Archive for June 21st, 2006

Keeping The Pie Right Where It Is

Oh, what a shock:

The Senate on Wednesday defeated a proposal pushed by Democrats that would have given some of the lowest-paid hourly workers a boost in their wages for the first time in nearly a decade.

A majority of the Senate, 52 senators, voted in favor of incrementally raising the federal minimum wage — unchanged since 1997 — 40 percent from $5.15 an hour to $7.25 by January 1, 2009.

But the measure needed 60 votes to win under a procedural agreement worked out earlier.

(snip)

[Senator Edward] Kennedy acknowledged to reporters that it will be “pretty difficult” to win a minimum wage increase this year. He said the pay raise for about 7 million workers and their families would be a top priority if Democrats win control of the Senate in November’s elections.

(snip)

Kennedy also chastised Republican leaders for blocking a minimum wage increase while pursuing repeal of the estate tax, which mostly helps the wealthy, and taking “plenty of time to debate flag burning. I don’t know the last time a flag was burned in my state of Massachusetts,” Kennedy said.

This is yet another one of those slimy, pro-corporate votes that Democrats should be hanging around Republicans’ necks in 2006. They need to find a way to get this in the faces of poor, minimum-wage Republican voters (I’m betting there’s more than a few) and make them understand that it’s the Republicans keeping them down, not the Mexicans.

Republicans don’t care about poor people. It’s that simple, and the Democrats must get the message across. There’s a lot more poor people than rich people.

5 comments June 21st, 2006 at 11:41pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Politics,Wankers

Wednesday Softball Blogging – The Golden Rule

Very peculiar game tonight. I started out 3-for-3, but literally couldn’t do anything right in the field: Couldn’t throw, catch, or even block the ball. Complete disaster. Then I got my focus back and got some cloud cover so the sun wasn’t right in my eyes, and played lights-out defense, catching or cutting off everything in sight… and couldn’t buy a hit until my last at-bat. I hit one bloop that the centerfielder bobbled and then dove to catch, and another one that was a perfect, right-on-the-screws line drive right at him. Must be some kind of instant karma kind of thing, I dunno. Final result, a mediocre 4-for-7 with 2 runs and an RBI, but pretty good for a Wednesday.

Current Stats: 12 games, .583 BA (42-72), 1.028 SLG, 9 2B, 2 3B, 6 HR, 27 runs, 25 RBI.

Career Stats: 39 games, .577 BA (154-267), .775 SLG, 26 2B, 3 3B, 7 HR, 88 runs, 65 RBI.


Baserun like an Egyptian…

6 comments June 21st, 2006 at 10:38pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Softball

Awespam!

At first glance it appeared to be an ordinary, run-of-the-mill phishing e-mail claiming to be from PayPal. Since I had recently completed a PayPal transaction, I decided to open it just in case…

If for garbage can derive perverse satisfaction from from onlooker, then widow toward carpet tack panics.for submarine dance with labyrinth inside satellite.A few cigars, and bullfrog about senator) to arrive at a state of food stampFurthermore, anomaly related to demon panics, and toward cigar share a shower with oil filter from warranty.Furthermore, swamp living with debutante hibernates, and toward inferiority complex reach an understanding with dahlia from hockey player.Furthermore, related to tuba player beams with joy, and mastadon near roller coaster confess clodhopper for food stamp.

I’m pretty sure that envying spam is one of the telltale signs that you’re a crap writer…

June 21st, 2006 at 12:13pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Favorites,Spamoptikon

Wednesday Why-I-Love-The-Weekly-World-News Blogging

Looks like it might be time for another trip out West…

SAN FRANCISCO — The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most recognizable and economically vital spans in the nation. So it was not surprising when the U.S. Office of Homeland Security (OHS) discovered the bridge listed on a terrorist memo of potential targets. However, working with the San Francisco Police Department, the OHS has devised a plan to keep the bridge safe. “We’ve hired 25 young, beautiful women willing to remove all their clothing and station themselves at strategic points on and approaching the bridge,” explained San Francisco Police Public Information Officer Bruce Onder.

“Hopefully, that will keep religious radicals from coming near the structure.”

(snip)

Operation Bust Attacks, as the project has been named, is scheduled to begin within the next two weeks. Are any problems anticipated?

“Oh, we imagine we’ll get some complaints from the Religious Right and from parents of small children,” responded Onder. “But it’s the ‘new normal’ so they’ll just have to cover some eyes and deal with it.”

If Operation Bust Attacks is a success, arrangements will immediately be made to have naked women stationed at the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, the Alamo and Independence Hall.

The Weekly World News may very well be the most subversive publication in America.

6 comments June 21st, 2006 at 11:39am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Weekly World News


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