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George Rebane
Naturalized Citizen, Entrepreneur, Professional Engineer and Systems Scientist formally trained in Physics, Complex Dynamic Systems, and Computer Science.
Interests: music, history, friends, community, science/cosmology, future of man, avid reader, camping/canoeing, and family, philosophy, politics, investing, flying, shooting
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George Rebane Yesterday’s early snowfall left our rooftop satellite dish glommed up and dysfunctional. So Jo Ann and I, with our puppy, watched the inaugural doings at our neighbors who also happened to be close friends and more wisely had... Continue reading
Posted 29 minutes ago at Rebane's Ruminations
Anyone notice that those whose months of predictions and polls, which turned out terribly wrong, are the very people taking strength from their manifold mistakes and now double down on more predictions delivered even more firmly and fervently??
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Administrivia - As this blog's Chief Ruminator it is my great pleasure and distinct honor to bestow upon Mr Paul Emery the well-earned and volubly-demonstrated mantle of 'Trump Trasher'. He adds this honorarium to his already acknowledged and longstanding honoraria as our most persistent 'Bush Basher' and foremost 'Leftwing Libertarian' who has labored diligently to demonstrate that all ideas and interpretations to the right of Bernie and Liz are folly, futile, and foul.
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There is only one enemy that may or not be "dancing in the street" tonight, and that is Russia. Why? Because Putin/Russia needs peace to prosper and successfully fight radical Islam with its shrinking slavic population. Trump promises to have a realistic negotiation with Putin that trades off his sabre rattling for investments that will give Russia's economy a much needed boost. Team Hillary would not have known to how to do that and was therefore viewed as a loose cannon in the west. We remember that it is only the weak and ignorant countries that become desperate enough to go to war. None of this has nor will ever be understood by the Left. No other 'enemy' is dancing in their streets. And our free loading allies have drawn faces because finally there is someone in the WH who understands how to deal with freeloaders. Those in Europe who understand this have already been pushing for the continent to develop a new strategy for self-sufficient defense. Our alliance with such a coalition will be exactly what is needed to seamlessly replace NATO and defend western/liberal civilization. And that new Europe will also close its borders to Islamic colonization.
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Dear People - the 20jan17 sandbox heralding the Trump era is now open for *business*.
[President Trump made the most populist and unambiguous pro-America inauguration speech in history today. In many ways it was an 'in your face' indictment of his predecessor. Now it is time to deliver. Godspeed to our new President! gjr] Continue reading
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PaulE 914am - Paul, please edit and repost your comment here. None of what you ascribe to me is true, nor can be deduced from these pages. You can do better than that.
PaulE 1126pm – Thanks for that Peter Schiff comment; I was waiting for someone from the Left to bring up the predictive prowess of the financial poohbahs. Ever since the 1970s when I started managing my own investment portfolio I have been an avid tracker of prominent financial and market ‘experts’. Also having a bit of a scientific bent, I and my similarly trained colleagues quickly applied some math noodling to all the different advisors’ predictions we were reading and found that they were all over the place. The ones who wanted to make more money from the sheep were the predictors of imminent financial catastrophes. So starting with the likes of Howard Ruff during the Carter years we have had book, newsletter, and now website publishing pundits with a solid record of correctly predicting 37 of the last four recessions – depending on your mood, you could always take your pick. To suggest that from this gaggle 1) our president should be well read, and 2) then to have picked out to believe Schiff, when 3) no other government units charged with monitoring the economy did not, and 4) and then attempting a solo remedy from the WH, 5) that has no tools for short term economic adjustments, is beyond ludicrous but totally expected from the Left which since Marx has believed (to disastrous results) that central planning and controlling elites were the answer to every socio-economic problem in the land. The rearview mirror is a wonderful device for determining what happened, and today there are uncounted studies that have shown that it was government that gave the 2008 recession its depth and duration. Something no one saw in 2008 because no one knew Obama would be elected and then enact double dummy policies to extend the pain. In your case Paul, with your years’ long record of focused Bush2 bashing, this kind of an assertion is one more litmus test that confirms the ‘Bush bashing syndrome’ from which you and your ideological colleagues still suffer.
BillR 828pm - You remember correctly Mr Tozer. And we covered all of that several times in these pages during years of the recession which ain't over until it's over. And it all started with - "The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA, P.L. 95-128, 91 Stat. 1147, title VIII of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1977, 12 U.S.C. § 2901 et seq.) is a United States federal law designed to encourage commercial banks and savings associations to help meet the needs of borrowers in all segments of their communities, including low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. Congress passed the Act in 1977 to reduce discriminatory credit practices against low-income neighborhoods, a practice known as redlining." The subsequent bad laws and regulations this monster fathered are legion, and gave us everything we deserve today including Dodd/Frank.
