Thursday, August 21, 2014

Is nothing sacred? Now they're questioning the importance of breakfast

You know if I didn't know better I'd conclude that a lot of 'public science' used by our cretinous government was actually made up in bars by guys who were too drunk to play quarters.  It seems like everything we've been told about our health whether its fat, carbs, cholesterol, salt or now breakfast has turned to be wrong or even dangerous.  Makes you wonder about the so called 'settled' science being spewed today.  Hattip

Is Breakfast Overrated? “For years, we’ve heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But scientific support for that idea has been surprisingly meager, and a spate of new research at several different universities — published in multiple articles in the August issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition — could change the way we think about early-hours eating.” Yet another place where the settled science wasn’t.

Ferguson and the modern debtors prison

Readers of this blog know that I am not a fan of the police or our criminal justice system. But my criticisms to date have been largely leveled at the felony system. Our misdemeanor legal system is if anything more out if control as George Mason Economist Alex Tabbarok details in this post. I can attest to the fact what he reports in Ferguson is the norm in Missouri. Some examples:

1. Last year Ferguson collected in fines and court costs (not levied) $321 per household. In a poor city where many people cannot pay so the levied amount per household is say...$500? This of course excludes lawyers fees.

2. People who cannot pay are routinely arrested and as they cannot make bail they sit in what in effect is a debtors prison until the municipal court meets which for some municipalities could be once a week or even once a month. 

3. I spent a day in the hateful hands of the St. Louis county jail (it is one if the reasons I despise the police with all my heart and soul and mind). Sharing the jail intake process with me was one violent criminal and over 100 nonviolent offenders more than half I estimate in chokey because they couldn't pay their government debts (the rest on drug or prostitution charges). I have no doubt that each one of them left jail hating law enforcement as I do.

4. The reason Ferguson and cities like it can maintain large (almost all white) police forces in a poor 75% black city is that they farm the people for fines. In richer 'burbs they make sure they only loot non residents because middle class people vote. In poor black communities they just loot and loot and loot with the money they scam going straight back to their salaries and hot new police cruisers.  All of it nice and legal - like.

5. Sometimes the Badged Looters get lucky:  they find a doob or marijuana residue or a prescription pill in a car and as a result they get to steal the car without having to ever prove a crime in court. They then sell it and keep the proceeds for themselves - sometimes they even steal houses.* In states like MA that have banned this obviously criminal behavior, the local police conspire with the Feds to apply the Federal Government's truly vicious forfeiture laws who then gratefully kick back a percentage to the local crime family aka: the cops. Here's a summary of the recently resolved MA case for your shocked perusal.

6. A last outrage from Tabarrok'so piece:
As a final outrage, consider this story which ties together Ferguson, the courts, and the arrest of parents, often minority parents, for leaving their kids to play in parks (just as my parents did).

According to local judge Frank Vatterott, 37% of the courts responding to his survey unconstitutionally closed the courts to non-defendants. Defendants are then faced with the choice of leaving their kids on the parking lot or going into court. As Antonio Morgan described after being denied entry to the court with his children, the decision to leave his kids with a friend resulted in a charge of child endangerment.

So when you see people in Ferguson going crazy over a "simple shooting" remember what the 'boys in blue' are doing every day to destroy faith in our laws and build hatred and fear of authority.  Frankly in my and most of the residents of Ferguson's eyes the police are worse than a mafia family.  Looters. Nothing but violent, armed looters who can steal and kill and get away with it.  Indeed, they can get most of you white middle class chaps to sing their praises.  Don Vito Corleone could never pull that off. Of course I've never been harrassed, looted and humiliated by an organized crime family either.

6. This provokes a question:  if back during Prohibition a revenuer found a beer in your house could they steal your house like they do today?  And if the police could have stolen any property that they found alcohol in back then do you think we would have ever gotten rid of prohibition?  Or would that just be another controlled substance that the affluent get via prescription and everyone else gets on the street where they are harassed, assaulted, shot and stolen from by the police?  Hmmm.

So where is Constitutional Lawyer and honorary black man Barack Obama who used to live in Hyde Park and presumably knows all about this? Well he's working for his people - academics, feminists, government employees and their unions, tech oligarchs, hedge fund know, people like the cops.  Because blackness is and has always been just a useful prop to help him get power. Either that or he's just an utterly unqualified incompetent empty suit.  Either way it's all so very progressive.

And if you think I'm just a pathetic, resentful whiner who had a bad experience I recommend you read Alex Tabarrok's piece and go to the (very right wing) Institute for Justice links I provided above.

