Monday, January 14, 2008

Monday Blues

10,000 hopefuls keep eyes open for Wal-Mart job

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 01/11/08

For the fourth consecutive day, people waited in long lines Thursday for a shot at a job at a new Wal-Mart in DeKalb County, pushing the total number of applicants beyond 10,000.

That's four times the entire population of Avondale Estates, the community next to the planned Memorial Drive store.

Beginning Monday, after virtually no advertising or any signs, the throngs of hopeful applicants continued to pour into a church converted into a job processing center — all vying for only 350 to 400 available jobs, according to Wal-Mart officials.

The job-seeking frenzy may be a peek into a larger economic picture. A report from the U.S. Labor Department last week indicated a surprising plunge in job creation by private employers in November, with new jobs far below the level needed to keep pace with population growth.

Christine Roberts, a 39-year-old married mother of six, is hoping to get a job at the Wal-Mart deli. Roberts, who has long worked as a nursing assistant in Sandy Springs, wants a job closer to her Decatur home. At the Memorial Drive store, "I could walk to work," she said Thursday after filling out her application.

Wal-Mart has long declined to reveal starting salaries at the store, but reports that the average hourly wage for regular full-time associates is $10.65 an hour.

Kamal Oliver, an employment and training analyst with DeKalb Workforce Development, a county organization that helped facilitate Wal-Mart's job fair this week, said the turnout dwarfed the numbers of job hunters who applied for a job last year at the Wal-Mart on Chamblee Tucker Road in north DeKalb County.

"This says to me that a lot of people are looking for work," he said.


A robust economy indeed! Wally Mart is the future of the consumer economy where we work at the retail stores to afford to shop there for our survival needs, food, clothing etc. Economic meltdown is near with the lack of jobs and lack of affordable housing. No longer will we be able to depend on a life structured by Wall Street and their grandiose plans, we work till we die, they wallow in all the money.

Gotta love that!(Sarcastically he sez)



Gerald said...

DEN, our politicians want to open our borders to illegal aliens. The flood of illegal aliens will make Tom Delay's dream of a country whose slaves work 12 to 14 hours per day for a dollar a day become a reality.

Carol, when I had to go to the voting precinct, I had to wait. With an absentee ballot there is no waiting and I can study the ballot leisurely.

We have been receiving at least ten political telephone calls a day. These political calls are taped.

Please join me !!! Here is something that I have been doing lately. Whenever I receive some junk mail and inside is a envelope with no postage necessary if mailed in the U.S., I send back the envelope empty and sealed. I have sent back at least five such envelopes this week. Maybe if more people follow this example, we will receive less junk mail.

DEN said...

We all cling to a tenuous thread and it can be cut any time, ask retirees whose retirement accounts have gone away by the corporate morphing.

Illegals complicate an already complicated issue by adding even lower wages to the mix allowing even bigger profits to be made.

micki said...

Mornin' Den! Well, I sure hope those folks in the photo lined up seeking a job @ Wal-Mart, inform themselves on who's likely to help them get some relief. And who knows what s/he is doing. Read on....

The New York Times

January 14, 2008
Op-Ed Columnist
Responding to Recession
By Paul Krugman

Suddenly, the economic consensus seems to be that the implosion of the housing market will indeed push the U.S. economy into a recession, and that it’s quite possible that we’re already in one. As a result, over the next few weeks we’ll be hearing a lot about plans for economic stimulus.

Since this is an election year, the debate over how to stimulate the economy is inevitably tied up with politics. And here’s a modest suggestion for political reporters. Instead of trying to divine the candidates’ characters by scrutinizing their tone of voice and facial expressions, why not pay attention to what they say about economic policy?

In fact, recent statements by the candidates and their surrogates about the economy are quite revealing.

Take, for example, John McCain’s admission that economics isn’t his thing. “The issue of economics is not something I’ve understood as well as I should,” he says. “I’ve got Greenspan’s book.”

His self-deprecating humor is attractive, as always. But shouldn’t we worry about a candidate who’s so out of touch that he regards Mr. Bubble, the man who refused to regulate subprime lending and assured us that there was at most some “froth” in the housing market, as a source of sage advice?

Meanwhile, Rudy Giuliani wants us to go for broke, literally: his answer to the economy’s short-run problems is a huge permanent tax cut, which he claims would pay for itself. It wouldn’t.

About Mike Huckabee — well, what can you say about a candidate who talks populist while proposing to raise taxes on the middle class and cut them for the rich?

