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Insanity or Stupidity — you choose

Saturday, July 21st, 2018

On 7/20 the judge hosted Hannity and played clips of Treason! and worse, coming from senior Senators and Congressmen. We guess the whole video will be available soon. There are only a couple of alternatives; either the office holders have gone insane or this is an electoral strategy, which means that their consultants have told them their voters are themselves either insane or terminally stupid. That’s it, and either outcome bodes ill for the country.

Questionable bonus: we met Marty Peretz at Harvard in the early 1970’s. We have no idea what his TDS piece means, though we’ve always liked the Patriots.

How’s the view from the top of Everest? Bad, apparently…

Friday, July 20th, 2018

Some days it just seems incredibly weird that the richest youngsters in human history, with the greatest longevity and health, who are blessed with standing on the shoulders of giants, and regular people as well, are such Whine-o-crats, when they didn’t invent the light bulb, the assembly line, polio vaccine, the internet, or anything else. Idiot examples of today. Oh yes, and their teachers too. Weird. That whole Guinan thing, weird. Yes, we understand it, but we just can’t imagine ever acting that way.

We see freak out after freak out over nothing. Helsinki? Nothing. Putin may go to DC? It’s the end of the world, waaahhhhh!!!!! Some days we just don’t understand the magnitude of the overreaction.

On the other hand, “there’s no big there there” means that there is a very big there there there there there there there indeed. (Is there a deep plot with Sessions, or does he not have a mind?)

D&R can end up in the same place, ugh – plus fun bonus

Friday, July 20th, 2018

Freudian projection is most of the anti-Trump media on the left. Guinan made this clear when she went insane on Judge Pirro, making everything about Trump’s intolerance, but was oh so very tolerant of opposing positions. That’s 10 to the 9th projection, something worthy of warp drive. Ask Freud or Roger Simon, or anyone who has done a bit of psychoanalysis. The craziness in the Left is at least understandable; who the heck in the Left and MSM want to give up their control of the political narrative, which they have mostly controlled completely for 2 generations, except for a little part of Reagan’s presidency.

The preceding is clear and understandable, simple. OK. The weird part of all this is the GOP’s failing to capitalize on the media nuttiness; e.g., the wimpy Ryan, McConnell sometimes, Flake, etc., it’s a long list. They’re all playing the “go along to get along and you’ll get rich” game, which is quite appealing if you’ll never be called to account for the many compromising deals you’ve done. An exception right now is iconoclast Rand Paul; there are quite a few ideas on which we may differ, but it in this it appears he says what he truly believes, and that’s both rare and admirable.

There are two basic points to this little note: (1) as we’ve been saying the media/dems have done a complete Freudian freak-out, and this results in their projecting their totalitarian goose step on to others; and (2) those mighty in the GOP have been like servants of the DC culture, tolerating the poop and cat litter of their opponents to get a nice retirement paycheck. To summarize: no wonder at all that these guys hate Trump.

Little fun bonus: laoldies.com, LA 1260 am, which we discovered today, and where we know all the lyrics on every song, while on our jog.

Eureka!

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

Bloomberg:

Most fast-developing countries stumble at some point. During its economic rise in the 1800s, the U.S. suffered numerous panics and depressions (as recessions were then known). Japan’s catch-up growth during the postwar period was remarkably rapid and steady, but it suffered two recessions in the 1960s and 1970s. China, in contrast, has now weathered both the Great Recession and its own stock market bubble and crash without its growth ever once sliding into reverse.

China also directed banks to lend lots more money. The World Bank estimated that increased bank credit represented 40% of China’s stimulus. Much of the lending was done by China’s four large state-owned banks. The money went to infrastructure, real estate and all kinds of corporate projects, many of which were carried out by the country’s state-owned enterprises. That lending was often wasteful and probably hurt productivity, but saving the economy from going off a cliff could easily have been worth it, especially since a deep recession might have threatened the country’s political stability.

In the years since the crisis, China has again and again turned to credit policy to stabilize its economy – encouraging banks to lend more when there’s a risk of recession, and clamping down on credit when real estate bubbles threaten to spin out of control. In 2011 the government tightened lending in order to limit a possible housing bubble, and again in 2013, and yet again in 2017. In 2014 it eased bank lending to stimulate the economy. In 2016 it cut banks’ reserve requirements to stimulate credit expansion. And recently, facing the threat of a trade war with the U.S., it reduced reserve requirements again, and encouraged lending with various other policy tweaks.

Although it’s hard to get a clear picture of China’s overall credit policy – because there are so many policy levers, and because so much is done behind closed doors – it appears that the country is feeling out a novel approach to macroeconomic stabilization. That program focuses on asset prices, bank finance, real estate and administrative control of banks.

