Wednesday, November 09, 2016

President Trump - Market Demand MET!

Back in May I made the following statement:

[W]e're about to get several months of the media doing everything they can to either ignore the topic that propelled Trump to his unlikely nomination or frame it in terms such as "Why doesn't Trump understand that the best thing for Americans is to turn America into a Third World country?" I don't expect it to work any better in the general election than it worked in the primaries. Hillary is already running a campaign that suggests that she hates American whites (except for gays, trannies, and lesbians who have had fifteen or more abortions) and would much rather preside over a country of Third World peasants. That didn't work out so well for El Jefe Jeb, who explicitly ran a campaign to be President of Greater Mexico, and I don't expect it to work for Hillary, either.
I admit that my faith in my prediction faltered, as the Clinton Campaign (which effectively included the entire press corps of the United States) turned the campaign into one smear after another. But largely I was correct. Hillary came right out and stated her hatred for a good chunk of the American electorate, and WikiLeaks has revealed that she pretty much hates everyone. (My favorite WikiLeak was the email where they suggested that Hillary should beat the Hell out of a staffer before doing interviews, as she apparently was much more likable immediately following physically abusing someone. The suggestion was presented as a joke, but the writer clearly implied that it had been done before. And let's not forget how jolly Hillary was after destroying Libya.)

Anyway, this election is over, and with it the Clinton Dynasty. Trump should get credit for at least wounding the Bush Dynasty, and destroying the Clinton Dynasty. Not to mention the great damage he has done to the two corrupt political parties that sit atop the US political power structure.


Friday, October 14, 2016

The Great Disney IT Worker Screw Job, cont.

More today about the Disney IT workers who lost their jobs to foreign nationals imported by Disney to take their jobs. (See the previous two posts.) Today two of the workers had their day in court. The result was predictable.

Orlando judge tosses Disney IT outsourcing lawsuit 
Walt Disney World and two outsourcing contractors have won dismissal of lawsuits filed by former IT workers.

The lawsuits, filed in January, alleged that the Disney employees were the victim of a racketeering scheme to terminate them and replace them with immigrant, outsourced workers through the federal H-1B Visa program. Adding insult to injury, the workers were also forced to train their replacements or they would lose severance benefits.

U.S. District Judge Gregory Presnell ordered the suits dismissed Thursday.
Presnell ruled that the former Disney employees, Leo Perrero and Dena Moore, were off-base in their accusations that Disney and outsourcing firms HCL Inc. and Cognizant Technologies made false statements on certifications for the Visa program.

The H-1B program requires employers to state whether current employees would be "adversely affected" when a company hires foreign workers through the program.
Perrero and Moore argued in court that their working conditions at Disney were adversely affected, because they were forced to train people who would take their jobs, for lower pay.

According to the court record, however, HCL stated that none [of] its own employees would be adversely affected.

In the judge's dismissal of the cases, he states that HCL's statements weren't false, and would only have been false if HCL's own workers were adversely affected by the Visa program.
A few things to point out. First, note what I highlighted. What Disney did is TECHNICALLY legal because they didn't do this themselves, they hired outsourcing firms. Of course, the logic is similar to the person who hires a hitman to kill someone and then claims they had nothing to do with it, but whatevs, right?

Second, the outsourcing firms, as well as Disney, are utter scumbags, of the type that use human trafficking for personal gain. They're ruined those IT workers (Disney will have put a flag on them, making it very hard to get hired by any company in Orlando), all so that people like Iger can get another point on their goddamned stock options. They're no better than the people the OPD are currently looking for for the trafficking and murder of a 14 year-old girl here in town.

Third, the judge is a Bill Clinton appointee, so the "the meaning of 'is' is" reasoning is perfectly understandable. He's no better than the people at Disney, HCL & Cognizant. He's not worried about HIS job getting outsourced!

Fourth, Bill's wife is running for President. Rather than ask her about this kind of thing, which is the only reason Trump has gotten this far, the media is going after Trump for calling some rapper most of us have never heard of a "racial slur" that every Democrat in the country has used publicly to describe Clarence Thomas for decades.

But we can infer a few things. Hillary has stated that she wants a borderless world, and wants the free movement of people into the United States, with no restrictions. She hasn't said this publicly, but thanks to Wikileaks we know she has told it to various muckity-mucks who have paid her $250,000 and more for 20 minute speeches. We can believe she means it, because she's made a shit-ton of money off of the idea. Hillary has also stated that she thinks one quarter of the US population belongs in a "basket of deplorables" - a much nastier turn of phrase than any she would apply to any terrorist who ever killed an American. Any Islamic terrorist, I mean. Between the "basket of deplorables" comment and her "why aren't I winning by 50 points" comment, we can work out who she means, and it's basically white men who aren't gay, trannies, or government workers who do NOT carry guns. (She hates the military and police just as much as any Black Lives Matter fan. No, that's not fair. She doesn't hate them so much as she despises them.)

She hates straight white men, probably because her husband is a straight white man and has treated her worse than toilet paper for decades. (Toilet paper only gets used once and then gets disposed of. Hillary gets used over and over again, and worse than any piece of toilet paper.) At a guess she hates her dad, too. Her dad either didn't warn her about Bill, or worse, he did warn her about Bill and was right, so she'll blame him for her lack of judgement either way. The rest of us get to bear that burden, though.

So Hillary hates the straight white male American worker, and wants to fuck us in the ass as much as possible. Another four years of Barry is what we're going to get, and another four years of W., and another four years of Bubba. Hillary, though, stands to get richer. Bill will get a million dollars to speak five minutes to people like Bob Iger, and who knows how much Chelsea and her toady little husband will rake in. No one in the media will care, because the media hates American workers too, especially if they're straight white men. And they didn't raise a ruckus when the Clintons did it while she was Secretary of State, either, or after it was revealed that she had done so.

Our days appear to be numbered. But I'm guessing before it's all over there will be Hell to pay. And the people that voted for this will be held accountable in blood. The time for a National Razor Party fast approaches.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Trump, meeting market demand....

A year and a day ago I wrote my last post, about US corporations replacing American workers in America with importer foreign workers. Even middle-class workers. I wrote

And both major parties support these policies. As do the main "alternative" parties, the Libertarians and the Greens. A substantial majority of the US voting population is opposed to these kinds of policies. The fact that there is NO actual alternative to the pro-immigration open borders position demonstrates that the US political market-place is, in fact, not a free and open market.
A year and a day later, America now has an alternative. Not that the media presents Trump as such. The vast majority of "Why Trump Won" stories about his conquest of the Republican Presidential nomination typically excluded any mention of immigration.

So instead we're about to get several months of the media doing everything they can to either ignore the topic that propelled Trump to his unlikely nomination or frame it in terms such as "Why doesn't Trump understand that the best thing for Americans is to turn America into a Third World country?" I don't expect it to work any better in the general election than it worked in the primaries. Hillary is already running a campaign that suggests that she hates American whites (except for gays, trannies, and lesbians who have had fifteen or more abortions) and would much rather preside over a country of Third World peasants. That didn't work out so well for El Jefe Jeb, who explicitly ran a campaign to be President of Greater Mexico, and I don't expect it to work for Hillary, either.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

"As Floridians Are Displaced, Rubio Demands More Foreign Workers"

More grist for the mill.

Republican senator and presidential candidate Marco Rubio is backing a bill that would triple the number of guest workers businesses could hire every year, after hundreds of workers in his state were fired and literally replaced by foreign guest workers.
Disney, Southern California Edison and most recently Fossil Group have together fired hundreds of American tech workers and forced them to train their foreign replacements, many of whom were flown in specifically to take their job.
“You had me here one day, and the next day you had an Indian worker at a lower skill level sitting at my desk,” one of the hundreds of tech workers who Disney recently fired told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Despite the bullshit one hears, this is becoming and increasingly common event. And both major parties support these policies. As do the main "alternative" parties, the Libertarians and the Greens. A substantial majority of the US voting population is opposed to these kinds of policies. The fact that there is NO actual alternative to the pro-immigration open borders position demonstrates that the US political market-place is, in fact, not a free and open market.

