Sunday, October 22, 2017

A (Liberal) tale of two cities.


 

A Tale of Two Cities:                                

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
    CHICAGO
 
HOUSTON, TX
Population
2.7 million
 
2.15 million
 
 
 
 
Median HH Income
$38,600
 
$37,000
 
 
 
 
% African-American
38.9%
 
24%
 
 
 
 
% Hispanic
29.9%
 
44%
 
 
 
 
% Asian
5.5%
 
6%
 
 
 
 
% Non-Hispanic White
28.7%
 
26%
 
 
 
 
Pretty similar until you compare the following:
 
Chicago, IL
 
            Houston, TX
 
 
 
 
 
 
Concealed Carry   - Legal
No
 
           Yes
 
 
 
 
 
 
Number of Gun Stores
None
 
184 Dedicated gun stores plus 1500 - legal places to buy guns--Wal-Mart, K-mart, sporting goods, etc.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Homicides, 2012
1,806
 
207
 
 
 
 
 
 
Homicides per 100K
38.4
 
9.6
 
 
 
 
 
 
Avg. January high temperature  (F)
31
 
63
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
Conclusion :  Cold weather causes murders. This is due to climate change.

 

 

 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Kaepernicking Navy sailor given the boot.


Navy Sailor Refuses To Stand For National Anthem - IMMEDIATELY Regrets It.  WRITTEN BY DAVID MILLER
A former Navy intelligence specialist recently took a page out of Colin Kaepernick's playbook and refused to stand for the national anthem during morning colors. However, she quickly learned she'd made a huge mistake.

Conservative Tribune reported that Petty Officer 2nd Class Janaye Ervin was stripped of her security clearance and assigned to menial labor for a few days
, before she was forced to leave the Navy for disrespecting our country so blatantly.

It all started on September 19, when Ervin refused to stand for the anthem when she was on reserve duty at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii.. The International BusinessTimes reported that Ervin claimed she was trying to make a statement about blacks being persecuted in the United States by doing this.  "I just didn't want to stand at that moment,&quo t; Ervin said "I can't stand for this song knowing that the song isn't for me, being black. The song doesn't represent me at all. To be honest, I never really thought about the flag my entire life, I had no reason to. It's just a flag."

The next day, Ervin's superiors read her her rights and gave her a warning about potentially compromising her security clearance, which she needed for both her military and civilian job. One day after that, she was stripped of her security clearance and escorted out of the secure area where she was working .

Ervin is now claiming that she was never told which order she was violating, but this is clearly a lie since she violated the 10th General Order for Sentries, “…To salute all officers and colors and standards not cased…..” which is taught in Navy boot camp.                                           &nb sp;  
                                                                                        
All members of the Navy are required to memorize all 11 general orders in bootcamp, and they are aware that violating any one of them is subject to Article 92 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice and is subject to whatever punishment is decided by court-martial.

On September 21, Ervin took to Facebook to publicly whine about how "unfair" this has been for her.  "The Navy has decided to punish me for defending the Constitution and has taken away my equipment I need to do my Naval job," she wrote, according to 
PopularMilitary.com.

Hey, Janaye, the Navy did not take ANYTHING from you - you forfeited your own job when you knowingly violated a general order. 

 

Friday, October 20, 2017

Another proposed battery type.

Enviros dream of doing away with fossil fuels and generate energy via solar and wind. The battery proposed by MIT would store electric energy and even out the uneven rate of energy production:

http://www.cell.com/joule/fulltext/S2542-4351(17)30032-6

But the problem with renewables is not just storage but production. Wind turbines are murder on birds and solar stuff is expensive and covers the land. Only thorium fueled reactors are safe and efficient enough to produce almost unlimited amounts of energy. Thorium fueled atomic plants USE UP fissionable materials so they will GET RID OF radioactive waste not produce it.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The injustice of the Mueller 'investigation.'

Judging by Mueller's staffing choices, he may not be very interested in justice

     
Much has been written about the prosecutorial prowess of Robert Mueller’s team assembled to investigate allegations of Russia’s involvement in the Trump campaign. Little has been said of the danger of prosecutorial overreach and the true history of Mueller’s lead prosecutor.
What was supposed to have been a search for Russia’s cyberspace intrusions into our electoral politics has morphed into a malevolent mission targeting friends, family and colleagues of the president. The Mueller investigation has become an all-out assault to find crimes to pin on them — and it won’t matter if there are no crimes to be found. This team can make some.
Many Americans despise President Trump and anyone associated with him. Yet turning our system of justice into a political weapon is a danger we must guard against.

Think back to April 1, 1940, and a world awash in turmoil, hate and fear. Revered Attorney General Robert H. Jackson assembled the United States attorneys. In remarks enshrined in the hearts of all good prosecutors, he said, “the citizen's safety lies in the prosecutor who tempers zeal with human kindness, who seeks truth and not victims, who serves the law and not factional purposes, and who approaches his task with humility.”
 
