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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 — 05/16/2017

Posted in For Free Trade, For God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 16, 2017 by cavalier973

I wrote about this last night: there is a major story concerning Trump’s revealing of highly classified intelligence concerning ISIS with the Russian Foreign Minister and Russian Ambassador. If the story is true, it is a serious failure of the President to protect the nation’s intelligence operations.

The National Security Advisor, McMaster, gave a short statement to the press, denying the story. The Beltwaytarians and News Junkies immediately began parsing the statement, and came to the conclusion that McMaster didn’t actually refute the Washington Post story.

This morning, President Trump himself seemed to indicate that the WaPo story is true.

Despite the fact that the President has the authority to declassify intelligence, it is a serious problem if he is revealing information that is better kept secret. The intelligence in question was not gathered by U.S. agents; that means that Trump gave away someone else’s intelligence (I have heard it hinted that it was nation of Jordan).

Erick Erickson claims to know one of the WaPo sources, and he says that the source is pro-Trump.

This is the story that Trump supporters are trying to use to push the WaPo story out of the spotlight. Some DNC staffer may have been the source of some of the WikiLeaks revelations. He was murdered almost a year ago, and, it is reported, the police were ordered to “stand down“.

The amazing nodosaur. The fossil is so well-preserved that it has been described as a “statue”.

♦ Twenty years ago, while I was in college, I was taught in economics class that two sectors drive the economy: Homebuilding and the auto industry. It looks like the home sector is holding firm, at least today.

This is big

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

The Washington Post is reporting that President Trump revealed highly classified intelligence to the foreign minister of Russia last week during a meeting. The story details that intelligence that had been gathered by a U.S. “partner” concerning terrorist activity by ISIS was revealed by Trump. A very concerning story; the U.S. and Russia agree that ISIS needs to be defeated, but they differ with regard to President Assad of Syria. Russia likes him, the U.S. doesn’t. If the intelligence results in Russian spies setting up U.S. spies to be killed (or if they kill the Americans directly), then Benghazi can no longer be a talking point for Trump supporters, at the very least.

It is entirely believable (to me, at least) that, in order to impress someone, President Trump shows off his knowledge. The question I have is, “Did he really do that?”

The WaPo story relies exclusively on unnamed sources. Officials. Senior Officials. Former Officials. They all knew what went on during that meeting. They are all horrified and concerned.

What I’d like to know is: who are these officials?

There is one official named in the story: H.R. McMaster, the national security advisor. He said: “The president and the foreign minister reviewed common threats from terrorist organizations to include threats to aviation.” And, “At no time were any intelligence sources or methods discussed, and no military operations were disclosed that were not already known publicly.”

So, the only person that we can track down to verify his testimony said that there was no problem. Maybe he’s just a lying liar. Maybe all of them are lying liars.

This is interesting: “A Russian photographer took photos of part of the session that were released by the Russian state-owned Tass news agency. No U.S. news organization was allowed to attend any part of the meeting.” That’s a curious decision for President Trump to make: let the Russian media in, but not the American media.

This sounds like a Dilbert Cartoon: “U.S. officials said that the National Security Council continues to prepare multi-page briefings for Trump to guide him through conversations with foreign leaders, but that he has insisted that the guidance be distilled to a single page of bullet points — and often ignores those.”

Another thought: if this story is true, it doesn’t mean that President Trump did anything illegal. As President, he can declassify intelligence at his discretion. From the article: “For almost anyone in government, discussing such matters with an adversary would be illegal.” Well, we aren’t exactly in a war with Russia (either hot or cold). It doesn’t mean that what he did is a good idea. If it is discovered that he does have ties to Russia, then there is a case to be made that his actions border on Treason, even.

It will be interesting to see if this story sticks. If more members of the press jump in, with some actual named sources, then President Trump is in serious trouble.

Stuff Going On — 04/25/2017

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

Russia has supplanted Saudi Arabia as the third-largest spender on military. It spends just under $70 billion, compared to 2nd-place China’s $215 billion and the U.S.A.’s $611 billion.

♣ A court case that has a good chance of making it to the SCOTUS may, possibly, eliminate all Federal Gun Control laws.

Belleview, FL is feeling a little rebellious.

♦ Trump is playing 3D Monopoly, by targeting U.S. trading partner Canada, instead of Mexico. Robert Wenzel talks about the benefits that accrue to U.S. citizens from foreign government subsidies.

Stuff Going on Today

Posted in For Free Trade, For God with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 21, 2017 by cavalier973

The Russians are flying their bombers around near Alaska, but not in U.S. airspace, so it’s fine. They are also buzzing the coastlines of U.S. allies, like Japan, but there’s totally nothing to worry about. A Russian spy ship has been noted lurking about the U.S. coastline, but it’s nothing, really.

Deadly protests in Venezuela.

Former President Bush is in the hospital for pneumonia, and gets a visit from former President Bush. Something interesting I remember hearing from radio host Michael Medved: Both Bush 41 and Bush 43 were the only presidents in recent years that did not have their wives sleep in separate bedrooms.

Boeing, Home Depot, and Microsoft are the stocks to watch (and perhaps buy) today. (Warning: autoplay video at the link)