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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Saturday At The Movies: Kevin McCarthy's Interview With Peter Robinson

In this day and age when almost all of the 233 GOP members of Congress and each of the 41 of the 45 Senators in the world's greatest deliberative body have been labeled as Rino's, thus diluting the term to a point of idiotic meaninglessness, it is refreshing to hear at least one of them refer to himself as a free marketeer. Here's House Majority Leader, Kevin McCarthy from earlier this month, discussing some of the issues facing our nation, and offering what he believes to be solutions to those issues.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Do They Even Teach Journalism In Journalism School Anymore?

Hat Tip to Guggi:

I was directed to an article which ran in today's Washington Post. After reading the article, and then the source material used as the basis for argument, I was forced to ask this question, do professional journalists have even a passing interest in the facts pertinent to the subjects on which they are reporting?

Here's the headline of the offending article:

Yes, Obamacare is cutting the deficit

Mark my words, this question will appear soon in one of those Fox-News-consumers-are-less-informed-than-puppy-dogs studies some time within the very near future. Any who answer that Obamacare has made our budgetary woes worse will of course be marked wrong by the study's authors. Now, we'll put aside for the moment that nothing in the article itself supports the claim of the headline. Even after reading it twice, I am forced to ask if our author, Paul Waldman, even bothered to dig so far into the CBO report itself, as actually bothering to read it. The article written by Waldman is so bereft of fact, that exasperation doesn't come close to describing my take on it. I invite you to please click the Washington Post's link above and read it for yourself. Just in case you fall for his argument that Obamacare is curing our budgetary woes, ostensibly by shifting expenditures from Medicare's pocket to the budget fixing fairy, or something, he's not really clear on how the magic works, I'll quote page three of the CBO report, immediately after I skewer one tiny bit from his article.

O.K., that last sentence is not entirely true. He did give some specifics as to what would save money. Not enough to actually cut the deficit mind you, just enough to make the quality of health care in what used to be the greatest health care system ever created, a steaming pile of rationed death panel crap.

The ACA has found direct savings in Medicare with things like cuts to some provider payments. More importantly, it has tried to achieve longer-term savings through means like encouraging hospitals to reduce readmissions (where a patient gets treated and released, then winds up back in the hospital a week later) and rolling out payment systems that promote more holistic care instead of just piling on expensive tests and procedures.

Now, here's the quote from the CBO's report, section one, page three:

Between 2014 and 2024, annual outlays are projected to
grow, on net, by $2.3 trillion, reflecting an average
annual increase of 5.2 percent. Boosted by the aging of
the population, the expansion of federal subsidies for
health insurance, rising health care costs per beneficiary,
and mounting interest costs on federal debt, spending for
the three fastest-growing components of the budget
accounts for 85 percent of the total projected increase in
outlays over the next 10 years:

 Annual spending for Social Security is projected to
grow by almost 80 percent. Under current law, outlays
for that program would climb from 4.9 percent of
GDP this year to 5.6 percent in 2024, according to
CBO’s estimates.

 Annual net outlays for the government’s major health
care programs (Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s
Health Insurance Program, and subsidies for health
insurance purchased through exchanges) are projected
to rise by more than 85 percent. Outlays for those
programs would grow from 4.9 percent of GDP to
5.9 percent, CBO anticipates.

 Outlays for net interest in 2024 are projected to be
more than triple those in 2014—the result of both
projected growth in federal debt and a rise in interest
rates. Net interest outlays would rise from 1.3 percent
of GDP this year to 3.0 percent by the end of the
coming decade, CBO expects.

Waldman himself was a part of that whole Journolist chicanery, supposedly objective major media reporters who had banded together, in order to use their positions as objective reporters, in a full out effort to sway public opinion to one more accepting of their leftist worldview. In his Universe I guess, Unicorns walk and defecate upon the streets of America, with nary a consequence to be experienced. An 85% increase over ten years most certainly does not suggest a cost curve being bent downward, a decline in negative budgetary impact, and more importantly, those facts do not come close to squaring with the objectivity of journalism claimed. But then again, what media bias?

