RANT: Bernanke destroyed “savings”!

Monday, March 30, 2015

https://news.yahoo.com/bernanke-rejects-charge-fed-throwing-191719416.html;_ylt=AwrBEiKE3xlV6E4AVbnQtDMD

Bernanke rejects charge of Fed ‘throwing seniors under bus’

Bernanke, in first blog post, rejects accusation of Fed ‘throwing seniors under the bus’

Associated Press By Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Ben Bernanke no longer leads the Federal Reserve, but he’s hardly letting up in his defense of the ultra-low-rate policies he engineered — and his successor, Janet Yellen, has continued.

In his first post as a new blogger Monday, Bernanke struck back at critics who he said had charged the Bernanke Fed with, among other things, “throwing seniors under the bus” by keeping rates too low for too long.

He also disputed accusations that the Fed is still distorting financial markets and investment decisions by keeping rates “artificially low.”

Both criticisms, Bernanke wrote in “Ben Bernanke’s Blog,” reflect a misunderstanding of economic reality.

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So, how does he explain the “zero interest rate” policy impact on the retirement savings of seniors?

I know for a fact at least one senior who earned nothing on her capital savings and had to use the capital for expenses.

Now she has NOTHING but charity from the family.

Sorry, but the Gooferment and Wall Street have done just fine; her, not so much.

Argh!

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RANT: DWI should be severely punished WHEN there is a victim

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Under current law, first-time offenders can lose their license for three months to a year, while second-time offenders can lose it for two years. A third offense can result in a license suspension of 10 years.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/christie-rejects-dwi-penalty-changes-1.1294240

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IT would seem that everyone is pandering.

Many of the DWIs that I have heard about are more “technical violations” (i.e., fellow in his driveway not going anywhere or been anywhere; checkpoint stops; lost driver on the side of the road).

I’d suggest that DWI without damage or victim, isn’t a crime.

I’d suggest that in today’s economy, those convicted have to drive to work.

I’d suggest that this is more about a cash grab then safety or changing behavior.

If it was “SOOoooo dangerous”, my generation would have been dead a long time ago.

Too frequently, I read about multiple offenders getting arrested again.

Too frequently, I read about “police” in accidents with no penalty. (Unless they kill themselves) Where the thin bluw line protects them.

Too frequently, I read about the bereaved family members advocating draconian penalties. While I am sympathetic to their loss, that’s not how to make policy.

Drive drunk and kill some one, you go away forever. (I feel the same way about murderers. No death penalty.)

Hurt someone or damage property, severe penalties. Restitution!

All the other “technical violations” are victimless.

imho

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RANT: Yet another example of the irreversibility of the death penalty

Thursday, March 19, 2015

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/letter-from-witness-casts-further-doubt-on-2004-texas-execution/2015/03/09/d9ebdab8-c451-11e4-ad5c-3b8ce89f1b89_story.html

A dad was executed for deaths of his 3 girls. Now a letter casts more doubt.
By Maurice Possley, The Marshall Project March 9

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CORSICANA, Tex. — More than a decade after Cameron Todd Willingham was executed for the arson murder of his three young daughters, new evidence has emerged that indicates that a key prosecution witness testified in return for a secret promise to have his own criminal sentence reduced.

In a previously undisclosed letter that the witness, Johnny E. Webb, wrote from prison in 1996, he urged the lead prosecutor in Willingham’s case to make good on what Webb described as an earlier promise to downgrade his conviction. Webb also hinted that he might make his complaint public.

Within days, the prosecutor, John H. Jackson, sought out the Navarro County judge who had handled Willingham’s case and came away with a court order that altered the record of Webb’s robbery conviction to make him immediately eligible for parole. Webb would later recant his testimony that Willingham confessed to setting his house on fire with the toddlers inside.

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As a pro-life pro-choice little L libertarian, here’s a great example of the Gooferment being immoral, ineffective, and inefficient!

Why bother with trials?

Just let the Gooferment kill whomever it wants.

Saved the taxpayers a lot of unnecessary expense.

Argh!

How can anyone not be outraged.

Life without parole is the best that society can do. We are not all-knowing gods.

Bring back Devil’s Island, Alcatraz, and such.

At least then when the mistake is made, there is some possibility to make amends.

Argh!

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RANT: Nothing about age?

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

FROM A RECENT ONLINE JOB AD I SAW

“All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status. EEO/AA/M/F/Disabled/Vets”

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I guess fat old white guy injineers can be discriminated on by age?

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RANT: OU expells two students for leading a racist chant; shreds the First Amendment!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2015/03/10/what-speech-is-going-to-justify-expulsion-next/

The Volokh Conspiracy
What speech is going to justify expulsion next?
By Eugene Volokh March 10 at 2:14 PM  

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Oklahoma University President David Boren has expelled two students for leading a racist chant. These students’ speech was indeed quite repugnant, but for reasons I discuss here, it’s protected by the First Amendment.

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“America isn’t easy. America is advanced citizenship. You gotta want it bad, ’cause it’s gonna put up a fight. It’s gonna say “You want free speech? Let’s see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who’s standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours. You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then the symbol of your country can’t just be a flag; the symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest. Show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms. Then, you can stand up and sing about the “land of the free”.” — President Andrew Shepherd played by Michael Douglas in “The American President” (1995)

Seems pretty OBVIOUS:

(1) Oklahoma University is a Gooferment Skrule!

(2) The OU Prez punished the students and the frat for their speech.

The First Amendment has been violated!

Using the liberal’s favorite movie, “defend that”!

Argh!

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RANT: Where are the tire shredders at the entrance ramps?

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

http://7ny.tv/17DgFBb

WABC-TV Channel 7 Eyewitness News·

BREAKING UPDATE: Wrong-way driver caused crash that killed another driver on Sprain Brook Parkway in Greenburgh.

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Why don’t “we” have those tire shredders that, while they can “prevent” wrong way entry to roadways, you are not going very far or very fast after running through one? Seems obvious to me!

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RANT: The demise of “the land of opportunity”

Monday, March 2, 2015

http://www.wired.com/2015/02/silicon-gender-bias-trial-kleiner-perkins-says-ellen-pao-skills-succeed/

Nah, it’s not about gender; nor is it about age; nor is it about skills; nor is it about accomplishing stuff.

It’s about who’s “in the club” and who’s not.

Sadly, it’s about our demise as “the land of opportunity”.

imho!

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