Once a month or so, I clear out some of the pages and place them here on the blog to make room for fresh content on those pages. These are the entries from the page “Rhino Nuggets” from March. Not happy with the fact that I missed as many days writing nuggets as I did, but I was busy with my first real job in a year.
March 1st: The interview went rather well. I am going to be cautiously optimistic here. The job is only a temp job, and the assignment is only 6 months long, but can lead to permanent employment in a few months if I do really well. The implication is that the pay would go up a lot upon sign on. Implications mean nothing though, and I’ll wait to see if I land the gig before talking about any future speculation about it.
A district attorney bitch slaps a fake pimp! Ha!
March 2nd: It looks like the New York Rangers may be making a move today, one day before the NHL trade deadline. They just put both Enver Lisin and Aaron Voros on waivers. One potential name I’ve heard that might come to New York is Pavol DeMitra. I’m not counting on that though. I dropped a line to Bob McKenzie from TSN, awaiting a response. When I hear about it, you’ll hear about it.
March 3rd: Spent most of the day watching the least interesting NHL trade deadline ever. The show itself was good enough, But with the big moves being made before the Olympic break, there really wasn’t much going on. Rangers did nada. Caps made some moves, but just to fill holes in their PK. The Pens made the biggest move of the day, when they made it official and grabbed Ponikarovsky from Toronto.
Two New York Reps in deep shit. Charlie Rangel fucked himself with stupid bullshit, and Eric Massa had a health scare of some kind, but also has been alleged to have sexually harassed a male staffer. Massa says he’s not running again because of the health issue, but I would guess the angry man love has at least something to do with it.
March 5th: Good news on the Jobs front for the nation. Job losses were lower than expected. Unemployment was expected to rise this month, but stayed steady at 9.7%. Beats trending up, which is what was actually expected for February’s numbers.
Interesting factoid. The average American makes, and always has made, more than I have. Now, that isn’t surprising now, seeing how I am unemployed and all, but even when I was working, and a supervisor at that, I was making LESS than the average American worker. Cheap Bastards.
March 6th: I went through my e-mail and found an e-mail from monday asking me to send my date of birth to the place where I had the interview only a few hours before. I didn’t see it until just today. DAMMIT! I called them on friday and they asked me for it again, so hopefully I can get started on the road to employment with these people soon.
March 7th: I went to the S.I. St. Patty’s day parade today. Relaxed, stood in one place and took pics with my cell phone. I was going to take pics and viddys with the camera I brought with me, but the batteries in the camera conked the hell out before I could take one single fucking picture, and I had no money to buy batteries. Dammit!
March 8th: A story that I had watched with some interest a while ago, but fell off of my radar popped back on today. Just going through stories on the EFF website, found out that in late January, the judge in the case Jewel vs. NSA judged for the NSA and against the EFF in its effort to stop warrantless wiretapping against American citizens.
The fourth amendment, it is finished! Done! Gone! It’s protections wiped away, by the actions of one bureau of unelected bureaucrats and one judge, who thinks that because the NSA is spying on ALL Americans, the courts have no power to do anything, even if that action is blatantly illegal.
Fortunately, the case is being appealed. Rooting like mad for the EFF to win this appeal. Smells like a case that’ll end up in the supreme court eventually.
March 9th: Two dark anniversaries today. It was one year ago today that the stock market hit its lowest point in this recession, bottoming at 6547.04 points. It has since gone up to 10522. That is good news at least.
The second anniversary is more personal. It was one year ago today, at precisely 9:53 am, that I was terminated from my previous job. I can’t believe a year has gone by and I haven’t landed anywhere yet. Called a place today hoping for a response, waiting for a callback. Wish me luck.
The stock market rebounded, I will too. But dammit it isn’t happening fast enough.
March 11th: Just read an interesting article on Bloomberg, about our president and his handling of the economy. A quote follows
“If he was a Republican, we would hear a never-ending drumbeat of news stories about markets voting in favor of the president.”
The economy has also strengthened beyond expectations at the time Obama took office.
But you don’t hear that. Why? I’ve told you. Right wing main stream media. they control the message, they control the media, or enough of it where it becomes obvious that the media has a bias against anyone that is not “right-wing”, politically.
March 12th: My readership has taken a sudden and severe nosedive. Last week, two weeks ago i was getting a three to four hundred readers a day, like I have for the past year or so, and so far my best day this week is around 200, and I have hardly even been looked at today. The drop occurred after I edited the publish date on my “about the rhino” page.