When you stop to consider that these depressing percentages are based upon an assumed and not actually realized GDP growth that can only be described as Reaganesque, you may suddenly be overcome with the urge to cry. I suggest laughing instead, it's easier to avoid clinical depression that way, and God only knows you don't want to depend upon a health care system replete with the new rationing that Obamacare brings to save your life right now.

Exit question: When's the last time our GDP growth rate came close to approaching the rosy levels assumed by the CBO while determining our future budgetary shortfalls?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Cryptozoologists Spot Conservative Democrat In Georgia!

Well, as Cryptozoologists from all over the nation flock to Georgia with the latest sighting of a mythical beast known as a Conservative Democrat, we must all face the realization that we knew that Georgia would at some point in time be the location for such. In this particular instance, the make believe creature, a female, poked her head out of her hiding place and took stock of the political winds. Having done that, she announced that she'd be an independent voice that wouldn't simply fall in line with members of her own party once elected. She promised specifically in this video that she won't automatically vote for Harry Reid as majority leader, while at the same time, she wouldn't specifically rule it out either. Her promise was that she'd consider her options carefully, and vote according to who she feels would be the best person to help facilitate that kumbayah feeling across the political divide. Let's watch:

In her bid for the Georgia Senate Seat, Michelle Nunn has rebuffed efforts to label her with the proclivities of her chosen political party. According to Michelle, she would not have voted for Obamacare, like every single member of the Democrat caucus in the Senate did during that 2010 session. She would not have voted in favor of Cap and Trade, as did a strong majority of her caucus in 2010. She has promised of course to reign in government spending, as all Democrats do while campaigning, and then don't follow through on once ensconced in the the halls of power. She has campaigned hard against every position of her party's and has managed to portray herself as someone slightly to the right of Barry Goldwater. Yet, we'll hear once this November passes, that it is the current GOP who no longer has a place for Reaganites, being as they are just too liberal anymore to be included.

Georgia, don't fall for this. Conservative Democrats are no more real than Big Foot, the Loch Ness Monster, the Chupacabra, or the Mothman.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Yeah, Turns Out Those Emails Aren't Missing After All.

I would call this a prediction come true, except it wasn't exactly born of psychic ability. Not believing at all in psychic ability, I must also state that it did not even involve a trick of any sort. All it took to see through this bit of attempted chicanery was the smallest bit of high school statistical analysis taught as a part of my pre calculus junior year math curricula. In other words, about 2 seconds of thought, and I could tell that all players involved were lying.

For the record, here's exactly what I said about the July 20th announcement that in fact, 19 IRS computers had been the inanimate victims of some bizarre hard drive super bug that seemed intent upon targeting IRS computers, (strange, given the fact that the IRS has forced all of America to live as borderline hoarders,) thus erasing all incriminating emails.

For those of you keeping score at home, this now raises the odds against to an astounding 1 in 10^57. We're talking about a number so large, it actually eclipses the number of stars in the known Universe, all of it. Yet, equally as astounding, this has received no credible coverage on the alphabet media circuit. Thank goodness for outlets like the Daily Caller to actually report on this stuff.

Let me add something here. With a failure rate of 3.5% per year, per computer, the odds of any specific drive failing during a specific week, are 1 in 1000. The analysis of the odds used are the result of a simple calculation based on the manufacturer's published parameters. For each computer added, the exponent increases by one. So, when the second specific computer needed went down at the precise moment it was needed, the odds of those two melting down in the manner described by Congressional testimony became 1 in 1000 squared. That's how we get to where we are, with 19 computers, that's 1000 raised to the Nineteenth power, enjoy!

I'm positive that on tonight's or tomorrow's episode of, "The Five," either Bob Beckel or Juan Williams will repeat that tired old mantra, "there's no evidence of any wrongdoing here, computers crash and that doesn't mean they're hiding anything." Talk about a statement that makes me want to literally jump through my television and choke somebody. What more do any of us need.

