Sunday, February 8, 2015

Low gas prices are NOT a bad thing.

One of the silliest notions I've heard expressed in the public discourse lately is that the low gas prices we're currently enjoying are somehow a bad thing. It's about like saying that Islam is a peace-loving religion. I think it's fair to say most Muslims want peace just as much as anybody else, but the notion of Islam as a peace-loving religion is belied by the fact of the Islamic State, the Muslim Brotherhood, and the teachings of the Koran which very explicitly call for the physical extermination of all other religions.

Sure, if you're in the fracking business, low gas prices are a bad thing. Low gas prices make fracking economically unfeasible. But for 99.9% of people out there and every business that moves goods to market by anything other than horse-drawn cart, savings at the gas pump are as good as lowered taxes for putting money in everyone's back pocket to spend, translating directly into a better economy.

I'm already seeing it in my own business, which has gotten a shot in the arm this year from that very thing. Government statistics can't be much believed these days. Just take what Gallup said recently about the fraudulent unemployment statistic. But if there is any truth to recent pronouncements about lower jobless claims and a rebounding economy, it has everything to do with lower gas prices.

If I knew anybody in the fracking business, I'd give them a hug and thank them. And a job if I had one to offer. I hope they all invested wisely so they don't lose their shirts. And if they've still got something left over I've got a nice steady business-not quite with the upside-potential of fracking but profitable nevertheless if you keep pouring in sweat equity-that they might want to invest in.

Gas prices are down primarily because Saudi Arabia lowered the price of their oil to squelch the effect of fracking. Fracking snuck up on them and the Obama administration to make the oil business competitive. If I know the Obamanomicists, they'll be working like mad now that fracking is down to come with regulations to keep it down. Then oil prices will go back up and all the leftists and Putin and Iran and the Venezuelan mafia and the new Saudi king will be happy, but we will all be paying through the nose again.

Meanwhile, enjoy low gas prices while they're here. There's nothing bad about that.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Marsha Blackburn, moderate Muslims, and other short subjects.


  • That's my little dog Spooker on our working-day walk on the greenway near Ashland City. He's a squirrel dog and there are a gazillion squirrels on that walk. Sometimes even with his fifteen foot leash he almost catches one. But most of the time he just pulls me along on the leash seeing one squirrel after another and thinks, "Somebody ought to do something about those dang things." These short subjects are my squirrels.

  • It's not worth wasting too many words on my disappointment in the spinelessness of Marsha Blackburn and the other supposed conservatives in Congress who were AWOL when they had a chance to ditch the incompetent John Boehner. I have seen her in person and was impressed. Now I know she's part of the problem. If the likes of her had been on the road to Damascus, there'd be a lot fewer Christians around today.

  • There's nothing wrong with peace-loving, moderate Muslims that wasn't wrong with your average Aryan citizen in 1930's Germany.

  • The real reason Barack Obama didn't go to the Paris march? He was afraid Bibi Netanyahu would beat him up. And he certainly knew Francois Hollande wouldn't have his back.

  • Speaking of the Paris march, the political leaders like Hollande and Angela Merckel who were there, were there in body only. And that, at a safe remove from the crowds for staged photo opportunities only. Those two in particular were aghast at the outpouring of anger by French citizens at the Euro-zone Muslim problem they helped create and wanted to get ahead of the outrage by voting "present" -- not unlike their buddy Obama, who has been doing that passive-aggressive community organizer thing his whole life.

  • I haven't seen "American Sniper" yet, but seeing it is irrelevant to the current discussion. Clint Eastwood strikes the chord of the American soul, from "High Plains Drifter" to the empty chair. Though it may or may not be a great movie, the point is that Americans turned out in record numbers to see it. That's what chafes its detractors.

  • Thank goodness one of Karl Dean & Co.'s brainstorms has been scrapped. The Amp was a bonehead idea if there ever was one, supported by bogus consultant studies and whatnot as is the norm in corporatist/progressive schemes. As is also the norm, though it seems defeated for now, watch for a second coming, "re-branded." And let's hope we can keep those people's sticky fingers off the fairgrounds.

  • Speaking of the MTA, could someone please get the buses to stop parking for smoke breaks in front of the Shoney's on White Bridge Road? I contacted MTA about it after getting trapped behind one of those mostly empty most of the time behemoths for the umpteenth time. They said their safety director approved it and they've been parking there for fifteen years. But my office has been close by for fifteen years and I can tell you, traffic is fifteen times worse than fifteen years ago. The buses' parking there is a hazard and counterproductive to all the work and tax money that have been put into improving the Charlotte/I-40/White Bridge Road interchanges.