And then there’s the curious case of Mitt Romney. I’m told that he actually does know a fair bit about economics, and he has some big-name Republican economists supporting his campaign. Fears of recession might have offered him a chance to distinguish himself from the G.O.P. field, by offering an economic proposal that actually responded to the gathering economic storm.

I mean, even the Bush administration seems to be coming around to the view that lobbying for long-term tax cuts isn’t enough, that the economy needs some immediate help. “Time is of the essence,” declared Henry Paulson, the Treasury secretary, last week.

But Mr. Romney, who really needs to take chances at this point, apparently can’t break the habit of telling Republicans only what he thinks they want to hear. He’s still offering nothing but standard-issue G.O.P. pablum about low taxes and a pro-business environment.

On the Democratic side, John Edwards, although never the front-runner, has been driving his party’s policy agenda. He’s done it again on economic stimulus: last month, before the economic consensus turned as negative as it now has, he proposed a stimulus package including aid to unemployed workers, aid to cash-strapped state and local governments, public investment in alternative energy, and other measures.

Last week Hillary Clinton offered a broadly similar but somewhat larger proposal. (It also includes aid to families having trouble paying heating bills, which seems like a clever way to put cash in the hands of people likely to spend it.) The Edwards and Clinton proposals both contain provisions for bigger stimulus if the economy worsens.

And you have to say that Mrs. Clinton seems comfortable with and knowledgeable about economic policy. I’m sure the Hillary-haters will find some reason that’s a bad thing, but there’s something to be said for presidents who know what they’re talking about.

The Obama campaign’s initial response to the latest wave of bad economic news was, I’m sorry to say, disreputable: Mr. Obama’s top economic adviser claimed that the long-term tax-cut plan the candidate announced months ago is just what we need to keep the slump from “morphing into a drastic decline in consumer spending.” Hmm: claiming that the candidate is all-seeing, and that a tax cut originally proposed for other reasons is also a recession-fighting measure — doesn’t that sound familiar?

Anyway, on Sunday Mr. Obama came out with a real stimulus plan. As was the case with his health care plan, which fell short of universal coverage, his stimulus proposal is similar to those of the other Democratic candidates, but tilted to the right.

For example, the Obama plan appears to contain none of the alternative energy initiatives that are in both the Edwards and Clinton proposals, and emphasizes across-the-board tax cuts over both aid to the hardest-hit families and help for state and local governments. I know that Mr. Obama’s supporters hate to hear this, but he really is less progressive than his rivals on matters of domestic policy.

In short, the stimulus debate offers a pretty good portrait of the men and woman who would be president. And I haven’t said a word about their hairstyles.

Gerald said...

One can...never create [freedom] by an invading force.
– Maximilien Robespierre

micki said...


If you want your name deleted from national lists, go to this site.

We removed our name(s) through this service a couple of years ago. It works! Takes a little time, but it does work.

We used to get so much crap. Not any more. No pre-approved credit card apps. No national advertising. No unwanted mail order catalogues.

Sure saves on trees, waste, printing, energy, etc.

Now, we have to figure out a way to get our stooooooopid local rag (that used to act like a newspaper) to stop sending unsolicited grocery ads in the mail!

Crank Shaft said...

Since the early 19th century, "fossil fuel" has been used to refer to fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas which are formed from the remains of plants and animals which have lain in the earth for millions of years.

In the 1970s, a new word, "biofuel," began to be used to describe a different kind of fuel, one taken from more contemporary organic matter. These fuels include ethanol, which can be derived from such products as corn and sugarcane, and biodiesel, which can be formed from vegetable oils.

These organic sources are reflected in the prefix, "bio-," meaning "life" or "living organisms or tissue." The prefix "bio-" was borrowed from the Greek "bios," meaning "mode of life."

Carey said...

Okay Gerald, I'm not even touching that first paragraph. I just wrote out a whole reply and promptly scrapped it. I cannot talk about immigration at all easily, most assuredly like the rest of you. It's too fraught with racism.

I'm not saying your racist darling, trust me. I'm saying I haven't mastered the immigration debate and almost don't want to. But one knows they should.

Mornin' Micksters. Thank you, thank you, thank you for that link to stop junk mail. I've been meaning to ask if anyone had that link.


Yeah, things have definitely tightened. That noose around your neck, it's self-tightening now for any occasion.

