Category: Life & Culture

Collectivism at work: After we run out of other people’s money edition

Well, a few years back every collectivist out there trying to peddle that failed ideology was lecturing those of us that see the inherent nature and end state of any collectivist experiment, on how Chavez’s revolutionary experiment had made Venezuela not just a more just and better place, but validated their faith in collectivism. The media and the usual big nanny state selling types could not stop talking about how great Venezuela was doing, and how it validated their beliefs and ideology. Chavez was visited by a host of virtue signaling douchebags, while the news cycle took every opportunity it could to tell people how collectivism in Venezuela was saving the poor. Those of us that pointed out that the natural course of events had not happened yet, and that eventually this experiment being lauded, when it reached its end state, would end in misery and failure, were basically mocked and called out as delusional wreckers and kulaks. That the historical president existed to actually validate the case of people pointing out that over time every previous big collectivist experiments the left praised and presented as proof of their ideological superiority, had imploded given enough time to run out of other people’s money, leading to the usual tropes about it not being true collectivism, the wrong people being in charge (a flip from them being the right people at first), the capitalist wreckers undermining the whole fairy tale, or a combination of all these things. It was never the fact that collectivism is a dumb idea because it goes both against human nature and practically every law of nature, physics, and economics.

Well, fast forward to today, and this is Venezuela. The place has been wrecked by the socialists, the corruption inherent in socialism, the attempts to force reality to bend to the will of an insane ideology, and of course, the fact that the saviors of the revolution really did the revolution so they could replace the oligarchy that existed with one of their own. I could be ironic and wonder why now that the place is falling apart the dnc operatives with bylines no longer have Venezuela constantly in the news, and on the rare occasion the do talk about the misery and horrible situation, they never find it in them to actually blame the cause for the current condition: collectivism.

there is a lesson here, but I doubt the people that should learn it will ever do so. Envy of what others have and the need to virtue signal are powerful things for the usual idiots that purposefully remain oblivious to the destruction, misery and death toll of their ideology. Queue the people that will now complain about me because there is no defense for the evils of collectivism outside the family unit.

Another oldie but goody from the long list of Obama got it wrong again

I now have no doubt that Obama was the most incompetent and destructive president of my time, unseating Jimmy Carter, which in itself is some staggering achievement, and that the only way he could have been saved from that distinction was a Clinton presidency. Lucky for the country and the world, and to the chagrin of your usual leftist douchebag and the guilty pleasure of people like me, we were spared that horrible faith. The guy, along with telling lies and lording it like he was an emperor, made it a point to say stupid shit and then be proven wrong. Of course, the LSM played defense for him and would twist itself into pretzels doing so. Let’s not rehash that conversation. After all, anyone still claiming that the bulk of what those of us have been calling the Lame Stream Media for years aren’t a bunch of biased leftists shills – democrat operatives with bylines if you allow this apt label – is themselves a blind partisan hack.

I could wax philosophical about the failures of Obamacare, the lies told to pass it, and the lies now told to keep it despite the fact the thing is an epic disaster, but that’s not what this post is about. I could also go into how I believe that despite the distraction tactics from the dnc operatives with bylines about Russia stealing the election, Trump being a Putin stooge, or focus on how the people that spend decades excusing the evils of communism and the USSR and then made fun of Romney when he pointed out the Russians were a problem now are all up in arms about that red scare they so sarcastically dismissed and defended, eventually all this empty posturing and belly aching bullshit will be swept away by the revelation that it is all smoke and mirrors to hide the fact that the Obama administration used both the US intelligence community and foreign entities to spy on political enemies of the left. Keep your eye on this one, because that is the real big story out there that the left is desperate to destroy Trump over so he can’t dismantle the machine that has been helping the left cover this criminal activity up. But that is not what this post is about either. Shit I could even go into the “I told you sos” I promised the usual douchebags we have here, and there are several of those already, but that’s not what this is about either. No, this post is about a old lie/idiocy told by Obama and the left, when they were hard at work pissing away billions of tax payer dollars on green shit that only served to enrich democrat operatives, friends, and donors. Let me set this baby up.

