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Saturday, March 23, 2013

The latest news from the blasted wasteland of austerity

The latest news from the blasted wasteland of austerity



Even as Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) complains that the ravages of austerity threaten to starve
her retinue of six-figure aides because they can't afford good meals at
tony Washington cafes any more, we learn that the IRS blew $60,000 making a Star Trek parody video (in which a U.S.S. Enterprise staffed by IRS agents approaches a hostile planet called "Notax").
 

Meanwhile, Vice President Joe Biden took his gigantic imperial
retinue on a fun-filled trip through London (where he rented out 136
five-star $500-per-night luxury hotel rooms for a total bill exceeding $459,000.  Then it was on to Paris, where Sultan Joe blew a cool $585,000 putting up his vast entourage at the Intercontinental Paris le Grand for a single night.  All payable by you, dear taxpayer.

Local law enforcement face ammo shortage as gun owners, DHS stock up | Fox News

Local law enforcement face ammo shortage as gun owners, DHS stock up | Fox News: Local law enforcement agencies across the country are facing an ammo shortage, as gun owners concerned about new laws at the federal and state level stock up on firearms and bullets.

At the same time, the Department of Homeland Security has said it wants to buy more than 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition in the next four or five years -- which could put further strain on the supply.

Coulter blasts amnesty at CPAC | The Daily Caller

Coulter blasts amnesty at CPAC | The Daily Caller

Maybe it’s not that courageous to defy the near-perfect Elite Media Consensus favoring “comprehensive immigration reform”–i.e. amnesty. But it takes balls to do it a) at a conservative conference rigged to push amnesty; b) if you value your relationship with amnesty-supporting FOX News; and c) if you ridicule Roger Ailes’ old patrons, the Bushes, in the process. …The Coulter video is here on Politico. … Don’t expect it to be featured on Fox! … P.S.: Hmm. I can’t find it on Daily Caller either. It’s lucky I’m not paranoid. … P.P.S.: If you want a policy, as opposed to political, argument against amnesty, stick around for Coulter’s explanation (at about 15:30 mark) of  Mitt Romney’s non-trivial–and therefore shockingly strong–support (20%) among young black men:  “They want jobs and they don’t want to be competing with illegal aliens for jobs. … I think we owe them something more than someone who has just run across the border.” Over to you Matt Yglesias. …
Backfill: A newly released movie, The Girl, effectively puts human faces on those who do run across the border. I recommend seeing it (though you’d better act fast–there were only three people in the theater when I went). But if The Girl is supposed to be a pro-amnesty film, it’s decidedly off message in two respects: 1) It portrays an entire culture and infrastructure in Mexico dedicated to smuggling vast numbers of striving undocumented workers across the border, when today’s Amnesty Party Line is ‘Don’t worry, that’s all stopped now;‘ ** and 2) it depicts the border as highly porous, when the A.P.L. is ’the border is secure.’ … I should add that it also depicts the province (I think Oaxaca) from which its protagonists come as a rustic paradise out of a Pottery Barn catalog. But you could still understand why its residents might want to quadruple their earning power by working in the U.S. …
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**–AP’s Hope Yen also must have missed the memo about permanently declining immigration.  She writes of
the modern wave of U.S. newcomers from Latin America and Asia. Their annual inflow of 650,000 people since 1965, at a rate that’s grown in recent years …

Dr. Ben Carson: I’m happy to expose any politician that rules by fear « Hot Air

Dr. Ben Carson: I’m happy to expose any politician that rules by fear « Hot Air: After he watched Dr. Ben Carson’s speech at CPAC, Jazz mentioned that one of his first reactions was that, if he were a Democrat, he’d be thinking: “That is the most dangerous man in the United States of America today.” Rush Limbaugh voiced much the same thought on his show yesterday, musing, “I think Ben Carson probably got everybody in the Democratic party really scared to death. It’s going to be really hard to demonize this guy. Really, really hard. Partially because of his race, but not just because he’s African American. It’s because, you can call this guy all kinds of demonic names, he just doesn’t fit the bill.”

Going solo: Scots gather for independence march and rally (PHOTOS) — RT News

Going solo: Scots gather for independence march and rally (PHOTOS) — RT News: Thousands of supporters of Scottish independence have taken part in a pro-independence rally in the center of Edinburgh. People flocked to the capital from across Scotland for the rally.

Attacks show Obama as unprepared and perceived as weak says pro-troop group

Attacks show Obama as unprepared and perceived as weak says pro-troop group: “I think the boldness and severity of the attacks, as well as the weakness of the President’s response showed that he and his administration were caught completely off-guard and unprepared for the protests and attacks over the last few days,” says Communications Director Danny Gonzalez.

Highway To Hell Lyrics - Ac Dc

Highway To Hell Lyrics - Ac Dc: Living easy, living free
Season ticket on a one-way ride
Asking nothing, leave me be
Taking everything in my stride
Don't need reason, don't need rhyme
Ain't nothing I would rather do
Going down, party time
My friends are gonna be there too
I'm on the highway to hell
No stop signs, speed limit
Nobody's gonna slow me down
Like a wheel, gonna spin it
Nobody's gonna mess me round
Hey Satan, payed my dues
Playing in a rocking band
Hey Momma, look at me
I'm on my way to the promised land
I'm on the highway to hell
(Don't stop me)
And I'm going down, all the way down
I'm on the highway to hell

Friday, March 22, 2013

Beavers guilty: Cook County Commissioner William Beavers convicted of tax evasion in under two hours - chicagotribune.com

Beavers guilty: Cook County Commissioner William Beavers convicted of tax evasion in under two hours - chicagotribune.com: While Beavers was not charged with any gambling-related offenses, the trial provided a look at his habit. Precise records from the Horseshoe Casino showed Beavers clocking in and out of the casino multiple times during the same days. All but seven of the 100 campaign checks he wrote to himself were cashed either the day before, on the day or the day after he played the slots, according to evidence at trial.

