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The Cato Award goes to …

Shahed Hussain! For his efforts above and beyond the call of duty to boost the average number of businesses per immigrant. From the Poughkeepsie Journal:

Hussain, 62, is the registered owner of four livery companies that share the same Wilton address — Prestige Limousine, Chauffeur Service Saratoga, Luxury Limousine and Hasy Limousine. …

One immigrant, four companies! That’s the American Dream.

Hussain’s companies have three vehicles and employ two drivers, according to online records maintained by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. …

The three vehicles that he owns have been inspected five times in the last two years, and on four of those occasions the vehicle was ordered out of service as unsafe until repairs could be made, the database showed.

The Cato Institute also wishes to congratulate Mr. Hussain for not letting pesky government safety regulations slow him down from serving the public.

Another of Mr. Hussain’s entrepreneurial ventures, the Crest Inn, has received some spirited reviews.

 
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  1. The Cato Institute – giving voice to Asperger’s Syndromites and providing intellectual cover for billionaires as they reap low-wage profits while shifting costs for the same to US taxpayers. What could be better?

    • LOL: Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @AnotherDad
    , @Reg Cæsar
  2. J.Ross says: • Website

    So to be clear, that’s not twelve vehicles and eight drivers spread out like a franchise, it’s four signs balancing on the same door frame. Not illegal by itself but also not something that a non-criminal would do.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @Jack D
  3. Jack D says:
    @J.Ross

    After you get too many bad Yelp reviews and BBB complaints, you start a new company with the same 3 cars (only 2 of which are running at any moment and 0 of which have passed inspection) but a different name. People call around to price limos and you are $50 or $100 cheaper than anyone else because your “limo” is from 2001 and your driver gets minimum wage. But the customers don’t know this until their jalopy limo drives up and then it’s too late – they can’t switch now. They leave you bad Yelp reviews (if they survive), rinse and repeat.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    , @Mr. Anon
  4. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Jack D

    21st century social media is unable to defeat third century suwq tricks.

    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
  5. Anonymous[276] • Disclaimer says:

    Steve, any thoughts on Kanye West?

  6. Lurker says:

    Four limo companies but only three limos. What is this man’s secret?!

    • Replies: @El Dato
    , @El Dato
  7. Dan Hayes says:
    @George

    George:

    I’ve read the reviews you kindly provided.

    Absolutely unbelievable that such an establishment could exist in New York State. (Oops, I take that back in light of it being Governor Cuomo’s bailiwick!)

    • Replies: @utu
    , @Detective Club
  8. El Dato says:

    OT #1: “US can’t into orbit anymore”. With the recent blowout of the Russian Soyuz-FG, there is some passive-aggressive gloating in the press, but can anyone explain why the US SLS is 100% over budget and has delivered nada while this is going on according to the GAO report :

    “Second, we found flaws in NASA’s evaluation of Boeing’s performance, resulting in NASA inflating the contractor’s scores and leading to overly generous award fees. Specifically, in the six evaluation periods since 2012 in which NASA provided ratings, Agency officials deemed Boeing’s performance “excellent” in three and “very good” in three other periods, resulting in payment of $323 million or 90 percent of the available award and incentive fees.”

    OT #2: “Don’t be a Becky – that xmen’s transitioning may be incomplete yet!” Karen White: Transgender prisoner jailed for life for sexually assaulting female inmates and raping two other women: ‘Highly manipulative’ predator must serve at least nine and a half years

    Ok, the Indy is owned 30% by some Saudi outfit but this is totally a 2018 headline (or maybe something out of top-shelf manga) and also someone I would let into the gender neutral toilets.

    White, who was born male but now identifies as a woman and is transitioning, was jailed for two counts of rape, two sexual assaults while being held on remand and one offence of wounding.

    She [shurely xe?] used her “transgender persona” to put herself in contact with vulnerable women, the court heard.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Autochthon
    , @danand
  9. El Dato says:
    @Lurker

    Woah that’s that guy?

    The man charged with criminally negligent homicide in connection with the crash that killed 20 people in rural Schoharie County lived until last month with his father and brother in a seven-bedroom home in Loudonville, paying $5,000 monthly rent.

    Nauman Hussain; his father, Shahed; and brother, Shahyer, rented the home, which has an indoor heated pool, sauna, tennis court and other amenities, according to the property owner.

    The Hussains lived for the last two years in one of the region’s wealthiest neighborhoods while running Prestige Limousine and Crest Inn Suites & Cottages in Gansevoort. The budget motel was briefly closed last year for health and safety violations.

