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Posts by docbnj

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  • Paul Adinolfi: The gun industry has been getting away with murder

    01/27/2016 9:10:21 AM PST · 16 of 53
    docbnj to AlaskaErik

    Oh, slaves out-numbered whites better than 10 to one … in Haiti.

    In the Southern states of the USA, only a small proportion of white families owned slaves, and even then the average ownership was small (about four or five). Those were mainly house servants, and essentially lived very close to their whites.

    It is often mentioned that states forbade teaching slaves to read, which is technically true. But in practice, many slaves were at least partly literate, taught by their owners, or sometimes learning by themselves or from other slaves.

    Thomas W. Dixon wrote in his autobiography that in old Virginia one of the family servants would go hunting for rabbits, using his own rifle.

  • If Trump doesn't win will you vote for Cruz? If Cruz doesn't win will you vote for Trump?

    01/19/2016 7:10:50 PM PST · 312 of 432
    docbnj to dartuser

    Right now, I favor Cruz. I would also support Carson, Paul, and all the others down the line, except Trump, who is not a conservative. They say that he is a narcissistic nincompoop, a manipulator, a braggart, a wheeler-dealer, a defamer of the righteous, and a friends of ethanol racketeers like Terry Branstad. (”That is what people say, but I don’t know anything about it.”)

    If Trump is nominated, I may just adopt an attitude of serene detachment from politics, and will concentrate on the enjoyment of life, and the preparation for what is to come: the disintegration of the country.

  • Trump blasts Cruz for being rude to Mitch McConnell

    01/19/2016 6:55:21 PM PST · 81 of 292
    docbnj to Ghost of Philip Marlowe

    Trump supporters may actually be waking up now to find that they have been taken in by the blowhard. He now is a big backer of ethanol, hoping that this will help him in Iowa.

    Ethanol is what you are forced to have in your gasoline: it harms engines, cost more than gasoline, and lowers the energy value of the fuel. It is all a racket to prop up Iowa farmers, and most politicians back it (using environmental policy as a cover) because Iowa has the first presidential primary contest.

    Ted Cruz has stood up to this. So, he is being attacked by Iowa’s Governor, who of course favors the farmer-racketeers.

  • If Cruz is Eligible Because His Mom Was a U.S. Citizen Then so is Obama

    01/18/2016 7:11:32 PM PST · 108 of 188
    docbnj to piytar

    In general, any Republican is better than any Democrat.

    Then there is the matter of Trump. He may be an exception to the rule. But that depends on whether he is really a Republican, or a plant.

    If Trump is nominated, I expect to take a position of serene detachment, and watch the election as I would the Canadian election, or any other foreign political contest. I will have been eliminated from the process, and will put my attention toward preparing for what is to come.

  • If Cruz is Eligible Because His Mom Was a U.S. Citizen Then so is Obama

    01/18/2016 7:04:02 PM PST · 100 of 188
    docbnj to Tzfat

    “Try and keep up. Obama’s mother did not fulfill the statue’s requirement that she live 5 years in the U.S., over the age of 16. In 1961, she was 19. According to the statute in effect at that time, she could not transfer citizenship to her “son” because his father was citizen of Kenya.

    It had nothing to do with where he was born.”

    But actually, there is no evidence that Obama’s father was the Kenyan guy. For one thing, the marriage was void, as the fellow was already married, and has a wife back in Kenya. There is no evidence that the Kenyan bloke was the real biological father. A genetic test would be necessary. There is pretty likely a genetic profile on the President, but it has not been made public, in spite of his wife’s evident interest in genealogy.

  • Trump likes to sleep in his own bed and it may cost him votes

    01/08/2016 8:04:25 AM PST · 7 of 210
    docbnj to mandaladon

    This matter won’t effect my vote.

    If he slept in an arctic tent on the prairie, I still would never vote for Trump.

  • Donald Trump nukes Chris Christie while attacking a New Hampshire newspaper

    12/29/2015 2:30:55 PM PST · 15 of 16
    docbnj to TangledUpInBlue

    “Trump has shown himself to be a crude blowhard.”

    This is not exactly fresh news.

  • To the conservatives in Paul Ryan's district: VOTE FOR THE DEMOCRAT!!

