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Does America really want to compete on a level playing field?


I very much enjoyed the Save the Day response video below but I did hear one comment in the thing to which I must respond. The comment was, when advocating for Trump, the claim that he will ensure “American businesses compete on a level playing field”.

If there is one thing we should all pray, it is that there never comes a day in which American businesses compete on a level playing field the majority of countries in the world.

In order for the playing field to be level, the United States would need to give up most of its significant advantages in the global arena.

In order for the playing field to be level, the US currency could not be the global reserve currency. That the USD is the world reserve gives us significant advantages in international balances of payments.

We would have to give up our intellectual property rights because the lack of these rights in China is a significant disadvantage for that country.

We would have to hobble our work force because it is currently among the most productive in the world. It is ar more productive than those in, say, Mexico or China.

We would have to loosen rules around court ordered contract enforcement and rely more on organized crime for enforcement as is the case in most of the Third World.

In order for the playing field to be leveled, much of our infrastructure would need to be eliminated. American infrastructure definitely gives the US trade advantages.

We would need to ensure that fewer people graduate high school and college to make sure the US workforce is a uneducated as that of Malaysia.

American research and development will need to be reduced to the levels of our competitors.

We would need the government to be more corrupt and corporatist than it already is. Doing business in most of the world requires bribes to government officials. That the US is largely free of that sort of things represents a meaningful advantage.

I could go on but I think I have made my point. If there is one thing all Americans should hope never, ever happens, it is that the US competes on a level playing field. The people of this country have worked long and hard to make the field tip steeply in our favor. We should acknowledge that, be thankful and absolutely stop whining about the unfairness of a world that is unfair in our favor.


A Save the Day response

Remember this jackassery? Here is pretty well done response.

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Whatever happened to Obamacare?

Hillary isn’t talking about Obama’s signature legislation.

The Affordable Care Act is Barack Obama’s signature achievement as president. It is the Democratic Party’s most important legislative accomplishment in two generations. It is something Hillary Clinton, although she left the Senate by the time ACA became law in 2010, worked for all her adult life.

So why doesn’t Clinton at least mention this great achievement as she campaigns for president?

Well, the New York Times is talking about it and what they have to say explains why HRC isn’t mentioning it. The next stop is fully socialized medicine and that doesn’t play well in election years.

The fierce struggle to enact and carry out the Affordable Care Act was supposed to put an end to 75 years of fighting for a health care system to insure all Americans. Instead, the law’s troubles could make it just a way station on the road to another, more stable health care system, the shape of which could be determined on Election Day.

Seeing a lack of competition in many of the health law’s online insurance marketplaces, Hillary Clinton, President Obama and much of the Democratic Party are calling for more government, not less.

The departing president, the woman who seeks to replace him and nearly one-third of the Senate have endorsed a new government-sponsored health plan, the so-called public option, to give consumers an additional choice. A significant number of Democrats, for whom Senator Bernie Sanders spoke in the primaries, favor a single-payer arrangement, which could take the form of Medicare for all.

It is, therefore, clear why Hillary isn’t talking about Obamacare. What is very peculiar is that Trump isn’t talking about it either. He didn’t even mention it in the debate.



Vintage Imagry, Modern Tech…

It turns out you can see the addresses in this video, soooooo…

Go to 1:28 and then go here.

Now go to 1:51 and go here.

Finally, go to 2:46 and go here.

Obviously that last one was being demolished at the time…

Yeah, I know. Not earth shattering but it is Saturday night and I am just fooling around.


If the UAW gets it…

…Trump should too.

Speaking to the Detroit News about the presidential candidate’s continued criticism of the automaker’s plan, Bill Johnson, the UAW plant chairman for the factory that is at the center of the switch, revealed the still-secret vehicles that the compact Focus and hybrid C-Max models are making way for.

Johnson told the newspaper that “Trump needs to get his facts straight,” and said that other automakers have already shifted less profitable small car manufacturing south of the border.

“We hate to see the products go to Mexico, but with the Ranger and the Bronco coming to Michigan Assembly that absolutely secures the future for our people a lot more than the Focus does,” he said.

The federal government imposes average fuel efficiency ratings on car manufactures. Those ratings – so far – do not apply to trucks or SUVs. Trucks and SUVs are what America increasingly want. Auto makers, nevertheless, are required to continue to improve average fuel efficiency.

The only way to do this is to make cars small and light. The reality is that the amount of energy that can be extracted from gasoline has physical limits. Americans aren’t inclined to spend big bucks for small and light cars so the prices must be kept low. You do that by decreasing the cost of labor for the small, light, cheap cars and freeing up the more costly production for more expensive, greater revenue producing trucks and SUVs.

