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    Yesterday, 02:36 PM
    Pretty sure Yellen believes in monetary offset, which basically says that monetary policy is almost everything. Loose fiscal policy when unemployment is low requires tighter monetary policy to keep inflation from rising. Bernanke had tighter fiscal policy with the Sequester and tax hikes so loose monetary policy would be the objective. http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2017/01/monetary_offset_2.html https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-10/monetary-offset-defined-the-fed-s-wet-blanket-quicktake-q-a
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    06-20-2017, 08:04 PM
    Ballgame. Republicans win. It looks like it is going to be a much more comfortable win than expected.
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    06-20-2017, 05:14 PM
    Worth a watch.
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    06-20-2017, 03:22 PM
    https://www.downsizinggovernment.org/federal-worker-pay Probably a smart idea for most people. You have a recession proof job, that pays significantly higher than private sector equivalents, where you can shut your brain off.
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    06-19-2017, 05:42 PM
    It's been a while since I went to Greenfield Village. That seems like a good idea. Can't really go wrong with a Tigers game. I would say that is the next best option.
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    06-18-2017, 07:59 PM
    An African sounding name puts a kid at a competitive disadvantage. That alone makes those parents bad parents. That said, nobody is dumping a resume from someone with a high GPA in math, science, business or engineering regardless of their name. Kwame isn't having his resume dumped with a real background. In fact, he is getting hired at a higher rate at a higher salary than an equivalent white or Asian kid with his resume. However, if a kid has has an African studies or sociology or gender studies degree regardless of gpa, along with a African name, that is just a problem waiting to happen. That kid is going to have a problem on the margin because an employer is going to know that kid is prone to bullshit thinking and more likely to file a discrimination lawsuit. Whereas a white kid with the psych degree on average is going to be less of a lawsuit risk and probably will get a few more opportunities.
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    06-18-2017, 11:02 AM
    Neither one of those people would criticize Obama as homophobic if he were fighting for his life after an assassination attempt. Cenk or one of the degenerates on his show might/would say the same thing about a Republican. I wouldn't be surprised if they said something nasty about Scalise. Marriage is a religious institution not a right. You have the right to make contracts. Given that the situation is complicated with inheritance taxes and income taxes, I support gay marriage as a practical measure. It isn't a right. First thing that shows up on Google. Already infuriated. https://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/the-rev-jeremiah-wright-and-americas-racist-cake/Content?oid=4757457
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    06-18-2017, 12:02 AM
    I'm not inconsistent at all. Marriage isn't a right. I am for gay marriage but being against gay marriage isn't bigoted. I am pointing out that George Takei is representative of the leftist mentality. Greenwald and Rubin are not remotely representative of partisan leftists. Takei would never have such virulent hatred if Obama were in the same situation as Scalise. No. David Duke is clearly awful. But Jeremiah Wright is on a whole different level. And in Obama's situation where he had a close affiliation versus basically no affiliation from Scalise, Obama's involvement is infinitely worse. No. That situation is complicated. Rothbard and Rockwell wrote the newsletters and I think Ron had a tough time saying no to people.
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    06-17-2017, 09:11 PM
    There is no evidence that he is either bigoted or homophobic. The chair of the Congressional Black Caucus (which actually is a bigoted group) vouched for Scalise. And what "rights" is Scalise for taking away? I guess you are talking about gay marriage. So what? Scalise has the same position Barack Obama had 5 years ago. How many leftists called Barack Obama homophobic? None. Glenn Beck was thoroughly denounced and booted off the air for calling Obama racist. Obama sat in Jeremiah Wright's church for 20 years. There is better case for calling Obama racist than Scalise for speaking at an event that David Duke attended 15 years ago.
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    06-17-2017, 08:53 PM
    876073788072493057 Just a reminder, leftists are the worst.
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    06-17-2017, 12:49 AM
    Trump won't get a primary challenge. If he were in that bad of shape politically, it is more likely he would just not run for a second term. Amash and Sanford are the most liberty oriented people that are likely to run in the future. I really doubt Rand will run again while he is a member of the Senate.
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    06-16-2017, 10:46 PM
    Isn't a sale tax the least intrusive tax? Income taxes discourage production. A consumption tax discourages consumption. If you are going to discourage one or the other discouraging consumption would be preferable. An income tax is entirely bad. A sales tax might shift behavior toward investment over consumption which offset the negative effects of the tax.
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    06-14-2017, 07:23 PM
    That's not a good example at all. That isn't chasing down and attacking someone for a political disagreement. Trump is saying to beat the crap out of people who show up at his rallies for the sole purpose of being disruptive. He is saying beat up protesters. And it should tell you something that right wing agitators did not go to Sanders and Clinton rallies for the purpose of being obnoxious.
