This is getting ridiculous! “Gender-neutral language” [Updated 3-5-20]

King County, which is made up of mostly Seattle, the Bluest of the Blue in Blue Washington State, has issued instructions for residents to be safe from the rapidly-spreading Coronavirus.  The County recommends that the following groups stay home and avoid crowds for the next three weeks.  This is copied verbatim from the recommendations

* People 60 and older: This group includes ME!  Hey, Boss, I’m going to be out for the next three weeks to avoid getting sick! [why do I think my boss might object to such a long absence-just try to find someone to do my job!]
* People with underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes [yeah, this is prudent, but three weeks is a long time and maybe those people can’t afford to be out of work for three weeks]
* People who have weakened immune systems [this is obvious]
* People who are pregnant (“Pregnancy we think just as a precaution,” said Dr. Jeff Duchin with Public Health- Seattle & King County. “We don’t have good data that pregnant people are at higher risk but we feel that at this stage where so much is unknown we’d like them to take special precaution as well.”)  ARRGGH!! Please note that they avoid referring to Pregnant Women, who are the ONLY ones who can become pregnant.  Even so-called “transgender women” cannot become pregnant!

Update 3-5-20:  Here is a link to an article on the Fox News Website, about King County. The KC government really does want everyone possible (2 million workers!) to stay home for three weeks.  This is a recipe for tanking the economy.

Welcome to the world of stupid, gender-neutral language, which denies reality.

 

 

Jeff Bezos is a Fool

Mr. Bezos has decided to throw away Ten Billion Dollars.  Yes, the world’s wealthiest man has “Committed 10 Billion Dollars to Fight Climate Change”.

So, he is spending his own fortune, giving money to “scientists, activists, and non-profits” who are intent on saving the planet from climate change.  Activists??  Non-Profits??

Well, he’s welcome to spend his money any way he wishes.  It’s too bad that not one of those ten billion dollars will have one iota of effect on the climate.

What a Fool.

Thanks for Nothing, Peggy Noonan

Peggy Noonan is a columnist for the Wall Street Journal, who writes a weekly column on Saturdays, entitled “Declarations”.  Now, I admit I’m almost a week behind in reading my hard-copy Journal-this quote is from last Saturday.  In her article entitled “The Democrats’ Unserious Week”, she describes all the foolish and malevolent behaviors of the House Democrats on the night of the President’s State of the Union speech.  She decries the Speaker of the House’s inane and childish tearing-up of her copy of the speech, in plain sight on national television.

But Ms. Noonan really reveals her heart when she says, describing the President’s appeals to black Americans “This is a realignment I have supported and a repositioning I have called for and I’d be lying if I said it didn’t please me to see it represented so effectively and I very much regret that the president is a Bad Man and Half Mad because if he weren’t I’d be cheering”.

Ms. Noonan, the sentiment highlighted above is just plain mean.  By calling the President of the United States a bad man and half-mad, you not only cast aspersions on the character of the legitimately-elected outsider non-politician leader of the free world, you cast aspersions on the millions of American Voters who elected him in 2016, and avidly support him now, and through all the horrible sticks, stones, slime, and lawsuits that he has been subjected to since the day he was elected.  President Donald Trump is most definitely neither half-mad, nor bad.  This President is the most Pro-American President we have had in recent memory, and we The American People will lead him on to a second, and much larger Victory in the election of 2020.  And many of us will not only be voting in his favor, we will be voting against you, and your ill-considered description of him.  President Trump has helped bring America back from the decline perpetrated by Barack Hussein Obama and his henchmen, and we hope to see millions more black Americans abandon the DemocRat party and vote Republican this year.

