Friday, January 27, 2017

Advice for Enrique Peña Nieto...

I doubt that Enrique Peña Nieto is going to read this blog, but if he did, I wanted to advise him and Mexico that he should actually try to negotiate with the great negotiator. Drumpf knows how to manipulate the situation and he often tries to do the "Madman theory" like Nixon and start with ridiculous negotiating positions and thus the final deal feels like a deal to the opposing side. 

Drumpf has staked out a ridiculous position that Mexico will pay for our security wall. Even if people chanted it endless times, does not indicate that it is reasonable. Enrique should sit Drumpf down and point out that the flow of illegal immigrants from Mexico is shrinking and is at a 40 year low. Thus, the continuing flow of immigrants is coming mostly from Central America. Then tell Drumpf that he should pay Mexico for its wall along Guatemala and Belize. 

If parts of the US/Mexico border is remote and difficult to build walls/fences along, then the parts of Guatemala are impossible {Guatemala–Mexico border}. But if that is not unreasonable enough for the 577 miles of remote jungle hills and rivers, then the skies the limits for the Belize–Mexico border costs as Mexico could insist that their border wall be placed in the middle of the 155 mile long Hondo River. 

It would be ridiculous to ask for such walls, but then the two parties negotiate to having both sides pay for the border they want. Instead of insisting that Mexico will not pay, insist that Drumpf pay for a ridiculous wall and then laugh at him.




Tuesday, December 06, 2016

"Dumpf: The Art of the Deal"

During the primary and election seasons, there was plenty of information to base a logical decision to not vote for Drumpf, but now that the inconceivable became a reality, there is a need for conservatives {and every American} to discuss and discover what type of man-child is Donald Trump. When Donald Trump was running the Apprentice show, he showed positive aspects of his personality. When others mentioned how he might be a good president, I could see him as president, but I knew from experience that a TV personality is never a good judge for what he would do as a public figure not under constant editor and script controls.

Thus, this seems the time to explore what Mr. Drumpf wrote or thought about in detail, like in his book "The Art of the Comeback". From my experience, books about business success stories or methodologies for success assume the best about others in business and call upon the better angels of society. That success is based on working with others and it has more to do with cooperation than competition. So it seems odd that "Trump's Top Ten Comeback Tips" contains such winning strategies like:
3. BE PARANOID
8. BE LUCKY
9. GET EVEN
10. ALWAYS HAVE A PRENUPTIAL AGREEMENT
 All during the primary and general election, Drumpf along with all his fanatic enablers implied or stated that he would be more presidential or that his strategies would align more with democratic institutions and norms. But clearly his book shows and he has demonstrated that he follows his own rules. It does not matter how his uncouth methods offend allies or encourage adversaries like Russia.

Many of Drumpf's tips could have been used in just about every article concerning Donald for the past year. Aside from the obvious strange way to success of getting even with your partners or competitors or anyone that slights Donald in any way, it would be strange getting married to someone that feels that his wife is not a helper in his success but someone that could and would drag him down. Instead of finding a wife that his equal, he looks for young and vulnerable women to take advantage of.

"Better to be a dog in a peaceful time, than to be a human in a chaotic  period."





Thursday, September 08, 2016

Salon: “What is Aleppo?”

It is almost hilarious as MSNBC has pilloried Gary Johnson and then Sophia Tesfaye at Salon has carried their shock that a candidate did not know the history of some trivial place on the map. {“What is Aleppo?”}
“This is incredible depressing,” MSNBC contributor Elise Jordan, a Johnson supporter, said after the presidential candidate left the MSNBC set. “I think it would be hypocritical of me to support Gary Johnson after I’ve been beating up on Donald Trump for his lack of basic knowledge,” she said, adding, “I don’t know where I’m left.”
Compared to not knowing what the Nuclear Triad was, I wonder why the F--- do voters care about the president being a Trivial Pursuit champion. Both main candidates seem to not even know about how servers work as Hillary thought she could wipe a server clean with a rag and Trump thinks Hillary used acid on the hard drives.

