Wednesday “Fat Cat” Open Comments

I’d say “UNBELIEVABLE!!” except that we’re talking unions here.

Two hours a day of work – maybe.
Catered lunches for “business” reasons.
Cat naps at work. And for those of us who own cats, we know how long that can be.

And he whines justifies his behavior:

Rosenthal asserted to the Post that he works “12-to-14-hour days,” and he claims these complaints are coming from supporters of his challenger as he faces reelection in early June.

He offered two more explanations: first, that executives often take “power naps,” and second, that his naps are caused by pain pills he was prescribed after falling through a chair last year while eating at McDonald’s.

“The chair broke because I’m big,” Rosenthal argued. “I’m 60 years old, so if I eat during my lunch hour and take a little medication, can’t I close my eyes? Is it so outrageous?”

What is unbelievable is that the union rank and file are actually getting fed up with his behavior. I mean, this is what the Democrats are looking for in good voters citizens followers, right?

Right?

I’m in the wrong job, obviously.

Tuesday Slavery Open Comments

A Saudi diplomat is caught engaging in slavery – again. And it was in the United States.

It wasn’t the first time the Saudis have engaged in humans as commodities.

But then, it’s just a cultural thing.

But the Saudis are not alone. Mexico also has a history of slavery.

A significant number of Mexican women, girls, and boys are trafficked within the country for commercial sexual exploitation, lured by false job offers from poor rural regions to urban, border, and tourist areas. According to the government, more than 20,000 Mexican children are victims of sex trafficking every year, especially in tourist and border areas. – U.S. State Dept Trafficking in Persons Report, June, 2009

What’s bad is that some of this trafficking ends up in our country.
In Oakland.
In Connecticut.

In Miami.
Probably every state in the union is harboring more than a few slave trafficking scumbags.

These are people who are truly enslaved, suffering from malnutrition and overworked. They have lost all of their freedom, and are kept truly enslaved, some of them forced to serve up their bodies on command.

So I don’t cry over Kanye West not being able to show his music video “New Slaves” on the wall of the Alamo. Then there’s the constant rant of how backward this country still is, from the poverty pimps like Jackson and Sharpton.

At least Sheila Jackson Lee speaks about slavery from personal experience.

I wonder if the world will ever be set free of this evil?

Friday “Get a Hobby!” Open Comments

As many of you know, I’ve recently picked up my crochet hooks. I’ve completed my first few projects (a shawl for mass, for one – now that our parish has a repaired a/c system, it can be a meat locker at that early morning mass!) and now I’ve rediscovered how relaxing embroidery can be. I’ve almost finished my first item. There’s something really calming about the pulling of thread through the fabric, and seeing something pretty come out of nowhere. Crochet items require I follow a pattern, counting stitches and such, that it can sometimes be a problem doing it while visiting. Embroidery has no such concerns.

So I did a quick search on hobbies. Here are some for men:
Chess
Ham radio
Woodworking
Ballroom dancing (I always said there was nothing sexier than a man who can dance!)
Working on cars – classic or otherwise
Metalworking
Marksmanship
Hunting/Fishing
Gardening – manly gardening, like acres of corn and stuff
Sports
…and others

There are some familiar hobbies usually considered “wimmin’s work”:
Sewing – clothing, quilting, embroidery, etc.
Cooking – unless it involves open flame, such as over a campfire or on a grill
Crafts
Singing
Gardening – flowers, usually
Painting
Window shopping (but carrying all of those windows home can be a problem!)

Of course, in this day and age, there are no “men’s” or “women’s” hobbies. In my college years, I was eager to build my own VW engine – I even had a chassis. Alas, time and money delayed my adventure into automotive creation until the dream got put permanently on a shelf. Hubby and I both have considered glass blowing and woodworking, but, again – other things got in the way. We like to travel, so maybe we’ll do more of that some day – just get in the car and go. Many women these days shoot as well as any man, and Sarah Palin certainly broke through that “women don’t hunt” barrier.

I’m sure that our recently retired Couch resident can figure out a few hobbies she’d like to pick up!

Destruction

Tornadoes can be very violent. The Daily Mail had a picture-rich article yesterday (thanks to crazy cat lady and devoted correspondent mharper42!) about the Moore storm that tore a half-mile+ wide path through suburban Moore, OK, a suburb S of Oklahoma City and N of Norman.

This is what 200mph+ winds can do to a commercial-grade building. Park Towers Elementary School:

This is what it looked like before:

Here’s some time-lapse video:

I have no idea where the idiot who shot it was.