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Monday, September 28, 2015

Here is a public program I did last week. I start at minute 17, so move the cursor there if you like. Someone emailed me and said I was "terribly condescending".


This is actually an improvement since a couple years ago, I went on this program and someone emailed me and called me "fat a$$". Well as my late father always told me "son, know who you are and make the most of it".



http://www.newsandviewswithtomandsadie.com/september-23-2015-goodbye-yogi-a-look-at-the-economy-with-ecu-economics-professor-randy-parker/

Friday, September 4, 2015

Welcome home Herbert Marcuse....







Let us hear from the great Marxist scholar (a contradiction if ever there was one) himself from his monumental work Repressive Tolerance (and how's that for a title?):


Liberating tolerance, then, would mean intolerance against movements from the Right and toleration of movements from the Left.

Surely, no government can be expected to foster its own subversion, but in a democracy such a right is vested in the people (i.e. in the majority of the people). This means that the ways should not be blocked on which a subversive majority could develop, and if they are blocked by organized repression and indoctrination, their reopening may require apparently undemocratic means. They would include the withdrawal of toleration of speech and assembly from groups and movements which promote aggressive policies, armament, chauvinism, discrimination on the grounds of race and religion, or which oppose the extension of public services, social security, medical care, etc.



Now let's hear from the great sociologist at Washington State University from her syllabus as discussed in yesterday's post:


Gross generalizations, stereotypes, and derogatory/oppressive language are not acceptable. Use of racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, xenophobic, classist, or generally offensive language in class or submission of such material will not be tolerated. (This includes “The Man,” “Colored People,” “Illegals/Illegal Aliens,” “Tranny” and so on - or referring to women/men as females or males) If I see it or hear it, I will correct it in class since it can be a learning moment for many students. Repeated use of oppressive and hateful language will be handled accordingly – including but not limited to removal from the class without attendance or participation points, failure of the assignment, and - in extreme cases - failure for the semester



Well there you have it ladies and gentlemen, there you have it! My fellow speech Stasi I salute you!


Thursday, September 3, 2015

That's right...you are forbidden from using the terms male/female and he/she.





Read it for yourself. It is in black and white. I guess the angle is that if you use words like male and female and have figured out who you are, it is oppressive to use those words to those who have not figured out who they are, at least where gender is concerned.

How about this....you don't oppress my freedom of expression which the first amendment protects, and which I in no way mean to be offensive when using the words male/female and he/she and I'll help you along on your life's journey and let you be who you are and protect you against those who wish to do you harm while you are living it and working these things out.

Do we have a deal?






http://www.nationalreview.com/article/423375/washington-university-ban-syllabus-male-female-Breikss-professor

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

I miss this guy....





Christopher Hitchens is gone now and that is too bad. Although I frequently found him to be unnecessarily acerbic he was a brilliant mind. Well, I finally got to his book God is not great. It will certainly shake your faith, but there are many ways for that to be done. I have never bought the line that one must believe all the doctrines of a particular religion ... lock, stock and barrel ...or you are not a "true" believer. Pssshaw to that. This is when religion can be the "metal shackle" that Hitchens long claimed it to be.

Anyway he has true wisdom here that I am going to quote at some length. Here he is talking about his abandonment of Marxism:

"Those of us who had sought a rational alternative to religion had reached a terminus that was comparably dogmatic. What else was to be expected of something that was produced by the close cousins of chimpanzees? Infallibility? Thus, dear reader, if you have come this far and found your own faith undermined-as I hope-I am willing to say that to some extent I know what you are going through. There are days when I miss my old convictions as if they were an amputated limb. But in general I feel better, and no less radical, and you will feel better too, I guarantee, once you leave hold of the doctrinaire and allow your chainless mind to do its own thinking."

He went on in the book to say that he would be willing to posit that religion does some good in the world if the same religious people were brave enough and willing to say that religion was and is a source of great evil.

Here here old boy, and God bless your soul Hitch.

My faith is shaken but neither subverted nor abandoned. And I will not let it be a mental shackle. The crusades for an equitable income distribution and the scourge of corporate and personal taxation penance are all the mental shackles this country needs at the moment. Throw in the "(insert suitable color here) lives matter" gobbledygook and our national residence in purgatory is set for some time to come.




Tuesday, August 25, 2015

China on the brink....





http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/25/business/dealbook/a-warning-on-china-seems-prescient.html?emc=eta1&_r=0


There is no way to see what is going on in China as anything but a disaster happening. Will it blow into the big one? Probably not. But I remember the Chinese response to the 2008 meltdown. They indicated back then 1) Ha Ha Ha! and 2) the unworkable nature of capitalism and the superiority of the planned economic model.

Come again there Comrade?

The Chinese economy is 22% construction oriented. We were 6% at the height of the bubble popping. And all great calamities have had a simultaneous equity and real estate market unraveling.
Lots of luck Charlie. Now maybe you will stop your bellicosity in the South China Sea?

