Random Thoughts By A Not So Random Guy! … Thomas Sowell !!!!!

I hadn’t read anything from Sowell for some time, and thought I’d look to see what he had to say, recently.  He posts, from time to time, for Townhall, and often he just posts “random thoughts”. 

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For those unfamiliar, his is a compelling story.  I consider him one of the brightest people in the US.  (But, maybe that’s because I agree with him on nearly every issue he opines about.)  Smile

Today, his “random thoughts” post seemed to echo mine to a “T”.  So, I thought, why not replicate it?  So, without further ado …….

Random thoughts on the passing scene:

The presidential election prospects for the Democrats are so bad this year that only the Republicans can save them — as Republicans have saved them before.

Will a Supreme Court without a single Protestant justice rule that an “under-representation” of any group is evidence of discrimination?

Here is a trick question: What percentage of American households have incomes in the top 10 percent? Answer: 51 percent of American households are in the top 10 percent in income at some point in the course of a lifetime — usually in their older years. Those who want us to envy and resent the top 10 percent are urging half of us to envy and resent ourselves.

His Super Bowl win gave retiring quarterback Peyton Manning his record 200th victory. But it may also have benefitted losing young quarterback Cam Newton, by giving him a very sobering experience after his exhilarating 17 and 1 season. Over the course of his career, Cam Newton may become an even greater quarterback than he would have been without this setback early in his career.

According to the Washington Post, record numbers of college students say that they plan to engage in protests. Our educational system may not teach students much math or science, but students learn from gutless academic administrators that mob rule is the way to get what you want — and to silence those who disagree with you.

Many Americans were not only saddened but angry that Iran publicized photographs of captured American sailors weeping. But do you think that Reverend Jeremiah Wright was saddened and angry? What about his 20-year disciple in the White House? Let us not forget that President Obama voluntarily humbled himself — and America — by bowing to foreign leaders.

People who are willing to consider virtually any conceivable excuse for criminals’ acts cut no slack at all for decisions that police have to make in a split second, at the risk of their lives. For some people, it is not enough that cops put themselves at risk to protect the rest of us. They want cops to risk their lives for the sake of handling criminals more gently.

What are the chances that the world’s greatest violinist would make a good quarterback? Or that the world’s greatest quarterback would make a good violinist? Why then would anyone think that a successful businessman would make a good president — especially when he is demonstrating almost daily why he would not?

Many people, including Senator Bernie Sanders, repeat incessantly that the economic system is “rigged” by the rich — without providing either specifics or evidence. The latest figures I have seen show that the 400 richest people in the world have recently lost $19 billion on net balance. If they have rigged the system, they have certainly done a very incompetent job of it.

If you listen carefully to what Senator Marco Rubio says, he is not for instant amnesty. He is for amnesty on the installment plan, though of course he would not call it that. Does anyone who knows anything about politics seriously believe that “legalization” of illegal immigrants will end that issue, without turning into citizenship over time?

At last we have reached the point where we can say, “Next year this time, Obama will not be president.” But the disasters he leaves behind will plague us for years to come. And some of those disasters may strike even before he is gone.

Some countries in Europe have sealed their borders against refugees from the Middle East, as the Soviet Union once sealed its borders against people getting in or getting out. But somehow it is said by some to be impossible to seal our border with Mexico.

When the Whigs could not get their act together on the crucial issue of their day — slavery — that led some Whigs to leave the party and form the Republican party, with Lincoln as its candidate for president. Today’s Republican party has repeatedly failed to get its act together on immigration. That has produced the current divisiveness that may threaten them with the fate of the Whigs.

Historians of the future, when they look back on our times, may be completely baffled when trying to understand how Western civilization welcomed vast numbers of people hostile to the fundamental values of Western civilization, people who had been taught that they have a right to kill those who do not share their beliefs.

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80 Responses to Random Thoughts By A Not So Random Guy! … Thomas Sowell !!!!!

