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Ain’t got No Sugar.

(For David… regarding the idea that Socialism, referencing his question of my sanity on Trump’s China Tariffs, requires Capitalism to survive.  While the current topic involves raw materials the concept is the same.  Crappy Communist/Socialist countries require us, and our productivity, to exist.  They are parasitic.  This originally posted in Feb. 2012)

Given the latest comments by European Leaders at the G20 conference regarding their current difficulties having originated in the U.S. and President Obama’s granting amnesty to illegal aliens  with accolades from the Mexican President (because it is a huge subsidy to Mexico through the flow of US Dollars south), I thought it was worth revisiting.

It has been fascinating to watch as Europe melts down.

It illustrates a theory I’ve had for many years which is that socialists survive at the mercy of capitalists in the name of stability. I started thinking about this in the early nineties,  Clinton had just handed, yes handed, Mexico 5 billion dollars.  That was back when 5 billion could buy you something nice.  It was done under the auspices of fighting the war on drugs.  But what it really did was prop up a socialist state.  Who wants a revolution so close to home… right? I don’t mean to pick on Clinton because Reagan and Bush have done it too.

Reagan’s granting amnesty to 13 million illegal immigrants was another way of subsidizing Mexico as it kept the flow of U.S. Dollars heading south into their economy.  (We could see this again…)  George W. did it by making it illegal to purchase prescription medication from Canada.  If that had been made legal it would have been tantamount to declaring war on Canada because it would have destroyed their health system by preventing them from dictating prices they would pay to the drug companies.  To put it in the simplest terms, they get away with dictating prices because you pay more here and subsidize the cost for them.  Feel good about that? We have seen this type of socialist subsidizing for years across every administration.  It is primarily through our military… “You guys in trouble financially?”,  “Let’s have joint maneuvers, or how about we move some more troops in for training exercises…”.  All that means is U.S. Dollars going in to the their not-so-self-sufficient Socialist Paradise.

We have also seen this played out when military contracts are steered to foreign countries for no apparent benefit.  The product isn’t better, but darn it they need the help.  (Bare in mind, I am a capitalist… it is my duty to buy the best product for me at the lowest price.  I have no issue with overseas manufacturing.  Our lack of manufacturing says more about us than them.  That’s for another time.) Well, now things have changed…  we ain’t got no money.

Look at the panic and finger-pointing when the engine of Capitalism, slowly poisoned by Socialists, isn’t healthy enough to ride in and save the Socialist Dream.

If I sound merciless, it’s because I am.  As far as I’m concerned Socialism has been living on borrowed time.  (And it has been our own socialists lending it to them.)  To steal a quote; “The chickenssss have come hoooome to roooost!” Now big daddy ain’t got no sugar…. and you’re on your own.

(An aside:  When are we going to have emergency hearings on “home-grown Socialism”?  Does Homeland Security know about this?  Where’s the Socialist Watch List?  The Socialist No-Fly roster?  Can’t we profile these people?  The destruction to this country and its citizens is profound. Someone should alert the press.)

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He has a Point about the Death Star.

 


No Go Zones

Or…

Ha! Ha!  Fox News is Stupid!

Or…

ZUS

Or…

Semantics versus Assimilation

I have a tactic I employ when I know that the person I’m speaking with has greater motivation to make me look like an Idiot than they do to Verify their side of an Argument.

I Overstate my side of the Argument.

In other words, If they believe the correct answer is ‘1’ and I know the correct answer is ‘4’, I will state the correct answer is ’10’.

Had I stated it was ‘4’ to begin with the opportunity to make me look stupid just isn’t big enough.  And the person who erroneously believes the answer to be ‘1’ stick with ‘their version of the facts’ with no incentive to verify them.  They simply dismiss me as the ignorant jerk they ‘know’ me to be.

However, when I state the correct answer as ’10’… Whoa!  Now there’s motivation!  They think to themselves, self, can you imagine just how stupid Mike is going to feel when I show him how Wrong his is!?  It’ll be Awesome!

And, when they independently venture out on their quest to Make Mike feel like an Idiot they find out the actual answer is ‘4’… not ‘1’.

