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Saturday Open Thread || December 28, 2013


73 Responses to Saturday Open Thread || December 28, 2013

    • ‘mornin’, @Owen. I’d love to have a laugh, but it’s really tough today.
      Last night, my 49yr old daughter sobbed during a phone call, so upset that she loses her unemployment and what’s she to do?
      She demanded to know where this great economy is so that she can move there, and again, what’s she to do?

      I didn’t have the heart to tell her she’s pretty much aged out of the employment market in her field, that her hard-earned college degree won’t mean much in today’s everybody-has-a-degree, and that,really and truly, I don’t know “what’s she to do” now.

      • So sorry for your daughter’s predicament, srdem. The leviathan is real good at extending unemployment benefits year after year (90 months of extensions since 2008) until many become dependent on them to survive. Then, quick as a flash, the heartless government snatches it away without any warning. Good luck to your daughter in finding employment soon.

      • My 40-yr-old niece was just fired for having an operation on a new employer’s insurance as soon as she could (purely elective) and then having to go on extended sick leave for complications. Now she has a $13 an hr phone job. My advice is to suit up and go every day. They like every day, these employers. My Hopey Copey site also provides a daily tidbit to keep one’s hand in the job and working market. (no, you wn’t make me money going there–why should I make money?). Big time networking–recall people you haven’t talked to in six months. Just putting resumes on Monster does almost nothing. One technique I like is to pick an office building nearby–or an office park or a company–and throughly exhaust every means of checking on openings on every company or dept in it. Also have a work buddy–someone else out of work to talk with, although not wallow endlessly with. Has your daughter considered some refresher or certification course–some of these are just weeks long. And there are open university courses–they may not lead to a degree, but can go on resumes. Coursera is one, I believe. the key is momentum–do something or more than one thing EVERY day.

      • My heart goes out to you, srdem. Everything that hurts our children does indeed hurt us almost as much. Being a good mother or father is never ‘over’. I agree with Star and hope that your daughter will find employment even if it is less than what she expects or is used to. I think when she eventually finds a better position, her new employer will likely be more impressed if he/she knows that your daughter kept up the fight.

        There is a buzz word, disconnect, which I’ll use here. I cannot understand why so many millions are still out of work when the economy is supposedly much better. There is some disconnect there. Either the economy is not better or jobs are no longer one of the criteria used to evaluate the economy. Remember the ‘jobless recovery’?

        • Near as I can tell when I am studying this and not over here snarking or writing cartoons, the lower “rate” comes from people dropping out–and not looking–which means a smaller number “looking”-and this means anyone who “finds” represents a bigger drop in the rate of unemployment. (Wow–even I didn’t get that.) As for why there aren’t the number of moderate skill-OK pay jobs anymore is that those have gone overseas where companies can pay below OK. Or the companies have learned they can get by on part-time or with fewer people. They SAY it’s because in some cases the only smart people they can find are in India and need those special visas, but I think they could look harder. Companies should train! A liberal arts degree may make a great person and citizen, but not a fabulous coder or engineer–that takes specialized training. There are so many aspects to this but basically many “good” jobs are not coming back and we will have to adjust. They used to call this the schism between manufacturing and service–you don’t hear that much anymore–but it’s still a schism.

          • Also, SrDem, I see a pretty good chance the Congress will reinstate unempl when they get back–retroactively. Despite Rand Paul’s “well meaning” assertions that $300 a week just inspires laziness. (Do “we” like him these days or not–I cannot keep up.)

        • BofA just laid off a lot of real estate appraisers here yet Obama and his Pravda tell us the economy is recovering but I think they’re all lying.

          Srdem, my heart also goes out to you and your daughter. I hope she finds something soon.

      • Do not despair! According to Nancy Pelousy, Obamacare will solve the ills of the country and get our entrepreneurial juices flowing; Jobs? Who needs them!

        “We see it as an entrepreneurial bill,” Pelosi said, “a bill that says to someone, if you want to be creative and be a musician or whatever, you can leave your work, focus on your talent, your skill, your passion, your aspirations because you will have health care

      • With sympathy, so much of this reminds me of the late 70’s and early 80’s. If we had to have Carter before we could get Reagan, where is the next Reagan? Back then, we went to school to get a job not a degree. And you took any you could find. I thank the l

        • (Damn iThumbs…) Part II: I thank the good Lord the only thing I had to take care of then was myself. I can’t imagine what this economy is like for so many with kids and no/under employment. Blessing to you and yours…

      • Oh geesh srdem, I know how you feel. When our kids hurt, we hurt. Unemployment wasn’t supposed to be forever, it was a safety net between jobs, not anymore.

        There are jobs out there, may not be the “perfect” job, that’s why you keep looking. 49 is not aging out, unless she’s with Stars on Ice ;) Seriously, wishing her all the best.

        One of these days we’ll pull out the tea trolly and I’ll tell you my “war” stories :D

      • I am so sorry to hear about your daughter, srdem65. It is tough when we lose our job at a certain age. I lost mine when I was 56 and never found another one in my field. I couldn’t even get an interview. I finally gave up and said I was retired. I was fortunate, enough, though, to have a working spouse who could support us.

      • If she really wants to work, for no one but herself, she might try calling a local Primerica office (Insurance & investments). They are always looking for people. Its strickly Commission based but they will probably at least let her try it out. She can at least get licensed in the industry.

  1. My favorite story this morning was a white-tail deer who ill-advisedly jumped into the cheetah cage at the National Zoo in Washington and let’s just say he or she did not jump back out. Cheetahs may be in-bred, but they’ve still got it! Hope for all of us. For some reason, I imagine a cheetah “saying”–“My goodness, what have we here?”

