eternity doing interesting work for the glory of God.

Darwinoids can’t decide of evolution occurs by external natural phenomena effecting changes in organisms (the traditional view), or if organisms have a “plastic” genetic code that allow them to move into different environments on purpose.

Listening to the Darwinoid narrative, one can get the idea that “Natural Selection” is a driving force, but Natural selection is just a description of what happens; the concept has no agency.

For example, one gets the idea that, supposing that there is an island populated with dogs, a permanent climate change toward colder temperatures would “cause” dogs to develop long-hair characteristics. Darwinoids don’t really posit this; it just seems like it from listening to them. What Darwinoids say occurs in the above example is that, when the climate changes on the island, the dogs with longer hair tend to live longer, can acquire greater amounts of food–making them healthier–and are more exuberant maters, producing more offspring with the long-haired gene, until eventually the short-haired dogs can no longer find mates to breed. If the climate changes to a warmer one, the process reverses, and short-haired dogs become dominant.

The question that Darwinoids seem to avoid is, why do any of the dogs (or any mammal) have hair at all? Which developed first, male sexual organs, or female sexual organs–did they develop at the same time? I’m sure there’s some fru-fru talk about gender-bending “bacteria” (or some population of “simple organisms”) that became hard-coded with one gender or the other because Natural Selection meant that hard-coded gender bacteria was able to produce more offspring in populations than bacteria that could switch genders and just shut up and gives us more government funding, you Creatard.

Robots are going to take over our jobs, and then the robots will have everything, and live in big mansions, and drive big cars, and take our womenfolk, and we’ll have nothing.

Stuff Going On — 06/03/2017

Posted in For Free Trade, For God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 3, 2017 by cavalier973

President Trump won’t block Comey’s testimony before Congress. This is being reported by the New York Times, based on reports from anonymous sources, for what it’s worth. There was some discussion that Trump might invoke Executive Privilege to prevent Comey’s testimony, in order to protect himself from investigations into his ties to Russia, which has so far produced no evidence. I think most leftist-progressive opponents of Trump (is there a leftist-progressive who doesn’t oppose him? Hmmm….) are more angry about his “denial of science” than about his ties to Russia, they just think they have a better chance of getting rid of him by harping on the “Russia Story”.

♣ Speaking of bad government science, research is now showing that the “low fat/high carb” diet that the U.S. FedGov has promoted since 1980 is killing us, literally (and I don’t mean “Sean Hannity literally”). To be honest, I never liked the idea of “low fat” anything. I would always buy whole milk and regular sour cream, among other items. It wasn’t because I thought it was more healthy (it isn’t too much healthier, to be honest; getting your fats from a bag of walnuts is much, much better than eating cheese, if not quite as tasty), but because I imagined that I preferred the flavor of things with the fat content intact.

♥ Speaking of delicious fatty foods, here is Hollis Johnson’s critical review of Whataburger. I’ve tried Whataburger a few times; meh. It’s not bad, but, honestly, I have enjoyed a Wendy’s burger more. The best fast food burger, in my opinion, is Hardee’s–and this does NOT include Carl’s Jr., which I tried and found lacking. After Hardee’s, I guess I would rate Culver’s next, then Back Yard Burgers (although their “Hawaiin Chicken Sandwich is better than their burgers, which are delicious), then Sonic’s burgers, then Wendy’s. McDonald’s and Burger King are about the same to me in terms of enjoyment, even though the burgers are different. Steak-n-Shake is good (especially their Frisco Melt), but they can be slow, and they’re more of a sit-down restaurant. I’ve not tried “In-and-Out”. I did not like Jack In the Box, and I DEFINITELY do not like Krystal’s (which means I would probably not like White Castle, though I’ve not tried it).

I like Five Guys, and Moo-Ya’s is really good. In fact, at Moo-Ya’s I can get my favorite toppings (which I first enjoyed at a Hardee’s, with their discontinued “Steak House Burger”): Blue Cheese, crispy onion straws, pickles (I have to ask for these), Swiss cheese, and copious amounts of A-1 steak sauce.

Trump appoints a guy to the Federal Reserve who wants the dollars in your pocket to change value on a day-to-day basis. I mean, the FedRes sort of does this, already, and I’m not sure of all the implications, but it sounds like, if you’re paying with cash, that dollar in your pocket may not be enough to purchase a candy bar with a $1 price tag. Understand, that, though schemes like this are presented as “well, the dollar’s value could go up or down, depending on the circumstances”, in reality, the value of the dollar will only go down. This is the next step in eliminating paper currency altogether. If the government can control your digital money, then it can control you. Dollars in your wallet, up to now, has promised some sort of protection against that. This appointee is trying to make an end-run around this protection.

