2015-03-31

T.C.'s Favorite Movies: American Splendor

One of my absolute all-time favorite movies is American Splendor. 

So imagine my surprise when discovered there's not one mention of the film in this blog.


Imagine that. Thousands and thousands of useless posts and drafts and sitecomber revealed not one dedicated to the works of Harvey Pekar. Especially considering there's a little Pekar in me. I shouldn't be too hard on myself. I saw the movie in 2003 - nearly two years before I started this middling festival of pointlessness.

Underground music and comics were touch and go with me back in the 1980s and didn't come across . Too busy playing sports or something.

Anyway. The movie did its job and leaves a mark as great movies ought to.

And this scene, well, this scene sums up nicely my own annoyance with daily routines:


2015-03-28

Daily Round Up

"...And therefore, as the Left sees things, it must be stopped. People cannot be permitted a choice, because, being captive to the “white privilege and entitlement and, yes, racism and classism . . . defining what constitutes ‘good’ for them,” they will choose the wrong things. So charter schools must be held illegitimate and, if possible, stopped...."

“Let’s ban private schools,” Gawker cheerily suggests. Writing in that esteemed journal, John Cook argues that “there’s a simple solution to the public-schools crisis.” If people make choices that complicate the Left’s agenda, then ban those choices: “Make Rahm Emanuel and Barack Obama’s children go to public schools,” Cook writes. “From a purely strategic and practical standpoint, it would be much easier to resolve the schools crisis if the futures of America’s wealthiest and most powerful children were at stake.”
If they could they would. Which is why they tolerate and look to enhance the power of the government over people. For our own good. It's not that difficult to comprehend. Question is will we admit it?

"The Left’s heart is still in East Berlin: If people want to leave your utopia and have the means to do so, then build a wall. If they climb over the wall — as millions of low-income parents with children in private schools (very commonly Catholic schools) do — then build a higher wall. If they keep climbing – and they will — then there are always alternatives. Homeschooling? That’s basically a crime against humanity so far as our so-called liberal friends are concerned."

The left's hatred for homeschooling is irrational.

Walls!



Williamson is not my favorite writer but he nails it in 'Utopias Jailers.'

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Zimmerman: Obama inflames racial tensions.

No shit.

It's the community agitator in him.

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ThinkProgress' version of political calculus has them thinking that support for a flat tax = anti-woman.

Solid stuff right there.

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Steyn's A Tale of two rapes.

He's such a misogynist pig. He's probably lashing out because his father never bought him a hockey stick.

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So. If someone told you something would cost $2 billion and be useless would you buy it?

Of course not. Such is the sad, sordid tale of the long-gun registry. Such a mess it was, not even the NDP or Liberals will touch it anymore.

But not Quebec. No sirree.

Unique Distinct indeed.

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Exchange I saw between two people on a website:

Girl makes shrill unsubstantiated 'white male misogynist' claim.Man asks for citation to back her claim up. Girl responds that him asking for this is 'proof' he's misogynistic and is insulted he 'inferred' she's uneducated.

He didn't have to infer. She does that on her own.

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This again?

Students demand... I forget.

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Obama snubs Nato Chief.

SMART DIPLOMACY.

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I said...

Wait. It gets better. America is now assisting Iraq and Iran in the battle to take Tikrit back from ISIL.

Obama has managed to give cover to an enemy. Amazing feat that.

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So smart, we can't understand him...

I’d like you to name one lie Obama told. If it’s keeping your old healthcare, that one doesn’t count because allowing people to continue bad and worthless healthcare policies that don’t cover hospital stays would be immoral. So go ahead and tell us another “lie.” We are all waiting for that one.

You mean like...

"No lobbyists will serve in my administration."

"We will have the most transparent administration in history."

"There are no red states or blue states; I'm a moderate who is seeking to united the country."

"Accumulating trillions of dollars in debt is immoral and unpatriotic."

"Ambassador Stevens was killed because of a crappy YouTube video."

"The I.R.S. is not singling out conservatives."

"No one making less than $250,000 will have their taxes raised."

And there's much more!

Speaking of shams, interesting to hear Obama still make the claim the ACA saves money for the government and saves money for people. This despite the clear evidence of premiums going up for people.

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Let me remind you what 'smart diplomacy' under Barack Obama looks like:

Saudi Arabia bombs Iranian backed Houtis in Yemen while the U.S. offers air support to Iraq and Iran to fight ISIS in Tikrit while at the same time the Americans are trying to oust Iranian-backed Assad in Syria.

