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151  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Thank God for Europeans, rooster taking credit for the sunrise on: April 25, 2016, 04:50:15 PM
“We are fortunate to be living in the most peaceful, most prosperous, most progressive era in human history,” Obama boasted during a speech in Germany today.

Good grief.  He did everything he knew how to do to screw that up.  What a d*ckhead.  What brought the prosperity?  Free markets, free economies.  What brought the peace?  Peace through strength.  Taking on and defeating evil.  What direction is he taking us - the polar opposite.  Compare "Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down This Wall" with being our bower in chief unable to even name, much less call out the enemy for 8 lousy years.

Europe didn't get strong by allowing an invasion of a hostile, non assimilating population.  Nor is that what e Pluribus Unum here means, nor did we want the name to be divided states of America.

We went through this with Clinton.  They squandered the "peace dividend" handed to them, gutted our intelligence services, allowed threats to grow, and then ripped the next Republican President for getting the intelligence wrong on the ground in Iraq. 

As G M has noted and as we had with Paul Volcker and the aftermath of Jimmy Carter, this house of cards is going to fall and they are all set to blame whoever is next.
152  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Donald Trump on: April 25, 2016, 01:25:48 PM
G M:   I think I would rather have all the looming catastrophic incidents looming happen under her watch.

Along those lines, I don't want the next round of wrong and failed policies with failed results to be proof that our policies don't work.

After George Bush, America desperately needed bold change.  When we needed a sharp turn to the right, all we were offered was the failed status quo versus a sharp turn to the left.  

Said of George Bush, he gave supply side economics a bad name, without ever trying it.  

Tax rate cuts brought in phenomenal revenue gains once they were fully enacted.  Meanwhile George Bush grew government in a big way.  Taxes aren't the only burden of government.  Government spending also diverts resources away from their most productive use and so do government rules like stifle industry and make bad loans.  Bush and the Republicans did a couple of things right, and then screwed it all up by leaving in place all kinds of bad programs, see Fannie Mae,  CRAp and so many other dangerous programs, not to mention the folly of the Fed distorting markets to the point of blowing it up.  The Bush administration was enjoying all the distortion effects of that monetary expansion on the way up when they should have been warning against it.  While markets and incomes were going up he should have used that opportunity to cut and reform all the programs of proven failure.  He didn't do that and he couldn't articulate the things he did right.

My point here is that I don't want my views, our poicies, judged by the success or failure of Trump policies which are largely the opposite.  He now admits wanting to "raise taxes on the rich" along with expanding the role, power and scale of government.  If that's Republican, I'm not one.  If we are going to double down on Democrat failed policies and it fails further, as GM suggests, it should be called Democrat failure.  

The failure of George Bush was the failure of Democrat policies (that he wrongly continued) and especially fault of the incoming Democrat Congress with its de facto leaders, Senators Hillary and Barack.  Instead they threw out the Republicans.
153  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Cruz and Kasich coordinating on: April 25, 2016, 12:57:22 PM

This will probably backfire(?).  Could help Cruz in Indiana.  Splitting up California will be difficult to pull off.
154  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Music, Sometimes it Snows in April on: April 25, 2016, 12:43:56 PM
"I didn't know he [Prince] lived near you.  Actually I never realized he lived in Minn."

Unlike Bob Dylan and others, he actually stayed here and was proud to be from here.  Must not have had a competent tax adviser.

"There are good reasons why Prince had to live in a high security compound and reportedly had a bank like vault.  "

As the saying goes, just because you're not paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you.  Most don't know the music theft business the way you and Katherine do.  I think of that when I see some cute 21 year old new on the scene who 'writes all her own songs'.  I saw a 14 year old Kid Johnny Lang play a heavy blues guitar song 'he wrote' about love gone bad.

Local urban legend on lyrics: 52 years ago (1964), a little known band from England, the Rolling Stones played here at Excelsior Park on the lake and were allegedly booed off the stage.  While in town, Mick Jagger (or whoever wrote songs for him) "was standing in line with Mr. Jimmy", the town bum, down at the Chelsea drug store, "they decided they would have a soda"but they were out of his favorite flavor cherry red, and Jimmy told him... "you can't always get what you want"... A singalong lyric now well known by millions.  

Final Prince story:  My sister is a professional viola player, played on his Paisley Park recordings in the 1980s. I tried to find out what songs that might have been.  Here is a pretty song from that time with Prince on piano and the viola starting to come through around the 1:20 mark:  Sometimes it Snows in April, about the death of a friend.  Prescient?  They didn't come up with that line in Nashville or Hollywood.
155  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: triple play trivia on: April 24, 2016, 04:59:09 PM
Breitbart had a post about a CWS triple play so I looked and found this triple play trivia.  I like the one about one player's only major league game included being struck out, hitting into a double play, and hitting into a triple play.  Or the pitcher that was called in to relieve with a runner on first and second.  He threw one pitch that was hit into a triple play.  The pitcher completed the inning with the single pitch.

Another website supposedly has a record of all the major league triple play totals since the 1800s.  I don't know how accurate it is.  Talk about "big data".

It took me a moment to figure out 'CWS' - Chicago White Sox.  )
Great play!

Another successful defensive play from the past, Kent Hrbek pulled the baserunner off the base during the tag for a crucial World Series out, 1991:
Hey, we needed the out!

One of my favorites from baseball trivia:
What pitcher had the most losses in baseball history?