What’s interesting about this is initially the person will bring it to my attention because I was STILL WRONG!

After a few times of this however, they stop bringing it to my attention.

Whether they figure out I do it on purpose, or that my Ego is not damaged catastrophically by my being wrong, it doesn’t matter.  They learned something on their own and start doing a bit more investigation before wedding themselves to ‘facts’ provided to them from whatever comedy show they prefer to get their ‘facts’ from.

The above brings us to Ha! Ha! Fox News is Stupid!

As a point of clarification, Fox News IS Stupid.  And so are all the other News Networks.  Some intentionally like NBC when they altered the George Zimmerman 911 call and some unintentionally like MSNBC all the time.

So here’s the the point; Fox News had a contributor on air who stated that France has what are called ‘No Go Zones” where non-muslims are unwelcome and the police do not want to go.  The Fox News Haters picked this up for several reasons.

1.  They think they have caught Fox News in a Lie they convince themselves Fox News exists to tell.  (Keep in mind how I started this post.)

2.  France has No Officially Sanctioned ‘No Go Zones’.  (True.  Nor does any other country to my knowledge.  But that’s not what was said.)

3.  Fox News folks went as far as pointing on maps where these supposed ‘No Go Zones’ are in France.  (They were wrong for the most part.)

The interwebs liberal faction turned this into “Fox said there are No Go Zones where no non-muslims live and the police ‘will NOT go’.”

Now the Gotcha Crowd smells blood and has demanded, and received, apologies from Fox News regarding the ‘misrepresentations’.

But hold on a second!  Here’s the part which should be interesting to watch.

‘No Go Zones’ in fact do exist in France.  (They also exist in other countries…)

The French call them ZUS or “Sensitive Urban Zones” (Zones Urbaines Sensible)  They were established in 1996.  And this concern over areas throughout Europe which have reduced police presence and ‘alternative’ law has been a discussion for at least that long.

These are areas that have a high percentage of individuals with values that are ‘slightly different’ from the general population of France.

And they’re Real.

And they have a propensity to be very dangerous.

And the French Police have different criteria for which to determine intervention.

And depending on the day… you may not feel welcome.  (For those of you semantically challenged that means “unwelcome”.)

And it may not just be a day, it could be a season… like “Strike Season” which occurs in the fall and had become the traditional period in which everyone who thinks they have something to gain goes on strike.  Even the Homeless… I kid you not.

So keep an eye out for this story not to go away.

The Faux News hunters see too much to gain.  I hope they keep up the hunt.

No Go Zones may have been overstated, intentionally or not, but the story is true and now has the very people who would not want to discuss it doing the chasing.

The moral of the ZUS areas is one of Assimilation, Something the French, Liberal Leftists and Minority Groups have been telling us is Discrimination.

Now the French are reaping rewards for their Progressive Policies of not expecting immigrants to assimilate.

Brilliant.

I particularly enjoy the http://www.snopes.com post regarding the No Go Zones.  Snopes declares the No Go Zone rumor to be FALSE.  But it gets fun if you read through the entire explanation.  After you move through the FOX News is Stupid paragraphs you find that it is really… kinda… true… Dang it!  But they cover for that with some more FOX News is Stupid paragraphs.  I suggest checking it out:  Here.

 


Nowhere but here?

An incredibly common mistake that Americans make is to believe everyone else around the world has tried our form of government and it has failed.

The closest thing the world has seen to our Republic was Rome, and they fell because of internal decay.

While the rest of the world might profess to have tried it, they have not. Not once… ever.  World history is, however, littered with failed Monarchies, Dictatorships, Oligarchies, Socialist Utopias and myriad other attempts at the Communist Paradise.

Currently these paradigms are at a state of implosion. So desperate are they to hold on to power they have taken to blaming “Capitalism”.  Like a teenager caught in a lie, the screaming gets louder and they to find ways to blame you… or worse, call what they are doing “Capitalism” in a desperate attempt to retain their power and avoid the blame themselves.

This makes sense because who else are they going to blame?

