Saturday, September 13, 2014

GROUNDSKEEPER WILLIE SAYS AYE



In a mere five days, Scots shall take to their voting booths to decide whether or not Scotland secedes from the United Kingdom.

The makers of the long-running FOX Television series the Simpsons have seized the day to promote their show with recurring character, Groundskeeper Willie, a fierce, ex-pat Scotsman living in the fictional world of Springfield, USA. Watch the clip below.

For a slightly serious view on the matter, check out BRAVEHEARTS. SCOTS SERIOUSLY SEEK INDEPENDENCE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN AWHILE.


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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

WE INTERRUPT YOUR PROGRAMMING TO BRING YOU OUR LATEST WAR AGAINST ISLAMIC JIHADISTS, ISIS, OH AND SYRIA

This evening, Obama interrupted Americans to announce that Obama has agreed to involve the United States in a war against the unrecognized country of the Islamic State. As well, Obama has called for a war against the sovereign nation of Syria, a people who have done nothing against Americans.



Obama opened his speech with the Tricky Dick Nixon sounding, "My fellow Americans." Obama then went on to make the dubious claim that Americans are safer because of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. If Americans are safer because of Iraq, then why is Obama calling for re-engagement in Iraq?

Foolishly, Obama said ISIS is not Islamic. Yet, the first I in ISIS stands for Islamic. ISIS is an acronym for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

ISIS is the epitome of what it means to be Muslim and Islamic. According to the writers of Wikipedia, an Islamic state is a state that has adopted Islam, specifically Sharia, as its foundations for political institutions, or laws, exclusively, and has implemented the Islamic ruling system khilafah and is therefore a theocracy.

Sharia is the official basis for state laws in the following countries: Afghanistan (29.82 million), Iran (76.42 million), Mauritania (3.796 million), Saudi Arabia (28.29 million), Somalia (10.2 million), Sudan (37.2 million), and Yemen (23.85 million). Islam is the official religion of Pakistan (179.2 million) and its Federal Shariat Court has the duty of striking down any law not complying with the Sharia Islamic law.

Right now, roughly 24% of Muslims worldwide live under theocracy. ISIS has invaded Syria (22.4 million) and Iraq (32.58 million) to yoke another 3% under theocratic Islamic Law.

It's quite likely at least another 25% to 30% would like to live under Sharia law right now. So at least half of the so-called Muslim world favor the action of ISIS. That is a whopping 810 million on this earth or more than 2.5 times as many Americans favor living under an Islamic state.

In his speech, Obama listed the atrocities of ISIS — threatening those who are not Sunni Muslims with genocide, execution of prisoners, killing of children, raping of women, forcing women into marriages. In short, Obama pointed out that ISIS are Muslims who are carrying out Islamic jihad, though Obama failed to name it for what it is — Islamic jihad.

Only last Wednesday, Reuters reported on the father and brothers of a pregnant Pakistani woman stoned to death by them in broad daylight outside the Lahore high court in a so-called honor killing merely because the woman refused to marry her cousin in a marriage arranged by her father.

According to TheReligionofPeace.com, 

the Quran contains at least 109 verses that call Muslims to war with nonbelievers for the sake of Islamic rule.  Some are quite graphic, with commands to chop off heads and fingers and kill infidels wherever they may be hiding.  Muslims who do not join the fight are called 'hypocrites' and warned that Allah will send them to Hell if they do not join the slaughter.
In Frontpage Mag, Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam, wrote:

The distinctions between ISIS, Al Qaeda, Hamas, the rest of the Muslim Brotherhood or your friendly CAIR rep next door involve how to get to that endgame of a theocracy. Everything else is just tactics and details.
You’re not going to talk the other side out of their theocracy. ISIS believes that it’s already so near to the endgame that expediency is unnecessary. That it cannot be stopped. Which also means that ISIS cannot be reasoned with in the usual conventional ways.

Obama said, "the greatest threats come from the Middle East and North Africa," which is about the only claim Obama has right.  Almost everywhere you look on the earth, where there is significant conflict, you will find Muslims involved (see the CFR's Global Conflict Tracker and Wikipedia's List of Ongoing Conflicts). Muslim proclaimed terrorist and insurgent groups stirring up trouble and murdering innocents the earth over dominate the country-by-country listing of warring hot spots according to WarsintheWorld.com.

By laying out his plan, Obama announced that he shall command the U.S. Air Force to fly air strikes inside the sovereign borders of Syria. As well, Obama said he has been using the U.S. military to assist what he calls the "Syrian opposition." As Syria is a sovereign country, assisting rebels in a war is akin to assisting terrorists. Now, Obama has called on Congress for more spending to advance the cause of terrorists against sovereign Syrian government.

