We knew the managements of Facebook and Google were Liberal

People are probably quite familiar now with the big story of how a Google software engineer was summarily fired for circulating a memo around his company, positing the viewpoint (taking into account verifiable scientific studies that confirm this) that a reason why more women don’t work as software engineers could be that most women don’t want to be software engineers; not that the evil male empire is preventing them from becoming software engineers.  Google circulated memos in opposition, and their reason for dismissing their engineer was that his memo “violated company policies”.  Here is a link to a post on the Ricochet Main Feed.  Maybe you’ll want to join.

Just recently, the Daily Caller newsletter published an article discussing the participation of Google and Facebook in a gathering called “Netroots Nation”, a meeting of a variety of far-left techies.  It seems that this “net roots” group will be ganging up on a pro-life organization.  A Ricochet member did this, which is absolutely perfect:

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[Editorial Comment.  If your organization protests a group that is “pro-life”, what does that make you?  Why, it makes you and your organizations and your sponsors “anti-life”, or “pro-death” (here’s looking at you, Planned Parenthood)]

The Daily Caller story also referenced a video, with the Google name changed to Gulag.  You may never think of Google in quite the same way again.  I have stopped using Google for my internet search.  I use DuckDuckGo instead, and it works just fine.  You already know that I do not use Facebook.  Here’s just one more reason why.

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Some thoughts on the King County (WA) Ballot Proposition 1, “Sales tax for Cultural Access Program”

Some thoughts on the King County (WA) Ballot Proposition 1, “Sales tax for Cultural Access Program”

Here is the text of the ballot measure on the primary ballot in King County, Washington, that includes Seattle and surrounding suburbs.

King County
Proposition No. 1
Sales Tax for Cultural Access Program

The King County Council passed Ordinance No. 18513 to establish and fund a cultural access program. The program would expand access to arts, science, and heritage programming throughout King County. The program would include cultural education in schools and transportation to cultural venues for public school students. The program would also provide funding for cultural organizations to expand programming, including to serve diverse and underserved populations. The cultural access program, including administrative costs, would be funded by a county sales tax increase of one-tenth of one percent for seven years beginning January 1, 2018.  [Emphasis mine]

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Last night, and at a concert last week, the Marketing Manager of the Seattle Chamber Music Festival urged us in the audience to vote in favor of this addition to the Sales Tax in King County.  Being a Cultural Organization, the Seattle Chamber Music Society would get some funding from the sales taxes.  Vote King County a higher sales tax, so we may have some of those funds.

Here are some of my thoughts and questions about this ballot measure.

