Economics

This so-called ‘new normal’ had better not be the permanent ‘normal’

In 1920, Warren G. Harding’s campaign slogan was “a return to normalcy.” He won. Perhaps that ought to be Trump’s new slogan: “Make America Normal Again.” One of the ickiest phrases around lately is the “new normal.” We’re told by leftist politicos and a thousand commercials that we’re in the [Read More]

Economics

Mark Cuban: Bernie, AOC recognize socialism as ‘trigger word’ (Fox Business video)

  Published on May 13, 2019 by Fox Business Billionaire investor Mark Cuban says that he is a hardcore capitalist and believes that people don’t understand what socialism is. While the following statement is far reaching over the heads of the indoctrinated, this comment says it all: Dr. Ryan, MD5 days [Read More]

Steve Hilton of Fox News The Next Revolution subject: "The Right Kind of Populism"
Economics

Steve Hilton: Beware the populism of the left (video)

In between dozing off last night with the television on in the background  I caught tidbits of The Next Revolution with Steve Hilton which airs Sunday night’s on the Fox News channel.  One such block was Hilton’s discussion on “The Right kind of Populism” and populism of the left’ 

The border fence between El Paso and Juarez has an elaborate gate structure to allow floodwaters to pass under. The grates prevent people being able to cross under, and can be raised for floodwaters carrying debris. Beyond the fence is a canal and levee before the Rio Grande; the Border Patrol cars hang out on the levee. Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 4.0)
Culture

MEXICO LINDO, A BRIEF HISTORY

Vassar Bushmills Three men, standing at the Mexican border, looking south: Man #1: Mexico Lindo. Man #2: I don’t see nothin’ so ‘lindo’ about it. Man #3: Just looks like more of Texas to me. Man #1: You have no eyes! (Iconic lines from a film, anyone want to guess which one?) It’s an interesting history, [Read More]

Culture

A NATURAL HISTORY OF ELITISM

Vassar Bushmills From an interesting 50-minute discussion between Tucker Carlson and Ben Shapiro last month, while discussing common backgrounds in California, Carlson made the offhand comment, “We’re both elites”. Well, as a matter of fact, they are. Only do they know what kind?….for there are several types of elites in a typical community; social, political, economic, [Read More]

The Five Senses: Smell by Adriaen Brouwer Circa 1631 (cropped)
Economics

“AN EXTREMITY OF NOMINAL DEMOCRACY”

Vassar Bushmills Barbara Tuchman was one of my two favorite historians, (the other is still alive). She published The First Salute in 1988, then died of a stroke early the next year, so this book was to have been her last salute. I have three well-underlined volumes on my bookshelf, and this last [Read More]

Culture

Forum: What Will Be The Midterm Results?

Every week, the WoW! community and our invited guests weigh in at the Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question: What Will Be The Midterm Results? Rob Miller: I see the Republicans increasing their lead in the Senate to [Read More]

Economics

You Gave Facebook Your Number For Security. They Used It For Ads.

Electronic Frontier Foundation by Gennie Gebhart Add “a phone number I never gave Facebook for targeted advertising” to the list of deceptive and invasive ways Facebook makes money off your personal information. Contrary to user expectations and Facebook representatives’ own previous statements, the company has been using contact information that users explicitly [Read More]

Donald Trump

Trump’s Downsizing of the EPA.

“We propose to shift responsibility for environmental regulation from the federal bureaucracy to the states and to  transform the EPA into an independent bipartisan commission, similar to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, with structural safeguards against politicized science.  We will strictly limit congressional delegation of rule-making authority, and require that citizens be compensated for regulatory takings.” (Republican Party Platform 2016, [Read More]

Economics

NIKE SWOOSHES AMERICA

  Vassar Bushmills So many pieces, so little time. An awful lot of points of national survival converge from this little misstep by Nike in re the Matter of Colin Kaepernick as their new #JustDoIt poster boy. The first piece of the jigsaw is why do so many corporations these days get away with [Read More]

Culture

Forum: Are China And The US Headed For War?

Every Monday, the WoW! community and our invited guests weigh in at the Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question: Are China And The US Headed For War? Jeffrey Avalon Friedberg: War? No. One thing China is not: is [Read More]

Economics

Credit Card Theft is Nothing New But the Issuer’s Reaction Is What Scared Me

I do all the right things when it comes to online transactions. I use multiple, hard to guess passwords. All my cards are chipped. I track my spending carefully and have alert on my credit lines. I’m careful when I pay for transactions online, making sure the website is trusted [Read More]

Economics

TRADE BRINKSMANSHIP, NOT TRADE WAR, VERSUS GLOBALISM

Vassar Bushmills “Trade War” is a term the enemies of Donald Trump use to denigrate his proposals for restoring a balance to American trade policies. Only it’s not “trade war” but trade brinkmanship, which, as it was first used to define JFK’s strategy against the USSR in his years in the White House, were intended [Read More]

Economics

The Facts About the Individual Mandate Repeal and the Increase in Premiums

The Daily Signal by Doug Badger It turns out sabotage might be overrated. A new study by the Center for American Progress argues Congress’s repeal of the individual mandate and a proposed Trump administration rule that would expand the sale and renewal of short-term policies will have a devastating effect on 2019 [Read More]

Culture

Socialism in Venezuela | Serial (video)

An outstanding video by Glenn Beck on the illusion, revelations, pain and suffering under socialism in Venezuela. Definitely worth sharing with the useful idiots in one’s life. Published on Jul 11, 2018 by TheBlaze Venezuela has been the Utopian bastion held up by the Left for decades as the example of [Read More]