Third Party & Independents

Jeff Bezos Really Gets It

Posted by AllardK on April 16, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Thank you Jeff Bezos for putting it so clearly. Pay to Quit, which offers unhappy workers from $2,000 to $5,000 to quit depending on how long they have worked for Amazon, is a great reminder that all employment is essentially a contract between employer and employee. It may not have the most attractive terms if the skill level is low and the available supply of labor is high, but it is a contract into which both parties enter. While the obligations and rights as detailed by labor laws are a very complex bundle of rules and taxes nowadays, the essence of what it means to seek and accept, or offer, a job is still just that, a contract between two consenting parties.

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That Marxist at JP Morgan

Posted by AllardK on April 11, 2014 at 3:44 PM

As has been convincingly stated here, liberal guilt is a painless path to redemption for our society's problems for any individual who wishes to suffer just a little without actually doing much about the particular problem they feel a need to shed a few reptilian tears over. It's interesting to ask why this neccessary guilt, why do they believe we should feel guilty? The answer to this question tends to end up talking about inequality in some shape or form; most often it is economic inequality that seems to be the underlying issue in their minds. We have too much inequality, or too much lack of advancement. If you compare all the consumer goods we enjoy in our homes, even relatively poor homes, compared to just 30 years ago, that just won't do either. It's relative poverty that matters. Ahhh, of course.

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Mexican Soldiers Drop in for a Visit

Posted by AllardK on April 7, 2014 at 1:43 PM

It's not an easy job being a U.S. Border Patrol official guarding the frontier with Mexico, say in Arizona where you have to confront heavily armed Mexican soldiers who draw their guns on you. In southern Arizona it seems to be an increasingly common occurrence to have soldiers from a neighboring country drop in on you for a visit. The question is, what exactly were those Mexican soldiers doing there when they drew their guns on the Border Patrol agents and faced off for a very tense 35 minutes or so? Chasing bad guys like drug smugglers they claim although some officials suspect they were likely providing cover for cartel smugglers rather than pursuing them.

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Op-Eds in the Shadows

Posted by AllardK on April 4, 2014 at 7:12 PM

In Senate Majority leader Harry Reid's rhetoric, the Koch brothers are "a pair of shadowy billionaires" trying to rig the political system. Ok, no one can deny they are rich, having taken their father's company and increased it's value at an astonishing rate of about 18% a year by innovating, investing and producing products most of us want to buy and use. They also employ tens of thousands of people and while they may not be as hungry for a camera as say Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group and a fellow billionaire, it seems hard to describe as "shadowy" two business leaders who want nothing more than a clear, rousing debate on issues like government and taxation. Call me stubborn, but writing op-eds in the Wall Street Journal is not exactly hiding in the shadows. Charles Koch clearly wants and calls for a debate where his ideas are what gets voters stirred up - for or even against one suspects - and not twitter-sized swipes.

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We Want You! WatchBlog Welcoming New Contributors and Guest Posts!!

Posted by liz on March 31, 2014 at 2:45 PM

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Straight Scoop From The Middle

Posted by Roy Ellis on March 31, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Stein Ringen has a poignant article in today's WaPo relating how democracy, as a form of gov't is being usurped around the world. Relative to the US he believes that "Power has been sucked out of the constitutional system and usurped by actors such as PACs, think tanks, media and lobbying organizations."

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RIP Theodora Nathan

Posted by Rhinehold on March 20, 2014 at 11:00 PM

Theodora “Tonie” Nathan passed away today at the age of 91.  If you are scratching your head not sure of who that is or why you should be aware of it, Tonie was the first woman in the United States that earned an electoral vote for Vice President of the United States.  This happened in 1972.

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Share The Wealth

Posted by Weary_Willie on March 17, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Agence France Presse reports Rostec, a Russian state corporation established to produce hi-tech industrial products, has captured a U.S. surveillance drone being flown over Crimea, Ukraine.

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Tantrums From The Left

Posted by Weary_Willie on March 9, 2014 at 11:38 AM

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa's attempt to question Lois Lerner about IRS treatment of "tea party" and "patriot" groups during her tenure as IRS Director produced nothing new. Lois Lerner refused to incriminate herself of the crimes she may have committed by invoking her fifth amendment right. Upon learning he would again get no information from the witness, Darrell Issa adjourned the IRS Targeting meeting.

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The Big Black Hole Created By Pandering Progressive Hypocrisy

Posted by Weary_Willie on March 4, 2014 at 1:00 AM

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez Loses Her Hair Stylist Over Gay Marriage Opposition

Here's a case of a business person refusing a customer based on his beliefs. But if the shoe is on the other foot, and a business person refuses to serve a leftist, the business owner ends up in court.

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Uninsured Increasingly Unfavorable Towards Obamacare

Posted by Rhinehold on February 28, 2014 at 4:44 PM

We have been told for some time that the young uninsured are going to love Obamacare because it gives them something they want at a good cost.  But it appears that their opinion on the law is a little bit different than expected.

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Liar, Liar, Pants On Fire!

Posted by Weary_Willie on February 28, 2014 at 2:26 PM

4th Quarter GDP Slashed 25%

25%! Wow! That's quite a difference!

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The Left Takes A Beating.

Posted by Weary_Willie on February 27, 2014 at 11:31 AM

California college student teaches school $50,000 lesson on Constitution

They were maintaining an unconstitutional speech code, and now any of my fellow students can go out and exercise their right to free speech
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About 1/2 US Workers Have $10k In Retirement Savings

Posted by Roy Ellis on February 14, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Looks like the skids are greased for Comcast to buy out Time Warner in a $45B deal. CEO of Comcast says they wouldn't make the attempt unless they were pretty sure it would pass muster.

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What was the point?

Posted by Weary_Willie on February 6, 2014 at 8:41 PM

Coca-Cola Super Bowl ad: Bilingual girls explain meaning

The ad features the patriotic song sung in Spanish, Tagalog, Mandarin, Hindi, Hebrew, Keres, Senegalese-French and Arabic.

USA Today failed to mention English was used at the beginning and the end of the song.

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