Why FEDEX rocks

There’s a district sales manager somewhere working for Fedex (I know where, but I’ll let that sit) with a serious heart problem, hospitalized, and they want to fly the dude up to the Mayo Clinic to save his life.

The insurance guys (I know who these people are, too, but they have lawyers, so I ain’t sayin’ ) keep dragging their feet and basically saying “why are you guys wanting to bother with this?”

So as this rolled up the pipe, before it even made the upper-executive level, they decided they’re going to use their CORPORATE JET to save this man’s life.


is why Fedex rocks:  they know that people come first.  This is the company where the executives cut their own pay rather than lay people off.

When I worked for Bank of America, if I’d had a problem like this, they’d have already been hiring my replacement by now.  Because who comes first at Bank of America?  Upper-level executives do, and those guys and gals could give two shits for the people who work for them.  The same goes with a significant number of companies I temped for, where it was obvious that anybody who wasn’t within four rungs of the top job was simply a widget to be used and replaced at will.

I don’t work for these guys:  I’m a history professor.  But I would in a heartbeat if they decided they needed my skills, and I’d do so proudly.

Celebrity Death Watch, August 09 edition

I don’t get the celebrity-worship part of this whole Ted Kennedy circus, myself.

If I’m lucky, maybe a dozen people are going to give a rat’s ass when I croak — so why are we all supposed to be manufacturing a bunch of emotion for some dude 99.44% of us have never met, and who’s known even amongst his political allies as much for his abuse of employees and drunken molestation of powerless women as he was for passing legislation?  The dude’s family got its money doing the 1930s equivalent of dealing crack.  The dude himself was infamous for being exactly the kind of heartless solipsistic rich bastard that every liberal in America claims to hate, and his personal life sounds like a recipe for How to Go To Hell.

And we’re supposed to care that this guy is gone?
::shrugs:: I just don’t get it.

Military Integration

Hat Tip:  Andrew Sullivan

Great article for those of us not in a position to actually observe — necessity begets change.

Waiting for the necessity that’ll allow my buds who are gay to get married (if they want to), and for various ethnic and religious groups to stop giving each other funny looks all day… do we need an alien invasion, maybe?  Zombies?

Attended the 2009 Chicano Activist Convention

There was an important session at the conference on academic diversity that I very much wanted to attend in order to listen to folks.

But what I found to be instructive is the degree to which the Democrats are (ab)using the Chicano vote the same way Republicans do the small-government voters (and then the so-called “conservative” shitheads get all in my face about how wanting less in the way of entitlement spending somehow makes me and my political peers fundamentally immoral, but I digress).

Several chicana activists were deeply upset about Republicans moving to make sure that illegal immigrants wouldn’t get any health care under the new bill.  And that’s fair game politically — the actual research shows that lots of illegals do pay into the system, and imho thereby should qualify on equity grounds.  I’m both libertarian-leaning and historically literate, and don’t approve of the drenchingly racist history of immigration control anyway.  (But I digress again.)

What the chicanas in question were missing is that the current bill has no healthcare provisions for illegals, because the Democrats who write the legislation have steadfastly refused to put it there.  And guess what?  It’s not the Blue Dogs who are in the senior leadership positions writing this legislation — it’s the Progressive wing of the Democrats, doing exactly what the Republicans do whenever their constituents gripe about pork.  That is, they talk out of both sides of their mouths, and openly betray their constituents while promising them the moon.

Man, and I thought us small-l libertarians were getting hosed…

I could be justifiably derided as a rube for lamenting the lack of honest politicians… but it’s sad to see people, no matter what their political stripes, being so openly played by their representatives, and on an issue where the bastards are playing so hypocritically with basic human sympathy.  It’s one thing to say “these folks shouldn’t be here and we should follow the law.”  It’s another to give the other side of the argument and promise to help somebody’s 80-something grandmother get some access to basic preventative medical care (since illegals by definition don’t get Medicare/Medicaid) while she gets by selling bottled water at construction sites… and then turn said grandmother’s family into “useful idiots” while purposefully screwing them over.

Death of bipartisanship

While I disagree wildly on the assessment (the article being openly and myopically partisan, neglecting to mention that several of the failed reform attempts would have criminalized basic health-care practices), I agree that bipartisanship is a disaster.  Americans need actual choices, and politicians shouldn’t be afraid to stake them out and stand (or fall) by them.

I have an alternate theory…

it’s called “people don’t listen for shit.”

