Proof

That “progressives” want to bring the country down.

Now and again, American inequality is on display to the world. We saw it after Hurricane Katrina and we have seen it again in the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. A white police offer shoots dead a black man, after having stopped him for jaywalking. Britain’s police don’t have guns, so these scenes are unthinkable. But American-style inequality? We have plenty of that too, we’re just better at hiding it – as I say in my Telegraph column today.

I came across a striking fact while researching this piece: if Britain were to somehow leave the EU and join the US how would we rank? The answer is that we’d be the 2nd-poorest state in the union, poorer than Missouri. Poorer than the much-maligned Kansas and Alabama. Poorer than any state other than Mississippi, and if you take out the south east we’d be poorer than that too.

They want us to be so much like Europe, both socially and economically, but the proof is in the facts that to do so would be to turn the individual states, and the U.S. as a whole, into a worse place than we already are.

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Sunday Funnies

I got nothing this week.

But do try and figure out why this car is so sweet.

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You may need to click it to enlarge.

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Saturday Not-So-Funnies

Truth in Pictures

On Ferguson, MO

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RNS Quote of the Day – 08/22/14

In relation to Ferguson, MO.

Whenever a separation is made between Liberty and Justice, neither, in my opinion, is safe.

Edmund Burke

Can also be applied to any other town where race hustlers and Social Justice Warriors congregate to create a narrative.

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The End of the World as We Know It

And I’m not feeling fine.

How do you cite a tweet in an academic paper?

First you need to ask yourself “Why do I need to cite a tweet in an academic paper?” or, alternatively, “What kind of piece of shit academic paper am I writing if I am citing tweets?”

Sadly, the people at the MLA (Modern Language Association) have come up with an answer to the linked question.

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The Good News and the Bad News

I’m sure you all remember Daniel S from the blog Among the Leaves who kindly bought one of my tables back in July. Everything went well with the money transfer and getting it dropped off to be shipped with the brown shipping company’s “Pack and Ship Guarantee.”.

Sadly, a very brown shipping company could not remember to not drop packages in their care and when the table arrived at his place, the foot was broken from the leg. The leg, being a 35lb input shaft from a manual transmission behind a Cummins diesel, also broke out of the top.

When it arrived, it was missing any packing material. There was a box, that was inside another box, and there was packing material between the two boxes, but nothing inside where the table was. The lack of inside packing material is disputed by the manager of the brown shipping company’s store, but facts is facts.

I can only guess that either they thought that at 70 lbs, it was heavy enough, or that when it broke, the distribution folks heard the break, opened it up and didn’t put it back. It’ll one of the biggest mysteries of all time, I guess. But it still didn’t help the fact that Daniel didn’t have a table, he had a pile of scrap metal he had maid a lot of money for. He emailed me, I went to the brown shipping company’s store. The brown shipping company’s national folks  called me and asked some questions and had the repackaged box picked up the next day.

Not being a dumb monkey, I had insured the package for $500 (cost of the table + shipping). Last Thursday, they finally cut me the insurance check. On Monday, I was finally able to take possession of the table.

To say it didn’t enjoy the ride north any more than it did the ride south would be an understatement. The pic of the table as it left is at the above link. The rest of this sordid tale is below the fold

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It’s about time

/taps foot, looks at watch/

The HuffPo finally noticed that there might be a problem with the Student Loan market in that it’ll soon look like the home mortgage market did in 2009.

This sudden realization has not stopped them from proposing a solution:

A national $15 an hour minimum wage!

You see, it is not that college costs too much. It is that wages are too low for 12th Century Feminist Literature majors working as baristas to be able to pay them back!

Patriarchy!

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The internet, it is wonderful

From this

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To this

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And now this

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In 72 hours.

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The End of the Shakedown

Stopping their bad behavior before they get their pee-pee whacked.

A powerful Washington State union has abandoned defending a forced dues scheme and shifted its tactics to appealing to home health workers to remain in the union.

A state policy has allowed SEIU Local 775 to automatically deduct dues payments from home health workers for years. However, that practice stands on shaky legal ground after the Supreme Court declared a similar policy in Illinois unconstitutional.

Local 775 is taking a proactive approach to retaining its unwilling dues payers voluntarily: The union sent a letter to home health providers, many of whom are caring for disabled loved ones, petitioning them to continue to pay union dues.

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Adam Glickman, secretary treasurer of SEIU Local 775, sent a letter to a home healthcare worker who objected to paying dues, saying that the union would no longer automatically deduct payments from the person’s checks. He also acknowledged that the union would consider refunding past dues.

“In light of the uncertainty created by the United States Supreme Court’s June 30, 2014, decisions in Harris v. Quinn, the union has asked the State to cease deduction of your fair-share fees. No such fees will be deducted from your future paychecks,” Glickman said.

As with the rest of their underhanded tactics, they’re limiting their offer

However, the latest letter said the union will only provide a 15-day window for providers to halt their dues payments.

“This authorization is irrevocable for a period of one year from the date of execution and from year to year thereafter unless not less than thirty (30) and more than forty-five (45) days prior to the annual anniversary date of this authorization,” the union missive stated.

I am pretty sure that the letters didn’t say “Act Now to Save Big!”, but it should have.

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Hindsight may be 20/20

But sometimes you need a bigger picture.

One of my few peeves about the Jeep Cherokee is that the door mounted rear view mirrors are rather dinky.

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I can cover that mirror with my mobile phone.

Also, because I am a XXL sized monkey-man, I have to sit all the way back on the seat rails and slightly leaned rearwards in order to get enough leg and head room. This causes the pillar between the roll-down window and the fake wing-window to cover an inch of the far end of the mirror. Together, these serve to give me a blind spot you can fit a mid-sized sedan into easily. Luckily, I always do my head checks anyway.

The other day I was driving home and spotted a mid-to-late-80′s Cherokee with completely different style mirrors. Models in these years had an available tow package that included a beefed up rear axle with a better gear ratio and a factory hitch receiver. After doing some research when I got home, I learned they also came with factory “extended” mirrors.

They’re nothing special. In fact, they’re the same ones Ford put on their Ranger trucks and Chevy put on their S-10′s of the same era. You can buy them at the hardware store.

So I did.

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I even found them in black.

A drill, pilot drill bit, 9/64 drill bit, Phillips screwdriver, flat tip screwdriver, door panel plug puller, tube of RTV Black, paint pen, #27 Torx socket & socket wrench.

The hardest part of the install was removing and replacing the door panels to be able to remove the old mirrors. I loathe interior work, but I have all the tools. When I get back to class, I’m going to fab up a couple of triangles I can use to cover up the spot where the old mirrors used to be.

Oddly enough, I discovered that the passenger side mirror had a motor in it. The wire loom went from the door into the cabin and under the dash, but wasn’t wired up to anything. From the factory. My Cherokee is an ultra base model. My driver side mirror didn’t even get one of those sticks with the little knob on the end to adjust the mirror from the inside. It was thumb-adjustable only.

I took the Jeep out to drop off a couple more resumes and it is remarkable how much easier it is to get around when you can see the people moving behind you. My truck has mirrors the size of Vermont, and I like that I can now see as much in my Jeep.

They’re made by a company called CIPA, which I think stands for “Hencho en Mexico”, but I’m really enjoying the upgrade.

Now to get some ARFCOM bolt head stickers to put on the front of them. Only posers use biohazard stickers these days.

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