Sunday, February 15, 2015

Why Kingsman is the Best Movie of 2008--2015 (some spoilers):

Headline: English Gentlemen saves the world!

Modern day British knights save the world from the crass, godless American tech billionaire and global warming alarmism.
  1. It’s part Bond, part King Arthur and part Pygmalion (My Fair Lady)
  2. It’s very funny.
  3. White men are not the bad guys, well some are.
  4. The Christian Cross is featured unapologetically throughout.
  5. The hate church in Kentucky get’s what it deserves, so does the sell-out American administration.
  6. It celebrates the virtues of being a gentleman, while not a toff 
  7. It’s got puppies
    Saving the world, all in a Knight's work.
  8. It’s got Mark Strong, and he is brilliant, plus Colin Firth, Michael Caine, Mark Hamill and newcomer Taron Egerton.
  9. The knights are above politics, they simply do what’s right
  10. It celebrates loyalty, teamwork, selflessness and sacrifice.
  11. It tells the young protagonist to stop feeling sorry for himself, stop blaming others for his failures. i.e., take personal responsibility and take the chip off his shoulder.
  12. The Swedish princess refuses to go along with the evil plan, gets a treat in the end, literally.
  13. Shows that monied privilege is no substitute for character.
  14. It illustrates that politicians have no spine.
  15. Ronald Reagan helps save the world, again.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Conservative War Chest: SuperPAC Victors in 2014

The unsung heroes of the 2014 election cycle include the Conservative War Chest.  This group produced the hardest-hitting ads of the 2014 election, using a new national strategy of taking on the so-called "Gang of 5" liberal groups who represent a shadowy cabal of extremists who smear our candidates mercilessly and are never held to account.  See their presentation for the 2014 cycle below.  But first, enjoy a few of their series of ads which just creamed the Dems, by simply telling the truth about their agenda.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Econ 101: How the Lust for Beauty Determines the Allocation of Scarce Resources in a Free Society

A recently debate on Facebook required that I Voxsplain how a free society allocates resources to a group of feeling, sensing liberals who don't have the slightest idea of economics. In fact, when it comes to Economics, they resort to "magical thinking."  I've often thought that it is easy to describe a Democrat: simply picture a Republican, then take away reason and accountability. (Hat tip to Mark Andrus, As Good As it Gets)   

So here goes, the subject was Detroit and how evil businesses, run by greedy white people used up the human capital base of the city and simply abandoned ship, leaving only misery in their evil wake. My fine Facebook friends studiously ignored the fact that the Unions killed Detroit and 50 years of Democrat rule buried it. So, I tried to explain why no rational person would ever invest in Detroit except by coercion (brute force).

So, I think it's rather funny that you guys want to lecture me on science, but you don't spend a minute thinking about the humble science of Economics. Here are the Cliff Notes: people work and save and that money gathers together to form investment funds run by evil fund managers who vote Democrat, BTW, but let's put that to the side. Think of these funds as pools of money, they can be moved around the world by a simple keystroke.
The fund managers are, let's just stipulate, evil and are motivated by what, anyone? They are motivated by money, to pay off their college loans and to buy fancy things so they can keep up with the other fund managers who are all looking for an edge. Don't forget, they are smart, above 130 IQ generally and they have worked like dogs for many, many years to succeed in a highly quantitative academic discipline and in order to reach that echelon, they have to have gone to very expensive schools and only a handful come from money and are that talented. But, what are they really motivated by? Once you have gotten the right education and have the amazing mid-six figure job and everything you could possibly need, what are you missing?

Pussy. Beautiful, expensive, child-rearing pussy. This satisfies a deeper need to procreate or to make sure your offspring have the best chance in life. Now, some of these guys look like Brad Pitt and Joe here, some are less lucky, they look like me and Mike Bochetti, regular guys. The regular guys with brains have to work that much harder to attract really valuable pussy...good genes, right network, great looks, killer bod, etc., etc. and all that is necessary to keep their edge.

