Thursday, August 27, 2015

SUMMER 2015 FILMS HITS AND MISSES: WHAT TANKED AND WHAT SOARED!

I can't write about anything depressing today so let's look back at the summer films filled with some blockbusters and a lot of bombs, some epically. The funny part is that a few of the biggest disasters should have been realized on the written page and NEVER been filmed in the first place. Everyone of the hits however were known long before their release which says that some in Hollywood do know what they are doing. Let's look at the best of the best first:

BEST OF SUMMER 2015:

5) AVENGERS; AGE OF ULTRON: While not nearly as good as last year's Marvel entries like Captain America 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy, Ultron was still better than a lot of stuff that came out this year. The main issues was the villain was kind of lame, the end of the movie was a lot like the first film and you could tell Marvel was demanding plot points be stuffed in regardless of whether they worked or not. However, Joss Whedon is still one of the best directors today and the cast is electric together. All in all, it was still a pretty good movie.

4)INSIDE OUT: Pixar strikes again with this touching, hilarious look at the different emotion that reside within all of us, particularly a tween girl who just moved to a strange city. Amy Poehler, Bill Hader and, especially, Lewis Black mine gold from this story which was one of the best movies of the year and has a real shot at a best picture nod. Pixar is run by people who understand movies.

3)MISSION IMPOSSIBLE:ROUGE NATION: Tom Cruise proves why he is the best box office draw on the planet with the action packed sequel that keep getting better like the Furious series is. Doing all his own stunts, eschewing CGI and relying on an excellent plot about an anti-IMF force intent on world domination, this film hit on all cylinders. This guy may be loony when it comes to religion but he knows how to pick the right scripts.

2)JURASSIC WORLD: Probably the greatest surprise as a no name director was hired to helm one of the most successful film series ever, even if the last two weren't that great. However, a winning script, Chris Pratt and CGI dinosaurs made this the biggest hit of the year. This was a real winner and like most blockbusters will get no love even though three of the five movies on my best of list should be up for best picture and probably won't in lieu of some small French movie about stale bagels during the Nazi invasion.

1)MAD MAX:FURY ROAD: No movie was more action packed and thrilling than the return of Mad Max, this time with Tom Hardy taking over for Mel Gibson. George Miller schooled younger directors with this sand drenched film that made you feel like you spent the day at the beach afterward, sand everywhere in every nook and cranny. A non-stop roller coaster that had little dialogue and an actual plot still, this film was brilliant. If you missed it in the theater, get it in DVD You won't be disappointed.

HONORABLE MENTIONS: Spy, Trainwreck, Antman, San Andreas, Minions, Shawn the Sheep.

DISAPPOINTMENTS: There were films I liked but didn't do as well in the Box Office as hoped.

3)VACATION- Savaged by critics, this film was far funnier than many said. Yes, it wasn't Chevy Chase but it was still a hilarious look at a vacation gone wrong again. No matter how you look at it, it was far better than the last one Vegas Vacation.

2)AMERICAN ULTRA- Too violent for critics and the public apparently, plus sent to it's demise by having three films open all with the same target audience on the same weekend, this film died a painful death. That was too bad because this funny, action packed take on the Manchurian Candidate was pretty good. And say what you want about Kristen Stewart, she is turning into a real good actress and the camera loves her. Catch it on DVD when it comes out in, most likely, a few weeks.

1)TED 2- I loved this movie but it definitely didn't do as well as the first and makes another Ted movie unlikely. I know I was in the minority last year when A Million Ways to Die bombed and I loved that film too, but this one should have been a bigger hit. Hopefully, it will find new life on DVD.

BOMBS- There were a lot of movies that tanked this year and with good reason. I will admit I haven't seen any of these yet, but will when they come later and do not expect my opinion to change.

8)POLTERGEIST- STOP MAKING REMAKES OF CLASSIC MOVIES! They aren't, as remakes of films like Scarface, The Raid and Frankenstein are all on the horizon and there are a dozen more on top of that. Allegedly this film did so poorly they halted the remake of IT, like they were similar in any way, causing a talented director to leave and that project to be up in the air still. This was a terrible idea and I know it will be, like many on this list, on my worst of the year column.

7)MAN FROM UNCLE- If you are going to update a series here's a list of things not to do. One, don't pick a project few have seen. I've never seen one episode of this and Wild Wild West suffered from the exact same problem. And two, if you do go through with it, do not pick two people who cannot open a movie. Armie Hammer and Henry Cavill are not proven stars by any means and this film tanked because of it.

