Monday, December 10, 2018

Market jitters

I've been following this guy for more than a decade on various financial boards and now on Twitter... Click the Tweet for his chain of comments here...

About last Friday...

And those special counsel document disclosures...

"Despite Mr. Mueller turning the screws of federal prosecution on them for months on end, neither Manafort or Cohen has composed the narrative the Special Counsel wants, so the memos were, in effect, an attempt to run some high voltage through the screws, to goose out a last-minute change-of-heart in the two patsies." - James Howard Kunstler 

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Why we're skeptical of gun "research"

A survey study released earlier this year by researchers at East Carolina University shows, in part: 
• Among those who report living in firearm-owning households, 25% have one or more loaded and unlocked firearms in their home.
• Overall, nearly one-in-ten Americans (9%) live in a household with one or more loaded and unlocked firearms in their home

I suspect it's way more than one-in-ten.

Gun folk tend to be shy about sharing their practices with pollsters.

BTW: The study deems "loaded and unlocked" as being an unsafe storage practice. I'd say the study is making some assumptions, showing some prejudice there.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Doing good to the poor...

I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. 
In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. 
And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer. 
-- Attributed to Benjamin Franklin, writing under the pseudonym "Arator", in The London Chronicle, November 1766
Fascinates me how the American founders seem to have a better grasp on human nature than many of today's so-called social scientists.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Get ready. Plan for the uncertain future

Many Americans have already "gunned up" in case political games freeze access to arms and ammo.

With the uncertainty of 2020, this may be last call before government gives into its tyrannical nature and chokes supply.

Provision accordingly.


Democrats target ban on gun parts kits

Democrat says if there's opposition to gun confiscation, a nuke armed military will make short work of it

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Who counts the votes

Borrowed rhis from a Faceboo friend's timeline:

“I consider it completely unimportant who in the party will vote, or how; but what is extraordinarily important is this — who will count the votes, and how.”
The Memoirs of Stalin’s Former Secretary by Boris Bazhanov, published in 2002. Translated from the Russian, the version which, according to Bazhanov, was uttered in 1923 by Stalin

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Thought on a Sunday night

The fall of America is happening before our eyes. Most of us completely blind to the build up to where we are today, others of us under estimated it. A few saw it, and we were called paranoid or delusional if we dared to say what we saw was happening.

Netflix wants to know...

I just took a Netflix consumer survey.

Among the things Netflix wanted to know:


Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Off the cuff assessment

Democrats retake control of the House, but I've heard mention that some of the Republican incumbents who lost have been soft on their support for the president. Ambivalent House leadership, failure to repeal Obamacare, and a series of budgets that have enlarged national deficits and debt all came back to punish the GOP House.

It appears Republicans have gained at least one Senate seat, with potential to add more, very important for Trump judicial nominations, and any treaties Trump may negotiate.

Expect the new Democratic House to fight Trump and the Republicans in far nastier manner than Republicans fought Obama, nastier than the Democrat House majority after 2006 went after Bush. Risk for the Democrats over the next two years is they become seen as the party of whining obstructionists, the party pushing division and dysfunctional government, thereby alienating those who voted for them in 2018.

That's how things look to me after awaking at 4am to catch a quick update.

It would also appear Georgia's governorship and the governorship in Florida may remain in Republican hands, perhaps giving some regional buffering to the chaos Democrats will attempt to instill by way of Washington.