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FDA bans love…

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We do not need saving by any federal agency from  a small, 20 year old artisan bakery and restaurant well liked by its customers.   I judge we will be quite safe  eating bread  which contains the unauthorized ingredient of “love”.   I believe we are in far more danger from the cold,  dead hand of humorless bureaucracy as it inserts itself into our daily lives.

 

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Written by timeforthorns

October 8, 2017 at 1:37 pm

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It’s Labor Day…

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…not Union Day,  though you will see precious little celebrating the worker instead of the labor unions which claim to represent them.   Right to Work states  (we now have 28 of them) have  better economies  and provide more protections for workers than those states controlled by unions.

Unions are desperate to keep the old labor laws which basically allow unions to rob workers who don’t want their representation, but an intriguing proposal called “Worker’s Choice”  would ostensibly solve some of the problems which progressives claim makes workers who did not vote to become labor serfs “freeloaders”.   Of course, the real problem is that labor unions don’t give a flying flip about the individual workers,  only about the streams of money that forced union dues provide for the fat cat labor bosses and the Democratic Party which has long relied on the cash and free bodies the unions provide for rallies and protests.,  as a grotesque distortion of “in-kind” donations

You should not be surprised that the National Treasury Employees is having hysterics at the less  than 2%  pay raise for federal employees proposed by Pres.Trump for 2018,  claiming that government workers are being shortchanged.   This doesn’t hold up in the face of the latest Congressional Budget Office report showing that federal workers are on average still slightly ahead.   They are considerably ahead for those with only a high school education, and far ahead when you consider the benefits, such as nearly free health care which is both very generous and carries none of the idiotic requirements of ObamaCare.  I’ve never seen a study which attaches a monetary value to the fact that federal employees  are extremely difficult to fire,  even in the face of repeated failures and malfeasance.

I’ll be adding to this post as I find other articles worthy of your attention.   Have a fine Labor Day!

UPDATE:  In case you don’t realize how badly unions are skewed towards government,  this article  will enlighten  you.

UPDATE:  Trump’s decrease in the number of quest-worker visas resulted in employers hiring Americans,  and at higher wages than the guest workers would have been paid.    Of course,  businesses are whining that higher labor costs make  prices rise.   That’s true,  but most of the jobs involved don’t pay $20 an hour regardless of who performs them, so this may cut into profits somewhat,  but it won’t be a huge factor.

UPDATE:   And yes, Americans do  work harder  than anyone else,  at least the ones not employed by the government.

UP)DATE:  I’ve been reminded that few people know the history of this special day, so  here it is.

 

 

 

 

Written by timeforthorns

September 4, 2017 at 1:23 pm

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Resource management…

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If government were left unchecked,  there would soon be no wildlife,  but fortunately Trump appointed former Navy SEAL Ryan Zinke as Secretary of the Interior,  and he understands that  without the  involvement of hunters and fishermen,  those precious resources would disappear.

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September 2, 2017 at 5:52 pm

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Shaming bad parents…

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Derek Hunter is a man after my heart.   If you  choose to have  children,  it is your responsibility to feed them,  clothe them,  and ensure they have a safe place to live in.  If you don’t care enough to fulfill these parental obligations,  you should not be parents,  nor should taxpayers be forced to subsidize your bad judgement,  immaturity,  and weak character.

Of course,  it may well be that some of these parents are incapable of feeling shame,  since a huge percentage of them listen eagerly to the liberal/progressive themes of victimhood, non-judgmentalism,  and lack of accountability and responsibility.

 

 

Written by timeforthorns

May 9, 2017 at 5:47 pm

Poor master or rich servant?

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Famed British actor Michael Caine  said he’d rather be the former than the latter in defending  his support of  Brexit on Friday,  citing his belief in freedom and individualism.   That is,  of course,  a perfectly reasonable view to hold,  and really, how could you espouse any other if you become aware of the corruption and greed of the tyrannical EU bosses holed up in their tarnished tin towers in Brussels?

Make no mistake,  the EU elites are just as awful as our own,  regardless of which political party they claim membership in,  and they are all just as wrong-headed and blind to human nature when they sing the praises of diversity.   Let’s be grown-ups here for a moment,  shall we?   The ability to recognize “the other” and the willingness to take appropriate action when needed,  is why you and I are here.   Those who failed either test went extinct quite quickly.   Diversity in international relations is interesting,  but it does less than nothing to bring a society’s disparate parts together.   That said, it does help the autocratic elite,  because a citizenry busy with small wars lacks the time and resources to conduct a large war against their government.

 

 

Written by timeforthorns

April 9, 2017 at 11:53 am

Everglades Python Challenge…

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For those of you not acquainted with Florida’s effort to rid itself of the alien Burmese  python population  which is decimating natural wildlife in the state,  the 60-day open season on these slithery varmints is underway and meeting with  success thus far.

By the way, this state-managed and partially state-funded program to eradicate the predators is far more likely to be useful and productive than any purely government-run enterprise.   Besides,  people who enjoy hunting like hunting and many of them will cheerfully hunt whatever is in season.  I expect there are a few in Florida who normally make their living killing the wild boar which are on the rampage in Texas and wanted a change of scenery.

 

 

 

Written by timeforthorns

April 7, 2017 at 12:31 pm

Could you pass?

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Could  you pass  the U.S. citizenship test?  I could,  having missed only one question.   From what I’ve seen,  99% of U.S. students would flunk miserably.   I suspect a horrifying number of Congress critters would fail as well.

 

 

 

Written by timeforthorns

November 28, 2016 at 10:11 am