ACUR Has Topped 74%

US raw steel production rose 2.2 percent last week as mills operated at an ACUR of 74.7 percent, the first time the ACUR has topped 74% since last February (2015). In the corresponding week last year mills operated at an ACUR of 72.1 percent. Thus far this year mills have produced approx. 32,000,000 tons at an ACUR of 71.5 percent just below the approx. 32,196,000 tons produced at an ACUR of 71.6 percent in the like period last year.

Rising Production Attributed to Supply, Not Demand

Good news…that needs to be tempered with the view that the rise in production is widely attributed to supply issues and not demand….yet. see below

Mining giant BHP Billiton, Ltd plans to forge ahead with investments to boost production, particularly in copper and energy.


US crop prices surged Tuesday, extending an unexpected run in agricultural prices…the gains promise much needed relief for a farm economy battered by the slump in prices for major row crops over the past three years… with hopes that farmers would spend more on seeds, fertilizer and machinery.


Chicago Protests

We begin the week with people in Chicago protesting to increase taxes on the rich. First, why are you not working? Because in bankrupt Illinois and bankrupt Chicago ($9 BILLION in debt), there are no jobs. The democrat machine has been running the state of Illinois…well done! The city and the state are broke, apparently there are no jobs so the people are broke thanks to years and years of liberal policy and thievery.

Fact is the majority of tax revenues collected by the federal government are paid by successful business entities and successful business men and women. I would argue that those protesting in fact pay NO taxes, rather, they get what they have paid throughout the year returned to them… each and every year.

Life is Not Fair

I wrote about this last week; life is not “fair” and you cannot legislate fairness. You can make everyone same (China) but, is that fair? We make our own way in this world, we can choose to do the things necessary to elevate ourselves or we can choose to accept the status quo…and then bitch about those who choose to go for it, apply themselves and take the high road. Capitalism? Socialism? Communism?

Capitalism built America and is the envy of the entire world. I stand by capitalism for what it has done to provide the opportunity to create wealth, what it offers to the masses. If you want either of the others, please leave the United States. Real Americans do NOT want you here.

The Iran “Deal”

It turns out Obama intentionally misled the American people and the world (as if we didn’t know) about Iran in order to get his bullshit nuclear deal passed. According to the Wall Street Journal:

Ben Rhodes, Obama’s top spin doctor, sold the disastrous nuclear deal with Iran by creating a false claim of “moderate” Iranian officials. Mr. Rhodes brags about keeping Mr. Obama’s long standing plan to elevate Iran over allies such as Israel and the Gulf States, hidden from the public by manipulating liberal journalists and think-tank analysts using the short attention span of social media to obfuscate the truth.”

I can’t wait until this clown and his minions are gone. If you think it’s bad now, wait, if Crooked Hillary gets in as president, you might as well bend over, stick your head between your legs…and kiss your ass goodbye.

Group of Seven Meeting

The Anointed one will visit Hiroshima, Japan on May 27 after attending the Group of Seven meeting, also in Japan. The idea is being bantered about here in the US that this will be yet another “apology” tour set in the guise of building a world free of nuclear weapons.

First, there is no need for an apology, the world was at war and the facts are that many more would have died had not those in Hiroshima and Nagasaki been killed by the bombs dropped. This was a monumental decision for Truman to make and it was the right decision.

As far as a non-nuclear world goes, it is certainly a worthy desire but let me tell you that humans would create something far more destructive in its wake. As long as one covets what another has there will be war…it is “The Revenge of Geography” (by Robert Kaplan)

Transgender Politics

Why is the nation focused on the transgender issue? So much so that the president will address the nation today to demand that our schools allow trans-genders to use the bathroom of their gender identity. What?

This is an invitation to perversion and a physical danger to young boys and girls. If you have a penis, use the men’s room. If you have a vagina, use the lady’s room. We are allowing the creation of a nation of mutants… Men who think they are women, women who think they are men, men marrying men, women marrying women, men not knowing what they are, women not knowing what they are… Does this even seem remotely normal to you?

What happened to boys being with girls? What happened to puppy love and school dances with shy boys and shy girls? What happened to love songs from men to women? From women to men? What is wrong with everyone? How is this acceptable? Where did this issue come from? Who started it?

This political pandering and attention to different “groups” of voters is way out of line especially considering we have had miserable economic growth over the past 8 years, peoples’ incomes have decreased and people cannot find a good paying job, hence the pressure to raise the minimum wage. That is a job killer.

But let’s deal with trans-gender issues. ISIS is wreaking havoc around the world, but let’s deal with trans-gender issues. The Russians are making power moves in Crimea, Ukraine and Syria, North Korea continues to rattle its saber, the Chinese are up to no good economically and in the Sea of Japan, but let’s deal with trans-gender issues.

Bullshit… let’s “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” Jump on the Trump train friends. It truly may be our last chance to save the country we grew up in.


Have a great weekend…. God bless America!

Buy American made products whenever you can, it’s good for you, good for your friends and neighbors and good for our country.

If you are hiring…try to hire a veteran…. they are loyal, disciplined, hardworking…and they deserve our support.

Remember these tidbits as the election cycle grinds on:

  • Fast & Furious-Americans killed by guns supplied to the drug cartels…by the Department of Justice-Eric Holder presiding. The president was clueless. No one held accountable
  • Benghazi: Four Americans killed in an assault described as the result of a viral video. This was proved to be a false narrative. This was in fact, a planned act of terror. The president was clueless.
  • No one even knows where he was as this went down. No one held accountable
  • “At this point, what difference does it make?” Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State
  • The IRS targeting of conservative groups and individuals. No one held accountable, Lois Lerner is on paid vacation and has refused to testify. The president was clueless. No one held accountable
  • Hillary using a private server for correspondence during her term as Secretary of State against the orders of the president. She thought “it would be more convenient…” Though the records were due when she left office, they were not submitted, subpoenas were issued, which she ignored for two years. Finally, she released 30,000 of some 60,000 alleged emails then she deleted the rest of the emails and will NOT turn over the server for investigation.