Thursday, December 08, 2016

Duffy (R) Cruelty to Animals

Rep. S. Duffy (R-WI) made the observation that 'Madison is a communist town.'

He also observed that water is wet, rain falls down, and the sun rises in the east.


The (D) twit from Madison, Pocan, went ballistic, of course.  Duffy responded:

"....For those offended by my 'communist' comment, I'll send a therapy dog to your 'safe place' of choice in Madison."

Sending a dog anywhere near Pocan constitutes prima-facie/ipso-facto cruelty to animals.  Turn yourself in, Mr. Duffy.

Lying (!!) About ObozoCare

Yah, it's Fake News.  Since the MSM is propagating it, it won't be mentioned--except by those who like a true statement once in a while.

“Since passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, 20 million people have gained coverage.”

That's a lie.  Period.  Full Stop.

A Little Story About Chiraq

You don't know from "Chiraq"?  That's the city about 90 miles south of Milwaukee.

News story about it!!

Promising that every effort would be made to limit the impact on residents’ day-to-day lives, Chicago officials announced Wednesday that a fleet of plows was working around the clock to clear more than 18 inches of fresh bullet casings that had blanketed the metropolitan area overnight.

Sources at the city’s Department of Streets and Sanitation confirmed that over 250 ammunition-removal vehicles had been deployed to deal with the knee-deep layer of spent cartridges, which have been steadily accumulating on Chicago’s streets, alleys, and pedestrian walkways since the previous evening.

“Our crews have been out there all night trying to make our roadways passable, but given how quickly the handgun and semi-automatic shells have piled up, it’s going to take some time,” DSS commissioner Charles L. Williams told reporters, thanking the public for its patience while crews made their way across the stricken municipality...


The Stupid Party Is Still in the Senate

There's a reason that the (R) klutzes are called "the Stupid Party,."

U.S. Republican senators are leaning towards a plan to delay the effective date of an Obamacare repeal for three years, a senior Republican said on Wednesday....

Well, RoJo should be all comfy and warm with that, since he never lifted a finger to dump ObozoCare from Day One anyway.

HT: Owen

Popcorn Robin Gets Serious

The tin-pot Popcorn Robin Vos stamps his widdle feets!!

Republican State Representative Andre Jacque tells Media Trackers that he has been stripped of his Assembly committee chairmanships by Speaker Robin Vos as punishment for holding a hearing on prevailing wage reform legislation in the Labor Committee this past legislative session....

Jacque's being a man about it; he understood then (and now) that crossing Popcorn Robin would have consequences.

Now, then:  will Popcorn Robin suffer consequences for his nose-up-the-butt-of-the-RoadBuilders activity??

Seriously, Jill Stein? SERIOUSLY??

Face it.  This old woman is a shill and a plant.

Make that "a POTTED plant," with her inane prattle about 'floppy disks in pockets.'  (You can take 'potted' in any way you want.)

The punch-card community is outraged.

New Face (McCaul), Same Old Crap

One wonders if it occurs to these guys that the CIA plays them, too.

...Rep. Michael McCaul (R., Texas), a member of President-elect Donald Trump’s national security team, told an audience on Wednesday that Moscow should face “consequences” for directing cyber attacks on American systems in an effort to interfere with the 2016 presidential election....

The 'intel community' said that the Russkis were doing something.  Yup--that's what they said; they are doing something.  See, e.g., the video here, where Carlson makes a fool of (D) Schiff in --oh--about 20 seconds.  (The claim that "US intel agencies confirm..." is debunked here.)

OK, they got the DNC, but is that a US national security problem, or a DNC problem? (And there was nothing but up-side to reading Podesta's email. )

So.  McCaul pounds the war-drums, demands action, blah de blah blah, bullshit, blaahhhhh.

You get ONE guess as to whether this means he'll be spending MORE money.  Just one.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Why Cars Cost a Lot

One of the reasons that cars cost a lot these days is that automakers (like GM) are idiot-proofing the cars.  Well, OK, attempting--at great cost-- to idiot-proof the cars.

The number of infant and toddler deaths as a result of being left unattended in the back seat of a sweltering hot vehicles is on the rise. To help stem that tide, General Motors is expanding its new rear-seat reminder feature to 19 models during the next year....

