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Employer // Employee Pathology

Andrew Young.  Former staffer to US Presidential hopeful John Edwards.  New allegation recently surfaced about a plan Edwards had for Young.  Here is the situation…Edwards gets with this woman, a film producer for his campaign called Hunter.  Ms. Hunter and Edwards have this affair.  What blows my mind about this…especially as regards Staffer Andrew Young, is that Edwards impregnated Hunter…THEN tells Andrew Young to claim the kid as his.  !!!!!?????

What kind of insane pathology leads to this kind of thing?  I have NEVER liked a boss enough to do something like that.  This goes beyond loyalty…especially inan employer//employee relationship.  It smacks of exploitation, pure and simple.  There is an air of “Do this for me…or else…” about it.  I have no evidence of it, but come on.  We’re all adults here.  Why would Young do this except under the promise of great reward or under threat of job termination?  I can not imagine forgetting that to be employed to someone is to sells your labor to them.  It’s business.  Ideology clouds that often…and coersion from multiple angles…but the truth remains…if you have a job…you are selling your labor. 

It’s things like this that make me realize more and more that Bosses Day is every day.  Be careful out there.

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The Hard Sell

I just survived a 20 minute proselytizing session with a guy trying to get me to convert to Shi’a Islam.  Wow.  WOW.  All before noon, on a Thursday?  Ahhh, an interesting life is often also a nerve wracking one.  He was kind of giving me the hard sell, but in a generally nice way.  I think he’s concerned witht he fact that I’m a non-believer.  In his words, I rely on reason, and that’s good, so I need to follow Shi’a Islam because it’s a way to have a measurable relationship with the creator.  He’s a nice enough guy for sure, but we’re really coming from different places on this one.  I fear I’ll be disappointing him and not converting, but it was a nice enough talk, if not a bit tiring.

I’ve been having fun with my 3 mile runs.  I’m due for a long one soon, so we’ll see how that works out.  I’m at work all day (with a long break in the middle of the day) so I plan on doing some running today, mid day as well.  Salad for brekkie again = rocket fuel!

I also got to practice some football last night.  It was small, 4-a-side, but still lots of fun and a pretty good run.  I’m almost a little sad to move indoors in two weeks.  The up side is that more folks will show up, and that’s always fun.

I’ve taken to doing a pretty solid old person thing.  lately I’ve been having MSNBC on in the background when I’m at home doing other stuff…most of note, reading comic books (Thor and Daredevil).  I can’t help but think they balance each other out.  The kerfuffle over the healthcare in the US, combined with the insanity of the new resurgence of culture wars makes me want to read comics and watch sports center and do little else.  Keepin’ it real…keepin’ it balanced.

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Various and Sundry…

I’ve been working regularly, running lots and playing football.  Sounds good, right?  It is.  I clocked a 7.5 mile run last week.  New personal longest!  WOO HOO!  I’m back into doing some shorter runs also.  It’s good to get these in with the longer ones, for sure.  I’m on the case for that 10 mile sooner rather than later.  I’ve been asked to run a half marathon next year with a friend, so I better be on the good foot!

Aside from running lots I’ve been watching the news.  Watching the news, especially when the news is based around the Health Care discussion, makes me want to read comic books and watch Sports Center.  It’s quite frustrating.  I actually care about this stuff, too!  As much as I’d like to divorce myself from this stuff, I can’t.  I still read Commie papers (here) and books about politics (here)  or (here), no matter how much I complain about all of this noise.  That said, I get crazy frustrated when I hear Ariana Huffington on Morning Joe talking about how what is going on in the fiscal sector of the US right now is NOT capitalism.  That is SUCH crap.  This is capitalism, pure and simple.  This is 21st century capitalism in every way…the product of 20 plus years of oversights getting repealed.  It’s American capitalism, PURE AND SIMPLE.  Making some overature to how “real” capitalism isn’t like this is disingenuous and harmful.

Time for more comic books and Sports Center.  …AND a nice salad for breakfast.

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“Lashing” means what, exactly?

Media outlets are reporting that Barney Frank “lashed out” at some joker at a town hall meeting who was calling Obama Hitler because he wants me to have health care. (This clown even had a picture of Obama with a Hitler ‘stache).  Check it out here.  You can see a Youtube clip of it from CNN HERE.

I think Rep. Frank’s comments are justified, and they IN NO WAY constitute a “lashing” out.  Seriously, when did these people get to be a legitimate voice in political discourse, with extensive segments on cable news?  Nothing Frank did was inappropriate or “lashing out.”  He actually did quite well with this!

Rick Perlstein in the Washington Post really speks about this well.  Check it HERE.  He asks the right questions in this piece. 

Let’s not water the crazy tree.

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[Old Time] Music – A Bit of Nostalgia

Last night, after I posted the earlier bit about running, my Missus had a run in with the cat.  The younger of the felines enjoys using the corner of the wall in the dining room as a scratching post.  To get him to stop, when he does this we spray a little perfume that my Missus doesn’t use anymore on the corner where he was scratching.  It seems to work for a few days a time.  Well, my missus was a bit at the end of her tether with young Thunder Paws and sprayed a number of times and kind of fumed me out!  I wasn’t into sitting inside a cloud of perfume, so I trundled off to the upstairs.

In the warmth of the office, I did something that I had been meaning to get to for a week or more.  I had been meaning to get back into some of my old records – specifically the Inchworm Records “FOOD NOT BOMBS BENEFIT” LP.  That record is SO GREAT.  I listened to it so much over the years.  Going back through and reading the booklet and listening to that record was simply wonderful.  It’s a bit much that I’ve had it since 1994, but hey, we all get older, right?   Looking at and listening to that inspired me to break out two boxes of 7″ ep records and look through them.  In some way it’s like art, or an artifact – especially when I’m not listening to the record itself, but just looking it it – reading it and taking it in.  Those records are AMAZING.  I don’t mean that the music is something perfect.  The aesthetic is what it is.  The sound and the style of those records and bands was a specific thing from a specifc time.  I happen to love the sound and the style, but that’s not what is amazing to me.  The fact that those records exist at all is what is amazing to me.  That the people involved were motivated enough to create those sounds, to make those noises and exist within those stylisitc cultures – all done by themselves – that is what still amazes me.

Many of my good friends who were around then like to downplay those days.  For some it all seems so silly now.  For others it is the manifestation of a lot of repression and misguided feelings – especially “guilt.”  If for my friends those days were something less than magical, I am sorry.  They were kind of magical for me.  Don’t get me wrong.  Life wasn’t perfect then, and those bands and records and styles didn’t make it perfect.  In addition, I look back on what I missed within the culture of those bands at that time – the shows I didn’t go to, the fests I missed out on, the records I never found or could not afford or chose poorly in regards to and passed up – and I know that my experience is limited and specific to me.  But even within all of this glorious imperfection, there existed a group of people attempting to make something of their own, and doing a rather amazing job of it when I look back now, 15 years later.   

So much of who I now am – who I STILL am – is tied up in those days.  I guess it’s all about developmental stages.  If those things had come about when I was younger or older I might not have the relationship with them that I now possess.  But I hit it at a sweet spot, so to speak.  I was at a point in my own personal, political, emotional and aesthetic development that really clicked with what was happening with those bands.  I’m still vegan.  I still – for whatever reason – keep up with news and politics and give a shit about social justice.  I still play music that has screamy vocals and most people call “noise” or more kindly, “noisy.”  I know that these things are tied to what I specifically experienced from late 1993 till 1995.  There was some after that, too I’m sure.  But this was the beginning of something.  I suppose for me it went on through the mid to late 90s in some capacity.  Again, developmental stages at work. 

Silly or not.  Waste of time or not.  Useless screaming that no one cared / cares about or not.  I can’t deny it.  I love that stuff.

It’s like visiting with good, old friends.

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When foolishness becomes devilish…

I heard this morning on MSNBC, from the mouth of one Joe Scarborough on his show “Morning Joe” (find out more about this train wreck of a broadcasting nightmare HERE), that for the last 8 or 9 years conservatives in the USA didn’t have a voice of the movement.  According to Joe, there was nobody getting the conservative ideology out there. 

Forget that the White House // Executive Branch was FAR Right Wing, and that they appointed the Judicial Branch with as many far right leaning justices (see Roberts, Alito etc.) as they could…forget that the House was Republican in majority until the last mid term election as well. 

Oh, and while we’re at it, forget the largest, MOST LISTENED TO radio show in the country is the Rush Limbaugh Show.  Also, we’ll want to forget the rest of Right Wing talk radio, including, but not limirted to Michael Savage and “The Savage Nation,” Glen Beck, Neal Boortz, “The Drudge Report,” Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly and “The O’Reilly Factor.”  We must also forget that almost ALL of these media personalities are multifaceted with some combination of radio, television and print all working at once.  Of course these people do live, in person events as well.

AND…let’s also remember that Joe Scarborough is a former GOP politician HIMSELF!!!  He has what could only be described as a bully pulpit from which to “talk conservative” as much as he wants (because of course, before there was “Morning Joe” he was the host of “Scarborough Country” on MSNBC). 

No voice?  For the last 8 to 9 years?  I clearly understand the rhetorical device of creating for one’s self the position of under dog (like when I hear Christian preachers on the car radio talk about “where will people in America hear about Jesus?” as I pass church after church and religious billboard after religious billboard).  Being the embattled under dog gives that particular position a feeling and tone of passion, right-against-might and romance.  Rhetorically those things are valuable…but in this case it’s all a huge fib. 

C’mon, Joe. 

Don’t let your foolishness turn into devilishness any more than it already has.

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Con

The network morning shows always do me a treat.  This morning I learned how to not fall prey to Internet romance scammers.  The tell tale signs, according to the report, included the big three:

spelling errors

poor grammar

being asked for money repeatedly

Amazing.  I suppose that since only the first two apply to A Casual Web Log that anyone who reads this knows I’m not an Internet romance scammer. 

The whole identity theft/Internet scam/Nigerian banker stuff just makes me tired.  As anyone who knows me can tell you, I am fascinated to the point of distraction with con artists.  It’s amazing stuff, to be certain.  The Internet scamming lacks any of the intrigue, or to be far too kind, grace of certain cons of ages past.

My favorite Internet scam that was attempted on me and my family is enshrined…I still have the email hanging on the wall of this office.  A nice fellow in Cote d’Ivoire named James Duma was just trying to find people with the surname of my Missus to attempt to get us a portion of the millions of dollars we had coming to us from the unfortunate death of a wealthy person with that same surname.  Amazing.

Remember the first rule of the con: you can’t con an honest person.  That means that the moment you want to get something for nothing, you are all but fair game to the con artist.  Our friend from the Ivory Coast never got back to us, thankfully.

I suppose that one of the reasons that Internet scams of the romance angle seem so ham fisted and unwieldy to me is that there is a sense of exploiting people who want companionship.  That is sad, because those folks aren’t necessarily looking for something from nothing.  Perhaps that is one of the things that makes those particular scams seem that much more upsetting.

So, to re-cap, don’t want something for nothing…including long distance relationships on line.  And if you find yourself doing so, make sure your cyber lover knows how to spell check and knows some grammar.  Oh, that and remember it’s shady to have to send your lover that you’ve never met hundreds and/or thousands of dollars. 

 Come on…you’re better than that.

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