Wolves

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I have long been a lover of wolves, I love their fierce pack loyalty combined with the concept of an Alpha.

Now, I don’t know if this is true or not, some reading I’ve done suggest the impact is overstated.  Perhaps.  But in addition to being a feel good story, it does underscore my feeling that nature will survive.

Trump’s China Fallacy

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One aspect of Trump’s victory was his campaign of economic nationalism – that China was stealing our jobs and he was going to bring them back.  Of course, China wasn’t alone in his analysis – Mexico and Ford played a part as well.

The fact is, labor is a commodity and purchasers of labor will buy it at its cheapest.

If we want people to purchase American labor inn greater quantities, we have to make our labor cheaper.

Coyote lists but a few of the ways that we increase, needlessly, that price:

  • minimum wage laws, rising to $15 an hour in many parts of the country, and increasingly draconian overtime rules, both of which substantially raise the cost of hiring someone.
  • minimum benefit laws, including expensive health care requirements in Obamacare and a myriad of other state-level requirements such as mandatory paid sick leave or family leave
  • payroll taxes that act as sales taxes on labor  — we understand that cigarette taxes are supposed to reduce cigarette purchases but don’t understand that payroll taxes reduce purchases of labor?
  • employment regulations, such as chair laws and break laws in California, that make employing people more expensive and risky
  • employer liability laws, that make employers financially responsible for any knuckleheaded thing their employees do, even when these actions violate company policy (e.g. making racist or sexist statements)**
  • laws that make hiring far more risk, including those that limit the ability to do due diligence on potential employees (e.g. ban the box) and those that limit the ability of employers to fire poor performing employees.

We have yet to see how a President Trump will work to try and make the cost of American labor more equitable.

Chart of the Day

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Why Clinton lost in one chart.

There was no “Whitelash”.

The democrats just didn’t care who won.

Immigration – Assimilate

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I have in-laws in Brooklyn.  I love going to visit.  In my travels I have met a friend of the family there on the street.  She’s great.  Yet every time I see her, every time, she wistfully asks me if the cost of living in North Carolina is as low as she hears it to be.

I always say yes.

Finally, one time I just couldn’t control myself.  See, the friend is a full on democrat.  So, as I answered in the affirmative, I added on.  I said, “The reason we enjoy such quality of life is that we don’t vote democrat.  We don’t impose expensive taxes and regulations, fees and zoning laws.  We are freer than you are.”

Enter Gloria Alverez:

Yeah – What Coyote Said

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He.  Is.  Not.  Conservative.

Word for word from the Coyote:

Dear Conservatives:  As you wallow around in your election-day schadenfreude, I offer you this note of caution:  Except perhaps on immigration and a few miscellaneous issues like climate, Trump is not a Conservative.  He has no apparent respect for the Constitution, or free speech, or any number of individual freedoms.  He is a serial abuser of eminent domain and has lived off of crony rents for decades.  We often compare government unfavorably to private individuals when it comes to budgeting, observing that most of us can only spend as much as we bring in, unlike a profligate Federal government — but Trump can’t control spending in his own private sphere and has run up huge amounts of debt he has had to disavow in various quests for self-aggrandizement.  Do you really think he won’t do the same thing with public funds?

I said this morning I would give up political prognostication, but I am fairly sure in less than 6 months we are going to see prominent Conservatives coming out publicly with buyer’s remorse.

 

My God – What Have We Done

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In an upset for the ages, Donald Trump won the election.  I’m stunned.

And distressed.

I have been Never Trump from the start, I warned my republican friends that if nominated, I wouldn’t vote for him.  I went so far as to say that if I were forced to vote for Hillary or Donald, I’d have to go with Clinton [luckily there were three options for me].

I don’t think that he has the temperament, the character or the policy platform that qualify him for the highest office in the land.  Yet he won.

I am distressed.

I’m distressed that the republican party couldn’t nominate a better candidate AND distressed that the democrat party couldn’t nominate someone strong enough to sway me to vote for them.  Truly a sad day in America that we woke up to.

Now, is there any good news?  Yes.

