Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Unions wanted higher minimum wages as long as they are exempt

The LA Times reports that unions support a significant increase in minimum long they are not subject to it:
Labor leaders, who were among the strongest supporters of the citywide minimum wage increase approved last week by the Los Angeles City Council, are advocating last-minute changes to the law that could create an exemption for companies with unionized workforces...

...For much of the past eight months, labor activists have argued against special considerations for business owners, such as restaurateurs, who said they would have trouble complying with the mandated pay increase.

But Rusty Hicks, who heads the county Federation of Labor and helps lead the Raise the Wage coalition, said Tuesday night that companies with workers represented by unions should have leeway to negotiate a wage below that mandated by the law.

"With a collective bargaining agreement, a business owner and the employees negotiate an agreement that works for them both. The agreement allows each party to prioritize what is important to them," Hicks said in a statement. "This provision gives the parties the option, the freedom, to negotiate that agreement. And that is a good thing."...

Oh so they do see the benefit of an employer and  employee negotiating an agreement that works for them both?  Hmmmm
You cannot make this s*%t up.

Perhaps African-American males are onto something
The National Register of Health Service Psychologists reports that "the lack of African-American males graduating with doctorates from psychology programs continues to be both alarming and disappointing".

Another way to look at it is don't African-American males have enough to deal with already without wishing that fate on them?  As Dr Helen Smith concludes:
So the salary of psychologists is sinking, it takes 11 years of training to get the job, and students are saddled with up to $120,000 worth of debt — and now they want more black males to take on this risk? The article calls this alarmist and disappointing. I call it a smart move. There are other professions that are less risky, more lucrative and just as rewarding without 11 years of one’s life gone and possibly one’s health after dealing with the field for decades.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Increasing minimum wage will have no effect on emploment you say?
Panera Bread CEO Ron Shaich supports raising the minimum wage — and he has every reason to.
Panera’s 1,800 nationwide locations are at the forefront of modernizing the way customers experience fast food restaurants. As soon as 2016, the bread and pasta joint will have replaced all of their cashiers with kiosks.
Shaich, who donated $35,800 to the Obama Victory Fund, told USA Today that the move is part of an effort to “never have a customer wait,” but there is growing evidence that as pressure to raise wages builds, employers will turn to wage-free robots to avoid dramatic payroll hikes...
Daily Caller

A whole generation of fragile snowflakes Noonan addresses sensitive students about the ongoing micro aggression/trigger/"safety" hysteria that is engulfing the country in general and universities in particular:
...There is no such thing as safety. That is asking too much of life. You can’t expect those around you to constantly accommodate your need for safety. That is asking too much of people.
Life gives you potentials for freedom, creativity, achievement, love, all sorts of beautiful things, but none of us are “safe.” And you are especially not safe in an atmosphere of true freedom. People will say and do things that are wrong, stupid, unkind, meant to injure. They’ll bring up subjects you find upsetting. It’s uncomfortable. But isn’t that the price we pay for freedom of speech?...
...What in your upbringing told you that safety is the highest of values? What told you it is a realistic expectation? Who taught you that you are entitled to it every day? Was your life full of . . . unchecked privilege? Discuss.
Do you think Shakespeare, Frieda Kahlo, Virginia Woolf, Langston Hughes and Steve Jobs woke up every morning thinking, “My focus today is on looking for slights and telling people they’re scaring me”? Or were their energies and commitments perhaps focused on other areas?

I notice lately that some members of your generation are being called, derisively, Snowflakes. Are you really a frail, special and delicate little thing that might melt when the heat is on?
Do you wish to be known as the first generation that comes with its own fainting couch? Did first- and second-wave feminists march to the barricades so their daughters and granddaughters could act like Victorians with the vapors?...

I suspect at least 99% of the worlds population would fall to their knees and thank God if the most scared they were on a daily basis was what this new generation of snowflakes experience.

Monday, May 25, 2015

I wonder if she thinks ironic racist jokes told by white men are OK?

Remember the Goldsmiths, University of London “diversity” officer, Bahar Mustafa, who held a meeting and requested white men not to attend?  I wrote about the incident here andhere.  Now, a writer at Slate, Amanda Hess, attempts to excuse Ms. Mustafa’s reprehensible behavior as “ironic misandry“:
Mustafa is not the first to have her reputation raked across the Web on account of some lousy tweets. But she may be the first to crumble over a case of ironic misandry, a tongue-in-cheek form of discourse favored by the young feminist Internet natives. You may have spied them on Twitter or Tumblr, working on their “KILL ALL MEN” cross-stitch or sipping from a mug labeled “MALE TEARS.” Ironic misandrists say they’re poking fun at long-standing stereotypes about militant feminist man-haters. That seems to fit Mustafa’s tweets. In a statement to Goldsmiths students, she owned up to using the hashtags, calling them “in-jokes” between herself and other members of “the queer feminist community.” If some people failed to get the joke, well, that was kind of the point.
Oh, I get it now–ha ha!  That is soooooooo funny– calling to “kill all men” and reveling in “male tears”!  I assume, then, it’s equally okay for a university official to engage in “ironic misogyny” and joke about killing all women and reveling in their tears?  Ha ha, that would be soooooo funny, too!  I mean, after all, it would be an “inside” joke among male rights proponents, right?  And if some people–such as, for example, women–failed to “get the joke,” then that would be “kind of the point.”....

