Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Loving Your Enemies and Why Islam Is Screwed-up

I was recently re-reading MLK's sermon "Loving Your Enemies" written in 1957. I've pasted it below. It's well worth a read. He goes into the various Greek words for love (philia, eros, agape) and gets to the meaning of agape love as a "redemptive goodwill for all men" which means, among other things, that you shouldn't hate your enemies and if you have a chance to destroy your enemies, that you shouldn't do it -- even if you could. 

King says, "Hate at any point is a cancer that gnaws away at the very vital center of your life and your existence. It is like eroding acid that eats away the best and the objective center of your life. So Jesus says love, because hate destroys the hater as well as the hated."

I'm not doing any justice to what he wrote, but I bring it up because it is Christianity's emphasis on love -- even loving your enemies -- forgiveness, turning the other cheek is vastly superior to Islam. Instead of "turning the other cheek," large swaths of Muslims all over the world are hellbent on settling grievances, getting vengeance, never forgetting nor forgiving (sometimes for generations) and calling for hateful killing and destruction -- all the while fulfilling their scripture! This is precisely where they have gone astray -- and far astray at that. They even indoctrinate their children into hatreds of prior generations! This has been going for centuries as the Quran calls for this behavior! In contrast, Jesus never called for violence.

Their scripture, the Qu'ran, has numerous injunctions to destroy infidels -- which is basically everyone other than themselves. In totality, the Quran meets the criteria of hate speech. See here for a fuller explanation. If that's not bad enough, Muslims are also attacking and killing their own due to an insane rivalry between Sunnis and Shia.

Worldwide, outside of war zones, Muslim attacks have killed over 24,000 persons and the number of wounded or injured is at least 10 times that amount since 2011. This casualty rate is beginning to resemble the Vietnam War. Anyone who doubts that we are not at war with Islam just needs to examine the mounting death/casualty toll.

The President of Egypt Al Sisi recently called for reformation of Islam in front of their most prestigious religious school saying “I say and repeat again that we are in need of a religious revolution.” He stressed that “it’s inconceivable that the thinking that we hold most sacred should cause the entire umma [Muslims worldwide] to be a source of anxiety, danger, killing and destruction for the rest of the world.”

Finally a call for Islamic reformation by a prominent leader!! I can't recall anyone within the Muslim community making such a bold call.  Because he's right, of course, expect him to be killed for such blashemy!  I'm waiting for death threats and Fatwahs against this reformer.

Loving Your Enemies
November 17 1957

“I want to use as a subject from which to preach this morning a very familiar subject, and it is familiar to you because I have preached from this subject twice before to my knowing in this pulpit. I try to make it a, something of a custom or tradition to preach from this passage of Scripture at least once a year, adding new insights that I develop along the way out of new experiences as I give these messages. Although the content is, the basic content is the same, new insights and new experiences naturally make for new illustrations.

“So I want to turn your attention to this subject: "Loving Your Enemies." It's so basic to me because it is a part of my basic philosophical and theological orientation—the whole idea of love, the whole philosophy of love. In the fifth chapter of the gospel as recorded by Saint Matthew, we read these very arresting words flowing from the lips of our Lord and Master: "Ye have heard that it has been said, ‘Thou shall love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy.' But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that despitefully use you; that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven."

“Over the centuries, many persons have argued that this is an extremely difficult command. Many would go so far as to say that it just isn't possible to move out into the actual practice of this glorious command. But far from being an impractical idealist, Jesus has become the practical realist. The words of this text glitter in our eyes with a new urgency. Far from being the pious injunction of a utopian dreamer, this command is an absolute necessity for the survival of our civilization. Yes, it is love that will save our world and our civilization, love even for enemies.

“Now let me hasten to say that Jesus was very serious when he gave this command; he wasn't playing. He realized that it's hard to love your enemies. He realized that it's difficult to love those persons who seek to defeat you, those persons who say evil things about you. He realized that it was painfully hard, pressingly hard. But he wasn't playing. We have the Christian and moral responsibility to seek to discover the meaning of these words, and to discover how we can live out this command, and why we should live by this command.

“Now first let us deal with this question, which is the practical question: How do you go about loving your enemies? I think the first thing is this: In order to love your enemies, you must begin by analyzing self. And I'm sure that seems strange to you, that I start out telling you this morning that you love your enemies by beginning with a look at self. It seems to me that that is the first and foremost way to come to an adequate discovery to the how of this situation.

“Now, I'm aware of the fact that some people will not like you, not because of something you have done to them, but they just won't like you. But after looking at these things and admitting these things, we must face the fact that an individual might dislike us because of something that we've done deep down in the past, some personality attribute that we possess, something that we've done deep down in the past and we've forgotten about it; but it was that something that aroused the hate response within the individual. That is why I say, begin with yourself. There might be something within you that arouses the tragic hate response in the other individual.

