Wednesday, April 15, 2015

And the Independent is left wing...

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Woman who got a $14M book advance and gets paid $250k a speech decries income inequality

Only in America folks.

Yes Hillary " I was dead broke when I left the White House" Clinton has come out swinging on the issue of executive pay:
Striking a populist note, Clinton, who announced on Sunday she was running for president in 2016, said American families were still facing financial hardship at a time "when the average CEO makes about 300 times what the average worker makes."
 I have two questions.  Is she so far removed from reality that she:

1)  does not see the hypocrisy/irony of this statement coming out of the mouth of a woman whose daughter was just featured in Elle magazine wearing Chanel, Gucci, Cartier and Bulgari?

2) actually believes the average CEO makes 300 times the average worker or is she aware that that figure refers to a small number of Fortune 500 executives and just chooses to lie?

(As a heads up the average CEO, according to the BLS, makes about $178,000 or 3 - 4 times the average worker)

Friday, April 10, 2015

I am guessing if two male teachers had sex with a student the sentence would be slightly different

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Shelley Dufresne, seen leaving the courthouse after she pled guilty in St. Charles Parish on Thursday, April 9, 2015.

The New Orleans Advocate reports:
Shelley Dufresne, one of two former Destrehan High School teachers accused of having sex with a 16-year-old student, has agreed to a plea deal in St. Charles Parish that will allow her to avoid any prison time or having to register as a sex offender, at least for now. She still faces charges in Jefferson Parish...
...Dufresne, 32, was facing one felony count of carnal knowledge of a juvenile, which carried a potential sentence of up to a decade in prison and a $5,000 fine. The charge stemmed from an alleged sexual encounter with the teenage boy at a home in Montz...
Seems like another gender inequality issue to me.  Pretty sure the usual suspects will get right on this.


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The good news is that if we want to see Hilary's deleted emails we can just ask the Russians

...Intelligence professionals fear that the use of the privately installed server, free of certified government defenses against foreign interception, has been a boon to foreign cyberspies. 
By using her own private server with email — which we now know was wholly unencrypted for the first three months of Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state — she left this easily interceptable by any decent 21st century SIGINT service," said John Schindler, a former National Security Agency counterintelligence officer. SIGINT is shorthand for signals intelligence, or electronic spying. 
"The name Clinton right on the email handle meant this was not a difficult find," Schindler said. "We should assume Russians, Chinese and others were seeing this."...

Yeah, I feel safe having her as the leader of the free world.


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

Hot from the "you cannot make this S*^T up file":

The Social Security Administration (SSA) approved disability benefits for hundreds of Puerto Ricans because they do not speak English, despite the fact that Puerto Rico is a predominantly Spanish-speaking territory.
According to a new audit by the Office of Inspector General (OIG), the agency is misapplying rules that are intended to provide financial assistance to individuals who are illiterate or cannot speak English in the United States. Under the rules, Puerto Ricans are allowed to receive disability benefits for their inability to speak English as well.
“We found the Agency did not make exceptions regarding the English-language grid rules for claimants who reside in Puerto Rico, even though Spanish is the predominant language spoken in the local economy,” the OIG said...

For more go here

We have passed "Go" and "flat out crazy" and are keeping the pedal to the metal

  • Spain Sells EU0.725 Bln of 6-Month Bills; Yield -0.002%
  • Spain Auctions T-Bills With Yield Below Zero for First Time
As per Zerohedge half of all Spanish bonds, which investors now have to pay the completely bankrupt government of Spain for the privilege of owning, are being bought by foreigners...

Monday, April 6, 2015

Police in the US killed twice as many people in March than British police have killed in the last 100 years

A total of 111 people were killed by police in the United States in March of 2015.  Since 1900, in the entire United Kingdom, 52 people have been killed by police.

Above is a recently released video of the shooting of Jeanetta Riley, a pregnant mother of three, by police officers in Idaho.

The mentally unstable woman had a knife with a three inch blade. The officers had an assault rife and handguns.

The officers were cleared of any wrongdoing.

