Sunday, June 25, 2017

Canada's walk down the Dark Road

I was wondering when we would start seeing this kind of thing.  Canada has had hate speech laws on the books for some time.  But it's getting real.

Wild Bill for America, also known as William Finlay, a popular author and speaker, was arrested today, June 24, 2017, at a Canadian airport for “smuggling hate speech” on his iPad. He was invited to speak at an event at Calgary’s Olympic Plaza called the “Patriotic Unity Mega Festival” coordinated by Cananda’s Worldwide Coaliation Against Islam (WCAI) which also has organizations in Europe and Australia.
Who's next?  What's next?  Will Canadian Border Patrol agents start going through everyone's laptop or tablet looking for "hate speech"?

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Another Left-Wing Science Scandal

I always thought the war against glyphosate was probably all smoke.  And I was right.
As a bonus, glyphosate was remarkably benign from an environmental standpoint. In general, insecticides are toxic to humans because humans are quite a bit like bugs. Herbicides, on the other hand, are generally not very toxic to humans, because we aren’t a lot like plants. But even in this context, glyphosate stood out as a harmless chemical. It targets an enzyme that is found in plants, but not in humans or animals. Moreover, glyphosate breaks down easily and does not persist in the environment. It is pretty much the perfect herbicide (until resistance starts to develop, but that’s another story).

This sounds like a win-win situation–cheaper food, better health, longer lifespans–but some people irrationally hate genetically modified crops, even though the modification–in this case, making the corn or soybean plant tolerant of glyphosate–has nothing to do with its nutritional value. After decades of world-wide experience with glyphosate, it was accepted that the product was safe. So it was a bombshell when the International Agency for Research on Cancer declared, in March 2015, that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic,” based on tests on rodents.

Hundreds of cancer patients promptly sued Monsanto, claiming the company had concealed the danger of carcinogenicity, notwithstanding the fact that it would be hard to find a farmer who hadn’t been exposed to glyphosate. The European Union said it would consider IARC’s finding when deciding whether to continue to allow glyphosate to be used in Europe. “Environmentalists” had scored a major coup.

But the whole thing turned out to be a fraud. Reuters has investigated, aided by access to deposition testimony in one or more of the lawsuits against Monsanto, which evidently was not subject to a protective order. Briefly put, the author of the IARC’s carcinogenicity study, Aaron Blair, an epidemiologist from the U.S. National Cancer Institute, covered up his own research showing that exposure to glyphosate did not lead to a higher incidence of cancer in humans. The story, as reported by Reuters, is astonishing:

Previously unreported court documents reviewed by Reuters from an ongoing U.S. legal case against Monsanto show that Blair knew the unpublished research found no evidence of a link between glyphosate and cancer. In a sworn deposition given in March this year in connection with the case, Blair also said the data would have altered IARC’s analysis.

Monday, June 19, 2017

GE's $31 Billion Hangover: Immelt Leaves Behind Big Unfunded Tab

The beginning of the end of America's greatest company.
It’s a problem that Jeffrey Immelt largely ignored as he tried to appease General Electric Co.’s most vocal shareholders.

But it might end up being one of the costliest for John Flannery, GE’s newly anointed CEO, to fix.

At $31 billion, GE’s pension shortfall is the biggest among S&P 500 companies and 50% greater than any other corporation in the U.S. It’s a deficit that has swelled in recent years as Immelt spent more than $45 billion on share buybacks to win over Wall Street and pacify activists like Nelson Peltz.

Part of it has to do with the paltry returns that have plagued pensions across corporate America as ultra-low interest rates prevailed in the aftermath of the financial crisis. But perhaps more importantly, GE’s dilemma underscores deeper concerns about modern capitalism’s all-consuming focus on immediate results, which some suggest is short-sighted and could ultimately leave everyone -- including shareholders themselves -- worse off.
This is really, really bad.  Almost half a million people are covered under GE's pension.  When this falls, it will fall HARD.

And it wasn't just a few months ago there was news all over the place that GE was a good buy.

A "good-bye" is probably a better way of putting it.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

State Farm plans to close Bakersfield operations center by 2021

Looks like they are using the process of attrition to slowly de-staff and move the functions to other states.
State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company announced Thursday plans to exit eleven facilities in stages over the course of several years, beginning next year.

That includes the State Farm Operations Center in Bakersfield located at 900 Old River Road.

According to a news release, the company plans to close the Bakersfield location in 2021.

The work from these facilities will move to the company's headquarters in Bloomington, Ill., its offices in Atlanta, Dallas, and Phoenix, as well as a number of existing locations across the U.S.

Bakersfield employees will have opportunities to relocate with the jobs, according to a spokesman.

Lockheed Martin to move missile jobs from California to Florida

Good.  I own a handful of shares of LMT.  Do it.

Lockheed Martin Corp. plans to move about 300 ballistic missile program jobs from California to Florida's Space Coast over the next two years.

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. spokesman Matt Kramer told Florida Today that the employees moving to Brevard County will work on testing and maintenance for the Navy's Trident II D-5 Fleet Ballistic Missile.

California Cover Up–Billions to Prop Up Collapsing Pension System

How do they think this is all going to end?