If cars mandated by the US government were built in America, they would be too expensive to sell. Trucks and SUVs manufactured in the US are marketable, however. Basically this is the only way auto makers can meet the demands of both the market and the government.

I am forced to ask myself again: Is Trump ignorant of these facts or does he just think we are?

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Why did the FBI let Hillary Clinton off the hook?

Because Barack Obama was her criminal accomplice.


Online polls are slightly less reliable than the Magic 8 Ball

Trump is claiming he “held back” against Hillary because he didn’t want to embarrass her. He is also complaining about the moderator treating him unfairly. I honestly don’t think he is helping himself by making excuses regarding his debate performance.

What really hurts him, however, is defending his performance by citing online polls. Citing an online poll as evidence of virtually anything is the equivalent of taking an intelligence test and failing. It is the equivalent of failing because, instead of bringing a pencil to the test site, you brought a Twizzler… and you ate it before the test.

Online polls are less than worthless and everybody who isn’t sub-retarded knows it. Trump either doesn’t know it or thinks his audience doesn’t know it. Either way, citing a source less reliable than reading goat entrails doesn’t help his cause.


Was it an unsuccessful coup in Turkey?

Or was it an extremely successful purge?

The Turkish justice minister says 32,000 people have been arrested since the country’s failed coup, and more may follow.

In a live interview with private broadcaster NTV on Wednesday, Bekir Bozdag said 70,000 people have been processed and 32,000 were formally arrested since the July 15 coup attempt. “There may be new arrests or releases according to the evidence and information gathered in the investigation,” Bozdag said.

He also said Turkey was building a courthouse in the outskirts of Ankara, the national capital, for the prosecution of suspected coup plotters.

More than 50,000 people have been expelled from the civil service, including in the military, police, judiciary, and education, through decrees under the state of emergency declared after the failed coup.


What is killing the American dream?

In a word: Government. Watch. It’s important.


Charlotte BLM narrative collapses…

They said it was a book. They said he raised his hands.

But new information casts serious doubt on the original story. Scott’s wife can be heard on a video she released telling the police that her husband didn’t have a gun. The police can be heard on her video recording repeatedly telling Scott to “drop the gun.” Law enforcement released video from the dash cam of the police car that showed Scott didn’t raise his hands before he was shot, and the police audio also shows that police yelled at Scott to drop the gun at least ten times. The gun and holster found at the scene had Scott’s fingerprints and DNA on it. The book Scott was allegedly reading before he was shot and killed was not recovered at the scene.

But Mrs. Scott knew her husband did have gun. According to papers filed last year by Scott’s wife, he threatened to kill her and his family with it.

Of course those who want to believe that this man was executed by a racist cop will continue to believe it.

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Was Trump for or against the war in Iraq beforehand?

Who cares? It is irrelevant. He wasn’t in government. It wasn’t his job to know. Any statement you can find that he favored it – “Yeah, I guess” – is so watered down as to be meaningless.

What is important is that Clinton was a United States Senator and she actually voted to go to war. It was her job to decide and she decided to vote to go.

But even that isn’t that important to me. I supported going to war with Iraq. After 9/11, I was in no mood to let an America hating Muslim terrorist who had used chemical weapons in the past, who had attempted to develop nuclear weapons, who had attacked American allies, who was in violation of the terms of his 1991 surrender and who had tried to assassinate a former US president stay in power.

In that time and in that place, Saddam Hussein had to go. I didn’t support nation building. I didn’t support a light force of occupation. I didn’t support a light hand in governing. I supported shock and awe to continue until they were crushed, demoralized and no longer able to resist.

That didn’t happen. I will not shrink from my support for the invasion. That the occupation of Iraq was mishandled does not undermine the logic supporting the invasion.

Back to Clinton. Her maleficence isn’t that she voted for the war. Her vile, corrupt maleficence is that she voted to support the war and then spent the next six years undermining the war effort for her own political gain. She sent the troops to war and then, when they were in harm’s way, stabbed them in their backs.

That’s what matters.

Trump’s 2003 man-on-the-street opinion of whether we should go to war matters not in the least. It is doubtful he knew where Iraq was geographically located in 2003. The only reason it is an issue at all is because Trump has made it one by attacking Clinton’s reasonable vote to go to war without a single comment about her subsequent corrupt, treasonous undermining of the war effort.

Yet again Donald Trump, all full of sound and fury, takes a shot at Clinton… and misses.