As the Daily Mail reports:
Fourteen hours after Jeanetta was shot and killed, a dog called Arfee was fatally shot by police in nearby Coeur d’Alene, in a killing that was ruled unjustified.
His owner received an $80,000 payout two weeks ago as well as an apology from the mayor.
Shane and Riley's three daughters so far have not even received an apology.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Multi millionaire Michael Moore re-defines irony for us

Michael Moore made a movie criticizing corporate welfare called“Capitalism: A Love Story” and received $845,145 in corporate welfare from the Michigan Film Office.
For more go here 

And unlike education cars are vastly better than they were 30 years ago...

“In other words, far from being caused by funding cuts, the astonishing rise in college tuition correlates closely with a huge increase in public subsidies for higher education. If over the past three decades car prices had gone up as fast as tuition, the average new car would cost more than $80,000. . . . By contrast, a major factor driving increasing costs is the constant expansion of university administration. According to the Department of Education data, administrative positions at colleges and universities grew by 60 percent between 1993 and 2009, which Bloomberg reported was 10 times the rate of growth of tenured faculty positions. Even more strikingly, an analysis by a professor at California Polytechnic University, Pomona, found that, while the total number of full-time faculty members in the C.S.U. system grew from 11,614 to 12,019 between 1975 and 2008, the total number of administrators grew from 3,800 to 12,183 — a 221 percent increase.”
New York Times

Friday, April 3, 2015

Bullying is fine apparently as long as the right group is doing the bullying

Wise words from Matt Welch:
...The bad news, for those of us on the suddenly victorious side of the gay marriage debate, is that too many people are acting like sore winners, not merely content with the revolutionary step of removing state discrimination against same-sex couples in the legal recognition of marriage, but seeking to use state power to punish anyone who refuses to lend their business services to wedding ceremonies they find objectionable. That's not persuasion, that's force, and force tends to be the anti-persuasion among those who are on the receiving end of it. 
Jonathan Rauch had a great piece for Reason two years ago about free speech and gay rights, arguing persuasively that when a minority is hopelessly outnumbered both in public opinion and in law, maximal free expression (and I would add, free association) is their most potent weapon—often, it's all they've got. To fight uphill all these long decades, then get to the top, only to start wielding majoritarianism against the suddenly disfavored minority position? That's ugly stuff.

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

Officials at the University of Houston admitted this week that Matthew McConaughey will receive $135,000 to speak at the taxpayer-funded school’s May commencement. 
Hilariously citing a confidentiality agreement with a celebrity booking agency, officials at the public school tried for several weeks to hide the steep six-figure amount they had agreed to pay the movie star, Inside Higher Ed report...
At least its cheaper than Hilary...


Most readers do not trust newspapers with anything more serious

“The stories that receive the most clicks on,” Steacy suggests “are weather stories, celebrity stories, sex stories. I guess best of all is a celebrity sex story with a good weather angle…”
The Guardian

Paging Mr Chamberlain

...THE “KEY parameters” for an agreement on Iran’s nuclear program released Thursday fall well short of the goals originally set by the Obama administration. None of Iran’s nuclear facilities — including the Fordow center buried under a mountain — will be closed. Not one of the country’s 19,000 centrifuges will be dismantled. Tehran’s existing stockpile of enriched uranium will be “reduced” but not necessarily shipped out of the country. In effect, Iran’s nuclear infrastructure will remain intact, though some of it will be mothballed for 10 years. When the accord lapses, the Islamic republic will instantly become a threshold nuclear state. 

That’s a long way from the standard set by President Obama in 2012 when he declared that “the deal we’ll accept” with Iran “is that they end their nuclear program” and “abide by the U.N. resolutions that have been in place.” Those resolutions call for Iran to suspend the enrichment of uranium. Instead, under the agreement announced Thursday, enrichment will continue with 5,000 centrifuges for a decade, and all restraints on it will end in 15 years...

