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January 20, 2013 – Comments (20)

Four years ago I wrote my first blog for TMF, with the encougament of a fellow blogger and nothing else. Since that time, I've smashed every TMF record for recs/blog and became the influential blogger in the brief history of Motley Fool (my 2012 blog predicting the GOP nomination to a tee ended up being the most rec'd blog of the year).  Many of you have openly wondered why I haven't parlayed this success into bigger and better things.  I will address this and many other open items as I return for a lengthy segment titled "where are you now, whereaminow?"

Blogging Doesn't Pay

At least not enough to make me quit my day job.  "smartmuffin" pegged it right a few blogs ago.  I'm obsessed with opportunity costs.  I'm a forward looking person.  My current job, protecting a large financial instution from Internet-based attack, is a spectacular leap from my previous job.  Alas, I'm not meant to be here.  My next job, hopefuly one heavy on the "analysis side" and light on the "react side" is on the horizon.  That's life in the IT field. Either you're growing or you're dying.  Time servies elastic.  And thou who wander with eyes shut become obselete.

What does that have to with blogging? Well, do you know how much writers get paid?  I do.  It's sh*t.  I have a career. End of story.  I wish all writers, including the dopey Statists at Motley Fool the best of luck.  But I know your salary.. and it makes me cringe. And you haven't even written a poorly selling book yet.

Speaking of Motley Fool writers

So many libertarians, so little time.  Many of you have noticed a decided libertarian shift at Motley Fool.  At the worst, you may have noticed that the argument at TMF has resolved to liberals vs. libertarians.   Conservatives... el no existo... 

A lot of you know that my popularity derives from debunking the Statist propaganda ever-present on TMF. Whether it's Morgan Housel's constant plea that all we really  need is yet another tax raise, Ilan Moskowhatever's never-ending defense of the bailouts he supported, or Alex Dumortier's endless tirades against the supposed gold bubble, Motley Fool seems to be stocked with mouth-pieces of the regime.

1. I think they went to public school.

2. You can't blame them for parroting the nonsense so many others believe.

A race of people becomes extinct from doing things smart people don't do. Writers like Morgan Housel, as fluent and engaging as he may be, are the dinosuars of Internet journalism.  He, and most of the TMF staff, has betrothed Keynesian economics.  That's a dead end proposition with no alimony.  But it's all they know.  Take them to task on logical deduction or axiomatic economic analysis and all you will hear is crickets.  I know.  I have tried.  

At least TMF hasn't gone MMT

Unfortunately, just give it time.  Anyone who has studied MMT learns the following:

1. In order to curry Internet favor, they claim to understand the "cool school" (Austrian economics)

2. They have no understanding of Austrian economics.

3. They claim government cannot ever default on its obligations.

4.  They mention (in footnotes) that if government tried to meet all its obligations it would result in massive price inflaiton.

5.  They claim that anyone who predicts massive price inflation (such as Austrians School economists) are lunatics.

6.  They expect price inflation.

Amazing right?  They openly admit that the government's current strategy will lead to price inflation (if you don't believe me, feel free to read Chapter 1 of Mosler's book Seven Deadly Frauds), and at the same time diss any economist (particularly Bob Murphy of the Austrian School) for predicting price inflation as the result of expanding the Federal Reserve balance sheet.

Hey, I hate anecdotals as much as the next guy, but I just got back from a California coast drive and when I returned to my quiet surfing town, burritos' were 20% more expensive.  I guess I just had it coming.  

But it's all good.  A bunch of different econometric measurements of the price level say there is very little price inflation.  I must be a wacko religious nutbag.

More to come on that.

The Racism of the Left

But the subject I really  want to address right now is political.  I have come to respect the redneck-RedState-conservative.  After all. the six of them that are left arguing on the Internet are at least honest.  However, the pseudo-intellectual-Blue-State-crying-over-Sandy-Houk-and-ignoring-Fanapt-Progressive-Intellectual really has me interested.

Do lives only matter when they're white?  And local, perhaps?  How many brown babies does Dear Leader have to kill before you're a racist for supporting him?

White Bourgeouis Liberals, I am talking to you.  How many brown babies does Obama have to kill with drone strikes in Pakistan (we declared war?) before you raise your voice in protest?

The bottom line is that at least the Nascar, God-worshipping, rednecks are honest.

The white, liberal, bourgeouis, hybrid driving Progressives are intellecually dishonest racists that fiegn some moral authority as they try to dictate what you can own to protect yourself.  That makes me sick.

Remembering the Trolls

I will return soon to touch on many topics, including the glorious trolls who tried to take me down.  Bottom line.  I'm the best.  Ain't no one better.

David in Liberty

 

 

20 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On January 21, 2013 at 12:19 AM, wargame1 (< 20) wrote:

You are such an enigma.. you are a walking contradiction in reasonable thought. On one hand, you seem to be smart and learned in the ways of economics. On the other hand, the choices you made in the arena of fandom are beyond repulsive and borderline comical. It begs the question, how can someone so smart be so dumb?

 Love,

 Me!

 

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#2) On January 21, 2013 at 12:21 AM, thomgonz (< 20) wrote:

Getting promoted again! Damn, really leaving the rest of us in the dust!

Did you watch the video of Alex Jones destroy the warmonger Piers Morgan? 

Gonzo

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#3) On January 21, 2013 at 12:25 AM, dndnerd (< 20) wrote:

All I have to say is, I want a f'n burrito, and I don't care that its 20% more. I dislike you greatly for bring this up. This is my only take away from this post.

Rob

 

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#4) On January 21, 2013 at 12:28 AM, dndnerd (< 20) wrote:

Really Gonzo? Alex Jones? That dude is f'n crazy, then again you are from New Mexico, so I understand you attraction to crazy.