A note on law enforcement:  I know and like individual policemen.  I've even liked one prosecutor that I knew - lawyers are bit tough to really care for.  My uncle Slim was Sheriff of Ector County Texas for 20 years and I was and am proud of him.  Individual policemen have shown me forbearance and mercy - when they could have arrested and humiliated me for an unpaid ticket.  However I stand by my statement that I hate and fear all law enforcement with all my heart and soul and mind for two reasons:

1. Forbearance is the 'gift' that the powerful give to the weak while both reminding them who is boss and who should be the grateful supplicant. It is not the behavior of free men in a free society.  We should not grateful that sometimes the bully does not beat us when we pass.  Because we know next time if the policemen needs a collar or revenue is down or if he's just feeling his oats he could behave completely differently.  Which makes his forbearance part of his frightening unpredictability and impunity.
2. Even when showing forbearance law enforcement today emphasizes the enormous gulf between us and them.  When I was young I was in effect a "hippy' with long hair and a NORML sticker on my care living and driving through rural, redneck Oklahoma.  The law enforcement of that time and place treated me with more respect, more genuine friendship and equality than they do to me today as a respectable white fifty something.  Back then I was a human and a neighbor.  Today I'm a threat to be managed. And I despise them for it.

Texans for Public Justice isn't.

Texans for Public Justice is a fraudulent front for corrupt hard left pressure groups. Nothing more nothing less.  They doing the PR work for the fraudulent prosecution of Governor Rick Perry.  A prosecution I might add that has been denounced by various and sundry including the Editors of the New York Times, Huffpo and MSNBC analysts and Obama svengali David Axelrod.  Here's more about the crimson astroturf from Wapo.

Texans for Lawsuit Reform recently turned the tables on Texans for Public Justice and issued a scathing report of its own on the group’s political biases and its failure to disclose many of its funders. They found:

TPJ is nothing that it claims to be. It is not Texan. Nothing about it is public. And, it is definitely not interested in justice… TPJ first appeared in Texas in 1997, when veteran operatives of leftist, out-of-state organizations – such as Ralph Nader’s Public Citizen – came to this state to set up the organization. The TPJ version of justice is one-sided. Since its inception, TPJ – preying on the good intentions of media outlets across Texas and this nation – has used an array of slanted, self-published reports to criticize a select segment of this state’s political spectrum. The targets of TPJ’s attacks are almost exclusively Republicans, business leaders and organizations, and those interested in the reform of Texas’ civil justice system.

Kirsten Gillibrand believes that coercing colleges to further discriminate against young men is a good cost benefit tradeoff

I guess because she gets the political benefit while young men get the Kangaroo Kourts and warlock hunts. Contempt for our Constitution has always been high on the left but with the inventor of hopium stuck in simultaneous sand traps at Iraqi National, Racial Hills and Stagnant Economy not to mention Obamadontcare TPC, the nation is rapidly sliding into liberal illiberality as the "saviors" flail ever more desperately to save themselves and old statist battlaxes like Gillibrand grimly march toward the new Corporatist dawn.

Don't any of the anti constitutionalists have sons that they love? Or do they just love their daughters?

So is the envenomed racial atmosphere the "hope"?

And does that mean that the widening concentric circles of chaos caused by America's abdication of global leadership is the "change"? Or is the fact that every racial huckster in America is ignoring a black president to inflame black rage the change? And the boffo Jihadi snuff films the hope?

Being President is hard. Being President when you're an unqualified, self absorbed, golf playing narcissist is....bad for flowers and other living things.

And all those birds hitting the pavement with a splat? They're President Obama and his enabler's chickens coming home to roost at velocity. "Duck! incoming Rhode Island Red!"

Splat indeed. Racialist, left wing and lazy is no way to go through life, Mr. President.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

More inconvenient evidence of a solar role in climate change

So what if it's the Sun and not the CO2 Sky Monster that has caused past warming?  What will the rent seekers do?  Propose a massive sun shade at a trillion dollars plus?  I'm sure they'll think of something that keeps them in the tall green.  That's what rent seekers do.  Hattip

Lund University have published a reconstruction of solar activity vs snow accumulation in Greenland, which indicates a strong correlation between solar minima and a colder climate.
‘The study shows an unexpected link between solar activity and climate change,’ Dr Muscheler said in a press release.
‘It shows both that changes in solar activity are nothing new and that solar activity influences the climate, especially on a regional level. ‘Understanding these processes helps us to better forecast the climate in certain regions.’

School's starting and that means that the 'zero tolerance' loons are at large - Kid arrested for shooting a dinosaur in his story

I don't know who is more ridiculous - the school clowns who called the cops to arrest this teen or the Keystone Kops who did what the school clowns told them to do.  It's getting increasingly difficult to respect anyone that works for any government anywhere.  They irrationality, hysteria, self dealing, and self regard are an epidemic.  Imbeciles:

Summerville High School in Summerville, South Carolina, is wasting no time: A 16-year-old student was arrested and suspended for writing a story in which he used a gun to kill a dinosaur. The student, Alex Stone, was assigned by a teacher to write a story about himself. Stone chose to embellish his story with obviously fictional details, like dinosaurs. But the teacher saw the word "gun" and the rest is history, according to NBC-12:

Stone said in his "status" he wrote a fictional story that involved the words "gun" and "take care of business."
"I killed my neighbor's pet dinosaur, and, then, in the next status I said I bought the gun to take care of the business," Stone said.
Stone says his statements were taken completely out of context.
"I could understand if they made him re-write it because he did have "gun" in it. But a pet dinosaur?" said Alex's mother Karen Gray."I mean first of all, we don't have dinosaurs anymore. Second of all, he's not even old enough to buy a gun."
Investigators say the teacher contacted school officials after seeing the message containing the words "gun" and "take care of business," and police were then notified on Tuesday.
The police arrested Stone and charged him with disorderly conduct. He was also suspended from school for a week

Once again the people are doing the government's job at one percent the cost

The Feds passed a law ten or so  years ago that said that all deadly violent incidents between the police and civilians should be reported and summarized for the nation.  It was never done because evidently the police only do what they want to and they sure as hell didn't want their US Record level of Police mayhem reported on.  So Deadspin, a division of Gawker is crowd sourcing the data.  Which is cool because you really can't count on the state to hold itself accountable - it's a series of monopolies with special privileges run by corrupt lawyers called 'politicians'.  It's about as crooked an institution that you'll see this side of the Scoliosis Society.  Reason has more.

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Yeah chicks dig this!
 As noted last week here on Hit & Run last week and on yesterday, there is no comprehensive national database of shootings by police. Though academics like David Klinger and Jim Fisher have been on the case for years, there hasn't been a coordinated effort to compile all the necessary data into one place, until now.

As part of its coverage of the unrest in Ferguson, MO, following the police shooting death of unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, Deadspin, the hugely popular Gawker Media-affiliated sports and pop culture website, is asking its readers to help crowdsource information on police shootings from 2011-2013

As someone who is pro-Christianity I am really pleased at the way Islam is utterly poisoning its brand

If you wanted to persuade civilized, decent people to avoid Islam and Muslims like the plague  you couldn't do better than the so called "Islamic State" that 'rules' over the empty quarters of Syria and Iraq - well so long as all the money, food and water subsidies that sustain these pathetic backwaters keeps flowing. Mass murder, televised hacking of heads and forced prostitution are so 'hip' such a 'swinging good time'.  I bet the gang back home are just lining up to get them some of that old time Islamic Perversion.

And the thing about the Muslim perverts is they are so brave, such brilliant soldiers. The American having his head sawed off below would probably only be able to beat a dozen of the little Jihadis to death with his bare hands were he free to do so - more if they didn't run away so fast.  The US and Israeli military's experience is that Islamic 'fighters' don't very much.  They mostly either run or die or run and then die or soil themselves and then die.  They certainly don't have any real military skills above hacking heads of the hogtied and rape - they're really good at rape.
Stud muffin hacking head off of hogtied American. Allahu Hackbar!

 And we need to remember to thank Saudi Arabia for all of these wonderful public service messages in support of civilized religions like Christianity.  Without their constant support for the most hateful, retrograde, genocidal maniacs not under the Iranian Mullah's thumbs people might have been fooled like our Presidents always seem to be that "Islam is a religion of peace".  Perhaps they mean the peace of the grave?

Islam is headed for the ash heap of history.  It's murdering minions just don't realize it yet. Faster please.

Sunil Dutta sounds like a KGB thug working in the Soviet Union. He should not be employed as an American Policeman.

Sunil is supposedly a 'sophisticated' policeman who is also a 'professor' or something or other.  He wrote the following paragraph in the Washington Post:

Even though it might sound harsh and impolitic, here is the bottom line: if you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you. Don’t argue with me, don’t call me names, don’t tell me that I can’t stop you, don’t say I’m a racist pig, don’t threaten that you’ll sue me and take away my badge. Don’t scream at me that you pay my salary, and don’t even think of aggressively walking towards me. Most field stops are complete in minutes. How difficult is it to cooperate for that long?

Top 'o the morning to you officers! And how's Mrs. Himmler today?
Read that? "Do what I tell you" if you don't want me to kill you. How pray tell does our begadged baboon differ from the KGB?  Or a criminal who says the same thing?  Or an occupation army? Not a whit.  I'm glad he's  out oppressing and abusing Los Angelenos - they seem to dig being humiliated and ridden by the state.  Because if a thug like him were to stop one of my kids he could easily murder them if they just happened to 'talk back' and offend his vile, obscene ego.

Rememeber:  Mr. Dutta is considered one of the "liberal" "good ones".  The cop that stops you won't be top of the compassion or competence class.  Take for example my friend John who hails from chock full of liberal compassion Northern California:  he had a nice social interaction with an armed female police officer from child protective services.  He asked her under what circumstances she considered it justifiable to use deadly force.  Her exact words were: "when I am made to feel uncomfortable".  This is why you should avoid the police with all your heart and soul and mind and in particular make sure your kids stay away from them.  Last year American Policemen killed 410 people.  More than all the murders in Australia, almost as many as all the murders in Canada.  Last year German policemen discharched their weapons (mostly as warning shots, something that our police doctrine eschews) 85 times.  All year long.  And they're upset about that number.

