Friday, February 5, 2016

Data suggests economic decline

More wells shuttered by U.S. gas and oil drillers.


Dry Baltic Index at its lowest point ever:
When the index falls to its lowest ever level on record, the broader message is pretty obvious. Shipping rates are plunging because the global economy is too. We don’t need to draw any more conclusions than that.


Agree or disagree with these guys, they point to the shortcomings of making our choices in government based on emotion and personality rather than ideology and principle.

We're on the edge in America. "Revolution" of  one sort or another may indeed be coming.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Six feet under?

How many of the millions of guns purchased in recent years are no longer above ground?

If you wanted to put yours (or at least some of them) in a safe place, how or where would you do it?

The other kind of voting

To quote Mike Vanderboegh: "Voting with our wallets."

Europe's banks

It seems "migrants" aren't the continent's only problem. 

The big picture

Take in the message here:

"In the past four months, 29 Israelis have been killed in a wave of stabbing, shooting or car-ramming attacks by Palestinians or Israeli Arabs," according to a report by the BBC.

If guns are unavailable, those bent on violence adapt to another means. Sometimes, they may even embrace alternatives to do violence even if a gun is available.

Bottom line, banning guns won't stop violence. But banning guns would make it more difficult for an ambushed person, be it a government official or private citizen, to have the means to fight back against superior numbers of attackers.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Cruz birtherism run amok

If Ted Cruz wasn't born a U.S. citizen, why don't those who hate him challenge his serving in the U.S. Senate?

If Donald Trump believes Cruz is not a "natural born" citizen, and if we're supposed to trust Trump to uphold the Constitution, Trump seems derelict in not filing a court challenge to Cruz's eligibility that would settle the matter.

Trump supporters, don't allow yourselves to be used.  Either hold your candidate accountable and produce a challenge, or stand down with the emotional tantrums.

If the "birthers" won't stand up and actually do something, how bout they stand down with the innuendo, and let the primary process move forward without this distraction?

"Pearl-clutching nonsense"

"America's murder rate isn't the work of the suburban and rural homeowners who shop for guns at sporting goods stores and at gun shows, and whom the media profiles after every shooting, but by the gangs embedded in urban areas. If this were going on in Rwanda, El Salvador or Sierra Leone, we would have no trouble knowing what to make of it, and silly pearl-clutching nonsense about gun control would never even come up." - Daniel Greenfield, writing at Sultan Knish

"Just say no"

The Left mocked Nancy Reagan's anti-drug campaign.

But now Europe's PC leadership insists just saying "no", and perhaps the swing of a purse, is all that's needed to stop rape.

As taught via TV in Finland:

Europe's in the midst of an escalating rape epidemic because it allowed its nations to be invaded by millions of uneducated, illiterate "migrants" whose only concept of social order appears to be lifted from the violent, vengeful lessons they've heard preached from the Koran.

If governments refuse to protect their citizens, citizens will protect themselves. And even rise up and replace their governments.

Online pundit Ol' Remus shared a thought along these lines recently:
If European and Scandinavian governments force the citizenry to choose between the ongoing Moslem invasion and a '30s-style fascist regime, they'll choose a '30s-style fascist regime. And if things should go seriously bad, if they do what they are capable of doing, and have done repeatedly since Medieval times, in five years there wouldn't be a living Moslem north of the Mediterranean. As for the invaders, it's not too late for an orderly retreat back to the lands from which they came.
If fascism returns to Europe, blame goes squarely on the failure of elitist establishment governments and the political correctness that blinded them.

Back in main rotation. For a while, anyway

Spent the morning spiffing up my 2000 Ford Ranger. It's not in collector classic condition, but it's not too shabby for something that rolled off the line back in August 1999.

Bought it used somewhere back around 2003 or 2004 after a hit and run driver triggered a chain-reaction pile-up on I-285 that creamed my '89 GMC S-15.  In its day, that S-15 was one beater of a work truck. The Ranger is cushy in comparison.

Updated/Edited for clarity.

Hit from behind

You may know of the minivan I'm often fond of bragging on. Just 92 miles shy of 200k, it got nailed from behind by a beefy pickup yesterday.

We bought this van new in '06. Other than changing out the alternator and regular maintenance, zero issues with this piece of awesome engineering. I liked the ride and handling of it far more than the newer Odyssey my wife drives now.

I'd all but given up driving my Ranger cuz the Sienna could haul most everything a pickup can, and do it in more comfort and kept things more secure and drier.

Oh well.

No one hurt yesterday. But these newer vehicles sure do crumple and bend in absorbing the shock of a collision.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Obama's gonna visit a mosque

Get ready for another Obama lecture on the greatness of Islam.

The president has plans for a high profile mosque visit.

Obama didn't just pick any mosque.

He apparently found one with close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

One that also preaches against the sin of homosexuality.

Gays should have no place in society, says an imam imam there.

Daniel Greenfield writes:
Imam Yaseen Shaikh, its British-born resident scholar who appears to run its educational system, is not a fan of gays. But that won't stop Obama from paying his respects.  
During an hour long diatribe, Shaikh called homosexuality a psychological disorder that has no place in Islam or society. He also lamented that gay rights groups have “hijacked” political discourse.  
Much of what Yaseen Shaikh is generic enough. You can hear the same thing at a lot of churches and synagogues. But that would be enough to bring down liberal politically correct fury on them. Though Shaikh also repeatedly suggests that Muslims need to learn from gay groups how to advance their causes and how to make the unacceptable, seem acceptable. 
Imagine the outcry and push-back activism if a Republican were to make a high profile visit to a church known for outspoken "homophobic" advocacy.