Gridlock on Rye

Editorial on the news of the Day and Review of the Gridlock around the world.

Monday, December 01, 2008


(i originally posted in 2004 on livejournal. much of which remains true today)

dear shoppers

the holiday time of the year has come upon us again. black friday is just around the corner and the most gleeful exchange of gifts is only a few short weeks away. most major retail venues have hoisted the cheery holiday swag, pumped the requisite holiday tunes into their sound systems, and have begun the traditional bombardment of holiday sales.

as you head off into the wonderful world of mass holiday merchandising to seek out those oh-so-perfect gifts that express all the feelings that you've kept pent up throughout the year, please remember this one thing: the customer service sales associate standing before you hates having to work during the holiday season just as much as you hate particpating in the rabid shopping frenzy.

so please:

* do not knock ALL of the clothes or toys off aisle tables- its not a game of see how long it takes for the associate to REDO the damn table. yes, you can navigate AROUND the tables without leaving a path of unholy destruction in your wake

* do not wander around shopping 30- 90 minutes AFTER closing time--- if you havent found what you're looking for by closing- THEN YOU WILL NOT FIND IT. get out! go home! let us poor associates go!!!! we want to go home too!!! because believe it or not, we are not allowed to leave the store until after the last shopper leaves. SO GO HOME

* do not leave your foul 300 ounce big swigs laden with saliva, lipstick, food stains, and children grime on counters, on clothing tables, in changing rooms or on floors--- and please don't expect us to put them in our trash bins--- we do not want your disgusting germs anywhere near us. go find a trash recepticle out in the mall that is far far far away from us.

* DO NOT PEE in dressing rooms (yes, it happens- but we prefer you pee in the restrooms-- you sick dirty bastards)

* do not VOMIT in dressing rooms (go home if you are that ill)

* give up on the GIFT RECEIPTS-- that only wastes register tape, wastes time-- and dammit- whatever happened to the old days when gift giving was about saying "Thank you" and lumping what you got rather than being about "Oh, it doesn't matter- If he/she doesn't like it then they can return it." ---this sort of mentality is what contributes to our throw-away society, it tells gift recipients that you really don't care if they like what you are getting them, and it also says that you really don't care to spend enough time with a person to determine what they like or dont like. and for you hard-to-shop for idiots--- stop being so damn picky, show your appreciation and love by accepting the gift and appreciating that someone made the effort at all--- remember for every gift you turn your nose at because it isn't perfect, there is someone out there in this world not getting any gift at all nor is spending any time with any loved one--- you should be grateful not picky or petty or obnoxious. Tell your kids/nephews/neices/cousins/etc. to SUCK IT UP... Christmas isnt about getting the perfect gift- its about being together. So wear the damn kitten sweater and get the hell out! OR GIVE GIFT FRIKKIN CARDS bastards

* and, yes- KEEP ALL OF YOUR DAMN RECEIPTS. if you aren't organized enough to keep the receipts of the things you purchase, then perhaps you should consider alternative gift giving ideas- like crafting homemade gifts such as ashtrays constructed of gum wrappers, paper mache and rubber cement. the more handmade it looks the more it looks like you care.

* and don't come back in March trying to return your damn christmas presents!

* and don't come back after you've worn your christmas presents looking to return them for cash refunds.

On a serious note:

INSIST that the associate taking your check or credit card is checking your identification. Even if your debit/credit card has your photo on the card. The more you make it clear to associates that you want them to verify i.d. the more associates will be forced to learn to do so.

For those of you who get insulted by being asked for your i.d.- get over it. I will ask for your i.d. I always ask for your i.d. I don't care that you've shopped my store for 20 years, have had the store's credit card for 10 years, or just used your card/check in another department 5 minutes ago, and say, "no one's ever asked for my i.d. before." I don't care. Have it ready- and make certain that it matches the name on your card/check, and make certain that it is current and NOT expired.

And anyone working in any industry that involves the exchange of payment for goods or services- Subway, McDonalds, Walmart, Target, JCPenney, Sears, Hallmark Cards--- doesn't matter where you work. You should ALWAYS check id, and never be afraid to refuse expired i.d. or question i.d. that looks fake or notify your managers when you suspect fraud.

thank you for taking the time to read this public service announcement. as always, shop safely, shop happily, and shop early.

