I’m Offended You’re so Easily Offended
Major emotional trespasses every day
Hardly a day can go by where we don’t hear of someone being “triggered,” of explosions of micro-aggressions, of pseudo umbrage at faux racism. Near riots of those demanding extra rights at the cost of others giving up some of theirs.
There was an article in the Wall St Journal just the other day about the lack of sales in big-boy and big-girl pants. It seems that we’re not buying them anymore. If we don’t buy them, how can we put them on and pull them up?
Please do so at your earliest convenience. You know who you are.
The last two world ending events was when Netflix decided to hire Barack Obama to produce some things for Netflix. Facebook exploded with conservatives demanding that all conservatives cancel their Netflix account. Some will do just that. Some will say they will but will have to close their blinds when binge-watching the next binge-worthy series.
I doubt the mass exodus from Netflix will happen. After all, if it had any chance, we wouldn’t have heard about it on Facebook, since conservatives were supposed to be boycotting that for the past few years. Think about it for a second.
We like Netflix. We watch but a sliver of the massive amount of titles of TV, movies, and documentaries that they offer. If the produce some liberal pablum it will only be added to the mountain of liberal pablum that they have. Even then it will only be a small part of the larger majority of the stuff I don’t watch. My remote control still has an OFF button, most do. Those who are boycotting have remote controls with OFF buttons. I know it isn’t about the OFF button.
I suggest those who have just canceled their Netflix account fill their empty hours with scouring the S&P 500 companies. Look at the annual reports, look at the people on the board of directors. You’ll find liberals, progressives, people who gave money to Hillary. Shall we boycott them all? I don’t think the Pennsylvania Amish community has enough room for all of those who will be forced to remove themselves from mainstream life. Maybe the Mennonites have some room in the stable.
Not to be out done by conservatives, this past week was Rosanne Barr. Barr tweeted something that was supposedly insensitive. But that was not what forced ABC to fire her and cancel a top-rated show. After all, comedy is about being insensitive. There is always someone, some group, something at the butt of all jokes. Don Rickles made an entire career out of being insensitive. No, Roseanne wasn’t fired for being insensitive. She was fired because the target of her barb was a top liberal Democrat.
We don’t need any further discussion. I know it, you know it, they know it. If you need proof, I give you Joy Behar who, using Roseanne as some giant piece of litmus paper, would be fired every day.
Of course, for conservatives, there is no winning here. It is not our field, not our game, not our rules. We should realize that by now.
So, what to do?
We win at the ballot boxes. We win in the primaries by making sure the conservatives carry on and we win in November in numbers that all their fraud cannot overcome. That is the only sweet victory I desire here.
Nothing felt better than to watch so many talking heads recreate the scene where Dorothy tossed a bucket of water on the Wicked Witch of the West. This November we get to do it all over again. Make it so.
Click the like button, share on Facebook, comment below. If you don’t, I will be most highly offended.
Have no fear; I will never boycott you, my faithful readers.
We Are Back !
We are back. Yes, you heard that correctly. We stopped writing in hopes that the Pink Pussy Hat Brigade would some how calm down, that somehow the melted and melting snowflakes (is it illegal to use that term yet?) would congeal into some sort of Starbucks pink smoothie crappachino. Hoping against hope that Maxine Waters, Nancy Pelosi, Chucky Schumer, and the crew would finally calm down like Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Unfortunately, Nurse Ratched armed with a nuclear powered taser would not be able to subdue this army of talking point zombies.
New energy to write what YOU want to read. New format. New website, hopefully meaner and leaner and faster loading; – it’s a process, construction helmets are recommended, let me know if you find broken links, paths to nowhere, or a portal to the dark web where the Russians and/or Gertrude Walker fix elections.
Let’s face it, watching the liberal left meltdown of 2017 got tired pretty quickly.. no it didn’t.. I lied.. it’s mid 2018 and I’m still not tired of it, but just sitting back and eating popcorn is getting boring so it’s time to jump back in. Keep my hand at writing and keep my audience smiling and chuckling.
