Category: Etcetera

Is the System Rigged? Define Rigged

Over the last few weeks, Donald Trump has been saying that the election is being “rigged” against him and is about to be stolen by the Democrats. He was asked about this during the last debate and indicated that he might not accept the election results. This had lead to two things: 1) the Democrats claiming his potential refusal to accept the result and claims of a rigged system are horrifying and dangerous; 2) Republicans citing examples of Democrats (notably Sanders and Warren) also claiming the system is rigged.

I wanted to unspool this a bit. Because a lot of words are being tossed around lightly that reference several inter-related issues that all fall the description of a “rigged” system.


Regarding the site

Hey all. So, things are a little more desperate financially than I thought even last month, so I need to move on this ASAP.

I need anyone who is willing to fund this place in the short term to email me – stark23x at the gmail. Put RTFTLC Finances in the subject, if you could. If I could float a month or three without having to shut down the current server, that would give us breathing room.

Secondly, I need someone who knows WordPress and is willing to take on admin/back end duties to get in touch. Same email. My secondary problem is, I just don’t have the time right now to devote to moving/recreating this place elsewhere, so I’m looking for a technical volunteer.

I just found out yesterday that I may not ever be able to actually have my syrup business in this state. They are trying to pass some new regulations that forbid me from selling online. Ever.  Connecticut is just the frigging worst. This puts me in an even bigger hole than I expected and I don’t see any way out at the moment.

*edited to add Evenshrugged suggested a GoFundMe, so I set it up. is the link. Obviously I’d be incredibly grateful for whatever help I could get. Life has sneaked up behind me and punched me square in the wallet lately.

End of an Era

Well, the time has come. I can’t afford to keep this site any more. The archive is just too big to reduce my tier of hosting, and honestly…I’m done. It’s basically 5 guys yelling at each other every day, and it’s cost me thousands of dollars over the years to host an ever-dwindling, pale imitation of the old Thunderdome.

So…September 1st, 2016, RTFTLC is going dark, unless someone else wants to pay to host it. Right now it costs me a hundred a month (due to the need for many gigabytes of disk space, mostly). There are cheaper options, like an unlimited business account at WordPress, but I also do not have the time to move the site, so if someone wants to salvage it, they also need to either know how to move it, or pay someone who does.

I will save all the data and keep it in my own archives. If the site goes dark, the words will be safe. Someday I’ll figure out a way to publish the MW and RTFTLC archives on the cheap, but for now, I can’t do this anymore. Sorry to everyone still around, and sorry, Lee. I kept it going for a long time, brother.

I could say “I told you so” but even that feels hollow after the destruction wrought by these idiots

Frankly, I am left wondering if the people that write articles like this one actually are this dense and don’t get that what Obama promised was exactly what he delivered on. Only a fucking idiot fell for that “Hope and Change” shit, and those of us that pointed out what we would get was many people hoping they would get to keep some change – an expression of getting fleeced/robbed by the vote buying crooks that due to their lack of ability to produce anything of value make a living from ripping those that do off – from these crooks, are only surprised that the idiots that fell for it still don’t realize why it was obvious to us that this is exactly how things would play out. We got an unvetted, inept, and idiotic narcissist marxist islamist that talked a mean talk but whose only track record was “community organizing” as our POTUS because the assholes in the media that are bought and paid for by the DNC managed to bamboozle enough mental lightweights to tip the voting in favor of the party of “Free shit”.

The left sold Obama as the second coming. After 8 years of Boosh and all that pent up anger people were convinced they needed a change. That anger existed primarily because Boosh not only managed to prevent Al Gore from using an army of lawyers and every dirty trick in the book to steal the 2000 election, but then ended up dealing with the War on Terror, which everyone knew would have just been politicized by the left to push more stupid shit. Just look at how Bill Clinton whined that it happened under Boosh and not him, depriving him of that political opportunity to grand stand, or how Obama has handled the aftermath of the war fought by Boosh. In hindsight, Iraq having been a bad miscalculation, with the expensive and bloody victory pissed away by the next administration, along with Afghanistan which was the only moral war unit Obama was in charge when only the wars started by Obama would be moral, one can say we should have avoided that conflict. But the truth is that the left wanted to make sure America lost for daring to fight back instead of accepting the role of the bad perp the left believes it is, and they did everything they could to made that happen. Boosh was called a warmongering madman, and the usual credentialed elitist scumbags all pretended the reason everything was fucked up was because he actually decided to make a weak stand to a murderous ideology hell bent on enslaving the globe and to a plethora of leftist thugs across the globe.