    Yeah, Crest Inn Suites & Cottages in Gansevoort: Google Review 2.2.

  10. utu says:
    @Dan Hayes

    Don’t forget that he had FBI connections. He was their asset.

    • Agree: Dan Hayes
    • Replies: @bomag
    , @Jus' Sayin'...
  11. Clyde says:

    Hussain, 62, is the registered owner of four livery companies that share the same Wilton address — Prestige Limousine, Chauffeur Service Saratoga, Luxury Limousine and Hasy Limousine. …

    In case one limo gets into an accident and gets sued up the wazoo the damage is compartmentalized to just that one limo in one company. His fourth company is ready to put a limo into it and get activated at any time. Giving each limo a separate company means he can engage in more fiddling on taxes.
    He also owns a ramshackle motel. Both limos and motels are cash and semi-cash businesses so more cheating the tax authorities.

  12. @J.Ross

    Yeah – tradition beats innovation!

  13. LOL, “spirited reviews” of the Crest Inn:

    “Painting on the wall fell on us in the middle of the night”

    “bathroom looked like somebody got murdered …The only way i I would even think about stay here if I were drunk high beat up raped blind even then I think I would stay In a stable at the racetrack”

    “Most of the patrons hung out in the parking lot all night because nobody wanted to go inside. ”

    “The door had obviously been kicked in and broken, because my boyfriend had to crawl out the window to get us out of there!!! I was in fear of my life!!!”

    “this is not even good enough for a one hour stay with a prostitute ”

    “We had to sleep in our car and froze the entire night. Just an awful place in every aspect.”

    “By the way. It was 200$!!!!!”

    • Replies: @Barnard
    , @Jack D
  14. But would Americans run these shoddy hotels and dangerous limo services?

  15. fnn says:

    With dubious stuff like this (along with other things like plotting to overthrow the US Constitution) maybe it’s time to look into major reforms of the FBI. But who could be trusted to implement the reforms?

  16. Tulip says:

    To digress:

    Marine Le Pen says that an American has no part to play in “saving Europe”:

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/08/marine-le-pen-steve-bannon-has-no-part-to-play-in-saving-europe

    That would be a first, eh?

  17. George says:

    “But would Americans run these shoddy hotels and dangerous limo services?”

    Yes, but not as shoddily or dangerously. That’s why we need immigrant entrepreneurs. I’m kind of hoping that a one family Rotherham scandal develops. The no tell motel they owned will probably reveal some interesting secrets. Was law enforcement using their favorite informant to operate a no tell motel to gather incriminating evidence? There are reasons it was not shut down.

    Also amusing is that in the US they apparently, either rented or stripped the value from any assets they owned by not maintaining the property. All profits it seems were sent abroad. The economic growth produced by such immigrant entrepreneurs was fake in that it was produced by deferred maintenance.

  18. Let’s check the qualifications for this business owner. Person of color? Check. Muslim? Check. Democrat? What else… Now all he needs is to either be gay or a sexual predator. Neither is a stretch for a man from Pakistan. I wonder if he has ever been to Rotherham.

    • Agree: Dan Hayes, Sarah Toga
  19. Anonymous[306] • Disclaimer says:
    @El Dato

    Serial rapist pretends to be a chick and asks for and is granted transfer to a women’s prison. What could go wrong?

  20. @Dan Hayes

    PRESTIGE LIMO (aka Tijuana Taxi) was never great!

    • Replies: @Sarah Toga
  21. Anon[204] • Disclaimer says:

    Some people get mad when their stoop labor rises up

    Reason captured footage at a car wash in Queens that recently installed a new arch for hosing down vehicles, which will replace about four workers. (The owner granted us access on the grounds that we conceal the name and location of the business because he’s worried about political reprecussions.)

    Typical of New York’s older car washes, this one was designed at a time when manual labor cost less than installing and maintaining machinery.

    “Labor was cheap—real cheap,” says Amir Malki, a second generation car wash builder. When he started in the industry in the 1980s, operators all over the city were actually dismantling machinery because rag, hose, and brush wielding men did a better job for less.

    Some people don’t learn their lessons

    “How can I compete with these guys when they’re paying cash,” car wash owner Stuart Markowitz said in 2015 testimony at City Hall, imploring Mayor Bill de Blasio (D), who was in attendance, to work with him to shut down the “bad operators.”

