My company designed and built what is essentially a private air terminal. It's been completed, open, and ready for business. So what's it like inside?
The place is virtually a palace. The lobby has a grand piano. A grand fucking piano.
Private meeting rooms, a bedroom, and bathrooms so clean you could do neurosurgery in them, and avoid certain leg-stretching Congressmen.
Catered food. No fast-food restaurants.
Personalized service. The women who work the counters know your name. No $15 bag check fee bullshit.
No TSA security lines. No six-ounce rule. No liquid rule. You just walk right in and get on the plane, if you want.
This is how the upper 1% lives. And this is just one of 1,000 reasons why our wages will never, ever increase.
The right has had a lot of disgusting talking points lately, but the phony math and logic they're using to prove this one (teachers make $58,000 a year, and with all the benefits they get it adds to over $107,000!!!") is seriously making my blood boil. My mom is a teacher. I know teachers. A lot of them work multiple jobs to make ends meet - they're overworked, severely underpaid, and under appreciated. And now for these fucking cretins to tell them that they "make too much money" and that "public schools are babysitting" is an insult to the education profession. They're taking this shit way too far this time, and I'm not going to stand for it.
You know who is making too much money? The Wall Street corporate mafia. They're hoarding trillions - giving it all to themselves, and they have the balls to say that the one profession that affects everybody is "making too much money". Every time I read about banks like Goldman-Sachs giving out six and seven figure bonuses to themselves, I wonder what they did to deserve it. Probably nothing. And with everything that's happening in Wisconsin, Egypt, Bahrain, and now Morocco, people everywhere are saying "We've had enough". It's time to do that here and tell these banks, corporate criminals and pundits where they can stick it.
I have to thank the good people at the Cracked.com forums for finding this, but it's damn scary:
Don't get me wrong, I'm totally happy that the people of Egypt were able to rise up and kick that billionaire asshole to the curb, but that doesn't mean that we shouldn't lose focus on who the real enemy is. I'm of course talking about this:
Oil Prices: Egypt's Crisis Could Hurt Europe First
Oil tanker in Suez Canal
Some crude oil prices brushed $100 a barrel Monday as fears escalated that the violence in Egypt would spread to other parts of the oil-producing Middle East. But so far, no reports have surfaced that the disturbances in Egypt have disrupted oil deliveries.
Brent crude oil surged to $99.97 a barrel on London's ICE futures exchange, up about 5% since the beginning of last week, when violence spread from Tunisia to Egypt. In U.S. trading, West Texas Intermediate shot up 1.7% on Monday, but was still somewhat cheaper than Brent crude, its European counterpart.
Julius Walker, a senior analyst at the International Energy Agency in Paris, says the organization has received no reports that oil shipments were being delayed, but the website of the agency that runs the Suez Canal has been shut down by the ban on Internet use in Egypt, so a precise reading isn't available.
Koch brothers now at heart of GOP power
The billionaire brothers' influence is most visible in the makeup of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where members have vowed to undo restrictions on greenhouse gases.
Reporting from Washington — The billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch no longer sit outside Washington's political establishment, isolated by their uncompromising conservatism. Instead, they are now at the center of Republican power, a change most evident in the new makeup of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Wichita-based Koch Industries and its employees formed the largest single oil and gas donor to members of the panel, ahead of giants like Exxon Mobil, contributing $279,500 to 22 of the committee's 31 Republicans, and $32,000 to five Democrats.
Remember, while we're fighting with each other over stupid partisan political nonsense, the real criminals of this country are getting away with it. We must stop it.
Let me first start by saying I'm one of your biggest fans. Watching the Daily Show, it's reruns, and correspondents, particularly those of Lewis Black, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, Samantha Bee, Ed Helms, and Rob Corddry has kept me from going berserk, especially during the worst of the Bush years, and now what is to become the worst of the tea bag years.
However, your message which started at the Rally to Restore Sanity, and continued into last night's (1/10/2011) opening monologue was that you cant predict crazy. That we should continue to compromise and find common ground.
