December 29, 2015

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Comment by Goon
2015-12-29 02:09:55

Buying overpriced housing is not the answer. Don’t do it!

Comment by azdude
2015-12-29 06:19:48

they are dangling low down loans in front of everyone.people are desperate to get in the equity casino. Its like a lottery ticket.

Comment by PorkChop Express
2015-12-29 06:32:56

Those have been dangling for at least a year or two, maybe more. What’s different now? Mo Credik Mel dipping even further down into the deadbeats?

Comment by Combotechie
2015-12-29 06:47:28

Gotta do it in order to keep prices up because prices represent equity and equity is wealth.

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Comment by PorkChop Express
2015-12-29 07:10:44

Have some extra equity sitting around? Liberate it and go buy a couple of rentals. What could go wrong?

Comment by inchbyinch
2015-12-29 11:28:24

Actually, if I had a pile of dough laying around, I’d buy stocks in Immunotherapy firms. I’m thrilled that science is finally harvesting the immune system to kill off the cancer disease process. The Cancer Research Institute deserves some recognition. The videos are so interesting. Even Pancreatic and Lung Cancers will have a solution going forward.

Comment by Rental Watch
2015-12-29 11:51:11


One of the early promising such companies (Cell Genesys) was a spectacular failure.

Comment by inchbyinch
2015-12-29 12:00:44

Many already FDA approved and remission rates are high, but I get your cautionary tale. You’re right.

Sometime, check out what’s up. Very promising.

Yale, John Hopkins, Mayo, UCSF, and many more are all part of the trials. Merck is one of the Big Pharmas to be licensed. Problem is, the cost is insane. Limited availability as of right now.

Comment by inchbyinch
2015-12-29 12:07:15

Thanks.I took note of the firm name, and will read their story. I’m interested.

Comment by Rental Watch
2015-12-29 13:34:14

Biotech is one of the investment areas that I leave to the experts. Very smart people have failed, mainly because the body is a highly complex system that we don’t fully understand (with major differences between people).

A podcast I listened to recently (Econtalk) was an interview with a guy who tried to reproduce 100 published studies to see if they were “reproduceable”. Long story short, a shockingly high number were either not reproduceable, or reproduceable with much smaller effects.

One of the major reasons was that the “p-value” that many studies target is 5%. Meaning that the probability that the effect seen was random is less than 5%. The problem is that many studies that are published are done after the researchers have tried many different experiments. In other words, the odds that at least one of their experiments results in a p-value of less than 5% is pretty high…even if there is no true effect.

Now, this was social science, not biology. However, the reality is the same. Early positive results might very well be random chance–especially when these companies are looking through hundreds of compounds to find one that they think will work.

If you want to invest in biotech, that’s fine, but personally, I would invest in a biotech fund, not individual company–betting on one company is far too risky, IMHO.

Comment by CalifoH20
2015-12-29 14:10:09

there is an ETF - (CNCR)

Comment by inchbyinch
2015-12-29 15:34:34

Thanks for the insight and explanations. I’m more interested in the “just in case” knowledge base of immunotherapy, more so than investing for now.
You’re right, the due diligence for biotech investments is a complicated bag. Friends work at Amgen and Genentech/Roche.

As an aging lady, I’m thrilled they are moving away from chemo. I can only control some risk factors. The Cancer Research Institute has been around 60 years, btw. The amount of their drug approvals has been impressive, with minimal side effects to boot.

CalifoH20 -Thank you. I’ll look it up.

Comment by butters
2015-12-29 07:12:12

Buy a house today and retire off it.

Comment by PorkChop Express
2015-12-29 07:30:33

Retire by thanksgiving 2016.

Comment by CalifoH20
2015-12-29 17:59:58

in Cambodia for $500 a mo.

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Comment by Professor Bear
2015-12-29 04:43:58

Op-Ed Columnist
‘The Big Short,’ Housing Bubbles and Retold Lies
December 18, 2015
Paul Krugman

In May 2009 Congress created a special commission to examine the causes of the financial crisis. The idea was to emulate the celebrated Pecora Commission of the 1930s, which used careful historical analysis to help craft regulations that gave America two generations of financial stability.

But some members of the new commission had a different goal. George Santayana famously remarked that “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” What he didn’t point out was that some people want to repeat the past — and that such people have an interest in making sure that we don’t remember what happened, or that we remember it wrong.

Sure enough, some commission members sought to block consideration of any historical account that might support efforts to rein in runaway bankers. As one of those members, Peter Wallison of the American Enterprise Institute, wrote to a fellow Republican on the commission, it was important that what they said “not undermine the ability of the new House G.O.P. to modify or repeal Dodd-Frank,” the financial regulations introduced in 2010. Never mind what really happened; the party line, literally, required telling stories that would help Wall Street do it all over again.

Which brings me to a new movie the enemies of financial regulation really, really don’t want you to see.

“The Big Short” is based on the Michael Lewis book of the same name, one of the few real best-sellers to emerge from the financial crisis. I saw an early screening, and I think it does a terrific job of making Wall Street skulduggery entertaining, of exploiting the inherent black humor of how it went down.

Comment by adude
2015-12-29 06:16:48

it seems like everyone just pointed fingers and then bailouts started up.

Comment by Raymond K Hessel
2015-12-29 06:55:38

95% of the ‘Murican electorate sanctioned the crony capitalist status quo and Wall Street-Federal Reserve looting syndicate’s swindles by casting votes for the Oligopoly’s political puppets Obama, McCain, and Romney. That gave Wall Street a clear mandate to continue with its fraud and criminality, knowing the sheeple would always vote for the Oligopoly’s captured, pro-bailout political enablers and accessories. So the same behaviors that led to the 2008 crash continue unabated, because this is what the sheeple support with their votes.

Comment by PorkChop Express
2015-12-29 07:15:06

The bailout was barely discussed in late 08 right before the election. Both sides were for it, not even a blip on the radar. We were too busy being distracted by Hope and change.

In fairness, even if it had been an issue, it would have been overwhelmingly supported by voters who do not want to see their houses drop in value, ever.

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Comment by Raymond K Hessel
2015-12-29 07:41:19

Ron Paul fought tooth and nail against the bailout, and has been shining a spotlight on the racketeering between Wall Street and the Federal Reserve for decades. The thinking, moral 5% of the electorate supported Ron Paul. The zombified, dumbed-down majority voted as they were told by their Oligopoly masters and their MSM border collies.

Comment by PorkChop Express
2015-12-29 07:51:14

Mother Jones said he was a toxic, far right crackpot:

Comment by wondering
2015-12-29 07:53:32

Absolute BS! The bailout was widely discussed and ridiculed. The first bailout went down in flames.

Then, the market tanked 1000 points and everybody was for it.

Comment by PorkChop Express
2015-12-29 08:03:30

It was never an issue, the political class was for it. Both sides.

Comment by Mafia Blocks
2015-12-29 08:04:51

And the price fixing, price rigging market destroying LIEberals and their buddies on Wall Street all celebrated.

Comment by PorkChop Express
2015-12-29 06:39:39

The lack of accountability and failures to prosecute is entirely on the executive not pushing for it. Bought and paid for. Not that anything would have happened with the other side in either. Different shades of crooks owned by Wall Street. Oligarchists like Michael Lewis just want to entertain and be paid. I read the book the first week it came out. Entertaining but worthless.

Also Fnck Paul Krugman.

Comment by Oddfellow
2015-12-29 07:07:00

Never mind what really happened; the party line, literally, required telling stories that would help Wall Street do it all over again.

Loans to brown people caused it!

Comment by PorkChop Express
2015-12-29 07:21:42

I agree with Oddy on something! That BS excuse was as overplayed as Bill Clinton’s repeal of GlassSteagal was underplayed.

Comment by Oddfellow
2015-12-29 07:37:16

as overplayed as Bill Clinton’s repeal of GlassSteagal was underplayed.

And I agree with that.

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Comment by Professor Bear
2015-12-29 04:51:33

Did your junk bond fund capsize?

Comment by Professor Bear
2015-12-29 04:53:36

Share MediaShow Caption
Debt distress level at highest since recession
Matt Krantz, USA TODAY
23 hours ago

Higher interest rates are about to hit companies - just when many are ill prepared to handle them.

The Federal Reserve this month took interest rates up for the first time in nearly a decade - ending the days of free money. It might take a few years for higher rates to hit companies - as they look to refinance debt. But the troubling part is many companies aren’t in great shape to eat the higher costs.

The number of companies with the lowest credit ratings and negative outlooks jumped to 195 in December, the highest level since March 2010, says Standard & Poor’s. The biggest culprit for the jump in these so-called “weakest links” is the oil and gas sector, which accounts for 34 of them. But financial companies are close behind, representing 33 of the weakest links, says S&P.

