Thursday, December 18, 2014

Here's a thought: Don't have children if you cannot afford to support them

 Leading the charge: Maribel was at the front of the pack when fast food servers marched on her McDonald's in downtown LA chanting slogans and waving signs 
A single mother of two from Los Angeles working as a McDonald's server has boldly taken on the fast-food giant as part of a growing labor movement demanding higher wages.

Earlier this month, the woman known only as Maribel went on a strike against her employer...

...Maribel currently earns $9.35 an hour, which she says is not enough to support her one-year-old son, Brandon, and two-year-old daughter, Kaitlin.

‘I need fifteen to buy my babies diapers, their wipies, their clothes,’ she explains. ‘Its hard with nine dollars per hour — you can’t do that. It’s really hard to pay rent.’
She goes on to say: ‘If I pay my rent, I leave my kids without their diapers.’...
Daily Mail

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Two out of three ain't bad: A different explanation is that somebody mistook Michelle for someone who was tall, athletic, and happy to help


Michelle's recent racist experience as per People magazine:
"I tell this story – I mean, even as the first lady – during that wonderfully publicized trip I took to Target, not highly disguised, the only person who came up to me in the store was a woman who asked me to help her take something off a shelf. Because she didn't see me as the first lady, she saw me as someone who could help her. Those kinds of things happen in life. So it isn't anything new."
 Interestingly on Letterman Michelle O explained what really happened:
She said, ‘Can you reach on that shelf and hand me the detergent?’  I kid you not.”

As the audience laughed, she went on, “And the only thing she said — I reached up, ’cause she was short, and I reached up, pulled it down — she said, ‘Well, you didn’t have to make it look so easy.’ That was my interaction. I felt so good
Fabricating pitifully false examples of racism like this, aside from making FLOTUS look pathetic,  does an immense disservice to those people who actually do experience real racism on a daily basis.

For more go here

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Boris Johnson (BJ): A refreshing politician

Boris Johnson, the Lord Mayor of London, has aspirations of higher office but that does not stop him from speaking his mind in a totally non-PC way.

At a recent speech in Nottingham he described the leaders of the labour Party, Ed Milliband and Ed Balls, as the "Thelma and Louise of British politics".

He went on to desctibe Mr Balls as having the "pop-eyed air of a man undergoing an unexpected prostate examination".

Mr Johnson also quipped that, since London will soon become the fourth-biggest 'French' city in the world - due to a huge number of French people living there - it is in danger of being invaded by Germany.

Previous gems include:

 On being Prime Minister:
"My chances of being PM are about as good as the chances of finding Elvis on Mars, or my being reincarnated as an olive."

On oratory skills:
"My speaking style was criticised by no less an authority than Arnold Schwarzenegger. It was a low moment, my friends, to have my rhetorical skills denounced by a monosyllabic Austrian cyborg."

On how to vote:
"Voting Tory will cause your wife to have bigger breasts and increase your chances of owning a BMW M3."

On China:
"Chinese cultural influence is virtually nil, and unlikely to increase..."

On being overweight:
"Face it: it's all your own fat fault"

 On Tony Blair:
"It is just flipping unbelievable. He is a mixture of Harry Houdini and a greased piglet. He is barely human in his elusiveness. Nailing Blair is like trying to pin jelly to a wall."

 On cake:
My policy on cake is pro having it and pro eating it.

Amerika: Politics, unions and the Police State

From Reason:
With brutality by guards at the Rikers Island jail complex rising at an alarming rate, the chief investigator for the New York City Correction Department stood before a roomful of senior officers and union leaders in the summer of 2012 and outlined her plans to crack down on abuse and send more cases to prosecutors.
The presentation infuriated one main in particular, Norman Seabrook, the powerful president of the Correction Officers' Benevolent Association, who believed the incidents should be handled internally. For the next two years he did everything in his power to get rid of the investigator, Florence Finkle. He helped scuttle some of her investigations, got one of her top people transferred, called for her resignation and denounced her on his weekly radio show.
In August, he finally got his wish: Ms. Finkle was forced out, replaced by a former senior Police Department official-a childhood friend of Mr. Seabrook's.
Read the whole New York Times profile of Seabrook's power here.

