davidl on April 15th, 2014

Phyllis Schlafly opposes the Pay Check Fairness Act, for good reason, but liberals, for their own strange reasons, support it. One woman versus the entire liberal establishment. This not even a fair fight. Mrs. Schlafly already battled and beat the Equal Rights Amendment.

So how many oranges does it take to equal a bushel of apples?   Answer it is impossible to say because an   orange is not an apple.  Like the irate feminists who argue for yet more legislation to make women equal to men miss the barrel.   A man and a women are not equal.   Just as a orange can not be made equal to an apple neither can a man and a woman be made equal.   Men and women are different*.

Men and women make different decisions, and do different work, from Mark J. Penn, AEI:

In 2012 (most recent year available) 4,045 men died on the job (92.3% of the total) compared to only 338 women (7.7% of the total). Almost 12 men died on the job for every woman who died while working in 2012 because a disproportionate number of men work in higher-risk, but higher-paid occupations like coal mining and oil and gas roustabouts (almost 100 % male), fire fighters (96.5% male), police officers (86.6% male), correctional officers (72.8% male), farming, fishing, and forestry (78.3% male), roofers (99.3% male) and construction (97.4% male); BLS data here for 2013. On the other hand, a disproportionate number of women work in relatively low-risk industries, often with lower pay to partially compensate for the safer, more comfortable indoor office environments in occupations like office and administrative support (77.3% female), education, training, and library occupations (73.8% female), and healthcare practitioners (74.4% female). The higher concentrations of men in riskier occupations with greater occurrences of workplace injuries and fatalities suggest that more men than women are willing to expose themselves to work-related injury or death in exchange for higher wages. In contrast, women more than men prefer lower risk occupations with greater workplace safety, and are frequently willing to accept lower wages for the reduced probability of work-related injury or death.

So why is the left so obsessed with trying to pretend that oranges are the same as apples, from Kyle Mantyla, Right Wing Watch:

As [Phyllis] Schlafly sees it, women want to marry a man who makes more money than they do.  As such, if women and men make the same amount, then women will be less likely to get married because they will be “unable to find what they regard as a suitable mate.”

The solution, obviously, is to increase the pay gap so that men will earn more than women so that women, in turn, will have a better opportunity to find husbands

No Mrs   Schlafly, is not arguing the that pay gap should be increased.   Rather she is arguing that the so-called pay gap does not exist in the first place.

[*]  Get back to me when fifty-three percent of plumbers are female.

davidl on April 14th, 2014

The patriots confronted the BLM under the Bundy bridge, video:

Hat tip:   De. Kyla,  Small Dead Animals

I think a lesson to take to heart ts never confronted an armed federal thug without a video camera running.   Government thugs have had a history of being trigger happy.

Eric Florack on April 13th, 2014

I’ve been watching the business out in California as regards that crash between a Fed-Ex Double pup, and the bus. I have to tell you that I’m not impressed with how this investigation is going this far. I suppose the reasons for this are bit less than obvious, so let me explain a little and perhaps help you understand.

I used to drive for US Xpress years ago, during that time in California were not unusual.  Usually, interstate 40 was the preferred path.  During that time frame one of the things I learned was that there are a number of trucking companies that tend to run faster on the highway. See if you can notice a pattern among them…. UPS, Fed-Ex, Yellow/Roadway and a few others. I could have my foot bolted to floor doing to truck would allow in terms of speed and still get blown into the weeds by these guys and their Double Pup trailer configs, such as the one that hit the bus the other day.

Since switching to a local and then a regional status with my current carrier, Ive seen a lot of the same symptoms with a lot of the dedicated route types, Fed-Ex among them.

While not fully convinced that the driver of that truck is at fault here,  it does seem logical based on that previous experience to wonder if speed wasn’t a factor here.  If that assumption is correct, the driver still isn’t necessarily the bad guy, and this leads me to my point… The government may well be the issue.

I’d like you to consider, here, the ever stiffer regulations faced by trucking companies, involving allowable drive time, duty time and so on. Those FMCSA rules cause freight scheduling to be unrealistically tight. Drivers are caught between the companies who are trying to survive the added regulatory burdens imposed by the federal government, and the rules themselves. This tends to cause them to drive faster in situations that don’t really support such driving.

As in this case, I suspect. You will doubtless see speed listed as a factor for the cause of this crash, assuming such information ever comes to light.  What you will NOT see, however, is a serious and open examination of what effect the current FMCSA regs had on that driver’s choices.. And that, in my view, is what is seriously needed here.

Once again, the actual result of even well-meaning laws can be and are devastating on a number of levels.  And far from well-meaning, some of the stuff we’ve been seeing coming out of the FMCSA seems at best arbitrary and spiteful. What is worse, since the FMCA is not accountable to the American people, they make and enforce laws that are never approved by Congress, or voted on by the people… there is no challenging them on this.

Eric Florack on April 13th, 2014


Ross Douthat nails it so well, one wonders how me manages to keep himself employed at at the little leftist propaganda factory in Queens.


Perhaps someone can explain how the description at the link, doesn’t match what I suggested such a replacement would be;

Second, let us postulate for a moment on her replacement. The position of HHS Secretary under Obama going…. (Leaning?)…. Forward, is rather like handing over the captaincy of the Titanic AFTER it has struck the iceberg. The person assuming command knows the whole thing is going under, and they’ll be taking at least part of the blame.   One must assume that only a true apparatchik would assume such a position. One imagines easily the kind of cold fish needed to take on such an assignment. No matter how many people get hurt or die, the political goal must be achieved, “for the greater good”.

