Never Forget

September 11th, 2013

Though it feels as if we have at times…

Source.

On the ten year anniversary I wrote that we lost. With today’s NSA and DEA domestic spying regulations, coupled with the IRS abuse of political opponents, I think there can be little doubt that real freedom is gone in this country. I suppose it could be turned around, but I’m not optimistic.

I have more to say on the IRS thing, hopefully I’ll get to it this week.

 
 

iPhone Nano

August 15th, 2013

So apparently September 10 is the day that new iPhones will be announced. And everyone seems to be expecting a new iPhone that is fully capable, the same size as the existing form factor, but maybe with a plastic back that is cheaper to make. This is foolishness. I am sticking with my original prediction for an iPhone nano, and what I’ve been seeing in the marketplace has only confirmed my expectations.

Recently, I’ve been seeing a number of young women carrying old Motorola Star-Tac type phones. Why are they doing this? Because existing phones are too big and unwieldy for them. iPhones have gotten bigger, and Android phones are ridiculous. But also, these women have taken to carrying iPad Minis in their purses. So they don’t feel like they need a full fledged phone on them at all times. They prefer the larger iPad Mini for app related stuff, and the phone they just use for talking and texting.

This combination, of an iPhone Nano, whose features mirror that of the original iPhone plus Siri, and an iPad Mini, tethered to the iPhone Nano, could be VERY attractive for many women. And it could be priced as free with a contract, or at $150 stand alone (with a corresponding price-drop for the existing iPod Nano). That would make the combination of a iPad Mini plus an iPhone Nano still cheaper than a single iPhone 5S purchased without a contract, and for a lot of people the combination is more compelling.

So that’s what I expect to see. Take a look at that iPhone Nano and figure on something maybe slightly thicker but looks an awful lot like it in every other respect. I expect it will be a HUGE hit.

 
 

Detroit!

August 10th, 2013

Much ink has been spilled over what to do about Detroit. Perhaps my favorite idea I’ve seen thus far is to turn it into a sort of “Free City“, a Hong Kong like libertarian paradise. But I have a different idea, one inspired by the near-death experiences of America’s newspapers, particularly the Boston Globe and more recently, the Washington Post.

I think we should sell Detroit to Canada.

Detroit sits right on the Canadian border, just across the straights from Windsor Ontario. So it’s not difficult to imagine it becoming a part of Canada. You would just have to extend the border westward a bit. The price would be paying off Detroit’s bondholders, which is somewhere around $20 billion, a price which Canada surely ought to be able to finance based on their GDP. Simply sign the treaty, put up a fence in the middle of the night around the border, and declare everybody inside to be Canadians, and just hand over the keys to Canada.

But why adopt this solution? What’s in it for the United States? For Canada?

Well, for the United States the benefits are obvious. America can rid itself of a failed city, full of leftist half-literate “voters”, criminals, collapsing buildings, etc. Selling Detroit would stand as a stark reminder of harsh punishments to be exacted for not maintaining your city properly. Imagine, selling Los Angeles off to Mexico, Seattle to the Japanese, Boston the the British. The precedent set ought to send shivers down the spines of the residents of these cities. It says to them, “You’re not welcome in this country if you can’t manage your own affairs.” And finally, in the specific case of Detroit, offloading that city to Canada would likely turn Michigan red, which helps garner better governance both at the state and at the national level as well.

What about Canada? Well, it would be an opportunity to own a storied city, and the home of North America’s automobile industry. Moreover, Canada, being a different sovereign, would have no obligation to the contractual obligations of the last sovereign. Having paid off the bond-holders, they would be free to dismiss pension obligations and return the city to solvency virtually overnight. With no history of institutionalized racism, they would be immune to the baiting of race mongers. Canada could right the ship in relatively short order, and have a beautiful functioning metropolis in no time at all.

So I don’t see much downside here. Anybody want to call the Canadian embassy and begin negotiations?

 
 

Somebody Needs to Introduce Anthony Weiner to Snapchat

July 24th, 2013

That is all.

 
 

White House Petition On ACA Deferral

July 10th, 2013

I posted a petition on the Whitehouse site on the Obamacare deferral. If the answer interests you, please sign it here. Text is below:

Under what authority does the President think he can defer implementation of the ACA?
The President has recently announced he is delaying implementation of the employer mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), more commonly known as Obamacare. The law, however, states that it is to go into effect in 2014, not later.