Friday, May 22, 2015

Shake Baby Shake!

Yesterday the average SHAK restaurant was worth $48 million. Today it is $53 million and rising, following the overnight 6% surge in the company's market cap. Because why not.

Welcome to a world with too much liquidity and nowhere to put it. Can I have a side of tulip bulbs with that burger?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Why wait until 2020 to raise the minimum wage to $15 in Los Angeles?
The New York Times editorial board unsurprisingly gave a ringing endorsement to Los Angeles decision to raise the minimum wage from $9 an hour to $15 by 2020.

Rather than re-argue the wealth of data that suggests that an increase in minimum wage will have a negative effect on employment let's ask the question if this is such a great idea why not raise it immediately?  Bryan Caplan addressed this issue in 2013 and concluded:
 [A phased in increase means that] even a large effect on employment could be virtually invisible.  Employers wouldn't need to lay any workers off.  They could get to their new optimum via reduced hiring and attrition.  When the law finally kicked in, you might find zero extra layoffs, because employers saw the writing on the wall and quietly downsize their workforce in advance.
The fact that activists’ proposals include phase-in provisions therefore suggests that for all their bluster, they know that negative effects on employment are a serious possibility. If they really cared about low-skilled workers, they’d struggle to figure out the magnitude of the effect. Instead, they cleverly make the disemployment effect of the minimum wage too gradual to detect...
... A gradual phase-in is a great insurance policy against a public relations disaster.  As long as the minimum wage takes years to kick in, any half-competent demagogue can find dozens of appealing scapegoats for unemployment of low-skilled workers...
The New York Times editorial board, of course, opts for a more benign interpretation of the phase-in:
Whatever changes employers may have to make in Los Angeles, the long phase-in of the increase gives them time to adjust.
However, just exactly what kind of adjustments do they think employers are going to make?  Maybe, as they suggest, companies will pay executives and shareholders less, but that sounds like naive wishful thinking (although to be fair the New York Times themselves have achieved one of those two things over the last decade and I am not talking about paying its executives less).

No, the changes employers will make will be to reduce staffing through attrition, relocate to lower cost locations, invest in labor saving devices, and hire the more productive workers they will be able to attract at  $15 an hour all of which leave the very people Los Angeles thinks it is helping worse off.

Parents: You might want to consider online universities for your sons

Sulkowicz told the New York Times after her graduation on Tuesday — where she carried her mattress across the stage — that she would sell the mattress if offered.
“If some sort of museum wants to buy it, then I’m open to that,” she said, “but I’m not going to just throw it away.”

So she accuses an individual of rape who, despite being exonerated after extensive investigations by both Columbia and the NYPD, has been mercilessly vilified and shamed on Campus, in the press and even on Capitol Hill and now she has the absolute balls to believe that a museum would buy her mattress.

Although given the feminista/micro aggression hysteria that is now consuming the country  some progressive organization probably will pay for her "art work". 

Next up a Lifetime movie and a book deal....

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Anyone else would be indicted not President-elect

Hillary Clinton is outraged that it is taking the State Department so long to release the more than 50,000 emails she provided to them (after destroying the ones she did not want them to see and then nuking the personal email server she used in contravention of Government regulations):
“I have said repeatedly: I want those emails out. Nobody has a bigger interest in getting them released than I do,” she told reporters at a campaign stop in Iowa in a rare question-and-answer session. “...[A]nything that [the State Department] might do to expedite that process, I heartily support.” 
Of course, as generally seems to be the case,  what she says and what she actually wants/does are two completely different things.  If she really wanted the emails released rapidly then maybe she could have provided them to the State department in digital format instead of printing out 55,000 pages and randomly dumping them in 12 boxes.

