Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Weather forecasters are not the only ones who are good at giving snow jobs

Zerohedge reports:
Following November's across the board ugliness in Durable Goods data, the hockey-stick extrapolators all positioned for the bounce back... Only 1 of 57 economists expected a negative print! But the actual data was a total disaster.
Against expectations of a 0.3% rise (following last month's 0.7% drop), December printed down 3.4% and November was revised drasticaly lower to down 2.1%. This is the lowest durable goods ex-transports since March.
I wonder who built that?  Thank goodness we are in a recovery. 

Now about those rate hikes?

I hate it when what promises to be a huge dump disappoints me.

Just when DeBlasio was all set to show the world the unbridled power of government workers driving their snow plows while singing patriotic songs government functionaries and climate change experts, who are able to precisely pinpoint global temperatures fifty years into the future, proved themselves incapable of accurately forecasting the weather 12 hours ahead.

Still Cuomo and Deblasio were able to verify, by outlawing the use of cars, halting all public transportation and even banning restaurant deliveries, that imposing martial law on the masses is not a problem

Friday, January 23, 2015

But wait! Aren't the Democrats the party of equality, fairness and decency?

The New York Post reports:
After flying to Davos in a private jet with his wife, kids and two nannies, billionaire Jeff Greene, who amassed a fortune betting against subprime mortgage securities, is lecturing the rest of us to live more modestly.

“America’s lifestyle expectations are far too high and need to be adjusted so we have less things and a smaller, better existence,” Coral Gables founder Greene told Bloomberg News at the World Economic Forum, adding, “We need to reinvent our whole system of life.”

That’s rich from the man who owns one of the most expensive residential listings in the country, a $195 million, 53,000-square-foot Beverly Hills mansion, “Palazzo di Amore,” with 23 bathrooms, a bowling alley and a disco with a 10,000-crystal chandelier...
From the Huffington Post:
Working on Greene’s 145-foot Choy Lee yacht was like being “locked” in Studio 54 in its prime. It was nothing short of, “Sex, Drugs, and Techno Music.” Celebrities, “hired” party girls, mayhem, and debauchery. I saw more tits and ass in one night on Jeff Greene’s Summerwind than I have for the past seven years on South Beach.
But wait there's more.  According to an employee of Greene:  
“Mike Tyson got on board sometime in late August. I particularly remember serving Tyson a vodka and Red Bull while he was receiving oral sex from a hired entertainer.”
And yes Greene is a Democrat and was a candidate in the 2010 Senate election primaries in Florida.

From the "you cannot make this S^*t up" file

Pharrell urges action on climate change as his sits pensively on his private jet...

For more see Pollution Pimp

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Heads politicians win. Tails you lose

Two years ago when gas prices were $3.35 per gallon, six House Democrats wanted to set up a “Reasonable Profits Board” to control “unreasonable” oil company profits when oil and gas prices were high by imposing “windfall profits taxes.”
Just wondering if they’ll now propose setting up a “Reasonable Losses Board” with “windfall losses subsidies” now that that oil and gas prices are so low, and some energy companies are suffering losses?
Carpe Diem

Twisted logic: You are probably going to get raped at College but Obama is going to make it less expensive

How can he tempt students and parents with free education while at the same time the White House tells us that 20 percent of female students will be raped while obtaining that education at colleges that are supposedly rape factories?
Washington Examiner via Carpe Diem

Maybe people don't want to pay more taxes because it just gets pissed away (part infinity)?

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has spent nearly a half a million dollars studying gay hookup apps such as Grindr.

The government awarded $432,000 to Columbia University to interview gay men who use GPS dating apps and determine whether it increases their likelihood of engaging in risky sexual behavior.

“Smartphone technologies have provided a new venue for sexual partnering among men who have sex with men (MSM),” the grant for the project states. “Indeed, there are a rapidly growing number of smartphone applications designed to facilitate sexual partnering among MSM.”

The project argues that dating apps that use the Global Positioning System, or GPS, has “accelerated” the rate that gay men can find sexual partners, compared to online.

For more go here

Wecome to Amerika: Students move to "fine-tune" the first amendment

Free speech may soon be a luxury on the University of Kentucky’s campus after the school’s student government surveyed the university community on how much they’d like to restrict the First Amendment through free speech zones. 

In an emailed survey to students, UK’s student government asked students to choose their preferred free speech policy for the university’s public campus.

Students could choose between a “single designated free speech zone in a specific location on campus,” or “multiple designated free speech zones in various locations across campus.” Students could also choose “no preference.”
 for more go here

Concert for non-violence in St Louis was, well, violent

This weekend there was a benefit concert in St. Louis to promote non-violence. At one point there was a disagreement of some sort backstage, but everybody worked together and settled the dispute without anyone getting hurt.
Just kidding.

For more go here

Here, I'll pay you to borrow my money


If you don't think there is something wrong with a world in which investors pay borrowers for the privilege of lending them money then I want some of what you are having.

One year Swiss rates have plunged to -1.05%.  Yes that's a minus sign....

