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Obama is the worst

I was born May 1949, the significance of which will become clear. There have been terrible presidents since then — crooks, liars, incompetents, sleazeballs, scumbags.

Worst since FDR Yet the longer Barack Obama is in office, the lower he has dropped in my estimation. He lies. He defies the Constitution, and lies about it. He signed the Unaffordable Care Act into law, after lying about every aspect of it. I doubt he has read it. His foreign policy would be a joke, except worldwide blunders are not really that funny, especially when they are deadly. As I have written, if he was a Muslim from Kenya (and he is not), I cannot think of any way he would have conducted himself differently. Notice how he always knows exactly what will tick off Islamists? Obama has stirred up dissention and partisanship, turning the US from a melting pot into a smelting pot.

GDP historically

Economists, and Obama, claim the USA are in a recovery. Most Americans believe the economy is shitty, to use the technical term. We are not imagining it. Incomes are down, millions are unemployed [see: table below], and the gap between the wealthiest and the rest of us keeps growing, decimating the Middle Class. As the chart directly above shows, our consistently low annual growth rate of 2.1% has fallen to 1.2% in the second quarter, according to the Commerce Department, making this the weakest economic expansion since 1949, the year I was born. [See why I mentioned it.]

So officially, for all these reasons and more, I can proclaim: Obama is the worst president in my lifetime. Some assert that he’s the worst president ever; I lack the historical perspective to verify that.

“I don’t think there’s ever been someone
  so qualified to hold this office.”
  — Obama endorsing Hillary Clinton (for President)

I can say unequivocally, and vocally, that despite competition, Obama is the worst president since 1945. No wonder he wants Hillary Clinton to succeed him. Potentially, she is the one person who might make him look less disastrous in comparison. That is undoubtedly what he means when he calls her “prepared.” The question is, how can we prepare?

Peeking Cat Posted 9 August 2016

She can run
She can hide

The latest Hillary Rodham Clinton wisdom [LOL] in Reno, Nevada, 17 August 2016. [And my concise comments.]

Ms Hillary Clinton

Everywhere I go, people tell me how concerned they are by the divisive rhetoric coming from my opponent in this election. It’s like nothing we’ve heard before from a major party nominee for President of the United States. From the start, Donald Trump has built his campaign on prejudice and paranoia.

[Points for alliteration, but her writers would have scored higher using at least three-in-a-row, like “corrupt Clinton cash conspiracy.”]

He’s taking hate groups mainstream and helping a radical fringe take over one of America’s two major political parties. His disregard for the values that make our country great is profoundly dangerous.

[Like the vituperation directed at Blacks, women and others who dare escape the Democratic reservation, even women who vote for a man with an (R).]

In just the past week, under the guise of “outreach” to African Americans, Trump has stood up in front of largely white audiences
[Is anything more racist than identifying an audience by colour? No. Americans have access to media, so the live audience is irrelevant. The whole world is watching, to coin a phrase. Clinton routinely isolates groups based on their ethnicity. It’s in the Democratic playbook.]
and described black communities in insulting and ignorant terms: “Poverty. Rejection. Horrible education. No housing. No homes. No ownership. Crime at levels nobody has seen… Right now, you walk down the street, you get shot.” Those are his words.

[His edited words. He was not insulting Blacks, he was insulting Democratic politicians of all complexions. And it is not just African-Americans who suffer from one-party rule. Trump observed that Democratic Party governance of the past few decades have led to inner city collapse. Look no further than California, where their grip on the state is driving away people and businesses. For more nonsensical defences of failure, read about Ben Cardin denying the Democratic Party's War on Blacks.]

Donald Trump misses so much. He doesn’t see the success of black leaders in every field… The vibrancy of black-owned businesses… Or the strength of the black church… He doesn’t see the excellence of historically black colleges and universities or the pride of black parents watching their children thrive…

[Blah, blah, blah. A variation of “some of my best friends are Black.” Is Clinton suggesting the Great Society policies have worked over 50 years? That everything in honkey dorey? What Trump observed was that their success should not be roped in by Democratic restraints, an undeniable point. ]

And he certainly doesn’t have any solutions to take on the reality of systemic racism and create more equity and opportunity in communities of color.

[Of course he does. It is Democrats who identify every American by his or her ethnicity, gender and appearance. Who expand Mexicans to mean all Hispanics, which is not a race, just having a common language. Trump wants to stop holding minorities and others dependent on broken government programs. He wants to make encourage school choice, despite the teacher unions’s push to make schools better for teachers, at the expense of students. And he wants policies that reduce crime, not strip guns from law-abiding people who cannot count on the police to protect them. He wants to break their chains, at least that is what he claims.]