Politicians keep looking for an easy way to address pensions but that path was closed a decade ago when the state chose not to lower investment return assumptions to reasonable levels and boost Normal Cost contributions. It was easy then but because Unfunded Liabilities compound at high rates, the balances due now are huge and growing. The only paths that seriously move the needle are boosted taxes, reduced services, or reduced future pension benefits for current employees and retirees. The first two paths have already been trod with three tax increases since 2009 and reduced shares of the budget for universities, courts, parks and social services. The third path has not even been approached. Current employees and retirees benefitted from keeping Normal Cost unfairly low. It’s time for them to share in the pain being suffered by citizens.
Yea, and it's a shame it has to come to this.  A LOT OF PEOPLE will be impoverished.

The Arrogance of Blue America

I'm not sure how or exactly when it happened.  I suspect it started during the Vietnam War when the Left who were voted into office caused the death of untold numbers of South Vietnamese.  They were voted into office to get us out of the unpopular Vietnam War.  But the slow trickle in of more and more Leftists (as opposed to the classical liberal) slowly morphed the Democratic Party into the evil disgusting American-Hating group that they are.

This opened the door even wider allowing more Leftists/Socialists to be voted into office.  I knew 30 years ago the Left didn't give a fig about the poor. Only the Right cares.  The Right wants ALL GROUPS of people to flourish.

But, for the Left, it's all about Idiology.  IF you don't are dead.  You are not human. That's the level of hatred and digust they have for "unbelievers".

From the Daily Beast:
Ironically, many of the most exploited people reside in blue states and cities. Both segregation and impoverishment has worsened during the decades-long urban “comeback,” as even longtime urban enthusiast Richard Florida now notes. Chicago, with its soaring crime rates and middle class out-migration, amidst a wave of elite corporate relocations, epitomizes the increasingly unequal tenor of blue societies.

In contrast the most egalitarian places, like Utah, tend to be largely Trump-friendly. Among the 10 states (and D.C.) with the most income inequality, seven supported Clinton in 2016, while seven of the 10 most equal states supported Trump.

If you want to see worst impacts of blue policies, go to those red regions—like upstate New York—controlled by the blue bourgeoise. Backwaters like these tend to be treated at best as a recreational colony that otherwise can depopulate, deindustrialize, and in general fall apart. In California, much of the poorer interior is being left to rot by policies imposed by a Bay Area regime hostile to suburban development, industrial growth, and large scale agriculture. Policies that boost energy prices 50 percent above neighboring states are more deeply felt in regions that compete with Texas or Arizona and are also far more dependent on air conditioning than affluent, temperate San Francisco or Malibu. Six of the 10 highest unemployment rates among the country’s metropolitan areas are in the state’s interior.

CO2 fertilization greening the Earth

This is not my first article on the wonderful benefits of CO2 increases.

This one is from
"We were able to tie the greening largely to the fertilizing effect of rising atmospheric CO2 concentration by tasking several computer models to mimic plant growth observed in the satellite data," says co-author Prof. Ranga Myneni of the Department of Earth and Environment at Boston University, USA. Burning oil, gas, coal and wood for energy releases CO2 in to the air. The amount of CO2 in the air has been increasing since the industrial age and currently stands at a level not seen in at least half-a-million years. It is the chief culprit of climate change.

I love that shot - most likely added by the brainwashed editor -  "chief culprit".  Loser.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

What in the World Is Causing the Retail Meltdown of 2017?

I don't think I do any more online shopping than I did in 2010.  It could be that others are finally reaching my level of purchasing.  We still do a good bit of shopping in stores.  So, I don't think they will all disappear.

The article goes over several reasons for falling retail sales.  I think most of them people are already aware of.  But their prediction about the future is interesting:

From the Atlantic:
Finally, a brief prediction. One of the mistakes people make when thinking about the future is to think that they are watching the final act of the play. Mobile shopping might be the most transformative force in retail—today. But self-driving cars could change retail as much as smartphones.

Once autonomous vehicles are cheap, safe, and plentiful, retail and logistics companies could buy up millions, seeing that cars can be stores and streets are the ultimate real estate. In fact, self-driving cars could make shopping space nearly obsolete in some areas. CVS could have hundreds of self-driving minivans stocked with merchandise roving the suburbs all day and night, ready to be summoned to somebody’s home by smartphone. A new luxury-watch brand in 2025 might not spring for an Upper East Side storefront, but maybe its autonomous showroom vehicle could circle the neighborhood, waiting to be summoned to the doorstep of a tony apartment building. Autonomous retail will create new conveniences and traffic headaches, require new regulations, and inspire new business strategies that could take even more businesses out of commercial real estate. The future of retail could be even weirder yet.
Well if that's the case, they better be built like vaults, dispensing purchased items.  Because I think thieves will be watching for the self-driven vehicles to make a killing.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Clemson ‘Diversity’ Training: Time Is Culturally Relative, Expecting Promptness Is Racist

This is not the Clemson college I remember.  It makes me wonder how far off the deep end my alama mater South Carolina has dived.

In one slide, employees are taught that tardiness is acceptable because the concept of time is culturally relative. Thus, every culture’s perception of the actual time must be respected - since one “cultural perspective regarding time is neither more nor less valid than any other.”

The slide gives the example of “Alejandro,” who called a 9:00 AM meeting, and teaches that he should not rebuke a group of foreign professors and students who show up late:

“Time may be considered precise or fluid depending on the culture.”