Not even a smidgen of corruption, Obama has said.
Hard to believe when clearly our new HHS director was chosen for her position based on her historical and well documented ability to be corrupt for the cause of advancing the left and its agenda.

davidl on April 13th, 2014

snark2.jpgSnark of the Day from Cliven Bundy:

“I was paying grazing fees for management and that’s what BLM was supposed to be, land managers and they were managing my ranch out of business, so I refused to pay.”

Hat tip: Robert Stacy McCain.


Is there any doubt at all why Jay Carney works for Obama?

Imagine Nazi posters up in the home of any GOP staffer with the status of Carney, and tell me there wouldn’t be hell to pay for it.

Now explain why this is any different.

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davidl on April 12th, 2014

Forty Three shows a deft touch. video:

Hat tip:  Nice Deb.

I think that George W. Bush would do a better job on the Late Show than Colbert.   Bush is funnier.

davidl on April 12th, 2014

snark2.jpgSnark of the Day from Jennifer Ruben, Washington Post:

In a real sense the world view of the left — our enemies are just confused future friends who need to be told how their interests can really align with ours — is coming apart at the seams. The irony is that the Obama officials have fancied themselves as “realists.”

Hat Tip: Glenn Reynolds

davidl on April 11th, 2014

Dirty Harry Reid call home, Nevada that is.   You have a problem the federal Bureau of Land Management is rustling cattle.   In the old day, that used to be a hanging offense.

Given that Barrack Obama views statutory law as mere suggestion, and sees no need to defend our nation’s border. Given that, why has Obama chosen to send his jack-booted thugs to wage war on a Nevada rancher, Cliven Bundy in an alleged attempt to protect a tortoise, from Maill (UK):

Cliven Bundy has been battling the BLM since 1993 when he refused to pay for grazing rights after 600,000 acres of public land were reclassified as federal property.

Land managers claimed the change was necessary to protect a rare desert tortoise and limited the Bundy herd to just 150 head.

The government insists it is federal land which Bundy is using illegally claiming he owes more than $1.1million in unpaid grazing fees and has consistently disregarded federal court orders to remove his animals.

Obama cares more about a desert tortoise than real flesh and blood people.

Then their is the regimes alleged concern for women, the War on Women thing:

Another protester, from Utah, accused the BLM agents of ‘Throwing women to the ground, tasing them [and] sticking K-9 dogs on them’.

IF laws are to be mere suggestions, then why the war on Cliven Bundy?


Now, you won’t see this in the lame stream media.

Eric Florack on April 11th, 2014

Kathleen Sebelius, the health and human services secretary, resigning, does make for some interesting thoughts.

First, as I said yesterday and have BEEN saying for years, now.., Obamacare was designed to fail, since the ultimate goal here is outright government control of healthcare at a single payer level, and removing all private insurance companies from the process. In short, taking the best healthcare system in the world, and placing it on a level of mediocrity matching any other third world nation. Welcome, dear Friends to “Hope and Change”

Second, let us postulate for a moment on her replacement. The position of HHS Secretary under Obama going…. (Leaning?)…. Forward, is rather like handing over the captaincy of the Titanic AFTER it has struck the iceberg. The person assuming command knows the whole thing is going under, and they’ll be taking at least part of the blame.   One must assume that only a true apparatchik would assume such a position. One imagines easily the kind of cold fish needed to take on such an assignment. No matter how many people get hurt or die, the political goal must be achieved, “for the greater good”.

The problem here, of course, is Obama policy. In fairness, no by could have done the job better than Sebilius did.  Does anyone think that the new appointee will be allowed any serious policy changes, any new goal, any hint of reversing the monster known as Obamacare? I think not.

In the end, this is all just theatre, because no real change away from this utter disaster will be forthcoming, before Obama’s eviction notice takes effect.


Well, now don’t take it TOO hard, there, Kathy.
It was a fight nobody figured you’d win… even your boss… who is now busy tossing you under the bus with the rest.


Interesting television… and I suspect unintentionally so.
Today on MSNBCs usually horrible ‘Morning Joe’… Bill Kristol asked the “Morning Joe” crew to name something, anything that Hillary has accomplished. The result was a confused silence.

This is the network that will be carrying the water for Mrs Clinton for the next couple years… and they got stumped by the undeniably flyweight, Billy Kristol?

davidl on April 10th, 2014

Deborah Hughes lives in Detroit, where she is a hero.   Were Hughes to live in say New York City, Chicago or Washington D.C. she would be a felon, from Deborah Hastings,New York Daily News:

Retired nurse Deborah Hughes grabs her gun, runs outside after seeing a seething Detroit crowd attack a truck driver. ‘He was a man. He wasn’t white, ‘’ says the African-American woman who threw herself over beaten Steve Utash, who had stopped after hitting a boy who ran into traffic.

She got her gun, she ran into the street, and she threw herself on top of a white man being beaten by a mob of black men.

“He was a man. He wasn’t white. He was a man. And I was ready to shoot anybody who hit that man again,” retired nurse Deborah Hughes told FOX2 News in Detroit.

The African-American woman was protecting Steve Utash, 54, a white man who accidently hit a 10-year-old boy with his truck last week and got out to see if the youngster was hurt.

An armed society is a polite society, and a safe one.