That's it, I'm done. Putting the soap box away for now.

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Have Mercy This Holiday Season Part 2

First, I blame Wal-Mart. They are responsible and they will undoubtedly have a big lawsuit resulting from this that will not bring their former temporary employee back to life.

Second, there was a new report out today by the police reviewing the case. After watching the tape, they think that the employee, working as a security guard, was trying to help/save a pregnant woman, whom I believe also went to the hospital after the trampling. He was not only a victim, but a hero.

Third, if you are multiple months pregnant and you go to wal-mart at 4am on black friday, you have your priorities mixed up. I see this as a sign of the times and many things that are wrong with all of us these days.

Fourth, Wal-mart hyped this event and has hyped it for a number of years. Just like that Whitesnake or Great White concert where hundreds of people were burned to death, Wal-mart is responsible. It happened on their property, was incited by their advertising, and happened due to their lack of planning from hiring additional security, taking proper measures to insure that the doors did not fall off the hinges, even making something like a 'roped off' line into the store. Wal-Mart will deserve what it gets during this one.

Fifth, the people suffering from affluenza that actually bought something from that Wal-Mart that day, have blood on their hands. They may not have laid a hand or foot on the guard that died, but cumulatively they were each part of the problem.

Sixth, all people that went shopping on black friday are suffering from a disease. I call it affluenza, some people call it consumerism. This is not the time to spend money ridiculously on spending sprees focused in the month of december. If you want to do your family some good for the holidays, don't go buy them some mass produced crap and call it a christmas present.

Seventh, I'm not trying to say that I am above any of this. I didn't shop on black friday, but like almost all of you reading this (you bought a computer didn't you?) we are all addicts. The first step is to recognize the problem, the nature and form of the addiction. Then you have to do something about it.

Eighth, so do something about it already. Share this with someone, share it with everyone, help the people around you wake up and realize that all of this wasted time spent shopping is not helping our economy but hurting it. Its not helping our families, its harming them.

In the meantimes, happy holidays, and I hope you live to see the new year. You might just stand a better chance if you avoid big sales!

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Have Mercy This Holiday Season Part 2

I posted previously a rant/plea that I had originally concocted several years ago when I was a mere department store sales associate trying to survive the holiday season. With the new top story being the trampling death of a Walmart employee on Black Friday morning, at a suburban mall in NY State (20 miles east of Manhattan).

Its sad to think that I will have to amend the list of pleas to include: "Please don't trample the employees to death."

I mean seriously people- was it worth it? Jdimytai Damour was a real person trying to do his job- did this man have family? Is there now a child who will be spending Christmas without his father? A grandmother missing a grandson? And for what end? So you could get a dvd player for 25 bucks?

"Other workers were knocked to the ground as they tried to rescue Damour, and customers simply stepped over him and kept shopping even as the store announced it was closing because of the death, police and witnesses said." - What must the announcement over the PA system have sounded like?

"WalMart will be closing in 10 minutes because you selfish people trampled an employee to death. We will reopen after his carcass has been removed from the premises- for you that wish to continue shopping despite this horrific event, please note that paper towels on aisle 25 are on sale for 600 rolls for 25 cents."

I guess it was only a matter of time before someone got killed because of some kind of shopping catastrophe on Black Friday. Each year there seems to be one story thats even worse than those that came from the year before. Frankly, I think its plain awful that people behave in this manner.

I don't just blame the shoppers who buy into this annual mania, but also the stores who build and feed the frenzy. Each year opening an earlier than they opened the year before, encouraging long lines to camp-out for HOURS prior to opening. Having the "REALLY GOOD" discounts only during the first hour or two then dropping all the sale discounts back to normal levels for the rest of the day. Here's an idea- open your NORMAL frikkin hours, have Normal to REALLY GOOD discounts ALL DAY long- get more customers in the store ALL DAY long- perhaps sell MORE and make MORE MONEY withOUT getting anyone killed?

OK. Done with this rant for now.

