Thursday, December 14, 2017

Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality is all in the news these days.  Of course, if you read only Yahoo, Google, or the MSM, you might be in the dark.  Otherwise, it's big news.  Let me explain.

If you are for Net Neutrality, you are for government control and regulation of the internet.  Ignore the term "neutrality."  The term is nothing more than a political gimmick.  It's a misnomer, nothing more than political jargon for government supervision.  Think DMV.  Or any other government solution you can think of ... such as the war on poverty that began in the 1960s and has only gotten worse since then.

On the upside, those who oppose net neutrality not only have free market ideas on their side, but they also have a good sense of humor, something sadly lacking among those on the left.  By way of example, and for those who enjoy humor as well as common sense, here's the current Chairman of the FCC, Ajit Pai, who happens to be a free market guy.  Notice his smile, which will insult all your friends on the left.  Enjoy:

Out of the Mouth of Babes and Infants ...

Too good not to share. 

This child is eleven years old.  On your best day, can you speak extemporaneously and with such acumen as does this girl?  I dare you.  Forget politics and petty differences for a moment and listen to the young generation to follow.  Some of them know east from west, the Atlantic from the Pacific, even without a high school diploma.  It's heartening.

Have a listen:

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Trump's Revenge on Republicans and Democrats

Trump is sooo into the heads of Ryan and McConnell.  He owns them now. They are his tools, along with most of their seasoned colleagues.  Democrats, too.  Wishing for a kill shot, Schumer bellied up to the bar like a drunken sailor and offered Trump a deal on fiscal borrowing and spending through December, 2017 that he meant to be used as ammunition in the mid-terms, assuming Trump would never accept it ... much like Republicans who for seven years passed one Obamacare repeal after another, knowing each would be voted down or vetoed. Political partisanship is that cynical and maddening.  Then Trump flashed that grin of his and accepted Schumer’s offer.  And it was like, Huh? Wait. Seriously?  Like the old Abbott and Costello routine, no one could figure out who was on first. Trump walked into the room and handed them a script that was off cue. None of them expected it. The politicos then went into ad lib mode. The Republican version went something like this: Um ... er ... well, let's see ... geez, I don't know, so....  Worse yet, the Democrats smiled, thinking they held the better hand, especially after Trump applauded Chuck and Nancy by their first names for offering such good ideas.  That's when they all knew he owned them.  If only Hemmingway was around for another go at The Old Man and The Sea, this time with sharks as the protagonist.  Talk about a good read.

I don't know what will happen next.  That's the joy of it.  Trump is doing exactly what he was elected to do.  A shark attack is not pleasant.  Neither is a colonoscopy, which is now being administered to Congress.  Both are intrusive.  Shark attacks can be vicious. Trump, at least, uses a glove and a middle finger.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Donald Trump Is Winning ... BIGLY

If you get your political updates through ordinary channels -- MSM, local news, the major newspapers, and popular website newsies such as Yahoo, Facebook and more recently Drudge -- you most likely feel that America is imploding, all due to the chaos of the Trump administration.

The goal is to wear you down, if not wear you out, until you agree that Trump must go.

The stakes rise with each new Trump achievement, commensurate with the rising decibel level of those who express outrage at whatever he says.  That's what happens when your cherished assumptions are disproven day after day.  It's comical, and also understandable.  No one likes to admit they are wrong.  Or that they are wrong on a regular basis.  It's embarrassing, if not humiliating.  Especially if you are touted as being an expert journalist or commentator, at least by virtue of being on TV.

That's why you hear little or nothing about:

  • the current NAFTA negotiations
  • Kim Jong-un blinking
  • China threatening a trade war and then blinking
  • the U.S. becoming a net energy exporter
  • our diminishing trade imbalance
  • the amazing rise to nearly 4% GDP growth in the 2017 third quarter
  • forecasters suggesting that GDP could grow to 5 or 6% annualized
  • a rise in manufacturing investments in the U.S.
  • more full-time jobs among the middle class
  • the Syrian crisis
  • the continuing fall of ISIS in the Middle East
  • Wall Street's record highs as they turn to embrace Main Street
  • the public's opposition to the destruction of historic statues and memorials
  • an abhorrence of radical and violent activists on all sides, most all of whom abide on the left fringe
  • Russian collusion
  • the Awan brothers
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz
  • Hillary and the Clinton Foundation entities
  • The wall
  • Immigration
  • et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.

Trump is winning.  BIGLY.  It's almost too easy.  He's focused on results, period. The rest is mere distraction, much of it orchestrated by anti-Trumpers who insist you really can get a different result if you repeat the same experiment enough times.  They still don't get it because they don't want to get it.  They have dug in their heels.  That's why I find it funny.  Trump is playing them every step of the way.  This cartoon illustrates it best. You've probably seen it before, but it's worth watching again on occasion:

The people who get it are the American workers -- the ones who watch Dirty Jobs, live on a budget, and are happy to find an extra two-hundred dollars at the end of the month.  Soon enough, others will, too.  It just takes time.  Trump is making it happen before our very eyes.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Connect the Dots

This past week we had a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that featured Mr. Bill Browder, an international financier with extensive knowledge of the Russian government. Under questioning from Sen. Lindsay Graham, Browder revealed that the Russians paid Fusion GPS to create the infamous "golden shower dossier" on Trump.  According to Browder, the Russians were looking to stir up trouble to harm Trump's presidential bid. That's how the Russkies roll, Browder essentially said.  They like to create chaos.  

