Sunday, December 13, 2009

Branch Rivalry

Found this while cleaning off my desktop...

Silverlight Confidence

Spell it right Microsoft and maybe I'll install it (last seen here):


Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Sad Days for the Proletariat

Crap like this is why I'm deeply discouraged with politics in our country:

The DHS decision under the former Bush administration extended from 12 months to 29 months the amount of time STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) students are allowed to work after graduation under the OPT (Optional Practical Training) program. The IRLI claims the decision allows unlimited numbers of foreign students to work as candidate H-1B workers, directly competing with qualified Americans.

The Court of Appeals held that American STEM workers do not have the standing to challenge the regulation because they are not within the zone of interests of the foreign student visa provision.
U.S. workers do not have standing in court to sue the government who is expanding a program that steals jobs and dilutes wages. It's disgusting enough that something like the H-1B program (and it's myriad of knockoffs) exists, but then to suffer this as well at the hands of our government?

Corporate, elite whores one and all.

How about some more? How about the Fed overpaying for some AIG divisions so that the goons who run AIG won't miss out on their bonuses? Hear the noise from Congress on the Fed blowing $25 billion of taxpayer money without so much as a poll? Me neither.

How about the government trying to pass "cap and tax" so that GE can get rich?

How about the Supreme Court voting that our private property is only ours as long as Costco doesn't want to build a store on it?

How about the Fed and the Treasury conspiring to devalue the dollar so that the bankers can get rich while we pay twice as much as we should for a gallon of gas (at least for now, look for 4x as much in the not too distant future if this keeps up).

How about letting out lifer prisoners because our rulers would rather sleep snugly behind their gated communities knowing that they didn't kill any nasty, bad men. The havoc they cause outside their castle walls is someone else's problem (SEP). If that wasn't bad enough they force that crappy vision onto our military so that they can needlessly die in places that don't give a lick for the delusional vision of our elites.

And so on...

Then what is there to comment on? No point in debating anything at the moment. The common schlep knows that he's getting boned by everyone from government unions to corporate elites while our elected officials, nearly to a man, look desperately for some way to keep the 'boning' going.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Exchange Student Notes #3

(We are hosting an exchange student from China for this school year. Sally is her phony baloney American name)

  • I love how she took a bite of a cheesecake that I had made, and although you could tell that her stomach was telling her to wolf it down, you could also tell that she was thinking that she was five bites away from going back home as the 'fat American' and having all of her friends laugh and point at her. She deferred to the mincemeat pie.
  • We rented GI Joe (yes, it was free) and although I'm not partial to subtitles they make it easier for Sally to watch English language movies and I figured the less I saw of that movie the better so I turned them on. Good golly, I was thinking that movie would have been dramatically better with no dialog at all. It turned my stomach, but Sally loved the movie a bunch. Probably something along the same lines of my listening to sugary J-POP tunes, the full force of the artist's intent doesn't come across, making the inept end product more palatable to those who cannot completely understand it.
  • After catching that new Disney Christmas Carol movie (yes, free, again) we stopped by Skyline. I had already eaten my calorie quota that night (and then some) so I passed on getting anything (feel free to be amazed). Kid Sandmich got a jumbo three way and I explained to Sally that many years ago I'd eat two of those, four chili-cheese coneys (she was eating 1) and an order of garlic bread all in one sitting (feel free to be amazed again). She got a mildly puzzled look and stated that most Americans she sees eat a lot "but dad, you eat..." and then made a small oval with both of her hands. I then explained that after years of eating two jumbo three ways, four cheese coneys, and an order of garlic bread in one sitting, that my big eating days are unfortunately behind me (hopefully!).
  • She also caught a high school football game, but didn't care for it. She thought that basketball was much better, though I'm sure the fact that being out in the cold rain to watch the football game influenced her decision.
  • Mrs. Sandmich had set a 'rule' for Sally that she could sleep in as long as she liked on her days off of school so that she could talk to her family the night before. If we do the Exchange student thing again this rule will need to be shot down. I was okay with knowing that she would be skipping breakfast, but this past weekend she got up at quarter till four (and no that's not AM) making the planning of anything iffy.