I'm up early to watch the Newcastle - Manchester United game, so I thought I might as well blog early. This week the sunsets have been fantastic and yesterday I was finally in a spot where I could capture one. I love the way the pelicans are skimming across the water right in front of a glorious sunset. I left it large, so I think it's worth a click to see the full image.Enjoy.
Today is a nationwide fast food strike, where workers in minimum-wage jobs demand "living wages." Hint: if you're trying to support a family while still flipping burgers, you're doing it wrong. Fast food jobs are for young people to learn job skills and customer service before acquiring education or other skills that will allow them to get real "living wage" jobs. They're also not bad for senior citizens to stay active and supplement their Social Security.Our Los Angeles correspondent I.P. Freely will be reporting live throughout the day from McDonald's restaurants.5:51 AM: Report: Meal number 1: no picket lines at first Mcdonalds at 5:30 a.m. Oh wait... that's cuz they're f'ing lazyFood: delicious11:59[...]
W.C. Varones 12/4/2013 4:00:17 AM Our friend Adrienne Gonzalez of Jr. Deputy Accountant has been named managing editor of Going Concern, the web's most popular (and funniest) accounting site.JDA's hits over the years include getting the name "Zimbabwe Ben" in print in Time Magazine.Let it never be said we don't have an eye for talent.
Dean 12/5/2013 4:53:00 PM .The absurdities surrounding the Affordable Care Act abound so you can just file the following under "You just can't make this up".From the Daily Caller:The Department of Health and Human Services has crowned a YouTube video entitled Forget About The Price Tag as the grand prize winner in a contest meant to encourage young people to sign up for Obamacare.The video contest, announced in August in partnership with a group called Young Invincibles encouraged participants to produce clips filled with pro-Obamacare messaging.HHSs grand prize-winning video, announced Monday by the White House, features a young woman named Erin McDonald singing an Obamacare-loving version of Jessie Js hit single, Price Tag.A law sold on the[...]
.Thanksgiving may be over but we're still thankful...Thankful that my family has successfully de-emphasized gift-giving at Christmas. BDaddyLiberator— Dean R. Riehm (deanriehm) November 28, 2013The regime decided to "dump" latest ObamaCare delay on the day before Thanksgiving, the most heavily travelled day of the year. Probably not a hot idea:Half of America finding out about latest #ACA delay in airport terminals. Should've just waited until Friday, geniuses. #CNN— Dean R. Riehm (deanriehm) November 27, 2013B-Daddy with a bit of snark:Obamacare Event Hands Out Condoms as Prizes for Young Dems who hopefully won't be having offspring. http://t.co/u1iFq27OSV via sharethis— B Daddy[...]
Dawn Wildman 12/5/2013 11:20:26 AM I have been watching those Scott Peters commercials airing on TV in San Diego as he is campaigning to keep his Congressional seat in the 52 District of California. What struck me was how much he really wants to distance himself from his constituency by claiming in his ad that he voted against the tea party. He claims the tea party is against the Clean Air Act. Here is the truth behind his claim; he claims that on Roll Call vote 345, he voted against the tea party, which he obviously believes the Republicans represent. HR 2609 the bill Peters refers to in that vote that was a Republican driven and supported bill to make appropriations for energy and water development in 2014. Hmmmso who did he vote against here? It would[...]
Dawn Wildman 11/1/2013 12:00:09 AM I think most people have heard of the term bait and switch. This was advertising gimmick used by unscrupulous companies in order to get customers into their stores to purchase low cost products. Of course once inside the store people would find that those low cost items were all sold and they would be encouraged to buy the much more expensive item which they were told was a steal as well. These gimmicks were so destructive to consumer trust that laws were passed to keep companies from preying on consumers. Arent we experiencing the largest bait and switch ever perpetrated on the American consumer with ObamaCare? We now see for ourselves all the issues that concerned us when the government takeover of health[...]
By Proof *And we're not talking about his bowling skills. "I think Barack knew that he had God-given talents that were extraordinary. He knows exactly how smart he is...He knows how perceptive hs is. He knows what a good reader of people he is. And he knows that he has the ability -- the extraordinary, uncanny ability -- to take a thousand different perspectives, digest them, and make sense out of them, and I think he has never been really challenged intellectually. I mean, he's the kind of guy you'd hate in law school, who would pick up the book the night before the final, read it, [buy a crib sheet from someone ] and ace the test. So what I sensed in him was not just a restless spirit but someone with extraordinary[...]