6)HITMAN:AGENT 47: See above for why this film tanked. The first one died because you hired some one who in no way looks like Hitman. So what did they do this time? Picked someone even worse with a terrible script to go along with it. This video game series is made for films and yet they messed it up twice now. Hire people who have actually played the game series before doing anymore of these, like that is actually going to happen.

5)RIKKI AND THE FLASH: Diablo Cody is one of the worst screenwriters of all time. Her Oscar for Juno is the biggest tragedy in the history of the awards and that includes picking Shakespeare in Love over Saving Private Ryan. Since then, she has written unwatchable drek like Young Adult and Jennifer's Body. This latest one was savaged by critics who rightfully called the screenplay trite and stupid, which I don't have to see to know. Stop hiring this woman who must have blown her way through Hollywood to keep working because her films suck hard. And what blackmail must they have used to get Meryl Streep to be in it?

4)ALOHA: Cameron Cruise has been a hit or miss director and here he really missed. Critics and Asians were pissed when he hired Emma Stone to play a woman who was part Asian. WTF? Yeah, she looks real oriental guys. The script wasn't any better from what I hear but the casting was the true tragedy here.

3)TOMORROWLAND: Another film which showed the George Clooney cannot open a big movie, this film also tanked hard, due in part to a confusing trailer and a stupid release date. Films that come out on Memorial Day don't do well for new pictures but are better suited for already established film franchises. This film got horrible reviews and should have been redone in pre-production instead of rushed out where it died a painful death.

2)TERMINATOR: GENESYS: Can we all agree that this film series should just end by now? We've suffered through several awful sequels and a less than stellar TV series. The last film was so bad I had to go to therapy to recover. This one was just sad even with the return of Arnold. Just stop and move on to fresher pastures.

1)FANTASTIC FOUR: No film did worse than this piece of garbage which stunk up every theater it was in. Using an untested director proved the nail in the coffin for this series which in it's fourth attempt proved to be the worst yet. The cast sucked, the film was boring and dark, and everyone seemed bored by all the whole thing which according to sources was what the director wanted. Who was to blame was placed on a director who became unhinged while directing and studio executives who mangled it from day one. This project was so bad Marvel stopped printing FF comics and pulled an animated series as well. Please sell this back to Marvel already because this is getting old as you have shown no idea what to do with this series. The amount of money this film will lose is staggering.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

REPORTER SHOOTING, BLACK LIVES MATTER, THE DOW AND WHY CHRIS CHRISTIE IS THE WORST PRESIDENTAL CANDIADTE OF ALL TIME!

Lots of news happening right now, none more front and center then the live on air shooting of a reporter, the person being interviewed and the cameraman by a former reporter at the same station. Even stranger, not only did the shooting get caught on the cameraman's camera but also was filmed by the shooter himself. Worse, he posted it before shooting himself, fatally.

Vester Flanagan,  a 41 year old reporter recently fired from station WDBJ in Virginia, which seemed to be par for the course as he was almost certainly mentally ill and full of pointless rage. He had to be forcibly removed from the building after losing it when he learned he was being fired for being "difficult." He had a long history of claiming racism when none existed and suing people over it. He held grudges against the two people he killed, the reporter for "racist" comments and the cameraman for reporting to HR after a single assignment with him. The latter I believe.

For those with strong stomachs, here is a link to the video the shooter took of him shooting three innocent people: http://www.infowars.com/graphic-shocking-complete-video-shot-from-virginia-gunmans-point-of-view/

Is that we have come to? People now filming their own homicides? I guess it was only a matter of time but good Lord. At least this idiot is dead.

Of course, as the shooter was black and the victims white, All Lives Matter people were all over this and with good reason. Truth is, you are more likely to be a victim of crime by a black guy than any other race or sex. That is not racist but hard, cold facts. And a lot of black people are turning to videos to agree with it.

A lot of black people are getting mad at BLM for highlighting ONLY white on black crime which is in reality far less than black on white crime and astronomically lower than black on black crime. And people who live in these neighborhoods know it. White people aren't gunning down innocent children, they are doing it to themselves. And until that is addressed, life in the ghetto is going to get worse.

