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Blame it on the summer heat
It seems like hot summer weather brings out the dumbest comments and proposals. This last few weeks must have set a new record for stupid. Consider the following - presented in no particular order.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 More...

Letters to the Editor
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 More...
The cult of preposterousity
Did you know Batman and Robin were lovers?

Me neither, but some professor overpaid $300K-plus at Harvard said so last week on Neo-leftist Propaganda Radio (NPR).

You hear some amazingly preposterous things on the social and commercial media these days. Another obscenely overpaid professor at some other 'leading university' said last week that white Americans should all 'commit suicide over slavery'. And he was white. I read that an illegal alien film maker has made a 'documentary' showing white people weeping with guilt over something called 'white privilege'. Another accuses white Americans of genocide against Native Americans, as though whites invented aggression and American Indian tribes had not already been conquering, enslaving, killing, raping and plundering each other for centuries before Wasichu ever made the beach.

Part of the problem here is the archaic and corrupt practice of tenure in universities. Firing a tenure-sheltered professor for babbling bigoted nonsense is more impossible than firing a union schoolteacher for demonstrated incompetence. Tenure makes academia the last institution in America where racism and other forms of asinine bigotry are not just protected, but outright encouraged and monetarily rewarded, as long as the targets are white, hetero or Christian.

The other part of America's overpaid idiocy problem is that increasing numbers of Americans spend their every waking minute contriving schemes of 'wealth redistribution', a perfumed phrase for the communist theft of money earned by some people to be given free to others. Call it 'scammer privilege'.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 More...
The markets slipped on Greece
If you're a regular reader of mine, you know I've had my fingers crossed waiting for a major crisis. The last few months have me bored out of my mind. Thanks to Greece, we finally have a crisis. However, even with the scary headlines, the markets have barely budged. Greece is inches away from leaving the Euro, wiping out billions of dollars, and potentially causing a global crisis -- and the S&P 500 reacted with a yawn. What's it going to take to get a little bit of old-fashioned panic? When all this Greek drama started way back in the spring of 2011, the S&P 500 dropped more than 17 percent. That's a panic. When the markets are this reasonable and mature, it freaks me out a little bit.

Here's a quick recap of what the problem is: The Greek economy is very weak, and the Greek government can't pay its debts (which amount to 177 percent of their GDP according to Eurostat). So, the European Union (the EU) has been repeatedly bailing out Greece since way back in 2011. The EU is happy to keep throwing money at Greece - as long as Greece plays by their rules. But no country wants another country telling them what to do, especially when it involves doing very unpleasant things. Unfortunately, there are no easy answers to the problem. Here's a look at the options and ramifications for Greece and the EU as seen by a random financial advisor on the other side of the world.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 More...
Letters to the Editor
Thursday, July 9, 2015 More...
Ruling on the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act
What happens now?

This morning the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruled on the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare - the King v. Burwell lawsuit. This suit deals with the legality of people receiving subsidies in the health insurance exchange established by the federal government. Some 36 states elected to use the federal exchange rather than set up their own exchange. Washington state is one of the 14 that established a state exchange.

The ruling was 6-3 for the government and will allow the IRS to continue to give subsidies in the federal exchange.

Chief Justice Roberts wrote the majority opinion and admitted the law was "inartfully" drafted and that there was "sloppiness" in its drafting. Even so, the majority ruled on what it believed Congress intended. Justice Scalia wrote the minority opinion and stated "the majority's reading of the text is of course quite absurd and the Court's 21 pages of explanation make it no less so." He concluded by stating "I dissent - I do not respectfully dissent."

So what happens now?

Thursday, July 9, 2015 More...
Hillary vs. "the Donald"
Politics is so much fun. Consider the possibilities of the coming Presidential campaign. Imagine "What difference does it make" Hillary Clinton vs. "I'll be the best jobs President in history" Donald Trump. The debate would be monumental. Trump is not afraid to take on the liberal media and their darling candidate in a head to head debate. And Clinton and the Democrats will do everything in their power to paint Trump as rich and powerful corporate manipulator who will destroy social security, eliminate unemployment insurance and Obama Care and return America to the dark days of trickle down economics.

It's a debate we desperately need in this country. A debate that gets all of us talking about the issues that we all face and just how badly both parties have done in actually accompishing significant change.

For their part the Democrats claim to be the party of the "little guy." If by that they mean they want to keep us all impoverished and subserviant to an overbearing and freedom stealing government, then they have succeeded. The Republicans claim to be the party of limited government but given the chance they have turned out to be ths same big spending, vote pandering status quo party.

The result is a country where voters say it makes no difference who they vote for they are all the same. And it would appear voters are right. The big spending policies and growing government regulations are putting us on the path to Greece.

Thursday, July 9, 2015 More...
Letters to the Editor
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 More...
Quack!
Suppose you want to marry a duck.

You wish for the duck to be able to visit you in the hospital if needed, inherit your estate or join you in the adoption or artificial generation of a child or duckling. Would these not be rights you and the duck are entitled to? Why not? Says who?

It must be comforting to a person with this predilection to know that there's now one less legal barrier to marrying a duck since the state has decreed that marital options are no longer confined to persons of the opposite sex. Marital choices are now more bio-diverse than they've been in America's history.

Now before the same-sex marriage 'movement' shows up in my yard to wax indignant, let me encourage any who feel I'm anti-gay to read my award nominated, 2009 novel, For Whom To Die, and see if you still feel that way. If you do, I'll buy the book back.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 More...
Truth in short supply in the environmental movement
After reading the story by Hal Bernton in the Seattle Times titled, Judge: Petition should be reconsidered, I was reminded just how deeply ingrained the global warming message is rooted in our society. Clearly, Bernton is incapable of serious, objective reporting on environmental issues.

According to Bernton eight students had unsuccessfully petitioned the Department of Ecology to crack down on carbon emissions and so they hired a lawyer and filed suit in King County Superior Court. Really, we are to believe that a group of eight grade school, middle school and high school students got together in Johnny's tree house and cooked up a plan to save the planet from a bunch of misguided and greedy adults. It's a perfect Hollywood movie plot but anyone with an ounce of intelligence has to question that plot.

The students are represented by the Western Environmental Law Center. A non-profit legal firm that, "...uses the power of the law to safeguard the wildlife, wildlands, and communities of the American West." WELC has softened its mission from its earlier days when they said, "We provide free or reduced-fee legal services to conservation groups, communities and individuals, challenging corporations and government agencies that violate environmental laws in the West."

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 More...

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