Line of the Day – Bonus Edition

Because every trait we have is a coin with two sides. My dad’s sometimes exasperating bluntness, for example, also means you always know where you stand with him. There is no guesswork to our relationship. I don’t know a more honest man, and I’ve never in my life seen him behave any other way than exactly how he is. The trade-off is some inevitable social awkwardness, but at least we always have a good laugh about it.

This is from the same blog past as my previous post.  In fact, it’s the very next paragraph.  If this were said at my memorial, if this were the only thing said at my memorial, I’d be ok with that.


Line of the Day

We don’t love perfectly and

we don’t love perfect people.

But when you love someone, you love all of them.

And as you grow older, you start to see that the things that are imperfect about people are not only what makes them uniquely them, but also what makes them uniquely good.

From a Fathers’ Day post.

HT: Ace of Spades HQ

Be Careful What You Ask For

Remember all those demands that even the most menial, unskilled labor positions be paid a minimum of $15 per hour?  Supporters of those demands concluded that everyone would be better off, never thinking about the alternative.  You know, the alternative that follows the basic economic principle that says the more something cost, the less demand you have for it.

McDonalds apparently has decided it’s cheaper to replace over-paid order-takers with kiosks.

The kiosks were already in roughly 3,500 US McDonald’s restaurants as of March, or about one-fourth of its domestic stores. They will be in about half of US restaurants by the end of 2018 and in all stores by 2020.

Here’s the money quote:

McDonald’s and other restaurant companies are wrangling with rising labor costs in the US as minimum wage hikes take effect in markets around the country.  In the first quarter of the year, McDonald’s payroll and employee benefits were 30.2% of sales, up from 27.8% during the same period in 2017.


The “Climate Change Movement” is a Farce

Mark Perry had a blog post about an article in the WSJ (behind a paywall) about climate change.  Here is the money quote from the article (emphasis by me):

A good indicator of why climate change as an issue is over can be found early in the text of the Paris Agreement. The “nonbinding” pact declares that climate action must include concern for “gender equality, empowerment of women, and intergenerational equity” as well as “the importance for some of the concept of ‘climate justice.’ ”

And you wonder why we think the “movement” nuts.

And another money quote:

Climate alarm is like a car alarm—a blaring noise people are tuning out.



Health Insurance Debacle

Ripped from the headlines (emphasis by me)…

Vermont Governor Signs Bill Mandating State Residents Buy Individual Health Insurance.

VTDigger (VT)  (6/4, Faher) reports Vermont Governor “Phil Scott has signed a bill mandating that Vermonters purchase health insurance as of 2020.” While certain details of the individual mandate are yet to be resolved, such as how to enforce the rule either through penalties or incentives, “the governor and a majority of the Legislature seem to be in agreement that mandating health coverage is necessary to keep the state’s insurance market relatively stable.”

So we’re reduced to forcing people to buy a crappy product in the hope it will keep the prices from going (further) out of reach.