Cause and Effect

23 02 2012

You wouldn’t expect a fancy academic slash high level Obama advisor to understand that, would you?

Just in case you don’t grok C&E, either — The correlation between low IQ and lots of children (if there is any) isn’t that having lots of children results in individuals in the brood having low IQs, it is that lower IQ people tend to have lots of children, who inherit their low IQ from their parents.  And on the other side of the coin, successful high IQ people who were their parents’ only children aren’t high IQ because their parents only procreated once, they are high IQ because they had high IQ parents who used their intelligence to limit their fecundity, and bestowed their only child with the genetic prize of a high IQ.


Been There, Done That

23 02 2012

This is the famous ABC video where the station’s prices jumped a dime during the segment.  When a station raises or lowers prices, and the marquee is digital and remote controlled from the inside, of course the prices will change in an instant.  Duh.

You’ll find out that individual stations’ margin on gas is only a buck in 50 that people spend at the pump.  Really, it’s not even 2% in my experience.  The gas stations’ real money tree is the quickie mart, especially on the non-age-restricted goods.

Illinois Giveth, and Illinois Taketh Away

23 02 2012

Just as the Land of Lenin proposes to make “border region” gas prices on the level with the cheaper state on the other side of the border, they want ammo to go in the other direction.

Therefore, Illinois residents will cross the state line to buy cheaper ammo.

I swear to God, I wonder what certain Illinois legislooters use for brains.

Montgomery County, Maryland Is Too Right Wing

23 02 2012

Therefore, the county’s junior college system has no choice but to peddle the Occutard movement to high school students.

Once they’re done, maybe they can move on to San Francisco and give all those right wingers that run that city what-for.

Let’s Move!

23 02 2012


2 charged in death of Ala girl forced to run

ATTALLA, Ala. (AP) – Roger Simpson said he looked down the road and saw a little girl running outside her home but didn’t give it another thought. Police, however, said the man witnessed a murder in progress.

Authorities say 9-year-old Savannah Hardin died after being forced to run for three hours as punishment for having lied to her grandmother about eating candy bars. Severely dehydrated, the girl had a seizure and died days later. Now, her grandmother and stepmother who police say meted out the punishment were taken to jail Wednesday and face murder charges.

I wonder if Michelle Obama will be subpoenaed as a defense witness.


23 02 2012

“Illegal people might have to do illegal things if we enforce the law.”

That sums up this writer’s case about the unintended consequences of E-Verify.

Yet while PPI’s research helps predict what might happen if an E-Verify system were implemented nationally, as Romney hopes, it exposes some of the less-desirable side-effects of the law as well. In Arizona, the non-citizen Hispanic workers who did stay behind increasingly shifted into a shadow economy, said Magnus Lofstrom, a co-author of the study. The self-employment rate among non-citizen Hispanics in Arizona nearly doubled post-E-Verify, and a higher proportion of people who said they were self-employed lived in poverty and lacked health insurance.

Lofstrom told Yahoo News that the informal economy would grow significantly nationwide if a national E-Verify system were established. While illegal immigrants in Arizona were able to move to other states to find work, their choices would be significantly limited if E-Verify were implemented nationally; the only real (and unlikely) option would be to for undocumented workers to move to another country. In other words, we’d be much more likely to see an increase in informal employment rather than a massive movement among illegal immigrants to “self-deport.”


Another snag with instituting a national E-Verify program is that the current system cannot detect identity fraud. A 2009 government-commissioned study found that E-Verify only flags illegal immigrants half the time, because it can’t detect when a worker is using documents that belong to someone else. (Employers enter in Social Security or alien registration numbers, birthdates and names of employees into the database, which figures out whether they match the federal immigration and Social Security databases.) To combat this fraud, Romney has said he supports biometric ID cards for immigrants that would contain a fingerprint or other identifying device that clears them for work. Romney hasn’t explicitly said that every person in America should have this card–an idea that many libertarians object to. But without being adopted universally, undocumented people could still use false documents. (The Romney team had not responded to requests for comment from Yahoo News by the time this article was published.) Mandatory national ID cards have played a starring role in failed bipartisan immigration reform proposals in Congress over the past few years.

Here’s a parallel analogy:  We don’t want convicted felons to own firearms, so we pass laws prohibiting them from owning guns, and then pass mandates for licensed dealers to do background checks.  An unintended consequence is the creation of a black market in firearms, fueled mostly by residential burglaries and to a lesser extent straw purchases.  I guess we’re not supposed to have or enforce felon-in-possession laws or background check mandates, Miss Goodwin?

Los Angeles Drives Safely

23 02 2012

By giving more drunken no-account illegal aliens drivers licenses.

Why bother?  According to my secret squirrel source, there is de facto no real punishment for illegal aliens in Los Angeles that drive without licenses and/or drive unregistered vehicles.

Answer:  Chief Beck’s boss is Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, amnesty and open borders all the way.