Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Is the Commission on Presidential Elections Non-Partisan

Photo: Gage Skidmore
The way it works is this, candidates must "have a level of support of at least 15 percent of the national electorate as determined by five selected national public opinion polling organizations, using the average of those organizations’ most recently publicly-reported results" CPD

Let us set aside the question of whether or not the CPD is "non-partisan" and ask this question...

Are the polls selected for inclusion non-partisan?

The polls for this year are:

ABC-Washington Post
CBS-New York Times
CNN-Opinion Research Corporation
Fox News
NBC-Wall Street Journal


And the "CPD has retained Dr. Frank Newport, Editor-in-Chief of Gallup, to assist it in selecting the five national public opinion polls to be used in applying the criteria."

Is Frank Newport "non-partisan"?

Of the five polls selected Jill Stein only appears in three of them, Gary Johnson only in four.

Let's say Jill Stein polls 16% in her three polls.  

16+16+16+0+0/5 = 9.6%

In order to meet the 15% criteria for inclusion Jill Stein would have to score 25 percent on each of her polls, or better. Gary Johnson will have to score better than 18.75 on his four polls to be included.

While the CPD may be "non-partisan" the polls themselves are not "non-partisan" unless they include all the candidates running.

Monday, August 22, 2016

One-Third a Slave




This year Americans had a total tax bill of 4.9 Trillion Dollars or 31% of the nation's income.  It took American's until April 24th to work off that debt or approximately one-third of the year. Now some of our liberal friends will argue that we benefit from that... and we do, but so do those that live on the largesse of our elected representatives.

When you add in all of our expenses, estimates for the total tax burden range from 43%-58%.  There are a myriad of taxes and fees that are passed on to you in the expenses for goods and services, and you're paying for them whether you realize it or not.

Wat Tyler where are you now?


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Who is John Galt?

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Photo: Michael Greene
I am not an Objectivist although I am opposed to Collectivism, and there seems to be a growing collectivist sentiment out there these days.  Who John Galt is isn't really important, it is the sentiment that he embodies and represents.

He believes in the power and glory of the human mind, and the right of the individual to use their mind solely for themself. He serves as a highly individualist counterpoint to the collectivist social and economic structure depicted in the novel, in which society is based on oppressive bureaucratic functionaries and a culture that embraces mediocrity in the name of egalitarianism, which the novel posits is the end result of socialistic idealism. 
Wikipedia: John Galt

I got to thinking about John Galt after this past Thursday's post on the platform of the M4BL. Specifically who do these people think are going to pay for their demands?  It's not going to be me, I can tell you that.

In the novel Galt has secretly organized a strike by the world's creative leaders, including inventors, artists and businessmen, in an effort to "stop the motor of the world" and bring about the collapse of the bureaucratic society.  The phrase "going John Galt" or simply "going Galt" has been used by psychologist Helen Smith and others to describe productive members of society cutting back on work in response to the projected increase in U.S. marginal tax rates, increased limits on tax deductions, and the use of tax revenues for causes they regard as immoral.

I am on my second career and in the fortunate position that I could easily switch from being a payer for government services (one-third a slave) to a consumer of government services (a net loss to the government), that is if I simply don't opt to leave.   If half of what is in the M4BL were passed I am ready and willing to do so.

Who is John Galt?

I am John Galt.

How about you?

Friday, August 19, 2016

BBC RADIO 1

A few of the chart toppers (as of Aug 12) from the UK, no personal opinion, no endorsement... it is what it is. Think of it as a sampler platter.

At #1



At #2



At #3



At #4




At #5




As an aside:

#1 above - Cold Water is at Number 2 in the US.
#2 above - Let Me Love You is at Number 12 in the US.
#3 above - Dancing On My Own isn't in the top 100 US.
#4 above - Perfect Strangers isn't in the top 100 US.
#5 above - Don't Let Me Down is at Number 8 in the US.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Does the expression Feck Off mean anything to you?


We demand reparations for past and continuing harms. The government, responsible corporations and other institutions that have profited off of the harm they have inflicted on Black people — from colonialism to slavery through food and housing redlining, mass incarceration, and surveillance — must repair the harm done. This includes:

Reparations for the systemic denial of access to high quality educational opportunities in the form of full and free access for all Black people (including undocumented and currently and formerly incarcerated people) to lifetime education including: free access and open admissions to public community colleges and universities, technical education (technology, trade and agricultural), educational support programs, retroactive forgiveness of student loans, and support for lifetime learning programs.

Reparations for the continued divestment from, discrimination toward and exploitation of our communities in the form of a guaranteed minimum livable income for all Black people, with clearly articulated corporate regulations. 

Reparations for the wealth extracted from our communities through environmental racism, slavery, food apartheid, housing discrimination and racialized capitalism in the form of corporate and government reparations focused on healing ongoing physical and mental trauma, and ensuring our access and control of food sources, housing and land.

Reparations for the cultural and educational exploitation, erasure, and extraction of our communities in the form of mandated public school curriculums that critically examine the political, economic, and social impacts of colonialism and slavery, and funding to support, build, preserve, and restore cultural assets and sacred sites to ensure the recognition and honoring of our collective struggles and triumphs.

Legislation at the federal and state level that requires the United States to acknowledge the lasting impacts of slavery, establish and execute a plan to address those impacts. This includes the immediate passage of H.R.40, the “Commission to Study Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act” or subsequent versions which call for reparations remedies.

Go Ahead - Explore:

End the war on black people

Invest-Divest

Economic Justice

Community Control

Political Power

I might also point out it was only a mere three weeks ago that one of our liberal commenters was saying " Why are you talking about Reparations? This hasn't been a serious subject in this country in years." Really?

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

John McLaughlin 1927-2016


After missing the first episode of his show in 34 years John McLaughlin died Tuesday at the age of 89. The McLaughlin Group featured four commentators usually two conservative and two liberal with John McLaughlin as the moderator or instigator depending on your perspective. Airing on PBS and some CBS stations a common panel was Pat Buchanan, Eleanor Clift, Clarence Page, and Tom Rogan.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Media Bias?

Remember this guy?





Back in 2008 when he was running for president and in apparent good health, all the media could talk about was his health and could he make it through a McCain administration alive.

Remember this guy? 




Remember all the questioning about whether or not he was "too old" to be president?

Hillary Clinton will be the same age as Ronald Reagan if elected, she turns 69 years old this October.

Back in 2008 US News went with this headline:


McCain's Age and Past Health Problems Could Be An Issue in the Presidential Race

An article that used lines like this: "Especially when that nominee visibly wears the toll of a long and, at times, extraordinarily difficult life."

How do they address Clinton? With this headline:

Hillary's Health: Conspiracy or Concern?

And lines like this: "Fox News, the Drudge Report, and a slew of conservative or conspiracy-theory themed sites on the internet are raising questions about Clinton's medical fitness to be president..."

So if it's a Republican candidate it "could be an issue" if it's a Democrat it's a conspiracy.

 McCain's Age 

Hillary's Health 


In 2008 CNN went with "McCain faces questions on Age and Health"

Today on CNN any discussion or questioning of Hillary's health is "fearmongering" and "conspiracy theories" and "reckless" 

To put it in polite terms...

Go perform a biologically impossible act upon thyself.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Milwaukee

City officials said Sunday that 23-year-old Sylville Smith, who was black, was shot by a black police officer as Smith fled a traffic stop. They say a still frame from the officer's body camera shows Smith was holding a handgun and refused to drop it when ordered.

Violence broke out Saturday evening a few hours after Smith's death, with six businesses set on fire, 17 people arrested and four officers hurt.

 AP