“This is true in our international struggle. Democracy is the greatest form of government to my mind that man has ever conceived, but the weakness is that we have never touched it. We must face the fact that the rhythmic beat of the deep rumblings of discontent from Asia and Africa is at bottom a revolt against the imperialism and colonialism perpetuated by Western civilization all these many years.

“And this is what Jesus means when he said: "How is it that you can see the mote in your brother's eye and not see the beam in your own eye?" And this is one of the tragedies of human nature. So we begin to love our enemies and love those persons that hate us whether in collective life or individual life by looking at ourselves.

“A second thing that an individual must do in seeking to love his enemy is to discover the element of good in his enemy, and every time you begin to hate that person and think of hating that person, realize that there is some good there and look at those good points which will over-balance the bad points.

“Somehow the "isness" of our present nature is out of harmony with the eternal "oughtness" that forever confronts us. And this simply means this: That within the best of us, there is some evil, and within the worst of us, there is some good. When we come to see this, we take a different attitude toward individuals. The person who hates you most has some good in him; even the nation that hates you most has some good in it; even the race that hates you most has some good in it. And when you come to the point that you look in the face of every man and see deep down within him what religion calls "the image of God," you begin to love him in spite of. No matter what he does, you see God's image there. There is an element of goodness that he can never slough off. Discover the element of good in your enemy. And as you seek to hate him, find the center of goodness and place your attention there and you will take a new attitude.

“Another way that you love your enemy is this: When the opportunity presents itself for you to defeat your enemy, that is the time which you must not do it. There will come a time, in many instances, when the person who hates you most, the person who has misused you most, the person who has gossiped about you most, the person who has spread false rumors about you most, there will come a time when you will have an opportunity to defeat that person. It might be in terms of a recommendation for a job; it might be in terms of helping that person to make some move in life. That's the time you must do it. That is the meaning of love. In the final analysis, love is not this sentimental something that we talk about. It's not merely an emotional something. Love is creative, understanding goodwill for all men. It is the refusal to defeat any individual. When you rise to the level of love, of its great beauty and power, you seek only to defeat evil systems. Individuals who happen to be caught up in that system, you love, but you seek to defeat the system.

“The Greek language, as I've said so often before, is very powerful at this point. It comes to our aid beautifully in giving us the real meaning and depth of the whole philosophy of love. And I think it is quite apropos at this point, for you see the Greek language has three words for love, interestingly enough. It talks about love as eros. That's one word for love. Eros is a sort of, aesthetic love. Plato talks about it a great deal in his dialogues, a sort of yearning of the soul for the realm of the gods. And it's come to us to be a sort of romantic love, though it's a beautiful love. Everybody has experienced eros in all of its beauty when you find some individual that is attractive to you and that you pour out all of your like and your love on that individual. That is eros, you see, and it's a powerful, beautiful love that is given to us through all of the beauty of literature; we read about it.

“Then the Greek language talks about philia, and that's another type of love that's also beautiful. It is a sort of intimate affection between personal friends. And this is the type of love that you have for those persons that you're friendly with, your intimate friends, or people that you call on the telephone and you go by to have dinner with, and your roommate in college and that type of thing. It's a sort of reciprocal love. On this level, you like a person because that person likes you. You love on this level, because you are loved. You love on this level, because there's something about the person you love that is likeable to you. This too is a beautiful love. You can communicate with a person; you have certain things in common; you like to do things together. This is philia.

“The Greek language comes out with another word for love. It is the word agape. And agape is more than eros; agape is more than philia; agape is something of the understanding, creative, redemptive goodwill for all men. It is a love that seeks nothing in return. It is an overflowing love; it's what theologians would call the love of God working in the lives of men. And when you rise to love on this level, you begin to love men, not because they are likeable, but because God loves them. You look at every man, and you love him because you know God loves him. And he might be the worst person you've ever seen.

“And this is what Jesus means, I think, in this very passage when he says, "Love your enemy." And it's significant that he does not say, "Like your enemy." Like is a sentimental something, an affectionate something. There are a lot of people that I find it difficult to like. I don't like what they do to me. I don't like what they say about me and other people. I don't like their attitudes. I don't like some of the things they're doing. I don't like them. But Jesus says love them. And love is greater than like. Love is understanding, redemptive goodwill for all men, so that you love everybody, because God loves them. You refuse to do anything that will defeat an individual, because you have agape in your soul. And here you come to the point that you love the individual who does the evil deed, while hating the deed that the person does. This is what Jesus means when he says, "Love your enemy." This is the way to do it. When the opportunity presents itself when you can defeat your enemy, you must not do it.

“Now for the few moments left, let us move from the practical how to the theoretical why. It's not only necessary to know how to go about loving your enemies, but also to go down into the question of why we should love our enemies. I think the first reason that we should love our enemies, and I think this was at the very center of Jesus' thinking, is this: that hate for hate only intensifies the existence of hate and evil in the universe. If I hit you and you hit me and I hit you back and you hit me back and go on, you see, that goes on ad infinitum. It just never ends. Somewhere somebody must have a little sense, and that's the strong person. The strong person is the person who can cut off the chain of hate, the chain of evil. And that is the tragedy of hate – that it doesn't cut it off. It only intensifies the existence of hate and evil in the universe. Somebody must have religion enough and morality enough to cut it off and inject within the very structure of the universe that strong and powerful element of love.

