Venezuela: When socialism fails, move on to slavery

Human nature predicts that when one is prevented from enjoying the fruits of one’s own labor, when a government mandates that one work to support people unwilling to work for themselves, i.e., when a government adopts socialism, the fields will tend to remain unplowed. You would think that the “Tragedy of the Commons” was a lesson learned centuries ago but human beings still fall for the false promise of socialism.

Venezuela is the lastest and presently the most horrific example of how socialism destroys everything in its path. At present Venezuelans cannot get such a simple thing as toilet paper. Food is also scarce and only available sporadically. When it arrives it’s in limited quantities for which everyone stands in lines for hours to make a meager purchase at a very high price because their money is nearly worthless.

So Venezuela’s Dictator “president” Maduro has a solution to this problem. Maduro signed a decree that would give Venezuela’s Ministry of Popular Power for Social Process of Work the ability to order any Venezuelan with the physical or technical capabilities to join a government effort to work in the agriculture sector for up to 120 days.

Amnesty International calls it “forced labor.” Well, that’s the only way to make socialism work, by forcing people to work for a subsistence level wage and confiscating the rest of the value of their labor. For those who might resist this new dictate Maduro has a plan to help them change their minds.

It a post a while back I said the final stage of socialism is when nobody has food, medicine or toiletries. I forgot there is one more stage to go: slavery.

How to build strength and increase muscle size

Let’s say you can with some effort lift a barbell of a certain weight. Sould you do a lot of reps with that weight, or should to go to heavier weight that you can lift, but only for fewer reps? Say you can bench press 80 pounds easily 20 for reps in 3 sets with a 2-minute rest between each set. Should you do that or should you go to 100 pounds which you can you only do 3 reps before you have to stop. In the latter you’ll do 3 reps in 3 sets, and it may surprise you that you will build strength and muscle mass faster with that program than the with 3 sets of 20 reps of the lighter weight. When you get so the 100-pound lift no longer leads to muscle fatigue, you have to go to a heavier weight to gain more strength and muscle size. To be stronger you have to lift heavier weights in the squat, press, and deadlift, usually for five reps or less.

Like many things in this life, the right answer is not the most intuitive one. Examples abound. If a country wants peace with its neighbors it should always be well prepared for war with them. If a country wants less gun violence or any other type of violence it should have a well armed citizenry. If you want to lose weight you should eat several small meals each day instead of one big meal. If a government wants to help unskilled persons get their first job it should have no minimum wage, and surprisingly low-skilled workers will become skilled workers sooner and be better off in the long run than if a mandatory minimum wage is enacted by government. Likewise, for more people to flourish welfare assistance should be limited in time and amount so that only dire emergencies are covered, at least for the able bodied. When government increases taxes too much the result is lower revenue and a stagnant economy. Lowering taxes can increase revenue and economic activity.

You can think of more, I’m sure.

John Hinckley released from mental hospital

Yesterday John Hinckley, the man who shot President Reagan in 1981, was released permanently by a Federal judge from St. Elizabeth mental hospital where he has been kept since his trial. I guess the judge found him “rehabilitated.”

From the Ricochet Daily Shot:

If you’re too young to know, on the afternoon March 30, 1981, Hinckley attempted to assassinate President Reagan outside the Washington Hilton. Reagan and three others were injured, Press Secretary Jim Brady, Secret Service agent Tim McCarthy, and DC police officer Thomas Delahanty. Brady was permanently disabled and when he died in 2014, the Virginia medical examiner ruled the death a homicide, caused by the wound Hinckley had inflicted decades before.

However, Hinckley was not tried for Brady’s death, because he had already been found not guilty of the shooting 30 years earlier because he was obviously crazy six ways from Sunday. (His “reason” for trying to kill Reagan is because he thought it would impress Jodie Foster.)

The Hinckley saga illustrates why the Washington DC court system should be disbanded and abolished. It is simply not possible for anyone to get a fair trial in that town. It is not possible to impanel an unbiased jury. The pool of people from which to select a jury is never going to contain even one or two fair-minded people, let alone twelve. It matters not whether the trial involves Democrats or Republicans. If the fate of some Democrat is on the line a Washington DC jury will free him or her. If the fate of some Republican is on the line, or if the fate someone who shot a Republican is on the line, the jury is going to accept whatever silly argument his lawyers want to give them. “Just give us something we can use to let this guy go because we hate the person he shot,” is what happened in the Hinckley trial in 1981.

