Wednesday, October 1, 2014

-Barack Hussein Ebola; Owning the Legacy

Yesterday, we learned that Ebola has made it to the USA. The good news is that US hospitals are better equipped to combat the virus than West African nations, once the infected patient is located, isolated and quarantined. The bad news is, the patient may have contacted more people than originally thought and the disease could possibly run rampant. Lots of doctors on TV today telling the viewing audience not to worry and basically reducing the symptoms of the virus to nothing more than a bad cold.
Over 3000 people have died from the bug. In Africa, the disease is helped along by unsanitary conditions. In the US and the developed world, airports, seaports, border stations and other public transportation centers are not incredibly sanitary. Most of these places confine people to tight quarters. No elbow room while you are waiting for luggage or waiting to use the toilet on a jet or a train or a bus.
What does the president have to do with this? About as much as George Bush had with regard to influencing the path of Hurricane Katrina.
However, Obama did two things that I believe were not well thought out. The Ebola outbreak has been in brush-fire mode since February of this year. Inevitably, US aid workers or health care volunteers were exposed to the virus while in West Africa.
Firstly, the State department brought them home rather than bring the treatment to them. A noble gesture, but risky with a disease that should never have been exported. The experimental vaccines seem to have stabilized the impact of the virus and may be a quick cure.
Second, the president ordered 3000 soldiers into West Africa to combat the virus. No doubt many of these soldiers will be exposed and infected. The precedent will be to shuttle American Ebola patients  from the hot-zone.
The Dallas patient was not deliberately brought here by the State Department. He was discovered to have the symptoms and transported to the hospital. The EMS crew that transported him is being quarantined.
I wonder how many cases will emerge in the western hemisphere or the developed world over the next few weeks.
Whether Ebola stalls and goes dormant or spreads and goes rampant does not erase the period and the people in charge on the historic timeline. Barack Hussein Ebola 2014. It is now part of his legacy just as Eric Holder's malfeasance as Attorney General will be footnoted in some history books.
Barack Ebola.
Another visitor to our country purportedly from Latin America is Enterovirus D68 or EV-D68.
The disease has its origins in Honduras or broadly, Central America. The administration has been completely lax on border safety and it is believed that the spread of EV-D68 is directly attributed to the relocation and "diaspora" of illegal immigrants by the Obama Administration across the continental US.
As I type this, the Bloomberg Headline reads: *CDC CONFIRMS FOUR ADDITIONAL CASES OF EV-D68 IN NEW JERSEY...
A recent article states:
In Missouri, doctors are investigating whether Enterovirus D68 caused three children to develop paralysis in their limbs this month, Mary Anne Jackson, director of the division of infectious disease at Children’s Mercy Kansas City, said in a telephone interview. In Colorado, officials are examining at least 10 similar cases of severe muscle weakness and limb paralysis, according to Children’s Hospital Colorado.

While the virus has been confirmed in all but 10 states, with 277 cases, the actual number is likely much higher with at least one hospital in Colorado seeing thousands of suspected cases, health authorities said. Testing facilities have been overwhelmed with samples and only the sickest are being tested.
Barack Ebola.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

-No Oil for War!!!

Almost a dozen years ago we were confronted with Bushitler's illegal war for oil.
There was an anti-war-protest in NYC and other major cities across the US and the developed world on a pretty consistent basis.
Now that Obama has decided to shrug-off his anti-war image and engage ISIS or ISIL or IS or whatever they are called, the US and a handful of "willing" allies have decided to violate Syrian airspace in an attempt to destroy what has become of "Al Qaeda on the run".
You would think, at least out of consistency, the liberal cowards of International ANSWER would have staged at least one anti-war protest...
Don't bet on it.
But we did have an Anti-Carbon protest in NYC conveniently located outside of that carbon-spewing megalith... The NYSE.
Seriously, thousands of people protested against the very same element that we are all derived from (carbon) in a location that has literally nothing to do with Carbon. Heck, the NYSE has very little to do with trading these days. Its nothing more than a studio set for CNBC...

.... Good Lord!

Here's the deal... I was at a dinner recently and a very connected, very wealthy, very powerful democrat contributor (after several bottles of wine) started speaking to me as if I were a complete moron. I played along, nodded my head and held back the laughter...
The Climate Change Talking Point... and this is the "Hail Mary, I mean "Hail Gaia Pass" for the cause:
The Arctic is completely melted.
Yes, I sat there with my wife kicking me in the shin... "You don't say!"
Yes - we need to reverse the melting of the Arctic circle or else... Russia will use it as a means of competing with the Panama Canal. They will control the Arctic Sea Route.
...
I couldn't take it anymore.
So there you have it.
The North Pole is completely melted. The Russians are coming. Carbon is Inorganic.
No Oil For War.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

- Frithguild Ahead of The Field: Russian Armored Columns Enter Ukraine

 

Big "hat-tip" to RFNJ contributor Frithguild for his early and accurate analysis of the budding Russo-Ukraine-Europe conflict.
Refer to Danubian Pincer as required reading.
Bloomberg wire is lighting up with news that Ukraine has been invaded by Armored Russian Columns. Poland's Foreign Minister, Sikorski has been increasingly vocal.
Headline Stories:
NATO Says Russian Troops With Advanced Arms Operating in Ukraine
By James G. Neuger
Aug. 28 (Bloomberg) -- NATO’s Dutch Brigadier General Nico Tak speaks to reporters today at North Atlantic Treaty Organization supreme headquarters in Mons, Belgium.
  • There has been “significant escalation” by Russia in past two weeks, based on new satellite images: Tak
  • “Russian combat soldiers equipped with sophisticated heavy weaponry are operating inside Ukraine’s sovereign territory”
  • “Russia is reinforcing and resupplying separatist forces in a blatant attempt to change the momentum of the fighting, which is currently favoring the Ukrainian military”: Tak
  • Russia aims to relieve pressure on separatists “in order to freeze this conflict”: Tak
  • NATO is currently using the term incursion. It is not up to NATO to define the Russian activities”: Tak
  • It is “extremely unlikely” that untrained volunteers are using the sophisticated weaponry being supplied by Russia: Tak
  • “The equipment is used by units which are coherent and well trained,” Tak says, ruling out Ukrainian defectors using the Russian-supplied equipment.
  • “Russia’s ultimate aim is to alleviate pressure on the separatists. Its aim is to freeze this conflict for a long period of time”: Tak
  • “It’s likely that the situation will end in a stalemate. The foothold has been created will be expanded and secured so that the separatists will not suffer a defeat”: Tak
Ukraine claims Russian forces cross border (Transcript)
Aug. 28 (ABC) -- TONY JONES, PRESENTER: Ukraine's President has cancelled a trip to Turkey and called an emergency meeting of his Security Council, amid reports Russian troops have been brought into south-eastern Ukraine.
Kiev says it has lost control of a border town in the Donetsk region, claiming Moscow has sent forces across the border to support pro-Russian rebels.
Ukraine is now calling for an emergency session of the UN Security Council to discuss the crisis.
ARSENY YATSENIUK, UKRAINIAN PRIME MINISTER: The situation in the east of Ukraine substantially deteriorated. Russia has sent a number of armoured personnel vehicles, tanks and troops. We can confirm that Russian military boots are on Ukrainian ground. Ukrainian forces are capable to tackle and to cope with the Russian-led guerrillas. But this is quite difficult for us to fight with Russia and its army.
TONY JONES: Moscow denies it has sent any troops across the border, but Western powers are backing up Ukraine's claims.
The US ambassador to Kiev says Russia is directly involved in the fighting, while NATO says more than a thousand Russian troops are active inside Ukraine.
 
Sikorski: Germany’s Credibility as Ukraine Mediator at Stake
By Brian Swint
Aug. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Polish Foreign Minister Sikorski speaks on Polish Radio One.
  • Sikorski: Germany, France must react to peace process failure
  • Ukraine now europe’s most serious crisis in decades
  • Ukraine now deals w/ russian military incursion: Sikorski
  • Sikorski says Russian troops, heavy equipment in e. Ukraine
  • Sikorski says Russia’s new “front” in Ukraine violates intl law
 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

-Idiocy, Slander and Financial Market Yellow-Journalism: Inorganic Hamburgers?

