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Ignatz

Wonder why those dumbass businessmen have never realized paying workers more than they produce is good for business.

Bori

Offering higher than normal wages or benefits can lower your turnover and increase your productivity as long as it is an incentive.

But across the board increases work opposite to that as the incentive to be more productive is no longer attached. I contend that it would actually increase turnover in some cases as the incentive to stay is no longer there.

daddy

Burning the midnight oil are we TM?

Watch out. I think that's illegal in De Blasio's Manhattan.

Adjoran

They would probably have to get Carlos Slim's permission to do that, and I doubt it would be forthcoming.

Without his money, the NYT would have had to have been sold off for its assets years ago.

peter

Good morning everybody. Looking forward to shoveling another foot of global warming on Monday!

narciso

well they seem to hire for expertise of a sort,

http://drawandstrike.blogspot.com/2014/02/uk-guardian-neglects-to-mention-terror.html

kind of like hiring Sammy the Bull, for tough circulation cases.

hit and run

Best of all, think of all the overhead that increasing worker salaries would help reduce.

narciso
Jane on Ipad

Harry Reid has got to go.

peter

Tomorrow is Self Injury Awareness Day., Just so you know.

narciso

Sorry, that was about Andrea Mitchell, insert joke here,

Miss Marple

6-8 inches of global warming approaching Sunday into Monday. I will be spending today and tomorrow running errands and getting ready.

I hope all the rain in California causes Gore's home in Malibu to slide into the ocean.

hit and run

I miss Sydney.

Robin, baking with butter

I'm still reeling from Miss Marple's prognostication that the Obamas will still be on the DC circuit after 2016.

Miss Marple

Robin, Just like Bill Clinton, we will never be rid of him.

Even if my prediction doesn't come true, Obama will set up shop in DC and constantly critique whoever is in office, because, basically, it's not him.

He will go around the country making inflammatory speeches for exorbitant sums of money. He will do his best to set neighbor against neighbor, women against men, blacks vs whites, Christiains vs Jews, supporting Muslim causes and making insulting comments in every interview and appearance.

He will demand MORE money for his library (which I think he will attempt to set up in DC) and insist that his pension and expense money aren't enough and he is being penalized because he is black.

He will probably get a talk show on cable and push his community organizing idea of Marxism.

I suppose I have a pessimistic view of things because I am sick of winter and another storm is coming.

narciso

the Mitchell bit, was touting the Joyce foundation astroturf, hence the joke.

So I figure the Crimean protesters, are likely former?? Spetznaz.

Jane

Sydney will be back later in the day. She lives on a different machine. No worries!

hit and run

hit and run jr had his golf tryout yesterday. It was a good time and he did great. 15 players competing for 10 spots on the team.

They all play from the white tees -- boys and girls. Challenging. Way challenging. Too much for many of the kids -- it's a small school, and many of them are first time golfers. hit and run jr has hit balls on the range a number of times, but this was honestly only his third time on a course, and the first time on a non par-3 course.

The scores are limited to double-par on any hole. You reach double-par and you pick up. Just about every kid reached double-par on every hole.

We get to the last hole. A straight forward par 3. hit and run jr took out his driver and cranked one. But it went right, bounced off some shells around another tee box . . . and we never found it. Took a drop (they don't have to play stroke and distance and lost balls are scored like a lateral hazard). hit and run jr pures a hybrid, pin high just off the green. Took his putter, ran the ball through a ditch, up a slope, onto the green and it rolled to 8 feet. Stepped up to the putt, lined it up . . . drained it.

For a 5. I didn't see all the scores, but I bet it was one of maybe 5 scores where anyone came in under double par.

I started writing this comment . . . and got a text from mrs hit and run.

He made the team! Woot!

rse

In October there's a 3rd Global Forum on Business as an Agent of World Benefit up ch's way. I know he will be excited about the UN's philosophy of "Getting to Prosperity and Flourishing."

He could be the JOM reporter on-site.

That GRLI initiative set up in 2005 intends to disband in 2025. Planning on having changed our mindsets by them. Makes you want to cease buying as much as possible from the huge companies.

James D.

