Wednesday, August 5, 2015

1 Corinthians 13

So You Want a Day Off?

A Day Off

[This is an email response from the boss to an employee when the employee asked for a day off.]

So you want a day off?  Well, let's take a look at what's involved in such a request.

There are 365 days per year available for work.  There are 52 weeks per year in which you already have two days off per week, leaving 261 days available for work.  Since you spend 16 hours each day away from work, you have used up 170 days, leaving only 91 days available. 

You spend 30 minutes each day on coffee breaks that account for 23 days each year, leaving only 68 days available.  With a one-hour lunch break each day you have used up another 48 days, leaving only 22 days available for work.

You normally spend two days per year on sick leave.  This leaves you 20 days available for work.  We offer five holidays per year, so your available work time is down to 15 days.  We also generously give you 14 days vacation per year which leaves you only one day available for work and I'll be damned if you're going to take that day off!

[Source unknown]

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The People Who Own and Run the United States

There are many rich people who have their hooks into the American people.  Two of the most important are the Koch Brothers who are brilliantly creating a new country in their own image through the use of a variety of front groups and paid hacks and organizations like ALEC.

Daily Kos has a most enlightening article on our new plutocracy.  Here's a piece of it:

These are the groups that own the Republican party. And let's be clear, in point of fact they are the Republican Party.  The McConnells, the Inhofes, the Tea Party ilk who vote in lockstep at their bidding are really nothing more than paid-off stand-ins. These organizations, ALEC in particular, are made up of industry lobbyists, executives and  corporate lawyers who will actively and eagerly sell us all down the river in a heartbeat if it means more profits. When you cut to the bone of what the Tea Party really is, it's this: a group of fat and irate fossil fuel corporations who will pay any price to stop the U.S. government from checking their endless thirst for increased profits, increased drilling, increased mining. More than anything else, this shows why the Supreme Court's Citizen's United decision was such an abomination: it allowed people just like this to take over our country by buying out our political system. This time, however, what they're doing has life-altering consequences for us all. And right now there is only one person stopping them from doing that--the guy in the Oval Office.
What is ALEC? This is ALEC:

ALEC is not a lobby; it is not a front group. It is much more powerful than that. Through the secretive meetings of the American Legislative Exchange Council, corporate lobbyists and state legislators vote as equals on ‘model bills’ to change our rights that often benefit the corporations’ bottom line at public expense. ALEC is a pay-to-play operation where corporations buy a seat and a vote on ‘task forces’ to advance their legislative wish lists and can get a tax break for donations, effectively passing these lobbying costs on to taxpayers. Along with legislators, corporations have membership in ALEC. Corporations sit on ALEC task forces and vote with legislators to approve “model” bills. They have their own corporate governing board which meets jointly with the legislative board. (ALEC says that corporations do not vote on the board.) Corporations fund almost all of ALEC's operations.

Participating legislators, overwhelmingly conservative Republicans, then bring those proposals home and introduce them in statehouses across the land as their own brilliant ideas and important public policy innovations—without disclosing that corporations crafted and voted on the bills
This is what Democracy has come to in the United States of America.  There are a lot of words for it, Oligarchy, Corporatocracy, Plutocracy. Whatever you want to call it, their already-organized response to the President's proposed EPA Rulemaking fits the bill:

Please read the rest of the article here.


Monday, August 3, 2015

Caitlyn Jenner - Republican Elitist Snob

It must be difficult to feel out of place in your own body, to feel that you've been screwed, gender-wise, and in Caitlyn's case to feel that you're not a male but a female even though by all outward appearances, you look male.

It must be even more difficult when you head into middle age with a wife and family and even more of a problem when you have become famous and rich as a male athlete and Reality Teevee star.

So, I have a certain amount of sympathy for the former Bruce Jenner, now known as Caitlyn, during this transition period.

I am, however, sick and tired of hearing about it.  I'm sick and tired of looking at her picture every single day when I turn on my computer.  [Note:  I see the hypocrisy in posting the photo above!]  But that's not necessarily her fault.

Now, it turns out there is reason to be frustrated and angry with Ms. Jenner.  She's a Republican.  That, in and of itself, isn't worthy of hell, but she's a right-wing Republican.

She doesn't like poor people; people who, she claims, game the system to get free government money so they don't have to work.  And like the typical Republican she has nothing to say about the huge amounts of corporate welfare expended by the government, or the fact that many of the rich pay little or no taxes, often avoiding their fair share by hiding their money in off-shore accounts. 

What is it with these wealthy Republicans?  They seem to have no capacity for either sympathy or empathy.  Anyone who isn't rich is obviously a slacker and not worthy of our attention or help.

So, Ms. Jenner, I don't give a damn whether you're a man, woman or frog.  But I do care that you're an elitist, selfish, uncaring human being.  Of course, these days, that qualifies you to run for president under the Republican flag!