Final note: To the family and friends of Jdimytai Damour, and the other people who were injured either trying to save him or just trying to survive the crush in general- my heart goes out to you all.

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Man Is Pregnant for Second Time-New Normal?

What do you think of this story presented by Barbara Walters on 20/20 about a man that is not only pregnant, but pregnant for the second time?

He successfully gave birth to a little girl last spring after being in labor for 40 hours. He did NOT have a caesarian, it was a natural child birth.

Now he is pregnant again.

Link to story…alth/story

These last few days since the election I have seen many many people showing their strong support for gay rights. Prop 8 in California has proven to be a lightning rod in that it ultimately and decisively showed Americans as bigots just at the moment in time when we were crooning over our ability to show our selves as not being racists by electing Barack Obama. Its hard to rejoice over a victory at the hands of a defeat.

Yet this story about a pregnant man pushes the envelope and the bounds of our societies perceptions, taboos, gender roles and much more.

Are we headed to a society where anyone man or woman can become pregnant, carry a baby to term and deliver a baby successfully?

Are we heading to a society where anyone can marry anyone else and in any number or combination?

Do we really need to maintain societal norms of 1 man for 1 woman no matter what?

We've seen divorce enter societal acceptance, witnessed trans racial marriages, witnessed trans ethnic marriages, witnessed arranged marriages, witnessed poligamy and bigamy and monogamy is this particular story all that different? Or is it just another step in our journey?

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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

CNN Projects too

Congrats Barack

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Campaigning at the Polling Place

They were much closer than I would have like to have seen. No one there representing the presidential candidates though and there was a police officer to keep order.

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Early Voters DC

This is another angle of the voters lining up to get into the church next door to my office.

This was taken at 8:30 this morning.

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In line at my polling place

They say it's about an hour and a half wait from where I am in line. Not bad. Plus the weather is really nice today - great to be outside!

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I voted


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Voters on Election Day

It's Election Day in York County, and voters are telling us what they think.

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Voter preparation

So first I woke up about 7:12 am after crashing at 1:12 am last night. I donned my hacker safe t-shirt and my charlie brown sweater as symbols of what I hope to avoid today.

As I write this, I am emptying my flash cards from my cameras. Then I'm going to run by the gas station and by several coke zeros before heading to the polls.

I'm packing 2 digital cameras, a cam corder, my aircard, laptop, voice recorder and xshot photostick.

I'm brushing my teeth while I type and I still need to shave, but then I'll be ready to go. The kids are staying home with their grandfather (long time non voter in protest). My wife voted a couple days ago after waiting in early voting lines for a couple hours. I'm betting lines will be short after early morning workers clear out of the way.

I have no idea who I will vote for. I am unlikely to vote for John McCain. I'm leaning towards voting for Bob Barr to continue supporting Libertarians and 3rd parties, or possibly Barack Obama, who still even on the day of the election reminds me of George W Bush in the way he panders to his base.

I've ruled out John McCain because he just does not seem to be the leader I thought he was in the 90's. So, who knows. :)

Guess its a crap shoot for me this year. I'd like to see the country to come together and I'd like to see the energy policy that Obama promises, but given his background in politics, I seriously doubt that he will do it.....

We'll see, and I'll let you know.

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We're Off to Oust the Wizard

I got this one from my brother. I had a very cute reply for him, but I'm not going to share it with this group. I'm tired of debate.

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Ron Howard, The Fonz, & Andy G on Obama

Over the last couple of weeks several conversations have popped up here talking about Fonzie Jumping the Shark and Happy Days and various events (usually around the crappy plot twists on Heroes).

Well tonight I was reading the associated press and heard about this video that Ron Howard, Henry Winkler and Andy Griffith made to inspire people to get out and vote for Obama.

I'm not sure that the video would sway me one way or another, but it does make me nostalgic for happier days...

