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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 — 05/04/2017

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

The fruits of socialism are being harvested in Venezuela.

President Obama endorses former Socialist, now centrist Emmanuel Macron for President of France. Of course, he does.

♥ All we have to do is invent a light-speed capable transport vehicle. I’m certain that Mr. Hawking is already working on that. Also, there are a plethora of earth-sized planets in the “golden zone” orbiting a star that is similar to our sun. Should be easy. Something interesting: Mr. Hawkings lists “nukular annihilation” as one of the problems humanity faces that requires emigration from earth. Um, isn’t that a problem that we would carry with us? I’m pretty sure Nukes aren’t a naturally occurring phenomenon.

Would you shop for groceries online? How much extra would you be willing to pay for delivery of the groceries you purchased on a website?

 

Stuff going on today

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

♠ Democrats will thoroughly embarrass Trump by winning a special election in Georgia today. Ossoff, the Democrat candidate, will assuredly win, even though he will have one less vote than he might have, if, you know, he actually lived in the district he is campaigning to represent.

♣ The “Facebook Killer”, Steve Stephens, is a black male, 6 foot 1 inch tall, around 244 pounds; he was last seen driving a white Ford Fusion with temporary (I’m guessing paper) license plates. Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana, and Michigan residents are warned to be alert. He is armed and dangerous. There is a $50,000 reward for info leading to his capture.

UPDATE: Stephens killed himself after being caught by the police.

♥ Who says President Obama is worthless? He was able to persuade Hillary Clinton to concede the election to Trump on Election Night. Nice work, Mr. President!

♦ It might be time to buy some Burger King Stock.

Believe Me.

Posted in For Free Trade, For God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 13, 2016 by cavalier973

A few weeks ago, I was listening to Trump give a speech at one of his rallies, and I was laughing. I wasn’t laughing at him, necessarily, although that accounted for part of my mirth. For some reason, I just found whole scenario–the things he was saying, the cadence of his words, the enthusiasm of his supporters, the fact that he was the GOP nominee, the possibility that Hillary might lose the election–amusing, even joyful. I don’t remember what he said–his usual shtick, probably: “build the Messican wall, throw Hillary over it, have her toss our jobs back to us”…

My mother called me the morning of the election, and asked what I thought. I said I wasn’t sure, but it certainly looked like Hillary would win, based on the polling, and that the Democrats would win the Senate, but that the Republicans would retain control of the House of Representatives. Divided government, and then in 2018, the GOP would win back control of the Senate, for sure. All the conventional things people interested in politics “knew” that morning.

I voted for the Darrell Castle/Scott Bradley Constitution Party ticket. Since no Constitution Party candidates were listed for the other offices, I voted Libertarian Party for everything else. I’m done with the GOP. That’s right: I live on the edge.

At 21:00 Tuesday night, while switching back and forth between Fox, CNN, MSNBC, and the Blaze Network, I gathered that Hillary would win the Presidency with somewhere north of 300 electoral votes, that the GOP would keep the House, as expected, and that the GOP just might possibly also keep the Senate. It was good enough for me, so to bed I went. At 01:00, I awoke, and checked the phonernet. Real Clear Politics said Trump had won with 274 Electoral votes. Suspicious, I returned to watching the four networks. None of them had Trump as the winner, but all of them had Trump ahead with (depending on the station) 244 or 254 Electoral votes. I did not get back to sleep. By the next day, it turned out that the election returns were just as predicted, except that Trump won.

Everyone “knows” now why Donald Trump won. He touched that place in people’s hearts that politicians so want to touch: the place that activates their unreasoning and unassailable loyalty. He made ridiculous promises and gave only the vaguest explanation of how he would fulfill those promises, but it didn’t matter to his supporters. “Trust Me.” “Believe Me.” He talked about bringing jobs back from Mexico and China that had actually gone to robots in Alabama. He said that he would build a wall between the border of the U.S. and Mexico, and that Mexico would pay for it. He promised to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”). He did not give his plans on how he would do these things. “Trust Me.” “Believe Me.” Trump supporters did what he said.

Of course, not all Trump voters believe him; a lot of people were voting against Hillary, and so helped push Trump to victory, but consider him with the same enthusiasm as one would a snake poking its head out of the toilet. This is why it is incorrect to label everyone who voted for Trump as a hateful bigot who hates the hated. But, why would they vote for someone so detestable if they didn’t in some way approve of him? Because they honestly thought Hillary was worse. If you don’t already understand why someone would think this, it’s not likely you can understand it. This is one of the hazards of making every election a binary choice–people have different personal beliefs on what constitutes a “greater evil”. But what about the awful things people accused Trump of doing? “They’re just accusations. Innocent until proven guilty, ha, ha. Hillary’s worse.” ~Trump Voter, not Supporter.

