Rule 5 Friday: Beauty Appreciation Day, Brunette Division

June 22, 2012

Because, at the end of a long work-week filled with infuriating news both foreign and domestic, who couldn’t stand to relax a bit and contemplate some of the beauty that’s in our world?

I feel calmer, already.

Related: Rule 5 explained.

PS: I’m pretty sure this is model Denise Milani, but not 100%. Can anyone say for certain?

US Government: barring convicts from certain jobs is race discrimination

June 22, 2012

We last met the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) when they asserted that big-rig truck drivers can’t lose their jobs just because they’re alcoholics.

But wait, there’s more! Topping that bit of numskullery, the EEOC has issued guidelines stating that, should a business not hire someone because he or she is a convicted criminal they can be sued for racial discrimination. Under the “disparate impact” theory, not hiring someone who happens to be Black (or Asian, or Hispanic, or…) due to their criminal past can, because minorities make up most convicted felons, be construed as “racism,” even if the hiring employer used “race-neutral” means to make their decision.

But, of course. In the modern world, that makes perfect sense.

Walter Russell Mead describes some evident (1) problems with this:

Via Meadia believes in second chances, but there are plenty of jobs where an employer would have some very practical reasons not to hire an ex-convict. What retailer in its right mind would hire convicted thieves? Shouldn’t a small business owner with many female employees and customers be concerned about hiring a convicted rapist? But according to the EEOC, if you live in an area where more minorities are convicted of crimes, your blanket ban on hiring them is in effect discriminatory.

Of course, if you comply and do hire criminals who then go on to assault or burgle your clients, and they or their insurance companies find out you either knew the employee had been convicted or didn’t do the due diligence, then you are likely to get hit with a big negligence lawsuit. Will the EEOC pay for your lawyer? Or pay any damages you are assessed?

And, as the Times piece notes, most small businesses (the rule applies to anyone with more than 15 employees) don’t actually have the means to keep track of the endless proliferation of idiotic regulations from overzealous bureaucrats without enough adult supervision. This regulation is a gift to trial lawyers everywhere, and a barrier to small business development and growth.

And, naturally, this provides a big incentive for small businesses to not go beyond 14 employees. That’ll help unemployment.

With moronic regulations like these coming out seemingly every day, it’s a wonder anyone opens a small business anymore.

(1) Evident to anyone but an EEOC bureaucrat, apparently.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)

June 22, 2012

A spicy stew of economic stupidity.

International Liberty

Every day brings more and more evidence that Obamanomics is failing in Europe.  I wrote some “Observations on the European Farce” last week, but the news this morning is even more surreal.

Let’s start with France, where I endorsed the explicit socialist over the implicit socialist precisely because of a morbid desire to see a nation commit faster economic suicide. Well, Monsieur Hollande isn’t disappointing me. Let’s look at some of his new initiatives, as reported by

The French Minister responsible for Parliamentary Relations Alain Vidalies has recently conceded that EUR10bn (USD12.7bn) is needed to balance the country’s budget this year, to be achieved notably by means of implementing a number of emergency tax measures. …The government plans to abolish the exemption from social contributions applicable to overtime hours, expected to yield a gain for the state of around EUR3.2bn, and to subject overtime hours to…

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(Video) The Most Arrogant Man In The World — UPDATED

June 22, 2012

Right Change has some fun with the Dos Equis “Most Interesting Man In The World” commercials:

“Stay ignorant, my friends.”

UPDATE: And here I thought it was just satire. Instead of wedding gifts, tell your guests to donate to Obama.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)