That's some magic trick.

Seems the obvious course of action is to abandon this 'deal' with Iran. It's putting the U.S. and its allies in too many predicaments including alienating its only true and stable ally in the region in Israel.

Yet, Obama seems bent on it.

They've literally lost the plot.

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More anti-fat nonsense.

The only 'battle brewing' is between busy-bodies and do-gooders who are looking to influence the way I eat. 

Fat is not bad for you.

Fat free is another one of those shams best ignored.

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So. It goes like this. I gave CSI: Cyber (yeah, yeah insert David Caruso jokes here. I deserve it) a shot and decided it’s not for me. In fact, the episode pissed me off enough for me to not view it to its conclusion.

There was a scene where the rapper and Dawson’s Creek guy were questioning some company (let’s call them Dark Uber) and responded to the usual overly-witty snarks whenever they heard an answer they didn’t like. ‘Pft. Oh. Privacy? Give me a break! We’re cops!’ and 'So you think it's safe to allowe people to pretend to be taxi drivers?' Along crappy things like that.

After they turned and walked away, Dawson’s Creek guy says to the rapper, ’That’s why I take a Taxi’ - as if cops are informed about free-market enterprises.

I wondered what exactly the writers/producers of the show were trying to convey. It was harmless enough - it’s a show! - but in the context of what’s going on out there, I doubt this wasn’t done on purpose; my Spidey conspiratorial senses tell me they were giving a shout out to traditionalTaxis!

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Dean of Cornell Joseph Scaffido:

"This guy is either the dumbest Ivy League bigwig ever or politically correct to a fault — for welcoming offers to bring ISIS and Hamas to Cornell University.
 
A video sting operation shows Cornell’s assistant dean for students, Joseph Scaffido, agreeing to everything suggested by an undercover muckraker posing as a Moroccan student.
 
Scaffido casually endorses inviting an ISIS “freedom fighter’’ to conduct a “training camp” for students at the upstate Ithaca campus — bizarrely likening the activity to a sports camp."

Is it OK to bring a humanitarian pro-“Islamic State Iraq and Syria” group on campus, the undercover for conservative activist James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas asks.
Sure, Scaffido says in the recorded March 16 meeting.
 
Scaffido doesn’t even blink an eye when the undercover asks about providing material support for terrorists — “care packages, whether it be food, water, electronics.”
How about supporting Hamas?
No problem at all, Scaffido said.
 
“The university is not going to look at different groups and say, ‘You’re not allowed to support that group because we don’t believe them’ or something like that. I think it’s just the opposite. I think the university wants the entire community to understand what’s going on in all parts of the world,” Scaffido said.

Brav'.

Unless you're Netanhayu, Coulter or some other individual that has differing views from liberal-progressives.

How about this Scaffido. How about you send your daughter (assuming you have one) go over and act as a progressive liason and bring back one of those barbaric animals to Cornell. See how that goes over.

Strunz'.

Che vergogna.

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Get your military corruption fill here.

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Are Canadians in line to buy Serie A soccer team Parma?

Will it come with free Culatello prosciutto?

I still remember fondly those great Parma sides in the 1990s when Serie A dominated global soccer like no other league has arguably never done.

A local Montreal businessman (the Saputo family who own the Montreal Impact) already purchased Bologna. A storied soccer club currently playing in Serie B.

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Reason is not conservative. 

And Ayn Rand wasn't/isn't libertarian. She was/is Objectivist.

There's a difference to those outside the stagnant and stinky progressive box.

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Kansas allows conceal-carry.

Hey. If it goes against liberal orthodoxy it's all good.

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Best 'free expensive' medical system in the world!

My wife was telling me the story of one of her students has to leave for Turkey in order for his mother to get medical care for her ailment. Not only was she not getting any answers, any appointments she was trying to get averaged 14 months.

She got an appointment the following week...in Turkey.

The doctor who helped her added, 'I was at a medical conference in B.C. recently. Canada is 15 years behind' major nations.'

No kidding. Simple observation will reveal this.

But hey. EQUAL AND FREE AND NOT AMERICAN!

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No wonder they have such a skewed view of reality.

What perplexes me is why didn't the guy she's with offer to park the car properly like a civil citizen?

Instead the dink gives the impression he's confirming her parking skills are PERFECT! A-okay!

Yes, I know you want to know, she's a Democrat.

