I'm a Libertarian living in Humboldt County, CA. I've lived here in Eureka since 1973 and joined the Libertarian Party in 1992. This blog will mostly focus on local political issues, but I may stray into state and national issues as well, when I can't help myself. Please post your comments by clicking on the "comments" link at the bottom of each post. Although I do moderate comments, you need not be a registered user to post them.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
That Guy vs. Gal Pay Difference Thing
I've been confused lately when I hear about the supposed pay difference between males getting paid more for the same work than females. Confused because, quite frankly, I don't remember ever seeing it in real life. As I recall, pretty much every job I've had everyone was paid the same for the same work. I was glad to see Richard Rider address the issue on his blog this morning. As he points out, it just doesn't really happen, at least not anymore: "If women are being paid 50%, 60%, 70% less for the same work, it's an
easy matter to both highlight such disparities and to bring lawsuits
under federal law to rectify such injustices. Ain't happenin'. Like
Bigfoot, it's too elusive a creature to be documented."
I remembered hearing his as a kid and remembered it yesterday for some reason. It goes something like "..we're having fun, sitting in the back, kissin' and a huggin' with Fred". Gotta love it and the Fred in the video looks kinda like me at that age. I guess I was pretty popular even back then. YouTube video was recorded in 1960. Anyone else remember it? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1cjaheraq8
I'm pleased to see I'm pretty much in agreement with past LP presidential candidate and two term Governor of New Mexico, Gary Johnson, in his feelings about ISIS. What he doesn't really address, though, is the refugee problem and that's one that seems to be tearing many libertarians apart. Not so much the official organization, but the sniping back and forth between members of the Party that supposedly believe in open borders and those that don't. I'm among the latter and have felt for some time that we should greatly restrict immigration from Muslim countries. Hey, we have a problem here. I"m not saying they can't go to other countries, assuming other countries are willing to accept them.
We should feel no obligation to accept them here. It's no different than a transient stopping by my house and asking to spend the night. I may feel it's important to help someone in need, but I shouldn't feel obligated to let him into my house. Past LP of California gubernatorial candidate, Richard Rider, does address immigration. His thinking is along the way I feel about it, although he specifies Muslims as opposed to pointing to Sharia Law as Johnson does:
"Here's why I much prefer "Mexicans" (really all Hispanics and damn near anyone
else) to Muslims. When a Mexican comes here, we don't need to monitor
their ideology, or be concerned about their terrorist tendencies, or be
worried that their offspring will become terrorists. When a Muslim
comes here, we do."
But fear not, open borders types. I believe Rider switched to Republican some years ago and The Libertarian National Committee recently sent out a release reaffirming its belief in open borders. That should remain the party platform for the foreseeable future as I see it. For that reason alone I'll always consider myself a libertarian, as opposed to a Libertarian.
I agree with the writer of this letter. I'm pleased to read the Eureka City Council decided to do away with invocations prior to the business portion of their meetings. First I've heard of it. I can't help but wonder who was for and against this move?
Last night's KIEM TV News poll asks if you are impacted by Seasonal Affective Disorder- Those changes people go through with the seasons. I know it's gotten worse with me as I've gotten older. I voted Yes. It started with me this year right before Daylight Saving Time, once the weather started cooling down. It didn't help having some other chronic physical ailments. I don't know that those ailments necessarily got worse but, with S.A.D., it made them harder to ignore. Now I don't even want to leave the house, especially on cool, damp days like today. But, go out I must. I'll also blame S.A.D. for my infrequent blog posts of late. I don't seem to have the mental energy to write much.
Friday November 20th, 1pm to 6pm & Saturday November 21 from 10am to 4pm, featuring hand made crafts by the Cruz family: Knitted hats, headbands, cowls and wristers. Felted hats, purses and
roses. Fleece socks and hats. Silk scarves. Needle felted animals. Gifts for baby- quilts, afghans, hats, receiving blankets & burp cloths. Matching child and doll aprons, crochet angels. Cat & dog bed and blankets. Aprons, dish cloths, napkins, dish towels, table runners, pot holders, memo boards, tote bags, market bags. Christmas cards, assorted cards, baskets of succulents, paperwhites. Mini daffodils and candy jars. Bring a friend 4937 Lundblande Drive in Eureka. That's in Lunbar HIlls, above the Eureka Muni Golf Course. For a map, see our Craigslist ad. Tell them The Freddy sent you.
The Independent Istitute reports on something revealed last week by a couple of U.S. Senators: That the U.S. government paid professional sports teams to hold patriotic events. I guess my aversion to professional sports is well founded.
George Will lets higher acadamia have it over its obsession with political correctiness in this Washington Post commentary. As you might expect, I think he's being too nice. Still, it's something that needs to be read. It's about time.
"If you believe, as progressives do, that human nature is not fixed, and
hence is not a basis for understanding natural rights. And if you
believe, as progressives do, that human beings are soft wax who receive
their shape from the society that government shapes. And if you believe,
as progressives do, that people receive their rights from the shaping
government. And if you believe, as progressives do, that people are the
sum of the social promptings they experience. Then it will seem sensible
for government, including a university’s administration, to guarantee
not freedom of speech but freedom from speech."
Ed Snowden gives his inights on keeping your info private. A lot of it over my head, but still probably worth paying attention to. I'll admit to having a somewhat deafetist attitude about this sort of thing. Seems to me the government has the resources to defeat anything you might try to stop them from snooping.