Cy Young, of course, 511-316. Nolan Ryan was 3rd and Walter Johnson 4th in career losses.  You had to have a lot of wins for them to keep playing you through all the losses.
156  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: FWIW I found this on: April 24, 2016, 04:27:29 PM

Imagine if heteros labeled themselves a positive name for being heterosexual along the lines of 'lighthearted and cheerful', implying that others are not.  You would face lawsuits and criminal charges.
157  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Repentant Transsexual; Drop the "T" from LGBT on: April 24, 2016, 12:21:57 PM

Let's drop the B (and Q) too.  Being confused, undecided, inconsistent, questioning, indiscriminate or promiscuous is not a gender.  Look at your genitals and use the right bathroom. 

Can't we drop the L too?  Aren't lesbians gay?  Or no?  And when did we lose the meaning of the word gay from our language?  Can we have that word back?  If you are homo-sexual, you can say so or keep your private life private.  Same sex attraction is not a synonym for happy.  Some are less happy.  What word to heteros get?  Straight?  Who gave us that label?  Do we teach our language from Meriam Webster or from the 'urban dictionary'?

For the record, we on the right want more privacy, personal freedom, and liberty to pursue happiness for (all people including) gay people than do those on the left.  The right to keep the fruits of your labor and investment, the right to choose your own healthcare, the right to opt in or out of a union, the right to NOT be asked 300 personal questions on the census, personal property rights and the right to have the government off of your land, the right to choose your own charities and not have your social causes forced on you by the government, the right to bear arms and defend yourself and your household, and on and on.  Too bad no one ever makes that point to Democrat constituent groups.
158  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Hillary and Yoko Ono on: April 24, 2016, 11:51:08 AM
Snopes isn't agenda free or impartial.

Agreed.  Still, not much of a source on that quote.

Coming out as gay now would be the perfect shiny object she needs to rescue her candidacy.  I just kind of doubt it. 

As an excuse for Bill's pattern of conduct, having a lesbian wife is not a free pass to be a criminal, sexual predator. 
159  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Music on: April 23, 2016, 09:14:06 AM
He was a big star on stations I didn't listen to and clubs I didn't go into.  A 5'2" guy with an unbuttoned shirt wasn't my kind of sexy, but he was a big star and helped a lot of people get started. Prince would join local acts on stage in downtown Mpls clubs and then disappear as soon as the word got out.

26 unreleased albums, they say, someone is going to make money off of this.

The nameless period was weird but I kind of admire standing up to a big company that thinks they own the name your parents gave you.  Also seems strange to go from his very sexual stage act to being a Jehovah's Witness, and then just not play certain songs.

A history of depression and dark stuff like the movie Purple Rain, and songs like Manic Monday, I can guess that a lot of these so-called creative geniuses were living out what otherwise would be considered mental illness, manic depressive bipolar, if it had a label.
160  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Hillary and Yoko Ono on: April 23, 2016, 08:51:23 AM

Snopes says no on the logic that if true the msm would have carried it.

So that settles it.  (?)
161  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: More proof of the lies on: April 23, 2016, 08:39:46 AM
What if she just admitted she helped Obama spread that lie about the film to help him get re-elected?

That they didn't rescue them for the same reasons, denying there was a terror attack.

And admitted Bill convinced her to do business on the private server because of all the quid pro quo arrangements sure to develop, taking personal and Foundation enrichment in exchange for State Dept favors.

And that the Obama DOJ isn't prosecuting because no one else can win on the Democrat side.

Everyone already knows all this.  Would people like her any better if she was honest?   (No.)
162  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Hillary has no regrets about Libya on: April 22, 2016, 07:19:18 PM

 interesting, it was Obama's, admitted, greatest failure, trusting Hillary / having no plan for the aftermath in Libya.  (Chris Wallace interview)
163  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: European matters, Britain, UK, exit or remain? European Union, EU on: April 22, 2016, 02:52:07 PM
I wonder what others here think.  If you were British, how would you vote to exit or remain in the European Union.

(Do we have a separate Great Britain, U.K. thread?)

The E.U. is clearly stronger and better off with the UK in.  But what does the U.K. gain in return?  They don't even want the currency and neither side would gain from a trade war retaliation of their exit.   EU has no defense beyond the larger countries acting on their own.

The future of the EU will be the richer, more productive states bailing out the poorer, less productive ones.  As a richer nation, wouldn't you get out at every opportunity?

But the real, driving force of this is, out of control, open immigration.  Because it is in the EU, the UK  does not have the sovereignty to stop the current invasion.  Wouldn't they want to get the power back?  The UK should make UK immigration decisions.  No?
164  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Pathological Science, Earth is on brink of mass extinction - again on: April 22, 2016, 12:12:00 PM
Earth is on brink of a sixth mass extinction, scientists say, and it’s humans’ fault
Al Gore: Polar Ice Gone in 5 Years, 2009

John Kerry claims the Arctic will be ice-free by summer 2013

PoliticFact rates this "Barely True" in 2009.  Huh?

In 2011, PolitiFact changed the name of Barely True to Mostly False.  Huh??

Doug rates all of this as pathologically, reality denyingly false, then and now.
165  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / 13% of Syrian refugees support ISIS, 33% sympathize on: April 22, 2016, 11:25:06 AM
Posting this here by request, adding a link for the Syrian refugees coming to our northern border and the Montana border protection 'gap'!
Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plans to welcome at least 100,000 Syrian Muslims, refugees, into his country. 25,000 already admitted.