  • There's no use arguing against homosexual marriage on religious terms. Not everyone has faith, on either side of the issue, so such arguments fall on a lot of deaf ears. Better to consider that there is a natural order to things and any time you try to live against that natural order, you are spinning your wheels. Spinning wheels have a place in society and their right to spin all day long if they want should be protected, but to call it what it isn't is folly.

  • I was really disappointed to see so many otherwise sharp thinkers including Pope Francis and Pat Buchanan dismiss the priority of freedom of speech in a free society in order to condemn the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists. Nobody needs to point out how gross their "art" is. But if you believe in freedom, you have to defend their right to say and do virtually anything that does not directly injure others or harm children, or none of us have any true freedom at all.

  • The problem with Bill Haslam is the same problem I see with Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, and other such second-generation legacy cases. Their fathers came up to success by their own bootstraps and no matter how the sons try, they cannot make their own way because all along the way, the skids were greased for them. They feel guilty about that, so they try to compensate with this mistaken notion of "socially liberal, fiscally conservative." You can't be both. Let's hope better heads prevail in the Tennessee legislature and kill Haslam's current brainstorm for Medicaid expansion.

  • The NFL's deflated balls controversy has brought out the 13 year old boy in all us men. God bless us one and all.

  • There are too many squirrels out there. Somebody ought to do something about those dang things.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

God bless the president...

...of Egypt.

That would be Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is credited with calling for a religious revolution in Islam to displace violent Jihad by Abrahim Rabinovich in an article appearing on the Washington Free Beacon site.

Rabinovich quotes President al-Sisi from a speech to a group of scholars: "It's inconceivable that the thinking that we hold most sacred should cause the entire Islamic world to be a source of anxiety, danger, killing, and destruction for the rest of the world."

This is the man that the Obama administration did everything they could to prevent from gaining power in Egypt, instead backing the corrupt, homophobic, misogynistic, Jew- and Christian-persecuting Muslim Brotherhood, whom Egypt has now banned. Interestingly, this same week stories have appeared in the mainstream media about the difficulties of being homosexual in Egypt. The irony is that it is precisely because of the Muslim radicals that this is so, but leftists want to smear the relatively tolerant al-Sisi administration for it.

I have a friend who recently returned from visiting Egypt, something that couldn't be considered a year before when the Brotherhood was in charge. The country is coming around. It certainly is a model of civilization compared to neighboring countries like Libya and Syria which instead are models of Obama administration foreign policy run amok.

Egypt has its problems, but right now, leadership is not one of them. Wouldn't it be something if one of the oldest of western civilizations lights the way for peace in the Middle East where the leading lights of American politics can only sow seeds of conflict and hatred?

Monday, December 29, 2014

The Thin Blue Line Against Fascism.

First news report this morning is that there was a sniper taking potshots at LAPD overnight. Great. Thank you Barack Obama, Eric Holder, Bill DeBlasio, et al for joining Al Sharpton and the other anarchists in undermining local police, leading already to at least two deaths in New York City that everybody knows about and appropriately, finds disgusting. At least, disgusting to law abiding, responsible citizens. There has been a little reporting of the nutcases who cheer the murders on, but not much. But they're out there, and they're being encouraged by the extremists, starting at the very top with Barack Obama in his classically passive-aggressive way. From Hawaii.

This is all exasperating.

First of all, I can report first-hand and with daily experience from out where real people live along Charlotte Pike that there is no race relations problem in America. At least not the kind they're ginning up in these ridiculous, "Hands up, don't shoot" demonstrations.

Those of you who live in a bubble in Green Hills or Belle Meade or wherever need to get out of the mall and the gated community and the office towers for a while and rub shoulders with reality. Blacks and whites in this neck of the woods, and I suspect all across the country, get along just fine. We work side by side, we talk about the weather, we shop for groceries at Kroger, we laugh about the same things, we worry about the future, and we raise our kids against a tide of social stupidity that makes it harder and harder, from rappers to rednecks and every social perversion in between. For the vast majority of blacks, whites, and every other shade, there just really is no problem. What does come up, people with healthy attitudes just shake off, secure in the knowledge that nowadays, it's an aberration, not the norm.

So why are Obama & Co. pushing this agenda?

