February 15th, 2019

#6639: Here's hoping I get to sleep in tomorrow

Up early Wed, Thu, and Fri--I'd better get to sleep on Saturday or there will be a reckoning.

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The last few bits regarding NYC's anti-Amazon stupidity, and then I believe I'll forget about it:

This is what I've been saying all along about this. NYC wasn't writing Amazon a check for (or several smaller checks that amounted to) $3 billion. Now that Amazon won't be coming to NYC, NYC does not suddenly have an extra $3 billion in its budget to spend.

But this is a case of leftists screwing over leftists and that's hard not to like. The problem I have here is that--as is typical whenever leftists do anything--the little people are getting screwed.

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Let me say that again: Whenever leftists do anything the little people get screwed. The last four paragraphs tell the tale.

The socialized education system is nothing but a jobs program for incompetent leftists.

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If you think cultural appropriation is so bad then of course you won't mind ceasing to appropriate the products of white culture. You know, little things. Computers, cell phones, antibiotics, cars, trains, airplanes, the flush toilet, indoor plumbing....

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What else can you call it?
If anyone believes that Trump committed a high crime or misdemeanor, the proper constitutional remedy is impeachment. Thus, these officials were fomenting a coup.
Let's face the facts: these people were trying to find a veneer of legitimacy to cover for the fact that they wanted to undo the results of the Presidential election. The idea here was not to uphold the law or the Constitution, but indeed try to find a way to make an end-run around them, to use the extant laws to gin up a way of removing him from office.

...and if they had done that, then there would have been no stopping them; and, in rapid succession, the dominoes would fall until a Democrat sat in the White House. But the US would no longer have a legitimate government and there'd be an immense uprising.

All in response, by the way, to an action taken by the President which he was perfectly entitled to take: firing the sitting director of the FBI, who serves at the pleasure of the President like most (if not all) of the officials in the Justice Department.

On the plus side: with that, they very nicely self-identified as enemies of democracy and we can treat them with the appropriate caution.

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You poor dumb bastard. Can you think of anything more boring than a bedtime story about an obscure civil rights leader? I suppose it puts the kids right to sleep, though.

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Stall speed is a quick trot. The Wright brothers did something similar in the leadup to their powered airplane; they built quite a few gliders which had similar takeoff speeds. Not quite as sophisticated, though.

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Is it a "reboot" or is it just a remake? Gonna be yet another film version of Dune. Saw the 1984 movie first, then read the book, then saw the SyFy mini-series in 2000. The mini-series was a reasonable translation. The 1984 movie was...bad.

Herbert's writing has always left me cold, though, and Dune was no exception. For all that it was a seminal book in SF, I only thought of it as an "okay" read. That might have been different had my first exposure to Herbert not been his awful, awful Jesus Incident, but I guess that's how it is.

Not gonna get excited about this one, sad to say.

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Seeing news to the effect that the second-rate actor in the third-rate TV show staged the attack as some kind of publicity stunt. Wow, you mean it was a hoax? Holy shit, who coulda seen that coming?

#6640: Well, Illinois went and passed the illegal alien jobs bill.

Minimum wage in Illinois will rise to $15 over the next few years. $15 an hour by 2025.

I predict a bunch more ordering kiosks going up in McDonalds and other fast food restaurants across the land. But hey! Look at the positive side:
Riverton resident Sherry Morris, a member of Service Employees International Union, said getting $15 an hour would be a lifesaver for her and her son, who has special needs.

Morris makes $11.38 an hour as a home health aide at Help at Home in Springfield.

It can be hard for her to know which bills she will be able to pay.

"What bill do I pay this month? Which one do I let go?" she said, noting a raise to $15 would be an extra $4,000 to $5,000 a year for her.

Chicago resident Iashea Cross, a personal assistant with the Department of Rehabilitation Services, makes $13 an hour.

"Fifteen dollars an hour (would) give us all a leg up," she said at the Capitol. "Some of us won't have to work two or three jobs just to put food on the table."

Like Morris, Cross also has a hard time paying bills.

"Sometimes bills don't get paid," she said. "I'm behind on my student loans. I struggle every six months to make sure they don't go in default."
So let's look at Ms. Morris, first. She makes $11.38 an hour as a "home health aide". Is she one of those people who gets money for taking care of a family member, such as her son, who has "special needs"? $11.38 an hour is $23,670 per year; $15 an hour is actually an extra $7,530 per year. Is she a CNA? Does she have any skills?

Comcast is paying people $19 an hour to take billing calls. If she needs money that badly--if an extra $3.62 an hour would be a "lifesaver"--why doesn't she change jobs?

And look at Ms. Cross. Currently earning $13 an hour ($27,040 per year) she claims that "some of us" won't have to work "two or three jobs". At $15 an hour she's earning an additional $4k per year; what second job does she have that only pays $87 a week?

And she has to "struggle" every six months to make sure her loans don't go into default? You do that by filling out a frigging form and mailing it. When you're behind on your student loans, the Department of Education mails the form to you without your asking for it. All you need to do is fill in a few blanks, put it in the provided envelope, stick a stamp on it, and drop it in a mailbox. That's hardly a "struggle".

...so let's go back to Comcast. With the minimum wage at $15 an hour, do you think Comcast is going to continue to offer $19 an hour? Or will call centers across the state all drop to $15 an hour?

Of course, the true minimum wage is ZERO, and this bill will lead to higher unemployment for unskilled workers.

The big winners in this will be unions, of course, because the higher minimum wage means they'll have a basis for demanding higher wages for their members. And since their members pay dues out of their wages--well, you do the math.

The $15 minimum wage has done terrible things for the labor markets everywhere it's been tried. It will not do Illinois any good, either.

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Well, what do you know? Police arrested two men in that second-rate actor assault thing. Nigerians. So, not white. In their apartment, police found a red hat and bleach.

Not exactly a smoking gun, you know? I mean, you'll find bleach in my house, and there's a red hat sitting on my desk. Oh, dick! I'm a person of interest!

(It's my dad's US Marine Corps ball cap. Not exactly MAGA, but close, I suppose.)

BUT! All of this is looking more and more like HOAX and not a real hate crime. As expected.

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Hearing tell that President Trump has indeed declared a state of emergency with regards to our southern border. Now let's get that damned wall built!