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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A Tie is just a tie. . .

. . . a kiss is just a kiss. . . but this is a serious discussion. . .
 
 . . . which began this morning with a colleague about professionalism, decorum and the possibility that proper dress can inspire proper, serious, dedication and professional behavior in those donning same.  I, on the other hand say a feathery 'poppycock' to that in that repression, anti-motivational consequences may result from imposing an artificial dress code upon the workforce in any office and any particular time, especially after a regime of casuality has been practiced for a substantial period. . .

. . . which brought to mind, for no apparent reason, or logic or any intellectual path or progression the ineffable Capt. Spaulding and this immortal tome. . .




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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Guess . . .

the subject. . .
calculating 
desperate 
pandering 
incendiary 
ridiculous
offensive
hypocritical
fool 
liar 
unaware 
comical 
paranoid
misguided 
dangerous
weak 
extreme 

a.  Adolf Hitler
b.  Saddam Hussein
c.  Satan
d.  Rick Santorum



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Monday, February 27, 2012

Good news. . .

. . . is a pleasure to encounter


In rebuttal to an ABC News story on native Americans, some students made a video which not only verifies that the 'information' and 'entertainment' diet served regularly by our 'friends' in big media is, more often than not, sorely deficient in factual and informational nutrition.




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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Mile high club?. . .

. . . Boeing enters supply chain finance guarantee program. . .


(from Equipment, Logistics Management, Markets, North America, Regulatory, Regulatory/Trade, Risk Management, Services, Suppliers, Supply Chain)

"U.S. aircraft manufacturer Boeing will participate in the U.S. Export-Import Bank’s Supply-Chain Finance Guarantee program, which provides competitively priced working capital financing to suppliers of goods or services to U.S. exporters..."
In other words, the government is going help poor little Boeing to finance the making of millions, no wait, billions of dollars for some (to quote Dylan Ratigan) 'Greedy Bastards'.  But there's more.

(from workinglife.org bog by Jonathan Tasini)
"Corporate welfare and the scam on the American people is a daily scandal. And it gets obscured sometimes in the rah-rah competition in the marketplace that we get sucked into by the traditional media. So, here's something to think about: you, the taxpayer, are about to shell our billions of dollars to a corporation that PAYS NOT A DIME IN FEDERAL TAXES. The company is called Boeing.
You've probably read all about it:
In a surprise twist to a long-running saga, the Air Force said on Thursday that it would award a $35 billion contract for aerial fueling tankers to Boeing rather than to a European company that builds Airbus planes... The Air Force said the first phase of the contract would be worth $3.5 billion, and it would cover the construction of the first 18 tankers by 2017. Boeing would build 179 tankers in all for about $35 billion."
The issue is ". . . whether a very profitable corporation that does not pay a fair share in taxes should be even allowed to benefit from billions of dollars in taxpayer money. From the great folks at Citizens for Tax Justice:
Despite reporting nearly $10 billion in domestic pre-tax profits between 2008 and 2010, the Boeing Corporation, which was granted a contract worth as much as $35 billion to build airplanes for the federal government earlier this week, did not pay a dime of U.S. federal corporate income taxes during this three-year period. . . "
Once again the 99% are being 'done' by big business and their 'representatives'.
Gives all new meaning to the term "Mile high club".

 

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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Snowball's chance in . . .

 . . . Gehenna!!

If you ever had a feeling that you might possibly vote for Mr. Gingrich, read his latest quote below.  Surely, you would not want to have a President with a memory as bad as that.

Gingrich has been unrelenting in criticizing Barack Obama’s foreign policies.  At his campaign event in Spokane, Gingrich called him “the greatest national security disaster that we've had in my lifetime."


(Remember the previous President Newt???)





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Friday, February 24, 2012

Transcend. . .

. . . the repression and confines of narrow thinking, be it based upon pre-scientific religious teaching or fear rooted in a tribal mentality. . .


 
Maryland Governor, Martin O'Malley (a Catholic visibly transcending dogma) says. . .

Maryland's legislature ". . . came together around the principle of human dignity. . . "

“I believed that in my short service to the people of this state that the consensus point on this issue could only be reached around civil unions,  I was wrong. It became possible to reach a consensus on marriage equality. There’s been an evolution in the broadest sense among the people of our state. Initially, when this issue first became very visible, after Mayor Gavin Newsom conducted marriages in San Francisco [in 2004], I think initially a lot of people had a lot of fear -- and a lot of misplaced fear -- and over time I think people have come to realize that the way forward, among people of many different faiths, is always through the greater and broader respect for equal rights for all.”

“I welcome bipartisan cooperation wherever it happens.There were lots of people making lots of calls and I think that’s a good and healthy thing. There’s not a family among us that doesn’t have a friend or a relative who is gay. All of those stories come together around this issue and it transcends party.”

“I encouraged people to look at it through the eyes of children of gay and lesbian couples, and it is not right, and it is not just, that children of gay and lesbian parents should have lesser protections. It was about equal rights for all.”



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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Irrespective. . .

 . . . of whether you interpret it as selfless or selfish (the more I think about it, the more I think it's SELFLESS and that we should all be more selfless) you gotta admit, it is jolting . . .


(From one of Frank Zappa's last interviews in 1993, from the "NBC's Today Show")
Jamie Gangel: “How does Frank Zappa want to be remembered?”
FZ: “It’s not important.”
Gangel: “Not important at all?”
FZ: “No.”
Gangel: “Want to be remembered for the music?”
FZ: “It’s not important to even be remembered. I mean, the people who worry about being remembered are guys like Reagan, Bush—these people want to be remembered. And they’ll spend a lot of money and do a lot of work to make sure that remembrance is just terrific.”
Gangel: “And for Frank Zappa?”
FZ: “I don’t care.”


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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Funny or sad? . . .

. . . a couple-a  things. . .
 1.  I try not to dwell on politics in this blog, but this being a presidential election year and the existence of some tremendously and unbelievably entertaining characteristics of the republican party's candidates make it very difficult to resist.  Nevertheless, I continue to strive to relate EVERYTHING to music, or a least involve a little music SOMEWHERE.

2.  Watching the 'Colbear Repporr' recently, I'm not sure which made me laugh more, Colbert or his footage of Romney talking about the trees being the right height in Michigan and the little lakes in all the 'parts' of Michigan and Santorum's rant from 2008 about Satan attacking the U.S.

(from By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor)
". . . A 2008 speech by Rick Santorum at Ave Maria University is making waves this week, in large part because Santorum said Satan had his sights set on America and the country was facing spiritual warfare. The speech came at the beginning of the academic year at the Catholic university in Florida.  At that point, the 2008 presidential campaign was in full swing.  Then-candidate Barack Obama had recently made a statement about abortion and the issue of deciding when life began, which he said was above his pay grade.

"This is not a political war at all, this is not a culture war at all, this is a spiritual war," Santorum said, according to a recording of the speech on the university's website. "And the father of lies has his sights on what you think the father of lies, Satan, would have his sights on.  A good, decent, powerful, influential country, the United States of America.". . . "





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