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How Cool Is This?

Posted in Deficit, Humor, It's The Economy Stupid!, Obama, Politics with tags , , , on August 30, 2009 by McKinley Pitts

Making fun of the Obama administration is too easy these days…

There just is no sport in it any more.  Kind of like hunting dairy cows in a feed lot with a rifle and scope.

Brilliant: NRO’s Mark Steyn wonders if we “Feel Like Getting Nasty?”

Posted in conservatism, It's The Economy Stupid!, Labor Relations, Liberalism, Obama, Politics, Progressivism with tags , , , , , , on April 4, 2009 by McKinley Pitts

NRO’s Mark Steyn tells us that the  “G20 wants international regulation that will export their mistakes to the entire planet“.

Brilliant: Daniel Hannan, MEP

Posted in It's The Economy Stupid! with tags , , , , on March 25, 2009 by McKinley Pitts

Thank you, Mr. Hannan!

He  was questioning Gordon Brown, Britian’s Liberal PM at the European Parlaiment.  I know we often wonder why we can’t have politicians like this.  We do but its not often that  they are this good.  And we don’t have the European Parlaiment’s regualr Q&A sessions with our leaders.  Would that we did.  It’s fun.

I heard Mr. Hannan interviewed this afternoon and he pointed out that what he would love is a press in England that would ask him questions like Glenn Beck did on FOX.

Moron Watch: Laika the Space Dog / Its only been six weeks and the world is already coming to an end?

Posted in It's The Economy Stupid!, Politics with tags , , , on March 6, 2009 by McKinley Pitts

Laika Watch

Laika The Space Dog has told me she wants to stay in space now.  She says, “Don’t argue with idiots.  You’ll have to stoop to their level.”  And she wants to know if anybody really believes that any of the Democrats, and especially the White House-based New Age Brown Shirts, are cutting back on any of their lavish parties, banquets, and other highly expensive perks.  No way!  They keep spending (our money), eating the best Wagyu beef, and drinking Dom Perignon just like drunken AIG execs wallowing nude in tubs of freshly printed bailout money.  Barney Frank is over at Freddie Mac having the staff stand around him in a circle and pelt his shirtless torso with pre-warmed gold sovereigns while he eats caviar.  At the White House “Stimulus” dinner, where The Obamanation of Desolation slopped with all of his yellow dog cronies, they all had a big laugh at the taxpayers’ expense.  Me, I’m eating hotdogs.

42 Days of Horror 

It’s only been six weeks and already all of the signs that we are about to enter Seven Years of Great Tribulation are here:  We got the leadership we deserve!  Fortunately, Alfred E. Obama is focused on making sure that the people that work and pay the bills in this country also pay for everyone’s sins.  He ‘s going to make sure we all are treated equally by…

  • The IRS, unless you happen to be an Obama Administration aparatchik.
  • The stock markets, we are all going to lose equally unless we have a George Soros billionaire in our corner.
  •  By your plumber, unless he’s Joe Wurzelbacher (he’s too busy fighting tax audits).
  • By the thought police.  They are getting into the workplace and your homes.  They live for that day when they can listen in on your pillow talk to make sure it isn’t sexist.  Go Big Brother!
  • By the healthcare industry, because we’ll all get to stand in the same line together, unless you can afford to go buy it overseas.
  • The soon to be formed U.S. State Security Police to be tasked with rooting out dissenters to The One’s polices.  We’ll all get new jobs building re-education camps in Nevada and outside of San Francisco.
  • Bureaucrats everwhere.  Now we can see what all the Stalinist fuss was about.

Get ready, Laika!  A lot of us are trying to figure out how to join you in space as the Great Leveler makes sure we deeply regret ever having lifted a finger to care for ourselves.

Econ Watch: Obama’s Economic Plans Revealed

Posted in It's The Economy Stupid!, Obama, Politics with tags , , on March 2, 2009 by McKinley Pitts

I’ve been casting about some way to encapsulate the Prophet Obama’s economic policy.  After reviewing some of his pronouncements from his congressional Sermon on the Mount, and then checking them against several exhaustive databases of his every utterance maintained by the  NewYork Times, I have been able to boil it down to…

Cut military spending, raise taxes.

