Saturday, March 02, 2019

Waiting to see if the weather weenies are right

about what's blowing in, this data is much more pleasant to contemplate


At least it is to idiots.
The 2015 recommendation meant that wages among fast-food restaurant workers in New York City would rise to $15 an hour by December 2018. A survey published near the end of 2018 found “76.50% of full service restaurant respondents reduced employee hours, and 36.30% eliminated jobs in 2018 … 75% of limited service restaurant respondents report that they will reduce employee hours, and 53.10% will eliminate jobs in 2019 as a result of mandated wage increases that took effect on December 31, 2018. … When the tip wage increased 50% in 2015, and since doubled, annual employment growth dropped from 6.67% to less than 1% as of November 2018.”
Take an industry that generally operates on a VERY small margin, and order them to raise wages so you can tell people "I'm saving you!"  And expect anything other than this to happen.

Well done, Gov. Howler!  I imagine your next speech will be telling the restaurant owners they're unfeeling bastards that you'll go after for daring to try to stay in business.

Hey, the New Red Guard needs a list of counterrevolutionaries and backsliders,

otherwise they won't be sure who to attack.

Except the non-believers.  And doubters.  And anyone else who gets in the way.

At some point a bunch of people are going to get tired of being threatened by this socialist asshat, and it's going to get kind of sporty among the Evil Party.

Looks like the leftists dreamy hero in Canada has really stepped in it

2. Trudeau was detonated today by his former Attorney General, Jody Wilson-Raybould, Canada's first Aboriginal A-G. She just testified in Parliament, in meticulous detail, how Trudeau and his staff tried to get her to drop criminal charges against a corrupt company that he liked.

3. She refused to bend the law for Trudeau's cronies. But they didn't stop. Trudeau; his chief of staff; his principal secretary; even the finance minister. They met her ten times, phoned her ten more. trying to get the charges dropped. She wouldn't. So Trudeau fired her as A-G.

4. The story leaked out earlier this month, but it was all anonymous sources. The former A-G herself didn't say a word, saying she was bound by attorney-client privilege and cabinet confidences. She was effectively gagged; so Trudeau was the only one talking.

5. Trudeau took advantage of her enforced silence to claim she supported him and everything was fine. After all, when he fired her as A-G, he appointed her to the minor post of veterans minister. When she heard him make that boast, she quit as veterans minister. He was shocked.

7. Wilson-Raybould still didn't say anything publicly. She hired a retired Supreme Court judge as her lawyer, to advise her on what she could say. Under pressure, the Liberal dominated Parliamentary committee invited her to testify, and Trudeau grudgingly waived some privilege.

8. So today she testified. In great detail. Exactly who pressured her. Exactly how. Exactly when. She named names. Including the prime minister himself. Here's her statement:

We'll see what happens.

Friday, March 01, 2019

I think this March counts as 'in like a lion',

if the lion is cold, miserable, and has ice on his mane.  Definitely inside weather, so:

And, while the anti-rights people are screaming 'Gun crime epidemic!' as their excuse, remember:

they lie.  It's what they do.
...In the report, the FBI said robberies, murders, non-negligent manslaughters, burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft, and aggravated assaults were all down in that time period. However, it also found rape increased slightly.

The FBI report found violent crime decreased by 4.3 percent between 2017 and 2018. That represents a significant drop compared with last year when violent crime was down only by 0.8 percent.

What you have to remember is the Democrats LIKE the abuses,

they encourage them.  And if you disagree, then explain to me why they shelter the BATFEIEIO from the consequences of horrible violations of law and ethics.

Of course, most of the dead bodies connected to Fast & Furious(and the other gunrunning schemes most of the media never cared about) are brown people in Mexico so far, and hey, any sacrifice for the Cause, right?

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Of course it's still bad; blood dancers NEVER want to give up

on a puddle.  This one caused the NYeffingTimes to develop a whole new category of 'white hispanic' just so they could keep pushing the Preferred Narrative™ alive.

