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Posts by WileyC

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  • Why was Kamala Harris tapped to handle the border crisis?

    03/28/2021 5:25:26 AM PDT · 1 of 72
    When I heard that Kamala Harris was picked by Biden to manage the flood of illegal immigrants, I was literally shocked. While Biden squeaked a win into the White House, more than half the country doesn't want an open border and Harris's views on the matter hardly match theirs.

    A former head of ICE said she was the worst possible choice with her stated views supporting sanctuary cities and other policies that would make illegal immigration a defacto non-crime. She literally compared ICE to the KKK during a confirmation hearing and wants free health care and numerous benefits for illegals that even American citizens don't get. So... why?

    My theory is that Biden (or far more likely, one of his handlers) fully understand that the border is THE hot-button issue of the year and possibly his presidency. If any less well-known person was tapped, the public would forget whomever it was and simply remember 'Biden failed on the border'. Simply put, Harris is the only person in his administration that people would remember and associate with the disaster and draw heat away from the president.

    Even if she makes the situation worse (and she will), Biden will look comparatively better. It's ironic since that was one reason HE was chosen to make Obama seem like a Rhodes scholar in comparison. I ran this theory by a long-time liberal friend of mine. He paused and then said. "It's pretty obvious when you think about it."

    So, there you go... Harris is a sacrifice. The only question is does she know it and how will she respond given that?

  • Josh Williams: 'Peaceful' Protester Posterboy & Arsonist

    01/02/2015 12:17:09 PM PST · 6 of 6
    WileyC to Sean_Anthony

    Here’s the BEST quote from that article if you read it carefully:

    “QuikTrip itself has become a kind of rallying point for rioters, looters, ***community organizers***, and ***other criminals*** in the wake of Brown’s death.” [Emphasis mine]

    Hellooooo Obama and friends... someone is calling you out! =)

  • LA To San Fran In 30 Minutes? Hyperloop CEO Says Speed Tube Could Become Reality

    12/18/2014 11:11:44 AM PST · 33 of 53
    WileyC to stephenjohnbanker

    Better 30 min underground than six hours on CA freeways... even DURING an earthquake, it’d probably be safer!

  • Hobbit Author J.R.R. Tolkien's Anti-Socialist, Pro-Liberty Message

    12/05/2014 9:40:37 AM PST · 22 of 39
    WileyC to hoosierham

    Don’t get me started on THAT topic... I’m a Heinlein fan and have been disappointed by the straw they’ve spun from his gold.

  • The Destructive Farce of $15.00 Minimum Wage & Melancholia

    08/31/2013 12:41:41 PM PDT · 59 of 65
    WileyC to Kaslin

    I’ve long predicted that if the federal minimum wage creeps up enough that McDonalds (quickly followed by many other fast food chains) would replace nearly all their staff with robots. You’ll still talk to a human to make your order, but only to handle problems. They’ll use voice recognition to interpret your order and the human will catch the errors or handle questions. Then machines will assemble everything and deliver it.

    Minimum wages jobs are exactly that, MINIMUM, because humans are slightly cheaper than automation. As soon as that advantage is gone, you’ll see mass unemployment among the young and unskilled.

  • How Margaret Thatcher Helped Invent Soft-Serve Ice Cream

    04/09/2013 1:37:32 PM PDT · 32 of 32
    WileyC to the OlLine Rebel

    I think I’ll get one today in honor of the Iron Lady. Also, McDonald’s ice cream at a buck is quite the bargain. $1.20 if you get it dipped in chocolate. =)

  • Guilford County voters say they voted for the wrong candidate

    10/25/2012 3:33:38 AM PDT · 43 of 43
    WileyC to Evil Slayer

    I happen to live in NC but in our part of the state they use the ‘old dumb’ paper ballots where you fill in the circles. No hanging chads, no software issues.

    OTOH, I’ve always thought ALL voting should give you a ‘receipt’ of your choices so that you can compare (or protest!) when things don’t match up. A receipt on paper of every choice.

  • Why I Hate Star Trek

    09/28/2012 6:22:38 AM PDT · 135 of 141
    WileyC to Borges
    Robocop and Total Recall are terrific SF films.