  2. Your dog may be able to recognize your face in a photo.

    That’s the latest from the University of Helsinki, which published the results of its study in the journal Animal Cognition this December.

    According to Science News Daily, the researchers had dogs look at facial images of familiar humans (such as their owner) and other dogs in the family, as well as unfamiliar humans and dogs they’d never encountered. Then the researchers measured the dogs’ eye movements as they viewed the photos.

    Scientists say that while the dogs viewed the faces of other dogs for longer than the human faces (backing up findings from previous studies), the canines studied also studied the faces of familiar humans for longer than unfamiliar ones.


    • Good grief, what a waste of time and money, too.
      Dogs know their owner’s faces, smell, and footsteps. They can indentify the sound of the owner’s vehicle, too.
      Dogs are smart.

    • I wonder if Bo aka; “The First Dog” and that puppy Sunny know who the hell ‘Barack Hussien Obama’ or ‘Michelle’ and the ‘daughters are…
      I bet the dogs think they are just some people who show up with a lot of cameras once in-a-long while to take pictures with them.

      NO Obama family love/interest/connection to those dogs.

  3. A disgraced Air Force general was fired for misconduct after a drunken bender in Moscow that included embarrassing dancing with two women and a failed attempt to join a band playing at a Mexican restaurant, a new report reveals.

    Maj. Gen. Michael Carey was removed from his post as head of U.S. land-based nuclear missiles in October — but the details of his carousing weren’t revealed until Thursday with the release of a 44-page investigation by the Inspector General of the Air Force.


    “Maj. Gen. Carey kept late hours and consumed alcohol every day of the trip,” the report said. “Even to the point where it was visibly noticeable … (and) one witness was concerned that Maj. Gen. Carey needed assistance standing.”

    During the drunken fiasco Carey — who at the time was responsible for 450 Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missiles stationed in five U.S. states — drank frequently, bragged about his position, showed up late to meetings and appeared bored.


    • My husband’s so glad to be retired now, Obama’s Military is the worst our nation’s ever had and they can’t say that. It’s why they spent Christmas with the troops, they’re required to respect the Little Despot.

      The latest outrage is that while Obama allowed women on the frontlines of combat, guess what, they don’t have to do pull-ups now! Too hard for them. Waa-waa.

  4. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, the two recently freed Pussy Riot members, don’t rule out art or political activities at some point, but plan to focus on prisoners’ rights protection in the immediate future. They also stressed that they have no plans of capitalizing on the Pussy Riot brand or even using it in the future.

    “We feel a huge responsibility for people who are in prisons,” Tolokonnikova said at news conference in Moscow on Friday, the first one since the two women were released from prison on Dec. 23 under a recently adopted amnesty bill.

    They were serving two-year sentences for the anti-Putin “punk prayer” they performed at Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral in February 2012 and were originally scheduled to be released in April 2014.

    Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina said they will form a non-governmental human rights organization, “Zona Prava” (“Justice Zone”), focused on protecting prisoners’ rights. They also hope to collaborate with former tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who was released last week after ten years in prison, but rule out taking money from him.


  5. Mooch’s Big 5-0 celebrations sounds like it is time to coincide with a time of many getting the bad news about their health insurance premiums, deductions, cancellations, as well as loss of doctors and hospitals.
    These Americans will not be celebrating and dancing all night.

    • These Americans will not be celebrating and dancing all night.

      Even rich, insured Ams 50 or better should not celebrate and dance all night if they plan on getting up the next day.

    • The people in this Country that harbor any degree of intelligence will not be paying any attention to MO’s big 50.
      We have to endure three more years of this.

    • Yep. I think it also has something to do with Body Odor’s bad poll numbers. The press wants to point out that SHE is still popular. BTW, there is a new special edition of Life Magazine with her on the cover.

      • The lower his poll numbers go, the more desperate they will become, and the more aware the fools that voted him into office twice will begin to realize the mistake that was made.
        Next year is going to be very interesting indeed.

        • Certainly hope that all are listening and aware out there like they were NOT for 2012! I keep thinking too that when the elections are more local and statewide, that people who really care about what is going on will vote and the LIV’s will pass on this 2014 election…do hope this is not wishful thinking :-)

      • She is not popular with anyone I know….nothing to do with being black….just a total lack of taste and class…I find her appalling.
        Those pictures of her at the basketball game in Hawaii with the pout on her face and then in that silly sundress greeting our troops on Christmas Day made me ill.

    • Such a big celebration would certainly be bad optics. The Obama’s have no clue how it plays in flyover country. People are struggling, the Obamas vacation in paradise and plan big parties. Not good, not good at all.

    • I am ashamed of the NYT!
      This is a horrible times. The scandels of years ago, were important, but did not involve our liberties. I do not need any newspaper for whatever reason making light, whitewashing what happened in Benghazi.
      Julie Bruecheimer, was the article in today’s paper?

      • Lee, sorry to be so late in replying. Good thing I decided to check in before bed. I didn’t see the NYT article itself, but you can read about it on The Blaze and other places. My husband said it was on Fox News this evening, and Congressman Peter King was their guest and blasted the NYT.

        • I just read the article and I am now listening to a discussion on Fox News regarding this issue.
          I am astounded. This has been pushed under the rug, I am sure my fellow readers are tired of me noting Benghazi in comments. Now, this article says Al Qaeda was not involved.
          Bush would have not ignored this attack. When was the last time O has mentioned this issue?

  6. Football, anyone?
    Our Arizona Cardinals are hoping for a football miracle tomorrow.
    Darned if I can figure out the process, though.
    If A wins, but B loses and C wins or ties, then X wins a WildCard position, so Y wins a bye.
    I’m going to wait for MikeDitka to explain it all tomorrow.