    And the lolbertarians can’t see the forest for the trees. Third World populations in a First World country will always be envious and favor socialism.

    https://reason.com/archives/2018/10/11/the-15-minimum-wage-car-washes/

  22. @Charles Erwin Wilson II

    The Cato Institute – giving voice to Asperger’s Syndromites and providing intellectual cover for billionaires as they reap low-wage profits while shifting costs for the same to US taxpayers. What could be better?

    Both Catos would have utter contempt for these autistic globalist tools. Utterly pathetic.

    • Replies: @donut
    , @BenKenobi
  23. Mr. Anon says:
    @Jack D

    They leave you bad Yelp reviews (if they survive), rinse and repeat.

    Sounds like they don’t even rinse.

  24. Speaking of immigrant entrepreneurs,….ahh, it’s so discouraging I feel like throwing in the towel.

    They tore up Main Street in the little town I live in, put in new utilities and replanted the median. It’s a beautiful median, planted with grass, shrubs and stately palms.

    To lay a road in the city, the first step is to put in curbs and gutter which establishes line and grade. So I’m walking downtown yesterday to my favorite coffee shop and while doing so, peruse the ongoing work. It sure looked a little strange, wavy and lumpy The backside of the curb was all voids; big aggregate with no smaller gravel and fines to fill the voids. I wondered what was going on? Noon lunch break, no workers around. Then they arrived and resumed pouring concrete.

    They were using a machine that poured and formed the curb as it progressed down the side of the road. What it deposited behind itself was a stiff buy droopy approximation of a curb and gutter. A 5 foot tall Mexican was shaping and finishing the glop with a 24″ flat trowel.

    No wonder it looked so lumpy! It was virtually hand formed and finished. No permanent forms! WTF??? In all my years of road construction, I’d never seen this. And the voids? No such concrete work would pass inspection on any job I’d worked on. Plus, the concrete was left to bake in the Florida sun with no covering or any semblance of a moisture cure. The resulting concrete will be structurally weak and crumbly. Pure Mexico stuff.

    So here it is, folks. A non-Union workforce composed of ignorant handymen from an inferior civilization that doesn’t hold itself to the same standards of excellence we do. Mexico, here we come.

    What many of you here who despise Unions forget is that a Union carpenter went through a 2 year apprentice program in which he learned to build to standards of the industry. I believe that Unions got a bad reputation because e.g. autoworkers were unskilled and abused their bargaining power. Carpenters, roofers etc. on the other hand, were relatively skilled workers so they shouldn’t be tarred with the same brush. I’m afraid we’ve thrown the baby out with the bath when we broke the power of the Unions in all fields.

    And finally, likely the Mexicans were given this municipal-government-with-matching-Federal-Funds contract because they were a privileged minority and whoever hired them (probably a woman city manager) didn’t know or realize that curb work is important because it establishes the base for the finished grade of the road. They probably thought, it’s just curbs, how much damage can the Mexicans do? Well, plenty. Curbs take a lot of abuse from car tires. My prediction, these curbs will be pulverized junk in the gutter within three years. Mexico style!!! Coming to a city near you.

    • Agree: Autochthon, Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @JMcG
    , @Jack D
    , @Cortes
    , @dfordoom
  25. Mr. Anon says:

    “Police probe ‘suspicious’ death at motel owned by limo owner”

    https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/State-police-investigating-suspicious-death-at-13300313.php

    “The 21-unit Crest Inn and Suites includes several cottages and motel rooms, which are separated by a courtyard with a lawn. In a Times Union story published last year, Hussain’s son, Shahyer, said the complex often served as transitional housing for low-income individuals, who paid $225 to $250 a week to live there.

    The Hussains purchased the property, then known as the Hideaway Motel, in 2005.”

  26. Mr. Anon says:

    There’s always something going on at the Crest Inn and Suites:

    From the Times Union:

    Sabotage suspected at motel, cottages in Wilton
    Owner says disgruntled former tenant damaged electric, water service

    Updated 5:31 pm EDT, Thursday, June 1, 2017

    “An earlier version of this story incorrectly noted the cause of the sewage line failure. Mark Mykins, supervising building inspector for the Town of Wilton, said improper fittings and the lack of support for the waste lines led to the failure.”

  27. bomag says:
    @utu

    FBI asset: another job Americans just won’t do. Must have more immigrants.

  28. What, no laundry to deal with the financial operations of all these businesses?

  29. Barnard says:
    @Craig Nelsen

    Most of the reviewers have fewer than five total reviews posted to Trip Advisor, meaning they were fired up enough about their stay to sign up for Trip Advisor just to leave a review. I usually assume angry one star reviews are exaggerated, but in this looks like a rare case where they are accurate. It appears they have a few positive recent reviews on Google that were made by legitimate guests. I am surprised they can stay in business.