Hit, that's fantastic. Good for him!

NK(withnewsoftware)

Tom 'the Hammer' Maguire!!! dropping it on the feckless NYT's business expertise. Mind you Pinch Sultzberger will become a staple Harvard B-School case study (does Maguire have a Harvard MBA?-- I digress) a study of how to destroy the value of an iconic multi-generational family business, first in product quality, then in economic value-- and then be murdered by his grand nieces/nephews who lose their trust funds. The NYT minimum wage advice is akin to Herr Doktor Krugman giving $1500/hr advice on how to run a virtual energy company... wait!

Jack is Back

Hit,

Great news on Hit, Jr. If they limit to double-par do they use the Callaway scoring system. [not the club company].?

Miss Marple

Speaking of the "My Brother's Keeper" (named for a blame-shifting excuse by a murderer) I am still puzzled on why the half-brother George, living in a slum, hasn't been sent a couple of thousand (less than one of Michelle's outfits) to get him out of that hovel.

A normal person would have sent some cash with the "Oh, no, I didn't know" excuse, garnering some feel-good publicity and making himself look good.

So why not help the guy? Mystery. I wondered about that this morning while reading about this My Brother's Keeper thing (irony being lost on the White House PR people). The only explanation I could come up with is that George is a Christian.

Steve

Pepsi MAX & Jeff Gordon Present: "Test Drive 2"
"Must watch - great fun video"!

http://commoncts.blogspot.com/2014/02/pepsi-max-jeff-gordon-present-test.html

NK(withnewsoftware)

Congrats Hit & Run Jr.

BTW Hit-- my son played prep school golf for 1 season (on the JV for one other year, never played a match against another team that year), he refused to let me watch a single HOLE of match play-- EVAH. These prep school golf matches are intense-- 16/17 yo boys playing for 4 hours, and they are actually doing something for what45 minutes, the rest of the time thinking about it all. Brutally nerve shattering for them. Enjoy!

Miss Marple

Meanwhile, in our hemisphere, there is speculation that those shooting at demonstrators in Venezuela are Cuban special forces:

http://babalublog.com/2014/02/28/crisis-in-venezuela-cuban-special-forces-suspected-of-shooting-pro-democracy-demonstrators/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

jimmyk on iPad

"Paying workers more can help companies lower turnover and improve productivity."

More than what?

That's the thing about these ridiculous arguments, there's no baseline. We need less inequality. Less than what? Than whatever it happens to be.

If anything, the workers getting the minimum are already getting "more."

Congrats, hit!

Can I take the occasion to brag about Miss K making the jr high basketball team? One of only 4 7th graders along with 10 8th graders. And she even gets 10-15 minutes of playing time off the bench, unless it's a close game :). The most remarkable thing about the games is the huge number of jump balls--seemingly about 50% of the possessions.

Captain Hate

Oh here we go:

The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity, is proudly announcing that the U.S. military is again using their chaplains for active-duty service after a 15-year lull.

ISNA has a well-documented extremist history. In 1991, the Muslim Brotherhood listed ISNA as one of its main fronts. Declassified FBI memos said ISNA is a component of the Muslim Brotherhood, who sees its “work in America as a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within.”

In 2007, the U.S. government labeled ISNA a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity and an unindicted co-conspirator in a terrorism-financing trial involving the Holy Land Foundation funneling money to Hamas. The label was upheld in 2009 because of “ample” evidence linking ISNA to Hamas. Last year, ISNA’s Canadian affiliate lost its status as a charity because of its accounting discrepancies and links to Pakistani terrorists.

The two chaplains endorsed by ISNA are Sgt. Mustapha Rahouchen, who will be used by the U.S. Army, and Captain Rafael Lantiqua, who was chosen by the U.S. Air Force.

In April 2013, the Clarion Project broke the story that the U.S. Air Force Chaplain Corps had paid ISNA almost $5,000 for two advertisements in its magazine. When we contacted the Air Force about ISNA’s ties to the Brotherhood, we received the following response:

“The Islamic Society of North America is one of many religious organizations recognized by the Department of Defense that satisfy the ecclesiastical requirements to endorse qualified religious ministry professionals to serve as chaplains within the Military Departments.”

