US raw steel production dipped 1.5 percent last week

… as mills operated at an average capability utilization rate (ACUR) of 78.4 percent. In the corresponding week last year mills operated at an ACUR of 78.3 percent. On the year mills have operated at an ACUR of 77.2 percent.

ISIS Strategy

On Wednesday night the president addressed the nation to outline his “strategy” for dealing with the terrorist threat from ISIS, vowing to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the terrorists. He said an expansion of airstrikes on ISIS targets in Iraq will continue and he authorized the start of airstrikes on ISIS targets in Syria saying,

If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.”

Additionally, another 475 military personnel will be shipped off to the Middle East to work in conjunction with a coalition of Arab and European nations the president is forming. We now have around 1700 US military personnel and advisers in the area. In my view he was remiss in announcing what we will NOT do (no “boots” on the ground etc.). He should have left ALL military options on the table and just said “we are coming to kill you and wipe you off the face of the earth. Terrorism will not be tolerated.”

Thursday September 11, 2014

It has been 13 years since radical Islamists hijacked and subsequently flew airliners into the World Trade Center in New York and into the Pentagon. We have been to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and now we are headed back to Iraq and into Syria to combat radical Islamists again. The president last night, in a speech to the nation, vowed to destroy the ISIS terrorists.

I don’t know about you, but I have had enough of Muslim terrorists. Not only do they imprison, kill, rape and intimidate their own people, they are intent on forcing their beliefs on the rest of the world. That’s bullshit.

In the last two weeks they have beheaded 2 American journalists, had the balls to film the murders and publish them on the internet. I hope they have awakened the sleeping giant. We should have commenced immediately with intense and persistent bombing of the ISIS rats in retaliation for such brutal acts, not stopping until they are wiped off the face of the earth. Even then, I suspect it will not be the end of radical Muslims so we must accept this as weed killing which must be done continually if you want to be weed free.

The International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS)

Held in Chicago this week, the IMTS attracted an estimated 110,000 visitors. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal,

makers of factory equipment predict an upswing in US demand next year on an improving economy and rising sales of cars, appliances and jets, all requiring metal cutting and shaping machinery.”


Fast & Furious-providing weapons to criminals leading to a loss of American life. No one held accountable. The president was unaware.
The loss of 4 American lives at our embassy in Benghazi, Libya. No one held accountable. The president was unaware.
The IRS targeting conservative political groups for tax-exempt status. No one held accountable. The president was unaware.
The National Security Administration eavesdropping on the phone calls of American citizens. No one held accountable. The president was unaware.
The software program created for the Affordable Healthcare Act, at a cost of $1 billion (thus far) and 3 ½ years to “perfect”, has been unusable to the American people. No one held accountable. The president was unaware.
Spying on our Allies, specifically Angela Merkel of Germany. No one held accountable. The president was unaware. (Although these things go on knowingly between countries all the time, the fact that our president denies knowledge of this is just another sign of his incompetence as the leader of the most powerful country on the planet).
“If you like your current insurance plan you can keep it. Period” Barack Obama
“If you like your doctor, you can keep him. Period” Barack Obama

Have a great weekend and….

Hug your children and grandchildren, tell them you love them.
Buy American made products whenever you can.
Hire a Veteran: they are patriots, honest, hard working, disciplined, loyal…. and …. They need and deserve our support.

God Bless America