What about the things that Trump said to Billy Bush?

I can’t speak for the non-supporter Trump voter (NSTV), but I do have a thought about this. I didn’t hear the entire conversation, but I agree that it sounded pretty bad. It was even worse that Billy Bush kept pressuring his female co-host to give Trump hugs and such. I also agree, in part, that it wasn’t “locker-room talk”. Locker room talk involves mainly one-upmanship about one’s “manliness” (by using a plethora of metaphors and similes), not discussions about assaulting women. There is another sort of darker humor, though, best exemplified by the joke known as “The Aristocrats”. I will allow the reader the opportunity to research this “joke” himself, but I will explain that the point of the joke is not to be funny through cleverness (it has a rather obvious and dull punchline), but by being as explicitly offensive and profane as possible while telling it. The humor lies in how uncomfortable the joke teller can make his audience feel. (“I can’t believe he went there! Tee-hee!”) Howard Stern does something like this, and quite well, if you are into that sort of humor. I think that, based on the portion of video I saw of Trump and Billy Bush, this was what Trump was attempting to do. He was trying to be as outlandishly offensive as possible, as an attempt at humor. I say this with the understanding that I was not there, did not hear the whole conversation, and am not personally acquainted with Trump and so cannot judge his character as to whether he would actually assault women in the manner he described. Several women came afterward and accused him of assaulting him in the manner he described, so my theory may not be correct.

But I digress.

Post-Election Wednesday, the Trump True Believers Squad was ecstatic. The Hillary Booster Club members were devastated–some of them are still protesting/rioting, as of Saturday night (11/12). The #NeverTrumpers were split, with some sort of happy, and some soaking their hankies. I felt…well, I felt relief. I did not want Hillary to be President, at all. I don’t like Progressivism; I don’t like Statism; I don’t like bullies who use the government to punish people who disagree with them. So, naturally, I also did/do not want Trump to be President. People claim he’s a brilliant businessman, but at best he’s a crony capitalist, and so is a poor representative for the Free Market. People look at him and denounce Capitalism almost reflexively. There is a popular saying among the Trump True Believers that he will “run the government like a business”, which, considering Trump’s track record, is terrifying; but even were he as brilliant in (real, free-marketplace style) business as people claim, we should not want the government “run like a business” for the simple fact that a business seeks always to increase its market share, and that’s the last thing we should want the government to do. Believe Me.

As an aside, Trump has a significant portion of his base a group calling themselves the “Alt-Right”. These are not libertarian free-marketeers, but rather a group who thinks that using the government to oppress people is wrong unless they are the ones in control of it–in which case they want the government to be all-powerful. Think of them as sort of the mirror-image of Progressives. It is this group that gives the Trump movement its stigma of racism and anti-Semitism. They’re the ones who are sending mean tweets and calling people names. They think that the recent Trump electoral victory gives their movement validity, and so are now “feeling their oats”, to use a pre-coined phrase. I think the Alt-right is too small a movement to fear–at present–but it is one we should probably monitor with some vigilance. Berlin wasn’t built in a day, and all that jazz.

But, as I say, I felt relief at the election results. I attribute this to my ingrained sense of partisanship, which I must work to eliminate, because the GOP has exposed itself as being every bit as anti-conservative, anti-liberty, anti-limited government as the Democratic Party. Still, I enjoy watching videos of leftists having breakdowns; I enjoy reading stories of progressives shocked into incoherence. I enjoy the victory marches of the Trump crowd, as they make people (including myself) eat a heaping plate of cold-pressed crow.

I don’t enjoy the uncertainty and despair of my friends, though. I have friends and acquaintances whom I would describe as “very liberal”, politically, and for whom I would willingly jump into the fire to save. When I say “jump into the fire”, I mean that I would push them to safety, and then die, screaming in agony, and be caught on video waving my arms in a silly manner, which video would then become an internationally famous Internet meme that mean people would use to mock my pain. I would willingly go through all that because I love my friends, and am loyal, even though we vociferously disagree on politics. Some things are more important than winning elections or having the “right policy” in place.

I wish it wasn’t like this. I wish that a Presidential election didn’t result in people feeling despair. Disappointment, sure; that’s natural. But it should have little more significance that Bob Muckenfutch defeated Molly Simperwingding than that the Cubs defeated the Indians. Okay, maybe a bit more significance; but, after all, as our Founding Fathers set it up, the Executive Branch is supposed to execute the laws passed by the Legislative Branch. We shouldn’t be describing the President as the “Leader of the Free World™”; at best–Constitutionally speaking–he is Congress’ errand runner. Even as “Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces”, he should not be sending troops anywhere without Congress’ approval. If there is a “Leader of the Free World™”, then it is the Speaker of the House. The qualifications for President should hinge on how effective an administrator the candidate is, not the vision he (or she) has for the future, or how hard she (or he) can whack our political opponents. Ironically, from what I have read and heard, Hillary Clinton by this measure would be vastly preferable to Trump, even for far-right conservatives. She is intelligent and well informed and extremely hard-working. Unfortunately, as it stands today, a President Clinton would not be a mere administrator of the nation’s laws, but would attempt to create a utopia. President-elect Trump also wants to create a utopia, of course. Every President wants to create utopia. It’s up to us to stop them; stop them all, I say.