The Great Depression happened largely as a result of letting banks fail catastrophically in 1929 and 1930. We have been following bad loans in China for a long time, and so far they have dodged that bullet. Stay tuned.

Wow, this should have been obvious

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

AT:

Hillary Clinton is insufficiently stupid to have believed she could operate an unsecured home server without compromising the security of any data transmitted through it or stored on it. For just as long, it has been my contention that the server was the faucet through which she pumped information she was selling (yes, selling) to foreign entities, both public and private.

Wow. This is obvious but we never thought of it. If you’re going to do Uranium One and similar things, why not hang out a sign that you’re For Sale on the internet to sleazy governments worldwide — which is most if not all of them. Quite brilliant in its way. Excellent path for getting your tax-free corporation to be worth north of a billion if things go as planned.

We wonder who came up with this brilliant creepy plan. If it had gone through successfully in a good 2016 election, there’d be no need to fear accountability if you’re with the anointed ones. Those objecting to the plan would have known to shut up or else.

Funny without meaning to be

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

WaPo:

It’s not wrong to compare Trump’s America to the Holocaust…the president has certainly taken actions which are in many ways parallel to those of the early Nazi movement. As Evans rightly notes, his propaganda machine would be immediately familiar to Joseph Goebbels’s Nazi office. The recent executive order making administrative law judges political appointees subject to executive power cannot be seen as anything less than an attempt to bring the courts in line with the administration’s political ideology. The Nazis called this “Gleichschaltung,” or coordination, as they sought to co-opt government and private organizations. Even his management style has similarities to Hitler. Like Trump, Hitler was reluctant to surrender too much authority to one subordinate, and so his Cabinet (which he never called) was a den of backbiting and maneuvering underlings seeking the support of Hitler, who was the only one who decided policy. There are similarities with Trump, even if he has not achieved this level of dominance. Let’s again be clear: Trump is not Hitler; Hitler was arguably a far more astute politician

Yikes! Now they’re sending people to jail for gathering seashells at the seashore. What horror is next?

Fun bonus: the great movie AMERICA NOW! is playing on TCM today.

A reconsideration: the press conference was designed as a trap

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Yesterday we said a press conference is mostly blah blah, so we didn’t really know what the fuss was about. Angelo Codevilla has now clarified matters, and we now understand the meltdown:

The American ruling class’s attribution of the 2016 election to Trump-Putin collusion, which has characterized U.S.-Russia relations for two years, provided the press conference’s fireworks. Both denied any such thing and insisted there was no evidence of it. In response to a question about whether Putin would make available the 12 Russian state intelligence employees indicted for interference in that election to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Putin pointed to the existence of a treaty of cooperation on criminal matters and promised Mueller that access to the accused through the treaty.

This led to the final flourish. The Associated Press reporter demanded that Trump state whether he believes the opinions of U.S. intelligence leaders or those of Putin. It would be healthy for America were it to digest Trump’s answer: The truth about the charge that Russia stole the contents of the Democratic National Committee’s computer server is not to be found in the opinions of any persons whatever. The truth can be discovered only by examining the server in question—assuming it has not been tampered with since the alleged event. But, said Trump emphatically, those making the accusations against Russia have refused to let the server be examined by U.S. intelligence or by any independent experts. What is the point of accusations coupled with refusal of access to the facts of the matter?

The AP reporter, who should be ashamed, is beyond shame. Then again, so are the ruling class representatives who have redoubled their animus against Trump.

Very clever. It was all a trap. If he said no interference, he’s a traitor (how lightning fast did that appear?), and if he said yes, interference, then he’s joined all of his opponents in saying he’s illegitimate. So he said “let’s see the evidence that so far has been withheld.” The answer to the AP question had clearly been carefully thought through in advance. Bravo!

Roger Simon (great title!) and Thomas Lifson have similar observations.

Finally, Andy McCarthy has finally cut the cord and has completely gone over to the dark side: “I doubt our diplomats, intelligence operatives, elected officials, and citizens will much like living in the world Robert Mueller and Rod Rosenstein have given us.” Excellent. Correction: oops, maybe not re McCarthy; it appears he’s still trying to walk the line.

Stranger and stranger and stranger

Monday, July 16th, 2018

Brennan. Once again we’re on a different planet, different even from people we normally pay heed to, who are freaking out (here, here, here, and here, for example). A press conference is blah blah; who the heck cares? Trump could have said that Putin was the reincarnation of St. Francis of Assisi, and our reaction would be nothing. Who friggin’ cares? Obviously a lot of people do, but not us…

Somebody is living in Bizarro World

Monday, July 16th, 2018

Another dimension – a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You’ve just crossed over into Bizarro World. Ian Masters and his guests, including a Harvard Professor of course, have a discussion that sounds like they’re living in the Land of Chait. Either they’re nuts or we are; there is no overlap between the two universes.

