Feb/15
2011

Hussan Ghazanfar: Bitch

Who is Hussan Ghazanfar? She's a Judas Goat. Her "official" position is "the acting minister of women’s affairs" in Afghanistan. And her goal is the total repression of her sisters.
KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan’s top female official began a sustained verbal assault on women’s shelters on Tuesday, accusing them of corruption and mismanagement, and insisting that the government was determined to take control of them, whether or not donors continue to give financial support.[...] The new rules would put government officials in charge of the shelters, provide close monitoring of their activities, and could subject unmarried girls in them to virginity tests, critics complain.
In typical Afghani style rhetoric she makes unsubstantiated claims against existing shelters, claiming on the one hand that millions of dollars are being 'wasted' on sheltering abused women (actual budget, proven on paper, is $100,000) and other bullshit such as “Lack of order and discipline, and chaos in some of them. Lack of activities. Shifting women from one province to another. Not following their court cases responsibly. Lack of health facilities. Women kept two weeks when one week was enough. Failure to report problems. Lack of proper reports. Corruption in spending their budgets.” Honey you're going to hell, which is where you damn well deserve to be. Acting as a tool to enslave, demean, abuse, violate, imprison other women is a crime so vile that I can't even come up with the epithets to apply to someone as corrupt as you are. As the article points out it's simply paving the way to eliminate any gains women might have had to appeal to the Taliban. My only hope is that when the towel heads do return they make her their first bitch. Because she deserves it.
Feb/15
2011
Methinks that man and his opinions are long in need of retirement. He's clearly just a bitter old prick.
As the Century debated whether to sever ties with an all-male club in London, Mr. Safer described a prominent female club member as “whining,” “self-pitying” and “vindictive.” And he seemed to compare demands for gender equality to the need for special accommodations for “nudists and transsexuals,” according to e-mails obtained by The New York Times. (NYT)
Morely derided a female member of the his club for advocating that the US club break from the UK club since members weren't given equal treatment on the other side of the Atlantic. But oddly enough for a man accustomed to choosing his words with care, Morley decided to just let fly, demonstrating clearly that the image he cultivates is just that, an image.
To deprive those few members who make use of the Garrick’s facilities, from time to time, of their rights, strikes one as an almost comical gesture of a contemporary Bertie Wooster. What will be next? Disassociation with clubs that do not cater to vegans on their menus? Kosher dining rooms? Special facilities for nudists and transsexuals? Abolition of “Centurion” to describe our members, given that the term is, according to the OED, derived from the all-male Roman army?
I got news for you Morley about the only thing you'd have in common with the Romans would be the lions. And as for special facilities for nudists and transsexuals - the only ones that would want those would be those who don't count themselves as such. Small men, with small minds who need protection from the intrusions of reality and equality. Douchebag.
Feb/15
2011
They want me to do their work for them. That's the bottom line. And I hate it, because I still labor under the ill conceived notion that somehow these people are here to serve me. Silly isn't it? Who am I talking about? Well my retirement investment firm, my cell service provider, my health insurance, car insurance... about any and all "service" conglomerates that get paid because I'm their client. It totally pisses me off. The first thing, the very first thing you hear on the phone is "go away, we're too busy for you, go help yourself online, don't waste our time." And just as naturally I decide that wasting their time is precisely what I'm going to do. "If you have a rotary phone please hold on for an Operator." I love those words, and I always hold on. If you want to know the truth I do indeed have a rotary phone. It's a darling old gem with real brass bells inside, and wires wrapped in two shades of silk thread. I may or may not being using at the time when I make the call (it receives calls just fine thank you) but that's besides the point. I do ~have a rotary phone, so I'm entitled to wait. Some services are stupider than others. One asked me to hold for an operator and then insisted I enter in some numbers right after. Do you people even QA your own fucking service? Or was that some sort of 'trick' question? Either way I hit nothing. Unless I get mad. Then I typically just hammer away at the "0" button until it either disconnects me or reroutes me to an operator. You'd be surprised how often the latter happens over the former (about 10:1 I'd say.) But more than anything else being warned from the get-go that my wait time would be "longer than expected, due to heavy call volume" pisses me off. No shit Sherlock. That's what you always say and really, you understand dick about my expectations, because I damn fucking well expect that you'll keep me on hold for ages because that's what always happens. It's a crock and no I don't (figuratively) buy it. I also don't think it acts as any more of a warning than those "recommended speed" signs on a curve. I need help. I want to talk to a person. No I won't go to your website, read some useless FAQ or try and log on to an account that I don't have online just to get frustrated and call someone anyway to get a new password. NO. I will talk to a human, one that will be obliged to bear the brunt of my frustration if I don't get the help I need. Misery loves company, that's what they say and by gods if your company is responsible for my sorry state you know I'm going to share. On the opposite side I also politely thank people when they help me and I don't waste anyone's time more than I need to get the relevant answers. People are still the most efficient way to resolve most issues since they are the ones that also have direct access to the important data or services I need. So screw your "wait time", I'm hardc0re. Oh and forget the stupid, crappy music too. It won't make me go away, it'll only make me more cranky when I do talk to a real person.
