Saturday, 28 March 2015

Theo's March Fundraiser..................

Finally after eleven and a half years of editing this blog I have finally decided to enter politics at a local level. Actually I was asked to stand, and as a result I will be doing so in the elections on May 7.

In order to do this I need to raise some personal funding over the next week so I can hit the ground running when the campaigning starts.

The money will be used to pay rent/bills etc, while I campaign fulltime. The money will NOT be used for political purposes.

Once again many thanks for your continued support.

Friday, 27 March 2015

Red Friday Totty................

The Last Ever Top Gear..................

H/T Liz B

Another record financial trifecta..................from Rico

There is another "record" financial trifecta shaping-up, and it's not good news.
Look at the timing reflected on the BUFFET INDICATOR, the CAPE RATIO (Cyclicly Adjusted PE Ratio), and reflect upon the huge MARGIN DEBT.
Think of the last few times the markets puked by <40-60>, then add some 'Kentucky windage' to your best guess for what the next one ahead of us is going to plunge by.......

A Modern Renaissance Man................from Rico

Yes, he is a man of MANY parts....none of them any good.
The world's most dangerous Community Organizer is NOT just a brilliant "Constitutional Professor" and Nobel Peace Prize winner, but a GREAT mathematician of the Alinsky School.

H/T Paul B

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Not helping or making any difference..................from Rico

This chart represents what $11 trillion in world Central Bank QE from 2008-2014 accomplished.
Apart from propping up some very large zombie banks and protecting them from their gambling addiction and resultant insolvency, NONE of this QE money either helped or made any difference to the 'little people' .....
The crazy idea that another trillion in QE, either in Europe or China or the US, would make ANY difference to their imports/exports and/or their economies is, well, .......Krugmanesque [read; nutty].
Any additional QE money will only go to the bankers. Again.
- Nothing else (employment/unemployment, wages, standards of living) will be increased (except for taxes) and the world's population will remain debt and tax slaves to their banking masters.

Look back, to see ahead...............from Rico

"Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can see the future too."
- Marcus Aurelius
Let's begin with an 'ear worm'...the Beatles song, "Revolution."
" say you want a revolution........"
The American political system can no longer be called a Republic, or even a Democracy. It is controlled by elite groups, and voting is a waste of time and effort because the vote has been 'rigged' just like LIBOR and every friggin' market there is has been 'rigged.'
There is a different hand on the rudder.
- It's not "we the people" either. Not any more.
Barry "Whatever-his-name-is" IS a Marxist-Communist usurper, a puppet, and a fig-leaf 'front' for a cabal of Marxist-Communists who are actively trying to destroy America.
- Everything that they have done, are doing, and will do, has the singular purpose of collapsing and destroying the US economy, military, Constitutional government, and culture.
This is Saul Alinsky's Chicago-Marxist vision for the future on full display.
- What part of "Marxist Revolution" do you NOT 'get' America?

Will O Earn the Epithet, "Yemach Shemo?"...................from Dan Friedman

Yemach Shemo = "may his name be erased" - appended to the names of evil–doers who were arch enemies of the Jewish people.

[You have work hard to have YM"SH attached to your name. In our entire history, only a select few have earned it. But at the rate he’s going, it looks like Barack Hussein Obama will be one of them and will soon join the others in the Jewish pantheon. df]
By Rabbi Lazer Brody

Has Bibi Finally Caught On?...................from Dan Friedman

[It’s taken too long for Israel’s government to come to terms with Obama’s personal problems with Jews and the Jewish state of Israel. I hope it’s a complete realization and it hasn’t come too late. df]
Netanyahu aides say Israel-US relationship is a write-off — and Iran, not the Palestinian issue, is to blame

Election Cheating: Obama Wants Compulsory 16 Yr Olds Voting! | Bill Whittle

Obama wants to make voting compulsory and allow for 16 year olds to vote. Bill Whittle explains how this is CHEATING for elections!

Bedtime Totty..................

Teatime Totty................

Terrifying the Republican Establishment


Ted Cruz announces candidacy

By Alan Caruba

Would you vote for a man who openly says he would repeal ObamaCare?