Okay, I'll bite.  Let's pretend it's a hacking job by the Russians rather than a leak from inside, despite all evidence pointing toward an internal leak, re: DNC's compromised server.  If Browder's testimony about Fusion GPS is correct, even deplorable Americans can quickly connect the  dots.  I offer Donna in Oregon as an example.  She writes:

Wait…..wait……I need to catch up here. This Golden Showers report was paid for by Russia….made by the Brits….picked up by John McCain……delivered to James Comey……James Comey paid them $50,000.00 to further investigate Donald Trump……and now we have a Special Counsel to investigate President Donald Trump’s involvement.
Am I up to speed? Is that muh Russia?

(Author's note:  The FBI didn't actually pay the $50,000 because the Brit -- Steele -- couldn't produce any facts to back up his claims in the dossier.  Plus, there's no hard evidence that Russians hacked anything of relevance.  In fact, the evidence points elsewhere, as noted above).
The Trump collusion meme is slowly but surely turning on Democrats.  Facts tend to have that effect.  The MSM soon will backtrack and do their best impression of Roseanne Rosannadanna from the original SNL cast, who famously ended her weekly screed with the disclaimer:  Never mind!  Then it will be on to the next manufactured scandal.  Trump is proving to be an elusive rascal.
Naturally, and to top it all off,  if Donald Trump was bribed by the Russians to lie about their mutual collusion, Trump surely would have reported this expense on his income tax returns. Common sense alone would tell you that, right?  Who doesn't report bribery payments? Thus, Trump's delay in voluntarily releasing his tax returns is prima facie evidence of collusion with the Russians.  That must be why he doesn't make them public.

Believe it or not, there actually IS a statement in the IRS instruction manual that requires citizens to report bribe receipts as income.  Read it for yourself on the IRS's website:
Bribes.   If you receive a bribe, include it in your income.
Yes, folks, someone at the IRS actually went there.  I can hear the committee meeting now:

Fred:  Are we missing anything?

Sue:  Well, what about income from bribes and meth sales?  They should be regarded as 1099 income.  But not deductible from gross.  Those folks don't deserve tax relief.

Fred:  Good thinking, Sue.  Let's start with bribes and see how it goes.

There you have it.  If that won't stop bribery, nothing will.  I'm sure the Russians will provide that 1099 in a jiffy.
All that notwithstanding, the IRS overlooked one minor detail.  The obligation to report income from bribery refers only to the person who receives the bribe, not the person who pays it.  Thus, Trump is not obligated to report the illicit payments on his tax return. But, still, if he did pay it, he should have reported it, shouldn't he, even if it required an addendum page, owing to the fact that there's no line item for "bribes paid?" That's what rocket surgeon and Senate Judiciary Committee member Sheldon Whitehouse (D - R.I.) would have us believe. Go the the 47:15 mark for his money question:
Yes, Rhode Island, you voted him into office.  

In unrelated news, jobs are up, wages are improving, manufacturing is on the rise, illegal immigration has dwindled, NAFTA is being re-tooled, bilateral trade agreements are underway, ISIS is facing decimation, the Paris Climate Accord is kaput and Obamacare is in a death spiral.  Democrats are out of ideas and Republicans once again prove they don't deserve to be in charge.  Ironically, America's outlook on the future is positive.  Huh.  I wonder why?

I'll leave you to connect the dots.

Friday, July 14, 2017

This 'N That, Friday Edition

Some people are astonishingly stupid.  Granted, all of us are stupid in our own ways, owing to our inclinations.  You are, and so am I.  We euphemistically refer to our stupidity as a blind-spot when in simplest terms it is mere stupidity.  It's like being dysfunctional.  Everyone is dysfunctional to some extent.  So are families.  Some are just more dysfunctional than others.

But sometimes stupidity is ... well ... astonishing, so far out of the norm that it makes the rest of us feel not stupid.  Take this person's bad moment, for example:

Note:  You are expecting a video of some criminal who calls the cops because his marijuana stash was stolen or because an accomplice ran off with the money he robbed from the bank ... or perhaps something along the lines of these head-scratchers.  But you'll be wrong.  I was thinking of this person:

And then there's stupid that can't be fixed, short of a lobotomy:

Long story short, you're not as stupid as you think.  Be grateful.


Speaking of lawyers, this heart-warming story is making the rounds:

One afternoon a lawyer was riding in his limousine when he saw two men along the roadside eating grass.  Disturbed, he ordered his driver to stop and he got out to investigate. He asked one man, "Why are you eating grass ?" 
"We don't have any money for food," the poor man replied.  "We have to eat grass." 
"Well, then, you can come with me to my house and I'll feed you." 
"But sir, I have a wife and two children with me.  They are over there eating grass under that tree." 
"Bring them along," the lawyer replied. 
Turning to the second poor man, he stated, 
"You may come with us, also." 
The other man, in a pitiful voice, said, "But sir, I also have a wife and six children with me!" 
"Bring them as well," the lawyer answered. 
They all entered the car, which was no easy task, even for a car as large as the limousine. 
Once under way, one of the poor fellows turned to the lawyer and said, "Sir, you are too kind. Thank you for taking all of us with you." 
The lawyer replied, "Glad to do it. You'll really love my place. The grass is almost a foot high."
h/t: Mr. Ed


Let's jump tracks and end on a high note.  Watch this video of a dog too traumatized to be saved, until someone saves him with love and attention.  Yes, the formula really can work: