Archive for January, 2016

Fox News Republican Debate

Posted by Troy on 28th January 2016 in Uncategorized

Without a doubt, this was the best debate.  It was nice to focus on the policy without the moderators making everything all about Trump.

Donald Trump – Turns out he was the big winner of the night.  Assuming that he maintains the support of 1/3rd of the people,   His followers are very loyal, so it is going to be hard for someone to take support away from him.  The big worry tonight was that Cruz would make use of Trump’s absence to demolish him.  Instead, Ted overplayed his hand and fell flat.  The only danger of the night resolved, Trump won.

Ted Cruz – He had a golden opportunity, and started off well.  But then he started complaining about how everyone was out to get him.  He came across as whiney and weak.  He attempted to turn it into a joke at Trump’s expense, and it fell flat.  This is very much like Jeb’s demand for Trump’s apology.  I don’t think it’s fatal, but it ruined what could have been a very good night.  He made a very good recovery on the immigration question.  He did a good job on ethanol in a state that makes a lot of money on ethanol.

Marco Rubio – Good showing for the Senator.  He came across as positive and earnest.  Rand savaged him early.  Rand is Rubio’s counterpoint.  Liberty vs Security.  And like all such discussions, it turns out that security is merely an illusion and falls apart when Liberty is talking.  He does a good job of trying to deny he supported amnesty considering how many clips show that he pretty much supports amnesty.  He is doing a good job of brining energy to his message.  That’s going to help him.

Ben Carson – Fantastic opening for Ben Carson.  He is speaking with a resolute tone of voice, and his message of Truth resonates as all messages of Truth does.  He gets so little screen time.  He gives great answers!  Loved his answer about 1 in 10 being a terrorist coming into your home.  Carson did a great job with the hardest question of the night regarding Putin invading Baltic states.  I think he had the most striking closing statement.

Jeb Bush – He is a statist.  He wants expanded war powers.  He also wants to bring Puerto Rico into the union, which is Krazi!  Why on Earth would we bring in an economic unpowered house full of crime?  He is chained to his past record, and that’s not a good record to be on.  I like how he dumps on Rubio on amnesty when he like amnesty.  Here’s the truth.  If you “give a path to citizenship,” the Democrats will attempt to “acceletrate the process.”  It will be a “one time thing” that will happen the NEXT time we have millions of “undocumented workers.”  If he thinks he would be Clinton, he is delusional.  Nothing would motivate Democrats more than running against Bush.

Rand Paul – He makes great arguments.  It is a shame that his presentation is so low-energy.  He did some great work regarding “criminal reform.”  He had a lot of good points.  He did a great job on the abortion question.  I do believe he is the only one that could balance the budget.

Chris Christie – It annoys me that he always sounds pretty good even though I believe that he is an imperial scumbag that would take a lot of vacations and have Bruce Springsteen to the White House.  Really good answer on Planned Parenthood.  That really gains him some ground.  I will say that he gets a bad rap on Bridge-gate.  He fired the people.  As such, I believe him.  This is the key principal difference between him and Obama with his scandals.

John Kasich – He seems to be speaking in platitudes tonight.  I think it’s because no one likes his plans.  Great…government equals charity…this is why I don’t like him.  Did Bret listen to Kasich at all on the Iran question?  Weird.  I mean…he is boring, but that is Bret’s only job, isn’t it?

Long Live the Constitution!

Tom’s Diner

Posted by Troy on 21st January 2016 in Uncategorized

A lot of people hate this song, but if you listen to the lyrics, it really is a beautiful and awesome song.  I highly recommend you listen to the acapella version:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzE-VTYOqxU

I am sitting
In the morning
At the diner
On the corner

I am waiting
At the counter
For the man
To pour the coffee

And he fills it
Only halfway
And before
I even argue

He is looking
Out the window
At somebody
Coming in

“It is always
Nice to see you”
Says the man
Behind the counter

To the woman
Who has come in
She is shaking
Her umbrella

And I look
The other way
As they are kissing
Their hellos

I’m pretending
Not to see them
Instead
I pour the milk

I open
Up the paper
There’s a story
Of an actor

Who had died
While he was drinking
It was no one
I had heard of

And I’m turning
To the horoscope
And looking
For the funnies

When I’m feeling
Someone watching me
And so
I raise my head

There’s a woman
On the outside
Looking inside
Does she see me?

No she does not
Really see me
Cause she sees
Her own reflection

And I’m trying
Not to notice
That she’s hitching
Up her skirt

And while she’s
Straightening her stockings
Her hair
Has gotten wet

Oh, this rain
It will continue
Through the morning
As I’m listening

To the bells
Of the cathedral
I am thinking
Of your voice…

And of the midnight picnic
Once upon a time
Before the rain began…

I finish up my coffee
It’s time to catch the train

The take: She’s having her breakfast at a diner and not getting the care and attention due to her as a customer because this girl comes in that the guy at the counter is into.  Might I add, the girl shakes her umbrella which is really inconsiderate to everyone else by getting water everywhere.  She turns away so that she doesn’t have to see their exchange of affections.  The news has a story about some actor who died drinking.  Why do we care?  Why is the news full of this tripe?  It’s unimportant.  She’s trying to distract herself with other meaningless drivel.  She feels someone watching her and looks up.  She wonders if the girl outside sees her, but the girl outside is wrapped up in herself and is only seeing her own reflection.  While trying to make herself more presentable in her vanity, the girl gets her hair wet, making her look worse.  The talk about rain is just a statement of depression.  This rain, this depression, is going to last forever.  Then the church bells ring, which stands for a wedding that never happened.  She slows her voice and trails off, lost in a thought about her past love’s voice…and a midnight picnic long before the depression began…but it’s time to go to work so she finishes up the coffee and goes to catch the train because life doesn’t stop or care about her depression.  No one notices her.  Hell, she can’t even get the bare minimum as a paying customer…but life goes on…

Long Live the Constitution!

Glenn Beck is a Moron

Posted by Troy on 21st January 2016 in Current Events, Entertainment, Political

My father used to refer to him as a monetary patriot.  I always sort of agreed.  Of late, he has been trumpeting Ted Cruz and demonizing Donald Trump.  This is all fair game.  Clearly, he believes that Cruz is the better choice, and he has a lot of suspicions when it comes to Trump.  Again, this is all well and good.  However, it would appear that he has gotten tired of not being able to convince anyone based on the merits of his arguments.  He had a call-in show where-in he wanted to talk to Trump supporters.  So how did he spend the entire show?  Ridiculing Trump supporters.  How is this supposed to win people over?  It was rather disgusting to hear three people ravaging ordinary people.  How is this any different than what the Left does?  They always ridicule those who disagree with them such as calling climate change deniers “flat-earthers.”

Then Sarah Palin endorses Trump.  So what does Glenn Beck do?  Ridicules his “one-time” friend.  Again, this makes him look odious.  I’d never be friends with Glenn Beck at this point.  That boy would stab you in the back as soon as you are of no use to him or disagree with him.

In full disclosure, Rand Paul would be my first choice followed by Dr. Ben Carson.  Then I’d say Cruz, then Trump.  After that…eh…

I think that Glenn Beck would have been better served to talk about his ideas.  Or at the very least, have the balls to come out and say, “I endorse Ted Cruz.”  However, he doesn’t want to hurt his chances of getting the other candidates to come on his show, so he pretends like he is neutral.  As my dad said…a monetary patriot.

I will tell you why people like Trump: it’s because he says what people are thinking and he never backs down when he’s called out.  People that believe that way are used to being cowed by the media (etc).  What Trump is showing them is you can stand up to that, and it won’t destroy you.  Ridiculing them or Trump rather than discussing issues calmly and rationally is only going to drive people away and make them more adamant about Trump.  If he were to whine, “But I’ve been dooooing thaaaat!!!!”  I would say, “No matter.  Better to lose acting nobly than to resort to the tactics which you have hereto despised.

Long Live the Constitution!

Republican Debate Result

Posted by Troy on 14th January 2016 in Political

First of all, I miss having Rand Paul in the mix.  Rubio and Christie benefited tremendously from his absence.  I hated the first part of the debate which was basically a Jerry Springer show episode.  It was rather distasteful, but then it got very substantive.

Trump had a good night.  He didn’t blunder.  He stood his ground on points, as he always does.  Without a doubt, his frankness has done more to shape this election cycle more than anything else.  The best exchange of the night was on China tariffs.

