What is Attractive to Republicans

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May 4, 2013 Posted by | politics, republicans, rick perry | , | Leave a comment

Canada not a foreign country, Bugs not seen, and Irish troops in World War II and debt burdens..

Rick Perry: just read:

In an Iowa campaign event, Rick Perry told yesterday’s crowd,

“Every barrel of oil that comes out of those sands in Canada is a barrel of oil that we don’t have to buy from a foreign source,” Mr. Perry said in Clarinda, earning a loud round of enthusiastic applause…”

Canada: our 51’st state? 🙂 (he probably meant: “potentially HOSTILE foreign source”)

Is he a lush or just stupid? It isn’t easy to tell, is it? 🙂

When we talk about “national debt”, just exactly what do we mean? Yes, some countries have our debt (4 trillion, mostly in t-bills) but most is owned by Americans (example: me!).
So what of it?

The government is now deeply in debt — but the nation has not directly gotten any poorer: the public, in its role as taxpayers, now owes 500 percent of GDP, but the public, in its role as investors, now owns new assets equal to 500 percent of GDP. It’s a wash.

So where’s the problem? Well, to pay interest on that debt, the government will have to raise a lot more revenue. Again, this is a wash — the extra revenue is matched by the extra income people receive as bondholders. But tax rates will have to go way up; and because lump-sum taxes don’t exist in the real world, this means that marginal tax rates will have to go way up.

And you don’t have to be a right-winger to acknowledge that yes, very high marginal tax rates act as a disincentive to productive activity. So real GDP may well fall significantly.

This is what I mean when I say that the burden of debt is about incentives, not about having to deliver resources to other people.

Bottom line: “the government must tighten its belt just like families do” is mostly nonsense. However, if one wants to use the “family” analogy, one might argue that even if a family is broke, it makes sense to take out a loan at a low rate to fix a leaky roof, lest a main asset get ruined.

History I was mostly ignorant of Ireland’s role in World War II. It turns out that while they were on their way out of the British Commonwealth at that time, there was still a loose affiliation. Nevertheless, they remained neutral and there was some sentiment to side with the British, and even some to side with the Nazis.

Nevertheless, some Irishmen fought with the British, which was legal. But some who were in the Irish military actually deserted to fight with the British, and there were some repercussions, both official and unofficial…which last even to this day. I was completely unaware of this issue. There is a movement to try to get these guys pardoned.

I enjoyed the relevant wikipedia article.


Click on the small picture to see the larger photo at the blog Why Evolution is True.
I say that this is a consequence of evolution (natural selection in particular) but a creationist might say that “Jesus loves the bugs”. 🙂

December 29, 2011 Posted by | 2012 election, biology, economics, economy, evolution, rick perry, science, social/political, world events | Leave a comment

Humor Political and Otherwise

I sure love the Rat character in Pearls Before Swine:

To see an example of why I like Rat so much, read this customer service experience at Not Always Right. In a nutshell, someone calls the plumber. Their hot water is out….but the hot water heater is electric and electricity was out due to a storm and….well…..

If there is anything I can’t stand it is someone who is dishonest about their cheating:

epic fail photos - Failbook: Cheater
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Hey, one of our serial adulterers (running for President) says he isn’t going to cheat anymore. So, are you going to trust him? 🙂

Speaking of candidates….snicker…

I don’t know what to make of this

fashion fail - Poorly Dressed: I guess that technically counts as a concealed firearm
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Oh yes, there is a new craze called “Tebowing”: that is dropping to one knee in a “prayer” position, though it looks a bit more like “the thinker” to me. Nevertheless, some of the photos are funny; there is a chimp, someone going off a diving board, etc.

December 14, 2011 Posted by | bikinis, humor, political humor, politics, rick perry | Leave a comment

Rick Perry’s Pro-Christmas Ad – The Colbert Report – 2011-08-12 – Video Clip | Comedy Central

Rick Perry thinks there’s something wrong with America when gays can openly serve in the military but kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas.

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Rick Perry’s Pro-Christmas Ad – The Colbert Rep…, posted with vodpod

December 10, 2011 Posted by | 2012 election, political humor, politics, religion, republicans, rick perry | Leave a comment

Republican Debate
Normally, I don’t care for the “x things we learned from the debate” but this one at CNN is ok.

Paul Krugman and other liberals are delighted at Rick Perry’s implosion (couldn’t remember WHICH agencies that he would cut). Nate Silver says that while he isn’t completely finished, he is probably a second tier candidate now.

Who believes Herman Cain? Well, here are two different polls, focus on the Republican men vs. Republican women:

In the Pew poll, Republican women are more skeptical of the charges. In the Gallup, the Republican women are LESS skeptical of the charges! What gives? Note: “n” is higher in the Gallup but “n” is still respectable in the Pew poll.

Can you guess the real difference? Surf to the article to find out.

Intrade: Perry has dropped to 4 percent, and Gingrich has “soared” to almost 10 percent.

