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Singer or Song?


President Obama and his wife Michelle attended the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors tribute to Carole King.  During that tribute, Aretha Franklin performed “You Make Me Feel like a Natural Woman”.  Obama started crying.

Most people suppose that President Obama’s tears were brought on by seeing the “Queen of Soul”–a music icon since the 1960s–take the stage and perform.  That could be.

But I wonder if it was less the singer (Aretha Franklin) that brought tears to Obama’s eyes than the song (“You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman”).

Did the the song remind Obama of some former (current?) lover who’d made Obama “feel like a natural woman”?   Did that song make Obama recall tender moments when he was first, or maximally made to “feel like a natural woman”?

Inquiring minds wanna know.

If you watch the following video closely, you’ll see that there’s a moment (about two minutes into the video) when Obama is really into the song and starts to belt out “You make me feel like a natural woman!,” but realizes he’s being video-taped and it might make him look a little “odd” if he sings that lyric, so he cuts it short at “You make m . . . .”

Gotta protect the public image.

So, watcha think?  What made Obama cry?  Singer or song?

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Posted by on June 29, 2016 in Obama, Video

 

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Napolitano: No One Died in Orlando until the SWAT Team Entered the Building


Pulse night club Mass Killing [courtesy Google Images]

Pulse night club Mass Killing
[courtesy Google Images]

According to Wikipedia, “On June 12, 2016, [the Orlando, Florida, Pulse night] club gained international attention as it was the scene of the deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman in US history, with 49 people killed and 53 injured.”

There were over 100 casualties. This implies that at least 100 bullets had been fired.  This implies that even if the gunman had 30-round ammunition clips for his semi-automatic rifle and he had one clip in the rifle when he arrived–he still had to change clips at least three more times during the massacre.

Why didn’t one or more of the Pulse crowd try to jump the “single gunman” when he changed clips?

Some people have speculated that one man couldn’t have caused over 100 casualties all by himself.  That speculation leads to the conclusion that the “lone gunman” must’ve had one or more accomplices who have, so far, remained unidentified.

Judge Andrew Napolitano was recently interviewed by Fox News and offered an implicit answer to how the “lone gunman” caused so many casualties:  He had help, alright, but it wasn’t from some accomplices–it was the government.

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Posted by on June 29, 2016 in 2nd Amendment, Conspiracy theories, Video, Violence

 

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Judge Jeanine: Brexit is just the beginning


A little over the top at times, but all-in-all, a pretty good rant.

It really is “time to take this country back.”  It’s been that “time” for a long time.  Maybe this “time” (election) it will start to happen.

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Brexit: What Happened?


[courtesy Google Images]

[courtesy Google Images]

The European Union (EU) traces its origins back to the European Coal and Steel Community and the European Economic Community (EEC), formed by the Inner Six countries of Europe in 1951 and 1958, respectively.

The “Brexit” (Britain’s exit from the EU) is a political movement that’s sputtered along ever since the United Kingdom joined the precursor of the European Union (EU) in 1973.

After 43 years without success, no one gave the Brexit movement much chance of winning the recent referendum.

Nevertheless, English and EU politicians warned of economic catastrophe if “Brexit” succeeded and even begged the English people to vote against Brexit.

Jo Cox, an MP (Member of England’s Parliament), fought against the Brexit movement and was assassinated by an apparent Brexit supporter. English sympathy shifted from pro-Brexit towards anti-Brexit.

The odds-makers predicted that the Brexit movement would fail.

The pollsters predicted that the Brexit movement would fail.

Cynics predicted that even if the Brexit movement won the referendum, the Powers That Be would still steal the election.

They were all wrong.

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Posted by on June 26, 2016 in EU, European Union, Geo-Politics

 

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Abbott & Costello Explain Unemployment


Abbott & Costello [courtesy Google Images]

Abbott & Costello
[courtesy Google Images]

COSTELLO: I want to talk about America’s unemployment rate.
.ABBOTT: Good Subject. Terrible Times. It’s 4.7%.
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COSTELLO: That many people are out of work?
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ABBOTT: No, that’s 23%.
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COSTELLO: You just said 4.7%.
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ABBOTT: 4.7% Unemployed.
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COSTELLO: Right–4.7% out of work.
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ABBOTT: No, that’s 23%.
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COSTELLO: Okay, so it’s 23% unemployed.
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ABBOTT: No, that’s 4.7%.

 

COSTELLO: WAIT A MINUTE. Is it 4.7% or 23%?
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ABBOTT: 4.7% are unemployed. 23% are out of work.
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COSTELLO: If you are out of work you are unemployed.

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ABBOTT: No, Obama said you can’t count the “Out of Work” as the unemployed. You have to look for work to be unemployed.

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COSTELLO: BUT THEY ARE OUT OF WORK!!!

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ABBOTT: No, you miss his point.
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COSTELLO: What point?

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ABBOTT: Someone who doesn’t look for work can’t be counted with those who look for work. It wouldn’t be fair.

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COSTELLO: To whom?

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ABBOTT: The unemployed.
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COSTELLO: But ALL of them are out of work.
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ABBOTT: No, the unemployed are actively looking for work. Those who are out of work gave up looking and if you give up, you are no longer in the ranks of the unemployed.
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COSTELLO: So if you’re off the unemployment roles that would count as less unemployment?
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ABBOTT: Unemployment would go down. Absolutely!
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COSTELLO: The unemployment just goes down because you don’t look for work?
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ABBOTT: Absolutely it goes down. That’s how it gets to 5.6%. Otherwise it would be 23%.

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COSTELLO: Wait, I got a question for you. That means there are two ways to bring down the unemployment number?

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ABBOTT: Two ways is correct.
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COSTELLO: Unemployment can go down if someone gets a job?
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ABBOTT: Correct.
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COSTELLO: And unemployment can also go down if you stop looking for a job?
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ABBOTT: Bingo.
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COSTELLO: So there are two ways to bring unemployment down, and the easier of the two is to have people stop looking for work.
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ABBOTT: Now you’re thinking like a Democrat.
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COSTELLO: I don’t even know what the hell I just said!
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ABBOTT: Now you’re thinking like Hillary.

 

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Posted by on June 23, 2016 in Humor, Unemployment

 

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Government and the Federal Reserve—In the End, can there be Only One?


Highlander1You might remember Highlander—an A.D. 1986 film that starred Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery. The film described an ages-old battle between “immortal” warriors. Its tagline, “There can be only one”, meant that all of the various “immortals” were destined to fight and kill each other until only one “immortal” survived.

In this article, I’m exploring the hypothesis that our two institutional “immortals” (the Federal Reserve and U.S. government) are destined (like Highlander’s “immortals”) to fight each other until only one remains.

Conventional wisdom tells us that the Federal Reserve and U.S. government work hand-in-glove and without fundamental conflict. However, when you stop to think about it, it appears that the current relationship between these two institutions should be so fundamentally adversarial that, in the end, only one can survive.

 

Debtors love inflation since it allows them to repay their debts with “cheaper” dollars. Almost every American who’s bought a new home since WWII has been encouraged to take out a 20- or 30-year mortgage by the promise of being able to repay their debt with “cheaper” dollars. Inflation is the force that renders dollars “cheaper” and thereby encourages us to borrow and spend.

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GM becoming China Motors?


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Posted by on June 17, 2016 in Corporations, Global Free Trade, Video

 

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