Silvio Canto, Jr. Sunday, July 12, 2020 10:06 PM "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free." - President Ronald Reagan
President Ford was born on this day in 1913. He died in 2006.The 38th president spent much of his post presidency enjoying a well deserved retirement. He made a few appearances but generally stayed home and enjoyed his wonderful wife and family. Yes, President Ford often smoked a pipe in public. He may have been the last president to smoke in public. Who remembers this from the day he became president:"I am acutely aware that you have not elected me as your President by your ballots. So I ask you to confirm me as your President with your prayers." I remember Pres. Ford making that statement. I think that it went over very[...]
"Mac Arthur's Park" was released in April and was heard on the radio during the summer of 1968. In an unusual move, Richard Harris, the great actor, got together with composer Jimmy Webb and the result was MacArthur Park. Webb was a great songwriter. He wrote Glen Campbell's "By The Time I Get To Phoenix", "Galveston" and "Wichita Lineman". He also wrote The Fifth Dimension's "Up, up and away" And he wrote Art Ganfunkel's "All I know". MacArthur Park's arrangement was over 7 minutes long It is really two songs, the vocal portion and a wonderful instrumental bridge in the[...]
Yesterday, I was wondering if the blue politicians were willing to simply surf the wave of violence in the blue cities, making peace, as it were, with the unstable elements. Is there really a blue civil war going on or is this just a purge of the cities? Atlanta says, yes, there's a civil war raging. Atlanta's mayor, Keisha Bottoms, blamed protesters for the death of an 8-year-old girl who was shot as her mother tried to do a u-turn around a BLM roadblock*. There's no question about who killed her, except that there is. They told us we were behind the murder of an 8-year-old child, said Lady A, one of the leaders of the movement. I have three[...]
K T Cat 7/11/2020 2:38:53 PM For a variety of reasons, I am writing this from my phone today, so no points off for missed quotations or other such errors. In Milton's Paradise Lost, the devil says something to the effect of "I would rather rule in hell than serve in heaven." What if that is the attitude of Minneapolis mayor Frey? What if he really doesn't care whether the city rebuilds or not? In a previous post, I said the Democrat politicians were losing because their cities were being ruined. If all they care about is maintaining power, ruling in hell, as it were, then whether or not businesses rebuild hardly matters. Michael Tracey, an independent journalist, has chronicled the fact that Minneapolis[...]
Which would be the result of actually implementing this whole #DefundThePolice nonsense. To catch you up:From The Guardian:The Minneapolis city council has pledged to disband the citys police department and replace it with a new system of public safety, a historic move that comes as calls to defund law enforcement are sweeping the US. Speaking at a community rally on Sunday, a veto-proof majority of council members declared their intent to dismantle and abolish the embattled police agency responsible for George Floyds death and build an alternative model of community-led safety. The decision is a direct response to the massive protests that have taken over American cities in the last two weeks, and is a[...]
Joseph Tainter's The Collapse of Complex Societies wasn't an easy read, so I didn't read it all, just most of it and enough to understand his conclusions and implications for today's situation. You can read it for free at the link provided above, or get a fairly detailed synopsis at unz.com. Tainter's key insight is this. The marginal returns to ever increasing complexity are diminishing, hardly arguable. This inevitably leads to complexity that is unsustainable. When an inevitable set of stressors hit the complex society when at a point of diminishing returns, it becomes more rationale for it decompose into simpler sub-components, because the society becomes incapable of maintaining its complexity. [...]
It will be my pleasure to be the guest on Canto Talk this Thursday, April 9th. Please join Silvio Canto, Jr., and me at 10 am Pacific/12 noon Central/ 1 pm Eastern by clicking HEREor after for an archived podcast.The focus will be the coronavirus:
Dear Readers: It will be my pleasure to be the guest on Canto Talk this St. Patrick's Day. Please join Silvio Canto, Jr., and me at 10 am Pacific/12 noon Central/ 1 pm Eastern by clicking HEREor after for an archived podcast.We will be joined by my son, Blake, who recently accepted an appointment to theUS Air Force Academy.
W.C. Varones 3/20/2020 5:46:35 AM Gavin Newsom's insane new executive order commands Californians to stay in their homes "until further notice" "except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructure sectors, as outlined at https://www.cisa.gov/identifying-critical-infrastructure-during-covid-19."There is absolutely no exception for going for a walk or run or bike ride to get exercise and fresh air. But trips to the drug store, food store, and even to get restaurant take-out are allowed because food supply and other necessities fall under the critical infrastructure exception.That's crazy. If you want to go out for a walk alone for exercise, you have to crowd into a store as a pretense This idiot is going to cause people[...]
W.C. Varones 2/15/2020 7:59:25 AM CNBC:As part of a forthcoming package of proposed tax cuts, the White House is considering ways to incentivize U.S. households to invest in the stock market, according to four senior administration officials familiar with the discussions.The proposal, one of many new tax cuts under consideration, would see a portion of household income treated as tax-free for the purposes of investing outside a traditional 401(k). Under one hypothetical scenario described by multiple officials, a household earning up to $200,000 could invest $10,000 of that income on a tax-free basis, although officials noted these numbers are fluid.CNBC's Kayla Tausche, like her colleague Brian Sullivan, is a blithering idiot:Money put into the account would[...]
