Ugh! I Hate To Say I Told You So….

This election is going exactly as I thought it would with Donald J. Trump as the nominee. This should have been the most winnable election for the GOP in decades, but no. About a third of Republican voters decided to roll the dice on the orange psycho who knows how to manipulate people’s emotions. I don’t feel like going back through the archives but I do recall warning people during the primary that the media was pushing Trump at the time, while sitting on all sorts of bombshells they would release right around now.

And hey, what do you know, an October Surprise!

On the bright side, this audio of Trump talking about women is so vulgar and terrible it can’t be aired on regular TV, so I guess that helps. And I know, Bill Clinton is a horrible person who is accused of doing a lot of horrible things. But Bill Clinton isn’t running and wasn’t dumb enough to get caught on tape showing his true colors. Not to mention that bringing up all of Slick Willy’s bad behavior only makes Hillary look more sympathetic to a lot of voters.

Way to go, GOP primary voters. Here’s your savior in all of his glory. Have fun defending him by pointing out how bad his opponent’s spouse is. That’s always a good strategy.

Did I mention that I’m still not convinced that Trump isn’t a Clinton plant? Not only will he lose the election, he’s bringing the Republican Party down with him.

UPDATE: Oh, never mind, Mr. Trump has apologized. His travels around the country have changed him. I’m certain that all of those independent voters out there in swing states are going to buy that.

So I’m Minding My Own Business When…

I woke up to an email from creepy progressive troll Bill Schmalfeldt. When I didn’t respond he took to Twitter and others took notice before I even saw it.

The Other McCain has the story. Be sure to read the comments while you’re there.

I was sick of this crap back in 2012 and 2013 and I don’t feel like dealing with it again. But I will add that the email Schmalfeldt is referring to was never shared publicly, so where would he have gotten it?  Ugh.

 

Bread And Circus Vs. Circus And Bread

The following is a guest post by Richard Lowery.

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I was half listening to National Public Radio on my drive home the other day and the smooth sounding NPR voice coming out of my car’s speakers informed me that Secretary Clinton was campaigning with Senator Sanders somewhere up in New Hampshire.   The NPR person approvingly explained to me that this dynamic duo promised more free stuff to a youthful crowd of onlookers in an effort to convince the 20-somethings that they should take a-liking to Mrs. Clinton.   All these young folks are really fond of President Obama and they flocked to the voting booths in 2008 and 2012 to cast their ballots for him.    So the 70+ year old curmudgeonly socialist Senator stood next to the former Secretary of State, U.S. Senator, First Lady, E-mail Server Entrepreneur, Shady Cattle Futures Trader and Philandering Husband Empoweror to instruct voters in their early 20’s that the 68 year old Mrs. Clinton was really cool and would do just as good a job as President Obama which means that many of these young people will get to remain unemployed.   Plus – the free stuff – they will receive more free stuff.   So please young people – said the two old people – please interrupt your posting of things on Instagram or Snapchat or whatever other App you are using and come out this November to vote for Hillary.

The TV was on last night and one of the cable new shows was interviewing some Trump campaign people who said that Mr. Trump would make things a lot better.  The voices coming out of the TV said that Mr. Trump would not let American companies leave America anymore and that tremendous new trade deals would be negotiated and he was an awesome businessman and he was not going to let jobs leave the U.S anymore.   There was even a clip of Mr. Trump who said something like, “I am not going to let jobs leave the U.S. anymore.”   No one told me how the companies would be prevented from escaping out of the U.S. – maybe Mr. Trump would lock all the nation’s windows so that after we go to bed at night the companies cannot sneak out of their second floor bedrooms, shimmy down the gutter and run across the border.   It is my understanding that these critical details would be worked out later by the Famous Real Estate Mogul, Casino Developer, Eminent Domain Aficionado, Vapid T.V Personality and Nonveteran who Experienced his own Personal Vietnam by Sleeping with Other Men’s Wives in the NYC Upper East Side V.D. Battleground.     Everyone just stay where you are and let Mr. Trump – who is the only person that can save us – do his thing and the jobs will descend upon us all.   And throw Ivanka-Care and some more free stuff on top of the pile too.

Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump are really the same type of candidate.   They are each afflicted with alarming personality disorders and I strongly recommend that they both immediately check into the internationally renowned Psychiatry Clinic at J.W. Goethe University Hospital in Frankfurt, Germany where they can undergo around the clock observation and treatment from some of the world’s leading mental health professionals.   But beyond their personal foibles – when you come right down to it – they really do have a similar campaign message, to wit:

Please allow me to introduce myself, I’m a candidate of wealth and taste.  I am the Centralized Fixer of Things. (1)    I implore thee to stand back and watch as I pull strings and levers from the commanding heights of our ever expanding Federal Government Executive Branch to conjure up wondrous solutions to your problems.   Behold as I smite:

  1. the evil rich people
  2. the rotten foreigners
  3. fill in the blank with whomever else needs to receive a good smiting
  4. all of the above

And allow me to magnanimously bestow gratuities upon thee – paid for by others – courtesy of my benefaction.   You may thank me later at your convenience.

One candidate promises bread and circus.  The other candidate promises circus and bread.

 

Frightfully Yours,

Richard J. Lowery Jr.

  • The Clinton campaign may take umbrage with this statement and might insist that it be amended to “I am a candidate of wealth redistribution and taste.”

 

 

 

Useful Idiots And The Theater Of The Absurd

The following is a guest post by Dr. Robert Owens.

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Useful Idiots and the Theater of the Absurd

Recently I had the opportunity to spend some time with a person who would easily qualify as one of Lenin’s useful idiots.  Here is a man who grabbed the brass ring.  Not by government intervention.  Not by being one of the bigtime crony capitalists who rig the system that chooses winners and losers.  No, he had achieved success and fortune through his own ingenuity and hard work.  And for this I have always respected and commended him.

Why would I call such a hard working successful entrepreneur a useful idiot?  Because last night at a friendly meal he went on and on about how to be fair we needed to outlaw the law of supply and demand when it comes to housing, healthcare, and food.  He went on and on and on, as he often does about how society should count more than individuals.  He paused for a moment to cast damning accusations of heartlessness on real estate developers and the greed which infects others.  Then he went on to his standard praise for other countries that take care of their people and aren’t soiled by the deplorable capitalism of America.

All this from a man who made his fortune by employing others to work in his factory, retired early, has a million dollar estate in an exclusive area of Norther California, an apartment in Italy, and enough money to live comfortably in both places.  All this, from a man who benefited from the law of supply and demand in his own industry, a man who went to great lengths to regain the Italian citizenship his grandparents had forsaken so he could take advantage of EU citizenship but doesn’t pay his income tax in Italy to help support its failing social safety net.

Growing tired of the endless hypocrisy I asked if the law of supply and demand should have been suspended in his industry.  No, he didn’t think that would have been right.  Comparing that and suspending it for real estate developers was comparing apples to oranges he said not seeing the dichotomy or the conundrum such double think created.

I then asked if it was fair that the owner of a factory should get to retire early and live a life of leisure while the people who toiled in his factory to make him rich were still working.  That was a different issue all together, he asserted.  I then asked if we are talking about suspending the law of supply and demand for certain industries just to be fair why fairness wasn’t extended to the rewards people receive from their work.  I was just trying to muddy the issue he protested.

I then asked why is it fair that one person who worked all their life got to retire with a 401K, a pension, and social security while another person only received social security.  In the name of fairness shouldn’t we all receive the same thing, I asked.   Yes, that would be fair said the man living off much more than social security.

As of now I haven’t heard that he is going to give up his intercontinental jet-set life style and join the 99% down here in Obama’s economy struggling to navigate the New Normal.  I do however believe after actively supporting Bernie and his campaign for an openly declared socialist America he is now supporting Hillary and her stealth campaign for the same thing.

As a postscript suspending the law of supply and demand is about as possible as suspending the law of gravity.  If there are two widgets they are worth this much.  If there are 2,000 widgets they are worth that much.  A follows B, just as sure as day follows sunrise.  I wonder when the useful idiots will start arguing against that.  Why should day always follow sunrise?  That just isn’t fair to the night.  Then again if they elect Hillary “The Nail in our Coffin” Clinton night might just begin to follow sunrise after all.

Wouldn’t that be fair?

I wonder if my socialist acquaintance enriched by capitalism has any rope to sell.  I think Hillary is asking for donations to buy some.   Wait, is that Goldman Sachs on the line?

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2016 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens 

 

 

 

If Your Car Is Surrounded By A Rioting Gang Of Thugs What Do You Do?

You might have heard that Glenn Reynolds had his Instapundit twitter account suspended when he tweeted “Run them down” in reaction to a news story about rioters in Charlotte surrounding cars on the road. The Other McCain summed up the situation:

The Twitter Thought Police suspended Professor Reynolds’ account.