  1. Latitude says:

    Sowell is amazing….he has a quality that we need in politics/government….the ability to just tell it straight

  2. >>
    Why then would anyone think that a successful businessman would make a good president — especially when he is demonstrating almost daily why he would not?
    <<

    Seriously! Did none of you read this?

    Jim

    • Sure, and it’s a valid opinion. But not evidence that a business man can’t also be a good POTUS. Nor that a Senator from Texas can or can’t.. I just hope we’ll give one of them a chance to find out, instead of the alternatives.

      • Now that he’s retired, I suppose Peyton cou!d take up the violin.

      • Latitude says:

        well, we’ve tried everything so far but a businessman….

        peanut farmer, movie star, professional politician, community organizer, rancher…..

        …if they were applying for a job, none of those would work on a resume

        • And we have much more evidence against socialism and against Hillary, than against Trump or Cruz. Do we vote by what we know, or what we think. Or not vote at all because of what we think.

        • Every statement Trump made in the last debate was false. He even claimed having a fax sent by the BBB stating that Trump University got an A+ rating. BBB denies ever sending that fax. They also confirmed the D- rating while Trump University was active.

          So you’re now putting all your eggs into the Trump basket–Trump who makes Bill Clinton look like a truth-telling saint. Go for it. He won’t win the General, but at least you’ll “feel” good about it.

          Jim

        • leftinflagstaff says:

          I’ll never agree that the best option is not voting for what we ‘feel’ a Trump presidency would be like, at the risk of enabling what we know will be a destructive presidency.

        • suyts says:

          Lat, George Sr. and George Jr. were both very successful businessmen.

        • Latitude says:

          oh well, there went that idea……….

        • suyts says:

          Well, it’s easy to be successful when you come from money, like the Bushes, like Trump.

  3. DirkH says:

    “When the Whigs could not get their act together on the crucial issue of their day — slavery — that led some Whigs to leave the party and form the Republican party, with Lincoln as its candidate for president. Today’s Republican party has repeatedly failed to get its act together on immigration. That has produced the current divisiveness that may threaten them with the fate of the Whigs. ”

    zerohedge had a text explaining the illoyality of the political class with their people , with a shift from the Nation State to the Market State. I had never heard of the concept of the Market State, and it turns out it is a utopian mess with no legitimacy. It seems to have enthralled our leaders though, turning them into the kind of treacherous creatures that couldn’t care less about their people. Also, it is hitting the wall.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Bobbitt
    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-03-08/market-state-prediction-went-terribly-wrong

  4. DirkH says:

    “What are the chances that the world’s greatest violinist would make a good quarterback? Or that the world’s greatest quarterback would make a good violinist? Why then would anyone think that a successful businessman would make a good president — especially when he is demonstrating almost daily why he would not?”

    Experience tells us that career politicians are illoyal traitors. (Example: Merkel. Educated as propaganda secretary in the SED, the DDR party.)

    Maybe they get too many lessons about the advantages of treason in politician education.

    I will for sure never vote for a career politician in my life again.

    • suyts says:

      The difficulty arises when the person running is newish to politics. Are they embarking on a new career?

      • DirkH says:

        I’d just prefer someone who worked in reality. That includes entrepreneurs even when they’ve started with a million. I mean, how do you make a small fortune? You start with a large fortune. It’s not automatic that someone who gets a million starting capital turns it into a success.

        • DirkH says:

          Many German top pols have been bred by the Atlantikbruecke (atlantic bridge) in their “young leader program”. These people are establishment paladins. CDU, SPD, Greens. They infiltrate all the old parties.
          They vanish for a year or two to USA, have their PhD thesis produced for them and get nobody knows what as an education so they function properly. Example is vice chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, interior minister de Maiziere, defense minister von der Leyen.
          Illoyal snakes. Loyal to you know what.

        • leftinflagstaff says:

          Yes, being experienced in the ‘business of government’ seems to be more of a red flag.

          Being this close to the Presidency means they’re all successful at some type of ‘business.’ Don’t see how anyone could not respect those in private business more, from what we’ve experienced from those in that public business.