"We cannot continue to rely on the military," Barack Obama said in a campaign speech in Colorado Springs on July 2, 2008, "in order to achieve the national security objectives we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded."

Those on the left who want to bury this blatant admission by Obama claim that he was talking about Americorps, the bureaucracy that puts teachers in public schools. Right.

Yes, it was in the same speech, but claiming that this quotation has to do with social programs is like saying Lincoln was talking about baseball scores at the beginning of the Gettysburg Address.

Obama's call for a civilian national security force has to do with one thing: American Brownshirts. This whole big campaign to make local police departments look like bullying, homicidal, racist abusers is first and foremost a move to create a national police to supersede the locals. If they manage to get everybody living in bubbles scared enough, they will achieve this goal. Don't believe it. There's not a problem that THEY are not creating...

And the best resistance to it can be summed up in one old bumper sticker:

Support your local police.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

How will he sabotage freedom next?

Will it be Israel? Taiwan? South Korea? Denmark? Poland? The Kurds? All of the above?

In Honduras, early in Obama's term, they took care of an anti-constitutional, tyrannical president like him the right way. The military arrested him and their supreme court approved a legitimate president, all according to their constitution. Of course, the Obama administration opposed the whole thing. (Read about it in my post, "Tegulcigapa.") Obama & Co. didn't want to be hangnailed by such a precedent when the American people woke up to his perfidy.

To the good Cuban people who have suffered and will continue to do so under the Castros while the rich and powerful get even moreso there thanks to Obama's support for their dictatorship, I can only say:

America is better than this. It's just the leadership that has gone bad. You should understand.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Ferguson Protesters et al: Unwitting Stooges of Tyranny

Tyranny is the enemy of the people. Julius Caesar was assassinated because leading Roman lights like Cato and Cicero and Pompey, who lost the civil war against him, recognized that Caesar was out to destroy Rome's democracy and install himself as a tyrant. Despite Caesar's death, Rome never recovered its republic and the empire was subjected to a succession of dissolute despots who distracted the populace with "bread and circuses" while the empire withered away and eventually disappeared, even its language lost to the four winds.

Tyranny is the enslavement of the people. Our founding fathers fought the tyranny of King George ("no taxation without representation") and created the United States of America in the Revolutionary War. As brilliant as their creation of the Constitution was, it was flawed: in throwing off one tyranny, it retained another tyranny in what has been called by many America's original sin, slavery. Only a hundred years down the road did the U.S. throw off this sin by fighting the devastating Civil War.

Unfortunately, to win that war, the federal government had itself to become a tyranny. Indeed Lincoln suspended the fundamental individual right of habeas corpus among others and in fact freed the slaves by, in effect, executive order rather than by legislation. Once the war was won, the tyranny was lifted. But the die was cast. The republic was no longer pure nor could the Constitution any longer be considered sacrosanct in the governance of the U.S.

Since that time there has been a series of presidents and other politicians who have flirted with tyranny by manipulating the populace with variations on the theme of bread and circuses, not by a long shot with the good intentions of a Lincoln. Luckily the letter of our republic has held thus far, if not the spirit. At least on paper, we can still vote the bastards out.

Speaking of which, brings me to my point about Barack Obama, Eric Holder, Al Sharpton, and the rest of the current crop of circus masters who would tyrannize America. These are a special bunch, because they use race as a dome of silence to neutralize all opposition and they use redistribution of wealth as the bread they hold out to lead the most ignorant in the electorate to them by the nose.

I am all for redistribution of wealth. As a small business owner, I go to work every day and strive to redistribute my customers' wealth my way. But the redistribution of wealth the Obamastines push is an unnatural redistribution of wealth--taking money out of my pocket or your pocket and giving it to someone else who did not work for it. It is socialism at the best, or more and more it seems to me, communism. And there has never been a truly socialist or communist state in the history of mankind that was not a tyranny.

Capitalism is the friend of the people. Only in a truly free, market economy does everybody have the opportunity to better themselves. And thus only under those conditions does a country prosper, for the collective (excuse word) striving of all those individuals to excel creates the rising tide on which all boats float.

All of which, as my Occupy-era cartoon above suggests, is exactly why these poor, misguided people who are protesting over the Ferguson shooting and whatever else they can think of, are Obama's circus. They are raging against local police departments, who really are there to serve and protect us all and are answerable to us citizens on the local level where there really can be answers, when they really should be raging against the would-be tyrants who egg them on.