Cruz had a pretty good night as well.  However, he got bloodied a bit by Rubio a bit.  Also, this was Cruz’s night to rip out Trump’s throat.  He failed to do so.  That’s gonna hurt.  The thing I didn’t like from Cruz was his VAT tax.  I hate the VAT tax in general.  My real problem with it is “Sure!  Let’s add ANOTHER kind of tax.  I’m sure future Congresses will keep it low!”  Remember, the tax would NEVER go above one percent.

Rubio had a great night.  He came across as passionate.  He had a couple of great exchanges.  In particular, he was very honest and passionate about the Second Amendment.  I think he helped himself out a lot tonight and will continue to grow.  I personally find his views on the NSA abhorrent and he’s broken to me on that.  Also, he is a very nervous guy.  I really don’t like that.

Christie got a big win.  Rubio failed to answer the question on entitlements.  Christie used it to slap him down.  That being said, I do not trust Christie.  I believe he is going to be an emperor, just like Obama.  Look for executive orders and private parties and Bruce Springsteen playing at the White House.

Carson did his normal thing.  He was calm and rational.  What he said made sense.  I really like him.  If the media hyped him up, I think he would be a shoo-in, but they minimize the hell outta him and tell people that there’s no way he can win, which becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.  They tried the same with Trump.  It’s just that Trump flat out don’t give a shit and his personality overcame it easily.  Gotta say…that is impressive when you think about it.

Kasich was forgettable.  I really hate to say it.  There was something that he said that I was like…”Oh, so big government…” but he was so forgettable that I can’t even remember what he said.  Oh well.

Jeb Bush actually had a pretty good night.  I could rip him to shreds on pretty much all his positions, but he presented them well.  I think it’s too little too late.  If I’m the establishment guy, I’m going to Marco Rubio.  He has the energy, the likability, and a last name that’s not Bush.  Sorry Jeb!

Long Live the Constitution!

State of the Union Address 2016

Posted by Troy on 12th January 2016 in Current Events, Political

I wasn’t going to watch it.  I mean, I knew what he was going to say beforehand, but here we go.

I do like the sectional approach he used, using 4 segments.  He also kept it close to an hour, which did make it one of his more bearable addresses.  If you watched it online, you were treated to graphics and pictures on the right-hand side of the screen, which gave it a near “Pop-Up Video” appeal.  Maybe VH1 can sue?  Children under 25, google what I’m talking about.  Now, the take down.

I loved how he started off talking about our commitment to the rule of law.  This guy has no right to ever say that.  He has refused to enforce so many laws and makes laws up on his own, so it seems.  That’s a joke.   He acclaims the reduction of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan as a victory.  Of course, he fails to account for the fact that ISIS (not ISIL, ISIS) was allowed to grow because of his “out at any cost” policy.  We never should have gotten involved, but you have to deal with reality.  We got involved, and we should have left a peace keeping force.  Oh well.  Next he talked about the uninsured rates dropping.  Of course, the vast bulk of those are Medicare and Medicaid inductees.  Past that, it is those with pre-existing conditions.  These are the people that willingly signed up.  This is also why health care rates and insurance costs are continuing to skyrocket despite what he claims.  Ask anyone that buys insurance about their insurance costs.  He talks about the unemployment rate without bothering to mention the labor participation rate, which is lower than it’s ever been.  I also loved how he talked about the choices we make together: i.e., the choices he rams down our throats for our own good.  He says we have cut our deficit by 3/4.  He never bothers to point out that he starts the high mark with the 2009 stimulus.  Our debts continue to climb.  Slowing the rate of increase doesn’t help.  We need to start paying off debt.  He touts graduation rates without bothering to comment how our standards have slid into the gutter.  He wants to make college affordable without understanding that it is government programs which have led to the spike.  Do you think colleges could charge what they charge if not for all the scholarships?  When the state will foot the bill, there is no need for the college to compete on price, after all.  Finally, he thinks that wages are set in the board room.  He doesn’t understand even the most basic premises of a free market economy.  Wages are set by the free market.  You want to raise wages?  Make the economy stronger so that there are not enough jobs to go around.  This is what forces employers to raise wages.  Wages aren’t based on altruism or fairness.  They are based on what you are worth.  How many workers would be willing to be paid in company stock when the company is starting out.  Facebook did that, and it worked, and the workers shared in the profits.  Of course, if Facebook had tanked, they would have been out of luck.  They took a risk.  However, most workers wanna be paid in hard cash.

