Mann to Man

The American Condition Politically, Culturally, Economically

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Raised in rural Greenbrier Co. WV, BS Chemistry WVU, PhD Chemistry, GA Tech,Chemistry Faculty, GA Tech, 1965-1969, Dir R&D BASF Fibers 1969-1982,Sr.Exec. R&D, Burlington Industries, 1982-1986,Owner/CEO Mann Industries (formerly BASF fibers)1988-1995, CEO/Owner The Mann Group Consultants, 1987-2009, wife Carol, daughters Leigh, Susan

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

IRAN, BRITISH EMBASSY ATTACK -- MEDIA MISLEADING OR STUPID?

I've been a bit slow this week but have quite a few items to write. Will try to shape up. In the meantime I want to offer a brief commentary on the Iranian attack on the British Embassy (or English Embassy according to Obama sans teleprompter).

The media is either uninformed and are consequently misinforming us, or they don't want to tell the truth. I will opt to believe the latter. When they report that "students are attacking the British Embassy," they are not telling the whole truth. In fact little of it.

Truth is the real attackers are thugs of the regime, the domestic militia, "basij,"  Ahmedenijad's domestic "peace keepers." Some will say, "so what?"  The "so what" to those of us who try to understand analytically how actions in other nations (other regimes) relate to the USA is, "how does this affect us?" Simple linear thinking says, "Iran is attacking an American ally." Yes. True. We must react accordingly.

However, analytical thinking and reflection on our own government, one so different from any is US history, leads one to think of candidate Obama's proposal in 2008 campaigning that we "could have a domestic army larger than the US military." That comment is lodged in my memory bank. Please think carefully before rejecting the idea that such could be a part of America's transformation. Remember Richard Trumka's assurance to Obama. "We are your army and we're ready to fight." Radical thinking? NO, not in today's America. For the first time in my life, I see such action as possible for us. The election of 2012 will decide who and what America will be. Obama is inept, but he does have a plan. Too large a percentage of voters are just inept, and have no plan except to vote their prejudices. What America will be will be up to voters in 2012. I hope and pray they think of consequences.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

AMERICAN AIRLINES BANKRUPTCY -- ANOTHER UNION PROBLEM

Today I received a nice letter from the "President -- Aadvantage Loyalty Program," American Airlines' frequent flyer program. On 09/12/2011, some readers will have read my post regarding how an American pilot and a couple of friendly flight attendants I met in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, helped me get an American flight out on the 6th day of being stranded after 9/11/2001.This was the good side of American Airlines and I'm sure there are more good examples. However, there is a bad side that is a "union story" that is worth telling as a part of "the other side of unions (not the hyped romanticized side)" that I've contemplated writing, but have been late in doing so. Frankly, the AA story is a minor one compared to the big union picture, but it's significant, especially at this point in time.

For years, I flew often on American Airlines to Latin America, Europe, and within North America. The service was usually good to excellent, except when there was no service or delays. And, these were more frequent than chance problems would have been expected to cause. The normal excuse was "maintenance problems." More than a few times, in the Dallas hub, I commented to an agent "it surely seemed they had too many maintenance problems." The agent would politely acknowledge my comments but not expound.

One flight, which was a very important one for me, was so announced as delayed for maintenance. I approached an agent and asked, "OK, what is really going on here? If American has so many maintenance problems, maybe we shouldn't fly." The agent looked straight at me and said, "sir, you've been here before, what do you think?" I told him that I suspected crew problems, knowing the activism of their unions." I also said that I expected to eventually see a crew approach the gate entrance and we'd fly in time....if I decided to stay. I said, "you have union problems, right?" He said he'd be fired for agreeing, but he then said, "Yes, pilots. They are probably trying to call in a crew now." Eventually, a crew did arrive.

I flew that flight but switched to Continental for most destinations after that.

You may ask, is this important? No, not as a singular issue, but it is emblematic of one part of the dysfunctional nature of our economy, our businesses today. Most citizens never experience this and won't know what the essence is if they do have the experience.
Moreover, it is illustrative of the foolhardiness of President Obama for catering to unions. Of course, he does so to assure he has the voter bloc, not for the good of America, which is undoubtedly one of his last thoughts. Now you know why I wrote this. If you've read this far, thanks for doing so.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

AMERICANS -- WHO WE WERE, WHO WE MUST BE AGAIN

I've hesitated to post this but, frankly, it's a message I would want every American to hear and develop a passion for rejecting those who promote the decline in America. Believe me, America today is not the America that I grew up in and it is changing even more. As a good friend and a loyal American, who fled Casto's Cuba in 1960 for a free life in America, told me a few days ago, "It is already not the same America I came to in 1960." He and his wife know what we are facing, if we do not stop the socialist/Marxist assault on our nation, as do many other friends and associates who started life as they did and have come to me with their concerns. It is no small number from several countries of origin. 

Please avoid the impulse to consider these thoughts to be radical. I have been observing, analyzing and studying the social decline since 60's as a college student then a college faculty member. The radical anti-Americanism I saw brewing then is reaching maturity now and doing so rapidly since 2008. Please think seriously about it! And, demand better from those who mislead us and direct the transformation of our great country to what can only be called non-American. 
Sorry, but reality is just that.....real.