Thus, the slide teaches, Alejandro shouldn’t impose his definition of time on others, because “his cultural perspective regarding time is neither more nor less valid than any other."

The more incredibly stupid thing I've ever read.

Friday, April 14, 2017

How I Made My Own iPhone - in China

This video shows a world of life that is totally foreign to us.  When we think of street markets, we think of food or tourist stuff.  We NEVER think of street markets selling electronic parts like we see in China.

That is because, this was kept from us.  And most markets like these are OUTLAWED and BANNED in large US cities. Which is ANTI-CAPITALIST.  Laser etching on a street corner????  Ever see that in the USA??  NEVER!!  There is really something wrong in our nation.

An amazing video.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

California High School Replaces Mirrors in Girls’ Bathroom With Positive Message Signs

What complete BS.  Just more coddling and dumbing down our kids.  We are in such trouble. We will not be able to compete with other countries for business.  We'll be too busy crying because out feelings are hurt!
A high school in California has replaced all the mirrors in its girls' bathroom with positive signs that say messages like "You're strong enough" and "You are beautiful."

Laguna Hills High School student Sabrina Astle, 17, a member of the Kindess Club, came up with the idea to have students read happy thoughts rather than look at their own reflections. She made the posters for the school's "What If …" Week, ABC News reported Tuesday.

"Then we had What if … Week," she said, which is designed to bring the campus together. "Each day has a specific message. The message for Thursday, March 23, 2017, was ‘What if we showed more love?'

"I felt that this would be a good time to hang the signs. I put the signs in the bathroom the night before so students would see them throughout the next day," she said.
Makes me want to hurl...

Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Burgeoning Market For Anti-Trump Hoaxes

The hysteria on the Left is just off the scale.  There is no sense in what they do and absolutely no discernment.

As BuzzFeed, which reported on the scam, noted: "Opportunists have begun dangling would-be smoking guns — sometimes for a price — in front of journalists, amateur sleuths, and deep-pocketed political activists so eager to damage the Trump presidency that they can be blind to red flags."

Blind is right. Since Trump has been elected, reporters have repeatedly fallen for damaging stories that turned out to be wildly misleading or outright false. BuzzFeed itself published an unsubstantiated dossier that claimed a Russian plot to blackmail Trump. But there have been many others.

There was the University of Michigan student who claimed to have been attacked by a Trump supporter. The University of Louisiana student who said she had her hijab ripped off. The Iraqi mom who died because of Trump's visa ban. Trump's Photoshopping of a picture taken on the day of his inauguration to make his hand look bigger. All hoaxes.

Then there was the story about how a Russian bank supposedly had been in contact with an email server in the Trump Organization. Now it appears the communications might have been part of a hacker hoax that originated inside the U.S.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

California exports its poor to Texas, other states, while wealthier people move in

Immoral and disgusting, that's what the state of CA is.  Now, the poor are leaving the state.  I have advocated for years that the poor should get out while they could.  Now....they are.
Kiril Kundurazieff, 56, is among the low-income residents who left California. He spent more than a decade working in a small bookstore, then at Target, then at a Verizon call center, in Southern California. After some medical issues that hampered his eyesight, he found himself unemployed in Santa Ana, with monthly rent of about $1,000 in 2012.

“There was really nothing left for me in California,” said Kundurazieff, who also writes a blog about his cats. “The cost of living was high. The rent was high. The job market was debatable.”

Friends in Texas suggested he relocate. He now works at a Walmart in Houston, making a little north of $10 an hour. He works 40 hours a week, riding his bike about 7 miles to work many days. He does not pay state income tax. His rent is just over $500, with utilities.

About the same time that Kundurazieff was leaving, Tamara and Kit Keane were arriving from Oklahoma. Both had been working on their doctorate degrees at Oklahoma universities, Kit in biology and Tamara in education.

1500' TV Tower

I love videos like this.  America at work.  There are just some jobs that require you to do the Hard Thing.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Burger-flipping robot has its first day on the job in California

From MSN:
Self-ordering kiosks are already replacing workers at fast food chains like McDonald's and Wendys. But, Miso Robotics said Flippy is designed to work alongside human staff. Once its "probation" ends in Pasadena, it will roll out to more than 50 CaliBurger locations over the next two years. When that happens, some people could be reassigned to the dining room to engage more with customers, while others will be trained to operate their new assistant.

"Tasting food and creating recipes will always be the purview of a chef," Zito recently told TechCrunch. "And restaurants are gathering places where we go to interact with each other. Humans will always play a very critical role in the hospitality side of the business given the social aspects of food. We just don't know what the new roles will be yet in the industry."

"Some" people will be reassigned to the dining room..."  What a lie.  There will only be one worker.

The chef.

Here's a syrupy sweet video of everyone loving "flippy".  Everyone is full of smiles.

The chef?  Oh, yeah...that.  The "chef" has been redifined as the one guy that places cheese on the burgers.  God forbid the "chef" do any real "cheffing".

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Why California cities and counties should act scared by pension payments

From the Sacbee:
It’s the legacy of overly generous promises, notably a legislative giveaway to public employee unions by Gov. Gray Davis in 1999, plus the fallout from the December vote by the California Public Employees’ Retirement System board to cut the “discount rate” – its long-term projection of investment returns – from 7.5 percent to 7 percent. It will be phased in, starting in 2018-19.