Sunday, April 19, 2015


ISIS affiliates in Libya have released video of their members executing Ethiopian Christians en masse. Below is a non-graphic image from the video. Does anyone else notice something remarkable about the image or is it just me?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Why I'd never want to join the fandom.

Over at George R. R. Martin's Not a Blog blog I've been following the latest blow up in the SF community - the Sad Puppies "Scandal". Essentially, a group of writers and fans believe that the Hugo Awards voters only hand out awards to the SJW crowd. (I've followed enough of this in recent years to believe that there is some truth to it, though the WorldCon isn't quite as monolithic as presented by the Puppies.) So they banded together, put together a voting slate, and stuffed the ballot boxes for Hugo nominations - all in a way that was perfectly legal by the regulations governing the awards. They did such a superb job of it that ONLY their approved candidates are up for any awards this year. [Edit: That's not true. But some categories ARE all Puppies, and most if not all categories are majority Puppies.] Doh!

(The Hugos are the biggest award in SF. They're voted on by the fans that attend the WorldCon or buy a voting membership, or something like that. If you really care you can look up the procedures here.)

Anyway, the SF community is having what has become a rather expected event: a complete and total breakdown along political/ethnic/gender/orientation/[insert alleged marginalized status here] lines of bilious factions trying to destroy each other. No point going into prior events, as I don't care that much, but I've seen them roll through the SF community of fandom and authors regularly for what seems like several years running now. (At a guess they come about every nine months or so.)

I'm on the periphery of fandom, by way of a few blogs that I occasionally read and occasionally from something someone else (mostly my wife*) will tell me about it. So I'm not in the depths of it. But everything from rules to make conventions 'safe' to trying to drive out writers and editors who have "genuinely offended" someone to the latest ballot stuffing actions and responses to it** have left me wondering, "Why would I want to be a part of THAT?"

I think I'll just stick to reading the damned stories and leaving it at that.

* Kim's not really in the fandom, not anymore in any event, but like me she pokes around in it occasionally.

** Personally I find the latest kind of funny. The people who have been campaigning for everything to be divvied up by ethnicity, gender, orientation and/or oppressed status, in other words, the voices of factionalism, just took both barrels to the body when the biggest faction of all (straight white guys and allies) decided to act in concert. Balkanization is a bitch.

Monday, February 02, 2015

View from the front window

About 75 degrees out. Not bad for February!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

A case where the headline says it all

Obama’s Amnesty Will Add As Many Foreign Workers As New Jobs Since 2009

Well, the headline doesn't quite say it all, as the article is rather good. Here's an additional nugget worth pointing out:
Each year, the nation accepts one million new [legal] immigrants, or roughly five million since 2009. That total includes roughly 3.5 million working-age immigrants, which is slightly less than the number of Americans — 4.3 million — who turn 18 each year.

Also, companies annually hire roughly 450,000 blue-collar guest workers and roughly 200,000 white-collar guest workers. Most of these guest workers stay for less than a year, but many stay for six years. [emphasis added]
 And he didn't even kiss us.

One final bit:
The surplus of domestic and foreign job-seekers also helps ensure that U.S. median wages have flat-lined since 2000. Economists — including Obama’s top economic adviser — say that wages stall when the labor supply is larger than the supply of new jobs.
So remember that they known goddamned well & good what they're doing to American workers by opening the floodgates even wider for more immigration. It works to reduce employment and wages for the native born.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Another look at emploment numbers

Taken from a series of comments elsewhere. I'm not going to edit them, just leave them as the stream of consciousness-data spewing that they were, with a few minor formatting changes:


Just because it’s what I do:

Full Time Employment is currently ~2,243,000 BELOW what it was at the peak in November of 2007.

Employment Level – 25 to 54 years is currently ~4,670,000 BELOW what it was at the peak in November of 2007.

Percentage of Population Employed – 25 to 54 years is currently ~2.87% BELOW what it was at the peak in November of 2007.

Still haven’t bothered to find full-time employment numbers for 25 to 54 years. Anyone want to bet that number is any better than the ones above?