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What can't climate can't do?

Last week it was claimed it will make our food bad and now Democrat Congresswoman Barbara Lee says it will lead to prostitution.

And that want to convince people like me with shit like this?

They're bat shit crazy.

I don't do bat shit crazy.

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My science. My environment. My solars.

YOUR trees.

"A theme park plans to cut down more than 18,000 trees for the construction of what it says will be the largest solar farm in New Jersey.

Six Flags Great Adventure says the facility will generate 21.9 megawatts, or enough to power about 3,100 homes, and capable of meeting all of the park's needs."

I truly and thoroughly love watching environmentalists eat their own.

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Like I said. They're extremists.

Performance art is not part of their 'the science is settled' narrative.

Slowly this 'climate denier' craze will just fizzle out.

Armitage is talking about climate system change (note: my edit), and for good reason. She's currently staging a site-specific dance performance at New York's sprawling American Museum of Natural History, a work that is not-so-subtly aimed at raising awareness of our planet's shifting reality. Titled "On the Nature of Things," the work was created in collaboration with Stanford University biologist and MacArthur Genius Paul Ehrlich, perhaps better known to mainstream audiences as the man who wrote The Population Bomb.

Together, the two icons -- one popularly referred to as a "punk ballerina," the other a stringent cultural activist who happens to spend most of his time in laboratories -- hope to demonstrate that the simple act of presenting scientific facts has done little to change the way humans interact with their environment. We need a new method of presenting climate change as an issue we can't ignore, they attest. And that method should include art.

Ehrlich an icon? The guy who has been spectacularly wrong about the environment since, like, the fucking 70s?

Lord have mercy.

I love this bit in the video: "Often science is very dry."

Science isn't anything. Science is just, you know, SCIENCE.

But let's make it fun and put a bow on it to entice the masses!

Lord. Have. Mercy.

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Can Jewish Americans Support Israel?

Jews (and immigrants) who keep voting Democrat reminds me of the friend who keeps hanging out with someone who treats them like shit.

To be fair, this applies to Jews around the world.

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Comments from Reason free of charge:

"It isn't climate science that is suspect (any more than any field of science, see e.g. diet over the last 50 years), it is the unscientific pronouncements that attach themselves to climate studies - things like: OMFG the world is doomed if we don't turn the economic system and standard of living back 500 years.

Science doesn't deal with certainties, least of all predictions about future events based on unsubstantiated theory. And it is unsubstantiated - as in the last month I have read that Antarctic ice has both thickened and thinned. Now, all of the scientific evidence to date says GMOs are safe but there is no science that says there is no  possibility that they could cause harm. That would be because the latter is not actually science."


"Short answer agronomists do science ie test hypotheses via observations and rejecting the ones that are falsified.

Climate science is more akin to Lysenkoism, where the evidence that contradicts a politically favored hypothesis is officially ignored and scientists who don't toe the line face consequences such as loss of funding & smear campaigns. One notable red flag is the penchant of climate scientists to use failed models in their analyses, occasionally preferring to use model outputs in lieu of the direct observations of those same parameters."


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I had forgotten about Lysenko who I came across in my Russian history:

"Lysenkoism was built on theories of the heritability of acquired characteristics that Lysenko named "Michurinism". These theories depart from accepted evolutionary theory and Mendelian inheritance.
Lysenkoism is used metaphorically to describe the manipulation or distortion of the scientific process as a way to reach a predetermined conclusion as dictated by an ideological bias, often related to social or political objectives."

That my friends, in a nutshell, is all you need to know about the mindset of a statist.





2015-03-27

A Tale Of Two Statements

Here are two statements I heard today.

'No one chooses to be homeless.'

'Absolutely Canada is a safer country than the United States.'

Let's indulge and delve into these blanket comments - the former courtesy of le gouvernement du Quebec and the latter Montreal talk show radio host Tommy Schnurmacher -  for a moment.

The first assertion is incoherent and paternalist babble speak. In fact, one can argue people deciding to be homeless is exactly an example of rational thinking.

I remember watching a documentary (I forget the name) a few years ago that followed a homeless man around the streets of Montreal. Listening to the stories people had to tell made you realize there is no neat explanation why people are homeless. It's impossible really.

I'm willing to bet free choice happens more than we care to admit or think. Asserting as much doesn't make one apathetic. It's just the reality of being a human endowed with free will. It's gross projection to ignore this fact.