For Sacramento, the higher pension contributions make up the vast majority of projected deficits that by 2022-23 could rival those during the Great Recession that forced layoffs and major cuts in city services, including public safety and parks.

There’s time to avoid painful budget cuts, but only by belt-tightening now. That’s even more crucial because the City Council went on something of a spending spree last year, before the CalPERS action.

Those budget projections assume that voters renew the Measure U half-cent sales tax, which now brings in more than $40 million a year and is set to expire in March 2019. The numbers also include about $5 million more a year, mostly in property taxes generated in part by the development around Golden 1 Center.
And it was just  0.5 per cent lowering of expectations. What would happen if this were to be lowered by 1%?  2%?  6%?

‘Literacy’ test for teachers may be nixed

We can file this under "Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations"
State education officials plan to scrap a literacy exam given to prospective teachers and allow certification for some applicants who fail a performance assessment test — moves that critics warned will weaken the pool of candidates.

The state Board of Regents will likely vote early next week on whether to ax the Academic Literacy Skills Test, one of four exams that teacher wannabes have to pass for certification, officials said Monday.

The Regents will also consider changes to one of the other three prerequisite exams for would-be educators, the Teacher Performance Assessment, or edTPA.

Under that proposal, applicants who just barely fail the edTPA could still be certified based on other factors, including teacher recommendations.

Sources said the moves will likely be approved, leading to outcry from those who believe they are important assessment tools.

“It’s alarming because we’ve now abandoned or watered down the teacher evaluation process, and now we’re lowering the bar for entry certification as well,” said Charles Sahm, director of education policy at the Manhattan Institute.

The literacy test has been accused of skewing against minorities and being redundant — but Sahm called it an important tool in bringing in qualified candidates.
Yes, you see, it's impossible for blacks and hispanics to rise to the level of Asians and Whites because of all the RACISM!!!

This is a horrific time for minorities.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Academics swapped gender of Trump, Clinton for restaged presidential debate and the results surprised them

This is AMAZING!  But that was not my first impression.  My first impression was  these people were nuts and it all sounded like a whacko scheme only a Left Winger would come up with. it turned out, the results stunned everyone one - especially me.  It told me that Trump's message transcended gender.

We heard a lot of “now I understand how this happened”—meaning how Trump won the election. People got upset. There was a guy two rows in front of me who was literally holding his head in his hands, and the person with him was rubbing his back. The simplicity of Trump’s message became easier for people to hear when it was coming from a woman—that was a theme. One person said, “I’m just so struck by how precise Trump’s technique is.” Another—a musical theater composer, actually—said that Trump created “hummable lyrics,” while Clinton talked a lot, and everything she was was true and factual, but there was no “hook” to it. Another theme was about not liking either candidate—you know, “I wouldn’t vote for either one.” Someone said that Jonathan Gordon [the male Hillary Clinton] was “really punchable” because of all the smiling. And a lot of people were just very surprised by the way it upended their expectations about what they thought they would feel or experience. There was someone who described Brenda King [the female Donald Trump] as his Jewish aunt who would take care of him, even though he might not like his aunt. Someone else described her as the middle school principal who you don’t like, but you know is doing good things for you.
Here is a youtube video of the rehearsal:

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Emirati brothers shock scientists with breakthrough invention

If all it did was enable a better battery, that alone would be life changing.  But beyond that is incredible!

Two young Emirati brothers and a UAE based American nuclear chemist have developed what could be the-next-big-thing in science, which they claim: “Has the potential to change the world of technology, as we know it.”

Mohammed Al Fahim, 29, his younger brother Rashed, 24, and Dr Larry A Burchfield, 65, have always had a long passion for science.

However, in the world of physics and chemistry, one truly needs to think outside the box to discover something astonishingly groundbreaking and potentially change the lives of millions, if not billions of people - the Al Fahims and Dr Burchfield done just that, right here in Abu Dhabi.

In an exclusive interview with Khaleej Times, the team shared how they recently invented a brand a new class of carbon allotropes, which Moahmmed Al Fahim dubbed as ‘Novamene.’

“We were not allowed to speak about this discovery until recently when international scientists, professors, global research journals and lab tests confirmed our invention.”

“Novamene has the potential applications for transistors and other electronic components and could rival graphene as the next wonder martial for use in technology and energy,” added Mohammed.

Connecticut Ranked As State With Worst Fiscal Status – Second Only To Puerto Rico

This really was a shocker....but I guess I should have just looked at the party make up.  That tells the story.
A new study from George Mason University’s Mercatus Center finds that Connecticut ranks as the state in the worst fiscal condition – second only to Puerto Rico, which has amassed $70 billion in debt due to out-of-control government spending coupled with interference from Washington, D.C.

Connecticut – led by a Democrat legislature and governor and represented by an entirely Democrat congressional delegation – ranks as dead last among the states, owing largely to its massive debt obligations and unfunded liabilities.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Facebook Suspends Christian Homeschool Mom's Account Over Posts Citing Bible on Homosexuality

This is why I deleted my Facebook account a couple years back.  Hideous.