    12/18/2015 11:15:31 AM PST · 39 of 62
    docbnj to Teacher317

    “No, we have Obama because of the GOPe and the RNC running the ONLY candidates who could not beat Obama, rather than running conservatives.”

    Not at all true. No one else would have won. Here is the proof.
    After the first term of Obama, the electorate should have learned their lesson and voter for anyone but Obama. In fact, Romney was better than McCain. But what was the result? Exactly the same, within a few %-points.

    Only a small proportion of the electorate ever changes votes. They mostly vote the way they think they should, with about as much thought as it takes to support one football team over another. In fact, people follow sports more closely, and with more attention, although the results mean nothing for their own lives.

    The reason Obama wants to flood the country with people from socialistic countries is to change the result of elections. Note that the quotas for British and other western Europeans are very small: less than for Central America, an area with no democratic tradition except for Costa Rica.

  • To the conservatives in Paul Ryan's district: VOTE FOR THE DEMOCRAT!!

    12/18/2015 11:04:26 AM PST · 33 of 62
    docbnj to cotton1706

    Another thing you should know: moves like this one are often organized by liberal Democrats.

    The same goes for some ads run in the Republican primary. Some of the most vicious ones are paid for by shadowy, ad hoc groups allied with the Democrats. The idea is to foment residual grudges among the Republicans, which gives them an advantage in the general election.

    This is why Reagan had the 11th Commandment.

  • To the conservatives in Paul Ryan's district: VOTE FOR THE DEMOCRAT!!

    12/18/2015 10:59:09 AM PST · 32 of 62
    docbnj to cotton1706

    Idiocy.

    Wherever you are in the country, the Republican is almost always better than the Democrat. That is a law of nature.

    There are no good Democrats alive, either in the wild or in captivity.

  • Best Bet to Beat Hillary? Mika Says It's Trump

    12/18/2015 5:32:33 AM PST · 6 of 33
    docbnj to Dr. Sivana

    Obama is a loathsome, unqualified, radical, and a narcissist.

    But this does not mean that we should counter with a load-mouthed, unqualified, ignorant, blowhard narcissist of our own.

  • California ballot initiative would require porn actors to wear condoms

    11/05/2015 5:27:03 AM PST · 4 of 27
    docbnj to C19fan

    They can pass all the stupid rules that they want, but they will never hold up in court.

    This is an attempt to regulate vice. Such things always lead to “regulatory capture,” ultimately with the vice being run by the government.

  • Statistics show White Supremacy bigger threat to U.S than Radical Muslims

    10/04/2015 11:58:20 AM PDT · 104 of 113
    docbnj to DeathBeforeDishonor1

    The Yahoo article is statistically erroneous. But the writers are using the same statistical tricks used often in statistical crime reports. It ignores the fact that there are more non-muslims in the country that muslims.

    In NJ’s “uniform crime reports” they play the same game. Where crime rates are high and they wish to obscure the source, they will use the “typical profile” trick. “The profile of the typical rapists is a white male”; but this ignores the fact that there are more white males than non-white males in the state. Non-white males are more likely to be rapists than white males, but it is not PC to report that.

  • US and Russia can’t agree on definition of ‘terrorist’

    10/04/2015 7:13:25 AM PDT · 26 of 26
    docbnj to 100American

    The Stars & Stripes, despite its patriotic name, is a left-wing journal. You should know that. This may be why it denigrates the invasion of Iraq under President Bush (with full congressional support!) as somehow ill-fated, when (in fact) it was an almost unequalled success — whose fruits were undone by Obama.

    As for who is a terrorist: this is not a question which should be asked of Lavrov or any of the Russians, as they have used what we would call terrorism, with enthusiasm, forever. They do not make a distinction. Under the Soviets, they sponsored guerrilla wars everywhere they could. Almost always those were wars against civilians as well as military, and the “insurgents” were usually not uniformed, and hid behind civilian disguises. It was the Russian who got the Geneva rules to allow this, as a way of approving (after the fact) many of their own activities.

    Our definition of terrorists would be fighters not part of a regular army, who do not distinguish between military and civilian in their attacks. It does not matter whether or not they have a “cause.” Thus the World Trade Center attack was a terrorist attack. ISIS is a terrorist organization. Most of the partisans in WWII were terrorists, no matter whom they were fighting. The Viet Cong were terrorists.