Friday, November 25, 2011

SOLYNDRA -- E-MAILS, CHU, OBAMA, KAISER -- written Nov. 9 but not posted

From the e-mails among Solyndra people, DOE's Chu, George Kaiser and unidentified (for now) other WH people now being exposed, only Obama sycophants and acolytes would contend he had nothing to do with the absurd $528 million "investment" by DOE in the defunct company. Kaiser, a huge fundraiser for Obama, visited the WH 17 times. E-mails state that Solyndra was discussed every visit, contrary to the White House's (Obama's) contention that only charitable donations were discussed. Sure!!! No sensible person would think anything other than that Obama was involved. So what. Will he pay any price??

No. He will skate from this as he does from all misdeeds, including serial lying to the American people and grossly mismanaging his office. In all of my professional life, I have never witnessed a person in a position of responsibility and authority as unqualified for the job. Only in politics can this happen.....and in this case arguably the most important position in the world.......added Nov. 25: Chu is as unqualified for the job of CEO of such a business as DOE as Obama is for the presidency. The Nobel prized was never issued for managerial competence. For many years it has been only for far-left people in whatever discipline the "prize" is offered. The Nobel Committee and the "Prize" are no longer credible. 


Never in my lifetime do I remember an administration so totally devoid of management and leadership acumen across the whole spectrum of governance. Sorry, but it is what it is!!

Chu and other lower level people may resign, and should. But, the odds of Obama remaining for 5 more years are higher than most are willing to believe....more than 50:50. Republicans are reelecting him with their own ineptitude.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

MEDIA BIAS -- MORE

Click here: NBC Apologizes to Bachmann for Fallon Song Choice

It took more than a day for NBC and Fallon, who of course were "innocent" in the treatment of Congresswoman Bachmann on Fallon's show. Obviously, they were forced to apologize. Whether one agrees with, supports a person or not, there is no justification for the crude and biased treatment they get from show hosts and the networks themselves. Conservative women are treated the worst. Where are the NOW and NARAL folks and their ilk?


Who thinks Bill Maher is worth watching for even a second? I will highlight more of the rampant media corruption and bias as the 2012 election ramps up. It will be the dirtiest, most dishonest and corrupt campaign in history. I've seen the worst up to now (1995), but 2012 will make my experience pale. Just wait!

JOURNALISTIC BIAS -- HOW THE UNTHINKING ARE MISLED

It's reported today that Dr. Donald Berwick will resign his position as head of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) before his recess appointment ends. Obama appointed Berwick during congressional recess in 2010 because Berwick would have not been approved by the Senate.

The Tribune News Service reports his early resignation this way: "Berwick, a longtime advocate for patient safety and improving the quality and efficiency of health care, has been widely hailed by doctors, hospital officials and other health care leaders." HHS Secretary Sebelius praised him for his work as "we transform health care delivery system."

"But, Republican lawmakers opposed to the law [health care] passed in 2010 blocked his confirmation in the Senate" (WHERE DEMOCRATS ARE IN THE MAJORITY !!). How disingenuous!! It's pure bias and many, perhaps most, who read it will never know the truth.

There is no mention that Berwick has been an advocate for socialized medicine, has praised the British system as superior, has said that "wealth redistribution" is a necessity of health care. He has also been an advocate for rationing health care and is the principle advocate of COMPETITIVE EVALUATION RESEARCH (CRE), as the method of rationing.

So, how and why does the Tribune News Service miss this??? Some biased reporter wants to mislead and some editors permit it. It's that simple.

Daily, I watch and read extreme bias in the media and print press and am reminded of a relative who has assured me that he has "never seen evidence of bias." That's easily explained. It isn't bias when the report comports with one's personal prejudices (bias). Is it any wonder that we elect "leaders" who don't lead, congresspeople who don't represent us and bankrupt the nation with nonsensical spending and policies that destroy TRADITIONAL AMERICA. Yes, that's what is happening. The heart and soul of traditional America are being stripped out.

The 2012 election will be the most important one since the election of 1860. Yes, I've written this before.......... and will write it again.......and again.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

OBAMA SHOULD NOT RUN IN 2012 -- DOUG SCHOEN AND PAT CADDELL


Here is a letter I submitted to the Wall Street Journal yesterday after Doug Schoen and Pat Caddell, two sensible Democrat consultants wrote an op-ed suggesting Obama not run in 2012. I submitted this letter in a bit longer, more detailed form on August 25. I doubt it will publish, although the WSJ has published for me before -- but come to think about it, when they have requested a write, such as piece on Latin America and one on NAFTA most recently. So! This is a bit anemic compared to what I initially submitted.

Adding the WSJ link:

November 21, 2011
To: The editor, Wall Street Journal

Doug Schoen and Pat Caddell have recognized and recommended that President Obama should not run for reelection. On August 25, 2011 I sent the same recommendation to Mr. Obama with a copy to The WSJ. Here is a shortened version.
With less to define him than any presidential candidate in history, voters supported Mr. Obama in 2008 hoping he'd be a leader needed to solve America's problems. Now, hope has vanished. He has practiced class warfare and partisan politics rendering him a most divisive president. He and his advisers have not demonstrated understanding of the economy. “Stimulus” spending has failed, as expected by all but the most ardent adherents to Keynesian theory. Domestic policy has failed!
He has offended America's allies in Europe, especially Britain. His actions toward Israel are unacceptable. He and his advisers are inadequate on foreign policy. If he continues as now, his presidency will be a monumental failure. All Americans will be the victims.
He may leave a positive legacy and by doing the following:
  • Declare he is not a candidate for president in 2012.Focus on solving America's problems to prevent her demise.
  • Remove radical socialist “czars” and advisers. Give indication he is not pursuing radical socialism.
  • Restaff with economic and other advisers who have operating experience and understand problem solving.
  • Cease catering to unions and remove union operatives from agencies – NLRB e.g.
  • Fire the heads of agencies, such as EPA, who either don't understand the damage of their actions or don't care.
  • Begin the process of diminishing the Departments of Education and Energy. Revise the Department of Agriculture.
  • Be a statesman. Stop blaming others for his own failures.
  • Exit Afghanistan now!