Reminder: Hilary is well positioned to deal with the rape "crisis"

...The new public scrutiny of Bill Cosby is also problematic for Bill Clinton. I am not talking about consensual sex but, in some cases accusations of sexual assault, torn clothing, and at least three victims who say he bit their lips as a disarming move and to get them to remain silent. In short, Bill Clinton has a Bill Cosby problem.

Eileen Wellstone, 19-year-old English woman said Clinton sexually assaulted her after she met him at a pub near the Oxford where Clinton was a student in 1969. In fact Clinton was expelled from Oxford and earned no degree there.

Juanita Broaddrick, a volunteer in Clinton’s gubernatorial campaign, said he raped her in 1978. Mrs. Broaddrick suffered a bruised and torn lip, which she said she suffered when Clinton bit her during the rape. Broaddrick gave a stunning interview to NBC’s Lisa Myers about the assault.

Carolyn Moffet, a legal secretary in Little Rock in 1979, said she met Governor Clinton at a political fundraiser and was invited to his hotel room. “When I went in, he was sitting on a couch, wearing only an undershirt. He pointed at his penis and told me to suck it. I told him I didn’t even do that for my boyfriend and he got mad, grabbed my head and shoved it into his lap. I pulled away from him and ran out of the room,” she said.

Elizabeth Ward Gracen, the Miss Arkansas who won the Miss America crown in 1982, told friends she was forced by Clinton to have sex with him shortly after she won her state title. Gracen later told an interviewer that sex with Clinton was consensual. Her roommate Judy Stokes has said the ex-Miss Arkansas told her she was raped after the incident.

Paula Corbin Jones, an Arkansas state worker, filed a sexual harassment case against Clinton after an encounter in a Little Rock hotel room where the then-governor exposed himself and demanded oral sex. Clinton settled the case with Jones with an $850,000 payment.

Sandra Allen James, a former Washington, DC, political fundraiser Clinton invited her to his hotel room during a political trip to the nation’s capital in 1991, pinned her against the wall and stuck his hand up her dress. She fled.
 The DC

And a dictator needs to understand politics because....?
Democratic Rep. Jim McDermott (Wash.) called out President Obama for his poor political acumen, particularly as it relates to the recent $1.1 trillion spending bill Monday on MSNBC’s The Ed Show.

“The president is going to have to listen to some people other than the little group of people around him now,” McDermott said. “He is all by himself. He doesn’t have the Senate to save him as they have in the last six years. He is really in danger of really doing some awful things because he really doesn’t understand.”

McDermott was baffled by Obama’s move announcing his intent to sign the bill if passed, comparing it to a bad move in poker.

“But he got into it way too early and put his cards on the table face up. You could see what he had,” McDermott said, and because of that Obama and congressional Democrats lost political leverage

Way to go Iowa! Digital ID's in 2015
Iowans will soon be able to use a mobile app on their smartphones as their official driver's license issued by the Iowa Department of Transportation.
The app, which will be provided to drivers at no additional cost, will be available sometime in 2015, DOT Director Paul Trombino told Gov. Terry Branstad during a state agency budget hearing Monday.
"We are really moving forward on this," Trombino said. "The way things are going, we may be the first in the nation."...

Des Moines Register

For gods sake don't confuse people with facts

People who own all-electric cars where coal generates the power may think they are helping the environment. But a new study finds their vehicles actually make the air dirtier, worsening global warming. Ethanol isn’t so green, either.
“It’s kind of hard to beat gasoline” for public and environmental health, said study co-author Julian Marshall, an engineering professor at the University of Minnesota. “A lot of the technologies that we think of as being clean … are not better than gasoline.”

Monday, December 15, 2014

Oh snap! Be careful what you wish for
Google News is pulling out of Spain after the newspaper industry there, represented by the AsociaciĆ³n de Editores de Diarios EspaƱoles (AEDE) successfully lobbied to force newspapers to charge Google for the inclusion of their content in news search results.

Yes, really. 

Since Google News makes no money, Google found this a bit rich and decided to close shop rather than hemorrhage cash for the privilege of including Spanish newspaper results. Now, the AEDE wants Spanish and European Union government officials to force Google to keep the local edition of Google News operating. And, presumably, paying newspapers...

