Oh?! You Thought That Money Was Yours? Silly Little Subject…

Too bad they are intercepting the checks in the mail, much harder to shoot them then.

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Ohh, oooh! I know! I know!

If they’re going to ask the question, they deserve an answer.

Why are liberal cities bad for blacks?

Minneapolis-St. Paul. San Francisco. Chicago. Even Madison, Wisconsin. If you are politically liberal and value relatively high levels of income equality, you might live in one of these quintessentially liberal U.S. cities. Yet all four lurk in the bottom half of the 2014 National Urban League’s State of Black America report on income inequality between blacks and whites. Among the many places where black-white income is less skewed are Phoenix, Arizona, Nashville, Tennessee and Columbia, South Carolina.

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There is no definitive cause, and explanations vary. Mathew Kahn, an economist at UCLA, e-mailed, “Educated liberals are tolerant people who are willing to live in racially integrated areas even if the minority neighbors are poor. Such liberals are more willing to vote for redistributionist policies and this may attract poor people to collect such transfers.”

That, is a very good answer. Exactly the one a professional Economist would arrive at. Sadly, while it is true, it doesn’t lend itself to an actual solution.

On the other hand, there actually is a definitive reason as to why progressive cities are bad for blacks*. The fact is that progressives don’t give a shit about blacks. Or hispanics. Or any other group unless they think that they can use these race or gender or sexual orientation self-classifications to get their progressive policies enacted. Then they will ring those groups like $2 bell.

*a liberal city, in the classical sense, would be great for everyone including groups who have a tendency to define themselves by race. Progressives are definitely NOT classical liberals. Sadly, for the progressives anyway, classical liberalism tends to dissuade folks from classifying themselves in handy little voting blocs.

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Colt Rail Gun

I’m sure you’ve heard about the Navy’s new rail gun.

Well, Colt’s got one you can have right now! Says so right on there, plain as day!

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It is hard to fight

Something that you can’t explain in a sentence or two.

And that is exactly the plan of the Progressives

Unpacking Progressivity

‘β = s/g.”

That’s the message of the hottest book in policy circles right now, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, a 700-page tome by the French economist Thomas Piketty. As explained by Piketty, this formula stands for the concept that the capital/income ratio is equal in the long run to the savings rate divided by the growth rate. “β = s/g” is a problem, according to Piketty. And one so grave that he recommends making the progressive tax code even more progressive by raising our top marginal tax rate to 80 percent. Not content with further “progressivizing” the U.S. income tax, Piketty also advocates a global progressive tax on wealth per se.

“A progressive levy on individual wealth would reassert control over capitalism in the name of the general interest while relying on the forces of private property and competition,” Piketty writes confidently.

Private property will bolt to the moon if such a tax becomes global law. Most Americans sense this, but are halted from arguing because they are not sure they understand Piketty’s formula. It’s not clear that most Americans even understand progressivity.

And that’s not an accident. You don’t have to be Machiavelli, to name a clearer foreign writer, to see that the incomprehensibility of such concepts is not incidental — it is necessary to the grander process of redistribution.

The War on Women is too easily dispelled by the opposition for their tastes. This global tax is one of their big goals so they have to go to the woodshed and come back with an unexplainable idea to be have a shot to slip it through.

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What if…

A person responsible firearm owner save a life using their personal firearm. Would the media report it?

They kind of have to now.

Deborah Hughes stood up to a ferocious mob and possibly saved a man’s life.

The retired nurse said Monday she didn’t hesitate when she saw a group of men savagely beating Steven Utash last week, after he got out of his pickup on the city’s east side to check on a 10-year-old boy he had hit with his vehicle.

“Nothing was really going through my head, other than ‘They need to stop beating this man,’ ” said Hughes, 56.

The incident started about 4:10 p.m., when Utash, a tree trimmer, accidently struck 10-year-old David Harris near Morang and McKinney. Hughes, who lives across the street, said events unfolded quickly.

“I looked out the window and saw that the boy had been hit, so I threw on my coat and ran out there,” said Hughes, who is retired from the St. James Nursing Center in Detroit.

Hughes also made sure to pack her .38 caliber pistol. “You have to carry a gun around here,” she said. “This neighborhood is terrible. I don’t walk around without my gun.”

Could this be the last good person in Detroit? I certainly hope not.

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If he understood the real answer

His brain would leak out of his ears like shit.

Philip Howard Explains Why Washington Is Broken: It’s Run By Dead People

Philip K. Howard, founder of nonprofit Common Good, thinks that the American government is being run by dead people. And no, he is not talking about zombies. He’s referring to the maze of government regulations and laws, written by those long gone but still on the books, that are haunting and paralyzing Washington today.

Government gridlock is not merely a product of polarized leadership, Howard argued in an interview with The Huffington Post on Thursday. The problem is more systemic, rooted in outdated laws and special interest money that make change difficult, if not impossible.

First of all, yes, the things he listed do make things difficult, but that is not why “Washington is broken”.

Secondly, Washington isn’t broken. It is working exactly the way it was designed to. So that a majority party in the Executive and in the upper house of Congress cannot impose its will upon a minority in the lower house and the citizens of the nation in order to appease its distinctively extreme minority of a base.

Thirdly, if you read the rest of the post, his solutions are distinctly NOT solutions to the problem he names. While it may lessen confusion to compress 1000 regulations into a couple hundred, they would still be written in obtuse language that no one but a team of legal eagles would be able to decipher.

I have little doubt that even if what he proposes were set in motion, he would propmt himself to be a beneficiary in some way.