Would you vote for a man who openly says he favors a fair tax and wants to abolish the Internal Revenue Service?

Would you vote for a man who opposes Obama’s efforts to offer illegal aliens amnesty and promises to secure the borders?

Would you vote for a man who decries a federal government “that wages an assault on our religious liberty”?

Would you vote for a man who wants a federal government that “works to defend the sanctity of human life” and would “uphold the sacrament of marriage”?

Would you vote for a man who defends our Second Amendment rights and condemns the effort ban ammunition?

Would you vote for a man who condemns a federal government that seeks to dictate school curriculums and wants to repeal “every word of Common Core”?

Would you vote for a man who would stand “unapologetically with the nation of Israel”?

Would you vote for a man who has pledged that he would do everything he could to ensure that Iran does not acquire a nuclear weapon?

Would you vote for a man who openly says he would do everything he could to defeat radical Islamic terrorism?

I said I would on May 6, 2013 when he was beginning to get attention. Columnist George Will said he was “as good as it gets” when it comes to being a true conservative in Congress.

I am of course speaking of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) who has announced his candidacy to be the presidential candidate of the Republican Party. 

I suspect that his announcement probably terrifies the Republican “Establishment” who have managed to serve up some good men, but poor candidates, to be President. When Republican voters stayed home, we got Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012.

Now they want to get the Party faithful to vote for Jeb Bush, but from my vantage point, the real base is ready to vote for anybody else, Sen. Cruz, Wisconsin Gov. Walker, and Sen. Rubio come to mind.

First of all, there is no Tea Party in the sense of a political party with its own candidates. What there is are Republicans who believe in the U.S. Constitution, small government, fiscal prudence, strong national security, and all those other values outlined in Ted Cruz’s speech at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

As Cruz said in an email about his announcement “Washington, D.C. has become completely disconnected from the values of real Americans. That’s why we are now more than $18 trillion in debt, why wages have stagnated, and why our foreign policy is an absolute mess.” That pretty much sums up what Obama has delivered.

Does it surprise anyone that Cruz’s candidacy was instantly attacked, not just by Democrats, but by a number of leading Republicans? Rep. Peter King, appearing on CNN’s “Situation Room” with host Wolf Blitzer, said, he’d “jump off that bridge” when he got to it if Cruz becomes the GOP candidate. He also accused Cruz and Rand Paul of being “counterfeit conservatives.”  Nonsense!

The March 24 Wall Street Journal had a lengthy editorial devoted to “The Cruz Candidacy” noting that on most issues with the exception of immigration they found themselves in agreement with him and offered an upbeat view that “The good news for GOP voters is that their field of candidates in 2016 is going to be deep, offering many varieties of conservative leadership” but ending with reservations about “his polarizing style” which was another way of saying he is not a wishy-washy centrist.

We will hear more such accusations and criticisms and, as often as not, they will come from the GOP Establishment.
The GOP Establishment regards real conservatives as unable to secure election, preferring RINOs, Republicans in Name Only, and candidates who move as close to the center politically as possible. It seems to have escaped their notice that the Republicans elected in the last two midterm elections were sent to Washington, D.C. by Tea Party and other serious conservative voters.

It has been a long time since a real conservative Republican, Ronald Reagan, was elected President, but it can happen again as serious voters, particularly those who are independents, join with those who find Sen. Cruz a refreshing voice, Will he get the nomination? We are a very long way from the 2016 election, but at least we know it won’t be a boring one!

© Alan Caruba, 2015

FFZ Bergdahl's Just Desserts....................

Sgt Bowe Bergdahl is charged with desertion and will face a jury of his peers. Should we have brought him home? Yes. Was he worth the price we paid. Absolutely not.

Cartoon Round Up....

How LOW can inflation go?...................from Rico

- The FED says we are in a period of "low inflation." [Last year's "official" inflation rate was 1.7% btw. Think COLA. Think Social Security.]
Forget steak, and forget 'substituting' hamburger for steak.
- From 2008 to now, the cost of ground beef (hamburger) has increased from ~ $2/# to over $4/#.
Then look at the cost of food.
- No inflation there, right Sparky? Hahahahahahahaha..............
Wages (paychecks) have NOT seen a similar increase, they have instead declined in real terms (inflation adjusted).
- If you still have a paycheck. 