In marched Obama, whom his PR team told us would not only fix everything and make America loved again, but stop the rising of the oceans, and usher in peace on earth. Now, 8 years later the United States, and the world in general, are all in absolute disarray. Things – across the board – are far worse. Where to start? The list of items to back up this claim is just so long, with so many egregious and downright horrendous failures and abuses, that it boggles the mind. The one thing I can say is that even I couldn’t imagine these people would be this inept and destructive as they have proven to be, showing this much disdain for the American people they are supposed to be representing, while tearing everything down, leaving chaos and pain in their wake.Be it economic policy, foreign policy, or simple things as upholding the law, they not only failed, and failed bad, but did so in ways that set new standards for how low things could go. Basically we had a bunch of amateur checker players that bought into the delusion spread by the media that they were capable geniuses trying to outsmart others that compared to them would have to be ranked as chess champions. And the constant lying, man. Bear with me.

The islamists which had been taking an ass whooping under simpleminded Boosh, despite attempts from the left to aid and abet the enemy during the Boosh years, are now not only spreading their cause and winning, but Obama and his people can’t even admit that even if we don’t want to be at war witht hem, they sure as hell are at war with us. I don’t have to elaborate. Look at the news. Not a week goes by without some scumbag murdering people in the name of that evil cult. This cancer has only gotten stronger. And taken as a whole, I admit that the only strategy I see from this administration is actions that helped make that the case. Obama has started more wars, excuse me, kinetic actions, not one of them resulting in anything but abysmal failure for us and an escalation of the problems, but we keep getting told by idiots that Boosh was the warmongering asshole. You do remember Libya and Syria, right? Hillary and her buddies sure do. They made big money, left a US ambassador out there to be murdered – an act of war – because they were worried about an election, then lied about what happened to advance an agenda. I would not be surprised to find out ISIS was a child of the Obama admin that basically turned on its master.

And the failures don’t stop with the disastrous handling of the war that the islamist have brought to the crumbling western world. From Russia – remember the rest button from Staples Hillary used as a prop to fix thingsto China, to Europe, our enemies all are in a better position to screw us over, while our allies all have reason to be weary of the US because of backstabbery on a Machiavellian level perpetrated by this administration. They managed to be outplayed by Putin and countless others from multiple players in China to Iran, always focusing on the political ramifications at the voting booth instead of the political ramification on the global scale. Iran will build a nuke and likely start a nuclear war in the Middle East in the next decade, and I bet the left blames the next president for that – especially if it is not a democrat – while North Korea has continued to be more and more aggressive (yes, Boosh dropped the ball there). And man did the Obama admin set a new record for using the agents of government against political enemies both at home and abroad. For example, this administration used tax payer money to pursue a personal vendetta against Nethanyahu whom they wanted to fuck over because he called them on their ineptitude and lies, not just about Iran, but in general. At home they fucked over anyone that dared point out they were basically going to let Iran build a nuke. And there are countless other stories like that, many not even told by a media that went into overdrive playing damage control for these buffoons. Yet, we still have to hear that Boosh was the inept politician and cowboy, while I just saw a misleading commercial about how awesome Hillary was as the SEC-STATE of the most inept administration in my lifetime was, despite the reality, and that we should now make her president!