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Single sex colleges seem like an increasingly good idea

Read the following excerpt and answer the multiple choice question below:
To those who knew him, Peter Yu was a shy young man – highly intelligent, athletic and a good student. A Chinese citizen, Yu was accepted to Vassar College in 2011 as a sophomore, having obtained enough Advanced Placement credits at his Connecticut boarding school to skip his freshman year.
Yu, who grew up in Northeastern China, joined the rowing team and excelled, becoming a varsity team member as a sophomore. He met a fellow team member, the daughter of a Vassar professor, and became friends.
In February 2012, during a team party in which both Yu and his fellow team member consumed alcohol, the two engaged in sexual intercourse. Yu lost his virginity that night...
...[Subsequently] Yu and his [team member] exchanged multiple friendly Facebook messages. One message from the [team member] said: “I’m really sorry I led you on last night I should have known better then [sic] to let my self [sic] drink yet, I really don’t want this to effect [sic] our team dynamic or friendship. I don’t think any less of you at all I had a wonderful time last night I’m just too close to my previous relationship to be in one right now.”
Another message, sent two months later, said: “Peter, I wanted to write to you to apologize for that night about two months ago, I have not been trying to avoid you since then.” She again apologized for the evening and said: “I did not treat you very well, it was disrespectful on my part to do what I did because I was drunk.” She also stated that she would like to remain friends and “I care about you and I never ever meant to hurt you and we were both drunk.”
 What happened next:

a) The young couple fell in love and lived happily ever after
b) The rowing team went on to win the collegiate championship for the first time
c) The female team member was accused of taking advantage of Peter and sexual predation resulting in the forcible loss of his virginity
d) Peter was accused of rape over one year after they had had sex, found guilty by Vassar and expelled

Yes, of course the answer is d) he was expelled and the courts upheld Vassar's decision to do so.

Funnily enough when I read this it sounded like her plan was to screw Yu and then 12 months later do it again...

For more go here

Student loans are a huge problem for students, parents and stop indiscriminately providing them

The pretty smiling girl in the government sponsored ad playfully encouraging young adults to back up the truck to the taxpayer funded student loan bonanza is clearly not  being crushed by a mountain of debt incurred in the pursuit of a useless degree that cannot get her a job that pays the rent let alone her interest payments.

Discussing the whole student loan debacle is getting repetitive and the solution is blindingly obvious to all, except for pandering politicians and those who get rich from the tsunami of government money pouring into higher education, but it bears repeating:
...People get taken by scams every day, often with the help of government money. Should Fannie Mae forgive the mortgages of people if the buyer misrepresented the condition of the house? Should the Small Business Administration forgive the debt of some guy who pledged his house to back a no-hope franchise operation? For that matter, what about people who go to a big, public party school and major in sports marketing or tourism? The taxpayer cannot be made responsible for every unwise decision every individual makes, even if the government finances it.
That’s not to say these students shouldn’t get relief. They should. Happily, we already have a system for dealing with people who are burdened with excess debt: the bankruptcy system. The government should change the law to make it easier to bankrupt student loans.
But at the same time, this case points to an issue that I’ve highlighted before: the need for better underwriting in student loans. Simply allowing students to borrow large amounts of money and then bankrupt it is a recipe for big government losses. We should allow people to bankrupt student loans, but the corollary to that is that we need to be more careful about the loans we make in the first place.
Right now the system indiscriminately lends to any marginally well-equipped institution that can claim to be teaching anyone any skill, even if that skill isn’t going to increase a student’s ability to repay their loan...
 For more go here

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Ipad, Iphone. What difference does it make?
Three weeks ago, when Hillary Clinton was scrambling to come up with a credible lie to explain why she was using a personal server for email distribution - one that was not US government property and thus exempt from official FOIA requests - she said during a press conference at the United Nations that the reason was simple: it was simply a matter of "convenience" of carrying just one device.
"when I got to work as secretary of State, I opted for convenience to use my personal email account, which was allowed by the State Department, because I thought it would be easier to carry just one device for my work and for my personal emails instead of two."
As it turns out she lied. Again.

Once again it is the AP that has exposed her in the lie, when it reported yesterday that the news agency had received four emails from a Freedom of Information Act request filed in 2013, with one exchange showing Clinton mistakenly responding to senior aide Huma Abedin’s email about drone strikes with questions about furniture.
“I like the idea of these," Clinton wrote in the email.   

"How high are they? What would the bench be made of? And I'd prefer two shelves or attractive boxes/baskets/ conmtainers [sic] on one. What do you think?"