Article II, Section 3, of the Constitution states that the president “shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.” This would seem to state that the President MUST execute the law as written. The petition signers are confused as to what authority gives the President the right to choose not to enforce particular laws.

So the petition signers request that the President explain himself, and detail under what authority he believes he can defer the implementation of a law given Article II Section 3 of the constitution.

 
 

And So It Begins (or ends)…

July 4th, 2013

As part of a deal signed last week in Washington DC between the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry and FEMA, Russian officials will provide “security at mass events” in the United States, a scenario that won’t sit well with Americans wary of foreign assets operating on US soil.

According to a press release by the Ministry of the Russian Federation for Civil Defense and Emergencies, US and Russian officials met on June 25 at the 17th Joint U.S.-Russia Cooperation Committee on Emergency Situations.

In addition to agreeing with FEMA to “exchange experts during joint rescue operations in major disasters,” the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry will also be providing “security at mass events” in the United States.

Yes, the source is Alex Jones. So what?

Lest we forget, from the grievances section of the Declaration of Independence:

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

History repeats, evidently because we stopped teaching it in our schools. Hope and change baby.

Previously: Reflections on the Hessians.

 
 

Cyprus – On The Record

March 20th, 2013

I just wanted to go on the record that what has happened in Cyprus, with the seizure of bank accounts, is a trial balloon. If the world give it a collective shrug, that a first world central bank seized money from its citizens with no due process, then it will happen again, and it could happen here even. But as of right now, it is no longer safe to hold significant assets in a bank account, and I would recommend removing significant amounts of cash from the bank asap.

Mark my words. This will happen again, perhaps before the year is out.

 
 

Hipsters, Wiggers and Goths

March 16th, 2013

So I’ve been giving a lot of thought to hipsters, wiggers and goths. I’ve concluded that these groups exist on a continuum, with small overlaps in between. Let’s explore each of these groups, their overlaps, and then conclude with a Venn diagram.

Let’s start with hipsters. Deliberately ironic, mustache wearing PBR drinking cool kids, generally insufferable, and generally white. Wiggers, of course, are white kids who try to act and dress like black inner city rappers. Their overlap? Well, one ironic overlap is that the word “hipster” was the 1940′s equivalent of the word “wigger”. But the real overlap? Nerdcore of course, white hipsters rapping about things like math and dungeons and dragons. It’s a small contingent, obviously, but there they are.

Goths claim to take everything so seriously that they are depressed all the time. Wearing all black and often black and white makeup to emphasize just how depressed they are. They seem to believe that they are the only authentic voice in a world of phonies. They are, in effect, Holden Caufield in makeup. But combined with wiggers and who do they become? Juggalos, wiggers in black and white clown makeup obsessed with the Dark Carnival, a sort of purgatory.

But what happens when you cross Goths with Hipsters? I struggled with this for a while, because Goths are so deadly serious, and hipsters, well, not so much. But after a while I realized that combining the two creates the Steampunk, a guy obsessed with esoterica from a more gothic age. The Steampunk gets to dress up like a goth and act serious, but about totally frivolous things, imagining a world where everything is run by steam. It is the ultimate hipster/goth fusion.

Which of course brings us to the final combination, the so-called theoretical Steampunk-Nerdcore-Juggalo. What is this creature exactly? Does he sport a mustache? Does he homebrew? Does he rap? The one thing we can be absolutely certain of with respect to this person:

HipGothWigalos.001

He is white.

 
 

Even MORE Daylight Savings Time

March 15th, 2013

So Daylight Savings Time has occurred again. Even earlier this year. It seems that they keep pushing it back further and further. I suppose some form of energy savings is the so-called goal. But it’s not spring yet, either according to the solar calendar or even just colloquially. It’s still cold out. Daylight Savings Time seems to take up 9 months of the year now making it the norm, and Standard Time the interlude. That was never supposed to be the case. My feeling is always been that if people want to get up earlier in the summer, then just go ahead and do it. There is no need to mess with everybody’s clock to get up earlier. But the powers that be keep pushing and pushing. Soon enough we’ll barely have a few weeks of standard time between Thanksgiving and New Years. It’s unacceptable. We need an alternative to the desire to keep pushing the envelope of Daylight Savings Time.