  30. Mr. Anon says:

    You have to wonder if the Hussain family got government assistance to buy these businesses – I mean aside from informant money paid by the FBI – like Small Business Administration 8a loans.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
  31. Mike1 says:

    I do wish people on this site were bright enough to distinguish between good and bad immigrants. Immigrant business owners run the small to medium businesses in this country. The only exceptions are glamour/vanity projects like running a cafe. If you want to stretch the definition of business to owner operators there are some American truck drivers and electricians.
    Americans need to get off their butt and actually run some American businesses. You can’t whine about losing your country if you are voluntarily giving it away. If YOU own a business you can put your money where your mouth is and not hire illegals.

  32. Jack D says:
    @Craig Nelsen

    Most of the year it is a welfare hotel where the authorities house homeless people, drug addicts, etc. However, in summer during the racing season Saratoga Springs fills up and occasionally unwary tourists check in because it is the only thing available on the online booking services.

    • Replies: @stillCARealist
  33. donut says:
    @AnotherDad

    If Cato The Elder where here today he’d be writing editorials for the NYT about Russia .

    • Replies: @Redneck farmer
  34. Libertarianism and globalism is a match made in heaven.

  35. Cato and NATO must be destroyed.

    The libertarian clods at Cato push nation-wrecking open borders mass immigration and multicultural mayhem

    NATO is a jobs program for rancid money-grubbing treasonites and sleazy government workers.

    Crush Cato And NATO Now!

    Sailer is sarcastic, of that there is no doubt. Sailer’s red solo cup sarcasm is not enough in our hour of needed bravery. We must have William the Conqueror type crazy balls to crush the globalizers and the anti-White rats!

    Why didn’t Sailer mention that horrible lout Alex Nowrasteh in his sarcastic bit on Cato?

    Tweets from 2014 and 2015:

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
  36. What better way to bring vibrance back to the moribund US economy than to bring back 7th Century values.

    • Replies: @tyrone
  37. My favourite is the person who was told about the reserved room: “We have no room here; we overbooked.”

  38. Clyde says:

    OT OT OT
    Witches to Hex Justice Kavanaugh in Occult Ritual in NYC
    By Michael W. Chapman | October 11, 2018 | 4:38 PM EDT
    (CNSNews.com) — Witches plan to place a public hex on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh through an occult ritual on Oct. 20 in New York City, an event sponsored by Catland Books, which describes itself as “Brooklyn’s premiere occult bookshop & spiritual community space.” The planned ritual has been advertised on Facebook.

    “Please join us for a public hex on Brett Kavanaugh, upon all rapists and the patriarchy at large which emboldens, rewards and protects them,” reads the description for the event, “Ritual to Hex Brett Kavanaugh.”

    “We are embracing witchcraft’s true roots as the magik of the poor, the downtrodden and disenfranchised and it’s history as often the only weapon, the only means of exacting justice available to those of us who have been wronged by men just like him,” reads the description.

    https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/michael-w-chapman/witches-hex-justice-kavanaugh-occult-ritual-nyc

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @ChrisZ
  39. @El Dato

    She could see the defendant’s penis erect and sticking out of the top of her pants, covered by her tights.

    Her penis.

    Mmmhmm.

    Like a whale’s legs or a tiger’s wings….

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
  40. danand says:
    @El Dato

    Dato, NASA was one hell of a could do outfit 50 years ago.

    Whitey on the Moon

  41. @Mike1

    If you don’t hire illegals and your competition does, they put you out of business.

    We should have mandatory e-verify so NOBODY can hire illegals.

    • Replies: @Mike1
  42. Speaking of great American success stories, I’ve just popped into the one Sears store still open within a reasonable driving distance. It’s so nice and peaceful – a large, roomy, clean, brightly-lit, well-air-conditioned store with no more than ten customers wandering around. They already have the Christmas decorations up, so you can meditate on the spirit of the season in peaceful serenity. The soothing Muzak is a nice touch.

    If you’re looking for a place to beat the crowds, you could do a lot worse than the festering corpse of Big Retail.

  43. Libertarian rats are evil globalizers who push open borders mass immigration.

    Mass immigration brings multicultural mayhem to the United States.

    The Cato crowd and the Neo-Conservative scum at the Wall Street Journal push open borders mass immigration and multicultural mayhem.