Winchester has a recall on some .38 Special ammo

Olin Winchester, LLC (“Winchester”) is recalling three (3) lots of 38 Special 130 Grain Full Metal Jacket centerfire ammunition.

Symbol: USA38SPVP

Lot Numbers: KF21, KL30 and KM52

Winchester has determined the above lots of 38 Special ammunition may contain incorrect powder charges. Ammunition with excessive powder charges may cause firearm damage, rendering it inoperable, and subjecting the shooter and bystanders to a risk of serious personal injury or death.

DO NOT USE WINCHESTER® 38 SPECIAL 130 GRAIN SYMBOL USA38SPVP WITH LOT NUMBERS KF21, KL30 or KM52. The ammunition Lot Number is ink stamped inside the right tuck flap of the 100-round carton as indicated here. The symbol is printed above the UPC bar code.
Contact information for Winchester at the link

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Yeah, we know who the racists are

“Just to make a note, Mr. Chairman, just because someone has a person of color, a black person working for them does not mean they aren’t racist,” Tlaib said. “It is insensitive — some would even say it’s the fact that someone would actually use a prop, a black woman, in this chamber, in this committee, is alone racist in itself.”
When Tlaib attempted to clarify, she dug herself a deeper hole, claiming that Meadows committed a "racist act" but she wasn't actually calling him a racist. (She sounded an awful lot like Cohen, who declared earlier in the hearing that although he had lied, that didn't make him a liar.)
Tlaib is a shithead. 

And then we have this from the head of the Committee:
Cummings concluded the hearing with an angry speech, declaring that Congress is "better than this."
Says one of the dickheads who lied and claimed the Tea Party called him racist names after Obamacare was shoved through.  Who said the only reason anyone cared about Gunwalker was because the President and AG were black.

No, Cummings, it isn't; because you and clowns like you have made it this way.  I hope you choke on it.

OK is now a Constitutional-carry state

The usual suspects are wailing and moaning(have been since the bill came up in the House) as expected.  Which is a little entertaining, except for crap like this:
“We should be concerned with AK’s and AR’s and semi-automatic weapons that have the capacity to inflict mass shootings that we have seen at a national level, on a massive scale,” said Senator Carri Hicks (D) Oklahoma City.
Which has not one damn thing to do with carry of handguns, but apparently she just can't help herself.  I'll note that she's one of the "I'm a gun owner, BUT-" politicians to start with.

Remember that bloody mess in Waco where all the bikers were arrested,

some killed, and none of the crap from the authorities would add up?

If it wasn't sure before, a bunch of officials belong behind bars for their part in this.
This week the whole case continued its painfully slow unraveling, as three more bikers, the last still facing that first set of indictments, saw their cases dismissed. A team of special prosecutors eventually assigned to the case declared that the initial mass arrests seemed, in the words of one of them, Brian Roberts, "simply a shoot-first-ask-questions-later mentality....I can't imagine what (former McLennan County DA) Abel Reyna was thinking other than this was a big case and it was somehow going to be beneficial for him or his office," the Waco Tribune reports.

Roberts went on to echo the critiques against the Waco prosecution heard by many lawyers and media watchers over the years: Namely, that the bogus arrests hung over so many people's heads for far too long. "I do have a very serious problem as a lawyer with the wholesale charging of people without an investigation....It is just patently offensive to me. Justice is the sword and the shield. You had a number of folks who never should have been charged and whose lives have been turned upside down unnecessarily, and that is something you can't change. You can't take back what has happened over the last four years."
If there was ever a case for dumping qualified immunity, this is it.  Make the bastards pay damages out of their own pockets.  And, if at all possible, put the bastards behind bars for what they did.

"We've got to discourage those people from home-schooling!

Their results make the public schools look bad, and the kids don't get indoctrinated properly!"
And the teachers unions, who give all that money, hate school choice and home schooling.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The lamp is pretty much dead,

long live the lamp.  Or something like that.

