Friday, January 10, 2014

Life in "Progress" City - Cleveland edition

This just never gets old.

Life in "Progress" City - Detroit edition

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Christie sets the tone

A number of years ago, one of my clients bought a metal fabricating company and he asked me to train the bookkeeper on the accounting software we set up.

One day, the bookkeeper was opening the mail when she she made the proclamation that one of their customers over paid their invoice by $6,000. She proclaimed that she was going to deposit the money and wait for them to ask for the overpayment back.

My client overheard her and he stop right in his tracks and told her "We will not do business that way. Send them a check for the overpayment today."

In that instance, he set the tone for how he wanted to do business.

The same is true for Christ Christie. He may not have had any knowledge of who did what and when, but what is it about his character that had one of his advisers think that it was totally OK for them to pull that kind of stunt.

Hint, because they know how Christie operates. In the Godfather, did Michael Corleone have to say, "take out my brother"?

The same is true of the FBI, Benghazi and IRS scandals. Obama didn't have to issue the order, his plebs know how he rolls.

Trust me, the aides that took the fall for Christie will inevitably end up in a campaign for one of his buddies and be rolling as if nothing happened.

that's how government rolls........

Jennifer Wexton for State Senate TV Ad "Stand Up"

who did she vote for? #119

Meet Jennifer McCarthy

Why is she in the news?

As detailed in a probable cause statement, Jennifer McCarthy, a 48-year-old artist [clearly -Ed], argued about space aliens with her 53-year-old beau, whose name was redacted from the document released by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office. When questioned by deputies, McCarthy reportedly acknowledged that she “did have a gun at the time” the couple was yelling at each other.
McCarthy’s boyfriend told investigators that following the argument McCarthy departed her Aventura Road residence. Upon returning to the home, he told deputies, McCarthy went into her bedroom and later emerged “wearing lingerie and a silver handgun in her vagina.” She then proceeded to “have inner course with the gun,” according to the court fling.
While using the gat as a sex toy, McCarthy reportedly asked her boyfriend, “Who is crazy, you or me?”
After removing the gun from her vagina, McCarthy pointed it at her boyfriend’s head, investigators charge. Fearing that he could get shot, the man grabbed the weapon from McCarthy and put it in the toilet.

 So in the last election, did Ms. McCarthy vote for The One or The Mormon?


Who will he vote for?

Meet a toddler being educated by his parents.

Warning horrble language

So will Jr. here be a democrat or a republican when reaches the age of majority?

How did the parents vote?

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Why I'm pro death penalty - ask the Burke family

I'm often asked my position on the death penalty. I am pro death penalty because I believe that society has an obligation to protect people from certain criminals who are clearly a threat to others.

Now your average anti death penalty citizen would counter with throwing the inmates into jail forever with no possibility of parole.

What they fail to realize is that these people continue to be a threat to others inside and outside of the prison community.  Don't inmates and corrections officers deserve protections from these animals as well as the general population?

And if you believe that these guys don't continue to be a threat to others while in prison let me introduce you to the Burke family.

Who are they?

 A Florida inmate was executed Tuesday for fatally stabbing a prison guard with a sharpened spoon while on death row for abducting and killing a Miami couple.

Askari Abdullah Muhammad, previously known as Thomas Knight, was pronounced dead at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday after a lethal injection at Florida State Prison, the governor's office said. The execution took place in the same prison where Muhammad killed corrections officer Richard Burke in 1980.

"This is where my dad took his last breath," said the slain guard's daughter, 47-year-old Carolyn Burke Thompson. She was among several family members who witnessed the execution and could be seen crying in the front row as it was carried out.

"The system finally has worked. I am at peace knowing I don't have to wait any longer. I miss my dad a lot," she said.

Muhammad, 62, was initially condemned to die for the 1974 abduction and killings of Sydney and Lillian Gans of Miami. Tuesday's execution was specifically for Burke's killing.

There are few things I know with 100% certainty and one of those is that Askari Muhammad will kill no more.


Let's surrender

So how's the war on poverty working out 50 years into the battle?

This year marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s proclamation of a “war on poverty,” and the progress in this theater has not been encouraging. Trillions of dollars have been spent, and the number of Americans living in poverty is higher today than it was in 1964, while the poverty rate has held steady at just under one in five. That contrasts unpleasantly with the trend before President Johnson declared his war: The poverty rate had been dropping since the end of World War II. That progress came to a halt as President Johnson’s expensive and expansive vision began to be implemented in earnest, which coincided with the tapering of the postwar boom. By the 1970s, the poverty rate was headed upward. It declined a bit during the Reagan years, crested and receded again in the 1990s, and resumed its melancholy ascent around the turn of the century.

To understand the failure of the war on poverty requires understanding its structure, which itself is bound up in the idiosyncrasies of Lyndon Johnson’s politics. President Johnson played many parts in his political career: Southern ballast to John Kennedy’s buoyant Yankee idealism; an enemy of civil-rights reform and anti-lynching laws who reversed himself in 1964; a sometimes reluctant but in the end unshakeable Cold Warrior. But at heart President Johnson was a New Deal man, and his Great Society, of which the war on poverty was a critical component, was his attempt to resuscitate the spirit and the political success of Franklin Roosevelt’s program.


Sunday, January 05, 2014

Life in "Progress" Country- France edition

Since the arrival of Socialist President Fran├žois Hollande in 2012, income tax and social security contributions in France have skyrocketed. The top tax rate is 75 percent, and a great many pay in excess of 70 percent.

As a result, there has been a frantic bolt for the border by the very people who create economic growth – business leaders, innovators, creative thinkers, and top executives. They are all leaving France to develop their talents elsewhere.

And it’s a tragedy for such a historically rich country. As they say, the problem with the French is they have no word for entrepreneur. Where is the Richard Branson of France? Where is the Bill Gates?

“Do you see that man in the corner? I’m going to kill him. He’s ruined my life!”

This angry outburst came from a lawyer friend who is leaving France to move to Britain to escape the 70 percent tax he pays. He says he is working like a dog for nothing – to hand out money to the profligate state. 

The man he was pointing to, in a swanky Japanese restaurant in the Sixth Arrondissement, is Pierre Moscovici, the much-loathed minister of finance. Moscovici was looking very happy with himself. Does he realize Rome is burning?