Feb/15
2011
Rumors of lay-offs, reimbursements for out-of-pocket expenses either slow or non-existent, more time spent running around getting approvals than actually doing the work and a management more concerned with which hours an ass is in a chair than whether actual work is being done can really sap morale. Logic and civility are nearly non-existent. Morale is pretty low around the office. Sure, I can be a body taking space. I can be where I am directed and I can go through the paces. I ask myself: “For this I went to college?” I’m here, I’m doing my job. Now I’m being told to smile? Really, smile? I don’t see that in my job description or in a management policy manual, so I am neither required nor officially directed to smile. Now go away, I’ve got work to do.
Feb/14
2011
Anyone else see the hypocrisy here?
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The confessed killer of a liberal Pakistani governor pleaded guilty Monday to a murder he said was justified under Islam, while outside the court supporters bearing flowers and cards wished him a happy Valentine's Day.
Yes, yes above all you identify with Islam. Its purity. Its piety. Its honor. But at the same time you're giving a killer candies and flowers for a holiday celebrated by your avowed enemies. Today's Islam knows nothing of romance, flowers, hearts or candies. It has no room for passionate love or cherishing, kindling or igniting love. It's a religion for child brides, honor killings, and spousal abuse. Unless they're all gay. In which case it makes total sense.
Feb/14
2011
I guess it depends on what you want to believe, but if you choose to, the statistic say that netbooks haven't just leveled out, they've slumped.
Today, tablets are all the rage, including the iPad from Apple and a host of new entries starting to come from rivals like Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Research In Motion and Samsung. But less than two years ago, in 2009, netbooks were seen as the earth-shaking force in the industry, potentially changing the economics of the business and undermining the technology leaders, Intel and Microsoft. Things didn’t work out that way. Netbook sales were meteoric in 2009, jumping eightfold in the United States, to 7.5 million devices, and tripling worldwide to 34 million. Yet the torrid growth stalled last year.(NYT)
I don't actually believe that tablets are taking over. What I actually believe is that the netbook market is saturated, and part of that saturation is due to the fact that netbooks are simple, light, low-power devices that can last a long time. They're durable and the way many people use them, lying around the house for use 'whenever' they simply don't take the abuse that a work or school laptop do. They're for browsing the internet as you watch TV or sit in front of the fire, lie on the couch, etc. In summary, they just don't break often enough to need replacing and everyone who wanted one has one by now. Tablets on the other hand are eating up those buyers who have gobs of extra cash to spare (no one I currently know) and are easily drawn by the "ooooh shiny!" factor. And although I'm plenty given to "ooooh shiny" myself I haven't the cash or desire for a tablet. Mainly because I don't like the form factor. I want something with a lid I can close to protect the screen. I want something with an angle that won't feel like it will slip out of my hand. Most of all I want a real keyboard, with keys, that click and spring back. Screw gestures, I do too much typing for that (case in point right here, right now.) Don't get me wrong, I'm glad that other people are embracing new modes of input. I think gestures are an amazing innovation, useful, but in sore need of refinement. One might note that the ubiquitous touch pad STILL does not trump a decent mouse or trackball for laptop input. Those devices are around, and they still sell. So no, I don't think the tablet will totally destroy the market for netbooks. In fact I think in an even shorter time they too will plateau, start dropping in price and demand. Which... just might be the right time for me to buy one. Just for the heck of it of course.
Feb/14
2011
Four Walmart employees disarmed a man who pulled a gun on them after he was caught shop lifting. They removed the gun and restrained him until the police got there. The police said they did everything right. Walmart says their actions were against policy and fired them. In this situation, the employees were defending themselves. Furthermore, they kept the man in the office area and away from customers. I guess in Wally World arbitrary rules trump common sense.