With last weekend's shootings that took the lives of six innocent people, and serverly jeopardized that of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, I'm done trying to find common ground with the Republicans. I'm done compromising. They have, for years - ever since Fox called Bush for Florida despite clear evidence showing Gore won - been stomping on us liberals, the "little guy". Actually you could go even further than that - back to when Jimmy Carter lost and Reagan won. That's really the start of this kind of crazy. There is no excuse for the violent rhetoric that is spewing out of the minds of the likes of the Limbaughs, Hannitys, and Coulters of the world. There is no excuse for the Michelle Malkins and Glenn Becks. There's no excuse for this:
"I tell people don't kill all the liberals. Leave enough so we can have two on every campus—living fossils—so we will never forget what these people stood for" - Rush Limbaugh
""The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism, and become lesbians"" - Pat Robertson
Or even Glenn Beck openly advocating for the murder of Michael Moore - a frequent guest on your show - on his show. It's that type of mentality that has caused us to predict this type of crazy. I've said for years that they wont rest until someone gets killed. And by they, I mean "the teabaggers". The anti-government crowd. Somalia would be a place for these people to live. A place where everyone has guns, and no one's in charge. That would be their ideal government, and sometimes I feel like that's where we're headed.
I really hate to bring up another tragedy - the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah building in Oklahoma City, but it's really the only favorable comparison I could make. Or how about the tragic shooting of a Knoxville, TN Unitarian Universalist church, which the shooter said "I wanted to kill all the liberals in the house and senate".
It's a huge pattern that's only going to get worse unless we stop it. You are in a position to get people to stop it. The crap that is being spewed out of the mouths of the right is so violent and hateful that it would make even the most hardcore death metal bands blush. And the difference between hardcore death metal and what Rush Limbaugh says? We know the death metal bands are here for our entertainment.
Limbaugh isn't. You may say "Oh but Limbaugh and Beck and his ilk are just here to entertain us." They're not. They're pundits with an agenda. One that is very dangerous and very scary - the ultimate false equivalency they have been able to come up with is that of the liberal media. There really isn't. It's right and far right. I have many close friends and relatives who listen to and take these people seriously. And it's that line of violent thinking that leads to mob mentality, and mob mentality is not good for any government, past, present or future. Mob mentality got the teabaggers elected in the first place, and the next Congress is going to wreck serious havoc on the lives of everyone it touches. Thanks to this incident, and the only good thing to come out of it, is that right-wing bullies have been exposed for who they are. And they're in full-on denial mode.
That said I will continue to watch and laugh at the mistakes that these people make on a daily basis. Or maybe I'm just reading too much into this.
Verizon To Reprimand, Fire Employees Who Try To Save Customers Money
Internal Verizon memos reveal that the wireless ogre is eager to reprimand or fire customer service representatives who proactively recommend blocking access to the company's overpriced data services. The company is also going to be stingier about issuing back credits to customers who spot unnecessary and unwanted services littering their monthly bills. The New York Times asked Verizon to explain itself, and the answer wasn't all that surprising.
According to the Times' tipster:
Effective this past month, all CSRs
* Web Access Blocks
* Data Blocks
* Premium SMS blocking
* Application download blocking
* Vcast Music or Vcast Video download blocks
Essentially, we are to upsell customers on the $9.99 25mb/month or $29.99 unlimited packages for customers. Customers are not to be credited for charges unless they ask for the credit. And in cases such as data or premium SMS, where the occurrences may have gone months without the consumer noticing, only an initial credit can be issued.
