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Today is Monday, July 28, 2014


Why liars for ObamaCare will be in trouble in 2016

Politico.com's lead story at the moment is about how 2016 presidential candidates will lie for ObamaCare or spin their wheels promising to repeal it, which will be impossible because it may have imploded by then and Democrats will always have enough political power to block a total repeal. Here's why I think Obama/Clinton Democrats will have a tough time defending ObamaCare in 2016 and maybe even this year:

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 04/26/14 at 08:36 AM
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Is Rep. Cory Gardner’s campaign against Sen. Mark Udall off to a slow start? GOP death wish?

Rep. Cory Gardner seems to be off to a slow start in his campaign to unseat Sen. Mark Udall. Udall is showing his confidence by declaring that he would vote for ObamaCare again, restating his opposition to fracking and the Keystone pipeline and claiming falsely that climate change causes forest fires. Here is what worries me about the Gardner campaign:

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 04/19/14 at 09:06 AM
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Sen. Ted Cruz is a smart conservative, wrong on social issues; ready for prime time?

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is building a strong base among conservatives who want a strong, honest and smart president, but he is such a mindless social issues radical on gay marriage and abortion that his chances of getting to the White House don't look very good. In the Saturday, April 19, Wall Street Journal, Cruz is profiled as the guy other senators fear and don't like and the rest of the country's conservatives admire for his smarts, courage and integrity. Here are four reasons I like Cruz and six reasons I wonder how far he can go:

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 04/19/14 at 08:21 AM
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How a new owner of the Denver Post could make it better for readers, advertisers and more profitable

There are new rumors that the Denver Post may be for sale. I sure hope so, because the paper has gone down hill more than it should have during the newspaper industry's long implosion. The paper has to focus on Colorado and recognize that readers interested in national and international stories can get better stories on the web than the Post can afford to produce. Some ideas for how the paper could be made a must read for all, not just the Left:

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 04/08/14 at 10:18 AM
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Journalists who accept Obama’s claim that 7.1 million signed up for ObamaCare can’t be trusted

The Wall Street Journal's headline writers and most of the media proved that they can't be trusted when they promoted President Obama's blatant lie that 7.1 million people have signed up and enrolled in ObamaCare. Everyone knows that huge percentages of those who signup never pay their ObamaCare health insurance premiums to insurers. Indeed, one insurer says that only 53% of previously uninsured signups pay their premiums. How many will continue to pay their premiums after insurers pay for their initial claims, which will be huge, remains to be seen. The ObamaCare numbers released by Obama so far are pretty meaningless. ObamaCare will never be repealed in full, but Obama already has used his executive orders to unlawfully change the law. Here are a few of the law's big problems as I see them:

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 04/05/14 at 03:45 PM
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Is high frequency trading (HFT) useful? How is it risky?

Is high frequency trading of stocks useful? Is it risky? My thoughts:

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 04/05/14 at 09:59 AM
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Michael Lewis’ ‘Flash Boys’ shows SEC must revise high frequency trading rules

High frequencty trading on the stock exchanges has become a very controversial issue for Wall Street and speculators. Last week, Michael Lewis published his new book, Flash Boys, and took the debate to a new level. I've watched CNBC and Fox Business TV interviews and discussions and read stories about the debate and the book, but I haven't read the book yet. In response to a story on Politico.com this morning, I thought about the issue and decided the market is probably more manipulated than rigged. And I see the deals the exchanges give HFT funds as the same as the volume discounts Walmart and the Federal government get from their vendors. But the Securities and Exchange Commission, which wrote the rules that guide HFT funds, needs to update them. My thoughts:

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 04/05/14 at 09:43 AM
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Jeb Bush vs. Ted Cruz, Rand Paul for president? Mitt Romney?

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, the GOP son and brother of presidents, and Rand Paul seem to be the strongest candidates for the Republican Party's 2016 presidential nomination, according to Charlie Cook, a leading political odds maker. Here are some of my reactions to his column over at National Journal.com, for what they're worth, which probably isn't much:

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 04/04/14 at 09:45 AM
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Jeb Bush vs. Ted Cruz, Paul Rand for president? Mitt Romney?