Feb/14
2011
I just found out today that I am a spy for management, that I cannot be trusted. Why? I am friends with assistant to our boss. She rose through the ranks rather quickly and some think too quickly. Some are jealous, some are resentful that she can “boss around” people with far more experience. Personally I don’t give two craps. She’s smart, energetic, has always respected my opinion, and is doing a job I consider thankless. As long as I don’t have to do her job and she doesn’t put up too many roadblocks to me getting my job done. I’m OK with her being promoted over me because I don’t want the crappy job. I’m sure my day will come if I want it. Is that a note about who was late today or bowl of my black bean soup? Is that a performance report or a twice baked potato recipe? It is girl talk (well about as girlie as female techie types can be) or latest info on whose project is behind? Guess they’ll just never be quite sure. I will say this much, who ever the office spy is should be ashamed of themselves. I have my suspicions, and sitting next to the window taking notes on who drives into the parking lot and when is very much not cool. Which is worse, someone at their desk 10 minutes later than their proper hour or you staring out the window not doing work? Are you there late making up all that time you look out the window? I'm there late and you ain't one of the people trying to catch up. The way I look at it, you need to catch up from all that out the window staring or do you just not have enough to work to?
Feb/13
2011
Pundit Ann Coulter talked about Obama using Democrats' poor fortunes in November's congressional elections. "The way things are going, Obama may want to look into becoming the president of Egypt. Nobody would complain about him being a Muslim then," she said to cheers. Obama was born in Hawaii and is a Christian. (AP)
Ann, Ann, Ann, could you get any more retarded? No? I thought not. Ok carry on, twat-face.
Feb/13
2011
On one end is the obscenely rich, the multi-million dollar CEOs, celebrities, and trust fund babies, and on the other end is the very poor, who tend to be the biggest recipients of entitlements, and then there are the rest of us. Those on one end get tax shelters and breaks while those on the other end get a larger share of tax funded benefits than for which they can ever hope to contribute. Then there is the rest of us. We work. We pay taxes. We hope our kids can get a good education and contribute to society. We hope we have enough money to have a comfortable retirement. Some of us work for others, some some of us strike out and forge our own way. Most of us don't have the ears of politicians. Most of us have little control over policy. Many of us have knee jerk reactions to what the media, on both sides, feeds us. However, one thing is constant, the rich get richer, the poor get poorer and the big group in the middle is trying so hard to stay on the floating side of sinking that they can't take the time to sieve through the crap. Saying it is "class warfare" over simplifies the issue. The issue is not a matter of black or white, it is a whole lot of gray. No body likes paying taxes, but everyone likes the infrastructure government provides: security, highways, police, etc, etc. Imagine our society like it was in colonial days without these things. You had to have a gun to protect your own property and family from foreign invaders and thieves. You had to stay on your land or lose it. You had to pay someone to cross their land. You and your neighbors fought fires. The list goes on. The rich know ways around paying taxes. If you don't believe me, talk to a rich person. They love to brag about it. Others might be jealous, I personally think some of what they've told me is morally disgusting. It makes me fully support a flat tax, but that is another topic all together. I also know people who know how to play the system. They think the government owes them the entitlements they receive. I find that disgusting, too. I'm all for extending my hand to help someone get out of a rut, I'm not for manually putting them in a sling and hoisting them out while they do nothing. The rest of us need to quit acting like what either group does is OK, because it is not. Is it class warfare? Maybe, but it's not rich vs. poor, it's more like rich and poor trying to squeeze the middle till they pop.