It takes a lot of nerve to ask people he’s ignored and mistreated for decades, “What do you have to lose?” The answer is everything!

Trump’s lack of knowledge or experience or solutions would be bad enough. But what he’s doing here is more sinister. Trump is reinforcing harmful stereotypes [as opposed to her useful stereotypes] and offering a dog whistle to his most hateful supporters. It’s a disturbing preview of what kind of President he’d be.

[Kind of like reviewing Clinton’s record. But, okay, what have Blacks got to lose? Dependence on Welfare and other programs, dangerous streets and a dismal future for their children. Clinton has lied and relied on stereotypes for decades.]

Hillary Smiling

Finally, Clinton claimed to admire Maya Angelou, who once said: “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.”

[Fine advice. Justification for not voting for Clinton and not voting for Trump. To use the latter’s term, both are losers.]

[See: Clinton racism ignored. DOWNTREND gives examples of Clinton’s racism, only following the Progressive definition of racism, they list things unrelated to race, such as calling Paul Fray a “fucking Jew bastard.” That’s a religion, not a race. Just makes her anti-Semitic, not racist.]

Peeking Cat Posted 27 August 2016

Keep On Smiling

Someone whom I respect and admire, author-psychologist Dr Judith Tutin, wrote a great piece, picked up by Yahoo!, on how women can project an image of strength without allowing others to tell them how to act. I agreed with the thrust of the article, nitpicking one detail. She wrote that people groused about Hillary Clinton not smiling enough. Ho hum.

I had not heard complaints about not smiling, during the years of following this election cycle, which will end in 72 days, not that I’m counting or anything. Then again, I’d never heard of the ALT-RIGHT until last week, at least not in a non-computer context. A vast majority of Americans loathe the Democratic nominee. Clinton’s facial expressions would not change that.

After extensive research [Googling the phrase ‘Clinton needs to smile’] I uncovered quite a few instances where this claim was made. Here is a reaction on Twitter to one such tweet.

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So I apologise profusely for doubting the good doctor, but I never heard that particular complaint. Honestly.

I had heard people saying that Carly Fiorina needed to smile, not Hillary Clinton. There is plenty of negativity about the former First Lady’s presentation. I’m not convinced this is a gender thing because I’ve seen and heard of persons in both of the major sexes being called on to smile more. I may even have heard such comments directed at me, a confessed heterosexual male. “Why you look so mean?” That sort of thing.

Complaints came regarding Ms Clinton’s attire, when she addressed poverty wearing a $12,495 jacket, her laugh, her delivery, even the suggestion that she seems uncomfortable reading her speeches, as if carefully parsing her words to avoid incriminating herself.


Her husband is a far more accomplished liar. That is not a gender distinction, Bill personally lifts deception to an art form. While Hillary Clinton is a serial liar, she has never been convincing. She cannot hide her anger when dissembling, probably thinking, if Bill were slinging this horse shit, he’d get away with it. Hillary’s only saviours are the current opaque administration and a compliant media.

My only defence of smile-controversy ignorance is that my Twitter feed includes a better class of commentators, and that I avoid the kind of smarmy media trafficking in facial-expression evaluation: Chris Matthews, MSNBC, NPR and other imbalanced outlets. Apparently, the left-wingers I follow are more thoughtful than the clowns who want Clinton to smile and say “cheesy.”

Peeking Cat Posted 28 August 2016

Watching the Election

Saw another Trump speech. Fast forwarded through most of it, except his comments on the Democratic Party failing African-Americans. He seemed unusually restrained, in spreading the same message as Lenora Fulani in 1988 (and 1992), that Democrats have done nothing for Blacks. I mean, other than popularising the term "African-American," so nothing. That is why Democratic media are doing the same thing to Jill Stein that they did to Fulani, trying to make her disappear.

Trump could have pointed out that the party of identity politics are waging a War On Blacks, reaping the benefits of keeping them on Uncle Sam’s Plantation, as Star Parker puts it. Most of Trump’s promises lacked substance, but he got one thing right. He said Blacks have nothing to lose by voting for him, which is probably true, although they would fare far better under Gary Johnson, as would we all.

The previous day I’d seen Hillary Rotgut Clinton dressed in a chameleon-coloured outfit. Fittingly, she was portraying the Law-and-Order candidate for a day, a title Trump had already claimed. She does have a record of pushing strict punishment and increasing the number of police but, for now, she’s pretending to like Black Lives Matter because she fears losing Black votes, and assumes they all like BLM because they are all the same to her.

