Afternoon Report – 9/1/16


R2-D2 is joining the Dark Side for Rogue One. Not really, but it sure looks like a black R2-D2.

It’s good to be the King. Or an ex-king. Apparently, money allotted by the Former President’s Act (a program created largely after the time when a president’ dying in penury was actually a potential problem) has been used to pay salaries and benefits to Clinton aides.

But even as the Clintons got rich and grew their foundation into a $2 billion organization credited with major victories in the fights against childhood obesity and AIDS — while paying six-figure salaries to top aides — Bill Clinton continued drawing more cash from the Former President’s Act than any other ex-president, according to a POLITICO analysis. The analysis also found that Clinton’s representatives, between 2001, when the Clintons left the White House, and the end of this year, had requested allocations under the Act totaling $16 million. That’s more than any of the other living former presidents — Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush — requested during that span.

Well, isn’t that special?

Mel Brook’s “It’s Good to be the King Rap” ended up with Mel Brooks being the first white artist to land a rap song on the R&B charts.

Life gets a little more like cautionary science fiction every day: Scientist’s Using Light to Reprogram Brains.

French police make woman wearing too many clothes take some off at the beach. Well, that’s one way to belatedly deal with their immigration policies. Probably not the best one.

Trump went to Mexico. Not exactly Nixon in China, but, you know, it happened.

I want to unload my dad’s house. Anybody got any warnings or useful info regarding HomeVestors and We Buy Ugly Houses?

The UK is working on how to extract itself from the EU (or maybe not), but as to how it’s going to extract itself from the caliphate is another story entirely.

An oldy-but-a-goody: Tear gas in parliament. An average day of politics in Kosovo.

So what’s up with you?

20 Responses

    • jnc:

      Worth a read:

      Good article. Thanks for posting that.


    • “Anyone who has entered the United States illegally is subject to deportation—that is what it means to have laws and to have a country.”

      Shocking! Shocking, I tell you.

      That’s certainly Mexico’s position on immigration.


    • ““Not everyone who seeks to join our country will be able to successfully assimilate.”

      I think this is false. Not everyone who seeks to join our country has any desire or intention of assimilating, ever, or raising 2nd generation children with any sense of belonging or assimilation.

      “Eighty-three percent of immigrants from India arrive with a college degree or higher, as compared to only 13 percent of immigrants from Latin America. These effects persist over two and three generations.”

      The key sentence being: these effects persist. But if you want to conduct a endless war on poverty then, of course, that’s exactly what you want. Imported poverty.

      “First-generation Japanese immigrants committed crimes at rates much lower than that of other Americans; Mexican immigrants have historically offended at elevated rates.”

      Which gets back to the deep false equivalency of comparing deportation of illegal Mexican immigrants of any kind, or restricting the immigration of young male Syrian “refugees”, to Japanese internment camps.

      There was a logic to the interment camps, but it turned out to be a wholly irrational reaction: because of who we were interning, and what we now know the numbers say about those people as a culture and as American immigrants. This is not universally true.

      ““The central issue is not the needs of the 11 million illegal immigrants—or however many there may be. That has never been the central issue. It will never be the central issue.””

      Just like Hitler would have said.

      “Here are some issues not discussed in Hillary Clinton’s immigration plan: How many immigrants should the United States take? Who should they be? What should be expected of them? How do we know whether U.S. immigration policy is succeeding or failing?”

      Jeez. Is the writer of that article a racist, or what?


  1. Kev, why not keep the house as a rental? If it isn’t a total teardown it’ll earn more as a house than the cash proceeds from it can earn.


  2. @markinaustin:

    I don’t want to manage a rental property in a bad area of town. Wouldn’t particularly want to manage one in a good area of town! I don’t want to have to collect rent, to deal with squatters (I’ve known guys who had to do repairs and pay the utilities for folks not paying rent). Eh, I don’t want to deal with it. I want to get rid of the property, period. I’m not sure what the best way to do it is. Also, don’t want to replace all the carpets, the roof, fix the caved in ceilings in the two back bedroom closets, replace the back bedroom window and fix the water damaged walls, deal with the mold in the walls . . . it’s not a total tear down but it’s a huge project. And not one I remotely want to deal with.


  3. A generic question for everyone:

    If you found out tomorrow that whoever pays you for whatever you do to earn a living would pay you 5 times what he currently pays you if you simply asked for it, would you?


    • Feels like a trick question, but yes.


      • McWing:

        Feels like a trick question, but yes.

        Well, I wish I was asking for advice on how to handle my personal situation, but alas, 5X current comp is not in the cards. In the current environment it is more likely that the multiplier will be less than 1. But not really a trick question, more rhetorical I suppose, testing the logic of the outrage over the whole Mylan/EpiPen issue.


    • Sure! It’s not going to happen, but sure I would.

      In terms of things like the EpiPen, I’d have to consider the marketing implications of creaming the market, and with medical stuff there’s a serious downside to doing so. For example, if I could get 5 times the salary just by asking for it, but everybody who worked with me started to despise me and sabotage me in my work (presuming they could not do the same for some reason), I’d have to think a little bit harder about asking for that 5 times more salary.


      • I know it’s not what you asked, but the way to really determine your $ value is to interview. If you’re complacent your employer will know that and pay accordingly.


  4. This is rather funny. Apparently it is now an outrage for Hollywood to pick actors for roles in which they have to actually, well, act.

    For more than 40 years, Americans have sat down in front of their TV screens or in movie seats and seen male actors “pretend” to be trans women. By casting Robert Reed, Terence Stamp, John Lithgow, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Tom Wilkinson, Lee Pace, Cillian Murphy, Liev Schreiber, Beau Bridges, Jared Leto, Eddie Redmayne, Steven Weber, Denis O’Hare and Walton Goggins as transgender women, viewers receive two strong and wrong messages: 1. that being transgender is an act, a performance, just a matter of playing dress-up; and 2. that underneath all that artifice, a transgender woman really is a man.

    Umm….I hate to break it to Nick Adams, but the very thing that makes a transgender woman a transgender woman is the fact that (s)he, er, “really is a man”.

    (Nick also seems not to grasp that while being transgender may not be “an act, a performance, just a matter of playing dress up”, being an actor is precisely that.)


  5. “. that being transgender is an act, a performance, just a matter of playing dress-up; and 2. that underneath all that artifice, a transgender woman really is a man.”

    And, no, that’s not the message they *get*, otherwise all the folks who watch those movies would—which includes a lot of liberals—would decide that transgender women are men.

    Which is not a “wrong” message. There is a clear and substantive difference of opinion on what gender is: is it a personal identification, or is it biological? And the “it’s not biological, or genital based” group is not a majority (yet). It will be, at which point it won’t matter. I hate to tell them, but Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston aren’t Norse gods, Tom Holland and Andrew Garfield and Toby McGuire can’t spin webs of any size or catch thieves just like flies, Henry Cavill is not Superman or the Man from U.N.C.L.E. . . . and Jim Parson’s isn’t an asexual physicist. Neil Patrick Harris isn’t a womanizing heterosexual. And it’s okay.


  6. The most unintentional funniest line of the day:

    —including the possibility that the United Nations itself, though it’s unlikely to collapse anytime soon, might gradually atrophy to the point of irrelevance.

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  7. Mark/nova:

    Big win for the Longhorns, tough loss for ND. I think ND got hosed with the no-call on Torii Hunter in the end zone. If that wasn’t a targeting penalty, there is no reason to have the rule in the books. But great job by Texas to hang in after giving up the big lead.


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