So, let's call this hypothetical guy, Brad. Brad goes to work for Tad who was Brad 5, 8, 10 or 20 years ago
and he's on the high side of 50 and he's got billions and billions of dollars under management. And he hires smart, hungry, aggressive young whelps like Brad to make sure his fund has the highest, most stable return on investment for his rich clients (who are not only individuals, but also pensions, annuities, insurance companies, retirement funds and 401Ks, etc.). Tad needs to hold onto his expensive pussy, who by this time is so bored with Tad's act, she's practically throwing his money away at the Metroplitan Opera and MOMA and the Sierra Club, so she can hob nob with Hollywood celebrities and get invited to the right parties. Tad also has to put his spoiled, anti-capitalist, pot-smoking, transgendered son who tortures small animals through a string of expensive, non-competitive colleges while also keeping the waste of humanity out of prison.

So, after a couple of years, Brad has worked harder than his peers and is given $100 billion to manage. And, in his first year, Tad sets a target return of 8.00% on the $100 billion given certain risk parameters. But in that first year, Brad exceeds the target by 0.25%, which equates to $25 million. Tad is very happy and gives Brad a $5 million bonus which makes him and his his wife very, very happy because now he can buy that vacation fixer upper in the Hamptons. But, If he comes in below his target in a single year, his reputation is tarnished if not ruined and his ascendance is slowed considerably --- and he and everyone in his life has very high expectations. A single miss of an expected $5 million bonus can put a damper on things. And, Brad
Tab (not Tad) Hunter
doesn't just compete with other fund managers in America, he is competing with the cream of the crop in London, Geneva, Singapore, Hong Kong and so on. So, Tad is under enormous pressure to give funds to managers who consistently demonstrate high returns. And, if Brad can't do it, well too f**king bad, someone else will get Brad's position.

This whole, rank, unseemly, human process is how "resources" are allocated in a free society. It may stink to high heaven, but the alternative is too horrible to contemplate, namely state allocation of resources, which has caused death and starvation everywhere it has been tried, every time it has been tried, most recently at the VA. The long and short of it, is that capital (money) flows to where it will receive the highest reward.

So this is where a hypothetical company enters the market for capital. If a company, located in Detroit is generating income below expectations for that industry sector, it will find it's access to capital reduced or eliminated. If it can be shown that the company can return industry average or better returns by relocating to the Philippines (a major ally) or China or Togo, well how can that manager ignore the opportunity? He can't. In fact, to do so would be to neglect his fiduciary (legal) obligation to his shareholders, because it endangers the very survival of the company. Don't forget, companies are managed by guys and gals like Brad, just not quite as smart, they too have pressures on them to perform, quarter after quarter.

So, there are only two ways to make people invest in Detroit, 1.) through coercion, i.e., the barrel of a gun, and 2.) through subsidies, that is government deciding to make it more attractive to do business in Detroit by actually subsidizing their operations. Well, that's a nice idea, but then the
U.S. General Services Administration
regional commissioner Jeffrey Neely
(a big fan of the Fifth Amendment) 

enjoying our money.
government is taking an active role in the allocation of capital, which can lead to cronyism. Don't forget, government bureaucrats want nice pussy too, and so they are subject to the same drives, desires and pressures Brad is. Remember the GSA scandal (see picture)? Plus, politicians are now involved, so they will use that power to reward friends in exchange for campaign cash. For example, Tom Steyer may want to save the planet, but he will make a boatload of money if the U.S. continues to invest in his industry, which is why he's pledging $100 million to help elect Democrats this year, don't fool yourself. It also means that less investment capital will be available for other, perhaps riskier or worthier industries which often provide breakthroughs in medicines and technology, which is called malinvestment and "crowding out.".

And that, children, is why it's called the "dismal science."

One final note, fund managers and other Wall Street "fat cats" vote Democrat so they can have a big fat seat at the table when they write the legislation that Senator Chris Dodd and the execrable former Congressman from Massachusetts, Barney Frank put forward a few years ago. Notice how the banks are really quiet now, why is that? They are making tons of money, their profit was written into Dodd-Frank.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Elizabeth Warren Is Running: Time for the GOP to Wake Up

The GOP tends to prepare to fight the last war. Right now, the conventional wisdom is the Democrat Nominee for president in 2016 will be Hillary Clinton. This is wrong. The next nominee will likely be Elizabeth Warren.