The rest of the world, and all of our own home grown Socialists, blame Free-Markets, Individual Liberty and Freedom for the woes they are responsible for creating…

Why do we seem so sure that “The American Way” will survive?

Why do we believe that we judge each other based on the content of our character?  Is that true?  Or, have we institutionalized racism… just like the rest of the world?

Why do we think that all reasonable people see the logic in Freedom and Liberty of the Individual through a Democratically elected, Constitutionally Limited, Government when our own leaders state outwardly that the “system is broken”?  And, why do these same politicians want to change it into something “new” and not restore it to its previous brilliance, the brilliance they supposedly wish still existed?

What makes us different from the rest of the world?

No platitudes!  What exactly?

Why do we think those we have put in office, those who overtly disregard, ignore, work around, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, would defend the Republic?

Do you believe it is because the office we installed them into requires they swear to uphold the it?

Have their actions demonstrated they take that oath seriously?  Or does it seem they only uphold the parts they like… and then, only when they like them?

I’m serious here… Why do we think that?

What happens to these people when they violate that oath?  What happens to these people when they break the law?  Anything?

What does illegal mean?  What does it mean for you compared to those we have given a modicum of power?

Is this the America you think you live in?

Does the reality meet the expectation?

Is Socialism the answer?  Are we all to be ruled?

Or, is Individual Liberty the answer?  Are we to rule ourselves?

Pour yourself an adult Beverage and ponder these questions.

(Originally Posted 062513)


Mom! Vlad’s not Playing Fair!

So the Vote is happening right now designed to justify the Invasion of Crimea by the New Soviet.

And our Diplomats just can’t figure out what’s going on…

I believe the John Kerry types are genuinely perplexed.

Let’s look at it from The Secretary of State’s point of view:

Vladimir subscribes to the Right Ideology… we’re all on the same team here…  we want the same things…

Vladimir even made a group of children sing the Internationale during the Olympics!  It’s the Anthem for Someone’s Sake.

He has to know that Our Goal is One World where we all hold hands, Compromise on Everything and Share Stuff with Everyone while The Smart People like Us are in Charge…  just like His!

So What’s Going on?  We’re like Brothers!  Why is he being So Mean?  Invading places just looks so Bad!  All You Have to Do is Aid Them in Voting Their way into Socialism!  Why isn’t He Playing by the rules it took Us so long to set up?

Now Let’s take a look at it from Vlad’s point of View:

The Soviet Union has been made to feel bad about itself for long enough… and the People want to be Proud.  The time is over for feigning regret over Communism when the rest of The World has fully embraced it, if not in name, in action.  If I can make them Proud for reasons outside of Productivity and Creative Ambition, say something the Americans have done for years… something like… Ethnicity!  Perfect.  The People can be Proud to be Russians!  I will make them feel that way and they will Follow Me.  The World will Respect Russia, and the New Soviet, again with me at The Helm!

I will not make the Mistake my predecessors made.  Since there is no Great War allowing expansion, I will take small bites and remain calm while the World does everything they can to avoid confrontation because they don’t really believe in the Freedom and Liberty they espouse during their speeches.  Using the Ethnic Excuse will give me a pass because the rest of the World has abandoned the Individual and embraced the Balkanization of Humanity.  Now that Socialism is the rule and not the exception I can legitimize “protecting” my Brothers and Sisters. 

Once The World is accustomed to an Expanding Russia… and China… they will embrace the New Normal.  The time for World Socialism is Now!

What can the Americans, British and the rest of Europe do about it?  Seize our assets?  Wasn’t it the American’s with their Occupy Movement that Demonized the 1%!?  Who do they think they will be punishing by freezing foreign assets?  The Proletariat?  Of course not… and the Russian people will Cheer!  Punish the Rich!  They deserve it!

What’s humorous is Deep Down, down in a place where they can’t really admit it… The Current Political Leadership within the United States and Britain agree.  They’re just upset because their standing in The World has diminished.

The only part I can’t quite figure out is Why the Shocked Face?  The Standing of America has intentionally been reduced… Obama stated it as a goal when he came into power.  If your going to concede power then you must assume other countries will step into the void.