If he will not make these changes, resign the Office of President of the United States immediately.

Respectfully,

Dr. J. A. Mann, PhD
Williamsburg, VA

A REPORT OF THE NOT-SO-SUPER COMMITTE FROM OTHER THAN JOHN KERRY

I hope readers can access this link from The WSJ today. It counters John Kerry's long winded defense of his side's actions and condemnation of the other side. He has been given a very disproportionate amount of air time by the media (no surprise!).
The report says a lot, but to sum it up, Jeb Hensarling, the Republican co-chair, asserts that Republicans could have support additional taxes but not the blanket $1 trillion demanded by Democrats. He says their proposals were in line with the Simpson-Bowles commission report and its recommendations, which were simply not accepted (not even discussed) by President Obama. 
Obama has been AWOL while the committee has been at work. Not only absent in debates on cutting spending, but has been "on the stump" demanding more stimulus spending.....demanding his so-called "jobs bill" be passed usurping Congress and imperialistically abrogating the "separation of powers" in doing so.
Oh yes, he's spending millions of tax funds campaigning under the pretense of taking his bill to the public. 

My concern continues that people will be gullible enough to buy into his subterfuge just as they bought in to it in 2008.

CHRIS MATTHEWS ON OBAMA -- HAS HE TURNED ON OBAMA?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pB4b11_LREA&feature=email

There has been no more ardent shill for President Obama than Chris Matthews, MSNBC's talking head who experienced a thrilling tingle up his leg when Obama was elected. He's defended Obama to a degree that, in my opinion, has rendered Matthews incredible.
The assertions in this video link would suggest he finally is trying to be credible, has found a degree of honesty and has decided to tell the truth. I observe it with interest and with hope that the most ardent can see the light, but I won't believe it until I see more of the same and a condemnation of the anti-American stances and the damaging policies. I will hope!!

PAY OF CONGRESS AND PRESIDENT -- YOU WON'T LIKE IT

Wages

This came to me from a friend and I am passing it on for your perusal, although many of you know this.
I will take the opportunity to use this as a lead piece for more writes on the incompetence and corruption of congress and the ineptitude of a president who is perennially AWOL when legislation is being debated until decisions are made and he then commands that is position be accepted. This imperialistic attitude is not acceptable and begs an explanation of whether he, as a consummate narcissist, is just not a leader or his strings are being pulled by others. I've been deliberately slow to come to conclusions other than the fact that he is not qualified, not a leader (which I wrote about in 2008) but now one must weigh all information.

Salary of retired US Presidents .............$450,000 FOR LIFE
Salary of House/Senate members ..........$174,000 FOR LIFE

Salary of Speaker of the House .............$223,500 FOR LIFE

Salary of Majority/Minority Leaders .....$193,400
FOR LIFE

Average salary of a soldier DEPLOYED IN AFGHANISTAN - $38,000
Average income for seniors on SOCIAL SECURITY - $12,000

I think we found where the cuts should be made!

Friday, November 18, 2011

MF GLOBAL -- FRAUD -- CORZINE -- FALLOUT

I got some push-back on my commentary about Jon Corzine and MF Global...not much but a bit of disbelief. Below is first some comments by a friend, Mike, who is also a broker handling his own funds. Following that is an announcement by Ann Barnhardt, owner of Barnhardt Capital Management. She is exiting the market that she sees fraught with fraud. It is!!! I ask you to note her characterization of Corzine and the Obama administration.
As I write this, the news is flashing back to Nov. 1 (yes!) and Obama is praising Corzine who has been considered for Treasury Secretary. Then comes VP Joe Biden praising Corzine and his genius about the ecoonomy.
The MF Global case and the government involvement with the principles is but one indication of the fraud in government that the Obama administration has raised to a new "state of the art."
Earlier it was Steven Chu, DOE and Solyndra. A story for tomorrow. 

From a Broker/friend, Mike:
The MF Global situation is not understood by 99.99999% of the populace. The explanation in quick fashion:
MF Global had their OWN trading desk, their own funds; i.e., trading for their own account/profit. At the SAME time they operated as a clearing operation for commodity brokerage houses. Client funds should never, but NEVER, come into contact with non-segregated (internal) funds. What happened with the MFG situation is: the CEO, Jon Corzine, meshed both client and firm funds together to try and bail out their failed investments. This is criminal. Now, client funds are totally frozen, WITH POSITIONS IN PLACE!!!!!! These "clients" are going to lose all of their money more than likely. I've never worried about my funds at a brokerage house until a couple years ago when MF Global took over Lind Waldock. My trading account was with Lind Waldock and once MF Global took them over I jumped ship to Global Futures.Why? MF Global had a huge trading desk and my fear of Wall street criminals told me to get out as "anything" might happen. 
Now, with Ann Barnhardt totally dropping out of the business raises a bunch of questions. She is thoroughly convinced that she cannot guarantee the safety of her clients funds from being "co-mingled" with non-segregated funds that are beyond her reach. This is a very, very big statement on her part. This calls into question every single brokerage and clearing operation that has a trading desk; this pretty much means every stock or commodity house around. This has nothing to do with the integrity of your broker; this situation is outside of their scope. 

