We reported something similar taking place in Washington not too long ago. This is the minimum wage in action, folks. Remember, nothing occurs in a vacuum. Whenever the government mandates that businesses pay more for employees, something must happen. That extra money must come from somewhere.
From a hilariously biased Minnesota CBS affiliate:
People eating at a Stillwater restaurant Tuesday noticed a new fee added to their bill.
Owners of the Oasis Cafe are charging a 35 cent minimum wage fee. They say it’s to offset the cost of an increased minimum wage for tipped employees.
Customers have mixed reviews about the new fee.
For some, the thought of charging customers this fee sent them to social media to vent.
“You’re essentially blaming customers for the increase when you charge for it the way you do,” one customer wrote on Facebook.
Another said: “It’s Oasis way of blaming our government for trying to set a fair living wage. It is political grandstanding.”
Oasis owners fired back on Facebook, saying: “Thumbing my nose at the law change, you’re right. Part of my thinking was to shine a light on this matter, which I truly believe is in the best interest of both my business and employees.”
Read the Rest (video at the link)
Again, nothing happens in a vacuum, or, as Thomas Sowell would say, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.”
For those of you who are still a little confused on why the minimum wage literally hurts those it claims to help, here are some videos:
And it’s not just true for minimum wage, it’s true for virtually everything the government does. Whenever the government tries to do something to “help”, regardless of how well intentioned, it generally makes it and/or something else worse. This is a basic axiom.
Well, well well…if it isn’t yet another Obama administration official with missing emails. This time, we already know she deleted them herself.
from Daily Caller:
The administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) deleted some of her emails and may not be able to cooperate with a congressional investigation into the flawed Obamacare rollout, CMS has warned Congress.
Marilyn Tavenner, who was appointed by President Obama to take over CMS within the Department of Health and human Services in 2013 — prior to the Obamacare rollout — deleted some of her emails and did not save hard copies as the Federal Records Act requires her to do, MSNBC reported Thursday.
Though Tavenner’s computer did not crash like ex-IRS official Lois Lerner’s computer allegedly did, Tavenner may be unable to cooperate with House Oversight and Government Reform Committee subpoenas.
The next time you hear somebody call President Obama “the most transparent administration in history,” laugh in that person’s face.
This was a deliberate violation of Federal Law, and I cannot fathom why she still has her job.
Brutal genocide is happening in Iraq, and most of the media and figures in Washington are completely ignoring it.
from GH World:
A prominent Christian leader of the Chaldean community unveiled the “systematic beheading of children” and other horrendous crimes committed by ISIS. He said that the Sunni extremists are committing genocide against Christians in Iraq and with the aim to instill the Sharia Law as the law of the land.
In the interview with CNN’s Jonathan Mann, Chaldean-American businessman Mark Arabo said that the “world hasn’t seen an evil like this for generations.”
"There is a park in Mosul, where [ISIS] they actually beheaded children and put their heads on a stick and have them in the park," he explained. "More children are getting beheaded, mothers are getting raped and killed, and fathers are being hung."
Speaking from San Diego over Skype, Arabo called for the international community to offer asylum to the more than 300,000 Christians fleeing and living in neighboring cities.
At a meeting in the White House last week, he said the Chaldean-American leaders and the political leaders are saying that the world should come together to stop these crimes against humanity and help alleviate the sufferings of the Iraqi people.
"The world hasn’t seen this kind of atrocity in generations," he said. "This is a crime against humanity. This is much broader than a community or a state. This is crime against humanity. They are doing the most horrendous, the most heart-breaking crimes that you can think of."
When asked about Sunni extremists’ targeting of Christians, Arabo said that around 95 percent of Christians have fled, five percent have converted. Also, the ISIS have marked the death stamps on Christian homes, so whoever returns will get killed.
The media would rather broadcast Hamas’s false accusations against Israel than cover the actual genocide happening right now at the hands of Muslim extremists in Iraq.
Oh man. This has got to be a nightmare of a case for unprincipled leftists (and they’re all unprincipled). What happens when a gay bar prevents a man in drag from entering? That’s quite a quandary.
From The Denver Post:
Colorado regulators say a well-known Denver gay bar discriminated against a gay man last year by denying him entry while dressed in drag, also finding the bar has a history of discriminating against women and effeminate men.
The ruling from the Civil Rights Division at the state’s Department of Regulatory Agencies adds some weight to the balance scales between anti-discrimination and liquor laws that bar owners must consider for screening patrons.
"It is a really nuanced, interesting case," said Pete Meersman, president and CEO of the Colorado Restaurant Association. "It seems to me that you are between a rock and a hard place."
An investigation by DORA’s division of civil rights found the bar violated Vito Marzano’s right to public accommodations on Aug. 31, 2013, when it turned him away because of his appearance, according to the document.
"The law is new and developing. I think you will see more cases that are consistent with this ruling," said Darold Killmer, a Denver-based civil rights lawyer. "I think this was a courageous decision, but a correct decision by the Civil Rights Division."
DORA is ordering The Wrangler, a high-profile uptown gay bar, to go through mediation with Marzano, according to the document obtained by The Denver Post on Monday.
Marzano, 27, showed up at the bar wearing a dress, a wig, makeup and high heels after attending a drag show. The bouncer refused to let him in, saying he could not verify that Marzano’s identity matched his identification card.
The bar claims its employees have a responsibility to not serve alcohol to people under 21 and must apply a strict identification process to do so.
First, you have a law requiring any establishment that serves alcohol to verify that every person who enters is old enough to drink. Then there’s the law that prevents discrimination (Remember how the left celebrated that in the same city?). So what happens when these laws conflict with one another…especially when the offender is — parish the thought — gay? If you listen closely, you can actually hear the heads of statists popping. After all, this is big government vs. big government.
