Might as well get the morning’s big econ story out of the way first: Retail sales for March have just been released:
“Advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for March 2022, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $665.7 billion, an increase of 0.5 percent (±0.5 percent)* from the previous month, and 6.9 percent (±0.9 percent) above March 2021.
Total sales for the January 2022 through March 2022 period were up 12.9 percent (±0.7 percent) from the same period a year ago. The January 2022 to February 2022 percent change was revised from up 0.3 percent (±0.5 percent)* to up 0.8 percent (±0.2 percent).”
All of which is horribly misleading since it’s measured in DOLLARS worth of goods. And since prices are going up faster, there’s less unit volumes and more empty shelves when shopping.
Don’t worry your little head about that, though. Just listen to the stock shills and remember pre-holiday hype is expected ahead of the closure for Good Friday tomorrow.
Far as the reality of how the economy is doing? Longer note:
The Biden bait-and-switcheroo here is that Vlad Putin is the bogeyman. Not Congressional and presidential idiocy, along with the ultra-libs and their empty Green is Mean initiatives – along with the overwrought climate monetization’s – which are really more to blame. Who needs Reality, though?
Ukraine didn’t have to happen – it was a set up by Euromaniacs who announced their plans for a Portugal to Vladivostok European Union back in 2014. Without so much as a courtesy call to Putin.
As a taxpayer, I’m not happy with bankrolling European supremacists who’ve had 77-freaking years to grow up and self-fund their own defense.
Average workweek in France (2020) was 27-hours. In Germany 25.6 hours. While we’re busting-ass at 34-hours.
Let’s see if you can answer this: Why are Americans working 7-hours a week more AND underwriting the clown posse of the EU?
Fundamental economics, kiddies. China is kicking everyone’s butt because their average workweek is 41.7 hours (2019 data). Wonder why they win? This obviously racist stuff called HARD WORK. GTFU.
Seriously: 77-years and the EuroCon rolls on: Polish, Baltic presidents meet Zelensky in Ukraine, pledge continued support and military aid | CBC News. Even Canadians are programmed.
Yes, that’s right: Let’s make more nukes and pretend it’s not Bully Blowback, shall we? Let’s take away a nice 20-minute ballistic “think about it” and surround everyone with zero-decision time hair triggers! Yes! Genius! What clever apes we are!
We (also) elect leaders who simply cannot comprehend or collate simple workweek numbers and insist on kiting checks to everyone sucker enough to take ’em. Great scam for Europe…print to the end, friend!
(Sucks to be stupid and in the U.S. working. Let’s zoom in a little, shall we? I mean, isn’t this fun?)
Blowing the Presidency
You may see headlines today about Biden’s approval rating crashing to 33 percent.
How did he do it?
A check of the Bezos Daily – known elsewise as the Washington Post – lays it out in simple enough terms for even a left coast lib to grok: Opinion | By lifting Title 42, Biden is turning a border crisis into a catastrophe.
Democrat hatred of the right (and majority, straight, born in-country, job-holders) knows no bounds. As should be apparent because Bidenistas give more rights to illegals than born and raised ‘Mericans: CDC extends transit masking after scrapping Title 42 for migrants. (I’ll stop whining when I get one of the illegal’s free phones.)
Biden insists on tiptoeing up to the nuclear war level over Ukraine’s borders but doesn’t give an apparent shit about America’s border with Drugxico. See where Biden to Send $800M worth Artillery, Helicopters, More Drones to Ukraine, but doesn’t support that for Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California? Joe blows.
Donald Trump deserved a good deal of the ire he engendered from the left. But, it’s time to move on. So how about we skip two more years of national disgrace and jump right to Biden’s impeachment?
I know a forensic accounting PhD who could build a team to “follow the money” from Hunter’s laptop. Or, is asking for honest government gone now, as well?
Wait…we’ve already answered that…
Crypto Con Ending?
Yes, I’m a crotchety old man and newfangled – POINTLESS enterprises that waste limited planetary resources – really stick in my craw.
Because if people would be taught personal excellence at all levels, 100 percent equality, and the importance of rising on MERIT and HARD WORK, plus throw in a side of deconsumption and learning to grow some food at home…can you imagine how bright our Futures would be?
We don’t scam. That’s why I have declined to play in the Social Media septic field. It’s also why we have never had a crypto wallet.
Don’t go looking surprised as along comes a former Fed Chief with a glimpse of what’s coming: Yellen calls for crypto regulation to reduce risks, fraud.
Three reasons: First crypto is a con. If crypto doesn’t smell like feed lot droppings, run (don’t walk) to the nearest ENT for a once-over. Covid kill your sense of smell?
Second: Government hates competition in money creation because it erodes their franchise.
Third: It’s neither secure nor compatible with an environmentally honest world. Unless your last name is Biden.
Come on…trying to sell the Climate Scam so miners of made-up numbers can keep wasting energy? Piss up a rope, bud.
Truth time: Money is still America’s Drug of Choice. With enough of it, you can buy all your other addictions. (What’s on your laptop?)
Where to begin, eh? Couple of days back, San Diego Union Trib: San Diego’s largest high school quietly eliminated several honors courses. Parents are outraged. Woke and BS are now on the same page in the Cali-Liberal dictionary.
Equal on the starting line, but not the finishing line works in sports, right? Why doesn’t it work in education? Life? OMG it’s reverse racism time!
Speaking of Which
Where were those Social Media censors when an apparent Black supremacist was spewing hate on social? Seems to us this is a prime example of what goes wrong when genuine equality is replaced by a leftist uprising supporting, gets a free-pass racism.
Reading New York subway shooting: Frank James made chilling YouTube video weeks before Brooklyn horror makes it clear the Left still OWNS and EXPLOITS racism. Don’t you dare call ’em out on it, though, or you’re a racist, too.
You’ll never put a label on a liberal. It’s like they are Teflon coated. (Nothing sticks in their brains, either.)
Fact: America only works if we treat each other exactly and precisely equally. Social Media’s woke goon squads need a spanking. Maybe the gender-change marketers could oblige?
Remember: by using Social Media, you are giving your time, picture rights, and content, to the worst of the woke – the Billionaires Boy’s Club.
Whole point of Peoplenomics Wednesday was the waste created by these “made up industries.” No point to ’em. They are squandering our Future.
Free Willy’s Johnson: World’s most savage dolphin attacks as beasts maul kids at theme parks and try to have sex with trainers (thesun.co.uk). Sounds like a case for…(wait for it!)…Hunter!
Billionaire Boys Club social notes: Twitter jumps 12% in pre-market after Elon Musk offers to buy company at $54.20 a share | Businessinsider. To his credit (where’s my Starlink???) Musk says Twit doesn’t “serve free speech.” Naw…tell me it ain’t so….
Not killing, but still thrilling: COVID: Shutdowns in China spread as infections rise | CTV News
News or Marketing pitch? You make the call: Pfizer booster for kids 5 to 11 helps protect against Omicron variant, company says.
Around the Ranch
This is Maundy Thursday. Expect lines at the footwash.
The Stock Market will be closed for Good Friday (and the start of Passover) tomorrow. Regular session Monday, not Maundy. Expect only a half-wit’s worth tomorrow from me. (Upgrade?)
Prime rib on the menu Sunday…yum! Have a marvelous Easter.
Write when you get rich,