What are we permitted to say about marauding gangs of thieves and thugs? The owners of Twitter have evidently hired Democrat Party activists to control the narrative on their platform, effectively turning it into a propaganda platform for a violent anti-white terrorist organization (to call #BlackLivesMatter what it actually is). Twitter’s policy can be considered an “in-kind” political contribution to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, which is counting on #BlackLivesMatter to help her win key swing states like North Carolina, Florida, Virginia and Ohio.

Do law-abiding citizens have no right to defend themselves against mob attacks? If a family is in their car on the highway and find themselves surrounded by a gang of criminals who have been roaming the streets committing violence, what are they supposed to do? (Read More)

Seriously, what are you supposed to do if an angry mob surrounds your car and you’re trapped? I guess you can sit and wait for help to arrive, and pray that help arrives in time. But when the angry mob is also trying to throw white people in fires, the help might be too busy to get there in time to save you. So really, what the hell do you do? You defend yourself. And if that means that you step on the gas to get out of the situation, so be it. If they don’t get out of your way, and you “run them down” is that your fault?

Just as a side note, a friend of mine has kids in college in Charlotte. They are right there in the thick of things, and scared. She said she was up half the night worrying about them. Pray for them, and for all of the other people caught up in this mess who are just trying to live their lives.

Unfortunately, our political leaders either feed into this madness, or simply have no clue what to do about it. And really, who can fix this? Washington politicians, or the people who live in the communities where this is happening? Americans need to stop looking for saviors in Washington, DC and start thinking about fixing their own communities. If only the community organizers out there didn’t have an agenda that has nothing to do with improving the lives of the people they’re supposed to be serving.

Oh, and one more thing. Sitting or taking a knee for the national anthem doesn’t make things better. It doesn’t help in the least. It’s just a ridiculous way for coddled athletes to feel like they are “doing something” when in reality they aren’t doing a darned thing to help the people they supposedly care so much about. How does taking a knee help a fatherless kid growing up in the ghetto? How does rioting in the street and destroying property help that kid? What a shame that all of those people don’t do something that might actually help someone.

Obama Boom Builds ObamaTowns

The following is a guest post by Dr. Robert Owens.

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Obama Boom Builds Obamatowns

According to the megaphones of the Progressive-controlled media the Obama economy is booming.  For the investor class it has been a rising tide that lifts all yachts or as it is expressed in Bloomberg, “When President Barack Obama was elected in November 2008, the U.S. economy was shrinking at a rate unmatched since World War II. In the seven years between then and his final State of the Union address Tuesday night, global investors have enjoyed stellar results from the rapidly expanding Obama economy.”

According to Paul Krugman in The Obama Boom “The … Obama economy offers a powerful lesson… From a conservative point of view, Mr. Obama did everything wrong, afflicting the comfortable (slightly) and comforting the afflicted (a lot), and nothing bad happened. We can, it turns out, make our society better after all.”

And according to President Obama himself everything is coming up roses, “Companies are investing; consumers are spending and American manufacturing, energy, technology, autos all are booming. And thanks to the decisions that we’ve made and the resilience of the American people, we’ve recovered faster and come farther from the recession than almost any other advanced country on earth. So the good news is the economy clearly is getting stronger, things are getting better, engines are revving a little bit louder.”

A chicken in every pot, a car in every garage, a flat screen in every living room, a cell phone in every hand, and a check in every mail box.  Ah yes, haven’t we heard all this for years while anyone who works knows that wages have been stagnant for years.  Anyone who does their own shopping knows food prices have gone through the roof.  And anyone who has lost their job through the destruction of America’s manufacturing knows that a part time job at the Kwiki Mart doesn’t replace a full time job with benefits.

The political class, their pet economists, and the fellow-travelers among the media may trumpet that the Obama economy is booming.  They may tell us we must all troop like mind numb robots to the polls and make sure Hillary has the opportunity to give us a third term to complete the transformation.   They also tell us if the Donald is elected all this magic and wonder will be lost.

However other voices tell us a different story.

According to Bank of America Merrill Lynch Head of Global Rates and Currencies Research David Woo, “The U.S. economy would take off in a big way if Trump were elected and Republicans control both legislative houses next year.  Against this backdrop, the greenback would strengthen and U.S. Treasury yields would rise.”  This is a view shared by Woo and other fixed income veterans as well.

Looking at the booming Obama economy is like viewing a fever dream through the looking glass.  The Technocrat apparatchiks who populate the Obama regime tell us this is the best economy in American History, unprecedented job growth, low unemployment, and no inflation.  Those who actually have created jobs, know how the economy works in the real world, and have to cut pay checks every week tell us something different.

