This is, in military terms, one of those mornings which offers a “target rich environment” for the thoughtful man who’s just trying to get along in the world.
It seems as though a particular kind of disease is making its way around the country – and although I haven’t found an “official name” for it, I think it could be described and “get-in-everyone-else’s-stuff” and forget about the real purpose in life.
Some examples, in serial fashion, fall together out of this morning’s headlines.
Let’s start with prez Obama’s tripping in Europe. Turns out that he now stands accused of cherry picking questions for his “press conference.” The charges come from the reasonable people of the UK who are trying to Brexit – British Exit from the basically bankrupt (financially and morally) EU which has been foisting the false dawn of economic recover on member states such as Germany…a long tale (and kinda sad) that we’ve been through before. Mayor of London is seriously pissed, but what’s he gonna do about it when the “he’s just another racist” card is played? And rest assured on that
Wait! Hold the phone (or other portable device) It’s already in the works. “Boris Johnson criticised for ‘racist’ Obama comments”. And see “Boris Johnson accused of ‘dog whistle racism’ over controversial Barack Obama Kenya remarks,” too while we’re at it.
Of course there were those supporting Boris, like the article Boris Johnson was not racist about Barack Obama, says Iain Duncan Smith…but pay them no mind. The only judgment call is whether a sitting US president should dictate the internal affairs of England. And if we get into the litany of how many foreign leaders come to lecture our Congress, it will be a long and not very interesting morning. So back to point, then…
It’s bad enough that our president has time to go sticking his nose into the affairs of England, but now here comes the Anointed (and yet to be charged) One and she is climbing on this bandwagon, too.
Naturally, there are some reasonable people in America who don’t like this kind of crap – along with the mindless import of people who don’t want to assimilate, so here we have the story about how 60,000 Pennsylvanians have switched from being Democrats to something else.
Now, of course, this is going to help Donald the Trump, who is gaining a bit more lead overs Ted Cruz…but part of that may be helped along by an incredibly long email making the rounds about Ted. The whole point of the email comes down to two things.
The first is the assertion that Ted’s dad was passing out leaflets back when along with one L.H. Oswald in Dallas. Oh, but it gets better…
Seems that Ted’s mom, was (or was not) an American citizen when Ted was born (in Canada) and that she and Ted’s dad were listed as being Canadian voters. And, says this sly slammer email, that means Ted would have had to declare his American Citizenship at the local US Embassy, which didn’t happen.
The good news in all this? Obama is not the only one of “questionable” birthright to hold the office of president. Not that it will ever get resolved and no, we don’t vouch for the accuracy of anything in the email, other than to report is is making the rounds. You can find the details online over here.
As if these antics aren’t enough to have you questioning Ure sanity, it gets even worse. The governor of Virginia, a businessman and pol whose previous gigs have included being head of the national democratic party, is pardoning more than 200-thousand felons in Virginia – and a fair guess is that the majority will vote the straight democratic ticket.
If this all begins to sound as though American politics is written by someone with an insane sense of humor, give yourself a green star, drinking up, and get to work.
Immigration: More Bad News for the No Borders Crowd
Not like I haven’t mentioned this a few gazillion times, but look at the headline from the Washington Examiner today: “Report: Children of refugees get more federal benefits than poor U.S. kids.”
Well, of course this is absolutely no surprise because the clowns at the top are dead-set against America the old (hard work and innovation to get ahead) and they want to replace it with something else.
In point of fact, they are doing a tremendous job of it, too. Need further proof? Well how’s about the story in the Washington Free Beacon that No one works in 1 in 5 UF families, then?
Oh, sure, if you’re a “bring in more of those who hate us” supporter, you can diss the sources and claim they are all part of a (rabid) right-wing conspiracy. But as always, we just look at the data, regardless of the source.
Here comes another (as I beat the drum and repeat loudly that embracing open borders is economic suicide speeded-up): “CDC Official Warned Staff of Health, Safety Risks During Influx of Illegal Alien Minors: “Plan on Many of the Kids Having TB,” “Be Wary of Personal Safety.”
My, doesn’t this kind of crap make you want to support the Obama executive orders and push-down and data-twisting on open borders and “catch & release?”
I’d say the whole country is insane – especially on mornings like this when the flow of the news points so elegantly in that direction – but if you haven’t figured it out by now, you must be a little bit slow or still a believer in the myth of America..a ship long-ago sailed..
UrbanSurvival and Further Mental Health Notes
I suppose you have heard about Beyoncé becoming a bat-swinging urban terrorist in her latest effort? See the story “Beyoncé Goes to Bat in New Video: “Role Model” Smashes Set to Smithereens With Skipping Children” if you need details.
But it sort of sets the stage for the grown-up discussion about America’s mental health which is what I through we’d do this morning in short form.
Just one article is all you need: Why are we so bored? We live in a world of constant entertainment – but is too much stimulation boring?
Makes sense to me…I mean as much as Viagra or traffic circles.
One actionable point (in this mess of headlines, other than vote and vote often) is this little bit out of CBS New York: Study: ‘Toxic Friendships’ can lead to Serious Health Problems.”
If you have an incredible library, you’d pull out a copy of “The Mind and Cancer” (Tom McLaughlin) circa 1990 and mutter something like “Kinda slow to pick up the drift, ain’t they?” Yeah, but there’s all that money for drug research…and maybe now that we know that a huge portion of studies can’t be replicated, maybe we will become Social Worker Nation next. You know, mass employment and recovery for the masses?
Economics: Nothing Matters Until Thursday
As I was explaining (with a bunch of charts of how the market behaved around other Fed increases, decreases, and 50-state Hold-em’s. the real news this week really stacks into Wednesday afternoon when the Fed decision is announced, and on Thursday when the decision is actually implemented in the markets.
No matter what the Fed does will likely be wrong in the very short-term. If they raise rates, that will mean the economy is doing well enough that they can- and if they do, there will be a brief decline while the commercials load up and then run the market up in following weeks – because that would screw the bond holders and they would logically kick the tires on stocks looking for a new hot dice game.
On the other hand, if the Fed does nothing (a fairly safe bet) we will witness gnashing and whining that Obama isn’t doing enough – and sure, this will bolster the case for the sweet short-term stimulus of open borders and all the rest of it.
If you are suspicious of the meetings between fedsters and the Obamanation – because when they don’t talk it usually means a screw job is coming, we have to wonder if that Big German Bank is still in serious trouble and how – either in this case or some future Too Big To Fail (TBTF) whether the American taxpayer would sit still for a heist like this?
For now, it’s a theoretical question, but only just for now.,
Between now and then: there are some housing numbers and a Dallas Fed report later on this morning. The Case Shiller Housing Report tomorrow morning along with Durable Goods. Wednesday morning an international trade number shows up and then the Fed decision in the afternoon.
GDP and the aftermath of the Fed comes Thursday and by Friday we will be ready for the latest fairytales about personal income and expenses.
Of course Thursday morning is when I go in for eye surgery, so we shall see more Friday, I hope.
The Pope on Code
Loved this: Pope tells teens ‘happiness not an app’.
Foe heaven’s sake, don’t tell the developers or they won’t come in today.