The Impact of Seattle’s Minimum Wage Hike

Posted by Jack

The verdict is in on Seattles minimum wage hike to $13.00 an hour on a path to $15 an hour. The results surprised me. Keep in mind that Seattle is in the midst of a building boom thanks to the tech industry and that helped support employment. Okay, here’s the short version of what happened from an article in Forbes:

“Please do note though what is the prediction. Not that there’s going to be a wiping out of employment opportunities, nor that the economy of Seattle is going to become a howling wasteland. Rather, that less human labor will be employed at $15 an hour than would have been employed if the minimum wage had not risen to that amount.

That is a prediction about what will happen with the full-wage rise. Today’s paper is a study of what has happened with the intermediate rise.

So it seems that I was right. The rise in the minimum wage is reducing the amount of employment compared to what would happen without the minimum wage rise. This is going to come as news to those acolytes of Nick Hanauer, but then there is a reason why fellow Forbes contributor Adam Ozimek calls Hanauer America’s worst minimum wage pundit.”

Employment fell by about 1% and that is the part that surprised me, but then you have to take into consideration that Seattle is riding a wave of new found tech money and that is lifting the economy. Without that surge in new buiness employment would surely have fallen much more.

Read the full story here.

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Two College Professors Fired for Racist Comments! Wha?

by Jack

Essex County College in New Jersey has fired adjunct professor Lisa Durden after she made racially insensitive remarks during an interview with Tucker Carlson on Fox News two weeks ago, according to the Associated Press. College officials said they received complaints about Durden’s interview, with some university constituents upset about statements that were disparaging to white people. During the interview, Durden, who is black, discussed a Memorial Day event held exclusively for black people hosted by a Black Lives Matter group.

When Carlson asked Durden for her thoughts, she interrupted the host, saying: “Boo hoo hoo. You white people are angry because you couldn’t use your white privilege card” to attend the event. The show aired June 6, and the school suspended Durden with pay two days later. She addressed the matter during a public meeting Tuesday with school officials, but was soon fired, according to the AP.

In a statement from College President Dr. Anthony E. Munroe obtained by the Daily Caller, Munroe quoted Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and said he’s committed to maintaining a welcoming environment for people of all races. He added that the school will be forming a committee devoted to making students of all backgrounds feel welcome.

Munroe quoted MLK when he said, You can’t defeat racism with more racism.” Read more at Zerohedge.

I don’t even want to write about the other idiot professor, but it was the same kind of @#$%. Enough already! We need to stop this stupidity and not allow any-body to get away with making racist remarks about any-body…period!

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Progressive Feminist Agenda – How Far Will They Go?

Posted by Tina

Yesterday in a discussion with one of our posters I asked, and was asked in return, about how far the radical progressive left might go in their quest for building the perfect society. This morning an example showed up. Voluntary genocide anyone?

The feminist magazine, Medusa Magazine, features a whopper of a front page “check your privilege” story, “Beyond Pro-Choice: The Solution to White Supremacy is White Abortion,” by Nicole Valentine. Ms “Valentine”…isn’t she lovely:

In a progressive society, it is often white families that stand in the way of equality and justice. Systemic white supremacy depends, first and foremost, on the white family unit. When white conquerors forcefully penetrated the indigenous, egalitarian homeland of the Native peoples of America, they were quick to replicate their white societies, initiating their parasitism by establishing white plantations, headed by white fathers, submissive white mothers, and, most critically, white children, with full dominion over the enslaved and oppressed people of color that were forced to uphold these micro-fiefdoms.

It is no surprise, then, that America’s fascination with the white family unit has gone hand-in-hand with the historical proliferation of white supremacy. After Bacon’s Rebellion, white micro-fieftans thought it necessary to expand the definition of white family to encompass the entirety of white society, so as to coerce the working class to fight amongst itself based on racial lines. Whites are embedded from birth with the sense of common white identity, and this identity conditions them to replicate the white family unit, thus furthering the cycle of white supremacy in America. That is why the white family unit must be destroyed.

