Wednesday, February 03, 2016

A Reminder Of The Government's Role In The 2008 Mortgage Crisis

Posted is this PDF on the government's role in starting the 2008 mortgage crisis.

Iran's Alliance With North Korea

Iran has been working with North Korea on nuclear weaponry - the late Christopher Hitchens noted how the Norks also worked with Saddam Hussein - and the West pretends otherwise.

Finally Resisting Multiculturalism

Europe is now starting to fight back against decades of appeasing vicious tribalism in the name of "multiculturalism," this after Muslim-instigated violence has escalated in recent years.

Liz Warren's Housing Scam

Lost in the election campaign is that Elizabeth Warren made money by flipping houses - as she campaigns against housing foreclosures.

Also worth noting is how bank lobbyists love her.

Five Questions About Islamic Imperialism

Five questions that should be asked of the presidential candidates. We then add five more about nuclear deterrence and also note Barack Obama's refusal to tell the truth about Islamo-Arab Imperialism.

Smearing Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Somali-born feminist Ayaan Hirsi Ali is attacked in a commentary in the Baltimore Sun and the attack gets a needed response.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Iraq Journalist Shows Islam Drives Terrorists

An Iraqi journalist has come out against denial that Islam drives terrorists.

Engaging Totalitarians Never Works

More effort to "engage" North Korea isn't working.

An Endorsement Of Ted Cruz

This piece examines the strengths of Ted Cruz as a potential President.

Why Stimulus Fails

Fiscal stimulus programs never work.

Did Peyton Manning Destroy HGH Evidence?

Peyton Manning Welcomes HGH Investigation, But Not Before His Team Completed Its Own:

Allegations of acquiring HGH were made by the now-defunct Al Jazeera America network and Peyton Manning had a team of his own go to the institute in question. And the story - with the possibility Peyton tried to have evidence destroyed - has gotten more bizarre.

See also Monday Morning Quarterback's piece.  

UPDATE: February 5:  The Washington Post has published an examination of what Peyton Manning's defense team did - and it seems clear now Manning lied about HGH and was caught trying to suppress evidence and intimidate a witness.

The Entitlement Debt

The US debt is now $19 trillion - and almost all of it is because of entitlements like Obamacare.

The Pay Myth Continued

Barack Obama pushes the pay gap myth - except as usual the facts prove him wrong.

Monday, February 01, 2016

Democrats And Another Bad Urban Agenda

Democrats find they've bankrupted their cities while Republican mayors achieved real successes, so the Democrats turn to regulation to push failure.

Privatize Flint's Water System

Flint, Michigan's water system has been abysmal and it has government meddling led by Democrats to blame for it (and Flint residents won't get justice for it because they can't sue the government) - so privatize it. Privatization works for water as it does for everything else. Of course some, like blogger Kristi Culpepper, try to object, except the facts don't support her.

The Huffington Post Shows Spectacular Ignorance of Immigration Law

The Huffington Post - not the most dependable source of information to begin with - proves it again by attacking Donald Trump's anti-immigration stand.

Obama's Iran Appeasement Continued

Obama trades Iranian spies/criminals for hostages - and Iran gets money, weapons technology, etc. - because Obama is more afraid of offending the mullahs than he wants to win.

How To Break Two-Party Duopoly

The two-party duopoly can - and should - be broken.

With Zika, Time to Bring Back DDT

DDT worked then and it works now.

Lyft, Uber Drivers Shouldn’t Be Treated Like Employees

Because objectively Lyft and Uber Drivers are not employees.

Hillary's Intelligence Enablers

Hillary Milhous Clinton leaked secret information via her email server, and she had enablers in the intelligence services, and that enabling wound up costing the US valuable information.

US Firms And The Foolish US Tax Code

US firms have to compete while being grossly overtaxed - and we do mean over TAXED.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Yet Another Bad Energy Bill

The Senate has an energy modernization bill - and it's just another failed exercise pushing that politicians know best even though they never do.

Conservative Counter To Trumpism

Donald Trump's ideas have some merit but other of his ideas don't - an alternative to Trumpism is presented here.

Free College Can't Solve Anything

The myth pushed by Bernie Sanders and others is that college needs to be free - the problem is it doesn't solve anything.

Obama's Obsession With David Petraeus

Barack Obama's White House has shown ever-more determination to humiliate David Petraeus - ant it may be becauzse he's a reminder that Obama's abandonment of Iraq threw away US victory.

