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NEIL GORSUCH
JOINS SCOTUS




Gorsuch
Sworn In
April 10, 2017




A Tremendous Day for
sound jurisprudence and
our Constitution!



Watch the swearing-in
and savor the prospect of
a Supreme Court Justice
who will defend our
Constitution:




Below is our rating of
Supreme Court justices
based upon judgement of
their fidelity to the
Constitution:


As the chart illustrates,
there are too many rogue
justices on the Supreme
Court. These appointed,
life-term judges take it
upon themselves to
arbitrarily unilaterally and
autocratically over-rule the
will of the people. They are
the equivalent of tyrants.

It is crucial to our
Democracy to fill all open
seats on all Courts, as
they arise, with true-to-
the-law judges. With
originalist, textualist
judges who apply the law
as passed by the
representatives of the
people.

It is NOT the role of judges
to over-rule laws they just
happen to dislike. As
Gorsuch said at the
ceremony:

"A judge who likes every
outcome he reaches is
very likely a bad judge..."



Gorsuch
Confirmed
April 07, 2017






A Supreme Court seat
opened with the passing of
Antonin Scalia just months
before the 2016 election.

President Obama
nominated Merrick Garland
as a replacement, but
Senate Majority Leader
Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
blocked the nomination,
claiming that the voters
should decide.

Elections have
consequences. Democrats
were certain they would
hold the White House and
regain the Senate in 2016,
thereby giving them full
control of the nomination
process.

But the GOP held the
Senate, and won the
White House, against
all predictions.
Republicans campaigned
on the Supreme Court
issue, and won.

And that's why Democrats
lost the Supreme Court
nomination: because they
didn't win the election. The
people spoke. As it should
be.



Gorsuch
Nominated
January 31, 2017




President Trump has
nominated Neil Gorsuch to
the United States Supreme
Court. View the
proceedings at the White
House:


As the President so
appropriately remarked at
the nomination ceremony:

"I have always felt that
after the defense of our
nation, the most important
decision a president of the
United States can make is
the appointment of a
Supreme Court justice.
Depending on their age, a
justice can be active for 50
years and his or her
decisions can last a
century or more and can
often be permanent."


We anticipate that Neil
Gorsuch will be an
outstanding Supreme
Court Justice, just like
Antonin Scalia, the great
man he will replace.

Neil Gorsuch: a judge who
understands both what a
judge's role is; and what a
judge's role is not.

WORK IS LOVE

2018/05/22 - It is the season of weddings, and at Christian weddings a reading of the Biblical passage 1 Corinthians 13 is common, if not actually required. It is the "Love Chapter". An interesting, seemingly tangential, thought appears late in the chapter, "when I became an adult I put away childish things".

When I became an adult I put away childish things. Tangential, perhaps, to the idea of love, but a thought not at all out of place at a wedding. A wedding is perhaps the most significant aspect of the transformation to from childhood to adulthood, from immaturity to maturity, from dependence to independence.

The thought is also expressed in another Biblical passage, in the Jewish text of Genesis 2:24, "Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh".

The idea is pretty simple: as you grow in maturity, you gain self-sufficiency and you become independent. Dependency is childish, it is the opposite of maturity. Your ability to move out from your parents and maintain a household, your self-sufficiency, earns you the honor, the moral legitimacy, to marry and to have children and to be the sustainer of dependents.

Our society confers many privileges upon individuals as they mature into adults – the right to vote, to purchase and consume alcohol and tobacco, to marry, to serve in the military, to drive on public roads, and so forth.

But what about those of sound mind and body who do not demonstrate maturity? What about those who do not, or will not support themselves? What if simply using age as a reference point does not adequately or sufficiently demonstrate whether a person has earned the privileges of adulthood?

Mature adults support themselves, they do not impose their lack of maturity on others. Dependency is a sign of immaturity. Immature people make poor life choices. People who make poor life choices tend to become dependent upon government.

The concept of dependency and maturity has many public policy implications. Consider disasters, both natural and man-made. A volcanic eruption in Hawaii, or an earthquake in California, a hurricane in Florida, tornadoes in Nebraska, an ice-storm in Illinois, or a power-grid attack and failure in New York. Every area of our country is susceptible to one disaster or another, and we are all susceptible to an EMP attack.

All of these scenarios place demands upon individuals and governments, and it is crucial for citizens to ensure they are able to sustain themselves for days if not weeks while the various levels of government can marshal their resources appropriate to the nature, locations and extent of the situation.

Mature adults preposition resources and prepare for the unexpected. They are ready and able to at least look after themselves, if not help others, in the event of a calamity. They are part of the solution, not part of the problem.