B-Daddy 12/3/2013 3:21:17 PM Here is a summary of key areas in the fight to prevent state and local public employee pensions from bankrupting governments.Detroit. Judge Stephen Rhodes will rule today at 10:00 a.m. (EST) on whether the city is eligible to enter bankruptcy. From the LATimes. Most legal experts expect Rhodes to declare that Detroit is eligible for bankruptcy protection. A ruling to enter bankruptcy would give emergency city manager Kevyn Orr leverage to bargain with unions over pension reductions or to make unilateral changes. Whether such changes would be constitutional would be decided later.UPDATE: The NYTimes is reporting that Detroit is insolvent and eligible for bankruptcy:Judge Steven W. Rhodes of the United[...]
B-Daddy 11/30/2013 9:00:03 AM We have been doing some road-tripping lately and it reminded me of all the times I hit the road when I was in the Navy. In the day, The Boss was on my favorite cassettes. Here are two of my favorites to drive to: Sherry Darling. Cadillac Ranch.
Dear Readers: Per our promise last month, Silvio Canto Jr. and I will be chatting with Legal Insurrection's Mandy Nagy. She will be giving us her latest update on the Obamacare exchange website and other, related news. Join us this Thursday (click HERE at 7 pm PST/9 pm CT/10 pm EST for live show, or later podcast). Legal Insurrection Editor, Mandy Nagy From the Legal Insurrection files:Security breach at UW Medicine affects 90,000 patientsThe personal information of approximately 90,000 patients of Harborview Medical Center and University of Washington Medical Center, which are part of UW Medicine, has reportedly been compromised as the result of a malware attack that affected a facility computer that stored[...]
Dear Readers: It's another look at military history withe fellow San Diego blogger Barry Jacobsen/Deadliest Blogger. Barry will be joining Silvio Canto Jr., and I on Canto Talk this Thursday (Nov. 21, 7 pm PST/9 pm CT/10 pm EST - click here for podcast or archived show).As week look to the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination, it seems timely to look another event that impacted the rest of the decadethe start of America's involvement in the Vietnam War.Barry has a great write-up at his Facebook Military History Page, and those interested in great information exchanges on the subject should check it out.TODAY IN HISTORY, NOVEMBER 14: THE 7TH CAVALRY AVOIDS A SECOND LITTLE BIG HORN AS AMERICAN FORCES ENGAGE IN THE FIRST[...]
Doo Doo Econ Thursday, November 14, 2013 11:02 AM Doo Doo Economics are the policies of overspending, printing money, neglecting the key economics issues, bad science and promoting entitlement programs which all add up to higher taxes during a recession and economic unsustainablility.
If you hate politics, this latest speech by President Obama isn't going to help the situation. Due to the problems with the ObamaCare disaster, he has unilaterally decided that you can keep your insurance plan until the 2014 election. It is a brazen political move that shows a complete lack of compassion."Already, people who have plans that predate the affordable care act can keep those plan if they havent changed. That was already in the law. That is what is called a "Grandfather clause" and it was included in the law.Today, we are going to extend that principal both to people whose plans HAVE changed since the law took effect and to people who bought plans since the law took effect.So, State Insurance[...]
With all the discussion, no one in the media is explaining why insurance companies supported ObamaCare. The progressive-socialist vision is of a health care system without "greedy" insurance companies. The president on many occasions called ObamaCare a "transitional step" toward government run "single payer" health care. So, why did insurance companies support a law designed to destroy their industry? They were promised an unaccountable system ripe for massive fraud. The U.S. Government Accountability Office estimates that $1 out of every $7 spent on Medicare is fraud.GAO has designated Medicare and Medicaid as high-risk programs, in part due to their susceptibility to improper paymentsestimated to[...]
It seems a long time since the attacks on 9/11/2001; and it seems like yesterday. Thats a trick your mind plays on you with traumatic memories: putting a healing distance between then and now, all the while indelibly imprinting the memory so it always seems fresh; easily recalled as clearly today as when it occurred.In 2001 I was living in Michigan, a business man who worked out of his home office. That morning, I got my coffee and walked down to my office. It was just a few minutes before 9am on a crystal clear autumn morning. My office had a large window, and as I sipped my coffee I looked out at squirrels playing on my lawn.As always, I turned on my computer. Back then, Yahoo was my Homepage. As it booted-up, I glanced[...]
