Archive for James Comey

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 — 06/03/2017

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 — 05/24/2017

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…

Stuff Going On — 05/19/2017

Posted in For Free Trade, For God with tags , , , on May 19, 2017 by cavalier973

Anthony Weiner will plead guilty in Federal Court to transferring obscene material to a minor. I didn’t realize that Hillary’s emails contained salacious material. Hillary, you naughty, naughty babushka.

♣ Heartrending. Father whose six year old son went missing shows up at the press conference that the police decided to hold before informing the man his son was dead.

♥ Oh, right! About that “Comey says that Trump tried to obstruct justice and kept memos” story? As it turns out, Comey already testified earlier this month that Trump did NOT try to obstruct justice.

In defense of insider trading.

Stuff Going On — 05/18/2017

Posted in For Free Trade, For God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 18, 2017 by cavalier973

Trump is on his way to a visit to Saudi Arabia. There is a countdown clock to the meeting. The Saudis are hopeful that the lurch toward favoring Iran that occurred under President Obama will be arrested and reversed by President Trump. The first article talks about the religious split (Saudi Arabia is Sunni Muslim, Iran is Shiite Muslim), but doesn’t mention the racial animosity between the countries: Saudi Arabia is Semitic, Iran is Indo-European, and I think it is a mistake not to bring that point up in these racially charged times. I once worked with Iraqi expatriates, and they hated the Iranians, but were contemptuous of the Saudis (they described Saudi Arabia as the “Mexico” and Iraq as the “USA”). But I digress. There is a hilarious quote concerning President Trump in the first linked article: “‘I hope he is very careful, nuanced and informed in his wording and body language, given the political earthquakes he could cause by repeating some of his previous rhetoric in such a setting,’ Sullivan said.” This is in reference to the speech Pres. Trump intends to make about the problem of Islamic extremism.

There’s just not enough popcorn in the world.

♣ The deputy attorney general appoints a special counsel to look into the whole #TrumpRussia story. The person he picked is former FBI man, Robert Mueller.

Roger Ailes, the founder of the Fox News network died. Sources say he is in talks with St. Peter to build an afterlife-based news station, tentatively called The Heavenly News Network.

Walmart is fighting for position against Amazon.com in the online shopping arena. I used to work for Sears, which at one time was prevented from merging with K-Mart because lawmakers were afraid that such a merger would create a monopoly in the retail industry. Then, years and years later, Sears and K-Mart did “merge”, and they are going bankrupt.

Online sales has proven too convenient. There’s also, I would think, a better “sales capture”, since packing that regretted impulse purchase back into a box and taking the box to FedEx or the Post Office is a lot more trouble than carrying it back to the store.

 

A couple of things…

Posted in For Free Trade with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 17, 2017 by cavalier973

•  Robert Wenzel discusses what a President Pence might look like, in terms of his economic policies, were Trump to lose his job. In short, Pence is conventionally “pro-market”, which means a mixture of actual Free Market advocacy with a leavening of crony-capitalism.

In this opinion piece, Gregg Jarrett argues that, had Comey written a memo describing Pres. Trump trying to obstruct justice, then Comey himself is guilty of breaking the law. He’s supposed to report that stuff. Jonathan Turley makes some similar observations.

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.