The remainder of the piece is riddled with embellished and emotionally rewritten history, assumptions as to thinking processes and motives, and of course, piles of bigotry and racism. Read it for entertainment alone, if you can stomach what it says about the progressive feminist agenda.

Hat tip: Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit

I invite white feminists who believe the idiocy of “white privilege” to check their history before running to Planned Parenthood to make a deposit. I’ll even provide an easy place to begin…

An American Thinker article examines Irish immigration to America. (Last I checked the Irish are white and their ancestors were anything but privileged)

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Museum Tour

By Jack

Want to see an incredible car museum?   A friend of mine works for Audi in Germany, here is his link to the Audi museum called the Museummobile.   It is the best display of all kinds of Audi cars I have ever seen anywhere for any car.

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Le Pont De Lyon – Jack Lee Art

by Jack the Starving Artist (sort of)

In my pursuit of art education, I’m trying something a little different, I think it is 17th-18th century style.   I forgot where I got my original photograph, so I can’t be sure.  Anyway, to me it looks somewhere between traditional landscape and impressionism and that was my intention.   This style makes the emphasis more on the [creative] use of color using a somewhat casual composition.  I like this style and I may do a few more before I move on to something else.   Do you like the unusual colors on the trees to the right side?

DETAILS: It is acrylic on canvas and it’s approximately 24 x 20. The blue sky and water is off color by several shades because of the digital camera and my light source. In the real picture it’s not quite as turquoise.

All comments are welcome, good or bad, its all helpful.  If you don’t mind, please rate it on a 1 to 10 scale, with 1 being really bad.

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Republicans Under Attack

Posted by Tina

I’m re-posting this article in full. I think the subject matter is that important. It should eb in the headlines. I respectfully ask, “Where’s the outrage?”

John Hinderacker of Powerline shares a story he saw in in the Columbus Dispatch that’s disturbing:

E. Stanley Hoff of Westerville, Ohio appeared in court yesterday, charged with threatening to “assault, kidnap, or murder a United States official.” The Columbus Dispatch reports:

A voice mail that threatened U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers and his family landed a Westerville man in federal court Wednesday, charged with a crime that carries a 10-year prison term if he is convicted.

In the voice mail that authorities said was left with the Upper Arlington Republican’s Hilliard district office on Sunday, the caller mentioned the June 14 baseball practice during which House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and four others were wounded or injured in Alexandria, Virginia.

“I’ve seen the prayer ya’ll were saying at the baseball diamond … I think ya’ll better hit your knees and pray for the people that you’re screwin’ up their lives,” the message stated, according to a criminal complaint filed by Capitol Police in U.S. District Court in Columbus.

“We’re coming to get every goddamn one of you and your families. Maybe the next one taken down will be your daughter. Huh? Or your wife. Or even you.”

The criminal complaint against Hoff, a Democrat, says that he “has left at least five harassing and threatening voice-mail messages with Stivers’ Hilliard office since February.” Capitol police told Hoff to desist, but the threats continued. It appears that the attempted assassination of multiple House Republicans by James Hodgkinson may have caused the authorities to finally move against Hoff.

Hoff is a registered Democrat who has voted religiously since 2004. He doesn’t seem to have a Facebook page, at least not one that I could discover. But his desire to emulate Hodgkinson and his reference to “the people that you’re screwin’ up their lives” suggest that he may have been inspired by Democratic Party propaganda. Hoff doesn’t live in Rep. Stivers’ district, but his own representative is a Democrat, which also suggests that in threatening Stivers he was motivated by partisan fanaticism rather than a random hostility to authority.

Democratic Party leaders would probably say that people like Hodgkinson and Hoff are random lunatics that have nothing to do with their party. But in fact, a number of Democrats have been caught cheering the attempted murder of House Majority Whip Scalise and others. In Nebraska, for example, two Democratic Party officials have been caught celebrating James Hodgkinson’s assassination attempt.

A Nebraska Democrat Party official has said on recorded audio that he is “fu**in’ glad” Congressman Steve Scalise got shot, and that he wishes Scalise “was fu**in’ dead”.