She Who Punishes: Elizabeth Warren and the politics of Envy and Destruction

She Who Punishes: Elizabeth Warren and the politics of Envy and Destruction

In case you have not been following the campaign for the Democrat presidential nomination, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren (AKA Fauxcahontas) is one of the many candidates.  Sen. Warren is also known as The Candidate With The Plans.  She seemingly has a plan for nearly everything; healthcare, Wall Street, big business, corporate governance, regulation, the environment, and on and on.  The main feature that runs through all her plans for the country when she is elected president, is Punishment.  Every one of her many plans is designed to punish one or another group of Americans, whom she deems not sufficiently socially conscious. So, below I will lay out for you all the various plans Elizabeth Warren has proposed, and which group’s ox will be gored.  Then, you can decide if you would like to live in Elizabeth Warren’s America. A big shout out to the Wall Street Journal, whose editorials compiled all these Plans in one place.

Wealthy Americans:  Ms. Warren has proposed a Wealth Tax, to tax net worth over $50 million at 2% per year, and 6% over $1 billion.  To prevent those wealthy Americans from just deciding to leave the country, she would levy a 40% Exit Tax (yes, before you could renounce your US citizenship, you would have to pay the government 40% of whatever you have left after the Wealth Tax).  About 75,000 households might be subject to the taxes.  [unintended consequence: wealthy citizens would have to sell assets to pay the taxes, potentially causing the stock market to decline with all those sales at once, which would not help your 401(k) value] Warren would increase capital gains taxes for the wealthiest 1%.  Thus, the wealthiest might have to pay 40% of their gains to the government.  She would apply a yearly tax on gains, by mandating “mark to market” of assets, even those not sold (today, capital gains are not recognized before an asset is sold).  Warren would tax the sale of financial assets like stocks and bonds (a “financial transactions tax”), and charge big banks a “systemic risk fee”.

Employer “Medicare for All” tax:  Companies with at least 50 workers would be charged an “Employer Medicare Contribution” equal to 98% of their recent outlays on health care for their employees.  This tax might increase or decrease depending on inflation. [unintended consequence, your pay would decrease in the amount of that tax, and the company might have to lay off employees]  If this did not bring in enough revenue, Warren would go after large companies with high executive pay.

Multi-national and large corporations: Warren would raise the top corporate tax rate back to the 35% it was before the 2017 tax law passed.  This rate would also apply to world-wide company earnings.  Foreign companies would also be subject to tax for earnings in America. [unintended consequences: companies would raise the prices of their products and possibly curtail hiring; US companies might lose business to countries with lower tax rates]  There would also be a “Corporate Surtax” on profits over $100 million, of 7% with no exemptions-this would be in addition to the existing 35% rate.  Expensing of assets would slow, so companies would pay higher taxes for a longer time.

Ordinary Americans: She would increase Social Security taxes on all workers and employers, and apply the tax to higher levels of income so higher-earners would pay more into the system.  She would also apply a 14.8% surcharge on net investment income.  Then, she would increase Social Security payouts to retirees.

The Healthcare Industry: Warren would bring about Medicare for All, including illegal aliens. She would mandate Government-run medical care for all Americans.  She would phase out all Private Health Insurance.  She would pay all doctors Medicare rates (which are substantially less than private insurance pays). She would pay all hospitals 110% of Medicare rates (again lower than private insurance pays).  Warren would mandate lower payments to all medical specialists, especially those deemed “over-paid”. She would threaten pharmaceutical companies with assorted taxes and fees if they did not lower the prices of all their branded medicines; she would also threaten to have the government do its own pharmaceutical manufacturing, thus destroying the industry. [unintended consequences: doctors quit practicing, and retire in large numbers; hospitals close when the payment rates from the government do not remotely cover their costs; thousands of employees in the health insurance industry lose their jobs; pharmaceutical companies close or move overseas, as they can no longer afford the research and development of new medicines whose costs are covered by the higher charges for the period of their patents; the result-less and poorer health care for Americans without people to deliver it]

The Energy Industry: Warren would mandate the end of so-called “fossil fuels”, ban fracking, and halt energy leases on federal lands.  She would vastly increase energy research, with the goal of 100% emission-free transportation and 100% carbon-free power generation.  She would retrofit 4% of all dwellings and buildings each year to be “carbon-free”, kill new oil pipelines, and subject all new projects to a “climate test”. She would guarantee workers who lose their energy-industry jobs full pay and benefits in whatever “new energy economy” jobs they get.  Intended consequences: Energy companies close, pipeline companies go bankrupt when there is no longer supply of oil and gas for their pipelines; landowners lose lease income from the drilling on their land when fracking is banned; thousands of workers lose their jobs.