Leftist ViolenceComes toAmerica, a Historical Perspective(To read previous installment, go here; to start with Part One, go here)19th century Europe was marked by growing leftists movements, which attempted several short-lived revolutions throughout the continent. While these leftist risings failed, a new left-wing extremist movement, theanarcho-communists, grew out of them.The word itself comes from a Greek word, anarkos, which means without a chief. Anarcho-communist believe that all government should be abolished along with private property, and thatcommon ownershipof themeans of productionin combination with astateless societies should be the organizing principle. To bring about such change, anarchists argued that violent[...]
PART THREE: UTOPIAN VISIONS LEAD TO BLOODY REVOLUTIONS(To read the previous installment, go here)In 1792 the French liberal intelligentsia, imbibing the heady wine of Rousseaus theories, inflamed the urban mobs against the upper classes. To be born into wealth or privilege was deemed an act oftreason against the People.No level of dissent was tolerated: disagreeing with the goals
A Kinder and Nicer NFL?Are any of you buying the new crisis management public relations campaign by the NFL, Together We Make Football? The NFL has been pushing commercials that make them look like AT&T or Hallmark. Problem is, I dont think many are falling for the new kinder and gentler NFL. The whole reason they have to clean up their act is that there have been so many bad actors in NFL with behavior stretching from bad to criminal that they had no choice but to look like they cared. And rather than really take a look at the behavior and get rid of bad players, they have them do the classic mea culpa like Ray Rice after he beat his fiance unconscious, they go away for a little while either by due process or the NFL[...]
Doo Doo Econ Tuesday, January 19, 2016 6:08 PM Doo Doo Economics are the policies of overspending, printing money, neglecting the key economics issues, bad science and promoting entitlement programs which all add up to higher taxes during a recession and economic unsustainablility.
Once again Americans are facing questions about the definition of a Natural Born Citizen (NBC).This is the simple and indisputable definition: Two citizens who have a child, naturally create a new citizen. This is a Natural Born Citizen.There is absolutely no expert either legal or historical who will argue to the contrary. They may argue to include additional citizens, but this is the core of the definition.Two people who have a child in a location, have a citizen who is native to that land. This is a Native Born Citizen. Thus, terms like "Native American" which imply a location and not an allegiance to a country.A person can be both Natural Born and Native Born, or in the United States we also have Naturalized[...]
Do you remember the headlines when Obama apparently declared America a Muslim country on French television? Taken from an Islamic perspective this statement is dangerous. It sounds as if the President of the United States sees America is a Muslim nation. When you consider translations, this may presented to the masses as exactly that, American President Hussein (an exclusively Islamic name) Obama declares America to be Islamic. Thus America would be "al-Islam", or territory which may never be ceded to non-Muslims.Semantics, right? Over-reaction, right?Except, this is a long standing meme from not only the President, but also his staffers. [...]
Dean 11/11/2015 9:22:09 AM Over the weekend, Salon writer, DAVID MASCIOTRA, caused quite a dust-up on social media with his own salute to the troops ahead of Veterans Day . Here is the headline, followed by the sub-headline and then followed by the first paragraph of the piece:You dont protect my freedom: Our childish insistence on calling soldiers heroes deadens real democracyIt's been 70 years since we fought a war about freedom. Forced troop worship and compulsory patriotism must endPut a man in uniform, preferably a white man, give him a gun, and Americans will worship him. It is a particularly childish trait, of a childlike culture, that insists on anointing all active military members and police officers as heroes.If you desire, you can read it[...]
Theres no denying that over the last few decades most all on-field rules changes made by the NFL have been exercises in increasing offense and scoring. This has created an arms race in a sense where the pendulum swings back and forth between the NFL offenses and NFL defenses whereby the offenses get aided by rules changes and the defenses counter with a combination of innovative schemes and superior athletes. To wit, for years, its been conventional wisdom that the best athletes in the world were in the NBA. Now days, we would add NFL defensive backs and possibly outside linebackers/rush ends into that mix (you dont think dudes like Richard Sherman, Darrelle Revis and J.J. Watt can ball a little?).But[...]
USA Today "Clarification: The claim that Trump 2020 has put out a T-shirt with a symbol similar to a Nazi eagle and is being criticized for it is true. Worth noting, the eagle is a longtime US symbol, too."
Looks like many students are not prepared to be adults. The Daily Beast reports. College Students Need Remedial Classes in How to Be Adults Is 18 years enough time to prepare for the stresses of being an adult? For Americas increasingly fragile college studentsthousands of whom are returning to campus in the next two weeksthe 
Not a free college degree though Republican-American reports. How to go to Ivy League schools for free online Ivy League schools like Harvard and Yale come with a lot of prestige. But another thing these famous schools are known for are their high tuition costs. Fortunately, with the popularity of open education and technology, there