Tragedy Averted

This morning we woke to a lower crest. At 22′, the damage will be minimal. That said, it is still the second highest flood in Cedar Rapids history. This time the city was prepared.

You would have been inspired to see people work together to save the city. It was truly a testament to the American can-do attitude. If you are struggling to find reasons to feel patriotic these days, the work, dedication, selflessness and love exhibited by your fellow Americans here in the heartland is a damned good reason.

Somebody created drone footage of the pre-flood preparations. It is very well done. Hopefully this video is one-of-a-kind and you will never again see this city or any other evacuated and almost devoid of people.

Things to look for: The sand filled Hesco Barriers along the river are blocking all of the bridges. The streets are covered with sand. The clean up will also be a monumental task.

I don’t know if Cedar Rapids could have survived another flood like 2008. I thank God in his heaven that we won’t have to find out.


Thoughts on last night’s national embarrassment

It was not enjoyable viewing. It was painful to watch. It did not enlighten the mind or uplift the spirit; quite the opposite. It was certainly not a game-changer.

If you want evidence that Hillary Clinton is a historically poor presidential candidate, you saw it last night. That she was unable to completely and utterly destroy her opponent last night is proof just how terrible she really is.

Trump, a candidate from a major political party who seems unable to construct a grammatically correct sentence, held his own against Clinton. While it was difficult to follow him through the word thickets and tanglefoot syntax he led us, it is clear that he was not badly hurt last night.

Early in the debate both candidates dived deeply into the sewer of pander and argued over which is more determined to use the power of the administrative state to restrict trade, block commerce and self-impose trade sanctions against the people of the United States.

In stating their opposition to NAFTA, Clinton was obviously lying that she now opposes it while Trump seems to believe NAFTA is a net-negative for America. It is difficult to decide which of these contemptible positions is more vile.

They both promised to use the heavy hand of state regulation to restrict trade but Trump promised these new regulations while he simultaneously argued he would deregulate business. Again, Clinton promises no such thing, rather promising volumes of new regulations, making her policy an economic disaster. Trump’s is merely a dog’s breakfast of contradictions.

From there it went downhill. By the end we were witness to Clinton promising a foreign policy that is more of the same failed policies of the Obama years and Trump spewing forth endless, confused, run-on sentences of broken syntax that were virtually indecipherable but for the occasional “defeat ISIS” and “take the oil”.

There were no knockout blows. Judged by the rules of a high school debate team, Clinton soundly defeated Trump. While her policies were disasterous, she was calm, prepared and focused. Trump was angry, juvenile, often baited and generally incoherent.

For example, Trump seemed to admit he pays no taxes. He lied when he claimed he never supported the Iraq invasion. He called for nationwide stop-and-frisk. He defended his birtherism. He even mentioned Rosie O’Donnell!

The audience laughed at him when he said he has a “winning temperament”. Clinton should have crushed him but she didn’t.

The thing is, this debate will not be judged by the Marquess of Queensberry rules rules of a high school debate. It will be judged on a curve. Zingers count for more than policy coherence. Humor counts more than focus.

And so it will continue. Two grotesques will continue to wrestle in the mud of American politics. I don’t know who won last night by the rules of reality television idiocracy in which we live but I know what was lost: Decorum, dignity and discernment.


Debate Stream and Live Chat



The Candidates Debate

I will be watching for the same reason most people watch NASCAR. I will be hoping for a fiery crash.

We will stream the debate here and I will attempt to live blog it.

I am offering up a drinking game. When either candidate offers an untruth, distorts reality or otherwise lies, sip a teaspoon of beer.*

Tune in later…

*The Real Revo will not be held responsible for any alcohol related deaths.

Nature wants you dead.

Standards of living have improved dramatically over the last couple of generations regardless of what the whiners say. What is quoted below represents a truly huge increase in your standard of living; almost immeasurable. And it doesn’t even include video on demand, craft beers or Kate Upton.

By the age of one, how many times had modern medicine saved your ass?

What about by the age twenty? How about now?

How many times has nature tried to kill you? Strep, staph, weather, tsunamis, all the vaccine preventable illnesses, tooth decay, allergies that range from life-threatening to “goddamnit, it’s spring and the trees are fucking,” and whatever the fuck Gwyneth Paltrow is getting stung by bees to cure.

And the goddamn flu.

Without modern medicine, how much worse off would your life be?

If you go back to doing all things naturally, a tiny emergency turns into a big one. A long term chronic illness turns into a quick death sentence.

Read it all.


