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2018-04-21 14:23 by Karl Denninger
in Editorial , 147 references
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Really, I generally don't care.

But the dripping, outrageous acts of hypocrisy on the part of the so-called "Tea Party" here and elsewhere are why I gave the finger, formally and publicly, to the group -- even though some people attributed its formation in part to my work.

I'm sure you remember my going after the so-called "Tea Party" if you've been reading my work for a while.  Here's just one of the many articles, from 2010, and of course you can find the original that started my discussion in that regard here.  Or, if you prefer, go ahead and read this one from just in front of the 2010 elections, or this one from right after those elections. (Warning: If you don't like adult language don't click those links!)

So it was with much bemusement that I read this on Twatter just now:


You don't say.....

Maybe you should have taken some of that advice a few years ago eh?

Like, maybe, eight or nine years back?

It's not like the Tea Party didn't have 90% issues -- the ones that are so overwhelming that they'd win every time at the ballot box.  They did.  Like these, for example:

No bailouts -- instead we hand out prison sentences for the banksters.  Not doing so got exactly how many more people screwed by Wells ****ed-You in the following years?  How many of those scams would have been run if a few dozen bank executives and board members had been indicted in 2009 and 2010 for their scams and schemes in the housing bubble?  How many bubble games would everyone be playing now if the acknowledged and inescapable price of doing it was 20 years in Club Fed and loss of all your wealth?

Enforce anti-trust against everyone without fear or favor.  Especially doctors, hospitals, medical insurance companies and drug firms.  Obamacare would have been rendered unnecessary and there would be a multi-hundred-billion dollar a year budget surplus being run for the last decade if we had done that.  You had (and still have!) a double win available there and squander both on the altar of your false Guns, Gays and Gods.

And how far would Pajama Boy Hogg have gotten had we actually held the FBI and DOJ to account all those years ago for their criminal acts?  You know, like Eric (Place) Holder's Fast-n-Furious that led to multiple murders -- a program that was blatantly and outrageously illegal.  Do you really think Comey, Lynch and pals would have played their little game during the 2016 election if Holder had been rotting in a prison cell for his bull****?  Oh Hell no.  The FBI would have done their damned job and the "Draw Mohammad" shooting, Pulse, the Texas Church Shooting and Parkland all would not have happened since every one of those shooters committed either plenty of felonies on a prior basis or gave plenty of warning they were intending one and in all four one or more government agencies knew about it, didn't do their jobs and in two of them had specific, actionable information and either did nothing or worse, were literally right behind the shooter in their own car immediately before the event and didn't arrest him.

Pajama Boy and all his nutless (and nutjob) friends are irrelevant, really -- the relevant point is that the people who were killed would still be here because the jackwad who did it would have been arrested first for the real and actionable crimes they previously committed and were both well-known to the authorities and intentionally ignored.

Oh, and the so-called Tea Party still hasn't demanded that the outrageously corrupt jackasses responsible for all of that go to prison.

The base sentiment in your tweet is correct but unfortunately it's self-serving and intentionally dishonest -- because, in the end, you don't believe a word of it.  The so-called Tea Party is just as regressive and socio-religiously blind without regard to the Constitution or its boundaries as are Muslim terrorists.

Welcome to the party Charlie, but let's cut the crap eh?  As the self-proclaimed founder of Tea Party USA (the group, not the movement) and Executive Director you need to deal with the outrageous and blatant hypocrisy of not only your tweet but what you allowed, condoned and fostered among the organization -- and continue to today.

Yes, Marijuana must be descheduled because it's scheduling was and is not only a criminal fraud it's blatantly unconstitutional.  Our government knew that to ban something like marijuana a Constitutional amendment was required because it had done exactly that with alcohol -- and it also knew doing it was a mistake because it is the only amendment to ever be repealed.  So why is this bull**** tolerated by you or anyone else that actually believes what you just said?

Yes, the 2nd Amendment means what it says.  I note that you haven't said that, however.  "Don't like guns, don't buy one" sounds great.  How about all of the 50,000 laws and regulations that say otherwise?  The NFA is unconstitutional, the GCA of 1968 is unconstitutional, the Brady Bill is unconstitutional and the Holmes Amendment was never actually passed according to both House Rules and Roberts' Rules of Order; the Congressional Record was in fact forgedyet people have and do go to prison for violating that non-law.  So where is TPUSA raising hell about any of that?  May I impolitely remind you that certain cretins tried to impose just one of those 50,000 laws and regulations at Concord and what it led to?  You have the balls to co-opt the movement that responded to that and related acts yet you cower behind a tweet instead of living up to your group's name?

There's your three items (weed, booze and guns.)

And by the way, you still haven't addressed the easy 90% issues -- fraud in the medical and banking systems.  You know, those pesky issues that would instantly win supermajoritities in both the House and Senate and end all this bull****!

Is that because you like the favors of those in power within certain parts of the eCONomy and political theater that benefit you?

Just askin', you know.

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2018-04-21 13:00 by Karl Denninger
in POTD , 94 references

Just askin'..... smiley


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2018-04-21 06:40 by Karl Denninger
in Foreign Policy , 188 references
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Well well.....

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un announced Friday that his country will be suspending missile testing and closing a nuclear test site, several reports said.

"From April 21, North Korea will stop nuclear tests and launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles," the Korean Central News Agency said, according to Yonhap News. "The North will shut down a nuclear test site in the country's northern side to prove the vow to suspend nuclear test."

I'm not sure I believe it, but if true it will mark what no other President has accomplished -- obtaining an actual closure of the North Korean nuclear and missile program.