“I think I mentioned before that sometime ago my brother and I were driving one evening to Chattanooga, Tennessee, from Atlanta. He was driving the car. And for some reason the drivers were very discourteous that night. They didn't dim their lights; hardly any driver that passed by dimmed his lights. And I remember very vividly, my brother A. D. looked over and in a tone of anger said: "I know what I'm going to do. The next car that comes along here and refuses to dim the lights, I'm going to fail to dim mine and pour them on in all of their power." And I looked at him right quick and said: "Oh no, don't do that. There'd be too much light on this highway, and it will end up in mutual destruction for all. Somebody got to have some sense on this highway."

“Somebody must have sense enough to dim the lights, and that is the trouble, isn't it? That as all of the civilizations of the world move up the highway of history, so many civilizations, having looked at other civilizations that refused to dim the lights, and they decided to refuse to dim theirs. And Toynbee tells that out of the twenty-two civilizations that have risen up, all but about seven have found themselves in the junk heap of destruction. It is because civilizations fail to have sense enough to dim the lights. And if somebody doesn't have sense enough to turn on the dim and beautiful and powerful lights of love in this world, the whole of our civilization will be plunged into the abyss of destruction. And we will all end up destroyed because nobody had any sense on the highway of history.

"Somewhere somebody must have some sense. Men must see that force begets force, hate begets hate, toughness begets toughness. And it is all a descending spiral, ultimately ending in destruction for all and everybody. Somebody must have sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chain of hate and the chain of evil in the universe. And you do that by love.

“There's another reason why you should love your enemies, and that is because hate distorts the personality of the hater. We usually think of what hate does for the individual hated or the individuals hated or the groups hated. But it is even more tragic, it is even more ruinous and injurious to the individual who hates. You just begin hating somebody, and you will begin to do irrational things. You can't see straight when you hate. You can't walk straight when you hate. You can't stand upright. Your vision is distorted. There is nothing more tragic than to see an individual whose heart is filled with hate. He comes to the point that he becomes a pathological case. For the person who hates, you can stand up and see a person and that person can be beautiful, and you will call them ugly. For the person who hates, the beautiful becomes ugly and the ugly becomes beautiful. For the person who hates, the good becomes bad and the bad becomes good. For the person who hates, the true becomes false and the false becomes true. That's what hate does. You can't see right. The symbol of objectivity is lost. Hate destroys the very structure of the personality of the hater.

“The way to be integrated with yourself is be sure that you meet every situation of life with an abounding love. Never hate, because it ends up in tragic, neurotic responses. Psychologists and psychiatrists are telling us today that the more we hate, the more we develop guilt feelings and we begin to subconsciously repress or consciously suppress certain emotions, and they all stack up in our subconscious selves and make for tragic, neurotic responses. And may this not be the neuroses of many individuals as they confront life that that is an element of hate there. And modern psychology is calling on us now to love. But long before modern psychology came into being, the world's greatest psychologist who walked around the hills of Galilee told us to love. He looked at men and said:

"Love your enemies; don't hate anybody." It's not enough for us to hate your friends because—to to love your friends—because when you start hating anybody, it destroys the very center of your creative response to life and the universe; so love everybody. Hate at any point is a cancer that gnaws away at the very vital center of your life and your existence. It is like eroding acid that eats away the best and the objective center of your life. So Jesus says love, because hate destroys the hater as well as the hated.

“Now there is a final reason I think that Jesus says, "Love your enemies." It is this: that love has within it a redemptive power. And there is a power there that eventually transforms individuals. That's why Jesus says, "Love your enemies." Because if you hate your enemies, you have no way to redeem and to transform your enemies. But if you love your enemies, you will discover that at the very root of love is the power of redemption. You just keep loving people and keep loving them, even though they're mistreating you. Here's the person who is a neighbor, and this person is doing something wrong to you and all of that. Just keep being friendly to that person. Keep loving them. Don't do anything to embarrass them. Just keep loving them, and they can't stand it too long. Oh, they react in many ways in the beginning. They react with bitterness because they're mad because you love them like that. They react with guilt feelings, and sometimes they'll hate you a little more at that transition period, but just keep loving them. And by the power of your love they will break down under the load. That's love, you see. It is redemptive, and this is why Jesus says love. There's something about love that builds up and is creative. There is something about hate that tears down and is destructive. So love your enemies.

“There is a power in love that our world has not discovered yet. Jesus discovered it centuries ago. Mahatma Gandhi of India discovered it a few years ago, but most men and most women never discover it. For they believe in hitting for hitting; they believe in an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth; they believe in hating for hating; but Jesus comes to us and says, "This isn't the way."