13% 'support' ISIS, 33% 'sypathize' with ISIS.

Mr. Trump, it looks like we may need a couple more walls.

The Canada–United States border is the longest international border in the world, 5500 miles, 4000 across the lower 48 + 1500 going up Alaska.  I wonder if Canada will pay for it...

In Montana, Reuters reported earlier this year, our federal enforcement force is still so understaffed that the Border Patrol depends on 100 private citizen ranchers along the northern border to police the U.S.-Canada boundaries.  Of 21,000 total Border Patrol agents, only 2,100 are assigned to the northern border. There are only about 300 agents guarding the entire northern border at any one time.

I have never driven or flown into Canada but have been over the border many times on foot, boat and snowmobile.

As an aside, Crafty (and others), may I recommend you take your son or family on a trip into the Boundary Waters before the border is closed.
That portion of the wall will be most difficult to build, a million acres along the border non-motorized, bringing in workers and cement blocks by paddle and portage.  (3 million acres of lakes and forests counting the Canadian side, Quetico Park.)
166  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Cognitive Dissonance of the left on: April 22, 2016, 11:07:25 AM
Hamilton was a great American (including being a co-author of the Federalist Papers!) who guided us into founding as an economically solvent nation after the tremendous economic disruption (including massive monetary inflation) of the War for Independence.  He most certainly deserves to stay where he is.

Thank you for a well-informed defense of this great American.  My poke at the Obama's political Treasury Dept ignored all of Hamilton's contributions.  Your post is a good example of the value of reading these pages.
167  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Music, RIP Prince on: April 22, 2016, 10:58:06 AM
Rest in Peace, neighbor and icon, Prince Nelson from Minneapolis Central, class of 76.  His parents divorced when he was 8, felt his mother abandoned him.  Moved around maybe 30 times as a kid, all in Minneapolis. His dad, a jazz musician, co-wrote some of his songs.  Mostly not my type of music, but he was an original and a legend. Known for his live performances, played many instruments.  He wrote many songs that made others famous.  I haven't seen him since his wedding...  Superbowl halftime show  Purple Rain on Arsenio Hall  Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, Prince, Tribute to George Harrison, While my Guitar Gently Weeps, Prince on guitar starts at 3:33.

In 1984, Prince accomplished something only the Beatles had one before him: He was topping charts simultaneously with an album, a film and a single.
Rolling Stone ranked Prince the no. 2 greatest live act, behind Springsteen, ahead of the Rolling Stones.

Our lake got a famous mention in the movie Purple rain as the pretty girl tosses off her clothes to jump in:
The Kid (Prince): You have to purify yourself in Lake Minnetonka.
[She strips down, and runs towards the lake]
The Kid: Hey! Wait a minute! That's...
[She jumps in. She gets out shivering]
The Kid: Uh, hold it...
Apollonia: What?
The Kid: That ain't Lake Minnetonka.
168  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Political Econ, S.F. Fed: State Minimum Wage Law Killed 200,000 Jobs in Calif. on: April 22, 2016, 08:51:49 AM
Even the San Francisco Fed knows this policy costs jobs!

It wasn't very long ago, 2007, that the federal minimum wage was raised to $7.25.  Funny, isn't that the year we elected Pelosi-Reid-Obama-Clinton, ended economic growth and we headed into collapse.  Not all because of minimum wage but because of the bankrupt thinking that took control of Washington.  Now we are talking about doubling that (while we deny any inflation exists when we tax capital gains, the long term investments that support those jobs.

Elastic Demand.  Every economist will tell you that when you raise the price of something, you will get less of it, even labor, all other factors held constant.

But minimum wage is different.  It sounds good and polls well for Democrats, so they keep bringing it up, and because not all other factors are ever held perfectly constant and most min wage increases are small, they can keep producing flawed studies to show no real damage is done even when it is.

When the government mandated minimum wage is below the prevailing wage, no one notices the effect.  When you raise it a quarter once in a while, no one notices a reduced employment effect.  But when you raise it boldly, bold effects will result.  Ask proponents this question, if $15 is good for us, why isn't $20 or $25 better?  We all know why.  Jobs disappear.  But which jobs affecting which people?  Always hurt most are the least skilled and most vulnerable among us.  The leftist answer:  we have programsfor that, pay without work and job training for no jobs available.

The Effects of Minimum Wages on Employment
State minimum wage hikes may have killed 200,000 jobs

(More delicately put,) "the evidence suggests that it is appropriate to weigh the cost of potential job losses from a higher minimum wage against the benefits of wage increases for other workers."
Bump up the pay for those on the second rung of the economic ladder while completely removing the lowest rung so that MANY will NEVER be able to climb up the ladder at all.  No worries.  Those left behind will still vote Democrat for life while those who had to automate and eliminate low end jobs to keep their businesses make more and pay more taxes to cover it.

What a strange political-economic world we live in.  We know better but keep doing worse.

Aside from the job losses and economic costs of this bad policy, there is a moral cost.  Is it right or wrong for consenting adults to be BANNED from being able to freely make contracts with each other in any area as basic as labor and making a living, or even PART of a living?  What has government done well or done right, healthcare?, that makes us think they are more competent than the people to make our most important decisions for us?