Education: Charter schools lose federal funding for any expansion.

Taxpayers: Much of student debt would be written off, thus charged to the majority of US taxpayers. This also punishes those students who either paid for their own educations, or whose parents did.  College would be “free” for all Americans.  Pell grants would increase.

Big Tech:  Break up Amazon, Facebook, and Google. Unwind many of their mergers with other companies, like Whole Foods (Amazon) and DoubleClick (Google).  Regulate them as “online utilities”. [unintended consequences: the Internet is no longer “free”. Google and Facebook would start charging fees, and your ISP payments would be much higher]

Banks: Institute a new “Glass-Steagall” act to break up big banks.

Firearms owners: Institute federal licensing for all types of firearms and ammunition.  Raise taxes on all guns and ammunition (30% on guns, 50% on ammo).  Ban sales of so-called “assault weapons”, and hold manufacturers liable for shooting deaths with their weapons.  Mandatory federal registration of all currently-owned firearms.

President Donald Trump: Elizabeth Warren would immediately start extensive investigations of President Trump the minute he leaves office.  She would launch “open-ended criminal investigations” of Mr. Trump and “anyone who worked for him”.  Thus, she would criminalize political differences.  This, in itself, is horrifying.

So, do you think you’d like to live in Elizabeth Warren’s America?  Not I!

Rush the Irreplaceable: Upbeat, in his Own Words

Rush the Irreplaceable: Upbeat, in his Own Words

I just realized one thing about Rush that I had never thought of before.  I wonder if it has also occurred to the rest of Rush Limbaugh’s loyal audience, that he is human, and he might not be around forever.  I think most of us just took it for granted that, from noon to 3:00PM ET, or whenever his program is on where you live, when you turn on your radio, he’s there.  Every day, for three whole hours, he has been there, pretty reliably, for over 30 years.  It simply never occurred to me that someday he might be gone.  So the announcement that he was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer, just hit me like a ton of bricks. Now that I’ve had a chance for it to sink in, and have heard last Friday’s show (I listened to the first hour live through his Web site, before people started interrupting me at work), I am again reminded of his likeness to a Bobo doll-you can knock him over, but he keeps getting back up every time.  And one of the reasons for that is his irrepressible optimism, about himself, about life in general, and about America.

Here, from his two books, are some of what I consider Rush’s best, most pithy, pronouncements.

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So, take some advice.  Lighten up.  We should all laugh more at ourselves. I don’t need to improve much in this area, but admit it, many of you people do. Many of you take things far too seriously in most cases.  Come on, laugh at yourselves, folks.

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We need to encourage people to contribute to the economy, not to sit around basking in self-pity. We need to help them get out of the situation, rather than glorifying and perpetuating it. Encourage them to become economically equal members of this society, rather than a collection of sycophants sidling up to the pig and looking for the biggest nipple they can find.

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Don’t fall prey to the seductive emotional appeals of the Democrats as they attempt to pit one group of society against another with their politics of class envy. Let the facts speak for themselves. If a liberal president gets elected, he, like Jimmy Carter, will make sure “fairness” applies to all economic levels.  He will see to it that we all get poor again.

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The way to save endangered species is to give someone a stake in preserving them. By allowing legitimate ranches to privatize them, we can make sure others don’t pulverize them.

