Good Wealth vs Bad Wealth

Former U.S. presidential candidate Romney speaks to the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland

Mitt Romney is a capitalist. So is Donald Trump. Trump is the hero of certain segments of the white working class. These same people had nothing but contempt for Romney’s capitalist and corporate credentials. Why does the working class fear the capitalism of Mitt Romney and embrace the supposed business savvy of Donald Trump?

There are many reasons why the working class prefers the personality of Trump. He is a shock-jock approved churl who isn’t afraid to engage in vulgarities such as discussing sex with his wives or the attractiveness of his daughter’s body. He is a reality television star who is a purveyor of high prole entertainment such as Miss Universe and The Apprentice.

Mitt Romney carries an air of high-brow haughtiness and sincere religiosity that is not well received by the proletarian white working class. They sneer at what they see as snobbery and puritanical priggishness. These are most certainly not, on the other hand prejudices faced by Mr. Trump.

Let’s isolate the differences in Romney and Trump as capitalists, however. Even here, the two men are seen by Trump supporters in a very different light.

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Hive Mind and the Inevitable Failure of Central Planners

This post is from the archives. It was originally posted on November 16, 2013. I am posting it again for two reasons. First, because I am really proud of it. 🙂 Secondly, I am posting because it is background for another post that I have queued up for later today.

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“What we’re also discovering is that insurance is complicated to buy.” ~Obama, 11/14/13

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If schadenfreude was corn flakes, last week would have been General Mills. For four years conservatives have been telling the world exactly what would happen with the implementation of Obamacare and, by golly, it is happening. It turns out that a bunch of Ivy League trained apparatchiks cannot, in fact, stay up all night and, between bong hits, effectively reorder the lives of hundreds of millions of people. Last week, the leftist belief that central planning can make you a better person ran headlong into the iron laws of economics. It was a beautiful thing.

F.A. Hayak called their jackassery the “Fatal Conceit” and famously said, “The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.” Last week was just such a demonstration.

To understand the Fatal Conceit, let’s talk about honey bees. Honey bees are able to do some pretty amazing things. They can form swarms and move from place to place, they can form hives, they can divide labor, they can care for and feed their queen, they can find pollen and communicate its location to other bees based on the position of the sun, they can heat and cool their hive as necessary, they can build wax combs, they can make and store honey, they can care for larva and much more. Bees are pretty amazing. It’s like they have this whole, complicated social industrial complex.

The thing is, no bee can go into business for himself. No bee brain contains an understanding of how to do all of the things listed above. Yet, as a group, they do it. Complex bee behaviors are accomplished through a principle called “hive mind”. While no bee can organize the hive, all of the bees together can. There was no plan for the bees, no blueprint, no white papers, no legislation, no bureaucracy and no Ivy League elites producing five year plans. Bees, somehow, know how to run the hive not individually, but across the minds of thousands of bees. The knowledge to run the hive is distributed. There is no centralized control structure dictating how individual bees should behave. Localized interactions between bees lead to the emergence of “intelligent” global behavior that is incomprehensible to individual bees. It isn’t just bees that have access to the hive mind, however.

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Talk About Contempt Of Congress…

“IRS Chief Skips Own Impeachment Hearing”

IRS Chief John Koskinen

IRS Chief John Koskinen

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen will not appear Tuesday at a “misconduct” hearing at which Republicans will lay out a case to impeach him for allegedly failing to comply with a congressional subpoena, the IRS told POLITICO.”

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Of Course She Did

She knows her limitations. Or, at least her handlers do. Hillary Rodham Clinton doesn’t even give a prepared speech well. She is completely unprepared to deal with challenges from either Bernie or the moderators. Her team would not have control over either one so she can not risk it.

Clinton knows what she does poorly and what she does best. She will not allow herself to be placed in a position where she must deal with actual Questions.

“Hillary Clinton Says No Thanks to Fox News Debate With Bernie Sanders”

Hillary Clintion Campaign In Kentucky One Day Before State Primary

Hillary Clinton has declined an invitation to take part in a Fox News debate with Bernie Sanders, her campaign announced Monday.”