One Size Fits All?  Why would the right wage in NYC be right for Topeka or Peoria?  Why would the right wage for Palo Alto be right for Selma or Fresno?  Why would the wage for manufacturing be right for retail?  Why would the base wage for a tipped employee be right for one who gets no tips?  It doesn't, it isn't, it isn't, it isn't and it isn't.

One of my earlier proposals applies here.  Lawmakers should have to submit and approve an 'Unintended Consequences" statement with new laws and programs like these in the same way that developers are required to have environmental impact studies approved to build new projects.
169  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / $1.4M for app to choose left or right on: April 21, 2016, 01:43:28 PM
TSA paid $1.4 million for Randomizer app that chooses left or right

Or you could spend about $10 out on the free market.
170  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Immigration issues, the longest wall in the world? on: April 21, 2016, 12:56:40 PM
Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plans to welcome at least 100,000 Syrian Muslims, refugees, into his country. This is in addition to the 25,000 he has already admitted.

13% 'support' ISIS, 33% 'sypathize' with ISIS.

Mr. Trump, it looks like we may need a couple more walls.

The Canada–United States border is the longest international border in the world, 5500 miles, 4000 across the lower 48 + 1500 going up Alaska.  I wonder if Canada will pay for it...

I have never driven or flown into Canada but have been over the border many times on foot, boat and snowmobile.

As an aside, Crafty, may I recommend you take your son or family on a trip into the Boundary Waters before the border is closed.
That portion of the wall will be most difficult to build, a million acres non-motorized, bringing in workers and cement blocks by paddle and portage.  (3 million acres of lakes and forests counting the Canadian side, Quetico Park.)
171  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Congressional races, The fight for the Senate, 2016 on: April 21, 2016, 10:24:19 AM
WI (WPR): Feingold 51, Johnson 41
NH (UNH): Ayotte 43, Hassan 42

2016 Generic Congressional Vote
Democrats45.0, Republicans44.0, Democrats +1.0
Real Clear Politics average
172  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Harriet Tubman/Civil rights "leaders" to replace Jackson and Lincoln on: April 21, 2016, 09:55:31 AM

GM:  Harriet Tubman was a gun owning republican woman.
I am cool with that.

Hamilton was the Founder of the Democratic Party...
173  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Corruption, Skullduggery, and Treason on: April 20, 2016, 11:13:59 PM
IIRC Sen. Feinstein's husband got lucky with a contract to build the Supertrain or something like that , , ,

Right, "lucky".

When I started in sales they used to say, the harder you work, the luckier you get. 

Now they say, the more you give to liberal politicians, the luckier you get.
174  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Scott Grannis and friends: on: April 20, 2016, 11:01:10 PM
I think Grannis' comparison of National debt to personal or family debt is rather dubious.  He says the because our national debt is less then family debt we are in ok shape???
What???   What was the number of households living from paycheck to paycheck?  What is he nuts?

" typical family, which earns about $54,000 per year."

Maybe we should look at our household income after taxes, which are greater than food, clothing and shelter combined.

Scott uses the $13.9 trillion number, not $19 trillion.  Fair enough.  30% of the Federal debt is owed to other Federal agencies.

"Don't Worry About Debt; We Owe It To Ourselves"  - Paul Krugman

Interest on the debt is unrealistically low, ZIRP, NIRP, etc.  Imagine the carrying cost of tomorrow's debt if interest rates ever approached Jimmy Carter levels again!

We are devaluing our debt by 2.6% a year even with inflation under control.  Imagine the future burden if, like other third world countries, we were not able to borrow in our own (manipulated) currency.

Large numbers are kicked around for unfunded liabilities estimates, $127 trillion one decade out:  Still no problem?

The household debt, student debt etc does't make government debt easier, it makes it harder to pay.

The real problem isn't the debt, it's the stagnation in our under-performing economy.  Household debt usually gets us into a car, a house, a degree, or a higher income.  Our government debt bought us nothing.  We run up our debt while moving backwards on all fronts.  We still need a defense buildup.  The domestic spending spree bought us a dependency epidemic.  100 million adults don't work and a good number of those are dependent on a plethora of programs.  This won't be easy to reverse while we all are getting older.  A good part of our population has never seen economic growth over 2% in their adult life.  Family leave became paid family leave.  Birth control is an entitlement.  Medical marijuana is tax free.  You can vote yourself more benefits every election cycle if you want and a paid blockworker will come by every two years to remind you.  You don't need Peter's consent to rob Peter to pay Paul, anymore, to hell with consent of the governed.  You vote people other than you a tax increase.  A person has to be pretty much oblivious to our complex system of disincentives if they want to work a full time, private sector job anymore.  

People on programs can face marginal tax rates of over 100% on the next dollar of income earned.  

If I sold all my properties today for one dollar each over my inflation adjusted cost, the marginal tax rate on the (real) gain would be over 13,000%.

What could possibly go wrong along the path we're on?
175  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Donald Trump on: April 20, 2016, 10:09:49 PM
"I not hoping anything for Trump."

Doug are you saying you will sit out this election if Trump is nominee?

"Also it is lazy and dishonest of Trump and others to label conservative activists who may be delegates as 'establishment'."

Has he been doing that?
If so you are 100% correct.  The "establishment" are not conservative enough.   They are appeasers.  IMO.

If Trump becomes the nominee he will be our only hope.  Because he won't be competitive in MN I may do something else with my vote but I will still be pulling for him over Hillary.