    Now Russia is going to war to support a terror regime: Assad of Syria. It is a good cover for them to pretend that they are fighting ISIS, but they left ISIS alone for years until now.

    It is silly to listen to a lawless regime like Russia talking about terrorism.

  • Franklin Graham: Russian Air Strikes May Prevent Christian Bloodbath

    09/30/2015 5:32:00 PM PDT · 15 of 22
    docbnj to donna

    This probably not true, as it appears that the Russians are attacking first the non-ISIS rebels. Their first aim is to bolster Asad, then control much of the Middle East. It means that they will then influence even a bigger share of the world’s petroleum. They are ensuring a further flood of refugees into Europe, which is accomplishes another Russian aim: destabilization and domination of Europe.

    Franklin Graham is a poor authority on foreign affairs. Both he and his late father were taken in by the North Koreans. They still send aid to the regime there. They are fooled by the few show-churches run by DPRK secret police in Pyongyang. Christians are persecuted and killed in North Korea. You can read that in accounts by refugees. Franklin Graham is oblivious to this.

  • 13 Reasons Why Donald Trump Will Make the Best President, Ever

    09/12/2015 10:36:17 AM PDT · 10 of 87
    docbnj to 11th_VA

    This clipping is fantasy — sheer fantasy.

    I heard Trump interviewed again this morning on Fox News. Everything in his mind is about how he looks, and what people say about him. Those who criticize him are “nobodies,” and most often he “never even met them.” It is all about Trump.

    He is a classic narcissist, a counterpart to Obama. The two are quite similar. It seems that in lowering the bar and electing Obama, the populace set the bar low enough for any snake to get over.

    So who will be elected? Hillary Clinton? Bernie Sanders, the crackpot socialist? Trump, the blustering epitome of connection-cronyism?

    And all the time we have a whole bench full of decent, intelligent, principled conservatives, each getting only a few percent in the poles.

  • Obama to rename nation’s highest mountain

    08/30/2015 3:02:45 PM PDT · 33 of 91
    docbnj to Cincinatus' Wife

    Look, you lowly citizens! The leader has spoken! Do not think that just because he scorns Christian symbols, he does not endorse pagan ones!

    Be so good as to acknowledge the Great Narcissist, who knows all, and whose every deed is correct and unquestionable.

    This who do not conform will be severely punished.

  • Murdoch begins ‘draft Bloomberg’ movement as market uncertainty rises

    08/25/2015 10:34:15 AM PDT · 59 of 75
    docbnj to PreciousLiberty

    Maybe Murdoch is smarter than we think. He is looking for a Democrat disaster to match the Republican Trump problem, in the hopes that the two bozzos will cancel out.

    Anyway, it might work.

  • Department of Labor Set to Change Overtime Exemption Regulations under the FLSA

    08/12/2015 4:48:31 PM PDT · 3 of 16
    docbnj to DBCJR

    Zero writes a memo, and the law is effectively changed for the whole country.

    We are, indeed, in a dictatorship.

  • Sundar Pichai: Google's new boss from humble roots

    08/11/2015 3:59:38 AM PDT · 4 of 13
    docbnj to sukhoi-30mki

    If you read the rest of the story, you find that Pichai’s father worked for the General Electric Company (not the US firm) and dissussed his work with his son even while he was a small boy.

    Most Indian families do not have a car. Does a TV help in raising smart kids?

    Sundai attended the Indian Institute of Technology, which was designed after MIT, but is smaller, and is extremely selective. His tutors said that he was the brightest of the bunch: that means, the brightest of millions.

    Reportedly, he is problem-solver, admired by his fellow workers, and his thinking aligns well with theirs.

    This means that the comments about Hindu nationalists, and the poor Americans who can’t compete, are rather off-base. This fellow is a world-class talent, and a practical thinker. One key to having a successful company is to get good people at the top, and not to waste their abilities.

    One more thing: Pichai’s father paid attention to him, and talked about work from his youth. How many father’s really give such real-world interests to their young sons? Pichai was a sportsman, and captain of a cricket team. We would consider this rather typical for a young American, except we would be playing football, which is actually not as safe a sport. I am sure that cricket players do not get the brain-destroying conclusions that our young football-players receive.