The list of Nebraska Democrats expressing glee about the shooting of Scalise is growing.

Nebraska Democrat Party Black Caucus Chair, Chelsey Gentry-Tipton has been in the news since posting on Facebook that she thought it “funny” that Republicans were “crying” after Scalise and others were shot.

Democratic Party violence has been going on for a while, but it is finally getting attention. It’s about time.

UPDATE: The Free Beacon reports that 30 Republican Congressmen have been attacked or threatened since last month.

Democrats have been yucking it up for decades. Whenever one or more of them demeans, disparages, or suggests violence against those on the right it’s a signal for great celebration and mirth. This has now reached a fever pitch with dramatic assassination and attempted mass murder thrown into in the mix. I’m not satisfied with milk toast responses and I sure as he77 am greatly offended by those who double down and defend. At this point I have to repeat, “Where is the outrage on the left…where do they have to get to before it’s enough?”

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Common Ground?

by Tina

A caller to The Rush Limbaugh Show this morning lamented about deep divisions in America and suggested that Americans need find common ground in order to unify as Americans again. Rush asked the obvious question. Where’s the common ground? He certainly has a point. American’s have been experiencing the growing deep divide for decades.

A related media exchange occurred this morning as I was watching Stuart Varney’s show on Fox Business. Doug Schoen, former Bill Clinton campaign consultant and pollster, was commenting on whether Nancy Pelosi should step down as the Democrat minority leader in the House. His response was that she should because she represents the coastal left and has no empathy or understanding of the center of the country. Varney asked why Mr. Schoen was still a Democrat given the party’s far left positions. Schoen explained he was a Kennedy Democrat and he ticked off a list of differences that included freedom and prosperity. I noticed his list left out the tax policies that Kennedy enacted. Kennedy believed in tax cuts to get the economy going. The very thing that future, more extreme party elements, would deem “trickle down” to negatively label and demean President Ronald Reagan, a former Democrat. Reagan famously said when asked why he left the Democrat Party, “I didn’t leave the Democrat Party, the Democrat Party left me.” Here lies the crux of the great divide.

Democrats refuse to admit they have changed, that they have turned into a party that’s rejected basic American values (freedom), good manners (respect for others), and even constitutional laws (speech, religion, guns, immigration)! They refuse to admit to their own intolerance. They afford themselves the right to do or say anything while denying even basic speech and assembly rights to others. They turn a blind eye to violent elements of their party and offer disingenuous lip service when confronted about it. They accuse their opponents of despicable things they do themselves, they blame shift, they play games. They’re like the kid in the family that just will not stop creating chaos, making the entire family subject to dysfunction.

Rush is right. Americans cannot, will not, find common ground within the current atmosphere. We all need fresh air and room to be respected as individuals regardless of race, religion, creed, or politics.

Your thoughts?

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Great American Divide CA Imposes Travel Ban

Posted by Tina

We’ve experienced a lot of crazy divisive politics at the start of the new century. An example is the Little Sisters of the Poor, a Catholic order that was established in 1839 to care for the elderly poor. When Obamacare was passed the sisters fought for an exemption from birth control mandates in the law on religious grounds. An article in Slate points to the confusion that existed even at the Supreme Court level.

We go through the same (expensive, time consuming) exercises over and over again whether it be about healthcare, voter registration, guns, environment, marijuana, the border, sanctuary cities, or you name it. It’s enough to make a person hurl. This is not America…and yes, I want America back. I want an America where people have the good sense to be polite and mind their own business, an America where people figure out their own problems and turn to others only when they can’t find a reasonable solution. Even then respect for others should be part of the deal. It’s not too much to ask and it would make all of our lives a lot less stressful and contentious.

But…reality is what it is. We live in one of the most busybody, control freak states in the nation. So, it came as no shock when I learned tonight that the formerly great state of California has decided to ban state sponsored travel to certain states for all state workers. Sates currently banned include, Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Alabama, Kentucky and South Dakota.