The MSNBC/NBC network had plenty of opportunities to ask trivial questions to the two main candidates. It might have been nice to ask each some trivial questions:
Who is Garry Kasparov and what is his connection to Putin and what is he most noted for accomplishing?
What is Keptocracy?
What is currency of El Salvador?
Who is the President of Honduras?
Who was ousted in the Honduran coup d'état in 2009?
 If Trump can not even explain his plan to oust and destroy ISIS, then why should a third party candidate know every trivial question? When the liberal bias of MSNBC shows their true colors, you have to wonder about their journalism standards?

At least someone on MSNBC brought up the completely idiotic idea of "taking the oil from Iraq" from the Drumpf.

Willie Geist now says that "the bar is at Aleppo. If you don't know where Aleppo is or what it is, you can not be president of the United States." Strange that in his journalistic standards, he has not risen that triviality question to either of the other two candidates. This clearly shows bias in the news media, but also we have to wonder if he truly wants a Jeopardy winner or an actual commander in chief. It's not like: Donald Trump Doesn’t Quite Know the Difference Between the ‘Kurds’ and the ‘Quds’
or:
“Well, just so you understand, I don’t know anything about David Duke,” Mr. Trump said in an interview with CNN. “I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists.”
... or maybe it is.

Update: Now MSNBC says that Gary Johnson's response was a "Major Mistake". They certainly need to get the pillory out and start using it again.


Ann Coulter Plugs Her Book, Gets Booed, Heckled by Pete Davidson at Rob Lowe Roast

Monday, May 02, 2016

Elizabeth Warren is Worst Person in the World {WPITW}

Coming from the left wing wackos at DailyKos you can expect that they think that Elizabeth Warren unloads on Ted Cruz, and it's a beautiful thing. You have to wonder what is beautiful to them when she publicizes emails through Tritter with 142 character endless rants.
Warren: Are you kidding me, @TedCruz? We’re supposed to pity you because trying to be the leader of the free world is hard?! 2 words: Boo hoo.
You IDIOT! You guys are not supposed to pity him as the email was meant for his supporters. The message was not meant for liberals that are "tolerant and understanding" of the sacrifices others make for the better good. The last time I heard "Boo hoo" used was in the third grade. Elizabeth is about the same level as my kindergartener child.


Interestingly enough, we are expected to empathize with plight at trying to be a Senator in
Warren: 'I was hurt, and I was angry'. Hell, she even wrote a whole book about how hard it was being "born a poor black Indian child".



If there was one takeaway from her 2012 Senate race for Warren, it was that the campaign trail turned out to be more brutal than she could ever have expected. Republicans questioned her integrity, her family members were dragged through the mud and her opponent mocked her appearance in a radio interview.

“What really threw me, though, were the constant attacks from the other side,” she writes about the 2012 Senate campaign. “I would almost persuade myself that I was starting to get the hang of full-throttle campaigning and then — bam! Out of left field, the state Republican Party, or the Brown campaign, or some blogger, would launch a rocket at me.”
Yes, Boo Hoo for the Senator from Massachusetts. I guess you should have stayed out of the kitchen! And no soup for you! I am sure she spent as much energy (Twits) when Heidi was personally attacked by the sexist Donald Trump. Oh, that's right, not a peep about sexism directed at members of Cruz's family.


It is one thing to be attacked on issues and policies, but another to receive prejudiced personal attacks: Al Franken says that Ted Cruz is what happens when Joe McCarthy &  Dracula have a baby. Again, we did not get a peep from Elizabeth that came from her own party and a member of the same exclusive club.