“As we look out across the years and across the generations, let us develop and move right here. We must discover the power of love, the power, the redemptive power of love. And when we discover that we will be able to make of this old world a new world. We will be able to make men better. Love is the only way. Jesus discovered that.

“And our civilization must discover that. Individuals must discover that as they deal with other individuals. There is a little tree planted on a little hill and on that tree hangs the most influential character that ever came in this world. But never feel that that tree is a meaningless drama that took place on the stages of history. Oh no, it is a telescope through which we look out into the long vista of eternity, and see the love of God breaking forth into time. It is an eternal reminder to a power-drunk generation that love is the only way. It is an eternal reminder to a generation depending on nuclear and atomic energy, a generation depending on physical violence, that love is the only creative, redemptive, transforming power in the universe.

“So this morning, as I look into your eyes, and into the eyes of all of my brothers in Alabama and all over America and over the world, I say to you, "I love you. I would rather die than hate you." And I'm foolish enough to believe that through the power of this love somewhere, men of the most recalcitrant bent will be transformed. And then we will be in God's kingdom.”

Friday, December 19, 2014

GOP in Charge In Washington and Especially In The States

The midterm elections gave the Republicans an impressive majority not only in the US Senate, the US House of Representatives but also in the States.  This doesn't surprise me a bit since Republicans are mostly principled conservatives and are generally fit to govern. 

Due to the corrosive influence of Obama, Democrats have devolved to the "looney left" or "lunatic fringe." They are now the party of the irresponsible for the irresponsible.  Obama, a product of the liberal agenda, will destroy liberals.   The Democrats brief majority lasted only as long as they could hide their agenda from voters or for as long as they and the friendly media can spin their inevitable failures. I've seen this movie before and the failures become obvious to even the most oblivious voter.

Here's some stats showing just how extensive the GOP majority has progressed:
  • The GOP control 54 out of 100 seats in the Senate -- highest since 1929.
  • GOP has 247 seats in the House vs 188 for Democrats
  • The GOP controls 31 of 50 State governorships
  • The GOP control both legislative houses in 29 States (highest since 1920) whereas Democrats control both houses in only 11 States
Obama, the very product of the Liberal agenda, is destroying the Democratic party -- a delicious irony.

Democrats have shifted remarkably left since JFK and Bill Clinton's administration and are unfit to govern.  The US is a center right country. See map below of US House party affiliation.

Map Showing US House Representation by Party 2014 Midterms; Red Is Republican

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Courts Already Ruling Against Obama's Immigration Amnesty

Some 24+ states are filing suit against Obama's Executive Order on Immigration.  It will take time for that suit to move forward, but already one Federal Judge has ruled that order unconstitutional.  This is just the beginning of another judicial spanking for the administration.

The case in front of the Pennsylvania judge Arthur Schwab was about a single deportation, but the judge considered the President's order with regard to the case under consideration.

From the Washington Times
Judge Arthur J. Schwab, sitting in the Western District of Pennsylvania, said Mr. Obama has some discretion in how to enforce laws, but by setting out a comprehensive system to grant tentative legal status to as many as 5 million illegal immigrants, the president has strayed into trying to write the laws, which is a power reserved for Congress.

“President Obama’s unilateral legislative action violates the separation of powers provided for in the United States Constitution as well as the Take Care Clause, and therefore is unconstitutional,” Judge Schwab wrote.

“President Obama’s unilateral legislative action violates the separation of powers provided for in the United States Constitution as well as the Take Care Clause, and therefore is unconstitutional,” Judge Schwab wrote.
This is just the beginning.  Expect the Obama administration to be spanked yet again by the Courts for his unconstitutional actions. The suit by 24 States has just started.  Ignoring the Congress and announcing immigration rule changes that Obama admitted 22 times are not in his power is no way to act in our Constitutional republic.  Obama is a disgrace.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Obama Routinely Sides With Tyrants, Dictators, Fascists and Lawbreakers

Obama typically sides with the law breakers, dictators, oppressors and trouble-makers. He's a proven concession-giver to terrorist regimes and fascist Islamists.

Obama today announced that he's starting to normalize diplomatic and trade relations with Castro's Cuba.   As a reminder, Cuba is a Socialist country hijacked by the Castro family and stuck in deep poverty.  It is stuck in poverty because of the ravages of Socialism and dictatorship!  Make no mistake about it.  Now that Obama is giving concessions to an octogenarian dictator in Cuba, he's actually reinforcing rule by that illegitimate regime.  The fact is that Socialism has to go, but it won't happen when you offer concessions to Socialist dictators. 

Just how ravaged is Cuba by Socialism?  Doctors and nurses just got a big raise recently.  At the high end, doctors with two specialties will see their salary go from the equivalent of $26 a month to $67, while an entry-level nurse will make $25, up from $13!  This shows that Cuba must be the poorest country on earth.

So let's see now, Cuba is a negotiating partner,  the Taliban is a negotiating partner, Iran is a negotiating partner.   But the Republican Congress, now controlled by Republicans to a degree not seen in 70 years, are unworthy hostage-takers?! 