The bond markets are starting to factor in the dangerous combination of rising interest rates as well as profit weakness in several sectors. The U.S. distress ratio - a measure of the amount of risk the market has priced into bonds - hit 20.1% in November, which is the highest level since hitting 23.5% in September 2009, says S&P. That’s an onerous indicator since September 2009 takes investors back to the last recession.

The largest percentage of the distressed debt - 37% - is concentrated in the oil and gas sector. The sector is getting hammered by falling commodity prices. But metals, mining and steel is hurting too, with a 72% distress ratio. Time will tell if the debt market can handle this shock.

Comment by Mafia Blocks
2015-12-29 05:49:30

“Bank of Montreal Asks If “Oil Prices Could Collapse To $20″; Answers: “Yes”"

$15 barrel oil is right around the corner which is good news for the economy. Remember….. Nothing accelerates the economy like falling housing and oil prices. Nothing.

Comment by azdude
2015-12-29 06:58:53

I don’t think it will happen. If it does I will pull all my equity and buy as much oil as I can.

will oil go the way of coal soon in the USA? How far away are we from that?

Seems like coal is a sinking ship cause of alternative power sources like nat gas and solar.

I guess when another fuel source for cars comes on board oil wont be so popular here. But the rest of the world will still need it.

Comment by Mafia Blocks
2015-12-29 07:13:33

Who said the world won’t need it?

Remember….. the globe is awash in crude and excess production capacity.

Comment by Oddfellow
2015-12-29 07:44:04

I guess when another fuel source for cars comes on board oil wont be so popular here. But the rest of the world will still need it.

The automation of vehicles will be as big a change agent as anything since the internet. These vehicles will probably be nat gas or electric, docking each night wherever the new charging stations are. Probably not owned by individuals, for the most part.

Comment by PorkChop Express
2015-12-29 08:06:18

Not owned by individuals. Is this another voluntary relinquishment of freedom and/or privacy?

I strip away the old debris
That hides a shining car
A brilliant Red Barchetta
From a better vanished time
We’ll fire up the willing engine
Responding with a roar
Tires spitting gravel
I commit my weekly crime

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Comment by Oddfellow
2015-12-29 08:44:23

Is this another voluntary relinquishment of freedom and/or privacy?

Yes, unfortunately. But we will gain the freedom of chaufeurred mobility in a wide choice of vehicle type, and cheap home delivery of most products.

The rest of your points about the fun of driving I agree with, but they mean nothing to the average millenial. They just want to get from point a to point b.

Comment by Oddfellow
2015-12-29 09:04:08

The car could play a surround video where you feel like you’re racing through town at 100 mph in a road rally or riding the rapids in a kayak, as you putter across town to Home Depot at 25 mph, obeying all traffic rules and slowing for pedestrians to cross the street at will.

Comment by Mafia Blocks
2015-12-29 09:37:34

A fantasy trip. That’s right up your alley Lola.

Comment by Blue Skye
2015-12-29 08:08:25

And we will call them “bicycles”.

They will be maintained about as well as a Walmart shopping cart.

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Comment by Oddfellow
2015-12-29 08:16:25

They’d probably film you while you were in the car, and simply put any damage on your visa card.

Comment by Mafia Blocks
2015-12-29 08:27:12

Lola lives in a fantasy world where the laws of physics don’t exist.

Comment by Blue Skye
2015-12-29 07:59:25

“I will pull all my equity”

That’s called betting your life.

Suppose it is another generation or two or three until we have such a building/borrowing mania. Sounds crazy, but that is what history paints. So you will buy oil at $15 and because you are a debt donkey you will actually pay $30 or $50 to retire the loan. An oil price collapse like this may well persist for decades.

Take into consideration that if oil only falls to $40 the value of your mortgaged house is also going to fall by 50%. Oops. $20 and you should see the dilemma. This is the worst time in your life to be in any kind of debt.

Commodities have another 50% to fall to wrap up the biggest bubble in history. Buckle up.

Eventually we will need another energy source, but with so much cheap oil, gas and coal, where is the incentive?

Comment by rentor
2015-12-29 14:22:47

China is moving from industrial to service economy. They are also trying to move away from oil based cars due to pollution. Tesla will be the big loser in that because Chinese will buy Chinese made electric cars.

Comment by CalifoH20
2015-12-29 18:14:42

I wonder when Brazil will start sucking out their oil? They have more then Mexico.

Comment by rms
2015-12-29 20:38:12

“…more then Mexico.”

more than Mexico. :)

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Comment by PorkChop Express
2015-12-29 07:24:06

If you aren’t all in on nuclear, you aren’t serious about the environment, climate change, green living, energy independence, or America quitting as the world’s cop.

Comment by taxpayers
2015-12-29 13:50:25


Comment by Senior Housing Analyst
2015-12-29 05:50:38

Annandale(Wash DC), VA Housing Craters; Prices Plunge 7% YoY

Comment by Ethan in Northern VA
2015-12-29 13:52:28

That’s a good start I guess. Price is only barely down per square foot, and it’s the middle of the winter. Still up over 5 years.

I don’t even know where that area is. $450K for a 2k sqft place with 2 car garage and full size of place walk out basement not finished off would be fine with me. Problem is in this area if I change jobs I could end up with a long commute through traffic.

Comment by adude
2015-12-29 05:58:11

Don’t let wall street promoters FOMO you!

Comment by azdude
2015-12-29 06:18:20

I went out yesterday and the stores seemed pretty dead.

Comment by PorkChop Express
2015-12-29 06:43:55

I was here yesterday and it was a bit dead also. Did the Southern Poverty Law Center send its interns home for the holidays? Is government use or lose leave kicking in?

Comment by oxide
2015-12-29 06:54:32

To answer your second question, yes, government use or lose leave is kicking in. But when you say “here,” do you mean HBB? There really aren’t that many feds on HBB.

Comment by PorkChop Express
2015-12-29 07:28:15

I’d figure all government workers had some form of that, not just fed, but really don’t know. I have no idea what either WPA or Caliphate20 do, have they ever said? I get the sense that they post from work. Could they be Feds?

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Comment by PorkChop Express
2015-12-29 06:41:30

20 million illegal aliens, with chain migration putting it at 40-60 million in all.

Comment by X-GSfixr
2015-12-29 09:09:08

Of course, the “undercount” is a big liberal/Obama consiracy.

Idiots. This has been going on since at least 1986.

Demos think they are all going to register as Democrats eventually. Republican business owners want them here to provide cheap, obedient labor, and to undercut US citizens leverage in the labor market.

Either way, no politician has an incentive to stop it. All you will see is the endless kabukis on putting up border fences.

Comment by Oddfellow
2015-12-29 09:24:24

All you will see is the endless kabukis on putting up border fences.

I agree. If they’re serious, they’ll talk about enforcing laws against employing illegals. If they’re talking about a Great Wall, they’re snake oil salesmen, or worse.

Don ‘t fence me in.

Comment by PorkChop Express
2015-12-29 13:45:16

They tried to make eVerify mandatory and the leftists and Huffpo went crazy. But Trump is the only one even promising anything other than abject surrender.

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Comment by PorkChop Express
2015-12-29 09:35:38

Ask for a wall, maybe get one, maybe at least get no amnesty. And it is an order of magnitude worse than before. Only one person is talking about it. Your “they all want it” theory is pure bull and makes no sense whatsoever. Yes, the plan is to have Trump rile everyone up on immigration. Great plan.

But hey keep supporting open borders.

Comment by X-GSfixr
2015-12-29 10:15:11

There’s going to be a wall. Just as soon as the defense contractors get their shares sorted out.

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Comment by MightyMike
2015-12-29 06:49:55

What’s Next on Gun Control: Obama and the Loophole

December 28, 2015 — 9:31 AM MST

The next shoe to drop on gun control may come by mid-January, when President Barack Obama is expected to issue an executive order requiring everyone “in the business” of selling firearms to perform background checks.

Wait a second, you might be saying. Doesn’t federal law already oblige gun retailers to do computerized criminal checks via the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s data base? Yes and no.

Yes, when it comes to federally licensed dealers. But no, when you’re talking about people who lack federal licenses and sell guns from their personal collections.

The problem is that an awful lot of firearms are sold in the latter fashion by individuals who aren’t technically gun retailers but who sell weapons at weekend gun shows or from their homes. Forthcoming research by the Harvard School of Public Health estimates that 40 percent of all gun transfers occur without background checks (that’s the so-called gun show loophole). Presumably the background-check gap permits some criminals and mentally disabled people to buy guns who otherwise might be stopped.

