Insatiable greed – but I don’t know if it can be stopped

I’ve been struck by how many pressure groups are doing everything they can to get their clients included in federal government bailouts following the coronavirus pandemic.  They defy logic and reason while appealing to emotion, patriotism, naked self-interest (“Our people won’t vote for you unless you include them!”) and everything else they can think of. The governors of America’s 50 states are far from the least guilty.  Anyone would think they were helpless, unable to cope unless they got billions and billions more dollars from the federal government.  In reality, of course, that’s not how America is governed.  The states

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What did I tell you?

A few hours ago I posted about how crime was increasing in many jurisdictions due to the release of felons from prison, thanks to concerns over the spread of coronavirus.  I also mentioned other factors contributing to the rise in crime, including that many police forces are no longer responding to, or even recording, what they consider “minor” or “non-violent” crimes.  Sucks to be told the law enforcement that your taxes pay for isn’t going to help you if you’re a victim of crime, doesn’t it? Well, guess what I just learned? During the coronavirus outbreak and beginning Tuesday morning, Cincinnati police officers will no longer

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The grasshoppers are already coming after the ants

A few days ago, I noted: Another big problem is the unintended consequences of government policies to address the pandemic.  For example, many local and state governments are releasing lower-level inmates from prisons, to alleviate overcrowding and forestall the spread of COVID-19 in such close quarters.  That’s a legitimate health objective . . . but it disregards public safety issues.  Those inmates are going to have to start earning a living on the street again, just when almost all businesses have been shut down under quarantine.  What are they going to do?  You know as well as I what they’re going to do

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Betraying America

As I’ve said many times on this blog, I’m politically non-partisan.  I vote for the individual, not the party.  Nevertheless, some politicians are so crass, so ideologically hide-bound, so dead set on getting their way even at the expense of the entire nation, that my blood boils.  The Democratic Party’s leadership is behaving that way right now. Consider these screenshots, excerpts from that party’s proposed third coronavirus bailout bill, courtesy of Greg Price on Twitter (to whom a grateful nod o’ the head).       Would somebody please point out to me what (if anything) those points have to do with

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That’s telling them!

Received via e-mail, origin unknown: I couldn’t have put it better myself . . . “Panic buying” is distinctly different from buying what one needs to be prepared for a given period.  “Prepping” means working out meal plans, deciding what one needs for the number of people involved over the period concerned, and then buying those things according to a pre-planned shopping list.  That’s good, and healthy, and I’ve done it for years.  “Panic buying” is dashing into the store and buying anything and everything that one decides, on the spur of the moment, might be useful. Miss D. and I

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COVID-19: Our politicians are fiddling while Rome burns

As readers doubtless already know, partisan bickering has stalled the progress of the biggest-yet economic rescue package through the United States Congress.  I’m not blaming one side or the other, because both are equally at fault.  Republicans are focused far too strongly on bailing out big corporations at the expense of small business and individuals, to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars.  Democrats are focused far too strongly on bailing out individuals at the expense of corporations, and adding new funding for their favored causes like abortion, welfare and Social Security.  Neither side has clean hands;  both sides are trying to “load” the

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An exercise in futility and political stupidity

Many of our large inner-city metropolitan areas are effectively out of control when it comes to crime and violence.  Some are more visibly so than others;  in this case, Baltimore, where the mayor has made a public appeal that’s infuriating in its futility and blatantly obvious lack of truth. Baltimore Mayor Jack Young urged residents to put down their guns and heed orders to stay home after multiple people were shot Tuesday night amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Young said hospital beds are needed to treat positive COVID-19 patients and not for senseless violence. Seven people were shot Tuesday night in the Madison

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Socialism in action: we’ll seize your home to help the homeless!

If you own rental property in California, or just want to renovate your own home before moving back in, you may be out of luck.  A new bill introduced in the state government would allow the confiscation of your property after just 90 days standing empty. The issue of homelessness in California is a problem in need of addressing and worthy of creating ideal solutions to remedy. But should that solution to homelessness be resolved by what some might consider to be legislated theft? Because the recently introduced Senate Bill 1079, if enacted, could force an entity to sell their home to

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The damage road brine causes to your car

I’m obliged to Eric Peters for reminding us about the damage that road brine does to our vehicles. Last week, there was a rumor of snow. The possibility – 60 percent chance – of “up to an inch” that never materialized resulted in a hosing down of every road with a salty brine carried by huge tanker trucks … The sign on the back of the truck reads: Pre-Storm Treatment. . . . This liquid brine – which appears to have replaced the solid salt scattered on roads when it snows and while it’s snowing – is a guaranteed rust-enhancer. You literally

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Not measuring up . .

Phil warns us that not all measuring tapes are created equal. I found it interesting that the Chinese tape (the bottom one) lined up perfectly with the 1″ squares on the measuring board, whereas the Taiwanese tape (the yellow one) didn’t.  I’d have expected the problem to be the other way around. At any rate, I’m going to check my tape measures against an accurate scale.  I suspect I may be unpleasantly surprised by some of them . . . Peter

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