Friday, October 16, 2015
Demanding things the world cannot provide leads to disappointment.
Customer Demand: Mich McConnell thinks the US public wants massive cuts to Medicare, reductions in Social Security and the neutering of the EPA's attempts to preserve drinkable water and breathable air. He's so sure that he says he will make the US into a deadbeat nation that cannot pay its bills if Obama and the Dems don't give in. They aren't going to, so now what? Are these guys deliberately setting out to destroy the Republican Party? Or the whole country?
Wrong Is Wrong: Serious and respected editors of The Lancet, The New England Journal of Medicine as wall as the Stanford School of Medicine say that at least half of all medical clinical results published are incorrect, unreliable, false. It is not just that the results cannot be replicated, but they are false, faked, untrue. Medical science, they say, has “taken a turn towards darkness,” and “It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published". Particularly studies involving drugs and medical devices. In short, "there is increasing concern that most current published research findings are false" In earlier days these charges would be headline news, prompting Congressional investigations. Today it is business as usual.
Up Against The Wal-Mart: There's been a lot of hooey written about Wal-Mart's problems and its supposed solutions, but it comes down to this: Wal-Mart is a retailer trying to manage its way to a profit. Doesn't work. Ask K-Mart, Sears, JCPenney and friends. You have to sell your way to a profit and you can't sell what you don't have on the shelf in a dirty store with disinterested employees. Chasing Amazon sounds like fun, but Amazon isn't their competition, Dollar General is. Cutting prices more will start another race to the bottom, and Wal-Mart seems to already be there. And $30 or $40 billion in stock buybacks isn't working either.
Circus Act: The Republican Wannabees have settled on a general plan to replace ObamaCare with a) tax credits to help the poor pay for private insurance plans, b) reducing the current protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and c) limiting federal funds given to the states for Medicaid programs. Everybody in favor, go to your rooms.
Dumb & Dumber: Seems the new and improved 2016 Vws have a new and improved ways of fooling emission testing protocols. Makes it hard to pretend that the bosses didn't know and didn't authorize these things. Also will make it impossible to sell them in the US. Das Auto know better.
Fearless Foes: We are, it says here in the propaganda pamphlets, fighting ISIS. Our vaunted air assets on on the job! Other reports say that ISIS earns $1.5 million a day to finance its war by selling petroleum. I've lived in West Texas and can assure you that oil wells, pipelines and refineries can neither run nor hide. They just sit there. Yet the ISIS oil fields keep pumping money into their barbaric cause. Why is it that only 196 of over 10,000 US airstrikes have been targeted at ISIS oil– which keeps on keeping on? Are we that bad, or are we not trying?
Stand And Deliver: For a long, long time the Republican base – both the money and the mouthy – have been promised an end to big government, abortion, illegal (and legal) immigration, not to mention gays littering up the public square and handouts to the lazy. And the Republicans in Congress have not kept the faith. Faceed with the unmeetable demands they themselves helped create, they now find themselves not only unable to govern but unable to even elect a leader. All they know how to do is make promises – especially the promise to bring the nation to its knees in supplication. Ain't gonna happen. Keep you eyes on the center ring.
Knock Knock: When is the end not the end? In Afghanistan!
Posted by Charles Kingsley Michaelson, III at 8:12 AM