Friday, December 30, 2016

NOBEL PEACE PRIZE WINNER receives another award:

Jimmy Carter also won a Nobel Peace Prize....
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: A Preview of Obama’s Post-Presidency. If the link doesn't work, a back door may be here.

The comments were mostly pro-Trump, but I found this Obama advocate's comment interesting:
Well, I don't know about you, but we're up 150% in our 401k plans and our kids are home safely from the war GWB started for no reason. Thanks to Obama for pulling us out of the financial pit the Bush administration put us in, saving the auto industry and providing health care for millions.
Looking back at the data using the Dow Jones Industrial Average as a proxy, the average market growth rate over almost any multi-year period is about 7.2% - or 174% over the 8 years of the Obama admininstation. Looking at just the Obama years, the average growth rate has been 10.6% - or 224%. Looks like our Obama acolyte is not the sharpest knife in the investment drawer, since 150% is just slightly better than the return of 10-year treasury bonds.

Another interesting point: since the beginning of the Eisenhower administration (1953), the average growth rate for Democrat administrations is 9.6%; that for Republican administrations, 6.8%. So if the stock market is a proxy for wealth then Democrats, not Republicans, are the 'party of the rich'.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Monday, December 19, 2016

AS THEY SOBER UP, the Democrat hangover is on the way.

I'm not convinced. I think they'll keep swilling the joy juice.
REVENGE OF THE NERDS: Whatever will we do without the cool kids in charge?

Succeed, perhaps?
THEY CAN'T HELP MAKING FOOLS OF THEMSELVES: Senate Democrats roll out 'divest or impeachment' bill.

Note the subtext of the post: if you are successful in business, you aren't qualified to hold political office.

Friday, December 16, 2016

KEEP DIVING, VOX: the deep end is down there somewhere.
MORE OF Heinlein's 'Crazy Years'.
FAA TO SANTA MONICA AIRPORT: Sorry, but you can't evict tenants just because they're 'politically incorrect'.
If the evictions go forward, the city plans to replace Atlantic and American Flyers with its own municipal aviation company and sell bio-fuel for jets and unleaded gas for propeller planes to reduce aircraft emissions. Federal law allows governments that operate airports to provide services themselves instead of relying on private companies.

The cease-and-desist order states that Santa Monica’s “unremitting effort” to remove critical aeronautical services and its “hostility” to the sale of leaded fuel still needed by many aircraft is “a clear contravention of law.”

The order notes that general aviation aircraft, business jets and turboprop aircraft cannot operate using the fuels approved by the City Council. It further states that the city has no desire to provide all the services offered by the companies, such as flight training.
ANOTHER VICTIM in the progressives' war on small business.
PITCHING IN to preserve aviation history.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

THOMAS SOWELL: Post-election, where are we?
A REPUBLICAN PARTY VICTORY: Pelosi clings to power.
ASCOT-WEARING, WINE-WIELDING, ANTI-TRUMP GRAFFITI LAWYER gets punished. Not enough. He should have been fired.
THE 404 ERROR MESSAGE: how the world-wide web came to be.
THE HIGHER EDUCATION ESTABLISHMENT: It's not about students; it's about us.
ANOTHER DIM DEMOCRAT attack on free speech.
OUR HOUSE every night. Still short by two after the recount.
THE CHILDREN are (still) having a tantrum.
IN PRAISE of crummy jobs.
WATCHING TELEVISION over the last month since the election, I think it's fair to say the Trump transition team's motto is 'Make Democrats Grate Again'.

Monday, December 12, 2016

FROM THE LEFT comes the argument that the Senate should reject [Cabinet] nominees who don’t favor the mission of the agencies they are to lead. To which I - and most of the commenters - respond: Nuts. We want to see the agencies put on a very short leash (Justice, for example) or preferably abolished outright (EPA, Education, among others).
WITH DONALD TRUMP a fresh wind is blowing through D.C.
IT'S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU PUBLISH FAKE NEWS: The credibility of Trump-bashing newspapers is gone for at least a generation.
MORE FODDER FOR THE RACE CARD: the White House invented an entirely new ethnic minority group. You can thank Ancestry and 23 and Me for the help....
DONALD TRUMP: the upside of 'animal spirits'.
IF DEMOCRATS are still confused as to why so many Americans have risen up to elect an unconventional outsider as President ... this picture explains why.

