Daily Archives: November 30, 2013

Didn’t they think to check the urban dictionary before running this campaign?

"Tosser" has another meaning too, come to think of it

“Tosser” has another meaning too, come to think of it

I was watching a football game just now (I do have a TV, I just don’t watch it much) and saw an ad from Home Depot touting a game called “Cornhole Challenge”. Really! I’m not inclined to post the Urban Dictionary link but I assure you, there’s a another activity known by the same name, and it’s not one I’d think Home Depot would want to be associated with.

Or maybe they would – these days, who knows?

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I have nothing against the Venezuelan people, but I wish Maduro well in the coming elections

Steps up expropriations and price controls as nation collapses

We need another example of socialism’s failure, the ruination of the Soviet Union and its satellites, Cambodia, Cuba and ObamaCare having already been forgotten, it seems.

 

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Sheep will follow orders from anyone, it seems – there’s a political lesson here

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Did Brian Peldunas actually win the other seat on the BOE?

That’s what a FWIW correspondent thinks – seems to me to be something for the RTC to look at, hard – if the Republicans are entitled to five members on the BOE, and it appears that they are, Democrat Applebaum is occupying a seat that belongs to Peldunas.

I believe Brian won a seat on BOE but was not seated due to a Town Clerk error.
As I understand it, BOE is a State of Connecticut agency, elected locally under State regulations.  Pursuant to state regulations, there must be minority representation on BOE.
Here is the state legislation:

(a)(1) Except as provided in subdivision (2) of this subsection, the maximum number of members of any board, commission, legislative body, committee or similar body of the state or any political subdivision thereof, whether elective or appointive, who may be members of the same political party, shall be as specified in the following table:

COLUMN I COLUMN II
Total Membership Maximum from One Party
3…………………………………………………………….2
4…………………………………………………………….3
5…………………………………………………………….4
6…………………………………………………………….4
7…………………………………………………………….5
8…………………………………………………………….5
9…………………………………………………………….6
More than 9…………………………………………….Two-thirds of                                          total membership
As I understand state vote counting regulations applicable to BOE Membership, the candidate receiving the highest number of votes is seated until any single party reaches the maximum number of Members it can elect, after which members of the majority party are not seated even if they receive more votes than other candidates, not members of their own party.
I believe Brian got more votes than Debbie and should have been seated, since the maximum number of Republicans is set at 5, and he would be the 5th Republican.
What does Peter Tesei say? Ask him here (You could copy this link, or just the text of the post, and paste it in the message box).

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Why is the United States walking away from the Middle East? Because it can

Go pound sand

Go pound sand

The one-word answer: fracking.

The results of the shale oil revolution, which is set to make America the world’s biggest oil producer by 2015, and the United States’ shift towards oil reserves in the Western Hemisphere are not the only factors in the decline of Middle East oil fortunes.

Even China is now jumping on the shale bandwagon, with a 5-year plan that is predicted to produce 60-100 billion cubic meters of shale gas by 2020. In the Middle East, Israel’s recent natural gas discoveries amount to approximately 950 billion cubic meters of reserves.

Further complicating matters is the continued instability of the region, which drives up the price of oil and makes alternatives more attractive. The Saudi ruling coterie is clearly worried, as Prince Alwaleed bin Talal demonstrated in an open letter to the Kingdom’s government last spring. He warned that revenues from oil form over 90% of the Saudi state budget, and the consequences of producing below capacity could be devastating.

The U.S. has already cut the CO2 emissions that have greens so worked up by 12%, far more than any other country (globally, in fact, CO2 emissions by the others increased 15% during the same period) solely from fracking and the cheap natural gas that’s encouraged a shift frmo coal and oil to gas-powered energy plants. Combine that with the ability to ignore the Middle East and its conflicts and it’s hard to see why the nuts are so against it, but against it they are.

Why? I suspect it’s because fracking is the result of the free market, and greens insist on governmental regulation, for and of everything.

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This from a president who just hijacked 16% of the national GDP

 

Plotting mayhem

Plotting mayhem

Federal Trade Commission goes after piano teachers

Kim Strassel, WSJ:

In March of this year, a small nonprofit in Cincinnati—the Music Teachers National Association—received a letter from the FTC. The agency was investigating whether the association was engaged in, uh, anticompetitive practices.