Meanwhile, the Dow is soaring today, as panic buying sets in. This is a bad sign as these kind of lopsided swings signify a real chance that the stock market may plunge huge next month. Don't believe me? Let's look at the past shall we. As of 3:23, the DOW is up 559 points. This is from Jim Quinn:

Six of the ten largest point gains in the history of the stock market occurred between September 2008 and March 2009. That’s right. During one of the greatest market collapses in history, the market soared by 5% to 11% in one day, six times. Here are the data points:




2008-10-13: +936.42

2008-10-28: +889.35
2008-11-13: +552.59
2009-03-23: +497.48
2008-11-21: +494.13
2008-09-30: +485.21

Do you think these factoids will be shared with the public today on the stock bubble networks? Not a chance.

Look familiar? This shows extreme volatility where panic buying and selling cause huge market swings until the bottom falls out. This is not a sign to sell stocks and invest in gold or other precious metals, but one should also be cautious and prepare to do just that if the market starts entering free fall territory.

Lastly, Chris Christie keeps proving why his numbers are sliding further and further south. Today, he proposed paying teachers minimum wage plus bonuses for every kid who does well, insuring our children will be taught by people who couldn't get a job a McDonald's. Fat Ass said that "teachers shouldn't be getting paid six figures to teach children," not realizing that few teachers make that and the average salary for a teacher in his own state is $37,000. I HATE Chris Christie and anyone who supports this tub of lard. His poll numbers suggest he is on life support and this idea won't win him many supporters who apparently are smarter than he is.

How bad is he doing? A SuperPac that was running anti-Christie ads disbanded this week after the head of the organization said the Governor was doing a far better job than they were by just speaking in public. Ouch. His latest poll numbers have him in 11th place and not gaining any ground. Hopefully, he'll take the hint and leave but considering how obese this loser is it doesn't seem as if he knows when to stop.

An Internet poll, while hardly scientific, had the top three candidates as Trump, Paul and Sanders and the bottom two Bush and Clinton. Color me not surprised. More on these two flaming out as their campaigns die a painful death. Neither are gaining support, more the opposite, as voters have had it with politics as usual. The revolution is upon us. Vote in the primaries to make sure of it and Sanders and Trump as the two best from either side and that shows how bad the GOP lost is if Trump is the best shot they have.

Monday, August 24, 2015

DOW SINKING, HEROES ABROAD AND OTHER THINGS HAPPENING PLANETWIDE!

As I predicted quite accurately, the stock market sank like a stone this morning, dropping 1000 points before stock buybacks and the plunge protection team went into high gear raising the Dow almost into positive territory. Then of course reality set in and the Dow is dropping again 564 points down and dropping fast. I will post real time estimates as I finish. If there were any idiots who bought stock today thinking the worst was over and bargain hunting was available, they are certainly getting burned right now. By the time this article is written it is entirely possible all gains made up from the 1000 points loss, the worst in US history, may have been given back.

This is all happening for several reasons. One, the Chinese stock economy is imploding. The reforms they have made have been too little too late and 20% of their market has evaporated in just the last week. Their real estate holding s have been uber-shaky, think US 2007, and a crash was inevitable. And the Dow is now down 660 and dropping because of this.

There is also the fact that salaries are far too low to keep a consumer economy afloat and that is reflected by the collapse of the retail industry last month in which no one bought anything anywhere. People are starting to notice that companies like Sears, JC Penny, Kohl's and Macy's keep having their stock go up as the profits crater. This is the same thing the Chinese are doing with the exact same results. In other words this can only go on for so long.

Trillions of dollars have been wiped out and the increasing decline in oil shares may affect the derivative market and send banks who own them into a tailspin. Some investors are hitting the panic button today, with Gordon Brown's former economic adviser telling people the end is coming and they should stock up on water and food for when society collapses. This is not some fruitcake but a high level economic expert who helped guide the English economy.

Plunge protection team back at work as Dow now risen to 572. What a roller coaster ride. This is blatant attempt to change the last hour of the Dow and keep some illusion of stability. It will not be sucessful.

Meanwhile, two terrorist attacks were thwarted this weekend, one in Boston and one in Paris. The Paris attack on a train was committed by some Muslim extremist douchebag who made the mistake of trying to do this while several US Marines were on board. Guess who got his ass kicked? USA! USA! I have never been more proud of our armed services than this which showed bravery, self sacrifice and compassion, as they aided a injured passenger even as one of them was bleeding from a knife wound. Needless to say these heroes were congratulated by the French President, Obama and every single American in this country. The goodwill something like this commands cannot be underestimated and for once, this country looks like the one I want to live in, and not some vicious parody of it instead. We need more people like these three heroes: Tony Sandler, Spencer Stone, and Alex Skarlatos. The world needs more like them. My favorite part of this story is that the terrorist tried to say that he was only intent on robbing the train, but failed to come up with a good reason why he had eight extra magazines for his AK-47. This ass is going away forever.