In a change of pace, here’s something pleasant.

Insanity, thy name is university

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

Minnesota, a typical university in a state with fine or maybe typical public servants, in case you were wondering. There’s M, there’s F, and that’s it. If you think you’re something else, you’re part of a group that has 41% of its members attempting suicide. Crazy is as crazy does.

Fun question of the day

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

What percent of college seniors know why there was a War of 1812?

The explanation is simple

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

No really harsh actions so far on the Comey, Rosenstein, Brennan, Clapper, Jarrett, Lynch, etc., spying misdeeds. John Lennon knew why. So does Jordan, and so far he’s braved the nonsense.

Weekend entertainment update

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

Things are horrible in the current culture, but there are other things to watch on TV, e.g., Sinatra was on Carson (don’t ask Nancy) in ole 1976. Also, Toody gets a more human face than the Prez. Hey, Darth Vader nuked the Russkis – what more could you want?

Also, we saw Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood (luckier than Brian Jones) on a TV channel called AXS. He had a discussion with Paul McCartney which was notable for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is that McCartney seemed like a very nice guy, unpretentious, knowledgeable and fun. We note this for its own sake and also since we jogged by the Dakota every day in earlier times.

Superior virtue, according to our virtuous superiors

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

Who would you rather have as senator or president, Kamala or Gilligan? This is getting so old, so tired and without the fake news media and tenure, we could actually have a country again, Sigh…

non-bonus-bonus: we never knew that the life of our favorite stooge had such sadness.

PPFT kills

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

That’s peace, prosperity and free time. It’s hard to believe all the nuttiness that goes on by people who look like they really believe the nonsense they spout. Turn on MSNBC for five minutes if you can stand it. Anyhow these were our thoughts after reading this AT piece, which has a reference to particular PhD insanity, who BTW gets praised for nuttiness. One big problem is that so many of these nuts have tenure. Final point: we disagree with PL about the Otter defense. Otter was funny, not scary.

Bonus, featuring Herman: “there’s a scout troop short a child” works with today’s nuttiness, but “Khrushchev’s due at Idlewild” definitely does not.

Think about it

Saturday, July 14th, 2018

Excellent Klavan piece re leftists.

Every day it gets worse, at least in certain ways

Saturday, July 14th, 2018

This guy wrote a play said to be pretty good, but it can’t get reviewed, at least in one city. Here’s another non-PC thing from a smart fellow. SJW’s: why are these horrible things still available from Amazon? Why does this come up in a google search? We’re shocked, shocked, shocked!!!

Back to some numbers from China

Friday, July 13th, 2018

Forbes

private consumer expenditure in Asia is growing at twice the speed compared with the U.S. If Japan is excluded, Asia’s growth is three times faster. Even more striking is China where private consumer expenditure has been growing at an average of 13.8% a year in the last decade, over four times faster than in the U.S., according to the World Bank WDI database and Eurostat. Not surprisingly China is now the largest market for an expanding list of countries, which includes Australia, Brazil, Russia, South Africa, South Korea and Indonesia, among others. Indeed, if the current growth rates of imports respectively in the U.S. and China hold in the next few years, by 2021 China will surpass the U.S. to become the largest market for imports in the world.

WSJ reports that the focus on deleveraging has stopped, and that as a result “M2—a measure of the money supply that includes cash and most deposits—growing 8.5% this year, from 8.1% last year.”

When your life is a TV show…

Friday, July 13th, 2018

…and you’re the star, you do things like this to get great ratings and live in your adversaries’ heads every day. Only 76% of everything you say or do is a lie? We thought it was 200%. (Alternative title: The Art of the Squeal)

Bonus fun: we have no idea who any of these people are, but the meltdowns are enjoyable. And many more meltdowns lie ahead as the offenses get tinier and tinier among the Left’s competing SJW groups, and the rage grows in inverse proportion.

Civil War Post B: smile when you say that

Friday, July 13th, 2018

Gohmert was at least funny with Smiling Strzok. Sadly, Gowdy seemed windy, instead of going for the jugular in very short sentences.

BTW, the smiler’s defenders aren’t giving up or going quietly. One said he deserves a Purple Heart. Another in CA intoned time after time, “but what about the children!”

As you know, we try to avoid for the most part the cheap ad hominem attacks that have become so common today, but this Strzok guy is such a sleazy lying scumbag that there should have been on the R side a designated questioner who asked short pointed questions, without subordinate clauses, and after each response said You Lie, and after the last response (assuming the guy was under oath) said You Lie and you are going to Jail for it (and then taken action to do so, instead of just yipping the way pols do).

Update: Newmayr and so many others say the same thing about this really creepy guy.