  • The Trumpening Puts The Heads Of His Enemies On Pikes And Shows You How To Be An Alpha Male

    08/10/2015 4:21:52 PM PDT · 18 of 74
    docbnj to Sir Gawain

    This is a disgusting article. Can we have some self-respect around here?

  • The human cost of atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was worth paying

    08/09/2015 3:21:02 PM PDT · 23 of 92
    docbnj to CorporateStepsister

    The residents of Hiroshima had nothing to do with the Shanghai killings. That sort of excuse is not only inaccurate, but immoral.

    Actually, there was no excuse for using nuclear weapons on civilians in Japan. The Japanese were defeated, and near starvation. There was no urgency to invade Japan — except in the plans of Stalin.

    Stalin’s agents encouraged us on high own behalf. He then swooped in to seize Manchuria and give Mao this region. Then he began a huge “bring the boys home” propaganda drive to get us out of the picture. Being a democracy, with no staying power in war, we eagerly began to dismantle our military.

    But we never needed to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Why those cities? One of them just happened to have the highest proportion of Christians of anywhere in Japan. How did that help end the war?

  • Lindsey Graham Blasts Fox For Its Treatment Of Trump

    08/07/2015 6:25:32 PM PDT · 38 of 68
    docbnj to DoughtyOne

    “A number of the questions to Trump were below the dignity of the event.”
    No, none were that low. Besides, this is the time to go into the shady past of any candidate who has one, before he gathers enough rabble to clinch the nomination, and then loose badly in the general election.

    Trump is not what we want. He is a phony. Out of the two groups in the debates, almost all the others are preferable.

  • Lindsey Graham Blasts Fox For Its Treatment Of Trump

    08/07/2015 6:19:52 PM PDT · 30 of 68
    docbnj to Biggirl

    I enjoyed Megan Kelly’s questions, and as I do not care much about Trump or Graham, I propose that they be next time be put into a third tier of debaters: those who will be given only cream-puff questions.

    Trump is a big loser. Deep down, he is shallow.

  • CVS banned tobacco. Now its sales are hurting

    08/06/2015 12:11:24 PM PDT · 70 of 109
    docbnj to Mears

    One case does not prove a general rule. Perhaps you have not died yet, but your brain does not seem to be working at optimum level. How do you know how healthy you would be if you had NOT been smoking?

    Have you ever, ever had a doctor tell you that your smoking was a good idea?

    Old smokers are just the left overs of the smoking population. You are ignoring and discounting the victims. It would be as if a veteran said, “The war wasn’t really so bad, because I lived through it, and it didn’t kill me.” You are looking at only the surviving part of the sample.

    But if this is the way you think, try to be happy about it, because we all die sometime, and even a fool can make it a few years longer.

  • CVS banned tobacco. Now its sales are hurting

    08/06/2015 12:01:16 PM PDT · 65 of 109
    docbnj to rktman

    Sorry, guys. This is a moral issue. It makes no sense for a drugstore to be selling a poisonous substance. It is no inconvenience for smokers to go somewhere else to get their nicotine fix, if they really want to waste their money as they try to kill themselves.

    Would you consider that CVS was being sanctimonious if they declined to offer on-site abortions? People don’t have to engage in trade which they know is harmful, if they really care about their customers.

  • Public University’s Bias-Free Language Guide Calls The Word ‘American’ ‘PROBLEMATIC’

    07/29/2015 12:01:58 PM PDT · 12 of 35
    docbnj to Impala64ssa

    The people who wrote this guide are giving idiocy a bad name.

    The same people who encourage such a guide will claim stoutly that they favor “free speech.”

  • Man drives several hours to fix grass next to Nathan Bedford Forrest’s statue and grave

    07/24/2015 6:24:48 AM PDT · 23 of 25
    docbnj to Timber Rattler

    Actually, Forrest was an interesting personality. The early Klan was a self-defense organization. When it “turned bad,” Forrest no longer supported it.

    Attacking the graves and monuments of the past is a cowardly displacement activity. A displacement activity is when one takes out bad emotions against defenseless people or things: kicking a table, hitting a pet, &c.

    If you don’t admire Forest, or the Confederate flags, then keep your opinion to yourself, or talk about it. But you have no right to vandalize, to interrupt a public speaker (in the guise of “free speech”!), or run someone off the road to his death.