Dow is dropping again, down 624 points. Ouch!
 
The Boston attack was the most laughable attack I have ever seen, and I mean that literally as I cannot stop giggling about even now. Two of the dumbest people on the face of this Earth brought a trunk load of guns to, wait for it, a Pokemon convention at the Hynes Center here in Boston which they threatened to shoot up on Facebook. They even took a picture of the guns they planned on using. Kevin Norton, 18 and James Stumbo, 27, were at first barred from entering after the plot was told to police and then arrested later at the hotel room when the cops realized guns were in the car with them. A lot of guns. Who wants to shoot up a Pokemon convention and why? These two brain powers are in a lot of trouble and they basically asked the police to arrest them. Stupid.

Dow is now down 662 and falling. How low will it go today? Stay tuned dear readers because we may be headed into uncharted territory. Wednesday's column will almost certainly be about our economic situation unless something else Earth shattering happens first.

687 and falling. Look out below.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

DOUCHEBAG OF THE WEEK: HILLARY CLINTON!

Holy Crap this woman had a really bad time of it this week. Set aside the email scandal which is not going away any time soon and we also saw her campaign rather poorly, or as I would call it Martha Coakley style, while at the same time appearing bored with the whole process. If she is trying to lose support among just about everyone then she is doing a bang up job. It has gotten so bad that establishment Democrats are panicking that Bernie Sanders may get the nod and are begging Joe Biden to enter which would be the end for Hillary. Let's see those runner ups.

10)St. Louis Riots and the Police- What started as a cut and dried case has now boomeranged back upon the local police force who may have lied about the whole incident that led to new bouts of rioting. Mansur Bell-Bey, 18, was shot by police during a drug bust this week which led black people to riot even though Bell-Bay was said to be armed and shooting at them. Case closed right? Not so fast as the autopsy shows Bell-Bay was shot in the back. Now mind you that still doesn't absolve him from being shot legitimately, but as the cops are as trustworthy as Lex Luthor, no one believes them and with good reason. Why, pray tell are the local police NOT EQUIPPED WITH FUCKING CAMERAS BY NOW, IN ST. LOUIS OF ALL PLACES? This is getting ridiculous as body cameras should be on every cops body by now and those who scream about how to pay for it, it can come out of the salaries of the higher ups on local police forces who deserve some of the blame for this shit storm of continuous bad news, something that is making every cop out there, good or bad, far less safe. The police keep proving that they are not to be trusted and they keep reinforcing that among even in the whitest of communities. How long before people start fighting back in mass numbers? As for black people stop rioting every time something bad happens. You are ruining your own community and setting back black rights decades. Demand body cameras on all cops as a start for Black Lives Matter. Us white folks will back you on that.

9)Black Lives Matter- The way to win over people is through hearts and minds as well as laws. This group is failing on both fronts. They keep interrupting democrats, even though they are their best hope for regaining their communities, and pissing off non-black voters on the process. They refuse to have any concrete demands, like body cameras on all cops, and the ones they do have have are never going to happen. Here are the five they have on their site.  One, the arrest of Darren Wilson is NEVER going to happen as the EVIDENCE says there was no crime. Much like the idiotic refusal to believe that Trayvon Martin deserved to die, as the evidence showed there as well, this group seems focused on all the cases of black deaths that were NOT racist. Where is the demands for the arrest in Tamir Rice's death? Or a Federal case brought against the cop who killed Eric Gardner? And those are just two of the black people who WERE killed by rouge cops. Instead you focus on two deaths that most of America accepts as justifiable. Their second demand is an end to "systematic Racism" in the police force. That won't happen until the black community fixes their own areas first. The most dangerous places in America are all majority black. Why is that? I have white projects right down the street from me. You know what the crime rate is there? Zero. Third, they want an end to military style weapons for local police. I agree with that whole heartedly. They want the Justice Department to release the names of all cops that have killed black people over the last five years which I believe could be done themselves with this thing called newspapers. My blog alone records a lot of these. That demand just seems lazy. Lastly, they want a decrease in law enforcement spending and use that money to help inner city areas. That's not going to happen as the crime rate in these areas is astronomically high and every time anyone does anything good in these areas, some idiots come along and burns it to the ground. Nowhere on their site do I see demands for cameras on every cop, an end to the drug war, calls for INCREASED police patrols which may help stop crime or any other idea that might actually work. I am also getting increasingly pissed that these guys call out the cops for every perceived slight, meanwhile a nine year old girl dies in FERGUSON, MO and not one fucking peep from BLM. So she doesn't matter because some black criminal did it and not a white cop. Who's racist now mother fucker!? This senseless violence has to stop on all sides and until BLM starts acknowledging this, I will look at them as no better than the KKK or the New Black Panthers.