    Eh, I'd give Robocop a B- (followed by truly terrible sequels) and Total Recall a C- because of the horrible, horrible ending and the lack of true paranoia about the main character's status. IMO, there should have been three times as many scenes (or signs) that hinted he was in a dream state without saying explicitly one way or another.

  • Why I Hate Star Trek

    09/27/2012 10:03:15 AM PDT · 102 of 141
    WileyC to SJSAMPLE
    The movie might as well have been based on some other work, because almost every important tenant of the novel was overlooked, marginalized or - even worse - mocked.

    The 'director' hates Heinlein... a lot. And has stated so in several interviews. I won't even mention his name but somehow he keeps getting these big paying gigs for science fiction movies which are uniformly crappy.

  • Why I Hate Star Trek

    09/27/2012 9:57:16 AM PDT · 100 of 141
    WileyC to Leaning Right
    To be honest with you, when Troi was on-screen I didn't pay too much attention to the dialog.

    I certainly did miss the miniskirt she wore for the pilot episode that vanished afterwards... =)

  • Quinnipiac Pollster Admits: ‘Probably Unlikely’ That Electorate Will Feature Massive Dem Skew

    09/27/2012 8:06:38 AM PDT · 150 of 154
    WileyC to muawiyah
    discussion is whether or not it is rational for a pollster to accept as probably meaningful a poll where there are 9% more Democrat respondents than Republican respondents.

    We have people who seem to believe THAT CAN'T BE but, of course, it's always true ~ because there are more Democrats.

    Of course there are. What I'm wondering is how the pollsters get cellphones down to all those dead people, interpret the answers from the housepets and measure the felon vote for those that don't get mail in solitary.

  • Quinnipiac Pollster Admits: ‘Probably Unlikely’ That Electorate Will Feature Massive Dem Skew

    09/27/2012 8:02:35 AM PDT · 149 of 154
    WileyC to OrangeHoof
    Eventually, the pollsters are going to slant more evenly for the sake of their own reputations. When they do, that will look like Romney is gaining and it will be hard for them to resist using the “momentum” word when discussing Romney’s rise in the polls.

    I was thinking this very thing! People forget early polling pretty consistently but if you are off by 10 points (or more) when you get near election day, your credibility starts to tank. It looks especially bad when there is only ONE polling service that is even close to accurate.

  • San Diego Case Asks: Can Unions Boot Pension Reform from the Ballot?

    09/27/2012 7:12:42 AM PDT · 4 of 5
    WileyC to El Cid
    No. That would be insane.

    That would be California.

    [uses Leonidas from movie "300"] Madness? This is California!!!!!!

  • VANITY: Why Eric Holder is in a Bind

    09/26/2012 11:00:18 AM PDT · 11 of 13
    WileyC to Gil4
    I don’t believe this is true. Nixon got a pardon - was he convicted of something?

    You (and others) are of course correct. This did happen but I'm not sure whether it would have stood up in court. IMO, he was basically saying, "Just don't go here because I'll invalidate it immediately." I am, however, not a lawyer of any sort, heh.

  • VANITY: Why Eric Holder is in a Bind

    09/26/2012 7:59:16 AM PDT · 1 of 13
  • The Magnitude Of The Mess We're In

    09/20/2012 1:08:24 PM PDT · 24 of 55
    WileyC to DannyTN
    I don't believe that. I don't believe you can prove that number, and it doesn't make common sense.

    Lots of economics doesn't make common sense... until you learn more about it. Here's a VERY off-the-cuff explanation of why NOT making something can enrich the economy as a whole:

    When you do NOT spend effort on a low value-added activity (like making socks, as in my previous example), you benefit in two ways-One is that effort can be spent in higher value activities. Which factory is better for the economy as a whole: one that makes socks, or one that makes microchips? There is NOT a perfect one-to-one ratio between the inputs on the two products, but I believe the point is made.

    The second big improvement for an economy is that if you are spending 50 cents for socks rather than $2, then the economy can 'spend' the $1.50 savings doing other, more productive things. Whether it's starting a new business, taking a vacation, buying new tools, or even just slapping a new coat of paint on the house... all that freed-up capital enriches the economy which helps everyone.