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    06-14-2017, 07:18 PM
    They just physically attacked a reporter from a paper owned by Rupert Murdoch in Australia.
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    06-14-2017, 07:06 PM
    By definition all Sanders supporters are idiots. And the big difference is leftists are violent. There was no Tea Party violence. There was some but minimal violence by Trump people. There have been tons of lootings, stabbings "hate crimes", and physical intimidation by leftists in the last 2 years. The number is probably at least 20 or more violent attacks from a leftist for every one attack from someone identifying as being political right. People on the right NEVER as a group say a person on the left deserve violence because of a political disagreement. A large percentage of the left does think people who oppose socialized medicine, minimum wage hikes, school lunches, taking guns away, etc are monsters who "get what is coming to them and hopefully will correct their evil ways."
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    06-14-2017, 03:10 PM
    Leftists are the most violent, intolerant people on the planet. These shooting are overwhelmingly done by leftists. Almost all vandalism and riots are done by leftists. When your whole ideology is based on using government violence to promote your social outcomes, it isn't a far leap to use violence on your own against people who get in the way of promoting your ideology.
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    06-14-2017, 06:57 AM
    5 people were hit and it sounds. It sounds like the dugout both saved people but it allowed the shooter to continue for a lot longer.
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    06-12-2017, 10:06 PM
    Roseanne is a big Trump supporter.
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    06-11-2017, 11:13 PM
    It actually looks like the perfect fooled by randomness chart to me. For example, the chart flattens in 1998 and 1999 and there was no recession for another 2 years. The Great Recession started in 2007 and ended in 2009. That chart show loans peaking in Nov of 2008 before declining. If you go farther back the chart flattens in Nov of 1982. The recession started in July of 1981 ended in Nov of 1982.
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    06-11-2017, 10:41 PM
    Is it? Maybe. Probably not. Zero Hedge has a way of finding untested patterns in randomness that turn out to be meaningless. I always see people overlaying charts on other charts to justify their views. Here are some stock charts (some from ZH) that do just that and turned out to be noise. http://fat-pitch.blogspot.com/2017/06/today-is-not-just-like-1987.html
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    06-11-2017, 06:42 PM
    From Sept 16, 2016 http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-09-16/88-probability-we-just-entered-recession "88% Probability We Just Entered Recession" Still waiting for that recession. It has been three quarters of positive growth. From Jan 21, 2016 http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-01-21/recession-signs-2008-now Recession Signs - 2008 & Now Zero Hedge has been posting bearish articles constantly since 2008.
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    06-11-2017, 12:49 AM
    "Pew asked asked survey respondents "whether honor killings are ever justified as punishment for pre- or extra-marital sex." In the practice, a person is killed -- often by his or her own family -- for having sex out of wedlock. The victim is typically a woman. Honor killings still happen, and the data reflect why: Majorities of Muslims surveyed rejected the practice in only 14 out of 23 countries. Support for honor killings appears to be highest in Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt and Jordan. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2013/05/02/what-the-muslim-world-believes-on-everything-from-alcohol-to-honor-killings-in-8-maps-and-4-charts/?utm_term=.c8bfa247551f I don't know anything about Archie Bunker. I suspect there isn't an isn't an honor killing episode. It is true, American Muslims are much less radicalized. I am aware. I don't think it is a useful reference. Muslims only make up 1% of the population and 75% of that 1% are not descended from the major problem areas. Only 26% of Muslims in the US are of Arab descent and a lot of those people are second and third generation Americans. The attitudes of new immigrants from the Middle East are much different. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam_in_the_United_States#Demographics Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Dave Chappelle might call themselves Muslims. Black Muslims and Muslims from India are like Christians and Jews who just ignore the bad parts of their religion.
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    06-10-2017, 11:25 PM
    Not lying about anything. No shortage of polls I could post (and have posted) that shows what their views are. Where are all the super civilized Muslims? They aren't in Africa. I wonder if Lara Logan has a high opinion of Egytian Muslims after they finger banged her? Here are the attitudes of Egyptian men, one of the more civilized countries in that region. http://www.secularism.org.uk/news/2017/05/survey-finds-deeply-regressive-views-of-women-among-large-majorities-of-muslim-men They aren't in the Middle East. I guess India and Indonesia. So you think Geller paid two Muslim guys to shoot a police officer and then get killed themselves? Hmm..
