“The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of ‘liberalism’ they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.”

Socialist Party presidential candidate Norman Thomas

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Lunch at the Boylan-Bridge Brewpub with downtown Raleigh in the background. If you find yourself wandering around Raleigh and don't have a place to eat, you could do a lot worse than the Piedmont sandwich (BLT with avocado) and the house Kolsch.

The Stones still rolling

Dianne and I caught the Stones last night with some good friends at Carter-Finley stadium in Raleigh. Pretty decent show for a stage full of septuagenarians. Mick's still got it, though.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

phone use at red lights portends the breakdown of civilized society

In the dozen or so years that I've been moonlighting in traffic engineering, I've noticed a disturbing recent trend.
At signals with enough green time that at least 10-12 cars should make it through the light, say a left turn signal, these days only 6-7 make it through. Do you know why? Let me clue you in.......
Because at red light stops, virtually everybody driving cars immediately jams their fat noses against the faces of their stupid cell phones and forgets they're waiting for a signal to change. The front cars rarely move for a full 3 seconds after the light changes to green, and only then when other cars start honking horns. I've observed, studied, and recorded rush-hour intersections by the hundreds and I see it all the time.
The scientifically orchestrated dynamics of traffic movements as functions of signal timing are breaking down and it is a microcosm of the general breakdown of civil society as we cease existing in the present here and now, and willfully occupy instead a practically imaginary virtual reality in our phones.
If you're one of those self-involved morons whose locus of identity resides externally in a 24/7 connection to your stupid friends, to the point that you can't resist texting them at every red light you come to, cut it out!!! When the light turns green, be ready to drive. 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Hey dumb, entitled fast-food slobs, meet your replacements

Several states have increased their minimum wage to a ridiculous $15/hour and others have gone to $10.10/hour. How is a company like McDonald's, who hires about 1 million entry-level workers a year, going to deal with this? By firing all the morons who stood outside their employer's place of business demanding with picket signs to be paid far more than their piddling jobs washing lettuce is worth to the company, and replacing them permanently with tireless kiosks like the ones in this McD's in Littleton, CO.

Unlike impudent, laze teenagers, kiosks never make mistakes, always come to work on time, never complain or spill anything, and don't exhibit poor attitudes when dealing with customers. These kiosks will pay for themselves in a matter of weeks or months and those millions of teens who could have used the work experience to learn diligence, promptness, responsibility, job skills, and how to dress like an adult, will now have to schlepp for work elsewhere if they bother even to do that.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Screwed by John Roberts, again

So John Roberts very predictably upheld his previous back-stab of the American people, when he today voted with Anthony Kennedy to uphold the legality of state run exchanges. You'd have to be a dope to not know that Roberts would vote to support his previous vote.

Now there is a House bill that would compel the supreme justices and their staffs to sign up for Obamacare and buy their coverage on the exchanges like everybody else. Why not?

Should the supreme justices not have to be burdened by the same laws with which they burden us? I predict the republicans will be too timid to vote for it, but they should.

Friday, June 19, 2015

More gun control

It appears that Obama's relentless stoking of racial resentment by painting all whites as closet racists, or at least the unapologetic benefactors of past racism, and black thugs as noble, oppressed saints, he and the rabidly anti-gun media have finally gotten the story they've been wanting. A white-power maniac used a legally purchased gun to slaughter 9 innocent blacks in church. 

I'm not sure what the executive branch can do toward gun-control, but rest assured the pressure will be applied for far stricter laws, banking on the guilt of white congress-critters who'll cave to him for political purposes. 

The dream perp for the gun-control left.......

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The race-grievance industry is one big hustle

I swear you cannot write comedy like this Rachel Dolezal woman.
Apparently in 2002 she sued traditionally black Howard University for discrimination against her as a white woman, by picking black students over her for preferred positions.
My guess is that she saw how many special privileges blacks are afforded in this country and decided to become black to take advantage of them.
Hilariously, as a black woman, she ends up in Spokane heading up the NAACP, where her job is to complain and whine about how UNDER-privileged blacks are in this country.
Heh heh....I can't stop laughing. If this doesn't expose to everybody what a hustle the race-grievance industry is, nothing will.

Clearly Rachel needed a better manual.

Monday, June 15, 2015

By pretending to be black, Rachel Dolezal may ruin it for authentic blacks

The race grievance industry would't be as wildly successful as it is if not for the abyss-like depth of the white-guilt well. And blacks and other minorities have been taught for generations by smug, white liberals that they are unable to make it on their own and need the help of white benefactors to survive. Now it seems, whites have figured out how to take advantage of the race-grievance scam.

Apparently if you want to avail yourself of the panapoly of privileges that our society generously bestows upon minorities, then all you have to do is announce that today, you feel black......oh, and it might help if you kink your hair up and keep a fake tan like black fetishist Rachel Dolezal did to sell her charade.

This does not bode well for programs like affirmative action and governmnet race quotas because if everybody can pretend to be black the way Bruce Jenner pretends to be a chick, then authentic blacks are no longer special.

Remember, if every one is special, no one is special.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Parties for infants are ridiculous

I just drove through my neighborhood and it irritated me to have to navigate a gauntlet of cars carelessly parked on both sides of the street because a family with what I know to be a one year old kid, was throwing it a birthday party.
Here are the current popular occasions for throwing a kid a party:
[the "we're pregnant" conception party]
[the baby shower[
[the big reveal party] where they find out the gender
[the "we had a baby and you didn't" first-week-home party]
[the 1st birthday party]
Look, it's not that hard to get knocked up, pretty much everybody does it sooner or later on purpose or by mistake.Throwing this many parties for a fetus is tranparently about drawing as much attention to yourself as you can and imposing on your resentful, childless friends to give you lots of gifts......OR, compelling the ones to whom you previously had to give multiple gifts, to return the obligatory gesture.
I'm going out on a limb and betting that in 1962-3, my mom didn't make a fuss about any of those gestational non-events, even my 1st BD. Why would she? She had a life outside of mothering me and I sure didn't know the difference.
I said all that to say this, if you couldn't think of a lie fast enough and have to attend one of these kid parties that make you want to stab yourself in the neck with a pencil because interacting with the trauma team at the ER would be more interesting than chatting with other parents about their kids' latest speech milestone or funny thing they did, at least park as close to the grass on the curb as you can so the rest of us can get by. Additionally, no emergency vehicles I've seen are narrow enough to squeeze between the rows of cars the way they were parked.
Here's to kids' parties, poorly anchored bounce houses, and windy days.
Heh heh.....weeeeeeee!!!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Has anybody read the TPA bill going before congress?

Does anybody have the real 411 on the TPA(Trade Promotion Authority) bill that will be voted on today? I heard Paul Ryan swearing to Greta that it'll give Congress veto authority on any deal the executive branch wants to broker, but then I hear Jeff Sessions (R) AL. say the bill gives far too much trade authority to the executive branch, eliminating most legislative oversight. Which is it?
Apparently congress-critters aren't allowed to read the bill except in a locked room by themselves and cannot share copies with their staff prior to the vote. Why the cloak-and-dagger shadiness? That alone makes me think it's a bad idea. 
Plus, if Obama is for it and big businesses are for it (big business has establishment republicans like Ryan in their back pockets) that probably means still more manufacturing jobs going to third-world countries along with increased importation of cheap laborers to this country......both feature prominently in Obama's "fundamental transformation" dreams for America. 
The fact that establishment republicans are fast-tracking this before anybody can read it makes me suspicious. I'd actually like to hear what Trump thinks. Say what you want about him, he would put US interests top priority in any trade deals.