📰 Tuesday Open Thread 📰


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Images and Articles in pursuit of fact. Or to entertain. Or to show our continuing journey down the rabbit hole.

 Remember When Leftists Wanted $15 Minimum Wage For Fast Food Workers? Now Wendy’s Is Replacing Them With Robots 

The left has been championing a $15 minimum wage for fast food workers for quite some time, not realizing that a higher minimum wage will cause fast food workers to lose their jobs to robots. Case in point: Wendy’s.

The Associated Press reports that Wendy’s has announced that they will be installing “self-ordering kiosks at about 1,000 locations by the end of the year” because they’re cheaper and ease the burden of long lines.

“They are looking to improve their automation and their labor costs, and this is a good way to do it,” Darren Tristano, vice president of the Technomic research firm, told the AP. “They are also trying to enhance the customer experience. Younger customers prefer to use a kiosk.”



State, feds address cleanup at oil pipeline protest camp

Federal and state officials announced plans Wednesday to accelerate cleanup at a camp in southern North Dakota that has housed hundreds and sometimes thousands of Dakota Access pipeline opponents.

Officials fear the camp near the Cannonball River will soon flood due to warm weather and rapid snowmelt. They worry trash and debris left behind by people who have left in recent weeks might pollute the Missouri River and other nearby waterways.

“With the amount of people that have been out there and the amount of estimated waste and trash out there, there is a good chance it will end up in the river if it is not cleaned up,” Corps spokesman Capt. Ryan Hignight said.



Maybe He Doesn’t Have ADHD. Maybe Your Curriculum Just Isn’t Good Enough.

Seeing the difference between behaviors that are sometimes associated with giftedness but also characteristic of ADHD is not easy, as the following parallel lists show.

Behaviors Associated with ADHD (Barkley, 1990)

  1. Poorly sustained attention in almost all situations
  2. Diminished persistence on tasks not having immediate consequences
  3. Impulsivity, poor delay of gratification
  4. Impaired adherence to commands to regulate or inhibit behavior in social contexts
  5. More active, restless than normal children
  6. Difficulty adhering to rules and regulations

Behaviors Associated with Giftedness (Webb, 1993)

  1. Poor attention, boredom, daydreaming in specific situations
  2. Low tolerance for persistence on tasks that seem irrelevant
  3. Judgment lags behind development of intellect
  4. Intensity may lead to power struggles with authorities
  5. High activity level; may need less sleep
  6. Questions rules, customs and traditions

The key difference is purely situational. If a gifted student is a classroom disruption but perfectly content at home or with friends, he most likely does not have ADHD. But, how would a teacher who never sees a student outside of the classroom ever know that? Some of the world’s most brilliant minds would be diagnosed with ADHD in this day and age.



 KASICH: GOP Should Side With Dems To Stop Conservatives   </strong>

Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a stalwart supporter of Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, thinks the congressional effort to repeal the health care law needs to shift left to court Democrats instead of conservative members of the GOP.


Another reason we can be glad that Kasich failed miserably in his run for POTUS. Many do believe though that he was successful in stopping Cruz by staying in when it was readily apparent that Kasich hadn’t a chance to win. 


CPAC 2017: Making Peace With Trump, Taking Aim at Congress

By Kurt Schlichter

This year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) could have been titled President Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Don. For the first time in years, most of America’s premier conservatives gathered to find themselves the proverbial dog who chased and caught the car. With the White House, Congress, and most likely SCOTUS in the near future, the big question seemed to be “What the hell do we do now?”



And the Oscar goes to … identity politics!

Just when we thought Hollywood awards shows couldn’t get more obnoxiously political, the 89th Academy Awards show proved us wrong. First, we witnessed Meryl Streep’s self-indulgent, anti-Trump elitism at the Golden Globes.

Then, we saw the hours-long open-borders PSA that was the SAG Awards. Finally, there was “Identity Politics: The Musical!” — yes, we’re talking about the Grammys.

Since many of our readers likely participated in the Oscars boycott (we’re incredibly jealous), here’s a recap of Sunday night’s program.

Unsurprisingly, the evening kicked off with some obligatory Trump-bashing from host Jimmy Kimmel.

No Oscars moment better illustrated the elitist bubble that is Hollywood than crowd favorite Viola Davis’ speech, during which the actress audaciously claimed that acting is “the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life.” Apparently doctors, nurses, firefighters, and police officers don’t fit into this category.


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4 Responses to “📰 Tuesday Open Thread 📰”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

    DESPICABLE: Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters Left Behind Trash . . . And Puppies

    It was incredibly nasty when protesters at the Dakota Access Pipeline trashed the environment by leaving their tons of garbage strewn so widely thousands of trucks will be needed to haul it away before it pollutes the area’s water supply. Gov. Doug Burgum (R) told KFGO, “This is probably the biggest ecological mess on the entire Missouri River system from top to bottom in this country.”

    But the protesters went beyond nasty; they were also heartless, leaving behind puppies to fend for themselves in the cold.

    As The Washington Free Beacon reports, Furry Friends Rockin Rescue, a local animal rescue in Bismarck, North Dakota, found and rescued two abandoned dogs and six puppies that were left behind. Julie Schirado, founder of Furry Friends, said some of the dogs have frostbite, wounded paws, and signs of hypothermia, as well as other issues. She told KFYR, “It’s a mess down there, so it’s really, really hard to find these animals and get them. She told MyNDNow.com, “We don’t know if they have parvo distemper from what they might be eating or feeding if they don’t get fed properly.”

    Over one dozen abandoned dogs left at the protest site have no permanent homes; roughly 20 dogs have been left there.


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