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    06-10-2017, 11:15 PM
    Why wouldn't I use Geller as an example? She can say whatever she wants. You don't have the right to physically attack someone because they hold a draw Muhammad competition. Civilized people don't use violence to curb speech. And she wasn't asking for it anymore than a woman wearing a short skirt is asking to be raped. Apparently the Ku Klux Klan attributed violence to Catholics. Not really what I had in mind. I doubt that was a major argument against Catholicism. It doesn't really matter. But okay. The second part of the statement that begins "more importantly" was kind of the important part. A large percentage of Catholics didn't ACTUALLY hold extremely primitive views. It isn't my opinion that a large percentage of Muslims hold primitive views. It is a fact. And l listed numerous examples of commonly held views which over 80% of Muslims believe in some countries.
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    06-10-2017, 10:57 PM
    http://www.hbletter.com/why-objectivists-disagree-on-immigration/?doing_wp_cron=1497156792.7196350097656250000000 I think a better solution is this. (I left out the first part about preemptively striking Iran, which I think is a terrible idea.) Societies like Japan that restrict immigration to a large degree tend to stagnate.
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    06-10-2017, 10:24 PM
    Oh because there is a huge difference. Neil Gorsuch wouldn't be on the Supreme Court right now with a Democrat. There is massive difference between Scalia, Thomas, and even Anthony Kennedy from Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan. Bernie Sanders won 23 states. Trump is a semi-socialist but he isn't Elizabeth Warren or Sanders. Liberal judges do not believe in the original meaning of the Second Amendment. They don't believe in property rights. As much as I hate Breitbart, I don't see articles like this at Breitbart. http://www.salon.com/2014/02/02/why_youre_wrong_about_communism_7_huge_misconceptions_about_it_and_capitalism/ Nobody is ignoring it because it is factually untrue. 44% of Hispanics have a favorable view of socialism whereas 68% of whites have an unfavorable view of socialism
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    06-10-2017, 10:07 PM
    No. Actually that isn't true. More importantly, it wasn't reality. There wasn't a problem of adulterers or people working on Sundays being put to death in Ireland. If you surveyed the Irish in 1880, they wouldn't believe in the primitive parts of Christianity. There is a problem in 2017 with the views of Muslims. It isn't a small minority. And there is evidence that Muslims don't assimilate. The unemployment numbers and crime numbers in Europe show this. Theo Van Gogh getting assassinated wasn't an isolated incident. Neither was the terrorism plot against Pamela Geller in Texas. The South Park guys and Comedy Central were on lockdown for even putting a blurred out picture of Muhammad on TV. America needs to learn the lessons of Muslim immigration from the problems in Europe. I don't remember the stories of Irish Catholics attacking satirists like Muslims attacking Charlie Hebdo.
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    06-10-2017, 09:20 PM
    Those are fine examples to demonstrate hysteria against immigration in general. I would certainly use the same examples against people who are for restricting immigration from Mexico, which I am against. I think it should be very easy to come to the US to work. None of those arguments apply to support Islamic immigration. Islam is a religion, not a race or ethnicity. The ideas of even "moderate" Muslims, have nothing in common with a free society. Only 2 Muslim majority countries rank in the top 50 in economic freedom. An insane percentage of Muslims (80%+ in some countries) believe in Sharia Law as well as killing people for adultery, renouncing the religion, drinking alcohol, a woman wants a divorce and even being the victim of rape. I am not tolerant of those views and see no reason to allow people who do tolerate those views into the country. All religions have anti-liberty underpinnings. The difference is Jews and Catholics don't actually believe what their religions say and have never believed the insane parts since the founding of the US. If you polled European Jews in 1920, the majority wouldn't have thought stoning someone to death for working on the Sabbath was a very good idea. Whereas getting put to death for drinking is apparently just dandy for many in the Islamic world. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-512833/Iranian-man-sentenced-death-drinking-alcohol-times.html
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    06-10-2017, 07:27 PM
    Not all immigrants are the same. A Russian immigrant is far different from a Hispanic immigrant. https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/04/bernie-sanders-trump-russians/477045/ Hispanics as a whole are antagonistic to capitalism and 1st generation Mexicans are especially bad. Voting for Democrats does interfere with my life and is an act of aggression. "Ninety percent of Hispanics who primarily speak Spanish identify as Democrats." http://fortune.com/2016/10/29/hispanic-voters-generation-divide/ The default should be for open immigration provided the immigrant is here either 1.illegally or 2. on a work visa or Green Card and not a citizen who can vote. No 1st generation immigrant should be able to become a citizen unless they purchase citizenship. Immigration should be curtailed from cultures they have proven not to mix with Western values. There is no reason to have open immigration from the Middle East. Islam and liberalism are irreconcilable.
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