The very reason Hinckley gave for shooting Reagan is all the proof needed to show that he was not legally insane.

If he shot President Reagan because he thought it would impress Jody Foster then he’s a whack job for sure, but he’s not crazy. His motive shows that he knew what he was doing. He knew he was shooting the President of the United States. He knew it was wrong. He did it anyway, as all criminals do. They all do what they know is wrong. They don’t care that it’s wrong. That is what makes them criminals. Just because that have a motive that seems crazy to the rest of us does not make them legally insane. Legal insanity exists when one does know what one is doing and does not know or appreciate the consequences of his actions.

Hinckley intentionally caused massive life-altering destruction to many people on that day. James Brady lived with his injuries for another 30 years, condemned to a hard life by John Hinckley. He was never tried for that crime because he had already been found insane, under a phony standard of insanity that would make a large slice of America legally insane.

If Hinckley had shot a Democrat president a Washington DC jury would have been found him guilty and the judge would have sent him to prison for the rest of his miserable life. For a Democrat victim they would have upheld the rule of law. A Republican president couldn’t get that deal. Not in that town.

Liars — How progressives exploit our fears for power and control

Screen Shot 2016-07-27 at 10.00.18 AMIn Greek Mythology Cassandra is given the gift of prophesy and the curse that while she could accurately see into the future and know what calamities were coming, nobody would ever believe her. Thus when she warned Troy that that the Trojan Horse contained Greek warriors she was not believed.

In our times so-called “progressives,” the term liberals have adopted since giving the word liberal a negative connotation, do not have the gift of prophesy but they do seem to have the gift of the power to make us believe them. Well, not all of us. I’ve never believed any the tommyrot they spew daily. Vast enough numbers of people do believe them. This is usually to their detriment because it leads to surrender their freedom and money for worthless liberal causes.

The ethanol mandate is an example of people believing the lies and getting stuck with having to pay more for energy for something that does none of the things liberals claim for it. We know ethanol harms our engines, does not reduce pollution, and is actually harmful to the environment and benefits no one except crony capitalist corn producers and the politicans who gain their politcal support. Yet it seems impossible to get rid of it.

Global warming, climate change, global cooling, or what the name for the latest climate scam might be, is a wonderful example of how progressives have been able to take our freedom, enrich themselves with our money, and increase their power and control over us all because we have been gullible enough to believe the junk science they have pounded into our heads for the last 40 years. Even after the release of the East Anglia emails and the exposure of the hockey stick hoax millions of Americans still worship in the church of climate change.

It is easy for we the people to castigate those who are lying to us but we really should castigate ourselves for being foolish and believing them.

Glenn Beck’s new book explains the only way to break the cycle is to understand why Americans fall for the deception over and over again. As Eric Hoffer told us over 60 years ago, the true believers seek to infect society with a malady and then offer themselves as the remedy. They get away with this only if we let them.

Could this guy be anymore out of touch?

Barack Obama on July 20, 2016 at the White House Summit on Global Development:

“We are living in the most peaceful” era in human history. “The world has never been less violent.”

“So it is worth reminding ourselves of how lucky we are to be living in the most peaceful, most prosperous, most progressive era in human history,”

“Because the world has never been less violent, healthier, better educated, more tolerant, with more opportunity for more people, and more connected than it is today,”

Meanwhile, this:

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And these politically-motivated attacks on innocent people minding their own business:

3 May 2015, Garland, Texas — 2 dead, 1 injured
17 Jun 2015, Charleston, South Carolina — 9 dead, 1 injured
16 Jul 2015, Chattanooga, Tennessee — 6 dead, 2 injured
4 Nov 2015, Merced, California – 1 dead, 4 injured
27 Nov 2015, Colorado Springs, Colorado – 3 dead, 9 injured
3 Dec 2015, San Bernardino, California – 16 dead, 23 injured
7 Jan 2016, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – 0 dead, 2 injured
11 Feb 2016, Columbus, Ohio – 1 dead, 4 injured
12 Jun 2016, Orlando, Florida, 50 dead, 53 injured
7 Jul 2016, Bristol, Tennessee – 1 dead, 3 injured
7 Jul 2016, Dallas, Texas – 5 dead, 9 injured

 

The Republican party’s big mistake

The Tea Party movement was truly a grass-roots movement that attracted people of every ethnicity and political leaning to appeal to their rulers in Washington for a redress of grievances. By “every political leaning” I mean that the Tea Party was probably a majority of those who had voted Republican in the past but also included a good number of Democrats, libertarians and even some who had never voted before. Tea Party rallies included black, hispanic and just about every other ethnic group you can think of.