So Carol's not going to vote in this. Tres interresant. I see why. Gerald voted absentee. Messy crap this is.

It appears to me my word du jour is crap.

Carey said...

Oh Micki!!!!!! I found my French dictionary. I'm so excited. Get use to the peppering of French phrases throughout the blog, you'll all get sick of it.

Carey said...

Apparently get used to typos too. When I use my normal glasses, the ones with transition lenses, you know, really biofocal lenses that meld into each other, I don't see well enough to see typos. Only my drug store magnifiers will do at full strength.

Or maybe, it's time for trifocals afterall.

Ahem, I will say quietly, that the San Diego Chargers won yesterday. The city was mightily proud of them. We won't win next week but we'll walk away from the season with our heads held high. We beat Indiannapolis, my other favorite team and a very fine one at that.

micki said...

Carey, I'm happy for you that your home team won. How many baskets did they make? :-)

The Seahawks were beaten to a pulp by the Cheeseheads, or so I heard.

But the Seahawks' fans keep their heads high, too.

What I will never fathom, however, is how -- and WHY -- people will pay $2,000 or more for a friggin' football game ticket on eBay.

Stooopid values. Tres shitty! (I lost my French dictionary - hahaha)

º¿carol said...

Carey, I'm not interested, or worried, or into the illegal immigrant thing either. Sounds like I have some of the same reasons for that as you.

Had oil for the furnace delivered today. There went $500. The new furnace is doing a LOT better than the old one though.

Off to feed my granddogs, then the grocery store, then it's the kitchen work. See ya all later.

Alan said...

RoboCop in Iraq

In the next five years, according to DefenseLink, the Pentagon plans to spend $2 billion on robots, breaking the monopoly of human soldiers in an army.

SWORDS (Special Weapons Observation Reconnaissance Detections Systems), first received major media attention in 2005, when the Associated Press reported, “Military officials like to compare the roughly three-foot-high robots favorably to human soldiers: They don’t need to be trained, fed or clothed. They can be boxed up and warehoused between wars. They never complain. And there are no letters to write home if they meet their demise in battle.”

micki said...

We're a nation of immigrants.

If homo sapiens don't annihilate themselves beforehand, the world will one day be populated with light, milk-chocolate skinned humans.

They'll all have jobs. They'll toil all day for food, water, and shelter. And one day, they'll die.

That's life.

micki said...

Each unarmed version of the robot costs $60,000. -- from Alan's link above much does an armed robot cost? And can it run the 4-minute mile if it's armed?

On second thought -- we're all about self-annihilation. Bang. Bang.


Hajji said...


The recounts will begin on January 16, at a time and location to be announced after the state has completed an estimate of the cost and received payment based on that estimate.

The questions revolve around the AccuVote optical scanning system, used by 111 of New Hampshire's municipalities. The scanner, made by Premier Election Systems (formerly Diebold) was one of the machines analyzed by the Ohio Secretary of State's office in a recent review of the voting systems used in that state.


Albert Howard and Dennis K!

DEMAND that your vote be counted!

Woo HOO!

Hajji said...

While it may or may not change the outcome, it WILL show how unreliable and easily manipulated the electronic voting machines really are.

The downside of this is that it hase to be paid for, by the candidates, unless it meets some pretty stringent criteria.

I think that if it shows more than a 1% variation, it should not cost the candidate anything.

I have my "I May or May NOT have VOTED, with no PAPER TRAIL, who KNOWS" button I made for the '06 elections dusted off for presentation on 1/26.


Hajji said...


Carey said...

Thank you crank. Confusion swirls when new vocabulary is formed.

'Kay guys, I'm thinking about my living situation. I'm wondering, maybe rent first, then buy with a little more cushion of time. Yeah, think I'm going to rearrange some thinking here.

Sorry, these things are foremost on my mind as I move to secure me, Brandon and my family and neighbors.

I have to come back to read Hajji. Hi!!!!! Always good to hear from you. And Jeanne!

Carey said...

Chris Janseng of MSNBC, I think her name is, just announces that the Michigan polls should be taken with a grain of salt.

Excuse me. All polls should be taken with a grain of salt, by their very definition.

Political reporting--it's for the birds.

people will pay $2,000 or more for a friggin' football game ticket on eBay

It is unfathomable and it astounds, when you consider TV's ubiquitous nature. But then I just say a Rolls Royce at the Detroit Auto Show that is $410,000. That's over the price of a new condo here. Yes, prices are that high here.

