Sunday, August 28, 2016

71 Days to the Election

So what's it going to be?

1. Clinton by a landslide?

2. Trump by a landslide?

3. Close?

How do you think Jill Stein and Gary Johnson are going to perform?

And in other news, Colin Kapernick can go F'himself.

The hack quarterback for the 49'ers with a $114,000,000 contract, $61,000,000 guaranteed, $12,000,000 this year, refuses to stand for the national anthem. Well me? I refuse to watch any game with the 49'ers. 

Friday, August 26, 2016

BBC RADIO 2

FOR THOSE WHO DON'T LIKE BBC RADIO 1 ;)

Believe it or not, Radio 2 is the #1 station in the UK and oriented towards a more adult audience.These are from the A-List playlist.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Corruption thy name is Clinton

Corrupt Legislation - E Vedder, Library of Congress





At least 85 of 154 people from private interests who met or had phone conversations scheduled with Clinton while she led the State Department donated to her family charity or pledged commitments to its international programs, according to a review of State Department calendars released so far to The Associated Press. Combined, the 85 donors contributed as much as $156 million. At least 40 donated more than $100,000 each, and 20 gave more than $1 million.

Among those granted time with Clinton included an internationally known economist who asked for her help as the Bangladesh government pressured him to resign from a nonprofit bank he ran; a Wall Street executive who sought Clinton's help with a visa problem; and Estee Lauder executives who were listed as meeting with Clinton while her department worked with the firm's corporate charity to counter gender-based violence in South Africa. MSN

 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Winter is Coming!


First snow.

LOCAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF UP TO TWO INCHES WILL BE
POSSIBLE FOR ELEVATIONS GENERALLY ABOVE 12000 FEET DURING
THIS PERIOD.
 
 
PIKES PEAK CAM 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Is the Commission on Presidential Elections Non-Partisan

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

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

Are the polls selected for inclusion non-partisan?

The polls for this year are:

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


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

Is Frank Newport "non-partisan"?

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, August 22, 2016

One-Third a Slave




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

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

Wat Tyler where are you now?


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Who is John Galt?

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

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

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

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

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

Who is John Galt?

I am John Galt.

How about you?

Friday, August 19, 2016

BBC RADIO 1

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

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As an aside:

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