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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Brexit struck a blow for free trade

Much of the media especially reporters and commentators who are not old enough to remember when there was no European Union seem to be in abject panic over what they see as the disintegration of Western Civilization as evidenced by Brexit. There was a NATO long before there was a EU and it was much stronger and more forceful than any military alliance existent today. The popular theme from media elites who identify with and carry water for political elites is that driven by bigotry and xenophobia the masses seem willing to risk war and prosperity to sate their previously controlled bigotry. There are comparisons to the Weimar Germany that produced Hitler and the general assumption that those voting to leave the sacrosanct and benign Union would sooner starve than prosper with Muslim refugees.

Actually Margaret Thatcher kept the EU at arms length and demanded that Britain would keep its currency and control its immigration. The immigrants that are taking British jobs are legal immigrants from the ever expanding European Union. It is not the Union Thatcher's generation signed on to. In 2004 Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia entered. In 2007 Bulgaria and Romania joined. Future candidates for membership include Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey. Within the present rules citizens of all of the aforementioned countries will have a right to seek employment in Britain albeit under a regulated regime. As those Brits who work in factories and shops are not the same Brits who write immigration rules with the EU there are differences as to how many jobs should go to foreign born workers and the factory workers have had enough.

As with Obama, Ryan and Cruz who authored an op-ed with the Speaker in support of TPP, free trade is a misnomer. Quite the opposite! Contemporary trade agreements come with hundreds of pages of regulations that are binding on all citizen whether they are engaged in trade or even employed in a trading industry. In the case of the EU the Brussels bureaucrats who make the laws have adapted a green agenda to save the world from global warming. Member countries must adopt a " mitigation ambition mechanism ". A mitigation ambition mechanism? This vulgarity from the country that gave the world Milton and Shakespeare? Doctor Johnson call your office. George Orwell where are you when we need you? What self respecting Englishman could countenance any organization that employed such verbiage?


At the top of the eco friendly hit list is the innocent hair dryer. From the Telegraph;

The European Union is considering pulling the plug on high-wattage hair dryers, lawn mowers and electric kettles in a follow up to its controversial ban on powerful vacuum cleaners.
The power of hairdryers could be reduced by as much as 30 per cent in order to be more eco-friendly, a draft study commissioned by Brussels suggests, threatening many of the models favoured by hairdressers and consumers for speedy blow-dries.

From another Telegraph post;

“What we want is to let the free market reign, not this diktat by bureaucrat,” said David Coburn, a UK Independence party MEP from Scotland who highlighted the proposals set out in the EU’s “Ecodesign” consultation.
Mr Coburn, who recently purchased a new kettle and toaster on moving house, has grumbled that his new appliances no longer seem to have the ‘oomph’ they once did. “I think I must have bought a euro-toaster, I have to put the bread in five times and it’s still pale and pasty. Perhaps it’s powered by windmills,” he told The Telegraph, “And the kettle? Watching a kettle boil has never been so boring.”

There are limits to how much government interference any society will tolerate and that limit has been reached in Merry Old England. Being overbearing just because you can get away with it is a liberal trait that rightfully should be punished. Stripped of the onerous regulation that has encumbered its economy Britain will be stronger, freer and happier.

Oh Brexit, my Brexit

It's probably an indication of the expertise of today's reportage on Brexit that last evening, while the vote was being reported, only one network, Fox Business, carried the vote tallies in real time. Today the same great organizations and their minions who could not tear themselves away from Trump's trip to Scotland and the resultant irreparable damage to the Republican brand, have commanded their viewer to listen up and pay attention to the disaster at hand. In fact the Brexit story was so low voltage that only one celebrity, and a minor one at that, offered an opinion on the purely European matter. Bless her heart, Lindsay Lohan, best known for driving under the influence of cocaine and other sundry misdemeanors, did take to Twitter to buck up the remain vote. "good luck with the pound.. will take you about 15 years to get it back up #REMAIN instead", wrote the renowned economist. For some reason she deleted her tweets and her keen insights will be forever lost. Where was Michael Moore? Sean Penn? How can any nation make such a serious decision without help from Hollywood?
Fast forward to the following morning into a media world gone wild. Many in the financial media stirred the panic. People who should have known better actually compared it to the meltdown of 2008. Yes, the Dow did close down 610 which puts it at about the level it was in early May but some perspective is in order. Lost in the hysteria was the fact that the vote merely began a two year long process toward Britain's eventual withdrawal. Another surd fact; only one person, Prime Minister David Cameron, lost his job in the alleged economic carnage.
My question is, where was all this financial wisdom the night before? Lindsay Lohan can't do it all.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Clever pro Trump teenager wins the argument