Obama was quick to denounce the Syrian president, Assad, who, quite likely is an evil guy. But Kim Jong-un, the leader of communist North Korea is a bad guy too and yet Obama isn't calling on Congress for war powers to topple him.

Americans shouldn't be on the hook to have the economy further wrecked because foreign policy wonks believe it's in the interest of U.S. registered corporate entities to control the Middle East. And as despicable as ISIS is, ISIS is a problem for the Saudi Arabians, the Kuwaitis, the Syrians, the Iraqis, and everyone else who lives in the Middle East.

Obama also has gotten it right when he said, "we cannot do for Iraqis what they must do for themselves, nor can we take the place of Arab partners in securing their region." The Sunni Saudis and Kuwaitis and their hated Shia neighbors, the Iranians, have the most to lose if ISIS were to prevail.

Many act as apologists for the warring, world-domination questing cult Mohammad created because of their anti-Christian or anti-Jewry ideological worldview. Often, such apologists are atheists or agnostics or suffer from silly-minded Western New Ageism fawning over eastern religions like Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

Mohammad's cult appeals to masses of ignorant men precisely because as cult members, they get to lord over their women, abusing their women with impunity, even though they continue to count little in the political establishment hierarchy.

When political leaders can't confiscate property through taxation because people have so little property (right of ownership) in so few possessions, politicians must resort to other means to appeal to would-be supporters. Under Mohammadism that appeal is made by conferring lording status to males over their households.

By their propaganda of "the religion of peace," Muslim leaders mean that all who remain will have peace when everyone believes as these leaders dictate precisely because everyone else who refused to join their cult will have been killed off. In their quest for Sharia rule, at least 800 million of the 1.62 billion Muslim world worship a devil of an idea, a Satan of a doctrine, an evil jinn that has no respect for individualism and self-sovereignty, no respect for free-will that many see given as a gift from an all-loving creator.

The right policy for the U.S. political establishment is to isolate Sharia-law Muslims from partaking in world markets and thus the world economy. It is time to block imports from all Sharia-law Muslim countries and prohibit exports to the same. It is time to isolate the violent Muslim world bent on control under the guise of jihad.

Instead, if the U.S. political establishment were to make peace with the Russians and then make the Russians Americans' biggest ally, Americans could isolate the whole Muslim Middle East, the source of worldwide craziness.

NPR has a transcript of Obama's speech.


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Saturday, September 6, 2014

BRAVEHEARTS. SCOTS SERIOUSLY SEEK INDEPENDENCE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN AWHILE.



A poll for the Sunday Times declares that 51% of Scottish voters plan to vote for their independence from English dominance. This is the first time Yes voters have taken the lead since polling began. Sky News reports No voters lost a a 22-point lead within the past month.

Those seeking to maintain English sovereignty over the Scots desperately have taken to using ex-soccer players to pitch a no vote.

EU parliamentarians have tried to scare the Scots with the fear that a sovereign Scotland could get forced to wait five years before getting back into the EU. Scots should ignore that fear mongering and sign unilateral trade deals with the Norwegians, the Icelanders and yes, the English.

As I say always in such matters, it's not so much about territory. It's about people. The political establishment hates losing people because they hate losing the ability to control property of others and thus the ability to scoop up taxes, which are an unearned share of profits taken by force if necessary.

Englanders produce 85% of UK GDP. Scots produce 9%. No one has produced a study, much less a valid one, showing what part of England GDP arises from Scots and what part of Scotland GDP arises from the English.

The downside for Scots is a push by Scots to have a bigger, socialist state. Likely, the wrong Scotsmen would come to power and run into the ground an independent Scotland.

A recurrent theme expressed by likely YES voters in reporting is their anger of National Health Service (NHS) welfare spending cuts. Scots seem bent on more socialism and more political involvement in their lives and thus a weaker economy with less freedom for each man and each woman.

The Washington Post reports that if Britain were a U.S. state, it would be the second-poorest, behind Alabama and before Mississippi.  The Guardian reports that Scots GDP per head is $2,980 higher than British. Likely, the poorer Northern Irish, the Welsh, and every Englishman not living in London or South East are pulling down the British GDP per cap relative to Scots GDP per cap.

Should the Scots leave the UK, the EU overlords claim that action automatically kicks out the Scots from the EU. A Scots exit from the EU could mean a British exit from the EU. Together, both might be the tipping point for other exits.

Even if the Scots secede, the Scots, the English, the Welsh and Northern Irish have good reason to enter into a mutual defense union along with an open trade agreement as opposed to managed trade hiding under the rubric of "Free Trade Agreement". However, Scots would do better if they had their own banking system with their own cash.

