Not bad for a little blog that nobody will admit to reading.
The back story is that I was looking through my Sitemeter and found where someone from Unitive Electronics, where I used to work (don't worry guys, no one will find out from me...oops), did the search. So, I hit the link and there I was, sixth from the top but the first two are from the same web site. Therefore, I am number 5!
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President Obama started out well, signing executive orders to prohibit his own ex-administration officials from accepting lobbying positions for two years after leaving the administration and freezing the salaries of his own top aides.
"Families are tightening their belts, and so should Washington," said the new president.
The anti-lobbyist EO replaces one enacted by President Bill Clinton at the beginning of his term prohibiting his ex-administration officals from lobbying for five years, and canceled by him at the end of his term.
Other EO's that President Obama signed included one cancelling the order signed by President Bush, which allowed past Presidents to keep their papers secret under executive privelege.
I have also heard reports, although I can't find the links to prove it, that he is going to be looking at government agencies and programs with an eye towards removing those that don't perform or that have outlived their usefulness.
Look folks, it's a play. A live stage production. Just how convincing does the gun have to be?
Cap guns can be made to look enough like the real thing to be suitable for live stage productions, and when they go BANG! it's just a noise, nothing more.
Added to that, they are a lot cheaper than the real thing.
The gun owner, she who supplied a live weapon for use as a stage prop, should be thoroughly thumped about the head and shoulders and then have all of her firearms confiscated. If you don't know how to play with your toys, you don't get to have them.
The actor who fired the shot should likewise be beat about the head and shoulders. If you don't know what it does, leave it alone.
With that being said, it sure added a touch of realism - real gun, real bullet, real blood.
The good thing is that everybody got to go home and no one wound up in a box.
On this, the first glorious day of the new era in human history, Gitmo trials have been suspended for at least 120 days and perhaps more as the new President educates himself on real world issues.
In other news, at work where I have been pulling double shifts due to the firing of my off-shift counterpart, we have been cut back to no more than 40 hours per week. This is actually less than what we had previously been working because we normally work 12 hour shifts on a 3 and 4 schedule (meaning we work 3 days one week and 4 days the next, for a total of 84 hours in a two week pay period).
This means two things, first that I will have a little more time to myself now since I will now be working four 10 hour shifts per week instead of 5-6 twelve hour shifts. The second thing, which is not so good, is that the overtime pay that I have been banking will no longer be there.
The company is quick to say that they are not in financial straits, but they are girding themselves for further possible downturns in the economy.
Apparently they haven't heard that the oceans will be receding, that the economy is going to magically heal itself, that all wars will cease, and that all problems will be melting away now that we have, for the first time, a President that is not white.
If the weather here at the Refuge is any indication he's already handled that pesky Global Warming problem, and on the very day of his inauguration no less. Honestly, I don't know where he finds the time, he's such a miracle worker, y'know?
It's kind of funny in a way, since this company hosted Candidate Obama (against company policy, by the way, which states that company assets shall not be used for political campaigns) during his run for the Democratic Party nomination.
Yes, this is an historic occasion, today for the first time in our relatively short history a non-white man will be sworn in as President of these United States.
I don't have a problem with the media's observance of the occasion as an historical one. My problem is the absolute slobbering they have done, and are still doing. The problem gets even worse when supposedly conservative news sources join in the tongue bathing.
Somehow I can't remember President Bush getting this treatment. As I remember, the "honeymoon" was pretty non-existent, and began with the news sources chortling over the departing Clinton staff pulling the W's from White House computer keyboards.
The second cartoon looks more like the media's opinion on this President. And while I certainly hope he proves to be an able leader, I also hope the Obama worshippers get over themselves quickly as well.
Part of me is starting to feel a little sorry for President Elect Barack Obama.
For the past couple of months it's been "all tongue bath all the time" and when reality sets in it's going to be hard for some people to take.
The rest of me is getting pretty sick of the love-fest. Every news station (even Fox News) has gone absolutely ape over the train ride. It's so bad that they aren't even trying to hide it.
The fall will be great, I'm thinking. I'm still holding out a little hope that this will serve to show that the President has less to do with domestic affairs than the Congress. I won't be holding my breath though.
By now I'm sure you have heard of the porn industry applying for a bail-out (resisting the urge to say "stimulus package" was exceedingly difficult). This effort is spearheaded by Larry Flynt from Hustler magazine and Joe Francis from the "Girls Gone Wild" videos.
The usual suspects are screaming about the sliminess of the porn industry, but they fail to see the point. This perfectly illustrates the insane extremes the whole bail-out farce has reached.
Maybe Larry Flynt has done us a favor by showing us it's time to say "Enough already."