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Yes, stupidity seems to be reaching terminal velocity


 Obama announces he wants to make community college free (note: in political speak "free" means someone else will pay for it) at the same time as announcing he wants to tax American's who are actually trying to pay for their children's education via a college savings plan...

Next up IRA's and 401k's: It's only time before people who have saved for retirement are taxed to pay people who haven't

For more go here

Headline of the day


1,700 Private Jets Fly to Davos to Discuss Global Warming...

For more go here

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Life's not fair (or equal)

The Left-wing Oxfam group has issued a report saying that the world’s wealthiest 1% will soon own 50% of the world’s wealth.

This press release has been nicely timed to match the meeting at Davos, Switzerland of the world’s wealthiest people. Oxfam pulled the same PR stunt last year at this time. It worked. So, they have done it again.

It’s time for a lesson in ancient economic history. (It will also be time again in a year.)
You have heard of Pareto’s law, I assume. It’s the 20-80 rule. About 20% of the members of any group provide about 80% of the group’s output. This general distribution applies in areas of life that we would not expect it.
This distribution pattern was first revealed in an 1897 book by Swiss-employed Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto. He found that 20% of the residents in every European nation he surveyed had 80% of the income.

This was big news in 1897. That it remains big news today is testimony to the fact that Left-wing alarmists have allies in the media — allies who are either incredibly ignorant of modern economic history (likely) or else willing conspirators in duping the public...

 For more go here

Friday, January 16, 2015

No. This is not from the Onion. John Kerry took James Taylor to France

In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack nothing says "smart diplomacy" like having James Taylor singing you've got a friend....

From Wapo:
Secretary of State John Kerry is in Paris after the White House apologized for not sending a high-ranking official to a massive unity rally after the terrorist attacks there.
And he brought a friend by the name of James Taylor.
 "Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call and I'll be there" (except of course if there is a gathering of world leaders to show solidarity and unity in response to a terrorist attack...then we will show up a week later with a washed up singer from the seventies.)

Presumably if there is a massacre in DC Americans will all feel a lot better when the French send their foreign minister to play Edith Piaf records for us

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

I don't think Liam Neeson knows what cognitive dissonance is


America has too many f****** guns': Taken star Liam Neeson launches expletive-laden tirade

The gun-totting star of the 'Taken' trilogy, Liam Neeson, has condemned the level of gun ownership in America labelling it an '(expletive) disgrace' while offering his condolences over the Paris terrorist attacks.

Neeson made the comments while standing in front of a poster of him gripping a pistol gun at a press conference in Dubai for his new movie Taken 3...

For more go here

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Maybe people don't want to pay more taxes because it just gets pissed away (part infinity)?

...community colleges are often dealing with the most challenging students. More than 50 percent of community-college enrollees require remedial work, and of those, more than 40 percent never even complete their remedial courses. Add in family and financial challenges, and it's not surprising that dropout rates are so high. But this raises a question that most people don't ask. If you graduated high school without mastering basic math and reading, and can't complete the remedial courses offered by your community college, what are the odds that you are going to earn a valuable degree? Why are we so obsessed with pushing that group further into the higher education system, rather than asking if we aren't putting too much emphasis on getting a degree?

Asking that question usually raises accusations of elitism, of dividing society into the worthy few and the many Morlocks who aren't good enough for college. I would argue instead that what's elitist is our current fixation on college.  It starts from the supposition that being good at school is some sort of great personal virtue, so that any suggestion that many people aren't good at school must mean that those people are not equal and valuable members of society. And that supposition is triple-distilled balderdash...
... What if people in the policy elite stopped assuming that the ideal was to make everyone more like them, and started thinking about making society more hospitable to those who aren't?...

For more go here

Egad! A politician says something sensible

Dutch courage: Ahmed Aboutaleb, mayor of Rotterdam, said that Muslim immigrants who do not appreciate freedom of speech enjoyed in the Netherlands can 'f*** off'

Labour politician Ahmed Aboutaleb, a former journalist who was appointed mayor of the Dutch city in 2008, is known for his straight-forward stance on integration.

The 53-year-old won the praise of London-mayor Boris Johnson over his comments last week, attacking fellow Muslims who move to Western nations and refuse to accept the way of life. 

'It is incomprehensible that you can turn against freedom,' Mayor Aboutaleb told Dutch current affairs program Nieuwsuur (Newshour).

'But if you don't like freedom, for heaven's sake pack your bags and leave. 'If you do not like it here because some humorists you don't like are making a newspaper, may I then say you can f*** off.

'This is stupid, this so incomprehensible. 'Vanish from the Netherlands if you cannot find your place here...

Daily Mail

Saturday, January 10, 2015

The idiocy of American politicians knows no bounds

At a recent town hall in Portland, Oregon, a panel of environmentalists and state legislators fluffed around about new environmental policies and legislation. One panelist, Quinn Read, of Oregon Wild, brought up the idea of 3 new things to tax; hiking boots, binoculars, and birdseed

Yes, birdseed.

Again, these people literally want to tax birdseed, to fund more wildlife preservation projects...

For more go here