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Stuff Going On — 06/07/2017

Posted in For Free Trade with tags , , on June 7, 2017 by cavalier973

♠ Trump selects a new FBI Director

♣ Speaking of FBI Directors, Former FBI Director Comey did not notify a member of management that he was being pressured to not do his job.

♥ Speaking of people being pressured to do things, WaPo anonymous officials say that President Trump pressured NSA director Coats to lean on FBI Director Comey to get Comey to not do his job. Coats says that’s just not true. Really, I’m almost willing to lay down actual money that the WaPo’s sources hate the WaPo, and want to make the paper look ridiculous and not credible.

♦ Trump launches another salvo in his war on American consumers.

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 — 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 — 05/12/2017

Posted in For Free Trade, For God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 12, 2017 by cavalier973

The media are quite giddy over the story of Trump’s firing of FBI Director Comey. They think they smell blood in the water. They breathlessly report about “he said, he said” situations based on information provided by “sources”. Some Democrats are hinting around about the “I” word*.

I have no dog in this fight. I wanted Ted Cruz to be President, until he endorsed Trump, at which point I decided to vote for the Constitution Party candidate, Darrell Castle. If President Trump is *impeached, and removed from office, I would feel validation, not anger, over the situation. But, it seems to me, the leftist-progressives in this country are completely misreading what is going on, and they have a surprising inability to grasp nuance in any story, anymore.

Also, when their “sources” tell them things that turn out not to be true, it just adds to the narrative that the media is just making things up, out of partisan spite. It’s getting to where even I am automatically regarding any Trump hit piece with skepticism, if it relies on unnamed sources.

Trumps supporters among the populace aren’t even listening to the media, and his erstwhile detractors in the center-right are slowly coming around to seeing he’s not such a bad guy, in part because of the apocalyptic-style reporting that fails to comport with reality.

One other thing: it’s pointless to speak of Trump’s instincts being wrong, or his decisions “looking” like those of an incompetent man. He’s just doing things differently than expected, in a world where the rules of engagement are definitely skewed in the favor of those already in power, or that are entrenched in the bureaucracy. I thought he wasn’t going to win the election, but he did. In my totally non-professional opinion, President Trump needs to go back to what made him successful: Double Down. He should fire someone else in the next couple of days, just on principle. His political opponents will be thrown in to disarray, and waste lots of time discussing what it all means, and trying to figure out a way to turn it to their advantage. In the meantime, Trump moves on to the next issue, and everyone forgets what they were talking about last week.

The Affordable Care Act is still failing. I saw the link to this commentary on instapundit (pjmedia.com/instapundit). The name of the author of the commentary isn’t given. The article is right that “Obamacare” is failing, but the author then throws out some suggestions which, if implemented, will not really solve the problem. First, a quibble: the author says we can’t solve the problem by “blind faith in private markets”. The heck we can’t.

Anyway, one of the other proposals is to allow more “doctor immigrants” into the country to “lower the price of health care”. Why not just release the stranglehold that the AMA somehow has on how many Americans can become doctors each year? Why not eschew licensing as a requirement for being a doctor? Allow people to put their trust in someone who has been to medical school, even if he hasn’t gotten his fee-purchased government stamp of approval?

Also, state governments could eliminate the silly “Certificate of Need” laws that prevent the building or expansion of medical facilities. This is a crony-capitalist measure, if there ever was one.

Finally, the government could rein in the FDA, and its approval process for developing drugs. Yes, drug companies can and do make dangerous cost-cutting measures when developing drugs–the company officials are still humans responding to incentives, after all–but I imagine that some of that is due to the ridiculously expensive process of getting FDA approval. Also, the rules for patents, trademarks, and copyrights needs to be reviewed. It all comes down to government interference in the marketplace.

Prince Harry is going to be the very model of a modern major general.

President Trump’s son-in-law saves NAFTA from demise. For now, anyway. Whatever. NAFTA is government-managed trade, not free trade, despite the name. All government “free trade” agreements ought to be scrapped, and the government limited from interfering with the trade decisions of individuals and firms. Nations do not trade; people trade.

 

Stuff Going On — 05/11/2017

Posted in For Free Trade, For God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 11, 2017 by cavalier973

Infant deaths and malaria cases on the rise in Venezuela. I don’t understand why people can’t see the severe problems caused by socialism/communism. The evil and irrational fear of the Free Market destroys lives.

Comey’s firing could result in the FBI revisiting the Clinton email investigation. The leftists who had been complaining about Comey–and calling for his ouster!–may have suddenly realized this, which is why they are becoming so insistent that Trump be excoriated for firing Comey.

President Trump, wordsmith. He claimed that he invented the phrase, “Priming the Pump”. For the record, I have no proof that he didn’t. Not right now, anyway, although someone could argue that the phrase’s use prior to his birth might cast some doubt on his claim.

This happens on President Trump’s watch, but he can hardly be credited for the rise in manufacturing jobs or the drop in unemployment. The economy doesn’t turn on a dime. Expect to see discussion concerning inflation in the near future, though, and the Federal Reserve’s ratcheting up the interest rates.

Stuff Going On — 05/10/2017

Posted in For Free Trade, For God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 10, 2017 by cavalier973

♠ The big news isn’t that President Trump fired FBI Director Comey; the big news is which narrative will be accepted by the public. Narrative One says that Pres. Trump, disgusted with the amateur and incompetent antics of James Comey in his handling of the Clinton email investigation, finally fired the guy. Narrative Two says that Pres. Trump, fearful of his ties to Russia being investigated, fired Comey to head off any such investigation before the Truth™ is discovered, with the result that Trump is impeached and removed from office (and probably VP Pence, as well) before the first year of his administration is finished.

The media’s problem is that, even if Narrative Two is spot on accurate, they have a credibility problem with the public. They’ve spent too much time telling the public how dumb, ignorant, and evil they are; this killed their capacity to gain the same public’s ear when they have a story that would be important to broadcast.

Note that, in the Politico article I linked, there are many bald assertions about what Trump felt and what he was doing and what his goals were with regard to Comey’s dismissal, all sourced to unnamed “advisors” and “Senior officials”. All pretty convincing, unless, of course, one is predisposed to think of news outlets like Politico to be subpar dispensers of Truth™.

Former President Obama has to break a few eggs to make an environmental omelet. This is part of the culture of people committed to socialism and communism–of which the “climate change” movement is now an integral part. The point of socialism/communism/climate changism isn’t to “make everyone equal” and “bring justice to the oppressed” and “share the wealth”; the point of it all is to make everyone poor, so that those at the top can enjoy luxuries. People like former President Obama just cannot enjoy a good wine, or a nice steak dinner, if they know that the “lesser” people of the world–thanks to the free market–can enjoy the same things. It tastes so much sweeter to people of his ilk if he knows he can enjoy something that is denied to millions and billions of others.

The greediest, most grasping businessman who makes his living in the marketplace has an incentive to make his customers better off–because then they can purchase more of the goods and services he has to offer. The Michael Milkens of the world are more noble by far than the FDRs.

President Trump decides not to move the U.S. Embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Shouldn’t be surprising; he’s not following through with several of his campaign promises (which is a good thing, in some cases).

President Trump promises to soak up all those pesky dollars available for loans. Now, businesses and investors don’t have to worry about finding the funds for their investments, because they won’t be there.