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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.

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Stuff Going On — 06/02/2017

Posted in For Free Trade, For God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 2, 2017 by cavalier973

One down, two to go. The opinion piece discusses three actions taken by President Obama that just oozes authoritarianism: The Paris Accords/Agreement/Treaty, Illegal Surveillance of American Citizens, and the “Iran deal”. President Trump has now relegated the first item to File 13. However, as Allahpundit noted on Twitter, Trump is as likely to change his mind and throw his support to the Paris Agreement as he is to stay firm in righteous action. He’s already talking about “renegotiating” the deal. Not necessary, at all.

California lawmakers have taken a huge step toward creating a state “single payer” system. This means that, in California, anyone going to the doctor or hospital will have their visit paid for by the government. This is different from a “public option”, where the government provides alternatives to traditional private health insurance. The single payer system is proposed to cost $400 billion, which is more than the California government can afford, at present. Governor Jerry Brown is reportedly “cool” to the idea.

I hope they get it passed. It would be interesting to see how quickly the state goes bankrupt, the access to, and quality of, medical services deteriorates, and the population of California fluctuates. I imagine that a lot of people will initially immigrate to California to get their “free health care”, only to abandon the poor husk of a state after all the doctors have retired or left, the hospitals are boarded up, and people have to travel to neighboring states to get routine procedures done. because medical services in California are rationed.

♥ So, Lansing Michigan elevates people’s feelings over other people’s right to own and use property.

I get it; the Supreme Court has ruled that people don’t have property rights, anymore. Well, they’re wrong. Anyone who opens a business has the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason. This includes hotels, gas stations, grocery stores, movie theaters, restaurants, and other businesses offering services “to the public”. If a restaurant’s owner does not want to serve Christians, he has every right to ban them from his privately owned business, while at the same time serving everyone else of whatever creed. Forcing this restaurant owner to use his property to serve Christians when he prefers not to is a form of theft, which God forbids.

Honestly, though, it’s not like the farmer who is being banned from the farmer’s market for his absolutely correct stance on “same-sex marriage” has an actual right to participate in the farmer’s market. If he wishes, he should purchase some land and start his own farmer’s market. It would probably be superior in every way to the public market.

♦ Fox News reported the other day that over 250,000 jobs were created in May. I don’t know where they got their numbers. The most recent news is that a mere 138,000 jobs were created in May, versus an estimate of 185,000. Unemployment has dropped to its lowest level in 16 years, to a rate of 4.3%.

President Trump may want to claim credit for this; some small part of the drop in unemployment may be attributed to him, but the economy today is a function of the policies that President Obama had been pursuing for eight years–primarily the policy of “easy money” by the Federal Reserve. We are in the “Boom” phase of the “Boom-Bust” cycle, where all the nonsense occurs that must be corrected in the next “Bust” phase.

Speaking of jobs, and the Paris Agreement that Trump thankfully withdrew from, I’ve been seeing tweets on Twitter that say something along the lines of: “You can’t say that Trump saved jobs by pulling the US from the Paris Agreement; the coal industry only employs 50,000 people, while the renewable energy firms employ several times that number of people.”

This is correct; coal, which once employed over 800,000 Americans, only employs around 50,000 people these days (70,000, if you include ancillary businesses). The renewable energy companies employ several times that number of people. Looking at the amount of energy each subindustry produces, however, shows that coal–by itself–produces around twice the amount of energy that every renewable energy company (solar, wind, etc.) produces.

Relying on Renewable Energy for our energy needs is suboptimal. Paying more to produce less is wasteful, and inefficient. And that’s assuming that the Renewable Energy industry is economically viable. Most renewable energy companies rely heavily on government subsidies to stay afloat. Traditional “fossil fuel” companies also receive subsidies that are exponentially greater than those doled out to the Renewable Energy Firms. These subsidies should be eliminated, but the “fossil fuel companies” would probably be profitable without the subsidies, just not as much. Renewable Energy companies would go bankrupt without government assistance.

A U.S. agency is being investigated for providing loans to solar companies that were on the verge of bankruptcy.

Stuff Going On — 05/29/2017

Posted in For Free Trade, For God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 29, 2017 by cavalier973

The Manchester bomber’s own mosque contacted British authorities, warning about his possible involvement in terrorism. The British will arrest you if you speak out about homosexuality, though–if you’re doing it from a Christian perspective, that is.

Another Congressional Democrat-hired IT worker flees to Pakistan. She made over six figures as an employee of her husband, who for some reason was hired to handle the Information Technology services for several Democrat congresspersons. There is an investigation into whether the IT services company mishandled data and information.

The earth has seen a significant increase in vegetation, most likely due to an increase in plant food. This stunning finding has scientists baffled. “More plant food means more plants?” ~ a famous scientist. Crazy, crazy times that we live in.

This is a discussion about the effect CO2 on the growth of plants, focusing on “food plants.” It is extremely interesting. It points out the possibility that increased Carbon Dioxide plus higher temperatures means much higher amounts of food can be grown.

Trump thinks that throwing government money at health care will alleviate the problems. Thinking like this is why I did not vote for him.

