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As has been long noted by the old saw: real estate is the one thing they're not making more of. Absent a hideously expensive parking structure, it'll boil down to enforcement. I've seen people marking tires downtown. Assign another body or two to that task, beef up the penalties (fines/boots/towing/impound) and impose them equally and unilaterally on patrons and employees alike.
The issue will resolve itself.
The chest-thumping that a fence would be ineffective is complete and utter nonsense. I believe it was Joseph Goebbels who famously asserted the utility of lying: when proclaimed often enough and loud enough, the great unwashed will accept it as truth.
The Guatemalans, Hondurans & Salvadorans are a problem of long standing for Mexico. In 2011 (the most recent year for which there is any data) Mexico sent more than 61,000 of them back from whence they came, via rigorous policing of their borders. Impressive, when one considers that Mexico has vastly fewer resources than we do. Anyone who wails that it can't be done is just singing Goebbels' song.
It's also curious that the liberal's current standard bearer so passionately excoriated W's $4 trillion debt as "irresponsible" and "unpatriotic." Where are we getting the money to support these untold thousands of illegals, now that the irresponsible and unpatriotic deficit has ballooned to $17 trillion? That's a rhetorical question, of course. Our friends on the left can't be bothered with anything so pedestrian as 5th grade arithmetic.
Racism. The rallying cry of the intellectual coward. Mexico has fortified and barricaded borders, monitored by soldiers with AKs. Their immigration laws are harsher and more restrictive than ours by an order of magnitude. Is Mexico racist? If not, why?
Random observations: that a significant number of businesses (particularly service-oriented concerns) continue to survive despite the abysmal performance of their front line staff is a testament, perhaps, to our median income and the patience (or apathy) of the patronage who tolerate that performance.
Any "business leader" who has to enroll themselves or their staff in a third-party training program to avoid lowest common denominator status should consider trading in their "leadership" credentials for stock in a turkey farm.
When it comes to restaurants, my experience has been that even when I've splurged on a higher-end venue with above average service, the food has been hit or miss. As a result, I virtually never eat out any more. It helps that I'm an enthusiastic cook. Gearing up for shrimp & scallop lasagna this weekend at Chez Sep.
"Peace will come when the Arabs love their children more than they hate us."
~ Golda Meir, 1957
Just as true now as it was more than a half-century ago.
Um... no. Duh. It's curious dynamic: facts make demagogues like Mssrs Collins & Hall Monitor even more delusional and disingenuous. If Mr. Hall Monitor cares to acquaint himself with the definition of 'disingenuous', I'm sure he'll launch himself into a fury of self righteous indignation and report me to the authorities. I would expect no less from such a vigilant hypocrite.
Have to give him credit, though. Mr. Hall Monitor did assure us that "John will be dealt with." Evidently, that translates to calling his mommy and having a good cry. Color me underwhelmed.
We live in one of the recreational meccas of the universe. Anyone who can't find something productive/entertaining/exhilarating to do with their time is deliberately indolent.
That is possibly the most juvenile and disingenuous diatribe I have ever seen published here. A pathetic array of childish straw men which the author then pummels with his Hasbro light saber.
The Hobby Lobby rant is especially egregious. I'll give Mr. Collins the benefit of the doubt and assume that he's merely ignorant of the ruling and refrain from calling him a liar. Instead, I'll challenge him to provide the "new definition of pregnancy and contraception" he says the Supreme Court has established, and how employers will "no longer provide basic health care to women." Unless he honestly believes that exempting employers from furnishing 4 abortifacients from the list of 20 birth control measures mandated by Obamacare equates to the denial of basic health care to anybody. And if that's what he believes, then it is impossible for rational people to take him seriously.
As an aside, I’d like to know the administration’s rationale for deciding that contraception and abortifacients are the only prescriptions to be provided at no cost to employees. Why not meds or treatment for diabetes, cancer, HIV, asthma, blood pressure, cholesterol, heart conditions, substance abuse or psychiatric care? None of which are considered worthy of being provided free to patients in need. Only contraceptives and abortifacients. And not furnished using a deductible, obliging the employee to pick up a percentage of the cost. Absolutely free. I’d love to have a reporter ask the President/Pelosi/Reid why there are exactly zero similar mandates for other medical needs to help patients in real crisis. But the reality is that our media is corrupt and incompetent, and the American sheeple (read: the American left) are so addicted to the government teat that conceit and cowardice have replaced common sense.
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