Thirty, forty, fifty years ago, "parents" did not leave their children in a car for hours.  There were at least two reasons for that:  1)  Parents were not drug-addled nor drunk while driving with their kids; and 2)  The kids could NOT be strapped in like in Old Sparky at the state prison.  There were no straps!!  No belts!!!  No kiddie-chairs!!!

And ya'know what?  They survived!

The Progressives in a Nutshell

Once again, Angelo Codevilla.

...What serves progressive revolutionaries’ interests is not in doubt. Although each of progressivism’s branches differs in how it defines society’s “structural” fault, in its own name for the human reality that it seeks to overcome, and in the means by which to achieve its ends, progressives from the 19th century to our time are well nigh identical in their personal predilections—in what and whom they hate even more than in what they love. They see the culture of what Marxists call “bourgeois morality” as the negation of their identity and authority. That identity, their identity, is to be promoted, endlessly, by endless warfare against that culture. That is why the cultural campaigns of otherwise dissimilar progressives have been so similar. Leninist Russia no less than various Western democrats have tried to eradicate religion, to make it difficult for men, women, and children to exist as families, and to demand that their subjects join them in celebrating the new order that reflects their identity. Note well: cultural warfare’s substantive goal is less important than the affirmation of the warriors’ own identity. This is what explains the animus with which progressives have waged their culture wars.....

Not news, but always worth repeating:  the Church and the family are the primary targets.  That's why we have the Progressive-invented 'Church of sex-any-way-you-want-it' and the "family" of 'any-way-you-want-it', too.  We note that the war on the family is now being played out in Rome, of all places.  (Don't be surprised.  If you were The Enemy, where would you prefer to strike??)

And the Progressives will try to find new ways to demolish both of them until the end of time.

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Insight on Public Policy

This guy often has excellent points buried in his essays.  This particular one has a lot more 'local' implications than you think.

...Public policy is about trade-offs. In a liberal democracy, the people, through their representatives, wrangle over these trade-offs and arrive at a compromise that satisfies most people well enough to keep the peace. Logic is not what drives these deliberations. Tradition, culture and vested interests play the leading roles. Smart people know how to create a better health system, for example, but getting everyone to go along with it is impossible.....

Think about that.

OK, now here's the reason he brought it up.

...Technocracy has no mechanism for this. It is the sterile decision making of bureaucrats insulated from the consequences of their policy choices. The managerial state has the added defect of bestowing a form of tenure on its members. No matter how much they screw up, they never lose anything but some face....

...Inevitably, people begin to look at the managerial class the same way the commoners looked at the aristocracy in 18th century France. The average citizen of a Western country feels as if they are ruled by strangers. The result is the rising tide of populism we are seeing, which is nothing like the top-down variant a century ago. The Italian vote was not about nationalism, It was about rejecting rule by strangers. It is why Trump will be the next president and Britain will leave Europe....

Understand that "technocracy" is the result of Wilsonian "expert-ism" which is now rampant in D.C. and--for that matter--the States and even municipalities.  It is CERTAINLY rampant in the education establishment, right down to the local school districts--which are given over to the Technocrats by the local 'board' which 'has control.'

Either 'tradition, culture, and vested interests' win at the ballot box, or they win by alternative means, which is usually brass, lead, and powder.  The first is preferable, ne c'est pas?

Monday, December 05, 2016

Andrew Breitbart, Prophet

He's dead, of course.

But he knew.  Start the tape around 42 seconds and--yup--you'll hear the (D) harpies' refrain (and that of certain nearby #NeverTrump critters, too.)

Andrew's response is epic.  And he's right.

Why Does 'Popcorn Robin' Love Spending?

At some point in time, one has to ask a question:  what fixation does 'Popcorn Robin' Vos have about spending taxpayer money??

He insists that there will be new revenues for his road-building pals.  And at the same time, he completely ignores Walker's "offset" statements--as though the only thing to do is simply spend (and tax) more.

A couple of pretty smart financial guys have stepped in and said--clearly--what Popcorn Robin's road-builder pals' tax increase REALLY means.  Vos was left with his jaw slackened....while he fished around for a couple of standard platitudes.  Think he meant them?  Wanna bet?


