K.O.O.K.S. Part 3

31 07 2011

Is there anything more deadly in this world than a soccer goal?

UPDATE 8/4:  K.O.O.K.S. victorious in Illinois.

Related: K.O.O.K.S, K.O.O.K.S. Part 2


The Sky Didn’t Fall

31 07 2011

In Michigan, or in any other state that adopted permit-based CCW.

The Detroit Free Press takes the tenth anniversary of “shall issue” CCW in Michigan to lampoon the doomsdayers and doomsayers and the sky-will-fallers.  That was relatively sane compared to the same milieu in Florida in the run-up to it get getting CCW quite a number of years ago — Some cops in the state were predicting such tragedy and disaster that they wanted the state to buy them machine guns, based on the curious theory that someone who would go to a building full of cops to get a license to carry a concealed handgun would turn right around and want to mow down a bunch of cops.

The sad part is that all these whacked out nuts still have jobs in spite of how wrong they were, and how wrong we knew they would be in the long run.  You’re hard pressed even get something that sounds like a public apology or a mea culpa or even a “WTF was wrong with us” out of these people.

A map accompanies this article, showing the relative permit popularity per county, in terms of number of adults per permit issued.  It is a reverse metric, in that the lower the number, the higher is the permit rate.  It is not surprising that CCW is most popular in Metro Detroit counties not named Wayne and Washtenaw, and counties in the northern LP and in most of the UP.  Even in Wayne County, the permit rate is very close to state average, though since Wayne is Michigan’s most populous county, it heavily determines the state average.  What is a mystery is the low permit rate in Kent and Ottawa Counties (Grand Rapids, Holland) — Heavily Dutch Western Michigan is probably the reddest part of the state.  There has to be a local factor at work.

Part Time Hater

31 07 2011

Louisiana Record:

A field specialist for Tulane University has filed a lawsuit that claims he lost his job due to racial discrimination.

Claiming violations of his civil rights, Bruce Mears, who is caucasian, filed suit against Tulane University on July 27 in federal court in New Orleans.

Mears was hired by the University in September 2006 as a salaried employed until January 2008, when he became an hourly employee.

He states his supervisor, an African American female, only allowed him to bill 37.5 hours per week, even if he worked overtime. The supervisor is accused of forging Mears’ signature on a time sheet. Mears states that he worked an extra project at the request of his supervisor in June and July 2009 but he was later told that due to budget restraints, he would not be paid overtime wages but be allowed to use the time as comp time. After he filed a complaint with the EEOC in 2010, he received his overtime pay.

Mears states he was forced to resign to avoid further discrimination, retaliation and the hostile work environment.

The defendant is accused of racial employment discrimination, discharge on the basis of race, conspiring to discharge on the basis of race, disparate application of work assignment and rules, retaliation for complaining about disparate treatment and discrimination and the disparate application of policies and procedures on the basis of race.

The plaintiff is seeking damages for emotional distress, mental anguish, loss of earnings, loss of benefits, interest, attorney’s fees and court costs.

I don’t doubt his race discrimination claims are true, but the angle about 37.5 hours a week is interesting.  They very likely did this to keep him a “part-timer” not eligible for benefits.  At the same time, most of these schools are swimming in money, and most of the Republocrats in government want dump even more money on them.  In spite of that, there isn’t any money to make white men full time employees, and there isn’t any money for various degree programs in hard sciences.  Yet, diversity gets fully funded.

Fun With Sunday Headlines

31 07 2011

Washington Times:  Catholic church calls for tax increases, fewer spending cuts in debt debate

More revenue now:  End tax breaks for wealthy religious institutions.

Lew Rockwell:  There’s a Lesson Here

The lesson is that libkooks would rather buy an iSomething than willingly pay more in taxes.

Yahoo:  10 Reasons Not to Buy an iPad for Students

The 11th reason is that the Samsung Galaxy Tab is a lot better.

P-D:  Rzepczynski, Dotel set for roles with Cardinals

The former should take $250 from his first Cardinals check and buy a vowel.

5:  Free pot for those who register to vote

Potheads…known for their mental clarity and stellar decision making.

American Thinker:  I Won in an Historic Landslide and All I Got Was This Lousy Rounding Error

Here’s a rounding question that you’ll have to solve in a few years:  I have eight hundred dollar bills.  A loaf of bread costs $599.  Do I have enough to buy the loaf of bread after the 38% sales tax and the 14% global warming surtax?

P-D:  40 Illinois mayors urge increase in nation’s debt ceiling

You mean they found time to sign the resolution in between all their creditors calling them begging them to pay their own credit cards?