See also: mises.org for more information on how the Federal Reserve destroys purchasing power.

Stuff Going On — 06/01/2017

Posted in For Free Trade, For God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 1, 2017 by cavalier973

Will he, or won’t he? President Trump made a campaign promise to abandon the Paris Accords/Treaty/Agreement. Something I did not know is that this “treaty” was signed just a few days before Trump was elected! Anyway, destroying national economies as a sin offering to Gaia is not environmentalism, and that’s all these accords will do. Climate “science” is actually pseudoscientific flapdoodle–the same as Darwinism and Transgenderism–covered with a veneer of respectability provided by government endorsement.

CNN has a story about how Pres. Trump is making some sort of concessions when he abandons the deal, for his daughter’s conscience’s sake. This story is relayed in a video, which I did not watch, and so will not link.

Here is Jeffrey Tucker on the “Incredible Arrogance of the Paris Agreement/Accords/”Treaty”.

The real crime in the whole “Trump colluding with Russia” investigation may be that President Obama’s officials illegally unmasked Michael Flynn. An interesting detail revealed by “sources” in the Wall Street Journal (I think I have made my position clear concerning the reliability of unnamed sources) is that Samantha Power, President Obama’s ambassador to the U.N., got her own subpoena. It would be hilarious if, after Democrats and leftist-progressives pushed so hard for investigating Trump’s ties to Russia, the result is that President Obama and his lackeys are sent to prison.

Theoretical physicists make the claim that cosmic inflation can never be falsified, so the “Big Bang Theory” is pseudoscience. Well, I’m overstating a bit, I suppose…

An excerpt:

“Inflation theory was proposed by physicist Alan Guth to solve a number of serious problems in early versions of the Big Bang model. Supposedly, the universe underwent an extremely short period of accelerated expansion right after the Big Bang.

However, physicists later realized this version of inflation theory was too simplistic. Newer versions of inflationary models have inflation stopping at different times in different places, leading to the idea of a multiverse consisting of infinitely many ‘pocket’ universes.2″

As with all things proposed by the MatNats and the Darwinoids, no amount of actual science can falsify the Narrative of a Godless, self-creating universe in which information can arise spontaneously without an Intelligent Source.

 

Employers added 253,000 people to their payrolls in the Month of May, which beat estimates of 170,000 newly employed persons.

I blame Trump.

Stuff Going On — 05/26/2017

Posted in For Free Trade, For God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 26, 2017 by cavalier973

Twenty-four Christians killed by terrorists in Egypt. The martyrs are now standing in God’s presence, experiencing the most complete joy and sense of security a human can know. Those who murdered them, if they do not repent of their unbelief and call on the name of Jesus, will experience an eternity of torment, as they writhe in shame and separation from God.

♣ Two days ago, Gianforte and Quist were running for Montana’s sole U.S. Congressional seat. A reporter named Ben Jacobs burst into Ginaforte’s office, and began to ask Gianforte if he would support or oppose  the proposed American Health Care Act (“TrumpCare”), which supposedly repeals and replaces the Affordable Care Act (“ObamaCare”). Gianforte physically assaulted Jacobs, reportedly catching the reporter around the throat and throwing him onto the ground (“body slammed”).

Last night, Gianforte still won the election. Most of his victory can probably be attributed to early voting–most people had already voted before the assault incident. But, the incident did not seem to dampen Gianforte’s votes.

When news reporters and the press spend a lot of time ridiculing and demonizing the “rubes” who live in “flyover country”, they should not be surprised that those same “rubes” hate them enough to cheer when the reporters get assaulted.

Also, there is a sense that the political faction as represented by the Ben Jacobs of the world are successfully using law and regulation to restrict, punish, and enslave “regular Americans”; that is, people who adhere to traditional values: Family, Faith, Hard Work, Doing the Right Thing… When someone loses their livelihood, for example, because he doesn’t celebrate the fantasy that is “same-sex marriage”, then that is an assault as real as what Gianforte did to Jacobs–even worse! Because Jacobs is now a celebrity in his own sphere, all because he decided to become an annoying trespasser to a guy with anger management issues. But, you won’t see anyone handwringing over the fellow who lost his job. If anything, the press celebrates his getting his “comeuppance” for standing in the way of The Future™. I looked up Quist’s Wikipedia article, and he is very much the sort of dedicated Social Justice Warrior who would oppress regular Americans with increased government power. I’m not saying that Gianforte won’t, as well, but Gianforte would proceed at a slower pace toward tyranny, at least.

It should also be said that reporters who are handwringing over Gianforte’s assault of Ben Jacobs, but who cheered when Richard Spencer was sucker-punched, are hypocrites.

