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2018-05-23 07:00 by Karl Denninger
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Gee, fraud isn't a business model eh?  It sure is a public union model.

Here's how the math breaks down. Thompson, like all firefighters in Los Angeles, works 2,912 hours every year. With a base salary of $92,000, that comes to an hourly rate of $31.60. That means Thompson would earn overtime pay at a rate of $47.40 per hour—that's one and a half times the base rate. But earning $302,000 at a rate of $47.40 per hour would require working more than 6,370 hours. Add that to the 2,912 hours he worked as a salaried employee, and you get more than 9,280 hours worked, despite the fact that there are only 8,760 hours in a year.

So he not only worked more hours than there are, he didn't sleep either.


Pull the other one.

Where are the damned handcuffs?

We can love our firefighters, but these deals are destroying localities.

That's not a "deal", it's fraud.

And I don't love fraudsters -- I want to see them all locked up -- or hung by the neck until dead, in their skivvies, with all of their "fortune" confiscated and returned to those from whom they stole.

I don't give a crap if they're firefighters or cops -- run a scam like this, die broke hanging from a rope.

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2018-05-22 09:58 by Karl Denninger
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At least one additional government "informant" attempted to infiltrate the Trump campaign under President Barack Obama, former Trump campaign aide Michael Caputo revealed exclusively on Fox News' "The Ingraham Angle" Monday night.

"Let me tell you something that I know for a fact," Caputo told host Laura Ingraham. "This informant, this person that they tried to plant into the campaign -- and even into the administration, if you believe Axios -- he's not the only person who came at the campaign. And the FBI is not the only Obama agency who came at the campaign.

This is what you get when you allow Eric Holder to run guns to Mexican drug lords -- and he doesn't go to prison.

It's what you get when your "black Jesus" can literally ship pallets of cash to Iran -- without a bit of Congressional consultation or approval.

It's what you get when over 8 years we run a clean double in federal debt, which lifts the stock market (of course) but builds a welfare state that utterly nobody will or does take on.

And this isn't about Democrats, Republicans, Whites, Blacks, Yellows, Greens (Martians, for those who can't figure out the slur-of-the-day) or anything of the sort.

It's about Pajama Boys and Girls who refuse to pick up a pitchfork and torch, get bought off for a few bucks, allow an entire industry to screw them blind (health "care") for decades and nearly quintuple its size in the "economy", along with excusing whatever felony someone wants to commit so long as they have the right political party letter next to their name.

I remember Nixon's resignation like it happened yesterday.  I was ten -- literally by a few days.  I also remember the election campaign prior to it.  Nixon, Nixon is our man.  Throw McGovern in the garbage can! was the rallying cry on the grade school playground just a few months before and grade-school age kids who weren't "on board", and this was in a decidedly blue, union state even then were subjected to assaults on said playground that would be considered felonies if committed by adults.  And by the way, the number of suspensions or expulsions for such felony assaults, say much less teacher intervention to stop it?  Zero.  So cut the crap about our political system having gotten "more poisonous" in recent years as I lived this.

Yet despite "support" that strong -- support that reached all the way down to the first four grades of school Nixon's political support and ability to survive as President went to zero within months.

So where's your pitchfork folks?  Your torch?  I'm stunned at all the Pajama Boys and Girls who shake their fists about "gun control" and which bathroom you can use while outright Nazi and Stalinist tactics are ignored instead of resulting in an immediate political revolt -- at minimum.

The Constitution is toilet paper if you will not protect and defend it by whatever means are necessary and there's no reason for any politician to give a damn if you don't and won't force them to do so.

And don't run this "MAGA" horse**** either; Trump could fire every one of them and refuse to have anything to do with Congress, vetoing every single thing they send to his desk until this crap stops.

He has not and reason why is simple: He just wants control of it so he can use it himself!

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2018-05-19 12:52 by Karl Denninger
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I'll have much more to say on the Texas shooting when more facts are in.

But until then, let me make one point to all you on social media and in in the MSM who are whining like two year olds that had their candy taken away for someone to "DO SOMETHING!"


Specifically, deal with the fact that being an adult means you, and only you, are responsible for your safety and self-defense.

If you have children then you have voluntarily taken upon yourself the responsibility for the safety of others, specifically, those children.  You choose where they go and who they go with.  You choose the school.  You choose the Principal, the teachers, the staff members and whatever security measures are there.

You are responsible because that is your child and you choose where that kid goes -- or doesn't.

We have friends who just recently yanked a kid out of school and are homeschooling same because they did not like the answers they got to questions about how said kid was being treated by both the school and other kids.  The school would not correct the problem immediately so the kid isn't there any more.

That's called being a responsible parent.

It's called being an adult.

If you can't or won't be an adult then sit down and shut the **** up.