Pipeline Protest Lies: There Are Lots of Them!

As usual, the Left lies.  A lot.  And that applies to the pipeline protest, too.

Here's a FACT:

...The pipeline will not be constructed on native land, but on private property north of the Standing Rock reservation...


...Nor will the pipeline harm the water supply, as it will be built underneath the Missouri River. If the protesters are truly that worried about the safety of the local water supply, they might try lobbying for extra layers of pipe, so if there is a breach the pipeline can be shut off before the water can be contaminated. Indeed, there are already six other pipelines in the area, none of which were protested for their supposed danger to public safety....

Even more, yet!!!:

...The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers held 389 meetings with 55 tribes to confer on the DAPL. In addition, 29 open houses, public meetings, and regulatory hearings were held throughout the four states where the pipeline travels. The Three Affiliated Tribes of North Dakota even voted unanimously to approve the project on Dec. 2, 2015...

Obozo ordered the Army Corps of Engineers to stop the project.  A new Commander-in-Chief may reverse that order, or fire his way down the chain-of-command until the Corps gets the idea.

As a Matter of Fact, Your Eminence....

Here's a revealing statement from a new Cardinal:

...The Prefect for Laity, the Family and Life "criticised opponents of Amoris Laetitia for closing their minds to 'certain nuances that exist in the life of people'. He went on to observe that its critics "wished the world were 'more perfect then it truly is'".....

Well, as a matter of fact, Your Eminence, that 'more perfect' thing is precisely the object of the entire economy of salvation.  We do not pray for a less perfect world, do we?

But perhaps you forgot that while you were fiddling with the curriculum in the Dallas Seminary, eh?

"Bitter" Cold? Please, Buttercup....!

Must be some sort of newbie to the Milwaukee-area weather biz.

After the headline about "BITTER COLD" we are told this:

...Highs struggle to reach the 30s midweek....

That's the 30's ABOVE zero, folks.

Maybe Miss Buttercup will revise her definition of "bitter" after a week or so of below-0-degree HIGH temperatures.  Yes, that's happened, right here in Milwaukee.  You can look it up.

How About That Same-Sex "Marriage" Thing, Eh??

This remark:

...BuzzFeed can’t argue that the same-sex marriage issue is ethically settled, because it isn’t for a sizable population of our country and our world. It is no longer okay—indeed, it never was—to write cutesy articles shaming religious people as homophobic for simply being one of the many millions of Americans in 2016 who attend a religious congregation that does not support same-sex marriage. That is not a good move for activism or journalism....

comes from a surprising source:  gay columnist B. Ambrosino of the WaPo.

He's right, and we could argue that he's a lot more right than even HE wants to admit; for if you take the 'our world' phrase literally, 'gay marriage' supporters drop to an infinitesimal percentage--maybe 2-3%--and that's a generous guess.

This is a matter which Trump, Walker, and most (R) politicians do NOT want to face head-on, period.  In fact, most mainstream religious 'leaders' won't touch it with a 10-foot pole, either.  They're happy to hide behind Obergefell and shut up.

What IS 'settled'?  The laws of Nature and Nature's God.  And it's not good to try to fool Mother Nature.

HT:  CNSNews

Priebus Bitch-Slaps MSM. They Deserve It

The transcript will tell you ALL you need to know about "Dickerson"--whoever that is--and the MSM in general.

DICKERSON: Let me ask you, as the incoming chief of staff, what do you do when he says something like millions of voters voted illegally in California when you know that’s not true?

PRIEBUS:  Well, I don’t know if that’s in the true, john. i saw there was an article in the “Wall Street Journal” the other day, and it had a certain percentage of people that are voting that shouldn’t be voting. There are estimates all over the map on that. Here’s the problem, no one really knows....

"You know that's not really true...."  A more pointed response from Priebus could have been this:  "And YOU know, Dickerson, with absolute certainty, that it is NOT true?"  IOW, show him for the damn fool he really is...

The intelligent question would have been something like "...what is your thought on the question of illegal votes?  Is it really in the millions?"

But hey.  Another thing that Dickerson(s) everywhere know:  Trump voter is racist.

Because.  Racist.

Althouse, on the other hand, bitch-slaps Priebus.  Althouse is Law School Faculty, Priebus is just a grad of law school, you understand.

