Thursday, January 22, 2015

West Hollywood, California prohibits gender specific restrooms

I suggest we keep an eye on the sexual crimes statistics in West Hollywood. We'll probably see them going up after this.
West Hollywood is the first city in California to adopt a policy of “gender neutral” public restrooms, giving businesses 60 days to change the little male and female stick figure signs on bathroom doors.  
As the Los Angeles Times reports, businesses must comply with a new city law prohibiting gender identifications.  
“City leaders said that the old school “men” and “women” restrooms were outdated and puts transgender people in the difficult position of having to “out” themselves simply by picking a door.”
 Yes, implying that women and men may appreciate a little bit of privacy from their opposites while doing their business is "outdated," according to the city council. Next, they should eliminate the enclosures around the toilets, the doors, and even the walls. I think that would be best - just place the toilets right out there on the sidewalks.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Justice department will not file charges against Darren Wilson

After months of investigation and the FBI and Justice department are nearly ready to announce that Darren Wilson will not be charged with a crime in the death of Mike Brown. Of course we all knew that would be the case, since an independent, unbiased grand jury (made up of citizens, not police officers) determined there would be no charges to file.

Undoubtedly this federal investigation cost the tax payers a lot of money. How many people were on this, and for more than half a year at that? Did it cost us $1 million? Can we bill Obama and Holder for this gross misuse of federal funds?
Justice Department lawyers will recommend that no civil rights charges be brought against the police officer who fatally shot an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Mo., after an F.B.I. investigation found no evidence to support charges, law enforcement officials said Wednesday. 
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and his civil rights chief, Vanita Gupta, will have the final say on whether the Justice Department will close the case against the officer, Darren Wilson. But it would be unusual for them to overrule the prosecutors on the case, who are still working on a legal memo explaining their recommendation. 
A decision by the Justice Department would bring an end to the politically charged investigation of Mr. Wilson in the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. The Missouri authorities concluded their investigation into Mr. Brown’s death in November and also recommended against charges.
Of course I know they won't be held accountable. In fact, the unthinking masses will probably praise them, exclaiming the virtues of their effort to uphold a high standard of accountability, at the same time condemning Darren Wilson for the "murder" of "innocent" Mike Brown.

Here on my blog I have been vocal about the growth of the police state and my distaste for violence initiated on the behalf of the state. Not so for what happened in Ferguson. We all know Mike Brown was a violent criminal. He brought his demise on himself through his lifestyle, his attitude, and his actions. No one wants their children to be killed, but I'd wager no one wants admit it when their children turn out to be criminals either.

Like Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown's death was not a tragedy. His life was a tragedy.

Here's your diploma!

This one is for the Captain.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Not surprisingly...

all of that bombing to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria has accomplished absolutely nothing.

Those that make up ISIS are bad people, no doubt. Bombing them doesn't seem to reduce their influence though. Maybe we shouldn't have armed them against Assad, eh?

Oh well. Those who don't study history are doomed to repeat it. Of course, those who do are doomed to watch other people repeat it.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Eighteen Trillion, thirty billion, one hundred thirteen million, three hundred fifty-six thousand, seventy-six dollars and five cents

As of today, our national debt is $18,030,113,356,076.05.

In just 70 days, the national debt has grown by $130,797,271,522.68. Big Gov has added $1,063 to the debt of every producer in America. You now owe $146,585! Aren't you lucky.

From my earlier post:
Roughly $145,522 for every maker in the US. That's right. Not only do you lucky 123 million Americans have to support the other  124 million American adults that are not producing anything, (and the 70 million children), you also have to pay interest only payments on this very large loan you don't get to spend! 
Yay for big government!
Where else on Earth do they spend nearly $2 Billion dollars a day over their budgets?  Oh, right.  Nowhere.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Is this the way the dollar fails?

China is lending money; and when I say lending money, I mean tens of billions of dollars worth.  From Bloomberg:
China and Russia signed a three-year currency-swap line of 150 billion yuan ($24 billion) in October, a contract that allows Russia to borrow the yuan and lend the ruble. While the offer won’t relieve the main sources of pressure on the ruble -- which has lost 41 percent this year amid plunging oil prices and sanctions linked to Russia’s annexation of Crimea -- it could bolster investors confidence in the country and help stem capital outflows.  
Funding from China has helped raise Argentina’s foreign reserves to a 13-month high of $30.9 billion, a boost for a country that has been kept out of the international capital market since defaulting on foreign obligations in 2001.
Argentina received $1 billion worth of yuan earlier this month as part of the three-year currency-swap agreement with China, a central bank official in the South American country, who asked not to be identified because he isn’t authorized to speak publicly, said Dec. 11. That extended the funds transfered to Argentina to $2.3 billion since October. The swap is for a maximum of $11 billion over three years.

In Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro last month added $4 billion he borrowed from China to the country’s reserves after they fell to an 11-year low. The country now has about $21 billion in its coffers, equal to the amount of debt it has coming due in 2015 and 2016.
China is clearly positioning to take over as the lender of last resort. With the US mint printing presses running at full steam and with China the only real winner with crashing oil prices, perhaps they will soon be offering up their Yuan to replace the US dollar as the reserve currency of the world. The Captain is prescient, as always.

I would also store cigarettes and fuel in your bunker.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Seventeen trillion, eight hundred ninety-nine billion, three hundred sixteen million, eighty-four thousand five hundred fifty-three dollars and thirty-seven cents.

As of today, our national debt is $17,899,316,084,553.37.

Roughly $145,522 for every maker in the US. That's right. Not only do you lucky 123 million Americans have to support the other  124 million American adults that are not producing anything, (and the 70 million children), you also have to pay interest only payments on this very large loan you don't get to spend!

Yay for big government!