8)North Korea- These infants are the biggest pussies on the face of this Earth. Their tried and true strategy is to scream bloody murder anytime something happens that doesn't go their way, threaten nuclear annihilation and then do absolutely nothing, as always. This is getting old fast as it has been going on now for decades. Let this poor excuse for a country starve already. This week after they wounded two SK soldiers on the DMZ with landmines that were not supposed to be there, they had a fit when they retaliated with loudspeakers propaganda blasted across the border. All of this led to new rounds of talks which is how this goes every single time. You guys need a new playbook because I have seen this movie one too many times.

7)Iran- If the Iran deal falls apart, they may be more to blame than the Republican party. Allegedly, there is a part of the Iran deal that lets them self police themselves at one particular nuclear site. If true, that is not acceptable as corporations self policing do a shit job so what makes us think that Iran would be any better. However, there is some debate as to whether the whole thing is a fake meant to help kill the deal. Either way though, Iran is attacking Israel with Syrian proxies near the Golan Heights. Israel has struck back at Syrian targets for the first time in years. I would like to use this as a defense against that common refrain that Iran never attacks anybody. They may not be doing directly but they are using proxy armies to fight their battles which is no better.

6)Donald Trump and his immigration policy- I can describe his plan in one word: laughable. Not only would it be expensive (at least $300 billion) it's impractical and could even lead to a civil war. Deporting 11 million people is not possible as it would collapse our economy. Just ask Alabama or Georgia how that worked out for them when they "ended" illegal immigration. Oh that's right, their farming areas went bankrupt overnight as no one was willing to work for three dollars an hour. He wants to build the Berlin Wall across Mexico which would be a PR nightmare and would just change how people get here, most likely under it. He has thrown red meat to both the far right and moderates, which is why he is so far ahead in the polls right now.

5)Scott Walker's health care plan- One word description: Retarded. Walker released his plan to overhaul Obamacare that if actually implemented would bankrupt the system quick. He plans to give people a block of money which would in increase the older you got. The problem is the amount he is talking about would only pay for half a years payment for insurance across the board. The rest would be covered out of pocket which means many would not even bother as it would be too expensive to own health insurance at that point, and without a risk pool to dip into, the whole system would go belly up. This is why dumb ass is sinking fast in the polls, down to three percent in some. Go away douchebag. Anyone supporting this ass is way too stupid to ever vote again. Stay home and watch Real Housewives or jerk off to your Bible collection. Just stay away from the voting booths. Please.

4)The Economy- The Dow bit it this week, losing more in two days than at any point in American history. Let that sink in as to how screwed we might be. Chinese stock slides are being blamed but the real reason is that we have fixed nothing since the last crisis and the numbers show it. Retail stores are hemorrhaging customers who have run out of money, yet stock buybacks are keeping their profits up, but that can only go on for so long and we may have hit that wall this week. We have had out first correction since 2011 and the pain may not end. If history is any indication, the stock market may slide a little bit more this week, skyrocket upward for a few weeks and then crash to Earth taking a lot of investors with them. Some are saying a 5000 point Dow is not out of the cards, and if the derivative market tanks, perhaps even lower. Watch the market closely and prepare to sell if things look bad. Monday will tell us a lot.

3)Josh Duggar- The hypocritical ass got caught AGAIN doing something very NOT Christian when it came out that he had not one, but two, open accounts with hacked site Ashley Madison. He does know that the Bible is really explicit about adultery right? I am so sick of Christians who seem to constantly be screaming about abortion (which is not forbidden in the Bible anywhere) and gay people (which is mostly from Leviticus and the works of Paul) yet somehow miss the big picture like being nice to people, feeding the poor and NOT doing things like killing doctors or sleeping with their neighbors. You people should be reading that book a lot better than you have doing.