I would normally, at this point, offer the sort of conditional statements about how what Gianforte did was wrong, that assault is never okay, etc. But it seems everyone in the universe has already done that.

Oh, by the way, Gianforte apologized.

 

♥ This is lovely. The FBI criminally shared information collected from their surveillance of Americans.

♦ Last night, I got into a discussion on Twitter with a fellow who objected to my use of the phrase “Crony Capitalism”. He claimed there was no such thing. I described a situation (A mayor has the town council vote for a new road that runs past his brother-in-law’s store) that exemplifies “Crony Capitalism”, but he claimed that was just normal corruption. He said there were three states of economic being: Socialism, Capitalism, and Corporatism. I assume that he equates Corporatism and Fascism, because he accused me of both being a Fascist or (when I asserted my preference for Free Markets) defending Fascism. The argument would not have happened except that he was being pedantic.

In any case, I was curious if the term “Crony Capitalism” was used by other Free Marketeers. I found this list of articles on the Foundation for Economic Education’s site, and will link here to one of those articles.

During the course of the discussion, he accused me of failing to differentiate between “Macroeconomics” and “Microeconomics”. Well…heh, heh, there ain’t a such a thing as “Macroeconomics”. All economic decisions are made at the “micro” level.

IN ADDITION: Here is a paper by Paul Romer entitled “The Trouble with Macroeconomics”.

Stuff Going On — 05/25/2017

Posted in For Free Trade, For God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 25, 2017 by cavalier973

♠ Scott Adams (creator of the “Dilbert” comic strip) considers President Trump’s calling terrorists “losers” to be a genius master persuader technique.

♣ The Congressional Budget Office reports that the “TrumpCare” replacement of Obamacare, if passed, will result in 23 million people losing their health insurance. Oh, but the deficit will be reduced by $119 billion, over ten years. We can trust the CBO’s reporting on stuff like this, since their predictions concerning the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) were so correct. Said the liar.

♥ Two Portlandian entrepreneurs go on a visit to Mexico, figure out the recipe for tortillas from a restaurant they visited, return to Portland, and proceed to drive the restaurant in Mexico out of business by opening a taco truck in Portland. No, really; that’s what was totally going to happen, until some brave Social Justice Warriors stood athwart history yelling, “Boo!”

♦ No, I wasn’t familiar with “FAANGS”, but that is interesting. Anyway, is the sky falling? Is the Trump economy on the precipice of unmitigated and unimagined disaster?

Stuff Going On — 05/24/2017

Posted in For Free Trade, For God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 24, 2017 by cavalier973

This is, like, just some guy’s opinion, man. It’s not news. Take it with a grain of salt. And, enjoy.

I’ve done a very brief bit of research (by looking at the Wikipedia article on James Comey), and so far the history matches. He was the guy that prosecuted Martha Stewart, he was the guy who absolved Bill Clinton of any wrongdoing when he (Clinton) pardoned Marc Rich, he did work at Lockheed Martin–although the opinion piece linked above seemed to indicate that he only took the job to funnel Lockheed’s charitable donations to the Clinton Foundation in return for government contracts granted to Lockheed Martin by H. Clinton’s State Department. Comey actually was hired by LM in 2005, and H. Clinton did not become Sec of State until 2008.

 

British police arrest three people in the investigation into the Manchester bombing. A question that the author asks is, “The more we learn about this guy, the more we wind up asking the same sickening question that crops up after so many terror attacks. How did nobody see this coming?” Well, we have some options on answering that question:

1. They saw it coming, but were too afraid for their own safety to notify anyone.
2. They saw it coming, and approved of the action.
3. They saw it coming, and tried to notify the authorities, but were ignored because “racism” (think Rotherham).
4. They saw it coming, and didn’t care.
5. They saw it coming, but didn’t think it would turn out so disastrously.
6. They didn’t see it coming, for a variety of reasons.
7. Etc., etc.

Aliens are causing a star’s light to fade and strengthen. Maybe it’s aliens. Perhaps it is faeries; why not? Elven wizards are using their magic to drain radiant energy from the star.

People who believe in extraterrestrial intelligent life forms (or any life forms) tend to believe in the “molecules to man evolutionary hypothesis” in some form or another. But if “Evolution” is true, then we earthling humans are most likely the most evolutionary advanced creatures in the universe. Seriously. Do you realize how much time it’s supposed to take for the descendants of spontaneously generated bacteria to reach human-level complexity? The universe is only 13 or 14 billion years old, after all…

“Priming the pump won’t create real wealth”, or economic growth, or income equality, or the elimination of poverty, or an end to the business cycle…