Weapons Evolution

A look at the evolution of robot weapons. The Cylon Empire slowly becomes - in a sense - real.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

NASCAR 2016 Preview

NASCAR is now less than a month from Speedweeks 2016 and with the recent Media Tour the sport has seen several issues, notably Tony Stewart going off on Brian France and also taking some shots at Gene Stefanyshyn during the Media Tour.   A look at what may develop for 2016 -

**  - One of the big stories is the prospective implementation of a charter system for team owners, first discussed (and advocated) by MRN racecaster Dave Moody. The idea is also discussed by FOX Sports' NASCAR analysts, among them former team owner and Race Team Alliance quasi-member Andy Petree. Moody's analysis indicates the charter system won't affect qualifying; the only change is that supposedly NASCAR will be able to establish equity for raceteams and to attract more people into buying into raceteams - he cites the collapse of Rob Kaufmann's former team Michael Waltrip Racing and the fact it has nothing of value for a new owner or co-owner beyond some outdated racecars and a shop.   Supposedly a charter system will help Kaufmann attract new money because he would be locked into the field every week having competed for two-plus seasons.   Andy Petree states the sport's business model has to change because of so many teams struggling financially.

That generic statement is true,  but the more one reads into the idea, the more questions one has.   As respondent Matthew McCowan notes in Moody's blog, the charter system is "the New York taxi driver business model.  It doesn't help competition there.....creating artificial value is not a good thing"  Indeed New York's fight over Uber shows an attempt by the city to shake down the ridesharing company and trying to protect uncompetitive taxi services.

Moreover NASCAR's issues are more about what the teams are doing more than who are the owners - the blunt truth remains that spendaholism by raceteams is the undiscussed crisis of racing; there has long remained a need for some kind of spending control regime for raceteams, and I have yet to see anyone in authority in NASCAR or the RTA address it.

** - NASCAR's creation of artificial value, if that's indeed what happens with a charter system, has been in keeping with the artificiality created since the dawn of the Chase format.   Its extension to the Xfinity and Truck series is lauded by NASCAR because they actually think it has made for more competitive point races in the Cup series, oblivious to the fact the Chase concept revolves around wholly artificial points reracks.   Steve O'Donnell's assertion that Chase formats create "unprecedented level of excitement as teams tactical decisions that could impact their spot in the Chase" and "put a premium on in-race strategy" is laughable because the racing has not become more competitive in the twelve previous seasons of Winston Cup's Chase.  

A telling stat as measured by the Racing Reference website - of twelve Chases, in seven of them the points champion in a natural points format was different from the Chase-declared champion, including the last two series champs.

** - Further displaying the folly of a Chase is what Rodney Childers of Kevin Harvick's team stated about the 2015 season (in which Harvick would have been champion over Joey Logano in a non-Chase format) - that his team hurt itself during the "regular" season by racing "too fast every week" because "once you win a couple of races you don't need to be showing everybody what you've got and making them work harder to catch you."

The idea that it's wrong to go for the win is beyond foolish, and looking at his season it was the reracks that caught everyone up to him.   Disincentivizing real effort is wrong at any level of society or sports; it's dumbing everything down when NASCAR needs to be defining everything Up.

** - With just twelve winners in 2015 the Cup series enters 2016 a mixed bag - the positive of 2015 was the quasi-collapse of Chevrolet and the resurgence of Toyota, which won eleven of the last 21 races, all of them by JGR, while Joey Logano's Ford and the Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolets won the rest.  

Ford faces the toughest climb with the collapse of Roush Racing's engineering competence; the blue ovals have the Penske juggernaut, the Roush fleet,  Richard Petty's outfit that appears in better financial shape than it's been in awhile, and a full-time return of Wood Brothers Racing, fielding the #21 with Ryan Blaney, a driver who showed some legitimate promise in 2015.   That Penske was the only Ford winner in 2015 cannot be considered good enough for the Dearborn people; it needs all its teams to win, even as Roush appears unable to engineer a comeback.

Toyota's fleet is led by JGR and that appears to be it other than the switch of Furniture Row's team to Toyotas.   Chevrolet got wins by Hendrick and Stewart-Haas last season and nothing else - the Teresa Earnhardt/SABCO duo managed six top five finishes in 2015 but was otherwise MIA while RCR kept plodding to nowhere with eight top-fives among its three cars and Austin Dillon's ride in the venerated #3 producing just five top-10s and nothing else except a vicious flip into Daytona's fencing.  

The rest of the field in all three major touring series testify to the sport's inefficient economic model, as one is hard-pressed to see a darkhorse emerging into contention.  And it leaves one wondering whether a new winner (there were none in 2015 among drivers) can emerge, even with a hyped rookie class.

So we await Speedweeks 2016.

The Subsidizing of Solar Failure In California

California's artificially high energy costs derive in part from subsidizing solar power.