Saturday, June 25, 2016

I don't need to know the pro's and con's of Brexit

All I needed to know, without paying any attention whatsoever to the debate on the UK severing its relationship with the European Union, was that Barack Obama was in favor of the UK remaining in the EU.

That's all I needed to know to weigh in on the side of departure.  If Barry likes it, it has to be detrimental to my interests.  Or to the interests of capitalism and conservatism in general.  Every decision, speech, meeting or activity that Barry has ever been involved in favors taking money or assets from one group of people and giving it to another to further two of his goals in life:

1) To achieve 'fairness' on the planet.  This utopian, hare brained dream sounds great on paper, but it will never be achieved here on earth, regardless of how much money he has to confiscate from others.  Human nature cannot be changed via politics.  Sure, it can be diverted for a time, but not changed.  

2).  To maintain power over others by him and his ilk.  As long as Barry and his liberal buddies are in charge of things, it doesn't matter how things are going (great or badly, same same), as long as they are calling the shots, that's all that matters.

If Barry supports something, no matter what, I oppose it in self interest.  He has shown this over and over to be the formula for what I believe.

If you wanted to lose weight, would you seek the counsel of the chef in charge of the training table of a sumo wrestling camp?  

If you wanted some advice on the stock market, would you seek out counsel from a stinking, filthy, drunk wino on the streets of The Bowery?  

If you wanted to get in on some beauty secrets, would you ask Quasimoto?  Or Pat Caddell?

No, no and again, no.  And of course, the same philosophy as laid out here can be applied to the mainstream media: if they like the idea, you better run for the hills.  If they hate it (like they did with the Brexit vote, they were absolutely apoplectic), then pop the champagne corks, happy days are here again.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

America is awash in killer products

From the ABC News bureau, New York:

In the recent weeks, several gruesome deaths have been attributed to deadly products, widely available for sale on U.S. grocery shelves, and this humble and impartial ABC News correspondent has just a few examples to report to an unsuspecting public:

Vero Beach, Forida - a woman was killed by a shark attack while swimming in neck deep waters off the coast of Florida on Monday morning, sources say.  It was determined that the woman, Edna G. Getaclue, age 34, on vacation from Kentucky, harmlessly strapped fresh, juicy T-bone steaks to her arms and legs in a routine and common attempt to keep cool from the hot Florida sun.  When she went swimming with the steaks still strapped firmly to her, a hungry shark attacked and killed the woman, in a completely surprising move by a usually harmless fish.  When the butcher shop where the deadly steaks were purchased by the unsuspecting victim was contacted regarding the known deadly attraction to sharks, they had no comment.  It is suspected that the steaks, a known deadly product, had something to do with the deadly attack.  The family of the victim has no comment currently, pending criminal investigations into the rogue butcher shops' past evil activities.

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho - a couple was mauled to death by a 12' grizzly bear Tuesday evening while hiking in the wilderness near this mountain vacation spot, reports the U.S. Forest Service.  Apparently the couple, Harvey Q. Dipshutt, 33 and his wife Chloe, 28, had just stocked up their backpacks with Oberto beef jerky, and Hostess Twinkies for snacks on their hike when suddenly, out of nowhere the huge bear attacked the couple, killing them and eating the snacks. Incriminating shredded wrappers of both deadly but commonly available products were found near the bodies of the victims, reported a U.S. Forest Service official. Spokesmen for both Oberto and Hostess were unvailable for comment when asked by ABC News why such a known deadly bear attracting product was still on the market, despite their well known deadly properties.  Criminal and civil suits are likely to follow in the coming weeks.  

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the U.S. is awash with products widely known to cause injury and death, and yet they continue to be available on supermarket shelves nationwide.

This is Fredd, your impartial and vigilant ABC News correspondent, back to you in the studio, George. 

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Undesirables in our midst

It is no secret that as urban blight and crime spread, people with the means to escape will do so.  It's human nature: if you are exposed to danger, you take steps to mitigate your exposure to harm, and one of the most sure fire methods of doing so is vacating the area that is teeming with danger.

President Barack Obama wants to change human nature.  He doesn't like how human nature works in this regard, since the statistics bear out that most people with means within urban populations areas that leave are white.  And these white people that flee crime ridden areas take their assets with them, leaving behind those without means.  Those left behind to fend for themselves in these blighted areas are for the most part black.  Or in other words, Obama constituents.  