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Black Powder Cannons – From Golf Ball Size To Bowling Ball Size – For Sale

Many of us experimented with things like this when we were young. Now old farts can continue the youthful pursuits. A company in Utah is making and selling black powder cannons for every budget. Prices start at $170 for the basic 5 inch golf ball cannon:

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If you don’t want to build a carriage for it they are $89 extra.

They also make them to fire billiard balls:

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They start at $379.

For the ‘Bigger equals better’ crowd they make them to fire bowling balls:

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Starting at $949 less carriage.

Lots of videos at Coaches Club Cannons

The bowling ball mortars look like they are made from compressed gas cylinders.

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Sen Sessions: 2nd Amendment Extinct If Hillary Elected

Sorry for the broken link.

This type of talk requires an armed populace to willingly surrender their firearms. I would posit that millions of Americans didn’t spend billions of dollars buying weapons and ammunition over the past 8 years, just to give them away. The chosen language shows a fundamental misunderstanding of the word “right”, thus:

Natural rights: actions endowed to us by our Creator in which one is free to engage in a state of nature
Constitutional rights: actions protected under the Constitution (including via Amendment)
Human rights: a fantasy word create by those who seek to subjugate the individual to a “collective” or “common good”

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Denial Is Not Just A River In Egypt

You’ve probably heard about the EgyptAir aircraft that didn’t make it to Cairo. There has been a lot of speculation about whether the crash was a result of the actions of terrorists. The discussion has been going on between realists who say, “It sure looks like terrorism”, and the ‘Dreamers’ who are determined to blame something other than Islamists.

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Firmly in the corner of the second group is the New York Times. Unwilling to mention the possibility that terrrorists did the job that killed 66 people they tell us this was a coincidence:

“EgyptAir Was Aware of Threats to Security, Including One Scribbled on Plane”

Debris from the EgyptAir crash

Debris from the EgyptAir crash

First line in the NYT coverage:

CAIRO — In an eerie coincidence, the EgyptAir jetliner that plunged into the Mediterranean on Thursday was once the target of political vandals who wrote in Arabic on its underside, “We will bring this plane down.”

How can we possibly rely on a media like this to provide us with real news?

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Finding Home: Darkness Rises

This is chapter 3. If you haven’t read Chapters 1 & 2, they can be found here:

Intro & Chapter 1

Chapter 2

“From the time of Mohammed, the means of Muslim expansion was always the sword. Muslim thought divides the world into two spheres, the Abode of Islam and the Abode of War….” ~Thomas Madden ‘The Real History of the Crusades’
 

3. Darkness Rises

Abaskuul “Abe” Muhammed was, by all accounts a promising American immigrant success story. Born in Mogadishu, Somalia his parents fled to America, seeking asylum. They just wanted a better life for their family, and they got it.

Abe excelled at school, receiving a full-ride to the University of Washington, to study Chemical Engineering. A recipient of the ASNCE Forten Scholarship, he was 1 of 25 recipients in 1,600 nominees. His future was indeed bright.

This morning began like so many others, helping his Uncle “Abe” open the truck rental store and check in and wash the returns until he had to leave for classes.

When he got off the bus, a block south of the store, he was happy to be helping out the uncle who shared his name. As he walked up the west side of 15th street toward the store he heard what he thought was a gunshot. Mind racing, he panicked and ran toward the store.

Coming around the end of the two box trucks on the corner of the parking lot, Abe saw a man he knew from the Somali Center with a man in a green tunic and another man in white “Ihram” clothing, the traditional dress of those who are participating in Hajj. They were just inside the store and looked to be screaming at each, or someone, but Uncle Abe was nowhere to be seen.

