Posts Tagged ‘raise’

I leave it to you to be suitably outraged.  First, I present to you a picture of Congressman Barney Frank, taking a much needed break.

Barney Frank, hard at work at the trough.

Barney Frank, hard at work at the trough.

With economy in shambles, Congress gets a raise

By Jordy Yager

Posted: 12/17/08 05:41 PM [ET]

A crumbling economy, more than 2 million constituents who have lost their jobs this year, and congressional demands of CEOs to work for free did not convince lawmakers to freeze their own pay.

Instead, they will get a $4,700 pay increase, amounting to an additional $2.5 million that taxpayers will spend on congressional salaries, and watchdog groups are not happy about it.

“As lawmakers make a big show of forcing auto executives to accept just $1 a year in salary, they are quietly raiding the vault for their own personal gain,” said Daniel O’Connell, chairman of The Senior Citizens League (TSCL), a non-partisan group. “This money would be much better spent helping the millions of seniors who are living below the poverty line and struggling to keep their heat on this winter.”

However, at 2.8 percent, the automatic raise that lawmakers receive is only half as large as the 2009 cost of living adjustment of Social Security recipients.

[Excuse me, but… big damned whoop-de-doo.  – LK]

Still, Steve Ellis, vice president of the budget watchdog Taxpayers for Common Sense, said Congress should have taken the rare step of freezing its pay, as lawmakers did in 2000. “Look at the way the economy is and how most people aren’t counting on a holiday bonus or a pay raise — they’re just happy to have gainful employment,” said Ellis. “But you have the lawmakers who are set up and ready to get their next installment of a pay raise and go happily along their way.”

I am ignoring any leanings of “The Hill” or any of it’s contributors and focusing on the fact content in the article… please, go read the rest of the article as well, too.  That said:

THANK YOU, for your article, Jordy Yager… Have a Merry Christmas.  Come by for ribs at Lemur King’s any day.


Is the Internet dying?

Interoute, the internet networks company, reports that three of the four internet sub-cables that run from Asia to North America have been damaged.


So the Times Online article goes on to talk in ominous tones about how ominous it is when there are these ominous breaks.  After a lot of ominous hand-wringing, the author wraps it up.    This is the Times Online, where emotion never takes a back-seat to science.

The first commenter has this to say:

The internet is indeed down. I am posting this with my mind.

Damn.  Good of you, Ryan.

Someone else agrees with me – grammar counts:

“But the company say what’s is happening is that there is a domino effect taking place, Interoute tell me they are:”

Grammar please.

Then Bill adds (ominously):

It’s Godzilla

But the furry dude has the last word:

This has got to be the worst-written article I’ve ever read. Dude, stop torturing us with your bad writing and idiot ideas about the internet!


Well, it’s a step in the right direction and the first sounds from any of the auto heads that sounded like they were uttered by an adult.

Ford says does not need short-term bailout.


Oooh… Fluffyyyyyy!!!

GUANGZHOU, China (AP) – While animal lovers in Beijing protested the killing of cats for food on Thursday, a butcher in Guangdong province—where felines are the main ingredient in a famous soup—just shrugged her shoulders and wielded her cleaver.”Cats have a strong flavor. Dogs taste much better, but if you really want cat meat, I can have it delivered by tomorrow,” said the butcher, who gave only her surname, Huang

Frankly, meat is meat, and if you’re going to get all upset about one and you eat others, you’re a hypocrite.

No, that doesn’t include kids.  Even though my folks often lamented not having boiled me and eaten me while my bones were still soft.


The Federalist embedded this pic into their mailing today.  If you know your politics and your movies, you’ll laugh your ass off.  If you don’t, I’ll be damned if I’m going to explain it.


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