Sunday, August 19, 2018

The Horrors and Destruction that Donald Trump Has Imposed On America...Just Kidding! Part 11

Before we start today’s discussion, let’s review my voting history: 

  • I have never voted for a Republican for President in my life. 
  • Thus, I did not vote for Trump. 
  • I have rarely voted for a Republican for national office in my life. 
About 18 months ago, many liberals, Democrats, and millennials were besides themselves with grief and fear because their pre-ordained queen, Hillary Clinton, was not elected President. Instead, Donald Trump was elected, an individual that these same people despised, hated, and feared, an individual they felt would endanger and possibly destroy the country and our democracy. For the past year and a half they fretted, worried and lashed out at anything or anyone that even remotely smelled of Donald Trump.

Given that Trump has been in office for over 18 months, I thought, that as someone who did not vote for him, it would be a good idea to review the horror, trauma, and terrible things that Trump has subjected the country to in just eighteen month’s time. This is obviously a very sarcastic comment when you take an unbiased look at what has happened during the Trump Presidency. The many previous posts we did on this topic identified over 120 good things that have happened to America and Americans since Trump became President:

https://loathemygovernment.blogspot.com/2017/12/the-horrors-and-destruction-that-donald.html

https://loathemygovernment.blogspot.com/2017/12/the-horrors-and-destruction-that-donald_31.html

https://loathemygovernment.blogspot.com/2018/01/the-horrors-and-destruction-that-donald.html

https://loathemygovernment.blogspot.com/2018/01/the-horrors-and-destruction-that-donald_27.html

https://loathemygovernment.blogspot.com/2018/02/the-horrors-and-destruction-that-donald.html

https://loathemygovernment.blogspot.com/2018/03/the-horrors-and-destruction-that-donald.html

https://loathemygovernment.blogspot.com/2018/04/the-horrors-and-destruction-that-donald.html

https://loathemygovernment.blogspot.com/2018/05/the-horrors-and-destruction-that-donald.html

https://loathemygovernment.blogspot.com/2018/06/the-horrors-and-destruction-that-donald.html

https://loathemygovernment.blogspot.com/2018/06/the-horrors-and-destruction-that-donald_21.html

https://loathemygovernment.blogspot.com/2018/07/the-horrors-and-destruction-that-donald.html

- U.S Steel is investing about $300 million in its domestic steel production operations including building a steel coating plant in Ohio and restarting two blast furnaces, creating new, high paying manufacturing jobs.


- Another steel manufacturer, Nucor, is creating hundreds of new jobs by building two new steel mills.

- The Trump administration has placed sanctions on two Myanmar military units and others for violence that has been committed against native Muslims, kind of taking the steam out of Trump’s enemies who accuse him of being a Muslim racist.

- The U.S. economy continues to get stronger and stronger while other major economies around the world are slowing down considerably.

- According to a recent Rasmussen poll, Trump’s approval level among likely voters hit 49% vs. a 41% disapproval level, i.e. more American likely voters approve his performance than disapprove.

- This level is about 5 points higher than Obama’s approval level was at the same time in his Presidency.

- According to a recent Gallup poll, Trump is at his highest approval level since taking office.

- Another Rasmussen poll found that Trump’s current approval rating among African-Americans is 36%, almost double the 19% level it was a year ago.

- Walmart recently announced quarterly financial results which showed the highest year over year growth in ten years with sales rising 4.5%, about double the growth rate that the experts were expecting.

- According to the Commerce Department, sales at restaurants and bars rose 1.3% in July, and the growth in the previous quarter was the highest quarterly growth level on record.

- As the Trump economy has gotten stronger and stronger, over 2.8 million Americans are no longer dependent on food stamps from the Federal government and American taxpayer, with Federal food dependency now under 40 million for the first time in a very long time.

- The unemployment rate in my home state of Florida just hit 3.7%, the lowest it has been since the year 2007.

Another twelve reasons to add to the previous 150 or so reasons why the first year and a half of the Trump Presidency has not wrought disaster on the country.

For those of you that have hated on Trump since day one, and given your obvious gross error in judgment relative to Trump, let me ask that you to do us all a favor by implementing the following changes in your behavior and attitude:

  • Chill out, tamp down your TDS affliction. No matter how much you hate Trump on a sexist, personal basis, get over it. He is the legally and duly elected President, he will be around for a while so refocus your hatred on more constructive issues and matters. You will live a lot longer if you take your hatred out of your heart and soul and devote it to something positive.
  • I would really appreciate it if some of you would apologize to the Trump voters you have disrespected in some of the grossest terms possible over the past year. You have called millions of voters racists, ignorant, stupid, Nazis, KKK members, and other horrible names simply because you disagreed with their voting choice. No American should be called such disgusting names simply because they exercised their Constitutional rights to the best of their abilities. Plus, slandering over 60 million Americans is no way to unite the country and get it focused on the real issues facing us all.
  • More personally, I would like, no I am demanding, an apology from some of you for your slanderous and disgusting name calling because in doing so, you insulted and disrespected my sister, my family members, my friends, and my co-workers who simply voted their conscience. I will defend their right to vote anyway they wanted and will no put up with your childish and vicious venom and bile directed at them, very important people in my life.
  • And finally, I challenge you to read the following blog post, a post that shows quite clearly that it was hateful people like some of you and your silence during the Obama years that actually caused Trump to be elected. Thus, the people you hate for voting for Trump are actually looking back at you in the mirror:

If you were silent in the dozens of instances listed in this post then you were responsible for the very thing you hate: a Trump Presidency. Or put another way, a so far successful and productive Trump Presidency. Over 160 accomplishments in a little more than a year and a half is not too shabby despite many of you wanting both Trump and the country to fail.


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It is also available online at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Please pass our message of freedom onward. Let your friends and family know about our websites and blogs, ask your library to carry the book, and respect freedom for both yourselves and others everyday.

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http://www.cato.org
http://www.bankruptingamerica.org

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

August, 2018, Part 6, Political Class Insanity: Only Cuomo Has Never Been Great....And Never Will Be

It is another month which means it is again time to review the latest political class insanity from Washington and around the world. Political class insanity takes many forms including the wasting of taxpayer wealth, criminal fraud within government programs, inane and stupid political quotes and actions, the inability to create and implement effective and efficient government programs, stupid and ill performing economic policies and strategies, and other forms of insanity that continue to evolve and surprise and shock us.

Let’s get started:

We will make today’s political class insanity post quite simple, basing it on an absolutely stupid, recent quote from current New York state governor, Andrew Cuomo. Speaking at a recent event, Cuomo stated that: “America was never really that great.” Obviously he is afflicted with TDS, Trump Derangement Syndrome, since he is obviously playing off of Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.”

He immediately began taking serious heat, rebuttal, and anger from across the land since Americans do not take kindly to the trashing of the major, major accomplishments and contributions to humanity this country has had over the past two and a half centuries:
  • America turned the tide in 1917 and saved the western world from the German invasion forces sweeping through Europe.
  • American turned the tide in 1941 and saved the world from the Nazis and Japanese empire in World War II. 
  • America reconstructed Europe that had been devastated by the second World War via the Marshall plan.
  • America showed the world how different cultures, races, and religions from around the world could come to America to live together in peace and prosperity.
  • America’s military and policies helped prevent communism, a failed societal, freedom, and economic system, from taking over the world.
  • America created the biggest middle class in the history of mankind, lifting untold millions of people out of poverty and into a life of comfort and security.
  • America showed the world how to go to the moon and be successful in space.
  • America invented the Internet that has had enormous positive impacts around the world in so many different ways.
  • America perfected the mainframe computer, personal computer, and smartphone via American technology companies.
  • America created and maintains the best and longest running democracy in the history of the world, treating every citizen as an equal member of society regardless of race, wealth, sex, or creed.
  • From Korea to Bosnia, America provided the manpower and military power to enforce the mandates of the United Nations to protect those that could not protect themselves.
  • American scientists created many beneficial medicines and vaccines, including the polio and Measles vaccines, which have saved millions and millions of lives around the world.
  • Americans contribute about $400 billion a year to worthy charities to help those less fortunate in our society.
  • Regardless of what politicians may claim, racism levels in America are very low relative to other countries around the world and until the Obama administration were steadily improving.
I am sure that I missed out on many, many other contributions that America has made to humanity, all of which makes Cuomo’s statement that much more ridiculous. I am not saying America is perfect. America abused both Africans they used as slaves and Native Americans. Civil rights were suppressed for generations. Gay rights were and are an ongoing battle. America is not perfect, But is by far head shoulders ahead of any other country, culture, or empire that has ever been on Earth.