Unfortunately, Scots have expressed the desire to remain in the British banking system with the British pound as their cash. Thus, Scots won't get the most important benefit from secession. In fact, without a standalone banking system, Scots won't gain true secession.

Perhaps, as an alternative to an independent Scotland, all Brits should gather around to hold a constitutional convention to instill liberty and hobble politicians, establishing a federal system for Brits along the lines of what Canadians have or Australians have.

Regardless of the outcome, Brits ought to exit the European Union. Instead, Brits ought to join the  European Economic Area (EEA) and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), gaining all of the benefits of harmonized trade with other Europeans without the loss of sovereignty.

And considering the relative per capita income of the British, perhaps Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland should dissolve the United Kingdom and become states of the United States.

Scots hold their independence referendum on Thursday, September 18, 2014.


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Friday, September 5, 2014

I'M ON MY WAY HOME SWEET HOME. STUPID DOG.



There isn't a shortage of best places to live articles and publications on the net — Livability's Top 100 Best Places to Live, AreaVibes' Best Cities in America, Coldwell-Banker's Best Places to Live. On August 18, 2014, the Tax Policy Blog of the Tax Foundation published the poorly titled work, The Real Value of $100 in Each State, in which writers Alan Cole, Lyman Stone, Richard Borean reveal the the relative buying power of $100 for each state.



On August 26, 2014, NerdWallet published a work, Best Cities for Quality of Life, which claims to reveal which cities offer better overall lifestyles than other cities. Amusingly, the NerdWallet study lists Buffalo, New York, as the sixth best city in America in which to live. Buffalo!

Let’s look at population trends for City of Buffalo and the Buffalo-Niagara region.
Peak population for the Buffalo-Niagara region happened in 1970 when population tallied to 1,349,211. By the 2010 census, the Buffalo-Niagara lost a whopping -15.8% of it’s population, falling at a yearly clip of -3.4%.

The City of Buffalo fared even worse. The 1970 population tallied to 462,768. It has since fallen a whopping -43.5% falling at an annual clip of -10.8%.

When people go, they take their bank credits with themselves. Ever lessening credit in circulation means ever declining living standard for those who stay.

Looking at the published methodology of NerdWallet reveals huge flaws. For the 100 largest American cities, those at NerdWallet equally weight these factors:
  • Mean weekly hours worked
  • Mean commute time to work 
  • Median annual rent as percentage of median income 
  • Percentage of residents with health insurance coverage 
  • Percentage of residents with income below the poverty level 
  • Unemployment rate of the metropolitan area, which could subsume the city

They chose mean weekly hours worked as if merely working somehow defines quality of living. Almost everyone works as a means to other ends.

They chose percentage of population with medical bills paying insurance, which they wrongly name "health insurance coverage". How does having insurance contribute to a "better overall lifestyle" the study purports?

Here are better metrics:

  • number of job openings at or above the average wage for Americans
  • growth or decline rate of number of job openings at or above the average wage for Americans
  • purchasing power each $100 perhaps for market basket consisting of a gallon of gasoline, a square foot of average rent, a pound of beef, a pound of chicken, a kilowatt of electricity, a BTU of heat
  • dollar sum of net exports
  • average number of degree days 10 °C (50 °F) or above
  • average number of sunny days
  • square footage of hired retail space
  • square footage of hired entertainment space
  • square footage of available recreational space
  • travel distance to a major body of water
  • travel distance to a quality ski resort
  • number of national parks and major state parks within a two-hour drive
  • number of violent crimes each 100 residents (murder, rape, assault, armed robbery)
  • number of government employees per 100 residents as a proxy for regulation
Let's face it. If you can't work, if you can work but only at low wages or if politicians confiscate a good part of your earnings, it's going to be hard to enjoy your after-hours. Likewise, if it takes too long to hit a beach, a snowboard slope or a park where you can be alone, you would be living in the middle of nowhere. 


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LIKE A BAD ADVERTISER, STATE FARM IS THERE

So last night, during TV coverage of the 2014-15 NFL season Kickoff game between the Seahawks and Packers, NBC aired a State Farm insurance commercial featuring Packers' quarterback Aaron Rodgers.  The ad "creatives" from DDB Chicago dug up from the graveyard of not funny comedy, ex-Saturday Night Live actors Dana Carvey and Kevin Nealon portraying their skit-recurring characters Hans and  Franz, who Carvey and Nealon loosely modeled on actor Arnold Schwarzenegger from his Mr. Olympia days.



Everyone sneered in my house while watching this ad, an ad lacking creativity and more importantly, lacking any impetus to buy. The ad continues the bad trend in TV advertising of pseudo-entertainment with failed attempts at comedy.

