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Friday, December 31, 2010

111th Congress Review

This last election a large number of Democrats were voted out of office by the tea-baggers, conservatives, and ignorant of this country, blaming them for the unemployment and general dissatisfaction in America right now.

But as many in the conservative-media have started reporting with the end of the year review news, this years government has actually done quite a bit. One article on MSNBC even states, "This Congress, ... accomplished more, legislatively, than any other Congress since the 1960s (the Great Society) or the 1930s (the New Deal)."

What will this mean for the next congress coming into office? Probably not as much action and a slower pace of recovery. Why am I predicting that? Because when the "party of no" spends more time blocking legislation than passing it, not much happens.

Some highlights of the 111th congress:

Health Care Reform - love it or hate it, at least they did it. It's unfortunate it didn't include the public option that would have made it worthwhile, and forcing people to get healthcare isn't all that nice. But it will supposedly reduce cost. It does prevent insurance providers from disqualifying people for pre-existing conditions. And make sure that children are covered.

Financial Reform - with the economic collapse we needed to see some reform to the financial sector. Once again a weakened down bill, but something is better than nothing.

Credit Card Reform - preventing many credit card companies from raising fees and other penalties just because they could.

The bailout and TARP - love them or hate them, the government stepping in and saving multiple large companies like GM and the banking industry saved millions of tax paying jobs, and saved the country from a complete economic collapse. Not to mention most of the money has already been paid back with interest, The end cost will be negligible when compared to the trillions spent invading Iraq and Afghanistan.

Extended Bush Tax Cuts - The unfunded tax cuts stay in place. The rich get to keep there money, and so do the poor.

Repealed Don't Ask Don't Tell (DADT) - another one the old white guys in the Republican Party didn't want to pass. But, the Pentagon is okay with it, the soldiers are okay with it, and if a person wants to serve this country we shouldn't be stopping them just because of sexual preference.

They did of course fail to pass a clean energy - cap and trade bill to improve the environment. And they also failed any significant immigration reform. We can be sure that environment and energy policy won't be on the Republicans to do list. But who knows, maybe there will be immigration reform. We will have to wait and see how the year goes in the bickering playground that is the U.S. Congress.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

2nd Page of Bing Search Results

This is why more people use Google search over Bing search, and apparently why Google is better. Yesterday I posted about how this blog is 4th when searching for it in Google search, getting beat out by a bike race. Well, on Bing search it is even worse. This blog doesn't even make the first page of the search results. In fact, if you notice the 9th result on the list is a blog, also hosted on blogspot, called crank-monkey. So the crank-monkey is higher rated than mine, yet the one and only post on that blog is from March of 2009. The Cranky Monkey has been around since 2005, I have 702 posts on the site, and according to Google Analytics this blog has had 1,686 visitors over the last 30 days.

Yet the Bing search algorithm feels that I should be on the second page of results. Hey Microsoft, ever wonder why people are using Google instead of Bing, maybe relevancy of search results has something to do with it.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Cranky Monkey Not Even in the Race

Every once in a while I do a Google search for The Cranky Monkey, just to see how this blog stacks up, and every time I'm on the first page but not at the top. Yep, I get beat by some Cranky Monkey Mountain Bike race ending up in 3rd or 4th place…

Come on! They don't even have the cool http://www.thecrankymonkey.com/ URL, it's just some people in tight shorts and mini-helmets riding mountain bikes on the dirt.

This blog has national politics. We trash talking the Democrats and Republicans, religious-right, and even the right-wing propagandist media machine . We have anti-children commentary, and pictures of hot chicks. We make fun of the police, and large corporations. And most importantly we provide history lessons and inform the slowing dumbing down U.S. population.

So come on Google searchers, get off the bikes and get on the real cranky monkey. Then, get offended and leave a comment about it.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Natalie Portman Married with Baby on the Way

natalie portmanIt's a sad day in celebrity news. Not only is Natalie Portman engaged to be married, she's also pregnant with the fools baby. Now what celebrity am I supposed to lust over?

Read more here...