        • Trump has well over a $20 trillion lead on those public business guys.

      • suyts says:

        Dirk, that’s true. Many fortunes have been squandered. However, in the case of Trump, he’s had multiple failures (bankruptcies), but, managed to have other people left holding the bag while his personal fortune increased. Clever, to be sure. But, his increase of wealth has come only because of the fortune he inherited and the influence it bought …. and a bit of showmanship. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t begrudge him one penny of his supposed (imaginary) worth. I simply don’t believe he’s either a manager, or a leader. Nor, do I believe his vision of America even remotely coincides with mine. That is to say, even if he was a great manager and leader, I don’t believe he would be beneficial to the US or my people. Stalin was a great leader and manager …….

        • squid2112 says:

          However, in the case of Trump, he’s had multiple failures (bankruptcies), but, managed to have other people left holding the bag while his personal fortune increased

          Oh puleeezz… James, you are really showing some tremendous ignorance here.

        • But if that belief helps Hillary or Sanders achieve their vision….

        • DirkH says:

          suyts says:
          March 9, 2016 at 9:35 pm
          “Dirk, that’s true. Many fortunes have been squandered. However, in the case of Trump, he’s had multiple failures (bankruptcies), but, managed to have other people left holding the bag while his personal fortune increased.”

          You found sub LLC’s to limit risk blowback potential. That’s legal. A CEO actually violates fiduciary duty if he doesn’t think about this, it’s so trivial. You parrot a leftist journalist meme; just like Jim parrots the Trump is Hitler meme.

          I’m not even saying I want Trump to make America great again; as I’m on the other side of the pond with a bunch of problems of our own; Nor do I say that Trump can – he might just be shot or the delegates bought off. But, I have a certain sympathy for a guy bold enough to completely ignore the dying MSM.

        • DirkH says:

          “Stalin was a great leader and manager …….”

          He wasn’t. He was close to being putsched away by an angry populace when FDR unilaterally recognized the USSR, strengthening him without need. (Well, WITH a need: with the need to form the longed for (by the foundations) communist world power USA+USSR; something FDR would not see through to its end. Maybe he ate something wrong.)

        • suyts says:

          Uhmm, guys, that’s what bankruptcies do. They leave other people holding the bag. Yes, Dirk, you’re right, it’s all perfectly legal. Moral? Well, that’s a different question.

        • >>
          . . . just like Jim parrots the Trump is Hitler meme.
          <<

          If the shoe fits . . . , or is it cap? Well, it’s been so long that if forgot the exact cliché. Trump’s going to be a train wreak. Hillary’s going to be a train wreak. This whole election’s going to be a train wreak.

          I better not get blamed for the results. Unlike Democrats, I only have one vote, and my vote doesn’t count (or get counted) in my state either.

          Jim

  5. Lars P. says:

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2016/03/09/ag-loretta-lynch-testifies-justice-department-has-discussed-civil-legal-action-against-climate-change-deniers/
    Attorney General Loretta Lynch testified Wednesday that the Justice Department has “discussed” taking civil legal action against the fossil fuel industry for “denying” the “threat of carbon emissions” when it comes to climate change.

  6. Latitude says:

    How to win friends and influence people….
    …start out by telling them how stupid they are

    sigh……….

    http://blogs.cbn.com/thebrodyfile/archive/2016/03/10/brody-file-exclusive-ted-cruz-says-donald-trumps-voters-have.aspx?mobile=false

    • leftinflagstaff says:

      ‘Facist’ and ‘KKK’ probably make you fairly immune to ‘stupid.’

      Please stop, Ted. I might want to vote for you.

      • America, being pulled, kicking and screaming, back toward it having a right to exist. There was gonna be some name-calling.

      • Latitude says:

        Well I’m sick and tired of these career politicians, on all sides, telling us all we’re stupid because we don’t vote for them…that seems to be their fall back position every time

        …and it’s backfiring on them….and they are so stupid they don’t even see it

        • leftinflagstaff says:

          Yes….hopefully, any imaginary deserved guilt is losing it’s effectiveness in influencing American opinion.

