Your afternoon “Dayyyum!”


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Dick (not quite dead white guy)

how labor laws work

You gotta play ball with the unions, if you wanna stay in business or keep your job.

Labor leaders, who were among the strongest supporters of the citywide minimum wage increase approved last week by the Los Angeles City Council, are advocating last-minute changes to the law that could create an exemption for companies with unionized workforces. [story]

We’re Experience an Earthquake, Please!

Still Happening!*

A YouTube video [by Frank Hoogerbeets] viewed more than 700,000 times claims that this week could see a huge earthquake in California as a result of the way the planets are lined up in the solar system.

eeeeeeeeeeeek !

Which, I’m sure has nothing to do with

San Andreas, the new [made for China thus sans plot, dialog, or reason disaster movie opening Friday, features gigantic earthquakes [magnitude-9.6 and -9.1] ripping California apart.

*Cultural Ref:

[start at 2:19 - 2:33]

Plunder Woman

Because her constituency needs books with pictures in them.

answering a major theology question

At least now we know where all ‘em virgins in Paradise come from:

[A] Muslim preacher has warned that men who self-pleasure will make their hands pregnant when they enter the afterlife. [story]

Perhaps you should phone your local school board and ask them to add this to the sex-ed curriculum.
Let us know what they say.
No, really, go ahead … we’ll wait. *snkkkk*

(What? Yeah, helluva science-fair project.)

Dark Times

Dark Money

Here’s our spankin’ new AG, hitting the ground running, Making The World Safer for Demokracy:

Loretta Lynch’s Justice Department unsealed a 47-count indictment Wednesday morning laden with racketeering, corruption and conspiracy charges against

yes? yes??

against 14 defendants associated with FIFA, the world soccer association, and international soccer organizations.

Soccer?

World Soccer?

*cough*jurisdiction*cough*

…erm…

The friendship between Bill Clinton and Frank Giustra began a decade ago when the two met aboard Giustra’s private jetliner. Giustra says he was inspired by the former president’s dedication to his philanthropic causes. The two have traveled often together, sometimes meeting political leaders in nations where Giustra has business interests.

Now…. If I had a private jetliner, that would be the last place I would “meet” new people. Just Me™

But for a fella seeking positive connections it would be a natural.

Which is why I don’t have a private jetliner…
or “philanthropic causes”…

Here’s a little example of “philanthropic causes

Clinton and Giustra fly separately to Kazakhstan, where Clinton meets with the country’s president to discuss charitable initiatives. The two join 50 others at a state dinner. Two days later, Giustra’s company finalizes a $500 million deal to acquire three rich deposits of uranium in the former Soviet republic. The following year, Giustra makes a donation of $32.7 million to the Clinton Foundation. …

and another

…Giustra and Clinton agree to form a new arm of the Clinton Foundation — the Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative (CGSGI). An early donor: Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp., which pledged $3.5 million over the years. …Mexican businessman Carlos Slim, along with Luis Moreno, president of the Inter-American Development Bank

Moar [with pix, so it did happen…]

But!

Mr. Clinton insisted that the Clinton Foundation was in the business of saving lives and heeeelping people in impoverished countries, not trading political favors for cash,

“I gotta pay our bills,” [SlickWillie] said

Remember, they were broke when they left the White House
…with $100,000 of furniture and stuff
…and all the W keys off the deyboards
… and are now worth over $30 mil.

Teh American Dream™
and FamilyValues™

“People should draw their own conclusions. I’m not in politics,” he said. “All I’m saying is the idea that there’s one set of rules for us and another set for everybody else is true.”

…Mr. Clinton also said his family gets held to a higher standard.

Soccer Cheating!!!!!!

Bill and Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation have been hit with a racketeering lawsuit in Florida court.

Soccer Cheating!!!!!!

The lawsuit, filed by Larry Klayman of Freedom Watch, includes a legal request to have the Florida judge seize the private server on which Hillary Clinton and her aides hosted their emails while she served as secretary of state.

Soccer Cheating!!!!!!

The Clintons responded: “ … “

Also:

Pantsuit Up!

and

$30

$55

How not to think like a conservative

This has gotta be the single stupidest opinion piece I’ve ever read from a “conservative.”

Will Vanilla Ice Cream Be the Downfall of the United States?

There is one thing that has always confused me and caused me to question our commitment to the true values of the United States of America: vanilla ice cream.

Oookayyy, can’t wait to see where this analogy is going.

Now, I’m not saying I don’t like vanilla ice cream. It’s a perfectly fine treat by itself. What makes it so baffling, though, is that other flavors of ice cream exist.

No one’s favorite flavor is vanilla. We all agree on this.

Wrong and wrong.
Whenever I eat ice cream, it is always vanilla (or French vanilla). To me, vanilla ice cream is perfection, itself. It is the most pleasurable thing you can put on your tongue in public (next to prime rib).
The only time I eat any other flavor is when vanilla is not a choice.
YMMV The point is that his premise is wrong, stupidly and patronizingly wrong (a bad start to an argument).

When you describe something as “vanilla,” you’re calling it conventional and ordinary — bland, really.

Pure Progthink — pick one of the many inapplicable definitions of a word to make a point rather than the actual definition mandated by the original context (i.e. lie about your opponent’s position).

It’s not really even a flavor. It’s just the default option — the blank template — before you come up with something more interesting.

Vanilla is definitely a flavor, you ignorant jackass.
It is not a default, it is a specific choice — you have to add flavoring (vanilla extract).