From my email.
FIGHT BACK AGAINST FAKE NEWS: avoid the mainstream media.
WHEN IT COMES TO WALLS, I'd prefer this one.

Or this one:

FAKE NEWS ALERT: Slate 'misinterprets' Kellyanne Conway; gets slapped down.

Sunday, December 11, 2016


Thought-free liberal condescension.
IS IT TIME to burn down the University? Maybe not, but it's certainly past time to rethink tenure.
TUCKER CARLSON: It's not a fact just because you say it is.
MORE LIKE A WHINE, I THINK: Barack Obama, out with a whimper.
DON SURBER has some thoughts on how the print media can survive.
PITY THE POOR LIBERALS: "They thought they were headed for the penthouse but they found themselves in the outhouse, and there’s no Charmin left to squeeze."
AMMO GRRRLL on cleaning the cupboard, literally and figuratively.
THE LEFT wins two 'green weenies' in one week.
IT'S THOSE TEAMS OF EDITORS & FACT-CHECKERS AGAIN: MSNBC anchor falsely claims Fox News holds it's Christmas Party at Donald Trump's Washington DC hotel.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

HARRY 'I Learned Nothing' REID, exits stage far left.

It's almost a pity he didn't stay in the Senate, because watching him, Nancy Pelosi, and Keith Ellison manning (personing?) the Democrat's steamshovel would be a joy to behold.
SCHADENFREUDE OVERLOAD: Senate Democrats lament fact Harry Reid’s leaving them powerless to stop Trump nominees.
'FAKE' NEWS: Is it really fake, or is it really real?
BELOW ZERO: Victor Davis Hanson assesses the Obama legacy.
YOU'RE DEAD? There's an app for that.
POWERLINE'S WEEK IN PICTURES Person of the Year edition is up. My favorite:

But Trump's wall is a close second. Go see them.
SO FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME I threw a few bucks into political contributions. The majority of my candidates won, and from Nov. 8th to date the return on those 'investments' has been about 7400%.

Not quite up to Hillary's 9,900% 'cattle futures' gain, but close.
PEACEFUL TRANSITION? Obama urges soldiers to question Trump’s authority, ‘criticize our President’. After January 20, 2017, of course....

Friday, December 09, 2016

CASSINI SPACECRAFT sends back intriguing pictures of Saturn from new ring-grazing orbit. More here.
LIVE FROM DES MOINES, Trump’s thank you tour.
DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS CHRISTMAS ... you might just find your tinsel in a twist.
BAD OMEN: McAuliffe’s Pet Chicken Named Hillary Died Before Election.

THE LEFT'S GAMBLES ... with your life.
THIS IS WHAT your child may learn in college.
ANDREW KLAVAN on NYT columnist Paul Krugman.

Inconsistency is the hobgoblin of 'great' minds....
IF YOU WANT TO DUMP KELLOGGS for their dissing of Breitbart News, here are the products you'll never need in your shopping cart again.

I'm getting rather tired of businesses 'virtue signalling' in place of selling me things I need/want - especially those who will make a contribution to a charity of their choice with my money.

Time to punch back and kick 'em in their profits.
LIBERALS: condescending, certain, and incoherent.

Thursday, December 08, 2016

LOOKS LIKE THE DESIGNER BOYCOTT is ending. I suspect the 'fashionistas' are about to be humiliated.
JEFF JACOBY: One China, one Taiwan.
SO PIERS MORGAN went back to England and picked up some common sense.

I've noticed that there is more U.S. news in the UK's Daily Mail than in the New York Times and Washington Post combined.
HEH: The Progressive-State Depression.
IT'S BOB DOLE'S FAULT: Maybe so, but the Taiwan phone call was a brilliant move on the part of President-elect Trump.
TIME MAGAZINE: [Bad] Person of the Year.