Barry doesn't like the way this is working.  According to a pie-in-the-sky, dues paying leader of the liberal Democrat voting left, it's just not fair that only people with money can move to safe parts of the country.  In a fair world, everybody should be able to live in safe, affluent neighborhoods.  And since he is the boss, he's not going to let this kind of human nature stand, not on his watch.

Under the Obama administration, the extension of HUD Section 8 vouchers has sky rocketed, and those vouchers have to be used somewhere, and woe be it to the landlord who tries to discriminate against a holder of one of these vouchers.  

This use of taxpayer money is just one of the man ways that Obama and his ilk get back at those rotten 'white flight' evacuees from urban crime, and who took all their money with them.  He will do his best using the ham fisted power of the federal government to make sure that the crime these refugees escaped will follow them.

A perfect liberal nostrum: rather than encourage conservative solutions to urban crime, such as job creation, elimination of excessive regulations, etc., his solution to the concentration of criminals and undesirables within an urban setting is to spread them among the honest, hard working parts of the country.  Once these Section 8 lowlifes infect an area, the property values plummet, and 'white flight' begins anew.

Perhaps President Trump should consider eliminating the Department of Housing and Urban Development.  That would go far towards eliminating undesirables in our midst.    

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

I hate bad cooking

I am at that point in my life where I have had enough well cooked meals to know the difference between good cooking and bad cooking.  And I suspect that I am no different than most folks: I prefer good cooking.

But it seems that in our politically correct culture these days, it is completely and totally taboo to point out bad cooking.  To do so would be to create conflict and confrontation.  You know, squabbles between the cook, the cook's supporters and the recipient of the cook's shitty fare.

Of course, we can't have that.  So here goes: I hate bad cooking, but I am forbidden from griping about it. When I am hungry, I will eat bad cooking.  Which in my extended family is most all the time.  In my household, I will not eat bad cooking and remain silent.  I will speak up.  To speak well of a poorly crafted meal will only serve to perpetuate the badness of the meal: if I say that I enjoyed something crappy, then I will see it show up on my plate again. Why encourage bad cooking?  I don't, at least not in my own home.  And my wife has come to expect a truly honest opinion of everything she cooks, and no phony baloney praise.  She is a good cook, and bats around .925 or so.  But every now and then, something turns out bad, and I let her know.  And of course, I let her know that the good stuff came out nice, too.  Which is most of the time.

But when I am on the road eating meals cooked by others, I am prohibited by this unspoken pressure to never criticize Aunt Sally's spaghetti sauce.  In fact, I am under pressure to actually praise it, even though I would prefer to flush the stuff down the toilet, given half the chance.  But I won't say boo, and I will eat the stuff, smile and when prompted indicate it was very good.

What makes bad cooking?  Plenty of errors are made by the average bad cook.  Here are but a few:

1.  Trying recipes out for the first time on guests.  Many bad cooks feel that they must impress their guests with fancy, schmancy food that looks great in the magazine, but they have never in fact ever tried to produce it in person.  And when the guinea pigs formerly known as guests try this never before prepared fare, it is usually more of the same: 'ummm, Aunt Sally, this is the BEST.'  And it's not.

2.  Poor guest management.  Well prepared food is best when served at the proper temperature.  Hotcakes, for example, should be hot when served (flapjacks, pancakes, all the same thing).  And steak.  Steak should be sizzling hot.  But not at Aunt Sally's, not by a long shot.  Aunt Sally will cook the steaks, and then let them cool down to room temperature because she doesn't want to serve them until everyone sits down, and that means waiting for Uncle Bert to wake up from his nap.  Bad cooking can come in the form of poor guest management.  If Fredd were the cook, Uncle Bert would have been sitting at the table well before the steaks were done.  Even if Uncle Bert had to be woken up by a bucket of ice water in his fat face.  There is nothing worse than cold food that is supposed to be hot.

3.  Improperly timed dishes.  A good meal is served with all the fare ready to eat and on the plate or in the bowl at the moment the guest sits down.  The steak will be hot, the French bread will be hot and crispy, the milk will be cold, you know, whatever is supposed to be served hot is hot, and whatever is supposed to be served cold is cold.  But not at Aunt Sally's, not a chance.  Aunt Sally will cook one dish at a time, then pull it off the stove and cover it with tin foil.  Like that is supposed to keep food hot.  It doesn't.  And so it goes for the rest of the meal: next the green beans, pull them off, then make the mashed potatoes.  Then pull them off the stove, cover the pot with tin foil, and on and on and on it goes.  Then the lovely and gracious Aunt Sally will serve her guests (assuming they are awake from their naps and ready to eat, if not, the food can properly attain room temperature, just the way everybody likes it).  And when the everyone sits down, everything on the table is room temperature.