Clinton#146;s make crime

While this is part of her strategy of saying anything to get elected, she should avoid the subject of Law and Order because she comes out with statements like: Everyone is safer when there is respect for the law and when everyone is respected by the law. And when I say everyone, I mean everyone but me. I am paraphrasing, but that was the gist of it.

One of her handful of police supporters is Bill Bratton. The former NY Police Commissioner is retiring to a cushy job with Teneo Holdings, part of the vast Clinton conspiracy. According to the Daily Beast, "the company is so intertwined with the Clintons that some accuse its founders of tacitly marketing the firm as a means of accessing the political power family: pay for Teneo services and make Clinton connections in return." That makes him less than disinterested, although most media outlets forgot, or were unaware of, his strong ties to the Clintons. [They omitted it deliberately.]

Those are the latest campaign-trail developments. Same sad shit. Polls up and down. Now, will you vote for Gary Johnson? You vote for freedom is free, 8 November.

2 for 1 Posted 19 August 2016

Dr Pepper

Pass The Sugar (Tax)

Sugar. The first thing that comes to mind is the great Heather Nova song of the same name.

The next: In the seventies (1970s), I read a book called Sugar Blues recounting how non-nutritional refined sugar impaired William Dufty, the author’s, health. Sugar is bad, especially for teeth, although it is unclear if all types, such as those appearing naturally in fruits and vegetables, are as bad or at all bad. To reduce the effects of sinus and other ailments, I drastically cut down on sugar and my health improved, so I am no friend of indiscriminate sugar consumption.

The only thing more debilitating than sugar is government coercing people to stop using it. Nanny statism does not work, except to piss off anyone who still believes this is a free country. Moreover, it hurts those with limited incomes. Assume that fresh juice is better than Coke®. If nothing else, juice contains vitamins. You can get a large container of Coke (or some cola) for around a buck. Fresh orange juice costs several times as much. If the government wanted citizens to choose healthy beverages, they would introduce policies to reduce the price of beverages that are not fructose water with some a few additives. And they would stop sugar support and corn subsidies as national policy. (Corn, AKA fructose.)

Despite failing two years ago, San Francisco pols want to tax soda again. Not other sugary substances, like Starbucks, just soda. Much like the ban on plastic bags, this is an imposition of someone’s extrapolation of science on everyone else. The plastic bag ban forces stores to charge for paper bags (already 25¢ per bag in San Mateo County). Who is hurt by this tax? Not rich folks who drive around with bags in their cars, those stuck on the bus, who may be unable to schlep bags around with them all the time. Or elderly people who may forget to bring a bag.


SF Supervisor Malia Cohen [shown above] is pushing the November ballot measure for a soda tax, beginning at a penny. If it passes, it will increase exponentially, like every tax and fee in the city. The pro-tax forces have raised around a quarter of a million dollars for the campaign, including $150,000 from former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg, who likes to lord his fortune over the peasants, even though he is no longer in office.

The Board of Supervisors expect the tax to yield $14 million a year, so reducing consumption is less urgent than generating ever more revenue for an overtaxed, deteriorating city.

Nevertheless, career politician Cohen, said "this is a measure that is of urgent nature." If so, they should ban soda, not tax it. She agrees the tax is regressive, earning her points for honesty, but adds that "regressive diseases like Type 2 diabetes also disproportionately affect people at the bottom." Even with the Unaffordable Care Act and Medicaid keeping them healthy?

The Supervisor, a major defender of San Francisco as a so-called sanctuary city, apparently considers some life-and-death matters of less import than others. She claims to favour public safety and job creation. Obviously, she doesn’t. If voters approve this tax, they will have their own gullibility to blame.

Posted 4 August 2016


Oh say can you sit
A story injecting itself into the news for several days. American-football player Colin Kopernicus refuses to stand during the “Star Spangled Banner,” and honour the flag because, I believe, he objects to police getting away with killing Blacks.

What do I think?

I do not give a rat's ass because Number 1) he's a football player, and Number 2) of all the horrible acts committed by these sports figures, this is the one that draws all the outrage? Would he have been better off beating a woman or shooting someone?

In one election cycle, the big issue was whether there should be a Constitutional Amendment making flag-burning a crime. Let me repeat. Burning the flag should be a crime, supporters said. Not holding it upside down, stepping on it or ignoring it. Burning it. That false issue vanished. Now not standing is supposedly something to offend us.

No, it’s not.

Many times, I have faced a situation where everyone stands for enforced patriotism, usually at a sports event. I usually stand and do nothing more — no hand on my heart or singing along. Forcing a pledge offends me, fine in a fully totalitarian nation, not a free one.