I think the reason Germany has so little state police violence is that we've imported all their Gestapo and SS expertise. Because they be gettin' down on the homies here in the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave policemen who can squeeze off half a dozen wild panicked shots faster than they can piss their pants.

Sunil Dutta is a member of an occupying army that considers you to be a potential threat to his life and career.  Fear him.  Fear them.

God help us every one.

Anti semitism has long been the province of the fascists. The Scottish Labour and National Parties are anti-semitic ergo they're objectively fascist.

The tragedy is that these are the only two parties with any real hope for power in Scotland.  When your political elite has become institutionally bigoted, you are in trouble.  Fascist is as fascist does.

In Scotland the Israel-Palestine dispute is currency used by two left-wing parties that are vying for supremacy: the ruling Scottish National party (SNP) and the Labour Party. They try to outdo each other in their radicalism on the issue in order to appeal to middle-class liberals and a growing number of Muslim voters, most hailing from Pakistan.

But according to Scotland’s Jewish leadership, “the disproportionate obsession with Israel in Scottish public life . . . has itself made many Jewish people very uncomfortable, whatever their views on the current conflict.” The Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC) issued a statement on August 10 claiming that it was adversely affecting everyday community relations. Scotland historically has frowned upon anti-Semitism, but the new situation reflects the mounting insecurity felt by European Jews from Manchester to Berlin. . . . Back in the 1930s, the Scottish media, at least, defied the agitators with scathing editorials. But this time none have appeared, news coverage has been patchy, and only several arts correspondents, such as Joyce McMillan, Tiffany Jenkins, and Brian Ferguson, have denounced the surrender to intimidation.

Labor markets trump attitudes as far as immigrants are concerned

Anglo Saxon countries report being less welcoming to immigrants than countries like Sweden or Spain. But immigrants do much better than average in employment in the wide open labor markets of the Anglo Saxon countries and much worse in the more closed labor systems of continental Europe.

Is this a case where politically correct talk is cheap? Or a case where people only resent you if you can compete with them for something they want?  In either case it's clear that markets matter far more than attitudes. A fact that should cause racial and immigrant activists everywhere to shift efforts from their traditional focus on narrowing what is acceptable to say to freeing labor markets to expand what motivated immigrants can achieve.

In other words: to hell with Kumbaya, let's Kumbay-work. Or would you rather have someone who tells you what you want to hear but wouldn't dream of hiring you or someone that will give you a shot at gainful employment even though he's dubious about "you furriners".

I can't end this post without pointing out that America's Community Organizer in Chief has been closing America's labor market while more aggressively policing expression (and sex and medical marijuana and...and..gee, this guy is turning into a regular blue stocking). Which is one reason so many Americans are idle...and increasingly hostile to outsiders. Sigh.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Another chart documenting the depth of the Obama Era Capital strike

Worst wage growth ever. Hope 'n Change be breaking out all over.  Of course black Americans are suffering the most in all the Hopium haze but not nearly as much as they will when BHO amnesties millions and doubles immigration rates.  Then I think it fair to say the Dems will have written off their most loyal interest group.  What does it say about the left that even a President who is from that group will pursue policies that are so detrimental to it? And for what?  Permanent electoral hegemony for the party of the state. In other words power and money for the boys in the Party.  Rather greedy of them to put the Party and it's wealth and power before the people it ostensibly serves don't you think?

 Barack Obama is one cold dude, ain't he?

OH MY GOD: Hillary Clinton on Foreign Policy in the Weekly Standard. Strange, very strange new respect.

She sounds like one of W's gals.  You know the one that voted for the Iraq war.  Not the one that cynically came out against it later.  Perhaps the realization that the loons run the Dems and that she couldn't get the loons has led her to think rationally rather than politically.  Either that or there are more conservative Dems than I imagined.  Either way read the whole impressive thing.

Props to Bill Kristol for pulling this off.  Seriously.

Birds fly into Ivanpah Solar plant's perimeter and begin trailing smoke until they ignite

About one per per every one or two minutes.  Must be quite a sight.  Gee, I wonder if 'environmentally responsible', 'green', 'renewable' technologies could get any more destructive.  It almost seems like the Enviro faithful don't actually care about the environment so much as they care about their Earth God.  Primitive pagan religion is no way to set Environmental policy.  Rubes. But dangerous ones.
Burn Birdies Burn!

IVANPAH DRY LAKE (AP) >> Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant’s concentrated sun rays — “streamers,” for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair.
Federal wildlife investigators who visited the BrightSource Energy plant last year and watched as birds burned and fell, reporting an average of one “streamer” every two minutes, are urging California officials to halt the operator’s application to build a still-bigger version.

But what will the cops do with all their free time?

Use of force more than halves when cops started wearing cameras. 60% down. No training, management innovation or other cliche is as motivating of right behavior as simple accountability.