Finally got rid of those damn spammers. Had I known the easy way to do it was to alter the publish date, I’d have started changing it monthly ages ago, to keep the bastards away from me.
The nosedive does annoy me though. I didn’t know I was that dependent on spammers for good viewership. Fuck’em.
March 13th: Windiest day in i couldn’t tell you how long today. I was thinking of running today, but with soaking rains and winds gusting to 70 mph, I think the decision to stay in, to not run was the right one. Not going to run tomorrow or Monday either, so I get a few days to heal up a bit before i run Tuesday night. In other news…
The right must be spooked by the coffee party movement, they keep putting it down as some creation of a “former Obama campaign operative” The woman in question, Annabel Park, has not hidden the fact that she used to work for the President, and for a short time, the New York Times, and yet they act like there is some massive conspiracy to hide the truth. She has made no bones about her past affiliations. And so what if she used to work for him, or them? Does it matter? No. Should it? No.
The tea party pansies are just quaking in their boots because an antidote has been found to the madness of the tea parties, and they don’t know what to do about it. Nice.
March 15th: Been busy the last few days, what with my first day of work today, and trying to get ready to get bankruptcy started and all.
March 16th: The bankruptcy thing was a mess. Got to the place late, after getting lost in Manhattan, something that can only happen in a few neighborhoods, and I was in one of them, and almost had to re-schedule, but the guy was running late, or some such bullshit. No worries. They start the thing up, everything seems to be going fine, I get called last. No worries again.
I finally get into an office to talk to a lawyer after waiting 2 and a half hours, and a few minutes in, after the lawyer says he wasn’t sure if I was eligible (despite the fact that my wife makes next to nothing and I have been until yesterday on unemployment) for bankruptcy he asks me for my questionnaire.
My what? I never got one. That brings the meeting to a screeching halt. He doesn’t even look at all the stuff I brought in. He needs tax stuff for the last 2 years, which no one said I needed. He needs 6 months worth of bank account statements, which no one said I needed. Or a cable bill. or my renters insurance. or my lease. None of these were mentioned when I spoke to them on the phone to make this appointment.
Ya know,YOU FUCKING ASSHOLES, the next time you want to meet with me, TELL ME WHAT YOU FUCKING NEED FROM ME, AND PROVIDE ME WHAT I NEED TO GET THIS DONE RIGHT. Idiots, Lawyers are friggin idiots. I walked in, completely unprepared, because of these idiots over at legal services NYC. I’ll use the service, it’ll be OK (I hope), but it makes me wonder how wise a maneuver this is. I mean, if they can’t get a simple thing like “could you bring in tax returns and bank account statements” and mail me a questionnaire, then how the hell are they gonna teach me to do Bankruptcy, which is a helluva lot more complex than that, on my own?
March 20th: I find it curious that two different groups within the same religion could read the health care bill so differently. Nuns and Bishops in the Catholic church seem to be at odds on the bills abortion langauge, with one nun, Sister Simone Campbell, head of the Catholic lobbying group “Network”, implying that the bishops are acting more out of political loyalty to the right than pure ethical motives in this fight.
The head of the Catholic Alliance for the Common good says that the bishops views are purist, and they are about the only ones who read the bill the way they do, and Rep. Dale Kildee, 81, an anti-abortion Democrat, says he will not change his mind and support abortion, at this point in his life and support abortion, and he supports this bill.
Things are getting hectic on the hill.
March 22nd: Joe Scarborough is an idiot. The man says that liberals are wrong to say that only government can bring about competition in the insurance industry to make things fair for all Americans. My response is two fold. 1) If it was going to show up, it already would have. 2) The government is “of, by and for the people” , and can be trusted to be fair to itself, and may be the only organization capable of reigning in the monster that is health care insurance.
March 26th: Work was good this week. Got my first paycheck, a little under $318 for 4 days work, comes to about $80 a day. Next weeks check will be for 5 days, and the one after for the upcoming work week, will again be 4 days. The office is closed on good Friday. I haven’t worked in a place that closed on good Friday…ever to my knowledge.
Man, I hope this temp job becomes permanent. That would make my year.
March 27th: Companies, it seems are paying more for medical expenses, and having to write down losses because of it, and there is talk of some of them dropping peoples coverage due to expenses. John Deere having a one time $150,000,000 expense write down and AT&T has announced a $1,000,000,000 write down. Why? A tax loophole was closed that allowed companies to write off medical expenses twice, and now they will not be able to use that money to pad their bottom lines.
No lost coverage though, Medicare will cover if companies won’t, and savings from the elimination of the subsidy should offset, by and large, the expense added to medicare.