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The Business of Guns

September 14, 2013 15 comments

I was asked to post this here, and get some comments about it from the throngs of (3-4) readers here.

Business of Guns

I thought it was a very fair piece, with some good information. Let me know what you think in the comments!

Another link, in case the picture itself doesn’t work:


A Whole Lotta Bikes!

September 11, 2013 Leave a comment

Lots of riders going in to  DC for the rally today. They are there to keep an eye on the “Million Muslim March” that is going on at the same time.

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Godspeed, Iron Lady!

April 8, 2013 5 comments

Sad news, as Margaret Thatcher has passed away. She was one of the world’s great politicians, bring Great Britain back onto the forefront of the world’s countries. She dragged Great Britain back to the right, and consequently back to prosperity. And she did it being positive.

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Latest brainstorm by Outgoing Senator Tom Harkin (still love the sound of that). Betty the waitress will get a raise!

But did anyone interview her boss? Would Betty still have a job? What does Betty make in tips per hour (I’ll bet it’s more than $4.65 an hour, or she’s a shitty waitress)? What benefits does Betty get, and why? If $10 is fair, why not $20 an hour, $50 an hour, etc?

Just asking questions here.

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U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D) of Iowa wants to increase the minimum wage, and that would include the first increase for tipped workers in more than 20-years.

As a waitress, Betty Waters of Des Moines is trying to raise her four sons on just $4.35 an hour plus tips.  “Trying to buy food is hard.” says Waters, “I mean, hamburger, macaroni and cheese, hamburger and hotdogs just to make sure that your kids have any kind of food in their stomachs is the best that we can do.”

Harkin is proposing legislation that would raise the minimum wage for tipped workers like Waters from $2.13 per hour to $6.85 per hour.  Waters says that would be a big help, but small business owners say it could be devastating.

“It’s going to really impact my ability to hire additional people when I start to get busier.  So I am…

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3 Million Fewer Votes Than 2008…

November 7, 2012 5 comments

Just think about that for a moment. Mitt Romney received 3 million fewer votes than John McCain did in 2008. I cannot fathom this.

For everything that was on the line this election, there were GOP voters who did not vote. They did not vote for Barack Obama, who received 10 million less votes in 2012 than he did in 2008. There are not 3 million people in the military who had their absentee ballots lost. There are not 3 million ballots lost in downtown Philadelphia and other cities (I think).

Where were you? What motivation did you need to show up? What could have possibly forced you to vote?

You are the reason Romney lost. Whether it was the economy, the “War on Women”, the binders of women, the banning of contraception, whatever.

I just hope it’s not religious bigotry. Because then we would be on a WHOLE different level of WTF.


Seems that the explanation might be simpler than I thought. Between now and Thanksgiving, the votes will continue to be counted: Hot Air: Looking at the National Exit Poll

They’re out there, they just haven’t been counted yet, says John Podhoretz:

As I write, Mitt Romney has 57.4 million votes. John McCain ended up with 59.9 million. It’s a little noticed fact that in two weeks following every presidential election, votes continue to be reported…by the millions. As I recall, Barack Obama got something like four million more votes in the weeks after election day, while John McCain got two or three million. It’s likely that by Thanksgiving, the final vote tally will show Romney very close to or even slightly exceeding McCain’s total.

Update: Google Docs spreadsheet of current vote totals

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That Janesville GM Plant? Yeah, it closed. In May 2009.

August 30, 2012 3 comments

Sorry fact checkers, GM has to burst your bubble. The Janesville WI plant that Paul Ryan referenced in his RNC speech on Wednesday night was placed on standby capacity (read: closed) in May, 2009. Oh wait, that’s after January, isn’t it?

GM News: Michigan Plants Will Build GM’s Future Small Car.

Read down, it’s in the third to the last paragraph, there in black and white.

As Empire of Jeff says in the AOS comments, “Calendars, how do they work?”

Update: from a local paper in Wisconsin. There were people working IN the plant until April 23rd, 2009, which is the day the plant closed.

Gazette Xtra (Janesville): GM plant’s last day finalized (thanks MamaAJ at Ace of Spades comment section)

Fact Checkers, how do they work?

Update 2: This plant could have been reopened, but lost out to a “greener” plant. Current policies of this administration has nothing to do with it?

Wall St. Journal: Economics Wasn’t GM’s Only Criteria for New Plant via National Review

Great Moments at the RNC

August 28, 2012 Leave a comment

While we are waiting on our diet of red meat from this year’s candidates, let’s take a look at some moments from past Republican National Conventions.

From 2004, we had a Democratic Senator stand up to Jawn Francois Querie’s campaign, and the Democratic opposition to just about anything out of the George Bush administration. Part 1:

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