But as I thought about Cuomo’s comments, I actually started to feel a little sorry for him. I thought how sad it is for a person to go through life always looking at the negatives and not the overwhelming positives this country has brought forth. And then it hit me: from Cuomo’s view, maybe things are not that good since as a Democrat he is looking at what his Democratic Party peers have done, and destroyed, over the years:
  • Democratic politicians have ruled Detroit for decades, taking it from the third largest city with the highest per capita income into a desolate set of abandoned houses and neighborhoods, a city whose population is well under half its size from just a few decades ago, has given the city the highest violent crime rate in the country, and a city whose former politicians have a good chance of currently being in jail or having already served time for corruption.
  • Democratic politicians have ruled Chicago for almost always, allowing the southern and western parts of the city to be turned into a battleground of drug gangs and violence that leaves hundreds of innocent Chicago citizens dead and wounded every year with no end in sight.
  • Those same Chicago Democratic politicians have reduced the city’s bond value to junk status.
  • Democratic politicians in San Francisco have turned that city into a third world cesspool of human feces, public urination, and drug abuse in the streets while focusing on outlawing drinking straws.
  • Democratic politicians in Baltimore and St. Louis have turned those cities into the highest murder rate cities in the country.
  • Democratic politicians who served in the governor’s mansion in Illinois likely have the highest rate of criminal convictions and jail time of any other state’s governors.
  • Democratic politicians in California, Illinois, and New Jersey have created some of the highest tax rates in the country and yet still have found a way to be in a three way race to bankrupt their states and the schools, services, and pension funds that depend on them.
  • Democratic politicians have turned Flint, Michigan’s water supply into a third world embarrassment, endangering the lives of the people that have voted for them for decades and have turned the city into the second poorest metro area in the country.
  • Democratic politicians have driven several California cities (San Bernardino and Stockton) into bankruptcy.
  • Democratic politicians in Hawaii, New York, and California have managed to attain the top homeless rates in the country within their state’s borders.
  • Democratic politicians in Los Angeles have created so much poverty that 40% of its citizens make so little income that they qualify for Medicaid.
I could go on, I could have talked about Cleveland, Newark, Trenton, Memphis, and other cities that have been controlled by Democratic politicians for a long time, all to the detrimental of their cities’ citizens. But you get the point: if I was Cuomo and my Democratic peers had turned their government domains into bankrupt, violent, murderous, poor, homeless, and unhealthy hell holes, I might think that America was never great. He would still be grossly wrong and an insult to Americans who actually made America great, prosperous, and safe, often at the cost of their lives, but at least I see his perspective. 

I just choose to help make America live up to its ideals, warts and all. The millions and millions of people have been drawn to America’s beacon of freedom and opportunity cannot all be wrong. I trust their judgment over the bitter and depressing view of a childish, negative, and narrow minded TDS afflicted politician.

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Friday, August 17, 2018

August, 2018, Part 5, Political Class Insanity: Poop In San Fran, Murder In Georgia, Incompetence at the TSA and More,

It is another month which means it is again time to review the latest political class insanity from Washington and around the world. Political class insanity takes many forms including the wasting of taxpayer wealth, criminal fraud within government programs, inane and stupid political quotes and actions, the inability to create and implement effective and efficient government programs, stupid and ill performing economic policies and strategies, and other forms of insanity that continue to evolve and surprise and shock us.

Let’s get started:

1) We have often discussed the perpetual question, which is the most inept Federal government organization? The top three candidates are usually the TSA, the Social Security Administration, and the Pentagon for various and often creative failures. This week the TSA takes the honor because of an incident in Seattle:
  • Apparently an airline employee at the Seattle-Tacoma airport stole an airliner and went for a joy ride around the Seattle area.
  • Unfortunately, the employee was on a suicide mission and crashed the airliner onto a sparsely populated island in Puget Sound.
  • Fortunately, the employee was not a terrorist or homicidal maniac since crashing the airliner in downtown Seattle would have been a total disaster.
Which gets us back to the TSA: how is it possible that an unauthorized, non-pilot can walk into a hangar at a major U.S., back out an airliner, and then take off? Who in the world was controlling access to both the plane and the runway? We have given the TSA untold billions and billions of dollars to protect us over the years since 9-11 and yet something like this happens? This week, the TSA is the most inept Federal entity in the country.

2) It is no secret that most politicians can lie at the drop of a hat and can move in and out of hypocrisy as the situation warrants. Such was the case of a Congressional candidate in Georgia:
  • Kellie Collins recently ran for Congress in that state.
  • A major part of her campaign was to be a strong anti-gun advocate, wanting to confiscate Americans’ guns.Not only was she not successful in her Congressional bid, she is now under arrest for allegedly murdering her campaign treasurer with….a gun.
As always with American politicians, it is do as I say,not as I do.

3) We have recently and previously discussed the disgusting situation in San Francisco in that the homeless problem is so bad there that the city had to set up a hotline for people to report human feces locations on public streets. The hotline gets dozens of calls every DAY which requires the city to send out personnel to clean up the human poop. A raging political class failure like this situation, turning the streets of a great American city into a third world cesspool.

Well, since those discussion, the situation must have gotten worse since according to the San Francisco Chronicle:
  • The city has formed a new, formal “poop control” outfit that now does not wait for a call to come regarding human poop on a street, the patrol actively goes around the city looking for it.
  • According to Public Works director, Mohammed Nuru: "We're trying to be proactive. "We're actually out there looking for it."
  • And this is not a joke, Landon Breed who was elected the city’s mayor in July told local news outlets that "there's more feces on the sidewalks than I've ever seen growing up here."
  • The patrol will consist of five city employees who will drive around in a vehicle equipped with a steam cleaner to clean up the public poop messes.
  • According to Breed: "I've been talking to the Department of Public Works director on a regular basis, and I'm like, 'What are we going to do about the poop?'" He and I talked about coming up with some different solutions. "I just want the city to be clean, and I want to make sure we're providing the resources so that it can be."
Of all the discussions one would expect a city’s officials and politicians to have in this country, would one ever expect it to include an agenda item called,”What are we going to do about the poop on the street?” Would you ever expect the politicians of a great city like San Francisco to be so inept that this type of conversation could even exist? Insane.