You see the ongoing pattern here?  

Obama hates Netanyahu, but loves Iran's Rouhani,   He hates Britain but loved Putin's Russia, He sided with Chavista Manual Zelaya who was ousted by Honduras's Supreme Court when he tried to pull off a Chavez-style power grab.  He sides with illegal aliens and is against enforcing existing laws. Can you see the pattern?   He's on the wrong side every time.

And he never demands much for his concessions -- making Obama the worst negotiator in the world! For example, the centrally planned dictatorship persists in Cuba while Obama gives them huge financial gains. There is no demand to enact true democracy or to end totalitarian dictatorship.  Similarly, in his first weeks in office, Obama screwed-over Poland and the Czech Republic by cancelling missile batteries for these countries in return for NOTHING from Putin.   I'll bet that those countries had those missiles now!

Obama himself is a lawbreaker and wannabe tyrant.  He wants to be a tyrant himself by ignoring Congress (and our Constitutional system of government) and acting alone.  He's vowed to ignore the mid-term voters who "spoke" just a few weeks ago.   He's ignored his pledge to faithfully execute his duties of office which is enforcing our country's laws.  You could say that the US is slipping into tyranny just because of the color of Obama's skin.

It goes on.

Remember when Obama refused to support Iranian students who were protesting their theocratic regime in Iran in 2009?   Not a peep from the "leader of the free world."  Now, the administration is racing to make a "deal" -- any deal -- with the terror-sponsoring Mullahs in Tehran while evidence is mounting that Iran is already cheating on even the preliminary agreements.  These people haven't been trustworthy for 40 years. They ALWAYS cheat and bide time by tricking any US administration.

Obama showed his instinct to side with ne'er do wells when he inappropriately sided with Michael Brown in Ferguson.  Brown was a proven thug.  As I've said, Obama never learns anything!  He said the police officer in Cambridge had acted "silly" when he didn't know what he was talking about.

The Obama Administration refused to stand against Argentina in their renewed claims on the Falklands recently.  Oh, and don't forget that Obama happily hosted a bunch of African tyrants, oppressors and homo-phobes in a "monster's ball" at the White House in recent months. 

The Obama administration by announcing he'll not enforce immigration law has created a refugee crisis at our southern border bringing chaos to border states.  And by accepting illegal immigrant children and uniting them with illegal families residing in the US is, in essence, completing delivery of many children for the Drug Cartels. You see, the Mexican drug cartels have been trafficking children into the US for money.   So, Obama is on the side of the drug cartels whether he realizes it or not.

America is sliding into tyranny all because of Obama's skin color.  He really should be removed from office.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Why Oil Prices Are Dropping

Oil prices have declined some 50% in the past few weeks after OPEC made it clear that they will continue to produce at current rates despite the market being oversupplied.  Some OPEC ministers have even said that $40 per barrel oil might be tolerated.

This tolerance for dramatically lower oil prices is not unprecedented.  Oil prices declined to $11 per barrel in 1986, led by Saudi Arabia increasing their output.  This was intended to counter and reduce the pace of North Sea oil developments.  This time, Saudi Arabia is trying to counter the US shale oil success story which has added 1 million barrels per day for each of the last three years.   I also think that there is some credence to the idea that Saudi Arabia and the US have colluded to punish Russia for their military action in the Ukraine.  And it's working!  Russia's currency is collapsing despite 17% interest rates.  A full-fledged crisis in Russia is brewing. 

Here's a chart showing the rise of US oil production in recent years:

Production in the US is on track to reach 9 million barrels per day by the end of 2014.

The Supply and Demand Picture for Oil

Increasing demand causes oil prices to rise, which in turn stimulates additional supplies.  This process is shown in the following graph showing what happened during the period 2004 to 2008 when oil hit $140 per barrel. Demand rose and prices rose sharply:

This year, worldwide demand has slightly declined while supplies (mainly from the US) rose.  Due to the shape of the supply curve, the equilibrium price has fallen dramatically.  The dotted supply curve is for the year 1994. The supply curve for 2014 is shown as solid blue. Much of that extra supply is from the US.  But demand has been slightly declining since China has slowed.   See the following chart:

For prices to go back up, demand has to increase and/or supply must contract.  Oil prices of $50 will crimp marginal shale oil production and Canadian oil sand growth but absolute drops of production volumes will occur but will be slow to materialize.  Lower oil prices will marginally stimulate demand in the short and long term.  If the world goes into recession, then demand and prices will fall further. 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

The Top 20% Support The Bottom 60%

In the sharpest rebuke to the notion that the "wealthy" don't pay their "fair share" of income taxes, the following graph shows that the top 20% of income earners substantially support themselves and  nearly all the others.  The bottom 60% receive far more benefits than they pay, mostly because they don't pay any income taxes! And yes, the graphs below reflect payroll taxes paid for all brackets.