Anyway, the above is all the argument necessary against continued immigration into this country of any kind. Those arguing for it can only be assumed to be against American workers.


Foreign born employed is up almost two million since the last peak, BTW. Not a direct proxy for illegal immigration, but a fine proxy for immigration overall. That’s series LNU02073395.


Yikes, still haven’t broken out the monthly data, but I got curious and found a good proxy for what I want with annual averages for

25 to 54 worked 35 or more hours a week (000s)
2007 78,854
2013 73,589

So that’s a drop of 5,265,000 full-time jobs for people in their prime working years, from 2007 to 2013. That demographic only declined by about 1,300,000 over that time frame, so that isn’t a demographic shift: that is economic ruination. As a percentage of that age group, that’s over 3.5% fewer people [in this age group] with full-time jobs.

Again, over a similar time period foreign born workers gained about 2,000,000 jobs, so the actual numbers for native born workers are actually considerably worse.

Tell me how cheap labor is going to make up for THAT mess!

Link 2007 data

Link 2013 data

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Ebola, and the stupidity of categorical statements from public officials

Today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made a categorical statement about the new case of Ebola in Texas. The CDC Director, Dr. Tom Frieden, made the following statement:

At some point, there was a breach in protocol, and that breach in protocol resulted in this infection. The (Ebola treatment) protocols work. ... But we know that even a single lapse or breach can result in infection.
However, the CDC went on to state that they had spoken with the nurse and could NOT determine what the failure in procedures was. They do not know what, if anything, the nurse or anyone else did wrong.

While it is most likely true that this new case was a result of a failure to observe safety protocols, the CDC should not be making categorical statements. And here's why.

Taken from the President's remarks on September 16, 2014 [the President's remarks are in block quotes, my responses are not]:
First and foremost, I want the American people to know that our experts, here at the CDC and across our government, agree that the chances of an Ebola outbreak here in the United States are extremely low.
Within three days, an asymptomatic infected person was on his way to the USA via plane.  So much for the consensus view of the experts.
We’ve been taking the necessary precautions, including working with countries in West Africa to increase screening at airports so that someone with the virus doesn’t get on a plane for the United States.
Wrong. See previous comment. The methodologies for screening were so rigorous that lying and Ibuprofen could beat them. Given how easily Duncan entered the country, the chances of this happening were not "extremely low."
In the unlikely event that someone with Ebola does reach our shores, we’ve taken new measures so that we’re prepared here at home.  We’re working to help flight crews identify people who are sick, and more labs across our country now have the capacity to quickly test for the virus.
This one appears to be true. Thank God some of it was.
We’re working with hospitals to make sure that they are prepared, and to ensure that our doctors, our nurses and our medical staff are trained, are ready, and are able to deal with a possible case safely.
So prepared that they got an Ebola victim and sent him home with anti-biotics. And so prepared that according to the CDC itself the medical staff at the hospital in Texas were too poorly trained to implement the procedures correctly.

Three out of four sentences wrong, although at least the President's speech writers stuck in a slight qualifier in the first sentence.

This is why the CDC should not have made the categorical statement they made regarding the new case in Texas. By doing so they look arrogant, and look especially stupid in light of the President's comments from September 16th, which were no doubt made after the relevant people from the CDC had made their views known to the President and his staff. As it is, they look like the jerk-off NASA administrators who said that the chance of a shuttle failure resulting in catastrophic loss of life and equipment were one in millions or less. It erodes their credibility, and does not reassure the public.

NOTE: I am not implying the President or his advisers were lying on September 16th or today. Perhaps they are, but that isn't proven and I will give them the benefit of the doubt. But the remarks from September 16th have serious credibility issues, and today's comments left them no wiggle room should the new statement be incorrect. And even if their belief is correct, today's statement projects arrogance, which is off-putting to say the least.
Instead, the CDC should have released a statement worded something like this:
We’re confident that our safety protocols are effective and believe that one or more of these protocols were likely breached resulting in this additional case. We are working with the infected nurse and her coworkers to determine exactly what happened. We will work diligently to insure no further breaches of established best practices, or if we need to revise our protocols.
That would have been reassuring without projecting know-it-all arrogance.