Monday, December 27, 2010

Fox News Hates on the Nissan Leaf

Who would have thought that a Fox (the right-wing-media) news reporter would talk shit about a Nissan Leaf. After all, we'd hate to have a car that will eventually be manufactured in America, providing job to American citizens succeed. Especially if that car is going to do something as horrible as help the environment and reduce Americas dependency on foreign oil.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Low Taxes, Increased Deficit, and Everyone Wins and Looses

The big news from D.C. this week is that the Republicans actually voted yes on something. And why wouldn't they - the tax packaged that passed this week leaves in place the tax cuts for the rich. So, Republicans and there rich cat friends won't see there checks go down at all. Plus they were able to include a more generous estate tax, that would allow the rich to not get taxed as much when inheriting a 10 million dollar estate.

The funny thing about the estate tax, is that it's not like the richie-riches haven't already rolled there estates into some type of corporation, so they wouldn't get taxed anyway, but whatever.

And big deal, the un-funded Bush era, deficit increasing, tax cuts get to stay in place which helps me out personally. And should I ever achieve the American dream and become on of the 2% of Americans making over $200 thousand a year, I won't get taxed higher for my hard earned money.

I would like to note something about this new tax bill for the deficit reduction tea-baggers who voted many of these Republicans in office this year. The tax package that passed, isn't funded, which means it will increase the national deficit. And it's actually the Democrats who are arguing to reduce the cost of the bill and cut about $23 billion dollars out, not Republicans.

So good job tea-baggers, you voted the people into office who are actually doing the opposite of what you want them to do. Who would have thought that would have happened? Oh wait, any halfway intelligent voter who didn't vote for those candidates, that's who.

Monday, December 13, 2010

iTunes Most Played – Not By Me

I’ve used Windows Media Player, Zune, and of course iTunes to listen to my music, plus a few others. Unfortunately, I use iTunes the most, because I have an iPod that just won’t die. The reason why I say unfortunately is, iTunes has to have the worst random algorithm out of any music player I have found.

I have over 20 gigs of music and when sitting at my computer I let it play on random most of the time. Yet, out of all that, there are about 300 songs that show zero in the number of times played. And the number one song on my most played list is Time Machine by Black Sabbath. A song I only have because I picked up the Wayne's World CD at some time back when I actually bought CD’s. If I remember correctly it was a few bucks at a used CD store.

Now, I have nothing against Black Sabbath, it’s just not my style of music. And since I don’t really like this song, I’ve personally never selected it to play for any reason. So, out of the music I’ve selected to play, and the music that iTunes randomly selects- Black Sabbath ends up number one on my list.

One of these days my iPod will crap out, and when it does I will finally receive the motivation to get an MP3 player made by a different company, or just use the one on my phone. Either way, I can guarantee this will be my last iPod and iTunes will no longer be needed as well. Until that day happens, I guess all I can do is delete Time Machine from my music library.

Sorry Black Sabbath, I’m sure the metal heads will lament your loss from my music library, but I won’t.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Dash Trash Tales vol. 4

I’ve done a few posts recently trash talking Microsoft with my Dash Trash Tales. So I think it is only fair that I trash talk a few of the contractors and venders I might have been portraying better than they deserve. Sure, they get treated like second class citizens in Microsoft City, but to Microsoft’s defense a few deserve that treatment. So here are a few deserving stories- all names changes for privacy purposes.

“Aaron” – Aaron was a vender hired on for some reason that those of us who worked with him could never quite figure out. We were working on a internal software project and somehow he was hired as a project manager with no real defined goals. His role as far as I could tell was attend meetings all day, offering his advice and talk a good game while actually not doing anything. Throughout the time we worked with him, he didn’t actually complete any task that was ever assigned to him – that I know of. Maybe he did and I was just not made aware of it.

Aaron, somehow managed to stay employed for a year, if I remember correctly, and I think this was partially due to the fact that they kept changing who he was reporting to. Since he never reported to the same manager for more than a couple months, no one actually dealt with him long enough to realize that he never actually did anything. That was until his last manager who was on the ball well enough to figure it out and quickly ended his contract.