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People are going to have to learn to depend less on the government. We are going to have to separate them from the federal budget sow.  But we can also make their lives better by giving them more choice in how the tax money they do pay is spent.

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I refuse to believe that people, who are themselves the result of Creation, can destroy the most magnificent creation of the entire universe.

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Environmentalists always appeal to the memories of a simpler, more natural time.  They are regressing, wanting to go backward in time.

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I want this to be a great country, and a great country needs as many great individuals as there can be.

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For the black leadership to continue to encourage their people to absorb themselves in the past, instead of helping them to get beyond the bitterness, is doing them a great disservice.

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…man is a spiritual being. If his faith in God is destroyed, the void will be filled with something else. Throughout history that substitute for faith has been a belief in a man-made god called the state. Untold crimes have been committed in its name, Hitler and Stalin being the most bloody recent examples.

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I am convinced that the most important thing conservatives have to do to win is to just keep saying no to the left.  No to their special-interest giveaways. No to their pork-barrel spending projects. No to their privileged congressional empire….Be confident and patient, and never forget History.

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Yes, I am fortunate that I have the opportunity to do what I love.  But nobody handed it to me on a silver platter.  I had to work at it and prove myself every step of the way.  My story is nothing more than an example of the Original American Ethic: hard work, overcoming obstacles, triumphing over enormous odds, the pioneer spirit. These things, my friends–not such vacuous symbolic gestures as wearing ribbons on lapels or government intrusion into every aspect of our lives–are what built this country.

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A man from Alabama recently wrote me a computer letter accusing me of being too upbeat and optimistic. He said that by listening to me, one would get the idea that there is no hurting or suffering going on in the world and that everything is working out for the best. Wrong. I realize that there are failures and suffering.  I just happen to believe that there would be a great deal more of them if everyone had that writer’s pessimistic, defeatist attitude. …What “the Suffering” need is steady doses of confidence-building optimism.

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I have not written a doctoral theses about free enterprise.   Humbly speaking, as the Doctor of Democracy, I am free enterprise. And I operate in the real world, not in the insulated atmosphere of the ivory-tower academy.

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Don’t believe the doomsayers. Don’t believe the negativity-mongers. Don’t believe the America-bashers–even if one of them is the president of the United States. Don’t buy into the lie that punishing high achievers will bring you happiness. Your own success–born of your own ingenuity and industry–is what will make you happy.

 

 

I am a White, College-educated, Well-off, Suburban Woman…

And I support our duly-elected President Donald Trump.  All of my classifications above are assumed NOT to support the President.  That segment of society is assumed to be Leftist.  That segment of society is assumed to be pro-abortion.  I don’t fit that mold either. [and I refuse to use the term “pro-choice” either.  I prefer pro-abortion, because that is the correct descriptive term]

As Ayn Rand used to say: Check Your Premises.

I will go out on a limb here, and predict that President Trump will win re-election in November, win the popular vote, and get his second term by a much larger margin than he won his first.

Seattle War Zone. Dori Monson Nails It.

Seattle War Zone. Dori Monson Nails It.

In the past few days, there have been multiple shootings in downtown Seattle.  Ordinary citizens are wondering if they should be going there at all, and are expressing their opinions publicly.  Local businesses are appealing to city government to improve conditions in their neighborhoods, so they are not confronted with drug deals, gang shootings, and homeless people in their doorways on a daily basis.

Dori Monson, radio host on KIRO Radio, has published an excellent article on the local site MyNorthwest.com. He attributes many of Seattle’s problems to the city elected officials, many of whom are politically-correct 1960s radicals who now hold the power.  City Police, distrusted by many, seem powerless to stop the rampant crime and drug dealing.  Criminals with multiple felony convictions are released onto the streets to continue their mayhem.  Respected local businesses, like Bartell Drugs and Barnes and Noble Booksellers are closing up shop, leaving empty storefronts behind.

But the Citizens of Seattle elect their Government.  Too bad they get what they elect.