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Hurricane Irma Reeks Havoc; Only Bureaucratic Idiocy Survives Unharmed.

Jack Roundtree, owner of the Triple J BBQ

Meet Jack Roundtree, owner of Triple J BBQ.

Sells barbecue out of his food truck on a daily basis. While we have no direct knowledge of how good his food is, the business’ Facebook page shows that in August, the roaming food vendor won the “Clean Plate Award” again. Must be pretty yummy stuff.

After Hurricane Irma rolled through Florida, ol’ Jack and his truck rumbled over to Green Cove Springs in Clay County, Florida. Green Cove Springs is a relatively small town of a little over 7.600 people, at least some of whom are idiots who work for the City government.

You see, after Irma rolled through the town, like a lot of places, the town was mostly without power. As anyone who has been through a loss of power in a city will tell you, loss of power generally means a loss of access to hot meals.

Let me put the situation in context. Hurricane Irma had done her worst in the early morning hours of Tuesday. The city was a mess of downed trees and downed power cables. By Wednesday, many if not most city residents were still without power even though the sun was shining and the air was dry. There were few places serving food in Green Cove, but the demand was overwhelming. McDonald’s ran out at 2 p.m.

Jack sought to alleviate that issue.
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How to Fit A Full Outfit Into Your Socks – The Skivvy Roll.

This may have been more timely before people started bugging out for Irma, but it is still cool.

The ability to fit a full outfit into your socks is useful for travellers, hikers and anyone going on an overnight trip that can’t be bothered to pack a bag. And it could even be used to pack more outfits in a smaller suitcase for longer trips.




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MLB Didn’t Get The Memo On “Free Speech.”

Three foot, seven inch Eddie Gaedel batting for the St. Louis Browns on August 19, 1951 .

The headline caught our eye:

Fan ejected from Yankee Stadium for yelling out pitch locations

“Well, that is a new one,” we thought.

Here’s the crux of the story:

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said a fan was “rightfully” ejected from Yankee Stadium during one of Gary Sanchez’s at-bats in Tuesday night’s 6-1 home win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Girardi said the umpire ejected the fan sitting behind home plate for “yelling out location for one or two pitches when Gary was up.”

Sanchez was batting with a full count against Austin Pruitt in the eighth inning when plate umpire Dan Bellino walked to the backstop and spoke to a member of the team’s security staff, directing that the fan be removed. Bellino then walked toward second base and conferred with crew chief Jerry Layne.

Play resumed after a break of about 90 seconds. Sanchez fouled off a pitch, then hit a bloop RBI single.

Sanchez and Rays catcher Wilson Ramos said the fan had been yelling in Spanish: “Outside! Outside!”

Ramos said the spectator’s shouts were accurate.

“That was not professional. If you come to the game, you’re asked to enjoy the game,” Ramos said. “Everybody’s supposed to see the ball and just react with pitches … so to me, it’s like cheating.”

Both managers praised the ejection.

It is part of baseball to tip batters off where the catcher is setting up. Traditionally, teams don’t like it when their catcher sets up inside and a runner on second base gives a sign to the batter of where the catcher wants the pitch to come. No one we have ever heard has ever complained about that being “unprofessional.”
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Dairy Farmer Convicted For Illegal Immigration (Workers, Not Cows.)

An owner of two Michigan dairy farms has been convicted of knowingly hiring illegal immigrants to work on his farms.

Back in September of 2016, the owner was indicted:

The dairy farms are located in Huron and Tuscola counties. The Parisville Dairy and Dunganstown Dairy, along with their owners Denis Burke, 53, and Madeline Burke, 50, both of Cass City, were indicted by a federal grand jury in Bay City, according to a news release from the United States Attorney’s Office Eastern District of Michigan.
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The Burkes owned and operated Parisville Dairy and Dunganstown Dairy where they employed workers at the farm, according to the indictment. Beginning in 2007 and continuing through June 2013, the Burkes allegedly conspired to transport, conceal, harbor and shield from detection, undocumented immigrants to obtain their services for financial gain.