Elizabeth Johnston, an Ohio homeschooling mother of 10 who runs the popular conservative blog "The Activist Mommy," told The Christian Post on Tuesday that Facebook suspended her account earlier this month because she wrote about how Leviticus condemns homosexuality as "detestable" and an "abomination."

Johnston said the comment in question was posted over six months ago in a long thread of comments that was in response to another Facebook user who claimed that Christians are hypocrites for condemning homosexuality but being willing to eat shellfish and pork.

The post was removed on Feb. 9 and Johnston's public "The Activist Mommy" Facebook page, which has over 76,000 followers, was frozen for a period of three days. She was alerted that her comment on homosexuality was removed because "it doesn't follow the Facebook Community Standards."

"Someone had commented underneath one of my videos and were commenting under the thread and said something about how Old Testament law prohibits the eating of pork — one of the homosexuals' favorite arguments to make. I responded with just scriptural commentary and that is considered 'hate speech' by Facebook," Johnston explained. "It was just very intellectual and it was just a commentary on what the Bible says. There was no name calling or anything like that."

Fuck their "community standards"  She should set up her own web site and tell Zucky-boy to go fuck himself.  She can use Facebook to refer people to her latest articles. I am sick to death of their goddamn "community standards".  Z-boy will never get a dime from me.

List of Obamacare Tax Hikes

Just incredible the number of taxes and penalties associated with this abhorrent piece of crap!!

You can get the details by following the link.  Here is the list:

Individual Mandate Non-Compliance Tax
Medicine Cabinet Tax on HSAs and FSAs
Flexible Spending Account Tax
Chronic Care Tax
HSA Withdrawal Tax Hike
Ten Percent Excise Tax on Indoor Tanning
“Cadillac Tax” -- Excise Tax on Comprehensive Health Insurance Plans
Health Insurance Tax
Employer Mandate Tax
Surtax on Investment Income
Payroll Tax Hike
Tax on Medical Device Manufacturers
Tax on Prescription Medicine
Codification of the “economic substance doctrine”
Elimination of Deduction for Retiree Prescription Drug Coverage
$500,000 Annual Executive Compensation Limit for Health Insurance

Friday, February 24, 2017

Alan Dershowitz: Why I Will Leave the Democratic Party If Ellison Is Elected its Chairman

The DNC has (re)turned into one of the most vile Leftist organizations in the history of this country.
My loyalty to my country and my principles and my heritage exceeds any loyalty to my party. I will urge other like-minded people – centrist liberals – to follow my lead and quit the Democratic Party if Ellison is elected Chairman. We will not be leaving the Democratic Party we have long supported. The Democratic Party will be leaving us!
Yes, they are that bad.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

RAW VIDEO: California State Sen. Janet Nguyen Removed From Senate Floor

Oh yeah!  Diversity is our STRENGTH (snark!)!

UMich students demand no-whites-allowed space to plot ‘social justice’ activism

Perfect example of Racist Leftists!!

A student activist group at the University of Michigan is demanding campus officials provide them with “a permanent designated space on central campus for Black students and students of color to organize and do social justice work.”

The demand is one of several lodged by “Students4Justice,” who this month ratcheted up campus demonstrations to pressure administrators to cave, complaining in a newly launched petition that President Mark Schlissel has snubbed their demands.

The clamor for a segregated space for students of color to organize social justice efforts comes even as the public university builds a $10 million center for black students and others in the center of campus.

Judge blocks California law limiting publication of actors' ages

This is the best example of the utterly pathetic mindset of Leftists.

A federal judge has barred the State of California from enforcing a new law limiting online publication of actors' ages.

Acting in a case brought by online movie information website IMDb, U.S. District Court Judge Vince Chhabria ruled Wednesday that the California law likely violates the First Amendment and appears poorly tailored to proponents' stated goal of preventing age discrimination in Hollywood

"Because the government has presented nothing to suggest that [the measure] would actually combat age discrimination [much less that it's necessary to combat age discrimination], there is an exceedingly strong likelihood that IMDb will prevail in this lawsuit," Chhabria wrote in a three-page order.

The judge expressed deep skepticism that the law, which he said appeared to apply only to IMDb, would have any effect on discrimination.

CFACT tricks U of Maryland students into eating McDonald's!

I love this sort of stuff.  They really think it tastes better than McDs.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Leftist Implosion: Philadelphia Soda Tax Leads To 30-50% Plunge In Sales, Mass Layoffs

This is my shocked face....

When Philadelphia became the first US city to pass a soda tax last summer, city officials were eagerly looking forward to the surplus-tax funded windfall to plug gaping budget deficits (and, since this is Philadelphia, the occasional embezzlement scheme). Then, one month ago, after the tax went into effect on January 1st we showed the tax applied in practice: a receipt for a 10 pack of flavored water carried a 51% beverage tax. And since PA has a sales tax of 6% and Philly already charges another 2%, the total sales tax was 8%. In other words, a purchase which until last year came to $6.47 had overnight become $9.75.

What happened next? Precisely what most expected would happen: full blown sticker shock, and a collapse in purchases.

According to reports, two months into the city’s sweetened-beverage tax, supermarkets and distributors are reporting a 30% to 50% drop in beverage sales and - adding insult to injury - are now planning for layoffs.