Feb/12
2011
We were in a meeting. Then the first five bars of "Bad to the Bone" belted out from under the table. It was somebody's cell phone. We were treated to another two rounds of the brief tune until its owner was able to locate the little device and silence it's bleats for attention. Awkward moment over the business meeting resumed its course. That was until someone decided to call attention to the fact that they had recognized the chords as the intro to a "rockin' song" complete with air guitar. Yes, actually we all did, but at least one person had to make it a point. Was it because he liked the tune? Was trying to diffuse the embarrassment, or politely hint that next time the owner should make sure to stifle the intrusive device before joining the table? Not certain, but the message was clear, silence your phone before you show up next time! I think I've heard it all by now - Claire du Lune, La Cucaracha, Brick House, various bits by Santana, hip hop favorites, swing, classical, techno... maybe not punk per se but I'm sure someone out there has the Ramones doing "I wanna be sedated" as their ring tone. To me hearing that little bit of melody is very revealing. Imagine a tightly-pinned matron with Iron Butterfly pealing out of her itty-bitty handbag, or Ave Maria tinkling from the back pocket of some off-the-ass jeans on a homey. It says something about the person that we might otherwise be unaware of. (For the record the owner of Bad-to-the-Bone had their car set to classical when we got in.) It also can be excruciating when it's not your phone, not something you enjoy and it's in earshot. I had an office mate whose cell immediately went off the second they left their desk, just like magic. Every damned day. They'd step away and within 60 seconds their phone, otherwise dark and silent while they were there, would start it's musical tirade, annoying, repetitive, for the next minute until it Blee-Blooped into voice mail. As for my part I prefer a simple, neutral set of electronic burbles. Seven notes, four up the scale in incremental parts, three down. It's harmless, innocuous, tame. It's even hard to notice sometimes. I picked it just for that reason, because it's NOT annoying, grating or tooth-grinding. I share my audible space with others and I have no desire to irritate them. To me it's a sign of respect. So next time you choose to go to a meeting, leave your phone on your desk or in your coat in a shared space, think about switching your phone to mute when you're not around. It's an act of kindness that I'm sure will be appreciated by many. Trust me in this.
Feb/11
2011
Egypt. They're dancing in the isles, singing in the streets, hailing the end of an era. But you have to wonder if it's going to be another Russia where people start waxing nostalgic for the Ol' Hos not too long after he's gone. I dunno, somehow you have to wonder if people really thought this one out. Trading a fairly benevolent dictator (by Middle Eastern standards) for the military? I mean aren't they the ones with guns, tanks, implements of torture? It's true they didn't go after the protesters, but generally one doesn't ~typically think of the military as the "good" guys. One would think that the pro-democracy segment would have fielded a definite leader, someone they wanted to usher in the new government if not run it. But no, seems like they didn't plan that far in advance. Out of the frying pan into the fire? Maybe. Depends on how the military feels about it I guess. Good luck to 'em. I hope it all works out.
Feb/10
2011

Fuck You 2011 (continued)

Let's tack these onto the list... * At band practice tonight, over the course of an hour, my effects pedals, one by one, began to quit. I now have four non-functioning pedals. And no, it's not the batteries. * On Monday, a friend of a friend and an ex-coworker of mine died of cancer. She was 38. Sometimes you wait for the other shoe to drop. And other times you wait for them to stop.
Feb/10
2011
Trump announces that he wants to run for President as the Republican party candidate. Hilarity ensues.
"The United States is becoming the laughingstock of the world," Trump said, sounding every bit a candidate as he offered his rationale for a possible bid. In a speech sprinkled with quips and jabs, he said he would decide by June whether to run.(AP)
Actually he's right! When Donald Trump runs for office most of America is rolling in the isles. Who's gonna be his VP? His toupee?
Feb/10
2011
Companies are taking the workplace smoking ban one step further, they want to regulate private lives to remove smokers from their payrolls end of story.
While most of the companies applied their rules only to new employees, a few eventually mandated that existing employees must quit smoking or lose their jobs. There is also disagreement over whether to fire employees who are caught smoking after they are hired. The Truman Medical Centers, here in Kansas City, for example, will investigate accusations of tobacco use by employees. In one recent case a new employee returned from a lunch break smelling of smoke and, when confronted by his supervisor, admitted that he had been smoking, said Marcos DeLeon, head of human resources for the hospital. The employee was fired. (NYT)
Smokers have been getting squeezed. After more than a century of lighting up where, when and how they pleased they are getting crammed, penned and regulated into a corner. You can't smoke with your meal. You can't smoke at a park. You can't smoke at your desk. Or in a rental car. Or hotel room. Or near a school, hospital, courthouse, etc. The only place left to smoke is in your own car (presuming you never want to sell it) or in your own home (almost ditto) or, to be the safest, your own yard so long as you're not near any of the aforementioned institutions. I know America is Land of the Free, Home of the Brave, but after a childhood of gagging in airplanes, not being able to taste my meal in a fancy restaurant, I have a hard time of taking an unprejudiced view. I do feel bad for smokers, but not nearly bad enough to want to share my air or compromise my ability to breathe easily. I mean I know they're killing themselves, and in the end they will pay the price for their habit, but perhaps that's exactly why companies are taking radical steps to purge them from their ranks now; they just don't want to foot the bill for the inevitable medical care. Discriminating against a smoker is not like discriminating against a diabetic. Smoking is something entered into voluntarily. People aren't born into the habit, although they may have a genetic predisposition towards addiction, smoking is clearly a choice. Were I a business owner I might feel justified in trying to minimize my risk to the extent legally possible. When I went for my first job I was required to have a full physical before the company would hire/insure me. This seems to me just an extension of the same notion - why spend health care money on someone who may use more than their fair share? Smoking is a pretty costly habit these days. You can pretty much get a decent sandwich, or coffee and pastry for the cost of a pack of cigarettes. But if smokers are denied jobs because of their habit they may be forced to quit simply to afford food and shelter. Hella way to have to make a life-choice, having it crammed down your throat like that, but I guess you'll live longer to complain about it. Win?