Friday, October 03, 2014

The new jobs numbers

Much is being made of the new jobs report, and how it signals how wonderful the economy is.

Well, that's bullshit. Here are some of the more pertinent facts, as compiled from the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank's FRED database:

On the job front, we’re still approximately 2.6 million full time jobs behind where we were at the prior peak. This after more than five years of ‘recovery’.
Also, looking at FRED data I see that people ages 25-54 have over 4.85 million fewer jobs now than at the prior peak. But that population has only dropped by 1.4 million. Overall, the employment percentage for that group has dropped 3% points since the prior peak.

Again, this is after almost five years of 'recovery'. This expansion will not last forever, and it will likely end before we reach the old peaks of full time jobs and jobs of any kind for people in their prime working years. Which hurts those folks immensely, as it will negatively impact everything from total life-time earnings to starting new families. And new household formation has been a classic and strong driver of economy growth in the past. As new household formation falls, that reduces prospects for future growth.

Just try and remember all of this when people state how wonderful a job Obama is doing, and how wonderful the current 'recovery' is. Politeness may force you to have to listen to it, and you may not even be able to object lest you lose your job or other standing, but you don't have to believe it. And if you decide to punch the speaker in the face repeatedly, know that there are several million good reasons to do so. And that's BEFORE looking at the wage numbers, which present their own horror story....


Links to data here:

Employed, Usually Work Full Time

Employment Level - 25 to 54 years

Civilian Noninstitutional Population - 25 to 54 years



Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Squirrel of the Week: [Vacant]

For the week of 9/21/2014 to 9/27/2014

No squirrel last week, unless it was Becky.

Squirrel of the Week: It distracted me so much I forgot to blog it.

For the week of 9/14/2014 to 9/20/2014

 I done forgot all about it. Having too much fun cutting stuff down and playing chess.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Squirrel of the Week: Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner

For the week of 9/7/2014 to 9/13/2014

This is disheartening. I'm not sure I've ever seen a dumber media frenzy than this one. People are madder at Goodell for punishing Ray Rice than they are at Ray Rice for knocking out his girlfriend and dragging her around by the hair.

They're mad at Goodell for meting out punishment and have no problem with the fact that the government did NOTHING about this save assign some counseling. Gee, would I rather go to prison, or get counseling? Would I rather pay a fine, or get counseling? Would I rather wear one of those ugly orange jumpers and pick up trash on the side of the road as my community service, or get counseling?

And worst of all, when the public got mad about all this, it was over a video that showed NOTHING that wasn't already known. Months back the story was that Rice hit his then fiancee (and now wife) knocking her out cold, and dragged her around by the hair. This is what the video showed. Nothing new was learned by the publication of the video. But NOW people are getting worked up about this. Unbelievable.

Worse, many other players in the NFL, both current and former, have committed worse acts that aren't getting any play at all. I think Donte Stallworth killing someone while driving drunk is probably more serious than the Ray Rice incident, but you wouldn't know it from the reaction of the public right now. Stallworth was suspended for one season. Rice has been suspended indefinitely.

And it has been particularly revolting to see Ray Lewis and Trent Dilfer comment on the matter. Ray Lewis was charged with two counts of murder many years back. He and two friends were involved in an incident in Buckhead Georgia which resulted in two much smaller men being stabbed to death. Lewis and his friends were all indicted. Lewis eventually plead guilty to obstruction of justice and testified against his friends in order to get the charges dropped. His friends later got off anyway.

Trent Dilfer was Lewis's teammate. Dilfer now talks about how he couldn't play with someone like Rice. Lewis talks about he is a much better person than Rice and wouldn't want to be teammates with him. They're both full of shit.

Ultimately, this is moral outrage as a positional good. People are feeling better about themselves by being more outraged than their neighbors. What a load of horse shit.