The current protests are nothing less than the resurrection of the Occupy movement, which never caught on because it was a farce, a circus, and the American people could see right through it. Nevertheless the protesters are useful idiots, and this time they have the shield of race to silence the critics. They drive the redistributionist agenda. So Obama & Company jin up the controversy and keep them at it. These portesters are stooges, and they a tyrant's best friends.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Spooker

Let's talk about something else. It gets wearisome watching what's going on with our corrupt political leadership and our increasingly stiff-necked society. Sometimes you just have to be reminded how great a gift life is.

I've been Catholic from the cradle, but my faith was really born with my first child and confirmed with the next one and it has been reconfirmed every day of their lives. The next greatest proof of God is dogs.

I've been missing having a dog since my brilliant little faithful and scrappy poodle Tank was put down last year. I had just gotten Erin-Tops and even at the end when he went completely blind, Tank insisted on going for walks at my feet, bumping into things and being stabbed by thorns along the way, but smelling every inch of the rich scents of game and earth out here in the country.

Losing Tank was hard but there were some ways it made life easier. He watched my every little move and knew what I was going to do next before even I did. There was no free will with him. If I varied off the prescribed way I was supposed to do things, I was likely to trip over him.

Recently by chance I read one of the greatest pieces of dog-literature I've ever experienced. I heard somewhere about literature that reading about other people's lives makes you understand your own life better. This one really hit home, the short story "A Man and his Dog" by Thomas Mann about the dog Bashan. I happened upon it in an old collection of his shorter works. I realized as I eagerly read each page how much I lacked for not having a dog with me. Then every time I took a walk through the woods around the property I longed for the companionship of a Bashan. I borrow or babysit dogs out here and we always have a good time, but it's not the same as having one of my own. I have even dreamed lately about having a dog again.

(There is a stand-alone book translation of the Thomas Mann story available entitled Bashan and I. Click on the title to see a picture of the kind of dog in the story and read more about it.)

Friday night a week ago, I kept thinking I was hearing something in the dark outside. I got a flashlight and shone it around the edges of the clearing around the house. Finally I spotted it: two yellow eyes reflecting back at me. I held the light on them until they closed, then slowly opened again. I walked out into the yard and the eyes didn't retreat, but all I could make out was a form in the scrub brush of what I took to be a coyote. It was kind of spooky. I didn't think more about it, and went to bed.

As soon as the sun comes up, I've got a habit of glancing out the windows every time I pass one, hoping to catch a glimpse of the deer or turkey or other animals that chance through the yard occasionally. So I know what it's supposed to look like out there without thinking about it. And as soon as there was light last Saturday morning, something caught my eye. There on the ground next to my Jeep was a lump that didn't belong. The first notion that popped into mind was of a sweater that had been dropped in a pile there. Of course, that made no sense. I am in the middle of nowhere!

I stepped outside to see better. My God, it was a curled up dog. The air was not quite freezing but cold as kraut anyway and at first I thought the dog was dead. But he raised his head and stared at me. Later I realized that stare said, "This is my last chance." I had a moment of indecision, but only a moment. I was in the house and back out in a flash with one bowl of food and one of water. And in a quicker flash this skeletal, mangy mongrel was on the food and it was gone, and then it was the water's turn.

Here he is. Heartbreaking, no? Most likely he had been dumped out of a car down at the highway. How could any human being do this? I think he'd been on his own for a week or more. I'm not sure he would have made it another night. He wouldn't let me come near him without food that day, but by the next, he was wagging his tail.

If you didn't click to look at the Mann book before, go back and do it now. Spooker's resemblance to Bashan is uncanny. It turns out, Spooker is no common mongrel. He is a Treeing Tennessee Brindle. One day he will be a beautiful, full grown hound dog. And he has filed papers to adopt me as his faithful companion. I accept.

I don't yet have a photo that does justice to the progress toward recovery in just this week's time: the tail wagging, the walking with me through the woods, the barking at an unknown car, the watching my every move in the house... but I can tell you, it is all a miracle, and to me, it is proof of God.

P.S. Spooker about five weeks later. Thanks to Diane at the office who caught him still enough for a moment to capture a picture worth a thousand words (many of them, "Spooker, no!"), barks, whimpers, growls, begging, and running around craziness. He gained eight pounds on top of only twenty-four in the first three weeks. He's made friends for the price of milk bone with every UPS and FedEx driver who's come to the door, and he's one dog who's always happy as can be to get to the office every day. He came to me an old man and he's become a puppy. God is good!