Rush actually said this but, since conservatives can’t think for themselves and we can only do what Rush says, I figured I’d parrot Rush.

Cut military spending and raise taxes!  In the middle of a real struggle against terrorism and in a very down economy.  Brilliant!

Moron Watch: Victoria’s Secret & The Card Check

Posted in Big Labor, Humor, It's The Economy Stupid!, Labor Relations with tags , , , , , , on February 25, 2009 by McKinley Pitts

Re VS…

Victoria’s Secret is having financial problems….  We’re putting together a large stimulus package for them right now.

High-end lingerie is having a hard time of it this recession…

Underwear sales are skimpy…

Bra sales are not holding up…

Etcetera, etcetera.

While I’m sorely tempted to demand a bailout for Victoria’s Secret, really the best way to help VS is to go buy your girl some lingerie there.

In the meanwhile, thank heaven for YouTube’s Victoria’s Secret videos and pray that VS’s sales stay up…, well, bad choice of terms, but you know what I mean.

Moron Watch: The Card Check

Why do Pink-Squeaks get so excited about the card check?  Do they even know what a card check is?  I wonder.  In the labor relations business, the Card Check is the difference between an open ballot and closed ballot by employees on the issue of whether they want a union to represent them.  Requiring a card check, which means that the employee fills out a card and they sign it indicating that he or she wants a union to represent them.  Once filled out, these are submitted to the National Labor Relations Board, which subsequently certifies if more than 50% of the employees want a union.  If it hits the greater than 50% mark, presto-change-o, we got’s us a union! 

Currently, employers can choose to ignore this card check and require that the  ballots be secret (NOT “Victoria’s” Secret) so that no employee feels threatened by the union.  (Wow, threatened by union goons?  Who would have imagined such a thing in this day and age?!)  To be fair, the unions would say that they don’t want employees to be bullied by companies and the best way to do that is with an open balloting process.  That may seem counter-intuitive, but that would be their argument.  On a positive note, the unions feel that the open ballot gives them, and thus the employee, more clout with the company from the outset.  And probably that’s true.  (I’ll happily serve as Shop Steward at VS, if the girls want to unionize.  Undergarment Workers of the World Unite!) 

On the other hand, these days most companies slavishly devote themselves to sucking up to their employees.  Old union workers would not know that the modern auto plant, for example, is even located on this planet.  They would not recognize an air conditioned plant much less air conditioned exercise rooms, lunch rooms with TVs, clean bathrooms, spacious parking lots, clean/safe working environemnts, health plans, 401-Ks, plant nurses, child care centers, EAP’s, and on ad infinitum.  It just would have never dawned on the early AFL-CIO guys that the world would ever be like it is.  And to be fair (again), unions have had a real hand in accomplishing these boons, but it was not because of them only.  It also just makes good business sense.  Happy, trusting employees are more productive.  And they are not stupid, happy and trusting notwithstanding. 

Problem is that employees have reported that the union card checks intimidate them.  That’s why secret ballots were allowed in the first place.  If unions acted responsibly this would not be a problem, but they don’t always act responsibly.  Unions are, after all, populated by, well, Pink-Squeaks and the one thing that Pink-Squeaks lust for more than anything else is power over others.  In China under Mao we called them the Red Guard.

Nevertheless, even Pinks have to act reponsibly on occasion these days.  Let’s give them the benefit of the doubt for a second and assume that they are not the usual power-hungry, murderous little tyrants we all come to love and know them to be.  Let’s assume that they do have the little employee’s best interests in mind and, ergo…

Pink-Squeaks want the Card Check to help protect employees.

Conservatives want secret ballots to help protect employees.

The policy question is who is more likely to screw an employee these days, employers or unions?  You do the math.

Who says making policy decisions is tough?