As he ran toward the front door of the converted, 70’s era tan-colored gas station, he saw Uncle Abe’s head and back sticking up over the low cinder block wall beneath the front window. He was on his hands and knees. Uncle Abe was pleading with the men to spare him. That much was obvious. Little Abe stopped, dead in his tracks. He quickly scurried behind an enclosed trailer with the familiar landscape scene and bright orange coloring.

He tried to peak around the corner, but the 2nd man, in the green tunic, saw him and motioned for the other two to look. Like so many deer, in so many roadways, Abe froze, transfixed by the “headlights” of the current situation. He didn’t understand what was happening, and he didn’t want to, but he couldn’t will himself to move, either.

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Bernie Sanders Shows His Vindictive Side

Not saying he doesn’t have a right to do this. It just shows what his opponents can expect.

In reality, this is not unexpected. The Democrat National Committee is headed by Lil’ Debbie. The DNC has chosen Hillary Clinton as their Presidential nominee and nothing, not even voter preference, is going to stop them from achieving that goal. Bernie and his supporters don’t like it. They say it’s, “Unfair”. He has decided to do something about it. This is actually a pretty good tactic.

“Sanders fundraising against Wasserman Schultz”

Sanders is using his campaign's fundraising lists to raise money to oust Wasserman Schultz from her Florida congressional seat. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Sanders is using his campaign’s fundraising lists to raise money to oust Wasserman Schultz from her Florida congressional seat. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign has begun raising money for Democratic National Committee chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s primary opponent, threatening to further divide Democrats even as Party leaders hope to unite the Party behind Hillary Clinton.

Sanders spoke out against Wasserman Schultz in an interview that aired Sunday on CNN, during which he said he “clearly” favored her opponent, Tim Canova. Now, he’s wading in with an active role against her.”

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‘Imagine’ – The Dream Of Utopia

John Lennon wrote the song. In it he put all his dreams of a perfect world. He dreamed of a life without God or Satan, a world without violence or killing, a world without hunger or possessions. He dreamed of a perfect world without competition.

He was wrong – or stoned. His dream forgot the human emotions of lust, greed, and avarice. He thought people could become perfect, but we can’t.

How many of you know the words to his song? All of them?

“Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man”

It has become an anthem for socialists and other layabouts. But every time, without exception, his method has been tried it has resulted in hunger and death. In some cases the death toll was in the millions. In every case some strong man has co-opted the dream and turned it into a nightmare under his control.

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Today we are seeing the beginning of another nightmare in Venezuela.

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The people there have begun eating street animals and some are stealing from others. As a result, gangs of vigilantes are dispatching hard justice on the thieves. The people are angry. Soon the state will move to stop the people. Then the killing will start in earnest. Mr. Maduro has failed but he doesn’t want to release his control.

Again, every single time Lennon’s dream has been tried it has failed. But some people still ‘Imagine’. They are fools.

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“Ted Cruz just crushed Donald Trump in Washington State election of GOP delegates”

A little early but it looks like it’s official.

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Washington State holds its Republican primary on Tuesday, and with one candidate left in the race, there’s not too much drama about the outcome. But in a twist — and what would the 2016 race be without a twist? — 40 of Washington’s 41 delegates selected Saturday to attend the Republican National Convention in July are Ted Cruz partisans. Cruz supporters outnumbered Donald Trump supporters at the state GOP convention in Pasco, and they were better organized, pushing through the Cruz slate of delegates over occasional protests from Trump backers, who noted repeatedly that Cruz is no longer in the race.”

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More than 20,000 Fast and Furious docs ordered released

This is good news although it isn’t like we don’t already know what happened.

It was a bad news day for President Barack Obama and his former U.S. attorney general, Eric Holder. A federal judge has ordered that more than 20,000 pages of documents related to the infamously, not-forgotten Fast and Furious episode be released. The deadly, Obama administration’s governmentally administrated gun-running scandal was previously hidden from public view, according to a New York Post report on Saturday. The alleged coverup was conducted via an ill-fated executive order which was adhered to by a cooperative media. The judge’s order is to expose what many critics have believed all along.