Absolutely fucking disgusting. I wish I could say this were an isolated incident but it isn't. It's just another reminder that the corporatocracy can and will fuck with us at any time they want, and they're the ones laughing all the way to the bank. The prophet George Carlin put it best - "The rich make all the money, pay none of the taxes. The middle class pays all the taxes, does all the work, and the poor are there just to scare the shit out of the middle class! Keep them showing up at those jobs!". It's the truth. Look at BP even, the mere fact that they even have $20 billion in profit to put into that relief fund is disturbing in and of itself. How much fucking money does one corporation need to survive? It's not exactly like they pay or treat their employees well with it, even Warren Buffett - the richest guy in America, said his own secretary only makes $60K. And most don't even do anything with it, they stick all those untold billions in an offshore bank account and let it collect interest. They pay little to no taxes on that money. And there's no estate tax so when the spoiled offspring - who you see peddled on those horrid shows on MTV and Bravo - of these assholes inherits it, they don't pay. Once you start putting profit as the be-all, end-all of society, we're truly fucked.
Today we salute you, Mr. Tea Party rally attender...,..
Mr. Tea Part Rally Attenderrrrrrrr...
You are so blinded by your hate and contempt for the other side you will do anything you are told to make it right.
You march down Main Street and proudly hold your misspelled protest signs high.
You're a shining example to people of intelligence who wonder "Where did we go wrong?"
So crack open a cold one, defender of the idiot illuminati, you've earned it.
Mr. Tea Party Rally Attennnnnnnnnnnnder
Anheuser Busch, St. Louis, Missouri.
I am a:
(_) College republican
(_) City council member
(_) Wall Street Executive
(_) Talk Show Host
(_) Fundamentalist fire-and-brimstone preacher
(_) Congressional representative
(_) Presidential candidate
I got caught because I did one or more of the following:
(_) Cheated on my wife
(_) Cheated on my mistress
(_) Child molestation/pornography
(_) Did a shitload of drugs and/or alcohol
(_) Slept with some hookers
(_) Killed a hooker
(_) Killed some innocent civilians
(_) Got a DUI
(_) Destroyed one or more vehicles
(_) Accidentally shot my hunting partner in the face
(_) Made a blatantly racist comment
(_) Have ties to white supremacist groups
(_) Have ties to anti-GLBT groups
(_) Took trips to foreign countries on the taxpayer's dollar for sex
(_) Took my company's payroll to Vegas and bet it all on #6
(_) Stole my company's payroll and moved it to offshore bank accounts
(_) Denied paying my taxes despite raising them 1500%
(_) Hypocritical douchebaggery
(_) Other (explain)________________________________________
I will appear on one or more of the following talk shows to explain my actions:
(_) Rush Limbaugh
(_) Glenn Beck
(_) Bill O'Reilly
(_) Neil Cavuto
(_) Greta Van Susteren
(_) Insane local radio talk show host
I will redeem myself through one or more of the following:
(_) Explain that the Bible is the source of my actions
(_) Give the money back but thanks to loopholes I dont really have to
give that much back
(_) Jail time
(_) Religious fullfillment
(_) Spending time w/family to shut up nosy reporters
(_) Re-baptismal ceremony makes the church goers happy
(_) Testify before Congress and/or local courts to prove
(_) Hire a suave publicist who will ensure that I look
good explaining my actions
Scandal will be covered up through:
(_) Use of force
(_) Use of excessive propaganda
(_) Rush Limbaugh explaining that I did nothing wrong
(_) Taxpayer gets $300 to keep quiet until next general election
(_) Officials / reporters get bribed to keep quiet
(_) Huge catastrophe or celebrity death knocks news of scandal to page 23
George W. Bush:
1. I'm pretty sure there's a lot more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking. And I plan on finding out what that is.
2. Goodbye from the world's biggest polluter.
3. We've got a lot of relations with countries in our neighborhood.
4. You gotta tame the beast before you let it out of its cage.
5. I can press when there needs to be pressed; I can hold hands when there needs to be -- hold hands.
6. How can we be expected to teach children to learn how to read if they can't even fit inside the building?
7. I don't particularly like it when people put words in my mouth, either, by the way, unless I say it.
8. My job is a job to make decisions. I'm a decision -- if the job description were, what do you do -- it's decision maker.
