Tuesday, June 30, 2015

American Left: do as we say, not as we do..or, else.

KATHERINE TIMPF reporting for the National Review:

The advocacy group Working America posted a job listing on Facebook looking for grassroots organizers willing to start campaigns pushing for a $15 minimum wage — for $12.25 per hour. 

The fact that the job paid less than the hoped-for federal standard came to light after a Facebook user named Cody McLaughlin replied to the listing, asking whether the group would be paying its own organizers the wage it was hiring them to advocate for.

 He received the following reply (via IJ Review): Hi, Cody! Our field organizing positions start at $12.25 per hour. After 90 days of employment the pay increases to $15 per hour. If you are interested in learning more about the job details, please contact us at 503-331-5800. Thanks! 

McLaughlin responded by asking, “So you want people to #FightFor15 for 12.25/hour?”

LINK:  aren't Lefties just too cute?

Monday, June 29, 2015

Latest on California's seismic outlook


The San Andreas system in Northern California consists of five major branches with an overall length of about 1,25O miles. 

Experts say there is a 99 percent chance of a magnitude-6.7 earthquake or larger in the next 30 years in California because of the number of fault lines in the region.

The San Andreas Fault that forms the tectonic boundary between the Pacific Plate and the North American Plate is the biggest.


Compared to the previous assessment issued in 2008, UCERF2, the estimated rate of earthquakes around magnitude 6.7, the size of the destructive 1994 Northridge earthquake, has gone down by about 30 percent. 

The expected frequency of such events statewide has dropped from an average of one per 4.8 years to about one per 6.3 years.

However, in the new study, the estimate for the likelihood that California will experience a magnitude 8 or larger earthquake in the next 30 years has increased from about 4.7% for UCERF2 to about 7.0% for UCERF3.

'The new likelihoods are due to the inclusion of possible multi-fault ruptures, where earthquakes are no longer confined to separate, individual faults, but can occasionally rupture multiple faults simultaneously,' said lead author and USGS scientist Ned Field. 

Friday, June 19, 2015

Monty Python had our times figured out in 1979

Illegal aliens released by Obama's administration have killed 121

Stephen Dinan reporting for the Washington Times:
More than 100 immigrants whom the Obama administration released back into the community went on to be charged with subsequent killings, according to government data released Monday that raises more questions about whether immigration authorities are doing enough to detail illegal immigrants awaiting deportation.
In one case, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement acknowledged that its agents didn’t find out about an illegal immigrant’s death threats and court injunctions against him — which should have put him back in detention — until after the man was accused of murder.

We need more good people carrying guns, not fewer

Friday, May 29, 2015

Liberal, cop-hating mayors in New York and Baltimore have consequences

The double murder Thursday of a young mother and her 7-year-old boy brought Baltimore's bloody monthly homicide tally to 38, a figure that dwarfs that of similar-sized cities and even exceeds the total for the same period in New York.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Link:  murders in NYC and Charm City UPJennifer Jeffrey Browne, 31, and her seven-year-old son Kester "Tony" Browne

The murder rate is up 15% year over year since the uber-Lib De Blasio became mayor. Baltimore and New York are hemorrhaging blood. Why? Go ask their cop-hating, Liberal mayors.~~YOSSARIAN.

Loser in Chief presides over another poor Q1

Even if you leave out the first quarter of 2009—when the recession that started in December 2007 was still ongoing--President Barack Obama has presided over the lowest average first-quarter GDP growth of any president who has served since 1947, which is the earliest year for which the Bureau of Economic Analysis has calculated quarterly GDP growth. 

LINK:  loser

Not too far from the truth

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Bismarck sunk by the British on this day, 1941.


Link:  The Bismarck

"We want the law we fought hard for to apply to OTHER people"


Labor leaders, who were among the strongest supporters of the citywide minimum wage increase approved last week by the Los Angeles City Council, are advocating last-minute changes to the law that could create an exemption for companies with unionized workforces.

