Monday, May 02, 2016

HWX: Making Radio History

HWX was on the radio a week or so back, filling in on the Great King Banaian Radio Show on Business Radio 1440AM.  Those tapes have of course been sent directly to the Igor Pavek Museum of Broadcasting for their consideration.   But, for a limited time, the broadcast is now available for FREE in podcast form.

Hour 1

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 Please click the links above for all the exciting commentary related to Andrew Jackson getting bumped from the double sawbuck, analysis of campaign donations by the first name of donor, celebrity Earth day tips, a preview of the exciting new album:  Campaign Gold 2:  The Duets, a word from our scorching new sponsor, Ivanka Trump Fashion scarves, and much more.  Don’t you dare miss it!

A Party, If You Can Keep It

If Donald Trump wins tomorrow’s Indiana primary, he will most likely go on to secure the majority of delegates he needs to claim the GOP nomination. And if he does, he will have earned that nomination despite the misgivings of many in the party.

However, if things don’t break Trump’s way in Indiana or down the road in California and other states, he may arrive at the GOP convention in Cleveland without having the 1237 delegates required by party rules to win the nomination. And if he doesn’t have enough delegates to triumph on the first ballot and subsequent ballots lead to a different candidate being nominated it will be a perfectly reasonable outcome.

What? But what about the “voice of the people”? What about the millions of voters who cast ballots for Trump across the country? Isn’t this supposed to be a democracy?

No, no it is most certainly not. One of the worst problems with the way that both parties select their presidential candidates these days is the illusion that the primary/caucus/convention processes the party follow are essentially the same as those that are followed in a general election. Many if not most Americans across the political spectrum have fallen for the illusion and believe it to be reality. The media has helped enable this by reporting on primary elections as if they were the same as general elections and rarely taking the time to explain the fundamental differences.

A key point which many fail to understand is that political parties are private entities. As such they can determine who can join their organizations and who will lead their organizations. This includes who will represent them in general elections. Nothing that they do in any of these areas has to fair, transparent, or open (unlike government entities such as the IRS-heh, heh).

If the GOP decided that the nomination would go to the candidate divined by Reince Preibus reading the entrails of a gutted sheep, it would be well within its rights to do so. Or the party could have the candidate determined by the type of smoked filled room Republican cabal featured in The Simpsons.

The point is that none of this have to involve the “voice of the people” or “the will of the voters.” The party should choose a candidate for the good of the party. Nothing more, nothing less.

In last Friday’s WSJ, Philip Terzian helped explain the roots of the problem in a piece called How George McGovern Made Donald Trump Possible:

Political parties aren’t branches of government. They have every right and reason to organize for success in general elections. Until very recently, most conventions in American history were brokered. Some of these were contentious, even rancorous, producing results that in historical terms—Lincoln, Eisenhower, James Knox Polk, Adlai Stevenson—were impressive. It isn’t unreasonable to believe that a party’s leadership has in mind the best interests of the party, and the country.

Have Republicans lately wondered why people who ought to run for president don’t, and why people who shouldn’t run for president jump right in? Read 1970’s Mandate for Reform. In a half-century we’ve gone from a shrewd, top-down selection process to a traveling carnival of the lowest common denominator.

It’s never been more of a carnival with a lower common denominator than it has in 2016.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Media Alert: HWX on the Radio

HWX will be making a command performance (it's a part of our community service sentence) on the King Banian Radio Show, this Saturday, from 9am - 11 am (central).  Listen LIVE in the Twin Cities on KYCR (AM 1440), and streaming worldwide here or via the I Heart Radio App (search KYCR).

In the spirit of King's show, we'll stick to hard core economic talk.  Advance preparations indicate topics may include:  big changes to the $20 bill, a full review of the pros and cons Andrew Jackson vs. Harriet Tubman; the economic implications of gender fluid public restrooms (that sounds weird, we'll edit before showtime); the pay gap Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders keep mentioning - truth or fiction?   Plus the debut of some sponsors, Ivanka Trump's HOT fashion scarves and the rock compilation album Campaign Gold 2:  The Duets.

It all happens Saturday (April 23) at 9am central.  Don't you dare miss it.

Ninety-Seven Percent Pure...

The latest course offering from Prager University is on climate change and addresses the notion that there is a scientific consensus that it is an imminent threat which requires drastic action.

By now you’ve probably heard the frightening statistic: 97% of scientists agree that climate change represents an existential crisis for mankind, and the only way to save the planet is to ban fossil fuels. But is this statistic really true? Enter Richard Lindzen, an emeritus professor of atmospheric sciences at MIT and one of the nation’s most renowned climate scientists. Professor Lindzen explains that most atmospheric scientists do indeed agree on the basic factors, both man-made and natural, that significantly impact the climate, but that the science and data aren’t giving us much reason to worry. So where are all of the doomsday predictions coming from?