I wanted to write something more in depth about this matter, but ultimately I just can't get over the stink of the rank hypocrisy and phony moral outrage that surrounds this and related matters. You know it's all bullshit, because very little outrage is being directed at people who have done worse, but are now lauded for what exemplary human being they are. (Ray Lewis was the face of the NFL his last few seasons in the league, and is now one of ESPN's most notable TV stars.)

Further, you get cases like US District Judge Mike Fuller. Just look that one up for yourself. You will find that the Senators demanding that Goodell be fired for not doing enough to punish Ray Rice are doing nothing about a federal judge who beat the Hell out of his wife. Not only are they not taking care of the import matters of war and economics that fall within their purview, they're not even going after the wife beater that only they, as a constitutional matter, can go after. They won't even mention it. Worst Congress ever.

I just can't write more about this, as it just makes me sick to my stomach, both for the crimes at the heart of the matter, and the way they're being handled and manipulated by the elites of the country in order to distract from small matter like war. Revolting.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Correcting little old ladies

At the time I'm writing this, about 2:20 PM on Thursday September 11, 2014, CNN's top stories include a story about a local police matter in Missouri, TWO about whether or not the NFL saw a video of one of its players KTFOing his girlfriend, a story about an obscure king-maker in South Carolina's Presidential Primary of 2016, another story about a big solar storm headed this way, another account reminiscing what it was like to be with President Bush on 9/11/2001, and only then a story about Obama's proposed new war in Iraq and Syria.

Really, it couldn't be more revolting to follow US news outlets these days. It's not like everything is going well and there's nothing else to talk about.

The old lady was wrong: it's nothing but squirrels all the way down.

[Set to publish much later tonight.]

A new family motto

The old family motto came from a comment by my mother:

We're not crazy; we're just mean.

Too true. But since I've either disowned my family or been disowned by them (and good riddance either way), I want a new motto. Today, in a text to my wife, I may have hit upon it.

If I'm going to be a fluffy pink poodle with purple sequins, I'm going to do it the right way.

Context might help you understand it, but why worry about that? Should probably make it first person plural, though....

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Trent Dilfer is a Tool

Watched the San Diego-Arizona game Monday night. Got to hear Trent Dilfer talk about the Ray Rice situation, and how he tells the children he coaches that they need to win on the field and off.

This from a man who has a Super Bowl ring because he played with a man who admitted that he attempted to help two friends get away with murder. That's what he admitted to - e may well have been the killer himself.

The moral preening around the Ray Rice case is particularly disgusting. More on that later.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

A PSA about PSA Tests....

September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. My wife, Kim, has asked me to broadcast this information. More than a decade ago she lost her father to prostate cancer, so this matter is near and dear to her heart.

So to all the gentleman, and other males, out there, go get a finger shoved up your ass by a professional. It might just save your life. And it might spare your daughters, wives, sons and other loved ones from a feeling of loss due to your absence.


PSA = Public Service Announcement

PSA Test = Prostate-Specific Antigen Test, a blood test to help detect prostate cancer; used in conjunction with Digital Rectal Exams for screening purposes.

More information can be found here and here.

Monday, September 08, 2014

For the corporations and their top managers and owners, everything; for everyone else, nothing.

Same old same old from the Harvard Business School:

Harvard Business School Alumni Temper Pessimism About the U.S.

Sounds good as a headline. But it starts looking grim as one digs deeper:
“Many business leaders see smoother waters ahead, with the promise of stronger and steadier growth in America,” Harvard Business School professors Michael E. Porter and Jan W. Rivkin wrote in a report on the poll.

The country’s recovery, though, is bifurcated, according to the report. Large and mid-size companies have rallied strongly from the worst recession since the Great Depression, while middle- and working-class Americans and small businesses are struggling.

“The U.S. is competitive to the extent that firms operating here do two things: win in global markets and lift the living standards of the average American,” Porter, who is co-chair of Harvard Business School’s U.S. Competitiveness Project, said in a press release. “The U.S. economy is doing the first of these but failing at the second.” 
 Essentially, if you're in the top ten percent, you're golden. If you're in the bottom 90%, you're getting the golden shower from your betters. And THIS makes those folks feel good about themsleves and life in general.

There are two likely endings to this scenario, and neither of them are good.