Progressives are still in denial.
ANOTHER GREEN WEENIE: Progressives have a real problem with the Law of Unintended Consequences.
A FRAMEWORK for replacing Obamacare.
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN: NASA'S Cassini spacecraft goes below Saturn's rings as it prepares for end of mission.
AS USUAL, it's a win for gun collectors.

It might not be as smart an idea as progressives think....
WONKBLOG: Under Trump, red states are finally going to be able to turn themselves into poor, unhealthy paradises.

No, it's not from The Onion; it's what city-bred blue state progressives really believe under their bubble.
... Such socio-spatial practices are the means through which men, women, chickens and cattle become privileged and/or othered within dominant gender–species hierarchical arrangements.
KEITH ELLISON: I’ll resign my seat if I win the election for DNC chair.

It'll be a win-win for Minnesota and the Republicans. Minnesota will get a chance at a decent Congresscritter, and the Republicans will get a progressive activist at the controls of the Democrat's steamshovel.
I HOPE HE DOESN'T LIKE MILK: California Gov. Jerry Brown disses dairy farmers.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

ASK YOURSELF: Mike Rowe schools a woman who didn't like his pro-American flag stance.
PUNCHING BACK: Senate Democrats signal retreat on James Mattis for Defense Secretary. They know President-elect Trump will make sure they're blamed for any interruption in the government if they try to block passage of the Mattis rider in the appropriation continuing resolution.
CONSTITUTION TO SANCTUARY CITIES: Fund it on your own nickel.
TRUMP TRAUMATIZES the party of snowflakes.
'FAKE NEWS': It's the mainstream media, stupid.
THIS GALAXY is being destroyed from within by a supermassive black hole.

On the bright side, it's not our galaxy....
WALL STREET JOURNAL: The System Didn't Work. It's not about economics; it's about justice.

If the link above doesn't work, try this one.
MICHAEL WALSH: What, exactly, is the #NeverTrumpkins problem?
AMERICAN UPRISING: Everything is about to change.

Lilium Aviation raises $10.7 million for vertical take-off and landing jet.
I'M A DEMOCRAT but I've gotta admit it's now Trump 2, Dems 0.

There's at least one Democrat who's gotten the message. Maybe there's hope for the Democrat Party yet....

[Wrong link before; fixed]
75 YEARS AGO: "A date which will live in infamy."
IEEE INSTITUTE: Blurring the Lines Between Virtual and Real Worlds.

The Democrats did that years ago ... they haven't lived in the real world for years.
GOVERNMENT IS TOO DAMN POWERFUL: United Airlines settles with SEC for millions over "chairman's flight". Port Authority Chairman David Samson - who wanted a quicker way to get to his vacation home - has been convicted and is awaiting sentencing.

AT LEAST THEY'LL GET SOMETHING FOR THEIR LOSSES: Clinton to throw thank-you party for millionaire donors.

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Saturday, December 03, 2016

EMERGENCY OFFICIALS: We won’t let Dakota Access pipeline protesters freeze. Why not? No one is forcing them to stay.
IOWAHAWK takes on Buzzfeed's assault on Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV's Fixer Upper TV series. Twitter fans chip in (pun intended).
WAR ON HONESTY: FBI needs to investigate violent Democratic tantrums.
There are 3,141 counties in the United States.

Trump won 3,084 of them. Clinton won 57.

There are 62 counties in New York State. Trump won 46 of them. Clinton won 16.

Clinton won the popular vote by approximately 1.5 million votes.

In the 5 counties that encompass NYC, (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Richmond & Queens) Clinton received well over 2 million more votes than Trump. (Clinton only won 4 of these counties; Trump won Richmond.)

Therefore these 5 counties alone more than accounted for Clinton winning the popular vote of the entire country.

These 5 counties comprise 319 square miles. The United States is comprised of 3, 797,000 square miles.

When you have a country that encompasses almost 4 million square miles of territory, it would be ludicrous to even suggest that the vote of those who inhabit a mere 319 square miles should dictate the outcome of a national election.