Remember when black Jesus told the country, during the days of $4+ a gallon gas, with prices going up and no end in sight, that those of us that were saying that the US should drill for oil to lower prices were morons that lacked his nuanced understanding of economics he had? Remember people saying “Drill baby, drill” being mocked by credentialed leftist elite cunts that made fun of how idiotic one had to be to believe that more oil somehow would reduce oil prices? Yeah, these days there is a reason you only hear people that like me knew Obama and the left were full of shit and either idiots or downright contemptible crooks talk about this topic, and that is because those that managed to do the drilling despite the cock blocking actions of the Obama administration, have brought us to this:

The oil cartel roped eleven other petrostates into an agreement to curtail production in 2017 and are currently working on extending that deal, but the output cut’s ultimate goal of eating away at the oil market’s glut of crude is being undermined by the actions of suppliers outside of OPEC—U.S. shale producers chief among them. Now, OPEC is revising upwards its estimates of how quickly supplies will grow outside of its membership this year by a whopping 64 percent. Bloomberg reports:

Production from outside the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries will increase by 950,000 barrels a day this year, OPEC said in a report, revising its forecast up by about 370,000. The projection is four times higher than in November, when the group announced a production cut to try and re-balance oversupplied world markets. Non-OPEC nations pump about 60 percent of the world’s oil. […]

“U.S. oil and gas companies have already stepped up activities in 2017 as they start to increase their spending amid a recovery in oil prices,” OPEC’s Vienna-based research department said in the report. “In addition to the growth in the U.S., higher oil production is expected in Canada and Brazil.”

Some of the most vile entities on the planet are feeling the pain of low oil prices. From Russia to Venezuela to Iran, low oil prices have prevented some of the most vile players from being able to do mischief. Of course in the case of Iran, they are these days not doing so bad after the Obama administration, which lied to the US people and the world at large about getting Iran to stop the production of a nuclear weapons, not only lifted the sanctions on them, but paid them close to a trillion dollars in a deal akin to selling one’s soul to the devil that basically left Iran free to still build a bomb unless someone else used force to stop them. And I love that the usual green peddlers are feeling it too. I am smart enough to see through the lies that government interference will make these technologies more viable. History has proven that whatever government mandates ends up reduced to near non-existent evolution and stagnated high prices. Look at healthcare, cars, and a plethora of other such examples on your own time. They are there if you are not ideologically blind. And yeah, I remember when government could make things happen. Those days are long gone now that government is populated and run by inept and idiotic credentialed elite douchebags.

Back to the main topic: low oil/gas prices. Want to know why we got that?

This supply-side surprise comes courtesy of American frackers, who have seized the opportunity afforded them by the petrostate cuts and have ramped up their own production over the past nine months. By cutting costs and boosting efficiencies, U.S. shale has made itself capable of profitably producing $50 per barrel oil.

This is the worst-case scenario for OPEC: whatever success its production limits have in inducing a price rebound, the fruits of those labors will be enjoyed first and foremost by U.S. companies who will find more of their shale operations profitable at higher prices. With projections for growth of non-OPEC supplies being ramped up so dramatically through the end of the year, it’s clear to see that that’s already happening.

Kiss your frackers when you see them. And if I might be allowed one more comment about the nefarious relationship with Russians, I point you not to the delusional democrat’s usual target – Trump – but to the people that have opposed fracking in the US. Oh, I have heard the counterclaims made by the same dnc operatives with bylines today perpetuating the lies about a Trump-Putin connection and still harping on about a hacked/stolen election, when there has been zero evidence of any sort of connection presented and their choice of words to mask that what happened was that someone did the US voters a favor and exposed the corruption and criminality of the dnc (and nobody even knows if that was the Russians, but they keep pretending it was) so spare me the douchebaggery.

You can’t make this level of idiocy up, man

On this day where the collectivists celebrate the triumph of their murderous ideology – over 120 million killed and billions imprisoned in hell – there is bound to be so much stupidity making rounds that one would feel lost trying to find what to deal with, but then you run into gems like this one:

In an interview with “The New Yorker Radio Hour” broadcast over the weekend, CNN president Jeff Zucker derided Fox News as a propaganda outlet for the Trump administration, while claiming his own network was the only cable news outlet broadcasting “the truth.”

Asked for his assessment of the cable news landscape in the era of President Trump, Zucker began his reply by saying: “Obviously Fox News is, uh,” then paused for more than 11 seconds. “So, look, there’s three cable news networks. Certainly in primetime and in the morning, Fox is state-run TV and is extolling the line out of the White House.”