NK(withnewsoftware)

Congrats to MissK!!

JimmyK-- I love you guy. Everything you say is rational and true-- to a metaphysical certainty. And almost all of it means nothing to the average voter or member of Congress. Sometimes I do wish that the USA take a brief vacation from a Republic and have a benovolent dictator to set things straight before we go back to a Republic-- "if you can keep it madam."

Captain Hate

Woot for hit jr and Little Miss K.

James D.

So why not help the guy? Mystery. I wondered about that this morning while reading about this My Brother's Keeper thing (irony being lost on the White House PR people). The only explanation I could come up with is that George is a Christian.

MM, you don't even need that explanation. AS you posted last night about Ezra Klein and his ilk, Obama is a broken person. He may be a lot of other things, but at bottom, he's a sociopath who has fundamentally no concern for any other human being.

Rex

Oh, oh, if we're going to brag about kids or grandkids, one grandson (16) is swimming in a national meet at Texas A&M, while two gransdaughters are competing in a regional gymnastics meet on Long Island. If everyone is good, I'll even let you know the results come Sunday or Monday.

pagar plus

Can't put this stuff in fiction, no one would believe it.

http://thisainthell.us/blog/?p=40068

"CIA steals FBI’s al Qaeda mole and gets him killed"

The Democrats want to slash the military to the point that it can't defend our nation but blame the Republicans for not supporting our vets by voting against a bill to overload the VA and offer gym memberships to overweight vets who live more than 15 mins from a VA Gym.

http://thisainthell.us/blog/?p=40066

"so why are Senators trying to pay for gym memberships?"

Two Republicans voted to support the lying Democrats. IMO this bill was created with one purpose; propaganda to be used against the Republicans.

NK(withnewsoftware)

reading glasses on now-- benevolent.

rich@gmu

congrats hit and jimmyk.

Janet -  the districts lie fallow, while the Capitol gorges itself

Very good, jimmyk.

Thomas Sowell's 3 questions are:
Compared to what?
At what cost?
What hard evidence do you have?

NK(withnewsoftware)

Rex-- Congrats on the gene pool. I assume gymnastics meets are more stressful than swimming to spectate.

rich@gmu

aren't we supposed to be slacking our way to success...what's this paying and improved productivity.

NK(withnewsoftware)

Maguire refuses to slack?.... a Witch!!... burn the Witch!!

rich@gmu

Janet-

won't get a single answer on those questions regarding this min wage proposal, a proposal that Hairy Reed isn't even going to take up in the Senate.

Jane

Yay kids!!! You guys are going to have to be tough so you've got a good start!

peter

''you reach double-par and you pick up".....why, that's exactly how I play golf!

rich@gmu

CH-

>>>The IRS targeting was shocking because Americans expect that agency to be free of politics.<<<

that's funny.

Miss Marple

James D.

I agree that is is a broken person, but that hasn't stopped him from faking concern about some group or individual before.

Why hasn't he faked it for his own brother?

rich@gmu

peter-

>>>''you reach double-par and you pick up".....<<<

isn't that when the drinking game starts...

peter

Mad magazine had an obsession with this word in the late fifties....LUN

Miss Marple

peter, I remember that well!

When I was in junior high I read that magazine every month. Aggravated my mother, the English teacher, too!

Sue

George hated Barack Sr.

Captain Hate

When I saw the headline I wondered "What was Meeka Brzchxldafski doing in India?"

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/india-parrot-helps-cops-solve-murder-mystery-1438192

Beester

Delurked for a bit and now glad to see the JOM cabin fever has passed. Congrats to all young athletes and their parents. Best advice I had as a former HS and collegiate soccer and swim parent--Hug 'em, feed 'em, drive 'em, love 'em and let the coaches coach them. Looking forward to meet results.

rich@gmu

well I wish Obama would work out his family dysfunction with his own money and time.

so who is he trying to conduit this bit of money to-the Bloods and Crips?

James D.

MM, he only fakes concern when there's some perceived benefit to him, or if he's called out loudly enough in the MSM that he feels forced to make some gesture (or, I guess, if ValJar tells him he should).