Mitt Romney happened to mention this fact in a private campaign meeting and it was SO taken out of context by the evil media outlets in a massive and dirty smear tactic.  Thanks to that and Obama spouting his usual bullshit about "fairness," Mr. Wrong stole the election.  Now you and the rest of the world have to live with the massive incompetence of "wrong way" Obama.  Tricks and lies are the essential meaning of "progressive."

 From Carpe Diem blog:

In another remarkable graph below, the top 400 taxpayers pay almost as much income tax as the bottom 50%.   I don't want to hear that the wealthy don't pay their fair share ever again from Obozo or any stupid Democrat.  Also from the Carpe Diem blog:

It looks to me that the bottom 80% need to pay more taxes.  Let's say all income above the poverty line should be taxed at least 5% in income taxes (in addition to payroll taxes).    In that way, people trying to start a small business and files as an S-Corp or LLC should pay only 15% along with all corporations.

Mark Perry, who writes Carpe Diem blog is a professor of Economics and Finance at the University of Michigan.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Everyone Obsessing About Ferguson When Chicago Is Ground Zero of Violence

Since black persons (mostly black men) commit about 57% of gun homicides in this county which equates to well over 100 per week nationwide. That means that, in the past 15 weeks since Michael Brown's shooting, there have been over 1500 persons killed nationwide by black men by guns alone.  You don't hear about it because more than 90% of those crimes are committed against other black persons.  This is from the BJS (Bureau of Justice Statistics on Table 7)

I don't know about you, but I find that appalling.  It's ironic that a single incident in Ferguson is getting all the attention.

It turns out that Chicago, Obama's hometown, is at the "heart of darkness" when it comes to gun crime and homicides.  And it's because there's a shitload of black people living there.  Once again, sorry, but it's true.  Same in East St. Louis (including Ferguson).  East St. Louis is the most dangerous place in America. Same situation in Camden NJ.  Same situation in Detroit.  All these are predominantly black towns.  Black culture is clearly in collapse.

From Zero Hedge, here's a summary of the carnage in Chicago alone in the past 107 days:
  • 155 homicides (74% black males)
  • 725 shot & wounded
  • Six (6) 18 year olds killed: Kawantis Montgomery, Kamaal Burton, Tony McIntos, Alexandra Burgos, Rayvon Little, Johnathan Cartwright
  • 59 18 year olds shot & wounded
  • 29 teenagers (13-19) killed
  • 244 teenagers (13-19) shot and wounded
  • 10 shot (5 killed) by the CPD
Here's a graphic, also from Zero Hedge summarizing the situation there (click to enlarge):

Given the orgy of crime just in Chicago, where's the media talking heads?  Where's the race hustlers Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson?  Where are the politicians?  Where's the social justice activists?  What, no media coverage?   Where's the outrage?   Where's the solutions? 

This orgy of violence in Chicago, just in the 15 weeks since the Ferguson shooting, is going on when the nation is obsessing about a single (as it turns out justified) police action?   It's very ironic and very wrong.  Then, twelve thoughtful jurors, listening to all of the evidence including black witnesses to the incident in Ferguson, exonerated Darren Wilson and confirmed that he was protecting himself.   So, the whole Ferguson affair was all about nothing except one more hothead (young) black man acting out and behaving very violently.  Everyone could see from the convenience store video that Brown was a criminal thug but Media portrayed him as an angel which is part of the problem. Heck, MSNBC is still interviewing accomplice and liar Dorian Johnson!!  Idiots!!

Alternative high school education, killing teacher unions, more jobs from a better economy, restoring black families, bringing recognition of and arresting the black cultural collapse in this country are all things that I've written about frequently in this blog. 

There's calls for two state 'solution' for Israel. There's sort of a divide like that in Chicago, but like in Palestine, one of the two states is a failed state.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Unilateral Immigration Action By Obama Sure to Create Chaos

Obama and his unilateral action on immigration will likely flounder in failure like everything else where the President has become personally involved.  The Obama "touch" is like the reverse-Midas touch -- everything turns to shit.   For example, we're witnessing the "effectiveness" of the ISIS campaign also "managed" from the laziest White House ever.  This after Obama ignores his defense advisers.  Hmm, I wonder why we have a $700 billion per year defense establishment?

There's a big chance that the immigration gambit won't work either except to cause chaos since Obama is instructing entire portions of the government to ignore existing laws and procedures.

What will be the instructions to the border agents and ICE -- all employees of the Federal government?  What are their "marching orders?"  The President is telling the vast bureaucracies to ignore the laws on the books and follow his "speech" (and EO) for instructions.  Chaos is coming to ICE, homeland security and border control.  It's the kind of chaos that comes when Congress is not involved in creating and "fleshing out" law making.   A speech and a brief executive action is not new law.  It's an invitation for (more) chaos.

Expect the reverse Midas touch very soon. 

What's going to happen when the border erupts with large numbers of immigrants crossing into this country again?   It might even resemble a refugee crisis like what happened this summer -- all caused by your anarchist-in-chief.   Due to his loose lips vowing to not enforce existing immigration laws, the President effectively advertised an invitation for poor immigrants to come to this country and they did!