And then there are the crybabies who demand attention and resources from the government for their selfish personal needs. To take care of things for them, that they should have taken care of themselves. As if first responders, utilities, various logisticians, and government officials don't already have enough to worry about.

So it begs the question – should people who are dependent upon government handouts have the right to vote? Do people not capable of making good life choices have any business deciding something as important as deciding public policy? Should an army of welfare recipients have the franchise to vote themselves ever more handouts?

If a person can't even make good choices about going to school and getting a job and looking after themselves, do they have any business making choices for society? They make a mess of their own lives, and now we should allow them to make a mess of the country as well?

A large block of handout-dependent voters would has the ability to drive an agenda for higher taxes and increased benefits, thus discouraging more individuals from continuing in the workforce and instead enticing them to join the ranks of the handout-dependent block, granting that block even more voting power in continuous iterations of election cycles.

Do you think this is absurd? Well, it is today's Democrat party, and you are correct, it is absurd. Look at what they say, their policies, their campaigns, their votes, their record, their rhetoric. The Democrat party has degenerated into a handout machine. It is a political block that seeks to gain and retain power by attracting the votes of the welfare class.

For the Democrat party to hold and expand its power it needs to maintain and expand the welfare class. It's that simple. The Democrat party is opposed to the interests of the working class and the middle class. It wants average normal Americans to lose their jobs, apply for government assistance, and vote for the party that will "defend" the assistance programs that the newly impoverished become dependent upon. And the Democrats will cynically call this "caring".

The Democrats seek to infantilize and "dis-adult" Americans because they care for us. They want us to be snowflakes, a physically and emotionally weak people unable to defend ourselves. They want to separate Americans from their jobs, and separate Americans from their guns. They want the people to be dependent upon government for everything - food, shelter, clothing, security, everything. And Democrats expect Americans to be thankful for handouts, and to vote for the party that enables dependency.

It would be nice if the Republican Party was diametrically opposed to the Democrat Party, but it doesn't seem that way. As often as not the Republicans want to be "bipartisan" and "cross the aisle" and "work with the other party". But what if the other party's policies are pure puke and should be aggressively opposed and destroyed at every opportunity? Seriously, when was the last time a Democrat had a good policy idea?

The problem is that many in the Republican Party, a faction at times referred to as the "Establishment", seem more interested in playing a divide-the-spoils game with Democrats where factions and players and interests within both parties get to keep their shares of power. You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours. The swamp creatures, regardless of political stripe, work together to maintain their ecosystem. That's what "bipartisan" means in DC-speak.

So, who looks after the interests of real, everyday Americans who just want to work for a living and keep what they earn, who believe in maturity and sufficiency? Well, for all his flaws, it is Donald Trump. And that's why both Republicans and Democrats hate him. Because he actually does fight for the interests of working men and women. Strangely. In a strange way.

Working – preparing for a job, getting a job, and doing your job – is one of the most virtuous things you can do with your life. The Jewish and Christian scriptures clearly describe God's creative efforts as "work" – yes Almighty God actually does "work", and He assigns work to Adam and Eve even before the fall, demonstrating thereby that work is holy, good and pure. Time and again we are told in the Bible to do our job and do it well, to "work at it as working for the Lord" (Colossians 3:23).

If working to sustain yourself is one of the most virtuous things you can do with your life, then it stands to reason that living a life of dependency on others is just about the most nefarious thing you can do with your life. Work is something God expects from us. Which is another reason why increasingly people of faith are repulsed by the Democrats.

The party that embraces government dependency, while hindering job creation and disincentivizing work, is not a party for people of faith. People of faith believing in working hard and depending upon God; the Democrats instead encourage us to stop working and depend upon the government - that is, stealing from your neighbors and killing them by taxing them to death.

Loving people work. They do not use government to confiscate the fruits of the labors of others. Working to earn a living is just about the most virtuous thing a person can do with their life. Loving people work to sustain themselves, and support their families, and contribute to their communities. Dependency is childishness, and it is not love. So I Corinthians 13 tells us that if we want to demonstrate love in a practical way, we throw off the childishness of dependency, and embrace work, independence, and maturity. That is love.




Analysis


June 29, 2018 - So, you just never know. There we were four weeks ago talking about peak oil prices for the year, and since then crude has begun a northerly migration, now just below $75/barrel.

The main reason, or course, is Socialism. The price of anything is the combination of supply and demand, and oil supplied by shaky tyrannical regimes is never reliable.

Here in the good old capitalist United States, technology and the profit motive have encouraged us to increase our production to 10.900 million barrels per day, an all-time record for us and more than any other country on the planet.

Unfortunately, Venezuela, the country with more oil than anyone else, continues to see its production plummet due to corruption, mismanagement, and failure to invest in and maintain its production infrastructure.

