February 19, 2017

You Can’t Make This Up: Wait Till You See the Name of Restaurant Which Fired No-Show ‘Day Without Immigrants’ Employees

Filed under: Activism,Economy,Immigration,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 4:10 pm

The name of the restaurant which fired 12 employees for choosing to take the day off “to participate in the national protest” known as a “A Day Without Immigrants” is The I Don’t Care Bar & Grill.

That’s too beautiful for words.

A video found here tells us that the establishment’s owner “has a “zero tolerance policy for no show/no call incidents and the 12 employees violated that policy.”

Just desserts, so to speak.

The employees involved knew the rules and must have known the consequences (the owner has stated that he has fired no show/no calls before). Yet they knowingly went ahead and violated them.

Don’t like the result. Well … I don’t care.

Desired Damage Done, AP Buries Its Bogus Trump-National Guard Stories

Friday morning, Garance Burke at the Associated Press’s “Investigative” unit broke what the wire service must have believed was an earth-shaking story that “The Trump administration is considering a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants.”

30 hours later, you couldn’t find that story, or its “Trump administration denies” follow-up, at any of the AP’s “Big Story” site’s key pages.

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Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (021917)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: Catholic thinker Michael Novak remembered with gratitude

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Washington (bolds are mine):

Feb 17, 2017 / 02:38 pm

The theologian, philosopher and Catholic commentator Michael Novak died Friday, drawing remembrances for his insights and influence on religion in public life.

“We are immensely grateful that he could end his academic life as he began it, as a member of our community,” Catholic University of America president John Garvey said, calling Novak a man of “great intellectual honesty.”

“Unlike some scholars, Michael Novak made it a point to reflect on new and different topics, always with a fresh and dynamic perspective,” Garvey said.

Novak died Feb. 17 at the age of 83.

He was a student at Catholic University of America in 1958 and 1959. In 2016 he was named a visiting fellow at the university’s The Arthur and Carlyse Ciocca Center for Principled Entrepreneurship. He taught special topics in management and lectured on human ecology.

The center’s director, Andreas Widmer, stressed Novak’s pioneering role in considering the intersection of faith and economics. He said he and his colleagues were touched by Novak’s “kindness and humility,” his generosity with his time, and his encouragement for others.

“You would never have known from working with him that this was a man who had counseled popes and changed the course of history,” Widmer said.

St. John Paul II, President Ronald Reagan, and U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher considered Novak a friend, Catholic University of America said.

Novak was the author of numerous books, most prominently the 1982 work The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism. He contended that democratic capitalism is “neither the Kingdom of God nor without sin,” but better than all other known systems of political economy.

“Such hope as we have for alleviating poverty and for removing oppressive tyranny — perhaps our last, best hope — lies in this much despised system,” he said.

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