Random Thoughts, Yet Once Again
There are two groups that will benefit most from the recent minimum wage hike: suburban teenagers, who will have more discretionary income, and union members, whose compensation is negotiated and set as a multiple of the minimum wage.
In any disaster, people who are well-prepared have been, and should expect to be, harassed, accosted, threatened, and even assaulted by people who are not well-prepared.
The recent fall in oil prices is occurring in part because there was a speculative bubble in oil as money flowed out of "risky" stocks after 9/11 and into "safe" commodities. That money is now flowing back into stocks.
Why is it that people think that women can handle combat duty but need protection from off-color jokes?
What ends up happening in practice in trying to "fairly distribute wealth" is that resources are transferred from those with the greatest potential to benefit to those with the least.
For the most part, police officers aren't as skilled in marksmanship as they should be. However, many departments think that the problem lies in underpowered weapons. But I'd rather see officers equipped with .38 Special service revolvers and pump shotguns who practiced with them regularly than officers equipped with high-capacity .40 autoloading pistols and AR-15s who carry them around in their cruisers 12 months out of the year.
There won't be a men's movement of the scope and size of the women's movement because men and women join groups for different reasons, namely, men join groups for their personal or civic benefit.
Public education is held in such high regard by our elites that they won't let their kids within 500 feet of a public school.
Our civil and family court system lets people rob each other at the point of a gavel.
The main reason why we're having a difficult time in Iraq is because we're too restrained in our fighting. To prevail, we need to fight even dirtier than the insurgents. General John "Black Jack" Pershing comes to mind.