Elijah Cummings can 'foresee' impeachment
What you are seeing Elijah is not impeachment, it's last nights dinner. Pull out!
Pence calls Sri Lanka bombings on Easter 'an attack on Christianity'
It is not clear that Islam will survive an existential war if it should be foolish enough to unleash one.
Jeffrey Toobin and guiding perceptions: guilt by emotion – The New Neo
Wow, not much there. How stupid would one need to be to be suckered by this tripe? One would probably need to be 'tard stupid!
Top 10 things the media got wrong about ‘collusion’ and ‘obstruction’
The media talking heads are liars, and dolts, I don't know which is worse. The issues they faced were simple; these people are so biased they cannot tell shite from shinola. These are exactly the people one should never trust.
Which brings us to Obama who placed sufficient trust in Brennan to appoint him head of the CIA. Brennan was a mistake. Obama was an equal mistake.
It is time for all of us to come to grips with the fact that since Reagan we have made grave errors in our selection of Presidents. But Obama was the bottom of the barrel, the worst President in US history.
And now these twats are on to "obstruction."
It would seem they have not had enough suicide quite yet. Mangia!
Camille Paglia vs the trans-Taliban | Spectator USA
"To the trans-Taliban I say this: carry on exactly as you are, and soon you will turn everyone against you. What you have long claimed to be the case – that you are universally vilified – will become a self-fulfilling prophecy."
The trans want us to hate them as much as they hate themselves, its for the self-hatred virtue seeking.
This will stop when the existential crisis becomes apparent. During the last crisis period in history (1929-1945), we saw a similar culture war with similar virtue seeking behavior. All of this came to a screeching halt on December 8, 1941, the day after Pearl Harbor was attacked without warning by the Japanese.
In a single day, Americans turned away from the trivia of the culture wars to face the existential threat. The culture wars were forgotten, never to be remembered. The culture warriors were pushed aside and disappeared from public discourse.
So, it will be this decade. We are once again in the crisis period. We cannot determine the crisis, but it will become apparent, soon. When it does, the attention seeking feminists, trans, SJWs, and other culture warriors well all lose their ability to garner attention. No one will care. Antifa will hold a riot, and the barrow boy spivs will kick them to the curb shouting Sod Off, Swampy!
We assume this impossible, but it is not just possible it is highly probable. This is how the culture wars always end, with the existential crisis and the people turning away from the culture war circus acts to address the existential threat.
To paraphrase one of my favorite songs: Hold on, it's coming!
NPR Admits Plastic Bag Bans Pointless, Paper & Cloth Totes Worse For Environment
Environmentalism is a cult, the adherents zombies. Don't bother them with facts; they can't handle facts!
By dissing Nuclear Power, the left has made themselves vulnerable on climate change
The Republicans are stupid; they are stupid because they are cowardly progressive lite wannabes. The Dems are stupid because they follow policies which will thwart their long term goals and which get them kicked out of office in droves. This happened after the election of Nixon and Reagan, and it will happen with Trump's reelection.
The progressive cult hates humans, believing we are a parasite on the Earth. The cult wants us dead, reduced to a minimal few who are bland sycophants of the progressive elite.
The progressive elite wants the society described in Zardoz a perfected progressive elite living far above a feral rabble, protected by vicious, bloodthirsty men of violence.
The average upper-middle-class dipshite has no understanding of the consequences of ditching nuclear and coal power sources. They assume that wind and solar can be added to make up the loss. They have no idea how the energy system works, or what is required to bring the ju-ju magic electricity to the wall socket.
I talk with people at the local Starbucks about these issues routinely. They are knobs. Yes, I like them personally and am friends with many of them, but they are knobs who believe they know something when they know nothing at all.
Years ago now, a neighbor was having trouble with is Master Bath lighting. He had replaced a light set and now when he turned on the switch a short would blow the breaker. He asked if I could help him. I did. The problem was simple. He had left the complicated multistrand jumpers from the last light and tried to connect the new light to those jumpers. I don't know whether the problem was the circuit was grounding to ground, or whether there was a cross wiring. I didn't care. I simply removed the jumpers back to the 12/3 wall wiring and attached the new lights correctly. Problem solved.
Some months later at a neighborhood gathering, he was discussing alternative energy and how it would revolutionize the world. I asked him how much he knew about electricity, power generation, and management, etc. He admitted he knew little. I asked if he knew enough to understand the failures in his understanding of alternative energy. He thought he did. I reminded him he was clueless about the most simple electrical wiring issues and that he did not know enough to make the comments he was making.
This is so common as to be distracting.