Domestically this administration set new records for abuses and down right criminal activity. Nixon is spinning in his grave because the scumbags in this administration actually used every agency of the government, from the IRS, to the DOJ, to the EPA, and so on, to target enemies of the Obama administration. And they got away with it because of a complicit media populated by DNC operatives with bylines. Heck, the FBI just let Hilary walk on a slam dunk case that would have been a one-and-done under the very espionage act that the Obama administration used more than all previous administrations combined, to punish anyone that dared to whistle blow on the breadth and dept of criminality in what Americans were promised would be the most ethical and transparent administration evah! (Another bullshit slogan that turned out to be the exact opposite of the lies).

Our economy is in shambles. After these crooks ripped us of to the tune of trillions, be it through their shovel-ready prokulous projects or the money pissed away buying votes from those that vote for a living, all while cock-blocking every and all real job creating opportunities. The rich have gotten richer than ever, the pool of people sucking at the government’s teats has set new records, we now have the lowest percentage of worker participation since the thirties, if not in the history of the country, the middle class has been ass raped, our healthcare system is in disarray and unraveling after Obamacare finally got to do its thing and Obama threatens to veto those that want to stop the train wreck, the economic future looks bleak, and their solution is to make life worse for us so their rich buddies that stand to make a ton of money from these schemes and scams or hippies that worship Gaia, can all signal their social justice virtuousness. And Obama’s plan for the future, that fundamental change to America he promised, comes in the form of an invasion from the rejects of South America.

I can go on and on, but you get my drift. Those of us that know better know how bad things are and why. Those that don’t want to admit they bet on the wrong horse or are so ideologically blinded that nothing will convince them otherwise, will find fault with me pointing their hypocrisy out. The fact is that Obama has managed to make Carter look like a decent president, and until Obama, Carter was hands down the worst president of my lifetime. Obama’s PR team and his narcissistic nature wrote a lot of checks that he simply couldn’t cash. These people have no problem telling lies and abusing power. Remember that when you wonder how someone like Trump could end up the presidential candidate opposing the only other person in politics that I think is even more inept, corrupt, and dangerous than Obama.

Texas Judge Blasts Obama DOJ

Texas v. United States is the lawsuit over Obama’s executive amnesty in which he tried to implement immigration reform around Congress. Obama lost in court, lost in the fifth Circuit and the case is now before SCOTUS. A ruling has yet to be issued. But today, the judge in the Texas case issued a scathing rebuke of the Obama DOJ:

A federal district judge on Thursday excoriated U.S. Department of Justice lawyers who are defending the Obama administration’s immigration plan, issuing an extraordinary order that questioned the department’s policing of attorney ethics and ordered certain government lawyers to take an annual ethics class.
Finding that Justice Department lawyers repeatedly misled the court about when the government would begin implementing new immigration directives, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen ordered any Washington-based Justice Department lawyer who wants to appear in any state or federal court in the 26 states that sued the administration to attend an annual legal ethics course.

“The United States Department of Justice … has now admitted making statements that clearly did not match the facts. It has admitted that the lawyers who made these statements had knowledge of the truth when they made these misstatements,” Hanen wrote. “This court would be remiss if it left such unseemly and unprofessional conduct unaddressed.”

Those of you familiar with Obama’s euphemisms will be interested in the latest. In their filings, the DOJ claimed that their lawyers “lost focus” and “the facts receded from memory”.

The lawyers in my twitter feed indicate this order and the angry language around it, is highly unusual. He literally said that the only reason he hasn’t disbarred them is because he legally can’t. This indicates lying and deception on an unprecedented scale.

Grab Bag

Lots of stuff in the news of late but I’m too lazy to put up posts on each so if any of these grabs you, weigh in;

1) Should the Trumpster make his tax returns public? Should Hillary make her Goldman speeches public? Hillary won’t, it would be political suicide, so lets focus on Trump. I would like to see these returns for the obvious reason that it would shed more light (more transparency, wooh-hooh) as to who this man is. The tax loopholes are irrelevant, they all do it, but stuff like charities, what losses he had in business endeavors, what income he gained off shore, what salaries he received (paying himself) for his multiple businesses, all this stuff speaks to the man.