Ben Shapiro: Obama's Faith in Iran

Ben Shapiro takes a hard look at Barack Obama's Iran policy, and the history of the nation that has warred against America for forty years.

H/T Paul B

Thursday Totty..................

Play-by-Play of Hashem in Action....................from Dan Friedman

[Rabbi Lazer Brody first came to my attention many years ago when I stumbled upon his essay, Mr. V, a critique of Barack Hussein Obama published four months before his first election! The “V” stands for veneer/victory and this is the Rabbi’s follow-up based on current events. He’s a wonderful man and a wonderful Rabbi and he knows the connection between Heaven and Earth. I am honored Rabbi Brody mentioned me in this article. df]
Lazer Beams, Wednesday, 25 March 2015
I love to see the enemies of Hashem reveal their fangs. King David says that Hashem breaks the teeth of the wicked.

No Child Left ...................from Rico

Well THIS pretty neatly sums up the consequences of voting (twice) for the idiocy of "Hopey-Changium" does it not?

Obama's Kindling - The Next Mid East Hot Spot..................from Dan Friedman

Saudi Arabia dispatches heavy military equipment on Yemen border, ready to strike as Iran-backed Houthis edge towards key port of Aden.
By Ari Yashar

Mad Mad Marianne - Wild Bill

Marianne calls Bill a racist for his views on ISIS and Prez O.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Bedtime Totty..................

Hope And Change Kenya Style - Yes We Can!.............From Daniel Thomas

Much political capital was made during the 2008 Presidential election campaign about the links between President Obama and Africa on account of his father being Kenyan. His political opponents claim that although they were estranged, and in order to secure the non-white vote, candidate Obama successfully passed himself off as an African-American even though he is of mixed race due to his white mother.

These same detractors also claim that his links to Africa, tenuous as they may have been, were exploited in order to seduce low information voters into believing they were making history by electing the first African-American president.

In other words they are claiming that an upbringing in Indonesia and Hawaii followed by a life in Chicago, his links both emotional and cultural to Africa are manufactured for image and electoral purposes, therefore they can be discounted. Any student of post colonial Africa will confirm that this is foolishly incorrect.

To anyone who has any knowledge or experience in East Africa, especially Kenya, the parallels between how these governments operate and the Obama administration are startling. Whether he has consciously used these governments as a template for his own is open to question but it cannot be discounted entirely.

The history of Kenya is well documented elsewhere but briefly for this essay a stable government by the Colonial Office was the hallmark of British colonial rule. The decolonisation process consisted of a transitional government led by the first elected black Prime Minister, Jomo Kenyatta, and a Governor General representing the Queen, working under an agreed Constitution.

Americans should take note that things started to plummet downhill after full independence was granted in December 1963 and the parallels with the current administration began to appear in earnest.

In June 1964 Kenyatta amended the Constitution to make Kenya a republic with himself as President. He gave himself wide executive powers effectively sidelining the legislature becoming not only the Head of State and Commander in Chief of the armed forces but Head of Government as well.

His contempt for the Constitution was further demonstrated when he ignored it again after his re-election in 1966 granting himself all the power he needed to run Kenya entirely by Executive Order. He filled important posts in the government, industry and the military with his own cronies along with family members and fellow tribal members.

During his rule Jomo Kenyatta used government agencies, including the police and the military, to harass political opponents finally banning the only other political party prior to the 1969 elections. Principled opposition politicians fled into exile with the unprincipled former opposition politicians joining with Kenyatta in his Kenya African National Union (KANU).

For fifteen years Kenyatta remained in control of this one party state until he died in 1978 to be succeeded by his deputy, Daniel arap Moi.

"Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely" could have been written especially for Moi who continued ignoring the Constitution for the next twenty four years engendering one of the most hopelessly corrupt governments in Africa if not the entire world.

The current President of Kenya is Uhru Kenyatta, son of Jomo who is currently under investigation by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for human rights abuses.