Who - besides a few voices in the wilderness, is talking about this? What % of the electorate (especially the LIVs) even KNOW that he's got a half-brother in the first place?

narciso

One is reminded the Kennedy administration had some project along the lines of this non ideological exercise, you didn't think it was just his charisma.

So it seems Brennan was not the only to blow a key asset.

narciso

Yes, James that's why EW was so withering in it's review of 2016.

Sue

Rewatch Dinesj's movie. Or re/read Obama's book. He is doing what his father tried to do and failed.

Centralcal on iPad

It has been pouring mightily here for the past few hours, but won't really help our drought situation unless we are getting lots of snow in the Sierras, too.

rich@gmu

>>>Sometimes I do wish that the USA take a brief vacation from a Republic and have a benovolent dictator<<<

didn't fdr try that?

Captain Hate

Is this what you guys are talking about?

http://www.jammiewf.com/2014/obama-plans-to-spend-200-million-to-be-my-brothers-keeper-or-something/

Shocking that Colin Powell is in on this.

jimmyk

Hug 'em, feed 'em, drive 'em, love 'em and let the coaches coach them.

That's the other remarkable thing about the games: The parents shouting at their kids, "Set a pick!" etc., crying "foul!" yelling at the refs, and so on. This is a bunch of 12- and 13-year-old girls. Amazing.

NK(withnewsoftware)

JEF's half-brother. For 5+ years JEF's pathological narcissism has been a demonstrated fact. This treatment of the brother, starts to look like something worse. Sociopath? Misanthrope? It's going to be a bumpy next 3 years.

henry

Curious, prosecutor behind John Doe I & II hires private law firm. Civil Rights lawsuits are a good thing, but taxpayers get shafted on both sides. Also, the judge is appealing the quashing of her subpoenae, the prosecutors are counter suing because they want search w/o probable cause, and Walker's campaign is mentioned in another "secret" decision related to prosecutors doing something wrong. It's tough to name the players when everything is under seal.

Miss Marple

Well, it seems to me, James, that back when Obama was riding high with the exotic details of his background and people were fascinated, it would have made a nice story to make him look good.

After all, he went on and on about that darn dog, which he obviously doesn't like.

I always worry about that dog, whose original name was Charlie and it makes me mad they changed the dog's name as well.

I hope the handlers spirit the dog away at the end of his term. I think Obama would have the dog euthanized out of spite.

NK(withnewsoftware)

FDR was not benevolent...

Miss Marple

jimmyk, My daughter played basketball for 2 seasons when she was 11-12. We let her quit when the father of one of her teamates yelled from the timing table, "Angie, you better make a basket or I will beat your ass."

And no one did a thing about it.

She went to soccer, where the refs hand out yellow and red cards and obnoxious parents can be sent home or the team forfeits.

Alas, although she was a great player, she inherited my knees and although lettering in the sport her freshman year, she ended up in knee surgery the next fall and had to quit.

rich@gmu

CH-

that's the story. in the age of austerity he could find some money for a head start for gangsters program.

NK(withnewsoftware)

Our friend in ChiTown recommends this link for Ukraine news-- apparently some think Putin action in Crimea is already underway:

- @MillerMENA #Ukraine Liveblog http://t.co/mBFzdhuqMo

Jack is Back

CH,

When they did the bit on "Brother's Keeper" last night on The Five, it was applauded by all the panel. This is one of those programs that everyone including the GOP will accept just to keep from being called a racist.

Captain Hate

Of the triple digit items that I loathe Clenis for, number one was how his dog Buddy, named for one of his white trash kin, was hit by a car and killed outside his New York overpriced shanty. With all the taxpayer jack that the predator gets after staining the White House, he could've spent something to have somebody watch the poor animal. Or give it to somebody like Betty Currie, who got Socks the cat when Rodham and the special needs daughter were too irresponsible to take care of him and he led a happy life away from the grifters.

Captain Hate

When they did the bit on "Brother's Keeper" last night on The Five, it was applauded by all the panel. This is one of those programs that everyone including the GOP will accept just to keep from being called a racist.

