Coping: Labels of Convenience

So, this man walks into the local county courthouse, al disheveled, drooling a bit, and wearing clothes that looked like they hadn’t been washed in month or two.  Reeked to high heaven.

Worse, the man smelled like a hog pen, he was carrying an “Anarchy Now” sign, and most of his teeth had left with the meth he’d started smoking years ago…

“May I help you, sir?” asked the government employee behind the desk.

“I’m here to register to run for office.”

“And which party, sir?”

“Well, as a Republican, of course!” the man replied indignantly.

“REPUBLICAN?” The government worker was shocked.  “Are you quite SURE, sir?” 

The man didn’t look like any Republican he’d ever seen before.  Homeless anti-everything protester on drugs?  Well, sure…

After confirming he was indeed filing for office as a Republican, the man left the county office and stumbled out the door.

Seeing the disaster, the County Democratic Chairman – who was just coming in the door at the time – asked the counter attendant “One of ours?” 

“No sir.  That’s the new Republicans.”

“THAT?”  The County Democratic Chairman laughed.  He couldn’t believe his good fortune.  “What Office?”

“Says he wants to be County Judge….”

“You know, maybe there is a God, after all,” said the County Demo Chief.  “Did he tell you anything else?”

“I asked him if he was ‘one of yours’ and he insisted as filing as a Republican.  Said he’d looked it up and there are no legal restrictions on what a person labels themselves when they run for office.  Said something about how people’d elect a hog to office in this county if it wore a G.O.P. label…”

“Alas,” admitted the County Chair.  “He’s Right.  What’s worse is Paul Ryan and Donald Trump both know it. “

“So that’s why the Republicans didn’t vote on the Repeal of Obamacare? Hid the sausage again, huh?”

“Yep.  Didn’t want the regular people and sheep to know how many of our own Democrats have actually been working for the Democrats the whole time.”

“Sounds plausible enough.  So what can I help you with today?”

“Well, I just came in to file for office, myself.”

“County Chairmanship not enough of a challenge what with all the defections?”

“NO!  Running for the State Senate this time.  As a Republican…

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What we are experiencing as a country is what I can Labels of Convenience.

The lesson from Motor Trend

You will think I’m nuts, but two examples must be brought out here.  Let’s start witch the report back in 2015 in Motor Trend which runs down 20 of the lightest production cars in 2015.

“Ure point?”

Oh…what car as the lightest NAME among 2015 cars?

“Err…Nissan LEAF, perhaps?”

Light-as-a-leaf is the MARKETING deal, sure.  Concept: LEAF – light,  efficient, airy and fun.  But says over here the 2017 LEAF is 3,323 to 3,405 pounds worth.  Not even in the same league as the Corollas, right?

What do we see upon reflection on point?  Marketers Lie.

Paul Ryan is in on the New Republican Lie because he didn’t call for the vote on Repeal.  Now, we will never know who the real Republicans are or the Republicans of Convenience.

Need another example? 


OK, take the current national MARKETING push for LBGTQRT plus illegals plus turkey on rye sandwiches.

I reckon the number of genuinely gay people hasn’t changed all that much over the years.  But look around and see what has changed…MARKETING!

The attention-getter party is on.  Trans is the New Gay and so it rolls. 

Why, the same “Me! Me! Me1” phenomena that keeps people pouring days and weeks into Facebook and the other social media scams – so the FedGov knows everything about you-  is also driven by the bottomless urge to self-importance.

Hold a carrot in front of an ego….

Understanding that MARKETING is driving the transgender thing (Me! Me! Me! people) that’s why we bought three large public contractors.  Figured we’d get rich building third and fourth bathrooms.

Not working out so far, but give it time. We’re hoping for six genders per public building minimum is our hope.

The Money Flows Where Marketing Goes

As you go through Life, make this your goal:  Keep your eye on the doughnut, not on the hole…”

Thus spoken, yea verily, it is as true today as it was and ever shall be:  Money flows where marketing goes.  And Marketing Lies.

World without principles. 


Now, if you would all open your phones to the book of Jagger and sing along with the congregation…

(For pops blocked:

Too Late to Be Great?

Depends how many people wake up today, doesn’t it?

And it is Monday and we have problems all along the watchtower.