A spokeswoman for Fox did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The people that spent 8 years sucking Obama’s cock, then all but sold their dignity to try and push a lame and corrupt woman whose accomplishments all are negative unless they are whitewashed or made up whole cloth, over the finish line, now suddenly feel the game is rigged?

This is the response Fox News should give these idiots:

Here is the LSM projecting on others

Here is the LSM projecting on others

The Last Jedi Teaser

Looks like it could be good. For the record, my one sentence review and ratings of the previous films, with links as appropriate to my own site.

Star Wars: Classic, brilliant. 10/10

Empire Strike Back: Best of the series. 10/10

Return of the Jedi: Bit of a letdown, but still fine. 8/10

The Phantom Menace: Has its issues, but I can see the good movie beneath them. 8/10

Attack of the Clones: See above. 8/10

Revenge of the Sith: Best of the prequels, easily, although Williams’ music does about 90% of the emotional heavy lifting. 9/10

The Force Awakens: The new characters are the best part. 9/10

Rogue One: Very different but very good war drama. 9/10

Trailer looks good so far.

Chuck Berry RIP

Damn, this sucks. From the article:

Chuck Berry, the singer, songwriter and guitar great who practically defined rock music with his impeccably twangy hits “Maybellene,” “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Memphis,” “My Ding-a-Ling” and “Sweet Little Sixteen,” has died. He was 90.

The singer/songwriter, whose classic “Johnny B. Goode” was chosen by Carl Sagan to be included on the golden record of Earth Sounds and Music launched with Voyager in 1977, died Saturday afternoon, St. Charles County Police Department confirmed. The cause of death was not revealed.

Maybe I am getting older and thus some influential people that had an impact on my life now passing away make it feel so, but I keep wondering why so many greats are dropping like flies.

Finding A Place For Everyone

I work hard to keep my image (a curmudgeon who does not suffer fools easily, oh, and get off my lawn) intact. An orderly life, where right and wrong never share a latte, clearly defined parameters, no ambiguities, drawer for every item, and the rule of laws reigns supreme. Justice prevails, the good guy always finishes first, and we all call our moms once a week…..if only.

This is not another “zero tolerance” rant, although it is really stupid, but more often than not good old fashion common sense, applying the spirit of the law over the letter, allows for a more compassionate society ( I know, another word stolen co-opted by the left).

Meet Mack Beggs, Texas State champ, who happens to wrestle girls. Apologies for posting the entire WSJ article, but I found it the most fleshed out and you need a subscription to see the whole thing;

DALLAS—Mack Beggs, a star wrestler at Trinity High School near Fort Worth, has a new victory under his belt. On Saturday, he became the first transgender boy to win the girls state title in Texas.

Mack, who was born a female and is transitioning to a male through hormone therapy, is at the center of a controversy here over a Texas rule that requires high-school students to compete as the gender listed on their birth certificate.

The dispute comes as the 17-year-old capped off an undefeated season this year, in which he beat the 56 opponents he faced, each of them girls. And it has emerged just days after the Trump administration rescinded President Barack Obama’s guidelines that said schools should let transgender students use the bathrooms and facilities of their choice.

Texas has become a flashpoint for such issues. State lawmakers are considering a bill that would require transgender people to use bathrooms in public institutions, including public school districts, based on their biological sex. The proposal has spurred a firestorm of debate on both sides.

Mack’s mother, Angela Beggs, said, “Mack would like to compete against boys. He’s practiced very hard to get to this point.”

Despite Mack’s wishes though, the Texas rule, which went into effect in August, dictates he must compete as a girl.

It was passed by the University Interscholastic League, Texas’ governing authority for public-school sports. According to the group, 95% of league-member school superintendents voted in favor of the birth-certificate rule.

The family reached out to the league asking that Mack be allowed to wrestle with boys and were told the rule prevented him from doing so, Mack’s parents said. As a result, Mack hasn’t wrestled against boys in any official matches.

“It is not a clean, easy thing to deal with by any means,” said Cody Moree, a superintendent in Apple Springs Independent School District in East Texas. Mr. Moree voted for the rule but said he understood both sides of the issue.

“I would understand if this student was wrestling in the boys division and there were objections there as well,” he said.