        • Latitude says:

          well, the idiots are so stupid they don’t even realize that’s one of the things that turned us all off to them in the first place….
          …their uppity, we know better than you do, crap

        • leftinflagstaff says:

          Well, it has been effective for a long time, for much of the voting populace…And will continue, if a Dem wins in Nov.

        • Latitude says:

          true again

    • suyts says:

      Sigh …… that was horribly inarticulate of Ted. However, the video provides a greater context. In between the quotes Cruz goes into detail about Trumps support of our left ….. Carter, two Hillary presidential campaign donations ….. and his support of 5 of the 8 “gang of eight” senators. He doesn’t understand how a person fed up with Washington and political corruption would vote for a person who supported it, embraced it, and in large part, made his money from it. He assumes people voting for Trump are unaware of his support he’s given the political elite and political deals he’s benefited from such support.

  7. DirkH says:

    Oh and another thing.

    “Donald Trump said Wednesday that he thinks “Islam hates us” and said it’s “hard to separate” the religion from radical offshoots.”
    http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/03/10/trump-islam-hates-us/

    At a certain point it becomes necessary to face reality, Trump is doing just that, we need the same kind of leaders in Europe urgently, and I’d like to refer anyone doubtful about the attitude of Muslims to Quran, Sura 9, Verse 5, the Sword Verse; one of the younger Quran verses, thus overriding older, more lenient ones; I won’t quote it here. But that’s all the evidence one needs to clearly state, Islam should be outlawed in free societies.

    • Latitude says:

      Dirk, did you see where Hungary is sending massive amounts of troups to the border?

      • DirkH says:

        No news here.

        • DirkH says:

          Ah there it is. State of emergency.

          Well it is very important that the mass Muslim invasion is completely stopped on Sunday, state govt elections in 3 German states.

          Merkel / CDU must have ordered this, while publically denying. There’s no such thing as a coincidence.

          Don’t worry: After the election the invasion will go on totally smoothly.

  8. DirkH says:

    Missouri SJW Uni becomes poisonous, gets shunned by students. Nobody wants their degree.
    http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2016/03/09/mizzou-faces-32m-deficit-20-percent-decline-enrolment-last-years-protests/

    • leftinflagstaff says:

      Excellent.
      And there is hope for a reawakening of maturity:

      “You represent the worst traits of our generation. Entitled, spoiled, unrealistic, and over-sensitive. You demand respect when you’ve done nothing to earn that respect. You also represent the worst of the politically correct culture across the United States. You demand safe spaces, trigger warnings, yet use threats and name-calling against those who oppose you in an effort to silence them, and you would rather abolish the First Amendment than engage in true debate.”

  9. Latitude says:

    Here’s something you guys probably didn’t see in the news…..because they hid it!

    background….this is Rubio’s home town, Hialeah is probably 100% Cuban

    only about 200 people show up……….

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2016/03/devastating-rubio-rallies-to-empty-stadium-at-hialeah/

    • suyts says:

      LOL, yeh, Marco’s done. Put a fork in him. ……. I don’t understand why he insists on being embarrassed in his home state. He’s been consistently behind in the polls in Florida and seems to be losing ground as we speak. How does a senator continue to represent the people of Florida when they overwhelmingly reject him? If he goes through with the Florida primary his entire political career is in peril. He’s going to be reduced to less than Santorum stature. If he gets out now, he can keep some of his political dignity. If he doesn’t get out he’s going to be a punch line to a stale joke!

      • Latitude says:

        you know…that I know….tons of Cubans
        I can’t figure it out, no one gives me one answer as to why they don’t like him
        ..other than to say, they can’t stand him

        But what’s worse….even the Mexicans, Central Americans, etc can’t stand him either!

        Without exception….they are all for Trump
        That one I can understand…..it’s the Latin machismo thing going on

        …but I get the feeling from all of them, even if there wasn’t that factor…
        …they would not vote for Rubio anyway

        My dentist told me today that Rubio turns his stomach….