Come on by tomorrow.  Fencing lessons are scheduled.

Write when you get rich,

(I did promise shorter columns were coming as more contents moves to the side…)

11 thoughts on “Coping: Labels of Convenience”

    • The fundamentals of the USA stocks indicate that the markets should be at about 1/3 of their current level. Trading stocks is like trading in barrels of food painted with different logos on the outside, that have all gone rotten. It’s a great game, until someone opens one of the barrels.

      Since fundamentals are meaningless, stocks move when someone makes them move. More than 60% of all trades are computer to computer, and these computers are running algorithms that read the media news and act accordingly. Ever heard of fake news? Yes, it is that easy to move a stock, or an entire market. The second tool is that many of the trades that move the indexes are never closed, they are canceled before ownership actually changes.

      And stocks certainly do not reflect the economy. When interest rates go to zero or below, you no longer have an economy that responds normally to anything, and should not even be called an economy. That, combined with the absence of sound FASB rules makes everything essentially meaningless in today’s financial world. Those zeroes and multiples that appear in your trading numbers out of nowhere can just as easily disappear, unless you periodically shave off your profits and put them into metal. And if you are trading for living expenses, you are as endangered as much as the most endangered species on earth, the American retiree, to quote Bill Holter and Jim Sinclair.

      The common financial advice from those who successfully predicted this situation, is buy silver, but have enough gold to bribe the guards at the borders when, like your ancestors, you realize you need to get the hell out.

      That’s how it looks from Ecuador, 8 years expatriated, where my wife and I live a comfortable life on $1500 a month and regularly bank 80% of our social security, and government insured CD’s pay just north of 9%. Yes, you are seeing correctly, there is NO decimal in front of that 9. And medical care costs 15% of USA prices or less.

  1. As our fearless leader once said “there’s a sucker born every minute”. Wait, sorry that was PT Barnum.

  2. They’ve been doing that in local elections in CT for decades, only as Democrats running as Independants, as law doesn’t permit a single party to have 100% of the seats. Everyone knows they’re Democrats using the Independant label of Convenience.

    • Sounds like Bernie Sanders, ran as a Democrat, turned back into an Independent right after the election was over. Oh, yeah, and used his winnings to buy himself a $600,000 second house. Nice winnings there, ole, Bernie.

  3. You can thank Edward Bernays for the disaster that is America today. He invented PR/propaganda, and his methods were proven accurate by Goebbels. So now, the rulers use them with great effect on the poorly educated, unaware public.

    No one is coming to save us from ourselves, and the future is not looking brighter to me.

  4. Hi George,

    Labels of Convenience? Look no further than
    one Charlie Crist in Florida. A shining political example of “allegiance ruled by expedience”. Republican?Democrat?Independent? Whatever it takes…

  5. “So that’s why the Republicans didn’t vote on the Repeal of Obamacare? Hid the sausage again, huh?”

    Unfortunately.. in order to repeal the bill and give the average american citizen something that is workable and that will insure everyone has access to insurance.. Won’t benefit the insurance companies, or the pharmaceutical companies or any of the lobbying firms that worked so hard to write the first bill..
    It would have to be..
    1. No Discrimination ( the right to choose which policy without fear that they will stick it to you. Policy A costs should be the same for anyone buying policy A.. riders or add on same thing…)
    2. No Price gouging..( or price stabilizing regulations, remember when it got out of control and over run with gaff and greed.. was when it was deregulated in the eighties.. so they could charge you less.)
    3. Open the borders. ( a policy in Houston should be available in New York. An insurance company from outside the borders of the contenental us should be able to compete)
    4. Open the borders on Pharmaceuticals.. ( american citizens should not have to pay up to a thousand percent more for a medication that can be gotten and is most likely produced outside the contenental usa.)
    Unfortunately.. anything less than that will not be acceptable by the vast majority of the population. Of course this is just my opinion but. And I don’t see them being able to do any of that without cutting what the insurance industry’s proffits. leaving us still and one of the worst countries caring for the health of the people just above Slovenia in the health of the average citizen.
    we rank last on the availability of affordable healthcare by statistics given by the who..
    this video sums it up.. pretty good..—knoxville–tennessee-edition

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