He speaks of the power of innovation without understanding what drives innovation.  What drives innovation is the desire for profit.  Nothing more, nothing less.  He thinks that government can throw money at a problem, and people will just make something.  It’s unreal.  I also like how he thinks that all immigrants are innovators.  I mean…that’s just so stupid a comment I don’t know what to even say about it.

Then he goes on a long tirade about how we’re the most powerful nation on Earth.  Yeah…for how long though?  That’s the issue.  Taking your own power for granted is a way to wind up powerless.  And he keeps talking about how he shot Osama.  I mean.  Seriously.  How often is he going to make out that he found him, planned the hit, and took the shot?  He equates foreign assistance as security, which it is not.  We give Pakistan a lot of money.  They still hate us.  We shouldn’t be giving any country any money.  They should stand on their own or fall.  As should all nations.  Make no mistake, making peace with Cuba was the precursor to giving Guantanamo back to Cuba.  He complains that it costs $3.8 million to run it for a year.  That’s the cost of one trip for he and his family to Hawaii.  I’m not ____ing kidding.  Seriously.

Then he comes to the biggest joke of the night.  He talked about politics.  He thinks people should be willing to compromise.  When did he ever compromise.  It was do it his way or he would demonize you.  If that didn’t work, he would slam it through on executive order.  That’s been his MO.  He rips all his rivals and dares to talk about the rancor between the parties?  He wants to reduce the role of money in politics, but he had no problem with his monetary advantage in the elections.  Ask Jeb about the effect of money on politics.  It’s overrated.  You can’t sway people just because you had more ad space.  You have to energize people to vote.  Did it ever occur to anyone that the one that gets the most money may have an edge because more people believe in them or are more excited about them or whatever?  It’s something to think about.  But if you really want to lower the effects of money on politics, return the power to the states.  When you centralize power, you centralize bribery.  It is much more expensive to bribe 50 states than it is 1 national government.  Just saying.  Then he played the race card.  Basically, accept socialism or we devolve into lynchings or Nazism.  He speaks of the duties of the citizens without ever talking about his own duties which he neglects.  Then he says that Americans need to stay active…except the Tea Partiers.  They should stay home and sit down and shut up.

So, basically, everything you were expecting Obama to say.

Long Live the Constitution!

Crocodile Tears of a Clown Prince (Obama Cries)

Posted by Troy on 6th January 2016 in Current Events, Political

Well, the most powerful man in the world (or so they say) wept on TV for all the tens or hundreds of children killed by guns.  Shame he doesn’t show the same interest in the hundreds of thousands that die to abortion each year, but those aren’t really children.  Those are just cells.  In much the same way that an eagle’s eggs are just delicious and not baby birds.

First of all, they are fake tears.  No one cries like that.  He touched his eye and then THAT eye started watering.  That’s called Vicks Vapor Rub.  Old and pathetic.  To seek to move people to reject their own rights because he is emotional.  Amazing.  Does he believe that we actually care what upsets him?  He is like a five-year-old that believes the world awaits at bated breath at their tantrums.

In regards to his new gun “laws” (as passed by executive fiat), what does he hope to accomplish?

The first is expanded background checks.  Sounds great, but what does it really accomplish.  What they want is that anyone, literally anyone, has to get a dealer’s permit and the buyer get a background check for any gun transfer, even among friends.  So what will really happen is that these casual sellers and buyers will ignore these rules.  This will turn otherwise law abiding citizens into criminals.  It is important to note that this rule wouldn’t have stopped ANY of these mass shootings.

The other is that doctors can now ask you if you have a gun.  If they believe you may be a danger to yourself or others, they will notify the authorities.  There’s already examples of states claiming the right of confiscation in these matters.  All it takes is some activist doctors sending all questionable cases to the feds.  The feds take your guns, and just like the no-fly list, good luck getting your name off the list.  So just remember, if the doctor asks if you have guns, the answer is “Hell no!  That’s for psychopaths!”  Do not answer “None of your business,” or anything else.  Any evasive answer will equal “gun owner” and “suspicious.”

Long Live The Constitution!