So, buckle up Buckaroos, let’s tell it like it is.
I want to thank those that kept on asking that I continue to write. They know who they are. And to our Friday night group, for any of you lucky enough to bear witness, you know what feeds the insanity. Love is too small a word. I blame them I dedicate these pages to them.
Mr. Trump Goes to Washington
Last night, the Sun set around 6:20 PM EST and rose less than 3 hours later, shortly after 9:00 PM EST. It was Morning again in America. “It’s Morning again in America,” is a phrase that was first used in an ad by Ronald Reagan in 1984. Last night it was a feeling invoked by President Donald J. Trump.
In his first address to Congress, the President was nothing if not presidential. Something, they said he could not be. Once again, Trump has proven them wrong. (more…)
We all have friends and relatives that reside on the far left end of the political spectrum. Talking to them is hard, almost impossible. Facts, reason, and logic hold no sway. It is all about emotion. I feel for them. I see them in the streets calling for violence, wearing ridiculous hats and costumes making them look like body parts best not seen in public. They cannot accept loss because they have never had to accept it before. They have been sheltered by the false beliefs of their superiority.
So, instead of writing to a specific far left progressive liberal after seeing their Facebook post, I decided to write an open letter to all of them. Please feel free to forward. I was under the impression that when we discussed ‘fake news’ and how we should refrain from posting it that you were going to include yourself in the group that should refrain from posting fake news. Through all your postings you have yet to point to anything that President Trump has done that is outside of what he promised that he would do. These pledges garnered him well over the number of Electoral College votes needed to win the presidency, as described in the US Constitution. I only mention this, so you will not have to waste time with the popular vote fallacy, and I will not have to spend time with the number of illegal aliens that voted in California, and in other states, as proved by the recount you and Jill Stein demanded. (more…)
Using Flint to Spark an Idea
How much lead is a bad thing? According to the EPA, five parts per billion is “cause for concern.” Meaning that in a billion molecules of water, if 5 of them are lead you have a problem. In Flint, Michigan that number rose to a frightening 27 parts per billion. Flint’s water was deemed undrinkable. So, what does this have to do with immigration? Trust me, as always, I’ll get there.
With the end nearing, Obama’s frustration shows.
Lis Pendens Served
The housing market topped out in late 2006 and then the bubble burst sending home values into freefall. In 2007 and 2008 when we were looking for a house to purchase it was not surprising that the vast majority of the homes we saw were foreclosures. Many of the foreclosures we saw were left in ruins. No appliances, even thehot water heaters were taken. Not one piece of drywall was left intact and in some, bags of cement were flushed down the toilet. Some people who lost their homes were angry when they left. Not only did they turn out the lights they took the light fixtures and ripped out the wiring as well. Barack Obama will be leaving office in just a few days there will be tears shed. Some out of sadness, many out of joy. Before he leaves, Obama will rip the plumbing out of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. (more…)
Confused by the Electoral College? Walgreens run out of safety pins? Read on, get ready to amaze your friends with new found knowledge. Every four years Americans go to the polls to elect the President of the United States. Well, not exactly.Every four years Americans go to the polls to elect Electors that will then vote upon and elect the President of the United States. It is called the Electoral College and to everyone but political strategists, news anchors, and political junkies it is murky mumbo jumbo. (more…)
The minimum wage, always a hot topic. Today we explain why government shouldn’t be involved. In 1508, Pope Julius II hired Michelangelo to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. “Now Mike, last month Mario and Luigi painted the outside of the chapel.
To save some money, I purchased paint rollers and large 8-inch brushes at a sale they were having at Walmartio. I want you to use the same rollers and brushes when you do the ceiling. You will, of course, reduce your equipment fees accordingly. As well, I will be paying you the same exact wage as I paid Mario and Luigi. All painters get the same.”