"The Entire System Has Been Utterly Destroyed By The MF Global Collapse" - Presenting The First MF Global Casualty

BCM Has Ceased Operations (source)
Posted by Ann Barnhardt - November 17, AD 2011 10:27 AM MST
Dear Clients, Industry Colleagues and Friends of Barnhardt Capital Management,
It is with regret and unflinching moral certainty that I announce that Barnhardt Capital Management has ceased operations. After six years of operating as an independent introducing brokerage, and eight years of employment as a broker before that, I found myself, this morning, for the first time since I was 20 years old, watching the futures and options markets open not as a participant, but as a mere spectator.
The reason for my decision to pull the plug was excruciatingly simple: I could no longer tell my clients that their monies and positions were safe in the futures and options markets – because they are not. And this goes not just for my clients, but for every futures and options account in the United States. The entire system has been utterly destroyed by the MF Global collapse. Given this sad reality, I could not in good conscience take one more step as a commodity broker, soliciting trades that I knew were unsafe or holding funds that I knew to be in jeopardy.
The futures markets are very highly-leveraged and thus require an exceptionally firm base upon which to function. That base was the sacrosanct segregation of customer funds from clearing firm capital, with additional emergency financial backing provided by the exchanges themselves. Up until a few weeks ago, that base existed, and had worked flawlessly. Firms came and went, with some imploding in spectacular fashion. Whenever a firm failure happened, the customer funds were intact and the exchanges would step in to backstop everything and keep customers 100% liquid – even as their clearing firm collapsed and was quickly replaced by another firm within the system.
Everything changed just a few short weeks ago. A firm, led by a crony of the Obama regime, stole all of the non-margined cash held by customers of his firm. Let’s not sugar-coat this or make this crime seem “complex” and “abstract” by drowning ourselves in six-dollar words and uber-technical jargon. Jon Corzine STOLE the customer cash at MF Global. Knowing Jon Corzine, and knowing the abject lawlessness and contempt for humanity of the Marxist Obama regime and its cronies, this is not really a surprise. What was a surprise was the reaction of the exchanges and regulators. Their reaction has been to take a bad situation and make it orders of magnitude worse. Specifically, they froze customers out of their accounts WHILE THE MARKETS CONTINUED TO TRADE, refusing to even allow them to liquidate. This is unfathomable. The risk exposure precedent that has been set is completely intolerable and has destroyed the entire industry paradigm. No informed person can continue to engage these markets, and no moral person can continue to broker or facilitate customer engagement in what is now a massive game of Russian Roulette.
I have learned over the last week that MF Global is almost certainly the mere tip of the iceberg. There is massive industry-wide exposure to European sovereign junk debt. While other firms may not be as heavily leveraged as Corzine had MFG leveraged, and it is now thought that MFG’s leverage may have been in excess of 100:1, they are still suicidally leveraged and will likely stand massive, unmeetable collateral calls in the coming days and weeks as Europe inevitably collapses. I now suspect that the reason the Chicago Mercantile Exchange did not immediately step in to backstop the MFG implosion was because they knew and know that if they backstopped MFG, they would then be expected to backstop all of the other firms in the system when the failures began to cascade – and there simply isn’t that much money in the entire system. In short, the problem is a SYSTEMIC problem, not merely isolated to one firm.
Perhaps the most ominous dynamic that I have yet heard of in regards to this mess is that of the risk of potential CLAWBACK actions. For those who do not know, “claw-back” is the process by which a bankruptcy trustee is legally permitted to re-seize assets that left a bankrupt entity in the time period immediately preceding the entity’s collapse. So, using the MF Global customers as an example, any funds that were withdrawn from MFG accounts in the run-up to the collapse, either because of suspicions the customer may have had about MFG from, say, watching the company’s bond yields rise sharply, or from purely organic day-to-day withdrawals, the bankruptcy trustee COULD initiate action to “claw-back” those funds. As a hedge broker, this makes my blood run cold. Generally, as the markets move in favor of a hedge position and equity builds in a client’s account, that excess equity is sent back to the customer who then uses that equity to offset cash market transactions OR to pay down a revolving line of credit. Even the possibility that a customer could be penalized and additionally raped AGAIN via a claw-back action after already having their customer funds stolen is simply villainous. While there has been no open indication of claw-back actions being initiated by the MF Global trustee, I have been told that it is a possibility.
And so, to the very unpleasant crux of the matter. The futures and options markets are no longer viable. It is my recommendation that ALL customers withdraw from all of the markets as soon as possible so that they have the best chance of protecting themselves and their equity. The system is no longer functioning with integrity and is suicidally risk-laden. The rule of law is non-existent, instead replaced with godless, criminal political cronyism.
Remember, derivatives contracts are NOT NECESSARY in the commodities markets. The cash commodity itself is the underlying reality and is not dependent on the futures or options markets. Many people seem to have gotten that backwards over the past decades. From Abel the animal husbandman up until the year 1964, there were no cattle futures contracts at all, and no options contracts until 1984, and yet the cash cattle markets got along just fine.
Finally, I will not, under any circumstance, consider reforming and re-opening Barnhardt Capital Management, or any other iteration of a brokerage business, until Barack Obama has been removed from office AND the government of the United States has been sufficiently reformed and repopulated so as to engender my total and complete confidence in the government, its adherence to and enforcement of the rule of law, and in its competent and just regulatory oversight of any commodities markets that may reform. So long as the government remains criminal, it would serve no purpose whatsoever to attempt to rebuild the futures industry or my firm, because in a lawless environment, the same thievery and fraud would simply happen again, and the criminals would go unpunished, sheltered by the criminal oligarchy.
To my clients, who literally TO THE MAN agreed with my assessment of the situation, and were relieved to be exiting the markets, and many whom I now suspect stayed in the markets as long as they did only out of personal loyalty to me, I can only say thank you for the honor and pleasure of serving you over these last years, with some of my clients having been with me for over twelve years. I will continue to blog at Barnhardt.biz, which will be subtly re-skinned soon, and will continue my cattle marketing consultation business. I will still be here in the office, answering my phones, with the same phone numbers. Alas, my retirement came a few years earlier than I had anticipated, but there was no possible way to continue given the inevitability of the collapse of the global financial markets, the overthrow of our government, and the resulting collapse in the rule of law.
As for me, I can only echo the words of David:
“This is the Lord’s doing; and it is wonderful in our eyes.”
With Best Regards-
Ann Barnhardt