To put the number 1 followed by 57 zeros in perspective, I'm going to propose the following thought experiment. Let's pretend, just for the moment, that you have a super dexterous tongue. Your tongue, and jawbone for that matter are capable of counting digits at the same rate that subatomic particles vibrate, which would be 10^20 digits per second. putting aside for the moment the happiness extended to your spouse or significant other, let us further pretend that you've been counting since the proverbial big bang, some 20 Billion years ago. No breaks or vacations, no meals, and no sleeping, only counting has filled your time. You still, as of today would not have reached a number as large as 10^57. In fact, you would need to replicate your effort to date another 317 Quintillion times in order to reach your target. (If you wish to see this expressed in exponential form, it is 3.17 x 10^20.) Those are the odds that the IRS has claimed happened in a completely random manner.

That analysis, for any still awake at this point was merely my way of calling Bullshit. It is not possible that those emails disappeared, nor even that they do not exist somewhere, and could in fact be easily found, once actually looked for. So, take a wild guess at what the next revelation happened to be.

A Department of Justice attorney told a Judicial Watch attorney on Friday that it turns out the federal government backs up all computer records in case something terrible happens in Washington and there’s a catastrophe, so the government can continue operating. And they say it would be too hard to go get Lois Lerner’s emails from that backup system.

So everything we’ve been hearing about scratched hard drives…it’s all been a pack of malarkey. They could get these records, but they don’t want to.

And there’s no such thing as Lois Lerner’s missing emails. It’s all been a big lie. They’ve been lying to the courts, to the American people, to Congress. It’s outrageous.

You guessed it, an IRS attorney has admitted that yes, they've had all of the emails in question all along, but just didn't want to let anybody see them. It's hard to put my thoughts into words at this point. But what the hell, I'll have a shot or two of whiskey and give it a try.

Crooked comes to mind, as in, "jeesh, these guys make Richard Nixon at his dirtiest peak look like a darned baby piker." Richard Nixon did shop the idea of using the IRS to target political adversaries, but to their credit, even his closest allies refused to go along with that particular bad idea. He in fact never actually followed through on that threat. The furthest it ever got was a stressed out Alexander Haig putting a drunken soon to be ex-President to bed as he rambled on about using the various levers of power to protect himself. Just the mention of it however was listed as Count Number Two of the Four Counts included in his Articles of Impeachment. Lois Lerner has already admitted to Felonious behavior while serving in her current job at the IRS, specifically, opening the private postage stamped envelope of a sitting U.S. Senator, who also happened to be a private recipient of correspondence sent via US Mail. So, whether or not Lois Lerner engaged herself in criminal activity while heading up her own private fiefdom within the Federal Behemoth is no longer a question. The only question is whether this frequent White House guest participated in other dastardly deeds. The whole, "dog ate my homework," schtick tells me that the answer to that question is most certainly yes. In any case, the now verifiable fact that Lois Lerner did indeed commit a felony while at her desk provides at the very least probable cause to do some further digging. Even the dullest federal cop would have to be scratching his head by now saying, "gee, maybe we should take a peek about the place."

Lost in all of this however is the real frustration that we all feel. I know that I personally could find a way to retrieve those emails, along with about 275 Million out of the 316 Million people who make up the citizenry of this nation. It's simply a matter of going in and printing the darned things off, after a minimal amount of time spent in electronic retrieval. This is not some remotely difficult endeavor requiring a Hal-9000 computer and requisite genius to write a brand new never even conceived of computer program. It is a simple task, that for some reason, even when demanded by Congress and two Federal Judges, finds itself not even attempted. Were this you or I, men wearing blue blazers, Foster Grant Sunglasses, and driving beige Ford Sedans would have long ago burst through our front doors and removed every electronic device, piece of paper, and kids toy with a microchip in search of documents both real and imagined.

And yet, despite the plainly obvious fact that those emails are there, where they've always been, combined with the fact that just about anyone who's ever turned on a device of their own and spent hours on the phone with somebody's help desk due to an errant click deleting something vital, knows exactly what kinds of steps are possible to retrieve those emails. Yet, the completely politicized Department of Justice refuses to life a finger. Our President has declared that not a smidgen of evidence exists to suggest that anything untoward has taken place, (after by the way he declared that no one was angrier than he at the transgression and that he would get to the bottom of things at the IRS,) and the various Federal Judges refuse to issue an order allowing Americans to just go in and retrieve the emails that we all know exist.

