Monday, December 31, 2018

Opening the door to 2019... Not for the faint of heart

"My view is that Mr. Mueller has run a colossal cover-your-ass operation for the many documented misdeeds among the FBI and DOJ in cooking up this mess starting in the spring of 2016." - James Howard Kunstler

The above is part of Kunstler's year end piece that also shares his outlook for the coming 2019.

Can't say I agree with all of it, but I suspect he's dead-on with some of the gloom-and-doom he sees ahead.

An amazing piece of propaganda

First an alarmist headline.
Teachers Quit Jobs at Highest Rate on Record
Then dig deeper, it doesn't seem such an alarming circumstance after all.

Many of the "departing" teachers are departing for other school systems, according to the Wall Street Journal article. Maybe one that pays better, maybe a teaching post closer to home. Maybe some other reason. But a significant number are only exchanging one teaching job for another.

Also note, in the article, that far fewer teachers are departing teaching jobs than is the norm in other occupations.

And, according to the Journal,  stats used to alarmingly declare "most on record" only go back 17 years.
In the first 10 months of 2018, public educators quit at an average rate of 83 per 10,000 a month, according to the Labor Department. While that is still well below the rate for American workers overall—231 voluntary departures per 10,000 workers in 2018—it is the highest rate for public educators since such records began in 2001.
In  good economy, people often step up to better jobs, ones that bring more income, better working conditions. The Wall Street Journal acts as if this is something to be alarmed over.

Used to be, the Wall Street Journal cut through this kind of B-S.

This article is spun more like propaganda than analytical reporting.

The anti-American dream

Invest a dozen minutes, take this in...


Friday, December 21, 2018

Deep State not happy with Trump

Via Twitter:

Russian meddling. Or was it Democrats?

Via Democracy Now (a very left leaning site):
The New York Times is reporting that Democratic operatives employed covert methods borrowed from Russian cyber agents on Facebook and Twitter in an attempt to sway last year’s special Senate election in Alabama. The Democratic operatives admitted to using “false flag” operations to make it look like Russian bots were helping Republican Roy Moore’s campaign. Democrat Doug Jones narrowly beat out Moore in the historically conservative state, after Moore came under intense fire as at least nine women accused him of sexually harassing or assaulting them when they were teenagers. 
BTW, last summer, CNN was still blaming Russia for dirty tricks in Alabama.


Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Bump stock ban

I don't have the time, patience, or energy tonight to opine on this.

So I'll link to David Codrea's War on Guns blog.

BTW, I never have liked bump stocks. I think they're ammo wasters and barrel burners. But that's just my opinion. There's a lot of things I don't like, but don't try to impose my will on others.

Let this sink in...

Via Twitter:

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.