Following another a year of shooting massacres of Americans, Obama has let it be known from his holiday retreat in Hawaii, through unidentified advisers, that soon after New Years Day he plans to follow through on plans to expand the definition of who’s “in the business” of selling firearms—and who’s thus required to perform background checks. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, among others, has strongly backed this idea, and now Obama appears ready to make its implementation one of the first major acts of his final year in office.

Comment by PorkChop Express
2015-12-29 07:09:17

Okay, so let me tell you why this is silly window dressing pretending to address an issue that isn’t going to matter at all:

1. The premise is wrong and the article itself if read carefully says it is based on some research that hasn’t even come out and even then only “presumably” permits, yada, yada, yada. Guns used in crimes by criminals are not in the normal stream of gun commerce and they will always be obtained. Guns used by mass shooters are either obtained legally with a background check or illegally already. This closes no real loophole.

2. Please define how many guns need to be sold for someone to be “in the business” of selling guns so this requirement kicks in. How many? 10 a year? If not a number, how do you define it so that it isn’t easily evaded? Cause like the article says, it’s already illegal to sell without a background check if you are in the business, but defining that is the problem.

Comment by bink
2015-12-29 08:47:05

The gun show thing really is just a distraction. One of the things that bothers me most about gun control laws that get proposed after mass shootings is that they almost never, ever would have prevented any recent shootings. Just opportunism.

Comment by PorkChop Express
2015-12-29 09:38:54

They want a list. They’ve always wanted a LIST. A LIST OF ALL GUN OWNERS. No list was the price to get the Brady instant background check passed. Then they crawfished as usual. The possibility of private sales prevent a list. There isn’t even a master list of who gets checks currently, all info must be destroyed once the check completes.

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Comment by In Colorado
2015-12-29 14:04:44

Being that there are 300 million guns out there, and many of them are not on any list, wouldn’t this be closing the barn door after the cow already got out?

Comment by PorkChop Express
2015-12-29 18:29:53

Step One a list of all sales. Step two register all others using the list of those who bought or sold. Probably cover a good deal of the gun owning populace. But I agree it is futile, the gun grabbers can never win. But I still oppose their trying.

Comment by PorkChop Express
2015-12-29 06:58:03

Has any politician ever used Twitter better than Trump?


Comment by butters
2015-12-29 07:08:58

Does he personally? I thought handlers did that kind of stuff.

Comment by PorkChop Express
2015-12-29 07:38:20

I don’t know if they are all his, but there are many that really seem to carry his voice and tone:

“Hillary Clinton has announced that she is letting her husband out to campaign but HE’S DEMONSTRATED A PENCHANT FOR SEXISM, so inappropriate!” Trump tweeted 12/27/15.

Comment by Goon
2015-12-29 07:43:02


If you take issue with Madame Secretary’s use of the adult diapers, you are a racist

It’s a stretch of a narrative, but trust me, they’re working on it


Comment by MightyMike
2015-12-29 09:45:38

#disgustingincontinence will lead to President Hillary.

Comment by PorkChop Express
2015-12-29 10:32:14

A sick candidate won’t win. Illary will have her illnesses exposed soon.

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Comment by MightyMike
2015-12-29 10:36:51

No, it’s very reminiscent of 2008.

Comment by PorkChop Express
2015-12-29 11:23:09

It’s nothing like 2008. Obama gave his base and middle of the road guilty types a reason to vote and he didn’t have sky high negatives and an albatross of a record like Illary. Very different.

Comment by MightyMike
2015-12-29 11:44:28

What I’m talking about is all baggage that Obama supposedly had, which was condensed into buzzwords: community organizer, birth certificate, Jeremiah Wright, socialist, Bill Ayres, Muslim, dog meat. I’m sure that dittoheads considered this list to represent a flock of dead albatrosses hanging from Obama’s neck.

It turns out that not many swing voters cared about any of those things. This shouldn’t have surprised anyone. Polls say that voters care about things like jobs, health care and education.

Now we’re seeing the beginnings of a similar list of Hillary Clinton baggage: her age, diapers, her husband’s affairs, Benghazi, email server, even stuff about her daughter, which will alienate a lot of people. The right wing media complex will work on expanding this list over the next 10 months, carefully researching her biography going back to her birth, but the most likely outcome is that none of it will have any effect on the election.

Comment by PorkChop Express
2015-12-29 13:48:41

It is in the context of lies of establishment hole and change having failed for 8 years. Not like 2008 at all. There is always gonna be buzzword issues Sister Soujah, Willie Horton, Blue Dress, Cigar, swift boats, whatever.

Comment by Raymond K Hessel
2015-12-29 06:58:55

While Jeb is a sad clown, given the Republican base’s repudiation of the crony capitalist status quo, the Democrat base, amoral and stupid en masse, are naturally embracing the corrupt and venal Hillary Clinton. Corrupt is what corrupt does.

Comment by PorkChop Express
2015-12-29 07:43:28

This is where I really have a question for the Leftists here. It seems like this is the year of rejecting the Establishment. What’s going to happen when those on the left who reject the establishment realize Establishment Hillary is their only choice?

Comment by watching
2015-12-29 19:59:41

Reporting from Cambridge, Massachusetts …

Third party vote.

Because voting for war crimes, bank bailouts, money laundering, and fnck-the-rule-of-law private email servers is a choice that morally responsible people (forget about wise or stupid policy preferences, I’m just talking about people who are rightly horrified by the road we’re on) can’t make knowingly, regardless of what it will mean.

Mind you, to judge from my experience, the ranks of “those on the left who reject the establishment” are far from legion. But people are waking up one at a time.

Comment by watching
2015-12-29 22:57:44

influence peddling. I forgot influence peddling.

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Comment by Raymond K Hessel
Comment by Raymond K Hessel
2015-12-29 07:05:01

Is the military working at cross-purposes from Obama?

Comment by Raymond K Hessel
2015-12-29 07:06:23

Dumb voters are much in evidence, but where are the dumb bids?

Comment by butters
Comment by Mafia Blocks
2015-12-29 07:17:25

When the news is bad for oil, it’s good for the economy and your wallet. Remember……. Nothing accelerates the economy like falling oil and housing prices. Nothing.

“More Bad News For Oil: Saudis Are Handling Crude Crash Better Than Expected

Comment by Donald Trump
2015-12-29 07:36:52

Love him or hate him, Trump is a man who is certain about what he wants and sets out to get it, no holds barred. Women find his power almost as much of a turn-on as his money.

Comment by Bill, just South of Irvine
2015-12-29 08:05:08

I can say the same about dictators who were popular folk heros before they were in power.

“I’m not scared of the Maos and the Stalins and the Hitlers.
I’m scared of the thousands of millions of people that hallucinate them to be “authority”, and so do their bidding, and pay for their empires, and carry out their orders.
I don’t care if there’s one looney with a stupid moustache. He’s not a threat if the people do not believe in “authority”.”
― Larken Rose

Before Trump ran for president, the HBBers were going libertarian and I even commented on that. Now they are acting like the German people in the 1930s.

Comment by PorkChop Express
2015-12-29 08:50:37

Society doesn’t work without authority, from the smallest unit, the family, up through local, state, federal governments. There needs to be some authority to provide you that high level health care you want. But there is also freedom. Nothing stops you from going to live on an island or a cabin in the woods, except wanting the goods and services collective society provides.

Comment by Bill, just South of Irvine
2015-12-29 09:07:45

Wrong. Society thrives because of the lack of authority. Most of the innovators never asked permission to innovate. Do you order your kids around all day. I know no parent who does that. Do you have a cop standing around all day between you and your neighbors? I don’t think so. Do you get forced to work where you work or can you leave for another employer?

I estimate we live without authority 99% of the time unless you are an order follower. I am not an order follower.

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Comment by PorkChop Express
2015-12-29 09:45:06

You don’t need to order your kids around all day because at some point you laid down the law and taught them what rules need to be followed. In doing that you did them a favor.

You work at a 40 hour a week or more at a wage slave job. You have a doctor tell you whether you can exercise and what you can eat. You stop for red lights and pay your taxes. You don’t shoot heroin or smoke crack or impregnate and abandon women. You are an order follower. That’s okay, heck that’s even good. Solid hard working responsible people are the backbone of our country.

Comment by Bill, Just South of Irvine
2015-12-29 10:03:29

There is a huge difference between rules and rulers.

We all live by rules and they do not require hierarchies. They are common sense. I stop at red lights because I want to live and I want others to have the same habit so I can live. It’s not because I follow any authority.