Iran and Libya, two other oil-producing nations not noted for freedom or respect for human rights and the rule of law, are also to blame for supply uncertainties.

For their part, Russia and Saudi Arabia have both announced intentions to up production - neither would gain from a price surge that triggers a global recession and a subsequent price collapse.

The US could probably increase its production to over 12.000 million barrels per day fairly soon, but for better or worse it is easier to build an oil well than it is to build the pipelines and railways needed to transport the oil from the wells to the refineries.

The entire world - and Venezuelans more than anyone - could benefit greatly from a coup and overthrow of the Maduro regime.




June 27, 2018 - United States Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has today announced his retirement from the bench.

His looming retirement had been the source of speculation for a few years now, and after thirty years of service the 81-year-old finally decided it was time to hang up his cleats. This will give President Trump an opportunity to nominate a second justice during the first half of his first term.

For conservatives, the news couldn't be much better. Kennedy tended to be economically conservative but socially more liberal. His was usually the most unpredictable of the nine votes, and filling his seat with a young conservative will shift the court slightly further to the right for decades to come.

For liberals, the news couldn't be much worse except for perhaps the retirements of the two elderly όber-liberals Stephen Breyer (age: 79) or Ruth Bader-Ginsburg (age: 84).

With the left seemingly more animated coming into the mid-term elections, Kennedy's announcement and the upcoming nomination fight should serve to awaken conservatives.

Holding and indeed tightening its grip on the Senate will be crucial for conservatives to snag one or both those two liberal SCOTUS seats in the next couple of years.



June 17, 2018 - Suddenly the left has stumbled upon a totally absurd specious spurious line of attack against the President: separating families.

The basic line is this: the United States is evil because illegal immigrant families become separated when they are captured and incarcerated.

Boo hoo.

Every country separates families. Dad robs a bank, goes to jail, separated from kids. Mom commits fraud, goes to jail, separated from kids. Routine. Happens all the time.

Every country breaks up families when it enforces laws. We enforce family-breaking laws and punishments against Americans, so why on earth would we exempt non-Americans from the same treatment? Why would we show pity and empathy to foreigners that we don't show to our fellow Americans? That just makes no sense.

It's simple: if you don't want your family broken up, then don't break the law.

Let us be clear: if you break the law, YOU are responsible for the consequences that follow, and that includes breaking up your family. It sucks, because it's supposed to suck, it's supposed to discourage people from breaking the law.

You break the law, YOU pay the price. Do not blame law enforcement.

Where is the moral clarity? Democrats have none, and Republicans are hardly better, they have small weak underdeveloped spines and are unable to stand firmly for what they know is right...



June 1, 2018 - Have oil prices peaked for the year?

After coming close to the $73 mark early last week, oil has been steadily working its way downward, finding its way into the $66 range today.

US production continues to grow, with the EIA this week reporting yet another new daily production record averaging 10.769 million barrels per day, an increase of 1.7% over the production record from just five weeks ago.

And today the oil-field services provider Baker-Hughes reported a weekly North American rig-count increase. The US count increased only slightly from 1059 to 1060, but the post-mudseason Canadian count increased significantly from 81 rigs to 99.

The EIA report did indicate a slight drawdown in oil inventories from 438 million barrels to 435 million, but with increasing productive capacity and production, inventories are more likely to build than to be squeezed.

Keep in mind however that the biggest barrier to increased US production isn't oil rigs - the problem is logistics, supply chain bottlenecks, the shortage of pipelines and railways needed to get oil from the fields to the refiners.

Combining the slow steady rise in US production with the seasonal surge in Canadian production, it seems likely that oil prices have topped out for the rest of the year.

Of course, anything can happen in battling tops. And with wild cards like Venezuela and Iran, anything can happen in the rough-and-tumble world of global oil supply and demand.



May 16, 2018 - Has the United States overtaken Russia as the world's #1 crude oil producer?

This morning's weekly release by the federal Energy Information Administration of oil production data shows that US production has increased from 10.586 million bbl/day to 10.723 million bbl/day over the past three weeks.

Russia hit its all-time high crude oil production of 10.832 bbl/day in November of 2016 and, in cooperation with OPEC, has not since sought to increase its production beyond that level.

During the first part of 2018 Russian production had been holding steady under 10.600 million bbl/day and no recent developments in global supply and pricing give reason to believe that Russia has altered its production efforts.

So there you have it. We are up to about 10.700, the Russians are holding at about 10.600. It might not be official for a while yet, but probably within the past week or two the United States passed Russia to become the world's #1 oil producer.