I am an idealist; I believe that the world as it is could be made better. I think we need to go back to the idea that government can’t save us all; it can’t feed us all; it can’t make us all enjoy warm fuzzy feelings in our souls. We give up some of our humanity, I think, by using government to assist the poor and oppressed. I could be wrong; I’m willing to discuss the matter. I think that an armed populace is more important to national defense than a (practically speaking) standing army that one man can send into foreign countries on a whim. I could be wrong; I’m willing to discuss it. I think that it’s more important to protect private property rights than it is to protect people’s feelings. I could be wrong; I’m willing to discuss it.

The President, in my opinion, has too much power. The entire Federal Government has too much power. It should not be intervening in our lives at the level that it does. It should not be our proxy for dealing with each other. Elected officials should not be thought of as our superiors. In fact, all government officials should be considered to be our agents, not our leaders. It’s called “The House of Representatives”, after all, not “The House of Overlords”. A representative is someone you hire to act in your interest, at your direction, so that you can attend to more important things. A representative ain’t the boss of you. He is given his authority by you (and all the other voters in your district, of course). If he misbehaves, or breaks the laws, then the voters can switch him out for someone they think will do a better job. We do have the responsibility to monitor our employees, as any good boss does, and that includes Presidents that we hire to enforce our laws that were passed by the Representatives that we hired. This is how we all can build hope in these dark days: by knowing that, with proper coaching, we can ensure that even a President Trump could prove to be an exemplary employee. We can disagree about the proper methods, but we can do so civilly. But success will depend on us working together. Believe me.

Finally, if there is anyone still reading this, I want to make what I consider the most important point: none of this matters, in the long run. Not the free market, not democracy, not baseball, not defeating terrorism, not anything. The only thing that matters is the Kingdom of God. The whole world is not enough to compensate for lost souls. If you have not trusted Jesus Christ for salvation, I beg you to do so. He makes all the arrangements; He already assumed all the necessary costs. Trust that He did this for you. Tell Him that you trust Him. Tell others that you trust Him. From St. Paul’s letter to the Romans:

“‘The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,’ that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim:  If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.  As Scripture says, ‘Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.’  For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him,  for, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.'”

American Evangelical Christians participated–were, indeed, one of the key factors–in winning an astonishing victory against seemingly impossible odds. From a purely political point of view, it was fantastic. My advice is to not gloat. Don’t “Christsplain” how God “chose” Donald Trump at this Historic Time of Historical History to Keep Us from Baking Gay Cakes, or whatever. Maybe God chose Trump to destroy the U.S.A. Who can say, at this point? Live the Gospel. Don’t listen to people who say you’ve lost your witness because you supported literal Demogorgon. Don’t tell your siblings in Christ who occupy the other side that they’ve lost their witness for supporting literal Orcus. When we get to heaven, we will have enough about which to be ashamed–standing in front of the throne with our heads bowed and our feet shuffling–without the added shame of disregarding Christ’s command to us to love each other.

“Believe Me.”
~Jesus

 

 

More on Guns

Posted in For Free Trade, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on January 8, 2016 by cavalier973

I heard snippets of some speech that Pres. Obama was giving, in which he stated something to the effect of: “There are many responsible gun owners who like to go hunting and go to the shooting range, but inner city folk have an entirely different experience when it comes to guns.”

Well, the 2nd Amendment wasn’t put in there for hunters, Mr. President. It was understood that personal possession of firearms was an element of national defense, hence the reference to militias. According to Federal policy, the national militia consists of every able-bodied man between certain ages (I think 18 and 45). Therefore, it is imperative that each able-bodied man possess a firearm.

The best national defense is an armed populace.

Furthermore, it is “the right of the people” to keep and bear arms. This is an inherent right; it is not granted by the Constitution. The Constitution prohibits the Federal Government from infringing on a right that the people already have.

Filibuster hits the 12 hour mark

Posted in For Free Trade, For God with tags , , , , , , , , on March 6, 2013 by cavalier973

Just a couple of minutes ago.  See the filibuster here, and check out the filibuster clock, as well.  Sen. Paul just wants a simple answer: does Pres. Obama think he has the authority to kill American citizens on American soil without any sort of trial?