    In general, the kindest way to treat people is often merely to leave them alone. Simple enough. I wish also that our government would learn that lesson!

  • Obama departs for Kenya, returning to his father's homeland

    07/24/2015 2:45:18 AM PDT · 3 of 30
    docbnj to LeoWindhorse

    But most likely Obama is not even related to those people in Kenya. There is no evidence at all that the stand-in Kenyan on his dubious birth certificate had anything to do with the President’s paternity. A simple DNA test would probably be very telling.

    If Obama were a more normal person, he would figure this out. As it is, he does not even seem really interested. It is odd, because his wife is an amateur genealogist, and has traced her own family. But they never have done the obvious investigations of BO’s African ancestry. Or if they have, they may be keeping up a charade, for political reasons.

    I am not interested in questionable birth certificates. I want a DNA sample.

    Actually, it has occurred to me that for security reasons surely there must be DNA information on the President. What if he were killed in an accident like an airplane crash, and identification were needed for legal reasons? I guess that the public will never know the answer.

  • Black Mississippi Confederate flag supporter dies after rally when 'car full of jeering African

    07/20/2015 12:32:51 PM PDT · 6 of 35
    docbnj to Nachum

    This should be investigated as a murder, and definitely a hate crime.

  • Trump: I Don't Think I've Ever Asked God for Forgiveness

    07/20/2015 12:19:07 PM PDT · 36 of 136
    docbnj to docbnj

    By the way, the Christian conception should not be that far from the Jewish idea of sin. Jesus never said that what he was teaching was outside the tradition of his people: he clarified and strengthened some points.

    Atonement is a pretty good idea for Christians, as well as Jews. For one thing, it acts out that one really is sorry, and has the practical effect of possibly undoing (at least in part) a harm. If you don’t at least do that, how can you ask forgiveness from God?

  • Trump: I Don't Think I've Ever Asked God for Forgiveness

    07/20/2015 12:10:38 PM PDT · 14 of 136
    docbnj to Kevin C

    Communion (Eucharist) is not just the elements (bread and wine). The service also includes confession. People would read what they are saying.

  • Trump: I Don't Think I've Ever Asked God for Forgiveness

    07/20/2015 12:07:22 PM PDT · 10 of 136
    docbnj to Kevin C

    It makes sense. If you are the center of things, whom do you ask for forgiveness?

    If your own desires are the law, all you have to regret are failures to get what you want.

  • President Obama Hosts a Ramadan Iftar Dinner at the White House

    07/17/2015 1:41:43 PM PDT · 55 of 55
    docbnj to Beowulf9

    The meal should never have been scheduled, but if scheduled, it should have been cancelled.

  • Flying the Confederate flag over a state capitol ... is like flying the Nazi flag over a synagogue

    07/05/2015 8:31:35 AM PDT · 41 of 50
    docbnj to Altura Ct.

    Is the writer’s name really “Stasi’, as in STASI? Staatssicherheits Dienst? The secret police of the DDR?

    I thought that they would use trickier code names than this.

  • 'Sweetcakes' owner defiant in face of $135,000 fine

    07/05/2015 8:27:54 AM PDT · 80 of 154
    docbnj to bray

    You are (understandably) confusing this Brad with Bob. Bob Avakian is head of the Revolutionary Communist Party, which worships him as a Kim-like god.

    See: revcom.us/avakian/

    The great leader Avakian is a friend (or “comrade”) of Cornel West. Last year they held a “debate” at the Riverside Church on the Hudson River in New York City. The debate was actually a fund-raiser. No kidding: I am not making this up!

  • White Professor Calls All White People To Mass Suicide Over Slavery

    07/03/2015 5:29:17 PM PDT · 107 of 123
    docbnj to MeganC

    Yes, what is holding him up from acting by example?

    Slavery is not characteristic of white people: it is a widespread (almost universal) human trait. It is found in every major civilization or semi-civilization since the development of agriculture, and even before.

    This includes Africa, but also just about everywhere else.

  • George Takei apologizes

    07/03/2015 5:24:15 PM PDT · 65 of 104
    docbnj to raccoonradio

    Mr. Takei still does not understand what Judge Thomas was saying. As I understand it, the judge was asserting that even under oppression you do not yield your dignity.

    It is pretty simple.