  I've said before I'm not an Infowars fan, but I have to say this video--every minute of it--is priceless. These kids are hilarious, well-spoken and extremely nimble in arguing with the sluggish BLM dude, who can't seem to get over the fact that these kids are pro Trump.
  Worth every minute.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Google's objectivity re: Democrats

  There's been a lot of controversy lately about Google's objectivity when it comes to Hillary Clinton...something about code, preferences, algorhthyms...
  Not sure what to think, until I tried this.
  Search term for Google: obama's embarrassing radio appearances
  This produced interesting results, viewable here, most of which are somewhat, shall we say, complimentary of Barack Hussein Obama, with links to how embarrassing Trump is and "embarrassed" Obama is for Republicans.
  Bing's search results were quite different, viewable here.
  Yahoo's search results were also quite different, viewable here, same search terms. 
  Similar at Dogpile.
  Try it yourself.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Trump, the anti-Obama candidate

  So I really have to laugh, the more I think about it.
  The media, the DNC and so many Americans have been so proud of themselves for electing an anti-American, er, I mean, an historic president.
  We've had 8 years of glowing "He's like a GODDDD!" analogies.
  We've had almost 8 years of cries of racism with every perceived offense.
  We've had almost 8 years of delicate little snowflakes ruining colleges.
  And 8 years of political correctness.
  We've had almost 8 years of federal corruption at all levels.
  People are tired of this, fed up with the racist prejudices of the Left against anyone who doesn't think the way they do.
  And now, as a result of 54 different gender choices, we have Donald Trump.
  The most politically incorrect, so-called racist, homophobic, misogynist and unapologetic presidential candidate in history.
  Do we see any connection here?
  Everyone knows Trump is flawed; he's sort of inoculated himself, in a way, by being so bombastic that the only people who are shocked by what he says are the politically correct, which of course they would have been no matter who ran against Hillary.
  They've been running numerous anti-Trump ads every hour here in Ohio; the problem is, every time they show some "shocking" thing Trump has said or done, I laugh.
  There ya go.

Lerner turns Ali memorial into pro Hillary rally

  You know, it's amazing how Democrats can ruin even a memorial for a popular public figure. 
  If you've watched the Ali memorial, you already know what I mean. Shades of Paul Wellstone echo historically.
  Left winger Rabbi Michael Lerner chose to use his time as a cheering session for Hillary, full of invectives toward Israel and kudos for a Palestinian state. Lots of clapping and cheers while the camera focused on a grinning Bill Clinton who murmured to the person beside him. The anti-Trump sentiment was not too far below the surface.
  Then there's Valerie Jarrett, sporting huge spectacles, who referred to Ali (or Obama? hard to tell) as King of the World, who just had to pull a me-me-me and refer to her Beloved to grab cheers because Obama.
  Ali's 4th wife of 30 years Lonnie Ali took the stage wearing a disconcertingly large black hat so huge that only her mouth was visible. 
  The focus of the memorial was many faith centered--diversity--and particularly Islam.
  Parkinson's is a terrible disease. Ali carried himself well, even to the end.
  What is it about memorials that makes people talk more about themselves than the deceased? Curious.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Hillary the golden goddess. Um. No.