Even my Brothers and Sisters in the United Nations understand this.

But I’ve never understood the Reasoning of Americans.  It’s as if they think they’re Smarter than Everyone Else because they have Cell Phones… idiotii.

How Should We look at it?

Remove the dismayed look on your face when watching our Secretary of State and those surrounding him from the President on Down bumble, stumble and fumble their way through the Ukraine Crisis.  They are faced with the Ultimate difficulty… they are trying to appear in opposition to an Action they happen to Agree with.  They’re being Forced by those who voted for them to confront a Nation who is Doing Exactly what they’ve doing Domestically for Decades.  The most obnoxious part of the Ukraine Invasion and Crimean take over by The New Soviet is The Current Administration cannot point to any aspect of Ideology which separates Them from Putin.

Until We Remember that American Exceptionalism is based on the Ideology of Individual Liberty and Freedom, Property Ownership and the Free-Market Capitalism that protects all three then We will be trying to condemn others for Distinctions in behavior that have no Difference.

Both Political Parties in The United States have abandoned the Individual.  They have gone as far as removing the word from discussion.

That is Why We, The U.S., will Do Nothing of Substance in the Face of Soviet Expansion.  We agree with it fundamentally.  I take that back, we will start using the Label “Eastern Europe” again.  And… stomping our feet.

So… We Will Do Nothing.

Who Might?

The wounds are deep in the rest of Europe… if genuine fear exists it exists in Germany, Moldova, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania… but they are watching us, the U.S., not honoring Treaties.  They Realize they will be On their Own.  With China promising to offer no threat to Russia’s plans, The New Soviet will be an imposing Foe for anyone within reach.

Envy, Ego…

Vices as old as Time Itself.  And they are at the foundation of Socialism in all it’s forms.


Just Concede!

This is the new Slogan for United States Foreign Policy…

and now Domestic Policy as well.

Apparently what limited effectiveness being demonstrated on the Border, just as overseas, had to be addressed.

So the Current Administration has handed down new rules dictating how our Border Patrol must conduct themselves.

From this day Forward! Border Patrol officers must retreat when faced with suspects throwing rocks.  The Officers will no longer be allowed to defend themselves.

It seems Border Patrol Agents have become too effective at deterring individuals who wish to travel to this country without entering legally…  In the simplest terms, Border Enforcement has been oppressing those who are seeking Amnesty here in the United States.

You might be saying to yourself “… this is ridiculous.”,  Among other things.

I would offer, It makes Complete Sense.

When you’re dealing with an extremely Complicated World having different policies for issues that arise Overseas versus those issues which occur right here at home is Counterproductive.  Not only that, It’s difficult, hard to manage and exhausting.  In fact, it can lead to Vast Confusion… even a break down in Morale.

In order to offer a happy, safe and nurturing workplace for U.S. Domestic Military the Administration has decided to make sure the Rules are Consistent, Transparent and Known by all.  And, they would only subject to change, without notice, by Administration Officials occasionally.  Above all, Consistency is the most important Policy Goal… unless determined otherwise.

Promoting a Friendly Border, just like our current Promotion of a Friendly Europe and South America, is incredibly important.  So the Replication of U.S. Foreign Policy within our National Borders is logical and will be Warmly Welcomed, once Those effected understand the Benefits.  The result, and implementation period, of this Improvement should mirror the Enormous Successes experienced with the Affordable Care Act.

It is Exactly this type of Progressive Thinking which will lead the United States into the 20th Century and elevates our status among Nations.  It is also this type of Mindset which will accelerate the realization of The New American Man.

Just Concede!

It’s more than a Slogan, it’s more than A Way of Life, it’s more than the Right Thing to Do…

It’s the New Normal!

You’ll get used to it, or not.

It Doesn’t Really Matter!

(“It’s Doesn’t Really Matter!” is a license Trademark of the Hillary 2016 Campaign and should not be used without express permission.  “Forward!”, “Just Concede!” and “It’s the New Normal!” are being borrowed with consent from Organizing For America and CPA respectively.)


Hearding the Crimson Cats

It must be frustrating to be a Socialist in the United States right now…

So close!  So very close…

And yet there is fear.