Thursday, November 17, 2011

VETERANS APPRECIATION -- DOGS DO IT RIGHT -- YOU'LL LIKE IT

http://www.military.com/video/family-and-spouse/deployment/dogs-welcome-home
-their-troops/1270687104001/?ESRC=marine.nl
NOT MUCH TO SAY ABOUT THIS EXCEPT THAT THE DOGS KNOW HOW TO APPRECIATE RETURNING MILITARY. ENJOY!!
Sent to me by a friend who calls himself "Old Easy," but he's not OLD at all....................Easy? Maybe. Smart and has his head on straight, for sure, even though he's not from WV. :) Thank you, e.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

OBAMA-ROMNEY MATCH-UP -- POLLS - STATISTICS REDEFINED

I saw a poll today that had a match-up of Romney over Obama by 50% to 40%. But, Obama should not worry because it is "probably within statistical error." "If Obama's number is 5% low and Romney's is 5% high," then they are even!! In the media there is a contest of stupid vs. more stupid. It's incredible that we have come to the level of intellect, or lack of it, that I've seen in my adult lifetime.
Then I see a moment or two of The View, and then Allen Colmes or Bob Beckel on Fox News and realize the dumbing down process is continuing........dynamic! Can it be stopped?
Sorry folks, but truth is truth even when it's bitter to swallow.

SOLYNDRA-DOE-OBAMA CORRUPTION AND COVER-UP

An episode today in the continuing saga of "Solyndra-DOE-Obama Corruption and Cover-up" would be utterly laughable were it not so serious. Steven Chu assured questioners that a "vigorous debate occurred in considering loan guarantees to Solyndra. That's supposed to say it all to defend fraud and corruption, I suppose.
But, what credibility do "vigorous debaters" have if they are dumber than dirt and as biased as Chu is???
Chu is the person who said the USA needs a gasoline price of at least $7.00/gallon.
Even the media who have the presence(?) to report this nonsense don't seem to have  courage or integrity to break it down and report the real essence of it.
However, worse than this dilemma is the reality that 30% of the electorate will simply buy it because they buy anything left-oriented and another 20% will accept it lazily without critique.
Yes, this is negative, but give me substantial reasoning to rebut it. A large percentage of voters proved they are dumber than river rocks in 2008.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

OBAMA'S UNLIKELY HELPERS -- REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES

At times I've gotten some push back for saying that it is likely Obama will be reelected if Republicans don't have a better strategy and do a better job of engaging our voters (getting out the vote). Now we must recognize that our candidates are defeating themselves. I'm disgusted with most of them, Cain the latest and not for the claims against him. For the 2nd time he looks as if he knows nothing about the world and foreign policy -- first right of return or repatriation of Palestinians in Israel, now Libya!).
They must get their acts together. Yes to those who say the media is setting them up....but that is not the whole story and they should be prepared to take the issues to the media....not get trapped.
 Sorry to be negative, but losing 2012 is not an option and we are trying to hard not to win!!

Monday, November 14, 2011

MILIITARY TRIBUTE BY WVU MOUNTAINEER BAND -- WOW!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blEDrQ9rL5A
This is nothing short of fantastic. It was sent to me by our great friends Nancy and Ron Baker in NC. It was sent to them by a highly decorated hospital corpsman and Vietnam veteran, Doc Rather.
I think you'll enjoy this even if you aren't a WVU fan. The tribute to our military is so apropos, especially at this time when we are facing unprecedented and unacceptable cuts in funding and in force levels. 
Keep in mind that without our great military the crazed congresspeople and the unqualified president wouldn't have the freedom to have been elected and to be as inept as they are. But, their ineptitude must come to an end, they must get their acts together or America's heart and soul are gone. 
Yes, I know this is blunt and negative, but it is also reality.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

OBAMA'S ILLEGITIMATE CRITICISM OF AMERICANS -- AGAIN

A simple question to all: What gives Obama, a person who has had no productive job in his life, think he has legitimacy and credibility in criticizing Americans about economic activity of any kind?  Or criticism of any kind in fact?
It must be the same narcissistic trait that makes him believe he can conduct foreign policy based on his personality without realizing he is not well-thought of in most nations of the world....in spite of hype to the contrary.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

ECONOMIC LESSON FROM MILTON FRIEDMAN -- please view it


This interview of economist Milton Friedman by leftist Phil Donahue is one that every American can benefit from -- if you maintain an open mind. It starkly contrasts today's socialist-leaning academic economists whose philosophy dominates government fiscal policy as well as The Fed's monetary policy. Socialistic Keynesian economic policy dominates in spite of it's failure wherever employed. 
The USA is following the failed leads of Europe, especially the PIIGS, as fast as the Obama administration and The Fed can drive us.  I fervently hope that enough Americans will understand the critical condition that reckless economic policies are subjecting us to, get active and take action to stop what is happening to America. 
Years of reckless spending and structural changes in the economy created a huge national problem. Traditional America is in decline, some seem not to care and some want an America transformed to their socialist model.
The 2008 election brought us to the brink by putting people who haven't the knowledge, leadership skills or proper motivation in control. 
The 2012 election can drive us over it into the abyss if good leadership is not elected. The person who can provide that leadership is not yet firmly identified. But, Obama has proven not to be that leader.
Not a single policy or action by the current administration is positive toward protecting us from calamity.