Oh and citizen complaints fell 88%.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Ayotte, Grassley and Rubio: three sexist thugpublicans who believe rights are only for women

Maybe Braley is right: Chuck Grassley is nothing but a dumbass farmer. Time to end these haters careers.  I mean unless they can get a good dose of remedial constitution.  Effing church ladies.

Travis county banana republic?

Dems have been running a Kangaroo Kourt in Austin tasked with "getting" their political enemies. It combines utterly amoral and unscrupulous prosecutors with a blinkered hateful and doctrinaire jury pool.

PS: MSNBC commentators (!) Just characterized the Travis County indictment "just about the stupidest thing I've ever seen". When even MSNBC thinks you're crazythen you are truly the most pathetic of polities, Austin.

Stupid is as stupid does.

Tin soldiers and Nixon's coming...

Oh irony, my irony you have grown corpulent and fevered. Another Nixon calls out another national guard to contain irresponsible, hysterical youth inflamed by life's endless injustice.

Please God no new Crosby, Stils,l Nash and Young to give the righteous but shallow any more self regard.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Mesmerized by London and New York pundits miss the real action

Roger Cohen notes that NY and London are becoming "city states" or in another pundits phrase: gated communities for the global rich. This has given both cities a veneer of prosperity that is surprisingly shallow. After all the wealth is created elsewhere and simply parked in Park Avenue real estate. With each passing day the things that can be done profitably in these cities falls. They end up being high finance centers with a rich man's Disneyworld attsched.

And the real median wage is incredibly low for example, in New York the median wage after adjusting for NYC's cost of living which is twice that of the nation at large is $44K - London's is certainly even lower.  Compare that to the three fastest growing cities in the US (and perhaps the entire rich world) with over 2 Million people:  Houston ($68K), Dallas-FortWorth ($56K) and Austin ($54K).

And the big reason that much slower growing London and NYC are so much poorer is that they are extremely inflexible restrictive cities - it is virtually impossible to build middle class housing or services or to build big new infrastructure projects like motorways or housing estates. Thus a little bit of growth from the hot money pouring in and the cost of housing and everything else soars causing misery for most.

The really rich and successful cities in the advanced economies don't look like New York and London:  rich cities like the Texas ones are fringed by extensive private housing estates - ten of the top 25 US mega planned unit developments are in Houston, for example.  With much higher standards of living, much newer and more expansive infrastructure and a strong pro business, pro infrastructure investment bent, these Texas cities are attracting more and more economically productive activities.  The latest:  the White Shoe corporate law firms of NYC are entering the Houston market in a big way because that's where many of their corporate clients have shifted their headquarters.  NYC used to have 150 of the fortune 500, now it has roughly 53.  While Houston has 24 and Dallas 19 for second and fourth place.  In just the last year Houston has picked up Occidental Petroleum, Dallas Toyota North America and Austin Apple's Global Operations Center.

Confused by the frothy insubstantiality of the hot money rich, London and New York fail to notice that their underlying health continues to deteriorate with the fortunes of their shrinking middle class. Turning your city into a Disney World for the rich makes everyone who's not rich a puppet in the show.

Who pray tell are the Ferguson 'protesters' protesting? And when they yell for 'change' what do they want changed?

Everyone is talking about the Ferguson killing and riots and the 'oppression' and 'abuse' and so on and so forth that provoked them.  But who did all this abusing?  The police?  They report to a city council with a black mayor elected by the 75% of the residents of Ferguson who are black. And blacks have been the dominant race there for years. The St. Louis county police with all of their military equipment?  It's been almost two decades since Republicans controlled the county government and the county executive is a black man. Indeed I seriously doubt if Ferguson has ever had a Republican, conservative or libertarian government as it went directly from working class white to working class black. No, the people who are "oppressing" the good citizens of Ferguson are all progressives running progressive schools and progressive traffic regulations with progressive zoning laws and collecting progressive taxes.

And when Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and all of the other community organizers demand "change" what are they demanding 'change' from?  The same oh so progressive policies put in place by all the people who have run these urban governments as a left monopoly for decades. Yet somehow the pundit class misses the point - they interpret the dissatisfaction and demand for change as a rebellion against Bull Connor 50 years too late. But actually that makes sense because of course Bull Conner was a Democrat National Committeeman in good standing and a solid New Deal Democrat to boot.  In terms of 'with-it-ness' to the existing progressive zeitgeist the Bull looks very much like the 'progressive' Democrats that rule places like....Ferguson today.

Yet the etiquette of progressive accountability demands that someone outside of the charmed circle be blamed for these sins because the progressive God can not make a mistake. When George W. Bush was in the White House it was easy:  the catastrophic failure of (up until that time totally Democrat dominated) New Orleans and Louisiana to prepare for the inevitable was somehow blamed on a guy in Washington who'd never lived in Louisiana.