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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Sarah Palin and First Dude Todd Palin on Saturday Night Live

Last night not one but two Palins showed up to have fun and mock their public personas on Saturday Night Live.  It was a riot of a show with a little funny in it for people of any political stripe (assuming they find the antics of Democrats and Republicans and their complete failings funny).  If you haven’t already caught this show, the best clips are below (normally the show is a real dog, but the Mark Wahlberg clip and the Suzie Orman skits were pretty funny as well)


Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Another Market Crash

Well we just saw the market drop 750 points at the end of the day again. Mostly due to the wake up call that 1 retail sales for September sucked(technical term for sales Uber crappy Keynsian economic depression), the Federal Reserve saw a slow down in all 12 regions, and surprise surprise people are realizing that the bailout will not fix the credit market any time soon.

Oh and people are paying the government when they loan the government money in tbills.

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John Cleese on Sarah Palin ‘Monty Python Couldn’t Have Written This’

John Cleese stated that ‘Monty Python couldn’t have written this’ referring to the story of John McCain choosing Sarah Palin.  Well, John Cleese is wrong.  It would appear that Monty Python did write this!

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

"No Banker Left Behind Act"

Here is a copy of an email that I received from my good friends at . . .

You have to love their spin on this headling. :)

Call the Senate Today

Stop Bush's "No Banker Left Behind Act"

Having suffered a stunning defeat of their "Grand Theft Bailout" Bill on Monday, the Bush Administration, the banks and Wall Street are now coming back for their second try. They are used to directing the affairs of the country regardless of the will of the people. The U.S. Senate is expected to vote tonight, Wednesday evening, in favor of a nearly identical version. This is intended to force the House of Representatives to do the same when they return tomorrow, Thursday.

You can call the Capitol Switchboard at 800-473-6711 or 202-224-3121 to ask to be transferred to the offices of the Senators from your state.

Bush's "No Banker Left Behind Act" was defeated because of overwhelming public opposition. But now the politicians have come up with an easy answer. In an unprecedented step, Congress is virtually shutting down its incoming constituent email. They are installing the digital version of riot police, protecting the politicians from an enraged population that demands to be heard. Congress has acknowledged that it is receiving millions of emails from the people of the United States, all opposing this theft of $700 billion to be handed to the richest bankers. People who try to send emails are likely to receive error messages and their emails will not go through during "peak hours." Congress claims that this is a response to the overwhelming emails to keep their server from crashing; however, their server did not crash during the time they were receiving the most emails and they quietly instituted this program late Tuesday afternoon.

The U.S. Senate - this country's version of the House of Lords - is returning to do the work of the White House in league with the biggest bankers. Known as "millionaires club" because of the elite status of its members, the U.S. senate is playing the same role that the King's House of Lords played in earlier times in British history, a political barrier created to protect the aristocracy from the wrath of the people. is urging all of its members and supporters to call Congress, to email them at "off peak" hours, and to come directly to the U.S. Capitol on Thursday morning at 10 am so our voices can be heard at the People's Demonstration/Speakout. Congress can run but they can't hide from the wrath of the people. We won't let them.

Thursday's demonstration will take place at 10 am on the South side of the Capitol at Independence Ave. and New Jersey Avenues SE. For more information, see below or go to

You can call the Capitol Switchboard at 800-473-6711 or 202-224-3121 to ask to be transferred to the offices of the Senators from your state.

Demonstration at

the Capitol Building

Thursday, October 2

10:00 am

Independence and New Jersey Ave. SE

South Side of the Capitol

Washington, D.C.

Initiated by, supported by the ANSWER Coalition and ImpeachBush

These guys do some good work and I'm republishing this on several of my own sites including:

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Bob Barr on the Bailout for the video page.

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Treasury Secretary Paulson – The Wrong Man to Save Us

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Today I'm watching the news, and I've been paying attention to just how much a success Congress may have as it attempts to pass this new bailout package.  This time, the bailout is going to be reviewed and and possibly approved by the Senate after the House failed to approve it just a couple of days ago.  I personally have very little confidence in Secretary of Treasury, Paulson and his material handling ability to manage this financial crisis, and especially to manage $700 billion of taxpayers money.  So from that perspective, I'm not terribly impressed with the bailout nor with Congress if they continue to attempt to work from a framework provided to them by Sec. of Treasury Paulson, he is the wrong person for the job and I think he needs to be replaced.

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Monday, September 29, 2008

Why I'm Against the Bailout

Last week, my mom sent me an email that started with the sentence: "Would we be better or worse off if there was no bailout of these banks?"