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

OCCUPY WALL STREET - A NIGHT IN ZUCCOTTI PARK -- ANALYSIS

I have tried to analyze the "Occupy Wall Street" (OWS) movement in order to understand who the people really are versus the romanticized version portrayed by the media. What is the true essence of the movement. What's the motivation of the demonstrators. What are their goals. How do they truly compare with Tea Party people?

The media typically characterize the OWS demonstrators in favorable terms as objecting to "Wall Street excesses." They do so even after violence and extremely slovenly and illegal behavior has been clearly shown to be prevalent, even anarchy! Politicians and activists have glorified them. More recently the focus is on police excesses. For sure, there may have been some of this, but it is not the prevailing character of the demonstrations. Congress people, even the president, call them "concerned grass-root citizens exercising their rights." They "understand" the "frustrations" of the OWS demonstrators. Delusional or disingenuous?
It is entirely legitimate, to characterize enough of the OWS demonstrators as ANARCHISTS to characterize the entire movement as ANARCHY. Furthermore, it is no longer OWS, it is now "OCCUPY THE NATION," and it would seem, even the world. It's now compelling to recall Obama's declaration to "change America" mentioned later below.

 Tea Party people, on the other hand are spoken of by media and politicians in the most disparaging terms -- barbarians by VP Biden(D), sons of bitches to be "taken out," by AFL-CIO union head, Richard Trumka (D) in the presence of President Obama(D) who didn't object, terrorists by Pelosi(D), Paul Krugman(D), Jeneane Girafolo(D), Margaret Carlson (D), and others of their ilk. In the very beginning, Nancy Pelosi called Tea Partiers "Astroturf," not grassroots at all. Media and others must make special effort to find anything illegitimate or illegal about the Tea Partiers -- a sign by a single person, a statement or two, but nothing bordering on anarchy. Largely peaceful.
It is legitimate, and entirely accurate, to characterize the Tea Party demonstrators as peaceful, law abiding citizens exercising their rights to express dissent against government excesses -- spending, debt, regulations that stifle the economy and job creation. They are people who are demonstrating TO PROTECT TRADITIONAL AMERICA and restore what has been lost. 
Tea party people are "TRADITIONAL AMERICANS, the OWS and others of the ilk, are ANARCHISTS.
I get no satisfaction from this assessment. Much to the contrary. It is profoundly saddening to see traditional America so in decline as to anticipate her demise in favor or a nation in the image of those who have disdain for her. Sadly, this includes some of the highest officials in government, their empty commentary to the contrary notwithstanding. 
 
FOLLOWING IS MY RESPONSE TO THE NY POST PIECE ON "A NIGHT IN ZUCCOTTI  PARK
Irrespective of the stated grievances of those few demonstrators who can put 3 words together coherently, this is very reminiscent of the 60s sub- and counter-culture. So, is it not expected that our senior Democrats, people of the 60s movement, and media would support them. These people high jacked the traditional Democratic Party and have converted it into radical Progressivism (aka collectivism). To deny it is to be delusional.
I've long asserted that the 60s radicals are now in control of Congress and have finally achieved their takeover of America -- Pelosi, Reid, late E. Kennedy, Shumer, Dodd, Frank, Dingle, Waxman, Waters, and many more. How did they achieve a takeover? For decades hey couldn't get one of theirs elected since Carter (D) put sand in their gears. Clinton (their greatest hope) rather turned on them as he was forced to do by a Republican Congress. So, they found an attractive well-spoken young modern-day candidate who was actually born into the sub-culture, raised in it, educated in institutions that supported and glorified it, lived it as an adult organizing (unionizing) those who fed at the trough to become acolyte voter blocs, associated with them openly in "church" (Wright) and in social and academic life (Ayers, and many who are now Czars and other operatives. He held the trump card of being black, a "victim" of America's "sin" of slavery, although he had led a life of privilege. The American voter was gullible and non-discerning enough to elect him in spite of the fact that he had no defining qualifications. None! 
The Tea Party folks, like them or not, brought focus on the destruction of traditional America (debt, economic decline, fraud, cultural decay, and overall decline of the American way). The destruction is somewhat bipartisan, especially debt, but the result is a crisis "not to be wasted" as Rahm Emmanuel(D) said.
Those who had gained control were not about to let go of their gains. So was born a counter movement, "Occupy Wall Street" that has become, in essence, "Occupy America." Obama's promise to "Change America and then Change the World" is being played out by this movement. Supporters of the movement are the same as Obama's supporters and puppeteers ( the Edgar Bergens to his Charley McCarthy). 


The election of 2008 set up the transformation of "traditional America." The 2012 election will decide if the transformation is permanent. Sad, but realistic.