Then we're screwed if nobody is willing to call something what it really is.

Jack is Back

NK,

Here are pics via BBC of the Russkie's occupying the airport in Sebastopol. Russia is already there and are going to stay there and expand.

Who is going to stop them?

rich@gmu

henry-

big surprise a secret prosecutor is out of control. too bad he won't get tossed in jail.

>>>The latest order means there are now four court cases stemming from the John Doe probe — the federal civil rights case; two actions before the state Supreme Court in an attempt to halt the investigation; and the one by Schmitz to reinstate the subpoenas.<<<

they'll eventually find some wrongdoing. eventually.

Ignatz

--For 5+ years JEF's pathological narcissism has been a demonstrated fact. This treatment of the brother, starts to look like something worse. Sociopath? Misanthrope?--

The distinction between a real Narcissist and a psychopath is unclear.
They both have no, as in zero, empathy toward other people. Others are merely props to be moved about and manipulated.
Both also are pathological liars.
The only difference, if there is any, seems to be psychopaths are bigger risk takers, are more reckless and are less concerned about their own safety or fate.
More likely, Narcissists are just cautious psychopaths more concerned with preserving themselves than overt psychos.
Clinically otherwise I suspect there is no difference.

jimmyk

This is one of those programs that everyone including the GOP will accept just to keep from being called a racist.

From CH's link @9:22am,

"President Obama on Thursday will establish a new interagency task force charged with promoting opportunities for young men of color through an examination of government policies and programs."

Naive question: The government can spend money on one group based explicitly on race? I realize that's the practical effect of some programs aimed at "inner city yutes" or "underserved minorities." As objectionable as those are, this seems to cross a line with an explicit racial test. But I guess that makes me the racist.

hit and run

Great NYT headline via Hot Air...

Study: Monogamy makes you stupider

It's a study about flies, so you know, we should probably change all of human society now or something.

But look, I will concede this . . . falling in love with mrs hit and run made me all sorts of stupid. It goes all the way back to the first time I asked her on a date. Called her dorm room, all nervous and stuff. She answers the phone. I panic. Stammer, studder, "Um, ah, can I talk to Jenny?" (her roommate) "I um, yeah I need to borrow her notes from class today?"

Jenny gets on the phone and I'm like, "OMG! Don't say anything, please. I panicked. Help me out, think of a way to give her back the phone without making me look stupid."

Jenny was all, "Yeah, too late for that."

And . . . the rest is history (of me just getting stupider and stupider in love with her).

narciso

So a somewhat breathless Politico profile of the creepy Messina, shows he is following in the Plouffe's footsteps, giving speeches in Sharjah and Baku, but a little known bit is apparently he's in partnership with Luntz on a Clean Energy company, Opower, so is his naivete feigned or real,

Miss Marple

I missed news last night as I was gone.

The Five didn't see the irony OR the twisted use of a scriptural quote in that program. And the program itself is going to end up being a way to channel money to cronies while pretending to help the unfortunate, who will get NO help just like how the use the schools for their union buddies and ignore the failure of the educational system and the students damaged by such; or how they PRETEND to care about women while making them prey to irresponsible men and abortion butchers.

Every single program they propose is a way to get money to their pals using fake compassion to cover their tracks.

Ignatz

The biggest indicator a massive Russian military action is planned for the Ukraine is, as Jim Geraghty notes in Morning Jolt, US intelligence says the Russians have no intention of military action in Ukraine.

Miss Marple

narciso, Are you speaking of Bad Toupee Luntz of the focus groups?

Captain Hate

From Kimberley Strassel's link:

At a Senate Judiciary Committee markup Thursday morning, Texas's Ted Cruz offered an amendment to prohibit IRS employees from deliberately targeting individuals or groups based on political views. It was unanimously rejected by every member of the Democratic majority.

Leaving aside that this is the same Ted Cruz that she has badmouthed before, how can any politician in their right mind be against that?

narciso

Yes, I saw that from Eli Lake at the Basilisk,
of course that would defy history, logic and opportunity, but don't let that get in the way.

clarice

Iggy, you cynic. Actually the Russian military is not very large at this point, they are still in Chechnya,suffering fromMoslem separatists, etc. To my untutored eye it looks like a split Ukraine is possible.

