The Omnipotent Hag on Innocence

Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Posted in category Totalitarian Government

The presumption of innocence is a staple of Anglo-American common law, except in Feinstein-Land. She states, here, that Americans shall ”petition to prove they are innocent and get off of the watchlist.” That is, the arbitrary, totalitarian “watchlist” that the United States government randomly assembles by way of secret evidence and uncorroborated sources and information based on the low standards of “reasonable suspicion.”

Condos for Car Nuts, or, the $100k+ Man Cave

Monday, June 20, 2016
Posted in category Boom-Bubble Phenomenon

Surely it’s ironic that a closed General Motors assembly plant in Pontiac, Michigan would become the new home to a “car aficionado playground,” or what is known as the M1 Car Condo project. To quote an article from MLive:

DETROIT – There are many places where people meet in Metro Detroit to proudly display their cars and trucks, or just gawk at other people’s, or both.

But Brad Oleshanksy said there are few if any dedicated spots in Southeast Michigan with a closed track, private garages and public retail all in one setting.

That changes this summer when Oleshansky’s M1 Concourse opens on 87 acres of land in Pontiac.

The $50 million project, in the making since 2013, has already had 8,000 tons of asphalt laid for its 1.5-mile track, and will open in time for Woodward Dream Cruise in August, with some events planned before then.

This project, called M1 Concourse, is an 87-acre “car enthusiast destination” that is a race track lined with nearly 300 car-condos, or private garages, ranging in price from $105k to $1M. These are deemed the “ultimate man caves.” Upcoming phases call for all the usual trappings of these bubble-economy, luxury undertakings: event space, a car-themed restaurant, and plans for extensive retail and commercial space into the year 2018. (We’ll see how that goes.)

This whole venture is described as a glorious “coming together” of the public and private sector with public funds being snatched to pay for cleaning up and redeveloping the site, and providing infrastructure.

Thus developers here descended upon mounds of cheap credit to borrow and build a luxury project, and they merged these borrowed monies with funds swindled from taxpayers via congressional dictates under the guise of “revitalizing Pontiac.” Pontiac is a city that has long been dead as a doornail, largely empty and abandoned, including empty auto plants and a shoddy downtown. The only renovations in this city have come from an economy bubbling with excess credit and Federal Reserve-gifted bargain interest rates. There is no genuine grass roots interest or demographic stability to support a project of this type, which is why it became infused with the promises of politicians and taxpayer dollars.

How long this multi-million dollar man cave will stay afloat will depend on how quickly the next Meltdown will bear down upon us. Perhaps it can join the Pontiac Silverdome one day in the Pontiac graveyard for formerly fabulous projects. Thanks to James Nellis for the tip. Follow me on Twitter @karendecoster.

 

One Giant Step for Transgenderkind

Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Posted in category political correctness

Well, I don’t see much evidence that he is breaking records, but all the same, you wanted it, you got it. Men can self-identify as a chick and use their inherent athletic advantage to win at sports. As media host Brian Wilson noted on my Facebook page, “bring back roller derby!”

The Victimology Olympics

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Wanna go to Poverty-Refugee-Homeless camp? Here’s a new article on Forbes on Misery Tourism: a new cottage industry for the achievement-hating, misery-embracing, guilt-fabricating, wealth-redistributing, lefty do-gooders whose job it is to keep alive the mentality that all achievers, doers, and producers must be dragged down to the level of the lowest and poorest common denominator in order for them to be thought of, even momentarily, as humans.

Misery Camp is where people with too much time on their hands give way to left-wing peer pressure and sink themselves into a status of phony misery, poverty, homelessness, and refugee-ism, in order to learn the finer points of such marketable skills as hunger deprivation, sleep deprivation, solitary lockup, experiencing discomfort, and oh, being stripped of your dignity and identity. Just think of how you can ”grow” your social justice warrior “skill set” and learn the finer points of victimology while posting Facebook pictures of your misery mock-up from your iPhone while you plunge into refugee status at day camp for the cost of only a couple of hundred dollars.

The refugee simulation takes place on a 400-acre farm in which participants are disoriented, are harassed and chased by groups, face challenges of finding food and shelter, and then are forced to fill out asylum forms in a language they don’t understand.Late last year, two non-profits, Giving What We Can, and Empathy Action, faced a sharp backlash when they planned to host a poverty simulation at Clare College, which is part of the elite University of Cambridge in the U.K. The organizers said they would turn “Clare College cellars into a run-down, oppressive slum” and create an event that was characterized as being “fun and insightful,” and participants were invited to stay “afterwards for a drink in the bar.”

…Sometimes the locations where simulations are held can create an ironic image. Last year the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland held a policy summit that included a poverty simulation — at the Omni William Penn Hotel, a luxury property in Pittsburgh. The Bank of America Black Executive Leadership Council has a poverty simulation scheduled for June 29, 2016 at the upscale Ritz-Carlton in Charlotte, North Carolina.