    At the same time, there are people who are not under any real sort of oppression who yet have no dignity.

  • Left-wing mayor of Madrid plans to rename Plaza currently dedicated to Margaret Thatcher [...]

    07/03/2015 3:58:47 AM PDT · 4 of 13
    docbnj to Moltke

    Spain down the drain.

  • Dinosaur proteins and radiocarbon wreak ‘Jurassic World’ havoc. Latest creationist research...

    06/29/2015 8:32:43 AM PDT · 10 of 40
    docbnj to .45 Long Colt

    “I just don’t have enough faith to believe in the evolutionary dogma of millions of years.”

    That’s OK, because knowledge of geology does not depend on any faith. It is like geometry, with a bit of chemistry and elementary anatomy thrown in.

    However, you have to learn something to understand it all, and not fall for this creationist stuff.

    Perhaps intelligent reading of the Bible would help. I was discussing this with a fellow Christian, and we both agreed that there is nothing in geology or evolutionary biology that contradicts any of the real message of our religion. (He is a Catholic, and I am a Protestant.)

    But a nice thing is, you don’t really have to believe in the facts of geology and evolution if you don’t want to. It probably makes very little difference in the way you live your life. It may limit your understanding of the world around you just a bit, but no one claims that knowledge alone saves us.

    So, have a great day!

  • Judge Blocks Ban on Dismemberment Abortion On Grounds It Creates An Obstacle for Women

    06/28/2015 7:14:56 AM PDT · 7 of 12
    docbnj to bestintxas

    When you pick a wife, try to find one with tender feelings.

    We are raising women who, after being kicked around on the career path and suffering several bad “relationships,” have become hard as quartz and tough as leather, with little heart left.

  • The Nazis against the church

    06/27/2015 4:50:08 AM PDT · 7 of 9
    docbnj to ealgeone

    In the diary of Joseph Goebbles, he wrote that once the war is over they would have to settle the score with the churches.

    Hitler and Goebbels were both nominal Catholics. But they were certainly not practicing their faith, and Goebbles was quite hostile to Christianity. Cartoons belittled priests, and until the end of the war there were subtle digs against religion in the most important propaganda films.

    I once saw in a university library a pamphlet given to Wehrmacht soldiers at Christmas season. It had nothing in it about the birth of Jesus: just evergreen trees, decorations, and things derived from the pagan Germanic past, but nothing specifically Christian. It was quite amazing.

    It reminds me that Christmas time for most Americans is shopping season, hurly burly, and (at best) family get-togethers. Oh, and parties.

  • GOP 2016 hopefuls Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee gain ground in WSJ/NBC News Poll

    06/22/2015 3:54:56 AM PDT · 7 of 19
    docbnj to Berlin_Freeper

    This is only a could-you-support question. The WSJ also ran an article saying that Bush and Rubio were consolidating their leads.

    All of these people are admirable in some way(s), and every one is worlds better than any of the likely Democrat candidates.

    The only ones who might make me stay home are Ron Paul and Donald Trump. The latter is unreliable. Ron Paul would be a disaster internationally, for he would not know how to handle the Russians and the Chinese and the iranians; and I do not adhere to his “do whatever you want” style of libertarianism, even though I agree with most of his economic and limited government ideals.

  • Gun ownership comes under fire

    06/09/2015 4:39:16 AM PDT · 5 of 17
    docbnj to rellimpank

    This is not a serious bill. It is what Gov. Christie has called “show time”: an extreme suggestion just to rally ones supporters, who in this case are the anti-gun nuts.

    The congressional agenda is cluttered with nonsense bills like this. And then the perpetrators will complain of “gridlock.”