All your other items are rules. Not rulers. I disobey some rules that I think do not make sense and follow some that do. Those that do not make sense are some victimless crimes.

Larken Rose makes the distinction and knows it so much that you usually see him wearing a t-shirt with a red circle and line through it and two rulers forming the Anarchist “A” to signify “no rulers.”

Comment by PorkChop Express
2015-12-29 10:36:08

If I didn’t know you as a longtime poster I’d think you were trolling. There are no rules without someone to enforce them. That is authority. Every red light you stop at is at the point of a gun to some extent.

Please do not be seduced by the sovereign citizen tax protester stuff, it is a mental illness very hard to break once it takes hold.

Comment by The Selfish Hoarder
2015-12-29 13:20:57

“There are no rules without someone to enforce them.”

BS. There are not enough enforcers to even do the job.

I break rules every day, those that are victimless crimes. I am well aware of it.

I follow rules every day. Rules that are common sense.

Enforcement (or lack of) does not influence whether or not I break rules.

I don’t think of guns at lights. I think of common sense. Do you go the speed limit on roads? I doubt it. I think you follow the flow of the traffic instead.

Comment by PorkChop Express
2015-12-29 13:50:12

Do you turn left on red late at night when no one is around?

Comment by The Selfish Hoarder
2015-12-29 17:39:06

Why would I? Someone can come right around and clobber me if I am not looking.

I break other victimless crime laws.

Comment by PorkChop Express
2015-12-29 18:23:56

By the way, America currently is about as far from Germany in the 1930s as you can get. Unlike Germany then we have a ridiculously high standard of living, even for the poor and downtrodden on the dole with cable tv, smartphones, good and plentiful food and Section 8 houses in great neighborhoods. We have instant communications media and the ability to connect with others as never before. We have freedom of movement inside or outside the country. Heck we have Uber! We are closer to Star Trek than Germany in the 30s. If you think these plentiful conditions are ripe for a fascist tyrant you need to take an Uber ride.

Comment by MightyMike
2015-12-29 18:50:31

So we shouldn’t expect to live to see Go Time.

Comment by Bill, just South of Irvine
2015-12-29 19:49:42

“By the way, America currently is about as far from Germany in the 1930s as you can get.”

A whole book was written by Leonard Peikoff that contradicts your statement, “The Ominous Parallels.”

Only a simpleton would think Fascism would be preceded by widespread prejudice against Jews. Does not have to be Jews. Muslims are the scapegoats this time.

It is a fallacy of collectivism to judge all Muslims based on a few. To be consistent, you must also assume all male Catholics are pedophiles.

Comment by Professor Bear
2015-12-29 21:28:47

Pork Chop Express = NAZI activist

Comment by Professor Bear
2015-12-29 21:27:36

“Now they are acting like the German people in the 1930s.”

Bill, if I recall correctly, you are of German heritage, as am I.

I suppose we Germans have a nose for candidates who smell and act like Hitler?

Comment by The Selfish Hoarder
2015-12-30 04:05:42

I think so. This heritage makes me more sensitive to finding embers and stomping them before they bring back totalitarian regimes

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Comment by butters
2015-12-29 08:24:16

Butters think Trump is utter crap but to be fair to him so are every other politician.

Comment by PorkChop Express
2015-12-29 08:43:44

The new conventional wisdom on the right is that when you add up all the Rubio, Cruz, Kasich, Christie, Jeb, etc. voters, that is enough to stop Trump and the R party will coalesce around a non-Trump “true conservative” i.e. an establishment hack. I don’t think the math works.

Comment by Bill, just South of Irvine
2015-12-29 08:49:55

Well the choice among Republicans (other than Rand Paul) is either Neo-conservatism or immediate fascism. Neo-conservatism is the slower road to fascism. Trump will provide it immediately.

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Comment by Goon
2015-12-29 09:17:03

Well stated.

Comment by Blue Skye
2015-12-29 09:45:29

Help us out here Bill. What has Trump proposed that is “fascist”?

Comment by PorkChop Express
2015-12-29 09:50:50

Yes, fascism from the only candidate standing up for freedom of speech and not being bullied by PC SJWs who are looking to Cloward Piven society through BLM, Caitlyn Jenner, and massive state bureaucracies as far as the eye can see. And the rest of the Rs who lined up to be paddled on the recent budget are just as bad or worse. You choose those massive statists over Trump, the only guy willing to call anyone out, especially on immigration.

Comment by Bill, Just South of Irvine
2015-12-29 10:06:41

Why Trump is a Fascist.

1) Executing Snowden - he proposed that right away
2) In favor of the Patriot Act.
3) Ridicule of minorities (handicapped, Muslims, Hispanics)
4) Arrogance and nationalism.

For the rest:

Comment by Blue Skye
2015-12-29 10:30:15

Still need more help Bill.

#1 I can only see this if he wants to kill Snowden for being a Democrat, Hindu or something like that. If it is because Snowden is a bonafide traitor, then not so much.

#2 Maybe, but then you are saying that our whole system is fascist. You might be right.

#3 No way. Ridicule is not death camps. I ridicule lots of people, but exercise no evil power over them.

#4 Arrogance…that just makes him a politician. Nationalism? Were the founding fathers fascist? Was my dad on Iwo fascist? Please Bill, this is not making any sense.

Comment by PorkChop Express
2015-12-29 11:24:52

Being for America is now being a fascist. I’ve heard everything.

Comment by The Selfish Hoarder
2015-12-29 13:02:29

“Being for America is now being a fascist”

Certainly if it’s nationalism, and Trump is a nationalist.

Comment by The Selfish Hoarder
2015-12-29 13:18:00

…and you can find a lot of hits in any search engine “Trump is a nationalist” with a variety of sites and not just leftists calling him what he is, but liberty-minded sites.

Comment by PorkChop Express
2015-12-29 13:51:33

If the nation you are for is America that is a good thing. And in the current globalist environment isn’t a little nationalism good?

Comment by The Selfish Hoarder
2015-12-29 14:49:57

1930s Germany saying: “If the nation you are for is the Fatherland Germany that is a good thing. And in the current environment (war reparations) isn’t a little nationalism good?” - Adolph Hitler.

Comment by Blue Skye
2015-12-29 15:51:51

Must we throw all our doors open then, so as not to offend or deprive anyone? Will you leave your door open and your wallet on the entry way table for anyone to help themselves?

Comment by The Selfish Hoarder
2015-12-29 17:23:07

Why must I have my wallet open? I don’t have to and I won’t.

Abolish welfare. Why don’t you conservatives focus on that instead of promoting fascism?

Comment by Blue Skye
2015-12-29 17:41:06

Just trying to understand Bill, so your wallet is private, but the doors to your house and to your city/state/country are open to all? Your country is a playground for anyone from anywhere, and you are willing to pay the way for them all aren’t you? Or not? What is the point of self consideration that makes a community and its leader fascist?

Bear with me, but I always thought fascists were all about enslaving and killing to cement their power.

Comment by The Selfish Hoarder
2015-12-29 18:12:01

I don’t have a house. I don’t have a city. I don’t have a state. I don’t have a country. I do live in a structure that I rent. I do not own any RE.

Sure it’s open. Just as it was open when the indians were overrun by Europeans in the 1500s.

Comment by The Selfish Hoarder
2015-12-29 18:16:44

Or…Are you saying the indians should have had closed borders to keep YOUR and MY ancestors out? Then we would not be discussing Trump at this point.

Comment by PorkChop Express
2015-12-29 18:40:18

Bill, you simply have an unrealistic and contradictory political philosophy that boils down to the simple juvenile crankism of wanting to be the emperor of your own apartment. You are free riding off of serious people whose concern for themselves and others cause them to try to think of ways to make things better.

Perhaps it is me who is very very naive to think that anything can ever change or get better. Given only the choice between only the two establishment candidates I’d do the same thing and not vote, as I’ve done the last few years since at least the 2012 election. But I finally see someone willing to give them all the middle finger and I’m gonna take the chance because even if he doesn’t do what he says it is still a thumb in the eye of the Establishment.

Comment by The Selfish Hoarder
2015-12-29 18:48:04

Where are any contradictions in my wanting open borders and no welfare? Where is the “free riding?” I am opposed to all taxation.

Comment by Blue Skye
2015-12-29 19:54:58

Bill, I’m still trying to figure out where your boundaries are. Do these world travelers sit at your kitchen table with you and eat your food? Do you let them into your bed while you are trying to sleep? Are you allowed to own anything, and not be a fascist? What about your wine cellar? Isn’t that fascist?

It’s kind of like the conscientious objector’s dilemma.