Carey said...

Saw a rolls royce, sorry.

Boy, I hear you Hajji loud and clear about a recount. I'm having a tres petite problem with Denny boy, though.

And with Kerry. Saw him on George yesterday, oy!!!! Micki, yes, I know, he's really quite irrelevant now. It's almost as if he's attempting to take himself completely out of the picture while he's actively inserting himself. I was kind of surprised at my reaction. Genuinely mad too.

Gee, that's been happening alot to me lately, that anger thing. Then it lapses into sadness, then it's gone!!

DEN said...

Barbara Boxer:

Tell EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson to explain why he denied California's waiver request!

Recently, I chaired a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee field hearing in Los Angeles to investigate why the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) denied a request from California and 18 other states to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles.

Despite our invitation, EPA Administrator Johnson refused to attend the hearing and explain why, over the unanimous recommendations of technical and legal staffers at the agency, he denied California's common-sense waiver request. He has also failed to respond to the Committee's demand that the EPA release all documents pertaining to the agency's decision.

More keyboard activism.

Carey said...


I'm sitting there stretching and trying to keep calm about life--pondering the wonderfulness of yesterday's football. It was one of those very special days in football.

Your parents and their friends are very, very proud of their team. Yes, Matt Hassleback, Seattle's quarterback, is Elizabeth's husband, (she's the conservative who fought with Rosie on The View). There's that, but Hassleback played extremely well and lead his mighty team to a marvelous showing against the bulldozer, Greenbay. Sure enough, Greenbay looked like the Packers of old football lore. Seattle, however, was incredible.

They scored alot of baskets.

hungary said...

Lunch time!

DEN said...

While eating lunch perhaps you would like to see THIS from the Netherland folks. Open page and wait a bit.

micki said...

Den -- that HEMA site almost makes me want to buy something!

But close only counts in horseshoes.

No sale!

Cool though!

º¿c said...

That was cute, Den! Reminded me of the Desktop icon war thing.

Carey said...

Bush Delivers Arms Sale to Saudi Arabia

Coinciding with Bush's trip, the Bush administration in Washington notified Congress on Monday that it will offer Saudi Arabia the chance to buy sophisticated Joint Direct Attack Munitions — or "smart bomb" — technology and related equipment, the State Department said. The administration envisions the transfer of 900 of the precision-guided bomb kits, worth $123 million, that would give the kingdom's armed forces highly accurate targeting abilities.

micki said...

Carey -- bu$h's intentions are to ratchet up the noise against Iran -- that's what this arms sale is about, in the short term.

Also, bu$h intends to use the arms sale to put the Dems in their place again. There will be much consternation and jawing about this sale, but in the end, Congress will approve the sale with a joint resolution (or whatever) because if they don't they will be WIMPS in the eyes of the bu$h camp.

This is part of bu$h's face-down with Iran -- taking it by steps.

Bombs away. Dummies selling smart bombs to dummies.


micki said...

But, what do I know.

DEN said...

Where the presidential candidates stand on nuclear issues

By Lawrence Krauss | 9 January 2008

With primary season upon us, the presidential candidates have been busy debating and making policy presentations so that we can begin to glean some ideas of their views on everything from the economy to national defense. As is often the case, the media haven't focused on the candidates' views on technical issues, but in the end, these may be among the most significant issues that the next president will face.

On nuclear defense and disarmament, there are stark differences between the views of the Republican candidates, with the exception of Texas Rep. Ron Paul, and the Democratic candidates. When it comes to nuclear proliferation, the differences narrow slightly--although only the Democrats stress the need for the United States to consider its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). When it comes to nuclear power, most candidates are in favor of incorporating it into the energy mix, but there remains confusion about its safety and efficiency.


Important but not talked about much.

micki said...

Oh, dear, call out the dogs!

This Laurence Krauss from The Bulletin (Den's ink above) must be on Hillary's payroll. Blast him! He makes her sound way too reasonable. He can't be trusted. He's a phony. He's....well, he's....I just don't like him.


Gerald said...

Carey, people can say what they want about me because I feel comfortable in who I am.

Carey, I would consider myself an idealist.

Below is Doctrine Two from my back!

Doctrine Two


Immigration is a complex issue and it is an issue that if the devil incarnate nation was more God-like instead of devil-like, we could be a role model for the world. Foreign
countries and governments would look upon us as a model for their citizens. Our country and our government must work with other countries and their governments to make them willing to care deeply for the welfare of their citizens.