A demand that someone else take care of your adult responsibilities is the act of a child.  A petulant, temper-tantrum throwing child.  If you are doing that whether you're someone from Parkland, a governor, or a teen you are making clear that you are incompetent to accept the responsibilities of adulthood, you have no right to the privileges of adulthood including voting or holding public office, you have no ability to contract as you are mentally incompetent, you are unemployable since as a business owner I cannot trust you with the key to the bathroom say much less the building and I assure you that your temper tantrum is far more-disgusting when it spews forth from a 16, 18, 20 or 40-year old than when a 2-year old has a meltdown in the grocery store.

The bottom line is that if you have some (good) reason to go to or live in an unsafe place then be armed as you, and only you, deem appropriate for the level of threat you perceive.  You don't need any ******ned permit either; your right to self-defense preexists all government.  Our founders not only understood that they wrote it into our Constitution in black letters for exactly that reason.  Every one of the 50,000+ so-called "common-sense" gun laws on the books now are unconstitutional and, far more-important are in direct contravention of your right to defend your own life and those you love which cannot be conditioned on a "license" because you, and only you, ever had that right to begin with.  You can't give someone a license to do something you don't first have a legitimate right of control over.

If you do not understand this go read the Declaration of Independence and recognize what happened when the British Crown responded "Bull****!to those who signed it.  To suborn, support or demand any such similar garbage is to explicitly support and in fact demand that the very same thing happen again.

If you still don't understand and respect this fact you're unfit to call yourself human, say much less American.

If you are sending your children to an unsafe place without the presence of armed resistance, whether that constitutes you personally or someone else in your stead you are an unfit parent as you are intentionally and knowingly putting those who you willfully accepted responsibility for in danger.

If you think there is risk at places you send your children then either arm the damn teachers and staff so someone can shoot back, go there yourself and stand guard so you can shoot back or get your kid(s) the hell out of there.

I'll repeat what I said before: There is a 27% chance that during your adult life, in America, you will need military-grade arms.  Not "scary looking" black rifles, actual machine guns, stacks of full-capacity magazines designed for same and a case or more (meaning thousands of rounds) of ammunition.  Why?  Because that's the cumulative odds of the unthinkable over an adult life (assuming you live to be 85) based on the two instances of severe, everyone in the way dies war-like events on this landmass since 1620ish which does not include all the lesser times of need like the LA riots -- where if you didn't have a gun and were both willing and able to use it to defend your property your business got burned to the ground, quite-possibly with you inside it.  All the cops left and it was either you holding off a mob with effective firearms or nobody did so at all!

And by the way, if your school is full of part-time felons, including bullies who think assault and worse is part and parcel of "going to school" your "school" is in fact worse than a prison yard in that at least in the prison yard the other crooks need to make their shivs out of stolen plastic cutlery.

A hell of a lot of so-called "schools", and yes that includes schools in so-called "nice places", are full of exactly that and I have a suspicion we're about to discover that had a big part to play in what just happened.

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2018-05-15 11:21 by Karl Denninger
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That was the claim put forward on CNBS this morning -- and it's outrageous.

It's also dead-flat stupid literally beyond words.

Folks, local jamming of signals is trivial.  It's very hard to jam them over wide distances, but very easy to do so over short ones.  A device that is actually reliant on a permanent, always-on high-speed, low-latency connection over the air is an unsafe device.


This sort of stupidity is going to get people killed, and lots of them.  Leaving aside the capacity issues that always come up from time to time, and DDOS attacks and similar that always come up from time to time, and failures of hardware (and software) that always come up from time to time the very premise that we should allow any firm to build devices that impact public safety and rely on such always-on, always-low-latency, always-available networks is so stupid that anyone buying into that, supporting it or building such a business model should be roasted medium-well and eaten.

In fact the very premise and promotion of such a thing is solicitation of and fomenting manslaughter on a mass scale.

Leave aside the surveillance outrage that comes from a network of cameras that can tell your car that you're about to walk out into a crosswalk but aren't in your car, they're on the telephone pole next to the crosswalk, and the obvious and rampant abuse that will be implemented immediately.  That's bad enough.

This is the difference in building technology that operates autonomously but takes input and allows monitoring from elsewhere (such as my HomeDaemon-MCP code) and that which relies on and will not function without a connection to that "elsewhere" and compute resources present in that "elsewhere."

The former is reasonable.

The latter is a combination of suicide (for those who embrace it) and homicide (for those who wind up victimized by it.)

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Go ahead liberals, talk to me about how "compassionate" we need to be....

Afterwards, Coach paid Acosta, and then she was taken back to the the Violeta Place address, where Hernandez, Acosta and Herrera continuously raped her throughout the next four days, the affidavit says.

This is what all the liberals are agitating for.

They have no issue with your daughter being pimped and raped.

I wonder how they'd like it if it was their daughter....

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