Comment by Bill, just South of Irvine
2015-12-29 21:08:33

There are no borders anywhere. Astronauts reported this. There is no group anywhere having any contractual authority to keep anyone in or out of any geographical area. Review contract law and you will understand. Or review LYSANDER spooner’s “No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority.” Otherwise don’t waste my time.

By contract law with my apartment manager and by natural law, I have the right to be secure in my own home. It is in the lease. Why should I invite anyone into my place who I don’t know? On the other hand they have a right to roam around outside my place, subject to the property owner’s rules.

Natural law gives me the right to own property. My firearms and ammo guarantee that right. What is fascist about a wine cellar? Private property is not fascist. The idea of a group of thugs known as government, owing property IS fascist or communist.

Comment by Professor Bear
2015-12-29 21:30:29

“Being for America is now being a fascist.”

Fascist propaganda

Comment by Professor Bear
2015-12-29 21:31:59

“I always thought fascists were all about enslaving and killing to cement their power.”


But that stuff is never included with the campaign promises, and only begins AFTER the election.

Comment by Bill, just South of Irvine
2015-12-29 21:58:01

Yeah PB, They don’t get it how Hitler was a sweet guy favoring all the folksy programs before he took power. They don’t want to know. They and millions others. We need to build big stadiums for the Trump worshippers to salute him.

Comment by Professor Bear
2015-12-30 01:21:30

Comment by PorkChop Express
2015-12-29 13:51:33

If the nation you are for is America that is a good thing. And in the current globalist environment isn’t a little nationalism good?

Deutschland, Deutschland über alles,
Über alles in der Welt,
Wenn es stets zu Schutz und Trutze
Brüderlich zusammenhält,
Von der Maas bis an die Memel,
Von der Etsch bis an den Belt -
Deutschland, Deutschland über alles,
Über alles in der Welt.

Comment by Professor Bear
2015-12-29 21:26:23

“Women find his power almost as much of a turn-on as his money.”

Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.

– Henry Kissinger

Comment by Mafia Blocks
2015-12-29 07:44:10

crApple……. a worn out commoditized product

“In Latest Blow To Apple, Taiwan Makers Cut iPhone Shipments Up To 10%”

Comment by Mafia Blocks
2015-12-29 08:08:11

“Ebola outbreak ends in Guinea, says WHO”

EbolaLola left Africa.

Comment by PorkChop Express
2015-12-29 08:54:16

Why Bernie Sanders is a moron:

“The day after Christmas, Bernie Sanders asked a question on Twitter: “You have families out there paying 6, 8, 10 percent on student debt but you can refinance your homes at 3 percent. What sense is that?”

Comment by Mafia Blocks
2015-12-29 09:15:47

Barney is pro-debt slavery.

Comment by measton
2015-12-29 21:28:22

Well since people can’t declare bankruptcy and get out of student loans but they can walk away from a home I’d say it doesn’t make a lot of sense.

Comment by ibbots
2015-12-29 08:54:24
Comment by phony scandals
2015-12-29 08:57:59

MightyMike taught me something yesterday.

Besides the trillion dollar Porkulus Plan to pay off his buddies, embarking on vacations for himself and Moochelle, golf and fundraising trips the likes of which have never been seen or cost more in the history of the world, sealing Eric Holder’s and his administration’s first failed attempt at gun control under executive privilege to avoid prosecution, spending all that time and money lying to the American people and blackmailing a Supreme Court Justice for his healthcare takeover, sicking the IRS on his political enemies so they would not have the same effect on his reelection campaign as they did on the previous midterm elections, bragging about being good at killing people, covering up and lying about the Benghazi attack with Hildabeast and a Sunday Morning talk show you-tube video tour and take the National Debt from 8 Trillion dollars to 18 Trillion dollars.

President Obama still had enough time to constantly tell the country how racist we are.

From one of yesterdays posts.

“The legacy of slavery, Jim Crow, discrimination in almost every institution of our lives, you know, that casts a long shadow, and that’s still part of our DNA that’s passed on,” Obama said.

Comment by Oddfellow
2015-12-29 09:11:30

that casts a long shadow, and that’s still part of our DNA that’s passed on,”

You show it every day, phony.

Comment by Goon
2015-12-29 09:20:26

This paid message sponsored by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Comment by Oddfellow
2015-12-29 09:31:47

Hi goon. How’s life in your super-inexpensive deluxe penthouse apartment in the multi-cultural lgbt-accepting building in the bad but highly walkable part of town?

How do your neighbors like it when you carry your assault rifles out through the lobby for weekend play time?

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Comment by Mafia Blocks
2015-12-29 09:48:36

You’ve got a beef with Denver too ?

Just where is it that is acceptable to you Lola?

Comment by Goon
2015-12-29 09:52:21

How do your neighbors like it when you carry your assault rifles

Ask the resident building manager, he owns about 10 of them

Comment by phony scandals
2015-12-29 10:12:49

“How do your neighbors like it when you carry your assault rifles out through the lobby for weekend play time?”


I have the honor and the privilege of knowing exactly how stupid you are flapping your keyboard gums about people who you know absolutely nothing about.

But they don’t call them useful idiots for nothing.

Comment by Oddfellow
2015-12-29 10:41:59

Ask the resident building manager, he owns about 10 of them

That’s how you get the rent paid! From…them.

Lessens complaints, too.

Comment by PorkChop Express
2015-12-29 11:29:53

Chris Rock said the worst racists are whom?

Comment by 2banana
2015-12-29 09:18:16

Another minute of obama’s time spent on the color of people’s skin?

And someone needs to tell obama:

The Party of Slavery - democrats
The Party of Jim Crow - democrats
The Party that filibustered Civil Rights Legislation for 20 years - democrats
The Party that had a Grand Wizard of the KKK as one of their leaders - democrats

Comment by MightyMike
2015-12-29 09:37:27

That was a long time ago.

Comment by Blue Skye
2015-12-29 09:55:58

“That was a long time ago.”

I agree, but why is the President harping on that?

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Comment by MightyMike
2015-12-29 10:09:14

He isn’t harping on it. Occasionally he expresses his opinion that there are problems racism in America. That probably occurs mostly as responses to question from reporters. In one of phony’s examples from yesterday the president stated that a cop in Cambridge, MA acted stupidly.

Comment by Mafia Blocks
2015-12-29 09:35:54

8 years of black privilege is enough for eternity.

Comment by Oddfellow
2015-12-29 09:47:09

I hear ya. Eight years of a black man living in the White House pays back all the centuries of slavery and Jim Crow, with interest!

Comment by Mafia Blocks
2015-12-29 09:50:48

And he failed to address your endless grievances Lola.

Help yourself up out of that sewer and get yourself together. Do something for yourself.

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Comment by Blue Skye
2015-12-29 10:12:33

“a black man living in the White House”

It doesn’t matter. We are all equal.

“pays back all the centuries of slavery”

Those who might have been entitled to collect on this are all dead. Even the generations that worked to end slavery are all gone. Now embrace freedom and the responsibilities that go with it.

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Comment by MightyMike
2015-12-29 09:54:26

So you answer your own question to me from yesterday.

Comment by MightyMike
2015-12-29 09:43:38

President Obama still had enough time to constantly tell the country how racist we are.

Your examples indicated that he has spent a few minutes each year talking about racism. It’s like saying I’m constantly changing the oil in my car. Meanwhile we can see here every day on the HBB that there is plenty of racism in America.

Comment by phony scandals
2015-12-29 09:51:39

“This paid message sponsored by the Southern Poverty Law Center.”

Comment by Mafia Blocks
2015-12-29 09:52:37

Do something about it instead of wetting your bed every nite over it.

Comment by MightyMike
2015-12-29 10:13:48

I’m trying to do something by educating people like you.

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Comment by Mafia Blocks
2015-12-29 10:19:06

Don’t quit your day job SnowFlake.

Comment by Ben Jones
2015-12-29 10:00:15

‘there is plenty of racism in America’

‘This seems to be Self-Righteous Indignation Month. Apparently I did not receive the memo. I’m seeing so many clients this month who are filled with self-righteous indignation about the behavior of other people. They really get themselves worked up over it and come in totally frustrated and angry. What is this all about?

The term “self-righteous” is defined by as “filled with or showing a conviction of being morally superior, or more righteous than others; smugly virtuous”

Beautiful. That’s exactly it. Not virtuous, but smugly virtuous. It is about feeling superior to someone else. Most of us are most easily tempted into self-righteous indignation when driving. The driver ahead of us is driving too slow, too fast, cuts us off or makes some other terribly heinous error. And we are filled with outrage. We lay on the horn and yell and make sure everyone around knows that driver is not driving “correctly” (or at least how we define correct driving). The nerve of that guy! What a loser.