  1.  King County is the most liberal political unit in the state of Washington.  The residents of King County, and Seattle, rarely saw a tax they didn’t like.  The city of Seattle has numerous times voted to tax its property owners additionally for schools, the homeless, family programs, transportation,  ad infinitum.
  2. The liberals who live in King County are always bemoaning the “regressive” taxation scheme in Washington State, whose Constitution forbids an income tax, and its reliance on sales taxes, which disproportionately fall on the “poor”, “low-income” portion of the population. {An aside–the Seattle City Council has just voted unanimously to institute an income tax on its wealthiest citizens, knowing full well that this is illegal and will be held up by lawsuits from day one}
  3. The Sales Tax in Seattle has already broken the 10% level, and is approaching 10% everywhere else.
  4. If this measure passes, everyone in King County will be paying an extra $.01 in sales taxes on everything they buy.  Yes, those poor, underserved community members will also be paying that extra sales tax on everything they buy, in order that they may have “improved access”, whatever that means, to “cultural programs”.  There is no way to exempt the low-income from paying this additional sales tax.
  5. The money collected from this additional regressive sales tax, will cover “administrative costs”, as stated in the ballot measure above.  Did anyone opine on what percentage of the money collected will go for administration?  Administration includes the costs of collecting the money, allocating it to a special account, deciding which organizations will receive money, and deciding how much will go to each organization.  Employees will have to be hired (and paid, and provided with benefits including pension), to develop an application form and procedure, and then to evaluate the applications as they are received, to decide how the money collected will be spent.
  6. What happens when the cost of living in King County rises by the amount of this additional sales tax on everything you buy?  Might the increase in the cost of a new car discourage someone from buying a new car in King County?  The surrounding counties of Pierce, Snohomish, and Kittitas will not be raising their sales taxes, so a certain amount of purchases of expensive items might go to another county.  Those low-income residents of King County might have to defer purchases into the future, or not buy at all, since their income would not rise to cover the additional expense.  It has been shown that those who advocate for higher taxes rarely take into account the behavior changes that happen when someone experiences an increase in their cost of living.
  7. Who decides which cultural and heritage organizations will receive money from these new “access” funds?  Do faceless bureaucrats in Seattle decide how to allocate this money?  Do they solicit input from the arts community?  Do they give money to organizations whom they know and patronize themselves?  Do they favor the “charity of the month”, like the Gay Pride organization, or the Seattle Symphony?  Do they give money to the ACT Theater, which promotes liberal causes and puts on productions which take gratuitous slaps at a president they don’t like?  Will they be funding the “Resistance”?  Will they solicit input from ALL the people who will be paying higher taxes for the next seven years?
  8. What do they actually mean by “Access”?  Is there an implication that access is now denied to some of the “underserved” population?  Do they know who the underserved are?  How do they determine who is underserved?  And exactly who makes that determination?  What do they mean by “diverse”?  People of color, people of oppressed ethnic groups, people of sexual minorities?

My guess is that those promoting this new tax have not given any consideration to many of my points above, especially the one about our regressive tax system here in Washington State.  They think that everyone will just happily pay more for everything they buy, knowing that those underserved, low-income populations will benefit from their largesse.  It will make the relatively wealthy residents of Seattle feel good, knowing that they are helping those underserved populations get a dose of “culture” that they are being denied now.  Starting in the late 1960s, cultural programs in the Seattle Public Schools were reduced, in order to pay for busing students across the city for desegregation.  These days, the Seattle Public Schools have all sorts of programs devoted to sex-education, environmental education, and “white-privilege” education; and their dropout rates are much higher than they were in the 1960s.  Also, these days 40% of the schools budgets go for administration, eating up funds that could be spent on art and music in the schools.

It will be interesting to see how the residents of King County vote on this new sales tax proposal.  I do not live in King County, so I don’t get to vote on this measure.  But if it passes, I will do my best to spend as little as possible in King County.  See, people DO change their behavior in response to economic incentives.

State of Washington to Taxpayers: All your money are belong to us.

State of Washington to Taxpayers: All your money are belong to us.

As usual, the latest session of the Washington State Legislature (third “special” session) has found ways to forcibly extract more of their hard-earned money from taxpayers.  Yes, to your ostensible “representatives”, all you are is a bottomless source of funds for them to spend (waste?).  And when a small tax reduction was attached to the latest state budget (reducing the gross-receipts “Business and Occupation” tax for all manufacturers, not just The Boeing Company), the governor VETOED it, appalled that it would COST THE STATE money!  The implied sentiment here is that all the money earned by corporations and state residents is assumed to belong first the Government, and any money they let you keep from your paycheck, costs the state those funds.  See how it works?  Here are some of the things the WA legislature did to reduce your disposable income.

They voted into law a Paid Family Leave act.  Each week, you will pay about $1.42, and your employer will pay $2.42. Which isn’t strictly true, since your employer doesn’t pay any tax, they just reduce your earnings by that amount.  Kiss future raises goodbye.  Anyone too old to have children, or single, or with no family, will now be paying, every week, for leave for those who do.  Older people staying in the work force may decide that this is not a good thing for them, and decide to retire now rather than later.

The Government created a New Agency to handle matters dealing with children and families.  Yes!  Another new agency, which will have to be staffed with political appointees, and over-paid staff who earn pensions that taxpayers will be paying, and paying, and paying for.  And if you follow the news from the state of Washington at all, you know that the current Department of Social and Health Services is a wreck, leaving vulnerable elderly and foster children in abusive homes, and paying out millions of dollars in settlements to relatives of those neglected people when they sue the state.