One of the city's largest distributors told the Philadelphia website it would cut 20% of its workforce in March, and an owner of six ShopRite stores in Philadelphia says he expects to shed 300 workers this spring. “People are seeing sales decline larger than anything they’ve seen up to this point in the city,” said Alex Baloga, vice president of external relations at the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association.

Di Leo: Emissions Testing and the Pollution of Big Government

Modern cars run clean consistently.  Emission testing is a waste of time.  Luckily, more and more states/cities are phasing them out.  Shocking, I know.

Emission testing unintentionally targets the poor since they are the least able to afford newer cars that would pass the testing.

From the Illinois Review:
We often talk about ‘regressive’ taxes, burdens that fall unfairly on the poor. This is one of the biggest of such burdens, because it’s precisely the working poor owners of old cars who are hit hardest by the well-intentioned goofiness of emissions testing. Consider:

It’s just a huge waste of time for newer cars, because of course they pass. The number of newer cars that fail are such a statistical minority that the pollution they produce is too little to be worth the bother.

For the old cars that we would expect to fail, the additional cost of bringing them up to code is so onerous on these mostly working-poor car owners, it just puts them further behind. That cost, specifically relative to the budgets of the working-poor in question, is utterly unjustifiable; for people who must count every transportation penny, it often has the effect of causing them to postpone much more important car-related purchases, such as auto insurance, brake repairs, alignments, and other issues that pose genuine safety concerns.

The cost of maintaining this service – all these buildings, public employees, etc. – contribute to the unsustainable government budgets of states like Illinois. This cost drives employers and entrepreneurs out of state, drying up the tax base, necessitating ever-larger collections from an ever-shrinking pool, and again contributing to the reduction of opportunities for the poor and lower middle class to climb upward.

And the timing itself has been insane all along, since the birth of these metropolitan emissions testing centers coincided with the (mandated) popularity of unleaded fuel and the catalytic converter. These advancements already had the country on a successful and fast-moving trend toward cleaner air; the emissions testing center archipelago was, frankly, obsolete almost at its inception! (How do you like that? I buried the lede.)

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Shocking rain damage is wakeup call to fix ailing roads, infrastructure, experts say

CA, please hurry up and secede.  That way you can't make us pay for the repairs of your decrepit state!

“I’m not surprised by any of this that is happening right now because we have been delaying maintenance everywhere,” said Hasan Ikhrata, executive director of the Los Angeles-based Southern California Association of Governments.

And former San Bernardino Mayor Patrick Morris quickly drew the same conclusion.

“I guess that’s testimony of the amount of maintenance needed in California,” Morris said by phone.

“When you get rainstorms like we’ve experienced over the last several weeks, suddenly reality sets in,” he said.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Dam crisis is wake-up call for aging California water system

I would consider this the first of many coming disasters that can be laid at the feet of the Leftists who run CA.

Environmentalists said the Oroville Dam crisis was a "wake-up call" for state leaders to fix existing water infrastructure instead of funding new projects, such as a tunnel to divert river water around the San Francisco Bay Delta to consumers in the south.

Billions of dollars are required to improve dam infrastructure in the state, said Adam Scow, California director for environmental group Food & Water Watch. He called for local, state and federal agencies to all pay up.

More than half of California's 1,585 dams would lead to deaths if they failed, putting them in the category of "high hazard potential," according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Expert: What You Need To Know About The Oroville Dam Crisis

Great youtube video/podcast with expert on the Oroville Dam.

"Everyone was told 'there's no problem.  There's no problem.  There's no problem...EVACUATE."

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Monday, February 6, 2017

US Cases of refugees arrested or convicted on terror charges, and other heinous crimes

I think this post pretty much cements the issue as valid.  I'm putting the=is website on speed-dial:

But, I have to do it (to write this) because clearly the refugee industry has sent out talking points that I am seeing parroted many times each day which pretty much go like this: no refugee has committed an act of terror in the US. LOL! And, maybe that is because many were arrested and convicted BEFORE they could do anything! 

And, let me ask you, when evaluating the fact that you (as a taxpayer) paid for a refugee’s opportunity to come to America and in some cases below even paid to raise the refugee to adulthood, does it matter for your anger level that he/she planned to kill Americans or planned to kill some innocents somewhere else in the world? So when the refugee advocates make a distinction about the location of the wannabe jihadist’s target, it’s a difference without a distinction to me! 

Here are ten that come to mind: 

~The Somali (Mohamed Osman Mohamud) arrested on charges he planned to blow up a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Oregon was a refugee. See here in 2010. He was arrested as he planned to detonate a bomb. 

~Mohanad-hammadi Kentucky refugee terrorist Mohanad Hammadi is serving a life sentence. ” Hammadi also admitted to lying on U.S. immigration paperwork about his involvement in Iraqi insurgent operations against American troops.” 

~ Two Iraqi refugees were convicted on charges that they helped Al Qaeda in Iraq and may have killed American servicemen there. They lied on their refugee applications. Best coverage of 2011 case here by ABC News. The entire Iraqi flow to America had to be re-screened that year! 

~In 2012 Abdullatif Ali Aldosary (an Iraqi refugee) set off a bomb at a Social Security Office in Arizona. Sentenced here. 