Warren: Know whose health is limited? Workers w/ no paid leave who can't stay home when sick or caring for kids. @TedCruz won't support it.
This nonsense tweet along with the tweets on health and sleep is in response Cruz's passage of:
Cruz: Health and sleep are limited: Fighting morning and night for the future of our country ensures long nights and early mornings resulting in little to no sleep.
Warren: Know whose sleep is limited? Working parents who stay up worrying about getting kids thru college w/o big debt. @TedCruz blocked .
Yes, the answer to all social ills to insist that businesses pay for it. It's FREE! No wonder she has that Berning sensations. But just like most great social experiments, there is never a need to explore the social costs and especially any cost-benefit analysis. All we need to do is take from and rise the costs of doing business by providing paid leave, and free college. Then all our social problems are solved... or at least until the next constituent thinks of something else to get for free.
Warren: Know who’s facing "constant attacks," @TedCruz? Hardworking American immigrants, Muslims, LGBT folks, women. Your constant attacks.
Beyond the hyperbolae that he does not actually attack those groups, she creates straw man arguments. I know of no one that is against "Hardworking American immigrants" as that would imply LEGAL status of immigrants, idiot. Cruz actually suggested and has not enacted any law that discriminates against Muslims, but increased police presence and intelligence in sectors of society that may breed radical terrorist ideologies.
The article: Target, Trump, and NBA are Wrong about Men in Women’s Restrooms… Here's Why…


















Elizabeth Warren: New shit, same as the old shit why it is not necessarily Transgenders we need to worry about, but how does society address the added benefits that individuals can obtain by declaring themselves a minority. You only have to consider the case of Rachel Dolezal to think of this feel good society where anyone can claim their heritage be anything they want it to be, or even sex.
Warren: You chose to run for President, @TedCruz. You chose to make your “sacrifices.” Working people don't have a choice.
Just like you, Elizabeth, chose to run for Congress, and boo hoo to you too! This is a normal liberal meme that "working people" do not have choices. Any person in the USA has plenty of choices to make and can make plenty of life fulfilling choices.


 Warren: Hey @TedCruz: Maybe you should spend less time complaining about your "significant sacrifices" - & more time doing something about theirs.
In many ways he is, but you are just assuming that only your answers are correct. Just like you are constantly creating hardships for minorities and young people by insisting on raising the minimum wage. It only makes it harder for young people and minorities to get started and to move up the career ladder.

Warren blasts Cruz for "sacrifice"





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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Thin Skinned New Yorkans

Trump holds on to big lead in New York and I am not sure why. Like most Americans, I have followed Trump's career including watching his Apprenticeship show until we got bored with all the celebrity BS. What has Trump really done for New York? Hasn't he also made enough enemies in the state to make his popularity not shine so bright? There are plenty more questions that could consume all my free time, but in the mean time I wonder:


What are New York Values?
It may not seem self evident that a regional space or locality has a distinctive set of values, but it would be reasonable to assume that given the politics of an area that then this set of values becomes easily measured and quantified.


When I lived in Santa Barbara for 4 years and worked there nearly 8 years, it was a beautiful place to work and live. For the most part the politics was openly liberal and blatantly anti-business. They justified this stance by insisting it was only on "bad industries" or businesses, but the same liberal mentality can easily make even the most benign business suddenly get on the bad side of a liberal mob.


Santa Barbara prided itself in its quaint "Disneyland" environment with many small shops and restaurants along its main corridor. But when they heard from a citizen during their open discussion period in city hall about possible businesses dumping out their dishwater or cleaning water into the drain without any shred of evidence, there was an immediate response that a commission had to be set up and investigate all possible violations of this dastardly dead.


There are too many to list all the examples of New York values, but it easy enough to say that the liberal mentality that people can not properly decide for themselves permeates all levels of politics including people claiming to be conservative and insisting that fountain drinks be under a certain number of ounces.


One of the first examples I learned about was in college economic classes. Rent controls and regulations on housing sounds like a great idea, but ultimately lead to shortages and inferior products in the market. Rent and housing is the biggest expense of low income households and even the "working poor" experience high rent costs that raise their cost of "living". So to solve this problem liberal bastions like New York, California and yes, Santa Barbara think that raising minimum wage laws is the answer. The answer should not be rent control laws but to open the market so that the market can create affordable housing.