        • suyts says:

          It’s a strange thing to see, and yes, I think you’re on to something about the “Latin machismo thing”. What I don’t get is the fact that reality hasn’t set in on Rubio. How many more a$$ beatings will he have to take before he understands he’s not going to make it? At this point, it isn’t about whether or not Rubio has a chance in heck, it’s about if he’s going to be relevant, even in Florida!

        • Latitude says:

          I can explain it…but I can’t without crossing the line.
          Let me try….he grew up like some Cubans here, that their parents did everything in their power to see that their kids did not end up like them, were better, better educated…
          ..and bragged on him….for tying his shoes
          got it?……….

          He really thinks he’s smarter and better….and can do no wrong…because he was told that he’s smarter, better….and he’s learned to do whatever it takes

          ..I’m getting close to crossing the line

        • Latitude says:

          bottom line…he can’t believe he’s failing

        • Latitude says:

          ha!…I posted this in the wrong place….

          Latitude says:
          March 10, 2016 at 8:37 pm

          one thing else….Rubio speaks a very high Cuban….it’s his family from Camaguey…more of a slower enunciated proper way of speaking….almost castilian…..and the way Cubans talk that grew up outside Havana or upper class….

          problem is…..Cubans that don’t speak that way…or Mexicans Central Americans, etc…..it sounds condescending and like you’re talking down to them or reprimanding them

          personally, I make a point of speaking southern Cuban….

          Lo’s sucediendo, ya’ll

        • suyts says:

          Ohhh!!!! I understand that! While I’m horrid at Spanish these days, I can still almost understand Mexican Spanish. I never could Cuban or Puerto Rican Spanish …… They talk too fast and don’t enunciate!!!!! But, I understand. The commoners don’t like the tone of his voice.

          Funny, that’s easily remedied. He should do like my dad did. My dad was a bit of a linguist. The way he learned to speak various languages was to drink at their taverns/bars/guest houses. But, he’d ask about the “proper” way to say things as he learned the commoners’ language. I watched him do that in both Germany and Mexico. …… well, I say “easily remedied”, but, it’s a grand trick! Dad had an innate ability to find good bars and the good people in the bars, rather than stumble into unsavory places with unsavory people. Whereas, I can innocently sit in a bar and silently sip a beer and inevitably be confronted with a lunatic. …… The point is, Rubio could “hang out” with the commoners, and then one naturally starts speaking as one. But, then, one would have to be confronted with the notion that he’s not all that “special” after all.

        • suyts says:

          Got it. Yeh, that explains why Trump can clown him at will. Damn Mr. Rogers and his neighborhood!!!!!

        • Latitude says:

          got it!……..Here’s a little more local
          Rubio is Coral Gables Cuban…..he would never speak Hialeah Cuban
          That would be low class and beneath him

          They were from Camaguey…that’s where the real money was in Cuba

    • leftinflagstaff says:

      Starring:

      Marco Rubio as the ‘black Knight’:

    • leftinflagstaff says:

      😀
      But should’ve taken much more than half.

    • Latitude says:

      saw that….loved it!….and spread it all over

    • Latitude says:

      bigger problem….I agree with almost everything Bern says
      …except the money thing
      You can’t tax a moving target….
      ..the people he’s claiming to tax, will just run
      that will only leave the rest of us with the bill

      (and completely destroying our ecomony while he’s at it)

      • DirkH says:

        “I agree with almost everything Bern says”

        Socialists talk a nice game and that’s all they ever do. I currently have a hard left colleague, got his brain damaged through a decade of university work, a total fan of central planning. A scientist. I don’t think he could even take measurements properly. There’s not a micron of objectivity or logical thinking in him; 6 year old wishful thinking.

        Difficult to explain. Like, if I propose a newer better centrally planned economic system the very first thing would be to set up an experiment, right? Or, study the data that is there – the history of failed socialist experiments. He’s not interested in history! I told him dozens of sources, he complained I send him on goose chase.