  44. Anonymous[259] • Disclaimer says:
    @Clyde

    Ha.

    Now it’s turning into a *real* witch-hunt.

  45. Covfefe says:

    Headline:

    “Limo passengers rotting in fields”

  46. JMcG says:
    @ThreeCranes

    Just wait til they get into the electric infrastructure. It won’t be long now.

  47. JMcG says:
    @Mike1

    Mike, I think the entire point of this post has been to show just why Americans aren’t competing in this sector. Subcontinentals with SBA loans living three of four generation to a McMansion are running the motels and doughnut shops.
    They strip the value of the business by deferring maintenance, deal in cash, pay no taxes, and disappear for the next guy to do it all over again.
    The same is true of Mexicans and Central Americans in the landscaping and construction trades, minus the Multigenerational McMansion.
    And all the while, we support this with our taxes and our tolerance.
    The shell around the whole rotten thing is getting thinner and thinner.

    • Replies: @Mike1
  48. BenKenobi says:
    @AnotherDad

    Yes but what about Kato Kaelin?

  49. @utu

    The Innocence Project ought to revisit the cases he gave the FBI. Even when I first heard of them they seemed to have a strong whiff of entrapment. Given what I know now these cases reek of entrapment.

    • Replies: @utu
  50. Also OT, as Donald Trump Jr observes, the post-Kav GOP seems to be growing a backbone. As a Brit I’ve never heard of Bill Cassidy, but he handles this beautifully.

  51. @Jack D

    I wonder why it couldn’t just be designated housing for the homeless addicts instead of fooling with the system and cheating real tourists.

    But it is nice that this stuff gets exposed. Too bad it took 20 deaths.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
  52. Bugg says:
    @George

    The Crest Inn; meth is always available at our gala breakfast buffet.

  53. Bugg says:
    @Twinkie

    “A turning point in the relationship came earlier this year, when Silverman demanded that Bowser remove a political appointee, Joshua Lopez, from the board of the D.C. Housing Authority. That episode, too, was fraught with racial and religious tensions.

    Lopez had held a rally at city hall to support White, who was taking international criticism after he espoused a conspiracy theory that Jewish financiers control the weather. At the event, Nation of Islam representative Abdul Khadir Muhammad took the microphone, called Silverman a “fake Jew” and referred to Jews as “termites.” (White did not attend or help organize the rally.)”

    Oh, the humanity!CAN’T WE ALL GET ALONG?

    Really enjoying this warm September and October here in the east. Keep it up, Jews!

  54. Speaking of sub-continental entrepreneurs, are Indian phone scammers a major thing in the US? In Australia and New Zealand they’re a major nuisance on land lines. If you answer your land line at about 7pm there’s a 50 percent chance it’s an Indian trying to con you.

  55. Jack D says:
    @Mike1

    Americans don’t want to run these businesses because immigrants have driven the prices in whatever industry they are in below a living wage. If you are an American, you run a business in compliance with the law, get permits, observe all codes, pay your workers the legally required wages, give them paid vacations, etc. By the time you are done doing this, it’s impossible to make a living at the prices charged by your immigrant competitors. Gradually all the Americans leave the field – on the one side they are squeezed from above by the chain stores of the world and on the other they are squeezed by immigrants.

    Immigrant entrepreneurs, even the “better” ones, cut all sorts of corners – if nothing else they have their family members (including children) working there for free. The ones in cash businesses rarely declare their true income on their taxes. The Hussains are different only in degree from most immigrant businesses – they stretched the law A LOT while the better ones might only stretch the law a little. Most come from countries where it is normal and expected that you will break the law as much as you can get away with.

    • Agree: Jim Don Bob, densa
    • Replies: @Anon
    , @Mike1
  56. Jack D says:
    @unpc downunder

    Oh yes. Half of them are calling from “Microsoft” and half are calling from the “Internal Revenue Service”. It’s really hard to believe that there are people stupid enough to fall for them, but I guess they only need a small % to make the whole thing profitable.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @unpc downunder
  57. ChrisZ says:
    @Twinkie

    Couldn’t happen to “nicer” people, in a more perfect town. No commenter here would be able to read that article without a chuckle.

    Incidentally, for the purposes of this latest morality play, the Jewish incumbent counts as white.

  58. Art Deco says:
    @Mike1

    I do wish people on this site were bright enough to distinguish between good and bad immigrants. Immigrant business owners run the small to medium businesses in this country. The only exceptions are glamour/vanity projects like running a cafe. If you want to stretch the definition of business to owner operators there are some American truck drivers and electricians. Americans need to get off their butt and actually run some American businesses. You can’t whine about losing your country if you are voluntarily giving it away.