  • How central banks have sown the seeds for the next financial crisis

    06/05/2015 4:17:59 AM PDT · 2 of 14
    docbnj to HomerBohn

    Here is how I see this. I am not an university-trained economist, so you can make your own judgment. Just think about it!
    1. We have been running a “stimulus” policy for years, through the Fed and through deficit spending almost all through the government. Even states with balanced-budget provisions in their constitutions have been evading the rules by piling up huge retirement-benefit provisions which do not figure in their official budgets. NJ has done this, and is rated in some studies as 49th or 50th in financial stability of all the US states.
    2. The policy is inflationary, and intentionally holds interest rates effectively near zero. Almost all countries have been doing this.
    3. With investment rates near zero, where does one put savings? A citizen can simply stop saving, which is what many people do. As a result, many retirees have barely enough saved to make it through one year!
    4. Investments in a zero-interest environment become extremely speculative, which means that many of them will be bad. That means misallocated investment, and the investment essentially lost. The high PE rations mean that people are going for the long shots, hoping that the future will be better. But only a few lucky investments merit such high ratios.
    5. There are some interests which profit by this inflationary environment: politicians, real-estate people. Both are misguided, and indulging in short-range thinking, but that is the way the masses think. One can hardly lose by playing on the gullibility, ignorance, and self-absorption of most people in the country. We are in a age where the motto should be: do whatever you want. A corollary is: it is always someone else’s fault.
    6. There is really nothing physically wrong with the economy! The world populations are richer than ever in history (almost everywhere except Cuba and North Korean). It should be easy to save for capitalization. Yet even the rich countries cannot find a way to save and invest efficiently; and if a few individuals do succeed, they are instant targets for the taxation authorities.
    7. Countries which cannot even balance their budgets will eventually short-change on their defense spending. Meanwhile, countries like Russia, which have always had trouble producing efficiently and creatively, will adopt a conquistador policy: if you can’t make it, invade and take it.
    8. War is the ultimate outcome.

  • Lincoln Chafee’s presidential platform? America to adopt the metric system, of course.

    06/04/2015 6:53:32 AM PDT · 16 of 59
    docbnj to SeekAndFind

    Of course we should adopt the metric system.

    But with common sense, and based on the experience of countries such as Britain and Canada.

    The secret is to adopt where it is easy, and where it makes sense, and keep what works. What works is standardized materials, such as 4x8 plywood sheets.

    Where change is easy, and educationally reasonable is (for example) to adopt °C. One could do that overnight. DO NOT memorize a conversion formula: it will just slow you down. Simply learn that 0°C is freezing, 20°C is room temperature, and 37°C is human body temperature. That is all you need to know to understand weather reports.

    The trouble is, liberals and socialists are not practical, moderate people; so they tend to go to extremes. They are by nature endowed with a strong streak of fanaticism.

  • Muslim Convert to Christianity Told to Murder Pastors ‘or Else’

    06/04/2015 4:44:19 AM PDT · 5 of 8
    docbnj to markomalley

    Ethiopia was Christian since the 1st Century AD. When the communists took over, they tried to eliminate religion, and were assisted by communist cadre from Castro’s Cuba. Ethiopian Bibles (almost all hand-written) were confiscated, and sold overseas as art items popular among European tourists who should have been ashamed, had they known that they were buying stolen goods obtained under such circumstances. Would they buy art works taken by the Nazis from Holocaust victims? Well, I guess they would, so nothing much has changed.

    Now Obama wants to be cozy with the Castros. The Pope thinks it is all right. The Ethiopian church was not under the Pope, so maybe he does not care. But he should.

  • After Violent Weekend, Emanuel Says Stronger Gun Laws Needed

    05/26/2015 3:00:29 PM PDT · 40 of 63
    docbnj to Jack Black

    “Quantity of guns”? I guess that he is not so good at the English language: it should be “number of guns.”

    But other than that, do we not see that ALL of the cities with the worst outbreaks of murders (and other criminal acts indicative of mass social disorder) are:
    *run by liberals;
    *populated by favored minorities;
    *have very strict guns laws already.

    Clearly, this is not a gun problem. It is a people problem. That could not be more obvious.

  • Polish president concedes election defeat to conservative challenger

    05/26/2015 2:06:51 PM PDT · 40 of 53
    docbnj to PotatoHeadMick

    Canada’s traditionally conservative province of Alberta recently elected a NDP (“New Democratic Party”) government. The NDP was called by one of my old Canadian friends “the communists.” They are about like Warren-Sanders democrats in the States.

  • Court Rules New York May Not Issue Pro-Life License Plate

    05/26/2015 1:56:06 PM PDT · 9 of 37
    docbnj to NYer

    The courts just declare “broad discretion,” which essentially means that some bureau can do whatever it wants.

    Believe me, these courts are corrupt as hell. I’ll take that back: hell is pretty straight-forward; these courts are more devious and crooked.