2) The IOC is looking into Russian athletes doping (I know, that whole bear/woods similarity). Does anyone really have any confidence at all that the IOC a) can conduct a thorough transparent investigation on it’s own, and b) have the stones to go where the evidence takes them and ban the whole rusky lot of them if culpability is found?

3) What about that Canadian dufus in Yellowstone that stuck a Bison calf in his SUV because he thought the little guy was cold? What an ignoramus. Turns out they had to euthanize the calf after obtaining human scent and being ostracized from the herd. I guess they don’t have wild animals in Canada. Shit for brains did not read the literature given to him at the park entrance where it warns tourists to leave the animals alone. He got a $100 fine, big deal, I think a $10,000 fine would be more appropriate.

4)Lastly, there is this;

Couple things; I am really sick and tired of people doing bad things and not being held accountable for their actions. That piece of shit preacher did not pull his lawsuit or apologize because he had a Come to Jesus moment, he got caught lying so no mea culpas for him and no sympathy. How fortunate that WF had a video of the cake, what if they didn’t? The suit would have continued and this so called preacher would have extorted serious bank from the company. I want him criminally charged, jail time. And I think WF wimped out in pulling their counter suit. Hoaxes like this happen all the time. They only way to fight it is to make the hoaxers suffer. And on a side note, we know what the Bible says about false prophets, oh to be a fly on the wall when clown preacher has to explain his actions to The Big Guy.

Bernie to the Left of Sweden

Reason ran a great article this week, pointing out again that Bernie Sanders idea that we should be more like Sweden ignores the reality of Sweden is like these days:

Bernie Sanders thinks the U.S. should look to Sweden and other Scandinavian countries to “learn what they have accomplished for their working people.” The Vermont senator has said so repeatedly throughout his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, prompting GOP rival Marco Rubio to say, “I think Bernie Sanders is a good candidate for president—of Sweden.”

This reality will not endear my home country to American socialists, but it’s better to be hated for the right reasons than to be loved for the wrong ones, as the saying goes. Being more like modern Sweden actually means deregulation, free trade, a national school voucher system, partially privatized pensions, no property tax, no inheritance tax, and much lower corporate taxes. Sorry to burst your bubble, Bernie.

Sanders ideas of … really, everything … seem not to have moved much from the 1960’s ground in which they were sewed. Nowhere is this more pronounced than on economic policy. He still thinks of the Scandinavian countries as bastions of socialism when all of them have moved in a decidedly laissez faire direction over the last twenty years: smaller government, free trade and economic deregulation. They are still way more socialist than the United States. But all rank as “mostly free” in the Heritage Foundation’s economic freedom, with Denmark having occasionally ranked as more free than the United States. All of them rank ahead of us on Cato’s Human Freedom Index by dint of having more personal freedom and comparable economic freedom.

I think a large part of Bernie’s success so far has been that he’s not Clinton. The party elite and the Clintons themselves went to great efforts to preclude an alternative to Clinton this year (even, some conspiracy theorists think, to the point of encouraging Trump to run). Sanders, however, is not a Democrat and is not controlled by them. So he ran a real campaign and not a token one. The result has been a surge of support because his earnestness is so refreshing by comparison to Clinton’s deviousness.

I also think a large part, however, was the novelty. It’s been a while since an avowed socialist was on the political scene and I think that appealed to a lot of Democrats. However, Bernie’s ideas are as outdated now as they were when Bill Clinton reformed the Democratic Party back in ’92. And polls have shown that support for Bernie’s ideas evaporate when people become aware of how much they will cost (as the Sweden article notes, you can’t fund a welfare state entirely on the backs of the rich).

That’s why I think Clinton will still win this thing. As the hope of spring turns into the realities of summer/fall, people will remember why we don’t elect honest-to-God socialists in this country. And they will turn away from the junk food that is Sanders to the broccoli that is Clinton.

