Saturday, July 28, 2012

Milton Friedman - Lesson of the Pencil

C'mon Milton. What about the roads, the bridges, the teachers?

I always crack up when these business owners think they're smarter and harder working than the next guy. The fact is that those pencil makers didn't do that. It was Obama.

O Jerusalem

Friday, July 27, 2012

Today it's a suggestion..... tomorrow it will be

When I was a kid all, of our public health indoctrination involved preaching the 4-4-3-2 dietary program and your daily diet was supposed to consist of

4 servings of fruits & vegetables
4 breads
3 dairy
2 meat

But somewhere during the past 30 years, some bureaucrat came up with this food pyramid.

Our gym had a sample of what your pyramid would look like. The bottom consisting of a nice foundation of bread.

I remember at the time telling my wife that if you follow that pyramid, you'll be a diabetic sleeping in a bariatric bed by the time you're 35.

It was obvious to me that the political correctness within the public health entities have been trying to get people to quit eating meat to the detriment of a healthy diet.

So this edict (I mean suggestion) from the USDA only confirmed my hypothesis.

The USDA has retracted its support for an initiative to cut meat from Americans’ Monday diets, caving in to pressure from livestock producers and complaints from a Kansas Senator.

The original plug appeared in the USDA’s internal “Greening Headquarters Update” on Monday, where three paragraphs on the third page mentioned Meatless Mondays, an initiative by Monday Campaigns, Inc.  

The update called them a “simple way to reduce your environmental impact.”

The memo went on to say that animal agriculture — beef production in particular — wastes water, fertilizer, fossil fuels and other resources. It also contributes to global climate change, the memo said.

“Because Meatless Monday involves only one day a week, it is a small change that could produce big results,” the newsletter said. “Did you notice that our cafeterias have tasty meatless options?”


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

If you have to say it........

Two of my worst business dealings started with individuals who made it a point to tell me they were God fearing Christians.

Since that time I've developed an attitude that if someone has to say it, it's probably not true.

For instance, powerful people do't need to tell you that. They just are. When someone tells you they're powerful, they actually a glorified mail clerk for the truly powerful people.

And no one has to do this advertisement when they're pro-business.........

American Crossroads: "Replay"

Obama Doubles Down on "You Didn't Build That" Comments

Defeat Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Not if you move the jobs overseas

So Obamacare is going to raise taxes on employers................

Business owners will pay $4 billion more in taxes under President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA)  than the Congressional Budget Office had previously expected.

“According to the updated estimates, the amount of deficit reduction from penalty payments and other effects on tax revenues under the ACA will be $5 billion more than previously estimated,” the CBO reported today. 

“That change primarily effects a $4 billion increase in collections from such payments by employers, a $1 billion increase in such payments by individuals, and an increase of less than $500 million in tax revenues stemming from a small reduction in employment-based coverage, which will lead to a larger share of total compensation taking the form of taxable wages and salaries and a smaller share taking the form of nontaxable health benefits.”

In short, CBO revised the Obamacare tax burden upward by $4 billion for businesses and $1 billion to $1.5 billion for individual workers.


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Why Penn State got what they did

Because no one there "got it".

Just read through some of these quotes from trustee....

"Coach Paterno was never interviewed for the report, and the two university employees charged with crimes have not had their day in court. To rely upon such a report to issue punishment is beyond reckless, and should not be supported in any way by the leadership of Penn State......"

That was the problem from the git go. Everyone had to get Joe Paterno's input before they would move forward on reporting a rape on their campus. Seriously?
The fact that all these people who have made Joe Paterno bigger than the football team and the University itself, communicated to the NCAA that someone had to totally wreck the program and the University had no intention of doing it themselves.
The fact that there was even a debate as to whether a freakin statute whould stay up was even more reason the NCAA had to act as aggressively as they did.
I read one quote from a trustee who said that this will diminish his legacy of instilling character in his players.
Let's question the character of one of his players who's judgment dictated that he 1) not stop the rape of a child in progress? 2) when you report it, you don't go to the cops but to THE COACH? and 3) when he continued to see this pedophile on campus never questioned it to the higher ups?
I don't have an opinion one way or the other on Joe Paterno. I gather he was a decent man but even he became obsessed putting his legacy over the protection of a child. When it comes to Joe Paterno this Edmund Burke quote seems to fit.“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

And until the people of Penn State recognize Joe Paterno in that vain, they deserve what they got.