NYT: ObamaCare Costs Small Business 65% of Profits | Obamacare | Fox Nation

NYT: ObamaCare Costs Small Business 65% of Profits | Obamacare | Fox Nation



Today the NY Times has a case study on the cost of Obamacare to one
small business. The business in question is Baked in the Sun, a
California baker with 95 employees.


Baked in the Sun does about $8 million in annual revenue, however
margins for bakers are tight so their annual profit is only about
$200,000. Because the business has over 50 employees, they will be
required to offer health insurance to their employees or pay a fine for
not doing so.


The owners estimate that the cost of compliance would be $108,000 per
year plus $10,000 in overhead to manage the plan. The cost of paying
the fine for not offering insurance would be $130,000. So they have a
choice between losing 64% or 65% of their annual profits.


The article goes on to note that not all employees will take the
insurance being offered. Some will already have it through another
individual--a spouse or parent. So the actual cost of offering a plan
will likely be less than the potential cost. Of course, no one knows
what the plans themselves will cost yet so it's all a guess at this
point.


In any case, just a week ago Five Guys burgers announced the cost of
Obamacare compliance was going to force them to raise prices. Matt
Yglesias, who writes for Slate, was quick to call them "whiners."


Obamacare is going to reduce his profits by about one-eighth and
he (and any investors in his business) will eat the loss. With corporate
profits as a share of the economy at an all-time high, nobody's going
to cry for him either.



In other words, eat the 1/8 loss of profits and shut up about it. But
unlike Five Guys, Baked in the Sun facing a loss of up to 2/3 of their
annual profits, meaning they will almost certainly be forced to raise
prices:

Monday, March 18, 2013

Despite what ‘The Bible’ might suggest to some, #ObamaIsNotSatan | Twitchy

Despite what ‘The Bible’ might suggest to some, #ObamaIsNotSatan | Twitchy

The 20 Best Quotes from CPAC 2013 - John Hawkins - Page 1

The 20 Best Quotes from CPAC 2013

Chris Kyle statue created for SEAL’s widow - Navy News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Navy Times

Chris Kyle statue created for SEAL’s widow - Navy News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Navy Times: It began as a sculpture to honor all SEALs. In the end, it will resemble just one — the reported deadliest sniper in American military history.

Edible Wild Mushrooms, Photos, Identification, Descriptions - David Fischer's AmericanMushrooms.com

Edible Wild Mushrooms, Photos, Identification, Descriptions - David Fischer's AmericanMushrooms.com

Boehner: I 'Absolutely' Trust Obama

Boehner: I 'Absolutely' Trust Obama: On ABC’s This Week, hosted by Martha Raddatz, Speaker of the House John Boehner appeared to downplay the problem of national debt while loudly proclaiming his wonderful relationship with President Obama. “The president and I, as I have made very clear, have a very good relationship. We're open with each other. We're honest with each other,” said Boehner.

“Do you trust President Obama?” Raddatz asked.

“Absolutely,” Boehner replied.

“Absolutely?” Raddatz emphasized.

“Absolutely,” Boehner repeated.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Dexter Quotes - TV Fanatic

Dexter Quotes - TV Fanatic: Sometimes partners find us, and as much as we try to push them away, they work their way into our lives, regardless - until we finally realize how much we need them.

Dems Vote To Fund Food Stamp Promotions On Mexican Soil | USDA/Mexico Food Stamp Promotion | Fox Nation

Dems Vote To Fund Food Stamp Promotions On Mexican Soil | USDA/Mexico Food Stamp Promotion | Fox Nation

What Does Construction Have to Do With Small Business Employment? | Intuit Small Business Blog

What Does Construction Have to Do With Small Business Employment? | Intuit Small Business Blog: While small business employment is up slightly, the number of jobs gained is still less than its proportionate share of all employment, according to Susan Woodward, the economist who worked with Intuit to create the indexes. If small business employment were growing at its usual proportionate rate of 15 percent of national employment, those 75,000 new jobs would be 300,000, a 400 percent difference.

Small Business Economic Trends Survey - NFIB Optimism Index

Small Business Economic Trends Survey - NFIB Optimism Index: “While the Fortune 500 are enjoying record high earnings, Main Street earnings remain depressed. Far more firms report sales down quarter over quarter than up. Washington is manufacturing one crisis after another—the debt ceiling, the fiscal cliff and the sequester. Spreading fear and instability are certainly not a strategy to encourage investment and entrepreneurship. Three-quarters of small-business owners think that business conditions will be the same or worse in six months. The Index gained almost 2 points last month; that was good news. But, until owners’ forecast for the economy improves substantially, there will be little boost to hiring and spending from the small business half of the economy.” -- NFIB chief economist Bill Dunkelberg

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