...Who knew that the logical outcome of forcing businesses to participate in the market only on terms really favorable to connected players would be that some might choose not to participate at all? So the next logical step is to make them stay in business!

For more go here

Apparently British leglislators have different "I can't breathe" concerns

face sitting porn
Sex workers and campaigners have gathered in front of parliament to protest against changes to UK pornography regulations.
Organiser Charlotte Rose called the restrictions “ludicrous” and said they were a threat to freedom of expression.
Protesters say the list of banned activities includes “face-sitting”, and campaigners planned to carry out a mass demonstration of this while singing the Monty Python song Sit On My Face.
“These activities were added to this list without the public being made aware,” Charlotte Rose said. “They’ve done this without public knowledge and without public consent.
“There are activities on that list that may be deemed sexist, but it’s not just about sexism, it’s about censorship. What the government is doing is taking our personal liberties away without our permissions.”...
The Guardian

PS  This is just a cute picture I found:

Friday, December 12, 2014

To what does Comrade Bernie attribute the drop in oil prices?

Bernie Sanders
“I am going to do everything that I can to make sure that the final rule will be strong enough to eliminate excessive oil speculation and make sure that the price of gasoline and heating oil are based on the fundamentals of supply and demand.  By bidding up oil prices in the futures market, Wall Street oil speculators have caused horrendous economic pain to millions of Americans who are forced to pay more for gasoline at the pump"

With oil prices down well over 50% since Sanders proposed legislation to curb Wall Street oil speculators, who in his mind control oil prices (apparently he is not familiar with OPEC), I wonder why he thinks they went down? 

Maybe there is something in that whole supply and demand thingy after all...

Maybe people don't want to pay more taxes because it just gets pissed away (part deux)?

CHICAGO - In a move to protect the city's licensed and unionized cab service from competitors such as Uber and Lyft, Chicago city government has approved a plan to spend taxpayer money in the development of an app that will allow riders to hail local cabs.

The cab union pushed hard for the government investment, which included fee breaks for taxis. "We have found a way to level the playing field,” between cabs and ridesharing services, said City Councilman Emma Mitts, a co-sponsor of the ordinance.

Uber's app to let mobile phone users summon drivers is growing fast around the world, but unions and governmental bodies fearing a loss of revenue have claimed the new service is unfair to the regulated cab industry, and unsafe for riders.

Uber has not commented on the Chicago plans, but maintains that its efficiency and safety are superior to those of the taxi industry.

Of course Chicago is not alone.  New York City has a similarly idiotic proposal from Council member Ben Kallos.

Why exactly should taxpayers pay for one group of private businesses to compete against another?

Maybe people don't want to pay more taxes because it just gets pissed away?

Example du Jour:

...According to the inspector general, the IRS paid out $63 billion in EITC benefits in 2013. Of that, 24 percent, or about $15 billion, was given improperly to people not qualified to receive it. That improper payment rate has been enough to qualify the EITC as a "high risk" program for years.
The IRS paid out $26.6 billion in ACTC credits in 2013. The inspector general reports the child credit improper payment rate for that year was somewhere between 25.2 percent and 30.5 percent — worse than the EITC. 
Considering that federal law defines a program as having "significant improper payments" when such payments exceed 2.5 percent of all the money the program sends out, those are pretty terrible numbers...
Oh yes.  And the recent amnesty declared by Obama will add up to another million people "eligible" to receive both of these "entitlements".

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Uh oh. Texas is the only state to grow civilian employees since 2008 and oil prices have collapsed


I present the chart above showing the percent changes in total civil employment between December 2007 (when the recession started) and July 2014 for: a) Texas (blue line) and b) the US minus Texas. The chart tells a powerful and important story about the strength of the Texas economy, which has experienced an employment increase of more than 1.3 million workers since late 2007. In contrast, civilian employment in the other 49 states is still almost 1.3 million jobs below the December 2007 level! 
Carpe Diem

Friday, December 5, 2014

The New York Times hypocrisy knows no bounds

The New York Times Timothy Egan was apparently in a coma from 2001-2008.
From the day he took office, [Obama has] been personally insulted, lectured, yelled at and disrespected in public, by public figures, in a way that few if any American presidents have ever faced.
Also… racism.
For those who can’t even see the humanity in the man because of his race, try to respect the title that comes before his name. It’s there forevermore.
Ah, so we’re so supposed to respect the president… to preserve the dignity of the office. This from a guy who described George W Bush as “at home in his bathtub, painting pictures of his toenails…”

Move along. Nothing to see here

Consider: European stocks just closed at their highest since Jan 2008; Spanish bond yields hit a record low 1.803% and Spanish youth unemployment hovers near a record high 53.8%; Italian bond yields hit a record low 1.72% and Italian youth unemployment is at a record 43.3%. So once again we ask, why exactly does Europe need sovereign QE? WTF is it that lower rates will do?