2)Jared Fogle- Subway's former spokesperson had a really bad week when he was arrested for not only possession of child porn but for underage sex, aka statutory rape, as well. He will be sentenced to five to twelve years, assuming the judge goes along with the plea deal which he doesn't have to, has lost his job with Subway forever and is going to get divorced and lose custody of his children. Hope it was worth it loser. Subway's slogan "eat fresh" takes on a whole new meaning now. Might I suggest "the only thing young and virgin here is our olive oil."

1)Hillary Clinton- They writing may be on the wall that she is sinking ship and I for one couldn't be happier. Never mind the constant GOP attacks, most of which are stupid and petty, she is doing all the damage to herself. Her email controversy is Swiftboating all over again as she has handled it so poorly from day one. However, unlike the John Kerry hits, she may have actually committed a crime here, one that has sent lesser people to jail and ended the careers of Sandy Berger and General Petreaus. In the midst of this she has joked about it, evaded questions and, even though Tom Brady was being racked across the coals for destroying his phone, which made him seem guilty even if he wasn't, she did the exact same thing with her server. Who exactly is advising her? She also this week failed miserably to turn a meeting with BLM into a campaign win instead coming across as cold and unfeeling, which makes me wonder why is the black community still so behind someone who will do NOTHING for you once in office, but Sanders continues to lag behind in the minority vote? The worst of this week wasn't reported on any newscast because it would seem like a hit piece. I spent the last week pouring over videos of Hillary in Iowa to confirm what I have heard from my sources within the government that tell me she is one mean son of a bitch. Apparently, according to what I have heard first hand, anyone who gets a secret service assignment with her sees it as a punishment as she is demanding and cruel. Just what I want in a President. So I went and looked at the videos from Iowa and damn if they don't seem right. She ignored the most gimme questions from the press like "Are Iowa apples better than NY?" She pretended not to hear it. She looked bored for a lot it and keep disengaging from voters as Bill Clinton kept shmoozing, which is why he won two times and she seems to be headed to the exit. She even hid from the public at one point behind a black curtain in a ballroom. I do not like this woman and it has nothing to do with her sex or her affiliation. It's her attitude which I see as phony, condescending and bitchy. I would have supported Liz Warren over her any day. So congratulations Hillary Clinton for proving my instincts right about you and that I want you nowhere near the high office of President. You are indeed douchebag of the week.


Thursday, August 20, 2015

WAR, UPHEAVAL, ECONOMIC TURMOIL AND HILLARY'S EMAILS: GUESS WHICH ONE THE PRESS IS FOCUSED MOST ON?

I am officially sick of the whole Hillary email thing. I hate the fact that this is the top story every day. I hate the fact that Hillary seems to be playing fast and loose, idiotically joking about it, which is making it worse. I hate the press for refusing to do their jobs and investigate this story better. And I am sick to death of the Republicans trying to milk this for all they can. Right now, this appears to be a demonstration about how dysfunctional our government is as no one investigating this seems to know what the word 'classified" means.

First off, how stupid is it to retroactively turn something classified? Once it's not classified, it might as well be a tweet because it is out there forever then. At least two of these allegedly classified emails everyone is screaming about were released by the State Department, to the PRESS, about the whole Benghazi nonsense. So since when did the local newscast get higher security clearance than the former First Lady?

A lot of this is inter-agency crap about differing levels of classification that each has. Anyone who knows anything about government, like me, knows that different agencies might as well be different countries as all have different operating systems with some not even compatible with one another requiring lots of extra work and money. But streamlining anything in government is akin to lifting the sun with your bare hands.

The problem with all of this is how Hillary is handling this which is par for the course as she seems incapable of handling scandal in the same way her husband did. He oozed charm while she just oozes. Much like her terrible "what difference does it make" comment on the Benghazi non-scandal, she is doing the exact same thing here, which is doing everything to make her look guilty even if she isn't. I don't know what the truth is but retroactive classification is a real thing and if that is the case then most of this case of nothing more than political hot air, albeit one sinking her campaign right now.

Meanwhile, other much bigger stories are happening. One of the biggest is yet another flare up on the North Korean border as they just launched a missile at the south in a tit for tat spat which started after two South Korean soldiers were killed and resulted in them activating loud speakers promoting propaganda for the first time in years. Kim Jung Un had a fit and now that area is inching closer to war. Now there is no need to panic form this yet as this happens with alarming regularity but the boy king is definitively unstable and who knows what kind of miscalculation he could make.