I have an idea. We could celebrate liberty and just allow people and businesses to do whatever they want. That would also work, right?
The Nanny of school lunch apparently didn’t see the irony in her statement yesterday.
First lady Michelle Obama said something Wednesday that seems preposterously ironic to many American school kids: “No one really cares what you had for lunch.”
"I tease my kids," Michelle Obama said at a White House event on women’s empowerment with Laura Bush. "I tell them I want them to use Instagram to take a picture of something really important rather than their food… I mean, no one really cares what you had for lunch." The audience laughed.
Nobody cares…except for Michelle, the tyrant of school lunches.
We have been following the Obama administration’s punishment of legal businesses that don’t line up with their progressive politics. One such example is Operation Choke Point, a Justice Department program that pressures banks to close the accounts belonging to certain types of businesses including gun stores.
from Daily Caller:
A South Carolina pawn shop owner who sells guns, guitars and an array of other items says that his bank forced him to close his accounts, and he thinks it is because of the weapons.
Morris Williams, who owns Inman Gun and Pawn, says he thought his relationship with SunTrust Bank was fine — “excellent” in fact.
“We have ample funds in the account to do anything we needed to do,” Williams told Fox Carolina, adding that he thought “everything was just wonderful.”
But then the bank sent him a letter.
“Under the Rules and Regulations for Deposit Accounts, and as a result of our recent decision, we must ask you to close the below listed SunTrust accounts,” the letter reads.
Williams, who opened up two checking accounts with SunTrust in 2006, was given little explanation for the bank’s sudden decision.
“The only thing that they will tell us is that we have been deemed a prohibited business type,” he told Fox Carolina, adding that he believes his shop was targeted by the federal government because he sells guns.
Williams wouldn’t be the first to make such a claim. Lawmakers and consumer advocacy groups have blamed a Department of Justice initiative called Operation Choke Point for pressuring banks to cut off relationships with customers like Williams.
The Justice Department does not have this kind of Constitutional authority. They are asserting force over businesses that are fully compliant with the law in order to push a political agenda. This is pure bureaucratic tyranny.
How do you lose $619 billion? That’s exactly the question we should be asking after the Government Accountability Officer revealed that there is $619 billion missing from the Obama administration spending reports.
It’s the federal website intended to provide transparency about how your tax dollars are being spent, but the information for public consumption is inaccurate, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office.
The website, USASpending.gov, is missing at least $619 billion from 302 federal programs, according to the GAO.
The website began under the Obama administration.
The White House did not report any of the programs it was directly responsible for reporting to USASpending.gov.
The White House Office of National Drug Policy told auditors they believed that the Department of Health and Human Services was responsible for reporting the information.
The audit says that only between 2 percent and 7 percent of the information is “fully consistent with agency records,” USA Today reports.
Is it even possible to misplace a billion dollars? What about $619 billion? I submit that you cannot simply lose an amount that large. That money is being spent somewhere, and there needs to be a special investigation to find out where it’s going. It is being funneled to somebody the Obama administration doesn’t want anybody to know about, and we should be gravely concerned about that.
Talk about using somebody else’s bad behavior to justify your own. This cop from New Jersey openly abuses power and blames it on Obama.
Here’s the video:
The cop’s shocking comments came as Wronko repeatedly cited his First Amendment rights, saying the amendment permits him to video record in a public building without being suspected of committing a crime. He brought up various case case law while trying to convince the officer on the issue.
“Obama has decimated the friggin’ Constitution, so I don’t give a damn,” Officer Recine said. “Because if he doesn’t have to follow the Constitution, we don’t have to.”
“Did you get that?!” the stunned man asked the young teen reportedly recording the conversation.
“That’s the law of the land, you have to follow it,” Wronko told the cop.
“Then you tell [Obama] that,” Recine replies.
Later in the video, Police Director Robert Manney shows up and tells Wronko that he will have to leave if he’s being disruptive. He also heard telling Wronko that he is required to tell police what he is doing inside a public building.
Wronko was escorted out of the building a short time later.
“Either get out, or you’re going to get locked up,” Manney is heard saying.
However, upon learning about one of his officer’s comments about the Constitution, Manney said on Wednesday that the comments were “uncalled for and unprofessional.” He also said an investigation should be concluded quickly because “the evidence is right there.”
“I’ve already spoken to that officer in regards to that. In my opinion, it’s an embarrassment,” Manney said, according to the Home News Tribune.
What this incident shows is that this police officer only cares about the Constitution when it applies to other people’s power, not his own. As soon as his authority is challenged, all his principles went out the window with a “He did it first” worthy of a 5 year old. He actually admits he “doesn’t give a damn” about the Constitution, and it’s obviously true. Blaming Obama doesn’t in any way justify his behavior.
CNN’s Mark Lamont Hill is upset that Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense prevents them from being hit by Hamas’s rockets. Yes. You read that correctly. A CNN contributor actually wants Israel to be more susceptible to attack from terrorists.
He puts all kinds of hot pink lipstick on the pig, but it’s still a pig.
Here’s the video:
But what the Iron Dome does is it also takes away all of Hamas’s military leverage which is very different than say, 10 years ago or 15 years ago in other wars like Lebanon, et cetera. As a result, it not only serves a defensive purpose but de facto serves an offensive purpose. It allows Israel to essentially assault and siege Gaza without any retribution or response on the other side. So again, to some extent, they are not just funding defense, they are funding an offensive war and ultimately an occupation. That for me, is the problem.
In short, it appears Hill objects to U.S. taxpayer funding of Iron Dome because it “serves an offensive purpose” by limiting the ability of the Islamist terror network Hamas to slaughter Israeli citizens in “retribution.”
So, civilian casualties are okay with Mark Lamont Hill…as long as it’s Israel’s civilians.