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Saturday, June 28. 2014
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Ted Dalrymple (Anthony Daniels, MD) takes a look at the Brit underclass
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Chuck DeVore: Small businesses give CA 'F' grade
San Bernardino Surrenders - The bankrupt city gives in to California’s public pension giant.
Of all the nations in the world, why is Israel the only one with a Divest Movement?
Fact Or Fiction: Humanity Still Surprised That 'Megalomaniacal Pricks' Decide Everything
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You'd think with the humanities supposed purpose to delve into the philosophical questions of man, they'd look into the question of why 'megalomaniacal pricks' decide everything. I suppose, if you get a few philosophers and others together a 'megalomaniacal prick' takes over and decides the question has no merit?
As my aunt is fond of telling about her father-in-law, he, blind from an early age, followed politics with a passion. When others would advocate for a good man to run for office, he would reply, "He's a good man, let's not vote for him because getting elected will ruin him".
So the God created the human body. And all the body parts got together to decide who was going to run things.
The heart thought it should be the boss since it pumped the blood to all the parts of the body.
The brain said the smartest decision would be to pick it because of it's reasoning ability.
The eyes thought they were most important, and so on. All the parts of the body had an argument for being in charge. Then they got to the asshole.
The asshole said "Make me the boss or I'll stop working and Everything will back up!". And that is the reason today that you see so many Assholes running things.
Jerks isn’t the half of it. If foreign governments realized how much Cochran, Obama, Kennedy (deceased before he could end individualism), Clinton, McCain, Pelosi, Reed, et. al. hated America, then nuke America everywhere except Washington D.C., which would then “surrender” and unite with America’s destroyers to rule the world.
Dalrymple's insights are right on point. And directly applicable to the US, although we may be a few years behind the Brits on total collapse of the underclass.
He's spot on with the observations the dependent class pretend to need help and the bureaucrats pretend to help. It is a symbiotic relationship. In fact, the one way to get the bureaucrats excited is to try to do for yourself once you've come to their attention. Your self-sufficiency doesn't provide opportunity for graft or a tick mark to up the funding allocations. Not to mention, being a physical comparison to reveal their failure.
Many stories abound of threats and abuse at the hands of government officials toward those who had planned and were looking after themselves after Katrina. No doubt they could be found up in NY/NJ as well.
High school bullies go on to be real estate developers.
I love your links, and I come every day to browse them. As a lifelong Indians fan I'm not surprised this lawsuit attracted your notice, just as I'm not surprised by the suit itself.
Russell Means, the AIM activist, went back and forth on the team name over the years (he spent a lot of time in Cleveland during his life) but this twenty year old interview gives some context to the issue. There's no question the First Peoples (as the Canadians so appropriately describe the first settlers here) have gotten the really short end of the socialist government stick in this country, as Means complains. It also seems to me the afflicted people have been far too passively accepting of the crap they are served, with the exception of some Tribes who've managed to litigate some impressive wins against the government. The success of tribal gambling has raised living standards in many places, and maybe that'll also help improve the lack of self-respect that lies at the root of so much of the issue.
"Racism" is all in the eye of the beholder and accordingly Chief Wahoo will eventually have to go, because too many people object to it as a symbol, but I hope the team name survives. Sacrificing Wahoo or the team name won't change anything for those who feel disadvantaged or put-upon, as Means admitted in the interview, so I don't really see the point of picking on the Tribe. Go after the BIA, which is the real source of the problem. Unfortunately, no one cares about my opinion.
I also hope the greedy types fastening themselves to his issue don't drain the Indians coffers, because we already don't have the dough to keep our best players. Sue the Yankees instead, for playing the Tribe. Or the Tigers. Because they're the Tigers.
The only thing left for San Berdoo residents is to accept that their houses are worthless (who would want to buy one when the city tax base only pays for pensions and not services?) and just move out. Same for organizations run by pricks--just leave.
re San Bernardino Surrenders - The bankrupt city gives in to California’s public pension giant.
Can the bankrupt municipalities escape their liabilities by unincorporating?
There are a small handful of very explicit problems with Calpers that has created this mess. If they corrected those problems there wouldn't be a Calpers mess.
Understand that most state retirements are desigend along the lines of a 401k. The state pays 6% and the employee pays in 6% and the pooled money is paid out at retirement. If proper accounting procedures are used then everything works as advertised.
What went wrong is the unholy alliance between politicians and unions. First and possibly the biggest problem is: The employees contribution must be deposited as it comes due. That is if your June 6% contribution was $100 then Calpers receives $100 at the end of June or at worst in early July. However the legislature in their infinite wisdom didn't require the employee 6% contribution to be deposited at any specific date and in fact it isn't depositied at all. The money for the employer contribution is funded in the yearly budget but the administrator simply spends it where he needs/wants to. This worked really well for the state for years until employees begin to retire and half of the 6% contribution plus interest simply wasn't there. By now that $100 the state didn't contribute back in June of 1970 was, thanks to the power of compound interest, equal to $5000, sometimes more. The "fix" was that the state required each employer (department) to pay into Calpers an amont based on a formula that equated to their share of that contribution plus interest never paid into the system when it was due. THIS is the primary reason the state is paying about 18% rather then the 6% they bargained for.
The second problem is the police and firemen. The legislators and unions decided that police should be able to retire 8-17 years earlier then everyone else AND that they should get more retirement then they would have even if they worked the required number of years to qualify. In other words the legislators gave them a present from the other state workers piggy bank.
The third problem is that all retirement should be based on what was contributed and how much the total investment pool grew over the years. This option is called "money match". If they did this then the system couldn't go broke. But they also included a couple other options. For example the retirement was calculated based on your last three years income and the number of years worked. That is you could be a low level peon and get a promotion after 30 years to a $100,000 a year job and after three years you would get about $100,000 a year retirement instead of the $30,000 you would qualify for based on your total contributions.
These three "problems" doomed Calpers and other state retirement systems. The federal government is doing some of the same things to Social Security so it will fail one day as well.
The last word on this is to be decided by the courts. I'm sure each court will decide something different. But when you hear that a judge has required the state (the taxpayers) to bail out the retirement system just understand that it was the government that wrote the contract and then scuttled the retirement system. It is popular to blame the workers but this is 99% the governments fault. When the judge says you must pay up it is because the state failed in it's responsibility 10, 20 or 30 years ago and hid this failure and is now pointing fingers at everyone else.
Short version, Never trust a politician.
Slightly longer version, Never trust a politician in cahoots with the Union.
Really short version, Fuck California.