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Posted by Career Prole in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun Feb 22nd 2009, 10:19 PM
I got my Social Security Earnings Statement in the mail yesterday and since I couldn't go home this weekend and was bored silly, I added up all those annual earnings they listed there.

Hot diggity damn!

It took over 37 years of punching a timeclock (and three lay-offs) but this year (providing I don't get laid off again, of course)...

I'm going to hit the ONE MILLION DOLLAR mark in lifetime earnings!

C'mon...let's give it up for ol' C. Prole!



Thank you! Thank you so much!

I'd just like to say that my first million wouldn't have been possible without the help of a lot of people, and I'd like to take just a moment to thank...excuse me just a second...what's that you say?

Who the heck is Ken Lewis and why should I care about him on my big night?

Make no mistake about it. Ken Lewis of Bank of America fame is the latest worst CEO in America today. And his smear campaign against John Thain is just that--sour grapes all the way.

The truth is Lewis knew exactly what he was buying from Thain. Yet for some reason Lewis could not help himself when it came to Merrill Lynch. Not only did he add Merrill's dead weight to his own leaky boat, he even managed to do it at a premium.

That makes Lewis something of a glutton for punishment—or at the very least reckless beyond belief.

Of course, it wasn't all that long ago when Lewis was hailed as some sort of genius in the industry for buying Countrywide Financial off of that shyster Angelo Mozilo.

Needless to say, that deal hasn't exactly been one to crow about either.

Unfortunately, for Bank of America's shareholders Lewis's hubris has been as painful as it comes.

So now he is just the latest "smartest guy in the room" to be left twisting in the wind.


Oh, well shit fire and save matches! He can't be rakin' in the dough-re-mi. He's a screw-up!

Beg pardon?

He makes what?

He makes a million roughly every two weeks, you say?

Seriously?

No joke?

Sorry folks. You can all go home now. The party's been canceled.

No, I'll be okay. I'll just need a minute or two alone...

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Posted by Career Prole in Latest Breaking News
Wed Jan 07th 2009, 02:24 PM
And I suppose why many of us get angry.

A person dies by suicide about every 16 minutes in the United States. An attempt is estimated to be made once every minute.

Ninety percent of all people who die by suicide have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder at the time of their death.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Facts and Figures


The rich mans' president's response? Cut mental health funding.

Now that's newsworthy. Not some billionaire jumping in front of a train because his portfolio took a beating.

Then there's this, of course...

Suicide Epidemic Among Veterans

<snip>

Beyond the individual loss, it turns out little information exists about how widespread suicides are among these who have served in the military. There have been some studies, but no one has ever counted the numbers nationwide.

"Nobody wants to tally it up in the form of a government total," Bowman said.

Why do the families think that is?

"Because they don't want the true numbers of casualties to really be known," Lucey said.

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., is a member of the Veterans Affairs Committee.

"If you're just looking at the overall number of veterans themselves who've committed suicide, we have not been able to get the numbers,” Murray said.

<snip>



That's also newsworthy. The chief culprit in the real news about suicide?

George W. Bush...friend to the super-wealthy.

As I've illustrated above, his policies resulted in many regular folks' suicide deaths.

Now near the end of his rule his policies have caused the suicides of a couple of billionaires and suddenly suicide matters.

When the twin tragedies of veterans' suicide and the suicide of the mentally ill are addressed properly I'll start worrying about the billionaires.
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Posted by Career Prole in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Wed Dec 31st 2008, 04:34 PM
I've realized finally (and this jerk sure helped towards that realization) that it's time for me to define myself by my class rather than by things that apparently don't matter anymore (such as citizenship of a state or country) and things that never should have mattered (such as race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, etc. ad nauseum.)

I am lunch-bucket toting working class.



That's who I am now, and as such I have more in common with



and feel more kinship for



and owe more allegiance to



any other working class individual of any race, any creed, or any country than I do with the Hiltons or Waltons or Trumps or bushes of my native land.