Yet Mueller tapped a different sort of prosecutor to lead his investigation — his long-time friend and former counsel, Andrew Weissmann. He is not just a “tough” prosecutor. Time after time, courts have reversed Weissmann’s most touted “victories” for his tactics. This is hardly the stuff of a hero in the law.
Weissmann, as deputy and later director of the Enron Task Force, destroyed the venerable accounting firm of Arthur Andersen LLP and its 85,000 jobs worldwide — only to be reversed several years later by a unanimous Supreme Court.
Next, Weissmann creatively criminalized a business transaction between Merrill Lynch and Enron. Four Merrill executives went to prison for as long as a year. Weissmann’s team made sure they did not even get bail pending their appeals, even though the charges Weissmann concocted, like those against Andersen, were literally unprecedented.
Weissmann’s prosecution devastated the lives and families of the Merrill executives, causing enormous defense costs, unimaginable stress and torturous prison time. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the mass of the case.
Weissmann quietly resigned from the Enron Task Force just as the judge in the Enron Broadband prosecution began excoriating Weissmann’s team, and the press began catching on to Weissmann’s modus operandi.
Mueller knows this history. Is this why he tapped Weissmann to target Paul Manafort?
As Attorney General Jackson foretold: “Therein is the most dangerous power of the prosecutor: that he will pick people that he thinks he should get, rather than pick cases that need to be prosecuted.” 
Manafort, a Trump associate, is simply a small step in Weissmann’s quest to impugn this presidency or to reverse the results of the 2016 election. Never mind that months of investigation by multiple entities have produced no evidence of "collusion." Mueller’s rare, predawn raid of Manafort’s home — a fearsome treat usually reserved for mobsters and drug dealers — is textbook Weissmann terrorism. And of course, the details were leaked — another illegal tactic.
Weissmann is intent on indicting Manafort. It won’t matter that Manafort knows the Trump campaign did not collude with the Russians. Weissman will pressure Manafort to say whatever satisfies Weissmann’s perspective. Perjury is only that which differs from Weissmann’s “view” of the “evidence” — not the actual truth.
We all lose from Weissmann’s involvement. First, the truth plays no role in Weissmann’s quest. Second, respect for the rule of law, simple decency and following the facts do not appear in Weissmann’s playbook. Third, and most important, all Americans lose whenever our judicial system becomes a weapon to reward political friends and punish political foes.
It is long past the due date for Mueller to clean up his team — or Weissmann to resign — as a sign that the United States is a nation of laws that are far more important than one Weissmann.
Sidney Powell (@SidneyPowell1) was a federal prosecutor in three districts under nine U.S. attorneys from both political parties, then in private practice for more than 20 years. She is a past president of the Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit and of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. A veteran of 500 federal appeals, she published "Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice."

Barak Hussein: the aftermath in Iraq and Syria.

The NY Times has an article entitled "This is what victory over ISIS looks like:"

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/19/world/middleeast/islamic-state-reconstruction.html

But the Times got it only HALF right. The devastation left behind began with the policy of the Democrat Party (and Barak Hussein Obama in particular) of not only moving out of Iraq prematurely, but arming the extremist factions of Islam. The result was Islam at its fiercest. At its worst. The moral of the story: Democrats can not be trusted in avoiding a war or winding one down.

Monday, October 16, 2017

China: edging toward devaluation.

China escaped the impossible trinity in 2015 by devaluing their currency. China escaped the impossible trinity again in 2017 using a hat trick of partially closing the capital account, raising interest rates, and allowing the yuan to appreciate against the dollar thereby breaking the exchange rate peg.
 
The problem for China is that these solutions are all non-sustainable. China cannot keep the capital account closed without damaging badly needed capital inflows. Who will invest in China if you can’t get your money out?
 
China also cannot maintain high interest rates because the interest costs will bankrupt insolvent state owned enterprises and lead to an increase in unemployment, which is socially destabilizing.
China cannot maintain a strong yuan because that damages exports, hurts export-related jobs, and causes deflation to be imported through lower import prices. An artificially inflated currency also drains the foreign exchange reserves needed to maintain the peg.
 
Since the impossible trinity really is impossible in the long-run, and since China’s current solutions are non-sustainable, what can China do to solve its policy trilemma?
The most obvious course, and the one likely to be implemented, is a maxi-devaluation of the yuan to around the 7.95 level or lower.
 
This would stop capital outflows because those outflows are driven by devaluation fears. Once the devaluation happens, there is no longer any urgency about getting money out of China. In fact, new money should start to flow in to take advantage of much lower local currency prices.
There are early signs that this policy of devaluation is already being put into place. The yuan has dropped sharply in the past month from 6.45 to 6.62. This resembles the stealth devaluation of late 2015, but is somewhat more aggressive.
 
The geopolitical situation is also ripe for a Chinese devaluation policy. Once the National Party Congress is over in late October, President Xi will have secured his political ambitions and will no longer find it necessary to avoid rocking the boat.
 
Why does this matter? Because previous devaluation by China caused a drop in the US Stock Market.
 
 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Mexican style "lasagna"

Comment. This is a similar idea to lasagna, but with two big differences: 1. There is no tomato added and 2. Instead lasagna noodles this uses corn tortillas. The corn tortillas are essential and provides a lot of the taste. Without them, there is no point making this dish.

INGREDIENTS

1 can cream of chicken soup
1 lb grated cheese(can use either cheddar or cheddar mixed with monterey jack)
1 cup milk
2 (4 oz) chopped green chillies
1.5 lb ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tsp dried  oregano
3/4 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1 (10 oz) corn tortillas, each cut into small pieces (like eights)

METHOD

1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. In a saucepan combine the soup, milk, 3/4 of the cheese (reserve the rest for the last step). Once the cheese is melted, stir in the chillies and set aside.
3. In a skillet brown the beef with the onions. Add in the oregano, the cumin, the garlic and the salt.

4. In a well-greased 9x13 inch casserole pan add half the tortillas, spread 1/2 of the beef mix on top followed by 1/2 of the cheese mix. Repeat the layers and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.

5. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, take out and let sit 15 minutes.

Makes 6 servings.