Instapundent banned from Twitter

This is what you see this morning when you go looking for Instapundent’s Twitter feed.


It would seem Twitter is upset about this Tweet.


Riots are not peaceful. They are violent and threatening. Anybody remember Reginald Denny?

Running down people who credibly threaten you with violence and force is justifiable. I would just turn on my hazard lights, toot the horn… and then run them down.

It would seem that Twitter has been on a banning binge lately. I think I will self-ban and delete the Real Revo’s Twitter feed. Why provide free content to a hostile entity? What say you?


Fair trade isn’t.

It is often said that Trump will use trade protectionism because free trade isn’t necessarily fair trade. We are told that if, say, Japan imposes tariffs – aka import taxes – on GM products but the US does not impose tariffs on Toyotas, it is not fair trade.

The question is, to whom is it unfair?

Suppose I want to purchase a Lexus LS (a Toyota product) in 2017.


I have saved and I am ready to make my purchase but when the day finally arrives, I learn that the price of the car has increased by $10,000 due to a tariff imposed under Trump’s plan.

Trump argues that it is unfair that Tokyo places an import tax on the Chevy Malibu in Japan. He has, in an attempt to benefit General Motors, responded with a retaliatory tariff.

Is this fair to me? No. It represents a significant increase in the cost of the car I want. The cost increase is nothing less than a new federal tax on my household. It benefits me in no way whatsoever but has significantly increased my costs (or forced me to do without a car I want).

Is it fair to the Bill Jones, the owner of the local Toyota/Lexus dealership? No. The increase in the cost of his automobiles due to the new federal tax means that his income has fallen significantly.

Is it fair to the Jack Williamson, the owner of the Chevrolet dealership across the street? It helps him a little in the short run, but not much. For example,I want a Lexus, not a Chevy so I still won’t buy a car from him. Other buyers will, however. In the long run the reduction in competition allows GM to keep prices higher than they otherwise would and higher prices get passed to the consumer. Higher prices mean fewer sales. That is bad for Williamson’s bottom line.

Who does it help? It helps the owners of GM and the UAW.

In other words, the new “fair trade” policy is grossly unfair to consumers and to importers, does little for domestic retailers but is very good for GM and its union.

The federal government intervened in the market, took money from the pockets of millions of consumers and put it in the pockets of GM and the UAW. There is absolutely, positively nothing fair about that.


WMDs used in Iraq?

That’s right. ISIS is evidently deploying chemical weapons against US troops.

There was a time when a chemical attack against US troops would have warranted a “we interrupt this program” news flash on every network.

There was a time when use of weapons prohibited by the laws of land warfare would have dominated the news for weeks.

There was a time when using chemical weapons against US troops would have resulted in a massive retaliatory strike that would have caused the entire world to tremble.

Not anymore.

ISIS is suspected of firing a shell with mustard agent that landed at the Qayyara air base in Iraq Tuesday where US and Iraqi troops are operating, according to several US officials.

The shell was categorized by officials as either a rocket or artillery shell. After it landed on the base, just south of Mosul, US troops tested it and received an initial reading for a chemical agent they believe is mustard.

No US troops were hurt or have displayed symptoms of exposure to mustard agent.

Sooner or later they will get lucky and the results will be horrific.


I am a sworn member of #NeverTrump but, damn…

…this video comes pretty close to convincing me to vote for the douchebag.

I mean, at about the two minute mark I was convinced that a vote for a candidate from a deep-blue state, a man who had no political experience, a long record of left-wing views, a penchant for conspiracy theories, a disastrous personal life, a messy business career, a truckload of racist baggage, and an appalling habit of toadying to Vladimir Putin is a moral obligation that I cannot ignore.


Obama’s CIA director voted for a Communist Party member for president


Yep. That sounds about right.

At his first polygraph test to enter the CIA, the future director had a secret.

John Brennan on Thursday recalled being asked a standard question for a top security clearance at his early CIA lie detector test: Have you ever worked with or for a group that was dedicated to overthrowing the US?

“I froze,” Brennan said during a panel discussion about diversity in the intelligence community at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual conference. “This was back in 1980, and I thought back to a previous election where I voted, and I voted for the Communist Party candidate,”

There is also evidence that he has converted to Islam.


Did police purposefully shoot Rahami just a little bit?

A writer for the New York Daily News has a theory. His theory is that somebody upstairs in government wanted Ahmad Rahami alive so, in the midst of a firefight, police consciously and successfully shot to wound him rather than kill him. This contrasts, according to the writer, with the treatment received by African Americans at which, evidently, police consciously and purposefully shoot to kill.