The Tea Partiers were ripe for the picking by either political party that would have embraced them, although the Democrats would have needed to change their positions on too many issues to have attracted them. The Republican leadership could have easily made common cause with the Tea Party. They would not have needed to change any of their announced positions. All they would have needed to do was actually start believing their own rhetoric and keeping the promises they were making to voters.

We know this for certain because it was largely the Tea Partiers and those who sympathized with them and their cause who handed the GOP huge legislative victories in 2010 and 2014. These bonanzas could have propelled Republicans to exactly where they always said they wanted to be, a party that had “reached out”, in their words, to minorities and women and added huge numbers of them to their voter base. All they needed to do was accept the Tea Partiers into their good graces.

But that’s not what they did. Instead, the made the Big Mistake. They treated the Tea Party movement as if it were a terrorist organization when it was a just peaceful movement of patriotic Americans seeking nothing more than a voice in national politics.  The GOP could have given them that voice and given itself the sort of expanded voter base it had always hoped for. If the GOP had acted wisely, and if Jeb Bush had been a real conservative like he said he was, there’s a good chance he would be the Republican nominee now. Or perhaps if people just didn’t want another Bush, count me as one of those, the GOP nominee would likely be either Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio.  In addition, the polls would already be predicting a huge victory for the GOP in November.

The GOP blew all that by breaking its promises to voters in 2010 and 2014 to shrink government and the admiinstrative state and to stop Obama’s radical agenda. Their whiny excuses that they lacked the voting power in Congress were pathetic. From 2010 and after the GOP had the power of the purse, one the strongest powers in American government.  Obama needed Congress to give him money to do the things he wanted to do. The GOP led House of Representatives willing handed it over. They demanded nothing in return and they got nothing. Thus, by the beginning of 2015 Republican voters who had given them two spectacular victories were whopping mad at the GOP.

This created a void and in stepped Donald Trump to fill it.  They now find themselves having to make the choice between Trump and losing to Hillary Clinton. Some of the GOP establishment leaders still would rather have Hillary than Trump as president. They are few, thankfully.  The rest seem to be accepting their fate that they have no good choices. It’s now Trump or Hillary, in other words their only option is a choice between one they condisder to be bad, and one they know is much worse.

It’s too vapid and clichéd to say they will reap what they have sewn, although that is true. The GOP establishment is not the main reaper here. No matter whether Trump or Hillary become president they will not suffer greatly. They will keep their jobs and their cushy insider Washington beltway perks.  It is we in the hinterlands who will reap what they have sewn.

Most of us, myself included, do not consider the choice to be one of bad and worse. We do or should consider it a choice between the possibly good and the impossibly awful. Trump has said he will fil the Scalia seat on the Supreme Court with a justice of the same temperment and judicial philosophy. If America is destroyed by its government it will be the Supreme Court that will facilitate the destruction. Trump is thereofre possibly good for us, Hillary is worse yes, but more than that. She is a great destroyer of everything she touches. She offers a choice that can only be described as wretched.  She will make it so by her Supreme Court appointments

Americans not as keen on abortion as you might think

According to a survey of 1,009 adults conducted July 5-12, 2016, by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion and sponsored by the Knights of Columbus American strongly favor restrictions on abortion. The Supreme Court recently overturned a Texas law that mandated that doctors have admitting privileges at a local hospital and that abortion clinics be held to the same standards as other outpatient surgery centers. Despite the supposed wisdom of the Supreme Court clear majorities of Americans want abortioin clinics held to those standards. This makes sense. What doesn’t makes sense is pro-abortion advocates being against it since one of the biggest talking points they advance in favor of unrestricted abortion is to save women from the horrors of what they call “back-alley abortions.”  Pro-abotion advocates consistently say they want abortions to be safe for women’s health so their opposition to health standards for abortion clinics seems grossly out of whack and hypocritical.