Large, densely populated Democrat cities (NYC, Chicago, LA, etc.) don’t and shouldn’t speak for the rest of our country.
Sorry, but we get a vote, too.

From my email. I can't vouch for the accuracy of the numbers, but they are consistent with county-by-county electoral maps I've seen online.
HEH. Fortunately, children grow up. Unfortunately, socialists don't.
PROGRESSIVES PANIC: What if Trump is actually good?
POWERLINE'S WEEK IN PICTURES (victory lap edition) is up. My favorite this week:

Go see the rest.
"AMERICANS HAVE, at least for now, changed the trajectory that was dooming us to the Life of Julia. That alone is a deliverance."
MEMO TO OBAMA: as an ex-President, be a Bush, not a Carter.

Good advice, not that I expect he'll take it.
MORE TRUMP DERANGEMENT: Shouting match erupts between Clinton and Trump aides.

Liberals do live in another world....
SURPRISED? The bigotry of liberal America.

Friday, December 02, 2016

TRUMP DERANGEMENT STRIKES DEEP: Vandal in blue blazer sips wine ... (while defacing an upscale grocery store). Click through to the linked story.
AFTER SIX MONTHS IN ORBIT, the Bigelow space inflatable habitat is holding up well.

Looking good for space hotels....
ACADEMIC ABSURDITY of the week. It uses our alphabet, but I don't think it's English....

From my email.
HMMM: I also missed last week's "Week in Pictures" from Powerline, with my favorite below:

There are others as good. Go see them.
AMMO GRRRLL RUBS IT IN: "If a celebrity threatens to leave, and nobody cares, is she still a celebrity?"

And in case you missed it (as I did), here's last week's contribution.
PROGRESSIVES have an over-shaming problem.
Writing at the Atlantic, Conor Friedersdorf has an interesting piece today titled “Too much stigma, not enough persuasion,” which points to a problem problem Democrats seem to have developed on social media, i.e. an eagerness to shame and humiliate anyone who fails to be sufficiently in line with their own understanding of a given social issue. The problem isn’t disagreement, it’s the immediate resort to public ridicule at the slightest provocation.
The solution to this 'progressive' bullying is an immediate "You mistake me for someone who gives a shit what you think."
JEFF JACOBY: more eminent domain injustice.
At best, eminent domain is an unfortunate necessity — a last resort when land is needed for a public purpose, such as building a new school or a highway. But when government takes private property in order to benefit a private developer, or when it threatens to do so, it abuses its power and betrays the citizens it is supposed to represent.
Increasing tax base is not a public use.
ILLEGAL VOTING and what to do about it.

Maybe in a Trump administration....
CAN I HAVE ONE? 'Death Ray' rifle uses radio waves to knock out drones from more than a mile away.
GREAT NEWS: You can now pee on the sidewalks in San Francisco.
THANK YOU SO MUCH, little House Democratic caucus!

May we offer you another shovel so you can keep digging?
GOP CONGRESSMAN being considered for NASA administrator in Trump administration.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

ELECTROCEUTICALS: The future of medicine might be bioelectronic implants.
PJ MEDIA: An Open Letter to Donald Trump.
IT'S OFFICIAL: the EM drive appears to work.

A 'new frontier' for physics?
KURT SCHLICTER: Trollmaster Trump is driving liberals to new heights of fussy fury.
ASSOCIATED PRESS: The election's not over until we say it is.

Another view from the 'reality' world....
NASA REALIZES SLS and Orion are too expensive, and opens the door to competitors.

Good for both NASA and commercial space, I think. NASA research and technology development has made manned space affordable for commercial development and business has the resources to do it. They can and should, without government interference. NASA can then go back to its core competence, aerospace research and technology development.
FROM BULLY TO VICTIM: Obama plays the blame game.
A THOUGHT FOR DEMOCRATS: You are still crying wolf.

The author is not a Trump admirer, but he's accurately described the Democrats' problem. My advice to Democrats: keep digging; you'll get to China eventually....