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Goodwill To Shut Down 16 Stores

Monday, January 18th, 2016

It looks as though The Mayor is going to have to find another place to dispose of his broken Casio alarm clock:

Goodwill Toronto, which collects donated clothing and goods, then sells them to fund programs for people with learning and physical disabilities, announced it was closing the 16 stores it runs, throwing some 450 people out of work.

A short statement from CEO Keiko Nakamura blamed the closing of the 80-year-old charitable organization “on a number of factors affecting the retail environment. Goodwill is facing a cash flow crisis.” Nakamura is the former head of Toronto Community Housing who was fired from the city agency in 2011 in the fallout from a spending scandal.

Goodwill Industries of Toronto, Central and Northern Ontario reported total revenue in 2014 of just over $28 million and expenses of $29,218,954, according to the registered charity’s tax filings — which also show it received more than $4 million in government funding.

Please feel free to correct The Mayor if he’s wrong, but doesn’t Goodwill get all their shit for free? And, aren’t a lot of those Goodwill folk volunteers?

In other words, Goodwill gets their shit for free, gets generous government subsidies, doesn’t have to pay a bunch of people, and is losing money hand-over-fist. That’s like losing money on your garage sale.

Perhaps Goodwill needs to get back down to basics and stop acting like it is an actual retail store. It’s suppose to be a place where folks can go in and get a smoking deal on whatever. Clothes mostly. Having said that, if you have been in a Goodwill recently, you will notice that they price their clothing like they are Neiman Marcus. Yes, The Mayor understands that the George brand faux cotton shirt is lovely, but why would I pay Goodwill $7.99 for it used when Wally has it for $8.99?

Questions questions. So many questions.

Keiko Nakamura is right when he says there are a number of factors affecting the retail environment, The Mayor can’t agree more. But when you start off with free shit, add some free labour, and top it off with free government cheese, only to run your stores into the ground, it makes The Mayor think: are you an actual businessman, Nakamura, because it sure sounds like you’re more of a guy who is the former head of Toronto Community Housing who was fired from the city agency in 2011 in the fallout from a spending scandal.

Oh right….my bad.

Hope for Gifts

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

It must be Christmas, er, Holiday. I am starting to get those expensively designed appeals for my after tax money in the form of charity giving. Big glossy pictures of smiling kids. For only a small fee, you can buy their village a water pump, plant a mango tree, or give them a goat. They will never again need a handout. I would link to the website, but that would give the activists who lurk on this site an excuse to denounce me so that they could get a fat informants bonus check. You have a brain: I am sure you got the same thick booklet of Hope for Gifts. I have gotten three so far. Don’t you read your junk mail?

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The Flight From St Louis Continues – No One Is Quite Sure Why

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

As newly released Census figures show, the population decline in St Louis is accelerating, leaving city officials to wonder, “Why would people leave a city that has a giant arch?”

Figures from the 2010 census were a bitter disappointment, as the city’s population dipped to 319,294.

That’s down more than 29,000 – a staggering 8 percent – from 2000.

For St. Louis leaders, the news was doubly disappointing because they were expecting to see an increase.

“It is absolutely bad news,” Mayor Francis Slay said. “We thought after more than 50 years of population decline that the city had finally changed direction. Obviously, that’s not the case.”

The census numbers are more than an ego shot to a community already fighting an image of high crime and poorly performing schools.

Federal funding for many of the city’s programs is tied to population.

“It will mean a significant loss in federal dollars over the next 10 years,” Slay said.

I can’t understand why people would want to leave St Louis? It’s such a safe city, such a clean city, such a wonderful place to raise a family. The schools are top notch, government corruption is next to nil, and the sun shines 23 hours a day, for goodness sakes.

It just doesn’t make any sense. St Louis has been run by the democrats for upwards of 60 years, it’s heavily unionized and has some of the highest tax rates in the country. It’s freaking utopia!

It’s very hard to understand why folks are fleeing St Louis, and Detroit, and many, many other US cities. I wish there was a common component, some sort of parrellel we could find between all these cities, something that we could look at and draw upon to see what these cities all have in common and why residents are leaving so fast you would think their pants were on fire.

But alas, there is no common denominator. Each city has its *unique problems*.

Perhaps the solution is to throw more money at the problems, paper it over with worthless US greenbacks. If only these not-corrupt inner city government officials had a little more money to play with, I’m sure the problems would vanish in a heartbeat.

Criminal Genius

Monday, July 19th, 2010

I thought the game Marco Polo was only suppose to be played in swimming pools. I don’t like when cops stretch and or break the rules. It’s unfair. I’m also fairly sure it’s racist. I’ll have to look into that last allegation i made, but I’m pretty sure I’m correct.

Google Restricting “ClimateGate” Searches

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

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Straight from Cbullit’s site to your eyes, it looks as if Google is up to its old shenanigans again. Again. Again. Again:

You can type all the way to c-l-i-m-a-t-e-g-a-t  and not get a prompt other than climate Guatemala. How about this search: Climb A Gyrating Dildo, you statist scumbags.