Yet there it sits in the frozen aisle, right next to all the other flavors of ice cream — which would almost be understandable if it were a quarter of the price of chocolate, strawberry, or buttered pecan. But no, it’s the same price. It’s competing on equal footing with cookies and cream. Presumably, people walk past cookie dough and rocky road and point to vanilla and say, “There. That’s the one I want. I want the one that’s just barely showing up as an ice cream flavor.”

Only a Progthinker would be so elitist as to believe that making a choice other than theirs is somehow base and unworthy.
There’s a huge difference between choosing vanilla among a dozen options and having vanilla as the only choice.
In the extreme, Progthink requires one to choose even flavors one doesn’t like (diversity) or makes vanilla illegal.

And no, this isn’t some sting operation by the FBI to root out soulless psychopaths in our midst. This is an ordinary thing that happens every day. And no one stops them. The cashier doesn’t say, “Hey, this isn’t the Soviet Union. You have other options.” No, we act like it’s normal.

Because it is. Lots of people actually (and this may come as a surprise to this guy) like vanilla ice cream.
I do not have to like what you like.
I do not have to arbitrarily seek somebody else’s concept of variety in order to avoid being seen as merely ordinary by those who desperately want to see themselves as not-ordinary.
“No one stops them,” because that’s how stores make money … and, you know, freedom.

And it makes me wonder: Can the United States of America survive?
[deleted another stupid analogy to save space, although it's probably too late for that]
We’re supposed to be a country of exceptional people doing extraordinary things.

No, not everybody needs to be exceptional, especially by someone else’s definition.
(You’re unique, just like everybody else.)
We’re a country of free people who are free to be as ordinary as we want to be or as exceptional as we want to be in the ways we want to be.
What we are not is a people who are “supposed” be anything.

People bled and died so we’d have opportunities unlike any other country out there.

No, they bled and died so we’d be free, free to make our own opportunities and to live our lives eating vanilla if we want, not to live up to someone else’s vision.

We’re supposed to make giant cars and fast computers and moon rockets. But instead people are taking all the advantages they’ve been given and choosing to buy vanilla ice cream and unflavored Doritos.

Some of those rocket-builders like vanilla ice cream. ;)
What’s your point? (Yes, I do get his point it; but it’s silly and incoherent.)

Thus, I think I can say without hyperbole that when someone buys vanilla ice cream, he’s basically right there with John Wilkes Booth, helping him steady his aim at Abraham Lincoln’s head.

Hyperbole is exactly what you’ve used.
Literally.

Why do we put up with this?

See: freedom, above.

If I owned a supermarket and someone came up to me and asked, “Where’s the vanilla ice cream?” I would say, “You want to buy vanilla ice cream? There’s the door.”

And you’d be out of business in a week.
I expect that’s one reason you don’t own a supermarket.

And then I would point to the northern border, where I’ve always argued we should build a big door (so we can show people to it). If you want to buy vanilla ice cream, go to Canada — land of bland people. If you won’t take advantage of the opportunities we have here in the U.S., then you might as well just hang out in America Lite and stay out of our way.

Hyperbole, again? I hope so.
My insulted Canadian half calls you an ignorant, pompous jackass.

We should not enable people being ordinary in America. Being ordinary is far worse than flag desecration or uppercutting a bald eagle. That’s why we shouldn’t even have vanilla as an option. We need to make it clear that if you want to be bland, you’re not wanted here. In fact, kids shouldn’t be kicked out of school for getting F’s but instead for getting C’s. Either succeed or fail spectacularly, but don’t just show up. That’s not what this country is about.

The stupidity of that statement is eye-watering.
Any support this guy may have built for his thesis up to this point has now been totally discredited.
What’s next? Deporting all the chocolate lovers who are the new ordinary?

America is a land of freedom, a place where the individual can choose whatever he wants. And that includes leaving, which is the choice you make if you want vanilla ice cream.

No, that’s not a free choice, that’s ethnic cleansing.

Because when you choose vanilla ice cream — when you choose to be less than extraordinary — you need to go through that door. You can’t see me right now, but I’m pointing north. I’m pointing north to the spot where I think we should build the door.

Don’t let it hit you in the ass on your way out, pal.

This has got to be the lamest attempt at an inspirational speech that I’ve ever read.
Sure, I know what he’s trying to say; but he gets so wrapped up trying to make his (what he probably thought was cute or clever) stupid analogy work, that he totally fails.

(What? Well, sure, it it’d been funny or clever; but it wasn’t.)

Speaking of vanilla ice cream

Who Needs Lois Lerner?

Thieves used an online service provided by the IRS to gain access to information from more than 100,000 taxpayers, the agency said Tuesday.

“We’re confident that these are not amateurs,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.

Yeah, well… maybe they’re not amateurs…

“In all, about 200,000 attempts were made from questionable email domains, with more than 100,000 of those attempts successfully clearing authentication hurdles,” the agency said. “During this filing season, taxpayers successfully and safely downloaded a total of approximately 23 million transcripts.”

Evidently, Kim Jong-un was the best choice

Kim Jong-chol, [older] brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, has gone missing after attending a pair of Eric Clapton concerts in London last week.

I figger that’s normal after Clapton concerts.
If so, it’s prob’ly the only normal thing about the Kimmies.


[J]ong-chol was passed over for North Korea’s leadership position because his father thought he was too effeminate.

Too effeminate? … for a Kim?
Is that even possible?

The eldest brother, Kim Jong-nam, was first in line to succeed his late father after his death, but fell out of the line of succession when he was caught trying to enter Japan with a fake passport in 2001 on a trip to visit Tokyo Disneyland. [story]


Actually, this is kind’a how I view the Dems’ candidate list.

meanwhile…back at The Asylum…

Sunday Brunch
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Dogny/Hank 2016!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!