“Gina” – Venders at Microsoft are usually not provided with an office. As I’ve previously mentioned. For Gina that was a great thing, because she took full advantage of being provided with the option of working from home. For example; one day I needed some information from her. So, I did what most people normally do who work remotely, I instant messaged her through office communicator. A few hours later she responded. The reason it took her so long to respond was that she was busy playing Guitar Hero. It must have been a tough contract for her.

“Katrina” – I was actually involved with the interview for this person. Three of us interviewed her for her role on the team I worked with. After the interviews were done, we got together and discussed the candidates. There was one I felt would be the better candidate, but the other two liked Katrina. I admit her resume looked good, but in the interview I didn’t feel she explained things well and wasn’t clear in her answers. The response I got for the other two was, “that’s because of her accent.” Implying that I didn’t think she was qualified because I couldn’t understand her. So I gave in and we hired her.

It didn’t take long to realize that the woman was incompetent. She was so disorganized that I am amazed she could find her way to the womans bathroom. Most people found her so frustrating to deal with that I ended up having to cover for her, as they would come to me with what the needed instead of her. After many complaints to our manager, and nearly a year later, he finally cut her contract and replaced her.

Here is the thing; I actually got along pretty well with all these people, and a few of them I even like. But, it is a business and requires a pretty intelligent person to do the job - sometimes. And, even if the job doesn’t require a certain level of intelligence, at least attempt to come across as an intelligent person, or when sitting at home playing video games, don’t tell people that is what you are doing. Or if you do tell people, make sure it is friends who are at home doing the same thing, not someone who is in the office trying to get work done because you didn't do yours.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Watch Chuck!

Chuck TV Show Why are you people not watching Chuck!?!!? I know it's not a reality show. I know it doesn't have a bunch of dumb people doing dumb things, people who can't sing trying to sing, or D-list celebrities attempting to dance. But it is possible to broaden your horizons and occasional watch a scripted show with paid actors, that is not Law and Order or CSI.

Chuck has a hot blond chick kicking ass and a bunch of cheesy spy styled comedy, yet it's ratings are going down, not up. So all you Nielsen families need to reach your fat lazy arms over to the remote control and turn the television to NBC and watch some Chuck before the show gets canceled.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

WikiHackers Attack MasterCard

The latest news in the battle of the world governments against WikiLeaks- hackers have come to the defense of WikiLeaks.

Today hackers bombarded the MasterCard website with a denial-of-service attack crashing the site. If you go to the site, right now, it will spin and possibly error out because so many people are going to the MasterCard website site, right now, and mucking up the servers. The "hacktivists" under "Operation Payback" have been hitting the companies who have been cutting ties with WikiLeaks due to pressure by the U.S. government, such as Amazon.com and PayPal Inc.

The U.S. government hasn't actually charged Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, with any crimes but are considering charging him with espionage. Not because he has actually committed espionage, but because he set up wiki site that allows people to share information over the internet.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Dash Trash Tales vol. 3

The Connector is a really great service that Microsoft offers to its employees. For those who don’t know, the traffic in the Seattle metro area sucks. We’ve got Bellevue, Seattle, Redmond, and other cities all surrounded by lakes. And the original planners didn’t account for the massive amount of people who now live in the area. We have bridges over the lakes, two north-south interstates, and most of the side roads don’t go anywhere. So, what might be a short distance takes forever due to all the traffic. Depending on the study, Seattle usually ends up in the top 10 for worst traffic in the U.S.

Microsoft, for some also not well thought out reason, decided to build its small city/corporate campus in Redmond, a city east of everything with no good roads to get to it. And, since they now employee about 40,000 employees and almost as many contractors and venders, traffic to and from the offices gets backed up.

A few years ago Microsoft started offering the Connector- its own bus service. The King county and other regional bus services usually involve transfers, waits, and people who have body odor. The Microsoft Bus stops as far north as Snohomish, multiple locations throughout Seattle, east to Issaquah, and down south. The buses usually only stop once or twice, they have deals with local businesses (usually churches) to provide parking for employees, the buses are nice quality, have wi-fi, and get people to work quicker as the buses can use the carpool lanes.