As Mike Masnick comments:
You know what would have expedited the release? First, using the State Department's own email system while you were Secretary of State, so this wouldn't have even been an issue. And, second, when all of this became an issue handing over the emails in electronic form, rather than in printed form in a bunch of boxes.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Progressive hypocrisy: If it's about a republican it's not racist

Cynthia Tucker, A Pulitzer prize winning journalist and professor at the University of Georgia had this to say about Dr Ben Carson:
...But the good doctor's foray into Republican presidential politics threatens to become his epitaph, to overshadow -- perhaps even to overwhelm -- his academic and surgical accomplishments. He will likely be remembered as the GOP's latest black mascot, a court jester, a minstrel show...
I am pretty sure Cynthia, and her fellow Democrats, would have gone ballistic if anyone had dared say anything similar about POTUS...

Just in case you are wondering if there is a bubble in chinese stocks

Filed under WTF - Limited (WBAI) - the Chinese online sports lottery firm - announced today that the Chinese Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Civil Affairs, demands they temporarily suspend accepting online purchase orders for lottery products. This means is not cuirrently generating any revenue at all. The CEO and another Director of the firm resigned. The result... a 25% surge in the stock price!


Notice how you never hear feminists saying, ‘We need more women loggers’?

TopDeaths Carpe Diem

Another lie. What difference does it make?

What does Hillary have to do to not become the presidential candidate for the Democrats?  Bang an intern in the Oval office?  Oh no...wait a minute

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been caught in another lie regarding her private email accounts that she used during her tenure at the agency.
Though her lawyer David Kendall told the House Select Benghazi Committee that Clinton’s “” email address “was not an address that existed during Secretary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State,” new emails obtained by the New York Times show that Clinton did indeed use that email address for official business.
Clinton emailed Jake Sullivan, her deputy chief of staff, to his “” government email account on at least three occasions while she was secretary of state from her “” account.
Clinton sent Sullivan emails from her “” account on April 8, 2011, January 5, 2012, and August 28, 2012, according to emails the Times published. Clinton served as secretary of state from January 21, 2009 to February 1, 2013.
As the Republican National Committee (RNC) pointed out, Hillary Clinton’s office also claimed that her “” account was created in March of 2013...
For more go here

Monday, May 18, 2015

Apparently, the only kind of politician you can criticize on the merits in America nowadays is a white male

...The worst aspect of Obama's presidency has been the willingness of some defenders to characterize any and all criticisms of his policy or style as racist. With Warren (despite her denials) revving up for a potential 2016 presidential campaign — and already with Hillary Clinton's effort — we're seeing a new line of argument: That any criticism of a female politician is sexist. Apparently, the only kind of politician you can criticize on the merits in America nowadays is a white male.

The Democrats' tendency to argue identity politics over policy is more awkward when it's aimed at other Democrats. As The Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin comments: "Is the 'war on women' being waged by the White House, or have Democrats become so accustomed to demonizing their opponents that they can't engage in civil debates even among themselves? It does not speak well of the Democrats' ability to persuade and lead. But it does portend a non-stop stream of gender bias claims in the 2016 presidential election."

In my experience, people argue identity when they don't want to argue policy. And the reason they don't want to argue policy, usually, is that they're wrong. But in arguing that everyone who disagrees with them is a racist, or a sexist, or a tool of Big Money, or whatever, the Democrats run the risk of self-destruction...

... Likewise, too many prominent Democrats and supporters have spent the past six years calling everyone who doesn't agree with Obama a racist. Now some of the same folks are gearing up to call everyone who doesn't support Clinton (or, perhaps, Warren, the backup-Hillary) a sexist....This technique worked pretty well so far for Obama's presidency, but it now seems to be wearing thin, even within the Democratic Party...

For more go here

Friday, May 15, 2015

Trick question of the day: Who do you trust more - AAA or the government?

The BLS announced yesterday that PPI (inflation) in April had dropped by 0.4% and that "over 30 percent [of the drop] can be attributed to the index for gasoline, which decreased 4.7 percent."

AAA begs to differ:

As per AAA:
Month-over-month, the price has moved higher in every state and Washington, D.C. by a dime or more per gallon.  Pump prices are up by a quarter or more in 22 states, with the largest monthly increases taking place in the western United States. Consumers in California (+61 cents), Nevada (+44 cents), Utah (+39 cents) and Arizona (+39 cents) have seen the largest increases over this period, due largely to the refinery issues in the region.
So there you have it.  Government is telling the people inflation is low largely due to declines in gas prices, but pesky AAA is demonstrating that gas prices have risen precipitously since the beginning of the year.

Who do you trust?

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Progressive hypocrisy knows no bounds

...After his April 26 interview with Clinton Cash author Peter Schweizer, Stephanopoulos discussed the Clinton Foundation controversy on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. “This is tough one, because when you actually look closely at it, [Schweizer] even says, there’s no evidence of any direct action on behalf of the donors,” Stephanopoulos said. “But everybody also knows when those donors give that money…there’s a hope that that’s going to lead to something, and that’s what you have to be careful of.”