They increased the toll on the Highway 520 Floating Bridge in Seattle by 5%.  They also made the toll 24 hours, where before it was not collected between 11PM and 5AM.  And you can bet that, even when the new bridge is paid off, that toll will still be collected, in perpetuity.

The State Property Tax was raised, to pay for Government Education.  In reality, it gives raises to teachers who are not under-paid, and increases the amount paid to the Teachers Union.  WA residents will now pay about $243 MORE per year on a $300,000 home.  In Seattle, the median home price is now over $500,000, so the state will be taking even more from those suckers, to pay for a local school system that is falling apart.  And only a fraction of that money ever goes to classrooms-most of it goes to administrators (and for programs like White Privilege and Sexual Identity education).

They added Sales Tax to bottled water.  With sales taxes approaching 10% now, that’s a tidy chunk of change.  They have deemed that online retailers, even those with NO presence in the state, will now be required to collect and remit to the state sales taxes on all purchases.

They raised the salaries of public employees and teachers.  Higher salaries lead to higher pensions when those people retire, often at an earlier age than the poor souls who are paying their salaries.  Due to increased taxes on employers in the state, you ordinary folk will be paid less, and forgo future raises.  Don’t blame that on your  employer, blame it on Jay Inslee and the Democrat-dominated legislature.

And you can kiss your disposable income goodbye.  Perhaps they should simply confiscate all the earnings of state residents, and just give us an allowance to live on.  Since “all your money are belong to us”.

Little Charlie Gard..A Horrifying Tale

Edit:  Here is a story from today, July 11, regarding the beautiful little boy pictured below.  This is sickening to me.

UK Judge Gives Parents Two Days to Prove Son Should Be Kept Alive.

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Little Charlie is a ten-month-old baby, who suffers from a rare genetic condition, Mitochondrial-DNA-Depletion Syndrome, that has robbed him of sight and other functions.  It was his unfortunate plight to have been born in England, where the all-powerful National Health Service (?) has deemed that he must die.  The Hospital where he has been most of his life, determined that his parents would not be permitted to remove him from the hospital, BUT the Hospital was given permission to remove his life support, and cause him to die.

Charlie’s doting parents raised over one million dollars to take him to America for an experimental treatment that might prolong his life.  However, the Powerful Administrative State (NHS), the European Court of Human Rights, and the Pontifical Academy for Life (!) of the Roman Catholic Church, have deemed that his parents will not be allowed to remove their son from the Hospital, even so he may die at home.

This is the ultimate end of the “Single Payer” healthcare system.  The all-powerful Government now owns your life, and your children’s lives.  There have been many stories over the years of elderly patients in the UK being deprived of food and water when it was determined by the State that they were not worth maintaining.  Parents can now not make decisions for themselves, or their children, and the state really does have the power of life and death over its subjects (not citizens if they do not own their own lives).

This story makes me so angry I could spit!  I do not have children, but I weep for little Charlie, and for his parents.

Culture. Of. Death.

Ed.:  Here are updates today.

Judge rules baby can be taken off life support against parents’ will.

Parents of brain-damaged baby lose fight to keep him on life support.

And President Donald Trump says he would be “delighted” to help this baby.  Too bad he will be denied that opportunity.

 

The Trump/Sessions Department of Justice just did “Justice”!

The Trump/Sessions Department of Justice just did “Justice”!

The DOJ has communicated to Congress that it is ending the Obama-era corporate shakedown regime, where it forced corporations who paid huge settlements to resolve conflicts relating to the financial crisis, to pay (liberal) third-party organizations as part of those settlements. Billions of dollars were siphoned off to various Obama special-interest groups, in violation of the Constitution.

Well, those days are over. Congress is working on legislation to outlaw that sort of executive-branch misbehavior. Jeff Sessions, in one of his very best actions to date, has ended the Obama slush-funds.