In authentic comedy, the main story agent must face a struggle, surrounded by amusing, unexpected circumstances, which makes action of the story agent ludicrous. Most importantly, at the end, the story agent must arrive at the same place where he started. There is neither victory nor tragedy in comedy.

As I wrote in GUINNESS AD GETS DRUNK ON PATRIOTISM, a great ad does this and this alone: It puts the one seeing the ad into a wanted future and in so doing, triggers that one to act now in effort to get that future. This State Farm ad fails to lead anyone into belief of a wanted future.

This State Farm ad relies on testimonial through innuendo implying famed NFL QB Aaron Rodgers has his insurance through State Farm, so you should too. The ad fails to paint a mind picture for anyone about their future. Instead, the ad ends with a useless voice-over, punning on the phrase "pump you up."

Such an ad should make anyone wonder if John Maxham, Barry Burdiak, John Hayes, Brian Boord, Andrew Bloom, Chad Broude, and Nathan Monteith — the so-called creatives of DDB Chicago (credits) — understand how effective advertising works.

Watch the ad in all of its fail glory.


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Thursday, September 4, 2014

ILLEGAL SCHMEGAL. IT'S NO FUN BEING AN ILLEGAL ALIEN. OBAMA HAS BEEN WIMPY FOR OVER FIVE YEARS



Back on Oct 23, 2012, I wrote this for G+.

"I can promise that I will try to do it in the first year of my second term. The challenge we've got on immigration reform is very simple. I've got a majority of Democrats who are prepared to vote for it, and I've got no Republicans who are prepared to vote for it." ~ President Obama

Someone ought to tell the purported constitutional "scholar" that Obama can do something right now. According to Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution, Obama has:

...Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.

In short, Obama can pardon — grant official forgiveness for an acknowledged crime — and once he does, Obama waives all punishment for illegal aliens as lawbreakers. In turn, all illegals would need to do is to surrender to a government office and sign a confession for their crime of entering into the U.S.A. illegally. BAM! And then illegals get an instant path to citizenship.

That Obama has not done so speaks to his craftiness of using illegal immigration as voting getting stance. Also, that Obama has not done so speaks to his cowardly ways as a purported leader.



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NASA RELEASES EXPENSIVE PROPAGANDA CAMPAIGN AGAINST AMERICANS PAID FOR BY TAXES AND BORROWING



However interesting it is to see the earth from far above, this short YouTube clip released by NASA is little more than propaganda to encourage sci-fi people (skiffies) to keep paying taxes and to keep pressuring congressmen to up the NASA budget.

It's all too convenient when the deficit-funded spaceman mentions the small USA cities of Lancaster and Palmdale in the high desert of Southern California above Los Angeles, specifically mentioning those are the cities where the no-longer-in-service NASA space shuttles were built. Of course, the NASA spaceman narrator has hinted that building shuttles means jobs.





NASA is not unique in this respect. Almost every government agency authorized by Congress engages in propaganda against Americans to encourage Americans to keep demanding government managed services.

Americans get encouraged to join de facto groups as well as formal pressure groups, which exist solely to lobby Congress for the incessant spending and expansion of budgets for whatever their pet desires might be.

That is the essence of corporatism. That is what corporatism means. Corporatism means living by organizing into groups on the basis of allied interests and seeking codified (legalized) status and privilege for being a member of that group. Most often organization arises around these: academic, agricultural, industrial, ethnic, labor and military.

Corporatist-indoctrinated Americans are so easily suckered by feel-good, apple pie, nationalistic propaganda. Most often, these kinds of Americans are the first to shout, "There ought to be a law" whenever their indoctrinated beliefs, which define their faux morals and irreality, get challenged by the living ways of others.

Americans will continue to live under the yoke of Congress and all of the lesser, petty legislative houses of their states and counties and cities as long as such entities can use taxes and borrowing to pay for propaganda to gain for support by factional Americans.

Likely, most Americans never have heard of James Madison, the fourth President of the United States. Historians consider Madison as the "father of the Constitution" as well as one of the anonymous writers of the Federalist Papers, the newspaper essays written to convince Americans to support the passage of the second constitution of the United States of America.

Madison wrote the tenth essay, today known as Federalist 10. In the essay, Madison warned against special interest groups who would pursue the group interest over the general welfare of all Americans and the individual rights as well as each one's indivbidual liberty.

If you don't know the difference between right and liberty, the latter also said freedom, then read LAW VS JUSTICE. GOVERNMENT VS SOCIETY. POLITICS VS YOU.

Here is the text of Federalist 10. If you only ever read one Federalist Papers' essay, this is the one to read.

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