On a related note, some guy on Twitter was spouting nonsense that a Single Payer System (i.e., Government pays for all medical services) would reduce the national spending on “health care” (medical services). As if the government ever spent sensibly when making a purchase. Think “$500 hammers”.

Stuff Going On — 05/15/2017

Posted in For Free Trade, For God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 15, 2017 by cavalier973

As it turns out, starving your citizens by diverting resources to ballistic missiles makes people sit up and take notice of you. As with all things concerning foreign policy, it is safe to assume everyone is lying. North Korea said the missile touched down about 60 miles off the Russian coast, Russia says, “Eh, it was more like 300 miles away from our coast”. Not that it seems to matter. The narrative–excuse me; the Narrative says that North Korea is dangerous because it is building these missiles that are 1. long range and 2. capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. It wouldn’t surprise me in the least, however, if it is learned that some other country is handing its outdated missiles to North Korea–after filing off the VIN numbers, of course.

The Great Powers of the world need the backwater North Koreas of the world to keep their own citizens in check. “This tiny country that can’t even feed its own people is threatening us all with Nukular Nyalashun! The only sensible thing for you to do is to give us copious amounts of power over your lives. Heck yeah, ‘Murica!”

Attorney General Jeff Session acknowledges (though he doesn’t know it) that the Drug War incentivizes violent crime. Quote: “Drug trafficking is an inherently dangerous and violent business. If you want to collect the drug debt, you can’t file a lawsuit in court. You collect it with a barrel of a gun.” His solution? Keep the status quo. It’s much better to keep and mourn over the violence than to allow a situation where drug lords are suing each other in actual courts of law. That would be nonsense. He goes on to talk about the number of Americans who die from drug overdose.

I would be interested to hear how many Americans died due to government overdose. It’s a serious and growing problem. People start out with just a small hit; maybe a law requiring the wearing of seat belts, and before you know it they’re demanding that government throw people in jail for “not believing in ‘climate change'”.

That nice Scottish girl, Kara McCullough, wins the Miss USA title, even though she thinks that “health care is a privilege”. Well, she’s only partially correct: I infer that she means health care should not be mandated to the point of throwing people in jail for not providing it to someone else.

But health care isn’t even a privilege. It is a responsibility. Each individual is responsible for his own state of health–within reason, of course. It’s possible that a person suffers from some disease because his mother or father was promiscuous, and so passed their various diseases to the child. Otherwise, each of us knows what we need to do, and it’s pretty basic: eat healthy, exercise, avoid unhealthy activities like smoking, drinking alcohol (to excess), and motorcycle jousting (to excess).

When someone declares “health care is a right”, then what he is saying is that an individual should be provided “health care” (actually, medical services), even if it entails expense on the part of another person. You have to pay for his health care; it’s a right! (smiley emoji goes here). It is a brutal philosophy, that violates God’s law to not steal.

That’s right; people who advocate for government-mandated universal “health care” (medical services) are probably going to Hell. One Corinthians 6:10.

The McDonald’s Corporation is spending a lot of its own actual money to help its franchisees fire people. I mean, er, to help its franchisees move into the 21 Century™. The money is to help install the ordering kiosks and such. It won’t be too long before the cooking is done by robots, too. We’ll all be out of a job , because robots will get all the jobs, and, and, MASSTERIA!!!!!

My Sunday School teacher talked about working at McDonald’s back in the 1970’s. He was an order taker. He didn’t stand behind a counter, punching buttons with pictures of burgers and fries on them. What he did was go outside, and ask people their orders, and he would have to remember what they would order–no notebook. Then he would go back and tell the cooks what was needed. I don’t remember everything he said, but it was interesting. There is a book, McDonald’s: Behind the Arches, that details the company’s founding. Great story. I first learned about it through one of Dr. Thomas Sowell’s books on economics (probably Applied Economics, the best-selling sequel to his hit, Basic Economics).

I like McDonald’s even if I am not always fond of its food. It’s not always cooked right, and I have to be in the mood for it. I remember when they had those heat lamps, and columns of burgers on the slide. That was the best. That was actual fast food. “I want two cheeseburgers and a large fry.” The clerk turns around, grabs the cheeseburgers off the bottom of the slide, grabs the fries, and you slap down your money and you’re gone. Ah, the good old days.

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 — 05/06/2017

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

Emmanuel Macron’s campaign emails were hacked by someone who is definitely not Russian.

Policewoman in Sarasota helps to cover up an attempted murder.

Tim Tebow draws the crowds.

Gubmint and Health Care.

House votes to “Repeal” Obamacare

Posted in For Free Trade with tags , , , , , , , , on May 4, 2017 by cavalier973

By a vote of 217 to who cares. Now, it goes to the Senate.

There are reports of Democrats singing Na Na Na Na. Clever, gimmicky politics, but if Republicans are “gone” in 2018, it’s because they didn’t actually repeal the Affordable Care Act, like they promised.

An overview of what they passed.

 

Also, an explanation of the Congressional self-exemption of the AHCA.