Why would the Democrats go so radical again? Because they have nothing to lose. If they go with the safe candidate, they are likely to lose. After 8 years of catastrophe, anyone connected with the carnage will be discredited, no matter how far they've tried to distance themselves. That means Mrs. Clinton, Joe Biden and, well, that's their bench.

The safe candidate doesn't excite the base. And, Elizabeth Warren excites the multiple freak shows that comprise the base. She's getting great advance publicity from her flacks in the liberal commentariat and the main line news services. National Journal has slavishly posted her so-called "11 commandments of progressivism," which is pretty tame, if you boil it right down.

Hardly any rational person can make a succinct argument against them, "the Internet shouldn't be rigged to benefit big corporations,and that means real net neutrality," well who's not for that? A fool, that's who. But, what's "real net neutrality," well have to wait for a breathy in-depth interview in prime time with the little Greek man, I mean George Stephanopolous.

Another one: "We Believe in science and that means protecting the earth." Of course that's a veiled reference to global climate alarmism, but it's pretty well veiled.  What does it mean? Again, it begs probing, George?

Any true conservative could say the same thing. In fact a smart conservative would pronounce his own 11 commandments or five or ten or 12, taking these on directly. Although this one is easy: "we believe in being stewards of the earth for generations to come (a veiled hint at procreation, i.e., shagging, yeah baby!) and that means using REAL science, not succumbing to big green, which is not a frozen vegetable company. Big green are rent-seeking corporate cronies, parasites that will make big money from tax subsidies for expensive power.  Paid for by the little guy. You can't be for the little guy if your for Big Anything.

I'm for cheap. clean energy, revitalized manufacturing and that means clean coal from chemical looping and nuclear. Let the Europeans chain themselves to the green gods in exchange for worldly dispensation (and fancy cocktail party invites).

Of course, preparing to fight a specific candidate is a fool's errand, but the GOP will do it anyway. The Democrats will likely switch it up at the last minute and then where will we be? Right now, I'm for Ryan / Rubio, which is probably quixotic. They couldn't be elected unless they both left their wives and were found in bed together. How about Rand Paul / Sarah Palin, that would shake things up. If only we could fix the governor's syntax.

Other great posts by me:

Friday, July 04, 2014

Only 40% Liberals Proud to be American: Why Do We Try to Placate Them?

This Fourth of July I am taking great pleasure in the knowledge that even after 6 years of the most left wing president EVER, liberals are still not proud of America, which suggests pretty strongly that they neither can now nor ever will be satisfied by any political solution in this fallen world; thus they need not be taken seriously, except as foolish and dangerous ideologues.  To paraphrase Mark Andrus and James L. Brooks who wrote "As Good as it Gets": how to describe a liberal: picture a conservative then take away reason and accountability.
Conservatives More Likely to Say They Are ‘Often Proud to be American’ Pew Research: Section 9: Patriotism, Personal Traits, Lifestyles and Demographics

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

D'Souza Attacks Obama Admin for Death of Aaron Swartz

Dinesh D'Souza, creator of the upcoming movie, America, which will be released July 2, 2014, has released a new clip from the movie which speaks directly to the case of Aaron Swartz. Swarts was 26 year old (young enough to be kept on his parents insurance) who was an extremely talented, widely published and dynamic proponent of openness in the model of Wikileaks.

Swartz committed suicide at the age of 26 while facing charges for leaking publicly-funded research from MIT (brought by Eric Holder's Justice Department) that carried a 35 year jail sentence and a $1 million fine.

Deadline Hollywood has a good write up, here.