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The Pope is from Argentina remember........

http://www.city-journal.org/2015/eon0724oc.html

....and I don't need any lectures on economics from someone from Argentina. It is a jolly good thing the pope is only infallible on ecclesiastical matters (or at least since Vatican II; I guess he was fallible before that), because when he opens his mouth on economics he shows the world, well, that he is from Argentina, i.e., an economic know-nothing. Throwing that clown de Blasio in the mix makes it all the more fitting.
Mayor de Blasio

BTW Argentina was the third wealthiest country in the world in 1900. They picked the Soviet
Model after WWII, just as India did, and continue to wallow in economic backwardness. And it is all self-imposed. No thanks. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A Wall Street Journal quote regarding Uber and Democrats.....

"However open Democrats may be to revolutionary new definitions of marriage, the thought that there might be some nonsexual for-profit contracts between consenting adults keeps progressives up at night."
The stunning beauty of that sentence is incredible.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Welcome home Herbert Stein.....

Ok all you students of history out there, wake up and watch Greece. There is a Great Depression in action happening before your eyes in real time. It will not be pretty. Look at what we have here.... A Prime Minister that is putting a bail out to a referendum and then campaigning against it. That is right....ask the Germans to prolong the bail out and then tell everyone to vote against it. That is nuts.

But far worse is the fact that the people in power are Marxists, Maoists, communists and even a sprinkling of Nazis in there. Throw in a healthy dash of socialists and you have quite a concoction.

Here's a thought, why not pay for all the stuff you want yourself. That is a real novel idea isn't it? Whether you like it or not that is going to be right around the corner.

Mind you, none of this business has anything to do with Greece paying back what they owe, it is about stringing the bail out along. Keep lending to us and we will make our payments...but on our terms and not yours. Here's an answer to that....stick it.

The Greeks deserve everything they got coming. As the late great Herbert Stein said "something that can't go on forever won't." Welcome home Herbert Stein.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Careful what you wish for there old boy....



I will expect Congressman Butterfield to suggest this change by the close of business today.



http://www.nationalreview.com/article/420142/america-one-nation-indivisible

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

From today's Wall Street Journal...vote for Hillary and this is what you have coming. Say hi to Herbert Marcuse again.

From columnist George F. Will’s keynote address at the inaugural Disinvitation Dinner, hosted in New York City on April 15 by the William F. Buckley, Jr. Program at Yale to honor those whose invitations to speak at U.S. universities were retracted because of their views:

Free speech has never been, in the history of our republic, more comprehensively, aggressively and dangerously threatened than it is now. The Alien and Sedition Acts arose from a temporary, transitory fever and were in any case sunsetted and disappeared. The fevers after and during the First World War and in the early culture war era also were eruptions of distemper rooted in local conditions and local issues bound to disappear, which they did.
Today’s attack is different. It’s an attack on the theory of freedom of speech. It is an attack on the desirability of free speech and indeed if listened to carefully and plumbed fully, what we have today is an attack on the very possibility of free speech. The belief is that the First Amendment is a mistake. . . .
Yesterday the Democratic Party, the oldest political party in the world, the party that guided this country through two world wars and is more responsible than any other for the shape of the modern American state—the Democratic Party’s leading and prohibitively favored frontrunner candidate for the presidential nomination announced four goals for her public life going forward, one of which is to amend the Bill of Rights to make it less protective. It’s an astonishing event. She said that she wants to change the First Amendment in order to further empower the political class to regulate the quantity, content and timing of political speech about the political class—and so far as I can tell there’s not a ripple of commentary about this on the stagnant waters of the American journalistic community.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Don't call them ISIS or ISIL or Daesh.....They are the United Pretend State of Goat Foggers.




That's UPSOGF for short.

Gonna throw my daughter off the Leaning Tower of Pizza? I got three words for you and the first one isn't "I".

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Quote of the year so far....

Ralph Peters: "The burning of the Jordanian pilot to ISIS was better than the best sex they have ever had and it is easier on the goats."

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

M-A-R-C-O....P-O-L-O!

Marco Polo (World Traveler) is quoted as saying the following, “The law which their Prophet Mohamed has given to muslims is that any harm done to any one who does not accept their law and any appropriation of his goods, is no sin at all.”


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Wisdom from the 18th century....

"Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Which one is the scum sucking Nazi?




Answer: Every one of them. There is no difference between these pathetic sub-human animals.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Nazis among us. "It is us today. It will be you tomorrow."


For all you young folks out there who have ever wondered what it was like in the 1930s when Naziism was on the rise, well wonder no more. You are living it. Radical Islam is of the same DNA that gave us Adolf Hitler and all of his brown shirted, jack booted little dears. They must be resisted and destroyed. Like Hitler, they kill in the name of a higher authority and exterminate you for no other reason than being Jewish (see Paris Deli for but one example), or Christian, or impure and an infidel. If they are the pure ones, then you are impure and must be put to the sword or AK-47.

Time to pick a side...today. The global war on Western values is in full swing. As Haile Selassie said before the League of Nations after Ethiopia was invaded by Italy in the 1930s, "It is us today. It will be you tomorrow." If you think this is just about Paris, you need to read the line above one more time.