American corporations want cheap labor or slave labor and they control American policies and practices. Having a School of the Americas in Fort Benning, Georgia encourages foreign countries to keep their citizens enslaved to despotic rulers who keep their citizens from sharing in God’s gifts that have been intended for all His children. Their citizens want out and they seek to come to the devil incarnate nation. American corporations want these immigrants so they can offer slave wages and little or no fringe benefits. This is a vicious cycle that will never stop.

We can neither be the policemen of the world nor the immigration haven for the world.

While my wife and I were visiting our son, the Sunday newspaper had an article on immigration and how the gap widens between the Catholic Church and the Republicans in this area.

I am a Catholic and I do not support a lenient policy on immigration. I do not support either the Republicans or the Democrats in this area. I will support Republicans and Democrats as well as administration personnel, if there are any, who want countries, all countries, to improve the quality of life for every one of their citizens. The devil incarnate nation cannot be the safe haven for every person who wants to come to this country.

Having the devil incarnate nation as the safe haven for immigrants is contrary to my belief in Shalom where all the people should share in God’s gifts. The devil incarnate nation should work with foreign countries and their leaders to enhance and improve each and every citizen’s quality of life. Each foreign country has much to offer their citizens if they are willing to give their citizens a chance for decent lives and living situations.

There are countries that have two classes, the rich and their slaves. Our country is starting to look more like a banana republic with a despotic ruler. Slaves do not share in God’s gifts. The rich control every facet of the slaves’ lives. The rich need to share the goods and the wealth so that every human being can feel that they are important in the world.

A lenient immigration policy removes all foreign governments from their responsibilities for improving the quality of life of each citizen.

The Gerald Doctrine on immigration wants for all the people in the world to live well, to laugh often, and to eat great food.

Gerald said...

Back should be BOOK!!!

Carey said...

Oops Den. I just emailed you that petition from Boxer. The minute I hit send I remembered you'd probably already gotten one.

Carey said...


The deal with Saudi Arabia and ratching up glitz about Iran soooooooo go hand in hand. But then, Bush and Co. think they're killing two birds with one stone, don't you know. They really believe we can't figure this out.

Like it's so blatant, okaaay!

(Trying to do Valley girl.)

Carey said...

If you mean Krauss is obvious, uh-huh. Still, not a bad analysis. I had a better one I tried to get to you guys a few weeks back but the link expired.

Valley Girl said...

Comme lui est si flagrant, okaaay !

micki said...

Carey -- I was being like totally facetious about Krauss.

In fact, I thought his assessment was close to the mark.

Now, that was perfect example when my attempt at putting down the Hillary-haters fell flat! When I read Krauss's piece, I thought, here it comes, the Hillary-bashers will have a field day with this.

Oh, well. I won't quit my day job as a haikuist, limerickist, and tutorist.

Carey said...

Okay, that did it. I've collapsed in giggles! Really.

David B. Benson said...

Does a tutorist tutor tootees to toot?

global waming now! said...

Culinary delights:

We should start eating insects

Carey said...

We could work magical recipes like African with the crunch element of insects, most definitely.

One more thing. This Randi Rhodes person, I cannot figure her out. She's so smart and prepared sometimes. Her humor can rip you up in laughter with superbly sharp timing and incision.

Then she turns around and does it again today. Talking about how Brits like Richard Wolfe sound weird when they talk about American presidents. "You know, because they have a queeeen." Rhodes sounds so parochial and red-neck.

I don't get her.

micki said...

Okay, I left to go on a walk about 1 hour and 15 minutes ago -- give or take a little.

When I left it was 44 degrees F and not raining (but cloudy) -- I walked for a little over an hour.

In that hour, it rained, hailed, poured!, got windy (again) and now it is 37 degrees.

It may snow tonight.

micki said...

Wow! Those recipes are to die for!

micki said...

There once was a prof who was in our midst,
Who pondered the role of the tutorist,
He was quite astute,
About all, but toot,
So he got a referral to the lexicologist!

micki said...

Ice loss in Antarctica

Carey said...

Your limmerick, adorable Micki.

In Clinton's interview with Russert yesterday, she defended her vote on the 2002 Iraq resolution by saying that Chuck Hagel reassured her it was not a vote for war.

Olbermann points out tonight, however, that the amendment Clinton voted for was Bush's, not Hagel's. The Hagel amendment was brushed aside by the administration.