As one may recall, Fast and Furious was a program designed by the U.S. Justice Department with Eric Holder at the helm. The program gave Mexican drug cartels permission to by assault weapons. The weaponry included .50-caliber rifles which are extremely powerful. At the time, it was alleged by the Obama administration that Mexican drug cartels would be easily tracked via the sale of the weapons. However, it was later found that the goal of the project was to actually create a gun drisis in the United States which would call for a crackdown on guns in the country.

It was a daring plan and they’d have gotten away with it too if it wasn’t those meddling kids… and gross incompetency.

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Lindsey Graham says vote against Hillary

Even Trump’s harshest GOP critic says to vote for the least bad candidate.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of Donald Trump’s fiercest critics, is now calling on Republicans to support their presumptive nominee.

Graham urged GOP donors at a private fundraiser Saturday in Florida to unite behind Trump’s campaign and stressed the importance of keeping likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton from the White House. The fundraiser was hosted by former U.S. Ambassador to Portugal Al Hoffman, a former Republican National Committee finance chairman who also co-chaired Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential bid.

“He did say that we need to get behind him,” Teresa Dailey, a prominent Florida Republican fundraiser who attended the private event, told CNN on Sunday.

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Another Tranny In A Lady’s Room

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BMan For President

"He's got my vote."

“He’s got my vote.”

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I Can’t Understand Why People Like These Talk To Washington Post Reporters

They should know that the ‘Reporter’ will consider them the enemy.

From the Washington Post:

“Primed To Fight The Government”

Kalley Soper, 4, watches sister Courtney, 16, shoot under the supervision of their father, B.J. Soper, founder of the Central Oregon Constitutional Guard.

Kalley Soper, 4, watches sister Courtney, 16, shoot under the supervision of their father, B.J. Soper, founder of the Central Oregon Constitutional Guard.

REDMOND, Ore. — B.J. Soper took aim with his AR-15 semiautomatic rifle and fired a dozen shots at a human silhouette target. Soper’s wife and their 16-year-old daughter practiced drawing pistols. Then Soper helped his 4-year-old daughter, in pink sneakers and a ponytail, work on her marksmanship with a .22-caliber rifle.

Deep in the heart of a vast U.S. military training ground, surrounded by spent shotgun shells and juniper trees blasted to shreds, the Central Oregon Constitutional Guard was conducting its weekly firearms training.

“The intent is to be able to work together and defend ourselves if we need to,” said Soper, 40, a building contractor who is an emerging leader in a growing national movement rooted in distrust of the federal government, one that increasingly finds itself in armed conflicts with authorities.”

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Scary black guns

Which of these two men have it right? First, B.J. Soper:

Next the WaPo’s hired academic. “It’s complicated.”

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This Dinesh D’Souza Is Fearless

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“Ten Arabic Words: Bracken’s Challenge to National Security Professionals”

Oh, my. Bracken hits the nail on the head. The gauntlet has been thrown.

“Ten Arabic Words: A challenge to national security professionals engaged in the Global War On Terror”

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If you are a politically-correct bliss-ninny with a coexist bumper sticker slapped on the back of your Subaru, and you don’t have the slightest clue what the following ten words mean, then this essay is not meant for you. You are excused.

dawah, dhimmi, hijra, jizya, kafir, shaheed, shariah, takfir, taqiyya, ummah

But if you are a national security professional, senior military officer or political leader involved in any aspect of the “Global War On Terror,” AKA “Countering Violent Extremism,” these are ten words that should already be a part of your working vocabulary. If you can’t readily discuss their meaning, significance, and relationships, then you are worse than a fool, you are disgrace to your office and a danger to your country.

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If you don’t know how to determine when a Muslim suicide bomber is a shaheed and when he is a terrorist according to the shariah, then you are as dangerous to our national safety as a North Atlantic ship captain who believes that icebergs are a fairy tale concocted by conspiracy theorists. Full speed ahead, Captain Smith!”

This is quite a rant. You can read it in its entirety at Gates of Vienna.

