“The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of ‘liberalism’ they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.”

Socialist Party presidential candidate Norman Thomas

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Trump thumbs his nose once again at the establishment

Can anybody name the president of Taiwan?
Me neither.

Meet Tsai Ing-wen, the current president of the independent state of Taiwan. The reason nobody knows her, or any Taiwanese president for that matter, is that the US officially only recognizes the one-China paradigm in which Taiwan is a province and will eventually, through hostile military action, be reabsorbed into the Chinese collective, despite Taiwan having functioned as a free republic since at least 1971.
I don't understand why we are kissing China's butt regarding Taiwan. Taiwan ranks 10th on the list of US trading partners. They buy billions in military hardware from us, specifically to resist the Chinese threat to their sovereignty. Additionally, [Taiwan is the 21st-largest economy in the world, and its high-tech industry plays a key role in the global economy. It is ranked highly in terms of freedom of the press, health care, public education, economic freedom, and human development.]-Wiki. All of which are incompatible with the Chinese communists.
Establishment types are upset today that Trump accepted a congratulatory call from President Ing-wen. No US president has had official communication with the Taiwanese president to keep from hurting China's feelings on the matter.
What is China going to do, increase the price of rubber dog crap sold in the US? We should officially recognize Taiwan, I've always assumed we had, as a nation state, independent from China.....and Trump is the president to do it.

Friday, December 02, 2016

There's a revolutionary right here in Hoover

I just learned that there's an actual revolutionary living right here in Hoover, and I've bought nails and screws from him.
Meet Gustavo Diaz, a 60 year old former colonel in the Venezuelan army. He was part of the failed coup attempt in 2002 of Hugo Chavez. For that crime, he and his familly fled Venezuela, requested political asylum, and are now citizens right here in Hoover, Alabama where he works at the Home Depot where I shop every week.
Mr Diaz operates in his spare time, DollarToday.com, a web site that essentially sets the real daily exchange rates on the street in Venezuela between bolivars and US dollars, not only allowing the real-time exchange of black-market US dollars, but defining the daily prices for virtually everything in the crumbling Venezuela. By letting people get around strict government currency controls, this web site creates a tremendous instability in the socialist dictatorship of Nicolas Maduro, making Gustavo public enemy numero uno to the regime of Maduro.

Diaz is as surprised as anybody that he's able to do far more to topple the regime of Maduro and his corrupt government with a computer here in Hoover, than he could as part of a revolutionary coup d'etat.
I think that's pretty cool. Kids should be wearing Gustavo Diaz on their T-shirts instead of Che Guevera

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

"Arrival" -- a movie review

Edward's movie review.......
Just saw the cerebral, sci-fi alien flick "Arrival" with Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner. I followed it fine, or at least thought I had, right up until the last 5 minutes, then it took me the entire ride home to work out what I'd just seen.
Without giving anything away, Arrival follows the usual Hollywood aliens-visit-Earth tropes......we can't communicate, armies are arrayed, fear and loathing are the rule of the day because comparatively unevolved humans aren't capable of anything but killing what we don't understand, blah blah blah.
It departs from typical alien movies by cleverly weaving into the main plot, the sub-plot which addresses personal choices and knowing one's own future.
I recommend it and would enjoy hearing any thoughts you have on the sub-plot.

Monday, November 28, 2016

OSU experiences multiculturalism, and not in a good way

Multiculturalism strikes at Ohio State University. A Somali immigrant student ran over and/or stabbed 9 students at OSU this morning. First he ran over pedestrians then got out and started stabbing them with a butcher knife before a campus cop shot him dead. Thankfully no student victims have died. 

Predictably the OSU administration pretended to be perplexed as to the motive, but given that ISIS recently commanded its followers in the West to randomly attack civilians with "cars and knives", the motive isn't too big a mystery. 

Because the people being radicalized against us are already legally here, there isn't much we can do unless there is a multi-person conspiracy and the authorities can detect it. If the attack is by one person, there isn't much we can do to protect ourselves except be armed and ready to fight back. 

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Fidel "not surprised" to find self in Hell this morning

An exclusive interview by the Miami Herald revealed that murderous, thug dictator Fidel Castro reportedly "not all that surprised" to find self in Hell this morning.
When asked what he thought of burning in the fiery pits for all eternity, Castro shrugged and added, "Meh, ees a small price to pay for the joy of being a pain in the ass of the running-dog, capitalist, American peegs for 50 years".

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Justice for Hillary is not Trump's job as President

So Trump says he has no interests in pursuing Hillary Clinton for whatever crimes she may have committed while Secretary of State.
Candidate Trump may promise prosecutions out the wazoo, but President Trump would be wise to abstain from that process altogether, because it's not his job as President to pursue any specific American citizen for any crimes, nor direct or otherwise influence the Justice Department or the FBI to do so on his behalf. If her crimes rose to the level of a federal indictment, they'll figure that out, Trump need not involve himself in any way.