As previously mentioned the Connector is a great benefit of working for Microsoft. And that alone is almost worth taking a full time job. The reason a person would need a full time job is it’s a service is only offered to employees. Employees must reserve a seat on the bus, and swipe there badge to get on the bus. Contractors and venders are not allowed. Contractors and venders get to sit in traffic and watch the bus cruise on past them as they sit stuck in traffic. Or, of course, take the city/county bus services.

Sunday, December 05, 2010

PayPal Drops WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks the website dedicated to exposing governments for the misleading, lying, cover-up loving, and incompetent bunch of douche-bags that they are, took another hit today. PayPal cut off WikiLeaks account that is used to collect donations.

WikiLeaks has been under attack lately. They have governments and hackers attacking the site forcing them to move their domain to Switzerland. The founder of the site receives death threats on a regular bases, and sexual assault charges. And now the government has motivated another big business besides Amazon to go after this organization, with PayPal no longer allowing supporters of the site to make donations.

If you have never been to the site, check out the about section and read with they do what they do, and why the government is against WikiLeaks goal of government openness and accountability for embarrassing, “Washington and foreign leaders by releasing a trove of brutally frank U.S. diplomatic cables” proving everything people think about the government but are too complacent to do anything about.

According to the story on Yahoo News, WikiLeaks is now limited to accepting donations, “through mail to an Australian post office box, through bank transfers to accounts in Switzerland, Germany or Iceland, as well as through one "credit card processing partner" in Switzerland.”

Friday, December 03, 2010

WikiLeaks Moves to Switzerland

Further proving that you can’t actually say anything you want in America. WikiLeaks.org the whistle blowing freedom of speech website has been forced to move to Switzerland.

WikiLeaks domain name has had to move to Switzerland after its U.S. service was withdrawn. Users can no longer visit WikiLeaks.org to find out news the governments of the world don’t want you to know about, instead having to visit WikiLeaks.ch going forward. According to the story, “EveryDNS.net, a U.S. service that translates online addresses to Internet Protocol numbers to provide access, ended WikiLeaks’s service.”

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Pentagon Study Says Repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

The pentagon released a study today they have been doing over the past year on the effects of repealing don’t ask don’t tell, and allowing gays and lesbians to openly serve in the military. It turns out that 70% of those actively serving in the military would be okay with gays serving in the military, or don’t care if they do. The average poll of Americans throughout the country shows that 58% to 60% of Americans would be okay with the law changing to allow gays to serve.

It’s interesting to note that more people who actually would be affected by this law changing approve of the law changing versus those who would not actually be effected by the law at all.

So what is the hold up now? Old while male Republicans like John McCain have opposed allowing gays to openly serve, as well as a small minority of old white male Democrats. The majority of Democrats want the law to change, and a few open minded Republicans want the law to change, and President Obama has stated he wants the law to change.

The people opposed to the law changing have said they wanted to wait till the study was done before voting on it, well the study is done. According to one news report, “Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, who have both said they support repealing the law.”

The majority of Americans, those in the military, and members of congress want to allow gays and lesbians to serve in the military, yet a minority of ignorant right-wing conservatives are preventing a law from changing for the better - As usual.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Mitt the Rat Does Dishes

Mitt Romney in an obviously staged picture, so as to pretend he is just like one of us normal Americans. You know he is totally thinking to himself, “hurry up at take the picture so I can hand this back over to the maid.”

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

TSA Gone Wild

You will need to select the image to actually see it.

Courtesy of the Rooster and Graph Jam

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

National Opt-Out Day

I won’t be flying this tomorrow, but I want to support those who are flying tomorrow the 24th and participating in National Opt-Out Day.

For those who don’t know, National Opt-Out Day is a day, where everyone flying should choose to get patted down instead of submitting to the full body scans. The idea being it will slow down the screening process and irritate the people doing the screening.

“Big deal,” you might be thinking, “I don’t care if some douche hired off the streets looks at my junk.” But before you go through with the body scan, just think of this as a continuing step to slowly giving up our rights and freedoms.