The Trumpists think National Review is establishment, WSJ opinion page too, Hot Air. Powerline, Thomas Sowell and so on.  Like I said, it's lazy and dishonest to say that.  Reince Priebus delivered Wisconsin for the tea party - so he's establishment.  WSJ opinion page is run by free market advocate Paul Gigot, from Green Bay Wisconsin, with no interference from ownership or the news department, so he is "Washington establishment".  Paul Ryan from Janesville WIsc is Washington establishment.  Good grief.  Trump is running for Washington establishment.  Who is the boogeyman if / when he wins?
176  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: New Cruz ad on: April 20, 2016, 10:00:19 PM

Good ad!  I like the way they show Huma in charge and Hillary clueless.
177  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Saudi Arabia & the Arabian Peninsula on: April 20, 2016, 09:58:16 PM
Asked and answered:

Frankly I am not so clear as to why we need to kiss up to the Saudis. ...

... Though we would all prefer them to Iran. [and ISIS and al Qaida and Boko Haram etc.]

Take it one step further, some of the 'moderate' Arab states will soon be allies of Israel, because Israel never was a threat to them and the common enemies Iran, ISIS etc. are.

The Kingdom is a strange place but they are our strategic ally.
178  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Donald Trump on: April 20, 2016, 11:54:42 AM
Well,  Lets hope the people Trump recently hired can get him in the right direction so he can attract more then 35% of Republicans.
Otherwise it will be a Clinton again and more regulation, more government "policy" more intrusion into our lives, more taxation and redistribution, endless themes about women, and more loss of freedom.  Also are there any "public" law firms?  their stocks will sky rocked in a Clinton world.

I not hoping anything for Trump.  This is a hold your nose election if he is the nominee and I won't need to vote for him. He won't come within 25 points of Hillary in MN (where Rubio was leading her in the last poll).  

Also it is lazy and dishonest of Trump and others to label conservative activists who may be delegates as 'establishment'.

Neither Trump nor Cruz opens up the map beyond where Romney 'won'.  There was a time to get serious about this and America didn't. 
179  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Complain to the DNC??? on: April 20, 2016, 11:48:17 AM
ccp:  "Is Bernie stupid or what? 

   - To be an American socialist in 2016, yes, stupid, ignorant or dishonest.  I suspect all three.  Might add hypocrite to that.

"What a gigantic blunder for him to let Clinton off the hook with the emails."

   - Isn't that the truth!  His strategic concern for himself and the careful positioning of his pretend challenge to her then was bigger than any real security concern for the country that her blunder created.  Now it turns out that being honest might have been better, even for a Democrat. Who knew?
180  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Sen.Ted Cruz on: April 20, 2016, 11:38:04 AM
"Rudy Giuliani says that the EDC and her running dogs in the Pravda will know how to hit simple fast balls like Cruz but will be thrown off stride by Trump's unpredictability and that is why he is supporting Trump."

I don't support Trump but Giuliani is partly right on this.  

Not that NY matters but Cruz took a distant third.  86% of NY Republicans don't want the conservati e alternative to Trump.  He couldn't find a district he could win.  New York Values as a slur sounded good to the furthest right of the Iowa GOP, meanwhile we hear no realistic plan about how he would implement his tax plan or turn around this economy.

Cruz got into a fight on radio with Sean Hannity yesterday.  It was ugly and both were wrong.  Cruz won't admit he can't get to 1237 before the convention and keeps repeating his canned line like they accused Rubio of doing.  Hannity is being blockheaded about what can or should happen in a convention.  If you are short of that threshold, you are in the same boat as everyone else short of that threshold.

All we have done since the first debate is drive people away and make Hillary and Obama seem reasonable.
181  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: George Gilder: Why Wall Street Recovered but the economy did not. on: April 20, 2016, 11:03:48 AM

It will be interesting to learn the details his assessment.  I assume it is the Federal Reserve and expansionary money.

"The Scandal of Money: Why Wall Street Recovers but the Economy Never Does"

We are so far removed from addressing the things that are wrong I don't see how anyone can feel optimistic.

I see Scott Grannis has another post on what is going right in a no growth economy.  What a dismal science.  It's like having a fascination with baseball batting statistics when the hitters are striking out half the time, no extra base hits and no one is hitting over .200.

No growth over 2% in the entire Obama era, going back to when Dems took congress in 2006.  Compare that with quarterly GDP growth rates during the early part of the Reagan recovery after tax rate cuts were fully enacted:  1983 Q2 3.35%, Q3 5.75%, Q4 7.83%, 1984 Q1 8.55% Q2 7.99%, Q3 6.96%, Q4 5.63%. Imagine today's economy with that kind of growth!

A commenter on Grannis' post:  "Ted Cruz, was on CNBC live this morning. He ranted that the Fed has been "printing money" and "artificially propping up the stock market for rich people". Ted said its all a bubble that's getting ready for an enormous crash. Nobody running for President has a clue how the Fed works."

That sounds closer to the truth in layman's terms than the twisted explanation of how QE didn't create money.
182  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The war on the rule of law on: April 19, 2016, 01:16:35 PM
He has been meddling from the beginning, like he did with Supreme Court cases, Fast and Furious and IRS Targeting.  Just the fact that he guarantees no political influence tells us there is. 

What else would be holding up the investigation?  Why didn't he start the investigation when he found out about her personal server long before we did?
183  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Drumpf threatens lawsuit of artist who painted him nude w a small penis on: April 19, 2016, 12:58:00 PM

He is a public figure but also isn't truth a valid defense against a slander, libel or defamation allegation?