Duly elected legislators in those states have passed laws that provide for religious protections that our state leaders find “discriminatory”…never mind that it is being discriminatory as it attempts to impose it’s will. One such law, the so-called bathroom bill, requires males and females to use bathrooms that match their biological gender. Another (in Texas) allows faith based child service providers to make decisions based in their religious values…it does require them to refer to alternate organizations that can/will provide services.

From my perspective the division, contention, and resulting problems flow from leaders who may mean well but intrude into individual lives and business stepping on toes and pushing their weight around. And why are they intruding? Because certain segments of the population think they have the right to compel others to conform to their values, even when it intrudes on basic constitutional rights. They have come to this entitled position in part because we have been tolerant of the intrusion. We have been generous and accommodating to their demands and we have asked nothing in return…not even the courtesy of returned accommodation, tolerance, generosity, and respect. Now that we are they attempt to make us monsters.

This has to end.

By the way, there are a few exemptions to California’s (adolescent) travel ban: “…for law enforcement officers, tax auditors and training events that are required for grants.

Oh yeah, never miss an opportunity for free money!

It should also be noted, before I end this, that California’s Board of Equalization (tax-collection) has an office in Houston, Texas.

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Now This is What Gun Control Should Be

Posted by Jack

It took 10 seconds for the bullet to arrive. . .

A Canadian military sniper took out an ISIS fighter with a record-breaking shot from more than two miles away, according to a report in The Globe and Mail, though some initially cast doubt on the claim.

The unnamed sniper who carried out the feat was a member of Joint Task Force 2, an elite unit in the Canadian army similar to the US Navy’s SEAL Team 6. The shot, according to the paper, disrupted an ISIS attack on Iraqi security forces.

“The bad guys didn’t have a clue what was happening,” one source told the paper.

The report said the kill was verified by video and other data, though it was not made public. The kill shot from 3,540 meters, or about 2.2 miles, beat the previous sniper record set by British army sniper Craig Harrison from a range of 2,475 meters, or 1.5 miles.

Soon after the Globe and Mail story was published, Canada’s Special Operations Command released a statement confirming the shot.

“The Canadian Special Operations Command can confirm that a member of Joint Task Force 2 successfully hit a target at 3,540 metres,” the command said. “For operational security reasons and to preserve the safety of our personnel and our Coalition partners we will not discuss precise details on when and how this incident took place.”

Prior to the statement’s release, Thomas Gibbons-Neff, a reporter for The Washington Post who served as a US Marine Corps sniper, expressed skepticism about the claim in a tweet. At such a long distance, he said, the tiniest adjustment to the sniper’s windage or elevation settings on the scope could result in a bullet being wildly off course when it got to its target.

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Gun Rights

Posted by Jack with my thanks to Harold

Given how far California has gone to suppress any sort of gun ownership,  everyone, gun owners or not, should support the NRA and CAL GUNS.   For they are the only people fighting for our rights and using common sense.

If there is any banning to be done, then it ought to be the legislators who don’t know the first thing about guns and have formed their opinions based on false and misleading information.

On Monday, June 19, the NRA and CRPA’s legal team submitted a joint-letter to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and Office of Administrative law demanding that the regulations be withdrawn or not approved as the regulations exceed DOJ’s regulatory authority.

As previously reported last month, the DOJ submitted draft regulations regarding “Assault Weapons” to the Office of Administrative Law (“OAL”) for final publication in the California Code of Regulations (CCR). To learn more about the assault weapon regulations you can watch the webinar hosted by NRA and CRPA’s legal team by clicking here.

Update on Duncan v. Becerra 

Last Tuesday, June 13, our legal team was in court to argue a motion for a preliminary injunction in Duncan v. Becerra, a federal lawsuit supported by the National Rifle Association, challenging California’s restrictions against standard capacity magazines.

California’s new restriction against the mere “possession” of magazines capable of holding more than ten rounds goes into effect July 1, 2017.   If granted, the motion will suspend the enforcement of this restriction while the case is pending.

To stay up-to-date on DOJ regulations, the Duncan case, as well as other important Second Amendment issues in California, be sure to subscribe to NRA email alerts or check the California Stand and Fight webpage.


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