Feb/10
2011
Our office, like many large offices, has a parking pecking order. We get tags telling us what parking lot to which we are assigned. Choice and placement is dependent on our position and longevity. Recently, several people retired, so the lot assignments were adjusted appropriately. One of our secretaries and I got a preferential lot due to our seniority. She and I both put up with years of shuttle rides from a peripheral lot where the new hires and interns park. On nice days we walked the couple of blocks, but when the steep hill between our building and the lot is icy we would take the shuttle. Some of the drivers have been interesting, types that you climb in, hang on, close your eyes and pray. The current drivers are nice guys and I still stop and say hello. The situation is not as nice as parking near the building, but not the worst way to get to work. We have another secretary (our drama queen) who sneaked and parked near the building since she started here a few years ago. She obviously thought that she was above the rules and deserved preferential treatment. I told her she was going to get towed some day, but some how she sweet talked the guards into letting her stay (and no, she doesn't have big boobs). The extra snow this winter has resulted in fewer extra spots that have forced the building management to be less charitable toward people like our drama queen secretary. The drama queen obviously does not like having to park with the commoners. Her knee hurts. She can't get in and out of the shuttle (although I did it when I needed a cane). To our other secretary, she cites this and that reason for "needing" to park near the building. Can't I "borrow" your tag she asks her. She let her for a while, now she told her "No", because tells her she doesn't want to lose her tag. They are checking license plates against those tag. Now she's pouting and not talking to the other secretary. (Drama queen knows better than to ask me.) The world is filled drama queens and prima donnas. People who think they are above an established set of rules. Those rules may or may not be fair but they grant a sense of order. People who sulk and pout or rant and rave when they don't get their own way. People who think nothing of bullying or bribing to get their way. They think nothing of the consequences of their actions. Personally, I'm glad the secretary with the tag finally grew a backbone.
Feb/09
2011
Um, no? She doesn't?
WASHINGTON — Representative Christopher Lee of New York abruptly resigned on Wednesday night after a shirtless photo of himself, which he had e-mailed to a woman, was published on the Internet.[...] Mr. Lee, who is 46, replied to a personal ad that the woman had placed in the “Women for Men” section of Craigslist, seeking a financially and emotionally secure man.[...] “I’m a very fit fun classy guy,” he continued. “Live in Cap Hill area.” He described himself as a 39-year-old lobbyist. He said he was 6 feet tall, weighed 190 pounds, and had blond hair and blue eyes. “I promise not to disappoint,” he wrote. After the woman responded flirtatiously, Mr. Lee sent a shirtless photo of himself that he had taken using the camera on his cellphone. When the woman asked him if he made it a habit to send shirtless photos of himself to women, Mr. Lee responded in another e-mail: “Sorry. Its all I had.”
Seriously, is anyone else out there tired of all the political infidelity stories? What the hell does it take to make these guys keep their dicks in their pants? Or is it we just need to cut off their internet access once they get elected? FOCUS PEOPLE FOCUS FOR FUCKSAKE. Don't you have a freekin' job to do? Getting elected to public office does NOT make you hot, does NOT make you younger and does NOT make you a babe/stud magnet. Here's some information for you: we, your people, expect you to be honest and forthright in ALL your dealings - personal or not. Lying about your age, about your marital status, about your profession to get laid is BAD. What you do sets a moral standard for all your actions, and if you can't figure that out then you *do* need to quit your day job ok? Yes, another one bites the dust...