Archive for the 'Wankers' Category

The Incredible Disappearing Layoffs

Sunday, January 5th, 2003

Did W. muzzle the messenger? David Lazarus of the San Francisco Chronicle had a very interesting article Friday in which he reported the Bush administration has killed a layoff tracking program. The $6.6m initiative provided statistics about the number of “mass layoffs” (when greater than 50 employees were let go at once.)

Sharon Brown, the program’s overseer, said the move ended “a high-quality program, producing timely information on important developments in the labor market.” Not so, says deputy assistant secretary Mason Bishop: “We didn’t see how this program was helping workers re-enter the workforce.” Not a bad argument, but Lazarus convincingly destroys it by noting the Dept. of Labor is doing plenty of volunteerism studies, and nobody gets a job from that, either.

To no-one’s surprise, Bush Sr. made exactly the same moves during his administration. Let’s all hope his son meets with the same fate.

Update: Not related to layoffs, but Helen Thomas has an interesting take on what W. and his cronies appear to be spending their time on instead of jobs creation.

No Rest for the Wicked

Wednesday, December 4th, 2002

I was going to write a quick entry about a custom license plate generator I found via some guy’s blog.

But then I saw some plates on their Recent License Maker Licenses page. When I visited, they included:

Imitation Wyoming custom plate reading 'FAG'   Imitation Wyoming custom plate reading 'FKNFAG'

There were several variants on that theme. The fact that someone would take the time to select Wyoming and craft this stuff causes me more sadness than I can explain.

I mean, they killed him. Jesus. They killed him.

Next: Bid on Popeye’s Actual, Authentic Homemade Pipe!

Saturday, November 23rd, 2002

I have a certain amount of tolerance for the incredibly stupid. A low tolerance, but it’s still there. When I see Olive Garden commercials that purport to show some woman in Italy who creates their dishes and supposedly teaches their cooks — err, chefs — how to make food, I try not to think of the fact that this is the same chain owned by a company based in Orlando that also brings you Red Lobster and Bahama Breeze (which is of course genuinely Caribbean. Now hiring in Cincinnati, Detroit, Cleveland…)

But I have my limits. Take this banner ad:

A chance to own authentic items from the movie? Wow! Except… wasn’t that a fucking animated movie? A computer-generated animated movie? Why yes, yes it was. The items that Yahoo! assures us “come directly from the making of Ice Age” include: a book, a t-shirt, a finger puppet, and a “pencil kit.” Own a piece of history, kids.

Getting Hammered

Friday, November 1st, 2002

You MUST be kidding me. First, it’s bad enough that I am awake at this ungodly hour. (My alarm went off almost an hour ago!) But what do I wake up to? The soothing sound of robins or some other freaking bird that would somehow be hanging around my window in November?

Nope. It’s a fucking JACKHAMMER.

Yes, that’s right, the construction project across the street was not satisfied with just coordinating all their equipment so at least one guy was beep-beep-beep-backing up at all times. They had to get a guy ripping up the curb.

I’m thinking I may need to reprise my city council appearance. (At home, I chastised the council for attempting to pass a noise ordinance. Here, I think it’s a great idea. But forget the kids with stereos — I say shut down the Caterpillars.)

OK. End it’s-way-too-early rant. Let the weekend begin.