A quick happy video before I begin this night’s festivities.
Personal news before actual news. I went job hunting today. Got nothing but wet and annoyed. I make a phone call to a place, they say send in a resume. I send it, via e-mail. 2 minutes later they contact me and ask when can I come in. I say it’ll take a little while, but 2 hours is the earliest i can make it in, call it 1 pm, is that OK? They say 3 pm is fine, come on down. I get the clothes ready quick, and get out. Go there. I tell you this guy looked like i caught him at the wrong time. Wouldn’t make eye contact, dressed sloppy, looked slightly disheveled and disinterested.
He had one job, for $11 less an hour than what I was making at my last job and it was a temp spot at that. I need a job, but that money is less than the unemployment I’m currently receiving, and not just by a few bucks. It would make it difficult to continue looking for work while paying me less than the unemployment that is making it possible for me pay my bills but still slowly drown in debt. That would make me less effective in being a provider for me and the wife. We exchanged pleasantries, and I told him I’d call him once or twice a week. And I will, and I hope he can find me something. But…
If there is anyone out there who can pay a hard working man an honest salary that’ll help make ends meet, drop me a line. I’ll work my ass off for you. I’m a dedicated loyal hard working man, just down on my luck.
I’m not being picky, I just want to feed my wife and I and be able to pay the rent and bills on time. It’s not too much to ask, is it?
Enough of that. Onto the news… as reported by me. from examiner.com
It looks ladies and gentlemen, like there is finally a bailout deal. According to a report released just minutes ago by the New York Daily News, State Senate Majority leader Malcolm Smith says he believes he has secured the final two Democratic votes in a closed door meeting to get the MTA Bailout bill passed.
The Two Democratic senatorial holdouts, Senators Craig Foley and Brian Johnson had said they could not vote for this bill because they disliked the payroll tax provision, but now say they will vote for the bill if it guarantees that school districts will be protected, which it seems will be in the language of the bill.
Two other Democratic senators, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and Suzi Oppenheimer were also opposed to the bill but dropped opposition last week after the governor promised to offset payroll taxes with state funding to school districts.
The language in the bill still has to be worked out, but this looks at the moment to be a done deal. The vote should happen sometime this week.
More news as it happens.
If you like, drop me a line by clicking on the examiner.com link above the story.
That’s about it for me, except the usual second video and a few quotes.
I, while i was on my way back from the alleged interview today, happened to pick up one of several books that i packed. This one was Decline and fall of the American empire by Gore Vidal. While I think Gore is something of a sensationalist, he hits and he hits hard and he hits the right people and dammit I like that. I was reading while waiting for the Staten Island ferry on the way home, and listening to Metallica, and by the time the boat showed up I was ready for armed revolt. If Gore Vidal’s work doesn’t get your blood boiling, check your pulse.
That’s it for me. Later.
Today’s Nuggets, by Gore Vidal, from Third world traveler: Another of our agreed-upon fantasies is that we do not have a class system in the United States. The Few who control the Many through Opinion have simply made themselves invisible. They have convinced us that we are a classless society in which everyone can make it.
The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one of the wonders of the Western world. No First World country has ever managed to eliminate so entirely from its media all objectivity-much less dissent.
“Liberal” comes from the Latin liberalis, which means pertaining to a free man. In politics, to be liberal is to want to extend democracy through change and reform. One can see why that word had to be erased from our political lexicon.