I was going to just answer her question right there, but then I realized my answer would make for a great blog post. So, here you go, Mom! Sorry it took so long, but I got a little distracted with the news lately. :)

By the screencap above, you might think we'd be better off if the bailout went through. The Dow dropped more than 500 points by closing today in reaction to the bailout bill not passing the House.

If the bailout did go through, we'd see banking begin to return to normal--loans could be given again, loads of people would still have jobs, and both the USG and Wall Street would save tremendous face (after all, it was the two bodies in concert who is responsible for this mess).

Of course, those are just the good things that would happen. There would be bad things, too, that our leaders aren't really going into.

Most importantly, in my mind, if the government really decides to spend $700 billion (about the price we've paid in Iraq so far), the negative impact could be pretty far reaching--especially on one part of our economy that no one likes to *really* talk about.

We have a problem in our culture--no one really likes to talk about the "i" word.

No, not impeachment.

Well, they don't like to talk about that either, but Americans seem even more loathe to use the other "i" word, inflation.

I'm kind of a broken record when it comes to inflation. I explained my view of it in a recent blog post here:…ed-economy

Suffice it to say, when $700 billion gets injected into our economy, it will be a lot of new money floating around. When you increase the supply of money, the existing money drops in value (as dictated by the law of "Supply and Demand"). When the bailout goes through, it'll send the dollar's value plummeting.

That's what can really make for a weak economy, BTW. A weak dollar.

So, in the end, sure, a bailout is going to keep our lives more or less like they are now. We'll be able to borrow again and bankers will keep their jobs and life will be grand until the real meaning of "trickle-down economics" is learned--when the lost-value of the dollar trickles down from the rich (who will use the new money first) to the poor (who will only see the benefits of that new money once the value of their own money drops--it's a little abstract, my apologies).

Another thing any bailout will fail to do is guarantee this won't happen again. We are all familiar with the Great Depression and the stock market crash that preceded it. Was there a bailout then? I don't know.

Regardless, we, as a country, survived the Great Depression and I'm sure America will survive this, whether we have the bailout or not.

So, why does it matter? It matters because the bailout lets people get away with breaking the rules. Hell, the bailout itself is breaking the rules of the free market.

I'm no free-marketeer, but the way I look at it, if you're going to bother to make rules, you should bother to follow them. If you don't want to bother to follow them, then change them and follow the new ones.

Breaking your own rules just makes you look unprofessional.

I'll post more about rule breaking tomorrow...

...assuming I don't get distracted by the news again. :\

Tomorrow's post on the rules will also involve socialism vs. capitalism, conservatives vs. liberals, and probably even McCain vs. Obama, if I can get really creative.


Bailout = good in the short term (status quo, status quoed)

Bailout = bad in the long term (inflates inflation, weakens our overall economy and our individual power to buy stuff, doesn't prevent another economic explosion, also lets bad guys get away with it)

Well, Mom? I hope that answers your question.

Either way, we're in for a world of hurt. Luckily, most of us are broke, so we won't feel it as much as the rich folks panicking right now (though we may have trouble buying things that are about to get more expensive).

For all the folks on Utterli who got notified about this post, I hope you don't mind! I hardly ever notify everyone I've friended about posts, so hopefully you'll forgive me if you're not interested in this post.

Also, I'd love to hear what anyone reading this thinks. I really want to learn more about our money and how it works. I'm really nervous that it's really as simple and truly as messed up as it looks.

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

CNN Calls Bush a High Functioning Moron

Paul Begala on Anderson Cooper 360 just called President Bush a high functioning moron on CNN. No one refuted him.

You can bet that the phones are ringing off the hook at McDonalds as high functioning morons across the nation attempt to call CNN to complain about that insult!

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

John McCain Self Destructed By David Letterman

Pay Off All of our Credit Cards

In February the total US Credit Card debt was $790 billion.…6-voa1.cfm

If Congress just rounded up to $800 billion, they could pay off everyone's credit card debt tomorrow.

I think that would go a long way towards making it possible for people to keep up with their mortgages, and stimulating the economy.