When listening to someone smoldering with self-righteous indignation I often hear the words, “right”, “fair” or “should”. “They should do it this way.” “They are not doing it the right way.” “It’s not fair.” Why shouldn’t we distinguish when people aren’t doing things “correctly”, or the way they “should” be done, or the “fair” way? For two reasons:

1. Because it’s not real. They aren’t doing it that way. They are doing it “wrong” or in a way they “shouldn’t” or “unfairly”. That is the reality. That is what’s happening. Expecting them to do something else just sets you up to be frustrated and angry.

2. Because it makes us unhappy. I always ask people, “how much time and energy have you invested in being upset about this? What could you have done with that time and energy instead? Most have invested a lot of both. And for what? Is this issue really that important?

If self-righteous indignation isn’t real and it makes us frustrated and angry, why do so many of us do it? Because it feels good. It feels “right”. We feel superior to that idiot over there doing things “wrong”. We feel better than that loser over there being “unfair”.

Comment by Goon
2015-12-29 10:14:44

See also King Obama’s favorite phrase: “that’s not who we are”

Joe Pags aired a montage of Obama saying that and it went on for like 5 minutes, LOLZ

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Comment by Ben Jones
2015-12-29 10:39:06

Oh, here’s a twister; when does righteous indignation become self-righteous indignation? Probably has something to do with intent.

Comment by Oddfellow
2015-12-29 10:55:30

Aren’t Trump’s speeches just long rants of self-righteous indignation?

Comment by Ben Jones
2015-12-29 12:23:54

I don’t know, I’ve never heard one.

Comment by butters
2015-12-29 13:58:18

What are others’ speeches? Obama, Yeb, Billary to name a few?

Comment by Professor Bear
2015-12-29 21:34:08

“I don’t know, I’ve never heard one.”

Oh my gosh…neither have I!

Perhaps I have been unfairly judgmental towards The Donald.

Comment by CalifoH20
2015-12-29 14:11:35

I am super racist against just the Chinese and Persians in So Cal ( so crowded now).
The Mexicans were here before us and work hard.

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Comment by Mafia Blocks
2015-12-29 19:47:46

The mexicans won’t hire you either.

Comment by phony scandals
2015-12-29 10:57:54

“Meanwhile we can see here every day on the HBB that there is plenty of racism in America.”

“You see what you want to see, and you hear what you want to hear.”

The Point - YouTube - 160k - Cached - Similar pages
Jun 7, 2008 … The Rock Man clip from Harry Nilsson’s The Point - 1971.

Comment by MightyMike
2015-12-29 11:12:34

No, that would apply to you. I don’t want to see racism in America. Much progress has been made throughout the country’s history. I would like to see that continue.

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Comment by phony scandals
2015-12-29 13:29:18

“I’m trying to do something by educating people like you.”

Speaking of education.

I told this story a few years ago on this blog.

In about 2006 (which obviously predates the Obama administration) we put in a couple of offices in a Charter School in WPB off of 45th St. The school had about 18 - 20 students, 1 teacher, 3 office people and an owner/principal who drove a brand new BMW and wore expensive looking clothes. Everyone at the school was African American.

We were there working for 2 days from about 7 am until noon and one of my guys was there 2 days after that finishing. We were working as the kids (ages 13 - 18) would arrive for school which started at 9 am.

They would pull back the plastic curtain and come in where we were working. They would ask what we were doing, what the metal studs were for, how do you use that laser etc. We talked to them about sports, what our kids were doing at that point in their lives, what they did for fun and general BS. They were good, smart kids that seemed almost starved for an adult to talk to that took an interest in them.

Then class would start. The kids all had the same book and would take turns reading. The only problem was none of them could read. It wasn’t because they weren’t smart enough it was that nobody had ever taught them how, and that wasn’t changing at this school. They would each struggle with a line or two with the teacher (who was pretty damn mean) telling them the words they couldn’t pronounce when she wasn’t yelling at one of the kids for something.

After about an unproductive hour of that it was on to what we called Racism class. The teacher would read stories or situations that these kids should expect to run into because of the color of their skin. Where they should go and who they should report it to etc. We couldn’t believe it. Here were these decent kids who had already had some problems or they wouldn’t have been in that school spending a decent chunk of their day being told they were going to be held back by racism and being told this by a teacher who was not teaching them how to read.

I could go on about how these boys (most of them were boys) almost certainly never had a man tell them you don’t hit a girl under any circumstances, or tell them when you are dealing with a police officer you say yes Sir or yes Mam and do what they tell you to do or how to stay the hell out of trouble in the first place.

But the fact is these decent kids were set up to fail and told who to blame it on when it happened.

President Obama was in a position unlike any before him to change that and didn’t.

Comment by MightyMike
2015-12-29 14:51:21

Maybe Trump will provide that fundamental transformation that you want.

Comment by Oddfellow
2015-12-29 11:14:23

Got a Daily Black Crime Report for us, phony?

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Comment by PorkChop Express
2015-12-29 11:34:25

Racism isn’t even in the top 10 problems facing our country or any of its subcultures.

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Comment by Professor Bear
2015-12-29 21:35:08

Give Trump a chance. Yes we can!

Comment by Donald Trump
2015-12-29 09:09:38

If people can just pour into the country illegally, you don’t have a country.

Comment by Mafia Blocks
2015-12-29 09:25:08

Mr. Trump. I have another campaign slogan for you.

Make America Great Again. Demand Opportunity And An End To Price Rigging. Not Free Shit

Comment by Goon
2015-12-29 09:26:57

Not true. My betters assure that every single one of them will grow up to become doctors and astronauts. That cholo banger with the teardrop tattoo? Harvard Medical School. That 19yo mom of 4? NASA intern program.

It’s NPR’s default narrative.

Comment by CalifoH20
2015-12-29 14:46:35

If people can just steal anything they want, you dont have a country.

Comment by Professor Bear
2015-12-29 21:36:24

Why not just build a high enough wall to keep EVERYBODY out who YOU decide isn’t fit to enter the country?

Comment by Ann Gogh
2015-12-29 09:09:47

I was in tampa coast in september looking and now just got back from st augustine, looking! I like st augustine area more than tampa because tampa is crazy traffic. My question is are prices in florida really going up? This real estate agent just told me to hurry up and buy because prices are going higher in 2016!

Comment by Mafia Blocks
2015-12-29 09:12:14

Does it really matter?

Remember….. I can ask $50k for my 10 year old Chevy pickup but where is the buyer at that price?

So it is with any depreciating asset like houses.

Comment by The Selfish Hoarder
2015-12-29 13:43:16

Siesta Key is the best area. I think of Tampa / Clearwater / St. Petersburg as one giant metro area. Go south of St. Petersburg to Sarasota and live on the keys. Gulf view house. With hammock tied to trees next to the white sand.

Comment by CalifoH20
2015-12-29 18:01:29

A: what are comps?

Comment by Oddfellow
2015-12-29 09:18:19

Tampa is like Atlanta. You move there for business, not pleasure.

Comment by Mafia Blocks
2015-12-29 09:28:32

What’s your problem with Tampa Lola?

Comment by Oddfellow
2015-12-29 09:48:59

Nothing you would understand. It involves matters of taste.

You’d probably love it there.

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Comment by Mafia Blocks
2015-12-29 10:17:55

Go ahead Lola. The floor is yours.

Comment by Oddfellow
2015-12-29 20:35:43

Tampa is a major port and business center, full of glass box office towers and freeways. Nothing wrong with it per se, but not somewhere you’d vacation or retire. It’s no laid-back beach town.

Comment by Mafia Blocks
2015-12-29 21:28:31

“Laid back beach town”

You prefer freaks, crime, drugs and snobs. Gotcha Lola.

Comment by 2banana
2015-12-29 09:21:39

“You hear that Mrs Clinton?… That is the sound of inevitability… It is the sound of your death… Goodbye, Mrs. Clinton…


BREAKING POLL: 40% of Blacks Line Up Behind Trump – 45% of Hispanics
Gateway Pundit | DECEMBER 29, 2015 | Jim Hoft

Looking at the last 10 presidential election cycles, the highest black vote share for a Republican was 12% for Bob Dole in 1996.

Now there’s even better news for Trump. 40% of black voters and 45% of Hispanic voters support Donald Trump. If these numbers hold up Donald Trump would win the 2016 election in a landslide.

Pundits might point to billionaire Donald Trump’s huge lead in the GOP presidential primary race as being the result of his generally anti-Washington, anti-government, anti-establishment, anti-politically correct attitude.

If so, it’s not just whites who are ticked at the bureaucracy, but minorities too.