Leonard Riggio the Barnes & Noble Inc. Chairman and founder said the bookstore chain is suffering from one of worst retail environments in decades after traffic in stores hit “close to a historic low point.”  The retail climate is “terrible,” he said on the company’s first-quarter earnings call Thursday. “Better put, is it is one of the worst I have ever experienced in the 50 years I have been in this industry.”

The Fed continues to pump money into the system and keep interest rates at historic lows.  This stimulus is necessary just to maintain the anemic recovery that has never regained what was lost in the Great Recession.  The U.S. Federal Reserve must be careful not to remove its monetary stimulus too quickly because of potential weakness in the labor market and risks of foreign economic downturns, Fed Governor Lael Brainard said on Monday.

“Today’s New Normal counsels prudence in the removal of policy accommodation,” Brainard said in prepared remarks to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.  She said the labor market might be farther from full strength than some economists believe, which means “the case to tighten policy preemptively is less compelling.”  In other words even the shabby New Normal of the Obama economy is only sustainable if money keeps appearing out of thin air and banks can get infusions of this funny money at 0%.  That should be the textbook definition of a political charade.

The problem with our economy is not that the American people don’t want to work.  It isn’t that we are lazy as our president recently told his friends in communist Laos.  It is that the cards dealt by the Central Bank are stacked.  The central planners throughout the Obama Regime are ideologues who cannot see reality if it conflicts with their plan to transform America into a democratic people’s republic by the elites of the elites and for the elites.

According to Stephen Stanley, chief economist at Amherst Pierpont Securities, “The Federal Reserve has been too glued to theories that haven’t worked to restore robust economic growth since the last recession.”

“The central bank’s adherence to the idea that unemployment and weak demand can be cured with policies that encourage consumers, businesses and governments to rack up more debt ignores other problems with the economy,” he says.

“For the bulk of this expansion, the Fed has operated as if everything that was wrong with the economy was a cyclical shortfall in demand.  The trouble is that it has become increasingly evident that this narrative was wrong.” Stanley continued.

Following a collapse in a massive U.S. housing bubble in 2007 the Fed responded to the resulting 2008 financial crisis, by cutting interest rates to a record low of about zero percent in an attempt to blunt the worst recession in 80 years. The Fed also tried several rounds of quantitative easing, a policy of buying government debt and mortgage securities from banks to help drive down borrowing costs, in other words pumping money into the system.

While the U.S. bounced back from recession and the unemployment rate fell from a 30-year high of 10 percent, since that time growth in the American economy has never exceeded 3 percent a year for the first time since World War II.  In addition, the unemployment rate doesn’t include the over 90 million able bodied Americans who have decided to quit working and ride the government hammock into the sunset.

Stanley says Fed policymakers are too attached to the ideas of John Maynard Keynes, the hugely influential English economist who argued that deficit spending was necessary during recessions to maintain full employment. Keynesian theories make it difficult to distinguish short-term cyclical trends from long-term structural changes in the economy, Stanley says.

According to Stanley, pointing to a continuous fall in U.S. productivity, “Keynesians operate exclusively on the demand side of the economy, and much of what is holding the economy back in recent years has been operating on the supply side.  There is also a strong leftward lean in ideology at the Federal Reserve, and it is thus very understandable that they have been very slow to recognize the damage done to growth over the past several years by hikes in marginal tax rates and a stifling regulatory environment.”

“The Fed’s fixation on core consumer price inflation also limits its ability to recognize major asset bubbles, such as in tech stocks and home prices,” Stanley says.  The Core inflation rate is only a portion of the true inflation number yet that is all the Progressive media ever report on.  The real inflation rate is much higher.  For one thing the core rate does not include food or energy, two things everyone needs and two things whose prices have soared under Obama.

So how is this working out in the real world?  Look at your bank balance, your life style, or your hopes for the future of your children.  Or look at the rising tide of homelessness.  This is a phenomenon that is hardly ever mentioned when a Democrat is in the White House.  Today the march of poverty is too great for even the Progressive shills to ignore as Obamatowns begin to dot the landscape of a once prosperous nation.

According to Tyler Durden as posted on the website Zero Hedge, “Just like during the last economic crisis, homeless encampments are popping up all over the nation as poverty grows at a very alarming rate.According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, more than half a million people are homeless in America right now, but that figure is increasing by the day.  And it isn’t just adults that we are talking about.  It has been reported that that the number of homeless children in this country has risen by 60 percent since the last recession, and Poverty USA says that a total of 1.6 million children slept either in a homeless shelter or in some other form of emergency housing at some point last year.  Yes, the stock market may have been experiencing a temporary boom for the last couple of years, but for those on the low end of the economic scale things have just continued to deteriorate.