Monday, November 7, 2011

OCCUPY WALL STREET - A NIGHT IN ZUCCOTTI PARK

The romanticized version of the Occupy Movement by the media and many leading Democrat politicians ignores the reality of the goings on as well as the anarchy of the crowds. Below is an account of a reporter who braved the dangerous conditions and captured the reality of the anarchy and thuggish behavior of the crowd. Tomorrow I will issue my analysis of the movement and the ultimate result to expect of it. You can read the complete article by clicking on tell the tale 3rd line below.

A NIGHT IN ZUCCOTTI PARK

New York Post reporter Candice Giove braved the elements, the crazies and the sexual predators to spend a night in Zuccotti Park with the Wall Street Occupiers. She lived to tell the tale. The Occupiers seem to have devolved to a lower level of civilization:
The parcel is now a sliver of madness, rife with sex attacks, robberies and vigilante justice.
It’s a leaderless bazaar that’s been divided into state-like camps — with tents packed together so densely that the only way to add more would be to stack them.
And despite an NYPD watchtower overhead and the entire north side of Zuccotti lined with police vehicles, it is quickly becoming one of the most dangerous places in New York City.
Occupier organizers can’t keep up with the crime, and policemen are about ready to give up:
We cannot take him in by ourselves, the cops have to come!” reiterates the OWS security force member.
They call the NYPD — and it becomes abundantly clear that the cops down there are sick of the antics.
Every single night it’s the same thing. I mean, some guy was a victim of rape!” an officer snarls. “There comes a time when it’s over. This is a disaster. It’s all we’re doing, every two seconds, is locking somebody up every time. It’s done.
It’s done,” he repeats.
Some of the Occupiers are crazy:
Outside, an old-man Occupier in a plaid earflap hat is screaming at people in the crosswalk at Church and Barclay.
Why are you afraid of bunny rabbits? Whyyyyy?”
But the mentally disturbed aren’t the scariest ones. Sexual assault has become one of the chief activities at Zuccotti Park, and the Occupiers have split into Hobbesian categories of predators and victims:
They speak of theft, about government infiltrators and tales of Rikers Island castoffs being dropped off to roam and ravage the site. From underneath my blanket, I hear allegations of financial corruption and intimidation over sexual orientation.
I’m in a tent that keeps getting flooded, ransacked and robbed,” fumes a transgender group leader — a female who identifies as a male. He said that the transgender group would create its own police force for transgender protesters and females, since an immense distrust loomed over the OWS-created authority. …
The threat of rape is very real here — for women and men.
Sitting in the McDonald’s just moments after Bezabeh was hauled off in cuffs, Lauren DiGioia, 26, tells me about how she became one of the growing number of victims on her very first night in the park. …
DiGioia, who is from Clifton, NJ, was shocked to see her alleged attacker’s image in The Post about a week later — and she identified him to the police. She is now offering counsel to other victims, as new ones crop up every day.
I just talked to two gentlemen who were raped last night, and they don’t want to press charges because [authorities] wanted to take them in an ambulance and . . . do a rape kit,” she said. She passed on their account to the security force, while encouraging them to press charges.
There was another girl raped by the same man,” she said from a table in the McDonald’s, which has become the headquarters of the revolution.
Zuccotti Park is basically a freak show, only with lots more crime, and dirtier:
I spend the rest of the night awake against the wall of a tent built for four — but packed with six.
My bunk mates include an anarchist, a sexual-assault victim, two security-force members, a girl dressed like the devil and her kitten — the “Anarkitty.”
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Friday, November 4, 2011

JON CORZINE -- LAWYERED UP

http://www.lucianne.com/thread/?artnum=649153

Friend, Randy on the Left Coast reminded me that Corzine has hired a prominent criminal lawyer. One doesn't do such without concern for criminal charges.  
Randy provided the link above and it will take you to the original NY Times article. It's interesting that the NYT is out front on this given that they have been a Corzine sycophant.

MF Global, Jon Corzine and $12 Million Golden Parachute

Yesterday, in response to commentary from friends, I asked, almost rhetorically at the time since the severance had been reported, "how could Corzine take a $12-million severance when MF Global was in bankruptcy?? I speculated that it could have been granted before the filing for Chapter 11 (with high risk!). By the end of the day, the FBI was said to be investigating which makes it legitimate to infer criminal behavior expected. Up to $700 million of customer money is missing in addition to the "corporate" losses from highly improper Corzine-directed trades in European sovereign debt vehicles

If he took the severance, in all likelihood it would be disgorged by the court or "clawed back."

Well, well, today we hear that he refused the severance.  Really! This explanation is hardly palatable. Seems someone wised up and/or got frightened.

Corzine ran Goldman Sachs as a government trough feeder and influence peddler of highest order. As governor, he bankrupted New Jersey. He operates on the edge as his 90-mph SUV accident with no seat belt racing for an appointment and his disdain for advice in governing NJ attest to.

Why is this important enough to write about? It is a prime example of the corruption in the financial industry.....the very industry that now runs the US economy. It is but one reason, but a major one, that our economy cannot recover to the level that many, perhaps most, tout...... or at least hope for.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

GREECE -- LATEST ON REFERENDUM

 The same fast-talking reporter on CNBC who called Popandreou a genius for calling a referendum on their EU bailout, thus getting the opposition to the table, just reported that the referendum is called off....and a vote of confidence will be called. Great reporting! Opposition leader says he's been betrayed by Popandreou.

Seems once again American and Greek governments can be compared -- presidential dysfunction,   dishonesty, subterfuge and more. Unions cause big problems, but their patron saints in government are worse.