Why does the N.R.A. fight every attempt at gun regulations even though it might be something that it worthwhile? Because they understand that as they give away one right, someone will try to get them to give up another one later.

- Remember the days when people could actually walk each other to the boarding gate and see each other off.
- Remember the days when we didn’t have to take our shoes off to go through the screening?
- Remember the days where you could carry on liquids and didn’t have to bag your mini-shampoo?
- Remember the days when you could carry finger nail clippers or a pocket knife?
- Remember the days when you could have a lighter?
- Remember the days when you could fly without having someone stick a finger up your ass to find out of there is a bomb up there? It hasn’t happened yet, but who is to say it won’t.

As we give up each freedom, we are one step closer to letting those we fear win. If someone is serious enough, they will achieve there goals no-matter how secure we think we are.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Buy Nothing Day

One week from today it will be that day again. That day, where people wake up as early as possible to run to the store to be first in line, or as close as possible. The day where they fight over that last parking spot, swearing and cussing at the person who beat them to it. That day where people trample over those who fall, or move to slow. That day where people fight over the discounted items, beat one another, insult, and attack one another for those Chinese made products. That day were people will wait in line forever, get stuck in the parking lot, swearing at everyone else while not noticing that they are also blocking traffic.

Yes that’s right, it will be black Friday. The day after the day where we hang out with family and have fun, so we compensate by being consumerist cheapskates. It’s black Friday, the day we have off of work just so we can drag our fat asses to Wallmart and buy as much as we can fit in the SUV.

Or for some, it’s not Black Friday. For some it’s Buy Nothing Day. A day I have celebrated every year since I heard of it, and even the years before, just to avoid going to crowded malls and interacting with the epitome of the American consumer. For me, Buy Nothing Day will involve spending more time with family and loved ones, playing games, socializing, and not spending money or crap I don’t need, nor do the people who might receive it at Christmas.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Bill Nye Drops and Everyone Tweets

Further proof that our society is doomed to failure.

Last night while doing a speech for an audience at the University of Southern California, Bill Nye "The Science Guy" collapsed.

You would think that a few people would have gotten up and checked to make sure we was okay, or offer help, but, according to this story, everyone in the audience began tweeting, facebooking, and taking pictures instead.

It would be nice if karma would react to situations like this and just drop the ceiling on the students in the auditorium.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Windows Phone 7, iPhone, Android Get Barbequed

Because they are having a hard time selling the product based on features, apparently they have decided to try marketing it as heat tolerant.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

WTF California?!?

In case you haven't heard this, California, one of the most liberal states in the nation, voted down the opportunity to legalize marijuana with prop. 19. I'm going to assume the reason it failed has to do with people figuring their current method of obtaining it is just fine, versus, people who actually think it is a bad thing.

Read more in the SF Gate

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Dash Trash Tales vol. 2

As a vender Microsoft doesn’t provide an office or seating area for the vender. The thought process is, they work for another company so that company should provide the office for the person. This can be done by either providing them a place to sit at wherever there office is, or Microsoft will let the company pay for an office on the campus. Most vender companies don’t do this as it eats into their profit. On my last V- assignment as Microsoft I usually had to be in the building, this had to do with meetings or just being available as needed.

In order to find a place to sit I would usually roam around the 3 story building I worked in, until I could find an office that was vacant. This is generally accepted practice on the Microsoft campus and the teams who those offices are assigned to don’t mind, because they aren’t being used. Usually what happens is when that office is going to be assigned to someone, someone comes by and lets us know that we need to move out. This can be done in person or by leaving a note on the door. It’s also usually done nicely, with the person crashing in that office that day saying “no problem” and finding a another empty office the next day.

One day I was crashing in an office when a team’s admin came in along with a couple other people. She asked me why I was sitting there, I explained, and she said I needed to leave. I was like, “ok, no problem, is someone moving in then?”

Admin – “No, we want this office open.”

Me – “Oh, usually in this building people don’t mind people crashing in empty offices.”

Admin – Well, that may be for other groups but this is our office and we don’t want anyone in it.”