4) And finally, some political class insanity from Hollywood. Recently in a special Congressional election in Ohio, Troy Balderson defeated Democrat Danny O’Connor by less than 1% of the vote. Balderson won by about 1700 votes. 

But it did not take long before a third tier, nobody Hollywood actress, Alyssa Milano, decided she knew two reasons why the Democrat lost. She blamed 1) Green Party voters who diverted enough votes away from O’Connor and 2) wait for it….the Russians obviously caused the defeat of O’Connor. Yes, the Russians are the cause of EVERY thing that goes wrong with Democrats: “Because of our unwillingness to pass policy that protects our election integrity, I immediately think the Green Party votes tonight are Russian meddling. Why else would anyone cast a protest vote in Ohio when there’s so much at stake?#OH12

— Alyssa Milano

My gosh, Putin must wake up every morning and just laugh and laugh at us. A nobody American actress gives the Russians credit for something she has absolutely no proof of. Oh, by the way Miss Milano, the Green Party candidate in this election got less than 1,200 votes, meaning that if you had a head for math, even if every citizen who voted for the Green Party candidate switched to the Democrat, he STILL would have lost, that is simple math. 

Oh, and by the way, you have no right to berate any American citizen that exercises their right to vote the way they want to vote, not the way you want them to vote.

That will do it for today: a still inept TSA, still poop in the streets of San Francisco, a gun control politician uses a gun to kill her campaign treasurer, and Hollywood idiocy and elections continue.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

August, 2018, Part 4,Political Class Insanity: NYC Politicians Screwing Their Unberites and Lyfters, Chicago Police Still Ineffective, and Voter Fraud In Georgia.

It is another month which means it is again time to review the latest political class insanity from Washington and around the world. Political class insanity takes many forms including the wasting of taxpayer wealth, criminal fraud within government programs, inane and stupid political quotes and actions, the inability to create and implement effective and efficient government programs, stupid and ill performing economic policies and strategies, and other forms of insanity that continue to evolve and surprise and shock us.

Let’s get started:

1) One thing you never want to do is get in between politicians and those that fund their perpetual reelection campaign coffers. Unfortunately, Uber and Lyft did that in New York City and the results are not good, for both of these companies and the freedom of choice that New York politicians have now denied to their constituents in favor of their financial backers:
  • The NYC council recently overwhelmingly voted to limit the number of ride sharing consumer options via Uber, Lyft and others within city limits.
  • The limitations were covered in multiple bills that the mayor is expected to sign.
  • According to the news source, The Verge: "The council voted to halt the issuance of new for-hire vehicle licenses for 12 months while it studies the booming industry. Under the cap, Uber and Lyft could still be granted licenses for wheelchair-accessible vehicles — which both companies sorely lack — but would be prevented from adding new ride-hail vehicles for one year. The city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission could also issue licenses in particular neighborhoods that are running low on ride-hail vehicles. Another bill that passed would establish a $15 living wage for drivers. The bills now go to the desk of Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has indicated his support for a cap." 
  • In a totally inane statement, the mayor, Bill DeBlasio, tried to convince the world that Uber and Lyft type services were horrifically bad for the city and its residents: "Our city is directly confronting a crisis that is driving working New Yorkers into poverty and our streets into gridlock. The unchecked growth of app-based for-hire vehicle companies has demanded action -— and now we have it."
  • It is an inane statement because the mayor and council placed no restrictions on taxi drivers, likely because taxi drivers help fund their reelection campaigns, if an Uber driver is bad for the city than an equivalent taxi driver must also be bad for the city.
  • Since there are no apparent plans to expand and improve bus, subway and train service to help residents get around town easily then those same residents will face rising transportation costs and longer delays in getting transportation.
  • This was explained by both Uber and Lyft spokespeople: “The city’s 12-month pause on new vehicle licenses will threaten one of the few reliable transportation options while doing nothing to fix the subways or ease congestion,” said Danielle Filson, a spokeswoman for Uber. “Uber will do whatever it takes to keep up with growing demand.”
  • These sweeping cuts to transportation will bring New Yorkers back to an era of struggling to get a ride, particularly for communities of color and in the outer boroughs," said Joseph Okpaku, vice president of public policy for Lyft. "We will never stop working to ensure New Yorkers have access to reliable and affordable transportation in every borough."
  • These are the same shenanigans that the Mayor and his cohorts pulled with Airbnb, another new economy service that made life easier, better and cheaper for ordinary citizens. But since this new marketing offering upset the established political donors of current politicians, they had to be tackled and hamstrung because of typical gutter politics. 
  • Details on this political heist can be seen at:
https://loathemygovernment.blogspot.com/2018/07/july-2018-part-6-political-class.html

As always, politicians take care of themselves first, their financial benefactors second, and somewhere down the line they might help the people they are supposed to be representing.