 

I don't go out of my way to bash Jim Cramer or CNBC, but as financial news broadcasts have become an inseparable part of the trading room din, we (as professional traders) are subjected to moronic outbursts daily.
Yesterday, big news that Burger King decided to buy the Canadian company Tim Horton's. As a result, BK will be moving its HQ to Canada and will enjoy a significant tax benefit.
If you have been living under a rock for the last few months, the political left and outspoken media trolls have been hammering corporations on Tax Inversion.
President Obama has been hammering home the point about "fairness" and how Tax Inversion while legal, isn't fair or right. 
Warren Buffett, Obama's and the Left's favorite Billionaire is poised to cash-in on the BK move. Whoops!
What does this have to do with Jim Cramer? Cramer has been an outspoken shill for the crowd that says tax inversion is just plain "unamerican". CNBC has removed several videos where Jim has contradicted himself, however they have kept the videos in place where "booyah-boy" considers Tax Inversion a vital M&A trigger. Ya think?
Jim is also an outspoken and completely uneducated shill for the organic food scam. Apparently he owns a Mexican restaurant where they serve "organic" food.
Yesterday, Mr. Know-it-All blurts out that the deal is bad because Burger King serves "Inorganic food"... Yes he really said that.
CNBC edited the transcript, eliminating the sophomoric "inorganic food" accusation and suggesting that Jim meant "healthy or natural food"...
If I were a BK shareholder, I would go after Cramer, CNBC and whomever else allows this slander to persist.
Now Jim is a Harvard man - graduating Magna Cum Laude as well as being the chief of the Harvard Crimson. I would imagine that in order to enter those halls or even matriculate from High School, one should know the definition of "Inorganic" and why it is slanderous to make the statement that a beef pattie that was most certainly derived from a living bovid is anything but!
Mr. Cramer as a journalist and honorable grad of one of the most prestigious schools in the world, owes Burger King, its shareholders and his viewers an apology.
Don't hold your breath.
CNBC is no longer valid for the professional trader as an information source. Jim Cramer appeals to small investors (for the life of me I don't understand why) and CNBC anchors sometimes defend his overt churlish behavior often predicated on nonsensical mutterings. Childishly, the anchors will call you a "hater" if you express disagreement or disapproval of this type of news-entertainment.
Yes, I met a few CNBC anchors and contributors at industry events and suggested that they should re-think Cramer as a source of information. I was given the hairy-eyeball from Carl Quintanilla and told (rather childishly on his part) "don't hate". I merely suggested that Cramer was completely inaccurate in his description of the origin of the Euro currency.
CNBC has a responsibility as a news outlet to provide accuracy in reporting the news since it can impact the price of securities and often influence the direction of small investors.



Sunday, August 17, 2014

- A Journalist's Guide to Arms and Armaments 2.0

Journalists take note:
While Ryan J. Reilly of the cutting edge HuffPo in his haste to make the Ferguson Mo riots more about him than anything else,  he reached out to his multitude f twitter followers to confirm his recent discovery!

https://twitter.com/ryanjreilly/status/500981295359741952

Could it be that soft, pliable foam-rubber earplugs were being used by law enforcement as a new riot quelling projectile?

Oh the humanity!


Oh the stupidity.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

-Well, He Does Have A Point!

Rep. Tom. Marino of Pennsylvania has finally done something that very few Republicans are willing to do: call the Democrats and the President on their baloney about immigration reform.
http://youtu.be/qzFRMWB2n6E
He struck a nerve and it's about high time the Republicans give it back.


Friday, July 25, 2014

-¿C√≥mose dices ilegal?

Edward Woodson, local Miami radio show host did a man on the street interview in Miami and asked if the word "Illegal" was the new "N-Word"?
You'll notice a majority of the hispanic or latinos that answered the question displayed more lucidity than the white-liberals. If you can't see the video on your iPad or portable device as I have been experiencing, here is the link: http://youtu.be/oXvp_R5L7Vw



Keep up the good work Ed!