PaulE 714pm - Being unaware (as was everyone else) and acting as a causal agent are two very different things. In the past your strong position has been that the recession was caused by and the fault of Bush2. Given the instituted Democrat mandates to impose dubious lending practices on banks, and their contemporaneous testimonies pooh-poohing the visible weakness of Fanny and Freddie, I'm amazed that you still spout the Democrat Party line. But then I suppose that I shouldn't be.
PaulE 707pm - Having studied and actually designed/administered national polling, and given the trend of their recent prediction performance, I have a significantly different view of them than you who appears to have lost none of the fervor you had for them leading up to the election.
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Speaking of who had Congress during Bush2's last two years - when was the last time you saw an 'Independent' senator vote with Republicans? But the myth has to be kept alive, and apparently our PaulE is the local water carrier.
re PaulE's 1257pm - Here's another one of these 'what's it got to do with anything' questions. Neither Bush2, nor the Fed, nor the Council of Economic Advisers, nor, for that matter, any council of economic advisers in the country, nor the CBO, nor the OMB, nor the worldwide securities markets knew that the crash was coming. The only ones who predicted it were a few astute individuals who saw that the politically correct and Congress mandated lending policies would eventually cause the real estate markets to go off the cliff. Singling out Bush2's knowledge of the coming recession is beyond silly since the WH had the least to do with that.
Can anyone explain what the motivation is for all these poll results presentations and debates? How come no one is talking about the Big O's accomplishments and in what shape he leaves the country and the world for his successor. What difference does it make when 54% (or whatever) like him or think he did a good job when almost all of them can find neither Afghanistan, Alabama, nor the Atlantic Ocean on the map?
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Examining the above numerous and enthusiastic explanations from all those who bought 'the Russians did it', we now understand how that scoundrel Putin was able to pull it off. NOT! Glad I asked.
PaulE 1109am - But Paul, you have lived in the past on these pages for years. When I (and others) brought up Utah's argument in these discussions, you always and reliably scuttled back into the past to substantiate your arguments about the present. Hmmm...
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George Rebane Black congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis hasn’t done much if anything for black folks since he joined the legislative gravy train in Washington, so maintains Jason Riley, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute (here). What Lewis... Continue reading
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re PaulE's 1006am - Even the casual reader will note that no liberal wants to address the documented Kennedy/USSR caper, but would rather pretend that the unproven allegations about his collusion with the Russians remain firmly pasted on the windshield as an historical first.
Such disrespect is ingrained in their value system and explains away their silence on the matter.
What Russ Steele reports in his 901am is IMHO reprehensible political behavior, damn near to the old practice of paying for votes that was practiced by party and union bosses of yore. When such doings are brought up, all leftwingers automatically go into 'duck and cover' mode leaving their crickets to do the heavy lifting. Hiring people to go demonstrate against one of the most sacrosanct happenings in our republic is sleaze at its ultimate, and remaining silent about it comes in at a close second.
rl 958am - That was a non-response Bob. The point of my request is not to my categorization of you (and GeorgeB), you both have already done that quite well with the labels you are self-adorned. My and other readers' interest is to discover the particulars of a middle-roader's belief system. And what most disturbs me is why you would consider my level of understanding and ability to assimilate new information to be so poor as to make your effort to explain "fruitless". But posit that I'm really a double dummy, then the explication of your tenets would still be of benefit to the multitudes of regular RR readers brighter than me.
GeorgeB 747am - Of course you listed the "fear of Tump's opponents", but that does not remove those fears from their belief system, which has been in place for at least a couple of generations, and which they have sought to convince all America (through their media, union schools, and academe) as the reality of conservative governance regardless of what history records. There is no contradiction in fearing what you consider to be real. A careful reading of my commentary would reveal that I am a critic of such a worldview on the merits of its verity. However, what would be most welcome from a thoughtful and studied man of the center like you Mr Boardman is an exposition of your own socio-political credo. People clutching that center stripe have a most difficult time penning a few tenets of their own. As Exhibit A, our friend and your ideological colleague RL Crabb has declined the same invitation for years.
The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you can see. – Winston Churchill George Rebane Well, the Dems now have a rip that’s hard to hide – they are a bit fragmented after the election didn’t turn out... Continue reading
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Mr Tozer, it looks like you missed taking one of your calmatives. As Archie used to say, 'Stifle yourself.' (Please)
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