He has all the symptoms of compensating for something...
184  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Media Issues, NY Times math error on: April 18, 2016, 01:50:54 PM
Soon the corrections section will be bigger than the news section.  This one is a doozy...

Correction: April 10, 2016

An article on March 20 about wave piloting in the Marshall Islands misstated the number of possible paths that could be navigated without instruments among the 34 islands and atolls of the Marshall Islands. It is 561, not a trillion trillion.
Hat tip, John Hinderaker, President of Center for the Amerian Experiment, co-founder of Powerline
185  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Tax Policy on: April 18, 2016, 01:37:23 PM
I posted, "Not a peep about 50% paying not one cent in Federal taxes" on April 13th
Today's headlines on Drudge as Doug points out, "45.3% of American households".
What can I say.  I stand corrected.   wink

45% paying nothing plus rich elite liberals plus government employees plus minimum wage employees plus college professors plus K-12 teachers union members plus crony government 'business' people plus 95% of blacks, gays, Jews, Hispanics and Muslims and a few other groups I missed somehow takes that core Dem market over 50%.

On the other side, taking a really hard line on immigration gets you 33% - of Republicans - and maybe the nomination and second place at best in the general election.
186  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Tax Policy, 45.3% of American households pay no federal income tax on: April 18, 2016, 11:59:04 AM
45.3% of American households — roughly 77.5 million — will pay no federal individual income tax

"On average, those in the bottom 40% of the income spectrum end up getting money from the government. Meanwhile, the richest 20% of Americans, by far, pay the most in income taxes, forking over nearly 87% of all the income tax collected by Uncle Sam."

Reagan lowered the highest tax rates in the country by making his cuts "across the board" tax rate cuts and selling it partly that it would take millions of people off the tax rolls completely.  That last part of it was a mistake.

Our goal now should be the opposite, to get the highest percentage of people to be participating in the next round of economic growth, benefiting from the prosperity and participating in their fair share of paying for what they vote for.
187  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Political Economics, Now legal to sell natural gas abroad on: April 18, 2016, 11:48:05 AM
(March 28, Dallas Morning News, this story went by without fanfare)

Dumb and Dumber.  In the land of the free and the home of the brave, and in the face of all this talk about trade deficits and also global warming, it has been illegal until now to sell abroad the largest growth product of our time, the product that played the biggest role in curbing our CO2 emissions nationwide in the United States of Ameria, natural gas.

The U.S. can finally sell natural gas abroad, and that could change everything.  28 March 2016

(Makes you wonder, where else are we still shooting ourselves in the foot, maybe by having the highest business tax rates in the world?)
188  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / With millions rolling in, Bernie Sanders now lives as a 1%'er on: April 18, 2016, 11:38:49 AM
"the menu on Flight Class Warfare:  There's lobster sliders, crab salad, red lentil soup, herb crusted lamb loin, chocolate ganache, fine cheeses, white wine..."

They flew a Delta 767, 4/5ths empty, burned 33,193 gallons of fuel, and met with the Pope for what, 3 minutes?  Makes an Occupy Wall Streeter want to pledge another $6 out of their next minimum wage paycheck...

First this, Obama's immediate response to what he will miss as President, Air Force One, his own zillion dollar private jet service known for making a special trip to bring the dog to Martha's Vineyard or to commute the Obamas to Hawaii - separately.

Now it's Bernie, the common man, starting to live not like a socialist, but like a socialist leader, in power and in control of other people's money.


Remember when Bernie Sanders was scoring PR points for "humbly" flying with the ordinary people? That's all gone. And it's been gone for a while now. His campaign is swimming in money and that comes with all the expected Clintonworld perks.

The New York Times' Yamiche Alcindor, who is no Sanders fan, tweeted the menu on Flight Class Warfare.

There's lobster sliders, crab salad, red lentil soup, herb crusted lamb loin, chocolate ganache, fine cheeses, white wine and those are just the highlights.

And all of this was so Bernie Sanders could fly out to Rome to try and associate himself with Pope Francis and take along a bunch of reporters to watch the show.

The plane was a Delta 767 which can seat 250 or so people, though Sanders only took 50 in his entourage.

Sure. Why not.
The whole trip would have used up to 33,193 gallons of fuel, calculated MailOnline, which noted that an average American - who is estimated to fly only 7,500 miles per year - releases fewer carbon emissions via aircraft in 12 months than Mr Sanders did for the trip to Rome.

Hours earlier during the Democratic debate, Mr Sanders claimed some of Mrs Clinton's support came from employees at oil companies and lobbyists for the fossil fuel industry. "'As I understand it, 43 lobbyists for the fossil fuel industry maxed out, gave the maximum amount of money to Secretary Clinton's campaign," he said.
189  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: POTH on Cruz on: April 18, 2016, 10:41:49 AM
There is something about liberal writers that they feel compelled to lie in the first sentence.

"Ronald Reagan, who supported granting legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants."

No.  Reagan agreed to legal status in exchange for ..... , ..... , and ..... that all didn't happen.  That doesn't imply he would favor open borders today after being taken to the cleaners earlier and while we are under attack by terrorists and ISIS is building camps just off our southern border.

Continuing into the article:

"Throughout his Senate career, Republican opponents have cast Mr. Cruz as a master of the ill-considered — a “wacko bird,” as Senator John McCain of Arizona once called him — whose seemingly reckless pursuits were thought to place him well outside the mainstream."