The United States of America obviously hasn't reached this condition just yet but it can't be denied that by sidelining its Constitution, bypassing the legislature and allowing a President to govern by Executive Order it is embarking on the same road as Kenya and therefore it is only a matter of time.

With little difference between the ruling Democrat Party and the establishment run Republican Party, America is for all intents and purposes a one party state with no third party on the horizon to halt the visible decline into third world status.

It's a safe bet that whoever wins the next election deficit spending will remain, the national debt will continue to increase, the borders will remain porous, amnesty to illegals will be granted and African levels of corruption in the government and its agencies will remain deeply entrenched.

In conclusion its worth noting that altering the Constitution in order to by-pass legislators thus instituting government by Executive Order is the African way, therefore if President Obama does have emotional and cultural links with East Africa then his current behavior is explainable and shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone.

It is also worth noting the behavior of neighbouring East African countries post independence.

Julius Nyerere, first President of independent Tanganyika/Tanzania from 1962 until 1985. Suspended the Constitution making himself Executive President.

Milton Obote, first President of independent Uganda from 1962 until deposed by a military coup in 1971. Amended the Constitution making himself Executive President.

Kenneth Kaunda, first President of independent Zambia from 1964 until 1991. Banned all political parties except his own in 1968.

Hastings Banda, first President of Malawi from 1966 until 1994.................etc. etc.    

Teatime Totty...................

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe – Ultimate Edition - Jay Leno's Garage

Phase one of the restoration is done and the Gullwing is finally on the road! Despite its reputation as being the F1 of its day, Jay was skeptical... until he found this 1955 model languishing in a trailer in the desert.


Utah brings back the firing squad, so how does it work?

Smart Diplomacy In Action: US Ambassador to Libya Abandons Twitter After Tweeting False Bombing Casualty Info

Fast and Furious Cover-up Rewarded in Appointment of New ATF Director

The Putin Way by VDH

Obama to Kid Inventors: 'I Came Up with Health Care'

The Racist Campaign Ad Israel's Left Didn't Want You to See

Susan Rice makes a fool of herself on Twitter

Afghan president asks Obama to delay troop withdrawal

California's Darrell Issa loses power with House oversight committee post

White House claims Yemen still a 'template' for counterterrorism success

7 CEOs net $700 million in dividends alone

367 House members send letter on Iranian nuclear negotiations to Obama

Shields Up Captain! Boeing Patents Science Fiction Shield Technology

China’s Growing Presence in Russia’s Backyard

The enduring power of three Shredded Wheat

Boehner 'shocked' by report of Israeli spying

Possible Nazi hideout found in Argentina

Ben Carson likens Obama to ‘psychopaths’

Mecca: Entering 'the most forbidden spot on Earth'

The final rituals: Confronting Islam's demons

Scientists Figure Out How to Make Chocolate Healthier

Bracing for a big power grid attack: 'One is too many'

China Missile Test Highlights Space Weapons Threat

Big Change in Finland Schools: No More 'Subjects'

Unsafe at home: MLB's Venezuelan stars fleeing country

The NAACP's Fomenters of Fear: Imaginary Lynching, Imaginary Bombing, Imaginary Arson For Last 20 Years

White House Florist's Exit Sprouts Rumors

Obama Signals He Will Confront Netanyahu

Cartoon Round Up....

China. Collapse. Contract...................from Rico

China rail freight has collapsed 9.1% YOY (Jan-Feb 2015).
China Manufacturing PMI contracts to lowest level in 11 months. 
.............and the Copper price is 'sinking' again.
But apart from THAT, everything is just fine. GOOD, in fact.
- JFA (Just Freakin' AWESOME)!
And surely MORE of the same stimulus [read: QE] will fix everything, just like their last trillion of QE did....resulting in an economic 'burp' via a very short liquidity-juiced hike in equities. 
- But now, just like after Chinese take-out food, their markets are already hungry for QE again half-an-hour later...this time, don't trust the resulting economic fart.
Sound like anyone we know?
- Did you notice the FED 'floating' the idea of QE-IV recently? They did. And NO, they will NOT be hiking rates anytime soon [read: not in June].