2) In our last post we talked about how the Chicago political class continues to have no clue how to stop the gang violence and deaths that go on day to day in their city. A few weekends ago over 70 people were shot and eleven died as a result of the gang and gun violence in a single weekend period. This carnage has been going on for years and nothing the local politicians do, or do not do, has worked.

How bad are law enforcement results in the city? According to the Chicago Sun Times:
  • The Chicago Police Department “has solved far fewer murders over the last several years compared to most other major departments around the country.” 
  • In the year 2016, the department was only able to make arrests or at least identify a suspect in only 26% of the cases it actually investigated.
  • Since there were almost 800 homicides in the city that year, the police in Chicago basically had no idea who did the murder in about 600 of those incidents.
  • And while the good news is that that there were “only” 650 murders in 2017, the police made an arrest or at least identified a potential suspect in only 17.5% of those cases, meaning that the police had no idea what happened in over 500 city murders last year.
Oh, by the way, Chicago is a so-called “sanctuary city.”

3) Many of my liberal friends and relatives constantly claim that there is no voter fraud going on in this country, that everything is just fine when it comes to voting integrity. We have constantly disproven that fact in previous posts. For example, back in 2017 we went through this litany of voter fraud incidents:


You can get access to many other discussions on rampant voter fraud by just typing in “voter fraud” in the search box above.

And nothing has changed since those posts if you are to believe a recent incident that the McClatchy News Service and the Gateway Pundit website reported on:
  • In the lead up to primary elections in Georgia’s Habersham County’s Mud Creek voting district there were 276 registered voters.
  • But after the votes were counted in the primary, the Georgia Secretary of State found that 670 ballots were cast in the district, more than double the total number of registered voters.
  • An investigation is underway.
Either there is a massive misunderstanding of what happened on election day in the Mud Creek district or they have the worst voter fraudsters going, fraudsters that are very bad at math. If you want to steal an election make sure you do not have more votes cast than you have voters. No voter fraud? I do not think so.

That will do it for today’s insanity: voter fraud in Georgia, incompetence continues in Chicago, and screwing residents in NYC. More insanity to follow.


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Saturday, August 11, 2018

August, 2018, Part 3, Political Class Insanity: Clueless In San Francisco, Clueless In Chicago, Clueless In The U.S.Senate

It is another month which means it is again time to review the latest political class insanity from Washington and around the world. Political class insanity takes many forms including the wasting of taxpayer wealth, criminal fraud within government programs, inane and stupid political quotes and actions, the inability to create and implement effective and efficient government programs, stupid and ill performing economic policies and strategies, and other forms of insanity that continue to evolve and surprise and shock us.

Let’s get started:

1) We have often wondered in this blog whether politicians are too dumb to understand how stupid they sound trying to explain away some of their actions or they think we are too stupid to see that they are blatant liars. A recent example of such behavior recently cropped up as it relates to U.S. Senator Cory Booker:
  • Apparently the good Senator was over in the Mideast when he spotted a photo op.
  • He stood with a group of people and physically held up a sign that read: “From Palestine to Mexico, all the walls have got to go,” a slogan developed by the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights.
  • This group is a devoted pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel activist group.
  • According to the watchdog group, NGO Monitor, “USCPR is a national coalition of hundreds of groups working to advocate for Palestinian rights and a shift in US policy, and is a leader and mobilizer of anti-Israel BDS campaigns.”
Oopsie, if you want to be President, like Booker wants to be, maybe it is not a good idea pissing off the Jewish community around the world. His handlers quickly realized what a bad PR move this was and tried to explain it away.

One his handlers, Jeff Giertz, attempted to limit the political damage when he told JTA that: “he [Booker] didn’t have time to read the sign. From his cursory glance he thought it was talking about Mexico and didn’t realize it had anything to do with Israel.” Really, you think we are that stupid?! The sign only had eleven words on it. The sign had Palestine written on it. The Senator was physically holding the sign. Nine of the words were single syllable words. 

And you want us to believe the Senator “didn’t have time” to read the sign. If he does not have time to read a short, simple sentence he is holding in his hand, how can he ever be expected to have enough time to read and sign legislation that has more than eleven words, has many multi-syllable words, that likely affects many Americans if he should ever become President? Mr. Giertz, give us a break, we are not that stupid.