The Dow is down almost 300 points today as consumer buying craters, China continues to lose market value and the Fed hints at a interest hike next month. Anyone familiar with the market will notice an eerily similar downward trend that has been seen in 1929, 2000 and 2008. You all know what happened in those years. Retail spending hit an eight year low, looking very 2007 all of a sudden. Even the pundits from Bloomberg and CNBC are starting to signal the panic button that the good times may be just about over. Differing attitudes towards things like the death cross and Dow theory have lit up the economic sites, but it seems to be a good bet that we may see a major correction of out own, perhaps as soon as September, which historically is a very bad month for the Dow. Be warmed that if you have stock, be prepared to dump all of it should the market start sinking fast which it could at any minute now.

On top of all this, Greek PM Alexis Tsipras has resigned today, calling for snap elections that could make him stronger if he wins, or send the country into a tail spin if he loses to someone who opposes the recent Greek bailout deal. This is not helping the world economic plan and again why the Chinese and Dow are both not doing well today.

Recent polls show Trump ahead of Hillary in some states like Florida and Ohio which also means less than nothing as attack ads and debates will shape those polls better when they happen and that's not until next year. We don't even know who the candidates will be, although Trump looks like he might make it while Hillary may not last the year. Will it be Bernie or Biden at that point? Who knows and that is why any poll you see should be taken with a grain of salt. What isn't in question is that Scott Walker is falling further and further down the hole as his idiotic ideas have not captured the GOP imagination. One poll today had him at 3%, tied with Chris Christie. Ouch. That does not bode well for the one time front runner. Even Fiorina looks to be out of luck on the next debate as her poll numbers, while better than before the debate, still won't crack three percent, leaving her on the lurch for the next debate. Christie polls slightly better but he may be out by next week so who knows.

The world is changing and no one is really paying attention. Are you?

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

ELECTION UPDATE: HOW CRAPPY ARE A LOT OF CANDIDATES DOING? YOU WILL NOT BE SURPRISED!

Two weeks after the Republican debate and near constant talk about Hillary's emails have taken their toll and a lot of people are reeling right off the page. Trump continues to rise and some pundits have seriously deluded themselves that he can win now. They seem to be forgetting that few Hispanics are going to vote for this guy, especially after his laughable immigration program was unveiled, which means he cannot win in a general election.

We get so caught up in national polls and popularity contests that we forget that the electoral college negates all of that and the race will come down to a handful of states which are Ohio, Florida, and Pennsylvania. The rest are fairly solid one way or another and regardless who the candidate is, minus some earth shattering revelation weeks before the election for either side, those states are going red or blue 100% of the time. PA is a lost cause as they haven't gone red since Reagan and both Florida and Ohio lean blue, but if the election is close, could be stolen just like 2004 was. Either way, Hispanic votes may be the win or lose ratio for both and if the election isn't close, then it can't be stolen without a lot of red flags going up to an already distrustful public. If that's the case, the democrats will win again and by larger numbers than the pundits suggest.

Thus we have Trump's outrageous, impossible plan to fix the illegal immigration problem. He'd deport them all, build a huge wall, cut off payment to Mexico by illegals, stop corporations from hiring legal aliens over citizens and alter the Constitution to end anchor babies. The only thing I like in all of that is ending the hiring of legal aliens over citizens as I have seen that first hand and how it destroys the labor market and wages. Other than that, none of his ideas are feasable.

Better border security is always a good idea but we also can't have the Berlin wall there either with mine fields, guard dogs and machine guns. That is a public relations nightmare especially when video escapes of border guards gunning down children which would inevitably happen.

We can't deport 11 million people for lots of reason. One is price as they estimate it would cost $200 billion and I feel that it way lower than what it would actually cost as they would have to put all these people somewhere while they deport them and we do not have anywhere near that capacity, unless the rumored FEMA camps do exist in mass numbers which would require them to explain WHY they have all these camps they have denied as a conspiracy theory. Two is will as again video of children being torn away from their home will not make people happy with government and may incite riots from all sides.

Cutting off payments home, which total around $25 billion per year, would bankrupt Mexico and cause even more illegal immigration. Finally, changing the Constitution is not going to happen as three quarters of Congress and three fourths of state legislatures are not going to vote for this anytime soon so that is simply a pipe dream.

Like a lot of Republican ideas, this one sucks. Scott Walker unveiled his health care plan and, as an expert on this subject, I laughed out loud as to how stupid it was. His plan to give people blocks of money to pay for health care would be half of what is needed to buy insurance today, and does nothing to slow out of control drug costs which is the big reason prices are spiking right now, not Obamacare, which is getting the blame. His plan, like his candidacy, is terrible and explains why his numbers are going south quick.

