Monthly Archives: August 2013

Fries with That?

I’ve talked before about ‘living wage’ morons before when occupy wall st. was the news item du jour. I didn’t want to talk about it again but I saw this article in the Detroit News 2 days ago about the fast food strikes and just had to share. The economics are obvious and anyone who isn’t a numskull gets it, this one is about the people.

Particularly;

Warren resident Shanise Stitt has worked in the fast food industry for nine years, the last four at a Taco Bell at Eight and Ryan Road.

“I have to pay for food, light and rent like anyone else but the pay is horrible,” said Stitt, 27, the mother of three, ages 12, 9 and 3.

“I only make $8.09 an hour. I’ve just started a second job at a factory to try to make ends meet. I want us to have the right to form a union without a fear of retaliation.”

While it’s commendable she has the wherewithal to have a job, she still forms the what we traditionally know as the dregs of society.
27 years old with 3 kids(no doubt by different men) the oldest being 12 when she herself is 27, which with simple arithmetic we can see means she popped out when she herself was 15.
If you screwed up your life enough to have a kid at 15 and didn’t realize the challenges and responsibility that brings with it to go ahead and have 2 more one at 18 and another at 25, you really can’t complain that life is tough and you only make $8. Sure it is tough, but it’s toughest most of all because you’re an idiot.
Does that mean she’s representative of all fast food workers? No, of course not, but lets not fool ourselves into thinking were dealing with the cream of the crop here, these aren’t even the people who only just didn’t make it into to Yale. Many are just decent, fairly normal people, but WAY too many are a lost cause. These are not curious, depth probing economists and surprisingly the people who are carrying the water for their cause aren’t either.
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As In Chess, So In War

If I move this piece, what will be the advantages of my new situation? What use can my adversary make of it to annoy me? …which surveys the whole chessboard, or scene of action, the relations of several pieces and situation, the dangers they are respectively exposed to.

If you have incautiously put yourself into a bad and dangerous position, you cannot obtain your enemy’s leave to withdraw your troops and place them more securely; but you must abide all the consequence of your actions.

-Benjamin Franklin, from The Morals of Chess.

Quotes From History

“Six mistakes mankind keeps making century after century:
Believing that personal gain is made by crushing others;
Worrying about things that cannot be changed or corrected;
Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot accomplish it;
Refusing to set aside trivial preferences;
Neglecting development and refinement of the mind;
Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do.”

-Cicero

The Parents

This week I had a post called, ‘The Youth‘, which received this comment from Leap of A Beta.

Every time I hear that phrase, “Oh, kids today.” I have to make a quick judgment call on whether I want to deal with the backlash of saying, “Oh, parents today”

Hilariously enough, the person in question doesn’t even have to be a parent at all, let alone of whichever kid we’re discussing, to blow up

Well here’s the proof he’s right(as if we really needed it). Parents using melatonin to get their kids to fall asleep.

CBS affiliate KHOU in Houston reports some parents are turning to a supplement called melatonin to get their kids to bed at night.

“He’d just be up all night, all wound up, not able to sleep,” Heather Huddleston, mother of 5-year-old Blake, told KHOU.

But of course that doesn’t address the developmental issues with kids whose hormones are needed to fully promote their growth.

“Using melatonin to improve sleep in children may be relatively safe, but medicalizes a problem of childhood that is better addressed behaviorally,” Dr. Saul Rothenberg, a board-certified behavioral sleep medicine specialist at North Shore-LIJ Sleep Disorders Center in Great Neck, N.Y., told CBSNews.com in an email.

Exactly. All the pills and supplements available won’t make you a good parent. Searching “kids sleep melatonin” I came up with results from 2008 so the story is not exactly new, but neither is the solution. Sound parenting. I have a hard time beleiving any of the parents who say “we took away the TV and Ipad, blah blah blah”. The fact that the child had it in the first place, for however many years is the problem. The kid probably still can’t sleep because they’re having withdrawls. What do you expect from kids who are constantly plugged in because mom and dad are “too busy” to bother paying attention so put in a DVD instead.

I’ve said before being a parent is simple you simply have to not be a selfish prick.

Change of Fools

I recently began reading From Dawn To Decadence, by Jacques Barzun, as recommended by Cogitans. After reading the first two chapters I was already blown away by the book. It’s not necessarily anything new, but it’s done in great detail while at the same time being brief as it has to pass through a lot of material.

However this post is not about the book itself, but an idea I had from reading it. Right there on page 20, the first page of chapter 2, it is brought up how the reformation affected change in western Europe after Martin Luther. It is mentioned how the Churches money didn’t go to the local priest as much as it was for the nearby monks, local bishop, and also the pope.

I thought initially, “Hey there’s something you don’t see much anymore, monks”. And my next thought was, “Well, good, if they don’t seem to do anything but siphon resources”. Which you could really say was much the way the entire Catholic church operated at that time in history.

This then led me to think whether or not this is any different from the way things are today. Except that instead of the Church extorting the people, we have the ruling class doing similar work and naturally taking its cut off the top.