Monday, July 23, 2012

safe legal and rare

You can add lethal to the mix.............

A young woman has died after having a second-trimester abortion at a Chicago-area Planned Parenthood clinic. Tonya Reaves, 24, died late Friday night, according to a local CBS television station, of hemorrhage, with a cervical dilation and evacuation, according to the medical examiner’s office following an autopsy after the abortion that claimed her life.

CBS Chicago said Reaves died after the abortion she had at 18 S. Michigan Avenue Planned Parenthood facility. The woman was transported from the Loop Health Center Planned Parenthood abortion clinic to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 11:20 P.M.


"Lazy American Dream"

U.S. Poverty at 30-Year High

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Milton Friedman on Donahue 1979 (3/5)

Aurora, Illinois

I know this sounds callous, but I've never really understood the media's infatuation with shooter boy whack job who kills a bunch of people when there's an Aurora in very major city around this country. It's just called the weekend.

Take last night in Chicago............

Four teens – two 13-year-olds and two 16-year-olds – were shot within a half hour in the city's Englewood and Gresham neighborhoods on the South Side, according to police.

The four were among at least 10 people shot overnight in attacks on the city's South and West Sides.

Three boys, ages 13, 16 and 16, were walking in the 7100 block of South Loomis Boulevard in the Englewood neighborhood about 11:25 p.m. Saturday when two others approached them on foot and started shooting. The 13-year-old was shot in the left hand and right shoulder and was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro said.

Or how about this report.................

The weekend’s first fatal shooting happened in the 400 block of North Austin Boulevard, after a man intervened in a domestic argument between the suspect and a woman, police said. The suspect left to get a handgun, then returned about 12:50 a.m. on Saturday and opened fire, striking the man and two other people.

Akil Partee, 19, of the 5900 block of West Lake Street was dead at the scene, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. A 29-year-old man was shot in the abdomen and was in critical condition at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood. A 20-year-old man was shot in the buttocks and taken in fair condition to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County. Authorities think the gunman may have shot the men from a light-colored vehicle.

Another man died after he was shot in the abdomen in the 4200 block of North Milwaukee Avenue at 1:46 a.m, police said. Pablo Hernandez, 41, of the 3500 block of South 60th Court in Cicero, was pronounced dead at Masonic at 3:37 a.m., according to medical examiner’s office.

About 6 a.m. on Saturday in the 4500 block of South Wood Street, a 37-year-old man was shot by a man he had apparently been in a fight with earlier in the morning, police said. The other man returned to the scene with a semi-automatic handgun and fired several shots at the victim, police said. The victim was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, where he was pronounced dead, according to police. The shooting may have been gang-related.

At least 21 other people were hurt in shootings on the South and West Sides since about 8 p.m. Friday evening.

The city of Chicago and all of it's "progressive" brethren are caldrons of Aurora's every single night in this country.

But you won't see Brian Williams on the story now will you........

Norah O'Donnell Scoffs at Representative Ryan

Congratulations Barry Larkin

Barry Larkin was inducted into the Hall of Fame today.

President Obama came out with a statement recognizing his achievement....or lack thereof......

 If you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own. You didn't get there on your own. I'm always struck by people who think, well, it must be 'cause I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something: There are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.
If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great coach somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Fans invested in teams and teammates. If you’re in the Hall of Fame—you didn’t do that. Somebody else made that happen. The internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the internet so that all the companies could make money off the internet.
The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together.
So Barry (the ball player), you can thank Barack Obama for your induction today. Shit, it got him a Nobel Peace Prize didn't it?