Speaking of going down hard, joining Rick Perry on that slow slide to irrelevancy, two of the worst governors are falling on hard times. Mystery Presidential candidate Bobby Jindal hasn't been seen in so long his face should be on a milk carton. His time is just about done sources say as his money has dried up stat. Another unpopular governor, Chris Christie, is rumored to be thinking about quitting as early as the end of the month. His idiotic ideas have been ridiculed, and rightfully so and his poll numbers have plunged to below the margin or error so technically he could be at zero.

The guy doing the worst is stunningly no longer Jim "Who the hell is that?" Gilmore but possibly closeted gay candidate Lindsey Graham (if he's not gay I would be shocked) who now polls around .8%. Yuck. Herpes polls better.

The GOP is struggling, Trump is surging and may get the nomination. In a general election however, he is going to lose and lose badly to whoever runs against him.

Hillary is running terrible ads in NH right now which basically are sob story bull about her poor parents and upbringing. I DON'T CARE! What are you plans for anything because you have been infuriatingly vague about that. You know why Bernie is gaining on you? Because he's not running ads taking about his past but about our future. Learn from that or lose badly which appears to be where you may be headed.



Monday, August 17, 2015

THE INVISIBLE CASE OF ZAC HAMMOND! WHY WHITE LIVES MATTER TOO!

Lately, there have been a lot of news following the shooting of unarmed black men across the nation and with good reason. Our police force cannot go one day without several new stories describing some douchebag thing some pig did to what is almost always a minority. As a result, the black community is screaming RACISM! at the top of their lungs and I, for one, can hardly blame them. The problem with this is is police brutality is not just a white on black crime no matter how the media attempts to spin it. People of all races and sexes are dying at the hands of cops and the sooner we get to realize that, then and only then, will change happen. I feel racism is not the main reason for a lot of these shootings. It's a fact that too many black men are seen as criminals, because let's also face facts, statistically, young black men find themselves in far greater trouble than all other races combined. When you keep arresting black guy after black guy, you are going to start seeing ALL black men as trouble. Just ask any Arab in the airport.

The real reason is there are far too many police that never should have been a cop in the first place. But due to tests that all but guarantee the best and brightest fail, and a desire to hire soldiers with little to no training in police tactics, has led to a thug force riddled with terrible police. And it has to stop because eventually the police are going to go way too far one day and pay a lethal price for their idiocy, causing the deaths of cops that are good at their job along with the bad ones. The black community has all but given up on the local police force and that is having devastating effects on their community, causing a huge spike in crime in places like Detroit, Baltimore and Chicago to name a few.

Here's the rub: the media is all but ignoring non-black deaths, most likely for the fear the establishment has for the above paragraph. What happens when everyone gives up on the police? Will anarchy over take us like the inner city is going through? Or, more likely, will we demand more from our police, including greater accountability, cameras on every cop and an end to the wall of silence the police have for each other?

Here is a case that has gotten zero national press and that is the assassination of Zac Hammond, a white 19 year old, during a minor drug bust by the police in, wait for it, South Carolina. Can we come to the conclusion that Southern police forces have not changed much since the days of In The Heat Of The Night? And if that is the case WHY?

Police say he was driving his car right at a police officer who then fired to "protect his life." That bit is getting old because the autopsy show he was shot in the back at close range twice over a small bit of pot. Nobody should die over that regardless of race, especially not for ten grams of weed and a mysterious white powdery substance that may have been planted.

The dashboard camera video has not been released, the officer not charged in this obvious murder and the MSM has said zilch about it. If Hammond was black you can bet this would have been wall to coverage with Al Sharpton, Black Lives Matter and everyone else wanting their five minutes of fame plastered all over the airwaves. Hammond is dead and no one cares and that is why I do NOT care for Black Lives Matter. Those lives do matter as much as anyone, but so did Zac Hammond who fell prey to the same nonsense that is killing the black community. Don't you think more people would pay attention if you broadened your horizons to include all races?

Witnesses are claiming that the drugs found may have been planted and that officers "high fived" the corpse after shooting him. EEWWW! Again, where is the outrage? I will give Black Lives Matter some credit for highlighting this on their Twitter feed, showing that some in that group see the bigger picture. But more has to be done because our populace is being overrun by thug cops with no regard for human life. Not all cops are bad, most I think do a fine job. But these rouges are destroying everyone's credibility and the longer you defend them from prosecution, the worse things will be for all down the road.