Tech Republic:  The future of IT will be reduced to three kinds of jobs

Native born white Americans will be able to do zero of the three.

Sunday Wrap-Up

31 07 2011

*  It’ll probably be on AR tomorrow, but you can read it today.

*  A person born the day MetroLink opened can now vote as of today.  Tempus really does freakin fugit.

The operative word here is “history,” i.e. in the past.  Much like the concept of a vibrant and expanding working middle class.

Lazy Clay?  Corrupt?  Naw, get outta town!  Could it be the libs at the P-D are like the libs at the Arch City Chronicle, all of a sudden upset that the entire city will be in Clay’s district?  I bet they’re running stories like this to encourage a white liberal primary challenger to Clay next August.

Chicago MSM deliberately edits the picture of an “innocent boy shot by the evil white raciss po-leeceseses,” SCC does the un-cropping.  Let me guess, these Chicago MSM sources bitched and whined about Breitbart’s accidental and irrelevant (though ultimately counterproductive) cropping of the Sherrod video last year.

You could probably fill in the blanks yourself, but just in case you’re that oblivious, here is George Clinton’s Wikipedia entry.

*  Something not way too obvious jumps out at me when I look at this map — The Census Bureau is way too generous when it comes to putting counties into metropolitan areas.  You’d think that almost the whole country east of a line from Duluth to San Antonio is just one big city, and that all of Arizona and California is nothing but one big concrete jungle.  In reality, Census should use the concept of “urbanized footprint,” which can be done because the East-West Gateway Council of Governments, St. Louis’s MPO, knows how to do it and utilizes it.

And this is new news?  This has been the American story since at least 1900.  But this story can be summarized with these words — Anyone with any sort of “get up and go” is “getting up and leaving” the kinds of places where it’s not wise to stay.

A trillion dollar coin to pay off our national debt.  Cool — Except if you do that, it’ll soon take five of them to buy a Coke out of a vending machine.

*  No kidding.  Just who starts and peddles these myths about heroic journalists?  Answer:  Journalists.

Oh, and by the way — Richard Nixon brought down Richard Nixon.

*  When Shit Backfires:  President Obama’s Twitter account (I bet we’re paying someone six figures to send out all “his” Tweets) lost 36,000 followers once it started in on tweeting the Twitter account names of Republican politicians that he wanted his drones to spam with Obama propaganda.  I’d like to think that 36,000 people unfollowed him for that — Unfortunately, Obama has so many followers that 36,000 out of the millions he has is probably a rounding error.

*  Flawed premise:  It’s kinda hard to fake the existence of a human being.  You can dicker around over the value of clothes you donated to the homeless shelter, but a kid is either there or not.

It’s about time.  Now hopefully they’ll have sense enough to use it on the kind of people who actually have do-badder proclivities.

I’d adopt this kitten if I could.  She will probably be the sweetest cat anyone could ever have.  But, because she was born with an unfortunate discoloration, and because the particular human political division in which she was born is pathologically obsessed with a long dead and discredited German dictator, the kitten was abandoned, fortunately found and put in an animal shelter, but still unwanted.  Ironically, the particular regime which this dictator led was the first in modern history to pass animal welfare laws.  And sadly ironic in the other direction would it be if this kitten is euthanized for the lack of human interest.

Ancillary Expenses

30 07 2011

Jet setter.

He has had all of one hit record, and that was when he was 17.  If you didn’t know he had a hit record, then be of good cheer — 2008 Presidential gadfly Mike Gravel does.

And just what does every teenage one-hit wonder do when he turns 21?  He gives himself the birthday present of a $35 million private jet, and another $20 million on top of that to pimp his ride (or should that be fly?)

First off, I wonder how he can either have or leverage $55 million based on his one hit.  But the bigger issue is this — A private jet is expensive to operate and maintain.  I presume that Mr. Way doesn’t have pilot license, so he’ll have to hire someone that does.  The FAA makes you do so much maintenance on aviation-worthy craft that a typical production automobile would easily last three decades if you treated it that way.  And fuel?  I’ve never had the pleasure of gassing up a private jet, but I think I know enough to assure you that you can’t do it at the 87 octane pump at Quik Trip.

He better come up with a few more hit records, otherwise he’ll be bankrupt before his own odometer rolls over to the next number.


By the way, where’s the condemnation from that certain politician who could do nothing but drone on about private jets in the last several weeks?

Humble Pie: Tastes Like Rhubarb

30 07 2011

I wrote during the campaign season last year that she’d bug out the first time she was pressed on the flag issue.

Yeah, well, I just cut myself a big phat slice.  The only thing that makes eating it tolerable is that she’s on the right side on such an important issue.

Still, I don’t want her to be President.