The Smug Thug

Posted By: Abdul · 4/11/2014 7:45:00 AM

Thursday I attended the arraignment of 16-year old Simeon Adams.  As you are aware, he’s been charged with the April 1 murder of Nathan Trapuzzano.  Since an arraignment is just a formal presentment of the charges being filed against an individual, I did not go expecting any news.   I wanted to see Adams’ demeanor.  I wanted to see the face of an individual who if f found guilty was going to spend the rest of his natural life behind bars.  I wanted to see if there was any remorse or contrition.   I didn’t.

Although I was not there for the infamous “perp walk” smile that he gave while being brought to the courtroom.  I was there to see his behaviour as he sat in the defendant’s chair.   The look I saw made we want to walk up to him and do the job some adult should have done a long ...

Use the Free Market to Raise the Minimum Wage

Posted By: Abdul · 4/7/2014 7:38:00 AM

This may sound crazy, but how about we use the free market to raise the minimum wage instead of a government mandate?  I thought about this while watching the President give a speech recently in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Speaking at the University of Michigan, the President called on Congress to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.  The President says it would lift wages for 28 million Americans.

While I oppose government-mandated raises in the minimum wage, I do believe people should be paid well.  This is why when I shop; I tend to support places that pay higher wages.  So that means a big box store like Costco is more likely to get my business than Wal-Mart.  A downtown restaurant will always get my business over McDonald’s or Burger King.  And I am one of those people who have no issue with shelling out $3-$4 for a venti ...

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