As a part of its hiring practices, the indictment further alleges the Burkes and the farms failed to conduct the necessary inquiries required by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to determine the eligibility of all individuals to work in the U.S.

Some of the undocumented immigrants were hired by the Burkes on multiple occasions, using different names or Social Security numbers, according to the release. The defendants induced the undocumented immigrants to reside in the U.S. by providing them with employment and free housing on the farm, away from scrutiny by immigration authorities and the surrounding community.

Last Tuesday, Denis Burke agreed to pay nearly $1.4 million dollars in fines. He will be sentenced on January 4th, with the prospect of jail time very real.
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Man Who Stopped Robbery Being Sued By Robber.

On July 20, 2017, Cregg Jerri was in a Fresno, California Starbucks sipping coffee when Ryan Florez entered the store without the intention of getting a coffee or a muffin.

Flores was there to rob the joint.

Flores was wearing a Transformers mask and brandishing a gun. He then pulled out a knife.

Jerri, by that time, had seen what was happening and used a chair to hit Flores over the head.

Jerri managed to wrestle the knife away from Flores. In the process, Jerri was stabbed in the neck while Flores was stabbed or cut 17 times.
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Why Is Health Insurance so Complicated?

From Prager U.

Why is health insurance so complicated, while car insurance and life insurance are so simple? Can health insurance be more like, well, insurance? Lanhee Chen, fellow at the Hoover Institution, explains.




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Dear Mr. President And The Golden State Warriors: Grow Up!

This is the kind of thing that is so petty and childish that it makes us mad. Have we no sense of the ability to disagree with people anymore?

The story begins with the NBS Golden State Warriors winning the NBA Championship this past summer.

YAY! Happy Happy! Joy Joy!

Sing “We The Are The Champions” and dance to “Celebrate” as long as you want.

However, championships in major sports such as the NBA, NFL, MLB, and NCAA sports are traditionally extended an invitation to the White House to glad hand with the President, take some pictures and generally have a nice day.

Somewhere along the line, this visit became a political statement or something like that because nothing in our lives can ever be joyous or without political controversy.

So when the White House extended the traditional invitation to the Golden State Warriors, the team announced they were “thinking about it” and hadn’t had a “team vote” on it yet.

[Warriors’ Coach Steve] Kerr and several Warriors players have been openly critical of President Donald Trump and his administration on multiple occasions.

A spokesperson for the White House did not comment when reached by ESPN.

Finals MVP Kevin Durant told ESPN’s Chris Haynes last month that he does not want to celebrate the team’s title at the White House with President Trump.

“Nah, I won’t do that,” Durant said. “I don’t respect who’s in office right now.
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Hans Bader On Trump Rescinding Obama Reporting Requirements.

Hans Bader has an interesting post over at Liberty Unyielding concerning an Obama regulation that was rescinded by the Trump administration. The regulation itself increased reporting requirements of companies when it came to salaries. Companies had to report salaries based on gender, length of time in job, training, educational requirements for the job, etc. The purported reason for the regulation was to insure that people – men and women – were being paid the same amount for the same job. (The so called “gender pay gap” which studies dispute.)

The problem is that the regulation really never accomplished anything as it couldn’t factor in all of the reasons a person was paid a certain amount and at the same time, the information could be used to launch legal suits against the companies. In other words, the companies were being forced to create documentation that could be used against in a lawsuit and as the basis of a lawsuit. Many lawyers found Constitutional issues with the regulation.

But the Trump administration rescinded the regulation, saving companies “8 million hours and $400 million to complete the new forms mandated by the Obama administration.” (That’s just the creation of the documents, and does not include the review of documents by government officials.)

Here’s a good portion of the post. We highly recommend that you read the rest of the post as well.

On Tuesday, the White House suspended a burdensome reporting requirement for employers that would have cost them $400 million while yielding information of questionable value. It did so in rejecting changes to the EEO-1 form made at the end of the Obama administration.
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