While Democratic Socialism is imploding in Europe, the true believers continue to push forward.   While “austerity”, which used to be known as fiscal responsibility, is being proposed in order to save the EU from a complete meltdown the Socialists will have none of it.  (The Socialist Party will secure the majority in the parliament of France this week.)

The Left is determined to destroy the current paradigm in Europe (just as they are in the U.S. and elsewhere) but they are getting in the way of a much larger goal.

In their refusal to listen to (take orders from) President Obama they are giving the entire world a glimpse of what they really want.  The total and complete collapse of everything remotely resembling free-markets and individual rights.  It is desirable to them… it is their stated goal… not something to be avoided or concerned about.  Marxists will tell you that in order to rebuild you must first have a “clean” canvas.  Marx told us that the complete collapse of Capitalism is what must happen before the Social Utopia will be realized.

We (non-socialists) watch what is going on in disbelief.  We “can’t” (don’t want to) believe that there are people out there who wish to destroy our way of life so that they can design it the way they think is best.  It seems beyond our comprehension, but it is not… we just don’t want to confront what that really means.  And we don’t want to think of what that would require of us… how we see our friends who espouse liberal ideas… the energy we will have to expend in trying to stay informed and aware… the sacrifices and personal responsibility we will have to shoulder in order to protect our way of life.  It’s uncomfortable.

But no matter how we want to “feel” about it, there is an ideological war going on, and it has been for 100 years.  Free-market Capitalism has been incrementally losing for all of that time.  The European Social Democrats finally see their opportunity to seize the day and have fully committed.  The Free-Market Capitalists are nowhere to be seen.

However, President Obama sees clearly that the American people are watching.  The 24-hour news cycle, government caused housing catastrophe and individuals involvement in the markets through their 401k’s have provided them with a better understanding of trade and economics.  (Getting better everyday.)  This better understanding is leading them to see the conflict in front of them.  The conflict of two mutually exclusive ideas.  Socialism (the ideology of subjugation) vs. Capitalism (the ideology of individual freedom).

Here is the risk for the U.S. Left: The voters might come to their senses before we pass the point of no return.  This possibility has our homegrown Progressives concerned… if the “masses” in the U.S. wake up soon enough, through the election process they could begin rolling back some, most or all of the Socialist scheme’s foisted upon them over the last 10 decades.  From the point of view of Leftists like president Obama et al, this is very inconvenient.  The Left cannot allow this to happen.  Their dilemma is they control the public schools, mass media and an entirety of one, plus most of the other major political parties… what else can be done?  They are relying on you not getting up to speed fast enough to stop them… this is where we are.

(For Anti-Socialists like me…This is what makes the next series of U.S. elections so very important.  It goes far beyond voting for your favorite guy, or the most handsome or best speaker.  It goes far beyond “wasting your vote to teach them a lesson“.  It is really about the beginning, the first steps down the road, of returning to the rights of man and a country our founding fathers envisioned.)

For the Worlds Progressive Leftists it’s about the brass ring.  It’s about winning a war they have been fighting right in front of you since the day you were born.

But U.S. Leftists realize how important American participation in this “beautiful transition” is.  The problem remains getting the world’s Leftists in lockstep is like herding Crimson Cats… they remain red, but keep going their own directions.

In this there is hope.

There is hope… in personal education, and open discussion, of economics and individual freedom.  There is hope in demanding the press do their job and keep politicians in check whether they happen to like them or not.  There is hope in initiating cordial conversations which challenge your friends to explain their points of view out loud so they have to make an effort to think about what they think.  There is hope… if you don’t give up and give in.

The United States is the last country on Earth that is in a position to represent the individual.  The Socialists have control over all the other countries… and how is that working out for the self-proclaimed “smartest people” in the room?

Unfortunately, they would tell you “pretty well”.

Keep an eye on the cats.

(For any of you Leftists who suffered through this entire missive, let me ask you a question.  When has it ever worked out well for the Proletariat?  Pour yourself a cold glass of Moskovskya and think about that for a while.)

(Originally posted 061112)