Saturday, August 29, 2015

selections from #TrumpBible

I love God. He's a builder. Made the world in 6 days. That's YUUUUUUUGE. I would have used more marble. But He did a nice job. #TrumpBible


I have a lot of Jewish friends. Jesus is one of them. Great guy. Cherishes women. The Hispanics love him. #TrumpBible


"Jesus wasn't a martyr. He's a martyr because he was crucified. I like people that weren't crucified, ok I hate to tell you." #trumpbible


Scribe: Which is the greatest commandment?
Jesus: Sit down. Nobody called on you. Go back to Jerusalem. #TrumpBible


I lost a lot of respect for the Pharaoh. Never should have let the Hebrews go because of, what, hail? The Hebrews love me. #TrumpBible


Jesus turned water into wine. The good stuff. Not that garbage they serve at some places. #TrumpBible


This Goliath guy, he's HUGE loser. David, he's a real classy winner. Used his sling to Make the Israelites Great Again. #TrumpBible


"I'm not saying Jesus wasn't born in Bethlehem. I'm just saying show me the birth certificate." #trumpbible


Don't get me wrong: Jesus? Great guy, classy. But a terrible executive. I would never tolerate a traitor within my organization. #TrumpBible


Samaria sends us their murderers, their rapists, and some, I assume, are good Samaritans. #TrumpBible


There was no room at the inn. Mary and Joseph should have gone to a Trump resort. Classy. Myrrh like you can't imagine. #TrumpBible


And Esau, who by the way was a loser and a terrible negotiator, said "What is birthright citizenship to me?" #TrumpBible


And Jesus said to them, "It is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven, but I am REALLY, REALLY rich." #TrumpBible


He approached Jesus to kiss him, but Jesus said to him, "Judas, you're FIRED." #TrumpBible

It's official: there's a man shortage


Where have all the marriable men gone?

A few weeks ago, we ran another in our ongoing series of "woman rapes man" posts. One of our regular readers pointed out, and we agree, equating all forms of sexual assault with forcible rape is inappropriate. But, our post was only half facetious because it is a two-way street out there, though tilted; and, while almost all males who are actually raped are boys raped by men, there is a shortage of "marriable men" out there that the ladies are dealing with. Now comes the New York Post with an article/book review of Date-onomics by Jon Birger.

Birger's focus is on college-educated women. With 60 percent or more of college students being female, the odds are low that college-educated women are going to find similarly well-educated men. Not all of them can. Competition among college-educated women will be fierce. Women will take the initiative. Treating men to dinner won't be rare. But, bottom line, a man won't have to be college-educated to land a well-educated, successful, beautiful and intelligent woman. A good-lucking, decent guy who is not a college graduate, who is willing to help a talented gal pursue a career, who will helpful with raising children and keeping house, has never been in such a good position.

Repressed inflation in Venezuela


According to Bloomberg, Venezuela will be issuing new, higher denominations of its POS paper currency, the Bolivar. At this time, the largest denomination of the POS paper currency is the 100 Bolivar note. At the black market exchange rate, it is worth 14 cents. (For the current black market exchange rate, check People have to carry wads of paper currency in bags when they go shopping. This may be inconvenient, but it is environmentally-friendly. Shoppers don't have to be reminded to bring their bags from home, to re-use them.

The fact that people have to carry wads of money to make purchases is a sign that the country is going through a hyperinflation. It's an indication that inflation is running faster than was anticipated; that is, that the rate of inflation is accelerating or spiraling upward. The underlying cause of this inflation is that the government is (a) running a huge deficit and (b) cannot borrow. It therefore prints the money it "needs" to finance its deficit. Governments that run huge deficits risk runaway inflation.

The general tendency, when there is hyperinflation, is to enact wage and price controls and, in modern times, to ration the goods that wind up in short supply. The wage and price controls, the rationing, the long waiting lines and the black markets are all signs that, together, confirm what is happening. So, what is the rate of inflation in Venezuela? The official statistics, when they were available, mask the true rate of inflation because the cost of waiting in line or doing without isn't taken into account. And, Venezuela stopped publishing the cost-of-living number a while ago.

Steve Hanke of Johns Hopkins University (and a long-time friend of mine) has estimated the true rate of inflation (as distinct from the official rate of inflation). Above, I show his chart. According to his calculations, the true rate of inflation in Venezuela got up to 300 percent by 2013. Things have only gotten worse since then.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Turns out anti-white racist homosexual black murderer Vester Flanagan had a previous career as a Village People-like gay model

From Eric Dondero: 

As if Vester Vlanagan's (Bryce Williams) life wasn't bizarre enough, now we learn this morning more details about his younger days. He worked briefly for a male escort service. And he would lash out at anyone who he perceived might be opposed to his gay lifestyle. 

From AOL "Gunman in on-air deaths remembered as 'professional victim'":
On Thursday, the station's general manager, Jeffrey Marks, recalled a series of problems with Flanagan while he worked at WDBJ from March 2012 to February 2013. 
Flanagan accused a news photographer of trespassing on private property. He confronted an anchor over a story and attempted to reach the company's CEO to complain. He filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as well as the lawsuit. 
Flanagan's joking and smiling one minute could turn to anger in the next, former colleague Justin McLeod said. 
Once, for no apparent reason, Flanagan told a photographer he knew the man didn't like him because he was gay. The photographer told Flanagan he hadn't known about his sexual orientation, McLeod said.
Editor's comment - Will the Gay Rainbow flag now become a symbol of hate like the Confederate flag?