Are New Yorkans really  that upset with the phrase "New York values"?  
It is actually funny that MSNBC keeps repeating "New York Values" during the Hardball show. Hell, even Montel Williams is offended! Can't they just get over themselves as many like myself remember that it was one hell hole of a city with crime rampant during the 1970s. While MSNBC hates Trump, they willingly allow him unlimited free media and repeating his arguments ad nauseam with only a tiny sound bite in rebuttal {if that}.
It is almost like the media has amnesia since Trump actually started talking about values. Can you think of anyone that should not throw stones?
Why Attacking Trump for 'New York Values' Could Backfire for Cruz: An ad put out by the Cruz-supporting political action committee Keep the Promise III contains snippets from a 1999 "Meet the Press" interview Trump gave to then-host Tim Russert, in which he describes himself as “very pro-choice” and says that, as a result of living in Manhattan, his views are “a little bit different than if I lived in Iowa.”


How Trump Lost Iowa: My prediction of last week about how much this would hurt Trump was confirmed by Iowa caucus exit polls: Trump ranked horribly in his grasp of Iowa voters’ values.


 The Drumpf actually was willing to show his liberal leanings and pandering to Iowans by saying how great ethanol is for America.


Update: Now Chris Matthews has repeated on his show as well as the Rachel Maddow show that Cruz stated that New York was a modern day  Sodom and Gomorrah. I only see that people are comparing what people outside of New York think about New York City. It looks like he is a paid stooge for Trump.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Paul Krugman, Worst Economist in the World {WEITW} Businessmen edition

Paul Krugman seems to have no bounds to creating straw men arguments and today was no exception in his latest piece entitled: Businessmen and Economics.
A brief thought on something I’ll try to expand on later. Leaving aside all the questions about what Mitt Romney did or didn’t do at Bain — and about his self-aggrandizing double standard — there’s an even broader question: why does anyone believe that success in business qualified someone to make economic policy?

For the fact is that running a business is nothing at all like making macro policy. The key point about macroeconomics is the pervasiveness of feedback loops due to the fact that workers are also consumers. No business sells a large fraction of its output to its own workers; even very small countries sell around two-thirds of their output to themselves, because that much is non-tradable services.
So are we to assume that a "community organizer" is somehow better to understand these macroeconomic concepts? The question is that when considering all other occupations, does a successful businessman or woman understand economics better than a community organizer or union leader or a school teacher or ...

It is just that all other things considered, a successful business person knows what has and does hinder his ability to create value to his/her customers. It is not likely that a community organizer understands such issues. We may not like it but what is good for free enterprises are generally good for the society at large.

A successful business person probably understands the negative feedback loop of uncertainty of economic conditions unlike other professions and possibly even ivory tower economists...

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Monday, August 01, 2011

Paul Krugman, Worst Economist in the World {WEITW} August Winner already.

The Truth About Federal Spending
So we’re still left with a bit, around 1 point of GDP. That’s the stimulus, more or less. And there are two things you need to know about it. First, it’s temporary, and already fading out fast. Second, a large part of the stimulus “spending” was actually aid to state and local governments, intended not to expand spending but to avert a fall — that is, it was about maintaining government, not expanding it.

He will never understand conservatives, they might as well be blowing dog whistles around him. Didn't he post recently about listening more to help him understand other points of view? Oh yes... Listening to Others

He clearly sees no difference in a bloated central government and local governments that must be {more} responsive over time. Just as the city council in Santa Barbara has now gotten more conservative. I am not sure it will last but it certainly has changed with some feel-good liberal policies. That was especially evident in the restrictive housing ordinances-but strangely conservatives are pushing for that also. But the bigger issue seemed to be homeless shelters and marijuana dispensers.

Anyway, I suspect that most Tea Party members have no problem with services being provided by local governments and may even support some centrist or liberal points of view.

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