Miss Marple

More rumors that Hillary is in bad health.

http://dailycaller.com/2014/02/28/rumors-persist-that-hillary-wont-run-because-health-is-worse-than-disclosed/

Either she is or someone is "clearing the field."

narciso

Yes, Mrs, Marple, you answered your own question, Captain, meanwhile the chocolate
ration delivery truck was held up, by the Polar Vortex, it seems,

Threadkiller

Then we're screwed if nobody is willing to call something what it really is.

Tell me about it.

Miss Marple

I am thinking that the Polar Vortex should look like that Mr. Freeze character from Batman back in the 60's.

narciso, another month or so and I will understand everything you post. You sure do give my brain a good workout!

rich@gmu

jimmyk-

it's >>>a new interagency task force<<<

awesome the my bother's keeper breakout session dedicated to spending mo' money, mo' money, mo' money on midnight basketball and gun buyback. it'll need a czar (hum I hear Ezra Klein isn't busy and really wants a $10 million/year budget and staff of 30-and he could get some street cred in the process).

Ignatz

Takes a special gall to have spent trillions during your presidency and through those malignant policies inordinately have harmed "young men of color" and then act all benevolent (speaking of dictators) and act like you give a s*** after destroying any real opportunities they might have had.

Miss Marple

News from the Telegraph (again a UK paper) that the Ukrainians are pleading for help from the Brits and the US.

http://www.google.com/gwt/x?wsc=yh&u=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/ukraine/10667111/Ukraine-pleads-for-Britain-and-US-to-come-to-its-rescue-as-Russia-accused-of-invasion.html&ei=FZgQU_icH8nMswe8iIGQBA">http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/ukraine/10667111/Ukraine-pleads-for-Britain-and-US-to-come-to-its-rescue-as-Russia-accused-of-invasion.html&ei=FZgQU_icH8nMswe8iIGQBA">http://www.google.com/gwt/x?wsc=yh&u=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/ukraine/10667111/Ukraine-pleads-for-Britain-and-US-to-come-to-its-rescue-as-Russia-accused-of-invasion.html&ei=FZgQU_icH8nMswe8iIGQBA

They won't get it. Obama is afraid of Putin and the Brits are afraid of losing the natural gas. This is going to be a tragedy, and I am ashamed of our government more than I can say.

Beester

Parent bad behavior is one of the ugliest aspects of youth and high school sports. The hoverers and screamers do serious damage to their children and their relationships. I was in athletic fundraising-it is the very rare and gifted student-athlete who can compete consistently at a collegiate level. Most parents don't understand that their child isn't going to get a scholarship and isn't going to be a pro. Stop screaming, let them play and let them shift to other activities when and if their interests take them in another direction.

narciso

Since they blame the weather, when it's not a
tsunami or some other source, I think it would look like the abominable snowman in the
the old Rudolf the Red nose special.

narciso

Sounds like Imre Nagy in '56, or Dubchek in '68, i'm afraid.

jimmyk

More rumors that Hillary is in bad health.

I would think it likely that she has some chronic STD from Bill, assuming they ever actually consummated their marriage.

clarice

Congrats , Hit and Jimmy. Jimmy, watch her knees--seriously, make sure she understands how to land and shift position properly--it's a problem for girls.

rich@gmu

clarice-

don't think it needs to be all that big to convince them they made a bad decision.

hit and run

MM:
I hope the handlers spirit the dog away at the end of his term. I think Obama would have the dog euthanized out of spite.

Inser the obligatory concern that Obama will have the dogs butchered and prepared for dinner.

rich@gmu

>>>Hillary is in bad health<<<

always in need of a morning eye opener... constant hangover.

Jane

The Brothers Keepers program is racist, and stupid. Put financial disincentives in place for single parenthood and you will solve the problem.

So has Hillary got a brain tumor? A bad sinus or is she putting it out there in case the document dump today doesn't work out?

No worries Hill, Obama will protect you - for the right price.

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