RANT: “Leave room for the Holy Ghost!”

Sunday, February 1, 2015


Can You See Why School Administrators in Utah Had a Problem With 15-Year-Old’s Dress?
Jan. 28, 2015 1:28am Oliver Darcy

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Those rules include this section:

Formals, backless dresses and/or tops may not extend beyond the bottom of the shoulder blades. Girls’ dresses and tops must have a 2″ minimum strap on each shoulder. Shawls, boleros and other shrugs are acceptable if worn over the dress at all times. Cleavage covered.

Finlayson still argued that her dress, which was purchased in Paris, was modest in comparison to what other girls were wearing.

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What was the dress code for the “boys” blindfolds and mittens?

When I was young, the good Nuns and Brothers could chill the ardor of any boy with a mere glance. No codes required. 

“Leave room for the Holy Ghost!” was heard frequently.


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RANT: When did “corporate america” change?

Thursday, January 29, 2015

When did “corporate america” change into the uncaring ruthless quarterly profit beast it’s become?


Code of Conduct for the U.S. Fighting Force

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Article IVa. If I become a prisoner of war, I will keep faith with my fellow prisoners. I will give no information nor take part in any action which might be harmful to my comrades. If I am senior, I will take command. If not I will obey the lawful orders of those appointed over me and will back them up in every way.

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This seemed so natural from my early days at AT&T.

When I was being managed, my supervisors were evaluated on how well they “developed” me.

When I was promoted to “management”, a full 50% of my evaluation was on how “my” people were progressing towards THEIR stated goals. Note: Not my goals for them or even the company’s goals for them.

Then came Employee Retirement Income Security Act — ERISA!


As a young “fat old white guy injurer”, I was aware of the changing landscape when I was in ingineering skrule.

Lockheed Corporation and Martin Marietta Corporation were big Engineering firms. But, we were warned against going to work for them because they were rumored (later sued) for dumping engineers out the door every five years to hire younger and cheaper engineers.

Out of this came the ERISA and the “five year pension vesting” rule.

This set off the “turnstile effect”. Every five years, people would move on to better jobs regardless if they wanted to or not. Collect those pensions.

At the same time, corporations began to shift from “Personnel Departments” to “Human Resources”.

And people became as expendable as pencils and screw drivers.


Didn’t take very long for the “humans” being resourced to adopt an adversarial attitude towards their employers.

Took me a while to lose my AT&T trained behavior that I trusted my “leadership” to be my advocate. 

That happened the first time I was “downsized” out of a job. 

Luckily, I had the experience of taking a “golden handshake” from AT&T. So I dove right into the process. It didn’t hurt that they had to keep me on for six months to “transition” and “knowledge transfer”. (I learned from my exposure to the IEBW Union workers in NYC that one NEVER EVER tells anyone EVERYTHING that you know.)

After that experience, I never truly trusted a manager or a leader. Many of who were “good guys”, but one has to recognize that there are factors beyond their control. (Like the one job where the day I started, my new boss, his boss, and his boss’ boss were all nuked. For six weeks I was reporting to the CEO’s secretary with absolutely NOTHING to do.)

So, in my working career, “Corporate America” has morphed into “Crony Capitalism”, where politics, image, and political correctness have replaced results, honesty, and integrity.

It’s very sad,

I weep for the youngsters coming up behind us for the environment they are getting into.

Hence my constant preaching — save your money, don’t accumulate bad debt, be in your own business — which you are anyway — even if you’re a full time employee, and try to find 10 part-time jobs or 10 distinct income streams where the loss of any one doesn’t put you at risk of having to live in cardboard box.


Dona Nobis Pacem and “Bon courage a vous tous”

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RANT: Diktats and immunizations

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


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It’s time in Illinois to pass a law that denies access to any school or any public space to families who decline to immunize their children. There should be no “personal belief waivers” ever for immunizations.

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Take a look at Texas and “Gardisal” http://truthaboutgardasil.org/ AND you may wish to temper that particular “rush” to judgment.

(For the record, I am not anti vaccines. I am however for calm and reasoned discourse about them.)

We need more SCIENCE and less MARKETING . We need more EDUCATION and CHOICE; less PROPAGANDA, YELLING, and DIKTATS.

Parents don’t want sick children. And, vaccines have issues and risks.

That doesn’t mean ZERO vaccinations; nor does it mean dump them ALL into EVERY child regardless.

One size doesn’t fit all.

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RANT: “inappropriate” advertising

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Anyone think this is “inappropriate” advertising?

2014 Dec 23 Optimum

From an unattended mail account from Optimum cable service.

I do.

Guess I have to add “fussbudget” to fat old white guy injineer?


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RANT: The State of the Union is propaganda

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The State of the Union is propaganda.

The President panders to the left; the response panders to the right.

Proposing more taxes and more spending is a loser. With the R’s in control of the House, I’d be ASTONISHED if any new or increase in taxes passes.

In actuality, the deficit and the debt as a percentage of GDP has improved slightly. No thanks to anything the Gooferment, politicians, or bureaucrats did.


The “unemployment rate” as pushed by the elite and the lapdog media is a joke. Look at the participation rate. Look at the disability rolls. Shadow Stats says that U6 is 23%. That’s one out of four territory. Black youth unemployment is 50%.

Time for some changes in the District of Corruption and it’s not increasing taxes!


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RANT: Jane Fonda unrepentant hence unforgivable

Monday, January 19, 2015


Jane Fonda draws protesters at Maryland appearance
Published January 18, 2015Associated Press

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As well she should. Unrepentant hence unforgivable.

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RANT: ShadowStats says 23% unemployment rate

Thursday, January 15, 2015


John Williams (shadowstats.com) on the December Payroll Jobs Report and Unemployment Rate
By Paul Craig Roberts
January 13, 2015

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When the headline unemployed [U.3 measure] become “discouraged,” they are rolled over from U.3 to U.6.  As the short-term discouraged workers roll over into long-term discouraged status, they move into the ShadowStats measure, where they remain.  Aside from attrition, they are not defined out of existence for political convenience, hence the longer-term divergence between the various unemployment rates.  Further detail is discussed in the Reporting Detail section.  The resulting difference here is between a headline December 2014 unemployment rates of 5.6% (U.3) and 23.0% (ShadowStats). [The U.6 unemployment rate containing the short-term discouraged workers is 11.2%.]

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Why would anyone believe anything the Gooferment says?

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