Here are the results on Bing, the Microsoft Search Engine using Firefox Browser.

Global Warming 15,300,000 results

Climategate 50,800,000 results

Interesting that the second suggestion item on Bing for “global warming” was “global warming hoax.”

Bing suggested Climategate straight up.

Google search for climategate at 6:14 EDT  10,700,000.

Google search for “google climategate” 380,000.

Bing search for “google climategate” 10,200,000.

Go to Soylent Green and start reading from the top. There’s oodles of great information that should keep you upset until well into the late afternoon.

China Announces Emission Curbs – Kind Of…

Saturday, November 28th, 2009

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Ahead of the Copenhagen Climate Conference (alliteration), world leaders are lauding China’s announcement that it will cut 2005 carbon intensity levels — the amount of CO2 produced per unit of GDP growth — by 40-45 percent by 2020. This is absolutely fantastic news, until you remember that the Chicoms are nothing but filthy liars:

BEIJING (Reuters) – A top Chinese climate envoy said Friday only emissions curbs carried out under its newly announced carbon intensity targets that have international financial support will be open to outside scrutiny.

In other words, the 95% state-owned industries will not be open to outside scrutiny, but the foreign-owned enterprises will be.

Yu Qingtai, China’s climate change ambassador, added that most of the country’s emissions-curbing plans would likely not fall into the category of “measurable, reportable and verifiable.”

This is how the Chicoms say “fuck you”. Whatever they do, it’s none of our business. They will not measure, report or verify carbon emissions levels.

“You cannot apply the same kind of standards for actions that we take on our own, with our own resources, (as you do) for actions that we take with international support.”

Meaning, if a foreign business sets up in China then yes, apply your carbon emission standards to it, but as for state-run businesses, well, that’s our business, not yours.

China, however, has emphasized that the target is a voluntary, domestically binding policy goal, raising the specter of a dispute at Copenhagen over whether and how reported Chinese emissions reductions will be checked.

There is no “dispute” here at all. Emission reductions won’t be checked because the Chicoms won’t allow outside agencies to check them. Where’s the dispute in that? The Chicoms are actually being quite upfront about this. They have spelled out that their target is “voluntary”. If western leaders would stop praising the Chicoms for one second, they would realize that the commies aren’t going to do a bloody thing about reducing emissions.

Beijing insists that rich, industrialized countries should continue bearing most of the burden in reducing greenhouse gases and that developing nations like China and India must not be subject to mandatory emission reduction targets in any new deal.

China also said any new accord should include more financial and technological support for developing countries.

What Beijing is saying is that the west should continue sending them money and technology so they can continue their explosive growth, so they can build up their military, so they can keep taking our jobs, while sending us further into debt and an eventual financial collapse.

I was wrong when I said the Chicoms are liars, at least on this subject they’re being completely upfront. It’s the western governments that don’t want to hear the truth.

Isn’t the government fiddling with your pop enough?

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

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I’m madder than a Boston Tea Party member with hemorrhoids! The Wall Street Journal has shown the means for paying for health care in the US, namely a new sin tax:

The taxes would pay for only a fraction of the cost to expand health-insurance coverage to all Americans and would face strong opposition from the beverage industry. They also could spark a backlash from consumers who would have to pay several cents more for a soft drink.

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Obama’s “Green Czar”, Van Jones, Resigns Amid Controversy

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

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This should bring a smile to the faces of our American friends:

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama’s environmental adviser Van Jones, who became embroiled in a controversy over past inflammatory statements, has resigned his White House job after what he calls a “vicious smear campaign against me.”

Jones issued an apology on Thursday for his past statements. When asked the next day whether Obama still had confidence in him, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said only that Jones “continues to work in the administration.”

The matter surfaced after news reports of a derogatory comment Jones made in the past about Republicans, and separately, of Jones’s name appearing on a petition connected to the events surrounding the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. That 2004 petition had asked for congressional hearings and other investigations into whether high-level government officials had allowed the attacks to occur.

But he said he cannot in good conscience ask his colleagues to spend time and energy defending or explaining his past.

Jones flatly said in an earlier statement that he did not agree with the petition’s stand on the Sept. 11 attacks and that “it certainly does not reflect my views, now or ever.”

As for his other comments he made before joining Obama’s team, Jones said, “If I have offended anyone with statements I made in the past, I apologize.”

Interesting how Van Jones said there was a “vicious smear campaign against me,” yet it turns out everything Glenn Beck and others said about him was true. You would think a “vicious smear campaign” would include lies, disinformation, inaccuracies and falsehoods, but in this case, the “vicious smear campaign” against Van Jones was based of truthfulness, honesty, and factual information.

Van Jones was simply hoist by his own petard.

Don’t let the door hit ya on the way out, you dirty commie.

Celebrate The UN’s Anti-Corruption Day

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Did you know that yesterday was the UN’s International Anti-Corruption Day?

Don’t worry if you didn’t, it seems quite a few people didn’t get that memo.

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