Another Reason to Stay Away


I used to travel regularly to New York City for business. I can remember being able to truthfully repeat the old line, “It’s a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there.”

It’s not such a nice place to visit now. Mayor de Blasio is running the place further into the ground, and public safety is suffering. The NY Post reports that your 45% more likely to be murdered in de Blasio’s New York.

I’ll stay home or go elsewhere.

Blasphemy


David Frum has a piece over at The Atlantic titled The Right to Blaspheme. It’s a thoughtful review of why we in the West (and especially we Americans) general support that right.

Hate-speech laws remain highly controversial. But whether they are wise or dangerous, their purpose is secular: to protect people by restricting speech intended to abrogate their human rights. God, it is thought, can look after Himself.

Read the whole thing.

UPDATE—DaTechGuy takes a look at what might happen if our consensus on the right to blaspheme did breakdown.

TANSTAAFL


One of the amenities that attracts well-to-do folks to San Francisco are the small businesses such as Comix Experience, a well-regarded comic book and graphic novel store. Unless it can quickly develop a new revenue stream, the store is headed out of business because it can’t afford to pay its employees San Francisco’s new minimum wage of $12.25 an hour. (It will rise to 15 bucks an hour by 2018.) Ian Tuttle writes about the store owner’s efforts to save his business at NRO.

Hibbs is not inclined to circumvent the market: “Despite being a progressive living in San Francisco, I do believe in capitalism. I’d like to have the market solve this problem.” That applies not just to his plight, but to the question of the minimum wage: “We’re for a living wage, for a minimum wage, in principle. . . . But I think any law that doesn’t look at whether people can pay may not be the best way to go.”

Read the whole thing.

Even in San Francisco, the Laws of Thermodynamics wind up superseding Blue State policy.