Stephanopoulos obviously did not disclose his donations at the time, but if we are to judge him according to his own words, it’s worth asking: What was he hoping to achieve by making those donations? You know, apart from saving the world?

Stephanopoulos has long been rumored to have had a falling out with his former boss Bill Clinton after writing a book critical of his presidency. The relationship seems to have mended in recent years. Stephanopoulos scored a friendly interview with Clinton on the eve of the government shutdown in September 2013, the same year he made a $25,000 donation to the Clinton Foundation. In the words of a former Clinton aide, “everybody knows” that individuals who donate money to the Clinton Foundation are hoping to get something out of it.


File this under you cannot make this s*^t up

...This week, at Georgetown University, the president bemoaned the scourge of private schools, driven by “an anti-government ideology that disinvests from those common goods and those things that draw us together.” 
One wonders: Did he feel that way as a teenager while in the bosom of the exclusive Punahou prep school in Honolulu?  The Obama children, of course, attend Sidwell Friends, a private institution that costs $37,750 a year. Before moving to Washington, D.C., Sasha and Malia studied at the University of Chicago’s elite Laboratory School, where middle school tuition runs at $29,328. 
Classic progressive hypocrisy

For more go here

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar

...Speaking at commencement exercises at historically black Tuskegee University last Saturday, first lady Michelle Obama told a crowd of bright-eyed graduates the following: “The road ahead is not going to be easy. It never is, especially for folks like you and me.” 
Let’s pause for a moment to remember that the speaker is an intelligent, attractive woman who went to Chicago’s prestigious Whitney Young magnet school, then to Princeton, then to Harvard, then on to a rather mysterious six-figure job at the University of Chicago, which I’m sure was totally unrelated to her husband’s political work. Next, she was off to the White House, proceeding to globe-hop to places like Cambodia, where, in March, she booked 85 hotel guest rooms at a cost of $242,500 for 33 minutes of public speaking. This was a drop in the bucket, of course, compared to the estimated $44 million in taxpayer-funded vacations she and her husband have racked up over the years...
...Whatever you think of the first lady’s complaints — and a reasonable approach might involve acknowledging that racism exists and agreeing that we need to combat it, while questioning the strangeness of one of the most powerful, privileged, and admired women in America repeatedly obsessing over her own past “daily slights” — that last phrase is rather breathtaking. In one fell swoop, it groups “those who questioned our intelligence, our honesty, even our love of country” together with a giant bushel of supposed racism. It also reveals a lot about the mind of Michelle Obama, who apparently assumes that the only reason you could possibly criticize her or the president is simple: You’re probably a racist.
This would certainly be news to, say, George W. Bush, a white president whose intelligence, honesty, and love of country were not only questioned, but raked over the coals with relish for years. Burned in effigy? Check! Repeatedly caricatured as a chimpanzee, The Joker, and Hitler? Check! Nationally lampooned as a total dolt? Check! Compared to Satan, the dark lord of the underworld, without a hint of irony? Check! Was that racism? Or was it just America being its usual, vociferous, half-crazy self?
For more go here

I am confident that George Stephanopoulos is totally impartial. Not

So the chief political correspondent of ABC news and ex Clinton operative failed to disclose ongoing donations to the  Clinton Foundation at the same time as exonerating Hillary Clinton from any wrongdoing by unequivocally asserting that there is "no evidence that she changed the policy based on donations to the foundation" and Democrats still believe there is no liberal bias in the media?

The fact that so many people see no problem with having a clearly partisan correspondent supposedly impartially reporting on the political landscape in America  should be beyond disturbing regardless of your political persuasion.

Of course the peasants don't mind paying for green energy

According to EU data, Germany’s average residential electricity rate is 29.8 cents per kilowatt hour. This is approximately double the 14.2 cents and 15.9 cents per kWh paid by residents of Germany’s neighbors Poland and France, respectively, and almost two and a half times the U.S. average of 12 cents per kWh. Germany’s industrial electricity rate of 16 cents per kWh is also much higher than France’s 9.6 cents or Poland’s 8.3 cents. The average German per capita electricity consumption is 0.8 kilowatts. At a composite rate of 24 cents per kWh, this works out to a yearly bill of $1,700 per person, experienced either directly in utility bills or indirectly through increased costs of goods and services. The median household income in Germany is $33,000, so if we assume an average of two people per household, the electricity cost would amount to more than 10 percent of available income. And that is for the median-income household. The amount of electricity that people need does not scale in proportion to their paychecks. For the rich, $1,700 per year in electric bills might be a pittance, or at most a nuisance. But for the poor who are just scraping by, such a burden is simply brutal...

For more go here