Michelangelo was speechless. Not only did Michelangelo not speak English, nor go by the name of Mike, but he was extremely insulted to have been placed in the same category as ordinary house painters. Not that there is anything wrong with painting houses for a living, that is just not what Michelangelo did. Nor did he see any way to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel using the equipment Pope Julius was going to force him to use.
Pope Julius was very wise and very powerful, but Michelangelo did not have any confidence in this painting system of broad strokes and did not like having all painting jobs treated equally. Five hundred years later the broad strokes of government trying to force equality still do not work, nor will it.
Minimum wage is a hot button topic. One of those issues where some people think they know all the answers. Currently, the federal minimum wage is $7.25, here in Florida it is $8.05 and will increase to $8.10 on January 1st, 2017.
Those fighting for a $15 minimum wage talk about a living wage, social justice, social equality, et. al. All the emotionally charged rhetoric we have become used to hearing anytime you give progressives a platform. Those fighting against raising the minimum wage will tell you that it will increase unemployment among young people, those most likely earning minimum wage. Minimum wage jobs are meant to be entry-level “first jobs” that teach teenagers how to be an employee; show up on time, be respectful, follow directions, tuck your shirt in and pick up your pants. The biggest argument against raising the minimum wage is that broad stroke government programs hurt those they intend to help.
Me? I will give you my answer in a little while.
Some of us are ‘more equal’ than others.
Let me ask, why $15 an hour? Why not $75,000 per year. This way everyone, including 16-year olds working at burger joints, can afford a house, a car, and a boat. Just think what that type of purchasing power will do for our economy!
Here is another idea. Why not let people just do the jobs where they can earn the most amount of money. If you want to be an airline pilot one day, just show up and start flying planes. Pilots make pretty good money. Maybe people can become neurosurgeons. Lots of money, prestige, respect. Just take your hammer and chisel and head on over to the local hospital. Forget about all the schooling, testing, licensing, board certifications and experience needed for those careers. That is all meaningless. You need a job that pays well, and nothing should stand in your way.
What say you? You will not trust just anyone to fly a plane or to crack open your cranium? Are you saying that schooling, testing, and experience have a certain value that you are willing to pay for? Okay, but this is going to cause a problem under this whole social justice and equality thing you have got going on.
I know. Not only should we have a minimum wage but why not a maximum wage as well. In the name of social justice and equality these numbers can be the same. Let’s use that $75,000 per year. So, regardless of whether you are an accomplished neurosurgeon, a 16-year old kid working at the burger joint, or a high school dropout day laborer, you will earn $75,000 per year. While reducing the demand for college diplomas (and thereby reducing college tuition) I don’t see that plan working too well. It’s a shame because I thought we just solved social justice. Feel free to keep on rioting for the cause.
Business A pays its workers $3 an hour. I doubt anyone will work there except maybe meth addicts. Not exactly the crème of the crop when it comes to employees. The work produced and the customer service provided is the worst in the industry. Business A will either have to increase what it is willing to pay for qualified employees or likely go out of business.
Business B pays its workers $18 to start and chooses its employees very carefully. While everyone wants to work for Business B not everyone can. Only those that can deliver the absolute best goods and customer service will get hired. It would do someone well to get experience and work on their skills before applying for a job at Business B.
Customers of Business B pay more for their goods and services but get the best goods and customer service. They appreciate top of the line, they are accustomed to it, and are willing to pay extra to get it.
Business C pays its workers $9 an hour. Employees come and go and the products and customer service are average at best. Customers of Business C are willing to accept less than the best products and customer service. To them, saving money is more important than getting the best products the best customer service. However, going to Business A is out of the question.
Business D pays its workers $7 an hour to start. The work is hard but those that stay for 12 months learn valuable lessons that allow them to earn $30 an hour or more in the second year. Employees at Business D could make more with easier work at Business C. They choose to take less because they see it as an investment in themselves and understand the future earning potential that exists for them.
Which business has the correct employee pay policy, A, B, C or D?
The correct answer is All of Them. (Even Business A which will soon learn that the current market dictates that they will have to pay more to hire better employees.)