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Right Wing Newspaper Zeroes in on Obama

I realize that this article is from a Right Wing paper, but I think they actually capture one of Obama's flaws.

What do you think?

see San Francisco Chrnoicle Article 'Saint Obama comes down to earth' -…rticle.cgi

" On campaign-finance reform, FISA, NAFTA, abortion, capital punishment, guns, Iran, Iraq, the surge and drilling offshore, Obama has fudged on his earlier positions in the normal way of savvy pragmatists - but not in a manner befitting angelic idealists.

The new Obama probably will recover his temporary setback in the polls. But right now his problem is that disappointed independent voters are catching on that this saintly savior is all too human."

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Executive Crayon Tax Plans from Obama/McCain

As I hop over to Obama's web site to review his 'tax plan' I am struck by the lack of a tax plan. :)…s/economy/

He has a number of bullet points about things that he will give to people in the form of cash back rebates, new deductions or tax credits or investments in special projects, but I do not see an actual tax plan.

As a poor schmuck, and accountant with a Master's in Taxation, I see Obama's page of giveaways, as a bit of a grab bag, that gives a little of this and a little of that to a lot of people.

Consider that Bush was loudly pounced upon by Democrats for spending about $150 billion to stimulate the economy with tax rebates not so long ago. It would appear that Obama wants to do basically the same thing.

That's nice of him to want to give away some of the Government's money, but I've got a news flash for Obama.

We have a $9 trillion debt, and that was the price BEFORE the fed spent close to a trillion dollars last week bailing out Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.

Obama can give away all the cash or dollars he likes, but the truth is that if the government keeps giving away money that it doesn't have and printing more, well that money isn't going to be worth the dead trees its printed on.

Now, I'm not saying John McCain's plan is any better or worse (his focuses on a small handful of tax decreases as opposed to cash back give aways.…/taxes.htm

I do also realize that neither of these candidates is the sharpest knife in the rack when it comes to the economy. Neither of them have hardly any experience working with economic matters. I think this lack of economic wisdom is reflected in both Obama and McCain's website (despite the conventional wisdom that they will hire 'smart' people to consult with, which doesn't seem to have happened).

Obama's tax plan page is basically a pandering central page. If you can't find a promise on that page that appeals to you, then you just aren't scrolling far enough.

McCain's tax plan page reflects McCain's own simplistic un-understanding of the economy. It doesn't pander to everyone under the sun, but does throw out 3 or 4 standards in tax cut dogma. He's not really pandering, he's not really simplifying the tax code either, just making small modifications.

Neither candidate seems to really be helping Americans or the economy with their 'plans'. If these plans weren't printed up on fancy internet websites, I'd swear they were written with white board marker (executive crayons) and thrown up haphazardly just to put 'something' on each respective website.

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Friday, September 12, 2008

Surprise! Bush is Bringing Osama to Dinner

There have been a ton of things the news of the last couple of days, and so it could be very possible that many people of miss the story that's taking place in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

George W. Bush has changed the rules of engagement for the military, enabling them to fire upon targets across the border in Pakistan from Afghanistan without having to be first provoked or attacked. Several cross-border incursions, and missile attacks have been taking place since this change in the rules of engagement.

Why the sudden ramp up in attacks?

It sure isn't because we are getting along with Pakistan better these days. Pakistan just elected a new president, who ran on a platform espousing the notion that the United States should not cross the Pakistan border. The president of Pakistan has been very blunt in stating that the US should not attack anyone on on its own soil. They feel that they are cooperating enough with us and there should not be a need for the United States troops do this. Typically, the Pakistani government has not wanted to inflame instability in its own country by upsetting its people with US foreign troops on the ground.

So why are we risking the stability of one of our allies, and potentially upsetting that Ally at the same time?

All politics are local, and in our US local politics we are running into a presidential election. George W. Bush needs John McCain to win, if there is any hope that George's own place in history might be salvaged from ruin. The primary thing that George Bush could do to potentially save his own image, and possibly secured John McCain's place in the White House, would be to produce Osama bin Laden before the election.