It was only the Senate's wacko birds that called him a wacko bird.  The issue at hand was to fund a Democrat program that was unconstitutional by any fair reading of the law and the constitution and that they were elected to de-fund.  Wacko bird is political term for anyone who still supports limited government this long after the country abandoned that principle.

Cruz's Presidential view of abortion, like Rubio is that it is a matter for the states - that in the most restrictive states would all allow exceptions for rape, incest and life of the mother.

Cruz's view on marriage is that a man and a woman become a husband and wife, OMG, exactly what both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton believed as recently as 2010.  It was the Clinton administration support of DOMA that made it a federal issue.

"Carpet bomb ISIS into oblivion".  “He means an overwhelming air campaign,” his longtime national security adviser, Victoria Coates, clarified in an interview.  

That's how I took it too.  Nothing is his personality makes you think he will skip intelligence briefings or ignore the best advice of his military strategists while in office, like his predecessor many times did at our peril.

"He wants to...abolish the Internal Revenue Service and create a tax structure simple enough for Americans to file on postcards."

I wonder if POTH readers find that offensive...

"He wants to return to the gold standard [and abolish the IRS]"

I don't think that means abolish the Federal Reserve, like some want to do and as the sentence seems intended to portray.  Every competent economist would put gold prominently in their "basket of goods' for measuring and targeting the value of the dollar.

"As a teenager, growing up in Houston, he earned money delivering speeches on Friedrich A. Hayek and Ludwig von Mises, expounding on free-market principles at Rotary and Kiwanis clubs."

This is also quite good news.  I have not heard this side of him and guessed that he was weaker than some at explaining the value of free market economics.

" counting Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist as a former boss and Justice Antonin Scalia as a friend whose strict constructionist views helped shape his own."

That's not really out of the mainstream, don't they all still have to take an oath to be 'strict constitutionalists' while in office?

"...Mr. Cruz’s opposition to ethanol subsidies in Iowa..."  
G M, Re: Sen.Ted Cruz takes on King Corn Ethanol, January 27, 2016:

Interesting that Iowans respected that.  Not to cut their subsidy alone, but to put an end to all crony government.

My complaint of Cruz so far is that he has aimed his campaign entirely at people who already agree with him.  He has no experience moving a politically divided state to the right on policy.  But he has the benefit of timing and of facts on the ground.  We have just tried 10 years of a leftist policy direction and it failed to accomplish anything positive the leftists were promising.

It will be interesting to see how Cruz can adapt to a general election race.  I fear he will be painted as too far to the right before he really can start.  I'm sure that is the point of pieces like this, putting an extremist spin on quite reasonable positions.  His policies are the most likely to succeed, if tried, of any the remaining candidates.

Hugh Hewitt on Meet the Press Sunday called for a unity ticket of Cruz-Trump, Ted Cruz and the smarter Trump, his daughter Ivanka, that is.  Try running the war against women campaign against her!
190  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Stephanopoulos will interview the Empress Dowager on: April 17, 2016, 05:19:48 PM
I'm sure he's a professional journalist.

Do I really need a sarcasm tag for this?

Maybe they will call this kind of toughness 'Hardball' or is that tag already taken...

Let's score the interview here and see if he gets any real answer from her to any tough question.
191  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Political Economics on: April 17, 2016, 05:16:40 PM
Also, and this I think to be very important, is the matter of baseline budgeting.

BB uses nominal dollars i.e. includes projected inflation.  For simplistic illustration $100 in year one with 10% inflation is $110 in year two and this is calculated as neutral in constant dollars.

Thus the nominal dollar increases of the 5 and 10 year plans (remember when we used to laugh at the Soviet Empire for its central planning with 5 and 10 year plans?) in place when Reagan took office became REAL increases as Volcker's policies aided and abetted by the increase in supply due to the tax rate cuts decreased inflation far more rapidly than anyone except the supply-siders and the monetarists  predicted.

That's right.  They must factor inflation into the budget for every domestic dollar spent on their side but don't account for any inflation when taxing every dollar invested by the people, resulting in real capital gains tax rates of 100%, 1000% and higher.  Ironically this over-taxation in the marginal rates leads to asset paralysis where properties and assets cannot be sold because for tax reasons and thus no revenues come in, adding further to the deficit, debt and stagnation.  This is even worse at the state level where an inflationary-only gain is taxed at the highest rate of ordinary income, again preventing sales and causing lost revenue.
192  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / US Foreign Policy, WWII, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, why we bombed on: April 17, 2016, 05:02:00 PM
Challenge:  Explain to a liberal or a kid why it was right for the US to drop those bombs at that time and why that does not make us at all like those who wish to bomb us.

Anyone want to take a crack at this?

The purpose of the war from the Japanese point of view was to conquer other lands, kill and enslave people and rule the region.  The purpose of the bombings was to end the war and save lives, especially ours; it did exactly that.  There is no moral equivalent to terrorists or other aggressors.  The proof is in the aftermath, we did not kill anyone after surrender or enslave anyone or take over their lands.  Instead we helped them to rebuild and recover.

Winston Churchill frames the math, the battles otherwise would have cost millions in more lives lost - and left the enemy in possession of the weapon and perhaps the world.