Happy days are here again the progressive puppet masters and their media chorus sings as everyone else sinks into the third world.  If the voters are so unenlightened that they don’t want to vote for a total transformation of their homeland import another population who will.  If the economy is falling through the floor and prosperity is becoming poverty for the unwashed masses in fly-over country just redefine success and call it the New Normal.  Then they live the high life in their gated communities as the rest of us struggle to survive.  No wonder five of the ten richest counties in America surround the imperial capital as our servants grow fat and rich on the loot they expropriate from the rest of us.

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2016 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens

 

Saturday Funnies

Happy Saturday. I hope you are doing something fun or relaxing this weekend. Mr. LC and I are celebrating our 18th wedding anniversary! Time sure does fly.

Sorry I haven’t been keeping up with the Saturday Funnies very well lately, life gets in the way. But here you go, for today, some funnies. Hey, I don’t like Trump but that doesn’t mean I like Hillary. She needs all of the scorn she can get and should be mocked mercilessly. Same thing goes for elite celebrities and sports figures who bash the republic that made their success possible.

Today’s funnies were found at Legal Insurrection.

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It Would Be So Easy, Or Would It?

There aren’t many conservatives left who can’t bring themselves to jump on board the Trump Train. One by one we see some of the leading voices on the right falling in line. Some of them just feel there’s no other choice, because Hillary Clinton is so awful. I get that. There’s no way I would ever vote for that woman, so it’s understandable that some people feel that rolling the dice for Trump is the better option.

Then there are those who really do support him, which completely baffles me. One person who I have respect for told me he was very hesitant to support Trump, but after listening to people that he respects he was convinced that supporting the lunatic was the right thing to do. I didn’t ask, but I wondered who are these people that he respects. Is it Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, or other pundits and writers with big followings? Then I wondered what is really motivating them. They have to do mental gymnastics to convince themselves and their audiences that Trump really is one of us.

Are they deluded, or did they never really believe the things they were saying in the first place? These are people whose livelihoods depend on having a large audience – they need readers clicking on their websites and buying their books, they need viewers watching their shows and listeners for their radio programs. For them, getting behind Trump was the easy thing to do when they saw how he tapped into the anger a lot of Republican voters are feeling. Why risk going against the new messiah and losing out on all of that revenue?

I guess it would be easy for me to just join in. Coming out against Trump was pretty much the death knell for this blog. It’s not how I make a living, but it used to generate some extra income. Now it’s a financial burden. But, I just can’t do it. I just can’t bring myself to support a long time liberal, whose adult children – who are major players in his campaign – couldn’t even vote for him in the primary because they didn’t change their party registrations in time.

I can’t bring myself to try to convince the few of you left that the orange crazy clown isn’t an orange crazy clown. I can’t bring myself to argue that his latest proposal to expand Medicaid is a great idea that will make everything better. I can’t bring myself to argue that Ivanka’s big maternity leave plan is the most conservative policy proposal ever. (Seriously, I accidentally tuned in to Sean Hannity’s radio show the other day and he and Newt Gingrich were actually saying that. Newt was babbling on about how another big government program is a fantastic conservative plan. It was like being in some sort of parallel universe. Oh, and how is that working out for Ivanka, anyway? Trying to out left the left never works. But I digress.)

I can’t convince myself that Trump’s plan to spend more government money (ie: money taken from working Americans) than Hillary Clinton wants to spend isn’t a horrible idea. I can’t bring myself to lie and tell you that everything I’ve argued for in the past is wrong, and everything I’ve argued against is right simply because crazy, creepy, leftist Mr. Trump now has an R at the end of his name.

I can’t convince myself that a man who has been close friends with the Clinton’s for years, has donated lots of money to them and their political allies, and met with Bill the day before he announced his candidacy, isn’t one of them. I can’t convince myself, or try to convince you, that the guy who spent scads of money to help Mitch McConnell stay in power isn’t part of the establishment.

I have to admit that watching the reaction to a Trump win by progressive weenies would be wicked fun. But when the dust settles, and another progressive “Republican” moves into the White House, what will we have won?

Sorry, but no can do. I’m not up to the challenge of Olympic level mental gymnastics. I’ll have to just leave that to the professionals.