We had a couple more words but there really wasn’t anything I could do, after all, orange badges don’t get much say in things like that, especially when they aren’t even working with that team.

Besides the lady being a total bitch in her attitude, another interesting thing about the experience was that one of the guys came up to me after she left and apologized to me saying, “I sympathize, I was a vender before. “ I seem to talk to people regularly that were once contractors or venders, who sympathize with the plight of the orange badge, they just don’t really seem to do much about it after that. Apparently they view it as the college hazing experience that people should go through before receiving the honor of the full time employment.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Dash Trash Tales vol. 1

I did a post last year about how working at Microsoft as a V- or A- was like being black in the south during the 1950’s. Obviously, I don’t believe that statement to be true, but the post was intended to be sarcastic commentary in the way that blue badges tend to treat orange badges, intentional or not. Since that post I’ve had a few contractors get rather offended at the post.

So I’ve decided to back it up with stories of life at Microsoft as a V- or A-. If you have one you’d like to share good or bad, feel free to leave it as a comment.

This story was told to me by a co-worker. He is now an FTE but this story takes places during his time as a contracted (CSG) employee.

He worked on a team that had a couple of contractors, and there was an employee event within his organization. Wanting to make sure that everyone was included his manager invited him and the other contractor to the event. When they showed up at the event there were a couple of people at the entrance, who were actually checking to make sure people coming worked for the company.

FTE/bouncer – (seeing the orange badge) sorry this event is for FTE’s only

CSG’s – Well, “manager” invited us.

FTE/bouncer – No, sorry, if they told you that they were wrong.

CSG’s – (not wanted to make a deal out of it) Okay, no problem.

As they were walking away they heard the Admin/bouncer say to one of the other people standing there, “Dash trash.” For those who don’t know, this is a generic insult used at Microsoft when referring to contractors.

The only saving grace in this story is as they were walking away, the manager who invited them, walked up as asked why they were leaving. Upon finding out what happened the manager went up to the FTE/bouncer’s informing them of who she was, who her husband was (who happened to be even higher up in the company) and asked those FTE’s who their manager was.

I can assume that there was some follow up with the FTE/bouncers manager. And the CSG’s in question did get to participate in the event.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

November 2nd is Finally Here

Ahhh yes! It’s Tuesday. Fantastic. Why am I so happy it’s Tuesday? Because it’s also November 2nd. Why am I happy it’s November 2nd. Because today is the end of this year’s elections. Maybe the people I wanted to win didn’t, maybe the initiatives I wanted to pass didn’t pass, but I don’t care. Because I am sick and tired of all the damn ads when I surf for porn, I mean surf for useful information on the internet. I’m tired of the signs and crap in peoples yards, and I’m tired of the commercials when I turn on the television or radio.

Maybe it’s me, but it seems like every year the news and hype about each election grows. It could be that the news stations no longer actually report on the news, in finding that letting people rant opinion draws more ratings, but I’m getting sick of it.

Especially considering that no matter how many people protest, or who is in office, things don’t really change that much. The system sucks, and someday I’ll have that boat in the Caribbean so I won’t have to hear about it ever again.

Monday, November 01, 2010

Rally to Restore Sanity – Seattle Edition

I posted a few weeks ago about the Rally to Restore Sanity that Jon Stewart hosted, along with the Keep Fear Alive Rally by Stephen Colbert. Well, this last Saturday it happened and I attended the Seattle event, held at Westlake Center.

The day started off fine and as I left the house, along with three friends, the day was sunny. Unfortunately the rain slowing began as we drove to downtown Seattle. And by the time we parked the car and walked to the event (already in full swing) the rain was pouring down. Yet, I have to give Seattle residents props on their ability to ignore the rain and cold. Signs were held high saying things like…


All the while we stood and watched a webcast of the event in Washington D.C. which appeared to be having a very nice and sunny day. The webcast occasionally had its pauses and hiccups, as they often do, and the rally was a lot like watching The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, but all in all it looked like the crowds were having a good time. And with an estimated attendance of over two hundred thousand, at that event along, I would say, Stewart and Colbert have a much cooler following than Tea-Bagging Beck

And of course, you can’t have a rally to promote normalcy and sanity, without having busloads of the insane coming by to protest the rally. And this event wouldn’t be any different. Four vans full of religious nutcases swung by, and dropped some crazies of to preach at the pedestrians walking the wet streets.

