Stuff Going On — 05/15/2017

As it turns out, starving your citizens by diverting resources to ballistic missiles makes people sit up and take notice of you. As with all things concerning foreign policy, it is safe to assume everyone is lying. North Korea said the missile touched down about 60 miles off the Russian coast, Russia says, “Eh, it was more like 300 miles away from our coast”. Not that it seems to matter. The narrative–excuse me; the Narrative says that North Korea is dangerous because it is building these missiles that are 1. long range and 2. capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. It wouldn’t surprise me in the least, however, if it is learned that some other country is handing its outdated missiles to North Korea–after filing off the VIN numbers, of course.

The Great Powers of the world need the backwater North Koreas of the world to keep their own citizens in check. “This tiny country that can’t even feed its own people is threatening us all with Nukular Nyalashun! The only sensible thing for you to do is to give us copious amounts of power over your lives. Heck yeah, ‘Murica!”

Attorney General Jeff Session acknowledges (though he doesn’t know it) that the Drug War incentivizes violent crime. Quote: “Drug trafficking is an inherently dangerous and violent business. If you want to collect the drug debt, you can’t file a lawsuit in court. You collect it with a barrel of a gun.” His solution? Keep the status quo. It’s much better to keep and mourn over the violence than to allow a situation where drug lords are suing each other in actual courts of law. That would be nonsense. He goes on to talk about the number of Americans who die from drug overdose.

I would be interested to hear how many Americans died due to government overdose. It’s a serious and growing problem. People start out with just a small hit; maybe a law requiring the wearing of seat belts, and before you know it they’re demanding that government throw people in jail for “not believing in ‘climate change'”.

That nice Scottish girl, Kara McCullough, wins the Miss USA title, even though she thinks that “health care is a privilege”. Well, she’s only partially correct: I infer that she means health care should not be mandated to the point of throwing people in jail for not providing it to someone else.

But health care isn’t even a privilege. It is a responsibility. Each individual is responsible for his own state of health–within reason, of course. It’s possible that a person suffers from some disease because his mother or father was promiscuous, and so passed their various diseases to the child. Otherwise, each of us knows what we need to do, and it’s pretty basic: eat healthy, exercise, avoid unhealthy activities like smoking, drinking alcohol (to excess), and motorcycle jousting (to excess).

When someone declares “health care is a right”, then what he is saying is that an individual should be provided “health care” (actually, medical services), even if it entails expense on the part of another person. You have to pay for his health care; it’s a right! (smiley emoji goes here). It is a brutal philosophy, that violates God’s law to not steal.

That’s right; people who advocate for government-mandated universal “health care” (medical services) are probably going to Hell. One Corinthians 6:10.

The McDonald’s Corporation is spending a lot of its own actual money to help its franchisees fire people. I mean, er, to help its franchisees move into the 21 Century™. The money is to help install the ordering kiosks and such. It won’t be too long before the cooking is done by robots, too. We’ll all be out of a job , because robots will get all the jobs, and, and, MASSTERIA!!!!!

My Sunday School teacher talked about working at McDonald’s back in the 1970’s. He was an order taker. He didn’t stand behind a counter, punching buttons with pictures of burgers and fries on them. What he did was go outside, and ask people their orders, and he would have to remember what they would order–no notebook. Then he would go back and tell the cooks what was needed. I don’t remember everything he said, but it was interesting. There is a book, McDonald’s: Behind the Arches, that details the company’s founding. Great story. I first learned about it through one of Dr. Thomas Sowell’s books on economics (probably Applied Economics, the best-selling sequel to his hit, Basic Economics).

I like McDonald’s even if I am not always fond of its food. It’s not always cooked right, and I have to be in the mood for it. I remember when they had those heat lamps, and columns of burgers on the slide. That was the best. That was actual fast food. “I want two cheeseburgers and a large fry.” The clerk turns around, grabs the cheeseburgers off the bottom of the slide, grabs the fries, and you slap down your money and you’re gone. Ah, the good old days.

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