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These guys are such slave drivers

It is no wonder that the left hates them.

McDonald’s suspends work in Crimea
McDonald’s has suspended work at its in Crimea for “manufacturing reasons”, the U.S. fast food chain said on Friday, the second international company to cease operations this week on the peninsula annexed by Russia.

Crimea’s hasty unification with Russia, which Ukraine and the West do not acknowledge, has worried companies with assets in the Black Sea region as it is unclear how the change may impact business.

It always about business with these guys. The “bottom line” and all that. Those bastards.

Oh wait.

“The company has provided an opportunity to all employees … to transfer to any other McDonald’s restaurants in Ukraine preserving their positions, salaries and fees and paying to relocate employees and their families,” it said in a statement.

The left cannot enjoy capitalism because it doesn’t understand it. That, and to be honest, they really have nothing anyone wants to pay for. Because hate and disappointment are not marketable to sane people..

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Cool Trick

You know how Joe is always going on about Flour Bombs and all that?  I think this illustrates the effect nicely.

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In case you were wondering

School is back on for Spring Quarter today. Here’s what I’ll be doing.

I spent the last day of Winter Quarter getting supplies ready for this week. I will be “reviewing” processes I completed last quarter this week before moving on. There will be pictures and they will likely be shit. But they’ll help explain. They are all click to enlarge.

First,I cut two pieces of six in wide 3/8″ think flat bar with a 22 1/2 degree bevel on one side. Also a piece of one inch wide 1/4″ flat bar eight inches long. I then fire up my Shielded Metal Arc Welding machine (SMAW, aka: Stick Welding or Arc Welding) to 60 Volts at 110 Amps.

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After grinding the millscale off the welding area, I tack the two pieces of 3/8″ with the bevels facing each other 1/4″ apart onto the piece of 1/4″ flat bar. I then make six to eight passes in the now 45 degree groove, making sure that my first pass (the “Root Pass”) melts and bonds to the piece of 1/4″ along the bottom of the groove.

I am to do this weld both vertically and overhead. Yes, that means I have to put the plates about  seven feet in the air and stand under it while I rain sparks and molten metal down on my face. Sounds like a wonderful way to spend an afternoon, doesn’t it?

When complete, the weld metal cannot be more than 1/8″ higher than pieces of 3/8″. There also can be no undercut along the edges, meaning the weld metal must not be lower than the 3/8″.

This is one of my fails from last quarter.

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As you can see, the left edge is too high and there is about an inch of undercut along the middle of the right side. I eventually got it right, but showing you a good one would have been more difficult to describe.

But the fun doesn’t end there!

Once the plate passes a visual inspection, I then have to destroy it in the dreaded “Bend Test”.

Essentially. I blast the 1/4″ backing strip off the back with a few passes using a Carbon Arc Gouger (video) and grind the weld metal flat. Then I cut across the middle into two 1-1/2″ wide strips and polish it before putting into the bend press where 4000PSI is applied to test both the Root Pass and the Face of the weld.

The left one is a Face Weld bend and the right is a Root Pass bend.

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This is a passing Root Pass test. You can see the Root Pass crossing the middle of the bent area. Pretty, ain’t it?

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This is a failing Root Pass test. You can see the Root Pass again, and also two pinhole cracks appearing about 1/3 and 2/3 of the way across.

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I was moving too fast from side-to-side when I made that pass and didn’t stay in the puddle long enough to completely melt the base metal to the weld metal.

This is part of a certification test I can take before I graduate. It is also good practice before learning to weld pipe. It is also as difficult as anything I’ve ever learned to do.

Provided I haven’t forgotten too much of this process during my week off school, I’ll move onto the wire feed machines next week, with the Innershield and Dualshield processes coming up first. I’ll explain more about these when I complete them.

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They don’t even understand

How much they hate themselves.

Take, as an example, the so called “War on Women” that folks on the right keep getting dumped on about. Classic Liberals such as myself would rather a free and open market place for ideas, employment and the like. All we believe needs to happen and what we argue for is removal of race and gender quotas, set-asides and other preferential treatment in the market of life.

And we supposedly hate women because we think this.

The left, on the other hand, when faced with an issue decide that women aren’t good enough and push them aside for a “more preferred” group. And there will be no dissent, or you hate women.

The New Definition of Women Writers

Several weeks ago at a gathering of Washington DC theater critics and artistic directors called “the Summit” a furor was started over the lack of work by women playwrights at major American theaters.  Asked to explain the reason for this well established low representation of plays by women, one artist director explained that there just aren’t enough talented women playwrights in the pipeline, and that it will take at least a decade to fix the problem.

Outrage ensued, and rightfully so.  It was an inane explanation, and one that is insulting to thousands of women playwrights who face real, institutional barriers to having their work produced.

As a result of the kerfuffle several theater artists around the country began compiling lists of accomplished women playwrights.  One blogger ironically called it a binder full of women for theater companies looking for gender diversity.  What has emerged from these efforts is an open source google document called “We Exist” listing over 1,200 playwrights, and its still growing.  But somehow, this list of women playwrights has transformed into a list of “female and/or trans* playwrights.” The asterisk after trans is not a footnote its a…well, I don’t understand exactly what it is, but it has replaced “trans” without an apostrophe as the appropriate nomenclature.  If your following the terms as they go by.

Titling a list about female playwrights “female playwrights” is now no longer good enough. It must also include men who think they are women trapped in men’s bodies, or you are hating on women.

I guess that my list of “Amazing Twats” will now have to include men as well.

So be it.

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