I didn't want to see class war tearing us apart. Hell, my first job out of high school was the U.S. Navy. I've always considered myself a good American. I loved my country. I helped fight her wars, I paid her taxes, and I obeyed her laws.

Now this bastard George Buckley, CEO of 3M comes along and says


"All of us acknowledge we're collectively making the situation worse, but I think the first responsibility we have as leaders of companies is to make sure that we ensure the health and survival of our own companies first, not necessarily other people's companies, or, for that matter, the whole U.S. economy."


and my country grants him a much bigger, much louder voice in her government than I will ever have. I was told by more than a few people on the thread featuring the above quote that I made too much of his words...that the poor fella is only doing what he has to do so he and his company can survive.

Well then, so am I, friends...so am I.

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Posted by Career Prole in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Fri Jun 30th 2006, 06:30 PM
...so the bush administration came to the rescue?


I heard this mentioned by a WSJ editorial punk on Cspan's Washington Journal this morning and couldn't believe my ears, and now it's out from behind the WSJ firewall to astound my eyes, too.

The editorial can be found by clicking here and what threw me for a loop was this assertion...

The Times decided to publish anyway, letting Mr. Fratto know about its decision a week ago Wednesday. The Times agreed to delay publishing by a day to give Mr. Fratto a chance to bring the appropriate Treasury official home from overseas. Based on his own discussions with Times reporters and editors, Mr. Fratto says he believed "they had about 80% of the story, but they had about 30% of it wrong." So the Administration decided that, in the interest of telling a more complete and accurate story, they would declassify a series of talking points about the program. They discussed those with the Times the next day, June 22.

Around the same time, Treasury contacted Journal reporter Glenn Simpson to offer him the same declassified information. Mr. Simpson has been working the terror finance beat for some time, including asking questions about the operations of Swift, and it is a common practice in Washington for government officials to disclose a story that is going to become public anyway to more than one reporter. Our guess is that Treasury also felt Mr. Simpson would write a straighter story than the Times, which was pushing a violation-of-privacy angle; on our reading of the two June 23 stories, he did...


As Senator Byrd would say...HEAR ME, NOW! Besides the obvious sucky math, (80% + 30% = 100%? I guess that explains their polls, eh?) the WSJ editors are reporting that the NYT was going to write the story on the so-called "secret" program but had "about 30% of it wrong" so the administration, in the interest of clarity provided the correct information?!
And they say the NYT blabbed?!

Again I say

Does it strike anyone else as strange that the same people who are saying the NYT "helped terrorists" by publishing the article basically admitted to proofreading and correcting the article?!

Are they saying here that they didn't want the NYT to "help terrorists" if they weren't going to get it right?

"No, no, no...here's how we really do it!"

What exactly is that all about?



edited title...
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Posted by Career Prole in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Thu May 18th 2006, 03:15 PM
If you've ever been bankrupt, or lived on the edge of bankrupt (paycheck to paycheck just-survivin') this should make you angry, because you're the intended collateral damage in this particular scheme. I stress "intended" because they know some of you will be ruined, they don't care, and they don't f&*king care who knows it.

Lacker: Innovation Driving Credit Boom

WASHINGTON - A wave of innovation in consumer credit markets has driven a surge in credit availability for the average consumer, but that rapid growth has also seen an increase in "bad outcomes," according to Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond President Jeffrey Lacker.

Still, that increase in credit problems does not mean supervisors should restrict certain lending practices, Lacker said Thursday.

In the text of a speech given in Norfolk, Va., Lacker said "the expansion of retail credit has brought an increase in what one might call 'bad outcomes' — households that face high debt burdens, have trouble meeting payment commitments, and perhaps even default and resort to bankruptcy."


<snip>

...new, more advanced pricing models have allowed banks to extend nontraditional mortgage products to new borrowers, including those with lower creditworthiness, he said.

But with those changes comes more risk, Lacker said, while noting that innovation is an "inherently risky activity."