Sunday, December 04, 2016

The Muslim Brotherhood (Again)

Let's for a moment fuggedabout Trump and recall what this nation faces:

...The Muslim Brotherhood, founded in 1928 by the Egyptian scholar Hassan al-Banna, is a Sunni-supremacist organization operating under the motto: “Allah is our objective; the Qur’an is the Constitution; the Prophet is our leader; jihad is our way; death for the sake of Allah is our wish.” It is linked at various levels of intimacy to Hamas — which is an immediate offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood — along with sundry Sunni extremist groups, one or two degrees of separation removed from al-Shabaab, al-Qaeda, and the like. But its reach is sprawling, and it also is closely linked with such purportedly respectable Islamic organizations as the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which our Andrew C. McCarthy rightly describes as “a Muslim Brotherhood creation conceived to be a Western-media-savvy shill for Islamic supremacism in general and Hamas in particular....

As you recall, Sunni Muslims run Saudi Arabia.  Shi'ite Muslims run Iran.  That's not meant to be a comprehensive mapping, but it's useful to recall.

These are not nice people.  The red-highlighted motto above is a very clear demonstration that politics follows culture, which follows cult:  Muhammedanism is the cult, and the Q'ran is the politics--along with that messy stuff about jihad and death.

Yah.  Death.  You might want to think about that.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Trump Targeting Rexnord Next

RedState provides some crappy information, but y'all know who this player really is--and where they are really based.

President-elect Donald apparently targeting another Indiana company for its decision to move jobs out of the country....Rexnord is an Indianapolis based machine parts manufacturing company. Reports suggest that they are planning to move approximately 300 union jobs and 80 managerial jobs to Mexico....

The Indy division is the old Rex-PT, acquired in 1988.  The history here is ironic:

...Interestingly, PT Components had a history longer than and somewhat parallel to that of Rexnord. It was originally founded in the 1870s as Ewart Manufacturing Company in Indianapolis, Indiana, by W.D. Ewart, a co-worker of Rexnord's founder, C.W. LeValley. Ewart had beaten inventor LeValley in the race to patent detachable link belts, but LeValley discovered a way to develop a link belt product that did not infringe on Ewart's patent and established his own company. The two companies were competitors in this field. Ewart Manufacturing later became the Link Belt Company and eventually PT Components....

Well, anyway, we'll see what happens with the TrumpTweet.  To all the pure, 'wind-driven snow' libertarian capital-firsters out there like Levin, this will be another bloody rape scene.  To the 400 or so Rex/Indy employees, not so much.

By the way, those capital-firsters are not doing their Libertarian homework very well:

...Decades ago, economists like Mises and Rothbard were already arguing that tax breaks are not economically or ethically equivalent to receiving subsidies. Simply put, being permitted to keep your income is not the same as taking it from competitors. Exemptions and loopholes do not forcibly redistribute wealth; taxes and subsidies do, thereby benefiting some producers at the expense of others....

IOW, it really isn't the Gummint's money to give in the first damn place.

Elector Threats in PA: The (D) Governor Helped

Now that Pennsylvania has an ex-Peace Corps guy as Governor, its (R) electors are finding out what "peace" really means.  (Hint:  think Chisholm/Schmitz without the armored-cops-midnight-raids.)

...Previously, the Pennsylvania Department of State redacted everything except for names for these types of requests,” said state GOP spokeswoman Megan Sweeney…

“These electors were never on the ballot, nor were they ever candidates,” Sweeney said.

“Nevertheless, Governor Tom Wolf’s Department of State chose to break with precedent and release the phone numbers and home addresses of Pennsylvania’s twenty electors.”...PennLive quoted at HotAir

Who knows?  Maybe those armored midnight raids are yet to come.  

Surprise!! Dirtball Harry Reid's State Had Vote Fraud

Given what we know about Dirtball Harry, this is not likely "fake news."

...Republican Assembly Candidate for District 15, Stan Vaughan [  ] had actual proof of the massive voter fraud in his Clark County district.  A total number of 17,086 votes were cast in the District for both Republican and Democrat candidates. However, when confirmation letters were sent to the voters in the District, the US postal service returned mail from 9,200 of these voters.