Set the Free Market free !
As private businesses, the owners should get to decide on pay policy. They know how much they can afford to pay, they know the margins and markets they operate in. Such, this should be a decision for the business owner to make and not the government.
As free individuals, people get to decide what they value their labor at and what they will be willing to accept for it in return. As free citizens, we have the option of patronizing only those companies that we feel treat their employees well, and conversely, boycott when we feel it is appropriate. If that is what we desire to do.
That is the nature and the beauty of the free market.
The government should play no role here nor in any of the 28 million other small businesses that exist, primarily because they do not know what goes on in any of them. There are infinite combinations of wages, work requirements, and benefits, and an equal number of reasons why a person would accept or reject them.
Alas, where there is a government there is a failure.
The City of Seattle raised their minimum wage in April 2015 to much fanfare. They celebrated the increase from $9.50 to $11 per hour and showed how low-wage workers had increased their income 12%, with minimal job loss.
A reason to celebrate unless of course, you are one of those that lost your job. All for the greater good, I guess. Those celebrating fail to mention that Seattle, the center of the high-tech region, had significant job growth during the same period. Nor do they mention that the wage increase was small, not the full $15 minimum wage. The increase to $15 will happen over the next 5 years. If they really cared about the minimum wage worker, why not all at once?
Opponents of a $15 minimum wage have never predicted a complete economic meltdown. We do predict that minimum wage workers will find it hard to find and keep jobs and get fewer hours when they do. We are concerned with teenage employment, and minority teenage employment, as those initial jobs are stepping stones to being a productive member of society.
Proponents of increasing the minimum wage point to those trying to raise a family on minimum wage. Though they cannot tell you why so many people are trying to raise a family on minimum wage. For that, they have no answer. How about this answer. Many who support the increase are the same people that support job-killing regulations and higher corporate taxes that force investment (jobs) overseas.
They also supported people like Hillary Clinton who championed putting coal mines out of business and their employees out of work with no idea where those workers will then be employed, other than minimum or low wage jobs.
It boils down to simple Economics 101; supply and demand. When you demand more of something, the price goes up. When you demand more labor, the cost of labor (wages) goes up.
Wage Against the Machine
Soon after Seattle passed the minimum wage increase local fast food restaurants started replacing workers with automated alternatives. This came as no surprise to those who understand business. I am sure it was a shock to those well-meaning people in Seattle who decided that they know more about business than those who actually own and run businesses.
All too often, when people get elected, they believe some kind magical knowledge is bestowed upon them, as well as the power to defy the laws of economics. Nor do they understand the laws of physics and how it applies to government. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. For every law and regulation, there is a team of high priced lawyers figuring out how to get around it and a lobbyist spreading cash to create a carve-out or exception for his employer.
The greatest hypocrisy of them all.
I found this on the State Department website. I have no doubt that you can find the same on most if not all .gov websites.
The U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program is an unpaid internship with the opportunity to work in U.S. embassies and consulates throughout the world, as well as in various bureaus located in Washington, D.C. and at Department offices around the United States. [Italics and underscore are mine]
Well, here is a little situation. The words unpaid and work in the same sentence. In some circles, you could call that slavery. If you are part of the government that writes the rules for everyone else, you can call it an unpaid internship where the experience you gain is worth more than being paid for your work.
What happened to the minimum wage? Was Clinton aware of this? Kerry? Obama?Why is the government allowed to operate under a set of different rules? Who is marching for the interns?
Hundreds of years ago, you had apprenticeships where you got nothing but room and board to work hard for a master craftsman. Over the course of a few years, you learned the skills of that craftsman. Enough so that you can earn a living on your own. If you were good enough you too became a master craftsman and people would be eager to become your apprentice.
Just try that today. The Department of Labor would haul you in for all kinds of violations. Who knows, they might seize your business and your assets. The irony of it all is that your lawyers could very well have documents delivered to them by unpaid interns. I’m shaking my head, are you?
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