Indeed, the main protagonist admitted as much. He chose to roam the streets without a home. It's all he knew or came to know.

I've seen this numerous times in various documentaries. One guy went to live among the homeless for a couple of months. Again, I forget the title and I believe this time the setting was Los Angeles. In this particular film we discover homeless people build communities and are comfortable with their choices. They're not looking for pity. Yet, we want to project our empathy where it's not wanted.

The fact we can't accept it is the very definition of arrogance and paternalism. Man can be one crudely arrogant and stubborn being when in self-righteous mode.

Trying to figure out why is almost pointless because it's a choice. People like all sorts of things for all sorts of reasons and they don't have to explain themselves to anyone.

To react to it incredulously because according to 'normal' people, humans need shelter.

In most cases, we do but not all people.

Last, the fact that the government pimps these sort of empty slogans in order to justify increasing control or in an effort to 'eradicate' a declared social malaise should raise your Spidey skeptical senses.

Note, I'm not saying other circumstances where choice is not an option leads to homelessness. All I'm saying we're severely overlooking choice. In doing so, we always be perplexed at why all our wonderful policies construed on mostly false premises fail.

Here's a good article on this oft ignored angle by Cameron Parsell at Shutterstock.  

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I've already discussed North American violence many times on this blog. We've discovered together -  Because we're a team! - Canada and the EU actually has higher rates of violent assault and rape not involving guns than the United States. And where murders are concerned in the United States, a large number of it is connected to the drug trade and gangs as well as in places where there are strict gun control laws like Chicago.

Nonetheless, there is room for improvement despite overall crime being on the decline since the 1960s.

Even if by some measures the USA has higher numbers it's not statistically significantly higher than Canada as we see here.

Wo! Is that Sweden I see ahead of the USA? Unpossible! 

According to the FBI, America is more peaceful than ever - except for all the cops killing people and pets which is disturbingly on the rise.

In any event, comparing crime rates (and health care systems) between countries is something that should be treated with care since every country has its own method of doing so. 

In Canada, we take excessive pride whenever we come up with policy formed around safety and security. Yet, for all our gun control, Canada still witnesses, for example, mass shootings.

So is the USA that much more violent than Canada? Not really. Well not as much as we perceive it to be in Canada. It's not Mexico largely because it still has the rule of law and a functional law and order apparatus.

Yet another link on this subject at Crime Prevention Research Center.

(Image from CPRC).






Destroying Businesses = Destroying Communities

Case in point is Chicago and the Logan Square Kitchen saga sadly shows.

The irony of course is bureaucrats rape the productive to pay their salaries and 'bennies.'

And notice those son of a bitches passing off as inspectors pouring bleach over food.

They eventually managed to shut her down.

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. CHILDREN SAVED.

Take a bow you assholes.

If that doesn't want to make you grab them by the ears...

Zina Murray makes an important point often missed or lost: Entrepreneurs observe society and look to find a viable business as well as solve whatever economic malaise grips a place. The value of entrepreneurship is immeasurable on so many levels.  Yet, bureaucracies, armed with little black books filled with codes, look to over burden and decimate them with regulations.

It's nuts.

I'm gonna say and keep saying it.

Cities don't die because of free enterprise.

They die because of bureaucratic zealotry.

Empty storefronts have as much to do with bureaucracies as natural economic realities.


Batgirl Suddenly In The Spotlight - For The Wrong Reasons

Batgirl teaches Batman a lesson about : “Same job, same employer means equal pay for men and women.” →

Er.

Superheroes don't get paid.

Dumbasses.

Remind me why labor boards are even needed again?

Right. Koch, Bush, Jews, evil greedy capitalism and minimum wage.

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I wonder if Pelosi or Hilary get paid less than their counterparts. Don't answer. It was meant to be rhetorical.

So. Batgirl is the leitmotif for the left now?
The recent DC Comics 'controversy', I have no problem with this cover:


The people doing the squawking, as usual, probably don't even read comics and understand much of it anyway. But it's always a loud minority of baboons who shriek.  If you claim to be a fan you're not complaining as you understand what's a stake. Namely censorship. 

Apparently it's just fine when men superheroes are threatened like this.  If anything, depicting Batgirl in this way shows exactly that she's part of the club. You want 'equality'? Here you go. Equality of risk. It's not pretty being a superhero. Welcome to the club pal and gal.