2) The Self Reliance Central website also recently checked in on the banning of straws that we have previously discussed:

https://loathemygovernment.blogspot.com/2018/08/august-2018-part-2-political-class.html

Of course, it’s the liberals in the liberal state of California and its most liberal city, San Francisco, that are leading the charge to banning those deadly plastic straws. The state and local politicians think that banning plastic straws will help save the environment and cut down on the massive amount of human plastic garbage that is gathering out at sea. While these may sound like noble goals being put forth by the political class, they really are quite stupid:
  • We have previously discussed the reality that replacing plastic straws with paper straws will increase the amount of energy need to produce those paper straws by eightfold, not an eco friendly alternative.
  • The Self Reliance Central website points out that the local politicians and this plastic straw crusade has successfully pressured Starbucks to switch from plastic straws to new sipper lids for their products which would seem like a victory for the elimination of plastic straws crew and crusade.
  • One problem though, the replacement sip lids “featuring a moulded sipper/lid combo used even more plastic than the previous combo.” i.e. the replacement of the plastic straws is resulting in more, not less plastic being used and discarded. 
  • So at least from a Starbucks perspective, the politicians’ have actions have possibly made the plastic pollution situation worse. And it probably will not make a hill of beans difference either way since neither the United States, and certainly not San Francisco, fall into the top ten of worse plastic polluters in the world. The top ten polluters of plastic waste are all in the developing world:


So the politicians in California and San Francisco are trying to resolve a problem that they cannot resolve or probably even make the tiniest dent in. Until the rest of the developing world develops a passion and way to recycle their plastic litter, no way this major pollution issue gets resolved. 
But much like rearranging the deckchairs on the Titantic, the state and local California politicians devote time and energy to a problem they cannot resolve. Rather than fixing their failing schools, repairing their crumbling infrastructure, etc., problems that would immeasurably improve the lives of their constituents, they insist on expanding their nanny state powers to plastic straws while accomplishing nothing, as the following nanny state meme shows:


3) We often return to Chicago to review the latest shooting and crime statistics since they are always sad and overwhelming. As you read the following highlights from a recent CNN article by Jay Croft, Deanna Hackney, and Eric Levenson, keep in mind that the city of Chicago and the state of Illinois have some of the toughest, if not the toughest, gun control laws in the country:

  • Over a recent weekend, over 70 Chicago residents were shot and a dozen died from their wounds.
  • In one of the great understatements ever, Police Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson said,"It's no secret that we had an unacceptably violent weekend." 
  • Victims ranged from young kids to the elderly.
  • In just three hours from 1:30 am Sunday to 4:30 am Sunday, 30 people were shot and two were killed in 10 different situations.
  • Johnson claims the shootings and violence are all gang related and the those in the community that know who committed these crimes need to come forward: "These shootings are not random, they're fueled by gang conflicts. We know who they are and we continue to send a message that it's OK to commit these crimes by not doing anything as a community. We are all supposed to be on the same side. CPD can be better, but this city can be better." 
  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel also went through his typical diatribe but since after two terms in office he has been useless in the resolving this problem, I will pass on putting forth his empty words here except for this following bizarre rant, a rant that makes no sense: "You can talk about the weather, but the weather didn't pull the trigger. You can talk about jobs, and they count, but in parts of the city where there aren't jobs, people did not pull the trigger."
Huh? If people did not pull the trigger who did? The guns pulled their own triggers? This is the kind of nonsensical reasoning that has resulted in far too many deaths and shootings in the city of Chicago as the local political class shows how useless and clueless those in office are today.Clueless in Chicago, clueless in San Francisco, and clueless in the U.S. Senate. Sounds about right. More political class insanity to come.

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Monday, August 6, 2018

August, 2018, Part 2, Political Class Insanity: San Francisco Politicians Go Off The Deep End While Washington Pays Al Qaeda Terrorists

It is another month which means it is again time to review the latest political class insanity from Washington and around the world. Political class insanity takes many forms including the wasting of taxpayer wealth, criminal fraud within government programs, inane and stupid political quotes and actions, the inability to create and implement effective and efficient government programs, stupid and ill performing economic policies and strategies, and other forms of insanity that continue to evolve and surprise and shock us.

Let’s get started:

1) We have previously discussed the disgusting situation on the streets of San Francisco. With an exploding homeless population, the streets are now lined with human feces, urination, and drug user spent needles. The city has actually set up a dedicated helpline for citizens to report piles of human feces on the streets, a condition acknowledged by the incoming mayor.

Daniel Greenfield, writing for the Freedom Outpost website on August 2, 2018, summed up, somewhat comically and ironically, the other horrible conditions, political idiocy, and over regulation that now permeates this socialist “mecca” on the west coast:

  • The title of his article is “San Francisco Bans Everything” which is not too far from the truth.
  • He asserts and provides links that show that the city government has banned straws, fur coats, bottled water, vaping liquids, upholstered furniture, plastic bags, pet stores, electric scooters coffee cups, pacing peanuts, tropical fish, and McDonald’s Happy Meal.
  • However, they have made drug use/abuse, public urination and defecation, and shoplifting legal.
  • Greenfield hilariously and correctly now calls the city “North Korea with a tech industry and some leftover Victorian architecture (which it’s banning tour buses from visiting) has reacted to the collapse of living conditions and fleeing tourists by banning everything.”
  • The public defecation is probably the most disgusting problem facing the city with the article discussing examples of how 20 pounds of human waste was deposited on a city street and how constant human urine had corroded a pole so much that the  metal weakened and fell on a car, almost killing the driver.
  • Official complaints about human waste in the city have gone from 5,685 in 2011 to 18,211 in 2016, a threefold increase in just five years. 
  • But although public defecation and urinating is not illegal, using or serving a straw is illegal with both the city and the state passing anti-straw laws with the state version carrying a potential six month jail sentence.
  • Which raises the satirical question: will Mexican drug cartels now starting smuggling illegal straws across the border for thirst addicted Americans?
  • Straws were banned, according to the city ordinance, because they “may threaten public health” but public defecation and urination must not be a health issue in the city.
  • The city also banned fur coats since, according to a sponsor of that ban, Katy Tang, "fur farming contributes to water and air pollution" because each mink produces "44 pounds of feces in the mink’s lifetime."
  • But since a human being like Ms. Tang generates about 342 pound of feces in a year, about 8 times more than a mink produces in its lifetime, maybe it is the city council members like herself that should be banned.
  • The city spends over $800,000 a day, every day, on its homeless population but city council members worry about and spend time on straws, fur coats, and a myriad of other stupid, useless efforts.
  • The city also decided that employers could no longer provide on site dining/cafeteria services for their employees since such employee perks cause local restaurants to lose business.
  • This forces taxpaying workers to leave their place of business and walk through the feces and drug needle lined streets to find a place to eat, making sure they do not drink bottled water, wear a mink coat, or vape on the way to finding a meal.
This is what happens when politicians think too much, have too much power, over regulate citizens lives, and are really incapable of resolving any type of problem. They waste time inconveniencing and hassling their voters and fellow citizens while the major problems never get resolved.

How bad have things gotten in the city of San Francisco? A major medical organization, based in Chicago, cancelled its future conventions in the city after a long string of years holding their convention there. This raises the the obvious question that the article poses: when the city of Chicago thinks your city is a hellhole, how bad and how low have you sunk?

2) Osama Bin Laden and his terrorist group, Al Qaeda, were responsible for not only the worst terrorist attack ever inside America but untold other terrorist attacks and deaths around the world. They are truly the worst and deadliest group of terrorists ever assembled.

Fortunately, Bin Laden was killed by a secret raid by Seal Team Six under the Obama administration, giving that Presidency one of its very few success stories, and the remainder of Al Qaeda has been greatly diminished over time. 

But before all of this good news happened, apparently the Obama administration gave out hundreds of thousands of American tax dollars to an Al Qaeda terrorist affiliate, a fact verified by the State Department:

  • The Obama administration approved a $200,000 grant to an organization in the country of Sudan that had strong ties to Al Qaeda.
  • In fact, the group had previously and was currently designated as a terrorist financing organization by the Federal government years previously (2004) and yet, Obama still gave them $200,000.
  • The $200,000 was given to the Islamic Relief Agency in 2014, as reported by Sam Westrop of the Middle East even though the group was already on the terror watch list, according to Mr. Westrop: “More stunningly, government officials specifically authorized the release of at least $115,000 of this grant even after learning that it was a designated terror organization.”
  • USAID, the Federal government organization responsible for dispensing the taxpayer wealth to the terror organization confirmed Mr. Westrop’s reporting.
  • Yet 10 years after the group was designated as a terror group, in March, 2014 USAID gave it $200,000 for so-called humanitarian efforts.
  • In November, 2014, USAID finally realized it’s mistake and ordered all contacts and funding be stopped with the group.
  • But in May, 2015 the Treasury gave the group $115,000 despite it being on the terrorist list for now eleven years and six months after USAID realized the error or its ways.
  • According to Mr. Westrop: “Obama-administration officials knowingly approved the transfer of taxpayer dollars to an al-Qaeda affiliate, and not an obscure one but an enormous international network that was often in the headlines.” 
What a frigging mess. A terror group kills almost 3,000 Americans in one morning. Yet somehow two different organizations within the Federal government pay an affiliate of the terror group, one that the same Federal government designated as a terror group years before, $200,000 that was used for who knows what kind of terror and criminal enterprises. You cannot make this insanity up.

More insanity to follow.

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Sunday, August 5, 2018

August, 2018, Part 1, Political Class Insanity: A Chinese Spy In The Senate and Idiots At The TSA

It is another month which means it is again time to review the latest political class insanity from Washington and around the world. Political class insanity takes many forms including the wasting of taxpayer wealth, criminal fraud within government programs, inane and stupid political quotes and actions, the inability to create and implement effective and efficient government programs, stupid and ill performing economic policies and strategies, and other forms of insanity that continue to evolve and surprise and shock us.

Let’s get started:

1) Democrats and liberals in Washington and across the country have been vigorously pushing the concept that somehow Trump and the Russians are colluding together to rule the country and rule the world. The concepts and theories have grown to ridiculous proportions and none of them seem to have a grain of truth to them. Special prosecutor Robert Mueller has been looking for a smoking gun for well over a year, having wasted millions and millions of dollars in a fruitless search.