Friday, April 15, 2016

HWX: April Love with Guest Mike Nelson

It’s a special midweek edition of HWX with Brian Ward of Fraters Libertas and Paul Happe of the Nihilist in Golf Pants reconvening to discuss the critical issues of our time. Topics addressed include:
* Black Lives Matters protests – their tactics and motivations are analyzed, including audio of a master of rhetorical jujitsu, Bill Clinton and how he responds, with equal parts shaming and offering up the real villain – the Republican party.
* Hillary Clinton and CPT time – analysis of her allegedly racist joke, as well as exclusive new audio of her subsequent appearance to make amends with a comedy set at the Apollo Theater.
* Trump – with a break in the primary season, the Trump children take center stage, and we analyze the genetic comparison of children by Trump wife. Also coverage of the Trump children’s inability to vote in New York, and Ivanka’s hot new scarf line (with an exclusive sneak preview of her new ad).
nelson imageThe highlight of the show is an appearance by comedy legend Mike Nelson of He gives us the latest scoop on the new movies getting the Rifftrax treatment, including Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Also details on the upcoming Rifftrax LIVE show (at a movie theater near you), on May 5, with a riff of the cult classic Time Chasers. We also discuss the grand reunion of the entire Mystery Science Theater 3000 crew (Joel Hodgson et al), coming on June 28. Tickets to both events can be purchased at Rifftrax LIVE.
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Thursday, April 07, 2016

State of the Union

Steven Crowder provides a preview of our hilariously dystopian political future:

Friday, April 01, 2016

The Fairest of Them All

Now more than ever, as youngins feel the Bern without appreciating the firestorm of economic devastation wrought by socialism, it seems like an opportune time to remind folks of the benefits of free enterprise and its superiority to any other alternative yet devised.

This course from Prager University-taught by the always engaging Arthur Brooks-and called "Myths, Lies and Capitalism" does exactly that in a pithy summary that chalks in at less than five minutes:

True or false: Free enterprise is unfair, it hurts the poor, it’s driven by greed, breeds envy, and caused the Great Depression.

Many people would answer “true” to every claim. In this PragerU replay, economist and author Arthur Brooks shows why these five claims are false. Free enterprise helps the poor, lack of free enterprise caused the Depression, and greed and envy have no place in a free market, which is the fairest of all economic systems.

Friday, March 18, 2016

HWX: March Madness

It'sa very special midweek episode of HWX, with Brian Ward of Fraters Libertas and Paul Happe of the Nihilist in Golf Pants reconvening to discuss the critical issues of our time. Topics addressed include:
* Barack Obama’s controversial NCAA women’s basketball tournament bracket picks
* A fond look back on Marco Rubio’s now suspended Presidential campaign (with help from Carly Simon)
* The Trump attack ads on Rubio and their potential effect on his future prospects in Florida (including a new attack ad debuting and targeting some of your favorite Ricochet personalities)
* The status of the Hillary campaign and some of her recent advertisements (including a first draft of a rejected ad never before heard in public)
* The #NeverTrump movement among conservatives – high principle or a temper tantrum?
* The enticing potential of an open GOP convention. If a majority of delegates can’t agree on any of the remaining candidates, who to choose? If we could dispense with the dirty business of democratic selection, and you could choose ANYONE in the country to be the Republican nominee, who would it be?
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Monday, March 14, 2016

Lady Sings the Blues

Separated at Birth, former White House leading lady, Lady Bird Johnson

And former lead singer of Stryper, Michael Sweet.

And, of secondary noteworthiness, Ted Cruz.

Bonus for Cruz, he can leverage this resemblance and perform this as his new campaign theme song, which could be equally as effective in the primary and general elections.  

(Via some guy on Facebook).

Size Matters Redux

The latest installment of Prager University addresses a topical and timely political question by asking "How big is too big?" when it comes to size. Size of the government of course.

In this week’s video, author William Voegeli, Senior Editor of the Claremont Review of Books, poses two questions that every American should think about this election year: 1) How much government is enough government? and 2) Should America’s government be as big (or bigger) than that of France, Germany, or Sweden? Mr. Voegeli shows just how big our government has gotten in the past 70 years, and why the cost and size of Washington, D.C. has us on a crash course for European-style unemployment. The amazing thing? Progressives still say -- and will always say -- the government doesn’t spend enough.