POST IMPROVEMENT

A friendly reader has suggested to shorten paragraphs and I will try to do so. I realize some posts are long and I will try to shorten them in total. Thanks for the help and thanks for your interests.

UPDATED COMMENT ON "AMERICA.....GREECE

I hope readers will read the eaarlier post, "America, When Will She Be Like Greece?"
I stand by my analysis although I just heard a rapid-talking reporter on CNBC asserting that Popandreou now looks like a genius because "he got the opposition to the table." She talks too fast to be anything but a far leftist (a trademark if you haven't noticed). Her commentary is simply reflexive and ignores facts. Nothing analytical at all. This is all too common for people of her persuasion. The situation is simple. The truth is the opposition wants Popandreou's job. THE DRIVERS OF THE RESISTANCE ARE NOT AT THE TABLE --- PUBLIC SERVICE UNIONS! We'll see if they come to their senses or force Greece into catastrophic default.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

PUBLISHED IN RICHMOND TIMES DISPATCH -- POST ON 23 OCT.

My post on October 24 rebutting former VA Governor Doug Wilder's assessment of President Obama published verbatim in The Richmond Times Dispatch yesterday, Nov. 1. I urge all readers, everyone I can reach to write letters to papers and get active. The heart and soul of our beloved America is at stake. Each day President Obama shows his imperialist credentials and takes us closer to a socialist state. I try to steer away from conspiracy theories, but no one can be so inept as to not see that we are tracking failed socialist nations with bloated government employment, unaffordable government expenditures, excessive union control, both private and public service....and more mismanagement. Obama's actions must be deliberate. Keynesian economic policy has failed all of them, unions have bankrupted them and their economies cannot grow to satisfy their excessive appetite for public spending. Germany is one exception. The USA is on the same track as Greece! Next is Italy.....then who?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

AMERICAN "LEADERS" AND THE MIDDLE EAST

I just watched an interview with former Sec. of State, Condolezza Rice in which she expressed optimism that the radical Muslim Brotherhood, now taking over in Egypt and Libya and probably Tunisia, would "be a little rough in the beginning" but would reform insinuating good outcomes for the region. She even suggests that the MB's control will be temporary. She did say she expected the MB to take over in Libya, as I wrote about up front, when others in the media and in government didn't see it that way.
So, we have a former Sec. of State who implies goodness and reform for the mid-east thinking that the Muslim Brotherhood and Sharia Law will be temporary, we have DIA Director Gen. James Clapper asserting that the MB is secular (??), we have a current Sec. of State asserting that President Obama's "Leading from Behind" was a good strategy as she extolls the virtue of democracy now in Libya and Egypt, we are pulling all troops out of Iraq after losing negotiations to Muqtada Al Sadr who will surely do to Iraq what Khomeini did to Iran and finally we have a President Obama who seems happy with the whole deal. Oh yes, our major Muslim ally, Ataturk's Turkey is steadily going the theocratic route.
Oh, one more point..... recently respected retired General Anthony Zinni stated in a speech here in my town that we'd just have to get used to an Iran with nuclear power. Live with it!
So, where does all of this leave the one true democracy and our major ally in the regions, Israel? Surrounded by enemies. I wonder how good old anti-semitic, Jimmy Carter sees all of this.
Does traditional America have a chance to survive with such leaders..... and domestic policies, including unionizing every enterprise an government hasn't even been considered yet. Not pretty!

AMERICA -- WHEN WILL SHE BE LIKE GREECE?

If one hasn't maintained awareness of what is happening in Greece, you have missed a glimpse of what could be the fate of the USA in the not too distant future. Political leftists will belittle the notion as they ignore facts as they are want to do.Of course, we hope America won't got the way of Greece, but only those in denial will believe that it can't happen. Greece is bankrupt, having lived way over their means for generations, having permitted unions, especially public service unions, to gain control of the country. Their debt exceeds their GDP and their private enterprise has no way to improve the situation. Now, bankrupt little Greece is jerking the whole western world around by ignoring a plan by the EU (driven by Germany and France) to rescue them. Inexplicably, Socialist President George Popandreou announced that a referendum would be held to give the people a chance to vote for or against the bailout proposal. WHAT? How likely is it that those who feed at the national trough are going to vote to cut jobs, wages and other costs that is demanded? They've been demonstrating for months against reform! It is unlikely they will suddenly change. Possible, all should hope.

Now you say, how can this happen in the USA? Look at the bold italicized words and compare to our national condition now. America's total debt to GDP is 100%, although reported numbers only show "outside" debt. If our unfunded entitlement commitments are included the ratio is 400%. Yes, this number can change as tax revenues and the code change and/or the economy grows dramatically. You be the judge as to what is likely. While it isn't "acceptable" to call President Obama a Socialist in the mold of Popandreou, his policies are indisputably socialistic. Who can dispute it? Oh yes, those who ignore facts. Obama is working diligently to get more unions in controlling positions...especially public service unions! Our economy has structural problems that preclude expansion to grow the GDP, and pressure from government is only worsening the condition. We have demonstrations that have spread from Wall Street across the USA, the intent of which is not clear, but it is anarchy accepted by the administration and the leftist politicians. Does that explain them a bit?

There is more but I invite you to compare bold italicized words in the two paragraphs above. America is not Greece yet, but we are on course to be. Yes, those are the facts that collectivists and non-thinking acolytes of the political left ignore. Sorry if this offends anyone, but truth is what it is and must be told.