Just like in sports where many non-sports fans who couldn't tell the difference between a football and a puck come out and offer their views on the New England Patriots, concussions and other issues that afflict pro sports. And it shows in their comments.

I'm surprised they haven't gone on a Redskins-like crusade to have Batgirl's name changed. After all, girl can be viewed as misogynistic or something these days.

We're nothing but shrill, skirt raising, pearl clutching susses now.

Hold Cops For Killing Dogs

This is getting sickening and twisted.

"A California man is demanding police accountability after an officer fatally shot his service dog in the head.

Ian Anderson of San Diego told The Huffington Post he was sleeping in his home when officers pounded on his door at 5 a.m. Sunday over a domestic disturbance call. The 24-year-old man said police had the wrong house."

Incompetent and humane (and sometimes chicken shit and murderous) morons.

Police are dead wrong on this one. They have no defense and no excuse.

I have no idea what has changed in police culture and training but people should demand change.

Make them accountable.

Simple as that.

2015-03-26

I Should Be Dead By Now

Boston Herald Cover Says It All



Back when Obama sent soldiers to rescue Bergdahl there were people who wondered why he would do so for a deserter.

Over a year later it's been confirmed Bergdahl was indeed a deserter.

So. Now we assess the decision and the trade; just like we do in sports.

Can anyone with a straight face now claim this was the right thing to do considering the U.S. released some really bad dudes and soldiers lost their lives bringing his sorry butt back?

If Obama's negotiating skills bring him to such decisions, can he really be trusted to make a deal with Iran?

Think of this for a second. Iran is the leitmotif of Mid-East politics. The Americans had no diplomatic relations with a country whose terrorist tentacles reach all corners of the globe.

Moreover, you can't deal with Iran by ignoring or even chastising Israel - to say nothing of sophomorically meddling in their affairs. Israel voted for Netanyahu and that was a clear signal of where they want things to go and Obama would be wise to consider this reality.

They have every right to have a say in the matter; especially given the Obama administrations dubious foreign policy record.

Obama is embarking on something that makes me wonder if it's above his pay grade so to speak. I have yet to see any shred of evidence he's up to the task to have the United States of America entangled with Iran and Israel.

Worse, he seems willing to antagonize Israel (as he's done with allies like Poland in eastern Europe) to get what he wants.

More on 'Smart diplomacy' in my Daily Round up coming up.





2015-03-23

Daily Round Up



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What a crock of shit.

"For those hoping global warming will bring more opportunities for a summer barbecue, there may be disappointment ahead - climate change is likely to make steaks and burgers far less appetising.

In a major report on the impact of global warming on food, scientists have concluded that the quality of many meats and vegetables is due to decline at temperatures increase..."

These people.

/shakes head disappointingly.

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The Pope Joan conspiracy.

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Impress your friends and family by citing statistics from World of Meters!

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The interesting Census Designated Place of Point Roberts.

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Question: What do you think would happen to you if you admitted to raping a woman? You'd obviously lose your job, family and friends, right?

What happens to cops who do it?

They get to keep their jobs and their family and friends probably act as apologists for them because heroes and 'really are good guys.'

Then they wonder why citizens are increasingly skeptical and respect for police is eroding.

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Humans can truly be wretched creatures.

"A 26-year-old pregnant woman in Colorado, spotting a Craigslist ad for baby clothes, drove to the home of the woman who placed the ad. When the pregnant woman arrived on Wednesday, she was beaten and stabbed by the 34-year-old woman who lives there, police said. The attacker then did something nearly unimaginable: She “removed” the fetus from her victim’s body, according to police in Longmont, Colo..."

 Evil is what it is.

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So I get this pamphlet in the mail from the elected NDPer in my riding - I still can't believe people who are in business voted NDP because 'change' - calling for a $15 minimum wage. It's almost as if they're deaf to the criticism against it. There is ample evidence and studies showing how minimum wage actually hurts the very people it aims to help - namely youths and low-income workers.

In Seattle and L.A. it's already have negative ramifications for small business. One would think just another failed progressive idea driven more by feelings and ideology than logic and business reality. But one would think wrong. To the progressive the business that fails to adapt to their schemes are actually 'failed businesses' to begin with. To them, it takes a bad businessperson to not be able to adjust to skyrocketing costs imposed on them outside market mechanisms - i.e. political interventionism.

No seriously. This is what they believe. They're so deep into their ignorant bliss they invent shit like that.

