K T Cat 6/24/2016 7:23:13 AM You know you've got problems when there's an event on the other side of the planet that causes a financial "flight to quality" and your country's stock market gets annihilated.The Nikkei Index is down almost 8% today, the worst drubbing of any major stock market, including the participants in Brexit.Japanese Investments = Quality.
K T Cat 6/23/2016 7:12:56 AM It is a bad idea to swim off the coast of South Africa where the great white sharks hunt seals.It is a good idea to get some exercise every day.Islam may or may not be a good idea. We can't judge.Christianity may or may not be a good idea. We can't judge.Buddhism may or may not be a good idea. We can't judge.Atheism may or may not be a good idea. We can't judge.Nuclear families may or may not be a good idea. We can't judge.Broken families may or may not be a good idea. We can't judge.Sex outside of marriage may or may not be a good idea. We can't judge.What characteristics must an idea have in order to be given a valuation relative to other ideas? The first two examples are individual acts that[...]
Silvio Canto, Jr. Friday, June 24, 2016 4:35 AM "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free." - President Ronald Reagan
(My new American Thinker post) Some of us have seen this movie before. Over the last few years, weve seen news reports from Latin America of left-wing legislators, or the interest groups that they support, chanting and going out of control when they dont get their way. Recently, the teachers union in Mexico blocked the entrances to the Mexico City airport or last week a confrontation with authorities followed their attempts to close the heavily used highway to Puebla. Lets add some members of the U.S. House to that list of legislators or activists who want their way even it means stepping on other[...]
Harmon Killebrew was one of the great power hitters that I grew up watching and following. He finished his career with 573 HR & 1,559 RBI.Killebrew won 6 HR titles and led the AL in RBI 4 times. He was the AL MVP in 1969.On this day, a young Killebrew hit # 1 as a member of the Washington Senators who became the Minnesota Twins in 1961. Tags: Harmon Killebrew 1955 To share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the My View by Silvio Canto, Jr. Thanks
"Helicopter money," the process of printing money to fund government deficits, is the radical last refuge of a desperate central bank. Ben Bernanke and other academics and central planners have discussed it ad nauseum in theory, but it's never been actually tried in a major modern economy.Except is has. And is.Says Douche Bank viaMarketWatch:But Torsten Slok, Deutsche Banks chief international economist, argues that the Fed has been employing measures similar to helicopter money via its remittances to the Treasury.The Fed in 2015 paid the U.S. Treasury $117 billion and dividing that by the total number of households (125 million) shows that the Fed is already giving money to U.S. consumers, he said in a note[...]
Predictable, perhaps, in the wake of the Orlando nightclub shooting, my local dead tree newspaper had an editorial: "Ban AR-15s, and do it now."So little time, so much errorMark Twain asked,"How many legs does a dog have, if you call his tail a leg?""Four. Just because you call a tail a leg, doesn't make it one."Hence, the dilemma of gun control advocates: They keep calling semi-automatic rifles "assault weapons" and "weapons of war", when they are not. Assault rifles are capable of what is called "select fire". Semi-automatics fire one time with each pull of the trigger. Genuine assault rifles have a lever that will switch from semi-automatic to either three round bursts with a single trigger pull, or fully automatic. I've[...]
When the hijackers crashed those planes into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon on 9/11; President Bush worked to unite the country against the perpetrators. To their credit, the Democratic opposition rallied (for a brief time) behind him.By contrast, after an Islamic terrorist carried out the worst mass shooting in American history President Obama, the Democratic Party, and the American political left have chosen to divide the nation; focusing their fury (and the nation's) not on the enemy trying to kill us. But, instead, on their Republican opposition in Congress, the Republican nominee for President, and the NRA.On any other day, at any other time, all of the above would be fair targets for Democratic fire. But in the wake[...]
Today President Obama endorsed Hillary Clinton for President. In the process, he used an often used phrase. He called Hillary the most qualified candidate to ever run for the Presidency.‘I don't think there's ever been someone so qualified to hold this office'Really?Hyperbole is not unusual in politics; especially in political endorsements. But to call Hillary the most qualified ever, in our nation's history, is an opinion so often voiced by Democrats that it screams out for analysis, and ultimatley rebuttal.So, with all humility, I will endeavor herein to offer such rebuttal.Many great (and less than great) men have run and been elected (or not) to the Presidency. Let us examine some of these, and compare their[...]
At the promptings of my good friend Leslie Eastman, I am blogging today on the California election. I stopped regular blogging a while back because I felt that my relative expertise regarding policy and limited government solutions were useless amidst a rising tide of cultural garbage. Who cares about a nuanced strategy to defeat ISIS if we are willing to commit cultural suicide before the terrorists even reach our shores. I am supporting Trump because he moved the Overton Window and is allowing us to even have a debate on these taboo subjects; but it is a measure of how swiftly America has fallen that views that were mainstream even 20 years ago are now considered extremist. A few thoughts:Never have[...]
B-Daddy 5/5/2016 8:59:10 PM Imagine if you will, that libertarians have taken over a state and seceded from the United States. Libertarians ideals are fully implemented. There is no minimum wage for example, and libertarians from the rest of the United States have migrated there. How long would this last?I ask this because libertarians are among those on the right who call for open borders. The practical effect of an initially successful libertarian state would be an initial economic success that would attract those without skills to work at wages that are illegal in the U.S. How long before the libertarian businessmen of Libertopia were making fat profits selling goods produced with low cost labor back into the U.S.? How long[...]
