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Thursday, May 21, 2015

The 26 Unemployment Week Limit!


Perusing the daily news this morning I saw the headline "40 percent of unemployed have quit looking for jobs". Reminding myself of my own employment roller coaster over the past few years, this naturally resonated with me....but not in the way you might expect. I am asking myself how can so many people be out of work? There are plenty of jobs out there. In fact, my current job was birthed out of time spent on Craigslist, of all places. Note: There are many online "job shoppers" out there and I'm sure some are good, but many send you a slew of useless junk email, each and every hour. For me Craigslist connected me with people who were actually desperate for...employees. Sure, you have to weed through 90% spam and other worthlessness, but every once in a while you can really strike employment gold.

So here's the rub as I see it. Many people today are not so much unemployed as they are under-employed. Many folks simply do not want to "condescend" to take a job which is beneath their dignity or whatever the excuse. Eventually you have to do what you have to do for your family. There should be little excuse to reach the 26 week limit of unemployment compensation without finding something, unless you are sick or injured. Would you believe that some folks with chronic illnesses actually continue to work because they have to? Then there are others who stay on the unemployment doll waiting for a job to become available in the field they have been trained in only to be met with disappointment 26 weeks later. I cannot comprehend how people can do this, not with all the local and nationwide jobs I see on Craigslist.

If the three of you who read this happen to be looking for work, don't give up. Consider any job that will help pay the bills and get you through this temporary season. Things will eventually turn around. They always do.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Ode to Rush...the rock band!

In The Garden a Working Man toils in the shadows of the Available Light. Our life is more than a Dreamline when we Test for Echo at Lakeside Park. I grew up a cast out within the Subdivisions, a misunderstood misfit, a Natural Science nerd living in a La Villa Strangiato. Escape! Escape! My Red Barchetta wisk me away to Fly By Night up the mountain road where I would park and stare at Cygnus X-1 in the sky. As The Camera Eye watches, I dance to Different Strings. Their music has become Second Nature and a Prime Mover in my life. My Mission is to see this band one more time. The concert hall will be my Xanadu, when the show-lights go dark I will bask in the Afterimage and My Body Electric will hum. Lessons to those who may see my Tears and think I am Losing It, they are not from Scars of pain, but from an air of Joi De virve, music. Their music, it lies Closer To The Heart than any other. Part Grand Design with a dash of Bravado and always pure Chemistry. Their Mystic Rhythms beat in my soul like the pulse in my Vital Signs.

A Far Cry from what the Neurotica called them, a Something For Nothing band going nowhere. I (we) knew better. It has been a Ghost Of A Chance that this band, who placed its Secret Touch on my heart at 15 and still sends chills through my 50-year-old body continues, stronger. What a Sweet Miracle! My love of this band has been a Marathon and In The End I dream that Time Stands Still this tour. And as the Caravan of cars leaves the stadium, I will be filled with joy as it has been one more night of Making Memories. We Hold On to Hope and put on our Bravest Face while we Resist the thought this tour is a Farewell to Kings. But if it is so, I Wish Them Well.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Flashback 2007: Press Secretary Dana Perino on Personal White House Email Use

Mar 28, 2007
Acting White House Press Secretary Dana Perino says White House staffers may use external email systems to insure compliance with the Hatch Act.

The Hatch Act of 1939, officially An Act to Prevent Pernicious Political Activities, is a United States federal law whose main provision prohibits employees in the executive branch of the federal government, except the president, vice-president, and certain designated high-level officials of that branch, from engaging in some forms of political activity. The law was named for Senator Carl Hatch of New Mexico. It was most recently amended in 2012.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Leave My Phobia Alone!

Those who oppose same-sex marriage are vilified as homophobic. By definition, homophobia is the fear of sameness, monotony or of homosexuality or of becoming homosexual. Fair enough. So why is it that we never hear about these less popular phobias?

  • Decidophobia- Fear of making decisions.
  • Dikephobia- Fear of justice.
  • Epistemophobia- Fear of knowledge.
  • Euphobia- Fear of hearing good news.
  • Hierophobia- Fear of priests or sacred things.
  • Homilophobia- Fear of sermons.
  • Hypengyophobia or Hypegiaphobia- Fear of responsibility.
  • Ideophobia- Fear of ideas.
  • Katagelophobia- Fear of ridicule.
  • Novercaphobia- Fear of your step-mother.
  • Phobophobia- Fear of phobias.
  • Staurophobia- Fear of crosses or the crucifix.
  • Theophobia- Fear of gods or religion.
  • Tyrannophobia- Fear of tyrants.

A Christian who disagrees with the act of homosexuality is not necessarily homophobic any more than an atheist who doesn't agree with a belief in God is also not necessarily theophobic. Only when we fear these things can we be classified as phobic. I think there are many behavioral phobias that are often mistaken as "fear" induced rather than just a moral/ spiritual disagreement. Terminology like this can be easily "hijacked" by those who prematurely judge the intentions of the heart.

Friday, March 20, 2015

“Exclusively For White People Only” Stickers Placed on Businesses in Austin

April Jensen, an employee at Sugar Mama's holds a sticker that the business found on the front of their store in Austin, Texas, Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Employees at several businesses in Austin have found stickers saying "exclusively for white people" placed on their windows, sparking an investigation into their origin and condemnation from the mayor. A city spokesman says city officials along with the Austin Police Department are investigating the stickers' origin. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Rodolfo Gonzalez) AUSTIN CHRONICLE OUT, COMMUNITY IMPACT OUT, INTERNET AND TV MUST CREDIT PHOTOGRAPHER AND STATESMAN.COM, MAGS OUT

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Gene Wilder On Hollywood's Obsession With The 'F' Bomb!

Gene Wilder sat down with Robert Osborne at 92Y on June 12, 2013 for a rare public appearance. Clip courtesy: 92nd Street Y.

"If something comes along that's really good and I think I would be good for it, I'd be happy to do it. But not too many came along. I mean they came along for the first, I don't know what I did 15-18 films, but I didn't do that many. But then I didn't wanna do kind junk that was seeing. I didn't want to 3D for instance. I didn't want to do ones when it's just bombing, loud and swearing, so much swearing going on, you know. Someone will say "Oh, go fuck yourself". Well if it came in to a meaningful place I could understand it. (Laughter) But if you go to some other movies, I don't wanna say which ones, but when the swearing, I can't say day and night, I can say most of the screen, can't they just stop and talk? Just talk instead of swearing. Once in a while it comes in handy but not not running all the way through the film. That put me off a lot."

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Isaac Herzog: A Hope And Change Candidate!

Whoever wants despair and disappointment should vote for Bibi, Zionist Union leader says as he casts his ballot in Tel Aviv.

"The nation will decide who its leaders will be. The elections are about hope. Whoever wants despair and disappointment should vote for Bibi [Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu] but those who want hope and change should vote for me," Herzog said.

Well, we in America know how hope and change worked out! 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

TIME Magazine Gives Hillary Clinton Horns!

Look carefully at the two spaces between the top of Clinton's head created by the M in Time's logo. An "intentional mistake", perhaps? Certainly not anatomically correct since horns are usually centered looking face on. Yet realistic to the extent that satan is the father of lies and this women spews them out with unnatural ease.

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