My review is here: Dinesh D'Souza's "America"

Other great posts:

Friday, June 20, 2014

Dinesh D'Souza's "America"

America is partly an imagining of a world without America, but more powerfully it is a virtual courtroom drama as the filmmakers lay out, then carefully refute the Left's moral indictments of America: to wit: that America stole the land from Native Americans and Mexico and stole the labor of slaves and the resources from the third world to build its remarkable wealth.

Part of the strength of the film is that it uses interviews with leading intellectuals on the Left, including Noam Chomsky, Ward Churchill, Michael Eric Dyson and Alan Dershowitz (who besides being the nation's premier legal mind, has the distinction of having been on Nixon's enemies list). It also featured a good deal of archival video of the malevolently charismatic (and incredibly Machiavellian) Saul Alinsky and some fan-boy gushing over Howard Zinn by Woody Harrelson and a bit more hero worship for the same by Matt Damon. Zinn is a historian and author of the execrable People's History of the United States. We recommend Bill Bennett's America: The Last Best Hope.

The highlight may have been excerpts of a speech by the rocker Bono given at Georgetown University, which won't buy him any dinner invites. And, there are important cameos by a fictional young Hillary Clinton and the full grown senator from Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, in high anti-capitalist dudgeon.

America is a very affecting portrait of the truth of what America's founding and her endurance has brought to the world: chiefly the end of conquest as a means of creating prosperity. It also raises profound issues of privacy in the age of NSA surveillance in our hyper-networked world and concerns over the power of the state when political enemies of the party in power are subject to IRS (and other agencies) targeting and harassment.

Rather than focus on the Tea Party, however, the filmmakers use the case of Aaron Swartz, to great effect. Swartz was an extremely talented young Internet Hacktivist who, at the age of 26, committed suicide while facing charges for leaking publicly-funded research from MIT (brought by Eric Holder's Justice Department) that carried a 35 year jail sentence and a $1 million fine.

We were very moved by the film, first to tears as the litany of Left-wing accusations took their toll; and then to silent cheering when their spurious charges were refuted. Yet, at a time when paper thin stories about comic book heroes dominate the box office, it's unclear how mainstream American audiences will react. However, it is our opinion that Republicans and people who are still open to loving America will love America.

America is created by Dinesh D'Souza, and is based in his book by the same name. It is a follow-on to his 2016 Obama's America, the fourth-highest grossing documentary of all time.  In addition to his previous filmDinesh D'Souza is the author of several books, including The Roots of Obama’s Rage and What’s So Great About Christianity. 

While a leading conservative intellectual, D'Souza is no stranger to scandal. Last month, he pleaded guilty to a charge that he used straw donors to make $20,000 in illegal contributions to a Republican Senate candidate and long time friend. Although a violation of the law, charges in cases like this are hardly ever brought, raising questions about their political motivation especially in light of the IRS targeting scandal.

In 2012, D'Souza was forced to resign as president of King's College in New York over reports of an extramarital affair.

John Sullivan, the film's director, hosted the screening.  Mr. Sullivan also wrote, produced and directed D'Souza's 2012 film and directed Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, the #7 highest-grossing political documentary. Sullivan also took several question from audience members after the film.

America is produced by Gerald Molen who co-produced Rain Man, which won Best Picture Oscar. He also produced Jurassic Park, Twister, Days of Thunder, Hook and Minority Report.

America is distributed by Lionsgate.

The theatrical trailer for America.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Obama / Romney discuss Iraq SOFA (status of forces agreement)

Since Iraq is descending into chaos, it's worth looking at the discussion of the SOF agreement that never was. NY Times

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

BOOM! Did Obama OUT CIA Station Chief on Purpose?

There are a few potentially important details surrounding the timeline leading to Bowe Bergdahl’s release that might deserve some discussion...

"The Truth Revolt material shows that negotiations for Bergdahl’s release have been underway for years.  We also know that on Sunday, May 25 Obama visited Afghanistan’s Bagram Airfield for a secretive military consultation.
It was during this secretive visit, which occurred around a week before Bergdahl’s release, that the Kabul CIA station chief was outed."
Truth Revolt supplies some details on the timeline:

Full article here: American Thinker