The fools and flapdoodles in the media are lead around by political sharpies and spin artists to nonsensical conclusions. The nonsense is then reinforced by people with Ph.D. (Piled higher and Deeper) behind their names. The con concluded, the media lollyknob is a true believer, who will go forth and convert the unwashed masses.
Anyone listening to these sharp useless sorts needs to have his head examined.
Progressives will not be swayed by facts. The elite Republicans will not be swayed by facts. They are too focused on being loved sycophants of the progressives. This is incredibly pathetic since the progressives hate them and pillory them at every turn until they need something then they drop a little weak praise on these weak cowards and turn them into lapdogs.
The Republican Presidential nominees before Trump were all piddling lapdogs of the progressive left. Romney has now shown his true colors. McCain was little more than a warmongering doofus who slavishly tried to keep the progressives happy by clubbing any independent Republicans.
I am tired of the Republican elite and their wishy-washy ways.
Trump is no perfect replacement, but he is willing to play whack-a-mole with the progressives, the Dems, and the elite Republicans, so he has my attention and gratitude.
The Eurozone Slowdown Is Worse Than The Global One
"One of the most repeated messages among European financial analysts this week is this: “we are in a global slowdown”.
However, the sentence hides important nuances and very relevant differences. The European Union suffers a severe slowdown. The rest of the world only a moderate reduction in the pace of growth."
No, we are not. The US is doing quite well. Thank you very much. Yes, the doom and gloomers are once again forecasting recession and stock market collapse, but then they do that every six months once the economy gets about 3-4 years out of a recession. These people squawk the same stuff year after year until unsurprisingly they accidentally get it right, stopped clock and all!
"Data from the United States tell us something very different from what we get from the Eurozone.
Retail sales rose 1.6% in March in the US and the implied annualized growth rate for the first quarter remains above 2.1%. If we look at the employment data, the United States only sees a slight moderation in employment growth … But we are talking about the creation of 196,000 jobs, a figure that indicates much better growth. than other similar economies. The same applies to the latest manufacturing and service indices: They remain above 50 (in expansion). The Markit service index was 56.3 compared with an expectation of 54.8 and the compound showed a figure of 54.6 compared to the previous 54.3.
The economic surprise index of emerging markets also indicates an improvement. A strong but stable dollar (DXY Index) has not damaged the macroeconomic figures of the main emerging economies. It is true that the “usual suspects”, Argentina and Turkey, have seen their currencies plummet against the dollar, as they continue to implement counterproductive monetary policies of financing public spending with direct printing of currency. However, the macro data of most emerging countries as a whole is better than expected, and that must be acknowledged. Brazil was the latest to show a marked improvement in the Economic Activity Index in February. The prices of commodities have helped, but that tailwind is not the main driver. We cannot be complacent, but the recent capital outflows seen in March are modest compared to the inflows into February."
Ignore the Chinese data they are lying as usual and we know very little, but the information for the better inside sources is bad indeed.
"So, where is there evidence of stagnation? In Europe and Japan.
Japan’s manufacturing PMI came at 49.5 and Output at 47.9. Both in 3rd-month of contraction.
The Japanese slowdown does not surprise anyone anymore, because it is in its third decade of stagnation repeating the same mistakes of disguising the demographic and productive model challenges with misguided Keynesian government spending policies and more debt.
The most concerning problem is Europe. A European Union that completely abandoned its reform agenda to bet it all on the mirage of monetary policy, while economic, demographic, state and political risks rise. The data from Germany remains poor, but the country enjoys enviable unemployment, trade balance and fiscal strength. However, in the rest of the Eurozone, the fragility of the economies is linked to both fiscal imbalances and excessive interventionism that make them more vulnerable to a change in the cycle. At least in France, from where I write this article, the debate on television and media is constant. The entire country is aware that the slowdown is severe and tax reductions and measures to strengthen economic performance are announced. The word “crisis” appears on the front page of newspapers and economic programs as a real possibility. In the periphery, countries must be aware that they have exhausted their fiscal space and acknowledge their vulnerability to a modest change of cycle. Spain is not immune to these risks. The OECD index of leading indicators already shows a negative figure and the leading indicators published by the Ministry of Economy also reflect more than ten in negative territory. That’s why the Eurozone should be more prepared. Because most countries do not have the capacity that others have to confront a slowdown."