Police located Rahami in Linden, N.J. Two officers were shot during the confrontation. One was saved because of their vest and another got grazed in the face by a bullet. In spite of all of this, those officers and others found a way to arrest Rahami without blowing his head off. It’s amazing, but surely that was not an accident. Somebody somewhere wanted Rahami to be brought alive for questioning.

What I want to know is this: Can African-Americans all over the country get a little of that Ahmad Khan Rahami treatment?

Only someone who has never fired a handgun would think this idea is credible. Beyond that, ff you have ever returned fire with a handgun at a person who is trying to kill you, you know how abjectly absurd this idea is.

First, if you are in a firefight – or believe one is imminent – and believe life your is in mortal danger of being instantaneously snuffed by a rapidly moving man who wants desperately to kill you, about the best you can do is send rounds in his direction. The idea that anyone in the heat of combat, adrenaline pumping, in peril of instant violent death can “aim for the legs” is a fantasy of the uninformed.

Secondly, the legal concept of “shooting someone just a little bit” is absurd. Either you are in mortal danger or you are not. If you are in mortal danger you must respond with deadly force. If you are not in mortal danger, you don’t fire your weapon at all. In other words, a firearm is a deadly weapon that can only be used when lives are legitimately in danger. We should support neither, 1) prohibiting police from using deadly force when they are in mortal danger nor, 2) allowing police to use a deadly weapon when they are not.

The writer’s idea that some suspects survive shootouts with police and some don’t because of where the police are told to aim is utterly preposterous.


The First Amendment won’t stop Trump!

If you blog about how to make an explosive device during the Trump Administration, prepared to be arrested immediately.

Trump also said he believes there’s a foreign connection to the attack.

It is unclear whether Trump obtained his information from some sort of briefing.

His campaign has declined to say.

Trump is also saying that people who publish bomb-making instructions in magazines and on websites should be arrested “immediately.”

“They’re making violence possible,” he said.

Just yesterday I spoke on this site about how to make tannerite detonate without shooting it.

If Trump gets elected, I am going to need to recruit a team of volunteers to scrub this site of any type of explosive device descriptions and anything that Donald might consider libel. I don’t want to go to jail.

More here.


In the Navy

No problem, honey!  Now you can be a man.

No problem, honey! Now you can be a man.

The United States Military has determined that cross dressing service members will enhance America’s defense posture and warfighting capabilities.

All members of the United States Navy will undergo indoctrination in order to train them to accept that this policy isn’t insane.

As the Pentagon makes changes to allow transgender service members to serve openly, the Navy is holding training to educate all troops on the new policies.

In an all-Navy message published Tuesday, Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Robert Burke said a three-pronged training approach will equip senior leaders and rank-and-file personnel for the changes.

“This training will emphasize policies and expectations of personal behavior,” the message states.

Beginning Nov. 1, mobile training teams composed of Navy fleet representatives and subject matter expects will be dispatched to deliver face-to-face briefs to senior leaders, including commanding officers, executive officers, command master chiefs, and chiefs of boat.

More at the Military Times.


Your dog is a slave

A new book calls for the abolition of pet slavery.

Those individual educational efforts will merge into the creation of a grassroots movement that will do what the large welfare charities have not done and cannot do: be an anti-slavery movement for nonhuman animals and promote the idea that all sentient beings have the moral right not to be used as the property of others.

In this book, we discuss six principles that make up the Abolitionist Approach:

I. Principle One: Abolitionists maintain that all sentient beings, human or nonhuman, have one right—the basic right not to be treated as the property of others.

II. Principle Two: Abolitionists maintain that our recognition of this one basic right means that we must abolish, and not merely regulate, institutionalized animal exploitation, and that abolitionists should not support welfare reform campaigns or single-issue campaigns.

III. Principle Three: Abolitionists maintain that veganism is a moral baseline and that creative, nonviolent vegan education must be the cornerstone of rational animal rights advocacy.

IV. Principle Four: The Abolitionist Approach links the moral status of nonhumans with sentience alone and not with any other cognitive characteristic; all sentient beings are equal for the purpose of not being used exclusively as a resource.

V. Principle Five: Abolitionists reject all forms of human discrimination, including racism, sexism, heterosexism, ageism, ableism, and classism—just as they reject speciesism.

VI. Principle Six: Abolitionists recognize the principle of nonviolence as a core principle of the animal rights movement.

On the bedrock of these six principles, we maintain that that we can end animal exploitation.

These dogs would like to provide a canine response to the above.