As we consider that potential, and witness the change in the rules of engagement, and the increase in attacks on US soldiers on people across the border in Pakistan, have a strong suspicion that the US is finally making a strong attempt to capture or kill Osama bin Laden. Maybe they've been waiting for the perfect moment, maybe they've been waiting for political reasons, maybe they just got some information that could even be false hoping to ensnare Bush in a trap knowing Bush's own motives that I stated above.

I'm not sure what the answer to this is but we could be witnessing the October surprise unfolding right now in September.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

You can put lipstick on a pig, it's still a pig

Look let's face it. Obama is an idiot.

There I said it, its out in the open. He's not an elitist savant, he's a freakin' moron.

Michelle needs to take him home tonight and smack him upside his stupid head a couple times.

Why is he stupid?

1. He didn't pick Hillary. Anyone could see a mile away that McCain was considering a female VP all year long.

2. He didn't pick Hillary. Hello, Obama, is there anyone in there. Hey you moron, if you made it past point 1 above, change your mind and pick Hillary. Otherwise you are going to lose!

3. He didn't pick Hillary. Hey, OK, look Obama you are driving straight into a train wreck. Let me mention a few names to you and see if you see in commonality between them and yourself (hint Republicans do, you all have the same weakness) Carter(80), Mondale, Dukakis, Gore, & Kerry (hint hint hint They let Republicans tear them apart with stupid shit and they would never defend themselves. Stupid or not Americans want leaders that will go to the mattresses to defend them (the people) against stupid shit. Shit rolls down hill and Americans don't like to be at the bottom of the hill. If you can't show them that you can build a retaining wall to block an avalanche of turds, they won't vote for you.

4. OK, let's face the facts. Palin made a joke that is now famous during the convention. she said 'you know what the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull is? . . . . . Lipstick' So anytime anyone mentions lipstick in reference to politics, it is now a reference back to Palin. Palin told the world, I am a woman, I wear lipstick, deal with it or I will take a hockey stick and beat you across the head with it. When Obama paints the picture of putting lipstick on a pig (very old political reference that just got twisted like a pigs tail), everyone in the country that heard Palin's hockey mom joke, makes the inside joke reference to Sarah Palin. Obama stuck his stupid foot in his mouth, if he's not smart enough to realize that and more importantly DEAL with it, he is going to lose this race and go down in history as one of the dumbest candidates ever, first to NOT pick Hillary (hindsight is 20/20 that's Obama's problem not historians problem) and second for not jumping up and performing damage control to surgically remove his stupid foot from his stupid mouth. THEN he needs to grab himself by the ear, and yell in that big ol' ear, "Hey Barry! You are saying some stupid shit and walking into some easily avoided Republican snares. Get your shit together and play like you remember how to win."

Glad I'm still undecided btw. :) Obama might as well have volunteers passing out promotional items on street corners like those guys in Las Vegas that hand out adult trading cards, for all the good its going to do him, if he continues to run his campaign like a fool.

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Monday, September 08, 2008

Movement to Get Congress to Start Working on Immigration Problems Again

It is true that we have many problems to confront in the United States today.  That said, you can bet that when Congress sees a lot of balls thrown into the air that need some juggling, Congress will run away first and go on vacation.  Well, immigration issues still confront the United States and we need reform now to encourage legal immigration and stop or discourage illegal immigration. Most people think of immigration issues and think about protecting American jobs in business, but they don't always consider some of the other problems involved with illegal immigration that harm both citizens of the US and illegal immigrants and their children.

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Illegal Immigration has Many Dangers and Causes many problems

Population growth

Population growth which exceeds the carrying capacity of an area or environment results in overpopulation.[21] Spikes in human population can cause problems such as pollution, water crisis[22][23] and poverty.[24][25] World population has grown from 1.6 billion in 1900 to an estimated 6.6 billion today. In Mexico alone, population has grown from 13.6 million in 1900 to 107 million in 2007.[26]

In 2000, the United Nations estimated that the world's population was growing at the rate of 1.14% (or about 75 million people) per year. According to data from the CIA's 2005–2006 World Factbooks, the world human population currently increases by 203,800 every day.[27] The United States Census Bureau issued a revised forecast for world population that increased its projection for the year 2050 to above 9.4 billion people, up from 9.1 billion people. We are adding a billion more every 12 years. Almost all growth will take place in the less developed regions.[28]


As with any illicit activity, illegal immigrants expose themselves to dangers while engaged in illegal entry to another country. Aside from the possibility that they may be intercepted and deported, some considerably more dangerous outcomes have been known to result from their activity. As an example, illegal immigrants may been trafficked for exploitation.


