The state of Oregon has a law that forbids self-service gas stations. The United Food and Commercial Workers Union has long worked against allowing self-service stations so that they could create job for their members.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown issued an order that temporarily suspended that prohibition, allowing gas stations to be self-service and not requiring an attendant. It came amid reports that some pump attendants were ill and some feared coming to work at a job that puts them in contact with many members of the public each shift.
The Union opposed the temporary change.
President Obama’s Chief of Staff, Rahm Emmanual, was well known for saying “Never miss an opportunity to take advantage of a good crisis”. This was no more true than in the recent pandemic relief bill. Continue reading “Pandemic Relief and Politics As Usual”
A bill proposed in the California Legislature would make it illegal for retail outlets who sell clothes, toy or child care items to have separate areas for ‘boys’ and ‘girls’, or to identify any of their products as for any particular gender.
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And in Oakland, the Oakland City Council voted unanimously to adopt a bill which forbids builders or landlords from inquiring about, requiring disclosure of or making housing decisions based on an applicant’s criminal history. It also forbids such things as requiring a higher security deposit because of a criminal history. (Nearby Berkeley and Alameda County are considering similar measures). Continue reading “Do You Have To Live in California To Think Up This Stuff?”
The gun control debate is one that is generally driven by emotion and people often have trouble looking at–or at least believing–actual data or information.
The desire to limit access to guns as a way to reduce gun violence is based on a premise that the more you limit ready access to guns, the more you will decrease gun violence. Logically, the converse is that the more guns are readily available, the more gun violence will result. If that is true, and we agree with that as the premise for gun control, then what are we to make of events of last weekend? Continue reading “Does the Logic Hold?”
Tragically, this weekend saw a crazed gunman enter a Texas church and begin shooting. The gunman killed two people in the congregation as they worshipped.
Fortunately for everyone else, the security team was armed and within a reported six seconds responded. They took out the gunman and ended the incident before it could become a massacre. It could have been much worse. It’s terrible to even have to talk about such things, and to even have to talk about ‘it could have been worse’ when people were killed. It couldn’t be worse for the families of those killed.
According to reports, the whole incident was over in less than ten seconds. The gunman started shooting, killed two people, armed attendees moved and shot the gunman.
A big part of the problem with the gun debate is that is a very emotional one. Here is a case where a killing spree was stopped within ten seconds. If the gunman had been able to continue his attach, even for just one minute, how many people would have died? In this case, the only thing that stopped the bad guy is good people with guns who could kill him within seconds. Waiting for police for even a few minutes would have seen the death toll skyrocket. There really can be no doubt in this case that Texas gun laws no doubt prevented a massacre.
A Wisconsin court ruled that the state’s Medicaid plan had to cover ‘medically necessary’ transgender sex change treatment and surgery. In what world is there even such a thing as ‘medically necessary’ sex change surgery?!
One more way that Medicaid has become an entitlement and another way to make taxpayers foot the bill for something that does nothing to affect health.
Thursday night, the state of Tennessee executed a death row inmate who was convicted in 1992 of first degree murder and aggravated arson in the killing of his ex-girlfriend. That means, of course, that the murderer was in prison awaiting his sentence to be carried out for 27 years-just under three decades. Continue reading “Tennessee Executes Murderer”