So no doubt the talking heads will draw up their skirts and let us white male conservative Republican haters have it because despite the fact that none of us were involved at any level it must be our fault.  It just must be.  Because none of this progressive shit works unless there's an enemy to blame.

A wind farm requires 725 times more land that an energy equivalent fracking site.

"Green" energy is not only expensive in dollar terms, it consumes land at a terrifying pace according to a Cambridge University study.   It's funny, greens are exercised about the realtively modest impact of fracking on the local environment yet they totally ignore the immense impact of wind and solar facilities.  It's as if it was a religion or something.


Travis county's elected officials, electors and grand juries are partisan thugs. So does 'hip' simply mean anti-democratic, illegal and sinister?

Its elected District Attorneys consistently show partisan bias, abuse their office, manipulate grand juries and prosecute things that are not against the law.  The people of Travis county should be ashamed for returning such corrupt little weasels to office time after time and then being manipulated by them in the Grand Jury room. Incidentally:  that leftist prosecutors can get away with the type of legal harassment of their political opponents described below is another reason why it is dangerous to put progressives into office - the lack of moral scruples among their supporters and their press enablers means no accounting.  That's how Detroit went bankrupt and why NYC, Chicago and LA will go belly up.  More here.

This is ridiculous.
AUSTIN (KXAN) – A grand jury has handed up an indictment against Gov. Rick Perry in connection with the investigation into an effort to force Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg to resign.
Perry wanted Lehmberg to resign because she had been busted for drunk driving. It’s not good to have a drunk driver, captured on camera abusing the officers who arrested her, heading up the Public Integrity Unit
At the center of the issue is a complaint about intimidation stemming from Perry’s threat to veto of $7.5 million in state funding to the Public Integrity Unit run by Lehmberg’s office. The threat came after she pleaded guilty to drunk driving and served a 45-day sentence; Perry called on her to step down but she refused to resign her position. Perry then vetoed the funding for the PIU.
A grand jury was called to determine whether or not Perry broke the law when he threatened to veto the funding. As a result they issued indictments on two felony charges: abuse of official capacity and coercion of public servant. If found guilty on the charges, Perry could be sentenced to a maximum 109 years in prison.
The office is funded by the state. As governor, Perry has veto power. Full stop.
This indictment is political. Every bit as political as the kangaroo court charges that former District Attorney Ronnie Earle, a Democrat, lodged against numerous Republicans over the years — both because that office is politicized, and Travis County is full of guttersnipes and fools.
But that doesn’t mean that the charges will get thrown out. The legal jeopardy to Perry is quite real.
Earle got former Rep. Tom Delay, Republican, convicted on crimes that were not even committed in Travis County, and were not even crimes at the time they were supposedly committed.
Those convictions were eventually thrown out, but not before Earle had totally destroyed Delay’s career and tainted the entire Republican Party — which was the goal all along.

This case is notable for what it says about the Obama administration and because it demonstrates why it is so dangerous to have leaders like President Obama

Under this President for the first time the FDIC gave 'guidelines' to banks on what legal businesses the Obama administration considered 'high risk' - in effect undesirable.  Unsurprisingly banks moved swiftly to drop these businesses which include gun dealers, fireworks dealers, rare coin dealers, payday loans and porn producers and actresses.  All legal businesses, all targeted by a President in an illegal manner for the last six years.  And now that it's come to the surface, they're dropping it.  What other illegal programs are they running that are still under cover?

Federal regulators have backed away from pressuring banks to stop doing business with legal enterprises that the Obama administration labeled “high risk” — including selling guns, making payday loans, and trading in rare coins. 
Late last month, the Federal Depositors Insurance Corporation told banks that it had removed a list of 30 examples of “high risk” activities from the agency’s website, stating its list had “led to misunderstandings.” 
By “misunderstandings,” FDIC apparently meant that its guidance led to sudden decisions by banks across America to close accounts with customers that fell under any of the listed categories.
If they didn’t close the accounts, bank officers thought, they could be subject to federal audits or other investigations.

This type of abuse of power along with scandals like IRS targeting and the precision 'losing' of the emails of a few dozen employees in at least four agencies (all of their emails, including backups, nobody else lost a thing) are what brought Richard Nixon down.  But the press and bien pensant opinion won't hold a President Obama accountable the way Nixon was.  Obama is their man.  The result is that fashionable Ivy league minority progressives can get away with abuses of power that would destroy any other President.  Until we find a way to revoke this criminalized 'affirmative action' it would be irrational to elect another minority progressive because they can't be held to account for their actions.

Hattip Instapundit

Friday, August 15, 2014

Governments are the most unaccountable - the case of the IRS printing contract

The IRS is one of the biggest lawbreakers in an impressively dishonest Federal government.  For example, they have endangered the identities of 14 million taxpayers by not following what for businesses are legally required security procedures to ensure that they sustain the integrity and security of this sensitive data.  The Feds just bung it out there and assume everything will go to plan.  After all, they kick corporate ass - no one kicks their ass.