This was bizarre, given that the MTNA has existed since 1876 solely to advance the cause of music study and support music teachers. The 501(c)(3) has about 22,000 members, nearly 90% of them piano teachers, including many women who earn a modest living giving lessons in their homes. The group promotes music study and competitions and helps train teachers. Not exactly U.S. Steel.

The association’s sin, according to the feds, rested in its code of ethics. The code lays out ideals for members to follow—a commitment to students, colleagues, society. Tucked into this worthy document was a provision calling on teachers to respect their colleagues’ studios, and not actively recruit students from other teachers.

That’s a common enough provision among professional organizations (doctors, lawyers), yet the FTC avers that the suggestion that Miss Sally not poach students from Miss Lucy was an attempt to raise prices for piano lessons. Given that the average lesson runs around $30 an hour, and that some devoted teachers still give lessons for $5 a pop, this is patently absurd.

MTNA Executive Director Gary Ingle, who has been at the organization 17 years—and who agreed to talk when I reached out about this case—said that he and the group’s attorneys immediately flew to Washington to talk to federal investigators. They explained that this provision had been in the group’s code for years, and that it was purely aspirational. The association has never enforced its code, and no member has been removed as a result of it.

The FTC didn’t care. Nor did it blink when the MTNA pointed out that the agency has no real authority over nonprofits ….  Nor was the agency moved by the group’s offer to immediately excise the provision.

With a dozen employees and a $2 million budget, the group doesn’t have “the resources to fight the federal government,” Mr. Ingle says. The board immediately removed the provision from its code, but the MTNA staff still had to devote months compiling thousands of documents demanded by the agency, some going back 20 years: reports, the organization’s magazines, everything Mr. Ingle had ever written that touched on the code. Mr. Ingle estimates he has spent “hundreds upon hundreds” of hours since March complying with this federal colonoscopy.

This October, MTNA signed a consent decree—its contents as ludicrous as the investigation. The association did not have to admit or deny guilt. It must, however, read a statement out loud at every future national MTNA event warning members against talking about prices or recruitment. It must send this statement to all 22,000 members and post it on its website. It must contact all of its 500-plus affiliates and get them to sign a compliance statement.

The association must also develop a sweeping antitrust compliance program that will require annual training of its state presidents on the potential crimes of robber-baron piano teachers. It must submit regular reports to the FTC and appoint an antitrust compliance officer…. And it must comply with most of this for the next 20 years.

While this abuse of power has received no national attention, it has riled the music community. Brian Majeski, the editor of the journal Music Trades, lambasted the FTC in a December editorial, noting that “a consumer watchdog that sees piano teachers as a threat either has too much time on its hands, or badly misplaced priorities.”

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We used to call this “weather” – now it’s “climate change”

coolingOne thousand record lows around the globe

Live by the icicle, die by the icicle

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If true, it should bring peace to the world as millions of Muslim heads explode

God willing, baby

God’s will, baby

Scientist claims humans evolved from a lusty chimp mating with a pig.

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Color me skeptical

 

What, me worry?

What, me worry?

“Scientists: : people who don’t worry about snacks won’t gain weight eating them”

Next time you treat yourself to a sizeable slab of chocolate cake, make sure you enjoy every crumb.

Psychologists have discovered those of us who see it as something to celebrate are much more likely to stay slim. But if you are racked with guilt afterwards, the chances are you will pile on the pounds.

The findings, published in the latest online edition of the journal Appetite, show the way we perceive tasty treats like chocolate cake is just as important as the calorie count when it comes to expanding waistlines.

My own theory about this conclusion is that it was reached by psychologists; most psychologists are liberals, and liberals believe firmly in the power of wishing away hard facts. “No pain, if only you’ll make certain your intentions are good” is indeed the liberal mantra. Hasn’t worked out so well so far, but hey – that’s one of those hard facts they don’t like to hear about.

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Uh oh

Boston Globe, 28 minutes ago: White House expects to meet ObamaCare website deadline

Reuters, 15 minutes ago: “ObamaCare website begins crucial weekend with seven-hour shutdown”.

Whatever – my money’s with Reuters although, come to think of it all our money’s with Obama; for now.

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