FBI training provocateurs?

The bread and circuses continue.  It’s almost like we can’t trust our federal government or something.

US places tripwire in Colombia

Good news all around.

Having US bases pulls the teeth out of the so-called “Bolivarian” rhetoric coming in from next door, and also kneecaps any idea that said caudillos can use narco groups to destabilize Colombia or go after Honduras again.

Well, DUH…

Key to surviving zombie attack.  “Hit hard, hit often.”

Well, duh.  What’s the alternative?  Sit on your butt until they’ve got complete local superiority at 10,000-to-1?

Freedom in the World, 2009

Nothing I can say that isn’t a waste of words.  Not to sound bossy like Instapundit, but… just go read it.

Cell phone Stolen

Somebody walked off with it.  If I ought to have your number, get in touch with me so I have it again…

Lipofuscin Ablation?

Exciting stuff. (pardon the pun)

Would be nice to see a mechanical means of getting rid of the junk — might get me off the CRON…

California’s Unconstitutional Thievery

No wonder there aren’t any damned jobs out in CA right now:

SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – Small businesses that received $682 million in IOUs from the state say California expects them to pay taxes on the worthless scraps of paper, but refuses to accept its own IOUs to pay debts or taxes. The vendors’ federal class action claims the state is trying to balance its budget on their backs. 
Lead plaintiff Nancy Baird filled her contract with California to provide embroidered polo shirts to a youth camp run by the National Guard, but never was paid the $27,000 she was owed. She says California “paid” her with an IOU that two banks refused to accept – yet she had to pay California sales tax on the so-called “sale” of the uniforms.
The class consists mostly of small business owners, many of whom rely on income from government contracts to keep afloat. They say California has used them as “suckers” as it looks for a way to bankroll its operations while avoiding its own financial obligations. 
“Instead of seeking funds through proper channels, the State has created a nightmare,” the class says. “Many of these businesses will not survive if they are required to wait until October 2009 to have these forced IOUs redeemed by the State.”
The class claims the state is violating the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments. It demands that California be ordered to honor its own IOUs, plus interest. They are represented by William Audet.

The lawsuit misses part of the point.

GRANTED:  California’s IOUs are a complete fiction.

GRANTED IN SPADES:  California trying to tax businesses on revenue that hasn’t actually been received is just another example of Sacramento being full of, well, assholes.

BUT, that said, California cannot honor its own IOUs.  But wait, Happycrow!  Why not?

U.S. Constitution:  Art. 1 Sec. 10- Powers prohibited of States

No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation; grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal; coin Money; emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts; pass any Bill of Attainderex post facto Law, or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts, or grant any Title of Nobility.

No State shall, without the Consent of the Congress, lay any Imposts or Duties on Imports or Exports, except what may be absolutely necessary for executing it’s inspection Laws: and the net Produce of all Duties and Imposts, laid by any State on Imports or Exports, shall be for the Use of the Treasury of the United States; and all such Laws shall be subject to the Revision and Controul of the Congress.

No State shall, without the Consent of Congress, lay any duty of Tonnage, keep Troops, or Ships of War in time of Peace, enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State, or with a foreign Power, or engage in War, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent Danger as will not admit of delay.

And, of course, knowing ahead of time that they’re paying people in fundamentally worthless pieces of paper, the decision to then turn around and tax businesses on it merely confirms that California deserves an emergency constitutional convention and a push of the “reset” button.  If D.C. were to do this there would be a revolution in the streets by morning — Californians deserve better.

I think I’ve decided how to handle the White House thugocracy move.

Regardless of whether or not one agrees with Peggy Noonan in general, or even on this issue, the “enemies list” move by the White House is both potentially dangerous and seriously lacking in class.

So I’ve figured out what to do, based on one of my favorite web comics of all time.

Send ANYTHING fishy to flag@whitehouse.gov.  Right?

And what could be fishier than viagra, penis enlargement, and letters from people in Nigeria who mysteriously know how to funnel international funds via my bank account?

Give the bastards what they asked for.

Pelvic Clock

I have just learned something very important about the pelvic clock exercise.  It can be done without involving the hips at all.  And that teaches the individuation of the hips from the pelvis — required for developing flexibility in both the back and legs.

Put the hips back INTO the equation, and you have “moving from the center,” and it works like a charm.

So it’s like doing bad hula-hoop with no hip movement is a step towards really GOOD body movement.

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