Bush announces … Eric Cantor to be co-chair of his Virginia campaign


The Washington Post says Eric Cantor is "the most high-profile Virginia Republican to back Bush to date." In spite of his embarrassing loss to Tea Party Republican Dave Brat (a tiny little fact not mentioned by the WaPo), the WaPo says, "Cantor remains well liked and respected ... among the Republican donor class in the commonwealth."

Yep. That's it. The donor class.

Cantor, who not only was the incumbent but was the Majority Leader (#2 man) in the U.S. House of Representatives, managed to lose to Brat, even though Cantor outspent Brat $2 million to $200,000. According to a poll Cantor paid $30,000 for, he was ahead of Brat by 34 points, and then lost by 10 points. This might have been the biggest percentage error ever in the history of polling.

So, when you consider Cantor's first hand knowledge of how the overwhelming favorite going into a race can outspend his opponent 10-to-1 and lose badly, Jeb Bush couldn't have picked a better person. Only, Jeb, here's some free advice: whatever Cantor says, do the opposite.

Finally, Hillary Clinton uses the T word


Hillary Clinton, you remember her, the liar, she finally used the T word, as in terrorist.

"Extreme views about women, we expect them from some of the terrorist groups, we expect that from people who don’t want to live in the modern world. It’s a little hard to take coming from Republicans who want to be the president of the United States, but they espouse out-of-date and out-of-touch policies. They are dead wrong for 21st century America."

The woman who fronts for radical Muslim terrorists the way she fronted for her philandering husband

In this world, there are only three places where women have unrestricted access to abortion during the third trimester: (1) Communist China, (2) Communist North Korea, and (3) sixteen states and DC in the US controlled by the Democratic Party. According to Hitlery Clinton, the rest of the world are ze extremists!

Kill those babies and use their body parts for medical research! Dr. Mengele vhere are you?

As for real world terrorism, where was Hilary when the radical Muslim terrorists were attacking our embassy in Benghazi? Excusing the attack as a response to a video somebody put on the internet.

Where was Hillary when ISIS was gaining a foothold in eastern Syria and western Iraq? Standing with the President, describing them as the Jayvee squad.

Where is Hillary with regard to Iran chanting "Death to Israel! Death to the United States! Death to the Saudi Arabia!" Standing with the President, saying they should be allowed to develop a nuclear capability.

Who does she describe as terrorists? Look, I'm not going to politicize the armed forces or the police or fire departments of the country. I suppose the brave men and women who protect us from the terrorists come from both political parties as well as from people who describe themselves as independents or not political. But, Hillary describes us, in the broad sense, as terrorists, when we should be coming together to defend ourselves from the real terrorists.

No, I and other Republicans do not at all appreciate being likened to terrorists. It's one thing for a low-level flunky in one or the other party to go overboard with rhetoric. But as a serious candidate for President, you have to hold yourself to a different standard.

What goes around comes around.

Business confidence slips into the neutral zone


A week ago, following the devaluation of the Yuan and the U.S. stock market correction, I ran down a bunch of economic indicators. Among these was my composite index of consumer confidence. I thought I should share my tracking of business confidence. My meta-index for business confidence is based on fifteen underlying surveys of businessmen, ranging from small businessmen to CEOs of the largest corporations; a variety of specialists in business including CFOs, loan officers, credit managers, purchasing agents, and human resource managers; and, businessmen in two large industries (manufacturing and home builders). I've been tracking consumer and business confidence for about 35 years now, and using historical methods I have constructed time series for these going back about 65 years.

After a partial recovery from the depths that business confidence fell during the 2007-09 recession, business confidence seemed to fluctuate about a flat trend from 2010 to 2012. Then, there was a sustained up movement through 2014. Unfortunately, from November 2014 to the present, business confidence has been trending down. From a peak in the mid 60s, signifying a degree of optimism, business confidence has now fallen to the mid 50s, which is arguably in the neutral zone.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Very unimpressive crowd for Hillary Clinton at Ohio college

2,800 at "Commit to Hillary" rally 

From Eric Dondero: 

And the 2,800 estimate is being generous. Even those who attended were not likely to commit. 

Via local KXLF Channel 4, Voters aren't ready to commit at Clinton's 'commit to vote' rally in Ohio
Voters at Hillary Clinton's first rally in Ohio as a declared presidential candidate were far from committed to the Democratic front-runner Thursday, expressing apprehension as they waited for her to speak. 
Asked to sign pamphlets that committed them to Clinton as they walked into the event at Case Western Reserve University, voters said their hesitance stemmed from a mix of issues, including trustworthiness, the prospect of Vice President Joe Biden getting into the race and the fact that other Democrats, primarily Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, are running. 
"I love her and admire her as a strong woman," said Jane Underwood, an undecided Ohio Democrat who voted for Obama in 2008 and 2012. "But I don't trust her. I am sad that I can't [endorse her] but I don't [trust her]." Underwood, who came to the event to see what Clinton had to say, added, "I'd like to have a woman. That is what makes me sad. ... I wish that I was able to endorse her in a more strong way. But I can't."