That was then, this is now.Then there wasa Republican President. Then Democrat Presidential Candidate Obama said:Obama:The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation. - Interview with Charlie Savage of theBoston Globe,December 20, 2007Now President Obama seems prepared to take military action against Syria, without even seeking the authorization by the United Nations or Congress.Then a certain DemocratSenator from Delaware threatened:The president has no constitutional authority to take this country to war against a country of 70 million people unless were attacked or unless there is[...]
divinryan 3/5/2013 6:10:42 PM Here:In sum, Holders attempt to make this all seem normal and common should insult anyone with the most basic understanding of American law. As The New York Times put it when first confirming the assassination program in April, 2010:The Obama administration has taken the extraordinary step of authorizing the targeted killing of an American citizen. . . .It is extremely rare, if not unprecedented, for an American to be approved for targeted killing, officials said. A former senior legal official in the administration of George W. Bush said he did not know of any American who was approved for targeted killing under the former president. To date, not a single such citizen has been identified.As always, the most important[...]
This blog doesn't get a lot of traffic, so I pay attention to those posts that do. Most of the all-time favorites are ones that have been featured in other, higher-traffic blogs, like one on Walmart and the DHS that made it onto some kind of right-wing e-mail list and one on collective bargaining that was featured on Mish's site. One post that has gotten consistent readership and strange little spikes (e.g. 260 pageviews this last month despite being two years old) is my review of Ill Fares the Land by Tony Judt. The book is a defense of socialism and was recommended to me by a leftist college (biology) professor. He read it for his professors' book club. No doubt it's assigned reading in many classes around the[...]
First a big thanks to Leslie Eastman, the most link generous blogger I know, fellow SLOB and now frequent contributor to College and Legal Insurrection. She tells a good story and makes a big effort to pull together the thoughts and posts of other bloggers. She's been quoting my e-mails and throwing me links in her posts, which makes me remiss in not posting something new here.WARNING: this post has no conclusion. Its just a description of an intellectual journey half over. Call it a thematic compendium of book blurbs. Where did we go wrong? This question has been bothering me for years. We started out with a near perfect system of government, as close as could have been achieved given the knowledge of the[...]
If I have to pull one more person off the ledge today Im going to start pushing. Honestly, people I thought we were all about strength and American Values...why is everyone acting like they got kicked in the balls?We, as Americans, collectively let Progressivism fester for over a century...and the chickens have come home to roost. Did anyone really think we would make up all that lost ground in four years? Wake-up call: its going to take generationsSo do what Progressives have done forever, get back on the damn horse and start infiltrating our schools, government, media and pop culture trends. Sidebar: you selfish isolationists who are home schooling because you dont want to have to deal with socialist[...]
Its not every day a spaceship rolls down Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd in Southwest Los Angels.In fact, it only happens once in a lifetime.About 12:30pm yesterday I decided that my kids could not miss the one and only chance to see the Space Shuttle Endeavor travel through the streets of LA to its final home at the California Science Center in Exposition Park. Without my husband (who was working), I grabbed my 4 and 6 year-olds, printed a map of the route, turned on KFIAM 640 in Los Angeles and headed into the great unknown...as Ive never explored that region East of USC (I lived in Long Beach for 15 years before becoming a country girl). As we exited off the 110 onto Vernon to feel our way parallel to[...]
Leslie Eastman A quintessentially American lunch item is the peanut butter & jelly sandwich. Yet, one principal has a unique perspective on this lunch staple.Did you know that eating or even talking about a peanut butter and jelly sandwich could be considered racist?Thats right.Apparently, its because people in some cultures dont eat sandwich bread. Verenice Gutierrez, principal of Harvey Scott K-8 School in Portland explained in an interview with the Portland Tribune:Take the peanut butter sandwich, a seemingly innocent example a teacher used in a lesson last school year, the Tribune said.What about Somali or Hispanic students, who might not eat sandwiches? Gutierrez asked. Another way would be to say: Americans eat peanut butter and[...]
Leslie Eastman A new book details campus and community hazards of thriving party school culture, and complacency of administrators who fail to address it.Allie Grasgreen of Inside Higher Ed interviews the author of Party School: Crime, Campus, and Community, Karen G. Weiss (an associate professor of sociology at West Virginia University). Weiss details the extensive and toxic party culture on these campuses and explains how and why its allowed to exist.Weiss blames not just the students who feel entitled to get wasted and steal street signs, or who explain away drunken sexual assaults as just stuff that happens, but also the administrators who fail to do anything significant about it. Q: Let's start at the end. You talk in the book about[...]