Vaughn found that many of the people who are listed as deceased are still on the active voter rolls. Many of the returned mail came back with 5 people living in a vacant lot with no mail receptacle.  Edward Snowden, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and dozens of movie stars were registered to vote in District 15 according to Mr. Vaughan....

Now, then.  Trump lost Nevada by about 27,000 votes.  We can safely speculate that 1/3rd of that total came from just one small Assembly district.  Wouldn't be hard to find another 18,000 grave-registrations in the whole State, would it?

Friday, December 02, 2016

Same-Sex Parenting: Emo Incubation Hothouses

Just one chart:

You won't see that in the pages of the Milwaukee Urinal/Sentinel, will you??


Are "Economists" Idiots?

You can read the below post to get a bit more perspective, but here's a headline which speaks to the Brilliance of Free-Market Economists:

since 2014, the US had added 571,000 waiters and bartenders, and has lost 34,000 manufacturing workers.

Yah, that's real progress.

For the Naive: Politics Trumps Economics

We got another lecture this morning from a RadioMouth who quoted an Economist (you should be impressed) to the effect that the Trump/Carrier deal was 'government picking winners and losers' through tax incentives.

No shit, Sherlock.

This revelation was followed by Dark and Thinly-Disguised Warnings about Obozo's Solyndra failure (your money down the crapper)--which, of course, is completely unrelated because Carrier actually has a going business whereas Solyndra was a pipe-dream of the Warmists.  Big difference.

Then followed more Dark Warnings about Nixon's  EPA.  I suppose that the RadioMouth thinks that US citizens favor dumping lead waste into rivers and lakes, or prefer the atmospheric conditions of Gary, IN., around 1965, or maybe a Continuous Fire on Lake Erie because... Profits.


Let's look at another small example.  US citizens who pay attention to car-stuff know that the V-8 engine produced today gets about twice the fuel economy as those produced in the '60's--and also gets more horsepower and torque.  They also notice that the little bitty 4-cylinder engines get well into the 30's-MPG and--by the way--get the same or better HP and torque as did many of the V-8's produced in the '60's, too.

Is the EPA a rogue agency?  Yes, it is.  I have called for it to be eliminated in the past.  (Rhetoric, mostly.)  WHY is the EPA a rogue agency?  Because "conservatives" in Congress have continued to fund it despite its ridiculous assertions about its powers--reified by Federal Courts despite the fact that "conservatives" in Congress can remove EPA from FedCourt jurisdiction any time that want to.

So in fact, politics trump economics.

Now we have a man who was elected because he happens to think that the interests of 1,000 US citizens are a bit more important than $7million.  Let's run the math:  at an average of $25.00/hour, those 1,000 workers will haul in about $52million/year and pay SS, Fed, State taxes of around 25% of that--for a Gummint-revenue haul of $6.0 million NET, first-year.

Looks astute to me.  But then, RadioMouths and Economists--they don't do math very well.  And I won't even bring up the Miller Park thing, hey.....

Sometimes they don't get "US Interests" very well, either.  That's why Trump won.  Can you hear him now??

UPDATE:  A lot more on the topic here, with the VERY useful observation that sending manufacturing out of the country (for any reason or no reason) will have horrific effects on defense.  But YOU know that, unlike Economists, right?

Oh, Yah, It's All "RAAAAAAACIST!!!!"

This "racism" getting tiresome.

Especially from the intellectualoids who are Massive Fails in critical analysis.

Jim Webb's Analysis

Most of you know who Jim Webb is--but the quick/dirty political comparison is "Pat Caddell."  However, Webb is a decorated (Silver Star) USMC veteran who served as SecNav in the Reagan Administration, later becoming a (D) Senator from Virginia.  Webb spoke at The American Conservative's foreign-policy event a week after the election.

...The basic unavoidable conclusion is that for a very long time both parties abandoned the hardworking people out in fly-over land, who have done so much to make this country great. It took an outsider, whatever his wealth and lack of government experience or credentials, to speak the truth unencumbered by the boundaries of political correctness, and the need to grovel before millionaires in order to finance an election.

I attempted to do this as a Democrat, I quickly learned the power of pay-to-play political machines in an era where it takes either a billion dollars or a lot of luck on social media. With few exceptions, we know in this country that a hardwired elite now controls or dramatically influences our media, major media, our financial institutions, and in many ways our political system itself...