In other words, bad cooking.  Of course, because everybody is hungry, the only words coming out of every mouth (even mine) is: 'great stuff, Aunt Sally, you really know how to strap on the feed bag.'

And now I am guilty as the rest of the gang, praising Aunt Sally's inedible garbage as great cooking.  Which ultimately leads to more bad meals in the future.  

And I hate bad cooking, you think I would muster up the gumption and say something.  But I am cowed by political correctness, and will put up with Aunt Sally's bad cooking until I die.  


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

American public education system cannot be fixed

It simply can't be saved.  

There is just too much money sucked up by the public education system (K-12) with too many bureaucrats who have devoted their lives to keeping the cash flowing, and indeed to increase the cash flow taken at gunpoint from their tax payers within their districts. These bureaucrats have now feather bedded each school to the point that they are nothing more than bottomless money pits that suck the very life blood out of their communities, and drive property tax rates through the roof to support such opulence, extravagance and waste.  

For each child within a typical public school, there might be in any one school district approximately .5 administrators/support staff/teachers on the public payroll making sure that the taxes freely flow in to support this child.  Two kids, one public school employee.  It is simply unsustainable in the long run.

And the long run is now here.

When I went to public school (6th grade, 1966), my school had 25 kids per class, and the elementary school I attended (Ida Patterson Elementary, Eugene OR) had two classes per grade, K-6.  That equaled 175 kids in this building from September through June, a typical school year.

The staff of this public school in 1966 consisted of the following:

  • 1 teacher per classroom, or 14 total teachers.
  • 1 principal
  • 3 administrative personnel
  • 1 school nurse, who served 4 other local schools also
  • 1 janitor/handyman/maintenance guy
This ancient school had no buses, because we walked or rode our bikes to school. There were no lunch ladies, cooks, dishwashers, cafeterias, none of that. We ate lunch at our desks, and the independent milk man delivered a case of milk to each teacher, and she charged each kid 4 cents for a carton of milk to go along with their brown bag lunch which was packed by their loving parents.

No special education/high risk student teachers, no language teachers, no truant officers, no security personnel, no bus drivers, no bus maintenance facility, no mechanics, no mechanic supervisors, no mechanical facility administrators, none of this garbage.

And somehow, we were taught the elementary subjects of reading, writing and arithmetic (the Three Rs).

My daughter's elementary school in 2013 consisted of the following staff to educate grades (K-5) of approx 150 students:
  • 35 teachers, to include special needs/education teachers, language teachers, speech therapists, physical education teachers, science teachers, librarians, and then the regular grade school general subject teachers.
  • 1 principal
  • 1 vice principal
  • 1 attendance principal
  • 4 gym/physical ed teachers
  • 2 security personnel
  • 14 general office administrators
  • 17 cafeteria staff, to include a cafeteria manager and assistant manager
  • 7 bus drivers
  • 5 bus/equipment maintenance workers
  • 10 misc. employees, whose duties are nebulous at best
The math here is not hard.  That's a LOT of public school employees, and the community is satisfied that this is the least, bare bones level of staffing that we can live with to educate our children. We simply cannot function with less.

Bond issues are voted on each year to try and increase the funding to the local schools, since they are always cash strapped.  Any attempt to reign in this profligate spending on this bloated system is vilified, and cries of 'but it's for the children!' are blasted from bullhorns held by teacher's union goons.

These public school employees are so entrenched, and have so ingrained into our conscience that we need all of this crap so that our children receive the education they deserve, there is just no possibility that a single penny can be cut from the ever growing bureaucracy.

There is simply no hope of fixing this.  It just needs to be dumped in its entirety and started again from the beginning.  But parents will not put up with any significant changes, since it is the way it has been since, well, forever.

No, it hasn't always been like this.  

Friday, May 13, 2016

Why Obama's American economy is stagnant

As a small business owner (very small) and sole proprietor, I myself would just love to grow my operation, hire some folks, and really start to put my business on the map.

But that is simply not in the cards for me.  I would love to have help in a lot of the simple, low tech tasks that I have to do myself.  I could easily show a reliable but entry level skilled person how to do a lot of things that would free me up to concentrate on the skilled tasks of my business that I have spent a lifetime honing.

