Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The deadly fruit of destabilizing policies

Remember when Obama and NATO thought it would be a swell idea to unleash an air war, and destabilize Libya?

Years later, the death toll continues to rise. 

The "genius" of HIllary Clinton

"The true genius of Hillary is that she manages to epitomize every failure of our current political life: the obsessive micro-manipulation of image, the obscene moneygrubbing, the tired cronyism, the entitlement masquerading as sexual equality. Mostly, though, she has no idea where history is taking us, in case you’re wondering at the stupefying platitudes offered up as representative of her thinking." - James Howard Kunstler, writing at Kunstler.com

Wait a sec...

Are we talking about the same Iranians that Obama trusts to tinker with nuclear stuff? 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Prognostications

 I worry about gloomers and doomers who publish timetables

When the dates miss, it undermines the credibility for those of us ascribing to a more basic premise that the irrational nature of things can't continue.

That said, some interesting charts here.

The problem with living in an irrational bubble is that it behaves irrationally,  and it can often last far longer than our rational minds can fathom. But eventually, laws of nature or economics do win out, and when reality returns, it does so in a very big and punishing way.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Busy spring

Work demands have been heavy. Not much time for posting. 

Weather permitting, next week should be about the same. 

I also have a teen daughter in a play this week, and another wrapping up her first season of high school lacrosse. 

I hope to bring more to the table in the way of blogging next week. 

Don and I will do Friday's webcast tomorrow. 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Too Much Information

Why's Facebook trying to recruit me to "friend" someone I evicted from a rental three or four years ago for non-payment of rent?

The woman in question also left the water running to stick me with a $450 water bill on top of what she owed in back rent.

I suspect Facebook had to snoop pretty darn deep to find the connection to suggest this "friend."

No, I don't want to be Facebook friends with her.

If these kinds of suggestions keep popping up, I may exit the Facebook thingy altogether.  At the very least, I may strop my personal profile to be more bare bones.

And I have to wonder who Facebook is pitching me as a friend to. Anyone I long ago decided I never wanted to hear from again?

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Cheney channels "Don and Doug"

For those who've followed the webcast Don Dickinson and I've done for the past four years, you might think Dick Cheney's now channeling some of our early webcasts.

Cheney was on Hugh Hewitt's radio program yesterday.

Via the Daily Caller:
HEWITT: Is he naive, Mr. Vice President? Or does he have a far reaching vision that only he entertains of a realigned Middle East. That somehow it all works out in the end.  
CHENEY: I don’t know Hugh. I vacillate between the various theories I’ve heard. If you had somebody who, as president — who wanted to take America down. Who wanted to fundamentally weaken our position in the world, reduce our capacity to influence events. Turn our back on our allies and encourage our enemies, it would look exactly like what Barack Obama is doing. I think his actions are constituted in my mind are those of the worst president we’ve ever had.
With Congress doing little more than cowering in the shadows, and many on the federal bench aligned with Obama and the progressive Democrats, the next two years in America will be an especially perilous time, with dire potential for worse things to be inflicted on this country by a president either too naive (and too arrogant to see his incompetence) to function as a leader or by someone intentionally bent on inflicting harm on America.

Personally, I've come to believe no one could be as incompetent as the Obama team has apparently shown itself to be, but I admit there's still a chunk of speculation mixed into my assessment.


What's that just ahead? Can you say recession?

Up to four jobs outside the industry may vanish for every American oil job cut. 

Cheap Saudi oil is a curse.

Saudis are waging economic war on America, yet most Americans are too stupid to see it as our government sits in silence and lets it continue.


A federal judge sees troubling signs

We live in perilous times under an increasingly rogue government that seemingly relishes its dishonesty. 


A federal judge has issued a scathing rebuke to lawyers for the Obama administration in a case involving the president's unilateral immigration action. In an order issued Tuesday night, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen, who had put a temporary hold on the action, not only refused to lift the hold — he also came very near to accusing administration lawyers of flat-out lying to him.  
The administration's assertions in the immigration case have been "misleading," "troublesome," and "belied by the facts," Hanen wrote. "Any number of federal judges, given this misconduct, would consider striking the government's pleadings." Doing so would effectively end the case altogether, and Hanen wrote that he had decided not to take that action because the issues at stake are of great national importance. 
Glad someone's willing to stand in the gap, calling out the roguish nature of the Obama team and its efforts toward executive amnesty.

It's still very disturbing how spineless Republicans in Congress have refused to intervene, and have fully funded Obama's executive action plan should the administration find a court willing to clear the way for implementation.