The NSA knows what variety of hibiscus happen to be imprinted upon my daily selection of boxer shorts, yet, retrieval of these emails emanating from the single most abusive lever of government power seems to remain a mystery. And they call themselves a spy agency. I say we employ a contingency of 12 surfing bums from San Diego to go in there and switch the electronic equipment in question on. I'm certain that they could retrieve the documents in question, and it'll cost a hell of a lot less than the Bazillions that will eventually be charged to the American People in some future government invoice.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Another Day, Another Major US Corporation Getting Out Of Dodge.

US-Canada corporate tax rates

Well, here's another one from the, "see, I told you so," page. It would seem as though Burger King has declared itself to be the latest US company to announce intentions of leaving our land for lower tax burdened shores. What's striking about this particular company ditching the Bamster's lets-soak-the-rich path to restore American glory of course, is that the King had, in the past anyhow, made a huge showing of drinking the liberal kool-aid, even to the point of declaring the King himself recently to be the first openly gay mascot of fast food. It would appear after all, that even liberal donors will eschew their altruistic nature and eventually tend to their own self interests, after leaving the rest of us to deal with the consequences of their lavish donations of course.

Not that this should surprise anyone. It was only predicted by everyone with a shred of common sense that people with capital to invest would pick up their toys and leave once any reward for risking that capital was punished. Yet, we elected the ultimate class warrior as President twice, and a punishing we did go. When people vote most honestly, they do so with their feet. So while Burger King has made a habit of very publicly jumping on the Bamster's hate the rich bandwagon these past 6 years, they've privately decided to leave us to our rich hating world of economics based on jealousy.

Canada's economy is suddenly stronger than ours, and coincidentally, they've recently surpassed the U.S. on the Heritage Foundation's index of economic freedom.

The lens of history has been absolutely crystal clear on this point. The lot of the ordinary man, ie the little guy, has not been as good in any society as it has been in those places that have instituted free market economies. No device created by man kind so far has come close to helping the masses as greatly as the creative and productive forces which are unleashed when capitalism is allowed to operate freely and unfettered by excessive government intervention. I'm sure that someone will raise the sour grapes flag and declare that Burger King wasn't good for us all anyhow, but the fact remains that Burger King was a positive part of our economy. They provided jobs for people in their restaurants, people in the beef and farming industry, trucking, computer technology, what have you. Also of note, people wishing to feed their families found value at Burger King, as is evidenced by the fact that people ate there. Not one penny in Burger King's income statement was given to the company that was coerced. Every transaction was made because a citizen of our nation felt that they'd rather have the King's sandwich than the money in their pocket. Now, all of that is leaving for the greener pastures of the Great White North. Perhaps if we elect Hillary Clinton to succeed Barack Obama, we can get all companies still doing business here to pick up their toys and leave. Once all of the Rich run away, we should be super prosperous!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Saturday At The Movies: Why Lee Harvey Acted Alone, Proof From Vincent Bugliosi

Consider this hour and three quarters to be this weekend's substitute for network television. Vincent Bugliosi was the Assistant DA who got himself assigned the Charles Manson case. He successfully prosecuted Charles Manson in two trials. (Manson was convicted of the Gary Hinman and Shorty Shea murders in a separate trial, since in those two murders, he acted alone.) Traveling the nation and combatting the plethora of JFK conspiracies traveling about the cosmos has been a full time obsession with Mr. Bugliosi. He has addressed every single one of the conspiracies, and pretty much makes each and every one of them look foolish. I've always had a belief about conspiracy theories. They're best discussed in college dorm rooms after copious amounts of alcohol have been consumed. They'll never survive the scrutiny of sober reflection.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Want To Know What Causes Islamophobia? Islam Causes Islamophobia!