Not going to happen.  The daunting requirements of the federal government are simply too overwhelming and potentially fatal to my business.  If I were to hire just a single guy (or gal), I would be putting my entire business at risk of going under, considering the following:

  • The current federally mandated minimum wage here in Illinois is $8.25/hour, and this amount simply doesn't justify me taking on anyone full time.  Paying the wage itself would be OK, but that is not the only requirement levied by the feds.
  • I would also have to pay FICA taxes on any payroll expenditures, in addition to Medicare and unemployment taxes
  • Unless I hired the absolute perfect person, who never got sick or hurt, pregnant or otherwise decided to pull some sort of skulduggery as an employee, they could drag me into court over the least little beef they have with their job and ultimately tank my business.
  • And God forbid I have to deal with providing somebody with health insurance, forget that, I have plenty of headaches just providing my own dang health insurance.
  • Keeping the records of this employee that are mandated by the federal government, to include hours, wages paid, W-2s, would take me away the things that I do best.  Just too much hassle, although I really need the help.
I just can't risk hiring anybody, even though hiring a single person would probably increase my productivity by maybe 50% or more.  But that increase in productivity would not be worth the risk of that employee going south on me, and actively trying to destroy me with any myriad of potential bombs provided to them by the federal government regarding employment regulations.

And the above is just anecdotal evidence that I see with my own business.  Multiply this by the entire American economy, and you can understand why we as a national economy are just crawling along at 2% growth, if that.  Hiring people is just too dang risky, it can destroy a business if they are not extremely careful as to who they take on.

Now with the specter of a minimum wage being jacked up to $15 an hour hanging over small business owner's heads, there is absolutely no way I can even dream of hiring anybody, even though I would truly love to expand my business.

I just can't risk it.  I just can't get in bed with the federal government.  They would destroy me without even trying.  



Saturday, May 7, 2016

Hillary scandals: old news or Trump campaign material?

Lately, only Hillary Clinton's email scandal and the charges of malfeasance in association with the Clinton Foundation are in the news, and really not prominently so.

These two scandals barely make page 7 in the metro section of the newspapers anymore, and of course the scandals of the past are 'old news' and never covered by any news source, ever.  Unless, of course, you consider Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Mark Levin as news sources.  Some do, most don't.  Those guys bring up Hillary Clinton's most unsavory past virtually daily.

Just wait until Donald Trump starts up the presses, and begins fueling dollars into TV and other media with non-stop 'Crooked Hillary' coverage, morning, noon and night.

It will be non-stop, and the material for all of these ads is almost never ending, to include:

  • Whitewater scandal, remember Webb Hubble and the boys?
  • Vince Foster's mysterious death, and Hillary's goons cleansing the office prior to arrival of investigators.
  • Travelgate, with the sacking of the entire staff of the White House travel office, since Hillary 'needed those slots.'
  • Rose Law firm records, which mysteriously were found on a table in one of the hallways of the West Wing.
  • Bimbo eruptions, where Hillary viciously attacked the accusers of her serial philandering hubby, Bubba, destroying virtually all of these women's lives as they had known them.
  • Cattle futures, where Hillary invested a measly $1,000 bucks and miraculously cashed in $100,000.  
  • Lying about being named after Sir Edmond Hillary, who became famous for being the first to scale Mt. Everest in Nepal.  The glitch here was that Sir Edmond Hillary was unknown prior to this feat, and Hillary Clinton was born BEFORE the Everest Climb by Sir Edmond.  
  • Hillary coming under sniper fire in Bosnia, when this clearly did not happen.
  • Let's not forget Hillary's close ties to Saul Alinsky, I would bet The Donald has something to say about that.
  • How about Hillary and Bill looting the White House after they vacated in 2000?  Swiping White House china, furniture and about everything that wasn't bolted to the floor?  
  • Makes sense that they would loot the White House, since Hillary claimed that when they left the White House, they 'were dead broke.'  
Donald Trump should have a field day with all of this material to work with over the course of the next 6 months.  And we will all be watching it 24 hours a day, in ad after ad of those negative campaign spots.  You know the ones, they are usually black and white, with the grave narration of (fill in Hillary's skulduggery and malfeasance here), and the menacing cello sound track in the background.

Why the rest of the Old Guard GOP Republicans haven't been doing this since Hillary came into the national spotlight with her evil ways, that is a mystery to us all.