What made me a believer in LED lamps was my porch light.  That sucker ate bulbs on a fairly regular basis; I've seen name-brand bulbs die in as little as a week.  So when I ran across some new-to-me LEDs at a store one day, I decided to give it a try: much more expensive than standards, but if I didn't have to keep climbing up to change the things it'd be worth it.

So a 60-watt lamp went in.

That was about six years ago, and it's been on most of that time.  It's still burning, but over the last couple of months it's become dim.  VERY dim.  So it was replaced the other day with a new one.  Same output, but the newer is smaller and lighter.

I don't know how many hours it works out to, but it was worth every penny.

Sounds like a good idea to me,

no matter how much the cop union hates it.
Recent incidents of police officers turning off their body cams have state lawmakers taking actions. Some wish to see officers being charged with felonies if they turn off their body cameras in bad faith.
Hardaway is now talking about a proposed bill that would make it a felony offense for an officer to turn off or disable a recording device with the intent to obstruct justice. 

This comes after two Memphis Police officers were suspended last week for turning off their body cams after the chase and shooting of Martavious Banks in September.
Whole idea of the cameras is that there'll be some actual record of what happened; it may not be complete/perfect, but it'll be far better than nothing.

So why objections?
Sgt. Matt Cunningham with the Memphis Police Association says Memphis officers are already worrying about everything going on with a scene and dealing with a possible criminal prosecution, is just too much. 

"To add one more stressor to officers, we've had a lot of officers say this would be the straw that would break the camel's back, and they would find another line of work," said Cunningham.
At this point, I have to say 'Tough shit, guy'.  The cameras are there for two reasons:
To prove honest cops innocent when they're accused of crap they didn't do,
To at least greatly lower the chances of bad cops continuing to get away with corrupt actions.
For cops to deliberately turn the cameras off during a contact/incident is seen as happening for one reason: because dirty cops don't want that record to exist of what they're doing.  And you don't want that to be a crime because, why?

As to the 'add one more stressor' excuse, how the hell is 'Leave the cameras turned on' doing that?

Believe it or not, I don't want to make the job of honest cops harder, but I'm also damned sick of the excuses made for the corrupt ones.  And, let's be honest: this would require the prosecutors to actually charge them, history indicates it's going to take something really major to make them do that.  Which is another level of bullshit that needs to end.

A: if this is a surprise to anyone, you weren't paying attention

to all the crap uncovered a few years back.
In the latest explosive twist to the Obama administration’s deadly “Fast and Furious” gun-running scandal, one of the key whistleblowers has now identified the FBI as a crucial player in the infamous 2010 murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
People were trying to get this paid attention to years back; most of our Professional Media did their best to ignore it, and when they couldn't they dismissed it as a 'crime-fighting tactic that went bad'.  Because they're Democrat operatives with bylines, and they liked the idea of trying to destroy the 2nd Amendment, no matter how many eggs had to be broken.

B: Republican lawmakers have long been sounding off about Fast and Furious SOME have; the rest are a bunch of ball-less, useless asshats. If they actually gave a damn, and HAD any balls, this could've been sorted out in the past couple of years.  Y'know, when the Stupid Party held both houses of Congress?

Question: is there a time it's best not to bother asking a politician a question?

I've mentioned not getting a response from people running for city council when I asked their opinion on 'Red Flag' laws(asked on their Bookface pages).  Since there've been cases around the country of councils asking for/pushing such laws, I thought it reasonable to ask.

Well, the other day, several weeks after the election, I got a response from one guy:
My understanding is this issue is a state and federal matter.

As Councilperson-Elect, I’m concerned right now with access to desperately needed mental health services in our city.

Which I find troublesome.  It seems to be "I'm not going to answer your question, but here's something that concerns me".

Am I overthinking this?

'Will what weapon you use in self-defense harm you in court?'