Oh yes, Obama is over 50 percent again, at least as of this morning:

November 10, 2011 Posted by | 2012 election, Barack Obama, Herman Cain, Mitt Romney, politics, poll, republicans, republicans politics, rick perry, statistics | Leave a comment

cnbc Republican debate: Cliche Fest…and Perry can’t remember which agencies he’ll eliminate!!!

Topic One: Italy financial crisis.

Cain: doesn’t answer the question
Romney: let ’em fail and those banks that have Italian bonds..
Paul: Let ’em fail
Huntsman: banks are too big… (sounds like government regulation)

Auto Industry
Romeny: called out on his flip-flop on auto bailout.
Answer: waffles Claims that he doesn’t flip flop. Claims that the Obama is behind the flip-flop charge, never apologize for the USA. ????

Perry: asked if leaders need some flexibility. Says America will be America “again”???? Too big??

Gingrich: asked about Bernake’s statement. Asked about tax reform.
Gingrich responds: fire Bernake. Lower taxes, less regulation, no class warfare????
(*cuking idiot)

Bachmann: “taxes lead to jobs leaving the country”…speaks gibberish….why is this idiot here? “legalize American energy?”

Santorum: asked about his zero tax for manufacturing…..blames government in making us uncompetitive.

Cain: asked about the claims of sexual harassment (gets booed):
Response: shouldn’t be tried in the court of public opinion, gets cheered. Still didn’t say 9-9-9.

Romney: are you persuaded (boos). Says: Mr. Cain can respond, acknowledged cheers.

Huntsman: says he wants to be the President of the 99 percent AND of the 1 percent. Talks about the banks being too big to fail. No more bailouts, he says.

Romney: do companies have a responsibility to make money only. Lies about profit not enriching the executives: they get capital gains. What a liar.

Perry: his 20 percent flat tax….

Gingrich: takes a shot at the Occupy Wall street, academics and pundits. Yeah, he brings out a couple of exceptions and the idiots cheer. Gingrich is asked “what inaccurate reporting”; he can’t answer.

Blah blah….

My goodness; I think Bachmann is an idiot. I think that she and Santorum are there as props to make Romney look sane.

Paul is talking about interest rates being too low.

Seriously, the debate should be limited to Romney, Paul, Cain and Perry.

Now Romney is blaming the government for the bad loans….what a liar (or an idiot). Again, it wasn’t the government making banks loan to poor people that caused the mortgage crisis.

Huntsman is the only one making any sense at all; pity that he has no chance.

Repeal Obamacare question
Let’s see how anyone answers the preexisting condition
Huntsman: cost containment, states
Paul: medical savings accounts
Cain: HR 3000…”princess Nancy”
Romney: return to the states the uninsured…”more like a market”, “malpractice”
Gingrich: no 30 second answer he says.
Bachmann: Own insurance policies drive the prices down???
Santorum: claims that he lead on government out of the health care business…

Do these people do anything other than mouth stale cliches?

Highlights: Romney accuses Obama of putting his reelection ahead of problem solving (hypocrite). Perry: brags about poaching Caterpillar.

Vows to eliminate Commerce, Education and an agency that he can’t remember….he can’t name it!!!!!! FAIL…..

Gingrich will keep the payroll tax cut.

Romney whines about public service employees….

Some say that they disagree with the payroll tax cuts.

Bachmann: gibberish. cut her off…thank goodness.

Gingrich: blames student loans for cost……talks about administrator cost.

Mentions College of the Ozarks. This is the first “new” thing I took away.

Oh yes, Perry wants to do away with the Department of Energy (which controls nuclear weapons and nuclear power…)

Great: Perry of all people is telling us how to fix higher education.

Romney: calls out the Chinese for cheating….this was over a decision to buy parts from China to build parts for a California bridge.

How would you crack down on China?
Answer: call them currency manipulator. Tariffs to the Chinese.

Gingrich: blames American labor and regulations.

Huntsman: no easy answers. Talks about “applause lines”. Calls Romney’s policy pandering. Warns of trade wars.

Perry: can’t talk; breaks down into gibberish.

November 10, 2011 Posted by | 2012 election, Herman Cain, Mitt Romney, politics, politics/social, republicans political/social, republicans politics, rick perry | 2 Comments

Popcorn Post II

These are intrade odds; note that “Paterno will resign” was over 80 percent earlier today.

But the Cain campaign “scandal” has been the most entertaining news for me today.

Some Cain supporter reaction:

Now Druge is breaking the “story” that the accuser was once fired for filing false sexual harassment charges:

One might be asking themselves why Ms. Bialek was fired from the National Restaurant Association. After all, being fired, quite unlike simply being laid off, is a serious issue with serious ramifications; since leaving the Restuarant Association, Ms. Bialek has been unable to maintain regular employment. So why was this woman let go? Why has it seemingly affected her ability to remain employed for so long? Perhaps it might have something to do with the reason she was fired from the National Restaurant Association in the first place… FILING FALSE CLAIMS OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT “She was fired from her job, and her boyfriend suggested she contact Cain in hopes he could help her find employment.”.