I wonder if I have it right.

hopless in pullman said...

Beer time!

Carey said...

Yes, I have it right. She has got to figure out some other way to handle that.

Carey said...

The race debate in the Democratic party going on now would be a chuckle if it wasn't Martin Luther King's birthday.

This is a whole bunch of misunderstandings about absolutely nothing and it's gotta stop now. There is no substance and it is juvenile.

The one really, really bad thing, Bob Johnson. An African-American supporting Clinton drops innuendos about Obama's drug usage.

An African-American--that's cutting it rather close don't you think? What the f@@k? What are you doing buddy?

Hajji said...

Hopeless hopless,

Lest ye forget, it isn't just a beverage is a choice for LIFE!!!


However, the researchers explain that the amount of xanthohumol necessary to fight cancer equals to 60 regular beers and they are working to brew a healthy beer, containing high level of this helpful agent. It is also possible that xanthohumol will be added to other products to make it healthier.

Uhm...drink the F UP!



That murderous MD who told my Father to stop drinking beer after his 1st (or 2nd or 3rd) Myocardial Infarction, (He died from small-cell carcinoma) will soon be hearing from ME!


Carey said...

Tomorrow's debate will be a coming together of sorts. It must be, it's MLK's birthday. We are Democrats--this might actually be what it should be in Nevada. Honoring our heritage and beliefs, then fighting about the right things. Let us hope anyway.

We are Democrats and it is Martin Luther King's birthday.

Another January birth! Brandon's 13th birthday is Friday. Gosh he's big.

DEN said...

The little pipsqueak is in!!

Breaking News: Judge says MSNBC must include Kucinich

A judge in Nevada has just ordered MSNBC to include Rep. Dennis Kucinich in Tuesday's Democratic Party presidential debate in Las Vegas or he will cancel the forum.

Senior Clark County District Court Judge Charles Thompson vowed to issue an injunction halting the nationally televised debate if MSNBC failed to comply. Kucinich had filed a lawsuit seeking to be included just this morning.

The judge ruled it was a matter of fairness and Nevada voters would benefit from hearing from more than just Hillary Clinton, John Edwards and Barack Obama. Kucinich had been invited to participate in the 6 p.m. Pacific debate Tuesday, but that invitation was rescinded last week following the ....

results of the New Hampshire primary and Iowa caucuses that showed Kucinich trailing badly.

Kucinich received the news in an Associated Press story handed to him during a telephone interview with Neil Cavuto on the Fox Business channel. Kucinich read the news item out loud: "It says ‘A Nevada judge said Monday that Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich must be included in Tuesday’s candidates’ debate in Nevada’. Holy smokes! I just found out. I have to get off the phone now. I have to make plans to go to Nevada.”

So set up a fourth podium.

--Andrew Malcolm


Gotta love equality, everyone gets their say even though some might not like it.

I'm bored with the Hill-n-O show,

Someone needs to get out and mix it up a bit, where is Edwards? Off the media radar? Racists on both sides?

Yup, needs sortin out.

Neevada, not just gambling.

Carey said...

MSNBC is negotiating that to this moment, on Kucinich. It's set up as a discussion between three people. It fits in nicely with a more national forum and super-duper Feb. 5th, that's MSNBC's and Chuck Todd's concern.

DEN said...


Hajji said...


Got a "Harsh Toke" today.

The son of a respected friend, an ERnurse (marine vet and hardcore-Civil-War historian and re-enactor) killed himself.

His son'd resigned his comission late last year, after a civil suit was brought by his boyfriend was made public record.

Anothere victim of "Don't ask, Don't tell..."



p.s. FUCK those fucking fuckers!

is that allowed?


Hajji said...

Got that bit of news while watching The Bonus Army

on PBS.

How F-N ironical.


Carey said...

That's horrible Hajji.

Hajji said...


From what I've read, you've been going through some fecal nonsense yourself. I wish for you, not the "Best"...but of solace...of peace...of calm...of security.

Truth be known, there's a lot I haven't shared about the plight of the soldiers in this "WOT"...(maybe Grandbaby #5...believe it or not!!!)

But we're trying to make the best, dontchaknow...


micki said...

Oh, bullshit. The race discussion is not generated by the Democratic Party. It is crap from the media, cycled and recylced intended to make the campaigns respond. So...damn...they do...because in today's gotcha media mentality, they feel they have to.