  1. Barack Obama didn’t win last night.
  2. Harry Reid didn’t win either.
  3. The republicans held the Senate.
  4. And the House.
  5. There was a massive down ticket win for the conservatives.

It cannot be overstated how important it is that President Obama is soon too be out of power.; it’s been a brutal 8 years.  Further, with control of the senate there will be consideration for the Supreme Court – and if Trump holds too his word [not a guarantee] there will be a conservative Justice to replace the conservative Justice.  And perhaps another and maybe even another.

Perhaps the worst fears of the left have been realized and the racists and the bigots and the fear mongers got their man.  I hope that’s not the case.  If there is any hope of a ray of light in this, it’s that true blue red blooded Americans were fed up with 8 years of failed policies, were fed up with an elite republican party structure that ignored them after 2010 and were rightfully fearful of an utterly corrupt and morally empty human being that is Hillary Clinton.  Let us hope that we can find the better angels of our nature.

 

Tolerance For Me – Tyranny For You

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I’m still #NeverTrump, but I have some neighbors that I like who are voting for The Donald.  They placed a Trump sign on community property; the corner of our two streets.

A neighbor down the way drove over the sign rendering it bent and mangled.  Now, while I’m not voting for Trump I found this behavior horrible.  So I stopped and tried to re-purpose the sign and put it back, but this time next to an electric facility box – to prevent driving over it again.

When I drove by the corner 25 minutes later the sign was pulled out and thrown into the grove.  My neighbor pulled it out and again placed it next to the facility box.

This morning the sign above was placed in front of the Trump sign.

Stay Classy San Diego.

Nothing more intolerant than a tolerant Leftist.

Tarheel Wavers

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest holds his daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S. October 31, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTX2R8UU

Since Trump has been a candidate I have been #NeverTrump solidly.

With the recent Hillary scandals I am moving towards #NeverHillary.

This from the White House:

“I’ll neither defend nor criticize Director Comey’s decision to communicate to the public about the facts of this investigation,” Earnest said Monday. “I’ll do that because of the institutional role of the White House not to interfere with an ongoing FBI or DOJ investigation. I’ll also do that because I don’t have any independent knowledge of what led Director Comey to decide to release that information.”

Standing Rock Sioux v DAPL – Pino’s Solution

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There is a protest in North Dakota.

For all that’s been said, it follows the general political story:

  1. The liberals* have correctly identified a wrong
  2. They have zero clue how to implement a solution

The Indian’s greatest mistake, being susceptible to disease is not a mistake, is to trust the United States Federal government.  After centuries of being absolutely abused, I am continually astonished that they are astonished the government would screw ’em at the first opportunity.

Here is my very simple two step process to solve the situation.

  1. End the notion that there exists, in any legal manner, the concept of a Sovereign Nation.  There is none.Zero sovereign nations outside the 50 great states of these United States exists.

    Period

  2. Stop with this reservation bullshit.  Deed the land to each member of the tribe so that each member/family has their own equal and private ownership of said reservation land.Now each individual can contract that land as their individual circumstance would dictate.  Wanna sell it?  Sell it.  Wanna lease it?  Lease it.

    Wanna tell DAPL to shove it – do that too.

End of story.

  • There is no small irony that the same group of people that mock me for the belief in a “White Haired Gandolph sitting on a throne” myth would get so “offended at the thought” of a sacred site of long dead and dust ancestors.I, of course, understand.  But I acknowledge the existence of Deity, of the after life, of sacredness and all that comes with it.  I just for one blessed minute would like to be spared the indignation of sacrilege while praising such things as “The Piss Christ”.

    By the way, just 3 years ago a ‘sacred burial ground of MY people’ was dug up and moved to make way for a housing complex.  Not an exact parallel but jeepers.  Compensation was offered, negotiated and accepted.  Honoring of the dead ancestors was preserved and protests = 0.

    Just sayin’.

The Persistent Wage Gap Myth

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I was discussing pay inequality between men and women the other day.  I absolutely don’t know what to do with someone who won’t acknowledge that men and women work different jobs.

Another point of interest:

In 2014 4,454 men died on the job.  The number of women who perished?

367

Blink.  Blink.