QUOTE: “I don’t know, man. I’m just a fisherman.” — David Morris



“I don’t know, man. I’m just a fisherman.”

Capt. David Morris on being nervous during a failed polygraph test for a multimillion-dollar fishing competition. High-stakes tournaments are using the tests to tamp down fish tales.

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Seems a simple thing to me. Start the “contest fishing time” when the boat leaves the dock? 

No polygraph required! 

— Captain Obvious?

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ECONOMICS: Lessons Leaned from Kansas


The Kansas Supply-Side Experiment Unravels
Tax cuts were supposed to spur growth, boost revenue and create jobs. The results were the exact opposite.
By Barry Ritholtz
June 19, 2017, 11:19 AM EDT

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When a governor announces an economic theory as a solution to a state’s fiscal problems, while challenging all comers to observe the results, that’s something I want to pay attention to. And so for the past five years, I have been watching the public-policy experiment in Kansas with great fascination.

With the state legislature now rejecting the governor’s experiment, we can move onto to the next phase: Not recrimination and blame, though there is lots of that going around. Instead, I want to look at how the experiment played out, and what lessons there are to be learned from it.

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By just about every measure, Kansas’ economic laboratory experiment is now over, and the results are in. Supply-side tax cuts as executed in Kansas don’t generate more economic growth or create more jobs. They reduce tax revenue and forced the government to cut spending on essential goods and services like roads and schools.

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I don’t think Ritholtz’s analysis goes quite far enough.

He doesn’t consider that “time” in his lessons learned.

It takes more than a generation to get folks to change. So a quick tax slashing with a large deficit spend is not how to spur the growth promised in the Laffer curve. It takes time to adapt.

Hence, the tax rate needs to be gently reduced over time with cutting waste and abuse. Then, strategic complete cuts to programs that are ineffective, and inefficient. With those savings either “banked for a rainy day” or returned to the taxpayer.

A one trick pony shot is not going to “fix” the decades of “training” that “We, The Sheeple” have in what Gooferment will do for them. 

Rigorous fiscal discipline, while not showy, will bring prosperity. 

IMHO this is needed at all layers of Gooferment.

Sad to say, but at one time, it could be found in both parties. Not any more in either.


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WSJ: Need to cut Mammoths down to size

Trump Team Proposes Broad Rethink of Financial Rulebook

The Trump administration proposed a wide-ranging rethink of the rules governing the U.S. financial sector in a report that makes scores of recommendations that have been on the banking industry’s wish list for years.

The report, described in a summary provided by the Treasury Department on Monday, gives the most detailed roadmap yet for President Donald Trump’s promise to revisit a wave of regulations put in place after the last financial crisis, affecting activities from mortgage lending to Wall Street trading.

If Mr. Trump’s regulatory appointees eventually implement them, the recommendations would neuter or pare back restrictions from the Obama administration, which argued the rules were necessary to guard against excessive risk taking and a repeat of the 2008 financial crisis.

Personally I’d like to see a rule that limits a “corporation” to a maximum size. THe only way I can think of it is that balance sheets should be limited to some number of digits. Maybe $999,999,999?

Over that size and it has to divide into smaller units with no interlocking parts.

The Gooferment did it to the Bell System. Why not Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netfix, and Google?

Seems like a good idea to me?


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GOVERNACIDE: The FDA and the AMA are killing us with bad advice


Should Cancer Patients Avoid Raw Fruits and Vegetables?
Written By Michael Greger M.D. FACLM on June 13th, 2017

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Three randomized controlled trials were published, and not one supported the neutropenic diet. In the biggest study, an all-cooked diet was compared to one that allowed raw fruits and veggies, and there was no difference in infection and death rates. As a result of the study, the principal investigator at the MD Anderson Cancer Center described how their practice has changed and now everyone is allowed to eat their vegetables—a far cry from “please don’t eat the salads” 31 years earlier. 