If anyone thinks for a nanosecond that Hillary intended to malign Obama with her remarks about it taking LBJ to turn Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's dream into law, they are a part of the problem. That was not a racist remark. Far from it.

The fact is, it did take LBJ to push through the Civil Rights and Voting Acts. MLK planted the seeds, eloquently spoke of the dream, but it took an arm-twister who knew how to work the Congress, to make the dream a reality. (LBJ screwed up a lot of things, but he deserves credit on Civil Rights, dammit.)

As far as Bob Johnson from BET -- his remark was obviously disingenuous. But, we have no FACTS to say that it was at Hillary's behest. Fairness?

Besides, you can bet your bottom dollar that if Obama gets the nomination, we'll be hearing a lot about his drug use -- not alcohol, not marijuana, but cocaine. Bush survived the accusations that he used coke, because he lied and got people to lie for him.

Obama openly admitted he used cocaine. He said so in his book. So, what's the big friggin' deal if someone brings it up? If it's no big deal, then no one will care. Right?

Frankly, I get kinda tired of the mea culpa crapola -- I'll say I fucked a goat in the Town Square, then I won't have to deal with it when I run for office, because I was honest and open about it.

Besides that, Obama broke the law by doing cocaine. Did he tell us yet what he's gonna do about all the users behind bars who weren't as lucky as he was? Users, not pushers...

I just wish the discussion was about climate change, healthcare, jobs, etc.

micki said...

Good for the little pipsqueak.

Squeaky wheel gets the grease -- too bad he hasn't been able to turn that squeaking into more than 2% of the turnout.

Hajji said...


Give me a gal I can vote for...and I'm there!


Bootstrap Girl

september eleventh

two hundred
one hundred
fifty officers,
each as brave
and beloved as my brother,
by the twin columns of yesterday's america.
they died
as they lived with flashlights on,
shining their courage
in dark corners,
shepherding their charges downward
toward the land.

he paid me
one dollar
for each blue shirt i ironed. with every searing path around
the flag stitched to his shoulder
i would pray
let this cloth
that covers his vest
and his skin
and his soul clutched within his fragile rib cage
never be pierced,
never be crushed.
let him live
to a ripe old age;
let him hold my babies.

these days, i
ache for the sisters
sons fathers mothers
daughters who echoed these prayers,
each for their own,
and now must confront
the fear they tried
to bury deep within themselves
as they saw their loved ones
buttoning their uniforms,
tying their boots,
getting ready for work.


Hajji said...


Still looking for "Bootstrap Girl" by the same poet/friend I lost in the move from Boston to Whereverthefuckiam....

trying to find it withone eye closed...


Hajji said...

Anne Marie her name and ohgodohgod!

Now I have to go looking in the paper files...

Gonna be long night.


Hajji said...


I read a lot. I didn't read Obama's "Dreams" comments as "Mea Culpa" since they came from so far away from his "being handled" by the media....which is what is happening now...for ALL the candidates...

They're talking...even off the cuff...but every bead of sweat, every tear (manufactured or genuine) every burp, fart or twitch, is being analyzed...(no pun, there)...

2nd tier "supporters"...3rd tier "kindergarden" teachers...4th tear "sanatation workers who once emptied a candidates trash cans"...are being scrutinized for not just their own hygiene...

...but you know better!


micki said...

I read a lot. I didn't read Obama's "Dreams" comments as "Mea Culpa" since they came from so far away from his "being handled" by the media....which is what is happening now...for ALL the candidates...

Hajji -- I'm afraid I have no idea what you mean by this. I didn't suggest Obama did a mea culpa" on that MLK dreams (alleged) "issue."

Also, my purpose isn't to defend Hillary -- I just wish there was less nitpicking over manufactured *problems* and more focus on what matters.

John Edwards was my first choice, not Hillary. In fact, I like Joe Biden and Chris Dodd, too. My personal pick is not even in the race.

micki said...

Carol -- I read this and wondered if it might have any influence on your decision not to vote in the primary today:

Detroiters for Uncommitted Voters, a group of mostly Obama supporters, wants to make sure people vote in the Democratic primary on Tuesday, even if their candidate isn't on the ballot.

"We really want to educate people on what they should do," said Edna Bell, a former Wayne County commissioner. "If Michigan voters want change, the uncommitted vote is their way to make their voices heard."

It's presumed most uncommitted delegates will favor Obama or Edwards, but, once at the convention, they can support any candidate in contention for the Democratic nomination.