Eat The Rich

After 6 seasons, Downton Abbey came to close last night. I was on board pretty early with this series, I like period pieces and the BBC has a history of doing fine work in this area. As an aside, season 2 of Poldark starts in a few months, do yourself a favor, go to your local library and check out season 1. Being a big fan of the books, this series translates well. Much grittier than Downton, Poldark makes a living out of squalor, the ruthlessness of the upper class, and the hardships of survival.

No one can say this last episode was not predictable, many loose ends were nicely tide in a bow, but I could not help but wonder how, with most of the staff moving on to better lives, how all those upper crust were going to take care of themselves (I can just see Lord Grantham starving to death, food 6 feet away, with one to serve him).

We all knew Edith was not going to be left a spinster so her good fortune was expected. But it was hard to believe that a momma’s boy like Bertie was going to marry a tainted lady. And Edith loved her job as an editor, baby in tow was bad enough but a working woman? It strains credulity.

I never understood why so many episodes were wasted with men of quality falling all over themselves trying to wed Mary. I thought she was a bit of a nut job and a snob, she got off far too easy sabotaging Edith’s life, no wonder she was not trusted within the family. Her eventual hook up with Henry was a bit ho hum.Then him and Branson going to together as car dealers, I can just see the Dowager having a stroke over the impropriety. Best line of the whole series was season one where Matthew says he will be working in town but can spend the weekends at Downton and the Violet asks ,”What is a weekend?”

I always had a bit of a soft spot for Mrs. Patmore, I guess she will be hooking up with Mr. Mason, although we never found out if her B&B went bust.

I was glad to see the Dowager and Isobel come closer, despite the differences, each needed each other and depended on each other to navigate the treachery of old age.

I was ambivalent about Daisy, figuring she made her bed now she can lie in it, but was happy for Andy. Hopefully she will get over herself and make him happy.

I thought Mosley and Baxter would hook up. I read somewhere that a Downton Abbey movie is a possibility [groan] that should be one of the new plot lines.

Lastly, all this misplaced sympathy over Barrow, despite all the evil he perpetrated in their lives. Yes, it showed redeeming qualities in the rest of them, but his new found fortune of being head butler at Downton, thus having power over all the other servants, not exactly cricket. And I can imagine what Bates was thinking about all this. He should take Barrow out to the woodshed, kick his ass, then explain the rules to his new boss.

And So It Begins

The MSM has been enamored with Trump mania, and why shouldn’t they be? A great story, a walking contraction spin 180 degree on the issues mob boss who can’t spell, can’t articulate how is going to make America great again, but will fight for you all the while taking your guns, your freedom of speech and your jobs (outsourcing them to Mexican illegals), the gift that keeps on giving has journalist all aflutter. But now that he can actually win something, the gloves are coming off. Ridiculing Trump without breaking a sweat, and you thought they were lazy before this;

The very epitome of low hanging fruit.

I guess he will be suing a lot of people,those unhappy Trump university students better wet their beak before Melania has to sell her furs.

Thursday Links

Time to clear out my tabs.

  • Barack Obama visited a mosque this week to denounce anti-Muslim violence. Anti-Muslim violence is a real and deplorable thing. But the majority of ethnic violence around the world is anti-Semitic and it’s not really close. In France, Jews are fleeing the country for Israel due to waves of violence.
  • MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech is one of the most iconic and important speeches in American history. It’s not good enough, college students say, because it doesn’t include gender identity.
  • Last week was School Choice Week over at Reason. And I’d like to point out that School Choice works. Check out the performance of Louisiana schools since Jindal’s overhaul.
  • Italy covered up some nude statues to avoid “offending” Iranian visitors (interestingly, without Iran having asked for it). Marc Randazza lets them have it.
  • South Africa is going to lift the ban on trading rhino horn in an attempt to save the species from total collapse. Environmentalists are aghast. I think it can’t work worse than their current conservation efforts.
  • The latest on potential breakthroughs in nuclear power. Any serious attack on global warming should start with nuclear power. Hell, any serious energy policy at all should start with it, even if we ignore global warming.
  • Trumps whining and crying is delicious. I’m very curious to see how the national polls look next week.