As a public service announcement, and because I haven't done it in a year, I'd just like to remind everyone that when you see this bumper sticker on an automobile,

Get your camera out and contemplate asking the vehicle's driver for an autograph. You're in the presence of museum grade stupidity.

Now, on to my point.

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While the Muslims who make up ISIS establish their Islamic Caliphate in Syria and Iraq, further promising to fly their flag one day on the top of the White House Flag Pole, we have debates about whether or not we should be doing something as egregiously bigoted as linking Islam to the acts of terror performed by Muslims establishing an Islamic Caliphate. As Yazidi Christians are slaughtered whole sale, heads placed on pikes for that extra special home decor touch that no Islamic home is complete without, our national leaders promise to prosecute the guilty to the fullest extent of the same law that meant so much to them in the first place, that they felt emboldened to the point of openly placing heads on pikes. I do not think words can describe the depth of naivete it takes to treat our ongoing war with Islamic Supremacists as though it were an ongoing law enforcement effort. They are not impressed with the horde of prosecuting attorneys and FBI criminologists that have teemed their shores and taken up the task of gathering evidence for acts that they've openly bragged about on youtube videos.

As I've said repeatedly, six of the seven groups above are perfectly capable, and indeed compassionately willing to, "COEXIST," with one another. The first group on that iconic display of weapons grade idiocy however is not. In fact, they have a religious belief, practiced with a fevered pedantic bloodlust, that they are bound by a duty to their deity to convert, enslave, or kill the other 6 groups called out on that graphic. The logical gymnastics used to morally equate the picketers standing too close to Abortion Clinics with the savagery of those blowing up school buses filled with seven year old children would be worthy of song, were it not so infuriating. Clearly, we need another Obama speech delivered from Cairo or the Brandenburg Gate in order to combat this evil. Perhaps, if we're lucky, he'll be sure to tell us all how much angrier than we are he is, and how he'll get to the bottom of how such evil has been allowed to flourish, against his express edicts to the contrary, in those places where he's personally created a power vacuum.

Many of my fellow conservatives have been having a field day in calling out our President for being completely disengaged. I say, be careful what you wish for, it just may come true. Personally, I like my Obama disengaged. I want him playing golf, and personally hope he gets in at least 18 holes each and every one of his days left in office. He'll do less damage that way. I'd love for example, for the Pentagon to be allowed to establish rules of engagement for our military without the input from the Obama Administration, too busy partying it up like rock stars to get involved with such matters of limited import. I'd love to see an economy be given a chance to flex its own recuperative muscles, unfettered by a President too busy playing Basketball with NBA stars to put his pen and cell phone to work, creating more regulation via executive order.

When he's not vacationing, Barack Obama says things like this in his speeches.

The world must not belong to those who slander the Prophet Mohamed. The future must not belong to those who slander the Prophet Mohamed.

Somehow, I haven't noticed any of the classic signs of that Muslim fist unclenching yet. I see no evidence that the Jihadis around the globe took those well spoken words proclaiming kumbayah my lord as their signal to lay down their well honed intention to kill the rest of us. In fact, things seem to have gotten worse. It's almost as if they saw how completely inept and weak our Chief Executive was, and decided to accelerate their holy war designed to drench the world in infidel blood. But that couldn't be, we're armed to the teeth with COEXIST bumper stickers and clever hash tag campaigns.

I learned two things yesterday that I never, in one Million years would have been able to guess. One, Barack Obama is angrier than I am at the brutal beheading of an American Journalist being posted to youtube by this latest group of misunderstood social workers practicing that variety of Jihad that isn't an inner struggle to conquer the evil that lives within all of us. Two, he's going to get to the bottom of it all. Hence the exhaustive investigation to confirm that which we've been told via endless youtube videos from those peace loving guys in no way connected to Islam, who do their brutal deeds while shouting Allahu Akhbar.

I saw a video the other day of Bernie Sanders holding a town hall meeting in his home state. A woman in the audience screamed out that Hamas was a social service organization. I'd be willing to bet One Million Dollars that she has a COEXIST bumper sticker on her car.