Link:  unions want exemption from law they fought for

Monday, May 4, 2015

ER visits up under Obamacare

Laura Ungar and Jayne O'Donnell, USA TODAY:

Three-quarters of emergency physicians say they've seen ER patient visits surge since Obamacare took effect — just the opposite of what many Americans expected would happen.
A poll released today by the American College of Emergency Physicians shows that 28% of 2,099 doctors surveyed nationally saw large increases in volume, while 47% saw slight increases. By contrast, fewer than half of doctors reported any increases last year in the early days of the Affordable Care Act.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

The 'Thin Blue Line' is under assault

Money is not the problem; a lack of traditional family structure is the problem

MICHAEL A. ROSENWALD and MICHAEL A. FLETHCER writing for the Washington Post: 
Along the street where Freddie Gray was arrested, abandoned houses are gashed with gaping holes. The roof on an old red-brick building is collapsed. A storm drain is clogged with concrete.
Sandtown-Winchester is crumbling, and there is little to suggest that two decades ago visionary developer James Rouse and city officials injected more than $130 million into the community in a failed effort to transform it. Instead there are block after block of boarded-up houses and too many people with little hope.
“It’s frustrating,” said Stefanie DeLuca, a Johns Hopkins University sociologist who has studied the neighborhood. “How much money would it take? It certainly seems on an instinctual level that $100 million should have made some difference.”
LINK:  Baltimore 
 I keep hearing Liberal politicians claim MORE money is needed to fix America's inner city problems. Really? Einstein's definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. In 1960, 33% of African-American children lived in single-parent families; in 2014 it was 62%. Baltimore City is second only to NYCity in per-child expenditures for public education. Money isn't the problem; a lack of traditional family structure is the problem.~~YOSSARIAN

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Leading charity and foundation evaluation group withdraws its Clinton Foundation rating

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Greed, gluttony and piggishness


RUTH MARCUS writing in the Washington Post:
As to the sloppiness, one problem, reported by The Post’s Rosalind S. Helderman and Tom Hamburger, involves a $500,000 gift from the government of Algeria that violated the agreement because the gift, from a new donor, was not submitted for review.
More odiferous: The check, for the undeniably worthy cause of earthquake relief in Haiti, came at a time when the Algerian government had dramatically ramped up its lobbying activities at State, where it was under pressure for human rights violations.
Did Clinton go soft on Algeria because it sent this check to her husband’s foundation? Did the foundation intentionally try to slip the check past the folks at State? I doubt it. Did Algeria give simply because its government was moved by the plight of the Haitian people? Pardon my cynicism.
Which brings us to greed, and the Yiddish word chazer. It means “pig ” but has a specific connotation of piggishness and gluttony. This is a chronic affliction of the Clintons, whether it comes to campaign fundraising (remember the Lincoln Bedroom?), compulsive speechifying (another six-figure check to speak at a public university?) or assiduous vacuuming-up of foundation donations from donors of questionable character or motives.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

California's health care exchange is in financial trouble

After two previous extensions, the open enrollment period for Covered California ends April 30. That deadline just might prove to be the tipping point for the state’s two-year-old health insurance exchange.
That’s because this is the year Covered California is supposed to become completely self-sustaining.
Indeed, there’s no more money coming from Washington after the state exhausts the $1.1 billion it received from the federal government to get the Obamacare exchange up and running. And state law prohibits Sacramento from spending any money to keep the exchange afloat.
That presents an existential crisis for Covered California, which is facing a nearly $80 budget deficit for its 2015-16 fiscal year. Although the exchange is setting aside $200 million to cover its near-term deficit, Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee acknowledged in December that there are questions about the “long-term sustainability of the organization.”

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Buy their cookies–they work hard for the sale

funny pictures and videos of the day

High Herselfery

Kevin Williamson writing in the National Review:

She’s a feminist who has served as very little other than an extension of her traditionally patriarchic, manipulative hound dog of a husband, elected to the Senate as a tribute to him, like some sad little Ma Ferguson of the New York suburbs. Her record in office has run from mediocrity in the Senate to catastrophe as secretary of state.

 But She has some feelings she’d like to share, some adventures in High Herselfery.

The entire op-ed here:  Herselfery

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Ravioli stuffed with tiny lost souls

Funny Tweet by Mark Pahlow accompanying this picture: "Baby stingrays look like raviolis stuffed with tiny lost souls. Just sayin'."