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Man vs. Christmas Tree October 7, 2015

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I’m sure this is another one of Mr. Miyagi’s students, after he graduated from waxing cars:

[from Digg]

Nature Time October 7, 2015

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Handful of baby crabs:

And floating fire ant rafts (happening in South Carolina right now):

Exports Reach 3-Year Low October 6, 2015

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Exports are vital to our economic recovery. I know this because President Obama told me so in his 2010 SoTU speech. That was when he said that a key part of his economic recovery plan was to double exports within 5 years.

So I’ve been waiting for those exports to double, even after the 5 year milestone came and went. Looks like I’ll be waiting for a long, long time.


Pushing Pawns October 4, 2015

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In the endgame in chess, you often end up trying to push pawns to the far side of the board, hoping to turn them into queens. In the most spirit-crushing scenario, you push two pawns, so as soon as the defender cuts off one pawn’s advance, you can switch to the other pawn. The defender ends up running back and forth, unable to stop the pawns’ inexorable march.

At least that’s how it always worked out for me when I was being crushed by my opponents. And it appears that it’s how it’s working out for the Obama administration as well.

Russia moves troops into the Ukraine, but before we can resolve the situation, China pushes forward in the South China Sea, but as soon as we jump on that, Russia moves into Syria. While we’re worrying about Syria, China presses its advantages in South America, but when we notice that, Russia starts making noises about reabsorbing the Baltic States. [I may have the order wrong, but you get the point.]

I wish President Obama was better at foreign policy than I am at chess, but it appears not. He doesn’t even seem to be aware of how tightly coordinated Russia and China are.

It’s particularly galling to see him try to shore up his ineffectual foreign policy by bragging about having the strongest military forces in history, as if the military he’s weakened and cut has the ability to wage war on two fronts (as was always the requirement in the past).

No Mr. President, you don’t even have the strongest military of the past 10 years. And a strong military hasn’t been needed this badly in 30 years.

Fortunately his plan to turn swords into social services is still going strong, so we can be weakened militarily and economically at the same time.

From the “Holy Toledo!!” Department October 3, 2015

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Surgeons reattach toddler’s head to neck following near-death car accident

Obama’s Promise-Keeping Takes a Turn for the Worse October 3, 2015

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At the beginning of every month you can pretty much count on me mocking the Obama administration for falling on its face regarding anything to do with the economy. This month is no exception, with the minor difference that Investor’s Business Daily joined in the fun.

So yes, as more people are beginning to notice, the president’s promise to create 1 million new manufacturing jobs doesn’t seem to be going well:


He has a remarkable ability to curse anything he talks about.

The Case for Witholding Shooters’ Names October 2, 2015

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I really wish they wouldn’t release the names of these mass shooter types. They should be left with no place in history, thought about by no one, none of their life’s details splashed across our media.

They should be denied the fame they tried to buy with the stolen lives of others.

September 2015 Employment Misses Predictions by a Huge Amount October 2, 2015

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Wow – the street was expecting employment to increase by 203,000 jobs in the latest Employment Situation Report, but it only increased by 142,000. That’s quite a miss. “Unexpected,” I’m sure. The Household Survey actually showed a loss of jobs, but it looks they were mostly part-time positions.

Here’s the chart you’ve come to know and love over the past 5 years:

FullTimeEmpvsCivPopOct2015Not very impressive – we’ve been crawling sideways since last December. At this rate we’ll never regain the glories of the mid-00’s.

Perqs of the Blog October 1, 2015

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Google Claiming it Can Make us Gods

Too late – I already blog at Innocent Bystanders.

The Two Faces of Obama on Gun Control October 1, 2015

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Then (Fall, 2008):

“When you all go home and you’re talking to your buddies and you say, ah ‘He wants to take my gun away.’ You’ve heard it here, I’m on television so everybody knows it. I believe in the Second Amendment. I believe in people’s lawful right to bear arms. I will not take your shotgun away. I will not take your rifle away. I won’t take your handgun away.”


“We know that other countries in response to one mass shooting have been able to craft laws that almost eliminate mass shootings. Friends of ours, allies of ours. Great Britain, Australia, countries like ours. So we know there are ways to prevent it.”

Great Britain: you mean that country that confiscated everybody’s handguns? And Australia, which essentially banned handguns?

Seems like somebody has finally revealed his true feelings – feelings we pretty much knew he held all along.

WaPo Proves Gun Safety is Increasing for Young People October 1, 2015

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I know I’ve been picking on the Washington Post a lot lately, but they’ve been deserving every bit of it and more. In fact, I may have to make it a daily or even twice-daily feature, because they suck so badly at journalism and facts.

Hot on the wake of the Oregon shootings, they published this post:

Shooting in Oregon: Young people are far more likely to die by guns than in cars

And they provide this handy chart to support that headline:


Yup, as the plot shows, the rate of motor vehicle occupant deaths is smaller than the total rate of gun deaths for people between the ages of 15 and 24. Then they point out that homicides are about 60% of gun deaths, so case closed, there are more homicides than motor vehicle occupant deaths.

And yet. Somehow they managed to get through the entire article without mentioning one key fact: both motor vehicle death rates and gun death rates are declining. Motor vehicle occupant deaths in that age group declined by a stunning 65% (from 1999 to 2013), while gun deaths declined by 20%.

So rather than representing an epidemic of gun deaths, their stats show an improvement in motor vehicle safety for young people.

I won’t even get into how crude their statistics are, with no analysis based on demographics or geography.

WaPo Whiffs on Illegal Immigration Concerns October 1, 2015

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I don’t know what’s wrong with the Washington Post these days, but following closely on the heels of their disastrous 3-Pinocchio rating for Carly Fiorina (which has received a huge backlash), they’ve managed to whiff on another subject. Today’s WaPo buffoonery concerns the “anti-immigration movement.”

The WaPo author (Jeff Guo) claims that there are four misconceptions driving the anti-immigration movement, and then proceeds to debunk them with the help of a recent report from the National Academy of Sciences. The four misconceptions are:

  • Immigrants don’t learn English fast enough
  • Immigrants are uneducated
  • Immigrants make crime worse
  • Immigrants are unemployed

But Guo’s entire analysis is based on a comparison of concerns over illegal immigrants with statistics based on all immigrants. He states out the outset that Trump’s popularity is in part derived from his anti-immigration stance, but Trump’s stance is anti-illegal immigration. You don’t build a fence to keep out legal immigrants – you build it to control illegal immigration.

So the article can be immediately discounted, because Guo is tilting at windmills. Attacking a straw man. Battling demons from his own id.

But you can also go through the points one-by-one and see how badly he’s warped the story. It’s fun and informative. Here’s the run-down:



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