Oh? You mean a little fact checking is in order before printing sweeping rape allegations?

Last month, Rolling Stone published a story titled "A Rape on Campus" by Sabrina Rubin Erdely, which described a brutal gang rape of a woman named Jackie at a University of Virginia fraternity house; the university's failure to respond to this alleged assault – and the school's troubling history of indifference to many other instances of alleged sexual assaults.

...Because of the sensitive nature of Jackie's story, we decided to honor her request not to contact the man she claimed orchestrated the attack on her nor any of the men she claimed participated in the attack for fear of retaliation against her. In the months Erdely spent reporting the story, Jackie neither said nor did anything that made Erdely, or Rolling Stone's editors and fact-checkers, question Jackie's credibility. Her friends and rape activists on campus strongly supported Jackie's account. She had spoken of the assault in campus forums. We reached out to both the local branch and the national leadership of the fraternity where Jackie said she was attacked. They responded that they couldn't confirm or deny her story but had concerns about the evidence...

Too many laws. Too many opportunities for state sanctioned violence

Wise words from Stephen Carter of Yale Law School

On the opening day of law school, I always counsel my first-year students never to support a law they are not willing to kill to enforce. Usually they greet this advice with something between skepticism and puzzlement, until I remind them that the police go armed to enforce the will of the state, and if you resist, they might kill you.

I wish this caution were only theoretical. It isn’t. Whatever your view on the refusal of a New York City grand jury to indict the police officer whose chokehold apparently led to the death of Eric Garner, it’s useful to remember the crime that Garner is alleged to have committed: He was selling individual cigarettes, or loosies, in violation of New York law...

...Wrote Nick Gillespie in the Daily Beast, “Clearly something has gone horribly wrong when a man lies dead after being confronted for selling cigarettes to willing buyers.” Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, appearing on MSNBC, also blamed the statute: “Some politician put a tax of $5.85 on a pack of cigarettes, so they’ve driven cigarettes underground by making them so expensive.”

The problem is actually broader. It’s not just cigarette tax laws that can lead to the death of those the police seek to arrest. It’s every law. Libertarians argue that we have far too many laws, and the Garner case offers evidence that they’re right. I often tell my students that there will never be a perfect technology of law enforcement, and therefore it is unavoidable that there will be situations where police err on the side of too much violence rather than too little. Better training won’t lead to perfection. But fewer laws would mean fewer opportunities for official violence to get out of hand...

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Oddly MSM failed to mention the officer supervising the Eric Garner arrest/death is African American. I am shocked

Dennis Hamill reports:
...Pantaleo who applied the lethal chokehold on Eric Garner was supervised by an African-American female NYPD sergeant.

Having that black sergeant in charge of that crime scene takes race out of the equation. As awful as Pantaleo’s actions appear on that video, at no time does that black sergeant order Pantaleo to stop choking Garner...
Don't let the race issue divert from the serious problem of excessive force and police overreach that is epidemic today.

Bill Gross: Captain Obvious (after he made his billions)

 Fairly obvious except to certain nobel prize winning economists, MSM, and any politician seeking to get re-elected but worth repeating:
“Can a debt crisis be cured with more debt?” It is difficult to envision a return to normalcy within my lifetime (shorter than it is for most of you). I suspect future generations will be asking current policymakers the same thing that many of us now ask about public smoking, or discrimination against gays, or any other wrong turn in the process of being righted.

How could they? How could policymakers have allowed so much debt to be created in the first place, and then failed to regulate their own system accordingly? How could they have thought that money printing and debt creation could create wealth instead of just more and more debt? ...It has been a nursery rhyme experience for sure, but more than likely without a fairytale ending.
 Of course Krugman thinks Governments should borrow even more...