Now I trust Druge about as far as I could throw a 300 pound barbell.

Who knows? Rick Perry must be laughing his @ss off right now.

What is interesting is how some of my liberal acquaintances have acted: the guys have been mostly “wait and see” whereas the more vocal feminists were all into the “off with his head”; evidently in their mind, accusation is the same as guilt.

I’ll say it again: there has to be at least some evidence to substantiate a charge, else anyone can charge anyone. The most damning evidence against Mr. Cain is his history of accusers being paid quite a bit of money.

So, though this latest accuser doesn’t strike me as credible, there are the other charges where there are actual settlements.

November 9, 2011 Posted by | Herman Cain, political/social, politics, rick perry, social/political | Leave a comment

9-9-9: 9 women, 9 charges, 9 political lives…I’m loving it!

Ok, Herman Cain never stood a snowball’s chance in hell of winning the Republican nomination. However, it appears that he drew enough support from the “anti-Romney’ candidates to worry them (Rick Perry?). Hence the resurfacing of allegations including a new 4’th allegation of sexual harassment.

Sure many in the Republican establishment are shrugging this off; it is merely a case of slacker gold-diggers trying to get rich at the expense of a famous person:

Moreover, people are on to the sexual-harassment scam. In typical fashion, Congress took a situation where women had no protection for legitimate grievances and created a solution rife with unintended consequences. Now businesses are regularly making payouts for the flimsiest of reasons. It’s obvious that these alleged victims and their lawyers — no matter what they may say publicly — are champing at the bit to come forward for their day in the limelight and the inevitable book deal. Who can pass up being the new Anita Hill, who to this day periodically receives glowing newspaper profiles?

(yes, this came from Fred Thompson, or someone writing for Mr. Thompson)

Anyway, I love it when Republicans go after one another. Pass the popcorn!!!

But the funniest take comes from this Tom Tomorrow Cartoon: “Will the pretend candidacy of a man who never had a remote chance of winning the nomination let alone winning the presidency be derailed by the sexual harassment scandal? ”

Click the thumnail to see the cartoon at the source; it is hilarious!

(the Republicans don’t play nice, do they? 🙂 )

November 7, 2011 Posted by | 2012 election, Herman Cain, politics, politics/social, republicans, republicans politics, rick perry | Leave a comment

Republican Command of the Issues (and my workout)

Workout notes: no lifeguard. 😦 But I did walk some and then do squats. Walking: 3 miles easy with Lynn last night and 4 more on the university track this morning in 45:24: 12:43 (all moderate), 11:16 (2-1-2-1-2), 10:53 (1-3-1-3), 10:30 (1-7). The 1’s represent a 200 meter recovery lap. Then I did a few sets of 1-legged squats with the Smith Machine and some high rep leg presses.

Republican Command of Important Geo-Political Issues
Yep, this person is polling 1 or 2 among the GOP presidential hopefuls:

During an interview that aired on PBS’ NewsHour on Monday night, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain warned that China has indicated it’s “trying to develop nuclear capability.”

After Cain said, “I do view China as a potential military threat to the United States,” the following exchange took place between the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO and PBS’ Judy Woodruff:

JUDY WOODRUFF: And what could you do as president to head that off?

HERMAN CAIN: My China strategy is quite simply outgrow China. It gets back to economics. China has a $6 trillion economy and they’re growing at approximately 10 percent. We have a $14 trillion economy — much bigger — but we’re growing at an anemic 1.5, 1.6 percent. When we get our economy growing back at the rate of 5 or 6 percent that it has the ability to do, we will outgrow China.

And secondly, we already have superiority in terms of our military capability, and I plan to get away from making cutting our defense a priority and make investing in our military capability a priority, going back to my statement: peace through strength and clarity. So yes they’re a military threat. They’ve indicated that they’re trying to develop nuclear capability and they want to develop more aircraft carriers like we have. So yes, we have to consider them a military threat.

Oh, well, who would know that China has had nuclear bombs from…oh, 1964?

Hey, it could happen to anyone. 🙂

Speaking of Mr. Cain: his campaign believes that Rick Perry is behind the resurfacing of the sexual harassment allegations.

I told you it wasn’t a Democrat. 🙂

One cynical prediction: if the woman in question is black, Mr. Cain will survive this ok. If she is white: he is toast.

November 3, 2011 Posted by | 2012 election, Herman Cain, politics, politics/social, republicans political/social, republicans politics, rick perry | Leave a comment

Olbermann on O’Reilly, Cain and Perry….(funny)

October 28, 2011 Posted by | 2012 election, Fox News Lies Again, Herman Cain, political humor, politics, politics/social, republicans, rick perry | Leave a comment