    Stop your lying.

    https://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/advocacy/Issue_Brief_6_Demographic_Characteristics_2013.pdf

    • Agree: Desiderius
    • Replies: @Mike1
    , @Anon
  59. Jack D says:
    @ThreeCranes

    I don’t know how long it has been since you were involved with construction, but continuous curb or slip forming machines have been in used for decades now for highway projects. These were pioneered on the Interstate Highways. Setting forms is pretty much obsolete except for small projects. Because such machines require a low slump mix and because low slump concrete is actually stronger than the soup that often gets poured into fixed forms (the less water in concrete, the stronger it is), such curbs are actually stronger than traditionally poured curbs. The back side of the curb will be invisible when the median is backfilled so it can remain rough. There is tremendous labor savings in not having to set up and then strip fixed forms and the project can proceed much faster.

    Now it sounds like there may have been other deficiencies in the work, but slip forming is state of the art today.

    • Replies: @ThreeCranes
  60. tyrone says:
    @The Alarmist

    Not enough Angles,Saxons and Jutes to go around.

  61. tyrone says:
    @unpc downunder

    Anyone that would speak to an Indian on the phone deserves what they get. HANG UP chop, chop!

  62. ChrisZ says:
    @Clyde

    Clyde, this advances a recent iSteve theme, adding to the posts this week about Leftist resorts to magic and astrology.

    The trend has me asking (perhaps too optimistically): Is this what winning looks like? At least in part? That is, to see your opponents driven to irrationality and abject ineffectuality?

    I note that these clowns don’t even believe that their “hex” will be effective. If they did—i.e. if they truly believed they could project power to damage an adversary—they’d be doing it in secret, and certainly wouldn’t be advertising it. They’d be acting like a terrorist cell.

    (OTOH, maybe the organizers are FBI informants, like that Hussein guy?)

    (I mean, the *other* Hussain guy.)

  63. Neoconned says:

    ……but….but immigration! American dream!!

  64. I dislike comments that are just venting, and I try not to vent, myself, but I’m gonna make an exception.

    I live in NY and the petty bullshit rules here are legion. You can’t sell TSP, grocery stores can’t sell wine, stores have to get a special permit to be allowed not to individually mark prices on items, you can’t set off fireworks, the list is fucking endless. You want a laugh, read NY state law section 63.6(b)(5) about pharmacies. And I, and everyone I know, try to abide by these, because we don’t want trouble.

    Then you read about this son of a bitch, this motherfucking cheat of a fraudster of a con artist, who comes into our country and does whatever the fuck he wants and gets away with it for years and years. It grinds my fucking gears. That is all.

    • Replies: @Inquiring Mind
  65. Cortes says:
    @ThreeCranes

    To think that I broke my poor old mother’s heart (truly) by rejecting the opportunity she’d created for me at the age of seventeen (Janis Ian clip, masculinised, needed) to become an apprentice kerblayer.

    The favours she’d called in, and my ingratitude…

    Almost like one of her Joan Crawford/Bette Davis melodramas.

    Did I survive?

    Momma! Momma!

  66. @stillCARealist

    But it is nice that this stuff gets exposed. Too bad it took 20 deaths.

    But it is nice that this stuff gets exposed. Too bad nothing will change.

    FIFY

  67. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D

    Many small businesses deal mostly with other small businesses. The Americans are driven out by unbelievable cheating and scamming. Here’s some things I’ve run into personally.

    The Chinese immigrant dry cleaner.

    The nearest dry cleaner was sold to a Chinese. I had a pale pale gray trench coat and a tan blazer I wore all the time all year round. So they were dry cleaned about every 6 weeks. I noticed they were getting dingy looking. Then noticeable streaks of dirt. I thought I’d take a chance and wash them despite the dry clean only.

    I filled the bathtub with cold water, liquid and ammonia. Within minutes the water turned black. I repeated the wash and rinse 4 times. Then I ironed them and they looked brand new.

    Obviously he didn’t send things to the dry cleaning factory to be dipped in fluid just ironed them, I no longer use dry cleaners.

    Korean gas station

    Close to the dry cleaners was the gas station. It was bought by Koreans. I always fill up when it’s 3/4 empty. It was always 8 to 9 gallons. Then it was 10 then 11. The day it was 12 I finally looked in the manual. The gas tank held exactly 11 gallons.