Blacks and Hispanics, in fact, even support Trump at a higher level than whites.

Comment by Goon
2015-12-29 09:29:50

I was just remembering the other day how Bill Clinton’s “Midnight Basketball” program eliminated black on black crime in the 1990’s.

Playing sax on Arsenio was pretty cool too.

Comment by The Selfish Hoarder
2015-12-29 13:45:05

He probably played sax while his intern played the flute

Comment by Oddfellow
2015-12-29 09:37:28

It’s from World Net Daily, lol.

Comment by Goon
2015-12-29 09:54:47

The “right wing” equivalent of Salon dot com

Comment by PorkChop Express
2015-12-29 11:40:55

I wonder if it is the Muslim terrorism issue helping him with minority voters. There are 4 times as many black people as Muslims and at least as many Hispanics also. Loretta Sanchez must be plugged in to her constituency.

Maybe just being pro jobs and anti illegal. It’s a yuuuge liberal lie that all Hispanics want those open borders.

Comment by CalifoH20
2015-12-29 19:22:19

Trump - cause the wall is a new idea and spending more money is so Conservative. uhg,

Comment by PorkChop Express
2015-12-29 09:21:54

Are 10,000 terrorists roaming free in the US unaccounted for?

Seems a good time for a pause.

Comment by Mafia Blocks
2015-12-29 09:23:06

“If You Want To Limit The Power Of The Super-Wealthy, Stop Using Their Money”

If your hate for the rich enrages you that much, don’t be a debt-donkey. It’s that simple.

Comment by Blue Skye
2015-12-29 10:17:19

Exactly. When you borrow from the rich you volunteer to be their bound servant.

Comment by Mr. Banker
2015-12-29 12:26:22

“Stop using their money.”

Bahahahahahahaha … dream on.

Comment by dwkunkel
2015-12-29 13:10:39

People fail to realize that every time they pay with a credit card, one of those banks is also getting a cut.

Comment by phony scandals
2015-12-29 09:28:39

Since Chelsea Clinton can’t find a way to care about money…

“I was curious if I could care about [money] on some fundamental level, and I couldn’t.”

I wonder if she would answer a doctor’s questions the way Dustin Hoffman’s character did in the movie Rain Man?

Doctor: [walking to Chelsea] If you had a dollar… and you spent 50 cents, how much money would you have left?

Chelsea: About 70…

Doctor: 70 cents?

Chelsea: 70 cents.

Doctor: Chelsea, do you know how much a candy bar costs?

Chelsea: ‘Bout a hundred dollars.

Doctor: Do you know how much one of those new compact cars costs?

Chelsea: ‘Bout a hundred dollars.

Comment by PorkChop Express
2015-12-29 09:30:44

We seem to be bout three Pineapples light of a fruit salad today. Not sure if you’ll get a response.

Comment by Goon
2015-12-29 09:32:29

Chelsea is pregnant again BTW.

Comment by phony scandals
2015-12-29 09:35:28

Rain Man - About a Hundred Dollars - YouTube - 163k -

Comment by Goon
2015-12-29 09:45:45

If the Clintons had a son this would be him:

“A wealthy Texas teen who had been a fugitive after breaking his probation sentence for killing four people while driving drunk, will be returned to the United States after being caught in Mexico, Mexican authorities said on Tuesday.

Ethan Couch, 18, and his mother, Tonya Couch, were taken into custody on Monday evening in the Pacific Ocean resort of Puerto Vallarta, the Jalisco State Attorney General’s Office said in a statement.

Comment by Blue Skye
2015-12-29 10:18:38

Isn’t it rather imbalanced that Mexico send our criminals back to us?

Comment by Senior Housing Analyst
2015-12-29 09:46:23

Novato, CA Housing Craters; Prices Plunge 15% YoY As Housing Demand Falls To Record Low

Comment by Mafia Blocks
2015-12-29 10:06:06

“I know plenty of guys who got rich building houses. I know plenty more who lost their ass buying one to live in.”

Comment by Mafia Blocks
2015-12-29 10:21:23

CraterRage Photo Of The Day

Comment by Goon
2015-12-29 10:21:40

Creators of marijuana dating app launch pot party bus service ‘High There Hopper’ in Denver

“Recreational marijuana is legal in Colorado but it’s illegal to use it in public. The creators of the High There app claim the bus helps solve two problems: the lack of legal locations to enjoy marijuana and the risk of driving under the influence. They also said the party bus concept is 100 percent legal.

“This is what freedom looks like in Colorado,” said Robert Correy, legal counsel for the High There Hopper. “If it’s inside the bus with tinted windows on private property, smoking is perfectly legal under the laws of our state.”

Region VIII

Comment by Goon
2015-12-29 10:24:22

For the Wealthiest, a Private Tax System That Saves Them Billions

“The hedge fund magnates Daniel S. Loeb, Louis Moore Bacon and Steven A. Cohen have much in common. They have managed billions of dollars in capital, earning vast fortunes. They have invested millions in art — and millions more in political candidates.

Moreover, each has exploited an esoteric tax loophole that saved them millions in taxes. The trick? Route the money to Bermuda and back.

In recent years, this apparatus has become one of the most powerful avenues of influence for wealthy Americans of all political stripes, including Mr. Loeb and Mr. Cohen, who give heavily to Republicans, and the liberal billionaire George Soros, who has called for higher levies on the rich while at the same time using tax loopholes to bolster his own fortune.

All are among a small group providing much of the early cash for the 2016 presidential campaign.”

Comment by Goon
2015-12-29 10:38:16

Some ski p0rn as promised, this taken yesterday at Monarch:

Region VIII

Comment by X-GSfixr
2015-12-29 10:48:47

Another idiotic story from the MSM, bitching about an excessive inventory of MV-22 “air frames”, whatever the Hell that is supposed to be.

Total “excess” MV-22 inventory, according to the auditors/bean counters?

About 9 million bucks, evidently. Plus 700K over five years to store them.

Hate to tell people this, but when it comes to airplane and helicopter parts, 9 million dollars is a rounding error. And as far as storage, 700K isn’t that much either. It isn’t like you are going to park this stuff in your local mini-storage facility.

As far as “air frames”, whatever that is, just because they only need two a year at present, doesn’t mean that over time the demand for that part won’t increase.

Also, as anyone involved in manufacturing already knows, once you spend the time/effort to tool up to build 10 pieces, another 90 don’t cost that much, compared to retooling to make 10 again 5-6 years from now. And 10 years from now, you might not have the time for retooling. Or even be able to find anyone willing to take on the project.

A friend of mine works for one of the aerospace OEMs. Says some older airplanes are becoming unsupportable, because all of the local “mom and pop” shops that used to build components went Tango-Uniform in 2008-2010, and the ones that are left won’t even talk to you unless your planning to purchase 25,000 units or more (a aircraft purchase might be for something like 500 shipsets). They would rather build parts for the automotive business, and not mess with all of the hassles involved in building airplane parts.

Comment by X-GSfixr
2015-12-29 10:50:22

Advertisement seen on TV this weekend:

0% financing for 72 months on new trucks.

Comment by Mafia Blocks
2015-12-29 10:53:00

Did it feature presidential candidate Barney Saunders endorsing said debt-slavery?

Comment by X-GSfixr
2015-12-29 11:10:14

No, all of the car dealers around here are die-hard Republicans, who are trying to kill the public school systems, thus creating a permenant supply of suckers that will keep signing up for this kind of loan, because they can’t do math.

Comment by Mr. Banker
2015-12-29 12:19:38

The public school systems don’t need to be killed in order to dumb-down the population so as they can’t do math.

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Comment by Mafia Blocks
2015-12-29 15:53:58

No no my friend. In the commercial. Did it feature presidential candidate Barney Saunders endorsing debt slavery?

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Comment by CalifoH20
2015-12-29 18:02:55

+1 Profits before people!

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Comment by Ethan in Northern VA
2015-12-29 15:40:08

Sweet! I’m thinking about buying one next year, I’d be fine with 0% for 5 years tho.

Comment by Mafia Blocks
2015-12-29 15:56:06

Really crank it up and get a 3/4. You’ll need it to haul your donkey trailer.

Comment by CalifoH20
2015-12-29 18:04:55

Lease those computer infested, new cars. they don’t even have manual parking brakes anymore. So much for power slides.

Comment by X-GSfixr
2015-12-29 11:07:00

The -fixr’s morning commute involves driving on the I-35 corridor for about 8 miles.

It used to be that all of the billboards were in English. They went bi-lingual about ten years ago.

Nowadays, they have just quit pretending, and are going to all-Spanish. Mostly for immigration attorneys and payday loan stores.
Half of the local AM stations on the radio are Spanish-only.