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A Sunday Sermon

Last week while I was in Mexico I got to see the way other Americans conduct themselves while vacationing there. For the most part I was highly disappointed. Many of the Americans I encountered seemed too stupid, too special, too soft and too sexually depraved to be of much contribution to whatever community they came from. It was quite an eye opening experience. It further confirmed how there can be no wondering why our Country is in the shape it is in and on a certain path toward its destruction.

No politician is going to fix us. Only the Holy Spirit can heal people of a depraved mind. One person at a time this ongoing national disaster becomes more bearable and eventually turned around. If that is not God’s Will that this Country would be able to avoid its self-destruction then it will be more important than ever that our neighbors should know the Love of God. Time is short. Do what you can to bring others to rescue. Share the Love of God with them.

At the link below you will find the streaming webcast from North Jacksonville Baptist Church. The webcast will stream content all day, along with the live webcast of our Sunday Morning Worship Service that starts at 10:45am East Coast time. Please feel welcome to join us.

The streaming television webcast from North Jacksonville Baptist Church is found HERE

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Another Good Reason To Avoid Target Stores

There is an active movement to boycott Target for political reasons. Even if you don’t support boycotts you might consider staying away from Target because of stuff like this.

It’s no wonder the store chain is suffering greatly reduced sales, causing their share price to plummet.

Target Suing Man Who Saved Teen Girl From Stabbing In Store”

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When she was sixteen, Allison Meadows was shopping in an East Liberty, Pennsylvania, Target store when Leon Walls rushed into the outlet and stabbed her.

With the assistance of surveillance video, Walls was convicted of attempted homicide for his attack on the girl.

The only reason the girl did not suffer more injuries is because Michael Turner interceded and, along with several other men, confronted Walls. Turner himself chased Walls out the store with a baseball bat.

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According to the company’s filing, Target says Turner and several others chased the suspect toward the store’s entrance after the attack on the girl. The store insists Turner put other shoppers at risk with his actions.”

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Woo-Hoo. Make Some Popcorn. This Will Be Fun To Watch.

“Sanders Supporters Plan Massive Four Day All Day Protests To Disrupt Democratic National Convention”

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Image from Weasel Zippers.

From The Hill:

Bernie Sanders’s supporters have secured permits for four demonstrations near July’s Democratic National Convention, according to a new report.

The events will rally support for Sanders’s message while Democrats select their presidential nominee in Philadelphia, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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The Nevada State Democratic Party on Monday warned that Sanders’s backers may instigate “actual violence” the Democratic National Convention this summer.”

Q: When have socialists ever become violent? A: Every single time they have had an opportunity.

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Washington: Palace Guards Shoot Potential Intruder

He got as far as the first entry checkpoint. He had a gun. Secret Service told him to put away his gun. He didn’t. They shot him.

NRA mouthpiece Colion Noir sums it all up brilliantly:

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Weekend Stuff

1) Soviet WW2 Tank With German Markings Found In The Mud After 62 Years.

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2) Stay in Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece Falling Water. Arguably the most beautiful house in the world.

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Friday Night at the Movies

Here’s one I haven’t heard of before and it looks like it’s going to be pretty good. There are some big names here. The story line begins in the Southwest Pacific in the Spring of 1942.

Welcome to Friday Night.

Let the good times roll…

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Welcome to the United Nation States of America..

United Hegemon

We need to scrap those pesky Constitutions and unite behind our great metropolises.. Like Detroit.. And Chicago..

The Author suggests that we are a fractured Nation. Dis-functional. What we REALLY need is to erase not only state borders.. but eventually even national borders. That we are effectively there already economically and socially. We just need to realize it politically.

Then everything will be better. High speed rail. Fiber optic superhighways. Unified taxation and representation. And all that is required is to allow a great central planner to coordinate it all.. And once we do away with the notion of statehood.. We do away with the notion of Nationalism. We aren’t citizens of a country. We’re citizens of the world!!

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