    I reported it to the consumer fraud district attorney unit. Nothing happened of course. A couple years later there were some arrests and convictions of the many immigrant gas station owners who rigged the pumps.

    I’ve encountered more complicated ones, really organized crime. I’ll post those later.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  68. Freakin’ hilarious reviews of the motel.

    Here’s a stereotype for you: Middle easterners, Indians, and even Asians to some extent, get a hold of businesses and run them into ground because they’re too tightfisted with the buck to reinvest anything.

    You see this in the majority of business ventures run by middle easterners, and even some convenience stores owned by asians you’ll see the inventory burned down to nothing but cigarettes and beer.

  69. @Jack D

    I’ve seen slip forming used on curb jobs but the end result didn’t look like this. What came out of the form was terrible on this job, all rough and irregular. The guy with the trowel was literally shaping the curb by hand–and it looked it. And even if you can’t see the back of the curb, it should not be so mottled with the pox. Yeah, stiff mix is good–up to a point–but in quality construction every batch off a truck should pass a slump test.

    This was a small job, three blocks or so, with lots of breaks for storm sewer inlets, wheel chair ramps and the like, so I don’t see why fixed forms wouldn’t have worked fine. As it was, they were cutting out the inlets with a diamond saw on the part that had been poured the day before. The chunks that lay around didn’t look like well cured concrete to me.

    Also, you don’t have to give me lectures about concrete. I’ve laid plenty of my own slabs, excavated, built the forms and tied rebar and mesh. After the pour I cover them for a week and keep them wetted down. When I’m done the concrete rings like a bell, it’s so well cured. Hard and smooth. A driveway I did down here eight years ago hasn’t developed a crack aside from the control joints. I’ve seen plenty around me that look like mud flats they’re so broken up. Concrete guys down here don’t believe in using water to cure the concrete. And yes, I know, there are formulations that supposedly don’t need it and so on and so forth. Bullshit. Doesn’t work in practice. I’ll put mine up against their’s any day.

    I’ve seen the same inattention to quality on every one of my visits to Mexico. Parts of Highway 1 down the Baja are 2′ of asphalt laid directly on bare earth. Course, they’re all broken up. A professional I met down there told me that–as Fred here insists–Mexico can do good work but–contrary to Fred optimism–all too often they don’t because of corruption. The paver was the Governor’s brother, that kind of thing.

  70. @Faraday's Bobcat

    Maybe this is a case with so many regulations effectively outlawing businesses, only outlaws will have businesses?

    Could it be the problem is with the maze of regulations that only a fraudster who has relations with his female parent and ignores the regs is the only guy around?

  71. @Charles Erwin Wilson II

    They have a bizarrely modernist mini-palace in DC, not far from the youth hostel. Genuine libertarians would prefer to work almost anywhere else.

  72. dfordoom says: • Website
    @ThreeCranes

    I’m afraid we’ve thrown the baby out with the bath when we broke the power of the Unions in all fields.

    Yes, I strongly agree.

  73. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    Americans abandoned the dry cleaning business for several reasons, one being the EPA, which is like the Gestapo with regulations on dry cleaning fluids and the equipment that uses it. Koreans are not as afraid of the EPA because they know that if the boom comes down, they can get their money out and get back to Korea, which will not extradite to the US over a EPA beef. Murder or rape probably, environmental beefs, fuck you.

    Another is that the dry cleaning supply business is now run by Koreans and they have a catalog in English and one in Korean. Prices cheaper in the Korean edition. A round eye running a dry cleaners is like a roundeye running a Chinese restaurant. Suppliers either will not deal with them or will jack the price. Besides, Chinese eateries run on a low margin when you run them legally and according to code, so why would you want to?

    When I get the urge to eat Chinese food, I go to the supermarket counter. Not authentic but at least it’s to health code, and I know the chicken used to bawk and not meow.

  74. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D

    Old rural whites-the Lawrence Welk fans-are astonishingly gullible as far as the computer scams go.

  75. utu says:
    @Jus' Sayin'...

    Absolutely. I would not be surprised if 90% of all terrorism cases after the 9/11 was entrapment.

    This guy, otoh, did not seem to have to be encouraged by some agent provocateur/handler:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joshua_Ryne_Goldberg

    Or this case did not qualify as terrorism:

    https://forward.com/news/7543/mystery-shrouds-florida-doc-who-plotted-mosque-bom/

  76. @Jack D

    Thanks, most of the ones in this part of the world say they are calling from Microsoft. I suspect most of the victims are senile/lonely elderly people.