When Abedin emailed back to ask if Clinton had meant to send that to her, the then-secretary of State responded: “No-sorry! Also, pls let me know if you got a reply from my ipad. I'm not sure replies go thru."
They did go through, but a bigger question is why Clinton used not one but two email devices: after all wasn't this "inconvenient"?

Furthermore, while one can always be forgiven (if only once) the traditional email Reply To All blunder, how one can reply about an email discussing drone strikes with what is clearly a home improvement order in process is beyond anyone's imagination. One wonders how many Pottery Barn coupons Bashar Assad got over the past several years courtesy of Hillary.

For more go here

Why do progressives love Apple and hate Walmart?

One sells expensive, high status gadgets and has huge profit margins while the other provides low cost staples to everyday Americans.

Mark Perry does the analysis:
...So why is Walmart so reviled by progressives when its profits (and prices) are so low that it might earn a “profit day” every 31 days, and its main corporate objective is to provide low-cost merchandise to America’s low- and middle-income households? Every day that a Walmart opens its doors for business, it gives everybody in that local community a raise and makes them better off. On the other hand, why do progressives worship Apple so religiously when its extremely pricey products generate such huge profit margins (more than 7 “profit days” every month) that the company’s stock is worth almost as much as the entire Brazilian stock market? Every day that an Apple store opens for business, it stands ready to extract $24.20 in profits for every $100 spent that day, which seems like a huge transfer of wealth from Apple’s loyal customers to Apple’s wealthy shareholders. And yet the progressives worship Apple and revile Walmart – go figure?!
Aside from cultural elitism/disdain for people who actually shop and work in Walmart progressives hate Walmart because a small number of its shareholders are extremely wealthy. It is called envy.

Of course Warren Buffet, who is effectively the largest individual owner of Walmart aside from family members, gets a free pass because he wants taxes to be higher (for everyone except for him)

Selective indignation

George Will discusses the Indiana Religious Freedom law:
There’s nothing more tiresome in modern American life than the indignation sweepstakes we get in all the time to see who can be most angry about this and that. Tim Cook as was mentioned, the CEO of Apple… thinks Indiana is a horrible place. He opened marketing and retailing operations in Saudi Arabia two months before a man was sentenced to 450 lashes for being gay. The selective indignation is itself wonderful.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Climate change: Hollywood types do not have a monopoly on hypocritical buffoonery

Royal Family has Sikorsky S-76 helicopter operated  from Blackbushe Aerodrome in Hampshire. File photo

As per the Daily Mail last week Prince Charles:

...recorded a video message to raise awareness of the annual Earth Hour, urging people to work to save the planet ‘not just for ourselves but also for our children and grandchildren’.

Charles said: ‘Ladies and gentlemen, Earth Hour is exactly what it says it is. One hour for the whole world to think about this extraordinary planet that sustains us all...

At 8.30pm on Saturday the 28th March hundreds of millions of people from across the world will come together and switch off their lights in a spectacular display.
‘It is a symbolic and powerful reminder that together we have the power to change things
‘It should also remind us that we do not have much time in which to make those changes....'
Shortly thereafter he and Camilla jumped into a helicopter to fly 80 miles to see their horses run at Ascot .

You cannot make this S#@T up....

Monday, March 30, 2015

We are in the best of hands

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has engaged in some interstate payback by attempting to lure Indiana companies over the state’s newly signed religious-freedom bill, but what he doesn’t mention is that Illinois already has a similar law.

 In a Friday letter, Mr. Emanuel cited the Religious Freedom Restoration Act signed by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as a reason to “look next door to an economy that is moving forward into the 21st century,” referring to Illinois.

  “Gov. Pence’s act is wrong. It’s wrong for the people of Indiana, wrong for the individuals who will face new discrimination, and wrong for a state seeking to grow its economy,” said the letter, a copy of which was posted on the Crain’s Chicago Business website.

Mr. Emanuel, a Democrat and former top aide to President Obama, failed to point out that the Illinois Religious Freedom Restoration Act became law in July 1998. What’s more, Indiana Republicans say Mr. Obama voted for the measure as an Illinois state senator...

For more go here