Every autumn, just around Veterans’ Day (which in Vermont means after two or three “killing” frosts), the scrawny little rose bush along the fence produces one last, perfect, butter-yellow bud. Despite being the smallest of the rose bushes, and latest to bloom (often not until July 4th), I can’t bring myself to replace it with a seemingly heartier variety. Perhaps it is because that last little bud strikes me every year as a sign of hope, while all around is falling dead and dormant; that this little rose defiantly reminds us that the winter to come, no matter how harsh, will not prevent the inevitable miracle of the following spring.
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Still my favorite.
Happy Birthday, Marines! Semper Fidelis!
During her acceptance speech, Iowa Senator-elect Joni Ernst joked that “It’s a long way from Red Oak to Washington, from the biscuit line at Hardee’s to the United States Senate.” Ernst hadn’t forgotten her days working at the fast food chain, and her shout-out to her former employer didn’t go unappreciated. Hardee’s took out a full-page ad in the Des Moines Register to congratulate Ernst and thank her for reminding us that “your job and your life are what you make of them.”
My cousin saw this as a good response to the “living wage” minimum wage hike. Hardees taught Senator-elect Ernst to show up on time, do a good job, get along with co-workers, etc. That is what minimum wage jobs are supposed to do. They are meant to be the beginning, not the be-all and end-all of a career. My cousin pointed out that theaters used to have ushers, gas stations had attendants, and all of the grocery stores had bagboys. Bureau of Labor Statistics says there was 60.5% labor participation for 16 to 24 years old this part July, compared to 77.5 percent in 1989. Another hike in the minimum wage, and that will drop even further as companies automate and cut back on service.
WAPO tells us that Eric Holder’s Justice Department is out looking for “race-based discrimination” in today’s mid-term voting. In a statement earlier regarding the monitoring, Holder said:
“I want the American people to know that the Justice Department will stand vigilant — working in a fair and nonpartisan manner to ensure that every voter can cast his or her ballot free of intimidation, discrimination or obstruction,”
No comment about whether or not that includes New Black Panther thugs standing menacingly outside polling places with cudgels. I think, based on precedent, you can be fairly certain it does not. The despicable and repugnant race-baiting charlatan masquerading as the Attorney General set aside the Fourteenth Amendment a long time ago. And has proceeded to violate the First, Second, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Ninth, and Tenth Amendments routinely. When we wonder where our Constitutional liberties went, look no farther than Obama and Holder and their cabal of totalitarian, statist race mongers to find out who took them.
The individual carrying the night stick in the above video at the Pennsylvania polling station, the incident which Eric Holder REFUSED to investigate because it reflected poorly on “his people”, is named Maruse Heath, aka King Samir Shabazz. And he was arrested in New York last year for wearing body armor and carrying a loaded and unlicensed handgun. One has to wonder where ol’ Samir Shabazz is now, and whether or not Holder intervened to get him out of jail. After all, I am sure he was only arrested because the cops be racissssss……
Seems perhaps Eric Holder could have used fewer racism-sniffing election monitors, and a few more people to help carry more than 64,000 documents regarding Fast and Furious over to the House Committee. I am sure the dump of tens of thousands of pages of possibly incriminating evidence after the point at which such revelations could have affected the voters’ perception of the Democrats in a mid-term election is simply an astounding coincidence. But Committee Chair Darryl Issa isn’t letting go until he gets everything Holder was ordered to hand over. Bad for Holder. Good for civil liberties. Funny how that works inversely, innit?
It’s fall break week here. Mr. RFH burned a great deal of leave when he was sick earlier in the year, so we are staying home. This means that I have had more than the usual amount of time in the lab because other people are taking the holiday, and thankfully, there are fewer meetings.
One of the people in my management chain, whenever she sees me alone in the lab, goes and gets one of the other engineers for me to train. I understand this. I know I am the lone expert operator on too many pieces of equipment, but I’m not a very good mentor or patient with slow learners. I am annoyed with being told to train someone older than me because that seems backwards. I should be training someone to eventually take my place, not someone literally counting down to retirement. I am annoyed with people who don’t know that a lab environment means safety shoes, not cute little strappy sandals, and that fake
claws fingernails are not compatible with clean room gloves. Yes, you have to wear clean room gloves in the clean room. No, I will not make an exception for you. I’m mean that way. I am annoyed with people who have watched me operate the equipment over and over, carefully written down each step, and still manage to screw things up.
How do you handle that kind of situation in the military, or do you just never develop pockets of expertise lorded over by one cranky engineer?
Huh. I could see this being protocol for an op-check AFTER the transplant…. The Smoking Gun gives us the details.
A female nurse “initiated unsolicited sexual relations, including intercourse” with a hospitalized Illinois man who was awaiting a heart transplant, according to a lawsuit filed Monday
Cantone, whose wife Laura is co-plaintiff in the lawsuit, charges that Shaper “had a propensity to initiate unauthorized physical contact with patients.” The nurse, he added, “had attempted and/or succeeded” in initiating similar contact with other patients in her care.
One has to wonder if this is covered by Obamacare. And where the hell was she when I had to go in for my kidney stone?
I cannot say it surprises me that wife Laura is a co-plaintiff. Sorta gives a new meaning to “bedside manner”, though. I wonder if the VA is hiring?
Mostly. Had a great weekend in Tempe with a bunch of internet friends. Great hotel, and the rain held off just long enough. But man, it was hot and muggy. We had to share the hotel with a collegiate girl’s soccer team. The pool was barely big enough for that.
The Mills Avenue neighborhood right next to the ASU campus was terrific, with lots of fun, food, and refreshing adult beverages.
Now, to try to catch up with the real world, and start writing.
I’ve met more than a few readers of the blog over the years. How many of you have gone to a meet up of internet friends? Did you expect it to be creepy, only to turn out well? Because all of my meet up experiences have been quite good.