Of course that which you stop doing you can start again any time you'd like. North Korea did suspend its development of nuclear reactors -- including power reactors -- before in the 1990s.  There's controversy over whether they were playing games or actually did comply, and the US screwed them.  What I do know is that President Bush called them part of the "Axis of Evil" in 2002, and that we were supposed to provide material help with their light water, proliferation-resistant use of nuclear technology to produce energy, and we effectively reneged on that.

So how real is it this time?  I have no idea.  But what I do know is that there are plenty of broken promises on both sides through the last couple of decades, and trying to tick your fingers off on who broke which promise gets somewhat old -- and pointless, when you get down to it.

Oh, and then there's the announcement overnight that Kim Jung-ICBM says no more tests are necessary as the work for mounting nuclear warheads on ballistic rockets is finished.

So are they going to hand what they have over -- all of them, in an absolutely-verifiable way?  Why do I think the answer is "No"?

The left's caterwauling about Trump's position on North Korea, however, sure looks pretty crappy about right now.  I will remind you that Obama managed to achieve exactly nothing when it came to this problem during his eight years in office.  Exactly what, if anything, convinced Kim-Jung-Nutjob that the odds favored him being turned into a ball of expanding gas if he didn't cut the crap doesn't really matter.  What matters is whether this time its real.

We'll have to wait for a while on that; Trump is of course tweeting away, but that may be unwise.  It would take only one rocket fired from North Korea to toss an egg in Trump's face, never mind that we don't know exactly how many bombs he has, so were I him I'd be waiting until I had hard verification that actual success had been achieved first.

You may be waiting a while on that....

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2018-04-20 13:12 by Karl Denninger
in POTD , 97 references
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Email to buy this original piece now! On canvas, ready to hang and enjoy.

Update: Sold!  See the rest of the gallery here....

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2018-04-20 11:51 by Karl Denninger
in Federal Government , 280 references
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I never thought I'd write a Ticker in which I agreed at a 100% level with anything that a Democratic Senator, especially Schumer, wants to see happen.

The day has come and Hell is below freezing for the first time in history.

Specifically, Leader Schumer’s new legislation would:

Decriminalize Marijuana: The legislation would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level by descheduling it, which means removing marijuana from the list of scheduled substances under the U.S. Controlled Substances Act of 1970;

Respect States’ Rights: The legislation would maintain federal law enforcement’s authority to prevent marijuana trafficking from states that have legalized marijuana to those that have not;

Level The Economic Playing Field: The legislation would establish dedicated funding streams for women and minority-owned marijuana businesses;

Ensure Public Safety: The legislation would wake targeted investments in highway safety research to ensure federal agencies have the resources they need to assess the pitfalls driving under the influence of THC and develop technology to reliably measure impairment;

Invest In Public Health: The legislation would invest in public health research to better understand the effects of THC on the brain and the efficacy of medicinal marijuana for specific ailments; and

Protect Children: The legislation would maintain federal authority to regulate marijuana advertising in the same way it does alcohol and tobacco advertising to ensure that marijuana businesses aren’t allowed to target children in their advertisements.

I can only quibble with one element of this -- the "dedicated funding streams" that are by definition discriminatory.  Codifying discrimination in law is bad -- always.

But seriously, we're quibbling here.  The nation desperately needs an objective, scientific standard for impairment.  Colorado's is known (scientifically) to be wrong (in other words, people not stoned are flagged as "DUI", albeit as a rebuttable presumption rather than as a dispositive fact.)  This needs to be fixed on a uniform basis so that individuals (and businesses) can know whether they're impaired as a matter of law, just as can be done today with a $100 hand-held device you can put in your car, or a bar can install to deter people from driving while intoxicated.  Science can and will get there, quickly, but only when there are no barriers to said study, as right now it's literally impossible to get both the funding and approval to do so.

We also need actual medical studies to be able to figure out not only what works scientifically and what's anecdote when it comes to various maladies, but also what specific compounding, or choice of administration routes, works best when it comes to various ailments.  There is a high probability, for example, that many ailments are best handled with preparations with little or no THC in them; such treatments would not only be ridiculously cheap in an unscheduled commercial environment but have zero impairment associated with them.

De-scheduling and leaving it to the states also means, however, that even if the science is either not yet done or inconclusive if a particular individual finds that some preparation relieves their symptoms they're free to use it for that purpose without interference, risking a prison sentence or winding up on some government "list."

And finally, the 50 State political laboratories model is one that I've never heard out of a Democrat before.


But that model is not only "correct" politically it's the only model that's valid under our Constitution.

The People get to vote with their feet.  Those who believe that there is something "unholy" about weed can move to a state that refuses to recognize the medical and social benefits from decriminalization or even full legalization as a matter of state law.  If you want to live in a state where the people have decided that it should be a crime to smoke or possess a joint, have at it.  Those who believe that such a position is not only stupid it's criminally insane can move to a state that believes that individual rights, personal privacy and medical benefit are plenty of reason to treat marijuana and its derivatives like alcohol.

The line in this proposed bill is in the correct place; the Federal Government has the explicit delegated power to regulate interstate commerce, which includes weed, but has no power to regulate commerce that takes place solely within a state, Wickard .v. Filburn's lie notwithstanding.

Now Senator, can we have a conversation about the medical scams and get a similarly-reasoned and rational response out of you in that regard?

You might actually give me a reason to vote for a Democrat.

PS: Press releases and even introduced bills won't get there.  Actual passed legislation is required.  "Trust me" has no value in this nation any more and hasn't, especially among Federal legislatures and the Executive, for decades.

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