Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Obama Admin's Latest Loathsome Anti-Business/Pro-Union Salvo

We know that the Obama administration is not chastened by the too-numerous-to-count scandals that it has precipitated because it hates America and wants to change it.  It is, in fact, unleashed.

The latest outrage relates to its ongoing crusade against US corporations at the behest of its Big Labor patrons.  Here it is.
McDonald's says it has been notified by a labor regulator that it can be named as a "joint employer" for workers in its franchise-owned restaurants.
The decision by the National Labor Relations Board was being closely watched because it could potentially expose McDonald's to liability for the working conditions in its franchisees' stores.
Mickey D's doesn't pay these workers, it merely sells their bosses burgers and fries and allows them to use it name, brand, and copyrights.  Forget that says the NLRB.  This is as big a deal, if not bigger, than the NLRB's going after Boeing for, horrors, opening up a plant in South Carolina.  If this stands, the effects of it would be seismic across the fast-food industry at first and then all of industry after that (is Apple a "joint employer" of iPhone app developers?).  This is every bit the loathsome, overreaching, and vindictive gambit that we've come to expect from Lightworker & Co. 

The good news?  That Boeing gambit was fought and eventually went nowhere.  This will be fought and...well, we'll see.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Global Warming Is Still Dead...Again

Hey, remember when I said the world - the developing world especially and China in particular -  wasn't going to go along with the West's bullshit global warming schemes? 

More on that here.

Just to remind you, I said China's global warming climate change policy was going to be: Appease, Learn, Use Carbon

China’s chief climate official Xie Zhenhua said China should not be subject to the same rules for greenhouse gas emissions as the United States and other rich countries, signaling that Beijing will oppose any attempt to impose them at next year’s world climate conference.
“We are in different development stages, we have different historical responsibilities and we have different capacities,” Xie told reporters.

CNBC's Insana Looks At Charts, Denies Reality

Ron Insana didn't just make a "no inflation" call, he got all pompous like in the faces of "inflationistas".
I will make a bet with this country's leading inflationistas, who continue to warn that inflation is about to surge, that they are dead wrong. 
I'll bet a truckload of scarce limes, or a couple bushels of wheat, that inflation is about to fall, and fall hard.
I don't buy his argument because it's not a very good one.  Corn and soy futures are down?  So what.  This has no bearing on whether your chicken or corn flakes prices are going to be lower in the future.  Supply and demand dictate prices, not input costs.

Beyond that prices are just simply going up.  That's inflation.  Mars, maker of M&Ms and much else that is chocolatey, is raising its prices 7%.  Chipotle - menu prices up 6.5%.  Starbucks - bagged coffee up, drinks up, multiple times.  General food prices (i.e. beef, pork, chicken, eggs, milk) are rising a lot.

Services too.  Netflix raised its prices.  Amazon raised them for Prime.  Electricity - don't get me started on phony baloney energy like wind and solar - is going up.  Home prices...up.  Stamps...up.  Health insurance...up (sorry ObamaCarebots).

We are well past the crapify stage, the first stage of inflation, and getting deeper into the outright price increase phase.  We will shortly come to the constant (semi-annual, annual) price rise phase. 

And all the wage/input-push people, like Insana, will be proven wrong again.

Because There Is Some Kid Somewhere Who Could Try to Sell Unauthorized Lemonade

Mark Perry asks a Good question.

Answer:  Because we have a enormous bureaucratic state whose petty tyrannies must be enforced lest they be serially ignored by the common-sense general public, thus obviating the need for enormous bureaucratic state.



Also, remember all the leaked whispers that Obama actually dismissed Romney as presumptuous in running for POTUS, an office for which Obama felt Romney didn't have the chops???

An insult is one thing.  But having an insult come from a buffoon like Obama, who is the poster boy for not having the chops, is the worst.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Big Evil Oil Company Generous With Retirement Bennies. Facebook Not So Much

So, we all know that rapacious evil corporations are always and everywhere screwing over the worker and denying the working people their due.  But which companies are relatively more rapacious and skinflint than others?

I'm guessing big evil oil companies are the worst, they have to be, right?  And enlightened, progressive Silicon Valley icons are shining counter examples, amiright?

A first-of-its-kind ranking of 401(k) plans at the 250 biggest companies in the U.S. found that ConocoPhillips and Abbott Laboratories are among those that provide the most lucrative retirement benefits. Among the least generous are Facebook Inc., Amazon.com Inc. and Whole Foods Market Inc.
ConocoPhillips, a Houston oil and natural gas producer, topped the Bloomberg News rankings of the largest public companies’ 401(k) plans, largely due to a matching formula that contributes 9 percent of annual salaries for employees who save as little as 1 percent of their pay.
Facebook finished last in the Bloomberg rankings, which were based on 2012 data, the latest available for all companies. The Menlo Park, California-based social media company didn’t offer any match at the time. It started making contributions in April to its 401(k) plan.  
Time to rethink the narrative?  Nope.  It's NEVER time to rethink the narrative.  The narrative is all.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: Hallbig Case Goes Against ObamaCare

Will be appealed but, for now, no ObamaCare subsidies for non-state run exchanges, which means a lot of them.

Bad blow for ObamaCare.  Good for liberty and correcting this historic mistake.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Obama Was Always Destined To Be A Liability for Dems

John Fund writes of the Obama Albatross as we get into the early innings of the 2014 mid-term election season.

Just so you know, I was talking about this years ago.  The re-election win put a temporary lid on the underlying tension, but it was bound to be...well...temporary.  Dems may have been hoping the Potemkin Happy Happy would last past November 2014, but dense-pack scandalapalooza and incompetence-a-gogo have thrown the lid off early.

It is a credit to Dear Leader's political skills that he got through six years without this inevitability coming to the fore.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

World Cup Or Not, Argentina Is Still a Dedabeat Nation

Argentinians are feeling their oats a little bit after their semi-final win in the World Cup...
In the aftermath of Argentina’s semifinal World Cup win last night, crowds broke into the usual victory chants, praising the homeland and poking fun at the British, their longtime nemesis in the Falkland Islands.
But a less traditional song could also be heard in the streets of Rosario, Argentina’s third-biggest city and the birthplace of team captain Lionel Messi: a profanity-laced taunt of the hedge funds that have battled the government over defaulted debt since 2001.
“Vulture funds,” a group chanted amid celebrations at the city’s National Flag Memorial. “Stop messing around and agree to the swap.”
Even if Argentina wins the World Cup (which they won't), they'll still be a bunch of deadbeats.  Pay your damn debts you deadbeat losers!

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Lefty Hypocrisy/Logical Fail of the Day

Here is your lefty cognitive dissonance of the day via TTAG.
Gun control advocates talk about “easy access to guns.” They don’t want to deny guns to law-abiding Americans. Just certain types of guns. And ammunition magazines. I mean, just “bad guys.” And mentally ill people. How do you make the distinction? Background checks! If everyone who wanted to purchase a gun had to go through a background check, only the good guys would get the guns. Wrong. But anyway . . .
What document do you suppose Uncle Sam requires for these federal background checks? The same document the courts (via Uncle Sam) are forcing Arizona to make available to illegal immigrants shielded from deportation by Executive Order: a driver’s license.
Hello? A driver’s license in the hands of a non-American citizen allows them to purchase a firearm. Which means the federal push to give so-called dreamers and “undocumented Americans” opens the floodgates for illegal sales/straw purchases. Here’s the AP story . . .
Yup.  More vehicular deaths over gun deaths in America, but let's give anybody who crosses the border a driver's license and subject law-abiding citizens to intrusive background checks in order to deny them their rights. 

I mean if it saves just one life, right?