    You are right that I can't prove that number... I don't have the studies and whatall in front of me and quoted from memory. But I hope the above 'napkin' explanations can show you at least the general mechanism where a missing job can actually be a benefit. If I can dig up that study, I'll post it here.

  • The Magnitude Of The Mess We're In

    09/20/2012 7:03:08 AM PDT · 21 of 55
    WileyC to DannyTN
    It can be viewed as a tax on anyone not buying Made in America. It can more correctly be viewed as a tax on the foreign firm for selling their product in America. After all, who eats the tax?

    It seemed easiest to wrap up all my comments to my comment all at once (not singling you out, DannyTN!).

    To answer your question: the consumers always pay all taxes. Period. Oh, you can try to play with the system through subsidies (and we all know how well that works) but all costs, including taxes, get passed on to the people consuming the goods. This works out to a big increase in costs to those who can least afford it and a huge inflationary bump as prices are jacked up.

    The hard truth is that when we 'export' jobs (I hate that phrase but we are stuck with it), we create something like 1.2 jobs IN the country due to increased trade and worldwide efficiencies. Protectionism as a whole means we HAVE to do the tasks that have a low value added (e.g. making socks), instead of spending our efforts elsewhere.

    Whether we care about our trading partners or not (and I do only in a very vague and diffuse sense), we are connected in a global economy. High tariffs make things more expensive, drives inflation, is a tool for politicians to pick winners and losers, kills our exports through retaliatory tariffs and decreases worker efficiency.

    Someone pointed out that we had relatively high tariffs up until about the eighties... what else happened then? The longest peacetime expansion of our economy we have ever known. This was partly through reduced regulation, taxation and tariffs to allow the efficiencies of the market truly shine.

    As I said, the answer is not more government interference but less. Get off the backs of the producers, cut up the Bank of China credit card, stop the 'quantitative easings' and let the natural urge of our workers (and entrepreneurs) create and invent a better future.

  • The Magnitude Of The Mess We're In

    09/19/2012 1:09:53 PM PDT · 8 of 55
    WileyC to DannyTN
    Raise import tariffs and get our people back to work.

    This is basically a tax on everyone in the country, but primarily the poor. We aren't buying locally because we can't produce the goods at a competitive price. Plus, then you get backlash from all our trading partners and we all spiral down together.

    The real answer is simply less government spending, taxing and regulation. A free(freER) market will figure out what needs to be done and will hire people. MORE big government 'fixes' are not the answer!

  • Intel agencies warned U.S. Embassy in Egypt of possible violence

    09/19/2012 11:10:59 AM PDT · 10 of 10
    WileyC to CalTexan
    If Obama is elected for a second term, just think of the mess he will inherit this time…


    [Obama reading from teleprompter] My fellow Americans, I don't have to tell you the mess the last few years left us in: unpatriotic amounts of debt, an amateurish foreign policy, record spending, massive unemployment, catering to special interests, the list goes on and on. Well, my administration is going to make a clean break from the failed policies of the past by implementing...

    [someone interrupts with a panicked look... the teleprompter flickers and a new speech comes up]

    [Obama, unruffled] As I was saying, the last four years have been a remarkable success. We held the line on unemployment, made bold changes to the health care system, initiated remarkable programs (continue on for 180 minutes of self-congratulation)

  • Mitt Romney's October Surprise Is Going To Be Legendary (Ad carpet bombing)

    09/19/2012 9:58:31 AM PDT · 128 of 130
    WileyC to catfish1957
    I have been hearing rumors that the Romney camp has something big on 0bama

    That assumes the MSM will run with whatever comes up. It better be earth shattering or the media will conviently igonore it.

    Anything 'big' will be covered by the MSM even if they don't want to. Fox will be all over it (as will foreign news sources, particularly the BBC). Someone in NBC/CBS/ABC/CNN wants to make money and no one wants to be the only one without something to say. As much as they love Obama, any truly remarkable revelation will be covered.

    Of course, they'll try to spin it...