        It’s difficult. Their brains are destroyed even though they know some formulas off the top of their head. He’s a vegetarian with the lousiest diet I have ever seen, it’s a wonder he’s alive. Usually only teenager can withstand that and he’s my age, he should have dropped dead 20 years ago.

        They are like the shadow of a human being.

        • DirkH says:

          Teenagers can withstand any diet.

        • Latitude says:

          You just described most of the people I work with….and some of my neighbors!
          excellent Dirk!

        • DirkH says:

          We have the literally best canteen in the world here. They prepare everything perfectly. It is all tasty. Obviously the chef knows the secret. Add enough butter to the vegetables.

          Well anyway. My vegetarian friend always takes the vegetarian main dish. And no side servings of vegetables, like peas and other ULTRA HEALTHY vegetarian things. So after a few months I tell him, why don’t you take some of these while wolfing down my main dish and going through all the yummy other stuff I have. He picks up my receipt to look what such a side dish costs. He literally had never taken one in 3 months or so!

          I mean, eating is all about variety, that’s the great advantage of a good canteen. I laughed my ass off. This guy eats some carbohydrates and some cheese all day long.

        • DirkH says:

          Latitude says:
          March 10, 2016 at 6:28 pm
          “You just described most of the people I work with….and some of my neighbors!
          excellent Dirk!”

          Now that’s depressing.

        • Latitude says:

          Now that’s depressing.
          ===
          I can be…but it can also be a whole lot of fun if you work it right

          I work in a field where kids come out with their degrees…brainwashed
          ….our job is to do a total reality workover

        • Latitude says:

          one thing else….Rubio speaks a very high Cuban….it’s his family from Camaguey…more of a slower enunciated proper way of speaking….almost castilian…..and the way Cubans talk that grew up outside Havana or upper class….

          problem is…..Cubans that don’t speak that way…or Mexicans Central Americans, etc…..it sounds condescending and like you’re talking down to them or reprimanding them

          personally, I make a point of speaking southern Cuban….

          Lo’s sucediendo, ya’ll

      • leftinflagstaff says:

        And that basic disgustingly greedy idea that it’s right to punish greater success.

  10. Latest NBC/WSJ positive-negative poll:
    Kasich +19
    Sanders +7
    Obama +4
    Rubio -11
    Clinton -13
    Cruz -18
    Trump -39

    That’s a record for negativity–about the only record Trump has broken.

    Jim

  11. Lars P. says:

    Random thoughts:
    If somebody plays poker and suspects person “A” to cheat, it is enough to check that person “A” lost a hand, that is proof he does not cheat.

    • DirkH says:

      But, cheaters know that.

      • Lars P. says:

        But, but, It is the same logic as for this random thought:
        Many people, including Senator Bernie Sanders, repeat incessantly that the economic system is “rigged” by the rich — without providing either specifics or evidence. The latest figures I have seen show that the 400 richest people in the world have recently lost $19 billion on net balance. If they have rigged the system, they have certainly done a very incompetent job of it.

        • DirkH says:

          Oh, that’s what you’re aiming at.
          What’s 19 billion divided by 400? 47 million. So if Bill Gates loses 47 million that’s what, 1%? That’s an intraday fluctuation.

          No, you don’t get rich by concentrating on 1% losses. If they’re anyway near smart they’re busy repositioning themselves and that can incur temporary 10% losses easily… You wanna go from the most loved assets to the most hated ones before the mood flips, and the exact right moment is simply impossible to know.

          Or in other words. Look like an idiot BEFORE the crash or look like one AFTER the crash.

        • DirkH says:

          That being said, of course everyone rigs what he can rig. Unfortunately there’s a competition.

          Remember one or two years ago when a whole bunch of mid level bankers in London and Hong Kong took flying lessons from the top of their buildings without a parachute? Notice that that ended. Why? Because the banks have made their peace with the New Sheriff In Town. Arrangements are being made.

          THis is rigging. All the time.

    • And cheaters never prosper, unless they never get caught.

      Jim

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