So even the Federal Reserve had a poverty simulation during a policy summit on housing, human capital, and inequality. They probably all arrived in limos and ended with a martini toast, then went to the office and expensed it all so the taxpayer could share in the ‘virtual’ misery.

The Indoctrinators who push these things are hopeful that intelligent and ambitious individuals who do wonders for humanity via their entrepreneurial and productive abilities will take on these magical misery trips and be so moved by it all that they will perhaps “leave their jobs and go into micro finance and the relief sector.” The Forbes title (“Misery Tourists: How the Wealthy Learn What It’s Like to be Poor”) is misleading, as this is not just an occasion for bored, guilty people of wealth. Shared – even if phony – misery is a useful tool for molding approval for the government redistribution-central planning sector at the expense of a free market that builds and maintains wealth through accomplishment. In fact, these misery camps are becoming a requirement of organizations, colleges, and schools as these institutions continue to condition and indoctrinate human capital for the purpose of building future support for bigger and more invasive government.

 

Muhammad Ali Was Right

Sunday, June 5, 2016
Posted in category War

My Facebook thread is filled with dissing of Muhammad Ali by, what I can mostly discern, those who are conservatives, Republicans, and assorted fundamentalists. Each slam is of the same boorish content; draft dodger, draft dodger, anti-American, yada yada.

All I see is these folks writing about hating Ali while they instead wish to worship and honor those who went to war under a slave-draft system to kill people they knew nothing about because their government held a gun to their head, gave them a draft number, and opened the gate for them and the rest of the cannon fodder. The “draft dodger” condemnations are being carelessly flung out and about by the usual idiots. In return, here’s Tom Mullen:

Ali never dodged the draft; he opposed it, accepting the legal consequences without any attempt to evade them. He didn’t flee to Canada or enroll in college to obtain a deferment. From the moment he learned of his induction, Ali stood firmly in the proud tradition of civil disobedience, saying “just take me to jail.”

So Muhammad Ali is properly described as being willing to _die for_ peace and freedom. He faced down the government, held on to principle, spoke his mind, and never sold out a damn thing in spite of his incarceration. He didn’t run – he stayed and fought the establishment, even as the government tried to destroy him.

Then, folks are bringing up Ali’s racial connotations about white people being his enemy, with him saying (to paraphrase), “I’m not going to go over there and help somebody get what the negroes don’t have,” and telling those young, white kids on college campuses, “You are my opposer when I want freedom, you are my opposer when I want justice, you won’t even stand up for me or my religion, but you want me to go somewhere and fight somebody who has done nothing to me.”

Ali, in his times, was exactly right about all of that, so what’s the problem? This is something that today’s fake-i-fied Social Justice Warriors cannot even comprehend. Ali was indeed a great American.

FDA Claims the Power to Define Words

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Posted in category Food Politics

The FDA wants full control of the word “healthy.” To quote:

The Food and Drug Administration will re-evaluate its definition of “healthy,” which could eventually upend how a range of foods are marketed.

The gist of this is that the FDA will take full control of a word. The word “healthy,” and how it is defined, deployed, and where and when it can be used. The FDA is, and has been, a criminal organization acting in concert with Big Ag, Big Pharma, and powerful special interests while destroying every last bit of freedom that Americans have left to choose their own food.

The FDA currently allows use of the term “healthy” on packaging only when products meet certain nutrient criteria. Last year, it told the maker of Kind fruit-and-nut bars that the company’s products should not be called healthy because of their saturated fat levels.

Realize that you live in a place and time where the government can declare what food products are or are not “healthy” by employing its deviant and biased use of the term to strike down any food product that does not meet its politicized guidelines. Of all of the bars (breakfast bars, granola bars, energy bars, snack bars) on the market, Kind is one of the very few that I buy, and that is because of the mostly clean list of ingredients without the corn syrup, added sugars, and other crap. But because nuts are central to the ingredient list, and nuts have “fat,” and fat is still demonized by the Food-Agriculture Cartel and the medical establishment, Kind bars are kicked to the curb in favor of low-fat sugary snacks. This article on Fox News accurately explains the basics of how it works:

Food can only be marketed as healthy if it meets five criteria: fat, saturated fat, sodium, cholesterol and beneficial nutrients, like vitamin C or Calcium. The levels differ by food category, but snacks generally can’t have more than 3 grams of fat.

When the term ‘healthy’ was first officially defined in 1994, low fat content was the main focus of health professionals. Sugar wasn’t on the FDA’s, or most nutritionists,’ radar.

Kellogg Co. doesn’t generally market its Frosted Flakes or low-fat Pop-Tarts as “healthy,” but under the current guidelines, it could. While the foods are high in sugar, they meet all the criteria, from low fat to fortified with vitamins. And fat-free pudding cups can be marketed as healthy, but avocados couldn’t because they have too much fat, according to today’s rules.

