Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Kansas City Royals Advance to ALDS

That Eric Hosmer triple in the 12th was the turning point. Man, what a game!

I was hoping for an all-California ALDS, north-south style, but the Angels will face off against the Royals instead of the A's starting tomorrow.

More at the New York Post, "Royals comeback caps epic playoff opener."

The United States of Ebola!

Coming to America, at WaPo, "First U.S. case of Ebola diagnosed in Texas after man who came from Liberia falls ill."

And at CBS This Morning, "CDC director on threat of a potential U.S. outbreak."

Governor Jerry Brown Signs Plastic Bag Ban Into Law

This won't "protect the environment."

All it does is inconvenience consumers and make idiot environmentalists feel good about themselves.

Have your canvas, bacteria-encrusted reusable bags ready at all times.

At LAT, "Gov. Brown signs phase-out of single-use plastic bags in stores."

Before long we'll all be eating green shoots and granola. And liking it!

More at CBS This Morning, "California becomes first state to prohibit plastic bags."

Monday, September 29, 2014

Maria Fernandes, 32-Year-Old Dunkin' Donuts Worker, Touted as Symbol of America's Low-Wage Workers

Remember the left's "The Pity Party"?

Here's a case study (or yet another case study in the left's pity party shakedown socialist scam).

At the New York Times, "For a Worker With Little Time Between 3 Jobs, a Nap Has Fatal Consequences":
“She would give anyone anything she could.” — Glen Carter, 33.

Maybe she poured you a cup of hot coffee, right before you rushed off to catch your afternoon train. Maybe you noticed her huddled over an empty table in the station, dozing in the lonesome hours between one shift and another.

Her name was Maria Fernandes. She was 32 years old. And long before her face flashed across the evening news, she worked amid the throngs of passengers in the heart of Newark’s Pennsylvania Station, serving pumpkin lattes and toasted bagels, and dreaming of life somewhere else.

She dreamed of the bustling streets of Los Angeles and the leafy towns of Pennsylvania. She dreamed of working two jobs, not three. She dreamed of sleeping, really sleeping, for six or seven hours at a stretch.

But dreams rarely pay the rent. So Ms. Fernandes worked three jobs, at three Dunkin’ Donuts stores in northern New Jersey, shuttling from Newark to Linden to Harrison and back. She often slept in her car — two hours here, three hours there — and usually kept the engine running, ready in an instant to start all over again.

The last day of her life was no different. She got off work at 6 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 25, and climbed into her 2001 Kia Sportage, officials from the Elizabeth Police Department said. She was dreaming again, this time about taking a break to celebrate a milestone with friends. But first, she told her boyfriend, Mr. Carter, during a brief cellphone conversation, she was going to take a nap.

She pulled into the parking lot of a Wawa convenience store, reclined in the driver’s seat and closed her eyes. The store’s surveillance camera videotaped her arrival at 6:27 a.m.

Detectives would pore over those tapes after her body was found later that day. It was the last image that anyone would see of her alive.

“She liked her jobs; she never complained.” — Jessenia Barra, 28.

In death, Ms. Fernandes has been held up as a symbol of the hardships facing our nation’s army of low-wage workers. Her friends say she earned little more than $8.25 an hour — New Jersey’s minimum wage — and passed her days and nights in a blur of iced coffees and toasted breakfast sandwiches, coffee rolls and glazed jelly doughnuts.

You might remember her dark eyes and that smile when she handed your change across the counter. She worked afternoons in Newark, overnights in Linden and weekends in Harrison.

In a statement, Michelle King, a spokeswoman for Dunkin’ Brands, said that Ms. Fernandes’s managers described her as a “model” employee. (Ms. King said she could not say how much Ms. Fernandes earned or describe the specific hours she worked, saying that only the three franchisees that directly employed Ms. Fernandes had that information. Ms. King declined to provide contact information for those franchisees.)
Keep reading.

Her death was ruled an accident. We could have 100 percent economic equality, and this woman still could have died in an accident like this.

Ferguson Remains a City on the Brink

The never-ending soap opera of racial recrimination in the heartland.

At the Los Angeles Times, "A tense Ferguson fears the worst is yet to come":

Beauty Town has an elaborate video surveillance system that displays 16 angles of the store, but the cameras are better at capturing crime than at preventing it.

The beauty shop has been looted multiple times since a white Ferguson police officer shot an unarmed black man Aug. 9. Last week, during another round of unrest on West Florissant Avenue, a group of young men broke the front windows and raided the shelves and cash register.

Owner Shawn Kim thinks 99% of the people who live around his shop are good people.

For the rest, he’s bought a gun. Just in case.

If the grand jury fails to indict the officer who killed Michael Brown, almost everyone here thinks things will get worse.

“They’re not going to be looting next time,” said Kevin Seltzer, 30, who lives at an apartment complex near where Brown, 18, was shot. “They’re going to burn the city down.”

Far from finding peace after a round of summer protests and riots, Ferguson remains a city on the brink, its nearly every step troubled. The last week has been especially fraught.
Keep reading.

Pro-Democracy Protests Shake Hong Kong

At WSJ, "Roads Were Blocked and Some Schools and Offices Were Closed Monday Morning."

Sasha Pain Joins Ferguson Protests

Boy those Ruptly folks must really be up on the latest in XXX viewing.

Here, "USA: Porn star Sasha Pain joins Ferguson protests."

Alton Nolen: Victim of Racial and Religious Intolerance

Heh, at the People's Cube, "Alton Nolen: religious black man gunned down by white racist."

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