Some places I wouldn't doubt it.  Others, not so much.  This is a study that used mock juries and played "What affects their decision?" with different weapons, and with either men or women.  Some interesting results.

Monday, February 25, 2019

One more fake hate crime

America sucks so bad that you have to create your own hate crime.

I am supremely pissed at this one.  Bad enough to fake a hate crime(read the whole thing for the apparent reasons), but this piece of shit set fire to the house with the pets inside...

Any sacrifice for the Cause, right?

I'm going to stop typing now, because I'm getting really upset.

And the Stalinist-minded little bitch starts showing what she really is:

Our boss.  Because Comrade Commissar bosses around all the little comrades, right?

She's also deciding that the little comrades shouldn't reproduce.  Bad for Globular Climates Changes, right?

And just to make all this even more fun,
She has no district office and no local phone number, unlike the state’s three other freshman members.

And it’s unclear whether the 29-year-old lawmaker, who represents the Bronx and Queens, actually still lives in the Parkchester neighborhood that has been so closely tied to her rise — even though she won her upset victory over fellow Democrat Rep. Joe Crowley with accusations that his home in Virginia made him too Washington-focused to serve his district.
Say it again, folks: "It's different when WE do it!"  Etc.  Although if you consider that all that neighborhood meant to her was a way to get into Congress, well, why would she want those commoners annoying her by trying to get in contact with her?  After all, they demonstrated by their upset at her helping drive Amazon out that they don't think the way they should, so who wants to have to deal with them on a daily basis?

I think this nasty little twit is in for some big, nasty surprises.

Every so often a leftist finds out what not being in the leftist bubble

really means.  They don't like it.  And some of them have the balls to decide "This shit is bad, and I don't have to be part of it."
...Before interviewing Yiannopoulos, I thought he was a nasty attention-whore, but I wanted to do a neutral piece on him that simply put the facts out there.
Emphasis mine.  He thought being an actual reporter was a good thing.  He apparently hadn't paid attention to what the left thinks of actual reporters.

After the story posted online in the early hours of Sept. 21, I woke up to more than 100 Twitter notifications on my iPhone. Trolls were calling me a Nazi, death threats rolled in and a joke photo that I posed for in a burka served as “proof” that I am an Islamophobe.

I’m not.

Most disconcertingly, it wasn’t just strangers voicing radical discontent. Personal friends of mine — men in their 60s who had been my longtime mentors — were coming at me. They wrote on Facebook that the story was “irresponsible” and “dangerous.” A dozen or so people unfriended me. A petition was circulated online, condemning the magazine and my article. All I had done was write a balanced story on an outspoken Trump supporter for a liberal, gay magazine, and now I was being attacked. I felt alienated and frightened.
As the saying goes: Welcome to the party, pal.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

'Elite' program... people keep using that word, I do not think it means

what they think it does.
My students are generally pleasant, but they’re never any fun. Where’s the joy in their lives? They live to denounce. It’s like having 25 Robespierres around you three times a week. They’re always on the lookout for something to be outraged about. I’m never surprised when I hear that rates of sexual activity have decreased. It’s hard to imagine them letting their guard down for one second to cherish the company of someone else. What on earth will the romantic comedy films of the future be like? Zooming in on phone screens as two people exchange sexual consent notices on an app?

In the coming weeks I have to make a decision about whether to keep teaching in this elite program, and I doubt I’ll return. The non-elite kids at least have a sense of humor, a sense of joy. I’m not sure at what point we made elite education negative and puritanical, but take it from this professor: it sure isn’t any fun.

Professor. Professional Academic.

Police cited a University of Nebraska- Lincoln professor Tuesday for three counts of vandalizing political signs after fingerprints left on the signs matched up with hers.
Hill has a history of previous politically motivated convictions. She received charges of destruction of property with intent and disorderly conduct in January 2018 and October 2017, respectively, in addition to the three counts of vandalism Hill is charged with this time, according to 1011 Now.
Wonder how much people are being charged to pay this clown?