Now, we can't let this topic go without mentioning that "fracking", the recent petroleum extraction technology innovation that is responsible for the renaissance of US oil production, has become a curse-word for far-left know-nothings.

In fact, opposition to fracking is the simplest litmus test currently in existence to identify someone who has no idea what they are talking about.

Don't let anyone fool you - without fracking, we would probably still be mired in the Great Decade of Depression of 2008 to 20?? with no end in sight.

Fracking is a wonderful, wonderful thing that has done so much to alleviate global human suffering and misery, to redirect the global economy away from a "what-if-no-fracking" dystopian counterfactual world that thankfully we have avoided.



May 14, 2018 - US Crude Oil futures continue to hold above $70 per barrel, but is this the peak?

As we've mentioned over the past year, oil prices have continued to move north due to the Socialist nightmare in Venezuela, the malfeasance and malevolence of the Islamic State of Iran, and the Saudi Aramco IPO.

Add to this the annual Canadian mud-season decline in oil production - from early March through mid-May - and you have a recipe for real and potential supply pressures and higher prices.

In very broad terms, you can think of oil prices below $50 to be stimulative to the economy, $50-$75 as the neutral range, $75-$100 as encumbering to economic growth, and above $100 as recessionary.

The climb in prices is having the desirable and predictable effect of increasing US production, offsetting in part the global supply concerns. US rig counts continue to rise, and US production is nearing eleven million bbl/day which would make us the world's #1 producer.

We hope that as Canadian production comes back on line this summer it will augment growing US production and push the benchmark West Texas oil price back below the $60 level.

But lower oil prices are by no means a foregone conclusion - keep an eye on oil, and consider the preparations you should make now in order to prepare for a potential economic slowdown.



May 08, 2018 - Consider this: there are more job openings in America, than there are unemployed Americans.

This morning the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its monthly JOLTS report - Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey - for April and announced that there are an estimated 6,550,000 unfilled job openings in America. This exceeds by 250,000 the number of unemployed reported in their Employment Situation report last Friday.

That might sound great but is should be distressing - businesses simply cannot find and hire the people that they need to grow their business, which would grow our economy, which in turn would alleviate our nation's most pressing fiscal threats.

Either business cannot find people with the right skill sets, or they cannot find people who can pass a drug test, or people lack the motivation to actually apply for a job because of government handouts, or... well, the causes are multitude.

One of the problems is skills mismatch - our universities offer too many BS degrees in useless fields such as Diversity Studies or Art History, rather than important fields such as science, technology, engineering and math.

Another problem is that we have too many people on government hand-outs, because the government offers too many handouts. Our nation has lost its work ethic. Welfare used to be stigmatized, now it's "cool".

We need to unwind the massive governmental bureaucratic structures, the multitude of offices that we have erected. We need to obliterate the culture of dependency, we need to reestablish a culture of self-sustainability.



May 07 2018 - Disgrace - New York's hypocrite Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has resigned in total embarrassment.

A vocal opponent of violence against woman, Schneiderman, it turns out, takes quite a lot of pleasure in violence against women. Turns out the words and the works don't coincide.

Four different women have accused the Schneiderman of violence and abuse in against them in extra-marital affairs.

Meanwhile, the AG is litigating against Harvey Weinstein, for, what else, violence against women.

The participation rate fell from 69.9% to 69.89%. That's not much of a drop, but the rate ought to be a lot higher to begin with, and as the economy continues to improve the participation rate should be increasing to even higher levels.

In the past we have commented against some dreadful DA's and AG's. We now induct Eric Schneiderman to the Creepy and Corrupt Prosecutors Hall of Shame whose other inductees include ghouls like Marilyn Mosby, Mike Nifong, Elliott Spitzer, Ronnie Earle, Rosemary Lehmberg and John Chisholm.



May 04, 2018 - MAGAB! Makin' America Great Again, Baby!

This morning the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its monthly Employment Situation report for April, and the unemployment rate ticked down to 3.9%, a level last seen in the 1960's.

Ah yes, the 1960's - back in the good old days when you could get a big car with a V8 and a manny tranny - like a '65 Pontiac GTO convertible with a 389 Tri-power and a 4-speed. Ya, that kind of great.

Well no, not exactly. $21 trillion dollars in debt, and a labor force participation rate that is far too low isn't so great.

The participation rate fell from 69.9% to 69.89%. That's not much of a drop, but the rate ought to be a lot higher to begin with, and as the economy continues to improve the participation rate should be increasing to even higher levels.

We need more of the population participating in the work force. We need more makers and fewer takers. We need a bigger tax base and fewer handout recipients. Otherwise that $21 trillion debt is going to make America worse again.

We need to address long-term structural weaknesses in our economy, not the small-bore Band-Aid crap that law-makers focus on.



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