Apparently the Mayans ware wrong. The world isn’t going to end in 2012, it’s going to end this spring.

Monday, October 25, 2010

No Mops Please

Next time you are taking one of the Washington State ferries, be sure to throw the head of your mop in the trash and not in the toilet.

It’s a good thing they have this sign, because the mop I carry around with me all the time probably would have ended up in the toilet if not for this warning sign.

Ads in the Cart

Even in the shopping cart at the store they are trying to sell me something. Is it just me or are these ads everywhere getting a little excessive.

But then again, chili dogs do taste good.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Washington States District 21 Representative

And for my final cranky recommendations this election season, it will be for Washington States District 21 representatives.

Part of these recommendations are partially based on interactions I had with these people last year. You can read the posts under My Washington Representatives part 1 and part 2. In those posts I had an issues that I e-mailed my representatives about. Out of the three one called me back, the other sent me a generic e-mailed response, and the third did nothing.

First up Marko Liias vs. Elizabeth Scott
Out of the three I e-mailed on that issues, Marko was the one who called me back. I was impressed that he would take the time to listen to me on the issue, and that he was actually following up. I found the conversation very cordial and he came across as a pretty decent person. So in this category it’s an easy one… Vote for Marko Liias

Next up – Mary Helen Roberts vs. Ed Borey
Mary was the one who sent me the generic e-mailed response. And I can feel pretty confident in saying it probably wasn’t her that sent it, but an assistant.

Ed is a republican, who I am usually against, but he is for charter schools which I support, and he wasn’t a member of our state congress when they decided to ignore the voters and raise taxes even though the voters have stated multiple times that we want voter approval to raise taxes. Ed appears to be a Republican who believes in global warming. And, in looking over his website I don’t see any endorsements by the tea-party. So in this case… Vote for Ed Borey. It’s the year of change, so lets make some in our state this year.

And finally – Paull Shin vs. David Preston
There are tons on reasons I don’t like Paull Shin. The first being that out of the three I e-mailed last year, he didn’t even bother with the generic e-mailed response. The second reason is, he is a Democrat which means he should be for the environment. But Paull Shin has mailed me more crap that any other person in office. Which could be why he didn’t contact me back, he was too busy reviewing that month’s brochure. Throughout the year he sends out tons of flyers. Which means, he’s killing tons of trees to do it. And now, driving around the area there are tons of yard signs all over the place. On this one… Vote for David Preston. I don’t know what he stands for, he’s just not Paull Shin.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Walmart Hotties and Studs

And for a quick break from the politics, some Walmart comedy. Courtesy of People of Wallmart. No commentary needed:

Check out there site for more, it's well worth a visit.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Washington State Initiative and Resolutions for 2010

The Cranky Monkey advises on how you should vote. Because I know what I’m talking about.

Initiative 1053:
"Initiative 1053 would require a two-thirds majority to pass any tax increase in the state legislature."

Vote Yes

I know we have already voted on this many times and already approved it in Washington. But as residents know, the state legislator ignored this law, so now let’s do it again. Maybe one of these days they will actually start listening to the voters… okay, probably not, but it’s not like it will hurt anything to have it passed.

Initiative 1082:
"This measure would permit certification of private insurers as industrial insurance insurers, and authorize employers to purchase state-mandated industrial insurance coverage through an 'industrial insurance insurer' beginning July 1, 2012."

Vote No

Why am I saying vote no? Because I know absolutely nothing about this issue, that’s why.