Since millions of undocumented persons already in the US will be desperate to act to take advantage of the President's offer, there will be a flood of paperwork sure to overwhelm the existing bureaucracy. Since the President is acting without the Congress, there will no money to hire more staff. What are the chances that the new immigrant visa applications are going to be handled with the care implied by the President in his speech? Who's going to handle the background checks? (I've already indicated that 'background checks' from Central American countries will be a big joke)  Who's going to staff organizations to do a large number of criminal record checks in this country?

And what about the legal immigrant application processing?  Surely legal immigration will grind to a halt.  And what will be the incentive for anyone to enter the legal path??

There's a chance that the border patrol unions might revolt too. Those guys are getting so whip-sawed by this administration, it's ridiculous. They might quit en mass except they know that Obama will be gone in 2 years.

How can reasonable people in Congress expect to work with such a loose cannon?  They can't!  That's the real reason there's no immigration reform in recent years!  Obama has already made certain that no one can trust him.   And he's making certain that no real immigration reform can be done in the next two years.

Not only is the President a fool, but he's incompetent and an anarchist.  That he doesn't know what he's doing is completely clear.  But he's clear about the Saul Alinsky playbook which calls for constant chaos and dissatisfaction to enact even more "emergency" measures that will be illegal since it's clear that Congress will never be able to work with this President.  The real problem is Obama is not competent enough to handle even the most basic aspects of his job.

On the bright side, in Obama, a creation and embodiment of the Liberal agenda, may ultimately prove to be the monster that destroys the Democratic party for a generation or more.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

An Immigration Speech Filled With Falsehoods and Deceptions

The President gave an impassioned speech on the need for immigration reform, but couldn't help blaming others (Republicans) for his own inaction and telling more lies.  Rather than calling for bipartisan dialogue and action, now more necessary now that the Republicans will control BOTH houses of Congress, he just says I'm going to do something (unilaterally) anyway.  Rather than acknowledging the significant election defeat,  he's playing games with our Constitution and snubbing the voter's rebuke of his policies.  It's like he's saying "f*** you" to most of this country.

He has taken executive "action" to change immigration law, that he said 22 times in various recorded speeches and appearances, is not in his power.  Was he wrong 22 times and right now?

There's a big chance that it won't even work except to cause chaos as he's instructing entire portions of the government to ignore existing laws and procedures. What's the chance of that working?  It amounts to more micromanaging from the laziest White House ever seen.  How's the WH's micromanagement of the ISIS campaign working out since Obama ignores his military advisers??

And why now? He promised Latinos that he would do something in 2009. He didn't lift a finger. Maybe because he was busy screwing up our country's health insurance marketplace?  And he had opportunity to act in 2010 and 2011. Democrats controlled both houses of Congress until 2012. Democrats could have done something legal in those years.  Finally, why did he wait to do this "dictatorial" action until after the 2014 mid-term elections?  Well, because people don't like dictators and Democrats would have been even more thoroughly defeated.

This President is unable to stop lying.  Here are some of the lies and deceptions embedded in the President's Speech (significant help from the Conservative Review's article by Daniel Horowitz) :

1) Other Presidents have done the same thing.  No, Mr. President they didn't do anything like what you've trying to do.  All other Presidents passed major legislation first.  Reagan and Bush enacted small executive orders AFTER Congress has passed new immigration LAWS in an effort to "fine tune" the law.  Then Congress then subsequently passed into law that "fine tuning."

All other Presidents have respected the US Constitution.  All other Presidents weren't hellbent on undermining our Constitutional system!  I'm not joking!  Welcome to ni**er nation!

2) Obama pretended that he's been enforcing the border and that immigration crossings are down.  Sorry, even idiots can see that Obama has been undermining border enforcement for years:  abusing asylum rules, reducing drastically deportations, busing illegals away from the border to cities all over the country, delivering illegal children to illegal families,  He's been a disaster when it comes to border enforcement.  He will continue to be a disaster.  This is why there wasn't a shred of hope of working with the Republicans last year on immigration law.  Nobody can trust Obama.

Let's be clear, few undocumented/illegals will be deported anytime soon.  And the President's actions will create a new wave of low-skill, low-information Central American immigrants and they won't be deported either.  No one will be sent home (except maybe Mexicans).  And, as noted in Conservative Review "he is unilaterally abolishing the Secure Communities program, the only successful interior enforcement program left after he abolished 287g state-federal cooperation in 2012- all this when we face a new threat of Islamic terrorism."

3) Only 5 million will be affected.  Given this President's lawlessness, he'll act in a way to include 10s of millions illegals immigrants in the country.  After all, he is now the emperor of America now and no one will stop him.  Never mind the rebuke of the mid-term elections!

4) Background checks will be performed.  What a complete joke!  No legitimate background checks will be made as Central American countries are famous for fake documents. Plus, there are no competent governments in this part of the world.  For instance, do think the government of Guatemala will be able to process large numbers of information requests?   Not a chance!  EVERY citizen in Central America is extremely incompetent - and they are coming here in droves.