A majority of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortion, support the right of health providers who are conscientious objectors to back out of performing abortions, and support limiting abortion to the first trimester of pregnancy. You may recall that Roe v. Wade was premised on allowing abortion only in the first trimester. Subsequently the Supreme Court, led by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, slowly chipped away at that until procedures that more resemble infanticide than abortion became enshrined in O’Connor’s idea of a “living” Constitution.

Among the key findings of the poll:

Though 51 percent of Americans say they are pro-choice, about 8 in 10 Americans support substantial restrictions on abortion (78 percent), and would limit it to, at most, the first three months of pregnancy. This number includes 62 percent of those who identify as pro-choice, 85 percent of African Americans and 84 percent of Latinos.

Taxpayer funding for abortion is opposed by 62 percent of Americans. This includes 65 percent of African Americans, 61 percent of Latinos, and 45 percent of those who say they are pro-choice, as well as 84 percent of Republicans, 61 percent of Independents and 44 percent of Democrats.

Concerning the recent Supreme Court decision, Nearly 8 in 10 Americans (78 percent) want abortion clinics to be held to the same standards as other outpatient surgery centers. This includes 77 percent of African Americans and 82 percent of Latinos, as well as 77 percent of women, and 84 percent of millennials. About three quarters of those who identify as pro-choice (74 percent) agree, as do strong majorities regardless of party affiliation. 

In addition, 70 percent of Americans want doctors who perform abortions to be required to have hospital admitting privileges. This includes 71 percent of women, 77 percent of millennials, and 78 percent of Latinos, Pro-life and pro-choice adherents are also equally likely to support such a requirement at a rate of 7 in 10 for each group (71 percent).

And by almost 20 points, a majority of Americans (56 percent to 37 percent) do not believe that healthcare providers should be forced to perform abortions against their conscience or religious beliefs. This includes 6 in 10 Latinos (61 percent) and 4 in 10 who identify as pro-choice (41 percent).

News stories on this poll here, here and here.

Female caller to Rush Limbaugh ’s radio show rips him good

From near the end of the first hour on Friday:

RUSH:  Here is Sylvana from San Diego.  It’s great to have you.  Hello.

CALLER:  Hi.  Hi, Rush.  I’m calling actually regarding the speech, the Donald Trump acceptance speech he did last night.

RUSH:  Yeah?

CALLER:  And after listening to that speech, my question to you is: Why doesn’t Donald Trump want my vote?  [Good question!] I’m a Ted Cruz supporter, and I’m a constitutional conservative.  I felt no love from Donald Trump last night.  He mentioned everybody under the sun — evangelical, LGBT, blue-collar, coal workers, students, student loans, Bernie Sanders and his supporters.  The group that he did not mention is people like me, Ted Cruz supporters, constitutional conservatives. [Trump is not a conservative, he’s been a Democrat all his life and he still thinks like one.]

RUSH:  Well, now — Continue reading

Mexico: If Trumps wins we will call back our citizens

The President of Mexico threatened at the world economic summit grave consequences if Trump gets the Presidential seat: all the Mexicans in the USA will be going back home to Mexico.

The Mexican government announced they will close their borders to Americans in the event that Donald Trump is elected President of the United States. President Enrique Peña Nieto announced the country fears Americans will flood their country and bring violence and chaos to their streets. “Many Americans have expressed a desire to relocate to our country in the event that Donald Trump becomes President. We cannot have Mexico flooded with criminals and rapists,” he said.

Uh, OK. Entiendo tu punto, Señor.

Mass shooting at shopping center in Munich, Germany

Several dead’ and 10 injured in shooting rampage inside a Munich shopping centre as police hunt gunman

A police spokesman said; ‘It is really something big going down.’

The force in Munich posted on its website: ‘At this time we have a major operation underway. Please avoid the area of the shopping centre.’

First reports said a heavily armed man wandered through the shopping centre opening fire at will.

Police have confirmed that at least one person has died as a result of the incident and German media have reported there may be up to 15 killed.

I don’t get it how this can happen in Germany which has the strictest gun laws in the world. It’s a liberal gun control paradise. Self defense is considered an illegal vendetta. This must be a media hoax, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have assured us that all we need is European style gun laws and this sort of thing won’t happen anymore.

One thing is very different is this incident. The gunman didn’t commit suicide nor did he stick around waiting for police to come and shoot him. [cops do have guns in Germany]  The gunman fled and is at large.

And a second shooting?