The answer, I think, lies in an additional Daylight Savings Time.

That’s right. We have Daylight Savings time from before the Spring Equinox until after Halloween now. But what we really need is a second daylight savings time, one in which we move the clocks forward a second hour, between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Look, two daylight savings times isn’t going to be significantly better than one, but if we don’t give the daylight savings time fanatics something else to mess with, eventually, they’ll keep pushing the boundaries of daylight savings time, until they cross over in the other direction, with daylight savings time ending before it even begins. That concept is entirely intolerable.

So let’s give them another hour in the actual summer. Keep them busy with something else. What do you think?

 
 

Overdue Papal Blogging

February 17th, 2013

So due to my previous status as interim pope, a number of readers and friends have contacted me to ask if I intended to become pope again, and if I had any thoughts on the resignation of Pope Benedict. Well, I finally have a few minutes to myself uninterrupted, so I thought I would address these concerns.

First of all, I am now married with children, which I believe precludes me from becoming pope of any sort, interim or otherwise. But even if I were able to become pope, there is no need for an interim pope because the current Pope will apparently reign until the new pope is selected. So the question itself is moot, unless I suppose Benedict dies suddenly.

The larger question is what to make of the resignation of the Pope. Many people have conspiracy theories, mostly revolving around blackmail about what Benedict knew about the child rape scandals that have plagued the church in recent decades. I doubt that these theories have much merit. I suspect that Benedict is old and tired as he says. But his resignation goes deeper than that. His resignation directly involves the Prophecy of St. Malachy.

I have written previously about the prophecy. Let us review:

It’s gotta be tough predicting the future, via psychic means, that is. I mean surely, the further out into the future you try predicting, the more hazy the future must become. No wonder so many prophets use coded language like quatrains to try and describe what they’re seeing. It’s because they’re not really sure what they’re seeing in the first place. It’s no different than trying to gaze over long distances, where two objects standing next to each other may appear to be one.

And so undoubtedly it was with St. Malachy, who famously prophecized about every pope from his own time until the last pope ever. The funny thing is that his list has basically run out. Going sequentially from his time forward, Pope Benedict XVI is the penultimate pope, the so-called Olive Pope.

The previous pope was “De labore Solis”, or “Of the Labour of The Sun”. This correlates to Pope John-Paul II because he was born and died on a solar eclipse. The penultimate pope is described as “De Gloria Olivae” or “glory of the olive”. This has been interpreted in a number of different ways, including that the pope would hail from an olive growing region of the world, or that he would be olive skinned or even black. None of these adequately describe the current pope, though he did place an image of a Moore on his papal crest, a piece of iconography that comes form his home town in Germany.

I went on to posit that Malachy got his final pope confused with that of the President of the United States, Barack Obama, who would, according to the prophecy, be overthrown by “Petrus Romanus”, or General David Petraeus. With Petraeus out of government entirely, it seems unlikely that he could conduct such a coup, though I suppose he could raise an army Aaron Burr style, theoretically. No, what I suspect is that Benedict, knowing the prophecy well, knew damned well that he wasn’t the Glory of the Olive, and decided to step aside to let the correct pope take his place.

Benedict’s only real connection to the prophecy is the Moor he placed on his papal crest, a weak connection at best. And his selection as pope was generally a surprise. In a Catholic Church that is now predominantly southern hemispheric, choosing an elderly German because he gave a nice funeral oratory for the previous pope hardly seems like a wise move. In fact, Benedict himself must have been surprised by it, and felt it impulsive. And after 5 years of it, at his advanced age, he could pretend no further. He was never meant to be pope, and so he called it quits.

In short, Rob Sama was never the interim pope, Benedict was.

And so I suspect that the Church will now obtain its true Glory of the Olive, a dark skinned pope from the Southern Hemisphere who will be able to address the issues most important to the majority of its congregants, whether it be Mormon and Evangelical encroachments into Latin America, or Islamic incursions into Africa. The new pope will be younger, more energetic, and attuned to the issues facing the Church in the Southern Hemisphere.

The bigger question, to my mind, is does Benedict get to participate in the new conclave, or does he sit it out?