These bastards are predators, plain and simple.

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Posted by Career Prole in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Thu Apr 20th 2006, 11:28 AM
Bolten: You can't play Legos today Mr. President. Hu's paying an official visit.

Bush: That's what I wanna find out.

Bolten: I said Hu's visiting today.

Bush: You know the fellow's name?

Bolten: Certainly!

Bush: Well then who's visiting?

Bolten: Yes!

Bush: I mean the fellow's name!

Bolten: Hu!

Bush: The guy visiting!

Bolten: Hu!

Bush: The official visitor!

Bolten: HU!

Bush: The reason I can't build a Lego democracy today!

Bolten: Hu is the reason there's no play-time today!

Bush: Now whaddya askin' me for?

Bolten: I'm telling you Hu is visiting.

Bush: Well, I'm asking YOU who's visiting!

Bolten: That's the man's name.

Bush: That's whose name?

Bolten: Yes.

Bush: Well go ahead and tell me.

Bolten: Hu.

Bush: The guy visiting.

Bolten: Hu!

Bush: My official visitor.

Bolten: Hu is the visitor!

Bush: Have I ever met this guy?

Bolten: Absolutely....he was here in May of 2002, and then you visited him last year.

Bush: Who?

Bolten: Well, naturally!

Bush: When we set a new trade deficit record, who gets the money?

Bolten: Every dollar. Why not? The man's entitled to it.

Bush: Who is?

Bolten: Yes. Sometimes he rolls it over looking to parlay it.

Bush: Who does?

Bolten: Yes.

Bush: I'm fixin' to fire you next, bubba...look, let's go meet who ya got.

Bolten: Yes sir, right away.



Bush Welcomes Hu to White House

Edit for gettin' one of the "Hu's" and a "who's" mixed up...
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Posted by Career Prole in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Tue Apr 11th 2006, 06:00 PM
that other (whiter) Americans don't want to do...

Modesto-area Marine killed in Iraq
Associated Press

CERES, Calif. - A 24-year-old woman who was inspired to join the Marines after her younger twin brothers enlisted was fatally shot in the head in Iraq over the weekend.

Lance Cpl. Juana Navarro, of Ceres, was killed Saturday while guarding other soldiers during a mission in the Iraqi province of Anbar, said Marine Capt. Donn Puca.

"This was something she always wanted to do," said her older sister, Beatriz Lopez.

She left for duty in May, her family said.

Navarro was born in Michoacan, Mexico, and she and a twin sister became U.S. citizens at age 13. She graduated from Johansen High School in Modesto in 2000, where she volunteered with special education children...

LINK





...just like them republicans are sayin'.
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Posted by Career Prole in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Sat Apr 08th 2006, 09:19 PM
From the Marine Corps Times yesterday...
Corps sacks three commanders
Battalion under investigation in deaths of 15 Iraqi civilians


By Gidget Fuentes and John Hoellwarth
Times staff writers

Three officers — including an infantry battalion commander and two of his company commanders — were fired April 7 for “lack of confidence,” a Corps spokesman said. Relieved were Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani, who commanded the Camp Pendleton, Calif.-based 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines; India Company commander Capt. James Kimber; and Kilo Company commander Capt. Luke McConnell, said 2nd Lt. Lawton King, a spokesman for 1st Marine Division at Camp Pendleton.

Officials previously have confirmed that Chessani’s battalion was under investigation for an alleged Nov. 19 rampage by the battalion’s Kilo Company Marines in the Iraqi city of Haditha that left 15 civilians dead, including seven women and three children.

The civilian deaths occurred after a roadside bomb killed one of 3/1’s Marines during a combat patrol.

The decision to relieve the three officers was made by Maj. Gen. Richard Natonski, 1st Marine Division commander, “due to lack of confidence in their leadership abilities stemming from their performance during a recent deployment to Iraq,” King said...


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I rest my case.
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