  77. Anonymous[140] • Disclaimer says:

    Speaking of paki lightening, I still have strong doubts about the cause of the Grenfell Tower fire.

  78. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:
    @Mike1

    What informs your comment? In light of the other replies, you should either defend or concede.

    • Replies: @Mike1
  79. Anonymous[287] • Disclaimer says:

    Talking of the ‘Crest Inn’, heraldic research has revealed the Irish-American political Kennedy family’s ancient coat-of-arms:

    Using the appropriate heraldic lingo, the official summary is,

    ‘Pork Sword Rampant, Surmounted by Five (5) Digits Clenched’.

  80. jim jones says:
    @unpc downunder

    My neighbour fell for this, they phone you up and say they are from “Windows” and that your computer is infected. Give us your credit card number and we will fix it.

  81. Could this be an example of cynism on of the Cato board? Do they think, that once the price is awarded and the positive message has come across nobody in the mainstream media will question the whole procedure and go into details of it, because this would hurt the greater good of inclusion and the support of diversity?

  82. Mike1 says:
    @Mr. Rational

    Very true. Many industries that rely on labor have a pricing structure that cannot be achieved by legal labor employers.

  83. Mike1 says:
    @JMcG

    Your point is accurate bit it doesn’t need to be this way. The rules don’t appear by magic. They can be changed by a small number of people with a fairly small amount of money (I’m speaking from practical experience too, not wishful thinking).

  84. Mike1 says:
    @Jack D

    I agree with you but what you are saying is the flip side of my complaint. Americans are not involved in these areas so they don’t care when governments at all levels pile on absurd regulatory weight. It doesn’t take a lot to push back on this (I have done it with a small number of people and a small amount of money).
    Once you create a hostile environment for business only the scumbags will do it. Despite common wisdom the US business climate for small and medium sized enterprises is awful.

  85. Mike1 says:
    @Art Deco

    Not being bright enough to read a chart doesn’t help your case. Neither does histrionics like “lying”.

    You are not sensible enough to debate but for others that read this reply I’m using “immigrant” in the way it is commonly used on this site in the context of business owners to include the American born kids who work in the business. Even allowing for this your “gotcha” doesn’t prove what you think it does.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
  86. Mike1 says:
    @anonymous

    Hi Anon. I actually agree to a large degree with most replies. My theme for years (pre Trump) has been that people need to stop passively accepting losing. Being good at business teaches you to fight. It also teaches you that the world is malleable.
    My criticism applies to any first world nation.

  87. Mr. Anon says:
    @unpc downunder

    Speaking of sub-continental entrepreneurs, are Indian phone scammers a major thing in the US? In Australia and New Zealand they’re a major nuisance on land lines. If you answer your land line at about 7pm there’s a 50 percent chance it’s an Indian trying to con you.

    Yes. They will say their name is “Kevin” or “Bil” or some such (said in a thick indian accent) and that they are calling from “Microsoft Support” or “Internal Revenue Service”.

    If I have a minute or two to kill, I’ll play along with them for awhile, and then ask them why people still shit in the street in their country and call them a whore-son or a Dalit (untouchable – they really like that). That usually elicits a stream of profanity from them. The funny thing is, even after that, they still go along with the pretense (“I am trying to help you!”) and still try to close the sale.

    Just yet another benefit of our vibrant, diverse, globally connected World.

  88. @Mike1

    Yeah! And people on overladen, sinking ships need to start distinguishing between good and bad additional weight.

    And it’s about time starving people with dwindling rations distinguish between good and bad hungry newcomers.

    You tell ‘em. If only more people would get their heads out of their behinds and realise land and other resources are infinite things wouldn’t be so ugly and complicated (or crowded, polluted, expensive…).

    • Replies: @Mike1
  89. Mike1 says:
    @Autochthon

    “And it’s about time starving people with dwindling rations distinguish between good and bad hungry newcomers.”
    How much welfare do you receive?

    • Replies: @Autochthon
  90. Art Deco says:
    @Mike1

    Not being bright enough to read a chart doesn’t help your case. Neither does histrionics like “lying”.

    The simple descriptive statistics discredit your contentions, which were incredible to begin with. And you’re still lying.

  91. @Mike1

    I all but guarantee I make more money than you.

    That aside, would you care to actually respond to my argument? Or are we to discuss who has a bigger weiner next?

  92. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @Art Deco

    The immigrants who run small businesses are virtually all criminals.

    That’s why I always patronize the big chains not the small businesses run by immigrant criminals

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