It is long past time to let Japan and Europe go. Japan and Europe are nihilistic progressive zombies. They continue to double down on every idiotic progressive policy and have for decades. Sure, the Eurozone and the Euro gave the Europeans a short if false reprieve. But what it did was allow the spendthrift southern nations to exchange high-interest loans for ultra-low interest loans once the lenders were confused into believing that Greece, Portugal, Spain, and Italy (and others) were thrifty Germany or The Netherlands. They are not, and never were. The consequences plunged the southern EU nations into depression and sucked the north into recession.
Until they all stop this nonsense, this is the direction of travel.
Japan is even worse off. After three decades now going on four, they still believe the progressive economic nonsense that sunk them in the first place. They cannot learn from their mistakes.
It is time to walk away from these economic vacuum nations before they suck the US or other nations past their economic event horizon.
After the implosion perhaps we can talk, but for now, don't walk away, run.
We should set up a free trade zone with the UK, Australia, New Zealand, the Scandinavian nations, Finland and perhaps a few other former British colonies.
If that works out, then we can begin opening membership to other nations which reform, walk away from progressive economic nonsense, you know socialism, and accept the what we know works here at the end of history: free markets, rule of law, republican governance, individual liberty, personal responsibility, reformed religions, property rights, you know capitalism!
The Death Of Education In America
"All this is a preface to Belle Chesler’s stunning article at TomDispatch.com, “Making American Schools Less Great Again: A Lesson in Educational Nihilism on a Grand Scale.” A high school visual arts teacher, Chesler writes from the heart about the chronic underfunding of education and how it is constricting democracy in America. Here she talks about the frustrations of classes that are simply too big to teach:
[Class sizes grew so large] I couldn’t remember my students’ names, was unable to keep up with the usual grading and assessments we’re supposed to do, and was overwhelmed by stress and anxiety. Worst of all, I was unable to provide the emotional support I normally try to give my students. I couldn’t listen because there wasn’t time."
So, the problem in K-12 is that class size has grown so much over time as to make teaching impossible.
"On the drive to work, I was paralyzed by dread; on the drive home, cowed by feelings of failure. The experience of that year was demoralizing and humiliating. My love for my students, my passion for the subjects I teach, and ultimately my professional identity were all stripped from me. And what was lost for the students? Quality instruction and adult mentorship, as well as access to vital resources — not to mention a loss of faith in one of America’s supposedly bedrock institutions, the public school…
The truth of the matter is that a society that refuses to adequately invest in the education of its children is refusing to invest in the future. Think of it as nihilism on a grand scale."
The cure is more money because more money is always the cure for every problem in K-12 education.
"Nihilism, indeed. Why believe in anything? Talk about zombie education!
What America is witnessing, she writes, is nothing short of a national tragedy:
Public schools represent one of the bedrock institutions of American democracy. Yet as a society we’ve stood aside as the very institutions that actually made America great were gutted and undermined by short-term thinking, corporate greed, and unconscionable disrespect for our collective future."
What is unconscionable is that you my dear are a lying sack of shite.
Who knows, she might be relating her experience exactly as it happened. But such anecdotal evidence has no value. What was happening in all of our schools say from 1950 to the present regarding class size?
Bracing! The US Department of Education begs to differ that class size has been growing and has become so large as to present an unteachable number of students. To the contrary, class size has become so tiny as to make one question what the teachers are doing while obtaining the abysmal education results we widely see today (see graph below for achievement results). Students can't read, or write, they are innumerate, and aliterate, they know nothing about history or geography, but they can recite the recycling mantras and the global climate alarm mantras and often sing tongue bathing paeons to their Democrat Presidents.
The problem is not class size.
"The truth is that there is money for education, for schools, for teachers, and for students. We just don’t choose to prioritize education spending and so send a loud-and-clear message to students that education doesn’t truly matter. And when you essentially defund education for more than 40 years, you leave kids with ever less faith in American institutions, which is a genuine tragedy."
So, what happened regarding funding over time?
This one is tricker; there is not just sufficient funding for K-12 education; there is far too much funding for K-12 education. At the same time, the spending is badly prioritized, with far too much going to the school district administration and other non-education spending and too little going to actual classroom education and teacher salaries.
We need a radical reformation of our school system starting with the dramatic shrinking of our school boards and administrations back to the level we had in 1960, or more appropriately, the elimination of our school boards as administrators of our educational system. Ok, we are not ready for the latter but might be for the former, got it!
Schools should be organized based on a single high school and its sub feeder schools. A board of parents and local citizens with the Principal should administer the schools educationally and financially. Sports could still be attached to the schools but should be run separately by an unrelated entity.
We spend lavishly on our schools, just as we spend lavishly on our medical insurance and in both cases government interference makes the systems incredibly inefficient, bureaucratic, and costly. Stop it!