~As successful asylum seekers, the Boston Bombers were refugees who had benefited from America’s generosity. One of many stories here about the 2012 deadly Boston Marathon attack by the Tsarnaev brothers (Chechens). 

~In 2013 Fazliddin Kurbanov was arrested in Idaho and later convicted on terrorism charges. Kurbanov is an Uzbek refugee. See here.
~In early 2016 an Iraqi refugee (Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan) living in Texas was accused of planning to bomb a local popular mall, see story at Newsweek.
~In September 2016, a Somali refugee went on a stabbing spree at a mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Learn more here about Dahir Adan. Knife attacks are signature terror acts for devout Muslims.
~Also in September, the Chelsea bomber, Ahmad Rahimi, was arrested and we learned his family came to the US from Afghanistan and were given asylum. We need to be paying more attention to these asylum seekers since they enter the country completely unscreened and their numbers are on the rise. Story at CNN. Once granted asylum they are given all the same rights and privileges as the refugees we fly in.
~And, we can’t forget the most recent successful attack by Somali refugee slasher, Abdul Razak Ali Artan, at Ohio State, see here.
~For number ten, I’m lumping the dozens of wannabe Somali refugee jihadists (mostly from Minnesota) who have been identified and/or convicted of wanting to leave the country to fight for al-Shabaab or ISIS. See here. Several like those in that recent case, were convicted.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Mayor announces new e-commerce company moving to Reno

When will Democrats finally learn?

NEVER.  NEVER.  Even when they turn into a macro version of Detroit, the Left will continue to vote in the Leftists.  Utterly disgusting and pathetic.  There is no learning.  Only making things worse.
Executives from Zazzle said that they choose to move their distribution and manufacturing center to northern Nevada based on Reno’s quality of life as well as the ease of doing business within the state.

“It is very hard to do business from a manufacturing perspective in California,” Bridget Smith, vice president of Zazzle, said.

Zazzle currently has three facilities in California, two in the Bay Area and one in San Diego. Approximately a year and a half ago, the company started looking for a new location for its manufacturing facility.

“We set it up so all of our leases would co-terminate,” Smith said.

After looking at many other locations across the United States, the company choose to settle into Reno. Zazzle is working closely with Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada’s Stan Thomas as well as Kylie Rowe from Dickson Realty during this relocation.

“We are just hoping for a better lifestyle for our employees,” Smith said.

Another Big Company Departs California — Will Last One To Leave Shut The Lights?

GET OUT!!!!!   GET OUT!!!! NOW!!!

Investors Business Daily:
You may wonder, why did Nestle go?

Well, apart from having higher taxes, absurd housing costs and more regulations than nearly any other state, California's wacky laws have turned the Golden State into a venue of choice for activist groups to file costly class action lawsuits — or to launch anti-corporate PR campaigns against big, wealthy targets like Nestle.

In recent years, Nestle has faced two such activist-led actions, both spurious: One involves allegations that Nestle improperly documented its anti-slave-labor policies. The other involves Nestle's selling of California mountain water under the Arrowhead brand, a decades-old business that has suddenly become environmentally incorrect.

Such corporate harassment is now routine in a state whose top officials — virtually all of them far-left progressive Democrats — actively despise capitalism.

Until just two years ago, Nestle made its signature "Hot Pockets" brand turnovers in another L.A. suburb, Chatsworth. But it closed that business because it couldn't expand. So it moved the operations and hundreds of jobs to Kentucky. If Los Angeles objected, we're not aware of it.

But Nestle is only the latest to understand that California has rolled up the welcome mat for job-creating businesses that actually make things. In recent years, Toyota shifted its U.S. headquarters and thousands of jobs from Torrance, Calif. — another L.A. suburb — to Dallas, while global oil giant Occidental Petroleum moved its corporate HQ from Los Angeles to Houston.

Sadly, such tales are common. But because many of the companies are much smaller than Nestle, Toyota or OxyPete, they don't attract as much notice.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Calif. To Consider Enacting Statewide Sanctuary

CA sliding into the ocean of oblivion.

When this ends, and it will end badly for CA, there won't be one Democrat in the whole state.  And that's after all the rest have left this God forsaken state.
California may prohibit local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration authorities, creating a border-to-border sanctuary in the nation’s largest state as legislative Democrats ramp up their efforts to battle President Donald Trump’s migration policies.

The legislation is scheduled for its first public hearing Tuesday as the Senate rushes to enact measures that Democratic lawmakers say would protect immigrants from the crackdown that the Republican president has promised.
As I've said in the past:  GET OUT!  GET OUT!  NOW!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

German electric bike brand moving U.S. headquarters to Denver

And it's too expensive even for the Germans!

In Germany, where the company was founded in 1996, one out of every five bikes is an electric bike, he said.

The company's U.S. office was wooed from southern California, where it opened in 2015, by Colorado's interest in outdoor recreation companies, Miner said.

"It was the support and response we got from the state of Colorado," Miner said. "They sat down with us. They worked with us about e-bikes."

The electric bikes are made in Germany, but Miner said the Denver operations could expand into manufacturing within the next 18 months. Schweinfurt, Germany will remain the company's world headquarters. Miner said Haibikes (Hai means shark in German) is the biggest electric bike manufacturer in Europe.