Dude has a country to manage and instructing the justice department or the FBI to go after Hillary would not only be outside his purvue as President, it would look like a petty, political vendetta for which he doesn't have the time.
As President, he should wash his hands of the Clintons and not be part of whatever Sessions at Justice and the FBI decide to do. And if the investigations don't lead AG Jeff Sessions to indict her, then let her slink out the back door of US politics and mercifully fade away.
Americans have to believe that the FBI and Justice Dept. are apolitical, otherwise the rule of law breaks down.

Bus drivers are good drivers, Johnthany is not

Apparently this moron intentionally wrecked a school bus in Tennessee a couple of days ago, killing 5 kids and injuring many more.
Predicatably the news media and hysterical government regulators are screeching about 3-point belts on every school bus being mandatory, but has anybody stopped to marvel at the costs and problems that would arise, not to mention, seat belts weren't the problem here.....hiring this idiot thug with the dumb name, Johnthany, to drive a bus in the first place was the problem?
-Retrofitting every school bus in the nation with belts would cost millions if not billions and take many years.
-3-point harnesses require a sufficiently tall seat. Most school bus seats are fairly short. Must they also purchase and install taller seats?
-not every kid fits the same belt. You can't have football players using the same belt as 2nd graders.....that might be MORE dangerous in a wreck.
-Will every bus driver now have to play flight attendant too and check every belt for security before driving to the next stop?
-what's the legal liability if a kid does get hurt? Once the government belt mandates begin, dumb juries will award a hurt kid millions and bankrupt school systems all over the country. Trial lawyers will see to that with frivolous, pay-day lawsuits.
The list of problems with belts goes on and on. Wouldn't it be better to not hire thugs named Johnthany who look like Snoop from 1983, to drive kids' buses?

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The Great Rutabaga Deception

It's late November so this story must be retold so as not to be forgotten.......

Some families go around the table at Thanksgiving and say what they're thankful for. Some families retell the story of Squanto and the Pilgrims. In our family, we tell the sad tale of Uncle Ed and the rutabaga incident of '76-'77, which I will recount to you now.......

The Great Rutabaga Deception of '76-'77...........

My family celebrated T'giving at the home of friends in '76 and I was delighted to see a casserole dish filled with my favorite, sweet potato casserole. My sister Andra cautioned me that she didn't think those were sweet potatoes. I snorted, dismissing her tomfoolery even as I piled my plate high. Turns out, they were rutabagas, the single most disgusting food stuff there is. I had to force them down so as not to embarrass our hosts. The following year we ate there again, but my desire for sweet-potato casserole was known to them from my humiliation the previous year, so I safely and eagerly anticipated dinner with my favorite Thanksgiving dish. Again I dove into the sweet, orange mountain with abandon and again Andra warned me that those might not be sweet potatoes. "Surely not. They wouldn't do that to me again" I exclaimed, incredulous at the thought. As I sat down, I realized that I smelled not of lightly roasted pecans, caro syrup, and the ambrosia that is caramelized brown sugar....instead I smelled a combination of fart and kimchi. RUTABAGA'S AGAIN!!!

To this day I do not eat rutabagas and for years, every Thanksgiving, my son Michael and my sister's kids J.P. and Julia gather 'round to hear the cautionary tale of Dad/Uncle Ed and The Great Rutabaga Deception of '76-'77.

Consitutional scholar? I doubt it

During an interview from Peru over the weekend, as part of an explanation for the election outcome, President Obama complained that small red states have two senators just like massive blue states like California. Apparently he thinks this is part of some sort of system rigged against him.
I thought he was a constitutional scholar. The whole purpose of having two houses of congress is that one(the Senate) represents the interests of the states and no one state is more important than another. The other one(the House) represents the people based on population so California gets 55 reps while North Dakota gets 3.
Originally, senators weren't voted on by the people as they are today. The state legislatures voted on two representatives to the Senate to represent equally, that state's interests in competition(or cooperation) with the interests of other states.
Either he doesn't understand the Constitution or he's being intentionally misleading, knowing that dumb Americans haven't learned an iota about the Constitution in school.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Eric Bolling for Commerce?

Fox's Eric Bolling, one of the first anchors at Fox News to jump all-in on the Trump bandwagon, is reportedly being considered for the job of Commerce Sec.
Of all the useless agencies, Commerce might be the most useless, along with Education, Energy, Interior, and the EPA, which all need to be eliminated, but if you have to fill these vacancies for reasons other than to supervise their shuttering and closing, then you could do a lot worse than Eric Bolling, who seems to know a lot about job creation.
As his first order of business, he should appoint Mike Rowe as his under-secretary and send him out to get some things done, post haste

Does anybody know what the Department of Commerce does?