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A Slow Clap for the Social Justice Warriors

Posted by V the K at 8:03 pm - January 5, 2015.
Filed under: Economy

Michigan’s Republican legislature and Republican governor just raised the state’s minimum wage because it was just easier to cave into progessivism than to explain to voters why raising the minimum wage was a bad idea. (And, besides, big business likes the minimum wage because it eliminates smaller competitors.)

As a result, a non-profit restaurant that helped struggling people at the bottom of the safety net is closing its doors and laying off its employees.

Mr. Mosley’s popular restaurant was a nonprofit and served as a training tool for participants in Life Challenge of Michigan, a nondenominational, faith-based organization he directs. Life Challenge, Mr. Mosley told me, is a refuge for people who have “bottomed out,” often due to alcohol and substance abuse. After a six-month period of detox and spiritual education, the program shifts to focus on practical skills, like building a budget, finding a job, and keeping a daily routine.

That’s what the restaurant helped provide. The staff at Tastes of Life was made up of recovering addicts, recently incarcerated individuals and others who would have a hard time landing a job elsewhere. Mr. Mosley explained that on-the-job offenses for which an employee would have been “gone that day” in a traditional work setting were instead used as training opportunities at Tastes of Life.

The restaurant had lost money in the past, and Mr. Mosley subsidized the operation through Life Challenge. But with the higher wage costs, the arrangement was no longer feasible, and Tastes of Life closed on Sept. 28. (The news was first reported in the Hillsdale Collegian.)

Yeah, raisin’ the minimum wage; real compassionate of you social justice warriors.

Alpha Female Seeks Beta Male

Posted by V the K at 7:53 pm - January 5, 2015.
Filed under: Sex Difference

So even though “A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle,” sometimes, a fish just wants a bicycle; especially after the fish gets into her thirties and all of the other fish have gotten their bicycles, and the remaining bicycles are rapidly losing interest. A feminist has written an article advising feminists how to find a man who doesn’t mind being in a relationship where he is regarded as inferior and non-essential.

Lisa Bonos (@lisabonos) has published a column headlined “How to find a feminist boyfriend” that reads like an Onion parody:
“I find it really attractive how successful you are,” my date said, leaning in for a kiss.
Sure, it sounds like a line. But it also sounds like feminism. . . .

(No, it’s a line. Trust me.)

Anyway. I think I found her one o’ them male feminists.


Corruption Will Not Be Tolerated… Unless it is massive and benefits leftists

Posted by V the K at 11:08 am - January 5, 2015.
Filed under: Chicago Politics

Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is about to be sentenced after being convicted of doing a relatively minor favor (making a phone call) to a sketchy businessman who showered the Republican governor and his wife with gifts of clothing, jewelry, and home improvements.

The Obama “Justice” Department brought the indictment, and the Obama “Justice” Department prosecutor is seeking ten years. Was the prosecution politically motivated? Absolutely. Was McDonnell guilty? Yes. Should he be punished? Yes.

Having stipulated that, it seems pretty obvious that if McDonnell should face time in the cold stony for making a phone call to a state agency after receiving a few thousand dollars in gifts, then what about Barack Obama steering billions of taxpayer dollars into businesses run by political cronies who donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to his campaign? Or, the Obama administration awarding key policy positions to executives from Goldman-Sachs after receiving hundreds of thousands in campaign contributions? Or how about Mrs. Hillary Clinton, bopping around the country giving speeches at $300,000 a pop that everybody knows are actually campaign contributions? What about MSDNC host and Obama Advisor Al Sharpton, who owes over $3 million in back taxes? I don’t see the Obama DoJ or IRS going after him.

As long as the Justice Department is staffed with Democrat hacks, they will continue to go after Republicans over small potatoes corruption, while ignoring the big corruption at the top of the Democrat Party. And the Democrat Party loyalists will be okay with this as long as those engaging in corruption support gay marriage and transgender rights, mouth all of the politically correct racial platitudes, and express unquestioning belief in the doctrine of global warming.

This is how Republics descend into despotism.

The NYTimes Solves the Economy

Posted by V the K at 10:51 am - January 5, 2015.
Filed under: Economy

The New York Times praises Government spending as the panacea for all that ails the economy.

On the front of today’s New York Times business section is a remarkable—or should I say remarkably unremarkable—news article whose entire premise, unchallenged in the course of 1,341 words and input from 10 sources, is that more government spending is a very good thing because it leads to more government jobs and therefore helps the economy. Hooray!

Increased Government spending does in fact cause growth in GDP — because Government spending is a *component* of the GDP. Which is like saying “I made 80,000 last year, but I ran up 20,000 in credit card debt, therefore, I made 100,000 dollars last year.”

But, according to the economists at the New York Times, confiscating the earnings of productive people and lavishing them on the unproductive via a Government intermediary is the ideal path to economic growth and prosperity and Government can grow indefinitely without any adverse consequences.

I can’t shake the feeling that this system may have been tried elsewhere.