We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Applying reason to the water shortage in the western states. Coyote. It makes you wonder how many problems are govt-created, then "requiring" another layer of govt to fix them. If you chose to live in the desert, then pay market price for your water.
Free markets and globalization: Is it time to re-think it? I doubt it, but it's good populist boob bait.
Can America trust the BBC? Video. (h/t, Instapundit)
Black-on-white crimes don't make the headlines. A disturbing example at Riehl. And with black-on-black crime, Drudge reports the new code of ethics. A quote:
These "rules" are contributing to a much lower percentage of arrests in homicide cases -- a statistic known as the "clearance rate" -- in largely poor, minority neighborhoods throughout the country, according to Prof. David Kennedy of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. "I work in communities where the clearance rate for homicides has gone into the single digits," says Kennedy. The national rate for homicide clearance is 60 percent. "In these neighborhoods, we are on the verge of -- or maybe we have already lost -- the rule of law," he tells Cooper.
A Belgian imam: “Soon we will take power in this country. Those who criticize us now, will regret it. They will have to serve us. Prepare, for the hour is near.” The suicide of Europe continues apace, at Gates of Vienna
Circuit City is laying off their most experienced. A damn shame, but I think they are trying to fend off bankruptcy, in which case all of the jobs would disappear. Their business model doesn't work anymore. Look at The Wiz - gone. It's the constructive destruction of the wisdom of the marketplace.
I would think the Circuit City stars would be valuable targets to Circuit City's competitors such as Frys, Best Buy, etc. Now if their salary was generally out of line with the market, then they may have to accept an adjustment.
I would also think that if these guys were obviously better performers, than Circuit City has probably just increase their probability of failure by dumping them. I find these stores bad enough in terms of sales staff knowledge and helpfulness, can't imagine how much worse they could get if the better ones were gone...perhaps not much worse which might explain their current situation.