Now, it is being argued that soldiers fought for our freedom, so we should stand and salute the flag. But they didn’t fight for a fucking flag, at least I hope not. In most cases, they didn’t fight for freedom, just to satisfy some sleazy politicians who ignited a war for expediency or on a whim. The Revolutionary War was fought for freedom. A few others as well. During my lifetime, there have been exactly zero wars that had anything to do with freedom or protecting the United States. I feel terrible that countrymen and countrywomen were killed and maimed, but that has nothing to do with a flag or a song. And the wars were wrong.

As far as the player’s issue with the police, I would support him if he complained that the police get away with abuses, including murder, because of systemic failure and militarisation of law enforcement. It has nothing to do with skin colour or ethnicity. Rise of the Warrior Cop by Radley Balko thoroughly examines this problem. Kopernicus could read it, if football players read.

What bugs me is that the Constitution is ignored. That is the law of the land, not some silly banner or jingle.

Big-mouth Donald Trump put in his two cents, saying the guy should move to another country. I lsuspect there are places with more freedom, but that is hardly the point. The US of A claims to be “the land of the free“ in the song that is key in this controversy. Whether another country is freer is irrelevant. We do not even have free and open elections, as many other countires do. Until the government starts following the Constitution, freedom is an illusion, this nation is a fraud and everyone can ignore the stars and stripes, in my humble opinion.

30/8/16   c a t


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Unemployment Reality


The U-6 unemployment rate counts not only people without work seeking full-time employment (the more familiar U-3 rate), but also counts “marginally attached workers and those working part-time for economic reasons.” Note that some of these part-time workers counted as employed by U-3 could be working as little as one hour a week. The “marginally attached workers” include those who have gotten discouraged and stopped looking, but still want to work. The age considered for this calculation is 16 years and over. [source: Portal Seven]

Labor Chart

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Lies, Clinton style

Questions for Madam Secretary

25 import things about Hillary instead of the usual left-wing piffle:
  1. When did she know her husband was a serial abuser, and does she feel guilty for destroying his accusers?
  2. Precisely how trades made in the Cattle Futures scandal turned $1,000 into $99,000 in weeks.
  3. Why didn’t she do anything to protect the Americans in Benghazi?
  4. Who is Saul Alinsky and why was he her mentor?
  5. When she was working on Watergate, why did her boss Zeifman, a lifelong Democrat, call Hillary a "liar" and "an unethical, dishonest lawyer" and have her fired?
  6. What really happened with Travelgate?
  7. What really happened with the Rose Law Firm?
  8. What really happened with Whitewater?
  9. What gave Hillary the right to see private FBI files of her political enemies in FileGate?
  10. Why didn’t she turn over her illegal server with State Department e-mails to congress?
  11. Why does her foundation accept money from avowed terror states?
  12. What is her take on the Vince Foster "suicide"?
  13. Why did she think she was entitled to steal the White House furniture when she left?
  14. Why does she lie even about things that mean nothing: lying about being under sniper fire in Bosnia, lying about being named after Sir Edmund Hillary, or lying that her grandparents were immigrants?
  15. Should America be concerned that in ChinaGate, the 22 people that were convicted of fraud or for funneling Asian funds into the DNC were associates of Bill Clinton?
  16. Did selling stays at the Lincoln Bedroom to political donors make her feel like a whore? [Harsh, I say.]
  17. Does Hillary think Juanita Broadrick lied when she said on national news that Bill Clinton raped her?
  18. Is she still okay that Bill went to pedophile island with Jeff Epstein?
  19. Why are there so many murders and suicides in the Clinton’s immediate circle?
  20. Doesn’t the Clinton Foundation having to amend 5 years of its tax returns for improper reporting imply that they were involved in an illegal RICO enterprise?
  21. Doesn’t approving the Russian-owned Uranium One deal as Secretary of State — because of illegal contributions to the Foundation — in fact make her a traitor to this country?
  22. Was it wise to have at least four Clinton Foundation board of directors that have either been convicted or charged of the financial crimes of bribery and fraud?
  23. Why did Hillary pay her female Senate staffers 72% of what she paid her male staffers?
  24. When she represented an accused pedophile rapist, why did she laugh after getting him off, even though she believed him to be guilty?
  25. She said she had one e-mail address; it came out that she had two. She said she had one device; it came out that she had two. She said none of her e-mails on her private server was classified, but when the State Department handed over 300 e-mails the FBI redacted large sections of one, proving again she was wrong. Given that, is Mrs Clinton incompetent or just a congenital liar?

by John Roberts, retired

 Cat Posted 5 August 2016
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