Of course businesses will still open despite all the hurdles. That's what people do. We advance. It doesn't mean we're all we can be though and it certainly doesn't mean it's right.

Oh. Still another variant of this demonically irrational thinking is 'it's okay because some other business will step in and take the place of the one that closed.' Don't laugh. A bureaucrat told me exactly this once upon a time.

It never entered that idiot's mind that these are real life people - humans as it were - operating these businesses. People with families. People who employ other people. People who pay all sorts of taxes to cover all sorts of unnecessary luxurious programs to soother our pampered and excessive wishes.

When the store closes these people are still on the hook for whatever loans and debts they may have incurred. You think they have the luxury of having a progressive politician in their corner looking to 'forgive' their debts like student debts?

No.

The unseen impact on the local economy seems to not matter.

The $15 hour wage is so outrageously arbitrary and illogical I don't know where to begin to dissect it.  In my business alone, it would probably lead to me closing my doors because it would represent too much of a jump in costs. I can only charge what parents are willing to pay and in Quebec things, as you know, are a tad askew. It's right out of a spooky fairy tale where costs and prices are so skewed by the government.

If wages go up most places pass it on to the consumer. A tiny, small portion of self-righteous assholes will claim to 'willingly' pay more as long as it pays a 'living wage.' Blah, blah.

Personally, I call bull shit on this too. If there's anything we've learned about progressives is they don't generally practice what they preach. They just preach and expect someone else to pay. The rest of us rational economic beings will not pay anything for something. In the case of daycare, it's a little more trickier if not dangerous to the extent we don't have options since there are all sorts of regulations preventing us from doing what's responsible for the business - like reducing staff because of ratios as one simple example.

I was asked to offer my insights to an organization that will present these concerns to politicians.

Bah. Enough of this rant. Bunch of low-grade, know-nothing, smug left-wing interventionist dopes and idiots.


"Oakland minimum-wage hike puts child caregivers in a jam - San Francisco Chronicle  Child care centers operate on razor-thin margins — thinner, even, than those of the restaurant industry — and many are lucky to wind up in the black at the end of the year. A restaurant can raise prices to meet the new cost of doing business, but child care operations have limited flexibility. Both the state-funded programs and their private counterparts are bound by strict state ratio requirements, which mandate that a certain number of employees be present with the children each day. “That’s one of the unintended consequences” of Oakland’s Measure FF, the November ballot measure that raised the city’s minimum wage from $9 an hour, said Richard Winefield, executive director of the nonprofit child care referral service Bananas. A lot of (centers) are run on very narrow margins, and when they increase the hourly rate on their employees, they need to pass that on in tuition costs, so families need to fork over more money. Winefield says that in most cases, parents waiting for a subsidy make a few dollars a week above the cutoff for state welfare, but are still “very much in need.” Doutherd keeps track of the many painful testimonials from these parents, some of whom can’t keep jobs because they have no one to look after their children. Because they don’t have employment, many are also unable to find housing, she says. Charlotte Guinn, whose home day care center is entering its 20th year in downtow." 

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Sometimes I wonder if this is what they want:




The comments are oh so delicious. Filled with the usual derps, apologists and tu quoques about America being poor too or some shit.

Never change Youtube commenters.

"Venezuela cannot be considered third world since its allied with Russia look up the definition of what it means to be third world moron."
 
/face palm.

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"U.S. Central Command's Gen. Lloyd Austin told Congress Tuesday that more than 8,500 ISIS fighters had been killed in the U.S. campaign in Iraq and Syria.
As a result of U.S. and coalition airstrikes, and recent gains by Iraqi and Kurdish forces, ISIS "has assumed a defensive crouch" in Iraq. The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) was also on the defensive in Syria, Austin said in testimony to the House Armed Services Committee."

Not bad.


























2015-03-21

Forever Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles legend Chuck Bednarik has died at the age of 89.

The son of Czechoslovakian immigrants, Bednarik was one of the last true great two-way players performing as one of the most feared linebackers of his time and an outstanding center.


In all his ferociousness, that's Bednarik standing over a knocked-out Frank Gifford of the New York Giants. Gifford would not play for 18 months due to the concussion suffered in what has been described as the greatest hit in history. I remember first seeing that hit in the 1980s on Sports Illustrated's 'Crunch Course' VHS video. I was subscriber at the time and got it as part of a gift from SI. I still have it somewhere.

More on Bednarik (including the hit) here. Worth the time if you're a football fan and especially an Eagles fan - like me.