“Having our entire U.S. team working together under one roof will be instrumental to our future success,” he said. “Colorado is a forward-thinking, technology-driven state that places a high value on outdoor recreation."

Op-Ed Leaving for Las Vegas: California's minimum wage law leaves businesses no choice

Another is out of there!
After two years in business, my company now has more than 150 clients from all over the world and 18 employees. It’s what’s known as a cut-and-sew house, part of the garment industry that generates about $17 billion in annual economic activity in Los Angeles County, including $6.9 billion in payroll, according to a 2016 industry report by the California Fashion Assn. This is the epicenter of apparel design and manufacturing in the United States; domestically manufactured clothing is more expensive, but retail and wholesale customers who care about quality and working conditions have historically been willing to pay for it.

Unfortunately, the industry is on a downward trend. Los Angeles County used to have more than 5,000 apparel factories; today, my company is one of roughly 2,000 — and many (e.g. American Apparel) are looking for a way out. One Los Angeles Times headline, quoting a California State University economist, warned that “the exodus has begun."

Here's how many employees will move from California as Hardee's parent company moves to Franklin

The convoy out of CA continues.
CKE Restaurants, which owns sister burger chains Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr., is beginning its exit from California in March as it moves its headquarters from Carpinteria to Franklin.

CKE (NYSE: CKR), founded 60 years ago in Anaheim by Carl Karcher, said 51 employees, including 24 in Carpinteria, opted not to relocate to Tennessee, which will be home to 120 corporate employees, reported the Orange County Register.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Manhattan culinary staple China Fun shutters, blaming government over-regulation

And what will NY do?  They will decide it's necessary to pile MORE business killing regulations onto people.


NEVER.  The city will die.  People will die.  New York will look like Detroit.

That's the way it goes.

Albert Wu, whose parents Dorothea and Felix owned the eatery, said the endless paperwork and constant regulation that forced the shutdown accumulated over the years.

“When we started out in 1991, the lunch special was $4 a plate,” he recalled. “Now it’s $10, $12. The cost of doing business is just too onerous.”

Wu cited one regulation where the restaurant was required to provide an on-site break room for workers despite its limited space. And he blamed the amount of paperwork now required — an increasingly difficult task for a non-chain businesses.

“In a one-restaurant operation like ours, you’re spending more time on paperwork than you are trying to run your business,” he griped.

Increases in the minimum wage, health insurance and insurance added to a list of 10 issues provided by Wu. “And I haven’t even gone into the Health Department rules and regulations,” he added.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

12 Worst Christian Persecution Nations; US Makes List for First Time

Yes, it's that bad.

The entry for the U.S. points out that supporters of Islamic radicals have managed to carry out a number of lone-wolf attacks in the past year, but Christians are also being targeted by culture and by the media.

"Christians in the U.S. are facing constant attacks in the media, where they are portrayed as bigoted, racist, sexist, and close- minded," the report argues, highlighting in part the battle between traditional marriage and LGBT-supporting groups.

ICC said that Christians have also lost anti-discrimination legal battles and been fined for adhering to their principles, largely when it comes to traditional marriage.

"Decades of accumulated poor judicial decisions and precedents have twisted the First Amendment so that the courts, in defiance of the Founders, are pushing religion out of the public square, and into the small space of private expression," the report stated.

"In essence, the courts are deciding that you only have full religious freedom and expression in the church and your home. In the public domain, your religious views and thoughts must be restrained and controlled."

Echoing King's sentiment, the entry makes clear that life for Christians in America cannot be compared to the levels of violence believers overseas are facing, but the group argued that the decline of religious liberty in the U.S. is very worrying.
It is very, very worrying.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

New year brings stifling new minimum wage hikes

You fools.  You utter, utter fools.

Last month, Competitive Edge, a San Diego communications firm, announced that it was moving 75 call center jobs to El Paso, Texas because of the costs of the minimum wage hike. In the Bay Area, San Francisco Eater reports that restaurants continue their year-end “death march” with dozens of closures, many of them at least partially a result of dramatic minimum wage increases. Book stores have been particularly hard hit, with local favorites like Black Oak Books (Berkeley) and Almost Perfect Bookstore (Roseville) closing because of cost increases.

Earlier this year, Adam Ozimek, an economist at Moody’s Analytics, calculated that 600,000 California manufacturing jobs paid $15 an hour or less. He said 31,000 to 160,000 jobs could be lost under the new minimum wage rate.

Focus: Restaurants respond to wage hike with dining surcharge

“I can’t get to sleep at night wondering where in the heck am I going to get the dollars I need to pay all my employees,” said Rick DiRienzo, owner of Rockin’ Baja, which operates three restaurants in San Diego County, is about to open a fourth in Mira Mesa, and also has one in Newport Beach.

While the kitchen staff already is paid above minimum wage, their monthly income is dwarfed by that of the servers, who, like tipped workers at most restaurants, are paid no more than the minimum wage. That’s because a sizable portion of their earnings comes from tips.

“My servers are making incredible tips — between $20 and $30 an hour -- and with this increase, I can’t continue on and expect to make a living,” DiRienzo said. “Of course, I’m worried about a backlash (from diners), but I can’t think of anything else to do other than raise prices and I’ve already done that for the last two years.”

San Diego's series of wage hikes come amid a parallel move by the state to eventually boost the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022.