BONUS: CALIFORNIA TEA PARTY VOTING RECOMMENDATIONSDear Readers: I am thrilled that California Tea Party Group‘s Dawn Wildman will be able to join Silvio and me for a Canto Talk show reviewing the June 7th California Primary results. Please click HERE for the show (live on Thursday, June 9 at 7pm PST/9 pm CT/10 pm EST or for podcast afterward).During the Primary Beer Caucus the SLOBs (San Diego Local Order of Bloggers) held this weekend, we decided that if we were going to offer a California Tea Party Voter's Guide - 2016 Primary edition, that we really needed was 2:CONSERVATIVE: For Californians who continue to remain optimistic that our fellow citizens will someday vote in support of smaller government and fiscal[...]
Dear Readers: It will be my pleasure to have two guests from the Language Creation Society, who helped establish and develop the fictional tongues that many fantasy and sci-fi fans promote, on Canto Talk this Thursday, May 12, at 10 am Pacific Time (12 Noon Central Time/1 pm Eastern Time). Click HERE to listen live, or after for the archived podcast.Our two guests will be:Sai, a current member of the Board of Directors and founder of the Language Creation Society.Christophe Grandsire-Koevoets, President of the Language Creation SocietyIf you are a fan of Game of Thrones or Star Trek, you have benefited from the society members' creativity and love of the language arts. The LCS has been instrumental in developing Dothraki for[...]
While watching Ted Cruz doing a presser in Arizona at the border of the United States and Mexico, I just shook my head. That is my current reaction to anyone or anything mentioning the border. When two former Mexican presidents thought they would share their foul mouthed expression over Mexico paying for a wall I laughed. Dolia Estevez wrote about the most corrupt people in Mexico and you bet politicians were named, so much for being the beacon of light and truth that they believe they are when speaking of public policies.I think I have finally come up with the best idea for the border wall. Well I dont want to steal credit for the idea, my mother in law Lillian actually thought of this, and its a brilliant. What makes it[...]
A Kinder and Nicer NFL?Are any of you buying the new crisis management public relations campaign by the NFL, Together We Make Football? The NFL has been pushing commercials that make them look like AT&T or Hallmark. Problem is, I dont think many are falling for the new kinder and gentler NFL. The whole reason they have to clean up their act is that there have been so many bad actors in NFL with behavior stretching from bad to criminal that they had no choice but to look like they cared. And rather than really take a look at the behavior and get rid of bad players, they have them do the classic mea culpa like Ray Rice after he beat his fiance unconscious, they go away for a little while either by due process or the NFL[...]
Doo Doo Econ Tuesday, January 19, 2016 6:08 PM Doo Doo Economics are the policies of overspending, printing money, neglecting the key economics issues, bad science and promoting entitlement programs which all add up to higher taxes during a recession and economic unsustainablility.
Once again Americans are facing questions about the definition of a Natural Born Citizen (NBC).This is the simple and indisputable definition: Two citizens who have a child, naturally create a new citizen. This is a Natural Born Citizen.There is absolutely no expert either legal or historical who will argue to the contrary. They may argue to include additional citizens, but this is the core of the definition.Two people who have a child in a location, have a citizen who is native to that land. This is a Native Born Citizen. Thus, terms like "Native American" which imply a location and not an allegiance to a country.A person can be both Natural Born and Native Born, or in the United States we also have Naturalized[...]
Do you remember the headlines when Obama apparently declared America a Muslim country on French television? Taken from an Islamic perspective this statement is dangerous. It sounds as if the President of the United States sees America is a Muslim nation. When you consider translations, this may presented to the masses as exactly that, American President Hussein (an exclusively Islamic name) Obama declares America to be Islamic. Thus America would be "al-Islam", or territory which may never be ceded to non-Muslims.Semantics, right? Over-reaction, right?Except, this is a long standing meme from not only the President, but also his staffers. [...]
Dean 11/11/2015 9:22:09 AM Over the weekend, Salon writer, DAVID MASCIOTRA, caused quite a dust-up on social media with his own salute to the troops ahead of Veterans Day . Here is the headline, followed by the sub-headline and then followed by the first paragraph of the piece:You dont protect my freedom: Our childish insistence on calling soldiers heroes deadens real democracyIt's been 70 years since we fought a war about freedom. Forced troop worship and compulsory patriotism must endPut a man in uniform, preferably a white man, give him a gun, and Americans will worship him. It is a particularly childish trait, of a childlike culture, that insists on anointing all active military members and police officers as heroes.If you desire, you can read it[...]
Theres no denying that over the last few decades most all on-field rules changes made by the NFL have been exercises in increasing offense and scoring. This has created an arms race in a sense where the pendulum swings back and forth between the NFL offenses and NFL defenses whereby the offenses get aided by rules changes and the defenses counter with a combination of innovative schemes and superior athletes. To wit, for years, its been conventional wisdom that the best athletes in the world were in the NBA. Now days, we would add NFL defensive backs and possibly outside linebackers/rush ends into that mix (you dont think dudes like Richard Sherman, Darrelle Revis and J.J. Watt can ball a little?).But[...]
Re Bedlam Erupts in House Sit-In by Democrats (front page, June 23): This is what weve come to: grown men and women Democratic representatives openly protesting and chanting in the House chamber because Republicans refuse to listen to reason.
SACRAMENTO California voters will decide in November whether to tighten the state's already tough gun control laws after the secretary of state's office said a proposal exceeded the number signatures needed to qualify for the fall ballot on Thursday.