Mack’s parents said their son has been taking hormone therapy since October 2015 to help him transition and stressed that he would much prefer to wrestle against other boys.

The fact that he is mandated to compete against girls has caused frustration among some parents and other female wrestlers.

League spokeswoman Kate Hector said two girls forfeited in Mack’s 110-pound weight class last week during a regional tournament rather than wrestle against him.

Pratik Khandelwal, whose daughter has wrestled Mack, said he is concerned about future wrestling matches between the two. “It’s not a matter of being transgender, it’s more of a fact that he’s taking testosterone…that could have an influence on the girls that he’s wrestling,” he said.

Jim Baudhuin, a father and attorney, unsuccessfully sought an injunction before the district and regional meets to prevent Mack from wrestling, according to the Associated Press. Mr. Baudhuin blames the league and its year-ago vote that passed the birth-certificates rule. He said he plans to pursue a lawsuit after the season is over because he envisions the same scenario next season, the AP said.

The league wouldn’t comment on the suit. The Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District, where Trinity High School is located, said in a statement that the district would continue to follow league guidelines.

Chris Mosier, an advocate for transgender athletes who has competed on the U.S. Men’s Duathlon and Triathlon teams as a transgender man, said 40 states have some sort of policy on transgender high-school athletes. Some 16 allow high-school students to compete as the gender with which they identify, and 17 examine cases on an individual basis.

The remaining states, including Texas, require students to compete as the gender listed on their birth certificate or, in some instances, undergo hormone therapy or surgery.

“This is the first time I’ve heard of something like this happening. Mack is following the rules exactly as the rules are stated,” Mr. Mosier said. “Mack is a boy and should be competing against boys.”

In Texas’ case, the league noted in a statement that individuals can petition the court to amend their birth certificate, and the league would accept the change.

Mack’s stepfather Damon McNew said Mack was hurt by the fact that some girls didn’t want to wrestle against him. But he said his school, and the wrestling team, had been supportive of his situation.

At the Texas state championships this weekend, which took place in the Houston area, Mack won all four of his matches to take his weight class.

“He doesn’t want any competitive advantage,” Mr. McNew said. “All he wants to do is wrestle.”

A lot to unpack, here.

Totally separate from Obama’s transgender bathroom law (yeah, I know, “guidance’, still a massive overreach), it’s underpinnings can’t be ignored. Where ,”Men are men, and sheep are scared” Texas, men don’t go into women restrooms and they don’t compete against girls, and vice versa. The sex on the birth certificate dictates where you pee and who you wrestle.

Except that Mack is stuck in the middle, being forced to compete against girls, and no one is happy about it.

You would think that cooler heads would prevail here, accept the fact that Mack, by virtue of his male hormone therapy, is now essentially a boy and should compete as such.

The whole steroid debacle, chemically enhanced advantage over an opponent, has similarities here. Clearly his female opponents want no part of him since he has the strength of a male, where is the equity in that?

Allowing those “not alike” to compete is not foreign to sports. Junior tennis players can always “play up”, play at a higher age bracket, but never down. Same with wrestlers and boxers, you can always play up, compete at a higher weight class. The same analogy can be used here, allowing girls who are transitioning to boys and who are taking hormone therapy should be allowed to wrestle boys, but not girls. I admit that the reverse can be tricky , allowing boys into girls to compete against girls, but this can be resolved by the simple physical, if she looks like Arnold in his prime, maybe another year of hormone therapy is in order.

I get that you can’t please everyone, and parents’s living vicariously through their kid’s sports endeavors are the worst, but Mack beating every girl in the state satisfies nobody. The article mentions a simple fix of amending the birth certificate. If this is a simple procedure and Mack’s parents are reluctant, this speak volumes as to a competitive edge he keeps telling us he doesn’t want.

The Hell?

I wasn’t watching; just following on Twitter. But in a year which saw one of the greatest teams of all time blow a 3-1 NBA finals lead, saw the Indians blow a 3-1 World Series lead, saw Hillary Clinton blow the most winnable election in history, saw an astonishing upset in the BCS title game and saw … sigh … my Falcons blow an unprecedented Super Bowl lead, La La Land not only lost the Oscar they’d been guaranteed for two months but lost it in astonishing, humiliating fashion.

Honestly, the idea that we’re living in a simulation grows more likely every day.