The geniuses at the Internal Revenue Service gave sensitive data on over a million taxpayers to a printing contractor wiout checking the bona fides of any of the contractor's employees, says the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. The news comes from areport dated last month but just releasedto the public. This and several similar screw-ups "exposes taxpayers to increased risk of fraud and identity theft."
And the sad thing is that you know no one will get fired.  Nothing will change, they'll do it or something like it again and again and again and again.......break it up, break it all up.


The most unaccountable organizational type in America are its governments - the case of police killings stats

Radley Balko reminds us that law enforcement at all levels has declined to provide data on how many people it kills, how many of them were innocent and so on.  In direct contravention of Federal law. Once again, it seems like being part of the government means you don't have to follow the law if it's inconvenient.

Former Reasoner and author of "Rise of the Warrior Cop," Radley Balko, examined why that is in 2012:
Both private police groups and the FBI keep close statistics on the number of cops killed and assaulted while on the job. What you won't see is a slate of stories about the number of citizens killed by police in 2012. Those data just don't exist at a national level. Here's the New York Times, back in 2001:
"Despite widespread public interest and a provision in the 1994 Crime Control Act requiring the attorney general to collect the data and publish an annual report on them, statistics on police shootings and use of nondeadly force continue to be piecemeal products of spotty collection, and are dependent on the cooperation of local police departments. No comprehensive accounting for all the nation's 17,000 police departments exists."
The problem is that while the 1994 law requires federal government to compile data on policing shootings, there's no requirement that police departments actually provide them. And so most don't
OK, I have a plan:  from now on I and everyone else should report that unjustified police killings of civilians has 'tripled' in the past ten years and is rising at a fifteen percent annual rate.  And that police killing rates are five times those in Canada.  They'll be forced to come up with numbers to shut us up. More police brutality here.

On Iraq the left is like a caretaker who let your house burn down then blames you because you built it in the first place

David French points out that the chaos in Iraq is coming from the Baathist thugocracy that we didn't invade but instead "contained".

Abenomics promised liberal economists the holy grail

So Japan's economy just went phut with a 7 percent annualized GDP decline as consumers refused to be fooled by the monetary sleight of hand on the screen and instead focused on the old fraud behind the curtain. This is a natural consequence of Abenomics - the attempt by Japan to restore growth and prosperity by printing more money and running up enormous government debts.  It worked after a fashion for a while but eventually Japan was forced to put up consumption taxes.  In response consumers bought forward (much of the incremental growth was probably this) and then stopped.  Hence the massive quarterly decline. Once again magic ain't so magic after all.

Liberal (mostly academic) economists are constantly in a pickle. They're liberal because they want to be hip (and God knows that's hard for an economist) and meet cute chicks (even harder). So when their lefty confreres pursue the  microeconomic policies of drunken hyenas with the inevitable negative outcome in terms of prosperity, employment and hope they are desperate for a state administered steroid that will magically cover all the chaos that they're terrified to criticize lest the hot Art History major they are dating disapprove.

This is why cats like Paul "Pauly k" Krugman get so angry: the cognitive dissonance between what they know to be true and what they want to be true is so great that they are willing to believe that central bankers are magicians with these cool magic wands and ISLM spells.

It's so bloody Dumbleboring and pathetic. Pauley K: quit humping the Central Banker's leg.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

I'll bet David Brock's momma regrets having him. Yuck.

The former right wing hit man now left wing hit man has now kissed the Clinton's ring ensuring a fat paycheck and the total obliteration of his immortal soul. Here's his justification for putting the kibosh on CREW's traditional role of investigating all ethics violations including Dems: 

“Our experience has been that the vast amount of violations of the public trust can be found on the conservative side of the aisle,”

Pray for his Momma because Brock's vacant, soulless expression must be a horror to behold during the holidays.

Mosques and Mullahs

These events ought to be sobering to the West, not least because thousands of the IS jihadis were raised and bred in the mosques of Europe, North America and Australia,

Mosques and Mullahs that produce genocidal Jihadis should be shut down and shipped off. Governments who fund such places should have their financial and physical access to our country cut off. Particularly the Saudis.

Accounting is the most profitable industry of all because when the regulatory state is out of control, the compliance guys clean up

Professional accountancy today is all about compliance.  Bookkeeping is so automated that it doesn't typically require deep expertise.  But complying and more importantly demonstrating that you've complied with myriad government rules and regulations demands the skills that accountants have by the bushel load:  an ability to manage a non-disruptive audit process, credibility borne of many decades of (usually) independence and objectivity, attention to detail and a certain nebbish je ne sais quoi that makes them less threatening than more bombastic types.

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High earning accountant Louis Tully providing timely counsel to his
Extermination Company client on EPA containment regs.
But there is no getting around it: as Accountants wax the nation's future wanes. They're a corpulent, overfed canary that can hardly fit on its perch in the coal mine.  And their song has degenerated into one long, greasy belch.  More details on the modern "growth" industry here.  God help us every one.