Yup.  And with specific reference to war, a topic Webb knows about:

...Look for a moment at the most glaring foreign policy failures of the past 15 years. Ask yourselves how could one Republican presidential administration have made such an incredible strategic blunder as the invasion and occupation of Iraq, only to see the next Democratic administration make an equally grave strategic blunder, at least as bad and possibly worse, by initiating what was called the Arab Spring? Unilaterally intervening in Libya and instilling an inflammatory foreign policy concept known as humanitarian intervention, giving a president, any president, the power to unilaterally intervene anywhere, under the euphemistic rubric of responsibility to protect.

Responsibility of whom to protect whom? At whose risk and whose benefit?

Good questions!  Anyone get Krauthammer or Kristol to answer them lately?

HT:  Grim

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Red Flags on Auto Loans

This little item is an alarm bell.

...According to, about 32% of all vehicles traded in on a new vehicle through September this year were “upside down.”...That negative equity averaged $4,832. In short, add $5K to the price of that next vehicle being purchased....

There's more, and here's where it gets interesting:

...The result? The monthly payment on a new vehicle loan is $505 — the highest level ever, Edmunds notes. That higher-than-ever payment is because the average new auto loan was $29,880 in the second quarter of this year,...The average new car loan is for 68 months, but subprime borrowers are getting loans averaging 72 months, or six years. And longer terms are becoming more and more popular. According to Experian, extended loans, ranging from 73 to 84 months, accounted for more than a quarter of all new vehicle loans in 2015.....

IOW, buyers are making the assumption that their "coverage" (income/debt) will be just fine for up to seven years--and lenders are perfectly happy to agree.

But those "lenders" are not Banks.  They are investors who have purchased 'bundles' of car loans. 

Just like the 'investors' who bought bundles of mortgages back in the early-to-mid 2000's.  Remember??

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Still Waiting, Wiggy

Several days back Wiggy published an item in which he VERY carefully stated that Bannon gave 'racists' a platform at Breitbart--but did not say directly that Bannon is a racist.

Of course.

I called Wiggy on it.

He has yet to come up with names of racists who write for Breitbart.  I don't know what else 'giving a platform' could possibly mean, although the NYTimes-circumlocution game he played in his original post might provide a clue.

Why do we bring this up?

 ...Breitbart has been condemned for featuring racist, sexist and anti-Semitic content....AP, quoted at PowerLine.

What does PowerLine have to say about that AP slander?

...Really? Condemned by whom? For what? The AP ritually recites these allegations against the site without citing any evidence whatsoever. The claims are false, if not ridiculous. But readers who rely on America’s daily newspapers won’t know this....

Nor readers of Wiggy's blog, we should add.

Monday, November 28, 2016

U-Verse Mourns the Loss of Castro

U-verse, the ATT cable outlet, is apparently in mourning for the loss of Castro, who designed their network TO FAIL DURING THE PACKERS GAME.


The Green Tactic: Void Wisconsin's Vote

To the great surprise of many, both (R) and (D), Wisconsin's popular vote went to the Republican candidate this year.

That didn't sit well with the Progressives of the Green hue nor Blue.  (Whether Stein is a stalking horse for Hildebeeste or not is irrelevant, although the Party of Moore, Baldwin, Doyle and Chisholm announced that it will be 'involved.')


At first, the scheme seemed to have the aim of tossing foo-foo dust in the air, thus making it seem that the vote was .......illicit....... or something.  But now it's clear:  that's not the only game here. 

They want a HAND recount, which will take a long, long, time.  Maybe even enough time to prevent certification of Wisconsin's electors--which should happen by December 13th.  The Left is hoping that Wisconsin (and Michigan, and Pennsylvania) cannot make that happen.

If the certifications are not timely, neither candidate will win 270; thus the election is tossed into Congress.  Trump will emerge as the victor, of course, with a solid (R) majority in the House.  (Pence will be nominated by the Senate in a separate vote.)

THEN the Left will claim that "It's Political" and continue their campaign against Trump.

If you thought listening to that howling bitch during the campaign was torture, having another four years of it is probably not what you want for Christmas.  But you may get it!!