Churchill:  The decision to use the atomic bomb was taken by President Truman and myself at Potsdam, and we approved the military plans to unchain the dread, pent-up forces. . .  There are voices which assert that the bomb should never have been used at all.  I cannot associate myself with such ideas.  Six years of total war have convinced most people that had the Germans or the Japanese discovered this new weapon, they would have used it upon us to our complete destruction with the utmost alacrity.  I am surprised that very worthy people, but people who in most cases had no intention of proceeding to the Japanese front themselves, should adopt the position that rather than throw this bomb, we should have sacrificed a million American, and a quarter of a million British lives in the desperate battles and massacres of an invasion of Japan.

Are those numbers above realistic?  Look at the lives lost in the war:

Japan had already lost 3.8% of its population in a war of choosing by their Emperor, not us.
The Allies lost nearly 48 million people, compared to fewer than 12 million people on the Axis side.
The reason is because the Axis targeted civilians, the Allies targeted military.
74 percent of Axis deaths were military personnel; only 29 percent of Allied deaths were.
Poland lost an estimated 16 percent of its population, about 5.5 million, around 3 million of whom were Jews.
The Soviet Union, which lost around 14 percent of its population.
Lithuania, Latvia, and Greece all lost between 11.2 and 13.7 percent.
Germany lost 9.4 percent. Thus the chief aggressor, and the loser, is in sixth place.
Italy, despite some horrific fighting there, didn’t make the top 20.
When the Allies (other than the Soviet Union) killed civilians they usually did so from the air. The purpose was to cripple the Axis’ industrial and war machines.

The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was different. Its purpose was to end the war more or less instantly. It succeeded.
It can’t be equated with the war on civilians waged by the Axis. The American goal was not to exterminate a race, to enslave anyone, to firm up occupation rule, or to replace one population with another.

Please see Bill Whittle:

193  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Immigration issues - on: April 17, 2016, 03:19:46 PM
As a member of the European Union, it is obliged to accept large numbers of unskilled immigrants who find not only Britain’s wages, but also her welfare system, much superior to those in their own countries.

A 16 year old girl solves the problem.  Short clip.
194  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Sanders paid 13% in taxes? on: April 17, 2016, 01:28:32 PM
Sanders Paid $27,653 in 2014 Taxes on Income of $205,271

13.5% was his average tax rate.  Marginal tax rate, much higher for a 200k earner, is what discourages additional work or investment.  A true flat tax would make them one and the same.  It is counter-productive (stupid) to have the disincentive to produce higher than the rate of actual revenue collection.  Even with his own example this is all Greek to Bernie Sanders.
195  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Political Economics on: April 17, 2016, 12:36:47 PM
Doug I agree with you about Reagan.  I am not sure about the motives of the authors of the above post I made.

They like to score economic results by whether the President at the time has an R or a D by their name, if it makes the Dems look same or better.  I like to score economic results by the policies that caused those results.
196  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: National debt, defending Reagan on: April 17, 2016, 10:23:51 AM
Debt clock:

Republicans starting with Reagan partially to blame:

Reagan presided over big deficits but not for the reasons normally cited.

1. Did tax rates cuts cause debt?  Cutting the top marginal rate from 70% to 28%, fully in place in 1/1/83, ended a painful, otherwise endless period of stagnation.  It caused enormous economic growth.  Revenues to the Treasury doubled in the decade of the 1980.  Reagan tax rate cuts did not cause one dollar of deficit or debt.

2. Defense spending?  Reagan's defense rebuild was expensive.  Not addressing that threat would have been more costly.  The result of the real commitment he made to peace through strength directly resulted in the fall of the Soviet Union.  The cost of defeating that threat needs to be spread over the 4 decades that threat grew, not over Reagan's 8 years.  Call it an unfunded liability.  On June 12, 1987, Reagan called out the head of the Soviet Union to tear down this wall after showing 7 years of unflinching resolve.  On November 9, 1989, the wall came down.  That didn't happen because of detente, parity, or unilateral disarmament.  No one honestly believes it could have been done faster or for less.

3.  Domestic spending?  Reagan allowed domestic spending to increase as his compromise with Democratic Speaker Tip O'Neill in order to accomplish the two points above.  Democrats controlled the House during Reagan's entire term.  Accomplishing the above required making this compromise.  By their own admission, it was the cost of having a Democrat controlled House, not the cost of having Reagan in the White House.

Does anyone believe the Soviet union would have collapsed without a U.S. defense buildup or that America would have ever snapped out of stagflation under the previous policies of economic asphyxiation? I don't.
197  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2016 Presidential, Cruz is taking Nebraska on: April 14, 2016, 05:58:57 PM
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)
 can add Nebraska to his list of states where he’s out organized GOP frontrunner Donald Trump in collecting delegates.

Trump is hiring local help a and trying to organize after it's too late.  Is that how he will handle foreign and economic policy too?
198  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Middle East: War, Peace, SNAFU, FUBAR, ISIS Camp a Few Miles from Texas on: April 14, 2016, 05:57:14 PM
ISIS Camp a Few Miles from Texas, Mexican Authorities Confirm

But what happens in the Middle East doesn't affect us.  We can't be the world's policeman.  I guess we won't need to fight wars outside our borders; they're coming to us.
199  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Trump unfavorable rating at 67% on: April 14, 2016, 05:53:26 PM
Trump unfavorable rating at 67%
200  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Hillary pays female executives 38% less than men on: April 14, 2016, 05:43:45 PM
Hillary pays female executives 38% less than men

There ought to be a law against this - leftist hypocrisy.
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