5)  Immigrants will have to pay taxes.  Maybe they will ultimately pay payroll taxes, but probably won't make enough money to pay income taxes.  First of all, due to Obama, the country is not creating low-level jobs at all.  And black person's unemployment is still double digits!  No employment = no taxes paid.  But their children will be enrolled in local schools and emergency rooms will be crowded by people seeking free treatment.  As an aside, how are all of these people going to find housing?

7) Obama will focus on deporting felons.  Sorry, again this administration has done the opposite.  According to Daniel Horowitz at Conservative Review,   "36,000 convicted criminal aliens were released last year, 80,000 criminal aliens encountered by ICE weren’t even placed into deportation proceedings, 167,000 criminal aliens who were ordered deported are still at large, 341,000 criminal aliens released by ICE without deportation orders are known to be free and at large in the US.  Again, this is cessation of deportations for everyone. They are leaving no illegal behind."   A lawless President is bring lawlessness to your community and you're supposed to be happy??

The President's action will remove any incentive to enter the existing "legal" system.  Why bother, when you can just come here and hang out? (Hang out until they find out that there are no/few jobs).  But hey, the kids, who don't speak English, will clog our schools and create a burden on 1000s of local communities.

Complete chaos will result when a new flood of immigrants arrives. And how will the existing bureaucracy handle the flood of new immigration applications?  They won't!  As a result Legal immigrants will be pushed to the back of the line to process the mountain of paperwork of the new applicants.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Obama Said 5 Times That He Doesn't Have The Power to Change Immigration Law On His Own

Obama has said on video tape at least 5 times in interviews and speeches that he doesn't have the power to enact immigration reform outside of Congress.  See the Breitbart article and the video evidence here.

Oh course, now he's changed his mind; contradicting himself by vowing to act on his own and assume powers that he's admitted 5 times that he doesn't have.   And he's going to act despite the fact that the voters spoke loudly against him in the mid-term elections.  

What we have here is a radical politician individual, cornered now by polls and an election rebuke, acting out of desperation.  And despite the election results, he's said that he can't wait and must act now because the Congress won't act.  But he's not talking to the Republicans and never has.  He's not now and never has tried to negotiate ANYTHING.  Remember, in the Saul Alinsky playbook, talking to the opposition is admitting that they are human!  It is Obama and Reid who have shut down Washington, not the Republicans.  After all, there are some 380 bills passed by the House sitting on Harry Reid's desk. Vilifying the Republicans is job one.

Obama and Democrats are hellbent on bringing in low-information poor people from Central America (and sending Mexicans home).  For what?  It doesn't help America in any sense. The answer is that Democrats now are desperate to get more low-information voters.  After all, as the Jon Gruber scandal has shown, Democrats rely on "stupid"voters and voters that don't understand economics to enact their agenda.

The new Congress will act to de-fund his illegal actions in January by budgetary means at a minimum.

There is no substitute to talking to the other side of the aisle.  That's his job and he's not up to the task.  This guy is so incompetent that he is traumatized by the ordinary duties of his office.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

All You Need to Know About Democrats and Jon Gruber in 2 Minutes

Watch your lying sacks of shit (Democratic) politicians caught red-handed in lie after lie after lie.  (Hat tip to Zero Hedge)

They do have contempt for you, they will lie to your face, they think you are stupid, they are hell-bent on imposing harmful and costly redistribution programs (ObamaCare).   I hate to be partisan here, but I've never heard Mitch McConnell lie to my face.   I've never caught John Boehner lying to my face either.  

The President should be particularly repentant since Jon Gruber visited the White House 19 times and sat in the Oval Office for 4 hours at least one time.   But you never get any responsibility, never get accountability, never get an apology, never admit that wrong things are done from this President.  He's a disgrace.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Obama Lying to Cover Other Lies

This week, Democrats tried to pretend that they don't even know Jonathan Gruber, who was paid millions of dollars by a half dozen states and $400,000 by the Federal Government to craft and "sell" ObamaCare.  He has exposed (and confirmed) that everything important about the law was a deception and passage of the law depended on public's "stupidity." 

Nancy Pelosi, in response to a question about Jon Gruber this week, feigned a "who's Gruber?" response.  She's a serial liar.  So is Obama.

Obama said this week that Jonathan Gruber "was just an adviser who never worked on our staff [who] expressed an opinion that I completely disagree with."  He said that to try to distance himself from extremely telling and damaging remarks that ObamaCare was a pack of lies from the very beginning. See here and here.

Senator Obama, in 2006, bragged that "he borrowed ideas from the the brightest minds from academia and policy circles.   I have stolen ideas from liberally, people ranging from Robert Gordon to Jon Gruber"  See here for the link to the video. (h/t to Zero Hedge)

Check it out (from 2006):

Lies, lies and more lies.  This guy is a pathological liar.  Jonathan Gruber was a key player in the ObamaCare fiasco and he has said as much.