9. You think that you're too cool for school, but I have a newsflash for you Walter Cronkite... you aren't.
10. As yesterday's positive report card shows, childrens do learn when standards are high and results are measured.
Here they are:
11 Worst Companies In America
11. Burger King
While at least SOME fast food companies are trying to help solve America's obesity crisis, Burger King is doing nothing. In fact, they are accelerating the process. The latest menu entrees include a quadruple bacon cheeseburger, something called "Chicken Fries", and a 900 calorie breakfast sandwich. At least they'll be keeping America's cardiologists busy for quite a while.
A company based out of Ohio, whose CEO, a right-wing fundamentalist Christian, promised in 2004 that they would be "committed to bringing Ohio's electoral votes to the President", and they did exactly that. Thanks to them and their faulty voting machines (which Purdue professors claim are easier to rig than most Vegas slot machines), we are now stuck with that maniacal dictator until January 20th, 2009.
9. Focus On The Family
This dangerous lobbying group headed by the Rev. James Dobson, tries to pass itself off as a religious organization by turning America's megachurches into political indoctrination centers (which in turn, has spawned religious lunacy not seen since the 14th Century). Its primary goal is to turn America into a theocratic police state, but they so far have gone about achieving their impossible goal in the same way that Wiley Coyote tries to catch the Road Runner.
Do you have erection problems or an incurable STD like genital herpes? Do you watch their nauseating ads and think that you feel inadequate? This is one of the big pharmaceutical companies who spends millions of dollars on advertising and lobbying while jacking up the cost of America's medications so high that the average person needs to take out a trust fund to be able to afford them.
7. Dell Computer
When the technical support staff of Dell Computer suddenly disappeared without a trace, Michael Dell was at Congress' feet begging them to support something called outsourcing. It means that he can get away with firing all of his staff, sending those jobs to India where he can pay his employees peanuts, and in return, he makes another couple billion dollars. Asswipe.
We all know about Wal-Mart's piss-poor working conditions, slave labor hours, and not giving their employees the insurance they need. But a little-known fact about Wal-Mart is not only do they make the equivalent of the GDP of a small country, they can make or break the GDPs of the small countries they choose to manufacture their goods.
5. Clear Channel
Not only does Clear Channel have practically a monopoly on America's concert venues, radio stations, and virtually every available square inch of advertising space, they also own the radio broadcasting rights to most of America's mind-numbing right-wing radio talk show hosts. Which includes Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, and Sean Hannity, among others. Which pretty much shows you which side of the fence they fall on.
4. The Recording Industry Association Of America (RIAA)
During Bill Clinton's last two years in office, Metallica started a feud against Napster. That feud caught the attention of the RIAA, which lobbied Congress to get the Digital Millennium Copyright Act passed. Since then, the RIAA has taken to extremes getting one file-sharing after another, arresting college students who couldn't make the ridiculously high bails, and basically all but declaring war on its own customers.
3. Verizon Wireless
When the illegal wiretapping scandal turned from conspiracy theory into big time news last year, Verizon was one of the first to admit that they sold private data, including customers' phone calls and social security numbers to spy agencies like the NSA and the CIA for the purposes of surveill.... er, protecting American citizens (from what? We still are not clear about that).
2. Halliburton / KBR
In the last six years, the White House has now become a wholly owned subsidiary of Halliburton, Inc. Since taking office, Dick Cheney, Halliburton's former CEO has all but denied any claims that his VP status has given Halliburton practically a monopoly on all no-bid government contracts. Also since Cheney took office, the company has been embroidered in scandal after scandal, the latest is the crapshoot conditions at the Walter Reed hospital (where our troops are being sent after getting injured in combat) outside of Arlington, Virginia. Meanwhile, subsidiary KBR has been contracted by the government to build Hitler-style concentration camps for unknown purposes. YET.
Polluting the enviroment (while simultaneously bribing America's top scientists to suppress that information), jacking up the cost of oil and gas to unheard of prices, all while their big, fat former CEO got a nice big, fat retirement package (to the tune of $400 million) is just another year for the most corrupt company in America. While Bush has been in office, the price of gas has tripled, thanks to them. Global warming has escalated to the point where it's now a major crisis, and they are denying its mere existance.
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