Which makes the following REALITY of what actually has happened to a major Democratic Senator even more ironic. According to various news sources including the San Francisco Chronicle and the left leaning Politico:
  • Apparently, California Senator Dianne Feinstein’s personal driver for about 20 years was actually a spy for the Chinese government.
  • The employee/spy was not only her personal driver but did office tasks, was a liaison to the Asian-American community, and attended Chinese government consulate events on her behalf, a reality that certainly made reporting to his handlers quite easy.
  • The FBI finally told her about the spy about five years ago, catching her totally off guard, with her reportedly being “mortified” this was happening.
  • Jeff Harp, a former FBI agent, was interviewed about the issue by a local TV station, KPIX 5: "Think about Diane Feinstein and what she had access to. One, she had access to the Chinese community here in San Francisco; great amount of political influence. Two, correct me if I’m wrong, Dianne Feinstein still has very close ties to the intelligence committees there in Washington, D.C. They also have an interest in the economy here. How to get political influence here. What’s being developed in Silicon Valley that has dual-use technology. All of that is tied to the Bay Area."
Great, Democrats worrying about and wasting time and taxpayer wealth on something Trump probably did not do and being oblivious to a real spy scandal in their own house. Pathetic. 

It also brings into question of how effective, or ineffective, the FBI was in this whole matter. It took them 20 years to figure out there was a Chinese spying working closely with a major U.S. Senator. Also pathetic.

2) We have never been big fans of the TSA. They always seem to rank up there as one of the most corrupt, inept, and expensive government agencies that we have. Their sole purpose is to protect the traveling public and the way and how they do that is often laughable and stupid.

Which is why this next discussion just adds to their insanity:
  • According to an Independent Journal Review article by Madison Summers on August 2, 2018, the TSA is considering discontinuing doing airport security screenings at some of the smaller airports across the country.
  • The logic, or illogic, is that the TSA wants to focus its security efforts only on larger airports.
  • About 150 smaller sized airports that serve planes with 60 seats or fewer would see their TSA security processes shut down.
Totally insane. Obviously, terrorists and other nut ball cases would immediately use these now unprotected airports for their terrorist and criminal activities. Glen Winn, an airline security expert with over 30 years industry experience told Fox News: “I find that unbelievable, totally beyond comprehension.”

Look, like I said above, we have never been a big fan of the competence of the TSA. But under no set of assumptions can I figure out why this is a good idea. Is the TSA that stupid to think that terrorists and criminals will ignore the opportunity to bring down smaller jets, killing dozens of Americans in the process? Are they that stupid to think that terrorists only want to bring down bigger planes? Insanity.

3) Let’s stay with the TSA to again confirm why the logic process and strategic thinking of this agency is defective in other areas of its domain, not just whether or not it should protect Americans traveling via smaller airports. Consider a recent article by Bob Barr, former Congressman and former Libertarian candidate for President:
  • The TSA maintains a list of suspicious actions that could indicate that you are a terrorist when you travel, which on the surface seems like a good thing to have.
  • But if your Adam’s apple bobs too much, if you sweat too much, if you glance out the window too much, or if you visit the bathroom more than once, you are now considered a terrorist suspect by the TSA.
  • These innocent actions are part of the TSA’s “Quiet Skies” program and the list of suspicious activities is not limited to the above examples.
  • So if you have a medical condition that causes you to sweat excessively or need to go to the bathroom more than normal, or if, heaven forbid, your Adam’s apple bobbles, the TSA is watching you. 
  • Mr. Barr provided no evidence that any of these actions are based on any science or experience or if they have captured a sweaty terrorist, probably because no evidence exists. Keep in mind that before anyone gets to an airport gate, their luggage and their carryons, their body, their personal history has been already checked for terrorism tendencies and realities. 
  • Checking bodily fluids at this point in time is likely useless and dangerous from a Fourth Amendment perspective as Mr. Barr lays out: “When passengers are “watched” surreptitiously by government agents, or by airline employees at the behest of those agents, what information is noted, in what form is it collected, where is it maintained, and for how long? Might a law-abiding, but excessively nervous passenger find himself unwittingly on a watch list; a list that becomes part of a vast database of information subject to algorithmic manipulation that might show up in the future as a flag identifying the individual as untrustworthy, or perhaps even unfit to purchase a firearm or engage in other endeavors? These are not crazy, hypothetical questions; and citizens have a right to know whether, how, why and to what extent, their movements are being surveilled and cataloged by government agents simply because they have decided to travel by air.”
So very well said. A high risk of privacy and Fourth Amendment right violations with little upside from a security perspective. Insane.

That will do it for today’s political class insanity update: a Chinese spy in the Senate and idiots at the TSA, sounds about right. More insanity to come.


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