It used to be that immigrants came to this country and did their best to blend in. Not anymore. Every city of any size in flyover has it’s own “Juarez Norte”.

The Balkanization of the US is well underway, and probably irreversible at this point. Nobody in DC has any interest in containing/regulating it. They are all just figuring out ways that they can profit from it.

Comment by PorkChop Express
2015-12-29 11:44:17

I guess this means you’ll be another vote for Trump.

Comment by X-GSfixr
2015-12-29 12:37:07

He needs too many maids, busboys and cooks for his casinos and hotels to ever be serious about addressing the problem.

Hence, his “border fence” talk.

Comment by PorkChop Express
2015-12-29 14:01:45

Great plan, rule everyone up on immigration and the do nothing. And from a guy who has a huge ego. Just going to set himself up for failure and ridicule. You think that’s his plan? Makes no sense.

Just open the border and take your billboards and the dole.

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Comment by phony scandals
2015-12-29 14:10:39

Black professor chastises white Americans: ‘Admit to the racist poison inside of you’

By Jessica Chasmar - The Washington Times - Monday, December 28, 2015

An Emory University professor has penned an open letter to white Americans asking them to admit to “the racist poison” inside of them that’s to blame for a long history of black suffering.

In “Dear White America,” published by The New York Times, philosophy professor George Yancy called his letter “a gift” to white people.

“Bear in mind, though, that some gifts can be heavy to bear. You don’t have to accept it; there is no obligation,” he wrote. “I give it freely, believing that many of you will throw the gift back in my face, saying that I wrongly accuse you, that I am too sensitive, that I’m a race hustler, and that I blame white people (you) for everything.”

“So, as you read this letter, take a deep breath,” he continued. “Make a space for my voice in the deepest part of your psyche. Try to listen, to practice being silent. There are times when you must quiet your own voice to hear from or about those who suffer in ways that you do not.”

To support his argument that all white people are racist, Mr. Yancy started off by admitting that he is a sexist for perpetuating sexism “every day of my life. “

“As a sexist, I have failed women,” he wrote. “I have failed to speak out when I should have. I have failed to engage critically and extensively their pain and suffering in my writing. I have failed to transcend the rigidity of gender roles in my own life. I have failed to challenge those poisonous assumptions that women are ‘inferior’ to men or to speak out loudly in the company of male philosophers who believe that feminist philosophy is just a nonphilosophical fad. I have been complicit with, and have allowed myself to be seduced by, a country that makes billions of dollars from sexually objectifying women, from pornography, commercials, video games, to Hollywood movies. I am not innocent.”

“Just because I fight against sexism does not give me clean hands, as it were, at the end of the day; I continue to falter, and I continue to oppress,” he continued. “And even though the ways in which I oppress women is unintentional, this does not free me of being responsible.

Mr. Yancy asked white people not to shield themselves from their own racism but to “practice being vulnerable.”

“After all, it is painful to let go of your ‘white innocence,’ to use this letter as a mirror, one that refuses to show you what you want to see, one that demands that you look at the lies that you tell yourself so that you don’t feel the weight of responsibility for those who live under the yoke of whiteness, your whiteness,” he wrote. “I am asking you to enter into battle with your white self. I’m asking that you open yourself up; to speak to, to admit to, the racist poison that is inside of you.”

Mr. Yancy went on to claim that all white people are part of a racist system that favors them over others.

“As you reap comfort from being white, we suffer for being black and people of color,” he argued. “What I’m asking is that you first accept the racism within yourself, accept all of the truth about what it means for you to be white in a society that was created for you. I’m asking for you to trace the binds that tie you to forms of domination that you would rather not see. When you walk into the world, you can walk with assurance; you have already signed a contract, so to speak, that guarantees you a certain form of social safety.”

“Take one more deep breath. I have another gift,” Mr Yancy concluded.

“If you have young children, before you fall off to sleep tonight, I want you to hold your child. Touch your child’s face. Smell your child’s hair. Count the fingers on your child’s hand. See the miracle that is your child. And then, with as much vision as you can muster, I want you to imagine that your child is black.”

Comment by PorkChop Express
2015-12-29 16:11:32

To a man whose only tool is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.

Comment by Oddfellow
2015-12-29 20:46:37

every problem looks like a nail.

Every problem looks racial to phony.

Comment by Mafia Blocks
2015-12-29 21:30:37


“Every problem looks racial to phony Lola.”

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Comment by phony scandals
2015-12-29 21:35:44


You should go teach philosophy at Emory University.

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Comment by Raymond K Hessel
2015-12-29 16:26:42
Comment by Mafia Blocks
2015-12-29 16:30:33

“Hedge Funds Dropping Like Flies: Doug Hirsch’s Seneca Capital Closing After 20 Years”

The squeeze is on my friends. And it’s just getting under way.

Comment by azdude
2015-12-29 18:10:19

I think I might be able to retire and live off my equity after the super bowl.

Comment by Goon
2015-12-29 17:56:50

the Sex Pistols - God Save The Queen:

Comment by CalifoH20
2015-12-29 18:06:30

On October 26, 2006, U.S. President George W. Bush signed the Secure Fence Act of 2006 (Pub.L. 109–367) into law stating, “This bill will help protect the American people. This bill will make our borders more secure. It is an important step toward immigration reform.”[1]

The bill was introduced on Sep. 13, 2006 by Peter T. King (R-NY). In the House of Representatives, the Fence Act passed 283 -138 on September 14, 2006. On September 29, 2006 – the Fence Act passed in the Senate 80 -19.

Comment by CalifoH20
2015-12-29 18:10:21

but they did not want to pay for it.

The Republican Party’s 2012 platform highlighted the fact that the rest of the double fencing was never built and stated that “The double-layered fencing on the border that was enacted by Congress in 2006, but never completed, must finally be built.”[7] The Washington Office on Latin America alleges on its Border Fact Check site that the extremely high cost of complying with the Secure Fence Act’s mandate-estimated at US$4.1 billion, or more than the Border Patrol’s entire annual budget of US$3.55 billion- was the main reason that it was not fulfilled.[8] In short, Congress failed to continue to fund the project past the initial $1.2 billion procured, in order to finish building the fence.

Comment by CalifoH20
2015-12-29 18:19:51

lets blame Obama.

Comment by PorkChop Express
2015-12-29 18:45:43

Why not, he was elected in 08 and did everything he could to stop it.

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Comment by CalifoH20
2015-12-29 19:23:54

A: Congress voted against paying for it after passing it. typical.

Congress sets policy, not POTUS> duh!

Comment by Mafia Blocks
2015-12-29 19:48:57

Don’t be a Lola.

Comment by Goon
2015-12-29 19:25:25

Sly & the Family Stone - Runnin’ Away:

Comment by CalifoH20
2015-12-29 19:49:20

For the sixth consecutive quarter, the U.S Postal Service turned an operational profit when accounting for its controllable costs.

but it has to follow a rule no other co has to:

The Postal Service still suffered a net loss of $1.5 billion in the quarter — down from $1.9 billion in the same period last year — due to its obligatory payments to prefund retirees’ health benefits and workers’ compensation costs.

Comment by Bill, just South of Irvine
2015-12-29 20:46:06

You won’t hear Trump wanting peace and an end to the MIC.

Comment by Professor Bear
2015-12-29 21:39:19

He is a leading exponent of the TIC, which helps prop up the MIC.

Daddy Warbucks must be licking his chops at the thought of a Trump victory!

Comment by Bill, just South of Irvine
2015-12-29 21:53:34

For sure.

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Comment by Oddfellow
2015-12-29 21:57:04

You know I’m born to lose and gambling’s for fools
But that’s the way I like it, baby
I don’t wanna live for ever

And don’t forget the joker!

Comment by Little Al
2015-12-29 22:36:33

I looked at a house for sale in Overton, Nevada today that is
selling for 172,000. It’s a nice house in a nice neighborhood, but
why should anything in Overton cost over 140,000 when it’s 50 miles from Vegas, and it regularly hits 120 F in the summer months. It just makes me so sad to see how all of us are struggling so much with these outrageously high prices. Yeah, I could buy it cash, but I’m a frugal old fart. Young people should be able to live there easily in such a hellhole. What is this nation coming to?
I drove past the Trump tower in Vegas, and saluted it in the only way that that villain deserves. He’s a disgrace to this nation, and a sad reflection on the state of affairs of this formerly great country that he could be the front runner of a bake sale let alone the Republican nomination.

Comment by Mafia Blocks
2015-12-30 04:47:17

If it’s such a hellhole why are you there looking to overpay a grossly inflated price for a depreciating asset?

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