Rob 

 

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#5) On January 21, 2013 at 12:28 AM, wargame1 (< 20) wrote:

Alex Jones?!? Really Gonzo? That guy is an idiot. I dont even know why you would even watc.. oh wait. You are from New Mexico..

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#6) On January 21, 2013 at 12:47 AM, smartmuffin (< 20) wrote:

LOL, about a year ago my local Chipotle raised prices on burritos from $5.95 to $6.25.  I took a picture on my phone to show all the statists that I'm always arguing with.

 Of course, they blamed corporate greed on the part of Chipotle.  Bernanke had nothing to do with it.

Anyway David, I suggest you follow Tom Woods' advice - the payment you get from blogging is not necessarily monetary.  The more you write, the better you get.  The better you get, the fewer statists there are in society.  That's a type of compensation that money can't buy. 

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#7) On January 21, 2013 at 12:49 AM, thomgonz (< 20) wrote:

Well you do have to be a little unhinged to wrestle a Gila monster.

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#8) On January 21, 2013 at 12:52 AM, whereaminow (23.71) wrote:

Mel,

You got me.

See, conservatives have found God in the Flag

Evangelicals have found God in the Sermon.

Progressives, while mocking Christians, have found God in the State.

I guess I found God in the stickiest of the icky.

David in Liberty

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#9) On January 21, 2013 at 12:59 AM, whereaminow (23.71) wrote:

I wake up in the morning and p*ss vinegar. Stay tuned for part two.

 David in Liberrty 

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#10) On January 21, 2013 at 1:18 AM, wargame1 (< 20) wrote:

It's not Mel, it's Me! ( M  e  ! ). The one whom a certain lower intestine cleansing theme park named person relegated to mediocrity by refering to him as being similar to a northeastern Florida NFL franchise. I still love you though.

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#11) On January 21, 2013 at 8:27 AM, catoismymotor (< 20) wrote:

David,

It's good to see you're back and ticking off people like Martin Luther on this MLK Day. Keep posting those edicts on the door of TMF!

Cato

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#12) On January 21, 2013 at 9:38 AM, Louebsch (< 20) wrote:

I blame you for getting me involved in all of this Austrian Economics stuff. I was perfectly happy taking the blue pill and paying ever increasing prices on everything in my life. Blindly following what NBC had to tell me was pure bliss. I didn't have to think, I was happy because they told me to be. And everything was going to be taken care of for me. Now that you forced me to take the red pill, all hell has broken loose. I understand so much more about the world and how to protect my family from financial ruin. The funny thing is that it can pretty much be all summed up in one phrase, "Follow the money!". The government does things so its elite friends can make more money. That is it and nothing more.

Anyway, thank you for making me take the red pill!

Keep up the good work.

 Louebsch

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#13) On January 21, 2013 at 11:55 AM, miteycasey (30.75) wrote:

How come so few posters in this thread are <20 in CAPS?

Trolls?

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#14) On January 21, 2013 at 2:03 PM, awallejr (81.39) wrote:

 Of course, they blamed corporate greed on the part of Chipotle.  Bernanke had nothing to do with it.

You don't think the drought played any part?

This is why I blog to keep the discussion honest ;p

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#15) On January 22, 2013 at 1:39 AM, dndnerd (< 20) wrote:

I believe all of us that <20 know David in real life and enjoy busting his balls. So yeah I guess in a way that makes us trolls. Just a very special kind, because we have the great honor and privilege of once having spent time in the same room as David, breathing the same air, soaking up all that is David.

Rob 

 

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#16) On January 22, 2013 at 2:16 AM, NOTvuffett (< 20) wrote:

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#17) On January 27, 2013 at 10:32 AM, outoffocus (23.20) wrote:

Your blogging is a tease David.  You don't blog enough so when you do blog I latch onto, reading everything, including the 155 comments of you arguing with some "statist".  Then after teh 155th comment I'm frantic looking for more like a heroin addict. Its like I need my fix.  I think was kept me coming to CAPS daily was the plethora of great bloggers.  Now there are few good bloggers left.  So I'm left checking the Fool main page looking for "whereaminow commented on..." alerts in the article and comment feed.  

 Then you write blogs like this that are so hard hitting that I have to have more, only to not see another blog from you for a month. AHHHHH!!  Maybe I need to find another financial blogging site.  

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#18) On January 29, 2013 at 8:57 PM, whereaminow (23.71) wrote:

outoffocus,

One day, I will have something totally awesome for you.  Just hang in there buddy.  Now, I have work to do.

David in Liberty

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#19) On February 17, 2013 at 1:36 PM, Mary953 (75.55) wrote:

Well hi there, David in Liberty!  So at least we are honest?  Sweetie, as that fine redneck Jeff Foxworthy noted, We are proud folk.  We know how we sound.  We like how we sound!

We also like the Flag, God (Capital G), Family, Thinkin' for ourselves, Barbeque, and College Football!  (And outoffocus, don't you worry, Honey.  Some of us do remember you are a lady and a kickass lady at that!)

Oh, and while I do on occasion find God in church, I am much more likely to find Him in the mountains, in beautiful songs, and in the smile of my granddaughter!  Bless you, Sweetie.  Keep on arguin' David.  It's good for the spirit and you've got a great spirit!

Just sign me as a proud Steel Magnolia from the land of Jack Daniels, Charlie Daniels, and the Volunteers!  

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#20) On February 19, 2013 at 9:47 PM, AvianFlu (34.67) wrote:

David:

I'm glad you are back and posting. Only reading a steady diet of utopian statist drivel has been causing me to lose the enamel on my teeth from grinding. Especially that Morgan guy. In the words of Alfred E. Neuman, "Some people's minds are like cement. All mixed up and permanently set".

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