Sessions said the money should, instead, go to the Treasury Department or victims.

“When the federal government settles a case against a corporate wrongdoer, any settlement funds should go first to the victims and then to the American people—not to bankroll third-party special interest groups or the political friends of whoever is in power,” Sessions said in a statement.

In my opinion, those third-party groups should have to refund every penny to the US Treasury. Yeah, I know it’s a pipe dream, but it should be considered anyway.

Remember some of the Obama-era Department of (In)Justice activities?  Like when Eric Holder refused to prosecute the New Black Panther members who were outside polling places intimidating voters?  Like Operation Fast and Furious which bought guns for drug cartels to infiltrate back into the US?  Like numerous “consent decrees” entered into under duress by many big-city (Democratic-run all) police departments, essentially admitting that their policing was racially biased?  Like the bullying and imprisonment of an innocent filmmaker to cover up Hillary Clinton’s misdeeds in Benghazi?  Like the hounding and destruction of “Joe the Plumber”, when he called out Obama?

Those Days Are Over.

[Cross-posted on Ricochet.com.  Post promoted to the Main Feed today, so it is accessible to everyone.  You might be interested in the Rico members’ comments]

No Kidding…The SJW* Haggadah

No Kidding…The SJW* Haggadah

My followers will know that I am Jewish.  Each year, my husband and I go to my sister’s house for Passover, and there are often over 12 people there.   The “regular” Haggadah my sister normally uses dates from the early 1980s, and she thought she’d bring our Seder into the 21st Century this year. Now, my sister and her family are standard, Reform-Jewish Liberals, with all the usual proclivities. But this year, she went too far. You know you’ve got a problem when the title on the first page is

“Next Year in a Just World”.

Here is the first paragraph, under the heading “Candle Lighting”.

As we light the candles and welcome the glow of Passover into our homes, we pray that all those suffering around the world find light in the darkness. We pray that our experience tonight helps us to ignite the spark of justice within each of us.

What does that even mean? How does that have anything to do with Passover? Spark of justice??

Here are some really choice phrases found in this Internet, Liberal, Guilt-inducing, Diversity-spouting, “Haggadah”:

We praise God, Ruler of Everything

May this first cup of wine rouse each of us to the injustice that persists in our world today.

May we recognize our own capacity to make a difference and commit ourselves to building a better world.

When we dip the Karpas into the salt water, we see the tears of all who suffer injustice, mingling with our hopes for life, rebirth and new possibilities for justice.

The matzah enables us to imagine what it was like to have only poor bread to eat, to be denied our right (emphasis mine) to live free and healthy lives.

Let all people have access to sustenance.

On most other nights, we allow the news of tragedy in distant places to pass us by. We succumb to compassion fatigue–aware that we cannot possibly respond to every injustice that arises around the world.

When spilling wine from our glasses to mourn the Egyptians‘ suffering during the ten plagues, let us pledge to aid those who suffer from modern afflictions–from HIV/AIDS to Ebola

Under the heading The Four Children:

What does the activist child ask?

The heading The Ten Plagues

They have us mourning the suffering of the Egyptians.

…let us turn our hearts toward the millions of people around the world suffering today’s plagues of hatred, prejudice, baseless violence and war… We protest the proliferation of violence…

We must fight for the rights of women, girls, and LGBT people until true equality is achieved.

At that point, even my nephew and my homosexual niece and her girlfriend were laughing so hard, no one could continue. We usually take turns reading portions of the Seder, but this year many of us said “Do I really have to read this?” And, in the end, my sister agreed that this was just a bit too much, even for them! She has already said they’re going back to the old one next year. Maybe I’ll try to find her something a little more traditional, but more up-to-date. Any suggestions from Jewish followers, or visitors to my blog, will be welcome.

This has been cross-posted on the Member Feed over at Ricochet.com.

*For those of you who might not be familiar with the acronym SJW, it means Social Justice Warrior.  They are those liberal “crusaders” for Social Justice, whatever that means.