  They've had the long knives out for Trump since he got in, but the last week has been, well, both disgusting and remarkable.
  Chris Plante has been snarking on the way the Clinton News Network has been trying to turn Hillary into a golden goddess.
  They literally used a Hollywood type filter to make Hillary's skin look gold. I suppose this is to perceive her **HISTORY***HISTORY***HISTORY*** making entry into the presidential race as extraordinary as Obama's was.
  I mean, fixated with race as the DNC/MSM machine is, they're still slavishly placing glowlights behind Obama the Lightbringer's head and remarking how popular and "funny" he is to much of the American public (they get their stats from the same place they get their economic stats).
  But now the professional camera and microphone bearers are racing to Hillary's side of the stage, slobbering and drooling to ask her hard hitting questions like, "How does it feel to be making history?" and "Aren't you just EXHAUSTED with all the campaigning?"
  Of course, you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear even if the sow is wearing a $12,000 Armani jacket that looks like a carpet moomoo while she complains about income inequality.
  So if you're CNN you whip out the golden filters.
  And there ya go.
  So you start with this, which looks like her head is on backwards anyway but oh well.
Then you do this:
  See? That's MUCH better and more convincing that SHE is the next BIG THING to barrel down the road because **HISTORY**.
  Here's the unaltered by MRC video...altered, of course, by CNN.
  To any reasonable eye, this is pretty horrible but to the CNN video editors who got hold of some Hollywood effects, I guess they think this makes her look good.
  I mean, really, though, she looks like she just shot right out of hell.   Hellary. Huh.

  Well, that wasn't enough and obviously it didn't really work well, so the next day, as Chris Plante noted, CNN tried this filter, which makes her look silver which admittedly is better than the gold filter but can't do much about the head on backwards thing.
  Now when I saw her do this on Fox, I thought she looked crazy or sorta like a character from Austin Powers but I guess the obsequious press didn't see it that way.
  Would we say this is press bias? 
  I think we are way beyond that. This is pretty insane and it's only going to turn the Trumpsters into more loyal and determineed Trumpsters.
  Because this is what the Republican side of the aisle is getting.
  And, yes, our candidate is Trump but let's be honest. Any Republican is a target for the press.
  Because this is really funny.
  Isn't it?

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Hillary: the uncharismatic robot

  Admittedly it's not that racially appealing when Donald Trump refers to "my African American" off stage, as if the man is some sort of servant. Or worse.
  Trump free wheels his speeches like he's weaving in and out of a roundabout  but his fans of all skin colors seem to allow him room to flub the language because he's so obviously making political correctness an issue in his campaign, even while claiming "I gotta be who I am."
  People in general are tired of being accused of imaginary infractions dreamed up by Left wing anti-god Puritanists, so they're willing to let Trump have leeway.
  Then we have Hillary, Trump's alter ego in reverse.
  Hillary is truly not who she is. She's a character created decades ago (not unlike Obama, to be truthful) in the smoky rooms of 60s academia.
  Her speeches are so breathtakingly bad that it's hard to believe anyone cheers after anything she says, but so they do, aping her mannerisms and drooling over every word.
  Her arms flail oddly, her finger pointing awkwardly at the crowd. She nods her head as if agreeing with the crowd's cheers--"I'm so great! We all agree! See what brilliant points I'm making!"
  In this particular performance in Oxnard, her head bounces down every 10 seconds to check her notes (this woman really needs a teleprompter and prepared speech); her body keeps pacing while her eyes navigate uncertainly back to her printed page,even while nodding to keep the crowd's attention.
  But what she says and the way she says it...she screams something about the deceased Mohammed Ali being able to follow his dreams. Geez, if there's anything more uninspiring than that, I haven't heard it.
  Her shoulders move squarely like a football player's and her voice has its usual scratchy sickliness. It's almost as if she's a....robot??? 
  Couldn't they have written her program with more, say, humor?

Friday, June 3, 2016

Zakaria: 72 raisins, not virgins

  So CNN does their work of trying to make America look bad; they run a special called "Why They Hate Us" because, you know, their hating us is our fault, just like it's Trump's fault that Soros and Hillary are paying thugs to beat up Trump fans at rallies.
  What is so amusing about this video is that they are so serious, repeating the conclusion that ISIS fighters who die in the line of duty will get as a reward 72 raisins rather than 72 versions.
  Well, gulp. Yeah.
 And here's Chris Plante on the subject. Hilarious.