Today, neither the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nor the American Cancer Society support the neutropenic diet. The real danger comes from pathogenic food-poisoning bacteria like Campylobacter, Salmonella, and E. coli. So we still have to keep patients away from risky foods like undercooked eggs, meat, dairy, and sprouts. At this point, though, there really shouldn’t be a debate about whether cancer patients should be on a neutropenic diet. Nevertheless, many institutions still tell cancer patients they shouldn’t eat fresh fruits and veggies. According to the latest survey, more than half of pediatric cancer doctors continue to prescribe these diets, though it’s quite variable even among those at the same institution. 

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Doesn’t anyone else see the problem?

The FDA, Big Medicine, Big Pharma, and the AMA are all in bed together.

“Evidenced based medicine” is fine as long as it prescribes more expensive drugs to be dispense according to Gooferment diktats.

You really have to wonder how stupid we are not to revolt against them killing us. They are worse than the “witch doctor in the jungle”. At least, he’s not being paid off to mislead us. 

And, I’m sure that many doctors are faithfully trying save us. BUT, (and there is always a BIG butt), they have a disadvantage in that they are getting a biased message.

Of course, there’s no “profit” in telling people that meat is probably as bad as cigarettes for your health.

Now, it hard to teach “old dogs” new tricks. Again, but, it can be done.


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GUNS: An armed citizen puts an end to crime spree


‘I loaded every weapon I could’: Hero dad tells how two Georgia fugitives who escaped after killing two guards ran onto his driveway and SURRENDERED to him

  • Homeowner Patrick Hale is being called a hero for holding two fugitives in his driveway in Christiana, Tennessee 
  • Hale believes the suspects mistook his vehicle for a police car, he and his little girl were in his car 
  • Hale said though he had firepower with him, he never had to draw his weapon 
  • Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose surrendered to Hale, by laying face down in his driveway
  • Police arrived within three minutes of Hale calling 911 
  • The two convicts had been on the run since killing two guards on a prison bus on Tuesday 
  • On Thursday morning, police received a report that the two had held an elderly couple hostage and then stolen their Jeep
  • Police tracked down the Jeep and were trying to pull the convicts over when they crashed the car and bailed out
  • The two men ran into the woods and came across another house where they tried to steal another car 
  • They could face the death penalty when charged in officers’ deaths 
  • They made their first court appearance in Rutherford County, Tennessee Friday Both waived extradition to Georgia and will be returned to Putnam County within the next few days

By Associated Press and Jessica Finn For Dailymail.com
PUBLISHED: 23:36 EDT, 16 June 2017 | UPDATED: 09:29 EDT, 17 June 2017

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‘I loaded every weapon I could in my house to be prepared in the event that they needed to be used,’ said Hale. ‘I called 911 and made the decision to either get in our panic room and be trapped or get in our car and head down the road.’

‘I grabbed my sweet daughter and got in the car… we saw the men had been running and were much closer to my house now. They took off their shirts and waived them at us as if to slow us down,’ Hale said of the suspects Donnie Rowe, 43, and Ricky Dubose, 24.

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They will be brought to justice swiftly for their heinous crime against our officers,’ Georgia Department of Corrections Commissioner Greg Dozier said in a news release.Their escape began early Tuesday, when authorities said they somehow got through a door that should have been locked separating the guards from the inmates on the prison bus.

One of the murdered guards was Christopher Monica (pictured), who had been a prison guard since 2009. He had been working an extra shift to pay for his ill wifeSgt. Christopher Monica and Sgt. Curtis Billue were overpowered and shot dead with their own weapons. The fugitives then locked up 31 other inmates and jumped out with the guards’ 9mm Glock pistols, carjacking a driver who happened to pull up behind them.

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Strange behavior by the murderers. 

Clearly, an armed citizen, who was ready to use deadly force, put a stop to this.

Here’s an example of when I’d support the death penalty. Clearly these “mad dogs” are too dangerous to be allowed to live.



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RANT: The evidence has been “fixed”


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Another “barbara streisand” malfunction?

So, as the article says, everyone who played the game got screwed.


And, of course, the evidence has been “fixed”!

I don’t understand.

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