Instead of a bastard bishop ruling over his territory with an iron fist, we have people like the Clintons making millions of dollar of charity organizations and Congress exempted itself from the laws it passes. As for the people we went from uneducated illiterate peasants, to supposed free-men.

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Please tell me again why social change is so important to us?

The Youth

Many have lamented the state of the youth. “Kids today…”. However during one conversation not too long ago I recall my friend saying something along the lines of, “I don’t think it’s that bad, people have saying that stuff for generations, yeah it changes but it’s not so bad as they make it out to be”.

And to an extent that’s true, it goes as far back as Socrates himself.

The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.

So obviously it’s a bit overblown, however that doesn’t stop individual societies from eventually collapsing, always due to their liberalization and softening. The decline is predictable.

So at a certain point it has to come true.

From Had Enough Therapy?, a linked site here, we have a story about Bronies. Grown men acting and reveling in my little pony.

If you missed the story, Bronies are a cult of mostly young men who have gotten in touch with their inner girl children. They are all enamored of a television show and line of toys called My Little Pony… to a point that is beyond bizarre. They dress up as Brother Ponies and prance around with their fellow Bronies.

But Bronies represent a novel variation on the theme: Like so many American men, they wish to be forever suspended in childhood. Except this time, they want to be 6-year-old girls. Bronies have, in fact, come to embody what pop sociologists call the New Sincerity Movement. The thinking goes that the smirky ironic detachment of recent decades—pretending to embrace low-culture totems for laughshas grown stale. Now that the Internet has fragmented the culture into a million pieces, helping every maladjusted shut-in to realize his natural level of eccentricity, the only way for a self-respecting hipster or a Zuckerbergian alpha-nerd (the tribe that now runs the world) to distinguish himself is to enthuse over his enthusiasms without detachment or apology. Even if that means grown men writing Twilight Sparkle fan fiction or cutting bad electronica songs with titles like, “I Might Be a Brony.” You might find it funny, but they’re not joking.

Obviously, it has nothing to do with sincerity. When you pretend to be something you are not—and an adult male who behaves like a 6-year-old girl qualifies—you are not being sincere. You are being a fraud. The fact that you are willing to advertise your aberrant behavior in public makes it worse, not better. It shows, as Labash explains, that Bronies are unapologetic and shameless.

Go visit the link and read the whole article for the full analysis.

We have reached that certain point and I for one am pretty darn pissed off that I have to suffer through it.

Show Me The Money

Oprah claims a Swiss sales clerk is racist and refused to show her a $38,000 purse. One media outlet is finally calling skepticism about the matter since Oprah has a new movie coming out about…Racism!

Seems entirely plausible, rich celeb has movie about racism, tells racist story. It’s no different than what she would have black celebrity guests on her show do publicity, tell their real life sob story about their fake sob story movie.

Anyway who cares about that, how come nobody has mentioned this. Why does Oprah need to spend money on a $38,000 purse? Sure she can afford it, and it is her money so I won’t tell her how to spend it and yeah sure she’s thrown a lot at charity and her show guests, but does she really need another purse for that much money?

Doesn’t the wise and powerful Op realize she could support a family on the south side of Chicago for that much for a year? But she bought a purse she’s going to use for 3 days.

If I were as rich as that I’d do whatever I wanted with the money, but I’m not on TV telling people to be nice and caring to each other and then blowing money on stuff I already no doubt have and no doubt will forget about and I’m the not the one cheerleading for Mr Spread-the-wealth either.

The Defensive Breakdown

If liberals are believers in Keynesian economics why do they always want to cut military spending? If it’s good for growth of the the economy to spend money in every other government dept. why wouldn’t it be good to spend it on the military for the same reasons?

If conservatives believe in maintaining a tight fiscal policy why don’t they ever consider cuts to defense? Their defense is that defense is one of the core principles of the government. Still how come the idea of defense cuts always gets them all atwitter?

The truth is they’re both wrong. Liberals will cut defense, as they already have, but that’s not the problem. The truth is that defense spending IS too high. It’s too high firstly because like all government programs probably 20-20% of it is simply wasted through overpriced purchases. Secondly, it is too high because much of it goes to unneeded and unwanted purchases like Abrams tanks that we already have thousands of simply sitting unused. Thirdly, much of it is wasted because we spend so much on broken weapon systems that take decades to make finally work properly. The reasons are many more but I’ll stop here.

The President has dictated to Sec.Def. Hagel to make cuts and those cuts will not be to the wasteful monstrosities but to the really unimportant stuff like enlisted ranks and their pay and benefits. After all when you have the worst-best equipment money can buy, who needs people trained to use it.

Politics is all bullshit. If we were serious about cutting the defense, which in a rational world we would be, we would start by cutting the endless civilian employees. Why we need just as many pencil pushing, form filing beauracrats as we do fighting men is beyond me.

Cut the useless people(civilians AND excess flag officers), and then the useless equipment, and voila you’ve saved more than what’s being asked.