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, the GOP son and brother of presidents, and Paul Rand seem to be the strongest candidates for the Republican Party's 2016 presidential nomination, according to Charlie Cook, a leading political odds maker. Here are some of my reactions to his column over at National Journal.com, for what they're worth, which probably isn't much:

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 04/04/14 at 09:45 AM
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Mark Udall anti-energy, anti-Colorado; votes to kill jobs

Sen. Mark Udall "has supported policies harmful to American energy that could cripple entire industries, destroy jobs and hurt workers in Colorado," says the latest email from the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Rep. Cory Gardner is challenging Udall in next November's election. Here's the NRSC email for oppositon research fans:

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 04/02/14 at 10:31 AM
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Mark Udall votes for ObamaCare and with Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi 99% of the time

Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) is notorious for voting against Colorado and with the hardest left Democrats, Obama, Sen. Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, 99% of the time, according to the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which, of course, is backing Rep. Cory Gardner's attempt to unseat Udall in next November's election. Here's the NRSC's latest opposition research against Udall:


CNBC, Fox Business reporters, commentators flacking for high frequency traders, rigged markets

High frequency stock traders, the stock exchanges and big Wall Street banks have rigged the stock markets against individual traders, their mutual funds, pension funds and exchange traded funds, and the business channels, CNBC and Fox Business are flacking for the culprits.  In his new book, Flash Boys, and on CBS 60 Minutes, Michael Lewis calls the markets rigged. Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavricks basketball team, brilliantlly agreed with Lewis and elaborated on the risks of HFT on CNBC as other panelists defended them. In response, Wall Street and the on air flacks and brokers are saying that while there is cheating and front running, so what? I think Lewis has more credibility and his book and TV appearances will force the SEC and Congress  to stop defending those who are stealing trading information from individuals and regulate them. LINKs: Search the web for "The Market is Rigged."

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 03/31/14 at 12:04 PM
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UN releases flawed, politically driven report on global warming, climate change

The United Nations today released its revised and still horribly flawed report on global warming and climate change. Of course, politically greedy liars for Obama, including Sec. of State and former presidential candidate, John Kerry, have seized on the report to advance their campaign for more political power and government spending on useless research. There is no greed worse that the Obama Democrats' greed for political power. Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO), who is up for re-election, is running on a climate change platform because he can't run on his votes for ObamaCare, which has cost him a lot of support. There is no greed worse that the Obama Democrats' greed for political power. LINKs:

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 03/31/14 at 11:07 AM
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Why be skeptical about global warming, climate change, scientific studies? Poor reproducibility

There is a huge uproar about a global warming and climate change article over at FiveThirtyEight that has brought out Al Gore's warming alarmists and skeptics in the web site's comments section, where I've posted a few comments. Why should we be skeptics about scientific research of any kind? Because the reproducibility of huge percentages of studies published in "peer reviewed" journals is extremely poor.

It is so poor that governments and foundations are funding organizations like the Reproducibility Initiative, which is in the business of trying to reproduce the work of scientists who have claimed significant advances in peer reviewed journals.

At the same time, venture capital firms like Third Rock have built staffs to try to reproduce academic discoveries of new drugs that they might fund in startup drug companies if the studies can be replicated or reproduced. In an article, Trouble at the lab, the Economist explains the reproducibility movement. Read that article and you'll see why you have to be a global warming and climate change skeptic.

Global warming "scientists" frequently have refused to publish their raw data or their models. So it's hard to reproduce their findings. Of course, global warming researchers don't have the data, computer models, computer power, computer power or even the scientific knowledge needed to prove anything. 

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 03/29/14 at 08:34 PM
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Condi Rice blasts Sen. Mark Udall’s President Obama on weak foreign policy, leadership

Former Sec. of State Condi Rice is fed up with President Obama. But Mark Udall is a strong Obama Democrat. Udall not only says he would vote for ObamaCare again, he also lets the most dishonest Senate Majority Leader in recent history, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), tell him what to do. Udall needs to be replaced.

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 03/27/14 at 04:57 PM
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