The article also notes something else that should not escape the analytical eye, and that is the FDA is going to take years - many years – to redefine this word. That means the organization will grow ever more omnipotent by ramping up its budget, spending oodles of tax dollars, hiring masses of bureaucrats, distorting medical science, and colluding with corporate state partners to build a framework around a word – “healthy” – that will keep the current system and its profit partners deeply entrenched for decades to come while pushing out competitors whose products are not a part of the government-approved machinations.

The Government-Airline Complex and Seat Czars

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Posted in category Fascism

It’s not news that the government has systematically destroyed the airline industry via its regulation and war on terror. Flying, at least to me, has become the most unpleasant act I can ever undertake while paying for the non-service.

What has become a huge nuisance is the seating arrangements on airlines. So few seats are available when you book a flight because anyone with a sense of a budget is priced out of 1st class and the “better” seats are additional costs above the already overpriced standard seats. And that is in addition to the charges for baggage, additional baggage, and baggage that weighs in above the poundage limit. I am never able to get a bulkhead seat anymore – not in many years – because those are reserved to “people with prosthetic devices,” “handicapped people,” “people in wheelchairs,” or “the elderly,” depending on what airline you call or who answers your questions on a given day. But every time I board a plane and look at the folks in the bulkhead, they fit none of the above categories.

This week I booked a flight to Seattle and was unable to grab two assigned seats for the flight back to Detroit from Seattle. And I know how that situation can end up – one may very well get caught in the middle of (yet another) overbooking, and since I have no seat, I have no guarantee I’ll get on that plane to come home on my prescribed day and time. So my ticket is not a contract – it assigns me of the possibility of a service in return for the cash I paid upfront for that service.

So when I called Alaskan Airlines and told them I needed a seating assignment, the response from the agent hinted to me that the seat map was under airport control and seats could not be booked. Airports may hold back 40% or more of seat assignments to be released on the day of travel thereby stressing out paying customers who have purchased tickets well ahead of time, and dishing out prime seats to those who are in the right place at the right time. I told her I was flying back to Detroit from Seattle the day after a hamstring surgery in Seattle, and I would be on crutches, in pain, and experiencing limitations in bending and movement, and I therefore absolutely needed a handicapped (bulkhead) seat. I was told, after several minutes of trying to understand why a handicapped person could not get a handicapped seat (imagine that), that she would temporarily assign me a bulkhead seat, but on the day of the flight the airport had the right to throw me out of my seat.

I received no straight answer when I asked how that would happen, considering I will be on crutches (visible) and I will have signed medical instructions from the doctor. She said “they” will assign the seats as they see fit, so I may lose my seat. And if I lose my handicapped seat even though I am handicapped, there may potentially be no other (standard) seat available for me. So I said, “Who is they? Who is this mysterious Seat Czar?” She said, “the airport.” I said I understood the game of airport-controlled seating, but if a handicapped person who is one day post-surgery, on crutches, and unable to bend at the waist cannot get a handicapped seat, who will get these seats?” Only the Seat Czar knows.

Time once published 20 reasons to hate the airlines but not one of the 20 mentions was the governmentization of airports, airlines, hubs, routes, rules, and taxes. Even Richard Branson was blocked by the US Department of Transportation from stopping a takeover of his Virgin America. I think the intention of this entire industry and their regulators is to make people miserable, helpless, and begging for any speck of kindness from the Masters in control.

Not Drugging Children: “promising new approach”

Sunday, May 1, 2016
Posted in category Big Pharma

Here’s an ADHD story reported by the mainstream media that boggles the mind. A young boy with “energy to spare” is, in the age of Drugs First, deemed a problem. This story’s theme is that when these normally energetic children are deemed a problem to society because they are not happy about being forced to be captive in the government schools, something has to be done to rectify the situation. The newsflash here is that addressing the child’s behavior first instead of immediately drugging the child is ”a promising new approach” and “an approach that could change the way young children are treated.”

Book Borrowers’ Prison

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Posted in category police state

Okay, so these folks are not good at organizing their lives enough to return library books, but they were hauled off to court for charges of “Failure to Return Rental Property.”

The couple thinks it’s unfair that they never would have been charged, if they had each just paid a $105 “diversion fee” to the Lenawee County Economic Crimes Unit in addition to the monies owed to the Tecumseh Public Library.

And the Retail Recession Continues

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Posted in category Economics

Nordstrom inventory is stale and not moving, profits are forecasted to be 30% down in the first two quarters this year, and 400 employees at corporate HQ are getting the pink slip. Additionally, Intel is cutting 12,000 jobs. This is added to the long list of retail closings and layoffs just since mid-2015.

The cuts confirm a terrifying new reality for high-end retailers: Wealthy shoppers are reining in spending and — along with the rest of American consumers — refusing to pay full price for anything.

Yet Obama insisted he reigned over an era of private sector job creation that is unprecedented.