After the end of the legal international slave trade by the European nations and the United States in the early 19th century, the illegal importation of slaves has continued, albeit at much reduced levels. Although not as common as in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America, some women are undoubtedly smuggled into the United States and Canada.[29]

People been kidnapped or tricked into slavery to work as laborers, for example in factories. Those trafficked in this manner often face additional barriers to escaping slavery, since their status as illegal immigrants makes it difficult for them to gain access to help or services. For example Burmese women trafficked into Thailand and forced to work in factories or as prostitutes may not speak the language and may be vulnerable to abuse by police due to their illegal immigrant status.[30] In the Dominican Republic, Haitian migrant workers are sold into slavery on Dominican Sugar plantations, including children.[31][32]


The so-called "white slave trade" referred to the smuggling of women, almost always under duress or fraud, for the purpose of forced prostitution. Now more generically called "sexual slavery" it continues to be a problem, particularly in Eastern Europe and the Middle East,[33][34][35] though there has been an increase in the number of cases in the U.S.[6] Some Haitian children have allegedly been forced to work as prostitutes in the Dominican sexual tourism industry.[36] Currently the Dominican sex trade ranks third in the world, only behind Thailand and the Philippines.[37]


The possibility of being raped has become a problem for some women illegally entering another country. “After the coyotes get the women across the [U.S.-Mexico] border, safely on U.S. soil, they gang rape them to show they have total control over them. They hang their panties in the trees as signs of the conquest. . . If the women are young and pretty, they are kept in houses of prostitution where they have to have their families buy them out or work their way out. Of course, none will testify to this because the coyotes know where they are from and can seek revenge on their families in Mexico."[citation needed]


Allegations have been made that thousands of illegal immigrants attempting to reach Europe have died since 1986.

In order to arrive to the sea, the dangerous passage of the Sahara is necessary. People have crossed it on trucks and off-road vehicles along the tracks between Sudan, Chad, Niger and Mali one one side and Libya and Algeria on the other. On this passage at least 1,069 people have died since 1996. The Libyan, Algerian and Morocan Governments have been accused of abandoning hundreds of migrants in open desert border areas.

Abuse has been reported of migrants in Libya. There are not any official data, but in 2006 Human Rights Watch and AFVIC accused Tripoli of arbitrary arrests, beatings and tortures in the migrant detention centers,[citation needed] In September 2000 in Zawiyah, in northwest Libya, at least 560 foreigners were killed in racist attacks.[citation needed]

247 stowaways in trucks were found dead in Albania, France, Germany, Greece, Turkey, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Hungary.

There are still minefields along the Evros river between the Greece-Turkey border.[citation needed]

Additionally, 51 people drowned crossing rivers delimiting the frontier between Croatia and Bosnia; Turkey and Greece; Slovakia and Austria; and Slovenia and Italy.[citation needed] Forty-one people froze to death travelling over the icy mountains at the border between Turkey, Greece and Slovakia;[citation needed] 20 people died under the trains in the Channel tunnel trying to reach England;[citation needed] 33 people were shot dead by Spanish and Moroccan police or injured along the border fence of Ceuta and Melilla Spanish enclaves in Morocco;[citation needed] 11 people burnt when a deportation center in the Netherlands caught fire;[citation needed] and eight men were found dead hidden in the undercarriages of planes.[citation needed]

Death by exposure is also known to occur in the deserts of Southwestern United States during the hot summer season.

~Wikpedia: Illegal Immigrations

The United States is not alone in experiencing this problem, but that does not mean we have to suffer a problem either due to inaction.

This is just to important of an issue for our Congressional leaders to ignore. They need to know how important this issue is for you, your family and our country. Act Now! Click to send a fax to your Congress man or woman and get them to act as well.

This is not a time for our leaders in the capital of Washington DC to do nothing on Immigration!