Initiative 1098:
"This measure would tax “adjusted gross income” above $200,000 (individuals) and $400,000 (joint-filers), reduce state property tax levies, reduce certain business and occupation taxes, and direct any increased revenues to education and health"

Vote Yes

At first I was kind of against this initiative. I would prefer this initiative if it adjusted for inflation each year. Also, we are already in the top 5 highest taxed states in the country and have a f***ed up regressive tax system as it is, and I don’t think this really helps. But all my conservative, only voting republican, friends are against it, as if they are in any danger of making over $200,000 anytime soon. So, since they are against it that makes me for it. Plus as a homeowner I like the reduction in property taxes.

Initiative 1100:
"This measure would close state liquor stores; authorize sale, distribution, and importation of spirits by private parties; and repeal certain requirements that govern the business operations of beer and wine distributers and producers"

Vote Yes

Do I really need to go into the thousand and one ways this is awesome!?! I didn’t think so. If you have ever drunk alcohol or ever will, you should support this initiative, even if you don’t vote yes anyway.

Initiative 1105:
"This measure would close all state liquor stores and license private parties to sell or distribute spirits. It would revise laws concerning regulation, taxation and government revenues from distribution and sale of spirits."

Vote however the hell you want on this one

Does this initiative sound familiar? Yeah, it’s basically the same as 1100 that’s why I don’t give a crap how you vote on it, as long as you vote yes on 1100

Initiative 1107:
"This measure would end sales tax on candy; end temporary sales tax on some bottled water; end temporary excise taxes on carbonated beverages; and reduce tax rates for certain food processors."

Vote No

I’ve been seeing a lot of signs in people’s yards in favor of this one. Most of those signs I’m sure paid for by the industries taxed by this. But the thing is we’ve had this tax in place for months now. It’s a tax on soda, candy, and bottled water. Yes, there are flaws in the way items are considered candy, but that doesn’t mean the law should be repelled, and the $130 million per year it generates does go to the cash strapped government.

Remember this is already in place yet Coke and Pepsi haven’t gone out of business. Tubby McGee is still buying his six pack of soda, Cindy the Candy muncher is still buying her sticks of High Fructose Corn Syrup/Corn Sugar, and Perry the plastic bottle boy is still drinking from his bottled water instead of his faucet.

Referendum 52:
"This bill would authorize bonds to finance construction and repair projects increasing energy efficiency in public schools and higher education buildings, and continue the sales tax on bottled water otherwise expiring in 2013."

Vote Yes – as long as you also vote no on 1107, since the tax revenue from that funds this one.
Think of the place you send your planet over populating children. You want them to be warm in the winters and cool in the summers don’t you? Then vote yes, but only if you vote no on 1107

Resolution 8225
"This constitutional amendment would change the way the state calculates its total debt interest (moving to "net" interest rather than "full" interest as the basis for the calculation)."

Vote Yes
Just read this description in the Seattle PI about this resolution as to why you should vote yes.

Resolution 4220
"Amending the state Constitution so that the provision relating to bailable crimes by sufficient sureties is modified"

Vote No

I know, most every is for this because this amendment allows judges to hold people who are charged with crimes potentially punishable by life in prison without bail until trial. But there are two problems I have with this.

The first problem is the more people we are holding in jail the increase in cost to the public to house and feed those people.

Second, this is for people charged with a crime, not guilty of that crime. In a way this is leaning toward guilty until proven innocent. If a person is charged then held in jail, they will lose their jobs, homes, and might not even be able to afford a lawyer because they can’t work. But, what if they are innocent? In a way, the system just created a criminal, because what are they going to do when they get out? Turn to a life of crime because it’s the only option? Maybe.

Friday, October 15, 2010

James Watkins vs. Jay Inslee for Washington State Representative

So I’m driving home from work on a Friday afternoon. The interstate of full of traffic as usual, and as I get closer to an overpass it gets even more backed up. When I get to the overpass I see why everyone is slowing down, because a small group of douche-bags are holding signs for James Watkins and waving flags. The next overpass… the same thing.

So, who should you vote for? Vote for Jay Inslee because James Watkins supporters cause traffic jams.

Blog Action Day - Water

It is blog action day today and the theme this year is water. It could be on clean water, water resources, or water projects of some kind. For my contributing post to this year’s theme, I’ve decide not to write, but to use images to tell a story from travels around the world.

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