These aren't cops, they're an army of occupation

Cops and prosecutors are out of control and out of their minds if they think we will long tolerate their ever escalating predation.  We need a lot less law and fewer of the bebadged wandering around armed and random with official immunity.  Leave us alone, please.

Popo playing army man.  Only the 'enemy' isn't shooting back.

The modern "Piketty-Marx" approach to income inequality is like pursuing height inequality by cutting six inches off of tall people

Even Alan Blinder (!) believes that raising up the bottom is preferable to bringing down the top.  Building is always better than tearing down don't you think?  Don't necessarily agree with his policy prescriptions - I would focus on lowering the cost of positional goods and legally advantaged professions so that those with fewer resources and credentials can participate more fully.  But at least Dr. Blinder isn't a Puritan Wrecker.  HT Scott Sumner's the money illusion once again.  He's on a roll.

Alan Blinder is a very bright and well-intentioned liberal:
Concentrating on, say, the growing gap between the upper 1% and the lower 99% leads Mr. Piketty to advocate such redistributive policies as higher top income-tax rates, stiffer inheritance taxes and a progressive tax on wealth.
But if you dote instead on plight of the lower 15%-20%, or even on the lack of progress of the lower 50%, you are led to think about policies like giving poor children preschool education, bolstering Medicaid, raising the minimum wage, expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit, and defending anti-poverty programs like food stamps.
These two policy agendas are not inconsistent, but they are certainly very different. The first tries to level from the top; the second tries to level from the bottom. Between the two, I’d like to think that most Americans join me in favoring the second. But I’m worried. Does Pikettymania prove me wrong?
Yes it does Mr. Blinder.  I may not agree with all of Blinder’s policy recommendations, but he’s thinking like a good utilitarian.  In a rational world we’d do “free policies” that help the middle class, like simplifying taxes, abolishing the FDA, removing occupational licensing laws, monetary stimulus to create jobs, etc.  But when it came to policies that actually cost money, we’d focus on the poor in America, or even better on the much poorer people in developing countries.  But not the middle class.

An "everything is going to hell" counterfactual - you can't give quality used furniture away anymore

Because good new furniture has become so darn cheap that no one wants the old stuff.  Hattip Scott Sumner.  Fom WSJ:

That Perfect Dining Room Table?  No One Wants It, Even If It’s Free
.  .  . Whether moving to a smaller abode or simply cleaning out, many people are making an unwelcome discovery: Their prized family heirlooms have turned into junk. Upholstered sofas, formal dining tables and hutches, Victorian-style mahogany and oak furniture, entertainment units, bulky television sets, pianos—all have become almost impossible to sell or, in some cases, give away.
The furnishings industry has a name for the big, dated wood-finished and upholstered pieces that no one wants anymore—”brown furniture.” Stockpiles of “brown leather and brown Ultrasuede couches have nowhere to go,” says Jeffrey Brooks, a Long Valley, N.J., interior designer.
What happened to the market for secondhand furniture? Those consumers are shopping at Ikea, Wal-Mart and Target, says Jerry Epperson, a partner at Mann, Armistead and Epperson, a Richmond, Va., investment bank specializing in the home-furnishings sector. The cost of furniture, in constant dollars, has fallen on average about 50% over the past 30 years, he says, the result of the availability of cheaper imports.
Even the Salvation Army, known for making furniture pickups, has become pickier in recent years, says Major Greg Davis, a general secretary at the nonprofit. Delivery-truck drivers began carrying Internet-enabled tablets about two years ago. When in doubt, they take a quick photo of a piece and send it ahead to the local store to make sure it will be accepted. Many shelving units are turned away, he says, as are pianos .  .  .

Our civilization is so amazing that people from Jane Austen's time would not, indeed could not comprehend it if you explained it to them

It has literally turned the assumptions about Rich and Poor upside down.  From Scott Sumners blog:

The grumpy old reactionary in me liked this Kevin Erdmann post:
Again, thinking of Jane Austen characters, or even of people in many pre-capitalist societies today, for peasants, human capital would be largely unattainable or pointless.  For the landed elite, it would be insulting.  Traders and commercial innovators – producers – became tolerable, and capitalism was the result. 
Because of the capitalist revolution, not only is being personally productive tolerated today, but we would find it incomprehensible to imagine it another way.  In fact, we are concerned about it!  We say: It’s not fair that rich kids get the opportunity to be more productive!  Today, high income workers work longer hours than low income workers.  Imagine the look of confusion you might get from a pre-capitalist gentleman if you told him that in your society, the poor work fewer hours than the rich and the government is implementing school lunch programs to make sure poor kids don’t ingest too many calories.  He wouldn’t just have a hard time understanding how that could be.  Those words literally could not form that sentence.  You might as well speak martian to him.  Don’t even try to explain to him that you’re outraged by how the richest kids have an advantage in attaining productive employment.  He’ll think you’re crazy before you even get to that.