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Happy Father’s Day!

Father’s – Take a break from your norm and allow yourself to Enjoy the Day

Something out the norm – Enjoy & share if you like…


More than 200 dancers were performing their version of “Do Re Mi”, in the Central Station of Antwerp. with just 2 rehearsals they created this amazing stunt!  Those 4 fantastic minutes started the 23 of march 2009, 08:00 AM.  It is a promotion stunt for a Belgian television program, where they are looking for someone to play the leading role, in the musical of “The Sound of Music”.

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June 21, 2009 at 3:13 pm

Rick Scott / CPR Healthcare TV AD is BULL CRAP

Rick ScottWho is CPR and who is Rick Scott?

Go to and see for yourself.   Trust me, it’s worth the time to click and see!  (link)

Is it not time to do something?   Are you going to allow thief’s and those who commit fraud with your tax dollars be the very ones that dictate what your nations healthcare reform will be?  You can STOP this!


Tell NBC & Meet the Press: Don’t Air Rick Scott’s Phony “Documentary”


To see how else you can HELP – Visit Healthcare-Now &  the Physicians for a National Health Program


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Odd Todd on – Laid Off Help Wanted!

If you are not familiar with Odd Todd and you have been Laid Off  then I suggest you visit Todd’s web site (LINK).  No, this won’t help you find a job, but it will open up your creative thinking skills!  Todd has created some seriously funny cartoons about being unemployed.  And, there are a lot of us that need a good laugh about this situation!

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Happy Easter All

easterbunny1cA collection of thoughts on this holiday…

The word Easter is derived from the Germanic goddess Eostre who, was a fertility goddess. There is some evidence showing that Easter’s origins precede the modern Christian holiday by more than 2,000 years!

Easter has its roots in ancient pagan tradition, and was a Springtime fertility festival , which is where the bunnies and the eggs come in.   They were incorporated into Christian Easter by a process of religious syncretism.

When the Romans were spreading across Europe, there were a lot of different religions, and assimilating people to Christianity was a challenge.  Instead of simply forcing a whole new religion on people, they simply adopted traditional dates and celebrated the Christian holidays on those same dates.

Scripture does not support this pre-Christian holiday and, in fact, condemns such celebrations.  Because scripture condemns pagan practices and the worship of false gods. 

Simply claiming that something is Christian or is done to honor God doesn’t make it acceptable, or does it?   Difficult as it may be to admit, Easter merely continues the practices pagans followed thousands of years ago to honor their existent or their nonexistent gods… 

These are just a collection of thoughts from various sources and some of my own on the origins of Easter, so regardless of – please:

Enjoy & Have a Wonderful Easter Holiday!

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April 12, 2009 at 4:17 am

GM CEO Rick Wagoner – Fired by President Obama!


GM CEO resigns at Obama’s behest

 By MIKE ALLEN & JOSH GERSTEIN | 3/29/09 5:23 PM / Politico

The Obama administration asked Rick Wagoner, the chairman and CEO of General Motors, to step down and he agreed, a White House official said.

On Monday, President Barack Obama is to unveil his plans for the auto industry, including a response to a request for additional funds by GM and Chrysler. The plan is based on recommendations from the Presidential Task Force on the Auto Industry, headed by the Treasury Department.

The White House confirmed Wagoner was leaving at the government’s behest after The Associated Press reported his immediate departure, without giving a reason.

General Motors issued a vague statement Sunday night that did not officially confirm Wagoner’s departure.

“We are anticipating an announcement soon from the Administration regarding the restructuring of the U.S. auto industry. We continue to work closely with members of the Task Force and it would not be appropriate for us to speculate on the content of any announcement,” the company said.

The surprise announcement about the classically iconic American corporation is perhaps the most vivid sign yet of the tectonic change in the relationship between business and government in this era of subsidies and bailouts.   (read the whole story)

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The Unemployment Rate is What?

ccc-unemployed_menThe “official” unemployment rate that is “released” to compare apples to apples by the US government every month is somewhat misleading!  The “official” unemployment rate dramatically understates the true number of unemployed and underemployed.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics releases six different numbers every month: U-1, U-2, U-3, U-4, U-5 and U-6  (LINK)

U-3 is the “official” released unemployment rate. This number came was 8.1% for February 2009.   U3: Total unemployed, as a percent of the civilian labor force (official unemployment rate.

In reality, the U6  rate was much higher. If you want to be honest about the employment situation, then you should refer to U-6.  This number was 14.8% in February 2009.  And, if not seasonally adjusted the number comes in at 16.0%.   U6: Total unemployed, plus all marginally attached workers, plus total employed part time for economic reasons, as a percent of the civilian labor force plus all marginally attached workers.

As is the case with any set of numbers, one can usually twist them to best present one desired outcome.  The often-quoted unemployment rate of 24.75% in 1933 ( The Great Depression) would be a great deal lower if it was calculated according to today’s “official” formula – maybe 5-10% lower…  

So if you are like me today, (unemployed) trying hard to find work in this dismal market and sending resumes into a black hole…  The unemployment percentage  is just another dark cloud to further depress you!   You might just for the hell of it, send one to IBM with an e-mail and ask why they plan to lay off 5000, and then plan to outsource all the work to India? (LINK)   There’s a thought – Move to India!  You can buy a brand new 2009 Tata Automobile for under $2K!

Need a break from sending resumes out – Visit Odd Todd for a great laugh!

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The Scotts Company discriminating against smokers!

smoker1Tobacco Users – DON’T BUY The Scotts Company Products!

Being un-employed, I spend a great deal of time applying for work. This week I ran across an open position with The Scotts Company.  They market and distribute lawn fertilizers.  Some environmentalists would have great issues with these products… but they have rights under our laws that allow them to market these products.. The on-line application process, after entering some basic stuff leads you to their Anti-Smoking Policy Agreement.

As a tobacco-free Company, COMPANY NAME policy is to not hire candidates who use tobacco. Are you a tobacco user?

(Please note: Nicotine testing is included as part of our pre-hire screening process. The use of nicotine replacement therapies may result in a positive test result which will disqualify candidates from employment consideration.)


I was shocked!  This company that markets potentially lethal products is bold faced discriminating!  This policy applies 24/7.  You are not compensated 24/7!  I  researched for additional information to see who else is doing this. It turns out the Scotts Company is a trend setter…   It appears they are doing this as a means to reduce their health-care benefits cost.  So how far do they intend to take such actions…  Being overweight, being pregnant, engaging in sports, and I could go on forever… can all negatively impact health-care cost. 

Tobacco use is legal if one is over age 18.  I believe that the Scotts Company is discriminating against qualified candidates for jobs and is not an equal opportunity employer.   Please join me in spreading the word and not purchasing their products! 

Investigation Concerning Termination of Smokers And/Or Charging Smokers Higher Healthcare or Disability Premiums   (link)

In 30 states and the District of Columbia, state law makes it illegal for companies to impose smoking bans on their employees when they are off duty. In addition, the federal employee benefits law, ERISA, prevents employers from discriminating against and/or firing employees, here smokers, to interfere with the attainment of any right under a benefit plan, here the right to health benefits.

Recently, a number of companies, including Weyco and The Scotts Company, have instituted policies to terminate smokers, even if those persons do not smoke at work. The reason cited by companies such as Weyco and Scotts, for adoption of these policies is increased healthcare costs. Click here for more examples. Both liberal and conservative civil liberties groups have denounced these policies as an improper invasion of employee’s rights to conduct activities on their off hours.  READ MORE

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